Serve the Underserved

Coinstar E-Payment Services offers complete Pay-As-You-Go solutions designed for your shoppers. We offer products your customers want and sell year-round, from national and regional prepaid wireless programs, to long distance and financial services, including Prepaid MasterCard and Visa debit gift cards. Our flexible technology options, including point-of-sale activation (POSA) terminals, POS integration and kiosks, are

Pizza to Go

The Broaster Co. is jumping into the pizza business with the introduction of its new Broaster To Go Authentic Pizza program. This new program combines top-quality foods, convenient cooking equipment and bold merchandising systems into an innovative branded program with no franchise, royalty or licensing fees. The program begins with a selection of top-quality frozen

Bite-Sized Perfection

Don Miguel proudly introduces the next innovation in convenience store foodservice with a fresh and flavorful line of authentic empanadas. Available in hearty Breakfast style or zesty Beef and Cheese, Empanadas are available in either Hot-to-go or microwave packaging to suit any c-store operation. Hot-to-go empanadas heat quickly in existing ovens and stay hot and

Eliminate Cup Concerns

The new Sentry adjustable cup dispenser from San Jamar is the simple, affordable way to protect and dispense any cup and keep counters clean and organized. With beverage programs constantly changing this is a dispenser that can be adjusted for your current and future cup needs. The dispenser offers adjustable lifetime levers that prevent cup

Smarter, Faster Washes

  Introducing the new i5000 touchless, in-bay automatic car wash from D&S Car Wash Equipment Co. The "intelligent" i5000 is the latest innovation from D&S. Designed with proven technology adapted from its Quicksilver D&S5000 touchless line, the i5000 is loaded with advanced features. The powerful i5000 is space- and energy-efficient which makes it the ideal

Cooking Convenience

C. Cretors and Co.’s new and compact Hot Dog Cooker and Bun Warmer offers a resourceful design that simultaneously allows for freshly heating hot dogs while providing warm savory buns. Well suited for spaces with minimal counter space, Cretors Hot Dog Cooker and Bun Warmer is ideal for c-stores and other foodservice industries. The innovative

Ride The Gravy Train

Bob Evans Foodservice introduces the Bob Evans Sausage Gravy Dispenser and Biscuit in a Bowl, with convenience stores in mind. A leading restaurant brand, Bob Evans has been making classic sausage gravy for more than 30 years. The new sausage gravy offering comes ready-to-eat and it isn’t a concentrate, providing consistent quality and flavor batch

Extreme Technology

Today’s high-speed retail environment just got another boost. NCR Corp. announced the launch of its latest point-of-sale (POS) workstation, the NCR RealPOS 70 XRT. Featuring advanced Intel technology, the solution is designed to deliver powerful and efficient technology, innovative design and manageability to retailers in the convenience and hospitality industries, as well as other retail

Kettle of Chips

Classic Foods has created one of the most exotic flavors customers will ever taste on a potato chip. The company this month has introduced African Red Devil Pepper chips in an attempt to create a spicy-yet-citrusy, one-of-a-kind potato chip snack. While searching for a new flavor, Classic Foods’ chefs discovered Piri Piri, sometimes known as

Sophisticated Yet Practical

The Wilbur Curtis Co. has taken gourmet coffee service to an exciting new level with the Curtis Milano. Combining an inspired design with the celebrated G3 technology famous for precision-controlled brewing, the Curtis Milano delivers the perfected and consistent gourmet coffee customers expect. Vacuum-insulated and designed with brew-through lids and integral faucets, Milano’s sleek servers

Quick Shot

Lil’ Drug Store Products and AriZona Beverages, the makers of AriZona Iced Teas, have partnered to introduce new AriZona RX Energy Quick Shots. The new AriZona RX Energy Quick Shots were unveiled and sampled last month at the National Association of Convenience Stores trade show in Chicago. The energy drinks are expected to be sold

Cups for Customers On-the-Go

The new Deli-Wave Cup from PWP Industries challenges assumptions about how a deli cup can turn a typical deli experience into a premium one. The new container sports a unique, sophisticated wave design that stands out on the shelf and protects food with superior strength. A secure, air-tight seal locks in freshness for maximum product

