Wells Fargo Anticipates Cigarette Price Increase

Could the next cigarette price increase appear this September? Convenience store retailers should expect the next cigarette price increase to arrive sooner than the normal November cycle, according to a report by Wells Fargo Securities LLC. Wells Fargo conducted a survey of its tobacco retailer and wholesaler contacts representing approximately 60,000 U.S. convenience stores to

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Love’s Travel Stops To Provide Diesel Oil Changes

Majority of Love’s Truck Tire Care locations are expected to be oil-change ready by the start of 2018. Love’s Truck Tire Care are now prepared to offer diesel oil changes at more than 130 locations, and Love’s continues to roll out the service to additional locations. Since introducing the concept with a focus on tires

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GasBuddy Teams with Zendrive

Helps c-store customers make smarter decisions on the road. GasBuddy, the only smartphone app connecting 70 million drivers with their Perfect Pit Stop, has partnered with Zendrive, a mobile driver analytics platform to help millions of drivers forge the future of mobility on the road. The deal targets the more than 200 million drivers in

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PFSbrands Named to INC 5000 List For Ninth Consecutive Year

Only half a percent of those that have applied have made the list nine times. PFSbrands, the parent company of Champs Chicken and Cooper’s Express, has been named to the INC. 5000 list for the ninth consecutive year. The company has been named one of INC. 5000’s Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies in the United

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7-Eleven Features Dallas Cowboys on Big Gulp Cups

Customers can visit 7-Eleven each week for seven weeks to get a variety of collectible cups. 7-Eleven is appealing to football fans with its new cup series that celebrates the Dallas Cowboys with seven collectible cups. The first six cups will feature some of the team’s most popular players on co-branded Big Gulp/Slurpee cups. Suggested

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How Can Retailers Protect Customers From Fraud?

Boston Retail Partners finds online fraud has increased 137% post-EMV.   Boston Retail Partners (BRP)’s new white paper, “Payment Security Update: What’s Next After EMV” explores how thieves have become more sophisticated and retailers need to adapt new security tactics to protect their customers’ payment card and personal data. The white paper provides retailers practical tips

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Establishing Supplier Guidelines

When it comes to supply contracts, retailers should always keep an eye out for their best interests. By Steve Sandman The last time I bought a house it was pretty clear that the world we live is entangled in contracts, agreements, understandings and any other sort of written document that either we or the other

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7-Eleven Celebrates BYOC Day

Extends annual c-store beverage festivities to two days instead of one. Bring Your Own Cup (BYOC) Day is back at participating 7-Eleven stores Aug. 18 and 19, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. each day, allowing Slurpee fans to fill a cup—or any container of their choice that can serve as a cup—with a Slurpee

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Target Acquires Grand Junction, Prepares To Expand Delivery Services

Looks to leverage local delivery as a retail differentiator. Target Corp. is acquiring Grand Junction, a transportation technology company, to improve and expand Target’s delivery capabilities. The acquisition will also accelerate Target’s investments and ongoing efforts to transform its supply chain. “Grand Junction’s technology and algorithms will help Target deliver to guests faster and more

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Kwik Trip Raises $75,000 For PHA

Campaign has raised $255,000 since 2014. Convenience store chain Kwik Trip raised $75,000 during its 2017 coin canister campaign in support of Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and PHA Honorary Chair Former First Lady Michelle Obama to make healthier choices easier. Throughout the month of June, all 570

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Kum & Go Embraces Biodiesel as Sustainability Rises in Importance

A Convenient Sustainability Solution for C-stores  Approximately 90%  of the diesel fuel Kum & Go sells includes biodiesel. As one of the largest chains in the competitive convenience store industry, Kum & Go must stay on top of trends. In recent years, environmental sustainability has emerged as perhaps the biggest trend around. The West Des

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Rutter’s Gives $60,000 to Pre-K EITC Organizations

Helps to fund three charitable organizations in Blair County, Pa. Rutter’s is continuing its commitment to give back to the local communities its serves. The York, Pa.-based c-store chain recently donated $60,000 of its Pre-K EITC funding to three different organizations in the Duncansville, Pa. area. Each of the donations will be used to provide

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Gas Prices Grow Nationwide

Strong demand, high imports and increasing production push pump prices higher. The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline on Aug. 14 was $2.35 per gallon, up 22 cents over last year and nine cents more than a month ago. According to a report by AAA, gas prices are up in 27 states compared to

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What’s Driving Millennial Parents’ Eating Choices?

