Step One: Knowing Your PCI Merchant Level

Merchant Levels are designated by the PCI Standard as follows: Level 1: Any merchant, regardless of acceptance channel, processing over 6 million Visa transactions per year; that has suffered a hack or an attack that resulted in an account data compromise; that Visa, at its sole discretion, determines should meet the Level 1 merchant requirements

Vaquero Filtered

General Tobacco has launched the new Vaquero Filtered Cigars 100’s Box, the latest addition to General Tobacco’s product line. They’re available in a variety of flavors, including Natural, Lights, Vanilla, Menthol, Peach, Cherry and Wildberry. “For years, Vaquero has been a favorite among ‘little’ cigar smokers, and to reward our loyal customers and show our

BP Flies High on Atlas Oil’s Flagpoles

A visit to BP’s ampm stores a few years ago convinced Simon that BP’s established ampm brand—and its decision to divest itself of stores in the Midwest—was an opportunity for Atlas to acquire stores for its own dealers, as well as operate more stores on its own. In December 2007, Atlas forged an alliance with

Operations Wake-Up Call

Tougher economic times are pushing convenience retailers to look at how they can improve operations. While cutting costs may be one common theme, savvy retailers are also looking at other avenues to help them stand out among the competition. “The economy changed and that changes how people are buying,” said Brooks Blair, owner of Bells

Whipped Topping Made Easy

Retailers looking to add some excitement to their beverage programs have an exciting new option. The innovative Simple Serv whipped topping dispenser from Server Products will help you add value and pizzazz to hot beverages like coffee, cappuccino and hot chocolate. The stylish countertop unit is designed for self-serve operation and serves a new, specially

Pilot Testing Electronic Smokeless Products

In an effort to boost sales in the smokeless category, Pilot convenience stores in the Knoxville, Tenn., market are testing the Vegas E-cigar, a product manufactured by Minneapolis-based Ruyan America Inc. that looks and feels like a premium cigar, but uses a microchip and nicotine-infused liquid to produce a vapor that provides its user with

On-The-Go Easy

As commuters spend around 100 hours per year in the car, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Census, food companies are vying for their share of “mobile stomachs.” Now, there’s a new packaging weapon in the cup-holder cuisine arsenal that will widen commuters’ choices to include dippable foods: the Dip-N-Go cup from

Convenience Stores Hurt by Tobacco Taxed Ad Sales

Cigarettes continue to be the top in-store category based on sales dollars. On a monthly basis, the industry per store average over the past year was $39,127. However, its gross profit contribution slipped to 3.2% to $6,152 falling behind package beverages ($6,526), according to the National Association of Convenience Stores State of the Industry report.

Geo. H. Green Embraces the Holiday Season

Despite the challenging economy, lost jobs and holiday malaise, the spirit of Christmas reigned supreme at Green Oil Co. Buoyed by an incredible effort from the caring employees and customers of two Super Stores, a bit of vendor and dealer support and a wonderful performance by its office staff, the Green Oil team announced it

A Section for What?

Embracing alternative smoking products is a trend the industry should not ignore.   Often I am asked what I would do if I was a tobacco category manager today as I peered into the future. Simply, I would practice good sound category management. I would look at what products meet my consumer’s needs in the

New Year, New Challenges

With 2009 approaching, let patience be your guide to achieve personal and professional goals. As we usher in a new year, let patience be your guide to achieve personal and professional goals. What if you suddenly found out that your slate could be pretty much wiped clean and most all of the tactical mistakes made could

Not So Fast

A Pleasanton man who runs a chain of convenience stores in California was sentenced to 13 months in prison and fined $1.2 million for an elaborate scheme in which he abused Small Business Administration loans to help business partners launch their own stores, California newspapers reported. Federal officials say Ashraf "Mike" Ali, 55, owner of

Dunkin Brands Readies For New Head

Canton, Mass.-based Dunkin’ Brands, parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, said it has appointed Nigel Travis as CEO. Travis, 58, most recently served as president and CEO of the Papa John’s pizza chain, which has more than 3,300 restaurants and annual sales of $2.1 billion in the U.S. and 29 international markets. Travis will

