NYACS Fall Conference

The National Advisory Group Conference 2016

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Rolling Racks

Today’s idea of the day: Utilize a rolling rack at the sales counter for morning breakfast sandwiches and afternoon corn dogs, taquitos, hot snacks, etc. This help to ensure customers know you have food items, and it can help temp consumers to make impulse buys. Do you have an idea of the day? Email Senior

Shareholders Challenge Walgreens on Tobacco Sales

Could a shareholder proposal push Walgreens in the same direction as CVS, which eliminated its tobacco category in 2014? Tobacco sales could be evaporating from Walgreens in the near future. Walgreens’ shareholders and members of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility filed a shareholder proposal on Aug. 25, requesting that the Board of Directors review

Sharif Jamal Joins YEO Board

Second-generation executive at Chestnut Petroleum rounds out the eight-member Young Executives Organization leadership team. The National Advisory Group’s (NAG) Young Executives Organization (YEO) is pleased to announce that Sharif Jamal, the corporate training manager for Chestnut Petroleum (CPD), has joined the board of directors for a two-year term. Chestnut Petroleum, based in New Paltz, N.Y.,

Irving Oil and Circle K Support the New England Special Olympics

Irving Oil donates $1 per fuel transaction made on Aug. 27 to the New England Special Olympics. Saturday, Aug. 27 marked the finale of Irving Oil and Circle K’s Fueling Dreams campaign, a month-long program focused on raising money to support New England Special Olympics athletes and their programs. For the campaign’s finale, Irving Oil

How to Optimize Holiday Marketing Programs

Retailers should never underestimate the value of personalization and a “thank you” note. The holiday shopping season will be here before you know it, and it is time to start planning your holiday marketing campaigns to help drive sales during this crucial season. To help ensure that brands create a successful marketing campaign, Experian Marketing

Innovation Grows in Global Energy Drink Market

Growing consumer demand for organic and better-for-you products has led to an increase in energy drink innovation. New research from Mintel has revealed that, around the world, energy drink innovation is on the rise. Globally, more new energy drinks were launched in 2015 than in any year since 2008. Furthermore, between 2010 and 2015, the

NAG/CSD Idea of the Day: Tax Code 199

Today’s idea of the day:  IRS tax code 199. Are you eligible? The section 199 tax deduction is also called the domestic manufacturing deduction, U.S. production activities deduction and domestic production deduction. It allows a deduction equal to 9% of the lesser of the “qualified production activities income” (QPAI) of the business; the operation’s taxable

Cueing Food Deals

It’s not enough to have great-tasting offerings in today’s competitive marketplace. It also takes savvy marketing to determine the difference between lackluster and stellar foodservice sales.    By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor Planting the foodservice seed with consumers should happen before customers walk in your front door, said a report from Datassential. The research company learned

Reaping Sandwich Rewards

Despite the challenges, prepackaged sandwich programs remain big traffic drivers for convenience stores committed to quality. By Lisa White, Contributing Editor Some may contend that convenience stores have a love-hate relationship with prepackaged sandwich programs. There no doubt is profit potential with these products, but overcoming negative perceptions as well as the inevitable shelf life

Transparency in Chicken

Chicken continues to gain momentum as a foodservice favorite. At the same time consumers, especially Millennials, are more discerning about the background and preparation of the chicken items they purchase.  Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor To find chicken that was fresh never frozen, organic, free from antibiotics and artificial flavors, colors and preservatives, consumers used to

Measuring the Cost of Loyalty

Most U.S. retailers operate a loyalty or reward program, but far fewer figure out the return on investment. By CSD Staff Members of retailers’ customer loyalty programs generate between 12-18% more revenue for retailers than do customers who are not members of the loyalty programs, according to new research from digital provider Accenture Interactive. Those

Fighting Fire With Fire

Convenience stores can develop a social media program to work in their favor as long as they still employ quality customer service. By Jim Callahan Let’s review a long-time conception related to the all-important subject of customer service. Then we’ll delve into the idea of how providing great customer service has evolved from being very

The NRF Supports the New Online Sales Tax Proposal from Goodlatte

Retailers seek a level playing field when it comes to the collection of sales tax for online purchases. House Judiciary Committee chairman Robert Goodlatte has issued a new draft for online sales tax legislation, requesting that Congress take action to address the issue of online sales tax. The National Retail Federation welcomed the release of

Conexxus and NAC Introduce Anti-Skimming Guide

A new anti-skimming Guide is being provided to convenience stores and ATM distributors to help deter illegal skimming. A new ATM Skimming Detection & Deterrence Guide from Conexxus and the National ATM Council (NAC) will soon be available for use at convenience stores throughout the U.S. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) noted that

Guess Chooses Real Estate Firm to Coordinate C-Store Site Acquisitions

The Guess Corp. is moving forward with its plans to expand into the gas station and convenience store markets.  Following the release of the company’s designs for its new gas station and convenience store concept, The Guess Corp. has announced that it has chosen Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, a global commercial real estate firm, to

The Guess Corp. Unveils New Convenience Store Concept

A new, upscale convenience store experience is on the horizon. The Guess Corp. has now officially revealed renderings for the company’s planned gas stations and convenience stores. According to a report from Benzinga, the newly released design will be used for all of the company’s planned stores, which will be built across the U.S. through

Travel Centers and Blue Tiger Donate $105,000 to SCF

Since 2010, TravelCenters has collected over $1.7 million in donations for the St. Christopher Trucker’s Development and Relief Fund. TravelCenters of America LLC and Blue Tiger USA are working together to benefit truck drivers by donating a portion of the proceeds from sales of specially designed Blue Tiger Elite headsets to the St. Christopher Truckers

Growth Energy Continues Defense of Biofuels

Growth Energy rejects the oil industry’s attempts to discredit biofuels. A new report has been released by the API-funded biofuel critic, John DeCicco, and Growth Energy’s CEO Emily Skor has responded to the report, which completely ignores the climate benefits that result from the use of biofuels. In response to DeCicco’s report, Emily Skor issued

Global Partners Monetizes Non-Strategic Retail Sites

Global Partners has completed the sale of 30 non-strategic retail sites for around $40 million. Through a wholly owned subsidiary, Global Partners LP has now completed the previously announced sale of 30 gas stations and convenience stores to Mirabito Holdings Inc. The 30 sites that have been sold were non-strategic locations in New York and

Quik Mart Takes Advantage of SCS Lighting Division’s Lighting Solutions

New lighting from the SCS Lighting Division will result in substantial savings on lighting costs for Quik Mart. New lighting upgrades have been installed at 25 Quik Mart convenience store locations throughout Arizona, and employees and customers have noticed the improvements. The SCS Lighting Division recently replaced the existing fluorescent and HID interior/exterior lighting with

McDonald’s Launches Free Breakfast for Back-to-School

A number of Southern California McDonald’s locations will provide free breakfast to K-8 children on Sept. 13. On Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2016, participating McDonald’s restaurants throughout Southern California will be offering free breakfast for students in kindergarten through eighth grade from 6:30-9:30 a.m. In Southern California, students can enjoy any breakfast muffin sandwich, apple slices

FBI Now Involved in Indiana Vaping Law

A state decision determining who manufactures e-liquids in the Hoosier State is now under investigation. By CSD Staff The FBI is looking into whether any foul play was involved in the creation of Indiana’s controversial vaping law, according to an Indianapolis Star article. According to the newspaper, agents have interviewed at least two lawmakers and