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Couche-Tard to Rebrand 700 “Extra” Stores to Circle K Brand in Mexico

Circle K expects to reach a minimum of 2,400 stores in Mexico by 2030. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (Couche-Tard) will be rebranding over 700 Extra convenience stores located throughout Mexico to the Circle K brand. An agreement was signed by Couche-Tard, through its wholly-owned indirect subsidiary Circle K Stores Inc., with Comercializadora Círculo CCK, S.A. DE C.V. (CCK), which states

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How Automated Replenishment Systems (ARS) Impact Store Profits

By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. Surprisingly, although several retailers have automated their ordering process in the last few years, there is almost no academic source examining this topic down to the store level. Furthermore, while the study of the extent and root-causes of retail out-of-stocks has received substantial interest

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How to Drive Deli Sales

A delicious deli selection can turn your c-store into a foodservice destination. By Amber Koontz, Editorial Intern When most consumers hear the word ‘deli,’ they think of a cold-cut sandwich. This is why customers are pleasantly surprised by delis that offer additional options that can satisfy their taste buds. A deli can be more than

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How to Serve Up Soup

Soup sells, no matter what the season. By Amber Koontz, Editorial Intern When it comes to soup there are no limits. Soup can be sold as a side, a snack, an appetizer and as a main meal, and customers will eat soup during any daypart. Although the majority of consumers see soup as more of

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How To Optimize Store Operations and Improve Energy Efficiency

Achieve energy savings with integrated facility management systems. By Lisa Murray, Emerson Climate Technologies Every retail facility has unique requirements and challenges with site control and enterprise visibility. As convenience stores dive deeper into foodservice investments and stores become more complex, operators want simple, flexible and economical solutions. Facility controls can help operators meet these

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CST Brands Reports Revenue Decline

CST Brands has high hopes for third quarter 2015, after a fair second quarter. After making some major acquisitions and capital investments this past year, San Antonio-based CST Brands Inc., which operates the Corner Stores chain of convenience stores, reported a decline in revenue in the second quarter compared to the same period last year.

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BellStores Reaches New Customers With Digital Coupons

Digital coupons lead to increased traffic and higher rings for BellStores. Campbell Oil Co.’s BellStores continues to find new ways to deliver deals to customers through their mobile phones. The easiest way for customers to find deals is by using their mobile phones to access BellStores’ branded app and Website. BellStores launched their app and Website with

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Core-Mark Releases Second Quarter Financial Results

Cigarette sales increase, along with increases in volume and sales margin increases, have led Core-Mark to experience significant growth.   Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. has announced financial results for second quarter 2015, which ended June 30. The results in the report reveal exceptional growth in a number of areas. This growth has led the company to adjust

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Retailers Look to Enhance Loyalty Programs

As customer behaviors and shopping habits evolve, so must loyalty programs and the entire shopping experience. Boston Retail Partners (BRP) have released a report which reveals that retailers understand the necessity of updating loyalty programs to satisfy today’s tech-savvy customers. New technology has ignited evolution of consumer habits, and it is crucial that retailers evolve with the consumer.

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Hershey Learn to Grow Benefits Thousands in Côte d’Ivoire

Hershey is helping cocoa farmers increase productivity with The Hershey Learn to Grow program, but the aid doesn’t end there. Thousands of farmers in Côte d’Ivoire will be helped through the new partnership between The Hershey Company and its long-term cocoa sourcing partner, Barry Callebaut. The Hershey Learn to Grow program will help not only Ivorian cocoa

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Sunoco LP Releases Financial Results

Sunoco LP reveals substantial growth in year-over-year comparison.   Sunoco LP has released its second quarter financial and operating results for the three months which ended June 30, 2015. Along with these results, Sunoco provided updates on recent developments. A year-over-year comparison of the results from second quarter of 2014 and the results that have

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Kwik Shop Takes Over Former QuikTrip Site

Kroger c-store expands its footprint in the Midwest. Kwik Shop has purchased the former QuikTrip convenience store and gas station in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The Kroger Co.-owned convenience retailer announced it has bought the land and all existing buildings at 1749 W. Broadway and plans to reopen a larger, renovated store within two months. A much

