TMT Inc. Adopts VP Racing Fuels’ Retail Brand Program

Distributor to rebrand nine “Whip In” locations in Dallas/Fort Worth market.  TMT Inc. has joined VP Racing Fuels’ growing roster of retail brand partners. Doing business under the “Whip In” name, TMT Inc. owns and operates 14 convenience stores and provides wholesale distribution of fuels to retail sites in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. “We are


Retail Gasoline Prices Reach Six-Month Highs

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric Wholesale gasoline postings moved higher in most major metropolitan markets across the country during the week ended Mar. 24, underpinned by higher crude acquisition costs, seasonal refinery maintenance, and the transition to lower Reid vapor pressure ratings for gasoline as the industry swaps out winter blends with

Retailers React To Court Rule On Swipe Fees

“Any rule that would allow profit margins of more than 1,000% and raise fees on many transactions clearly violates the letter and intent of the law Congress passed,” says NACS President and CEO. On Friday, The U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia overturned a lower court’s decision in July that favored the merchants

7-Eleven Invites Entrepreneurs To Free Franchise Sales Seminar

Some 22 Fort Myers, Fla.-area stores are available for franchising. 7-Eleven Inc. continues to expand its presence in the Sunshine State and currently has 22 franchise opportunities in the greater Fort Myers, Fla. area. For residents interested in managing their own business with the support of the world’s largest convenience retailer, 7-Eleven will lead several

Cash Management Begins with Best Practices

To prevent lost revenues from internal theft, retailers will be looking to advanced technology for more effective ways to monitor their stores, said Ted Roccagli, retail marketing manager/business coach at Mansfield Oil, which serves more than 300 convenience stores throughout the country. Mansfield is recommending video surveillance equipment that interfaces with POS and connects with

Cultivating a Loyal Audience

Loyalty programs were once value-added perks. Today, consumers not only expect them, but they also demand good deals. Indeed, an attractive loyalty program can sway a consumer away from a competitor with lower gas prices. “Over the last 10 years, particularly the last three, loyalty programs are playing a large role,” said Pat Lewis, president

Expanding Point-of-Sale Potential

Increasingly, a good point-of-sale (POS) system must play well with others. Not only should it integrate well with other software platforms, such as business intelligence software, but it must also be easy to deploy, easy to use and easy to enhance. Many POS platforms are embracing standardization that allows them to integrate with existing software

Orion Food Systems Names Watkins CEO

“I had the privilege to be part of that initiative that laid the foundation for the company, and am very excited about leading an incredibly talented team…” notes new CEO.   Orion Food Systems LLC has announced that Steve Watkins has been promoted to CEO of Orion Food Systems, the international foodservice provider of leading

Parker’s Donates $1 Million to Regional Trauma Center

“I have seen firsthand the high level of care these fine physicians, nurses and health care professionals provide,” says Parker’s CEO. Georgia entrepreneur Greg Parker, president and CEO of The Parker Cos., recently announced a $1 million donation to help begin a major renovation and expansion of Memorial Health’s emergency department and Level 1 trauma

Spinx Names New Members To Executive Leadership

Chief information officer and chief financial officer join executive team. The Spinx Co. Inc. has promoted Cheryl Szczesniak, chief information officer, and Steven Visser, chief financial officer, to its executive leadership team. Based in Greenville, S.C., Spinx operates 74 c-stores in South Carolina and North Carolina. Szczesniak joined Spinx in 2005 as its operations controller.

Central Florida Faces Fuel Shortage

Foggy weather causes delays in gas delivery, causing many stations to run dry. Gas stations in central Florida are facing a temporary fuel shortage that has left some convenience store locations without any fuel to dispense. A spokesperson for 7-Eleven told Orlando News 13 that the chain had only 50% of the fuel they needed

Walmart Debuts C-store Concept

Walmart To Go arrives in Arkansas with low prices and gasoline service. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has rolled out its Walmart To Go convenience store concept in its home state of Arkansas. The first location debuted Wednesday, March 19 at 1300 S. Walton Blvd. in Benton, Ark., Arkansas Business Online reported.     The store measures 2,500

CITGO Fueling Good Road Trip 2014 Kicks Off

Road trip to reward good deeds. CITGO Petroleum Corp. is launching its 2014 Fueling Good Road Trip on March 25 in Atlanta. Led by Adam and Diego, these two Fueling Good Ambassadors are traveling the highways and back roads of the 27 states and the District of Columbia where CITGO and its network of locally

