Acumera, SwiftIQ and Conexxus announced the launch of a cloud-native autonomous point-of-sale (POS) transaction log polling, ingestion and analytics infrastructure, initially configured for convenience stores running a Gilbarco Passport or VeriFone Commander.
The technology uses the Conexxus standard NAXML, which has been rolled out at Mass.-based Nouria Energy. The chain owns 138 c-store locations in five New England states.
Together, Acumera and SwiftIQ enable rapid deployment of secure transaction journal streaming into a cloud-based data warehouse to facilitate automated analytics and vendor collaboration.
“The combination of SwiftIQ’s automated analytics platform and our trusted network supplier Acumera has allowed us to have instant merchandising and marketing insights down from a few day lag to instantly via secure transaction streaming from our Gilbarco Passport POS,” said Abhi Patel, Nouria Energy’s Director of IT. “We look forward to utilizing this capability to enable real-time data and APIs for agility, access, and insight automation to improve promotions, out of stocks and our overall margins by reacting faster to business conditions.”
Powered by Acumera’s smart secure network technology, this system is fully PCI DSS Compliant, with all data air-gapped from the retail network. Acumera’s reliable connections between the point of sale and SwiftIQ’s Retail Execution Cloud ensures data security and simplifies PCI compliance. Acumera and SwiftIQ intend to produce NCR compatible applications soon.
“SwiftIQ is on the cutting edge of analytics for convenience retailers and we believe their API infrastructure compliments Conexxus’ strategic API direction, enabling industry transformation to facilitate data agility,” said Gray Taylor, executive director of Conexxus. “Acumera provides not only innovative critical security infrastructure but also a service to automate raw data file transfers while preserving data security. The future of retail depends on tightly integrating data, in a highly-structured fashion, with our trading partners so we can have the right product, at the right time, for each consumer’s immediate demand.”
SwiftIQ has pioneered programmable infrastructure, including application programming interface (API) for analytics, machine learning, and vendor integration. These APIs also integrate with SwiftIQ’s Retail Execution Cloud to allow retailer and brands an automated, end-to-end system of intelligence, including transaction journal data capture, developer portal, interface for ad hoc analytics, guided insights for assortment, promotions, affinities, and vendor collaboration applications.
Conexxus is a non-profit, member-driven technology organization dedicated to the development and implementation of standards, technologies innovation, and advocacy for the convenience store and petroleum market. Conexxus membership collaborates on key present and future industry challenges and innovations.
“We are fortunate to have Acumera as a great partner alongside Conexxus membership, Gilbarco and Verifone to facilitate digital transformation,” said SwiftIQ CEO and Co-Founder Jason Lobel. “This level of automation, security, and interoperability will deliver incredible value to convenience retailers to unlock the value of their data,” said Lobel. “Notably, the first Conexxus NAXML version of transaction log data standards were created in April of 2000. Nearly twenty years later, we now have a modern API-first, cloud-first infrastructure that retailers can use to accelerate growth.”
Convenience retailers can now translate legacy, offline XML data processes used by hundreds of thousands of locations using Conexxus’ standard NAXML output from major POS systems into the emerging future state 3.6 Conexxus API standard.
“Our partnership with SwiftIQ and Conexxus helps retailers like Nouria Energy rapidly deploy sophisticated marketing analytics,” said Acumera CEO Dirk Heinen. “We look forward to helping retailers leverage sales data to build their revenue and margins.”