Measures to Safeguard the Workplace

Easy access to cash, the presence of alcohol and tobacco products, and solitary late-night or early-morning shifts are among the factors that make convenience stores workplaces that require added protective considerations. By David Quezada The convenience store industry nearly doubled in size over the last three decades, according to the National Association of Convenience Stores

VERC Enterprises Presents $500 Grant to Local School

ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program helps VERC Enterprises invest in local community. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, recently presented Hedge Elementary School in Plymouth with a check for $500, a grant made possible through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. Funded by the ExxonMobil Corp.,

Retailers Chase Growth As Clock Runs Out on 2016

Deep discounts keep shoppers buying but retailers fail to boost dollar sales. NPD Holiday Shopping Bag 2016 Weekly Report shows the week seven (ending Dec. 17) holiday shopping push didn’t bringing in the dollar sales of last year. Deep discounts may be driving shoppers into stores but are further delaying the benefits for retailers. According

Wawa Selects Harmelin Media as Media Agency of Record

Harmelin Media set to innovate for Wawa through new and strategic media formats. Wawa is starting the New Year with a new media company. Harmelin Media has been selected as Wawa’s Media Agency of Record effective Jan. 1, 2017. Harmelin will be responsible for various media channels including TV, radio, out-of-home, digital channels and sports

Kum & Go’s Republic, Mo. Store Opens its Doors

An open food preparation area greets c-store customers. Kum & Go opens the doors Friday, Dec. 30, at 6 a.m. to its newest store in Republic, Mo., at 638 US Highway 60. The 6,200+-square-foot store is the latest store in Republic built with the new Marketplace store design, which features a variety of unique offerings.

Alon USA Joins Wolfe Research 2017 Refiners Conference

Meeting materials available on website. Alon USA Energy Inc.’s management plans to attend the Wolfe Research 2017 Refiners Conference to be held on Jan. 4, 2017 in Boston. Shai Even, senior vice president and chief financial officer, will hold one-on-one meetings with investors to discuss both Alon USA Energy and Alon USA Partners LP. The

A Strong Tradition of Keeping SCORE

If you don’t already know, there’s a unique nonprofit group that specializes in helping businesses be more successful. By Fran Duskiewicz One of the more attractive aspects of our industry is the very real commitment to community involvement as continually shown by its companies, both large and small, and its various trade organizations and trade

A New Year Brings New Hope

Thinking about what you want to achieve and then developing the right plan is half of what you need to succeed. By Jim Callahan As we start a brand new year, plans for improvements and new successes are being rolled out in many boardrooms across the c-store industry. Of course, every good idea starts with

Technology Trends Ahead of 2017

Adoption of self-service kiosks and picking up online orders in store are both expected to increase in 2017. 2017 is set to bring new trends and changes, especially around technology adoption, to the retail industry. Doug Baldasare, CEO and founder of ChargeItSpot, the in-store phone charging station used by retailers like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Uniqlo,

Changing Consumer Food Trends To Watch in 2017

Convenience remains key and opportunities exist all along the food preparation spectrum. The NPD Group, a global information company, has outlines five trends that will impact foodservice in 2017. The battle for share of stomach will intensify. For several years now, more than 80% of meals have been sourced from home; fewer than 20% have

NATSO Foundation Introduces Online Training Course

Online training designed to promote highway safety. Truck stop operators can be vital in helping drivers in need who stop at their locations, and NATSO is making sure they have the tools they need to provide assistance. The NATSO Foundation has launched a new online course in the “How Truckstops Help People” educational series. Titled

Ask Your Employees These Game-Changing Questions

Employees can help you think outside the box. by Mel Kleiman, Humetrics Nearly every game-changing, industry breakthrough was born from the fundamental destruction of well-established beliefs. (Think Uber, Amazon, and Apple.) So, this is a great set of questions to ask yourself as well as your employees… • What set of beliefs are we holding

First Coast Energy Divests 13 Sites

Daily’s c-stores not among the recently sold locations. First Coast Energy has divested 13 gas stations and convenience stores in Florida to Northeast Petro Holdings 1 LLC. Jacksonville, Fla.-based First Coast Energy operates 35 Daily’s stores in Florida. In addition, the company operates and supplies fuel to 200 sites. None of the properties sold was

