Moving Forward With Payment Technology

As EMV implementation wraps up, retailers must consider where mobile payment solutions are headed. By Ed Collupy The baseball season is in full swing and I’m reminded as I continue to think about card payments in the petro/convenience store industry of the quote from the great Yogi Berra: “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” And

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Pizza: Baking Bold, Authentic Offerings

Pepperoni and sausage may still reign supreme as pizza toppings, but some c-store retailers are using on-trend bolder, authentic flavors and customized combinations to pique consumer interest in their pies. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Tasty, transportable and easy on the wallet, pizza is a natural foodservice fit for convenience stores and their customers. According

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NCA Announces Product Award Winners

Hershey recognized for Best in Show. National Confectioners Association (NCA) has announced its 2017 Most Innovative New Product Award winners. The delectable award winners – including those for Best in Show and the newly added Small Business Innovator – represent the most creative, innovative and fun products that the industry has to offer. The winners

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Core-Mark Hires New Senior VP & Chief HR Officer

Jordana Kammerud to succeed Joe Wegener, who is retiring. Core-Mark Holding Co., Inc. welcomes Jordana Kammerud as senior vice president and chief human resource officer, effective immediately. Kammerud has held executive level human resources positions at leading global companies over her career. Joe Wegener, the company’s current vice president of human resources, will retire on

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Sweets & Snacks Features Health Focus

Global confectionery companies work in cooperation with the Partnership for a Healthier America. The National Confectioners Association (NCA) at its annual Sweets & Snacks Expo May 23 – 25 in Chicago, introduced a ground-breaking new initiative to provide consumers with information, options and support as they enjoy their favorite treats. The initiative, a commitment to

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U.S. Motorists Drive Over One Billion Miles on E-15

More than 800 retail outlets offer E15 fuels across 29 states. More Americans are using E15 – a fuel containing 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline – to fuel their cars, and as a result have helped the fuel reach a significant milestone. According to Growth Energy’s ongoing analysis of fuel sales and consumption data reported

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Rutter’s Introduces 9th Beer Cave

The York, Pa. convenience store chain aims to add beer to as many of its c-store locations as possible. The Rutter’s at the corner of the Susquehanna Trail and Lightner Road in York, Pa. introduced beer sales on May 24, following a remodel to add a beer cave. Rutter’s Beer Caves are set to 29

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Parker’s Supports Effingham Public Schools

Awards $9,000 donation through Fueling the Community program. Parker’s is once again giving back to local schools. Parker’s donates a portion of every gallon of gas sold on the first Wednesday of each month to area schools through the Fueling the Community program. PumpPal club members can select which school will receive the proceeds from

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Designing for Success

Branding accents can help weave a holistic design concept throughout the store. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor A convenience store’s design can convey an unconscious message to customers about its values, brand and food quality. Today, many convenience store chains are remodeling to feature a modern, upscale look that showcases their brand message

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Bottlenecks and Hidden Treasures

Sometimes the best workplace resources are already on your staff. By Fran Duskiewicz A friend of mine is a retired registered nurse who speaks fluent Spanish. This makes him worth his not inconsiderable weight in gold here in southwest Florida. He recently took on a part-time job at a major medical facility just to keep

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G&M Oil Co., GasBuddy Honor Military Members

Announces ‘Tank’ You for Your Service event. GasBuddy partnered with G&M Oil Co., a Southern California operator of company-owned fueling stations and convenience stores, to give away thousands of dollars worth of free fuel to GasBuddy members who are active military and veterans at a G&M location in the San Diego County, Calif. on May

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Rutter’s #SummerofFreedom Sweepstakes Returns

Customers have the chance to win even more prizes. Rutter’s is bringing back its #SummerofFreedom Sweepstakes. Now, registered Rutter’s Rewards customers across Central Pennsylvania are just a scan away from winning their choice of a 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sport, Dodge Challenger RT, or Ram 1500 Big Horn Quad Cab. Customers will also be entered

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YEO Wraps up in Salt Lake City

YEO members get a personal tour of the evolution of Maverik stores from a Country Store through to the most recent prototype. The second and final day of the National Advisory Group’s (NAG) Young Executive Organization (YEO) Roundtable hosted by Maverik in Salt Lake City wrapped up on Thursday, May 25, 2017. YEO members gathered

