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Consumer Optimism Holds Steady

While unchanged from September, optimism is higher than this time last year. Economic optimism held steady in October, with 46% of gas consumers saying that they were optimistic about the economy, according to the latest NACS Consumer Fuels Survey. A majority of consumers ages 18-34 (53%) say that they are optimistic about the economy. While

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CST Brands, Lehigh Gas Partners Complete Acquisition

Lehigh Gas Partners to change its name to CrossAmerica Partners LP. CST Brands Inc. and Lehigh Gas Partners (LGP) announced CST’s completion of the purchase of 100% of the membership interests of Lehigh Gas GP LLC, the general partner of Lehigh Gas Partners LP from Lehigh Gas Corp. and all of the outstanding IDRs of

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NOCO Express Acquires Buffalo Mobile Mart

Store to undergo renovations this fall. NOCO Express, a family-owned and locally-operated gasoline convenience store chain, has purchased the Mobil Mart located at 585 Elmwood Avenue, at the corner of Lexington Avenue in Buffalo, N.Y. The store is now open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Both the canopy and store will remain

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Lightning Mart Supports Local High School

Local CITGO retailer raises nearly $40,000 to benefit school athletic department and lunch programs. Representatives from CITGO Retailer Lightning Mart in Lafayette, Ind. joined more than 250 golfers and 50 volunteers for a day of golf and prize raffles to benefit the Lafayette Jefferson Golden Broncho Birdie Bash. The event, held on Aug. 23, raised

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Mind Reading for Managers

How to fully engage your staff in five easy conversations to ensure that everyone is working together as one team. By Kim Seeling Smith, Contributing Editor Did you know that only about one in five of your staff bring their ‘A Game’ to work every day, according to general surveys conducted by the likes of

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Millennials Seek Healthier Workplaces

Experts weigh in on why smart companies are moving to implement workplace wellness programs—and how to start yours. A CSD Staff Report Much has been written about the impact of Millennials on America’s workforce. And it’s true that young people—those born between 1980 and 2000—have very different skills and values from the Gen-Xers and Boomers who

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Re-Imagining the C-Store

While the industry’s sales remain strong, the industry faces challenges from competing retail channels. U.S. retailers can learn a lesson from overseas marketers. By Suresh Bharadwaj, Contributing Editor In 2012, convenience stores outperformed grocery stores and drugstores in the U.S. both by dollar sales and volume growth. They netted $708.2 billion in revenue and $77.8 billion

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Negotiating Contracts with Expertise

Everything is open for negotiation—even prices, schedules and product offerings that seem carved in stone. Wharton School of Business professor Steven Blum said no one has to just accept what’s offered, but first you must hone your negotiating skills. A CSD Staff Report Life is a series of negotiations. While we may realize this in

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Sheetz Debuts New Location

Makes a $2,500 donation to the Special Olympics Ohio as part of the grand opening festivities. Sheetz Convenience Store opens a new location in Strongsville, Ohio, to increase convenience for customers in well-established markets. Sitting at 9037 Pearl Road, the store will give people another option for great food and drinks. Employees will cut a

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5 Times to Launch a Business

Many people want to start or expand their businesses, but feel that “it’s just not the right time.” Business coach Sean Castrina explains why common excuses should be used as motivation to become your own boss. A CSD Staff Report Do any of these scenarios hit home? • Rumors abound that your company is for

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Health and the Hispanic Consumer

C-stores that make an effort to understand the health issues, diet dynamics and cultural considerations of Hispanic consumers can develop healthier retail relationships in the community.  By Sylvia Meléndez Klinger, Contributing Editor As a registered dietitian who has practiced for 30 years, working with health issues that affect the Hispanic/Latino population in the U.S., I

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The Essence of Leadership

Developing a service-oriented retail strategy can create highly successful teams for c-store owners. A CSD Staff Report We all know the types of people who make great leaders, right? They’re the talented ‘wunderkinds’ who are poised to change the industry. Or, are they the industry veterans who have done it all and seen it all?

