NAG Conference Wraps Up In Santa Fe

Foodservice stats, trends and takeaways dominate the closing sessions of the 2015 NAG Conference. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor The fourth and final day of the National Advisory Group (NAG) 2015 conference kicked off yesterday with a presentation by Tampa, Fla.-based Study Hall Research. The session focused on Study Hall Research’s “2015 Foodservice Perception Study” and was


Three States See Pump Prices Below $2

South Carolina, Mississippi and Alabama boast the lowest gas prices in the country. Gas prices have continued their downward trend through and beyond the Labor Day holiday. Three states—South Carolina ($1.94), Mississippi ($1.99) and Alabama ($1.99)—are all posting averages below $2 a gallon, according to AAA’s Sept. 14 report. This marks the first time that

How Loyalty Is Taking a Front Seat

Loyalty providers are meeting customer expectations with innovative programs. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Today, loyalty programs aren’t only providing Americans with savings at the pump and inside the store, but are enabling convenience retailers to boost sales and engage their customers in ways like never before. Loyalty was in the spotlight at the 2015

Why Consumers Say New Credit Cards Aren’t Safe Enough

PIN would protect data better than signature, according to a report by the National Retail Federation. Some 62% of customers in the U.S. believe the new credit cards being issued by banks don’t go far enough to protect card data or prevent fraud, according to a new survey released on Wednesday, Sept. 16, by the

How To Define Your Retail Culture

Leading retailers discuss how they use core values to drive retail culture at their convenience stores. Tuesday morning of the National Advisory Group (NAG) conference kicked off with a session about defining company culture. Many business owners talk about their company culture but often can’t define it. A well-defined culture is crucial for attracting top

David Johnson Receives NAG Inaugural Lifetime Award for Convenience Retailing

Toot’n Totum’s David Johnson recognized at the 2015 NAG Conference in Santa Fe, N.M for his long service with the National Advisory Group. By CSD Staff David Johnson, vice president of operations at Amarillo, Texas-based Toot’n Totum Food Stores, Monday night was named the first recipient of the Lifetime Award for Convenience Retailing Monday night

NAG Conference Talks Swipe Fees, Foodservice Technology

From driving food sales with kiosks and tablets to avoiding interchange fees, retailers share advice from their own experiences. The 2015 National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference kicked off on Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Eldorado Hotel in Santa Fe, N.M. On Monday, guests attended two educational sessions on reducing swipe fees, and benefiting from foodservice

QuickChek Supports Hope for the Warriors

QuickChek customers help raise over $100,000 to support post-9-11 service members and their families. Through an in-store donation program and a charity golf outing, with the help of generous customers, QuickChek was able to donate $132,000 to support post-9/11 service members and their families. During the past six weeks, QuickChek customers were able to purchase

Johnsonville Helps Delaware North Sportservice’s Ring in 100th Anniversary

Some 36 grills were needed to grill Johnsonville’s giant sausage. In celebration of Delaware North Sportservice’s 100th anniversary, Johnsonville grilled the unofficial longest brat in the U.S. The celebration took place on Sunday, Sept. 13 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., where the company is in charge of general concessions, restaurants and catering operations. Heath Barbato, executive

CST Brands CEO Named to Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business

With Lubel at the helm, CST Brands looks to build 50 new c-stores. Kim Lubel, chairman, CEO and president of CST Brands Inc., has been named one of Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. Based in San Antonio, CST Brands is a convenience store retailer with 1,900 locations in the U.S. and Canada and

Dos Equis Masquerade Program Returns

Dos Equis’ fifth annual Masquerade program offers consumers prize winning opportunities. Dos Equis is once again celebrating the Halloween season with its annual Masquerade program. This year marks the fifth year of the fully integrated, 360-degree program, which is designed to help consumers to create a memorable fall celebration. The program provides LDA+ consumers access to the

Casey’s First Quarter 2016 Earnings

As the first quarter of fiscal 2016 concludes, Casey’s finds itself in favorable financial standings.  Casey’s General Stores Inc. has released its diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of fiscal 2016 ended July 31, 2015. This year’s earnings equated to $1.57 per share. This number stands in contrast to the $1.28 per share for the first

