Are Pump Prices Declining?

While the average price of gas is up over last year, increased U.S. oil production is behind a current dip in price over the past 15 days. Gas prices are moving downward with the average price of gas at $2.31 on Jan. 23 —down four cents from last month. Prices have moved lower for 14

Target To Launch Mobile Payment

Target shoppers will soon have the ability to pay using a cell phone app. Target Corp. on Tuesday announced plans to introduce its own mobile payment service in Target stores, allowing shoppers to pay via an app on their mobile phones. According to a report by Reuters, while the launch is expected to be this

Kum & Go Launches Food Rescue Pilot Program

Partners with Care and Share Food Bank. Kum & Go and Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado announced a food rescue pilot program at a grand opening celebration for Kum & Go’s newest Colorado Springs store. Through the food rescue program, Kum & Go will donate safe, prepared excess food to Care and

Ownbey Enterprises Divests Chevron-Branded Dealer Supply Business

The sale allows Atlanta-area marketer, Premier Petroleum to extend into parts of north Georgia and Tennessee. Long time Chevron branded marketer, Ownbey Enterprises has strategically divested its entire dealer supply business as part of a comprehensive business reorientation. “The decision to part from Chevron and our many dealers was a very hard one to make.

VERC Enterprises Acquires Mayflower Food & Spirits

Plymouth, Mass. landmark to continue to sell ‘comfort food’ maintain its ‘homey feel’ as VERC provides capital improvements. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, is the new owner of Mayflower Food & Spirits, known throughout Plymouth and surrounding communities for its prepared hot meals,

7-Eleven Selects New Creative Agencies

7-Eleven Inc. has selected Deutsch as its lead creative agency of record. The 7-Eleven Brand shifted to a new creative agency to support its ongoing efforts to cater to changing customers’ needs. Ketchum will retain the public relations business. “The challenge is to stay one step ahead of our customers, offering the products they want,

Stripes Opens Next-Generation C-Stores

New design features Laredo Taco Co.’s fresh and authentic food.  Stripes Convenience Stores and Laredo Taco Co. have unveiled a redefined customer experience with the opening of its next-generation stores across Texas and Louisiana. The first next-generation Stripes stores opened in October 2016 in Texas, offering a more spacious convenience-store and dining experience. The new

Pilot Flying J Welcomes New Vice President of Food Innovation

Five-year modernization plan involves a revamp of food offerings. Pilot Flying J has named Shannon Johnson as vice president of food innovation. “As Pilot Flying J embarks on a $485 million five-year modernization and expansion plan, a key component of the strategy includes our food offerings,” said Ken Parent, Pilot Flying J president. “Shannon Johnson

Rutter’s and SOAR Support Troops Overseas

For 12th year running, Rutter’s helps American troops have a happy Valentine’s Day. Rutter’s and Support Our American Recruits (SOAR) are teaming up for the 12th year packing Valentine’s Day gift boxes to be shipped to American troops stationed abroad Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2016. The boxes will be filled with snacks, chewing gum, coffee and

Euromonitor Lists Top 10 Global Consumer Trends for 2017

Authenticity and personalization are key attributes to customers. Euromonitor International has released its annual “Top 10 Global Consumer Trends for 2017” report, which analyses the trends that will shape the consumer landscape this year. 2016 was defined by uncertainty with growth in global consumer expenditure slowing to 2.4% in real terms – the lowest rate

Sunoco LP Divesting 100 Real Estate Assets

Properties are located in a number of states and will be sold in a sealed bid sale. Sunoco LP (“SUN” or the “Partnership”) has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors, LLC to assist with strategic alternatives for more than 100 real estate assets. Real estate assets included in this process are company-owned locations, undeveloped greenfield

TA Opens New Fuddruckers In Nevada

The Sparks, Nev. Fuddruckers showcases a classic, roadhouse design. The TA Restaurant Group has announced its opening of a new Fuddruckers restaurant located at I-80, Exit 19 (McCarren Blvd.), in Sparks, Nev. This location is the third Fuddruckers in the TA Restaurant Group. The Texas-based eatery is known for having the World’s Greatest Hamburgers, a

Food Rules Gnaw at C-Store Operations

Will the ‘regulatory creep,’ which marked the Obama administration, withdraw under President-elect Trump? By CSD Staff There’s no shortage of pundits who assert that compliance with governmental rules and laws is a greater encumbrance on small companies than large ones, thwarting small business formation, growth and job creation. The federal government’s track record of increasing

