Swisher International Welcomes Stephan Qarimi

Qarimi brings extensive global sales experience and a successful track record in opening new international markets. Swisher International has hired Stephan Qarimi as an international market manager and director of travel retail. Qarimi will focus on marketing Swisher products that are currently distributed in more than 60 countries as part of the company’s global vision.

Forward Corp. Wins Best Convenience Store Loyalty Program Launch

Forward Corp. to leverage opportunities using customer purchase data with help from the Paytronix System. Forward Corp. is the winner of the 2017 Paytronix Loyaltees Award for Best Convenience Store Loyalty Launch. Replacing a well-loved 10-year-old program that had essentially fallen behind in technology, the new Forward Rewards program makes it easy for customers to

Keying on Loyalty Trends

In 2017, younger shoppers are gaining greater share of wallet and looking to word-of-mouth (WOM) marketing. Consulting firm LoyaltyOne found those aged 18–24 want “authentic” information sharing, relying more on alternative, third party “un-biased sources” such as social media, bloggers, friends or family. “Superficial promises will be identified and cast aside,” said Melissa Fruend, partner,

What’s the Future of Vapor?

Vaping sales haven’t completely vaporized in the aftermath of deeming regulations passed last fall by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). For the time being, vaping and e-liquid c-store sales have maintained an upward trajectory in the convenience channel. Information Resources Inc. (IRI), a Chicago-based market research firm, reported electronic smoking devices earned more than

NRF Urges House to Pass Association Health Plan Bill

“AHPs are an important building block toward improving access to affordable health coverage for our nation’s small businesses,” says NRF senior vp for government relations. The National Retail Federation (NRF) on Tuesday, asked the House to pass association health plan legislation scheduled for a vote this week, saying it would help small businesses compete with

App-Controlled C-Store Launches in Shanghai

A staff-free c-store looks to change the face of c-store retailing. Will future convenience stores be run by apps instead of employees? That seems to be the vision Swedish company Wheelys has in mind. Wheelys just opened the first app-controlled, staff-free convenience store in Shanghai. New Atlas Online reported that the new c-store is open

Enhanced Data A ‘Game Changer’ for Retailers

BRP finds real-time analytics offer major benefits, but retailers continue to struggle to use them. According to a new special report from Boston Retail Partners (BRP), retailers recognize the importance of enhanced data and analytics with 44% indicating improved analytics is a top priority. However, the ability to leverage analytics to improve business performance lags

E-Cig Retailers Watching RRPs

Six months after the official enactment of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deeming regulations that classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products, the retail space now appears to be less unpredictable. Sales figures from all retail channels show the segment is regaining positive footing. Nielsen, as reported by Wells Fargo Securities, determined dollar sales for

RYO Remains Viable to Consumers

Roll-your-own (RYO) tobacco should remain a potentially profitable segment throughout 2017, despite lagging sales in 2016. The higher taxation on traditional cigarettes drove many consumers to RYO in previous years, but the increasing parity in taxes since 2009 has prompted a dip in sales. Despite that, solid margins and a growing appeal in the eyes

Smokeless Sales Grow Strong

On Feb. 7, 2017 the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. (USSTC), a division of Altria Group Inc., issued a nationwide recall of numerous Copenhagen, Skoal, Cope and Husky smokeless tobacco product lines after receiving complaints of foreign objects found in containers. “We go through manufacturer product recalls pretty regularly, but this is the biggest one as

Burning Issues for Cigars

Cigar sales in convenience stores rose 8.58% to $2.8 billion for the 52-week period ending Jan. 22, 2016, according to Chicago-based market research firm Information Resources Inc. (IRI)’s Total U.S. Convenience Store All Scan data. For a number of years now little cigars, which resemble cigarettes in appearance, have incrementally gained appeal with some smokers,

Sheetz Introduces Claysburg Beer Cave

Claysburg Sheetz marks the ninth location to offer beer in Pennsylvania. Sheetz has debuted a fully-stocked beer cave at its store located at 12604 Dunnings Highway in Claysburg, Pa. “At Sheetz, we pride ourselves in giving our customers what they want, how they want it and when they want it, 24 hours a day and

Snacks for Breakfast?

