ExxonMobil Draws Customers with Navigation Tool

Fairfax, Va.-based ExxonMobil has launched an improved station locator Web site that provides customers with one-stop shopping and easier navigation. The site helps customers identify Exxon and Mobil stations along driving routes, using Google mapping technology and features turn-by-turn directions to stations with specific services, including convenience stores, service bays, diesel fuel, ATMs and car

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CITGO Owners Gather to Expand Skills

Two CITGO retailer meetings come none too soon for c-store operators looking for ways to improve efficiency and cut costs at the nearly 7,000 locally owned CITGO stations nation wide. The annual Wisconsin Retailer Meeting in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. on April 28 and the Northeastern Region Retailer Meeting in Mashantucket, Conn. on May 28, include

Say it Ain’t So: A Smoking Ban in Texas?

Residents on both sides of a proposed smoking-ban bill in Texas met head to head at a hearing Tuesday evening before the Texas Committee on State Affairs to debate whether the law is a necessary for the safety of public health or an attack on the rights of business and property owners, the Star (Texas) Telegram

A Vending Machine for the 21st Century

Coca-Cola North America announced that “Coca-Cola Freestyle” is the brand name and logo for its new proprietary fountain dispenser, which is set to begin market tests this summer.   “Coca-Cola Freestyle brings to life the refreshingly positive outlook that has always been associated with Coca-Cola,” said Chandra Stephens-Albright, senior director of marketing and business development

Anger Over Proposed Smoking Ban in La.

If the Louisiana legislature passes an anti-smoking bill, the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR), Columbus, Ga., said it may boycott the state for its conventions. Its August convention would bring some 5,000 attendees to New Orleans.   “And we are just one convention,” Chris McCalla, legislative director of the IPCPR told the

Midwest Madness

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN   Retail gasoline prices will move higher in most metropolitan markets in the United States during the first week of May, pushed up by climbing costs passed through from wholesale markets. May 1 was the deadline for all terminals that supply retail outlets to have summer

“Hot Fuel” Settlement Hurts Consumers

A proposed settlement agreement with Costco over “hot fuel” is the latest attempt by trial lawyers to mislead the public, according to Lisa Mullings, CEO of NATSO, a national association representing travel plazas and truckstops.   Despite claims that the warehouse club will “fix hot fuel,” the only likely results from the 19-page settlement agreement

Fuel American Freedom Acquires C.A. Torbett

CA Torbett Inc. , a long time BP wholesaler and marketer in New Tazewell, Tenn., has been acquired by Fuel American Freedom LLC of Madison, Ga.   Founded in 1931, the company serves both retail and commercial customers throughout Northeastern Tennessee.  “My wife Mary Lou and I are happy that the legacy that was started

7-Eleven Blasts Stars in New Terminator Movie

7-Eleven Inc. storms the big screen in Terminator Salvation, the convenience retailer’s biggest participation ever in a major motion picture. Leading up to the movie’s May 21 release, 7-Eleven has turned its stores totally Terminator, with special Slurpee flavor Apocalyptic Ice, four premium collectible cups and two paper Slurpee cups, four Slurpee spoon-straws and a

Nice N Easy Recognizes Top Employees, Trade Partner

Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes wrapped up its annual trade show and year-end meeting last week in Syracuse, N.Y. President and CEO John MacDougall announced that w008 was a record year for Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes and he credited the success to the company’s focus on people and customers.   Several top employees were

Slow to Market

Fewer new products are showing up on supermarket shelves this year as companies cope with the changing economy. New data from the Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD) shows total food and drink product launches have been cut in half since last year (a 51% decline from Q1 2008 to Q1 2009).   Compounding the

Recession Buster

Steve’s Frozen Chillers Inc. said it is launching new creative financing options for convenience store operators, including 0% financing for the first 12 months, on its line of convenience store slushee machines.   Steve’s, which was founded in 2001, has been one of the fastest growing frozen beverage companies in the U.S. and now has

Small Change Leads To Big Shrink Dollars: Shrinking the Opportunity by Keeping the Cash Drawer Closed

Get a Grip

The Can Grip is a newly developed novelty drinking accessory that easily clips onto 12-ounce cans giving them a stein style handle. The Can Grip ensures the can stays cold and the hand stays warm and also eliminates the need for a coaster.  It can be used on sodas or beers making it a versatile

Naturally Sweet

Tropicana Products, a division of PepsiCo Inc., has launched Trop50, a breakthrough category innovation delivering the goodness of orange juice with 50% less sugar and calories, and no artificial sweeteners. It is naturally sweetened from the stevia plant and, along with juice squeezed from fresh oranges, it delivers a taste consumers expect from Tropicana. This

Special Snack Treat

The Kellogg Convenience Store Team, whose goal is to help retailers and wholesalers achieve the greatest possible sales and profits from its strong brands, has introduced another exciting snack bar to the channe—the Special K Chocolatey Chip Protein Meal Bar. This delicious new flavor is an exciting addition to the popular line of protein meal

The Singers Strike Gold

The third time is indeed the charm for Bill and Loretta Singer, who own and operate Singer’s Chevron just outside the Oregon border in Walla, Walla, Wash. In 2006, the Singers were presented with Chevron’s “Customer First” bronze award. In 2007, they took home the silver. And, for 2008, they finally laid claim to the

Understanding the Hispanic Market

Describe your perfect customer.  No doubt it would be someone who shops at convenience stores more often, spends more money during each trip and buys across more categories. According to the Greenfield Online/Mintel Hispanic Consumer report, you have just described the Hispanic consumer market. As the current recession continues to put a strain on retailers,

Building a Beer Strategy

Beer sales have held relatively steady despite the economic maelstrom of the past several months, and one reason is that c-stores are asking for help. Operators are seeking and getting assistance of various sorts from their suppliers in an effort to make up for lost dollars. Help is coming in the form of promotional programs

Retail Commission to Study Shopper Marketing

Coca-Cola said it is sponsoring the creation of the Retail Commission on Shopper Marketing. This group of retailers will work with industry experts to determine how to best leverage manufacturers’ insights to develop marketing approaches that increase same-store sales and profit performance. The commission will be guided by Dr. Brian Harris, chairman of The Partnering

Alon’s Retail Spinoff Progresses

Alon USA, which began spinning off its Alon Brands subsidiary last November, is currently answering the second round of questions from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) before it can take its new subsidiary public. “We have an excellent business model, and expect to have all the documentation we need to move forward finalized in

Healthy Trends in Kids’ Candy

They came, they saw, they tasted. Dozens of children, ages 8-13, were invited to become junior candy buyers by sampling various candies at ECRM’s Confectionary Efficient Program Planning Session (EPPS) in Dallas. The junior candy buyers were given an inside look at the confection industry from retail buyer attendees that included convenience stores and cross-channel

Sweet Opportunity

By Bob Gatty, Contributing Editor If manufacturers, distributors and convenience store retailers would embrace some basic changes and work more closely together, they could realize a potential bonanza of hundreds of millions of dollars in new profit, according to a new joint industry study. That is the message of the soon-to-be released “Convenience, Candy &

Concerns Abound for Cigars

The war over tobacco taxes to pay for an expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) ended on February 4 when Congress passed the Senate’s version of the bill and new President Barack Obama signed it into law. What that means for c-store operators who sell cigars in an era of a rough

ANS Targets C-Store, Service Station Owners

ANS Distributing, a leading supplier of replacement parts for service station equipment, has launched a new online site for convenience store and gas station owners.   The new, easy to use site allows owners to order and track their replacement parts quickly and safely on the web. Users can browse by product category.   Orders

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