NRF Stresses Importance of Cybersecurity

Although moves have been made to increase cybersecurity, industry professionals are calling for more improvement, on a federal level. Tom Litchford, vice president of retail technology for National Retail Federation, has represented retailers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), hosted by the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence. This event focused on trends


How To Perk Up Coffee Sales

Some 26% of all coffee drinkers consume four or more cups of coffee per day. It is time to win their business. According to the latest Packaged Facts report, Coffee and Ready-to-Drink Coffee in the U.S.: Retail and Foodservice, 8th Edition, new innovations are providing the coffee industry with growth opportunities, new usage occasions and

CST Brands Names Reece To Board

Reece brings extensive investment banking and capital markets experience to the CST Board. CST Brands Inc.’s Board of Directors has appointed Joseph Reece as an independent director of the company. Reece will also serve on the company’s Executive and Nominating and Governance Committees. The CST Nominating and Governance Committee periodically assesses the Board’s composition so

The Biggest Holiday Shopping Weekend of the Year Approaches

Cyber Monday sales may be bigger than ever this year, as adults continue to gravitate towards the digital experience. Even with the majority (60%) of shoppers starting their holiday shopping by November 10, millions of shoppers are eagerly awaiting the deals that retailers will be offering, in store and online, for the biggest holiday shopping

Family Express Acquiring Former Urschel Laboratories Site

Plans prototype store featuring Valparaiso High School’s colors. Family Express is acquiring the former Urschel Laboratories site at the corner of Vale Park Road and Calumet Avenue in Valparaiso, Ind. It plans to demolish and restore the site over the next three months. Indiana 105.5 FM Radio reported Family Express plans to build a colonial

How Beacons, Proximity Marketing Are Impacting Millennial Spending

Mobile to greatly affect the way Millennials shop this holiday season. Beacons and proximity marketing programs are set to impact $7.5 billion in U.S. Millennial spending this holiday season, according to data from inMarket, the world’s largest beacon proximity and location intelligence platform. Beacons are BLE devices that connect with partnered mobile apps that are

40 Under 40: Saluting the C-Store Industry’s Next-Generation Leaders

Young executives across the industry are assuming greater responsibilities in the areas of operations, finance, marketing and technology. CSD partnered with the Young Executives Organization (YEO) to look at these emerging leaders. A CSD Staff Report Growth in the c-store industry today, as it was decades ago, is a complex, multi-tiered web that requires everyone

Thanksgiving Travelers To Pay Lowest Gas Prices In Seven Years

Some 18 states are seeing average gas prices below the $2 per gallon mark. Good news for the roughly 42 million Americans estimated to be traveling for Thanksgiving this year: pump prices are at their lowest for the holiday since 2008! According to AAA, gas averages have fallen for 17 consecutive days for a total

New Love’s Location Offers Compressed Natural Gas

Drivers now have the option to fill up with CNG at 16 Love’s locations. Six Love’s Travel Stops on the 1,000-mile stretch of Interstate 40 between Albuquerque, N.M., and West Memphis, Ark. now offer professional drivers the option to fill up with compressed natural gas (CNG). The new Love’s in Albuquerque, N.M. along Interstate 40,

Cigar Association Protests Possible Ban on Flavored Tobacco Products

Health professionals continue to wage war against flavored tobacco products, while also pushing for legal age of purchase increase. The Cigar Association of America recently outlined several ordinances that are being considered by both the Cleveland Ohio City Council and the City of Boston Public Health Commission that would ban the sale of most flavored

CVS Hosts Three-Day Holiday Sale

CVS offers shopper incentives to bring in business on the busiest holiday shopping weekend of the year. CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare Rewards members will have extra savings opportunities during a three-day Black Friday sales event at all 7,900 CVS/pharmacy locations. The three-day event kicks off Thanksgiving Day and goes through Saturday, Nov. 28. A three-day circular can

Dollar General Offers Customers Seven Days of Savings

Dollar General is kicking off the holiday shopping weekend early. Dollar General is offering customers seven straight days of savings for their holiday shopping. Customers who shop online and at one of its more than 12,000 retail locations between Sunday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 28 can take advantage of these promotional sales. “Dollar General

