NATO Seeks New Board of Director Candidates

NATO is seeking to fill 10 positions on its board of directors. The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) board of directors is once again is inviting its members to consider being a candidate to join the board. Nine manufacturer directors, 12 retail directors and three wholesale directors make up the current NATO board. The board is seeking to


U.S. Oil Partners with CSA

U.S. Oil customers expected to gain significant advantage through new partnership. U.S. Oil, the petroleum and renewable energy distribution division of U.S. Venture, has entered into a partnership with Convenience Store Alliance (CSA). This new partnership will allow independent customers access to national chain discount and rebate programs. “I have come to realize as an independent that

C-Store Provides Healthy Dinner Options

All of the ingredients that consumers need for a balanced dinner can now be found in one convenient kit, at a convenient location. Square One Markets convenience store in Bethlehem, Pa. has launched a test phase for a new dinner kit. This new kit allows nourishing family meals to be prepared in less than 30 minutes!

Hershey Launches New Global Initiative to Feed Children

Hershey will use new initiative to support the nutritional needs of children in Ghana. The Hershey Co. has launched a new Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action. The goal of the initiative is to help supply Vivi to school children in Ghana.  Vivi is a vitamin and mineral-fortified nutritional supplement which is produced from high-quality

Retailers are Optimistic About the Fourth Quarter

Consumer and retailer optimism are up as the third quarter of 2015 comes to a close, and they seem to have good reason. The first nine months of 2015 have brought growth to convenience store sales at the pump as well as inside the store. According to a report from the National Association of Convenience

Heineken Launches Worldwide Spectre Campaign

Heineken offers a one of a kind James Bond experience through the new Spectre campaign. Heineken has announced the latest chapter of its global partnership with the iconic James Bond film franchise, launching the new Spectre campaign. This announcement precedes the worldwide release of Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Spectre this autumn. Heineken’s integrated Spectre campaign

How to Survive as an Independent C-Store Owner

In today’s competitive marketplace, it can be quite the challenge to succeed as an independent c-store owner. Difficult, but not impossible. As the retail landscape continues to change through consolidation, new players and the ever-evolving consumer, there has been a great impact on independent c-store or small c-store chains. These changes in the industry require independent owners to change

EMV Compliance Discussion to be Held at NACS Show

As the EMV compliance deadline approaches, VP Racing and Allied Brand Capital will offer strategies and solutions to NACS attendees. VP Racing Fuels and Allied Brand Capital will jointly hold a panel discussion at the upcoming NACS Show. A panel of industry leaders and experts will discuss strategies and solutions for achieving EMV compliance, just in time the October 2015 deadline. Attendees will

TravelCenters Acquires 36 C-Stores

The previously disclosed agreement for the acquisition of 36 c-stores has been completed. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters) announced it has completed the acquisitions of 36 convenience stores. These new stores are located throughout Missouri and Kansas, and they are part of a previously disclosed agreement. All of the acquired stores have begun operation under TravelCenters.

Good Oil Co. Releases Mobile App

With access to on-the-go customers, the new app from Good Oil will help to attract new and repeat business, as well as drive in-store sales. Good Oil Co. has partnered with OpenStore in an attempt to reach on-the-go customers. The Indiana-based company, Good Oil, currently owns and operates 14 convenience locations throughout Indiana and Illinois under the Good

The United Family Launches Sweepstakes

United Family’s sweepstakes offers once-in-a-lifetime grand prize opportunity. The United Family has launched the Farmland Race with Royalty Sweepstakes. All United Supermarkets, Market Street, Albertsons Market, Amigos and United Express locations in Dallas-Fort Worth, West Texas and New Mexico will participate in the sweepstakes.  According to Ron Bonacci, senior director of marketing for The United Family, the

Chevron to Sponsor Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Chevron’s new sponsorship of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers holds promise of future promotions for fans. Chevron Products Company, a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., has signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “We are excited to welcome Chevron as our newest sponsor,” said Brian Ford, chief operating officer with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “Chevron’s

