Dr. Berman Supports VirMax Performance Supplement

VirMax Performance Supplement receives support from renowned sex and relationship educator and therapist. Natural Product Solutions LLC and Kretek International Inc. have announced that Laura Berman, PhD will be at NACS to discuss the science behind the VirMax Performance Supplement line. Berman will be available to answer questions about how these clinically-tested natural supplements help men and women live healthier,


Hershey SMILES Exceeds Expectations

Hershey is being awarded for its continuous innovation. Hershey has been named the winner of Globeforce’s Innovator Award, after The Hershey Co. and Globoforce, in 2014, partnered to create a global employee recognition program, Hershey SMILES.  The award was given during Globoforce’s 2015 WorkHuman conference, and it recognizes the program’s effective implementation and continual incorporation of new and effective ideas.

Relationships That Matter

I began to conceptualize this month’s edit memo on a shuttle bus from the El Dorado Hotel to the airport in Santa Fe, N.M., following the 2015 National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference. I shared a ride with Brent Mouton, of Hit N Run Food Stores, Joe Sucharzewski, of Dion’s Quik Marts and Vernon Young, of

The United Family Expands Loyalty Program

With points accumulation, guest can earn free fuel or groceries. The United Family is expanding its rewards program by launching a points program, which allows guests to earn free fuel or groceries by making everyday purchases at any of the 66 United Supermarkets, Market Street, Amigos, Albertsons Market and United Express locations in West Texas,

Kum & Go Headquarters Construction Set To Begin

Construction will continue through 2018. Construction of the Kum & Go Downtown Headquarters, Krause Gateway Center, is set to move forward as early as next week. Construction fencing has been installed around the perimeter of the project at 1459 Grand Avenue, and demolition of existing buildings is slated to begin the week of Sept. 21,

Pop Rocks ‘Rock’ New York Fashion Week

Pop Rocks inspires Tumbler & Tipsy’s “Champagne Wishes and Candy Dreams” collection. Pop Rocks may emerge as the next season´s hottest fashion trend after the success of its cooperation with Tumbler & Tipsy last Sept. 16 in the Metropolitan Pavillion during New York Fashion Week (NYFW). Pop Rocks, the candy that revolutionized the world of

Mickey Mart Partners With OpenStore By Gas Buddy

Expands digital marketing presence at its convenience stores through a new mobile app. Mickey Mart Convenience Stores is expanding its digital marketing with its new OpenStore by GasBuddy mobile app. Locally-owned and operated, Mickey Mart takes pride in offering the best customer experience. The new app expands its engagement to customers’ mobile phones. “OpenStore offers

Why Your Past is the Key to Your Future

By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. I’m a computer programmer, accountant and cloud service specialist. Writing is a hobby that I picked up three decades ago. I don’t consider myself to be an especially good writer, and one of my faults is what makes it my hobby and not my career. I

QuickChek Supports U.S. Veterans

QuickCheck works to give back to its local communities. More than 5,000 bottles of water were provided by QuickChek Corp. to participants in the inaugural Suffolk County Marathon & Half Marathon to Support Our Veterans. The fresh convenience market chain is a Silver Star sponsor of the Sept. 13 race benefiting veterans living in Suffolk County. “We’re

CITGO Customers Compete For The Ultimate Road Trip Experience

Sweepstakes allows CITGO to engage customers online, in-store and through their mobile phones. CITGO Petroleum Corp. has announced its “Ultimate Road Trip Sweepstakes,” running now through Oct. 26, 2015. “We’re proud to be a part of our customers’ lives and fuel their road trips, whether that involves everyday trips like driving to work or once-in-a-lifetime

CITGO Helping Underserved Youth Though Red Sox Foundation Partnership

Donates $2,500 in gas gift cards, aids transportation costs. CITGO, along with its local branded marketers and retailers, is joining forces with the Red Sox Foundation to further help underserved youth in the Boston area. With a $2,500 donation of CITGO Gift Cards, the foundation can now provide transportation for youth involved in its two

How The Candy Industry Is Bolstering The Economy

NCA reports the candy industry supports 465,000 jobs nationwide. A new report released by the National Confections Association (NCA) shows the confectionary industry is fueling the American economy through job growth. U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and U.S. Representative Steny Hoyer (D-MD) joined industry leaders at The Newseum in Washington, D.C., to unveil the new

