How To Weather the Storm

From crafting a plan to installing automatic generators, stakeholders in areas that experience hurricanes share best practices for emergency preparedness. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor With the damage from Super Storm Sandy fresh in their minds, convenience store owners would have been right to be concerned when Hurricane Joaquin barreled toward the Atlantic Coast in

Heineken Launches Strategic Marketing Program

Heineken is looking to drive sales this football season with the return of its successful What’s Your Play? program. HEINEKEN USA will soon launch its What’s Your Play? portfolio retail program, which will run from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28. The comprehensive program includes eye-catching football themed POS materials, digital partnerships, a Twitter-driven sweepstakes, and cross-merchandising

How To Heighten The Customer Experience

More c-stores are coming up with innovative concepts to heighten the customer experience, resulting in increased sales. By David Bennett, Senior Editor In the competitive climate, in which convenience stores operate, one of the biggest advantages that the channel holds over other retail segments is obviously convenience. It’s the one business aspect that other channels

How to Maximize Mandatory Store Service Time

Everyone from the top to the bottom should understand what a good store manager does to keep the operation humming. By Fran Duskiewicz For the first 10 years or so that I worked for Nice N Easy, I spent most of my time on the road with store managers—training, opening stores, creating programs, whatever it

Big Red Loyalty Program

Big Red Stores offers customers discounts on gas when they make in-store purchases. Customers of Big Red Stores can now earn rewards for shopping at any Big Red Stores’ 32 locations. The new Discount Gas Card program allows customers to automatically earn more cents off gas prices when they purchase items inside the store. “The Big

Kum & Go Named All-Star Service Organization

Kum & Go goes above and beyond to help its customers. The National Customer Service Association (NCSA) has named Iowa-based convenience store chain, Kum & Go, the All-Star Service Organization of the Year 2015. This award is presented annually to a single business that consistently maintains a focused culture of service excellence. “Because of the excellent

Dollar Express Acquires 330 Family Dollar Stores

Sycamore Partners expects the newly-acquired stores to be well-positioned to become innovators in the market. Dollar Tree Inc. has divested 330 Family Dollar stores to Dollar Express LLC, a portfolio company of Sycamore Partners. The divestiture satisfied a condition as required by the Federal Trade Commission in connection with Dollar Tree’s recently-completed acquisition of Family Dollar

Walgreens Balance Rewards Available on Apple Pay

Walgreens is making it easier for customers to use their rewards account by making customer accounts available through Apple Pay. Walgreens Balance Rewards members can now use their accounts without scanning a Balance Rewards card or barcode. It now possible for more than 85 million active Balance Rewards members to earn and redeem loyalty points via Apple

Global Partners Release Third Quarter Financial Results

Global Partners financial results reveal that positive results in certain areas offset certain weaknesses. Global Partners LP has released its financial results for the third quarter ended Sept.30, 2015. “Positive results in our Gasoline Distribution and Station Operations (GDSO) segment offset weakness in our Wholesale segment in the third quarter,” said Eric Slifka, the Partnership’s president and

Snyder’s-Lance Donates To Toys For Tots

Snyder’s-Lance is helping the less fortunate through sales of holiday snacks. Snyder’s-Lance Inc. has introduced new snack offerings to help customers celebrate this holiday season. The offerings include chocolate-covered pretzels, festive cookies and flavored popcorn. On top of helping customers celebrate, Snyder’s-Lance is helping families in need by donating partial proceeds from the seasonal snacks to the Marine Toys for Tots

Core-Mark Announces Third Quarter Financial Results

Core-Mark optimistic as third quarter results reveal company gains in the last quarter. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. has released the financial results for its third quarter ending Sept. 30, 2015.   “Core-Mark is having a very good year driven by significant market share gains and continued success in our core strategies. We remain focused on infrastructure investments to

Anheuser-Busch Announces Management Changes

Brewing giant Anheuser-Busch moves team members to new positions. Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI) has announced organizational changes that will be put into effect on Jan. 1, 2016. David Almeida has been named to a global special project, reporting to ABI Global CEO Carlos Brito. Almeida came to the North American organization as vice president of finance after

Delek US Releases Third Quarter Financial Results

Delek US officials continue to evaluate growth opportunities, while their financial position remains conservative. Delek US Holdings Inc. has released financial results for its third quarter ending Sept. 30, 2015. Delek US reported a third quarter net income of $18.7 million, or 29 cents per diluted share, versus net income of $72.5 million, or $1.22 per diluted share,

