Will Holiday Shopping Season Finish Strong?

Sales down compared to 2015. This year’s annual holiday sales lull is looking much greater than the lull in 2015, and deep discounting may be a big reason. Retailers are now scrambling to measure up or beat last year’s results before the end of the year. According to The NPD Group’s weekly point-of-sale results for

Philadelphia Soda Tax To Remain

Judge dismisses beverage industry lawsuit against city of Philadelphia over soda tax. Philadelphia can keep its soda tax, a judge has ruled. Judge Gary Glazer dismissed the beverage industry’s lawsuit against the city of Philadelphia regarding the soda tax “in its entirety” on Friday, according to a report in the Philadelphia Business Journal. An attorney

Kum & Go Opens First Colorado Springs Marketplace

First 99 c-store customers get a coupon for a 99-cent whole pizza. Kum & Go is introducing its 6,200+-square-foot marketplace store in Colorado Springs, Colo. The new location is located at 2422 Research Parkway and will open its doors at 6 a.m. on Thursday Dec. 22. The new location marks the first store in Colorado

Fred’s Acquires 865 Rite Aid Stores

Walgreens and Rite Aid divest locations to assist merger approval. As Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) looks to acquire Rite Aid, the chains are selling some 865 Rite Aid Stores to Fred’s Inc. for $950 million, according to USA Today. Assuming regulators approve the deal, Fred’s would become one of the biggest pharmacy chains in the

7-Eleven Welcomes Last-Minute Holiday Shoppers

From batteries to gadgets to a bottle of wine, 7-Eleven is prepared to save to day for last-minute and emergency shoppers this holiday season. Few days remain for Christmas shoppers to snag last-minute gifts and goodies for holiday parties. As the holiday countdown continues, 7 Eleven stores become last-minute shopping headquarters and emergency stops for

Sales of Pet Gifts Soar this Holiday Season

In 2016, dog and cat toys in the U.S brought in retail sales of approximately $1 billion. As convenience stores stock up on gifts for last-minute holiday shoppers, they would be wise to include some stocking stuffers for furry family members. These days stocking stuffers and bow-wrapped presents are increasingly extending to non-human loved ones

New Generation of Coffee Drinkers Shape Market

Ready-to-drink coffee sales to reach nearly $18 billion by 2020. Coffee sales are going strong, according to market research firm Packaged Facts. The U.S. market for packaged and ready-to-drink coffee sold at retail was estimated at $13.5 billion in 2015, up almost 10%. By 2020, Packaged Facts expects sales of packaged and ready-to-drink coffee in

7-Eleven Completes Month One of Commercial Drone Deliveries

The convenience store giant plans to expand drone deliveries in 2017. 7-Eleven, in partnership with Flirtey, has completed 77 autonomous drone deliveries to customer homes in the U.S. Flirtey and 7-Eleven began a commercial collaboration, in July with the world’s first autonomous drone delivery to a customer’s residence. Flirtey conducted regular weekend deliveries during November

Love’s Travel Stops Celebrates Record Store Openings in 2016

During ‘landmark year’ Love’s adds 220 showers and 3,000 truck-parking spaces at new travel stops. Love’s Travel Stops opened a record number—47 to be exact—of new Love’s locations in 2016. The locations span 40 states. It marks the largest number of stores opened in a single year in Love’s history. “2016 was a landmark year

Kasich Squashes Minimum Wage Increases in Cleveland

Cities in Ohio can no longer increase minimum wage above the state minimum wage. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, earlier this week, signed Senate Bill 331, which will halt next year’s election vote on whether to increase the Cleveland minimum wage to $15 an hour. Cleveland.com reported that the bill prohibits communities in the state of

Wrigley, Mars Chocolate Announce “The Candy Bowl” Super Bowl Promotion

Customers can join Team Snickers or Team Skittles as part of Sweepstakes. Mars Chocolate and Wrigley team in joint promotion featuring playful rivalry between Skittles and SNICKERS. Building off of the success of last year’s Super Bowl activation, Wrigley and Mars Chocolate will deliver their second joint-selling program, The Candy Bowl, to leverage the power

Gas Prices Continue Climb

OPEC deal sends pump prices higher. Prices at the gas pump are now posting at the highest mark since October. The national average price of gas has continued to grow for 20 of the past 21 days $2.24 per gallon, an increase of 11 cents, according to AAA. The price is 24 cents more than

