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As Fourth of July Approaches, Gas Prices Dip

Alaska passes California as the most expensive state for gas. Even with gas prices climbing this year, drivers will pay the lowest prices at the pump over the Fourth of July holiday weekend than they have in five years. Average pump prices are 90 cents per gallon less than prices at this time last year,

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7-Eleven Partners With Postmates in Delivery Service

7-Eleven is keeping up with consumers and their fast paced living with a new delivery service. In partnership with San Francisco-based technology company, Postmates, 7-Eleven is now offering delivery services to customers. This is taking 7-Eleven’s old mantra, “give customers what they want, when and where they want it,” one giant step forward. Select stores in San Francisco and

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Kraft Foods GroupShareholders Vote in Favor of Merger

New merger will create the third-largest food and beverage company in North America. With 98% of votes casted in favor of the transaction, Kraft Foods Group Inc. has approved the previously announced merger agreement to create The Kraft Heinz Company. The 98% represented more than 69% of all outstanding Kraft shares; therefore, the way has been cleared

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Kroger Announces President’s Retirement

Kroger’s president retires after 40 years; successor has yet to be named. After 40 years with the company, Mike Ellis, Kroger’s president and chief operating officer, has retired. Ellis joined Fred Meyer in 1975 as a parcel clerk at age 16, and went on to serve in a series of operations and merchandising leadership positions in

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PCI Updates Standard for Point-to-Point Encryption

Security standards for payment card data are being updated in order to increase the security of customer data. An update has been made to one of the eight security standards implemented by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC). This update is expected to simplify the development and use of Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE) solutions that make stolen payment

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Convenience Stores Sales On the Rise

Convenience store retailers expect strong sales in the third quarter of 2015. According to the results of a retail sentiment survey released by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), expanded fresh food offers and continued lower gas prices, which drove strong convenience store sales in the second quarter of 2015, are expected to continue

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How to Attract Millennials With Fee-Based Loyalty Programs

Millennials are more open-minded about fee-based rewards programs than the general population. Some Americans find the idea of paying a fee to join a customer loyalty program off-putting, but there are a great deal of Americans who would be willing to pay a fee in order to join such loyalty programs, specifically Millennials. According to a LoyaltyOne

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New Business Model Benefits Clients and Customers

CROSSMARK introduces new business model to drive sales and efficiency. CROSSMARK, this week, announced a new, innovative business model designed to drive faster sales growth and greater efficiencies for its clients and customers. “With rapidly changing consumer trends and the intensity of the digital age, retailers seek solutions to upgrade the shopper experience while manufacturers

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Obama Administration Proposes Expanding Overtime Pay

Some 5 million employees could be eligible for overtime pay, but retailers fear the costs would result in layoffs and cut hours for workers. On the heels of the Obama Administration’s Supreme Court victory last week that saw healthcare subsidies upheld, the Administration proposed new overtime rules this week that would allow more employees the

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Kum & Go Shares Designs for New Headquarters

New Kum & Go headquarters designed to provide a collaborative work environment and to embrace modernity. The designs for the new Kum & Go Downtown Des Moines, Iowa headquarters, Krause Gateway Center, located at 1459 Grand Avenue, have been released. The new building was designed to embrace a modern and highly collaborative work environment that offers

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Pilot Flying J Launches 2015 Road Warrior Campaign

2015 Road Warrior Campaign is to bigger and better than ever, beginning with an unforgettable event. Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers in North America, announced that the 2015 Road Warrior program will launch in July. The purpose of the contest is to honor professional drivers for their hard work, generosity and

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Let Loyalty Be Your Competitive Advantage

An effective loyalty platform, such as KickBack Rewards, will shift customer behavior in your favor. In today’s hyper competitive market, this can be the difference between driving sales or staying stagnant. Loyalty programs are everywhere in the retail industry. Customers interact with them multiple times almost every day—whether shopping at a grocery store, buying a

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VP Racing Fuels Has a New Branding Partner

VP Racing Fuels partners with Sandri Energy to expand presence in the Northeast. VP Racing Fuels is on its way to expanding the brand in the Northeast. Sandri Energy, a Greenfield, Mass. based company, is the newest retail branding partner of VP Racing Fuels. Sandri is expected to accelerate with VP’s expansion due to Sandri’s existing operations

