SCV Oil Acquires Five C-Stores

SCV Oil expands presence in the Southeast. Southern South Carolina-based SCV Oil LLC has acquired five convenience stores located in Western Virginia and northeastern Tennessee from various related entities of Sunshine Fuel LLC of Florida. This is SCV Oil’s second acquisition this year, greatly expanding the company’s geographic reach to now encompass a wide area of the

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CNG Energy Partners to Open Texas CNG Station

New CNG station expected to encourage the use of cleaner, cheaper, domestically produced fuel. CNG Energy Partners LLC has signed a 10-year contract with the City of Lake Jackson, Texas to build, operate and maintain a public access compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station. The new facility will be commercial truck friendly, support the local desire to embrace the

The Power of Scheduling

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics There’s a commonly held belief in the cleaning industry that it’s not wise to hire students, because their school schedules are inflexible and difficult to work around. And, yet, there’s a successful, residential cleaning service in Florida whose staff of 500+ are all students. Needless to say, the employer has

Have You “Stratified” Your Employees Yet?

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics I recently learned that when an organization provides a differentiated level of customer service, service quality or service offerings based on the perceived value of each customer, it is sometimes called “customer stratification.” So, I couldn’t help but wonder if this might be a useful tool when it comes to

How To Decorate Your C-Store For the Holidays

The do’s and don’ts of store decorating. The holidays can be a confusing time for business owners. Decisions need to be made in regards to staffing, inventory, and what can prove to be the trickiest of all: decorating. There are some definitive do’s and don’ts, and they can all impact a businesses’ bottom-line at the

How To Cash In On Top-Selling Holiday Treats

As the chocolate market expands, retailers fill shelves with more premium brands. According to a blog from MarketResearch.com, chocolate Halloween candy remains the top-selling treat for the holiday, generating $217 million in 2014. Although there is some variation in Halloween candy choices, industry leaders Hershey and Mars account for 87% of chocolate Halloween candy. Most variety

VERC Makes Strides Against Cancer

VERC exceeds $10,000 fundraising goal through the Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator, has exceeded its $10,000 fundraising goal of $10,000 for cancer research. The company raised a total of $11,207 through this year’s Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. Team VERC was comprised of 60 VERC employees, relatives and friends, all participating

Recognizing Next-Generation Leaders With 40 Under 40

Nominate your next-generation leader today. The convenience store industry proves time and again that innovation and hard work are the foundation that supports steady, meaningful growth. This growth isn’t only important from a sales standpoint, but is vital to a company’s long-term stability when analyzing the human element. Convenience store companies must be able to

The EMV Journey at the NACS Show

By Ed Collupy, executive consultant, W. Capra Consulting Group “It ain’t over till it’s over.” Yogi Berra may have had some insight into the EMV challenge the Convenience Store industry faces when this “Yogi-ism” was uttered back in 1973. There was discussion and frustration regarding EMV from many attendees of this year’s NACS Show, which

Construction Commences for Krause Gateway Center

Kum & Go breaks ground on new five-story company building. Groundbreaking has begun for the new Krause Gateway Center at 1459 Grand Ave. in Des Moines, Iowa. State and local officials, architect Renzo Piano and Kum & Go leaders and associates recently celebrated the first step in the process of building the new center. Kum & Go

New CNG Fueling Station Opens in Indiana

IGS CNG Services opens its second CNG fueling station in Speedway’s fueling network. IGS CNG Services’ second Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) station within Speedway’s fueling network has opened. IGS CNG Services and Speedway LLC opened the new station in South Bend, Ind., at 6161 W. Brick Road, at the State Route 31 exit (exit 72) off Indiana

Mars Celebrates Halloween in Newark, N.J.

