McDonald’s Eyes C-store Customers

McDonald’s Corp. is urging its store owners in the Western U.S. to slash large soda prices to $1 this summer in a move the company hopes will attract consumers away from convenience stores, a company memo obtained by Crain’s Chicago Business showed. "Let’s take the C-store drink out of their hands and build our transactions,"

Customers Fill Up on Cheap Gas

Motorists at a Wilmington, N.C., gas station spent nine hours filling up on gas that was priced at 35 cents a gallon last week after a clerk’s error accidentally changed the pump price from $3.35 to 35 cents, The Charlotte Observer reported. Charlotte Observer columnist Tommy Tomlinson berated motorists in the Atlantic Coast town of

Consumers Cutting Out More Coupons

About two-thirds of shoppers who responded to a survey by market researcher ICOM Information and Communications LP said they are at least somewhat more likely to use coupons during a recession. About 45% of shoppers said they are much more likely to use coupons in a recession, while 22% said they are somewhat more likely,

IRI and Europanel Partner for Worldwide Shopper Insights Panel

Information Resources Inc. (IRI) and the Europanel Association, which has the largest share of the consumer panel market in the world, announced they’re joining forces to form the world’s widest-reaching, single-panel research service. The cooperative will combine IRI’s Consumer Network household panel in the U.S. with the Europanel to form a global consumer network representing

Police: Fla. Gas Thieves Used New Device

Police are investigating an elaborate scheme in which a group of thieves in Florida used a “never-before-seen” electronic device to hack into a gas station pump and steal unlimited amounts of fuel, a television news station in Casselberry, Fla., reported. Five cars filled with members of the alleged gas thieves were seen bypassing the pump

Sheetz Opens Store No. 347

Sheetz Inc. has opened a new location on 270 Route 61 South in Schuylkill Haven, Pa., the company said. The new store will be the 197th Sheetz in Pennsylvania and the 347th nationwide. As part of the store’s grand opening this week, Sheetz made a donation to Blue Mountain School District, which will be used

Tesco Responds to Fresh & Easy Speculation

In an announcement on its full-year results, UK supermarket chain Tesco said it was “very encouraged” by the start Fresh & Easy has made since opening in the U.S. in November 2007, according to talkingretail.com. “While it is still early days, the response of customers to our offer has surpassed our expectations – with our

Mars Signs Online Shop To Handle Customized Candy

Mars said it has hired digital shop imc2 to head all strategic planning, creative and media work for its customized candy unit Mars Direct, as well as for My M&M’s and My Dove brands, brandweek.com reported. It’s the first time the customized candy division at Mars has selected an online shop to handle its media

McDonald’s Tries Mobile Coupons

McDonald’s will let customers at 113 locations in Utah, Wyoming and Nevada gain access to mobile coupons when they use a Cellfire mobile coupon from April 7 to 27, according to brandweek.com. Customers can go to cellfire.com or text “mcd” to 22888 to receive the Cellfire application, and on signing up they receive a redemption

Managing Direct Store Deliveries

Direct store deliveries (DSDs) are part of the daily routine for any convenience store, but the constant re-keying of information from an invoice hard copy into a computer is time-consuming and prone to error. The task is becoming less daunting for convenience store operators who use the Computerized Daily Book (CDB) back office system from

Slurpees’ Seasonal Promos Start Off Strong

Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc. is ramping up its Slurpee season with the promotion of the May 2 release of “Iron Man,” a Marvel Comics superhero movie, the company said. The month-long “Iron Man” campaign at 7-Eleven will offer customers four multi-image, 3-D Slurpee cups featuring film shots of Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr’s lead character,

Kwik Trip Contracts With Food Safety Lab

Wisconsin-based c-store operator Kwik Trip is working to increase its diversity of fresh and ready-to-serve food products by contracting a local healthcare provider’s food safety division to monitor its product lines, the Wausau Daily Herald reported. The preparation and delivery of Kwik Trip’s products, which are made fresh daily at the new Kwik Trip commissary

Consumers Cutting Out More Coupons

About two-thirds of shoppers who responded to a survey by market researcher ICOM Information and Communications LP said they are at least somewhat more likely to use coupons during a recession. About 45% of shoppers said they are much more likely to use coupons in a recession, while 22% said they are somewhat more likely,

