Enhanced Data A ‘Game Changer’ for Retailers

BRP finds real-time analytics offer major benefits, but retailers continue to struggle to use them. According to a new special report from Boston Retail Partners (BRP), retailers recognize the importance of enhanced data and analytics with 44% indicating improved analytics is a top priority. However, the ability to leverage analytics to improve business performance lags

E-Cig Retailers Watching RRPs

Six months after the official enactment of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deeming regulations that classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products, the retail space now appears to be less unpredictable. Sales figures from all retail channels show the segment is regaining positive footing. Nielsen, as reported by Wells Fargo Securities, determined dollar sales for

NAG Now Accepting Applications for 2017 Scholarships

Applications for the 2017 John MacDougall/NAG Memorial Scholarship will be accepted through May 31. We all know the importance of a well-educated workforce and the c-store landscape is certainly no exception. The National Advisory Group (NAG) scholarship fund was developed to help qualified individuals offset some of these costs. Among NAG’s core mission is to

Burning Issues for Cigars

Cigar sales in convenience stores rose 8.58% to $2.8 billion for the 52-week period ending Jan. 22, 2016, according to Chicago-based market research firm Information Resources Inc. (IRI)’s Total U.S. Convenience Store All Scan data. For a number of years now little cigars, which resemble cigarettes in appearance, have incrementally gained appeal with some smokers,

Sheetz Introduces Claysburg Beer Cave

Claysburg Sheetz marks the ninth location to offer beer in Pennsylvania. Sheetz has debuted a fully-stocked beer cave at its store located at 12604 Dunnings Highway in Claysburg, Pa. “At Sheetz, we pride ourselves in giving our customers what they want, how they want it and when they want it, 24 hours a day and

Snacks for Breakfast?

Technavio sees global snack market growth including at breakfast time. According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global savory snacks market is expected to reach USD $175.85 billion by 2021, growing at a CAGR of more than 5%. This research report titled ‘Global Savory Snacks Market 2017-2021’ provides an in-depth analysis of

NRF Asks House to Vote on ACA Repeal-and-Replace Legislation

The legislation would effectively repeal the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate requiring businesses to provide health insurance to full-time workers. The National Retail Federation (NRF) urged the House to approve Obamacare repeal-and-replace legislation expected to come up for a vote this week, and said the issue would be counted as a key vote in its

Countdown in the Cigarette Category

Tobacco remains a major driver of sales for convenience stores. Within the category, cigarettes still claim the No. 1 position. But fiscal quarter after fiscal quarter, channel reports show the in-store sales generator has struggled to generate the gross margin dollars it did years ago. Consequently, manufacturers have raised prices time and time again to

Kum & Go Introduces New C-Store in Northwood, Iowa

The centerpiece of the store, an expanded and open food preparation area, greets customers. Kum & Go’s newest store opened for business on March 15. The new location is situated in Northwood, Iowa, at 818 Highway 105. The 6,200+-square-foot store is the latest store in Iowa and was built with the new Marketplace store design,

QuickChek Announces New Hires and Promotions

Upper management and store-level jobs among newly-filled positions. QuickChek Corp. is celebrating its 50th anniversary by preparing for the next 50 with new staff member hires and internal promotions. The family-owned fresh convenience market chain based in Whitehouse Station, N.J. continues to buck the current economic trend by opening new stores, expanding into new markets

Wawa Begins Annual Spring Hiring Campaign

Looks for c-store employees to fill 5,000 new positions. Wawa Inc. is set to begin its Spring hiring campaign with the goal of hiring more than 5,000 new associates during the next three months, with all of Wawa’s 750 stores across its six-state operating area looking to add new talent. The company-wide hiring campaign will

Instant Coffee Market To Reach $42.5 Billion in Sales by 2025

Convenience and price are behind instant coffee’s boost in popularity. Instant coffee demand is growing globally. Transparency Market Research’s report “Instant Coffee Market By Distribution Channel (B2B and Retail) By Packaging Type (Jars and Sachets) – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2017- 2025,” found the global instant coffee market revenue was

Pump’n Pete’s Customer Scores KickBack’s Fantasy Football Grand Prize

The winner of KickBack Point’s Fantasy Football contest was feted with two tickets to the NFL’s Big Game in Houston, roundtrip airfare for two and a hotel stay near NRG Stadium. Alan Dinger, a loyal Pump’n Pete’s customer who hails from Baxter Springs, Kan., was the 2017 grand prize winner in KickBack Points’ annual Fantasy

