BLINK Designs Ambient Grocery Chain

A new grocery chain is on the horizon for the U.S. A new grocery chain has been designed by BLINK, the Scandinavian design agency, who has previously worked with international top tier clients such as Marks & Spencer, Albert Heijn, Scandinavian Airlines and Electrolux. The new chain is known as bfresh, and it is making it

QuickChek Offers Greater Convenience and Savings

One-stop shopping has never been this simple. QuickChek customers can now purchase $25 gift cards for a variety of major retailers and restaurants for only $20. Consumers who already save time and money when they order the fresh subs, sandwiches, wraps, salads and coffee at QuickChek can save even more, as  QuickChek is offering 20% savings

Heineken Joins Recycling Initiative

HEINEKEN encourages recycling of its products to promote a positive impact on the environment. HEINEKEN USA has joined forces with The Recycling Partnership, a national nonprofit committed to improving curbside residential recycling. HEINEKEN is the first alcohol company member of The Recycling Partnership. As a leading sponsor, the brewer will provide industry expertise to help

EPA Announces Volume Requirements For RFS

EPA says the final rule considered more than 670,000 public comments, and relied on the latest, most accurate data available. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced final volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program on Nov. 30 for the years 2014, 2015 and 2016, and final volume requirements for biomass-based diesel for

Wawa’s Great Expansion

Wawa has experienced great success, and company officials expect this trend to continue. Wawa has recently experienced a great deal of growth, and company officials expect this cycle to continue. As Wawa continues to encounter success in a number of different markets, the company plans to continue extending its reach from New York to Miami.

CST Brands Names Reece To Board

Reece brings extensive investment banking and capital markets experience to the CST Board. CST Brands Inc.’s Board of Directors has appointed Joseph Reece as an independent director of the company. Reece will also serve on the company’s Executive and Nominating and Governance Committees. The CST Nominating and Governance Committee periodically assesses the Board’s composition so

The Biggest Holiday Shopping Weekend of the Year Approaches

Cyber Monday sales may be bigger than ever this year, as adults continue to gravitate towards the digital experience. Even with the majority (60%) of shoppers starting their holiday shopping by November 10, millions of shoppers are eagerly awaiting the deals that retailers will be offering, in store and online, for the biggest holiday shopping

Family Express Acquiring Former Urschel Laboratories Site

Plans prototype store featuring Valparaiso High School’s colors. Family Express is acquiring the former Urschel Laboratories site at the corner of Vale Park Road and Calumet Avenue in Valparaiso, Ind. It plans to demolish and restore the site over the next three months. Indiana 105.5 FM Radio reported Family Express plans to build a colonial

40 Under 40: Saluting the C-Store Industry’s Next-Generation Leaders

Young executives across the industry are assuming greater responsibilities in the areas of operations, finance, marketing and technology. CSD partnered with the Young Executives Organization (YEO) to look at these emerging leaders. A CSD Staff Report Growth in the c-store industry today, as it was decades ago, is a complex, multi-tiered web that requires everyone

CVS Hosts Three-Day Holiday Sale

CVS offers shopper incentives to bring in business on the busiest holiday shopping weekend of the year. CVS/pharmacy ExtraCare Rewards members will have extra savings opportunities during a three-day Black Friday sales event at all 7,900 CVS/pharmacy locations. The three-day event kicks off Thanksgiving Day and goes through Saturday, Nov. 28. A three-day circular can

Dollar General Offers Customers Seven Days of Savings

Dollar General is kicking off the holiday shopping weekend early. Dollar General is offering customers seven straight days of savings for their holiday shopping. Customers who shop online and at one of its more than 12,000 retail locations between Sunday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 28 can take advantage of these promotional sales. “Dollar General

TravelCenters Unveils RoadKing Family

TravelCenters RoadKing Family edition highlights the importance of the country’s truck driving industry. TravelCenters of America LLC, operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers, has published RoadKing Family, a special annual edition of its popular RoadKing magazine. RoadKing Family has been mailed to the homes of more the 150,000 professional drivers who have earned the most UltraONE

