Conexxus Kicks Off in Tucson

From cloud computing to future technology and EMV, attendees learn about the latest technology and security issues impacting the c-store industry. The 2016 Conexxus Annual Conference kicked off this week at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Ariz. The conference runs from May 1-5. Monday’s opening session began with an address from Gray Taylor, executive

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Old Habits Are Not Necessarily Your Friends

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport LLC Last week I had the honor of visiting with a company that is opening their first convenience store. They read my book and want to implement my ideas in their store. I am getting an increasing flood of inquiries regarding inventory control, and I am amazed at the difference between

Casey’s Launches Slice of Summer Campaign

Casey’s customers are being given a chance to win exciting prizes, just for shopping with Casey’s. Casey’s General Stores has launched a new Slice of Summer rewards program to its customers. Now through August 31, 2016, Casey’s customers will have the chance to win from hundreds of prizes, just for shopping at Casey’s. During the

VP Racing Fuels Partners With JAT Oil

JAT Oil will reap a number of benefits through its new partnership with VP Racing Fuels. VP Racing Fuels has joined forces with Chattanooga, Tenn.-based JAT Oil, supplier of 125 retail locations in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama, in its retail branding program. “For us, the most appealing aspect of VP’s retail branding program is that

Seattle Minimum Wage Laws Upheld in Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has refused to hear any appeal from those challenging the Seattle minimum wage increase ordinance. Business groups recently attempted to challenge a Seattle law which raises the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, but the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the challenge. Therefore, the previous decision made by a

Formula DRIFT Chooses VP Racing Fuels as Official Fuel

A new partnership will help VP Racing Fuels to build brand awareness and allow for the expansion of product lines. VP Racing Fuels has been chosen as the Official Fuel of Formula DRIFT, presented by BlackVue. Teams that need fuel service will now have access to VP Racing Fuels, which will distribute fuel on-site at

Will Higher Gasoline Prices Choke Off Strong Driving Demand?

Fuel Marketer Intelligence: Supply Chain Dynamics to Retail Fuel Prices By Brian Milne, Editor, Schneider Electric Gasoline demand in the U.S. four months into the year remains strong, running 6% above the five-year average although trailing the peak year in gasoline consumption achieved in 2007 by 0.7% when it averaged 9.286 million barrels per day. A

The Cigarette Store Corp. Acquires Tobacco Depot

The country’s largest retail tobacco store operator looks to expand its footprint into the Florida market. The Cigarette Store Corp. (TCSC), owner and operator of Smoker Friendly retail stores, has finalized its acquisition of Tobacco Depot. The acquisition includes the company, along with Tobacco Depot’s 13 stores in and around Tampa, Fla. Smoker Friendly will

Menu Labeling Regulations Finalized

The FDA has failed to make changes that would make menu-labeling compliance more realistic for convenience stores. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued its final guidance and determined a final compliance date for the previously announced menu-labeling regulations. According to a report from NACS, May 2017, 17 months after the initial compliance date,

The Modern Forecourt

More convenience retailers are investing in new forecourt amenities that are bigger, brighter and potentially more profitable. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor The convenience store forecourt has traditionally been an area with a limited number of fuel pumps and parking spaces, and perhaps a few retail items such as fireplace logs or bagged ice for

M&M’S Launches Second Annual Red Nose Day

M&M’S is striving to raise $1 million for the Red Nose Day Fund by May 26. Through the second annual Red Nose Day campaign, M&M’S is raising money, awareness and laughter through a social media challenge. The campaign, which aired in 2015, is a special day intended to bring people together to have fun, and

Whole Foods Market Announces Opening of Second 365 Location

Two innovative foodservice providers have been chosen to be featured at the newest 365 by Whole Foods Market location. Lake Oswego, Ore. will soon become the home of the second 365 by Whole Foods Market location. This new evolution of grocery stores by Whole Foods Market will open on July 14, 2016. The store will

Customers Respond Well to Combo Meal Deals

Big burger chains have brought back combo deals, and research has shown that their return has driven growth. New research from The NPD Group has revealed that, after making efforts to wean customers off of the steep deals that were offered during the recession, major quick service hamburger chains are now once again offering combo

