Growing Sales With Better-for-You Products

Convenience stores have an advantage over competitors when it comes to providing better-for-you food items, and it is time to take advantage of the situation. A new Hudson Institute report has revealed that convenience stores are poised to capitalize on the growing trend of consumers seeking convenient, healthy meal options. “Consumers’ desire for convenience is a


Owning a 7-Eleven Franchise is Easier than Ever

7-Eleven has updated its franchise recruitment Website, including making the site mobile friendly. 7-Eleven’s Franchise recruitment Website has been redesigned to enhance the ease of applying for one of its store franchises. In fact, the company branded its franchise process as “Franchisease.” “We are emphasizing that it is easy for qualified candidates to apply for, own and grow

Q1 Acquires Think Marketing

Q1 expands its range of customer services through acquisition of Think Marketing. Q1 Productions has acquired the practice of Think Marketing, Research and Consulting Services of Columbus, Ohio. This move is designed to expand and enhance Q1’s range of client services as Think provides marketing research and strategic consulting services to food, beverage and consumer branded companies. Think founder,

Cumberland Farms CEO Speaks At White House Summit

Panel brings together leaders who aim to make their workplaces fair, productive and prosperous. Ari Haseotes, president and CEO, of Cumberland Farms was selected by the Obama administration to represent the company at the White House Summit on Worker Voice. Haseotes participated in a panel discussion entitled “High Road Employer Strategies: Win/Win Solutions” as part

Mach 1 Convenience Stores Adds NCR Pulse

Real time information delivered right to their smartphones helps c-store operators manage their business more efficiently. Mach 1 convenience stores, a chain of 17 Marathon-branded locations in Illinois and Indiana, is improving its customer experience and store performance with NCR software and hardware. In addition to NCR P1530 POS terminals and RPOS software, Mach 1

How Would Your Employees Answer These Questions?

By Mel Kleiman If you don’t know how your employees would respond to the following, then it’s time to find out. How many of these items should be on your Top 10 List of reasons why a great employee should want to work for your organization? Would your employees answer, “YES,” to each one? Our managers

Nominations Now Open For Top 40 Retailers Under 40

Do you know a convenience store executive or up and comer on an executive track under 40 who stands out? Convenience Store Decisions (CSD) is compiling its list of the top 40 convenience store retailers under the age of 40, and we need your input. In keeping with our mission of recognizing and including the

Companies Combat Childhood Hunger

Talking Rain, Albertsons Cos and Entertainment Industry Foundation pledge efforts to support Hunger Is. The Albertsons Cos and its store brands has partnered with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) to create an in-store campaign to support Hunger Is. Hunger Is, a charitable program of the EIF, raises awareness and funds to fight childhood hunger in America. The campaign will feature Academy Award

Heineken Announces New TV Spot

As a part of its longstanding partnership with the Bond film franchise, Heineken will release a new TV spot this fall. This fall, as part of its integrated global Spectre campaign, Heineken will release a new TV spot, “The Chase,” which will feature Daniel Craig as James Bond in a high speed boat chase. The brand will

Terrible Herbst to Update POS Systems

New ImpulseT technology will help to boost sales through impulse purchases. Terrible Herbst will be replacing its existing POS systems at all 100 of its c-stores and replacing it with Gilbarco Veeder-Root‘s Passport POS system and ImpulseT upselling platform. The new platforms will help the Las Vegas-based convenience store with its creative marketing strategies within

Core-Mark to Distribute for Murphy USA

Murphy USA has signed a strategic five year agreement with Core-Mark Holding Company Inc. Through a new five year supply agreement, Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. will now be the primary wholesale distributor to Murphy USA Inc. Core-Mark will deliver over 75% of the merchandise sold in Murphy USA stores. The contract is expected to be effective beginning in the first quarter of 2016 and

Verifone and P97 Networks Integrate Technology

Verifone’s cloud-based software will assist in P97’s Mobile Payment solutions. In an attempt to improve mobile payments at gas stations and convenience stores, P97’s PetroZone Mobile Commerce and Digital Marketing Platform will soon be integrated with Verifone’s cloud-based POS and site management software solutions. This new integration will help provide gas stations and convenience stores a combined, fully integrated

