BURGER KING Introduces Another Fast Food Mash-Up

BURGER KING will soon release another cheesy concoction. BURGER KING Restaurants has announced that it will be launching yet another limited edition fast food mash-up this month. On Sept. 14, BURGER KING, in collaboration with the CHEETOS brand, will launch a new fast food concept, which has been dubbed the CHEETOS Chicken Fries. This new

NAG Kicks Off in Savannah

Retailers arrive in Savannah, Ga. to learn about burning issues and network with retail peers. A CSD Staff Report The National Advisory Group (NAG) 2016 Conference kicked off on Sunday, Sept. 11 in Savannah, Ga., at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. Executives from small, mid-sized and family-owned chains are convening at the

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Fresh Forward

Today’s idea of the day: Use the term “FRESH FORWARD” when marketing foodservice. It’s no secret that customers want “fresh” when it comes to foodservice. But many c-store retailers offer fresh foods without marketing that commitment freshness. Every foodservice product should say FRESH FORWARD and be visible from the sales counter. Do you have an

Boosting Beer & Wine Sales

With an increasing number of c-stores investing in enhanced beer and wine programs, it pays to be aware of the stop-start journey bound to occur. By Lisa White, Contributing Editor The convenience channel has made great strides in the beer and wine segments, not only in catering to customers looking for ways to save time

Upscale Dining to Complement Upscale Convenience from Guess

The Guess Corp. has revealed plans for an upscale dining facility to accompany the company’s upscale convenience stores. Following the recent announcement of the new upscale convenience stores that will soon be introduced by The Guess Corp., the company has now announced that some of these stores will be accompanied by an upscale dining experience.

Rutter’s Announces Summer Freedom Sweepstakes Grand Prize Winner

Rutter’s has revealed the winner of a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Rutter’s has announced the grand prize winner of the Rutter’s Summer of Freedom Sweepstakes. As this year’s winner, Rebecca Zebley will receive a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited from Apple Automotive. Zebley received her prize on Sept. 9, at the Rutter’s store located at 3050

Walgreens to Move Forward with Rite Aid Acquisition

Walgreens is required to sell up to 1,000 stores before acquiring Rite Aid. Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. has discovered that it will likely be required to sell more stores than the company had originally intended in order to complete its acquisition of Rite Aid Corp. According to a recent report from Reuters, Walgreens initially estimated

Hensarling Continues Efforts to Repeal Durbin Amendment

Passage of the Financial Choice Act would have devastating effects on small business owners. The House Financial Services Committee chairman, Jeb Hensarling, recently announced his intention to mark up the Financial Choice Act. This Act includes the provision to repeal the debit swipe fee reform. In response to Hensarling’s announcement, Lyle Beckwith, senior vice president

Pilot Flying J Celebrates Driver Appreciation Month

Throughout September, professional drivers will have the opportunity to earn additional MyRewards points and win valuable prizes from Pilot Flying J. In recognition of Driver Appreciation Month, throughout the month of September, Pilot Flying J is showing their gratitude to professional drivers for their dedication. This month, all Pilot Flying J travel centers will host

Select Shell Retail Fuel Sites to Adopt Cloud-Based POS

Cloud-based technologies are moving beyond small businesses, as Shell will soon implement iPad based POS systems at select locations worldwide. As a result of a new global framework agreement between Revel Systems and Shell Retail, selected retail fuel sites worldwide will soon be implementing Revel’s iPad based POS system services. Revel is an iPad Point

Emerson Celebrates the Grand Opening of The Helix Innovation Center

Emerson has expanded its global network of climate solutions-focused innovation centers, with the opening of its latest center at Georgia Tech. On Thurs., Sept. 8, 2016, Emerson celebrated the opening of The Helix Innovation Center at Georgia Tech. The new Innovation Center is located in the university’s Technology Square, and it offers a new site

Dos Equis: The Evolution of Interesting

Dos Equis fans can now catch a glimpse of the new Most Interesting Man in the World, with the release of a new teaser trailer from Dos Equis. On Wed., Sept. 7, 2016, Dos Equis released a new feature-film style trailer that provided the first glimpse of the new Most Interesting Man in the World.

