Archives for August 2008

Pilot Reinvigorates PaySpot Agreement

Pilot Travel Centers has turned to PaySpot Inc. for an exclusive multi-year, multi-product sales and service agreement designed to expand its in-store prepaid services, according to PaySpot. PaySpot went live in 304 Pilot locations in mid-July, integrating its electronic prepaid product delivery system with Pilot’s existing point-of-sale (POS) system, enabling Pilot to expand its prepaid

U.S. Food Workers Union Puts Pressure On Tesco

A U.S. food workers’ union has stepped up pressure on Tesco’s Fresh & Easy operations, reporting its ready-meals supplier in the U.S. to labor-relations officials yesterday for the alleged unfair firing of six employees, the UK Independent reported. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) claimed that 2 Sisters Food Group, a supplier to

Franchisee Locks Horns With Sunoco

A 42-year-old Sunoco franchise owner has camped out in his Cambridge, Mass., gas station for the past week, sleeping on a lawn chair or in his car to fend off what he says are attempts by Sunoco to board up his shop and oust him from a lease the company says he’s repeatedly violated, The

Dallas City Council Approves Stricter C-Store Security Measures

Dallas City Council unanimously approved an ordinance requiring Dallas convenience stores to enhance their safety programs, The Dallas Morning News reported. The ordinance will be enacted over the next 18 months, and will include requirements that stores register with the city, get high-resolution cameras and install drop safes among other things, the publication reported. Among

Fuel Spikes Driven by Market

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN The late July to August slide in retail gasoline prices along the East Coast will likely stall this week, as wholesale prices bumped higher at terminals at major cities and metropolitan areas in states bordering the Atlantic Ocean. In contrast, West Coast consumers should expect pump

Deli Express Donates $64K to Military Families

Deli Express has donated $63,635 to the National Military Family Association, an organization serving family members of U.S. military personnel, the company said. The donation comes from portions of sales from Deli Express’ hot and cold sandwiches and bakery items that were sold overseas since 2006 at Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) c-stores

Hunt Brothers Sponsors Free Fill-up Sweepstakes

Hunt Brothers Pizza has launched its Free Fill-Up Sweepstakes, where participants will have the opportunity to win free gas and pizza for an entire year. From Aug. 23 through Oct. 27, visitors to will have the opportunity to sign up for a chance to win free gas and free pizza for a year, with

ConocoPhillips Looks To Sell 600 Sites

ConocoPhillips is expected to sell its remaining 600 company-owned gas stations to PetroSun West LLC for $800 million, according to The Wall Street Journal. ConocoPhillips – operator of Phillips 66, Conoco and 76 brands – and PetroWest are likely to sign the deal today, the report said. The third-largest U.S. oil company, Conoco is expected

All Things Energy

While the number of energy drink brands continues to expand year over year in the U.S., consumers can expect to see energy concepts grow well beyond the non-beverage format, according to Mintel, a global market research firm. Mintel’s latest report on energy drinks valued the retail market for this category at $4.8 billion, a growth

Heineken Light Hits Heavy On Marketing

The Heineken brand has put its marketing muscle behind online media outlet to create a “semi-serious” editorial content aimed at young male consumers, reported. created "The Heavy Hit List,” its first foray into semi-serious editorial content. It consists of Top 10 countdowns designed to give guys more informed talking points over their

Sheetz Donates $500K To School’s Athletic Dept.

In what may be the largest grant in the history of the Altoona Area School District (AASD), the Sheetz family has donated $500,000 to pay for the construction of the district’s new weight-training center, The Altoona Mirror reported. The money will be used to build a 36-by-100-foot facility near the school district’s stadium. An estimated

GSTV’s In-store Counterpart Wants 8M to 10M Monthly Viewers

Gas Station TV’s new C-Store TV concept is gearing up to be a one-two punch of ad exposure to gas-pump customers who enter convenience stores to buy goodies, according to a report in The Detroit Free Press. "It’s a reminder message," GSTV CEO David Leider told the publication. GSTV has 5,500 gas station screens in

CVS Plans High-end Beauty Stores

CVS Caremark Corp will begin testing a high-end beauty store concept this year as it looks to tap into the growing demand for skin care and cosmetics, Reuters reported. The drug store chain is planning a store concept called "Beauty 360,” which will be rolled out near an existing CVS store on the East Coast,

Petro-Canada Runs Out Of Gas

Between 80 and 90 gas stations in British Columbia and Alberta ran out of fuel as Petro-Canada continues to grapple with an equipment breakdown at a refinery in Edmonton, The Canadian Press reported. About a dozen stations were out of gasoline last week. "We did know that number would rise and we very consciously made

With Soft Drink Sizes, Is Less More?

