The Complete Guide to Choosing the Right POS System for Your Gas Station

Having an efficient and reliable Point of Sale (POS) system is crucial for smooth operations and customer satisfaction. With a myriad of options available in the market, selecting the right POS system tailored to the specific needs of your gas station supplies can be tricky. In this guide, we will break down the key factors to consider and provide insights into making an informed decision.

Understanding Your Gas Station’s Unique Requirements

Different gas stations may have distinct needs based on factors like size, location, and the range of services offered. As a gas station owner, you must consider the following aspects:

Integration with Fuel Management

Ensure that the POS system can handle fuel transactions efficiently, including tracking fuel levels and monitoring fuel sales. Always look for compatibility with fuel monitoring systems to prevent discrepancies and streamline inventory management.

Convenience Store Operations

If your gas station includes a convenience store, the POS system should be capable of managing fuel and retail transactions. Check features like inventory tracking, barcode scanning, and integration with loyalty programs. A system that can handle diverse products ranging from snacks to automotive supplies will enhance overall efficiency.

Key Features to Look for in a Gas Station POS System

A cutting-edge POS system for a gas station should provide excellent pump control features. It includes the ability to authorize fuel dispensing and manage pump maintenance schedules. Real-time monitoring ensures that fuel transactions are secure.

As the payment landscape evolves, you must invest in a POS system that is EMV-compliant. EMV technology enhances the security of credit and debit card transactions by incorporating microprocessor chips. Compliance with EMV standards not only protects your customers but also safeguards your gas station from liability in the event of fraudulent transactions.

We recommend choosing a POS system that can grow with your gas station. Scalability is essential to accommodate future expansions or changes in business operations. Invest in a system that supports additional pumps, POS terminals, and integrations with emerging technologies.

Comparing POS System Providers and Costs

With a clear understanding of your gas station’s requirements and the essential features to look for, you must compare POS system providers and assess costs. Conduct thorough research on POS system providers like Gilbarco and check customer reviews. Seek feedback from other gas station owners who have implemented the systems you are considering. This firsthand information can provide valuable insights into the performance and reliability of each option.

Calculate the total cost of ownership, including hardware, software licenses, maintenance, and potential future upgrades. Opt for a transparent pricing structure that aligns with your budget and long-term financial goals.

 An individual ordering POS systems from an online store

Order Top-Class Gilbarco POS Systems From Our Online Store

If you need Gilbarco POS systems to take your gas station’s operations to the next level, the team at John W. Kennedy Company can help you. Our online store offers numerous gas station accessories supplies, including POS systems, fuel dispensers, LED lights, fuel management systems, and much more.

Contact us for more details.

JWK SBI – Shop By Image Feature

THEY Say A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words…
JWK SBI - Shop By Image

…But we at the John W. Kennedy Company decided to expand on Henrik Ibsen’s 1913 roughly coined phrase by making a picture more than just a picture worth a thousand words.  We decided to make them a shopping tool and informational resource with simple mouse clicks on one image.

May not sound like anything different you’ve seen until you’ve seen JWK’s SBI – Shop By Image feature!

The John W. Kennedy Company has been using image mapping to organize information and build quotes off of since the early 2000s for a few of our larger customers. So it was only natural when we launched our online store in 2016 to use them directly to shop from as well, allowing site visitors to add equipment and parts directly to their shopping carts from an image! We have simply kept this feature on the down-low, mentioning them here and there to get a feel as to whether they would be used and how often.

In late 2018, working with our eCommerce provider, we customized our site to integrate image mapping directly into our eCommerce solution to allow us to map images in-house and drop them on our site to create a powerful tool that is becoming more and more popular. There is no middle people involved; just us, an image and our site! From concept to reality in less time than it can take to get a quote most days.

JWK SBI Blue Hill Express

Blue Hill Express, Canton, MA 2009 image map

Blue Hill Express, Canton MA Encore dispenser image mapped from 2009

Blue Hill Express, Canton MA Encore dispenser image mapped from 2009

We have mapped out everything from exploded view parts breakdowns to an entire gas station. Some of those early image maps are still being used many years later.  One set of complex maps compared the customer’s current spec to their proposed upgrade and the associated costs. Unfortunately, we can not disclose them due to their proprietary nature and agreements made with the customers but the impact they made was powerful.

  In the case of new products, it allows us to hit the ground running by building the new products with a high degree of consistency and accuracy with all pertinent resources in tow such as product images, literature and videos . Kennedy warehouse staff even use them to identify components they are unfamiliar with in various systems like pipeworks.

