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Grocery Stores to Implement eWIC

May 21, 2020 5:32:12 PM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in EBT, Auto-Star, Grocery Point of Sale, State of Alaska eWIC, WIC, Integrated eWIC, eWIC POS

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With the acceptance of eWIC, many independent grocers are scrambling to make this transition.  One of our grocery POS Vendors, Auto-Star, provides grocery retailers an efficient method of accepting eWIC cards, while offering customers a quick and convenient checkout experience.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and infants and children up to age five.  Previously, these funds were distributed by checks that could then be used to purchase nutritional items from authorized grocers.

The new eWIC program replaces paper vouches allowing nutrition and food benefits to be processed like a debit card, integrated into the grocers point of sale.  Benefits include:

  • Faster throughput at the checkout
  • Improved customer service
  • Fewer errors compared to check cashing
  • Increased privacy and security for WIC participants
  • The ability to purchase items over multiple visits
  • Minimal cashier training
  • Seamless inventory management

“We are excited to offer the eWIC integration to supermarkets across the country as part of our commitment to helping independent grocers better manage and grow their business,” said Josh Wintoniak, Sales Manager of Auto-Star.

"Our WIC program is moving from checks to an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card we're calling "eWIC." The new eWIC card looks like a debit card and has all of your family’s WIC benefits in one place."

  • It's Fast
  • Saves time at checkout!
  • It's Flexible
  • Buy as little or as much of your WIC food at a time!
  • It's Simple
  • No more paper checks!

Now with eWIC integrated right into the store's POS, it will be easier and more discreet for families to shop. No more separating WIC items at checkout and paying with a paper check.

Watch the video below to see how fast and easy it is to process WIC transactions with integrated eWIC.

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Ways to Reduce/Eliminate Credit Card Fees with Cash Discount Programs

Apr 1, 2020 2:23:20 PM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in Cash Discounting, Lower Credit Card Fees

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During this crisis, business owners are looking at all cost cutting options in order to keep their doors open.  We have talked to our peers in the industry and have learned that many of their customers are turning to different cash discounting programs to reduce or eliminate the cost of accepting credit cards.

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Curbside Pickup for Supplies

Mar 31, 2020 12:50:09 PM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in Supplies, Emergency Supplies, COVID-19 Safety

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We are now offering curbside pickup for paper, ribbons and labels and other misc. supplies on Fridays from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Call the office at 907-243-2683 (Option 4), and we will get your order prepared for you.

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COVID-19 Best Practices from NGA

Mar 24, 2020 2:32:38 PM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in Grocery Point of Sale, COVID-19 Safety, Best Practices

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The members of the National Grocers' Association have shared a list of their tips.

NGA has compiled the following list of common practices that members have shared with others. Remember, communication with your customers and employees is paramount.

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Recommended Cleaning for Monitors/Screens

Mar 24, 2020 11:10:23 AM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in Cleaning Monitors, COVID-19 Safety

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Today the conversation around computers and viruses takes on a whole new meaning.

Elo, the maker of many touchscreen systems in the world, shared these guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting screens.

These methods could be used for all you POS device screens to keep them clean.

This technical bulletin describes the recommended cleaning and disinfecting procedure for Elo products relative to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Included are recommended disinfectant products that are safe for use with Elo products and approved by the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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What a Great Conference!

Mar 5, 2020 10:30:00 AM / by Thomas Greenman posted in Rural Small Business Conference, Auto-Star, Grocery Point of Sale, Pacific Alaska Wholesale, eWIC POS

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For those of you that were able to attend, wasn't the Rural Small Business Conference fantastic?  The education was top notch, and we loved getting to visit with friends from across the state and meet new friends!

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Short on Time? Reminder - We Have Paper Delivery Options

Feb 13, 2020 3:36:31 PM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in Paper Rolls, Free Paper Delivery

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Busy season will soon be upon us - so thought this would be a good time to remind everyone that we have paper deliver options!

Life is hectic enough - and often it is difficult to even get away to run the errands that are critical for smooth operations at your business. (And running out of receipt or kitchen paper is never a good thing!)

So we are happy to announce that we now offer next business day delivery on paper rolls - Monday through Friday in Anchorage for a nominal fee.  See below for details and pricing.

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Finally - eWIC Integration for Point of Sale

Feb 6, 2020 2:57:23 PM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in EBT, Auto-Star, Grocery Point of Sale, State of Alaska eWIC, WIC, Integrated eWIC, eWIC POS

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What is WIC - WIC is a Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, funded by the federal government.

What is eWIC (from the State of Alaska):

"Our WIC program is moving from checks to an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card we're calling "eWIC." The new eWIC card looks like a debit card and has all of your family’s WIC benefits in one place."

  • It's Fast
  • Saves time at checkout!
  • It's Flexible
  • Buy as little or as much of your WIC food at a time!
  • It's Simple
  • No more paper checks!

Now with eWIC integrated right into the store's POS, it will be easier and more discreet for families to shop. No more separating WIC items at checkout and paying with a paper check.

Watch the video below to see how fast and easy it is to process WIC transactions with integrated eWIC.

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Skurla's Acronym Test

Jan 31, 2020 1:14:44 PM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in Skurla's POS Solutions, Point of Sale Acronyms

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Every industry has acronyms and everyday conversation is full of them - ASAP, TGIF, RSVP, VIP, etc....

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2020 Rural Small Business Conference

Jan 29, 2020 9:18:27 AM / by Thomas Greenman posted in Rural Small Business Conference, Promos, eWIC, Auto-Star, Grocery Point of Sale, Pacific Alaska Wholesale

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At this year’s Rural Small Business Conference (February 11th-13th), we will be showing off our new Skurla’s Grocery Point of Sale system!  In addition, we’ll also be demonstrating its built-in eWIC integration – a first for our systems and one of a few certified to work in the State of Alaska. 

We’ll have a demo system setup so you can see exactly how it works.  Our software partner for our POS, Auto-Star, will also be in attendance to be able to answer any questions you may have on the software.
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