How ‘Chip’ Card Mandate Is Impacting Retailers

As retailers spend billions to become compliant as fraud liability shifts, American banks and credit unions drag their feet on adding PIN numbers for extra security. This fall national retailers are turning on newly-installed payment terminals aimed at better protecting consumers from cybercrime and credit card fraud. These machines are designed to accept new, more


7-Eleven Partners With PayNearMe To Introduce Mobile Bill Payment Center

Bilingual, co-branded app to help 7-Eleven’s underbanked convenience store customers. 7-Eleven has partnered with PayNearMe, a financial services technology company, to introduce the PayNearMe Bill Pay app, enabling U.S. consumers to pay over 17,000 national and local billers with cash using a convenient barcode scan at participating 7-Eleven stores. The domestic bill payment service is

MAPCO Benefits From Zenput’s New Task Management Function

With new task management capabilities on Zenput’s mobile solution, MAPCO is able to auto-generate tasks for individual district managers or groups of store employees. MAPCO Express is among businesses using Zenput’s new task-management capabilities for its mobile solution. Zenput is a provider of mobile operations management for retail, restaurant and consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies.

Spice Up Breakfast

AdvancePierre Foods (APF) is adding a new breakfast sandwich to its BIG AZ line, featuring Schmidt’s famous Bahama Mama Sausage. The BIG AZ Schmidt’s Bahama Mama Spicy Split Sausage sandwich is served with egg and cheese on a homestyle, fresh-made buttermilk biscuit. Each hand-assembled sandwich is individually labeled and wrapped in crisp, white butcher paper […]

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Organic Jelly Beans

Jelly Belly Candy Co. is introducing Organic Jelly Beans in 10 assorted and five sour flavors, and Organic Fruit Flavored Snacks—scheduled to debut this winter. Organic Jelly Beans will be available in 1.9-ounce grab-and-go peg bags and 5.5-ounce pouch bags. Ten assorted flavors include Apple, Berry, Blueberry, Cherry, Coconut, Lemon, Orange, Peach, Pear and Strawberry. In […]

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Pumpkin Breakfast Biscuits

Pumpkin season is here! In fact, 93% of Americans consider Pumpkin Spice the official flavor of fall, according to a 2015 belvita survey. belVita has responded with the launch of Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Biscuits. Available for only eight weeks, belVita Pumpkin Spice are delicious, nutritious breakfast biscuits providing three-grams of fiber, 19 grams of whole […]

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Ground Chicken Crumbles

Tyson Fully Cooked Ground Chicken Crumbles are 100% all natural, which means no artificial ingredients or preservatives, allowing operators to elevate their menu offerings. Tyson Ground Chicken Crumbles are a simple solution to serving great-tasting food at a lower cost. Made with full-flavored ground whole leg chicken, it provides consistent flavor from case to case. […]

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All Natural Gum

Simply Gum is an all-natural gum brand with six artisanal flavors, including Mint, Cinnamon, Fennel, Ginger, Coffee and Maple. Simply Gum produces all-natural gum with a positive impact without the plastic or toxins found in other gums and free of preservatives, trans fats and artificial sweeteners. The lightly-sweetened, premium, totally-natural gum seeks to inspire people […]

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Safer Lighters

Linse Lighters solve a problem that many people have dealt with for so long: burning their fingers while using a lighter. The simple yet versatile technology inherent in Linse Lighters allows users to have a much safer and superior experience when lighting a candle, pipe, cigar, cigarette or for any other practical/recreational use. The nozzle […]

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Non-Dairy Smoothies

Zone 8 Beverages has unveiled three new coconut-milk based, fruit-infused smoothie beverages, including Orange Dream, Pina Colada and Mango Delight. The new Zone 8 smoothies are non-GMO, non-dairy, gluten-free, soy-free and sweetened with real fruit. Coconut milk based smoothies are a solution to the consumer demand for non-dairy alternatives. The products are also shelf stable, […]

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Pumpkin Spice Treats

Hostess is introducing Pumpkin Spice CupCakes—cream cheese-frosted pumpkin spice cake with creamy filling and fall foliage sprinkles. In addition, cinnamon-glazed Pumpkin Spice and Maple Glazed Donettes are also now available nationwide, rounding out the company’s range of seasonal items this fall. Consumers can expect additional seasonal items from Hostess to hit stores in time for […]

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good2grow Announces New Vice President of Sales

Dustin Snyder, formerly with Eby-Brown, joins good2grow team to lead convenience channel division. good2grow has hired a new vice president of sales to lead its convenience channel division. Effective Sept. 1, Dustin Snyder is overseeing all sales-related functions, including the management of the good2grow convenience channel team. Snyder will report directly to Gunner Olson, president.

