New York Wage Board Urges $15 Minimum Wage for Fast Food Workers

The multi-step raise for workers would impact chain and franchise convenience stores with 30 or more locations nationally. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Fast Food Wage Board,” on July 22, recommended that the state Labor Department administratively increase the state minimum wage for “fast food” workers to $15 an hour in New York City by


VP Racing Fuels Has Solutions For A Changing Industry

As the industry changes, retailers are struggling to keep up, but VP Racing Fuels has come up with solutions to many of the problems caused by change. Alan Cerwick, president of VP Racing Fuels, has noticed, during his 19 years in the industry, that c-store owners and distributors have struggled to adapt to industry changes. Whether

How Has The Economic Outlook Changed For Retail Sales?

The initial forecast for 2015 has proven to be too optimistic. Retail sales are expected to increase at a lower rate than was initially anticipated. Unexpected slow growth during the first half of the year has caused the National Retail Federation (NRF) to lower its retail sales forecast for 2015. Although growth has been slow so

Conexxus Partners With IFSF in Standards Agreement

Experts must be equipped for change in a changing industry. Conexxus, the International Forecourt Standards Forum (IFSF),  and nexo have ratified an agreement to enhance the ISO 20022 standards to meet the needs of the petroleum retail and convenience store industries. As part of the agreement, expert support will be on hand should the need

McDonald’s to Serve Breakfast All Day

Slumping sales and decreased traffic calls for McDonald’s new CEO to find a way to turn business around. In an attempt to stand up to the competition, McDonald’s has decided to move forward with its plan to serve breakfast all day long. According to a report by CNN Money, during its trial period, which began

Subway Remains Top Ranked QSR on the Buzz Scale

Are consumers becoming less concerned about speed and more concerned about the ingredients in the food they eat? Over the first half of 2015, quick-service restaurants have trended downward as a category. It seems that customers are now looking for more than just quick service. According to a report by YouGov BrandIndex, the most improved

San Diego Repeals Tobacco Advertising Restrictions

Laws against public advertisement of tobacco products in San Diego and have been repealed. A unanimous vote was taken by the San Diego City Council to repeal tobacco advertising restrictions. The restrictions were first adopted by the city in 1998, and in June of 2014 they spread to electronic cigarettes and nicotine e-liquid, according to the National Association of

Concord Postpones Decision for Wawa Beer Sales

The great suspense that was felt yesterday, July 21, 2015, awaiting the Wawa beer sales decision will continue for another two weeks. The time has come and gone for the Concord Township Board of Supervisors to make a decision as to whether the Delaware County, Pa. Wawa convenience store should be allowed to sell beer, but

7-Eleven to Serve Only Vegan Mayonnaise

7-Eleven’s switch to vegan mayonnaise has the potential to promote health and also cut costs. 7-Eleven has switched to plant-based mayonnaise. A food start up, Hampton Creek, has released a line of plant-based and vegan products, and among these products is Just Mayo. This mayonnaise alternative is made without any animal products. According to a

What Do Customers Want From Their Checkout Experience?

Long checkout lines can turn a pleasant shopping experience into a bad one, but there is a way to shorten wait times with Digimarc’s new software. An online study conducted by Harris Poll and commissioned by Digimarc Corp. has revealed that 88% of U.S. adults want their store checkout experience to be faster. For half

Category Growth Slows Across All Channels

Most recent all-channel Nielsen numbers for the four-weeks ending July 11, show slow growth across most categories, with carbonated soft drink sales declining. All channel dollar sales (including grocery, drug, mass, and convenience stores) softened during the four-week period ending July 11, 2015, according to the latest Nielsen data, as reported by Wells Fargo Securities

Which Fueling Stations Are Customers’ Favorites?

Wawa, QuikTrip and Sheetz are among consumers’ favorite places to fuel up, and they have also revealed why. A study by Market Force Information has revealed that Wawa (among c-store/ gas stations) and Costco (among wholesale, grocery and big-box retailers) are consumers’ favorite places to fill their gas tanks. The poll was designed to determine where

How Are Summer Job Trends Shifting For Teens?

