VERC Invests in the Future of the Community

VERC supports local Plymouth, Mass. elementary school through a grant. Through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program, VERC Enterprises has presented Hedge Elementary School in Plymouth, Mass. with a grant for $500. Funded by the ExxonMobil Corp., the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance program is designed to provide local retailers an opportunity to invest in the future of

Love’s Opens Fifth Kansas Location

Love’s expands its presence in Kansas to provide a safe stopping place for drivers. Love’s Travel Stops has provided drivers a new place to rest and access driver services at the intersection of U.S. Highway 400/50 and North Big Lowe Road. “Love’s has an ongoing commitment to expand in areas where professional drivers need more

Rite Aid Customers Can Earn Bonus Plenti Points

Rite Aid is offering customers the opportunity to earn bonus Plenti points on over 14,000 products. Rite Aid has launched its “Pig Point Event,” giving its wellness+ with Plenti members the opportunity to earn 5,000 Plenti points when they spend up to $200 on participating products in stores or online at During Rite Aid’s

How to Prepare for Crisis

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics Let’s face it — stuff happens. That’s a given. What’s up to you and your people is how you respond. Have you trained your employees what to do when something unfortunate or unplanned happens? Case in point… A longstanding beauty salon client sent her teenage daughter in for a cut

Dole Launches New U.S. Website

Dole’s new Website perfectly highlights Dole Packaged Foods’ healthy and nutritious products. Dole Packaged Foods LLC has launched its new mobile and desktop friendly U.S. Website: Dole’s new Website features a new design and new navigation elements, including enhanced recipe and product search capabilities, along with easily navigated visual product usage ideas right on

IDDBA Reveals Emerging Technology and Consumer Trends

As the market continues to evolve, the traditional brick-and-mortar store joins forces with technology channels to enhance the shopping experience. Research from What’s in Store 2016 from the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) has revealed that food retailers are venturing into the world of omnichannel marketing.  Ecommerce, mobile, social, catalog and physical stores are being integrated

Spark Industries Signs Global Licensing Agreement with Fontem Ventures

Spark Industries now has unlimited access to patented Fontem vapor technology. Spark Industries LLC and Fontem Ventures have signed a Global Licensing Agreement which will allow Spark, maker of Cig2o e-cigarettes and Vapage vapor products, the use of vapor technology related patents controlled by Fontem in the U.S. and internationally. Spark is one of a few,

Pilot Flying J Opens Three New Travel Centers

Full amenities are now being offered by three brand new Pilot Travel Centers. Pilot Flying J has announced the opening of three new Pilot Travel Centers. The three centers are located in Marion, N.C., Schulenburg, Texas and Whitecourt, Alberta (Canada). All three locations offer full amenities for area residents and the traveling public, while adding

How Good Salesmanship Can Benefit Retailers

By Bill Scott,  founder and president StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. I have made many new acquaintances since becoming a LinkedIn member several years ago. Most people know me as Bill Scott, the author of ‘Turning Convenience Stores Into Cash Generating Monsters,’ ‘Retail Is Detail’ and a few other published non-business related subjects; a self-taught

Gulf Welcomes Veteran Jay Davis To Leadership Team

Davis to manage supply and trading operations in new position. Gulf Oil, LP, has appointed Jay Davis as a new team leader for oil supply and trading. Jay Davis, a former senior director of fuels supply and transportation at 7-Eleven, Citgo and Wawa, brings over 20 years of energy industry experience to Gulf Oil, as

How U.S. Convenience Stores Are Growing

NACS and Nielsen outline c-store growth in 2015. The c-store industry is almost twice as big as it was 30 years ago and overall store count continued to expand in 2015. The U.S. convenience store count increased to 154,195 stores as of Dec. 31, 2015, a 0.9% increase (1,401 stores) from the year prior, according

Murphy USA and Walmart Adjust Relationship Terms

Walmart to have opportunity to develop a proprietary gasoline program at the supercenters that are not being supplied by Murphy USA. A shift in direction of the company’s relationship with Walmart will allow Murphy USA Inc. greater flexibility to develop sites independently. With this shift, the Board of Directors has authorized a strategic allocation of

