Verifone’s McGuinness To Helm NACS Supplier Board

Coca-Cola’s Jay Ard named chair-elect. Brad McGuinness, senior vice president of global petroleum systems at Verifone, has been named 2016–17 chairman of the NACS Supplier Board. In addition, Jay Ard, vice president of national sales CR at The Coca-Cola Co., was named chair-elect and will succeed McGuinness as 2017–18 chairman. McGuinness and Ard were named

NACS Announces Five New Retailer Members to Board of Directors

New members named during Board of Directors meeting at NACS Show in Atlanta. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) on Wednesday, Oct. 19, announced the election of new retail members to its Board of Directors. The new members were named to their positions during the NACS Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show

Idea of the Day: Check Social Media Before Hiring

Today’s Idea of the Day: Check social media accounts before hiring new employees. Have you met a candidate that you like for a job opening? Do they seem too good to be true? In addition to standard background checks, search Facebook and other social media platforms to learn more about them. You might be surprised

C-Stores Donate Almost $1 Billion To Charities in 2016

Nearly 100% of c-store companies surveyed say they give to charities. A new survey shows c-stores are helping the communities they serve through charitable donations. Convenience stores contributed or collected nearly $1 billion to charities over the past year, according to a national survey of retailers released today by the National Association of Convenience Stores

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Curb Appeal

Today’s Idea of the Day: Curb appeal counts. You may not have a budget for shrubbery and mulch, but investing just a little operating capital on your exterior can make a big difference when it comes to attracting new customers. Remember, for any potential customers, all they know about your brand is what they see

Nouria Energy Acquires F.L. Roberts’ C-stores, Car Washes

Atlantic Coast Enterprises purchases F.L. Roberts’ Jiffy Lube business. F.L. Roberts and Co. Inc. has sold its convenience store, car wash and Jiffy Lube businesses, with assistance from Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. Affiliated companies of Nouria Energy Corp. purchased the convenience store and car wash businesses, and the Jiffy Lube business was acquired by

QuickChek, Tesla Launch Supercharger Station

Featuring more power than any existing charging station, the new supercharger station allows customers to charge on the go. QuickChek has joined forces with Tesla, the California-based maker of the award-winning electric Model S sedan and Model X SUV, to launch a Tesla Supercharger station at the company’s fresh convenience market in Ulster, N.Y. The installation

McLane Introduces DSD Mobile App

New Direct Store Delivery (DSD) from McLane checks deliveries against price book to identify unapproved items, saving c-store operators time. McLane Co. Inc. has released its new Direct Store Delivery (DSD) app for Android mobile devices. Working in conjunction with the company’s popular Premium Order Management Suite (POMS) applications and Grocery Mobile platform, DSD enables

Family Express Introduces Cravin’s Kitchen MTO Program

New foodservice offering features upscale pizza and breakfast sandwich offering—all made to order. Family Express is debuting a new made-to-order (MTO) hot foodservice offering, labeled Cravin’s Kitchen, as well as rebranding the inside of its stores with a focus on foodservice. Cravin’s Kitchen features made-to-order breakfast sandwiches and an exciting upscale, customizable/MTO pizza offering. This

C-Stores Invest Over $6 Billion A Year to Upgrade Stores

Convenience store owners regularly update stores to meet the demands of modern customers. To keep pace with the needs of today’s consumers and the competition, convenience store owners are regularly revamping locations to add foodservice and other amenities. The U.S. convenience store industry cumulatively invested more than $6 billion in upgrading stores in communities across

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Training

Today’s Idea of the Day: Train, train and retrain employees. Training employees isn’t something top quartile c-stores do only once. Training employees must be an ongoing process. Don’t be shy about retraining employees in areas where they are deficient. Re-certify their training when it comes to sales of age-restricted products like alcohol and tobacco. What’s

Kum & Go’s Krause To Be Inducted Into Iowa Business Hall of Fame

Krause honored for contributions to Iowa’s business climate. The Greater Des Moines Committee is honoring Kyle Krause, president and CEO of Kum & Go LC, by inducting him into the Iowa Business Hall of Fame, according to a report in the Business Record. Krause, along with two other inductees—Randy Winegard, CEO of Winegard Co. and

Cumberland Farms Accepting Believe and Achieve Applications

Embarks on 11th consecutive year for Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program. Cumberland Farms is helping prospective college students reach for their dreams. The c-store chain is accepting applications for the Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program, marking the 11th consecutive year the company will provide financial assistance to deserving high school seniors. The Believe and Achieve

