Visa Introduces New Fuel and Parking Apps

Visa is now one step closer to transforming cars into payment platforms. The Visa Token Service from Visa Inc. is now being made available to auto manufacturers. In addition to offering the Visa Token Service, in an attempt to further the advancement of car-based commerce, Visa is offering a range of related digital payment solutions.

Meat and Poultry Markets Remain Strong

Despite the growing popularity of alternative diets, the meat and poultry diets are poised for growth. The annual “Meat and Poultry: U.S. Retail Market Trends and Opportunities” report from Packaged Facts has revealed that, despite the increase in the number of Americans turning to vegetarian and flexitarian diets, the market for meat and poultry remains

Finding Dory Novelty Candy

CandyRific is expanding its line of Disney•Pixar Finding Nemo offerings to include items based on the upcoming film from Disney•Pixar, Finding Dory, which is set to release June 17. The Disney•Pixar-themed items will be available for shipping in May. The light-up talkers and spin pops are now available in addition to the Dory and Nemo character fans. […]

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Bio-Based Packaging

Tetra Pak has released the first fully-renewable Gable Top package in the U.S. Tetra Pak Gable Top Bio-based packages are made solely from renewable materials, defined as natural resources that can be replenished over time. The innovative new cartons are developed from a combination of paperboard and sugar cane derived plastics. First introduced in Europe […]

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Crabfry Potato Chips

Herr Foods Inc. has announced the early release of its new Chickie’s & Pete’s Crabfries Seasoned Potato Chips. Herr Foods has joined with Chickie’s and Pete’s sports bar and restaurant group to offer consumers this winning snack combination. Herr Foods is bringing the Chickie’s & Pete’s Famous Crabfries flavor to potato chips by combining savory […]

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Kwik Trip Commits to Expanding Healthy Options

Kwik Trip has committed to helping its customers live healthier lives. Kwik Trip is being recognized by the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) as the first convenience store to help consumers make healthier choices and to complete its commitment to expand healthier options across its stores. “With more consumers expecting to find fresh and

Casey’s Launches New Mobile App

The new Casey’s app offers a number of services  and offers opportunities for customers to win exclusive prizes. In partnership with OpenStore, Casey’s General Store has launched its new mobile app. The new app is currently available for free in the iTunes and Google Play store. With the motto “Home is where the Casey’s is,”

CST Releases Financial Results for 2015

CST Brands has reported on the company’s great success for the year 2015. Financial results for the fourth quarter and the year ending Dec. 31, 2015 have been released for CST Brands Inc. CST Brands Inc. remains one of the largest independent retailers of motor fuels and convenience merchandise in North America. Review of 2015

Harris Study Highlights Retail Reputation Quotient

The study points out the 100 most visible companies in the U.S. according to the perception of the general public. Harris has released the results of its “2016 Harris Poll Reputation Quotient (RQ) Retail Industry Highlights.” Consumers rated perceptions across 20 attributes, classified into six dimensions of corporate reputation, including social responsibility, products and services,

Diesel Prices Dip Below $2

Diesel enjoys new price lows not seen since 2005. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Feb. 17, noted that for the first time since Feb. 14, 2005, the average U.S. retail price for on-highway diesel fuel had fallen below $2 per gallon. The price currently sits at $1.98 per gallon. The last time the

Sweets & Snacks Expo To Discuss Future of Retail Innovation

Three sessions will explore how technology is reshaping the strategy for products, trends innovation and more. Experts from the Consumer Electronics Show, produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), Canadean, and the Center for Advancing Retail & Technology will each present to Sweets & Snacks Expo attendees on the latest advancements taking place in retail.

How Sweet Baked Goods Are Set To Grow

On-the-go snacking trend helps drive purchases of mini and single-pack indulgent sweet baked goods. “Sweet Baked Goods: U.S. Market Trends,” a report by Packaged Facts, discusses how consumers generally eat sweet baked goods to indulge in a treat, with younger people in particular continually seeking out new exciting tastes and indulgent experiences. Increasingly however others

Are You Doing the Right Things in the Best Possible Way?

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics As the old saying goes: “You cannot do more with less.” In other words, instead of cutting this and trimming that, look at doing it better or differently. Ask: “Are we doing the right things,” and, if we are, “can we do them another faster/better/cheaper way?” Creative problem solving is

First Things First

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics As I see it, some of the biggest wastes of any organization’s time and resources are: The flood of incoming, unimportant email Meetings over 60 minutes long Firefighting (reacting to events that seem like emergencies) To avoid falling into to these distracting traps, come up with a list of the

What Is The Worst Mistake You Can Make?

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics Not doing everything in your power to make sure you and your managers are great coaches is the worst business mistake you can make. Although not everyone can be a great leader, most of us can be great coaches. A great coach knows how to pick the best players, find

Why Innovation Is So Important

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics What got you here will not keep you here or take you to the next level. If you’re not changing and evolving, the world is going to pass you by. Of the three giant retailers that were startups in 1961, K-Mart is not even in the 2015 list of Top

Are You Focused on the Right Things?

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics Where is your focus? Is it on staving off the impacts of the economy and/or the competition instead of on what you can do to improve the experiences of your customers and your employees? If so, to really get ahead of the game, I suggest you focus on the latter —

The Dos and Don’ts of Internet Job Postings

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics While this is not an endorsement for the Indeed job board, they just issued a set of guidelines I encourage everyone to use when posting your firm’s job openings online… “Indeed is the number one job site in the world and the recruitment tool of choice for all kinds of

Values vs. Culture Fit

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics Often, interviewers try to determine how well an applicant would fit the existing corporate culture by asking questions like: “Are you willing to work late hours?” “Do you prefer to be part of a team or to work independently? Is it important to you to have a private work space?”

How to Pump Up Profits

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics Trying to cut costs and/or services to increase or maintain profitability is a common, but mistaken strategy. Yes, there probably is fat that can be trimmed and we need to look at every line item expense, but if you compromise the customer and/or employee experience, you threaten the viability of

How to Formulate Success

By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics While you probably do extensive recordkeeping to track how well your team meets customer service standards and goals, I doubt you track how well you are doing when it comes to taking care of your internal customers — your employees. What are you doing to ensure they keep coming back

Discount C-Store Planned for Niagara Falls

Seneca Nation has proposed a new project that has some c-store owners up in arms. Some mixed feelings are being expressed by small business owners in Niagara Falls, N.Y. as plans for a new Seneca convenience store have been announced. According to a report from Time Warner Cable News, Seneca Nation plans to open a

Parker’s Opens a Drive-Through

Parker’s 43rd location is the first of its stores to feature drive-through foodservice. Claxton, Ga. is now home to the newest Parker’s convenience store. This new location, located on Hwy. 301 at 3 N. Duval St. and features the company’s first ever drive-through location. The new location is the company’s 43rd convenience store and the first to

BW Gas & Convenience Appoints New Vice President of Construction and Maintenance

Brookwood Financial Partners has chosen a seasoned industry veteran. Dennis Darveau has joined Brookwood Financial Partners LLC as vice president of Construction and Maintenance for BW Gas & Convenience Holdings LLC. BW Gas & Convenience, an affiliate of Brookwood, owns and operates gas stations with convenience stores in selected regions of the U.S. Brookwood intends

How CVS’ Decision To Stop Selling Tobacco Is Impacting Customers

While 43% are “neutral” toward the decision, some 33% disagree with the drug store chain’s choice to stop selling tobacco products. CVS stopped selling cigarettes in the fall of 2014, but how has the decision impacted smokers? V2, a brand of electronic cigarette and vaporizer products, released the results of a commissioned study examining the