RaceTrac Infographic Shows Consumer Shopping Patterns

Breakfast customers enjoy a wide range of items during the morning daypart. Think customers only want traditional breakfast foods in the morning? Think again. After studying store purchasing patterns, Atlanta-based RaceTrac found its top sellers from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. aren’t typical breakfast items. In fact, TracFanatics purchase a wide range of items during

Swiss Farms Adds ‘Mix & Match’ Entrees

Introduces weekly meal offer in February. Swiss Farms, the Delaware County, Pa.-based drive-through market with 12 locations, has introduced family-sized dinners prepared daily by Director of Fresh Food, Justin Vignola. Choose from a selection of one of 10 main dishes for $7.99, one of four sides for $4.99 and even pick up drinks to pair

USDA Examines Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Corn-Based Ethanol

Biofuels offer a critical tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a peer-reviewed report examining the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from corn-based ethanol. The report found that corn ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 43% compared to conventional gasoline today, would further reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50%

Can New Fuels Flourish?

The new president-elect has indicated he plans to create an economic agenda steeped in more oil drilling and fewer regulations. However, will this stunt the steady growth biodiesel and alternative fuels have enjoyed the last few years? By CSD Staff. President-elect Donald Trump wants to free the energy industry of restrictive environmental regulations. He’ll have

Wawa Announces Hiring Push in Southeast Florida

New Wawa c-store locations in southeast Florida to bring more than 400 jobs to local communities in 2017. Wawa Inc. is in the final stages of its launch into southeast Florida with the first wave of new stores slated to open during the first half of 2017. Wawa’s store operations team has started accepting applications

7-Eleven Partners with NEC on New POS System

POS system to streamline operations and offer improved customer engagement. NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a provider and integrator of advanced IT, communications, networking, retail and biometric solutions, will be the new exclusive point-of-sale (POS) provider to 8,600 7-Eleven stores throughout the U.S. and Canada. NEC will deliver the robust TWINPOS G5100 POS that features

Fleet Advantage Releases Annual Pulse Survey

More fleets acquiring new trucks by leasing and shortening their asset lifecycles before replacement. Fleet Advantage, an innovator in truck fleet business analytics, equipment financing and asset management, has released results of its latest industry survey, which takes an annual look at practices and insights from truck fleet operators and for-hire carriers. This survey is

Verifone, FIS Partner on Loyalty Points

Consumers can pay with loyalty points linked to credit or debit cards. Verifone has developed a new application called Verifone Points Redemption, which connects to the FIS Premium Payback Network to provide a quick, secure and easy way for third-party loyalty programs to participate. Merchants will be able to download the free app to their

Walgreens To Offer FedEx Dropoff

Adds convenience with secure delivery locations. As channels continue to compete on convenience being a site for package delivery or drop off has emerged as a strategy to appeal to customers. Walgreens Co. is doing just that. The drugstore chain has partnered with FedEx Corp. to provide convenient access to FedEx dropoff and pickup services

NOCO Express Donates To St. Luke’s Mission

NOCO Express employees and customers help to collect nonperishable items for those in need before the Christmas holiday. All 36 NOCO Express convenience store locations took up a collection of nonperishable items the week before Christmas to donate to St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy in Buffalo, N.Y. Both customers and employees generously donated enough to

Tobacco Is a Hot-Button Issue

A long-time magnet for governmental regulation and unyielding taxes, tobacco remains a vital category for convenience retailers. Under a new administration, should retailers expect any lessening of federal controls of tobacco products such as e-cigarettes? By CSD Staff Tobacco products have been a darling of sin taxes and anti-smoking advocates for decades. Despite tobacco manufacturers’

Millennials Willing To Pay More for Health

Shoppers continue to evolve and retailers adapt to keep up with changing needs. Millennial shoppers are concerned not just with personal health but also environmental health, and they’re willing to pay extra for products that are sustainable. This is one of hundreds of findings in What’s in Store 2017, the latest edition of the annual

Love’s Opens Two New Travel Stops in Texas and Nebraska

New locations offer amenities, such as showers, restaurants and parking spaces to professional drivers. Love’s Travel Stops has added two new locations, one in Syracuse, Neb. and one in Angleton, Texas. The new locations join Love’s Travel Stops’ network of more than 410 stores across 40 states. The Syracuse travel stop is located at State