How Customers Are Sharing Slurpees

During Share A Slurpee Drink Week, customers can take advantage of buy-one-get one-free deals. 7-Eleven is delighting customers with a weeklong “Share a Slurpee” drink offer. The Buy one-get-one-free deal runs every day from Monday, Sept. 14, through Sunday, Sept. 20. Customers who buy any size or flavor Slurpee drink can receive a second Slurpee

NAG Conference Wraps Up In Santa Fe

Foodservice stats, trends and takeaways dominate the closing sessions of the 2015 NAG Conference. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor The fourth and final day of the National Advisory Group (NAG) 2015 conference kicked off yesterday with a presentation by Tampa, Fla.-based Study Hall Research. The session focused on Study Hall Research’s “2015 Foodservice Perception Study” and was

Three States See Pump Prices Below $2

South Carolina, Mississippi and Alabama boast the lowest gas prices in the country. Gas prices have continued their downward trend through and beyond the Labor Day holiday. Three states—South Carolina ($1.94), Mississippi ($1.99) and Alabama ($1.99)—are all posting averages below $2 a gallon, according to AAA’s Sept. 14 report. This marks the first time that

How Loyalty Is Taking a Front Seat

Loyalty providers are meeting customer expectations with innovative programs. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Today, loyalty programs aren’t only providing Americans with savings at the pump and inside the store, but are enabling convenience retailers to boost sales and engage their customers in ways like never before. Loyalty was in the spotlight at the 2015

Subway Co-Founder Fred DeLuca Dies

DeLuca began the Subway franchise when he was only 17. Subway Co-founder, Fred DeLuca, died at the age of 67 on Monday, Sept. 14, just weeks after celebrating the business’s 50th anniversary. DeLuca was only 17 when he and his business partner Dr. Peter Buck opened their first submarine sandwich shop in Connecticut in 1965.

Why Consumers Say New Credit Cards Aren’t Safe Enough

PIN would protect data better than signature, according to a report by the National Retail Federation. Some 62% of customers in the U.S. believe the new credit cards being issued by banks don’t go far enough to protect card data or prevent fraud, according to a new survey released on Wednesday, Sept. 16, by the

Organized Retail Crime Remains Prevalent

As ORC remains a real problem in the industry, retailers and government officials search for ways to combat these crimes. Retail loss prevention executives are becoming more aggressive in their efforts to fight the $30 billion organized retail crime gang problem. The National Retail Federation (NRF)’s 11th annual Organized Retail Crime (ORC) Survey, a poll of 67

How C-Store Retailers Are Finding Their Foodservice Niche

From fresh foods to design changes, convenience store retailers outline how they are differentiating their offering and how other retailers can follow in their footsteps. The National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference in Santa Fe, N.M. continued Tuesday, Sept. 15. In a session titled, “Finding your foodservice niche: defining what it takes to be great at

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Speaks Out On FDA Ruling

FDA order requires retailers to stop sales of four cigarette products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products has announced the issuance of Not Substantially Equivalent orders that will stop the further distribution and sale of four R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. cigarette products. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has released a statement in

How To Define Your Retail Culture

Leading retailers discuss how they use core values to drive retail culture at their convenience stores. Tuesday morning of the National Advisory Group (NAG) conference kicked off with a session about defining company culture. Many business owners talk about their company culture but often can’t define it. A well-defined culture is crucial for attracting top

NYC Approves New Salt Warning Labels

One third of U.S. adults suffer from high blood pressure, and nearly 25% of cases are linked to sodium intake. The New York City board of health has unanimously approved a measure which mandates that menu items containing more than the recommended daily sodium limit will be required to be accompanied by a warning label. According to

Final Menu Labeling Rules

It will soon be easier for consumers to make informed decisions about what they put in their bodies away from home. Menu labeling has been a topic of great discussion in recent years, and rules have now been finalized to soon make mandatory menu labeling a reality. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has finalized

Falling Gas Prices Fail to Change Consumer Sentiment

The recent decline in fuel prices has done little to spur consumer optimism. The latest Consumer Fuels Survey from the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has revealed that, despite the two in three American drivers (67%) who report that gas prices are falling, lower gas prices have not significantly altered consumer behavior or attitudes about the