ExxonMobil Launches New U.S. Retail Fuels Technology Platform

Provides station owners with operational improvements and the ability to introduce custom loyalty offers and price rollbacks. ExxonMobil is launching EM1, a new retail fuels technology platform in the U.S., that will not only significantly upgrade a retail site’s technology, but enable stations to provide motorists with exclusive discounts and offers to reward their loyal

Speedway Partners With PUGS

Sunglasses, smartphone chargers, ear buds, energy shots and pill supplement items to be available through PUGS at Speedway this month. Speedway LLC has partnered with PUGS Inc., a 28+ year national distributor of sunglasses, charging accessories for smartphones and smart devices, seasonal apparel, work gloves and other GM items. “We are deeply humble and extremely

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Lenstrom Named General Manager of Marketing Werks

Foundation set for accelerated company growth. CROSSMARK has announced the appointment of Jay Lenstrom as general manager of Marketing Werks. Marketing Werks is a CROSSMARK company and a consumer engagement firm in North America. Naming Lenstrom general manager of Marketing Werks is a significant move that bolsters the company’s leadership.  Lenstrom was promoted from Marketing

Freedom Energy First To Offer E-15 Fuel In Ohio

Ohio marks 14th state with E15. American Freedom Energy is the first retailer in Ohio to offer E15 to consumers for use in 2001 and newer vehicles. The expanded offering of E15 will create savings at the pump for consumers. Currently, E15 is available in 14 states across the country, and more and more retailers

M&M’S Teams With WFAN Sports Radio

WFAN top talent to broadcast from M&M’S World New York leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII. M&M’S World Times Square is poised to be the premier New York City shopping and sports destination during the week leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII.  The store, home to M&M’S Chocolate Candies and branded merchandise, plans to open

A Partner with a Purpose

At a time when most Big Oil companies are exiting the retail business, Phillips 66 is stepping up with a host of new programs to help make its branded retailers more profitable. By John Lofstock, Editor The convenience store and petroleum industry has transformed dramatically over the past decade, but no change has been as

Vertically Integrating Your Brand Message

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises, Inc. The concept of vertically integrating your brand message is clearly not new. Companies for years have embraced the concept that if you are going to communicate a brand message, it is best to communicate that same brand message throughout all customer touch points. The

Chasing The Shiny, New (Marketing) Object

By John Matthews is the founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. I admit I like technology. I was one of the first adopters to laptops, mobile phones and social media. I remember joining LinkedIn when it had 3 million users – not the 200 million like it does today. Technology is a blessing

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The Future is Here & Now: Cloud-Based Mobile POS Solutions (and Free Waffles)

By David Hochman, owner of DJH Marketing Communications I recently had the opportunity to attend the BIG Show, aka the NRF Annual Convention & Expo in New York City. The expo is called the BIG Show for a reason. The NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, with members including department store, specialty, discount,

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Stress Factor

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. Management of convenience stores has a tendency to forget about the Stress Factor associated with employee’s job stress, especially the clerks on the front line. The clerks are the ones that customers will accuse of placing the gas dispensers on the wrong side of the customer’s car, making

The Pantry Considers, Rejects Director Nominations

“The Pantry’s Board of Directors and management team are committed to acting in the best interests of the Company and all stockholders,” the company says in a statement. The Pantry Inc. has confirmed that JCP Investment Management LLC, and Lone Star Value Management LLC (the dissident group) submitted to the company a notice of intent

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Fast Eddy’s Partners With OpenStore

“Fast Eddy’s is excited to partner with OpenStore to bring our customers a top-rated mobile app while revamping our Website at the same time,” says owner of Fast Eddy’s.   After receiving many awards from national trade magazines for its store designs and originality, Fast Eddy’s now turns to a brand new marketing strategy intended

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Dos Equis Extends Cinco Celebration

This spring, Dos Equis is leveraging the success of its 2013 Dos de Mayo program by inviting adult consumers, 21 and older, to take a new path and discover more interesting and more meaningful celebrations leading up to the Cinco de Mayo holiday.  This year’s Dos Equis’ Dos de Mayo retail and on-premise program includes

