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G & A Budgeting

John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Hurry, hurry, step right up! It is time to play the game called “G & A Budgeting.” This is the game where heads are counted; budgets are sandbagged and perks are justified. It is an annual ritual that becomes a core tenet in the over

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Local Store Marketing: Retail-To-Retail Bouncebacks

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Budgets are tight, but you need to move top line sales—fast! What is a quick and easy way to expand your customer base? Partnering with noncompeting retailers to help your broaden exposure is a simple, yet terrific local store marketing idea. By crafting a

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Creating A Branding Game Plan

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. What is your branding game plan? Not the branding media schedule—that is just part of it—but rather, your overarching strategic decision-making game plan on all of your branding initiatives? Most advertising managers have a page or two media plan that an agency has produced

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Jiffy Mart Launches Cups That Count

Proceeds from cup sales help local schools. Westminster, Md.-based Jiffy Mart, a division of Tevis Oil has announced its new “Cups That Count” program in an ongoing effort to contribute to the welfare of the communities in which it does business. Each Jiffy Mart location will feature a 20-ounce travel mug stamped with “The Cups

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BP Stands By Team USA

BP helps U.S. consumers experience the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games through advertisement, tours and giveaways. BP Products North America Inc. plans to support Team USA during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. “With 23,000 employees in the U.S. BP is honored to be a part of the Team USA family, and we’re

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Cash Bag System

The Sentinel SCM Stacker Bag Cash Management System offers retailers with two deposit bags, each holding 2,000 notes. When notes are validated, they are staged in the vault with the note accumulator, and when 500 notes are compiled, they are dropped as a bundle into the deposit bag. The bags are heat-sealed before retailers can

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Inventory Assistance

Heartland Payment Systems, a payment processor, launched the next-generation of network services and inventory monitoring solutions for the petroleum and convenience store market. SmartLink ProDistributor, powered by FuelQuest, combines Heartland’s state-of-the-art network security and connectivity with the automated inventory control and planning of FuelQuest ForeSite, a fuel inventory and decision support technology. It offers features

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Healthier Kind Of Fruit Snacks

  Promotion In Motion Inc., makers of America’s leading fruit snacks brands, launches JUICEFULS, the first and only fruit snacks made with real fruit and filled with 100% real fruit juices in the center. JUICEFULS will be available in three flavors: Fruit Wave, Berry Mania and Strawberry Blast! The better-for-you product contains 100% the recommended daily

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Better Candy Packaging

Promotion In Motion Companies Inc., manufacturers and marketers of America’s favorite candy and fruit snacks brands for more than 30 years, announced the launch of its beloved confection brands in new, resealable, stand-up bag packaging. The packaging features a large portfolio of Promotion In Motion’s leading snacks, including Sour Jacks Watermelon, Sour Jacks Original, Sun-Maid

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New Loyalty Platform At CITGO

CITGO integrates new loyalty system with the help of Pinnacle. CITGO announced that Loyalink, its loyalty platform, has been approved as a new offering with its Loyalty Bucks program. Loyalink allows retailers to create customized programs for their organizations and customer bases. CITGO partnered with a small group of loyalty solution and service providers in

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Quick And Over The Counter

Lil’ Drug Store Products now offers EZ OTC for convenience store retailers. There are 20 tablets in the convenience-sized package. The over-the-counter products can be sold for a suggested retail price of $3.99. EZ OTC has the value of private label from one vendor, and comes with one box size and one price point. The

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Gas Stations Settle In Clean Air Act Lawsuit

Washington, D.C.-area gas stations face violation fines with the EPA. Six D.C.-area gas stations have settled in a case alleging that they violated Clean Air Act regulations. Samad Corporation with CITGO, two Anacostia Realty with Exxon, Shirlington Petroleum Realty with Exxon and Springfield Petroleum Realty with Shell were all involved with the case. The Clean

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Fas Mart Awards Customer $10,000

The Sip, Scratch & Win promotion runs through July 31 at all Fas Mart and Shore Stop stores. A lucky Fas Mart customer received a $10,000 check at the Montpelier Virginia Fas Mart Store for winning one of two $10,000 grand prizes in the Sip, Scratch & Win Instant Win Game taking place in all

