couchetard revenues continue to climb

Strong gasoline margins and merchandise same store sales, which increased by 4.2% in the U.S. and 6.6% in Canada, fuel boost. Sales generated by stores acquired in the last 12 months powered Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., Convenience Store Decisions 2007 Chain of the Year, to another robust performance in the second quarter of fiscal 2008. Revenues

ten ways to help your employees get it done every day

Companies frequently develop vision and mission statements about being number one in their industry, the great service they provide to customers, and their rewarding work environment. Yet more often than not, these statements are so far from reality that they become joke fodder for customers and employees alike. It doesn’t have to be this way,

mister car wash acquires car wash headquarters

Deal includes eight stores in Florida, Alabama and Texas. Mister Car Wash has acquired the Car Wash Headquarters chain, adding eight stores in Tampa, Fla., Birmingham, Ala., and Mesquite, Texas under its widening umbrella. Financial terms were not disclosed. The company believes the latest acquisition makes Mister Car Wash the second largest carwash chain in

reducing store manager turnover

Career Management Survey identifies metrics for keeping key personnel onboard. Findings from a recent survey of human resources executives at retail companies point to the industry’s accelerated efforts to reduce turnover in their store management ranks, according to Career Management, the retail executive recruiting firm which conducted the study. The survey covered a range of

refining drives chs earnings

Revenues for fiscal year 2007 were $17.2 billion, up 20% over $14.4 billion a year earlier. CHS Inc., the St. Paul, Minn.-based refiner-marketer, reported record net income for fiscal 2007 of $750.3 million. The earnings for the 12 months ending Aug. 31, 2007, compared with net income of $490.3 million for fiscal 2006. Revenues for

interest in bp stores grows

Couche-Tard could make a play for units in Indiana. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. said it’s interested in purchasing some of the more than 700 convenience stores BP America Inc. plans to sell in the U.S. over the next two years. The Laval, Quebec-based retailer said it interest is piqued because the company operates in some of

wilson farms turns to tripifoods

Distributor will take over operations in Upstate New York locations early next year. Wilson Farms, which is headquartered in Amherst, has 198 locations in Upstate New York either under its own name, Wilson Farms Xpress or Sugar Creek. Paul Nanula, Wilson Farms president and chief executive officer, said the switch was made as part of

bp selling off cstores

Oil company to franchise units in Indiana and other U.S. regions. BP’s U.S. Convenience Retail unit announced it will sell all of its company-owned and company-operated convenience stores in Indiana and other regions in the U.S. The move will bring new ownership to more than 700 company-owned and operated convenience stores and will eliminate 9,500

anheuserbusch gets festive

New holiday brew flavors include Cherry and Chocolate in the Michelob line. Retailers hoping to gain a boost in holiday beer sales will get a boost from two special seasonal beers from Anheuser-Busch — Michelob Celebrate Cherry and Michelob Celebrate Chocolate, a duo of richly aromatic, smooth, complex and balanced lagers now available in most

ferullo joins petroproperties

Industry veteran to serve as Gulf Coast region vice president. PetroProperties & Finance announced the addition of Jim Ferullo as the new Gulf Coast Region Vice President. Ferullo, a 20-year petroleum industry veteran, was formally the chief operating officer of Global Energy USA, a multi-branded Florida fuels and lubricants marketer. In addition to handling regional

pei elects new officers

Blair Shwedo to serve as vice president, Peter Ward as treasurer. Blair D. Shwedo, president of SouthEastern Petroleum Systems Inc. in Charlotte, N.C., was appointed by the board of directors of the Petroleum Equipment Institute to serve as the 2008 vice president of the organization, while Peter Ward, president of Glasgow Equipment Service Inc. in

rutters delivers milk labeling stance to pa legislators

Part of broader effort to communicate position against artificial growth hormones. Ten Rutter’s representatives and hundreds of cows (the stuffed variety) descended upon Pennsylvania’s state capital Tuesday as part of the company’s efforts to retain the ability to tell consumers that its milk contains no artificial growth hormones. The Department of Agriculture in October cited

