LED Pushes Lighting Advances Forward

For NOCO Express, last December’s grand opening of its newly rebuilt store in Grand Island, N.Y. marks the evolution of its stores—and on a lesser scale—its commitment to more efficient lighting. The renovation took the formerly 950-square-foot store to 4,000 square feet, and included environmentally-friendly building technologies to reduce energy consumption. These include low-watt LED


Alternative Fuels Expanding Market

The Fuels Institute predicts that E85 sales will increase from 196 million gallons in 2013 to between 400 million and 4.4 billion gallons in 2023. Today, between 2,685 and 3,349 retail fuel stations in the U.S. sell E85 flex fuel, according to the Fuels Institute report, “E85 A Market Performance Analysis and Forecast.” The report

ATMs Help C-Stores Cash In

The National ATM Council Inc. estimates there are upwards of 425,000 ATMs throughout the U.S. The majority are independently owned or operated as opposed to those operated by financial institutions. In fact, as banks have broadened online services, traffic to brick-and-mortar branches has softened, including visits to walk-up or drive-up ATMs. This situation has prompted

Gas Prices Plateau

If a nuclear deal is reached with Iran this week, oil prices could further dip, with pump prices to potentially follow. On Monday, March 30, the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline rang in at $2.42 per gallon—only two cents more than one month ago but $1.13 less than the same date last year.

Payment Card Surcharge Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

California law ruled “an unconstitutional restriction on plaintiffs’ freedom of speech.” A new law passed in California that bans payment-card surcharges was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge last week, reported Pymnts.com In 2014 California businesses sued the state, claiming their First Amendment rights were being violated. They claimed a law banning surcharges restricted retailers’

Survey Points to Confidence in Foodservice Packaging Industry

Optimism reigns despite economic and environmental challenges. Industry growth and sales in 2014 has led the foodservice packaging industry to forecast even greater optimism for 2015 than last year, according to an annual survey conducted by the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI). Now in its 16th year, the annual State of the Industry Survey included input

TravelCenters Announces 2015 “Citizen Driver” Award Recipients

“Citizen Driver is a way to recognize the best of the best in the truck driving community,” says CEO of TravelCenters. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, announced its second annual “Citizen Driver” Award recipients during the Citizen Driver ceremony at the 2015 Mid-America Trucking

CST Brands, CrossAmerica Partners Reorganize Leadership

CST Brands’ Jeremy Bergeron to take the helm as president of CrossAmerica Partners. CST Brands Inc. and CrossAmerica Partners LP announced that Joe Topper, the CEO and president of CrossAmerica, has decided to retire as CEO effective Sept. 30, 2015. In order to ensure a smooth leadership transition, Topper will resign as president of CrossAmerica

Wayne Fueling Systems Offers Gasoline for $1.49 Per Gallon

Wayne celebrates flagship fueling site at 7-Eleven in Round Rock with discounted fuel for first 100 guests on April 2. Wayne Fueling Systems, a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation, and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations, whose corporate headquarters are in Austin, Texas, joins convenience retailer 7-Eleven in inviting the Central

CDC Ads Take Aim At E-Cigs

“We believe leadership is needed—both at the FDA and in the public health community—to stem the increasingly negative messaging about the e-cig/vapor category,” says Wells Fargo spokesperson. New CDC ads, which are set to begin airing Monday, March 30, depict warnings from former smokers and, for the first time ever, former e-cig users/vapers, which the

House Takes First Step on Data Breach Notification Standard

Retailers Laud Rep. Pompeo amendment on third-party notification. The National Retail Federation (NRF) issued the following statement from Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French on the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade’s markup of The Data Security and Breach Notification Act: “We commend the Subcommittee for moving forward

The Hershey Co. Reveals Easter Traditions

Exploring Future Fuel Demand

Drivers are becoming younger, but it doesn’t mean they’re driving more. By David Bennett, Senior Editor One of the forwarding looking topics at this year’s M-PACT show in Indianapolis is how new technology is driving U.S. fuel sales. In some cases, however, technology is combining with other factors to slow fuel sales, including younger Americans’

