Sheetz Named One of 20 Best Workplaces in Retail

Great Place to Work and Fortune recognize the c-store chain for the quality and inclusiveness of its workplace. Sheetz is honored to announce that after surveying more than 45,000 employees in the retail sector, Great Place to Work and Fortune have recognized Sheetz as one of the 20 Best Workplaces in Retail. “We consider this


C-Stores Celebrate National Sandwich Day

Hungry customers find sandwich promotions in honor of Sandwich Day. Tuesday, Nov. 3 marked National Sandwich Day, and convenience stores and QSRs alike celebrated with promotions and Facebook posts touting the holiday and reminding customers to stop in for a bite. Among c-stores celebrating the day, Daily’s Convenience Stores posted a promotion on Facebook that

How to Tap Craft Beer Trends

Convenience store retailers use growler stations to appeal to craft beer enthusiasts. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Craft beer continues to grow in the convenience store industry. In fact, according to the Brewers Association, the c-store channel has seen the most craft beer growth of any channel in 2015. “Grocery represents craft’s strongest channel, and

Pester Marketing Co. Acquired by World Fuel Services

Alta Fuels and Alta Transportation are included in the sale. World Fuel Services Inc. has acquired 100% of the equity securities of Pester Marketing Co. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Alta Fuels LLC and Alta Transportation LLC. Pester, headquartered in Denver, is an operator of 57 retail convenience stores and two terminals, and a distributor of

How to Meet the Growing Demand for Freshness

As customers opt for fresher and healthier foods, c-store operators share how they’re adapting to customer preferences. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor As the fresh and healthy foods trend continues its upward climb, multiple channels, including quick-service restaurants (QSRs), drug stores and convenience stores are competing for the business of hungry customers. Walgreens has introduced

From Private Label to Beacons NACS Show Educates on Trends

During the educational sessions Monday, c-store retailers had the opportunity to learn the latest trends and innovations in the area of their choosing. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Monday at the NACS Show kicked off with a number of educational sessions to help convenience store retailers maximize success. In an educational session on private label

Chain of The Year Dinner Honors Family Express

Convenience Store Decisions presents Chain of the Year award to Family Express. Convenience store retailers joined to celebrate Family Express, Convenience Store Decisions’ (CSD) 2015 Convenience Store Chain of the Year award winner, during the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show on Monday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Nirvana Pool inside the

How 7-Eleven is Taking Convenience to the Next Level

Forget the drive-through, 7-Eleven customers can now get merchandise delivered to their doorstep. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Convenience store behemoth 7-Eleven recently announced a strategic initiative to make its c-store offerings even more convenient to customers. In July, 7-Eleven announced it had partnered with technology and logistics company Postmates to offer on-demand delivery in

NAG Conference Wraps Up In Santa Fe

Foodservice stats, trends and takeaways dominate the closing sessions of the 2015 NAG Conference. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor The fourth and final day of the National Advisory Group (NAG) 2015 conference kicked off yesterday with a presentation by Tampa, Fla.-based Study Hall Research. The session focused on Study Hall Research’s “2015 Foodservice Perception Study” and was

How C-Store Retailers Are Finding Their Foodservice Niche

From fresh foods to design changes, convenience store retailers outline how they are differentiating their offering and how other retailers can follow in their footsteps. The National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference in Santa Fe, N.M. continued Tuesday, Sept. 15. In a session titled, “Finding your foodservice niche: defining what it takes to be great at

How To Define Your Retail Culture

Leading retailers discuss how they use core values to drive retail culture at their convenience stores. Tuesday morning of the National Advisory Group (NAG) conference kicked off with a session about defining company culture. Many business owners talk about their company culture but often can’t define it. A well-defined culture is crucial for attracting top

NAG Conference Talks Swipe Fees, Foodservice Technology

From driving food sales with kiosks and tablets to avoiding interchange fees, retailers share advice from their own experiences. The 2015 National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference kicked off on Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Eldorado Hotel in Santa Fe, N.M. On Monday, guests attended two educational sessions on reducing swipe fees, and benefiting from foodservice

How to Keep Your C-Store Safe

Whether it’s employee theft, a robber, skimmers or other individuals intent on shrinking your profits, employing modern preventive means and methodologies is crucial in protecting your employees and your business. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor In the convenience store industry, a combination of best practices and technology are assisting c-store operators in reducing shrinkage problems.

