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NOCO Teams With Buffalo Sabres

In sponsorship deal, company’s logo and tagline to appear at center ice in First Niagara Center. NOCO Energy has Buffalo Sabres fever.  The company agreed to a sponsorship deal that will feature the NOCO iconic green and orange logo with their new “At Home, At Work, and On the Go!” tagline at center ice in

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7-Eleven Honors Bake Fresh

“Bake Fresh has embraced 7-Eleven’s strategy to narrow our focus with laser-like precision and drive continuous improvement,” says 7-Eleven spokesperson. 7-Eleven Inc. has awarded Bake Fresh Co. LLC the 2010 Retailer Initiative Award, citing the dramatic turn-around of a Colorado commercial bakery the Chesapeake, Va.-based company assumed just a year ago. Jesus Delgado-Jenkins, 7-Eleven senior

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Core-Mark Appoints New Board Member

Rob Gross brings more than 20 years of multi-retail experience to his new role with Core-Mark. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, has appointed Robert Gross to its Board of Directors. Gross will serve as an independent director

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Advertising, Marketing, Entertaining and Deducting

Promotional budgets are typically one of the first costs businesses look to slash when times get tough. But understanding available tax deductions can help offset advertising expenses. By Mark E. Battersby, Contributing Editor. Without effective marketing and advertising, customers may recognize the existence of your convenience store business, but they won’t know anything about it.

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Don’t Settle for Employee Mediocrity

Training and preparing employees for advancement is one proven method for attracting and retaining these talented workers.  By Mel Kleiman, Contributing Editor. In the course of my more than 25 year’s of consulting and professional speaking work about how to recruit, select and retain the best frontline employees, I have identified one common case of

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Developing an Effective Menu

Foodservice operators must regularly develop new products and tweak old ones to pique consumer interest and attract repeat business. By Heather Henstock, Contributing Editor. Nice N Easy Grocery SHOPPES has long offered salads and sandwich melts. But the two menu lines didn’t reach their full potential until the convenience store chain hired three trained chefs

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Heineken USA Names New Senior Brand Director

Osminkina brings global marketing and new brand/business development experience to marketing team. Heineken USA has appointed Olga Osminkina to the position of senior brand director, Heineken Lager.  In her new role, Osminkina will report to Laurent Theodore, vice president of marketing for Heineken and will be responsible for the overall strategy and sustained development of

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ATM Council Files Antitrust Lawsuit

Visa and MasterCard to face litigation on antitrust charges. The National ATM Council, a group representing operators of automated teller machines (ATMs), filed a lawsuit against Visa and MasterCard accusing the credit and debit card issuers of violating antitrust laws by fixing the price of ATM access fees, the Huffington Post reported. The lawsuit was

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Climbing Gasoline Costs to Push Up U.S. Retail Average

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline costs were mostly higher across major metropolitan markets in the United States for a second straight week, which should reverse the decline in retail prices, while fuel issues impacted drivers in Minnesota and North Dakota earlier this month. Kwik Trip said 13 of its

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TA Expands Loyalty Program Benefits

Professional drivers can now redeem UltraONE points for merchandise in new online merchandise catalog. TravelCenters of America LLC has unveiled a new online merchandise catalog for its UltraONE loyalty program members. Now, professional drivers have thousands of top quality, name brand rewards from which to choose – items that can be obtained using UltraONE Points

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7-Eleven Converts Wilson Farms Stores

Nine Wilson Farms stores are changing banners this year, with the rest scheduled for rebranding next year. Contractors are refurbishing; new signs are rising, and Slurpee machines are moving in as 7-Eleven Inc. undertakes the first of many equipment upgrades at Wilson Farms stores in western New York, converting them to the 7-Eleven banner. Starting

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Holiday, Cub Foods Reignite Gas Rewards

Program allows Minnesota Cub Foods customers to redeem Gas Rewards at Holiday. Cub Foods, a division of SUPERVALU INC., and Holiday Cos. are launching a fuel rewards program that will allow consumers to save money at Holiday Stationstores when they shop at Cub Foods stores. The two Minnesota-based companies have teamed up in the past

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Coulson Oil Sets the Stage for Expansion

