Massachusetts Makes Equal Pay Mandatory

A new law requires that men and women be paid equally for comparable work in Massachusetts. On Mon., Aug. 1, 2016, during a Statehouse ceremony, Massachusetts Republican governor Charlie Baker signed a pay equity bill into law. According to a report from CBS Boston, the new law, which will take effect July 1, 2018, requires

Scotsman Ice Announces New Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Scotsman has hired an individual with an impressive foodservice background to serve as the company’s new vice president of sales and marketing. Scotsman Ice Systems has hired Nick Mirkovich as the company’s new vice president of sales and marketing. In his new position, Mirkovich is now responsible for managing sales through distribution, key chain and

FDA Issues Fliers to Help Retailers Comply with Deeming Regulations

New fliers from the FDA provide guidelines at-a-glance to retailers who sell tobacco products. The new tobacco deeming regulations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) go into effect on Mon., Aug. 8, 2016. NATO has annouinced that, with the approach of the new rules, the FDA has released four new fliers to assist retailers

Enmarket Names Paul Moody New Vice President

Paul Moody will now take the lead on enmarket’s recently launched rebranding campaign. Savannah, Ga.-based enmarket has announced that Paul Moody has joined the company of convenience stores as Vice President. In his new position, Moody will provide oversight to store operations and will lead the branding change, which was launched in 2015, and is

Speedway is a Growing Influence on Marathon Petroleum’s Profits

Speedway has recorded impressive growth over the past few years. Following the close of the second quarter of 2016, Speedway LLC’s financial results have revealed that the company is continuing to grow at an impressive rate. According to a report from the Dayton Business Journal, Speedway recorded $193 million in profit during the second quarter,

Does a Wage Increase Mean More Take-Home Pay?

Last year’s wage increase in Seattle may not have had the desired effect on workers’ income. In 2015, Seattle increased its minimum wage to $11 per hour for large businesses. Since this wage increase, the city seems to be thriving, but the true results of the new wage are difficult to determine, as there are

Consumers Demand Convenience in Meal Preparation

Convenience is key when it comes to consumer purchases in the grocery aisle. When it comes to shopping for food to make at home, there are a number of factors that weigh on consumers’ choices in the grocery aisle. Among these factors, convenience stands out as a key decision driver. A recent report from the

Casey’s Partners with MDA to Send Kids with Muscular Dystrophy to Summer Camp

Casey’s is helping to break down barriers for kids with Muscular Dystrophy. On Aug. 1, 2016, Casey’s General Stores launched a campaign to raise money to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) send kids with muscular dystrophy and related diseases to MDA Summer Camp. MDA Summer Camp is a life-changing, barrier-free week of fun and

E85 Now Available Along I-95 in Northern Virginia

One Potomac Mills Mobil station is working to keep more U.S. money inside the U.S. and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by offering E85 fuel. The Potomac Mills Mobil convenience store located at 14496 Gideon Drive in Woodbridge, Va. is now offering E85 and higher ethanol blend products. Potomac is now the first station along

Truenorth Hosts CSD’s Second-Annual Consumer Choice Contest

Customers excitedly expressed their opinions on the new products that were displayed at this year’s Consumer’s Choice New Products Contest. By Amber Koontz, editorial assistant Convenience Store Decisions’ (CSD) second-annual Consumer’s Choice New Products Contest kicked off on Thursday, July 28 at 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the truenorth convenience store in Medina,

Cold Brew Coffee Competition Heats Up

Warm months call for cool and refreshing coffee. Cold coffee is becoming a hot new trend this summer, with 10% of consumers surveyed by Packaged Facts drinking iced coffee most often. A number of restaurant and foodservice establishments are adopting iced or chilled coffees, as are retailers who offer ready-made beverage options. While 10% drink

Global Processed Snacks Market Forecast

The global processed snacks market is expected to grow significantly by 2020. A new report from Trchnavio has revealed that the global processed snacks market is expected to encounter significant growth over the next four years. In fact, the market study from Technavio indicates that the global processed snacks market will grow at a CAGR

Convenience Stores Poised for Growth

The current macro environment has created favorable conditions for convenience store sales growth. Wells Fargo Securities has predicted that growth in the convenience store market will be greater than initially expected, due to solid fuel margins and the favorable macro environment that is benefitting in-store sales. The long-term outlook for the industry remains positive. In

Does Digital Maturity Boost Employee Retention?

