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EFS, Suncor Energy Partner

This addition makes our network and our offer that much stronger,” says vice president of merchant services for EFS. Electronic Funds Source LLC (EFS), a supplier of innovative and customized corporate payment solutions, has announced its newest merchant partnership with Suncor Energy, through its Petro-Canada brand’s Petro-Pass commercial fueling network. With over 250 locations across

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Wal-Mart Sues Visa

Having opted out of the class action settlement option, the retail behemoth takes Visa to court over price fixing and anti-trust violations. Wal-Mart Stores Inc is suing Visa Inc for $5 billion, accusing the credit and debit card network of excessively high card swipe fees. The move comes several months after the retailer opted out

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McDonald’s To Give Away Free Coffee At Breakfast

As the battle for breakfast continues, McDonald’s tempts customers with a free-for-a-limited-time brew. McDonald’s plans to give away free coffee during the morning daypart at participating U.S. locations for a limited time, as breakfast competition grows, a move that could put pressure on convenience stores who compete with the QSR giant for morning coffee sales.

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Social Media Grows As Influential Traffic Driver For Retail

Pinterest is the top social media traffic driver for retailer Websites. According to new research from Experian Marketing Services, a global provider of integrated consumer insight, targeting, data quality and cross-channel marketing, social media Websites are playing an increasingly important role in driving traffic to other Websites, including retail Websites and even other social networking

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UK’s Skycig Becomes Blu Following Lorillard Acquisition

Marketing campaign to accompany rebranding initiative.   UK electronic cigarette company Skycig is rebranding as Blu eCigs in May, following the acquisition of the company by Lorillard, owner of U.S. electronic cigarette brand Blu eCigs, Design Week reported. Skycig plans to adopt the identity of the Blu, ‘using the striking designs as well as the

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CSD Sales Growth Trends Downward As Isotonics Improve

Energy drinks meanwhile are up 8.3% for the latest Nielsen data period. The carbonated soft drink category continues to struggle. Total carbonated soft drinks (CSDs), excluding energy, saw dollar sales decline 2.1% (-1.9% for 12 weeks) in the latest XAOC Nielsen period during the four weeks ending March, 15, 2014 (versus -3.4% in the prior

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GPM Investments Expands Use of Kalibrate Fuels Pricing System

Implements PriceNet across its recently-acquired 260 sites. GPM Investments LLC, owners of the Fas Mart, Shore Stop, Youngs, Li’l Cricket, Scotchman Stores, Breadbox and other convenience store chains, has expanded the use of the Kalibrate PriceNet fuels pricing system across an additional 260 recently acquired sites. PriceNet provides GPM with high levels of automation and

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Navy and Marine Corps Exchange Stores Consider Tobacco Ban

Questions remain about the scope of the potential ban, which could be implemented as early as Oct. 1. The Navy is considering a ban on the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products at Navy and Marine Corps exchange stores as part of an initiative to improve the culture of fitness in the services. Navy

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VeriFone, XPIENT Provide Security For Restaurants

Payment-as-a-service solution enhances security and future-proofs point-of-sale for EMV and mobile payment acceptance. VeriFone Systems Inc. announced its partnership with XPIENT Solutions to provide a class leading payment-as a service (PAAS) solution for quick-service restaurant (QSR) and fast-casual dining markets. The solution enhances security through payment system isolation and end-to-end encryption while providing a pathway

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Re-Imagining The C-store

By Suresh Bharadwaj, Industry Principal – Retail, CPG, Logistics and Life Sciences, Infosys C-store challenges In 2012, convenience stores outperformed grocery stores and drugstores in the U.S. both by dollar sales and volume growth. They netted $708.2 billion in revenue and $77.8 billion in gross profit. However, just this healthy financial picture doesn’t tell the whole story. For

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Visits to Convenience Stores Decline in Last Quarter of 2013

Gas prices remain stable as traffic volume dips. A tightened grip on consumer spending and a historically soft December contributed to a decline in convenience store (c-store) visits in the fourth calendar quarter of 2013, reported The NPD Group, a global information company.  In spite of favorable gas prices and improved consumer confidence, traffic volumes

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TravelCenters Sponsors 2014 Health Awareness Walk

At the Mid-America Trucking Show the Health Awareness Walk promotes healthier professional drivers. Together with Trucking Solutions Group, TravelCenters of America (TravelCenters) operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded travel centers, invite the entire trucking industry to join the fifth annual MATS Health Awareness Walk. The walk will be held on Thursday, March

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Tesco, Starbucks Receive COLLOQUY Recognizes Awards

