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Is Knowledge Power? Can It Drive C-Store Sales?

Information Impact We are often asked if an application like Quik Data can really make any difference to C-Store Sales and Profits. Assuming that solving problems can positively improve sales and profits, the question can be refined as follows: Can having accurate information help you solve problems? Surprisingly, the answer seems to vary widely when […] more...

By  on August 8, 2017
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What is C-Store Performance Software and How is it Different from Back Office Software?

Back Office Software versus Store Performance Software for C-Stores   Occasionally when we speak with C-Store management teams about Quik Data their first response is “We already have a back office system.” Our response is always to acknowledge the absolute importance of having a back office system. Even if you have just a single store, […] more...

By  on June 30, 2017
Quik Data Makes Business Intelligence easy to improve C-Store Performance

Why C-Stores Have a Cultural Advantage of Using Business Intelligence Over Other Industries

If you were to pick up any industry trade journal without finding something relative to the importance Business Intelligence, it would be surprising.  It has become quite the buzz word.  There is a sound reason for that.  By monitoring, measuring and communicating performance results any company can manager better. The analysis these tools provide allows managers to  know […] more...

By  on February 8, 2017
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Using Business Intelligence to Make Money

We are engulfed in the value of automation and online systems to help make businesses run better, more cheaply and more efficiently.  It is easy to forget that computers, their applications and easy to reach online resources are worth nothing without some sort of human involvement.  They are merely tools built to make humans function […] more...

By  on January 23, 2017
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BandyWorks has been Awarded as Softech’s 2016 “Best Retail Business Intelligence Provider USA”!

  BandyWorks is happy to announce that Quik Data™, our Business Intelligence software suite that was built just for C-Stores, was announced the winner of Softech Magazine’s 2016 “Best Retail Business Intelligence Provider- USA” award.  Visit Softech to read the article they wrote  about us. BandyWorks has decades of custom and product development experience. Having expertise in […] more...

By  on January 12, 2017
Everyone in a C-Store Operation can find Comfort in Accountability

Everyone in a C-Store Operation Can Find Comfort Under the Blanket of Accountability

Accountability is everyone’s friend. It provides the support that organizes, motivates, rewards and recognizes your work. Too often, in the rush to keep things moving we only take time to analyze problems or mistakes to fix them. A natural management response but one that can leave us feeling less that perfectly appreciated. The great thing […] more...

By  on December 7, 2016
Improving your P&L with Quik Data

3 Steps You Can Take in Your Stores to Improve your Monthly P&L Statement

If you were to hand one of your Store Managers your P&L Statement, they may be able to tell you if it is a good or bad.    For example, if beer sales are down in their store on the P&L, their answer may  be, “I need to sell more beer next month.”   To ask them what they […] more...

By  on November 30, 2016
Balancing the C-Store Performance Scorecard

The 4 Components of a Balanced C-Store Performance Scorecard

If you were to be asked to judge a picture when someone was standing in front of it at the time, you would probably say you could not make the call until you see the entire picture.  If given the option of a tricycle or a unicycle, most would opt for the stability of the […] more...

By  on November 16, 2016
BandyWorks Quik Data Works with Passport systems to improve C-Store Performance

Passport C-Store Clients Have a New Business Intelligence Option

Anyone with Gilbarco’s, Passport® Version 10.N or higher, now has the ability to quickly start using analytic reports to improve store performance and grow their businesses. This is not to say that reading your transaction data as it comes out of the register will tell you exactly what you want to know, for it does […] more...

By  on October 26, 2016
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Is Business Intelligence Too Complicated for Small C-Store Operators?

  Some argue that you have to have hundreds of stores to afford the staff and expertise needed benefit from business intelligence. Processing, organizing, analyzing and sharing the insights takes time, money and resources that are just too costly for small operators. With all the challenges of running a store the management is just too […] more...

By  on October 20, 2016
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3 Ways Business Intelligence Tools Can Eliminate C-Store Analysis Impediments

If you read articles in the C-Store Industry journals or magazines it is hard to find an issue without some sort of mention on the value of analyzing your data and using it to drive your business.  A lot C-store operators feel like they have so much data it feels like a Big Data mountain to climb in […] more...

By  on September 13, 2016
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Do numbers really matter when managing store performance?

Why does the existence of performance numbers impact the very performance they measure. It is often stated ‘If you want to improve something measure it.’ The statement is rarely disputed but not always supported. There are just as many reasons not to analyze your data as there are to do so. a common one is that it is a sacrifice of productivity […] more...

By  on June 8, 2016
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5 Things that slip through the cracks in a C-Store that Quik Data Scorecards catch.

There are a lot of details to take care of in a C-Store.  It is easy to let small details slip through the cracks.  Here are 5 that companies are catching by using the Quik Data Scorecard 1) Tank Meters are not calibrated correctly Tank meters are prone to a lot of action and hardware with […] more...

By  on April 22, 2016
Time and lack of resources often leave the 3 critical steps to solving problems overlooked.

3 Overlooked Steps in Solving C-Store Performance Problems

It is commonly known that problem identification is the first step of solving any problem.  C-Store Managers have reports, experience, Business Intelligence Software and sometimes, even Consultants to help them in this task.  Once a problem is defined, the question then becomes, how do we resolve it.  This will vary on the type of problem […] more...

By  on January 28, 2016

Configuration Gives You 2 Secret Weapons To Move Well in Changing Times

These days, few businesses  run without some sort of software.  It can range from just a free internet email account to a full fledged Operation Support System that does everything.  Selecting software can be stressful, for it is most likely something you will live with for years to come.  You will find that all do most of […] more...

