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Funding Your Business Expansion

The old adage “it takes money to make money” may prove especially true when you’re looking to expand your business. Understanding what sources you should consider for financing will give you a big heads up on your competition. By Mark E. Battersby, Contributing Editor. How many convenience store retailers have failed to grow or expand

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Are You an Effective Leader?

For far too many of today’s convenience store executives, finding the time to unwind or take a family vacation is a difficult task. But not making the effort could have a negative impact on the business. By John Lofstock, Editor. Did you know 61% of employed Americans expect to have to do some work while

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Training Employees to Succeed

At first glance, one might think investing in employee training during economically challenging times would be counter-intuitive because it requires a significant monetary investment. The truth is training must be an ongoing priority in any retail business. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Building a sense of teamwork among store employees will make them more productive,

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Are You Creating a Culture of Exile?

Five warning signs that your employees may lack a vital sense of belonging in your corporate environment. By John Lofstock, Editor. Consider the power of belonging. Adolescents will change their speech, dress and behavior to fit in with their peer groups. Adults, too, gain much of their identity from the neighborhoods they live in, the

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Succession Planning for Family Business

For most family and closely held businesses, planning for succession is the toughest and most critical challenge they face. Yet succession planning can also be a great opportunity to maximize opportunities and create a multi-generational institution. By Mark E. Battersby, Contributing Editor. Everyone who has invested a great deal of time, money and energy into

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Demand Grows for HBC

From single-serve cold medicines to hair care products, the health and beauty category is attracting new customers of all ages. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. With healthcare capturing so many headlines these days, the health and beauty category (HBC) has taken on added importance in the c-store set. Fueling much of the growth: smaller package

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Mixed Smoke Signals for C-Stores

By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor.Tobacco customers and products are changing. Convenience store retailers must adapt to maintain category sales. It’s no secret that traditional cigarette use is declining. According to Gallup research, about 20% of Americans smoke at least one cigarette each week, which is down from the all-time high of 45% in 1955. Since

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“Berry” Up the Holidays

In its first favor innovation since 2005, Sprite is launching all-new flavor Sprite Cranberry and Sprite Cranberry Zero.  The new products will be available for a limited time through the holidays. Both products take the refreshing taste of traditional Sprite and combine it with a splash of sweet and tart cranberry notes. The new flavor

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CST Brands’ CEO Named to Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business

In her first 100 days as CEO, Kim Bowers visited 100 stores to help her understand the business from the ground up.  Kim Bowers, Chairman, CEO and President of CST Brands Inc., has been named one of Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. Based in San Antonio, Texas, CST Brands is a convenience store

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School Children Thank Rutter’s For Donation

Children at York Country Day School in York, Pa. thanked Rutter’s Farm Stores for the company’s $10,000 donation. The school will use the money to award academic scholarships to eligible inner-city students through the Rutter’s Scholars program.

BP To Reward Customers With Ultimate College Football Experience

BP to participate in more than 40 college football tailgate events to help increase BP Driver Rewards registrations and build loyalty. BP Products North America has announced the launch of a series of ‘Fan Fest Tailgates’ from now through Nov. 30 at more than 40 college campuses across the country to support its Driver Rewards

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Budweiser Brewmasters Introduce Three New Brews

Last year’s inaugural ‘Project 12’ program created Budweiser Black Crown. This year, Sampler Pack is set to hit shelves Oct. 28. Budweiser’s Project 12—the brewmaster innovation platform that resulted in the introduction of Budweiser Black Crown—is back with three new beers named for the ZIP codes where the beers were brewed, beginning Oct. 28. The

Kum & Go Opens New Larger Store in Marion

New eco-friendly convenience store features fresh food prepared in on-site kitchen. Kum & Go will open a new 5,000-square-foot convenience store on Friday, Oct. 11, in Marion, Iowa. This store, located at 3215 Seventh Ave., is twice the size of the store it replaces at 3370 Seventh Ave. The spacious new store is designed to