Department of Labor Moving Forward With Overtime Pay Rules

NACS asks retailers to send letters to help delay the final rule on overtime pay. The Department of Labor (DOL) has taken the final step in the regulatory process before it may issue a new final rule governing overtime pay, the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) reported. DOL’s draft proposal on the overtime pay

7-Eleven Cookie Recall

A number of 7-Eleven’s cookies may contain undeclared peanut, and customers are encouraged to discard these cookies. 7-Eleven’s fully baked chocolate chunk, sugar and oatmeal raisin cookies, produced by CSM Bakery Solutions cookie pucks, are being recalled because they may contain undeclared peanut. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the

Cumberland Farms Celebrates National Pretzel Day

Cumberland Farms recently offered customers a free beverage with purchase. Cumberland Farms recently ran a promotion in celebration of National Pretzel Day, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. According to a report from Sun Sentinel, Cumberland Farms offered a free beverage with purchase at participating locations. Additionally, from noon to 6 p.m., customers were invited to stop

Can Gum Sales Stick?

Flavors might be capturing consumer attention, but retailers find tried-and-true mint products are driving interest in the gum and mints category. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor After several years of declining sales, gum saw renewed consumer interest and an uptick in sales in 2015. But analysts continue to predict that gum could face a rough

Weighing the Cost of Foodservice

Retailers can’t dip a toe into foodservice and expect to turn a profit. Often they need marketing, outstanding food offerings and a sense of economics to make a positive splash. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Assistant Editor It takes more than some new equipment, a menu and even the most eye-catching in-store signage to turn a fledgling

Sandwiches Go Bold

Sriracha. Aioli. Pico de gallo. Seasonings, sauces and spreads that many consumers couldn’t pronounce very long ago are now giving traditional condiments a run for their money. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Assistant Editor In the not-so-distant past, consumers had to go to ethnic restaurants to get the bold and authentic flavors they craved. Now all they

Chocolate Enjoys King-Size Sales

From large format sizes to resealable packaging and informative labels, chocolate trends are evolving. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Health and wellness may be top of mind for most customers today, but that hasn’t slowed chocolate sales, which were up 5.6% in 2015 in the convenience and multi-outlet channel, compared to the previous year. In

Sweet Snacks Pack Variety

While indulgent sweets are still preferred by many U.S convenience customers, more consumers are spending their snacking dollars on healthier options. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Convenience store operators continue to walk a tightrope, balancing consumers’ love of sweet snacks with their intent to eat healthier. Still, America’s sweet tooth isn’t going away any time

YEO Roundtable Wraps Up in Atlanta

Young executives tour RaceTrac locations to get an up close look at the chain’s latest initiatives. The National Advisory Group’s (NAG) third annual Young Executives Organization (YEO) Roundtable hosted by RaceTrac Petroleum wrapped up in Atlanta on Thursday. Nearly 50 of the convenience store industry’s young and next-generation executives representing 38 convenience store chains received

Emerson Supports Research and Innovation through The Helix Innovation Center

Emerson hopes to make The Helix a global hub of industry education. Emerson Climate Technologies Retail Solutions recently celebrated the grand opening of The Helix Innovation Center on the University of Dayton campus. Emerson invested a total of $35 million in The Helix in order to foster an ambitious and collaborative approach to conducting research. Research conducted

Core-Mark to Release First Quarter 2016 Earnings

Core-Mark has announced a release date for its first quarter 2016 earnings report. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., has announced that it will release its earnings for the first quarter ending March 31, 2016, before the market opens on Tuesday May 10, 2016. Additionally, the company will host an investor call later that morning at 9:00

Global Milk Market Anticipates Growth

New flavor options and packaging innovation are among the factors that are expected to drive growth in the global milk market. A new research study from Technavio has revealed that the global fresh milk market is poised to reach $1.94 billion in revenue by 2020. The report, “Global Fresh Milk Marker 2016-2020” offers an in-depth

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