CST Brands Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2013 Results

“I couldn’t be prouder of our team coming together to help grow our company and bring value to our shareholders, says CEO of CST Brands. CST Brands Inc. reported financial results for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2013. “Our company delivered strong year-over-year earnings growth,” said Kim Bowers, chairman and CEO of CST Brands.

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Sunshine Expands MegaPath Service To More Than 200 Stations

“Starting with an initial 70-location implementation, MegaPath helped us build a superior, secure credit-card operations network with a solution that covers all our bases,” says vice president of Sunshine Gasoline Distributors.             MegaPath Corp is now delivering broadband, Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS), Wireless Failover and Managed Security Services to Sunshine Gas Distributors’ 140 additional

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Parker’s Donates To Effingham County Schools

“We’re deeply committed to giving back to every community where Parker’s does business,” says CEO of Parker’s. Parker’s has presented a $3,000 Fueling the Community check to Effingham County Schools at Guyton Elementary School in Guyton, Ga. The unrestricted donation is part of a larger unrestricted charitable contribution to area schools in Georgia and South

Core-Mark Announces Increase in Quarterly Cash Dividend

“The second annual increase in our dividend reflects the company’s strong financial position and management’s assessment of the company’s future,” notes Core-Mark CEO. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. has announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.22 per common share, an increase of $0.03 per share.  The dividend is payable

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Promoting Responsible Tobacco Retailing

The We Card program begins its 18th year with a new program to educate retailers on e-cigarette restrictions. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. The We Card program is now celebrating its 18th year of providing training and educational materials to retailers on state and federal tobacco restrictions. The ubiquitous program is widely recognized by its

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Dissecting the Initial Stages of the M&A Process

A checklist of tips and steps to ensure success for convenience store and petroleum marketers of all sizes. By Mark Radosevich. Sane business people from outside our industry would surely find the daily challenges of petroleum marketers unimaginable, bordering on total lunacy. Layered on top of generally low and inconsistent fuel margins are a litany

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Foodservice Best and Worst Practices

Discipline and accountability are key factors in executing your brand’s message. Have an action plan developed and stay focused on your end result. By Betsi Bixby. The most profitable retail chains we did market business valuations for this year all had one thing in common: great foodservice results. The least profitable chains (and units) either

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Four Ways to Counter the Costs of Disaster

Why do so many businesses fail after disaster? The answer often lies in a failure to understand the true costs of the disaster. By Lucien Canton. Disasters are complex and there are many levels of concern that could affect a business. The most obvious is the physical damage produced by a storm or earthquake. One

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Keeping Your Star Employees

While it seems logical that chains would retain their best workers, here are the top 10 ways the c-store industry gets its best people to quit. By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics. Now that job security is of prime importance to job seekers nationwide, the industry’s ability to weather this latest economic storm would be an

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Is Your Social Media Strategy Working?

Following seven key steps can help all retailers leverage social media marketing to drive real results.By Natalie Henley. Investing in marketing campaigns can be a nerve-wracking decision for many small- and medium-sized businesses. CEOs and marketing directors know that when you have limited resources, you must be strategic with your budget, and every marketing investment

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E-Cigarettes: A Win for Retail Sales and Public Health

Proving that e-cigarettes are safer than traditional cigarettes is a relatively new challenge, but numerous studies and scientific research supports the claim. By Gregory Conley. There is no question that electronic cigarettes have become a major disruptive force in the tobacco industry. Every quarter brings new reports that big tobacco companies have experienced larger-than-expected declines

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The Upside of E-Cigarettes

While anti-tobacco lobbyists claim that more studies need to be done on e-cigarettes, they can’t refute science. A single e-cigarette cartridge contains nine tobacco specific nitrosamines (TSNA) where a single full-flavored cigarette contains about 11,190 or 1,300 times more. By Tom Kiklas. Whenever I hear people ask whether or not electronic cigarettes are safe or

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RAMP Show Schools Retailers On Mobility

Retailers came together at the RAMP Show to discuss how they are incorporating mobile payments and loyalty and what the future holds in this new space.   The Retail Ramp (Advanced Commerce & Mobile Retail Services Summit) Show drew retailers from all channels to Chicago’s McCormick Place from Oct. 28-30, to share the latest trends,