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Stripes Opens in Rosenberg, Texas

The latest Stripes convenience store boasts a truck stop and super beer cooler. Rosenberg, Texas is now home to the newest store location from Stripes Convenience Stores. The store’s grand opening, August 7, showcases a large selection of convenient food options provided by Laredo Taco Co. A ribbon cutting ceremony held at the grand opening

How New Technology Will Drive Your Foodservice Sales

Top 5 Reason to Attend the NAG Conference #2 Driving Foodservice Sales Through New Technology The latest technologies being used to manage c-store food programs—from foodservice ordering terminals and high speed cooking equipment to digital signage and high-definition TV menu boards—are transforming the foodservice business by allowing marketers to streamline operations and enhance communications with

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Seasonal Swings Sway Sales

Summer temps aren’t the only weather occurrences affecting car wash sales this year. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor What a difference a few thousand miles makes. While Californians face strict water restrictions, residents throughout the South and Midwest are cleaning up after record-breaking spring and summer flooding. Ironically, these divergent weather conditions are stirring

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How to Raise Roller Grill Profitability

Roller grills have come a long way and become much more than a convenient hot dog cooker. By Amber Koontz, Editorial Intern When it first entered the market, the roller grill was considered a relatively low labor foodservice tool that was used to heat hot dogs, but the times have changed, and so have customer

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Colorado’s Largest Cigar Festival Gearing Up for 6th Annual Celebration

Boulder, Colo.-based Smoker Friendly announces that the Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival will take place at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield Co. on Saturday, Aug. 225. The Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival, now in its 6th year, has become known as the premier festival of its kind in the Rocky Mountain Region. Created to cater to

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California Lottery Expands Pump Program

Lotto Commission fuels more opportunity sales at c-stores. As convenience stores work harder to entice more customers to enter their locations once they’re done pumping their fuel, the California Lottery Commission is rolling out a program to make it easier for patrons to gas up and go. The California Lottery plans to expand on a

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Judge Rejects American Express Settlement

Lawyer comprises fairness of class action agreement. A U.S. judge this week rejected a proposed class action settlement between American Express Co. and merchants who sued the company over swipe fees. The ruling was based on the assertion that a lawyer for the merchants’ compromised the fairness of the agreement. According to a Reuters report,

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Mash and Grab

Rutter’s is now bringing real potatoes to the forefront. Nothing says comfort food like loaded mashed potatoes. That’s what York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Food Stores is banking on with its new foodservice concept that uses real potatoes as the foundation, providing consumers the ability to create meals by topping with premium meats and fresh, simple ingredients.

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7-Eleven Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Operation Chill

7-Eleven encourages children to be good citizens and helps law enforcement officers to build a strong relationship with the community. 7‑Eleven, Inc. is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Operation Chill incentive program. For two decades, this program has been used to reward children for doing good. The program includes U.S. police officers “ticketing” kids with Operation

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Kum & Go Names Senior VP of Human Resources

Tennessen will fill top HR position at Kum & Go. Kum & Go has hired Krischelle Tennessen as senior vice president of human resources. In this role, she will be a member of Kum & Go’s senior leadership team, reporting directly to CEO Kyle Krause, president and CEO. Tennessen has an extensive educational background and

Find Your Solution for Reducing Credit Card Swipe Fees

Top 5 Reasons to Attend the NAG Conference #1 Boost Profitability by Reducing Swipe Fees For years, banks have made enormous profits by avoiding competition when it comes to the swipe fees that merchants pay banks on debit transactions. Rather than competing with each other over these fee rates, the banks decided to let two

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How to Maintain a Good Foodservice Reputation

Don’t lose business and ruin your foodservice reputation by accidentally sending your guests home ill. One way to really hurt your foodservice establishment’s reputation is to send your guests away with a foodborne illness. Food poisoning is a common epidemic in the U.S., and although sometimes it is unavoidable, it is often caused by carelessness

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Karma & Employee Retention

Help your employees help you. By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics Now that unemployment levels are once again low and there are fewer available workers in the labor pool, it’s time to be more proactive about keeping your STAR employees happy and on-board. Here are six questions to ask your best people at least once a year: When

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