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7-Eleven Introduces Second Regional Delivery Service

7-Eleven launches second on-demand delivery service, this time in Austin, Texas. Last week, 7-Eleven launched its first ever delivery service in the San Francisco area, and this week it has expanded its on-demand delivery service to Austin, Texas. The delivery service in both areas is powered by Postmates, a San Francisco based technology company. Postmates is a tech

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Corner Store in Floresville, Texas Celebrates Grand Opening

New Floresville, Texas Corner Store features a Redbox and in-store dining area, among other amenities. The grand opening of the new Corner Store at 908 10th Street, Floresville, Texas was celebrated Friday with giveaways and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. At the ribbon-cutting, Pete Linton, regional vice president for CST Brands, Corner Store’s parent company, presented Floresville High

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7-Eleven Partners With New ATM Provider in U.S.

7-Eleven convenience stores in the U.S. to begin installing ATMs from a subsidiary of the company that supplies ATMs to its Japan-based locations. Financial Consulting & Trading International Inc. (FCTI), of California, is the new ATM provider for 7-Eleven Inc. The agreement between FCTI and 7-Eleven was completed on July 6, 2015. FCTI is a wholly-owned subsidiary

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Jiffy Mart Raises Funds for St. Jude

Jiffy Mart exceeds fundraising goal, raising $11,500 for St. Jude. For the eighth year in a row, during the month of May, Jiffy Mart stores in Carroll County Md. took part in the “Give Thanks. Give Hope.” campaign for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Jiffy Mart customers and associates have raised over $59,000 for St. Jude since

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Corner Store Thanks and Honors Heroes

Corner Store celebrates the country’s heroes with Military Mondays and the Share a Hero campaign. To celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, Corner Store is hosting Military Mondays and the Share a Hero campaign in order to recognize military and personal heroes. “Between Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day, summer is a great

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Strategic Alliance Formed Between Nestlé and Polar Beverages

Nestlé and Polar Beverages to manufacture, distribute and sell cans under both brand names through new partnership. A distribution agreement has been made between Nestlé Waters North America Inc. and Polar Beverages, Inc. to produce cans under Nestea and Poland Spring brand names. The agreement is being called “Polar Strategic Ventures,” and it will become effective July 15, 2015 and will cover the

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Family Dollar Sale to Dollar Tree in Final Stages

Takeover deal is set to close between Family Dollar and Dollar Tree. Deal is expected to cut costs and corporate jobs. After a yearlong takeover deal, Dollar Tree anticipates completing its purchase of Family Dollar Monday, July 6, 2015. The takeover took some time to settle due to another buyout attempt made by Dollar General. The

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Kerry Acquires Insight Beverages

Leading beverage distributor is sold to nutrition-focused company. Insight Beverages Inc., a beverage formulator, manufacturer and distributor has been sold to Kerry Group plc, a global company focused on taste and nutrition systems, as well as functional ingredients and actives for the global food, beverage and pharmaceutical markets. Farlie Turner & Co acted as the

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Oakley Sues 7-Eleven for Patent Infringement

7-Eleven faces lawsuit over patent infringement involving sunglasses. 7-Eleven Inc. has been accused of willfully and intentionally infringing six patents of Oakley Inc. that involve the design of its sunglasses. The suit, which is being brought before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, alleges 7-Eleven has directly and/or indirectly made, used,

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Love’s Travel Stop Opens in Jonesboro, Ark.

New Love’s Travel Stop provides a new place for drivers to stop in Jonesboro, Ark. Love’s Travel Stops opened its doors for business on July 2, 2015, providing drivers a new place to purchase fuel, snacks, meals and more along U.S. Highway 63 in Jonesboro, Ark. The 24-hour facility is more than 9,000 square feet and adds

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TA and Petro Shopping Centers Introduce Dyn-O-Mite Days of Summer

TravelCenters of America LLC is getting customers excited for summer with its Dyn-O-Mite Days of Summer promotion. To kick off the summer, TravelCenters of America LLC, operator of TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded travel centers, is launching its Dyn-O-Mite Days of Summer Travel Store promotion. This promotion will include nostalgic merchandise, throwback pricing and a prize sweepstakes

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Love’s Travel Stop Opens in Bevier, Mo.

New Love’s Travel Stop brings convenience to the community of Bevier, Mo. Bringing nearly 30 new jobs to Bevier, Mo., the new Love’s Travel Stop opened July 2, 2015 at Missouri Route O and Hickory Street. This travel stop offers a new place for residents to purchase fuel, meals, snacks and more. The new 24/7

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Clean Label Products Become the Norm

Consumer demand for transparency leads to a rise in clean label products. According to Innova Market Insights data, clean label has become more of a standard in the food industry with over 20% of U.S. products tracked in 2014 featuring a clean label positioning, up from 17% in 2013. Significant rises in the use of

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As Fourth of July Approaches, Gas Prices Dip

Alaska passes California as the most expensive state for gas. Even with gas prices climbing this year, drivers will pay the lowest prices at the pump over the Fourth of July holiday weekend than they have in five years. Average pump prices are 90 cents per gallon less than prices at this time last year,

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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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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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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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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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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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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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