Gulf sponsors regional “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” fundraising walks throughout its 29-state service area. As part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Gulf Oil LP, the fastest growing branded marketer of energy products in the U.S., is bringing its national support for breast cancer research and awareness to new levels this year.
Ellis takes over as president and COO as McMullen takes the helm as CEO. The Kroger Co. has announced that Michael Ellis will be named president and chief operating officer, effective Jan. 1, 2014, completing the succession plan announced in September. The company expects its Board of Directors to elect Ellis to his new role
According to NRF Survey consumers are setting a modest budget for gifts while they wait to see how the U.S. economy fares the in coming months. Faced with continued economic uncertainty and used to doing more with less, consumers will take a conservative approach to spending this holiday season. According to NRF’s holiday consumer spending
Simmons ClearView gives quick ROI for Flash Foods. Flash Food has rolled out Simmons ClearView to 170 c-store locations. ClearView provides continuous fuel inventory management software and services designed to track every drop of fuel through the tanks at the site. In addition to stopping fuel losses, the system provides the ability to accurately reconcile
Partners with The World Food Programme For World Food Day 2013. On World Food Day (Oct. 16), Unilever, through its Foods category and Food Solutions business, donated one million school meals through the Unilever Foundation to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to help end child hunger by improving the availability and nutritional quality
Michael Evans to oversee day-to-day execution of the business in newly created role. Sam Simon, chairman and CEO of Atlas Oil Co., has announced the promotion of Michael Evans to the newly created position of President and Chief Operating Officer. Evans was executive vice president, real estate and business development. With this move, Simon will
Earnings conference call set for Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. ET. Susser Holdings Corp. and Susser Petroleum Partners LP provided partial operating results for the third quarter and first nine months of 2013. Susser Holdings expects to report: Same-store merchandise sales growth of approximately 3.4% for the third quarter and 3.3% for the first
BP, Marathon and Valero donated one penny to the ‘Salute Our Troops’ Campaign for every gallon purchased with a fuel rewards card at participating Kangaroo Express stores. The Pantry Inc. announced the results of the Gallons for Good program. To support the third annual Kangaroo Express Salute Our Troops campaign, fuel partners BP, Marathon and
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 that it will Webcast its presentation from the Wells Fargo 2013 Convenience Store Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 beginning at 9:45 a.m. Eastern. The live Webcast can be accessed at
According to The NPD Group, Hispanics in the U.S. are more likely to purchase groceries, dairy and bread from convenience stores than non-Hispanics. What are you doing to cater to this growing consumer base? By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Marketing to Hispanics is just like marketing to any other ethnic group, which is what can
Lighting accounts for 20-50% of electricity consumption, reported the Small Business Administration (SBA). And while green initiatives might cost more up front, retailers are finding that they can result in some impressive savings. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Due to continually improving equipment, lighting usually provides the highest return-on-investment of major upgrades, the SBA explained.
Mike Gancedo joins Parker’s as category manager. Parker’s recently hired tobacco sales leader Mike Gancedo as a category manager at Parker’s. In his new position, Gancedo is responsible for the sale of tobacco products at all Parker’s retail stores. Gancedo brings 20 years of retail experience to his position at Parker’s, including 13 years of
Location, appearance and service are among the most important factors to consider when building and operating car washes. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Getting the most out of a car wash operation is no different than getting the most out of any profit center a convenience store offers to the public. It hinges on two
The old adage “it takes money to make money” may prove especially true when you’re looking to expand your business. Understanding what sources you should consider for financing will give you a big heads up on your competition. By Mark E. Battersby, Contributing Editor. How many convenience store retailers have failed to grow or expand
For far too many of today’s convenience store executives, finding the time to unwind or take a family vacation is a difficult task. But not making the effort could have a negative impact on the business. By John Lofstock, Editor. Did you know 61% of employed Americans expect to have to do some work while
At first glance, one might think investing in employee training during economically challenging times would be counter-intuitive because it requires a significant monetary investment. The truth is training must be an ongoing priority in any retail business. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Building a sense of teamwork among store employees will make them more productive,
Five warning signs that your employees may lack a vital sense of belonging in your corporate environment. By John Lofstock, Editor. Consider the power of belonging. Adolescents will change their speech, dress and behavior to fit in with their peer groups. Adults, too, gain much of their identity from the neighborhoods they live in, the
For most family and closely held businesses, planning for succession is the toughest and most critical challenge they face. Yet succession planning can also be a great opportunity to maximize opportunities and create a multi-generational institution. By Mark E. Battersby, Contributing Editor. Everyone who has invested a great deal of time, money and energy into
In her first 100 days as CEO, Kim Bowers visited 100 stores to help her understand the business from the ground up. Kim Bowers, Chairman, CEO and President of CST Brands Inc., has been named one of Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. Based in San Antonio, Texas, CST Brands is a convenience store
Children at York Country Day School in York, Pa. thanked Rutter’s Farm Stores for the company’s $10,000 donation. The school will use the money to award academic scholarships to eligible inner-city students through the Rutter’s Scholars program.
BP to participate in more than 40 college football tailgate events to help increase BP Driver Rewards registrations and build loyalty. BP Products North America has announced the launch of a series of ‘Fan Fest Tailgates’ from now through Nov. 30 at more than 40 college campuses across the country to support its Driver Rewards
New eco-friendly convenience store features fresh food prepared in on-site kitchen. Kum & Go will open a new 5,000-square-foot convenience store on Friday, Oct. 11, in Marion, Iowa. This store, located at 3215 Seventh Ave., is twice the size of the store it replaces at 3370 Seventh Ave. The spacious new store is designed to
“We’re pleased to work with RaceTrac and to be their official ATM provider in Georgia and Florida,” says regional president of Florida and Mid-South regions for Fifth Third Bank. RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. has selected Fifth Third Bank to provide ATMs at 225 convenience stores in Georgia and Florida. Installation of the new Fifth Third ATMs
Reports increased transactions and sales. Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s portfolio of retail technology solutions is making a big impact across the Clipper Petroleum network. Clipper is the first retailer in the country to install Purchase@Pump, a new turnkey solution that increases in-store sales by adding the ability to purchase high-margin products and services directly from the pump.
New stats point to states with the worst tax codes. Wyoming, Florida, and Indiana rank among the ten best states for taxes on business, while companies in states like New York, New Jersey and California must struggle with the worst tax codes in the country, according to the newest edition of the Tax Foundation’s State