Now Is the Time to Pay Attention to Your Inventory

By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. For years, we have been advising retailers to cut back on unnecessary stock. Why? In the past it has merely been in the interest of increasing profits. But, that’s all about to change. Disruptive technology is a technology that forces a market to change its


How to Maximize Foodservice Equipment

Even with limited space, with the proper equipment, convenience store operators can quickly serve a wide variety of food options to customers. By Amber Koontz, Editorial Intern When it comes to adding a foodservice operation to a convenience store, one crucial element to consider is the amount of space you have at your disposal. The amount of

Lawmakers Propose Gas Tax Increase

With the constant yearly deficit in transportation project funds, lawmakers are proposing a tax increase as a solution to the problem. Democratic Rep. Rick Larsen has become the 35th co-sponsor of the Update, Promote and Develop America’s Transportation Essentials (UPDATE) Act, which is a bill that proposes to raise federal gas tax to help pay for transportation

IRS Returns Over $100K Taken From Convenience Store Owner

The government is refusing to pay fees and other costs to wrongfully accused convenience store owner. After a year long battle, the federal government has returned the $107,702.66 that it took from Fairmont, N.C. convenience store owner, Lyndon McLellan, last year. The case was dismissed more than a month before McLellan’s money was returned to him, and

What Influences Employers’ Health Strategies?

A changing health landscape doesn’t seem to be enough to spark change in health strategies, but there are other variables that may bring employers into action. The health landscape is in a constant state of change and most employers plan to evolve with it, but few are actually doing so. A recent survey by Aon

CST Brands to Partner With Phillips 66

New partnership will add diversity to Corner Store fuel offerings as well as giving the store greater street-level visibility. Corner Store’s diverse fuel offerings are expanding. A branding agreement has been made between CST Brands Inc. and Phillips 66. A new Corner Store location is to open in Tomball, Texas and this new store will

7-Eleven Crowns Slurpee Queen

7-Eleven has recognized Taylor, Mich. store owner for Slurpee sales, but the rest of Michigan isn’t far behind. Rani Singh, owner of the Taylor, Mich. 7-Eleven, has been crowned the 7-Eleven Slurpee Queen. Singh’s store sells on average around 375 Slurpees daily, and in the summer months, that number spikes to 1,000 a day. Singh was

How To Woo American Snackers

Nearly all Americans snack at least once a day, but many wish for more options and convenient packaging. According to a recent report from Mintel, nearly all Americans (94%) admit to snacking at least once a day. Mintel’s Snacking Motivations and Attitudes US 2015 report shows that snacking is becoming a trend as 50% of

Maverik C-store Proposed to Replace Restaurant Along I-25

Maverik has proposed plans for a new c-store that would feature an updated design concept.  Maverik Inc., a Utah based convenience store chain, which operates 270 stores in Western states, has proposed plans to replace the former Colorado Feed & Grain Cookhouse east of Interstate 25 with a convenience store and gas station. According to a

Gas-Mart USA Files Bankruptcy Petition

For protection from creditors and as a turnaround attempt, Gas-Mart has filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition. Gas-Mart officials have received permission to utilize a $1.5 million loan from UMB Bank while the company reorganizes and attempts to find buyers for some of its stores, according to Bankruptcy and Debt Dow Jones. The loan is

Love’s Promotes From Within

When searching to fill key positions, Love’s looks to promote from within. Longtime employee, Roger Ahuja, has been named vice president of operations for Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s). “With Roger’s experience and skills as an effective business strategist, he will be an exceptional leader,” said Tom Love, executive chairman and founder of Love’s. “He’s already

Parker’s Introduces New Mobile App

Business owners are seeking ways to make convenience store shopping even more convenient for customers. In order to meet consumer demand and to make shopping even more convenient, Parker’s convenience store has released a new app for iPhone and Android users. The mobile app is completely free and it grants customers access to Parker’s daily

Gulf Expands Power Points Loyalty Program

Gulf is bringing in new customers, as well as repeat business, by rewarding customers for everyday purchases at thousands of retailers. In order to help increase revenue, build stronger relationships with existing customers and attract new customers, Gulf Oil LP has decided to expand its new Power Points Loyalty Program. This new program allows Gulf

