Archives for July 2011

Bosselman Inc. Announces New UNI-MAXX TRUCK CARE

“Participating in this network broadens the Boss Truck Shop footprint across the country in the truck repair business,” says chairman of Bosselman Inc. Bosselman Inc. and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. recently rolled out their new on-highway truck service network, called UNI-MAXX TRUCK CARE. Wingfoot Commercial Tire Systems LLC, a subsidiary of Goodyear, and

Vendgogh, VeriFone Partner To Promote Gas Island Vending

“Together we can transform the landscape of convenience store retailing while dramatically enhancing the customer experience at the gas island,” says Vendgogh’s  vice president of business development. Vendgogh LLC has announced a long-term, strategic partnership with VeriFone intended to promote the sale of Vendgogh’s patented gas island vending solutions to VeriFone’s valued convenience store customers

NACS Releases Data Fact Book

The NACS State of the Industry of 2010 Data Fact Book is now available. The 24th edition of the NACS Fact Book provides a detailed statistical account of industry data over the past several years — or in some cases, decades — as well as a historical recap of the industry and key definitions and

Swipe Fee Reform To Equal Lower C-store Prices

“Most enterprising storeowners will apply the swipe fee savings to lowering product costs in an effort to be even more competitive in the marketplace,” notes NCASEF chairman. Bruce Maples, the chairman of the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees, in an interview with, spoke about the Federal Reserve’s new debit rules and noted

Martin Eagle Oil’s Fuel Management System Saves The Day

After someone tampers with a gas pump, the SIMMONS ClearView system alerts Martin Eagle Oil to the problem in time to avoid a huge loss of fuel inventory. Denton, Texas-based Martin Eagle Oil saved thousands of dollars in potential fuel loss this month all because it had the foresight to install the SIMMONS ClearView continuous

RetailROI Helps Retailers Elminate Overstocks

New database helps pair local charities with unsold merchandise. Retailers in the U.S. have more than $65 Billion worth of inventory annually in an overstocked position, causing a drain on profits and taking time and focus from personnel. The Retail Orphan Initiative (RetailROI) has launched an online charity locator to match up retailers looking to

NCR to Acquire Radiant Systems Inc.

“This acquisition will enable our companies to accelerate expansion through the powerful combination of each other’s strengths and NCR’s track record of driving transformational change,” says NCR’s chairman and CEO. Duluth, Ga.-based NCR Corp. and Radiant Systems Inc. have announced a definitive agreement for NCR to acquire Radiant Systems, a provider of multichannel point-of-sale (POS)

Wholesale Gasoline Costs Rebound from Late June Lows

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline costs across major metropolitan markets in the U.S. moved up sharply from late June, reaching five-week or better highs following the July 4th holiday weekend from four-month lows registered in late June. The higher costs will arrest the decline in retail values, pushing pump

Mobile Produce Comes To Dari Mart

Dari Mart is testing fresh produce at several of its c-stores with help from the Healthy Corner Stores Initiative. Dari Mart is the latest c-store chain to test fresh produce at its stores located in food deserts, with some help from a local association. The Dari Mart store in west Springfield, Ore., is one of

Walgreens Expands Food Offering in Bayview

Larger assortment of produce, whole grains and lean protein helps address the need for access to healthier foods in food deserts. Walgreens is celebrating the expansion of its fresh food selection at the location at 3rd Street and Williams Avenue in San Francisco’s Bayview community. The drugstore now offers a larger assortment of fresh fruits,

TA Opens Raphine Petro Stopping Center

“This location provides motorists a stopping point on I-81 and I-64 in southwest Virginia, where they can enjoy a hot meal, plenty of parking, shopping and a full range of other amenities,” says TA CEO. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) owner of Petro Stopping Centers, has announced the opening of its newest Petro full-service travel

How 7-Eleven’s Free Slurpees Pay Off

Slurpees may be free today, but customers will likely spend extra dollars at the store while they stop in to get their free treat. Today, as 7-Eleven celebrates its unofficial 84th birthday, it expects to give away five million 7.11-ounce Slurpees—roughly 1,000 free Slurpees per store. But those free Slurpees actually result in big sales

