Are You Focused on the Right Things?

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics Headlines are always devoted to whatever it is that happens to be scaring the pants off us today (a disease like Ebola, global warming, the economy, etc.) while, in fact, approximately 3,300 deaths occur every day worldwide due to road accidents. So, why aren’t we on high alert about this much more probable “clear and present danger” as well? My point here

Love’s Offers Convenient Holiday Shopping

Love’s has an increased holiday gift selection this shopping season. Love’s Travel Stops is offering shoppers is offering a holiday shopping venue where they can find this year’s hottest gifts and can get in and out quickly. In addition to the wide variety of toys and gift items found in more than 360 Love’s locations

European Market Combats Outrageous Credit Card Fees

The hope is that the European Union’s action will influence U.S. policy makers as well. According to a report from the Merchants Payments Coalition, European merchants and consumers will now see some relief from the exorbitant fees paid to the credit card companies and banks to process debit and credit card transactions. This relief from

Engine Capital Pressures CST Brands Board of Directors

In a letter, the shareholder explains why it believes the company is undervalued and the opportunities that could increase value. Engine Capital LP (together with its affiliates, “Engine”), a shareholder of CST Brands Inc., with ownership of approximately 1% of the outstanding shares of the Company, has delivered a letter to CST’s Board of Directors.

Casey’s Billmeyer To Retire This Summer

After 13 years with the company, Sam Billmeyer looks to transition his areas of responsibility to new leadership in the coming year. Sam Billmeyer, senior vice president of logistics and acquisitions for Casey’s General Stores, has announced his plans to retire on June 30, 2016. Billmeyer began his career with the Casey’s in 1992 as

Pinnacle POS Interface Supports BP’s Driver Rewards Loyalty Program

Now BP’s Driver Rewards Loyalty Program is supported via Pinnacle Palm POS, allowing BP Visa or BP Credit Card customers to receive discounts on fuel. The Pinnacle Corp., a supplier of automation technology to the convenience retail and petroleum industries, recently completed and released for production, support for BP’s Driver Rewards Loyalty Program from Pinnacle

Cumberland Farms Application Deadline Approaches

Cumberland Farms encourages students to apply for its popular scholarship. The deadline for Cumberland Farms’ popular Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program Dec. 15, 2015 application deadline is just around the corner. Cumberland Farms started the Believe and Achieve Scholarship program in 2006, and the company has already awarded scholarships to more than 1,000 college-bound young adults,

SABMiller and AB InBev Merger Faces U.S. Congress

Possible merger between brewing giants is facing scrutiny from industry regulators. AB InBev is preparing to defend its proposed takeover of SABMiller to the U.S. Congress. According to a report from Invezz, in an attempt to ease lawmakers’ concerns about the deal, Carlos Brito, CEO of AB InBev, is expected to testify in defense of the

Phillips 66 Commences Operations at Sweeny Complex

Startup of new facility is a major milestone of Phillips 66’s growth. Operations have commenced at Phillips 66’s new 100,000 barrels-per-day (BPD) natural gas liquids (NGL) fractionator. The new fractionator is located at the company’s Sweeny Complex in Old Ocean, Texas. Sweeny Fractionator One supplies purity ethane and liquefied petroleum gases (LPG) to the petrochemical industry and

Wayne Acquires Vianet Group Fuel Management Subsidary

Wayne Fueling Systems has made an agreement to offer greater fuel management capabilities. Wayne Fueling Systems has reached an agreement to acquire the fuel management subsidiary of Vianet Group plc. The UK based Vianet Fuel Solutions Ltd. (VFS) includes two main product lines as part of the Wayne acquisition: Fuel Management Solutions (FMS) and Construction

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