Roller Grill Reigns Supreme

No matter how many different food items are on a convenience store menu, there’s still room—and a fan base—for roller grill favorites. “The traditional hot dog will always have its place; it will never go away,” said Ted Roccagli, director of partnerships and preferred vendor programs for Dallas-based Empire Petroleum Partners. “But now, customers expect

Zebra Study Finds Seven in Ten Retailers to Invest in IoT

As retailers look to improve the customer experience, smart technologies offer solutions. Zebra Technologies Corp. released the results of its “2017 Retail Vision Study.” This body of research analyzes the technology trends shaping the future of the global retail industry and enhancing the shopping experience. The study revealed that nearly 70% of retail decision makers

How To Succeed With Day-Part Fuel Pricing

New research shows 30% of fuel retailers use strategy to hit margin targets. PriceAdvantage, a fuel price management software company and division of Skyline Products, has released a new research report that provides insight into dynamic, day-part fuel pricing. The research report was produced in collaboration with Schneider Electric, Petroleum Pricing Consultants, and Convenience Store

QuickChek Celebrates North Brunswick Grand Opening

A Q Café featuring baristas and handcrafted drinks, as well as new foodservice innovations to greet customers. The Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based QuickChek is celebrating the grand opening of its new 5,496-square-foot store located at 1196 How Lane. The new convenience store opened on Feb. 21 and will continue offering grand opening promotions including a free

Kum & Go To Award Free Fuel

Ten lucky &Rewards members will gain free fuel for a year. Kum & Go’s has launched The Great &Rewards Giveaway, giving its &Rewards loyalty members have even more reason to swipe their card or scan their app with every visit. The Great &Rewards Giveaway gives members the opportunity to win a year’s worth of free

Pizza Slices Through Foodservice

When Americans need comfort they crave pizza twice as much as any other food. That’s what an online Harris Poll of more than 2,000 U.S. adults last year found. And those cravings aren’t likely to disappear any time soon. In its “2017 State of the Industry Pizza Report,” PMQ Pizza Magazine said that in the

Fresh Ideas Sell Sandwiches

Grab and go? Made to order? Kristi Patel sees it all as assistant director for retail operations for Iowa State University, which has five convenience stores on its campus. All of the stores offer grab-and-go sandwiches and three also have delis that offer the made-to-order (MTO) option. Some locations also offer the option of toasting

Broaster Participates in 2017 MotoAmerica Season

Team Genuine Broaster Chicken Honda joins the 2017 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship. Broaster Co. announced that Team Genuine Broaster Chicken Honda is a key player in the Superbike class for the 2017 MotoAmerica season. This marks the first year Broaster Co.’s involvement with the RoadRace Factory is elevated to a corporate-wide level of participation. “We’re excited

NRF Supports Association Health Plans

The option to team with other small employers could allow better access to affordable health care. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has urged Congress to support legislation that would allow small businesses to join together through association health plans to provide greater access to affordable health care for their employees. “Small businesses compete every day

U.S. Gasoline Futures Drop Back in Spring Transition

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices  By Brian Milne, Schneider Electric Sliding from a 1.5-year high on the first day of March, the April gasoline futures contract rolled into the nearest delivery position in trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange, signaling the spring transition to more stringent fuel specifications. Known

Parker’s Awards Academic Scholarship

A senior at Benedictine Military School receives $500 and a chance to win more. Parker’s, an award-winning convenience store leader, recently partnered with WSAV-TV to award a $500 academic scholarship to Collins Sherrill, a senior at Benedictine Military School in Savannah, Ga. Parker’s President and CEO Greg Parker presented Sherrill with a check at a

Cue Vapor Launches National Ad Campaign

Educates smokers and vapers on its “Click and Vape” technology. E-Alternative Solutions (EAS), a sister company to Jacksonville, Fla.-based Swisher International, has launched a national advertising campaign for the Cue Vapor System (Cue) (patent pending), a breakthrough alternative to smoking. Cue is vaping made simple, providing fulfilling satisfaction in a premium-performance, stylish device that any

Hispanic Food Offers Opportunity

As the U.S. Hispanic and Latino populations continue to grow, the demand for Hispanic items in c-stores is expected to increase as well. The Hispanic population in the U.S. has grown 43% in the past decade, reported IBISWorld, a Los Angeles market research firm. There has never been a larger or more influential minority than

Chicken Options Span Dayparts

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans are expected to eat close to 92 pounds per capita of the nation’s favorite fowl, making it the most popular center-of-the-plate choice. The National Chicken Council (NCC) noted that chicken consumption per capita has increased nearly every year since the mid-1960s, while red meat consumption has declined.