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U.S. Consumer Food Trends for Independence Day

Tradition is the key for Fourth of July foods. The Fourth of July is a holiday that Americans love to celebrate with good food. Instantly, the world’s largest audience and consumer insights platform provider, performed a national consumer poll on Fourth of July food eating an buying preferences, and the results weren’t surprising. More than

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Rutter’s Donates to Red Cross

  Rutter’s partners with Red Cross and donates $20,000. Rutter’s Farm Store donated a total of $20,000 to the American Red Cross as partner in the 2014-2015 Leadership Giving Initiative. Rutter’s has 60 locations in York, Pa. In the photo above, Alexandra Henry (R) from Rutter’s presents a check for $10,287.43  to Barb Taylor (L) of the American Red

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Federal Reserve Calls for “Chip-and-PIN” Technology

Although the chip-and-signature credit cards are more secure than those of the past, U.S. consumers are still at greater risk than those in other countries. In an attempt to increase the security of American consumers, the Federal Reserve, the system which maintains the safety and soundness of our banking system, is calling for the new chip

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Connecting Lawmakers with Local Communities

Congressman participates in nationwide program to connect with local community. Convenience stores play a large role in the lives of American consumers. For many, a trip to a convenience store is a daily ritual, and it is crucial that our government officials understand the value of such an important part of daily life. According to

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Snacking in the Evening

Consumers’ desire to indulge creates an opportunity to drive evening sales of prepared food items. In partnership with Anheuser-Busch, Tyson Convenience Foodservice performed a new study which revealed that convenience store operators can increase sales of prepared food items by taking advantage of late afternoon and evening snacking behaviors. With the frequency of snacking on

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VERC Enterprises Receives Franciscan Leadership Award

VERC Enterprises is honored for their commitment to hiring individuals with intellectual disabilities. Cardinal Cushing Centers recently honored Leo and Paul Vercollone, President and Vice President respectively of VERC Enterprises, with the Franciscan Leadership Award. VERC Enterprises is a leading convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Cardinal

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Online Grocery Shopping is On the Rise

Consumers seeking one-stop-shops and online grocers in order to limit time spent grocery shopping weekly. According to a survey of 1,100 U.S. online grocery shoppers performed by Door to Door Organics, a  natural and organic online grocer, U.S. online grocery shoppers are increasing the amount of grocery shopping they do online. The survey collected the responses of

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Love’s Debuts First Location Along Interstate 85, Alabama

Love’s first location along Interstate 85 in Shorter, Ala. provides a number of amenities to drivers. On Thursday, June 25, 2015, Love’s Travel Stops opened its doors for business in Shorter, Ala. along Interstate 85. This new travel stop provides a place for drivers to rest as well as a number of driver services and food

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7-Eleven Expands Premium Brands

7-Eleven is raising the bar for on-the-go foods with new variety and premium ingredients for the health-conscious customer. With its two premium lines, 7-Eleven is raising the bar for product quality and variety. The company is making an effort to ensure that the quality of its brands, 7-Select GO!Yum and 7-Select GO!Smart, are exceeding that

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Holmes Oil Co. Named 2015 L.W. Locke Retailer of the Year

Outstanding service leads to recognition and honors. Holmes Oil Co., a Chapel Hill, N.C.-based retailer that operates 25 locations under the brand Cruizers Convenience Marketplace, was recently named 2015 L.W. Locke Retailer of the Year. This honor is awarded by the North Carolina Petroleum and Convenience Marketers (NCPCM) association to honor a NCPCM member company for outstanding community service, leadership

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Kraft, Atkins and Kellogg’s Master the Art of Innovation

What are brands like Kraft, Kellogg’s and Atkins doing to make the list of this year’s innovators? Of the 3,522 new products launched in 2015, 12 achieved the criteria to be called “Breakthrough.” Lessons from the 2015 Nielsen Breakthrough Innovation Winners feature best practices from winning brands – with seven specific case studies that roadmap

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What Does the SCOTUS ObamaCare Ruling Mean For C-stores?

A core piece of the Affordable Care Act—subsidies—have been upheld by the Supreme Court, which failed to upend the law with its ruling as many had hoped. In a ruling brought down June 25, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in a 6-3 decision upheld one of the central parts of President Barack

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