Bohemian Series Lighters

Bic introduces Special Edition Bohemian Series Lighters. The lighters in this series are based on intriguing design elements from tapestries and blown glass, making them the perfect accessory for consumers who want to express their inner free-spirit. The lighters in this series are proudly made in the USA, with a suggested retail price of $1.89 […]

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Suction Display Products

iSEE Store Innovations LLC and Display Technologies have released iSEE’s best-in-class suction display products to beverage clients in Europe and Latin America. iSEE’s suction display products include the iSEE Apex, iSEE K2 and iSEE Sherpa product lines. Each of the display lines uses the power of the patent pending iSEE Suction technology–an ultra-reliable design that […]

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Rutter’s 61st and Biggest Store Welcomes Customers

The exterior fuel monument sign and gas canopy showcase an enhanced Rutter’s brand identity. Rutter’s newest and largest store opened its doors to customers on Monday, Dec. 14. The new location is situated in York Springs, just 10 miles north of Gettysburg, Pa. The new site marks Rutter’s 61st store and the third Rutter’s location

How $2 Gas Could Impact Holiday Sales

Despite lower pump prices, customers remain split when it comes to their outlook on the economy. Customers who—thanks to lower gas prices—find themselves with extra cash on hand are expected to put that money toward holiday gifts. Two in three gasoline customers report that gas prices in their area are lower than they were last

BW Gas & Convenience Expands

As a part of its expansion efforts, BW Gas & Convenience has added 10 locations to its store portfolio. BW Gas & Convenience Holdings LLC, an affiliate of Brookwood Financial Partners LLC has acquired a 10-store gas station and convenience store portfolio in western Iowa. The acquisition included eight company-owned and -operated stores, two company-owned

Hershey Builds Global Sales Team

The Hershey Co. appoints a new leader to its global sales team. Sales veteran, Rob Gehring, will be joining The Hershey Co. as global chief sales officer on Jan. 18, 2016. Gehring joins Hershey from Coca-Cola North America where he served as president, Walmart Global Team since 2011. “Rob is a seasoned sales leader who

NRF Foundation Scholarship Finalists Selected

The NRF Foundation supports the next generation by offering $125,000 in scholarships. As a part of its Next Generation Scholarship program, the NRF Foundation will soon award $125,000 in scholarships to 25 outstanding students. The top five finalists have been identified, and these finalists will interview with a panel of executive judges to determine the

Black Friday Versus Thanksgiving Day Shopping 2015

Data has shown that fewer consumers spent both Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday shopping this year. This year, more consumers chose to take advantage of only one of the big holiday retail days. Only 39% of consumers opted to venture out on both Thanksgiving and Black Friday, which is down from 46% in 2014. Black

Advanced Beverage Solutions Changes Name

As business evolves, Advanced Beverage Solutions has chosen a name that is more appropriate to the company’s current operations. Advanced Beverage Solutions, a premier beverage equipment and parts supplier, has announce that the company name has been changed to Lancer Direct. Their operations have become more global in nature and include product lines beyond where

C-Stores: Sustaining a Relationship with Hispanics

Strategies to attract new users, upscale stores and expand must incorporate Hispanics By Tim Powell, Vice President of Consulting, Q1 Food and Beverage Practice A few years ago, Walmart dabbled in copying Target’s “upscale” success by catering to a higher income segment. Walmart implemented many of the same strategies as Target throughout its furniture, apparel

How Customers Prefer To Decorate This Year

The majority of those decorating for Christmas are straying from traditional styles. If you’re decorating your store this year or selling holiday decorations, consider the decorating trends that are most resonating with consumers. A nationwide survey, which collected data from more than 2,000 people across the U.S., has identified the latest decorating trends. The trends

Cocktail Mixer Pods

Keurig Green Mountain Inc. is expanding its Keurig KOLD beverage lineup with two new cocktail mixer brands, just in time for holiday family and friend gatherings and drop-in visitors—Rita’s & Tina’s and Union St. Lounge—both available in KOLD pods. These two new brands deliver a whole new level of in-home entertaining flexibility with premium margarita […]

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Cumberland Farms Launches 12 Day Sweepstakes

