Ransom Ware Threatens Marketers

Cybercrime

Ransom Ware Threatens Marketers

Mark Radosevich wrote an article on January 17, 2018 that appears on the  Convenience Store Decisions website covering the growing concerns of cybercrimes within the petroleum marketer’s community.

Read the full article here on Convenience Store Decisions.

As the opening tagline states, “Cybercrime knows no bounds, and not paying attention to your computer security can trip up a company plenty.”

The article discusses what prime targets petroleum marketers are becoming for cybercrime and ransomware due to the high volume of customers and cash petroleum wholesalers and oil marketers deal with.  These attacks are further being fueled due to non-traditional banking intermediaries such as Bitcoin being involved to aid the nefarious schemers activities that makes finding such culprits far more difficult to impossible!

And while private individuals should be very concerned about identity theft and security, any and all businesses need to be far more concerned these days because they are dealing with the financial and personal data of thousands to millions of individuals along with that of their own business. And last I looked, technology is becoming more prevalent in everyone’s day to day life as time marches forward…unless you want to live in the wilds away from society that is.

It is always the best course of action to deal with highly qualified experts dedicated to cyber security to minimize the impact and fallout so you do not become the next victim.

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Passport PX52 (PX51) Hardware: Support ending for upcoming release in March 2018

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End-Of-Life Announcement:
Passport PX52 (PX51) Hardware

Gilbarco Veeder-Root is committed to maintaining service and support for all their solutions for the full extent of their hardware lifecycles. This support continues until they can no longer provide spare parts, or when significant technological advances dictate otherwise.PX52 End Of Support

The Passport PX52 (PX51) hardware set was released in 2005 and has served thousands of  Gilbarco Veeder-Root customers with fourteen major Passport releases and millions of hours of store operation. The PX60 Passport All-In-One hardware was introduced as the next evolution in April 2014 and sold across all petroleum/convenience networks and markets over the past three years.

Support for the PX52 (PX51) hardware set will be discontinued starting with Version 11.02 (Release 4) and all subsequent releases. This release is currently scheduled for production release starting March 2018.

PX52 End Of Life AnnouncementTo further help with key dates that pertain to the PX52 (PX51) hardware End-Of-Life support, please view the End-Of-Life Announcement: Passport PX52 (PX51) Hardware Gilbarco Veeder-Root has published.  The announcement includes a chart of milestones along with links to embed the key dates into your calendar as reminders.

PX60-Tradeup discounts are still available if you wish to upgrade from your existing PX52. Call us at 1.800.451.4021 to upgrade your system today!

 
The John W. Kennedy Company appreciates your business and continued support!

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MassDEP Stage I Enforcement Discretion Directive: OPW 723V PV Vent Approval

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The following is reproduced from an OPW newsletter.

 

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is proposing to amend 310 CMR 7.24(3) Distribution of Motor Vehicle Fuel, to update the tables of Stage I systems certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) since January 2, 2015, the date the current Stage I regulation was last revised.

The existing regulations at 310 CMR 7.24(3) is part of the Massachusetts Ozone State Implementation Plan (SIP) and the regulatory amendments will be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval into the SIP.  A public hearing will be held to receive comments on the proposed amendments on:

August 1, 2017
10am – 12pm
Conference Room A
MassDEP Boston Office
1 Winter Street, Boston 02108

Testimony may be presented orally or in writing at the hearing. MassDEP will accept written comments until 5:00 p.m. on August 31, 2017.  Written comments must be submitted by email to: DEP.Talks@state.ma.us or by mail to: Tom DeNormandie, MassDEP, One Winter Street, Boston, MA 02108.  A copy of the proposed amendments and technical support document is available on MassDEP’s website at mass.gov/dep/public/publiche.htm.

