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National Average Gas Price Continues To Drop

Today’s average gas price stands at $2.39. Pump prices continue to dip as refineries complete scheduled maintenance and prepare for the summer driving season, AAA reported. The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline has fallen for 24 of the past 30 days, after reaching a peak-to-date price for 2015 of $2.46 per gallon on

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Does Apple Pay Violate Durbin Amendment?

As merchants using Apple Pay have the ability to select routing options that allow for lower fees, some say Apple Pay is in violation of the Durbin Amendment, American Banker reported. The amendment by Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., into the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, requires issuers to give greater access to certain PIN. Under the law,

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Pay Raises For Walmart Associates In Florida Go Into Effect

Pay raises a key aspect of overall commitment to help workers move beyond entry-level jobs. As part of Walmart’s additional $1 billion investment in its workers this year, Walmart is giving pay raises to 34,244 associates in Florida for the pay period starting April 4. With the raises, associates earn at least $1.75 an hour

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NOCO Express Opens Tim Hortons

Kenmore store also newly renovated to provide expanded selection of fresh foods. NOCO Express announced the grand opening of Tim Hortons at its store located at 535 Kenmore Avenue, at the corner of Klauder Road, in Tonawanda, N.Y. This is the first Tim Hortons for which NOCO is the franchisee. The store also marked the

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Oil Prices and U.S. Gasoline Demand Growth

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor at Schneider Electric West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures have again nosed above $50 bbl early in the second quarter, trading at a roughly $6 bbl discount to global oil prices, with renewed discussion in the market again that oil prices have found their bottom after a better-than eight-month nosedive,

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7-Eleven Stores Toasts New To-Go ‘Melt’ Sandwiches

Based on popular demand for fresh and hot sandwiches, 7‑Eleven introduces its Melt sandwiches at participating stores for a suggested retail price of $2.99. Making a sandwich is easy, right? Two slices of bread, meat, cheese and sauce … done. Creating the two new 7‑Eleven Melt artisan sandwiches was a little more involved. Like evaluating

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Casey’s General Store to Hold May “Dog Tag” Promotion

Proceeds to benefit nonprofit Hope for the Warriors. During the entire month of April, Casey’s General Store is offering a special “Dog Tag” Promotion to raise funds and awareness for Hope For The Warriors and for the growing needs of service members and military families. For only $1, Casey’s customers can do their part to

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Gulf Racing Fuels Becomes Official Fuel of Atlantic Championship Series

Sponsorship includes Atlantic-themed consumer and retail promotions. The Atlantic Championship Series has announced that Gulf Racing Fuels will be the official fuel for the 2015 Atlantic Championship Series season. Gulf Racing Fuel MACH 110 octane unleaded race gas will be the specified fuel for all Atlantic race cars during all seven weekends and 14 races

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EPA Recognizes Hoshizaki America Inc.

Hoshizaki receives the 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year –Sustained Excellence Award. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Hoshizaki America, Inc. with a 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for its continued leadership in protecting our environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. Hoshizaki’s accomplishments will be recognized

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Tackling Workforce Issues

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics and John Lofstock, Editor Staffing is one of the biggest investments in the convenience store industry. Convenience Store Decisions and Humetrics collaborated to examine the most pressing human resource issues and where companies are spending their money. To help convenience store retailers better manage their workforce and understand what employees

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Minimum Wage and Beyond

C-stores cast a wary eye toward various minimum wage initiatives that could impact workforce costs. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Because most convenience retailers strive to retain the most capable employees, it’s common that hourly wage rates at c-stores often eclipse the respective wage rate mandated by the state or states that they operate in.

