The Rise of MLP Strategies

The battle lines are being drawn. MLP strategies begin to coalesce while sidelining traditional marketers. By Mark Radosevich Over the past year, the character of Master Limited Partnerships (MLP’s) has begun to morph from a gallon aggregation model, where the primary objective was to capture increasing amounts of wholesale fuel distribution volume, to a device

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Capturing the Fill-In Shopping Trip at C-Stores

Convenience stores offer a convenient and quick option for consumers in need of only one or two items to carry them over until their next trip to the grocery store. To help convenience stores leverage the fill-in shopping opportunity, General Mills Convenience & Foodservice conducted a survey to better understand shoppers’ attitudes and needs for

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Many Millennials Dislike Interacting With Cashiers

Study finds majority of shoppers are using self-service checkout kiosks, but seek improved process. Retale, a location-based mobile platform connecting more than 3.5 million shoppers with their favorite major retailers locally, announced the results of a new commissioned study examining consumer self-service checkout adoption among brick-and-mortar retailers. The study focused on several areas of the

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Core-Mark Selects Boyd Coffee As Category Partner

Two industry leaders combine expertise to provide innovative coffee solutions for foodservice customers. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the nation’s largest distributors and marketers of fresh and broad line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America now joins Boyd Coffee Co., with a 115-year history in the coffee industry, to expand

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Conexxus Conference Kicks Off in Annapolis

Retailers learn new cybersecurity considerations, get a glimpse into the future of payments. During the Monday afternoon sessions at the 2015 Conexxus Annual Conference guests heard from experts about best practices in cybersecurity as well as the future of payments. Cybersecurity Brigadier General (retired) Gregory Touhill, deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity operations and programs in

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Kum & Go to Offer E15 Fuel Options in 2015

More than 65 Kum & Go stores across seven states to offer the alternative fuel. Kum & Go plans to begin offering E15 as a fuel option. The first station, located at 7229 University Avenue in Windsor Heights, Iowa will open on April 30. Over the next two years, Kum & Go plans to make

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Wells Fargo Shares Key Takeaways from NATO Conference

“Director Zeller continues to believe the FDA has a huge opportunity to develop a ‘comprehensive nicotine regulatory policy’ taking into account the continuum of risk,” says Wells Fargo spokesperson. Wells Fargo Securities LLC recently attended and participated in the National Association of Tobacco Outlet (NATO) Show in Las Vegas where Mitch Zeller, director of the

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PriceAdvantage Announces Integration with PetroZone RFM

Kwik Chek Food Stores leverages integration to consolidate critical fuel pricing data and execute faster, more accurate fuel price changes. PriceAdvantage, a fuel price management software company and division of Skyline Products, kicked off the 2015 Conexxus Annual Conference by announcing the company’s software integration with P97 Networks’ PetroZone Retail Fuels Module (RFM) powered by

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IDDBA Releases Listeria Awareness Mobile Training

Free training video to aid best practices. The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) released a free new online and mobile training video that helps deli department managers and service associates identify and develop best practices to help reduce the likelihood of the growth and spread of Listeria monocytogenes within retail deli departments. Titled Safe Food Matters:

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Wawa Marks Official Entrance Into Southwest Florida

Celebrates the grand opening of three Fort Myers-area locations. Wawa Inc. has announced the latest milestone in its Florida development—the grand opening of its first three stores in the Fort Myers area—each opened on Thursday,  April 23, 2015—marking its official entrance into Southwest Florida. The stores are located at: • 2370 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers,

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Shell, TravelCenters of America Add LNG Fueling Centers

“TravelCenters of America is the ideal partner to help us bring this vision to life,” says Shell spokesperson. Shell and TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) have finalized an agreement to develop a U.S. nationwide network of liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueling centers for heavy-duty road transport customers. The plan is to construct at least two

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QuickChek Donates To First Responders

Gives back to Sayreville, N.J. Fire Department by donating a portion of sales from a store that reopened following a strip mall fire. QuickChek Corp. will donate 25 cents for every sub, sandwich and wrap sold in its Main Street store to the Sayreville Fire Department following the fire-damaged convenience market’s re-opening Tuesday, April 14.

