ExxonMobil Sues Nielsen Spirits Over Trademark Infringement

ExxonMobil says its signature ‘Interlocking X’ logo has been stolen by Roxx Vodka. ExxonMobil has filed a lawsuit against the makers of Roxx Vodka for trademark infringement. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against start up Nielsen Spirits Inc., the creator and owner of Roxx Vodka,

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By Tony Huppert, CEO of Team Oil Inc. As I drive the highways, I can’t help but see ‘Help Wanted’ signs everywhere. Fast food, factories, hospitals, etc. all have ‘Help Wanted’ signs in their yards. I can’t help but wonder if the ads are misleading. Back in the 70’s I was working at the Armour

Retailers: Double Your Profits With This Simple Trick

By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. In 1965, I made my living as a DJ pulling the morning shift at a local radio station, and selling radio commercials in the afternoon. I remember one sales call in particular. I sat across the desk from a Southland Corporation (Pak-A-Sak) executive in

How Family Express Became 2015 C-Store Chain of the Year

The Valparaiso, Ind. chain is a finely-tuned machine, excelling in self-distribution, foodservice, recruiting and training employees. Its commitment to excellence earns it Chain of the Year honors. By John Lofstock, Editor Innovation, outstanding operations, superior leadership and an ongoing commitment to con- venience retailing are the common characteristics of the best convenience store chains in

Pester Marketing Co. Acquired by World Fuel Services

Alta Fuels and Alta Transportation are included in the sale. World Fuel Services Inc. has acquired 100% of the equity securities of Pester Marketing Co. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Alta Fuels LLC and Alta Transportation LLC. Pester, headquartered in Denver, is an operator of 57 retail convenience stores and two terminals, and a distributor of

CST Brands, CrossAmerica To Release Q3 Earnings Results

Replay of conference call to be available for 60 days. CST Brands Inc. and CrossAmerica Partners LP are set to host a joint conference call on Nov. 4, 2015 at 9 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss third quarter earnings results, which will be released before the market opens that day. The conference call numbers are

RAI Releases Third-Quarter Report

RAI management possesses a positive outlook for the company’s future. Reynolds American Inc. has released its third-quarter 2015 financial results, and the company is in a favorable position. RAI has released third-quarter 2015 reported EPS of $0.46, up 4.5% from the prior-year quarter, benefitting from higher cigarette and moist-snuff pricing and volume, as well as the

MFA Oil Co. Acquires Elaine Petroleum Distribution

Acquisition to enhance MFA Oil’s service to agricultural customers in the Mid-South. MFA Oil Co., the seventh largest propane retailer in the U.S., has acquired Elaine Petroleum Distribution Inc., a refined fuels supplier based in Elaine, Ark. The purchase strengthens MFA Oil’s position in eastern Arkansas as the company expands its operating territory. “Elaine Petroleum

7-Eleven Opens In Dallas-Fort Worth Airport

C-store customers can purchase a special ‘snack pack’ before their flight. Now airport customers in Dallas-Fort Worth can get all their convenience needs met before their flight. The first 7-Eleven store located behind security inside a U.S. airport terminal has opened at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport (DFW). The new c-store boasts a first-class selection of

Love’s Debuts New Travel Stops in Italy, Texas

New site to serve the convenience needs of drivers traveling to and from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Love’s Travel Stops has opened a new location in Italy, Texas, along Interstate 35E, Exit 386. The opening of the newest facility brings the total number of Love’s in the Lone Star State to 54. The new store

TravelCenters Acquires Eight Stop-a-Sec Stores

An eight-store family chain has been acquired by TravelCenters. Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. has closed the sale of eight stores owned by Stop-a-Sec Inc. and Seck Enterprises Inc. of Luck, Wis. to TravelCenters of America LLC. All eight of the sites were owned in fee. The stores are located in western Wisconsin and serve the communities

NOCO Combats Cancer in the Community

NOCO raises over $25,000 to support local Leukemia & Lymphoma Society chapter. Throughout August and September, NOCO customers and employees raised $25,015 to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Western & Central New York Chapter. “As a company firmly committed to giving back to our local community, NOCO has been a proud supporter of the Leukemia

