Gulf MARINE Fuel Meets New Biofuel Recommendations

Gulf MARINE fuel has been deemed safe and suitable to fuel recreational marine engines as well as racing boats. Last week, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) issued new biofuel recommendations. Following the release, Gulf Racing Fuels has announced that its Gulf MARINE biofuel with isobutanol is one


Tomball, Texas is Home to the Newest Corner Store

New Corner Store quickly builds a relationship with the community, by donating to the local high school.  Corner Store’s newest store opened its doors today, July 23, 2015, in Tomball, Texas. As part of the grand opening celebration, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held, and donations were made to Tomball high school. The new store is the first

On-Campus Dining Battles Off-Campus Foodservice

As off-campus foodservice gains popularity and becomes more convenient and available, on-campus dining services must remain competitive. College students rely heavily on foodservice outlets —both on and off campus— due to their tendency to start their day later, snack between meals, try unique cuisines and prioritize environmental and social responsibility. For on-campus operations to remain competitive,

What If?

Get ahead of the curve. By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics If you had no choice, what would you do? If your competition rented the space across the street, what would you do? When the minimum wage increases to $10 an hour, what will you do? If your best employee quits, what will you do? Now,

New Love’s Travel Stop Opens Along Interstate 70

Love’s Travel Stops opens in an ideal location along a well traveled interstate. Knightstown, Ind. is home of the newest Love’s Travel Stop (Love’s). Located off of Exit 115, the new location provides drivers with a place to rest and access to driver services along the nearly 2,200 mile interstate that stretches from Maryland to Utah. The

C-Stores Celebrate National Hot Dog Day

Hot dog promotions in celebration of Hot Dog Day bring in business.  On Thursday, July 23, 2015, a number of convenience stores participated in National Hot Dog Day. In celebration of this grilled American classic, quick-service restaurants and convenience stores across the nation offered hot dogs at discounted prices, and in some cases even for

How to Sweeten Up Candy Sales

When you are stocking your store, the chocolate section cannot be overlooked. By Amber Koontz, Editorial Intern It’s no secret that chocolate prices have increased in recent months, but this is not stopping customers from indulging in their favorite chocolatey snacks. On the contrary, chocolate sales are continuing to grow, albeit at a slower rate,

National Automatic Merchandising Association Appoints New Chair

NAMA appoints Royal Cup Inc. office coffee services division manager as chair of the board. Office Coffee Services Division Manager for Royal Cup Inc., Howard Chapman, has been appointed chair of the board of directors for National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA), the national trade association for refreshment services. NAMA supports the vending, coffee services, micro market

Grill Sales Expected to Heat Up

Grilling remains a popular cooking method, with nearly 80% of Americans owning a grill, but as the economy stabilizing, grill owners may be looking to upgrade. Nearly half of Americans (47%) plan to purchase a grill within the next two years, according to the new Grilling and Barbecuing US 2015 report by Mintel. The most common reason

Customers With Special Dietary Needs Save With Store Brands

Although specialty foods are notoriously more expensive than regular products, store brands may offer less expensive alternatives. Despite popular belief, specialty food and non-food alternatives that are being sought by consumers trying to maintain or improve their health, may actually be saving consumers money. Many believe that organic, gluten-free, dye-free or lactose-free products are costly, but a

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