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Marathon Petroleum Announces Instant Cents-Off Discount Program

“We see this as an investment in the core of the Marathon brand network that will provide dividends for many years,” says MPC Brand Marketing Director. Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) has announced a plan to roll out an instant cents-off-per-gallon discount program on fuel purchases across its Marathon-branded marketing network. MPC will expand its current

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Orlando Tops Most Frugal U.S. Cities List

“While consumers clamor for savings across the entire country, the Midwest and Southeast dominate the most frugal U.S. cities list, owning more than half of the top 25 slots,” says Coupons.com household savings expert. Residents of Orlando shine when it comes to saving money, as the Florida city took the No. 1 ranking on the

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Kum & Go Donates $450,000 To Habitat for Humanity

Customer donations help select North Dakota for site of first company-sponsored Habitat home. Kum & Go and its customers will donate more than $450,000 to Habitat for Humanity International, thanks to the success of the convenience retailer’s “Let’s Build a Home Together” project. Kum & Go’s $100,000 corporate donation, an additional donation estimated at $100,000

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Stripes Signs Statement of Support for the National Guard and Reserve

Reaffirms ongoing support for “Citizen Warriors.” Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, announced that Otis Peaks, vice president of human resources for Susser Holdings Corp., the parent company of Stripes LLC., signed a Statement of Support for the National Guard and Reserve on Monday, April 7, 2014, on

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NOCO Raises Funds For Pediatric Cancer Care Center

Local four-year-old boy’s story touches community. NOCO customers and employees showed their support for Ben Sauer and his family raising a total of $8,441 during a recent Blue4Ben campaign. NOCO’s donation will benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s Pediatric Cancer Care Center. Earlier this year, Ben Sauer, a four-year old from Clarence, was diagnosed with an

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Maine Tobacco Tax Increases Defeated

The Cigar Association of America (CAA) announced that its lobbying efforts to prevent a tax increase on cigars and pipe tobacco paid off in Maine. Following an all-night negotiation session Tuesday, the Joint House and Senate Appropriations Committee adopted a state supplemental budget on Wednesday morning, and the amendment to increase taxes on cigars and

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Managing Today’s Workforce

Convenience Store Decisions and Humetrics collaborated on their sixth annual human resources survey, providing industry-wide insights into emerging employment trends. By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics Convenience Store Decisions and Humetrics recently collaborated on our sixth annual HR survey. The following results, based on respondents’ recent experiences and expectations, offer industry-wide insights as well as useful

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Grow Your Business By Word of Mouth

Inspiring your customers to share information on your chain comes from keeping your brand top of mind and tip of tongue with shoppers. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Jonah Berger, author of “Contagious, Why Things Catch On,” has some important advice for retailers and advertisers alike on how to make your brand resonate with customers.

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Keeping Your Customers and Employees Safe

Security experts weigh in on how to solve crime problems and potentially dangerous situations before they start. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Problem: Crime in your markets of operation is becoming a concern. Solution: Institute best practices in store security, from adding surveillance cameras, smart safe equipment and training all your employees on how to

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Boosting Sales With Store Cleanliness

Customers are more likely to make food purchases at an establishment they view as clean—and that goes double for the restrooms. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Problem: Food sales are dropping despite having a world-class menu. Solution: Inspect store cleanliness. Its sanitation and bathrooms are as important to food sales as the food itself. Developing

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Monitor, Measure and Manage to Prevent Store Out-of-Stocks

The competitive retail business dictates that retailers must keep their shelves stocked to drive new sales and repeat business. By Pate Pape, Contributing Editor Problem: Controlling out-of-stock situations. Solution: Using smarter technology systems can keep items on the shelves. Back before the widespread use of POS technology, managers of Flash Foods convenience stores would regularly

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Embracing a Healthier Menu

For convenience stores, healthy food offerings are creating a convergence of nutrition, foodservice solutions and profitability. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Problem: Customers want healthy,grab-and go-meal options.Solution: Add fresh cut fruits, yogurts and salads to the  menu. They’re quick, easy and appeal to a wide variety of customers. Also consider more wholesome ingredients like baked