A number of employees at companies that lack digital maturity have plans to leave their organizations.  A new study from MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte Digital has revealed that companies that re not keeping pace with digital advancements are at risk of losing their employees. In fact, the recently released study revealed that more

Love’s Opens Three New Travel Stops

Love’s has expanded its presence in Missouri and Texas with the opening of its three newest stores. On July 28, 2016, Love’s Travel Stops opened the doors to three new store locations, one of which is in Texas, and two are in Missouri. The new Love’s in Quanah, Texas is located along U.S. Highway 287

Meat Snacks Market Evolves

Meat snacks are finding favor among the health conscious consumer, but some manufacturers of these snacks are struggling to meet consumers’ needs. Over the past few years, as consumers have become more health conscious, meat snacks (jerky and other snacks such as meat sticks) have become a go-to in the snacking world. These snacks appeal

NRF Forecasts Stronger than Expected Growth in Retail Sales for 2016

A number of factors have led to growth that has exceeded the NRF’s expectations thus far in 2016, and the trend is expected to continue. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has announced that retail sales for 2016 are expected to grow 3.4% over last year. This newly announced projection is represents an increase over the

Hershey Reveals Second Quarter 2016 Financial Results

The Hershey Co. recorded growth during the second quarter of 2016, and the company expects its growth to continue for the remainder of the year. The Hershey Co. has released the company’s sales and earnings for the second quarter ending July 3, 2016. Data released by the company indicates that the company experienced growth that

Love’s Rewards Company Drivers for Safe Driving

Gemini Motor Transport has granted over $3.4 million in bonuses to recipients of Gemini Safe Driver Credits. Love’s Travel Stops’ fuel-hauling fleet, Gemini Motor Transport, is recognizing its company drivers for their safe driving practices. The company has recognized 135 company drivers for remaining accident-free and adhering to Gemini’s stringent safety policies and procedures for

Dollar General To Enter Fuel Market

The dollar store chain finishes Walmart Express acquisition, plans to operate fueling stations at 37 sites. Dollar General has completed the purchase of 41 former Walmart Express locations across 11 states. The company plans to relocate 40 existing Dollar General stores into the newly acquired sties by October 2016. As a result of the purchase,

M&M’S Announces Winner of Flavor Vote Campaign

The votes are in, and the new fan-favorite Coffee Nut flavored M&M will soon join Original Peanut on store shelves. M&M’S recently held a Flavor Vote Campaign through which fans were given the opportunity to choose the brand’s newest peanut-flavored candy. The campaign was launched in honor of the brand’s 75th anniversary. More than one

Hunt Brothers Pizza Awards Prizes in “Hook, Line & Winner” Sweepstakes

Prizes ranged from Bass Pro Shop gift cards to a $16,000 boat. Hunt Brothers Pizza has completed its inaugural “Hook, Line & Winner” sweepstakes and announced the lucky contestants who won fishing and outdoor prizes. Sandra McClard of Albany, Ky., is the grand prize winner of a Tracker Boats Grizzly 1760 Sportsman Boat valued at

TA Campaign Supports SCF

The seventh annual campaign raises funds for truckers facing financial hardship because of medical problems. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters) is set to kick off its seventh annual fundraising campaign on Aug. 1 to support the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund (SCF). SCF is a non-profit organization that helps truck drivers suffering from

Recognizing Next-Generation Leaders With 40 Under 40

Nominate your next-generation leader today. The convenience store industry proves time and again that innovation and hard work are the foundation that supports steady, meaningful growth. This growth isn’t only important from a sales standpoint, but is vital to a company’s long-term stability when analyzing the human element. Convenience store companies must be able to

Are Customers Still Reluctant To Spend?

Shaped by the Great Recession, shoppers still remain less financially optimistic.     Market research firm Packaged Facts’ new report “Consumer Banking and Borrowing: U.S. Market Trends” shows consumers remain fiscally cautious —a sign that the impact of the Great Recession still lingers. U.S. consumers are less likely to amass unnecessary debt, more likely to save