Kum & Go Names 2016 Category Manager of the Year

Lil’ Drug Store Products is recognized for its outstanding customer service and for driving category growth over the past year. Kum & Go has named Lil’ Drug Store Products the 2016 Category Manager of the Year. Kum & Go awards this special recognition to one supplier each year. The award goes to the supplier that

PDI Acquires Intellifuel Systems

“After many successful partnerships with Intellifuel in the past, we are eager to combine the two companies to provide a robust, single solution to the market,” says PDI CEO. PDI, a provider of enterprise-class automation software systems to the convenience retail and wholesale petroleum industries, has completed the acquisition of Intellifuel Systems Inc., a provider

Lowering Energy Costs

When it comes to streamlining energy operations, convenience stores are leaning more on technology. By Jeffrey Steele, Contributing Editor At the Krakow Store, a privately-held convenience retail company, a 20-by-12-by-8-foot walk-in beer cave at its location in Washington, Mo. generates regular customer traffic. When the owners added evaporator efficiency controllers inside, the company eventually realized

Ice Cream Consumption Cools

Americans may be cutting back on their ice cream consumption, but they are not necessarily cutting back on spending, as many are willing to pay more for premium products. Ice cream consumption is quite popular among Americans, as research has shown that it is almost universally consumed, many Americans are taking a different approach toward

Mountain Energy Sold to First Coast Energy

Mountain Energy has been sold, and the company’s founder has announced his retirement. First Coast Energy has officially purchased Mountain Energy, the largest gas station and convenience store chain in the mountains. A new report from the Citizen-Times has revealed that, following the sale of the company, Mountain Energy’s founder Thomas Morgan will now be

Kroger Highlights Partnership with Rainforest Alliance

Kroger strives for sustainability, even when it comes to creating the famous Garland of Roses for the Kentucky Derby. The Kroger Co. has now released a new video showcasing the “Journey of the Roses” that Kroger uses to construct the Garland of Roses for the Kentucky Derby. This new video was released in celebration of

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. Proposes LNG Pipeline Expansion

Transco has proposed an expansion of LNG pipeline to prepare for the U.S. to become the third leading LNG supplier in the world. According to a new report from Williams Partners L.P., Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co. LLC (Transco) is looking to connect the U.S. natural gas supplies with global liquefied natural gas (LNG) markets

Pilot Flying J Launches Integrated Marketing Campaign

Pilot Flying J knows that you should never underestimate the importance of a clean and welcoming restroom. While convenience stores and travel stops are extremely important to everyday life, they may not be the most exciting or appealing places to consumers. However, when it came to its latest marketing campaign, Pilot Flying J sought to

U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren Participates in the NACS In Store Program

U.S. Representative Hultgren served customers from behind the counter at Casey’s on Aug. 31. On Wednesday, Aug. 31, as a part of the NACS In Store program, U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren spent the morning working behind the counter of the Casey’s General Store on Route 34 in Plano, Ill. Hultgren took this opportunity to tour

Retailers Fear Supply Disruption Following Hanjin Bankruptcy Filing

NRF encourages all parties to work together to minimize the impact of Hanjin’s bankruptcy filing on the economy. Hanjin Shipping recently filed for bankruptcy, and a number of retailers are concerned that this filing will impact the shipment of merchandise that is due to be delivered. In response to Hanjin’s filing, the National Retail Federation

Reorganization Plan Lifts Western Convenience Stores Out of Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Successful reorganization and payment in full to all creditors has pulled Western Convenience Stores out of chapter 11 bankruptcy. On Dec. 28, 2015, Western Convenience Stores Inc. filed a chapter 11 bankruptcy petition in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado, and on Sept. 1, 2016, the company announced that it is now

Acosta Appoints New President and CEO

Acosta has chosen a new company president and CEO who will strategically help to drive company growth. Acosta has announced that it has chosen Steve Matthesen to serve as the company’s new president and CEO. Matthesen, formerly the president of global retail for The Neilsen Co., bring more than 20 years of experience in consumer

Love’s Celebrates National Truck Driver Appreciation Week all September Long

Truck Drivers will  have a chance to win thousands of My Love Rewards points this September at Love’s. In honor of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores will give away 20 million My Love Rewards during the month of September. Truck drivers who make purchases at Love’s this month will

