Early Adapters of Computer Technology
SSCS started in 1981 when our CEO, Kerry Lugo, found himself at a crossroads. His five-site retail petroleum operation, which he built up through a combination of hard work, opportunity, and attention to detail, had become harder and harder to manage.
Looking for a better way to exercise control his far-flung operation, Kerry turned to automation. Developments in the technology industry had made it more feasible than ever for a business to capitalize on computerization. The problem was, there was no available software program to manage the daily specifics of gas stations, automotive service operations, and whatever retail grocery presence a service station might include.
With no commercial solution readily available, Kerry used his industry expertise and began programming to meet the needs of his business. He recuited a few developers to help, and together they built what is known today as the Computerized Daily Book. The CDB proved so useful that it began to attract attention throughout the industry, and proved both profitable and reliable when Kerry made the decision to begin sellling it.
Today the CDB has evolved into SSCS's flasghip product, having shipped to over 15,000 locations worldwide. Kerry remains an integral contributor to his business, surrounded by an ever-expanding and diverse staff.
Milestone developments in SSCS's history include:
- 1981: Introduced the Service Station Manager (SSM) program which is now known as the Computerized Daily Book(CDB). To date, approximately 6,000 master licenses that cover over 15,000 sites across the United States have been shipped.
- 1989: Introduced the first POS Interface with Gilbarco for TCR-G, then G-SITE, TS-1000 and Wayne Decade 2400. In the years that followed, SSCS became known for providing interfaces to more POS systems in the industry than anybody.
- 1989: Introduced processing software connecting the Telxon PTC-710 hand-held device to the CDB, incorporating significant automation into the Direct Store Delivery (DSD) and Physical Inventory (INV) processes.
- 1997: The Symbol PDT 3100 hand-held terminal became the device of choice for SSCS's DSD and Physical Inventory solutions.
- 2000: Introduced its own hosted computing platform with an application service provider (ASP) it developed known as Sunray.
- 2000: Introduced Central Price Book single-point pricing and promotion management software for the retail petroleum enterprise.
- 2000: Introduced Home Office software for centralized collection at headquarters of remote site data.
- 2000: Moved to current location at 650 Work St., Salinas, California.
- 2002: Became Dell authorized reseller.
- 2003: Shell installed the CDB in its new dealer training center.
- 2004: Partnered with Atlantis Petroleum to establish a 75-site operation across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.
- 2005: Established a partnership with ExxonMobil for 450 U.S. On the Run franchise, RFD, and NTI sites.
- 2006: The Symbol/Motorola/Zebra MC3090 hand-held terminal becomes the device of choice for SSCS's DSD and Physical Inventory solutions.
- 2006: Certified by PCATS.
- 2006: Established a partnership with Sunoco, Inc. to provide APlus franchise solutions for 350 sites.
- 2008: Introduced web-based advanced training program.
- 2010: SSCS and Gilbarco jointly announced the introduction of a seamless, automated multi-item promotions solution. SSCS went on to establish similar solutions for all POS systems with multi-item promotion capabilities.
- 2010: Launched re-imagined, re-designed corporate website, complete with portal containing information exclusive to the SSCS customer base.
- 2010: Introduced first Web-deployed application, Third-Party Physical Inventory, to help CDB users better integrate with third-party scanning companies.
- 2012: Introduced Online File Import and Conversion Utility for Store DEX devices.
- 2013: Introduced CDB 7.4.8 featuring QuickBooks Web Connector.
- 2013: Introduced SSCS video training series.
- 2013: Released Central Price Book 3.0, re-engineered to function as a web-based application.
- 2015: Introduced Transaction Analysis, an application that leverages transaction-level data from the point-of-sales system to create actionable information.