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Basic, Necessary, Affordable Business Insurance

Whether it’s a fire, a natural disaster or protecting yourself from slip-and-fall lawsuits, convenience store operators must have the proper coverage to protect their investments. By Mark E. Battersby, Contributing Editor. Can any convenience store chain, franchisee or independent gasoline marketer withstand the financial hit of a fire that results in a two-month shutdown of

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Securing the Back Office

From PCI compliance to loyalty programs, ensuring customers that their private information is secure and being used appropriately is essential in gaining their trust. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Consumers trust retailers with vital personal information every day. For their sake—and yours—protect it. It’s not as hard as some may fear. There are some basic

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Category Management Planning

By: John Matthews, founder of Gray Cat Enterprises. With the New Year upon us, planning for your annual merchandising and promotional schedule should be in place. For the multi-store operator, identifying the key initiatives for each of the merchandising categories is critical to remaining on plan (and on budget) throughout the year. Each category should

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8 Years, 244 Days

By: John Matthews, founder of Gray Cat Enterprises.  It is official. As of Dec. 5, Gray Cat Enterprises marks the longest consecutive stint in my background for one place. Gray Cat Enterprises hit eight years, 244 days old on Dec. 5, which now surpasses the time I spent at Little Caesars. It is hard to

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Speedway Raises Over $53 Million For Children’s Miracle Network

Donations up 5% over 2011. Through generous donations from its customers, vendors and employees, Speedway LLC contributed $6.4 million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 2012, propelling the company’s total fundraising to more than $53 million since 1991. Donations in 2012 were up 5% over the previous year and benefitted 17 member children’s hospitals. “Crossing

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Credit Card Appeal Delayed Until Fall

“It is important to note that if you do nothing, it will be presumed by the court that you accept the terms of the proposed settlement,” says NACS president. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Court has ruled that an appeal of the proposed swipe fee settlement that was announced July 13, 2012,

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Hunt Brothers Continues Four Race Primary Sponsorship

No. 33 Hunt Brothers Pizza to debut at the Texas Motor Speedway in April. Hunt Brothers Pizza will be the primary sponsor for four races with Richard Childress Racing’s new 2013 Chevrolet Camaro NASCAR Nationwide Racecar. Kevin Harvick will drive No. 33 at the Texas Motor Speedway on April 13, 2013. “We are eager for

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New Industry Report Offers Powerful Strategies

“The most important question for any organization is this: Are we changing as fast as the world around us?” says industry consultant. During a time when convenience organizations are struggling to remain relevant, while combating increasing competitive pressures and operating costs, poor human capital ROI, and customers whose loyalty is to the store selling the

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Roller Grills Go Global

It takes very little real estate to offer a world of flavors. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. A year and a half ago, Scott Zaremba removed all the roller grills from his Zarco 66 stores. “We weren’t doing a very good job of merchandising them, so they became almost an expense item for us,” the

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