Convenience on a Larger Scale

Tri-Con. Inc. has started its push toward larger convenience stores. A new Exxon Exxpress Mart is in the works at 1-10 Washington Boulevard in Beaumont, Texas. According to a new report from Beaumont Enterprise, the location of the recently demolished Exxpress Mart across from the Golden Corral on Washington Blvd. will soon be home to

Two C-Store Chains Combine to Create Second Largest Chain in Japan

Seven-Eleven Japan may have some stiff competition now that a new merger has been completed. Two of Japan’s convenience retailers have now merged to create the second largest c-store chain in Japan. According to a recent report from The Japan Times, on Sept. 1, 2016, FamilyMart Co. and Uny Group Holdings Co. merged to create

FDA Encourages Kids to Read Nutrition Labels

The FDA wants children to take charge of their diets and to work towards lifelong health. In honor of September being National Childhood Obesity Month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is encouraging kids to Read the Label in an attempt to help young people make healthy dietary choices. The Nutrition Facts label is

NRA Hosts National Food Safety Month Campaign

The NRA is demonstrating its continued commitment to the prevention of foodborne illnesses.  September is national food safety month, and to show its continued commitment to food safety, the National Restaurant Association will once again be hosting its annual National Food Safety Month (NFSM) campaign. This year’s campaign theme is “Notorious Virus” – how to protect

Casey’s General Stores Announces September Specials

A new specialty pizza and some special back-to-school discounts are now available at Casey’s General Stores. Casey’s General Stores has added a new flavor combination to its portfolio of pizza offerings. This month, Casey’s is featuring its brand new Spinach, Artichoke & Chicken Pizza. This new pizza offering is smothered in a creamy spinach and

New Jersey Minimum Wage Increase Vetoed

Legislature that could have potentially harmed New Jersey businesses has been vetoed by Republican Governor Christie. New legislation proposing that New Jersey’s minimum wage be increased to $15 per hour over the next five years has been vetoes by Governor Chris Christie. According to a recent report from Reuters, Christie vetoed the bill because of

Meijer to Offer Home Delivery

Meijer will soon offer home delivery from 25 different Detroit-area stores. On Sept. 15, Meijer, in partnership with Shipt, will launch a home grocery delivery service in Detroit and southeastern Michigan. This new service provides customers with an even more convenient way to shop at Meijer. Beginning Sept. 15, shoppers will be able to use

Growth Potential in the Oil and Gas Refining and Marketing Segment

A new report has revealed the growth potential of four different oil and gas refining and marketing companies. A new study from Stock-Callers.com has reviewed some of the major companies in the oil and gas refining and marketing segment to identify the growth potential of each company. The companies that were studied are engaged in

VP Racing Hires New Regional Manager of Wholesale Business Development

VP Racing has hired a new regional manager to help the company grow its Western Region. VP Racing Fuels Inc. has hired Gary Jaiman as the company’s new regional manager of branded wholesale business development. Jaiman has been appointed to this position in order to support VP’s growing retail branding program. “The increasing number of

Sunoco Acquires Emerge Energy Services’ Fuels Business

Sunoco has now acquired two transmix processing plants that currently process over 10,000 barrels per day of transmix. On Aug. 31,2016, Sunoco LP announced that the company had completed the acquisition of Emerge Energy Services LP’s fuels business. The acquisition was completed for a total of $167.7 million, plus working capital adjustments.  The Fuels Business

McLane Chosen as Main Distributor for Fred’s Pharmacy

McLane Co. will help fred’s Pharmacy to improve efficiencies by acting as the company’s main distributor.  Beginning in October, McLane Co. Inc. will be the main distributor for fred’s Pharmacy. With more than 650 locations across the Southeastern part of the U.S., this new service agreement allows McLane’s nationwide reach and expertise to consolidate the

Love’s Plans to Open its First Montana Location

A new Love’s Travel Stop in a new state is in the works for early 2017. Love’s Travel Stops is on track to open its first store in Montana in early 2017. According to a report from Billings Gazette, a new 10,000-square foot Love’s store will be opening at Exit 495 along Interstate 90 in