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M&M’S Brand Turns Laughs Into Donations

Partners with U.S. Red Nose Day. Mars Chocolate North America announced that M&M’S, known for its colorful chocolate candies and equally colorful sense of humor, is kicking off a new campaign called “#MakeMLaugh” to support Red Nose Day as it debuts in the U.S. This integrated, socially driven campaign is one of many ways M&M’S

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A C-Store for All Seasons

With the means to stand out, Seasons Corner Market is separating itself from its New England competitors. By David Bennett, Senior Editor In one way, convenience stores are like suspects in a police lineup. Usually, it’s distinguishing features that make them the most noticeable. Whether it’s following the hottest foodservice trends, regaling patrons with a

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Working in This Aspirational Career

Sometimes the industry in which you work is more than just a job. By Fran Duskiewicz One of the most common questions I’ve asked people within our industry is how they got to where they are. I ask that because most of us just sort of wandered in, either because of family, or because we

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Pump It Up

Smart forecourt technology comes in various shapes and solutions and often fits any operation, depending on the retailer’s needs. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Despite traditionally thin margins, fuel sales still remain the center of gravity for most convenience stores. That conception was on full display during the last few months as declining fuel prices

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No Fees Agree with Patrons

Financial service programs, including fee-free ATMs, can help boost c-store offerings. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor From wire transfers and check cashing to money order sales, bill paying and, increasingly, no-fee ATMs, financial services continue to add convenience for consumers and more in-store sales for retailers. In fact, ATMs—especially those of the no fee variety—can

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Earning Energy Efficiency

From LED lighting upgrades to energy control systems, implementing more energy-friendly strategies can add to a c-store’s bottom line. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor Changing the light bulbs doesn’t have to occur only when one burns out. Rather, by becoming more energy efficient, stores can bring energy costs down while improving the customer experience at

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7-Eleven Launches Slurpee All Access Chill

Slurpee All Access Chill Sweepstakes to award music experiences, downloads, festival tickets, sound systems, guitars. For thousands of American music lovers, 7‑Eleven stores’ iconic Slurpee drink could be the ticket to top concerts, exclusive trips to music festivals across the country, music downloads and once-in-a-lifetime music experiences including a meet-and-greet with pop star Austin Mahone.

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Atlanta Area Opens Georgia’s First Three E15 Stations

Protec Fuel’s station rollout of E15 sites to metropolitan areas includes various cities in the South and Southeast. A Marietta Gulf station celebrated with its customers Friday, May 8, while offering some of the first E15 sales in Georgia. The Gulf Quick Stop Food Store on S. Cobb, assisted by Protec Fuel, has launched the

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Amthor International Partners with Royal Buying Group

Offering factory direct buying program to their members for refined fuel and propane tank trucks. Amthor International has announced a factory direct buying program for all RBG and Shell Buying Club marketers that are apart of the Royal Buying Group (RBG). This new one-stop program will make their tank truck buying a simple, convenient process

CEOs Weigh in On Best, Worst States for Business

Chief Executive magazine announces results of annual “Best & Worst States for Business” survey. Chief executives, who favor pro-growth, low-tax states, ranked Texas, Florida and North Carolina as the best states in the U.S. for business, according to Chief Executive magazine’s 2015 “Best and Worst States for Business” survey. In the annual survey, completed by

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Survey Shows More Retailers Plan To Use Gamification

Some 87% of retailers plan to use gamification to engage the customer within five years. In direct response to heightened consumer expectations for a personalized, seamless experience wherever, whenever and however they shop, engaging the customer and managing the customer experience are top priorities for retailers. Unified commerce and customer experiences that transcend channels are

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Cashing in With Digital

Digital gift cards provide an opportunity for convenience stores to improve customer service, appeal to a younger demographic and add to in-store sales. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor With more emphasis on speed and convenience, customers increasingly enjoy being able to pay on the go, with a swipe of their phones. According to a report