Nielsen, RetailNext Form Strategic Relationship

“We are committed to collaborating with the best in the industry to bring impactful solutions to retailers,” says president of global retail, Nielsen. Nielsen and RetailNext, providers in retail analytics for brick-and-mortar stores, announced a strategic alliance that will bring RetailNext proprietary technology on in-store analytics to Nielsen’s retail client base, including grocery, mass, drug,

Convenience Valet Welcomes Finke

Convenience broker and retail veteran to serve as Southwest region sales manager. Convenience Valet, a supplier of single and double dose over-the-counter (OTC) medications and convenience/travel size personal care and general merchandise, has named Mike Finke as sales manager-Southwest region. Finke brings more than 25 years of experience in the convenience retail industry and was

VERC Enterprises Enters Plymouth Business Hall of Fame

Wins Best of Plymouth Award for 8th consecutive year. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire proudly announces receipt of the 2015 Best of Plymouth Award in the Convenience Stores category, an honor it has taken for eight consecutive years to qualify the company for

EquiTrend Study Names Brands of the Year

Sheetz takes the award in the c-store category. The 2015 Harris Poll EquiTrend study, an annual study of brands, recently released its “Brand of the Year” awards to brands that rank highest in Equity. The EquiTrend Brand Equity Index is comprised of three key factors—Familiarity, Quality and Consideration—that result in a Brand Equity rating for

H.J. Heinz Co., Kraft Foods To Merge

Combination creates unparalleled portfolio of powerful and iconic brands. H.J. Heinz Co. and The Kraft Foods Group have signed a definitive merger agreement to form The Kraft Heinz Co. The merger will create the third largest food and beverage company in North America and the fifth largest food and beverage company in the world. The

U.S. Retailers Struggling To Meet Consumer Expectations

Mobile capabilities and in-store experience fall short, Accenture study finds. U.S. retailers must move quickly to improve their operational capabilities in order to deliver a “seamless retail” experience to customers who say their expectations are not being met, according to new research by Accenture. For the second consecutive year, two studies of “seamless retailing” indicate

C-Stores Place On Top 100 Global Franchises List

Subway leads the list of 100 franchises. Convenience stores 7-Eleven and Circle K were among the 2015 list of the Top 100 Global Franchises. This annual industry benchmark is one of the leading franchise ranking reports. Franchise Direct has been providing the Top 100 Global Franchises list since 2009. The ranking is based on a

Sunoco LP, ETP Announce $816 Million Dropdown of Interest in Fuel Distribution Business

Transaction to give Sunoco greater geographic and channel diversification. Sunoco LP (SUN) and Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (ETP) announced the second dropdown of a portion of ETP’s retail business to SUN. SUN has agreed to acquire from ETP Retail Holdings, an affiliate of ETP, a 31.58% equity interest in Sunoco LLC, which distributes approximately 5.3

Fresh & Easy Closing 50 Stores

Exploring e-commerce system in Las Vegas, and plans to open more stores. Fresh & Easy plans to close 50 stores in three states, and is testing a new e-commerce business model, according to TheReporter.com Fresh & Easy is testing a new version of “modern convenience,” through an e-commerce system called “Click and Collect,” in Las

GPM Begins Operation of 42 Road Ranger Stores

Convenience store banner to transition to one of GPM’s existing retail brands. GPM Investments LLC has expanded into the Midwest by taking ownership of 42 convenience stores with gasoline sales and one Subway location in Illinois, Iowa and Kentucky. GPM will initially operate these stores under the Road Ranger brand name and then transition to

Ricker’s, Nissan Team To Fuel Electric Cars

“Whatever the future of fuel is, Ricker’s will be here to dispense it to our loyal, Hoosier customer base,” says president and CEO of Ricker Oil. Thanks to a local partnership with Ricker’s, Nissan is now bringing its “No Charge to Charge” program to Indianapolis, providing two years of no-cost, public charging to new Nissan

Skyline Products Installs RetroFit Price Signs

Retrofit kits help Northeast Coast retailer upgrade price displays easily. Skyline Products, long known for its high-quality electronic fuel price displays, announced it has begun installing Price Sign RetroFit kits in a large Northeast Coast retail fuel chain. Many of the sites have received LED RetroFit kits, while some sites require signs with Scroll technology