Tracking the Trends in Convenience Retailing

Despite the global recession, convenience stores have thrived thanks to their ability to provide fast service, quality products and great value in strategic locations. As service and location remain the industry’s primary competitive advantage over supermarkets, drug stores and mass merchandisers, many of whom are moving into the fuel and fresh food business, convenience stores

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Emerson Introduces Smart Dispatch Service

Emerson Climate Technologies released a new service called Smart Dispatch, which drives maintenance savings by reducing unnecessary dispatch events through root cause analysis and remote resolution. When an equipment alarm or maintenance notice occurs, dispatch decisions are typically based on simple event categorization or contractor terms rather than substantive insights confirming the necessity and severity

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Custom Designed Safes

Over the past two years, federal lawsuits have been filed in 16 states against ATM operators for violating the Electronics Transfer Act and Regulation E, which requires a fee notice to be displayed on the ATM and the ATM screen. ATM owners without these decals may be targeted for expensive litigation. Fortunately, GetBranded partnered with

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Heineken USA Enhances Retail Partner Support

New hires include Nick Lake as senior director, category management, and  Monique Acevedo as vice president of innovation. Heineken USA has appointed two new senior leaders.  • Nick Lake was appointed as the company’s new senior director, category management, effective Oct. 11. Lake will report to Steve Ward, vice president of national accounts.  • Monique

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Gaining Insights into Convenience Store Customers

MSA and Paradigm Sample, in partnership with Convenience Store Decisions, delve into c-store shoppers’ attitudes about buying seasonal and holiday candy. By Trish Temmerman, Contributing Editor. With Halloween and Christmas just around the corner, we are approaching that time of year when some of the most widely recognized seasonal confectionery items are purchased and consumed:

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Smoker Friendly, Freedom Smokeless Extend Agreement

“This has truly been a great partnership and we are delighted that our agreement has been renewed,” says Freedom’s president. Smoker Friendly International has renewed its exclusive private brand manufacturing agreement with Freedom Smokeless.  Freedom Smokeless is a manufacturer of U.S. made Premium Brand Electronic Cigarettes. Since 2009, Freedom has been manufacturing and distributing the

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Irving Oil’s Fuel the Care Marks 10th Anniversary

Program helps cover the fuel costs for families who are required to travel for their children’s medical care. This year, Irving Oil’s Fuel the Care program marked its 10th anniversary. Over the past decade, Fuel the Care has provided fuel gift cards to over 35,000 families with children who require medical care throughout Atlantic Canada

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Jackson C-Stores Open Late Now Required To Hire Security Guard

“It’s going to be a burden on businesses at the worst possible economic time,” says director of the Mississippi Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores Association. A new ordinance in Jackson, Miss., is requiring local convenience stores to file a security plan with the city and hire security personnel to guard their premises from midnight to

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Manitowoc Foodservice Announces Employee Promotion

Manitowoc Foodservice announces the promotion of Kathy Veder to the newly created position of vice president global accounts, Wendy’s, Chick-fil-A and Arby’s. In her new role, Veder will focus on marketing initiatives including strategic direction, product line management, business development, customer service and delivering on our promise to our end-user customers. Veder has over 20

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Italian-Style Calzones

Lettieri’s takes the best from several old world recipes to create two new calzones, which are sure to become customer favorites. Available in two varieties, Italian Trio and Meat Cravers, the calzones are filled with 100% real cheese, meat and other gourmet ingredients. The Italian Trio is a blend of pepperoni, sliced marinated banana pepper

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Investing in a Foodservice Future

It’s time for all convenience store owners to recognize the overall value of a good deli program. By Jim Callahan. While a solid deli program is part of the convenience store industry’s present, it is destined to play an even larger and more critical part of our future. Whether you are a small chain or

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Healthy Snacking Solution

Mars Chocolate North America has released the new Marathon Smart Stuff Bar, which is a healthful snacking solution that provides balanced nutrition for active minds and bodies. The product was developed in June 2011 to help teens and young adults make smarter snack choices when returning to school this fall. The snack bars include wholesome

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Will Tesco Turn it Around?

