CITGO is Honored For Serving Northeastern Illinois

Team CITGO is being honored for its extensive community service projects from the past year. This past year, three local organizations have honored CITGO Lemont Refinery employees for giving back to the community, in recognition of CITGO Petroleum Corporation’s efforts to fuel good in Northeastern Illinois. Volunteers from the refinery, known as Team CITGO, donated


NOCO Express Finishes Store Renovations

NOCO adds better visibility and a new deli case, among other changes. NOCO Express completed renovations at its convenience store located at 3085 Delaware Avenue, at the corner of Kenwood, in Kenmore, N.Y. The three-week interior and exterior remodel provides an updated look and expanded fresh product selection. “While our customers are always looking for

Imperial Tobacco Group Becomes Imperial Brands

Tobacco company changes name to better fit its evolving business. Imperial Tobacco Group is removing the word ‘tobacco’ from its name. From now on, the brand will be known as Imperial Brands. Reuters reported that Imperial, in a statement, said the new name “better reflects the dynamic, brand-focused business that we are now.” The change

How Holiday Fraud Is Expected To Impact Retailers

Return fraud expected to cost $2.2 billion. There are many type of retail fraud. As the holiday season brings in extra traffic so too does it ring in extra fraud. One of the biggest issues throughout the holiday season: return fraud. According to National Retail Federation (NRF)’s latest Return Fraud Survey, retailers estimate that 3.5%

ExxonMobil and Citi Renew Agreement

Decade old partnership continues to provide value for ExxonMobil and its customers. ExxonMobil and Citi Retail Services have renewed their consumer and commercial credit card relationship. ExxonMobil, the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, and Citi Retail Services, one of North America’s largest and most experienced retail credit solutions providers, extended their relationship

Millennial Economic Optimism

Packaged Facts has found that younger adults tend to be more optimistic than their predecessors, despite the economic climate. A recent report from Packaged Facts has revealed that Millennials are more optimistic overall than previous generations. No matter what the state of the economy, for the past decade, 18- to 34-year-olds have been  highly confident consumers,

Holiday Gifts for the Home

NPD has revealed the hottest home gifts being purchased this holiday season. The NPD’s Checkout Tracking services has revealed an increase in products for the home being purchased during the holiday season. “Products for the home are leaving their mark on Holiday 2015, driven by new introductions, innovation and design – the same things that

How To Prepare For The New Year

By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. Would you believe it? Another year is sliding down the proverbial tube of history. Here are some things to think about before you start your New Year: I will remove every item in my stores that hasn’t sold in the past 90 days 70% of

Chocolate Energy Accepted to CRN

Energems has been accepted as a member of the Council for Responsible Nutrition. The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has accepted the dark chocolate energy supplement, Energems, as a new member. This is a major accomplishment for this product, which was just launched earlier in 2015. “Acceptance into CRN marks a groundbreaking moment in our

General Mills Significantly Lowers Sodium in 10 Product Categories

General Mills makes significant progress in its industry leading effort to reduce sodium content in U.S. products. A recent report from General Mills has revealed the progress that has been made toward the company’s commitment to reducing sodium by 20% across 10 U.S. retail product categories by the end of 2015. The report shows that

J.M. Smucker Rearranges Leadership

J.M. Smucker capitalizes with continuity of leadership. The J. M. Smucker Company has announced the retirement of a corporate officer, along with several executive appointments made by the company’s board of directors. The company has announced that Vincent Byrd, vice chairman, will be retiring on June 10, 2016, following 39 years with the company. Byrd,

A No Brainer

By Tony Huppert, CEO of Team Oil Inc. I recently read an article on the ongoing battle between the brick and mortar stores and online stores over sales tax collection. Services supplied to the State are normally reimbursed financially according to the service rendered. That’s the real issue. The main reason online stores do not want

Top 100 Sellers In 33 C-Stores Located In Mississippi, November 2015

By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. This is the 3rd in a series of sales sorted by rank for the current and previous months. This month we are featuring the November 2015 rankings compared to the October 2015 ranks. The Change +/- Column is the number of positions gained or

Oil Prices at Lowest Point Since 2009

The nation is is experiencing the lowest fuel prices in six years, and the prices are expected to remain low into 2016. As crude oil prices fall, so do gasoline prices. The average price for regular unleaded gasoline is currently at its lowest since 2009. According to a report from AAA, the national average is

Stripes To Open in Brownsville, Texas

Stripes to donate $1,000 to local middle school as a part of its newest store’s grand opening celebration. Friday, Dec. 18 marks the grand opening of the newest Stripes Convenience Store in Brownsville, Texas. Stripes Stores is hosting a grand opening fiesta and ribbon cutting ceremony with the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce at 12 p.m.