Securing the Convenience Store

Effective cash management solutions can be networked and integrated into existing POS systems to provide remote cash monitoring, further enabling a safer retail environment. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Retail success doesn’t just mean keeping money coming in, but preventing money from going out. And while normal business expenses are inevitable, theft is not. Being

Merger and Acquisition Activity Heating Up

Chains shedding underperforming stores in order to focus on core retail assets. A  number of top quartile convenience store chains announced plans to shed underperforming stores over the past six weeks in an effort to raise capital to reinvest in core markets. The Pantry Inc. said it would sell 114 locations in nine states throughout

7-Eleven Celebrates 84th Birthday

Dorchester, Mass., 7-Eleven store hosts party from 8-10 a.m. on July 11, with one-minute challenges that offer customers a chance to win a $100 convenience card or a house party. 7-Eleven Inc. is celebrating its 84th birthday and inviting customers join in the celebration by stopping by their local 7-Eleven store for a  free 7.11-ounce

Wawa’s 4 ½ Ton Hoagie Salute

“We are thrilled to enter our second year as the title sponsors of Wawa Welcome America! focusing Hoagie Day on the men and women who protect our great nation and honoring the freedoms we all celebrate today,” says Wawa’s CEO. Wawa Inc., as part of its title sponsorship of Wawa Welcome America!, hosted a Hoagie

Thorntons Raises $10,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation

Customers buy Wish Stars at Thorntons convenience stores to help grant the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions.   Thorntons has raised over $10,000 for the Make- A- Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, Kentucky Region. During the month of May, all Thorntons store locations sold Wish Stars for $1, with 100%

7-Eleven Partners With Cinemark

“Our partnership with Cinemark gives us the opportunity to reach even more Slurpee fans,” says 7-Eleven spokesperson. 7-Eleven Inc. and Cinemark USA Inc. are partnering to bring Slurpee drinks to the movies, offering the convenience retailer’s iconic beverage at 32 select Cinemark theatres in Dallas, Houston and Portland. 7-Eleven has stores in Dallas and Portland;

Sottera Welcomes Maurici to Sales Team

Maurici looks to accelerate growth of e-cigarette brand NJOY. Sottera Inc., manufacturer of NJOY, an electronic cigarette brand, has named Vito Maurici to its U.S. sales team as senior vice president of sales and distribution. In this role Maurici will be responsible for further accelerating the growth of the NJOY brand both nationally and globally

Putting Your Best Foot Forward

There was a time in the convenience store industry when being a great marketer was enough to have a successful business. Unfortunately, being a successful convenience store retailer these days means that not only do you have to outperform your competition, but you must also satisfy federal regulators. The convenience store industry is used to

Adopting “Green” Practices

MotoMart, Sunoco and Rutter’s Farm Stores are among the top convenience store chains making energy efficiency a priority. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. With operating costs rising at an alarming rate, convenience stores are getting serious about energy efficiency. From LEDs that help brighten stores and reduce maintenance costs, to energy management systems and skylights,

Valero Rolls Out Mystery Shopper Program

Visits to branded locations aim to ensure positive customer experiences. Valero is introducing a new mystery shopping program throughout its wholesale network of branded stores. Under the new program—called Commitment to Excellence—each of the company’s Valero, Shamrock and Beacon branded locations will be evaluated three times a year using the same form and criteria. The

Wawa Smoothies Help Customers Stay Cool

Wawa sponsored two Philadelphia events this 4th of July holiday to show off its smoothie products to thirsty customers. Philadelphia residents had the opportunity to cool down with Wawa smoothies at both Taste of Philadelphia and Independence Day Blast. Through the events, both of which were free to the public and hosted at Penn’s Landing,

Irvington Chester’s Reopens

A sizeable chicken statue has made the store a local landmark. Chester’s, a  fried chicken foodservice offering in the convenience store category, has reopened its Irvington, Ala., location at 6831 Hwy 90 West. The Irvington Chester’s has become a local landmark due to the 10 –foot chicken statue sitting in the CITGO parking lot.  The

Drawing Customers With Rewards

“A better reward means more people are willing to take you up on your offer,” says Young America spokesperson. “The key for retailers is to then  continue to market to that customer to ask them to spend that reward  back at their location.” Customers respond better to retail offers that include general-use  prepaid cards rather