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

convenience gets no love still

Despite record sales and a growing number of stores that serve as destinations for millions and millions of American consumers everyday, other retail segments continue to take cheap shots at convenience store owners and operators. Need proof? Did you happen to catch the NapaAuto Parts commercial during the Major LeagueBaseball playoffs? “Experience,” the announcer says,“that’s

cenex gets in style

Generation Image Renewal program calls for the renovation of the chain’s 1,600 convenience stores and the addition of 550 more. Cenex, the convenience-retailing brand of CHS Inc., islaunching a multimillion-dollar rebranding and expansioneffort that will elevate the chain’s visibility in smalland major markets and enhance its overall competitiveviability. As part of its “Generation Image Renewal,”

shell innovates at the pump

Adopt Pay By Touch biometric payment technology at its pumps and inside convenience stores. This week, Shell becomes the first gasoline retailer in the world to adopt Pay By Touch biometric payment technology at its pumps and inside convenience stores. A recognized industry innovator, Shell also is testing attendant hand-held wireless card scanners abroad. Both

effective local store marketing

Developing your own coupon book can drive consumer loyalty and cultivate a new customer base. Growing up in Michigan, Iwas a part of a very prestigioushigh school baseball team—thePlymouth Canton Chiefs. Year inand year out, our team was highly rankedand continually vied for the state championship.Playing on this team was a signof prestige at the

john mcdonald named chevrons chief technology officer

Replaces retiring Donald Paul, Paul Siegele named vice president of strategic planning. Chevron Corp. has promoted John McDonald, the current vice president of strategic planning, to chief technology officer, succeeding Donald Paul, who will retire from the company in 2008 after more than 32 years of service. Paul Siegele, currently vice president of deepwater exploration/projects,

new solutions for old stores

Searching for higher and better uses for units that are terminally ill. At the time of this writing, thelong, hot summer of 2007 is finallywinding down and the prospectof a cooler football-inspiredautumn is rapidly taking shape. Duringthis time, my company has been workingon several marketer divestitures that havecommonality in the need to determine anon-traditional future

blockbuster deal as altria agrees to acquire john middleton

The $2.9-billion cash deal gives Philip Morris USA control of leading cigar company to complement its initiatives in the smokeless category. In a deal that could dramatically alter the way tobacco products are sold at retail, the parent company of Philip Morris USA, Altria Group Inc., reached a deal today to acquire of John Middleton

indulging new demographics

Research by Mars Snackfood U.S. shows retailers can attract a broader base of consumers with an emphasis on new and premium products. The female customer today makes approximately 85% of allconsumer purchases, so it’s no wonder that convenience storeowners are among the many retailers eager to cater to thisemerging customer base. Traditionally focused on male

double kwik to sell 57 local stores

Fas Mart to acquire the Virginia and Tennessee units. Wise, Va.-based Double Kwik markets has entered into plans to sell its 57 store locations to Mechanicsville, Va.-based GPM Investments. GPM plans to convert the entire Double Kwik chain to its Fas Mart brand across Southwest Virginia and Tennessee, according to The Bristol Herald Courier. “This

reaching new heights

Fresh off the acquisition of Cummings Oil, Andrea Jackson leads Jacksons Food Stores’ retail strategy. By Shahla Hebets, Publisher Keeping a low profile hasits advantages, but eventuallya chain’s success starts toattract the attention, and eventhe enmity, of the competitors around it.Jacksons Food Stores is one of the conveniencestore and petroleum industry’sbiggest success stories, yet it

familial operations

Unlike many retailers profiled in Rising Stars, Kurt Straube always knew he would have a career in the convenience industry. Kurt StraubeDari Mart Stores His grandparents purchased afarm in Junction City, Ore., back in 1940, which grewinto Lochmead Dairy, a milk processing plant, and Dari MartStores in 1965. Three generations of his family have been

