Archives for 2012

Study Examines Ways To Prevent Teen Smoking

Researchers “found no support that banning tobacco ads throughout the store would discourage kids from trying to purchase cigarettes,” according to the study’s author. U.S. teens are much less likely to buy cigarettes if they are hidden from view, new research suggests. The study tracked the purchases of a group of adolescents as they “shopped”

Small Business Management

By: John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Running a small business has its share of ups and downs. When I launched Gray Cat Enterprises nearly nine years ago, running my own small business has been both rewarding and challenging. Gray Cat has enabled me to establish greater balance in my life

Kum & Go CEO Named Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Finalist

Kyle Krause honored as 2012 Retail and Consumer Products Award finalist. Kyle Krause, President and CEO of Kum & Go, L.C., has been named one of the nation’s top four finalists for the prestigious Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Retail and Consumer Products Award. Earlier this year, Krause was named the

Candy Ranks As Top Adult Snack Purchase

Chips and fresh fruit follow candy as top seasonal snack purchases. Visions of sugar plums and all other types of candies are dancing in the heads of not only children but adults too during the winter holiday season, according to a holiday snacking report by The NPD Group, a global information and advisory services company.

Cumberland Farms To Award Believe and Achieve Scholarships

“At Cumberland Farms, we are committed to helping young people fulfill their dreams of entering college,” says president of the Cumberland Farms Retail Division. Cumberland Farms is reminding high school seniors across its service area that the Dec. 15, 2012 application deadline for the company’s popular Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program is right around the

Self-Service Kiosks

By: John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Self-service kiosks continue to be a growing trend in retailing and is expected to accelerate over the years.  By the end of 2012, nearly 2 million self-serve kiosks will be in place, and savvy retailers should consider capitalizing on this trend.  This exploding industry

Local Store Marketing: Employee Recognition

By: John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Looking for a way to invigorate your store staff and sales? Employee peer recognition is often more influential among your workers than achieving actual prizes or monetary rewards.  Developing ongoing peer recognition programs will keep your employees excited about their jobs and their enthusiasm

Dunkin' Donuts To Open In 12 New Airport Locations

Dunkin’ Donuts’ Trip Planner allows holiday travelers to map all of the Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants along their road trip. With the number of airline tickets sold for Christmas and New Year’s already up more than 50% from last year, Dunkin’ Donuts is prepared for the rush of travelers stopping by to fuel up at its

BP Banned From New Federal Contracts

EPA suspends BP and its affiliates due to 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill, following plea agreement. The U.S. government has banned BP Plc from taking new federal contracts over its “lack of business integrity” in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Reuters reported. The suspension, announced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), follows BP’s Nov. 15

VeriFone Initiates Play at the Pump Lottery

First U.S. lottery ticket receipt printed at gas dispenser in Greater Minneapolis area in November. VeriFone Systems Inc. has announced the first U.S. lottery ticket sale at the fuel pump was printed at a Greater Minneapolis area convenience store and gas station in November. Lottery sales at the pump and other self-service locations represent a

Foodservice Sales Soar

More than half of today’s consumers pick up snacks from prepared-food sections of convenience stores or mini-marts. Foodservice is a key area of opportunity for convenience stores. As revenues from gasoline and tobacco products fall, foodservice sales are increasingly becoming convenience stores’ most profitable category. C-store foodservice is an $11 billion industry and the second

NCR To Acquire Retalix

Acquisition of Retalix will position NCR as the innovation leader delivering a world-class portfolio of hardware, software and services offerings for the retail industry. NCR Corp. has announced a definitive agreement for NCR to acquire Retalix Ltd., a global provider of innovative retail software and services, for a cash purchase price of $30 per Retalix

Know Thy Customer….Or At Least Be Able to Reach Them!

By: John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. The conversation usually starts like this: “So, do you know your customer?” “Of course, I know my customers, most by name.” “Great, let’s communicate to them that you have a sale this weekend.” “[cricket sounds]” Call me a pragmatist, but this is a typical

Greg Ehrlich And Christopher Beem Join Englefield Oil Co.

