Free Samples Becoming Promo of Choice

Industry giants McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts are resorting to free product sampling, a tactic typically used by smaller chains that can’t afford to advertise in mass media outlets, mediapost.com reported. Timed with the launch of a new commercial touting its iced coffee, Dunkin’ Donuts is urging consumers on May 15 to get a free iced

Manage a C-Store, Xbox-style

Pulling a page from the blockbuster videogame SimCity, Asian videogame maker Nippon Ichi Software has developed “Combini 200X,” a videogame where users can manage their own convenience store, Wired.com reported. The game lets players become owners of a chain of convenience stores, which are called “kombini” in Japanese and usually written as “combini” in English.

Couche-Tard, Irving Oil Expand Partnership

Irving Oil Limited and Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. today announced the expansion of their existing partnership to include 252 Irving Oil convenience retail sites across Atlantic Canada and New England. Couche-Tard and Irving Oil entered into a convenience retail partnership seven years ago in Quebec, though the newly expanded partnership will provide both companies with opportunities

7-Eleven Partners with Coca-Cola, Activision, Microsoft

To promote its new Full Throttle Frozen Blast Slurpee drink this month, 7-Eleven Inc. has partnered with Coca-Cola, Activision Inc. and Microsoft Corp. in a public relations blitz aimed at “music-loving, videogame-playing, techno-savvy, 18- to 34-year-old males,” the c-store giant said. The promotion will use contests on the radio and online, as well as grassroots

Kum & Go Opens Store in Brighton, Colo.

Kum & Go LC has opened a 3,400-square-foot in Brighton, Colo., making it the 27th store in that state, the company said. The new store features 12 conventional fueling stations offering unleaded, unleaded plus, premium and diesel fuel, as well as the company’s wide selection of food and beverage products such as Java Ridge Premium

Crime Doesn’t Pay (Unless You Report It)

Rutter’s Farm Stores presented customer Deitrick Davis with a $250 reward for assisting in the capture of a suspect in an April 25 robbery at the company’s store in Waynesboro in Franklin County, Pa., the company said. Davis, a Waynesboro resident, had walked into the Rutter’s at 141 S. Potomac St. as a robbery suspect

Chevron Aids Disaster Relief

Chevron Corp. has stepped up and contributed $2 million to provide assistance to those affected by the recent devastating cyclone in Myanmar. The International Federation of the Red Cross will receive a $1 million contribution. An additional $1 million will be allocated to four other organizations: the International Organization for Migration, Mercy Corps, Pact and

Fortune Votes Valero Best Big Company To Work For

Valero Energy Corp. was chosen as the No. 1 Best Big Company to work for in the U.S., according to Fortune magazine’s annual ranking. Out of 33 companies that were listed on the "Best Companies to Work For" list and the Fortune100 list, Fortune chose Valero as No. 1. On the Fortune 100 list itself,

Alon Acquires Krotz Springs Refinery from Valero

Alon USA Energy Inc. signed a purchase agreement to acquire the Krotz Springs refinery from Valero Energy Corp. The purchase price of this transaction consists of $333 million in cash plus an amount for working capital, including inventories, to be determined at closing. Also, both parties have agreed to a five year off-take agreement along

MasterCard, FleetCor Target Small Businesses

MasterCard Worldwide will offer small businesses automatic savings on fuel and maintenance through the addition of the Fuelman Network, a nationally recognized fuel and maintenance network, to the MasterCard Easy Savings program. MasterCard BusinessCard credit and signature debit cardholders enrolled in the program will now receive savings on fuel and maintenance purchases at more than

Love’s Partners with Postilion

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores will deploy Postilion solutions to enable the company to centralize fleet card authorization and transaction capture. The Oklahoma City-based chain chose Postilion, Postilion, a provider of integrated solutions for payment processing and self-service banking, because they are able to streamline its authorization and transaction capture process by integrating payment

MetroSplash Teams With Fiscal Systems

MetroSplash Systems Group Inc., of Highland Village, Texas, said it’s teaming with Fiscal Systems Inc. to expand MetroSplash FuelLinks, a loyalty program offering gasoline discounts to customers who shop at participating retailers. “MetroSplash Systems Group Inc.’s partnership with Fiscal Systems Inc. will benefit retailers by reducing costs while cost effectively driving brand loyalty to a

