Conexxus in the News

C-Store Decisions: Winning with Electronic Invoices

Monday, June 25, 2018

As an IT leader wins from store managers were an important measure of success and when vendors joined in sending their invoices electronically, using the Conexxus NAXML standard, the momentum those wins caused was phenomenal. The implementation of the standard has been made easy thanks to the efforts of the Conexxus EB2B committee and back-office system providers. The committee provides support to retailers interested in learning more and have advocated for the adoption of the standard by merchandise vendors....

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CS News: Applying Artificial Intelligence Applications at Your C-stores

Thursday, May 10, 2018

During his "Artificial Intelligence Applications in Merchandising" education session at the event, Thompson defined AI as a branch of computer science that deals with the simulation of intelligent behavior in computers, and the capability of a machine to imitate.  Among the AI-powered solutions that Thompson said retailers are beginning to take advantage of are: goal-seeking agents that seek to identify and implement decisions to produce beneficial outputs; and systems that leverage external data and machine-learning techniques to provide recommendations and/or automated decisions.....

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C-Store: How Can C-store Retailers Take Advantage of Blockchain?

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Blockchain is often defined in different ways depending on who is talking. Is it an idea? An implementation? A distributed transaction ledger?  Jennifer O’Rourke, co-founder and president of Attest, a blockchain-based digital identity company, sees it as a problem-solving technology of the fourth Industrial Revolution that’s likely to have a major impact on the retail industry.....

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CSP: 9 Things you Missed at the 2018 Conxxus Conference

Monday, May 07, 2018

The theme at this year’s Conexxus Annual Conference was clear: Disrupt your business or be disrupted.  Not only are competitors such as dollar stores and online retailers increasingly encroaching on the convenience-store retailing business but a new definition of convenience is rising among consumers, and that will affect their expectations of c-stores.  “I don’t think Amazon is coming after my business, but I think they’re training consumers to shop differently,” said Kevin Smartt, CEO of Kwik Chek, Austin, Texas.  From a rock ‘n' roll star turned missile defense expert for the U.S. military to a representative from the Illinois state government explaining the potential of blockchain for c-stores and American society, the speakers at the technology-standards conference, held April 30 through May 3, embodied this push to think differently about the industry.

Here are nine highlights from the 2018 Conexxus conference.....

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NACS Daily: Time to Get Serious About Technology

Monday, May 07, 2018

Vish Ganapathy of Accenture shares insights on why convenience retailers must use technology to change their business models.  “Technology is easy,” said Ganapathy. “It’s the people and the process that are hard. It’s not mobile and drones or IoT that are disrupting. It’s people who bring disintermediation to your value chain that is going to be disruptive.”  Noting that retailers today spend a lot of time focusing on the customer experience, Ganapathy said that  if they are not also focusing on the business model and the value chain, then the overall customer experience will be like putting lipstick on a pig. “It’s not going to be sustainable. You have to think about how your value chain is being disrupted.....

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Convenience Store News: Doobie Brothers Musician Encourages Out-of-the-Box Thinking

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Jeffrey "Skunk" Baxter is best known for jamming on the guitar for the Doobie Brothers but, in more recent years, he’s become a well-regarded national security expert, using insights gleaned from his music career to provide outside-the-box thinking.  It’s that sort of thinking that Baxter encouraged convenience store retailers to embrace during his keynote address at the 2018 Conexxus Annual Conference.  Baxter advised the convenience store retailers in attendance to "show there's another answer to the solution" and "find people who are like-minded" when they want to generate ideas from people who might be prone to confirmation biases.....

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Impact 21 Press Release: President Lisa Stewart to be Inducted to Conexxus Hall of Fame

Friday, April 27, 2018

Impact 21, a global retail consulting, analytics, and services company, is pleased to announce its co-founder and president, Lisa Stewart, will be instated as the 2018 Conexxus Hall of Fame inductee. "Lisa has devoted so much of her career to benefitting the industry's evolution to management excellence," said Gray Taylor, executive director of Conexxus. "I have worked with Lisa for literally decades and found no other person more focused on the operational excellence of our industry." .....

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B2C: EMV Adoption Has Changed the Payment Landscape

Monday, April 09, 2018

Since the EMV liability shift in October 2015, the way people pay for items on a daily basis has changed a lot. Now, chip-and-PIN transactions are the norm and most people use the relatively new payment platform regularly, thanks to a heavy push from both card issuers and retailers. More than two years since that liability shift went into effect, it’s important for businesses at all points in the payments ecosystem to consider what’s different, and what’s next.  “Now is not the time to take your foot off the gas with regard to EMV,” Linda Toth, director of standards at Conexxus, said at a recent NACS conference.....

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NACS Daily: Conexxus Launches EMV Implementation Resource

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Newly released white paper shares information and resources for convenience retailers who are considering whether to implement EMV.  

​ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Conexxus,  has released a new white paper “Resources and Guidance for EMV Implementation in a C-Store Environment.”  This paper brings together educational information, frequently asked questions, and links to valuable resources for convenience store operators who are looking to implement EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) in the United States. While many EMV resources exist, the resource links included in the document were found to be the most helpful and relevant to merchants in the convenience and fuel retailing industry..... 

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EMVCo Press Release: Payment Industry Collaborates with EMVCo to Address the Complexities of Remote Payments

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Conexxus has joined ENVCo's Associates Program as a new Business Associate. Participation at this level is available to organizations with direct responsibility for an EMV transaction at any point in the transaction lifecycle. These companies can provide input on strategic and business topics related to the use of the EMV Specifications.....

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