If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em

Instead of worrying how meal kit delivery services may harm their businesses, many grocers and food marketers are devising their own delivery services. While there has been some question lately about the success of meal kit delivery services, new research from Packaged Facts has revealed that these services have been met with considerable success since

Average Fuel Prices Rise for 14 Consecutive Days

Much of the country has seen drastic increases in fuel pricing over the past week. Fuel prices are back on the rise as the summer driving season winds down and autumn is on the horizon. According to the latest AAA Fuel Gauge, fuel prices have risen for each of the past 14 days, bringing the

Frostop Voted Best in Taste and Quality by Consumers

Frostop Root Beer is still a fan favorite, even after 90 years on the market. Frostop Root Beer, which is currently celebratinf its 90th anniversary, was recently voted the best in taste and quality at the Convenience Store Decisions’ 2016 Consumer’s Choice New Products Contest. The magazine’s products contest was held at Truenorth Convenience Store

NOCO Express Supports United Way through Donations

NOCO Express raises over $13,000 during one month fundraising campaign for United Way. During a paper t-shirt pin up campaigh, which ran throughout the month of July, NOCO Express raised $13,743 for the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, N.Y.  Customers and employees at all 36 NOCO Express stores helped to raise money by

Gas Stations Gear Up to Implement EMV Technology

 The window of opportunity is shrinking for hackers at gas stations, as station owners prepare to integrate EMV technology. October 1, 2017 is the deadline for the installation of EMV payment technology at fuel pumps, but many fuel retailers are looking to have the technology installed by September of 2017. As fuel retailers work to

Delek to Sell MAPCO to COPEC

Delek will unlock the value of its retail assets by selling MAPCO Express for a total of $535 million in cash. Delek US Holdings Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to sell MAPCO Express Inc., along with certain related affiliated companies, to a U.S. subsidiary of Compañía de Petróleos de Chile COPEC S.A. (COPEC).

Alimentation Couche-Tard to Purchase 53 Louisiana Sites

As part of a new agreement, 53 Cracker Barrel locations soon will  be rebranded to Circle K.  Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has announced that, through its wholly‑owned indirect subsidiary Circle K Stores Inc., the company has signed an agreement to purchase 53 Louisiana sites. The sites are being purchased from American General Investments LLC and North

Circle K Chooses McLane to Service Eastern and Midwest Stores

McLane will soon provide its services to 2,143 Circle K locations. Circle K has officially chosen McLane Co. Inc. to provide grocery and foodservice supply chain solutions to Circle K locations throughout the eastern and midwest U.S. Included in the multi-year agreement, McLane will begin servicing 1,161 Circle K locations starting January 2017, and an

Sharif Jamal Joins YEO Board

Second-generation executive at Chestnut Petroleum rounds out the eight-member Young Executives Organization leadership team. The National Advisory Group’s (NAG) Young Executives Organization (YEO) is pleased to announce that Sharif Jamal, the corporate training manager for Chestnut Petroleum (CPD), has joined the board of directors for a two-year term. Chestnut Petroleum, based in New Paltz, N.Y.,

Irving Oil and Circle K Support the New England Special Olympics

Irving Oil donates $1 per fuel transaction made on Aug. 27 to the New England Special Olympics. Saturday, Aug. 27 marked the finale of Irving Oil and Circle K’s Fueling Dreams campaign, a month-long program focused on raising money to support New England Special Olympics athletes and their programs. For the campaign’s finale, Irving Oil

How to Optimize Holiday Marketing Programs

Retailers should never underestimate the value of personalization and a “thank you” note. The holiday shopping season will be here before you know it, and it is time to start planning your holiday marketing campaigns to help drive sales during this crucial season. To help ensure that brands create a successful marketing campaign, Experian Marketing

Innovation Grows in Global Energy Drink Market

Growing consumer demand for organic and better-for-you products has led to an increase in energy drink innovation. New research from Mintel has revealed that, around the world, energy drink innovation is on the rise. Globally, more new energy drinks were launched in 2015 than in any year since 2008. Furthermore, between 2010 and 2015, the

Reaping Sandwich Rewards

Despite the challenges, prepackaged sandwich programs remain big traffic drivers for convenience stores committed to quality. By Lisa White, Contributing Editor Some may contend that convenience stores have a love-hate relationship with prepackaged sandwich programs. There no doubt is profit potential with these products, but overcoming negative perceptions as well as the inevitable shelf life