By  on December 16, 2015
Ways in wich trending can help you manage

4 Ways Where Trending Will Help You Manage Your C-Store Better defines trending as the general course or prevailing tendency. This perspective is a necessary component or perspective to have when evaluating Convenience Store performance.   So if this is so great, why aren’t all companies doing it? The reason usually points to the time it takes to gather and chart the statistics so you can […] more...

By  on December 10, 2015

I Got My Report Card at Work Today

When thinking back to our school years, there was never a day quite as important than the day when report cards were distributed.  A good student was happy, the lazy one started getting creative and prepared their explanation for their parents.   It was the parent who had to sign the card. It was ultimately their responsibility to either praise the […] more...

By  on November 18, 2015
Time Comparison

5 Things Comparing Sales Over Various Time Intervals Will Tell A C-Store

All convenience stores share and print spreadsheets with the latest and greatest performance statistics to let managers know where to focus and what is going well in their company.  However, a single snapshot in time may not really relay what is going on as much as you think it might.  Yes, current spreadsheets will tell you if what was sold […] more...

By  on November 4, 2015

How All C-Stores Can Afford to Use Their Back Office Data

Customizing your reports is not a new concept. Most Business Intelligence and even some Back-Office tools come with standard reports, but this usually entails data that you can currently get from your Back-Office system already. There are core areas of activity that impact the totals these systems give you that need to be watched and measured in order to […] more...

By  on October 14, 2015
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3 Insightful Features to Consider When Purchasing Business Intelligence Software

If you break the word insight down to in-sight, the power it gives you is easier to comprehend.  It is easier to correct problems, or avoid troubles when they are known and seen.  While spreadsheet reporting will give you insight into the most critical issues, it can be the little issues that impact the bottom lines of those […] more...

By  on September 17, 2015

Are You Playing the Telephone Game in Your Reporting?

As a child, you may have played the game called, Telephone.  It is where people sit in a circle and one whispers a statement into the ear of the person sitting next to them.  It continues until everyone has had a turn to heard to relay the statement until it reaches the last person who sits  before the original whisperer.  Then, that […] more...

By  on July 29, 2015
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Taking Time to Sharpen Your Tools

Reports drive a business.  Managers look at them to measure performance, make key decisions and set the path for the company going forward. When the tool that is used to guide this process is a report, it makes sense to spend a little time to ensure it provides the right information and is easy to use. […] more...

By  on July 16, 2015

4 Questions to Ask In Order to Answer “What’s Your Coffee Cup?”

When managing a business that is multi-faceted, fast moving and volatile, people who have been in their business a long time tend to select one statistic that will act as their thermometer to relay the health of their company.  It could be something that may seem highly unlikely that they would base their business decisions on because […] more...

By  on June 22, 2015

Simplifying The 4 Steps of Effective Management Yields Better Results

Most companies use Business Intelligence without even knowing they are using it. They just call it as “keeping an eye on things”.  Though there are different methodologies and perhaps philosophies. the Management process an be broken into four basic steps. Plan, Measure, Predict and Improve. 1. PLAN In order to achieve success, one will need […] more...

By  on June 17, 2015
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The Tyranny of OR in a Business Intelligence Environment.

Simplicity is an excellent method of assessing goals, designs and decisions. Every businessman understands how much easier it is for staff when things are straight-forward and clear. Simple is a friend to action and results. Sometimes, however, simple can be confused with easy. Simple is almost never easy. Albert Einstein is credited for defining the […] more...

By  on May 19, 2015
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Six Signs That You Have Confused Your Spreadsheets With a Database

Green industry executives know full well that using the right tool the right job is key to a successful job. It would be pretty hard to cut most yards if you only had a string trimmer. Every company needs technology to maintain their information and work flow. Most small companies create spreadsheets as a flexible […] more...

By  on April 28, 2015

Winston Churchill’s Wisdom of Ongoing Analysis

Winston Churchill said, “However beautiful the strategy, you should still occasionally look at the results.”   Day to day life typically becomes a routine.  We know what works, what doesn’t and we follow the plan that years of experience has taught us.  Then one day, things come up that we did not expect, and things go wrong.  […] more...

By  on April 9, 2015
C-Store business intelligence provides insights when It takes multiple reports, dashboard analytics, geographical mapping, time comparisons and a good solid knowledge of your business puts it all together

3 Dimensions That Are Critical To Seeing The Whole Picture

The information residing on your servers is a key to understanding your business. Marketers have known this for years. However, as fast as thing go in business today, especially in the C-Store space, it is impossible to manually analyze all you need to in order to get the big picture every day as you need […] more...

By  on March 31, 2015
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Are You Putting Gross Margins and Gross Profits in Your Tool Belt?

Gross Profit and Gross Margin ultimately mean the same thing. How much money are you making. However, Gross Profit looks at the Revenue number, where cost are deducted from sales. Gross Margin is the percentage and comparison of cost to sales. When looking at a percentage of what you can keep from each dollar that […] more...

By  on March 10, 2015
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Convenience Store Dashboard – Best Practices for Drilldown

Convenience Store operators need data to manage and optimize store sales, operations and profitability. Information is needed at the corporate level, store level as well as tiered levels according to the overall size of the operations. Larger companies often use both regions and districts while mid-size companies typically organize by supervisors. Smaller operations often want […] more...

By  on March 1, 2015