Archives for October 2012

Ampm Debuts Scratch Power App

App puts instant prize-winning power in customers’ hands and phones. Convenience store leader ampm has just released ampm Scratch Power, a promotional smart phone app that gives customers the chance to win $500 Apple Gift Cards, iPods and thousands of ampm food and drink prizes. “We’re very excited to launch the ampm Scratch Power app—a

Advocacy Brings Results

“We need every company that has ever accepted Visa and MasterCard credit cards to sign a short declaration that lays out why you feel the proposed settlement is bad for your business,” says NACS CEO.  “I have never been more convinced that when we speak as one, our industry is incredibly powerful and effective,” said

Pilot Flying J Sponsors Anderson Rev3 Triathlon

By teaming with Truckers to Triathletes (T2T), Pilot Flying J intends to develop ideas and strategies for better health to share with even more professional drivers. Pilot Flying J is promoting better health for truck drivers through the sponsorship of the Revolution 3 Triathlon on Sunday, Oct. 14, in Anderson, S.C., and continued sponsorship of

Valero Corner Store Selects VeriFone PAYMEDIA

Austin, Texas, pilot enables Valero Corner Store, CPG marketers to influence consumer purchasing decisions. Valero Retail Holdings Inc. has entered an agreement with VeriFone Systems Inc. to implement VeriFone’s PAYMEDIA for Secure PumpPAY in an initial pilot at corporate-operated sites in the Austin, Texas, area. VeriFone Secure PumpPAY solutions enable gasoline retailers and distributors to

Kum & Go Executive Receives Industry Impact Award

Niki DePhillips honored by Iowa Commercial Real Estate Association. Kum & Go L.C., announced that Niki DePhillips, senior vice president of store development, recently received the Industry Impact Award from the Iowa Commercial Real Estate Association (ICREA). “I’m honored to receive this award,” said DePhillips. “And I share it with my store development team who

Kum & Go Tops List of LEADER Award Recipients

Eight retailers and manufacturers are hailed for outstanding achievement in loyalty, engagement, analytics and digital solutions. Kum & Go and United Supermarkets received marketing awards at the fourth annual LEAD Marketing Conference held Oct. 1-3. Kum & Go operates more than 400 c-stores in 11 states, while United Supermarkets, is a 51-store grocery chain in

Pain at the Pump Hits Californians

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The odd pairing of weak demand for gasoline while supply is tight has been a running theme in the U.S. for much of 2012, while unplanned refinery outages have had a more dramatic effect on certain regional markets, the latest in California. On the heels of a

NACS Names Five New Retailer Members to Board of Directors

NACS announced the election of five retail members to serve on its Board of Directors. The new Board members assumed their positions during the NACS Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Las Vegas. The NACS Show is ranked one of the 50 largest annual tradeshows in the U.S. The NACS retail members

Publix Deli Online Easy Ordering Expands

“Publix Deli Online Easy Ordering is a natural extension of our service commitment, especially for our on-the-go customers,” says Publix spokesperson. Publix Deli Online Easy Ordering, an online order placement of Publix Deli custom subs, wraps and sliced meats and cheeses, has expanded to 50 stores in select markets across the company’s operating area. Publix

NACS Show Kicks Off

‘Take advantage of the value that NACS delivers,’ says NACS Chairman Robinson. “This NACS Show is near the end of the (calendar) year, but it’s really the start of 2013,” said NACS Chairman Tom Robinson, welcoming a packed house at the NACS Show Opening General Session. “It is not an accident that my company’s strategic

Marathon Petroleum Corp. To Acquire BP’s Texas City Refinery

BP has now announced over $35 billion toward its goal of $38 billion in divestments. BP has reached an agreement to sell its Texas City, Texas refinery and a portion of its retail and logistics network in the Southeast U.S. to Marathon Petroleum Corp. for $2.5 billion (which includes $0.6 billion of cash at closing,

Take Foodservice To The Next Level

Since 1971, Schlotzsky’s has been the home of the New Orleans’ French Quarter muffuletta- inspired sandwich called The Original toasted sandwich—Schlotzsky’s signature product which features meats, cheeses, lettuce, tomato, olives, and dressing stuffed into Fresh-from-Scratch  sourdough buns. Fast forward to now, and the company has gone from a one-unit, one-product shop to its extensive Fresh-from-Scratch

