Archives for October 2009

Sheetz Adds IDM system

  Sheetz has been testing Gilbarco’s Wisdom Intelligent Device Management (IDM) system at multiple sites since May. Pending sustained favorable results seen in the preliminary tests, Sheetz anticipates rolling the solution to all 360 sites across their enterprise.   “IDM ties our reporting systems and controls together, while giving us peace of mind that every

Lottery Ticket-Selling Partnership

  The Mega Millions consortium and Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) have reached an agreement to cross-sell Mega Millions and Powerball in all U.S. lottery jurisdictions. Currently each lottery state has Powerball or Mega Millions, but never both.   The decision is an agreement in principal. Details need to be worked out to ensure the final

Bananas Get New Wrapping at 7-Eleven

  7-Eleven is testing out a new banana strategy at 27 Dallas-area locations, using  a new plastic wrap developed by supplier Fresh Del Monte Produce to keep single bananas yellow and firm for five days-more than double the two-day shelf life for an unwrapped banana, ABC News reported.   “Our customers want yellow bananas, not

McLane Recognized by Food Logistics

  McLane Grocery, a division of McLane Company Inc.’s New Jersey division has received Food Logistics‘ Golden Pallet award for foodservice distribution in the convenience store wholesaler category, Reuters reported.   The annual Golden Pallet Awards, sponsored by Food Logistics magazine, are the first industry awards to recognize excellence in warehousing. The award for foodservice distribution

Los Angeles Proposes C-store Restriction

  New regulations are being discussed in South Los Angeles to limited the development of new c-stores due to the link between snack foods (found in abundance at c-stores) and obesity in poor communities, the Los Angeles Times reported.    The proposed regulations expand on last year’s restrictions on new fast-food restaurants in a 32-square-mile

New Quick Chek Store Donates to Volunteer Fire Department

  Quick Chek Store Leader Kahtan Barsbay (center) presents the donation to the Wantage Township Volunteer Fire Department along with District Leader Liz Sachtleben (to the right of Barsbay) and Leader in Training Donna Ehrmas (far right). To conclude the celebration of its latest store opening in Wantage, N.J., Quick   Chek presented a donation totaling

Convenience Industry Takes Center Stage

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FDA Clarifies Tobacco Ban

Flavored products including cigarettes, RYO and loose tobaccos and rolling papers are no longer legal in U.S. stores; administration said it would look at “little cigars” and similar products on a “case-by-case basis.” The smoking lamp on the majority of flavored tobacco products sold in convenience stores has been extinguished, but the ruling has ignited

FDA Seeks Injunction Against Rel’s Foods

  The U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has filed a complaint for permanent injunction against Rel’s Foods Inc. of Oakland, Calif., seeking to stop the company from manufacturing, producing and selling adulterated food products.   The complaint also names Rel’s Vice President, Peder Scott Sorensen, and

Luke Oil Logo in Legal Limbo

    Hobart, Ind.-based Luke Oil adopted a new logo to symbolize its commitment to customer service, but the chain may have inadvertently replicated a logo stamped on products that are judged kosher, reported the Northwest Indiana Times.   The company is changing the logo, after an Orthodox Jewish group filed a trademark infringement suit

Congress Considers Credit Card Rules

  On Thursday, the U.S. House Financial Services Committee held a hearing to evaluate the rules that Visa and MasterCard impose on retailers and on the proposed legislation to handle the issue, NACS reported.   One solution debated, which is strongly supported by NACS, was the Credit Card Interchange Fees Act of 2009 (H.R. 2382).

Arizona To Close 13 Rest Stops

The Arizona Department of Transportation is temporarily closing 13 of 18 state-owned rest stops as part of a plan to fix a projected $100 million shortfall in highway user funds, the Arizona Daily Star reported. The closures, which could begin as soon as Oct. 19, are expected to be temporary, Linda Ritter, an Arizona Department

ExxonMobil Hosts Roundtable at U.S.-Africa Business Summit

  A summit meeting on U.S.-Africa business opportunities drew government, private sector, and civil society leaders from around the world last week to discuss ways to improve women’s economic opportunities.   At the event, ExxonMobil Executive Sara Ortwein praised The Corporate Council on Africa for its focus on women and led a roundtable discussion on

