kumgo names boettcher director of information technology

Kum & Go, a division of Krause Gentle Corp. that operates 445 in 13 has named Brian Boettcher as director of information technology. Boettcher of Waukee, Iowa, has been with West Des Moines, Iowa-based Kum & Go for seven years and most recently held the position of director of network operations. As director of information

stewarts partners with payspot

Integrates with point-of-sale system to offer prepaid services. Stewart’s Shops, the Saratoga Springs, N.Y.-based chain with over 300 convenience shops in New York and Vermont, has partnered with PaySpot Inc., to offer prepaid products through Stewart’s existing point-of-sale (POS) system. Stewart’s Shops, known for its proprietary and dairy products, signed a multi-year agreement, which is

mannatec launches private label fleet card program

FleetCor subsidiary delivers turnkey program for independent petroleum marketers. Mannatec introduced a new full service private label fleet card program for petroleum marketers. The new program brings simplicity, growth and cost savings opportunities versus previously available self-service private label programs. “This is a turnkey program for independent petroleum marketers and retailers where Mannatec does all

holiday stationstores retains category one for reverse auction services

Process leads to “more competition and significant savings to the bottom line.” Bloomington, Minn.-based Holiday Stationstores operates more than 420 corporate and franchise locations in 12 states, has partnered with Category One (C1), a provider of reverse auction and eRFX services and technology, to utilize Category One’s C1 reverse auction platform to support its cost

balmar petroleum rebranding to 7eleven

CEO Richard Oneslager calls decision to become a franchisee a “tremendous opportunity.” The incoming chairman for the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) will convert 10 of his Colorado convenience outlets to 7-Eleven stores this month in a move designed to strengthen his offering to customers and improve his bottom line. Richard Oneslager, president of

giants sunflower seeds

GIANTS Sunflower Seeds are pleased to bring you “Dakota Ranch”; a unique ranch flavor with all the quality you have come to expect from GIANTS. Due to high customer demand we are pleased to add this to our Dill, KC Barbeque, and Salt & Pepper flavored seeds.Our unique flavoring process allows you to enjoy the

the paradies shops extends contract at sarasota bradenton

TravelMart brand also to partner with Dunkin’ Donuts is select locations. The Paradies Shops, the airport concessionaire/c-store chain based in Atlanta, has been awarded a contract extension at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) to operate three new stores through 2022. The extension will bring exclusive store concepts to SRQ, including CNBC Sarasota Bradenton, Gulf Coast

local 7eleven stores support troops

Alon USA begins a new fundraising program to run through November. Odessa, Texas-based Southwest Convenience Stores LLC, the largest 7-Eleven licensee in the U.S., and the United Service Organizations (USO) have partnered to begin a new fundraising program. Throughout November, participating 7-Eleven stores in New Mexico and Texas will offer customers an opportunity to show

double kwik to sell 57 local stores

Fas Mart to acquire the Virginia and Tennessee units. Wise, Va.-based Double Kwik markets has entered into plans to sell its 57 store locations to Mechanicsville, Va.-based GPM Investments. GPM plans to convert the entire Double Kwik chain to its Fas Mart brand across Southwest Virginia and Tennessee, according to The Bristol Herald Courier. “This

blockbuster deal as altria agrees to acquire john middleton

The $2.9-billion cash deal gives Philip Morris USA control of leading cigar company to complement its initiatives in the smokeless category. In a deal that could dramatically alter the way tobacco products are sold at retail, the parent company of Philip Morris USA, Altria Group Inc., reached a deal today to acquire of John Middleton

john mcdonald named chevrons chief technology officer

Replaces retiring Donald Paul, Paul Siegele named vice president of strategic planning. Chevron Corp. has promoted John McDonald, the current vice president of strategic planning, to chief technology officer, succeeding Donald Paul, who will retire from the company in 2008 after more than 32 years of service. Paul Siegele, currently vice president of deepwater exploration/projects,

shell innovates at the pump

Adopt Pay By Touch biometric payment technology at its pumps and inside convenience stores. This week, Shell becomes the first gasoline retailer in the world to adopt Pay By Touch biometric payment technology at its pumps and inside convenience stores. A recognized industry innovator, Shell also is testing attendant hand-held wireless card scanners abroad. Both

