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5 Times to Launch a Business

Many people want to start or expand their businesses, but feel that “it’s just not the right time.” Business coach Sean Castrina explains why common excuses should be used as motivation to become your own boss. A CSD Staff Report Do any of these scenarios hit home? • Rumors abound that your company is for

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California Small Businesses Hurt by Governor’s Veto

“This bill would have provided franchisees more control over their companies and shielded them against one-sided and nonnegotiable franchise agreements,” says Small Business Majority director. Statement by David Chase, the California director for Small Business Majority, responded to the California Governor’s veto of legislation that would have helped protect owners of small business franchises: “We

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VP Doubles Donations For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Proceeds to benefit Prevent Cancer Foundation. VP Racing Fuels announced it is marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month by doubling the amount of money it donates with each sale of its pink VP Motorsport Container. The pink containers were created to support Breast Cancer Awareness when introduced in late 2012. Since then, a portion of the

KickBack Rewards Systems to Be On Display at The NACS Show

KickBack Rewards Systems, an Idaho-based rewards and loyalty solutions provider, is pleased to announce that it will be on hand as an exhibitor at the upcoming NACS Show in Las Vegas to share its industry-leading technology capabilities with the convenience store, petroleum and foodservice industries. KickBack offers highly sophisticated loyalty programs and data analytics specifically

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New Food Snacks

Day’n Night Bites, a premier food supplier to the convenience store industry, has announced that it will launch two new foods—the Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza and “Bagel Slim” at the NACS Show. The Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza brings pizzeria variety into any convenience store! Diced chicken, smoky bacon and a rich Ranch-style sauce top Day’n

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Berry Up The Holidays

With a chill in the air and the holidays around the corner, people across the country are working up a thirst for the tastes of the season. This year, Sprite is doing its part to help make everything “berry” and bright with the introduction of an all-new flavor: Sprite Cranberry. The new Sprite Cranberry and

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Vapor Pen and E-Liquid

CB Distributors announces its Vapin Plus line. Its pens and accessories are the latest technology and quality at competitive pricing. Vapin Plus Pens offers a wickless design and gravity fed bottom coil that produce more vapor with a cleaner taste. The five-volt battery and 2.5-milliliter tank allow for extended usage. Vapin Plus E-Liquid is made

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Real Jerky

Chef’s Cut Real Jerky is created by Chef Blair Swiler, who set out to make a tastier, tender jerky for himself and his family. Blair took real hand-cuts of premium meat, just like you’d find in the butcher shop, cured them using his own proprietary smoking process, spiced them naturally and put it in a

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Seasonal Hard Iced Tea

The Twisted Tea Brewing Co. announced the national availability of Twisted Tea Frosted Cherry, a seasonal hard iced tea available beginning in October. Frosted Cherry is smooth and refreshing with a real iced tea taste and deep, fruity black cherry notes, perfect for the fall and winter. This 5.0% ABV hard iced tea is available

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Attract Performance Enthusiasts

VP Racing Fuels will debut several new product lines at the upcoming NACS show in Las Vegas, with each representing new profit centers for c-stores looking for increased sales volume and higher margins. VP’s new product lines can be viewed in the Cool New Products Preview Room at the NACS Show or at VP’s booth

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All-Natural Beef Jerky

Tillamook Country Smoker has introduced an All Natural Beef Jerky line with no preservatives, no nitrites and no MSG—plus it’s gluten free. Tillamook also has a Bulk Smoked Meats program. Tillamook Country Smoker products will be a great addition to your meat snacks set. For More Information From Tillamook Country Smoker (880) 325-2220 general@tcsjerky.com www.tcsjerky.com

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Doo You Voodoo?

