kroger goes pink

New product campaign raises money for breast cancer. Pink tags will be on display throughout The Kroger Co.’s stores again this year as the retailer partners with vendors and suppliers to support National Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. Beginning this weekend, pink tags can be found on shelves in Kroger stores across the country

senate supports schip

Bill being prepared for the President, who has promised to veto. In a vote of 67-29, the Senate passed reauthorization legislation for the $35 billion State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) after it was passed by the House two days earlier with a vote of 265-159. The legislation is now en route to the President’s

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gilbarco releases passport version 6

Major oil brands step up for upgrades. Gilbarco has released to production Passport Version 6 software for ExxonMobil, Chevron, Sunoco and Valero-branded retailers, as well as independently branded retailers who use the Concord BuyPass network. Passport Version 6 has been validated for compliance with Visa’s Payment Application Best Practices (PABP). The point of sale (POS)

tesco distribution model requires several hundred us locations

New center costs will lead UK chain to plan more stores, analysts suggest. During a conference in London organized by Piper Jaffray Cos., Tesco revealed that it must open “several hundred” U.S. stores to cover the expenses of opening its vast distribution center near Los Angeles, according to Bloomberg.com. “We need a substantial number of

philip morris takes retailers to court

105 vendors being sued over counterfeit cigarettes. Philip Morris USA has filed suit against 105 New Jersey and New York retailers on charges of selling counterfeit versions of Marlboro brand cigarettes. The cigarette maker accuses retailers of all varieties–delis, grocers and convenience stores–of selling cigarettes resembling popular Philip Morris USA products. The company has filed

keeping stores centered

New Willard Bishop study suggests that center of a store can be the most profitable area. New, smaller banners and greater focus on fresh foods will reduce the size of traditional grocery stores and directly impact variety and space in center of the store, according to a new study by Willard Bishop LLC, an industry

delek closes on lion

Company increases its total interest to 34.5%. Delek US Holdings has completed the acquisition of a 6.24% equity interest in Lion Oil Co. Total cash paid to the selling shareholders by Delek was approximately $23 million. This acquisition, along with a previously completed transaction, brings Delek’s total equity interest in Lion Oil to 34.5%. Lion

rutters concludes the fuel up for free

Fourth winner awarded free gas for three years in giveaway. Thanks to Rutter’s Farm Stores “Fuel Up For Free” giveaway, Steve Slyder is taking his family on a vacation to West Virginia in October, and he’ll definitely be stopping at a few units of the York, Pa.-based chain on his way out of town. Slyder

the pantrys preliminary 2007 numbers poor

Weaker margins, bleak outcome may lead to restructuring. The Pantry Inc. expects its gasoline gross margin and earnings per share for the fiscal year–ending Sept. 27, 2007–to be below its previous targets. Based on preliminary data, the company expects its retail gasoline gross margin for the fourth fiscal quarter to be between 10 cents and

halo hiccup hurts 7eleven

7-Eleven may not have been gamers’ first guess as to where to pick up the new Halo 3 this past Tuesday, but that didn’t stop the Dallas-based chain from planning a midnight launch of the video game along with every other gaming retailer across the country. However, a small distribution snag did stop stores from

simple approaches to reduce energy use

Keeping a cap on consumption can help cut costs and maintain budgets. by Mike Wardle, Roth Bros. Inc. Retailers spend nearly $20 billion annually on energy expenses, according to Energy Star, an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) organization. And, as costs continue to rise, c-store operators need surefire strategies to conserve energy and maintain budgets. A

house votes in favor of chipra

Federal excise tax on tobacco comes one step closer to becoming a reality. Yesterday evening, the House passed a bill in favor of a $35 billion reauthorization for Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA). The act will be fully funded by a .61-cents-per-pack federal excise tax increase on cigarettes. The house voted 265-159 on

western convenience joins in the e85 momentum

Chain teams up with local supporters to offer biofuel options. Western Convenience Stores is teaming up with the Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA), the Colorado Governor’s Biofuels Coalition, Regional Air Quality Council and General Motors to celebrate the opening of a new E85 pump location in Thornton, Colo. The collaboration kicked off the launch of

stewarts given highest quality milk award

Cornell University study selects the company with the honor for a second time. Stewart’s Shops has won the 2007 Highest Quality Milk in New York State award with a perfect score. This is the second time in three years Stewart’s has won this award. This prestigious distinction, awarded by Cornell University’s Department of Food Science,

bp restructuring management

Recent events leave new CEO contemplating new structure. Tony Hayward, CEO of BP, is warning employees of an impending management “shake-up” in an attempt to refocus the company following a “dreadful” third quarter and a deeper reappraisal of the business after the exit of his predecessor, according to United Guardian. Hayward revealed new plans to

bp and shell return to the gulf

Oil companies re-man their offshore stations after threat of storm passes. BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell have both revealed that they are returning to normal operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Both companies evacuated their structures to avoid the potential threat caused by a particularly dangerous storm, according to Bloomberg News Oil and

newport goes up in price

Lorillard announces 5-cent-per-pack increase. In a recent newsletter, Citi Group Tobacco Analyst Bonnie Herzog unveiled Lorillard’s plans to increase the price of its best-selling brand, Newport, by 5 cents per pack. The news was collected from industry sources and distributed late yesterday. The decision to raise the prices follows the actions of Lorillard’s competitors, Philip

gas prices drop 2 cents

National average lowers, but relief may only be temporary. The average retail price of a gallon of gasoline in the U.S. has dropped 2.03 cents in the last two weeks, but unfortunately, prices are set to move up as crude oil prices rise, according to a recent Lundberg Survey. According to the recently published report,

kennewick 7eleven becomes top slurpee seller

Washington town earns opportunity to premiere new flavor. Kennewick, Wash. has been deemed the Slurpee capital of the U.S. In August, the 7-Eleven store sold more Slurpee drinks than any other store in North America, shooting past reigning U.S. market champion Detroit and North American champion Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to take the No. 1 position

tennessee chokes outofstate cigarette sales

New law prohibits consumers to buy their over the border. Smokers in Tennessee have a new law to both fear and jeer, as the state announced that it is enforcing a two-carton limit on cigarettes purchased across state lines. The law, though it has been on the books for a while, is being revitalized. The

omega helps the ymca

Association hands over check for $77,000. West Virginia’s Oil Marketers and Grocers Association (OMEGA) is showing its commitment to America’s youth with a recent donation to the YMCA’s of West Virginia on Thursday. The company handed over $77,000 to the youth organization last week. Money was raised in a variety of ways. For starters, OMEGA

michigan court affirms ruling against bulk petroleum corp

Company issued to pay $2.4 million for underground tank leakage. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) director, Steven E. Chester, revealed that the Michigan Court of Appeals has affirmed a ruling against the Bulk Petroleum Corp. that requires the company to pay penalties totaling roughly $2.4 million for failing to properly clean up leaking

national restaurant association backs new bill

House representatives try to accelerate depreciation schedule to help foodservice proprietors. The National Restaurant Association is praising the introduction of a House bill aiming to address the tax code’s unfairness towards restaurants. The bill would make permanent the accelerated depreciation schedule of 15 years for both new building construction and improvements for restaurants across the

bright future for smokeless sales

Once upon a time, cigarettes were the embodiment of“cool.” Then came the health concerns. Then came thegovernment regulations. Cigarette smoking has reacheda point where it is so severely sneered upon that manycities have outright banned smoking in public establishments. Itshould be a surprise to no one that cigarette sales and gross profitmargins have been steadily

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