Walgreens Drives Engagement With App Partnership

The drug store chain partners with Challenged App to challenge customers to post videos on beauty tips for the chance to win prizes. Drug store behemoth Walgreens is collaborating with the new social competition app, Challenged, which connects socially-activated users, celebrity influencers and charities to drive healthy competition and positive social change. The Challenged app


Uber, ExxonMobil Partner For Fuel Card Launch

New partnership to help Uber drivers save at Exxon or Mobil branded gas stations nationwide. Uber has introduced the next addition to its Momentum Driver Rewards program: the Partner Fuel Card powered by FleetCor and MasterCard and is partnering with ExxonMobil to help Uber driver partners save at the pump. Exxon will provide Partner Fuel

Thorntons Divesting Eight Stores

Store sales aim to best position the c-store chain with its strategic goals. As part of its annual evaluation and repositioning of its portfolio, Thorntons plans to sell eight stores, including three in Terre Haute, Ind., according to a report by WTHITV 10 News. The company noted that the move is a step to best

VP Racing Fuel Elite Program Recognizes Racers

VP “Elite” racers can enjoy discounts and additional benefits through newly introduced program. VP Racing Fuels is introducing its “VP Racing Fuels Elite Program,” coinciding with the company’s 40th anniversary this year and recognizing racers past and present across the spectrum of motorsports who helped VP achieve its position in the industry today. As part

Getty Welcomes New Chief Operating Officer

New chief operating officer to manage Getty’s real estate activities. Getty Realty Corp. has promoted Mark Olear to the role of chief operating officer, effective June 1, 2015. Olear joined Getty in 2014 as executive vice president and chief investment officer and has more than 18 years of real estate industry experience. As part of

Hershey Recognized As Top “Green” Company

Newsweek’s Green Rankings recognizes The Hershey Co. for its environmental commitment. The Hershey Co. made the No. 6 slot on Newsweek‘s recently released 2015 Green Rankings list of the top 500 U.S. companies when it comes to environmental stewardship. Hershey moved up a whopping 40 spots on the list compared to its 2014 ranking. “Hershey’s

Kellogg’s Enhances Family Rewards Program

Changes to the brand’s rewards program in the U.S. make it easier for customers to collect points and earn rewards. Kellogg’s announced that it is revamping its Family Rewards program in the U.S., allowing customers to collect points automatically. Members no longer need to enter codes found on the inside of packages, making it easier

Retailers Reveal Plenti

New consumer loyalty program might be a jewel of a platform for convenience stores. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor U.S. shoppers are fond of rewards and have approximately 3.3 billion memberships in customer loyalty programs, according to the 2015 Colloquy Loyalty Census. Research indicates that nearly three-quarters (72%) of Americans would prefer a rewards program

GPM Completes Acquisition of Village Pantry, Next Door Convenience Stores

Deal boosts GPM store count to more than 750 company-operated c-stores and dealer sites in 16 states. GPM Investments LLC has closed its deal to acquire 161 c-stores with gasoline in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois under the Village Pantry and Next Door Store banners. GPM plans to continue operating the stores under their respective

Will Summer Bring A Drop In Gas Prices?

As refinery maintenance ends and crude costs settle pump prices may start to fall, but a number of factors could push prices back up. On June 1, the national average price for a gallon of gas stood at $2.75, marking the highest average of 2015, according to a report by AAA. But customers might get

Super Chill ‘Swipestakes’ Kicks Off At Thorntons

Swiping a Refreshing Rewards card at Thorntons convenience stores could result in big prizes for customers this summer. Thorntons Convenience Stores has introduced its Super Chill ‘Swipestakes’ which allows guests to win prizes when they swipe their registered Refreshing Rewards card between now and Aug. 4 at their local Thorntons store. Customers are entered into

QuickChek Promotion Benefits 9/11 Service Members

‘Hope For The Warriors’ campaign kicks off June 6 at QuickChek convenience stores. QuickChek Corp. is launching a ‘Hope For The Warriors’ in-store fundraising campaign to raise funds to help support post-9/11 service members and their families. Customers are invited to purchase paper dog-tags for $1 at any of the company’s 140 store locations in

Royal Buying Group And St. Jude Team For Halloween Campaign

Halloween-themed promotion to aid St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Royal Buying Group Inc. (RBG) is preparing its 2015 Halloween promotion to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in which customers can donate to the cause in return for a Halloween-themed pinup. Pediatric cancer kills more children in the U.S. over the age of one than

