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BP Franchisees Claim Pricing Policies Are Hurting Business

BP franchisees say BP pricing policy allows little room for profit at discount fuel stations. Four BP West Coast Products LLC franchisees, including owners of BP and Arco gas stations and Ampm mini-marts, have filed a suit against BP for its pricing policy. BP provides fuel for a number of discount branded stations, but these brand owners

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Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival Returns

The Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival is returning in August 2015, and the incentives are too good to miss. The Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival (RMCF) is returning to the Omni Interlocken Resort in August 2015. This year’s RMCF offers guests a number of incentives for attending. The Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival is located in the heart of

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Wayne Upgrades 480 PETRONAS Stations in Malaysia

To provide convenient payment options to consumers, PATRONAS Stations are now equipped with outdoor payment terminals. A new outdoor payment infrastructure based on Wayne iX Pay secure payment platform and Fusion forecourt platform has been designed for PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad (PDB) by Wayne Fueling Systems and its local partner Titan Oil & Gas Sdn. Bhd.

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Some 178 Employers Sign Letter Endorsing New Legislation

Employers support the Common Sense Reporting and Verification Act of 2015. A letter supporting legislation aimed at providing employees and employers with more effective means for determining eligibility for Exchange tax credits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been signed by 178 employers and trade associations. The letter has been sent to sponsors of

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Casey’s CEO to Retire

Casey’s General Store CEO to retire; meanwhile, the chain’s profits are on the rise. Robert Myers, CEO and 26-year veteran of Casey’s Convenience Store Inc., will retire in April 2016. Myers will be succeeded by Chief Operating Officer, Terry Handley, who has been with the company for 34 years. According to a Nasdaq report, Myers will

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How Do Customers Feel About The Economy?

More than a quarter of consumers plan to reduce spending on items other than gasoline in the next month. Are gas prices to blame? According to a survey of U.S. fuel consumers, only 47% of Americans are currently optimistic about the economy. This minority reflects a five percentage point drop of optimistic consumers over the

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Alimentation Couche-Tard Releases Results for 2015 Fiscal Year

Acquisition of The Pantry, fiscal growth and new strategies are hoped to propel business in fiscal 2016 for Alimentation Couche-Tard. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has released its results for the fourth quarter and the results are encouraging. For its fourth quarter, which ended April 26, 2015, Alimentation Couche‑Tard Inc. announced net earnings of $129.5 million, representing $0.23 per share on a diluted basis.

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How to Use Co-Branding to Attract Business and Drive Sales

Although c-stores carry their own branded products, co-branding can provide an extra push to drive business. By Amber Koontz, Editorial Intern Many convenience stores are opting to co-brand with established restaurants in order to attract customers who would normally look elsewhere for food. Co-branding with a known brand will help win the trust of customers,

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How Are Pump Prices Faring?

California pump prices climb, while some Midwestern states see price declines. While the national average price of gas has only grown by fractions of a penny, some states have seen dramatic price fluctuations over the past week ending July 13, according to a report by AAA. California gas prices soared from July 6-13, rising 28

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Marathon Petroleum Acquiring MarkWest Energy

MarkWest to operate as a unit of MPLX. Marathon Petroleum Corp. is purchasing MarkWest Energy Partners LP for $15.6 billion, through its pipeline unit MPLX LP, allowing it to expand into natural gas processing, according to a report by Reuters. The cash-and-stock deal will create the fourth-largest master limited partnership, valued at $21 billion. The

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Seizure Order Prevents Counterfeit Zig-Zag Sales

North Atlantic Trading Co. has zero tolerance for the sale of counterfeit products. Seizure orders have been successfully executed against merchants and wholesalers found selling counterfeit Zig-Zag cigarette paper products. The orders were executed by attorneys at Venable LLP in representation of North Atlantic Trading Co. (NATC). The seizure orders are part of North Atlantic’s strategy

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Celebrating 50 Years With Kwik Trip Day

Kwik Trip celebrates 50th anniversary with drink promotions. Convenience store chain Kwik Trip, based in La Crosse, Wis., has reached a giant milestone. Kwik Trip is celebrating its 50th anniversary. On Friday, La Crosse, Wis. and Onalaska, Wis. proclaimed July 10 as “Kwik Trip Day.” For the next month, the company is offering a number of different

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Murphy USA Charged In Patent-Infringement Case

