usda grant to fund rural store initiative

Kansas State University program helps small, local communities survive. When a small town loses its grocery store, it loses not just an economic driver, but a bit of its identity, too. “If your store closes, that says bad things about your town and the direction it’s headed,” said David Procter, director of the Center for

nacs emphasizes the power of one

Association President and CEO Hank Armour stresses “one voice, one show.” “We may not look the same or operate the same, but we are one,” stressed NACS President and CEO Hank Armour at the NACS Show 2007 Opening General Session. “And our theme for this year’s NACS Show perfectly reflects this mission and where we

bics pat cordle leads new nacs supplier board

New NACS Supplier Board Chairman Pat Cordle, vice president of sales and marketing for Bic Corp., leads the new slate of officers who will serve on the 2007-08 NACS Supplier Board that was announced today during the Supplier Board meeting at the NACS Show 2007 in Atlanta . In addition, Brad Heetland, director of east

veite cryogenics experience and advice adds value to miller welding supply grand rapids facility

Innovations suggested by Veite have allowed Miller Welding Supply to handle about 35% more business.Miller’s Patrick Clay says Miller chose Veite Cryogenics for the new facility because of their experience.“We’ve worked with Veite before.”“We often use Veite’s work as a selling point when we bring new customers in to show them the plant.Our facility is

rutters supports ymca preschool program

The $120,000 donation will provide scholarships for children with disabilities or from lower-income families. The Rutter’s companies has donated $120,000 to the YMCA of York and York County to provide scholarships for children who have disabilities or are from lower-income families. Rutter’s will serve as the major sponsor for a partnership called “With Rutter’s, All

mapcos core belief

Tennessee chain inks distribution deal with Core-Mark Holding Co. Core-Mark Holding Co. said it signed a non-binding letter of intent and is currently negotiating a definitive supply agreement with MAPCO Express Inc. MAPCO Express, Inc., headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn., operates approximately 500 convenience stores in eight southeastern states under the MAPCO Express, MAPCO Mart, East

tesco opens the doors to us stores

British grocer delays opening its Arizona stores until December. After quietly opening its first store in the Los Angeles market late last week, Tesco’s said its Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets likely will not open in the Phoenix metro area until December, a company spokesman said. The British grocer and third-largest retailer in the world

murphy oil partners with dtn portal solutions

Murphy Oil Corp. has implemented DTN Portal Solutions, which hosts a branded online message center and allocation viewer that was integrated into Murphy’s Web site to increase the effectiveness of the oil company’s communication strategies. Murphy’s goal is to drive sales and encourage customer loyalty with enhanced features in a branded environment. Murphy, based in

holiday stationstores retains category one for reverse auction services

Process leads to “more competition and significant savings to the bottom line.” Bloomington, Minn.-based Holiday Stationstores operates more than 420 corporate and franchise locations in 12 states, has partnered with Category One (C1), a provider of reverse auction and eRFX services and technology, to utilize Category One’s C1 reverse auction platform to support its cost

mannatec launches private label fleet card program

FleetCor subsidiary delivers turnkey program for independent petroleum marketers. Mannatec introduced a new full service private label fleet card program for petroleum marketers. The new program brings simplicity, growth and cost savings opportunities versus previously available self-service private label programs. “This is a turnkey program for independent petroleum marketers and retailers where Mannatec does all

stewarts partners with payspot

Integrates with point-of-sale system to offer prepaid services. Stewart’s Shops, the Saratoga Springs, N.Y.-based chain with over 300 convenience shops in New York and Vermont, has partnered with PaySpot Inc., to offer prepaid products through Stewart’s existing point-of-sale (POS) system. Stewart’s Shops, known for its proprietary and dairy products, signed a multi-year agreement, which is

kumgo names boettcher director of information technology

Kum & Go, a division of Krause Gentle Corp. that operates 445 in 13 has named Brian Boettcher as director of information technology. Boettcher of Waukee, Iowa, has been with West Des Moines, Iowa-based Kum & Go for seven years and most recently held the position of director of network operations. As director of information

