Pro Food Systems Continues to Grow

Pro Food Systems presents employees with leadership opportunities as the company continues to grow. Over 100 people are now employed by Pro Food Systems Inc. (PFS), best known for its Champs Chicken and Cooper’s Express brands. INC magazine has once again named PFS as one of the ‘fastest growing companies in America.’ This is the

CITGO is Honored For Serving Northeastern Illinois

Team CITGO is being honored for its extensive community service projects from the past year. This past year, three local organizations have honored CITGO Lemont Refinery employees for giving back to the community, in recognition of CITGO Petroleum Corporation’s efforts to fuel good in Northeastern Illinois. Volunteers from the refinery, known as Team CITGO, donated

NOCO Express Finishes Store Renovations

NOCO adds better visibility and a new deli case, among other changes. NOCO Express completed renovations at its convenience store located at 3085 Delaware Avenue, at the corner of Kenwood, in Kenmore, N.Y. The three-week interior and exterior remodel provides an updated look and expanded fresh product selection. “While our customers are always looking for

ExxonMobil and Citi Renew Agreement

Decade old partnership continues to provide value for ExxonMobil and its customers. ExxonMobil and Citi Retail Services have renewed their consumer and commercial credit card relationship. ExxonMobil, the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, and Citi Retail Services, one of North America’s largest and most experienced retail credit solutions providers, extended their relationship

Millennial Economic Optimism

Packaged Facts has found that younger adults tend to be more optimistic than their predecessors, despite the economic climate. A recent report from Packaged Facts has revealed that Millennials are more optimistic overall than previous generations. No matter what the state of the economy, for the past decade, 18- to 34-year-olds have been  highly confident consumers,

How To Prepare For The New Year

By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. Would you believe it? Another year is sliding down the proverbial tube of history. Here are some things to think about before you start your New Year: I will remove every item in my stores that hasn’t sold in the past 90 days 70% of

J.M. Smucker Rearranges Leadership

J.M. Smucker capitalizes with continuity of leadership. The J. M. Smucker Company has announced the retirement of a corporate officer, along with several executive appointments made by the company’s board of directors. The company has announced that Vincent Byrd, vice chairman, will be retiring on June 10, 2016, following 39 years with the company. Byrd,

A No Brainer

By Tony Huppert, CEO of Team Oil Inc. I recently read an article on the ongoing battle between the brick and mortar stores and online stores over sales tax collection. Services supplied to the State are normally reimbursed financially according to the service rendered. That’s the real issue. The main reason online stores do not want

Stripes To Open in Brownsville, Texas

Stripes to donate $1,000 to local middle school as a part of its newest store’s grand opening celebration. Friday, Dec. 18 marks the grand opening of the newest Stripes Convenience Store in Brownsville, Texas. Stripes Stores is hosting a grand opening fiesta and ribbon cutting ceremony with the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce at 12 p.m.

Sunoco LP Acquires Northeastern Fuel Distributor

A new acquisition will complement Sunoco’s fuel distribution business in the Northeast. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Sunoco LP has completed the purchase of a wholesale motor fuel distribution business from Alta East Inc. The newly acquired distributor serves the Northeastern U.S., and was acquired for approximately $57 million and the value of inventory on hand at closing. The

New South Carolina Parker’s Store

Parker’s has opened its 41st store just before the company’s 40th anniversary. Parker’s has opened its 41st retail location in Hardeeville, S.C., at the I-95, Exit 5. The new store, located at 16319 Whyte Hardee Blvd., features a hot deli serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Highlights include a full breakfast bar as well as

Thorntons New Store Grand Opening

Thorntons invited the community to celebrate the opening of its newest location, while offering incentive to those in attendance.  Thorntons Inc. is set to hold a grand opening celebration for its newest store. The new store is located at 12185 Princeton Pike, Springdale, Ohio, 45246. An official ribbon cutting and check presentation to Moscow Missions

AdvancePierre Foods Debuts New Innovation & Research Center

AdvancePierre Foods understands that customer collaboration is crucial to maximizing quality and customer experience. AdvancePierre Foods has opened a new customer Innovation & Research center to underscore its commitment to quality and the enrichment of the overall customer experience. The new center includes a combination of lab space and meeting rooms, bringing the R&D food

