From Private Label to Beacons NACS Show Educates on Trends

During the educational sessions Monday, c-store retailers had the opportunity to learn the latest trends and innovations in the area of their choosing. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Monday at the NACS Show kicked off with a number of educational sessions to help convenience store retailers maximize success. In an educational session on private label


Hershey is Nourishing Minds

Hershey strives to nourish 1 million minds by 2020. The Hershey Company has launched a new global purpose that will provide children in the U.S. and abroad with the basic nutrition that is necessary for them to learn and grow. This new initiative is being referred to as Nourishing Minds. In the U.S., 15 million

Chain of The Year Dinner Honors Family Express

Convenience Store Decisions presents Chain of the Year award to Family Express. Convenience store retailers joined to celebrate Family Express, Convenience Store Decisions’ (CSD) 2015 Convenience Store Chain of the Year award winner, during the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show on Monday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Nirvana Pool inside the

NACS Discusses Fuel, Employees and Branding

NACS 2015 kicks off with education sessions that strike at the core of c-store operations. By David Bennett, Senior Editor In the session, Preparing Your Infrastructure for Future Fuels, Norman Turiano, principal of Turiano Strategic Consulting, theorized that because gasoline costs will likely rise again, alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) will continue to increase in number

C-Stores Thrive on Finding Great People

No other works as hard to make each other better than the c-store industry. In his general session presentation at the 2015 NACS Show, Steve Loehr, NACS vice president of operations, explained that the key to Kwik Trip’s success is finding great people and giving them resources to help them thrive The lessons shared about

Seven Days of Free Coffee

Being a 7Rewards member has never been better. 7-Eleven, Inc. has launched the 7Rewards Free Coffee Week. From Oct. 12-18, 7Rewards members can  enjoy a FREE any-size hot beverage every day through the 7‑Eleven app. During the promotion, no purchase is necessary to receive a free fresh-brewed cup of coffee, cappuccino, latte or hot chocolate

Thorntons Customers Save On Fuel

A new program from Thorntons drives in-store sales saves  customers money on fuel purchases. Thorntons has introduced Swipe to Save, a new addition to its Refreshing Rewards program. Swipe to Save provides even more ways for guests to save on fuel purchases. Refreshing Rewards guests qualify for additional cents off on fuel when they purchase select

How Stinker Stores is Refreshing for the Future

With a new store design and a myriad of new company initiatives, everything is coming up roses for Stinker Stores. By David Bennett, Senior Editor The interactive LED display boards now being erected outside select Stinker Stores locations provide customers the latest in-store promotions, cool graphics and crisp digital messaging all at the flip of

Q1 Acquires Think Marketing

Q1 expands its range of customer services through acquisition of Think Marketing. Q1 Productions has acquired the practice of Think Marketing, Research and Consulting Services of Columbus, Ohio. This move is designed to expand and enhance Q1’s range of client services as Think provides marketing research and strategic consulting services to food, beverage and consumer branded companies. Think founder,

Cumberland Farms CEO Speaks At White House Summit

Panel brings together leaders who aim to make their workplaces fair, productive and prosperous. Ari Haseotes, president and CEO, of Cumberland Farms was selected by the Obama administration to represent the company at the White House Summit on Worker Voice. Haseotes participated in a panel discussion entitled “High Road Employer Strategies: Win/Win Solutions” as part

How Would Your Employees Answer These Questions?

By Mel Kleiman If you don’t know how your employees would respond to the following, then it’s time to find out. How many of these items should be on your Top 10 List of reasons why a great employee should want to work for your organization? Would your employees answer, “YES,” to each one? Our managers

Nominations Now Open For Top 40 Retailers Under 40

Do you know a convenience store executive or up and comer on an executive track under 40 who stands out? Convenience Store Decisions (CSD) is compiling its list of the top 40 convenience store retailers under the age of 40, and we need your input. In keeping with our mission of recognizing and including the

Companies Combat Childhood Hunger

Talking Rain, Albertsons Cos and Entertainment Industry Foundation pledge efforts to support Hunger Is. The Albertsons Cos and its store brands has partnered with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) to create an in-store campaign to support Hunger Is. Hunger Is, a charitable program of the EIF, raises awareness and funds to fight childhood hunger in America. The campaign will feature Academy Award

