CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Classes for Managers

Today’s idea of the day: Give classes to help managers at each store learn how to read a P&L. By teaching managers how to read a profit and loss (P&L) statement you’re also showing them what you are tracking and how you are tracking it, how losses impact the company and the costs and expenses

QMart Markets to Millennials

A Snapchat geo-filter will help QMart to engage with Millennial consumers at the ACL Music Festival. By Amber Koontz, Editorial Assistant QMart, a chain of 24 convenience stores owned and operated by Northwest Petroleum, has announced that it will offer an on demand Snapchat geo-filter at the Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival, which is

Thorntons Partners with Alessi Bakery

Thorntons is now offering a variety of fresh bakery items in its Florida stores. Thorntons has entered into a new partnership with Alessi Bakery in Tampa, Fla. Through this new partnership, Alessi Bakery products are now available in Thorntons’ Florida locations. Alessi Bakery is a Tampa, Fla. favorite that offers a traditional bakery feel. A

Gulf Expands in Florida and Texas

Gulf is continuing its U.S. expansion by offering its branded wet barrel supply in a number of new markets. Gulf Oil has announced the expansion of its branded wet barrel supply offerings in Tampa, Fla and a number of Texas market areas. This new service offering is a part of Gulf’s growth initiative in Florida

Retailers Applaud Postponement of Federal Overtime Regulations

The new deadline for the new overtime regulations is July 1, 2017, six months after the initial implementation date. The House has officially voted to pass the legislation which will delay the Labor Department’s expansion of the overtime rules. The new overtime rules will now be delayed for six months after their initial implementation date

Dunkin’ Donuts to Launch New RTD Coffee Line

Dunkin’ Donuts has announced that it will soon be entering into the ready-to-drink coffee category. On National Coffee Day, Dunkin’ Donuts has announced that, in early 2017, the company will launch of a new line of Dunkin’ Donuts branded ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee beverages in the U.S. The new line will be manufactured, distributed and sold

New eTIPS Version Improves Alcohol Sales Certification Process

eTIPS 3.0 helps cashiers and clerks build skills and gain confidence when and ensures that alcohol is sold responsibly and legally. Health Communications Inc. (HCI) has released a new version of its online alcohol sales training and certification program, eTIPS Off Premise 3.0. The eTIPS training and certification program is designed specifically for clerks, cashiers and

Kum & Go Offers Discounted E-15

Kum & Go offers discounted E-15 at nine Iowa locations. On Sept. 30, 2016, Kum & Go offered E-15 fuel for $1.15 per gallon at several Iowa store locations. The promotion ran from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at a number of stores in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and the Iowa City-area. E-15, a fuel blended

C-Store Executive Shares Why Biodiesel is Good for Business

By Jon Scharingson, Renewable Energy Group Inc. A lot of times in this space, I tell you why offering biodiesel makes good business sense for convenience stores. This time, I’m going to let someone else do the talking — namely, a representative from a large c-store company that has experienced the benefits of biodiesel blended

Jerome Sedelmeyer to Speak at NACS Show Prayer Meeting

Volunteer program offers an all-faith event on Oct. 19 at the NACS Show. Industry technology professional Jerome Sedelmeyer is set to share his personal message at this year’s Annual Interfaith Prayer Meeting at the 2016 National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show on Oct. 19 in Atlanta. The event takes place at the Georgia World

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Commit to new products

Idea of the day: When testing a new food product, be it a roller grill item or a grab-and-go sandwich, commit to testing the product in a big way. Some stores cautiously test new items by only putting out a small amount of the new item and then slowly adding more if they’re selling. Instead,

Food Safety Remains a Top Priority for Retail Businesses

By James Mitchell, product manager, ProAct Enterprise Software and Services, Emerson Climate Technologies Fresh, nutritious food options are available today in more locations than ever before. Food retailers are adapting their facilities to meet this consumer demand for fresh foods. Supermarkets are offering prepared food options and convenience stores are adding foodservice elements. Small format

Rutter’s Opens New Pennsylvania Store

Rutter’s will soon hold a grand opening ceremony for its first Berks County, Pa. store. Hamburg, Pa. is now the home of Rutter’s 65th convenience store location. The new store, which is located on Grand Street, near the Hamburg Area High School, about one mile off Interstate 78 exit 30, is the first Rutter’s store