Fresh & Easy is rolling out a new Express store format, but can the company come out on top after nearly four years of heavy losses? By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Tesco’s Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market grocery chain debuted with a bang in 2007, rolling out 20 stores in rapid succession in California, Nevada

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Lower Gasoline Costs Moving Through Supply Chain

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) U.S. retail price average for all formulations of regular grade gasoline fell 6 cents as of Sept. 19, and will continue to move lower into October on declining wholesale gasoline costs. Through the week-ended Sept. 26, wholesale gasoline costs moved lower

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7-Eleven Celebrates National Coffee Day

Free Coffee will greet customers from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. this Thursday at their local 7-Eleven store. Something’s brewing at 7-Eleven Inc. as its U.S. and Canada stores get ready to celebrate National Coffee Day on Thursday, Sept. 29, with its own caffeinated celebration – CofFREE Day.  From 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on

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EZ Energy USA Announces New Hires

EZ Energy has announced a number of new hires and promotions. • Joe Schag has been promoted to controller. Schag has been with EZ Energy for four years in several positions, and most recently held the position of internal audit manager.  • Tiffany Konkol joins EZ Energy as the payroll and treasury specialist. Konkol brings with

Subway Honors Manitowoc Foodservice

Two awards presented to Manitowoc at the Subway chain’s annual convention. At the Subway restaurant chain’s annual convention held in San Francisco in July, Manitowoc Foodservice was the recipient of two distinguished awards that recognized excellence in customer service and innovation.

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Updating the State of the Industry

NACS Chairman Jeff Miller discusses card fees, fuel and the future of convenience stores. By John Lofstock, Editor. Jeff Miller, president of Miller Oil Co. in Virginia, wears many hats. He is an oilman, an industry advocate and a leader.   For the past year, he has also been the chairman of NACS, which could

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Champion Industries Announces New Hire

New director of sales appointed to Champion and Bi-Line brands. Champion Industries welcomes Jay Bravinder as director of sales for its Champion and Bi-Line brands.  In this role, Bravinder will have sales management responsibility for a significant portion of Champion and Bi-Line’s total business in the greater northeast. Bravinder brings to this role extensive sales

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It’s a Wrap

WM-Nano offers the industry’s first tabletop automatic wrapper. Retailers could choose a small, manual station or a room-sized automatic machine. But now, Ishida’s WM-Nano offers another choice. At just 28 inches wide, the WM-Nano is a unique concept—a tabletop unit with an integrated scale-base and printer, offering all the benefits and features of a full-size

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Fuel Management Solutions

FuelQuest Inc., an on-demand software and services company for the downstream energy industry, has expanded its ForeSite product line with two real-time fuel management applications for petroleum retailers and distributors. FuelQuest ForSite Supervisor View (SV) identifies real-time inventory issues based on out-of-plan or changing site conditions. Key features include real-time supervisory view, operations rules, inventory

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Walgreens Reaches 100th Solar Power Installation

Drugstore chain on track to have the most solar power installations among retailers nationwide. Walgreens is marking its continued commitment to sustainability with its 100th rooftop solar power system installation in Mason, Ohio. Since its first solar installation in 2007, Walgreens has expanded its plans to include stores and distribution centers in Connecticut, New Jersey,

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Shell Announces Smarter Driving Sweepstakes Winner

The Shell Smarter Driving program helps motorists make the most of their fuel purchases with tips and contests that promote efficiency. From making small changes to their daily driving routine to ensuring proper vehicle maintenance before setting out on that next road trip, motorists from around the county jumped at the opportunity to share how

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Coca-Cola Mini Can Gets More Affordable

Customers want affordable options on their favorite beverages, and Coca-Cola is answering the call with a better price point. Coca-Cola is providing  a more affordable price point for the popular 7.5-ounce  mini can to expand consumers’ options for enjoying their favorite Coca-Cola beverage. The new price point will make the mini can more accessible during

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Kwik Trip Eyes Oshkosh Site for Acquisition

With the Planning Commission’s approval, Kwik Trip now seeks permission from the Oshkosh Common Council. This week Kwik Trip received approval from the Oshkosh Plan Commission to proceed with plans to demolish an existing Lang Oil gas station on West Ninth Avenue in Oshkosh, Wis., and replace it with a new Kwik Trip that would

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