H&R Block Joins Vanilla Reload Network

Partnership allows Emerald Cardholders to load cash at thousands of retail locations. InComm, a prepaid product and transaction services company, and H&R Block, the world’s largest consumer tax services provider, announced that consumers can now reload their H&R Block Emerald Card at more than 60,000 Vanilla Reload locations nationwide. “We have worked hard to make

More Former Pilot Employees Plead Guilty To Rebate Fraud

A former director of sales, and a former regional sales manager are among the latest former Pilot Flying J employees to plead guilty. Three more former employees of Pilot Flying J pleaded guilty Monday to federal fraud charges that involved a scheme to cheat trucking companies out of fuel rebates, the Associate Press reported. This

Sweets & Snacks Expo Registration Opens To Sold Out Exhibit Hall

An improved pre-show planning app and a cache of well-known speakers highlight the opening of registration for the confectionery and snack industry’s premier event. Registration is open for the 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo, to be held May 20-22, 2014, at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, the 2014 Expo is poised

LOGIC Captures No. 2 Spot in Total Dollar Share

Top three e-cigarette brands, including LOGIC, amount to 75% of the category as a whole. LOGIC Technology, makers of premium electronic cigarettes, announced the results of the latest unit share report from Nielsen’s C-Track Database and Wells Fargo Securities LLC, indicating LOGIC has claimed the No. 2 spot for dollar share in convenience stores nationwide,

Nielsen Reports On Consumers’ Super Bowl Snacking Plans

Super Bowl XLVIII sees customers returning to beer, pizza and wings and away from the veggie platters of last year. Last year, Americans tried to go healthy when planning Super Bowl snacks with vegetable platters, water and healthy alternatives to chips such as granola and trail mix. This Super Bowl sees a return to traditional

Hershey Exceeds 2013 Certified Cocoa Goal

Eighteen percent of all cocoa sourced globally in 2013 was certified compared to goal of 10%. The Hershey Co. announced that 18% of all the cocoa the company sourced globally in 2013 was certified, nearly double the company’s original 2013 goal of 10%. With nearly one-fifth of cocoa sourced through sustainable practices, Hershey is on

Nearly 1,000 Students Apply for Cumberland Farms Believe and Achieve Scholarships

Winners to be announced in spring of 2014. Cumberland Farms announced that nearly 1,000 high school students from the class of 2014 have applied to the company’s popular Believe and Achieve Scholarship program, which helps bright and determined young people realize their college dreams. The applications are currently being individually evaluated, and 130 winners will

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HEINEKEN Debuts 8.5-Ounce Slim Can

HEINEKEN USA is introducing the first 8.5-ounce slim can format in the premium price segment. Beginning March 1, 2014, Heineken 8.5-ounce Slim Can 12-packs will roll out at retail outlets across the country just in time to capitalize on the spring/summer and on-the-go outdoor occasions. “The 8.0-8.9-ounce can size experienced explosive growth in 2012, growing

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U.S. Gasoline Supply Climbs to Nearly Three Year High

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric Wholesale gasoline costs entered the final week of January mixed from prior week even as the benchmark futures contract gained 4.0cts over the same time frame, although price pressure will continue to be exerted over retail gasoline prices amid seasonal weakness. The Energy Information Administration’s U.S. retail

Empire Petroleum Acquires 83 Distribution Contracts From King Fuels

“With the King assets, we now have the necessary foundation of business to allow us to continue to grow the market and increase our market presence over the next 12-18 months,” said Empire’s CEO. Empire Petroleum Partners LLC (Empire) has successfully acquired 83 wholesale distribution contracts from King Fuels Inc., a Houston-based distributor that supplies

TravelCenters of America Opens First Montana Location

Missoula now home to TA-branded travel center. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced its network expansion into the state of Montana with the acquisition and rebranding of the newest TA, located at I-90, Exit 96 (8018 U.S. Hwy. 93 N.) in Missoula, Mont.

