Congress Considers Credit Card Rules

  On Thursday, the U.S. House Financial Services Committee held a hearing to evaluate the rules that Visa and MasterCard impose on retailers and on the proposed legislation to handle the issue, NACS reported.   One solution debated, which is strongly supported by NACS, was the Credit Card Interchange Fees Act of 2009 (H.R. 2382).

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Arizona To Close 13 Rest Stops

The Arizona Department of Transportation is temporarily closing 13 of 18 state-owned rest stops as part of a plan to fix a projected $100 million shortfall in highway user funds, the Arizona Daily Star reported. The closures, which could begin as soon as Oct. 19, are expected to be temporary, Linda Ritter, an Arizona Department

ExxonMobil Hosts Roundtable at U.S.-Africa Business Summit

  A summit meeting on U.S.-Africa business opportunities drew government, private sector, and civil society leaders from around the world last week to discuss ways to improve women’s economic opportunities.   At the event, ExxonMobil Executive Sara Ortwein praised The Corporate Council on Africa for its focus on women and led a roundtable discussion on

Coca Cola CEO Speaks Out on Soft Drink Tax

  In a Wall Street Journal opinion article, Muhtar Kent, CEO of the Coca-Cola Company argued that soft drinks are not to blame for the U.S. obesity epidemic and that consumers need exercise to improve health, and that adding another tax on recession weary consumers is not the answer.     Kent is responding to the

Profit With Product Promotions

  Promotions and sales at local grocery stores are drawing cash-strapped customers more than ever before.   According to a new study from The Nielsen Company, 42.8% of grocery purchases are sold on promotion, up from 40.8% a year ago. And grocery stores aren’t alone. Drug stores also are selling a significant portion of products

IDDBA Elects Board of Directors

  The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) elected the 2009-2010 Board of Directors and Officers at the group’s Annual Business Meeting, held recently in Chicago.   John Sullivan, the president and CEO of Norseland Inc., Stamford, Conn., was elected as the association’s 46th president. He has been an officer and served on the Board of Directors

Kwik Trip Upgrades Fuel Dispensers

   Kwik Trip, Inc. of La Crosse, Wis., will be installing improved fuel dispensers with Gilbarco FlexPay Encrypting PIN Pad (EPP) retrofits for Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance.   The program begins this month with 1,157 dispensers at 164 locations in the first phase. The award-winning hardware is PCI Encrypting PIN Pad (PCI EPP) compliant

Shell and McDonald’s Play MONOPOLY

  Shell is once again taking part in one of the largest and most successful marketing promotions in McDonald’s history-MONOPOLY. Consumers will receive a game piece with the purchase of select McDonald’s menu items. Each game piece includes a Game Code to be entered online at the MONOPOLY 2009 Game on McDonald’s Web site (PlayatMcD.com)

Sam’s Mart Standardizes 106-store chain

  Sam’s Mart Corporation of Charlotte, N.C., is installing Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s Passport point of sale (POS) system at an additional 80 corporate and dealer locations in the Charlotte and Atlanta areas this year.   This program builds on the base of stores that already have Passport to make it the standard POS across the chain.  

7-Eleven “Dating” Game Awards Free Coffee

  7-Eleven is putting a new spin on “convenient pick-up” with its new virtual dating game offered online at www.the711club.com.   Challengers find themselves at Rio Janiero’s exotic 711 Club, where they select a hot “date” from a group of sexy women and men. Game play involves navigating various nightclub scenarios by selecting the correct humorous

QuikTrip Plans for the Future

  Tulsa, Okla.-based QuikTrip, already spanning nine markets with 500 locations, has its eye on expansion and is planning to test a larger c-store design, the Tulsa World reported.   “We want to be the best at everything we do. Otherwise, we don’t want to play,” QuikTrip CEO Chet Cadieux said in a recent speech

C-store Owners Expand Services

  In a tough economy, c-store operators are adding more services to entice customers to their stores.   Alice Williams, owner of Alice’s 66 Gas N Snacks 2 Go, recently added U-Haul truck and trailer rentals to her convenience store and full-service gas station.   The new service will appeal to families needing moving services.

