Empowering Customers

Self-Service Gift Cards Paul Burel, director of marketing strategy for U-Scan, Fujitsu’s self-checkout line, said gift cards are a good option for c-store operators “because it’s convenient. It’s the kind of point-of-presence transaction to generate that last-minute gift that someone needs to get.” Going with a self-service gift card program is “really not an add-on,”

Dole Mixed Fruit

Sales success in the competitive c-store environment requires smart thinking and creative solutions. Dole, a trusted and experienced convenience store brand, introduces new 7-ounce Mixed Fruit, expanding the goodness and value of its grab-and-go selection with another irresistible Fruit Bowls variety. Shelf-stable and easy to store, stock and merchandise, new Mixed Fruit and other popular

Meister Bake Pretzels

Gold Medal Products presents the new Meister Bake Pretzel and the 5330 Pretzel Warmer. The characteristic that sets this soft, hand twisted pretzel apart from other pretzels is its unique storage capabilities. This pretzel is NFR, which means no freezer required. The consistency now stays the same because it is never frozen. You will never

UpSides Potential

Elevate entrées with UpSides specialty side dishes that go above and beyond what customers are used to. UpSides offers customers side dish options that offer flair and sophistication, because center of the plate is no longer the only center of attention. Today’s savvy consumers expect side dishes that enhance their total food experience. UpSides savory

Nutty About Seeds

C-store customers are discovering what Native Americans learned thousands of years ago: A handful of nuts or sunflower seeds can satisfy hunger and boost energy reserves without risking adding excess body fat—and researchers have found that people who include nuts and seeds in their diets lower their risks for heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Though

Compact Kettle

  Tomlinson’s new and improved Glenray Kettle is now more energy efficient and economical. This versatile, electrically heated 10.5-quart kettle warms, holds and merchandises soups and other hot food specialties. Features include: • Compact footprint to fit in the tightest locations. • Designed and manufactured for maintenance-free service. • Adjustable temperature control in degrees, not

Saluting Supplier Partners

Retailers may be on the front lines every day, but the presence of their supplier partners is palpable. It can be seen and felt in the marketing and merchandising found at the store level and in the intricate planograms category managers use to set their stores. To get a better feel for the supplier companies

KSS PriceNet Mobile

KSS proudly introduces PriceNet Mobile, the latest pricing innovation for on the go managers. It’s fast and easy to use. Simply enter competitor prices into your Web-enabled mobile device and receive new prices in seconds. Also review and authorize prices and price exceptions, monitor margins, volume and other key performance indicators while on the go.

Display of Energy

To help retailers maximize counter space, Living Essentials, makers of 5-Hour Energy, has introduced a new three-flavor counter rack. The display holds 36 bottles of 5-Hour Energy (12 each of berry, lemon-lime and orange flavors) in a footprint measuring 6.25-inches wide by 7-inches long. According to ACNielsen data, 5-Hour Energy earns a whopping $3.29 per

Embracing the Kiosk Revolution

Foodservice Kiosk Usage Grows In addition to the large chains like Sheetz and Wawa that have been using self-service kiosks for many years, smaller chains are also enjoying the benefits of self-serve technology. • High’s of Baltimore Inc. reached a deal with Radiant Systems last July to deploy multiple Radiant customer self-service kiosks in more

Marathon Commits To Alternative Fuels

Marathon Oil Corp. said that 16 terminals located in five Midwestern states will convert to ethanol-blended fuel by May 1. Unblended gas products will no longer be offered at any of the terminals. Seven of the terminals are in Michigan, five are in Ohio and two are in Indiana. The remaining terminals are in Louisville,

Indulging Consumers with Upscale Foodservice

Rocky Trail knows a traditional foodservice offering anchors his sprawling Minnesota travel center. But when he wanted to expand the program, he turned to a nontraditional c-store brand. Above all else, it was the national recognition of Cold Stone Creamery’s name that prompted Trail, president of Trail’s Travel Center of America in Albert Lea, Minn.,

Stepping into Spring and Springing into Summer

I recently read a great quote attributed to a one time door-to-door sales person and lately more recognizable as founder of the billion-dollar company that bears her name, Mary Kay Cosmetics. Mary Kay Ash said, "Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as