A study by Duke University researchers shows that consumers tend to avoid the largest and smallest soft drink options regardless of the actual volume of the drink, according to a Journal of Consumer Research report presented in Science Daily. Duke University researchers Kathryn M. Sharpe, Richard Staelin and Joel Huber said that the basic premise

Taming The Price Of Gas In Shrewsbury

Rutter’s Farm Stores has awarded its third of four “Fuel Up Free!” grand prizes to Ollie Gildow, of Shrewsbury, Pa. Gildow accepted the prize – free gasoline for three years – at the Rutter’s store on North Main Street in Shrewsbury. The gas giveaway began May 26 and runs through Aug. 24. Four customers are

Capital Oil & Gas Considers 11 Fla. Sites

Capital Oil & Gas Inc. said it has entered into negotiations to acquire or lease 11 full-service gas and convenience stores in Florida, which will add to its growing retail petroleum and mini-mart portfolio. The company said the acquisition of these additional stations, upon completion of negotiations and taking possession of the properties, could mean

Sapp Bros. Chooses Retalix for POS and Fuel Management

Retailer and distributor software provider Retalix Ltd. said that Sapp Bros. Travel Centers is using its StorePoint POS and Commercial Fuel solutions to upgrade services at 16 travel centers and c-stores along the east-west Interstate 80 corridor from Utah to Pennsylvania. “The travel center business has several inherent challenges, including the need to support and

Delfield Introduces Eco-friendly Product Packaging

Foodservice equipment and refrigeration manufacturer The Delfield Company is greening up some of its product line. The Mt. Pleasant, Mich.-based company said it’s introducing new eco-friendly packaging and foam in some of its product line, while also recognizing the need for equipment to have reduced energy consumption for a more positive impact on the environment.

NACS Joins PCI Security Standards Council

NACS said it has begun participating in the PCI Security Standards Council, officially joining more than 20 NACS members and other organizations committed to evolving the PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) and other payment card data protection standards. As a participating organization, NACS will have access to the latest payment card security standards from the

A Curious Combustible Caper …

Operators at an Open Pantry convenience store in Wauwatosa, Wis., are trying to figure out how 5,000 gallons of gas – about $20,000 worth – has come up missing from their store, TMJ 4 news in Milwaukee reported. Police, too, are trying to determine if someone took the gas. Workers at the store said almost

IRI Launches Sales Forecasting Service

Information Resources Inc. says a new sales forecasting service, IRI Launch Commander, is proving to be a major breakthrough in sales forecasting as it provides year-one sales forecasts based on as little as eight weeks of data. The speed and accuracy of this forecasting, IRI said, is an unprecedented step forward for manufacturers requiring early

Innovative Beverage Innovates With Drank Drink

Innovative Beverage Group Holdings Inc. has signed on New York distributor Good-O Beverage Co., an affiliate of the Honickman Group, to distribute “drank,” the world’s first extreme relaxation beverage. Good-O Beverage will distribute drank throughout the five boroughs of New York, Westchester, Rockland, and Nassau counties as well as the state of Connecticut. As part

Fuel Tilts in Customers’ Favor

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN Wholesale gasoline prices at terminals serving cities and major metropolitan areas across the U.S. are continuing their late summer slide, which is aiding consumers during the final weeks of the summer travel season. The lower wholesale costs for retailers are gradually being passed through to consumers,

Chevron Exiting NASCAR

San Ramon, Calif.-based Chevron Corp. said it will end its NASCAR sponsorship after the 2008 season. Chevron said it will pursue new marketing strategies in support of the Texaco and Havoline brands, with a focus on increased awareness through local and regional marketing programs. "We’re proud of our 20-year history with NASCAR," said Shariq Yosufzai,