Quick Cooking Steamer

Eloma has introduced its new Genius MT-C Combi Steamer. The smart simplicity of the ultra-small footprint Genius MT-C Combi Steamer offers delicious, easy meal alternatives for consumers on the go. In fact, the compact Genius MT-C packs high volume capacity into a footprint of just four square feet. Ideal for c-store foodservice, it cooks most […]

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Energy Efficient Lighting

Cree Inc. has introduced new KR8 and LR6 LED downlights, designed to deliver better lighting performance and better value for new and existing commercial spaces. The new KR8 downlight is Cree’s first eight-inch downlight, and features Cree WaveMax Technology and Cree TrueWhite Technology. Cree has also introduced the newest generation of its pioneering LR6 downlight, which […]

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Incoming NACS Chairman Discusses the State of the Industry

Jack Kofdarali, president of J&T Management in California and the incoming NACS chairman, discusses the obstacles retailers will face over the next year and the benefits of political advocacy. By John Lofstock, Editor The convenience store industry continues to evolve, becoming a bigger part of the American consumers’ daily lives. In 2014, the industry again

Famima!! Shuttering U.S. Stores

The convenience store chain, once hailed for its growth, is exiting the Los Angeles market by the end of October. FamilyMart, the Japanese convenience store giant that owns Famima!!, is pulling out of the U.S. According to Los Angeles Eater. U.S. convenience stores are expected to be closed by the end of this month. About

Dunkin’ Donuts Closing 100 Franchise Units Inside Speedway Convenience Stores

Dunkin’ says the closures aren’t due to poor performance and will allow it to open full-service locations in the areas. Dunkin’ Donuts is closing 100 franchise units inside Speedway stores in 2015 and 2016, representing about 0.1% of Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. sales. WYTV reported that the franchise unit closures will give Dunkin’ Donuts the chance

ICEE Mascot Wins 2015 Madison Avenue Walk of Fame Award

Advertising Week honors ICEE Bear among legendary nominees. The ICEE Co.’s iconic ICEE mascot, ICEE Bear, has been inducted into Advertising Week’s 2015 Madison Avenue Walk of Fame. The annual award honors mascots and taglines that have become universally recognized in the advertising community, and challenges the public to vote for their favorites. The three-week

Kwik Trip Leads By Example

Kwik Trip’s Steve Loehr has embraced the ideals of health and freshness, helping usher in a new era for the c-store industry. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor In the 25 years since Steve Loehr joined Kwik Trip Inc., the La Crosse, Wis.-based convenience retailer has experienced extraordinary growth, reaching numerous corporate milestones. Today, Loehr,

How to Appeal to Snackers

From candy and chips to popcorn and jerky, U.S. snacking isn’t defined by one consumer trend. Still, convenience stores are positioned to capture the bulk of them. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor There are few things closer to Americans’ hearts than snacking—in all its textures and flavors. So, it’s not surprising that the snack category

How to Add Space for E-Cigarettes

After years of stellar growth, the vapor products category responds to changing marketplace dynamics. With one eye on the market, convenience retailers constantly weigh how much shelf space to allot e-cigarettes. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor When industry analysts announce in July that a product category is on track for a growth rate of

How to Increase Cigarette Sales

Cigarettes remain a staple of c-store business despite the constant scrutiny the category attracts. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Despite increasing regulations and an incremental erosion of its once wide consumer base, cigarettes in the past year have shown a remarkable ability for bouncing back. Cigarette sales at convenience stores for the 52 weeks ending

How to Bake Up New Sales

As customers demand fresh and healthy fare, c-store operators share how they’re adapting to customer preferences. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor More convenience store operators are making bakery a priority, either through in-store programs or partnering with national brands and local bakeries that convert their locations into destination stops. “We have recently added a site

How to Compete in the Health and Beauty Categories

Health and beauty aids can rouse additional in-store sales with the right presentation. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Though retail channels continue to blur, one category where convenience stores still trail their mass, drug and dollar store counterparts is health and beauty aids (HBA). One advantage that does work in c-stores’ favor is, of course,

