Archives for October 2010

NACS Launches Label Program To Deter Skimming

NACS has launched “We Care… About Your ID,” a new program to help members develop preventative measures against ID fraud. The program was introduced during the NACS Show, which runs through Oct. 8 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. More than 22,000 attendees are expected at the event. Central to the security education

Thorntons Launches eGift Cards

Thorntons Inc. has signed a deal with Transaction Wireless, a provider of virtual mobile and gift card services. Transaction Wireless is using its proprietary technology for gift card services to create a turnkey store on Thorntons Web site at www.thorntonsinc.com and Thorntons Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/thorntonsinc. The new agreement is being launched through a relationship

Gasoline Prices Moving Higher in Early October

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Bucking the seasonal trend, retail gasoline prices are moving higher in early October following sharp increases in wholesale costs in a host of major metropolitan markets around the United States. Retail gasoline prices have averaged higher nationally in October compared with September in only two of

Michigan Speedway Stations To Offer PNC ATMs

Banking is now more convenient throughout Michigan as Speedway SuperAmerica LLC (SSA), PNC Bank, a member of The PNC Financial Services Group Inc., and self-service provider, EDC, partner to provide PNC-branded ATMs in nearly 300 store locations across the state. “We are dedicated to providing our customers with great service,” said Grant Heminger, SSA’s vice

Global Partners Acquires 42 Exxon Stations

Global Partners LP, a wholesale distributor of gasoline, distillates and residual oil in New England, has completed the final phase of its acquisition of 42 Mobil-branded and operated retail gas stations and fuel supply rights in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Earlier this month, the Partnership completed the acquisition of 148 dealer-operated Mobil stations,

Hess, Red Sox Hit Home Run For Kids

Hess Corp.’s home run program with the Boston Red Sox is benefiting two local institutions serving children’s medical needs. Children’s Hospital Boston’s Trauma Program and the Jimmy Fund through the Red Sox Foundation each received a $55,000 check from Hess Retail Territory Manager Terri Bean at an on-field presentation at the Red Sox game on

Slurpee Battle of the Bands Winner Announced

7-Eleven Inc. announced The HOLLABACKS as the winner of its second annual 7-Eleven and “Slurpee Battle of the Bands” competition. Home-grown rock and popular bands battled in this multi-tiered competition, but only one from the 906 entries emerged the winner. “We want to thank the Slurpee brand, our friends, family and fans who helped us

Hess To Operate Tubular Bells

Hess Corp. has agreed to acquire an additional 20% interest in the Tubular Bells oil and gas field in the Gulf of Mexico from BP for $40 million and will become the operator. The increased ownership will bring Hess’ working interest in Tubular Bells to 40%. Chevron holds a 30% interest and BP will retain

BP Creates New Safety Division

BP plans to create a new safety division in the aftermath of this summer’s oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, CNN reported this week. The “powerful new unit” will have the authority to intervene in all aspects of BP’s technical activities, according to the company. The safety division is one of the new

Walgreens Showcases Products by Hispanic-Owned Businesses

Walgreens is highlighting the successes of Hispanic-owned businesses during Hispanic Heritage Month in October as part of its Community Corner program, a supplier diversity initiative designed to allow consumers to easily identify and purchase products produced by diverse companies. Walgreens is recognizing the Latino vendor partners through print advertisements, in-store announcements, in-store product demonstrations and

BP’s ampm Adds Hispanic Snacks

BP’s ampm brand is adding some spice to ampm convenience store shelves with the introduction of a new line of proprietary Hispanic snacks. The snacks, which hit the shelves in several ampm markets earlier this year, debuted under the store’s El Mero brand. “Hispanic consumers are looking for products with authentic flavors,” said Bill Fry,

Couche-Tard Walks Away

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has allowed its tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Casey’s General Stores Inc. for $38.50 per share in cash to expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on Sept. 30, 2010. At the expiration of the offer, certain conditions to the offer had not been satisfied and

Novamex

The #1 Mexican Soft Drinks Sold in The U.S Come by booth #6761 and discover the exotic Mexican soft drink flavors of Jarritos, Sidral Mundet and Sangria Senorial.  They are a proven hit with teen and young adult C-store customers across the country.  Ask about our custom cross category promotions and merchandising support. Booth #6761

