Hershey Builds Global Sales Team

The Hershey Co. appoints a new leader to its global sales team. Sales veteran, Rob Gehring, will be joining The Hershey Co. as global chief sales officer on Jan. 18, 2016. Gehring joins Hershey from Coca-Cola North America where he served as president, Walmart Global Team since 2011. “Rob is a seasoned sales leader who

NRF Foundation Scholarship Finalists Selected

The NRF Foundation supports the next generation by offering $125,000 in scholarships. As a part of its Next Generation Scholarship program, the NRF Foundation will soon award $125,000 in scholarships to 25 outstanding students. The top five finalists have been identified, and these finalists will interview with a panel of executive judges to determine the

Advanced Beverage Solutions Changes Name

As business evolves, Advanced Beverage Solutions has chosen a name that is more appropriate to the company’s current operations. Advanced Beverage Solutions, a premier beverage equipment and parts supplier, has announce that the company name has been changed to Lancer Direct. Their operations have become more global in nature and include product lines beyond where

C-Stores: Sustaining a Relationship with Hispanics

Strategies to attract new users, upscale stores and expand must incorporate Hispanics By Tim Powell, Vice President of Consulting, Q1 Food and Beverage Practice A few years ago, Walmart dabbled in copying Target’s “upscale” success by catering to a higher income segment. Walmart implemented many of the same strategies as Target throughout its furniture, apparel

Cumberland Farms Launches 12 Day Sweepstakes

Hundreds of dollars in prizes to be awarded in 12 day sweepstakes. Cumberland Farms has launched its new 12 Days of Cumby’s Sweepstakes, using social media. The sweepstakes runs from Dec. 11 at 9 a.m. to Dec. 22, 2015 at 4 p.m. The Sweepstakes Promotion Period consists of 12 daily drawings to award one prize

Uncommon Common Sense

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics Make it a practice to tell your people that the things you need them to do are hard, even when you know the tasks at hand are easy. Here’s why: Rabbi Chefitz had all the Cub Scouts sit in a circle with a big tom-tom in the center. He beat a particular

Sentinel Acquires Motor Fuel Delivery Fleet

United Pacific now has a network of 380 retail locations. Sentinel Transportation LLC has acquired a motor fuel delivery fleet and has been awarded a long term delivery agreement from United Transportation Co. LLC, an affiliate of Apro LLC (United Pacific). The delivery agreement with United Pacific enables United Pacific to build on its 60

Retailers Urge Rejection of Customs Bill

Retailers request a provision to customs bill that requires online retailers to collect sales tax. Congress has been urged by The National Retail Federation to reject a customs reauthorization bill set for a vote. The NRF requests that the bill not pass unless it includes a provision allowing states to require online merchants to collect

Sheetz Makes the Holiday Brighter for ‘Kidz’

Sheetz joins with Make-A-Wish Foundation to help families with ill children through the holidays. Sheetz Family Charities, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, has spent the last 23 years raising funds through in-store donations, proceeds from Sheetz bottled water sales and the Annual “For the Kidz” Golf Classic, as well as, other fundraising events throughout the

Love’s Opens Two New Locations

Love’s now operates over 300 travel stops. Love’s Travel Stops has opened two new locations in Kentucky and Oklahoma. The new stores are located along Interstate 75, Exit 136, in Sadieville, Ky., and along Interstate 35, Exit 157, in Guthrie, Okla. The opening of these locations brings Love’s total number of travel stops to more

Are You Focused on the Right Things?

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics Headlines are always devoted to whatever it is that happens to be scaring the pants off us today (a disease like Ebola, global warming, the economy, etc.) while, in fact, approximately 3,300 deaths occur every day worldwide due to road accidents. So, why aren’t we on high alert about this much more probable “clear and present danger” as well? My point here

Love’s Offers Convenient Holiday Shopping

Love’s has an increased holiday gift selection this shopping season. Love’s Travel Stops is offering shoppers is offering a holiday shopping venue where they can find this year’s hottest gifts and can get in and out quickly. In addition to the wide variety of toys and gift items found in more than 360 Love’s locations

European Market Combats Outrageous Credit Card Fees

The hope is that the European Union’s action will influence U.S. policy makers as well. According to a report from the Merchants Payments Coalition, European merchants and consumers will now see some relief from the exorbitant fees paid to the credit card companies and banks to process debit and credit card transactions. This relief from

Engine Capital Pressures CST Brands Board of Directors

In a letter, the shareholder explains why it believes the company is undervalued and the opportunities that could increase value. Engine Capital LP (together with its affiliates, “Engine”), a shareholder of CST Brands Inc., with ownership of approximately 1% of the outstanding shares of the Company, has delivered a letter to CST’s Board of Directors.

