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What’s Ahead For Labor Day Gas Prices?

Customers are set to pay the lowest average price for gas over the Labor Day weekend in 11 years as long as there are no supply disruption surprises. Gas prices are expected to be the lowest they have been over Labor Day weekend since 2004. On Monday, Aug. 31, AAA reported that the national average

Who Wins From A Minimum Wage Increase?

The government wins, and I’ll tell you why. By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. I’m sure I may be setting myself up for a lot of grief, but I’ve been studying the convenience store industry for over three decades, and I am certain that most convenience stores will not be


RaceTrac Petroleum Sealed Bid Deadline Extended

RaceTrac to sell 22 currently-operating stores. The bid deadline for the sealed bid sale of 29 RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. properties has been extended to Sept. 24. The sale is being conducted by NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC, and includes properties located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. According to a


“We Card” Reaches 20-Year Mark

Some 20 years of effort by retailers, with the help of We Card, has led to a substantial decrease in the sale of tobacco products to underage consumers. We Card is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The national “We Card” program was launched in 1995 to help combat youth access to tobacco. Twenty years ago, it


VERC Makes Strides Against Cancer

VERC Enterprises strives to raise $10,000 for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. VERC Enterprises has announced that it will once again participate in the Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. The walk is slated for Oct. 4, 2015 at the Hatch Shell in Boston. Presently, 45 VERC employees, family members and friends have signed on to participate in the

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BP Launches “Give a Reward, Get a Reward” Program

BP allows members to award family and friends with 25- cents-per-gallon discounts. BP has announced a new promotion that will allow customers to share their savings at the pump. What’s more is that sharing savings will entail no additional fees to wholesale customers. The promotion, known as “Give a Reward, Get a Reward,” builds on the recent success of the


How to Appeal to Foodies

Sopexa has uncovered the secret behind attracting foodies. The new 2015 Foodie Study by Sopexa has been released, and it provides key insights that will largely impact food, beverage and retail marketing. The preferences, behaviors and epicurean influence of modern foodies in the U.S. and abroad have been revealed by the study. The data that was collected will


YA Strikes Partnership With InComm

InComm expands to provide more businesses with its patented technology. Young America (YA) has announced that it has entered into a new partnership with InComm. This new partnership offers new benefits to both of the companies involved. As part of the partnership, InComm will provide YA with its expanded reward and payment solutions to clients, including hundreds of branded retailer gift

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Chipotle Offers Delivery Through Tapingo

More than 100 college campuses will have the option of having Chipotle delivered by spring 2016. Chipotle Mexican Grill has partnered with Tapingo to make it easier for college students to indulge in their favorite burritos. Chipotle and Tapingo will save college students time by providing food pickup and delivery. Chipotle will offer delivery at 40 college campuses

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U.S. Bank Voyager Cards to be Accepted at Washington ARCO Stations

BP and U.S. Bank agree to allow Voyager cards to be used at select stations. BP will now accept fleet cards from the U.S. Bank Voyager Network at BP’s 146 ARCO-branded fueling stations in the state of Washington. “ARCO provides our Voyager cardholders in Washington with an outstanding new fueling option,” said U.S. Bank Fleet Product


How Gasoline’s Seasonal Change and Market Volatility Are Impacting Price

By Brian Milne, Editor, Schneider Electric Summers always seem to race by, but the fast-paced action in the commodity and equity markets in ending August was akin to speeding through Dead Man’s Curve before reaching the testing grounds at the Bonneville Salt Flats—fast, furious and uncertain. U.S. and international crude futures dropped to six-and-a-half year lows before


How A Strategic Partnership Is Making 7-Eleven Delivery Service Possible

7-Eleven stores are now offering delivery services in select markets. 7-Eleven customers in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago can now order products from their local 7-Eleven store to be delivered straight to their door. The service, made possible through 7-Eleven’s partnership with DoorDash, will soon also be available in Washington, D.C., and Boston. This new


New Retail Intelligence From Gigwalk and IRI

Gigwalk and IRI help retailers reach maximum ROI. Gigwalk and Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) have formed an alliance combining the power of the IRI Liquid Data technology platform with data from Gigwalk’s Mobile Crowdsourcing solution. Together, these technologies will form data sets CPG brands can use to support their retail strategy and in-store efforts. Real-time, comprehensive views into retail operations

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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.

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How C-Stores Are Flying High With Chicken

Whether it’s for dashboard dining or taking home to the family, during different times of the day chicken offerings are helping retailers satisfy customers’ cravings for delicious, economical and wholesome food options. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Marinated, spiced, glazed, baked, broiled and especially fried, Americans seemingly can’t get enough chicken. In fact, 89% of

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How to Win With Wine

Convenience stores are paying heed to customers’ thirst for better wine selections. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Wine usually isn’t top of mind for consumers when they stop at a convenience store—which is why operators need to draw their attention to the category, which can provide some good incremental sales. This past August, Technomic reported


How to Strengthen Smokeless Sales

Despite hurdles, smokeless tobacco sales continue to grow. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor As America continues its love/hate relationship with cigarette smoking, smokeless tobacco and other tobacco products (OTP) sales continue to inch higher. At the same time, smokeless and other forms of tobacco continue to face hurdles in the form of local restrictions. For


How To Boost Beverage Sales

As more consumers shun carbonated soda, teas and juices are at the ready to quench c-stores’ thirst for category profits. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor Of the top 10 merchandise categories in 2014 that demonstrated monthly strength in sales and margin percentage per the average store, tobacco was tops, followed by packaged beverages. According to


How the ACA Affects You After SCOTUS

The Supreme Court this summer upheld a key part of the Affordable Care Act that provides health insurance subsidies to all qualifying Americans. Looking deeper, what does this mean for the convenience store industry? By Mark Battersby, Contributing Editor The U.S. Supreme Court in King v. Burwell has ruled the tax subsidies for health insurance


Obtaining a Second Opinion

Convenience store operators who make decisions based on their instinct, knowledge and experience are often proven right. But, to be especially sure that you’re on the right track, connect with an expert. By Jim Callahan We all know something about running a business and yes, many of us have been doing it successfully for years.

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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

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How to Free Up Frozen Beverages

Because of the robust profit margin and strong demand for frozen dispensed beverages, more channel retailers are rolling out their own signature programs. However, convenience stores still remain above the crowd when it comes to one of the coolest beverage segments out there. By Michele Wojciechowski, Contributing Editor Without a doubt, convenience stores face competition

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Hershey’s Ranked High by Millennials

Millennials like to work for companies where they can make a difference. The Youth 100 VoxBurner Report and the 2015 Millennial Career Survey  by the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) have revealed The Hershey Co. to be a top company and workplace for Millennials. On the list of the top 100 companies, The Hershey


How Nutrition Labels Help People Make Healthful Choices

Young people are encouraged to be aware of nutrition facts when making food choices. In an effort to fight childhood obesity, and in order to encourage healthy choices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) encourages kids to Read the Label. The Nutrition Facts Label is a simple tool available on food and beverage packages. It lets kids


XYIENCE Energy Beverages Announces New Ownership

Big Red Inc. plans to reach a new, larger demographic than before by targeting college football fans. XYIENCE, a zero calorie energy beverage, has re-launched under new ownership. The new owner is Austin, Texas-based Big Red Inc. Along with new ownership, the re-launch features a new look for the energy beverage brand and the roll out of a marketing campaign