Wawa Plans 5-10 Stores in Washington, D.C. Market

Plans largest Wawa to date at 9,200 square feet. Wawa Inc. has officially announced its expansion into the Washington, D.C. market and its plans to grow its fleet to 5-10 locations in the district. Wawa’s first store in the district is located at 1111 19th St., N.W. Washington, D.C., and set to open in December.

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FriendShip Foods to Host CSD’s 2017 Consumer’s Choice New Products Contest

The 3rd Annual Consumer’s Choice Contest will identify the hot new products convenience store customers want most across nearly two dozen categories. Increased channel blurring is making it tougher for convenience stores to retain existing customers—and harder yet to develop loyalty in new ones. That’s why new products are so important to convenience stores. They

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Packaged Facts: “This is a Golden Age of Beverage Innovation in America”

After years of stagnation, beverages are being transformed by massive innovations. Research firm Packaged Facts has released its latest report: “Ready-to-Drink Beverage Trend Forecast 2017: Culinary Trend Tracking Series,” where it concludes we are living in “a Golden Age of Beverage Innovation.” From extended-release energy drinks that last longer and meal replacement drinks customized to

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What Puts the “Craft” in Craft Beer?

Craft beer consumers aged 21-34-years-old make up the group that is most aware of craft beer terms. Craft beer is booming, but what is influencing craft beer customers path to purchase and what buzzwords can retailers use to better reach these consumers? Wonder no more. Danny Brager, senior vice president of Nielsen’s Beverage Alcohol Practice

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Motiva Introduces 76 “Crest” Brand Image

Site marks first of four stations to be converted to new 76 brand image in Greater New York market Motiva announced the grand opening of the first 76 branded station using the new 76 “Crest” image and legacy color palette of orange and blue in the Greater New York market. As the first Motiva-supplied 76

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Love’s Trillium CNG Opens Alternative Fueling Station in York, Pa.

P-3 project to provide CNG to more than 1,600 buses at transit agencies across Pennsylvania. Officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and rabbittransit in York, Pennsylvania, welcomed the commonwealth’s newest public compressed natural gas (CNG) station at a ribbon cutting on June 16. The new facility is the second public CNG station Love’s

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NRF Speaks Out on Bill to Block Sales Tax Fairness

Bill that exempts businesses without physical presence ‘out of step’ with “modern digital economy.” The National Retail Federation (NRF) has voiced its opposition to legislation introduced by Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., that would codify a 1992 Supreme Court ruling that out-of-state sellers can be required to collect sales tax only if they have a physical

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What Does Amazon’s Whole Foods Acquisition Mean for the Retail Market?

Through its Whole Foods purchase Amazon is completing the fresh food puzzle piece for its business, but is it too late for Whole Foods? Amazon.com is acquiring organic supermarket chain Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion, including Whole Foods net debt. “Millions of people love Whole Foods Market because they offer the best natural and

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Stripes Stores and APlus Fundraise For CMN Hospitals

Miracle Balloon Fundraising Campaigns at Stripes and APlus stores raise more than $1.6 million dollars to help children in need. Since 2000, Stripes and APlus, owned and operated by Sunoco LP, have partnered with CMN Hospitals to raise more than $12 million for sick and injured kids, with its most recent Miracle Balloon Fundraising Campaigns

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GIANT Adds Same-Day Delivery in Philadelphia

Partners with Instacart to bring added convenience to grocery shoppers. More supermarkets are looking for ways to increase convenience to customers. GIANT Food Stores LLC has partnered with Instacart Inc. to bring same-day delivery to GIANT shoppers in the Philadelphia area. “This partnership with Instacart gives our customers in the greater Philadelphia area another convenient

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Gilbarco Fuel Dispenser Processes First “Chip” Transaction

With simple software upgrades, Passport sites can be easily configured and enabled for full chip transactions at the dispenser for all major card types. Gilbarco Veeder-Root has announced the successful processing of the first U.S. Europay, Mastercard and Visa “chip” transaction at a fuel dispenser, utilizing Gilbarco’s Passport Point-of-Sale (POS) and Encore fuel dispensers on

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Macfood Mart Adds SKUPOS Software

Looks to increase speed of ordering and inventory accuracy. Macfood Mart is integrating SKUPOS into its c-store ordering strategy. SKUPOS is a software that helps retailers speed up the ordering process while maintaining more accurate inventory. Its algorithm “learns” location buying habits overtime, ensuring that Macfood Mart’s inventory only continues to improve. Macfood Mart is

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Doug Galli Joins the National Advisory Group (NAG) Board of Directors

The vice president and general manager of Reid Stores Inc./Crosby’s will lend his vast industry experience to NAG to help shape the association’s direction. The National Advisory Group (NAG), a retail trade association for convenience store and petroleum operators, is proud to announce that Doug Galli, ‎Vice President and General Manager of Reid Stores Inc./Crosby’s has

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What’s Ahead for E-Cigs?

