NACS Sessions Explore Design and Food

Foodservice is moving from a key concept to critical component for c-store operators. By David Bennett, Senior Editor NACS 2015 continued Oct 13 with various education sessions meant to inform and explore. Many attendees packed the room to hear discussions from a session, titled, “The Psychology of Store Design.” Joseph Bona, president of the retail

Gearing Loyalty Programs Towards Millennials

Retailers are gearing their loyalty programs towards Millennial consumers. Loyalty marketers who are striving for a successful loyalty rewards program must account for the Millennials’ desire for fun and excitement in a rewards program. More than 80-million consumers in the U.S. consumer segment are accounted for by 18- to 34-year-olds (Millennials). In a COLLOQUY-sponsored nationwide

Hershey Sponsors Team USA

Hershey is now the official sponsor of The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams. The Hershey Co. has entered into a five-year partnership with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams will be supported by Hershey through the 2016 Rio Games, the 2018 PyeongChang Games and the 2020 Tokyo Games. The new partnership is

Dollar General Restructures to Drive Growth

Dollar General Corp. plans to eliminate 200 positions through corporate restructuring, effective immediately. In an attempt to improve efficiencies and reduce expenses, Dollar General Corp. will be eliminating 255 positions, effective immediately, by restructuring its corporate support functions. “Over the last several months, we have taken a hard look at our cost structure and are streamlining our support

7-Eleven Opens in Dubai

Dubai residents and visitors can now enjoy the convenience of a local 7-Eleven store. Seven Emirates Investment LLC, a master franchisee of 7-Eleven Inc., has officially opened its first 7-Eleven store in the United Arab Emirates. The store opened for business in Dubai on Oct. 6, and the company held an event with a ribbon-cutting, VIP attendance

NACS Experts Get Fresh

Retailers learn the benefits of fresher food options, as well as cutting costs. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Fresh is easier said than done, especially in the convenience store business. But for operators looking to introduce fresh food options in their stores, there’s practical ways to go forward, according to a panel that shed some

New Pennsylvania Turkey Hill Minit Market Opens

Turkey Hill celebrates new store opening with limited-time product specials. Turkey Hill Minit Markets is working to expand its presence in Northeastern Pennsylvania. In order to expand, the company is slated to open a new store, later this month. The new store will soon open at 140 N. Wilkes-Barre Boulevard in Wilkes-Barre. Serving customers 24 hours

From Private Label to Beacons NACS Show Educates on Trends

During the educational sessions Monday, c-store retailers had the opportunity to learn the latest trends and innovations in the area of their choosing. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Monday at the NACS Show kicked off with a number of educational sessions to help convenience store retailers maximize success. In an educational session on private label

Hershey is Nourishing Minds

Hershey strives to nourish 1 million minds by 2020. The Hershey Company has launched a new global purpose that will provide children in the U.S. and abroad with the basic nutrition that is necessary for them to learn and grow. This new initiative is being referred to as Nourishing Minds. In the U.S., 15 million

Chain of The Year Dinner Honors Family Express

Convenience Store Decisions presents Chain of the Year award to Family Express. Convenience store retailers joined to celebrate Family Express, Convenience Store Decisions’ (CSD) 2015 Convenience Store Chain of the Year award winner, during the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show on Monday, Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Nirvana Pool inside the

NACS Discusses Fuel, Employees and Branding

NACS 2015 kicks off with education sessions that strike at the core of c-store operations. By David Bennett, Senior Editor In the session, Preparing Your Infrastructure for Future Fuels, Norman Turiano, principal of Turiano Strategic Consulting, theorized that because gasoline costs will likely rise again, alternative fuel vehicles (AFV) will continue to increase in number

C-Stores Thrive on Finding Great People

No other works as hard to make each other better than the c-store industry. In his general session presentation at the 2015 NACS Show, Steve Loehr, NACS vice president of operations, explained that the key to Kwik Trip’s success is finding great people and giving them resources to help them thrive The lessons shared about

