Convenience Store Decisions » Categories http://www.cstoredecisions.com Convenience Store Community and News Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:59:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Energy Drink Targets Women http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/17/energy-drink-targets-women/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/17/energy-drink-targets-women/#respond Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:54:28 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54055 Unlike top sellers in the energy drink market, Hype Energy is opening up the category to women in the U.S. market. The brand is positioning itself as a lifestyle energy drink that caters to a woman’s need for a drink that helps her keep up with her busy day-to-day life. Hype understands that not everyone

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Authentic Taste, Small Footprint http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/17/authentic-taste-small-footprint/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/17/authentic-taste-small-footprint/#respond Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:47:17 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54049 Carpigiani, a global innovator and provider for frozen dessert equipment, is introducing the low volume, high quality Softybar. Softybar is a countertop softserve machine designed for use in coffee bars, kiosks and fast food establishments. Softybar produces creamy authentic soft serve ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt and sorbet with the rich quality expected from the

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Pumpkin Spice Coffee and Cappuccino http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/17/pumpkin-spice-coffee-cappuccino/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/17/pumpkin-spice-coffee-cappuccino/#respond Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:44:35 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54046 With the growing popularity of pumpkin as an ingredient in everything from pie to coffee, operators can now feature limited-time-only Pumpkin Spice Coffee and Pumpkin Pie Spice Cappuccino from Boyd’s Coffee. According to Nielson, 70% of pumpkin-oriented grocery sales in the U.S. occurred between September and November. Boyd’s Coffee flavors are the perfect fall indulgences

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Limited-Edition Hunting Packaging http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/17/limited-edition-hunting-packaging/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/17/limited-edition-hunting-packaging/#respond Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:41:59 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54043 Busch is introducing a new trophy for hunters to set their sights on this hunting season. Sept. 8-Nov. 30, Busch fans can purchase Busch beer—with the same great taste they love—in a sleek, redesigned package, as well as enter to win the ultimate hunting getaway. The 2014 Busch Hunting can features unique hunting graphics complete

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E-Liquids http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/17/e-liquids/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/17/e-liquids/#respond Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:39:14 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54040 NJOY has expanded its product line by introducing a vapor-tank-mod (VTM) and a line of 10 e-liquid flavors, including classic tobacco, menthol, vanilla bean, pomegranate, blood orange, black and blueberry, peach tea, single malt scotch, butter crunch and double espresso. To develop its e-liquid flavors, NJOY teamed scientists with flavor experts from the food and

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Pepperoni and Salami Slices http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/17/pepperoni-salami-slices/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/17/pepperoni-salami-slices/#respond Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:34:18 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54037 The Oscar Mayer team has introduced a line of deli meats that add spice and flavor to everyday lunches for the entire family. Just in time for back-to-school season, the brand is launching the Old World Style line with four distinct flavors, including Classic Salami, Cracked Black Pepper Salami, Classic Pepperoni and Turkey Pepperoni. Consumers

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Legendary American Whiskey http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/17/legendary-american-whiskey/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/17/legendary-american-whiskey/#respond Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:55:54 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54058 After feuding for more than 150 years, the direct descendents of the Hatfields and McCoys finally agree on something: This is what whiskey is supposed to taste like. Introducing The Legendary Hatfield & McCoy Family Brand Whiskey, the only authentic Hatfield and McCoy American whiskey available today. The Hatfield and McCoy clans have each been

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Small Plate Offerings http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/17/small-plate-offerings/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/17/small-plate-offerings/#respond Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:47:56 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54052 With consumer snacking increasing 48% since 2012 (Technomic, March 2014), now is the ideal time to build a strong small bites menu. Stouffer’s makes this simple with a full line of appetizers, crafted with the very best ingredients and no preservatives. These made-from-scratch small bites from Stouffer’s help operators cater to patrons looking for a

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Salty Snacks Still Satisfy http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/17/salty-snacks-still-satisfy/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/17/salty-snacks-still-satisfy/#respond Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:32:51 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54033 Americans’ propensity for snacking hasn’t wavered, according to new research, and understanding trends can boost store sales. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. A convenience store’s strategy to boost salty snack sales can be bolstered by understanding the growing body of research examining consumers and their snacking habits, then making adjustments to accommodate customers’ buying habits.

