Fuel Prices Continue to Creep Upward

Growing demand is driving fuel prices higher as the summer driving season commences.  Over the past week, fuel prices inched higher, as fuel supply tightened while gasoline demand remained strong. According to the recent fuel report from AAA, the national average fuel price is currently $2.36, which marks a four cent increase from last week’s

Baltimore May Soon Require Warnings on Sugar Sweetened Beverages

Legislation has been introduced that would require sugar sweetened beverages to sport a new warning label.  Pending the approval of new legislation by the Baltimore City Council’s Health Committee, Baltimore may soon become the second city in the U.S. to require warning labels on sugar sweetened beverages. According to a report from WBAL News Radio,

New Legislation May Remove Tobacco Products from California C-Stores

Pending the approval of new legislation, California residents may soon be required to visit tobacco shops in order to purchase tobacco products. A new bill that will remove tobacco products from grocery and convenience stores is now one step closer to approval, as it has officially received Senate approval. According to a report from Central Valley

Beverage Sales Expected to Grow during 2016

As quarter two progresses, retailers have reported significant growth in multiple beverage categories. This growth is expected to continue throughout the year. New innovations and heavy promotions from a number of beverage manufacturers have led to strong category growth in the beverage category in the second quarter of 2016. Memorial Day Holiday Sparks Beverage Sales

Thorntons Announces New Store Opening

Thorntons has invited the Blue Island, Ill. community to participate in the celebration of its newest store location. On Friday, June 10, Thorntons Inc. will open the doors of its newest convenience store location in Blue Island, Ill. In celebration of the new store opening, an official ribbon cutting ceremony will be held, along with

Greed Could Be Killing Our Industry

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport LLC Every now and then I get a request from a vendor that wants to know how their products are selling in our customers’ stores. I don’t mind providing that information. It’s a simple task and if the short amount of time I spend helps our customers, then all the

Plaid Pantries Appoints New President

Plaid Pantry has promoted one of its own board members to the position of company president. Jonathan Polonsky has been appointed by the Board of Directors of Plaid Pantries Inc. to the position of president and chief operating officer, effective immediately. Polonsky assumes his new position after being promoted from his previous position of chief

goPuff Convenience Delivery Service to Enter New Markets

goPuff has raised an impressive sum of venture funding as the start-up delivery service gains popularity. The new on-demand convenience store delivery service, goPuff, has announced its intention to expand into new markets. The company recently acquired an $5 million in venture funding from company investor Anthos Capital, bringing goPuff’s Series A investment round total

USDA Encourages C-Stores to Offer More Healthy Options

The USDA has published a guide to help convenience stores to sell healthier items. A new publication has been introduced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that will help residents of low-income neighborhoods gain greater access to healthy food items. The publication, The Healthy Corner Stores Guide, offers information, strategies and resources for organizations

Walmart Seeks to Set Itself Apart from Grocery Competition

Walmart redesigns produce aisles and bakery departments as a strategy to drive traffic. Walmart is revamping its grocery department in an attempt to attract more consumers with greater variety. According to a report from USA Today, a growing number of Walmart stores are dedicating entire walls to organic produce, gourmet cheeses and fresh sushi. This

Western Refining Looks to Acquire Northern Tier Energy

Western Refining seeks to acquire 260 c-store locations by purchasing Northern Tier Energy. Western Refining has announced plans to acquire Northern Tier Energy (NTI), and the company is now seeking financial means to complete the transaction. A report, published May 18 by the El Paso Times, revealed that Western Refining have requested funds from several

FDA’s Deeming Regs and What You Should Know

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized final deeming rules that pertain to other tobacco products—most which are important contributors to convenience store sales. Thomas Briant, executive director of the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO), answered questions about specifics that c-stores should be aware of. By Dave Bennett, Senior Editor Convenience Store Decisions