Walgreens Offering ‘Ship to Store’ Delivery

Online and mobile app offerings now available at Walgreens and Duane Reade locations. As all channels look for new ways to offer extra convenience to customers, Walgreens has launched a new delivery option where customers can pick up eligible online and mobile app retail orders in-store at more than 7,600 locations, with free shipping and

Certus Partners with LDSP, National Vending On Tire Inflation

Together the three companies look to raise the bar for the tire inflation industry. In a move to continuing to change the way the tire inflation market operates in the U.S., Certus Manufacturing LLC (Certus) has formed new strategic partnerships with Lil’ Drug Store Products (LDSP) and National Vending. The partnerships, which took effect Sept.

McLane Co. Gives Sneak Peek of NACS Show Presentations

McLane Kitchen and new CVP line among showcased initiatives and items. McLane Co. Inc., has announced its 2016 National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show experience taking place Oct. 18-21 in Atlanta. As an annual exhibitor, McLane will highlight its many signature programs and initiatives including McLane Kitchen, Fresh Produce +, Consumer Value Products (CVP)

Tyson Foods, NACS Donate to Atlanta Food Bank

Some 33,000 pounds of donated food to help people in need. The Atlanta Community Food Bank just received a sizeable protein food donation, thanks to Tyson Foods Inc. and the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). Atlanta Community Food Bank, which serves 29 counties, will distribute the donated food through its service network of 600

Quality Oil Adds Play at the Pump

Now c-store customers can play the lottery right at the fuel pump. Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Quality Oil is adding lottery sales at its fuel-and-go kiosks. The company partnered with Linq3, adding Play at the Pump technology without expanding its physical footprint. Typically, industry-standard fuel kiosks cannot support many lottery technologies, such as lottery vending machines, due

LFFO Using Automation To Speed Delivery

Partnership with Descartes optimizes planning and scheduling to deliver fresh produce to market shelves in record time. Lancaster Farm Fresh Organics (LFFO) is using the Descartes Route Planner On-demand solution to more efficiently deliver freshly-picked produce to wholesale markets and community supported agriculture (CSA) members. “Our mission is to deliver healthy, high-quality food within 24

Family Express Partners With Watchfire Signs

As Family Express moves into made-to-order foodservice it installs Watchfire electronic message centers. Family Express has selected Watchfire Signs to provide digital signage for its convenience store locations throughout the Midwest. Named the 2015 Chain of the Year by Convenience Store Decisions, Family Express is pivoting into made-to-order foodservice and needed a digital marketing platform

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Drive-through Alternatives

Today’s Idea of the Day: Consider drive-through alternatives. While drive-throughs remain popular with customers who find it more convenient to stay in their cars, the concept isn’t feasible for every convenience store. But all retailers can consider drive-through alternatives, such as having guests order via their phones and having an employee meet them at the

Delek Proposes Completing Alon USA Acquisition

Delek looks to purchase outstanding shares of Alon USA. After purchasing part of Alon USA last year, Delek US Holdings is looking to take its acquisition of the company’s assets further. Delek, on Friday, Oct. 14, delivered non-binding letter to special committee of the board of Alon USA, in which it proposed a potential business

TA Opens New Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

New restaurant marks 61st opened by TravelCenters. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced that the TA Restaurant Group has opened a new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen at TA Matthews located at I-55 Exit 58 (854 State Hwy 80), in Matthews, Mo. The new Popeyes

Rutter’s Debuts Kunzler’s Bacon-Wrapped Cheddar Dog

The York, Pa.-based c-store chain to be first in the U.S. to add the Bacon-Wrapped Cheddar Dog to its roller grill. Rutter’s Farm Stores is offering the Kunzler’s Bacon-Wrapped Cheddar Dogs exclusively at Rutter’s marketplace through January 2017. Rutter’s will be the first in the country to sell the new Bacon-Wrapped Cheddar Dog from Kunzler.

Bilbrey To Retire as CEO of The Hershey Co.

The Hershey Co. looks to identify successor. John Bilbrey, chairman, president and CEO of the Hershey Co., announced plans to retire from the company July 1, 2017. Bilbrey will continue as non-executive chairman of Hershey’s Board of Directors following his retirement as president and CEO. “I have had the privilege of working in consumer packaged