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5 Times to Launch a Business

Many people want to start or expand their businesses, but feel that “it’s just not the right time.” Business coach Sean Castrina explains why common excuses should be used as motivation to become your own boss. A CSD Staff Report Do any of these scenarios hit home? • Rumors abound that your company is for

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Health and the Hispanic Consumer

C-stores that make an effort to understand the health issues, diet dynamics and cultural considerations of Hispanic consumers can develop healthier retail relationships in the community.  By Sylvia Meléndez Klinger, Contributing Editor As a registered dietitian who has practiced for 30 years, working with health issues that affect the Hispanic/Latino population in the U.S., I

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The Essence of Leadership

Developing a service-oriented retail strategy can create highly successful teams for c-store owners. A CSD Staff Report We all know the types of people who make great leaders, right? They’re the talented ‘wunderkinds’ who are poised to change the industry. Or, are they the industry veterans who have done it all and seen it all?

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Gulf Oil Expands Into Alabama

Bumpers Oil Co. converts to Gulf brand. Gulf Oil LP, one of the fastest growing branded marketers of energy products in the U.S., announced a new partnership with Bumpers Oil Co., a distributor of petroleum products in Alabama. The new relationship returns the iconic motor fuel brand to communities in “The Yellowhammer State” for the

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Recruit the Best (& Skip the Rest)

If you make the effort to find and recruit the best hourly employees, you will add value to your organization now and in the future because you’re recruiting the kind of people who can give you a competitive edge. By Mel Kleiman, Contributing Editor When it comes to recruiting hourly employees, the sixth annual Convenience

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COGO’s Partners With OpenStore to Drive Customer Loyalty

Launches Web-based and mobile technology. CoGo’s Co., a convenience store chain based in Pittsburgh, embarked on a brand-new marketing strategy with OpenStore by GasBuddy to extend special discounts and offers to their valued customers. OpenStore is a complete digital marketing solution to help convenience store owners and managers concentrate on reaching and rewarding their customers

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MAPCO Installing New Marketing Technology

Partners with Gilbarco Veeder-Root to add marketing technology across 220 sites by the end of 2014. MAPCO recently partnered with Gilbarco Veeder-Root to install the Impulse upselling platform across 220 sites by the end of 2014. MAPCO, which operates 375 stores in the southeast, is using the Impulse platform to drive dynamic digital content at

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Mitigating Risk to Protect Your Business

More and more companies are investing in cybersecurity insurance, which is designed to mitigate losses from a variety of cyber incidents, including data breaches, business interruption and network damage. By Mark E. Battersby, Contributing Editor The dangers of Internet hacking and cyber thefts continue to make the headlines. This fall, Home Depot discovered a data

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How Can Employees Show Customers They Care?

It doesn’t take a big-business budget to make customers feel special. All you need is a little creativity and a personal touch. A CSD Staff Report Caring about customers is one of the best ways to differentiate your business and gain long-term consumer loyalty. But how can employers incorporate such a “soft” skill into their operation?

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Are Employees Sabotaging Your Company?

Consultants Julie Miller and Brian Bedford share 10 employee types  whose attitudes and actions are sabotaging your company’s accountability,  costing you money, and sending customers running for the hills. A CSD Staff Report We all know what it’s like to be promised, “I’ll get back to you on that question,” only to never hear another

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7-Eleven Powers Up its Fresh Foods Menu

7-Eleven marks the first retailer to offer Tony Horton Kitchen Foods. Celebrity health and fitness expert Tony Horton has teamed with 7‑Eleven Inc. to launch a new line of healthy and nutritious foods and cold-pressed juices under the Tony Horton Kitchen label. Tony Horton, the master behind the best-selling fitness program, Beachbody P90X, is a

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Phillips 66 Continues to Drive Retail Innovation

The Houston-based energy company is piloting several test programs and rolling out new images to help its branded marketers boost sales and attract new business. By John Lofstock, Editor Phillips 66, which supplies more than 7,100 outlets under the Phillips 66, 76 and Conoco brands, continues to innovate. Through a strategic program called Experience 66,

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Living the American Dream

Nachhattar Chandi began his c-store career as a cashier. Today he owns and operates 17 convenience stores and counting. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Nachhattar Chandi’s entrepreneurial journey from his start in a small village in India to a U.S. c-store cashier, to a successful c-store franchisee and owner of Chandi Group USA is a