How to Get the Most Out of Consumer Optimism

Consumers are more optimistic about finances this year, but they are still looking for the best prices of the season. According to an independent study from Synchrony Financial, consumers are approaching holiday shopping this year with optimism about their personal finances. Nearly half (47%) of surveyed consumers indicated that they are more confident in their financial

How Turkey Hill Is Attracting Black Friday Shoppers

Turkey Hill is drawing in business with Black Friday offers that shoppers just can’t pass up. The majority (nearly 57%) of holiday shoppers have already made a dent in this year’s holiday shopping. According to the National Retail Federation, these shoppers began their gift search in early November. This is the highest percentage of early

VERC Named to Boston Business Journal’s Book of Lists

Ranks 15th on the list based on 2014 revenue. VERC Enterprises has been named to Boston Business Journal’s Book of Lists as one of the region’s largest family-owned businesses. Published in a recent edition of the Boston Business Journal, the lists provide a unique source to track the progress of local sectors and the key

SuperAmerica Employees Protest

SuperAmerica employees seek higher authority in an attempt to improve terms of employment. SuperAmerica employees recently participated in a protest at the company’s headquarters in Woodbury, Minn. According to a report from the Minneapolis/St.Paul Business Journal, company employees sought to meet with president Jack Helmick to ask for higher pay, a policy ensuring workers of all races

How To Design for Efficiency

From aesthetics to flow, store design can make or break your customers’ shopping experience. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor Aesthetics. Interior design. Customer flow. Those terms aren’t necessarily the first thoughts that come to mind when discussing convenience stores. But, increasingly, these are items that c-stores are considering when designing new stores. Whether it’s helping

A Vision for the Future

This retailer’s natural growth progression and organic ingenuity has it well suited to compete in the New York state marketplace. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Not every convenience store operates with a full vision for the future. Some in the industry seem to function in the dark for the most part, blindly trying new innovations

How Consumers Are Gearing Up for Thanksgiving 2015

Millennials tend to be Thanksgiving Day shoppers. A recent survey from MarketResearch.com has offered some insights into Thanksgiving 2015. As many consumers gear up for holiday weekend bargains, a big group is also shopping for Thanksgiving dinner. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly $2.4 billion will be spent on turkey, stuffing, potatoes, pumpkin

Rebranding Corner Store

CST Brands is rebranding its stores to create a refreshing atmosphere for shoppers. CST Brands Inc. has announced a total brand makeover that will start in San Antonio and spread outward, creating a network of rebranded stores within three years. CST has unveiled its first rebranded Corner Store built from the ground up. The store

Love’s Opens Two New Locations

Loves provides a new place to rest for travelers in Maryland and Wisconsin.  Love’s Travel Stops has recently opened the doors of two new store locations. The new stores are located along Interstate 68 in Cumberland, Md, and along Interstate 94 in Menomonie, Wis. The 24/7 travel stops each feature seven showers, RFID cardless fueling

Rutter’s Donates Thousands to Local Charities

Rutter’s has donated a total of $75,000 to local charities through its new philanthropic program.  Rutter’s has identified the three charities that will receive $25,000 each from Rutter’s new “Vote With Your Dollars” philanthropic program. Rutter’s new corporate giving program, Vote With Your Dollars, has enabled customers to utilize technology and the Rutter’s Rewards loyalty

Do You Really Know How Well Your Hiring System Works?

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics A restaurant client of ours was having trouble recruiting qualified applicants and puzzled as to why. I suggested they test their system by sending one of their best employees to another one of their locations to apply and she ended up getting the brush off! Turns out she walked in at

Think Like an Applicant!

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics In light of the ever-tightening labor market, you can’t afford to lose even one promising applicant. So, let me ask once again, are you making it easy for jobseekers to get into your hiring system? Case in point: One client thought they had “made it easy,” by adding the following

RaceTrac Automates Accounting, Pricing and Inventory Management

Adds PDI’s financial and retail software packages to more than 600 stores. RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. has completed its rollout of PDI/ Enterprise. PDI is a provider of enterprise-class automation software systems to the convenience retail, petroleum marketing and foodservice industries. PDI’s software package includes financial, retail, wholesale petroleum and workforce management product offerings. Atlanta-based RaceTrac,

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