With a new real estate entity in place, the company is positioned to grow its chain of dealer-leased stores beyond Arkansas. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Coulson Oil Co., one of the Southwest’s largest independent distributors of motor fuels, took a big step toward continued growth in August with the formation of Coulson Real Estate

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Debit Card Fees Spur Request For Anti-Trust Investigation

“Statements made by individual banks and their trade associations raise questions about whether some price increases that have occurred this year have actually been coordinated,” says Chief Deputy Whip Peter Welch. Amid widespread outrage over new debit card fees charged by Bank of America and other big banks, Chief Deputy Whip Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and

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TA Dominates Driver Satisfaction Survey

TravelCenters of America LLC has announced the results of the fifth annual “Voted Best” survey. The survey was conducted during August and September 2011, by Overdrive Magazine.“The 2011 survey results show a clear and growing preference by drivers for what we call the Full-Service Advantage. Our Petro Iron Skillet restaurants and TA Truck Service facilities

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7-Eleven Signs Prepaid Agreement With Western Union

“The Western Union MoneyWise prepaid card incorporates all the benefits of a reloadable prepaid card, including convenience and ease of use, which is what our customers want,” says 7-Eleven spokesperson. 7-Eleven and The Western Union Co. have signed a prepaid agreement to offer consumers the ability to obtain The Western Union MoneyWise General Purpose Reloadable

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Big Apple Gas Giveaway Celebrates Revamped Stations

Gift card giveaway encourages customers to visit redesigned stations. Maine-based CITGO fuel distributor C.N. Brown Co. is giving away more than $1,000 a day in CITGO Gift Cards valid for fuel and convenience store purchases at 43 Big Apple and other participating locations across Maine and New Hampshire. The contest celebrates C.N. Brown’s 20-year partnership with CITGO

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Battling City Hall

While dealing with red tape is a common occurrence when dealing with local municipalities, there are tax benefits for businessowners to make the process less costly.  By Mark E. Battersby, Contributing Editor. Thanks to the economy and skyrocketing costs, convenience stores and other businesses are making less money and paying more in taxes while, at

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Luv the Nug iPhone App

Fans of the Original Chewable Ice can now find locations serving nugget ice with a new iPhone application released by Scotsman Ice Systems. By downloading the “Nug Locator,” ice chewers can instantly view a list of venues serving nugget ice near their location using GPS tracking, or they can search for locations by inputting a

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Inspiring Impulse Sales

When stocking up on novelty items, thinking outside the box can help retailers drive big profits. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Retailers are driving impulse purchases with unique novelty products, including big ticket items, seasonal displays and small ring products that make everyday life more convenient. Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc., for example, is making packing easier

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Murphy Oil Launches Gas Island Vending Pilot

Using Vendgogh’s integrated gas island vending solutions, Murphy Oil is set to allow fuel customers to buy fuel and cold drinks right at the pump with the swipe of a credit card. Murphy Oil USA is partnering with Vendgogh LLC to pilot gas island vending at selected Murphy USA stores in Arkansas, Georgia and North

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Circle K Arizona Adds BAZI All Natural Energy Shots

Bazi looks to grow with new opportunities. Circle K Arizona has added BAZI International Inc.’s BAZI All Natural Energy Shots into 450 stores this month, adding to the positive response the shots have received from retailers, distributors and international markets.   BAZI recently attended three industry trade shows, including the National Association of Convenience Stores,

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Rutter’s Announces September Prize Winners

Register, Scan and Win Sweepstakes delivers prizes to lucky customers.    Rutter’s delivered good news to many loyal customers this week, announcing the latest winners in the Register, Scan and Win sweepstakes. The grand prize, a 42-inch flat screen TV, was given to Kimberly Moser of Wrightsville, Pa., who couldn’t believe her luck. “I can’t

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Walgreens Debuts Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Orlando

Drugstore chain helps build Orlando electric vehicle charging infrastructure with the addition of eight stations expected by the end of October. Walgreens is set to unveil its first electric vehicle (EV) charging station in Orlando at its International Drive and Sand Lake Road location with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Eastern time, as City

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ATMs and ADA: Are You Compliant?

While the new compliance standards have been on the ATM industry’s radar for many years. Fully understanding the intricacies of the new rules could be an overwhelming task for many storeowners. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. The ATM industry is currently facing the most complicated, but critical challenge it has ever encountered—managing the technical, new

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