Archives for June 2009

ADT Solutions Help Prevent Retail Losses

  ADT Security Services, Boca Raton, Fla., has come out with new products and services aimed at helping retailers combat retail theft and better manage their businesses.   According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, the tough economy has led to an increase in retail theft and shoplifting in many areas. Retailers facing

Wawa Draws Attention to Credit Surcharges for Fuel

   Wawa, Inc. launched a No-Surcharge advertising campaign earlier this month, in an effort to educate customers about fees that many retailers charge when customers purchase fuel with credit cards.    The practice is to post a fuel price that seems low, but when the transaction is paid for with credit, several cents per gallon

ExxonMobil Personal Card Offers $2,000 Daily Giveaway

  Citi is offering ExxonMobil card holders the chance to get even more from their card when they make purchases at Exxon or Mobil stations across the country this month.    Every day through June 30, Citi will be awarding a $2,000 cash prize-the equivalent of a year’s worth of free gas-to one lucky ExxonMobil

House Passes FDA Bill

    On Friday, the House passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, a bill giving the FDA authority over tobacco regulation, just one day after the Senate approved the bill by a 79 to 17 vote, the Associated Press reported.   The House approved the bill by 307 to 97  and it now heads

Kum & Go Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Summer Giveaway

  Starting in June, Kum & Go is offering its customers the chance to win more than $100,000 this summer as part of its 50th anniversary celebration.   Kum & Go’s summer celebration includes its “Summer of ’59” promotion, during which the company will award 59 lucky customers a $1,000 Kum & Go gift card

7-Eleven Introduces 2nd Web site

  A month after launching a Web site for franchisees, 7-Eleven Inc. has added a second Web site- retailers looking to convert their existing retail outlets to the 7-Eleven brand and system through its Business Conversion Program (BCP).   Both new sites can be reached from the company’s corporate Web site by selecting the “franchising”

Wawa Hosts 2nd Annual Hoagiefest

  Following the success of last year’s Hoagiefest, Wawa is rolling out the campaign for the second year in a row.   Wawa, which operates 570 c-stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia., will be hosting four Hoagiefest events this summer in Philadelphia, Ocean City, Md., Virginia Beach and Egg Harbor Township, N.J.   These

Fuel on the Rise

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN   A surge in retail gasoline prices across the country’s major metropolitan markets will continue through the end of June, as climbing wholesale costs work through the supply chain to the gas pump.   Wholesale gasoline prices increased in nearly all metropolitan markets through the middle

Emerson’s Technology Conference Offers Retail Solutions

In an effort to help c-store retailers save money on operating costs, Emerson’s Technology in Action Conference (TAC) is the only conference that presents solutions to many of the problems that are challenging convenience store, supermarket and foodservice operators today. Through a series of online Webcasts, attendees will gain a better perspective of the energy

Twenty-three Republican Senators Supported FDA Bill

Senator Ted Kennedy’s bill granting the FDA the power to regulate the tobacco industry passed yesterday in the Senate with a final vote of 79 to 17. Among the U.S. Senators voting in favor of the bill were 23 Republicans including the following:   John Barrasso (Wyoming) Thad Cochran (Mississippi) Susan Collins (Maine) Bob Corker (Tennessee)

PCATS Executive Director and CEO Steps Down

  Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) Executive Director and CEO Tom Oare has informed the PCATS Board of Directors that he will step down effective June 30. The Board of Directors named PCATS Director of Standards Development and Maintenance Scott Wood as interim director, effective July 1.   Oare, who has been active in

New Jersey Operators Gain Right of First Refusal

  New Jersey Governor Corzine has signed into law the First Right of Refusal Act, which prevents the sale of gas stations to mega distributors without first offering the operating franchisees the opportunity to purchase the property.   Last fall, the New Jersey gasoline c-store and automotive association (NJGCA) and small business franchise dealers learned

Stripes’ Fundraising Exceeds Expectations

  Stripes convenience stores and Children’s Miracle Network, an international non-profit organization that raises funds for children’s hospitals, came close to doubling funds during its fundraising campaign this April.   Stripes’ 2009 fundraising efforts totaled $386,686 compared to $197,000 raised in 2008. Funds were raised during a five week in-store campaign in which Stripes associates

