ICEE Mascot Wins 2015 Madison Avenue Walk of Fame Award

Advertising Week honors ICEE Bear among legendary nominees. The ICEE Co.’s iconic ICEE mascot, ICEE Bear, has been inducted into Advertising Week’s 2015 Madison Avenue Walk of Fame. The annual award honors mascots and taglines that have become universally recognized in the advertising community, and challenges the public to vote for their favorites. The three-week


Kwik Trip Leads By Example

Kwik Trip’s Steve Loehr has embraced the ideals of health and freshness, helping usher in a new era for the c-store industry. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor In the 25 years since Steve Loehr joined Kwik Trip Inc., the La Crosse, Wis.-based convenience retailer has experienced extraordinary growth, reaching numerous corporate milestones. Today, Loehr,

How to Execute Effective Facilities Management

Rapid adaptation is one key component to dealing with industry issues. The Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) has revealed key trends that are impacting retailers, along with a review of the current state of retail facilities management. The report also highlights the top five issues that are impacting industry professionals. The Internet of Things tops the

How to Ensure Successful Cash Management

More convenience stores are combining proven practices with the latest technology to keep a handle on their money. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Back in the 1970s, armed robbery was rampant in convenience stores. 7-Eleven Inc., one of the first retailers to stay open 24 hours per day, hired consultants to investigate ways to thwart

How U.S. Gasoline Futures Are Driving Towards A 2015 Low

A more confident consumer is driving greater gasoline demand. By Brian Milne, editor, Schneider Electric The seasonal attributes of the gasoline market in the U.S. are on clear display, with gasoline demand sliding since summer’s end, and gasoline inventory restocked to a pre-peak season level, while gasoline futures dropped 34% in value from the start

How Retail Shrink Is Skyrocketing

A report by Retail Fraud- New York, shows U.S. retail shrink is up $3 billion, with retailers losing $60 billion per year to fraud. The US Retail Fraud Survey 2015 has estimated that U.S. retailers are losing $60 Billion a year to shrink—up from $57 Billion last year—and identified employee theft as the single biggest

How Breakfast Is Growing

Bacon and pancakes see sales uptick as the breakfast daypart continues to climb. It’s no secret that customers love their breakfast and that the breakfast daypart has been expanding and picking up steam, with some convenience stores even offering breakfast all day. Breakfast is the only restaurant daypart with sustained visit growth over the last

Wawa Introduces Its New Credit Card

New program includes 25-cents-per gallon gas savings for convenience store customers. Wawa Inc. and Citi Retail Services have announced the launch of the Wawa Credit Card, featuring savings for fuel purchases at Wawa stores. The Wawa Credit Card will give Wawa customers a convenient payment option with an enhanced value proposition on fuel purchases. When

Joe Hamza Joins Nouria Energy Corp.

Former vice president of sales and marketing for Tedeschi Food Shops to bring 25 years of experience to his new role as chief operating officer, retail and marketing at Nouria Energy Corp. Joe Hamza has joined the executive team of Nouria Energy Corp. as the company’s chief operating officer, retail & marketing. Hamza brings to

EPA Announces Stricter Ozone Protection Rules

NACS warns stricter standards could lead to higher fuel prices, among other consequences. The Obama Administration has put stronger restrictions in place on smog-causing ozone production Thursday, Oct. 1. According to USA Today, while business groups say the rules will impact jobs, environmentalists say the restrictions don’t go far enough. The new rules would restrict

How to Hire Successful Retail Managers

It is easy to turn a blind eye to your store’s issues, but a successful manager knows how to handle these issues. It is easy to distinguish between the best and the worst store managers. The easiest way to determine a manager’s quality is to look at his employees. Employees under a good manager work

Turkey Hill Announces Summer Sweepstakes Winners

Convenience store customers win free vacations. Turkey Hill has named three lucky Pennsylvania residents as the winners of its 2015 Sizzlin’ Summer Getaway sweepstakes. During May, June, and July, customers received automatic entries when they scanned their registered Turkey Hill Rewards Cards with purchases of roller grill items, fountain drinks or slusheys at Pennsylvania Turkey