Hundreds of dollars in prizes to be awarded in 12 day sweepstakes. Cumberland Farms has launched its new 12 Days of Cumby’s Sweepstakes, using social media. The sweepstakes runs from Dec. 11 at 9 a.m. to Dec. 22, 2015 at 4 p.m. The Sweepstakes Promotion Period consists of 12 daily drawings to award one prize

How to Avoid the Spread of Foodborne Illness

Foodborne illnesses are preventable, here is how: This year, Chipotle has had multiple foodborne illness outbreaks, sickening consumers in nine different states. The chain, whose slogan is “food with integrity,” has strong food safety procedures in place, and their corporate office carefully researches their suppliers. This shows that foodborne illness can happen to any foodservice

How to Appeal to the Ethical Consumer

Purchasing goods labeled “ethical” makes consumers feel good, but there is confusion among consumers about what these labels really mean. New research from Mintel has revealed that ethics continues to grow in importance when it comes to a company’s reputation, especially considering that public opinion can now go viral in an instant. New research from

Acquisition Interest Circulates Following Engine Capital Letter To CST Brands

After a shareholder publicly questions CST’s profitability, the industry watches for the chain’s next move. Several companies have reportedly expressed interest in a potential acquisition of CST Brands’ assets, including Marathon Petroleum’s, Speedway, Alimentation Couche-Tard and Energy Transfer Partners’ Sunoco, according to The Street. The interest follows a Dec. 9 open letter from shareholder Engine

Uncommon Common Sense

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics Make it a practice to tell your people that the things you need them to do are hard, even when you know the tasks at hand are easy. Here’s why: Rabbi Chefitz had all the Cub Scouts sit in a circle with a big tom-tom in the center. He beat a particular

McDonald’s All-Day Breakfast Success

McDonald’s breakfast program sparks new trends. In the second month following the launch of McDonald’s all-day breakfast program, data shows that this turnaround effort has been a success. According to a report from the Chicago Tribune, the launch of the breakfast program has brought in new customers, along with regaining the favor of former customers. New

GMDC and Nielsen Release Hierarchy Data Set

New data from GMDC and Nielsen provides optimistic forecast for grocery retailers. The Global Market Development Center and Nielsen have released the much anticipated, latest refresh of its proprietary GMDC/Nielsen General Merchandise Hierarchy data set. The data provides a detailed look at sales and trends across GM in the food and drug channels and extends

Sentinel Acquires Motor Fuel Delivery Fleet

United Pacific now has a network of 380 retail locations. Sentinel Transportation LLC has acquired a motor fuel delivery fleet and has been awarded a long term delivery agreement from United Transportation Co. LLC, an affiliate of Apro LLC (United Pacific). The delivery agreement with United Pacific enables United Pacific to build on its 60

Mobile Pay Popularity Rises

Mobile pay is rising in popularity, but consumers prefer some programs over others.  More than 1,000 men and women were polled between Dec. 1-5, 2015 for Retale’s its second annual commissioned study which  examined consumer interest and adoption of in-store mobile payments during the holiday shopping season. The study focused on several key areas, including the

Newcastle English Ales Awarded Three Medals

Newcastle has brought home two gold medals and a silver for its English ales. Newcastle Brown Ale’s portfolio of English ales has been awarded three medals in the 2015 World Beer Championships hosted by Tastings.com. Newcastle “Foreign Extra” IPA and Newcastle Scotch Ale won gold while Newcastle Brown Ale took home silver. Founded in 1994,

Retailers Urge Rejection of Customs Bill

Retailers request a provision to customs bill that requires online retailers to collect sales tax. Congress has been urged by The National Retail Federation to reject a customs reauthorization bill set for a vote. The NRF requests that the bill not pass unless it includes a provision allowing states to require online merchants to collect

Sheetz Makes the Holiday Brighter for ‘Kidz’

Sheetz joins with Make-A-Wish Foundation to help families with ill children through the holidays. Sheetz Family Charities, a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization, has spent the last 23 years raising funds through in-store donations, proceeds from Sheetz bottled water sales and the Annual “For the Kidz” Golf Classic, as well as, other fundraising events throughout the

Love’s Opens Two New Locations

Love’s now operates over 300 travel stops. Love’s Travel Stops has opened two new locations in Kentucky and Oklahoma. The new stores are located along Interstate 75, Exit 136, in Sadieville, Ky., and along Interstate 35, Exit 157, in Guthrie, Okla. The opening of these locations brings Love’s total number of travel stops to more

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