fbpx

Albertsons wants you to fuel your car without getting out your wallet

Albertsons Companies is working on new technology to make it easier to buy gas at one its fuel centers around the country.

 Albertsons gas station in SE Boise. Don Day/BoiseDev
Albertsons gas station in SE Boise. Don Day/BoiseDev

During an investor day Tuesday, the company said it has developed a 1-Touch Pump and Go process that uses smartphone devices to make buying gas faster.

“You pull up to one of our in-house gas stations, (the technology) recognizes you’re at the gas station, it turns the pump on for ya, you fuel and it tenders you out and you are on your way,” chief marketing and merchandising officer Shane Sampson said during the investor presentation. “We are making it fast and making it seamless.”

The company says it plans to apply for a patent on the technology.

The test could come to Idaho soon.

“We are piloting One Touch in a fuel center in NorCal with a small employee group,” Albertsons Companies VP of Communication and Education Christine Wilcox told BoiseDev. “Following that, we plan to also pilot it in Boise.  After that, we will determine a rollout schedule.”

Albertsons currently operates more than 390 fuel centers.

The company is also looking at using smartphone technology to allow some purchases in stores without having to visit a checkstand.

 

You power BoiseDev.

We need your help – a membership makes these stories possible (and gets you a great daily newsletter). Sign up today

Don Dayhttp://linkedin.com/in/donday
Don has been covering news in Boise for 20 years. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

ACHD says it will fight new CCDC areas: says they are ‘gerrymandered,’ illegal

The president of the Ada County Highway District sent a strongly-worded, lengthy letter to the chairman of the Capital City Development Corporation...

Bird bump: Scooter company raises ride rates in Boise

With summer on the way, Bird, the escooter company, increased its ride rates in Boise. Rides now cost $0.31...

Boise’s Carnegie Library gets new owner, purpose

The Carnegie Library on Washington St. is one of Boise's oldest - and grandest - building. Now, after an abandoned plan...

Big business: Boise’s Albertsons, Micron increase ranking on annual Fortune list

Fortune Magazine is out with its latest list of the top 500 businesses in the US, ranked by revenues. Two Idaho...

‘One of the largest deals ever:’ New firm buys big portfolio of valley buildings and land

BoiseDev FIRST members got this story before the general public. Sign up today to get our scoops in your inbox.

Solutions sought after project to cleanup Downtown alley moves grease & trash juice onto sidewalk

A new location for some of Downtown Boise's trash is making for a sticky and smelly situation along Bannock St.