Archives for January 2013

Eco-Friendly Cleaners

JAWS International Ltd., a technology company committed to protecting the environment and making innovative products to that end, has introduced JAWS cleaners. JAWS cleaners is a line of nontoxic cleaners in reusable bottles that come with a 2.5-inch refill cartridge attached. Customers use up the main bottle, then refill the bottle with tap water, insert

Legislative Update on Cigarette Graphic Warning Labels

Thomas Briant, executive director of the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO), discussed the future of cigarette retailing in convenience stores. By John Lofstock, Editor. While cigarettes have long been a staple at U.S. convenience stores, accounting for millions in pack and cartons sales and boosting the profits from the average smoker’s market basket, it remains

Shell, Pennzoil Extend Alliance With Penske Corp.

The alliance allows Shell to expand within motorsports and other businesses, notes Shell Oil Co. president. Penske Corp. and Shell have confirmed a multi-year extension of their ongoing alliance in North America. As part of the agreement, Shell and Pennzoil will continue sponsoring Penske Racing entries in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the IZOD

Tedeschi Food Shops Honored By Social Media Award

Tedeschi responds to CSD’s first annual social media awards. Tedeschi Food Shops noted it is honored to be the recipient of the Convenience Store Decisions’ Facebook Growth Award. The Tedeschi Food Shops Facebook Fan Page grew 1,663% in 2012. “Serving and delighting our customers is our passion. Social media allows us to engage our customers

7-Eleven Inc. Selling 20 Sites

7-Eleven is selling three convenience stores and 17 convenience stores with gas in western and Upstate New York. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC is handling the sealed bid sale of the properties. The stores are being sold without brand and with or without fuel supply.  The sites are located in Albion, Batavia, Bath, Buffalo,

MAPCO, U.S. Postal Service Partner

“The business partnership we’ve established with MAPCO is a real win for the community,” says USPS spokesperson. Mailing a letter in Memphis just got easier. MAPCO convenience stores recently teamed with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to offer four new contracted postal units in Memphis, the Memphis Business Journal reported. The units aim to provide

Green Zebra Stores To Debut In Portland

The smaller-format grocery stores plan to emphasize convenience and healthy foods. With a 25-year track regard in the grocery business, Lisa Sedlar, who stepped down as CEO of New Seasons Markets two months ago, is planning a new venture called Green Zebra Grocery, according to KGW Online. The first Zebra location is set to open

Butcher Wrapped Burritos

El Monterey has introduced new packaging fi lm for its eight-ounce Butcher Wrapped Burritos. The polyester laminate fi lm is dual ovenable and self-venting, offering superior heat and hold capabilities and ensuring food  safety. The four popular El Monterey Butcher Wrapped Burritos include two AM and two all day flavors: Egg, Sausage, Potato and Cheese

Cash Automated Solutions

Brink’s U.S. has announced its newest retail cash room automation solution designed to optimize retailers’ in-store and corporate cash flow. The system also helps retailers focus on the core issue of turnover by combining leading in-store hardware currency and coin recyclers with advanced information systems. These services drive efficiencies, lower in-store risk and optimize cash

New Products Fuel Energy Drink Sales

A handful of big brands own the  market, but they’re not resting on their laurels as new players enter the arena with new flavors and formats. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. The company whose name is synonymous with energy drinks worldwide is still showing that it is bullish on the American market. For the first

Improving Customer Service in the New Year

As the calendar turns to 2013, convenience store retailers should embrace the challenge of exceeding their customers’ expectations. By Jim Callahan. Let’s face it, the great majority of us struggle miserably to drive sales during the very first week of each New Year. Here’s a resolution that every retailer can wrap his arms around—one that

Bolla Means Business

The New York City marketer is thriving with 44 convenience stores, an upscale foodservice offering and a new organic coffee program. By John Lofstock, Editor. The Brooklyn Nets? Fugetaboutit. New York City’s largest borough is celebrating the growth of a convenience store chain it can call its very own. That’s because Bolla Management Corp. hasn’t

Curved Display Case

Hatco’s new Flav-R-Savor Curved Display Case presents your food perfectly. This sleekly designed, heated display showcases food from all angles, accommodates a variety of pan sizes, and is ideal for adding a profitable hot food station to your operation. Call your Hatco sales contact today. For More Information From

