PDI, Acumera Form Strategic Alliance for C-Store Industry

Integration of technologies benefits retail, wholesale customers

TEMPLE, Texas -- Professional Datasolutions Inc. (PDI) and Acumera Inc. have entered into a joint marketing and technology development agreement to optimize the deployment and use of Acumera's advanced managed network services.

"Acumera's network integration services connect all store systems to a secure, PCI-compliant broadband network to reduce telecommunications costs and simplify remote support," said Dirk Heinen, CEO and co-founder of Acumera. "In addition to sophisticated network design and management, companies use Acumera's managed network services to integrate [image-nocss] data systems such as automatic tank gauges to better manage fuel operations and increase operational productivity."

Greg Gilkerson, PDI's founder and president, added, "Acumera's managed network solution allows PDI customers to not only monitor network performance, but access and manage most of the electronic devices found in today's convenience store. With a centrally-managed, secure network and these unique Acumera capabilities, our joint customers will be able to take Doing Business Electronically to a whole new level."

Temple, Texas-based PDI provides software, hardware and professional services to leading convenience retailers and wholesale petroleum marketers. Worldwide, more than 330 companies operating more than 23,000 retail locations use PDI's systems for retail automation, fuel and warehouse management, business intelligence, financial reporting and workforce management.

Acumera, based in Austin, Texas, provides comprehensive network integration, products and management services for convenience store and wholesale petroleum sites. Its network management services are designed to help companies reduce expenses and increase operational effectiveness.