Target Makeover in Progress

Target works to boost grocery sales. Target has been dedicating a great deal of effort to rejuvenate its grocery department as a part of a strategic plan to attract more business. According to a report from the StarTribune, Target is seeking to turn its grocery department into more of a shopping destination for customers. It

FDA Launches Tobacco Public Education Campaign

The FDA seeks to educate hard to reach youth groups to reduce tobacco use among such groups. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)has launched a national public education campaign to prevent and reduce tobacco use among groups that are frequently exposed to pro-tobacco images and messages. Multicultural youth who identify with the hip-hop peer crowd

NOCO Express Remodel Complete

NOCO Express celebrates completion of remodel and the addition of a Tim Hortons restaurant to its Lackawana, N.Y. location. NOCO Express has opened a Tim Hortons at its store located in Lackawanna, N.Y. Upon celebrating the grand opening of Tim Hortons, the store also marked the completion of a two month interior and exterior remodel. The new

Customers Enjoy Expanded Offerings At TravelCenters of America

Drivers can now utilize medical and fitness services. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded travel centers, has announced that 22 of its travel centers now include businesses geared toward servicing various medical needs of professional drivers, including four that have recently opened. TravelCenters, or in some cases, a

Small Business Owners Holiday Concerns

ShopKeep reveals the greatest concerns of small business owners. ShopKeep has released its third quarter 2015 ShopKeep Small Business Index (SSBI). According to the SSBI, which draws upon insights gathered from 836 small business owners, the biggest worry this holiday season is not competing with national retail and restaurant chains, but rather competing with small businesses, changing EMV requirements as well

Mobile Payments at the Pump

Chevron partners with Visa to make paying at the pump easier than ever before. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. has partnered with Visa Inc. to launch a new mobile payments program at more than 20 Chevron-branded stations. This new program will accept any NFC (near-field communications) payment service, offering customers a more secure way to pay at the pump

All Day McDonald’s Breakfast Nationwide

McDonald’s all day breakfast offerings will be limited to select items. McDonald’s has initiated the nationwide rollout of all day breakfast. Starting this week, breakfast will no longer cease to be served after 10:30 AM. According to the Chicago Tribune, breakfast sales have grown 5% in the last year at quick service restaurants, and McDonald’s is

Retailers and Suppliers: The Deadly Embrace

By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. In 1918, Henry Ford created an efficient environment to facilitate the manufacturing of automobiles. Lacking the cooperation of parts suppliers, the key components required were manufactured on site, providing the just-in-time arrival of parts needed to streamline Ford’s assembly lines. The effects were a reduction


Indulgence takes on a whole new dimension with the introduction of HERSHEY’S Freeze. This ultra-premium Frozen Uncarbonated Beverage (FUB) program will launch next week at the NACS Show with two iconic HERSHEY flavors: Milk Chocolate and Cookies and Cream. HERSHEY’S Freeze is packaged in 12 two-pound powder pouches per case and is shelf-stable for 12 […]

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CITGO Donates $15,000 to Johns Hopkins Children Center

CITGO fuels good in the community. CITGO Petroleum Corp. has announced its “Be a Star, Buy a Star” campaign, which will be a fundraising effort to benefit the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. CITGO’s local branded Marketers Griffith Energy Services Inc., Carroll Independent Fuel Co., and The Wills Group, who recently donated $15,000 in CITGO Gift Cards to the hospital, will participate in the

QuickChek and The Festival Group Honored for Generosity

QuickChek and The Festival Group honored at the second annual Oak Awards Dinner. For the second year in a row, QuickChek Corp. and The Festival Group have been named among some of the most generous companies in New Jersey. Continuing its tradition of recognizing all that’s great in the Garden State, New Jersey Monthly magazine has

Aloha Petroleum Acquires MFM Inc. Assets

Aloha Petroleum seeks to increase its Hawaii presence.  Aloha Petroleum Ltd. has acquired the Hawaii assets of MFM Inc. Included in the acquisition are two Shell stations, two Subway restaurants and four convenience stores. According to a report from Pacific Business News, the acquisition is set to close later this year. The newly acquired stores are

Customers Can Pick Up Walmart Orders at 7-Eleven 24/7

Walmart seeks to use established store fronts as pickup locations for Walmart goods purchased online. Select 7-Eleven Canada stores will soon act as 24/7 pickup locations for online Walmart orders. According to a report from the Toronto Star, customers ordering from will soon have the option to pick up packages from one of six