Avoiding the Lottery Line

Retail equipment innovator Pan-Oston said its Utopia self-checkout system that was introduced to Crossroads Market near Bowling Green, Ky., about three months ago is proving to be a success. “We selected the Utopia self-checkout solution for our new Crossroads Market store because we just wanted to make our customers happy and our stores more profitable,”

San Francisco Tobacco Legislation Comes Under Attack

Philip Morris USA filed suit today in federal court to overturn a controversial San Francisco ordinance that would ban the sale of tobacco products in convenience drug stores. The lawsuit asks the court in the Northern District of California to delay enforcement of the ordinance and ultimately declare it unconstitutional. The ban, passed by a

Free Gas For Life

A Spokane, Wash., woman was the grand prize winner in a ConocoPhillips promotion that provides her with free gas for life. Crystal Waggy, whose husband is a disabled Marine who survived three helicopter crashes, will receive free gas for the rest of her life every time she fills up her 1997 Ford F150, the company

Philip Morris USA Sues Over San Fran Ban

Philip Morris USA filed suit on Thursday in federal court to overturn a controversial San Francisco ordinance that would ban the sale of tobacco products in convenience drug stores. The lawsuit asks the Northern District of California court to delay enforcement of the ordinance and ultimately declare it unconstitutional. The ban was passed by a

7-Eleven Pegs Bit9 For PCI, IT Security Needs

Bit9 Inc. said 7-Eleven has chosen its Bit9 Parity to protect its retail systems from malware, data leakage and unauthorized software, as well as ensure Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance. Additionally, 7-Eleven is using Bit9 Parity to lock down and harden its corporate laptops, given that the retailer is in the

Ricker Oil Acquires 32 BP Stores

Ricker Oil Co. Inc., of Anderson, Ind., announced Wednesday that it has reached an agreement with BP to purchase all 32 of BP’s company-operated or company-supplied stores in the greater Indianapolis area. The acquisition means that Ricker Oil, which was featured in the cover story in CSD’s May 2008 issue, is now one of the

Retail Gasoline Prices to Remain Mixed

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for DTN Retail gasoline prices will be mixed across the U.S. this week, with some parts of the country expected to see a decline in pump prices after wholesale values made a sharp drop last week. However, the one, two punch by hurricanes Gustav and Ike have impacted

Ricker Oil Acquires 32 BP Stores

Ricker Oil Co. Inc., of Anderson, Ind., announced Wednesday that it has reached an agreement with BP to purchase all 32 of BP’s company-operated or company-supplied stores in the greater Indianapolis area. The acquisition means that Ricker Oil, which was featured in the cover story in CSD’s May 2008 issue, is now one of the

Gilbarco introduces EMV- and PCI-compliant Solutions

Gilbarco said it has expanded its range of compliant payment solutions with the introduction of a fully-certified FlexPay CRIND being released next month. The free-standing FlexPay OPT packages Gilbarco’s PCI- and EMV-compliant FlexPay terminal as a fuel-island card reader that can be positioned next to the pump and support single or multiple fuel dispensers. “Gilbarco’s

Dresser Wayne Aims to Increase Retailer Profit

Four advanced innovations from retail fuel dispenser and technologies marketer Dresser Wayne could help fuel retailers increase profitability and secure customer loyalty while saving consumers money at the pump, the company said. The first option allows retailers and customers to see an immediate savings through cash acceptors that can be integrated into fuel dispensers. They

Valero Appoints New Board Member

Valero Energy Corporation said Stephen Waters, managing partner of Compass Advisers LLP, has been elected to the company’s board of directors. As Valero’s 11th board member, Waters, 61, will serve on the board’s Finance Committee. "We are honored that Steve has agreed to join our board of directors," said Valero Chairman and CEO Bill Klesse.

