LSI Industries Names New National Sales Manager

LSI Industries’ new National Sales Manager brings decades of experience to his new position. Tyler Cobb has been named the new National Sales Manager for LSI Industries Inc. In his new position, Cobb will take on business development responsibilities and aid in the further growth of the LSI Graphics Segment. Cobb joins LSI Industries with

Rice Oil Partners With VP Racing Fuels

Low credit card processing fees among the benefits that attracted Rice Oil to the VP brand. Rice Oil Co. has joined VP Racing Fuels’ roster of retail branding partners. Based in LaFollette, Tenn., Rice Oil has supplied the mining, convenience store and other industries for 36 years and currently supplies 12 retail locations in Tennessee,

My Vision Is Riveted On the Reinvention of Retail

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport LLC ONE OF THE members of Convenience Store Supply Chain Management forum on LinkedIn, recently asked me a question. “Why do you spend so much of your time giving away the knowledge in retail you have acquired over the past 38 years?” The answer is simple. “All of that information

Circle K Supports Canadian Red Cross

Alimentation Couche-Tard is working to provide relief to the Canadian communities that were recently met with disaster. The Canadian Red Cross recently appealed for help with relief efforts in Northern Alberta, Canada, and Circle K has answered the call. Circle K recently implemented a system in all of its stores across Maritimes Provinces and Newfoundland

Walmart is Suing Visa

Walmart is suing Visa for its allowance of signature verification of chip-based debit cards. Walmart, on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, filed a lawsuit against Visa, concerning Visa’s protocol for chip debit cards. According to a report from USA Today, Walmart is suing Visa for allowing customers to validate chip-enabled debit card transactions using a signature

NACS Fights Proposed SNAP Rule

NACS has drafted a letter to bring the industry together to oppose the newly proposed SNAP rule which would have adverse effects on the convenience industry. The National Association of Convenience Stores is fighting a recently proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that, if passed, will push tens of thousands of convenience

New Kum & Go Marketplace is Now Open in Iowa

Kum & Go’s new Marketplace design prototype in the Iowa City area offers unique amenities that make it unlike any store in the area. On Thursday, May 12, Kum & Go opened the doors of its newly built store in Coralville, Iowa. The new store, located at 822 1st Avenue, features the brand’s new 6,200+-square-foot

Sinclair Oil Reaches 100 Year Milestone

Sinclair Oil has announced plans to more than double its stations in the coming years. Salt Lake City- based Sinclair Oil is celebrating the company’s 100th anniversary this May. However, despite reaching this milestone, the company is determined to focus more on the future than on the past. Sinclair has announced ambitious plans to grow

What Type of Manager Are You?

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics Studies show there are essentially two types of managers (and companies) — those that are accounting-focused and those that are marketing-focused. Accounting-minded managers focus primarily on reducing costs and overhead. This approach appears to make/save money in the short run, but actually has the potential to lose customers over the

VERC Enterprises Recognized for Accommodation Efforts

VERC Enterprises has committed to hiring individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to comprise a significant portion of its workforce. VERC Enterprises has announced that its Marlborough Gulf, Mass. location was recently awarded a 2016 Accommodation Award by the MetroWest Work Opportunities Coalition. This award was granted to the company in recognition of its efforts

Rutter’s Supports Central Pennsylvania Children’s Charities

Over the past 10 years, Rutter’s has donated over $5 million to charities in the communities it serves. At its 14th annual two-day golf outing, Rutter’s Children’s Charities raised over $165,000 for Central Pennsylvania charities. This brings the total amount raised to over $1.55 million, since the company’s first outing in 2002. This year’s outing

Coca-Cola Announces Retail Marketing Leadership Change

Coca-Cola grants 13 year company veteran a leadership position. Coca-Cola North America has named Diane Wallace as the company’s new vice president of retail marketing. In her new role, Wallace will be responsible for key disciplines that include retail strategy, category strategic advisory, customer marketing, strategic selling capabilities and customer/trade communications. Prior to joining Coca-Cola