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Combating Onsite Crime

Technology and training are helping make stores less vulnerable to lawbreakers. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Because of the nature of how convenience retailers must conduct business, stores are prime targets for theft. However, with effective employee training combined with better technologies on the market, such as smart safes and advanced video systems, retailers are

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Accessorizing Tobacco Sales

With tobacco sales picking up, customers are also relying on c-stores for tobacco accessories. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor At an average price of less $2 per unit, tobacco accessories, such as lighters, rolling papers, cigar cutters and pipe accessories, may seem like a low-demand category for convenience stores. However, according to Information Resources

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Salty Snacks Stimulate

Salty snacks are getting suggestive, with sweet and spicy variations abounding. With the Sweets & Snacks Expo scheduled this month in Chicago, the category is generating as much interest as it ever has. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Seeds are taking over the snack aisles at some convenience stores across the country. Cubby’s Convenience Stores,

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Breath of Fresh Air

Gum and mints continue to battle for c-store share, but innovation promises to keep variety on the shelves. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor After months of postponements since Hershey first announced it was developing a new mint, the candymaker recently released Ice Breakers Cool Blast Chews—priced at approximately $2 for a 0.8-ounce slide pack

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Consumers Sweet On Chocolate

Despite last year’s price increases, Americans are still treating themselves to the little luxury that is chocolate. Retailers report how they control this ever-growing category and keep their focus on consumers’ sweet spot. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor It’s hard to think of anything that 85% of Americans would agree on. One consensus, however, is

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Delivering Freshness

Flavorful and healthy are what American consumers are craving, and expect to get it whether it’s made-to-order or grab-and-go. Some retailers explain how they use fresh and—increasingly—ethnic products to satisfy customers’ expectations. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor In a recent survey by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), almost two in three Americans (64%)

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CST Brands Inc. Reports Net Income of $14 Million

In the first quarter of 2015, CST Brands sees net income increase of 27%. CST Brands Inc., one of the largest independent retailers of motor fuels and convenience merchandise in North America, reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015. Three Months Results “Led by a strong U.S. fuel margin along with

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Six Mr. Gas Stores Divested in Tennessee

“Although we devoted our hearts and soul to the successful operation of our stores and were very proud of them, we realized that the future of our company rested in the wholesale side of our business,” says president of McNutt Oil. PetroActive Real Estate Services LLC announced the successful retail chain divestiture of M G

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Sunoco LP Announces 1Q 2015 Financial and Operating Results

Gallons sold increases 40% versus 1Q 2014 volume. Sunoco LP (SUN) announced financial and operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and provided an update on recent developments. Adjusted EBITDA totaled $43.7 million as compared to adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter of 2014 to $15.7 million. Distributable cash flow for the

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Five Consumer Trends Shaping the Future of Food

As generations change and age so too, food needs shift. Sluggish restaurant traffic growth and stalled sales in the center aisles at grocery stores are evidence that U.S. consumers’ eating behaviors are evolving. The growing influence of Hispanics, Millennials going through life stages, aging boomers, smaller households, and the need for fresh and non-processed foods

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Core-Mark Announces First Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Sales increased 6.6% to $2.5 billion. 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 first quarter ended March 31, 2015. “Core-Mark’s first quarter results gives us a solid start for 2015. I am very pleased

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Retail Network Design for Operational Value & Security

The past several years have seen great improvements in automation for convenience stores to improve staff efficiency and lower costs…fuel and accounting automation are two great examples. Recent security issues such as the Target breach and the TLS350 security vulnerability are great reminders that blind adoption of new technologies or capabilities could very well create

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U.S. Auto Sales and Gasoline Demand

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric April marked another month of gangbuster light-vehicle auto sales in the United States, with dealers moving out an annualized seasonally adjusted 16.4 million units according to WardsAuto, the most for an April since 2005. Analysts credit low gasoline prices and borrowing costs for robust auto sales, which were

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