New Year To Ring In Higher Gas Prices

Regional factors along with the recent OPEC deal push gas prices upward. Pump prices continue to move higher across the nation, with the average price of regular unleaded gas growing for 28 of the past 30 days to $2.29 per gallon as of Dec. 26—up 29 cents compared to this time last year, according to

Campbell Oil Sells Heating Oil & Commercial Fuels Business

Campbell Oil to focus on the continued growth of its retail operation, BellStores Inc. Campbell Oil Co. has closed on the sale of its residential heating oil and commercial fuels business to Lykins Energy Solutions. Campbell’s heating oil and commercial fuels business is a wholesale distributors of fuel oil, gasoline, and diesel to residential, agricultural,

QuickChek SVP Works 41st Consecutive Christmas Day

Mike Murphy and his son Matt greeted customers at the Fairfield, N.J. store. Those running out to their local QuickChek on Christmas this year in Fairfield, N.J., could find QuickChek Senior Vice President Mike Murphy, who worked Christmas Day for the 41st consecutive year, serving up fresh coffee. “If I’m going to have people work

Technavio Expects Self-Checkout To Grow

The growing retail industry and technological advances aiding higher efficiency are adding to the demand for self-checkout. A new research study by Technavio predicts the retail self-checkout terminals market to grow at a CAGR of almost 18% during the forecast period 2017-2021. To determine the market size, the study considers revenue generated based on the

Hazelnut Goodness

Mars’ new SNICKERS & Hazelnut Bar satisfies. It’s everything consumers love about SNICKERS—peanuts, caramel and nougat covered in milk chocolate—with the addition of delicious hazelnuts. The bar debuted on retail shelves this December. SNICKERS & Hazelnut Bar was the most incremental and consumer preferred single-product addition to the existing portfolio and category in recent consumer […]

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Cheese Meets Jerky

Milk Truck Cheese creates a new category in cheese and meat snacks. A delightful combo of bacon and cheese in a convenient on-the-go snack: “Cherky”! The début “Aged Cheddar Cheese, Bacon & Jalapeño” flavored Cherky has garnered rave reviews in its intro markets. Ideal for vending, hospitality, specialty retail and grocery, Milk Truck Cheese is […]

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Swiss Miss K-Cup Pods

Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. and Swiss Miss are introducing two new delectable varieties of Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa K-Cup pods. New limited edition Swiss Miss Peppermint Hot Cocoa mix K-Cup pods, deliver a refreshing flavor twist with a cool blend of peppermint and creamy chocolate. Both Swiss Miss Peppermint Hot Cocoa and Swiss Miss Sensible […]

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Premium Water

The Alkaline Water Co. Inc. is the developer of an innovative, state-of-the-art, proprietary electrolysis beverage process packaged and sold in 500-milliter, 700-milliter, one-liter, three-liter and one-gallon sizes under the trade name Alkaline88. Alkaline88 is a premier bottled alkaline drinking water with an 8.8-pH balance. Enhanced with trace minerals and electrolytes, the product offers consumers the […]

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All-Natural Drinkable Broths

Introducing Zoup! Good, Really Good Broth. Available in five varieties— Chicken, Low-Sodium Chicken, Veggie, Chicken Bone and Beef Bone—these super-premium broths enhance family-favorite recipes and are the first cooking broths good enough to drink. Created by Zoup! Fresh Soup Co., which serves more than one-million bowls of soup each month from its nearly 100 restaurants […]

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Protein On-The-Go

E-hydrate, the maker of natural Protein On-the-Go, has expanded its distribution in convenience and drug stores, securing deals with Kum & Go, TA TravelCenters and APlus at Sunoco. E-hydrate Protein On-the-Go is unlike any other product currently on the market. The patent-pending pouch becomes a bottle when you add water, allowing customers to enjoy a […]

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Organic Hydration

Core Nutrition is committed to delivering ultra-purified, clean and crisp tasting water with the “perfect pH” of 7.4 to satisfy the growing consumer demand for next- generation, healthy functional beverages. The health conscious hydration line has pioneered itself to the forefront of the industry by catering to a wide variety of lifestyle and dietary preferences […]

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KRAVE Sticks

New KRAVE Sticks are protein-filled and layered with beans and sweet potatoes for a truly delicious on-the-go snack. Thoughtfully crafted in collaboration with the world’s premier culinary college, The Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, Calif., the KRAVE Sticks come in three unique flavors: Spicy Red Pepper Pork with Black Beans, Rosemary Lemon Turkey […]

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