Risser Oil Implements Fuel Pricing Strategies

Views real-time information via mobile phones. Risser Oil (Rally Stores) has selected PriceAdvantage software to consolidate competitor pricing data and rapidly execute pricing strategies for 54 company-owned and commission sites throughout central Florida. “Risser Oil is a great example of how PriceAdvantage can provide extraordinary value to fuel marketers who need to navigate the complexities

Love’s Travel Stops Partners with Digi International

Love’s automates food temperature monitoring and task logging. Love’s Travel Stops has signed a multi-year agreement to implement Digi International’s task management and food temperature monitoring solution across its entire chain of locations throughout the U.S. Digi International provides machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products and services. Love’s Travel Stops has more

Strong Growth Ahead for Tea

New innovation in the tea category engages customers. Tea sales in the U.S. have shown strong growth in 2016, continuing the upswing in ready-to-drink and refrigerated categories. In the brand new report” Tea and Ready-to-Drink Tea: U.S. Retail Market, 6th Edition,” market research firm Packaged Facts estimated tea sales slightly exceeded $7 billion in 2015,

NACS Helps Families This Holiday Season

NACS’ donations mirror what convenience stores contribute to communities across the country. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) conducted toy and food collection drives to help two local community groups: Volunteer Alexandria’s Community Toy Drive (Virginia) and DC Central Kitchen. NACS staff purchased 120 toys for the Alexandria Community Toy Drive, which will be

Chevron Partners with WEX Bank

WEX to handle fleet card distribution and provide related payment services to Chevron and Texaco customers. Chevron Products Co., a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc. has partnered in a long-term agreement with WEX Bank, a subsidiary of WEX Inc. to issue and operate Chevron- and Texaco-branded commercial fleet cards commencing in January 2018. Through this

Growth Energy Endorses Coalition Letter to President-Elect Trump

Letter shows support for the Renewable Fuel Standard. Growth Energy, along with other members of Fuels America, sent a letter to President-elect Trump last week, congratulating him on his successful election, and expressing a desire to work with the new administration to ensure that the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) remains a driving force of domestically

Swiss Farms Introduces Cruiser the Rooster

After a social media contest, Swiss Farms has a name for its iconic Rooster. Swiss Farms, the Delaware County, Pa.-based drive-through market, has introduced Cruiser who, after a lengthy name search and social call to action campaign, will have a number of responsibilities as company mascot for the organization. Cruiser will serve as brand and

Rutter’s Helps Feed More than 150 Families at Christmas

Provides donations to charities during ribbon cutting celebration for new c-store. Rutter’s is giving back this holiday season. During Rutter’s Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at its newest store in Strasburg, Pa. on Wednesday, Dec. 14, Rutter’s donated $4,000 to local charities. Each organization received $1,000. Recipients were the Food Pantry in the First

Love’s Travel Stops Opens Five New Locations in Five States

New travel centers provide more safe places for parking where demand for driver services is high. Love’s Travel Stops opened five new locations across five states, adding more than 450 truck-parking spaces to busy interstates and highways. The openings of stores in South Jacksonville, Illinois; Ellsworth, Iowa; New London, Mo.; Norfolk, Neb., and Cayce, S.C.,

Core-Mark, Walmart Sign New Supply Agreement

Core-Mark to act as main distributor of candy, tobacco and various snacks for Walmart. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. has entered a three-year supply agreement (which may be extended for two one-year periods by mutual agreement of the parties) to service approximately 530 Walmart Neighborhood Markets and Supercenter stores in five western states (Arizona, California, New

Food Channel Reveals Top 10 Food Trends for 2017

To what’s on the menu to what is influencing the menu, the Food Channel forecasts what’s ahead in the new year. For the 29th year running, the Food Channel has revealed its Top Ten Food Trends for 2017, based on research conducted in conjunction with CultureWaves and the International Food Futurists. The list identifies some

AFPD Supports Michigan Bill Allowing Retailers to Ship Wine

Opens unique sales opportunities. The Associated Food and Petroleum Dealers (AFPD) applauded the House passing Senate Bill 1088 on Dec. 14. SB 1088, introduced by Sen. Peter MacGregor (R) allows retailers to ship wine directly to customers via common carrier like UPS and FedEx, provides for exciting new delivery abilities for beer, wine and spirits,

Are You Looking for the Perfect Employee?

Humetrics’ Mel Kleiman reveals why looking for the perfect worker can be problematic. Mel Kleiman, Humetrics You may have heard me tell one of my favorite jokes about the woman looking for the perfect husband. …She thought she’d found him, but, alas, he was looking for the perfect wife. If you’re looking for that perfect