Rutter’s Enhances Customer Experience at the Pump with NCR OPTIC

A new outdoor payment terminal will not only make Rutter’s fuel dispensers EMV compliant, but it will also help the company to provide an omni-channel experience to its fuel-and-go customers. Rutter’s Farm Stores is working to engage its fuel-and-go customers by implementing new technology at the pump. The new NCR OPTIC from NCR Realty is

Thorntons Hosts First-Ever Race Week

Thorntons guests have a chance to enter to win Xfinity Series tickets, during Race Week. September 12 marks the launch of Thorntons first-ever Race Week. From Sept. 12-16, Thorntons guests can catch a glimpse of the Thorntons racecar, at participating Thorntons locations. Additionally, during Race Week, Thorntons guests will have the opportunity to enter to

BURGER KING Introduces Another Fast Food Mash-Up

BURGER KING will soon release another cheesy concoction. BURGER KING Restaurants has announced that it will be launching yet another limited edition fast food mash-up this month. On Sept. 14, BURGER KING, in collaboration with the CHEETOS brand, will launch a new fast food concept, which has been dubbed the CHEETOS Chicken Fries. This new

NAG Kicks Off in Savannah

Retailers arrive in Savannah, Ga. to learn about burning issues and network with retail peers. A CSD Staff Report The National Advisory Group (NAG) 2016 Conference kicked off on Sunday, Sept. 11 in Savannah, Ga., at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. Executives from small, mid-sized and family-owned chains are convening at the

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Fresh Forward

Today’s idea of the day: Use the term “FRESH FORWARD” when marketing foodservice. It’s no secret that customers want “fresh” when it comes to foodservice. But many c-store retailers offer fresh foods without marketing that commitment freshness. Every foodservice product should say FRESH FORWARD and be visible from the sales counter. Do you have an

Boosting Beer & Wine Sales

With an increasing number of c-stores investing in enhanced beer and wine programs, it pays to be aware of the stop-start journey bound to occur. By Lisa White, Contributing Editor The convenience channel has made great strides in the beer and wine segments, not only in catering to customers looking for ways to save time

July/ August 2016 Comparisons Are In

By Bill Scott, president, StoreReport LLC Taking samples from 33 stores located in the southeastern U.S., the same Top Ten items held their own with the exception of 20/32 ounce Ice Cup dropping four positions and making way for Newport cigarettes moving up one position to command position number 10. Note: Not all of these

Upscale Dining to Complement Upscale Convenience from Guess

The Guess Corp. has revealed plans for an upscale dining facility to accompany the company’s upscale convenience stores. Following the recent announcement of the new upscale convenience stores that will soon be introduced by The Guess Corp., the company has now announced that some of these stores will be accompanied by an upscale dining experience.

Rutter’s Announces Summer Freedom Sweepstakes Grand Prize Winner

Rutter’s has revealed the winner of a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Rutter’s has announced the grand prize winner of the Rutter’s Summer of Freedom Sweepstakes. As this year’s winner, Rebecca Zebley will receive a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited from Apple Automotive. Zebley received her prize on Sept. 9, at the Rutter’s store located at 3050

Walgreens to Move Forward with Rite Aid Acquisition

Walgreens is required to sell up to 1,000 stores before acquiring Rite Aid. Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. has discovered that it will likely be required to sell more stores than the company had originally intended in order to complete its acquisition of Rite Aid Corp. According to a recent report from Reuters, Walgreens initially estimated

Hensarling Continues Efforts to Repeal Durbin Amendment

Passage of the Financial Choice Act would have devastating effects on small business owners. The House Financial Services Committee chairman, Jeb Hensarling, recently announced his intention to mark up the Financial Choice Act. This Act includes the provision to repeal the debit swipe fee reform. In response to Hensarling’s announcement, Lyle Beckwith, senior vice president

Pilot Flying J Celebrates Driver Appreciation Month

Throughout September, professional drivers will have the opportunity to earn additional MyRewards points and win valuable prizes from Pilot Flying J. In recognition of Driver Appreciation Month, throughout the month of September, Pilot Flying J is showing their gratitude to professional drivers for their dedication. This month, all Pilot Flying J travel centers will host

