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Holiday Shopping to Happen Early and Often

ICSC releases consumer spending intentions. Procrastinators be forewarned—you might be lonely this holiday shopping season. According to the International Council of Shopping Centers’ (ICSC) latest consumer tracking survey, about 35% of consumers have or will have started their holiday shopping by the end of October. Roughly three out of five shoppers will begin shopping by

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C-Stores Evolving Among Rising Expectations

Innovators are pushing the envelope with elevated foodservice, sleek architecture, savvy brand partnerships and more, say experts from CBX and Insight. Today’s convenience stores face growing pressure to evolve amid the ramped-up expectations of global consumers, according to an Oct. 8 NACS Show presentation by Joseph Bona, president of branded environments at brand agency and

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Starbucks Unveils Reimagined In-Store and Digital Innovations

Looks to elevate customer shopping experience for holiday 2014 and beyond. Starbucks Coffee Co. unveiled a roadmap of innovations to its more than 2,000 district managers at the Starbucks Leadership Experience conference in Seattle this week. The company shared several customer initiatives to further transform and elevate the Starbucks Experience in Holiday 2014 and beyond.

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Season Sweetens Candy Sales

Will this Halloween be a trick or treat for c-store candy profits? By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor Confectioners, such as Hershey, Mars and Wonka, bank on holidays to boost their annual business. After all, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Christmas and Hanukkah combine to generate $7 billion in U.S. sales. Not surprisingly, Halloween accounts for

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Breaded Chicken Sandwich Steps Out of the Burger’s Shadow

Breaded chicken sandwiches have grown an average of 3% over the last four years, NPD Group reports. Hamburgers have been and are the chosen sandwich ordered at restaurants and other foodservice outlets, but an increasing number of consumers are becoming enamored with breaded chicken sandwiches, reports The NPD Group, a leading global information company. Servings

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NRF Study Debunks Myths Surrounding Retail Wages

Report reveals apples-to-apples comparison with other industries, finds retail competitive. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has released an in-depth study authored by a University of Georgia economist who found that retail jobs pay wages highly competitive with those in other industries despite long-held misconceptions to the contrary. “The retail industry finally has definitive data to

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Stripes Raises $535, 000 At Sixth Annual Turf + Surf Event

Donations to benefit 44 United Way Agencies. Stripes Convenience Stores raised $535,000 at its Sixth Annual Stripes Turf + Surf fundraising event benefiting 44 United Way agencies across the Stripes market areas: Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The event was held last night in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Sixth Annual Stripes Turf + Surf fundraiser

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Wayne Fueling Systems Cloud Solutions Showcased at NACS

Wayne Cloud Solutions link forecourt technology to a suite of centrally-hosted and managed capabilities to simplify fuel retail systems, increase sales, and improve profitability. Wayne Fueling Systems, a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation, and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations, showcased Wayne Cloud Solutions with industry leading partners Intel Corp., Wincor

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Hands-On Shopping Experience Could Boost Sales

Vast majority of 18-29 year olds say expert sessions would boost store trips for groceries, clothing, cosmetics, electronics and home improvement goods. New LoyaltyOne research shows that retailers should consider providing Millennials with a hands-on shopping experience by offering exclusive sessions with a consultant or expert in the field, as a way to motivate this

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Pilot Flying J Launches Travel Well

Following $100 million in upgrades, Pilot introduces promotion to showcase new amenities. Pilot Flying J has launched a new brand identity, along with food and facility upgrades, at more than 650 travel centers across North America. To bring awareness to this milestone, the company is introducing a “Travel Well” promotion to showcase new amenities and

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Love’s Opens Ninth Travel Stop In Alabama

New travel stop debuts in Ozark, Ala. Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) opened its newest travel stop in Ozark, Ala., at U.S. Highway 231, Exit 12, on Thursday, Oct. 2. Professional drivers have 24-hour access to an Arby’s restaurant, 68 parking spaces, seven showers and a Love’s Truck Tire Care center. The travel stop also offers

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E-Cig Brands Vie For Dollar Share

Wells Fargo examines electronic cigarette market leaders. In the electronic cigarette segment, Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) quickly hit the No. 1 dollar share position in the c-store channel, with Lorillard falling to the No. 2 position, followed by Logic and Altria (MO), Wells Fargo Securities LLC reported, citing Nielsen data for the period ended Sept.

