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The Affordable Care Act: What You Need to Know Now

Beginning in 2014, health insurance will be available to individuals and small businesses through state-run “exchanges.”  These will require insurance companies to compete for business in the marketplace. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. Now is the time for employers to prepare to meet requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Obama administration’s healthcare law

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Nice N Easy Recognizes Top Employees

Duskiewicz honored with Sharon Jordan Memorial True Spirit Award. Recently, Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes recognized several excelling employees that demonstrated outstanding service during 2012. The evening began with the recognition of Joan Seifried, who has been a part of the Nice N Easy Family since the 1980’s.  She started many years ago as the

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Chevron ExtraMile Launches Warp Speed Instant Win Game

Contest celebrates new Star Trek Into Darkness film. Chevron ExtraMile has announced its new Warp Speed Instant Win Game in support of the upcoming film Star Trek Into Darkness opening May 17, 2013. Now through June 30, or while supplies last, eligible visitors to participating ExtraMile locations in California, Oregon and Washington can request a

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Fifty Shades of Green

Even small, sustainable initiatives can resonate with customers and improve a convenience store’s bottom line. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. The verdict is in: A growing number of customers are becoming environmentally-conscious and they prefer to spend their money at stores doing their part to grow sustainability. Retailers across all channels are beginning to cash

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A Family Like No Other

From self-distribution and unique product development to outstanding customer service and social media investments, Gus Olympidis continues to push the boundaries of innovation at Family Express. By John Lofstock, Editor. On a frigid February Indiana morning, about a dozen prospective employees rolled into Family Express’s state-of-the-art learning center in Valparaiso, Ind., to see if they

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Earth Market Debuts with Earth Day Celebration

With a tagline of “fresh energy for life,” Atlas Oil’s latest convenience store concept features Eco-Earth Coffee, LED lighting and a host of recycling initiatives. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor Atlas Oil launched its new Earth Market c-store concept in February, rebranding its five    company-operated stores in the greater Chicago market. True to its name,

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Rutter’s Adds Value Menu

Customers can find favorites for all dayparts priced under $2. Rutter’s Farm Stores introduced a value menu this week, reinforcing its commitment to delivering exceptional food at a great value, the chain announced this week. The new value menu consists of existing choices, more than 50 long-time customer favorites, all priced to please from 99

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2013 RooCup Now Available At Kangaroo Express

Unlimited 25-cent refills, combined with new customization options, promise “ROO-diculous” summer of deals & fun. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., announced its RooCup, a collectible cup refillable with any fountain and frozen beverage for only 25 cents, is now available in stores. The RooCup has captured the hearts of thirsty guests and will

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Harmonizing Assortment Conference Set to Help Distributors Build Profits

Program to help convenience industry supply chain partners effectively use exclusive convenience industry data to improve operations. The second annual AWMA DEF Harmonizing Assortment conference, which will help distributors use data to improve category management and profits for themselves and their customers, will be held June 25-27 in New Orleans. “This state-of-the-art executive education program

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7-Eleven Selling 143 Properties

Sealed bid sale set for June 27. 7-Eleven Inc. is selling 143 convenience stores with gas in a sealed bid sale, including in Florida (32), Ohio (10), Pennsylvania (9), Texas (83), Utah (8), and Wisconsin (1).    The company has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (“NRC”) to coordinate the offering and sale of the

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Champlain Oil Raises Money For “Project Graduation”

CITGO marketer helps high school students in Vermont and New Hampshire. Local CITGO Marketer Champlain Oil Co. is set to launch its “Be A Star. Buy A Star.” fundraiser to benefit the “Project Graduation” program at six local high schools. From May 1-31, seven of Champlain Oil’s CITGO Jiffy Mart locations in New Hampshire and

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Study Finds Diverse Hispanic Market

New study provides insight into cultural duality and its impact on consumer behavior. “To know thy own target audience” could be the mantra of today’s successful marketing campaigns. Hispanic Millennials, GenXers and Boomer generational segments have unique consumer buying patterns. How they view the marketplace is influenced by a combination of macro-trends of their respective

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Wawa Introduces Customer Recycling Initiative

Chain-wide recycling bins are rolled out in time for Earth Day. Wawa Inc. announced its newest recycling initiative, rolling out just in time for Earth Day on April 22. Beginning the week of April 15, Wawa launched customer recycling bins chain-wide. The roll out of Wawa’s recycling bins started in Virginia and will continue North,

