Kraft, Atkins and Kellogg’s Master the Art of Innovation

What are brands like Kraft, Kellogg’s and Atkins doing to make the list of this year’s innovators? Of the 3,522 new products launched in 2015, 12 achieved the criteria to be called “Breakthrough.” Lessons from the 2015 Nielsen Breakthrough Innovation Winners feature best practices from winning brands – with seven specific case studies that roadmap


What Does the SCOTUS ObamaCare Ruling Mean For C-stores?

A core piece of the Affordable Care Act—subsidies—have been upheld by the Supreme Court, which failed to upend the law with its ruling as many had hoped. In a ruling brought down June 25, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in a 6-3 decision upheld one of the central parts of President Barack

American Coalition for Ethanol Testifies for Renewable Fuel Standards

American Ethanol Coalition testifies to promote innovation and clean air. The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) will have over 100 representatives from different companies testify before officials from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today, June 25, 2015. These representatives will be testifying to maintain strong Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) blending targets as intended by congress during

A Little Recognition Goes a Long Way

By Mel Kleiman, founder Humetrics At one of my presentations a while back, the president of a trucking firm shared this great story that illustrates my point… Seems his company had just held a retirement dinner for a driver who had been with the firm for over 20 years. When the president and the retiring driver

Cumberland Farms Youth Scholarship Program Surpasses $1 Million Mark

Cumberland Farms awards 130 worthy students scholarships to attend college for the ninth year in a row, bringing total giving to over $1 million. Nine years after Cumberland Farms began its impactful Believe and Achieve Scholarship program, it has now provided more than $1 million in financial assistance to over 1,000 bright, young individuals. On

Enmarket Raises Over 90K to Support Light The Night Walk

Generous customers help enmarket raise thousands for a worthy cause. Thanks to the enormous generosity of its customers, enmarket was able to raise $90,234 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light The Night Walk. Throughout the month of May, enmarket’s 63 stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina raised money to support the LLS mission to cure

MFA Oil Co. Charity Golf Outing Raises $76,000

First annual charity event attracts generous guests to support Operation Homefront. Through its first Annual Charity Golf Scramble & Concert, MFA Oil Co. has raised over $76,000 to support Operation Homefront. This farmer-owned cooperative based in Columbia, Mo. held its first annual charity event on June 1 at The Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia,

NATSO Opposes Tolling of Existing Interstates

NATSO has mixed feelings about the Senate proposed highway plan. Members of a Senate committee have taken the first steps towards a long-term plan for our nation’s highways, and NATSO, the association representing travel plazas and truckstops, has commended their efforts; however they have also raised some concerns about the plan. A provision in the

Mars Inc. Expansion Provides 175 Job Openings

New product launch provides opportunity for expansion and creates new job opportunities. Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. and Mars Chocolate North America, two business units of Mars Inc., will soon be expanding their presence in Georgia. This expansion will create a total of 175 full-time manufacturing jobs. These jobs will be permanent, high-wage positions. Wrigley is

Bruegger’s Bagels and Jamba Juice Join Forces

A successful trial store leads Bruegger’s Bagels and Jamba Juice to strike a partnership. Bruegger’s Bagels and Jamba Juice are joining forces and opening nine co-branded stores. This union will allow guests to purchase Bruegger’s authentic New York-style bagels and Jamba Juice’s better-for-you specialty beverages at one convenient location. These new stores will soon be opening

Hunt Brothers Pizza’s Exmark Sweepstakes Awards $36K in Prizes

A unique sweepstakes drives sales and rewards lucky customers for their purchases. Hunt Brothers Pizza’s first sweepstakes in partnership with Exmark was a huge success. By connecting purchases to contest entries, Hunt Brother’s Pizza was able to drive sales while offering a unique experience to customers. At the conclusion of the sweepstakes, Hunt Brothers Pizza

Paying to Learn What We Were Paid to Learn

There is no substitute for on the job training. By Tony Huppert, CEO of Team Oil Inc. Years ago when I was in my prime, many years ago, it was customary to find a job and be taught a skill. Friends of mine would become masons by starting out as labors. They would dig footings,

Drive-Through: The Future of Convenience?

