How To Maximize Employee Engagement

The Coca-Cola Research Council releases the results of an employee engagement study in a three-part guide called “Power Up Your People.” When it comes to business growth numbers matter, but so does creating a culture of employee engagement that can help grow a convenience store’s financial performance, decrease turnover and build stronger customer loyalty. For

GPM Expands Midwestern Store Portfolio

GPM has acquired 15 c-stores across three states. The acquisition of 15 convenience stores with gasoline by GPM Investments LLC and its affiliates is helping to further develop the company’s existing portfolio of stores in the Midwest. GPM acquired stores from Gas-Mart USA Inc. and its affiliates. The 15 stores are located in Southern Illinois,

Citizens Bank Provides Barney’s Convenience Mart with Credit Facility

Citizens Bank has committed to helping Barney’s Convenience Mart meet ambitious financial goals. Barney’s Convenience Mart Inc., a convenience store and retail fuel operator of 18-sites in Northwest Ohio, has received a $21.3 million credit facility from Citizens Bank. The funds include a $17.8 million term loan for the acquisition of real estate, a $500,000

Rotten Robbie Ready to Grow

The northern California convenience retailer prepares to tackle the next phase of its future. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Arguably, California sports its own version of what may be perceived as the gold standard: the California Gold Rush, the state’s rich citrus industry, the Golden Gate Bridge, Beverly Hills and maybe even the Golden Warriors’

Are Gas Prices On The Upswing?

Only four states are seeing pump price averages above $2 a gallon, but will these low prices start to rise as spring refinery maintenance season gets underway? Even as drivers continue to enjoy gas price savings—some 31 states have average gas prices at or below $1.75 per gallon—the national average gas price has grown for

Dos Equis is the Beer of Choice for Cinco de Mayo

Dos Equis has launched a program to encourage consumers to choose Dos Equis for all of their Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Through a fully-comprehensive, 360-degree program, Dos Equis inviting customers to join them in celebrating Cinco de Mayo. The new program provides LDA+ consumers with everything they need for their best Cinco de Mayo celebration

Parker’s Opens New Drive-Through Location

Parker’s remains committed to giving back to the communities it serves by supporting the schools in the community. As a part of its official grand opening ceremony, the new Parker’s drive-through retail location in Claxton, Ga. presented a check for $2,000 to Evans County schools. Along with the check presentation, the store also held a

TravelCenters Acquires Five Illinois Convenience Stores

Newly acquired stores are set to get upgrades in the coming months. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), has completed its previously disclosed acquisition of five convenience stores—formerly known as TD Pete’s— located in Illinois. TravelCenters expects to rebrand the stores as Minit Mart convenience stores. The stores are also set to undergo improvements in the

Car Sales Rebound, Driving Increases

As automotive sales have grown, so has the demand for gas, but with fuel prices low, consumers are spending less at the pump. New data from The NPD Group has revealed that the automotive aftermarket industry experienced significant growth in 2015. The report shows that dollar sales have been on the rise since 2013, but

U.S. Increase in Cash Theft

The U.S. Retail Fraud Survey 2015 has revealed a correlation between cash theft and secure POS storage. The new U.S. Retail Fraud Survey 2015 from Retail Knowledge, sponsored by Volumatic, has revealed that that theft of cash from U.S. retailers has increased, just as the number of stores using secure storage at POS has dropped.

CST Shareholder Plans To Nominate BOD Candidates

JCP Investment Management LLC is making nominations to bring greater industry experience to CST’s Board. Together with its affiliates, JCP Investment Management LLC, a stockholder of CST Brands Inc., has announced the intention to nominate candidates for election to CST’s Board of Directors. Nominations of highly-qualified directors will be made at CST’s upcoming 2016 annual

Sunoco LP Releases 2015 Financial and Operating Results

Sunoco LP experienced a large increase in gross profit in 2015. The profit increase is being attributed to a number of different factors. Sunoco LP’s financial and operating results for the three- and 12- month periods ending Dec. 31, 2015 have been released. Adjusted EBITDA attributable to partners for the quarter totaled $112.2 million, compared

Core-Mark Chief Financial Officer to Retire

Core-Mark has looked within to find a replacement chief financial officer as 26 year company veteran has decided to step down. Stacy Loretz-Congdon, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., has informed the company’s Board of Directors that she will be retiring from the company at the end of 2016.

