Thorntons New Store Grand Opening

Thorntons invited the community to celebrate the opening of its newest location, while offering incentive to those in attendance.  Thorntons Inc. is set to hold a grand opening celebration for its newest store. The new store is located at 12185 Princeton Pike, Springdale, Ohio, 45246. An official ribbon cutting and check presentation to Moscow Missions

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AdvancePierre Foods Debuts New Innovation & Research Center

AdvancePierre Foods understands that customer collaboration is crucial to maximizing quality and customer experience. AdvancePierre Foods has opened a new customer Innovation & Research center to underscore its commitment to quality and the enrichment of the overall customer experience. The new center includes a combination of lab space and meeting rooms, bringing the R&D food

GPM Reveals Promotion Winner

GPM has marked the end of its 2015 Golden Ticket Game A winner has been chosen for the GPM Investments 2015 Golden Ticket game. The GPM Investments 2015 Golden Ticket game was held at participating Road Ranger, Village Pantry and Next Door Stores in GPM’s Midwest division. On Monday, Nov. 16, Debbi B. was notified

How Retailers Plan to Drive Sales

Heavy mark downs may be on the way. Sales have slowed down as November is behind us, and this lack of momentum is expected to make December even more promotional than previously planned. A recent Forbes article has predicted that retailers, in an attempt to drive holiday sales, will make some heavy markdowns the week

Wayne Fueling Systems Acquires Simmons Sirvey

The new acquisition made by Wayne will help to expand the company’s fuel management services. Global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation and control technologies for retail and fuel stations, Wayne Fueling Systems, has reached an agreement to acquire Simmons Sirvey, provider of real-time Fuel Management Services (FMS) and traditional Statistical Inventory Reconciliation (SIR) in

The One Word Exercise

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics If you find yourself easily distracted by the overwhelming amount of possibly important, but definitely not urgent, information we’re all asked to deal with every day, here’s a simple exercise that can help keep you focused as well as help guide your decision-making process… Ask yourself, “What one word would I

BW Gas & Convenience Expands

As a part of its expansion efforts, BW Gas & Convenience has added 10 locations to its store portfolio. BW Gas & Convenience Holdings LLC, an affiliate of Brookwood Financial Partners LLC has acquired a 10-store gas station and convenience store portfolio in western Iowa. The acquisition included eight company-owned and -operated stores, two company-owned

Hershey Builds Global Sales Team

The Hershey Co. appoints a new leader to its global sales team. Sales veteran, Rob Gehring, will be joining The Hershey Co. as global chief sales officer on Jan. 18, 2016. Gehring joins Hershey from Coca-Cola North America where he served as president, Walmart Global Team since 2011. “Rob is a seasoned sales leader who

NRF Foundation Scholarship Finalists Selected

The NRF Foundation supports the next generation by offering $125,000 in scholarships. As a part of its Next Generation Scholarship program, the NRF Foundation will soon award $125,000 in scholarships to 25 outstanding students. The top five finalists have been identified, and these finalists will interview with a panel of executive judges to determine the

Advanced Beverage Solutions Changes Name

As business evolves, Advanced Beverage Solutions has chosen a name that is more appropriate to the company’s current operations. Advanced Beverage Solutions, a premier beverage equipment and parts supplier, has announce that the company name has been changed to Lancer Direct. Their operations have become more global in nature and include product lines beyond where

C-Stores: Sustaining a Relationship with Hispanics

Strategies to attract new users, upscale stores and expand must incorporate Hispanics By Tim Powell, Vice President of Consulting, Q1 Food and Beverage Practice A few years ago, Walmart dabbled in copying Target’s “upscale” success by catering to a higher income segment. Walmart implemented many of the same strategies as Target throughout its furniture, apparel

Cumberland Farms Launches 12 Day Sweepstakes

Hundreds of dollars in prizes to be awarded in 12 day sweepstakes. Cumberland Farms has launched its new 12 Days of Cumby’s Sweepstakes, using social media. The sweepstakes runs from Dec. 11 at 9 a.m. to Dec. 22, 2015 at 4 p.m. The Sweepstakes Promotion Period consists of 12 daily drawings to award one prize

Uncommon Common Sense

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics Make it a practice to tell your people that the things you need them to do are hard, even when you know the tasks at hand are easy. Here’s why: Rabbi Chefitz had all the Cub Scouts sit in a circle with a big tom-tom in the center. He beat a particular

