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Sales Tax Reform

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. The time is now for sales tax collection reform to be taken seriously. Governors in states are suggesting that state gas tax be replaced with sales tax and that income tax be off set by raising the sales tax. I realize this is the ancient known shell game,

Operationalizing Your Strategic Plan

We have all experienced it. The dreaded process of spending hours upon hours creating a strategic business plan that maps out the goals of the organization. We develop the targets and create lofty initiatives only to see the year come and go as we scratch our heads and wonder why we didn’t achieve all our

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Diesel Demand In U.S. Seen Sliding Despite Climbing LDV Sales

By Brian Milne, energy editor, Schneider Electric The U.S. consumer’s past aversion to diesel operated light duty vehicles is subsiding as evidenced by rising vehicle sales and a broader offering of models by auto manufacturers. Despite this evolution, domestic diesel demand is expected to trend lower in 2017 and thereafter, as heavy duty vehicles increasingly

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Kum & Go Plans ADA Compliance Changes After Lawsuit

Some 400 Kum & Go stores to undergo renovations. The Kum & Go is set to spend millions of dollars to make changes at more than 400 stores in 11 states to settle a lawsuit that claimed its gas stations failed to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Gary McDermott, a man from

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NYACS Invites Neighborhood Retailers To ‘Building Blocks’

Educational Forum set for Dec. 3 in Tarrytown, N.Y. Timely education for convenience store operators and other neighborhood retailers will be offered Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Tarrytown, N.Y. Titled “Building Blocks for Today’s Neighborhood Retailers” and presented by the New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS), the event

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Parker’s Raises Over $70,000 For Area Schools

Hosts 2014 Fueling the Community Charity Golf Tournament. The 2014 Parker’s Fueling the Community Charity Golf Tournament, held on Oct. 28 at The Club at Savannah Harbor in Savannah, Ga., raised $70,708 to benefit area schools. The tournament attracted 144 players from across the region, including a number of Parker’s vendors, suppliers and supporters. Proceeds

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Town Star Holdings Acquires 16 TimeSaver Food Stores

NRC acts as exclusive financial advisor to the buyer. Town Star Holding LLC, an affiliate of Junonia Capital LLC of Fort Myers, Fla., has acquired 16 convenience stores from TimeSaver Food Stores Co., based in Port St. Lucie, Fla. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor to the buyer in connection

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Cheyenne International Appoints New CEO

Former chief financial officer takes the helm. Cheyenne International LLC announced that its board of directors has appointed David Scott, 58, as CEO and president of the company. Scott has served as chief financial officer and board member since the company’s inception in 2002 and will transition to the new role effective immediately. “We are

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WhiteWave Foods Acquires So Delicious Dairy Free

The WhiteWave Foods Co., a consumer packaged food and beverage company in North America and Europe, has completed its previously announced acquisition of So Delicious Dairy Free for approximately $195 million in cash. WhiteWave funded the acquisition through existing cash balances and available credit. “We are pleased to complete this transaction, which represents a great

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QuickChek Outsells Starbucks

Ranks first for coffee in overall satisfaction, recommendations and price value. Already voted as making the best cup of coffee in America, QuickChek continues to be the recommended choice close to where those in the Garden State live and work, too. In a survey of retail food service companies, the Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based convenience store

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7-Eleven Treating Hungry Families This Halloween

Retailer invites customers to pay it forward with pizza. Halloween can be a scary holiday for kids. But not having enough food is even scarier for too many kids in the greater Portland, Ore. and Vancouver, Wash., areas. Local 7‑Eleven stores are inviting residents to do something about it this Halloween weekend in its second

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Love’s Opens First Travel Stop In Northwestern Alabama

Debuts new location in Muscle Shoals, Ala. Professional drivers now have 76 additional parking spaces in northwest Alabama. Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) opens its newest location in Muscle Shoals, at the intersection of State Highway 157 and U.S. Highway 72, on Thursday, Oct. 30. The 24/7 travel stop features seven showers, a Love’s Truck Tire

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Core-Mark Announces Third Quarter 2014 Investor Call

Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. plans to release its earnings before the market opens on Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2014 and will host an investor call later that morning at 9 a.m. Pacific time. This call may be accessed by dialing 800-588-4973 using the code 38339865. The call may