The United Family Donates To Benefit Texas High Schools

Contributes more than $45,000 to ‘Project Graduation.’ The United Family, which operates 67 stores in Texas under five banners, including United Express Convenience Stores, is helping some 65 area high schools in West Texas and Dallas-Fort Worth through a $45,000 donation to Project Graduation, which provides students with safe and substance-free graduation parties. The 2015

Reaping Tax Savings

A little known tax deduction, Section 199 could save some convenience stores money—if they know what to look for. By Mark E. Battersby, Contributing Editor Can a convenience store convince the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that they are “manufacturers” or engaged in “qualified production activities?” Given our complex and often confusing tax rules, it may

Optimal Inventory Options

Without the right strategies and tools in place, tracking such line items as fuel pricing and in-store inventory can be a tricky—and costly—proposition. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor With stores located in highly competitive marketplaces, Kyle Lawrence, president of Kimball, Mich.-based By-Lo Oil Co., found himself constantly adjusting fuel pricing for the company’s Speedy Q

Getty Realty Acquires 77 C-Store Properties

The $214 million deal includes locations in the Pacific Northwest, West Coast and Colorado, which were acquired from affiliates of Pacific Convenience and Fuels LLC and simultaneously leased to United Oil. Getty Realty Corp. has acquired 77 convenience store and gas stations located in several high growth regions and operating under an array of well-known

Marathon Petroleum Partners With Drop Tank To Offer Fuel Discounts

Installation is expected to continue across Marathon’s retail network through the end of 2015. Marathon Petroleum Co. LP (MPC) has partnered with Drop Tank and certified more than 1,000 Marathon-branded stations to accept Drop Tank’s fuel discount products, which instantly drop the price of gas at the pump. Installation began in January 2015 and will

Florida C-Store Security Bill Vetoed

A proposed bill that aimed to increase security requirements at convenience stores in Florida, was quashed with a veto after passing in the Florida House and Senate. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has vetoed the Convenience Business Security Bill that would have required Florida convenience stores to uphold certain security measures in an effort to make

Eby-Brown Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Its Trade Show

In 1966 the company’s first trade show kicked off in St. Charles, Ill. Eby-Brown Co. LLC recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of its first trade show, now called the Eby-Expo. A consumer products distributor to the convenience industry, Eby-Brown has grown from a local Illinois tobacco and candy distributor to a national distribution company, delivering

Love’s Travel Stops Debuts New Site In Illinios

Baden, Ill. store offers 97 parking spaces and an array of driver services and amenities. Love’s Travel Stops opened the doors to its newest travel stop on June 4. The new site is located in Baden, Ill., along Interstate 64 at Exit 27. The new store offers gourmet coffee, fresh fruit, gift items, name-brand electronics,

Champlain Oil Gets EMV-Ready With Updated POS, Gas Dispensers

Champlain becomes first major retailer in Vermont to roll out gas pump media on its forecourt. Champlain Oil is preparing for the shift to EMV both in-store and at the pump across its locations in the Northeast by partnering with Gilbarco Veeder-Root. With more than 100 sites in Vermont, New Hampshire and New York, Champlain

Lucky Gas Customers Win BMWs in Shell Promotion

The 100-day giveaway promotes Shell V-Power NITRO+ Premium Gasoline. Shell is giving away a BMW every day for 100 days, between June 1 and Sept. 8, 2015 to celebrate the launch of new Shell V-Power NiTRO+ Premium Gasoline and its 2015 BMW endorsement. Customers must swipe their Fuel Rewards card or enter their Fuel Rewards

CST Brands Encourages Customers To #SHAREAHERO

New contest aims to drive social engagement and in-store traffic as well as feel-good stories about the everyday heros in people’s lives. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor CST Brands and Corner Store, this week, launched its #SHAREAHERO Sweepstakes, a 360-degree campaign that encourages customers to share stories about the heros that have touched their lives.

Mintel Finds Americans Reverting To Pre-Recession Spending Habits

As the economy rebounds, customers are spending again. Mintel’s flagship report ‘American Lifestyles 2015’ shows that now that the economy is rebounding Americans are going back to their pre-recession habits when it comes to spending and accruing debt. The report gives a comprehensive look at American consumer markets, where over the next five years total