Retailers Have Critical Role

The final rule sets the foundation for the FDA’s science-based regulation of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. And retailers have an important role in keeping tobacco products out of the hands of children. By Mitch Zeller Tobacco retailers have played a critical role, under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act),

E-Cigarettes Come Under Scrutiny

Though the FDA finalized the rule extending its regulatory authority over electronic cigarettes, many questions still remain. By Anne Flint As a long time buyer of tobacco products, Cumberland Farms finds the current state of electronic cigarettes to be very unsettling. This has been an important segment for us that has enhanced category margins and

Seeing the Glass Half Full

Being upbeat can help a retailer’s vision for the future. By Jim Callahan It is said that, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity,” while “an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” I’ve encountered so many intelligent and impactful individuals during my 48-year journey in the convenience store industry and, I am struck

U.S. Justice Department Expected to Approve AB InBev’s Takeover of SABMiller

Concerns of craft brewers have little effect on the U.S. Justice Department when considering the approval of the merger of AB InBev and SABMiller. Approval is expected to come within the month for Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA’s takeover of SABMiller Plc. Reuters reported that the U.S. Justice Department is set to approve the transaction, under certain

Hershey Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

Hershey promotes from within to name new chief operating officer. Michele Buck has been promoted to the position of executive vice president, chief operating officer of The Hershey Co., effective immediately. Buck will continue to report to CEO and chairman of the Board John Bilbrey. Buck, age 54, brings more than 25 years of consumer

7-Eleven Acquires C-Stores from CST Brands

7-Eleven has finalized the purchase of 79 c-stores from CST Brands. 7-Eleven Inc. has announced the finalization of its acquisition of a number of stores from CST Brands Inc. The previously disclosed agreement stated that 7-Eleven, which has been increasing its merchandise capabilities and expanding its store network in North America, will be purchasing 79

Seven & I Holdings and Couche-Tard Eye CST Brands

A number of big name convenience retailers have expressed interest in purchasing CST Brands in hopes of growing their own companies. As low profit margins sweep the nation, convenience stores across the nation move toward consolidation to find savings by growing their companies. Thus, some of the country’s biggest convenience chains are moving in on

Workplace Conflict?

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics According to recent reports, managers spend over 35% of their time dealing with workplace conflict. So, once it’s begun, how do you stop the wars between workers? Here’s a suggested method: Bring the conflicting parties together. Never meet with them separately. Let each person tell his or her side of

If You Could Only Get One Thing Done Today, What Would it Be?

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics I don’t really care what your answer to this question is, and I am not going to suggest any answers. The power is in the question itself. Not just this question, but any question that challenges the way we work, the way we think, the way we act and the

Experience or Talent?

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics Skim through online job ads and you’ll find about 95% of them have one word in common: “Starting wages based on experience…” “Looking for experienced, energetic servers and kitchen staff…” “We are currently seeking an experienced office assistant…” Why is it that experience is so often our number one criteria?

C-Sores Celebrate National Doughnut Day

Customers of Sheetz and Cumberland Farms had the opportunity to treat themselves to FREE doughnuts for National Doughnut Day. As June 3, 2016 is National Doughnut Day, some convenience store chains announced some sweet deals to help customers celebrate. Cumberland Farms customers were invited to visit any new concept store to receive a free doughnut,

Loblaw Considers Sale of Fuel Sites

Loblaw is looking to attain a strategic buyer for its fuel sites in an attempt to elevate company value to its customers. Loblaw Cos. Ltd. has announced the completion of its strategic review of its gas bar operations. According to a report from the Montreal Gazette, Loblaw has announced plans to engage potential buyers for

Lawson Convenience Chain Looks to Expand in U.S. Market

Lawson may be following in the footsteps of 7-Eleven, as the company has announced plans to expand overseas. Japan’s second largest convenience store operator, Lawson Inc., has announced plans for expansion into the U.S. market, as the company increases its overseas expansion efforts. A report from The Japan Times stated that the chain has set