NACS Releases Data Fact Book

The NACS State of the Industry of 2010 Data Fact Book is now available. The 24th edition of the NACS Fact Book provides a detailed statistical account of industry data over the past several years — or in some cases, decades — as well as a historical recap of the industry and key definitions and

Swipe Fee Reform To Equal Lower C-store Prices

“Most enterprising storeowners will apply the swipe fee savings to lowering product costs in an effort to be even more competitive in the marketplace,” notes NCASEF chairman. Bruce Maples, the chairman of the National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees, in an interview with PYMNTS.com, spoke about the Federal Reserve’s new debit rules and noted

Martin Eagle Oil’s Fuel Management System Saves The Day

After someone tampers with a gas pump, the SIMMONS ClearView system alerts Martin Eagle Oil to the problem in time to avoid a huge loss of fuel inventory. Denton, Texas-based Martin Eagle Oil saved thousands of dollars in potential fuel loss this month all because it had the foresight to install the SIMMONS ClearView continuous

RetailROI Helps Retailers Elminate Overstocks

New database helps pair local charities with unsold merchandise. Retailers in the U.S. have more than $65 Billion worth of inventory annually in an overstocked position, causing a drain on profits and taking time and focus from personnel. The Retail Orphan Initiative (RetailROI) has launched an online charity locator to match up retailers looking to

NCR to Acquire Radiant Systems Inc.

“This acquisition will enable our companies to accelerate expansion through the powerful combination of each other’s strengths and NCR’s track record of driving transformational change,” says NCR’s chairman and CEO. Duluth, Ga.-based NCR Corp. and Radiant Systems Inc. have announced a definitive agreement for NCR to acquire Radiant Systems, a provider of multichannel point-of-sale (POS)

Wholesale Gasoline Costs Rebound from Late June Lows

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Wholesale gasoline costs across major metropolitan markets in the U.S. moved up sharply from late June, reaching five-week or better highs following the July 4th holiday weekend from four-month lows registered in late June. The higher costs will arrest the decline in retail values, pushing pump

Mobile Produce Comes To Dari Mart

Dari Mart is testing fresh produce at several of its c-stores with help from the Healthy Corner Stores Initiative. Dari Mart is the latest c-store chain to test fresh produce at its stores located in food deserts, with some help from a local association. The Dari Mart store in west Springfield, Ore., is one of

Walgreens Expands Food Offering in Bayview

Larger assortment of produce, whole grains and lean protein helps address the need for access to healthier foods in food deserts. Walgreens is celebrating the expansion of its fresh food selection at the location at 3rd Street and Williams Avenue in San Francisco’s Bayview community. The drugstore now offers a larger assortment of fresh fruits,

TA Opens Raphine Petro Stopping Center

“This location provides motorists a stopping point on I-81 and I-64 in southwest Virginia, where they can enjoy a hot meal, plenty of parking, shopping and a full range of other amenities,” says TA CEO. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) owner of Petro Stopping Centers, has announced the opening of its newest Petro full-service travel

How 7-Eleven’s Free Slurpees Pay Off

Slurpees may be free today, but customers will likely spend extra dollars at the store while they stop in to get their free treat. Today, as 7-Eleven celebrates its unofficial 84th birthday, it expects to give away five million 7.11-ounce Slurpees—roughly 1,000 free Slurpees per store. But those free Slurpees actually result in big sales

Merger and Acquisition Activity Heating Up

Chains shedding underperforming stores in order to focus on core retail assets. A  number of top quartile convenience store chains announced plans to shed underperforming stores over the past six weeks in an effort to raise capital to reinvest in core markets. The Pantry Inc. said it would sell 114 locations in nine states throughout

7-Eleven Celebrates 84th Birthday

Dorchester, Mass., 7-Eleven store hosts party from 8-10 a.m. on July 11, with one-minute challenges that offer customers a chance to win a $100 convenience card or a house party. 7-Eleven Inc. is celebrating its 84th birthday and inviting customers join in the celebration by stopping by their local 7-Eleven store for a  free 7.11-ounce

