Comcast Customers Can Now Pay Their Bills at 7-Eleven

7-Eleven offers Comcast customers a convenient and simple around-the-clock location to pay their bills in cash. 7-Eleven is now making it easier than ever for Comcast customers to pay their TV, Internet or phone bills with cash. Comcast customers now have the option to pay their bills with cash at one of more than 7,700

Americans Seek to Reduce Food and Packaging Waste

Food items with minimal packaging and that offer convenient portions are popular among American consumers. Many Americans are becoming more conscientious of their carbon footprint when it comes to purchasing packaged foods. In fact, half (52%) of Americans prefer to purchase foods with minimal or no packaging in an attempt to reduce waste. As Americans

NAG Burning Issue 3: Three Keys to Doing Foodservice Right

When it comes to being a foodservice rock star, bigger is not always better. Doing the little things right can make a big difference in your offering. Drive-throughs, limited-time offers and separate foodservice P&L’s are three relatively simple solutions that can move you to the head of the foodservice pack. This topic will be covered

Filling a Gift Card Niche

Gift cards come in many varieties, providing convenience stores the flexibility to generate more sales. By Jeffrey Steele, Contributing Editor Technology is increasingly impacting the way convenience stores sell gift cards. As a result, c-store retailers are changing their marketing approach to meet this merchandising metamorphosis. Specifically, the technology that’s spurring a new era within

Probing Scan Data

Convenience stores are analyzing scan data to better determine what items to carry, how to optimize penny profit, improve promotions and target customers more effectively. By Lisa White, Contributing Editor For 17 of John Tomlinson’s 19 years as director of merchandising and purchasing for Duchess Shoppe, he relied on sales rep data to determine what

McDonald’s Goes High Tech

Labor costs may be cut in U.S. McDonald’s restaurants, as the chain has plans to rollout high tech stores that allow customers to order via tablets and self-service kiosks. McDonald’s Corp. has announced yet another initiative to help boost its U.S. sales, but this new project is a bit more intricate than a revamp of

Dunkin’ Donuts Expands its Delivery Service

Dunkin’ Donuts brings delivery to New York City. Dunkin’ Donuts has announced that the Dunkin’ Delivery will soon be tested in select areas in New York City, including parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan. The Dunkin’ Delivery service will be offered through DoorDash, and will make it even easier for people to run on Dunkin’. Brooklyn

7-Eleven Launches a Flavorful Promotion

7Rewards members can now receive a free bag of 7-Select chips with the purchase of a 7-select beverage. Through its latest promotion, “One Million Chip Free-For-All,” 7-Eleven Inc. will be giving away one million single-serve bags of 7-Select chips through Sun., Aug. 7. 7Rewards members can purchase any 7-Select bottled beverage and scan the 7-Eleven

Core-Mark to Release Second Quarter 2016 Earnings

Core-Mark will host an investor call, following the release of the company’s second quarter financial results. Before the market opens on Tues. Aug. 9, 2016, Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. will release its earnings for the second quarter ending June 30, 2016. Core-Mark has also announced that it will host an investor call later that morning

Kroger Announces Second 2016 Nationwide Hiring Event

Kroger’s continued growth has created a number of job openings across the country. The Kroger Co. is once again holding open interviews in its stores nationwide. On Tues., Aug. 9, job-seekers are invited to visit their local Kroger store for an interview, with no appointment necessary. Additionally, Kroger has now made applying online even easier

Bolla Oil Partners With NCR

Bolla Oil is creating a luxurious customer experience, using technology provided by NCR. Bolla Oil Corp. has officially chosen NCR as the company’s technology partner. Through this partnership, NCR will assist Bolla Oil in providing customers with a smooth, hassle free shopping experience. Bolla operates convenience stores across the New York City, Long Island and

Thorntons Participates in Community-Wide Lemonade Stand

Thorntons partnered with Lemonade for Life to help support families dealing with Type One diabetes and pediatric cancer. On Sat., July 30, 2016, Thorntons partnered with Lemonade for Life to host the first community-wide Lemonade Stand fundraiser. The event, which ran from 11 a.m. through 3 p.m., was held at 13 Thorntons locations across Louisville,

Kellogg’s Launches Promotion for Convenience Channel

Kellogg’s has launched an exciting, Olympics themed promotion in the convenience store channel. The Kellogg Co. is bringing the excitement of the 2016 Summer Olympics to convenience stores with the new Kellogg’s Win Gold promotion. “The spirit of the Olympics is contagious,” said Gavin Bowyer, senior director of morning foods and bars. “The ceremonies, the

Mars Inc. Mourns Forrest E. Mars Jr.

