A New Way to Play the Lottery

New technology has made playing the lottery even more convenient for today’s technology oriented consumers. The new Play at the Pump technology from Linq3, which will allow consumers to play the lottery at the pump, will be supported by Commander Site Controller from Verifone. Play at the Pump brings the lottery to busy consumers, delivering

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NYACS President Inducted into N.Y. C-Store Hall of Fame

New members were inducted into the New York Convenience Store Hall of Fame during the recent Chairman’s Banquet. The New York Association of Convenience Stores recently announced, at the company’s 30th anniversary Trade Show and Convention, that retiring NYACS vice president, Amy Baldovin, has been inducted into the New York Convenience Store Hall of Fame.

Parker’s is Fueling Education

Parker’s continues to donate a portion of the proceeds from its fuel sales to public and private schools throughout Georgia. On April 26, 2016, Parker’s presented a $7,500 donation check to Bulloch County Public Schools through the company’s Fueling the Community Program. The check was presented during a ceremony at Statesboro High School in Statesboro,

Conexxus Elects New Company Leadership

Eight individuals have been newly elected to leadership roles for Conexxus. At the Conexxus Annual Conference, which took place from May 1-5, the company named two new members to its Board of Directors and elected six new members to its Board of Advisors. Kevin Smartt, president and CEO, Kwik Chek Food Stores Inc. (Austin, Texas),

Free Gas From Thorntons

Thorntons has launched a summer sweepstakes that will award free fuel to customers every week this summer. Thorntons has once again launched its Free Gas for a Year Sweepstakes, but this year the promotion offers even greater perks. Each week through July 5, Thorntons is giving away hundreds of gallons of free fuel at each

Parker’s Works to Keep Georgia Beautiful

Parker’s new Savannah, Ga. headquarters will allow the company to expand its operations in Georgia. On April 22, Parker’s was awarded a Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Award for Excellence in Rehabilitation at The Georgia Trust’s 39th Annual Preservation Awards in Atlanta. The award was granted to the company for its ambitious renovation of the

Shell Fosters Innovation in the Future of Fuel

Shell is encouraging young minds to innovate and create new designs to build a more energy efficient world. This year’s Shell Eco-Marathon, which occurred in Detroit from April 22-24, 2016, featured a variety of hands on learning stations and activities, focusing on energy efficient and clean fuels technology. This forward thinking event challenges young people

Payment Technology Innovation

Customers are increasingly seeking alternate payment options, but cash remains a top choice. As Americans continue to utilize new payment options innovation is on the rise in the payments category. According to a report from Blackhawk Network, customer’s are placing a great deal of importance on in-store payment processes, and it is now influencing brand

LSI Industries Names New National Sales Manager

LSI Industries’ new National Sales Manager brings decades of experience to his new position. Tyler Cobb has been named the new National Sales Manager for LSI Industries Inc. In his new position, Cobb will take on business development responsibilities and aid in the further growth of the LSI Graphics Segment. Cobb joins LSI Industries with

Convenience Store EMV Compliance Simplified

New technology from Verifone and First Data is making it easier for convenience retailers to become EMV compliant. Migrating to EMV payment acceptance in the U.S. often requires merchants to spend considerable time and resources to certify point of sale (POS) systems with each of their processors. Gas stations and convenience stores face even greater

Rice Oil Partners With VP Racing Fuels

Low credit card processing fees among the benefits that attracted Rice Oil to the VP brand. Rice Oil Co. has joined VP Racing Fuels’ roster of retail branding partners. Based in LaFollette, Tenn., Rice Oil has supplied the mining, convenience store and other industries for 36 years and currently supplies 12 retail locations in Tennessee,

Salty Snacks: America’s Guilty Pleasure

Salty snack consumption is driven by emotion, as many Americans admit to snacking to relieve stress and boredom. New research from Mintel has revealed that, as snacking continues to grow in popularity, salty snacks have risen to the challenge of becoming the new comfort food and guilty pleasure for U.S. consumers. The latest research from

Circle K Supports Canadian Red Cross

Alimentation Couche-Tard is working to provide relief to the Canadian communities that were recently met with disaster. The Canadian Red Cross recently appealed for help with relief efforts in Northern Alberta, Canada, and Circle K has answered the call. Circle K recently implemented a system in all of its stores across Maritimes Provinces and Newfoundland

