Coinstar Centers Accepting Donations to UNICEF for Haiti Emergency Relief

More than 15,000 Coinstar Centers have been enabled across the country to support victims of the devastating Haitian earthquake that occurred earlier this week. A special U.S. Fund for UNICEF code, 5556, has been added to Coinstar Centers in participating locations allowing individuals to help the millions of children and families struggling to survive the

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NOCO Express Donates To American Red Cross Haiti Fund

Tonawanda, N.Y.-NOCO Express Stores has partnered with the National Payment Card Association, the processor of the NOCO Friends & Family Club Card with EZ Pay, to give customers an opportunity to support the American Red Cross International Response Fund for Haiti. For every gas purchase customers make with their NOCO Friends & Family Club Card

Pullback in Wholesale Costs Leads to Fuel Price Decline

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Better than a nickel decline in wholesale prices for metropolitan markets across the U.S. during the weekly period ended on Martin Luther King Jr. Day will arrest the rapid increase in retail gasoline prices seen since late 2009. The U.S. average retail price for regular grade

Walgreen’s Fresh Food, Alcohol Sales Up The Competition

Deerfield, Ill.-based Walgreen Co. is getting into fresh foods and prepared meals to draw “time-starved” customers to its more than 7,000 stores, Business Week reported The drugstore chain has been talking with foodmakers including Unilever NV, Nestle SA and Sara Lee Corp. about creating private-label and branded products, according to Bryan Pugh, vice president of

New Sin Taxes For New York City?

New sin taxes are being proposed for New York City, and would be aimed at soft drinks and cigarettes under a spending plan for 2010-11 unveiled by Gov. Paterson this morning that would also cut $1 billion in education funding and raise health care taxes, the New York Post reported. “There are no more easy

Ronald Samuel Wins Sunoco’s “Free Fuel 5000”

Sunoco has awarded 5,000 gallons of gasoline to the winner of its 2009 Free Fuel 5000 promotion, Ronald Samuel. As the official fuel of NASCAR, Sunoco’s “Free Fuel 5000” promotion offered millions of Sunoco customers a decal identical to the ones on every racecar in NASCAR’s three top series. By getting spotted with a decal

Huck’s Raises Nearly $200,000 for Kids

Huck’s Convenience Stores, through corporate and store level fundraising, collected and distributed $195,463 to help kids in its 102 local markets have a great Christmas.   Huck’s “Karing for Kids” program is now in its 6th year of making a difference in r local communities with the simple of idea of providing children whose circumstances

Family Express Achieves Zero Turnover in Half of Stores

Family Express, a northwest and north central Indiana 52-store chain, reached a new milestone by experiencing zero turnover in half of their store locations in 2009.   “Reaching this milestone underscores the wisdom of building our business model around what we call the ‘living brand,’” said Kris Condon, director of human resources for Family Express.

Suncor Plans More Layoffs

Calgary-based Suncor Energy has plans to lay off an another 1,000 workers this year as it continues to digest the assets of Petro-Canada it gained in a $20-billion merger last fall, the Calgary Herald reported The decision was announced at an investor’s conference in New York last Tuesday. The new round of layoffs would bring

7-Eleven Inc. Wins Retailer Chief Award for Merchandising Excellence

This week, 7-Eleven is being honored by Point of Purchase Advertising International (POPAI) as the 2009 winner of the Retail Chief Award for Merchandising Excellence. The award will be given during POPAI’s Annual Night of Honors on Thursday, Jan. 21, in Miami Beach, Fla., concluding the 2010 MarketSmart Conference. “I can’t think of a more

Mac’s Renews Price Management Solution

Mac’s Convenience Stores Inc., a division of Canadian convenience retailer Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., has renewed the deployment of DemandTec Inc.’s Everyday Price Management solution. Mac’s Convenience Stores operates more than 800 stores throughout 12 states in the Midwest and Northeast, and has chosen to extend its relationship with DemandTec based on the business benefits realized

Shell Pledges Aid to Haiti

Shell Oil Company and Motiva Enterprises LLC are donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross to aid in disaster relief and recovery efforts in Haiti. “This is a trying time for Haiti and a chance for the rest of the world to lend a hand to those in need,” said Marvin Odum, president of Shell

QuikTrip Opens In Tucson, Ariz.

