Yesway Builds its Executive Team

Douglas New is helping to support the rapid growth of the Yesway convenience chain. Yesway has announced that Douglas New is joining the convenience store chain’s team of convenience store veterans as the company’s new chief technology officer. New brings an extensive technical background and years of executive-level experience to the rapidly growing Des Moines,

Benefits Matter

Millennials have strong opinions regarding the benefits that their employees offer. According to new research from Aflac, Millennials are very clear about which benefits they want their employers to offer, and Millennials now represent the largest segment of the U.S. labor force (53.3 million); therefore, employers may need to offer a wider range of benefits

How to Get Your Employees Engaged

IST uses Halloween as a chance to boost employee engagement. All companies want their employees to be engaged and to have high morale, but ensuring high employee morale is not the easiest feat and it takes extra effort on the part of the company. In order to boost employee morale, IST uses a number of

Six Personal Branding Lessons Every Working Professional Can Learn from Trump and Clinton

By Karen Leland, CEO, Sterling Marketing Group Despite having the two highest unfavorable ratings of any major presidential candidates in history, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have outlasted their competitors—and one of them is going to become the leader of the free world. What does success in the face of such highly unfavorable ratings teach

Kroger Launches Annual #SharingCourage Campaign

Kroger is raising money to fund the fight against breast cancer. The Kroger Co. has once again launched its annual #SharingCourage campaign in an effort to encourage customers to take action in the fight against breast cancer. Kroger is lighting its headquarters building pink in celebration of the campaign. “No one should face breast cancer

Kum & Go Supports United Way

Kum & Go are working to raise money to support children, youth and families in Central Iowa. This October, Kum & Go is hosting a fundraising campaign in support of the United Way of Central Iowa’s annual campaign. Throughout the month of October, Kum & Go associates will encourage customers to add $1 with each transaction

Kum & Go Names Land Mark Products “Supplier of the Year”

Land Mark’s artisan pizza program has helped to earn the company the “Supplier of the Year” award. On Aug. 30, 2016, Kum & Go presented Land Mark Products with the prestigious “Supplier of the Year” award. Land Mark is an Iowa food manufacturer and distributor, and the award was presented at Kum & Go’s chain’s

C-Store Sales Strong

Solid fuel and in-store sales lead to convenience retailer optimism. According to a recent survey of retailers from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), sales of in-store items and motor fuels remained strong in the convenience channel over the first nine months of the year, and this has contributed to a spike in convenience

IRI Shares Keys To Loyalty Success

Retaining shoppers and gaining their loyalty through personalization is becoming increasingly important as shoppers consider multiple channels. IRI’s latest Times & Trends Report, “The Omnichannel Journey: Translating Big Data into a Prescription for Growth” finds shopping needs are continuing to evolve as customers look to a range of channels to meet their needs. Quick trips—those

Chevron Debuts aFANity Rewards Program

Fans in select states can earn sports related rewards through Chevron’s new program. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. has launch the aFANity Rewards Program, a sports-themed rewards program where sports fans can win items and experiences that fit their passion. The program is available to residents of Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New

Franchise Financing Available for VP Racing Fuels-Branded Dealers

Allied Brand Capital offers first time Subway franchisees a 50% discount on the initial franchise fee. VP-branded dealers now have access to a new Subway Franchise Financing Program through VP Racing Fuels’ exclusive financing partner, Allied Brand Capital (ABC). The new program from ABC features a 50% discount on the initial franchise fee for first

McLane Expands SPARK Initiative

McLane commits to maintaining a diverse, inclusive workforce. McLane Co. Inc. is expanding its company-wide initiative, SPARK. This initiative is focused on identifying workplace diversity opportunities through a variety of programs, community outreach and lending support to nationally recognized diversity-focused annual events. With the expansion, McLane furthers its commitment of creating and maintaining a diverse

Gulf Expands in Florida and Texas

Gulf is continuing its U.S. expansion by offering its branded wet barrel supply in a number of new markets. Gulf Oil has announced the expansion of its branded wet barrel supply offerings in Tampa, Fla and a number of Texas market areas. This new service offering is a part of Gulf’s growth initiative in Florida