Select Shell Retail Fuel Sites to Adopt Cloud-Based POS

Cloud-based technologies are moving beyond small businesses, as Shell will soon implement iPad based POS systems at select locations worldwide. As a result of a new global framework agreement between Revel Systems and Shell Retail, selected retail fuel sites worldwide will soon be implementing Revel’s iPad based POS system services. Revel is an iPad Point

Emerson Celebrates the Grand Opening of The Helix Innovation Center

Emerson has expanded its global network of climate solutions-focused innovation centers, with the opening of its latest center at Georgia Tech. On Thurs., Sept. 8, 2016, Emerson celebrated the opening of The Helix Innovation Center at Georgia Tech. The new Innovation Center is located in the university’s Technology Square, and it offers a new site

Dos Equis: The Evolution of Interesting

Dos Equis fans can now catch a glimpse of the new Most Interesting Man in the World, with the release of a new teaser trailer from Dos Equis. On Wed., Sept. 7, 2016, Dos Equis released a new feature-film style trailer that provided the first glimpse of the new Most Interesting Man in the World.

Chester’s Celebrates Professional Drivers During Truck Driver Appreciation Week

The industry is coming together to recognize the drivers who keep America running. Sept. 11-17, 2016 is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, and in honor of the holiday, a number of industry groups will come together during the week to recognize the 3.5 million drivers and the roughly four million support personnel in the industry.

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Door Seal

Idea of the day: Put a breakable numbered seal on your back door and keep the back door locked at all times. When you put a seal on the back door, every person/product must come through front door. This is an easy way to cut down on theft and monitor who/what is entering and exiting

GPM Investments Continues Aggressive Expansion Efforts

GPM Investments has now acquired the Jiffi Stop brand along with 20 Illinois c-stores. GPM Investments, a subsidiary of Petro Group Ltd., has now acquired the Jiffi Stop brand from Smith Oil Co. As a part of the acquisition, GPM will be adding 20 Illinois Jiffi Stop stores to the company’s portfolio of approximately 800

Grab-and-Go Cookies

Offer generously sized – but not too big – cookies for grab-and-go and impulse sales! It’s easy with our new 2.5-ounce FreshBakes® Preportioned Cookie Doughs—they bake up quickly to entice customers with their delightful aroma and homemade appearance. Offered in four top-selling, all-time favorite flavors: Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter and Sugar. As with […]

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Reduce Operating Costs

Hussmann ConvenienceWorks helps plan, build or improve small format stores to produce superior food sales with low operating costs. The company offers assistance with any or all aspects of a project, from store planning and design to equipment selection, consolidation, installation and service. Hussmann ConvenienceWorks also offers expert assistance with project management, fresh food merchandising […]

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Coconut Chips

Bare Snacks has announced the launch of its innovative new line of Bare Organic Coconut Chips available in three tempting flavors, including Toasted, Sweet Ginger and Coffee Bean. These new USDA Certified Organic chips are made using Bare’s proprietary slow-baking process. Bare Organic Coconut Chips are launching nationwide this month with a retail price of […]

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Pixar-Themed Lollipops

Hilco has created fun new lollipop dippers with designs of Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory and Finding Nemo. These lollipop dippers are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth with delicious Nemo and Dory deco character-shaped lollipops and powdered candy to dip and lick. Just twist and pull the top off the bottle and dip into the […]

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Flip-Top Bottles

TW Garner Food Co. has announced that it is releasing its line of Texas Pete hot sauce products in new, easier to use bottles. However, while the bottles have been upgraded, the product inside is the same great formula that consumers love. The new bottles come in a number of sizes and feature a convenient […]

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Pumpkin-Flavored Nutrition Bars

KIND has announced the introduction of the brand’s first-ever limited batch offering: Caramel Almond Pumpkin Spice. With crunchy almonds, smooth caramel and a kick of pumpkin spice, the new bars contain four grams of protein and only five grams of sugar, which is 50% less sugar per bar than the average nutrition bar. It’s the […]

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Pumpkin-Flavored Cereal

Barbara’s has announced that it is bringing back its popular Pumpkin Puffins for the fall 2016 season. As a result of overwhelmingly positive feedback from retailers last year, the scrumptious flavor is back on shelves through December, or while supplies last. Pumpkin Puffins tout the same crunchy, pillow-shaped morsels as Barbara’s signature line of Puffins […]

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