Blockbuster CEO: Learn From C-stores

Former 7-Eleven head James Keyes – now CEO at Blockbuster – gave his dish on the efficiency and ingenuity of convenience stores in an interview with New York Times’ writer Saul Hansell, in a blog titled “Blockbuster’s Big Gulp of Technology.” Keyes told Hansell that most people don’t understand just how much technology is needed


Learning From Other Channels: What Not To Do

A new report by a consortium of union groups is accusing CVS Caremark Corporation of discriminatory practices in its choice of store locations, services and theft prevention. CVS came under fire late last week when civil rights groups reacted to the results of an investigation by the group Change To Win (CtW), a partnership of

Tracking Chocolate

While chocolate has had its share of challenges in this economy, growth in the premium segment continues to be robust as single-serving sizes and health claims such as high-antioxidants are providing consumers with rationale for feeding their sweet cravings, reported, citing a Packaged Facts study. U.S. sales of conventional, lower-priced chocolate grew just 1.5%

FuelQuest Appoints New Tech Leader

FuelQuest Inc., an on-demand software and services company for the global downstream energy industry, said it has appointed Srini Achukola as Chief Technology Officer for its fuel management business. With more than 20 years of commercial and enterprise information technology experience, Achukola brings a unique combination of knowledge in retail, freight and logistics to FuelQuest,

Accumulate While You Percolate

Nearing its 150th Anniversary, Eight O’Clock Coffee is staying fresh by offering customers the ability to “Accumul8 Rewards” – a new program that allows consumers to record purchases of Eight O’Clock Coffee and then redeem points for gifts like free coffee, mugs, games and gift cards. “Times are tough for our consumers – we want

Rutter’s Opens New Store, Continues Donations

While celebrating the opening of a new store in Carlisle, Pa., Rutter’s Farm Stores has also donated $105,000 to local charities this holiday season. The York, Pa.-based c-store chain donated $45,000 to United Way of Carlisle and Cumberland County last week, the same time it announced the opening of its Carlisle store. “It’s always a

Gulf Oil Exec: $1 Gas On The Horizon?

Gulf Oil CEO Joe Petrowski told a Boston TV station that he thinks pump prices could fall to $1 a gallon in early 2009. "The oil market is a manic-depressive market. It tends to overshoot," Petrowski told WCVB-TV of Boston. He said the price of crude could drop to $20 per barrel. “The market overshot

Simply Green Celebrates Grand Opening

Simply Green Biofuels celebrated its grand opening Friday in Dover, N.H., the Foster Daily Democrat reported. Simply Green owner Andrew Kellar and his wife, Ginger, opened the store as Dover Mayor Scott Myers and Kristi Hartley – the Seacoast and Rockingham County business specialist with the state Department of Resources and Economic Development – participated

Jersey Ploys?

The New Jersey Gasoline, Convenience and Automotive Association (NJGCA) has accused New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram of grandstanding when she alleged there was misconduct on the part of hundreds of gas retailers during high gas prices this past summer. Last week, NJGCA said Milgram misrepresented the number of gas stations that were actually scamming

Polishing Up The Vocabulary

The Professional Carwashing and Detailing Web site has posted a 300-word glossary and dictionary for anyone with sights on the car wash business. The list was originally created by Robert Andre to help aid his students at CarWash College, mainly so they could better understand basic terminology as they learned to repair and maintain

An Inch Up On Competition

With a $5 foot-long sub promotion bringing customers in by the droves – and inspiring some copy-cat promotions at other restaurants – the Subway restaurant chain has reached the 30,000-store milestone two years earlier than it anticipated in original estimates. From the beginning of April through the end of September – in addition to reaching

GSTV At 1,000-plus Stations

Destination Media says it has cemented Gas Station TV network as the largest at-the-pump network by installing it in location No. 1,000, essentially quadrupling its presence from 22 Designated Market Areas in the U.S. to more than 100. With an audience approaching 30 million viewers per month, Gas Station TV is one of the top

