Two Birds, One Stone

‘Tis the season to look for potential new hires. by Mel Kleiman, Humetrics A great time to look for the employees who could help you build your business next year is when you’re doing your holiday shopping this year because… When you get outstanding service during the hectic holiday hustle, the person who helped you

Fuel Savings Rank As Top Loyalty Reward

A new Excentus Survey finds 37% of consumers prefer fuel discounts over other rewards. For the second year in a row, American consumers have identified rewards that help them save on the everyday cost of fuel as their preferred loyalty program currency. Findings from Excentus’ new “Road to Rewards Revisited” annual survey and report also

Chevron Celebrates 500th Franchised ExtraMile

The ExtraMile store concept has grown since its debut more than 10 years ago. Chevron Products Co., a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., has announced its 500th franchised ExtraMile convenience store. Since the first store opened more than 10 years ago, the ExtraMile store concept has experienced steady growth, setting new standards in convenience store

Casey’s Buys Five Guppy’s Stores in Iowa

Fauser Energy divests retail locations. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC in conjunction with Ravinia Capital LLC announced the sale of five Guppy’s convenience stores located in and around Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The stores were owned by Fauser Energy Resources of Elgin, Iowa and were sold to Casey’s General Store. “These stores were non-core assets

NOCO Express Supports The Salvation Army

Raises more than $13,000 through the sale of paper kettles at NOCO Express stores. During this season of giving, NOCO Express customers donated $13,541 to support The Salvation Army Buffalo Area Services. Throughout the month of November, paper kettles were sold for $1 each at all NOCO Express’ 36 locations to benefit The Salvation Army.

Johnson & Johnson Transport Partners with ADD Systems

Implements ADD Energy E3 software. Johnson & Johnson Transport Inc. of Madison, Fla. has partnered with Advanced Digital Data Inc. (ADD Systems). Johnson & Johnson Transport needed a software solution for its wholesale fuel business and discovered ADD Systems in a non-traditional way—it called the state of Florida’s taxing authority and got a list of

Hot Stuff Pizza Celebrates 30 Years

Orion Food Systems first brought great tasting pizza to rural South Dakota in 1986. Imagine life in rural towns 30 years ago; there weren’t many options for people who wanted to dine out. Options were limited in 1986, especially in rural South Dakota, where towns were just too small for Quick Serve Restaurants. But let’s

American Express Extends EMV Liability Shift

Fuel retailers gain an extra three years to become compliant. American Express plans to extend the effective date of its EMV Fraud Liability Shift for U.S. fuel merchants by three years, to October 2020. The extension will give U.S. fuel merchants increased flexibility in their fight against fraud by providing additional time to upgrade their

Pilot CEO Haslam Deposed in Lawsuit

Cleveland Browns Owner participates in deposition in Knoxville in relation to the trucking rebate fraud scheme discovered in 2013. Cleveland Browns Owner and Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam was deposed Tuesday, Dec. 13, in a civil lawsuit against the Pilot Flying J in relation to the trucking rebate fraud scheme that came to light

Beverage News: Beer Up, Energy Flat

Total snack and beverage dollar sales up 3%. Wells Fargo Securities has released all channel sales results for beverages and snacks ending Dec. 3, 2016. Carbonated soft drink (CSD) declined while beer sales grew and energy sales were “muted.” All channel dollar sales (including grocery, drug, mass and convenience stores) for the total snack and

Foodservice Trends Ahead for 2017

A focus on authenticity is essential in 2017, according to Mintel. Mintel, a market intelligence agency, has announced the four key trends set to transform the U.S. foodservice industry in 2017 – highlighting ingredient, technology and experience trends expected to make an impact on the market. “With restaurants where customers never interact with employees and

f’real Foods Partners with Make-A-Wish

Introduces Frosted Cupcake Milkshake LTO and donates more than $100,000 for wishes. Emeryville, Calif.-based f’real foods supports Make-A-Wish through over $100,000 in annual contributions and a social media consumer wish program that drives further donations. f’real sells self-serve milkshakes, smoothies and frozen coffee product in over 16,000 locations across the U.S. and Canada, including convenience

Will Raising the Minimum Wage Lead to Better Service?