Fairfield SCM-5DS Image Map

Fairfield SCM-5DS simple image map of exploded view

The early image maps (like the ones above and to the left of Blue Hill Express) were much more involved and required several expensive software apps to create over the span of a few days that didn’t look nearly as sharp or cool as what we can do now.

By the time we made our jump to eCommerce in 2016, we were able to create them with one piece of open source software that provided a much cleaner look to the finished map with even more functionality. With all the information at our fingertips and all products in our system, simple image maps can be created in less than an hour like the Fairfield Industries SCM-5DS you see pictured to the right, while more complex ones may take a half day or more. 

No “hover” effects for non-mouse driven devices

This is really a bit of a downer we hope to figure a way around moving forward but not holding our breath at a quick and easy solution.  While you can still use the image maps on tablets and smartphones, they don’t provide the same impact, functionality, nor are the images as big as they are on a desktop or laptop but again, they still work and can be used on such devices. And depending on the browser being used on tablets and smartphones, some will open with just a touch while others require you to touch and hold to open a new tab.  Yeah, I agree, the inconsistency in web browsers from device to device and IO to IO is pretty bad as well.  We are all still learning this new digital world, even those building it.  This is why you will not find a direct link to any image maps on the mobile version of our site as we do not drive customers away by frustrating them with a feature that does not work the same on every device.

At this time, the most popular image maps are the Franklin Fueling FE Petro submersible pump exploded views.

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These very popular maps are used multiple times a day to find parts and provide much needed information in a format not found anywhere else and that’s where the John W. Kennedy Company excels over all others; provide much need information in a timely manner.  We know who’s looking, who’s buying and when.  We know vendors and our competition use our site for information from not just our analytics but from the horse’s mouth. What does it say about the competition when they use our site over their own or the vendors to get information from?

Pretty telling to say the least!

That tells us what we’ve known for nearly a century, information is still king! And that’s the best way we know how to win a customer’s loyalty; it’s not just about price but the support network and the timeliness of that support. This can also be seen with our trade shows we’ve hosted since the 90s and our daily efforts since 1930.  And now, we are just trying to carry that effort forward to the digital world wide web.

So by all means, please click on the image below to explore our Shop By Image page that features mapped images from Fairfield Industries, Franklin Fueling Systems’ brands (Corrosion Control, Cable Tight, EBW, EVO, FE Petro and UPP), Morrison Brothers, NUPI, Omntec and OPW with more to follow!JWK SBI - Shop By ImageIf you have any suggestions for image maps you would like to see, please feel free to email
Shop By Image Suggeston
and if the resources are available, we will do our best to make it happen!

Can’t find what you are looking for on our site or have questions? Feel free to call us at 1.800.451.4021 or

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


Vendor Spotlight: CimTek Filtration and Finding Your Best Defense Against Water!

CimTek FiltrationReady to Protect Your Fuel From its Largest Threat?

Follow this simple guide to help your customers find their best defense against water:

click on the filter part number to find them in our online store!

For Straight
For Ethanol Blends
up to 25%
For Diesel
When Using:
Better Defense
Best Defense
Better Defense
Best Defense
Better Defense
Best Defense
Best Defense
70094 (260-10) 70062 (260HS-10) 70232 (260HG-02)
70236 (260HG-10)
70117 (260MB-10)
70117 (260MB-10) 70062 (260HS-10) 70232 (260HG-02)
70236 (260HG-10)
70232 (260HG-02)
70236 (260HG-10)
70095 (260-30) 70062 (260HS-10)

70067 (260HS-30)
70232 (260HG-02)

70236 (260HG-10)
70117 (260MB-10)

70117 (260MB-10) 70062 (260HS-10)

70067 (260HS-30)
70232 (260HG-02)
70236 (260HG-10)
70232 (260HG-02)

70236 (260HG-10)
70010 (300-10) 70059 (300HS-10) 70235 (300HG-10)

70122 (300MB-10)

70122 (300MB-10) 70059 (300HS-10) 70235 (300HG-10) 70235 (300HG-10)
70012 (300-30) 70059 (300HS-10)

70064 (300HS-30)

70235 (300HG-10)

70122 (300MB-10)
70018 (300MB-30)

