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Cumberland Farms Adds Apple Pay

Customers can use Apple Pay in-store at any Cumberland Farms location. Cumberland Farms has announced that it is accepting mobile payments via Apple Pay at all of its nearly 600 retail locations across the Northeast and Florida. Apple Pay enables customers to conveniently pay for goods by tapping their iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 or

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7-Eleven Salutes Military With Free Car Washes on Veteran’s Day

More than 300 locations in 16 states plan to participate in the promotion. This Veteran’s Day, 7‑Eleven Inc. car wash locations offer current and former military personnel a free car wash. The free car washes are available from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11, when the country observes Veterans Day. This is

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Survey: 77% of Executives ‘Confident’ in Basic Security Controls

Some 27% of IT professionals ‘not confident’ in the secure configuration of network devices. Tripwire Inc., a global provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions, announced the results of an extensive survey conducted by Atomik Research on the state of foundational security controls. The survey respondents included 404 IT professionals and 302 executives from

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Make Sure You’re Secure

With credit card data hackers becoming increasingly innovative and sophisticated in their methods, it’s more important than ever for retailers to comply with current security standards set by the PCI Security Standards Council. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Target, Supervalu, UPS, PF Chang’s and, most recently, Home Depot and even Dairy Queen—American retailers are being

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Differentiate With Design

Everything from upscale amenities to drive-throughs can make your stores stand out from the competition. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor In an era of increased channel blurring, where dollar stores, quick-serve restaurants (QSRs) and drug stores are vying for the same customers, smart store design can help differentiate your c-store over the competition. Pak-A-Sak Convenience

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C-Store Program Seeks to Help Less Fortunate

A campaign designed to provide support to area residents is enlisting the help of willing convenience stores. By David Bennett, Senior Editor With the help of local, nonprofit partners and a major U.S. pizza distributor, several c-stores have gotten into the spirit of giving in a big way as part of a regional charitable program.

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Reducing Employee Turnover

Whether it’s at Exxon or Google, ensuring employee satisfaction is an often overlooked factor when running a business. By Jim Callahan I am, if nothing else, an unabashed copier of good ideas. Let me explain. Early in my retail career, I was tasked to try and “turn around” an Exxon distributorship noted for its dwindling

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Tracking Today’s Retail Beverage Trends

As carbonated soft drink sales fall, figures show that energy and non-carbonated beverages, such as teas, are growing in popularity. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Consumer preferences are moving away from carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) and toward beverages they perceive as healthier, such as energy drinks and non-carbonated beverages like teas, bottled water and functional

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Sami’s Quick Stop Gets Innovative

Newly remodeled site serves as a one-stop shopping convenience destination. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Sami’s Quick Stop on the corner of East Midlothian Blvd. and Youngstown-Poland Road in Youngstown, Ohio recently wowed customers when it reopened its doors in September, following a major $1.8 million renovation. The new and improved 24-hour location was expanded

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NJOY No. 1 in Vaping Retail Sales, Says IRI

Entire vaping category sees double-digit growth. NJOY, one of the world’s largest independent e-cigarette and vaping company, announced that its new NJOY vaping product line captured the No. 1 rank for U.S. retail vaping sales according to IRI. IRI’s Multi-Outlet data measurement combines both accessories and e-liquids during the most recent four-week period ending Oct.

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Broad Merchant Coalition Wants Breach Notification Legislation

Some 44 organizations sign letter to Congressional leaders. A broad coalition of national and state associations representing retailers and other merchants sent a letter this week to congressional leaders calling for federal legislation to establish a single national standard for notifying American consumers when a business suffers a breach of security involving financial data or

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PCI SSC Announces Special Interest Group Election Results

Daily log monitoring and determining shared responsibilities selected as priority issues by PCI community for 2015 . The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC), an open, global forum for the development of payment card security standards, announced the election results for 2015 Special Interest Group (SIG) projects. SIGS are PCI community-led initiatives that address specific

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Hershey CEO Appointed to President Obama’s Advisory Council

J.P Bilbrey to advise on advancing business priorities in Africa. The Hershey Co. has announced President and CEO J.P. Bilbrey’s recent appointment by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the newly established President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa (PAC-DBIA). The private-sector advisory council will focus on strengthening the U.S.’s commercial relationships with African

