Archives for May 2011

Tedeschi Celebrates Opening of Quincy Concept Store

We designed this store with our increasingly health conscious customers in mind, and hope to attract new customers that have never thought of convenience stores as a place to purchase food for a healthy lifestyle,” says Tedeschi CEO. Tedeschi Food Shops is celebrating the opening of its newest store located at 85 Quincy Avenue in

FDA Cracks Down On The Illegal Marketing of Tobacco Products

“It is illegal for tobacco companies or retailers, including Internet sellers, to make unsubstantiated claims or statements that imply tobacco products reduce health risks,” says the director of FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued 11 warning letters last week to online retailers for illegally marketing tobacco products with

VERC Enterprises Honored as One of 2011’s “Best Places to Work”

Companies were evaluated on the results of more than 18,000 employee-satisfaction surveys. VERC Enterprises, an independent c-store, gas station and car wash operation with 23 locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, has been honored as a 2011 “Best Places to Work” winner by the Boston Business Journal for its achievements in creating a positive

Mansfield Oil Teams With Greyhound

“It’s providing the opportunity to serve an additional 200-600 customers per day. The potential increase for in-store sales offers substantial growth in gross profits for each location,” says Mansfield’s vp of retails sales and operations. Mansfield Oil Co. has signed a five-year agreement with Greyhound Lines Inc., a provider of intercity bus transportation in North

Expanding Confectionery Sales

Functional and sugar-free gums are predicted to see strong growth through 2014, tapping into the increasing demand for health-oriented products. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Gum manufacturers are giving Americans more healthy options, additional flavors and better packaging, creating an opportunity for category managers to remerchandise the candy aisle to capitalize on this exciting product

Tackling The Property Cost Segregation Depreciation Method

By Lance Winslow Have you considered doing a complete analysis of your commercial property to determine whether each component has been placed in the correct asset category to maximize depreciation? Applying the Cost Segregation Depreciation Method utilizing an on-site engineering-based study to accomplish this objective can ensure that property, renovations, and improvements are put into

Handee Marts Presents BP Fueling Communities Grant

A $6,500 grant was presented to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. At Handee Marts’ Annual Meeting and Trade Show Dinner, Handee Marts President & CEO Mike Triantafellou, presented a grant check for $6,500 to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. Foundation President Greg Barrett was in attendance and accepted the check on behalf of

Agriculture Secretary Pushes E85 at a Thorntons in Tenn.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack highlighted the importance of moving toward a clean energy economy and breaking the country’s unsustainable dependence on foreign oil while visiting a Thorntons convenience store that markets E-85 fuel. “Flex-fuel pumps give Americans a choice to purchase domestically produced renewable transportation fuels,” Vilsack said. “The Obama Administration is working to transform

Rutter’s Takes Top Honors in Best of York Voting

Rutter’s Farm Stores topped several 2010 Best of York categories, as voted on by readers’ of the York Daily Record, including best milk, and best quick serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Rutter’s coffee finished second among voters in the “Best Coffee” category. “Our customers have proven time and time again to be our greatest resource

National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees Pushes for Swipe Fee Reform

The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees came out today urging the owners of its 4,900 franchise-owned stores, their nearly 40,000 employees, and their customers to contact their elected representatives by visiting which provides individuals with the advocacy tools necessary for communicating their support of the Fed’s current rulemaking process in swipe fee

Supply Chain Disruptions Slow Gasoline’s Price Decline

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN For the first time since late March, the Energy Information Administration’s U.S. average for all formulations of regular grade gasoline fell during the week-ended May 16, easing 0.5 cents from a 32-month high to $3.960 gallon. The last time the average fell was during the week-ended

Action West Group Selects Aldata

Food broker improves product placement and sales with detailed planograms for perishable products. Action West Group, a food broker specializing in the representation of both branded and corporate brand perishable retail grocery product lines, has partnered with Aldata Solution, a global provider of retail and distribution improvement software. Action West is using the Apollo Space

Rite Aid Exceeds $50 Million For Children’s Miracle Network

Since 1994, “Rite Aid employees and customers have demonstrated their commitment to children’s health year after year, raising an impressive $50 million since that time,” says CEO of Children’s Miracle Network. Drug store chain Rite Aid has raised more than $50 million for children’s hospitals since becoming a partner in 1994, the Children’s Miracle Network

