NAG Deep Dives Into Foodservice

A number of c-store chains leading the way in foodservice share key tips and takeaways as well as an overview of their foodservice evolution. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor Tuesday’s National Advisory Group (NAG) educational sessions kicked off with Burning Issue No. 3: Embracing a Foodservice Future, where top quartile retailers discussed how

Dave Riser Receives Dean of the Industry Award from CDA

Dave Riser has been awarded the Dean of the Industry Award from CDA in recognition of his dedication and commitment to his work in the industry. On Sept. 13, at the Convenience Distribution Business Exchange (CDBX) in Scottsdale, Ariz., the Convenience Distribution Association awarded Dave Riser, vice president external relations-trade marketing at the R.J. Reynolds

Hershey Enters Meal Kit Delivery Market

Hershey and Chef’d have introduced dessert themed meal kits to the meal kit delivery market. As the meal kit delivery market continues to grow, a number of big name retailers have introduced their own meal kit delivery services over the past recent months. However, one company is already working to change the meal kit delivery

Consigned Inventory in Retail Stores

Is consigned inventory in the convenience channel possible? By Bill Scott, president, StoreReport LLC Gasoline and diesel fuel is the single, highest investment a convenience store can make. In the past, it was common practice for fuel distributors to keep convenience store tanks filled with fuel and only bill the stores AFTER the fuel was

Lunchtime Foodservice Traffic Declines

The decline in visits to foodservice establishments during lunchtime is being attributed to menu price increases, online shopping and more. New research from The NPD Group has revealed that, over the past six months, lunchtime traffic at foodservice establishments, which accounts for one third of all foodservice traffic, has encountered consecutively steeper declines. In the

California Looks to Raise Tobacco Excise Tax

Voters will have a chance to vote on a new tobacco tax proposition in the upcoming election. California lawmakers have once again proposed a major tax increase on tobacco products. According to a report from the Winston-Salem Journal, Proposition 56 grant California voters the opportunity to raise tobacco excise tax by $2 per pack to

NRF Urges Congress to Reject Financial Choice Act

84% of consumers agree that the Debit Swipe Reform should remain in place. As Congress prepares to begin its consideration of new legislation that will repeal the Federal Reserve’s cap on debit card swipe fees, the National Retail Federation has requested that Congress reject this legislation, as it would undermine competition and cost retailers and

Consumers Unfazed by Recent Fuel Price Increases

Rising fuel prices seem to have little effect on current consumer optimism. Over the past month fuel prices have risen 10-cents per gallon, but a recent consumer survey from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) suggests that this price increase has failed to decrease consumer optimism concerning the overall state of the economy. U.S.

VP Racing is Official Trackside Supplier for IJSBA World Finals

VP Racing will offer a variety of fuels to racers competing in the IJSBA World Finals. VP Racing Fuels has been selected by the International Jet Sports Boating Association (IJSBA) as the Official Trackside Supplier for the 2016 quakysense World Finals. The quakysense World Finals are slated to take place October 1-9 in Lake Havasu

Sheetz Partners with Feeding America to Launch Made-to-Share Campaign

Sheetz remains committed to ending hunger in the communities which it serves. September is Hunger Action Month, and in an attempt to help those who struggle with hunger, Sheetz has partnered with Feeding America to launch the Made-to-Share campaign. Through this campaign, Sheetz will provide weekly product donations to Feeding America member food banks in

Adopters and Adapters

By Ed Collupy, executive consultant, W. Capra Consulting Group My recent business travels took me by my city neighborhood grammar school. It reminded me of the many yearly assignments to write a story about my summer vacation. My travels these past two summers have been to both new and familiar places and more car travel than

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Parking

Today’s idea of the day: Identify on the parking lot where vendors, employees and grocery trucks are to park. This will avoid confusion and also help eliminate congestion in the parking lot by making sure vendors and grocery trucks have the space they need to unload and customers can get in and out with ease.

