How to Optimize Fuel Supply Profitability

There’s always a disciplined approach to building a high-value fuel distribution business. Mark Radosevich Marketers competing for fuel distribution contracts are facing an increasingly tough environment to garner profitable dealer business. Several years ago some marketers began offering deals whereby the dealer could retain the prompt pay discount (PPD), in an attempt to aggregate rapid


How to Market to the Hispanic Consumer

Before convenience stores can effectively attract more Hispanic customers, they have to strive for cultural competence. This only happens through due diligence and time. By Sylvia Meléndez Klinger and Kate Brogan, Hispanic Food Communications Inc. There are more than 55 million Hispanic consumers in the U.S. today, and the Hispanic population is expected to double

How to Decipher Technology Lies

Our smartphones, tablets and other devices are technological marvels, but they’ve diverted our attention away from what people can accomplish in conversations. By CSD Staff Advertisements promise that the latest smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other gadgets will put blazing speed at our fingertips, enable us to multitask like an octopus and ensure that we never miss

Mars Opens New Global Food Safety Center

Mars moves to ensure better food safety for generations to come. Mars Inc. has opened a new Global Food Safety Center. This facility is the first-of-its-kind and will be used for pre-competitive research and training. The aim is to raise global food safety standards through collaboration. Convening governments, academics, regulators and industry peers, the Mars Global Food Safety Center is

How The Pizza Industry Is Heating Up

Demand for convenience calls for fast casual pizza offerings. Sales at U.S. pizza restaurants reached $41 billion in 2014, up 3% from 2013. Pizza is ranked as the second most popular cuisine at quick-service restaurants in the U.S., according to “Pizza Market in the U.S.: Foodservice and Retail, 2nd Edition,” a report by market research publisher Packaged Facts.

Kocolene Marketing Sells 13 C-Stores To Couche-Tard

Kocolene to continue to operate seven retail fuel outlets and 14 tobacco stores in addition to its wholesale motor fuels distribution business. Kocolene Marketing LLC has closed the sale of convenience store assets to Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Mac’s Convenience Stores, LLC. The Company’s assets acquired by Couche-Tard include 13 company-operated convenience

GPM Buying 175 Gas Stations in Midwest

If deal is completed as planned GPM would grow its store count to 950 stations. GPM Investments, owned by Arko Holdings Ltd., is purchasing up to 175 filling stations, c-stores and tobacco stores in the Midwest, according to a report by Globes. The deal is reportedly happening in two stages. In stage one of the

FED Adopts Enhancements To Same-Day ACH Service

Phase one of the new rule is set to go into effect next September. The Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday, Sept. 23, approved enhancements to the Federal Reserve Banks’ same-day automated clearing house (ACH) service, despite opposition from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) and other stakeholders. The enhancements are intended to align the

How JTI Is Growing In Emerging Products Segments

Wells Fargo notes JTI is expanding in the areas of e-vapor, tobacco vapor and next generation products. At Japan Tobacco (JTI)’s investor meeting in London on Sept. 18, the company reiterated its mid-to-high single-digit profit growth target and noted that it expects to grow profits in the mid-to long-term. Wells Fargo Securities LLC, noted JTI

MacFood Mart Partners With OpenStore by Gasbuddy

Drives convenience store traffic with new Web page and mobile app. Mcintosh Energy, parent company of MacFood Mart, has partnered with OpenStore by Gasbuddy to embrace all aspects of convenience store marketing through a multiplatform approach. McIntosh Energy realized that it takes more than just having a good location to drive business to a store.

Smoker Friendly Donates More Than $100,000 To JDRF

Store clerks selling ribbons, customer donations and an auction helped Smoker Friendly raise funds for the cause. Smoker Friendly has delivered a check for $100,237.00 to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Colorado. Smoker Friendly International and The Cigarette Store Corp.’s 89 Smoker Friendly and Gasamat stores delivered the funds on Sept 21. The efforts of

How Pumpkin Beverages Are Giving Foodservice Menus A Boost

Seasonal beverages help increase visits, visit frequency and basket size, according to NPD research. With autumn comes the annual tradition of limited-time offer (LTO) pumpkin specialty drinks. Turns out that it’s one of the favorite times of the year for foodservice operators who offer the limited-time drinks too because their business benefits in more ways

How American Customers Are Celebrating Halloween

Nine in 10 Halloween shoppers are expected to buy candy this year. Fall is here, and fast on its heels will come Halloween. This year more than 157 million Americans plan to celebrate Halloween this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Halloween Consumer Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. The average