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MST Offers Hope for Traditional Tobacco

MST sales remain strong, and analysts are calling for another solid year in 2014 despite regulatory efforts. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor While moist smokeless tobacco (MST) sales are projected to enjoy a strong 2014, possible government legislation and public health campaigns could converge to slow its momentum. To maximize sales now, industry proponents insist

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Growing the Dispensed Beverage Business

Whether it’s partnering with a buying group or negotiating a better contract on your own, fountain sales offer unprecedented profit potential. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Getting the best price possible at the soda fountain can be crucial to a convenience store operator’s profitability. That is what executives at Phillips 66 had in mind recently

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Equipped for Foodservice Success

Green, clean and seen are three of the biggest innovations when it comes to preparing fresh foods fast and merchandising them to capture shoppers’ attention wherever they are in the store. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Gas pumps Today are far from the one-dimensional fuel systems used in 1955. So why do so many convenience

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The Numbers Don’t Lie

When analyzing sales performance and employees, retailers must set their personal feelings aside and study the data they have on hand. By Jim Callahan When it comes to understanding convenience store profitability, I have always relied on analyzing and digesting all of the data I can get my hands on. After all, the numbers don’t

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C-Stores Face New SNAP Mandates

New federal rules could force some retailers to abandon the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program altogether. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor The recently enacted Federal Farm Bill is requiring new “depth of stock” mandates for convenience stores involved in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), more commonly referred to as food stamps. With the Farm Bill

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Jiffy Mini Marts Passes the Torch

Karen Shroyer now helms the c-store business she grew up learning.   By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor After more than 35 years in the c-store business, Jim and Pat Fash, owners and founders of Jiffy Mini Marts Inc. retired in 2011, passing ownership of the family business down to their daughter Karen Shroyer, a member

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Joe Sheetz Takes Charge

In addition to being named president of the family-owned convenience store chain, Sheetz was named vice chairman of the NACS Research Committee. By John Lofstock, Editor While all retailers maintain a busy work schedule, Joe Sheetz has had a whirlwind six months.  In October, Sheetz formally advanced into the position of president and CEO for

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Understanding Your Workforce

When we finally come out on the other end of these economic doldrums, we’ll find—as in downturns past—that it will not be the big businesses that devour the small or even the fast who outdistance the slow. No, it will be the focused and flexible that outmaneuver and outlast the unfocused and inflexible. While the

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Premium E-Liquid

As part of the new business endeavor between Republic Tobacco and Johnson Creek Enterprises, Republic has introduced the new REAL Ultra Premium e-Liquid line. Made in the USA from U.S.-sourced ingredients, the manufacturing process is ISO 9001 Certified. The robust flavor of our American, Turkish, and Virginia Blends all provide a palate pleasing vapor experience

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Wawa Celebrates 50 Years

April 16 to be “Wawa Day” in the City of Philadelphia. Fifty years ago, Wawa Inc. opened its very first store at 1212 MacDade Boulevard in Folsom, Pa. In honor of this tremendous milestone, Wawa is kicking-off its 50th anniversary in retail with two in-store celebrations. The first takes place at Wawa’s very first store

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VERC Enterprises Joins Elite List

Makes Boston Business Journal’s “Largest Family Owned Businesses List.” VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, was recently named to the Boston Business Journal’s “Largest Family-Owned Businesses in Massachusetts” list. VERC Enterprises is listed as the 10th largest business on the list, which appeared in

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APCA Forms to Aid Independent C-Stores

“Our goal is nothing less than providing an excellent platform for our members,” says chairman of APCA.  The American Petroleum and Convenience Store Association (APCA) has been formed to unite independent gasoline and convenience store owners, beginning with California and then expanding nationwide.    APCA aims to be a grass roots organization providing representation to

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Pump-n-Pantry Kicks Off Trout Fishing Season

CITGO retailer plans special promotions on opening day. CITGO Retailer Pump-n-Pantry is partnering with the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) to thank loyal customers and to keep trout anglers coming back. On April 12, the opening day of trout fishing season, 17 Pump-n-Pantry locations in Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier, including four CITGO-branded stations, will offer

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