How Early Shopping Is Expected To Impact Black Friday Sales

FBIC report predicts healthy season, but soft Thanksgiving week sales. A report from Fung Business Intelligence Centre Global Retail & Technology (FBIC) predicts Thanksgiving week sales will be soft because customers started their holiday shopping early this year. A combination of consumer behavior and month-long promotions has led to consumers getting an early start. The

iSEE Suction Displays To Be Available In Europe and Latin America

iSEE Suction holds up to 50 pounds for convenient displays. Through an agreement made between iSEE Store Innovations LLC and Display Technologies, an IMI Marmon/Berkshire Hathaway company, Display Technologies is now authorized to sell iSEE’s suction display products to beverage clients in Europe and Latin America. iSEE’s suction display products include the iSEE Apex, iSEE

TravelCenters Unveils RoadKing Family

TravelCenters RoadKing Family edition highlights the importance of the country’s truck driving industry. TravelCenters of America LLC, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers, has published RoadKing Family, a special annual edition of its popular RoadKing magazine. RoadKing Family has been mailed to the homes of more the 150,000 professional drivers who have earned the most UltraONE

How South American Foods Are Inspiring Beverages

Ancient South American foods are growing in popularity for utilization in beverages. The beverage industry is being innovated by transforming once routine thirst-appeasing liquids into exciting, energizing, sometimes better-for-you products. Consumers are looking for beverages that satisfy a number of needs in their daily lives beyond satiating thirst, and these include energy, weight loss, illness

Consumers Turn to Bottled Water As Soft Drink Substitute

Conditions are favorable for accelerated growth in the bottled water industry. Bottled Water in the U.S., a report from Packaged Facts, has revealed that, over the past decade, American consumers have increasingly turned to bottled water as a substitute for carbonated soft drinks. During this period the number of adults who drank five or more glasses

How to Get the Most Out of Consumer Optimism

Consumers are more optimistic about finances this year, but they are still looking for the best prices of the season. According to an independent study from Synchrony Financial, consumers are approaching holiday shopping this year with optimism about their personal finances. Nearly half (47%) of surveyed consumers indicated that they are more confident in their financial

How To Encourage Healthy Lifestyles in Employees

Employers expect to increase commitment to employee health and wellness in coming years.  A global survey from Towers Watson has revealed that, despite offering an array of programs to enhance worker health and productivity, U.S. employers are finding it difficult to change the lifestyle behaviors of their employees. That being said, the majority of organizations

How To Meet Dietary Guidelines With Frozen Food

A menu made of 95% frozen foods can meet dietary guidelines for Americans. A new white paper from the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) has revealed that a weekly menu consisting primarily of frozen foods meets the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs). Written by Betsy Hornick, Illinois-based food and nutrition communications consultant, a licensed

Thanksgiving Voted Second Favorite Holiday

Regardless of age, race, political beliefs and gender, Christmas remains the top holiday for Americans.  As America becomes increasingly diverse, traditions may be expected to change, but research suggests that time-honored traditions remain strong. Despite annual outcries about a supposed war on Christmas, it’s still Americans’ top pick (by a wide margin) when naming their

NATO Details State Tobacco Issues Across the Country

The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) outlines tobacco issues and proposed ordinances facing cities across the U.S. California The cities of Berkeley and San Francisco are considering a possible proposal to increase the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21. In response to a letter from NATO advising the Berkeley City

Kwik Trip First Convenience Store to Join Drink Up Effort

Drink Up campaign encourages people to drink more water. The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and PHA Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama to make healthier choices easier for busy parents and families, today announced that Kwik Trip is the first convenience store to join its Drink Up

Cumberland Farms Celebrates Thanksgiving With Free Coffee

Cumberland Farms’ customers can enjoy free coffee on Thanksgiving and enjoy limited edition holiday flavors. Cumberland Farms plans to celebrate Thanksgiving by giving thanks to its customers with free coffee, tea and hot chocolate. From 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, customers can stop by any one of the brand’s nearly

Kerry Acquires Insight Beverages

Kerry Convenience is broadening its horizons through its acquisition of Insight Beverages. Kerry, The Taste and Nutrition Company, recently completed the acquisition of Insight Beverages. Kerry is aligning the Insight Beverage brands and technologies under the newly formed, “Kerry Convenience.” Kerry Convenience, led by the Insight Beverages team, is a new entity that will service