Murphy USA Announces Financial Results

Murphy USA third quarter financial results reveal that the company is on track with its organic growth plan. Murphy USA Inc. has released its financial results for the three and nine months ended Sept. 30, 2015. Three-month results For the three month period ended Sept. 30, 2015, the Company reported net income of $60.5 million or


Weigel’s Wins Blue Ribbon

Weigel’s takes on the competition and wins a blue ribbon for its chocolate milk. Weigel’s recently won its third blue ribbon in the Tennessee State Fair for its chocolate milk. Weigel’s also won blue ribbons for its chocolate milk in 2011 and 2014. This year’s competition was held at the Fairgrounds in Nashville, Tenn. from Sept. 11-20. “We are pleased

Susser Appointed to National Retail Properties’ Board

Seasoned industry professional has been appointed to the National Retail Properties Board of Directors. National Retail Properties Inc., a real estate investment trust, has appointed Sam Susser to the Board of Directors. “We are excited to add Sam to our Board. His retail industry experience combined with his depth of knowledge of the convenience store industry

High Hopes for Holiday Shopping

Will lower gas prices lead to increased holiday spending? As gas prices remain low, industry professionals hope that consumers will spend more this holiday season. According to a survey from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), more than one in four (26%) consumers expect to increase their spending this month, a seven-point jump over the past

How Customers Are Shopping This Holiday Season

The NPD Group has revealed how consumer shopping habits are evolving. Research from The NPD Group has revealed that more consumers will start shopping earlier, a higher percentage of shopping will take place online and more growth will be seen among the top categories purchased compared to last year. Half of all holiday shoppers plan to start their

Free Car Washes for Veterans

7-Eleven honors U.S. veterans and armed service members this Veterans Day, offering its top-of-the-line car wash service to them for free. This Veteran’s Day 7-Eleven is offering free car washes to U.S. military personnel and veterans. The freebie is available at participating locations from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Current and former

What Food Trends Are Ahead For 2016?

Professional chefs predict the top foodservice trends for 2016. Each year, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) explores the top menu trends for the coming year. For this year’s What’s Hot culinary forecast, the NRA surveyed nearly 1,600 professional chefs – members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF) – to find which foods, beverages and culinary

QuickChek Helps Feed the Hungry

In the spirit of the holiday season, QuickChek is inviting shoppers to donate and help feed hungry families. During the upcoming holiday season, QuickChek Corp. will help feed hungry families through the Check-Out Hunger campaign. The Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based fresh convenience market chain is a campaign partner of the annual fundraiser that takes place every

Gulf Oil Expands Into Wisconsin

As Gulf continues with its national expansion plans, a partnership with Venture Fuels brings the brand back to Wisconsin for the first time in more than two decades. Gulf Oil LP and Venture Fuels, a major fuel distributor in the upper Midwest, have partnered to bring the iconic Gulf brand back to Wisconsin for the

How To Weather the Storm

From crafting a plan to installing automatic generators, stakeholders in areas that experience hurricanes share best practices for emergency preparedness. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor With the damage from Super Storm Sandy fresh in their minds, convenience store owners would have been right to be concerned when Hurricane Joaquin barreled toward the Atlantic Coast in

Top 100 Sellers In 32 C-Stores Located in Mississippi, October 2015

By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. Last month we presented a chart of September 2015 sales sorted by rank. This month we are doing the same for October compared with the September rank. The Rank +/- Column is the number of positions improved.