Measuring the Cost of Loyalty

Most U.S. retailers operate a loyalty or reward program, but far fewer figure out the return on investment. By CSD Staff Members of retailers’ customer loyalty programs generate between 12-18% more revenue for retailers than do customers who are not members of the loyalty programs, according to new research from digital provider Accenture Interactive. Those

The NRF Supports the New Online Sales Tax Proposal from Goodlatte

Retailers seek a level playing field when it comes to the collection of sales tax for online purchases. House Judiciary Committee chairman Robert Goodlatte has issued a new draft for online sales tax legislation, requesting that Congress take action to address the issue of online sales tax. The National Retail Federation welcomed the release of

Conexxus and NAC Introduce Anti-Skimming Guide

A new anti-skimming Guide is being provided to convenience stores and ATM distributors to help deter illegal skimming. A new ATM Skimming Detection & Deterrence Guide from Conexxus and the National ATM Council (NAC) will soon be available for use at convenience stores throughout the U.S. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) noted that

Guess Chooses Real Estate Firm to Coordinate C-Store Site Acquisitions

The Guess Corp. is moving forward with its plans to expand into the gas station and convenience store markets.  Following the release of the company’s designs for its new gas station and convenience store concept, The Guess Corp. has announced that it has chosen Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, a global commercial real estate firm, to

The Guess Corp. Unveils New Convenience Store Concept

A new, upscale convenience store experience is on the horizon. The Guess Corp. has now officially revealed renderings for the company’s planned gas stations and convenience stores. According to a report from Benzinga, the newly released design will be used for all of the company’s planned stores, which will be built across the U.S. through

Travel Centers and Blue Tiger Donate $105,000 to SCF

Since 2010, TravelCenters has collected over $1.7 million in donations for the St. Christopher Trucker’s Development and Relief Fund. TravelCenters of America LLC and Blue Tiger USA are working together to benefit truck drivers by donating a portion of the proceeds from sales of specially designed Blue Tiger Elite headsets to the St. Christopher Truckers

Growth Energy Continues Defense of Biofuels

Growth Energy rejects the oil industry’s attempts to discredit biofuels. A new report has been released by the API-funded biofuel critic, John DeCicco, and Growth Energy’s CEO Emily Skor has responded to the report, which completely ignores the climate benefits that result from the use of biofuels. In response to DeCicco’s report, Emily Skor issued

Global Partners Monetizes Non-Strategic Retail Sites

Global Partners has completed the sale of 30 non-strategic retail sites for around $40 million. Through a wholly owned subsidiary, Global Partners LP has now completed the previously announced sale of 30 gas stations and convenience stores to Mirabito Holdings Inc. The 30 sites that have been sold were non-strategic locations in New York and

Quik Mart Takes Advantage of SCS Lighting Division’s Lighting Solutions

New lighting from the SCS Lighting Division will result in substantial savings on lighting costs for Quik Mart. New lighting upgrades have been installed at 25 Quik Mart convenience store locations throughout Arizona, and employees and customers have noticed the improvements. The SCS Lighting Division recently replaced the existing fluorescent and HID interior/exterior lighting with

McDonald’s Launches Free Breakfast for Back-to-School

A number of Southern California McDonald’s locations will provide free breakfast to K-8 children on Sept. 13. On Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2016, participating McDonald’s restaurants throughout Southern California will be offering free breakfast for students in kindergarten through eighth grade from 6:30-9:30 a.m. In Southern California, students can enjoy any breakfast muffin sandwich, apple slices

FBI Now Involved in Indiana Vaping Law

A state decision determining who manufactures e-liquids in the Hoosier State is now under investigation. By CSD Staff The FBI is looking into whether any foul play was involved in the creation of Indiana’s controversial vaping law, according to an Indianapolis Star article. According to the newspaper, agents have interviewed at least two lawmakers and

Love’s Donates to Louisiana Flood Relief

Love’s donates $25,000 to recovery and relief efforts in Louisiana.  Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is helping to provide aid to those affected by the devastating flooding that recently struck Louisiana by donating $25,000 to The Salvation Army. The money is to be used for relief and recovery efforts in the Louisiana Gulf Coast