New Interchange Amendment Needs Retailer Attention

More than 170 amendments have been filed to the financial regulatory reform bill now before the Senate, and to expedite the process, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has asked senators to consolidate their amendments, NACS reported. On Monday night, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL) filed a new amendment (#3932), merging the main provisions of

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Aloha Acquires Shell’s Hawaii Assets

Aloha Petroleum Ltd. has entered an agreement to buy Shell Oil Products U.S.’s retail and terminal operations in Hawaii, BusinessWeek reported. Financial terms and details were not disclosed, and the exact number of stations Aloha will acquire is not yet known, as some of the locations are subject to first-right-of-refusal or options to purchase held by other

Giant, Shell Join To Provide Gas Rewards

Giant Food of Landover, Md., a grocery chain in the Mid-Atlantic region, and Shell have teamed up to provide customers savings on fuel. Beginning on May 14, Giant and Shell customers in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore metropolitan areas, and select cities in Delaware and Virginia north of Fredericksburg will be able to shop at

Colloquy Examines 20 Years of Loyalty Marketing

In its most recent issue, Colloquy magazine, published by LoyaltyOne, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a look back at some of the most significant loyalty innovations of the past two decades.  A few of the highlights from a 1990 to 2010 timeline of milestones in the evolution of loyalty marketing include: 1990: The proliferation

Sales Program Teaches Profitable Solutions

Sara Lee Foodservice, a supplier of coffee, tea, meat and bakery solutions, officially opened its doors today to the first North American Douwe Egberts Cafitesse Academy. Facilitated by Douwe Egberts’ coffee experts, the Academy aims to enhance education and raise awareness of the benefits of Cafitesse, ultimately providing foodservice operators with a more profitable coffee

Susser Reports Q1 Results

Susser Holdings Corp. released its first quarter results, reporting that same-store merchandise sales for the first quarter of 2010 increased by 2.5%, compared with a 1.2% decline for the fourth quarter of 2009 and growth of 6.0% during the first quarter of 2009. Retail merchandise margin was flat versus the fourth quarter at 32.7%, and

‘Slurpee Battle of the Bands’ Begins

The battle is on as bands from coast-to-coast scramble to enter 7-Eleven Inc.’s 2nd Annual “Slurpee Battle of The Bands,” which opened May 10.    Entrants will compete for a chance to showcase their talent at one of four regional concerts and for the grand prize of $10,000 plus a recording session in San Francisco

Rutter’s Pledges $50,000 to York JCC

York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores has pledged a lead gift of $50,000 to help the York Jewish Community Center celebrate its 100th anniversary by building a “natural playscape” playground. Rutter’s, which traces its York County farm roots to 1747, has been a long-time supporter of the JCC. “We have a lot of respect for the

PDI Hosts Idea Exchange

Approximately 80 Professional Datasolutions Inc. (PDI) customers and guests gathered on May 4 and 5 in New Orleans to participate in the PDI Idea Exchange. This event marked the 18th year PDI’s customers have joined to discuss newly released products and to review PDI’s product roadmap and development priorities. In addition to gaining customer feedback

Sam’s Club Celebrates Small Business Week

Sam’s Club is celebrating the American entrepreneur and National Small Business Week with a special offer to help small business owners nationwide with a 15-week membership for $15. The program is open to small business owners and entrepreneurs starting up and not currently members to see how Sam’s Club can help them simplify their operations

Wholesale Gasoline Prices Plummet After Confidence Shaken

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN On the first business day of May, the gasoline futures market which is used as a benchmark in pricing gasoline in the wholesale physical market, spiked to a 19-month high. Three days later on May 6, the gasoline futures contract tumbled 34.57 cents or 14.2% from

Top Five NACStech Trends

At the last day of the NACStech show in New Orleans, NACS announced the five companies featuring the most exciting new technology at the expo. Attendees voted for their choices during the show using the new NACStech mobile phone app, deciding from between more than 100 exhibiting companies. The winning results were revealed at the EXPO

Hunt Bros. Honors Richard Petty

In celebration of Richard Petty’s upcoming induction to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Hunt Brothers Pizza has introduced a new pizza box, congratulating the racing legend. Richard Petty is one off five inaugural inductees to be honored on May 23, at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C., little more than a week after

