An in-store POS microcomputer system with a data base that is operator controlled. The ploy is to induce the consumer into the store for impulse buying of store merchandise.

The semi-automated operation is as follows:

The consumer enters the store with his credit/debit card.

The consumer selects the gas pump and proceeds to activate it while the operator obtains authorization for the transaction.

Upon completion of the purchase, the consumer returns to the store to purchase additional items as necessary and to obtain the receipt for the transaction.

Advanced convenience store (POS) systems accomplish inventory control, cash management, transaction balancing, order entry, and other functions. These systems offer a myriad of opportunities for additional information and network services offering.