Consumers are Hyped Up for Halloween

Halloween spending is expected to reach an all-time high this year. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has released survey results that have revealed that Americans plan to go above and beyond with candy and costumes  for this year’s Halloween celebrations. According to the NRF’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, total spending for

Pizza Vending Machines Offer a Taste of the Future

Pizza lovers can now access their favorite food 24/7 at new pizza vending machines. Pizza Touch has introduced new pizza vending machines to three Florida gas stations. According to a new report from NBC News, the new vending machines from Pizza Touch will offer piping hot pizza within two minutes. The new vending machines are

American Eating Habits are Evolving

How can retailers attract Millennials and earn their loyalty as consumers? As the dietary needs of consumers continue to evolve, supermarkets and other food retailers are constantly faced with the task of continuing to attract new generations of grocery shoppers. The task that faces food retailers today is attracting Millennial consumers and turning them into

Swiss Farms Unveils New Line of Breakfast Sandwiches

Swiss Farms celebrates National Coffee Day with free coffee and a new line of breakfast sandwiches. In celebration of National Coffee Day, on Sept. 29, Delaware County, Pa.-based Swiss Farms will launch a new line of fresh-made, breakfast sandwiches. The new sandwiches will be released at a special introductory price of $2 per sandwich. Also,

Maverik Expands to Colorado Springs

Maverik is facing the competition with larger stores and a wide array of menu offerings. The convenience store competition is heating up in Colorado Springs, Colo. as Maverik has announced plans to expand into the territory, an area formerly dominated by 7-Eleven, Kum & Go and other convenience retailers. According to a recent report from

Seven-Eleven Japan Plans Aggressive U.S. Expansion

Seven-Eleven Japan is confident that its new expansion efforts will lead to great success. Seven-Eleven Japan Co. has announced plans for an aggressive expansion in the U.S. According to a recent report from The Japan Times, Seven-Eleven Japan has plans to open more than 10,000 stores throughout the U.S., increasing the company’s total store count

Sluggish EMV Adoption Rates

Less than half of retailers have adopted EMV compliant technology. New survey results from The Strawhecker Group (TSG) have revealed that EMV acceptance among card-accepting merchants is not as high as it was expected to be by this time. According to the survey results, it is estimated that only 44% of U.S. card-accepting merchants have

Tools to Gauge Your Corporate Culture

It’s never too late to determine what makes your company tick. By David Hite In my last article, we looked at the different types of company cultures and how they affect the whole organization. This month, I want to address a few items that pertain to assessing your company culture. As an organizational development and

ARCO and Goodwill Partner to Give Back to Local Communities

ARCO has partnered with Goodwill Southern California to transform the lives of the people in the community. Tesoro, owner of the ARCO brand, has announced a new partnership with Goodwill Southern California (GSC) in order to assist the nonprofit in furthering  mission of “Transforming Lives Through The Power Of Work.” GSC’s footprint spans across Los Angeles,

Western Convenience Stores Emerges from Bankruptcy

Petroleum Equity Group and Garrison Investment Group help pull Western Convenience out of bankruptcy. With the assistance of Petroleum Equity Group, Western Convenience Stores has undergone a financial restructuring, which has successfully pulled the company out of bankruptcy. Headquartered in Centennial, Colo., the company remained in full operation during the bankruptcy period, which began on

C-Stores Compete for Millennial Foodservice Dollars

C-store competition heats up in Virginia. Wawa and 7-Eleven are heating up the competition in Virginia in an attempt to capture Millennial consumers. A new report from Daily Press has revealed that both companies are adding new stores in the state, with Wawa building a new store at Pembroke Avenue and Mercury Boulevard in Hampton,

Pinnacle’s Summit 2016 Draws Record Attendence

Pinnacle offered attendees of its Summit 2016 the opportunity to attend multiple training sessions and to take advantage of networking opportunities. The Pinnacle Corp. recently completed the company’s annual client conference, Summit 2016, and this year’s conference drew record attendance. Among the attendees were Pinnacle clients, respected partners and Pinnacle team members from across the

