CSD Seeks Nominations For Annual Social Media Awards

This January, CSD will again evaluate best practices and best c-store posts and campaigns across social media. Convenience Store Decisions is embarking on its 5th annual social media awards, and this year is seeking convenience store chain nominations in a number of categories: Best engagement with a single post or promotion by a c-store chain

Tying Up the 2016 Tax Season?

Business tax rules are never simple, but there are things to know that may make the process less painful and costly. By Mark Battersby, Contributing Editor Convenience store retailers should be turning to their advisors for strategies on how to reduce their convenience operation’s—and their own—tax bill. Fortunately, every c-store retailer has at their disposal

Thankful For….

As we gear up for Thanksgiving, here are some things the convenience store industry can be thankful for. By Ed Collupy Thankful For…. Technology in the CStore/Petro industry… Handheld devices, connected wirelessly for computer assisted ordering Applicant tracking systems for the many new people looking to join the industry workforce Networking solutions to keep data

Swiss Farms Offers Free Coffee To Black Friday Shoppers

Convenience store customers who buy a breakfast sandwich get a free coffee courtesy of Swiss Farms. Customers can get their first Black Friday deal of the day at Swiss Farms, the Delaware County, Pa.-based drive-through market. All stores will offer a free 16-ounce coffee to customers who purchase any breakfast sandwich on Nov 25. In

FTC Investigating Visa’s Routing Rules

Federal Reserve says no payment card network can directly or indirectly force retailers to deploy a technology or enforce a rule that inhibits merchant routing choice. The Federal Reserve has declared that the technical specifications and rules provided to merchants as part of the EMV migration violate federal law. In response to the declaration by

Marathon Petroleum Responds to Elliott Management Statements

Hedge fund suggests a breakup of the firm to unlock value, but MPC notes it is already taking aggressive actions. Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) has responded to hedge fund Elliott Management Corp., which in a letter to MPC’s board alleged that the company is extremely undervalued and that it should consider a break up of

M&M’S Caramel Chocolate

Introducing the biggest launch in M&M’S Brand History: M&M’S Caramel Chocolate Candies. After years of development, M&M’S Brand now has the proprietary technology to enter the soft and chewy category partition with the launch of M&M’S Caramel Chocolate Candies. This innovative treat features a creamy caramel center covered in delicious milk chocolate, enclosed in a […]

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French Toast Sausage

Johnsonville has introduced the new Ultimate French Toast Sausage, as the most recent addition to its Ultimate Premium Sausage line. This unique sausage pairs the aroma of sweet cinnamon with a smooth, buttery, maple syrup flavor that delivers a French toast experience without the mess. The Johnsonville Ultimate French Toast Sausage is a perfect addition […]

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Open Air Merchandisers

Master-Bilt showcased its line of vertical and horizontal open-air merchandisers at the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show in October. These competitively-priced models offer easy access, contemporary styling and increased capacity. With a total of 16 models available, the HOAM and VOAM series offer the variety to meet practically any sales space requirement. All […]

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Perfectly Sweet Gum

Wrigley is launching Doublemint Perfectly Sweet Gum this December. Doublemint Perfectly Sweet offers a new choice for consumers seeking gum without artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors. Doublemint Perfectly Sweet is sweetened with real sugar and provides the trusted flavor expected from Doublemint gum. The new gum will be available at retailers nationwide in a 12-stick […]

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Energy Bites

COMPETE Energy Bites are a great tasting, fast acting and affordable alternative to expensive energy drinks and coffee. Each energy bite equals a 12-ounce cup of premium coffee and offers the fast acting energy customers need to get through the “Work Wall” or “Energy Wall” that keeps them from performing at their best whether at […]

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Sweet & Salty Snack Mix

Retailers understand that consumer cravings keep evolving and to stay ahead of the curve, they need dynamic snack options. Cheez-It has responded with Sweet & Salty Snack Mix. As a $1 billion brand (Nielsen Aug. 8, 2015), Cheez-It is a key driver in the snacks category, growing +$10.8 million in the past year in convenience. […]

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Popped Rice Clusters

Soy Vay, a premium line of preservative-free, kosher marinades is entering the snack aisle with Popped Rice Clusters. Taking inspiration from Soy Vay’s commitment to only using premium ingredients, the new Popped Rice Clusters are made with high quality ingredients and do not contain artificial flavors or preservatives. Soy Vay Popped Rice Clusters are available […]

