Xtra Mart Adds DVD Kiosks

Some 80 Xtra Mart c-store locations are adding NCR’s Blockbuster Express-branded kiosks, which allow customers to rent DVDs with no membership required. Customers use their credit card at the machine and are charged $1 per night until they return the DVD to any Blockbuster Express kiosk-not just the kiosk where they rented the DVD. The

Rutter’s Debuts Mobile Coupon iPhone App

Now the iPhone not only can point customers to the nearest Rutter’s, but now it can save them money once they arrive. Rutter’s Farm Stores is rolling out mobile couponing via its iPhone application, which is available as a free download from www.rutters.com. Customers who already have the Rutter’s app  can download an update to

Seneca Acquires Littlejohn’s Equipment

Seneca Companies has acquired petroleum service provider Littlejohn’s Equipment of Denver to combine considerable years of industry experience with complementary petroleum industry solutions. “We are very excited about this acquisition,” said Chris Risewick, owner and CEO of Seneca Companies. “Seneca will now be able to provide customers in this region with a trusted and knowledgeable

Saunders Achieves Bucketeer Award

CITGO Petroleum Corp. Marketer Donald Saunders of Warren, Ill.-based Saunders Oil has been honored with the 2010 William R. Deutsch Bucketeer Award for 50 years of service in the petroleum industry. The presentation by the Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association (IPMA) was made at the IPMA Membership Meeting on Friday, April 30. “CITGO is proud to

Expectations Driving Gasoline Prices Higher

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Retail prices across the country are positioned to move higher in early May, which is typical this time of year as the market prepares for increased driving demand during the warmer months in late spring and summer. Climbing retail prices follows a renewed push higher in

BP Responds To Gulf Oil Spill

BP is ramping up its response to the oil spill in the US Gulf of Mexico. More than 2,500 personnel are now involved in the response effort and well-advanced preparations are being made for a major protection and cleaning effort on the shorelines of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. A fourth onshore command centre, in

Kum & Go Debuts ‘Name Our Cup’ Contest

Kum & Go L.C. has kicked off its summer fountain drink contest dubbed the ‘Name Our Cup Contest’ where customers get a free soda with purchase. The contest, which started on May 1, is a first of its kind for the convenience store chain. Customers will submit names at the beginning of the summer for Kum

Chevron Reports First Quarter Income

Chevron Corp. has reported earnings of $4.55 billion ($2.27 per share – diluted) for the first quarter 2010, compared with $1.84 billion ($0.92 per share -diluted) in the 2009 first quarter. Results in the 2009 period included gains of approximately $400 million ($0.20 per share) from downstream asset sales. Foreign-currency effects reduced earnings in the

Register Now For The NYACS Show

The 24th annual Trade Show & Convention of the New York Association of Convenience Stores is set for next week at the Oncenter in Syracuse, N.Y. Retail decision-makers representing more than 1,000 New York convenience stores are expected to attend the May 12-13 event. “Going for the GREEN” is this year’s theme. It’s a product

Energy Sales Hold Strong

Familiarity with shifting consumer attitudes amidst a turbulent economy–and the willingness to make changes in the cooler if need be–could help retailers cash in big with isotonics and energy drinks this year. “If you’re intent on raising your share in that marketplace then I think you have to get in touch with who that user

Breakfast Battle Brewing

Bundling with Bakery Rick Lawlor, vice president of retail sales and marketing for Hess Corp., said his company began growing breakfast sales when it added an old favorite for customers who want a sweet with their coffee: doughnuts. “There are a number of ways we’ve been growing our breakfast business, the most significant being our

Promoting Pizza’s Popularity

According to Mintel, an independent provider of market research, sales at the 16 leading pizza restaurants grew only 1.2% into 2008 to $16.6 billion. Among the challenges facing pizza providers is the public’s desire for healthier products as opposed to “high-calorie, high-fat pizza offerings and limited menu variety, which may be more of a turn-off

Understanding the new Healthcare System

Healthcare Reform: Key Takeaways In 2014, convenience store businesses employing more than 50 workers will be required to provide health coverage and most people will be required to have health insurance. The tax on high-cost “Cadillac” policies will not go into effect until 2018; the increase in Medicare payroll taxes begins in 2013; while the