Consumers Crave Freshness

A new study has revealed a new emerging fresh food trend. The new Garden and Grove: Culinary Trend Tracking Series (CuTTS) report from Packaged Facts has revealed that freshness is greatly valued among consumers. The report revealed that freshness is valued above non-GMO, local, organic or natural claims, and it is even more important to consumers than

Western Refining Partners with St. Jude to Fight Pediatric Cancer

Western Refining has launched a Halloween campaign to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In an effort to help fight the monster that is pediatric cancer, Western Refining and St. Jude have joined together to raise money through a Halloween themed fundraising campaign. This year, parents of 16,000 children in the U.S. will

NRF Opposes Overtime Rules

The NRF has files a suit to fight against the new harmful overtime rules that are scheduled to go into effect later this year. On Tues., Sept. 20, the National Retail Federation (NRF) filed a suit in the U.S. District Court in opposition of the new federal overtime rules that are scheduled to go into

Parker’s Opens New Location on South Carolina

Parker’s continues its rapid expansion efforts with the opening of a new store in Port Royal, S.C. On Sept. 15, Savannah, Ga.-based Parker’s celebrated the grand opening of its newest retail store in Port Royal, S.C. As a part of the celebration, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held, which featured Beaufort County dignitaries. Port Royal

Tobacco Industry Displays Category Shifts

Tobacco category shifts continue to indicate a shift back towards combustible cigarettes. Cigarette sales are heading back towards historical declines, and the recent +0.7% growth over the past four weeks was driven by solid pricing. Cigarette pricing over the past four week period, ending Sept. 9, 2016, pricing was up a solid +3.7%, while volume

Modest Growth Observed in the Beverage Market

Beverage sales were up slightly over the past four weeks, but salty snacks continued to outperform beverage sales. Most categories in the beverage market experienced modest growth in the recent four week period ending Sept. 10, 2016. According to a report from Wells Fargo Securities, all channel dollar sales – including grocery, drug, mass and

Kwik Trip Named No. 1 Large Company in Des Moines

Kwik Trip attracts employees with impressive benefits and profit sharing. The Des Moines Register’s 2016 survey of top workplaces has listed Kwik Trip as the No. 1 large company in the Des Moines, Iowa area. Kwik Trip was named No. 1 based on a number of criterion, including its extensive employee benefits. According to the

Walmart Canada Expands Visa Ban

Sixteen more Walmart Canada stores will soon stop accepting Visa cards. Walmart Canada is continuing its fight against Visa’s high swipe fees by announcing that it will soon be increasing the number of Canadian locations that will no longer accept Visa Inc. cards. After ceasing to accept Visa cards in three Thunder Bay, Ontario stores

Dunkin’ Donuts Opens 12,00th Location

Dunkin’ Donuts is continuing its strategic westward expansion with a new location in the Greater Los Angeles area. Riverside, Calif. is now the home of the 12,000th Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant. The new store is located at 4922 La Sierra Ave. With this milestone location, Dunkin’ Donuts continues its steady and strategic westward expansion, opening more than

Royal Buying Group Strikes New Partnership with Alliance Cost Containment

A new, long-term partnership will strengthen the value propositions of both RBG and ACC. Royal Buying Group Inc. (RBG) has announced that it has entered into a new partnership with Alliance Cost Containment (ACC). Through this new partnership, RBG members will have access to customized indirect expense cost reduction programs. These customized programs provide pre-negotiated

Hershey Named to Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Hershey’s sustainability practices are among the top in the world. For the fourth consecutive year, The Hershey Co. has been named to both the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indices (DJSI). Hershey is one of only 11 companies from the Food, Beverage and Tobacco Industry in the World Index and ranked in the

Accepting the Sustainable Coffee Challenge

For the sustainably minded, an environmentally friendly approach to coffee starts long before entering your establishment. A holistic sustainable coffee program can hold different meanings to different demographics. From green to fair trade to organic and energy efficient, there are many areas of opportunity to embrace the challenge of sustainability. Exploring these options allows you

Breaking News/CSD Exclusive: NJOY Files For Bankruptcy

The e-cigarette manufacturer files for relief under Chapter 11 after its Kings 2.0 fails to perform. NJOY Inc., the electronic cigarette manufacturer, filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code late Friday, Sept. 16, in Delaware. The failure of NJOY’s Kings 2.0 device was behind the bankruptcy filing,