GasBuddy Recognizes Lowest Gas Price Offerings

Costco and ARCO take top honors in annual survey. GasBuddy, a national gas price app, congratulates the top 25 lowest priced retail gasoline offerings, which together saved consumers millions of dollars on their yearly gasoline fill-ups in 2013. Each year, GasBuddy combs through nearly 35 million individual gasoline prices and compares each brand’s pump offering

First Data Releases December SpendTrend Analysis

Strong holiday shopping season boosted spending growth in December. First Data Corp. released its First Data SpendTrend analysis for Dec. 3, 2013, through Dec. 30, 2013, compared to Dec. 4, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2012. SpendTrend tracks same-store point-of-sale data by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and checks from nearly four

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BIGS Sunflower Seeds Announces New Promotion

BIGS Sunflower seeds and Jay Mohr Sports, the Premiere Networks/FOX Sports Radio nationally syndicated radio program, have joined together to create an advertising and promotional partnership intended to remind sports fans that “Everything’s Better with BIGS.” The campaign, which includes live reads, 60-second advertisements and social media contests, kicks off Jan. 27-31, 2014 when BIGS

Sheetz Makes Fortune’s 100 Best Companies To Work For List

“We work very hard to constantly improve the work lives of our associates,” says Sheetz president and CEO. Sheetz is in the national spotlight as one of a select few businesses to make Fortune magazine’s annual 100 Best Companies to Work For list, debuting at No. 87. The only Pennsylvania-based business on the list, Sheetz

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SAS Hosts Team Building Workshop, Donates Bicycles

Participants construct bicycles and donate them to a local YMCA. In December, 2013, the SAS Sales and Marketing management teams came together to take part in an activity to help build teamwork and to give back to their community. The first portion of the workshop focused on improving communications.  The facilitator, Ellen Patnaude, from The

NRF Seeks Lower Swipe Fee Cap

“Instead of doing what Congress ordered, the Fed gave in to pressure from big banks—and retailers and their customers are paying the price,” says NRF spokesperson. The National Retail Federation (NRF) asked an appeals court to uphold a judge’s ruling that the Federal Reserve set its cap on debit card swipe fees far higher than

White Castle Recognized By Time Magazine

White Castle Original Slider called most influential burger of all time.  The White Castle Original Slider has been named Time magazine’s most influential burger ever in a recent poll of hamburger historians. White Castle, the family-owned business with more than 90 years in operation, surpassed 16 other influential burgers on the list to take the

Consumer Sentiment Up as 2014 Begins

“Future prospects are outweighing current conditions in defining consumer sentiment,” says NACS vice president of government relations. As the new year begins, consumers are feeling better about the economy than they have since last summer, according the latest monthly NACS Consumer Fuels Survey that examines how gas prices affect consumer sentiment. Though most consumers still

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Precise Scanning

Datalogic presents the new QuickScan QD2400 2D imager, the solution for adopting area imaging technology at an affordable price without having to sacrifice quality. When using the QuickScan QD2400 2D imager, operators at the POS can count on snappiness, along with high motion tolerance and Datalogic’s patented ‘Green Spot’ technology for quick, precise and uninterrupted

Chicago Bans Indoor E-Cigarette Use

At Chicago convenience stores e-cigarettes must move behind the front counter. Following in the footsteps of New York City, Chicago has banned e-cigarette smoking in most indoor public places. The ordinance, passed 45-4 and will not only prohibit people from using e-cigarettes in restaurants, bars and most other indoor public places in the city, but

MAPCO To Offer E15 in 2014

MAPCO Express Inc. is set to begin offering E15 fuel to consumers. MAPCO has set a goal of offering E15 at all pumps at 100 stations. “This is a major market breakthrough for E15,” said Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association. “MAPCO is to be applauded for its unwavering commitment to

Stripes’ Scholarship Fund Exceeds Goal

Fund to benefit 530 local college-bound students. Stripes Convenience Store customers contributed more than $530,000 in just four weeks to its 2013 Stripes College Scholarship Fund campaign—far exceeding its goal of $400,000.  Customers purchased $1 Stripes College Scholarship Fund paper cut-outs during the December 2013 campaign to benefit local students obtain a college education. In