Pantry Names Senior VP Of Field Ops

Sanford, N.C.-based The Pantry has promoted its vice president of field operations, Brad Williams, to senior vice president of field operations. Williams will have operating responsibility over The Pantry’s 1,653 c-stores, including 239 quick service restaurants located in some of those stores. Williams the company in 1998, and has since held numerous positions in operations

Fresh & Easy Opens Bakersfield Stores

Fresh & Easy has opened its first two stores in Bakersfield, Calif., this week, though four more stores in Kern County are also on the agenda. “At Fresh & Easy, we offer quality food our customers can trust at budget prices,” said Fresh & Easy CEO Tim Mason. “Particularly in today’s economy, we are excited

Kum & Go Opens Conifer, Colo., Store

Kum & Go LC has opened a new store in Conifer, Colo., continuing its expansion in the Rocky Mountain region. The 3,400-square-foot store took less than four months to construct. “We are thrilled to offer a Kum & Go location for the residents of Conifer and surrounding areas,” said Kyle Krause, Kum & Go president

Pepsi Bottling Group Names Senior VP and Chief Strategy Officer

The Pepsi Bottling Group Inc., of Somers, N.Y. ha appointed Eric Llopis as senior vice president and chief strategy officer. In his new role, Llopis will lead the company’s planning efforts and work closely with PBG’s global management team to drive innovation and strengthen and diversify the company’s brand portfolio. He’ll also look to capitalize

Hot Stuff Lands “Wow” Award

Hot Stuff Foods landed top honors in the newest category at the 2008 Packaging Awards ceremony in New Orleans, sponsored by the Foodservice Packaging Institute. Hot Stuff Foods’ new Big Stuff Crowd Pleaser Pizza container captured first place in the newly created category called “The Wow! Factor.” FPI said “The Wow! Factor” award honors foodservice

Supreme Sentiments

The U.S. Supreme Court is looking at how big oil companies are handling franchise agreements with thousands of independent gas station owners, Bloomberg news reported. The justices asked the Justice Department this week for advice on a bid by Massachusetts gas station owners to sue Shell Oil Co. and Motiva Enterprises LLC, Bloomberg reported. A

Susser Expanding with KSS

During its third quarter earnings call, Susser Holdings Corp. credited KSS Inc. as a key contributor to the success of its fuels business and noted that they will complete the rollout of PriceNet to the remainder of their network of stores early in the New Year. The Corpus Christi, Texas convenience store chain owns and

Fuel Decline Continues

By Brian Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, DTN Energy For weeks now, retail gasoline prices have tumbled alongside plummeting crude costs as the current economic blight cuts industrial and commercial demand and triggers conservation efforts by Americans not seen since 1980. The double digit weekly decline rate continued ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, with the Energy

PCATS Celebrating Five Years

Members of the Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) will celebrate the organization’s fifth year next month when they gather at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Universal’s CityWalk in Orlando, Fla. PCATS members are gathering for the annual conference at The Florida Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando that month (from Jan. 26 to Jan.

Kum & Go Adds Calorie Burner

Celsius calorie burner has been added to the mix at 438 Kum & Go locations in 12 states, the companies said this week. Celsius makers say the product is scientifically formulated and clinically tested to burn up to 100 calories or more per serving. Additions to the Kum & Go stores will include Celsius’ popular

Iowa Retailers Ready For Annual Benefit

Residents in some Iowa communities will be able to help disabled individuals every time they fill up their car, the Clinton Herald in Clinton, Iowa, reported. The 28th annual Cent-A-Gallon Day is being held Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, at gas stations across the state. For every gallon of fuel sold at participating businesses, one

Banking on fuelperks!

O’Hara, Pa.-based grocery chain Giant Eagle is using its fuelperks! program to partner with Citizens Bank, offering the bank’s customers pennies-per-gallon savings off fill-ups at Giant Eagle-owned GetGo c-stores, the Pittsburgh Business Times reported. Giant Eagle already partners with Citizens by hosting it as the in-store bank at 55 locations. In the new promotion, Citizens