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Buc-ee’s streamlines POS with NCR solution

BY Dan Berthiaume

Jackson, Texas – Convenience store operator Buc-ee’s is using a complete software, hardware and services solution from NCR. The NCR solution is helping to streamline operations as well as increase speed and reliability at the point-of-sale.

Buc-ee’s operates 29 convenience centers throughout Texas. Prior to working with NCR, Buc-ee’s was experiencing system issues impacting their customer’s experience including uptime problems. The retailer’s legacy technology was unable to keep up with the volume causing operational challenges and unexpected financial expenses.

Buc-ee’s initially asked NCR to pilot its NCR Radiant Point-of-Sale (NCR RPOS) technology, fuel controller, and services capabilities in one of Buc-ee’s smaller footprint locations to prove their effectiveness within the retailer’s business model. Given the success with 64 fueling positions, Buc-ee’s has recently added a second fuel island, doubling the site’s capacity.

“Our goal is to not make the customer wait on us,” said Don Wasek, co-owner at Buc-ee’s. “What we have seen here by installing the NCR software solution is a dramatic improvement both inside, at the POS systems and outside at the island card readers. It’s a marked improvement over other transaction systems I’ve seen; especially with credit card processing, it’s blisteringly fast.”

In addition to providing hardware support services, NCR will also remotely monitor and troubleshoot locations, including remotely upgrading software when needed. This will further reduce Buc-cee’s total cost of ownership and increase availability.

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Compare Metrics secures $3.8 million funding

BY Dan Berthiaume

Austin, Texas – Compare Metrics, a provider of adaptive commerce navigation and discovery tools, has secured $3.8 million in follow-on financing. The financing is led by Austin Ventures with additional funding by existing investors Julie Allegro of Allegro Venture Partners, Bob Greene of Contour Ventures, Capital Factory, Mike Maples Jr. of Floodgate, Brett Hurt of Hurt Family Investments and independent investors Ralph Mack and Adam Ross.

This brings the company’s total amount of funding to $8 million. This latest funding will be used to drive continued product and company growth. The company’s client services and product development teams will continue to expand. The follow-on funding is an inside round. No changes will be made to the Compare Metrics board structure.

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Post-it sponsors Startup Weekend to help entrepreneurs launch their businesses

BY CSA STAFF

3M brand Post-it is sponsoring Startup Weekend, a program through the nonprofit UP Global that helps entrepreneurs launch their businesses in one weekend.

As part of this sponsorship, Post-it Brand will provide products to approximately 300 Startup Weekend events throughout the United States. Through this partnership, the Post-it brand will play a vital role in the idea-building and sharing processes among the event participants.

Post-it products used to brainstorm at the Startup Weekend events include Post-it Big Pads, Post-it Easel Pads, Post-it Full Adhesive Roll and Post-it Super Sticky Notes. The Post-it brand will also be filming a series of videos that will be featured on post-it.com/collaborate to help inspire others to turn their big ideas into reality.

“The Post-it Brand is excited to sponsor Startup Weekend and support their spirit of fostering creativity and innovation among the nation’s leading entrepreneurial minds,” said Jeff Hillins, global business director for Post-it. “Through this sponsorship, we look forward to learning how Startup Weekend’s participants use Post-it products to help them create bigger, better ideas together.”

Startup Weekend participants will also have the opportunity to submit entries to a photo contest, in which organizers and attendees can take inspiring photos of their team using Post-it products for a chance to win a prize sponsored by Post-it brand.

"There is a high correlation of the most successful teams and the quantity of ideas captured on the walls at Startup Weekend events,” said Marc Nager, CEO of UP Global. “Post-it Products are already such a natural fit for our community, and we’re excited to support even more collaboration with 3M’s help."

Startup Weekend is a nonprofit organization that supports the development and expansion of entrepreneurship through events worldwide that educate aspiring entrepreneurs by immersing them in the process of moving an idea to market. Startup Weekend has built a network of more than 150,000 alumni and thousands of volunteer organizers spread across more than 600 cities in more than 110 countries. Google For Entrepreneurs, Coca-Cola, Amazon Web Services and .CO are global partners. Startup Weekend is part of UP Global, the umbrella nonprofit organization that serves entrepreneurs by building thriving startup communities around the world through its various programs and initiatives.

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