CITGO Retailer Meetings Commence

More than 650 local CITGO retailers and marketers are expected to gather this month to celebrate the 100-year heritage of CITGO while learning about the brand-building programs for the year ahead. The annual CITGO Retailer Meetings are a forum to share best practices about improving and growing retailer businesses. Retailers will learn about new products from leading convenience

Couche-Tard COO Steps Down

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has announced that Réal Plourde is stepping down as chief operating officer effective today. Plourde plans to remain executive vice-president and a member of the executive committee. Brian Hannasch, currently senior vice-president of  U.S. operations and a close associate of Plourde, will succeed him as chief operating officer. “Plourde’s contribution to the

Pilot Measures Labor Hours

Pilot Travel Centers LLC is using RedPrairie Corp.’s Workforce Management solution to match actual labor hours to budgeted labor hours at its more than 310 Travel Centers nationwide. “We originally selected RedPrairie’s solution based on their dedication to our business, and the long-term value we felt their software would provide,” said Rick Ellison, operations director of Pilot

First Quarter Declines For Delek US

Delek US Holdings Inc., a diversified energy company with assets in the petroleum refining, marketing and retail industries, announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2010. For the three months ended March 31, 2010, Delek US reported a net loss from continuing operations of $14.1 million, or ($0.26) per basic share, versus a

Dunkin’ Donuts Celebrates 60

Dunkin’ Donuts’ is celebrating its 60th  “BirthDDay,” by launching the Dunkin’ Donuts Birthday Perk, where all members of the Dunkin’ Perks program will receive a coupon in the mail during their birthday month, good for a free medium beverage of their choice. The beverage includes any iced or hot coffee, tea, latte, hot chocolate or Coolatta

Consumer Confidence Returning?

Impulse purchases of sodas, Hershey bars and snacks are on the upswing at U.S. convenience stores, a sign the economy and consumer confidence might slowly be turning around, Bloomberg.com reported. The decline in soda sales at convenience stores slowed last quarter for the first time in at least a year, according to PepsiCo and Coca-Cola,

Quick Chek Grows In New Jersey

Quick Chek, which operates more than 120 locations in New Jersey and southern New York, is set to open its newest store in Dayton, N.J. Located at 2432 Route 130, the new store will open to the public Tuesday, May 18 at 5 a.m., following a special Quick Chek Coffee Toast ceremony Monday, April 17

ATM Fee Reform Proposed

On May 4, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced an amendment that would help consumers avoid high fees at ATMs, as the Senate began debate on the financial reform bill. “In recent years, Congress has acted to protect consumers by setting appropriate limits on the types of fees that financial institutions can charge consumers. However, one

PCATS Again Under NACS Umbrella

NACS will integrate PCATS, the Petroleum and Convenience Alliance for Technical Standards, as an independent standards organization that is part of NACS. PCATS Chairman and NACS Vice Chairman of Technology Pat Lewis made the announcement during the opening general session yesterday at NACStech, noting that the PCATS Board of Directors on May 4 accepted NACS’

NACStech In Full Swing

Voting begins today, Thursday, for the most exciting technology found at NACStech by attendees. Retailers at the show need to download the NACStech mobile app in order to vote. Results will be announced at Friday’s Expo Trends 2010 workshop. NACStech, held May 5-7, officially kicked off yesterday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in

Chevron Releases Corporate Responsibility Report

Chevron Corp. invested $144 million in communities around the world, adopted a human rights policy and completed major energy efficiency projects, according to the company’s 2009 Corporate Responsibility Report, The Value of Partnership, which was issued this week. “Global economic prosperity and quality of life depend on secure supplies of reliable, affordable energy,” said John

The Pantry Divests 80 Locations

The Pantry Inc., based in Cary, N.C., is selling 80 locations throughout the Southeast. The properties for sale include a mix of convenience stores with gas, stand-alone convenience stores, closed sites and prime real estate. Most of the stations are currently branded Kangaroo, Shell, Chevron, Citgo, Mobil, BP and Texaco. Stores are located in a

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