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Weathering the Economic Storm

C-store retailers express optimism as financial conditions continue to slowly improve. by Mel Kleiman, Contributing Editor. While we were able to summarize the major findings of the 2012 CSD/Humetrics Human Resources Benchmarking Survey earlier this year, there are a few more interesting facts to share concerning the responses to our first question: “How was the

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Valero Plans Separation of Retail Business

Company prepares to spin off fuel stations. Valero Energy Corp.’s board of directors has given the official OK for the company to sell or spin off its network of fuel stations, which could be worth as much as $2.8 billion, Businessweek reported. Spinning off the retail business is one of many moves CEO Bill Klesse

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Clean Energy Releases Report On Natural Gas News

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. releases report listing companies that signed agreements for natural gas fuel and other services with them. Clean Energy Fuels Corp. released “The Road To Natural Gas,” which lists trucking companies, refuse haulers, fleet operators, airports, municipalities and other organizations that have signed new or expanded existing agreements with Clean Energy to

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Manitowoc Introduces New 0% Financing Program

C-store operators can take part in Manitowoc Foodservice’s new financing program until the end of this year. Manitowoc Foodservice wants to give retail operators a 0% financing program for 24 months on purchases now through Dec. 14, 2012. Convenience store operators who take part in the new program can access cost-effective, innovative and energy-efficient foodservice

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Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Wayne Partner With Isis To Advance Mobile Commerce

“Integrating the Isis SmartTap mobile commerce application will open entirely new payment, loyalty and promotional opportunities for consumers and fuel retailers,” says Paul de la Port, vice president of Wayne, on its partnership with Isis. Gilbarco Veeder-Root and Wayne agreed to provide integrated support for the Isis SmartTap mobile commerce application, which allows customers to

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Country-Style Lighters

Scripto added the HillBilly Brand Licensed Pocket Lighters to its product line. The lighters are available in five assorted designs featuring fishing, patriotic, HillBilly Hottie, camouflage and a country music guitar. The lighters come in a 50-count display a-tray, 2-pack open stock and 2-pack clip strip. HillBilly Brand Pocket Lighters come with a suggested retail

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Dual-Use Lighter

Scripto releases the first 2in1 Dual Flame Utility Lighter to the c-store market. The product features two flames in one lighter where consumers can choose between standard flame and wind resistant flame settings, which allows flexibility of use for all occasions. The 2in1 Dual Flame Utility Lighter works great indoors and outdoors. The product is

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Gasoline Prices to Jump in Upper Midwest on Outages

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Retail gasoline prices countrywide remain on an upward trajectory, while pump prices in the upper Midwest metropolitan markets are set to surge after operational issues cut oil refining activity. Nationwide, retail gasoline prices are set to extend July’s upside push into August after consistently declining during

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TA Acquires Travel Center In N.M.

TA adds business and fuel services for professional drivers and motorists in the southern N.M.-area. TravelCenters of America announced the acquisition and rebranding of the former Savoy Travel Center to the Petro Stopping Centers brand. The new travel center is located in Deming, N.M. The opening of this new location raises the number of full-service

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Pink Cookies Support Breast Cancer Awareness

Otis Spunkmeyer is ready to offer its limited-edition Pink Cookie to consumers this August through October, which helps draw attention to breast cancer awarness. The company has donated more than $200,000 since 2010 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure to support the fight against breast cancer through the sales of its Pink Cookies. The

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Pizza Cone Comes To Three C-Stores

Several New York-area convenience stores are delving into the sale of pizza cones. Three gas station chains in the New York metropolitan-area are selling new Cono Italiano Inc. “pizza conos” at their c-stores. Exxon, BP and Gulf Gas Stations are now selling pizza conos and empanadas to consumers. The pizza cono is a drip-free, cone-shaped

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Wayne Releases Futuristic Fuel Dispenser

Wayne launches the sale of its new Wayne Helix fuel dispenser to c-stores and gas stations later this year. Wayne, a GE Energy Business and global innovator of fuel dispensers and forecourt technologies, announced the launch of the new Wayne Helix fuel dispenser line. The new dispensers are intelligently designed and technologically advanced compared to

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Manitowoc Donates To Red Robin Foundation

Manitowoc Foodservice funds victims who were injured in the “The Dark Knight Rises” movie premiere shooting. Manitowoc Foodservice donated $1,000 to the Red Robin Foundation, and an additional $1,000 to the In Memory of Alex “Sully” Sullivan donation fund.  The fundraisers support eight of the individuals injured or killed in the “The Dark Knight Rises”

