Archives for October 2013

Gulf Oil Supports Breast Cancer Research

Gulf sponsors regional “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” fundraising walks throughout its 29-state service area. As part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Gulf Oil LP, the fastest growing branded marketer of energy products in the U.S., is bringing its national support for breast cancer research and awareness to new levels this year. 

Jamba Juice Adds Mobile Payment With Isis

Kicks off launch by giving away one million free smoothies. Jamba Juice Co. and Isis, the mobile commerce joint venture created by AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile US Inc. and Verizon Wireless, announced that the companies will give away up to one million free smoothies to U.S. consumers who tap to pay using their Isis Mobile Wallet.

Paper Gains to Arrest Retail Gasoline Price Slide

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric In the U.S. gasoline market, it’s not unusual for retail prices to slow or even reverse their September decline in October, underpinned by seasonal refinery maintenance which reduces output that, in turn, pressures crude prices. As the U.S. remains in political gridlock, unable to reach deals on

Kroger Announces Leadership Succession Plan

Ellis takes over as president and COO as McMullen takes the helm as CEO. The Kroger Co. has announced that Michael Ellis will be named president and chief operating officer, effective Jan. 1, 2014, completing the succession plan announced in September. The company expects its Board of Directors to elect Ellis to his new role

Cautious Consumers Trim Holiday Gift Giving Budgets

According to NRF Survey consumers are setting a modest budget for gifts while they wait to see how the U.S. economy fares the in coming months. Faced with continued economic uncertainty and used to doing more with less, consumers will take a conservative approach to spending this holiday season. According to NRF’s holiday consumer spending

Holiday Oil Adds LiftRetail

“LiftRetail provides leverage to our existing marketing programs and enabled us to implement an aspect of loyalty,” says vice president of operations. Holiday Oil of West Valley, Utah, has completed a chain wide rollout of VeriFone’s award winning in-store marketing solution, LiftRetail. LiftRetail uses POS-connected digital screens to engage each shopper with relevant offers and

Flash Foods Implements New Fuel Inventory Management Software

Simmons ClearView gives quick ROI for Flash Foods. Flash Food has rolled out Simmons ClearView to 170 c-store locations. ClearView provides continuous fuel inventory management software and services designed to track every drop of fuel through the tanks at the site.  In addition to stopping fuel losses, the system provides the ability to accurately reconcile

Unilever Donates One Million School Meals

Partners with The World Food Programme For World Food Day 2013. On World Food Day (Oct. 16), Unilever, through its Foods category and Food Solutions business, donated one million school meals through the Unilever Foundation to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to help end child hunger by improving the availability and nutritional quality

Brad Call Leads Slate of 2013-14 NACS Executive Committee Members

NACS announced the election of its 2013-14 Executive Committee during its Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Atlanta. Brad Call, general counsel and executive vice president of adventure culture at Utah-based Maverik Inc., was named the association’s 2013-14 chairman of the board. Call also chairs the NACS Executive Committee, which provides strategic

Atlas Oil Announces New President & Chief Operating Officer

Michael Evans to oversee day-to-day execution of the business in newly created role. Sam Simon, chairman and CEO of Atlas Oil Co., has announced the promotion of Michael Evans to the newly created position of President and Chief Operating Officer. Evans was executive vice president, real estate and business development. With this move, Simon will

Susser Provides Third Quarter 2013 Operating Results Update

Earnings conference call set for Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. ET. Susser Holdings Corp. and Susser Petroleum Partners LP provided partial operating results for the third quarter and first nine months of 2013. Susser Holdings expects to report:     Same-store merchandise sales growth of approximately 3.4% for the third quarter and 3.3% for the first

Hunt Brothers Brings Back Buffalo Chicken Pizza

“We were blown away with our customers’ response,” says vice president of marketing. Hunt Brothers Pizza is bringing back its highly popular buffalo chicken pizza twice in the same year. The spicy specialty pizza quickly becomes a fan favorite when it’s added to menus during limited-time promotional events. Because of consumer demand on social media,

NACS CEO Armour Outlines Focus Areas

NACS focuses on food, fuels and swipe fees. While many other retail channels struggle, the convenience store industry continues to thrive, with annual sales topping $700 billion—more than those of the grocery industry or restaurants. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t challenges, from demand destruction for gasoline and cigarettes to new regulations that challenge