Anheuser-Busch Acquires Golden Road

Golden Road is the latest addition to Anheuser-Busch’s High End Business Unit’s portfolio. Anheuser-Busch has announced that it will soon acquire Los Angeles-based Golden Road Brewing. Anheuser-Busch will help to bring the fresh, canned beer of Golden Road to more consumers. Golden Road’s commitment to bring fresh beer to the market in the most sustainable way possible

How to Build a Strong Service Team

Does your team really make service a priority? There are things you can do to develop a strong service team—and happier customers. By CSD Staff Developing a customer service team that has the skills to provide quality assistance to your customers can be the most straightforward plan if taken step by step. What can you

CSD Announces Product Winners

This summer we asked c-store customers in Ohio to taste-test the latest in snacks, sweets and beverages and let us know which ones they liked best. Now the votes have been tallied and we unveil the winners. By CSD Staff The votes are in and the winners of our First Annual Consumer Choice Contest have

Taco Bell Offers Pre-Pay Option Through New Website

Taco Bell has unveiled innovative plans to revolutionize the fast food experience. Taco Bell has launched its new virtual restaurant and Website,, which will allow customers to customize, order and pay for food in advance. The new site gives customers access to the full Taco Bell menu and to flavor combinations that they never knew

Research and Markets Reveals Confectionary Trends

An increase in disposable income has led to increased customer willingness to pay for better quality confections. Rising disposable income has led to increased consumer willingness to pay more for better quality products and premium chocolates, according to a new report by Research and Markets, titled Confectionery Market in the US 2015-2019. Confectionery Market in

RAI Sells Natural American Spirit International Businesses to JT Group

The sale does not include the rights to the Natural American Spirit brand name and associated trademarks in the U.S. Reynolds American Inc. announced that it is selling the international rights to the Natural American Spirit brand name and associated trademarks, along with the international companies that distribute and market the brand outside the U.S.,

QuickChek Revises New Market Plans in Seaford

QuickChek seeks to assure the local community that the new market concept will greatly benefit the local economy. QuickChek has revised it’s original plans for the construction of a new convenience market in Seaford, N.Y. The company’s original plans were met with concerns from the community, and in order to show that the new market

MFA Oil Expands Footprint Through New Acquisition

MFA Oil welcomes Lyberger Oil’s former employees and customers into it’s family. MFA Oil Co. has announced its acquisition of Lybarger Oil Inc., based in Garnett, Kan. The new acquisition will establish a substantial presence in the east-central Kansas market for MFA Oil. “We are excited to welcome Lybarger Oil’s employees and customers to the MFA

Wawa Signs Multi-Year Credit Agreement With Citi

Wawa customers will soon have a credit card of their own to make fueling up better than ever. Wawa Inc. has announced a new multi-year agreement with Citi Retail Services to launch a private label consumer credit card program for Wawa customers. The new program will launch on Sept. 30, 2015, and the service and portfolio

Will Japan Tobacco Purchase RAI Cigarette Assets?

While talks are said to be “advanced” a deal has not been finalized. Japan Tobacco Inc. (JTI) is reportedly in talks to buy cigarette assets from Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) According to a report by Bloomberg, JTI may acquire assets worth about $5 billion, including some of the Natural American Spirit tobacco brand. Discussions were

MotoMart Partners With Acumera

Rolls out a comprehensive network management solution, including Dual WAN Failover app, which provides high availability wide area network (WAN) connectivity. MotoMart convenience stores have added Acumera’s C-Store Connections package. MotoMart is part of family-owned FKG Oil Co., is headquartered in Belleville, Ill., and operates 78 stores in six states in the Midwest. According to

Samsung Pay Launches in the U.S.

Samsung enters mobile payments race with new, widely accepted technology. Samsung, as of Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, has launched it’s new Samsung Pay technology within the U.S. This debut comes only weeks after Android Pay was launched and approximately one year after the introduction of Apple Pay, but Samsung is confident that its new technology

Tyson and NACS Provide Protein to Food Bank

Tyson and NACS help to provide wholesome food to hungry people throughout southern Nevada. Tyson Foods Inc. and the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS)  recently donated a truckload of protein to Three Square Food Bank in Las Vegas. This donation was made in an effort to eliminate hunger in southern Nevada. Three Square, which serves Clark, Esmeralda,