How To Encourage Healthy Lifestyles in Employees

Employers expect to increase commitment to employee health and wellness in coming years.  A global survey from Towers Watson has revealed that, despite offering an array of programs to enhance worker health and productivity, U.S. employers are finding it difficult to change the lifestyle behaviors of their employees. That being said, the majority of organizations


How To Meet Dietary Guidelines With Frozen Food

A menu made of 95% frozen foods can meet dietary guidelines for Americans. A new white paper from the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) has revealed that a weekly menu consisting primarily of frozen foods meets the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs). Written by Betsy Hornick, Illinois-based food and nutrition communications consultant, a licensed

FDA Finalizes Food Safety Rules

The AFFI supports the new rules that have been finalized by the FDA. Joseph Clayton, American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) interim president, has commended the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for implementing the Final Rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) on the Produce Safety rule, the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) and the Accredited Third-Party Certification

NPD Reveals Holiday Purchase Intentions

Holiday shopping may begin sooner than expected. The NPD Group’s 2015 Holiday Purchase Intentions Survey has revealed that more consumers will begin their shopping earlier, a higher percentage of shopping will take place online and more growth will be seen among the top categories purchased compared to last year. According to the survey, half of all holiday shoppers

Susser Appointed to National Retail Properties’ Board

Seasoned industry professional has been appointed to the National Retail Properties Board of Directors. National Retail Properties Inc., a real estate investment trust, has appointed Sam Susser to the Board of Directors. “We are excited to add Sam to our Board. His retail industry experience combined with his depth of knowledge of the convenience store industry

Presidential Candidates Recognize Flaws in Sugar Program

Presidential candidates are recognizing a need for reform of the sugar program. Recent comments made by the 2016 presidential candidates on the U.S. sugar policy have been welcomed by the Coalition for Sugar Reform. “We are glad to see the issue of sugar reform has become a topic of discussion among the 2016 presidential candidates,” said John

Transportation Bill Benefits U.S. Retailers

The NRF is happy to find the House making strides to improve the transportation industry, but also believes that more could be done. The National Retail Federation (NRF) was pleased to find that the House recently passed a long-term transportation bill that is critically important to America’s retailers. H.R. 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of

The House of Representatives Approves Transportation Reform Act

NATSO supports the House’s approval of the STRRA, but has some concerns about proposed tolling pilot program. The House of Representatives has approved a long-term plan for the nation’s highways, and NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, is commending the House’s efforts. However, the trade association expressed concern with a provision of the House Surface

How To Mentor Effectively

By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. It seems like every day my inbox is filled with articles regarding leadership. In fact, I get so many of them that lately I have taken to deleting them without even reading them. The constant bombardment of articles about leadership nullifies the senses. It’s akin to

Western Refining Proposes Acquisition

Western Refining has made an offer to purchase Northern Tier Energy common units. Western Refining Inc. has made a proposal to acquire all of Northern Tier Energy LP’s publicly-held common units. According to a report from Market Watch, Western Refining submitted their proposal to the Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of the general partner

Lottery Industry Expands Reach

New agreement hopes to bring consumers a new, enjoyable lottery experience. InComm and Scientific Games Corp. have entered into an agreement to bring new lottery gift card product offerings to consumers in North America. The agreement expands the lottery industry’s reach into many new distribution channels like chain pharmacy, big box and general merchandise stores. The agreement

If You Never Start, You Will Never Finish

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics Is there an idea or project on the list in the back of your mind that stays there because it feels like, once you start, there’s no end in sight? Is it one of those “not urgent,” yet, important tasks that could make a real difference when it comes to

Swisher International Names 2015 Farmer of the Year

Swisher names one of the most diverse farmers as farmer of the year for 2015. Swisher Sweets has named Danny Kornegay, a diversified farmer from Princeton, N. C., as the overall winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year for 2015. Kornegay was named as the overall winner during the Willie B. Withers Luncheon

Kofdarali Takes the Helm as NACS Chairman

NACS helps to connect those in the industry to our country’s most influential people. NACS encouraged industry members to strive for greatness at the 2015-16 NACS Show. “Test your limits. Test the unknown. And work together to get better,” Jack Kofdarali, president of Corona, California-based J&T Management Inc., told NACS Show attendees after accepting the

NACS Releases 2015 Ideas 2 Go Video

Retailers can now experience the Ideas 2 Go program from the comfort of their home. The 2015 NACS Ideas 2 Go program can now be purchased in an online video format. The fast-paced “Ideas 2 Go” program showcases emerging concepts that redefine convenience — as well as quick takeaways that retailers could easily implement at

NACS Celebrates Victories of 2015

NACS has faced a number of industry problems head on in the past year, and continues to fight for what is best for the industry as a whole. NACS scouts and shares global best practices in order to improve the convenience retailing industry. NACS develops programs to help members improve their operations and addresses critical

NACS Recognizes 11 Scholarship Recipients

NACS recognizes future industry leaders. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has awarded 11 college students with a $3,000 scholarship, awarded by the NACS Scholarship Program. In addition to the scholarship, each of the recipients received a stipend to attend the 2015 NACS Show in Las Vegas, Oct. 11–14, where they were recognized during a special

Jiffy Mart and Tevis Motor Fuel Named Small Business of the Year

Jiffy Mart and Tevis Motor Fuel has been awarded by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and Carroll County Department of Economic Development to recognize their contributions to the local economy. When evaluating each business for recognition, the Chamber considered each company’s history and background, performance and growth, innovation and creativity, Competitiveness and Community Involvement. Jiffy Mart and Tevis Motor Fuel received a Chamber of

NACS Elects Four Board Members

NACS has added four successful retailers to its Board of Directors. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has elected four retail members to serve on its Board of Directors. The new members were announced at the NACS Board of Directors meeting at the 2015 NACS Show in Las Vegas. The four NACS retail members elected to serve

Voting by Proxy

By Tony Huppert,  CEO of Team Oil Inc. I am beginning to understand the corporate takeover of media outlets. At first I thought it was for profit, now I realize it is for control. Now that the political parties are selling the rights to the Presidential Debates to PAY TV for profit, the results of

Recognizing NAG Leadership

Toot’n Totum’s David Johnson receives the National Advisory Group’s inaugural Lifetime Award for Convenience Retailing. By John Lofstock, Editor The National Advisory Group (NAG), a convenience store trade association focused on small, mid-sized and family-owned businesses, has a long history dedicated to helping convenience store owners improve their businesses through education and networking. Through the

Tifton, Ga. Farmer Named 2014 Farmer of the Year

Innovative doublecropping crop production system helps Tifton, Ga. farmer earn Farmer of the Year award. Philip Grimes, a farmer from Tifton, Ga. who is known for his conservation practices and high crop yields, has been selected as the overall winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award for 2014. Grimes was named

Hershey Launches New Global Initiative to Feed Children

Hershey will use new initiative to support the nutritional needs of children in Ghana. The Hershey Co. has launched a new Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action. The goal of the initiative is to help supply Vivi to school children in Ghana.  Vivi is a vitamin and mineral-fortified nutritional supplement which is produced from high-quality

When Violence Strikes At Your C-Store

By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. You’ve just shot a robber at your convenience store—now what? The decisions you make, and the actions you take over the next few minutes, or the next few hours, may be the most important challenges you will face in your lifetime. The most dangerous

Wal-Mart Loses Case Against Five Former Employees

Could a Utah Supreme Court ruling endanger employees and customers in situations involving armed shoplifters? A four to one decision from the Utah Supreme Court has sided with five former Walmart Employees suing for wrongful termination. According to a report by Deseret News, the case follows the termination of five employees who were terminated after disarming