NRF Speaks Out On ‘Ambush’ Union Elections Court Ruling

Union organizing elections timeline has “nothing to do with making elections fair,” says NRF spokesperson. The National Retail Federation (NRF) issued the following statement from Senior Vice President of Government Relations David French on a federal judge’s ruling in favor of National Labor Relations Board regulations that allow union organizing elections to be held in

U.S. Gas Price Dip Continues For Longest Period Since January

South Carolina gas $1.50 per gallon less than California gas due to regional factors. The national average price for regular unleaded gas in the U.S. declined for 12 consecutive days (July 15-27), marking the longest dip since January. Month-over-month, pump prices have moved lower in 34 states and Washington, D.C., offering relief to motorists. The

Couche-Tard Sells Lubricants Business in Europe

Deal should close by year’s end. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has signed, through its wholly-owned indirect subsidiary Couche-Tard Luxembourg S.A.R.L., an agreement to sell its lubricants business to FUCHS PETROLUB SE (FUCHS). The sale is through a share purchase agreement, pursuant to which FUCHS would acquire 100% of all issued and outstanding shares in Statoil Fuel

Seizure of Counterfeit Zig-Zag Products Executed

North Atlantic enforces zero tolerance policy for counterfeit goods imported into the United States. Seizure orders from the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut have been successfully executed on a number of merchants and individuals who were selling counterfeit Zig-Zag cigarette paper products. In the case, Michael Rye and Thomas Mango, Cantor Colburn

FREE Weekends at 7-Eleven this August

For 7-Eleven fans, more weekends equals more savings. 7-Eleven, is launching another summer special in August – FREEkends (FREE Weekends). During this new promotion, 7-Eleven will have a free product offer each weekend throughout August. The best part is that there are five weekends in August this year. 7-Eleven will launch its FREEkend offers Aug. 1 for

Sheetz Opens Two New Pennsylvania Stores

The growing family-owned convenience store chain continues strong expansion in Pennsylvania. On July 30, Sheetz opened two new locations in Burnham, Pa. and Huntingdon, Pa. The new stores give customers in the Mifflin County, Pa. and Huntingdon, Pa. areas more food and fuel options. The store openings were celebrated with fun games, food, drinks and prize giveaways, along with free coffee

NOCO Fights Hunger Through Donations

NOCO fights against hunger by donating thousands of pounds of non-perishable food items to the local Food Bank. NOCO and its employees recently donated more than 6,500 non-perishable food items to the Food Bank of Western New York. From July 10-17, NOCO’s eight office/warehouse locations throughout Western New York donated non-perishable items to the cause. On July 28,

Fresh & Easy Makes More Cuts

A competitive market forces Fresh & Easy to cut underperforming locations. Fresh & Easy has announced that it will be closing 14 of its stores. These closures are being made as a part of a downsizing effort as the company attempts to compete in a challenging industry. Recent initiatives have been made to help drive sales

Sunoco Acquires Susser Holdings Corp.

Sunoco’s expansion continues with the acquisition of Susser Holdings Corp. Sunoco LP has completed the acquisition of Susser Holdings Corp. (SHC). The corporation was acquired from ETP Holdco Corp. and Heritage Holdings Inc., wholly-owned subsidiaries of Energy Transfer Partners LP (ETP). The transaction is valued at approximately $1.93 billion. Sunoco paid $966.9 million in cash and

Core-Mark Second Quarter Earnings to be Released

Core-Mark has announced a second quarter investor call which will be accessible on Aug. 6. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. plans to release its Q2 earnings before the market opens on Thursday Aug. 6, 2015.  The company will later host an investor call at 9 a.m. Pacific Time that same day. The call will be accessible by dialing 800-588-4973 using the

Eby-Brown Promotes Mathew Mandeltort to Help Drive Strategic Vision

Eby-Brown has appointed a new vice president of foodservice strategy and education. Mathew Mandeltort has been appointed vice president of foodservice strategy and education for Eby-Brown Co. LLC., effective immediately. Prior to accepting his new position, Mandeltort was the corporate foodservice manager. In his new position, Mandeltort will be responsible for providing the strategic direction of all Eby-Brown foodservice

7-Eleven Expands to Vietnam

New agreement helps 7-Eleven to add to its worldwide store total. A master franchise agreement between 7-Eleven, Inc. and Seven Systems Vietnam Co. Ltd. has been signed to allow the development and operation of 7-Eleven stores in Vietnam. The expansion will add to the company’s already established 56,400 stores worldwide, and also marks the company’s first stake in the

How To Recover After Storm Damage

While rushing to re-open after summer storm damage, some crucial repairs are often overlooked. When a retail outlet or restaurant is damaged by severe weather, a quick recovery is essential. Realizing the importance of time, Cintas Corp. has provided five tips to help with a speedy recovery from disruptions, just in time for summer storm

Is Amazon Opening A Brick-And-Mortar Store?

