Mix & Match

Gilbarco, SSCS Create turnkey programming solution

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Gilbarco and Service Station Computer Systems Inc. (SSCS) have introduced a seamless, automated multi-item promotions program. The new solution allows mix-and-match promotions to be managed through the combined Passport POS and SSCS backoffice software. Passport provides timely sales and discount information and SSCS allows centralized configuration of the promotions through the coordinated implementation of the NAXML standard data formats by Gilbarco and SSCS.

"In the past the c-store operator programmed the Passport first, and then moved to the backoffice system to [image-nocss] recreate the promotions so that both machines recognized them,"said Al Stoeberl, SSCS vice president of sales and marketing. "It was double work that led to clerical errors and inconsistencies. The integration provided by Gilbarco and SSCS remedies the problem."

The system is capable of maintaining the integrity of mix-and-match/combo discounts as they are transferred back and forth between the Passport and SSCS Back Office System. The solution is flexible enough to store and recall a wide mix of product combinations and, as a result, the POS operator needs to do little more than scan the specified item or items to ensure the proper application of discounts, the company said.

"The ability to manage promotions, such as mix and match, is a huge benefit in today's market," said Mikey Fradin, Gilbarco director of POS systems. "And the turnkey solution provided for Passport by SSCS allows for simple execution by our customers."

In addition, the programming solution offers:

Clear, precise reporting that assists in the evaluation of promotions. Tighter inventory control—each item sold in the promotion is recorded accurately and adjustments do not have to be made after the fact, reducing human error and increasing the reliability of line item sales reports. Compatibility is assured because Gilbarco Veeder-Root and SSCS data formats use the Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards' (PCATS) XML standard, known as PCATS-NAXML.

"It has been gratifying and a pleasure to partner with Gilbarco Veeder-Root to bring our mutual customers the best mix and match programming feature in the industry," added Stoeberl. "Our accomplishment illustrates the upside of teamwork. We look forward to a long, fruitful relationship with this market innovator."

Gilbarco Veeder-Root and Gasboy are leading suppliers of outdoor payment systems, integrated fuel control, site management and support services for petroleum marketers and commercial fueling enterprises worldwide.

Headquartered in Salinas, Calif., SSCS is a supplier of backoffice management and automation solutions to retailers in the c-store, auto repair, and fuel wholesaling industries. The Computerized Daily Book (CDB), the company's flagship software program, has been installed in more than 15,000 dealer locations to date, the company said.

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