7-Eleven to Debut In-Store TV Networks

  7-Eleven Inc., the world’s premier convenience retailer, has contracted with Digital Display Networks Inc. to create one of the nation’s largest out-of-home digital networks in more than 6,200 7-Eleven stores throughout the U.S. and Canada.   When it is fully deployed nation-wide, 7-Eleven TV is expected to reach an estimated 190 million monthly viewers.


Trends Show Consumers Eating More at Home

  Studies show that as cash-strapped consumers are eating more meals at home, the perishable department (bakery, fresh meat, deli and produce) is growing faster, leading non-grocery channels to take notice, according to Nielsen data.    About half (46%) of U.S. households say they are eating out less, and as a result, value-priced meals at

Clark and Crown Introduce New Credit Card

Clark Brands LLC, Crown Central LLC and First National Credit Card Center (FNCCC), a division of First National Bank of Omaha, have announced the introduction of the Clark Platinum Edition MasterCard card.   The new credit card will be issued by First National Bank of Omaha and is designed to increase consumer loyalty and add

Take the CSD/Kleiman HR Survey

The second annual CSD/Kleiman HR survey serves as an important benchmarking tool for industry operators, a summary of which will be published in our January issue.   All surveys returned will either be anonymous (no names required) or, you can provide your contact information to receive a complete, in-depth report on the survey’s findings. All returned surveys will be held in strict

7-Eleven’s First ‘World-Wine’ Debuts in U.S., Japan

Taking its first steps into global merchandising, 7-Eleven Inc.  in the U.S. and Seven-Eleven Japan (SEJ) are jointly introducing two proprietary wines – a Chardonnay and a Cabernet Sauvignon – today, Nov. 4,  under the Yosemite Road label.    The California wines were produced by The Wine Group exclusively for 7-Eleven stores and its parent

Wilson Farms Fundraiser Supports Elderly, Disabled

  The Meals on Wheels Foundation of WNY and Wilson Farms has kicked-off the sixth annual “Step Up to the Plate” fundraising campaign to support the homebound elderly and disabled residents served by the Meals on Wheels programs throughout New York.   Customers at Wilson Farms, Sugarcreek and Wilson Farms Xpress convenience stores can participate

NACS Show Reports Increased Attendance

  A total of 22,524 representatives of the global convenience and petroleum retailing industry turned out for this year’s NACS Show – a 6% increase compared to 2008 NACS Show attendance – according to attendance figures released today by NACS.      More impressive, the number of attendees classified as “buyers” (retailers, wholesalers and distributors)

NCR Launches Secure, High Capacity Outdoor DVD-rental

  NCR Corporation, Duluth, Ga., has launched its first outdoor DVD-rental kiosk, the NCR SelfServ Entertainment 2381.    Able to hold as many as 950 DVDs, this weather-protected outdoor kiosk calls itself the most secure and highest-capacity outdoor DVD-rental kiosk in the industry.  Through its new outdoor kiosk, NCR extends its deployment of BLOCKBUSTER Express-branded DVD-rental

7-Eleven Buys Zoom Inc. Chain in Virginia

  Dallas-based 7-Eleven has purchased the chain Zoom Inc. of Hampton, Va., which operates 13 c-store locations on the Peninsula, the Virginian-Pilot reported.   7-Eleven acquired the Zooms locations as of Friday, according to David Erbe, 7-Eleven’s market manager on the Peninsula. Most of the 13 sites operate as local franchises, but 7-Eleven will run

U.S. Gasoline Prices Peaking for 2009?

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN   Retail gasoline prices in major metropolitan markets nationwide have surged in October, climbing nearly 20cts per gallon to average nationally at a $2.674 gallon four-month high. The previous high was reached in late June at $2.691 gallon.   View DTN’s Weekly and Historical Gas Prices.