Doo You Voodoo? Your Customers Doo. The vaporizer and e-liquid brand with true vapor attitude is most certainly Voodoo. The Voodoo cachet captivates vape customers. Voodoo offers c-store operators the ‘cool’ they need for their section. Voodoo magic is the answer to the question “How should I build a profitable vapor section?” Voodoo full line

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Spicy Drink

Blazing Beverages LLC has introduced “The Flame,” a unique non-alcoholic beverage with a piquant [hot] spicy twist. With the potential to redefine “savory,” this non-alcoholic beverage stays true to its name as it incorporates a tinge of spiciness into drinks, which stimulates the taste buds. Not to mention The Flame has created an entirely new

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Retailers Give Feedback On Wayne Ovation2

Retailers report smooth transition to PCI-compliant payment systems. Wayne Fueling Systems, a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation, and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations, is pleased with the response from the first customer installations for the Wayne Ovation2 fuel dispenser. This feedback confirms that the Ovation2 fuel dispenser, among the most

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Health and the Hispanic Consumer

C-stores that make an effort to understand the health issues, diet dynamics and cultural considerations of Hispanic consumers can develop healthier retail relationships in the community.  By Sylvia Meléndez Klinger, Contributing Editor As a registered dietitian who has practiced for 30 years, working with health issues that affect the Hispanic/Latino population in the U.S., I

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The Essence of Leadership

Developing a service-oriented retail strategy can create highly successful teams for c-store owners. A CSD Staff Report We all know the types of people who make great leaders, right? They’re the talented ‘wunderkinds’ who are poised to change the industry. Or, are they the industry veterans who have done it all and seen it all?

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Gulf Oil Expands Into Alabama

Bumpers Oil Co. converts to Gulf brand. Gulf Oil LP, one of the fastest growing branded marketers of energy products in the U.S., announced a new partnership with Bumpers Oil Co., a distributor of petroleum products in Alabama. The new relationship returns the iconic motor fuel brand to communities in “The Yellowhammer State” for the

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Recruit the Best (& Skip the Rest)

If you make the effort to find and recruit the best hourly employees, you will add value to your organization now and in the future because you’re recruiting the kind of people who can give you a competitive edge. By Mel Kleiman, Contributing Editor When it comes to recruiting hourly employees, the sixth annual Convenience

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COGO’s Partners With OpenStore to Drive Customer Loyalty

Launches Web-based and mobile technology. CoGo’s Co., a convenience store chain based in Pittsburgh, embarked on a brand-new marketing strategy with OpenStore by GasBuddy to extend special discounts and offers to their valued customers. OpenStore is a complete digital marketing solution to help convenience store owners and managers concentrate on reaching and rewarding their customers

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MAPCO Installing New Marketing Technology

Partners with Gilbarco Veeder-Root to add marketing technology across 220 sites by the end of 2014. MAPCO recently partnered with Gilbarco Veeder-Root to install the Impulse upselling platform across 220 sites by the end of 2014. MAPCO, which operates 375 stores in the southeast, is using the Impulse platform to drive dynamic digital content at

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RaceTrac To Kick Off 4th Annual Free Coffee Week

CSD’s 2014 Chain of the Year Award Winner to celebrate free coffee week Oct. 12 – 18. In an effort to encourage busy commuters not to “drool and drive,” RaceTrac welcomes guests to visit one of its more than 370 locations to grab a cup of freshly brewed coffee and a donut or muffin “made

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MotoMart, Holmes Oil, Par Mar, Star Fuels Sign With Acumera

Acumera releases dual WAN failover app. Acumera announced the latest addition to its Apps for Your Network suite of services: the Dual WAN Failover App. The new app provides high availability wide area network (WAN) connectivity for convenience stores by automatically switching to a secondary connection whenever occasional interruptions in the primary connection occur. Uniquely,

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Mitigating Risk to Protect Your Business

More and more companies are investing in cybersecurity insurance, which is designed to mitigate losses from a variety of cyber incidents, including data breaches, business interruption and network damage. By Mark E. Battersby, Contributing Editor The dangers of Internet hacking and cyber thefts continue to make the headlines. This fall, Home Depot discovered a data

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Beautifying Sales

Knowing what women want—and expect—can help c-stores understand how to grow the HBC category. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor As convenience stores look to attract more female customers, industry figures indicate that the health and beauty care (HBC) category offers retailers an opportunity they might not have considered before. While no one is claiming that

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Rally Those Referrers on Social Media

If your business is providing value to its customers, you already have loyal fans. Annie Tsai explains how to turn them into active referrers who spread the word about what you have to offer—and help you grow your business. A CSD Staff Report Picture this: After a long day’s work, you sink onto the couch

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