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Burning Issues 2015: Retailers Must Adapt or Fade Out

From emerging technology and advanced fuel sources to promising new revenue streams, industry operators need to evolve with the times or get left behind. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Transformation will help define the convenience store industry in 2015, affecting everything from the way customers fuel up to how they pay for food and fuel,

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Shining a Brighter Light on Shoplifting Trends

Studies indicate more than $13 million in merchandise is stolen from U.S. retailers annually. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Shoplifting and employee theft continue to plague retailers. Two recent studies—one conducted by Price Gun and another by Global Retail Theft Barometer—show just how theft is impacting the retail business. No. 1 Property Crime Price Gun,

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Winning With Wine Sales

Murphy USA grows its wine section and store sales through a collaboration with E.&J. Gallo Winery. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Through a collaboration with E. & J. Gallo Winery, Murphy USA is working towards growing its wine category. The c-store chain is set to expand the number of locations offering wine from 112 to

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Reaching Data Security

Retailers should know how PCI and EMV will impact their stores in coming months. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor As 2014 winds down, retailers face new regulations regarding credit and debit cards, potential fraud and security requirements, plus a late 2015 deadline for mandatory new technology. Retailers on Jan. 1, 2015 will be subject to

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Designs on the Future

More convenience retailers are turning to outside consultants to create design solutions which address customers’ modern preferences. By David Bennett, Senior Editor When expanding convenience store chain Kwik Stop decided last year to revise the footprints of its future stores, it only had to look as far as Madison, Wis. That’s where company planners—led by

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Succeeding With Energy Management

Your electric bill could determine which type of system you need. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Convenience stores are increasingly looking to energy management systems to help them better control their energy efficiency. For instance, Kum & Go is known for its commitment to energy efficiency. In 2010, the chain started building 5,000 square-foot stores

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Smokeless Holds its Own

Despite the popularity of electronic cigarettes and the gloominess of regulatory concerns, smokeless tobacco continues to be a significant seller for convenience stores. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Because smoking restrictions have increased and the sale of cigarettes continues to decline across the U.S., it’s not surprising that smokeless tobacco sales have remained on an

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Customize Lunch and Dinner Trends for Your Customers

Trend reports from research firms can tell you a lot about what foods and flavors are craved by America’s taste buds. But c-stores don’t have to reinvent the wheel each time to keep their lunch and dinner menus fresh and relevant. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor When incorporating the latest craze into your foodservice menus,

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Wake Up to Breakfast Profits

Though quick-service and fast casual restaurants keep ramping up their a.m. game, c-stores can keep up with the best of them as industry retailers share some of their most eye-opening products and strategies. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor In the breakfast arena, there’s no time for convenience store retailers to sit back on their muffins

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Couche-Tard’s Profits Rise

Alimentation Couche-Tard sees profits increase despite dipping sales.   Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. posted a slight decrease in sales in the second quarter while net earnings rose 24.6 per cent. The Laval, Que.-based convenience-store giant booked net profit of $286.4-million (U.S.) or 50 cents per share, up from $229.8-million or 40 cents in the like period

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NACS: New FDA Menu Labeling Regs Bad for C-Stores

NACS disapproves of the FDA menu labeling decision, saying c-stores are different from restaurants.   The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) criticized the new menu labeling rules the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently placed on convenience stores, grocery stores, movie theaters, and even vending machines. “The FDA has clearly gone beyond congressional intent by expanding

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Beck’s Stores Go Digital

Beck’s adopts a system that markets to customers on Facebook and Twitter.   Beck’s Stores has reached an agreement with digital marketing provider OpenStore to outfit its chain with digital network designed to reach customers through a branded mobile app, individual store web pages, mobile coupons and social media that includes Facebook and Twitter. “We have recognized

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Rutter’s Adds Fried Shrimp, Basket Meals to Menu

Rutter’s is expanding its dinner offerings in time for the holidays.               What puts customers in the Thanksgiving spirit? Shrimp, of course. That and other options are now on the menu at York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Food Stores, which has added fried shrimp and meal baskets to its dinner offerings. Ten lightly breaded shrimp make each fried shrimp order a

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Stinker Stores Raises $54,000 for Idaho Families

