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FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Looking to bolster penetration in the convenience store and grocery channels, fuel-pump giant Tokheim Corp. has licensed software technology developer Alki Networks to enhance its Internet-enabled, interactive touchscreen dispensers.
Tokheim, which earlier this year acknowledged cash-flow concerns and said it was courting suitors to remain a viable operation, will incorporate the Alki technologies in its Premier and Harmony dispensers.
"We will provide our customers with the most advanced at-the-dispenser marketing solution available in the marketplace today," said Tokheim President and CEO John Hamilton. "Our combined solution provides improved convenience and added value to the motorist, while maximizing the merchandising value of the visit for gasoline retailers."
David Senan, president of Seattle-based Alki Networks, said the two companies have been cooperating for the past 18 months to perfect the multi-task dispenser. "These tools empower retailers to take advantage of all the features that their new dispenser technologies allow."
The deal between Tokheim and Alki Networks was finalized after a successful test of the software and dispenser technologies at the recently opened Tampa Bay Travel Center located outside of Tampa, Fla. "The Premier iQ fuel dispensers are evidence of our dedication to customer convenience," said Kathleen Stobierski of Travel Centers of America. "Working in conjunction with the Alki Networks' user-friendly administrative system, I am able to make updates with ease, as well as track customer usage at the station level."