Archives for May 2009

Clark Brands Rolls Out Gift Card Program

Clark Brands is rolling out a Gift Card Program designed specifically for small retailers. The Gift Card Program, powered by RBS WorldPay, is the product of collaboration between RBS WorldPay, who handles administration, and Clark, who is endorsing and promoting the program to its customers.   The Gift Card Program has pricing, features and benefits only available

Free Chocolate For Everyone

What could be better than chocolate you ask?  Free 100% chocolate products from Mars Snackfood U.S. To help customers beat recession blues and lift the mood of the country, the company is offering its own chocolate stimulus plan, in the form of the Mars Real Chocolate Relief Act.   The company shared plans for the

Newman Named Chairman of NYACS

Michael F. Newman, executive vice president, NOCO Energy Corp. was recently appointed chairman of the New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS) for a one-year term.   As chairman, Newman is the chief elected officer of NYACS and sets the tone and direction for the Association. In addition he presides over meetings of the general

Scotsman Industries Acquired by Warburg Pincus

Scotsman Industries Inc., Vernon Hills, Ill., the Enodis global ice machine business from the Manitowoc Company, has been acquired by Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm.   With more than 50 years of history in the commercial ice machine and refrigeration business, Scotsman Industries Inc. will become the official name of the new

Big Box Giant Stays Strong And Steady

Wal-Mart Stores Inc reported a flat quarterly profit, according to Reuters. In the current quarter, the big box company reported results that lined up with analysts’ predictions.   Last year at this time, Walmart benefited as consumers spent tax rebate stimulus money at its stores. This year, the company does not have a stimulus to

C-stores Poised for Huge Growth Through 2013

In the midst of a cavalcade of negative news about the down economy, RNCOS Inc., a research firm, offers some positive news for c-store operators. The firm found that with help from increasing motor fuel and in-store sales, the U.S. c-store industry is expected to skyrocket in growth between 2009 and 2013. In it’s newly

Dresser Wayne Upgrades Pump Security

Dresser Wayne, a provider of fuel dispensers and technologies, said its iX Pay Secure Payment retrofit kits for Dresser Wayne and Tokheim fuel dispensers are now available to industry retailers.   Certified to the most stringent level of Payment Card Industry (PCI) Encrypting PIN Pad (EPP) requirements, the upgradeable kits help to protect motorists against

MAPCO Exits Virginia

MAPCO Express Inc, a division of the Brentwood, Tenn.-based Delek US Holding Inc., sold its 24 East Coast branded c-stores located in Central and Eastern Virginia, staying true to its plan to exit retailing in Virginia.   Of the 24 locations, 10 of the stores were acquired by WilcoHess, while the remaining stores were purchased

C-Store Clerks Strike It Big

Seven clerks from Phillips 66 in Montrose, Colo., won $2.5 million in last weekend’s lotto drawing.   The Phillips 66 clerks’ ticket was one of two to hit the $5.1 million Lotto jackpot. The workers collected their checks Monday after a customer at their c-store flew them by helicopter to the Lottery’s Pueblo headquarters. Each

Pan-Oston Renovates and Enlarges Facility

Pan-Oston Co. is expanding its Bowling Green, Ky.-based manufacturing facility to accommodate growth in self-checkout and technology products. When the renovation is complete a portion of the plant also will be used to consolidate all of metal and wood production. This new wood production area will offer state-of-the art computer controlled machinery and advanced environmental

Reward Consumers While Reinforcing Your Brand

Outsite Networks Inc., Norfolk, Va., has launched two new features for its In-Touch loyalty marketing system: Consumer Groups and Coupon Logo.   Consumer Groups allows Outsite Networks retailers to add community-focused marketing programs to loyalty program members and on behalf of local community groups. Retailer can set up custom groups of loyalty members and provide

New Jersey Cigarette Tax Backlash

New Jersey smokers soon may be faced with higher prices, as the state is proposing yet another tax increase. Analysts predict that raising taxes will aid the state’s growing budget woes.    The Center for Policy Research of New Jersey (CPR) with help from David Bishop, of Balvor LLC, a firm that researches retail industry