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Gasoline’s Whipsaw Trade in Oversold Market

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The gasoline futures contract nearest to physical delivery traded in a more than 25cts gallon range in September with little less than two days of trade for the month remaining, which included sharp daily reversals in what is known as whipsaw price action late in the month ahead

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TravelCenters Acquires Iconic Johnson’s Corner Truck Stop

Petro Johnson’s Corner location to maintain Johnson’s Corner restaurant and bakery, and community roots. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the expansion of its network with the acquisition and rebranding of the newest Petro, located at I-25, Exit 254 (2842 SE Frontage Rd.)

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Nice N Easy Announces Scholarship Winners

The Linda Nelson Memorial Scholarship is awarded to seven students. Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, a convenience store chain in Upstate New York, has awarded Linda Nelson Memorial Scholarships to seven local students. Established by the late President, Founder & CEO John MacDougall, the award is in memory of Linda Nelson, a spirited Nice N

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Susser Acquires Aloha Petroleum

SUSP also announces MACS as first dropdown transaction between ETP and SUSP. Susser Petroleum Partners LP (SUSP) and Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (ETP) announced today the first dropdown transaction between ETP and SUSP. In addition, SUSP announced an agreement to acquire Hawaii-based Aloha Petroleum Ltd., closing of a new $1.25 billion revolving credit facility, and

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Turkey Hill Announces Sweepstakes Winners

Three second prize winners in Great Gas Giveaway take home prizes. Turkey Hill Minit Markets announced the first three winners today of Free Fuel for a Year, the second prize in the Great Gas Giveaway. The three central Pennsylvania residents are the first of eight second prize winners to be selected in the sweepstakes, which

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Empire Petroleum Acquires Mansfield Oil Co.’s Retail Dealer Business

Announces formation of a strategic growth partnership. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC has acquired the retail dealer business of Mansfield Oil Co. of Gainesville Inc. and has merged its retail dealer operations into Empire effective Sept. 25, 2014. Additionally, Mansfield will become a partner and will retain an ownership stake in Empire. The combination of Empire

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Interchange Fees Too High, Durbin Says

“Congress tasked the Board to follow the law Congress enacted, not to circumvent it at the request of the banking industry,” Senate Majority Whip Durbin says. Following the Fed’s recent announcement that it has no plans to adjust the level of the interchange cap, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin, D-Ill was quick to respond. “The

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The Francois Family of Cos. Celebrates 75th Anniversary

In order to celebrate with the customers who have supported them over the years, they are facilitating a Diamond Jubilee Giveaway. The Francois Family of Cos. is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this October. Both Francois Oil and Francois Ford have enjoyed the past 75 years as locally-owned and family-operated businesses in Wisconsin. Seventy-five years ago,

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Maverik Selects ToolBox Solutions

Maverik selected ToolBox’s 1screen platform to improve business performance, category-management process and collaboration with partners. Maverik — Adventure’s First Stop, and CSD’s 2013 Chain of the Year Award Winner — has partnered with ToolBox Solutions, an insight provider in category and customer analytics, to drive the best partner-insight program in the gas and convenience channel.

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Five 7-Eleven Franchisees Plead Guilty To Exploiting Immigrants

Defendants forfeit franchise rights to 10 stores in New York and four in Virginia. Five former 7-Eleven franchisees have pleaded guilty to wire fraud and concealing and harboring illegal immigrants, after they allegedly hired illegal immigrants and used stolen IDs to steal more than $2.6 million in wages from the employees, while forcing them to

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Pilot Travel Center Opens in Morris

The new facility marks Pilot’s 40th in Illinois. Pilot Flying J has opened a Pilot Travel Center in Morris, Ill., featuring full amenities for professional drivers. “We’re thrilled that our new travel center will serve professional drivers traveling on I-80 through Illinois,” Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam said. “We hope drivers will enjoy the

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Flash Market Supports MDA

Local CITGO marketer sponsors 10th annual Passport to a Cure. Local CITGO Marketer Flash Market Inc. and CITGO Petroleum Corp. are teaming up to sponsor the 10th annual Passport to a Cure event to benefit the local chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). On Dec. 4, guests are invited to participate in a reception,

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