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CITGO Funds Non-Profits in South Bronx

CITGO’s Simón Bolívar Foundation serves local community.   CITGO Petroleum Corp. through its 501(c)(3) private foundation the Simón Bolívar Foundation Inc. announced the funding of nearly $1.25 million in grants for 32 South Bronx programs in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment and health to serve the local community. CITGO created the Bronx

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BP Wins U.S. Olympic Committee Award

Recognized for its commitment to U.S. Paralympics. The U.S. Olympic Committee has recognized BP’s commitment to U.S. Paralympics with its Paralympic Amazing Impact Award, an honor given annually to organizations that raise awareness and support for the U.S. Paralympic Movement. “The 2013 winners of our Paralympic Amazing Awards are delivering in the areas of grassroots

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Rutter’s Children’s Charities Tees Up 11th Annual Golf Outing

Make-a-Wish Foundation, Chambersburg Hospital to benefit. Golfers tee off today at the Outdoor County Club in York, Pa. at the 11th annual golf outing to benefit Rutter’s Children’s Charities. The two-day event, the proceeds from which total over $1 million since its beginning in 2002, brings together suppliers from across the country to support the

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TravelCenters of America Opens New Petro Stopping Center

New acquisition in Wells, Nev. to feature Iron Skillet brand restaurant and a fully-stocked travel store.   TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the acquisition and rebranding of a travel center in Wells, Nevada, to the Petro Stopping Centers brand. Petro Wells is

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Family Dollar Partners With TAS

Improves data visibility and collaboration with enterprise market knowledge solution.    Family Dollar, a dollar store channel business, is seeing a wide variety of benefits from the deployment of TAS Unity, an enterprise market knowledge system specifically designed for retail real estate from Trade Area Systems (TAS) Inc. Since the TAS system went fully operational

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Jiffy Mart Teams Up To Aid Carroll County Food Sunday

The Jiffy Mart team presented Carroll County Food Sunday with funds totaling $4,400. Baltimore Football fans were out in full force on April 18 to see their long snapper, Morgan Cox, punter, Sam Koch and kicker, Justin Tucker at the Jiffy Mart “SNAP.HOLD.KICK.” Charity autograph signing event. The event was held at the Westminster Greene

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Thorsby Inducted Into Car Wash Hall of Fame

International Carwash Association honors past executive director. Mark Thorsby has been inducted into the Car Wash Hall of Fame by the International Carwash Association (ICA). He receives this honor — the professional car wash industry’s highest honor — in recognition of his immense impact on the profession. The award was presented on April 23 by

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Under FBI Investigation Haslam Outlines Steps To Fix Fraud

Pilot Flying J’s CEO hires chief compliance officer, starts electronic rebate payments, restructures team and begins its own field audit, among other steps. Jimmy Haslam, CEO of Pilot Flying J, and owner of the Cleveland Browns, has released a statement regarding the ongoing FBI and IRS investigation into the Pilot Flying J travel plaza business

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Storms Spike Wholesale Gasoline Costs in Midwest

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Just as worry demand for oil would be less than previously projected amid expectations for sluggish global economic growth led to a widespread selloff that dropped gasoline futures to their lowest point since mid-January, wholesale costs in the Midwest surged on storm-triggered supply disruptions. Reformulated blendstock gasoline

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Kum & Go Gift Funds Funds Stock Market Video Wall

A $300,000 gift from Kum & Go and the Krause Gentle Foundation helps Tippie College of Business provide live financial information to students. The Henry B. Tippie College of Business at The University of Iowa recently unveiled a new stock market video wall, funded by a $300,000 donation from Kum & Go and the Krause

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Retailers Gain Mobile Insights At RAMP Show

The RAMP Advanced Commerce & Mobile Retail Services Summit (known as the Retail RAMP Show) drew a number of retailers and mobile technology companies to St. Charles, Ill., April 15-17, as it delivered an in depth look at emerging payment models and platforms, including merchant coalitions and the growing number of mobile wallet options now

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7-Eleven Selling 139 C-Store Properties

Properties in Texas, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wisconsin are scheduled for a sealed-bid auction. 7-Eleven Inc. has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (NRC) to coordinate the sale of 139 gasoline stations and/or convenience stores, 83 of which are located in Texas, 31 in Florida, 11 in Ohio, eight in Pennsylvania, five in

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