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Gas Prices Plateau

If a nuclear deal is reached with Iran this week, oil prices could further dip, with pump prices to potentially follow. On Monday, March 30, the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline rang in at $2.42 per gallon—only two cents more than one month ago but $1.13 less than the same date last year.

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Payment Card Surcharge Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

California law ruled “an unconstitutional restriction on plaintiffs’ freedom of speech.” A new law passed in California that bans payment-card surcharges was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge last week, reported Pymnts.com In 2014 California businesses sued the state, claiming their First Amendment rights were being violated. They claimed a law banning surcharges restricted retailers’

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Survey Points to Confidence in Foodservice Packaging Industry

Optimism reigns despite economic and environmental challenges. Industry growth and sales in 2014 has led the foodservice packaging industry to forecast even greater optimism for 2015 than last year, according to an annual survey conducted by the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI). Now in its 16th year, the annual State of the Industry Survey included input

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TravelCenters Announces 2015 “Citizen Driver” Award Recipients

“Citizen Driver is a way to recognize the best of the best in the truck driving community,” says CEO of TravelCenters. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, announced its second annual “Citizen Driver” Award recipients during the Citizen Driver ceremony at the 2015 Mid-America Trucking

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CST Brands, CrossAmerica Partners Reorganize Leadership

CST Brands’ Jeremy Bergeron to take the helm as president of CrossAmerica Partners. CST Brands Inc. and CrossAmerica Partners LP announced that Joe Topper, the CEO and president of CrossAmerica, has decided to retire as CEO effective Sept. 30, 2015. In order to ensure a smooth leadership transition, Topper will resign as president of CrossAmerica

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Wayne Fueling Systems Offers Gasoline for $1.49 Per Gallon

Wayne celebrates flagship fueling site at 7-Eleven in Round Rock with discounted fuel for first 100 guests on April 2. Wayne Fueling Systems, a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation, and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations, whose corporate headquarters are in Austin, Texas, joins convenience retailer 7-Eleven in inviting the Central

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Kwik Chek Partners With P97 Networks

Rolls out mobile app for a more secure, convenient customer experience. Kwik Chek, which operates 39 locations across Texas and Oklahoma, is pioneering new connected, personalized experiences for its customers by partnering with P97 Networks. P97 Networks built on Microsoft Azure Internet of Things (IoT) services and other Microsoft technologies to create a pair of

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General Mills Outlines Key to Winning in Snacks

“To drive traffic and leverage snack occasions throughout the day, c-stores must offer both healthier and more indulgent snacks with messaging around better-for-you snacking in the morning and towards satisfying cravings or treats later in the day,” says General Mills spokesperson. Snacking is a very important occasion for convenience store retailers, but different types of

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CDC Ads Take Aim At E-Cigs

“We believe leadership is needed—both at the FDA and in the public health community—to stem the increasingly negative messaging about the e-cig/vapor category,” says Wells Fargo spokesperson. New CDC ads, which are set to begin airing Monday, March 30, depict warnings from former smokers and, for the first time ever, former e-cig users/vapers, which the

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House Takes First Step on Data Breach Notification Standard

Retailers Laud Rep. Pompeo amendment on third-party notification. The National Retail Federation (NRF) issued the following statement from Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French on the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade’s markup of The Data Security and Breach Notification Act: “We commend the Subcommittee for moving forward

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Taco Bell Debuts Biscuit Taco

“This year is about making sure we continue to give people the food they crave in a way that’s unique to Taco Bell,” says CEO, Taco Bell Corp. It’s been one year since Taco Bell shook up morning routines and launched its innovative Breakfast menu of Burritos, all-in-one AM Crunchwraps and Cinnabon Delights. Yesterday, Thursday,

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Exploring Future Fuel Demand

Drivers are becoming younger, but it doesn’t mean they’re driving more. By David Bennett, Senior Editor One of the forwarding looking topics at this year’s M-PACT show in Indianapolis is how new technology is driving U.S. fuel sales. In some cases, however, technology is combining with other factors to slow fuel sales, including younger Americans

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Nielsen, RetailNext Form Strategic Relationship

