Yesway Builds its Executive Team

Douglas New is helping to support the rapid growth of the Yesway convenience chain. Yesway has announced that Douglas New is joining the convenience store chain’s team of convenience store veterans as the company’s new chief technology officer. New brings an extensive technical background and years of executive-level experience to the rapidly growing Des Moines,

Nielsen and EthniFacts Unveil Intercultural Affinity Segmentation

Nielsen and EthniFacts are helping CPG marketers to market across various cultures. A new resource has been released by Nielsen and EthniFacts to uncover the key consumer segments that provide a deeper understanding of consumers. The new Nielsen Intercultural Affinity Segmentation has combined Nielsen’s Homescan Panel with EthniFacts’ CulturSort cross-cultural survey to reveal that consumers, regardless

IDDBA Elects New Officers and Board of Directors

A number of new members have been appointed to the Board of Directors for IDDBA. At the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association’s (IDDBA’s) Annual Business Meeting, the company elected its 2016-2017 Officers and Board of Directors. The company held its meeting in Chicago. Jewel Hunt, group vice president bakery, Albertsons Cos., was elected as the association’s chairman of

Hoshizaki Names New Senior VP Sales & Marketing

Jim Procuro to focus on product growth strategy in his new role. Hoshizaki America Inc. has named Jim Procuro senior vice president sales and marketing, effective immediately. Procuro joined Hoshizaki America in 1998 and has been a crucial member of the executive team. He will focus on our growth strategy in expanding Hoshizaki’s product offering

Gas Prices Creep Higher

A number of factors are causing fuel prices to fluctuate. Despite the switch from summer to winter blend gasoline and the surplus of crude oil supplies, fuel prices have increased slightly over last week. According to AAA, as of Mon., Oct. 3, 2016, the national average price for gasoline was $2.22 per gallon, two cents

Benefits Matter

Millennials have strong opinions regarding the benefits that their employees offer. According to new research from Aflac, Millennials are very clear about which benefits they want their employers to offer, and Millennials now represent the largest segment of the U.S. labor force (53.3 million); therefore, employers may need to offer a wider range of benefits

How to Get Your Employees Engaged

IST uses Halloween as a chance to boost employee engagement. All companies want their employees to be engaged and to have high morale, but ensuring high employee morale is not the easiest feat and it takes extra effort on the part of the company. In order to boost employee morale, IST uses a number of

Empire Petroleum Merges with Arkansas Valley

Empire Petroleum has expanded its array of branded fuel partners through its merger with Arkansas Valley. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC and Arkansas Valley Cos. are merging their assets. This merger will enhance Empire’s fuel volumes in Oklahoma as well as strengthening its relationships with its branded partners, such as ConocoPhillips. The merger will also add

Six Personal Branding Lessons Every Working Professional Can Learn from Trump and Clinton

By Karen Leland, CEO, Sterling Marketing Group Despite having the two highest unfavorable ratings of any major presidential candidates in history, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have outlasted their competitors—and one of them is going to become the leader of the free world. What does success in the face of such highly unfavorable ratings teach

7-Eleven Hosts Free Coffee Week

7Rewards members can receive a free cup of coffee every day during 7-Eleven’s Free Coffee Week. With the Presidential election looming just around the corner, 7-Eleven is offering a week of free coffee to gather more votes for the 7-Election Presidential Coffee Cup Poll. Americans can now enjoy a free cup of coffee during Free

Kroger Launches Annual #SharingCourage Campaign

Kroger is raising money to fund the fight against breast cancer. The Kroger Co. has once again launched its annual #SharingCourage campaign in an effort to encourage customers to take action in the fight against breast cancer. Kroger is lighting its headquarters building pink in celebration of the campaign. “No one should face breast cancer

Kum & Go Supports United Way

Kum & Go are working to raise money to support children, youth and families in Central Iowa. This October, Kum & Go is hosting a fundraising campaign in support of the United Way of Central Iowa’s annual campaign. Throughout the month of October, Kum & Go associates will encourage customers to add $1 with each transaction

New Mobile App Offers Truck Parking Availability Data

Park My Truck helps drivers locate available parking spaces while on the road. A new highway safety initiative has been launched by the numerous trucking and travel plaza leaders. This initiative will help professional drivers find available truck parking. Now, truck drivers who need to stop and rest will be able to use a free

