Tony Huppert

Hypocrites Wage Interpretation

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc.  The more some politicians push for an increase in the minimum wage the more I find it so hypocritical. Businesses provide internships to students and various other entry level applicants with pay. On the other hand, politicians have interns, pages and volunteers work for them with NO pay.

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Rutter’s Adds Brisket, Corned Beef to Menu

New sandwich options to entice c-store customers. Rutter’s Farm Stores has added brisket and corned beef sandwich options to the menu, giving greater variety and originality to hungry customers across central Pennsylvania.  Corned beef and brisket join pastrami on Rutter’s Reuben menu. Customers select the meat, cheese and bread to be used on their Reuben

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Kangaroo Express Debuts 2014 ROO Cup

The ROO Cup offers 25-cent refills through Sept. 30, keeping special deals, including a free ROO Cup refill with purchase of a grill item, flowing all summer long. Kangaroo Express has announced its ROO Cup, a collectible cup refillable with any fountain and frozen beverage for only 25 cents, is now available in stores for

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TAC Energy Partners With VP Racing Fuels

Distributor to be key source of unbranded supply. TAC Energy has come aboard as a partner in VP’s retail brand program. One of the nation’s largest independent fuel wholesalers, TAC Energy has agreed to supply fuel to VP-branded retail stores in the Dallas/Ft. Worth and East Texas areas. As a major supplier, TAC will represent

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Walgreens Named Best Integrated Mobile Experience

Paperless coupons tops the shortlist for international awards honoring best of Web. Walgreens has been named the Best Integrated Mobile Experience for its paperless coupons offering in the 18th Annual Webby Awards. Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by the New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and

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Hunt Brothers Pizza Sponsors Kevin Harvick

“This is our first primary sponsorship with our new racing partner, Stewart-Haas Racing,” says vice president of marketing for Hunt Brothers Pizza. Hunt Brothers Pizza is set to be the primary sponsor for Kevin Harvick and the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) Chevrolet SS for the 30th running of the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race May

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CST Brands Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Milestones include rapid new store growth and wider array of products. CST Brands, the parent company of Corner Store, today marked its one-year anniversary as a standalone company, celebrating milestones such as building 29 new stores, introducing new signature products and creating the Country Run, a 5K Run/Walk to benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters and

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Parker’s Names Weckstein Director of Human Resources

Weckstein to oversee recruitment, compensation, benefits and training strategies. Parker’s has named Michelle Weckstein as director of human resources, a new position for the company, according to Greg Parker, president and CEO. “With Parker’s continued rapid growth, it was time to expand our human resources (HR) team, and bring in a person with Michelle’s professional

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The Pantry Announces Second Quarter Fiscal 2014 Results

During the second quarter, The Pantry completed seven remodels, added three new QSRs and closed four stores. The Pantry Inc. announced financial results for its fiscal second quarter ended March 27, 2014. Second Quarter Summary:     Net loss was $10.3 million or $0.45 per share. This compares to net loss of $6.9 million or $0.30

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Hershey Ahead of Schedule for CSR Goals

Completes 60% of its long-range CSR goals; sets new environmental sustainability targets. The Hershey Co. issued its third Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report, highlighting how the company has delivered substantial progress against its wide-ranging CSR goals. From environmental sustainability to ethical sourcing, the company achieved many of its CSR goals years early. As a result,

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XYIENCE to Hit More Shelves in Pennsylvania and New Jersey

Davis Beverage Group partnership expands reach of XYIENCE. XYIENCE Xenergy, the official energy drink of the UFC, has announced that a new partnership with Davis Beverage Group now offers the brand access to more than 1,500 stores in central and eastern Pennsylvania, including Harrisburg Allentown and Bethlehem. The agreement also includes parts of western New

Tony Huppert

It’s Called Retail

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. The controversy over who charges sales tax and who doesn’t charge sales tax fascinates me, i.e., sales tax collected by brick and mortar, versus online, and in-state online, versus out of state, etc. The solution is simple, the 5th Amendment tells us: “No private property can be taken

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Energy For The Outdoorsman

Solvi Acquisition, parent company of Strut & Rut Energy shot announced that the energy filled, pomegranate-flavored, cozy shot designed for the outdoorsman will now be available for sale on Amazon. This new partnership with the eCommerce giant is a move toward offering customers an easy and convenient place to purchase the product, that until now