Brookwood Appoints New Regional Manager for BW Gas & Convenience

As Brookwood plans the expansion of its convenience store portfolio, the company is appointing additional leadership. Nationally-recognized private equity investment firm, Brookwood Financial Partners LLC, has announced that Douglas Wald is now a regional manager for BW Gas & Convenience Holdings LLC. BW Gas & Convenience, an affiliate of Brookwood, owns and operates gas stations

How the EPA Is Cracking Down On UST Violations

Nine stations face fines after repeated non-compliance on underground storage tanks. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached settlements with nine gas stations in Alaska, Oregon and Washington after the stations in question were found to be out of compliance with federal laws designed to protect underground sources of drinking water from fuel stored

Convenience Distribution Marketplace Concludes in Vegas

Held Feb. 16-18, the event welcomed distributors, retailers and exhibitors from across the country. The Convenience Distribution Association (CDA), formerly AWMA, the trade organization working on behalf of convenience products distributors in the U.S., wrapped up its 2016 Convenience Distribution Marketplace in Las Vegas last week. The 2016 Convenience Distribution Marketplace was held Feb. 16-18

How Starbucks Is Altering Its Loyalty Program

The new Starbucks loyalty program is likely to be met with mixed reviews. Loyalty programs are a key driver of repeat business for a number of businesses, and Starbucks has recently made some big changes in its loyalty program. A new report from Forbes has indicated that Starbucks came to the decision to make changes

Mondelēz International Releases Cocoa Life Sustainability Report

Mondelēz International has committed to maintaining a sustainable cocoa supply chain. The first progress report on the Cocoa Life sustainability program has been released by Mondelēz International. The report highlights the impact that the program has had across its six cocoa-growing origins: Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Indonesia, Dominican Republic, India and Brazil. The Cocoa Life program

Core-Mark Releases Fourth Quarter Earnings

An investor call was recently held to discuss the company’s fourth quarter earnings. On Feb. 25, 2016, Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. released the company’s earnings for the fourth quarter which ended Dec. 31, 2015. The results were released before the market opened the morning of Feb. 25. An investor call was also held at 9

Brand Keys Reveals Difficulties in Achieving Emotional Engagement

The Brand Keys 2016 Customer Loyalty Engagement Index has identified the beverage brands that are meeting customer’s emotional values. The 21st annual Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index (CLEI) has reported that emotional engagement has recently become more difficult to achieve for beverage companies. Emotional engagement is considered a leading-indicator of consumer behavior, sales and

AdvancePierre Expands Leadership

Celeste Clark brings a wide range of expertise to AdvancePierre’s board of directors. Celeste Clark, Ph.D., has been appointed to the board of directors for AdvancePierre Foods (APF). Clark, the recently retired senior vice president of Global Public Policy and External Relations for Kellogg Co., brings expertise in global communications, nutrition science, regulatory affairs, corporate social

Hershey to Build West African Health Center

Hershey is moving beyond helping farmers to grow quality cocoa by helping promote the well-being of those in West African communities. The Hershey Co. has partnered with cocoa suppliers Blommer Chocolate and Olam Cocoa to build a community health center to provide access to basic health care to West African cocoa communities. The new center

MFA Oil Acquires S&S Oil and Propane Co.

MFA Oil has significantly expanded its existing market making its fourth acquisition of the company’s current fiscal year. MFA Oil Co. has completed its acquisition of S&S Oil and Propane Co. Inc. MFA Oil is the seventh largest propane retailer in the U.S., and the acquisition of S&S, a propane, refined fuels and lubricants retailer

Cumberland Farms Adopts ENFOS Platform

The current Cumberland Farms financial system will now be facilitated by a program from ENFOS. Cumberland Farms Inc. has officially entered into an agreement to implement the ENFOS Environmental Liability Management Platform to support the company’s current programs. Cumberland Farms will deploy ENFOS software solutions to support the management of its remediation program including, project

Graham Rahal Becomes Life Support Ambassador

Life Support has chosen Graham Rahal to bring energy and excitement to the face of its healthy recovery shot. IndyCar driver Graham Rahal has become a marketing partner to Life Support for the company’s 2016 marketing endeavors. In addition to winning two races, Rahal, a Columbus native, finished fourth overall in the Verizon IndyCar Series point