By the Numbers

» 1.5 Percentage of the U.S. populations that is vegitarian according to Harry Balzer, vice president of consumer and retail market research group NPD. » 27 Total number of states Hunt Brothers Pizza now operates in after reaching a deal to brand with a Stop ‘n’ Save convenience store in Gypsum, Colo. » 43 Percentage

CHS to Acquire Zip Trip

CHS Inc. said it reached a deal to acquire 33 Zip Trip convenience stores in the Spokane, Wash. area, owned in part by Jopo Inc. and Jo-By Enterprises LLC. Financial terms were not disclosed. All of the units will be rebranded under the Cenex retail brand this summer. The purchase will make Spokane the largest

What’s in a Name?

The question Jim Dodrill grappled with last summer: What’s in a name? A partner at Pennsylvania-based LMA Architects, Dodrill had been approached by Consumers Petroleum of Trumbull, Conn. to help create a corporate brand for the company’s dozen or more convenience stores in Connecticut. Consumers Petroleum had acquired a handful of existing convenience stores in

Blending Addition

Cecilware Corp. has launched a new series of food blenders. Available in 1, 2, 4 and 6.5 gallon versions, this series comes in either countertop or high-capacity floor model styles. The two floor model versions lock vertically in place while blending, but will also tilt forward for easy drip-free pouring. With blending speeds of up

Wrigley’s Makeover

The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. is giving its Extra and Wrigley’s brands (Juicy Fruit, Doublemint, Big Red, Winterfresh and Wrigley’s Spearmint) a new look with the introduction of Slim Pack, a 15-stick envelope package that is more portable for today’s consumers. The company is also launching a new Extra line, called Extra Fruit Sensations, along

Alternative Fuel Focus

Gilbarco introduces alternative fuel blending dispensers. Designed to blend ethanol or biodiesel with standard fuels, the new 3+1 and 3+0 blenders have Weights & Measures approvals. The alternative fuel blenders are part of the Gilbarco Encore S product line, which includes the industry’s most comprehensive selection of dispensers for alternative fuels. With access to cost

Chevron Bolsters Management Team

Chevron Corp. has named Joe Laymon corporate vice president of Human Resources, effective immediately. Laymon joins Chevron from the Ford Motor Company, where he was group vice president of corporate human resources and labor affairs. In his new role, Laymon, 55, will oversee Chevron’s human resources and medical functions worldwide. He succeeds Alan Preston, who

NACS Withdraws Opposition to Tobacco Bill

After working with House Energy and Commerce Committee members to include provisions addressing retailer concerns, NACS has withdrawn its opposition to H.R. 1108, a bill that would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulatory authority over tobacco manufacturing and retailing. For years NACS had opposed H.R. 1108 and similar legislation because of concerns about

IRI Announces Top 30 Beer Brands of 2007

The IRI Beer, Wine and Spirits Practice announced results from its annual analysis of beer sales, pinpointing the Top 30 beer brands and the Top 15 new beer brands in 2007. “The historic trend of consumers trading up and paying a premium price for their favorite brands continued in 2007,” said Bump Williams, general manager

Reynolds American Comes Out Swinging Against FDA

In perhaps the harshest criticism of the government’s plan to regulate tobacco, Reynolds American today questioned the ability of the Food and Drug Administration to effectively oversee the sale of cigarettes and smokeless products as it’s currently constituted. Congress has criticized the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the past year for not ensuring the

Tobacco Industry Facing Tough Market Conditions

Industry analysts say the tobacco industry could see an accelerated decline in sales over the next few years, largely because of more health-conscious consumers and the country’s anti-tobacco movement, according to Dow Jones and the American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA). “We have highlighted accelerated volume declines as one of the bigger risks the industry faces,"

Truckers Want Cheaper Fuel, Professor Wants Costlier Fuel

While most are lamenting the cost of fuel, a renowned energy professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business is saying that gas costs should be higher to more accurately reflect the real cost of a barrel of oil. Professor Lester Lave said the real cost of a barrel of oil is more than

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