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By Tony Huppert, CEO of Team Oil Inc. As I drive the highways, I can’t help but see ‘Help Wanted’ signs everywhere. Fast food, factories, hospitals, etc. all have ‘Help Wanted’ signs in their yards. I can’t help but wonder if the ads are misleading. Back in the 70’s I was working at the Armour

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Retailers: Double Your Profits With This Simple Trick

By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. In 1965, I made my living as a DJ pulling the morning shift at a local radio station, and selling radio commercials in the afternoon. I remember one sales call in particular. I sat across the desk from a Southland Corporation (Pak-A-Sak) executive in

How Duchess is Growing With Foodservice

With its prototype store now open to the public, Englefield Oil’s Duchess brand is positioned to build upon its legacy as Ohio’s ever-evolving c-store chain. By David Bennett, Senior Editor As two children looked longingly at the new frozen drink dispenser, tethered balloons wafted away from the heat that escaped from the hot pizzas taken

Out of Stock Can Mean Out of Business

Running out of merchandise is a sure cause for customers to run out of patience. Thus, solving the problem of out-of-stock items is smart indeed. By Jim Callahan I have long held the belief that being out of stock is akin to running the risk of irreversibly damaging your business—beginning with that one product and

How Family Express Became 2015 C-Store Chain of the Year

The Valparaiso, Ind. chain is a finely-tuned machine, excelling in self-distribution, foodservice, recruiting and training employees. Its commitment to excellence earns it Chain of the Year honors. By John Lofstock, Editor Innovation, outstanding operations, superior leadership and an ongoing commitment to con- venience retailing are the common characteristics of the best convenience store chains in

How to Tap Craft Beer Trends

Convenience store retailers use growler stations to appeal to craft beer enthusiasts. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Craft beer continues to grow in the convenience store industry. In fact, according to the Brewers Association, the c-store channel has seen the most craft beer growth of any channel in 2015. “Grocery represents craft’s strongest channel, and

Pester Marketing Co. Acquired by World Fuel Services

Alta Fuels and Alta Transportation are included in the sale. World Fuel Services Inc. has acquired 100% of the equity securities of Pester Marketing Co. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Alta Fuels LLC and Alta Transportation LLC. Pester, headquartered in Denver, is an operator of 57 retail convenience stores and two terminals, and a distributor of

CST Brands, CrossAmerica To Release Q3 Earnings Results

Replay of conference call to be available for 60 days. CST Brands Inc. and CrossAmerica Partners LP are set to host a joint conference call on Nov. 4, 2015 at 9 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss third quarter earnings results, which will be released before the market opens that day. The conference call numbers are

Halloween Kicks Off Holiday Shopping

Americans don’t seem to be cutting back on Halloween shopping in order to save for the holidays. The holiday season is approaching, and it is getting an early start, this year, as millions of Americans plan their Halloween celebrations. According to a report from MarketResearch.com, this year, 157 million Americans plan on celebrating Halloween, which

Kellogg Co. To Use Only Cage-Free Eggs By 2025

Aims to consider the “Five Freedoms” of animal welfare as part of its process. As part of its ongoing dedication to corporate responsibility, Kellogg Co. plans to build on its commitment to animal welfare by sourcing only cage-free eggs for its foods and eliminating gestation stalls from its pork supply chain by the end of

RAI Releases Third-Quarter Report

RAI management possesses a positive outlook for the company’s future. Reynolds American Inc. has released its third-quarter 2015 financial results, and the company is in a favorable position. RAI has released third-quarter 2015 reported EPS of $0.46, up 4.5% from the prior-year quarter, benefitting from higher cigarette and moist-snuff pricing and volume, as well as the

How Americans Are Preparing For the Holidays

Consumer confidence could point to high holiday sales at U.S. retailers this year. Holiday retail sales predicted to be up in 2015, according to a report by Mintel. The 2014 holiday season produced the highest retail sales in recent history, presenting a challenge for the retail industry to surpass this benchmark in the upcoming months.

