Archives for August 2010

Maintaining Strong Smokeless Sales

The slew of new regulations governing the sale of tobacco products has convenience store operators scratching their heads and wondering where the next assault will come from and what to do about it. For example:• The federal Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act (PACT Act) went into effect on June 29, 2010. Its goal is to

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The Future of Retail Technology

Imagine a day when your customers pay for coffee by scanning a cell phone, and play their favorite music at the gas pump with a quick swipe of a loyalty card. Well, ready or not, such technology is already out there and it’s coming for c-stores—the only question is how soon. As the Millennial generation

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Placement Strategy Helps Prepaid Prosper

As the U.S. economic recession continues, it’s no secret that customers are altering their shopping habits to save a few dollars wherever they can. The silver lining for convenience store retailers could be the resulting affinity credit-crunched customers have developed for the prepaid segment. In a credit weary and increasingly online world, prepaid is helping

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The Keys to Cleanliness

How can you get your employees to excel at a part of the job they probably can’t stand—cleaning the store in general and the restrooms in particular? “It’s a good question, and a never-ending pursuit,” said Tony Bartys, vice president of retail operations and marketing for Valero Energy Corp. in San Antonio. “It’s a challenge,

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Understanding Your Foodservice Customers

Now more than ever convenience store executives recognize that both survival and prosperity depend on their ability to adapt to changing customer preferences and the evolving business environment. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the changing role of convenience stores as a foodservice provider for budget-conscious, time-sensitive consumers that have scaled back on restaurant

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Mini Wine Flavor Cigarillos

Swisher International Inc. has combined one of its newest and most popular flavors with the convenient shape of mini cigarillos to make the new Swisher Sweets Mini Wine Cigarillos. These new, smaller cigars offer the quick smoke many customers prefer, and come individually wrapped with the company’s unique special sealed-fresh wrapper to ensure fresh, flavorful

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Fueling New Sales

FuelQuest Inc., an on-demand software and services company for the downstream energy industry, has released ForeSite, an innovative, map-based fuel inventory management solution that deploys in a single day. Offering real-time views of inventory across multiple sites, ForeSite gives retailers control and visibility over their fuel inventory, reducing runouts and retains, as well as optimizing

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New Apple Sauce Flavors

To enhance its line of Musselman’s single-serve apple sauces, Knouse Foods is launching two new flavors: Totally Fruit Mixed Berry and Healthy Picks Granny Smith. Perfect for a multitude of foodservice operations, the apple sauce cups are an on-the-go solution, healthy meal accompaniment and anytime snack option. With flavors that appeal to all ages, each

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War Games Lighters

DjEEP has introduced War Games, its newest full-color lighter design series, available now and throughout the balance of 2010. The War Games lighters will replace the DjEEP Freedom Series, which has been on the market since 2003. The new designs are done in a more combat-oriented color pallet to reflect the reality of America’s position

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Fall Brew

Samuel Adams OctoberFest is brewed to celebrate the arrival of autumn. The first thing customers will notice when pouring a glass of this seasonal beer is the color. Samuel Adams OctoberFest has a rich, deep golden amber hue, which itself is reflective of the season. This hearty lager is rich with a blend of four

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Recipes That Break Boundaries

Giving customers the traditional pizza classics they have come to love and the unique flavors they desire is made easy with Tyson Food Service’s Bonici Brand Recipe Collection, Volume 2. The new collection features trend-based recipes that operators can leverage to make their store an anticipated destination—not only expanding their menus, but also offering ideas

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Wireless Cash Management Solution

Dunbar Armored Inc., an independently-owned armored car and cash management services company serving retailers, financial institutions and government entities, has just introduced a new line of in-store, electronic cash-validating Dunbar Cash Manager Safes, equipped with two-way digital wireless communication capabilities. The Dunbar Cash Manager Safe is designed to provide immediate wireless transmission of cash deposit

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Simply Caramel

Caramel lovers rejoice. Mars Chocolate North America has introduced Milky Way brand Simply Caramel Bar, which provides caramel fanatics with more of what they crave about Milky Way Bar: the brand’s famous, rich, creamy caramel. The indulgent Milky Way Simply Caramel Bar, a decadent blend of caramel covered completely in Mars’ real milk chocolate, is

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End the Common Hangover

When consumed at the end of a night of drinking, Last Round Hangover Support, an all-natural dietary supplement, helps the body detoxify, process alcohol, and head off the common next-day hangover. Each 2.5-ounce bottle of Last Round is a ready-to-drink single “shot.” Bottles are available at retail shops nationwide, and are sold in two-packs, six-packs,

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Rice Krispies Snack Mix

The Kellogg Convenience Team has introduced Rice Krispies Treats Crunch Mixes. Rice Krispies Treats Crunch Mixes are mixtures of Rice Krispies Treats clusters, cookies, pretzels, chocolatey-coated pieces and other delicious goodies, packed in a four-ounce pouch. Available in both Classic and Chocolatey flavors, this new line of sweet snack mixes combines the strength of the

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Mello Yello Goes Retro

Since the summers of disco, tie dye and 1970s cool, Mello Yello has offered a citrus flavor to chill any hot summer day. Starting this summer, Mello Yello is going back to its roots with a remixed version of its original package design. While Mello Yello has been widely available in the Midwest and Southeast

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Ice Cream Dipping/Display Cabinet

Master-Bilt, a manufacturer of a commercial refrigeration systems, has introduced the new deluxe ice cream dipping/display cabinet. The new DD-LCG is a low-curved glass ice cream dipping cabinet with an attractive, contemporary design. The low-curved glass allows for easy ice cream viewing by ‘little’ customers with brilliant interior LED lighting. The DD-LCG Series comes standard

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Feed Your Wild Side

Jack Link’s Beef Jerky offers the Sasquatch Big Stick, a larger-than-life meat snack stick, measuring a full 16 inches in length. With a direct connection to Jack Link’s iconic Messin’ With Sasquatch marketing campaign, teens and young adults can now find Sasquatch Big Sticks in stores nationwide. Flavors include Happy (mild) and Angry (original). Beginning

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Energy-Efficient Ice Machines

The experts at Scotsman Ice Systems, an innovator of energy-efficient ice technology, know finding the right ice system can result in greater customer satisfaction, optimal energy efficiency and higher profit margins. Scotsman’s Prodigy line is energy-efficient, exceeding both the 2008 California Energy Commission and 2010 Federal Energy Efficiency regulations by up to 22% with help

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Electronic Pocket Lighter

Scripto has introduced the new electronic Mega Lighter to its everyday line of disposable pocket lighters. The new Mega Lighter features a wide tank, adjustable flame, clean electronic ignition and visible fuel supply. It is available in an assortment of colors: white, burgundy, black and blue. The Scripto Mega Lighter began shipping Aug. 1, in

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Edible Strips

Health Essist Inc. manufactures and develops a unique line of all-natural, zero-calorie, caffeine-free Edible Strips. The current product line consists of Alcohol Defender to help with the “morning after feeling,” X-Energy-Boost and Apple-A-Day strips that provide a boost to your immune system. The products are FDA approved for food use and are kosher approved. Each

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Rutter’s Farm Stores Named CSD’s Chain Of The Year

Exceptional leadership, great stores and unsurpassed customer service are the hallmarks of the convenience store industry’s extraordinary chains. Following these guiding principles, Convenience Store Decisions is proud to announce Rutter’s Farm Stores as the 2010 Convenience Store Chain of the Year. At a time when many industry marketers are struggling with exorbitant credit card fees

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