Fintech Aids Businesses After Hurricanes
The vicious category 4 Hurricane named Katrina, slammed into the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005 causing unprecedented damage affecting several states. Katrina was followed by Rita shortly thereafter greatly impacting Texas and Louisiana, also making the Katrina recovery efforts much more difficult across the entire Gulf Coast region.
Fintech clients were operating in the harshest of circumstances - battling severe flooding, loss of electricity, limited communications with phone lines down and cell phones useless, impassable roads with few remaining road signs, and sporadic looting. Money order machines were down throughout the region, flooded and inoperable. Many of the banks still standing were flooded or simply closed.
It is in the face of crippling events and worst-case scenarios such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita where Fintech's unwavering commitment to provide world class customer service and unparalleled security and reliability to clients really shines.
Some of our impacted clients had this to say about how the Fintech program assisted them in managing the crisis:
Just a word about the performance of the Fintech system in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina; after the hurricane we had no phones, no internet access and most cellular phones were next to inoperable for a period of about 3 weeks. We even attempted to install a wireless satellite system on a temporary basis, but that was almost as unreliable as everything else. Our bank was also heavily damaged and much of its computer system was under water so getting bank information was nearly impossible as well.
Despite all of the above problems we took it for granted that Fintech would continue to process and deposit payments in a fashion consistent with our pre-storm experience. We were very happy to discover, once we gained access to our bank accounts, that the Fintech processing continued unhampered and that all of our delayed transactions, as a result of our own internal computer and communication difficulties, were also processed and turned around quickly and timely.
During this time, when we knew we were facing a severe decrease in sales, it was good to know that we could rely on timely processing of our EFT based payments.
Our thanks and appreciation for the reliability and uninterrupted consistency with which Fintech performed.
Eldon Falgout-Director of Finance
Pat Peresich-Manager of IT
F.E.B. Distributing Co., Inc.
During Hurricane Rita, we modified our delivery schedule to accommodate retailers as soon as they were open for receiving. With the time savings Fintech offers, we were able to maximize the number of accounts visited and capitalize on the time spent in each store to provide the exceptionally quality service our friends have come to expect.
Vice President, Corp. Operations
Silver Eagle Distributors, L.P.
No one could argue with the fact that Hurricane Katrina caused unprecedented destruction throughout the Gulf Coast. What would certainly be considered a minor inconvenience in comparison to what we saw on TV, is the effect on the Circle K stores in that region.
Even though we were able to get up and running fairly quickly, because computer systems were down, we were unable to process money order sales. Some select and very important vendors to us could only be paid by money order, that being the case, we would not have been able to purchase product to sell. It was important to us to maintain "business as usual" in support of the local economy. Fintech was very helpful in this endeavor.
In a very short time, Fintech was able to set these vendors up with another method of payment that satisfied both the vendors and state requirements. Because of Fintech's hard work and flexibility, Circle K was able to have a minimum amount of down time providing goods and services to our customers.
Manager, Accounts Payable
One of the distributors Circle K refers to, that has subsequently come onto our program, reiterates:
Although we had not yet implemented Fintech, we certainly could have used them during the storms. The problem that we encountered was inability to print money orders, due to the power outages. Several of our chain accounts (Circle K & Express 1 Stop), were unable to pay us upon delivery and therefore, we were unable to deliver the product. This forced us to make several attempts at delivering the product, which was very costly in terms of out of stocks, fuel, sales representatives and driver efficiency. Had we had Fintech, this would not have been an issue.
Scott Van Matre
Baton Rouge Beer
Fintech would like to extend its most heartfelt well wishes to any and every one that was impacted by these horrific acts of Mother Nature. We pledge our ongoing commitment to aiding our customers in whatever ways we can to bring some sense of peace of mind in the midst of the chaotic aftermath of these disasters.
High Energy Prices Causing Drivers Intense Pain at the Pump
Reprinted from NACS
RIPPLE EFFECT OF GASOLINE PRICES ON BEER
NEW YORK - Pains at the pump could hinder convenience store beer sales
According to CNN Money, post Hurricane Katrina and Rita gasoline prices could have a negative impact on convenience store beer sales, noting a two-pronged approach as to why the relationship between gasoline price volatility and beer sales could hinder the industry.
'First, the escalating price of gasoline is pressuring companies on the back end of their business by boosting their utility bills and hiking transportation costs,' writes the news source.
The three-tiered system of beer distribution provides that beer distributors directly ship products from their warehouses to retail customers. However, from a brewer prospective, UBS analyst Nik Modi told the news source that a brewery such as Anheuser-Busch, which operates 13 breweries in the United States, operates its own delivery fleet to transport products from its breweries throughout its wholesaler network, and therefore high gasoline prices are a significant factor.
Second, is the issue of high gasoline prices on consumers' disposable income. Modi told CNN, 'On the sales volume side, gas is a bigger problem for Anheuser [Busch], which has a 60 percent share in the convenience store sector. Convenience stores typically attract lower income consumers, and these people are hardest hit by the increase in gas prices.'
CNN quoted statistics from the 2005 NACS State of the Industry report, which indicates the beer category ranked fourth among the top 10 categories for convenience store sales during 2004, totaling $15.7 billion. Nationwide, about 74 percent of convenience stores sell beer. Of those stores that also sell gasoline, beer ranked second among in-store purchases.
'If 40 percent of all gas purchased is with cash, that leaves much less money in the pocket to buy other things, including beer,' Modi told the news source.
CNN also notes that a recent Smith Barney beer wholesaler survey suggests that 75 percent of those polled agree that gasoline prices have impacted beer volumes. According to the report, 'Wholesalers believe the working man's disposable income is under pressure from higher gas prices and that beer purchasers are suffering as a result.'
Further, the report suggests that beer wholesalers believe convenience store beer sales could be the most impacted by high gasoline prices because some consumers are no longer going inside the store to purchase beer when they fill up. 'Consumers may be less willing to make an impulse purchase of beer in the convenience and gas channels,' says the report.
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Fintech Awarded Tampa Bay 2005 Business of the Year
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