Heineken Brings UEFA Champions League To U.S. Fans

At retail, interactive displays and POS will encourage consumers to text to sign in to the UCL program. Heineken is once again leveraging its partnership with the UEFA Champions League (UCL) to bring the most prestigious soccer club competition to adult fans, 21 and older, throughout the U.S. Program elements are designed to create excitement


CVS To Stop Selling Tobacco Products

CVS to sacrifice $2 billion in annual sales as it looks to solidify its position as a healthcare provider. CVS Caremark Corp announced on Wednesday, Feb. 5 that it plans to stop selling tobacco products at its 7,600 stores by October, Reuters reported. CVS, the second largest drugstore chain in the U.S., is now the


7-Eleven Selling 72 Convenience Stores

Properties in Texas, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and six other states. 7-Eleven Inc. has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC to coordinate the sale of 72 gasoline stations and/or convenience stores. The sale includes 22 locations in Texas, 17 in South Carolina, 12 in Pennsylvania, nine in Ohio, four in Michigan, three in Indiana, three


Retailers Speak Out On Cyber Security Needs And Efforts

NRF, NACS and RILA address the ongoing issues around data security. On Tuesday, Feb. 4, the Senate Banking Subcommittee on National Security, International Trade and Finance held a hearing on protecting consumers’ data. Retail organizations, including the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) spoke out


Motivating Today’s C-Store Employees

Recognizing your frontline staff, gaining their feedback and helping them see the meaning in their work is the key for fueling engagement. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor The most important attribute a convenience store has to offer is its customer facing employees. Especially when touting a foodservice program, image is everything from store cleanliness to


Catering to Your Candy Customers

Americans are eating more chocolate, which means the time has come for retailers who haven’t already done so to rethink, revamp and restock their chocolate sets. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Americans love candy, but maximizing sales from this complex, yet essential category takes focus and attention. Melding new products and line extensions with must-have


Island Madness

Swisher Sweets continues its limited edition cigarillo line with Swisher Sweets Island Madness. Catch the madness with its unique taste of watermelon rum. Now available for shipment to stores, Swisher Sweets Island Madness comes in a resealable two-count pouch with the “Sealed Fresh” guarantee. Island Madness will be available in “two for 99-cents”and “Save on 2” options.

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Affordable Lighting Control System

Cree Inc. has introduced SmartCast Technology, the first self-programming wireless lighting control system that reduces energy consumption by more than 70% compared to traditional fluorescent luminaires without SmartCast Technology—and at half the cost of traditional lighting controls. Intuitive and easy to use, luminaires enabled with Cree SmartCast Technology remove the initial and ongoing complexity associated


Conserve Water

To coincide with the observance of World Water Day on March 22, Server Products is launching a new piece of equipment to help foodservice operators conserve water and save money. Server worked closely with a large national restaurant chain to develop a solution to replace the traditional dipper well perpetual-flow sink. Dipper wells are used


U.S. Gasoline Wholesale Costs Gain Final Week of January

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric Wholesale gasoline costs at major metropolitan markets across the U.S. advanced during the final week of January, boosted by greater-than-expected demand and an unexpected decline in inventory while exports increased. Higher costs for supply are set to push the Energy Information Administration’s U.S. retail gasoline price average


Susser Holdings Announces Departure of DeSutter

“He has been dedicated to helping us grow our business,” says Susser. Susser Holdings Corp. announced that Steve DeSutter is leaving the company, effective Feb. 28, 2014, to accept an opportunity to lead a significant company outside the convenience store industry. DeSutter currently serves as the president and CEO of Susser’s Retail segment.  That segment


Building a Better Cigar Business

Tracking the trends and stocking more flavored products can help convenience stores boost overall tobacco sales. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Delighted with cigars’ popularity growing among consumers, convenience store operators are taking steps to maximize sales and satisfy customers even as they keep a wary eye on federal and local regulations that could impact


Make Foodservice Your Q Factor

The convenience store and petroleum industry is as dynamic and diverse as it has ever been. I have been fortunate to have a front row view of the industry’s evolution through the years, first as a young child learning the automotive and fuel industry at my father’s stations in Mt. Vernon, N.Y., then as an


