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    EMV Webinar

    ​May 1, 2015

    For those of you who are still unsure about EMV, Conexxus is providing a free webinar on May 7th at noon. GACS will be listening in. Will you? Register now.

    Read more about EMV in the NACS article “The Road to EMV on the Forecourt”

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    Skimmers Still a Problem in Florida (Courtesy of NACS)

    April 25, 2015

    After reading this feature, GACS notified the Georgia Department of Agriculture of the Skimmer Issue.  Watch those pumps carefully and keep in mind GACS sells security pump stickers to help prevent skimming.

    Article courtesy of NACS

    Statewide sweep of 6,000 gas stations found 81 skimming devices.

    TALLAHASSEE — Yesterday, the Florida Agriculture Commissioner announced that his department had recently made a sweep of more than 6,000 gas stations throughout the state, leading to the discovery of credit card “skimmers” in 81 of those locations.

    The devices were found on gas station pumps stretching from Miami-Dade County all the way to Florida’s Panhandle. Most of the devices were found at stations in South Florida, with 14 found in Miami-Dade and another 9 just north in Broward County. Commissioner Adam Putnam cautioned, however, that more rural areas of the state are by no means exempt from the ongoing problem.

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    Upcoming EMV Requirements

    April 17, 2015

    By Chuck Ralls, Petroleum Services Group

    ​I’m sure many of you are still recovering from the PCI upgrades that were mandated a few years back. The cost of upgrading your POS, pinpads and dispensers to accept encrypted debit hurt many of the single store operators. Some were even forced to close their stores as they were unable to comply with the required changes. More change is coming and it has not been widely publicized. Unless you have attended a major oil meeting or possibly been to a trade show you may not be aware of the coming EMV requirements. If you are asking yourself what is EMV, it stands for Europay, MasterCard, and Visa. This is the standard that has been established for the operation of integrated circuit cards also known as chip cards. The purpose of this standard is to help reduce the cost of fraud in order to better protect both the buyer and retailer. The integrated chip makes it more difficult for counterfeit cards to be made. With traditional cards, the mag strip on the back can easily be stolen with a card skimmer and then duplicated onto one or more cards. Unlike the mag strip cards, the EMV card will create a unique transaction code each time the card is used. 

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    EPA Settles With API, AFPM Over RFS

    ​April 13, 2015

    Courtesy of CSP Daily News

    WASHINGTON—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has accepted a settlement with the American Petroleum Institute (API) and American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) by agreeing to a Nov. 30, 2015, deadline for setting requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The tentative consent decree comes after API and AFPM filed a lawsuit in March over the EPA’s failure to meet congressionally mandated RFS deadlines.

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    Grand Opening: Sixth Sense

    ​April 8, 2015

    Courtesy of CSP

    RaceTrac’s 6K design takes a holistic path to innovation and fun

    By Allison Moran, CEO, RaceTrac

    At RaceTrac, our people are our competitive advantage, and it is our people who continually inspire innovation across our organization.

    When we decided to drastically modify the layout of our existing 5,000-square-foot stores, we felt it was a great opportunity to create a new, distinctive design that took a holistic approach to the store from the perspective of our store team members and our guests. The result was our RT6K model: a 6,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art store that reflects our brand personality both inside and out.

    We have more than 90 6K stores in operation, with our next 6K opening on West Sandlake Road in Orlando, Fla. The store will showcase RaceTrac’s legacy of innovation, with features such as Swirl World, our proprietary frozen-yogurt offering; an expanded coffee bar; and fresh food options including sandwiches, wraps, salads and whole fruits.

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