giants sunflower seeds

GIANTS Sunflower Seeds are pleased to bring you “Dakota Ranch”; a unique ranch flavor with all the quality you have come to expect from GIANTS. Due to high customer demand we are pleased to add this to our Dill, KC Barbeque, and Salt & Pepper flavored seeds.Our unique flavoring process allows you to enjoy the

balmar petroleum rebranding to 7eleven

CEO Richard Oneslager calls decision to become a franchisee a “tremendous opportunity.” The incoming chairman for the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) will convert 10 of his Colorado convenience outlets to 7-Eleven stores this month in a move designed to strengthen his offering to customers and improve his bottom line. Richard Oneslager, president of

local 7eleven stores support troops

Alon USA begins a new fundraising program to run through November. Odessa, Texas-based Southwest Convenience Stores LLC, the largest 7-Eleven licensee in the U.S., and the United Service Organizations (USO) have partnered to begin a new fundraising program. Throughout November, participating 7-Eleven stores in New Mexico and Texas will offer customers an opportunity to show

the paradies shops extends contract at sarasota bradenton

TravelMart brand also to partner with Dunkin’ Donuts is select locations. The Paradies Shops, the airport concessionaire/c-store chain based in Atlanta, has been awarded a contract extension at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) to operate three new stores through 2022. The extension will bring exclusive store concepts to SRQ, including CNBC Sarasota Bradenton, Gulf Coast

flavor du jour

Retailers willing to get more daring with their menus stand to attract more adventurous palates and turn a tidy profit. By Kate Quackenbush, Managing Editor An American Express MarketBrief produced byTechnomic Inc. entitled “Ethnic Foods are in Fashion,”showed that more than half of consumers (51%) reportedpurchasing prepared, ready-to-eat foods from conveniencestores. Convenience stores also showed

a small rush

Living Essentials’ 5-Hour Energy is helping retailers capitalize on consumers’ needs for a timely energy boost. After surveying the flood of energydrinks introduced over the pastfew years, Living Essentials noticeda weakness in the category. Themajority of drinks continued to grow in packagesize and contained too much sugarand herbal stimulants. To fill the void of people

focus on foodservice safety

Poor safety methods could sicken customers and bring down an entire organization. Going above and beyond what’s required is the key to a healthy program. By Michael Ferrari, Staff Writer Adding a foodservice programis an excellent way toincrease profitability and developa more loyal, destination-mindedcustomer base. Committing to foodservice,however, opens the door to new dangerssuch as

diversified tobacco offering

Specialty and imported tobacco brands offer retailers an opportunity to cultivate a promising profit center. Retailers looking to develop an effective strategy forboosting sales would be wise to examine specialty andimported tobacco brands. Specialty tobacco shops havealready come to realize that brands like Djarum are attractinga new base of consumers that expect quality and value.

smoke screen

With an increase in smoking restrictions and the threat of increased taxes, retailers and analysts express serious concerns for cigarette profitability. Convenience stores, backin the good old days beforethey offered the types foodserviceand products thatcould rival other retail segments, wereknown mostly for three things: Cokes,smokes and gas. But despite the industry’sonce-strong foothold, cigarette salesare slumping.

nacs show expo two fun things you must do

Approximately 79% ofall attendees plan to buy one or more ofthe products or services they discovered atthe NACS Show last year. Follow-up researchindicates that actual purchases six to ninemonths after the event are even higher thanwhat was planned. The show hours are: Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 12 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 from 12 p.m.-5:30

is it time to lower the bar

Retailers that are willing to settle for second best, get second best. By Mel Kleiman I was on the phone recently withthe owner of a chain of Midwesternconvenience stores who said, “It justdoesn’t make any sense for us to eventhink about using pre-employment testingor making our jobs tough to get. We’ve gotto take whatever walks

nacs by the numbers

With the granddaddy of all c-store trade shows taking place this month, CSD takes a look at some quick statistics for the event. ≈ $1.1 Billion: The estimated amount retailers will be spendingon products, many of which will be on display at the show. ≈ 79: The percentage of attendees who plan to buy one

mso no more

Shell announced that it is removing the multi-site operation model from the U.S. going forward. What does this mean to the company and Big Oil as a whole? Shell Oil Products turned headslast month when the oil giantannounced it would be disassemblingits multi-site operator (MSO)partnerships across the country to continueits strategy of putting the stake

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