Sentinel Acquires Motor Fuel Delivery Fleet

United Pacific now has a network of 380 retail locations. Sentinel Transportation LLC has acquired a motor fuel delivery fleet and has been awarded a long term delivery agreement from United Transportation Co. LLC, an affiliate of Apro LLC (United Pacific). The delivery agreement with United Pacific enables United Pacific to build on its 60

Retailers Urge Rejection of Customs Bill

Retailers request a provision to customs bill that requires online retailers to collect sales tax. Congress has been urged by The National Retail Federation to reject a customs reauthorization bill set for a vote. The NRF requests that the bill not pass unless it includes a provision allowing states to require online merchants to collect

Sheetz Makes the Holiday Brighter for ‘Kidz’

Sheetz joins with Make-A-Wish Foundation to help families with ill children through the holidays. Sheetz Family Charities, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, has spent the last 23 years raising funds through in-store donations, proceeds from Sheetz bottled water sales and the Annual “For the Kidz” Golf Classic, as well as, other fundraising events throughout the

Love’s Opens Two New Locations

Love’s now operates over 300 travel stops. Love’s Travel Stops has opened two new locations in Kentucky and Oklahoma. The new stores are located along Interstate 75, Exit 136, in Sadieville, Ky., and along Interstate 35, Exit 157, in Guthrie, Okla. The opening of these locations brings Love’s total number of travel stops to more

Are You Focused on the Right Things?

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics Headlines are always devoted to whatever it is that happens to be scaring the pants off us today (a disease like Ebola, global warming, the economy, etc.) while, in fact, approximately 3,300 deaths occur every day worldwide due to road accidents. So, why aren’t we on high alert about this much more probable “clear and present danger” as well? My point here

Love’s Offers Convenient Holiday Shopping

Love’s has an increased holiday gift selection this shopping season. Love’s Travel Stops is offering shoppers is offering a holiday shopping venue where they can find this year’s hottest gifts and can get in and out quickly. In addition to the wide variety of toys and gift items found in more than 360 Love’s locations

European Market Combats Outrageous Credit Card Fees

The hope is that the European Union’s action will influence U.S. policy makers as well. According to a report from the Merchants Payments Coalition, European merchants and consumers will now see some relief from the exorbitant fees paid to the credit card companies and banks to process debit and credit card transactions. This relief from

Engine Capital Pressures CST Brands Board of Directors

In a letter, the shareholder explains why it believes the company is undervalued and the opportunities that could increase value. Engine Capital LP (together with its affiliates, “Engine”), a shareholder of CST Brands Inc., with ownership of approximately 1% of the outstanding shares of the Company, has delivered a letter to CST’s Board of Directors.

Casey’s Billmeyer To Retire This Summer

After 13 years with the company, Sam Billmeyer looks to transition his areas of responsibility to new leadership in the coming year. Sam Billmeyer, senior vice president of logistics and acquisitions for Casey’s General Stores, has announced his plans to retire on June 30, 2016. Billmeyer began his career with the Casey’s in 1992 as

Pinnacle POS Interface Supports BP’s Driver Rewards Loyalty Program

Now BP’s Driver Rewards Loyalty Program is supported via Pinnacle Palm POS, allowing BP Visa or BP Credit Card customers to receive discounts on fuel. The Pinnacle Corp., a supplier of automation technology to the convenience retail and petroleum industries, recently completed and released for production, support for BP’s Driver Rewards Loyalty Program from Pinnacle

Cumberland Farms Application Deadline Approaches

Cumberland Farms encourages students to apply for its popular scholarship. The deadline for Cumberland Farms’ popular Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program Dec. 15, 2015 application deadline is just around the corner. Cumberland Farms started the Believe and Achieve Scholarship program in 2006, and the company has already awarded scholarships to more than 1,000 college-bound young adults,

SABMiller and AB InBev Merger Faces U.S. Congress

Possible merger between brewing giants is facing scrutiny from industry regulators. AB InBev is preparing to defend its proposed takeover of SABMiller to the U.S. Congress. According to a report from Invezz, in an attempt to ease lawmakers’ concerns about the deal, Carlos Brito, CEO of AB InBev, is expected to testify in defense of the

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