Sleep Aid Shot

Dream Water has introduced the brand new Dream Water Sleep Powder – a natural, drug-free sleep and relaxation 2.5-ounce shot and powder stick. Take Dream Water approximately 30 minutes before bedtime to help with occasional sleeplessness or to promote relaxation and support restful sleep. Dream Water Sleep Powder can be taken with HOT water, COLD […]

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Birthday Party Candies

The Hershey Co. has introduced a new line of birthday products to make any birthday even more special. The new line of birthday products include Hershey’s Kisses Birthday Cake Candies, Hershey’s Kisses Multi-Colored Foil Candies, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures Birthday Wands, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures Assortment Bag, and Party Mix. The new Hershey’s […]

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Treats for Furry Friends

McLane Co., the supply chain services company providing grocery and foodservice supply chain solutions, announced at its recent annual National Trade Show that it is rebranding its private label company Salado Sales to CVP (Consumer Value Products). The private label company will offer quality private label product lines equal to or better than name brands […]

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Accepting the Sustainable Coffee Challenge

For the sustainably minded, an environmentally friendly approach to coffee starts long before entering your establishment. A holistic sustainable coffee program can hold different meanings to different demographics. From green to fair trade to organic and energy efficient, there are many areas of opportunity to embrace the challenge of sustainability. Exploring these options allows you

Breaking News/CSD Exclusive: NJOY Files For Bankruptcy

The e-cigarette manufacturer files for relief under Chapter 11 after its Kings 2.0 fails to perform. NJOY Inc., the electronic cigarette manufacturer, filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code late Friday, Sept. 16, in Delaware. The failure of NJOY’s Kings 2.0 device was behind the bankruptcy filing,

Tapping a Trend

Healthier sales of bottled water bode well for c-stores as packaged beverages continue to drive profits. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor Flint, Mich., has been the epicenter of contaminated tap water. For more than 24 months, residents have battled authorities over how to clean up the lead-tainted water running through the city’s aging pipes.

Boosting Your Data IQ

From analyzing customers to assessing their inventory, more convenience stores are using operational data to their advantage. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Today, collecting data is clearly essential for convenience store retailers. But capturing and making use of the most pertinent information—from customer analytics to competitive intelligence—can spell the difference between operating in the black

Don’t Be Camera Shy

Advanced surveillance and security products today offer convenience stores more high-tech options. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor U.S. retailers suffered an average shrink rate of 1.38% in 2015, the National Retail Federation (NRF) said this past June. Despite the fact that this is the lowest recorded rate in the past 24 years, that figure represents

A Rule to Operate By

Part of managing c-store real estate is finding opportunities to obtain sites for new stores. Sometimes, however, the job requires weeding out underperforming sites. By Terry Monroe If you have heard me speak at a NACS (National Association of Convenience Stores) event or a state association convention, I sometimes refer to the ‘1/3, 1/3, 1/3

Reviewing Regulation Irregularities

Nobody said that operating a c-store is easy, but knowing the ground rules helps. By Fran Duskiewicz If you sit around and chat with a group of convenience store executives, sooner or later, the discussion will turn to horror stories of dealing with local, state and federal inspectors and the inconsistent nature in which they

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Cellophane

Today’s idea of the day: Use cellophane packaging for your grab-and-go sandwiches. When Scott Zaremba, owner of Zarco USA, switched to plain cellophane wrapping on his grab-and-go sandwiches last year, he saved money and saw sandwich sales soar. Clear cellophane packaging allows customers to really see the sandwich and it conveys “fresh,” and “hand-made in

InComm Introduces Raindrop

A new enhancement to InComm’s FTP solution offers InComm customers access to a more diverse prepaid product portfolio. InComm has launched Raindrop, an enhancement of the company’s existing FTP solution, which allows companies to easily place orders for prepaid products by uploading a file. Through the new enhancement, customers can access all physical and digital

Year Over Year Fuel Savings Margin Diminishing

Dramatic fuel price increases were recorded in a number of states over the past week. The year over year savings gap is diminishing as the national average price per gallon of regular unleaded gasoline has risen to $2.21. The current national average represents only a nine cent savings over last year, and it is also

