CEFCO Adopts Verifone Solutions

Verifone offers new solutions to support EMV in-store and at-the-pump. The Fikes Cos. have selected Verifone’s Commander Site Controller and Ruby2 POS solutions for deployment across its chain of CEFCO Convenience Stores. All of CEFCO’s 227 convenience store locations within Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas will adopt the new software. EXPEDITED EMV MIGRATION Verifone’s solutions will


David Johnson Receives NAG Inaugural Lifetime Award for Convenience Retailing

Toot’n Totum’s David Johnson recognized at the 2015 NAG Conference in Santa Fe, N.M for his long service with the National Advisory Group. By CSD Staff David Johnson, vice president of operations at Amarillo, Texas-based Toot’n Totum Food Stores, Monday night was named the first recipient of the Lifetime Award for Convenience Retailing Monday night

New York to Raise Minimum Wage

New York Governor announces plans to move ahead with plans to raise minimum wage.  Last week, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, Gov. Cuomo of New York announced that, by 2018, minimum wage will be increased to $15 per hour in New York City. Cuomo added that the increase would be implemented upstate as well by 2021.

NAG Conference Talks Swipe Fees, Foodservice Technology

From driving food sales with kiosks and tablets to avoiding interchange fees, retailers share advice from their own experiences. The 2015 National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference kicked off on Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Eldorado Hotel in Santa Fe, N.M. On Monday, guests attended two educational sessions on reducing swipe fees, and benefiting from foodservice

Algenol, Protec Partner To Distribute Ethanol Made From Algae

Fuel made from algae is a fossil fuel replacement, with yields 20 times greater than fuel made from corn. Algenol Biotech LLC has partnered with Protec Fuel Management LLC to market and distribute, for the first time commercially, ethanol made from algae. The companies have agreed to offer the new fuel from Algenol’s Fort Myers, Fla. commercial demonstration module. The

QuickChek Supports Hope for the Warriors

QuickChek customers help raise over $100,000 to support post-9-11 service members and their families. Through an in-store donation program and a charity golf outing, with the help of generous customers, QuickChek was able to donate $132,000 to support post-9/11 service members and their families. During the past six weeks, QuickChek customers were able to purchase

Johnsonville Helps Delaware North Sportservice’s Ring in 100th Anniversary

Some 36 grills were needed to grill Johnsonville’s giant sausage. In celebration of Delaware North Sportservice’s 100th anniversary, Johnsonville grilled the unofficial longest brat in the U.S. The celebration took place on Sunday, Sept. 13 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., where the company is in charge of general concessions, restaurants and catering operations. Heath Barbato, executive

How C-Store Beverage Sales Fared Over Labor Day

Low gas prices played a role in driving traffic and sales at convenience stores this Labor Day. Convenience store beverage sales were up 6% during the 2015 Labor Day holiday, according to Wells Fargo Securities LLC, which recently conducted a survey of beverage retailers representing tens of thousands of c-store locations across the country to

CST Brands CEO Named to Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business

With Lubel at the helm, CST Brands looks to build 50 new c-stores. Kim Lubel, chairman, CEO and president of CST Brands Inc., has been named one of Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. Based in San Antonio, CST Brands is a convenience store retailer with 1,900 locations in the U.S. and Canada and

Drop Tank Offers New Discounts Through Groupon

New Groupon offer encourages repeat business and customer loyalty. Drop Tank has announced the launch of a new fuel discount offer with Groupon. The new Groupon offer allows customers to purchase a gift card for $40 which allows them to take 10-cents off per gallon of gas for 100 gallons, giving the gift card a $50 value.

How Customers Are Eating Breakfast for Dinner

Millennials lead the pack of breakfast for dinner fanatics. An annual national breakfast poll from Krusteaz has revealed that breakfast for dinner continues to be a popular trend among Americans, with 90% of Americans eating breakfast for dinner. More than half (53%) of the survey’s respondents claim to enjoy breakfast night dinners at least once a month, and nearly a quarter said

How Americans Think About Money

Financial fears weigh heavily on Americans today. Rather than spending time thinking about health and fitness, work or relationships, a survey from GoBanlingRates.com has found that Americans spend much of their time thinking about money. Other standout findings from the survey include: One in five people say their biggest money challenge is sticking to a budget. Always living

