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Terrible Herbst used Gilbarco’s Impulse countertop merchandising platform to help achieve a record-setting donation to the19th Annual 98.5 KLUC Chet Buchanan Show Toy Drive in Las Vegas.

The drive started Nov. 30 and ended Dec. 11, 2017.

With the help of Gilbarco’s Impulse and Passport Point-of-Sale system, donations increased 6.5 percent over 2016 levels for a total of $49,000. In 2016, customers reacted to Impulse’s donation feature (as measured by interactions) 80,000 times. The level increased to 96,642 interactions in 2017 for a 21 percent increase.

Impulse is a basket-based, suggestive selling solution that uses sophisticated, behind-the-scenes technology to display relevant and colorful offers, games, programs (such as the toy drive) and surveys to customers before, during and after checkout. It integrates seamlessly 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 helps coordinate and distribute donations for the toy drive.

Last year was the first time Terrible Herbst used Impulse to prompt and tabulate donations. It significantly increased donations, especially as patrons became accustomed to the interactive touch screen. 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 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, vice president of sales and marketing at Terrible Herbst. “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.”

With more than 250 lanes of Impulse installed across its network, Terrible Herbst continues to use Impulse to help enable its business strategy, increasing sales, providing a more pleasant customer experience and giving back to its local community.

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. It also sells gift cards and car wash plans online.