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    Retailers Honored for Leadership

    Four convenience store chains and management personnel recognized by PDI for advancing technology in the industry.

    Professional Datasolutions Inc. (PDI) bestowed awards upon four retailers for their leadership roles and dedication to the improvement of store efficiencies in the convenience store industry.

    The awards were presented last week at the annual PDI Users Conference 2001 held in San Antonio.
    Recipients included C.H.R. Corp., which operates York, Pa.-based Rutter's Farm Stores; C.L. Thomas Inc.; Loveland, Colo.-based Convenience Plus Partners Ltd.; and San Antonio-based Ultramar Diamond Shamrock Inc.

    * PDI honored Rutter's, operator of more than 50 convenience stores, for its leadership in adopting the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) eXtensible Markup Language (NAXML) standard for merchandise invoices, and implementing this standard within its dairy and wholesale businesses.
    * Jared Hurta of C.L. Thomas Inc. was honored for his dedication to the largest implementation of the PDI/Petroleum Distribution software.
    * Convenience Plus Partners Ltd. was recognized for its competence and commitment in the successful implementation of a company-wide Application Service Provider (ASP) environment with PDI/InfoCenter.
    * James Maxey of San Antonio-based Ultramar Diamond Shamrock Inc. was recognized for his leadership in the development of store automation with improvements to pricebook and scanning processes. UDS operates more than 2,700 convenience stores in the United States.

    PDI, a supplier of convenience store and petroleum automation systems, serves more than 340 companies with 22,000 stores in seven countries. The company is recognized as a leading supplier of automated retail solutions. "PDI customers are well ahead of the industry in technology and the implementation of technology," said Gene Gerke, president of Gerke & Associates Inc.

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