McLane Grows in Texas

McLane Co. Inc. has bought the former building of an oil field manufacturing company in Alice, Texas, to use as a dispatch center for its distribution services. Trucks coming in from the distributor’s Temple, Texas headquarters already loaded will arrive at the dispatch center where 10 drivers will deliver the products to their destinations in

Coffee Gets Hotter at McDonald’s

McDonald’s is riding high, enjoying a resurgence fueled by new snacks and longer restaurant hours. But is it about to put the whole thing at risk by trying to take on Starbucks? The burger chain plans to install specialty coffee stations in all its restaurants over the next 18 months. The stations, which are a

Bottled Water Tax Scrutinized

The beverage and retail industries took a stand today for their already over-taxed customers by filing a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the city of Chicago’s new 5-cent-per-bottle tax on bottled water, which amounts to an astounding 30 percent tax on a case of safe, healthy bottled water. The first-of-its-kind tax, which took effect Jan. 1,

Counterfeit Products Targets

More than 20 retailers, including several convenience store owners in Houston County, Georgia, were cited during the past three months for the sale and distribution of counterfeit merchandise, a Houston County sheriff’s investigator said Tuesday. Counterfeit merchandise valued at $623,718, plus $11,612.25 in cash, were seized during a sting operation from Oct. 1 to Jan.

Black Market Tobacco Under Fire

Philip Morris USA filed two lawsuits in federal court yesterday in the Eastern District of New York against importers, C.H. Rhodes of Flushing, N.Y., and U.S. Sun Star Trading Inc. of Brooklyn, N.Y. The lawsuits are aimed at stopping the importation, distribution, and sale of counterfeit cigarettes and the unauthorized use of Philip Morris USA’s

SUBWAY Offering Online ServSafe Certification

The SUBWAY restaurant chain is proud to announce that it now offers online ServSafe Food Safety Training and Certification courses for its franchisees and their staff. ServSafe, developed by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF), is the premier source for food safety training, recognized by more jurisdictions than any other food safety program in

Clean-Diesel-Blitz in Full Swing

"German manufacturers have once again prevailed on the difficult U.S. market with excellent results. In 2007 they grew against the general trend and have boosted their sales by 3 percent to 948,000 light vehicles. We are confident that we will be able to continue to increase our U.S. market share even further this year and

Fresh Start Energy

Nantze Springs, which has been producing bottled water from its plant in Arlington, Ga., for 18 years, has branched out with the introduction of Fresh Start energy drinks. Company President Malone Garrett said the company began producing Fresh Start, a new vitamin-enhanced beverage, in November. It has no carbonation and is contained in plastic, recyclable

Building Breakfast Sales

Chains like McDonald’s, Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts have been busy overhauling their foodservice programs to capitalize on the increased demand for breakfast items, described by foodservice experts as the fastest-growing daypart segment. Convenience chains like 7-Eleven, however, are well ahead of the curve already owning a popular line of breakfast items that continues to expand.

Chopstix Vegetable Egg Rolls

Chopstix USA Chinese takeout started as a small community restaurant in Teaneck N.J. in 1996. In just 11 years, Chopstix became much more. By 2000, the company first began shipping frozen meals around the country, franchising and opening new units, launching a catering division and offering direct-store distribution to convenience stores and gas stations. The

Smart Drinks for Smart Kids

In an effort to keep America healthy, FUZE Beverage continues to drive the crusade to help fight childhood obesity by introducing the all new 12-ounce PowerFlex plastic bottle. The new package will be available in school vending machines across the country. All of FUZE’s products meet new guidelines for school beverages. FUZE’s healthy infusion of

McCain’s Handheld Breakfast Innovation

With breakfast sales growing three times faster than any other daypart and the demand for grab-and-go foods rapidly increasing, McCain Foods USA is excited to introduce new Early Risers hot, handheld breakfasts. Early Risers portable breakfasts are a delicious combination of potatoes, eggs, bacon and cheese wrapped in a crispy corn flake coating for a

Satisfying Hunger and Thirst

Anyone who’s ever tried to satisfy an urge to snack with a bag of salty chips knows that you have to have a drink to do it right.  That, of course, is the basis of cross-marketing: linking the desire for one product to a perceived need for another—and offering customers cost-saving deals that combine their