Rutter’s Invites Customers to Vote with Their Cups

In anticipation of the upcoming presidential election, Rutter’s has launched a new Presidential Vote With Your Cup contest. Rutter’s has begun collecting votes for the 2016 presidential election. Rutter’s customers now have the chance to cast their vote for their preferred presidential candidate by purchasing designated beverage cups at any Rutter’s location. Beginning now, Rutter’s

The United Family Recognizes Outstanding Rewards Partners

Two companies have been recognized by The United Family for their active participation in The United Family’s rewards program. On Aug. 30, 2016, at the company’s second annual partners meeting in Lubbock, Texas, The United Family awarded Smithfield and Dole with the company’s first ‘Outstanding Rewards Partner of the Year Award.’ The Outstanding Rewards Partner

Broken Pipeline Drives Fuel Prices Skyward

Pipeline damage leaves some fuel stations without gasoline as suppliers scramble to supply the Southeast with fuel. Fuel prices in the Southeast have spiked as a result of a leak in a pipeline that has resulted in the pipeline’s closure. According to a report from CNNMoney, on Sept. 9, 2016 a section of the Colonial

Love’s Brings Godfather’s Pizza to 64 Travel Stops

Early next year, Love’s will have increased its number of stores featuring Godfather’s Pizza from 21 to 85. Love’s Travel Stops has announced that it will soon be adding 64 Godfather’s Pizza Express locations. The new additions will span across 16 states, and this new initiative will be completed in early 2017. Godfather’s Pizza vice

7-Eleven Extends BOGO Free Slurpee Promotion

Customers are invited to share a Slurpee for an additional week, as 7-Eleven has extended its BOGO promotion through Sept. 25. As 7-Eleven continues to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its iconic Slurpee beverage, the brand has extended its most recent BOGO Slurpee offer for an additional week. Slurpee-lovers now have another week to share

Cigars Lighting Up Sales

With consumers reaching for interesting flavors at still low prices, cigars—especially cigarillos—continue to move briskly off of convenience store shelves. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor According to IRI’s convenience store statistics for the 52 weeks ending July 10, 2016, cigars notched nearly $2.7 billion in sales, a 6.19% increase over 2015. Units rose 10.17%. To

Lake Fork, Texas C-Store Owner Pays it Forward

After seeing members of the community struggling to make ends meet, the owner of the Lake Fork, Texas Star Mart started looking for ways to help. The kindness and compassion of one convenience store owner in Lake Fork, Texas is not going unnoticed. According to a recent report from Belleville News-Democrat, one Star Mart convenience

Pumpkin Spice Returns to QuikTrip

Customers rejoice as pumpkin flavored treats return to all QuikTrip convenience locations. As pumpkin flavored treats are once again being offered across the country, QuikTrip has announced the reintroduction of a fan favorite coffee, along with the debut of a new pumpkin flavored treat that is sure to be a hit this autumn. According to

Convenience Stores are Evolving

New GetGo Café + Market offers a new, high quality convenience store experience. Convenience stores are evolving as Millennial consumers continue to expect more from the places they shop. One example of this evolution is the recently opened GetGo Café + Market in Brunswick, Ohio. According to a report from, a grand opening celebration

Kum & Go Celebrates E15 Day

With the lifting of RVP restrictions for the winter months, E15 can now be sold nationwide, and Kum & Go celebrated the return with discounted E15. In celebration of E15 Day, on Sept. 16 Kum & Go offered E15 fuel for only $1.15 at select Des Moines, Iowa Kum & Go locations. The promotion ran

Sheetz: A Great Place to Work for All

Sheetz has been named one of the Best Workplaces for Women by Great Place to Work and Fortune. Sheetz has been included on the 2016 Best Workplaces for Women list, which is based on data collected by Great Place to Work and Fortune Sheetz has been ranked twice on the list, which is based on

Parker’s Named Best Convenience Store by Savannah Magazine Readers

Parker’s has now been included in Savannah Magazine’s “Best of Savannah” issue four years in a row. For the fourth consecutive year, Savannah, Ga.-based Parker’s has been voted the Best Convenience Store by Savannah Magazine readers. The honor was announced in the magazine’s September/October 2016 “Best of Savannah” issue. “Earning this recognition from our customers is