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NOCO Express Opens In Macedon

A 24-hour NOCO Express store celebrates its grand opening in Macedon, making it the 33rd store for the company. NOCO Express, a gasoline convenience store chain headquartered in Tonawanda, N.Y., celebrated the grand opening of its new store in Macedon at 1241 State Route 31.  The company acquired the lease for the Macedon store from

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RaceTrac Kicks Off SodaPalooza

Social media promotion gives customers a chance to win free fountain drinks for a year. RaceTrac is kicking off SodaPalooza 365, which gives social media savvy customers a chance to win free fountain drinks for a year at RaceTrac. The promotion runs May 21-Aug 31, and the contest will see two weekly winners. Customers have

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NACSTech, PCATS To Team for 2013 Convention

NACSTech, an event that brings together c-store and fuel retailers and supplier IT professionals, kicked off May 21 in Nashville at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center and concluded today, May 23. At the conclusion of the event, came an announcement that next year’s technology convention is set to look quite different. NACS, the Association of

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CVS Creates Summer Fuel Perks

CVS lets drivers save up to $50 on high gas prices this summer at ExxonMobil or Shell stations CVS/pharmacy plans to give members of its ExtraCare program free gas cards throughout the season with its “Earn Free Gas” promotion. The program will allow more than 69 million active cardholders to earn up to five $10

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C-Stores Advertise Low-Sodium Snacks

Thirteen Topeka c-stores join to promote low-sodium snacks in the front of their stores. A handful of convenience stores in Topeka plan to cut back on their salty snack food offerings, and instead, sell more healthy snacks. Each store agreed to create a rack of healthy, low-sodium items. “When you go into convenience stores, you

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Gilbarco Veeder-Root Personalizes Loyalty

Gilbarco Veeder-Root partners with Kickback Points to give its customers stronger loyalty programs. Gilbarco Veeder-Root certified its Kickback Points with its generic loyalty interface for the Applause Media System.  This is the first time an embedded digital forecourt media solution that personalizes advertising and promotions has been available to convenience store retailers. Kickback Points’ implementation

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Acumera Offers C-Store Connections Package

Acumera wants to prepare convenience stores better for PCI audits and network management with the new C-Store Connections Package. Acumera, a leader in trusted connection services for retail organizations, announced Wednesday at the NACStech conference that the company created the C-Store Connections Package. The new package is an integrated platform designed to help with convenience

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NRA Donates Meals To Hungry

The 2012 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show Exhibitors donated 41,710 meals to the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD). The National Restaurant Association announced its 2012 Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, hosted May 5 through 8, donated its surplus food to the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD). More than 41,710 meals had been donated by them to

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Single Serve Fruit Pack

Promotion In Motion Inc. debuts Welch’s Fruit Snacks 1.75 ounce single-serve packs to drive retail front-end growth. The product is expected to boost impulse sales at the front of the store among consumers who want more healthy snack options. The snack pouches come in three varieties: Mixed Fruit, Berries ‘N Cherries and Tangy Fruits. They

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Just Like Stainless Steel

San Jamar-Chef Revival releases a new “finish” option to several of its washroom and napkin dispensers. The Stainless Steel Finish dispensers offer an upscale look with the same quality and durability as traditional San Jamar dispenser finishes. The dispensers look like stainless steel, and coordinate well with stainless steel fixtures at half the cost of

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Drive-Throughs Help Coffee Sales

More convenience store chains and fast-casual restaurant chains add drive throughs at their stores, which helps with the sale of coffee. The fast-food drive-through concept now covers the world of designer coffee, convenience stores and fast-casual chains such as Panera Bread. Drive-through sales are growing after the economic recession. Sales increased 3% in 2011, and

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Couche-Tard Extends Offer Deadline

Company waits longer for shareholder response Alimentation Couche-Tard agreed to extend its proposed expansion offer to Statoil Fuel’s until May 29. The $2.68 billion U.S. offer has the support of Statoil ASA, the oil company that owns 54% of the Scandanavian convenience store operations, gut Couche-Tard requires acceptance by 90% of Statoil Fuel’s shareholders. Canada’s

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