MacFood Mart Partners With OpenStore by Gasbuddy

Drives convenience store traffic with new Web page and mobile app. Mcintosh Energy, parent company of MacFood Mart, has partnered with OpenStore by Gasbuddy to embrace all aspects of convenience store marketing through a multiplatform approach. McIntosh Energy realized that it takes more than just having a good location to drive business to a store.


Smoker Friendly Donates More Than $100,000 To JDRF

Store clerks selling ribbons, customer donations and an auction helped Smoker Friendly raise funds for the cause. Smoker Friendly has delivered a check for $100,237.00 to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Colorado. Smoker Friendly International and The Cigarette Store Corp.’s 89 Smoker Friendly and Gasamat stores delivered the funds on Sept 21. The efforts of

How Pumpkin Beverages Are Giving Foodservice Menus A Boost

Seasonal beverages help increase visits, visit frequency and basket size, according to NPD research. With autumn comes the annual tradition of limited-time offer (LTO) pumpkin specialty drinks. Turns out that it’s one of the favorite times of the year for foodservice operators who offer the limited-time drinks too because their business benefits in more ways

How American Customers Are Celebrating Halloween

Nine in 10 Halloween shoppers are expected to buy candy this year. Fall is here, and fast on its heels will come Halloween. This year more than 157 million Americans plan to celebrate Halloween this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Halloween Consumer Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. The average

How to Promote Sales with Packaging

The right packaging should do more than put a pretty face on your “fresh-to-go” foods. It should also maintain product freshness and offer customers consumption convenience. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor As more convenience stores venture into the realm of foodservice, they are quickly learning that packaging has to be more than just an afterthought.

Football Lessons I’ve Learned

With the football season upon us again, there are some life lessons to be gained from those who coach on the gridiron. By Jim Callahan So what does football have to do with addressing employee and management performance levels at convenience stores and truck stops? More than you might imagine. First though, I was struck

Parker’s Presents Fueling the Community Donation To Area School District

Candler County School District receives $1,000 donation. As part of its Fueling the Community program, Parker’s Convenience Store chain recently presented the Candler County School District in Georgia with a $1,000 donation. The donation, which is part of a larger unrestricted charitable contribution to area schools, was officially presented at the Candler County School District’s

SuperAmerica, Eby-Brown Extend Contract

Partnership helps SuperAmerica reach its goals of continued customer satisfaction. SuperAmerica and Eby-Brown Co. LLC, a consumer products distributor to the convenience industry in the Eastern U.S., have reached an agreement for a multi-year contract renewal. Under a long-term agreement, Eby-Brown will remain the exclusive supplier to all of the corporate SuperAmerica stores and will

Sheetz Among List of Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania

The list is determined by a survey sent to both the employers and employees from hundreds of companies in the state. Sheetz is among the list of 100 Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania. The alphabetical list was revealed this week by Team Pennsylvania Foundation and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED.

Starbucks Introduces Mobile Order & Pay Nationwide

The new app feature allows coffee customers to place their orders before they get to Starbucks. Starbucks Coffee Co. has introduced the nationwide availability of Mobile Order & Pay on iOS and Android devices, a new feature of the popular Starbucks mobile app that allows customers to place and pay for their order in advance

Speedway Raises More than $2 Million For CMN

The 24th Annual Speedway Golf Tournament is the largest single-day golf fundraising event for the charity. More than 700 golfers raised over $2 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals during the 24th Annual Speedway Miracle Celebration and Tournament, the centerpiece of Speedway LLC’s annual fundraising efforts. Recently held in Dayton, Ohio, the tournament raised this

How A New Survey Aims To Help Retailers Fight Crime

U.S. Retail Fraud Survey 2015 launches at first Retail Fraud in New York. This year’s U.S. Retail Fraud Survey 2015, sponsored by Volumatic, is launching at the inaugural Retail Fraud – New York show this Thursday, Sept. 24. The survey is based on primary research into the systems, processes and strategies used by North America’s

Retailers Committed To Delivering Consistent Brand Experience

BRP survey shows 78% of retailers plan to implement a unified commerce platform within five years. Customers expect a personalized, seamless brand experience across digital and physical commerce touch points and unified commerce is key to delivering this experience. This is the new mantra in retail, according to Boston Retail Partners’ (BRP) 2015 E-Commerce Survey,

