Georgia Association of Convenience Stores

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    GACS Reminds Consumers to Lock Their Cars

    ​January 21, 2019

    In the wake of the January 15 officer-involved shooting in southwest Atlanta, the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores (GACS) reminds gas customers to lock their cars when pumping gas.

    The shooting occurred on Whitehall Street at around 7:30 pm. The incident began as a slider crime, according to the GBI. A police officer was pumping gas when the suspect slid into the driver’s seat of his unmarked car and drove away. The officer opened fire, and the suspect was dead on the scene.

    “Slider crimes” occur when a thief approaches an unlocked parked vehicle, slides into the vehicle, and either drives away or steals the vehicle’s contents. These crimes happen quickly.

    “This incident is a wake-up call that this type of crime can happen to anyone, anywhere and anytime,” Angela Holland, GACS President, said. “Locking your car door at the gas pump should be part of your routine just like wearing a seat belt or locking your front door.”

    GACS asks convenience store retailers to post Park Protect Pump decal signs at their pumps. The signs are a way to remind customers to lock their vehicles and add another layer of security support at convenience store locations.

    Convenience stores typically have security measures in place including exterior security cameras, illuminated parking lots, unobstructed views from cash register to the outside, silent alarms, uniforms and name badges for employees, as well as other measures for customers and employees. “Our members want customers to feel at home when they shop with us. Naturally and routinely, when we are at home, we lock our doors,” says Holland.

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    Advertise with GACS

    ​January 15, 2019

    GACS annually publishes a quarterly magazine, GACS Today, as well as our annual directory. Consider advertising with GACS today, whether in print or online. View media kit.

    GACS is pleased to announce its new partnership with Bridgital Advertising and Design, who handles publishing and advertising. Read the press release.

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    2019 Scholarship Application Now Open

    ​January 10, 2019

    GACS is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 academic year. The GACS Education Foundation, founded in 2003, will be awarding 20 scholarships to GACS member employees or children of employees.

    The application closes April 1—start your application now to ensure all materials are submitted on time!

    Learn more and apply online.

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    2019 Financial Planning Calendar

    ​January 7, 2019

    GACS hosts 5 annual events a year - mark your calendars now and join us! Our financial planning calendar outlines registration for each event to assist with budgeting. We hope to see you soon:

    January 28 - Legislative Reception - Atlanta, GA

    April 16 - Golf Tournament - Jekyll Island, GA

    June 23-25 - Annual Convention - Amelia Island, FL

    September 12 - Southern Convenience Store and Petroleum Show - Athens, GA

    November 7 - Sporting Clay Tournament - Gay, GA

    Registration for events can be found on our Events page.

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    Cyberattacks: Latest data breaches and what you can do to protect your company

    ​December 17, 2018

    Courtesy of Moore Colson

    Are data breaches the new normal? It certainly seems that the frequency and severity of cyberattacks have increased in the past few years. Just this year, Facebook, Marriott, and Google+ had their data compromised – and with that data breach comes a hefty cost – not only monetary – but also to an organization’s brand and overall consumer trust.

    IBM’s 13th annual Cost of a Data Breach study, the industry’s gold-standard benchmark research independently conducted by Ponemon Institute, reports the global average cost of a data breach is now $3.86 million, up 6.4 percent over the previous year. The average cost for each lost or stolen record containing sensitive and confidential information is now $148, which has increased by 4.8 percent year over year.

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