NACStech Workshop – “IP Enabling Your Store” – Features Two Abierto Clients

The Pantry’s Loren Allston and CHS Inc.’s Roger Tripp to speak at NACStech 2009

Exeter, NH May 5, 2009 – Abierto Networks announced today that major clients; The Pantry, Inc. and CHS Inc. (Cenex) will speak at the NACStech workshop – “IP Enabling Your Store” on Tuesday, May 19th. Abierto’s Rick Sales will moderate.

During the past 12 months, CHS Cenex and The Pantry have made significant but different strides to take advantage of the IP Technology at their stores, using the Abierto Gateway Dial-to-IP Converter Solution that Abierto Networks offers. Although both companies have over 1,500 branded sites, it is the differences between their operations that drives their requirements for IP functionality.

CHS Inc.’s Roger Tripp will speak on how CHS delivers value to its network of Independently-owned Franchisees by helping them to IP enable multiple payment applications, using the Abierto Gateway, in a POS-diverse environment while allowing for flexibility in how each retailer addresses their WAN/LAN requirements.

The Pantry, Inc.’s Loren Alston will speak on how The Pantry is deploying a Private Wide Area Network solution to each of its company owned stores, IP-enabling multiple standardized payment applications on the Abierto Gateway, while integrating significant operational systems such as back office, email, and procurement.

These two projects offer working examples of how business requirements, not network size, drive a retailer’s need for technology. This NACStech workshop will contrast the approaches taken by each company while discussing advantages and disadvantages as well as highlighting challenges faced and opportunities realized.

About The Pantry, Inc.
( Headquartered in Sanford, North Carolina, The Pantry, Inc. is the leading independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern United States and one of the largest independently operated convenience store chains in the country, with revenues for fiscal 2008 of approximately $9.0 billion. As of April 10, 2009, the Company operated 1,648 stores in eleven states under select banners, including Kangaroo Express, its primary operating banner. The Pantry’s stores offer a broad selection of merchandise, as well as gasoline and other ancillary services designed to appeal to the convenience needs of its customers.

About CHS Inc.
CHS Inc. ( is a diversified energy, grains and foods company committed to providing the essential resources that enrich lives around the world. A Fortune 200 company, CHS is owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives, along with thousands of preferred stockholders, from the Great Lakes to the Pacific Northwest and from the Canadian border to Texas. CHS supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain, livestock feed, food and food ingredients, along with business solutions including insurance, financial and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries/pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex® brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products. CHS is listed on the NASDAQ at CHSCP.

About Abierto Networks
Abierto Networks is the leading provider of Serial-to-IP and Dial-to-IP converter devices to the Convenience Store Industry. Leveraging strategic business partnerships and the most up to date IP payment solution knowledge available, Abierto Networks is committed to helping our clients save money and improve performance by coupling proven technology with the best value and service in the industry.

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