CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Growlers

Today’s Idea of the Day: Explore a draft beer program (Howlers/Growlers). Growlers are a great way to gain a loyal craft beer following and expand your beer offering without taking up more cooler space. Plus, you ensure repeat business and earn great margins on the beer and the bottles. If you have an idea to

Tobacco Market Trends

Data has revealed some category shifts within the tobacco market. Cigarettes, smokeless tobacco products and electronic cigarettes all experienced growth over the recent four-week period, but each category is growing at an immensely different rate. New Nielsen Data reported by Wells Fargo Securities has revealed that cigarette dollar sales increased slightly over the recent four-week

Beverage Sales Show Soft Growth

Dollar sales soften across all categories in the beverage market. The most recent four-week period has resulted in softening sales across the beverage market. New research from Wells Fargo Securities has shown that dollar sales across the beverage market have experienced only modest growth in most categories during the recent four-week period ending Aug. 13,

Small Businesses are Changing Hands at a Record Rate

Will the upcoming election influence the sale of small businesses? New research from BizBuySell.com has revealed that, during the first half of 2016, the total number of small business sales has not only increased from last year, but it has also surpassed the record-setting numbers in 2014. A total of 1,935 closed transactions were reported

Parker’s Hires New Marketing Assistant and Graphic Designer

Pocket Media Marketing’s lead graphic designer is now working for Parker’s. Savannah, Ga.-based Parker’s has announced that the company has hired Brittany Rehan as its new Marketing Assistant and Graphic Designer. Rehan will be responsible for graphic design for the company website as well as digital advertising. Before joining Parker’s, Rehan worked as the lead

VP Racing Fuels Appoints New Western Division Regional Manager

VP Racing’s new Western Division regional manager has a passion for motorsports. Kyle Moose has been appointed as the regional manager for the Western Division of VP Racing Fuels Inc. In his new position, Moose will be responsible for the sales and distribution of race fuel in the company’s Western region, which includes California, Oregon,

Giant Eagle and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Implement Pilot Wine-to-Go Program

Giant Eagle is now offering Pennsylvanians a one-stop-shop for groceries, wine and beer. It has only been two weeks since Act 39 went into effect in Pennsylvania, and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) and Giant Eagle have already introduced the first pilot wine-to-go sales program. Additionally, one Pittsburgh Giant Eagle store has already begun

Pilot Flying J to Present at GATS 2016

Pilot Flying J will present company upgrades in a booth at this year’s GATS. Pilot Flying J will be presenting at this year’s Great American Trucking Show (GATS), which runs from Aug. 25-27. According to a new report from The Trucker, Pilot Flying J will present recent company upgrades and new products in booth number

Pilot to Offer Shell Gasoline at 29 Tennessee C-Stores

A new fuel offering provides Pilot customers with more rewards opportunities. A number of Pilot convenience stores in Knoxville, Tenn. will soon begin offering Shell branded fuel. According to a recent report from the Knoxville News Sentinel, James Haslam II, Pilot’s chairman and founder, has announced that 29 Pilot convenience stores in the Knoxville, Tenn.

Retailers Invest in Mobile Print Technology

Many retailers are identifying mobile print technology as a key spending priority for this year. A new survey from Innovative Retail Technologies (IRT), which was sponsored by Brother Mobile Services (BMS) has revealed that retailers are planning to invest in mobile print technology in 2016. The survey also revealed that advanced functionality and interoperability are

Love’s Continues its Support for CMN Hospitals

Love’s is once again raising money to help the sick and injured children in the communities it serves. On Fri., Aug. 26, 2016, Love’s Travel Stops will launch its annual campaign to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals). Beginning Friday, more than 390 Love’s locations will begin selling paper balloons for $1,

Krispy Krunchy Chicken Feeds Flood Victims

Over 5,000 meals have been provided to flood victims by KKC team members in Louisiana. Last week, devastating floods were caused by continuous rainfall throughout Louisiana. Over 100,000 homes were flooded in multiple parishes throughout the state. In response to this devastation, Krispy Krunchy Chicken (KKC) organized community efforts to feed those affected by the

Burger King Unveils Tex-Mex Mash-Up

Burger King has created a burger-burrito crossover. Burger King has launched another fast-food mash-up to close out the summer. Earlier this summer, Burger King launched the revolutionary Mac ‘n Cheetos mash-up, and on August 15, Burger King introduced its newest creation: the Whopperito, Newsday reported. According to Newsday, this new mash-up is a burger-burrito crossover,

