NATSO Responds To Transportation Act

NATSO noted tolls are an inefficient, counter-productive means of raising revenue for the nation’s highways that jeopardize the safety of the traveling public. NATSO, the national association representing truckstops and travel plazas, applauded Congress for passing the bipartisan, five-year $305 billion highway reauthorization bill, “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act.” The trade association reiterated its concern,


Are Cell Phones The Cash Registers of the Future?

Mobile apps elevate consumer shopping experiences and increase customer loyalty. A new special report from Boston Retail Partners (BRP) has revealed that new or upgraded mobile apps and Websites are top commerce priorities for retailers. The 2015 BRP SPECIAL REPORT: “Mobile Commerce – The Future of Retail” reveals that mobile commerce has become a valuable revenue

Central Specialties Ltd. Expands Product Portfolio

Central Specialties Ltd. acquires youth seating line. The commercial youth seating line of Crystal Lake, Ill.- based Central Specialties Ltd. (CSL) has been acquired by Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc. The line consists of high chairs, boosters and infant cradles. Centennial, Colo.- based Koala Kare Products (KKP), a Division of Bobrick, will be responsible for the sales,

Hershey Commits to Preventing Deforestation

Hershey commits to achieving high sustainable sourcing standards. The Hershey Co. has launched a new, comprehensive Pulp and Paper Policy in order to help prevent deforestation in its supply chain. The company has also announced an update on its efforts to trace its global palm oil supply chain. “Preventing deforestation has never been more important,”

How Customers View Gluten-Free Foods

Mintel research uncovers how customers really feel about gluten-free diets and products. Despite skepticism of gluten-free diets, Americans are consuming gluten-free foods more than ever before. New research from Mintel reveals that nearly half (47%) of consumers agree that gluten-free diets are a fad, compared to 31% in 2013. What’s more, one quarter (25%) of

QuickChek’s Most Requested Coffee Flavor Returns

QuickChek’s most requested fresh brew is now available, for a limited time, 24 hours a day.  QuickChek’s enormously popular Kris Kringle coffee is now available for a limited time at QuickChek locations. Made with creamy vanilla and coconut flavors with hints of sweet cocoa, Kris Kringle is the fresh convenience market chain’s most requested flavored

New Competition May Enter Jacksonville, Fla. C-Store Market

Wawa will present new competition to the Jacksonville, Fla. market, but not all retailers are intimidated. A new Wawa convenience store may soon open in Jacksonville, Fla., and the city’s other retailers are considering the impact this new competitor may have on business, but at least one local retailer is not concerned. According to a

Aloha Petroleum Purchases MFM’s Hawaii Assets

Aloha Petroleum employs 630 people in Hawaii. Aloha Petroleum Ltd. has closed the purchase of MFM’s Hawaii Assets. According to a report from Pacific News Business, the acquisition consisted of  Shell gas stations, Subway restaurants and convenience stores on Kauai. Aloha Petroleum, a subsidiary of Sunoco LP now owns two Shell gas stations on Kapaa and

Final Federal Lawsuit Against Pilot Flying J Dismissed

Many employees still await their day in court. Pilot Flying J can breathe a momentary sigh of relief as all civil suits filed in federal court against the truck stop and travel center chain have, at this point, either been dismissed, settled or are under negotiation to be settled. WBIR 10 News Online reported that

Why Consumers Shop Non-Traditional Channels

C-stores are considered viable alternatives to traditional grocers and supermarkets. International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association’s (IDDBAs) annual trends research report, What’s in Store 2016, has revealed that non-traditional retail channels such as convenience stores, drug stores, farmers markets and online shopping are seeing continued growth. These non-traditional channels also account for a larger percentage of the food

How To Add Biodiesel Into Product Offerings

By Jon Scharingson, Renewable Energy Group Inc. How to seamlessly integrate biodiesel into your product offering The U.S. biodiesel industry is expected to produce more than 1.7 billion gallons of high-quality biodiesel making access to biodiesel at each level of the supply chain — producer to the retailer — simpler. With more high-production biorefineries and improved logistics,

Holiday Shopping Goes Mobile

More shoppers are gravitating towards shopping from home. Thanksgiving shoppers were less concerned with scouting which stores were open, because they weren’t looking to shop-until-they-dropped, but rather they were shopping from the comfort of their own homes. Mobile shoppers made up 63% of total online visits to retail sites. 50% of those visits occurred on

