CCRRC Helps Retailers Break Down Barriers With Latest Video Installment

The CCRRC has released a video to help retailers connect with their employees and to maximize business. The Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council (CCRRC), in association with the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has released the fifth video installment of its “Power Up Employee Engagement” video series. The latest installment, entitled “It’s a Partnership,” discusses


Stripes Opens in Houston

A new Laredo Taco Co. accompanies the new Stripes store in Houston. Stripes Convenience Stores is adding 30 new jobs to the Houston community with the opening of its newest convenience location. The grand opening for the store, located at 7677 Gessner Road, was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2016. The grand

Hoshizaki Receives ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award

Hoshizaki demonstrates commitment to energy efficiency. Hoshizaki America Inc. is being recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the company’s continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements. The EPA has presented Hoshizaki with a 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for its accomplishments. Hoshizaki

QSR Market Anticipates Expansion

Menu expansion and catering to on-the-go consumers are helping to drive major growth in the QSR market. The global quick service restaurants (QSR) market is expected to experience substantial growth in the coming years. When considering the present state of the market, along with future growth prospects, the industry is clearly poised for growth. According

Consumer Favorites in Four QSR Categories

Convenience stores are now making the list when it comes to consumer’s favorite QSRs. A nationwide consumer survey from Market Force Information has revealed consumers’ favorite quick-service restaurant (QSR) chains in four popular food categories: pizza, Mexican fare, chicken and sandwiches. The survey includes polls of more than 12,700 consumers who were asked to rate

Why Were Gum & Mint Sales Fresher in 2015?

Taste, size and portability continue to drive growth in non-chocolate candy, especially gum and mints. And while U.S. consumer trends have moved toward the growing popularity of breath-fresheners and away from gum, according to the National Confectioners Association (NCA), candy and gum sales in convenience stores rose a significant 5.6% over the 52 weeks ending

Youth Rely on Social Sources for Tobacco Products

NATO implores FDA to place more emphasis on educating social sources and less on restrictive policies for retailers. Preliminary findings from the long-term Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) study from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Institute of Health has revealed the sources by which underage youth attain cigarettes and

Love’s Expands CNG Offering Through Trillium Acquisition

The new acquisition of Trillium demonstrates Love’s long-term commitment to CNG. The Love’s Family of Companies now officially includes Trillium CNG, as Love’s has officially finalized the purchase of the compressed natural gas (CNG) company. Through the agreement, Love’s has acquired 37 Trillium stations, and the companies now operate a combined 65 public-access CNG facilities.

QuickChek Named One of New York’s Best Places to Work

QuickChek is committed to providing its employees with a great place to work, and consumers with a great place to shop. For the fourth consecutive year, QuickChek Corp. has been named one of the Best Companies to Work for in New York State. The Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based fresh convenience market chain was recognized by The

Maverik Streamlines Pricing Strategy with PriceAdvantage

Maverik intends to reap the extensive benefits of adopting PriceAdvantage software. Maverik Inc. has officially chosen to utilize PriceAdvantage software to streamline its fuel price management across its 274 convenience store locations, throughout 10 western states. Maverik selected PriceAdvantage based on the software’s ability to allow Maverik fuel pricing analysts to conduct price research in

TravelCenters Sponsors 2016 Mid-America Trucking Show

From March 29 through April 2, TravelCenters of America will be hosting a number of exciting events and attractions at the 2016 MATS. TravelCenters of America LLC is bringing a number of exciting attractions to the 2016 Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville. This year at MATS, TravelCenters, operator of TA and Petro Stopping Centers

CITGO Petroleum Supports STEM Education

CITGO Petroleum is helping to fuel education through a competition where teachers can win exclusive training sessions and quality supplies to help enhance their teaching practices. CITGO Petroleum Corp. is continuing to display its dedication to youth education through its fourth annual Fueling Education Program, which focuses on the importance of engaging young students in

Debit Swipe Fees Remain Too High

The NRF is calling for the Federal Reserve to review and revise the debit card swipe fee cap. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has stated that, although the cap on debit card swipe fees, which was enacted by the Federal Reserve five years ago, has helped reduce costs for retailers and consumers, fees are still