The drive-through style pick-up location for previously ordered items is reportedly in the planning stages and set for Silicon Valley. Amazon is looking to enter the brick-and-mortar business, introducing drive-through grocery stores where customers can collect groceries they’ve purchased online, according to reports from the Silicon Valley Business Journal and CNBC Online. The first location

7-Eleven Divesting 25 Convenience Stores in 10 States

C-stores for sale in Virginia, Texas, Florida and Illinois, among other states. 7-Eleven Inc. is selling 25 gas stations/convenience stores, and has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC to coordinate the sale. The sale includes six locations in Virginia, three each in Colorado, Illinois, Texas and West Virginia, two each in Florida and Missouri,

Sunoco, Cardtronics Renew ATM Agreement

Renewal extends 15-year relationship Sunoco Inc. has renewed its ATM services agreement with Cardtronics Inc., adding a long-term extension to a 15-year relationship between the two companies. Cardtronics is the world’s largest retail ATM owner / operator. Cardtronics currently owns and operates approximately 700 ATMs for Sunoco, Inc. in 15 Eastern states, primarily under the

Could A Series of Emails Disrupt Swipe Fee Settlements?

A number of emails sent between lawyers on opposite sides of the swipe fee antitrust lawsuit could possibly impact the previous settlement rulings. Emails sent between two lawyers representing opposing sides in swipe fee settlements could impact the $6 billion swipe fee antitrust settlement between MasterCard, Visa and a vast number of merchants, and could

How Millennials Differ From Other Generations And Each Other

IRI examines the myths and misconceptions about Millennials. Numerous generalizations have been thrust upon the Millennial Generation, from the idea that they are self-absorbed, rejecting of “traditional” life paths, and being tethered to their mobile devices. But new research from IRI examined the myths versus realities of Millennials and discovered not only that there are

NACS Introduces Online Training Platform for Convenience Stores

New learning management system enhances NACS’ education and training programs for convenience store employees. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has launched an online training program for c-store employees. The program is available through NACS’ new online platform: NACS e-Learning, powered by Ready Training Online (RTO). “The goal in offering this training platform to

“Holy Cow” Promotion is Cause for Religious Upset

Hindus upset by ampm promotional campaign. Hindus are calling a current “ampm” promotion, which links a cheeseburger with “Holy Cow,” inappropriate. A Hindu statesman is urging the immediate removal of the posters in question. The posters displaying “Big Western BBQ Cheeseburger” in “ampm” stores contain the words “Holy Cow” in bold and capital letters at

M&M’S Mouth-Watering Marketing

Mars Chocolate’s new M&M’S commercial catches a blushing bride red-handed with “spokescandy,” Red. Mars Chocolate North America has launched a new commercial called “Eating in Bed” where a married couple argues over eating chocolate in the bedroom after Scott catches his wife, Liz, red-handed with M&M’S “spokescandy,” Red. The new commercial, produced by BBDO New York,

New 7-Eleven Stores Roll Out in Oklahoma

After years of planning and market research, 7-Eleven is rolling out new stores in Oklahoma that will better cater to the needs of consumers. The Oklahoma City-based 7-Eleven Stores (not affiliated with the Dallas-based national chain) are introducing new, larger stores in Oklahoma. After years of planning and research, the first new store opened last

Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market Tests Pizza To Go

Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market stores are looking to create a shopping experience that is customized to cater to the specific communities that they serve. Wal-Mart’s growing number of Arkansas Neighborhood Markets continue to become more unique. These new Neighborhoood Market stores look to become the ultimate one-stop-shop by offering services, from fuel to hot and ready pizza,

Management Proxy Circular Filed By Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Amendments to Alimentation Couche-Tard articles to be made in favor of non-founding shareholders. Alimentation Couche‑Tard Inc. has filed its management proxy circular, in connection with its annual general and special meeting of shareholders scheduled for Sept. 22, 2015 (the “Meeting”). Proposed Amendments In addition to the annual general matters to be voted on at the Meeting,

Starbucks Releases Third Quarter and Fiscal 2015 Financial Results

Starbucks has experienced enormous growth in the last quarter, and the company is expected to continue to grow. Starbucks Corporation has reported financial results for its 13-week fiscal third quarter and 39-week fiscal year to date which ended June 28, 2015. Starbucks Japan acquisition-related items, which are excluded from the non-GAAP results, are included in the

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