Hess Makes Check-out Speedier

  Independent gasoline-convenience store retailer Hess will now accept MasterCard PayPass at more than 870 company-operated Hess and Hess Express locations along the eastern U.S.   In addition to traditional magnetic-stripe payment cards, Hess will accept MasterCard PayPass at check-out counters at these locations by early 2010 to provide customers with quicker transactions and greater

Kum & Go Opens New Store in Mead, Colo.

  Kum & Go L.C. has opened a new store in Mead, Colo.   The 3,400-square-foot store took only 95 days to construct and is located at Interstate 25 and Highway 66 in Mead.   “We’re excited to offer a brand new store to the residents of Mead,” said Kyle Krause, president and CEO of

Suncor Energy Doubles Ethanol Production Capacity

Suncor Energy is resuming the expansion of its St. Clair Ethanol Plant near Sarnia, Ontario. The $120 million construction project, expected to be completed in late 2010 or early 2011, will double the plant’s current ethanol production capacity from 200 to 400 million litres per year. “This is great news for Suncor, for Southern Ontario

Hess Presents Charity Checks

  Hess Corporation donated $100,00 to two charities this weekend as part of its Home Run Campaign, which kicked off on Boston Red Sox’ home opening day.   On Sunday, Oct. 4, Aric Morrison, a Hess Retail regional director, presented the two $50,000 checks before the game-one to the Jimmy Fund through the Red Sox

Domo Dominates 7-11 This Fall

  Domo, the fuzzy brown creature from Japan with a trademark enigmatic open-mouth expression, is taking 7-Eleven stores by storm this fall.   From collectible Slurpee cups filled with Fuji Frost by Fanta, and flocked Slurpee character straws to Big Bite hot dog containers, coffee cups and even an exclusive Domo Attack! Energy drink, Domo

Retail Gasoline Price Downturn Stalled by Supply Surprise

Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN   Wholesale gasoline costs in most major metropolitan markets across the U.S. stalled an extended seasonal price decline in early October following an unexpected drawdown in the nation’s inventory of gasoline, catching the market flatfooted, and driving a better than 6 percent increase in market pricing.  

House Committee To Review Interchange Bill

The House Financial Services Committee has scheduled a hearing for Oct. 8 to receive testimony on the Credit Card Interchange Fees Act (H.R. 2382), NACS reported. This legislation, introduced by Reps. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Bill Shuster (R-PA), would begin to change many of rules imposed on merchants by the credit card companies. In preparation

Save-A-Lot Fights Breast Cancer

  Save-A-Lot food stores is joining the fight against breast cancer by partnering with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest breast cancer advocacy organization, for the remainder of 2009.   In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Save-A-Lot food stores will unveil a “pinked out” version of their No. 60 Save-A-Lot

Dunkin’ Donuts To Bid Farewell To President

  Dunkin’ Donuts’ president and chief brand officer, William Kussell, is leaving the company at year’s end.   Dunkin’ Brands CEO Nigel Travis will also assume the role of Dunkin’ Donuts president.   “In the 15 years since Will joined Dunkin’ Donuts, the company has grown from a regional donut chain with about 3,000 stores

CITGO Awards Latest Fueling Good Prize

  Jennifer Frances, founder of Bess the Book Bus, is the latest winner of a year’s supply of fuel in the Fueling Good program presented by CITGO Petroleum Corp.    Based in Tampa, Fla., Bess the Book Bus is a mobile literacy program which provides free books and reading programs to underprivileged children across the community.

Pumpkin Pin-ups For Charity

  The 18th annual Halloween Promotion will kick off Oct. 1,  to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,  one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.   During the month-long Halloween Promotion, thousands of restaurants, convenience stores, grocery stores and other retail locations nationwide

Wesco Deploys Retalix’s DAX Analyzer

  Wesco, a self-distributing convenience store chain with 51 locations across Michigan, has chosen Retalix’s DAX Analyzer, powered by the QlikView business intelligence engine from QlickTech, to further enhance its demand forecasting and replenishment operations.   DAX Analyzer provides Wesco with a dashboard-style business intelligence interface that integrates with the retailer’s existing installation of Retalix’s

Demonstration Ends At Suncor Site

  A protest ended peacefully yesterday evening after Greenpeace activists who entered Suncor’s oil sands site north of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, left the area under police escort.   “We’re happy that we were able to resolve yesterday’s events in a safe and peaceful manner,” said Steve Williams, Suncor’s chief operating officer. “As always,

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