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Prepaid Provides Incremental Sales Opportunities

Mercator Advisory Group’s Prepaid Market Forecast 2011-2014 expects prepaid market growth to slow over the next four years as regulatory and economic issues, as well as saturation in segments including unemployment, impact the market. Open-loop loads are expected to total $281.7 billion in 2013, down $139.4 billion from last year’s forecast of $421.1 billion. “I

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Rutter’s Announces February Prize Winners

Rutter’s enhances prize list, adds more gas giveaways. Rutter’s Farm Stores has announced the latest winners in its Register, Scan and Win contest this week. This year’s prize list, viewable at www.ruttersrewards.com, is slightly different than last year’s, noted Rutter’s Chief Customer Officer Jeff Leedy. “We’re offering more gas prizes this year. That’s one of

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Coffee Driving Foodservice Sales

Convenience stores are expanding their brew programs and condiment offerings, allowing guests to customize each cup. Most c-stores have embraced the consumer’s desire for customization by offering broad coffee and condiment selections and stations for customers to prep their cups the way they like. C-stores are improving coffee quality in line with greater demand for

E-Cig Users Celebrate World Vaping Day

As e-cig sales globally hit  $200 million, with over $100 million of business in the U.S., e-cig consumer organizations encourage vapers to celebrate the product around the world. Thousands of smokers and ex-smokers across the world will be celebrating World Vaping Day March 22 to celebrate the success of the electronic cigarette, and to encourage

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E-Cigarettes Are Here to Stay

Until recently, e-cigs have been sold through traditional tobacco stores that normally expect a keystone or 100% markup on items other than cigarettes. Though it is hard to determine the number of e-cig users in the U.S., the National Vapers Club estimated that about a million people used e-cigs last year, so it certainly is

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Kwik Trip Headquarters Gets Alternative Fuels Station

The station is set to open in May and will serve Kwik Trip’s LNG- and CNG-powered vehicles, private fleets, and vehicles using multiple or other alternative fuels. A Kwik Trip Inc. Alternative Fuels Station, featuring Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), has been constructed at Kwik Trip’s corporate headquarters in La Crosse,

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Sheetz Announces 2012 Outstanding Supplier Partner Awards

Three supplier partners recognized by Sheetz for outstanding service. Sheetz Inc. has announced the recipients of its 2012 Outstanding Supplier Partner Awards presented for superior service and dedication to advancing the success of the company and its stores. The awards were presented during the Sheetz Marketplace recognition dinner held Sunday, March 18, in Hershey, Pa.

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NRF Appoints Davis SVP, Executive Director

“With her deep understanding of retail and consumer trends, her love of our industry and her strategic communications background, Ellen is the perfect candidate to re-imagine the possibilities for our Foundation,” says NRF CEO. The National Retail Federation announced today that Ellen Davis has been named senior vice president and executive director of the NRF

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7-Eleven Returns to Jacksonville

After 25 years, 7-Eleven is set to once again operate stores in the Jacksonville area. 7-Eleven officials announced this morning that it plans to open 80 new stores in the Jacksonville, Fla. area by 2015, which the company said will mean 800 new jobs, First Coast News Online reported. 7-Eleven representatives, along with Governor Rick Scott and

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McDonald’s To Test Replacing Foam Cups

Paper cups to take the place of foam cups in 2,000 restaurants in a test that is mostly to affect West Coast locations. In response to a 2011 shareholder resolution filed by shareholder advocacy organization As You Sow, McDonald’s Corp. recently confirmed that it is taking a major step toward possible phase-out of polystyrene foam

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SVM LP Launches FuelCircle

FuelCircle to initially leverage SVM’s relationships with BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil and Sunoco to create the first branded, nationwide network for the redemption of stored value fuel rewards. SVM LP, a global provider of gift cards and prepaid cards for businesses, announced today the formation of a new business unit that will utilize its core competencies

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ARCO Installing inovationTV at 138 Locations

New stations to add more than three million monthly impressions to the GSTV Network. ARCO has signed to have inOvationTV installed at 138 of its stations immediately through a partnership with Gas Station TV (GSTV), a national away-from-home television network at the pump, and Wayne, A GE Energy Business and global innovator of fuel dispensers

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Johnsonville Launches C-Store Website

