Archives for April 2010

Odwalla Helps Build Fruitful Future For Haiti

The ongoing recovery efforts in Haiti soon will be energized by the newest beverage from Odwalla, which plans to donate 100% of the profit from sales of its new Haiti Hope Mango Lime-Aid. The donation will help provide training and better market access to 25,000 mango farmers in Haiti as part of a long-term investment

Sunoco Completes Sale of Polypropylene Business

Sunoco, Inc. has completed the previously announced sale its stock of subsidiary Sunoco Chemicals Inc., comprised of its polypropylene business, to Braskem S.A., for approximately $350 million.  “The sale demonstrates our continued progress in realigning our portfolio of assets and provides capital to redeploy for future growth in our core businesses,” said Lynn Elsenhans, chairman

Atlas Oil Offers Protection from Spring Storm Power Outages

Atlas Oil Company’s Generator Assurance Plan guarantees customers priority access to fuel and delivery during power outages. With spring’s stormy weather on its way, businesses that rely on diesel generators for emergency power can close the final gap in their disaster readiness plans by making sure they do not run out of generator fuel. In

Register Now for CSD’s Free ’Earning Green while Getting Green’ Webcast

The cost of energy has been shown to the third highest operational expense for some convenience store retailers. However, most don’t have a comprehensive program in place to minimize energy usage. Join Convenience Store Decisions for a free Webcast on April 22 as Emerson Climate Technologies will share how retailers can reduce this expense by

Jennifer Hudson Designs New ‘7-Eleven Coffee Cup With A Cause’

Oscar and Grammy award-winner Jennifer Hudson chose a candle to light up the side of the second celebrity-designed “7-Eleven Coffee Cup With A Cause.”  Hudson’s cup goes on sale today at participating 7-Eleven stores across the U.S. and will be available through May 31 or while supplies last. Proceeds from the cup featuring Hudson’s personal

Nielsen Reveals New Retail Trip Trends

Nielsen released a list of overall shopping trends hitting the retail market. Among them, the downward trend of consumers shopping less reached a new low in February, with a 4% year-over-year decline in monthly all-outlet shopping trips. (All outlets included: supercenters, club stores, grocery stores, dollar stores, drug and mass merchandisers.) Retailers are focusing more

IDDBA Program Reimburses Retailers For Food Safety Certification

To promote food safety certification for retail dairy, deli, and bakery department employees, the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) offers a Food Safety Certification Reimbursement Program (FSCRP). The program reimburses IDDBA member retailers for food safety certification test fees (up to the published cost) for dairy, deli, and bakery employees who successfully complete the certification exam.

Master-Bilt Welcomes Ross Buel

Master-Bilt, manufacturer of a full line of  commercial refrigeration systems has appointed Ross Buel as national/chain accounts manager for foodservice sales, effective March 24. Buel brings a new dimension to Master-Bilt  and expects to help further penetrate the Master-Bilt foodservice chain business. Most recently, Buel served as general manager for the foodservice equipment division of

Sheetz Adds RedPrairie’s Execution Management Solution

Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz has implemented RedPrairie’s Execution Management solution at its more than 365 stores. Sheetz now has a one source tool to send all actionable communications to the right stores at the appropriate time, with the added ability to escalate issues to corporate management. “With Execution Management, our original intent was to provide our

Chevron Announces Board Nominees

Chevron Corp. announced that Senator Charles (Chuck) Hagel and John Stumpf have been nominated for election to Chevron’s board of directors. Hagel and Stumpf will be part of the slate of board nominees to be considered for election to Chevron’s board at the company’s annual meeting of stockholders on May 26. If they are elected,

Pemmican Offering Free Beef Jerky

Marfood USA, recently purchased Pemmican Brand Beef Jerky, and today the company is officially launching the new Pemmican Web site by giving away a free bag of Pemmican Beef Jerky for every minute-the entire day.   Simply go to www.pemmican.com anytime April 1 to enter for a chance to win. Visitors to the Web site

Would You Like Wi-Fi With That?

