[caption id="attachment_1939" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="C-Store Office TM back office software"][/caption] Managing a convenience store can be a time consuming headache but if you own and/or manage multiple locations, having a system in place for Convenience Store Automation is imperative for running an efficient operation, and for growing the profits in the current sluggish economy. With Petrosoft’s C-Store Office®, you can automate your back office processes quickly across many stores while cutting costs, reducing manual time expense and improving profitability. In the “good old days” convenience stores carried a few hundred items, there were no lotteries and gas prices were somewhat stable. Now an average C-store may stock over 4000 items, prices change daily; there are state and intrastate “Powerball” games with varying payout dates and rules and fuel prices yo-yo like the stock market. With C-Store Office®, Convenience Store Automation is easy. Inventory management part of the program allows you to have access to item level data. Ordering can be done automatically, saving your managers’ time, allowing bottom line optimization. With item level, per store data, adjustments can be made to account for differences in each location’s sales. By basing ordering off actual inventory levels rather than guesstimates or enterprise level buying, we have seen our customers routinely slash inventory levels by as much as 20% to 30%. Multiplying the savings by many locations will free up substantial money in the budget to invest in your business, but this software is designed to optimize a one-store business just as well as a chain. One store can achieve thousands of dollars increase in monthly revenue through efficient ordering and inventory management alone, and other useful features. Many of our users also love the price book feature – see here a customer testimonial - which automatically catches price changes and allows for manager approval before registers are updated. Tools embedded in the software make it easy to run price promotions over multiple stores, whether or not they are geographically far apart or just minutes away from each other. C-Store Office® also gives you access to over 200 reports updated every shift on inventory, pricing, employee hours, expenses, and financials so you know daily what’s going on with each location. With access to up-to-date data for every shift, it is easy to catch and fix problems quickly before they spread throughout your operation. Here is how the owner the North Carolina C-store chain, Handy Mart, slashed costs and increased profitability with C-Store Office®. Convenience Store Automation is available at your fingertips with C-Store Office®. Because the internet-based system utilizes cloud computing, you can access your reports on your personal computer, smart phone or tablet. You’ll find that you don’t have to spend all day running from office to office. Manage your stores from home…or on the beach or golf course! Convenience Store Automation does not have to be expensive or require hiring a crew of IT folks to manage your system. With C-Store Office®, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on extra equipment or software licenses multiplied by many locations. All that is required is a monthly subscription, no license, or sign up fees are needed. Installations can takes as little as two hours and personnel are trained online so they can be up to speed quickly without pulling them away from the stores for hours of classes. Updates are done automatically. Here is what one of our users has to say about how easy it is to get started. Sign up for C-Store Office and spend more time in the front of the store – not the back office. Request a Free Demo on this page. Above is an example of the demoed info from a currently operating business.
“Embracing Technology No Longer an Option” – Convenience Store Automation is key, Texas Food & Fuel 2013 show confirms.
"Embracing Technology No Longer an Option" is the headline of the Texas Food & Fuel show recap by the Convenience Store News magazine. We could not agree more! Embracing technology can be the difference between running a successful convenience store and gas station business in the sluggish economy and leading a mediocre c-store and gas station business operation. There are examples upon examples of technology upping the profits for convenience retailers. And our back office software C-Store Office® is engineered as all you need program to manage your c-store and gas station, multiple locations or one. Don't just take our word for it, read what our customers have to say here. Various software makers, single and multiple location operators, industry experts agree: Convenience Store Automation takes a business to efficiency levels above average. Texas Food & Fuel, also known as the 2013 Southwest Fuel & Convenience Expo attendance proved the slowdown in the show history as we expected, yet we experience growth in sales and demonstrate the back office software C-Store Office® on a successful business. See below an example of the demoed information. Request a Free Demo on this site and see what your business could look like, see your profits start growing as soon as you sign up. [caption id="attachment_1939" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="C-Store Office TM back office software"][/caption]
May 6-10, 2013: NACS Tech event in Dallas, TX, BOOTH #304 May 9-10, 2013: SW Fuel and Convenience Expo in Fort Worth, TX, BOOTH #708. C-Store Office® is a MUST see for the visitors looking for back office software. What gives us the confidence to make this claim? The fact and the matter is that we use this back office management program to manage 20 company-owned locations, which consistently beat industry performance averages. We invite prospective customers to view this software with the data from a currently operating gas station and convenience store business the same way its current owner is looking at this business' key performance indicators: GPM, turns, inventory, and much much more.
