Celebrity Chef Creates Signature Items for Pilot Flying J

Chef Tim Love to enhance food experience for travel center customers. Pilot Flying J has formed a unique partnership with renowned chef and restaurant owner Tim Love. Love will create new signature food items that will be available at all Pilot Flying J locations across the nation with the goal of providing fresh, convenient food

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Orton Oil Co. Adds PDI for ERP Software

Automates manual processes and gains new data insights for enhancing margin. Orton Oil Co. selected PDI as its enterprise resource planning (ERP) software provider. The Minnesota-based convenience retailer and fuel distributor licensed PDI’s retail and petroleum wholesale software to improve efficiency by automating manual processes and helping employees manage by exception. “During the decision-making process,

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New Vehicle Technologies Face Uphill Climb

Due to the size of the existing light-duty fleet in the U.S. considerable time is needed for any new technology to reach market saturation. Market saturation of E25 capable vehicles is a long way off. In fact, it would take close to a decade for a new vehicle technology to reach market saturation, according to

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Growth Energy Responds to Hearing on Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act

Bill would let retailers offer E15 without restriction from June 1 to September 15. Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor released the following statement after the legislative hearing on the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act (S. 517) held today by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. S. 517 was introduced in March and

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GasBuddy Partners with WEX Inc.

Companies to explore strategic uses of their collective technology, infrastructure, data, intellectual property and consumer reach to develop large-scale solutions that deliver new levels of convenience. WEX Inc., a provider of corporate payment solutions, and GasBuddy, a smartphone app connecting 65 million drivers with their Perfect Pit Stop, have forged a strategic partnership focused on

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Beverage Industry Stays Ahead of Evolving Customer Tastes

Wells Fargo shares insights on the beverage industry. Wells Fargo recently attended Beverage Digest’s “Market Smarts” Conference in New York City and shared the future outlook for beverages. “We continue to believe that the beverage industry has many opportunities (and challenges), but believe the overall outlook for the industry’s leaders remains favorable,” said Wells Fargo

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Restaurant Traffic Steady, Consumer Spending Up

QSR visits grow 3% in Q1 due to unit expansion. Restaurant industry sales are a strong economic barometer and show Q1 of 2017 brought steady growth, according to The NPD Group, a global information company, which continually tracks the foodservice industry. Consumer spending grew by 1.3% and visits to restaurants and foodservice outlets held steady.

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U.S. Customers Snack to Reward Themselves

Snacks with health related claims are among the fastest growing snack launches. Even as customers become more health-conscious, they still seek indulgence. Mintel has found that the top reasons Americans snack is to treat themselves (50%) and 28% agree taste trumps health when it comes to selecting a snack item. In addition to rewarding one’s

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NRF Welcomes Removal of ‘Joint Employer’ Guidance

Guidance created unnecessary litigation and uncertainty for businesses. The National Retail Federation (NRF) is celebrating the Labor Department’s plans to withdraw guidance issued under the Obama Administration that significantly broadened the definition of a joint employer. NRF noted the guidance created seemingly limitless liability in business to business relationships. “Today’s announcement from the Labor Department

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Optimistic About Vapor

Even though sales of vaping products appear to be on the upswing, c-stores remain cautious about the category’s future. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor Before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2016 released its final deeming regulations that classified vapors, tanks, mods (VTMs) and e-liquids as tobacco products, sales had been trailing

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Stuzo Introduces QuickStart for Conexxus

Innovation facilitates the adoption of mobile commerce standards. Stuzo, a digital product innovation firm, has released two key technology assets for the fuel retail industry, including a testing simulator for developing Conexxus compliant mobile commerce solutions. The first asset is Open Commerce Reference Architecture: An open plug in based reference architecture for the rapid development

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Customers Plan To Drive More This Summer

If gas prices hit $3.40, customers expect to reduce their driving. Summer driving season is here and Americans report they are more likely to drive this summer compared to past years, according to the latest NACS Consumer Fuels survey. Nearly three in 10 (29%) consumers say they will drive more in the coming month, an

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Jack Link’s Launches Fueling the Front Lines

Partners with Team Rubicon to assist with disaster relief. Jack Link’s is committing to assisting communities impacted by natural disasters. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are impacted by natural disasters each year. Homes are destroyed. Lives are upended. And initial response efforts quickly fade, leaving victims whose communities have been devastated to pick up the