Retailers Applaud Postponement of Federal Overtime Regulations

The new deadline for the new overtime regulations is July 1, 2017, six months after the initial implementation date. The House has officially voted to pass the legislation which will delay the Labor Department’s expansion of the overtime rules. The new overtime rules will now be delayed for six months after their initial implementation date

Rutter’s Opens New Pennsylvania Store

Rutter’s will soon hold a grand opening ceremony for its first Berks County, Pa. store. Hamburg, Pa. is now the home of Rutter’s 65th convenience store location. The new store, which is located on Grand Street, near the Hamburg Area High School, about one mile off Interstate 78 exit 30, is the first Rutter’s store

Parker’s Donates $50,000 to Memorial University Medical Center

Parker’s shows its continued commitment to healthcare through a donation to Memorial University Medical Center. As a part of a $1 million endowment, Parker’s recently donated $50,000 to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Ga. This $1 million endowment is to support the Parker’s Emergency & Trauma Center at Memorial. Parker’s CEO Greg Parker presented

Love’s Opens 17th Indiana Location

Love’s continues to expand its presence in the Hoosier State. Love’s Travel Stops has announced the opening of its newest store location in western Indiana. This new travel stop offers travelers a new place to eat, rest and fuel up in Terre Haute, Ind., along U.S. Highway 41 and Harlan Drive. This new travel stop

Chevron Expands its Gas Rewards Program

Albertsons and Tom Thumb adopt Chevron’s popular Gas Rewards program. The popular Gas Rewards program from Chevron Products Co., a division of Chevron U.S.A., has now arrived in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area, as Albertsons Cos. and Tom Thumb stores have adopted the program at their stores. Customers who earn Reward Points by shopping at

TravelCenters Reopens TA Truck Service Center

TravelCenters opens its newly remodeled truck service center in Candler, N.C. A grand reopening ceremony has been planned for the newest TA Truck Service facility from TravelCenters of America LLC. The newly remodeled facility is located at I-40, Exit 37 (153 Wiggins Road) in Candler, N.C. The newly remodeled 5,001 square foot truck service center

Love’s Expands Truck Maintenance Program

Love’s is addressing the top needs of trucking customers with an expanded array of truck maintenance services. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc. is expanding its truck maintenance program at all of its travel stop locations nationwide. In addition to the company’s existing truck tire care and light mechanical options, the newly expanded program

VP Racing Fuels Partners with Owner of Montauk Native Gas

VP Racing Fuels comes to Long Island through a new partnership with Andre Hardy. Andre Hardy, owner and operator of Montauk Native Gas, has entered into a new branding partnership with VP Racing Fuels. Montauk Native Gas, located in Mastic, N.Y., will be the first station on Long Island to brand with VP. It will also

CrossAmerica Purchases State Oil Co.

State Oil Co. has been sold to CrossAmerica Partners following five years of strategic planning. CrossAmerica Partners LP and its affiliates have officially purchased State Oil Co. and certain related entities’ retail assets and wholesale fuels distribution business. Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. served as an advisor to State Oil for the transaction. Immediately prior to the

Heineken Launches the Brand’s Larges U.S. Media Investment Ever

Heineken spreads cheer with its new holiday oriented campaign.  Heineken has announced the launch of a new, fully integrated program to help spread cheer as the holiday season approaches. This new program, which features Academy Award winning actor Benicio del Toro, is supported by the brand’s powerful ‘There’s More Behind the Star’ credentials campaign. The

Are We Watching the Birth of a Two-Tier Supply Chain?

Allen Saunders: Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans. —Readers Digest, 1957 By Bill Scott, president, StoreReport LLC The interesting thing about evolution is that it is a slow progression of minuscule occurrences that can only be evaluated when viewed through hindsight. ‘Technology Impact Analysis’ is the armor against a

Making a Wise Investment

Employee appreciation is a good starting point in any successful training program. By Jim Callahan If you don’t have a comprehensive training program in place for your employees you’re failing them. And of course, you’re cheating your company since a well-trained workforce is the most valuable commodity in the convenience store industry. If you already