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

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

United They Stand

United El Segundo Inc. Retail arm: United Oil Co. Primary areas of operation: Owns and operates convenience stores in Southern California in addition to maintaining a vast dealer-operated network and a chain of car washes. Long-range plans: Increasing market share while growing store count through new-to-market stores and acquisitions. Established: 1948 Net sales (2006): $1.27

SuperFly Sustainable Energy

Who would have imagined fitting the energy of six Red Bulls in your pocket? Thanks to the introduction of SuperFly, the first line of Energy DrinkTabs in the energy drink category, consumers now can have easy access to the power-packed, effervescent energy of six energy drinks in one small tube. Better yet, all this energy

Managing Real Estate Operations

The foundations for other industries lay in the product. The film industry pumps out movies. Pharmaceuticals companies manufacture drugs. Publishers print magazines. For convenience stores the world over, the foundation is literally the foundation.   “It comes down to location, location, location, just like in real estate,” said Jeff Lenard, vice president of communications for

Red Man Moist Snuff

The number one brand of smokeless chewing tobacco is leveraging more than 100 years of experience producing the highest quality tobacco products to delight consumers with something new–a line of premium moist snuff. Made from premium quality tobacco, Red Man Moist Snuff is available in Long Cut Wintergreen, Fine Cut Natural and Long Cut Straight.

Gravy to Go

Lettieri’s has unveiled its new Sausage Gravy Stuffed Biscuit, which allows customers to eat their biscuits and sausage gravy on-the-go with no muss, no fuss. “As always, we start with the finest ingredients, which begins with a light and tender buttermilk biscuit with the mouth-watering look and taste as though it were made from scratch,”

Deal Brewing for Couche-Tard?

RedPrairie’s Food Service Management Solution

RedPrairie Corp., a leading consumer driven optimization company, introduced its Food Service Management solution for petroleum and convenience stores. The solution optimizes food service operations for retailers, including food preparation, production planning, recipes and fresh item management. This information can be fully integrated with inventory, labor and sales data for an accurate forecast of production

Executing Background Checks

You’ve certainly heard the old saying: “Our people are our greatest asset.”  We all know what the phrase intends to convey, but, if you think about it, the analogy is clumsy at best. In the real world, assets are things that can be bought, sold or traded, like buildings, equipment, patents, systems and secret ingredients.

Ultra Light Lattes

Finally an ultra light latte that is low in calories, low in carbs, and has no added sugar. Recent research has found many added health benefits associated with the consumption of coffee due to it’s high antioxidants level. To capitalize on this research, New York Coffee Co. is offering a new line of pure Colombian

Competitive Assortment, Lower Prices Accelerate Cigar Growth

New insights on the cigar category reveal that retailers who manage the cigar category more strategically benefit from accelerated growth and a larger share of the market. The data was shared in a Convenience Store Decisions Webcast, sponsored by John Middleton Inc., titled “Cigars: Accelerating Category Profits by Increasing Strategic Focus,” and offered new evidence

Tea For Two

Bigelow Tea and AriZona Beverages are teaming up to offer retailers and tea drinkers a new line of bottled ready-to-drink Chai teas as well as new hot tea flavors. The partnership marks a debut for both companies, with Bigelow entering the bottled, ready-to-drink market and AriZona the hot tea category. Bigelow Tea’s new ready-to-drink flavors

Always Stay Prepared for the Worst

Several clients have recently challenged us to try to creatively refinance convenience mortgages tied to properties that were acquired over the last several years. These properties were purchased based upon high cash flow multiples of seven times or more–multiples that have become the norm with many transactions around the country. When considered in light of

Encore by Structural Concepts

The spherical glass–the latest in glass technology–in the new “S” Series line of refrigerated and non-refrigerated display cases provides a distinctive look and flowing curves to create outstanding presentation of fresh bakery goods. The “S” Series, part of the Encore line of cases from Structural Concepts, can be mixed and matched in modular fashion for

Cigars And Moist Smokeless Drive Revenues Even With Concerns Over Tobacco Taxation

The long-predicted demise of cigarettes has not come to fruition, nor is it likely to. But the effect of tobacco taxation and smoking restrictions has made it much more difficult to rely on cigarette sales as the primary category for driving in-store profitability. But don’t read that to mean tobacco is suffering. Retailers are reporting

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