Heineken Announces New TV Spot

As a part of its longstanding partnership with the Bond film franchise, Heineken will release a new TV spot this fall. This fall, as part of its integrated global Spectre campaign, Heineken will release a new TV spot, “The Chase,” which will feature Daniel Craig as James Bond in a high speed boat chase. The brand will

Core-Mark to Distribute for Murphy USA

Murphy USA has signed a strategic five year agreement with Core-Mark Holding Company Inc. Through a new five year supply agreement, Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. will now be the primary wholesale distributor to Murphy USA Inc. Core-Mark will deliver over 75% of the merchandise sold in Murphy USA stores. The contract is expected to be effective beginning in the first quarter of 2016 and

Target Makeover in Progress

Target works to boost grocery sales. Target has been dedicating a great deal of effort to rejuvenate its grocery department as a part of a strategic plan to attract more business. According to a report from the StarTribune, Target is seeking to turn its grocery department into more of a shopping destination for customers. It

NOCO Express Remodel Complete

NOCO Express celebrates completion of remodel and the addition of a Tim Hortons restaurant to its Lackawana, N.Y. location. NOCO Express has opened a Tim Hortons at its store located in Lackawanna, N.Y. Upon celebrating the grand opening of Tim Hortons, the store also marked the completion of a two month interior and exterior remodel. The new

Customers Enjoy Expanded Offerings At TravelCenters of America

Drivers can now utilize medical and fitness services. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded travel centers, has announced that 22 of its travel centers now include businesses geared toward servicing various medical needs of professional drivers, including four that have recently opened. TravelCenters, or in some cases, a

Small Business Owners Holiday Concerns

ShopKeep reveals the greatest concerns of small business owners. ShopKeep has released its third quarter 2015 ShopKeep Small Business Index (SSBI). According to the SSBI, which draws upon insights gathered from 836 small business owners, the biggest worry this holiday season is not competing with national retail and restaurant chains, but rather competing with small businesses, changing EMV requirements as well

CITGO Donates $15,000 to Johns Hopkins Children Center

CITGO fuels good in the community. CITGO Petroleum Corp. has announced its “Be a Star, Buy a Star” campaign, which will be a fundraising effort to benefit the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. CITGO’s local branded Marketers Griffith Energy Services Inc., Carroll Independent Fuel Co., and The Wills Group, who recently donated $15,000 in CITGO Gift Cards to the hospital, will participate in the

QuickChek and The Festival Group Honored for Generosity

QuickChek and The Festival Group honored at the second annual Oak Awards Dinner. For the second year in a row, QuickChek Corp. and The Festival Group have been named among some of the most generous companies in New Jersey. Continuing its tradition of recognizing all that’s great in the Garden State, New Jersey Monthly magazine has

Aloha Petroleum Acquires MFM Inc. Assets

Aloha Petroleum seeks to increase its Hawaii presence.  Aloha Petroleum Ltd. has acquired the Hawaii assets of MFM Inc. Included in the acquisition are two Shell stations, two Subway restaurants and four convenience stores. According to a report from Pacific Business News, the acquisition is set to close later this year. The newly acquired stores are

Customers Can Pick Up Walmart Orders at 7-Eleven 24/7

Walmart seeks to use established store fronts as pickup locations for Walmart goods purchased online. Select 7-Eleven Canada stores will soon act as 24/7 pickup locations for online Walmart orders. According to a report from the Toronto Star, customers ordering from will soon have the option to pick up packages from one of six

Kwik Trip Leads By Example

Kwik Trip’s Steve Loehr has embraced the ideals of health and freshness, helping usher in a new era for the c-store industry. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor In the 25 years since Steve Loehr joined Kwik Trip Inc., the La Crosse, Wis.-based convenience retailer has experienced extraordinary growth, reaching numerous corporate milestones. Today, Loehr,

How to Compete in the Health and Beauty Categories

Health and beauty aids can rouse additional in-store sales with the right presentation. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Though retail channels continue to blur, one category where convenience stores still trail their mass, drug and dollar store counterparts is health and beauty aids (HBA). One advantage that does work in c-stores’ favor is, of course,