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Zebra Smoke is the Premier Manufacturer of Electronic Cigarettes, Disposables & Rechargeable

With experience of over three years, we have found that smokers who switch to e-cigs (electronic vaporizers) are enjoying tobacco-free cigarettes without flicking messy ashes or cigarette butts. We sell at wholesale & retail and online at zebrasmoke.com. In our convenience online shop we offer free shipping on all orders over $100. We offer excellent

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Low Gas Prices Spur C-Store Sales

Wells Fargo weighs in on how the price at the pump is impacting fuel and merchandise sales. Wells Fargo Securities LLC has reported that cheaper gas is resulting in strong sales at convenience stores. Since the end of Q2 (June 30, 2014) through Oct. 31, the price of crude oil fell nearly 25%, while retail

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7-Eleven Urges Customers to ‘Go Bananas’ To Help The Hungry

Supports Feeding America by donating 10 cents for every two bananas customers buy for local food banks. 7‑Eleven Inc. is joining the Feeding America network of food banks in a pay-it-forward campaign to buy bananas for food-insecure individuals and families in the U.S. To participate, 7‑Eleven customers can purchase two Del Monte bananas for $1,

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Love’s To Open First Fast-Fill CNG Location in Georgia

Love’s is moving further east in its endeavor to offer CNG to more customers. Love’s Travel Stops will introduce compressed natural gas (CNG) at its first location in Georgia. Upon completion, Love’s existing travel stop in Thomson will be the company’s 18th CNG location and the first connecting the East Coast with Love’s Fast-Fill CNG

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Study Finds Shrink Cost Retailers $128 Billion Worldwide

Retail loss “penalty” costs average U.S. household $403 annually. Shrink, comprised of shoplifting, employee or supplier fraud and administrative errors, cost the global retail industry more than $128 billion last year, $42 billion in the U.S. alone, according to the latest Global Retail Theft Barometer. This represents 1.29% of retail sales, on average. Per household

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Leiszler Oil Renovates Short Stop Forecourts

Adds inOvationTV media platform. Leiszler Oil Co. has selected Wayne Ovation fuel dispensers—equipped with the inOvationTV media program—as part of a major forecourt renovation effort at its Short Stop convenience stores and fueling sites in central and northeastern Kansas. The inOvationTV media platform is offered jointly by Wayne Fueling Systems and Gas Station TV (GSTV).

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Grow Impulse Sales

Tell Industries introduces its best selling Technology Center, which is the perfect size for counter placement next to the register, encouraging impulse purchases of cell phone chargers, etc. The average sell through is 3-5 weeks and has been proven in thousands of stores across the country. Tell Industries is the leading supplier of top selling impulse

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Flavorful Jerky

While climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, KaiYen Mai had the idea of combining American flavors with the tenderness of Asian-style jerky to create Fusion Jerky. Using only U.S. raised animals and locally sourced meats, Fusion Jerky is available in beef, pork, turkey, and chicken. With a totally of eight flavors, Fusion Jerky is a low-fat, gluten free,

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Apple Pie Flavoring

MiniSyrup, the first completely unsweetened flavoring for both hot and cold beverages, has launched brand new Apple Pie flavor. One five-ounce bottle will flavor 300 16-ounce cups of any brewed or iced coffee, dispensed beverage, and hot chocolate. Give your customers the taste of everyone’s favorite fall dessert. Like all MiniSyrup flavors, Apple Pie flavor

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Real Vegetable Chips

TERRA Real Vegetable Chips is launching two new flavors to celebrate its partnership with Seed Savers Exchange, a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing and saving heirloom seeds, and raise awareness of the need for crop diversity. The two new flavors, Heritage Blend and Beauregard Sweets, are made with a variety of heirloom vegetables whose seeds

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Honey Bourbon Cigars

The makers of Backwoods, the leading all-natural tobacco cigar in the U.S., is introducing its first limited edition variant—a unique blend of smooth Kentucky bourbon and golden honey flavors. Backwoods Honey Bourbon will be available in singles and five packs. It begins shipping in November. Supporting the launch will be advertising in leading trade publications,

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Split Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuit

AdvancePierre Foods (APF) is expanding its Hot ‘n’ Ready sandwich line with the introduction of the Split Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuit. The Split Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuit, which launched to rave reviews at the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show in October 2014, features a butterflied smoked sausage link on a scrambled

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