Mars will sponsor two day Halloween celebration in its hometown. This Halloween, M&M’S is bringing its trademark colorful fun to its birthplace: Newark, N.J. Mars Chocolate North America announced M&M’S Brand will sponsor a two-day Halloween celebration the entire community of Newark can enjoy, complete with a Halloween pop-up M&M’S store, more than 15,000 free

How to Win Over Specific Consumers

General Mills has identified distinct consumer segments and how to appeal to each type of consumer. Although all consumers are unique in their shopping habits, there are some key trends that retailers can appeal to. Research Overview General Mills Convenience & Foodservice has identified four distinct consumer segments—each with their own attitudes, behaviors and needs—to help convenience retailers

Sweets & Snacks Expo Expansion

The 2016 Sweets & Snacks Expo is expected to grow by nearly 20% from last year, and will feature new educational offerings and more networking opportunities The confectionery and snack industry has experienced overwhelming growth and innovation over the past five years, and it is because of this growth that the National Confectioners Association is expanding this year’s Sweets

OPW Presents Collaborative Product Improvement Award

OPW shows appreciation for customer assistance in improving products. Michael Zubel of Houston-based Landmark Industries has been awarded the new OPW Collaborative Product Improvement Award, an award that recognizes OPW distributors and customers that demonstrate collaborative partnership which significantly exceeds typical standards and results in the improvement of a product beneficial to the industry. “The OPW Collaborative Product

How To Increase Foodservice Visit Frequency

More disposable income and a better experience would encourage more foodservice visits By Tim Powell, Vice President of Consulting, Q1 Productions One of the tenants of marketing a product is very simple: It must be worth the price. In foodservice, the same applies. If a retailer sells a dispensed lemonade for 50 cents, shoppers will

Ricker’s Combats Domestic Violence

Ricker’s looks to provide a safe place for victims of domestic violence. Indiana-based Ricker’s Convenience Stores is offering a safe place to victims of domestic violence. According to a report from The Elkhart Truth, all Ricker’s Convenience Stores in Hamilton County, Ind., north of Indianapolis, have joined the “Safe Haven” initiative. As a part of

Fresh & Easy Closes its Doors

West Coast grocery chain to layoff thousands. The 97 remaining Fresh & Easy grocery stores in California, Arizona and Nevada will soon be closing their doors, for good. According to a report from NBC News, the chain has struggled, since opening in 2007, to keep up with consumers, and it has finally become too much

Cumberland Farms Opens Four New Stores

Cumberland Farms expands Florida presence to the central region. Cumberland Farms has opened four new concept store locations in Central Florida over the last several weeks. The brand currently owns and operates nearly 50 stores throughout Florida, and the four new stores in Brevard County will mark the first in the central region of the

New Love’s Opens in Southern Alabama

New Love’s store provides travelers with a new place to rest and refuel. Love’s Travel Stops has opened its newest store in Prichard, Ala. The new store is located at Interstate 65, Exit 8, and it provides drivers in south Alabama with a place to rest and access to many driver services. The new store offers gourmet coffee, fresh fruit,

If You Never Start, You Will Never Finish

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics Is there an idea or project on the list in the back of your mind that stays there because it feels like, once you start, there’s no end in sight? Is it one of those “not urgent,” yet, important tasks that could make a real difference when it comes to

Schwan Commits to Eliminate Four Ingredient Groups

Schwan strives to increase the nutritional value of its food products by replacing artificial ingredients with more familiar ingredients. The Schwan Food Co. has launched an initiative to simplify its products’ ingredient lists by eliminating four ingredient groups from its food portfolio in order to make foods with more familiar ingredients. Schwan strives to evolve its foods to meet the

Coca-Cola Provides Tips to Retailers on Immediate Consumption

Retailers must focus on appealing to immediate consumption shoppers. The Coca-Cola Co.Knowledge & Insights group has released the results of its latest proprietary Individual Shopping Habits, Occasions and Perceptions (iSHOP) tracking study on immediate consumption food and beverages in convenience retail. There is tremendous possibility for retailers to boost immediate consumption purchases, and some key strategies follow.

Pilot Flying J Celebrates National Pizza Month

Free pizza will bring customers in, but quality ingredients is what will keep them coming back. Pilot Flying J is providing free pizza to customers, in honor of National Pizza Month. Throughout the month of October, Pilot Flying J will provide a free slice of PJ Fresh Pizza to customers who show an online coupon, available from the

United Dairy Farmers Licenses APT Software

UDF improves data-driven decision-making with APT software. United Dairy Farmers (UDF) has joined other leading convenience retailers in the decision to license Applied Predictive Technologies’ (APT) Test & Learn for Sites, Test & Learn for Customers and Market Basket Analyzer software. Other retailers using APT’s cloud-based software to improve their data-driven decision-making include Maverik, Shell,

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