IRI and Europanel Partner For Worldwide Shopper Insights Panel

Information Resources Inc. (IRI) and the Europanel Association, which has the largest share of the consumer panel market in the world, announced they’re joining forces to form the world’s widest-reaching, single-panel research service. The cooperative will combine IRI’s Consumer Network household panel in the U.S. with the Europanel to form a global consumer network representing

Customers Fill Up On 35-Cent Gas

Motorists at a Wilmington, N.C., gas station spent nine hours filling up on gas that was priced at 35 cents a gallon last week after a clerk’s error accidentally changed the pump price from $3.35 to 35 cents, The Charlotte Observer reported. Charlotte Observer columnist Tommy Tomlinson berated motorists in the Atlantic Coast town of

NACS SOI Reveals Mixed Results

Convenience store industry sales reached a new high of $577.4 billion in 2007, but profits dropped by $1.4 billion, largely because of higher credit card fees, according to data released this morning by NACS. Overall, industry revenues climbed only 1.4%, leveling off an extraordinary decade of growth that saw industry revenue grow more than three-fold

Love’s Partners with Retalix

Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores said it reached a deal to partner with Retalix, a provider of software solutions for retailers and distributors. As part of the deal, Love’s will deploy Retalix StorePoint point-of-sale (POS), Back Office with Foodservice and Commercial Fuel solutions in more than 200 travel centers and convenience stores across the

7-Eleven Hunting For Product Breakthroughs

7-Eleven Inc. is looking for something new – the next Slurpee, portable grill, eco-friendly packaging, toy or perfect product – at an invitation-only innovation event from June 10 to 11, the company said. The convenience-store giant is asking suppliers, vendors and manufacturers to apply and participate in its third annual innovation event at its Dallas

Philip Morris Keeps Heat on Counterfeiters

Philip Morris USA filed two lawsuits in federal court yesterday in Los Angeles, Calif., aimed at stopping the importation, distribution, and sale of counterfeit cigarettes and the unauthorized use of PM USA’s trademarks. The suits arise from two seizures by the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection at the Port of Los Angeles. Sorensen

Chevron Announces Revamped Credit Cards

Chevron Global Marketing will offer customers newly designed Chevron and Texaco personal credit cards that offer enhanced benefits, the company said. In the coming weeks, active Chevron and Texaco cardholders will be reissued the new personal credit cards, which feature a new design and a number of new features, including: * Road Service: Complimentary road

Tasty Return: Dunkin’ Donuts Offering Free Sweets With Coffee April 15

Massachusetts-based Dunkin’ Donuts said it’s planning to make April 15 a “less taxing day” when it offers customers nationwide the chance to receive a free donut with the purchase of any size cup of coffee. The company said it matters not if the customer still owes taxes, or if they’re entitled to a refund –

Alternative Fuel, Compact Cars Were Big Sellers in ’07

The ever-rising price of gas was the likely catalyst for a surge in the number of alternative fuel vehicles and compact cars rolling off U.S. car lots last year, but researchers suspect the scarcity of alt-fuel gas stations on the market could hamper eco-friendly vehicles from reaching their full potential. A new study from automotive

Some Snack Manufacturers Dropping Pre-Priced Packaging

As rising shipping and commodity costs are eroding profit margins for retailers, some are shying away from stocking snack items that list the manufacturer’s suggested retail price on the package, Brandweek reported. In kind, manufacturers are dropping the price tags altogether. Kraft removed the $1.99 suggested retail price from 12 Planters SKUs that are hitting

Average Gas Price Hits High…Again

Gas prices on Thursday hit another record high, jumping two-tenths of a cent to reach a national average of $3.289 per gallon. Regular unleaded was $3.168 a gallon on average at this time last month, and $2.70 a year ago. The price of crude oil has held above $100 a barrel, according to AAA. The

Demand Grows For Meat-Free Meals, Healthier Packaged Goods

NPD researchers say the demand for meat-free meals has spiked among U.S. consumers, and fast-casual chains would be smart to expand their non-meat products, the Web site fastcasual.com reported. While the number of strict vegetarians in the U.S. has hardly fluctuated since 1990, the demand for meat-free meals has grown. An estimated 1.5% of the

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