Anti-fraud efforts could require changes to point-of-sale technology in your stores.
BY JONATHAN TAETS
Earlier this year, NACS and our mem- bers successfully fought to preserve the right of convenience retailers to participate in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). Since
that time, Congress amended the qualification
requirements and directed the U. S. Department
of Agriculture (USDA) to develop regulations that
would work to eliminate the risk of fraud within the
program. These anti-fraud efforts could rely upon
changes to some technology in your stores.
In particular, the pending new anti-fraud
rules will affect retailer point-of-sale systems.
The law directed USDA to produce new reg-
ulations requiring that in-store POS systems
be capable of automatically prohibiting the
sale of ineligible items such as alcohol, ined-
ible products or hot food items and be able to
bar cashiers from overriding that technology.
Thankfully, because our industry is already vig-
ilant in protecting against fraud, many of your
systems already have this capability.
The rule will not take effect until it has been
subjected to the formal regulatory review process
at the USDA, which will take at least several
months and provide time for any retailer who may
not have such technology to begin upgrading their
systems to ensure compliance.
The law also directed the Secretary of Agriculture to initiate two pilot programs meant to bring
SNAP into the 21st century. The programs will
test online purchases using SNAP benefits and
the use of mobile to make such purchases. The
deadline for completion of the pilot programs is
July 1, 2016, with a requirement that the USDA
file a report to Congress by January 1, 2017.
NACS members met with their members of Congress in their home districts
during March and April, keeping the
convenience and fuel retailing industry
and its key issues top mind. Let NACS
know about your meetings with legislators and if follow-up by our government
relations team is needed, by contacting
Kelly Fink, grassroots director, at kfink@
Tim Switzer, executive vice president and COO of The Radiant Group LLC
(Radiant Food Stores), met with U.S. Representative Kathy Castor (D-FL- 14)
in Tampa, Florida.