How to Boost Employee Retention

The annual Workplace America report has revealed the key drivers that help employers retain their employees. The 12th annual Workplace America report has been released by TalentKeepers. The report observes employee engagement and retention trends, and it is now the longest continuously running study of engagement and retention in the U.S. Over 880 organizations participated

Fuel Prices Impact C-Store Sales Trends

The majority of retailers feel optimistic about business prospects in the coming quarter. A new survey of convenience retailers from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has revealed that fuel prices are having a significant impact on c-store sales. According to data from the study, low gas prices are driving convenience store sales, in

Snack and Beverage Dollar Sales are Up

Wells Fargo has released data on the current status of the beverage and snacking markets, specifically considering the industry’s giants. Wells Fargo has released data on the beverage and snacking markets. The research has revealed that the sales in both of these markets is up for the period in the last period. All Channel Sales

Snyder’s-Lance Commits to Cage Free

Snyder’s-Lance is making an effort to improve its supply chain sustainability. Snyder’s-Lance Inc. has announced new efforts to begin using only 100% cage-free eggs. The efforts are being made as the company continues to commit to supply chain sustainability. The company intends to use 100% cage free eggs in all of its products that contain

The Pressures Facing Family Businesses

By John Lofstock, Editor-in-Chief, Convenience Store Decisions According to the Small Business Administration, family businesses comprise 90% of all business enterprises in North America, and 62% of the U.S. employment. Yet, only a third of these businesses make it to the second generation, 12% to the third generation, and only 3% are a fourth-generation entity.

Valley Dairy Launches Mobile App

A number of new services are now available to Valley Dairy customers through the company’s new mobile app. Members of the Grand Forks, N.D. community, which Valley Dairy has served for nearly 50 years, now have access to the new mobile app from Valley Dairy, which was created in partnership with GasBuddy OpenStore. Customers can

Kum & Go Launches New Rewards Program

Kum & Go customers will now be rewarded for their everyday purchases through the new &Rewards program. A new free rewards program from Kum & Go is rewarding customers simply for shopping at Kum & Go. The free program, &Rewards, is easy to use and customers earn points for everyday purchases, like fuel, food, soft drinks,

Sunoco Privately Offers Senior Notes

Sunoco LP has announced a private offering of senior notes in order to repay a portion of a recently entered loan. Sunoco LP is privately offering $500 million of senior notes, which will be co-issued by Sunoco Finance Corp., a wholly-owned direct subsidiary of Sunoco. The senior notes are due 2021. Sunoco intends to use

Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices

By Brian Milne, Editor, Schneider Electric A 10-year seasonal analysis of crude net inputs at U.S. refineries using federal data finds the year-ended in late March was consistently the most robust, peaking in late July 2015 at 17.075 million barrels per day, which was more than 4% higher than the comparable year-ago period. The expanded throughput

NAG’s Peter Tamburro Leads NYACS 2016 Hall of Fame Class

Kevin Kenyon and Josh Altman also elected to the New York Convenience Store Hall of Fame. The New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS) has announced that National Advisory Group (NAG) board member Peter Tamburro, Kevin Kenyon, and Josh Altman have been elected to the New York Convenience Store Hall of Fame. NYACS will honor

Hunt Brothers Announces Fishing Themed Promotion

Although some may be disappointed about the lack of fish pizza, excitement is growing around Hunt Brothers’ latest promotion. On April 1, 2016, Hunt Brothers Pizza announced its latest fishing themed promotion, along with the release of a fish-flavored pizza. This ReelFish Pizza would have featured fresh caught bass, hearty kale and a lemon drizzle

Corner Store Gives to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Corner Store is giving back to the communities it serves through a campaign to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. During the 22nd Miracle Balloon campaign, Corner Store, its customers and its team members are helping give back to local kids being treated at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals). The campaign runs from

How to Heat Up Frozen Beverage Sales

Frozen dispensed beverages are more than a cup of flavored ice. Slushes can make c-stores a hot destination for customer traffic, pushing up margin and incremental sales. By D. Gail Fleenor, Contributing Editor Convenience store operators are adding to their frozen beverage offerings in anticipation of summer 2016 and beyond. Unit sales of slushes have

