House Committee To Review Interchange Bill

The House Financial Services Committee has scheduled a hearing for Oct. 8 to receive testimony on the Credit Card Interchange Fees Act (H.R. 2382), NACS reported. This legislation, introduced by Reps. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Bill Shuster (R-PA), would begin to change many of rules imposed on merchants by the credit card companies. In preparation


Save-A-Lot Fights Breast Cancer

  Save-A-Lot food stores is joining the fight against breast cancer by partnering with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer advocacy organization, for the remainder of 2009.   In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Save-A-Lot food stores will unveil a “pinked out” version of their No. 60 Save-A-Lot

Dunkin’ Donuts To Bid Farewell To President

  Dunkin’ Donuts’ president and chief brand officer, William Kussell, is leaving the company at year’s end.   Dunkin’ Brands CEO Nigel Travis will also assume the role of Dunkin’ Donuts president.   “In the 15 years since Will joined Dunkin’ Donuts, the company has grown from a regional donut chain with about 3,000 stores

CITGO Awards Latest Fueling Good Prize

  Jennifer Frances, founder of Bess the Book Bus, is the latest winner of a year’s supply of fuel in the Fueling Good program presented by CITGO Petroleum Corp.    Based in Tampa, Fla., Bess the Book Bus is a mobile literacy program which provides free books and reading programs to underprivileged children across the community.

Pumpkin Pin-ups For Charity

  The 18th annual Halloween Promotion will kick off Oct. 1,  to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,  one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.   During the month-long Halloween Promotion, thousands of restaurants, convenience stores, grocery stores and other retail locations nationwide

Wesco Deploys Retalix’s DAX Analyzer

  Wesco, a self-distributing convenience store chain with 51 locations across Michigan, has chosen Retalix’s DAX Analyzer, powered by the QlikView business intelligence engine from QlickTech, to further enhance its demand forecasting and replenishment operations.   DAX Analyzer provides Wesco with a dashboard-style business intelligence interface that integrates with the retailer’s existing installation of Retalix’s

Demonstration Ends At Suncor Site

  A protest ended peacefully yesterday evening after Greenpeace activists who entered Suncor’s oil sands site north of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, left the area under police escort.   “We’re happy that we were able to resolve yesterday’s events in a safe and peaceful manner,” said Steve Williams, Suncor’s chief operating officer. “As always,

Quick Chek Expands in New York

Quick Chek, a family-owned chain of 120 food stores throughout New Jersey and southern New York, celebrated the grand opening of its newest store in Middletown, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 21. The move furthers the marketer’s expansion into The Empire State, where it now operates two stores.   Quick Chek remains an industry leader in foodservice

Electronic Payments Coalition Lashes Out

  In response to the press conference held by 7-Eleven and the National Association of Convenience Stores regarding their petition, the Electronic Payments Coalition issued the following statement:   “It is the height of irony that a convenience store, which regularly marks up their products by as much as 500% for ‘convenience sake,’ doesn’t want


Meet the f’real gen2 blender, debuting at NACS.  What’s new?  A dynamic, interactive 22″ LCD screen drives awareness, trial and sales.  Innovative technology provides 100% self-cleaning and sanitizing.  Integrated ServiceAlertTM diagnostics support optimum blender performance.  Freshly blended real ice cream milkshakes, real fruit smoothies and frozen cappuccinos have never been so easy. Booth 951.        

Van Houtte

Van Houtte will be featuring a wide selection of its gourmet blends including a full-line of fair-trade coffees available in traditional and single-cup format. Both supported with merchandising programs. A variety of hot and cold alternative beverages will be available for sampling including the recently launched iced coffee program. Van Houtte will also be featuring

Retailing on Two Wheels

With gas pumps out front, automotive supplies inside and the occasional adjacent lube shop, c-stores are geared toward the driving public. But as more commuters take to bikes for exercise, to save on gas or to support a greener environment, one c-store owner is making bicycles his business. A bike commuter and bike mechanic, Edwin

