Seattle Minimum Wage Laws Upheld in Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has refused to hear any appeal from those challenging the Seattle minimum wage increase ordinance. Business groups recently attempted to challenge a Seattle law which raises the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, but the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the challenge. Therefore, the previous decision made by a

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7-Eleven Cookie Recall

A number of 7-Eleven’s cookies may contain undeclared peanut, and customers are encouraged to discard these cookies. 7-Eleven’s fully baked chocolate chunk, sugar and oatmeal raisin cookies, produced by CSM Bakery Solutions cookie pucks, are being recalled because they may contain undeclared peanut. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the

Global Partners Retains NRC for Sale of C-Stores

NRC is coordinating the previously announced sale of multiple convenience stores by Global Partners. Global Partners LP has announced that it has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC to coordinate the sale of 86 convenience stores with gasoline in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Of the 86 sites, 28 are located in Connecticut, 22 in

Many Companies Lack Insurance Protection for Cyber Security

Despite the potential devastating cost a company may encounter as a result of a data breach, a great deal of U.S. companies do not have insurance coverage for security and data breaches. According to the 2016 Risk:Value report from NTT Com Security, the majority of global organizations agree that it is crucial for their organization

Mondelēz International Supports Soccer

Mondelēz International invites local communities to support their local soccer teams. Mondelēz International has announced its continued support of soccer through the #PassTheLoveBack campaign. This is the third consecutive year for this multi-brand program from the Official Snacks of U.S. Soccer and the Official Snacks if Major League Soccer. The program will leverage U.S. Women’s

Jimmy Haslam Subpoenaed to Testify Against Pilot Flying J

Pilot Flying J CEO denies any involvement in the company’s schemes to cheat customers out of savings. Jimmy Haslam, CEO of Pilot Flying J and owner of the Cleveland Browns, has been subpoenaed to testify in a civil lawsuit against the Pilot Flying J chain, which Haslam owns in conjunction with his brother Bill Haslam,

The NRF Wants Health Benefits Tax Exclusion Cap Rejected

The NRF predicts that a health benefits tax exclusion cap will not reduce health care costs. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has requested that the proposals to cap the exclusion of employer-provided health benefits from federal income tax be rejected by the House Ways and Means Committee. “Favorable tax treatment today supports health coverage for

NRF Expert Appointed to Department of Commerce’s Advisory Committee

Jonathan Gold, of the NRF, will now serve as an adviser for the global supply chain. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has announced that Jonathan Gold, vice president for supply chain and customs policy, has been appointed to the Department of Commerce’s Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness. Established in 2011, the committee consists of 45 senior-level

Ignorance Versus Intolerance

By Tony Huppert, CEO of Team Oil Inc. I wonder sometimes if some economists and politicians actually listen to themselves. California had a referendum to get the public’s opinion on raising the minimum wage to $15. Putting that question on a ballot is like asking politicians if they want a raise, oh wait, they do vote

PriceAdvantage Experiences Substantial Growth

Large and small fuel retailers are adopting PriceAdvantage software, leading to substantial company growth. PriceAdvantage, a division of Skyline Products, has revealed that the company experienced substantial growth for the first quarter of 2016. This growth has been attributed to a number of new customers, as well as the expanded use of company software by

Rutter’s Sells $1 Million Lottery Ticket

Rutter’s has sold yet another huge winning lottery ticket. Rutter’s has once again sold a Pennsylvania Lottery ticket that has turned out to be worth $1 million. This marks the second time this year that a Rutter’s customer has won a huge Pennsylvania Lottery prize. The Rutter’s in Mountville, Pa. sold a winning $1 Million

Krause Gateway Center Construction Continues

The new Krause Gateway Center will provide an engaging space for the community to interact with Kum & Go associates. Plans for the new Krause Gateway Center, which will house the Kum & Go store support center headquarters, have been submitted to the City of Des Moines for review. The Center is currently under construction