Craft Beer Sales Set To Triple By 2017

“Despite the variety of beer releases created by craft breweries, craft beers are not yet everyday beer choices for most drinkers due to a lack of understanding about their taste profiles,” a Mintel beverage analyst noted. While the economic downturn has affected consumer spending across many sectors, craft and craft-style beers are defying recessionary trends

Former PMAA Chairman Clark Houghton Passes Away

A 50-year veteran of the petroleum industry, Houghton began his career as an engineer for Shell Oil Co. 1999 PMAA Chairman Clark Houghton died peacefully, Jan. 18, 2013, near his home in Osage Beach, Mo., PMAA reported Clark was a 50-year veteran of the petroleum industry having begun his career as an engineer for Shell

Convenience Store Count Reaches 149,220

The convenience retailing industry continues to be dominated by single-store operators, which now account for 62.9% of all convenience stores. The U.S. convenience store count increased to a record 149,220 stores as of Dec. 31, 2012, a 0.7% increase (1,094 stores) from the year prior, according to the 2013 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count. The

Coke Offers Interactive Commercial Campaign

Fans choose who wins the Coke, during Big Game commercial series. During the most hotly contested gridiron game next month, teams on the quest for the ultimate refreshment will be battling online rather than on the field. This year, Coca-Cola is “gamifying” the Big Game. Through an unprecedented second screen experience, fan engagement within digital,

Flavored Iced Coffee

Wolfgang Puck Iced Coffee offers four fl avors created by Chef Wolfgang Puck and Executive Pastry Chef Sherry Yard at Spago, Beverly Hills: Cafe au Lait, Crème Caramel, Double Mocha and Vanilla. The iced coffee has only 120 calories, is organic and cold brewed, a process which eliminates the bitter taste coffee can have. Statistics

Unbreakable Steel Mirrors

Industrial Reflections, a Michigan–based mirror company provides unbreakable, highly-polished, chrome-plated, carbon steel mirrors, ideal for c-store restrooms, foodservice areas, etc. These unbreakable mirrors reflect true to image color and size. Many of the durable qualities of these steel mirrors provide for a best solution where vandalism or harsh conditions exist. These unbreakable steel mirrors are

Connecting with the Community

Chevron is gaining momentum through its corporate social responsibility initiatives and a growing loyalty program with Safeway. We increasingly hear that corporate social responsibility has become a business imperative. Not only do responsible and transparent approaches help build brand and reputation, they help strengthen the community and, therefore, the marketplace. A solid business plan, embedded

KickBack Points, Pester Marketing and Conoco Sending Loyalty Cardholder to Super Bowl XLVII

Chris Park, a KickBack customer from Denver, wins two tickets to the Super Bowl, roundtrip airfare for two, four nights hotel in New Orleans and much more as part of the loyalty company’s annual Super Bowl giveaway. Membership has its privileges. Chris Park, a loyal Conoco and KickBack Points customer from Denver, has won KickBack

Parker’s Completes Integration To PriceAdvantage And OpenStore

Expands customer loyalty marketing with managed fuel pricing. Parker’s has successfully deployed the integration of PriceAdvantage fuel price management and OpenStore media marketing at its 29 convenience stores. Parker’s stores also utilize PriceAdvantage to feed price changes to the VeriFone POS systems, pump, and Skyline electronic price signs with the one click technology that is

Gasoline Prices Stirred Higher on Optimism

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The American Petroleum Institute (API), the Washington, DC-based trade organization for the oil and gas industry, on Jan. 18 said at 8.7 million bpd U.S. gasoline deliveries in 2012 fell to their lowest level in 11 years, while down 0.4% compared with 2011. During 2012, gasoline demand

Natural American Spirit Launches ‘Field to Table’ Program

“From Field to Table was specifically designed to be an earth-friendly program that helps sustain local agriculture while providing food for the hungry,” says SFNRC director of sustainability. As a manufacturer of all-natural, 100% additive-free tobacco products, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. (SFNTC) has worked hard to earn its reputation as a strong steward of

Controlling Cash Dispensing

Multi Choice Cash (MCC) has developed a safe, quick and easy way of cash dispensing: the Multi Safe. The Multi Safe gives the owner of a business complete control of cash on hand with the use of a smartphone. The Multi Safe’s quick release cassettes are easy to move, load and insert without cumbersome accessories