NACS “Ideas 2 Go” DVD Now Available

During the Monday, Oct. 14, General Session at the NACS Show, attendees had the chance to learn about some of the cool new concepts retailers are using to boost success at their stores, during “Ideas 2 Go.” The “Ideas 2 Go” program showcases emerging concepts that redefine convenience—as well as quick takeaways that retailers could

NACS Recognizes 2013 Scholarship Winners

NACS scholarship winners were recognized during a reception in their honor on Monday, Oct. 14, at the NACS Show. The NACS Scholarship Program, created in memory of Jim Yates and David Erickson, recognizes those who are taking a similar path toward industry leadership through hard work, a commitment to learning, and the potential and determination

Consumer Pessimism Deepens Despite Gas Price Declines

Consumer pessimism continues to deepen despite a second straight month of gas price declines. Nearly one in four consumers (23%) say that they are “very pessimistic” about the economy, tied for the highest level measured this year, according the latest monthly NACS Consumer Fuels Survey. This is also the fourth month in row of increasing

Freedom Allows Retailers to Be Better, Says New NACS Chairman Brad Call

Innovation and adventure is nothing new to NACS 2013-14 Chairman Brad Call, whose family has embraced both for more than 80 years. Adventure is a part of his DNA—his title at Maverik is vice president of adventure culture—and is central to a number of company initiatives that he discussed today’s NACS Show general session in

Clark Brands Partners With Acumera

Acumera to provide next generation firewalls to Clark and Crown locations. Acumera has announced that it will provide managed network security for Clark Brands LLC, which licenses the Clark and Crown gasoline brands and provides credit card processing services to more than 1,100 petroleum retailers and fuel stations across the country. As a part of

Kangaroo Express Gallons for Good Program Raises $25K

BP, Marathon and Valero donated one penny to the ‘Salute Our Troops’ Campaign for every gallon purchased with a fuel rewards card at participating Kangaroo Express stores. The Pantry Inc. announced the results of the Gallons for Good program. To support the third annual Kangaroo Express Salute Our Troops campaign, fuel partners BP, Marathon and

Maverik Honored at CSD’s Chain of the Year Gala

Industry elite roast Brad Call, vice president of Adventure Culture for Maverik, as more than 200 retailers and suppliers honor the 2013 Convenience Store of the Year chain. “Maverik does such a great job. Imagine how good they could do if Brad worked more than 20 minutes a month,” joked Pat Lewis, president of Oasis

NACS Names Four New Retailer Members to Board of Directors

NACS announces the election of four retail members to serve on its Board of Directors. The new Board members were named to their positions during the NACS Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Atlanta. The NACS Show is ranked one of the 50 largest annual trade shows in the United States. The

Even Greater Success Is Possible, Says NACS Chairman Dave Carpenter

The convenience store industry has seen phenomenal success and growth while other channels have faced challenges, but even greater success may be possible as it continues to evolve, stressed 2013-2014 NACS Chairman Dave Carpenter before a standing-room-only general session audience at the NACS Show. “I don’t think it’s any stretch to say that many of

Bob Sears Leads New NACS Supplier Board

 Joe Vonder Haar, managing partner of iSEE Store Innovations Inc., named chair-elect. Bob Sears, director of trade & state relations and training & compliance for Altria Group Distribution Co., has been named 2013-14 chairman of the NACS Supplier Board. In addition, Joe Vonder Haar, managing partner of iSEE Store Innovations Inc., was named chair-elect and

Tantus Tobacco Launches New E-Cig

Tantus Tobacco has announced the launch of a ground-breaking new e-cig you will soon be able to offer your customers. The initial 24/7 product offering features two flavors—Classic and Frost Menthol—and customers will also have the freedom to choose either a disposable or rechargeable e-cig. The Tantus 24/7 line is the first to offer a

Core-Mark to Webcast Presentation From Wells Fargo Forum

Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, announced that it will Webcast its presentation from the Wells Fargo 2013 Convenience Store Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 beginning at 9:45 a.m. Eastern.  The live Webcast can be accessed at