First Data Looks at Consumer Spending Over Thanksgiving Weekend

Retail spending is booming and the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is becoming another popular shopping day. First Data has released its analysis of consumer spending for Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Unlike other reports, First Data’s analysis is based on actual consumer transactions rather than surveys or speculation. First Data powers nearly half of all credit and

The Four Classifications of Products

By Bill Scott I WAS HAVING a discussion with Grant Rogers and Mel Haynes Sr. this morning regarding the grading of products in convenience stores, and the way I see it, it boils down to four classifications. Without reading further, can you guess what they are? Before we get into that, imagine pebbles of various

Somewhere We Missed The Ramp To The Freeway

By Bill Scott … and the world is passing us by AFTER WORKING IN the convenience store industry for nearly four decades, I have concluded that for the most part, the convenience store has evolved from the great American dream, to a sweat shop employing hordes of apathetic workers who deliver sub-standard service to zombie-like

Will New Congress Eliminate Vaping Regulations?

Senator Johnson takes the lead in fighting for the vaping industry. With a new President soon to take office, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is warning the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) that Congress is likely to undo the FDA’s costly new rules on vapor products. Johnson wrote to FDA Commissioner Robert Califf last week

Global Partners Divesting 13 Sites

Sites to be sold through NRC’s “buy one, some or all” sealed bid sale. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (NRC) has been retained by Global Partners LP to coordinate the sale of seven former convenience stores and six vacant retail sites in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Of the 13 sites, four are located in

7- Eleven Introduces Four Palm Beach County C-Stores

An additional five stores in the Palm Beach County and a total of 20 stores in Southeast Florida are expected to open in 2017. 7-Eleven Inc. is celebrating the grand opening of four Palm Beach County c-stores by inviting local residents to store opening events that feature giveaways and free product samples. 7-Eleven plans to

IDDBA Publishes “What’s in Store 2017” Report

Retailers are expanding their product lines to attract today’s sophisticated shopper. International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) has released its “What’s in Store 2017” report showcasing the trends ahead in 2017. This year’s edition of the annual report includes a collection of over 150 downloadable graphs and tables, as well as links to white papers and trends

Wawa Begins EMV Upgrades At Florida Stores

Plans to add NFC contactless readers at the pump. Wawa is set to upgrade its forecourt for EMV acceptance, starting with its Florida network of more than 100 locations. Wawa has partnered with Gilbarco Veeder-Root as its exclusive dispenser and payment-terminal provider. Wawa is leveraging Gilbarco’s industry-leading FlexPay IV payment terminal to begin the dispenser

PetroServe USA Acquires Nine Valley Dairy C-Stores

The convenience stores, located in North Dakota and Minnesota, are expected to continue to operate under the Valley Dairy banner. PetroServe USA has completed its previously disclosed acquisition of nine convenience stores located in North Dakota and Minnesota. PetroServe USA expects these convenience stores, known as Valley Dairy stores to remain as Valley Dairy given

Holiday Shopping Season Off To A Strong Start

Millennials drive increase in shopping. Strong deals and promotions encouraged more consumers to shop over the holiday weekend. More than 154 million consumers shopped over Thanksgiving weekend, up from 151 million shoppers in 2015, according to the annual Thanksgiving weekend results survey released Nov. 27 by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics.

Pipeline Problems Reveal Regulatory Flaw

Two separate occurrences that interrupted operations of the Colonial Pipeline also forced states to declare emergencies, which in turn spurred a wide-spread run on fuel. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Two recent, high-profile incidents that struck the Colonial Pipeline in Shelby County, Ala. were exacerbated by a federal transportation policy that inadvertently caused a run

Giving Back Year Round

There’s no doubt that the convenience industry is generous when it comes to providing for charitable causes. However, two retailers—Kum & Go and QuickChek—are examples of companies that go out of their way to make a difference. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Almost all convenience stores are engaged in charitable activities during the holidays. Some

7-Eleven Sandwiches Impacted by Hummus Recall

No illnesses have been reported. 7-Eleven has been impacted by a hummus recall due to a possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. LSG Sky Chefs Supply Chain Solutions Inc. last week issued a voluntary recall for the 7-Eleven Chicken and Hummus sandwiches the company produces for 7-Eleven stores in the Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Ohio and the Buffalo, N.Y.

