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Burning Issues 2015: Retailers Must Adapt or Fade Out

From emerging technology and advanced fuel sources to promising new revenue streams, industry operators need to evolve with the times or get left behind. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Transformation will help define the convenience store industry in 2015, affecting everything from the way customers fuel up to how they pay for food and fuel,

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Shining a Brighter Light on Shoplifting Trends

Studies indicate more than $13 million in merchandise is stolen from U.S. retailers annually. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Shoplifting and employee theft continue to plague retailers. Two recent studies—one conducted by Price Gun and another by Global Retail Theft Barometer—show just how theft is impacting the retail business. No. 1 Property Crime Price Gun,

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Winning With Wine Sales

Murphy USA grows its wine section and store sales through a collaboration with E.&J. Gallo Winery. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Through a collaboration with E. & J. Gallo Winery, Murphy USA is working towards growing its wine category. The c-store chain is set to expand the number of locations offering wine from 112 to

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Reaching Data Security

Retailers should know how PCI and EMV will impact their stores in coming months. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor As 2014 winds down, retailers face new regulations regarding credit and debit cards, potential fraud and security requirements, plus a late 2015 deadline for mandatory new technology. Retailers on Jan. 1, 2015 will be subject to

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Designs on the Future

More convenience retailers are turning to outside consultants to create design solutions which address customers’ modern preferences. By David Bennett, Senior Editor When expanding convenience store chain Kwik Stop decided last year to revise the footprints of its future stores, it only had to look as far as Madison, Wis. That’s where company planners—led by

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Succeeding With Energy Management

Your electric bill could determine which type of system you need. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Convenience stores are increasingly looking to energy management systems to help them better control their energy efficiency. For instance, Kum & Go is known for its commitment to energy efficiency. In 2010, the chain started building 5,000 square-foot stores

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Smokeless Holds its Own

Despite the popularity of electronic cigarettes and the gloominess of regulatory concerns, smokeless tobacco continues to be a significant seller for convenience stores. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Because smoking restrictions have increased and the sale of cigarettes continues to decline across the U.S., it’s not surprising that smokeless tobacco sales have remained on an

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Customize Lunch and Dinner Trends for Your Customers

Trend reports from research firms can tell you a lot about what foods and flavors are craved by America’s taste buds. But c-stores don’t have to reinvent the wheel each time to keep their lunch and dinner menus fresh and relevant. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor When incorporating the latest craze into your foodservice menus,

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Wake Up to Breakfast Profits

Though quick-service and fast casual restaurants keep ramping up their a.m. game, c-stores can keep up with the best of them as industry retailers share some of their most eye-opening products and strategies. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor In the breakfast arena, there’s no time for convenience store retailers to sit back on their muffins

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Recognizing Critical Worth

Never forget that one cost of employee turnover is the loss of familiarity between your staff and the customers. By Jim Callahan Last month, I wrote on the topic of employee turnover and the small, but important, actions that employers can take to ensure a more productive workforce. Sometimes when retailers lose a staff member,

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Fruit Punch Flavor

In December 2014, Wrigley’s 5 gum is launching a new rhythmic fruit punch flavor called 5 Tempo. 5 Tempo is a delicious blend of fruits that combine to create a memorable experience. It will be available at retailers nationwide in a 15-stick envelope pack (MSRP $1.49) and a Multipack with three 15-stick envelope packs (MSRP

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New El Cajon 7-Eleven Celebrates Grand Opening

Retailer to donate $711 at ribbon-cutting to San Diego Music Foundation for Taylor Guitars in Local Schools. 7‑Eleven, Inc. will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newest El Cajon store Wednesday, Dec. 3, that includes free coffee, doughnuts and guitars for local schools. The store is located at 500 N. Second St., south of Interstate

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Kum & Go Selects Headquarters Architect

Winning firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop is known for its design of the New York Times Building. Kum & Go’s corporate headquarters in downtown Des Moines’ Western Gateway is set to be designed by international architect firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop, according to the Business Record Online. The firm, with offices in New York, Genoa

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Mars Promotes Lebel To Vice President of Sales

The 24-year Mars veteran offers breadth of sales experience. Mars Chocolate North America has prmoted Timothy LeBel to the position of vice president of sales. In his new role leading the Mars Chocolate Sales organization, LeBel oversees the strategy and execution of its retail management, customer account teams, field sales, customer development, and customer experiences.