convenience gets no love still

Despite record sales and a growing number of stores that serve as destinations for millions and millions of American consumers everyday, other retail segments continue to take cheap shots at convenience store owners and operators. Need proof? Did you happen to catch the NapaAuto Parts commercial during the Major LeagueBaseball playoffs? “Experience,” the announcer says,“that’s

nacs by the numbers

With the granddaddy of all c-store trade shows taking place this month, CSD takes a look at some quick statistics for the event. ≈ $1.1 Billion: The estimated amount retailers will be spendingon products, many of which will be on display at the show. ≈ 79: The percentage of attendees who plan to buy one

nacs show expo two fun things you must do

Approximately 79% ofall attendees plan to buy one or more ofthe products or services they discovered atthe NACS Show last year. Follow-up researchindicates that actual purchases six to ninemonths after the event are even higher thanwhat was planned. The show hours are: Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 12 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 from 12 p.m.-5:30

diversified tobacco offering

Specialty and imported tobacco brands offer retailers an opportunity to cultivate a promising profit center. Retailers looking to develop an effective strategy forboosting sales would be wise to examine specialty andimported tobacco brands. Specialty tobacco shops havealready come to realize that brands like Djarum are attractinga new base of consumers that expect quality and value.

a small rush

Living Essentials’ 5-Hour Energy is helping retailers capitalize on consumers’ needs for a timely energy boost. After surveying the flood of energydrinks introduced over the pastfew years, Living Essentials noticeda weakness in the category. Themajority of drinks continued to grow in packagesize and contained too much sugarand herbal stimulants. To fill the void of people

a seed of profitability

Zotes is transforming the seed category with innovative marketing and unique packaging. It has been an unexpected and exciting last two years for ZotesSunflower Co., as the seeds steadily climbed to its current numberone spot in the category touting convenient packaging andunique flavors. While other seeds in the category are packaged in bags anddisplayed on

familial operations

Unlike many retailers profiled in Rising Stars, Kurt Straube always knew he would have a career in the convenience industry. Kurt StraubeDari Mart Stores His grandparents purchased afarm in Junction City, Ore., back in 1940, which grewinto Lochmead Dairy, a milk processing plant, and Dari MartStores in 1965. Three generations of his family have been

indulging new demographics

Research by Mars Snackfood U.S. shows retailers can attract a broader base of consumers with an emphasis on new and premium products. The female customer today makes approximately 85% of allconsumer purchases, so it’s no wonder that convenience storeowners are among the many retailers eager to cater to thisemerging customer base. Traditionally focused on male

new solutions for old stores

Searching for higher and better uses for units that are terminally ill. At the time of this writing, thelong, hot summer of 2007 is finallywinding down and the prospectof a cooler football-inspiredautumn is rapidly taking shape. Duringthis time, my company has been workingon several marketer divestitures that havecommonality in the need to determine anon-traditional future

effective local store marketing

Developing your own coupon book can drive consumer loyalty and cultivate a new customer base. Growing up in Michigan, Iwas a part of a very prestigioushigh school baseball team—thePlymouth Canton Chiefs. Year inand year out, our team was highly rankedand continually vied for the state championship.Playing on this team was a signof prestige at the

cenex gets in style

Generation Image Renewal program calls for the renovation of the chain’s 1,600 convenience stores and the addition of 550 more. Cenex, the convenience-retailing brand of CHS Inc., islaunching a multimillion-dollar rebranding and expansioneffort that will elevate the chain’s visibility in smalland major markets and enhance its overall competitiveviability. As part of its “Generation Image Renewal,”

mso no more

Shell announced that it is removing the multi-site operation model from the U.S. going forward. What does this mean to the company and Big Oil as a whole? Shell Oil Products turned headslast month when the oil giantannounced it would be disassemblingits multi-site operator (MSO)partnerships across the country to continueits strategy of putting the stake

is it time to lower the bar

Retailers that are willing to settle for second best, get second best. By Mel Kleiman I was on the phone recently withthe owner of a chain of Midwesternconvenience stores who said, “It justdoesn’t make any sense for us to eventhink about using pre-employment testingor making our jobs tough to get. We’ve gotto take whatever walks

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