IRI Examines Consumers’ Alcoholic Beverage Habits

Millennials, Generation Xers and baby boomers make in-store shopping trips more than once per week, and 40% of buyers walk into the store undecided on what product to purchase Information Resources Inc. has released a new study that analyzes the alcoholic beverage habits of U.S. consumers. The study revealed, although drinks of choice differed among

RILA Survey Finds Voters Oppose Swipe Fees

Some 63% of Trump voters believe banks are taking advantage of retailers. A survey conducted by Wilson Perkins Allen Research on behalf of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) found voters who cast a ballot in 2016 believe that banks are taking advantage of retailers and oppose the fees that merchants are charged every time

‘Purple Up The Pump’ Raises Funds for Alzheimer’s Association

Volta Oil associates help raise a whopping $106,391. Volta Oil employees and customers went the extra mile in fighting Alzheimer’s this year, increasing store collections by 45%. In its sixth year, Rapid Refill’s annual campaign ‘Purple Pump Up’ has once again exceeded expectations, raising an astonishing $106,391 for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Having raised

Walmart Tests New C-Store Concept

A gas-grocery combo where customers can pick up online orders looks to compete in the convenience market. Walmart is again trying its hand at the convenience market with a new concept called Walmart Pickup and Fuel. The chain is testing a location in Huntsville, Ala. and Thornton, Colo. Business Insider reported that the new Walmart

Thorntons Partners with Square Donuts

Square Donuts to supply Thorntons’ Indianapolis locations. Thorntons has joined forces with Square Donuts in Indianapolis. Square Donuts was voted the No. 1 yeast donut in Indianapolis this year, and its products became available in Thorntons starting Dec. 1. Through Square Donuts, Thorntons will provide guests with a variety of unique and delicious donuts. Guests

Will Year End See Usual Gas Price Drop?

OPEC deal sends prices upward. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) made a long awaited decision to cut its collective production in an attempt to rebalance the global oil supply and raise prices. Following the production agreement on the deal, which is set to go into effect in January, crude oil markets were up

Mountain Express Oil Optimizes Fuel Pricing Strategies

Partners with PriceAdvantage to maximize fuel volumes and profitability. Mountain Express Oil Co. has partnered with PriceAdvantage, a fuel price management software company and division of Skyline Products, to streamline and automate site-specific fuel pricing strategies for 70 commission sites throughout the U.S. “Mountain Express is creating a powerful commission model which utilizes software to

General Mills Outlines New Organizational Structure

Introduces changes to company leadership. General Mills has announced a new global organizational structure that will support growth and drive greater efficiency by streamlining the company’s leadership, maximizing global scale, and increasing operational agility. As previously announced, Jeff Harmening, president and CEO has assumed global operations responsibilities reporting to Chairman and CEO Ken Powell. As

NATO Visionary Don Bores Passes Away

Bores helped form the National Association of Tobacco Outlets. Don Bores, the individual who saw the need for a national retail tobacco association and the vision to help form the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO), passed away peacefully yesterday, NATO reported. NATO gave the following tribute: “In 2000, Don was one of the owners

EMV Fuel Pump Compliance Date Moves to 2020

Retailers have three extra years to become compliant. Mastercard and Visa are changing the automatic fuel dispenser liability shift date from October 2017 to October 2020. This decision applies only to automated fuel pumps. In a press release, Mastercard noted, “EMV compliance for fuel merchants with Automatic Fuel Dispensers brings significant regulatory and implementation challenges.

NACS Urges EPA To Deny Petitions To Change Point of Obligation

NACS and seven organizations say changing the point of obligation under the RFS would add complexity and uncertainty. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) along with other organizations in the fuel marketing community, petroleum producers and renewable fuels producers have urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deny recent petitions to move the

Sheetz To Transition to Cage-Free Eggs

Sheetz works to balance safety standards along with consumer demand and supply as it looks to go cage-free by 2025. Sheetz is committing to making a move toward cage-free eggs, with the goal of selling only cage-free eggs in its stores by 2025. The shift is a component of its efforts toward offering a wide

Gasoline Prices Spike On OPEC Deal

By Brian Milne, Schneider Electric Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices The January reformulated blendstock for oxygenate blending futures contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange settled at a better than five-month high on the spot continuous chart in concluding its first session as nearest delivery on Dec. 1, continuing a