Not Your Average Kansas C-store, Toto

The North American Hazardous Materials Management Association (NAHMMA) awarded two Kansas agencies the Outstanding Product Award for helping green c-store Zarco 66 become a leader in green energy, the Lawrence Journal reported. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the EPA Region 7 received the award for helping Zarco 66 Earth Friendly Fuels become

Rutter’s Expansion Continues

Rutter’s opened a new store in the Penn Township/Hanover area in Pennsylvania on Christmas Eve, the company said. “The Hanover community has been a vital part of Rutter’s success,” said Scott Hartman, president and CEO of the York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores. “We’ve been looking forward to bringing our newest store experience to that area.

ExxonMobil Gives $2M To Students

For the ninth year the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program has provided grants to local schools across the nation, this year donating $2 million in grants to 4,000 students in 43 states. The students, grades kindergarten through 12th, will each receive a $500 grant to enhance their work in math and science programs. “ExxonMobil and our

Flying J Files For Chapter 11

Flying J Inc. said it has filed voluntary petitions to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. The filing will allow Flying J and its subsidiaries “to address near-term liquidity needs brought about by the precipitous decline in oil prices coupled with the disruption in

Cumberland Coffee (and Kindness)

Canton, Mass.-based Cumberland Farms is giving a free cup of coffee to customers on New Year’s Eve, as well as marking the grand opening of its newest convenience store with a $1,000 donation to the Boys and Girls Club chapter in Massachusetts. The new Cumberland store is in Framingham, Mass., the same town where a

Road Ranger Workers Donate 1,000 Turkeys

Employees at Rockford, Ill.-based Road Ranger convenience stores gave up their annual Christmas party so they could spread some Christmas spirit to the less fortunate, the company said. Road Ranger said employees throughout its Midwestern stores are hearing about and witnessing the difficult times their customers and communities are facing in this struggling economy. In

Why PCI? Here’s Why …

A fired cashier at a BP gas station in Jonesboro, Ark., allegedly obtained more than 50 customer credit and debit card numbers and used at least one to buy goods, KAIT news in Arkansas reported. Police said they discovered the cards on Zach Houston, 23, after he walked into the gas station intoxicated Saturday night.

7-Eleven Inc. Sues Florida Franchisee For $5M

7-Eleven Inc. filed a federal lawsuit this week against a franchisee who the company says was "mistakenly" given nearly $5 million and won’t give it back, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reported. 7-Eleven spokeswoman Margaret Chablis told the News-Journal that 7-Eleven closed the store at Clyde Morris Boulevard and Big Tree Road earlier in the week,

Rutter’s Donates $45 K To United Way

Rutter’s marked the opening of its first Carlisle-area convenience store by donating $45,000 to United Way of Carlisle and Cumberland County to provide childcare scholarships, the company said. Rutter’s Farm Stores opened Dec. 5 in Middlesex Township in Cumberland County. The company also has a store in Shippensburg, Pa. “Rutter’s is proud to be a

ExxonMobil Gives $2M To Students

For the ninth year the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program has provided grants to local schools across the nation, this year donating $2 million in grants to 4,000 students in 43 states. The students, grades kindergarten through 12th, will each receive a $500 grant to enhance their work in math and science programs. “ExxonMobil and our

PDQ Appoints Exclusive Distributor In New England

Touch-free car wash system manufacturer PDQ Manufacturing Inc. appointed New England Car Wash Equipment as an exclusive distributor to serve the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York. Littleton, Mass.-based New England Car Wash will distribute PDQ’s full line of products, including LaserWash and Tandem RiteTouch vehicle wash systems,

Wholesale Jump

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, DTN Retail gasoline prices along the West Coast will move higher during the holidays, climbing in front of Christmas due to a jump in wholesale prices of the fuel after gasoline production in California was unexpectedly lost in mid to late December because of mechanical problems at oil refineries. Gasoline

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