EPA Finalizes Fuel Volume Requirements

Standards are expected to boost growth in biofuels. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized increases in renewable fuel volume requirements across all categories of biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. In a required annual rulemaking, announced on Nov. 23, EPA finalized the volume requirements and associated percentage standards for cellulosic biofuel,

Rutter’s Debuts Beer Caves at Three Stores

C-store customers can now shop for a range of beer options, seven days a week at select Rutter’s locations. Having recently gained the ability to sell beer, Rutter’s rolls out its new beer cave offering at three locations. The first three Rutter’s stores to feature beer are located in Mercersburg, Newberrytown, and Hamburg, Pa. Rutter’s

Parker’s Old Headquarters Find A New Use

New urban lofts now sit above Parker’s Market. Parker’s former headquarters has been converted into luxury loft vacation rentals for long-term or short-term use. The old headquarters building is at 222 Drayton St. in Savannah, Ga. Located directly above Parker’s Market, the urban lofts are elegantly appointed with stylish décor and feature sleek kitchen areas,

Sweets & Snacks Expo Turns 20

The Sweets & Snacks Expo has come a long way since it debuted in 1997 as the All Candy Expo. The Sweets & Snacks Expo is celebrating its 20th anniversary at its 2017 event in Chicago. In 1997, the National Confectioners Association introduced the All Candy Expo, now known as the Sweets & Snacks Expo,

Growth Energy Responds to EPA RVOs Final Rule

Renewable Fuel Standard brings competition and consumer choice to vehicle fuels market. Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final 2017 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) rule for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The conventional biofuel amount of 15 billion gallons is an increase from 14.8 billion gallons in the proposed rule, and sets the

Frostop Launches Black Cherry

The root beer and cream-flavored soft drink company now carries seven varieties in 24-ounce bottles to satisfy a wide-range of beverage consumers. Frostop, the award-winning beverage company quenching America’s thirst since 1926, is proud to expand its beverage portfolio with the launch of Black Cherry in the company’s nostalgic 24-ounce, plastic bottle. The flavor of

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Coffee Bar

Today’s Idea of the Day: Customers crave customization and new flavor experiences at the coffee bar. Engage customers by showing them how to combine brewed coffee with an offerings from the cappuccino machine and syrups to create a recipe of the month. This can be done through signage at the coffee bar. If you have

E-Cigs at Critical Juncture

After a meteoric rise in the market during the last few years, the future of e-cigarettes now rests with regulators, innovators. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s deeming regulations on vapor products could shift the $3 billion that e-cigarettes/vape are estimated to generate this year in brick-and-mortar stores to

Alternative Energy Drinks

Energy drink producers are banking on convenience store customers’ growing interest in better-for-you beverage products to energize sales. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Against a towering LED backdrop at The NACS Show this past October in Atlanta, singer CeeLo Green had showed up to greet onlookers at the +RED Elixir exhibit. In an opposite corner,

Enhancing Foodservice Options

Food-forward strategies are helping c-stores drive strong lunch and dinner sales. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Warrior Fuel Convenience Stores’ signature burritos are the talk of Bernalillo, N.M, where the company operates two stores. That word-of-mouth plus the aromas of fresh cooking wafting through the stores sell the house-made burritos more effectively than any advertising

Achieving Inventory Control

Taking small steps in managing inventory can mean big savings for your store operation. By Jim Callahan Inventory management is a pain point that plagues many convenience stores. Without an effective strategy, retailers can make critical mistakes such as tying up capital in excess inventory and even missing sales opportunities due to out-of-stock products. Attaining

Drive Business This Holiday Season

From a spotless store to easy checkout, customers want the best this holiday season, and GasBuddy provides tips on how c-stores can meet their demands. GasBuddy has introduced some helpful tips and tricks on how convenience store retailers can prepare for the holiday season in its new Holiday Guide. The holidays coincide with the busiest