New Business Model Benefits Clients and Customers

CROSSMARK introduces new business model to drive sales and efficiency. CROSSMARK, this week, announced a new, innovative business model designed to drive faster sales growth and greater efficiencies for its clients and customers. “With rapidly changing consumer trends and the intensity of the digital age, retailers seek solutions to upgrade the shopper experience while manufacturers

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How To Drive Purchases From Forecourt Customers

A retailer-designed system allows c-store customers to order food and products while at the pump. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Scott Zaremba, owner of Zarco USA in Lawrence, Kan., is driving food and beverages purchases from forecourt customers who might never have set foot inside the store, if it wasn’t for his touchscreen order-at-the-pump program

Obama Administration Proposes Expanding Overtime Pay

Some 5 million employees could be eligible for overtime pay, but retailers fear the costs would result in layoffs and cut hours for workers. On the heels of the Obama Administration’s Supreme Court victory last week that saw healthcare subsidies upheld, the Administration proposed new overtime rules this week that would allow more employees the

7-Eleven Debuts Sweet and Sour Frozen Beverages

Pucker up for the newest sour and sweet Slurpee flavor debuting in 7-Eleven convenience stores July 1. A new Slurpee flavor is hitting the 7-Eleven Slurpee machine for its 100 Days of Summer, beginning July 1, 2015, and its sure to be a consumer favorite. Inspired by fan requests and the trend of purchasing these items

Kum & Go Shares Designs for New Headquarters

New Kum & Go headquarters designed to provide a collaborative work environment and to embrace modernity. The designs for the new Kum & Go Downtown Des Moines, Iowa headquarters, Krause Gateway Center, located at 1459 Grand Avenue, have been released. The new building was designed to embrace a modern and highly collaborative work environment that offers

Pilot Flying J Launches 2015 Road Warrior Campaign

2015 Road Warrior Campaign is to bigger and better than ever, beginning with an unforgettable event. Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers in North America, announced that the 2015 Road Warrior program will launch in July. The purpose of the contest is to honor professional drivers for their hard work, generosity and

Let Loyalty Be Your Competitive Advantage

An effective loyalty platform, such as KickBack Rewards, will shift customer behavior in your favor. In today’s hyper competitive market, this can be the difference between driving sales or staying stagnant. Loyalty programs are everywhere in the retail industry. Customers interact with them multiple times almost every day—whether shopping at a grocery store, buying a

VP Racing Fuels Has a New Branding Partner

VP Racing Fuels partners with Sandri Energy to expand presence in the Northeast. VP Racing Fuels is on its way to expanding the brand in the Northeast. Sandri Energy, a Greenfield, Mass. based company, is the newest retail branding partner of VP Racing Fuels. Sandri is expected to accelerate with VP’s expansion due to Sandri’s existing operations

Constructive Criticism: The World’s Biggest Oxymoron

By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. Nobody’s perfect. Not you, definitely not me, not your spouse, your parents, your kids, your boss… I repeat, nobody is perfect. Criticism in any form, shape or fashion is a weapon designed to cause pain. Too many parents are guilty of raising their children on

Spend Time Where it Counts

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics You’ve heard us say before that it’s too often the case that the squeaky wheels get all the oil. When it comes to employee retention, this means that you have less interaction with your best people because you’re so busy trying to “fix” your poor performers and/or what they’ve done

D.C. Vaping Tax is Bad Health Policy

By Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association. Washington, D.C. is among the most Uber-friendly cities in the U.S., with both taxis and ride-sharing services providing District commuters safe and effective ways to get from point A to point B. Though it took time and a passionate debate, consumer choice prevailed. The city’s embrace

Kettle Cooked Chips

Herr Foods has introduced Old Bay Seasoning Kettle Chips.This new flavor to Herr Foods’ popular line of Kettle Cooked Potato Chips expands the product line to include 18 delicious varieties. This new addition will retail for $3.69 for the eight-ounce bag and $1.09 for the 1.875-ounce bag. All of Herr’s Kettle Cooked varieties are hand […]

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Biena Brand Redesign

Biena Chickpea Snacks has introduced a new design for its brand. The new bright and bold packaging showcases larger transparent windows to see the chickpeas inside. The pouches illustrate notable cues that speak to each flavor, like honeycombs for the Honey Roasted variety or a skewer for Barbeque. The flavorful Biena Chickpea Snacks line includes […]

