Ricker Oil Announces New Hiring Initiative

Ricker’s recent menu expansion drives the company to expand its employee base. Ricker Oil Co. has announced that it will be hiring at an increased rate over the next six month. A recent report from Inside Indiana Business has revealed that Ricker’s has plans to hire more than 200 employees at more than 20 locations,

Swiss Farms to Debut its Own Signature Coffee Line

In celebration of its new coffee line, Swiss Farms is offering free coffee and mini donuts to customers from June 19-24.  Swiss Farms has announced the launch of its own line of signature premium coffee. The new Swiss Farms Coffee line includes three premium coffee roasts. Starting on Father’s Day, Sun., June 19, Swiss Farms is offering

G&M Stays Bright with PWM’s LED Price Signs

Bright signs add greater visibility and increase G&M station activity both during the day and in nighttime conditions. In an effort to improve the purchasing process for customers, increase employee safety and enhance energy efficiency, G&M senior vice president and general manager Julie Jackson has selected PWM’s SMD LED price sign technology for more than

Philadelphia Becomes First City to Impose Soda Tax

A new tax on certain non-alcoholic beverages in Philadelphia has been enacted, not to deter customers from consuming caloric beverages, but to make the city more money. On Thurs. June 16, 2016, Philadelphia became the first state to enact a 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on soda, tea, sports and energy drinks. This is the first success of

RILA Implores Congress to Reject the Bill that will Repeal the Durbin Amendment

Retailers urge Congress to reject the new bill that will lead to greatly increased debit card swipe fees. Congressman Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) recently composed and introduced a bill that would repeal the Durbin Amendment, which was passed in 2010 to reform the fees that merchants pay to accept debit card payments, and a number of

Loyalty Programs Generate Revenue

Loyalty program members generate more revenue for retailers than non-members. New research from Accenture Interactive has revealed that customers who are members of a retailer’s customer loyalty program generate significantly more revenue for the retailer than customers who are not members. In fact, Accenture’s data revealed that members of retailers’ customer loyalty programs generate between

VP Racing Fuels Named Official Fuel of Speed Society

A new agreement will grant VP Racing Fuels a high presence on all of Speed Society’s social media platforms. VP Racing Fuels has been named the Official Fuel of Speed Society,the largest automotive network in the world, and its website, speedsociety.com. With the agreement, VP will have a high profile presence on Speed Society’s website

The Payment Method of the Future

As consumers continue to accept financial technology services, some remain concerned about the security of using such technologies. The number and accessibility of technology services that allow consumers to interact with, receive and manage their finances is on the rise, and they are changing the way consumers make purchases and financial decisions. As FinTech* services

Displaying the Wares

Convenience retailers are optimizing space by creating distinctive displays that draw customers into the store and maximize incremental and impulse sales. By Lisa White, Contributing Editor Although it may seem unconventional for a convenience store to take floor space away from a traditional gondola area, shifting the focus to higher-margin foodservice items turned out to

A Modest Tool to Ward Off Crime

GPS technology helps Mac’s Convenience Stores fight back against cigarette theft. By Sean Sportun The convenience store environment is a unique business model for a security professional. So, when it comes to preventing crime and protecting our employees we know we need to consistently evaluate our current practices and think outside the box. Two of

Roller Grill a Lot to Relish

Roller grill programs may change, but that often keeps customers coming back. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor All nine c-stores in the Bethlehem, Pa.-based Square One Market chain have a roller grill, but the company’s management team wants to give the category a facelift. “We have a grill program because everyone else has one,” said

Getting Creative with Chicken

Whether it’s spicy or mild dishes such as specialty tacos or poppable bites, chicken lends itself to foodservice experimentation that keeps customers returning in flocks.   By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Assistant Editor Americans are expected to consume 91.8 pounds per capita of chicken in 2016, up from 90.1 pounds last year, according to the National Chicken Council.

