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PriceAdvantage Partners with Fuelzee

Provides free competitive fuel pricing data. PriceAdvantage, a fuel price management software company and division of Skyline Products, has partnered with Fuelzee, a popular mobile app that saves consumers, gas stations and convenience stores time and money. The partnership will provide PriceAdvantage customers with free access to real-time, competitive fuel pricing information provided by Fuelzee’s

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LOGIC Pushes Innovation with the Launch of Logic Pro Advanced Vapor Systems

The leading e-cigarette company in the U.S. introduces a proprietary technology that advances retail profitability and enhances the vaping experience for adult consumers. LOGIC Technology, the No. 1 electronic cigarette company in the U.S. according to Nielsen, today announced the launch of LOGIC PRO Advanced Vapor Systems, the most sophisticated, first-of-its-kind e-vaporizing technology ever to

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Millennials Seek Healthier Workplaces

Experts weigh in on why smart companies are moving to implement workplace wellness programs—and how to start yours. A CSD Staff Report Much has been written about the impact of Millennials on America’s workforce. And it’s true that young people—those born between 1980 and 2000—have very different skills and values from the Gen-Xers and Boomers who

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Negotiating Contracts with Expertise

Everything is open for negotiation—even prices, schedules and product offerings that seem carved in stone. Wharton School of Business professor Steven Blum said no one has to just accept what’s offered, but first you must hone your negotiating skills. A CSD Staff Report Life is a series of negotiations. While we may realize this in

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Sheetz Debuts New Location

Makes a $2,500 donation to the Special Olympics Ohio as part of the grand opening festivities. Sheetz Convenience Store opens a new location in Strongsville, Ohio, to increase convenience for customers in well-established markets. Sitting at 9037 Pearl Road, the store will give people another option for great food and drinks. Employees will cut a

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Vapor Retailer Survey Shows Growth Remains Robust

Slowly but surely, vapor category displacing more combustible cigarette volume. Wells Fargo Securities LLC recently conducted a survey of tobacco retailer and wholesaler contacts representing 20,000+ convenience stores in the U.S. The survey focused on c-store vapor trends given the dynamics in the vapor category (including e-cigarettes). Key takeaways from the Wells Fargo survey included:

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California Small Businesses Hurt by Governor’s Veto

“This bill would have provided franchisees more control over their companies and shielded them against one-sided and nonnegotiable franchise agreements,” says Small Business Majority director. Statement by David Chase, the California director for Small Business Majority, responded to the California Governor’s veto of legislation that would have helped protect owners of small business franchises: “We

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VP Doubles Donations For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Proceeds to benefit Prevent Cancer Foundation. VP Racing Fuels announced it is marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month by doubling the amount of money it donates with each sale of its pink VP Motorsport Container. The pink containers were created to support Breast Cancer Awareness when introduced in late 2012. Since then, a portion of the

KickBack Rewards Systems to Be On Display at The NACS Show

KickBack Rewards Systems, an Idaho-based rewards and loyalty solutions provider, is pleased to announce that it will be on hand as an exhibitor at the upcoming NACS Show in Las Vegas to share its industry-leading technology capabilities with the convenience store, petroleum and foodservice industries. KickBack offers highly sophisticated loyalty programs and data analytics specifically

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Retailers Give Feedback On Wayne Ovation2

Retailers report smooth transition to PCI-compliant payment systems. Wayne Fueling Systems, a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation, and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations, is pleased with the response from the first customer installations for the Wayne Ovation2 fuel dispenser. This feedback confirms that the Ovation2 fuel dispenser, among the most

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Gulf Oil Expands Into Alabama

Bumpers Oil Co. converts to Gulf brand. Gulf Oil LP, one of the fastest growing branded marketers of energy products in the U.S., announced a new partnership with Bumpers Oil Co., a distributor of petroleum products in Alabama. The new relationship returns the iconic motor fuel brand to communities in “The Yellowhammer State” for the

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Recruit the Best (& Skip the Rest)

If you make the effort to find and recruit the best hourly employees, you will add value to your organization now and in the future because you’re recruiting the kind of people who can give you a competitive edge. By Mel Kleiman, Contributing Editor When it comes to recruiting hourly employees, the sixth annual Convenience

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COGO’s Partners With OpenStore to Drive Customer Loyalty

Launches Web-based and mobile technology. CoGo’s Co., a convenience store chain based in Pittsburgh, embarked on a brand-new marketing strategy with OpenStore by GasBuddy to extend special discounts and offers to their valued customers. OpenStore is a complete digital marketing solution to help convenience store owners and managers concentrate on reaching and rewarding their customers

