Fuel Bucks Downward Trend

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN In the U.S., driving slows down in the winter after the holidays, with demand for gasoline usually the lowest in January and February. So too, are prices, with the wholesale gasoline market typically posting their annual low during one of those two months; doing so for

A Low-Cost Reloadable

Financial services company and prepaid card solutions provider nFinanSe said it has launched the industry’s lowest-cost reloadable prepaid debit card, the Discover Network Reloadable Prepaid Card. The product offers low fees and rich features such as the ability for immediate use, text-messaging notification of transactions and balances and free customer service. The card provides a

Revelers Ride Free

More than 10,000 residents and visitors of New York’s Westchester County braved the cold to usher in 2009 on New Year’s Eve, and Heineken USA provided free rides home to almost 10% of the crowd. Heineken USA estimated that 750 people took advantage of its annual “New Year. Safe Call.” program, which encourages responsible behavior

Dresser Wayne Expands Reach

Retail fuel dispenser and technology innovator Dresser Wayne has expanded its distributor agreement with Source North America Corporation, one of the largest distributors of equipment for convenience stores and fueling stations in the U.S. The company, which already provides Dresser Wayne products in other areas of the country, is now a Dresser Wayne distributor in

Shell Launches Savings Card

Shell Oil Products U.S. has launched its Shell Saver Card, a new payment option that will provide its customers with a more convenient way to purchase with a direct link to their checking account. The card also offers savings on fuel purchased at Shell stations. The company said it’s the first retailer to make the

Ready To LEED, Again

Kum & Go LC last month opened its second LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) convenience store in Iowa, this time in Des Moines. The new 3,400-square-foot store, which has an adjacent 1,700-square-foot tenant space available for lease, took just 92 days to build. “We’re excited to offer our second LEED store to the

Nationwide Bacon-Bits Recall Impacts 7-Eleven’s Colorado Stores

State health officials in Colorado said nearly 3,600 pounds of bacon bit products have been recalled nationwide by the production company Patrick Cudahy of Cudahy, Wis., due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. In Colorado, the bacon bit products were distributed to 7-Eleven convenience stores and smaller independent grocery stores in burritos and sandwiches. 7-Eleven

Dunkin’s New Tag: You Kin’ Do It!

Dunkin’ Donuts has unveiled a new $100 million integrated advertising campaign that centers on a new rallying cry for 2009: "You Kin’ Do It!" Created by Boston, Mass.-based Hill Holliday, Dunkin’ Donuts’ said its new iteration on the popular "America Runs on Dunkin’" campaign offers encouragement and a spirit of fun during challenging times. “With

Fresh Start To A New Year

After noticing a sharp spike in sales of canned foods – particularly fruits and vegetables – at its stores in the past few months, West Coast c-store chain Fresh & Easy said it has launched a line of 98-cent produce packs to help consumers budget for fresh quality products. “It’s clear customers are trying to

Celestial Convenience

Leaders at Jordan Lutheran Church in North Carolina are promoting a gas discount at a BP station in Cary, N.C., to show people that God cares about their practical needs, too, TV station NBC 17 reported. The church will promote 50-cent-per-gallon gas at Dolphins BP on Jan. 17 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., NBC 17

Innovator Of The Year

The Griffin Report of Food Marketing has named Rutter’s Farm Stores as its 2008 Convenience Store Innovator of the Year. The Griffin Report (www.griffinpublishing.net) covers the food industry for supermarkets, restaurants and convenience stores from Maine to Florida, and has a monthly readership of more than 50,000. Award criteria included foodservice offerings, store design, environmentally

Why Not Wi-FI?

