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Corner Store Kicks Off 20th Annual Fundraiser

Convenience store is first to offer hospital bracelets for $1 donation to support Children’s Miracle Network. Now through June 30, Corner Store employees are encouraging customers to Put Their Money Where The Miracles Are during the chain’s 20th annual Miracle Balloon campaign. The icons will be available for a $1 or $5 donation, and all-new

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Rockbridge Growth Equity To Acquire GSTV

GSTV  joins the Rock Ventures Family of Companies bolstering metro Detroit’s technology leadership. Rockbridge Growth Equity, LLC, a Detroit, Mich.-based private equity firm, announced that it has signed a purchase agreement to partner with management in acquiring Gas Station TV (GSTV), one of the fastest-growing media networks for reaching on-the-go consumers. Founded in 2006 and

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Hunt Brothers, Coca-Cola Partner On LTO Combo

Hunt Brothers Pizza will offer 10% savings when customers order bundles. Hunt Brothers Pizza is offering a new combo with Coca-Cola. Now through Dec. 31, refreshing Coca-Cola beverages will be available for purchase with Hunt Brothers Pizza products at participating locations. “Our program with Coca-Cola allows us to explore the abundant opportunities available with food

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Studies Show E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit

While detractors may declare otherwise, science is showing that e-cigs are a safer alternative to traditional tobacco products. By Gregory Conley, Research Fellow, Heartland Institute For years, advocates for smoke-free alternatives, such as electronic cigarettes and other e-vapor products, have known that these products are effective at helping smokers quit or dramatically reduce their cigarette

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Fighting for the E-Cigarette Industry

As the FDA aims to impact e-cigarette sales, industry entrepreneurs are collaborating with the understanding that there is more that unites them than divides them. By Cynthia Cabrera, Executive Director, SFATA For the past several years, vapor industry insiders and outsiders alike have opined on what the deeming regulations will mean for the industry, but

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Pep Rally or Pity Party?

The convenience store and tobacco industries need to respond to the FDA’s deeming regulations. By Lou Maiellano The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) on April 25 released its deeming regulations, asserting regulatory authority over a variety of tobacco products. Of course, most of the attention in the press and

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2014 Legislative and FDA Regulatory Update

NATO Executive Director Tom Briant provides insights and analysis on the latest tobacco legislative activity and FDA regulatory actions. By John Lofstock, Editor It has been another tough year for the tobacco industry as legislators at the local, state and federal levels have targeted both tax increases and new smoking regulations on all forms of

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Why The Electronic Cigarette is a Tobacco Product

The battle against the FDA has gone on for many years and it’s not over, especially with e-cigs at the forefront. By Thomas Kiklas, Co-Founder, TVECA Recently, the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association (TVECA) was asked to participate at VapeWorld in Chicago. During a roundtable question and answer period there was great confusion as to

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Choosing the Right Foodservice Partner

Want to avoid the deep end of the proprietary food pool? A co-branded relationship with a QSR can keep your operation flowing smoothly. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Today, quality foodservice is a key ingredient in profitable convenience store operations. Just how key? Foodservice accounted for 18% of total c-store sales in 2013, which also

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Regulators Chew on Cigars

While federal officials weigh new standards for the tobacco industry, retailers hope cigar sales don’t go up in smoke. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took a big step towards regulating other tobacco products (OTP), including cigars, by proposing to assert deeming regulations under the 2009 Family Smoking

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Tackling Adversity

A positive attitude can help c-store employees thrive in the face of any obstacle. By Jim Callahan I recently came across a thought provoking and very astute quotation that captivated my attention, and since I have this great forum provided by Convenience Store Decisions, I thought I would share it because it relates as much

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Speedway’s Acquisition of Hess Spells the End of an Iconic Retail Brand

Deal to acquire the East Coast’s largest gas station operator will position Speedway as one of the top company-owned and -operated convenience store chains in U.S. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s subsidiary, Speedway LLC, is poised to become one of the leading convenience store and petroleum marketers in the U.S. following last

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Employing a Special Workforce

In following through with its unique hiring policy, VERC Enterprises has positively impacted surrounding communities. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Most convenience stores strive diligently to create a working environment where employees feel wanted and useful. VERC Enterprises Inc. has taken that page and written its own book, which began more than a dozen years