Rutter’s 2012 Donations Top $400,000

Rutter’s Farm Stores announced this week donations to seven central Pennsylvania charities totaling $172,000, bringing the company’s year-to-date contributions  to local charities to $412,000. The YMCA of York, the YWCA of York, York Day Nursery, Hanover YWCA, Hanover YMCA, Easter Seals of central Pennsylvanis and the Jewish Community Center of York, Pa. will all receive

Lucia Crater Leads New NACS Supplier Board

Lucia Romanello Crater, vice president of retail sales for Cardtronics Inc., has been named 2012-13 chairman of the NACS Supplier Board. In addition, Bob Sears, director of trade and state relations, Altria Group Distribution Co., was named chair-elect and will succeed Crater as 2013-14 chairman. Crater and Sears were named to their positions during the

R.H. Smith Dist. Co. Adds Applause Media System

“Being able to personalize the fueling experience and serve relevant, meaningful promotions differentiates us from our competitors and helps drive customer loyalty and additional sales,” says R.H. Smith spokesperson. R.H. Smith Dist. Co. Inc., of Grandview, Wash., is among the leading retailers to launch Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s Applause with Loyalty, a new enhancement to the industry’s

Parker’s Presents iPad To Contest Winner

“This is just one of many ways we want to reward our customers for their loyalty,” says Parker’s CEO. Parker’s recently presented an iPad to Kathy Morgan of Guyton, Ga., the winner of the Parker’s September Text to Win Contest. “I’ve never won anything before,” enthused Morgan, who works as a purchasing agent at the

Scratch Ticket Scanning

PDI is incorporating patented technology from lottery gaming leader, GTECH Corp., into the latest version of its lottery inventory management features for the PDI/Store Assistant handheld. The c-store technology veteran is collaborating with GTECH in an effort to fully automate inventory tracking for scratch-off lottery tickets. PDI’s customers can use PDI/Store Assistant to scan serialized

Toasted Corn Center Snack

According to a recent study published by the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 42% of Americans will be obese by 2030; 87% of consumers are trying to eat healthier; 60% of Americans snack regularly and 54% of consumers want snacks that can be eaten on the go.  Enter Rocky Mountain Popcorn Co., a leader in

FJ Management to Acquire Majority Interest in Maverik

Maverik Executive Vice President Brad Call tells CSD the leadership team and direction of the company remains unchanged. By John Lofstock, Editor FJ Management Inc., formerly known as Flying J, reached a deal to acquire a majority interest in North Salt Lake City, Utah-based Maverik Inc. Maverik, which was founded nearly 60 years ago, has

Hess Toy Truck Now Available Online

Integrated marketing supports nationwide launch of 2012 Hess Toy Truck, making the toy available nationwide this holiday season. Hess Corp.’s Hess Toy Truck, a holiday tradition for 48 years on the East Coast, will be available for purchase online this year for the first time. Details of the 2012 Hess Toy Truck will be announced

Acumera Adds Senior Directors of Sales

Aggressive expansion of sales team to serve growing client base across the country. Acumera, a provider of trusted connection services for convenience stores, is expanding its sales team. The company has hired two new senior directors of sales, Tom Boldt and Dennis Jensen, who will help accommodate Acumera’s growing client base across the U.S. Boldt,

Scotsman Joins Women For Water Campaign

Scotsman support helps organization establish water and sanitation programs globally. Scotsman Ice Systems plans to donate a percentage of each healthcare unit sold to the Global Water Challenge’s newly-launched Women for Water campaign. The campaign is a global grassroots initiative that is dedicated to launching women-led water ventures, each of which is estimated to provide

Gulf Oil Providing Electricity Services In Massachusetts

As the official power supplier to Fenway Park, Gulf extends its service to residential and commercial customers across the Commonwealth. Gulf Oil’s Gulf Electricity services, which were first made available in Connecticut and Maine earlier this year, are now available to Massachusetts residential and commercial customers.  The expansion of Gulf Electricity into Massachusetts is part

Get Ready for The NACS Show

By Jim Callahan With the 2012 NACS Show now just days away, here are some tips, thoughts and reminders to enhance your NACS Show experience. Beyond the night life, parties, shows and the glitter of the Las Vegas lights lies, by far, the best and most comprehensive trade show and conference in the industry for

Parker’s Rolls Back PumpPal Gas Price

As a holiday gift to customers, PumpPal members get a 10-cent club price discount. Parker’s has officially rolled back gas prices for PumpPal members by 10 cents at all 27 Parker’s locations in Georgia and South Carolina through the end of the year as a special thank you to customers. The 10-cent club price discount