Wrigley, Mars’ Transaction Zone Vision Drives Sales For Retailers

Research-based insights bring candy merchandising recommendations. Wrigley and Mars Chocolate North America are driving sales and increasing shopper engagement by working with retailers to implement their Transaction Zone Vision. Since launching the program in 2015, the companies have used research-driven insights to help retail partners boost sales at checkout through channel-specific recommendations. To help their

Hunt Brothers Pizza Awards C-Store Upgrades

Celebrates 25th Anniversary with video contest for convenience store partners. Hunt Brothers Pizza announced the winners of its “25 for 25 Video Contest,” in which it received video submissions from its retail partners detailing the importance of the pizza program to their businesses, families and communities. The majority of Hunt Brothers Pizza retail partners are

7-Eleven Closes Sale of Wyoming C-Stores

Parkland Fuel Corp. acquires two truck stops and one c-store. 7-Eleven has successfully divested two truck stops and one convenience store to Parkland Fuel Corp. with the help of Matrix Capital Markets Group. 7 Eleven acquired the three facilities (“the stores”), two of which are located in Cheyenne, Wyoming and one in Laramie, Wyoming, along

Dekorra, Wis. Love’s Travel Stop Opens

Amenities include a Hardee’s restaurant and more than 70 parking spaces. Love’s has opened a new travel stop in Dekorra, Wis.—its fifth travel stop in the state. The new location brings 73 truck-parking spots to Interstate 39/90, Exit 115. “The opening of the new store allows us to serve more customers with the ‘Clean Places,

Menu Labeling Compliance Deadline Arrives

Enforcement by FDA to begin May 2017, but states could take action today. The Food and Drug Administration issued a statement confirming that the compliance deadline for the menu labeling rule remains Dec. 1, 2016 and NOT May 5, 2017, which is when enforcement begins. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) pointed out that

Weigel’s Teams With Salvation Army for 19th Year

Local children receive a free breakfast before a shopping spree at Hall’s Kmart. Weigel’s is hosting its annual event to give 200 local underprivileged children a happy Christmas with the help of more than 400 caring volunteers who will assist in facilitating a Christmas shopping spree. This is the 19th year that Weigel’s has teamed

Growth Energy, E15 Retailers Raise Funds to Battle Breast Cancer

Growth Energy teams with retailers during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Growth Energy partnered with major fuel retailers Sheetz, Minnoco, Protec Fuel and Murphy USA for its annual Pink Out program to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer during the month of October. For each gallon of clean burning E15 sold, two cents were donated

Sheetz Reaffirms Commitment To $47,500 Base Salary

Despite judge’s FLSA injunction, Sheetz plans to continue with planned salary increases. Sheetz has announced that all of the company’s salaried employees will earn a minimum base salary of $47,500 per year. The decision was made in connection to the proposed Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA) rule from the U.S. Department of Labor, which called

Kum & Go Celebrates New Marketplace Store Opening

First 99 customers to receive a coupon for a 99-cent whole pizza. Kum & Go is set to open a new eco-friendly convenience store in West Des Moines Iowa on Dec. 1. The new store, located at 220 EP True Parkway will open its doors at 6 a.m. The 6,200+-square-foot store featuring the Marketplace store

VP Racing Fuels Launches New Website

New features include easier navigation and additional product information. Customers of VP Racing Fuels will enjoy a whole new user experience when they visit its newly-redesigned website at, according to Chris Wall, chief marketing officer for VP Racing Fuels. “Between our 70+ blends of race fuel and the new product lines we’ve launched in

Are Electric Vehicles The Future?

Millennials view EVs more favorably than older generations. A Reportlinker’s survey about the adoption of Electric Vehicle by U.S. citizens shows that electric vehicles (EV) still have a way to go before they become widely adopted. Some 72% of the respondents reported they fill their tanks with unleaded, premium, super or diesel gas. Highlights include:

Customers To Enjoy Candy in Moderation This Holiday Season

NCA President talks about candy’s role in holiday traditions. John Downs, president and CEO of the National Confectioners Association (NCA), weighed in on candy’s role in the holiday season. This holiday season, Americans will share and gift candy, enjoying their favorite wintertime treats in moderation. Chocolate, candy, gum and mints can play a unique part