Jack Flash Stores Opens New Location

A new Jack Flash Stores location offers a wide range of amenities to travelers along I55. Farmersville, Ill. is now home to the newest Jack Flash Stores location. The new store is located on I55 at the Farmersville exit. The store is open 24/7. It is a great stop for any traveler; from the business

How the CPG Industry Can Drive Growth

The CPG industry has been struggling for growth in recent years, but IRI has identified trends that could help the industry to drive sales upward. The consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry once again struggled to drive growth in 2015, due to a number of critical factors. The ebbs and flows of the economy and its

Wendy’s Investigating Possible Data Breach

After banking industry sources found that a number of cards that suffered fraud had all been recently used at Wendy’s locations, Wendy’s admits it’s investigating a potential breach. Fast-food chain Wendy’s is the latest business to find itself investigating claims of a potential credit card breach at a number of its locations. KrebsOnSecurity reported that

GasBuddy Appoints New Leadership and Opens New Office

New leadership and the opening of a new office are steps to poise GasBuddy for future growth. Walt Doyle has been named the new CEO of GasBuddy, the largest community-based gas price comparison app. Along with this exciting addition to the GasBuddy team, the company has also announced the opening of the new Boston office.

Steve Wegert Joins Republic Tobacco Team

Republic Tobacco appoints seasoned industry veteran to a key position in the company. Steve Wegert, with more than three decades of tobacco-industry experience, has joined Republic Tobacco LP in the role of key account manager. Previously, Wegert was national chain account manager at cigar maker Commonwealth-Altadis Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was with the company

Walmart Provides Relief for Flint, Mich. Water Crisis

A number of major companies are collectively making donations for community relief in Flint, Mich. Through donations, education and online services, Walmart is committing to supporting the Flint, Mich. community in this time of need. Walmart, Coca-Cola, Nestlé and PepsiCo will collectively donate water to meet the daily needs of over 10,000 school children for

Claude Tessier Joins the Couche-Tard Team

Couche-Tard has appointed an industry veteran as the new chief financial officer. Effective Jan. 28, 2016, Claude Tessier will assume the position of chief financial officer of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. Tessier is a retail industry veteran and is joining Couche-Tard from Canadian grocer Sobeys Inc., where he was president of the IGA Operations Business Unit.

Sunoco Renews Agreement with McLane Co.

Sunoco and McLane expect growth and expansion. Sunoco APlus has renewed its multi-year service agreement with McLane Co. Inc.  Sunoco APlus is a chain of more than 430 corporate stores and 237 franchise locations, and operates stores in 14 states. The company has been a McLane customer since 1992. Sunoco is extending its agreement with

McDonald’s on the Rebound

After two years of falling sales, McDonald’s shares are now at a record high. McDonald’s Corp. has reported positive quarterly “same-restaurant sales” results for the quarter ended Dec. 31. In fact, according to a report from Reuters, McDonald’s has reported the best quarterly growth in nearly four years for the last quarter. The company growth

Stewart’s Shops Receives ‘Industry of the Year’ Award

Dedication to serving the community has earned Stewart’s Shops recognition. On Jan. 22, the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce awarded the ‘Industry of the Year Award’ to Stewart’s Shops. This award recognizes a business for positive contribution to economic growth and well-being of the region. In 2015 Stewart’s Shops built four brand new shops

How Winter Weather Could Impact Gas Prices

Customers in all but 11 states enjoy average gas prices below $2. For 25 consecutive days now, the national average price of gas has remained below $2 per gallon, and prices could continue to dip lower still thanks to reduced seasonal demand and falling crude oil costs. AAA reported that the average price of gas

Washington Dulles International Will Host a New Sunoco Station

New Sunoco station brings one of the first Laredo Taco Co. locations to the East Coast. Sunoco LP has announced that it will be constructing a new convenience store at the Washington Dulles International Airport. The new station is being constructed to serve the growing customer base at the airport. According to a report from

Acosta Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

Acosta has chosen an industry veteran to head the company’s Sales and Foodservice divisions. Tom Corley has been appointed as the new chief operating officer of Acosta, a  full-service sales and marketing agency in the consumer packaged goods industry. In his new position, Corley is responsible for overseeing the Sales and Foodservice divisions and will