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Millennials Twice as Likely to See Mobile Payments as Secure

Research shows that, despite attitudinal differences, the generations are essentially the same in their use of mobile payments. New research from GfK reveals vast age differences in U.S. attitudes toward mobile payments, with Generations Y and Z—often referred to as Millennials—twice as likely to view them as faster, easier, or more efficient than other types

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GPM Investments Selling 16 Sites in Five States

The properties will be sold using NRC’s well-known “buy one, some or all” sealed bid sale process. GPM Investments LLC of Richmond, Va., has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC to coordinate the sale of 12 convenience stores with gasoline, one convenience store with Subway franchise, two former convenience stores and one vacant land

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Stripes Convenience Stores Celebrates Día de los Muertos

Announces 2014 Commemorative Poster Giveaway. Stripes Convenience Stores will be celebrating Día de los Muertos, a Mexican holiday that takes place on Nov. 2, with a Facebook giveaway of autographed limited edition prints created by an emerging Texas Artist. Beginning today, Stripes will launch a contest on its Facebook page asking fans to upload a

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Parker’s Hires Convenience Store Industry Veteran

Lance Ramsey joins Parker’s as financial analyst. Parker’s recently hired industry veteran Lance Ramsey as a financial analyst. In his new position, Ramsey is responsible for projecting cash flow, conducting market research, analyzing budget capital expenditures and coordinating financial reporting. Ramsey joins Parker’s after working as a financial analyst and business analyst at Ricker Oil

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Tedeschi Welcomes Fall With Produce, Floral and Bakery Offerings

From apple cider to mini pumpkins and fresh vegetables, customers can find autumn favorites at Tedeschi. Tedeschi Food Shops continues to cross new boundaries in the Fresh Foods category for c-stores. Tedeschi’s has seen great success with the implementation of its new produce program that began in August of this year. The new program boasts

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U.S. Diesel Fuel Demand to Peak in 2015

While domestic demand for diesel fuel is expected to peak in 2015, global demand for diesel fuel is expected to increase by more than six million barrels per day from 2013 to 2030. An increase in overall vehicle efficiencies and the growing use of compressed natural gas for heavy-duty vehicles will more than offset a

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Fire & Ice Cigarillos

Do you have a taste for spicy hot cinnamon or icy cool mint? Swisher Sweets satisfies both with the introduction of its latest limited edition cigarillos. Swisher Sweets Blazing Fire has an intense cinnamon taste that’s both sweet and spicy. Swisher Sweets Arctic Ice provides a cold and frosty blast of icy mint. These two

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Hot and Spicy Sandwiches

Hillshire Brands has introduced a new line of Jimmy Dean hot and spicy sandwiches, providing operators with a full range of breakfast and lunch solutions that address the hot and spicy trend. Some 54% of consumers prefer very spicy foods and sauces, up 48% from 2011, according to Technomic’s Flavor Consumer Trend Report, 2014. This

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New Energy Flavors

Red Bull is expanding the Red Bull Editions line of energy drinks with Red Bull Yellow, Red Bull Orange and Red Bull Cherry Editions, set to launch nationwide Feb. 16, 2015. The new Red Bull Editions offer the tastes of tropical fruit, orange and cherry with the Wings of Red Bull. The Red Bull Orange

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Sparkling Iced Tea

Sparkling ICE, part of the Talking Rain Beverage Co. portfolio, has introduced a zero-calorie iced tea product line. The only zero calorie, sparkling iced tea on the market, this lightly carbonated blend of brewed black tea, green tea and real fruit juice offers a unique new beverage, bursting with the authentic flavor that Sparkling ICE

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Tamper-Resistant Bowls

Inline Plastics Corp. has introduced its improved line of tamper-resistant Safe-T-Fresh round bowls. The round bowls, available in sizes ranging from eight ounces to 80 ounces, are also offered with either flat or dome lid sizes to best match your specific food application. The bowls have been enhanced with easier to close, easier to open

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Better-For-You Chips

Garden of Eatin’ is releasing two brand new chip flavors, Kale Tortilla Chips and Reduced Fat Blue and Yellow Chips, and is bringing back the ever-popular Pumpkin Tortilla Chips just in time for fall. Garden of Eatin’ Kale Tortilla Chips are topped off with a delicious topical seasoning and are an excellent source of Vitamin

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