Archives for October 2009

NACS Chairman Sonja Hubbard Addresses Retailers

“Despite our many challenges, our opportunities are even greater,” said 2008-2009 NACS Chairman Sonja Hubbard, CEO of Texarkana, Texas-based E-Z Mart Stores Inc., as she kicked off the NACS Show opening general session Wednesday in Las Vegas.  “We innovate, seize opportunities and use our engagement and diversity as our strengths,” she said, adding that the

Industry Pushes Credit Card Reform

NACS President and CEO Hank Armour urged convenience and petroleum retailers to “light a grassroots fire around the country” by encouraging their customers to speak out against outrageous credit card interchange fees–hidden fees that cost the typical American household $427 per year.   “Between now and the second week of January we want every convenience

Ain’t No Stopping Us Now…

“Despite our many challenges, our opportunities are even greater,” said 2008-2009 NACS Chairman Sonja Hubbard, CEO of Texarkana, Texas-based E-Z Mart Stores Inc., at the NACS Show opening general session.   Hubbard cited several unique traits of the convenience and petroleum retailing industry that allow it to prosper. “We innovate, seize opportunities and use our

NACS Show Kicks Off in Las Vegas

So, the NACS Show is here, and so are you. The Las Vegas Convention Center is huge, with workshops in one direction, 1,200 vendors in the exhibit hall in another direction and crowds everywhere. Where do you begin   NACS Reports the best place to start is your closet. “Wear very comfortable shoes,” was one

Rutter’s Honored in Pa.

Rutter’s Farms Stores has been recognized as Corporate Citizen of the Year by Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries.   The award recognizes a business or company for its support of a local public library or consortium of libraries and, by extension, of the entire Pennsylvania library community.   This year, the Rutter’s Cos. sponsored the

Gasoline Prices Pulled Higher by Climbing Crude Costs

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN   A sharp increase in wholesale gasoline costs during the first half of October will continue to push retail prices higher across the country through to Halloween, with wholesale costs up roughly 15 percent from the end of September through Oct. 16.   Just about all

IRI Helps Retailers To Better Target Customers

  At this week’s NACS Show in Las Vegas, Matt McCourt, director, Convenience Store and Spirits, Information Resources Inc. (IRI) will discuss how convenience store retailers can learn what their customers want most by using sophisticated shopper tracking tools.    During his panel presentation, “How Many Is Too Many? Making Your Product Selection Work for

Valero Energy Corp. Declares Dividends

  The Board of Directors of Valero Energy Corporation declared a regular quarterly cash dividend on the company’s common stock of $0.15 per share on Oct. 15.    The dividend is payable Dec. 9, 2009 to holders of record at the close of business on Nov. 11, 2009. The company also stated that if industry

Popularity of Ethnic Food Grows

  Ethnic food sales are on the rise and expected to hit a record $2.2 billion this year, and grow by another 20% between 2010 and 2014, Marketing Daily reported.    The estimates came from Mintel, the global research supplier report company, which noted that more than 1 million foreigners have become permanent legal U.S.

7-Eleven Offers Pink Drinks for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc. is offering customers two ways to “drink pink” to support  breast cancer research this October, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.     The retailer that sells more than 1 million cups of coffee each day has created a refillable 16-ounce stainless-steel coffee mug with a  splash-resistant lid and understated

Coffee Sales Give Clues About Economy

  For those eagerly seeking signs of the recession’s end, Steven Burd, CEO of Safeway Inc., Pleasanton, Calif., told the Los Angeles Times to keep an eye on coffee.   Speaking to investors about Safeway’s third-quarter profit, Burd said shoppers were starting to trade up to more expensive items after a long period in which

Super Quik Named Convenience Store of the Year

  Super Quik, Inc., based in flatwoods, K.Y., has been honored as 2009 Convenience Store of the Year during the Kentucky Grocers Association/Kentucky Association of Convenience Stores (KGA/KACS) 68th celebration & annual meeting.   KGA/KACS is a joint statewide trade association representing about 550 member companies operating in a retail food and convenience marketplace of