Gulf Oil Partners With GoGo Cast

GoGo Cast Go-Screen’s to deliver leading digital merchandising technology that enhances point-of-purchase product promotions at more than 2,500 locations. Gulf Oil L.P. and GoGo Cast Inc., a provider in dynamic content and digital merchandising in the Digital Out of Home (DOOH) space, have started an in-store collaboration that calls for select installations of GoGo Cast’s

AWMA 2011 Attendance Up

“Our  post‐show  survey  results  indicate  that  we  are  going  in  the  right  direction  with  a  majority  of  both  exhibitors  and  distributors  rating  the  2011  show  as  providing  more  value  than  previous  shows,” says AWMA CEO. The  American  Wholesale  Marketers  Association  (AWMA)   2011  Show  attracted  more  attendees  than  any  show  they  have  held  since  the

Anheuser-Busch Welcomes Manny Zayas

Anheuser-Busch has appointed Manny Zayas to vice president, convenience stores, National Retail Sales.   Zayas is a seasoned executive who brings a wealth of experience from multiple industries—with nearly 20 years in Consumer Product Group (CPG) industries, and 13 of those years dedicated to direct-store-delivery (DSD) beverages.  He has held sales, category management and sales

Dresser Wayne Acquires 4tech AS

“Combining Dresser Wayne’s help desk capabilities with 4tech’s support resources will result in better service delivery, and we will be able to offer enhanced project planning and installation services,” says Dresser Wayne spokesperson. Dresser Wayne, a global innovator of fuel dispensers and technologies, has acquired the assets of 4tech AS, a fuel tank measurement system

Retailers Escalate Swipe Fee Battle

Retailers are flocking to Congress again, for a final push to see swipe fee reform enacted. The retail industry launched a new campaign Wednesday, May 18, to protect a federal law that reduces interchange fees. The effort is an attempt to combat the massive lobbying attacks by the banking industry that aim to delay and

Thorntons Reopens Bloomington Store

Remodeled c-store features a new design and welcomes customers with free coffee and fountain beverages during its grand opening celebration. Thorntons celebrated the grand re-opening of its store location at 906 N. Main Street, Bloomington, Ill., on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. Thorntons currently operates 163 stores throughout Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Tennessee and Ohio. Customers visiting

Kum and Go Launches Store Wars

Competition pits store against store and customer against customer for a chance to win 25-cent dispensed beverages for an entire month. Kum and Go is encouraging customers to purchase fountain drinks in an effort to boost their store to the top spot in a dispensed beverage competition that spans eight regions, for a chance to

Smart Phone Payments Are Coming

Is your c-store mobile smart phone payment enabled yet? The game is changing and your cheese is about to be stolen—again! Boy, it sure has been a rough couple of years in the industry, and now that I think about it, the last three years have been rather tough for a good many sectors in

Clark Brands Signs Vining Oil

“Working with Clark has been the easiest transition I’ve had in more than 40 years in the business,” says Vining Oil spokesperson. Clark Brands LLC has announced that Vining Oil of Jamestown, N. D., has joined the ranks of Clark-branded marketers. Clark has boarded two Vining stores. The first store features the Clark brand on

Bess The Book Bus Visits Houston

CITGO continues support for children’s literacy through sponsorship of 2011 Success In Sight Tour. CITGO Petroleum Corp. continues its support of Tampa, Fla.-based mobile literacy outreach and past Fueling Good winner, Bess the Book Bus, with a sponsorship of its “2011 Success in Sight Tour,” which most recently visited students in Houston. Bess the Book

Second GIANT To Go Opens

GIANT Food Store’s convenience store offers fresh meals, groceries and fuel for on-the-go customers in Lancaster, Pa. GIANT Food Stores opened the doors of its second convenience store, GIANT To Go, on Thursday, May 19 at 8 a.m. in Manheim Township, Lancaster County, Pa. The 4,000 square foot store, located at 2339 Oregon Pike, offers

Kangaroo Express Salutes U.S. Troops launches to chronicle military support throughout the Southeast. The Pantry Inc. has teamed up with the USO of North Carolina to salute U.S. troops in Raleigh, Charlotte and Fayetteville in honor of Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 21. Select Kangaroo Express store locations will host community events featuring military vehicles on-site. In each