McLane Offers Two New Technological Advancements

McLane, a leading supply chain services company, announced two new technologies for their retail customers.   The first is the Smart Handheld for Independents (SHHi), which allows users to track order history, create orders and track upcoming distributions from a single device. The SHHi is tailored for independent grocery and convenience store retailers and provides small

Senate Debates Credit Card Legislation

Proposed credit-card legislation being considered in the Senate would stop card companies from raise interest rates and charging late fees, tactics used by card companies to manage rising losses in the current economy, according to Dow Jones Newswires.   If the legislation goes into effect, card companies may respond by increasing costs for financially responsible

Brewers Brooding Over UPC Law

A New York state law is requiring all bottled products sold in the state to carry a New York-specific UPC code for bottle deposit and redemption, The Daily Gazette reported. The law, which is part of the Bigger Better Bottle Bill, which also expands the state’s bottle deposit law to water bottles, will begin on

Tobacco Bill Vote Postponed

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions has delayed a vote on a bill that would give the FDA power to regulate tobacco. The Committee was originally supposed to “mark up” or vote on Tuesday May 12 on Senator Ted Kennedy’s version of the FDA tobacco regulatory legislation.   The Committee now

Casey’s Settles, Pays Large Fines

Casey’s General Stores Inc., which has 1,200 convenience stores in nine Midwestern states, will pay $11.7 million to settle two class-action wage lawsuits and will record a $9.1 million charge in its fiscal fourth-quarter as a result of the settlement, the Wall Street Journal reported.   Some 7,800 current and former assistant managers and about

Rutter’s Expands Iced Tea Line

Convenience store customers in Pennsylvania and Maryland have a new beverage option to get excited about. Rutter’s, a 56-store chain based in York, Pa., has introduced Southern Brew Sweet Tea to its line of iced teas.   This new flavor marks Rutter’s 13th iced tea variety. It is available in regular and diet gallon-sized containers

Coffee Wars Heating Up

McDonald’s began national advertising this week for its McCafe line and its competitors are stepping up their game, trying to overtake, or at least share, the spotlight.   More than an estimated $100 million will be poured into the McCafé ad campaign with will reach consumers through TV, print, radio, outdoor, Internet, events, PR and

General Tobacco Opens Distribution Center in Arizona

Mayodan, N.C.-based General Tobacco (GT) opened GT West, a distribution center for its complete line of low-priced tobacco products in Phoenix.   This new site will expedite delivery time to accommodate its west coast customers. Transit times to customers include: one day to Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Southern California; two days to Central California,

Spinx Rolls Out Gilbarco’s Passport

The SPINX Co. Inc., Greenville, S.C., has introduced the Gilbarco Passport point-of-sale (POS) system to 28 locations in North and South Carolina.   “We chose Passport because of its superior user interface and service compared to our old POS system; and because of its outstanding new features, like third-party integration with our back office via

Circle K Gets a Jolt

Wet Planet Beverages, the parent company of Jolt, has partnered with Circle K, which has more than 2,100 c-stores nationwide, reported. Jolt Energy Drinks and Jolt Energy Shots are now available in 300 of those stores throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Virginia.   JOLT is available in seven flavors and uses

Mississippi Tax Approved

It’s about to get a lot more expensive to smoke in Mississippi. State cigarette taxes will soon jump by 50 cents in the state, from the current 18 cent tax to a costly 68 cents per pack, lawmakers voted this week, the Associated Press reported.   The bill passed overwhelmingly in both the state Senate

Obama Administration Tackles Ethanol Plans

The White House made its first major statement regarding its ethanol stance on Tuesday. Three Cabinet members outlined a plan that would protect corn ethanol producers from the credit crisis, work with them to reduce their use of natural gas and coal in ethanol production, and push the auto industry to create vehicles that can

ExxonMobil to Support Hispanic Heritage

ExxonMobil, Irving, Texas announced that it will continue its support of the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards, which honor Latino students in America who excel in engineering and mathematics, by sponsoring the awards for the ninth straight year.   “ExxonMobil sees it as an imperative to encourage and reward students who are excelling in the vital