Growth Energy Supports Bipartisan Senate Letter

Letter urges president to maintain point of obligation under RFS. Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Amy Klobuchar led 23 senators in a bipartisan letter urging President Trump to maintain the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and deny proposed changes that would derail the current, successful program. The point of obligation designates

Yesway Grows in Iowa and Kansas

Buys a total of seven convenience stores. Yesway has acquired seven additional Midwest-based convenience stores. In Iowa, Yesway has acquired the Krueger’s Convenience Stores location in Grimes, and the Pronto Market location in Kanawha. Five Pic Quik stores in Hutchinson, Kan., have also been acquired and will be added to its existing portfolio. The company

Casey’s Selects SpeedLine for Expertise in Pizza Delivery

The new POS technology helps Casey’s streamline operations and boost sales. Casey’s General Store has selected SpeedLine Solutions Inc.’s integrated point of sale and enterprise restaurant management systems for the company’s expanding pizza delivery operations. Casey’s has installed SpeedLine point of sale systems in more than 200 locations to date. The Ankeny, Iowa-based convenience store

Sweet Snack Sales Surge

As customers continue to be starved for time, convenience stores are in an ideal position to fill their meal and snacking needs. The proof is in the rise in sweet snack sales across the board. Total packaged pastry and doughnut sales for the 52 weeks ending Dec. 25, 2016 increased 3.62% to $1.54 billion, according

TA-Petro Sponsoring Mid-America Trucking Show

New this year, TA Truck Service OnSITE truck and technicians will be on-site in the FREE truck parking lot, ready to work on rigs. TravelCenters of America LLC, (TravelCenters), operator of TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded travel centers is set to be an exhibiting sponsor at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Ky.,

CSD Exclusive: John Schaninger Departs QuickChek

After 38 years at the New Jersey-based chain, the retail veteran looks forward to the next chapter in his career. Following nearly four decades of service at QuickChek, John Schaninger has departed the New Jersey-based convenience store chain, Convenience Store Decisions has learned. Schaninger joined QuickChek in 1978 as an assistant manager, growing through the

Genuine Broaster Chicken Named Best in Minnesota

Minnesota television viewers find The Brass Rail offers the ‘Best Broasted Chicken In Minnesota.’ The Brass Rail, a licensed Genuine Broaster Chicken operator, has been named in the ‘Best of Minnesota’ by CBS Minnesota. Serving Broasted Chicken for over 40 years, the establishment has become a destination for Minnesota-residents seeking world-famous Genuine Broaster Chicken. The

ACE Supports President Trump’s Decision On Fuel Economy Standards

President Trump directs EPA to conduct midterm review of CAFÉ-GHG standards and make a new final determination by April 2018. The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) supports President Donald Trump’s decision to direct the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider the final determination of greenhouse gas standards (GHG) for model year (MY) 2022-2025 light-duty vehicles and,

7-Eleven, Ferrara Introduce Sour Sloths & New Slurpee Flavor

Now through April 30, 7-Eleven customers can enjoy Sloth-filled treats. 7-Eleven has teamed up with Trolli, the sour gummie brand from Ferrara Candy Co., to introduce Trolli Sour Brite Sloths and a Trolli Pineapple Lime Slurpee. Both products will be exclusively available in participating 7-Eleven stores nationwide through April 30. The new Trolli Sour Brite

Petro Columbia Opens for Business

The newly-constructed facility offers a range of amenities including a Minit Mart store. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has completed construction on Petro Columbia, located at I-77, Exit 5 (2154 South Beltline Blvd.) Columbia, S.C. The new location is now open to the public.

Stimulating Salty Snacks Sales

Convenience stores continue salting away profits by catering to Americans’ never-ending cravings for potato, corn and tortilla chips, peanuts, pretzels, popcorn, cheese snacks, crackers and many other types of indulgent snack foods. Slowly, but surely, indulgent snacks options are being pushed by healthier items. Threading the salty-but-healthy snack combination is a major key in appealing

Alimentation Couche-Tard Sees “Positive Results” in Q3

Works to consolidate its position as a leader in the convenience store industry. For its third quarter ended Jan. 29, 2017, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. announced net earnings of $287 million, representing 50 cents per share on a diluted basis. “Notwithstanding the headwinds seen in the overall retail industry during the quarter, we continue seeing positive