Some 38% of the general population said they support raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, COLLOQUY Study shows. COLLOQUY recently conducted a survey of 1,500 Americans nationwide to see how consumer attitudes about how raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour may affect their overall shopping experience. Nearly six out of 10

Hawk Commerce Offers Merchants Gift Card Solutions

Hawk Direct enables brands and retailers to manage their own B2B and B2C gift cards, promotions and loyalty programs. Blackhawk Network, a prepaid and payments global company, has launched Hawk Commerce, a comprehensive, single-source B2B and B2C solution for expanding, distributing and managing gift cards and egifts. At, merchants now have one location where

Fuel Institute Report Examines Fuel Chain Challenges

Study looks to give influential stakeholders a fundamental understanding about how the market functions today. The Fuels Institute has released a new report, prepared by Stratas Advisors, that examines the U.S. fuel supply chain and the challenges that exist for achieving higher adoption rates of biofuels. The report shows that the U.S. liquid fuel distribution

Jiffy Mart Teams with Westminster Boys and Girls Club

Jiffy Mart presents donation of $3,300 to the Westminster Boys and Girls Club. Jiffy Mart has teamed to help raise both awareness and funds for the Westminster Boys & Girls Club. Gone are the days of large crowds making their way to McDaniel college, braving the summer heat, to watch their team practice for free.

Pump Prices Continue Rise

Only four states are posting average gas prices below $2 per gallon. The national average price of gasoline has climbed for 14 straight days to $2.21 per gallon, according to a report by AAA. The uptick follows the OPEC oil production agreement set on Nov. 30. The national average 20 cents higher compared to this

NRA President & CEO Congratulates Labor Secretary Nominee

“Andy (Puzder) brings much-needed business experience to the Department of Labor,” says Sweeney. President-elect Donald Trump named CKE Restaurants Holdings Inc. CEO Andy Puzder as his choice for Secretary of Labor. Puzder has served as CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Hardee’s, Carl’s Jr. and other well-known restaurant brands, since 2000. Below is

ET Video Changes Name to ET Products

New product lines include electronics, novelty and cell phone accessories, among others. ET Video Inc. is changing its name to ET Products Inc., effective Jan. 1, 2017. Brad Kanne, vice president of sales and marketing explained that the new name would reflect the evolving focus and standards of the company, adding, “This change is a

U.S. Patent Office Reaffirms Key f’real Blender Patent

f’real seeks injunction for patent infringement. f’real Foods Inc’s self-cleaning blender patent has been upheld. On Nov. 30, 2016, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office completely rejected a challenge to the validity of f’real Foods Inc.’s U.S. Patent No. 7,520,658 (“’658 patent”) by Hamilton Beach Brands Inc. f’real is a pioneer in the field of

TravelCenters Ranks High on Driver Satisfaction Survey

For 10th year running, TA and Petro Stopping Centers voted “Best Truck Stop Experience. ” TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters) has released the results of its tenth annual “Voted Best” survey. The TA and Petro survey of professional truck drivers independently conducted during October, 2016 garnered professional driver feedback on truck stop services and amenities.

Sheetz Introduces Cinnabon Treatz

Holiday beverages also on the c-store menu. Sheetz is debuting Cinnabon-flavored treats this holiday season in addition to traditional holiday beverages like gingerbread and peppermint flavored lattes. Customers are invited to try a variety of fun, seasonal Cinnabon treats, including: Cinnabon Milkshake Cinnabon White Hot Chocolate Cinnabon Cinnapopperz (bite-size Cinnabon snackz) For guests looking for

Overall Holiday Sales Down Even After Strong Thanksgiving Week

Seasonal shopping lags during post-Black Friday lull. NPD Group data has shown that despite dollar sales doubling in the fourth week of the 2016 holiday shopping season, which included Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, compared to the previous week, overall holiday season sales are down from 2015. This year’s Thanksgiving week sales were 1% lower

Four Little Cigar Manufacturers Receive FDA Warning Letters

FDA claims the little cigars in question are actually flavored cigarettes that have been labeled as little cigars. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warning letters to four tobacco manufacturers for selling flavored cigarettes that are labeled as little cigars or cigars, according to a press release that FDA issued Dec. 9.

Amazon’s New C-Store Concept To Change Checkout

Introduces “Walk Out Technology. ” Amazon has released new details about its Amazon Go convenience store plans, including the checkout-free way customers can grab and leave with products. The company is introducing a way for customers to take the products they want from the shelves and exit the store without ever having to go through