Hunt Brothers’ ‘Hunt To Win’ Sweepstakes Is Back

Giveaway to include more than 40 prizes to help convenience store pizza customers make the most of hunting season. Now convenience store customers can get ready for hunting season with help from Hunt Brothers Pizza, which is bringing back its popular “Hunt to Win” sweepstakes for the fourth year in a row. Returning with some

How Nutrition Trends Are Changing

Consumers are being taken back to the future with new nutritional trends. In recent years, everything that was believed about fat and cholesterol in foods has changed. Recent reports have revealed that the consumption of cholesterol has little impact upon the cholesterol in our blood, and therefore it should not be avoided in an attempt to lower cholesterol. A

How Consumers Are Showing Interest in Specialty Foods

The range of specialty food consumers has widened considerably in recent years. The specialty food category is growing in popularity and attracting new consumers. Men are among the category’s growing fan-base, as well as some less affluent shoppers. These groups are interested in a variety of products like artisanal cheese and single-origin chocolate. Along with these

How Americans Are Coping With Debt

As the economy strengthens, consumers may become more comfortable taking on debt. Consumers have begun borrowing money again, as the U.S. economy continues to strengthen. However, a new report from Mintel has revealed that 31% of Americans are overwhelmed by debt and they feel as though they will never repay it all. Nearly half of Millennials

How Americans Perceive Natural Ingredients

Americans prefer foods with natural ingredients, but brand may be just as important as ingredients when it comes to choosing products. A new consumer poll from Instantly has revealed that many Americans do not trust large companies to produce all-natural alternatives to artificial ingredients. According to the study, 75% of Americans said that when it

Old Wisconsin Contest Offers $10,000 Grand Prize

A new recipe contest from Carl Buddig & Co. and Old Wisconsin offers a $10,000 grand prize for the best recipe! Carl Buddig & Co. and Old Wisconsin, owned and operated by the Buddig family. Family traditions, especially at mealtimes, are of the utmost importance to the company. Carl Buddig & Co. considers its employees, sales

KickBack Points to Showcase Industry-Leading Loyalty Solution at the 2015 NACS Show

The technology company will be on hand to showcase its innovative loyalty solutions at booth 5427 for convenience store and petroleum operators of all sizes at convenience store industry’s premier conference in Las Vegas Oct. 11-14. KickBack Points knows retailers have many questions when it comes to implementing a loyalty solution. That’s why the Idaho-based

As Hurricane Joaquin Approaches Is New Jersey Ready?

Could we see another situation like the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy where most gas stations were closed due to power outages and customers were forced to drive miles and stand in long lines to fill up? Hurricane Joaquin at presstime had increased in strength to a Category 3 hurricane and was heading North and expected

CSD to Honor Family Express

Limited seating still available for convenience store retailers to join us at the 2015 Chain of the Year dinner in Las Vegas. Register today. The editors and Editorial Advisory Board of Convenience Store Decisions are proud to honor Family Express as the 2015 Chain of the Year. C-store retailers can join the celebration during the

Hy-Vee to Construct New C-Store

New c-store will be constructed next to existing grocery store. Hy-Vee Inc. will soon begin construction on a new convenience store in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The new convenience store will be accompanied by a fueling station. According to a report from the Gazette, the new convenience store will take the place of a former dentist

Tifton, Ga. Farmer Named 2014 Farmer of the Year

Innovative doublecropping crop production system helps Tifton, Ga. farmer earn Farmer of the Year award. Philip Grimes, a farmer from Tifton, Ga. who is known for his conservation practices and high crop yields, has been selected as the overall winner of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award for 2014. Grimes was named

NATO Seeks Repeal of Two Legal Age Laws

NATO submits legal commentary against cities where the legal age for purchasing tobacco products is 21. NATO (National Association of Tobacco Outlets) is requesting that two California cities repeal their ordinances that raise the legal age for tobacco purchases to 21, rather than 18. The requests have been submitted as legal commentary letters to the Healdsburg, Calif. City

Wisconsin C-Store Adds CNG Fueling Facility

CNG reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 25% compared to gasoline. An Andy’s-branded gasoline station and convenience store in Milwaukee, Wis., is partnering with LLC to add a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling facility. To mark the occasion, VNG will offer CNG by VNG for a limited-time promotional price of 99 cents per