M&M’S Brand Turns Laughs Into Donations

Partners with U.S. Red Nose Day. Mars Chocolate North America announced that M&M’S, known for its colorful chocolate candies and equally colorful sense of humor, is kicking off a new campaign called “#MakeMLaugh” to support Red Nose Day as it debuts in the U.S. This integrated, socially driven campaign is one of many ways M&M’S


A C-Store for All Seasons

With the means to stand out, Seasons Corner Market is separating itself from its New England competitors. By David Bennett, Senior Editor In one way, convenience stores are like suspects in a police lineup. Usually, it’s distinguishing features that make them the most noticeable. Whether it’s following the hottest foodservice trends, regaling patrons with a

Pump It Up

Smart forecourt technology comes in various shapes and solutions and often fits any operation, depending on the retailer’s needs. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Despite traditionally thin margins, fuel sales still remain the center of gravity for most convenience stores. That conception was on full display during the last few months as declining fuel prices

No Fees Agree with Patrons

Financial service programs, including fee-free ATMs, can help boost c-store offerings. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor From wire transfers and check cashing to money order sales, bill paying and, increasingly, no-fee ATMs, financial services continue to add convenience for consumers and more in-store sales for retailers. In fact, ATMs—especially those of the no fee variety—can

Earning Energy Efficiency

From LED lighting upgrades to energy control systems, implementing more energy-friendly strategies can add to a c-store’s bottom line. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor Changing the light bulbs doesn’t have to occur only when one burns out. Rather, by becoming more energy efficient, stores can bring energy costs down while improving the customer experience at

7-Eleven Launches Slurpee All Access Chill

Slurpee All Access Chill Sweepstakes to award music experiences, downloads, festival tickets, sound systems, guitars. For thousands of American music lovers, 7‑Eleven stores’ iconic Slurpee drink could be the ticket to top concerts, exclusive trips to music festivals across the country, music downloads and once-in-a-lifetime music experiences including a meet-and-greet with pop star Austin Mahone.

Atlanta Area Opens Georgia’s First Three E15 Stations

Protec Fuel’s station rollout of E15 sites to metropolitan areas includes various cities in the South and Southeast. A Marietta Gulf station celebrated with its customers Friday, May 8, while offering some of the first E15 sales in Georgia. The Gulf Quick Stop Food Store on S. Cobb, assisted by Protec Fuel, has launched the

Amthor International Partners with Royal Buying Group

Offering factory direct buying program to their members for refined fuel and propane tank trucks. Amthor International has announced a factory direct buying program for all RBG and Shell Buying Club marketers that are apart of the Royal Buying Group (RBG). This new one-stop program will make their tank truck buying a simple, convenient process

CEOs Weigh in On Best, Worst States for Business

Chief Executive magazine announces results of annual “Best & Worst States for Business” survey. Chief executives, who favor pro-growth, low-tax states, ranked Texas, Florida and North Carolina as the best states in the U.S. for business, according to Chief Executive magazine’s 2015 “Best and Worst States for Business” survey. In the annual survey, completed by

Survey Shows More Retailers Plan To Use Gamification

Some 87% of retailers plan to use gamification to engage the customer within five years. In direct response to heightened consumer expectations for a personalized, seamless experience wherever, whenever and however they shop, engaging the customer and managing the customer experience are top priorities for retailers. Unified commerce and customer experiences that transcend channels are

Cashing in With Digital

Digital gift cards provide an opportunity for convenience stores to improve customer service, appeal to a younger demographic and add to in-store sales. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor With more emphasis on speed and convenience, customers increasingly enjoy being able to pay on the go, with a swipe of their phones. According to a report

Combating Onsite Crime

Technology and training are helping make stores less vulnerable to lawbreakers. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Because of the nature of how convenience retailers must conduct business, stores are prime targets for theft. However, with effective employee training combined with better technologies on the market, such as smart safes and advanced video systems, retailers are

CST Brands Inc. Reports Net Income of $14 Million

In the first quarter of 2015, CST Brands sees net income increase of 27%. CST Brands Inc., one of the largest independent retailers of motor fuels and convenience merchandise in North America, reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015. Three Months Results “Led by a strong U.S. fuel margin along with