Technavio sees global snack market growth including at breakfast time. According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global savory snacks market is expected to reach USD $175.85 billion by 2021, growing at a CAGR of more than 5%. This research report titled ‘Global Savory Snacks Market 2017-2021’ provides an in-depth analysis of

NRF Asks House to Vote on ACA Repeal-and-Replace Legislation

The legislation would effectively repeal the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate requiring businesses to provide health insurance to full-time workers. The National Retail Federation (NRF) urged the House to approve Obamacare repeal-and-replace legislation expected to come up for a vote this week, and said the issue would be counted as a key vote in its

Countdown in the Cigarette Category

Tobacco remains a major driver of sales for convenience stores. Within the category, cigarettes still claim the No. 1 position. But fiscal quarter after fiscal quarter, channel reports show the in-store sales generator has struggled to generate the gross margin dollars it did years ago. Consequently, manufacturers have raised prices time and time again to

Kum & Go Introduces New C-Store in Northwood, Iowa

The centerpiece of the store, an expanded and open food preparation area, greets customers. Kum & Go’s newest store opened for business on March 15. The new location is situated in Northwood, Iowa, at 818 Highway 105. The 6,200+-square-foot store is the latest store in Iowa and was built with the new Marketplace store design,

QuickChek Announces New Hires and Promotions

Upper management and store-level jobs among newly-filled positions. QuickChek Corp. is celebrating its 50th anniversary by preparing for the next 50 with new staff member hires and internal promotions. The family-owned fresh convenience market chain based in Whitehouse Station, N.J. continues to buck the current economic trend by opening new stores, expanding into new markets

Wawa Begins Annual Spring Hiring Campaign

Looks for c-store employees to fill 5,000 new positions. Wawa Inc. is set to begin its Spring hiring campaign with the goal of hiring more than 5,000 new associates during the next three months, with all of Wawa’s 750 stores across its six-state operating area looking to add new talent. The company-wide hiring campaign will

Instant Coffee Market To Reach $42.5 Billion in Sales by 2025

Convenience and price are behind instant coffee’s boost in popularity. Instant coffee demand is growing globally. Transparency Market Research’s report “Instant Coffee Market By Distribution Channel (B2B and Retail) By Packaging Type (Jars and Sachets) – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2017- 2025,” found the global instant coffee market revenue was

Taste is Key With Gum, Mints

Non-chocolate candy sales, which include breath fresheners, mints, licorice and taffy, in convenience stores increased 2.4% in dollar sales, according to Information Resources Inc. (IRI) Convenience All Scan data for the 52 weeks ending Dec. 25, 2016. However, anecdotal evidence suggests that while mints are providing a category boost, a refresh is needed when it

Growth Energy Supports Bipartisan Senate Letter

Letter urges president to maintain point of obligation under RFS. Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Amy Klobuchar led 23 senators in a bipartisan letter urging President Trump to maintain the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and deny proposed changes that would derail the current, successful program. The point of obligation designates

Yesway Grows in Iowa and Kansas

Buys a total of seven convenience stores. Yesway has acquired seven additional Midwest-based convenience stores. In Iowa, Yesway has acquired the Krueger’s Convenience Stores location in Grimes, and the Pronto Market location in Kanawha. Five Pic Quik stores in Hutchinson, Kan., have also been acquired and will be added to its existing portfolio. The company

Casey’s Selects SpeedLine for Expertise in Pizza Delivery

The new POS technology helps Casey’s streamline operations and boost sales. Casey’s General Store has selected SpeedLine Solutions Inc.’s integrated point of sale and enterprise restaurant management systems for the company’s expanding pizza delivery operations. Casey’s has installed SpeedLine point of sale systems in more than 200 locations to date. The Ankeny, Iowa-based convenience store

Sweet Snack Sales Surge

As customers continue to be starved for time, convenience stores are in an ideal position to fill their meal and snacking needs. The proof is in the rise in sweet snack sales across the board. Total packaged pastry and doughnut sales for the 52 weeks ending Dec. 25, 2016 increased 3.62% to $1.54 billion, according

TA-Petro Sponsoring Mid-America Trucking Show

New this year, TA Truck Service OnSITE truck and technicians will be on-site in the FREE truck parking lot, ready to work on rigs. TravelCenters of America LLC, (TravelCenters), operator of TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded travel centers is set to be an exhibiting sponsor at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Ky.,