Murphy USA Names Swisher International Supplier Partner of the Year

“Swisher International consistently embraces Murphy USA’s vision of success and helps make it become a reality,” says vice president of merchandising for Murphy USA. For the fifth year in a row, Murphy USA Inc. has selected Swisher International as its Supplier Partner of the Year. The honor was based on the collaboration between the two

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The Energy Category Maintains Vitality

Two-ounce shot and can sales have been on an upward growth trajectory since 2010 and with the economy improving the category is expected to continue on this positive growth path.     By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Despite speculation that the energy category would bottom out, the drinks, shots and mixes that perk up fatigued consumers

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New Electronic Cigarette Machine

Republic Tobacco has launched the new PoweRoll Electric King Size Cigarette Machine by Top-O-Matic. One-touch automatic operation combined with the quality and durability of the No. 1 selling Top-O-Matic line will take consumer approval and sales to new levels. It comes in its own carrying case complete with tamper and cleaning tools, instructions and a

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New Sunoco Brings Fresh Options to North Charleston

New APlus store introduces impressive fresh food lineup. Community leaders, customers and neighbors today helped Sunoco celebrate the opening of its newest APlus location with custom-crafted sandwiches and specialty beverages, including fresh cappuccino, lattes and smoothies hand-made by our local baristas. North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey, flanked by city council and county council members and

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Digimarc Sets New Guinness World Record For Fastest Retail Checkout

Digimarc Barcode delivers lightning-fast checkout time of 51.91 seconds—an unprecedented 58 items-per-minute pace. Digimarc Corp. announced it has set a new Guinness World Record for fastest time to scan and bag 50 items at National Retail Federation’s Annual Convention & EXPO (Retail’s BIG Show) 2014. With a Guinness World Record adjudicator present, company representatives scanned

Tanks of Thanks Program Recognize 10,000 Good Deeds

The Cenex Tanks of Thanks program continues to empower people to honor those who are making a difference in their communities. Cenex, the CHS energy brand, has announced that it will continue the far-reaching Tanks of Thanks program for a third year. Since its launch in 2012, the program has collected and shared more than

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SFNTC Donates Former Facility To Boys & Girls Club

Oxford, N.C. manufacturing facility to serve as new headquarters for the Granville County organization. The Granville County Unit of the Boys & Girls Club of North Central North Carolina (B&GCNCNC) will soon have a new home, thanks to a generous gift by Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. (SFNTC). SFNTC has donated its former manufacturing facility

Job Creation

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc.  Our politicians, along with their followers, usually have one thing they all agree on, “We have to create jobs.”   But actually putting this decree into action is harder than it seems.  A lot of times, we retool our factories so we are more competitive with foreign countries. We

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7-Eleven Rolls Out Egg White Breakfast Sandwich

Under 200 calories, and with 13 grams of protein and just five grams of fat, the new sandwich is made with light, fluffy egg whites and topped with creamy cheddar cheese and Canadian bacon, served between two whole-wheat English muffins. While many better-for-you menus tout items below 500, 400 and 300 calories, 7-Eleven Inc. breaks

Stripes Opens A Record 29 Stores in 2013

Susser Holdings reports on Q4 and total 2013 operating results. Susser Holdings Corp. and Susser Petroleum Partners LP have provided partial operating results for the fourth quarter and full year 2013. Susser Holdings expects to report: • Same-store merchandise sales growth of approximately 2.4% for the fourth quarter and 3% for the full year, with total

The Pantry Schedules Release of First Quarter Results

The Pantry Inc. announced that it plans to release its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2014 before the market opens on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. Dennis Hatchell, president and CEO, and B. Clyde Preslar, senior vice president and chief financial officer of The Pantry, will host an interactive conference call that

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Busch Heroes Campaign Celebrates Hard Workers

Campaign includes eight Busch Heroes featured in new digital creative and on packaging. Busch, long known as the beer for those who are “earning it,” launched “Busch Heroes,” a new cross-platform campaign that celebrates everyday people who work hard at their jobs and in their communities. The campaign centers on eight Busch Heroes, a collection

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Worrisome Jobs Data and Seasonal Pressure for Gasoline

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Stabilizing in the mid-$2.60 gallon range during the first full week of 2014, the New York Mercantile Exchange RBOB (gasoline) futures contract lent upside support for wholesale gasoline costs in several large metropolitan markets across the U.S. coming into the second week of January. The boost in gasoline

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