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

Judy Love Caught Heckling Lebron James in Oklahma City

Footage of billionaire Judy Love heckling Lebron James has gone viral, as James shares the video with his 18.4 million Instagram followers. Judy Love, of Love’s Travel Stops and Country stores has shown her dislike towards Lebron James during the game between the Cavs and Oklahoma City. According to a report from Cleveland.com, James was

Reynolds American and its Affiliates Donated Huge Cash Sums to Nonprofits in 2015

Millions of dollars in monetary donations and facilities were donated to nonprofits throughout 2015. Thanks to the generosity of Reynolds American Inc., its affiliates, related private charitable foundations and employees, a wide range of nonprofit organizations received donations in 2015. Collectively, approximately $10.8 million was donated throughout the year. “I am very proud to be

Lawrence “Hayden” Baylock Has Passed Away

The family of this late industry veteran aims to continue Hayden’s legacy through donations to diabetes research. On Feb. 6, 2016, Lawrence “Hayden” Baylock passed away in Homestead, Fla. Hayden leaves behind a legacy in the industry. He was a member of the NASM Board of Directors from 1991-2007, and NASM chairman for two separate

VERC Provides Grant to Fitchburg High School

VERC is investing in the future of the communities it serves through educational grants. A grant for $500, made possible by ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program, has been presented to Fitchburg High School by VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with 24 locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Funded by the ExxonMobil

The NRF and University of Phoenix Offer Dream BIG Scholarship Program

The NRF and University of Phoenix School of Business are working to help the next generation of retail leaders grow. The National Retail Federation (NRF) is once again collaborating with the University of Phoenix School of Business to offer the Dream BIG Scholarship Program, for the fourth consecutive year. The Dream BIG Scholarship Program awards