CST Brands Provides Preliminary Q4 Financial Results

CST Brands currently expects to report fourth quarter and full year 2013 results in early March. CST Brands Inc. provided an update to previous guidance related to its fourth quarter 2013 operating results. The company originally provided this information on its conference call to discuss its third quarter 2013 financial results on Monday, Nov. 4,

2014 Yumz Express Kiosk Design

Frozen Yogurt Solutions

Yumz Express offers any retail location a frozen yogurt solution to generate additional revenue. The self-serve franchise, Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt, has announced the launch of Yumz Express, a kiosk-sized version of a full-size Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt store. Yumz Express is designed to fit inside existing convenience stores. Yumz Express kiosks offer up to

Speedway Supports Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Funds assist Complex Care Center, which provides 24/7 inpatient and outpatient management of children and teens with medically complex chronic diseases. Speedway LLC (Speedway) is again proving its commitment to helping the community and the future of child health through ongoing fundraising in support of Cincinnati Children’s. Cincinnati-area Speedway locations are Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

ExxonMobil Launches New U.S. Retail Fuels Technology Platform

Provides station owners with operational improvements and the ability to introduce custom loyalty offers and price rollbacks. ExxonMobil is launching EM1, a new retail fuels technology platform in the U.S., that will not only significantly upgrade a retail site’s technology, but enable stations to provide motorists with exclusive discounts and offers to reward their loyal

Speedway Partners With PUGS

Sunglasses, smartphone chargers, ear buds, energy shots and pill supplement items to be available through PUGS at Speedway this month. Speedway LLC has partnered with PUGS Inc., a 28+ year national distributor of sunglasses, charging accessories for smartphones and smart devices, seasonal apparel, work gloves and other GM items. “We are deeply humble and extremely

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Lenstrom Named General Manager of Marketing Werks

Foundation set for accelerated company growth. CROSSMARK has announced the appointment of Jay Lenstrom as general manager of Marketing Werks. Marketing Werks is a CROSSMARK company and a consumer engagement firm in North America. Naming Lenstrom general manager of Marketing Werks is a significant move that bolsters the company’s leadership.  Lenstrom was promoted from Marketing

Freedom Energy First To Offer E-15 Fuel In Ohio

Ohio marks 14th state with E15. American Freedom Energy is the first retailer in Ohio to offer E15 to consumers for use in 2001 and newer vehicles. The expanded offering of E15 will create savings at the pump for consumers. Currently, E15 is available in 14 states across the country, and more and more retailers

M&M’S Teams With WFAN Sports Radio

WFAN top talent to broadcast from M&M’S World New York leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII. M&M’S World Times Square is poised to be the premier New York City shopping and sports destination during the week leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII.  The store, home to M&M’S Chocolate Candies and branded merchandise, plans to open

A Partner with a Purpose

At a time when most Big Oil companies are exiting the retail business, Phillips 66 is stepping up with a host of new programs to help make its branded retailers more profitable. By John Lofstock, Editor The convenience store and petroleum industry has transformed dramatically over the past decade, but no change has been as

Vertically Integrating Your Brand Message

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises, Inc. The concept of vertically integrating your brand message is clearly not new. Companies for years have embraced the concept that if you are going to communicate a brand message, it is best to communicate that same brand message throughout all customer touch points. The

Chasing The Shiny, New (Marketing) Object

By John Matthews is the founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. I admit I like technology. I was one of the first adopters to laptops, mobile phones and social media. I remember joining LinkedIn when it had 3 million users – not the 200 million like it does today. Technology is a blessing

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The Future is Here & Now: Cloud-Based Mobile POS Solutions (and Free Waffles)

By David Hochman, owner of DJH Marketing Communications I recently had the opportunity to attend the BIG Show, aka the NRF Annual Convention & Expo in New York City. The expo is called the BIG Show for a reason. The NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, with members including department store, specialty, discount,

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Stress Factor

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. Management of convenience stores has a tendency to forget about the Stress Factor associated with employee’s job stress, especially the clerks on the front line. The clerks are the ones that customers will accuse of placing the gas dispensers on the wrong side of the customer’s car, making

The Pantry Considers, Rejects Director Nominations

“The Pantry’s Board of Directors and management team are committed to acting in the best interests of the Company and all stockholders,” the company says in a statement. The Pantry Inc. has confirmed that JCP Investment Management LLC, and Lone Star Value Management LLC (the dissident group) submitted to the company a notice of intent

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