Packaged Facts Offers Free Culinary Trend Webinar

Webinar to discuss key trends such as the evolution of value and premium as well as the globalization of the menu. Market research firm Packaged Facts starting 2017 with a free food and beverage industry webinar starting at 2 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 18. The webcast, entitled “Trends on the Edge: 2017 Culinary Forecast

CITGO ‘Spirit Pumps’ Help Fuel Local Community

Designated gas pumps helped raise funds for schools and charities in local communities throughout 2016. CITGO Petroleum Corp., along with its Marketers and Retailers, raised approximately $30,000 in 2016 through the installation of “Spirit Pumps” at participating CITGO stations across the nation. These specially-wrapped, branded fuel pumps were operational at different times throughout the year

Cigarette Sales Decline as Smokeless Sales Grow

Cigarette industry volumes expected to dip 3.4% in fiscal year 2017. Wells Fargo reported that cigarette dollar sales dipped as volume decelerated significantly and pricing held steady at the end of 2016. Cigarette dollar sales decreased -1.9% during the recent four-week period ending Dec. 31, 2016 (+0.2% for 12-weeks; +1.2% for 52-weeks) driven by a

CSD and Humetrics Launch the 2017 HR Benchmarking Survey

From recruiting and hiring employees to understanding healthcare costs, the 9th annual HR Benchmarking Survey will help you learn how you stack up against others in the competitive convenience store business. Staffing is one of the biggest investments in the convenience store industry. To help convenience store retailers better manage their workforce and understand what

Kroger Honored With EPA ‘Food Recovery’ Award

Works toward goal of zero waste threshold by 2020. The Kroger Co. has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its efforts around sustainable food management. Kroger participated in the EPA’s 2016 Food Recovery Challenge and was named Region 5 Winner in the Grocers category. “Kroger is a proud participant of the

AFPD Elects Executive Board Members

Phil Kassa replaces John Denha as chairman. The Associated Food and Petroleum Dealers (AFPD) has elected its new Executive Board members. The following members were elected to a one-year term, but can serve up to two consecutive terms. John Denha, owner of four supermarkets including Huron Foods Market in Waterford, Mich. and 8 Mile Foodland

Former Pinnacle President Drew Mize Joins PDI

Mize to head the PDI integration of Pinnacle’s ERP assets. PDI has selected Drew Mize as vice president of PDI/Pinnacle Operations. Mize will spearhead PDI’s integration strategy following its recent acquisition of The Pinnacle Corp.’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) assets. “We are very pleased to welcome Drew to PDI,” said PDI CEO Jimmy Frangis. “This

Millennial Consumers Want Personalized Customer Service

Millennial buying power continues to rise. Time Trade released the following infographic to show the personalized customer service they expect. Source: http://blog.timetrade.com/2016/10/18/millennial-consumers-personalized-service/

NRF Appeals to U.S. Supreme Court For ‘Free Speech’ on Credit Card Fees

Justices are hearing arguments in a case challenging laws in 10 states that prohibit merchants from imposing a surcharge when customers use a credit card. The National Retail Federation (NRF) called on the U.S. Supreme Court to allow merchants to freely and accurately show customers the added costs that come with paying by credit card

Keurig Introduces New Website for Commercial Operators

C-store operators can find everything from menu ideas to insights to merchandising support. Keurig Green Mountain Inc. (Keurig) has rolled out its first dedicated website, Commercial.Keurig.com, designed to help operators looking to build premium coffee and beverage options in the away-from-home channel. The new site, Commercial.Keurig.com combines visually-appealing design with simplified navigation. This mobile-friendly site

Is Daypart or Dynamic Fuel Pricing Right for You?

New survey aims to understand effective pricing strategies for c-store retailers. Changing pump prices multiple times per day based on demand, sometimes referred to as daypart pricing, or dynamic pricing, is becoming more commonplace. Examples might include adjusting fuel prices with the morning or evening commute or special discounts during lower demand times. Note this

Consumer Holiday Spending Up in 2016

Shoppers continue to gravitate online, with retail eCommerce transactions increasing 12% year-over-year. First Data has released its Holiday 2016 SpendTrend report, which found that overall consumer spending growth increased 4.7%. Whether using a PC, tablet or mobile device, Americans continued the recent trend of making their holiday purchases online as retail eCommerce transactions grew by