Archives for 2007

anheuserbusch gets festive

New holiday brew flavors include Cherry and Chocolate in the Michelob line. Retailers hoping to gain a boost in holiday beer sales will get a boost from two special seasonal beers from Anheuser-Busch — Michelob Celebrate Cherry and Michelob Celebrate Chocolate, a duo of richly aromatic, smooth, complex and balanced lagers now available in most

bp selling off cstores

Oil company to franchise units in Indiana and other U.S. regions. BP’s U.S. Convenience Retail unit announced it will sell all of its company-owned and company-operated convenience stores in Indiana and other regions in the U.S. The move will bring new ownership to more than 700 company-owned and operated convenience stores and will eliminate 9,500

rutters delivers milk labeling stance to pa legislators

Part of broader effort to communicate position against artificial growth hormones. Ten Rutter’s representatives and hundreds of cows (the stuffed variety) descended upon Pennsylvania’s state capital Tuesday as part of the company’s efforts to retain the ability to tell consumers that its milk contains no artificial growth hormones. The Department of Agriculture in October cited

wawa fights hunger

Chain partners with local food banks as part of the “Check Out Hunger” campaign. Wawa Inc. is reaching out to consumers to stamp out hunger. The Pennsylvania chain is holding its eighth annual Check Out Hunger Campaign to benefit local food banks. The campaign will run through Dec. 3 in all of Wawa’s 570 stores

pei elects new officers

Blair Shwedo to serve as vice president, Peter Ward as treasurer. Blair D. Shwedo, president of SouthEastern Petroleum Systems Inc. in Charlotte, N.C., was appointed by the board of directors of the Petroleum Equipment Institute to serve as the 2008 vice president of the organization, while Peter Ward, president of Glasgow Equipment Service Inc. in

ferullo joins petroproperties

Industry veteran to serve as Gulf Coast region vice president. PetroProperties & Finance announced the addition of Jim Ferullo as the new Gulf Coast Region Vice President. Ferullo, a 20-year petroleum industry veteran, was formally the chief operating officer of Global Energy USA, a multi-branded Florida fuels and lubricants marketer. In addition to handling regional

from the archives january 1992 mechatronics ii

The increasing mechatronic content of today’s products demand large doses of both mechanical and electrical engineering. From the archives: January 1992 Mechatronics II (pdf)To view this document, click here

from the archives january 1992 mechatronics i

The increasing mechatronic content of today’s products demand large doses of both mechanical and electrical engineering. From the archives: January 1992 Mechatronics I (pdf)To view this document, click here

managing vendor relations in the cold vault

While E-Z Mart has been wrestling with a wet, mildsummer, cooler sales have suffered. Where 100-degreedays are usually the norm, temperatures have barelygotten into the 90s, and every weekend has been saturated.Even though it has 309 stores stretched across five states,the conditions in east Texas have an impact on the overall business,and no category has

optimizing new potential

Dan Porter, having stepp edinto the position of senior vicepresident, supply and optimizationfor San Antonio-basedTesoro Corp., will focus on resourcingcrude oil and other raw materials forthe company

Pay by Touch founder and CEO files for personal bankruptcy

Pay by Touch founder and CEO files for personal bankruptcy, facing a backlash from investors and employees. Just two weeks ago, Convenience Store Decisions  reported that Shell Oil became the first gasoline retailer in the world to adopt Pay by Touch’s biometric payment technology at its pumps and inside convenience stores to add more convenience

gilbarco veederroot partners with google

Initial rollout of 3,500 integrated touchscreen fuel pumps to offer real-time directions. Gilbarco Veeder-Root bolster its fuel pump offering by announcing a partnership with online search leader Google at the NACS show in Atlanta. The high-tech pumps integrate a Google-powered touch display. The device will use an internet connection to uplink with Google Maps and

kumgo launches new coffee line

Launch of Java Ridge culminates of an 18-month search for the right blend. Kum & Go is asking customers to “Taste the Difference” with Java Ridge — the company’s new premium coffee line, which was introduced this month at its more than 450 convenience stores in 13 states. The launch of Java Ridge Premium Coffee

