Clark Crown Brands Introduces Rewards and Gift Card Programs

New programs to help dealers increase profitability while offering more services to convenience store customers. Clark Crown Brands LLC is launching two new initiatives for its dealers: a new Clark Crown-branded Endless Rewards MasterCard and a new Clark Crown multi-store gift card program that are sure to provide a value-added to its branded locations and

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How Dramatic Changes Are Affecting The Retail Industry

By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. Millennials and Generation Y consumers do everything with their tablets, computers and smartphones; and they subconsciously avoid entering areas that sever the links between them and their virtual world. But that’s just the beginning. The retail store of the future will be a lot different

Wawa Partners With The Philadelphia Eagles

Wawa has been named the “Official Hoagie of the Philadelphia Eagles.” Wawa Inc. is now a “proud partner” of the Philadelphia Eagles. Wawa and the Eagles have signed a multi-year agreement partnering the organizations, as well as naming Wawa the “Official Hoagie of the Philadelphia Eagles” Unique experiences will now be available to Eagles fans through promotions throughout the year that

Target to Try Delivery

Target withholds details about new grocery-delivery service. Target Corp. has recently announced that it will soon begin testing a grocery-delivery service. This new service is being explored by a number of retailers, and Target has decided to follow suit. The planned delivery service is a logical next step for Target, after beginning the testing of curbside

BP Blamed For Midwest Price Spike

One of the country’s largest refineries experiences difficulties, causing large fuel price increases in the Midwest. A number of states in the Midwest have experienced a recent spike in gasoline prices. The price spike is being attributed to one of the country’s largest oil refineries as it has experienced difficulties with its largest crude distillation

How Retailers Are Combatting Organized Crime

What if organized retail theft could be quickly identified and stopped before it spreads? A single case on a man who we will call “Mr. Smith” has led the U.S. to investigate new ways to protect retailers and other agencies against organized crime. At first glance, Mr. Smith seemed like a petty shoplifter. But appearances

How to Optimize Inventory Control

Improper inventory control can become costly. By Amber Koontz, Editorial Intern When it comes to inventory, manual control is no longer practical, nor is it necessary. Technology is available to make inventory control not only easier, but also more effective. When deciding how much of each product to carry, there are a number of factors

What is Fifth Third Currency Processing Solutions?

Fifth Third Currency Processing Solutions is a comprehensive approach to managing cash receipts, from point of sale to bank deposits and every point along the way. To learn how much cash handling is costing you go to https://www.53.com/cps/currency-processing-solutions.html

Pork Gains Popularity

Pork is the fastest-growing protein in foodservice. Since 2011, pork has maintained a growth rate that has outpaced all other meats, and  according to Technomic Inc.’s 2015 Volumetric Assessment of Pork in Foodservice, pork’s popularity is only growing. The study showed that total pork sold through foodservice outlets reached a record 9.8 billion pounds, reflecting a volume increase

Kraft Heinz Oscar Mayer Plant Layoffs

An estimated 2,500 total layoffs to follow initial 165. The Kraft Heinz Co. has recently announced several layoffs at the Oscar Mayer plant in Madison, Wis. It has been rumored that these recent layoffs will not be the last as Kraft Heinz seeks to eliminate a number of positions as the company moves forward. According to a

How to Cater to the Fill-In Shopper

Many customers prefer shopping at grocery stores on their fill-in trips, but there is a way to bring the fill-in shoppers to c-stores. The quick and convenient features that are the staple of today’s convenience stores make them a perfect place for consumers to shop when they need only one or two items between grocery store trips. However,

Core-Mark Partners With Boyd Coffee Co.

Strategic partnership to help Core-Mark provide its customers with the proper tools to further drive coffee sales. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. has joined Boyd Coffee Co. in order to expand its coffee and beverage-based solutions. Boyd Coffee Co. has a 115-year history in the coffee industry, which will help Core-Mark, a distributor and marketer of fresh and broad line

TravelCenters Acquires 33 Fresh & Fast C-Stores

After 26 years in the industry MKM Oil has decided to leave its stores in the hands of a company that has the ability to take the stores to the next level. MKM Oil Co. has sold its 33 Central Illinois Fresh & Fast convenience stores to Travel Centers of America. Terry Monroe, president of American

Convenience Valet Appoints New Board Members

Convenience Valet strategically adds two experienced members to its board. Convenience Valet’s Board of Directors has appointed two new members. The two new directors are Van Tarver and Michael Brown. Van Tarver is the former president of the Kroger Convenience Store Division. Tarver has more than 36 years of experience managing convenience stores and fuel operations.