VERC Partners with MCB to Offer Employment Opportunities to the Blind

VERC demonstrates its understanding of the full potential of the legally blind to perform jobs within the company. VERC Enterprises has entered into a new partnership with the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB), through which the company will provide employment and internship opportunities to individuals who are deemed legally blind. The MCB provides the

Labor Day Holiday Boosts Beverage Sales

While growth was seen over the recent Labor Day holiday, the holiday did not boost sales as much as retailers had hoped. A recent survey of beverage retailers has revealed that the recent Labor Day holiday did not yield the same growth that was observed last year. The survey from Wells Fargo Securities, which polled

Autumn Brings Falling Fuel Prices

Drivers could see national fuel price average below $2 per gallon in the coming months. Fuel prices are falling as we head into the fall season and the summer driving season comes to a close. Gas prices typically fall at this time each year, but this year’s savings are greater than those of last year,

Swiss Farms Introduces Customizable Packed Lunches

Parents and kids can have their lunches packed for them at their neighborhood Swiss Farms store. Swiss Farms is now making it even easier to get your kids ready for school in the morning, by eliminating the need to pack lunches in the morning. Starting immediately, healthy, well-balanced kid’s meals will be available for $4.99.

HEINEKEN to Establish Five Point Trading Co.

HEINEKEN has announced a new venture that will bring together a variety of global beer brands. HEINEKEN USA has announced that, on Jan. 1, 2017, the company will enter into a new era of business for its global HEINEKEN brands, by creating Five Points Trading Co. The Five Points Trading Co. is a new venture

NAG Tackles Burning Issues

Succession planning and insurance decisions were among hot topics during Monday’s educational sessions. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor The second day of the National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference began with educational sessions that tackled burning issues that were determined by the NAG Board of Directors. John Lofstock, executive director of the NAG, welcomed

BP Releases Fourth Annual U.S. Economic Impact Report

BP’s latest U.S. Economic Impact Report has revealed  the many ways in which BP directly benefits the U.S. economy. On Mon., Sept. 12, BP released its U.S. Economic Impact Report 2016. This recently released report provides a comprehensive overview of BP’s operations and investments in the U.S. This new report details how BP spent $20

The United Family Wraps Up its 100 Days of Giving

The United Family donated thousands to nonprofit organizations during its recent campaign of giving. Sept. 7 marked the final day of The United Family’s 100 Days of Giving campaign. During the 100 Days of Giving, The United Family demonstrated its commitment to the communities it serves by donating $1,000 to a different nonprofit organization each

7-Eleven Unveils New Slurpee Flavor

To welcome its latest Slurpee flavor to 7-Eleven stores, 7-Eleven is hosting a week-long “Buy One-Get One Free” Slurpee promotion. From Sept. 12-18, 7-Eleven customers will have the chance to Share-a-Slurpee during the week-long “Buy One-Get One Free”  Slurpee promotion. In addition to this fun fall promotion, 7-Eleven has also unveiled this year’s featured fall

How to Build Repeat Restaurant Business

Keep diners returning to your establishment by avoiding the common issues that keep Americans from returning to restaurants. In order t build repeat restaurant business, it is crucial that restaurant owners avoid the common issues that keep Americans from returning to foodservice establishments. While loyalty programs can be effective tools to build customer loyalty, even

TA Restaurant Group Launches a New Sweep’STEAKS’ Promotion

Purchasing a juicy steak from TA and Petro full-service restaurants is now even more rewarding. On Sept. 12, the TA Restaurant Group launched a new Sweep’STEAKS’ promotion to reward its customers for choosing to dine at participating TA Country Pride and Petro Iron Skillet restaurants. This newly launched fall promotion runs through November 21, 2016,

Rutter’s Enhances Customer Experience at the Pump with NCR OPTIC

A new outdoor payment terminal will not only make Rutter’s fuel dispensers EMV compliant, but it will also help the company to provide an omni-channel experience to its fuel-and-go customers. Rutter’s Farm Stores is working to engage its fuel-and-go customers by implementing new technology at the pump. The new NCR OPTIC from NCR Realty is

Thorntons Hosts First-Ever Race Week

Thorntons guests have a chance to enter to win Xfinity Series tickets, during Race Week. September 12 marks the launch of Thorntons first-ever Race Week. From Sept. 12-16, Thorntons guests can catch a glimpse of the Thorntons racecar, at participating Thorntons locations. Additionally, during Race Week, Thorntons guests will have the opportunity to enter to