Hershey’s Ranked High by Millennials

Millennials like to work for companies where they can make a difference. The Youth 100 VoxBurner Report and the 2015 Millennial Career Survey  by the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) have revealed The Hershey Co. to be a top company and workplace for Millennials. On the list of the top 100 companies, The Hershey


How Retailers Are Adapting to Obama Care

The ever-evolving Affordable Care Act continues to pose challenges for retailers, even as many c-store chains make employee healthcare a top priority. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) here to stay for the foreseeable future, convenience stores are working overtime to meet the new guidelines and prepare

How Poor Customer Service Is Hurting Mass Merchandisers

LoyaltyOne and Verde Research find shoppers with children under 18 most likely to be upset when faced with insufficient information available near a displayed item, which places revenues at risk. The latest LoyaltyOne, Verde Group research found mass merchandisers may need a refresher in customer service, at least if they hope to secure repeat business

How Do Buzzwords Impact Customer Purchase Behavior?

A recent Harris Poll looked into what buzzword advertisements touting that products are “craft” or “limited edition” “hand-crafted” or “artisan” and how shoppers actually interpret the meaning of such words and how it influences their purchase behavior. The Harris Poll surveyed 2,225 U.S. adults online between May 20-26. It discovered that “handmade/handcrafted” tops the provided

How State Gas Taxes Differ

States vary widely in how they choose to tax gasoline. The U.S. Census Bureau in its recent “Profile America” report, pointed to how taxes paid at the gas pump differ widely from state to state. The highest state tax plus fees on gasoline is 51.6 cents per gallon, levied in Pennsylvania. The Keystone State also

Pic-n-Pac Stores To Join VP Brand

Wuest’s Inc. converts San Antonio area convenience stores to VP Racing Fuels’ branded program. Wuest’s Inc. has become the latest c-store retailer to join VP Racing Fuels’ branded program. Headquartered in McQueeney, Texas, Wuest’s, Inc. owns and operates 15 Pic-n-Pac stores and services two other retail locations in the greater San Antonio area. Four of

TravelCenters of America Sponsors Great American Trucking Show

From free samples to prizes to activity challenges, TravelCenters helped professional drivers get the most out of GATS. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded travel centers, sponsored and hosted the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas from Aug. 27-29. From the Shower Trailer, to FREE Truck Parking, to

How Clifford Fuel Is Expanding the Easy Way

The Utica, N.Y. chain opens its 17th Nice N Easy franchised store in impressive fashion. By John Lofstock, Editor When CST Brands acquired Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes following the death of founder John MacDougall last year, many around the industry wondered if we’d seen the last of one of the convenience store industry’s most

Green Zebra Grocery To Open Second Store

More store openings are planned for the coming years. Green Zebra Grocery is set to open its second store in Portland’s Lloyd District, early next year, following successfully raising $2.5 Million in capital in order to fund the expansion. Green Zebra will be the anchor tenant for Portland’s “newest neighborhood,” known as Hassalo on Eighth.

NLRB’s New Labor Standards To Impact Franchise Relationships

Under the new standard franchisors could potentially be held liable for the labor practices at its franchise locations. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has adopted a more expansive definition of “joint employer” under the National Labor Relations Act. The move came in a 3-2 decision involving Browning-Ferris Industries of California. As part of the

Courtney Vercollone Promoted to District Manager At VERC Enterprises

Formerly in the marketing department, Vercollone to oversee issues, audits and inspections in her new role. VERC Enterprises has promoted Courtney Vercollone of Plymouth, Mass. to District Manager. Vercollone is set to cover the South Shore District. In her new position, Vercollone will oversee issues and perform monthly audits and weekly inspections at the company’s

How Customers Rank Fuel Rewards

Some 37% of U.S. gas station customers prefer to receive fuel savings as opposed to card rewards, cash back or coupons and discounts, according to a new report. Do you know how your fuel customers like to be rewarded for loyally filling up at your convenience store? Well now a new study on consumer behavior,

Bid Deadline Approaches For 25 7-Eleven Stores

The sealed bid deadline for a number of 7-Eleven convenience stores is less than two weeks away. 7-Eleven is divesting 25 properties in 10 states in a sealed bid sale scheduled for Sept. 10, with assistance from NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC. The properties are located in Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Nevada, New York,