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Murphy USA Hosts E15 and E85 Grand Openings http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/17/murphy-usa-hosts-e15-e85-grand-openings/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/17/murphy-usa-hosts-e15-e85-grand-openings/#respond Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:00:49 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54020 E15 is now available for 2001 and newer vehicles at 30 locations in Iowa. Murphy USA is partnering with Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) and the Iowa Corn Growers Association and holding grand openings of E15 and E85 pumps across Iowa, complete with fuel discounts, prizes and free food with a fuel purchase Domestic Fuel

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Metroplex Energy Secures Terminaling Agreement http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/17/metroplex-energy-secures-terminaling-agreement/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/17/metroplex-energy-secures-terminaling-agreement/#respond Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:24:22 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54031 Partners with TransMontaigne Partners L.P. in Florida. Metroplex Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of RaceTrac Petroleum Inc., recently entered into a long-term terminal services agreement with TransMontaigne Operating Company L.P., a wholly-owned subsidiary of TransMontaigne Partners L.P. (“TLP”), for four light products terminals in Florida. As a result of the agreement, Metroplex will be TLP’s exclusive

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Stripes Launches Grito Contest http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/17/stripes-launches-grito-contest/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/17/stripes-launches-grito-contest/#respond Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:36:18 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54025 Customers have a chance to win a $500 Stripes Stores card. Laredo Taco Co. has launched a new limited time only spicy chicken fajita taco called “EL GRITO!” and to celebrate, customers will have the chance to win a $500 Stripes Stores card by entering its “Grito” Contest. Through Sept. 28, participating customers will be

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Mars Chocolate Site In Topeka Gains LEED Gold Certification http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/17/mars-chocolate-site-topeka-gains-leed-gold-certification/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/17/mars-chocolate-site-topeka-gains-leed-gold-certification/#respond Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:07:52 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54022 “LEED Gold certification for the Topeka facility is another shining example of our ambitious goal to make our factories and offices ‘Sustainable in a Generation,’” says site director. Mars Chocolate North America announced that its new manufacturing facility in Topeka, Kan., has earned LEED® Gold certification —an internationally accepted benchmark for designing, constructing and operating

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Planning Efficiency Upgrades http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/planning-efficiency-upgrades/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/planning-efficiency-upgrades/#respond Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:47:29 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54013 Family Express finds cost savings in a total energy efficiency retrofit. In that light, experts weigh in on how to determine if a conversion is right for your stores. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Family Express Corp. recently completed an aggressive and total energy efficiency upgrade, where it retrofitted its entire fleet of stores with

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Harvest Operations Selling 67 Stations http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/harvest-operations-selling-67-stations/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/harvest-operations-selling-67-stations/#respond Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:07:38 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54009 The sale to SilverRange Financial Partners includes 53 North Atlantic and Home Town branded gasoline stations, as 14 Orangestore branded locations. Harvest Operations Corp. is selling its 100% ownership in North Atlantic Refining Limited (NARL) to SilverRange Financial Partners LLC (SilverRange) of New York, City. The sale includes NARL’s Canadian refining and marketing businesses in

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Davis Oil Launches New Website And App http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/davis-oil-launches-new-website-app/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/davis-oil-launches-new-website-app/#respond Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:02:07 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54007 Partners with OpenStore by Gasbuddy. Originally established as a family-owned fuel oil delivery business in 1966, Davis Oil was one of the first gas stations in southwest Michigan to successfully try self-serve gas. Some 50 years later, Davis Oil continues to evolve into one of the largest Marathon jobberships, in addition to c-stores, car washes

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Rutter’s Summer Sweepstakes Concludes http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/rutters-summer-sweepstakes-concludes/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/rutters-summer-sweepstakes-concludes/#respond Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:56:26 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54005 Fourth grand prize of free gas for a year closes sweepstakes. Alicia Gotwalt of Railroad, Pa. is the final winner of free gas for a year in Rutter’s #SummerofFreedom sweepstakes. The #SummerofFreedom saw four grand prizewinners of free gas for a year in addition to thousands of other prizes, like free Rutter’s coffee for a

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IGS CNG Services Partners With Englefield Oil http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/igs-cng-services-partners-englefield-oil/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/igs-cng-services-partners-englefield-oil/#respond Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:46:30 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54001 Constructs CNG fueling station in Obetz, Ohio. IGS CNG Services, in conjunction with Englefield Oil, announced a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station will be constructed at the existing Duchess convenience store, a BP fueling station at 3909 Alum Creek Drive in Obetz, Ohio. The station will service a growing number of Ohio businesses and

