Coinstar’s prepaid solutions are designed to create a destination, with no upfront inventory costs. From the right prepaid products and technology to merchandising and support, our approach is easy to implement, yet provides maximum results. Coinstar will also showcase Redbox self service DVD rental and Coin counting kiosks. NACS Booth  


Krispy Krunchy Foods

Krispy Krunchy Foods will be showing two of their concepts during this year’s NACS show.  The chicken concept gives a franchise look with no franchise fees.  Operators get a week of training at their location and a first class graphics package.  The pizza concept is a pre-built product of high quality designed to take the

Opportunities Abound

The NACS Show is my annual reminder of just how much innovation exists among the many talented retailers and suppliers I communicate with every day. I expect this year’s show—amazingly the 14th of my career—to be one of the most interesting I’ve ever attended. While the event has so much to offer, a black cloud

Targeting New Customers

Gaining market share has never been more important than it is today, when a tough economy is forcing customers to hang on to their money longer. This means that c-store retailers seeking new customers need to become aware of what specific groups need in order to improve their marketing strategies. One such group is the

Slim Jim

Slim Jim / TABASCO® Spiced Jerky is the 5th flavor launched in Slim Jim’s jerky family.  The sweet smoked mesquite flavor with a fiery TABASCO® spice makes this a great snack choice for consumers looking for a tasty, spicy treat.  This great flavor continues to leverage the brand equity of Slim Jim and TABASCO® brand. 

Kretek International Inc.

Kretek International Inc., exclusive importer of Djarum brand tobacco products, has introduced new Djarum Filtered Clove Cigars, available in four styles–Classic Black, Vanilla Black, Cherry Black and Special Box. Three of the styles will carry the popular Black brand name with its distinctive red triangle and black package. Djarum Filtered Clove Cigars are packaged in

People Make the Industry

When we decided to acquire Convenience Store Decisions from Penton Media nearly two years ago, we did so with an optimistic view of the convenience channel. The dynamics of the industry and its long-term growth prospects in terms of demographics, population expansion in key market areas, the range of needs it fills on a daily

How to Achieve and Maintain ADA Compliance

Ever since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) went into effect in 1992, it has dramatically improved the lives of disabled individuals by working to make all public places in the U.S. both accessible and hospitable to those with disabilities. But even though the ADA has greatly helped in achieving a better quality of life

Wilbur Curtis Company

Create an endless number of flavored specialty coffee beverages with the new Curtis® Expressions Multi-Flavor Beverage Dispenser. With just five concentrated ingredients, Expressions creates 12 specialty coffee beverages. From vanilla and caramel lattes to cinnamon and original espresso, there’s a coffee drink to please every customer. See Curtis at booth 1455. For more information visit


Welch’s is proud to highlight two new offerings for convenience retail, 100% Blueberry Pomegranate Concord Grape and Black Cherry Concord Grape.  Both flavors on-trend and bring exciting new variety to the single serve juice category.  Stop by today and come taste the great new flavors! 

Cruising the Express Lane

Customers in Sandpoint, Idaho crave convenience, but even they were surprised by the speed of service offered at the new Express Lane drive-through convenience store. Express Lane’s founder Adrian Cox was looking to expand his company and found the drive-through concept too tempting to pass up. He described the offering as an appealing and cost-effective

Are Your Underground Storage Tanks Safe?

Convenience store operators who don’t know state regulations concerning underground storage tanks (USTs) from a hole in the ground had better learn more about what’s in those holes and what the government is both offering and expecting from them. Federal mandates requiring a significant increase in biofuels production, for example, have spurred an increase in

Job Trending and Recruiting in the C-Store Sector

By George Benson Executive recruiting in the convenience store trade channel is a unique undertaking reserved for the brave at heart. Beyond the demand for process excellence and detail, there is a desire from hiring authorities that the candidates presented for consideration be million dollar producers in a multitude of varying disciplines. This is not

Sheetz Opens New Ohio Store

  Sheetz Inc. continues to grow in the Canton, Ohio area with a new store opening today in North Canton at 1415 Pittsburg Avenue.   The store officially opened today, Sept. 30, following an afternoon grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony this afternoon. To celebrate Sheetz will make a donation to the Character Counts

Nat Sherman Co. Lists FDA Compliant Products

  Nat Sherman Co. issued a letter to retailers outlining which products are still legal to sell after the new FDA ban on flavored cigarettes, except for regular and menthol varieties. The company’s clove and mint style brands were affected by the ruling.   “Concerning our ‘Mint’ brands, while many of our competitors use a

Operation Rollback Makes Progress

  Retailer efforts against an astronomical increase in registration fees for stores selling tobacco are making strides in New York.    The fee increase came down earlier this year, upping the registration fee for a retailer from $100 per store for the right to sell tobacco products to $1,000, $2,500 or even $5,000 per store

Ads Defend HFCS

  The nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) launched a new million dollar ad campaign designed to put an end to what it calls “the blatant inaccuracies surrounding the much-maligned ingredient: high fructose corn syrup.”     The campaign will communicate to the public that high fructose corn syrup is nutritionally the same as sweeteners

Kraft Bides Its Time In Cadbury Bid

  Three weeks after Cadbury, the world’s second largest confectionery group, rejected a 10.2 billion pound ($16.7 billion) approach by Kraft, North America’s biggest food group, a UK Takeover Panel is expected to require Kraft to make a firm offer or walk away for six months, Reuters reported.   “The indications are that the UK

Propaganda at the Pump

  Valero Energy, the largest gasoline producer in North America, is giving its customers a side of politics with their petroleum purchase, the Houston affiliate of Fox News reported.     Gas stations that sell Valero gasoline are displaying signs at the pumps, that include a picture of Uncle Sam and issue the warning “If

Getty Gains 36 Gas Stations

  Getty Realty Corp. has acquired 36 ExxonMobil gas stations and convenience stores in the Washington, D.C., area for $49 million, CNBC reported.   Getty bought the gas stations from ExxonMobil, immediately sold them to White Oak Petroleum LLC and then leased them back, the company told CNBC. The stations and stores will retain the

Fuel Tumbling in Most Markets

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN   Across the country, retail gasoline prices are accelerating their move to the downside following a big drop in the wholesale market as September nears an end and oil refiners transition to winter grade blends that are less costly to produce. Preliminary data also shows that

ExxonMobil Honored for Education Efforts

  The Institute of International Education, a major global provider of scholarship and education initiatives named Exxon Mobil Corporation as the recipient of its 2009 Opening Minds Corporate Leadership Award.   The award recognizes ExxonMobil’s outstanding global philanthropy, including initiatives that improve the teaching and learning of engineering, technology, math and science, and the company’s

Shell Helps Students Save

  Shell’s new saver card promotion is offering relief to cash-strapped students by helping them save on everyday items, so they can start the fall semester on the right foot and keep their finances in check.   From Sept. 28 through Dec. 31, Shell is bringing back its popular five cents per gallon discount on

Kroger Celebrates Breast Cancer Survivors

  As part of The Kroger Co.’s “Giving Hope a Hand” breast cancer awareness campaign, the company is partnering with key suppliers to pledge $3 million in donations to support breast cancer initiatives in communities across the country where Kroger customers and associates live and work.   Kroger, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, operates 2,470 supermarkets

Cumberland Selects FuelQuest

  Cumberland Farms Inc. and its affiliate Gulf Oil LP has entered a four-year agreement with FuelQuest Inc. to use its Fuel Management System (FMS).   The organization will deploy FMS to optimize fuel inventory, decrease operational expenses like unplanned split loads and reduce the costs related to scheduling and managing their fleets.   “We