Archives for January 2009

Rigged System Results In Huge Fuel Theft

Seattle police say someone installed a phony meter on a fuel-delivery system at a BP distribution center on Harbor Island in Seattle, resulting in the theft of 350,000 gallons of diesel fuel over nearly a year, the Seattle Times reported. A police report said that a manager at the Harbor Island terminal in Seattle reported

Kum & Go Plans Missouri Store

p>Des Moines, Iowa-based Kum & Go is planning a store in Neosho, Mo., with construction scheduled to being in spring, Neosho Daily News reported. Kum & Go spokeswoman Meggan Kring said the convenience store will feature six gas pumps, or “multiple product dispensers,” and three diesel fueling stations. 

 Neosho was picked as a good

Case Studies From Kronos

With a surge in job applicants and fewer job openings driving demand for more precision in retail selection and hiring, workforce solutions and services company Kronos has showcased a few retailers who are benefiting from its offerings. Among those using Kronos’ workforce solutions: Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores recently selected the Kronos selection and

Multiculturalism in the Marketplace

With the election of the nation’s first African-American president, the time is right to get a better understanding of our consumer base to make sure we’re meeting their needs. Things have been quite difficult for most Americans this holiday season. There have been thousands upon thousands of job layoffs, though the retail sector has weathered

Appreciate Your Antique Assets

A great source of dedication and experience, seniors can excel throughout the entire organization. Surfing through the TV channels recently, I paused to watch a few minutes of the popular Antiques Road Show program. I was amazed at the value we place on antiques in this country, how they appreciate with time. Indeed, the older

Sheetz Tests Innovative Payment Method

Sheetz convenience stores and Wright Express Corporation this month are launching the first multi-city trial of an exciting new technology that lets drivers make fuel purchases at Sheetz by using their mobile phones. Drivers will be able to download a fleet card over-the-air into specially enabled Near Field Communication (NFC) mobile phones. They can then

Certifiably Loyal

Columbus, Ohio-based Certified Oil Co. has introduced its new "Certified Savings" loyalty program, which has already been rolled out at four of its Ohio convenience stores. Certified Chief Operating Officer Greg Ehrlich told the Chillicothe Gazette this week that the overarching goal of the program is "to develop and maintain loyalty among current and future

All Dogs Go To 7-Eleven

Animal-rights group PETA has given 7-Eleven stores in Philadelphia the “Most Vegetarian-Friendly Convenience Store” award during PETA’s sixth annual Proggy Awards, which recognize animal-friendly achievements in commerce and culture. PETA said it recognized the Philly 7-Eleven’s “for providing delicious, nutritious, and cruelty-free food to vegans and vegetarians in a hurry. 7-Eleven will be featured on

A Great Inning

Hot Stuff Foods and Lettieri’s say they aren’t wasting any time joining forces to create a winning foodservice program. Hot Stuff Foods CEO John Fontana and Lettieri’s have announced new marketing initiatives on the companies’ newest items: Hot Stuff’s Big Stuff Pizza; Hot Stuff’s new Take & Bake Pizza; and Lettieri’s new Self-Rising Pizza. “The

Cumberland, Gulf Oil Combine HQ

Commercial real estate firm DTZ FHO Partners said it has helped Cumberland Farms and Gulf Oil LP secure new combined office space in Framingham, Mass. Cumberland Farms is currently located in Canton, Mass., while Gulf Oil is currently headquartered in Newton, Mass. The two companies will combine corporate finance, legal and human resources operations at

Texas Town Mulls Mandatory C-Store Surveillance

Police in the town of McAllen, Texas, are asking that city’s lawmakers to consider an ordinance that would require c-stores to install video surveillance systems and lock up alcoholic beverages at night, The Monitor newspaper reported. The newspaper said police Chief Victor Rodriguez is asking city leaders to consider the ordinance, which is intended to

Tillerson: ‘Innovation, Competition And Free Trade’

Security on the national and international energy and environmental fronts can be achieved through policies that support innovation, competition and free trade, Exxon Mobile Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson said during a speech this week at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. Tillerson outlined the energy challenge facing America and the world,