TravelCenters of America Opens New Petro Stopping Center

New location in Pearsall, Texas offers numerous full-service professional driver amenities, including Wi-Fi, CAT weigh scale, and ATM, check cashing and TripPak services. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the acquisition and rebranding of the newest Petro, located at I-35, Exit 101 (110

Denmark Station Owners Mark 16 Years with CITGO

After more than a decade, couple to pass c-store business to nephews. Merle and Pat Kulhanek’s CITGO C-Mart station on State Highway 29 in Denmark, Wis., has been a local landmark for 16 years. Now, after more than a decade of owning and operating their business, the Kulhaneks have retired and passed the station to

Parker’s Raises $55,000 For Area Schools

Fueling the Community Charity Golf Tournament winners announced. The first annual Parker’s Fueling the Community Charity Golf Tournament, held on Oct. 29 at The Club at Savannah Harbor in Savannah, Ga., raised more than $55,000 to benefit area schools. The tournament attracted 128 players from across the region, including Parker’s vendors, suppliers and supporters. Proceeds

LOGIC Technology Hosts First Annual Electronic Cigarette Summit

Industry experts and sales executives discuss the rapidly growing e-cig space. LOGIC Technology, developers of premium electronic cigarettes, held the first annual electronic cigarette summit this past weekend (October 24-27), bringing together industry experts and sales executives from around the country. The nation’s largest retailers were in attendance to learn more about the growing category

Hunt Brothers Pizza Recognized As Industry Leader

Company named “Top Performer” for the sixth year in Convenience Store Decisions Brand Preference Study. Hunt Brothers Pizza announced it is the No. 1 choice in the Convenience Store Decisions Brand Preference Study for the sixth year since 2007. The c-store pizza brand was voted “Top Performer” in the branded pizza category. The award was

NYC Raises Smoking Age To 21

Lawmakers in NYC introduce strictest limits on tobacco purchases of any major U.S. city in the nation. New York City has upped the legal age for purchasing tobacco products (including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos) from 18 to 21 years of age. The bill was adopted by the New York City Council, which passed the

PCI SSC Debuts P2PE Solutions Listing

The PCI Validated P2PE Solutions listing is the next step in the rollout of the Council’s P2PE program. At its 2013 European Community Meeting, the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC), an open, global forum for the development of payment card security standards, announced the availability of its Validated Point-to Point Encryption (P2PE) solutions listing

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Tri Star Energy Announces Win Gas Weekly Contest

Customers have a new chance to win every week that they shop at Daily’s or Twice Daily convenience stores. Tri Star Energy, operator of 71 Daily’s  and Twice Daily convenient stores throughout Middle Tennessee has garnered 10,000 entries for a “Win Gas Weekly” contest. The contest kicked off on Sept. 9 and runs through Dec.

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NATO Announces 2014 Board of Directors

Newly elected members begin their new role on Jan. 1, 2014. The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) announced that its 2014 NATO board of director elections are complete.    The following association members have been elected by the NATO membership to serve a two-year term on the NATO board of directors beginning Jan. 1,

Study: E-Cigarettes Not a Gateway for Teen Smoking

Recent study debunks assertions that e-cigarettes cause more teens to try regular cigarettes. A recent study shows show a substantial majority of teenagers who have tried an e-cigarette do not go on to begin smoking cigarettes, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets reported. The results were released during a recent American Association for Cancer Research

Five Ways Suppliers and Distributors Can Help Retailers with Hurricane Preparedness

By Ryan Mossman, Contributing Editor The National Hurricane Center predicted an “above average” hurricane season for 2013, forecasting eighteen tropical storms and nine hurricanes. But the reality is that 2013 has been a dud with nine tropical storms and only two Category 1 strength-named hurricanes. Though hurricane season doesn’t officially end until November 30, roughly

Restaurant Visits On A Deal Increase In 2013

NPD reports that value menus and buy some, get some are the most popular deals. Restaurant visits on a deal or discount increased across all segments in the first nine months of 2013 after declining in 2012, according to  The NPD Group, a global information company. NPD’s ongoing foodservice market research reports that restaurant visits

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