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Kum & Go Opens New Store in Sioux Falls

New eco-friendly store features fresh food and a variety of fuel options. Kum & Go opens a new convenience store in Sioux Falls, S.D. at the intersection of Minnesota and Russell. The store is 5,000-square-feet and during its opening week, the new store will offer $1 fresh pizza slices. This is the seventh store to

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Cumberland Farms Calls For Scholarship Applications

Encourages 2015 high school seniors to apply for Believe and Achieve Scholarships. Cumberland Farms reminded high school seniors across its eight-state service area that time is running out to apply for the company’s popular Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program. With the Dec. 15, 2014 application deadline only two weeks away, the convenience store retailer encourages

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Space Saving Cappuccino Machine

Rich in design, rich in features and rich in profits, the Curtis G3 Primo Cappuccino (PCGT) machine blends technology with simplicity to deliver rich, robust cappuccino cup after delicious cup. And now, with the PCGT’s new, space saving lift door, you’ll have even more counter space for maximizing sales and profits. Designed with smooth, Euro-styled

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Jerky Done Right

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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New Hard Shell Kits

Cig2o, an e-cigarette category leader, has introduced the next generation of Cig2o kits with its new hard shell kit, including long lasting rechargeable 808 battery, USB charger and three, all new Soft Tip, “real feel” cartomizer refills. The hard shell case lends added storage and freshness. It is available in Classic Tobacco, Red Tobacco and

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Scotch Ale

The Newcastle Scotch Ale collaboration is a limited-time offering from Newcastle and Caledonian that represents the best of English and Scottish brewing: a rich, full-flavored and fulfilling Scottish ale with toffee notes at 6.4% ABV and 40 IBUs. Scotch Ale is a bold yet balanced beer that will please lifelong Newcastle fans as well as

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Sports Drink Alternative

We’ve all tried sports drinks. Now experience something greater: Infused coconut water charged with electrolytes and a hint of sea salt for greater hydration and taste. Introducing Greater Than. The beverage contains 30% coconut water, is all naturally infused, low calorie, with no color dyes and no GMOs. It is available in three flavors: Orange

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Single-Serve Capsules

Marley Coffee, the sustainably grown, ethically-farmed and artisan-roasted gourmet coffee company, expects to launch its first single-serve capsule that is compatible with the Keurig Green Mountain K2.0 brewer in Marley Coffee’s top-selling blend, One Love. The company’s single-serve coffee partner and investor, Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee, will start shipping the K2.0 compliant single-serve capsules

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Corner Store Introduces Winter Menu Items

New food offerings feature peppermint whoopie bites. Customers can cozy up for the holidays with new treats and eats at their nearest Corner Store this winter. Beginning Dec. 2, peppermint whoopie bites with chocolate cake and peppermint blast sprinkles are available at $1.99 for a five-pack. Customers can also cozy up with a mug of

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Turkey Hill Awards Free Fuel For Life

Ephrata resident Tosha Hoffer wins grand prize. Turkey Hill Minit Markets presented the Grand Prize of Free Fuel for Life in the Great Gas Giveaway sweepstakes to Ephrata resident Tosha Hoffer at her local Turkey Hill store (3585 Rothsville Road, Ephrata, Pa.). The prize entitles Tosha to up to $60,000 in free gasoline fill-ups at

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Stripes Launches College Scholarship Fund

Fund to benefit local college bound students. Obtaining a college education will now be easier for students within the Stripes operating market areas thanks to the Stripes College Scholarship Fund, a program launched today by Stripes Convenience Stores. Stripes has begun its second in-store fundraising campaign, inviting customers to participate by donating as little as

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