TravelCenters Acquires 17 Wisconsin C-Stores

Quality State Oil is leaving the convenience store business in order to focus its efforts on the wholesale fuel business. TravelCenters of America LLC has officially completed the acquisition of 17 Wisconsin convenience stores from Quality State Oil. Formerly branded Q Marts, these 17 stores will be branded as Minit Mart convenience stores. In addition

QuickChek Introduces 3D Printed Subs

QuickChek’s mobile ordering platform has become even more convenient. QuickChek customers now have the opportunity to order the world’s first 3D-printed subs. These one-of-a-kind subs are available exclusively through Mobile Ordering on the QC Mobile App. “This technological breakthrough was created to enhance our app-based Mobile Ordering platform,” explained John Schaninger, vice president, sales and

TravelCenters Announces Citizen Driver Honorees

This year’s Citizen Drivers will have their favorite TA or Petro Stopping Center named after them. At the 2016 Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, TravelCenters of America LLC held its third annual Citizen Driver luncheon ceremony, where it announced this year’s Citizen Driver honorees. TravelCenters’ Citizen Driver program recognizes professional drivers for bringing respect

Significant Growth Expected in the Soy Food Market

Growth in the soy food market is being attributed to a number of factors related to the benefits of soy products, along with the introduction of new products. New research from a study conducted by Technavio has revealed that the U.S. soy food market is expected to experience significant growth in the coming years. Data

California and New York to Raise Minimum Wage

Some states are responding to the nationwide push for a higher minimum wage. As the push for a higher minimum wage rages across the U.S., two of the country’s most populous states are moving to become the first to raise the statewide minimum wage to $15 per hour. According to a report from Market Watch,

GasBuddy Launches Dating App

GasBuddy will soon help customers meet the budget-conscious driving partner of their dreams. The lonely traveler doesn’t have to be lonely any longer now that GasBuddy, the fuel app for helping consumers save money at the pump, has announced the launch of a new dating app, GasBuddyWithBenefits. While GasBuddy has been a mainstay in the

TravelCenters Set to Close Quaker Steak Deal

By David Bennett, Senior Editor TravelCenters of America LLC expects to complete the acquisition of Quaker Steak & Lube chain in the next few days, said the national owner and operator of truck stops and convenience stores. Famous for its hot wings and burgers, the Sharon, Pa.-based Quaker Steak & Lube filed for bankruptcy in

Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco LP Complete Dropdown Transaction

A dropdown transaction to Sunoco LP is expected to increase the company’s distributable cash flow. The previously announced dropdown transaction between Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (ETP) and Sunoco LP is now officially complete, as of March 31, 2016. The transaction includes the dropdown of the remaining 68.42% interest in Sunoco LLC to Sunoco LP, along

Love’s Opens Second New York Location

Love’s newest location offers a wide range of amenities, including a Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant. The second Love’s Travel Stop location in New York is now officially open at the intersection of Interstate 90 and State Route 22 in Canaan, N.Y. The new location offers professional drivers a new place to rest and access driver services,

Kum & Go Marketplace Prototype Design Opens in Missouri

A new Kum & Go location in Republic, Mo. offers customers a wide variety of unique offerings. On Thursday, March 31, 2016, Kum & Go opened the doors to its newest convenience location in Republic, Mo. This newly constructed 6,200+ square-foot Marketplace design prototype is located at 3049 U.S. Highway 60. The new store has

M&M’S to Introduce New Peanut Flavor

Mars Chocolate North America is granting fans to opportunity to choose the next great M&M’S Peanut flavor. In honor of the brand’s 75th anniversary, M&M’S is inviting fans to help the brand to choose the next great M&M’S Peanut. A nationwide “Flavor Vote” will grant M&M’S fans the power to choose the brand’s new great

PepsiCo Announces Changes in Leadership

New leadership changes has expanded the responsibilities of a number of PepsiCo senior executives. In an effort to support ongoing strategies for company growth, PepsiCo Inc. has made a number of leadership changes which will expand the responsibilities of key leaders in the company. The company has announced the departure of Tom Greco, CEO of

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