Parker’s Donates $50,000 to Memorial University Medical Center

Parker’s shows its continued commitment to healthcare through a donation to Memorial University Medical Center. As a part of a $1 million endowment, Parker’s recently donated $50,000 to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Ga. This $1 million endowment is to support the Parker’s Emergency & Trauma Center at Memorial. Parker’s CEO Greg Parker presented

Love’s Opens 17th Indiana Location

Love’s continues to expand its presence in the Hoosier State. Love’s Travel Stops has announced the opening of its newest store location in western Indiana. This new travel stop offers travelers a new place to eat, rest and fuel up in Terre Haute, Ind., along U.S. Highway 41 and Harlan Drive. This new travel stop

Card Companies Cause EMV Adoption Slowdown

Even as many retailers have implemented EMV technology, consumer information is still not as safe as it could be. According to a report from the National Retail Federation (NRF), it is not only retailers’ lack of action that is causing a delay in EMV adoption, but rather it is partially due to delays by the

Pop-Tarts Helps Celebrate Slurpee’s 50th Birthday

Slurpee’s 50th birthday just got even sweeter with the introduction of new Slurpee Pop-Tarts. As 7-Eleven continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary, customers visiting 7-Eleven stores between now and Nov. 11 will have the opportunity to take part in the Fiftee Partee, where they can not only enjoy a Slurpee drink, but also indulge in

Stripes and Laredo Taco Co. Celebrate National Taco Day

Stripes Stores and Laredo Taco Co. offer buy one, get one free tacos on National Taco Day. Laredo Taco Co. has introduced a new taco in honor of National Taco Day. October 4 is National Taco Day, and in celebration, Laredo Taco Co. has launched “the champion” of all tacos filled with egg, chorizo, potato,

Kum & Go Offers Free Coffee to &Rewards Members on National Coffee Day

Kum & Go customers are rewarded with more than free coffee on National Coffee Day when they sign up to be &Rewards members. In celebration of National Coffee Day, on Thurs., Sept. 29, 2016 Kum & Go &Rewards members were offered a free Java Ridge medium-size coffee. “Coffee is an important part of many peoples’

7-Eleven and Johnsonville Join to Support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Johnsonville and 7-Eleven raised $2,200 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through a one day charity event. On July 19, 2016, 7-Eleven teamed up with the Johnsonville Big Taste Grill in Irving, Texas to host an event in support if St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Parked at the 7-Eleven headquarters on Hackberry Road, the Big

NRC Completes Sale of Two Portfolios

NRC has completed the sale of a number of convenience stores with gasoline on bahalf of Sunshine Fuel. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC has closed two portfolios through the company’s sealed-bid sale process. NRC completed the sale of a package of leasehold interests in 21 convenience stores with gasoline in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma,

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Digital gift cards

Today’s idea of the day: Offer digital gift cards as an option alongside your physical gift card display. Younger generations prefer to do things on a mobile/digital platform when possible and digital or electronic gift cards are no exception. While many customers appreciate having a tangible gift card, you can boost sales by also offer

Conexxus Introduces New Mobile Payments Standard

Conexxus has now added great value to the mobile payments process, and interaction between mobile payments and loyalty has never been smoother. Conexxus’ new Mobile Payments Standard, v2.0 has been approved and is now being released to the industry. The new standard allows tightly coordinated interaction between mobile payment and loyalty applications, helping to create

Retailers Find Value in Social Media Marketing

Retailers have plans to invest more funds into social media and digital marketing in years to come. When it comes to effective marketing for retailers, paid search and email marketing top the list, but new research has revealed that social media and mobile marketing are gaining favor among retailers seeking effective customer acquisition channels. This

Empire Petroleum Acquires Sunshine Fuel’s Distribution Rights

Empire Petroleum enters into new markets through its acquisition of Sunshine Fuel’s distribution rights. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC has successfully acquired the Missouri, Oklahoma and a portion of the Kansas wholesale distribution rights of Florida-based Sunshine Fuel LLC. Sunshine is a distributor of branded fuels to gas stations in the Kansas City market as well