Wi-Fi is a trendy offering customers are clamoring for, and it’s starting to appear at more c-store locations, including BP, Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes and Rutter’s Farm Stores, especially as chains expand their foodservice programs and look for new ways to pull foot traffic into the store. Coffee shops, such as Starbucks have long

Brothers at the Helm

Jimmy McCarthy III, vice president of sales and operations for Tom Thumb Food Stores, still remembers the Saturday morning his dad, Jim McCarthy Jr., owner and president of Tom Thumb, woke him up to begin his career in the convenience store industry. “He said, ‘wake up, you’re not going to sleep all day.’ I said,

Boosting Bakery Sales

With sales of packaged bakery snacks down, the allure of fresh- or par-baked items can generate revenue in the coming year if c-store operators handle things correctly. Jim Schutz, vice president of people assets for Open Pantry Food Marts of Wisconsin, said his chain has two different bakery offerings, muffins and doughnuts, which are supplied

The Sky’s the Limit

Making your mark in the convenience store industry requires hard work, dedication, great people and outstanding service. Throw in three generations of family-owned leadership and a firm commitment to quality and value, and you’ll understand why High’s of Baltimore Inc. is among one of the most revered operators in its markets. “Our brand has been

NATO Trade Show Gains Support

The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported that key manufacturers have formally committed to its 2011 trade show and conference in Las Vegas. Supporters currently include Altadis USA, Swisher International, Swedish Match, Republic Tobacco, National Tobacco Co., King Maker Marketing, Smoker Friendly International and Zippo Lighter Co. During NATO’s annual awards dinner last month,

FDA Issues Final Rules On Tobacco

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released its final rules regarding the sale of tobacco. Retailers will need to be in compliance with these rules, which restrict the sale, distribution and use of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, by June 22. The new rules include provisions that: •Prohibit sales of cigarette packages with fewer than

Kum & Go Fights Interchange Fees

Kum & Go, L.C. has collected more than 40,000 signatures from customers wanting to  control and reduce credit and debit card swipe (or interchange) fees put on customer transactions.  The signatures were collected in one month from all Kum & Go stores as part of NACS’ Fight Swipe Fees petition drive. “Kum & Go joined

Breaking Down the PACT Act

Convenience store owners scored a major victory in March when the House and Senate passed the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act in a near unanimous vote, which forbids the U.S. Postal Service from delivering cigarettes directly to consumers. At presstime, President Obama was expected to sign the bill into law. The PACT Act aims

All in the Family

In these difficult economic times it’s rewarding to meet successful businesses that are doing things the right way. It’s even more gratifying when these businesses are family owned and operated. Such is the case with High’s of Baltimore. There aren’t too many 82-year-old companies in this industry that I’m not familiar with, but I admit

Social Networking Takes Retail by Storm

Speedy Personalized DealsChristianna Frizzell, customer relationship manager for Speedway SuperAmerica, said the best online responses will come from email blasts and text message campaigns if you know your demographic and keep contact timely and relevant. It can also be helpful to look at how customers are contacting you. For example, are they emailing or calling

Securing the Store

C-store operators are increasingly turning to advanced electronics to help stem the time of theft both internally and externally, including “smart” surveillance cameras and Internet-based security systems that can prompt and warn cashiers and track and record every store transaction. Stuart Levine, CEO of The Zellman Group in Port Washington, N.Y., a nationwide retail and

The Shack Pushes the Bounds of Convenience

As all convenience store chains look for innovative ways to drive sales as tobacco and gas margins decline, they might take note from an unlikely teacher—a small town store in Grandy, Minn., whose unique offerings are going to new lengths to meet consumer demands. Though only 1,100 square feet, “The Shack on 65” packs the

Using ATMs to Drive Profits

For many years ATMs were nothing more than large boxes hiding in the corner of convenience stores across the country. Over the years, though, that strategy has evolved as in-store real estate became more valuable and marketers looked for every edge to attract new customers. As such, retailers these days are faced with three distinct

Sweetening Candy Sales

 Americans’ love affair with chocolate will never end. That said, sales of non-chocolate candy and gum are rising steadily, fueled by the economy and the search for innovative, flavorful new products. “Yes, people are right in calling this a strong category,” said Bill Singer, a principal in Singer’s Chevron Inc. in Walla Walla, Wash. “When

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