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Innovative Beverages Driving Restaurant Visits http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/innovative-beverages-driving-restaurant-visits/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/innovative-beverages-driving-restaurant-visits/#respond Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:30:09 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54011 Technomic updates Beverage Consumer Trend Report for foodservice operators. A fifth of today’s consumers (21%, up from 16% in 2012) noted that beverages play a very important role in deciding which restaurants to visit for meals. This increase is primarily driven by consumers aged 18–44, who tend to use beverages for a wide variety of

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Lehigh Gas Partners Announces Public Offering http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/lehigh-gas-partners-announces-public-offering/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/lehigh-gas-partners-announces-public-offering/#respond Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:57:33 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54016 The Partnership intends to use the net proceeds to reduce indebtedness and for general partnership purposes. Lehigh Gas Partners LP announced the commencement of a public offering of 3,600,000 common units representing limited partner interests in the Partnership. In connection with the offering, the Partnership expects to grant the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase

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LOGIC Dominates Top Spot In Total U.S. Unit Share http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/logic-dominates-top-spot-total-u-s-unit-share/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/logic-dominates-top-spot-total-u-s-unit-share/#respond Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:51:03 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54003 Leading electronic cigarette company maintains No. 1 spot in the category. LOGIC Technology, makers of premium electronic cigarettes, announced the latest results from Nielsen’s C-Track Database. The report indicates that LOGIC has maintained the No. 1 position for unit share in convenience stores nationwide for another consecutive month. Furthermore, LOGIC continues to maintain a strong

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Employing Low-Tech Solutions http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/employing-low-tech-solutions/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/employing-low-tech-solutions/#respond Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:42:43 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53996 Employee theft is a routine cause of shrink. Sometimes the best loss prevention solutions are the most basic. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Employee theft is one of the biggest causes of shrink among c-stores, and retailers are combating it with high-tech solutions like high speed video cameras and online monitoring. But as is often

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Dropping Like a Rock—Beware of Falling Gasoline Prices http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/dropping-like-rock-beware-falling-gasoline-prices/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/dropping-like-rock-beware-falling-gasoline-prices/#respond Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:31:01 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53993 By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric Just under $2.50 gallon is where the U.S. gasoline futures market found support during the second week of September amid a massive selloff in domestic and global crude oil prices, with lower trending oil battered by bearish readings for forward oil demand by the three major forecasters.

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Kangaroo Express Celebrates National Coffee Day http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/kangaroo-express-celebrates-national-coffee-day-3/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/kangaroo-express-celebrates-national-coffee-day-3/#respond Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:24:09 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53989 Rewards customers with one-cent Bean Street Coffee. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., announced it is celebrating National Coffee Day on Sept. 29 by offering a 12-ounce Bean Street Coffee for just one penny to guests at its more than 1,500 Kangaroo Express convenience stores. For only one cent, guests will be served a

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Ricker’s Extends Contract with Eby-Brown http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/rickers-extends-contract-eby-brown/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/rickers-extends-contract-eby-brown/#respond Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:03:34 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53987 “We look forward to our continued relationship,” says Ricker’s CEO. Ricker’s Convenience Stores has signed a multi-year contract renewak with Eby-Brown Co. LLC, the largest family-owned wholesale distributor in the U.S. Under the agreement, Eby-Brown will continue to provide service to all of Ricker’s 50 Indiana locations. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with

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Sinclair Announces PetroZone Mobile Commerce Platform http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/sinclair-announces-petrozone-mobile-commerce-platform/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/sinclair-announces-petrozone-mobile-commerce-platform/#respond Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:58:49 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53985 “With our Sinclair-branded mobile payment app, we’ll provide consumers with a personalized experience at the pump and in our retail stores,” says Sinclair spokesperson. Sinclair Oil Corp., is set to deploy the PetroZone Mobile Commerce Platform at its annual distributors’ conference in Sun Valley Idaho. This will allow Sinclair distributors to access PetroZone at over