tesoro considers kerkorians offer

Company evaluates selling off an additional 16%. Tesoro Corp. has revealed that it is carefully reviewing an offer from billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian to sell an increased stake in the company, according to the Associated Press. The Tesoro board will be in consideration over sale for the next 10 days. The unsolicited offer asks the

ampm makes list of top 200 franchise companies

BP-owned unit ranks 39th as the only c-store on the list. BP’s ampm convenience store has been ranked 39th in the 2007 Franchise Times “Top 200.” The companies that made the list have a minimum of 20% of total units operated by franchisees. Worldwide sales are also a factor in the rankings. ampm is the

sheetz looks for a few hundred good men and women

Company launches job fair to help staff new kitchen. Sheetz Inc. will host a job fair offering hundreds of exciting employment opportunities at the new Sheetz Bros. Kitchen. The fair will be held at the Sheetz Distribution Center in Claysburg, Pa. on Nov. 2 and 3 from 10:00am to 6:00pm each day. The fair will

kumgo cofounder awarded for philanthropy

NCEA committee honors Krause with highest honor. W.A. “Bill” Krause, co-founder of Kum & Go, has been named a 2007 honoree of the National Catholic Educational Association’s highest honor–the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award. The committee, which selected Krause, looks for awardees whose contributions to education and youth have been major and far-reaching. Krause was

canadian tire chooses fujitsu

New self-checkout systems installed in 100 stores. Fujitsu Transaction Solutions Inc., with Canadian Tire, will install Fujitsu’s U-Scan Genesis self-checkout system at more than 100 of its 468 stores across Canada. “Customer service is a top priority at Canadian Tire and the Fujitsu self-checkout systems will provide a new and enhanced method to efficiently serve

alon picks alliance data systems

New credit card and marketing solution brought into the chain. Alon USA Energy Inc. has signed a multi-year expansion and renewal agreement with Alliance Data Systems Corp. to provide co-brand and private label credit cards services for Alon’s FINA-branded convenience stores. Through this agreement, Alliance Data will provide an integrated credit and marketing solution for

titan names anderson ceo of appco

Growing company plans on expanding into new markets. Titan Global Holdings Inc. has appointed Marty Anderson as chief executive of Appalachian Oil Co. (Appco), as well as the appointment of the energy division’s entire senior management team. Appco is the first acquisition of the company’s recently announced Titan Global Energy, which was formed to aggregate

chevron supporting southern california victims

Donations given to help those affected by wildfires. Chevron Corp. has donated $500,000 to support relief efforts in the communities affected by the Southern California wildfires. The commitment includes a $400,000 contribution to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund that will support wildfire relief efforts across Southern California and a $100,000 contribution that will

iri launches allscan convenience reviews

New 100% POS system assists retail tracking. Information Resources Inc. (IRI) has launched AllScan Convenience Reviews, the industry’s first service that provides 100% point-of-sale (POS)-based convenience store coverage with weekly data for more than 250 product categories and insights for more than 50 states and local markets. This cost-effective, syndicated convenience tracking service combines POS

ameristops receiver calls it quits

Court appoints new one after former leaves due to disagreements. A new receiver has been assigned to manage day-to-day operations of Petro Acquisitions Inc., the parent company for AmeriStop convenience stores, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Leonard Z. Eppel, president of Financial Resource Associates in Blue Ash, stepped down on Tuesday as the court-appointed receiver

cstores named for exceptional customer service

New survey discovers most consumer-friendly businesses. Corporate Research International released the results of RealPeopleRatings.com, its quarterly customer service survey that illustrates the importance of brand image and customer perception. Subway, Chevron/Texaco, Publix and Walgreens were among those that earned the highest marks in their categories this quarter. Other c-stores included were Shell and The Pantry

krogers helps ban underage smoking

State Attorneys General across the country calls to enforce stronger restrictions. Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff revealed that Kroger Co., the parent company of 48 stores in Utah, has agreed to enforce strict measures to keep tobacco from minors. “Utah and other states have been working since 2000 to keep cigarettes from kids. As more

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