Flex-Ing Tech UpdateFranklin Fueling Systems has identified a potential issue with weeping fittings of certain FLEX-ING™ 1½” Flexible Connectors with NPT Male Swivel End Fittings manufactured between January 18, 2021 (work week 4 of 2021) and May 28, 2021 (work week 22 of 2021).

Due to the possibility of a weeping fitting leading to potential delays on job sites during commissioning, Franklin Fueling Systems suggests that affected Flexible Connectors not yet installed should be returned for a no-charge replacement. To determine the date code of flexible connectors, please see the following instructions.
Flex-Ing Affected Product Date Code Identification

Identifying Flexible Connectors by Date Code

To confirm fitting date codes, note the image. The nut on the swivel is inscribed with the work week number and year of manufacture.

Only those with 1½” swivel fittings bearing the work week mark of 4 through 22 and year of 21 should be returned.

Any FLEX-ING™ 1½” Flexible Connectors bearing an inscribed work week prior to 4 of 21, or 23 of 21 and after should not be returned.
FLEX-ING™ 1½” Flexible Connectors with NPT Male Swivel End Fittings with date codes bearing work week 4 to work week 21 are the extent of the fittings referenced.

Returning & Requesting a Replacement Flexible Connector

1. Check your inventory for referenced Flexible Connectors.
2. Contact us at 1-800-451-4021 (7:30am-5:00pm EST)
or email us at with the quantity of Flexible Connectors meeting the defective return criteria.

Feel free to contact us at 1-800-451-4021 or Email Us with any further questions!

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


If you’ve missed the EMV deadline, there’s still a way to get back on track.

So You Missed the EMV Deadline, What Now?

At long last, the outdoor EMV deadline for the U.S. has passed, but that doesn’t mean the story is over yet.

From now on, chargebacks from fraud that occurs on unprotected forecourts are now the responsibility of the retailer, not the banks.

And despite multiple deadline delays, only half of fuel retailers (48 percent) have met the EMV compliance mandates by the April 17th, according to a new survey.

The right side of the graphic above splits retailers into three categories, but it’s the 25% of retailers who are “unsure” when they’ll complete their EMV upgrades that present the greatest challenges.

With limits on manpower, equipment, and hardware, those who didn’t plan ahead will now have to wait in line.

What Can You Do While You Wait?

Fraud MonitoringFirst, consider measures to limit the damage. Identify and prioritize sites that are in the areas most prone to fraud. Put those sites as close to the front of the line for upgrades as possible.

While not fool-proof, tamper-evident tape can help deter criminals, but experienced fraudsters know how to cover their tracks.

There are also fraud monitoring systems through Visa or other payment processers that send risky transactions inside the store to pay.

The most drastic option you can take is turning off your payment terminals at the fuel dispenser altogether, forcing customers to pay inside on EMV protected PIN pads. The problem here is that the loss in business from inconvenienced customers may cost more than the potential fraud.

Missed EMV Deadline
Read about the potential losses that unprotected businesses should expect with the liability shift here.

The Bottom Line

Fraud liability has shifted, but the plan of action remains the same. If you haven’t started your upgrade process yet, contact us as soon as possible. We have financing options and EMV discounts available.

EMV Behind The Eight BallDoes EMV currently have you behind the eight ball?

We are here to help with equipment and financing options!!

Feel free to call us at 1.800.451.4021 or email us using the link below:

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


Report: ‘Tens of Thousands of Dollars’ in Monthly Losses Expected for Retailers without Outdoor EMV

Gilbarco Veeder-Root

The following is a re-post of the original article by Gilbarco Veeder-Root that can be read here.
Skipping on EMV? Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You…

Businesses that go without EMV on their forecourts should expect damaging monthly losses and no site is immune, according to a new fraud report.

Even relatively small gas station operators can now expect ‘tens of thousands of dollars’ in fraud losses monthly for each station once the EMV liability shift goes into effect in April 2021.

We have previously detailed the painful process of getting hit with a chargeback and the criminal system in which fuel thieves operate. These new numbers mirror the harsh reality of waiting to upgrade or skipping it altogether.

Via Digital Transactions:

In an example offered by Mercator, an operator with 12 locations spread evenly among areas deemed be low-, medium-, and high-risk, would face fraud liability totaling $17,315 per store over 12 months, or $207,783 overall. “This could change dramatically depending on the risk position of each station, and it should be noted that Mercator’s calculation takes a decidedly conservative approach,” said Tim Sloane, vice president of payments innovation at Marlborough, Mass.-based Mercator, in a statement.

The new outdoor EMV deadline will be April 17, 2021. If you haven’t begun your outdoor EMV upgrade, we strongly suggest contacting us as soon as possible at 1.800.451.4021.


You can find more information with Gilbarco’s Quick EMV Migration Guide and even more resources here.

EMV Resources for C-Stores & Gas Stations

Looking for Gilbarco equipment? Click on the links below to visit our web store :

Pumps & Dispensers
Passport Point of Sale
Gilbarco Passport Point of Sale
Forecourt Payment Options
Gilbarco Forecourt Payment Options
Forecourt Merchandising
Gilbarco Forecourt Merchandising Options

Click here to search all Gilbarco equipment and parts listed in our web store.


Please do not hesitate to contact us with any of your EMV questions, concerns or to place an order by calling 1.800.451.4021 or visit us online at for all your petroleum equipment needs.

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