Archives for February 2013

Shell Expands WINsday Promotion

Program to provide additional savings to Fuel Rewards Network cardholders when new driver Joey Logano wins. It’s a good year for “22.” Shell is bringing back its popular WINsday promotion for the third consecutive year to save Shell $aver Cardholders money on their fuel purchases. Every time 22-year-old Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22

Honey Farms Integrates With OpenStore by GasBuddy

“We can see what our customers need and want, and now have the ability to quickly react to those changing needs,” says Honey Farms’ executive vice-president. Honey Farms Inc., with 36 locations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, officially rolled out OpenStore earlier this month, and the free Honey Farms Inc. mobile app is worth the

Are Your Restrooms Ready?

From mystery shoppers to checklists, creating benchmarks for employees and evaluating their success can curb customer complaints. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. A Harris Interactive survey compiled in 2011 revealed that 94% of U.S. adults would avoid a business in the future if they encountered dirty restrooms.  And with foodservice infiltrating convenience stores at a

Brewing an Upscale Coffee Strategy

Consumers are trading up to higher margin, premium coffees and teas. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. While coffee remains the workhorse of the morning daypart, a growing number of consumers are looking for their cups to come with a pedigree. The New York-based National Coffee Association (NCA) reported that almost half (46%) of all cups

Industry Insights on Managing Your Managers

The Convenience Store Decisions case study series examines how experts in and around the industry identify and overcome challenging operating scenarios. By John Lofstock, Editor. Sometime late last year I sat down with several members of the Convenience Store Decisions Editorial Board looking for new ideas that could help our readers think outside the box

Energy Boost

XL Energy Drink, the vibrant and tasty, lightly-carbonated drink, hit the U.S. market in New York in 2006. Today, XL is represented in more than 50 countries all over the world, including the U.S., major European countries as well as in Africa and Latina America, selling over 130 million cans per year. In January XL

Best in Class Ice Machines

Hoshizaki America Inc. was recognized by Foodservice Equipment Reports Publication as Best in Class for Ice Machines for the 4th consecutive year by operators. Hoshizaki has won the last six of seven years.  In previous years, Hoshizaki has won Best in Class by both operators and consultants in the Ice Machine category.  Hoshizaki is committed

Mac’s Acquires Dickerson Petroleum

Deal includes 29 company-operated assets and 29 wholesale assets. Alimentation Couche-Tard’s wholly-owned indirect subsidiary, Mac’s Convenience Stores LLC, has acquired Belleville, Ill.-based Dickerson Petroleum Inc. & Retail Entities. Dickerson operates retail and wholesale assets in three states:  Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma.  The company’s assets purchased by Couche-Tard include 29 company-operated retail units and 29 wholesale

The Fuels Institute Announces Board of Directors

The Fuels Institute plans to commission and publish comprehensive, fact-based research projects that address the issues identified by affected stakeholders. The Fuels Institute has announced its Board of Directors, the election of officers and the appointment of its executive director. Incorporated last week in Virginia, the Fuels Institute is a non-profit, research-oriented think tank dedicated

New Austin 7-Eleven Franchisee’s American Dream

A photo-op with vice president Dan Quayle changed Phuong Duong’s life.             New 7-Eleven franchisee Phuong Duong ‘s journey to become an independent business owner may be longer than most, beginning almost 30 years ago in war-torn Vietnam and a treacherous boat ride to Malaysia in 1985 with her parents and two siblings. By way

States Propose Cigarette and Tobacco Tax Changes

Six states look to either increase or decrease taxes on tobacco products. A number of new legislative bills proposed since Feb. 12, 2013 are seeking to alter cigarette and/or tobacco tax rates, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets noted. The following has been proposed: Hawaii:  House Bill No. 657 and Senate Bill No. 492 would

Boost Automotive Sales

The newest easy-to-use, low-cost vehicle solution from Bar’s Leaks is formulated to offer multiple benefits for engine cooling systems. Bar’s Leaks Cooling System Repair not only stops coolant leaks and antifreeze loss, it also prevents overheating and corrects other cooling system problems to protect against future breakdowns and costly cooling system repairs. Most leaks stop

New Crème Cookies

Leveraging the popularity of peanut butter and chocolate, the Kellogg Co. has introduced new Keebler Pitter Patter Crème Cookies to the Convenience Channel. These delightful new cookies are available in two distinct flavors: Peanut Butter Crème and Chocolate & Peanut Butter Crème. The product is packed eight cookies in a single serve roll, with eight