Getting Back to Beer Basics

Beer continues to be an essential category for convenience stores and one that requires more than the usual amount of observation, knowledge, planning, execution and overall savvy. According to The Nielsen Co.:• Nearly 787 million cases of beer were sold in the c-store channel during 52-weeks ending March 6, 2010; down 1.5% from 799 million

PCI Compliance Requires a Full-Time Focus

The 12 Standards of PCI SSC Build and Maintain a Secure Network 1. Install and maintain a firewall configuration to protect data. 2. Do not use vendor-supplied defaults for system passwords and other security parameters. Protect Cardholder Data 3. Protect stored cardholder data. 4. Encrypt transmissions of cardholder data and sensitive information across open public

Squeezup Sorbet

Made with real fruit to retain all of the fiber and nutrients nature intended, Jolly Llama Real Whole Fruit Sorbet Squeezups are a convenient, great tasting frozen treat. The family-friendly Sorbet Squeezups are all-natural, gluten-free, dairy-free and fat-free, and are sweetened with natural pure cane sugar and fortified with vitamins A and C, as well

Vitapak Hits C-stores

Convenience Valet has partnered with General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) to be the exclusive distributor of GNC Mega Vitapak Program in a convenient daily pack. Consumers are in search of nutritional and health products they know and trust, and this is what the GNC program delivers. With 94% brand awareness GNC’s mainstay has been their vitamin

JTI Takes flight with “WINGS”

JT International U.S.A. (JTI) has introduced its newest brand: WINGS. The product will be available to distributors June 21. A high-quality, American blend cigarette with a smooth flavor, WINGS is designed for today’s value-seeking adult smokers with its bold, premium packaging and attractive price. WINGS will be available in six top-selling box styles, including Red,

Daily’s Adds Purple Stuff

Daily’s Convenience Stores in Tennessee now are offering Purple Stuff Soda.  Purple Stuff Sodas is distributed by Lipman Brothers / R.S. Lipman Co. Together, the Lipman companies service restaurant and retail accounts, and function as an educational resource for both trade and consumer markets. Purple Stuff is best known as a relaxation soda. “By switching

Kangaroo Express Signs On As Speedway Sponsor

Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., is scheduled to be the title sponsor of the 2010 Summer Shootout Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “We are excited Kangaroo Express has come on board to sponsor the Kangaroo Express Summer Shootout Series,” said Seamus Curley, director of events at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “We strive to provide

Sheetz Wins Beer Battle

Sheetz Inc. has once again won the right to sell beer at its Convenience Restaurant in Altoona, Pa., after this Wednesday’s ruling by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB). “We are happy that the PLCB has decided to grant Sheetz the right to sell beer at our Altoona Convenience Restaurant,” said Stan Sheetz, president and

Pantry Shares Soar

A week ahead of The Panty Inc.’s scheduled quarterly earnings report, Analyst Mark Miller of William Blair & Co. increased his rating of the company, sending shares skyrocketing.  Shares of The Pantry rose Thursday from $1.12 to $16.45 -the highest level since October and a 31% increase this month after Miller raised his rating of the

Coca-Cola Debuts HFC-Free Vending

The next time a member of the House of Representatives reaches for a Coke, it will be from a greener vending machine. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) joined Dan Beard, House Chief Administrative Officer and leaders from Coca-Cola this week to unveil 35 new climate friendly Coca-Cola vending machines for the Capitol buildings including

Gasoline Prices Pushing Higher

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Gasoline prices at retail outlets across the country are again moving higher after the uptrend briefly stalled in several metropolitan markets with a downturn in wholesale costs. However, wholesale gasoline costs are again on the march higher, pushed up primarily by a bullish market sentiment. There

Swipe Fee Fight Mounts

Building on 7-Eleven’s successful “Stop Unfair Credit Card Fees” consumer petition campaign, convenience store operators joined with U.S. Representatives Peter Welch and Bill Shuster to deliver an additional two million new customer signatures collected during the NACS “Stop Unfair Swipe Fees” campaign, which is asking Congress to put an end to unfair, hidden credit and

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