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Gulf Oil Expands Into Alabama

Bumpers Oil Co. converts to Gulf brand. Gulf Oil LP, one of the fastest growing branded marketers of energy products in the U.S., announced a new partnership with Bumpers Oil Co., a distributor of petroleum products in Alabama. The new relationship returns the iconic motor fuel brand to communities in “The Yellowhammer State” for the

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Recruit the Best (& Skip the Rest)

If you make the effort to find and recruit the best hourly employees, you will add value to your organization now and in the future because you’re recruiting the kind of people who can give you a competitive edge. By Mel Kleiman, Contributing Editor When it comes to recruiting hourly employees, the sixth annual Convenience

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COGO’s Partners With OpenStore to Drive Customer Loyalty

Launches Web-based and mobile technology. CoGo’s Co., a convenience store chain based in Pittsburgh, embarked on a brand-new marketing strategy with OpenStore by GasBuddy to extend special discounts and offers to their valued customers. OpenStore is a complete digital marketing solution to help convenience store owners and managers concentrate on reaching and rewarding their customers

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MAPCO Installing New Marketing Technology

Partners with Gilbarco Veeder-Root to add marketing technology across 220 sites by the end of 2014. MAPCO recently partnered with Gilbarco Veeder-Root to install the Impulse upselling platform across 220 sites by the end of 2014. MAPCO, which operates 375 stores in the southeast, is using the Impulse platform to drive dynamic digital content at

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Mitigating Risk to Protect Your Business

More and more companies are investing in cybersecurity insurance, which is designed to mitigate losses from a variety of cyber incidents, including data breaches, business interruption and network damage. By Mark E. Battersby, Contributing Editor The dangers of Internet hacking and cyber thefts continue to make the headlines. This fall, Home Depot discovered a data

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How Can Employees Show Customers They Care?

It doesn’t take a big-business budget to make customers feel special. All you need is a little creativity and a personal touch. A CSD Staff Report Caring about customers is one of the best ways to differentiate your business and gain long-term consumer loyalty. But how can employers incorporate such a “soft” skill into their operation?

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Are Employees Sabotaging Your Company?

Consultants Julie Miller and Brian Bedford share 10 employee types  whose attitudes and actions are sabotaging your company’s accountability,  costing you money, and sending customers running for the hills. A CSD Staff Report We all know what it’s like to be promised, “I’ll get back to you on that question,” only to never hear another

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7-Eleven Powers Up its Fresh Foods Menu

7-Eleven marks the first retailer to offer Tony Horton Kitchen Foods. Celebrity health and fitness expert Tony Horton has teamed with 7‑Eleven Inc. to launch a new line of healthy and nutritious foods and cold-pressed juices under the Tony Horton Kitchen label. Tony Horton, the master behind the best-selling fitness program, Beachbody P90X, is a

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Phillips 66 Continues to Drive Retail Innovation

The Houston-based energy company is piloting several test programs and rolling out new images to help its branded marketers boost sales and attract new business. By John Lofstock, Editor Phillips 66, which supplies more than 7,100 outlets under the Phillips 66, 76 and Conoco brands, continues to innovate. Through a strategic program called Experience 66,

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Living the American Dream

Nachhattar Chandi began his c-store career as a cashier. Today he owns and operates 17 convenience stores and counting. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Nachhattar Chandi’s entrepreneurial journey from his start in a small village in India to a U.S. c-store cashier, to a successful c-store franchisee and owner of Chandi Group USA is a

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Gasoline’s Whipsaw Trade in Oversold Market

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The gasoline futures contract nearest to physical delivery traded in a more than 25cts gallon range in September with little less than two days of trade for the month remaining, which included sharp daily reversals in what is known as whipsaw price action late in the month ahead

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TravelCenters Acquires Iconic Johnson’s Corner Truck Stop

Petro Johnson’s Corner location to maintain Johnson’s Corner restaurant and bakery, and community roots. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the expansion of its network with the acquisition and rebranding of the newest Petro, located at I-25, Exit 254 (2842 SE Frontage Rd.)

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Nice N Easy Announces Scholarship Winners

The Linda Nelson Memorial Scholarship is awarded to seven students. Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, a convenience store chain in Upstate New York, has awarded Linda Nelson Memorial Scholarships to seven local students. Established by the late President, Founder & CEO John MacDougall, the award is in memory of Linda Nelson, a spirited Nice N

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