Circle K Adding New Protein Shot

Three flavor profiles to roll out at 395 stores. Circle K is adding Pro Balance Inc.’s The Original Protein Shot—Protein 15 at select locations beginning May 2014 with its introduction into 395 stores in the company’s Midwest Region. “The partnership with Circle K further solidifies our industry leading position in the convenient protein category,” said

Couche-Tard Reports Financial Results

Same-store merchandise revenues up 3.8% in the U.S. For its third quarter of fiscal 2014, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. announced net earnings of $182.3 million, up $40.1 million or 28.2%, equivalent to $0.96 per share on a diluted basis, an increase of $0.21 per share or 28.0% over diluted net earnings per share of the third

E15 Now Available in Cambridge, Neb.

Anew Travel Center to begin selling E15 and flex fuel options. Anew Travel Center in Cambridge, Neb. now offers E15 to consumers for use in 2001 and newer vehicles. The expanded offering of E15 will create savings at the pump for consumers. Currently, E15 is available in 14 states across the country, and more and

Video System Integration Services

Gulfcoast Software Solutions LLC offers video, loss prevention and point-of-sale (POS) data integration solutions that use the Gulfcoast Storekeeper Hybrid DVR and NVR Video Management System. However, the solutions also integrate seamlessly with many other DVR brands, including Samsung, Bosch, Ionit, NUUO, Avigilon, Geovision and others. Gulfcoast features a state of the art video and

Couche-Tard Announces Management Changes

Bouchard becomes founder and executive chairman of the board of directors, as Brian Hannasch takes on the position of president and CEO.       Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has announced that corporation founder Alain Bouchard, has decided to take a new role as founder and executive chairman of the Board of Directors starting Sept. 24, 2014, the

Country Fair Reaches Fundraising Milestone

Supports local Muscular Dystrophy Association programs.  On Feb. 28, local CITGO Retailer Country Fair Inc. hit a major fundraising milestone by raising $1 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Bill Donor, a regular customer at the Country Fair location on Peach St. in Erie, Pa., purchased a paper shamrock as part of the CITGO

Wholesale Gasoline Costs Mostly Higher While Futures Slide

By Brian Milne,  Energy Editor for Schneider Electric. Wholesale gasoline costs in major metropolitan markets across the U.S. mostly increased during the week-ended St. Patrick’s Day, with supplier postings lower in the Rockies, while the gasoline futures contract slid to its lowest point since the end of February on a decline by global and U.S.

Love’s Debuts New Travel Stop Model

With an efficient design and a range of amenities, the new store positions Love’s for future growth. Love’s Travel Stops has debuted a new travel stop model with the opening of its new store in Andrews, Texas, on U.S. Highway 385. The travel stop opened on Thursday, March 13, and offers a more efficient design

Getty Divesting 47 Retail Properties In Eight States

NRC and Getty Realty Corp. to conduct sealed bid sale. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (NRC) announced that it has been retained again by Getty Realty Corp. to coordinate the divestiture of 16 gasoline stations, 29 commercial and retail properties formerly used as gas stations and two industrial sites in Connecticut (3), Illinois (1),

Kwik Trip Joins Partnership for a Healthier America

Dannon and Del Monte also pledge to make healthy choices more accessible. On Day Two of PHA’s annual Summit, three groups announce new commitments aimed at ending the childhood obesity epidemic During the second day of the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA)’s Building a Healthier Future Summit, Dannon, Del Monte and Kwik Trip announced

CST Brands Inc. Names New Board Member

“We are thrilled to add an individual with Stephen’s background to our Board,” says chairman and CEO of CST Brands. CST Brands Inc. has announced that a new member has joined its board of directors. Stephen Smith, former co-CEO of the Toronto-based restaurant chain owner and operator, Cara Operations Limited, has been elected to the

NACS Issues Position Relating to the Sale of E-Cigarettes

“Given the uncertain status of e-cigarettes, it just makes sense that convenience stores check IDs as part of the more than 4.5 million age-verification checks that we already conduct every day,” says NACS president and CEO. Convenience stores selling e-cigarettes are encouraged to adopt, as a best practice, a policy of treating these products as