Stage I Vapor Recovery Enforcement Discretion Directive
for Owners/Operators of Motor Vehicle Fuel Dispensing Facilities Subject to
310 CMR 7.24(3)

OPW 723VAttached is an Enforcement Discretion Directive, effective immediately, allowing the installation of Stage I enhanced vapor recovery (EVR) systems and components that are contained in California Air Resources Board (CARB) Orders issued since January 2, 2015 prior to the effective date of revisions to 310 CMR 7.24(3).

 If you have any questions concerning the proposed amendments to 310 CMR 7.24(3), or the conditions of the above directive, please call the MassDEP Stage I hotline at 617-556-1035, ext. 1, or Jeff Gifford at 617-556-1144; jeffrey.gifford@state.ma.us.

 

To learn more about the 723V pressure vacuum vent, Download the 723V Data Sheet/Flyer.  Or call us at 1-800-451-4021.

 

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Why Wait – No Interest, No Payments Until 2018!

Why Wait? Qualified Customers Get No Payments on Equipment and Installation.

patriot-logoIf you are considering upgrading your site, there’s never been a better time.  Lock in today’s low interest rates through December 2022 when you finance your new gas pumps, point of sale, underground storage tanks or other fueling or in-store equipment.

Encore_700_wJWKOrder by November 30, 2017.  Equipment installed by December 31, 2017 is eligible for Section 179 tax savings in 2017.

Our friends and partners at Patriot Capital would love to help you finance those upgrades.

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See the attached credit application or give us a call at 1.800.451.4021 and ask us about this program!

Program available to qualified borrowers.

We appreciate your continued business and support!

Morrison Brothers CO. – California Proposition 65 Notice

Morrison-Bros_logoCAUTIONThe following has been reproduced from a Morrison Brothers email blast from the desk of Rick Zillig, Manager QCCS
June 6, 2017:

Subject: California Proposition 65 Notice

Morrison Bros. Co. (MBC) has recently been made aware of several MBC products being made available “online” and/or through retail outlets in the state of California. California’s Proposition 65 requires formal, public notice through proper warning labels for individual items, such as the one shown below, and MBC will immediately begin including warning labels for products that contain brass.

MBC California Proposition P65

Click above warning image to read full notice from Morrison Brothers

MBC  products  are  not  intended  for  applications  involving  potable  water  or  any  form  of  human  or  animal consumption. They are designed and manufactured exclusively for use in fuel and chemical handling. The Morrison catalog and product specification sheets include the materials of construction. Please take necessary precautions when designing systems, specifying products, and selling these products. If you have any questions on an application, contact MBC immediately.

MBC products are sold exclusively through authorized distributors. Distributors are trained and kept aware of product specifications, applications, and regulatory status. MBC cannot control the retail sales and end use of the products, but will immediately send notice, such as this, to distributors when the company is made aware of any situation in the field. It is important to read and understand the notice, comply with the warnings, and take corrective action when necessary in cases involving noncompliance.

Thank you for your attention.

If you have any questions in regards to any of these Morrison products, please feel free to contact us at 1.800.451.4021.

We appreciate your continued business and support!

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OPW Videos Now Available Through WWW.OPWGLOBAL.COM

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OPW has made their OPW University training videos free and accessible on their main website with no login or account required.  Accessing these videos is simple:

From the home page, access the Tech Support menu and select either Fuel Management Systems or Retail Fueling.  Depending on which you select, the menu path selection will be as follows:

FMS: TECH SUPPORT > OPW FUEL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS > TRAINING & CERTIFICATION > OPW UNIVERSITY VIDEOS

RETAIL FUELING: TECH SUPPORT > OPW RETAIL FUELING > TRAINING > OPW UNIVERSITY VIDEOS

If you have any question or would like to find out more about OPW technical training, contact us at 1-800-451-4021.

The John W. Kennedy Company appreciates your business and continued support!

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Patriot Industry News – How Will Trump’s Tax Cuts Impact You?

This blog post was reproduced from a Patriot Capital newsletter

Does Trump’s Tax Plan Mean Higher Costs for C-Stores?

President Trump has announced one of the largest tax cuts in history. The changes will impact most Patriot Capital newsletter image 1American businesses, including convenience stores.