Patent-infringement case results in the payment of $9.25 million in damages. A Texas jury has found that Murphy USA has infringed upon four patents on automated synchronous pricing and advertising system patents. Murphy must now pay $9.25 million in damages to Banys, P.C.’s trial team, led by Christopher Banys, along with Wesley Hill of Ward, Smith &

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Minneapolis to Restrict Flavored Tobacco Sales

Anti-smoking advocates make progress in Minneapolis as City Council approves the imposition of a flavored tobacco ban. Beginning in January 2016 flavored tobacco products will no longer be sold in many Minneapolis convenience stores. Minneapolis City Council has voted in favor of banning the sale of flavored tobacco products as lawmakers continue to search for ways

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Another Starbucks Price Hike?

Starbucks will increase prices, despite recent increase in profits and decrease in customer satisfaction. Despite an 18% increase in company profits last quarter with $4.6 billion in net profits, CNN Money reported that Starbucks will be raising some of its beverage prices. The new price increase is to be implemented on Tuesday July 14, 2015.

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SFATA Comments On Pulled California Bill That Aimed To Regulate Vaping

California Senate Bill 140’s attempt to classify vapor products the same as combustible tobacco products, leads to its withdrawal. Sen. Mark Leno has withdrawn the legislation of Senate Bill 140 (SB 140) after the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee voted to adopt amendments that the author found objectionable. After the withdrawal of the legislation, the Smoke-Free

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Chevron to Finance POS Technology Upgrades

Chevron looks to Patriot Capital Corp. to upgrade POS technology. Patriot Capital Corp., a provider of innovative equipment financing solutions, will now offer equipment financing and leasing to Chevron Products Co., a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc. Patriot Capital Corp. will service Chevron’s nearly 8,000 retail networks in the U.S. Patriot Capital Corp. will help

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Is Online Shopping Increasing?

Online shopping is growing in popularity as many U.S. shoppers prefer to search for deals online rather than to search through brick-and-mortar stores. New research indicates that consumers are taking advantage of the growing online marketplace. In Mintel’s Online Shopping U.S. 2015 report it is revealed that over two-thirds (69%) of U.S. online adults shop

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Dunkin’ Donuts Continues Expansion Efforts

Seven store development agreements signed to develop over 50 new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants. Dunkin’ Donuts has announced the signing of multi-unit store development agreements with seven franchise groups. These agreements allow the development of 51 new restaurants in Virginia and West Virginia over the next several years. The seven franchise groups and their development plans include:

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Menu-Labeling Rules Delayed

The FDA has delayed the menu-labeling rule and plans to assist businesses with efficient compliance. After receiving extensive input from stakeholders, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided to extend the compliance date for the new menu labeling rule. The FDA has agreed that additional time is needed to address the questions and concerns

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Prepaid Shopping Drives Revenue

Unexpected avenues must be taken to maximize revenue from prepaid programs. Prepaid shopping is on the rise, and research conducted by Aite Group (in partnership with InComm) has revealed that most merchants are considering adding to their prepaid programs. Aite Group has discovered three prime opportunities for merchants to maximize revenue from prepaid programs. 1.

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Site of Burned QuikTrip Revitalized

QuikTrip donates site of burned QuikTrip to Urban League to build a new center to benefit the community. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday for the new Urban League Center which will be built on the site of the Ferguson, Mo. QuikTrip which was looted and set on fire in August during the Ferguson riots.

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Hometown Grocer Helps Raise Over $200,000

Cub Foods Round Up Campaign helps better the lives of children in the community. Teaming up with the Minnesota Twins and Pepsi, Cub Foods, a hometown grocer since 1968, helped to raise more than $210,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities. Cub Foods hosted a two-week “Cub Cares” Round Up Campaign

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How to Maximize Foodservice Equipment

Even with limited space, with the proper equipment, convenience store operators can quickly serve a wide variety of food options to customers. By Amber Koontz, Editorial Intern When it comes to adding a foodservice operation to a convenience store, one crucial element to consider is the amount of space you have at your disposal. The amount of

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Lawmakers Propose Gas Tax Increase

With the constant yearly deficit in transportation project funds, lawmakers are proposing a tax increase as a solution to the problem. Democratic Rep. Rick Larsen has become the 35th co-sponsor of the Update, Promote and Develop America’s Transportation Essentials (UPDATE) Act, which is a bill that proposes to raise federal gas tax to help pay for transportation

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