Chipotle Offers Delivery Through Tapingo

More than 100 college campuses will have the option of having Chipotle delivered by spring 2016. Chipotle Mexican Grill has partnered with Tapingo to make it easier for college students to indulge in their favorite burritos. Chipotle and Tapingo will save college students time by providing food pickup and delivery. Chipotle will offer delivery at 40 college campuses

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Carton Bottle

Tetra Pak has launched the new Tetra Top beverage container. The Tetra Top is a “carton bottle,” launching with JUST Water, a new water product from JUST Goods. New York-based JUST Goods selected Tetra Top for its low-carbon footprint and a manufacturing process that minimizes energy and water use at every stage. More than 50% […]

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Protect Against Ice

Gaia Enterprises has introduced TRACTION MAGIC. This innovative patent-pending product provides immediate tire-and-foot traction in ice or snow, delivering safety and peace of mind whether you’re walking or driving. Made with 100% natural earth crystals, this environmentally-safe discovery (no salts, chemicals or dyes) is good for both your well-being and the planet, as it creates […]

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Collectable Tins

Republic Tobacco L.P. has introduced new limited-edition art deco-style collectible tins. Visual impact has been taken to a bright new level with the TOP Cigarette Paper design. Measuring seven-inches wide x 7.25-inches high, the tin has a footprint that easily fits on the counter or a shelf. Tins will stand up unlike other temporary displays […]

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U.S. Bank Voyager Cards to be Accepted at Washington ARCO Stations

BP and U.S. Bank agree to allow Voyager cards to be used at select stations. BP will now accept fleet cards from the U.S. Bank Voyager Network at BP’s 146 ARCO-branded fueling stations in the state of Washington. “ARCO provides our Voyager cardholders in Washington with an outstanding new fueling option,” said U.S. Bank Fleet Product

How Gasoline’s Seasonal Change and Market Volatility Are Impacting Price

By Brian Milne, Editor, Schneider Electric Summers always seem to race by, but the fast-paced action in the commodity and equity markets in ending August was akin to speeding through Dead Man’s Curve before reaching the testing grounds at the Bonneville Salt Flats—fast, furious and uncertain. U.S. and international crude futures dropped to six-and-a-half year lows before

How A Strategic Partnership Is Making 7-Eleven Delivery Service Possible

7-Eleven stores are now offering delivery services in select markets. 7-Eleven customers in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago can now order products from their local 7-Eleven store to be delivered straight to their door. The service, made possible through 7-Eleven’s partnership with DoorDash, will soon also be available in Washington, D.C., and Boston. This new

New Retail Intelligence From Gigwalk and IRI

Gigwalk and IRI help retailers reach maximum ROI. Gigwalk and Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) have formed an alliance combining the power of the IRI Liquid Data technology platform with data from Gigwalk’s Mobile Crowdsourcing solution. Together, these technologies will form data sets CPG brands can use to support their retail strategy and in-store efforts. Real-time, comprehensive views into retail operations

How to Keep Your C-Store Safe

Whether it’s employee theft, a robber, skimmers or other individuals intent on shrinking your profits, employing modern preventive means and methodologies is crucial in protecting your employees and your business. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor In the convenience store industry, a combination of best practices and technology are assisting c-store operators in reducing shrinkage problems.

How C-Stores Are Flying High With Chicken

Whether it’s for dashboard dining or taking home to the family, during different times of the day chicken offerings are helping retailers satisfy customers’ cravings for delicious, economical and wholesome food options. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Marinated, spiced, glazed, baked, broiled and especially fried, Americans seemingly can’t get enough chicken. In fact, 89% of

How to Win With Wine

Convenience stores are paying heed to customers’ thirst for better wine selections. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Wine usually isn’t top of mind for consumers when they stop at a convenience store—which is why operators need to draw their attention to the category, which can provide some good incremental sales. This past August, Technomic reported

How to Strengthen Smokeless Sales

Despite hurdles, smokeless tobacco sales continue to grow. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor As America continues its love/hate relationship with cigarette smoking, smokeless tobacco and other tobacco products (OTP) sales continue to inch higher. At the same time, smokeless and other forms of tobacco continue to face hurdles in the form of local restrictions. For

