VERC Enterprises Participates in Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fundraiser

Helps raise $2,350 for Make-A-Wish Foundation. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store, Mobil/Gulf gasoline retailer and car wash operator with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, recently did its part to help the Suffolk University Fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon raise $2,350 to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. On Nov. 12, VERC Enterprises donated $2 for every

NRF Responds to Overtime Rule Halt

Implementation of overtime rule paused as it moves through the courts. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has welcomed a judge’s ruling that will prevent the Labor Department’s changes to federal overtime rules from taking effect as scheduled on Dec. 1, 2016. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant issued a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit brought by

Chevron, Texaco Customers Can Win Super Bowl LI Trip

Customers who swipe their Visa card at the pump are entered to win. Chevron through its partnership with Visa is offering customers a chance to win a trip to the Super Bowl. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. customers will be automatically entered for a chance to win a trip to Super Bowl LI from Visa when using

NRF Demands Further Action From Visa

After Visa changes its rules due to an FTC investigation, NRF calls on the card company to ensure removal of screens doesn’t void certification of retailers’ EMV systems. The National Retail Federation (NRF) welcomed Visa’s announcement on Nov. 22 that it will no longer use EMV technology and rules to improperly steer debit card transactions

Visa Responds to FTC Investigation With Rule Change

FTC to stop investigation in light of changes by Visa. Visa has agreed to change its rules and requirements for payment system stakeholders regarding the rollout of EMV smart chip technology in the United States. The move comes after careful scrutiny from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Reserve Board of Governors under which

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Inventory Tobacco

Today’s Idea of the Day: Inventory tobacco products at shift change. Tobacco products are small and expensive items that are easy targets of theft by dishonest employees. Prevent theft temptation by requiring employees to do a complete cigarette pack and other tobacco products count at every shift change. While it may frustrate staff initially, once

Rutter’s Announces ‘Vote With Your Dollars’ Recipients

Rewards members select three charities to receive donations. Rutter’s is set to award three local charities with a total of $75,000—$25,000 each, after the c-store chain’s “Vote With Your Dollars” philanthropic program. This is the second consecutive year Rutter’s has offered this program. Vote With Your Dollars enables customers to utilize the Rutter’s Rewards loyalty

McDonald’s Rolling Out “Experience of the Future” Concept

Pulling from fast-casual restaurants, McDonald’s is introducing kiosk ordering, table service. McDonald’s Corp. is engaging Millennials and adding a fast-casual spin to fast-food with the roll out of a new design that includes self-order kiosks, premium menu items and table service. McDonald’s noted that it has 500 restaurants in Southern California, New York City and

Food & Drink Trends Ahead for 2017

From new but recognizable to sustainable, Mintel outlines key influences expected to impact the food and beverage market in the new year. Mintel has predicted six key trends will impact the food and beverage market in 2017. According to the Chicago-based research firm, 2017 will be a year of extremes, from “ancient” products including grains,

AAA Predicts 43.5 Million To Road Trip This Thanksgiving

Twelve states see gas price averages dip below $2. With gas prices at a low $2.14 per gallon, AAA forecasts that some 43.5 million Americans will road trip for Thanksgiving this year. At $2.14 gas prices are the second cheapest they have been for the holiday since 2008 when the national average was $1.85. Pump

RaceTrac Supports EPA Proposal on Point of Obligation

“The current structure is the best approach to ensure that RFS program goals can be achieved,” says Metroplex Energy. RaceTrac Petroleum Inc.’s wholly-owned subsidiary Metroplex Energy, has voiced its support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to deny moving the “point of obligation” under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. Through its efforts to

Retailers Fight Card Companies Over Rights to Pricing Transparency

Anti-surcharge laws are anti-competitive retailers allege. The Retail Litigation Center (RLC), the Retail Council of New York State, Florida Retail Federation and the Food Marketing Institute filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in Expressions Hair Designs vs. Schneiderman. The case takes up the issue of whether state no-surcharge laws unconstitutionally restrict retailers

Economic Optimism Soars Ahead of Holidays

Lower gas prices to aid holiday shopping budgets. Economic optimism has reached its highest mark since 2013 when the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) first began tracking it. More Americans today are optimistic about the economy than they have been in the nearly four years of tracking consumer sentiment—and they say that they intend

CSD Seeks Nominations For Annual Social Media Awards

This January, CSD will again evaluate best practices and best c-store posts and campaigns across social media. Convenience Store Decisions is embarking on its 5th annual social media awards, and this year is seeking convenience store chain nominations in a number of categories: Best engagement with a single post or promotion by a c-store chain

Tying Up the 2016 Tax Season?

