Small Business Owners Holiday Concerns

ShopKeep reveals the greatest concerns of small business owners. ShopKeep has released its third quarter 2015 ShopKeep Small Business Index (SSBI). According to the SSBI, which draws upon insights gathered from 836 small business owners, the biggest worry this holiday season is not competing with national retail and restaurant chains, but rather competing with small businesses, changing EMV requirements as well

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CITGO Donates $15,000 to Johns Hopkins Children Center

CITGO fuels good in the community. CITGO Petroleum Corp. has announced its “Be a Star, Buy a Star” campaign, which will be a fundraising effort to benefit the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. CITGO’s local branded Marketers Griffith Energy Services Inc., Carroll Independent Fuel Co., and The Wills Group, who recently donated $15,000 in CITGO Gift Cards to the hospital, will participate in the

QuickChek and The Festival Group Honored for Generosity

QuickChek and The Festival Group honored at the second annual Oak Awards Dinner. For the second year in a row, QuickChek Corp. and The Festival Group have been named among some of the most generous companies in New Jersey. Continuing its tradition of recognizing all that’s great in the Garden State, New Jersey Monthly magazine has

Aloha Petroleum Acquires MFM Inc. Assets

Aloha Petroleum seeks to increase its Hawaii presence.  Aloha Petroleum Ltd. has acquired the Hawaii assets of MFM Inc. Included in the acquisition are two Shell stations, two Subway restaurants and four convenience stores. According to a report from Pacific Business News, the acquisition is set to close later this year. The newly acquired stores are

Customers Can Pick Up Walmart Orders at 7-Eleven 24/7

Walmart seeks to use established store fronts as pickup locations for Walmart goods purchased online. Select 7-Eleven Canada stores will soon act as 24/7 pickup locations for online Walmart orders. According to a report from the Toronto Star, customers ordering from Walmart.ca will soon have the option to pick up packages from one of six

Kwik Trip Leads By Example

Kwik Trip’s Steve Loehr has embraced the ideals of health and freshness, helping usher in a new era for the c-store industry. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor In the 25 years since Steve Loehr joined Kwik Trip Inc., the La Crosse, Wis.-based convenience retailer has experienced extraordinary growth, reaching numerous corporate milestones. Today, Loehr,

How to Compete in the Health and Beauty Categories

Health and beauty aids can rouse additional in-store sales with the right presentation. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Though retail channels continue to blur, one category where convenience stores still trail their mass, drug and dollar store counterparts is health and beauty aids (HBA). One advantage that does work in c-stores’ favor is, of course,

How to Choose Quality Vendors

When reviewing vendors to meet your retail needs, it’s not always about saving a buck, but ensuring quality service. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Every few years, convenience retailers often find themselves sitting at the negotiating table, talking with grocery wholesalers or direct store delivery (DSD) vendors in an effort to work out an acceptable

How to Go Green and Save

Increasing the eco-friendliness of your car wash can help reduce costs while boosting customer traffic. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor Enacting environmentally-friendly policies can be good business. From recycling to energy efficiency, there are many options for convenience stores to reduce costs while aiding the environment. But there is one often overlooked area that can

How 7-Eleven is Taking Convenience to the Next Level

Forget the drive-through, 7-Eleven customers can now get merchandise delivered to their doorstep. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Convenience store behemoth 7-Eleven recently announced a strategic initiative to make its c-store offerings even more convenient to customers. In July, 7-Eleven announced it had partnered with technology and logistics company Postmates to offer on-demand delivery in

How to Ensure Successful Cash Management

More convenience stores are combining proven practices with the latest technology to keep a handle on their money. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Back in the 1970s, armed robbery was rampant in convenience stores. 7-Eleven Inc., one of the first retailers to stay open 24 hours per day, hired consultants to investigate ways to thwart

How Retail Shrink Is Skyrocketing

A report by Retail Fraud- New York, shows U.S. retail shrink is up $3 billion, with retailers losing $60 billion per year to fraud. The US Retail Fraud Survey 2015 has estimated that U.S. retailers are losing $60 Billion a year to shrink—up from $57 Billion last year—and identified employee theft as the single biggest

