Organized Retail Crime Remains Prevalent

As ORC remains a real problem in the industry, retailers and government officials search for ways to combat these crimes. Retail loss prevention executives are becoming more aggressive in their efforts to fight the $30 billion organized retail crime gang problem. The National Retail Federation (NRF)’s 11th annual Organized Retail Crime (ORC) Survey, a poll of 67


How C-Store Retailers Are Finding Their Foodservice Niche

From fresh foods to design changes, convenience store retailers outline how they are differentiating their offering and how other retailers can follow in their footsteps. The National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference in Santa Fe, N.M. continued Tuesday, Sept. 15. In a session titled, “Finding your foodservice niche: defining what it takes to be great at

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Speaks Out On FDA Ruling

FDA order requires retailers to stop sales of four cigarette products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products has announced the issuance of Not Substantially Equivalent orders that will stop the further distribution and sale of four R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. cigarette products. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has released a statement in

How To Define Your Retail Culture

Leading retailers discuss how they use core values to drive retail culture at their convenience stores. Tuesday morning of the National Advisory Group (NAG) conference kicked off with a session about defining company culture. Many business owners talk about their company culture but often can’t define it. A well-defined culture is crucial for attracting top

NYC Approves New Salt Warning Labels

One third of U.S. adults suffer from high blood pressure, and nearly 25% of cases are linked to sodium intake. The New York City board of health has unanimously approved a measure which mandates that menu items containing more than the recommended daily sodium limit will be required to be accompanied by a warning label. According to

Final Menu Labeling Rules

It will soon be easier for consumers to make informed decisions about what they put in their bodies away from home. Menu labeling has been a topic of great discussion in recent years, and rules have now been finalized to soon make mandatory menu labeling a reality. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has finalized

Falling Gas Prices Fail to Change Consumer Sentiment

The recent decline in fuel prices has done little to spur consumer optimism. The latest Consumer Fuels Survey from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has revealed that, despite the two in three American drivers (67%) who report that gas prices are falling, lower gas prices have not significantly altered consumer behavior or attitudes about the

7-Eleven Launches Second Slurpee Name Your Price Day

7-Eleven customers are granted the opportunity to show their generosity during Slurpee Name Your Price Day. 7-Eleven Canada has named Wednesday, Sept. 16 Slurpee Name Your Price Day. For the second year running, 7-Eleven is  giving customers the power to choose the price for a large Slurpee. The proceeds from the event will be donated to Food Banks

Kalibrate Releases New Pricing Cloud Programs

New additions to Kalibrate’s Pricing Cloud make it easy for retailers to manage price performance both in-store and on the forecourt. Kalibrate has added Merchandise and Promotion pricing to the Kalibrate Pricing Cloud. Through a partnership with Clear Demand, these new additions fulfill the Kalibrate’s commitment to offering end-to-end price performance management to fuel and convenience retailers worldwide. The

CEFCO Adopts Verifone Solutions

Verifone offers new solutions to support EMV in-store and at-the-pump. The Fikes Cos. have selected Verifone’s Commander Site Controller and Ruby2 POS solutions for deployment across its chain of CEFCO Convenience Stores. All of CEFCO’s 227 convenience store locations within Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas will adopt the new software. EXPEDITED EMV MIGRATION Verifone’s solutions will

David Johnson Receives NAG Inaugural Lifetime Award for Convenience Retailing

Toot’n Totum’s David Johnson recognized at the 2015 NAG Conference in Santa Fe, N.M for his long service with the National Advisory Group. By CSD Staff David Johnson, vice president of operations at Amarillo, Texas-based Toot’n Totum Food Stores, Monday night was named the first recipient of the Lifetime Award for Convenience Retailing Monday night

New York to Raise Minimum Wage

New York Governor announces plans to move ahead with plans to raise minimum wage.  Last week, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, Gov. Cuomo of New York announced that, by 2018, minimum wage will be increased to $15 per hour in New York City. Cuomo added that the increase would be implemented upstate as well by 2021.