Dos Equis Masquerade Program Returns

Dos Equis’ fifth annual Masquerade program offers consumers prize winning opportunities. Dos Equis is once again celebrating the Halloween season with its annual Masquerade program. This year marks the fifth year of the fully integrated, 360-degree program, which is designed to help consumers to create a memorable fall celebration. The program provides LDA+ consumers access to the

How The Fresh Trend Is Changing Home Cooking

The desire for fresh-cooked meals causes slow cooker use to skyrocket. According to The NPD Group, as freshly prepared meals become increasingly popular among consumers, slow cookers are once again being viewed as crucial kitchen appliances. A great deal of consumers (81%) already own a slow cooker, but many are also purchasing new ones as the slow cooking

Alon Brands Certifies Comdata As Preferred Solution

Alon Brands becomes the third certified Comdata provider. Comdata’s innovative Smart Solutions POS system has become brand-certified with Alon Brands. The Dallas-based supplier and marketer of ALON fuels has certified Comdata as a preferred solution for locations with a high volume of over-the-road transactions. Comdata’s Smart Solutions suite of POS devices offer flexible, convenient payment options for store

Are CVS’ Anti-Smoking Efforts Impacting Cigarette Purchases?

Research shows a decrease in cigarette smoking after CVS stops selling tobacco products. In an attempt to decrease impulse cigarette purchases and to promote public health, one year ago, CVS decided to stop selling tobacco in its stores, nationwide. Despite the belief that this move would have little impact upon cigarette sales, a recent study

Casey’s First Quarter 2016 Earnings

As the first quarter of fiscal 2016 concludes, Casey’s finds itself in favorable financial standings.  Casey’s General Stores Inc. has released its diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of fiscal 2016 ended July 31, 2015. This year’s earnings equated to $1.57 per share. This number stands in contrast to the $1.28 per share for the first

Hershey Ranks High in Sustainability

Hershey’s sustainability efforts are being recognized on a global level. The Hershey Co. has secured a place on the World and the North American Dow Jones Sustainability Indices(DJSI). Hershey is one of only 13 companies from the Food, Beverage and Tobacco Industry included in the World Index and is ranked in the 93 percentile overall. Hershey’s rankings in the

Lawyer From AmEx Case Chooses to Represent Himself

Accused lawyer in scrapped AmEx case chooses to represent himself in court. Shortly after causing a $75 million deal between American Express and major merchants to all through, Gary Friedman has decided to represent himself in court, despite advice from his legal team. Friedman was the lead lawyer for major merchants suing American Express; however,

Andronico’s Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

Andronico’s newest board member, an experienced chief financial officer, completes the company’s all female executive board. Cheryl Hughes has been appointed as the new chief financial officer for Andronico’s Community Markets. This final addition to the company’s executive board follows the recent appointment of CEO Suzy Monford leads, making it an all female team. Hughes formerly held the role of

KickBack Fantasy Football Returns

KickBack has expanded its Fantasy Football program to further drive sales of its retailer partners. As the 2015 National Football League (NFL) season approaches, KickBack Points is preparing this year’s season of KickBack Fantasy Football. For this year’s competition, KickBack has devised new opportunities to earn prizes and points, and for the third year in a row, a grand prize

Stripes Seeks to Strike Out Cancer

Generous donors will match donations collected through Stripes ‘Celebrates Tomorrows’ campaign, dollar for dollar. Stripes Convenience Stores has once again joined with The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital to combat childhood cancer. September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, and on Sept. 16 Stripes will launch its second annual fundraising campaign: “Stripes Stores Celebrates Tomorrows.” Last year,

NRC Coordinates Sealed Bid Sale For Getty Realty

Getty Realty Corp. sealed bid deadline is less than two weeks away. NRC Realty and Capital Advisors LLC is coordinating a sealed bid sale of 13 Getty Realty Corp. properties. These properties are located in Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. The sealed bids must be received by NRC on Sept.

HEINEKEN Acquires 50% Shareholding of Lagunitas

New transaction between HEINEKEN and Lagunitas Brewing Co. will help both brands to expand their presence in and outside of the U.S. HEINEKEN has acquired a 50% shareholding in the fifth largest craft brewer in the U.S. by volume, Lagunitas Brewing Co. This transaction holds great benefits for both of the involved companies. The transaction will provide HEINEKEN

How to Keep Up With Evolving Payment Technology

As mobile payment grows, c-store retailers try different paths to meet customer demands. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor Cash may still be king, but another portable payment system has its eyes on the throne: Mobile. As a result, convenience stores operators are keeping their eyes on the progress of this inevitable transition, looking for the