The planned reduction of taxes proposed for “for corporations, small businesses and partnerships of all sizes” is the headline story. At the same time, the maximum personal income tax rate is proposed to be 35 percent and the number of personal tax rates would drop from seven tiers to three (35 percent, 25 percent, 10 percent).

Considerations for your business include:

  • lower tax rates mean higher after tax costs for equipment due to lower depreciation
  • if the Border Adjustment Tax comes into effect, higher prices for imported components and equipment
  • uncertainty around the fate of Section 179
  • acceleration of interest rate increase

For more on how the new tax proposal could affect your business, read the entire article here.

Three Factors to Consider When Purchasing Convenience Store Equipment

Chris Santy, President of Patriot Capital, shares some key points that need to be considered when deciding whether to invest in equipment upgrades in this article.

When making any investment decision, the first consideration always should be the return on your investment (ROI), Santy’s article discusses three important ROI concerns to consider:

  • What is the cost of the equipment or investment?
  • What will the equipment earn?
  • What could happen to make the return on investment different than expected?

Patriot Capital offers a variety of equipment financing options for C-stores, fuel marketers and jobbers. To get a quick quote, or find an advisor near you, visit the Patriot Capital website or call (877) 527-0383.

NACS Survey Reveals What Fuel Prices Would Trigger Driving Changes

Fuel customers will change their driving habits to decrease their fuel consumption once gas prices reach Patriot Capital newsletter image 2$3.37 per gallon, according to a new NACS Consumer Fuels Survey. The price would have to hit $4.43 before consumers will drastically decrease their driving.

The price of gas also affects how consumers think about broader economic issues. Other issues the survey explored include expectations on future fuel prices, generational differences in consumer attitudes, and consumer perceptions on the reasons for fuel price increases – the good news is they don’t tend to blame the fuel retailer.

Visit the NACS Fuel Resources Center to review a variety of 2017 C-store consumer opinion surveys.

Dirty Pumps, Restrooms Cited Among ‘Four Sins of Fuel Retail’

Filthy gas pumps, malfunctioning card readers, unwelcoming stores, and dirty restrooms are cited as the Patriot Capital newsletter image 3top “Four Sins of Fuel Retail” in a recent editorial by industry strategist Norman Turiano.

Cleanliness at the pumps tops the list. Turiano points out that female consumers are especially reluctant to touch a visibly dirty pump, and this can drive away business.

Dirty restrooms make customers question overall cleanliness, and particularly. wonder about the healthiness of on-site prepared food. Does your site have the right focus on the ‘Four Sins’?

Read the entire article in CSP Daily.

Consumer Optimism Remains High Despite Fuel Price Increases

Consumer optimism is at an all-time high despite rising gas prices, according to a NACS National Patriot Capital newsletter image 4Consumer Fuel Survey.  NACS reports that 61 percent of consumers feel optimistic about the economy, the highest number in the 4-year history of the monthly survey.

Drivers remain optimistic despite the fact that a majority of gasoline consumers expect prices to increase in the next month. Slightly more than half of all Americans report they expect prices to be “much higher” or “somewhat higher”, while only 9 percent expect prices to drop.

Traditionally, rising prices result in decreased consumer optimist. Four years ago, when 85 percent of Americans said that gas prices had increased, 41 percent were optimistic. However, gas prices were more than $1 per gallon higher in 2013 than they are today.

 

The John W. Kennedy Company appreciates your business and continued support!

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Phase Separation and What it Means for You

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Detect_Phase_SeparationWith over 90% of U.S. gas stations blending gasoline with ethanol, an important thing to consider when maintaining fuel tanks at your station is Phase Separation.  Phase Separation occurs when ethanol absorbs water and separates from the gasoline , sinking to the bottom of the tank.  Due to its lighter density, it can remain undetected by a traditional water float and may end up being pumped directly into customers’ vehicles, which can lead to damages you will be held liable for.  If left unaddressed for too long, the costs and consequences of Phase Separation could lead to serious damage to your reputation and business.

