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Worrisome Jobs Data and Seasonal Pressure for Gasoline

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Stabilizing in the mid-$2.60 gallon range during the first full week of 2014, the New York Mercantile Exchange RBOB (gasoline) futures contract lent upside support for wholesale gasoline costs in several large metropolitan markets across the U.S. coming into the second week of January. The boost in gasoline

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Enmark Welcomes New Director Of Operations

Tom Kelly replaces Jerry Morris, who retired after more than 18 years of service at Enmark. Enmark Stations Inc. has announced that Tom Kelly joined the company as director of operations following the retirement of longtime director of operations Jerry Morris. In his new role, Kelly will oversee the company’s day-to-day field operations including food

E-Z Mart Expands, Updates Stores

New locations and remodels ahead in 2014. E-Z Mart continues to grow and expand their presence with the opening of two new locations in Broken Bow, Okla. and in Kilgore, Texas.  This growth allows E-Z Mart to better serve the convenience needs of its customers and provide employment opportunities within these communities. E-Z Mart’s remodeling

S. Abraham & Sons Trade Show To Take Place in Grand Rapids

Vendor exhibit and trade show set for Feb. 27-28. “The Grand Slam–Spring is in Full Swing” is the theme for the 2014 S. Abraham & Sons (SAS) Vendor Exhibit and Trade Show. DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Mich., the site of the 28th annual show, will feature 150 booths, representing 253 manufacturers.  Twenty-two

Gilbarco Veeder-Root Acquires Outcast Media

Acquisition of Outcast’s national video-network-at-the-pump to benefit retailers and advertisers with new products and scale. Gilbarco Veeder-Root, a global provider of retail petroleum technology, has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Outcast Media, the fastest growing video network at the pump.  Outcast will operate as the media business unit of Gilbarco, putting the combined company

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Love’s Announces Fast-Fill CNG Expansion

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores will purchase five additional CNG-powered trucks to support Amarillo, Texas expansion. Love’s Travel Stops is introducing fast-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling capability for heavy-duty trucks at its travel stop located on Interstate 40 at exit 74 in east Amarillo, Texas. The Love’s Fast-Fill CNG station is expected to

Mintel Outlines 2014 Consumer Trends

Saving time and preparing for the unexpected are among top concerns for Americans. As 2014 begins, Mintel’s Consumer Trends Analysts Jennifer Zegler and Stacy Glasgow explained the four trends set to impact the American consumer market, examining the areas of commercial opportunity for brands—and what consumers will be buying into in 2014. Internationalism“In 2013, from

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Hosick Named NEW Board Vice Chair

“The Network has been fortunate to tap into Betsy’s wide-ranging experience and depth of knowledge for years,” says NEW President and CEO. Elizabeth “Betsy” Hosick, general manager, procurement for downstream, technology and services for Chevron Corp., has been named Network of Executive Women (NEW) Board vice chair. Hosick most recently served as Board secretary. Her

Humetrics Offers Free Trial On Pre-Employment Attitude Assessment

“These pre-employment assessments are proven online interviews that reliably report the applicant’s underlying attitudes,” notes Humetrics president. Humetrics is now offering free, trial usage of the company’s online, pre-employment attitude assessments. Designed to help business owners and hiring managers screen in only the best, the two Humetrics’ STAR attitude assessments (one for frontline, hourly employees

Exclusive: Phillips 66 Inks Deal With IMG Gonzaga

Rewards KickBack Points cardholders.   Convenience Store Decisions has learned that Phillips 66 is set to announce a new sponsorship with IMG Gonzaga where KickBack Points cardholders will have new ways to earn loyalty points.  Also, participating Conoco- and 76- branded sites in the Spokane, Wash., area will benefit by driving new customers to their

Will Couche-Tard Bid On Hess’s Retail Operations?

