Archives for May 2011

Cybera Adds Support for Gilbarco Passport

Cybera enables delivery of Gilbarco Veeder-Root Passport secure high-speed help desk services and improves speed of service for Gilbarco customers. Cybera Inc., a provider of cloud-based security-as-a-service solutions, has announced the Cybera ONE platform now supports high-speed help desk services for Gilbarco’s Passport point of sale (POS) systems and other Gilbarco applications. This new Cybera

PetroChina Adds Retalix StorePoint To 16,000 stores

“We realized the need for technology partners like Retalix to help us enhance our IT systems in an effort to better manage our rapid growth and expansion, and to sharpen our competitive edge,” said Wang Bo, vp of PetroChina Sales Co. PetroChina has completed a rollout of Retalix’s StorePoint POS and StorePoint Fuel solutions to

PCI Compliance: Benefiting the Industry in Multiple Ways

Convenience store operators must stop treating the need for compliance as a nuisance. It is a complex part of the business that must be faced head on. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. Just one month ago, Chase, the second-largest U.S. bank, plus a host of other well-known businesses, notified customers that their e-mail addresses had

ConocoPhillips Joins Kickback’s Coalition Loyalty Program

ConocoPhillips today reported that it has joined the Kickback Points Coalition Loyalty Program. This compelling program will offer Phillips 66, Conoco and 76-branded retailers a turnkey and cost effective loyalty solution. Participating consumers can earn and redeem points instantly for fuel and merchandise purchases at participating Phillips 66, Conoco and 76-branded sites as well as

Enhancing Prepaid Profitability

The convenience and budgeting control features that stored valued products offer holds appeal for a wide range of Americans. By Joe Bush Contributing Editor. Prepaid’s profit potential is fueled by shifts in the marketplace, wider social acceptance and the nation’s growing population of “unbanked” lower-income consumers. And while store-level merchandising and marketing need to be

Irving Oil Partners with Royal Buying Group

Irving Oil today announced plans to establish and conduct a convenience store buying group called the Irving Oil Buying Club as part of its new partnership with the Royal Buying Group Inc. “Our goal was to create a convenience retailing solution to provide our Irving distributors and dealers a consistent offering for promotional activities,” said

Kum & Go Receives Energy Efficiency Leader Award

Five newly opened stores are expected to consume 20% less energy thanks to efficient heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) solutions. By Erin Rigik, associate editor. Kum & Go’s commitment to environmental stewardship has earned it the “Energy Efficiency Leader Award” from Hussmann and Trane, both brands of Ingersoll Rand, for adopting sustainable energy

Circle K Raise More Than $1 Million for Children’s Miracle Network

Campaign total benefits 32 children’s hospitals across 12 states. The Midwest and Great Lakes divisions of Circle K convenience stores raised a total of $1,075,692 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals during its fundraising campaign April 8-30 in stores across 12 states. The amount raised exceeded Circle K’s 2010 total of $937,213 by nearly14%. “Our goal

Wholesale Gasoline Costs Drop as Old Muddy Rises

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Oil markets are in a state of flux; caught between signs that historically high retail fuel prices are negatively impacting demand for gasoline while global spare oil capacity has narrowed substantially since the start of the year, highlighted by the civil war in Libya, a member

RaceTrac Selects Radiant Systems

Southeastern c-store chain increases speed of service and enhances marketing initiatives with Radiant technology. RaceTrac Petroleum Inc., a southeastern convenience store chain with more than 300 locations across five states, has selected Radiant Systems Inc. to implement its c-store hardware and software solution. “Radiant technology will help us provide a better guest experience through improved

CEFCO Donates $320,000 to Children’s Miracle Network

“Our campaign gave sales associates an opportunity to talk to customers about improvements in our fountain soft drinks while raising funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,” says CEFCO senior vice president of marketing. CEFCO Convenience Stores announced at its 10th Annual Hackers‐R‐Us Charity Golf Tournament May 10, 2011 that it has donated a grand total

Rutter’s Beefs Up Menu Options

Oatmeal, by-the-slice cheesecake among new items. York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores is pleased to introduce four new delicacies; oatmeal, cheesecake, pretzel dogs and fried green beans, to its expanding touch screen menu, whetting the appetites of Rutter’s customers across central Pennsylvania. “Adding oatmeal to our breakfast offering was an easy decision to make,” says Jerry

