Archives for October 2009

Hess Presents Charity Checks

  Hess Corporation donated $100,00 to two charities this weekend as part of its Home Run Campaign, which kicked off on Boston Red Sox’ home opening day.   On Sunday, Oct. 4, Aric Morrison, a Hess Retail regional director, presented the two $50,000 checks before the game-one to the Jimmy Fund through the Red Sox

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Domo Dominates 7-11 This Fall

  Domo, the fuzzy brown creature from Japan with a trademark enigmatic open-mouth expression, is taking 7-Eleven stores by storm this fall.   From collectible Slurpee cups filled with Fuji Frost by Fanta, and flocked Slurpee character straws to Big Bite hot dog containers, coffee cups and even an exclusive Domo Attack! Energy drink, Domo

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Retail Gasoline Price Downturn Stalled by Supply Surprise

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN   Wholesale gasoline costs in most major metropolitan markets across the U.S. stalled an extended seasonal price decline in early October following an unexpected drawdown in the nation’s inventory of gasoline, catching the market flatfooted, and driving a better than 6 percent increase in market pricing.  

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House Committee To Review Interchange Bill

The House Financial Services Committee has scheduled a hearing for Oct. 8 to receive testimony on the Credit Card Interchange Fees Act (H.R. 2382), NACS reported. This legislation, introduced by Reps. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Bill Shuster (R-PA), would begin to change many of rules imposed on merchants by the credit card companies. In preparation

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Save-A-Lot Fights Breast Cancer

  Save-A-Lot food stores is joining the fight against breast cancer by partnering with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer advocacy organization, for the remainder of 2009.   In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Save-A-Lot food stores will unveil a “pinked out” version of their No. 60 Save-A-Lot

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Dunkin’ Donuts To Bid Farewell To President

  Dunkin’ Donuts’ president and chief brand officer, William Kussell, is leaving the company at year’s end.   Dunkin’ Brands CEO Nigel Travis will also assume the role of Dunkin’ Donuts president.   “In the 15 years since Will joined Dunkin’ Donuts, the company has grown from a regional donut chain with about 3,000 stores

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CITGO Awards Latest Fueling Good Prize

  Jennifer Frances, founder of Bess the Book Bus, is the latest winner of a year’s supply of fuel in the Fueling Good program presented by CITGO Petroleum Corp.    Based in Tampa, Fla., Bess the Book Bus is a mobile literacy program which provides free books and reading programs to underprivileged children across the community.

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Pumpkin Pin-ups For Charity

  The 18th annual Halloween Promotion will kick off Oct. 1,  to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,  one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.   During the month-long Halloween Promotion, thousands of restaurants, convenience stores, grocery stores and other retail locations nationwide

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Wesco Deploys Retalix’s DAX Analyzer

  Wesco, a self-distributing convenience store chain with 51 locations across Michigan, has chosen Retalix’s DAX Analyzer, powered by the QlikView business intelligence engine from QlickTech, to further enhance its demand forecasting and replenishment operations.   DAX Analyzer provides Wesco with a dashboard-style business intelligence interface that integrates with the retailer’s existing installation of Retalix’s

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Demonstration Ends At Suncor Site

  A protest ended peacefully yesterday evening after Greenpeace activists who entered Suncor’s oil sands site north of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, left the area under police escort.   “We’re happy that we were able to resolve yesterday’s events in a safe and peaceful manner,” said Steve Williams, Suncor’s chief operating officer. “As always,

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Quick Chek Expands in New York

Quick Chek, a family-owned chain of 120 food stores throughout New Jersey and southern New York, celebrated the grand opening of its newest store in Middletown, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 21. The move furthers the marketer’s expansion into The Empire State, where it now operates two stores.   Quick Chek remains an industry leader in foodservice

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Electronic Payments Coalition Lashes Out

  In response to the press conference held by 7-Eleven and the National Association of Convenience Stores regarding their petition, the Electronic Payments Coalition issued the following statement:   “It is the height of irony that a convenience store, which regularly marks up their products by as much as 500% for ‘convenience sake,’ doesn’t want