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Popcorn Market Set to Grow

New products, innovative flavors to drive popcorn sales. Popcorn sales are expected to increase globally over the next four years. Technavio analysts forecast the global popcorn market to grow at a CAGR of almost 8% between 2017-2021. The research study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global popcorn market. The major factors

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Fuels Institute Announces Student Competition Winners

Students tasked with answering market transition questions that industry professionals have been struggling to answer for years. Georgetown University students took top honors at the 2017 Fuels Institute Case Competition, which took place at the Institute’s Annual Meeting in Denver, by introducing a proposal that focused on incorporating liquefied natural gas into the U.S. transition

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Fourth Annual YEO Roundtable Kicks Off at Maverik

Young executives gather in Salt Lake City to learn about Maverik and network with peers facing similar challenges. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor The National Advisory Group’s (NAG) fourth annual Young Executive Organization (YEO) Roundtable hosted by Maverik Convenience Stores welcomed more than 40 executives ages 40 and under to Salt Lake City

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Memorial Day Shoppers Plan To Eat on the Go

A survey by Cumberland Farms reveals the habits of traveling Americans ahead of Memorial Day. A whopping 63% of customers eat in their car every day, according to a new survey from Cumberland Farms, which means c-stores have a prime opportunity to drive foodservice sales this Memorial Day when a record number of customers are

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Gulf Oil Sponsors The Pittsburgh Penguins

Gulf signage to be displayed throughout the PPG Paints Arena. Gulf Oil has announced a major sponsorship agreement with the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Pittsburgh Penguins. Gulf Oil has a deep-rooted history of outstanding service and involvement in the Pittsburgh community, making this partnership a perfect fit. In 1913, Gulf revolutionized the way people fuel

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Walmart Expands in Florida

As the company grows its footprint in the Sunshine State, online grocery pickup will expand to 70 stores, while Walmart Pay launches statewide. Walmart is set to grow in Florida, bringing an economic impact to the chain of well over $450 million. The plan will expand the company’s more than 375 facility footprint in Florida

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Phillips 66 Introduces New Mobile Experience

New platform to connect retail-fueling customers to Phillips 66, Conoco and 76 sites through a mobile app. In anticipation of the launch of their new mobile commerce platform, fuel brands Phillips 66, Conoco and 76 debuted their “Mobile Connect Experience” at the ARIA Resort and Casino in Las Vegas during Phillip 66’s Momentum: Driven by

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Pump Prices Tick Upward With Memorial Day Weekend on the Horizon

Crude oil prices, demand drive pump prices upward. After four weeks of gas price dips, pump prices are again climbing ahead of Memorial Day weekend. AAA reported that the national average price of gas, on May 22, was $2.36 per gallon – two cents more than a week ago, six cents less than a month

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Love’s To Introduce 50 New Locations This Year

Enters Montana—the company’s 41st state. Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) is expecting to open more than 50 new stores in 2017. The move comes on the heels of a record year in 2016 where the chain opened 47 new locations, the most ever opened in one year for the company. With more than 410 locations nationwide

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Consider An Experienced Mentor To Help Grow Your Business

Game-Changing Strategies for Retailers walks readers through founding, maintaining and growing a small business. A small business takes time and effort to build, maintain and grow. You need patience, a willingness to endure setbacks and—most important of all—an experienced mentor. John Matthews, president and CEO of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc., offers that mentorship. After decades

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Demand Continues For Health & Wellness Food

Natural and herbal products on the rise. Customers are continuing to consider their health when it comes to food purchases, and retailers and manufacturers are eager to cater to their evolving needs. Technavio’s latest market research report on the global health and wellness food market 2017-2021 provides an analysis on the most important trends expected

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Retailers Speak Out On $1 Trillion Border Tax Proposal

Higher prices for customers would hurt business, NRF says. Retailers would “have no choice” but to pass the higher costs on to consumers if Congress passes a proposed $1 trillion border adjustment tax as part of tax reform, the National Retail Federation (NRF) said. “The border tax proposal would cause the tax burden on retailers

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