Ergonomic Retail Check-Out Systems

Ceemco Store Displays, a manufacturer of visual merchandising and point-of-purchase displays, has developed a customizable line of retail checkout systems which provide the best possible utility, ergonomics and convenience for cashiers and customers. Systems have rounded edges, “best-height” platforms for writing checks and bagging stations that can swivel for easiest use. Ceemco’s stress-minimizing designs are

Homer Simpson? Hardly!

No one sells food that is both fresh and convenient in the U.S., sniffed a retailing analyst quoted by the London Economist last year. “The typical American convenience store consumer is Homer Simpson.” Oh, really? Tell that to the hundreds of customers who stood in line waiting for giant British food retailer Tesco’s first Fresh

M&M’s in Two New Varities

MARS Snackfood US is extending its popular M&M’s brand with two new limited edition products: M&M’S Mint Crisp and M&M’S Wildly Cherry Chocolate Candies. Mint Crisp will be available in limited edition with the release of “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” coming to theaters in the spring. M&M’s Wildly Cherry Chocolate

CipherLab 9400

CipherLab, an innovator in Automated Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) for the retail, warehouse and distribution markets, launched the 9400 Series Industrial Mobile Computer, the second CipherLab product to support Microsoft Windows CE 5.0. Designed to provide wireless anywhere mobility through compliance with all popular wireless communications platforms (including Bluetooth, WiFi and Quad-band EDGE RF),

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

Deal Brewing for Couche-Tard?

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., Convenience Store Decisions 2007 Convenience Store Chain of the Year, locked up a $131.4-million sale and leaseback deal with Cole Capital related to 83 properties of Circle K Stores Inc. and Mac’s Convenience Stores throughout the U.S. The Laval, Quebec-based convenience store operator said it would use the proceeds to reduce its

Boston Stores To Limit Tobacco Ads

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is urging convenience stores, gas stations and liquor stores to adhere to city regulations limiting the advertising of tobacco products to minors. "We’ve done a great job in Boston of getting these stores to comply with the law forbidding the sale of tobacco products to minors," Mayor Menino said during a

Kansas to Expand Ethanol Options

The Kansas Department of Agriculture is launching a pilot project that will allow fueling stations to install pumps that dispense a variety of ethanol blends and let consumers choose what blend they want. Almost all gas stations now have E10, a blend of 10 percent ethanol and 90 percent gasoline. All vehicles on the road

EZ Energy Raising Capital

EZ Energy Ltd.’s U.S. subsidiary EZ Energy USA Inc. has signed a letter of intent to sell up to 17 gas stations and convenience stores to a real estate investment trust (REIT) for up to $20.7 million. The properties were previously purchased from BP Products North America Inc. $15.5 million. EZ Energy will lease back

A Very Special Holiday Gift From Sheetz

Red Kettles are overflowing for one Pennsylvania chapter of The Salvation Army. Sheetz Inc. said it is donating its former convenience store and property in Chambersburg, Pa., to the Chambersburg Salvation Army, which already occupies an adjacent building. This gift immediately doubles the Corps existing property size and footprint, providing critical office space, the potential

Wells’ Dairy Sells Milk Plant

Wells’ Dairy Inc., the Le Mars, Iowa-based manufacturer of frozen dairy products, reached a deal to sell its fluid dairy and cultured dairy facility in Le Mars, Iowa to Dean Foods Co. Terms were not disclosed. "Following extensive analysis, we have made a strategic decision to focus all of our efforts and resources on our

Green Oil Embraces Holiday Season

Having just celebrated in 85th anniversary, Geo. H. Green Oil is busy proving that is only getting better, not older. Five company stores, were joined by the office staff and a $1,000 donation from is dealer organization to raise $30,000 in less than a month to assist three local charities and the Juvenile Diabetes Research

Cleanup Continues at QuikTrip Store

Cleanup continues at a suburban St. Louis QuikTrip service station, where the Missouri Department of Natural Resources said more than 20,000 gallons of fuel leaked underground. The leak was discovered Friday, though state officials told the Associated Press they believe it began earlier last week. Crews were trying to remove gasoline from the soil and

7-Eleven Prepared for Christmas Rush

Between Black Friday, Green Monday and Red Alert ("Oh my gosh, I’m out of time!) Christmas Eve, millions of American shoppers realize their days… and dollars are numbered. Heading into the homestretch, time is at a premium and every convenience helps. Enter 7-Eleven. Created 80 years ago as a quick in-and-out shopping alternative for time-crunched

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