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Visa Service To Help Gas Station Retailers Reduce Fraud At Pump

Intelligent analytics help merchants identify fraud before it happens. Visa Inc. is helping U.S. fuel retailers prevent credit and debit card fraud at the pump with intelligent analytics that identify higher-risk transactions that may be fraudulent. While global fraud rates across the Visa payment system remain near historic lows—less than six cents for every $100

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Tedeschi Food Shops Launches New Fresh Produce Program

Tedeschi paves the way for fresh produce in the convenience store. Following months of research and careful planning, Tedeschi Food Shops is now offering more selection and higher quality fresh fruits and vegetables to its customers through its new Fresh Produce Program. Features of the produce program include a new ordering system and a new

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CST Brands To Acquire General Partner of Lehigh Gas Partners

Provides CST Brands with a platform for a long-term drop down strategy of its U.S. wholesale fuel supply business and newly constructed real estate into LGP. CST Brands Inc. announced that it has entered into definitive agreements to purchase 100% of the membership interests of Lehigh Gas GP LLC, the general partner of Lehigh Gas

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Doors Open at 60th Rutter’s Farm Store

The new site is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and includes 12 fueling spaces and four high-speed truck diesel fueling spaces. Rutter’s Farm Stores has opened the doors at its second location in Dauphin county, providing customers east of the Susquehanna River more opportunity to take advantage of the Rutter’s Rewards

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VP Racing Fuels Appoints Chris Wall As CMO

Industry veteran to energize marketing efforts. VP Racing Fuels announced the appointment of industry veteran Chris Wall as chief marketing officer. VP’s recent growth and changes have poised VP to become an international force not only in race fuel, but also in performance chemicals for both the racing and consumer markets and in the retail

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PCI SSC Publishes Third-Party Security Assurance Guidance

PCI Special Interest Group guidance provides merchants with payment security best practices for working with third-party providers. Businesses are rapidly adopting a third-party operations model that can put payment data at risk. Today, the PCI Security Standards Council, an open global forum for the development of payment card security standards, published guidance to help organizations

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The Hub Breaks Ground

New chain aims to be the premier c-store destination in the open expanse of North Dakota. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor It is unprecedented that Convenience Store Decisions would select a Chain to Watch that hasn’t finished constructing its first location, but The Hub Convenience Stores, which is set to open its first travel center

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Rattlers Poised For Growth

The Texas chain is upping its game online while perfecting its own grab-and-go concept. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor With 11 locations in Texas, Rattlers Convenience Stores, is set to renovate one of its earliest stores located near its company headquarters in Navasota, Texas, doubling the location’s size. It’s just one sign the growing chain

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Zarco Debuts Innovative Pump Service

Zarco USA gains sales from fuel customers with touchscreen ordering that allows patrons to order their favorite foods while filing up their tanks. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Scott Zaremba, president of Lawrence, Kan.-based Zarco USA this past May rolled out touchscreen ordering at the pump at one of his nine convenience stores, with plans

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Distribution Models That Deliver

A self-distribution model can cut out the middle man and help your chain save on costs, but is a big capital investment. Partnering with a good distribution provider can be the right course of action, but only if the arrangement brings value to your operation. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Candy, tobacco, drinks, food and

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Deriving Loyalty From Data

Scanned data is putting basket-level insights in the hands of decision makers who can turn this information into strategies that drive profitability. By David Bennett, Senior Editor A customer’s continuing business is no longer guaranteed. Because of that fact, convenience stores strategize more and more on the need to understand their customers better, and to

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Managing Loss Prevention

Shrink comes in all shapes and sizes, but knowing how to identify and remedy these occurrences can enable c-stores to turn losses into gains. By David Bennett, Senior Editor When a convenience store is humming along efficiently, the signs are unmistakable: The coffee is fresh and flowing. People are enjoying prompt foodservice offerings. Motorists are

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Finding the Right Foodservice Gear Helps