Kum & Go Names Land Mark Products “Supplier of the Year”

Land Mark’s artisan pizza program has helped to earn the company the “Supplier of the Year” award. On Aug. 30, 2016, Kum & Go presented Land Mark Products with the prestigious “Supplier of the Year” award. Land Mark is an Iowa food manufacturer and distributor, and the award was presented at Kum & Go’s chain’s

C-Store Sales Strong

Solid fuel and in-store sales lead to convenience retailer optimism. According to a recent survey of retailers from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), sales of in-store items and motor fuels remained strong in the convenience channel over the first nine months of the year, and this has contributed to a spike in convenience

IRI Shares Keys To Loyalty Success

Retaining shoppers and gaining their loyalty through personalization is becoming increasingly important as shoppers consider multiple channels. IRI’s latest Times & Trends Report, “The Omnichannel Journey: Translating Big Data into a Prescription for Growth” finds shopping needs are continuing to evolve as customers look to a range of channels to meet their needs. Quick trips—those

Prepaid Cards Gain Popularity

Safety and security are contributing to the popularity of prepaid gift cards. The new Prepaid and Gift Cards in the U.S., 5th Edition from Packaged Facts has revealed that prepaid cards are growing in popularity, especially among low income customers, Millennials and individuals who are unbanked or underbanked. Giving credit where credit is due, PayPal

African-American Buying Power Increases

The number of affluent African-American households has risen drastically, increasing the buying power of the African-American demographic. New research from Packaged Facts has revealed that African-American buying power has grown rapidly over the past five years. The new African-Americans: Demographic and Consumer Spending Trends, 10th Edition from Packaged Facts has revealed that African-American buying power has topped $1

7-Eleven Improves Calorie Labeling on Menu Boards

7-Eleven commits to helping Canadians make informed meal choices on-the-go. 7-Eleven stores across Canada have now improved the calorie labeling on its menu boards, making it easier for Canadians to find healthier options on-the-go. Now, calorie counts are on both price tags and menu boards for non-packaged foods and beverage products. The labeling applies to hot

Franchise Financing Available for VP Racing Fuels-Branded Dealers

Allied Brand Capital offers first time Subway franchisees a 50% discount on the initial franchise fee. VP-branded dealers now have access to a new Subway Franchise Financing Program through VP Racing Fuels’ exclusive financing partner, Allied Brand Capital (ABC). The new program from ABC features a 50% discount on the initial franchise fee for first

McLane Expands SPARK Initiative

McLane commits to maintaining a diverse, inclusive workforce. McLane Co. Inc. is expanding its company-wide initiative, SPARK. This initiative is focused on identifying workplace diversity opportunities through a variety of programs, community outreach and lending support to nationally recognized diversity-focused annual events. With the expansion, McLane furthers its commitment of creating and maintaining a diverse

Wayne Fueling Systems Makes EMV Compliance Easy for Fuel Retailers

Wayne Fueling introduces a simple, cost-effective way to make fuel dispensers EMV compliant. Wayne Fueling Systems has now made its new iX Pay T7 terminal available for fuel retailers. The iX Pay T7 terminal can be used to bring legacy fuel dispensers into EMV-compliance regardless of original equipment manufacturer. To be compliant with payment network

Thorntons Partners with Alessi Bakery

Thorntons is now offering a variety of fresh bakery items in its Florida stores. Thorntons has entered into a new partnership with Alessi Bakery in Tampa, Fla. Through this new partnership, Alessi Bakery products are now available in Thorntons’ Florida locations. Alessi Bakery is a Tampa, Fla. favorite that offers a traditional bakery feel. A

Gulf Expands in Florida and Texas

Gulf is continuing its U.S. expansion by offering its branded wet barrel supply in a number of new markets. Gulf Oil has announced the expansion of its branded wet barrel supply offerings in Tampa, Fla and a number of Texas market areas. This new service offering is a part of Gulf’s growth initiative in Florida

Retailers Applaud Postponement of Federal Overtime Regulations

The new deadline for the new overtime regulations is July 1, 2017, six months after the initial implementation date. The House has officially voted to pass the legislation which will delay the Labor Department’s expansion of the overtime rules. The new overtime rules will now be delayed for six months after their initial implementation date