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Touchscreen Digital Signage

Elo Touch Solutions (Elo), original inventor of the touchscreen, has introduced the Elo Interactive touchscreen digital signage architecture. Elo Interactive matches commercial-grade I-Series touchscreen hardware with EloView software for more secure, cloud-based content delivery and remote device management. Elo makes it easy to connect online and in-store digital marketing campaigns using an innovative intelligent system […]

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Gourmet Burger Buns

Euro-Bake has introduced Euro-Bake gourmet burger buns from Lantmännen Unibake USA. Creating a gourmet burger is made easy with these expertly crafted artisanal buns, which are available in a wide assortment of flavors, including: brioche, pretzel, ciabatta and jalapeño cheddar. Chefs also can choose from par-baked and fully-baked gourmet buns to create signature burgers, sliders […]

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Flame-Broiled Sandwiches

Tino’s Specialty Foods has introduced new Flame-Broiled Cheeseburgers and Flame-Broiled Chicken Sandwiches to meet consumers’ continued demand for sandwiches. The Cheeseburger features 100% beef steak with two generous slices of American cheese while the Chicken Sandwich features a grilled chicken breast fillet with a slice of Provolone cheese and a dash of Italian seasoning for […]

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Screaming Good Chocolate

Mars Chocolate North America is introducing exciting new designs for medium FUN SIZE bags, new graphics for FUN SIZE large bags and seasonal shapes in a two-to-go format. These new bags will not only be FUN SIZE bags, but variety bags as well. On-shelf cases with harvest and Halloween graphics and versatile off-shelf displays loaded […]

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Salt-Free Seasoning

McCormick for Chefs has introduced the new Perfect Pinch Salt-Free seasoning blends for foodservice professionals to support better-for-you, great-tasting menus. Consumers are searching for healthier, low-sodium options, and Perfect Pinch meets these needs. The Perfect Pinch line includes three new flavors that are made from the highest-quality ingredients, and all Perfect Pinch seasonings are salt-free […]

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Low Gasoline Prices Spur Travel

Gasoline consumption rates are climbing, but what does that mean for retail prices? By Brian Milne, Editor, Schneider Electric Now that we’re in the peak driving season in the United States, early year prognostications for sharp growth in gasoline demand are under review, and preliminary data does show greater gasoline consumption as lower fuel prices

U.S. Consumer Food Trends for Independence Day

Tradition is the key for Fourth of July foods. The Fourth of July is a holiday that Americans love to celebrate with good food. Instantly, the world’s largest audience and consumer insights platform provider, performed a national consumer poll on Fourth of July food eating an buying preferences, and the results weren’t surprising. More than

Rutter’s Donates to Red Cross

  Rutter’s partners with Red Cross and donates $20,000. Rutter’s Farm Store donated a total of $20,000 to the American Red Cross as partner in the 2014-2015 Leadership Giving Initiative. Rutter’s has 60 locations in York, Pa. In the photo above, Alexandra Henry (R) from Rutter’s presents a check for $10,287.43  to Barb Taylor (L) of the American Red

Federal Reserve Calls for “Chip-and-PIN” Technology

Although the chip-and-signature credit cards are more secure than those of the past, U.S. consumers are still at greater risk than those in other countries. In an attempt to increase the security of American consumers, the Federal Reserve, the system which maintains the safety and soundness of our banking system, is calling for the new chip

Desert Fuels Partners with VP Racing Fuels

Partnership will help Desert Fuels to explore additional profit centers and reach a new group of consumers. New Mexico-based Desert Fuels is the newest distributor to partner with VP Racing Fuels, Albuquerque, N.M., in its retail branding program. Desert Fuels services more than 60 retail sites, with operations in New Mexico, Arizona, California, Texas, Colorado and

Protein-Packed Meat Snacks

Meat snacks are being seen in a new light and gaining a new reputation among consumers. The NPD Group, a  global information company, has found that dehydrated, salted meat snacks, like jerky, are on the rise. Although these snacks have been around for over 400 years, consumers are now looking anew at these tasty snacks

Connecting Lawmakers with Local Communities

Congressman participates in nationwide program to connect with local community. Convenience stores play a large role in the lives of American consumers. For many, a trip to a convenience store is a daily ritual, and it is crucial that our government officials understand the value of such an important part of daily life. According to

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