NAG Conference Talks Swipe Fees, Foodservice Technology

From driving food sales with kiosks and tablets to avoiding interchange fees, retailers share advice from their own experiences. The 2015 National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference kicked off on Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Eldorado Hotel in Santa Fe, N.M. On Monday, guests attended two educational sessions on reducing swipe fees, and benefiting from foodservice

Algenol, Protec Partner To Distribute Ethanol Made From Algae

Fuel made from algae is a fossil fuel replacement, with yields 20 times greater than fuel made from corn. Algenol Biotech LLC has partnered with Protec Fuel Management LLC to market and distribute, for the first time commercially, ethanol made from algae. The companies have agreed to offer the new fuel from Algenol’s Fort Myers, Fla. commercial demonstration module. The

QuickChek Supports Hope for the Warriors

QuickChek customers help raise over $100,000 to support post-9-11 service members and their families. Through an in-store donation program and a charity golf outing, with the help of generous customers, QuickChek was able to donate $132,000 to support post-9/11 service members and their families. During the past six weeks, QuickChek customers were able to purchase

Johnsonville Helps Delaware North Sportservice’s Ring in 100th Anniversary

Some 36 grills were needed to grill Johnsonville’s giant sausage. In celebration of Delaware North Sportservice’s 100th anniversary, Johnsonville grilled the unofficial longest brat in the U.S. The celebration took place on Sunday, Sept. 13 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., where the company is in charge of general concessions, restaurants and catering operations. Heath Barbato, executive

Flavored Pretzel Sticks

Ezaki Glico U.S.A. has introduced five flavors of Pretz sticks to the U.S. These five flavors are Hot Chili Salad, Pizza, Tom Yum, Original and Sweet Corn. Pretz sticks have a texture similar to pretzels and are covered from end to end with a dust of savory seasonings. The Hot Chili Salad pairs the satisfying […]

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On-the-Go Kiosk

Pan-Oston has introduced a unique drive-through kiosk that is turning heads. Any type of kiosk can be designed, engineered, integrated and installed so that customers’ wait time is decreased and shopping satisfaction is increased. For example, with a pharmacy drive-through kiosk, customers can quickly and easily communicate with a pharmacist via two-way video, and pay […]

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Whole Grain Cookies

Mrs. Freshley’s has introduced two new treats:  7 Grain Cookies and 7 Grain Creme Cookies. These new treats will soon be available in convenience stores nationwide. These new cookies feature rough cut whole grains for a home-style texture and are topped with a chocolate drizzle. With 12 grams of whole grains per pack, the 7 […]

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Autumn-Themed Pastries

Tastykake has introduced five new fall-inspired limited edition snacks for consumers nationwide. The new snacks include Caramel Apple and Pumpkin Spice Mini Donuts, Pumpkin Spice Cupkakes, Salted Caramel Kandy Kakes and Karrot Kake Kandy Kakes. The Pumpkin Spice Mini Donuts feature a pumpkin spice donut covered in cinnamon and the Caramel Apple Mini donuts feature […]

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Spicy Chex

General Mills Convenience has introduced two new flavors of Chex Xtreme that are exclusive to convenience stores. The single-serve “slampack” packages, available in Spicy Sriracha and Hot Chile & Lime, were specifically designed to meet c-store shoppers’ demand for portability and on-the-go consumption. Samples of Chex Xtreme will be available at the General Mills Convenience […]

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Compact Oven

Ovention has introduced the new Ovention M360 Oven. Just like Ovention’s Matchbox and Shuttle stablemates, this new compact, award-winning oven is a full-menu capable, microwave-free, high-speed oven. The M360 offers front-facing autoload and unload—all in a compact, space-saving footprint. Ovention offers cool cover options that complement the M360’s vent-free, middle-of-the-house use. For More Information From […]

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Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter & Co. has introduced its newest flavor of peanut butter: Pumpkin Spice. The company has taken its award-winning smooth peanut butter and blended it with real pumpkin and yummy pumpkin pie spices like cinnamon and nutmeg to create its first ever limited edition seasonal peanut butter, available starting Aug. 31, 2015 while supplies […]

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How C-Store Beverage Sales Fared Over Labor Day

Low gas prices played a role in driving traffic and sales at convenience stores this Labor Day. Convenience store beverage sales were up 6% during the 2015 Labor Day holiday, according to Wells Fargo Securities LLC, which recently conducted a survey of beverage retailers representing tens of thousands of c-store locations across the country to

CST Brands CEO Named to Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business

With Lubel at the helm, CST Brands looks to build 50 new c-stores. Kim Lubel, chairman, CEO and president of CST Brands Inc., has been named one of Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. Based in San Antonio, CST Brands is a convenience store retailer with 1,900 locations in the U.S. and Canada and