Exclusive: Speculation Abounds On Flash Food’s Potential Suitor

Industry whispers point to CST Brands, 7-Eleven and Couche-Tard as potential interested parties. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor As Convenience Store Decisions first reported in yesterday’s daily news, Flash Foods is in talks with a potential suitor about a possible acquisition. “The Jones Company, who is the holding company for Flash Foods, is exploring a potential

Farm Aid Ensures Fresher Connection for Retailers

Now in its 30th year, the grassroots festival to benefit farmers has grown to become a significant advocacy resource that savvy c-stores might benefit from. David Bennett, Senior Editor Thousands gathered Sept. 19 to witness the sights and sounds of Farm Aid 30, held at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago. While concert

CST Brands Purchasing More Common Units of CrossAmerica

CST Brands is the beneficial owner of 5,284,308 common units of CrossAmerica Partners LP, representing a 15.9% ownership interest. CST Brands Inc. has announced that the independent executive committee of its board of directors has approved a purchase program authorizing CST Brands and its subsidiaries to purchase up to an aggregate of $50 million of

Couche-Tard Rolls Out New Global Circle K Brand

Kangaroo Express, Circle K, Mac’s and Statoil retail brands all converting to new global brand. Starting in January 2016, Kangaroo Express stores throughout the Southeast U.S. are being rebranded to Circle K, a new global convenience brand. This new, global convenience brand will replace Couche-Tard’s existing Kangaroo Express, Circle K, Mac’s and Statoil retail brands

Sunoco Becomes Founding Partner of DAYTONA Rising Project

Entry statement includes over 20,000 square feet of Sunoco engagement and fan experiences. International Speedway Corp. (ISC) and Sunoco have formed a multi-year partnership that will make Sunoco the fourth Founding Partner at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) as part of its historic $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project. The DAYTONA Rising project, encompassing the Speedway’s

American Vaping Association Opposes Chicago Mayor’s Proposed Tax On Vapor Products

E-liquids could see a tax increase of $8.75 per bottle in Chicago. The American Vaping Association, a leading advocate for the benefits of vapor products such as electronic cigarettes, is calling on ex-smokers, business owners, and public health advocates in Chicago to oppose Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed tax on vapor products. Set to be released

How ‘Chip’ Card Mandate Is Impacting Retailers

As retailers spend billions to become compliant as fraud liability shifts, American banks and credit unions drag their feet on adding PIN numbers for extra security. This fall national retailers are turning on newly-installed payment terminals aimed at better protecting consumers from cybercrime and credit card fraud. These machines are designed to accept new, more

7-Eleven Partners With PayNearMe To Introduce Mobile Bill Payment Center

Bilingual, co-branded app to help 7-Eleven’s underbanked convenience store customers. 7-Eleven has partnered with PayNearMe, a financial services technology company, to introduce the PayNearMe Bill Pay app, enabling U.S. consumers to pay over 17,000 national and local billers with cash using a convenient barcode scan at participating 7-Eleven stores. The domestic bill payment service is

MAPCO Benefits From Zenput’s New Task Management Function

With new task management capabilities on Zenput’s mobile solution, MAPCO is able to auto-generate tasks for individual district managers or groups of store employees. MAPCO Express is among businesses using Zenput’s new task-management capabilities for its mobile solution. Zenput is a provider of mobile operations management for retail, restaurant and consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies.

Spice Up Breakfast

AdvancePierre Foods (APF) is adding a new breakfast sandwich to its BIG AZ line, featuring Schmidt’s famous Bahama Mama Sausage. The BIG AZ Schmidt’s Bahama Mama Spicy Split Sausage sandwich is served with egg and cheese on a homestyle, fresh-made buttermilk biscuit. Each hand-assembled sandwich is individually labeled and wrapped in crisp, white butcher paper […]

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Organic Jelly Beans

Jelly Belly Candy Co. is introducing Organic Jelly Beans in 10 assorted and five sour flavors, and Organic Fruit Flavored Snacks—scheduled to debut this winter. Organic Jelly Beans will be available in 1.9-ounce grab-and-go peg bags and 5.5-ounce pouch bags. Ten assorted flavors include Apple, Berry, Blueberry, Cherry, Coconut, Lemon, Orange, Peach, Pear and Strawberry. In […]

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Pumpkin Breakfast Biscuits

Pumpkin season is here! In fact, 93% of Americans consider Pumpkin Spice the official flavor of fall, according to a 2015 belvita survey. belVita has responded with the launch of Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Biscuits. Available for only eight weeks, belVita Pumpkin Spice are delicious, nutritious breakfast biscuits providing three-grams of fiber, 19 grams of whole […]

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