COLLOQUY recognizes companies making strides in loyalty marketing. Tesco, Starbucks, Bloomingdale’s and MoPals received the first COLLOQUY Recognizes awards, a new program that honors the companies, programs and initiatives that exemplify the most innovative advancements and forward-thinking strategies in loyalty marketing.  The winners were announced in the March 2014 COLLOQUY issue. The new bimonthly COLLOQUY

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NACS Releases Compensation Report of 2013 Data

Report shows the turnover and compensation levels for the convenience store industry. NACS has released its NACS State of the Industry Compensation Report of 2013 Data, the latest snapshot of compensation levels, turnover and benefits metrics for the convenience and fuel retailing industry. More than 80 companies, representing more than 9,100 stores, provided data and

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Discover Matlaws Filleto

Discover Matlaws Filleto™ is considered to be Best in Class. National Fish & Seafood has broken through the glass ceiling to launch a new line of hot foods /deli offerings by introducing Filleto. Filleto offers a variety of five bold flavors in a Premium Alaska Pollock Tender or Premium North Atlantic Cod Tender. Filleto can

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Commemorative Cigar

Drew Estate is releasing a new size within its Undercrown cigar line. The size will be called Undercrown “Dogma,” and has been created to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the online community Cigar Dojo. The blend of “Dogma” is based on the Undercrown Corona ¡Viva! and is comprised of Mexican San Andreas wrapper, Connecticut Stalk-Cut

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Wawa Rolls Out Fuel Pricing Solution

Adopts Kalibrate’s PriceNet for entire network of 382 fuel sites. Wawa Inc. has purchased the Kalibrate PriceNet fuel pricing system and will implement a roll-out across its entire network of 382 fuel sites. Wawa will utilize the full capabilities of PriceNet, which includes 24/7 automation of pricing, full integration to the sites, robust analytics to

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Travel Plaza To Open Near JFK Airport

In addition to gas, the plaza will feature compressed natural gas and Tesla electric chargers. A new travel plaza is set to open next to JFK Airport next month, New York Daily News reported. The station will be located on the  corner of 147th St. and 150th Ave. near the Belt Parkway and JFK Expressway

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New Study Explores Millennials Snacking by Age and Lifestyle

Y-Pulse study explores away from home snacking behavior of Millennials at a wide range of foodservice venues. Y-Pulse (ypulse.org) and The Culinary Visions Panel collaborated to conduct a study with over 1,000 consumers to better understand the factors that drive snack purchase decisions for consumers in different age groups and life stages. Snacking behavior and

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J & H Oil Selects PriceAdvantage

“We believe it will allow us to understand market and store performance, adjust our strategies as needed, and give us the competitive edge,” says president of J & H Oil. J & H Oil has chosen Skyline Products’ PriceAdvantage SMART Fuel Pricing as its fuel price management solution. J & H Oil is running PriceAdvantage

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TMT Inc. Adopts VP Racing Fuels’ Retail Brand Program

Distributor to rebrand nine “Whip In” locations in Dallas/Fort Worth market.  TMT Inc. has joined VP Racing Fuels’ growing roster of retail brand partners. Doing business under the “Whip In” name, TMT Inc. owns and operates 14 convenience stores and provides wholesale distribution of fuels to retail sites in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. “We are

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My Hyperbole Confusion

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. I recently read an article about raising the federal gas tax by 15 cents a gallon.  The article goes on to say that by doing so it would more than double the current federal gas tax.  Federal gas tax is currently at 18.4 cents a gallon. I questioned

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Kretek Goes All In With Three-Brand E-Vapor Launch

Cig2o, Voodoo and EZ Cig e-vapor products give retailers a trusted single source for growth. Kretek International announced it is launching the most complete lineup of e-liquids, personal vaporizers, e-pens, mods and e-vapor accessories in the e-vapor category. “We’ve been an innovation leader in the e-cigarette business for five years,” noted Kretek CEO Mark Cassar.

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Retail Gasoline Prices Reach Six-Month Highs

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric Wholesale gasoline postings moved higher in most major metropolitan markets across the country during the week ended Mar. 24, underpinned by higher crude acquisition costs, seasonal refinery maintenance, and the transition to lower Reid vapor pressure ratings for gasoline as the industry swaps out winter blends with

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Retailers React To Court Rule On Swipe Fees

“Any rule that would allow profit margins of more than 1,000% and raise fees on many transactions clearly violates the letter and intent of the law Congress passed,” says NACS President and CEO. On Friday, The U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia overturned a lower court’s decision in July that favored the merchants

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