Terrible Herbst Increases Toy Drive Donations With POS Technology

Terrible Herbst, a Las Vegas-area convenience store chain, used Gilbarco’s Impulse countertop merchandising platform to help achieve what it says is a record-setting donation for the 19th Annual 98.5 KLUC Chet Buchanan Show Toy Drive.

Terrible Herbst logoGilbarco’s Impulse system is a basket-based, suggestive selling solution that uses behind-the-scenes technology to display relevant and colorful offers, games, programs (like the toy drive) and surveys to customers before, during and after checkout. It integrates with Gilbarco’s Passport Point-of-Sale system and the store’s price book to power an automated upselling feature, which generates displays at the checkout counter to increase basket size and overall sales. In this case, Terrible Herbst programmed Impulse to prompt shoppers at checkout to donate $1, $2 or $5 to HELP of Southern Nevada, which helped coordinate and distribute donations for the toy drive.

The drive started Nov. 30 and ended Dec. 11. With the help of Impulse, donations increased 6.5 percent vs. 2016 levels for a total of $49,000. In 2016, customers reacted to Impulse’ donation feature (as measured by interactions) 80,000 times. The level increased to 96,642 interactions in 2017—up 21 percent.

Last year was the first time Terrible Herbst used Impulse to prompt and tabulate donations. According to the company, it significantly increased donations, especially as patrons became accustomed to the interactive touchscreen. In prior years, cashiers had to ask customers for donations. While they continued to do so in 2017, Impulse carried more of the transactional burden, speeding up the process and allowing busy cashiers to focus more on customer interaction, especially at peak times.

“We’re finding more and more ways to use Impulse,” said Mark Walters, Terrible Herbst VP of sales and marketing. “It’s really versatile. While it helps generate incremental in-store sales, it also helps us support our civic goals by allowing us to give back to our community in a more efficient, measurable and significant way. Of course, the generosity of our customers is extraordinary. We couldn’t do it without them, and the technology simply facilitates the process.”

“Impulse helps c-stores engage with customers in a variety of ways,” said Eric Bagden, director of retail solutions for Gilbarco. “In tandem with our Passport POS system, Impulse allows c-stores to grow their business, build brand loyalty, and gain and utilize insights to customer wants and needs. Impulse gives retailers another touchpoint to reach their customers, consistently with every transaction, and we’re always pleased when businesses like Terrible Herbst use the power of Impulse to help others in its communities.”

Terrible Herbst has more than 250 lanes of Impulse installed across its network.

Founded in 1937, Terrible Herbst is a privately held gas station company based in Paradise, Nevada. The company operates gas stations in Nevada, California, Utah and Arizona. It sells gas, groceries and other products, as well as car wash and oil change services.

Gilbarco Veeder-Root is a technology provider for retail and commercial fueling operations.


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