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Stripes Raises Over $1.4 Million In Record-Breaking Fundraising Campaign

Donations go to MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital. Stripes Stores is proud of its customers and employees for raising more than $1.4 million for The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital as part of the “Stripes Celebrates Tomorrows” campaign during Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month in September. Stripes Stores raised a total of $1,405,706

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Cumberland Farms Continues to Believe in Youth

Announces opening of Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program for High School Class of 2015. Cumberland Farms today announced that for the ninth consecutive year, applications are now being accepted from bright and ambitious high school seniors across its eight state service area for the company’s popular Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program. Since Cumberland Farms began

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Survey Shows Halloween Candy Trends

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups ranked as the top favorite candy for Halloween last year. According to a national survey conducted by The Hershey Co., eight in 10 consumers purchase Halloween candy every year, but few people wait for trick-or-treat to break open the bag. In fact, 53% of consumers who purchased Halloween candy immediately put

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VeriFone Announces Integrated Solution

Consolidated platform provides efficient path to EMV compliance and enhanced POS, payment and fuel system management. VeriFone Systems Inc. has announced RubyCi, an integrated site controller and point-of-sale (POS) solution that combines features of its Ruby2 POS system and Commander Site Controller. The solution will enable average-sized convenience stores and petroleum retailers to more efficiently

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Speedway and First Bankcard Launch Rewards Credit Card

Customers benefit by needing only one card to pay and manage their rewards. Speedway LLC, the second largest company-owned and -operated convenience store chain in the nation, and First Bankcard, a division of First National Bank of Omaha and a leading issuer of credit cards, are announcing the launch of the Speedy Rewards MasterCard, one

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Love’s Travel Stops Raises Nearly $2 Million For CMN

Five-week store campaign benefits Children’s Miracle Network. Love’s generous and dedicated customers donated $1.86 million throughout the company’s annual five-week drive to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. More than 330 Love’s stores in 39 states raised more money this year than ever before, bringing Love’s total contribution over the past 16 years to

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U.S. Consumers Plan to Increase Holiday Spending This Year

Accenture study finds shoppers feel greater optimism about personal finances this year. Amid signs of increased optimism about their personal finances, one-quarter (25%) of U.S. consumers plans to spend more on holiday shopping this year compared to 20% in 2013, and spending on holiday gifts is expected to average $718, according to Accenture’s annual holiday

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Technomic Study Shows Women’s Adult Beverage Preferences

“Men are traditionally the target of adult beverage marketing initiatives, but women truly are influencers,” says senior director at Technomic. The majority of women in the U.S. are of legal drinking age—and they’re increasingly engaged, experimental and educated consumers of spirits, wine and beer. Young and ethnic women, in particular, will shape the future of

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Gasoline Prices Sink as Bear Market Firms Grip

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric Gasoline futures traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange are down nearly 30% from their June high to Oct. 10, and possibly more stunning have erased 19.3% of their value in 11 days from the late September high while the U.S. retail average for gasoline is down

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Sheetz Joins Partnership For A Healthier America

Commits to delivering more nutritious options to meet the needs of the communities it serves. The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and PHA honorary chair First Lady Michelle Obama to make healthier choices easier for busy parents and families, announced that Sheetz has made a two-year commitment to

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C-Store Industry Positioned For Growth Through Consolidation

Wells Fargo Securities outlines industry trends. Wells Fargo Securities LLC hosted Wells Fargo’s 2nd Annual Convenience Store Forum in conjunction with the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) conference in Las Vegas last week. Wells Fargo listed five key themes for the c-store industry: (1) Industry is ripe for consolidation, which should drive efficiency and

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U.S. Oil & Core-Mark Open Clean Fuel Station

New GAIN Clean Fueling Station is located in Aurora, Colo. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, announced with U.S. Oil the grand opening of the first new GAIN Clean Fuel station in Aurora, Colo. This marks the third

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Steve Loehr Leads NACS Executive Committee

2014-2015 executive committee announced during the NACS Show. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) announced the election of its 2014-15 Executive Committee during its Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Las Vegas. Steve Loehr, vice president of operations support at La Crosse, Wis.-based Kwik Trip, was named the association’s 2014-15 chairman.

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