70018 (300MB-30) 70122 (300MB-10) 70059 (300HS-10)
70064 (300HS-30)
70235 (300HG-10) 70235 (300HG-10)
70015 (400-10) 70060 (400HS-10) 70008 (400HG-10)
70120 (400MB-10)
70120 (400MB-10) 70060 (400HS-10) 70008 (400HG-10) 70008 (400HG-10)
70016 (400-30) 70060 (400HS-10)
70065 (400HS-30)
70008 (400HG-10)
70120 (400MB-10)
70106 (400MB-30)
70106 (400MB-30) 70120 (400MB-10) 70060 (400HS-10)
70065 (400HS-30)
70008 (400HG-10) 70008 (400HG-10)
70034 (450-10) 70075 (450HS-10)
70023 (450MB-10)
70023 (450MB-10) 70075 (450HS-10)
70027 (450-30) 70076 (450HS-30) 70075 (450HS-10)
70023 (450MB-10)
70023 (450MB-10) 70076 (450HS-30) 70075 (450HS-10)
70097 (475-10) 70098 (475HS-10)
70111 (475MB-10)
70111 (475MB-10) 70098 (475HS-10)
70092 (475-30) 70043 (475HS-30) 70098 (475HS-10)
70111 (475MB-10)
70111 (475MB-10) 70043 (475HS-30) 70098 (475HS-10)
70019 (800-10) 70063 (800HS-30) 70037 (800HG-02)
70024 (800HG-10)
70063 (800HS-30) 70037 (800HG-02)
70024 (800HG-10)
70037 (800HG-02)
70024 (800HG-10)
70020 (800-30) 70063 (800HS-10)
70068 (800HS-30)
70037 (800HG-02)
70024 (800HG-10)
70063 (800HS-10)
70068 (800HS-30)
70037 (800HG-02)
70024 (800HG-10)
70037 (800HG-02)
70024 (800HG-10)
*Includes biodiesel blends up to 20% and 100% biodiesel. We only show best defense options because the distinct properties of biodiesel require the specific filters listed. Please contact us with questions or to learn more.

What’s in a label?

CimTek labels help you quickly identify everything you need to know about their filters. Use the guide below to understand every element of the filter label.

The label that gives you all the details
CimTek Filter Label

The color tells you what the filter does
CimTek Filter Color

How Much Could Your Cellulose Filter Actually Cost You?

Cellulose filters may be cheaper than our other filters, but it’s important to understand what that lower price tag means.
Cellulose filters provide no protection from water, which continues to reign as the largest threat to your fuel supply. When you choose Cellulose, you’re vulnerable to the many issues caused by water-contaminated fuel, including:
Cost1Equipment Damage
Excess water in your fuel can cause microbial growth, rust, etching, and corrosion—all of which can severely damage your equipment over time.
Damaged equipment, fuel violations, and service calls all lead to pump downtime, which directly impacts your profitability.
Cost3Lost Customers
Customers who receive water-contaminated fuel are not going to be happy customers. Unhappy customers don’t come back. And in a world where those unhappy customers can share their bad experience with thousands of people with the click of a button, it’s more important than ever to guard against bad fuel.
Vehicle DamageCost4
Water-contaminated fuel can cause serious issues in customers’ vehicles, resulting in repair bills they don’t want to pay and frustration they won’t soon forget.
Cost5Violations & Fines
In most states, customers who suspect they’ve received contaminated fuel can file a complaint with their local Weights & Measures department. If that department determines there is water in your fuel, you can quickly find yourself bagging pumps, paying associated fines, and facing expensive service bills to fix the issue.

Click here to check out our online store to find  many other CimTek products!

And if you can’t find what you are looking for or have any other questions, feel free to give us a call at 1.800.238.1225 or use our online contact form.

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



Help protect yourself & your customers from the Coronavirus with Universal Valve’s Marty’s Mits

Universal Valve's Marty's Mits

Marty’s Mits
Click on the image to see them in our online store!

Marty's Mits Kit with Protective metal enclosure

You can also buy the Marty’s Mits Kit that includes a box of 500 mitts and the protective metal enclosure. Click the image to buy from our online store today!

Disposable mitt protects your customers from gas and diesel odors as well as the spread of germs at the pump

  • Economical way to ensure the safety of everyone
  • Easy to use, one time use mitts
  • Box of 500 one time use disposable mitts
  • Metal box to hold, dispense, and protect your Marty’s Mits also available

Marty's Mits Metal Box

Marty’s Mits Protective Case
You can also buy just the metal case for your Marty’s Mits. Click the image to buy from our online store now!


  • Limited quantities available now. 
  • Due to limited quantities Marty’s Mits are available on first come first serve basis. 
  • Preorder now for backorder on next production run.
  • Due to the nature and high demand for this product no returns or order/preorder cancellations will be excepted.

Universal ValveAnd don’t forget to check out Universal Valve’s other great products listed on our webstore.  And if you don’t find what you are looking for, don’t hesitate to contact us by email or by calling us at 1.800.238.1225.


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