Parker’s Presents Fueling the Community Donation To Area School District

Candler County School District receives $1,000 donation. As part of its Fueling the Community program, Parker’s Convenience Store chain recently presented the Candler County School District in Georgia with a $1,000 donation. The donation, which is part of a larger unrestricted charitable contribution to area schools, was officially presented at the Candler County School District’s

SuperAmerica, Eby-Brown Extend Contract

Partnership helps SuperAmerica reach its goals of continued customer satisfaction. SuperAmerica and Eby-Brown Co. LLC, a consumer products distributor to the convenience industry in the Eastern U.S., have reached an agreement for a multi-year contract renewal. Under a long-term agreement, Eby-Brown will remain the exclusive supplier to all of the corporate SuperAmerica stores and will

Sheetz Among List of Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania

The list is determined by a survey sent to both the employers and employees from hundreds of companies in the state. Sheetz is among the list of 100 Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania. The alphabetical list was revealed this week by Team Pennsylvania Foundation and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED.

Starbucks Introduces Mobile Order & Pay Nationwide

The new app feature allows coffee customers to place their orders before they get to Starbucks. Starbucks Coffee Co. has introduced the nationwide availability of Mobile Order & Pay on iOS and Android devices, a new feature of the popular Starbucks mobile app that allows customers to place and pay for their order in advance

Speedway Raises More than $2 Million For CMN

The 24th Annual Speedway Golf Tournament is the largest single-day golf fundraising event for the charity. More than 700 golfers raised over $2 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals during the 24th Annual Speedway Miracle Celebration and Tournament, the centerpiece of Speedway LLC’s annual fundraising efforts. Recently held in Dayton, Ohio, the tournament raised this

How A New Survey Aims To Help Retailers Fight Crime

U.S. Retail Fraud Survey 2015 launches at first Retail Fraud in New York. This year’s U.S. Retail Fraud Survey 2015, sponsored by Volumatic, is launching at the inaugural Retail Fraud – New York show this Thursday, Sept. 24. The survey is based on primary research into the systems, processes and strategies used by North America’s

Retailers Committed To Delivering Consistent Brand Experience

BRP survey shows 78% of retailers plan to implement a unified commerce platform within five years. Customers expect a personalized, seamless brand experience across digital and physical commerce touch points and unified commerce is key to delivering this experience. This is the new mantra in retail, according to Boston Retail Partners’ (BRP) 2015 E-Commerce Survey,

Exclusive: Speculation Abounds On Flash Food’s Potential Suitor

Industry whispers point to CST Brands, 7-Eleven and Couche-Tard as potential interested parties. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor As Convenience Store Decisions first reported in yesterday’s daily news, Flash Foods is in talks with a potential suitor about a possible acquisition. “The Jones Company, who is the holding company for Flash Foods, is exploring a potential

CST Brands Purchasing More Common Units of CrossAmerica

CST Brands is the beneficial owner of 5,284,308 common units of CrossAmerica Partners LP, representing a 15.9% ownership interest. CST Brands Inc. has announced that the independent executive committee of its board of directors has approved a purchase program authorizing CST Brands and its subsidiaries to purchase up to an aggregate of $50 million of

Couche-Tard Rolls Out New Global Circle K Brand

Kangaroo Express, Circle K, Mac’s and Statoil retail brands all converting to new global brand. Starting in January 2016, Kangaroo Express stores throughout the Southeast U.S. are being rebranded to Circle K, a new global convenience brand. This new, global convenience brand will replace Couche-Tard’s existing Kangaroo Express, Circle K, Mac’s and Statoil retail brands

Sunoco Becomes Founding Partner of DAYTONA Rising Project

Entry statement includes over 20,000 square feet of Sunoco engagement and fan experiences. International Speedway Corp. (ISC) and Sunoco have formed a multi-year partnership that will make Sunoco the fourth Founding Partner at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) as part of its historic $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project. The DAYTONA Rising project, encompassing the Speedway’s

American Vaping Association Opposes Chicago Mayor’s Proposed Tax On Vapor Products

E-liquids could see a tax increase of $8.75 per bottle in Chicago. The American Vaping Association, a leading advocate for the benefits of vapor products such as electronic cigarettes, is calling on ex-smokers, business owners, and public health advocates in Chicago to oppose Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed tax on vapor products. Set to be released