Douglass Distributing Retail Co. is partnering with Vendgogh, LLC to pilot gas island vending at their Lone Star Food Store #50 in Sherman, Texas – the first installation of its kind in the state of Texas. Vendgogh’s patented, UL-approved vending systems integrates seamlessly with Lone Star Food Store’s Gilbarco Passport point of sale system to enable gas customers to purchase gas and cold drinks with their choice of payment (cash, credit/debit or contactless payment) without ever leaving the gas island. Lone Star Food Stores want all of their customers to enjoy a comfortable and pleasant shopping experience, whether they come into the store or simply visit the gas island.
"We want to surprise and delight all of our customers,” said Bill Douglass, CEO of Douglass Distributing in a prepared statement. "We have invested in new pump technology that incorporates ‘Applause TV,’ advertising, news and entertainment system that will be a great complement our new gas island vending solution.” Bill Martin, president of Lone Star Food Stores added, “We realize that every one of our customers is different and we are doing everything we can to make each of them a repeat customer.”
Research shows that a growing number of fuel customers are paying at the pump and a large percentage of them do not go into the store. Lone Star Food Stores are focused on continually enhancing the shopper experience at the pump.
“We are excited about working with Douglass Distributingto bring this exciting new service to their fuel customers,” said Larry McAnallen, vice president of business development at Vendgogh. “This innovative combination of gas island vending and ‘Applause TV’ coupled with their constant customer focus should create real excitement for Lone Star Food Store gas customers.”
The installations were completed in late June 2012.