Forrest Mars Jr., businessman, philanthropist, visionary and family man, has passed away. Mars Inc. has announced that Forrest Mars Jr. passed away on July 26, 2016, at the age of 84. Mars Inc. and associates are filled with sadness at his passing. Mars was: A businessman, who together with his brother John and sister Jacqueline,

Massachusetts Makes Equal Pay Mandatory

A new law requires that men and women be paid equally for comparable work in Massachusetts. On Mon., Aug. 1, 2016, during a Statehouse ceremony, Massachusetts Republican governor Charlie Baker signed a pay equity bill into law. According to a report from CBS Boston, the new law, which will take effect July 1, 2018, requires

Trend Watch — From Fresh Fruit to Renewable Fuel

Sustainability is on trend from what customers put in their bodies to what they put in their vehicles. By Jon Scharingson, Renewable Energy Group Inc. Think about one of the biggest trends in the convenience store industry: the addition of fresh and healthy food options. Now I’m going to tell you how that is related to your

Scotsman Ice Announces New Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Scotsman has hired an individual with an impressive foodservice background to serve as the company’s new vice president of sales and marketing. Scotsman Ice Systems has hired Nick Mirkovich as the company’s new vice president of sales and marketing. In his new position, Mirkovich is now responsible for managing sales through distribution, key chain and

A Cool Category

With ice cream remaining a hot commodity, there is opportunity in this category for convenience stores that make the necessary space commitment. By Lisa White, Contributing Editor Ice cream is no longer a seasonal indulgence, which makes it an even more viable category for the convenience channel. A recent survey for National Ice Cream Day

FDA Issues Fliers to Help Retailers Comply with Deeming Regulations

New fliers from the FDA provide guidelines at-a-glance to retailers who sell tobacco products. The new tobacco deeming regulations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) go into effect on Mon., Aug. 8, 2016. NATO has annouinced that, with the approach of the new rules, the FDA has released four new fliers to assist retailers

Enmarket Names Paul Moody New Vice President

Paul Moody will now take the lead on enmarket’s recently launched rebranding campaign. Savannah, Ga.-based enmarket has announced that Paul Moody has joined the company of convenience stores as Vice President. In his new position, Moody will provide oversight to store operations and will lead the branding change, which was launched in 2015, and is

Speedway is a Growing Influence on Marathon Petroleum’s Profits

Speedway has recorded impressive growth over the past few years. Following the close of the second quarter of 2016, Speedway LLC’s financial results have revealed that the company is continuing to grow at an impressive rate. According to a report from the Dayton Business Journal, Speedway recorded $193 million in profit during the second quarter,

Does a Wage Increase Mean More Take-Home Pay?

Last year’s wage increase in Seattle may not have had the desired effect on workers’ income. In 2015, Seattle increased its minimum wage to $11 per hour for large businesses. Since this wage increase, the city seems to be thriving, but the true results of the new wage are difficult to determine, as there are

Consumers Demand Convenience in Meal Preparation

Convenience is key when it comes to consumer purchases in the grocery aisle. When it comes to shopping for food to make at home, there are a number of factors that weigh on consumers’ choices in the grocery aisle. Among these factors, convenience stands out as a key decision driver. A recent report from the

Casey’s Partners with MDA to Send Kids with Muscular Dystrophy to Summer Camp

Casey’s is helping to break down barriers for kids with Muscular Dystrophy. On Aug. 1, 2016, Casey’s General Stores launched a campaign to raise money to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) send kids with muscular dystrophy and related diseases to MDA Summer Camp. MDA Summer Camp is a life-changing, barrier-free week of fun and

E85 Now Available Along I-95 in Northern Virginia

One Potomac Mills Mobil station is working to keep more U.S. money inside the U.S. and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by offering E85 fuel. The Potomac Mills Mobil convenience store located at 14496 Gideon Drive in Woodbridge, Va. is now offering E85 and higher ethanol blend products. Potomac is now the first station along

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