Work Zone Cam Documents 7-Eleven Construction

The construction of a new 7-Eleven can now be viewed in a video created by Work Zone Cam. The construction of a new 7-Eleven store located in Colorado Springs, Colo. was documented by Work Zone Cam, and it can now be viewed in a time-lapse format. 7-Eleven recently opened a new location in Colorado Springs,

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

Chevron Expands its Gas Rewards Program

Albertsons and Tom Thumb adopt Chevron’s popular Gas Rewards program. The popular Gas Rewards program from Chevron Products Co., a division of Chevron U.S.A., has now arrived in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area, as Albertsons Cos. and Tom Thumb stores have adopted the program at their stores. Customers who earn Reward Points by shopping at

House Votes on Six-Month Delay of Federal Overtime Rule

Congress may vote to delay the implementation of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule to June 1, 2017, seeing as nearly 50% of business owners are still unaware of the new rule. The House of Representatives has announced that it will soon vote on a six-month delay of the Labor Department’s new federal overtime

TravelCenters Reopens TA Truck Service Center

TravelCenters opens its newly remodeled truck service center in Candler, N.C. A grand reopening ceremony has been planned for the newest TA Truck Service facility from TravelCenters of America LLC. The newly remodeled facility is located at I-40, Exit 37 (153 Wiggins Road) in Candler, N.C. The newly remodeled 5,001 square foot truck service center

Kum & Go Hosts Promotional E-15 Offering

Four Kum & Go stations offered discounted E-15 fuel to encourage consumers to fill their tanks with something new. On Wed., Sept. 28, Kum & Go offered E-15 fuel for $1.15 per gallon at four Sioux Falls-area locations. The following locations offered the discounted fuel from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Store 620 – 412

Love’s Expands Truck Maintenance Program

Love’s is addressing the top needs of trucking customers with an expanded array of truck maintenance services. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc. is expanding its truck maintenance program at all of its travel stop locations nationwide. In addition to the company’s existing truck tire care and light mechanical options, the newly expanded program

VP Racing Fuels Partners with Owner of Montauk Native Gas

VP Racing Fuels comes to Long Island through a new partnership with Andre Hardy. Andre Hardy, owner and operator of Montauk Native Gas, has entered into a new branding partnership with VP Racing Fuels. Montauk Native Gas, located in Mastic, N.Y., will be the first station on Long Island to brand with VP. It will also

CrossAmerica Purchases State Oil Co.

State Oil Co. has been sold to CrossAmerica Partners following five years of strategic planning. CrossAmerica Partners LP and its affiliates have officially purchased State Oil Co. and certain related entities’ retail assets and wholesale fuels distribution business. Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. served as an advisor to State Oil for the transaction. Immediately prior to the

Heineken Launches the Brand’s Larges U.S. Media Investment Ever

Heineken spreads cheer with its new holiday oriented campaign.  Heineken has announced the launch of a new, fully integrated program to help spread cheer as the holiday season approaches. This new program, which features Academy Award winning actor Benicio del Toro, is supported by the brand’s powerful ‘There’s More Behind the Star’ credentials campaign. The

Honoring an Icon and a Friend

By John Lostock, Editor-in-Chief I have been covering the convenience store industry for close to 20 years as a journalist. It has been a rewarding career filled with wonderful opportunities to meet great people. As I have mentioned many times before, I first found a home in this industry back when my father served as

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Compete on Snacks

Today’s idea of the day: Look at what supermarkets are doing with food snacks and see what you can replicate. Snacks today span more than chips and meat sticks. As customers turn to snacking throughout the day, prepared food bites that they can eat either between meals or as they graze all day long are

Pinnacle Launches Mobile App Solutions for C-Stores

Pinnacle has launched a new mobile app that will help to drive traffic at convenience stores. The Pinnacle Corp. has now officially launched its new consumer facing mobile app solutions for convenience store retailers across the U.S. Driving consumer traffic has always been one of the biggest challenges for convenience store retailers, and as a

National Gas Price Average Stable Despite Pipeline Leak

Texas boasts the least expensive pump prices. Disruptions on the Colonial Pipeline have pushed pump prices higher in some regions—mostly in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic—but overall, the national average price of regular unleaded gas stayed flat at $2.21 per gallon on Monday, Sept. 26, compared to a week prior, according to AAA. In fact, 25

Are We Watching the Birth of a Two-Tier Supply Chain?

Allen Saunders: Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans. —Readers Digest, 1957 By Bill Scott, president, StoreReport LLC The interesting thing about evolution is that it is a slow progression of minuscule occurrences that can only be evaluated when viewed through hindsight. ‘Technology Impact Analysis’ is the armor against a

Making a Wise Investment

Employee appreciation is a good starting point in any successful training program. By Jim Callahan If you don’t have a comprehensive training program in place for your employees you’re failing them. And of course, you’re cheating your company since a well-trained workforce is the most valuable commodity in the convenience store industry. If you already

Hispanic Consumers Want More

The reasons why the U.S. Hispanic community increasingly matters to c-stores’ marketing plans are becoming more varied, and important. By Sylvia Klinger and Tania Melendez, Contributing Editors In a country that has been shaped by the cultures of many different lands, it should come as no surprise that the many changes occurring in convenience stores

Power Mart Flexes Its Brand

A unique retail service provider is expanding its vision for the future. By David Bennett, Senior Editor If casual observers fail to recognize that Sam Odeh has the power then they aren’t reading the signage. The entrepreneur and broker of the Power Mart brand, Odeh, founder and CEO of Power Buying Dealers USA Inc. (PBD

Slightly Tart Teas

The Coca-Cola Co. announced that, in keeping up with evolving consumer tastes, its FUZE brand has introduced a new, exciting tea flavor. From 2015 to 2020, ready-to-drink tea sales are forecasted to grow 19.7% and reach $8.5 billion in annual sales. At the same time, as consumer tastes continue to evolve, sour and tart flavors […]

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Sweet Treats Never Sour

Keeping up with customers’ candy demands remains a never-ending saga. By Jeffrey Steele, Contributing Editor When responding to a sudden desire for a chocolate bar, pucker-worthy mint or lip-smacking gum, customers tend to beat a path to convenience stores. There, they are likely to find what all folks with a sweet tooth seek: broad selection,

Ramping Up Regulation

Even as cities and states invoke new legislation, cigarette sales remain steady. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor On Election Day this year, voters in North Dakota will decide on who will be the next president and whether to approve a proposed tax hike on cigarettes. Since 1993, the state tax has held at a

E-Cigs See Market Lift

As vaping and e-cigarette manufacturers adjust to FDA regulations, c-stores experience a reactionary marketplace. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor When the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) released its final deeming regulations officially classifying electronic nicotine delivery systems as tobacco products, it granted manufacturers and retailers a 90-day grace period before the new restrictions

Sales of Accessories Heat Up

Though lighters and other tobacco accessories remain fortified by cigarettes, other tobacco products and related offerings promise to generate robust sales. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Business remains steady in the tobacco accessories category, with much of the industry buzz focusing on accessories for a pair of unrelated product lines—electronic cigarettes and legalized marijuana. In

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