CCRRC Releases Fourth Employee Engagement Video Installment

The latest video from CCRRC demonstrates the importance of recognizing employee accomplishments. The fourth video installment of the “Power Up Employee Engagement” video series from the Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council (CCRRC) has been released. The fourth installment of the CCRRC North America NACS video, which is entitled “Even Small Accomplishments Deserve Recognition,” expresses the importance

Mark VII Welcomes New Director of Distribution

Rob Raskell brings 18 years of car wash industry experience to his new role at the company. Mark VII Equipment Inc., the North America subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany, the world’s largest manufacturer of vehicle cleaning systems, announced that Rob Raskell has joined the company as Director of Distribution. Raskell has 18 years of

Beaumont, Texas C-Store For Sale

Bid deadline on the convenience store set for April 26. A convenience store with gas, a quick-service restaurant and self-storage is available for purchase in Beaumont, Texas via a lender-directed sealed bid sale. The c-store, built in 1998, spans 3,490 square feet and is located at Highway 365 and Labelle Road. The lot measures 2.34

Wawa Launches Hiring Campaign

Wawa is committed to providing fulfilling job opportunities to members of the communities it serves. Over the next three months, Wawa Inc. plans to hire more than 5,000 new associates, as each of Wawa’s 700+ stores across the company’s six-state operating region searches for new talent. The company-wide hiring campaign will span the spring season,

Petro Wilmington Open For Business

The new travel center features an array of amenities including a 4,900 square-foot Minit Mart travel store. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), is growing its network with the opening of Petro Wilmington, located at 24225 W. Lorenzo Road in Wilmington, Ill. The newly constructed travel center is situated on 27 acres of land at I-55,

M-PACT Teaches Best Hiring Practices

There’s more to developing a solid workforce than just hiring to fill a vacancy. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Hiring the right people for a c-store operation can be challenging. One expert at the M-PACT Show in Indianapolis, which concluded March 24, explained how to build a better mousetrap to capture capable candidates. Over time,

NRF Expresses Concern about New Rules from Department of Labor

New rules from DOL will be profitable to Big Labor, while small retailers will be the first to suffer. The Department of Labor (DOL) has officially released the final rules under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act. These rules significantly narrow the advice exemption for employers under the Act. The National Retail Federation (NRF) issued

Cumberland Farms Surpasses $1 Billion in ACH Payments

Cumberland Farms uses savings from merchant branded debit program to fund rewards for customers and to drive consumer loyalty. Through the utilization of the ZipLine merchant branded SmartPay card and mobile solutions, on October 1, 2015, Cumberland Farms became the first U.S. retailer to surpass $1 billion in payments processed with an ACH payment product.

Dollar General Announces Financial Growth Outlook

Dollar General has revealed strategic growth plans for the company over the next two years, including the opening of 900 stores in 2016. At its 2016 Investor Conference, Dollar General Corp. outlined strategic plans to support the company’s current financial growth model. Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO, provided an update on key initiatives to support

Gasoline Reigns Supreme

Electric vehicles are becoming more popular, but won’t replace combustible engines anytime soon. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Though alternative fuels are gaining momentum nationwide, gasoline is still the primary fuel that Americans use, explained John Eichberger, the executive director of the Fuels Institute, a nonprofit think tank, at this year’s M-PACT Show, which is

Prepaid Shifts Toward Digital

The prepaid category is expected to continue to grow in 2016, but the rise of digital gift cards could impact convenience store sales of physical gift cards. Mercator Advisory Group projected that the total open-loop prepaid card market will have a compound annual growth rate of 7% through 2018. Closed-loop overall will have a compound

Starbucks To Donate 100% of Unsold Food

FoodShare program to provide 5 million meals in the first year. On March 22, Starbucks set a goal to donate 100% of its unsold food that is still safe to consume to help feed the hungry. All of Starbucks’ 7,600 stores are set to participate. According to USA Today, Starbucks’ plans to work in partnership