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FASTRAK Extends Partnership With VP Racing Fuels

“Since the inception of crate racing, racers have turned to VP fuels for superior power and consistency,” says VP spokesperson. The FASTRAK Racing Series announced that VP Racing Fuels will continue as Official Fuel of the FASTRAK Racing Series, including both the FASTRAK weekly series and touring series throughout the U.S. The agreement designates VP

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Cigar’s March Performance Points to Improving Conditions

Cigar growth at c-stores driven by pouches. Cigar dollar sales four weeks-ending March 29, 2015 posted a gain of 6.4%, increasing the average per store week sales to approximately $475. Retail units sold also advanced 7.6% versus last year based on the Balvor Retailer Composite (BRC). “The vast majority of the growth in Cigars came

ITG Brands Executive Team Appointed

“This group represents a wealth of experience across all functional areas and will allow ITG Brands to establish itself as a major competitive player in the U.S. tobacco market,” says CEO ITG Brands. ITG Brands LLC, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Imperial Tobacco Group PLC, has announced the appointment of executive team members following the expected

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Retailers Applaud Advancement of House Cyber Security Bills

“Retailers have taken extraordinary steps in the past year to combat cybercrime and protect our customers from the impact of data breaches and other cyber-attacks,” says vice president for privacy and cybersecurity. The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) applauded House passage of two pieces of legislation designed to strengthen the ability of law enforcement and

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Kum & Go Celebrates 100th LEED Certified Store

New Iowa-based site marks company milestone. Kum & Go has secured its 100th LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for its use of sustainable construction and design. The Urbandale, Iowa store, located at 11989 Hickman Road, achieved a LEED Silver certification. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a points‐based

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Love’s Opens First Location Along Interstate 49

New Neosho, Mo. location offers 24/7 service and a Truck Tire Care center. Drivers traveling the 300-mile stretch of Interstate 49 between Fort Smith, Ark., and Kansas City, Mo., can access parking and driver services at the new Love’s Travel Stop in Neosho, Mo. Love’s has opened its first location on Interstate 49, located at

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Verifone Honored For EMV Education

Receives NACHA’s 2015 George Mitchell Payments System Excellence Award. Verifone was presented with the 2015 George Mitchell Payments System Excellence Award—an award given annually by NACHA—The Electronic Payments Association. The award is named after former vice-chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, George Mitchell, an early proponent of electronic payments. It honors

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Hunt Brothers Pizza Introduces New Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

Company launches newest limited time offer pizza at participating convenience stores nationwide. Hunt Brothers Pizza, the nation’s largest brand of made-to-order pizza in the convenience store industry, has introduced Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza, the newest pizza to join the company’s list of deliciously daring limited time offers. Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza is now available to

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Balvor Reports Strong March Performance for Smokeless Tobacco

Dollar sales up 8% over the previous year. According to the Balvor Retailer Composite (BRC), Smokeless Tobacco posted positive gains across all key performance metrics for the four weeks-ending March 29, 2015. Dollars sales increased 8% versus the previous year, aided by Moist growing at nearly similar rates, SNUs increasing over 12%, and Loose Leaf

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Rutter’s Announces New Menu Additions

Whoopie pies and macaroni and cheese among new options. In a nod to the unique fare of Central Pennsylvania, Rutter’s Farm Stores added two hometown favorites, whoopie pies and fried sweet bologna, and one classic American dish, macaroni and cheese, to their diverse and award-winning menu this week. An all-American favorite, macaroni and cheese adds

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BUNN IoT Technology Receives Gold Award

2015 Connected World Awards honors BUNN. BUNN, a global manufacturer of dispensed beverage equipment, was honored with a Gold Award for Remote Equipment Management at the 2015 Connected World Awards for its partnership with Mesh Systems in the development of BUNNlink Wellness Program. “The 2015 Connected World Award winners are leveraging the ‘Internet of Things’

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Summer Hiring Survey Reveals Outlook for Summer Workers

Employers predict increase in total hires and wages from last summer encourage workers to start looking for jobs now. Snagajob has announced results from its 2015 Summer Hiring Survey of 1,000 employers responsible for hiring hourly employees this summer, including those in the retail, hospitality and foodservice industries. Combined, these industries make up 44% of

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Balvor Reports Electronic Nicotine Devices March Sales Up 7%

Disposable sales dip but rechargeable remains strong. The latest Balvor Retailer Composite (BRC) shows that convenience stores continue to grow Electronic Nicotine Devices (ENDs) with dollar sales up 7.1% while retail units sold grew 26.4%. “It’s critical to have a deeper knowledge of the business as there are many factors causing fluctuations in the category’s

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