M-PACT Reveals Burning Tobacco Issues

The threat of local ordinances is the most pressing threat to tobacco retailers now. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Tobacco took a front seat at M-PACT 2017 as attendees on the last day had the opportunity to learn the latest issues affecting an important category for convenience retailers. The session, Tobacco Outlook: Cigarettes, Cigars, Smokeless

Brakebush Brothers Promotes Glenn Jenisch

Veteran employee takes on new responsibilities. Brakebush Brothers Inc. has promoted Glenn Jenisch to the role of business development manager. Duties of this position include building business with Group Purchasing Organizations, Retail Deli, Industrial, Mid-level and Regional Chain accounts and Military accounts. Jenisch started at Brakebush as a territory sales manager in 1994 and was

M-PACT Reveals Impact of Generational Shift

Because of more Americans retiring and growth in retail markets, competition for younger workers will intensify. In light of this, companies should prepare ways to make Millennials feel more welcome. If convenience retailers are perplexed by the generational gap in today’s workforce, that gap will only widen in the coming years. The topic of disparity

West Virginia C-stores Fight Against Skimmers

With help from local police, c-stores are working to find and remove any skimmers placed by thieves. Convenience stores in West Virginia are waging a war against skimmers. West Virginia MetroNews reported that West Virginia Oil Marketers and Grocers Association is working with law enforcement and the state Division of Labor to find and remove

SKU Announces Track 5 Participants

A number of brands set to undergo a 14-week course led by mentors. SKU, a consumer products accelerator, has selected seven participants for Track 5. These Consumer Product Goods (CPG) companies, ranging from soul-food inspired flavored popcorn to an Austin, Texas-inspired boot and flip flop brand, are participating in a 14-week course that is much

Kwik Trip Ranks Best in Five of Six Categories

GasBuddy showcases Q1 results for c-stores. GasBuddy has revealed its first quarterly report card showing how gas station convenience stores stacked up in the first quarter of 2017. Wisconsin-based Kwik Trip ranked No. 1 in five out of the six categories. Methodology The GasBuddy smartphone app downloads have grown to more than 64 million. GasBuddies

Davis Oil Implements PriceAdvantage Software

Saves staff time with automated fuel pricing. Davis Oil has selected PriceAdvantage fuel pricing software to help expedite the fuel pricing process across its chain of 19 “C-Store” brand of convenience stores located across west Michigan. “The time-consuming, manual process of conducting store surveys and posting new prices can often create critical delays and errors

Dunkin’ Donuts Announces Franchisee Opportunities

FLMS Foods Inc. to add new Dunkin’ Donuts stores in Florida and Georgia. Dunkin’ Donuts is looking for franchisees throughout the South in Memphis, Tenn., and in Greenwood, Jackson, Meridian, and Tupelo, Miss. Most recently, Dunkin’ Donuts has signed a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchise group FLMS Foods Inc. to develop five new

White Castle Introduces New Vegetarian LTO

Dr. Praeger’s Black Bean Slider and Bacon Jam Slider join limited time menu. The health conscious trend is inspiring more customers to opt for vegetarian offerings and White Castle is making sure its bold new limited time offerings (LTOs) appeal to everyone—including those limiting or avoiding meat. The chain is introducing Dr. Praeger’s Black Bean

FPMA Scholarship Deadline Approaches

Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association is set to award scholarships. The Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (FPMA) scholarship deadline is approaching. For 36 years, FPMA has granted academic scholarships exclusively to FPMA member company owners, employees and their children to attend college and become successors of the family business or entrepreneurs

How To Prevent Bad Hires

A team can help combat hiring blindness. Here you are again. Your organization just hired another employee who didn’t perform as expected, despite giving a great interview. Too often, candidates who present sparkling résumés and great initial impressions disappoint when they show up for work. Over time, these underperforming employees diminish morale, reduce efficiency, and

Kum & Go Donates Fresh Food

A pilot program that delivers fresh food to Colorado residents in need has the potential to become prevalent in other communities the convenience retailer serves. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Convenience retailer Kum & Go is exploring the power of fresh food as part of a program that targets a whole different group of consumers.