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Winning at Word of Mouth

Keeping customers engaged on social media can drive WOM and increase traffic at the store. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Social media is crucial for staying top of mind for customers and driving word-of-mouth (WOM) advertising for your chain, which many customers today trust more than traditional marketing. Cindy Morrison, social media strategist with social

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Reinventing Open Pantry

Longtime employees assume control of the daily operations of Open Pantry stores, while CEO Buhler provides financial backing. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor After 17 years as president and CEO of Open Pantry Food Marts of Wisconsin Inc., Robert Buhler at the beginning of the year turned the corporate reins over to his longtime, right-hand

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Weathering Change

Automotive and marketing advances are challenging c-store car washes to keep pace. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor The calendar officially states spring has sprung, and residents in the mountains, across the prairies, all the way to the New England coast welcome the reprieve from winter’s harsh grip. Not only did the bitter cold try

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Kum & Go, Habitat for Humanity Expand Partnership

Customer fundraising in April will help select site for company-sponsored Habitat home. Kum & Go and Habitat for Humanity announced an expansion of their partnership, launching a national campaign that will feature a corporate donation and in-store fundraising during the month of April. Through their donations, Kum & Go customers will help select a community

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U.S. Oil Expands Distribution and Supply Footprint

 Acquires Wisconsin Terminal. U.S. Oil, the petroleum and renewable energy distribution division of U.S. Venture Inc., has acquired a Milwaukee area terminal from Marathon Petroleum Corp., based in Findlay, Ohio. The terminal, located at 9125 North 107th Street will add 530,000 barrels of capacity to the U.S. Oil network and will expand its distribution network

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Overtime Expansion Would Harm Retail Careers, Says NRF

NRF survey shows overtime expansion proposal would hollow out middle management. An Obama administration proposal to expand overtime and redefine what it means to be a restaurant or retail manager will likely harm mangers’ career paths and undermine the quality of customer service they are able to provide, according to a new survey conducted for

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America Picks Top Military Veterans In 7-Eleven Contest

Top three finalists move to final competition for Franchise Fee-Free 7-Eleven Store. The public, friends and relatives of 10 military veterans competing for a 7-Eleven store somewhere in the U.S., cast more than 30,000 votes in the company’s national Operation: Take Command competition that ended Sunday night with the selection of the top three vote-getters.

R-Store To Launch Free Mobile App

“We are ecstatic to share this with our customers,” says CEO of R-Store. R-Store, operated by Riiser Energy, has launched a new mobile app. The R-Stores are taking a new approach to convenience by creating a free app for their on-the-go customers. Simply by downloading the new app customers will receive a coupon for a

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Nice N Easy Celebrates 35 Years

Opened in 1980 by the late John MacDougall, the company has grown to more than 78 corporate and franchise stores. Yesterday, April 1, marked the 35th Anniversary of convenience store chain Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes. “We would like to thank our dedicated employees, business partners and most of all our loyal customers for making

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United Oil Partners With KickBack Points

Retailer rolls the loyalty program out to 91 of its more than 125 convenience stores across Southern California. Loyalty programs were once value-added perks. Today, consumers not only expect them, but they also demand good deals from the retail stores they shop at regularly. To meet the needs of its growing customer base, United Oil

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Sheetz Responds To Top EquiTrend Ranking

“We are able to succeed because we have outstanding employees with a commitment to Total Customer Focus and our Sheetz culture,” says Sheetz CEO. Sheetz Inc. has been recognized as consumers’ most-trusted convenience-store brand according to the 2015 Harris Poll EquiTrend study. For the first time Sheetz, a family-owned and operated convenience chain, received the

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RILA Reacts To President’s Resolution Veto

‘Ambush Election’ Bill survives as President Obama vetoes resolution. President Barack Obama vetoed a resolution yesterday put forth by Republicans that would have ended a labor board rule finalized in December that is set to go into effect this month. The National Labor Relation Board (NLRB) rule in question shortens the length of time in

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Gum, Mints Require Creativity

The months to come will see c-store operators increasingly taking steps to restore or replace flagging sales of gum, either by crafting a more persuasive marketing message for older consumers or replacing some SKUs with popular mints. In the 52 weeks ending Nov. 30 2014, the regular gum segment—with $510.6 million in sales—remained much smaller

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HBA Set To Grow This Year

Convenience stores will continue to do steady business with the health and beauty aid (HBA) category in 2015 and beyond as long as they stick to their knitting: good assortment, smaller package sizes, sharper merchandising, dependable employee assistance and seasonal products in stock when needed. Notably broad, the HBA category encompasses a slew of home

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