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    PCATS Travels to the Big Easy

    Association's fourth annual Winter Meetings to be held Jan. 29 to Feb. 1.

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) will hold its fourth annual Winter Meetings in New Orleans, La., from Jan. 29 to Feb. 1, at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. During the four-day event, industry challenges and solutions for the convenience/petroleum industry will be discussed by convenience operators, petroleum marketers, association personnel, state lottery agents and suppliers.

    More than 175 retailer and supplier member companies will be involved to find solutions for issues that affect retailers' bottom lines, said PCATS CEO and executive director John C. Hervey. "These sessions provide a way for attendees to fundamentally enhance their businesses with focused discussions on industry challenges, technology standards development, and implementation efforts."

    The event begins with two-days worth of sessions with technical committees -- Device Integration; Electronic Business-to-Business (EB2B) including retail merchandise, motor fuels, and lottery; Point-of-Sale (POS) Back Office Integration; and Retail Financial Transactions.

    Following this are two days of business committee meetings -- Certification, Implementation, Membership and Marketing and Retailer Business Requirements.

    Lunch presentations featuring experts and networking opportunities with peers will take place at the Winter Meetings. There will also be a group banquet at Muriel's Jackson Square Creole restaurant in the French Quarter on Jan. 31.

    The conference is open to any party interested in issues concerning the convenience and petroleum retailing industries. Online registration is available now until Feb. 1, and agendas are available on Dec. 1. One-day passes are $75, while multiple day passes are $150. Additional information on the sessions can be found at www.pcats.org, by emailing [email protected], or by calling (703) 836-0919.

    PCATS was formed in September of 2003 to continue the development and maintenance standards that began in the NACS' Technology Standards project. It has more than 170 retailer and supplier members and represents more than 22,000 c-stores.

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