A Not Your Average Product Demo. As you may see from the example below, this business offers great performance, largely owed to the C-Store Office® back office software.[caption id="attachment_1841" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="C-Store Office TM back office software"][/caption] Gas Station and convenience store management are data-intense by nature. Inventory levels of 4,000 items are not unusual, and it is humanly impossible to manage vast data like that efficiently. Inventory is not only vast, but constantly changing, and new promotions are introduced by the manufacturers every day. Assembling, sorting, analyzing and making sense of all that data is a constant and daunting task and that is where back office software comes into play. 200+ smart reports, mobile application, small business price, with enterprise-level capability, is what C-Store Office® back office software offers. Could- and SaaS-based, constantly innovated, this program allows to propel your business to confidence levels above average. Give it a try at the show, or request a Free Product Demo on this page.
Click here to see the first in the "Starting a convenience store" series. Starting a convenience store is a process. Once you have your inventory, POS and tracking system, the next step is to develop a price book. With Petrosoft’s C-Store Office®, setting up a price book is easy, even for C-store newbies. With C-Store Office®, you can acquire a list of items from vendors and scan items with a hand held device. The system will automatically pull items from the “global price book software.” This software contains over 250,000 UPC’s with suggested retail prices, taking the guesswork out of pricing. As invoices come in, C-Store Office® will automatically update the price book – no manual data entry on your part! The great part about C-Store Office® is the customization tool – you can set up departments, categories and groups the way you want and even use custom tags. You can also set promotional pricing in advance for a given period – helpful when you are putting together marketing for a grand opening. With C-Store Office®, even a non-tech savvy individual can build a price book quickly. Another thing to think about when starting a convenience store is managing lottery sales if your state offers one. With the C-Store Office® lottery management module, you can easily set up games in the system and enter information about sales, purchases and payouts. Cashiers can scan instant tickets at the register and you can enter sales information about online games, so that all lottery data is refreshed at the end of every shift. There are many expenses involved with starting a convenience store and a back office software should be the priority one, but it does not need to be a big expense trumping the business capital outlay, creating more spending than absolutely necessary. Utilizing internet-based, cloud technology, C-Store Office® does not require any investment of software of hardware. There is no initial investment or implementation cost, just a low monthly subscription fee that can be renewed month to month and is less than the cost of a monthly phone bill. Request a Petrosoft rep to show you how to make starting a convenience store easy with the Not Your Average Free Demo, using data from an operational gas station and convenience store, a shift accepted just hours prior to the viewing. See below an example of the information used during the demo:[caption id="attachment_1841" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="C-Store Office TM back office software"][/caption]
On behalf of everyone at Petrosoft, we would like to thank M-PACT 2013 attendees for participating in the contest at our booth for an Apple iPad Mini at the M-PACT 2013 Show in Indianapolis. We held the drawing at our headquarters today, April 23rd, 2013, and the winner is..
Rocky Bhalla of Elite Oil in Bloomington, IL.
Congratulations, Rocky! We will be shipping your new iPad Mini this week!The contest was quite popular, and a lot of you signed up. Although there can only be one main prize winner, we want all of our contestants to get a prize for participating. We are offering all participants a Not Your Average Free Product Demo. The demo will offer you a window into a currently operating Gas Station and C-store which uses C-Store Office® software to manage the business. You will see an actual shift accepted just hours prior to you looking at it. The session will illustrate how the current business owner sees this business’ vital data, analytics and performance, including GPM, inventory turns and other key performance indicators. Here is a screenshot of what you might see: [caption id="attachment_1841" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="C-Store Office TM back office software"][/caption] During the demo we will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the C-Store Office back office system for convenience stores and gas stations and the Fuel-Central fuel distribution system for jobbers.
Our thanks again to everyone who attended the show!