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Coinstar

Coinstar’s prepaid solutions are designed to create a destination, with no upfront inventory costs. From the right prepaid products and technology to merchandising and support, our approach is easy to implement, yet provides maximum results. Coinstar will also showcase Redbox self service DVD rental and Coin counting kiosks. NACS Booth 1616.www.coinstar.com  

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Slim Jim

Slim Jim / TABASCO® Spiced Jerky is the 5th flavor launched in Slim Jim’s jerky family.  The sweet smoked mesquite flavor with a fiery TABASCO® spice makes this a great snack choice for consumers looking for a tasty, spicy treat.  This great flavor continues to leverage the brand equity of Slim Jim and TABASCO® brand. 

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Kellogg’s

The Kellogg Convenience Team is excited to introduce Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® Double Chocolatey Chunk in a new 2.6 oz. bar. The newest expansion of Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® Big Bar line gives consumers more of the crispy rice, marshmallow goodness, and rich chocolate flavor they love. It is a great addition to the wholesome

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Piccadilly Circus Pizza

Piccadilly Circus Pizza has everything your customers could want, multiple styles of breakfast sandwiches, an array of sub sandwiches, and tasty snacks.  And, of course, the world’s best C-store pizza.  Today’s consumers demand product variety and flavor options.  Piccadilly Circus Pizza is on the leading edge of this flavor explosion with over 1400 locations coast

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Douwe Egberts Coffee

Sara Lee has been a leader in coffee for the foodservice industry for many years. And, only Sara Lee Foodservice brings you Douwe Egberts®  coffee, the leading out-of-home brand worldwide. One powerful brand. Countless coffee solutions. Visit us at NACS Booth 1250 or www.saraleefoodservice.com to learn more.

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Solo Cup

Solo continues their commitment to helping convenience store operators maximize profits while providing real value to their customers.  Reveal™ Polypropylene Cold Cups are the right product when combined with their single-lid solution to reduce SKUs, minimize waste and save money. For more information visit www.solocup.com or stop by NACS Booth # 854

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Meeting the Demand for Fresh Foods

Americans are more amenable to buying meals at convenience stores, but won’t budge when it comes to quality, price or convenience factors like portability and packaging. That means there’s the potential for some real money in home meal replacement (HMR), but it has to be done well, and in just the right locations. Then there’s

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What’s in Store in the Humidor

As if the turbulent economy, rising state taxes and local anti-smoking regulations hadn’t rendered the retail cigar landscape dangerous enough, enter the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which wants to significantly reshape that landscape, but so far hasn’t told anyone—most notably the retailers that will be selling the products—how. Some background: The law granting

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A Functional Boost to Confections

You know the truism about Americans wanting more of everything is, indeed, true when we begin demanding more from our candy, gum and mint products than just good taste. As with beverages over the last decade or so, so-called functional snacks are slowly gaining respect in the convenience store channel, as major manufacturers roll products

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New Forecourt Moves

Though gas prices have dropped significantly from a year ago, forecourt-driven sales are still a challenge for many convenience stores because people aren’t buying gas as freely as they did several years ago. The reason? Our troubled economy makes it tough for many to afford the long car trips. Fewer trips mean fewer opportunities to

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Targeting New Customers

Gaining market share has never been more important than it is today, when a tough economy is forcing customers to hang on to their money longer. This means that c-store retailers seeking new customers need to become aware of what specific groups need in order to improve their marketing strategies. One such group is the

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How to Achieve and Maintain ADA Compliance

Ever since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) went into effect in 1992, it has dramatically improved the lives of disabled individuals by working to make all public places in the U.S. both accessible and hospitable to those with disabilities. But even though the ADA has greatly helped in achieving a better quality of life

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Are Your Underground Storage Tanks Safe?

Convenience store operators who don’t know state regulations concerning underground storage tanks (USTs) from a hole in the ground had better learn more about what’s in those holes and what the government is both offering and expecting from them. Federal mandates requiring a significant increase in biofuels production, for example, have spurred an increase in

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