Seven Days of Free Coffee

Being a 7Rewards member has never been better. 7-Eleven, Inc. has launched the 7Rewards Free Coffee Week. From Oct. 12-18, 7Rewards members can  enjoy a FREE any-size hot beverage every day through the 7‑Eleven app. During the promotion, no purchase is necessary to receive a free fresh-brewed cup of coffee, cappuccino, latte or hot chocolate

Thorntons Customers Save On Fuel

A new program from Thorntons drives in-store sales saves  customers money on fuel purchases. Thorntons has introduced Swipe to Save, a new addition to its Refreshing Rewards program. Swipe to Save provides even more ways for guests to save on fuel purchases. Refreshing Rewards guests qualify for additional cents off on fuel when they purchase select

How Stinker Stores is Refreshing for the Future

With a new store design and a myriad of new company initiatives, everything is coming up roses for Stinker Stores. By David Bennett, Senior Editor The interactive LED display boards now being erected outside select Stinker Stores locations provide customers the latest in-store promotions, cool graphics and crisp digital messaging all at the flip of

Q1 Acquires Think Marketing

Q1 expands its range of customer services through acquisition of Think Marketing. Q1 Productions has acquired the practice of Think Marketing, Research and Consulting Services of Columbus, Ohio. This move is designed to expand and enhance Q1’s range of client services as Think provides marketing research and strategic consulting services to food, beverage and consumer branded companies. Think founder,

Cumberland Farms CEO Speaks At White House Summit

Panel brings together leaders who aim to make their workplaces fair, productive and prosperous. Ari Haseotes, president and CEO, of Cumberland Farms was selected by the Obama administration to represent the company at the White House Summit on Worker Voice. Haseotes participated in a panel discussion entitled “High Road Employer Strategies: Win/Win Solutions” as part

How Would Your Employees Answer These Questions?

By Mel Kleiman If you don’t know how your employees would respond to the following, then it’s time to find out. How many of these items should be on your Top 10 List of reasons why a great employee should want to work for your organization? Would your employees answer, “YES,” to each one? Our managers

Nominations Now Open For Top 40 Retailers Under 40

Do you know a convenience store executive or up and comer on an executive track under 40 who stands out? Convenience Store Decisions (CSD) is compiling its list of the top 40 convenience store retailers under the age of 40, and we need your input. In keeping with our mission of recognizing and including the

Companies Combat Childhood Hunger

Talking Rain, Albertsons Cos and Entertainment Industry Foundation pledge efforts to support Hunger Is. The Albertsons Cos and its store brands has partnered with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) to create an in-store campaign to support Hunger Is. Hunger Is, a charitable program of the EIF, raises awareness and funds to fight childhood hunger in America. The campaign will feature Academy Award

Heineken Announces New TV Spot

As a part of its longstanding partnership with the Bond film franchise, Heineken will release a new TV spot this fall. This fall, as part of its integrated global Spectre campaign, Heineken will release a new TV spot, “The Chase,” which will feature Daniel Craig as James Bond in a high speed boat chase. The brand will

Core-Mark to Distribute for Murphy USA

Murphy USA has signed a strategic five year agreement with Core-Mark Holding Company Inc. Through a new five year supply agreement, Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. will now be the primary wholesale distributor to Murphy USA Inc. Core-Mark will deliver over 75% of the merchandise sold in Murphy USA stores. The contract is expected to be effective beginning in the first quarter of 2016 and

Target Makeover in Progress

Target works to boost grocery sales. Target has been dedicating a great deal of effort to rejuvenate its grocery department as a part of a strategic plan to attract more business. According to a report from the StarTribune, Target is seeking to turn its grocery department into more of a shopping destination for customers. It

NOCO Express Remodel Complete

NOCO Express celebrates completion of remodel and the addition of a Tim Hortons restaurant to its Lackawana, N.Y. location. NOCO Express has opened a Tim Hortons at its store located in Lackawanna, N.Y. Upon celebrating the grand opening of Tim Hortons, the store also marked the completion of a two month interior and exterior remodel. The new

Customers Enjoy Expanded Offerings At TravelCenters of America

Drivers can now utilize medical and fitness services. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded travel centers, has announced that 22 of its travel centers now include businesses geared toward servicing various medical needs of professional drivers, including four that have recently opened. TravelCenters, or in some cases, a