7-Eleven Pizza is Hot

Supermarket News reported that 7-Eleven’s hot food merchandising pilots show that pizzas prepared in-store are the third-fastest moving SKU at the chain, even exceeding sales of cigarettes and certain cups of coffee, Dennis Phelps, 7-Eleven’s vice president of fresh foods said during a food retail conference this week. The results were presented in a session

Rutter’s Donates $15K To Youth Program

Pennsylvania-based Rutter’s Farm Stores has donated $15,000 to the DreamWrights Youth and Family Theater in York, Pa. The money will be used to support DreamWrights programs for children in the York area. Last month the c-store chain donated $40,000 to the York County Library System to support reading and literacy programs. The family-owned Rutter’s has

Workers At Oklahoma, Indiana C-stores Run Afoul

A federal grand jury has indicted a Gary, Ind., c-store operator on allegations he turned food stamp benefits into illegal cash for himself and his customers, The Times publication in Munster, Ind., reported. Mark Prusinski, 52, of Wheatfield, Ind., is facing 24 counts of wire fraud and money laundering revolving around his business, Mark’s Food

QuikTrip Got It Right The Fourth Time

Oklahoma c-store chain QuikTrip, which is celebrating its 50th year in business, was featured recently in an interview with the Tulsa World. Former QuikTrip leader Chester Cadieux recalls the chain’s early days, and how it took four tries before they nailed down the right store format and location. The Tulsa World reported: The first QuikTrip

NCA Announces Supplier Advisory Committee

The National Confectioners Association has appointed its new 2008-2010 Supplier Advisory Committee. The new committee members will explore partnerships and opportunities with suppliers to the confectionery manufacturing industry, NCA said. The Supplier Advisory Committee will set policy and direction for the entire supplier membership category, as well as recommend ways in which the NCA can

Rutter’s Awards More Free Fuel

Rutter’s Farm Stores, of York, Pa., has presented its fourth and final “Fuel Up Free!” grand prize to Gerald Wishard of Windsor Township in York County, Rutter’s said. Wishard won free gasoline for three years, joining the three other grand-prize winners from this past summer: Kathy Wallick, of North York; Jason Waltz, of Spring Grove;

Tough Economy Boosts Packaged Food Sales

A look at how packaged-foods manufacturers are faring in this faltering economy: Campbell Soup’s sales rose 13% in the most recent quarter, a phenomenon CEO Douglas Conant said was aided partly by strapped consumers embracing condensed soup as an inexpensive meal alternative, the Web site adage.com reported. Kellogg Co.’s second-quarter sales climbed 11% to $3.3

Hurricane News …

Corporate giants in the convenience world this week are continuing to donate millions of dollars as crews are trying to restore communities to normal in the wake of recent hurricanes. However, the aftermath of Hurricanes Ike and Katrina is also prompting states to continue investigations into alleged price-gouging in a number of Gulf Coast and

MillerCoors Pausing Sparks Red

MillerCoors said it’s pausing the rollout of a new caffeine-infused alcoholic energy drink pending talks with 25 states that don’t want the company to release the beverage. In a statement Friday, MillerCoors said the company won’t go ahead with its scheduled Oct. 1 launch of the drink, Sparks Red. Attorneys general from 25 states asked

Krispy Kreme Looks To Ice Cream

Krispy Kreme is hoping its new soft-serve ice cream will pull it out of a three-year sales slump, the Associated Press reported. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts’ latest turnaround plan includes launching a new ice cream as well as opening smaller stores and expanding overseas, though some suspect it still may not be enough to help the

Sheetz Opens High Point, N.C., Store

Sheetz Inc. has opened a new store in High Point, N.C., just outside the Greensboro market, the company said. It’s the 18th Sheetz store in that state. As part of the grand opening festivities, the company made a donation to the Miracle League of High Point, which the organization will use to help develop a

NATSO Foundation Adds 5 To Board

The NATSO Foundation Board of Directors voted to add five members to its roster this week. The directors, whose terms are effective immediately, bring the board to its full complement and represent organizations from the truckstop and travel plaza industry, its suppliers and customers, NATSO said. The NATSO Foundation is the research, education and public

McDonald’s And Moms

McDonald’s is trying to engage the “mom” demographic with a "Moms’ Quality Correspondents" program that takes five "everyday moms" on behind-the-scenes field trips to explore the quality, safety and nutritional value of McDonald’s menu items, according to Mediapost.com. The moms share what they learn with other moms and interested parties through online journals, photos, videos

Retailers, Suppliers Continue Supporting Hurricane Relief

Oil giant BP has donated $8 million for relief efforts following Hurricanes Ike and Gustav, while fuel-dispenser innovator Dresser Wayne has dispatched a special team to the hurricane-ravaged area to help repair fuel-dispensing equipment and retail technologies. Additionally, fleet-card specialist U.S. Bank Voyager Fleet Systems has donated $5,000 to the relief effort. Dresser Wayne said

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