First Ever Port Arthur, Texas Stripes Store Opens

Stripes adds 30 new jobs to Port Arthur, Texas community.  Stripes Convenience Stores has announced that it will soon open its first Stripes Convenience Store in Port Arthur, Texas. Stripes Stores will host a grand opening fiesta and ribbon cutting ceremony with the Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce beginning at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 5,


New Stripes Opens in Conroe, Texas

Stripes adds over 30 jobs to Conroe, Texas community. Conroe, Texas is home of the newest Stripes Convenience Store. A grand opening fiesta and ribbon cutting will be held with the Conroe Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, beginning at 11 a.m. The new store is located at 2325 N. FM 3083 E.

Retailers Relieved By New Spending Plan

The newly passed spending plan is expected to stimulate the economy. The final passage of a wide-ranging spending and tax-relief package is a welcome change for the National Retail Federation. The new package includes provisions that will delay onerous portions of Obamacare, make it easier for businesses to share cyber threats and renew tax law

How Online Shopping Is Changing Demand

Consumers aren’t satisfied by rapid shipping, they want their orders now, and they want them delivered free. “Holiday Shipping 2015: Faster, Faster,” a new report from Fung Business Intelligence Centre Global Retail & Technology (FBIC), has revealed that the growing popularity of online shopping has boosted the appeal of companies that can offer free and

Texas Food & Fuel Association Names New President

The association has chosen an experienced, seasoned industry veteran to lead the organization at this important time. Effective Jan. 25, 2016, Paul Hardin will assume the role of president of the Texas Food & Fuel Association. In his new position, Hardin will will lead the organization and continue its mission to serve as an advocate for the petroleum marketing

CITGO Supports C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital

Through a month long fundraising effort, CITGO raises nearly $5,000 for a local children’s hospital. Nearly $5,000 was raised by CITGO Marketers in Michigan who recently participated in the Month of Mott fundraiser for the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. The money was raised to support the hospital’s Buckle Up program. This program

NRAEF Offers Scholarships For Students and Educators

The NRAEF has released the applications for its 2016 scholarships for those interested in advancing their knowledge in the restaurant and foodservice industry. The application process for the The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s (NRAEFs) 2016 merit-based scholarships is now open. Awards range from $1,750 – $10,000, and are available for students as well as

Nestlé Commits to Cage Free

Nestlé is strengthening its commitment to the global welfare of farm animals. Within the next five years, Nestlé will transition to using only cage-free eggs in all of its U.S. food products. The move represents yet another example of Nestlé’s commitment to the health, care and welfare of animals raised for food. Nestlé uses approximately

Top 10 Challenges for Employers in 2016

Employers are expected to face a number of challenges in the coming year. According to an annual report from XpertHR, same-sex marriage, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) protections, accommodating a diverse workforce, paid sick leave, workplace wearables and independent contractor rights are among the biggest employment issues. Court cases, legislation and regulatory actions have called

Gas Under $2 Per Gallon Becomes A Reality

Inspired by low gas prices, more than 91 million Americans opt to drive 50 or more miles during the holiday season. U.S. average gas prices fell below the $2-per-gallon mark on Monday, Dec. 21, just in time for holiday travel. Today’s national average is $1.998 per gallon. Gas hasn’t been this inexpensive since March 25,

NOCO Supports The Salvation Army

NOCO employees and customers help to raise money for those most in need. In this spirit of the holiday season, NOCO Express has donated $13,000 to The Salvation Army of Buffalo, N.Y. Each of NOCO Express’ 35 locations sold paper kettles for $1 each, throughout the month of November to raise money for The Salvation Army.

