Wawa Welcome America To Kick Off In Philadelphia

For the sixth year, c-store chain Wawa sponsors Welcome America treating customers to free beverages and fun activities. Wawa Inc. is embarking on its sixth year as the title sponsor of the Philadelphia region’s biggest Independence Day celebration: Wawa Welcome America. The festival includes eight days of activities, and this year Wawa plans to introduce


Google Introduces Android Pay

Stores equipped with NFC technology can begin offering customers the ability to pay with their Android phone. Google introduced a new digital wallet called Android Pay, which lets customers pay using their smartphones, at its annual developer conference in San Francisco on Thursday, May 28, The Wired reported Android Pay will be available on select

Taco Bell, Pizza Hut Cut Artificial Ingredients

In response to customer demand, Yum Brands is switching to ingredients customers can recognize. Taco Bell and Pizza Hut—both owned by Yum Brands Inc.—are removing artificial colors and flavors from their foods as customers demand more natural food and transparency when it comes to ingredients. For example, instead of “black pepper flavor,” Taco Bell plans

Sunoco Bottles Gasoline-Scented Cologne

New racing track and gasoline scented fragrance launches as part of a social media campaign. Sunoco Racing has debuted “The Essence of Racing,” in a new fragrance called Burnt Rubbér as part of a wider social media campaign that is sure to draw attention. Sunoco has joined forces with racing stars Jimmie Johnson, Graham Rahal

Core-Mark To Webcast Investment Conference Presentation

Both the live and archived presentation will be available on Core-Mark’s Website. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. is featuring a Webcast of its presentation from the Stephens Spring Investment Conference on Wednesday, June 3, 2015 beginning at 2 p.m. EST. The live Webcast will be available on the company’s Website. An archived replay of the presentation

How To Make Your C-store Shine

Convenience store retailers can follow this easy checklist from Cintas to better clean their stores this spring. As convenience store retailers prepare for summer traffic and warm temperatures, Cintas Corp. introduced a checklist to show c-store retailers how to shed the final remnants of winter grime and dirt and help their stores shine. “After an

Nielsen Finds Consumer Confidence Cautiously Growing in 2015

Spending among U.S. consumers picked up in the first quarter of 2015, but many customers continue to struggle financially. Nielsen’s Q1 2015 Consumer Confidence Report examined 30,000 consumers in 60 countries and found consumer optimism is on the rise so far this year, although many consumer continue in a recessionary mindset. U.S. results were widely

Fresh & Easy Introduces New Bakery Offering

Wild Oats Organic line of muffins and cakes to provide convenient bakery options for customers as part of its new vision of modern convenience. Fresh & Easy is appealing to health conscious customers by making organic products more available, affordable and now even more delicious with the introduction of some of the first lines of

7-Eleven Listed Among BrandZ’s Top Retail Brands

7-Eleven joins Walgreens, CVS on Retail Top 20 list, showing convenience is a key trend. 7-Eleven took the No. 17 spot on BrandZ’s Retail Top 20 list, part of its 100 Most Valuable Global Brands report. The appearance of 7-Eleven in the BrandZ Retail Top 20 for the first time confirms the strength of the

Love’s Travel Stops Aids Drivers With New Tire Service

TirePass rolls out to 75 sites, and is expected to be at all locations by end of summer. Love’s Travel Stops has debuted TirePass, a new system designed to inflate tires automatically, offering fleets and drivers a way to stay on the road longer by catching potential problems before they occur. Love’s TirePass is now

Gas King Partners With OpenStore by Gasbuddy

Gas King becomes first Canadian c-store retailer to team with OpenStore, introducing a complete digital marketing solution. Gas King introduced its new mobile app and Website this month to become the first Canadian convenience store retailer to partner with OpenStore by GasBuddy to better reward and connect with its c-store customers. OpenStore is a complete

BP Adds New Cost-Effective Loyalty Program For C-store Retailers

Gas station loyalty program features three great card options and the same low fees for c-store marketers. BP has launched a simpler Driver Rewards loyalty program, providing BP-branded gas stations with an easier and more cost-effective program to manage. Gas station and c-store customers visiting the BP-branded sites now have the option of choosing between