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OREO Candy Bars

Mondelez introduces Milka OREO Chocolate Candy Bars, which combines two of the world’s most iconic brands and treats: OREO cookies and Milka European chocolate candy, the No. 1 chocolate candy in Europe. The new chocolate candy bar line is a permanent offering and comes in an assortment of formats, all of which feature bits of […]

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Thanksgivings Day Traditions Evolve

NPD Group looks at how cultural shifts are impacting Thanksgiving Day norms. Thanksgiving traditions are evolving to reflect the new cultural and societal makeup of the U.S., finds The NPD Group, a global information company, and its research partner, CultureWaves, a consumer qualitative insights company that looks at consumer behavioral data. A mix of influences—economic,

Consumers Demand Transparency On Meat, Poultry

Customer concerns over food ingredients, shape foodservice trends. The new golden rule in the U.S. food industry: “An informed consumer is a satisfied consumer.” This extends not just to the information printed on labels for products such as frozen or shelf-stable foods, but also increasingly includes fresh meat and poultry sold both at retail and

My Bucket List

By Bill Scott “Bucket lists, often celebrated as things to do before you die should include things to do while you are alive.” As a provider of services to retailers and convenience stores here is mine: Eliminate the 70% of inventory that is either not selling or unprofitable. The remainder is cross-subsidizing your losses and

Thanksgiving Weekend Set to Attract Shoppers

Some 74% of surveyed shoppers plan to shop on Black Friday. American’s are gearing up for a busy shopping weekend following Thanksgiving. Some 59% of Americans – an estimated 137.4 million people – are planning to or considering shopping during Thanksgiving weekend, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation (NRF)

QuickChek Debuts Bordentown Store

Grand opening promotions include free coffee. QuickChek recently opened a new 5,496-square-foot c-store at the Rivergate Bordentown Waterfront located at 500 Route 130. The Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based chain opened the store on Nov. 8., with grand opening promotions including free large hot coffees for patrons from Nov. 8-Nov. 20. The new store will be open

Cumberland Farms Offers Free Coffee on Thanksgiving

C-store chain surveys customers about their holiday preferences and plans. Thanksgiving Day travelers have something extra to be thankful for as Cumberland Farms will be providing free coffee—any blend, hot or iced in any size—all day long on Thanksgiving Day. This offer is good at Cumberland Farms’ nearly 600 retail locations throughout the Northeast and

Sheetz Welcomes New Public Relations Manager

Nick Ruffner brings wide range of communications experience to Sheetz. Nick Ruffner has joined Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz as public relations manager. Ruffner, who is a native of Indiana County, Pa., has a background across the communications spectrum, from public relations to television and radio broadcasting. Most recently, he served as the Communications Director for U.S.

Unified Commerce Not Yet A Reality

Numerous struggles exist on the path to creating an omni-channel environment, BRP finds. While an omni-channel approach might be a goal to strive for, few retailers are there today. According to Boston Retail Partners (BRP), savvy retailers know their current planning tools are not capable of supporting the unified commerce environment necessary to satisfy today’s

Boston Globe Lists VERC Enterprises Among Top Places to Work

VERC Enterprises makes the list for the fourth time. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store, Mobil/Gulf gasoline retailer and car wash operator with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, has once again been named to the Boston Globe Top Places to Work list for 2016. VERC Enterprises was recognized as one of 125 companies in

Thanksgiving Day One of Biggest Shopping Days of 2015

Only Black Friday saw more in-store sales. While most c-stores will be open for shoppers on Thanksgiving Day, many retailers in other channels had to make tough decisions about whether or not to stay open during the holiday. New information from NPD Group may have some reconsidering their decision. Despite predictions of diluted and weak

Love’s Debuts New Locations in Texas and Tennessee

Customers have a chance to win prizes in celebration of Love’s surpassing the 400 stores mark. Texas and Tennessee drivers have more fueling, dining and parking options now that Love’s Travel Stops has opened new locations in Domino, Texas, along U.S. Highway 59 and Route 3129, and in White House, Tenn., along Interstate 65 and