Knoxville-area Pilot Stores Boost Smokeless Offering

Minneapolis-based Ruyan America Inc. said its Vegas E-cigar, an award-winning smokeless cigarette substitute, is now available in Pilot Food Mart stores in the Knoxville, Tenn., area. The Vegas E-cigar looks and feels like a premium cigar, but uses a microchip, airflow sensor, ultrasonic atomizer and nicotine-infused liquid to produce a vapor that provides its user

BP Picks New Head

BP announced that Lamar McKay has been appointed as chairman and president of BP America Inc., and he’ll also serve as BP’s chief representative in the U.S, succeeding the retiring Robert Malone. McKay is a member of the BP plc executive management team and has led the company’s special projects team since early 2008. There

Fresh & Easy Launches School Fundraising Program

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has launched a school fundraising program called “Shop for Schools,” where participating schools can get a $1 cash donation for every $20 spent at a Fresh & Easy store. Eligible schools include kindergarten through eighth-grade schools within a three-mile radius of one of Fresh & Easy’s stores in Arizona, California

Clark Enhances Image

Clark Brands said it’s implementing two enhancements to the Clark gasoline brand image as part of a comprehensive effort to continue moving the Clark brand into the next decade. The new imagining, called “Image 2010,” is being launched early this year. “Our licensees, dealers and customers believe in the value of the Clark brand,” said

Dresser Wayne Wearing Green

Fuel dispenser and technology innovator Dresser Wayne said it has reached another milestone in its ongoing plan to minimize environmental impact and incorporate more green practices into its operations around the world. The company said it received ISO 14001:2004 certification for its Austin, Texas operation from Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA), a third-party registrar for

Fuel Bucks Downward Trend

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN In the U.S., driving slows down in the winter after the holidays, with demand for gasoline usually the lowest in January and February. So too, are prices, with the wholesale gasoline market typically posting their annual low during one of those two months; doing so for

A Low-Cost Reloadable

Financial services company and prepaid card solutions provider nFinanSe said it has launched the industry’s lowest-cost reloadable prepaid debit card, the Discover Network Reloadable Prepaid Card. The product offers low fees and rich features such as the ability for immediate use, text-messaging notification of transactions and balances and free customer service. The card provides a

Revelers Ride Free

More than 10,000 residents and visitors of New York’s Westchester County braved the cold to usher in 2009 on New Year’s Eve, and Heineken USA provided free rides home to almost 10% of the crowd. Heineken USA estimated that 750 people took advantage of its annual “New Year. Safe Call.” program, which encourages responsible behavior

Dresser Wayne Expands Reach

Retail fuel dispenser and technology innovator Dresser Wayne has expanded its distributor agreement with Source North America Corporation, one of the largest distributors of equipment for convenience stores and fueling stations in the U.S. The company, which already provides Dresser Wayne products in other areas of the country, is now a Dresser Wayne distributor in

Shell Launches Savings Card

Shell Oil Products U.S. has launched its Shell Saver Card, a new payment option that will provide its customers with a more convenient way to purchase with a direct link to their checking account. The card also offers savings on fuel purchased at Shell stations. The company said it’s the first retailer to make the

Ready To LEED, Again

Kum & Go LC last month opened its second LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) convenience store in Iowa, this time in Des Moines. The new 3,400-square-foot store, which has an adjacent 1,700-square-foot tenant space available for lease, took just 92 days to build. “We’re excited to offer our second LEED store to the

Nationwide Bacon-Bits Recall Impacts 7-Eleven’s Colorado Stores

State health officials in Colorado said nearly 3,600 pounds of bacon bit products have been recalled nationwide by the production company Patrick Cudahy of Cudahy, Wis., due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. In Colorado, the bacon bit products were distributed to 7-Eleven convenience stores and smaller independent grocery stores in burritos and sandwiches. 7-Eleven

Dunkin’s New Tag: You Kin’ Do It!

Dunkin’ Donuts has unveiled a new $100 million integrated advertising campaign that centers on a new rallying cry for 2009: "You Kin’ Do It!" Created by Boston, Mass.-based Hill Holliday, Dunkin’ Donuts’ said its new iteration on the popular "America Runs on Dunkin’" campaign offers encouragement and a spirit of fun during challenging times. “With