“When assets like this come up for sale, which isn’t very often, you need to be opportunistic,” notes one analyst. Alimentation Couche-Tard, analysts expect, is likely to make a play for Hess’ retail operations, now that Hess has filed with the SEC, noting it would either distribute its retail business to shareholders in a tax-free

Susser Among Wells Fargo’s Top Picks For 2014

“The market is not fully recognizing SUSS’s valuable stake in SUSP and the earnings power that can be generated in SUSS’s best-in-class retail business,” notes Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo Securities has introduced its 2014 Integrated Research & Economics Outlook where its analysts have provided their sector forecasts and top investment recommendations for 2014. Wells Faro’s

What’s in Store 2014 Reports On State of the Industry

Digital platforms and personalized promotions are encouraging the “de-averaging” trend. What’s in Store 2014, the latest edition of the annual trends publication of the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA), is an essential dairy-deli-bakery-cheese resource providing vital data on the growth, trends, and category changes shaping the food industry. What’s in Store 2014 is composed of six

Hess To Spin Off Retail Segment

Despite SEC filing, Hess continues to seek bids from interested buyers. Hess Corp. has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a potential spinoff of its retail segment, but noted it would still solicit offers from potential buyers to purchase the entire retail business, the Wall Street Journal reported.    If bids come

Rutter’s Charitable Giving Reaches $3.7 Million

Rutter’s donated $213,000 to Central Pennsylvania charities in 2013, elevating  the company’s charitable giving total to $3.7 million over the last 10 years. “We believe that our donations to community organizations, primarily those focused on improving the lives of local children, have made a significant and positive impact across the six central Pennsylvania counties in

Vapor World Expo To Debut Near Chicago

The first of its kind trade show is set for May 2014. TMG International has announced Vapor World Expo; an all vapor business-to-business conference and exposition that will take place in Rosemont, Ill. The expo is set for May 7-8, 2014at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, located just minutes from O’Hare International Airport, Chicago.

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Fastrac Markets Announces New Vice President of Petroleum

Looks to fill open CIO position. Fastrac Markets, a local upstate New York convenience store chain, announced the promotion of Randy Case to vice president of petroleum. Case joined the Fastrac family in May of 2006 as the chief information officer (CIO). As CIO, Case had introduced and implemented numerous programs that improved the reporting

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Premium Toppings, Pairings Boost Pizza Sales

Customizable options and combo opportunities are creating exciting new options across the foodservice category. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor Pizza remains among one of the most demanded foodservice options anywhere in the country. But it’s also one of the most competitive menu options. Customers are demanding high quality toppings and more exciting varieties in their

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Safe and Secure in the Convenience Store

Prominently placed security cameras can help deter potential thieves and identify those who do steal. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Thanks to the Internet, store operators concerned about shrink, shortage and safety now have the ability to videotape all in-store activities, plus monitor their outlets in real time from virtually anywhere in the world using

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Alternative Fuels Gaining Traction

While sales are increasing, the overall market share remains dwarfed by gasoline. By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric U.S. vehicle sales in November 2013 at 1.243 million were at a 10-year high for a November, according to Edmunds.com, the car people. And, WardsAuto.com, which tracks global auto sales and trends, in December said

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Opportunities Abound in Meat Snacks

Mintel forecasts sales will top $1.3 billion by the end of 2015. By John Lofstock, Editor Estimates from Chicago-based Mintel Group, based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Survey and other data, project solid growth for meaty snacks all the way through at least 2015, when they should top $1.3 billion. The research

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Making a Great First Impression

Most people will judge you within the first few seconds of meeting you and their opinion will most likely never change. By Jim Callahan. I was in a client store recently and saw a familiar, middle-aged cashier behind the counter that recently began paying a little extra attention to her work appearance. Dressed in the

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A Look Forward at 2014 Trends

Fuel price volatility and industry consolidation will continue to affect the convenience store and petroleum industry over the next 12 months. By David Zahn, Contributing Editor The past year was full of surprises. The much hyped hurricane season didn’t live up to its billing, and gas prices that seemed to rise for months plummeted in

Delivering a Service Culture

From great corners, clean restrooms and modern facilities to fresh food and a wide selection of popular snacks, convenience stores are committed to delivering outstanding service. This commitment is evident in the  industry’s growing sales numbers at a time when most other retail channels are struggling to break even. This service-driven culture is the industry’s

Twelve Convenience Stores With Gas For Sale in Texas

SDI Petroleum looks for buyers in sealed-bid auction. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (NRC) is coordinating the sale of 12 operating convenience stores with gas in Texas for SDI Petroleum LLC of Houston, Texas. The convenience stores are located in Alamo, Brownsville (2), Donna, Edinburg, Laredo (6) & Pharr, Texas on high-traffic corners. Building

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