wawa fights hunger

Chain partners with local food banks as part of the “Check Out Hunger” campaign. Wawa Inc. is reaching out to consumers to stamp out hunger. The Pennsylvania chain is holding its eighth annual Check Out Hunger Campaign to benefit local food banks. The campaign will run through Dec. 3 in all of Wawa’s 570 stores

from the archives january 1992 mechatronics ii

The increasing mechatronic content of today’s products demand large doses of both mechanical and electrical engineering. From the archives: January 1992 Mechatronics II (pdf)To view this document, click here

from the archives january 1992 mechatronics i

The increasing mechatronic content of today’s products demand large doses of both mechanical and electrical engineering. From the archives: January 1992 Mechatronics I (pdf)To view this document, click here

optimizing new potential

Dan Porter, having stepp edinto the position of senior vicepresident, supply and optimizationfor San Antonio-basedTesoro Corp., will focus on resourcingcrude oil and other raw materials forthe company

managing vendor relations in the cold vault

While E-Z Mart has been wrestling with a wet, mildsummer, cooler sales have suffered. Where 100-degreedays are usually the norm, temperatures have barelygotten into the 90s, and every weekend has been saturated.Even though it has 309 stores stretched across five states,the conditions in east Texas have an impact on the overall business,and no category has

a touch of controversy

Pay by Touch founder and CEO files for personal bankruptcy, facing a backlash from investors and employees. Just two weeks ago, Convenience Store Decisions  reported that Shell Oil became the first gasoline retailer in the world to adopt Pay by Touch’s biometric payment technology at its pumps and inside convenience stores to add more convenience

gilbarco veederroot partners with google

Initial rollout of 3,500 integrated touchscreen fuel pumps to offer real-time directions. Gilbarco Veeder-Root bolster its fuel pump offering by announcing a partnership with online search leader Google at the NACS show in Atlanta. The high-tech pumps integrate a Google-powered touch display. The device will use an internet connection to uplink with Google Maps and

iowa plagued by fuel shortages

Governor might allow truckers to drive more and make more deliveries. Tight supplies of gasoline and diesel fuel are pushing up prices at the pump and causing temporary outages at some retail stations in Iowa. Transport truckers must drive longer distances and spend time waiting at major terminals, such as Des Moines, to get fuel

coinstar redbox focus on cstores

Plans to have 300 DVD rental kiosks in place by the end of 2007. No longer content to place DVD rental kiosks solely in McDonald’s restaurants and grocery stores, Coinstar and Redbox announced it has deployed more than two dozen DVD rental kiosks in convenience stores across the U.S. It plans to have 300 in

kumgo launches new coffee line

Launch of Java Ridge culminates of an 18-month search for the right blend. Kum & Go is asking customers to “Taste the Difference” with Java Ridge — the company’s new premium coffee line, which was introduced this month at its more than 450 convenience stores in 13 states. The launch of Java Ridge Premium Coffee

usda grant to fund rural store initiative

Kansas State University program helps small, local communities survive. When a small town loses its grocery store, it loses not just an economic driver, but a bit of its identity, too. “If your store closes, that says bad things about your town and the direction it’s headed,” said David Procter, director of the Center for

susser raising 200 million to complete towncountry deal

Stripes c-store owner to complete $50 million sale-lease back with National Retail Properties. Christi, Texas-based Susser Holdings, operator of 330 convenience stores in Texas and Oklahoma under the Stripes banner, is in the process of acquiring San Angelo, TX-based Town & Country Food Stores, operator of 140 convenience stores in Central and West Texas and

toa adds illinois travel center

TravelCenters of America LLC (TOA) has acquired its 235th travel center location in Morris, Illinois. Formerly the Romine’s Truck Stop, the 39 acre site is branded TA and is located along I-80. At the new Morris location, customers can enjoy a meal at the 250 seat “R” Place restaurant, one of the largest and busiest

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