Empire Petroleum and Patriot Capital Form Exclusive Partnership

Empire Petroleum looks to Patriot Capital to help meet aggressive growth objectives. Empire Petroleum Partners has entered into a strategic financing solution with Atlanta-based Patriot Capital. Empire retailers, whose brands include Shell, Sunoco, BP, Chevron, Texaco, Valero, Gulf, Marathon, ExxonMobil and Phillips 66 – may turn to Patriot to access enhanced financing options to upgrade

CST Brands Considers Strategic Options For California Stores

Wells Fargo weighs in on CST Brands’ acquisition of Flash Foods. On the heels of its agreement to acquire Flash Foods, CST Brands announced it is exploring strategic options for the company’s California network, comprised of 76 stores, to enhance shareholder value, including, among others, a potential tax-efficient like-kind exchange for properties proposed to be

CrossAmerica Divests Fuels Businesses

The company sells its fuels transportation, residential heating oil and tank wagon commercial fuels businesses to multiple buyers. CrossAmerica Partners LP has successfully sold its fuels transportation, residential heating oil and tank wagon commercial fuels businesses that were formerly operated by wholly-owned subsidiary, Petroleum Marketers Inc. (PMI) to multiple buyers. Reliable Tank Line, LLC, a

Details On CST Brands’ Acquisition Agreement With Flash Foods

The purchase would mark the largest network acquisition for CST Brands. CST Brands Inc., a San Antonio-based Fortune 500 fuel and convenience retailer, has entered into an exclusivity agreement to finalize the terms of the definitive agreement for CST to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares of Flash Foods Inc. and certain related entities in

Brewer Merger Deadline Extended, Again

The third extension has been granted to SABMiller and Anheuser-Busch to agree upon terms of possible takeover deal. Another extension has been granted to SABMiller and Anheuser-Busch InBev in their attempt to reach an agreement on the terms of a possible takeover deal. According to a report from The New York Times, the two companies

Manitowoc Foodservice Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

Seasoned businessman, John Stewart, has been appointed as the new chief financial officer of Manitowoc Foodservice as the company prepares for new opportunities. Effective Nov. 9, John Stewart will be the new chief financial officer for Manitowoc Foodservice Inc. “John is a seasoned leader with more than 20 years of experience in the food and

Ricker’s Launches Reduced Emission Fuel

Partners with GreenPrint to help customers reduce tailpipe emissions. Ricker’s has teamed up with GreenPrint LLC to introduce a Reduced Emissions Fuel Program across its 32 c-stores in Indianapolis. GreenPrint already has launched its reduced emission gasoline in Atlanta with BP and New Mexico with Alon 7-Eleven. The turnkey sustainability program reduces consumers’ tailpipe emissions

Town Star Holdings Acquires Five RaceTrac Stores

The newly-acquired Orlando area c-stores mark the second acquisition for the company. Town Star Holdings LLC, an affiliate of Junonia Capital LLC of Fort Myers, Fla. has acquired five convenience stores from RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. of Atlanta. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor to the buyer in connection with arranging

Can Today’s Planning Systems Handle Omni-channel Demands?

Retailers look to upgrade merchandising systems. Current retail planning systems are out-of-date and don’t effectively address today’s requirements for an omni-channel planning environment, according to Boston Retail Partners’ 2015 Merchandise Planning Benchmark Survey. Many retailers are using planning applications designed for old retail business models with a large percentage of these systems installed in the

Buhler Named PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation’s Board Chairman

Robert Buhler succeeds Chris Tomaras, who passed away last month. The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation has named Robert Buhler, president of Open Pantry Food Marts Inc., as its new chairman of the Board of Directors. Buhler succeeds Chris Tomaras, who passed away on Oct. 14, 2015. Formerly, Buhler served as vice chairman of the Board. “We

TravelCenters Announces Christmas Sweepstakes

UltraONE Driver Rewards program members have the chance to win daily prizes. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded travel centers, is spreading Christmas cheer this holiday season with its “Believe and You May Receive” sweepstakes for its UltraONE Driver Rewards Program Members. From Nov. 1- 30, 2015, UltraONE

QuickChek Awards Fans During World Series

After each Mets win, QuickChek customers also win big. Fifteen years since their last World Series appearance and 29 years since their last World Series title, Mets fans now have another reason to root their team on during the Fall Classic. QuickChek is giving fans a chance to win a free item from its award-winning