NPD Reveals Holiday Purchase Intentions

Holiday shopping may begin sooner than expected. The NPD Group’s 2015 Holiday Purchase Intentions Survey has revealed that more consumers will begin their shopping earlier, a higher percentage of shopping will take place online and more growth will be seen among the top categories purchased compared to last year. According to the survey, half of all holiday shoppers


First Android-Based Pay-at-the-Pump System

The Clover Solution also allows for a variety of in-store payments, including Level 3 EMV Certification, NFC and magnetic stripe credit cards. FBP Holdings LLC has announced that Fuel, the first Android-based pay-at-the-pump system, is now available in First Data’s Clover App Market. The Clover solution is First Data’s point-of-sale (POS) business management tool and

7-Eleven’s Airport Location Opens Its Doors

7-Eleven’s post-security airport location honored Veterans during its opening. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport to celebrate the opening of the first post-security airport 7-Eleven location and honor Veterans Day. At the ceremony 7-Eleven made donations to Texas Christian University (TCU) Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) and Dallas Fort

How To Bring Fuel Customers Inside Your Store

Between technical advances and effective forecourt strategies, retailers are able to prompt patrons from the pump to points inside their stores. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Thanks to pay-at-the-pump technology, the average convenience store fuel customer spends five minutes or less filling up a gas tank. Some of them will come into the store and

Heartland and Pinnacle Create New EMV Compliant POS System

EMV compliant POS systems developed specifically for petroleum and convenience retailers. Heartland Payment Systems and The Pinnacle Corp. have launched the first Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) compliant point-of-sale (POS) system for petroleum retailers. Petro retailers can now meet the global standard for credit payment cards based on chip card technology. Heartland and Pinnacle’s Palm POS system provides petro

ALON 7-Eleven and GreenPrint Expand Strive Program

All 312 pumps in the chain’s Albuquerque market now feature the reduced emissions fuel program. After early indicators of success, ALON 7-Eleven and GreenPrint LLC, creator of the first reduced emission fuel program, announced continued growth of the Strive – Reduced Emissions Fuel Program as it expands to an additional 14 stations, more than doubling

H-E-B Launches Online Store

Some 50,000 products now available on Texas-based H-E-B, one of the nation’s largest regional grocery retailers with more than 370 stores in Texas and Mexico, announced that 50,000 shelf-stable foods, drugstore and general merchandise products are now available to purchase and ship at Products include H-E-B’s popular store brands like Central Market Organics

Cyber Monday Customer Service Issues Affect In-Store Sales

Can customers’ online experiences affect their in-store shopping choices? Consumer research from LoyaltyOne has revealed that customer service mistakes made with Cyber Monday online shoppers could lead to significant in-store sales losses in the coming holiday shopping season. In LoyaltyOne’s October 2015 nationwide survey of 1,019 American consumers, nearly half (47%) of Cyber Monday shoppers indicated

Turkey Hill Donates to Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation

Turkey Hill honors veterans and active military personnel while striving to help those who are struggling. In a ceremony held on Nov. 6, 2015, Turkey Hill Minit Markets presented a donation check for $67,000 to the Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation. The donation includes funds raised for the foundation during Turkey Hill’s 2015 Charity Golf Outing, which took

How Consumers Use eGift Giving

Consumers tend to use gift cards for gift giving and egifts more for themselves. A recent shopper survey from Blackhawk Network, examining how consumers use plastic versus digital gift cards or egifts, has revealed that consumers tend to purchase plastic gift cards to give as gifts and use egifts more for themselves. The survey also explored how consumers use

Customers Can Get Fuel Price Updates Via Apple Watch

Consumers can now view the most updated fuel prices via their Apple Watch thanks to an app from AAA. AAA has released a new app for Apple Watch. This recent update allows Apple Watch owners to find the nearest gas station the station with the lowest price for the type of fuel they use in their vehicle. The app also provides the most

FDA Approves Eight New Swedish Match Snus Products

The decision by the FDA does not allow the company to market the product as a less dangerous alternative to other tobacco products. The FDA has approved eight new Swedish Match snus products to be sold in the U.S. According to a post from Reuters, the FDA has declared that Swedish Match will be allowed

TravelCenters Third Quarter Financial Results

During the first three quarters of 2015, TA invested $319.4 million to acquire and renovate a combined 153 travel centers and convenience stores. TravelCenters of America LLC has announced financial results for the three and nine months ended Sept. 30, 2015: Business Commentary Fuel sales volume for the 2015 third quarter increased by 36.7 million

