Archives for September 2013

Seasonal Hiring Survey Predicts More Jobs Than Last Year

Increased hiring driven by strong sales forecast. It’s shaping up to be a happy holiday for job seekers looking for a seasonal job, according to the sixth-annual survey commissioned by Snagajob, America’s largest hourly employment marketplace for job seekers and employers. The 2013 forecast indicates that more seasonal jobs should be available this year than

Gasoline Futures Contract Tumbles to Nine-Month Low

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The nearest delivered New York Mercantile Exchange gasoline futures contract, known by the acronym RBOB, slide Sept. 17 to its lowest point since mid-December 2012, trading down to the mid-$2.60s before rallying a dime from a near double bottom low Sept. 18 after the Federal Reserve announced

Swipe Fee Rules Remain Pending Appeal

Merchants can breathe a sigh of relief as the ruling means fees won’t skyrocket. The U.S. Federal Reserve’s rules for debit-card swipe fees are set to stay the same while the Fed appeals U.S. District Judge Richard Leon’s July 31 ruling that the Fed didn’t have the authority to set a 21-cent cap on debit-card

Kangaroo Express “Salute Our Troops” Campaign Raises Nearly $2.7 Million

Donations from Kangaroo Express store guests will benefit the USO, Fisher House Foundation and other military support organizations. The Pantry Inc. announced its third annual summer-long Kangaroo Express “Salute Our Troops” fundraising campaign has raised nearly $2.7 million, bringing the total to $8.4 million raised over the past three summers. From Independence Day through Labor

Kum & Go Donates $15,000 to American Red Cross

Helps communities affected by Colorado flooding. Kum & Go is joining forces with the American Red Cross to support ongoing disaster relief efforts in Colorado. The convenience retailer is making a $15,000 donation to help people and communities affected by the recent floods. In addition to the donation, Kum & Go is working hard to

Atlas Oil Awards Grand Prize in Summer Road Rally Promotion

The promotion generated nearly 3,500 entries into the contest. Atlas Oil Co. awarded a Grand Prize of a two-year lease on a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro LS to Patrick Morgan of Grosse Isle, Mich. as part of the company’s 2013 Summer Road Rally Promotion Wednesday evening. The other finalists were awarded with $50 Marathon Gift Cards.

Nice N Easy Awards Linda Nelson Memorial Scholarship to Seven Students

The award is in memory a Nice N Easy store manager who passed away suddenly from cancer in 2001. Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes has awarded Linda Nelson Memorial Scholarships to seven local students. Established by President, Founder & CEO John MacDougall, the award is in memory of Linda Nelson, a spirited Nice N Easy

Cold & Flu Relief Display

Lil’ Drug Store Products has introduced DayQuil Severe Cold & Flu Relief Caplets from Vicks, The No. 1 Cold & Flu brand.  Procter & Gamble and Lil’ Drug Store Products’ latest floor stand/power wing display is designed to maximize incremental sales during cold/flu season, providing relief to consumers both day and night. A mix of

Recovering from Hurricane Sandy

7-Eleven franchisee Tom El-Dalati lost his flagship store in last year’s superstorm. One year later the struggle to rebuild his business continues . By Dave Hochman, Contributing Editor. Nearly one year ago, Hurricane Sandy slammed into the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states leaving a stream of destruction and chaos for homes and businesses. Extreme winds, devastating

The Silent War Against Retail

Within the past six weeks, documents outlining New York City’s secret war against electronic tobacco were leaked to the public. The contents of the documents are hardly surprising given New York’s recent assault on items sold in convenience stores, fast-food restaurants and supermarkets. The documents were leaked by the Consumer Advocates for Smoke-free Alternatives Association

Evaluating Your Team Members

Frontline employees remain the crucial connection between your brand and your customers. You must have faith that they are representing your company in a positive manner. By Jim Callahan. I read recently that with the improvement in the economy, employee turnover in the convenience store business is back on the rise. This follows a couple

Enmark Celebrates 50 Years

With a strong commitment to foodservice and customer service, the Savannah, Ga. convenience store chain is preparing to debut its larger-format prototype locations. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Enmark Stations Inc. is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and preparing its business for the next 50, with new larger format stores, remodeled retail graphics and

Cumberland Farms Awards Scholarships

More than 900 students have earned financial awards from the convenience store chain since it launched the Believe and Achieve program seven years ago. Cumberland Farms is awarding a total of $130,000 in Believe and Achieve Scholarships to 130 high school seniors from 11 states to assist them with college fees this fall.  Now in