Six Mr. Gas Stores Divested in Tennessee

“Although we devoted our hearts and soul to the successful operation of our stores and were very proud of them, we realized that the future of our company rested in the wholesale side of our business,” says president of McNutt Oil. PetroActive Real Estate Services LLC announced the successful retail chain divestiture of M G

Sunoco LP Announces 1Q 2015 Financial and Operating Results

Gallons sold increases 40% versus 1Q 2014 volume. Sunoco LP (SUN) announced financial and operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and provided an update on recent developments. Adjusted EBITDA totaled $43.7 million as compared to adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter of 2014 to $15.7 million. Distributable cash flow for the

Core-Mark Announces First Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Sales increased 6.6% to $2.5 billion. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015. “Core-Mark’s first quarter results gives us a solid start for 2015. I am very pleased

Cenex Zip Trip Launches Smartphone App

Partners with Verge Retail Connect. Cenex Zip Trip, a chain of 70 convenience/gas stores across Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota, has launched its first customer smartphone app using the Verge Retail Connect platform. Connect provides retailers with the ability to positively interact with customers, and forms the foundational framework for

Gas-Mart Closes Sale of 19 Kansas City Locations

Appoints John Tittle as new CEO. GasMart USA Inc. (GasMart) announced today that, effective April 27, 2015, it sold its 19 stores in the greater Kansas, Mo. area. The transaction, in addition to two other sales currently under contract, concludes a six-month sale process conducted by GasMart in its efforts to restructure its balance sheet

Study Reveals How Consumers React to ‘The Store of the Future’

Survey of over 1,000 U.S. consumers finds that “cool” features help shoppers discover relevant products, information and get through the store; “creepy” ones identify, target and track. RichRelevance released a new study, “Creepy or Cool,” that reveals consumer attitudes towards digital enhancements to the store shopping experience. The study finds that shoppers think it is

MFA Oil Co. Purchases Fuel Supply Agreements

Purchase includes 30 supplier contracts with dealers. MFA Oil Co. has purchased, through its subsidiary American Petroleum Marketers LLC (APM), a portion of the dealer fuel supply agreements owned by Sunshine Fuels LLC and Sunshine Energy LLC. The purchase includes 30 supplier contracts of dealers in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. These stores will continue to

Wayne Fueling Systems Teams With Ascentium Capital

Now offering financing on Wayne equipment, services and start-up costs for retailers in the U.S. WayneFueling Systems, a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation, and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations, has joined forces with Ascentium Capital to offer c-store and fuel retail customers innovative equipment finance options for Wayne products, technologies

MacDougall Memorial Minute to Precede NYACS Trade Show

This year’s NYACS trade show to welcome more than 150 exhibits. The New York Association of Convenience Stores will observe 60 seconds of silence to remember convenience store icon John MacDougall at the start of its 29th annual Trade Show next Thursday, May 14, at the Oncenter in Syracuse N.Y. The “MacDougall Memorial Minute” will

7-Eleven Awards C-Stores To Top Three Contestants

All three military veteran finalists selected as winners. 7-Eleven Inc. hit a triple in Operation: Take Command, the contest to award a U.S. military veteran a 7-Eleven store. Although one finalist was expected to emerge in the last round of the competition, all three finalists were selected as winners. Active-duty Active Duty U.S. Army Captain

Rutter’s Raises Thousands for Local Children

Rutter’s Children’s Charities raised a record-setting $135,000 to benefit Central Pennsylvania children’s charities at the 13th annual golf outing held this week at Out Door Country Club in York, Pa., the company announced this week. The annual event has raised more than $1.4 million for children’s charities in Central Pennsylvania since its beginning in 2003,

First U.S. Coalition Loyalty Program Launches

Customers can earn points at many places including Exxon through new loyalty program. Plenti, the first U.S.-based loyalty coalition program is now available to consumers online at Plenti.com and at thousands of partner retail locations including AT&T, Exxon, Macy’s, Mobil, Nationwide, Rite Aid, Direct Energy, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Hulu. Plenti, a program operated by American