Casey’s Billmeyer To Retire This Summer

After 13 years with the company, Sam Billmeyer looks to transition his areas of responsibility to new leadership in the coming year. Sam Billmeyer, senior vice president of logistics and acquisitions for Casey’s General Stores, has announced his plans to retire on June 30, 2016. Billmeyer began his career with the Casey’s in 1992 as

Pinnacle POS Interface Supports BP’s Driver Rewards Loyalty Program

Now BP’s Driver Rewards Loyalty Program is supported via Pinnacle Palm POS, allowing BP Visa or BP Credit Card customers to receive discounts on fuel. The Pinnacle Corp., a supplier of automation technology to the convenience retail and petroleum industries, recently completed and released for production, support for BP’s Driver Rewards Loyalty Program from Pinnacle

Cumberland Farms Application Deadline Approaches

Cumberland Farms encourages students to apply for its popular scholarship. The deadline for Cumberland Farms’ popular Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program Dec. 15, 2015 application deadline is just around the corner. Cumberland Farms started the Believe and Achieve Scholarship program in 2006, and the company has already awarded scholarships to more than 1,000 college-bound young adults,

SABMiller and AB InBev Merger Faces U.S. Congress

Possible merger between brewing giants is facing scrutiny from industry regulators. AB InBev is preparing to defend its proposed takeover of SABMiller to the U.S. Congress. According to a report from Invezz, in an attempt to ease lawmakers’ concerns about the deal, Carlos Brito, CEO of AB InBev, is expected to testify in defense of the

Phillips 66 Commences Operations at Sweeny Complex

Startup of new facility is a major milestone of Phillips 66’s growth. Operations have commenced at Phillips 66’s new 100,000 barrels-per-day (BPD) natural gas liquids (NGL) fractionator. The new fractionator is located at the company’s Sweeny Complex in Old Ocean, Texas. Sweeny Fractionator One supplies purity ethane and liquefied petroleum gases (LPG) to the petrochemical industry and

Wayne Acquires Vianet Group Fuel Management Subsidary

Wayne Fueling Systems has made an agreement to offer greater fuel management capabilities. Wayne Fueling Systems has reached an agreement to acquire the fuel management subsidiary of Vianet Group plc. The UK based Vianet Fuel Solutions Ltd. (VFS) includes two main product lines as part of the Wayne acquisition: Fuel Management Solutions (FMS) and Construction

How to Put Yourself Out of Business

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics I was in Boston recently when  three local businesses made “breaking news” due to their failure to pass random testing for tobacco and liquor sales compliance regulations. ​ Everyone knows without being told that it’s illegal to sell these products to minors, right? So, what on earth went wrong? In HR talk, it’s called non-compliance to structure, and,

Have You Heard About “Firm 40” Policies?

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics According to a recent Gallup survey, full-time, employed Americans work an average of 47 hours a week. That’s nearly a full day longer than what was once the standard schedule ─ the classic, five-day, 40-hour workweek. Lately, however, in response to productivity studies and the ability of family-friendly policies to

Casey’s Encounters Sales Growth

Gross profit dollars is up 19.3% for Casey’s second quarter, and the company expects the growth to continue into fiscal 2016. Casey’s General Stores Inc. has revealed significant growth in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 ended Oct. 31, 2015. The Company reported diluted earnings per share of $2 for the second quarter, compared to

Dollar General Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

Dollar General completes strategic leadership adjustments. Dollar General Corp.’s former senior vice president of finance and strategy, John Garratt, has been promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer. This promotion became effective Dec. 2, 2015, following the period during which Garratt acted as Dollar General’s interim chief financial officer, which began in June 2015.

Dos Equis Becomes Official Sponsor of College Football Playoff

Dos Equis seeks to help fans “Stay Thirsty” throughout college football season. Dos Equis is now the Official Beer Sponsor of ESPN’s College Football Playoff (CFP). The sponsorship deal is a multi-year agreement that further establishes Dos Equis’ standing in sports, and gives the brand a strong platform to drive fan engagement in one of