Starbucks Releases Unicorn Frappuccino

Coffee giant gets creative with new beverage offering. Unicorns are trending and Starbucks is jumping on the bandwagon with its first Unicorn Frappuccino blended beverage, available starting Wednesday, April 19, through Sunday, April 23, while supplies last. The Unicorn Frappuccino blended crème is made with a sweet dusting of pink powder, blended into a crème

OMEGA Helps Children in Need

Mother’s Day themed, paper flowers will be sold for $1 at nearly 500 OMEGA-member convenience and grocery stores throughout West Virginia. The West Virginia Oil Marketers & Grocers Association has launched its 7th Annual ‘Every Child Deserves A Loving Home’ Campaign to raise funds to help children and families in crisis across the state. More

CSD Exclusive: Clifford Fuel Drops Nice N Easy, Rebrands as “Cliff’s Local Market”

After more than 30 years with the Nice N Easy brand, the New York chain is committed to a company-wide rebranding. Clifford Fuel Co. is about to undergo a complete makeover and rebranding after 30 years with the Nice N Easy franchise. During the month of May, the company’s 18 stores will rebrand from Nice

M&M Mid-Valley Supply, Leighton O’Brien Form Distribution Agreement

Partnership to enhance fuel cleaning and polishing services for underground and above ground storage tanks. M&M Mid-Valley Supply, known for installation, service and equipment distribution with four branches throughout the Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia region of the U.S., and global tank and fuel management company Leighton O’Brien announced the distributorship of Leighton O’Brien’s

CST Brands Prepares to Release Q1 Results

With a pending merger with Circle K, CST won’t include financial guidance. CST Brands Inc.’s is set to release its first quarter 2017 results after the market closes on Monday, May 8, 2017. In light of the pending merger with Circle K Stores Inc., a Texas corporation (“Circle K”) and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alimentation

Gas Prices Continue To Creep Higher

OPEC cuts to oil production could extend beyond June. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline on April 17 hit $2.41, two cents above last week’s price, 12 cents more than last month and 30 cents more than a year ago, AAA reported. The national average is at its highest price

IDDBA 17 To Address Engaging Millennials

Learn how to connect with the next generation. With more generations simultaneously in the workplace than ever before, managing and communicating effectively with each cohort can be challenging at best. The International Dairy Deli Bakery Association (IDDBA) added Eric Chester to the speaker lineup at IDDBA 17 to help attendees deal with these challenges. Chester’s

Wawa Continues Welcome America Sponsorship

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the festival. Wawa’s sponsorship of the Welcome America festival is set to continue for at least three more years. Wawa Inc. announced its title sponsorship is being extended through 2019, marking the 10th year of the company’s title sponsorship of the free July 4th celebration, the Philadelphia Business

Sunoco LP Supports CMN Hospitals

Stripes and APlus stores run Miracle Balloon Fundraising Campaign. Sunoco, Stripes and APlus Convenience Stores are making a difference for millions of kids treated by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Now through May 3, Stripes Convenience Stores and APlus Stores are asking customers to “Put Their Money Where The Miracles Are” and purchase a $1 Miracle

Studying Examines Millennials’ Better-for-You Snacking

Great taste, fewer ingredients are among key Millennial demands when it comes to snacks. Better-for-you snacking has gone mainstream and Millennial preferences have played a huge role in this shift. A new national study by Amplify Snack Brands Inc. and the Center for Generational Kinetics discovered that Millennials have been the driving force behind the

Maximizing Summer Opportunities

Often, the difference between great sales and mediocre sales is attention to detail. There are certain tasks that c-stores can accomplish that will generate a positive impression in the mind of a customer. By Jim Callahan Strong retail sales growth in January and February indicate that consumers are still confident in the U.S. economy. Indicators

NRF Reports Retail Sales Up 0.3% in March

Retail industry continues to lack pricing power. 2017 retail sales across industries got off to a slow start in Q1. Retail sales in March increased 0.3% seasonally adjusted over February and 3.5% unadjusted year-over-year, according to calculations released today by the National Retail Federation (NRF). While the numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants, they

Managing the Front Line

By John Loftock, Editor The convenience store industry has come a long way over the past decade in terms of recruiting, training and retaining great employees. But the results of the ninth annual Convenience Store Industry Human Resources Survey indicate there’s still quite a bit of work to be done. Among the survey’s key findings