Pilot Flying J Offers Free Hot Beverages on National Coffee Day

Pilot and Flying J customers in the U.S. and Canada can receive a free small hot beverage on Sept. 29. Pilot Flying J has announced that a coupon for a free small Pilot Coffee (or another hot beverage, including teas and cappuccinos) will be available on the company’s Facebook page on National Coffee Day, Sept.

Cumberland Farms Offers Mobile Free Coffee Coupon on National Coffee Day

In addition to offering free coffee on National Coffee Day, Cumberland Farms has announced the return of “Free Coffee Fridays.” Cumberland Farms has invited its customers to text FREECOFFEE to 64827 to receive a coupon for a free cup of coffee on National Coffee Day. The coupon is valid only on Thurs., Sept. 29, and

Wawa Offers Free Coffee on National Coffee Day

Customers at any Wawa location can receive any size coffee for free on National Coffee Day. In celebration of National Coffee Day, on Thurs., Sept. 29, Wawa will be offering free coffee to customers at all of the company’s more than 730 locations throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Florida. Customers at any

Sheetz Debuts Cold Brew

Sheetz is changing the face of coffee offerings in the convenience industry with its launch of Cold Brew coffee. On National Coffee Day, Sept. 29,2016, Sheetz will launch its very own Cold Brew coffee offering in all of its company stores. “Cold Brew is, without a doubt, the best way to make cold coffee, because

Quality Meat Snacks

The New Primal has introduced four new bold meat stick flavors and two new marinades. The new meat stick flavors include Habanero Pineapple Beef, Cilantro Lime Turkey and their first pork products, Maple Bacon Pork and Barbecue Pork. Also, adding to the new product range, The New Primal’s marinade, originally formulated for the Classic and […]

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Seasons Corner Market Implements EMV Upgrades

Gilbarco Veeder-Root has been chosen to help Seasons Corner Market continue its technological advancements. Colbea Inc., parent company of Seasons Corner Market, has announced that the company has chosen to adopt Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s Passport Point of Sale with EMV functionality and FlexPay IV forecourt payment terminals. These payment terminals will be implemented across the company’s

Loyalty’s Evolving Landscape

For convenience retailers, opportunity lies in using data to tailor loyalty programs to customers. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Tony Huppert, founder of Team Oil Travel Center in Spring Valley, Wis., was surprised to find the USA Rocket on the Team Oil Travel property is a Pokéstop in the popular Pokémon Go game, which launched

Tecate Expands to General Market Targeting

A new television commercial from Tecate Light will bring people together during this year’s Presidential debates. In preparation for the 2016 Presidential debates, Tecate Light has launched a bold new national television commercial called “The Wall” on Fox News, Univision and Telemundo surrounding the first Presidential debate. “The Wall,” created by Tecate with Saatchi &

Autonomous Robot Food and Grocery Delivery

Washington D.C. has approved one company to launch its ground-based, autonomous robot delivery service. A new ground-based robot delivery service has been approved in Washington D.C., and one startup company will soon begin testing its autonomous robot delivery service. According to a new report from Recode, Starship Technologies has announced that its six-wheeled, autonomous robots

TravelCenters Dominates this Year’s TMC SuperTech Competition

A number of TravelCenters’ technicians competed at the TMC SuperTech competition, earning titles in 11 challenges. TravelCenters of America LLC recently competed and dominated the competition with a record-breaking performance at this year’s TMC SuperTech. The TMC SuperTech is North America’s premier annual professional commercial vehicle technician skills competition. Five technicians from TA Truck Service

C-Stores Go Mobile

A mobile convenience store is offering a new level of convenience to students at Wichita State. Students and staff at the Wichita State Metropolitan Complex now have access to a new convenience store concept. According to a new report from The Sunflower, this new convenience store literally rolled onto campus in mid-September to offer a

7-Eleven Announces $1 7-Election Coffee Days

In recognition of this year’s Presidential Debates, 7-Eleven customers can purchase a 7-Election coffee for just $1 the day after each debate. With the approach of the 2016 Presidential Debates, 7-Eleven has announced a new promotion as a part of the 7-Election. 7-Eleven is now offering fresh-brewed coffee in its extra-large 7-Election Stay-Hot Cups for

