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PCI SSC Publishes Guidance On Skimming Prevention

Resource for retailers and others that handle payment card data updated to address memory scrapers, mobile device weaknesses, EMV chip cards and other new attack scenarios. At its annual North American Community Meeting, the PCI Security Standards Council, an open global forum for the development of payment card security standards, released an update to its

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VNG Opens Philadelphia’s First Natural Gas Fueling Facility

VNG’s facility is the first installation of its retail network to support the widespread use of natural gas vehicles throughout southeastern Pennsylvania. VNG has opened the first public natural gas vehicle (NGV) fueling facility in the city of Philadelphia. The VNG facility, located within the popular BP-branded gasoline station at 2901 West Abbottsford Avenue, is

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Newcastle Launches Fall Program

Targets sports viewing enthusiasts. Newcastle Brown Ale announced the details of Drink the Beer. Get the Gear, a retail and on-premise program that engages sports enthusiasts during the height of the viewing season. From September through December, program elements, including social media, a sweepstakes (via Twitter) and occasion relevant cross-merchandising offers, will encourage LDA (legal

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Uber Upping the Ante

Startup Uber is delivering convenience store goods to wealthy neighborhoods in D.C. Could your town be next? By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Uber, a venture-funded startup and transportation network company that connects passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire and rideshare services via a mobile app, is piloting a c-store items delivery service in Washington,

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QuikTrip, Wawa Rank As Consumers’ Favorite C-Stores

Market Force Study finds customer service and fresh food help drive new and repeat business. QuikTrip is North America’s favorite convenience store chain, according to a study by Market Force Information, a worldwide provider of customer intelligence solutions. More than 5,000 consumers were polled for the study, designed to uncover which convenience stores consumers prefer

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Stripes Raises Funds For Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month

In-store campaign “Stripes Celebrates Tomorrows” runs through Sept. 28. Stripes Convenience Stores and MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital have teamed to raise money for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Stripes Stores hosted seven “Stripes Celebrates Tomorrows” campaign kick-offs and “Cancer Strike Through” events throughout its Texas markets. The events began on Sept. 2 in Houston, Texas

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Apple Pay: What You Need To Know

By Howard Herndon, president, BlackLine Payments Advisors While much of the attention at this week’s Apple press conference was on the iPhone 6 and the company’s new smartwatch, we believe—along with many industry analysts—that the most important news of the splashy event was Apple Pay, the company’s new mobile payments system. When a giant like

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Red River Energy Signs Ethanol Marketing Agreement

Partners with Noble Mansfield Commodity Services. Red River Energy LLC has signed an ethanol marketing agreement with Noble Mansfield Commodity Services (NMCS) after an extended evaluation of various ethanol marketing groups. Energy Management Solutions, a subsidiary of ICM Inc., will manage the day-to-day operations and activities of the 25 mgy plant located in Rosholt, S.D.

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Love’s Truck Tire Care Passes 200th Location Mark

Light mechanical services also available at more than 130 locations. Love’s Truck Tire Care services are now available at more than 200 Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) throughout the U.S. Since its inception in 2008, Love’s Truck Tire Care has served 1.33 million drivers. The network will continue to expand to provide fast and reliable service

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The Hershey Co. Makes Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Index

“It is clear validation that our accomplishments in a wide range of CSR areas, from environmental sustainability to ethical sourcing, are recognized within the sustainability community,” says Hershey’s spokesperson. The Hershey Co. announced that it has been selected to both the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Index. Hershey is one of only 13

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Connecting With Coffee Customers Gets Personal

While some c-stores are adding barista-staffed bars to compete in the coffee arena, most are finding simpler ways to make brew buying a more personalized experience for their customers. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. With about 11,000 chain and 14,000 independent cafes in the U.S., according to the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), consumers

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Rewards for Owning the Building

Understanding what financing options are available can give you a great advantage over your competition. By Mark E. Battersby, Contributing Editor How many convenience store retailers have failed to grow or expand their businesses because of a fear of “over-extending” themselves? All too often this fear exists simply because the convenience store operation’s executives and

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Wawa Opens 400th Fuel Store

New Frederick, Md. location marks another milestone for Wawa. Wawa Inc. announced the grand opening of its newest Frederick store, and 400th fuel store chain-wide, located at 5440 Urbana Pike, Frederick, Md. The celebration will include fanfare, a special fuel-focused customer giveaway, a charitable hoagie building competition between members of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Department