How To Boost Beverage Sales

As more consumers shun carbonated soda, teas and juices are at the ready to quench c-stores’ thirst for category profits. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor Of the top 10 merchandise categories in 2014 that demonstrated monthly strength in sales and margin percentage per the average store, tobacco was tops, followed by packaged beverages. According to

How the ACA Affects You After SCOTUS

The Supreme Court this summer upheld a key part of the Affordable Care Act that provides health insurance subsidies to all qualifying Americans. Looking deeper, what does this mean for the convenience store industry? By Mark Battersby, Contributing Editor The U.S. Supreme Court in King v. Burwell has ruled the tax subsidies for health insurance

Obtaining a Second Opinion

Convenience store operators who make decisions based on their instinct, knowledge and experience are often proven right. But, to be especially sure that you’re on the right track, connect with an expert. By Jim Callahan We all know something about running a business and yes, many of us have been doing it successfully for years.

Rutter’s Welcomes New Director of Foodservice

A long career in food has prepared Ryan Krebs to follow in the footsteps of Jerry Weiner. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Ryan Krebs has taken over the foodservice reins at Rutter’s Farm Stores after Jerry Weiner, the renowned vice president of foodservice, retired on Aug. 28. Krebs, however, is no new comer to the

How to Free Up Frozen Beverages

Because of the robust profit margin and strong demand for frozen dispensed beverages, more channel retailers are rolling out their own signature programs. However, convenience stores still remain above the crowd when it comes to one of the coolest beverage segments out there. By Michele Wojciechowski, Contributing Editor Without a doubt, convenience stores face competition

Hershey’s Ranked High by Millennials

Millennials like to work for companies where they can make a difference. The Youth 100 VoxBurner Report and the 2015 Millennial Career Survey  by the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) have revealed The Hershey Co. to be a top company and workplace for Millennials. On the list of the top 100 companies, The Hershey

How Nutrition Labels Help People Make Healthful Choices

Young people are encouraged to be aware of nutrition facts when making food choices. In an effort to fight childhood obesity, and in order to encourage healthy choices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) encourages kids to Read the Label. The Nutrition Facts Label is a simple tool available on food and beverage packages. It lets kids

XYIENCE Energy Beverages Announces New Ownership

Big Red Inc. plans to reach a new, larger demographic than before by targeting college football fans. XYIENCE, a zero calorie energy beverage, has re-launched under new ownership. The new owner is Austin, Texas-based Big Red Inc. Along with new ownership, the re-launch features a new look for the energy beverage brand and the roll out of a marketing campaign

Why Your Corporate Culture Matters

By John Lofstock, Editor Jim Collins, the renowned author of corporate culture bible “Good to Great,” wrote that good is the enemy of great. “And that is one of the key reasons why we have so little that becomes great.” In today’s competitive convenience store industry, your corporate values and what you stand for are

How Retailers Are Adapting to Obama Care

The ever-evolving Affordable Care Act continues to pose challenges for retailers, even as many c-store chains make employee healthcare a top priority. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) here to stay for the foreseeable future, convenience stores are working overtime to meet the new guidelines and prepare

Verifone Completes EMV Certification

This October, payment networks are shifting the liability for certain fraudulent non-EMV transactions from card issuers to those who accept payment, and Verifone is helping its retailers support EMV. Convenience store retailers using Verifone can now offer a secure payment solution compatible with EMV and NFC payment acceptance. Moneris Solutions Corp., a credit and debit

How Poor Customer Service Is Hurting Mass Merchandisers

LoyaltyOne and Verde Research find shoppers with children under 18 most likely to be upset when faced with insufficient information available near a displayed item, which places revenues at risk. The latest LoyaltyOne, Verde Group research found mass merchandisers may need a refresher in customer service, at least if they hope to secure repeat business

How Do Buzzwords Impact Customer Purchase Behavior?

A recent Harris Poll looked into what buzzword advertisements touting that products are “craft” or “limited edition” “hand-crafted” or “artisan” and how shoppers actually interpret the meaning of such words and how it influences their purchase behavior. The Harris Poll surveyed 2,225 U.S. adults online between May 20-26. It discovered that “handmade/handcrafted” tops the provided

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