CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Clear Trash Bags

Today’s idea of the day: Use clear trash bags inside store so you can see what employees are carrying out of the store. Simply using clear trash bags is one way to curb employee theft before it begins. If you use black or opaque trash bags, you might think an employee is carrying trash out

NAG Burning Issue 4: Embracing a Foodservice Future

As consumers increasingly crave quick, easy and accessible meals, convenience stores have a great opportunity to become go-to destinations across three prime dayparts. In this power panel only at the 2016 NAG Conference in Savannah, hear exclusively how QuikTrip, Kum & Go, Cubby’s and Coen Markets are changing the perceptions about just how good convenience

Reinventing Sobeys Express

It’s still early in the rollout of Canadian grocer Sobeys Inc.’s new convenience store program, but the results are promising. By David Bennett, Senior Editor It’s true that every chain begins with one link. Of course, it helps when you have several other chains to take up the slack, if necessary. Last December, Sobeys Inc.—a

Study Shows Shopping Habits of E-Cig Users

Only 8% of those surveyed buy their e-cigarette components and accessories at a c-store. V2, a brand of electronic cigarette and vaporizer products, announced the results of a commissioned study examining e-cigarette users’ shopping habits when buying aftermarket e-cigarette products, including accessories and e-liquids. For the survey, 300 adult “vapers” across the U.S. were polled between

Consumer Confidence Up

Despite upcoming election woes, Nielsen finds optimism among consumers. In the midst of a contentious presidential election season, consumer confidence in the U.S. is on the rise, according to the latest Consumer Confidence Index data released today by Nielsen. Despite the uncertainty and starkly contrasting rhetoric around key economic issues, Americans remained optimistic in the

Northwest Petroleum Hosts Charity Classic Golf Tournament

Proceeds to benefit The Lighthouse of Houston, which provides resources for the blind and visually impaired. Northwest Petroleum LP is set to hold its first Charity Classic Golf Tournament in which all proceeds will benefit The Lighthouse of Houston, an organization that is dedicated to providing education, recreation and career resources for the blind and

Consumers Pessimistic on Economy Despite Low Fuel Prices

Only 22% of U.S fuel consumers report that gas prices have a “great impact” on their feelings about the economy. A majority of U.S. fuel consumers remain pessimistic about the overall state of the American economy, even as gas prices are down and expected to continue dropping, according to the latest national consumer survey released

Core-Mark Announces Market Share Growth in Second Quarter

Sees a 31.2% bump in sales, driven primarily by sales to Murphy U.S.A., which the company began servicing in the first quarter of 2016. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, announced financial results for the second quarter ended

Rutter’s Dairy Debuts Organic Milk

New Website helps customers find Rutter’s Dairy products. Rutter’s Dairy has launched a line of fresh organic milk. The new products are available in fat free, 1%, 2%, and whole varieties. Sold in the half gallon size, it is available in several grocery and fresh/organic focused retail outlets. Rutter’s Organic Milk comes from local farms

Infograph Shows the Rise of Online Grocery Shopping

Infograph from the Coca-Cola Co. depicts the rise of online grocery shopping, who is shopping online for groceries and what they are buying.    Save Save Save

Growth Energy Commends California Delegation Letter to EPA

Letter urges EPA to finalize blending targets at statutory limits in line with Congress’ original intent. Representatives from the California delegation sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, urging the EPA to finalize blending targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to the statutory limits as originally called for by Congress.