How To Improve Refrigeration Maintenance and Facility Operations with Monitoring

By James Mitchell, Product Manager, Emerson Climate Technologies, Retail Solutions Six practical benefits for today’s convenience store operator Today, many convenience stores utilize energy management systems for HVAC, refrigeration, lighting and other building systems. Some retailers couple this with in-house or remote monitoring services that provide real-time performance data on building operations, system efficiency, energy

New Love’s Opens in Oklahoma

The newest Oklahoma Love’s is home to a Subway restaurant. Valliant, Okla. is home of Love’s Travel Stops 65th Oklahoma location. This location is along Highway 70 and Wilson Street. The new store offers gourmet coffee, fresh fruit, gift items, name-brand electronics, a Subway restaurant and more. The 24/7 travel stop features two showers, 64

American Beer Culture Expands

The U.S. is acquiring new breweries at a rate of more than two per day. The year-end review from the Brewers Association has revealed that the total number of U.S. breweries reached a record level in 2015. According to the report, as of the end of November, there are now 4,144 breweries in the country,

InComm Commits to Georgia’s Future

InComm looks to hire over 275 people in the coming year. During a ceremony at InComm’s downtown Atlanta headquarters, in the presence of governor Nathan Deal and mayor Kasim Reed, the company announced its commitment to grow Georgia’s workforce. Leaders from Georgia Department of Economic Development, state and local elected officials and representatives from the

The FCC’s TCPA Order is Facing Appeal

Retailers argue that the FCC’s TCPA order threatens retailer ability to conduct communications with customers. The Retail Litigation Center (RLC), the National Restaurant Association and the National Retail Federation have filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, urging the court to vacate two provisions of the Federal

Thorntons Hosts Open Career Fair

The company is welcoming walk-ins to its career fair as they seek to fill 100 open positions. From Saturday, Dec. 5 to Sunday, Dec. 6, Thorntons is hosting a career fair to fill 100 open positions. The event will occur on Saturday from 10 a.m to 7 p.m. and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

TravelCenters Acquires Stop n’ Go

TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), completed a  previously disclosed acquisition of 10 convenience stores located in Ohio, formerly known as Stop n’ Go. TravelCenters expects these convenience stores will be rebranded as Minit Mart convenience stores and that they will undergo improvements in the coming months. TravelCenters is headquartered in Westlake, Ohio and conducts business in 43 states

Couche-Tard Expands European Presence

Couche-Tard acquires leading European fuel and convenience retailer. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire Ireland’s leading convenience and fuel retailer Topaz. The acquisition will be completed through Couche-Tard purchasing the majority share capital (more than 99.86%) of both Topaz Energy Group Limited (TEGL) and Resource Property Investment Fund plc (RPIF), together with the entire

New Clark Crown POS Upgrades

New partnership means zero-interest for Clark and Crown fuel marketers. Clark Crown Brands LLC has made two new enhancements to its existing Point of Sale (POS) Upgrade Program. Through a new alliance with Patriot Capital, fuel marketers of Clark and Crown now have the ability to access zero-interest program financing. Clark’s unbranded dealers may also

Target To Pay $39.4 Million In Latest Data Breach Settlement

The 2013 data breach continues to cost Target. Target Corp. is set to pay $39.4 million in a settlement agreement to resolve claims by banks and credit unions that lost money due to the 2013 data breach at Target. According to a report by Reuters, this latest preliminary settlement, which was filed Wednesday with the

R.J. Reynolds, British American Tobacco Sign Agreement

Through the agreement, the companies will collaborate and cross-license vapor product technologies through 2022. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., an indirect subsidiary of Reynolds American Inc., announced on Dec. 1, that it has signed a definitive vapor technology-sharing and licensing agreement with Nicoventures Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of British American Tobacco p.l.c. (BAT). The companies signed

Another TA Station to Offer LNG

TravelCenters now has six stations offering liquefied natural gas. TravelCenters of America LLC will soon open liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling lanes at its Santa Nella, Calif. TA Stopping Center location at I-5, Exit 407 (St. Hwy 33), (12310 S. Hwy 33). To date TravelCenters has also completed retrofitting its TA Truck Service and Petro:

How To Define Healthy

Do FDA guidelines prohibit foods with healthful ingredients from being labeled as healthy options? Kind Snacks has raised concerns about the criteria set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to qualify foods as healthy options. According to a report from The Hill, Kind Snacks has filed a citizens petition, requesting that the FDA update