Vermont State Offers Amendment on Interchange Fees

The state of Vermont is proposing an amendment to S. 138 being introduced today in the Vermont Senate. This amendment would allow merchants to set minimum and maximum transaction amounts for all debit, credit and charge card transactions, permitting them to reject a customer’s card. The Electronic Payments Coalition has spoken out against the amendment

Fuel’s Price March Higher Briefly Stalls

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The price strut higher in wholesale gasoline costs stalled midway through March, slowing the advance in retail prices that have surged to fresh highs earlier this month. Weekly price data from the federal government’s Energy Information Administration showed a US retail average for regular grade at $2.751

7-Eleven Looks To Las Vegas

Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc. is ready to expand in Las Vegas, with 15-20 more stores in the next three years. Starbucks, meanwhile has closed 12 locations in the area, Las Vegas Review Journal reported. The c-store chain already runs 160 convenience stores in Clark County, Las Vegas, but recently hired a commercial real estate firm to

Chevron To Layoff Workers

Chevron Corp. is shrinking its staff from its crude-oil refining and marketing segments by more than 20% as fuel demand remains low, The Wall Street Journal reported. Some 2,000 workers were laid off in 2009, and an equal number of layoffs are ahead this year and more are expected to continue in 2011. In 2008,

Save-A-Lot Grows Chain

Save-A-Lot food stores, a hard discount grocery chain, has opened its sixth store in Jacksonville, Fla., and it’s first store in Hinesville, Ga. “Save-A-Lot is committed to building stores in neighborhoods that want convenience and access to fresh, nutritious food at a great low price,” said Bill Shaner the company president and CEO. He added

Speedway Ranked Nation’s Top Gasoline Brand

Speedway has been ranked as the nation’s top retail gasoline brand for a second consecutive year.   According to the 2010 EquiTrend Brand Study conducted by Harris Interactive, Speedway is the highest ranked gasoline in overall brand equity. The EquiTrend study evaluates key metrics including: equity, customer connection, commitment, energy, brand behavior, brand advocacy and

NATO Urges Retailers To Fight For PACT Act Passage

As the PACT (Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking) Act moves to the House after passage in the Senate, for a final vote, NATO is urging retailers to take action. Because the Senate version of the bill is slightly different than the House version, the U.S. House of Representatives must vote on the bill again before it

Sheetz Adds Blockbuster Express DVD Rental

Sheetz is adding Blockbuster Express-branded DVD-rental kiosks at nearly all 365 locations, the Wall Street Journal reported. The rollout is one of the biggest so far in NCR Corp.’s efforts to have some 10,000 kiosks operating by year end through its partnership with Blockbuster Inc. (BBI). The current number is about 4,000. “Entertainment for us

Quiznos Serves Up Breakfast Menu

Quiznos, one of the nation’s premier quick service restaurant (QSR) chains and pioneer of the toasted sandwich, has launched a new breakfast program, available for its 175 convenience store locations nationwide. The new breakfast menu is part of the company’s convenience store growth strategy and ambition to be the premier QSR partner for the convenience

Brookwood Farms Appoints New Mid Regional Manager

Brookwood Farms BBQ has hired Chuck Mastruserio as its new regional manager for the Mid West region. “We are very excited to have Chuck join our team as we expand our sales and growth into the Midwest region of the country,” said Twig Wood, Brookwood Farms president. He will assume the responsibilities of managing sales

7-Eleven Joins NATO

NATO, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets, announced that 7-Eleven Inc. has joined NATO as a retail member.  Based in Dallas, 7-Eleven operates, franchises and licenses more than 6,970 stores in the U.S. and Canada. As one of the leading national retail trade associations that focuses exclusively on state and federal tobacco legislative issues, NATO’s

A.E. Robinson Oil Deploys ADD eStore

ADD Systems announced that A.E. Robinson Oil Company in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine is the first to fully deploy ADD eStore at all of its retail locations throughout Maine.  ADD eStore is a home office / store manager software solution for the convenience store industry.  Its intuitive data centric solution offers marketers unprecedented visibility into their operations

Senate Passage of PACT Act a ‘Major Win’ for Retailers

The March 11 Senate passage of the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act (PACT Act), which addresses the long-standing convenience store industry concern of tax evasion via remote sellers of tobacco products, is a “major win” for retailers, according to NACS Senior Vice President of Government Relations Lyle Beckwith. Authored by Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) and