Retailers Concerned With Internal Theft

Internal theft is one of the greatest concerns for retailers, and it is on the rise. The U.S. Retail Fraud Survey 2015 has revealed that employee theft, of both stock and cash, is now one of the top three concerns for retailers. The survey reveals that alongside online fraud and return fraud, internal theft is

CPD Energy Supports St. Jude

Fundraising efforts made throughout the year by CPD operated c-stores and fueling stations raise $96,000 for St. Jude. Results of CPD Energy Corp.’s Annual Charity Drive, on behalf of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, have been revealed. At an annual recognition meeting for company managers on Dec. 16, 2015, CPD Energy Corp. presented a check in

New Oklahoma Love’s Location

There is a new resting place for drivers in central Oklahoma. Union City, Okla. is home of the newest Love’s Travel Stops, which has opened its doors for business along U.S. Highway 81 and Southwest 59th Street. Drivers in the central part of Oklahoma now have a new place to rest and access to driver

2016 Packaging Trends

Consumers will soon make purchasing decisions based on packaging when choosing between similar products. Mintel has revealed six key trends that are set to impact the global packaging markets in 2016. These trends hold implications for both consumers and brands. “There’s a parallel path between brands striving to engage consumers on a more personal level

Eskimo Hut Debuts New Location in Lubbock, Texas

The new convenience store offers wine and beer on tap. Eskimo Hut, a chain of drive-through convenience stores specializing in frozen daiquiris and margaritas to-go, has introduced a new store in southwest Lubbock, Texas. The new store is located at 54th Street and Slide Road, near Garcia’s Mexican restaurant, Wild Oats and Melrose clothing store.

VP Racing Fuels to Compete in 2016 Monster Jam Tour

VP Racing Fuels will use its new monster truck in its marketing in order to drive product sales. VP Racing Fuels’ new Mad Scientist Monster Jam truck will be competing in the 2016 Monster Jam tour. The truck will make its debut on Jan. 8 in Charlotte, N.C. The truck’s design was inspired by VP

New Kum & Go Opens in Williston, N.D.

New Kum & Go location offers a large variety of food and fuel options to consumers. Last week, Kum & Go opened its newest convenience store location in Williston, N.D. On Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, at 6 a.m., the new 5,000-square foot convenience store opened its doors at 910 11th Street East. In celebration of the

Skills, Experience and Even Talent Are No Match for Attitude

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics The race  to hire for either skills or experience is over. Today, it’s all about hiring attitude and talent. So, what is the difference? A skill is the ability to do a particular task, like the ability to drive a truck, design a building or cut hair. Experience hones those

What If You Used This Ad to Recruit Your Next New Hire?

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics A   NOTICE TO ALL JOB APPLICANTS FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT: We expect 100% accountability. All of our employees accepted employment here knowing we expect them to be 100% accountable, 100% of the time. We only pay for results! We will not pay for excuses! We will not pay for blaming! We

Are You Refusing to Help Your Employees Grow?

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics You do your organization and your employees a tremendous disservice if you avoid correcting and improving performance, behaviors and processes. If you want to grow the organization, you must grow your people. And, to do that, you cannot be reluctant to share your experience and expertise. While it’s good to “catch

How To Recruit 101

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics Here’s a timely reminder to help you compete for the best of those left in the rapidly evaporating labor pool… Get creative with your recruiting ad headlines; make them fun and exciting. For example:  “Truck Driver” becomes “Master of the Road,” and “Restaurant Manager” becomes “Director of Fun and Food.”

Business First Recognizes CandyRific at Awards Gala

CandyRific’s growth and involvement in the community is being recognized. The 2015 Large Company Award from Business First was recently awarded to CandyRific at an awards gala Dec. 10 in its hometown of Louisville, Ky. Louisville Business First honored outstanding businesses and nonprofit organizations in six categories:  very large company, large company, medium company, small

Pro Food Systems Continues to Grow

Pro Food Systems presents employees with leadership opportunities as the company continues to grow. Over 100 people are now employed by Pro Food Systems Inc. (PFS), best known for its Champs Chicken and Cooper’s Express brands. INC magazine has once again named PFS as one of the ‘fastest growing companies in America.’ This is the

CITGO is Honored For Serving Northeastern Illinois

Team CITGO is being honored for its extensive community service projects from the past year. This past year, three local organizations have honored CITGO Lemont Refinery employees for giving back to the community, in recognition of CITGO Petroleum Corporation’s efforts to fuel good in Northeastern Illinois. Volunteers from the refinery, known as Team CITGO, donated