Lighting It Right

In the ongoing quest for reducing energy costs, many operators are introducing LEDs in coolers, under canopies and even inside the store, but how do you know if an upgrade is right for your chain? By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. In these tough economic times, lighting upgrades could provide a bright spot on the balance

Fresh & Easy Debuts Green Things Line

“We set out to develop Green Things as an affordable range of environmentally-friendly household cleaner and paper products that are sure to get the job done right,” says Fresh & Easy spokesperon. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has introduced Green Things, a new range of eco-friendly household cleaning and paper products. Designed for customers looking

NATSO Shows Support For Jason’s Law

Jason’s Law would provide $20 million annually to develop truck parking. NATSO, the national association representing America’s truckstops and travel plazas, joined Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) and other transportation groups May 11 in announcing support for House Bill H.R. 1803, which aims to expand the number of commercial truck parking spaces nationwide. If enacted, the

Kangaroo Express Supports Military Widows

Fundraiser helps send widows of servicemen to the 3rd Annual AWP/Kangaroo Express Golf Tournament and to a skydive event at Raeford Jump Zone. The Pantry Inc. is helping send military widows to an American Widow Project (AWP) Get-Away outside Fayetteville, N.C., for the third consecutive year. The fundraiser launched May 5 in approximately 785 Kangaroo

Thorntons Offers Free Tea

Today only, customers can enjoy a free Thorntons Legendary Ice Tea when they stop into a participating store. Today, Friday, May 13, customers can go to any participating Thorntons store and receive a free Thorntons Legendary Fresh Brewed Tea. Thorntons Legendary Iced Tea, (both unsweet and sweet) are brewed fresh, and made with 100% filtered

Equipping for Food Sales

Equipex LLC offers an array of products to fit convenience store operators’ foodservice equipment needs. Products include stainless-steel electric fryers that are compact, portable and easy to disassemble for cleaning and removal, making small portion frying easy and clean. Two-shelf warming displays optimize the counter point-of-purchase (POP) locations for quick and easy impulse purchasing, and

Ticket to Ride Promotion

Ruiz Foods and Tornados have announced an on-pack consumer racing promotion featuring Tornados sponsored NASCAR Sprint Cup Series No. 39 Chevrolet driver Ryan Newman. Through the end of September, consumers can enter the code printed on the inside of limited-edition, specially-marked boxes of Tornados for a chance to win one of hundreds of prizes. Each

truenorth energy Selects FuelQuest

Partnering with FuelQuest, truenorth seeks to reduce overall fuel costs by automating inventory management and optimizing fuel inventory levels. Petroleum distributor and convenience store operator truenorth energy has selected FuelQuest’s Fuel Management System (FMS) and ForeSite to automate its fuel inventory forecasting, planning and dispatching to reduce operating costs, increase fuel margins and improve truck

ConocoPhillips Launches Phillips 66 Campaign

Customers can upload videos for a chance to win free gas for a year. ConocoPhillips has launched a new brand advertising campaign and 28-week consumer promotion for its Phillips 66 brand gasoline. The campaign highlights Phillip 66 gasoline’s long-standing commitment to produce “the best in performance gasoline,” which is brought to life through the campaign

Word-of-Mouth Opinion Sharing Down 20%

The tough economy over the last two years may be responsible for a decline in word-of-mouth sharing about brand experiences. Despite an explosion in consumer conversation technology, Americans have cut back substantially since 2008 on the opinions they share by word-of-mouth (WOM) about companies and their offerings, COLLOQUY research shows. Of 3,295 U.S. consumers surveyed

Sheetz To Offer Instant Gas Discount To Loyal Customers

Customers get cents off gas every time they use their MySheetz card. Sheetz has introduced a new loyalty program, rewarding customers with cents off at the pump, Patriot News reported. Only customers don’t have to wait to accrue points to get their prize. Customers simply sign up for and then swipe their MySheetz card at

Milk Frother and Steam Wand Cleaner

As upscale coffee programs become available at more convenience stores, retailers need to ensure they have cleaning products they can trust, not only to protect their foodservice equipment investment, but to ensure customers are being served the best products possible. JC 7 Espresso Cleaner (Dairy) was developed to be a top performing cleaner. It was

E-Cig Starter Kits

Freedom Smokeless, a manufacturer of U.S.-made premium brand electronic cigarettes, recently introduced its Elite series rechargeable starter kits with new attractive packaging that is the size of a pack of cigarettes. This product was designed specifically for the convenience store industry, carries a full six-month factory warranty and is available in tobacco and menthol flavors.