C-Store Regulars Seek Better-For-You Options

New data has revealed a shift in what c-store regulars look for when choosing which convenience location to frequent. A recent comprehensive study from Q1 consulting has revealed that a new trend is rising among convenience store “regulars.” Contrary to what was observed in previous studies, the new study indicates that c-store “regulars” are increasingly

Philip Morris USA Announces List Price Increase on Cigarette Brands

Price increases are expected across the tobacco industry in the coming weeks. A recent list price increase by one of the tobacco industry giants has set the stage for other companies to follow suit. These price increases are expected to be good news for the industry. A new report from Wells Fargo reported that Philip

Walmart is Suing Visa

Walmart is suing Visa for its allowance of signature verification of chip-based debit cards. Walmart, on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, filed a lawsuit against Visa, concerning Visa’s protocol for chip debit cards. According to a report from USA Today, Walmart is suing Visa for allowing customers to validate chip-enabled debit card transactions using a signature

NACS Fights Proposed SNAP Rule

NACS has drafted a letter to bring the industry together to oppose the newly proposed SNAP rule which would have adverse effects on the convenience industry. The National Association of Convenience Stores is fighting a recently proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that, if passed, will push tens of thousands of convenience

New Kum & Go Marketplace is Now Open in Iowa

Kum & Go’s new Marketplace design prototype in the Iowa City area offers unique amenities that make it unlike any store in the area. On Thursday, May 12, Kum & Go opened the doors of its newly built store in Coralville, Iowa. The new store, located at 822 1st Avenue, features the brand’s new 6,200+-square-foot

How to Ensure Customer Retention

A new survey has revealed what consumers consider when deciding whether or not to return to a particular retail location. As many consumers continue to turn to online shopping rather than visiting a brick-and-mortar retail location, it is becoming increasingly important for retailers to work to ensure customer retention. While not all variable that may

Wendy’s Introduces Fresh, Healthy Menu Items

Wendy’s has introduced a tasty new salad that makes it easier and more exciting for consumers to eat healthy. As consumers continue to search for better-for-you, convenient food options, a number of quick-service restaurants (QSRs) are rising to the challenge with new, healthier menu items. Among the QSRs that are rising to the occasion is

Sinclair Oil Reaches 100 Year Milestone

Sinclair Oil has announced plans to more than double its stations in the coming years. Salt Lake City- based Sinclair Oil is celebrating the company’s 100th anniversary this May. However, despite reaching this milestone, the company is determined to focus more on the future than on the past. Sinclair has announced ambitious plans to grow

VERC Enterprises Recognized for Accommodation Efforts

VERC Enterprises has committed to hiring individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to comprise a significant portion of its workforce. VERC Enterprises has announced that its Marlborough Gulf, Mass. location was recently awarded a 2016 Accommodation Award by the MetroWest Work Opportunities Coalition. This award was granted to the company in recognition of its efforts

Rutter’s Supports Central Pennsylvania Children’s Charities

Over the past 10 years, Rutter’s has donated over $5 million to charities in the communities it serves. At its 14th annual two-day golf outing, Rutter’s Children’s Charities raised over $165,000 for Central Pennsylvania charities. This brings the total amount raised to over $1.55 million, since the company’s first outing in 2002. This year’s outing

Coca-Cola Announces Retail Marketing Leadership Change

Coca-Cola grants 13 year company veteran a leadership position. Coca-Cola North America has named Diane Wallace as the company’s new vice president of retail marketing. In her new role, Wallace will be responsible for key disciplines that include retail strategy, category strategic advisory, customer marketing, strategic selling capabilities and customer/trade communications. Prior to joining Coca-Cola

Cumberland Farms Launches Summer Beverage Promotion

Cumberland Farms customers can beat the heat with 49 cent fountain or frozen beverage refills. Cumberland Farms has once again launched its traditional summertime “Chug Jug” beverage promotion. According to a report from Orlando Sentinel, the promotion, which will run through Labor Day, invites customers to purchase 32 ounce refillable mugs for $1.99. The jugs

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