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Cross referencing files

Today’s Idea of the day: Cross reference your accounts payable file to the employee payroll file. If there is a way for employees to be dishonest, many of them will find it, and running this simple check can ensure you’re not being swindled by your own staff. For example, a chain several years ago found

Gas Prices Steady Heading into August

Pump prices expected to remain low through the fall season even as miles driven is at an all-time high. The national average price of gas held steady the first week of August with the national average price for regular unleaded gas at $2.12 per gallon, the lowest for Aug. 8 since 2004 and 48 cents

TA C-Store Acquisitions Boost Second Quarter Results

Significantly lower market prices for fuel cause fuel revenue declines. TravelCenters of America reported its second quarter financial results, including for the c-store segment where are up 161.4%, compared to the second quarter of 2015, due to gains in fuel sales volume from the 172 sites it has acquired in the past year. “During the

Big Yum at Little Coles Competes in Australia

The new c-store chain looks to offer lower food prices than usually seen in the c-store channel. Coles Express, a fuel and convenience retailer, with approximately 685 sites across Australia is debuting a new c-store brand called “Big Yum at Little Coles,” which will attempt to lower c-store food prices to supermarket level pricing, according

Fastrac Debuts New C-Store

The new convenience store is the largest for the chain to date and features an upgrade c-store model. Fastrac recently opened a new convenience store store on Oriskany Street in Utica, N.Y. The new Utica store bears little resemblance to its former self, which stood less than a quarter mile away from the present site.

Children Hold Sway On Food Decisions

Brand loyalty begins when children are small and can impact the shopping habits of their family. A new report by Packaged Facts, “Kids Food and Beverage Market in the U.S., 8th Edition,” children often make brand selections for a family and have a disproportionate say in household grocery purchases and decisions. In fact, according to

Hershey Celebrates S’mores Day and Team USA

Encourages fans to send messages of support to Team USA athletes using the hashtag #HelloFromHome. The Hershey Co. and its flagship brand, Hershey’s, are celebrating Team USA with the quintessential American treat, S’mores, on National S’mores Day. For more than 90 years, families and friends have come together to enjoy classic S’mores with the iconic

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Cups Sizes

Today’s idea of the day: Remove ounce sizes on cold and hot beverage cups. Then switch to smaller cup sizes. When you switch to smaller cup sizes, you are selling less liquid, but keeping the price the same. That is a nice boost to the margin giving c-stores a great profit. Most leading coffee shops

McDonald’s Works to Appeal to Health-Conscious Consumers

McDonald’s responds to the shift in consumer taste toward healthier foods by overhauling its menu. McDonald’s has announced that there are some big changes coming to its famous fast food items. According to a report from The Huffington Post McDonald’s is officially revamping the way it makes its food items as a part of the company’s

Speedway Chooses FleetCor to Manage its Fuel Card Program

FleetCor will help Speedway to expand the reach its SuperFleet program. Speedway LLC has chosen FleetCor Technologies Inc. to manage the company’s commercial fuel card program. Under the terms of this new agreement between FleetCor and Speedway, FleetCor Technologies will provide a variety of services in support of Speedway’s SuperFleet program including transaction processing and

CST Brands Releases Second Quarter 2016 Financial Results

CST Brands encountered impressive growth, both in stores and at the pump, during the second quarter of 2016. CST Brands Inc. has released the company’s financial results for the second quarter ending June 30, 2016. “During the second quarter of 2016, we grew the company with impressive results both inside the stores and at the

Are the New FDA Deeming Regulations Stifling Innovation?

The FDA deeming rules may seriously harm the e-cigarette industry, which may, in turn, be harmful to public health. Nicopure Labs, a manufacturer of e-cigarette liquid, has challenged the FDA’s new regulation of e-cigarettes, and TechFreedom and the National Center for Public Policy Research have now filed an amicus brief in support of the challenge.

Jimmy Haslam May be Forced to Testify in Pilot Flying J Fraud Case

Pilot Flying J’s motion to have its fraud case dismissed has been denied. On Tues., Aug. 2, Judge David Young of Franklin County Common Pleas rejected Pilot Flying J’s request for the dismissal of an ongoing case concerning a large-scale rebate fraud at the family business. The rejection of the move for dismissal may soon

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Shrink Cups

Looking for a simple way to boost margins on beverages?  Today’s idea of the day can help. Reduce your cup sizes at the fountain or coffee bar but maintain the price in order to grow margins. For example: a 32-ounce cold beverage would become a 30-ounce for the same price and a 44-ounce cup becomes