First Data Releases SpendTrend Analysis

Shoppers pulled back on spending in September from August. First Data Corp., a global provider of electronic commerce and payment processing, has released its First Data SpendTrend analysis for Aug. 31, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2013 compared to Sept. 1, 2012 through Oct. 1, 2012. SpendTrend tracks same-store consumer spending by credit, signature debit, PIN

CTP Authorizes Three Additional Tobacco Products

Three RYO tobacco paper products by Republic Tobacco now authorized for sale. Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) announced that the agency is authorizing the sale and marketing of three additional tobacco products through the substantial equivalence pathway. As directed by the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control

Hershey’s Debuts First New Brand In 30 Years

Lancaster Soft Crèmes bring U.S. caramel lovers a sweet new experience.   Today, The Hershey Co. announced it is launching a new confectionery brand in the U.S. called Lancaster. The new brand will feature a line of caramel soft crèmes that will roll out nationwide in January 2014. The introduction of the Lancaster brand marks

RaceTrac Selects Fifth Third Bank As ATM Provider

“We’re pleased to work with RaceTrac and to be their official ATM provider in Georgia and Florida,” says regional president of Florida and Mid-South regions for Fifth Third Bank. RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. has selected Fifth Third Bank to provide ATMs at 225 convenience stores in Georgia and Florida. Installation of the new Fifth Third ATMs

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Clipper Petroleum Implementing Latest Gilbarco Retail Technology

 Reports increased transactions and sales. Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s portfolio of retail technology solutions is making a big impact across the Clipper Petroleum network. Clipper is the first retailer in the country to install Purchase@Pump, a new turnkey solution that increases in-store sales by adding the ability to purchase high-margin products and services directly from the pump.

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Electronic Pricing Signs

Skyline Products, long known for its high-quality electronic fuel price displays, has announced the successful integration with numerous industry leading POS providers, namely Excentus, Retalix, NCR Radiant, VeriFone, Allied, Gilbarco, AutoGas, and Fiscal Systems. The POS to electronic price sign integration streamlines the fuel pricing process from the store with the street. Electronic price sign

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Survey Evaluates Caffeine Alternative

National survey shows 60% of Americans are seeking a caffeine alternative that reduces caffeine consumption without sacrificing desired energy boost. ChromaDex Corp., a natural products company that provides proprietary, science-based solutions and ingredients to the dietary supplement, food and beverage, animal health, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries, announced the results of a cross-over clinical evaluation of

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Manage Monitor Content

NewsBreak is a fully-integrated, merchandising platform for the convenience store industry that converts fuel-only customers to multi-product purchasers, resulting in the increased sales of high margin, in-store products. NewsBreak’s SMART technology manages and distributes a content playlist to Pumptop and In-Store TV monitors and mobile devices based on key consumer buying variables and store specific

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Automate Workflow

Honeywell has introduced its newest scanphone, which blends the capabilities of a consumer smart phone, rugged mobile computer and bar code scanner in an affordable package. Built for workers on-the-go, the Dolphin 60s mobile device provides quick and reliable access to critical data through Honeywell’s proven technology. The device serves as a cost-effective solution for

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The Convenience Store Decisions Group Acquires Convenience Directions

Deal combines two distinct high-caliber, talented and creative teams to better serve the convenience store and petroleum industry. Harbor Communications, the parent company of The Convenience Store Decisions Group, today announces that it has completed the acquisition of Convenience Directions, an information exchange group headed by venerable convenience store industry experts Joe Leonardo and Randy

U.S. Consumers Feeling Inflationary Pain

Nielsen study shows customers are focused on value as they continue to budget. Rising food prices have nearly all Americans feeling the pain, a new study by Nielsen shows. With less money to spend and hungry mouths to feed, U.S. consumers are increasingly looking for ways to stretch their budgets and find the best value

NATO Submits Comments To FDA On Menthol Cigarettes

Establishing additional restrictions on the retail sale of menthol cigarettes is unnecessary because retailers are responsible and not in the business of selling tobacco products to underage youth, notes NATO. On July 24, 2013, the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the use of menthol in cigarettes

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