From regulations to shifting consumer demand, e-cigarettes remain susceptible to various factors. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor On the surface, e-cigarettes are performing well in terms of OTP (other tobacco products) category sales. Information Resources Inc. (IRI), a Chicago-based market research firm, reported total sales of all electronic tobacco devices—e-cigarettes and vapors/tanks/mods—in U.S. convenience

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Celebrity Chef Creates Signature Items for Pilot Flying J

Chef Tim Love to enhance food experience for travel center customers. Pilot Flying J has formed a unique partnership with renowned chef and restaurant owner Tim Love. Love will create new signature food items that will be available at all Pilot Flying J locations across the nation with the goal of providing fresh, convenient food

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Orton Oil Co. Adds PDI for ERP Software

Automates manual processes and gains new data insights for enhancing margin. Orton Oil Co. selected PDI as its enterprise resource planning (ERP) software provider. The Minnesota-based convenience retailer and fuel distributor licensed PDI’s retail and petroleum wholesale software to improve efficiency by automating manual processes and helping employees manage by exception. “During the decision-making process,

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New Vehicle Technologies Face Uphill Climb

Due to the size of the existing light-duty fleet in the U.S. considerable time is needed for any new technology to reach market saturation. Market saturation of E25 capable vehicles is a long way off. In fact, it would take close to a decade for a new vehicle technology to reach market saturation, according to

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Growth Energy Responds to Hearing on Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act

Bill would let retailers offer E15 without restriction from June 1 to September 15. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor released the following statement after the legislative hearing on the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act (S. 517) held today by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. S. 517 was introduced in March and

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GasBuddy Partners with WEX Inc.

Companies to explore strategic uses of their collective technology, infrastructure, data, intellectual property and consumer reach to develop large-scale solutions that deliver new levels of convenience. WEX Inc., a provider of corporate payment solutions, and GasBuddy, a smartphone app connecting 65 million drivers with their Perfect Pit Stop, have forged a strategic partnership focused on

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Beverage Industry Stays Ahead of Evolving Customer Tastes

Wells Fargo shares insights on the beverage industry. Wells Fargo recently attended Beverage Digest’s “Market Smarts” Conference in New York City and shared the future outlook for beverages. “We continue to believe that the beverage industry has many opportunities (and challenges), but believe the overall outlook for the industry’s leaders remains favorable,” said Wells Fargo

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Restaurant Traffic Steady, Consumer Spending Up

QSR visits grow 3% in Q1 due to unit expansion. Restaurant industry sales are a strong economic barometer and show Q1 of 2017 brought steady growth, according to The NPD Group, a global information company, which continually tracks the foodservice industry. Consumer spending grew by 1.3% and visits to restaurants and foodservice outlets held steady.

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U.S. Customers Snack to Reward Themselves

Snacks with health related claims are among the fastest growing snack launches. Even as customers become more health-conscious, they still seek indulgence. Mintel has found that the top reasons Americans snack is to treat themselves (50%) and 28% agree taste trumps health when it comes to selecting a snack item. In addition to rewarding one’s

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NRF Welcomes Removal of ‘Joint Employer’ Guidance

Guidance created unnecessary litigation and uncertainty for businesses. The National Retail Federation (NRF) is celebrating the Labor Department’s plans to withdraw guidance issued under the Obama Administration that significantly broadened the definition of a joint employer. NRF noted the guidance created seemingly limitless liability in business to business relationships. “Today’s announcement from the Labor Department

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Optimistic About Vapor

Even though sales of vaping products appear to be on the upswing, c-stores remain cautious about the category’s future. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor Before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2016 released its final deeming regulations that classified vapors, tanks, mods (VTMs) and e-liquids as tobacco products, sales had been trailing

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Stuzo Introduces QuickStart for Conexxus

Innovation facilitates the adoption of mobile commerce standards. Stuzo, a digital product innovation firm, has released two key technology assets for the fuel retail industry, including a testing simulator for developing Conexxus compliant mobile commerce solutions. The first asset is Open Commerce Reference Architecture: An open plug in based reference architecture for the rapid development

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