Millennials and Gen Zs are expected to maintain their attitudes regarding fresh and organic food consumption throughout their life stages. Now that Millennials are having kids, their lifestyle as parents often change the how, what and why behind their consumption choices. Breakfast is a meal occasion where being a Millennial parent necessitates convenience over satiation,

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Is Amazon Coming for C-Stores?

New Instant Pickup service offers a convenient way to collect the essentials. On Tuesday, Aug. 15, Amazon introduced ‘Instant Pickup,’ which allows Prime customers to order from a list of hundreds of basic supplies—such as non-perishable foods and personal care items—and Amazon devices via the app and collect them from a nearby pickup locker in

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BP Launches ‘BP Offers’

New text messaging loyalty program makes it easy for customers to join and receive discounts. BP has introduced a new text messaging loyalty program called BP Offers. BP Offers was rolled out to BP customers in all marketing regions on Aug. 1. Consumers can join BP Offers by texting the key word MOBILE to 38831.

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ALON Achieves Guinness World Record

Creates the world’s largest gift card. ALON officially holds the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Gift Card. ALON constructed the World’s Largest gift card on Aug. 11 at the ALON/7-Eleven on 320 S. Americas Ave in El Paso, TX. As part of the festivities, ALON presented El Paso resident Andrew Saldivar, who was

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7-Eleven Now Offering Eclipse Sunglasses

Participating 7-Eleven stores on eclipse path will carry glasses ‘approved’ for viewing. Sun-worshippers not wanting to be left in the dark when the solar eclipse crosses the U.S. can hit 7-Eleven stores for special – and safe – sunglasses to view the Aug. 21 phenomenon. Available in a two pack and single pack, the “Explore Scientific

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Developing Real Estate: How to Find and Invest in Great Locations

The retail industry is more dynamic than ever. Retailers must evolve to succeed over the next decade. However, the cost of real estate continues to rise so convenience store operators must make wise decisions about how to develop properties. This important issue will discussed only at the 2017 National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference in Nashville

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NAG Early Bird Registration Ends This Week

With an agenda featuring more than a dozen speakers from the convenience store industry’s leading chains, NAG 2017 is one industry conference you cannot afford to miss. Register by August 18 to take advantage of Early Bird pricing to receive a discount off the registration fee. The convenience store industry continues to grow sales at

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Fortify Your Company Foundation

Compensation, good hiring and leadership are important parts to building a solid retention program. By Linda McKenna Convenience store industry has always been a burning issue, but more so in the last few years. There are endless ideas to improve retention from welcome letters to bonuses. Many retailers have implemented different strategies yet still suffer

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Flyers Energy Divests C-Stores To Andeavor

Andeavor plans to rebrand some of the stations. Flyers Energy has exited the retail business, selling all 39 of its convenience stores to San Antonio-based Andeavor Corp., formerly known as Tesoro, effective July 28. According to a report in the Auburn Journal Andeavor plans to rebrand some of the Flyers locations to Mobil, Exxon, ARCO

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Cumberland Farms Recalls Chicken Caesar Salad Over Gluten-Free Label

Cumberland Farms’ Northeast and New York convenience stores are affected by the recall. Cumberland Farms has recalled its large (9.95-ounce) Chicken Caesar Salad due to the presence of gluten in a product mislabeled as gluten free. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to specific types of allergens, such as gluten, run the risk

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Manage Your Inventory

By Bill Scott All of the things I’ve talked about so far are important. But none of them matter—unless you can get control of your inventory. I will never be able to understand why any sane individual would invest $250,000 to $1 million in a convenience store that returns only 2% profit. Maybe I’m just

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Built to Compete

More convenience retailers are becoming foodservice destinations rather than just pit stops. Moreover, savvy c-stores are learning that as they refine their fresh food businesses, adding the right equipment is an essential part of the equation. By David Bennett, Senior Editor In this new foodservice era, c-stores—both marquee chains as well as smaller operators—are committing

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