Reed’s and RBI Strike a Partnership

A new partnership will help Reed’s to increase brand presence. Reed’s Inc., maker of craft sodas for natural food stores, has developed a distribution partnership with RBI Beverages. RBI, a new age beverage distributor based in Springdale, Ark., recently began distributing Reed’s brands throughout northwest Arkansas and northeast Oklahoma. To start, RBI carries 10 of

Improve Business Intelligence with KickBack Rewards

Learning to analyze market basket, shopping behaviors and consumer demographics with KickBack’s state-of-the-art loyalty platform. While many retailers have access to an abundance of critical customer data, most are not leveraging it to their best advantage. In fact, according to a Forrester Research report, the majority of firms still struggle to fully understand their customers

Fuel USA Acquires Workman Oil

Workman Oil, which operated c-stores primarily under the banner Apple Market, starts new phase under Fuel USA ownership.   Fuel USA LLC has acquired all of the assets of Workman Oil Co., effective June 29. Workman Oil, headquartered in Forest, Va. just outside of Lynchburg, was a retailer at 52 convenience store locations in Virginia

Ten Cities To Host This Year’s Corner Store Country Run

The second annual Country Run has some key improvements that customers wont want to miss. CST Brands, parent company of Corner Store, has announced the dates and venues for the 2015 Corner Store Country Run. This year, CST Brands has added two additional locations for a 10-city lineup. The 2015 run is presented by Aquafina and net

7-Eleven Celebrates 88 Years With Slurpee Giveaway

7-Eleven will celebrate its 88th birthday on July 11, but the fun doesn’t stop there. 7-Eleven will be celebrating its 88th birthday on July 11 (7/11). In order to celebrate, 7-Eleven stores will be hosting the 13th annual Slurpee Day. On July 11, 7-Eleven stores will be giving away FREE small Slurpee drinks. However, this birthday celebration is only

Study Shows Ice Cream Is A Favorite Summer Treat

As the summer heats up, snacking options cool down. Americans report ice cream as their favorite summer treat. The hot, sunny days and warm nights of July create the perfect atmosphere for indulging in your favorite ice cream flavor. July is National Ice Cream Month, and it is the perfect time to celebrate this delicious frozen

Parker’s Hires New Loss Prevention Manager

Parker’s hires an experienced loss prevention manager to protect its assets. Jonathan Wilson has been hired as a loss prevention manager for Parker’s convenience stores. Wilson is now responsible for protecting assets at all Parker’s locations using strategic safety, inventory recovery and theft reduction programs. Before joining Parker’s, Wilson worked as a loss prevention manager at

Smoking Banned In Seattle Parks

 Seattle is following in the footsteps of other major cities and banning the use of cigarettes in public parks. Following in the footsteps of over 1,000 cities in the U.S., Seattle has made it illegal to smoke in public parks. In May, Seattle’s Parks and Recreation officials voted to ban smoking in each of Seattle’s

Summer Fancy Food Show Reveals New Trends

New trends are on the rise, and they are as unique as ever. At this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show, a panel of expert trendspotters discovered some interesting new trends emerging. Some of the trends that were discovered include flower-infused drinks and snacks, cocktails away from the bar, new ways to enjoy beets and more.

GPR Prepaid Card Use Grows

While the unbanked use prepaid cards like checking accounts, those with checking accounts use them as ancillary financial products. A report released by The Pew Charitable Trusts has revealed that consumer use of general purpose reloadable (GPR) prepaid cards is on the rise. Some of these consumers are known as “unbanked,” because they use their prepaid

High Protein, High Profit

Can meat snacks continue to serve up healthy sales for c-stores? By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor “High in protein.” “Natural ingredients.” “Low sugar.” Analysts insist these are some of the top buzz descriptors that today’s consumers look for when contemplating snacking options. Even popular workout programs like P90X push high-protein meal plans and trending

Are Energy Drinks Still Delivering Oomph?

Demand for energy drinks continues to push sales upward, making the category a star performer. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Energy drink sales are up, even as larger, more established, mass-market categories like carbonated soft drinks and fruit beverages have dipped. For convenience store operators, the message couldn’t be clearer. “Energy drinks experienced solid volume