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ALDI Plans Major Expansion

Grocery chain plans to open 2,500 stores by end of 2022. In a world of increased channel blurring, ALDI will soon be giving supermarkets and even convenience stores some extra competition. ALDI has been disrupting the U.S. grocery industry by providing customers with a smarter way to shop. Building on its already-aggressive growth strategy and

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Stop & Shop Launches Same-Day Delivery in Boston

Partners with Instacart, which is expanding into more than 100 new markets in 2017. To stay competitive in today’s fast changing world, brick-and-mortar retailers are looking for ways to offer increased convenience. The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC and Instacart Inc., the technology-driven, nationwide on-demand grocery delivery service, announced plans to bring same-day delivery

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Working With Roll-Your-Own Tobacco

Depending on the local marketplace, RYO products are popular offerings for some convenience retailers. By Jeffrey Steele, Contributing Editor Some c-stores’ roll-your-own tobacco (RYO) sales are significant enough to justify a large display at or near the counter. For others, customer demand is barely sufficient to rationalize small display facings, if that. Still, other retailers

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Yesway Launches Money Orders, Walk-In Bill Pay

More than 34 million unbanked and underbanked U.S. households rely on alternative financial services to make the monthly payments. Convenience store chain Yesway is expanding its financial offerings for customers. Yesway has parterned with Fidelity Express as its in-store provider of money order and walk-in bill payment financial services. These services will be available at

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SONNY’S, CWSSE Join Forces

Partnership to bring innovations in training, programs and services. SONNY’S Enterprises LLC, a global manufacturer of conveyorized car washing equipment, has partnered with Car Wash Services of the Southeast Inc. (CWSSE), in a move that will elevate the level of consulting services SONNY’S will provide to its distributors and clients across the country. Founded over

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Ontario Mulls $15 Minimum Wage

A proposal would raise Ontario’s minimum wage to $14 per hour on January 1, 2018, and then to $15 on January 1, 2019, followed by annual increases at the rate of inflation. While minimum wage hikes grab the attention of convenience retailers in the U.S., c-stores to the north are seeing similar headlines. For example,

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CHOICE Act Keeps Fee Reform

One part of the Financial CHOICE Act, House Republicans dropped language that would have repealed the debit swipe fee reforms which have saved businesses and consumers billions of dollars since being implemented under Dodd-Frank. Late last week, the House passed a bill to roll back some of the strongest Wall Street regulations spurred by the

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Speedway Teeing Up for Children’s Charity

Since 1991, Speedway LLC has hosted the Speedway Miracle Tournament and in 2013, in conjunction with the Miracle Tournament, began hosting the Speedway Miracle Celebration Dinner. June 12-13 marks Speedway LLC’s 26th annual Speedway Miracle Golf Tournament, which is held annually to raise funds for children in need. The event, which is held in Dayton, Ohio,

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Pinnacle Honing POS Technology

Merchants can leverage the Pinnacle Palm POS with existing hardware and various back office systems to help keep pace with ever-evolving regulatory mandates and enhancements, such as the liability shift surrounding chip card transactions. The Pinnacle Corp., a leader in mobile, loyalty and point-of-sale integration solutions for retail convenience stores, and Worldpay, a leading provider

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Growth Energy Prepares Ad Launch for E15 Fix

The ethanol advocacy group touts legislation that would update laws that currently limit the sale of E15 from June 1 to September 15, often discouraging retailers from offering higher biofuel blends altogether. Growth Energy has announced a seven-figure campaign aimed at promoting legislation that will allow U.S. retailers to offer more biofuel choices to customers

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Nevada Reviewing Wage Hike

Senate Joint Resolution 6 would require the minimum wage to be increased by 75 cents an hour each year beginning on Jan. 1, 2022 until the minimum wage is $12 A proposed amendment to the Nevada Constitution that would raise the minimum wage recently began public hearings. Much more will be said before the amendment

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Tennessee Tobacco Mark-Up on Tap

The law, enacted in three phases, raises retailers’ minimum mark-up on cigarettes by 35 cents per pack in three stages over a two-year period, increasing the minimum markup from 8% to 15%. The last phase of singular tobacco policy known as the Unfair Cigarette Sales Law will affect Tennessee retailers, beginning July 1. The regulation

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