AWMA Real Deal Expo Becomes The AWMA Show

  The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) has approved a three-year plan for its annual convention and expo that includes a series of changes intended to strengthen the value of the show.   The decisions were made at the association’s Sept. 14 board of director’s meeting, where, under the direction of AWMA’s Convention & Expo

Quick Chek Opens New Ramsey, N.J. Store

  Quick Chek, a privately-owned, family-operated chain of 120 fresh food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, is celebrating the grand opening of its newest location in Ramsey, N.J. with free coffee.   For the first 13 days of business Oct. 27-Nov.8, customers can enjoy free coffee and kids under five feet

PepsiCo, Anheuser-Busch Partner for Purchasing

  St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch and Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo announced this week that they are partnering in order to conduct joint purchasing in the U.S., the St. Louis Business Journal reported.   Under the partnership, a team of procurement experts for each company will focus on common areas of spending and negotiate purchases on behalf of

Wawa Fights Hunger

  Wawa has teamed up with the Food Bank of Delaware for the annual Check-Out Hunger campaign, a regional fundraiser that takes place in several grocery retailers in the Tri-State area from October through January, the Sussex Countian reported.   Customers can make donations of $1, $3 or $5 when they checked out at their

Atlas Oil Launches Generator Fuel Program

  Atlas Oil Company has introduced its new Generator Assurance Plan, which guarantees customers priority access to fuel and delivery during power outages.   With this new program, diesel generator users can make sure they have a secure and available supply of diesel fuel to keep back up generators running, in any situation.   During

Kwik Trip Partners with Salvation Army

Kwik Trip, headquartered in La Crosse, Wis., is teaming up with the Salvation Army to make sure local people need stay warm this winter,, a La Crosse, Wis. news source, reported.   From now until Nov. 8, Kwik Trip stores are collecting gently used coats, boots, hats and gloves for kids and adults as

Turkey Hill Debuts in Columbus

  Kroger is expanding its convenience-store and gas-station presence in central Ohio by bringing its Pennsylvania-based Turkey Hill Minit Market  chain to Columbus, the Columbus Dispatch reported.   The move to Ohio marks Turkey Hill’s first major  expansion outside Pennsylvania. Currently, the 253-store chain’s Martinsville, Ind., location is its only store outside Pennsylvania.   All

7-Eleven Moves Deeper into Foodservice

  7-Eleven is expanding its hot foods program to add items such as pepperoni pizza and chicken wings to 115 Dallas-area stores, the Dallas Morning News reported.   The program is part of a nationwide rollout that is bringing ovens made by Carrollton’s TurboChef Technologies to 1,400 7-Eleven stores this year.   7-Eleven has offered

Quick Chek Offers Free Employee Flu Shots

  Quick Chek, which operates 120 fresh food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, is currently offering flu shots, free of charge, to each of its 2,300 employees.    In addition, the company’s new 2009 flu shot program, an extension of its Fit for Life preventive employee health services initiative, also provides

Customers Conquer Morning Face with Kum & Go

  As fall sets in and the weather gets colder, Kum & Go understands the plight of waking up, which prompted it to release its fall promotion Fight Morning Face.   The promotion, which began at the start of October and will continue to run through November 30, encourages those with puffy eyes and bad

Lower Price Trend for Fuel Slowing

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN   The seasonal trend for US retail gasoline prices remains down, but the pace of the decline will likely slow due to climbing crude oil prices. Additionally, oil refiners are expected to throttle back output for maintenance programs through the Thanksgiving holiday, limiting supply that should

The Latest On PCI Compliance: What You Need To Know

  Visa hosted a webinar to clarify its PIN pad data encryption policy on Sept 9 led by Ross Snailer and Stoddard Lambertson of Visa’s Payment Risk team, NACS reported.   According to Visa, all attended POS and kiosks must be Triple DES (TDES) compliant by July 1, 2010, but that fines to acquirers would

Learn More about PCI Compliance at NACS

  Gilbarco Veeder-Root will be hosting independent PCI consulting firms Coalfire IT Audit and Compliance and W. Capra Consulting Group at NACS.    Retailers and their Gilbarco Veeder-Root distributors who have prescheduled appointments will receive 45 minutes of free consulting time, personalized PCI risk assessments and advice on PCI DSS, PA-DSS, and PED plans for