GPM Reveals Promotion Winner

GPM has marked the end of its 2015 Golden Ticket Game A winner has been chosen for the GPM Investments 2015 Golden Ticket game. The GPM Investments 2015 Golden Ticket game was held at participating Road Ranger, Village Pantry and Next Door Stores in GPM’s Midwest division. On Monday, Nov. 16, Debbi B. was notified

How Retailers Plan to Drive Sales

Heavy mark downs may be on the way. Sales have slowed down as November is behind us, and this lack of momentum is expected to make December even more promotional than previously planned. A recent Forbes article has predicted that retailers, in an attempt to drive holiday sales, will make some heavy markdowns the week

Wayne Fueling Systems Acquires Simmons Sirvey

The new acquisition made by Wayne will help to expand the company’s fuel management services. Global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation and control technologies for retail and fuel stations, Wayne Fueling Systems, has reached an agreement to acquire Simmons Sirvey, provider of real-time Fuel Management Services (FMS) and traditional Statistical Inventory Reconciliation (SIR) in

The One Word Exercise

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics If you find yourself easily distracted by the overwhelming amount of possibly important, but definitely not urgent, information we’re all asked to deal with every day, here’s a simple exercise that can help keep you focused as well as help guide your decision-making process… Ask yourself, “What one word would I

BW Gas & Convenience Expands

As a part of its expansion efforts, BW Gas & Convenience has added 10 locations to its store portfolio. BW Gas & Convenience Holdings LLC, an affiliate of Brookwood Financial Partners LLC has acquired a 10-store gas station and convenience store portfolio in western Iowa. The acquisition included eight company-owned and -operated stores, two company-owned

Hershey Builds Global Sales Team

The Hershey Co. appoints a new leader to its global sales team. Sales veteran, Rob Gehring, will be joining The Hershey Co. as global chief sales officer on Jan. 18, 2016. Gehring joins Hershey from Coca-Cola North America where he served as president, Walmart Global Team since 2011. “Rob is a seasoned sales leader who

NRF Foundation Scholarship Finalists Selected

The NRF Foundation supports the next generation by offering $125,000 in scholarships. As a part of its Next Generation Scholarship program, the NRF Foundation will soon award $125,000 in scholarships to 25 outstanding students. The top five finalists have been identified, and these finalists will interview with a panel of executive judges to determine the

Advanced Beverage Solutions Changes Name

As business evolves, Advanced Beverage Solutions has chosen a name that is more appropriate to the company’s current operations. Advanced Beverage Solutions, a premier beverage equipment and parts supplier, has announce that the company name has been changed to Lancer Direct. Their operations have become more global in nature and include product lines beyond where

C-Stores: Sustaining a Relationship with Hispanics

Strategies to attract new users, upscale stores and expand must incorporate Hispanics By Tim Powell, Vice President of Consulting, Q1 Food and Beverage Practice A few years ago, Walmart dabbled in copying Target’s “upscale” success by catering to a higher income segment. Walmart implemented many of the same strategies as Target throughout its furniture, apparel

Cumberland Farms Launches 12 Day Sweepstakes

Hundreds of dollars in prizes to be awarded in 12 day sweepstakes. Cumberland Farms has launched its new 12 Days of Cumby’s Sweepstakes, using social media. The sweepstakes runs from Dec. 11 at 9 a.m. to Dec. 22, 2015 at 4 p.m. The Sweepstakes Promotion Period consists of 12 daily drawings to award one prize

Uncommon Common Sense

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics Make it a practice to tell your people that the things you need them to do are hard, even when you know the tasks at hand are easy. Here’s why: Rabbi Chefitz had all the Cub Scouts sit in a circle with a big tom-tom in the center. He beat a particular

Sentinel Acquires Motor Fuel Delivery Fleet

United Pacific now has a network of 380 retail locations. Sentinel Transportation LLC has acquired a motor fuel delivery fleet and has been awarded a long term delivery agreement from United Transportation Co. LLC, an affiliate of Apro LLC (United Pacific). The delivery agreement with United Pacific enables United Pacific to build on its 60