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    Flying J Selects AT&T as IP Network Provider

    Company will connect Flying J's headquarters and its 178 travel plazas, convenience stores, restaurants and truck service centers.

    Diesel fuel distributor Flying J tapped AT&T to provide an IP-based network that will serve the company's more than 200 locations. Included among these locations are 178 travel plazas and fuel stops in the United States and Canada, reported TMCNet.com.

    The two-year, $4.2 million contract calls for AT&T to connect Flying J's headquarters and its 178 travel plazas, convenience stores, restaurants and truck service centers. The new AT&T network will be utilized for point of sale and inventory applications, including tracking fuel, merchandise and services sold at convenience stores, according to the report.

    For its customers, the new network will track fuel purchases through Flying J's loyalty program, earning points that can be redeemed for future purchases. The convenience store merchandise purchases will also be tracked through Flying J's integrated inventory-management system, which notifies its headquarters database of type and quantity of purchase and automatically replenishes those items, TMCNet.com reported.

    "Lightstream designed and engineered a network solution with the reliability and scalability we need to serve our customers today and into the future," Bron McCall, Flying J's chief information officer, said in a statement. "The AT&T sophisticated network infrastructure enables us to deliver state-of-the-art services to our customers and it streamlines our internal processes."


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