BP Joins fuelperks! Rewards Program

  Excentus Corporation and BP have joined forces to expand the reach of the fuelperks! Rewards Program, a program that allows consumers to earn gas rewards and redeem them instantly at the pump.   Under terms of the agreement, BP will become the fuelperks! redemption partner in the majority of marketing areas in which BP

7-Eleven Holds First Private-Label Summit

7-Eleven Inc. held its first-ever Private-Label Summit in Dallas on Oct. 28-29. The two-day event provided the company’s private-label suppliers the opportunity to meet with its category managers and product directors and attend a formal Private-Label forum. The purpose of the collaborative program was to educate 7-Eleven supply partners about the company’s business strategy and

AMCON Expands Reach in Arkansas

  AMCON Distributing Company, an Omaha, Neb.-based consumer products company is increasing its wholesale distribution presence in the Northwest Arkansas market by acquiring the convenience store distribution assets of Discount Distributors from its parent Harps Food Stores Inc., Reuters reported.     “We are delighted that this acquisition will expand our distribution network in the State of

Terrible Herbst Sign Sale Benefits Homeless Youth

Terrible Herbst convenience stores in southern Nevada, in conjunction with Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, one of Nevada’s largest non-profit providers for homeless, neglected and runaway youth, kicked off its Safe Place Sign Sale on Oct. 30, the Las Vegas Sun reported.   Donations start at $1 and range up to $10,000. In exchange for donations,

Employees Fuel QuikTrip’s Success

QuikTrip Corp.,  the Oklahoma-based convenience retailer, opened for business in 1958 with a single store and second-hand furnishings. Today, the chain is made up of 532 convenience stores across nine states, all of them open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The privately-held, family-owned business has approximately 10,000 employees, who reportedly enjoy their

Valero Rises to the Top

At a Glance: Valero Energy Corp. Valero operates 16 refineries and seven ethanol plants stretching from California to Canada to the Caribbean. The San Antonio-based operator generated more than $119 billion in revenues in 2008 with total assets of $34.3 billion. Other company highlights include: •Number of Employees: Approximately 22,000 •Refining Throughput Capacity: 3.1 million

Barista Latté Program

 Barista-style specialty coffee beverages account for 20-30% of total coffee sales and are expected to rise another 6-8% over the next three to five years. Today’s consumers are looking outside the classic coffeehouse for quality, variety and convenience. The Insight Beverages Barista offers just that. With just a push of a button and only 20

Catering to the Community

It was 1968 when Don Lamberti purchased a Boone, Iowa service station and converted it into a convenience store, launching what would eventually grow into the thriving chain known as Casey’s General Stores. By the end of its first decade, Casey’s had more than 100 locations, plus its own warehouse. To meet its growing business

Couche-Tard Pushes U.S. Expansion

When Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. was presented with CSD’s Chain of the Year honors in 2007, the company’s smart, strong growth was cited as the foundation for the honor. A little more than two years later and not much has changed. The company is still regarded as one of the savviest marketers in two countries, and

Party Pizza

Hot Stuff Foods has introduced the Big Stuff Trio—three pizzas, which when baked and put end-to-end equate to the original 52-inch Big Stuff Pizza. It allows Hot Stuff Foods franchise partners to use existing equipment and ingredients. The product is delivered hotter and fresher to the customer who can choose from a large combination of

Innovation a Hallmark at Sheetz

In 1952, Bob Sheetz purchased an Altoona, Pa., dairy store, one of five retail operations owned by his father. His second store opened its doors in 1963 and the third opened five years later. By 1969, Bob’s brother Steve was serving as general manager, and the pair decided to open one store each year through

Dual Branding Strategy Drives Chevron

It’s been a challenging couple of years for convenience store operators, marked by wild fuel price fluctuations and exorbitant credit card fees. Despite the adversity, Chevron stood apart as one of the premier industry leaders. By advancing its Image Refresh program at ExtraMile convenience stores, growing the Texaco brand and introducing a no-fee credit card

Heat Up Foodservice Sales

 Enhance your image and make your c-store a grab-and-go flavor destination with a Johnsonville-branded warmer unit, designed to house Johnsonville handheld sandwich varieties. With two warmer sizes available—small (holds 16 sandwiches) or large (holds 30 sandwiches)—Johnsonville has a warmer option to fit any size, venue or budget.  A recent study by AC Nielson showed 86%

MAPCO’s New Direction

Great stores, outstanding service and a commitment to its people helped MAPCO Express garner Chain of the Year honors in 1996. The company has changed quite a bit since then, but the focus on convenience store operations remains stronger than ever. MAPCO Express, as it exists today, was formed with Delek US Holdings’ acquisition of

FDA Looks at Future of Tobacco Products

Confusion Reigns Supreme C-store operators aren’t the only ones left scratching their heads by the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) first foray into tobacco regulation.During the FDA’s teleconference, Catherine Lorraine, a lawyer for the administration, said, “I just want to draw your attention to the portion of the definition of a cigarette, which specifically refers