Outdoor Payment Terminal

Gilbarco has expanded its range of compliant payment solutions with the introduction of its fully-certified FlexPay CRIND. The free-standing FlexPay OPT packages Gilbarco’s PCI and EMV compliant FlexPay terminal as an Island Card Reader that can be positioned next to the pump and support single or multiple fuel dispensers. FlexPay OPT supports Gilbarco’s Generic and

High-Volume Liquid Coffee

The LCR-3 HV, Bunn’s new high-volume liquid coffee dispenser, brings a new level of ease and convenience to serving large amounts of coffee with easy, cost-effective operations, electronic controls and many other unique features. Its stainless steel outer cabinet allows the unit to easily fit into a commercial kitchen environment. Minimal operator training is required

Small Booths, Big Ideas

Sure, there were mammoth setups at the NACS show at McCormick Place in Chicago last month.  Some, like the energy drink makers whose legions of gorgeous gals were sporting free samples, boasted booths worthy of their own postal code. Likewise with the Dresser Wayne and Gilbarco Veeder-Root displays, whose setups offered a cornucopia of innovative

Examining Alternative Options

One of my specialties has been dealing with the importance of liquidating marginal stores and trying to find solutions for sites that no longer are appropriate for continued retail petroleum use. I recently experienced an amusing encounter that reflects some interesting differences in the direction that our industry may be taking from one coast to

Measuring Up Your Supplier

The martyrs in the retail world may think they’re alone as they move to counter the forces perpetually squeezing their profit margins—credit card fees, consumer spending slow-downs, a credit crunch and increased operating costs—but there’s an often-overlooked ally at their disposal: suppliers.  “The supplier representative knows a lot of the retailer’s history and a lot

Calling All Cars

Like so many facets of a convenience store operation, a car wash can attract new customers and enhance revenue, but only when handled correctly. In this instance, correct handling means everything from finding a big enough location, knowing the competition, having the right type of equipment to focus on speed of service, providing for preventive

Progress in Processing

Convenience store operators’ turbulent relationship with the credit card industry is set to enter a new phase in 2009 as a pair of legislative initiatives—one for consumers, the other a point of serious contention for retailers—come front and center. From both angles, facing off with credit card companies over the huge profits they’ve been reaping

Keeping Costs in Check

Cutting costs won’t necessarily bring more customers into your store, but it will boost your bottom line. And though heaven knows costs are tough to cut these days, there is one way convenience retailers can save a bundle—by lowering food waste. C-store retailers seeking to win more customers by expanding food offerings should become vigilant

Getting (and Keeping) Customers Inside

Looking for ways to keep your customers coming into your store? You’re not alone. Consumers may understand that convenience retailers need to raise prices, but that doesn’t stop them from buying elsewhere, especially when it comes to buying prepared food. “Food is certainly a good draw, but it’s one of several important factors,” said Sandy

Chicken Facts

Though fried chicken remains the category leader, rotisserie-cooked chicken is rapidly growing in popularity. Results from the annual Consumer Market for Chicken 1,000 Household Survey show that 23% of respondents had purchased rotisserie chicken in four weeks prior to the survey. Results also showed that 25- to 34-year-olds are the least likely to have made

Unleashing the Profit Potential of Meat Snacks

C-store operators need to transcend mere impulse merchandising and gain a real understanding of shifting consumer demographics in order to make the most of the meat snack category. Long considered a convenience store staple, meat snacks—primarily dried snacks and pork rinds—are enjoying a renaissance with the addition of many new flavors, new packaging and better

Drinking For Thinking

Whether they’re touting benefits such as arthritis relief, tanning power or sedation, functional beverages have long surpassed the passé point of added nutrition.  You can divvy up the functional beverage category any way you want: Brain-power libation like Brainiac, by Function Drinks; arthritis-battling brew like Joint Juice, by Joint Juice Inc.; or the sun-tanning stew,

Ruler Cooler

Sarah Jackson and David Oberman may not realize it, but as a pair they embody a curious trend in the c-store industry’s packaged beverage category these days. “I used to drink energy drinks every day,” said Oberman, 20, standing outside a TravelCenters of America on Interstate 90 at the Ohio-Pennsylvania border. “I was an energy

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