It’s a special point of pride for SSCS to say that we were not only one of the first companies to market software in our industry —we were one of the first companies to market convenience store software, period. 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 merchandising presence a service station might include.
With no satisfactory commercial solution readily available, Kerry used his industry expertise and began programming to meet the needs of his business. He recruited 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 selling it.
Today the CDB has evolved into SSCS’s flagship product, having shipped to tens of thousands of locations worldwide. Kerry remains an integral contributor to his business, surrounded by an ever-expanding and diverse staff of industry professionals.