Frito-Lay, Jack Link’s Introduce New Line

  PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America division, Purchase, N.Y., and Jack Link’s, Minong, Wis., have joined forces to launch a new meat snack line.   Frito-Lay will sell and distribute the new line under the Matador by Jack Link’s brand, aimed at young adults with action-driven lifestyles.    “The Jack Link’s brand continues to drive growth

Strahan Advertising Inc. Celebrates 30 Years

  Strahan Advertising Inc., Santa Ana, Calif., which serves the foodservice industry, is celebrating its 30th anniversary.   Founded in 1979 by Timothy and James Strahan, the agency has provided a full range of advertising, marketing and public relations services for some of the food industry’s most respected brands.   During the agency’s 30 years, Strahan

Experts to Educate Carwash Professionals During Wash Week

  The International Carwash Association, Chicago, is hosting Wash Week this July, a week-long opportunity for car wash industry professionals to learn proven ways to grow their businesses from industry experts.   The week will include three seminars in Southern California, Chicago and Atlanta, and will feature online education and networking opportunities, including videos, Webinars,

FDA Oversight May Benefit Major Tobacco Brands

One day after the FDA gained control of tobacco regulation, a new report by Fitch Ratings found FDA regulation will have intermediate and longer-term competitive effects on major players in the tobacco category. Not much is expected to change for the tobacco industry in the short term. However, changes are anticipated down the road, including compliance

Senate Debates “Tobacco Candy”

  R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. is test-marketing dissolvable products in three cities and says they are designed for adults, but some Senators aren’t so sure, the Associated Press reported.   The smoke-free tobacco products come in pellets or strips that melt in your mouth like a breath mint.   Some lawmakers are calling the products

Senate Passes Bill Giving FDA Power Over Tobacco

  The Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to pass the  Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, giving the FDA power to control tobacco regulation, the New York Times reported.    The legislation has only small differences from a version the House passed in April by a nearly 3-to-1 ratio. A White House spokesman, Reid H.

Bankruptcy Judge Approves Appalachian Oil Sale

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee today gave final approval for the prompt sale of the assets of Appalachian Oil Co. Inc.   Today’s action designates NRC Realty Advisors, LLC, as the agent to execute the sale of 47 gasoline stations and convenience stores operated by Appco in northeastern Tennessee, southwestern

Heineken Kicks Off Summer Selling Season

Heineken and Heineken Light unveil a summer retail program that invites consumers to elevate their traditional summer entertaining by hosting a Heineken “Blok” Party. The program will run June through August in retail outlets throughout the country.   “The Heineken Blok Party program is true to our brand objective of delivering great beer and great

Slim Jim Plant Explosion Rocks North Carolina

Three people were killed, and 38 injured, four critically, after an explosion at a Slim Jim meat products plant in North Carolina on Tuesday. Chris Woods, a worker at the facility, said he started running when he felt an explosion around 11 a.m. “I was picking up a piece of meat off the line and

Sunoco Sells Store to Stewart’s Shops Corp.

Stewart’s Shops Corp. has acquired the former Sunoco A-Plus mini mart on Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs for $1.5 million, according to The Business Review.   The acquisition from Atlantic Refining and Marketing Corp., a subsidiary of Philadelphia-based Sunoco increases the Stewart’s total number of shops to 328.   “It was an opportunity to operate a

APEC To Sell 78 Stores in Florida

  Automated Petroleum & Energy Co. Inc. (APEC), Braden-Fla., a distributor and convenience store operator, which has 246 c-stores in Florida, is selling 78 c-stores in 46 cities across the state.   The store locations, which include 12 in Tampa and at least eight in Pinellas County, will be sold in a sealed bid auction

Large C-stores Replacing Small Gas Stations in Lancaster

  Small gas stations appear to be struggling these days, while large c-stores with a number of gas pumps are popping up and prospering, at least in Lancaster, Pa., reported.   “If we were relying on gas sales alone, we’d be out of business. There isn’t enough of a markup to stay open,” said