Anheuser-Busch and Molson Coors Complete Divestiture

A $12 billion transaction has been completed between Anheuser-Busch and Molson Coors. A joint venture has been forged between Anheuser-Busch InBev and Molson Coors Brewing Co. regarding a complete divestiture of SABMiller plc’s interest in MillerCoors LLC in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The transaction is valued at $12 billion and is conditional on the completion of

Parker’s Gives Back

Parker’s third annual golf tournament raised funds to benefit Georgia and South Carolina communities. Parker’s Fueling was able to raise $83,597 to benefit education, healthcare and other important causes in coastal Georgia and South Carolina through the 2015 Parker’s Fueling the Community Charity Golf Tournament. The tournament attracted 138 players from across the region, including a

Miss Virginia Celebrates With CITGO

Miss Virginia made appearances at two of CITGO’s customer appreciation events. CITGO stations in Waverly and Wakefield, Va., along with Marketer Little Oil Co., hosted customer appreciation events for their respective communities. Miss Virginia 2015 Savannah Lane played a big part in both events by meeting with customers, signing autographs, taking photos and sharing content on her

Manitowoc Foodservice Gains New Board Members

Seasoned industry members have been chosen to serve on the Board of Directors for the newly created Manitowoc Foodservice Inc. Timothy Fenton and Thomas  Davis have been added to to the Board of Directors of The Manitowoc Co. Inc.’s wholly-owned subsidiary Manitowoc Foodservice Inc., which is planned to be spun-off from The Manitowoc Co. Inc. in the

22nd Century Group Settles Litigation with Former CEO

Differences have been settled between 22nd Century Group and former CEO. 22nd Century Group Inc. (the Company) and Joseph Pandolfino, the former CEO and founder of the Company, have settled all litigation and disputes between the parties. The details of this settlement have been disclosed by the Company in its filing with the U.S. Securities

McDonald’s CEO Weighs in on Refranchising Plans

McDonald’s officials are confident about the current turnaround plan. McDonald’s Corp. president and CEO Steve Easterbrook and members of senior management provided an update on the company’s Turnaround Plan during the its recent investor meeting. “The cornerstone of our System is our powerful and enduring brand. While we are still in the early stages of

Fast Food Workers Strike

Workers across the country are banding together to fight for a living wage. A national protest took place on Tuesday, Nov. 10, as fast food workers took to the streets to protest for a $15 minimum wage. According to a report from Time, Tuesday’s strike took place in 270 cities across the country at McDonald’s,

7-Eleven Closes Deal on 101 Gasoline Locations

7-Eleven may rebrand newly-acquired stores. 7‑Eleven Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, SEI Fuel Services Inc., acquired 101 gasoline locations in Florida from Biscayne Petroleum LLC and Everglades Petroleum LLC. The acquisition, advised by Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc., consists of 94 controlled real estate locations, seven fuel-supply-only contracts and some related assets. These operations are primarily

Woodland Oil Chooses AIMS’ Accounting Software

Accounting solution includes cardlock processing and other modules to streamline Woodland’s business. Woodland Oil Inc, located in Vidalia, Ga. has recently purchased AIMS’ COMPAS Commander accounting software. AIMS Inc. is a provider of strategic accounting software for Wholesale Petroleum Marketers. AIMS will provide Woodland Oil with a comprehensive accounting solution that includes cardlock processing, oil

Carbonated Soft Drink Dollar Sales Dip

Energy drink category dollar sales remain solid. Wells Fargo Securities found Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) continues to lead in the carbonated soft drink category, while Monster sales remain under pressure on soft volume growth, citing Nielsen data for the four-week period ending Oct. 31, 2015, across all channels (grocery, drug, mass and convenience stores).

7-Eleven Offers Veteran Franchisee Opportunities

7-Eleven wants to help retired veterans live the American Dream. 7-Eleven Inc. is working to provide more franchise opportunities to qualified men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. The retailer has set a goal of recruiting 100 veterans and providing $2 million in discounts by the end of 2016. Launched in the

Murphy USA Announces Financial Results

Murphy USA third quarter financial results reveal that the company is on track with its organic growth plan. Murphy USA Inc. has released its financial results for the three and nine months ended Sept. 30, 2015. Three-month results For the three month period ended Sept. 30, 2015, the Company reported net income of $60.5 million or