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Error Keys

Today’s idea of the day: Remove or forbid the use of the error correct key on the cash registers. That means theft. Error corrects and voids should be warning signals. Make it store policy that shift managers must approve error corrects and voids and provide documentation of these transactions. Plus, when applicable, use video monitoring

National Average Fuel Prices on the Upswing

Refinery issues lead to an increase in gasoline prices in 42 states. Fuel prices are back on the upswing, as prices have now increased for 12 of the past 17 day. Prices have climbed higher for each of the past six days, bringing the national average price to $2.16 per gallon. According to the recent

Sheetz Looks to Cater to Air Travelers

Sheetz may soon open a new store that will serve both air and road travelers. Air and road travelers in Lancaster, Pa. may soon have a new place to stop and grab some coffee and a snack, as the Lancaster Airport Authority is working to bring a Sheetz convenience store to Airport Road and Lititz

Dunkin’ Donuts Rewards Program Reaches Five Million Members

DD Perks members can receive 50 bonus points on their next purchase, through Aug. 28. Dunkin’ Donuts is celebrating a new milestone for its DD Perks Rewards program. The company has announced that its rewards program now has over five million members. In celebration of this achievement and to thank the brand’s fans, Dunkin’ Donuts

Pump & Pantry Launches New “Keep it Local” Campaign

Pump & Pantry is supporting small, local businesses through the “Keep it Local” campaign. In support of the “Shop Small” initiative, Bosselman Enterprises and Pump & Pantry Inc. have launched a new campaign as part of the “Keep it Local” and #ShopLocal movements. Pump & Pantry stores throughout Nebraska now feature signage as part of

Customers Can Use Android Pay to Earn and Redeem Loyalty Points at Walgreens

Android Pay is providing Walgreens customers with a truly cardless checkout option. It is now easier than ever for Walgreens Balance Rewards Members to apply their loyalty account at checkout. Android Pay is furthering the convenience of earning and redeeming points by allowing Walgreens Balance Rewards members to seamlessly apply their loyalty account at checkout.

What’s on the Menu for College Students this Year?

A new report is helping retailers to remain on trend with college students’ eating habits. EatStreet has released a new report, Student’s Back-to-School Ordering Habits, to help foodservice operators to ensure that they are carrying what students want this school year. From crazy combos to critically important news that finally puts the ranch versus bleu

How to Effectively Engage with Consumers Using Social Media

The majority of retailers who use social media to connect with consumers are not taking advantage of the platform’s full potential. Boston Retail Partners (BRP) has released a new report studying the opportunities that social media presents to retailers when it comes to creating a memorable and personalized customer shopping experience. The new report has

CST Brands and Couche-Tard Enter into Definitive Merger Agreement

Couche-Tard is expected to complete its acquisition of CST Brands by early 2017. The Board of Directors for CST Brands Inc. has unanimously decided to enter into a definitive merger agreement with Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. Under this new agreement, Couche-Tard will acquire all shares of CST for $48.53 per share in cash. The total transaction

Manufacturing Marvels Showcases Hoshizaki

The Fox Business Network is going behind the scenes with Hoshizaki America Inc. Peachtree City, Ga.-based Hoshizaki America Inc. is being highlighted in the Manufacturing Marvels production from Marvel Production Group LLC. Hoshizaki will be featured in the nationally televised program between 9:30 and 9:44 pm EDT, on Thurs., Aug. 25, 2016 on The Fox

New DOVE Chocolate Commercial Encourages Living without Regrets

DOVE Chocolate is encouraging consumers to indulge and savor life’s pleasures. Mars Chocolate North America has released a new DOVE Chocolate Brand television commercial that encourages consumers to enjoy every moment and live with no regrets. Featuring the timeless voice and lyrics of Edith Piaf’s “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien,” (“No, I Do Not Regret

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Fewer SKUs

Today’s idea of the day: Analyze scan data frequently! Fewer SKUs mean more sales. Analyzing scan data will help you know what your customers are buying. Run velocity reports that set minimum sales standards. If a product falls below your standard for a month, look to rotate it out in favor of a higher-selling SKU.