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MAPCO Installing New Marketing Technology

Partners with Gilbarco Veeder-Root to add marketing technology across 220 sites by the end of 2014. MAPCO recently partnered with Gilbarco Veeder-Root to install the Impulse upselling platform across 220 sites by the end of 2014. MAPCO, which operates 375 stores in the southeast, is using the Impulse platform to drive dynamic digital content at

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RaceTrac To Kick Off 4th Annual Free Coffee Week

CSD’s 2014 Chain of the Year Award Winner to celebrate free coffee week Oct. 12 – 18. In an effort to encourage busy commuters not to “drool and drive,” RaceTrac welcomes guests to visit one of its more than 370 locations to grab a cup of freshly brewed coffee and a donut or muffin “made

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MotoMart, Holmes Oil, Par Mar, Star Fuels Sign With Acumera

Acumera releases dual WAN failover app. Acumera announced the latest addition to its Apps for Your Network suite of services: the Dual WAN Failover App. The new app provides high availability wide area network (WAN) connectivity for convenience stores by automatically switching to a secondary connection whenever occasional interruptions in the primary connection occur. Uniquely,

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Mitigating Risk to Protect Your Business

More and more companies are investing in cybersecurity insurance, which is designed to mitigate losses from a variety of cyber incidents, including data breaches, business interruption and network damage. By Mark E. Battersby, Contributing Editor The dangers of Internet hacking and cyber thefts continue to make the headlines. This fall, Home Depot discovered a data

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Are Employees Sabotaging Your Company?

Consultants Julie Miller and Brian Bedford share 10 employee types  whose attitudes and actions are sabotaging your company’s accountability,  costing you money, and sending customers running for the hills. A CSD Staff Report We all know what it’s like to be promised, “I’ll get back to you on that question,” only to never hear another

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Banking on Cigarettes

Declining sales, consolidation and consumer alternatives pose challenges for retailers who rely on cigarette sales to maintain margins. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Cigarettes Are still a vital c-store category despite recent declining sales. Restrictive regulations and new competition in the form of both dollar stores and alternative products like e-cigarettes and vapor tanks are

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7-Eleven Powers Up its Fresh Foods Menu

7-Eleven marks the first retailer to offer Tony Horton Kitchen Foods. Celebrity health and fitness expert Tony Horton has teamed with 7‑Eleven Inc. to launch a new line of healthy and nutritious foods and cold-pressed juices under the Tony Horton Kitchen label. Tony Horton, the master behind the best-selling fitness program, Beachbody P90X, is a

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Wells Fargo Offers Insights On Non-Combustible Nicotine Industry

Following the recent ECig Vegas Conference Wells Fargo offers key takeaways, predictions. Wells Fargo Securities recently spoke on the “Views From Wall Street” panel at the ECig Vegas Industry Conference. “After attending/speaking at this conference, we continue to sense uncertainty around the broad vapor category, likely driven by eventual increased regulation and where the industry

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Debit-Card Reform Helps Consumers Save Almost $18 Billion

Reform also supported 100,000 new jobs in three years. As part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, Congress reformed the debit-card swipe fees that banks charge merchants. The regulations have now been in effect three years. In that short time, the debit reform—known as the Durbin Amendment for the senator who introduced it—has created

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Tri-Lakes Petroleum Opens New Location

Shows customer appreciation with event and giveaways. On Aug. 20, local CITGO Marketer Tri-Lakes Petroleum LLC and CITGO Petroleum celebrated the grand opening of its newest location in Kalamazoo with a customer appreciation event. As part of the celebration, more than 150 locals gathered at the new station, located at 6300 E Michigan Ave., to

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Hershey Wins P3 Impact Award

CocoaLink Program recognized for improving the lives of cocoa farmers in Ghana. The Hershey Co. was honored at the Concordia Summit with the prestigious P3 Impact award for its CocoaLink mobile phone program in Ghana. Cocoa experts create weekly text and voice messages based on the cocoa-growing calendar and farmers use their own mobile phones

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Kretek Names Five New Key Account Managers

Business growth and new retail chains are driving the need for greater account service. Kretek International Inc., exclusive importer and marketer of Djarum and Cuban Rounds Cigars, Voodoo and EZ Cig e-vapor products, DjEEP lighters, Nuvino Wines, and VirMax male performance products, has added five new key account sales managers in their Central and Northeast

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