BP North America has turned to Dayton, Ohio-based network management company HarborLink Network and Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Wi-Fi services company Ruckus Wireless to offer a next-generation Wi-Fi service for free at 50 BP sites nationwide. If it’s well received, the service could be rolled out at additional BP locations, said BP Spokesman Scott Dean. Dubbed “Smart

Tesco, Wal-Mart Dig In Their Heels

It’s been more than a year since Tesco and Wal-Mart first scrawled their battle lines for a convenience-channel fight on the West Coast, and already analysts are predicting that retail Goliath Wal-Mart could have a fight on its hands. A report by Business Week said that Tesco’s Fresh & Easy stores, launched in November 2007

Winnings For All

A Detroit gas station owner is discounting gas prices after one of his customers won a $1 million lottery prize last week, the Detroit Free Press reported. Kayed Bazzi, owner of a BP in Detroit, received a $2,000 commission from the Michigan State Lottery after he sold the winning ticket. One day next week, he’s

Sheetz Awards Free Gas To Ohio Resident

Sheetz Inc. awarded a Canton, Ohio man free gas for a year on Tuesday as part of a gas-giveaway promotion in its Ohio stores. The man won $2,000 worth of free gas after signing up for a My Sheetz Card. The company is awarding the prize to 17 other customers in Ohio in the coming

Foodservice Flexibility

Few items that c-stores carry personify the industry’s mission more fully than sandwiches and wraps:  convenient, colorful, fast, tasty, inexpensive and full of impulse-sale potential. But the fact that consumers can also find them everywhere—from Wal-Mart and Barnes & Noble to Starbucks and every local grocery and convenience store in between—means operators have to get

Heat ‘Em and Eat ‘Em

As the demand for high quality, great-tasting convenience meals continues to grow in America, frenzied individuals and families are looking for fast and easy ways to prepare their favorite dinners without sacrificing that great "home cooked" taste. Mama Rosie’s has taken its popular line of all-natural pasta entrees and added a new family member, Cheese

Casey’s Intros New Store

In keeping with a plan outlined in 2008, Ankeny, Iowa-based Casey’s General Stores is rolling out expanded store designs. Casey’s executives said that roughly six stores with the new design are open or nearing completion, and the company hopes to finish a total of 20 by the end of April. The new ‘O’ floor plan

Organic Energy

Honey Stinger, manufacturer of honey-based nutritional products, introduces Cherry Blossom Organic Energy Chews, formulated for health-conscious individuals and athletes who want a great-tasting energy snack. Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews are the first to include naturally occurring fiber and protein derived from organic tapioca syrup and honey. This is the company’s second chew flavor; the

Lighting for Less

Lamar Lighting, a manufacturer of stock and custom-made fluorescent lighting fixtures, has introduced Max-ER lighting. The Max-ER recessed direct/indirect revitalization luminaire features 89% luminaire efficiency, up to 97 Lumens per watt (LPW)1 and tool-less ballast access. The Max-ER is sure to be a hit with building owners and maintenance personnel alike, arriving straight from the

Honoring Our Past

This month begins a very special year for Convenience Store Decisions. Throughout 2009 we are committed to recognizing the leaders and innovators that have shaped the convenience store and petroleum industry and helped create this multi-billion-dollar retail sector. Legends in Retailing will focus on the challenges operators faced in the early days of the industry,

Thermal Printing Made Easy

Extech Data Systems, a developer of portable printers for enterprise-wide applications, introduces the Apex 3 Direct Thermal Printer. The newest addition to the company’s thermal 3-inch receipt printer line is designed to meet the mobile worker’s need for a lightweight, rugged and easy-to-use printer. Reflecting recent market needs, Extech has changed the standard communication options

Redbox Heads To 7-Eleven

An instant video-rental concept is moving into a leading c-store chain after storming the  grocery channel. Redbox is spreading into 7-Eleven stores nationwide as it continues its focus on the c-store market. Starting this month and continuing through next year, Redbox will be installing its DVD rental machines into 2,600 7-Eleven locations nationwide, boosting its

Super Blends

The Sun Shower brand just got better with the addition of its new lineup of Super Blends iced coffees, teas and lattes. Each flavor contains Lifeguard Protection, a fortification package with powerful antioxidant vitamins A, E and Zinc and has half the calories of the leading brands. The Sun Shower Super Blends line is comprised

Coffee with a Kick

Boyd Coffee Co. has added French Vanilla Coffee to its successful Hi-Rev Coffee House Roasters beverage line. The higher-caffeinated product with vanilla flavor will be available across the country in the more than 11,000 convenience stores, quick-casual and self-service establishments that carry Boyd’s products. Boyd’s Hi-Rev French Vanilla Coffee will be available in cases of

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