Hangover Buster

Pillar Rock USA Corp. has introduced Hangover Buster, an effervescent tablet specially formulated to prevent hangover symptoms such as nausea, headache, excessive thirst, fatigue, muscle ache and sensitivity to light and noise. Arriving in select convenience stores, drug stores and supermarkets nationwide, a package of Hangover Buster includes three individually foil-wrapped tablets, to be dissolved

Leading-Edge Functionality

Cherry Electrical Products announces the introduction of its new LPOS Series full-size keyboard line. This new POS QWERTY keyboard line features an enhanced key layout for POS and commercial applications. LPOS keyboards are available with or without a 3-track Magnetic Card Reader (MSR) and High Resolution Touchpad. LPOS keyboards provide 131-position key layout on models

New Beginnings

I’d like to begin this month by saying I hope each and every one of you had a happy and healthy holiday season.   It’s been a whirlwind few weeks for us at here at Convenience Store Decisions so I want to take a few minutes to give you all a personal update on the

Mobile Printer Roll Paper Supplies

POS Supply Solutions, Inc. has introduced a new line of mobile/wireless printer roll paper supplies. Mobile printers are showing up in almost every industry. They have now become an intricate part of “How Business Gets Done.” Mobile printers offer efficiencies for many industries by offering real-time inventory control, customer communications and messages, and even invoices.

Identifying More Effective Profit-Building Strategies

“In a business like cigars, where unit volume is growing 10% plus year-over-year, emerging strategic thinking in convenience retail suggests that retailers can grow even faster by employing a “price-for-volume” strategy for key products.” David Bishop, partner, Willard Bishop This summer, we examined how convenience retailers could manage the cigar category differently to realize above-market

Cherry Chocolate Diet Dr Pepper

Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages (CSAB) is rolling out Cherry Chocolate Diet Dr Pepper, the third flavor extension in the brand’s history. There’s nothing diet about this unique beverage treat, which combines the great taste of Diet Dr Pepper with a sweet cherry dipped in luscious chocolate. “Cherry Chocolate Diet Dr Pepper is the perfect indulgence…zero

U-Scan Usability

Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Inc. launched the U-Scan Genesis Carousel self-checkout system. The Carousel model offers increased capacity for large orders with a rotating bagging platform containing six bag racks and the option to add a secondary bagging platform. The rotating platform provides shoppers with easy accessibility to the bag racks and limits body strain caused

Growing the Business Together

On November 29th of this year, one of the most exciting moments of my publishing career occurred when we, Harbor Communications, closed on the purchase of Convenience Store Decisions from Penton Media. It was quick, exhilarating, and I am thrilled to now be the owner of such a groundbreaking, long-running publication serving this vital market.

The “Sibergin” Solution

With the hectic and demanding schedules surrounding the holiday season, people who are on the go, waiting in airports, or driving in bad weather conditions, find themselves consuming unhealthy amounts of caffeine and fast foods. Whether the demands for more energy come from stress from working overtime, lack of sleep from that horrific middle-seat redeye,

Finding the Right Loyalty Fit

Finding the right loyalty program “fit” involves a lot more than simply signing up with the first supplier partner you find. Successful c-store retailers need an up-to-date loyalty solution that fits their budgets, their POS systems and their stores. “We’re just gas people—we don’t understand this stuff,” said Gene Tish, vice president and chief operating

Beringer’s California Collection

In a bold move to take the Chardonnay category by storm, Beringer Vineyards has launched its vintage 2006 California Collection Chardonnay. Priced at $6 suggested retail, it is a fruit-forward, easy-drinking wine that will be a part of the California Collection tier, which includes America’s No. 1 top-selling White Zinfandel, domestic Pinot Grigio, White Merlot

OPW FlexWorks

OPW Fueling Containment Systems, a division of OPW Fueling Components and the leading manufacturer of primary and secondarily contained fuel delivery systems, introduces FlexWorks, a completely integrated underground fuel transfer and containment system. The FlexWorks system is designed to provide the highest level of dispensing performance, installation efficiency and containment protection. Consisting of highly engineered

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