Andronico’s Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

Andronico’s newest board member, an experienced chief financial officer, completes the company’s all female executive board. Cheryl Hughes has been appointed as the new chief financial officer for Andronico’s Community Markets. This final addition to the company’s executive board follows the recent appointment of CEO Suzy Monford leads, making it an all female team. Hughes formerly held the role of

KickBack Fantasy Football Returns

KickBack has expanded its Fantasy Football program to further drive sales of its retailer partners. As the 2015 National Football League (NFL) season approaches, KickBack Points is preparing this year’s season of KickBack Fantasy Football. For this year’s competition, KickBack has devised new opportunities to earn prizes and points, and for the third year in a row, a grand prize

How True Believers Are Keeping the Flame Alive

In a positive corporate culture, you need different leaders and “True Believers.” By Fran Duskiewicz I suppose the reason that I have been mulling over what makes for a great corporate culture is that I will be moderating a panel on that topic at the National Advisors Group (NAG) Conference in Santa Fe, N.M. in

Stripes Seeks to Strike Out Cancer

Generous donors will match donations collected through Stripes ‘Celebrates Tomorrows’ campaign, dollar for dollar. Stripes Convenience Stores has once again joined with The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital to combat childhood cancer. September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, and on Sept. 16 Stripes will launch its second annual fundraising campaign: “Stripes Stores Celebrates Tomorrows.” Last year,

NRC Coordinates Sealed Bid Sale For Getty Realty

Getty Realty Corp. sealed bid deadline is less than two weeks away. NRC Realty and Capital Advisors LLC is coordinating a sealed bid sale of 13 Getty Realty Corp. properties. These properties are located in Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. The sealed bids must be received by NRC on Sept.

Westex Capital Completes Assets Sale

NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC assists in the sale of 26 convenience stores. Del Rio Texas-based Westex Capital LTD and Bohica Investment LTD have completed the sale of 26 convenience stores in several markets in South Central and West Texas. The asset sale also included a fuel and propane distribution business with six bulk

How Kum & Go Is Optimizing Store Space

Kum & Go partners with Symphony EYC G.O.L.D. to more efficiently manage convenience store space. Kum & Go has partnered with Symphony EYC, employing its G.O.L.D. Space Optimization software with centralized data management to simplify the merchandising process across its stores. With G.O.L.D., Kum & Go will also streamline daily tasks such as importing of

How The Frozen Bakery Products Market Is Growing

As consumer lives get busier, ready-to-bake products gain momentum. The frozen bakery products market is one of the fastest-growing segments of frozen food market due to the growing trend towards ready-to-bake or ready-to-thaw frozen products. This growth is being driven by the rising demand for convenience food products, to save customers both time and effort,

Kendrick Oil Partners With VP Racing Fuels

Dealer flexibility and a nationally-recognized brand attracts Kendrick Oil to the VP retail branding program. Kendrick Oil Co., based in Friona, Texas, has become the newest chain to add VP Racing Fuels retail branding program. Kendrick provides a range of quality fuel products to 47 retail locations and a variety of other customers in Texas,

Gregg Gellman to Help 22nd Century Group in New Brand Approval

Previous success with attaining FDA approval makes Gellman an obvious choice for his new position. Gregg Gellman has been appointed the new director of business development and regulatory affairs of 22nd Century Group Inc. This new position will require Gellman to drive regulatory affairs strategies for the company’s two modified risk cigarettes in development. These

Why There is No Excuse for Poor Customer Service

Tony Huppert, CEO of Team Oil Inc. I believe working at a convenience store should be offered as a work release credit in high school. The benefits this education offers students are priceless. Tolerance, patience and self-control are just a few of the social skills that have to be mastered as a convenience store employee. I recently

Tyson and LULAC Donate 40,000 Pounds of Protein

The partnership between Tyson Foods and the LULAC has resulted in the feeding of thousands of poverty stricken individuals. In an effort to eradicate hunger in some of America’s most vulnerable communities, Tyson Foods along with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) have donated 40,000 pounds of protein to the South Texas Food Bank in Laredo,

Spinx Opens First CNG Fueling Station in Anderson, S.C.

Piedmont now has 10 public fueling stations that offer CNG as an alternative transportation fuel. The Spinx Co. and Piedmont Natural Gas and have opened the first public compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station in Anderson, S.C. The new station is located at 1207 S.C. Highway 28 Bypass. The is third public refueling facility in South Carolina for