The Price is Right

A sales promotion in Bay Shore, N.Y., by radio station 106.1 FM WBLI this week offered 106 customers at a LukOil gas station a massive discount on fuel, WABC news reported. The average price for a gallon of gas in New York City this week was about $3.85 a gallon. The radio station offered a

Susser Sales Up In First Quarter

Susser Holdings Corp. said its total first quarter 2008 merchandise sales increased more than 80% to $168.8 million, compared to $93.4 million a year earlier for the stand-alone Susser operation. The company’s recent acquisition of Town & Country Food Stores helped bolster the sales. On a same-store basis, merchandise sales at Susser increased 8.2% from

High-Tech Hoagies

Wawa Inc. is expanding a pilot program for a service allowing customers to pre-order food through text messages or online, the company said. Partnering with GoMobo, an innovator in mobile payment technology, the Pennsylvania retailer launched the service in two Pennsylvania locations earlier this year, and is now rolling it out to six other Philadelphia-area

Pilot Opens New Travel Center in Tenn.

Pilot announced it will open a new travel center in Jackson, Tenn., on May 12. The new, 11,423-square-foot facility features six fuel islands, eight diesel islands, a CAT scale and seven showers. “We hope that Jackson area residents and fleet customers will welcome having our new travel center just around the corner,” said Jimmy Haslam,

Chrysler Offers Gas Price Protection

As gas prices climb, more and more companies are offering ways to save at the pump. Now Chrysler dealerships are on board. Starting Wednesday, the “Let’s Refuel America Program” will give new car buyers the opportunity to pay $2.99 a gallon for three years, no matter how high gas prices rise. The price protection program

Not Until You’re 21

“No Sale, No How, No Way.” It’s what teens who may attempt to buy alcohol during prom and graduation season will hear from retailers who are on alert and committed to helping prevent underage drinking. That’s according to a new poll that shows preventing minors from obtaining alcohol is a priority for those who sell

The Pantry Rolls Out Retalix

The Pantry Inc., has begun rolling out Retalix StorePoint, Retalix Fuel, and Retalix HQ convenience software to its more than 1,600 retail locations. The Pantry, whose primary brand, Kangaroo Express, has a strong footprint in 11 southeastern states. Many of its 1,643 locations offer gasoline, while commercial fuel is also offered at about 80 travel

VeriFone Offers Pump Protection

VeriFone Holdings Inc. is extending its VeriShield Protect credit and debit card encryption technology to Secure PumpPay, its PCI-approved solution for upgrading fuel dispensers to accept electronic payments securely. VeriShield Protect, introduced last month, is designed to thwart continuing criminal efforts to gather unencrypted account holder data via breaches of merchant networks, applications and servers

Gilbarco Launches AskAboutPCI.com

To help retailers better understand compliance and payment security, Gilbarco Veeder-Root has launched an interactive payment security Web site, askaboutpci.com. The site lets retailers learn directly from Gilbarco payment security experts and includes powerful information featuring: Video questions and answers from industry experts. Downloadable white papers regarding PCI compliance. A blog forum for asking questions

Rutter’s Opens Redesigned Pa. Store

Rutter’s Farm Stores held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning to mark the completed expansion and renovation of its store in East Berlin, Pa. Company representatives were joined by East Berlin officials for the event at the store, which reopened on April 25. Rutter’s also presented a check for $25,000 for the borough’s “Build a Park”

Wawa Increasing Coffee Prices

Wawa Inc., which operates 570 convenience stores in five Mid-Atlantic states, began notifying customers today that it is raising the price of coffee to help offset the increased price of fuel. In-store signs at many of its units are letting customers know that hot beverage prices will increase by six cents per cup. Wawa says

Kum & Go Stores Hit the Auction Block

Kum & Go LLC, of West Des Moines, Iowa, has retained The Energy Exchange of Chicago to coordinate a sealed bid auction for 21 Kum & Go locations that don’t align with the company’s future plans, the company said. The sealed bid auction will include 12 locations in Iowa, three in South Dakota, two in

Out With the Old, in With the Wawa

A drawn-out process involving the demolition of a historic store in East Brandywine, Pa., to make way for a Wawa c-store has reached a critical point, The Daily (Pa.) Localin Chester County reported. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and preservationist groups reached an agreement with Wawa recently that would allow Wawa to tear down

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