General Mills Named a Top Corporate Citizen

General Mills has been named to Corporate Responsibility magazine’s list of the “100 Best Corporate Citizens” for 2010. General Mills took the third spot in the magazine’s 11th annual ranking.  “General Mills strives to be one of the most socially responsible consumer food companies in the world, and we’re proud to be named one of the

Army And Air Force Exchange Service Awards Contract to FuelQuest

FuelQuest Inc., an on-demand software and services company for the global downstream energy industry, has entered a multi-year contract with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES). Under the new agreement, FuelQuest’s Fuel Center, the company’s outsourced fuel management service, will source, monitor, replenish and reconcile retail motor fuel for AAFES’ service locations in North America.

Gilbarco Inc. Completes Acquisition

Gilbarco Inc. has completed the previously announced acquisition of the Petroleum Dispensing Pump (PDP) business unit of Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T). Located in Mumbai, India, L&T is a leading industrial conglomerate. The PDP business unit manufactures, sells, integrates and services petroleum dispensers, LPG equipment, and automation systems solutions.  L&T’s PDP business unit has a

Gulf Oil Returns to the Bluegrass State

Gulf Oil is returning to the Bluegrass State with the initial signing of a branded distributor agreement with Southern Petroleum of Somerset, Ky. Southern will soon begin rebranding nine retail motor fuel outlets (five currently flagged Chevron) to the new Gulf “Sunrise” image. This is the first time in 20 years that a Gulf Oil

Royal Dutch Shell stops gasoline sales to Iran

Royal Dutch Shell has stopped gasoline sales to Iran, the latest addition to a growing list of firms, including BP, that have halted supplies or decided not to enter new trade agreements under threat of future U.S. sanctions, Reuters reported. “Shell currently does not supply gasoline to Iran,” a Shell spokesman said. U.S. politicians are

Kansas Debates Higher Sin Taxes

The Kansas Senate Assessment and Taxation committee had a hearing Wednesday to hear all sides before ruling on the legislature’s proposed tax increases on cigarettes, liquor and fuel that would cover an estimated $400 million budget shortfall, the Kansas Reporter reported. Tom Palace, executive director of the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association of Kansas,

F’real Foods Celebrates Speed Skater

Milkshake and smoothie company, f’real foods, had plenty to cheer about at the 2010 Olympics. The company sponsored its first athlete, speed skater Jordan Malone, and cheered him on as he won a bronze medal in the men’s 5000 meter relay.  Malone had a f’real blender with him in Vancouver, and shared the company’s milkshakes,

Ricker, BP Lawsuit Settled

A dispute between Ricker Oil Co. and BP’s Indianapolis-area locations has been resolved as both companies came to an agreement this week, following a lawsuit filed by Ricker Oil last October. “BP Products North America and Ricker Oil Company are pleased to announce a joint agreement to dismiss all claims related to the ampm franchise

C-store Coming to Southwest Florida International Airport

Those traveling through Southwest Florida International Airport soon will have access to a c-store, gas station and fast food options as they arrive for their flights.   GAZ Realty Inc., a developer and operator of Super-Station and Airport Plazas, won a contract to begin the design, construction and operation of an Airport Plaza at Southwest

Walgreens Launches Pilot Program in Dallas/Fort Worth

Walgreens is launching a pilot program in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to broaden its workforce and disability inclusion initiatives. The program aims to hire people with disabilities for 10% of service clerk openings at stores in the area. On average, Walgreens hires more than 1,600 service clerks a year in this area alone. “Once this

nFinanSe Announces Fee Reductions

nFinanSe Inc., a reloadable prepaid card provider, is reducing its fees to cardholders for ATM withdrawals and also for electronic bill pay transactions. The company believes that these reductions will encourage greater trial and usage of its Visa and Discover Reloadable Prepaid Cards and promote greater retention among cardholders. The company stated that it is

Retail Gasoline Climbs as Wholesale Costs Mount

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale costs for gasoline moved sharply higher during the first week of March, pushed up primarily by technical trading underpinned by bullish sentiment. Gasoline exports to Canada and Chile also supported a higher wholesale market. Higher wholesale costs are seen pushing retail gasoline prices up across

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