Wawa’s 4 ½ Ton Hoagie Salute

“We are thrilled to enter our second year as the title sponsors of Wawa Welcome America! focusing Hoagie Day on the men and women who protect our great nation and honoring the freedoms we all celebrate today,” says Wawa’s CEO. Wawa Inc., as part of its title sponsorship of Wawa Welcome America!, hosted a Hoagie

Thorntons Raises $10,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation

Customers buy Wish Stars at Thorntons convenience stores to help grant the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions.   Thorntons has raised over $10,000 for the Make- A- Wish Foundation of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, Kentucky Region. During the month of May, all Thorntons store locations sold Wish Stars for $1, with 100%

7-Eleven Partners With Cinemark

“Our partnership with Cinemark gives us the opportunity to reach even more Slurpee fans,” says 7-Eleven spokesperson. 7-Eleven Inc. and Cinemark USA Inc. are partnering to bring Slurpee drinks to the movies, offering the convenience retailer’s iconic beverage at 32 select Cinemark theatres in Dallas, Houston and Portland. 7-Eleven has stores in Dallas and Portland;

Sottera Welcomes Maurici to Sales Team

Maurici looks to accelerate growth of e-cigarette brand NJOY. Sottera Inc., manufacturer of NJOY, an electronic cigarette brand, has named Vito Maurici to its U.S. sales team as senior vice president of sales and distribution. In this role Maurici will be responsible for further accelerating the growth of the NJOY brand both nationally and globally

Valero Rolls Out Mystery Shopper Program

Visits to branded locations aim to ensure positive customer experiences. Valero is introducing a new mystery shopping program throughout its wholesale network of branded stores. Under the new program—called Commitment to Excellence—each of the company’s Valero, Shamrock and Beacon branded locations will be evaluated three times a year using the same form and criteria. The

Wawa Smoothies Help Customers Stay Cool

Wawa sponsored two Philadelphia events this 4th of July holiday to show off its smoothie products to thirsty customers. Philadelphia residents had the opportunity to cool down with Wawa smoothies at both Taste of Philadelphia and Independence Day Blast. Through the events, both of which were free to the public and hosted at Penn’s Landing,

Irvington Chester’s Reopens

A sizeable chicken statue has made the store a local landmark. Chester’s, a  fried chicken foodservice offering in the convenience store category, has reopened its Irvington, Ala., location at 6831 Hwy 90 West. The Irvington Chester’s has become a local landmark due to the 10 –foot chicken statue sitting in the CITGO parking lot.  The

Drawing Customers With Rewards

“A better reward means more people are willing to take you up on your offer,” says Young America spokesperson. “The key for retailers is to then  continue to market to that customer to ask them to spend that reward  back at their location.” Customers respond better to retail offers that include general-use  prepaid cards rather

A Fresh Way To Expand The Menu

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market launched a contest to engage customers, while expanding its side dish range. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has launched a Summer Side Dish Recipe Contest for customers to help grow its popular side dish offerings. Customers can participate in the Summer Side Dish Recipe Contest by submitting their original side

Wawa Welcomes America To A Taste Of Rich Dairy History

Wawa’s Go 4th And Learn Series Festival gives customers a look at Wawa’s dairy history. Wawa kicked off its Go 4th and Learn series with an interactive event that showcased Wawa’s dairy history at Franklin Square in Philadelphia on Monday, June 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event featured Historical Story Time with

Valero Credit Card Offers Customer Rebate

Signing up for a Valero card can get customers a 30-cents-per-gallon rebate on gas purchases. Customers who sign up and are approved for a Valero credit card between now and Sept. 30 can receive a 30-cents-per-gallon rebate on gasoline purchases made for the first three months their accounts are active, Valero officials announced today. A

Krispy Krunchy Continues Growth

Seven new locations boosts total 2011 store openings to 159. Lafayette, La.-based Krispy Krunchy Foods,  a provider of quick-serve restaurant (QSR) concepts with more than 700 retail locations in 23 states, opened seven more stores the last week of June, bringing its total to 159 openings for the year. Some 94 locations were opened in

July Brings New Tobacco Prices

This summer, many states see increases in tobacco taxes, while a few enact small decreases. Starting July 1, several state cigarette and tobacco tax rates changed due to action by state legislatures, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported. Following are updates from NATO on cigarette and tobacco taxes as of July 1.  

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