Archives for October 2008

Shell Joins Other Retailers in Tobacco Program

The Iowa attorney general said Shell gas stations are planning to take action to prevent tobacco sales to children at 78 locations in that state, the Associated Press reported. Shell reached an agreement with Iowa and 45 other states to institute policies at more than 13,000 outlets across the nation. It’s the 12th such agreement

Heartland Inc. Wraps Up Lee Oil Acquisition

Heartland Inc. said it has acquired Middlesboro, Ky.-based Lee Oil Company – including Lee Food Marts and Lee Enterprises – for cash, stock and promissory notes in exchange for 100% of the stock in these businesses. Heartland has now become a company that will have sales in excess of $130 million and a corresponding EBIDTA

FuelQuest, Circle K Extend Partnership

FuelQuest Inc., an on-demand software and services company for the global downstream energy industry, said it has signed a six-year renewal with Circle K for the use of its Fuel Management System (FMS). FuelQuest’s FMS will be available to all affiliates and subsidiaries within the Couche-Tard family, though Circle K and FuelQuest have collaborated since

Citgo Adds MetroSplash’s FuelLinks

CITGO Petroleum Corporation has begun offering the FuelLinks fuel reward program at more than 4,000 CITGO-branded stations in 28 states in the Eastern U.S., with plans to roll it out to additional sites. CITGO is the first major fuel supplier to accept FuelLinks rewards with the option to issue them on purchases through the convenience

C-Store TV Grows Its West Coast Presence

Digital out-of-home television innovator Destination Media said its C-Store TV Network has expanded to additional locations in Los Angeles, as well as fully launching its network in San Diego and Phoenix. Mirroring sister network Gas Station TV’s expansion and rollout plan, C-Store TV is installing at sites already equipped with Gas Station TV. The growth

Pepsi Bottling Chooses New Chairman

Pepsi Bottling Group Inc. said its board of directors has appointed Eric Foss as chairman of the board. Foss also serves as the company’s CEO. The appointment means Barry Beracha will resume his responsibilities as director on the PBG Board. Beracha had served as PBG’s non-executive chairman since 2007. “The Pepsi Bottling Group is a

Atlas Oil Steps up Charity Efforts

Atlas Oil’s Atlas Cares outreach group will be visiting the William Ford Taylor Senior Center on Oct. to donate 15 employee carved and decorated pumpkins and Halloween candy to residents. The William Ford Taylor Senior Center is an activity center for seniors age 55 and older, activities range from exercise classes and sporting leagues to

Retail Gasoline Slides

By Brian Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN A lockdown in credit has triggered a massive sell-off in energy commodities as speculators unwound positions to raise cash amid the financial crisis, while economists increasingly expect a recession or worse that would lower demand for gasoline. Typically, retail gasoline prices would trend lower in October as

Retail Gasoline Slides

By Brian Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN A lockdown in credit has triggered a massive sell-off in energy commodities as speculators unwound positions to raise cash amid the financial crisis, while economists increasingly expect a recession or worse that would lower demand for gasoline. Typically, retail gasoline prices would trend lower in October as

SPIKE Beverage To Distribute Skinny Water

Skinny Water marketer and distributor Skinny Nutritional Corp. said it has signed a beverage distribution agreement with SPIKE Beverage LLC of Tucson, Az., that will ensure the drink’s distribution throughout Arizona. “We are pleased to add Skinny Water to our great portfolio and look forward to the growth opportunities behind this brand,” said Kimberly Clements,

And The Oscar For Best C-store Goes To … Rutter’s

Rutter’s Farm Stores of Manchester Township, Pa., won second place for Global Convenience Format of the Year in an international competition that some have dubbed the “Oscars of the grocery industry.” Competing in the 2008 Retail Industry Awards held Sept. 25 in London, Rutter’s was one of four finalists in the category for “Global Convenience

Sheetz Chooses RedPrairie For Centralized Management

Sheetz is planning to use RedPrairie’s Execution Management solution to direct the preparation and implementation of complex tasks between its headquarters and store management, RedPrairie said. The Execution Management solution automates task planning, event scheduling and interpersonal communication, ultimately helping Sheetz execute new product releases, promotions and other programs with efficiency and consistency. Sheetz becomes