As fewer teens are entering the workforce for the summer, even fewer are finding work in retail. When school lets out for summer vacation, many teens flock off to find a summer job in order to fund their summer activities, at least that has been the case for many years now. However, a recent study

IRI MarketPulse Reveals Drop in Consumer Sentiment

Consumer sentiment is higher now than in previous years, but consumers are still exercising caution. At the start of 2015, consumers were quite optimistic about the economy, but that optimism has decreased over the first half of the year. A new survey by IRI MarketPulse revealed that shopper sentiment dropped in the second quarter of 2015; however, this shift

Wawa Seeks License to Sell Beer

The Concord Township Board of Supervisors is set to vote  on Wawa’s application for licensure to sell beer at a store in Pennsylvania. Wawa is seeking to add to the list of products that it can provide to its loyal customers. At presstime, on Tuesday July 21, 2015, the Concord Township Board of Supervisors was

How to Cater to On-the-Go Customers

Consumers are looking for food that tastes good and fits into their busy lifestyles. By Amber Koontz, Editorial Intern In a time where consumers are always on the go, traditional sit-down meals are not always practical. These days, customers are finding their cup holders to be the new dining table. This is why when it

Monnette Named Technomic’s New Vice President

Technomic promotes committed Consumer Insights team member to vice president. Technomic Inc. has promoted Sara Monnette to vice president. Designing, managing and executing proprietary and syndicated consumer research studies for restaurant operators, manufacturers and others allied to the industry will be some of Monnette’s responsibilities. She will also oversee a number of programs and services, including

Secure Prepaid NFC Mobile Payments Offered Through InComm and Gemalto

InComm and Gemalto develop a strategic initiative to offer secure prepaid mobile NFC payments. As prepaid shopping continues to grow in popularity, companies are searching for ways to streamline these payment options, and also to add security to such payment methods. InComm, a company that offers prepaid products and transaction services, and Gemalto, a digital security company, have announced

How Assumptions Can Kill Success

Proving the unprovable for fun and profit. By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. I am neither an astronomer nor an astrophysicist. I don’t care if Pluto is a planet, a fly spec on the lens of a telescope or a famous cartoon character. It makes no difference if creation began

HealthSpot Stations Open in 25 Ohio Rite Aid Pharmacies

Rite Aid moves to transform into a retail healthcare company by adding HealthSpot centers to 25 Ohio Rite Aid locations. Rite Aid and HealthSpot have announced the opening of HealthSpot stations inside 25 Rite Aid pharmacies in Ohio. Rite Aid customers will now have access to a variety of quality healthcare services including pediatric care through HealthSpot. The

Birthday Cake Teddy Grahams

Honey Maid has introduced Birthday Cake Teddy Grahams. With birthday cake flavor emerging as a pop culture favorite across all age groups, Honey Maid has expanded the Teddy Grahams portfolio to incorporate crackers infused with birthday cake flavor and colorful sprinkles, joining other popular Teddy Graham flavors like Honey, Cinnamon, Chocolate and Chocolatey Chip. Teddy […]

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Cheez-It Crunch’d

Kellogg’s has introduced the new Cheez-It Crunch’d. This is the first ever crunchy puff from the Cheez-It brand. Cheez-It Crunch’d expands and diversifies the Salty Snack Category by joining Cheez-It Grooves, Cheez-It Baked Snack Mixes, Cheez-It Duoz, and other products from the cracker brand. Cheez-It Crunch’d is a bold, innovative snack launching in two exciting […]

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Dos Equis Roja

HEINEKEN USA has introduced the new Dos Equis Roja. This new brew will join the Beers of Mexico variety pack, which also includes a mix of perennial favorites, Dos Equis Lager, Tecate and Sol. Dos Equis Roja is a distinctive red lager crafted with Mexican malted barley and hops. This latest version of the Beers of Mexico pack […]

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Organic Fruit Snacks

Go Organically has introduced Go Organically Fruit Snacks. The fruit snacks, which hit shelves in June, are USDA Certified Organic bite-size snacks made with real fruit purees and real fruit juices, and are being introduced in three  assortments. Fruit Medley, features Strawberry, Orange, Apple, Peach and Cherry flavors, while Mixed Berry consists of fresh-off-the-vine varieties […]

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Early Risers

McCain Foods has introduced the new Fiesta Bold Early Risers. These restaurant style snacks include a delicious chorizo stuffed hash brown patty made with savory potato, white American cheese, egg, and Chorizo in a cornflake crust seasoned with red and green pepper flakes. This new treat will be the perfect addition to your grab-and-go breakfast selection. For More […]

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