Exclusive: Is Flash Foods Set To Be Acquired?

Are the rumors true? Rumors swirled yesterday that Flash Foods, with 173 stores in Georgia and Florida, might be considering an acquisition offer. Convenience Store Decisions (CSD) confirmed that Waycross, Ga.-based Flash Foods is considering a potential sale with an unnamed suitor. “The Jones Company, who is the holding company for Flash Foods, is exploring

Data at the Speed of Thought

By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. Back in the ‘olden days,’ every Saturday morning around 10 a.m., my mom would take advantage of the most economical child-sitting service in the nation. Each Saturday, the Broadmoor Movie Theatre loosely supervised an auditorium filled with around 100 rowdy preteens at a cost

What Have You Celebrated Lately?

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics Did you notice we tend to save our celebrations for the really big moments in life rather than taking the time to rejoice in the everyday accomplishments that make us proud? That’s unfortunate because it limits the number of celebrations we have. Let’s change that. Why not ask yourself (and

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

Changing Demographics Influence Packaging Preferences

The consumer desire for transparency extends beyond package design. The U.S. has recently experienced dramatic changes in demographics, lifestyles and eating patterns. These changes include changing population distribution, fewer married couples, more people living alone, smaller household size and multi-generational households. These trends have had a great influence upon packaged foods, according to market research publisher Packaged Facts

7-Eleven Brings Coffee Home

Coffee lovers can now bring the taste of 7-Eleven coffee home. 7-Eleven, the pioneer of on-the-go-coffee in the U.S., is taking coffee home again with the launch of 7-Eleven-branded coffee for single-serve brewing systems. With the new single-serve brew cups, coffee-lovers who want a fresh-brewed cup of 7-Eleven coffee can get one whether they’re on

New Corner Store Celebrates Grand Opening

New Corner Store shows commitment to community through donations to the local high school. A ribbon-cutting ceremony has been held to celebrate the grand opening of the newest Corner Store in Temple, Texas. Along with the ceremony the store hosted giveaways for the customers who attended. The new store is located at 2502 W. FM 93

Dr. Berman Supports VirMax Performance Supplement

VirMax Performance Supplement receives support from renowned sex and relationship educator and therapist. Natural Product Solutions LLC and Kretek International Inc. have announced that Laura Berman, PhD will be at NACS to discuss the science behind the VirMax Performance Supplement line. Berman will be available to answer questions about how these clinically-tested natural supplements help men and women live healthier,

Hershey SMILES Exceeds Expectations

Hershey is being awarded for its continuous innovation. Hershey has been named the winner of Globeforce’s Innovator Award, after The Hershey Co. and Globoforce, in 2014, partnered to create a global employee recognition program, Hershey SMILES.  The award was given during Globoforce’s 2015 WorkHuman conference, and it recognizes the program’s effective implementation and continual incorporation of new and effective ideas.

Pick and Choose

By Tony Huppert, CEO of Team Oil Inc. I’m concerned about the misuse of religious freedom and the misguided use of it for personal attention and justification of one’s past experiences. It is troubling to think one can be praised for ‘breaking the law’ by using the religious freedom crutch. Anyone short sided enough not

Fear of Flying

By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. A very wise friend once said to me: “At this moment in time, you are exactly where you planned to be. This is what you wanted. This is what you worked hard for. This is your great accomplishment.” You might be able to imagine

Relationships That Matter

I began to conceptualize this month’s edit memo on a shuttle bus from the El Dorado Hotel to the airport in Santa Fe, N.M., following the 2015 National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference. I shared a ride with Brent Mouton, of Hit N Run Food Stores, Joe Sucharzewski, of Dion’s Quik Marts and Vernon Young, of

The United Family Expands Loyalty Program

With points accumulation, guest can earn free fuel or groceries. The United Family is expanding its rewards program by launching a points program, which allows guests to earn free fuel or groceries by making everyday purchases at any of the 66 United Supermarkets, Market Street, Amigos, Albertsons Market and United Express locations in West Texas,