Cumberland Farms Launches Summer Beverage Promotion

Cumberland Farms customers can beat the heat with 49 cent fountain or frozen beverage refills. Cumberland Farms has once again launched its traditional summertime “Chug Jug” beverage promotion. According to a report from Orlando Sentinel, the promotion, which will run through Labor Day, invites customers to purchase 32 ounce refillable mugs for $1.99. The jugs

Social Media is Indispensable to Foodservice Directors

An increase in the use of social and digital media by on-campus foodservice venues is complemented by an increase in business.  The value of social and digital media marketing is now more realized than ever by college and university foodservice directors in charge of c-store and retail operations. These foodservice directors have increased their social

Budweiser Celebrates America with New Packaging

Budweiser has unveiled new packaging in an attempt to make this summer the most patriotic season this generation has seen yet. Budweiser has announced the launch of its new summer campaign, which will take the brand’s patriotic packaging to a whole new level. Beginning May 23, the 12-ounce cans and bottles of Budweiser will be

Influencer Marketing is Going to be Huge

By Dave Hochman, Founder, DJH Marketing Communications Inc. There have been quite a few new flavors added to the marketing mix over the past few years. One of the most interesting for the C-Store is called Influencer Marketing. Influencer Marketing is basically marketing that takes aim at specific key individuals as opposed to demographically based

Have Gas Prices Hit A Plateau?

The summer driving season is expected to rival 2007 levels, according to AAA. The national average price of gas has dipped—a sign prices may have started to stabilize in light of refineries upping production to accommodate record-high demand. AAA reported that the average price of gas, as of May 9, is $2.21—17 cents higher than

NATSO Partners With CareerCo

Online recruitment tool to aid truckstop and travel plaza operators in hiring employees. NATSO, the national trade association representing truckstops and travel plazas, is set to beef up its recruiting and hiring practices with help from a new partnership with CareerCo, a successful online recruitment leader based in Staten Island, N.Y. In addition to joining

VP Racing Fuels Sponsors The New Heartland Park Topeka

VP Racing Fuels builds brand exposure through a new racetrack sponsorship. VP Racing Fuels has been chosen as the Official Fuel of the New Heartland Park Topeka for 2016 and 2017. This new sponsorship will help VP Racing Fuels to grow brand exposure through a variety of marketing efforts. This new sponsorship encompasses Heartland Park’s

NRF Names New Loss Prevention Chairman

The NRF looks to tackle new industry challenges and opportunities with the appointment of a new Loss Prevention Council chairman. The National Retail Federation has named Dan Faketty chairman of the NRF Loss Prevention Council. Faketty, Southeastern Grocers vice president of asset protection, will serve a two-year term in this new position. In his new

NCA Adds Three Individuals to its Executive Team

Three individuals will help drive NCA growth in their new executive positions. The National Confectioners Association has added three skilled executives to the company’s executive team. The new executives include Elise Fennig, who will assume the newly created position of chief of staff; Karen Horan, who has been promoted to vice president of global business

Anheuser-Busch Launches Summer Campaign

Shock Top beer is offering customers the chance to partake in the ultimate adult summer camp experience. Anheuser-Busch’s Shock Top beer has partnered with Camp No Counselors to launch its new summer campaign, Camp Shock Top, which will provide a whole new summer camp experience to those 21 and older. For the millions of Americans wondering how

ATMs Can Deliver More

Maybe it’s hard to get animated over the functionality of ATMs, but a pilot program conducted in Ohio this past year could excite retailers over how cash machines can be used to generate business opportunities. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Like grab-and-go sandwiches or a frozen beverage, ATMs are a good fit for the convenience

Chevron Launches New Marketing Campaign

Chevron’s ExtraMan knows what customers want from a convenience store experience. On Monday, May 2, 2016, Chevron launched the new “Extras. Every Day.” campaign to complement the chain’s ExtraMile store concept, which was introduced in 2005. Chevron’s ExtraMile concept has set new standards in convenience store retailing that complements the changing tastes and busy lives of

TravelCenters Releases First Quarter 2016 Financial Results

Newly acquired stores and fuel sales increases are among the factors that led to first quarter growth for TravelCenters of America. TravelCenters of America LLC has released the company’s financial results for the three months ending March 31, 2016. Despite a disappointing year over year comparison for the first quarter, the company remains optimistic about

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