Archives for 2013

FastLane Finds Sweet Success

Warrenton Oil Co. launches its Swirls n Sweets frozen yogurt concept in its convenience stores and in a standalone format. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Warrenton Oil Co. knows first hand that staying versatile in an ever-changing industry is the key to long-term success. This past fall, the owners of the FastLane convenience store chain

Mocha On Fire

Boyd Coffee Co. has introduced new “Mocha on Fire” and “Cookies n’ Creme” cappuccinos. Both flavors tap into top 2013 beverage trends, as identified in Bell Flavors & Fragrances’ annual top 10 list. Mocha on Fire delivers on the 2013 trend of spicy beverages. The fiery spiciness of this limited-time-only chocolaty mocha has been available

Fight Zombies at Work

Employee recognition and appreciation are important drivers of employee satisfaction, engagement, and retention. However, despite the fact that companies spend over $46 billion dollars a year on recognition programs, studies show that over 50% of employees do not feel appreciated and 59% are unsatisfied at work. To help solve this problem, MeritShare has launched the

Embracing Change in the Year Ahead

With 2013 well underway, convenience store retailers should take the time to evaluate their operations and develop a plan to stay ahead of their competition. By Jim Callahan. It has long been a  habit of mine to prioritize my work hours and spend them where they are most needed. As a result,  I am able

Maintaining A Store-By-Store Database

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. There comes a time in every multi-unit retailer’s business cycle that they want to launch a new product that requires a reconfiguration to their store. I am not talking about a raze-and-rebuild, but rather something as simply sending a new piece of equipment to

Family Express Does the Harlem Shake

As the Harlem Shake has spread across the Internet into classrooms, dance clubs and even sporting events, the dance trend is finding its way into conveneince stores. Mr. Cravin the Farmer, the face of Family Express’s foodservice program, recruited the Family Express corporate staff to celebrate 1,000 Twitter followers by doing the Harlem Shake, and

Mint Swirl Ice Cream Bar

DOVE Ice Cream brings you a new twist on the classic combination of chocolate and mint ice cream.  The perfect ice cream for indulgence, DOVEBAR Mint Swirl Ice Cream with Dark Chocolate blends rich, minty DOVE Ice Cream with a ribbon of dark chocolate. The bar is then dipped in chocolate coating made with silky

Custom Blended Flavors

Scandinavian Tobacco Group Lane has introduced Cubero, a natural wrapper cigarillo that offers a premium cigar smoking experience to the mass market.  Cubero cigars offer affordable luxury to consumers every day.  The flavors are blended by experts to provide an indulgent experience that is unmatched in the industry.  Cubero is available in three blends:  Blend

Atlas Oil Cranks Up Crude Operations

Opens fourth transloading site in Monahans, Texas. Atlas Oil Co. has opened its fourth transloading site—the second site dedicated to crude oil—in Monahans, Texas. The site is 30 miles from Atlas’ Odessa site and is located off the TNMR railroad. “This is an extremely exciting business opportunity for Atlas,” said Bob Kenyon, executive vice president,

NACS Publishes Assessment of Fuels Market Through 2040

Report analyzes projections by EIA in its 2013 Annual Energy Outlook. Liquid fuels will continue to be the dominant fueling option for drivers for the next two-plus decades, but the composition of these fuels will undergo significant change, according to a report released by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). The new 46-page report,

Lil’ Drug Store Products Poised to Lead HBC Growth

New products, expanded sales and innovative programs illustrate company’s continued success at “Making Convenience Convenient.” Lil’ Drug Store Products Inc. (LDSP), a global consumer products company and top health and beauty care (HBC) product supplier to the convenience channel, summed up 2012 as a year of successes that reinforce the company’s position as the top

GSP Releases GSPSurveyor Upgrade

New features significantly improve access and management of site profile information across departments and from the field. GSP has announced the release of GSPSurveyor Mobile 2.0 for iOS. GSPSurveyor is a proprietary site profile management application that allows retailers to build and maintain store level details on various attributes as well as perform various surveys