 Idaho C-store proves a valued partner in fight against hunger.     Hungry Idahoans are getting some extra help this holiday season, with Stinker Stores completing their “Stomp Out Hunger” fundraiser for 2014, raising $54,110 to help solve hunger in Idaho. From November 7-17, Stinker customers were asked if they wanted to add a donation to The

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Ricker Named Chairman of the Fuels Institute

Ricker Oil chief leads think tank at a time when alternative fuels and vehicles are at the forefront.   Jay Ricker, chairman of Anderson, Ind.-based Ricker Oil Co. was elected chairman of the Fuels Institute during the recent Fuels Institute’s Annual Meeting and Fuels Summit. Andy Viens, president of global marketing for Phillips 66 Co. in Houston, Texas, was elected

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Stripes Announces Thanksgiving and Black Friday Freebie

Stripes is celebrating Thanksgiving with tacos.   Stripes Stores and Laredo Taco Company will be celebrating Thanksgiving and Black Friday with a Free Breakfast Original Taco coupon from the Laredo Taco Company. Customers interested in the promotional offer must print the coupon from the Prize Cooler Tab located on the Stripes Stores Facebook page (www.facebook.com/stripesstores). The

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Survey: 56% Prefer Mobile Pay For the Holidays

Mobile pay options are becoming more popular among shoppers, especially Millennials.   A commissioned study examining consumer interest and adoption of in-store mobile payment in advance of the holiday shopping season, according to Retale,  a location-based mobile platform connecting shoppers with their favorite local retailers. The study focused on several key areas, including the benefits,

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Rutter’s Donates $230,000 in Scholarship Money

Carrying on a long tradition, York, Pa.-based c-store gives back to the community.   Rutter’s will donate an additional $230,000 to 10 area schools to provide tuition to eligible students, the company recently announced. The latest announcement follows Rutter’s commitment to provide $200,000 for scholarships at 12 preschools and daycare centers in south central Pennsylvania

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Del Monte Opens Plant in Toronto

Company expands its operations to service customers in Ontario and Quebec with full line of products.   Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. (Del Monte) announced that its first state-of-the-art Canadian distribution center, that opened in January this year, is now being complemented by the opening of a fresh cut facility in Oshawa, ON. The

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NOCO Stores Dig Out From the Snow

NOCO Express finds itself buried along with many other western New Yorkers. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Like thousands of stranded New Yorkers over the last few days, employees of NOCO Express found themselves buried to the hilt in one of the largest snowstorms to every hit the Buffalo area. In western New York, locations around Buffalo were covered with massive mounds of

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QuikTrip Challenged Over Expansion Plans

Convenience chain in neighbors’ crosshairs over development project.   QuikTrip as a Kansas City neighborhood and the convenience store chain are going toe-to-toe over a new development plan. Worried about extra traffic and other related concerns, area neighbors filed a protest petition with the city clerk. The plans to buy the extra land and expand

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Maverik Inc. Donates $5,000 To Nonprofit

Maverik supports Idaho miracle makers this holiday season.   Maverik Inc. recently donated $5,000 to the Idaho-based Miracle League of Payette, which assists area communities. Currently, the Miracle League has more than 240 leagues in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada and serves more than 200,000 children and young adults with disabilities. The Miracle League

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CITGO Raises Funds for ALS Reseach

CITGO partners recently sponsored a gala in honor of local resident Jane Vanden Heuvel, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011.   CITGO Marketer Garrow Oil Corp. and CITGO Petroleum Corp. recently sponsored the inaugural Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Toast to Life Gala, raising $40,000 to fund ALS research. The event honored Jane Vanden Heuvel of Little

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OnCue Express Raises Big Money for St. Jude

Oklahoma c-store has raised almost $1 million for St. Jude since 2006.   OnCue Express recently surpassed its goal to raise $200,000 during the 23rd annual St. Jude Halloween Pinup promotion to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. During the month-long promotion, consumers joined the fight and donated $1 or more for a personalized Halloween-themed

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Rutter’s Earns 2014 Commercial Recycling Award

Known for its ecological initiatives, Rutter’s Farm Stores has recycled 400 pounds of fryer grease and 17 tons of cardboard at one store.   Rutter’s Farm Store in Mechanicsburg, PA has been named the recipient of the 2014 Commercial Recycling Award given by the Mechanicsburg Borough Council in recognition of the company’s  recycling practices.  Since

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