MFA Oil Co. Acquires Elaine Petroleum Distribution

Acquisition to enhance MFA Oil’s service to agricultural customers in the Mid-South. MFA Oil Co., the seventh largest propane retailer in the U.S., has acquired Elaine Petroleum Distribution Inc., a refined fuels supplier based in Elaine, Ark. The purchase strengthens MFA Oil’s position in eastern Arkansas as the company expands its operating territory. “Elaine Petroleum

7-Eleven Opens In Dallas-Fort Worth Airport

C-store customers can purchase a special ‘snack pack’ before their flight. Now airport customers in Dallas-Fort Worth can get all their convenience needs met before their flight. The first 7-Eleven store located behind security inside a U.S. airport terminal has opened at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport (DFW). The new c-store boasts a first-class selection of

Core-Mark To Hold Q3 Investor Call

Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. is set to release its earnings before the market opens on Thursday Nov. 5, 2015 for the third quarter ending Sept. 30, 2015. Core-Mark will also host an investor call on the morning of Nov. 5 at 9 a.m. Pacific time. This call may be accessed by dialing 800-588-4973 using the

Love’s Debuts New Travel Stops in Italy, Texas

New site to serve the convenience needs of drivers traveling to and from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Love’s Travel Stops has opened a new location in Italy, Texas, along Interstate 35E, Exit 386. The opening of the newest facility brings the total number of Love’s in the Lone Star State to 54. The new store

New Menu-Labeling Legislation Could Ease Burden For C-Stores

Proposed legislation would give retailers some flexibility in communicating calorie nutrition information, and would provides  protection from potential felony penalties on retail employees. New menu labeling legislation introduced on Oct. 29 in the U.S. Senate, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (S. 2217), appears to offer the flexibility and understanding of convenience store foodservice operations

OpenStore Delivers Industry Advice

OpenStore’s third annual conference provided attendees with indispensable retail strategies. OpenStore by GasBuddy recently hosted its third annual OpenForum by OpenStore conference, where current OpenStore retailers shared their visions of digital marketing success, best practices and new developments in c-store technology. The OpenForum event was initiated by OpenStore in 2012 to provide an environment where OpenStore retailers

ACE Thanks USDA for Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership

New partnership will expand availability of E15 and flex fuels to consumers. The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) has thanked the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its efforts to expand the availability of E15 and flex fuels for consumers through the Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership (BIP). In an announcement at a Kissimmee, Fla Citgo fuel

New Program Extends Ethanol Availability Nationwide

New investment will more than double the number of stations that offer intermediate blends of ethanol nationwide. Protec Fuel announced that U.S. Department of Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack recently visited Mid-State Energy’s Kissimmee, Fla. Citgo E15 and E85 retail station. The secretary made an announcement on ethanol fuel investment of $16 million for the state alone. At the first retail fueling

2015 NACS Welcomes Record Number of Attendees

The size of the NACS Expo grew 2% from 2014. The 2015 NACS Show attracted a record 24,392 registered attendees, of which 9,038 were classified as buyers (retailers, convenience distributors). The total number of registered attendees, which includes Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) buyer registration, was 3.3% higher than last year and topped the previous attendance

TravelCenters Acquires Eight Stop-a-Sec Stores

An eight-store family chain has been acquired by TravelCenters. Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. has closed the sale of eight stores owned by Stop-a-Sec Inc. and Seck Enterprises Inc. of Luck, Wis. to TravelCenters of America LLC. All eight of the sites were owned in fee. The stores are located in western Wisconsin and serve the communities

What To Consider Before Making the Decision to Offer Biodiesel

By Jon Scharingson Whether or not to sell biodiesel can be a significant decision for a convenience store owner. Convenience store owners need to determine what will work best for their operation and how they can maximize their profitability through the use of biodiesel. Here are a few things to consider: Tank and pump availability

BP Combats Low Fuel Prices

BP must make cuts to counter current circumstances, but the end is in sight, and the company remains optimistic. Lower oil prices have led to oil companies making spending cuts and reducing operating costs, and these cuts have resulted in the loss of thousands of jobs and projects being scrapped. BP is among the oil

AB InBev and SABMiller Merger Deal Deadline Extended

Two giants in the beer industry struggle to finalize terms of merger agreement. A new deal is in the works that will potentially combine two of the world’s largest brewers, but the deadline has arrived and no terms have been finalized. According to a report from Fortune, the aforementioned deal would combine AB InBev, containing Budweiser,

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