How to Choose Quality Vendors

When reviewing vendors to meet your retail needs, it’s not always about saving a buck, but ensuring quality service. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Every few years, convenience retailers often find themselves sitting at the negotiating table, talking with grocery wholesalers or direct store delivery (DSD) vendors in an effort to work out an acceptable

How to Entice with Ethnic Food

Savvy c-store retailers are tempting the palates of today’s consumers and growing profits with bold and spicy ethnic food options. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor When you promote yourself as “Adventure’s First Stop,” you had better be able to back that up with some spicy experiences. That’s what Maverik Convenience Stores does with its proprietary

How to Go Green and Save

Increasing the eco-friendliness of your car wash can help reduce costs while boosting customer traffic. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor Enacting environmentally-friendly policies can be good business. From recycling to energy efficiency, there are many options for convenience stores to reduce costs while aiding the environment. But there is one often overlooked area that can

Voting by Proxy

By Tony Huppert,  CEO of Team Oil Inc. I am beginning to understand the corporate takeover of media outlets. At first I thought it was for profit, now I realize it is for control. Now that the political parties are selling the rights to the Presidential Debates to PAY TV for profit, the results of

How to Execute Effective Facilities Management

Rapid adaptation is one key component to dealing with industry issues. The Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) has revealed key trends that are impacting retailers, along with a review of the current state of retail facilities management. The report also highlights the top five issues that are impacting industry professionals. The Internet of Things tops the

Recognizing NAG Leadership

Toot’n Totum’s David Johnson receives the National Advisory Group’s inaugural Lifetime Award for Convenience Retailing. By John Lofstock, Editor The National Advisory Group (NAG), a convenience store trade association focused on small, mid-sized and family-owned businesses, has a long history dedicated to helping convenience store owners improve their businesses through education and networking. Through the

How 7-Eleven is Taking Convenience to the Next Level

Forget the drive-through, 7-Eleven customers can now get merchandise delivered to their doorstep. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Convenience store behemoth 7-Eleven recently announced a strategic initiative to make its c-store offerings even more convenient to customers. In July, 7-Eleven announced it had partnered with technology and logistics company Postmates to offer on-demand delivery in

How to Ensure Successful Cash Management

More convenience stores are combining proven practices with the latest technology to keep a handle on their money. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Back in the 1970s, armed robbery was rampant in convenience stores. 7-Eleven Inc., one of the first retailers to stay open 24 hours per day, hired consultants to investigate ways to thwart

How U.S. Gasoline Futures Are Driving Towards A 2015 Low

A more confident consumer is driving greater gasoline demand. By Brian Milne, editor, Schneider Electric The seasonal attributes of the gasoline market in the U.S. are on clear display, with gasoline demand sliding since summer’s end, and gasoline inventory restocked to a pre-peak season level, while gasoline futures dropped 34% in value from the start

How Retail Shrink Is Skyrocketing

A report by Retail Fraud- New York, shows U.S. retail shrink is up $3 billion, with retailers losing $60 billion per year to fraud. The US Retail Fraud Survey 2015 has estimated that U.S. retailers are losing $60 Billion a year to shrink—up from $57 Billion last year—and identified employee theft as the single biggest

How Breakfast Is Growing

Bacon and pancakes see sales uptick as the breakfast daypart continues to climb. It’s no secret that customers love their breakfast and that the breakfast daypart has been expanding and picking up steam, with some convenience stores even offering breakfast all day. Breakfast is the only restaurant daypart with sustained visit growth over the last

Wawa Introduces Its New Credit Card

New program includes 25-cents-per gallon gas savings for convenience store customers. Wawa Inc. and Citi Retail Services have announced the launch of the Wawa Credit Card, featuring savings for fuel purchases at Wawa stores. The Wawa Credit Card will give Wawa customers a convenient payment option with an enhanced value proposition on fuel purchases. When

Joe Hamza Joins Nouria Energy Corp.

Former vice president of sales and marketing for Tedeschi Food Shops to bring 25 years of experience to his new role as chief operating officer, retail and marketing at Nouria Energy Corp. Joe Hamza has joined the executive team of Nouria Energy Corp. as the company’s chief operating officer, retail & marketing. Hamza brings to

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