Sunoco LP Acquires Northeastern Fuel Distributor

A new acquisition will complement Sunoco’s fuel distribution business in the Northeast. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Sunoco LP has completed the purchase of a wholesale motor fuel distribution business from Alta East Inc. The newly acquired distributor serves the Northeastern U.S., and was acquired for approximately $57 million and the value of inventory on hand at closing. The

Uber Partners Receive Discounts from ExxonMobil

Uber partners can receive fuel discounts at 10,500 Exxon and Mobil retail stations. ExxonMobil and Uber have announced that discounts are now available nationwide at Exxon- and Mobil-branded retail stations through the Partner Fuel Card. The Partner Fuel Card is powered by FleetCor and Mastercard. The Partner Fuel Card, which is a part of Uber’s

New South Carolina Parker’s Store

Parker’s has opened its 41st store just before the company’s 40th anniversary. Parker’s has opened its 41st retail location in Hardeeville, S.C., at the I-95, Exit 5. The new store, located at 16319 Whyte Hardee Blvd., features a hot deli serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Highlights include a full breakfast bar as well as

Thorntons New Store Grand Opening

Thorntons invited the community to celebrate the opening of its newest location, while offering incentive to those in attendance.  Thorntons Inc. is set to hold a grand opening celebration for its newest store. The new store is located at 12185 Princeton Pike, Springdale, Ohio, 45246. An official ribbon cutting and check presentation to Moscow Missions

AdvancePierre Foods Debuts New Innovation & Research Center

AdvancePierre Foods understands that customer collaboration is crucial to maximizing quality and customer experience. AdvancePierre Foods has opened a new customer Innovation & Research center to underscore its commitment to quality and the enrichment of the overall customer experience. The new center includes a combination of lab space and meeting rooms, bringing the R&D food

Kum & Go Tests E15 Fuel in Little Rock, Ark.

Kum & Go has revealed plans to make E15 fuel available at 65 of its stores over the next two years. On Wednesday, Dec. 16 and Thursday, Dec. 17, Kum & Go is partnering with Growth Energy to bring E15 fuel to Little Rock, Ark. On these days, Kum & Go offered E15 fuel to residents

Stripes Welcomes Sunoco Fuel

Stripes celebrates the addition of Sunoco Fuel to its fuel offerings with NASCAR Celebrations.  As a part of welcoming Sunoco Fuel to its Waco, Temple and Killeen, Texas area stores, Stripes Convenience Stores is hosting five “Neighborhood and Community NASCAR Celebrations.” The entire community is invited to join Stripes team members as they welcome the

ExxonMobil Partners with The University of Wisconsin-Madison

ExxonMobil looks to explore what is and isn’t possible with biomass conversion with its newest research partner, UW-Madison. As part of a two-year agreement, The University of Wisconsin-Madison and ExxonMobil will soon begin researching the fundamental chemistry of converting biomass into transportation fuels. The research is a part of a broad effort to identify meaningful

How Food Trends Are Evolving for 2016

Significant changes are expected to occur in the food world in the coming year. Using research from CultureWaves  and the International Food Futurists, The Food Channel  has compiled the Top 10 Food Trends for 2016. “We’re seeing a huge emphasis on clean label, sustainability, functional food and knowing the story behind a product,” said Kay Logsdon, editor

GPM Reveals Promotion Winner

GPM has marked the end of its 2015 Golden Ticket Game A winner has been chosen for the GPM Investments 2015 Golden Ticket game. The GPM Investments 2015 Golden Ticket game was held at participating Road Ranger, Village Pantry and Next Door Stores in GPM’s Midwest division. On Monday, Nov. 16, Debbi B. was notified