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PCI SSC Publishes Guidance On Skimming Prevention http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/pci-ssc-publishes-guidance-skimming-prevention/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/pci-ssc-publishes-guidance-skimming-prevention/#respond Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:35:47 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53982 Resource for retailers and others that handle payment card data updated to address memory scrapers, mobile device weaknesses, EMV chip cards and other new attack scenarios. At its annual North American Community Meeting, the PCI Security Standards Council, an open global forum for the development of payment card security standards, released an update to its

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VNG Opens Philadelphia’s First Natural Gas Fueling Facility http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/vng-opens-philadelphias-first-natural-gas-fueling-facility/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/vng-opens-philadelphias-first-natural-gas-fueling-facility/#respond Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:00:34 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53991 VNG’s facility is the first installation of its retail network to support the widespread use of natural gas vehicles throughout southeastern Pennsylvania. VNG has opened the first public natural gas vehicle (NGV) fueling facility in the city of Philadelphia. The VNG facility, located within the popular BP-branded gasoline station at 2901 West Abbottsford Avenue, is

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Newcastle Launches Fall Program http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/12/newcastle-launches-fall-program/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/12/newcastle-launches-fall-program/#respond Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:57:07 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53979 Targets sports viewing enthusiasts. Newcastle Brown Ale announced the details of Drink the Beer. Get the Gear, a retail and on-premise program that engages sports enthusiasts during the height of the viewing season. From September through December, program elements, including social media, a sweepstakes (via Twitter) and occasion relevant cross-merchandising offers, will encourage LDA (legal

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Uber Upping the Ante http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/12/uber-upping-ante/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/12/uber-upping-ante/#respond Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:18:48 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53973 Startup Uber is delivering convenience store goods to wealthy neighborhoods in D.C. Could your town be next? By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Uber, a venture-funded startup and transportation network company that connects passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire and rideshare services via a mobile app, is piloting a c-store items delivery service in Washington,

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QuikTrip, Wawa Rank As Consumers’ Favorite C-Stores http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/12/quiktrip-wawa-rank-consumers-favorite-c-stores/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/12/quiktrip-wawa-rank-consumers-favorite-c-stores/#respond Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:30:26 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53963 Market Force Study finds customer service and fresh food help drive new and repeat business. QuikTrip is North America’s favorite convenience store chain, according to a study by Market Force Information, a worldwide provider of customer intelligence solutions. More than 5,000 consumers were polled for the study, designed to uncover which convenience stores consumers prefer

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Stripes Raises Funds For Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/12/stripes-raises-funds-pediatric-cancer-awareness-month/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/12/stripes-raises-funds-pediatric-cancer-awareness-month/#respond Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:16:55 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53960 In-store campaign “Stripes Celebrates Tomorrows” runs through Sept. 28. Stripes Convenience Stores and MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital have teamed to raise money for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month. Stripes Stores hosted seven “Stripes Celebrates Tomorrows” campaign kick-offs and “Cancer Strike Through” events throughout its Texas markets. The events began on Sept. 2 in Houston, Texas

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Apple Pay: What You Need To Know http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/12/apple-pay-need-know/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/12/apple-pay-need-know/#respond Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:04:25 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53957 By Howard Herndon, president, BlackLine Payments Advisors While much of the attention at this week’s Apple press conference was on the iPhone 6 and the company’s new smartwatch, we believe—along with many industry analysts—that the most important news of the splashy event was Apple Pay, the company’s new mobile payments system. When a giant like

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Red River Energy Signs Ethanol Marketing Agreement http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/12/red-river-energy-signs-ethanol-marketing-agreement/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/12/red-river-energy-signs-ethanol-marketing-agreement/#respond Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:09:27 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53970 Partners with Noble Mansfield Commodity Services. Red River Energy LLC has signed an ethanol marketing agreement with Noble Mansfield Commodity Services (NMCS) after an extended evaluation of various ethanol marketing groups. Energy Management Solutions, a subsidiary of ICM Inc., will manage the day-to-day operations and activities of the 25 mgy plant located in Rosholt, S.D.

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Love’s Truck Tire Care Passes 200th Location Mark http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/12/loves-truck-tire-care-passes-200th-location-mark/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/12/loves-truck-tire-care-passes-200th-location-mark/#respond Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:00:39 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53967 Light mechanical services also available at more than 130 locations. Love’s Truck Tire Care services are now available at more than 200 Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) throughout the U.S. Since its inception in 2008, Love’s Truck Tire Care has served 1.33 million drivers. The network will continue to expand to provide fast and reliable service

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