Cultivating Customers Through Loyalty

Customer Commitment The biggest hurdle some retailers face when implementing a loyalty program is getting customers to notice the many benefits. When Mid-State Petroleum launched its loyalty offering last November company Vice President Tony Perez launched a promotion to give away $10,000 in rewards at each of his locations. New customers received a $5 reward

Health Essist, Inc

Health Essist, Inc manufactures and develops a unique line of all natural; zero Calorie, Edible Caffeine Free Edible Strips. Current product line consists of Alcohol DefenderTM to help with the “morning after feeling”, X-Energy-BoostTM and our Apple-A-DayTM strip that provides a boost to your immune system. Products are FDA approved for Food Use and Kosher

Old Wisconsin

As the meat snack C-store experts, Old Wisconsin not only offers the largest variety of top-quality products in multiple flavors and sizes, we also supply a wide range of flexible, eye-catching displays and merchandising systems that meet your store’s needs. Our “2 For A Buck” and “Go For 2” Gravity Fed Displays deliver unbeatable value

Legislative Wrap Up for 2009

With the Democrats controlling both houses of Congress and the White House, this year has seen major federal tax and regulatory legislation signed into law that will dramatically impact the tobacco industry. On April 1, the largest tax increase on a single product in the history of the U.S. became law with the federal cigarette

Vendors Help Prepaid Prosper

Prepaid services are revolutionizing the way customers do business today. From unbanked customers to students and others looking to reduce their outstanding debt, prepaid debit cards and bill pay services offer customers a payment solution without the drawback of monthly interest charges. Retailers agree that choosing a vendor that will work with your chain to


Offer the uniquely seasoned brats and Italian sausage your patrons crave. Served with all the fixin’s, Minis are a profitable, year-round menu selection for sit-down or grab ‘n’ go. No one knows brats and Italian sausage like Johnsonville. And no one makes brats or Italian sausage like Johnsonville. www.johnsonvillefoodservice.comBooth number 1543  

Sam’s Clubs

Sam’s Clubs newest benefit to the Plus Membership offers more value and simplicity by loading additional savings and values directly on your Membership card.  eValues are matched to a Member’s purchasing patterns. This means a Member’s eValues offers are more related to their needs and preferences.  Visit for more info.

A Certified Success

View From the Top: Certified Oil’s Leadership Team If experience is an accurate indicator of a company’s success, Certified Oil has a bright future. Three members of the company’s senior leadership team have been with the company for more than 30 years, and several others have major oil, grocery and management consulting backgrounds. The leadership

Smokeless Sales Stay Strong

Sorting through all of the dynamics at work in the smokeless tobacco category is proving a complex calculation for convenience store operators and consumers alike. For example: retail prices rose with the April 1 passage of an increase to the Federal Excise Tobacco (FET) tax to fund an expansion of SCHIP, the State Children’s Health

Turning to the RYO Category

Since the onset of the April SCHIP tax increase, tobacco retailers have been turning to puffed or extended tobacco to help customers deal with the skyrocketing costs of cigarettes, especially as more customers are turning to the roll your own (RYO) category in an attempt to save dollars. Republic Tobacco’s Gambler is the market leader


The Kellogg Convenience Team is excited to introduce Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® Double Chocolatey Chunk in a new 2.6 oz. bar. The newest expansion of Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies Treats® Big Bar line gives consumers more of the crispy rice, marshmallow goodness, and rich chocolate flavor they love. It is a great addition to the wholesome

Emerson Climate Technologies

Emerson Climate Technologies, a leader in retail facility operation, will be demonstrating how their Intelligent Store™ architecture delivers new actionable insights that help retailers make better decisions across their enterprise.  By implementing this architecture, retail operators can lower their operational costs, dramatically increasing their profitability.  For more information, visit

Three Decades of Wisdom and Experience

Chief Financial Officer, Certified Oil I joined Certified Oil in 1975. As a CPA, my background was in auditing and taxation. Being in the gasoline business with Certified over the past 34 years has made me use every bit of knowledge and experience I acquired just to keep up with the fast pace and complexity