Walgreens Buying Rite Aid

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. and Rite Aid Corp. announced on Tuesday, Oct. 27, that Walgreens will acquire all outstanding shares of Rite Aid, a U.S. retail pharmacy chain, for $9 per share in cash, for a total enterprise value of approximately $17.2 billion, including acquired net debt. The purchase price represents a premium of 48% 

7-Eleven Selects New Distributor For 900 Locations

Core-Mark will soon service 7-Eleven stores in three western regions. A five-year supply agreement was recently signed stating that approximately 900 7-Eleven stores in three western regions will be serviced by Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. Core-Mark will be the primary wholesale distributor, delivering a wide range of products to these stores out of three of

How Falling Crude Costs Are Keeping Gas Prices Low

Drivers are getting relief at the pump, but will it last? The average pump price has fallen nationally for regular unleaded gasoline for 17 consecutive days, providing customers with a total savings of 12 cents per gallon. The national average currently sits at $2.20 per gallon, the lowest price since February, according to a report

SCV Oil Acquires Five C-Stores

SCV Oil expands presence in the Southeast. Southern South Carolina-based SCV Oil LLC has acquired five convenience stores located in Western Virginia and northeastern Tennessee from various related entities of Sunshine Fuel LLC of Florida. This is SCV Oil’s second acquisition this year, greatly expanding the company’s geographic reach to now encompass a wide area of the

CNG Energy Partners to Open Texas CNG Station

New CNG station expected to encourage the use of cleaner, cheaper, domestically produced fuel. CNG Energy Partners LLC has signed a 10-year contract with the City of Lake Jackson, Texas to build, operate and maintain a public access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station. The new facility will be commercial truck friendly, support the local desire to embrace the

How To Decorate Your C-Store For the Holidays

The do’s and don’ts of store decorating. The holidays can be a confusing time for business owners. Decisions need to be made in regards to staffing, inventory, and what can prove to be the trickiest of all: decorating. There are some definitive do’s and don’ts, and they can all impact a businesses’ bottom-line at the

VERC Makes Strides Against Cancer

VERC exceeds $10,000 fundraising goal through the Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator, has exceeded its $10,000 fundraising goal of $10,000 for cancer research. The company raised a total of $11,207 through this year’s Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. Team VERC was comprised of 60 VERC employees, relatives and friends, all participating

Construction Commences for Krause Gateway Center

Kum & Go breaks ground on new five-story company building. Groundbreaking has begun for the new Krause Gateway Center at 1459 Grand Ave. in Des Moines, Iowa. State and local officials, architect Renzo Piano and Kum & Go leaders and associates recently celebrated the first step in the process of building the new center. Kum & Go

Mars Celebrates Halloween in Newark, N.J.

Mars will sponsor two day Halloween celebration in its hometown. This Halloween, M&M’S is bringing its trademark colorful fun to its birthplace: Newark, N.J. Mars Chocolate North America announced M&M’S Brand will sponsor a two-day Halloween celebration the entire community of Newark can enjoy, complete with a Halloween pop-up M&M’S store, more than 15,000 free

How to Win Over Specific Consumers

General Mills has identified distinct consumer segments and how to appeal to each type of consumer. Although all consumers are unique in their shopping habits, there are some key trends that retailers can appeal to. Research Overview General Mills Convenience & Foodservice has identified four distinct consumer segments—each with their own attitudes, behaviors and needs—to help convenience retailers

OPW Presents Collaborative Product Improvement Award

OPW shows appreciation for customer assistance in improving products. Michael Zubel of Houston-based Landmark Industries has been awarded the new OPW Collaborative Product Improvement Award, an award that recognizes OPW distributors and customers that demonstrate collaborative partnership which significantly exceeds typical standards and results in the improvement of a product beneficial to the industry. “The OPW Collaborative Product

Ricker’s Combats Domestic Violence

Ricker’s looks to provide a safe place for victims of domestic violence. Indiana-based Ricker’s Convenience Stores is offering a safe place to victims of domestic violence. According to a report from The Elkhart Truth, all Ricker’s Convenience Stores in Hamilton County, Ind., north of Indianapolis, have joined the “Safe Haven” initiative. As a part of

Fresh & Easy Closes its Doors

West Coast grocery chain to layoff thousands. The 97 remaining Fresh & Easy grocery stores in California, Arizona and Nevada will soon be closing their doors, for good. According to a report from NBC News, the chain has struggled, since opening in 2007, to keep up with consumers, and it has finally become too much