Business tax rules are never simple, but there are things to know that may make the process less painful and costly. By Mark Battersby, Contributing Editor Convenience store retailers should be turning to their advisors for strategies on how to reduce their convenience operation’s—and their own—tax bill. Fortunately, every c-store retailer has at their disposal

Swiss Farms Offers Free Coffee To Black Friday Shoppers

Convenience store customers who buy a breakfast sandwich get a free coffee courtesy of Swiss Farms. Customers can get their first Black Friday deal of the day at Swiss Farms, the Delaware County, Pa.-based drive-through market. All stores will offer a free 16-ounce coffee to customers who purchase any breakfast sandwich on Nov 25. In

FTC Investigating Visa’s Routing Rules

Federal Reserve says no payment card network can directly or indirectly force retailers to deploy a technology or enforce a rule that inhibits merchant routing choice. The Federal Reserve has declared that the technical specifications and rules provided to merchants as part of the EMV migration violate federal law. In response to the declaration by

Marathon Petroleum Responds to Elliott Management Statements

Hedge fund suggests a breakup of the firm to unlock value, but MPC notes it is already taking aggressive actions. Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) has responded to hedge fund Elliott Management Corp., which in a letter to MPC’s board alleged that the company is extremely undervalued and that it should consider a break up of

Thanksgivings Day Traditions Evolve

NPD Group looks at how cultural shifts are impacting Thanksgiving Day norms. Thanksgiving traditions are evolving to reflect the new cultural and societal makeup of the U.S., finds The NPD Group, a global information company, and its research partner, CultureWaves, a consumer qualitative insights company that looks at consumer behavioral data. A mix of influences—economic,

Consumers Demand Transparency On Meat, Poultry

Customer concerns over food ingredients, shape foodservice trends. The new golden rule in the U.S. food industry: “An informed consumer is a satisfied consumer.” This extends not just to the information printed on labels for products such as frozen or shelf-stable foods, but also increasingly includes fresh meat and poultry sold both at retail and

Thanksgiving Weekend Set to Attract Shoppers

Some 74% of surveyed shoppers plan to shop on Black Friday. American’s are gearing up for a busy shopping weekend following Thanksgiving. Some 59% of Americans – an estimated 137.4 million people – are planning to or considering shopping during Thanksgiving weekend, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation (NRF)

QuickChek Debuts Bordentown Store

Grand opening promotions include free coffee. QuickChek recently opened a new 5,496-square-foot c-store at the Rivergate Bordentown Waterfront located at 500 Route 130. The Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based chain opened the store on Nov. 8., with grand opening promotions including free large hot coffees for patrons from Nov. 8-Nov. 20. The new store will be open

Cumberland Farms Offers Free Coffee on Thanksgiving

C-store chain surveys customers about their holiday preferences and plans. Thanksgiving Day travelers have something extra to be thankful for as Cumberland Farms will be providing free coffee—any blend, hot or iced in any size—all day long on Thanksgiving Day. This offer is good at Cumberland Farms’ nearly 600 retail locations throughout the Northeast and

Sheetz Welcomes New Public Relations Manager

Nick Ruffner brings wide range of communications experience to Sheetz. Nick Ruffner has joined Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz as public relations manager. Ruffner, who is a native of Indiana County, Pa., has a background across the communications spectrum, from public relations to television and radio broadcasting. Most recently, he served as the Communications Director for U.S.

Unified Commerce Not Yet A Reality

Numerous struggles exist on the path to creating an omni-channel environment, BRP finds. While an omni-channel approach might be a goal to strive for, few retailers are there today. According to Boston Retail Partners (BRP), savvy retailers know their current planning tools are not capable of supporting the unified commerce environment necessary to satisfy today’s