Chester’s Celebrates Professional Drivers During Truck Driver Appreciation Week

The industry is coming together to recognize the drivers who keep America running. Sept. 11-17, 2016 is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, and in honor of the holiday, a number of industry groups will come together during the week to recognize the 3.5 million drivers and the roughly four million support personnel in the industry.

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Door Seal

Idea of the day: Put a breakable numbered seal on your back door and keep the back door locked at all times. When you put a seal on the back door, every person/product must come through front door. This is an easy way to cut down on theft and monitor who/what is entering and exiting

GPM Investments Continues Aggressive Expansion Efforts

GPM Investments has now acquired the Jiffi Stop brand along with 20 Illinois c-stores. GPM Investments, a subsidiary of Petro Group Ltd., has now acquired the Jiffi Stop brand from Smith Oil Co. As a part of the acquisition, GPM will be adding 20 Illinois Jiffi Stop stores to the company’s portfolio of approximately 800

How Long will Baby Boomers Remain in the Workforce?

The nation’s most reliable generation is not likely to be exiting the workforce any time soon. New research indicates that baby boomers, some of the most driven members of today’s workforce, are not likely to be retiring early. In fact, a newly released survey from the Futurestep division of Korn Ferry suggests that businesses can

New CNG Fueling Station Coming to Johnstown, Pa.

A new CNG fueling station is expected to result in significant savings for transit agencies in Pennsylvania. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Sept. 7, 2016 for the construction of a new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling station in Johnstown, Pa. State local officials, along with the PennDOT deputy secretary for multimodal transportation, Toby Fauver, Cambria

Campus Convenience

Sodexo creates a city within a city at Liberty University, adding a convenience store and multiple dining options to the campus. Students at Liberty University have been welcomed back to campus with a new and improved dining facility. Sodexo designed this new dining experience, after multiple student surveys were conducted to reveal that students were

How to Manage the Five Generation Workplace

Each of the five generations are looking for different things in the workplace, and employers must work to appeal to top performers. There are currently five different generations in the workplace. With Generation Z (under 18 years old) now entering the workplace, the workforce is now more diverse than ever. Research has revealed that Gen

NRC Announces Sealed Bid Sale of Six Iowa C-Stores with Gas

NRC is looking for a single buyer to purchase six Iowa c-stores with gas. Six Iowa properties are being offered for sealed bid sale through NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC. The seller of the propertied retained Ravinia Capital as the financial advisor for the sale, and Ravinia retained NRC to act as the sale

White Castle Launches X-Men Themed Sweepstakes

Some bold new flavors have been introduced to the White Castle menu to accompany the chain’s new sweepstakes. In partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, White Castle has launched an X-Men themed sweepstakes. For the grand prize, one lucky sweepstakes winner will receive a three-night trip for two to New York City and the

Pilot Flying J Launches Major Marketing Campaign

Pilot Flying J is taking full advantage of its first major title sponsorship. The Pilot Flying J Battle at Bristol football game is scheduled for Sept. 10, 2016 at Bristol Motor Speedway. In anticipation of this iconic college football game, Pilot Flying J has launched its first major integrated marketing campaign in an attempt to

Cigarette Sales Weaken

Cigarette volume and dollar sales were soft for the first quarter of 2017. Current cigarette sales indicate that the market may be heading back to historical trends where sales will be down 3-4%. Current trends show that many consumers are moving back to purchasing in patterns more characteristic of past years, where premiumization and volume

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Drive-Throughs

Today’s idea:  Drive-throughs are growing in popularity. Test one. It’s no wonder why customers love drive-throughs. Whether it be parents with small children who don’t want to have to take them in and out of the car, or commuters in a hurry, customers see drive-throughs as fast and convenient, and they can be another way

NOCO: Expressing Success

As on-the-go needs of convenience store shoppers evolve and change, New York’s NOCO Express is positioning itself as a go-to destination. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Like many regions, western New York is a microcosm of the convenience store industry and its developing penchant to provide more wholesome snacking and food offerings, reflecting the growing