Rutter’s Welcomes New Director of Foodservice

A long career in food has prepared Ryan Krebs to follow in the footsteps of Jerry Weiner. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Ryan Krebs has taken over the foodservice reins at Rutter’s Farm Stores after Jerry Weiner, the renowned vice president of foodservice, retired on Aug. 28. Krebs, however, is no new comer to the

How Retailers Are Adapting to Obama Care

The ever-evolving Affordable Care Act continues to pose challenges for retailers, even as many c-store chains make employee healthcare a top priority. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) here to stay for the foreseeable future, convenience stores are working overtime to meet the new guidelines and prepare

Sheetz Debuts Private Label Credit Card

In a partnership with First Bankcard, Sheetz provides c-store customers with discounts and rewards through the new Sheetz Personal Credit Card. Sheetz has introduced the Sheetz Personal Credit Card, a private label credit card, to its c-store customers. Sheetz partnered with First Bankcard, a division of First National Bank of Omaha, to offer its c-store

Sheetz Shutters College Avenue Store

New concept convenience store set to debut this fall. As Sheetz looks to debut a new concept store in State College, it announced it is also closing one of its State College convenience stores, located at 2000 E. College Avenue. The store in question is set to close Wednesday, Aug. 19. Store associates from this

VP Racing Fuels Speeds Forward

With a branded program to differentiate small chains and its new Winner’s Circle Banner for its c-store partners, VP Racing Fuels’ aggressive growth makes it a 2015 Chain to Watch. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Three years into its branded program, VP Racing Fuels is offering smaller chains a way to compete with major regional

How To Crack Down on C-Store Theft

From employee training to video monitoring and community engagement, Mac’s fights crime from all angles. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Mac’s Convenience Stores Inc., a Toronto, Canada-based division of Alimentation Couche-Tard, is taking a multi-faceted approach to preventing theft. Proven tools include a growing Crime Busters Program, best practices in preventing internal shrink and graffiti

How To Achieve The Right Candy Mix

Innovation is a key for enticing Millennials and Gen Z customers, but staple products continue to drive the candy category. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Even as ‘healthy’ becomes a growing call, candy customers continue to want indulgent options. Convenience store retailers are succeeding in driving candy sales with a balance of tried-and-true products and

How To Drive Purchases From Forecourt Customers

A retailer-designed system allows c-store customers to order food and products while at the pump. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Scott Zaremba, owner of Zarco USA in Lawrence, Kan., is driving food and beverages purchases from forecourt customers who might never have set foot inside the store, if it wasn’t for his touchscreen order-at-the-pump program

What Does the SCOTUS ObamaCare Ruling Mean For C-stores?

A core piece of the Affordable Care Act—subsidies—have been upheld by the Supreme Court, which failed to upend the law with its ruling as many had hoped. In a ruling brought down June 25, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in a 6-3 decision upheld one of the central parts of President Barack

Implementing ADA Compliance Changes

Having the tools to take charge of ADA compliance before a lawsuit mandates your chain to do so, gives retailers more control over how the process is handled. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Convenience Store Decisions recently sat down with Brad Gaskins, managing principal of the McIntosh Group. Gaskins is well versed in the Americans

CST Brands Encourages Customers To #SHAREAHERO

New contest aims to drive social engagement and in-store traffic as well as feel-good stories about the everyday heros in people’s lives. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor CST Brands and Corner Store, this week, launched its #SHAREAHERO Sweepstakes, a 360-degree campaign that encourages customers to share stories about the heros that have touched their lives.

QuickChek And Mondelez Partner In Mobile Marketing Initiative

Shopper Futures initiative pairs retailers, Mondelez International’s brands and tech startups to solve retail challenges. Mondelez International has introduced a new mobile marketing initiative with a number of external retail partners including QuickChek and Albertsons/Safeway. The initiative is called Shopper Futures, and it ties tech entrepreneurs together with retailers to help transform the consumer retail