Wilbur Curtis Company

Introducing IntelliFresh, an exciting advancement for Curtis GEMINI Systems. IntelliFresh maintains coffee’s ideal freshness and serving temperature throughout the dispensing cycle. Its advanced design envelops the satellite with digital pulses of gentle heat… eliminating cold or “cooked” coffee that creates waste and reduces profits. Booth #8033 Wilbur Curtis Companywww.wilburcurtis.com

Mars

With everything there is to love about SNICKERS® —peanuts, caramel, nougat and milk chocolate—consumers will be nuts with the addition of peanut butter in new SNICKERS® Brand Peanut Butter Squared.  Available in December 2010, each singles pack will have two delicious square-shaped bars in an optimal size to please consumers. Booth #2561 Marswww.mars.com

Land Mark Products

Land Mark New Product profile – Omelete Wrap Day’ N Night Bites Omelete Wrap is a delicious solution to the problem of enjoying breakfast on the go – mess. Instead of using crumbly scrambled eggs, the traditional egg-based breakfast wrap is more contained and far less likely to fall out of the tortilla.   Day N’

Calico

Scripto® introduces the new electronic Mega Lighter®  to it’s everyday line of popular disposable pocket lighters. The new Mega Lighter® features a wide tank, adjustable flame, clean electronic ignition and visible fuel supply. Available in an assortment of colors: white, burgundy, black and blue. Booth #6940 Calicowww.calicobrands.com

Petroleum Card Services

To assist its independent merchants become and stay PCI (Payment Card Industry) DSS (Data Security Standards) compliant, Petroleum Card Services (PCS) specializes in understanding how the security standards affect independent petroleum merchants and makes it easier for clients to adhere to the standards. As a reseller of credit card processing for independent c-store merchants, PCS

PDI

PDI provides software, hardware, and professional services to multi-unit convenience retailers and wholesale petroleum marketers. Worldwide, approximately 350 companies operating more than 23,000 locations rely on PDI’s systems for retail automation, supply-chain management, business intelligence, financial reporting, and employee selection and training. PDI’s flagship product, PDI/Enterprise, reflects the best practices of over 250 PDI customers.

Gulfcoast Software Solutions

Gulfcoast produces uniquely designed and highly sophisticated tools to integrate POS and facility management devices with the latest video surveillance technologies.   Booth #1517 Gulfcoast Software Solutionswww.cstorecameras.com

Saluting Family Businesses

I just got back from the National Advisory Group’s (NAG) 2010 Ideas Conference in Charleston, S.C., and came away with a much better understanding of the issues facing small businesses and family-owned companies. Whether it’s dealing with the massive overhaul of the U.S. medical system, costly PCI compliance investments that yield no ROI or embracing

Tedeschi’s Showcases Pride and Tradition

At a Glance: Tedeschi Food Stores   Headquarters: Rockland, Mass. Founded: 1923 Store Count: 189 2009 Annual Revenue: More than $600 million Employees: 2,100 Markets of Operation: Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island Proprietary Brands: TD’s Deli and TD’s Express foodservice; Tedeschi Select groceries, snacks and beverages; and Tedeschi Fuel   While other chains

VERC Enterprises Aims and Delivers

VERC ENTERPRISES AT A GLANCE   VERC Enterprises was launched 35 years ago by Paul Vercollone and his father Eugene in 1975 with a single gas station/car wash in Marshfield, Mass. Leo Vercollone, the company’s current president and CEO, joined the team after he graduated from Boston College in 1977. Paul continues to oversee the

Tackling New Challenges

During her 13-year career in the industry, Donna Perkins has come a long way. Her enthusiasm and desire to learn drive her success. As pricebook manager for Calloway Oil Co., Perkins maintains costs and retails for all items in the company’s 23 E-Z Stop Food Mart stores in Tennessee. She also handles vendor issues, cost

Keys to Growing Foodservice Profitably

Why are some retailers prospering when others are struggling? What are the keys to growing the business—even during tough economic times? How are successful retailers approaching the business differently than others? These are all questions that could be applicable to any part of the retail business. However, the questions are extremely salient to foodservice programs