Chevron Donates $500K To Help Battle California Fires

Chevron Corporation said it has donated $500,000 to California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, CAL FIRE, to help pay down the state’s cost of battling more than 2,000 forest fires that tore through the state this past summer. The fires engulfed nearly 1.2 million acres across the state this year, several times the annual

Fresh & Easy Opens 3 Vegas Stores

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market opened another three stores in Las Vegas this week, bringing its total in that market to 22. The stores are located at Eastern and Fremont, Las Vegas and Pecos and Las Vegas and Lake Mead. The retailer said dozens of residents lined up outside the stores and joined local officials

Dunkin’ Donuts Launches ‘America’s Latte Break’

Dunkin’ Donuts says it’s offering a new way for Americans to treat themselves to a latte without blowing the lid off their budget – "America’s Latte Break," a nationwide program where customers can buy a small hot or iced Dunkin’ Donuts Latte any weekday between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. for just 99 cents. “Americans

Gilbarco, Tridium Partner On Intelligent Device Management

Gilbarco and Tridium said they’ve joined forces to develop the Gilbarco Intelligent Device Management (IDM) solution, which will include fuel and dispenser management as part of an overall remote site/device management program. The system will encompass energy management, remote fueling and current c-store equipment monitoring and diagnostics including heating/air conditioning, lighting, power consumption, coolers and

Nielsen: Plenty Of Private-Label Opportunities

Private label products are growing faster in the convenience channel compared to other channels, and the segment represents a tremendous growth opportunity for convenience stores, according to The Nielsen Company. Nielsen is unveiling its analysis and at the NACS Show in Chicago Oct. 4 to Oct. 7. Nielsen’s research shows that sales of private-label products

7-Eleven Baking For Breast Cancer Awareness

7-Eleven Inc. is baking fresh ribbon-shaped donuts every day this October to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The donut twists are topped with pale-pink icing, sprinkles and tiny pink candy ribbons. Offered at a suggested retail price of $1.19, the fresh-baked donuts are delivered every morning to participating

ExxonMobil Donates $1.6M For Students

The ExxonMobil Foundation donated $1.6 million to launch a pilot program in four New Orleans public high schools to help students prepare for college. >The donation to Tulane University will establish a training and incentive program to increase participation in the Advanced Placement Program at four public high schools in Orleans Parish over the next

Altria And UST Wait For ’09

Altria Group Inc. and UST Inc. said they’ve amended their September 2008 agreement where Altria has agreed to acquire all outstanding shares of UST. The amendment sets forth Altria’s and UST’s agreement to extend, at Altria’s option, the closing date of the transaction to a date no later than early January 2009, as long as

Provision Signage To Hit 800 Stores

Provision Interactive Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Provision Holding Inc., said it has signed an agreement with the Long Island Gasoline Retailers Association to install its patented 3D holographic displays in up to 800 member stores throughout New York State. Provision’s displays will be inside the independent convenience stores of major franchise gasoline retailers including

Fuel Decline Slow

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN Most gasoline prices at retail outlets across the country will continue to move lower as we begin October this week, which is consistent with the traditional price decline at the pump for the time of year as demand retreats after the summer driving season. Earlier in

Wawa Raises $700K For Cancer Nonprofit

Wawa convenience store chain was recognized during a Sept. 26 ceremony at The Palm Restaurant in Atlantic City, N.J., for raising more than $700,000 to benefit a nonprofit organization for cancer patients and their families. The ceremony was a fundraiser of sorts for Gilda’s Club South Jersey, a nonprofit organization that offers free emotional and

Products With Purpose Can Pay

A new consumer behavior study by researchers at Duke University shows that retailers can potentially increase sales by offering products affiliated with cause-related marketing campaigns such as health or environmental issues. The results, released this week in the 2008 Cone/Duke University Behavioral Cause Study, said cause-related marketing can significantly drive actual consumer choice and entice

Sheetz Carrier Wins Top Trucking Award

CLI Transport, the dedicated carrier for Sheetz c-stores’ fuel and grocery, has been awarded The American Trucking Association’s 2008 ATA President’s Trophy. The American Trucking Association (ATA) is the premier trucking organization in the U.S., and its award is recognized as one of the highest safety awards available to motor carriers in the country. The