NRF Foundation Launches RISE Up

Pilot Flying J, Kroger Co., among retailers involved in launch of education and credentialing program to help people gain jobs in retail. Pilot Flying J is among a dozen retailers and nonprofit organizations that have come together with the NRF Foundation to launch RISE Up (Retail Industry Skills & Education), a groundbreaking new training and

Walgreens To Offer FedEx Dropoff

Adds convenience with secure delivery locations. As channels continue to compete on convenience being a site for package delivery or drop off has emerged as a strategy to appeal to customers. Walgreens Co. is doing just that. The drugstore chain has partnered with FedEx Corp. to provide convenient access to FedEx dropoff and pickup services

NOCO Express Donates To St. Luke’s Mission

NOCO Express employees and customers help to collect nonperishable items for those in need before the Christmas holiday. All 36 NOCO Express convenience store locations took up a collection of nonperishable items the week before Christmas to donate to St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy in Buffalo, N.Y. Both customers and employees generously donated enough to

Tobacco Is a Hot-Button Issue

A long-time magnet for governmental regulation and unyielding taxes, tobacco remains a vital category for convenience retailers. Under a new administration, should retailers expect any lessening of federal controls of tobacco products such as e-cigarettes? By CSD Staff Tobacco products have been a darling of sin taxes and anti-smoking advocates for decades. Despite tobacco manufacturers’

Millennials Willing To Pay More for Health

Shoppers continue to evolve and retailers adapt to keep up with changing needs. Millennial shoppers are concerned not just with personal health but also environmental health, and they’re willing to pay extra for products that are sustainable. This is one of hundreds of findings in What’s in Store 2017, the latest edition of the annual

Love’s Opens Two New Travel Stops in Texas and Nebraska

New locations offer amenities, such as showers, restaurants and parking spaces to professional drivers. Love’s Travel Stops has added two new locations, one in Syracuse, Neb. and one in Angleton, Texas. The new locations join Love’s Travel Stops’ network of more than 410 stores across 40 states. The Syracuse travel stop is located at State

CITGO ‘Spirit Pumps’ Help Fuel Local Community

Designated gas pumps helped raise funds for schools and charities in local communities throughout 2016. CITGO Petroleum Corp., along with its Marketers and Retailers, raised approximately $30,000 in 2016 through the installation of “Spirit Pumps” at participating CITGO stations across the nation. These specially-wrapped, branded fuel pumps were operational at different times throughout the year

Kroger Honored With EPA ‘Food Recovery’ Award

Works toward goal of zero waste threshold by 2020. The Kroger Co. has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its efforts around sustainable food management. Kroger participated in the EPA’s 2016 Food Recovery Challenge and was named Region 5 Winner in the Grocers category. “Kroger is a proud participant of the

Millennial Consumers Want Personalized Customer Service

Millennial buying power continues to rise. Time Trade released the following infographic to show the personalized customer service they expect. Source: http://blog.timetrade.com/2016/10/18/millennial-consumers-personalized-service/

NRF Appeals to U.S. Supreme Court For ‘Free Speech’ on Credit Card Fees

Justices are hearing arguments in a case challenging laws in 10 states that prohibit merchants from imposing a surcharge when customers use a credit card. The National Retail Federation (NRF) called on the U.S. Supreme Court to allow merchants to freely and accurately show customers the added costs that come with paying by credit card

CITGO Kicks Off Annual Marketer Roundtable Meetings

2017 sessions to showcase trends, new initiatives and best practices. CITGO Petroleum Corp. kicks off its annual Marketer Roundtable meetings on Jan. 10 with an emphasis on new initiatives, industry trends and best practices. Continuing through Feb. 2 in various cities throughout the company’s marketing regions, CITGO marketing personnel will address the following and more:

7-Eleven Grabs No. 1 Spot on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500

Franchise owners a key part of 7-Eleven’s success, says CEO Joe DePinto. Convenience store giant 7-Eleven Inc. has won the coveted No. 1 position among the franchise elite in Entrepreneur magazine’s 38th annual Franchise 500. Billed as the most comprehensive franchise ranking in the world, the Franchise 500 presents the top franchise opportunities based on