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Grocery Delivery is Here to Stay

Jun 10, 2020 10:15:00 AM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in Alaska Grocery System, Grocery Point of Sale, Grocery Delivery

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More than ever, consumers are using online ordering/delivery/pickup services to buy their groceries. 

And now that they are used to the convenience and ease of ordering, grocery delivery services are here to stay.  It's fast, easy and customers are often willing to pay more for this service.

According to a recent article from Business Insider:

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What is Metrology and What Does It Have to With Your Grocery Store?

Jun 8, 2020 1:06:33 PM / by Lynn Skurla Perkins posted in Grocery Point of Sale, grocey scales

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I recently found this in the Mettler Toledo Scale Newletter: 

"Metrology is the science of measurement, and the scientific tool at the heart of every service counter transaction is the weighing scale."

Here is a list of terms that affect precision measurement for all of in-store weighing solutions:

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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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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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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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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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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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Auto-Star Partners with Skurla’s to Deliver Grocery Software Solutions

Jan 20, 2020 5:28:06 PM / by Thomas Greenman posted in Auto-Star, Grocery Point of Sale, Skurla's POS Solutions

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MEDICINE HAT, AB and ANCHORAGE, AK – Auto-Star Compusystems Inc., an innovative developer of point of sale software, is excited to introduce Skurla’s POS Solutions, Alaska’s premier POS and IT solution provider.  As a certified Auto-Star reseller, Skurla’s is able to extend their product offering and provide grocery retailers of all sizes a reliable and feature-rich application.

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