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Bag-in-Box

As carbonated soft drinks sales continue to decline, many operators are seeking new opportunities to increase beverage profits while providing patrons with the refreshing drinks they want. With 90% aided brand awareness (according to Aided, IPSOS Brand Health Tracker, Year End 2013), CRYSTAL LIGHT Bag-in-Box can easily help operators regain their cold beverage sales. In

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New Line Extensions

KIND has introduced two new flavors to its KIND Nuts & Spices line: Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond and Caramel Almond & Sea Salt. These seemingly indulgent flavors expand the line to include eight flavors containing only five grams of sugar (or less)—and nothing artificial. They are further proof that you can naturally lower the sugar

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PCATS Rebrands For The Future

Name change signifies organization’s refocused mission. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Searching for a stronger identity to match its technical expertise, the Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) has been rebranded as Conexxus. Gray Taylor, executive director of the newly branded Conexxus, said Tuesday night that the name change signifies the refocus of the

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Mobile Commerce Gets A Workout

The Conexxus (formerly PCATS) mobile committee works on developing standards streamlining mobile transactions. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Even before the former Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) rebranded as itself as Conexxus, its Mobile committee was living to the group’s new motto: Solve Forward. Tuesday’s Mobile workshop was one of a half-dozen working

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Wells Fargo Expects Lorillard, Reynolds American Inc. Combination

Puts chances of acquisition at 80% probability. Wells Fargo Securities LLC reported this week that it continues to anticipate that Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) will acquire Lorillard (LO). “We increasingly believe the chances are high (80% probability) RAI could acquire LO, and based on our updated acquisition analysis, RAI could pay up to $80/share for

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Nuts For Nut Clusters

St. Louis snack food brand What-A-Ya Nuts?! cracked into the market with four great-tasting nut cluster varieties for people who want to “Snack in Sanity.” Available in savory and sweet varieties, What-A-Ya Nuts?! provides snackers with rich, yet surprisingly subtle flavors and a signature crunch. The combination of shape, texture and taste creates a unique

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Knapp Oil Celebrates Its Roots

Local CITGO marketer thanks the community for nearly 10 years of support. Local CITGO Marketer Knapp Oil Co. Inc. celebrated its roots in southern Illinois with a grand opening and a series of Customer Appreciation Days at three of its Knapp CITGO locations. Approximately 6,000 customers helped the company open a new station in Harrisburg,

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IRI MarketPulse Survey Shows Jump in Consumer Confidence

Consumers feeling more positive about household finances. After a rocky end to 2013, consumer confidence increased dramatically in Q1 2014, according to IRI’s latest MarketPulse survey. All age groups across the board are reporting a sunnier outlook, especially Millennials, who are showing their greatest uptick in confidence, even though they’ve been one of the most

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Single-Cup Coffees

Boyd’s Coffee is launching a new generation of single-cup coffees for brewers that accept K-Cup portion packs. The cups’ soft mesh filter offers the same convenience as other single cups, only with significantly less packaging than the traditional rigid-side format. The mesh filter also enables coffee drinkers to experience the fresh-roasted coffee’s aroma; now single-cup coffee drinkers can

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Smoothie Mixes

Serve better-for-you beverages and satisfy health conscious consumers with new DaVinci Gourmet natural smoothie mixes—featuring fruit and veggie blends. Made with no added sugar, artificial colors or preservatives, these delicious natural smoothie mixes contain up to two servings of fruit per eight-ounce drink. Choose from five fresh-picked fruit flavors, such as Very Berry, or two

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Summer Brews

Woodchuck Hard Cider has released two new products, which represent the craft cider makers’ commitment to both innovation and its passionate fan base. Woodchuck Cellar Series Mint is the most recent cider to be released in the Cellar Series line. Mint is handcrafted from fresh Vermont McIntosh and Irish bittersweet apples. The twist turns up

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Gasoline Prices Tugged Higher on Ukraine

Analysts worry the crisis in Ukraine will worsen, potentially threatening oil and gas supply from Russia to Europe, rallying Brent crude oil. By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric Gasoline futures values surged to a high last seen in July 2013 on April 24 before dropping back while the U.S. retail average has now

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