“We can’t wait to get Chris and Greg working together. Collectively they bring energy, experience and abilities that will challenge us to rethink everything from strategy to execution,” says Englefield co-president. A new chapter is set to begin at Englefield Oil, Ohio’s largest privately-owned, company-operated chain of convenience stores, Convenience Store Decisions has learned. The 51-year-old

Red Buck Soft Tip Cigars

Tantus Tobacco, a company dedicated to bringing high-quality, value-priced filtered cigars, tipped cigars,  cigarettes and pipe tobacco to the market, has added Red Buck Soft Tip (ST) Cigars to its product line. Four flavors are available in 10 count packs: Full Flavor, Menthol, Cherry and Blueberry. For More Information From Tantus Tobacco

Sheetz Upgrades Lighting

Sheetz goes LED, cuts energy costs in half.   More than 130 Sheetz locations now feature state-of-the-art LED lighting by Cree Inc. The installation of energy-efficient Cree interior and exterior lighting at Sheetz retail gasoline locations is delivering a 45% reduction in energy costs for interior lighting and 50-55% reduction in exterior lighting compared to

Quick Chek Hires Better With JobApp

Finds store managers at its 130 stores, saving hours per week and hiring better candidates with  talent management solution. Named among New Jersey’s Best Places to Work in each of the past three years, 130-store retailer Quick Chek puts a top value on its more than 3,000 team members. So when the Quick Chek looked

Jones & Frank Markets Vendgogh’s Gas Island Vending

Strategic partnership helps bring cold drinks to gas-only customers.   Vendgogh, the provider of Gas Island Vending Solutions has entered into a strategic partnership with Jones & Frank (J&F). J&F is a solution integrator to convenience stores in 16 states along the entire Eastern seaboard, and a Gilbarco distributor, which plans to market, install and

Renewable Fuel Standard To Cost Chain Restaurants Billions

National Council of Chain Restaurants urges RFS repeal. The National Council of Chain Restaurants (NCCR) has released a new, comprehensive report on the impact of federal ethanol policies, specifically the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), on the chain restaurant industry, commodity prices and the food supply chain. The 32-page report, which can

Kocolene Development Corp. Announces Promotions

Andrea Myers takes the helm of Kocolene Marketing LLC, a subsidiary of Kocolene Development, as the new president. Gary Myers, president and CEO of Kocolene Development Corp., an employee-owned company, recently announced three company promotions. Andrea Myers has been named president of Kocolene Marketing LLC, a subsidiary of Kocolene Development, effective Oct. 1, 2012. Myers

Stripes Partners with Apache Corp.

Natural gas fueling to be available at west Texas locations. Stripes LLC, a subsidiary of Susser Holdings Corp., is partnering with Apache Corporation to add natural gas fueling dispensers at selected Stripes convenience store locations. Initially, compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling capability will be available at two Stripes locations in the Midland, Texas area. “Adding

Pilot Flying J Launches New Dining Experience

A new breakfast bar and a hot soup bar greet customers. After answering the question, “Where can I stop for fuel?” Pilot Flying J has developed a new answer to another important question drivers on the road ask on a long drive: “Where can I get a good meal?” In another enhancement to its already

Atlas Oil Hosting 6th Annual SANG Base Holiday Party

Atlas Cares honors military members and their families with a holiday event. Atlas Oil Co.’s charitable arm, Atlas Cares, is holding its 6th Annual Selfridge Air National Guard Base (SANGB) Holiday Party. This event is held each year to honor and recognize the men and women who fight for our freedom. This year, the entire

McShan Florist Gains CNG Dispenser

 Wayne Technology helps site owners take advantage of fleet fuel savings. Wayne has announced the first installation of its CNG (compressed natural gas) dispenser with in-dispenser payment capabilities (i.e. pay-at-the-pump). The Austin, Texas-manufactured dispenser is installed at a McShan florist site in Dallas, Texas, which is a CNG Texas brand fueling station. In addition to

NY, NJ Fuel Markets Continue Recovery from Sandy

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline costs, including in the New York metropolitan market, eased coming into the final week of November. The decline comes as the post Sandy recovery for the region’s fuel infrastructure continues, with the final refinery shut ahead of the super storm expected to return to