Stripes Celebrates Ribbon Cutting

Presents donation to Texas Children’s Hospital Mobile Clinic. Stripes Convenience Stores have announced the grand opening of the newest Stripes Convenience Store in Spring, Texas. Stripes is hosting a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony beginning at noon on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at 25510 Kuykendahl Spring, Texas. The grand opening celebration will be

Nice N Easy Partners With Ronald McDonald House

“Some of our employees have had to utilize the House in the past, and we found it necessary to help in the building of the organization’s new home,” says Nice N Easy CEO. Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes has proudly partnered with the central New York (CNY) Ronald McDonald House. President and CEO John MacDougall

NATSO Welcomes Paragon Solutions As Chairman’s Circle Member

“Paragon Solutions consistently takes projects to a higher level than originally anticipated with correlating results thereafter,” says NATSO’s chairman of the board. NATSO, the national association representing America’s truckstops and travel plazas, is excited to announce that retail design and consulting firm Paragon Solutions has joined NATSO as a Chairman’s Circle member—the highest membership level

Dallas Drivers Turn Everyday Purchases into Fuel Savings at Shell

Now drivers can save every time they fill up at Shell with the Fuel Rewards Network Program in Dallas.            Now paying less for fuel is more than just a dream, it is a reality for Fuel Rewards Network (FRN) Members. Since the Fuel Rewards Network program launch in June 2012, drivers across the country have

Hispanic Consumers Crucial To Adult Beverage Industry

Technomic study shows Hispanic spirits, wine and beer preferences and purchase habits will influence trends. At nearly 33 million, U.S. Hispanics of legal drinking age (LDA) are important adult beverage consumers, and their influence will expand rapidly. By 2015, Hispanics will account for 15% of the total U.S. LDA population. By 2045, one-quarter of the

Everyday Shops and Cafes’ BP Sites Donate $12,500

Support community health through the BP Fueling Communities Program. Everyday Shops and Cafes, a convenience store chain owned and operated by GPM Investments, presented $12,500 in grants to Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation to support community health initiatives in Charlottesville, Va., thanks to the BP Fueling Communities Program. “It is our privilege to work with our

Jim Yates Memorial Charity Golf Tournament Aids Communities

Some $185,000 is donated to charities in the areas where E-Z Mart serves.   E-Z Mart Stores Inc. kicked off its 23rd Annual Jim Yates Memorial Charity Golf Tournament on Sept. 16, 2013 at the Texarkana Country Club.  Approximately $185,000 was raised from the one day event. The tournament had 240 players take part in

Hershey and Barry Callebaut Build Primary School In Cote d’Ivoire

Cocoa-growing region gains rural school that will provide educational facilities and nutrition and health support for more than 150 children. Addressing a critical community need in the western cocoa-growing region of Côte d’Ivoire, The Hershey Co. and Barry Callebaut announced the completion of a primary school, community and farmer training center. Located in the Abokro,

NAG Conference Wraps Up In Music City

Held Sept. 15-17, the National Advisory Group brings retailers together to build profits and relationships. The 2013 National Advisory Group (NAG) conference, which kicked off on Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville, ended Tuesday with a golf outing at Hillwood Country Club. On Tuesday, Sept. 17, the morning sessions included a

IRI Research Examines How Americans Eat

Consumers who eat on the run represent $90 billion market. Information Resources Inc. (IRI) recently conducted extensive research into the daily eating habits of Americans and found that the age-old image of a family seated around the dining room table enjoying a home-cooked meal is falling by the wayside. While 79% of Americans are planners

Sunoco Relamps High-Rise Signage

Partners with Action Services Group. Sunoco Inc. has partnered with Action Services Group, which will provide sign relamping services, plus location asset-survey services, for their retail high-rise signs across specified locations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. The retail high-rise signs, ranging in height from 35-to-70 feet, will have all lamps and

Kangaroo Express Hosts Roo Run 5K At Jacksonville Zoo

Funds will help fulfill the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. The Pantry Inc. is hosting a Roo Run 5K race through the Jacksonville Zoo to raise funds for Give Kids The World Village (GKTW), a 70-acre, non-profit “storybook” village in central Florida that provides cost-free, weeklong vacations for children with life-threatening illnesses and their