All Day Breakfast Happy Meal

Following the brands successful All Day Breakfast expansion, McDonald’s has introduced a new Breakfast Happy Meal. For the first time in 30 years, McDonald’s is updating its Happy Meal offerings. On Mon., Sept. 26, the 72 McDonald’s locations in Tulsa, Okla. added an All Day Breakfast Happy Meal option to its menu. The new All

Love’s Supports Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through National Coffee Day Promotion

A portion of the sales of 24 ounce coffees sold by Love’s on National Coffee Day will go to help sick children. National Coffee Day is Thurs., Sept. 29, and in celebration of the holiday, Love’s Travel Stops will donate $1 of every 24 ounce coffee or cappuccino that is purchased on Sept. 29 and

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Partner with Local Schools

Today’s idea of the day: If you offer a pizza program consider partnering with local schools to supply pizza for their pizza days and other events. Schools frequently have pizza days for kids and/or for teachers and staff. Wouldn’t it be great for business if all those pizzas were coming from you? Consider offering them

Savory & Super Trendy, Meat Snacks Soar

Meat snacks maintain their firm grasp as a top-selling segment. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor “This is not your grandfather’s jerky,” said Norman Deschamps, an independent market analyst working with Packaged Facts, a market research publisher. Indeed, between people’s desire for protein, healthier snacks and premium products, the meat snacks category is undergoing a

Weighing Open-Loop Cards

Convenience stores can generate more customer interest with the right prepaid card program. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Open-loop prepaid cards present an ongoing opportunity for c-stores, especially since the prepaid market is fostering activities that are putting more of these types of cards in consumers’ hands. Open-loop is a term most often associated with

Adopting Ways to Obtain the Best Hires

Hiring managers often make the mistake of hiring the best applicants instead of the candidates who in the end make the best employees. By Mel Kleiman Six years ago, Convenience Store Decisions published an article I wrote that began: “Just two short years ago, anyone who wanted a frontline, hourly worker’s job only had to

Expansion Funding Options

Large or small, convenience stores can access financing programs that best fit their growth plans.  By Mark Battersby, Contributing Editor Interest rates remain close to their historical lows but financing for many convenience store businesses continues to be elusive. Lower interest rates have translated into lenders and investors being more selective. How then, can convenience

Finding Property Tax Savings

There are four steps you can take to save money and improve your overall commercial property tax management. By Anne Joyner Sheehan Let’s face it. Taxes are never a convenient issue for business owners, no matter if the tax levied occurs at the federal, state or local level. The common denominator for businesses is one

Car Washes Still Sparkle

A car wash can be a profitable venture for convenience stores, but retailers should ensure they do their homework.  By Howard Riell, Associate Editor A well-run car wash operation can do plenty of good for a convenience store, from driving traffic to promoting value and squeezing revenue out of more of the site’s square footage.

How Geography Impacts Sales

A store’s location, customer demographics and product mix play a big role in potential profits, but sometimes it’s the small business details that mean the most. By Bill Scott A few years ago, while counting items in one of our client’s stores, I noticed what appeared to be an out-of-balance situation involving Ben & Jerry’s

Biodiesel Crosses New Boundaries

Realizing financial incentives, attracting fleet customers and riding the sustainability wave are some of the benefits retailers can obtain by adding biodiesel. By Jon Scharingson Throw a dart at a map of the U.S. and you’re likely to hit a spot where selling biodiesel makes good business sense for convenience stores. Financial incentives in the

A Marketer’s Call to Action

Despite the dynamics that affect the convenience store industry today, established business associations still remain constructive partners. By Mark Radosevich At the time of this writing the presidential election is only 90 days away and there’s a perceptible mood of foreboding throughout the industry. After eight frustrating years of an illogical anti-business administration, it’s unfathomable

Small Town Heroes

There’s something about places where our roots remain. The same can be said about the convenience store industry. By Fran Duskiewicz Many years ago, when I was a young English teacher sitting in the teachers’ lounge, expounding upon why central New York was such a great place to live, the school’s guidance counselor chastised me

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