California and New York to Raise Minimum Wage

Some states are responding to the nationwide push for a higher minimum wage. As the push for a higher minimum wage rages across the U.S., two of the country’s most populous states are moving to become the first to raise the statewide minimum wage to $15 per hour. According to a report from Market Watch,

Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco LP Complete Dropdown Transaction

A dropdown transaction to Sunoco LP is expected to increase the company’s distributable cash flow. The previously announced dropdown transaction between Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (ETP) and Sunoco LP is now officially complete, as of March 31, 2016. The transaction includes the dropdown of the remaining 68.42% interest in Sunoco LLC to Sunoco LP, along

Health and Beauty: More Than Before

Health and beauty aids (HBA) aren’t usually products that many c-stores take the time and trouble, or go to the expense to actively market. But they should. The U.S. beauty industry reached $16 billion in 2015, a 7% increase over 2014 sales, according to the NPD Group. Makeup experienced the healthiest sales growth—13% during that

Hoshizaki Receives ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award

Hoshizaki demonstrates commitment to energy efficiency. Hoshizaki America Inc. is being recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the company’s continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. The EPA has presented Hoshizaki with a 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for its accomplishments. Hoshizaki

Debit Swipe Fees Remain Too High

The NRF is calling for the Federal Reserve to review and revise the debit card swipe fee cap. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has stated that, although the cap on debit card swipe fees, which was enacted by the Federal Reserve five years ago, has helped reduce costs for retailers and consumers, fees are still

NRF Expresses Concern about New Rules from Department of Labor

New rules from DOL will be profitable to Big Labor, while small retailers will be the first to suffer. The Department of Labor (DOL) has officially released the final rules under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act. These rules significantly narrow the advice exemption for employers under the Act. The National Retail Federation (NRF) issued

IRS Returns Wrongfully Seized Funds

After two years, a convenience store owner who has the money he used to support his business seized, has been fully refunded. In 2014, convenience store owner Khalid Quran had $150,000 seized from his personal account by the IRS, due to frequent cash withdrawals that raised a red flag for the IRS. Quran was able

Sheetz Ranked in Top 100 Places to Work List

Sheetz invests in its employees and promotes a company-wide effort to create a positive workplace. Global research and consulting firm, Great Place to Work and Fortune Magazine have announced that Sheetz Inc. is one of the 2016 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For. This list, now in its 19th year, recognizes companies that have

Two Atlanta C-Store Owners Made Millions Through SNAP Fraud

Two Atlanta c-store owners have pled guilty to illegally purchasing food stamps from benefit recipients and for redeeming those food stamps for more than they paid for them. When looking to purchase items that cannot be attained through the use of food stamps, also known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, consumers sometimes attempt

Priority = Do the Right Thing

By Ed Collupy, executive consultant, W. Capra Consulting Group Over the years I’ve always had a book or two on my desk at work and near my comfy spot at home. Some I started and put aside, others I read in a couple of days, but many took time to get through. I read to

Swisher International Valued Retiree Passes Away

Sixty-year tobacco industry veteran, John White, has passed away. The Swisher International team recently announced the passing of retired employee and friend, John White. White passed away on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. White was a 60-year veteran of the tobacco industry. He began his career in 1962 as a territory manager for Swisher and retired

Tax Extenders Benefiting C-Stores

Once again, lawmakers waited until late in the year to pass another tax “extenders” bill. By Mark Battersby, Contributing Editor The new “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes” (PATH) Act of 2015 retroactively extended quite a few tax-saving provisions, many quite narrow in scope such as those for film and theater producers, NASCAR racetrack owners, racehorse

ACE Comments on Renewable Fuel Standard Hearing

Executive vice president of ACE has stated some of the company’s concerns about consumer access to cleaner fuels. In advance of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee oversight hearing on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), a statement was issued by Brian Jennings, the executive vice president of the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE). “While

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