Wawa Introduces Its New Credit Card

New program includes 25-cents-per gallon gas savings for convenience store customers. Wawa Inc. and Citi Retail Services have announced the launch of the Wawa Credit Card, featuring savings for fuel purchases at Wawa stores. The Wawa Credit Card will give Wawa customers a convenient payment option with an enhanced value proposition on fuel purchases. When

EPA Announces Stricter Ozone Protection Rules

NACS warns stricter standards could lead to higher fuel prices, among other consequences. The Obama Administration has put stronger restrictions in place on smog-causing ozone production Thursday, Oct. 1. According to USA Today, while business groups say the rules will impact jobs, environmentalists say the restrictions don’t go far enough. The new rules would restrict

How to Hire Successful Retail Managers

It is easy to turn a blind eye to your store’s issues, but a successful manager knows how to handle these issues. It is easy to distinguish between the best and the worst store managers. The easiest way to determine a manager’s quality is to look at his employees. Employees under a good manager work

Turkey Hill Announces Summer Sweepstakes Winners

Convenience store customers win free vacations. Turkey Hill has named three lucky Pennsylvania residents as the winners of its 2015 Sizzlin’ Summer Getaway sweepstakes. During May, June, and July, customers received automatic entries when they scanned their registered Turkey Hill Rewards Cards with purchases of roller grill items, fountain drinks or slusheys at Pennsylvania Turkey

As Hurricane Joaquin Approaches Is New Jersey Ready?

Could we see another situation like the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy where most gas stations were closed due to power outages and customers were forced to drive miles and stand in long lines to fill up? Hurricane Joaquin at presstime had increased in strength to a Category 3 hurricane and was heading North and expected

CSD to Honor Family Express

Limited seating still available for convenience store retailers to join us at the 2015 Chain of the Year dinner in Las Vegas. Register today. The editors and Editorial Advisory Board of Convenience Store Decisions are proud to honor Family Express as the 2015 Chain of the Year. C-store retailers can join the celebration during the

Hy-Vee to Construct New C-Store

New c-store will be constructed next to existing grocery store. Hy-Vee Inc. will soon begin construction on a new convenience store in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The new convenience store will be accompanied by a fueling station. According to a report from the Gazette, the new convenience store will take the place of a former dentist

Wisconsin C-Store Adds CNG Fueling Facility

CNG reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 25% compared to gasoline. An Andy’s-branded gasoline station and convenience store in Milwaukee, Wis., is partnering with VNG.co LLC to add a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling facility. To mark the occasion, VNG will offer CNG by VNG for a limited-time promotional price of 99 cents per

Love’s Opens New Texas Travel Stop

The Love’s provides 83 parking spaces, gourmet coffee, a McDonald’s and a Chester’s among other amenities. Love’s Travel Stops has opened the doors of its new travel stop in Hungerford, Texas, along U.S. Highway 59. The new travel stop provides drivers with a place to rest and access to driver services along the nearly 2,000

How to Control Operating Costs

The two largest expenses a convenience retailer often faces are labor and inventory, but costs can creep up anywhere. Experienced c-stores, however, have learned how to combat such costs. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor It is a truism in business that you cannot save your way to prosperity. Somebody probably also said once that containing

NATO Seeks New Board of Director Candidates

NATO is seeking to fill 10 positions on its board of directors. The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) board of directors is once again is inviting its members to consider being a candidate to join the board. Nine manufacturer directors, 12 retail directors and three wholesale directors make up the current NATO board. The board is seeking to

U.S. Oil Partners with CSA

U.S. Oil customers expected to gain significant advantage through new partnership. U.S. Oil, the petroleum and renewable energy distribution division of U.S. Venture, has entered into a partnership with Convenience Store Alliance (CSA). This new partnership will allow independent customers access to national chain discount and rebate programs. “I have come to realize as an independent that

Heineken Launches Worldwide Spectre Campaign

Heineken offers a one of a kind James Bond experience through the new Spectre campaign. Heineken has announced the latest chapter of its global partnership with the iconic James Bond film franchise, launching the new Spectre campaign. This announcement precedes the worldwide release of Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Spectre this autumn. Heineken’s integrated Spectre campaign

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