SUPPLY CHAIN

Cumberland Farms launches fuel payment program for businesses

BY Dan Berthiaume

Framingham, Mass. – Cumberland Farms, is launching its free SmartPay Check-Link Business payment program, which enables business owners to save 10 cents on every gallon of gas for their fleet of vehicles. SmartPay Business offers two ways to save – the SmartPay Business Card and the SmartPay Business Mobile App.

Business owners can add as many drivers as they’d like to their SmartPay Business account. The program offers business owners increased oversight of their fleet’s fuel usage and savings with the ability to track the gas consumption of individual drivers and set driver-specific limits. Business owners can even track mileage using an optional odometer feature.

To ensure complete protection, every SmartPay Business account is individually PIN password protected and fleet members also have distinct PINs that the administrator oversees. To further enhance the security of SmartPay Business, Cumberland Farms has joined forces with the National Payment Card Association (NPCA). NPCA ensures secure, PIN-based debit transactions to your business’s bank account every time a driver swipes with their SmartPay Check-Link Business card or pays with their phone.

"We’re very excited about the launch of SmartPay Business and to extend the incredible savings and benefits of SmartPay to business owners," said Ari Haseotes, president of Cumberland Farms. "We created this payment program as a secure and straightforward way for business owners to save significantly on their fuel costs while also managing their fleets and tracking fuel spending. We’ve saved consumers more than $12 million to date with the program, and we hope to achieve similar success with SmartPay Business."

More than just automatic savings on gas, SmartPay Check-Link Business provides business owners with access to an online portal to monitor the daily activity of their fleet as well as monthly statements to help control, track and manage their company’s overall gas expenditures.

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OPERATIONS

DEA investigates Safeway

BY Dan Berthiaume

Pleasanton, Calif. – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is investigating how Safeway Inc. reports and keeps records on the theft and loss of controlled substances. In a regulatory filing, Safeway said it received a subpoena from the DEA to look into its controlled substance practices.

The filing also said Safeway cannot be sure how much financial liability could be potentially involved as a result of the investigation, but should not affect its fiscal results. Safeway is cooperating with the DEA. In 2012, the DEA revoked the controlled substance licenses of two CVS locations in Florida.

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REAL ESTATE

Sam’s Club opens in Oxford, Alabama, July 24

BY Dan Berthiaume

Bentonville, Ark. – Sam’s Club will open a new store in Oxford, Alabama, on July 24. The store will bring 170 jobs to the community

A number of health and wellness services will also be available, including a pharmacy, optical center and hearing aid center.

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