Lottery Industry Expands Reach

New agreement hopes to bring consumers a new, enjoyable lottery experience. InComm and Scientific Games Corp. have entered into an agreement to bring new lottery gift card product offerings to consumers in North America. The agreement expands the lottery industry’s reach into many new distribution channels like chain pharmacy, big box and general merchandise stores. The agreement

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Mac Food Mart Fights Against Breast Cancer

Sunoco grand opening in Fort Wayne, Ind. helps fuel the fight against breast cancer. Mac Food Mart recently hosted a Fuel the Fight Against Breast Cancer Event at the Grand Opening of the new Fort Wayne, Ind. Sunoco gas station. Between 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 17, Mac Food Mart donated 10 cents for every gallon of

Taco Bell Caters to Vegetarian Consumers

Taco Bell leads the industry in constructing the first QSR vegetarian menu. Taco Bell is leading the way when it comes providing easy, accessible vegetarian menu items, as it has become the first quick-service restaurant (QSR) to offer menu items certified by the American Vegetarian Association (AVA). The latest in Taco Bell’s Food for All journey – focused

Tecate Light Redefines Light Beer

Tecate is launching a 360-degree holiday program to help customers conquer the holiday season. Tecate Light will soon launch a new, comprehensive, 360-degree program, spanning from Thanksgiving to Dia de Reyes, that will offer LDA+ consumers everything they need to kick-start their holiday celebrations. The fully-integrated retail promotion, including digital partnerships with Pandora and Ibotta,

How Holiday Shopping Trends Are Evolving In 2015

A category shift has shoppers searching for much more than gifts this holiday season. Deloitte’s 30th annual holiday survey of consumer spending intentions and trends has revealed that, this year, holiday shopping may focus less on putting gifts under the tree than years past. The survey has also found that holiday shopping traditions may be changing,

How Falling Crude Costs Are Keeping Gas Prices Low

Drivers are getting relief at the pump, but will it last? The average pump price has fallen nationally for regular unleaded gasoline for 17 consecutive days, providing customers with a total savings of 12 cents per gallon. The national average currently sits at $2.20 per gallon, the lowest price since February, according to a report

Cigarette Sales Trending Above Historical Ranges

Trends suggest that combustible cigarette sales will remain high in 2016. As disposable income increases among tobacco consumers, combustible cigarettes are making their comeback. According to a report from Wells Fargo, cigarette industry volume is currently trending above historical ranges. There was virtually no downside risk in the tobacco industry during fiscal year 2015, but volume

How The Chocolate Market Is Poised For Growth

Despite common industry concerns, chocolate sales are expected to grow in 2016. According to a new report from Packaged Facts, thanks to the 81% of American consumers eating chocolate, the outlook for the U.S. chocolate candy market is trending upward. Packaged Facts estimates that chocolate sales will reach $22 billion in sales by the end of

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

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

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