The best way to prevent these issues from arising is constant, diligent tank monitoring which will allow for early detection.  Veeder-Root offers the Phase-Two Separation Float, which replaces a traditional gasoline float kit and detects both water and phase separation in your tanks.

For more information on Phase Separation, read this article on Veeder-Root’s Fueling Solutions blog here.

 

The John W. Kennedy Company appreciates your business and continued support!

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NEW FLEX-ING™ Hose Fittings Now Shipping!

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FLEX-ING Hose Fittings

Franklin Fueling is pleased to announce the release of their new swivel and fixed fittings for their popular Flex-Ing™ brand fueling hose.  These completely re-designed fittings come standard on all Hardwall, Softwall, Marina, and Cold-Weather hoses.

FFS_FlexIngFtgs2New Swivel Fitting Construction

  1. Insert (Nickel plated steel with chrome flash finish)
  2. Nut & fixed fitting (AL chrome conversion coated)
  3. Front bushing (injection modeled Acetal)
  4. Rear bushing (injection molded Acetal)
  5. Conductive spring (302 tempered stainless steel)
  6. O-rings (Viton™)

 

The new nickel-plated steel fittings now include a chrome flash finish. This additional layer of provides further protection against rust and accelerated wear.

 

Added AssuranceFkex-Ing Fittings: Added Assurance

With the new design, the swivel fitting insert (1)  features a lip (2) that sits outside of the swivel nut (3). This keeps the fitting body (4) securely in place, resisting pull-out from the hose ferrule (5).

These new fittings have already begun shipping on new Hardwall, Softwall, Marina, and Cold-Weather hoses. Please note there are no changes in pricing with these enhanced new standard fittings.

Read and download the Tech Bulletin here.

Read and download the updated Installation Guide here.

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE!

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2017 JWK Make Your Station Safe Again Trade Show

March 29 & 30, 2017 – Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick , RI

2006 Trade ShowFor two decades, the John W Kennedy Company Trade Show has grown with show attendance exceeding 500 professionals from around the industry and more vendors than we have room to display. Counting registered attendees, vendor representatives and Kennedy staff, that’s seven to eight hundred industry-related people in all.

It has become a must-see in the industry and it is one of our defining events, highlighting the dynamic capabilities of the employees from inception to execution. From the show theme to most of the design, printing and building of everything you see for and at the show, it puts on display the same dynamics we put to work for both our customers and vendors on a daily basis. And we truly appreciate that both look forward to attending each show.

Click here to register for Make Your Station Safe Again Trade Show

Aside from seeing the latest and greatest products, installation and maintenance techniques, it’s the biggest opportunity for the vendors who make the products and you, the professionals who install and maintain those products to have direct access to one another away from the trenches in a more relaxed atmosphere. This is the single biggest reason we have the show and why more prefer attending our show over the other “national” shows.

2009 Trade ShowAnother big show feature are the seminars vendors offer. This year, 6 different vendor certification and informational seminars will be offered throughout the day on March 29th. This is a free event but you must register to attend the show and seminars. That’s because we make these nifty badges with unique barcodes used to track show and seminar attendance. Vendors offering certification seminars require proof of attendance and scanning a barcode is quick and easy proof.

We do take show walk-ins the day of the show but suggest registering early if you want to attend the seminars as they all fill to capacity well before the show.

Click here to see the seminar list, show layout and to register

Of course that’s not all. It can’t be all business all the time. We have giveaways with plenty of food, drinkBiancoMartinis and other edible treats available throughout the show. We even show you where all this good stuff is directly on the show layout!

If you are still with us at 4:30PM on March 29th, we invite you to stay just a little bit longer. Topping off the day, we have a cocktail reception with h’orderves, more food and live music performed by the Bianco Martinis.

And once again, the show returns to the Crowne Plaza Hotel directly off of 95 in Warwick, RI. We hope you can join us.

See you at the show!!

 

The John W. Kennedy Company appreciates your business and continued support!

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