ENON, Ohio -- Convenience retailer Speedway recently named InComm, a prepaid product and payments technology company, the chain’s Innovative Business Partner of the Year. For this year's partner awards, 20 companies were nominated in four categories: Innovative Partner, New Business Partner, Retail Support Partner and Retail Product Partner.
"Our prepaid program is an important part of our business, and InComm has continuously worked with us to keep us ahead of the curve in that regard," said Tony Kenney, president of Speedway. "Their products, promotions and technology provide value to our customers. InComm always brings something new to the table, making them a perfect fit for our Innovative Business Partner of the Year Award."
InComm and Speedway have been partners for 15 years, one of the longest partnerships in InComm's history. The companies have worked together to grow both businesses through ideas, products and solutions. Throughout the partnership, InComm has worked closely with Speedway across its more than 2,700 locations, the company said. Complementary technology solutions, such as InComm's Smart Auto-Replenishment System and barcode-based payments, have also been implemented by Speedway.
Integrating InComm's fraud-prevention measures has helped Speedway mitigate loss and focus more on customer satisfaction. To keep Speedway informed of the latest trends in the industry, InComm also hosts two summits per year with the retailer, along with weekly conference calls and quarterly business reviews.
"We strive to be a partner they can rely on to consistently bring new ideas and products that help them grow their business," said Jerry Cutler, vice president of sales for InComm. "Receiving an award like this from a company with as great a reputation as Speedway lets us know we are on the right track. It has been a pleasure teaming up with the great people at Speedway to create amazing consumer experiences. This is truly a humbling honor."
Speedway LLC, with headquarters in Enon, Ohio, is the nation's second-largest company-owned and -operated convenience-store chain, with approximately 2,740 stores in 21 states. Speedway is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corp.
With integrations into retailers' point-of-sale systems, InComm provides connectivity to a variety of service providers that allow consumers to conduct everyday business at more than 500,000 points of retail distribution. Whether those consumers are activating prepaid products, paying bills, using real-time discounts through a membership card, purchasing digital goods in-store or adding funds to an online account, InComm provides gift-giving opportunities, cater to on-the-go shoppers, deliver added value through loyalty programs and serve cash-based consumers. InComm has 246 global patents. Its headquarters are in Atlanta and it has a presence in more than 30 countries.
Phil Graves (from left), president of InComm; B.J. Reed, category manager for Speedway; Kim Moriarty, sales director for InComm; Elizabeth Campbell, associate category manager for Speedway; Jerry Cutler, vice president, national convenience, for InComm; Tony Carf, director of merchandising for Speedway