Starting a convenience store can be a challenge. You have to find a location, negotiate a lease, establish relationships with fuel distributors and vendors, hire personnel, purchase and install equipment and stock the store. However, having the right office back end system in place from the start can make that challenge less daunting. One of the very first steps in starting a convenience store should be having an automated system in place to track sales. Of course, this technology needs to work in conjunction with all other technology you will need to use in the business, i.e. accounting software—for example QuickBooks, Cash register, gauge readers, etc. etc. That and so much more is what the i99® feature of the C-Store Office® software can accomplish. Petrosoft’s i99® gets store information from cash register to Quick Books with a touch of a button. The beauty of it is that it connects with any type of convenience store POS system – Verifone Ruby, Sapphire, Topaz, Gilbarco Passport, Wayne Nucleus in a matter of minutes. Fuel sales and method of payment data automatically input into your accounting system. Cash sales, voids and no sales are easily tracked for each shift. Scan rates and item level tracking show exactly what items were sold at your store. The money your cashier collects is noted, allowing you to quickly identify any shortage in the drawer. With all the expense and time involved in starting a convenience store, setting up a complicated office system should not be one of them. With i99®, connecting your POS system and cash registers to our software takes minutes. Since i99® is internet based, no expensive software or hardware is required and there is no initial investment or implementation cost, just a low monthly subscription fee that can be renewed month to month. A centralized 24-7 technical support group oversees the operation of your web site saving you the additional expense and headache of hiring and managing IT staff. We built the infrastructure so you don’t have to. Let our Petrosoft rep show you how to make starting a convenience store easy. Discover so much more from this back office software during a Free Demo scheduled on www.cstoreoffice.com site. More about C-Store Office® features with smart analytics, allowing predictability and reliability in ordering and turnover coming soon. Next – Creating a Price Book and Managing Staff Made Easy! Click here for Part 2.
Petroleum Retailers & Auto Repair Association (PRARA) serving Gas Stations, C-Stores and Service Stations of western PA endorsed Petrosoft’s C-Store Office® service station software!
It is most valuable to us when the trade association, whose mission statement puts forward its purpose to “promote a cooperative relationship between its members, and.. [to] further the best interest of its members and their customers,” offers its seal of approval to our product. Source: PRARA Mission StatementIn the wake of this news, Petrosoft will be offering PRARA members a Free Best Practice Seminar Service Station Management & Gas Station Management Technological Tricks of the Trade Friday, May 3rd, 10:00am-1:00pm (lunch included) Friday, May 10th, 10:00am-1:00pm (lunch included) Petrosoft’s headquarters at 2025 Greentree Rd., Pittsburgh PA 15220 Featuring a guest speaker, the owner/operator of the 20 high efficiency gas stations and c-stores, this seminar will focus on the C-Store Office® service station software, demonstrated on live data from an operating gas station. We welcome PRARA members to reserve a space by filling out the Free Demo request on the right (mention PRARA in your request). We commend PRARA for organizing a fund raiser event in support of The Wounded Warrior Project and look forward to taking part in the annual Golf Outing at The Meadowink Golf course on Thursday May 30, 2013 for our injured men and women returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
We are happy to report to our gas station and convenience store management customers that C-Store Office® is now supporting cross-browsing better than ever before. We heard you, so we have tweaked, adjusted and experimented, and have taken the biggest leap yet towards a complete cross-browsing capability. We would like you to make a browser choice based on your personal preference and or a business need and not on the back office software browser supporting capabilities. In addition to Internet Explorer, our gas station and c-store software now supports FireFox, Google Chrome, and Safari. We invite our customers to share feedback. Happy browsing!
Live demo is the best way to demonstrate the product. We are able to use live data because our sister company owns and operates 20 C-stores and gas stations in Pittsburgh, PA, and that setup is what differentiates Petrosoft from other software makers. Reed more about this unique dynamic in the Convenience Store News magazine 2013 article "From Rags to Riches" here. The Petrosoft team will be showcasing the newest advancements in retail and petroleum technology with C-Store Office® and Fuel-Central®. Visit us for a live demonstration at booth #235. We are looking forward to the nation’s largest Southeast petroleum and c-store show. Do not hesitate to stop by our booth!
C Store & Gas Station operator becomes the CEO of a software company – CStore News Magazine publishes Petrosoft’s story.
Petrosoft, the maker of C-Store Office® and Fuel-Central® software came about when the company owner shopped for a business automation program more than a decade ago and found no answer that made sense for his convenience stores and gas stations. So he commissioned a team of software developers to write a few business programs for managing his C-Stores & Gas Stations. With the help of that software he managed and acquired more businesses. Those businesses showed great performance and beat industry averages in margins, profits, turnover and other key indicators. Did it then, and doing it now. Word got out and Petrosoft was formed, servicing Convenience Stores, Gas Stations since then. For over a decade Petrosoft has been innovating software for retail and petroleum industry enjoying immediate feedback from the end user - the company CEO. We hope this gives you an idea about our setup and you can read much more in the From Rags to Riches story from Convenience Store Magazine here.