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

Parker’s ’12 Days of Christmas’ Discounts To Benefit Gas Customers

Parker’s is striving to save its customers money this holiday season. Savannah, Ga.-based Parker’s convenience stores will be offering special “12 Days of Christmas” holiday discounts on gas at its 40 locations in Georgia and South Carolina. From Dec. 14-25, PumpPal members will enjoy automatic discounts of 12 cents per gallon. “We want to help

TravelCenters Partners With Wreaths Across America

This year Wreaths Across America plans to have a record breaking number of wreaths donated.  TravelCenters of America LLC will be participating in this year’s Wreaths Across America (WAA) annual wreath-laying ceremony. Working through the Truckload Carriers Association’s (TCA) coordination of wreath deliveries, a driver and truck from Over The Road Distribution, TA’s in-house distribution group will

Why Obsession Is An Important Ingredient To Success

By Bill Scott,  founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. I first met Susan when she ran the convenience store operation for one of my customers. Susan was obsessed. I naturally gravitate toward people who are on a mission, because I am on a mission too, and people on missions usually have things in common,

New Lakewood QuickChek Location

QuickChek offers a number of promotions to customers at its newest location. QuickChek has opened its newest store in familiar territory. The Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based fresh convenience market chain opened a new 5,496-square-foot store at 901 Cedar Bridge Avenue in Lakewood on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Located across from FirstEnergy Park, home of the Lakewood BlueClaws, and

Economic Optimism Continues

NRA reporting the highest rates of economic optimism in five months.  The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) portrayed a moderate gain in October. This gain is being attributed to stronger same-store sales and a more optimistic outlook among restaurant operators. The RPI – a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook

How To Boost Holiday Sales

The majority of shoppers prefer to receive gift cards as incentives from retailers. As the holiday shopping season continues, retailers are looking to implement last minute tactics to boost their holiday sales. Gift cards, both plastic and digital, are holding steady with consumers and are therefore powerful tools to incentivize shoppers and ultimately drive revenue.

Brakebrush President to Retire

Brakebrush will have a new president come 2016. Brakebush has announced that its current president, Carl Brakebush, will retire on Jan. 8, 2016. Brakebush has served as president since 2010 and will continue to serve as chairman of the board. Scott Sanders, a 36 year employee and current vice president of sales and marketing will assume

Pemex Enters U.S.

The Mexican c-store company looks to test its strength by entering the Houston market. Mexico’s national oil company, Petróleos Mexicanos, known as Pemex, launched its first gasoline station outside of Mexico in Texas on Thursday. According to San Antonio Express News, the company is evaluating its brand strength by competing in the U.S. Pemex will

Parker’s Funds Local School

Parker’s convenience store chain donates a portion of proceeds from every gallon of gas purchased. Parker’s, headquartered in Savannah, Ga., has is helping to fund local schools as part of its Fueling the Community Program. On Dec. 1, it presented a check for $5,000 to Bryan County Public Schools. “We’re delighted to support Bryan County

7-Eleven Impacted By FDA Celery Recall

E.coli outbreak prompts FDA to recall products containing celery from Taylor Farms Pacific. 7-Eleven is among stores involved in a celery recall due to an E.coli outbreak. NBC News reported that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded a recall of food products containing celery potentially contaminated with E.coli bacteria to more than

NATSO Responds To Transportation Act

NATSO noted tolls are an inefficient, counter-productive means of raising revenue for the nation’s highways that jeopardize the safety of the traveling public. NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, applauded Congress for passing the bipartisan, five-year $305 billion highway reauthorization bill, “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act.” The trade association reiterated its concern,

Central Specialties Ltd. Expands Product Portfolio

Central Specialties Ltd. acquires youth seating line. The commercial youth seating line of Crystal Lake, Ill.- based Central Specialties Ltd. (CSL) has been acquired by Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc. The line consists of high chairs, boosters and infant cradles. Centennial, Colo.- based Koala Kare Products (KKP), a Division of Bobrick, will be responsible for the sales,

Hershey Commits to Preventing Deforestation

Hershey commits to achieving high sustainable sourcing standards. The Hershey Co. has launched a new, comprehensive Pulp and Paper Policy in order to help prevent deforestation in its supply chain. The company has also announced an update on its efforts to trace its global palm oil supply chain. “Preventing deforestation has never been more important,”

How Customers View Gluten-Free Foods

Mintel research uncovers how customers really feel about gluten-free diets and products. Despite skepticism of gluten-free diets, Americans are consuming gluten-free foods more than ever before. New research from Mintel reveals that nearly half (47%) of consumers agree that gluten-free diets are a fad, compared to 31% in 2013. What’s more, one quarter (25%) of

New Competition May Enter Jacksonville, Fla. C-Store Market

Wawa will present new competition to the Jacksonville, Fla. market, but not all retailers are intimidated. A new Wawa convenience store may soon open in Jacksonville, Fla., and the city’s other retailers are considering the impact this new competitor may have on business, but at least one local retailer is not concerned. According to a

Aloha Petroleum Purchases MFM’s Hawaii Assets

Aloha Petroleum employs 630 people in Hawaii. Aloha Petroleum Ltd. has closed the purchase of MFM’s Hawaii Assets. According to a report from Pacific News Business, the acquisition consisted of  Shell gas stations, Subway restaurants and convenience stores on Kauai. Aloha Petroleum, a subsidiary of Sunoco LP now owns two Shell gas stations on Kapaa and

Final Federal Lawsuit Against Pilot Flying J Dismissed

Many employees still await their day in court. Pilot Flying J can breathe a momentary sigh of relief as all civil suits filed in federal court against the truck stop and travel center chain have, at this point, either been dismissed, settled or are under negotiation to be settled. WBIR 10 News Online reported that

Why Consumers Shop Non-Traditional Channels

C-stores are considered viable alternatives to traditional grocers and supermarkets. International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association’s (IDDBAs) annual trends research report, What’s in Store 2016, has revealed that non-traditional retail channels such as convenience stores, drug stores, farmers markets and online shopping are seeing continued growth. These non-traditional channels also account for a larger percentage of the food

New Love’s Opens in Oklahoma

The newest Oklahoma Love’s is home to a Subway restaurant. Valliant, Okla. is home of Love’s Travel Stops 65th Oklahoma location. This location is along Highway 70 and Wilson Street. The new store offers gourmet coffee, fresh fruit, gift items, name-brand electronics, a Subway restaurant and more. The 24/7 travel stop features two showers, 64

InComm Commits to Georgia’s Future

InComm looks to hire over 275 people in the coming year. During a ceremony at InComm’s downtown Atlanta headquarters, in the presence of governor Nathan Deal and mayor Kasim Reed, the company announced its commitment to grow Georgia’s workforce. Leaders from Georgia Department of Economic Development, state and local elected officials and representatives from the