Choosing the best equipment can be the difference between a robust foodservice program and a bland one. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor A piece of equipment doesn’t have to be brand new to be considered the most valuable player in a foodservice operation. Take the Lincoln impinger ovens that Fremont, Ohio-based FriendShip Food Stores has

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Cigars Face Uncertain Future

The c-store industry continues to monitor the FDA’s deeming rules regarding cigars and what it means going forward. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor The federal government’s recent decisions concerning tobacco products, specifically cigars, underscore the need for vigilance and involvement on the part of convenience store operators, not just to maintain category sales, but to

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Bolstering Bakery

C-store customers are seeking fresh baked treats for breakfast and snacking occasions. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Savvy retailers are diving into bakery programs to entice morning customers who want sweet treats with their morning coffee, as well as afternoon snackers seeking fresh and indulgent goodies. As both the breakfast daypart and snacking occasions grow

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Meat Snacks Move Ahead

Just as consumers continue to crave meat snacks, savvy convenience store operators are taking full advantage with smart sets, effective merchandising and promotional opportunities. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Twenty-Five years ago, meat snack choices seldom strayed beyond traditional beef jerky. Today, however, spicy and exotic varieties have enlivened the category, even as functional and

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Walgreens to Remain U.S. Based Despite Acquisition

Purchasing Europe’s Alliance Boots. Walgreens is set to acquire the remaining 55% of European pharmacy retailer and wholesaler Alliance Boots in an agreement that will keep its corporate tax headquarters in the U.S., despite speculation that the drug store chain would move its headquarters overseas to take advantage of a lower corporate tax rate. Walgreens

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NCASEF Flexes Charity Muscles

Activities, such as a golf tournament and auctions, helped raise donations for Swim Across America and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchises (NCASEF) and its partners made two sizable donations to its charities of choice last month at its national convention in Orlando. Representatives from Swim Across America (SAA),

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Atlas Oil Buys K9 For Taylor Police

National fuel supply and logistics company purchases police dog, plans to buy second one, for local police department. Taylor, Mich.-based Atlas Oil Co. announced today the company has purchased a new K9 police dog for the Taylor Police Department, and plans to purchase another one for the department in the near future. Atlas Oil Chairman

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Cinnabon Opens 100th Bakery With Pilot

By the end of 2015, an estimated 150 Pilot Flying J locations will carry fresh-baked Cinnabon products. Cinnabon Inc. this month celebrated the 100th opening with Pilot Flying J, a partnership that has fueled the fast growth of the bakery leader in travel centers and plazas across the country. The 100th bakery opened Aug. 1,

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Core-Mark Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend

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 its board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of 11 cents per common share. The dividend is payable on Sept. 15, 2014 to shareholders of record as of

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Courting Candy Customers

The sweet news is that sour sells in the non-chocolate confections category. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Overall sales growth for non-chocolate confections topped $10 billion last year, a 3.6% increase over the year before, according to the National Confectioners Association (NCA). Sales per capita grew from the year prior by 1.9% to $32.44 per

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The Story of Herb and Charley

There are many attributes that good store owners and operators possess, but knowing the value of a dollar and the value of a satisfied customer is critical. By Jim Callahan. For years, I was always puzzled by the fact that the best automatic transmission mechanic I ever knew ultimately went bankrupt, and the least talented

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Kentucky Town Fuels Debate

In an effort to balance fuel prices for local motorists, officials in the city of Somerset, Ky. have gone into the gas business despite complaints from area retailers. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Consumers frequently voice their displeasure over high gasoline costs but often find themselves over a barrel because they don’t have the means

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Roller Grill BBQ Ribs

AdvancePierre Foods (APF) has introduced a BBQ Pork Rib designed for the roller grill. The new Pork Roller Rib brings the same tender, meaty texture of APF’s well-established Rib-B-Q pork rib patty to the low-maintenance, highly visible roller grill. Infused with APF’s proprietary blend of sweet and tangy barbecue seasonings and juicy sauce, the Pork

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