2020 Conexxus Annual Conference

Conexxus Annual Conference 2020

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Conexxus 2020 Annual Conference
April 26 - April 30, 2020
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort - Tucson, AZ

Register for the 2019 Conexxus Annual Conference


Reduce your Tech Debt... Teaching your old dog new tricks.

Conexxus work brings relevant technologies to our industry.  Join our Annual Conference as we discover, innovate, and connect about what we - suppliers and retailers of the convenience store and fuel retail industry - need to ensure industry growth and continued success.

The ONLY technology conference for the convenience and fuel retailing industry. Attend the event that focuses on new technologies and technology standards to improve business processes, reduce costs, and increase profitability in the convenience and fuel retailing industry.  Attendees join Conexxus business and technical committees to discuss critical technology issues that are changing the way companies in our industry do business.

From the latest on data security to advances in payment technologies, each year attendees (whether members or not!) are part of the process to create and set technology standards.  View previous conference programs, speakers, sessions topics, and media coverage. 




Below is a draft outline of the conference events, and further down is a list of featured education sessions.  Please check back often for additions to the schedule!

Sunday April 26

1:00 - 4:00          Golfing with Gray // Hiking Sabino Canyon // Pima Air & Space Museum Tour// Private Pool Party
6:00 - 9:00          Welcome Evening Networking Event

Monday April 27

8:00 – 12:00         First Time Attendee Orientation  //  Opening General Session  //  Education Session
12:00 – 1:00          Lunch
1:00 – 5:30            Committee Meetings  //  Retailer Business Requirements Committee Meeting
5:45 – 7:30            Networking Reception with Table Top Displays

Tuesday, April 28

8:00 – 12:00         Committee Meetings  //  Keynote Speaker  //  General Assembly Meeting
12:00 – 1:00          Lunch
1:00 – 5:30            Education Session  //  Committee Meetings
6:00 - 9:00            Networking Dinner Event

Wed, April 29

8:00 – 12:00         Education Sessions
12:00 – 1:00          Lunch
1:00 – 5:30            Committee Meetings  //  Retailer Business Requirements Committee Meeting
5:45 – 7:15            Conexxus Technology Hall of Fame Awards Reception
6:45 – 9:00           Conexxus Leadership Appreciation Dinner  (by invitation only)

Thurs, April 30

8:00 – 12:00          Committee Meetings: Standards Quality Assurance //  Technology Research  //  Technical Advisory //  Membership & Marketing
12:00 – 1:00          Lunch
2:00 – 5:00            Board of Advisors & Directors Meeting
6:00 – 9:00            Annual Conexxus Board Dinner (by invitation only)



Technology Foundations Creating Foodservice Success


Kay Segal

The appropriate integration of technology for foodservice is essential for long-term success!  Whether accurately accounting for recipe ingredients or creating forecasts for production, technology can and should play a big role in foodservice program development.  Appropriate technological foundations for foodservice can lead to more consistent and profitable operational execution. 

During this session, we will hear from retailers tasked with foodservice category management at companies with different foodservice programs, providing vendor and retailer IT executives with needed information for development or enhancement of their platform and network.  We will gain insight for questions such as … Do the current technology options provide needed tracking for foodservice products, recipes, production and waste?  Do they help operations maximize sales and margin?  

Kay Segal of Business Accelerator Team will lead this panel discussion.  Her first-hand knowledge in traditional foodservice and convenience store foodservice, marketing as well as operations provides her a unique vantage point from which to foster insightful dialogue. 

Progress in the API Sprint


David Ezell

Convenience Retail Operators are laser-focused on implementing new technologies, new architectures, and most importantly they are focused on gaining control of their data.  As they race ahead with development, they unavoidably create mountains of new “technical debt:” that’s the cumulative cost of non-standardized “one off” solutions, along with the cost of interfacing or boarding new solutions into resulting bespoke software ecosystems.  With the API Sprint Initiative, Conexxus is working to help retailers address this technical debt problem head on, through use of existing standards in new ways, creation of common dictionaries for data items, tools for examining interoperability, and much more. This session will review The “API Sprint” as a NACS sponsored project, Table-stakes architecture description (the API Sprint will turn the standards-defined communication stack upside down), and additional Conexxus API work and resources for both members and non-members.

Convenience Retail:  Data Security by Obscurity is Over

The indicators of compromise show that a very large and sophisticated attack group, with many smaller cells, is specifically targeting the petroleum industry.  These attacks continue to deliver huge successes for the attackers and they will continue to target both upstream and downstream petroleum marketers.  The complex nature of petroleum point of sale and back office systems have actually protected us as a market for quite some time. But "now it's here" and our days of security appear to be over... it's time to face the threats head on and address them.

During this session, we will learn from data security experts from our petroleum industry on how to bolster the security of our network.  Adding to the discussion will be insight on what steps to take to contain and limit the scope of a potential data breach attack.

