Archives for August 2008

Tesco Selects RedPrairie For Staff Management Solutions

RedPrairie Corporation said the UK-based international retailer Tesco will implement RedPrairie’s Workforce Management application at the company’s retail stores in 13 countries. RedPrairie said its solutions will enable Tesco to deliver greater customer service by aligning customer traffic with employee scheduling. Tesco employs more than 350,000 people worldwide. “We selected RedPrairie because they provide the

High Prices Nibbling At Growth Of Organics?

High gas and food prices appear to be nibbling away at the high growth rates that have long been enjoyed by organic and natural food makers and sellers, USA Today reported. Sales growth in this segment has slowed, but remains strong because of the loyalty of core organic buyers, some industry executives say. They also

InBev Gets Judicial Inquiry, Busch IV Gets $10.4M Advisor’s Fee

InBev said it has received a request for additional information from the U.S. Department of Justice about its $52 billion takeover of Anheuser-Busch, various business journals reported. Additionally, the St. Louis Business Journal reported that Anheuser-Busch CEO August Busch will be paid nearly $10.4 million to advise InBev CEO Carlos Brito during the Belgian brewer’s

On Their Best Behavior

A new study from Cramer-Krasselt, reported on by, has found that consumer spending behaviors are shifting in ways few marketers may have expected. "This downturn is like no other in generations," the Cramer-Krasselt said, according to “Not because of its severity, but because it has given rise to a new set of consumer

Giant-Carlisle Joins Long List Of Retailers Using KSS

Giant-Carlisle, a subsidiary of Ahold USA, has selected KSS Inc.’s PriceNet, PriceNet Mobile and Visualizer solutions to manage fuel pricing for 61 Giant Food Store fuel locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, the company said. “In today’s fuel environment, it’s vital to have accurate and reliable information at our fingertips to make important,

Giles Foodservice Introduces New Food Cabinent

Giles Foodservice Equipment has announced the introduction of a new line of foodservice equipment in its existing portfolio, with the Giles Holding Cabinet (GHC), which is designed to keep cooked foods hot, moist and flavorful until peak demand. The GHC units, which can be purchased as standalone or in “Double-Stacked” configurations, are user-friendly with an

BIC Unveils Web Site For Outdoor Entertainment

BIC, a leading manufacturer of lighters, shavers and stationary products, has introduced a new Web site,, to provide consumers with useful information on entertaining outdoors. The Web site is geared at consumers who enjoy camping, grilling, tailgating, barbecues and more. While highlighting the company’s many multipurpose lighters, the Web site offers barbequing tips and

Cody’s Shoots For Foodservice Expansion with Hot Stuff Foods

Cody’s, the convenience store chain named after Wild West icon Buffalo Bill Cody, is delivering foodservice with guns a blazing. Cody’s President and CEO Curtis Jared said the 39-unit retailer entered into an agreement earlier this year as a Hot Stuff franchisee for 20-plus units. “We’ve been very impressed with the quality, service, freshness and

The Envy Of Energy-Savers

Taylor, Mich.-based Atlas Oil Company, that stalwart of efficient energy practices and environmental consciousness, has been chosen by The Detroit Free Press as one of the best places to work in Southeast Michigan. The Detroit Free Press conducted a survey several months ago, and recently announced that Atlas is a top winner. The company will

Managing The Managers

Alon USA Energy’s board of directors has approved changes in the company’s organizational structure to help manage the company’s expanded operations and further prepare it for planned initiatives and future growth, the company said. The management changes are effective immediately. "Following our recent acquisition of the Krotz Springs refinery, we have now tripled our refining

American Chemical Society Recognizes ExxonMobil Researchers

A group of scientists from ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company have been chosen by the American Chemical Society as “Heroes of Chemistry” as part of the 236th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society this past week. ACS, the world’s largest scientific society, chose researchers Michael Kerby, Ph.D., Ernie Lewis, Ph.D., Stephen McCarthy, Sabato Miseo,

On The Go (For When They Have To Go)

Convenience Valet, a leading provider of nationally branded HBC and personal care items, has begun offering Huggies-brand diapers (sizes 3 and 4) and baby wipes in a convenient two-diaper/eight-wipe package, providing the perfect baby care solution for parents’ fill-in and emergency needs. The new Huggies brand combo packages are ideal for convenience stores that are