Tulsa, Okla.-based QuikTrip opened its first Tucson, Ariz. c-store at 2345 E. Irvington Road on Wednesday night, ahead of it’s scheduled opening Thursday morning. On Wednesday night, “we were just standing around taking pictures; we were ready to go, and finally we just took the barricades down and let them in . . . about

Rutter’s Sends Valentine’s Boxes To Troops

For the fifth year in a row, Rutter’s Farm Stores and the nonprofit Support Our American Recruits will send Valentine’s Day goodie boxes to area troops serving in Iraq, Afghanistan or Kuwait. The organizations plan to send about 50 boxes – each containing enough items for a military unit of 15 to 20 people. Area

Kum & Go Names New Advertising Agency of Record

Kum & Go has named Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods (CJRW) as the company’s advertising agency of record. Starting January 2010, CJRW will aid in the strategic development of Kum & Go marketing initiatives and will execute materials ranging from in-store signage to broadcast advertising for Kum & Go and its portfolio of proprietary products. This

Wawa Assists Haitian Relief Effort

In response to the devastation in Haiti caused by the recent Haitian earthquakes, Wawa Inc. has launched of a chain-wide, in-store crisis campaign, designed to send aid to those affected.  The campaign is being held  in partnership with the American Red Cross and allows customers to help contribute to the disaster effort  through scannable UPC

Federal Judge Sides With Electronic Cigarettes

A U.S. judge has ruled that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not have the authority to regulate electronic cigarettes, The Wall Street Journal reported. In a 32-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon sided with electronic cigarette maker Smoking Everywhere Inc., and found that the FDA did not have the authority

International Carwash Association Appoints New President

The International Carwash Association (ICA), the world’s largest association for car wash professionals, has announced its 2010 Board of Directors and new Association President Jeff Gheysens, who is the owner of Sparkle Kleen Car Wash. The appointments went into effect on Jan. 1. The newly-elected board members represent both the operator and vendor community. “An ideal

Quick Chek Introduces Sumatra Mandheling

Quick Chek, which operates more than 120 fresh food store locations throughout New Jersey and Southern New York, is announcing the availability of Sumatra Mandheling, a smooth, dark and full-bodied coffee which features a subtly complex mocha flavor. Quick Chek’s new single origin coffee – coffee known for coming from one specific geographical region where

Gulf Oil Acquires Gulf Brand From Chevron

Framingham, Mass.-based Gulf Oil LP, a division of Cumberland Farms Inc., has acquired the rights to the Gulf brand in the U.S. from Chevron USA Inc., the Boston Business Journal reported. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Gulf Oil began using the Gulf name in 1986 through a licensing agreement with San Ramon, Calif.-based

7-Eleven Hires FM to Manage Maintenance

7-Eleven Inc. has selected FM Facility Maintenance to handle all store maintenance for its 6,200+ corporate- and franchise-owned locations in both the U.S. and Canada. The agreement allows 7-Eleven to centralize maintenance activity in order for stores to operate more efficiently, while reducing costs. “We believe 7-Eleven, our store operators, franchisees and, most importantly, our

Many Indiana C-stores To Card All Customers For Alcohol

The Indiana Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association announced Tuesday that 13 chains covering 458 Indiana locations will begin requiring their clerks to check the IDs of all customers purchasing alcohol, starting in the next few weeks, the Indiana Star reported. The announcement coincides with the state legislature’s review of several alcohol bills, including one

Report Reveals Areas Where Retailers Can Reduce Theft

A new study, sponsored in part by ADT and its Sensormatic Retail Solutions group, revealed the need for retailers to focus on technology solutions that enhance their current operational goals and combat theft without adding labor costs. They study, “Loss Prevention 2010: Retailers Battling Shrink in Touch Times,” found that during these challenging economic times,

Listeria Found in Parkers Farm Products

Parkers Farm Inc. of Coon Rapids, Minn., is recalling products because they have the potential to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes-fatal infection in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.   Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high

Circle K Acquires Eight Stores in North Carolina

Laval, Que.-based Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. through its Circle K Stores Inc. unit, is acquiring eight stores in central North Carolina from Accel Marketing LLC, The Wall Street Journal reported. The stores, which operate under the Accel banner, are company-operated and offer proprietary fuel. Once the purchase is complete, the stores will be operate under the

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