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Nouria Energy Powers POS Analytics in the Cloud

Partnership between SwiftIQ and Acumera spawns secure data platform
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WORCESTER, Mass. — Nouria Energy has adopted a new cloud-native autonomous point-of-sale (POS) infrastructure from SwiftIQ and Acumera. The program includes transaction log polling, ingestion and analytics capabilities initially configured for convenience stores running a Gilbarco Passport or VeriFone Commander POS.

  • Nouria Energy is No. 58 on CSP's2018 Top 202 ranking of c-store chains by total number of company-owned retail units.

“The combination of SwiftIQ’s automated analytics platform and our trusted network supplier Acumera has allowed us to have instant merchandising and marketing insights down from a few day’s lag to instantly via secure transaction streaming from our Gilbarco Passport POS,” said Abhi Patel, Nouria Energy’s director of information technology.  “We look forward to utilizing this capability to enable real-time data and APIs for agility, access and insight automation to improve promotions, out-of-stocks and our overall margins by reacting faster to business conditions.”

The two companies enable rapid deployment of secure transaction journal streaming into a cloud-based data warehouse to facilitate automated analytics and vendor collaboration. Powered by Acumera’s smart secure network technology, the system is fully PCI-DSS compliant, with all data air-gapped, or isolated, from the retail network. Acumera and SwiftIQ intend to produce NCR-compatible applications soon, the companies said.

SwiftIQ has developed programmable infrastructure, including application programming interface (API) for analytics, machine learning and vendor integration. These APIs also integrate with SwiftIQ’s Retail Execution Cloud to allow retailers and brands an automated, end-to-end system of intelligence. System capabilities include transaction journal data capture, developer portal, interface for ad hoc analytics, guided insights for assortment, promotions, affinities and vendor collaboration applications.

Additionally, c-store retailers can now translate legacy, offline XML (Extensible Markup Language) data processes used by hundreds of thousands of locations using Conexxus’ standard NAXML (NACS XML Program) output from major POS systems into the upcoming 3.6 Conexxus API standard.

“SwiftIQ is on the cutting edge of analytics for convenience retailers, and we believe their API infrastructure compliments Conexxus’ strategic API direction, enabling industry transformation to facilitate data agility,” said Gray Taylor, executive director of Conexxus. “Acumera provides not only innovative critical security infrastructure but also a service to automate raw data file transfers, while preserving data security. The future of retail depends on tightly integrating data in a highly-structured fashion with our trading partners so we can have the right product, at the right time, for each consumer’s immediate demand.”

“We are fortunate to have Acumera as a great partner alongside Conexxus membership, Gilbarco and Verifone to facilitate digital transformation,” said Jason Lobel SwiftIQ CEO and co-founder.  “This level of automation, security and interoperability will deliver incredible value to convenience retailers to unlock the value of their data. Notably, the first Conexxus NAXML version of transaction log data standards were created in April of 2000. Nearly 20 years later we now have a modern API-first, cloud-first infrastructure that retailers can use to accelerate growth.”

SwiftIQ, based in Chicago, offers the Retail Execution Cloud, which can analyze billions of records in seconds. SwiftIQ works with consumer product goods manufacturers, distributors and primarily offline retailers such as convenience and grocery retailers to automate insights and assist users making tactical merchandising and marketing decisions. SwiftIQ is a strategic partner to NACS that works with retail chains as small as 20 stores and up to many of the largest chains, as well as brands such as Anheuser-Busch, Coca-Cola, MarsWrigley, Hershey, and KraftHeinz.

Austin, Texas-based Acumera provides managed security and network visibility for the payment systems and operations of multi-site c-stores, retail, and restaurants. Since 2002, Acumera has managed and secured thousands of retail networks.

Alexandria, Va.-based Conexxus is a nonprofit, member-driven tech organization dedicated to the development and implementation of standards, technology innovation and advocacy for the c-store and petroleum market.

Worcester, Mass.-based Nouria Energy owns 138 c-store locations in five New England states, 117 of which are company operated and 21 of which are commission and leased dealers. It also owns and operates 47 car washes under the Golden Nozzle brand.

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