Samsung Pay Soon Available to Discover Cardmembers

Discover plans to give cardmembers the ability to pay with their Discover card, using their mobile phone.   Discover cardmembers will soon have the ability to use Samsung Pay to make purchases with their discover card. Samsung pay is an app available on Samsung brand mobile phones, which stores credit card information in order to offer users a

Growth Rate of Wine Industry Decelerates

When it comes to wine, brand may play less of a role in sales than other factors. Early in the decade, the wine industry experienced strong volume growth, and the industry’s upward trajectory has continued into recent years; however, the rate of growth has decelerated. According to Technomic Inc.’s  2015 WineTAB report, total wine volume rose 1% in 2014,

Coca-Cola Appoints New President and Chief Operating Officer

Coca-Cola faces a number of changes as 25 year company veteran retires and the company appoints a new president and chief operating officer. James Quincey has been appointed as the new president and chief operating officer of The Coca-Cola Co. In his new position, Quincey will be responsible for all of the Company’s operating units worldwide, and he will

How To Make Better Burgers

Despite price increases and health concerns, Americans haven’t given up on this popular entrée. According to Technomic’s Burger Consumer Trend Report, the majority of consumers eat burgers at least weekly (57%). However, the report also notes areas of opportunity for innovation. As the price of beef rises and consumers become more health conscious, the burger industry must look for ways to improve

Global Market Sees Increase in Non-GMO Products

Non-GMO foods are on the rise, and their popularity is only expected to grow. According to research from Packaged Facts, non-GMO products are rising at an alarming rate. The global food and beverage market had a market retail value of more than $5 trillion (U.S. dollars) in 2014. Of that $5 trillion, non-GMO products accounted for

New Retail Benchmarking Report Released

Some 93% of retailers agree that Computerized Maintenance Management Systems standards would benefit the industry. A recent study from the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) was conducted to better understand work order management practices and their impact on retail store maintenance operations. The study, The PRSM Association Work Order Management Practices Benchmarking Report, surveyed

Pepsi Releases Aspartame-Free Diet Pepsi

Consumer’s cries for better-for-you options are answered.  In response to consumer demand, Pepsi has released new aspartame-free Diet Pepsi. As consumer demand evolves, it is crucial that companies roll with the times and evolve along with consumers. Consumers have become much more health-conscious in recent years, and Pepsi Co. has heard the cries for change

McDonald’s to Launch Mobile App Nationwide

McDonald’s continues to search for ways to combat falling sales. The new McDonald’s mobile app will be available to customers nationwide by October this year. According to a report from The Daily Meal, the new McDonald’s mobile app, which was tested first in San Diego and will launch next in New York, will soon be

National Petroleum Included on Inc. 500|5000 list

National Petroleum has grown more than 4,000% in base revenue since its inception. National Petroleum has once again been named as one of the nations fastest-growing private companies on Inc. Magazine’s annual Inc. 500|5000 list. This marks the fifth time National Petroleum has been included on this exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Within the

Shock Top Combats California Drought

Shock Top looks to go beyond fundraising to find solutions for California’s drought. As California’s critical drought situation continues, organizations are looking for solutions. Shock Top, teaming up with Indiegogo and California water organizations, plans to respond to the situation by organizing a program called Shock the Drought. This new program will identify, fund and distribute water-saving innovations that could make

Parker’s Included On Inc. 500|5000’s Elite List

Parker’s joins top U.S. companies like Microsoft on Inc. 500|5000’s list of fast growing private companies. For the fourth consecutive year, Savannah, Ga.- based convenience store chain, Parker’s, has been included on the Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. Inc. released the complete list of honorees early Aug. 12 and will recognize

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