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Starbucks To Open Express-Style Stores

The coffee giant looks for new ways to appeal to customers. Starbucks Corp. is launching a number of smaller, express-style stores, featuring reduced beverage and food menus, the Wall Street Journal reported. The express stores will integrate the company’s digital payment and mobile ordering systems to speed up service. Starbucks aims to capitalize on the

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Excel Fuels Partners With VP Racing Fuels

Aggressive expansion of brand planned for Oklahoma. Excel Fuels, one of the largest independent petroleum distributors in Oklahoma, has partnered with VP Racing Fuels in its retail branding program. Oklahoma City, Okla.-based Excel plans to convert each of its 11 corporate-owned E-Express locations to the VP brand with 29 independent locations to follow. Each store

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As Gas Prices Fall, Consumer Optimism Surges

“We have seen increasingly wide swings in economic mood over the past three months,” notes NACS spokesman. Economic optimism rebounded sharply in September, with 47% of gas consumers saying that they were optimistic about the economy, the highest level of optimism in 14 months. Optimism increased eight percentage points from August’s 10-month low of 39%,

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Wayne Partners With Intel In Next Generation EPS

Transforms electronic payment systems (EPS) for the fuel retailer. Wayne Fueling Systems, a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation, and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations, has announced the launch of a next-generation electronic payment system (EPS) solution in collaboration with Intel Services using its ‘Platform for Retail’ software. The cloud-based solution,

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PriceAdvantage Integrates With Pinnacle

Pinnacle Palm POS and Retail Back Office and Home Office Systems to provide insight into fuel and in-store sales correlation. PriceAdvantage, a fuel price management software company and division of Skyline Products, is announcing new integrations with The Pinnacle Corp., an automation technology company for the convenience store and petroleum industries. PriceAdvantage will integrate its

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Are You Prepared?

With hurricane season approaching, savvy retailers are running drills, installing generators and checking in with repair partners to ensure they’re ready. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Hindsight is 20/20 as the saying goes, but foresight is key in protecting your business during storm season. Just ask convenience store retailers on the East Coast. When Hurricane

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NAG Conference Wraps Up In San Antonio

Conference ends with session on growing profitability. By CSD Staff. The 2014 National Advisory Group (NAG) conference, which ran Sept. 7-9 at the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, closed Tuesday. During the conference attendees had the chance to listen to burning info sessions about hot topics facing the convenience store industry and network with industry

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Coffee, Foodservice Get Hot

Offering customers enhanced coffee and foodservice options takes innovation and around-the-clock dedication. By CSD Staff Attendees at the 2014 National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference, hosted by Convenience Store Decisions, perked up this week when the topics turned to coffee and foodservice. Joseph Chiovera, president of XS Foodservice & Marketing, moderated the coffee panel discussion. He

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Street Corner Enters San Diego Market

North County Mall has just become a little more convenient for shoppers and mall employees. Aug. 27, 2014, marked the opening of a new Street Corner franchise at the mall. Street Corner, which exploits small and underused spaces in shopping malls, universities and other environments, sells many of the items not usually found in the

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Holiday Boosts Downstream Gasoline Deliveries

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric The U.S. average price for regular grade gasoline sold at retail outlets across the country edged up 0.5cts to $3.459 gallon on Labor Day according to the Energy Information Administration’s weekly survey, with the increase the first in 10 weeks. The slightly higher retail average came alongside

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Rutter’s Celebrates 60th Store Opening

One of the largest of the chain’s 60 stores, the new location measures 6,280-square-feet. Rutter’s marked the opening of its 60th store in Middletown with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and donations to three local charities. Rutter’s donated $1,000 to both The Middletown Area Blue and Gold Club and the Lower Dauphin High School Falcon Foundation, which

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E-Liquid Varieties

24/7 e-liquids are now available in four nicotine strengths (0%, 0.6%, 1.2%, and 1.8%) in a variety of flavors in 10-milliliter and 30-milliliter child-proof bottles. 24/7 e-liquids are made and bottled in the U.S. using quality ingredients, under the industry’s highest standards for production control. Flavors are produced in an FDA-approved food grade facility and

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