“We are committed to collaborating with the best in the industry to bring impactful solutions to retailers,” says president of global retail, Nielsen. Nielsen and RetailNext, providers in retail analytics for brick-and-mortar stores, announced a strategic alliance that will bring RetailNext proprietary technology on in-store analytics to Nielsen’s retail client base, including grocery, mass, drug,

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Convenience Valet Welcomes Finke

Convenience broker and retail veteran to serve as Southwest region sales manager. Convenience Valet, a supplier of single and double dose over-the-counter (OTC) medications and convenience/travel size personal care and general merchandise, has named Mike Finke as sales manager-Southwest region. Finke brings more than 25 years of experience in the convenience retail industry and was

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VERC Enterprises Enters Plymouth Business Hall of Fame

Wins Best of Plymouth Award for 8th consecutive year. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire proudly announces receipt of the 2015 Best of Plymouth Award in the Convenience Stores category, an honor it has taken for eight consecutive years to qualify the company for

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EquiTrend Study Names Brands of the Year

Sheetz takes the award in the c-store category. The 2015 Harris Poll EquiTrend study, an annual study of brands, recently released its “Brand of the Year” awards to brands that rank highest in Equity. The EquiTrend Brand Equity Index is comprised of three key factors—Familiarity, Quality and Consideration—that result in a Brand Equity rating for

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H.J. Heinz Co., Kraft Foods To Merge

Combination creates unparalleled portfolio of powerful and iconic brands. H.J. Heinz Co. and The Kraft Foods Group have signed a definitive merger agreement to form The Kraft Heinz Co. The merger will create the third largest food and beverage company in North America and the fifth largest food and beverage company in the world. The

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U.S. Retailers Struggling To Meet Consumer Expectations

Mobile capabilities and in-store experience fall short, Accenture study finds. U.S. retailers must move quickly to improve their operational capabilities in order to deliver a “seamless retail” experience to customers who say their expectations are not being met, according to new research by Accenture. For the second consecutive year, two studies of “seamless retailing” indicate

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Wells Fargo Analyzes Beverage Sales Results

Nielsen data ending March 14, shows liquid teas with double-digit dollar sales growth. Total carbonated soft drinks (CSD), excluding energy drinks, saw flat dollar sales (+0.3% for 12-weeks) in the latest XAOC Nielsen period during the four-weeks ending March 14, 2015, driven by equal unit pricing increases of +4.5% and equal unit volume declines of

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C-Stores Place On Top 100 Global Franchises List

Subway leads the list of 100 franchises. Convenience stores 7-Eleven and Circle K were among the 2015 list of the Top 100 Global Franchises. This annual industry benchmark is one of the leading franchise ranking reports. Franchise Direct has been providing the Top 100 Global Franchises list since 2009. The ranking is based on a

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Sunoco LP, ETP Announce $816 Million Dropdown of Interest in Fuel Distribution Business

Transaction to give Sunoco greater geographic and channel diversification. Sunoco LP (SUN) and Energy Transfer Partners L.P. (ETP) announced the second dropdown of a portion of ETP’s retail business to SUN. SUN has agreed to acquire from ETP Retail Holdings, an affiliate of ETP, a 31.58% equity interest in Sunoco LLC, which distributes approximately 5.3

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Dunkin’ Brands Names Clare Chief Information and Strategy Officer

“Since joining Dunkin’ Brands, (Jack Clare) has implemented numerous leading-edge technologies designed to improve the guest experience and increase franchisee profitability,” says chief financial officer. Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc., the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, announced that Jack Clare, 44, has been promoted to the newly created position of Chief Information and Strategy

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Fresh & Easy Closing 50 Stores

Exploring e-commerce system in Las Vegas, and plans to open more stores. Fresh & Easy plans to close 50 stores in three states, and is testing a new e-commerce business model, according to TheReporter.com Fresh & Easy is testing a new version of “modern convenience,” through an e-commerce system called “Click and Collect,” in Las

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GPM Begins Operation of 42 Road Ranger Stores

Convenience store banner to transition to one of GPM’s existing retail brands. GPM Investments LLC has expanded into the Midwest by taking ownership of 42 convenience stores with gasoline sales and one Subway location in Illinois, Iowa and Kentucky. GPM will initially operate these stores under the Road Ranger brand name and then transition to

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