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Army-Themed Lighters

Scripto introduces the new U.S. Army Utility Lighters to its product line. The U.S. Army Utility Lighter offers reliable performance for consumers, reminding them of the U.S. Army. The lighters will be available in yellow and black, featuring the U.S. Army Gold Star logo, and packaged in U.S. Army branded blister cards. The lighters are

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Fresh & Easy Slashes Jobs

Despite job cuts, Tesco continues to fight for the future of Fresh & Easy.   Tesco has cut jobs at the Californian headquarters of its struggling Fresh & Easy chain in the U.S, but is still continuing with business as usual, according to Reuters. “In April we said we are taking a more cautious approach

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Time Management

By John Matthews, founder of Gray Cat Enterprises. “……And then one day you find, ten years have got behind you. No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun…..”   — Gilmour, Mason, Waters, Wright What is the quickest way to reduce stress and achieve greater balance in your life?  Develop better time

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Chevron Announces Partnerships To Reduce HIV Transmission Rates

Chevron partners with four other companies to help reduce HIV transmissions between mothers and children in three African nations. Chevron announced at the 2012 International AIDS Conference that a business partnership will work to combat mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Nigeria, Angola and South Africa. “We must intensify our collective efforts to meet the serious

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Stop & Shop Opens Cape Cod-Area Store

Stop & Shop celebrates the opening of its newest store in the Cape Cod community this weekend. The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC opened its doors in Hyannis, Mass., Friday to deliver value and convenience to the community. The new store will provide Cape Cod-area residents and vacationers with an expanded selection of food

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Save-A-Lot Increases Brand Awareness Through Nationwide Tour

Save-A-Lot visits a handful of U.S. cities to let consumers know about the savings they can make at their stores. Save-A-Lot launched its 2012 Fuel Your Family Road Trip on Friday in Orlando, Fla., to raise awareness of its business. This marks the second year of the Save-A-Lot Fuel Your Family Road Trip. Two Save-A-Lot

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Manitowoc Appoints New VP Of Global Accounts

Manitowoc Foodservice promotes an experienced team member to vice president of global accounts. Manitowoc Foodservice announced the promotion of Bill Hallett to vice president of global accounts–YUM effective immediately. Hallett will be responsible for managing the relationship aspects of YUM! Brands / YUM! Restaurants International (YRI) corporately and globally. Both Joe Kaplan, vice president of

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Pilot Travel Centers President In Talks To Buy Stake In NFL Team

James Haslam III considers an investment in the Cleveland Browns. The president of Pilot Travel Centers LLC, James Haslam III, who is also a part owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, is reportedly in talks with Cleveland Browns Owner Randy Lerner to buy part of the National Football League team, Bloomberg reported. Pilot Travel Centers LLC

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Well-Fashioned Disposable E-Cigs

Kretek International Inc. announced the introduction of EZ Cig disposable electronic cigarettes. EZ Cig brand is available in 12 smooth, fresh flavors including Double Apple, Java, Peach and Wild Berry in addition to Tobacco and Menthol. Each stick, packaged in its own carrying tube to keep the product clean, delivers 600 puffs with 2.1% nicotine.

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CEFCO Builds Fourth Prototype Store

CEFCO invites the public to its new, prototype store, as it features the chain’s new c-store design. CEFCO Convenience Stores opened a new store location in Killeen, Texas, Wednesday. The new store is the company’s fourth prototype store, reflecting CEFCO’s latest design for its convenience stores. The stores will provide customers with a stronger shopping

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Valero, Cardtronics Help Frost Bank Build ATM Business

Three Texas-based companies help to expand a local bank’s services in convenience stores. Valero Corner Stores in Texas and Cardtronics Inc. help Frost Bank significantly expand its ATM service locations for Frost customers. Frost customers will have free access to all 615 ATMs at Valero Corner Stores in Texas by Aug. 15. The additional 615

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TA Installs At-The-Pump DEF At 100th Location

TA reaches milestone with installing DEF dispensers at its locations. TravelCenters of America LLC completed the installation of bulk Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) dispensers at 100 TA and Petro Stopping Center branded locations. The company plans to have most of its locations fitted with on-island bulk DEF by the end of 2012. The new dispensers

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