Chevron, Albertsons, Vons Expand Joint Rewards Program in Nevada

Now customers in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nev. can save at the pump after shopping for groceries. Albertsons Companies, LLC, and Chevron Products Company, a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., are expanding their popular Gas Rewards program to even more customers with the addition of Albertsons in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nev. Customers who earn

Looking Ahead at CM in 2017

In its March issue CSD examines 38 c-store categories, highlighting new product lines, technological advances, industry trends and best in sales. A CSD Staff Report There are strange noises circling the c-store industry. For instance, there’s a buzz about Amazon, which unveiled a 1,800-square-foot convenience location in Seattle that allows shoppers to skip the checkout

Cumberland Farm’s Flint Influences Industry

Work with government regulators, NATO and legislative committees are just some examples of Anne Flint’s dedication to helping the tobacco category succeed. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor In February, Anne Flint became the director of category management —tobacco for Cumberland Farms after 16 years managing the tobacco category for the Westborough, Mass.-based chain

Chevron, Albertsons Expand Rewards Program to St. George, Utah

Customers can earn points shopping for groceries at Albertsons and redeem them at their local Chevron or Texaco. Albertsons Companies LLC, and Chevron Products Company, a division of  Chevron U.S.A. Inc., are bringing their popular Gas Rewards program to customers in St. George, Utah. Customers who earn Reward Points by shopping at their local Albertsons

GasBuddy App Users Rate C-Stores

App shows ratings of c-stores in core areas, including clean restrooms, best coffee, best customer service and more. GasBuddy has introduced a rating and reviews feature on its popular free mobile app where app users can weigh in on convenience store performance and appearance. The new feature is available across GasBuddy’s network of hundreds of

Sheetz Adds DMV Kiosks

West Virginia customers looking to renew their driver’s license can now visit their local Sheetz instead of the DMV. The definition of convenience continues to expand as retailers add new services to attract customers. Sheetz’ Beckley, W.Va. and Start City, W.Va. locations each added a DMV kiosk where customers can renew their West Virginia driver’s

Businesses Raise Funds through MDA Shamrocks

The program now in its 35th year has raised millions to support families with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases. Tens of thousands of retailers nationwide—including convenience stores— have rallied together to raise funds to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) save and improve the lives of kids and adults with muscular dystrophy by

Core-Mark Releases 2016 Q4 and Full-Year Financial Results

Reports record annual sales of $14.5 Billion. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended Dec. 31, 2016, as well as a strong outlook for 2017 driven by anticipated organic growth. Core-Mark is a marketer of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North

Gehrts Reinvents Tobacco at Kum & Go

Years of experience on the manufacturer side has provided Jodi Gehrts a unique perspective on tobacco retail. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor This April marks Jodi Gehrts 24th year in the tobacco industry, first on the tobacco manufacturing side, followed by nearly 10 years overseeing the tobacco category for Kum & Go. For

Mach 1: Breaking Barriers

This convenience chain is making cool things cooler and old things newer—all the while expanding its presence in the communities it serves. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Like many convenience retailers that pour over the details until they have a sure course of action, Mach 1 Stores contemplates its future steps carefully. The result has

Wendy’s Introducing Ordering Kiosks

Kiosks expected to cut down on labor costs, appeal to younger customers. Fast-food behemoth Wendy’s has announced plans to introduce self-ordering kiosks in one out of every six—or about 1,000—of its franchise locations nationwide by the end of 2017, with a typical location receiving three kiosks, according to a report by the Detroit Free Press.