Quality State Oil Kicks Off Q Mart Shamrocks Against Dystrophy

Local CITGO marketer raises funds for Muscular Dystrophy Association. CITGO Petroleum Corp. and local CITGO Marketer Quality State Oil are once again sponsoring this year’s Q Mart Shamrocks Against Dystrophy fundraiser to support the local Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) chapter. From Feb. 1 through March 17, customers at participating Q Mart stations can purchase paper


Ampm Customers Get Chance To Win Need For Speed Mobile Game

Customers who purchase specially-marked ampm 20-ounce coffees, 32-ounce fountain drinks or smoked sausages that feature a Need for Speed peel-off sticker have a chance to win. Customers of ampm who are fans of EA Mobile gaming can satisfy their need for beverages and a tasty snack with a chance to win a Need for Speed

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Parker’s Names Jim Evans Director of Operations

Parker’s recently named Jim Evans as the company’s director of operations. Evans will oversee daily operations for all 34 Parker’s stores, preparing the company for unprecedented growth. Most recently, Evans worked at Target, where he oversaw two stores during his tenure, leading a team of five executives and 140 team members. He received the MVP


Rutter’s Enhances Mobile App With Lottery Offers

Now Rutter’s customers can get a free $3 Powerball ticket with Power Play with a purchase of a $5 instant ticket at Rutter’s. Rutter’s Farm Stores, based in York, Pa., has enhanced its award-winning mobile app once again by providing users access to the day’s winning lottery numbers and exclusive lottery offers, the result of


Altria To Acquire Green Smoke Inc.

Altria Group Inc. is set to acquire electronic cigarette company Green Smoke Inc. for about $110 million, ABC News reported. The Richmond, Va.-based owner of Philip Morris USA announced that the transaction is expected to close in the second quarter. The deal with Altria’s Nu Mark subsidiary also includes up to $20 million in incentive

Shoppers Want the In-Store Experience to Match Convenience of Online

Accenture study finds successful balance of in-store and online is key to driving growth across all channels. Even as online shopping continues to grow, more U.S. shoppers are planning to make purchases from physical stores, according to the results of the latest study of “seamless retailing” by Accenture. In a survey of 750 adult consumers,


InComm Sees Increased Demand for Digital Gift Cards

Sales of digital cards on ecommerce sites peaked on Dec. 24; shopkick delivered nearly seven times more digital cards than its average on Black Friday. InComm, a prepaid product and transaction services company, has released internal 2013 holiday data that demonstrates the rising popularity of digital gift cards and the success brands can have by

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Gas Customers Evolve in How They Shop for Price

“Consumers are always thinking about gas prices,” notes NACS vice president of government relations. Price remains the dominant reason why consumers buy gas at a particular location, but how consumers shop for that price is shifting, according to the results of a new consumer survey released today by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).


Nielsen Acquiring Harris Interactive

“This acquisition enables deeper insights into consumer sentiment,” says president, Americas, Nielsen. Nielsen Holdings N.V., a global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy, announced that it has completed the tender offer by Nielsen and its wholly owned subsidiary, Prime Acquisition Corp., to acquire all outstanding shares of common stock of


The 2014 Social Media Awards

Convenience Store Decisions’ second annual look at the convenience store chains doing a superior job of connecting with their customers through social media. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor Convenience Store Decisions, with help from Wildfire by Google, examined the nearly 60 convenience store and petroleum chains that are most active on social media, specifically examining

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KickBack Cardholder Makes a Super Gesture with Fantasy Football Grand Prize

The winner of KickBack’s Fantasy Football contest, which includes two tickets to the NFL’s Big Game in New Jersey, round trip airfare for two and a hotel stay in Times Square, graciously donates her Grand Prize to 16-year-old Austin Lange, a local Idaho boy stricken with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Austin Lange has fought many battles over


Cowberry Frozen Yogurt Introduces Franchise Opportunity

Frozen yogurt machines and display are ready to fit into any existing location and require less than 50 square feet of space. Cowberry Frozen Yogurt has announced the launch of its new Cashcow models, designed to fit into any existing convenience store location.  The turnkey package with a cutting-edge design, desirable brand, and a healthier