Gill Energy Opens New Store

Outlet is Gill’s second 76-branded station in New Jersey. Creative Management Inc., T/A Gill Energy, announced the opening of its newest outlet in Northern New Jersey, under the 76 fuel brand. Gill adds 76 not only to its growing portfolio of brands, which include BP, Sunoco, Exxon and Mobil, but also brings with it a

U.S. Retail Gasoline Average 5% Shy of 2012 High

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric As February nears an end, retail gasoline prices are already at highs one would expect when the weather warms, not when some parts of the country are still digging out of snow drifts. A recent double-digit jump in the retail average reported by the Energy Information Administration means

Casey’s Raises More Than $400,000 For JDRF

The Sneakers Sales Campaign allows customers to make a donation for a sneaker pin-up at any Casey’s Store. Customers and patrons of Casey’s General Stores Inc. helped to raise more than $400,000 during January 2013 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) through its annual JDRF Sneakers Sales Campaign. “The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is

Pessimism About the Economy Grows

Nearly half of all consumers surveyed say gas prices have a “great impact” in how they feel about the economy. Consumers are increasingly pessimistic about the economy and gas prices are a growing reason why, according to the results from the monthly NACS Consumer Fuels Survey. Nearly one quarter (23%) of consumers surveyed in a

Insight Beverages Welcomes New Director of National Sales

Accomplished industry leader, Sharon Porter to direct new business initiatives. Insight Beverages has announced that Sharon Porter will join the company as director, national sales effective Feb. 25, 2013.  Porter is an accomplished executive with exemplary sales, marketing and business development experience.  She has a track record of increasing sales and profitability, with specific expertise

Predicting the Future of Convenience Retailing

From healthy foods to a radical shift in goods and services, retail futurists offer a glimpse of the changing consumer needs that could shape the convenience store industry over the next 10-20 years. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Customers seeking today’s newest phone apps. Electric fueling stations rather than gas islands. Stores that change format

Building a Profitable Cigar Business

FDA Announces New Director of Center for Tobacco Products

Deyton steps down and Zeller takes the helm. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that Dr. Lawrence Deyton is stepping down as director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, the National Association for Tobacco Outlest (NATO) reported.  Deyton is assuming new duties at the George Washington University School of Medicine and

National Advisory Group (NAG) Introduces New 2013/2014 Retail Board of Directors

The National Advisory Group (NAG) is proud to announce its 2013/2014 Retail Board of Directors headed by Mary Banmiller of Warrenton Oil (Truesdale, Mo.).  “It is an honor to take over the presidency of the NAG Retail Board.  Following in the footsteps of David Johnson of Toot ‘N Totum who did a fantastic job of

United Supermarkets Plans For New Amigos Location

Project will also include a United Express convenience store. United Supermarkets LLC has finalized arrangements for construction of a new Amigos location— as well as a standalone United Express convenience store—to open in Hereford, Texas, in 2014. Site of the project is a 5.2-acre tract, which the company recently purchased at 520 N. 25- Mile

Bakery Appeal Goes Beyond Breakfast

Fresh pastries and desserts are driving all-day snacking, helping to keep bakery sales active well past the morning daypart. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Keeping the doughnut and muffin displays filled and fresh in the morning is pretty much a no-brainer. But, in many convenience stores, these bakery displays look picked over and just plain

BI-LO Adds New Ways To Earn Fuel Savings

Introduction of item-based bonus rewards bring value to grocery shopping. On the heels of a Wall Street Journal report that prices at U.S. gasoline pumps have climbed for 32 consecutive days to a four-month high, BI-LO announced it has expanded its popular fuelperks! program to now include hundreds of additional fuelperks! bonus rewards grocery items

7-Eleven Introduces Fabulous Fresh Foods Friday

Invites Oregon-area residents to sample eats and drinks this week at participating stores. Tasting is believing. That’s why 7-Eleven, Inc is dedicating a day for Oregon-area residents to see what’s cooking, brewing, baking and warming at its stores on Fabulous Fresh Foods Friday, (FFFF), this Friday, Feb. 22. Add two more “Fs” to that for