Archives for 2013

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

Marketing to Hispanic Customers

According to The NPD Group, Hispanics in the U.S. are more likely to purchase groceries, dairy and bread from convenience stores than non-Hispanics. What are you doing to cater to this growing consumer base? By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Marketing to Hispanics is just like marketing to any other ethnic group, which is what can

Saving Energy Saves Money

Lighting accounts for 20-50% of electricity consumption, reported the Small Business Administration (SBA). And while green initiatives might cost more up front, retailers are finding that they can result in some impressive savings. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Due to continually improving equipment, lighting usually provides the highest return-on-investment of major upgrades, the SBA explained.

C-store Non-alcoholic Beverages Up in Q3

Beverage manufacturers Using “Everything Must Go” pricing to drive volumes, reports Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo has reported that c-store non-alcoholic beverages were up +3% in the third quarter (Q3) of 2013, with Energy strength offsetting weakness in other catgories. Wells Fargo recently conducted a survey of beverage retailers representing more than 15,000 C-Store locations across

Acumera Teams With NPCA to Offer C-Store Savings

New app reduces cost to convenience stores, consumers on NPCA card transactions. Acumera is collaborating with the National Payment Card Association (NPCA) to offer convenience stores an application (app) that will significantly reduce hardware and install costs and improve visibility into remote equipment status. The NPCA app will in many cases eliminate the need for

The New Face of Champs Chicken

New logo, enhanced Website unveiled for brand. Champs Chicken, a nationwide branded food program from Pro Food Systems Inc. (PFS), is adding more sizzle to its consumer experience. Starting this week, the company invites the public to visit its newly redesigned Website, showcasing an improved navigation system, engaging content, and a new company logo. Created

Parker’s Hires Expert Tobacco Sales Leader

Mike Gancedo joins Parker’s as category manager. Parker’s recently hired tobacco sales leader Mike Gancedo as a category manager at Parker’s. In his new position, Gancedo is responsible for the sale of tobacco products at all Parker’s retail stores. Gancedo brings 20 years of retail experience to his position at Parker’s, including 13 years of

Growing Your Car Wash Business

Location, appearance and service are among the most important factors to consider when building and operating car washes. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Getting the most out of a car wash operation is no different than getting the most out of any profit center a convenience store offers to the public. It hinges on two