Coca Cola CEO Speaks Out on Soft Drink Tax

  In a Wall Street Journal opinion article, Muhtar Kent, CEO of the Coca-Cola Company argued that soft drinks are not to blame for the U.S. obesity epidemic and that consumers need exercise to improve health, and that adding another tax on recession weary consumers is not the answer.     Kent is responding to the

Profit With Product Promotions

  Promotions and sales at local grocery stores are drawing cash-strapped customers more than ever before.   According to a new study from The Nielsen Company, 42.8% of grocery purchases are sold on promotion, up from 40.8% a year ago. And grocery stores aren’t alone. Drug stores also are selling a significant portion of products

IDDBA Elects Board of Directors

  The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) elected the 2009-2010 Board of Directors and Officers at the group’s Annual Business Meeting, held recently in Chicago.   John Sullivan, the president and CEO of Norseland Inc., Stamford, Conn., was elected as the association’s 46th president. He has been an officer and served on the Board of Directors

Kwik Trip Upgrades Fuel Dispensers

   Kwik Trip, Inc. of La Crosse, Wis., will be installing improved fuel dispensers with Gilbarco FlexPay Encrypting PIN Pad (EPP) retrofits for Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance.   The program begins this month with 1,157 dispensers at 164 locations in the first phase. The award-winning hardware is PCI Encrypting PIN Pad (PCI EPP) compliant

Shell and McDonald’s Play MONOPOLY

  Shell is once again taking part in one of the largest and most successful marketing promotions in McDonald’s history-MONOPOLY. Consumers will receive a game piece with the purchase of select McDonald’s menu items. Each game piece includes a Game Code to be entered online at the MONOPOLY 2009 Game on McDonald’s Web site (

Sam’s Mart Standardizes 106-store chain

  Sam’s Mart Corporation of Charlotte, N.C., is installing Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s Passport point of sale (POS) system at an additional 80 corporate and dealer locations in the Charlotte and Atlanta areas this year.   This program builds on the base of stores that already have Passport to make it the standard POS across the chain.  

7-Eleven “Dating” Game Awards Free Coffee

  7-Eleven is putting a new spin on “convenient pick-up” with its new virtual dating game offered online at   Challengers find themselves at Rio Janiero’s exotic 711 Club, where they select a hot “date” from a group of sexy women and men. Game play involves navigating various nightclub scenarios by selecting the correct humorous

QuikTrip Plans for the Future

  Tulsa, Okla.-based QuikTrip, already spanning nine markets with 500 locations, has its eye on expansion and is planning to test a larger c-store design, the Tulsa World reported.   “We want to be the best at everything we do. Otherwise, we don’t want to play,” QuikTrip CEO Chet Cadieux said in a recent speech

C-store Owners Expand Services

  In a tough economy, c-store operators are adding more services to entice customers to their stores.   Alice Williams, owner of Alice’s 66 Gas N Snacks 2 Go, recently added U-Haul truck and trailer rentals to her convenience store and full-service gas station.   The new service will appeal to families needing moving services.

Hess Makes Check-out Speedier

  Independent gasoline-convenience store retailer Hess will now accept MasterCard PayPass at more than 870 company-operated Hess and Hess Express locations along the eastern U.S.   In addition to traditional magnetic-stripe payment cards, Hess will accept MasterCard PayPass at check-out counters at these locations by early 2010 to provide customers with quicker transactions and greater

Kum & Go Opens New Store in Mead, Colo.

  Kum & Go L.C. has opened a new store in Mead, Colo.   The 3,400-square-foot store took only 95 days to construct and is located at Interstate 25 and Highway 66 in Mead.   “We’re excited to offer a brand new store to the residents of Mead,” said Kyle Krause, president and CEO of

Suncor Energy Doubles Ethanol Production Capacity

Suncor Energy is resuming the expansion of its St. Clair Ethanol Plant near Sarnia, Ontario. The $120 million construction project, expected to be completed in late 2010 or early 2011, will double the plant’s current ethanol production capacity from 200 to 400 million litres per year. “This is great news for Suncor, for Southern Ontario