Pennsylvania Governor Fights For Liquor Law Change

Pennsylvania and Utah are the only states that continue to run a monopoly on alcohol sales since Prohibition was repealed in 1933. Lt. Governor Jim Cawley announced last week that the time has come to get government out of the business of selling alcohol and put it in private hands, providing consumers with greater convenience

Car Wash Industry Boasts 2012 Growth

Wash Count program allows the International Carwash Association to help operators evaluate their business against national data. Data supplied by retail car wash locations through the International Carwash Association’s Wash Count program showed that the U.S. car wash industry continues to recover with the overall economy, posting gains in both average car washes per location

Gilbarco, PayPal Simplify Pump Payments

More c-stores will now be able to offer mobile and digital payments. Gilbarco Veeder-Root is working with PayPal on digital payment and other mobile solutions to be offered to Gilbarco customers worldwide. The initial effort will launch the PayPal payment capability to retailers with Passport point-of-sale. Future developments will bring PayPal solutions to Gilbarco’s growing

M&M'S Snack Mix Named Product of the Year

50,000 Shoppers Select M&M’S Brand Snack Mix as most innovative product in the candy & snacks category. Mars Chocolate North America announced M&M’S Brand Snack Mix was named the 2013 Product of the Year in the candy and snacks category by Product of the Year USA.  The brand accepted the award during a special ceremony

Sustainability Award Winner

Frigoglass, for the third consecutive time, was awarded at the Greek scheme of the European Business Awards for the Environment organized by the Greek Association of Environmental Protection Cos., under the auspices of the European Union. Frigoglass received the 2nd prize in the “product” category for the EcoCantina, a turnkey solution that is a result

Home Beverage Carbonation System

Campbell Soup Co. and SodaStream International Ltd. announced an agreement to license Campbell’s V8 Splash and V8 V-Fusion brands for the SodaStream home beverage carbonation system. SodaStream is a manufacturer and distributor of home beverage carbonation systems, which transform tap water into sparkling water and soda. The system includes a soda maker, a CO2 carbonator,

NACS Leadership Tackles Retail Challenges with Real Time Solutions

Customer engagement, the future of payment technologies, alternative fuels and the new legislative landscape highlight the 2013 Leadership Conference in Miami. By John Lofstock, Editor Convenience store retailers not in touch with the needs of their customers risk far more than losing repeat business and sales. They risk extinction as customers gravitate toward chains that

BP Introduces New Loyalty Program

Rewards drivers with ongoing cents-per-gallon fuel savings. On April 3, BP is launching an exciting new loyalty program called BP Driver Rewards that offers consumers a smarter way to save money on quality fuel. The program, available at participating sites within BP’s East of the Rockies footprint, rewards consumers with cents-per-gallon fuel savings just for

VPS and ExxonMobil Donate To Local Schools

VPS Convenience Store Group gives 61 local schools over $30,000 in math and science grants through ExxonMobil Educational Alliance. VPS Convenience Store Group and the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program have partnered together to award $30,500 in grant funding to 61 schools throughout the southeast service area to support math and science education. This year’s grant

NCA Welcomes Sugar Reform Act

Outdated sugar policy places a burden not only on the confectionery industry, but also on consumers, says NCA. Today the National Confectioners Association (NCA) welcomed the introduction of the Sugar Reform Act, bipartisan legislation that would bring modest reforms to the Depression-era U.S. sugar program. The bill, introduced in the House by Reps. Joe Pitts

Simply Orange Blends

Simply Orange Juice Co. is once again setting the standard for great taste with new Simply Orange and Simply Lemonade varieties.  These fresh tasting, not-from-concentrate blends offer the premium and distinctive quality for which Simply Beverages are famous. Recently launched Simply Orange with Tangerine and Simply Orange with Banana will join the Simply Orange blend

Sheetz Hits Milestone of 50 Stores in North Carolina

New store opens today in Wake Forest.            Sheetz Convenience Restaurants will open its 50th North Carolina store this morning in Wake Forest at 1895 South Franklin Street.  Executive Vice President Louie Sheetz will cut the ribbon together with the new store team, town and county officials at an 11a.m. grand opening celebration. The retailer entered