General Mills Chooses Convenience Channel GM

General Mills has appointed Sheila Gallagher as general manager of its Convenience Channels, the company said. In her new role, Gallagher is responsible for General Mills’ business in key segments, including convenience stores, vending, non-food retailers and General Mills’ restaurant accounts segment. Prior to her new role, Gallagher was senior director of restaurant accounts in

Multiculturalism in the Marketplace…No Myth in C-Stores

A lack of mentors is affecting the advancement of women and minorities to executive positions. Even with the strain of oil prices and the reduction of in-store sales, convenience stores are a booming industry. But it has some work to do to continue reaching a profitable, untapped demographic: women. Women are a full 50% of

Take Me Out of the Ball Game

With all the volatility surrounding the fuel business, a more effective strategy may be found in focusing on in-store volume. Any rookie baseball player knows you can’t win if you don’t score and that you can’t score if you don’t get on base.  In business, this veteran player feels strongly that you can’t win if

Spartan Steps Up Expansion Plans

Spartan Stores Inc., a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based grocery distributor that also operates 84 supermarkets in Michigan and Ohio, is looking to add another 10 stores to its portfolio in the next three years, according to the Grand Rapids Press. The construction includes a previously announced flagship store in Grand Rapids, though a timeline hasn’t been

TravelCenters of America Extends Truck Repair Services To Petro:Lube

Westlake, Ohio-based TravelCenters of America said it has amended its long-standing agreement with Daimler Trucks North America LLC to expand its ServicePoint brand to the company’s Petro:Lube locations. “TA” and “TravelCenters of America” heavy truck-repair centers have been ServicePoint-branded locations since 1999, complementing the services provided by the Daimler dealer network. The chain’s repair shops

Spartan Steps Up Expansion Plans

Spartan Stores Inc., a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based grocery distributor that also operates 84 supermarkets in Michigan and Ohio, is looking to add another 10 stores to its portfolio in the next three years, according to the Grand Rapids Press. The construction includes a previously announced flagship store in Grand Rapids, though a timeline hasn’t been

Tough Break For Fast Break Workers

Employees at a Fast Break convenience store in Evans, Colo., may face criminal charges after dumping at least 400 gallons of diesel fuel into a stormwater drain that led directly to the South Platte River, the Greeley Tribune in Colorado reported. Customers saw the employees emptying the fuel into the drain and called authorities Sunday

Putting Feet on the Street

Mark VII Equipment Inc., the Colorado-based subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany, has added four people to its direct sales organization, the company said. Mark VII is a leading manufacturer and supplier of equipment and solutions for the carwash industry worldwide. “I’m proud to add these experienced sales professionals to the Mark VII team,” said

Tesoro Closes Up 42 Mirastar sites

Petroleum giant Tesoro said it has closed 42 Mirastar sites located at Wal-Mart stores nationwide, though it will continue to operate another 32 Mirastar stores that are also located at Wal-Mart. Company spokeswoman Sarah Simpson said it was a “business decision” that prompted the closings, declining to delve into specifics. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas,

Marsupial Miracle

Kangaroo, the Sanford, N.C.-based operator of 1,650 convenience stores in the southeastern U.S., was a recent participant in the third annual Dairy Queen “Miracle Treat Day” aimed at raising money for the nonprofit Children’s Miracle Network. Kangaroo is a franchisee of seven Dairy Queen locations as well. The c-store operator was one of thousands of

Energy Drink? ID, Please …

Children and teens younger than 17 who want an energy fix may soon need parental or guardian approval before taking a sip from certain energy drinks if a Michigan lawmaker gets his way, the Sentinel-Standard in Ionia, Mich., reported. Rep. Brian Calley, R-Portland, introduced legislation that would bar Michigan establishments from selling certain energy drinks

Maryland Quadruples Seizure of Contraband Cigs

Since the state of Maryland instituted a tax increase of $2 per pack in January, agents with the Maryland Comptroller’s Office have seized more than 46,000 packs of contraband cigarettes, smokes that were brought illegally across state lines, according to a report by the Baltimore Sun. That’s a nearly four-fold increase from about 13,000 packs

Tesco Blowing Into Windy City

Tesco is set to open an office in Chicago as it anticipates expanding its Fresh & Easy stores beyond the West Coast, The UK Independent reported. The UK retailer has property executives who are poised to move to Chicago to identify potential locations for a distribution center and store location in and around Chicago, the