State of the Convenience Industry and Outlook Ahead


Lori Buss Stillman

Today’s retail landscape continues to evolve and be shaped by the headwinds of change.  In an era of rising consumer demands and digital advances, the needs and preferences of today’s convenience shopper is also evolving at an accelerated pace.  Lori Buss Stillman, VIce President of Research, will highlight key performance metrics and insights from the soon-to-be-released 2019 NACS State of the Industry Report, as well as translate how these data will inform actions for the industry across a variety of key dimensions:  store assortment and promotion strategies, digital, customer experience, shopper conversion and more.  If understanding what today’s pace of change will mean for tomorrow’s convenience retailer, you won’t want to miss Lori’s insights.


>> When registering for the Conexxus Annual Conference, please note that you will be taken to the NACS website to complete the process.  **You will need your NACS login credentials, not your Conexxus login**
>> Non-Conexxus and Non-NACS Members:
You will need to create a login on the next screen in order to register.  Please contact azecca@conexxus.org if you have any issues creating an account  <<

Conference Registration Fees
These Regular Admission rates are only available until March 22!  After March 22, increased It's Showtime rates will apply.

Conexxus Member Rate

Non-Member Rate

Register for the 2019 Conexxus Annual Conference

Guests are those spouses/partners attending networking events with a fully registered attendee only.

Conexxus Member Guests

Non-Member Guests



There will be a $250.00 administrative fee for any registration canceled before March 22, 2020.  After March 22, 2020 the full amount of the registration fee will be forfeited - NO REFUNDS.  Registrations may be transferred to another person from the same company before April 12, 2020 for an administrative fee of $250.  Transfers will not be allowed after April 12, 2020.



Hotel Information for Conexxus Annual Technology Conference

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

7000 N. Resort Drive, Tucson AZ 85750

Conexxus Technology Conference Hotel Reservations
or call: 800-234-5117

Participants are responsible for their own hotel accommodations.  Conexxus has arranged for a special conference rate of $199 plus tax per room per night at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. This rate will be honored from April 18 - May 4, 2020. Reservations may be made by calling the Loews Reservations Center (800-234-5117) or by following https://www.loewshotels.com/ventana-canyon/2020-conexxus-annual-conference.   When calling for reservations, please be sure to mention you are attending the 2020 Conexxus Annual Conference.

Attendees are responsible for arranging their own air and ground transportation needs. Loews Ventana Canyon Resort is located approximately 30 minutes from Tucson International Airport.



There are prime opportunities to have your organization promoted among our members, industry partners, and conference attendees at the Annual Conference! Please view our full 2020 Sponsorship Opportunities page for available options, and contact Ann Zecca with any questions or to become a sponsor.  Thank you for your support of this important industry technology conference!


Thank You To Our 2020 Conexxus Annual Conference Diamond Sponsors

Bulloch Technologies - Diamond Conexxus Sponsor         Cybera  - 2019 Conexxus Annual Conference Sponsor           Diebold Nixdorf  - 2019 Conexxus Annual Conference Sponsor     

 Gilbarco  - 2019 Conexxus Annual Conference Sponsor     Hughes  - 2019 Conexxus Annual Conference Sponsor NCR - 2020 Conexxus Annual Conference Sponsor    

  Security Innovation  - 2019 Conexxus Annual Conference Sponsor         Sound Payments - 2020 Conexxus Annual Conference Sponsor      Stuzo - 2020 Conexxus Annual Conference


Thank You To Our 2020 Conexxus Annual Conference Gold Sponsors

APG Cash Drawer - 2020 Conexxus Annual Conference     CHS - 2019 Conexxus Annual Conference Sponsor     ControlScan - 2019 Conexxus Annual Conference Sponsor     FIS - 2020 Conexxus Annual Conference Sponsor

     Impact 21 - Conexxus Annual Conference Sponsor     Invenco - 2020 Conexxus Annual Conference Sponsor           PDI - 2020 Conexxus Annual Conference Sponsor

             Verifone - 2019 Conexxus Annual Conference Sponsor         US Bank Voyager - 2020 Conexxus  


Thank You To Our 2020 Conexxus Annual Conference Silver Sponsors

        Kwik Trip - 2019 Conexxus Annual Conference Sponsor      Pinnacle - 2019 Conexxus Annual Conference Sponsor     SageNet - 2020 Conexxus Annual Conference Sponsor 

     Warren Rogers - 2019 Annual Conference Sponsor     Yesway - 2019 Conexxus Annual Conference Sponsor


About Conexxus

Conexxus is a non-profit, member-driven technology organization dedicated to the development and implementation of standards, technologies innovation and advocacy for the convenience store and fuel market. Conexxus membership collaborates on key present and future industry challenges and innovations. Our work efforts improve profitability by reducing the cost of IT ownership and improve the competitiveness of our members.