A demand for efficiency calls for innovation and Farm Stores is rising to the challenge. Farm Stores is partnering with SG Blocks to roll out a new and innovative store design. Today’s consumers demand efficiency and that is exactly what Farm Stores and SG Blocks are going to give them. A new drive-through store design

FDA Discovers Contaminants in 7-Eleven And Other Bottled Water

E-coli causing bacteria evokes recall of 7-Eleven and other bottled water brands. A recall has been issued for all water bottled by Niagara Bottling, including the 7-Eleven brand, from June 10-18 2015. On June 10, a strand of E-coli causing bacteria was discovered in one of Niagara Bottling’s spring water sources, reported Yahoo Health. After

QuikTrip Makes the Cut for the 100 Best Places to Work

What makes a business one of the best workplaces for Millennials? When looking at a list of the 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials, one would expect to find places like Google and other IT firms, but the 2015 list of these top 100 workplaces included a convenience store. QuikTrip Corp., a privately-owned convenience store made the

7-Eleven Wins Trademark Battle

New Salem convenience store infringes upon 7-Eleven trademark, and 7-Eleven fights back. Less than a month after pressing charges against a New Salem food mart, 7-Eleven has won the battle over trademark infringement. On Monday, June 22, 2015, Judge John Jones III ruled that the Super 7 Food Mart’s signage was too similar to that

The Confederate Flag is Coming Down

In order to avoid offending customers, businesses decide to remove Confederate flag merchandise. After the longstanding debate over the message sent by displaying the Confederate flag, Walmart Super Store and Sears Holdings Corp., which operates Sears and Kmart, have announced that they will no longer offer the Confederate flag for sale. Not only will these stores

Consumers Demand Menu Transparency and Healthy Options

Consumers demand healthier food options, but what exactly do they mean by “healthier?” Consumer demand is driving producers to be more transparent when it comes to food. Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the health benefits of certain foods and the dangers of others. This increased awareness is causing consumers to desire to know what

What Would You Like to Drink With That?

What to drink is a decision consumers must make daily, but what will they choose? Choosing a beverage is something that is done constantly in everyday life. Whether it’s deciding to drink water or a sports drink during a workout, or choosing between coffee and tea to start the morning, everyone is accustomed to making such non-alcoholic beverage

Loss Prevention and IT Are Not Seeing Eye to Eye

A disconnect between IT and LP may pose a problem in store security. A study performed by the IHL Group, “The Great Disconnect Between LP and IT,” illustrates the differences between how LP (Loss Prevention) and IT teams prioritize. The research identifies the differing priorities, as well as the obstacles that must be overcome in

How Much Pain Does It Take to Cause Them to Leave?

By Mel Kleiman, founder Humetrics It’s human nature to avoid change because the path of least resistance is the “same old, same old.” So, how much “pain and suffering” do you suppose  valued employees have to experience before they go searching for a new job? Well, a lot of it has to do with the labor

Top Five Triggers for More Transactions

The secret to driving sales and increasing business is not a secret at all. By Kevin Miller, Senior Marketing Manager, Tyson Convenience Foodservice Speed of service is a growing factor in our time-starved society as more consumers operate on a time crunch, and convenience stores are best equipped to meet on-the-go consumer needs. In addition

Stripes Convenience Stores Welcome Sunoco Fuel

Celebrations to announce new products and drive sales. Stripes Convenience Stores is building excitement amongst consumers by hosting celebrations to welcome its new product, Sunoco Fuel. Stripes Convenience Stores hosted three “Neighborhood and Community NASCAR Celebrations” as part of welcoming Sunoco Fuel, the Official Fuel of  NASCAR, to Abilene, Texas. The entire community was invited

Starbucks Shuts Down La Boulange

In a surprising move, Starbucks to close La Boulange but continue using the recipes at its Starbucks locations. Just three years after purchasing La Boulange, Starbucks has decided to close down all of the pastry shop locations, according to a report by Business Insider. The announcement of the closures came as a shock to some,

Hershey Feeds Ghana Children

Hershey improves the lives of children through the ‘Energize Learning’ Program. Many countries in Africa are on the rise, but one thing that is setting them back is their inability to attain essential nutrients. Children in Ghana are going to school and becoming educated, but the fact that they are not eating properly and that they