Thoroughbred Energy Divests 21 C-Stores To TravelCenters of America

The sale of an additional 13 convenience locations expected close in the coming weeks. Thoroughbred Energy has closed on the sale of 21 petroleum marketing and convenience store assets and a wholesale business to TravelCenters of America. Closings on the company’s additional 13 c-stores, mainly leased sites, are expected to occur over the next few

SEC Won’t Pursue Charges Against Target Following 2013 Data Breach

Federal Trade Commission continues to investigate. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that it won’t take action against Target, after the big box behemoth suffered a data breach in 2013 that saw some 40 million credit and debit cards compromised. According to a report by Bloomberg Big Law Business, the SEC’s investigation

How Friendship Food Stores Enhanced Communication With Customers

OpenStore by GasBuddy rollout has improved the line of communication between Friendship Food Stores and its customers. FriendShip Food Stores, owned and operated by Bell Suppliers Inc., has learned much in the year it has relied on OpenStore by GasBuddy to expand customer reach and communication. When launching with OpenStore last fall, FriendShip Food Stores

How eGifts Are Adding Value For Retailers

Convenience stores can improve their gift card programs by adding egifts. A recent survey conducted by Blackhawk Network shows that convenience store retailers have an opportunity to increase the value of their in-store gift card programs by supplementing physical cards with egifts. Gift cards remain the most popular and coveted gift for all occasions with

Stuarts Draft, Va. is Home to Newest Sheetz Convenience Store

Sheetz uses grand opening celebration as an opportunity to give back to the community. The newest Sheetz Convenience Store opened in Stuarts Draft, Va. on Aug. 27. This new location offers convenience to customers in the surrounding Virginia area. The store’s grand opening was celebrated with fun games, free food and drinks to attendees. For a limited time, The new store

Love’s Raises Money for CMN Hospitals

Love’s launches campaign to help sick and injured children. Love’s Travel Stops has launched its annual campaign for Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals. In order to raise money for the hospitals, more than 350 Love’s locations will sell paper balloons for $1, $5 and $20 from Aug. 25 – Sept. 30. Other fundraising activities such as

BP Whiting, Ind. Refinery Comes Back Online

Midwest gas prices expected to drop, as more fuel supply enters the market this week. Gas prices in the Midwest should return to normal soon after they soared over the past two weeks following a BP refinery shut down. On Tuesday, BP announced that its crude distillation unit at its Whiting, Ind., facility was back

Sheetz Debuts Private Label Credit Card

In a partnership with First Bankcard, Sheetz provides c-store customers with discounts and rewards through the new Sheetz Personal Credit Card. Sheetz has introduced the Sheetz Personal Credit Card, a private label credit card, to its c-store customers. Sheetz partnered with First Bankcard, a division of First National Bank of Omaha, to offer its c-store

Winning Military Vet Embarks on Career as 7-Eleven Franchisee

Two other contest winners set to take command of their franchise stores later this fall. After winning the 7-Eleven Operation: Take Command contest earlier this year, Military veteran Mark Anthony Page assumed control of his 7-Eleven franchise in Burleson, Texas. It is the culmination of nine months’ work and a competition to win first America’s

How Today’s Gas Prices Compare

Although the Midwest continues to face higher prices after a refinery malfunction, nationwide, gas prices are on the decline. Average U.S. gas prices today stand at $2.59, marking the lowest levels for this time of year since 2004, according to an Aug. 24 report by AAA, which pointed to a decline in the cost of

G&M Oil Partners With OpenStore To Launch Mobile App

Also introduces a redesigned Website for on-the-go c-store customers. G&M Oil Co. has partnered with OpenStore by GasBuddy to introduce the free G&M Mobile App and a newly redesigned Website, www.gmoc.com. As an incentive to customers to check out the new app, those who download it will be rewarded immediately with a free fountain drink

Love’s Completes TirePass Rollout

The full-service tire inflation system is now available nationwide at more than 200 sites. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores has completed its nationwide rollout of TirePass, a full-service tire inflation system. Installations began earlier this year and now more than 200 locations offer TirePass. This means professional drivers across the country now have access