Bigger Piece of the Pie

Convenience stores are beating out restaurants when it comes to pizza sales. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor In the year ending March 2016, Americans purchased 5.2 billion servings of pizza from commercial restaurants and convenience stores, said Bonnie Riggs, restaurant industry analyst for NPD Group. Two hundred and eight million or 4% of those purchases

Cigars in the Light

For convenience stores that count on margins from cigar sales, the FDA recently introduced uncertainty into the mix. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor The ongoing legislative assault on tobacco products continues, leaving c-store operators with unanswered questions about the future of their tobacco sets, including cigars. The latest is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s

Vape Rules Released — Now What?

After much anticipation, the FDA has released deeming regulations that will change how the vapor industry does business from now on. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor In 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its draft of proposed regulations of various tobacco products that previously were not covered by the Family Smoking

Cumberland Farms Debuts HYPERFREEZE

In celebration of the branding of its frozen beverage, Cumberland Farms is launching a digital scratch-off promotion. Cumberland Farms has officially given its fan-favorite frozen beverage its own unique identity. The frozen drink now sports the official title HYPERFREEZE. In addition to the dink’s new name, the company has also redesigned the cups to give

New Love’s Travel Stops Location Opens in Tolleson, Ariz.

With the opening of its new Arizona store, Love’s now employs more than 120 ingividuals in the greater Phoenix area. Love’s Travel Stops has opened the doors to a new store located in the Phoenix metro-area, along Interstate 10. The new store adds approximately 40 jobs to the Maricopa County, Ariz. community. “With its strong

Love’s Opens New Travel Stop in Virginia

Consumers in Meadowview, Va. now have a new place to dine, shop and refuel. Meadowview, Va. is now home to a new Love’s Travel Stops location, which opened along Interstate 81, on June 16. The opening of this new travel stop has added approximately 60 jobs to Washington County, Va. “Becoming a member of the

Why Millennials are Grocery Shopping Online

Although the majority of grocery shopping is still done in-store, a growing number of Millennials are choosing to grocery shop online, for a number of different reasons.   A growing number of shoppers have started doing their grocery shopping online; however, data shows that, despite the fact that more and more consumers are choosing to

TravelCenters of America Declines Buyout Offer

One private equity firm recently offered TravelCenters a buyout deal, but TravelCenters has refused the offer. In December 2015, TravelCenters of America LLC received a non-binding letter from a private equity firm requesting confidential discussions about that firm possibly buying TA. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Golden Gate Capital made the offer

Definition of Prepared

By Tony Huppert, CEO of Team Oil Inc. I have had numerous conversations regarding the education of our nation’s work force. Educators are constantly trying to convince me every student needs to go on to higher education, tech school or a university to be prepared for what life throws their way. I beg to differ. A

NACS Opposes Neugabauer’s Attempt to Repeal Durbin Amendment

NACS opposes the recently introduced proposal from Representative Neugabauer to repeal the Durbin Amendment. NACS senior vice president for government relations, Lyle Beckwith, has released a statement regarding the bill that has been introduced by Representative Randy Neugebauer, chairman of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee of House Financial Services Committee. The recently introduced

Surmounting Consumers’ Fears of Public Restrooms

Bradley Corp. has offered suggestions for businesses to help customers feel comfortable using their facilities. A recent survey from Bradley Corp. has revealed key insights into the reasons why many American’s have an aversion to public restrooms. The 2016 Healthy Hand Washing Survey, conducted by restroom fixture manufacturer Bradley Corp., reveals restroom pain points, surprising

Visa Helps Reduce Fraud at Fuel Pumps

Visa Transaction Advisor has provided a bridge solution to fuel retailers as they work to adopt EMV compliant technology. Visa Inc. has reported the results of its Visa Transaction Advisor (VTA) service. VTA is a service that helps reduce fraud at the gas pump by extending the power of Visa’s global risk intelligence to fuel

National Fuel Price Averages Continue to Rise

Increases in crude oil prices have led to a rise in the national fuel price average. This past weekend, the national average price for gasoline reached a new high for 2016. According to a report from AAA, the current national fuel price average of $2.38, which is up two cents on the week and 16