coinstar redbox focus on cstores

Plans to have 300 DVD rental kiosks in place by the end of 2007. No longer content to place DVD rental kiosks solely in McDonald’s restaurants and grocery stores, Coinstar and Redbox announced it has deployed more than two dozen DVD rental kiosks in convenience stores across the U.S. It plans to have 300 in

iowa plagued by fuel shortages

Governor might allow truckers to drive more and make more deliveries. Tight supplies of gasoline and diesel fuel are pushing up prices at the pump and causing temporary outages at some retail stations in Iowa. Transport truckers must drive longer distances and spend time waiting at major terminals, such as Des Moines, to get fuel

toa adds illinois travel center

TravelCenters of America LLC (TOA) has acquired its 235th travel center location in Morris, Illinois. Formerly the Romine’s Truck Stop, the 39 acre site is branded TA and is located along I-80. At the new Morris location, customers can enjoy a meal at the 250 seat “R” Place restaurant, one of the largest and busiest

usda grant to fund rural store initiative

Kansas State University program helps small, local communities survive. When a small town loses its grocery store, it loses not just an economic driver, but a bit of its identity, too. “If your store closes, that says bad things about your town and the direction it’s headed,” said David Procter, director of the Center for

susser raising 200 million to complete towncountry deal

Stripes c-store owner to complete $50 million sale-lease back with National Retail Properties. Christi, Texas-based Susser Holdings, operator of 330 convenience stores in Texas and Oklahoma under the Stripes banner, is in the process of acquiring San Angelo, TX-based Town & Country Food Stores, operator of 140 convenience stores in Central and West Texas and

Bic’s Pat Cordle leads new NACS Supplier Board

New NACS Supplier Board Chairman Pat Cordle, vice president of sales and marketing for Bic Corp., leads the new slate of officers who will serve on the 2007-08 NACS Supplier Board that was announced today during the Supplier Board meeting at the NACS Show 2007 in Atlanta . In addition, Brad Heetland, director of east

nacs emphasizes the power of one

Association President and CEO Hank Armour stresses “one voice, one show.” “We may not look the same or operate the same, but we are one,” stressed NACS President and CEO Hank Armour at the NACS Show 2007 Opening General Session. “And our theme for this year’s NACS Show perfectly reflects this mission and where we

rutters supports ymca preschool program

The $120,000 donation will provide scholarships for children with disabilities or from lower-income families. The Rutter’s companies has donated $120,000 to the YMCA of York and York County to provide scholarships for children who have disabilities or are from lower-income families. Rutter’s will serve as the major sponsor for a partnership called “With Rutter’s, All

tesco opens the doors to us stores

British grocer delays opening its Arizona stores until December. After quietly opening its first store in the Los Angeles market late last week, Tesco’s said its Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets likely will not open in the Phoenix metro area until December, a company spokesman said. The British grocer and third-largest retailer in the world

mapcos core belief

Tennessee chain inks distribution deal with Core-Mark Holding Co. Core-Mark Holding Co. said it signed a non-binding letter of intent and is currently negotiating a definitive supply agreement with MAPCO Express Inc. MAPCO Express, Inc., headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn., operates approximately 500 convenience stores in eight southeastern states under the MAPCO Express, MAPCO Mart, East

murphy oil partners with dtn portal solutions

Murphy Oil Corp. has implemented DTN Portal Solutions, which hosts a branded online message center and allocation viewer that was integrated into Murphy’s Web site to increase the effectiveness of the oil company’s communication strategies. Murphy’s goal is to drive sales and encourage customer loyalty with enhanced features in a branded environment. Murphy, based in

veite cryogenics experience and advice adds value to miller welding supply grand rapids facility

Innovations suggested by Veite have allowed Miller Welding Supply to handle about 35% more business.Miller’s Patrick Clay says Miller chose Veite Cryogenics for the new facility because of their experience.“We’ve worked with Veite before.”“We often use Veite’s work as a selling point when we bring new customers in to show them the plant.Our facility is