Fast Max Convenience Stores Grows Annual Fuel Volumes

Fast Max sees improved fuel gross profits with PriceAdvantage fuel pricing software. Kocolene, operator of 22 Fast Max convenience stores throughout Indiana and Kentucky, experienced a 3% increase in 2014 fuel volume sales after just one year of using PriceAdvantage fuel pricing software—exceeding the national average increase by 2%. At the same time, the fuel

Memorial Day Brings Highest Gas Prices of 2015

Midwestern region sees largest uptick in prices based on production issues. The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline hit $2.74 on Memorial Day, marking the highest pump price of the year, but the lowest pump price for the Memorial Day holiday since 2010, AAA reported. Drivers are paying three cents more than one week

Marketing To Gen Z

Gen Z is coming of age and they want fresher, faster, healthier and less expensive products. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Young adults coming of age right now—Generation Z—have never known a life without the Internet or cell phones. While baby boomers may currently hold the buying power, as the nation ages, retailers will need

Stripes Celebrates Grand Opening

Donates $1,000 to Woodrow Wilson Jr. High School. Stripes Convenience Stores celebrated the opening of its first Stripes Convenience Store in Dayton, Texas with a grand opening fiesta and ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, May 22, 2015 at 811 Highway 90. The grand opening celebration was held in honor of Stripes guests and showcased the many

Casey’s Adds Online Ordering

Select counties offer the chance to get pizzas and subs through online ordering. Casey’s General Stores are now offering online ordering for pizzas, subs and more at select convenience store locations in Polk, Dallas and Warren, Iowa counties. Customers can visit www.caseystogo.com to see if it’s available in their area, KCCI News Online reported. Casey’s

Parker’s Wins 2015 Historic Preservation Award

Parker’s recognized for renovation of Philbrick-Eastman Mansion in Savannah, Ga. Parker’s, headquartered in Savannah, Ga., recently won a Historic Savannah Foundation Historic Preservation Award for the company’s renovation of the Philbrick-Eastman House. Winners were recognized at Historic Savannah Foundation’s annual Preservation Awards Luncheon on May 7. Under the leadership of company president and CEO Greg

Love’s Travel Stops Opens Location in Jacksonville, Fla.

Love’s adds 82 parking spaces. Love’s Travel Stops has opened its doors for business in Jacksonville, Fla., along Interstate 95. The new travel stop provides drivers with a place to rest and access driver services along the nearly 1,200-mile highway that stretches from Florida to Maine. The new store offers gourmet coffee, fresh fruit, gift

Retailers Make the Most of EMV Compliance Deadline

EMV upgrades can be a time to reconsider partners or enhance system functionality. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor C-store retailers are staring down the October 2015 deadline when those who are not EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) compliant will become responsible for any fraudulent purchases made with non-EMV credit or debit cards at their stores.

7-Eleven Partners With Ultra Mobile

Ultra Mobile prepaid service plans now available at 6,000 U.S. 7-Eleven stores. 7-Eleven and Ultra Mobile, the mobile operator known for keeping people connected with families and friends overseas, have reached a key distribution agreement where Ultra Mobile will supply more than 6,000 7-Eleven Inc. convenience stores nationwide with its prepaid service plans starting this

More Vacationers Will Travel by Car this Summer

More vacationers to be traveling by car this summer. One in four Americans (27%) say that they will take more time on vacation trips this summer, and 86% of these vacationers say that they will travel by car, according to new consumer survey results released by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). Affordability is

Kissimmee Citgo Adds E15 Fuel

Introduces E15 fuel to the greater Orlando area. Offering the first E15 in the greater Orlando area, Kissimmee Citgo and Protec Fuel have launched the 88-octane E15 ethanol blend fuel. E15 can run in any 2001 and newer gasoline engine and costs less than regular gas. The station also sells E85 fuel and B20 biodiesel

Marathon Settles Lawsuit For Almost $6 Million

Marathon to reduce emissions and pay civil penalties. Marathon Petroleum Corp. has agreed to pay nearly $6 million dollars and cut emissions at facilities in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, as part of a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice, Cleveland.com reported. The EPA and the Justice Department claimed

7-Eleven Acquires Tedeschi

7-Eleven Inc. has agreed to acquire Tedeschi Food Shops Inc.’s approximately 182 convenience stores in the greater Boston area and in New Hampshire. The transaction is anticipated to close in mid 2015, subject to standard closing conditions and regulatory approvals.  Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “Tedeschi is a respected brand and this acquisition fits