U.S. Convenience Stores Continue Impressive Growth

Convenience stores account for 34.3% of all retail outlets in the U.S., according to Nielsen. The U.S. convenience store count increased to 151,282 stores as of Dec.31, 2013, a 1.4% increase (2,062 stores) from the year prior, according to the 2014 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count. The link between fuels and convenience retailing continues to

Kum & Go Selects POP Program Management Services

GSP’s focus on sustainable business practices and minimizing the overall environmental impact of the various POP elements will help Kum & Go maintain environmentally-friendly convenience stores. Kum & Go has partnered with GSP, a retail service provider that will provide POP program management services as well as software management solutions for all Kum & Go

CITGO Refuels Bess the Book Bus For 2014 Tour

Funds support nationally recognized children’s literacy program. CITGO Petroleum Corp. is renewing its sponsorship of Bess the Book Bus, an initiative dedicated to promoting children’s literacy across the country and one of the first Fueling Good winners. Over the course of 2014, Bess will travel the U.S., making numerous stops at schools, community centers, shelters,

Twelve C-Stores For Sale In Texas

Bid deadline is Feb. 20. SDI Petroleum LLC is offering to sell 12 properties located in Texas by sealed bid sale. The seller has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (NRC) to coordinate the offering and sale of the Properties. Sealed bids are required to be received by NRC not later than Feb. 20,

Champs Chicken Launches Breakfast Menu

Premium products added to boost sales in key daypart. Breakfast is more than just an important meal in the day. For many grocery and convenience stores, it’s an important part of their sales. To accommodate this growing daypart, Champs Chicken—a hot food service company known for their quality chicken tenders and signature sides—now offers a

InComm Launches Airfair Lifeline Reload Card At 7-Eleven

New offering expands Lifeline service to an underserved marketplace; service available in over 7,000 7-Eleven stores. InComm, a prepaid product and transaction services company, announced a partnership with Ready Wireless to launch the Airfair Lifeline Reload card at participating 7-Eleven stores. Airfair offers Lifeline-eligible telecommunication companies (ETC) simple reload options for all of its customers

Conservative Consumer Behaviors To Remain In 2014

IRI MarketPulse Survey finds shopper sentiment declines in Q4 2013; 39% feel their financial situation is worse today than one year ago. After a year of sluggish economic growth in 2013, it is no surprise that consumers are beginning the new year with a conservative outlook. In fact, IRI’s MarketPulse survey found that shopper sentiment

Kroger Announces New Appointments

Kroger appoints Jay Cummins president of Smith’s Food and Drug Stores,  and Joe Fey president of Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic Division.             The Kroger Co. announced that Jay Cummins has been named president of the Smith’s Food and Drug Stores division and Joe Fey has been named president of Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic division. Cummins, 62, has been serving

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Redmond Named Director of Sales at S&D Coffee and Tea

“Hiring Wendy Redmond will provide our customers with additional cross-functionality that will enhance their hot beverage programs,” says vice president of sales and marketing, c-store division. S&D Coffee and Tea has announced that Wendy Redmond has been appointed director of sales, c-store.  Redmond will be responsible for sales strategy and overseeing sales operations for the

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CST Brands’ Kim Bowers Rings NYSE Opening Bell

Recently spun off from Valero, the convenience store chain has big plans for 2014. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor CST Brands, which spun off from Valero last May, became the second-largest publicly-traded convenience store and petroleum retailer in North America.To celebrate, executives from CST Brands, parent company of the San Antonio-based Corner Store c-store chain,

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Taxation Taking a Toll on Cigarettes

Mounting restrictions on the retail sale of tobacco continues to plague this core convenience store category. By John Lofstock, Editor Long a staple of the convenience store industry, cigarettes remain a category in crisis. The rise of e-cigarettes and a never-ending spate of federal, state and local regulations have taken a toll on this once

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Is Your Company Posting with a Plan?

Retail businesses need a structured road map to manage successful social media programs. Social media strategy consultant Neal Schaffer shares 11 essential components all social media strategies should include. By John Lofstock, Editor Many company leaders understand that in order to survive in today’s business world, their companies must have a social media presence. But

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