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

Small Business Owners Holiday Concerns

ShopKeep reveals the greatest concerns of small business owners. ShopKeep has released its third quarter 2015 ShopKeep Small Business Index (SSBI). According to the SSBI, which draws upon insights gathered from 836 small business owners, the biggest worry this holiday season is not competing with national retail and restaurant chains, but rather competing with small businesses, changing EMV requirements as well

CITGO Donates $15,000 to Johns Hopkins Children Center

CITGO fuels good in the community. CITGO Petroleum Corp. has announced its “Be a Star, Buy a Star” campaign, which will be a fundraising effort to benefit the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. CITGO’s local branded Marketers Griffith Energy Services Inc., Carroll Independent Fuel Co., and The Wills Group, who recently donated $15,000 in CITGO Gift Cards to the hospital, will participate in the

QuickChek and The Festival Group Honored for Generosity

QuickChek and The Festival Group honored at the second annual Oak Awards Dinner. For the second year in a row, QuickChek Corp. and The Festival Group have been named among some of the most generous companies in New Jersey. Continuing its tradition of recognizing all that’s great in the Garden State, New Jersey Monthly magazine has

Aloha Petroleum Acquires MFM Inc. Assets

Aloha Petroleum seeks to increase its Hawaii presence.  Aloha Petroleum Ltd. has acquired the Hawaii assets of MFM Inc. Included in the acquisition are two Shell stations, two Subway restaurants and four convenience stores. According to a report from Pacific Business News, the acquisition is set to close later this year. The newly acquired stores are

Customers Can Pick Up Walmart Orders at 7-Eleven 24/7

Walmart seeks to use established store fronts as pickup locations for Walmart goods purchased online. Select 7-Eleven Canada stores will soon act as 24/7 pickup locations for online Walmart orders. According to a report from the Toronto Star, customers ordering from Walmart.ca will soon have the option to pick up packages from one of six

Kwik Trip Leads By Example

Kwik Trip’s Steve Loehr has embraced the ideals of health and freshness, helping usher in a new era for the c-store industry. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor In the 25 years since Steve Loehr joined Kwik Trip Inc., the La Crosse, Wis.-based convenience retailer has experienced extraordinary growth, reaching numerous corporate milestones. Today, Loehr,

How to Compete in the Health and Beauty Categories

Health and beauty aids can rouse additional in-store sales with the right presentation. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Though retail channels continue to blur, one category where convenience stores still trail their mass, drug and dollar store counterparts is health and beauty aids (HBA). One advantage that does work in c-stores’ favor is, of course,

How to Choose Quality Vendors

When reviewing vendors to meet your retail needs, it’s not always about saving a buck, but ensuring quality service. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Every few years, convenience retailers often find themselves sitting at the negotiating table, talking with grocery wholesalers or direct store delivery (DSD) vendors in an effort to work out an acceptable

How to Go Green and Save

Increasing the eco-friendliness of your car wash can help reduce costs while boosting customer traffic. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor Enacting environmentally-friendly policies can be good business. From recycling to energy efficiency, there are many options for convenience stores to reduce costs while aiding the environment. But there is one often overlooked area that can

How 7-Eleven is Taking Convenience to the Next Level

Forget the drive-through, 7-Eleven customers can now get merchandise delivered to their doorstep. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Convenience store behemoth 7-Eleven recently announced a strategic initiative to make its c-store offerings even more convenient to customers. In July, 7-Eleven announced it had partnered with technology and logistics company Postmates to offer on-demand delivery in

How to Ensure Successful Cash Management

More convenience stores are combining proven practices with the latest technology to keep a handle on their money. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Back in the 1970s, armed robbery was rampant in convenience stores. 7-Eleven Inc., one of the first retailers to stay open 24 hours per day, hired consultants to investigate ways to thwart

How Retail Shrink Is Skyrocketing

A report by Retail Fraud- New York, shows U.S. retail shrink is up $3 billion, with retailers losing $60 billion per year to fraud. The US Retail Fraud Survey 2015 has estimated that U.S. retailers are losing $60 Billion a year to shrink—up from $57 Billion last year—and identified employee theft as the single biggest

Wawa Introduces Its New Credit Card

New program includes 25-cents-per gallon gas savings for convenience store customers. Wawa Inc. and Citi Retail Services have announced the launch of the Wawa Credit Card, featuring savings for fuel purchases at Wawa stores. The Wawa Credit Card will give Wawa customers a convenient payment option with an enhanced value proposition on fuel purchases. When

EPA Announces Stricter Ozone Protection Rules

NACS warns stricter standards could lead to higher fuel prices, among other consequences. The Obama Administration has put stronger restrictions in place on smog-causing ozone production Thursday, Oct. 1. According to USA Today, while business groups say the rules will impact jobs, environmentalists say the restrictions don’t go far enough. The new rules would restrict

How to Hire Successful Retail Managers

It is easy to turn a blind eye to your store’s issues, but a successful manager knows how to handle these issues. It is easy to distinguish between the best and the worst store managers. The easiest way to determine a manager’s quality is to look at his employees. Employees under a good manager work