Embracing Safer Tobacco Products

Great strides have been made within the past five years to introduce new tobacco products that would, from my perspective, reduce harm when compared with traditional cigarettes. So despite all the naysayers and anti-tobacco crusaders—who care less about the health of smokers and more about their own agendas—safer tobacco products are a reality that convenience store

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Rutter’s Honored As International Convenience Retailer of the Year

Alain Bouchard, president and CEO, Alimentation Couche-Tard honored as NACS Insight International Convenience Leader of the Year. The sixth annual International Convenience Retail Awards, which recognize and promote convenience retailing excellence at the global level, were presented June 4, at a gala in conjunction with this week’s NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe. This year’s

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Seattle Raises Minimum Wage To $15

The measure is set to take place gradually over several years. Seattle is raising the minimum wage to $15, following a unanimous vote by the Seattle City Council Monday. “Seattle wants to stop the race to the bottom in wages” and address the “widening gap between the rich and the poor,” Councilmember Tom Rasmussen was

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Jiffy Mart Helps the Boys and Girls Club Kids of Westminster

A charity autograph signing event featuring Marshal Yanda of the World Champion Baltimore Football team was held on April 3, 2014 to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Westminster, Md. ​ Baltimore Ravens football fans filled up the Green Turtle Sports Bar & Grille on April 3 to see the three Time All Pro

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California Approves Bill Requiring Warning Labels For Sugary Beverages

Bill heads to the state Assembly. The California Senate has passed a bill that would require sugary soft drinks to carry labels warning of obesity, diabetes and tooth decay, Reuters reported. The bill passed on Thursday, May 29, by a 21-13 vote, and next heads to the state Assembly. If passed, Governor Jerry Brown would

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Smoker Friendly Welcomes New CIO

David Kittle to manage and expand the information technology systems team. The Cigarette Store Corp. and Smoker Friendly are welcoming a new employee: Chief Information Officer David Kittle. Kittle comes to The Cigarette Store Corp. and Smoker Friendly with 20 years of experience in the information technology and information systems industry. He graduated from Metropolitan

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Short-term Peak for U.S. Gasoline Prices Near

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric Last reported at $3.674 gallon on Memorial Day, the U.S. average price for all formulas of regular grade gasoline surveyed by the Energy Information Administration looks to be near a short-time peak, with retail gasoline prices set to ease in June before again reasserting themselves to the

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Medical Specialists Appeal To WHO On Tobacco Harm Reduction

Look to make tobacco harm reduction a higher priority through noncombustible nicotine delivery, including e-cig and vapor products. Last week, more than 50 leading scientists from 15 countries signed a letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) to ask the WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan to reconsider the WHO’s intention to classify e-cigarettes essentially the

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Total U.S. Restaurant Visits Dip in First Quarter

NPD Group finds double-digit servings growth for hot chocolate, hot tea and frozen coffee. The downside and upside for the U.S. restaurant industry in the first quarter of 2014 was that total restaurant visits dipped but delivery and other areas got a boost from cold weather, reported The NPD Group, a global information company. Traffic

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Love’s Offers Tips For National Tire Safety Week

From monitoring air pressure to maintaining valve caps, drivers can keep tires working longer. Love’s Truck Tire Care experts are offering tips on how to keep your wheels and tires in the best possible condition in honor of the Rubber Manufacturers Association’s Tire Safety Week June 1-7, 2014, and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA)

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Are Your Lighting Project Timelines Stealing From Your Project Savings?

By John Loheit, director, marketing and customer incentives, EMC LLC. It was about a year ago that you realized the challenges in reading the manifests and inventory paperwork in the stocking aisles. Error rates had been increasing, and you’re sure it’s because your staff hasn’t been able to see what they’re doing. The decision you

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One Million In Donations

Since 2006, DaVinci Gourmet has supported Coffee Kids projects all over the world and recently reached one million dollars in donations. To showcase this eight-year partnership, DaVinci Gourmet presented a check to Coffee Kids at the 2014 Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) event in Seattle. Coffee Kids is an international non-profit organization that works

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