How To Prepare For A Breach

Convenience stores should incorporate data violations into their operational crisis response plans. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Crises in business are common. They range from public management blunders and workplace crime to employee dissent and data breaches. One of the best things a retail management team can do to handle these problems is to prepare

Presidential Candidates Recognize Flaws in Sugar Program

Presidential candidates are recognizing a need for reform of the sugar program. Recent comments made by the 2016 presidential candidates on the U.S. sugar policy have been welcomed by the Coalition for Sugar Reform. “We are glad to see the issue of sugar reform has become a topic of discussion among the 2016 presidential candidates,” said John

Heineken Launches Strategic Marketing Program

Heineken is looking to drive sales this football season with the return of its successful What’s Your Play? program. HEINEKEN USA will soon launch its What’s Your Play? portfolio retail program, which will run from Jan. 1 through Feb. 28. The comprehensive program includes eye-catching football themed POS materials, digital partnerships, a Twitter-driven sweepstakes, and cross-merchandising

76 and UBER Partner in Seattle to Build Driver Loyalty

UBER driver partners can be some of the most loyal fuel customers in the industry. To reward them for their loyalty, 76 stations in the Seattle market are proud to launch a points bonus program that allows UBER partners to earn up to 7 KickBack Points (5 bonus points and 2 base points) for each

Transportation Bill Benefits U.S. Retailers

The NRF is happy to find the House making strides to improve the transportation industry, but also believes that more could be done. The National Retail Federation (NRF) was pleased to find that the House recently passed a long-term transportation bill that is critically important to America’s retailers. H.R. 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of

How To Heighten The Customer Experience

More c-stores are coming up with innovative concepts to heighten the customer experience, resulting in increased sales. By David Bennett, Senior Editor In the competitive climate, in which convenience stores operate, one of the biggest advantages that the channel holds over other retail segments is obviously convenience. It’s the one business aspect that other channels

How to Maximize Mandatory Store Service Time

Everyone from the top to the bottom should understand what a good store manager does to keep the operation humming. By Fran Duskiewicz For the first 10 years or so that I worked for Nice N Easy, I spent most of my time on the road with store managers—training, opening stores, creating programs, whatever it

Sheetz Honors Veterans

Service men and women can enjoy complementary treats from Sheetz this Veterans Day. This Veterans Day, family-owned c-store chain, Sheetz, is showing its gratitude for veterans and active duty military personnel. All veterans and current servicemen and women are invited to enjoy a free six-inch turkey sub, regular size fountain drink and a carwash at all Sheetz locations,

Why Craft Beer Is On the Rise

Craft beer seeks to appeal to a wider audience than regular beer. Craft beer is expected to see some substantial growth throughout the remainder of 2015. In fact, the latest research from Mintel has revealed that craft beer is predicted to see 22% dollar sales growth this year, moving the category to $24 billion. Craft beer made

Big Red Loyalty Program

Big Red Stores offers customers discounts on gas when they make in-store purchases. Customers of Big Red Stores can now earn rewards for shopping at any Big Red Stores’ 32 locations. The new Discount Gas Card program allows customers to automatically earn more cents off gas prices when they purchase items inside the store. “The Big

Healthy Food Bars

Quest Bars have earned a reputation for making clean eating fun. The award-winning bars from Quest Nutrition come in 18 delicious flavors, including fan favorites Cookies & Cream, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and S’mores. Every flavor comes packed with 20+ grams of protein, plenty of fiber and no added sugar. They’re the perfect bar for […]

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Steel Cut Meals

Grainful is expanding on the success of its Steel Cut Meals line of savory frozen entrées with three new varieties. Grainful debuted Tuscan Bean & Kale, Thai Curry and Cheddar Broccoli meals at the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Convention Oct. 10-13 in Dallas. These entrées are made with 100% whole grain steel cut oats, perfect […]

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All-Natural Cleaning Vinegar

Mizkan Americas is launching Four Monks—an all-natural cleaning vinegar for a better, safer way to clean, just in time for the winter holidays. Four Monks is a safer, better way to clean the kitchen, vegetables, home windows, floors and more. Four Monks can maintain mowers, appliances and engines, and is safe for use around pets […]

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Nutritious Breakfast Biscuits

Lance Quick Starts has introduced five new flavors to its lineup of convenient, delicious and nutritious breakfast biscuits designed to make the morning meal a lot easier—and a lot more interesting. Included in the new flavors are Bacon Cheddar, Vanilla Greek Yogurt, Raspberry Greek Yogurt, Everything Bagel and Chocolate cream. The Bacon Cheddar flavor boasts […]

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