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Benefiting From Our Shared Values

By John Lofstock, editor-in-chief, Convenience Store Decisions The convenience store and petroleum industry has always held a special place in my heart. From growing up working at my father’s gas stations in Mt. Vernon, N.Y. well into my teens, to working at Dairy Mart Convenience Stores in my 20s, to my career here at Convenience

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The C-Store Game

A little friendly competition can do wonders to motivate employees. By Fran Duskiewicz Competitiveness is a human trait that can be viewed as simultaneously admirable and/or obnoxious. However, it is always a motivational force, whether handled well or poorly. I’ve always been a competitive ‘son-u-va-gun.’ My poor mom would play games with me when I

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How To Achieve The Right Candy Mix

Innovation is a key for enticing Millennials and Gen Z customers, but staple products continue to drive the candy category. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Even as ‘healthy’ becomes a growing call, candy customers continue to want indulgent options. Convenience store retailers are succeeding in driving candy sales with a balance of tried-and-true products and

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7-Eleven Partners With Postmates in Delivery Service

7-Eleven is keeping up with consumers and their fast paced living with a new delivery service. In partnership with San Francisco-based technology company, Postmates, 7-Eleven is now offering delivery services to customers. This is taking 7-Eleven’s old mantra, “give customers what they want, when and where they want it,” one giant step forward. Select stores in San Francisco and

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CST Brands & CrossAmerica Close Dropdown Transactions

Dropdown transactions close between CST Brands and CrossAmerica Partners LP and CrossAmerica acquires One Stop convenience stores. The dropdown transactions between CST Brands Inc. and CrossAmerica Partners LP have closed. The acquisitions of the real property associated with 29 new to industry stores (NTIs) and an additional 12.5% interest in CST Fuel Supply LP for

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The J.M. Smucker Co. Announces Price Decreases

Sustained market declines leads to price decreases from producers. The green coffee futures market has been in decline for quite some time, and coffee producers are responding to this trend. The J. M. Smucker Co. has decreased the list price for the majority of its packaged coffee products sold in the U.S., primarily consisting of

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Kraft Foods GroupShareholders Vote in Favor of Merger

New merger will create the third-largest food and beverage company in North America. With 98% of votes casted in favor of the transaction, Kraft Foods Group Inc. has approved the previously announced merger agreement to create The Kraft Heinz Company. The 98% represented more than 69% of all outstanding Kraft shares; therefore, the way has been cleared

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Kroger Announces President’s Retirement

Kroger’s president retires after 40 years; successor has yet to be named. After 40 years with the company, Mike Ellis, Kroger’s president and chief operating officer, has retired. Ellis joined Fred Meyer in 1975 as a parcel clerk at age 16, and went on to serve in a series of operations and merchandising leadership positions in

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Chevron Introduces New Fuel Credits Program

Chevron offers new rewards program for Visa cardholders to save at the pump. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and Synchrony Financial (SYF) have introduced the new Techron Advantage Fuel Credits Program for customers. Just in time for peak driving season, both new and existing personal private label and dual-branded Visa cardholders can earn additional Fuel Credits on

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PCI Updates Standard for Point-to-Point Encryption

Security standards for payment card data are being updated in order to increase the security of customer data. An update has been made to one of the eight security standards implemented by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC). This update is expected to simplify the development and use of Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE) solutions that make stolen payment

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Fuel Taxes Increase in Six States

Six states raise fuel levy to fund transportation projects to make up for federal deficits. According to the Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), in an effort to replace federal transportation funding, six states will be raising the tax on fuel purchases. This tax increase goes into effect today, July

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Convenience Stores Sales On the Rise

Convenience store retailers expect strong sales in the third quarter of 2015. According to the results of a retail sentiment survey released by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), expanded fresh food offers and continued lower gas prices, which drove strong convenience store sales in the second quarter of 2015, are expected to continue

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How to Attract Millennials With Fee-Based Loyalty Programs

Millennials are more open-minded about fee-based rewards programs than the general population. Some Americans find the idea of paying a fee to join a customer loyalty program off-putting, but there are a great deal of Americans who would be willing to pay a fee in order to join such loyalty programs, specifically Millennials. According to a LoyaltyOne