“The Johnsonville C-Store Website will provide practical business benefits to our c-store foodservice end-users,” says Johnsonville spokesperson. Johnsonville Sausage has introduced a new website that offers extensive tools and resources to help c-store foodservice operators run their businesses and increase profitability. “Our Website is designed to provide a one-stop information resource for our c-store end-users

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Roadrunner Partners With PeopleMatter

“PeopleMatter has an understanding and focus on our industry that is unparalleled,” says Roadrunner CEO. Roadrunner Markets, a nearly 35 year-old company operating more than 92 convenience stores throughout the Southeast, today announced a partnership to implement the PeopleMatter Platform. The PeopleMatter Platform is an integrated software system that helps employers manage all of their

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TA Sponsors MATS Health Awareness Walk

At Mid-America Trucking Show walk promotes healthier professional drivers. The entire trucking industry is invited to join TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) and Trucking Solutions Group for the third annual MATS Health Awareness Walk. The walk, sponsored by TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded travel centers, together with Trucking Solutions Group, is set for Friday,

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Cigarette Warning Labels Upheld By Appeals Court

Following a federal court decision that graphic warning labels were unconstitutional, an appellate court has ruled that requiring cigarette warning labels are not a violation of free speech, rather they fall under commercial speech disclosures, are disclosing the health risks of cigarettes and are reasonably related to the government’s interest of preventing the deception of

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Starbucks Opens Evolution Fresh

The coffee giant delves into fruit and vegetable juices with the debut of its new juice bar chain. Starbucks Corp. debuted its first Evolution Fresh juice bar store on Monday. The launch is expected to boost the company’s position in the $50 billion health food sector, Reuters reported. Starbucks bought Evolution Fresh for $30 million

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NACS/CCRRC Releases Report On Shopper Motivations

Study identifies five compelling new platforms that can drive convenience retail growth. Convenience retailers seeking a profitable path to the future now have five compelling growth platforms to explore, following recommendations offered in the final section of a new NACS /Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council (NACS / CCRRC) study posted on www.ccrrc.org. “C-Growth: Using Shopper Research

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New York Considers Minimum Wage Increase

Small-business owners in New York upset over plan to raise the minimum wage. The New York state legislature is considering increasing the minimum wage in the state by $1.25 to $8.50, and also index it to inflation, the New York Post reported. A spokesperson for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said he is “optimistic” that the

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Price Trajectory Suggests $4 Gallon US Gasoline Average in April

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Retail gasoline prices in the U.S continue to move higher and climbing wholesale costs in most major metropolitan markets through mid-March show the trend will continue into April. Moreover, the swift increases in gasoline costs that are being passed through the supply chain suggest the U.S.

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7-Eleven Gifts T3s To Dallas Police Department

The new T3s will double the Department’s fleet of electric standup vehicles. 7-Eleven Inc. is doubling the Dallas Police Department’s fleet of T3 Series electric standup vehicles (ESV) to help increase safety and reduce crime in Downtown Dallas. The T3 is an urban mobility tool for the Dallas Police Department, a zero-gas emission, clean energy

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BP Corrects Reports On ARCO

BP intends to sell its Carson refinery, associated businesses and the ARCO-branded retail network in 2012 as an on-going business. BP has corrected a number of inaccurate reports that the ARCO brand would be withdrawn from Southern California. BP noted that it remains committed to the ARCO and ampm convenience store brands. BP announced plans

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The Pantry Renews FleetCor Partnership

“FleetCor has been flexible and innovative in providing new products, services and programs to help The Pantry grow commercial business through our retail stores,” says a spokesperson for The Pantry.   The Pantry has renewed its commercial fleet card contract with FleetCor Technologies Inc., which has been managing The Pantry’s fleet card portfolio for over

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Casey’s Expands Into Kentucky

Casey’s takes on a 12th state as it prepares to break ground on its new Kentucky store. Casey’s General Stores Inc. has announced that the company has completed its final due diligence and will break ground on its first site in Kentucky later this month. This store will be located in Cadiz, Ky. and will

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Pilot Flying J Introduces MyRewards

“As the driver-driven company, serving our customers is always our top priority, and we wanted to make it easy for them to simply ‘join, drive and save,’” says Pilot Flying J CEO. Pilot Flying J is launching its new MyRewards loyalty program this spring.  The MyRewards program has a card for every customer: professional drivers,

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