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New Business Model Benefits Clients and Customers

CROSSMARK introduces new business model to drive sales and efficiency. CROSSMARK, this week, announced a new, innovative business model designed to drive faster sales growth and greater efficiencies for its clients and customers. “With rapidly changing consumer trends and the intensity of the digital age, retailers seek solutions to upgrade the shopper experience while manufacturers

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How To Drive Purchases From Forecourt Customers

A retailer-designed system allows c-store customers to order food and products while at the pump. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Scott Zaremba, owner of Zarco USA in Lawrence, Kan., is driving food and beverages purchases from forecourt customers who might never have set foot inside the store, if it wasn’t for his touchscreen order-at-the-pump program

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Obama Administration Proposes Expanding Overtime Pay

Some 5 million employees could be eligible for overtime pay, but retailers fear the costs would result in layoffs and cut hours for workers. On the heels of the Obama Administration’s Supreme Court victory last week that saw healthcare subsidies upheld, the Administration proposed new overtime rules this week that would allow more employees the

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7-Eleven Debuts Sweet and Sour Frozen Beverages

Pucker up for the newest sour and sweet Slurpee flavor debuting in 7-Eleven convenience stores July 1. A new Slurpee flavor is hitting the 7-Eleven Slurpee machine for its 100 Days of Summer, beginning July 1, 2015, and its sure to be a consumer favorite. Inspired by fan requests and the trend of purchasing these items

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Kum & Go Shares Designs for New Headquarters

New Kum & Go headquarters designed to provide a collaborative work environment and to embrace modernity. The designs for the new Kum & Go Downtown Des Moines, Iowa headquarters, Krause Gateway Center, located at 1459 Grand Avenue, have been released. The new building was designed to embrace a modern and highly collaborative work environment that offers

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Pilot Flying J Launches 2015 Road Warrior Campaign

2015 Road Warrior Campaign is to bigger and better than ever, beginning with an unforgettable event. Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers in North America, announced that the 2015 Road Warrior program will launch in July. The purpose of the contest is to honor professional drivers for their hard work, generosity and

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Let Loyalty Be Your Competitive Advantage

An effective loyalty platform, such as KickBack Rewards, will shift customer behavior in your favor. In today’s hyper competitive market, this can be the difference between driving sales or staying stagnant. Loyalty programs are everywhere in the retail industry. Customers interact with them multiple times almost every day—whether shopping at a grocery store, buying a

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VP Racing Fuels Has a New Branding Partner

VP Racing Fuels partners with Sandri Energy to expand presence in the Northeast. VP Racing Fuels is on its way to expanding the brand in the Northeast. Sandri Energy, a Greenfield, Mass. based company, is the newest retail branding partner of VP Racing Fuels. Sandri is expected to accelerate with VP’s expansion due to Sandri’s existing operations

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Constructive Criticism: The World’s Biggest Oxymoron

By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. Nobody’s perfect. Not you, definitely not me, not your spouse, your parents, your kids, your boss… I repeat, nobody is perfect. Criticism in any form, shape or fashion is a weapon designed to cause pain. Too many parents are guilty of raising their children on

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Spend Time Where it Counts

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics You’ve heard us say before that it’s too often the case that the squeaky wheels get all the oil. When it comes to employee retention, this means that you have less interaction with your best people because you’re so busy trying to “fix” your poor performers and/or what they’ve done

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D.C. Vaping Tax is Bad Health Policy

By Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association. Washington, D.C. is among the most Uber-friendly cities in the U.S., with both taxis and ride-sharing services providing District commuters safe and effective ways to get from point A to point B. Though it took time and a passionate debate, consumer choice prevailed. The city’s embrace

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Kettle Cooked Chips

Herr Foods has introduced Old Bay Seasoning Kettle Chips.This new flavor to Herr Foods’ popular line of Kettle Cooked Potato Chips expands the product line to include 18 delicious varieties. This new addition will retail for $3.69 for the eight-ounce bag and $1.09 for the 1.875-ounce bag. All of Herr’s Kettle Cooked varieties are hand […]

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