Structural Changes Cutting U.S. Demand for Gasoline

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By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric U.S. crude production growth is the critical catalyst driving world oil prices to four year lows and into a bear market, as the rapid expansion of domestic supply pushes out imports while ramping up exports of oil products. Slowing growth in U.S. oil demand is another factor

Gulf Introduces New Pink Ribbon Gift Card

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New Gulf Oil Giving Foundation initiative amplifies support for American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Gulf Oil LP announced the Pink Ribbon Gift Card, a new initiative for the Gulf Oil Giving Foundation that will generate up to $25,000 dollars a year in increased assistance for the fight against breast cancer. For every

White House Initiative To Require PIN On Credit Transactions

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NACS, PCI SSC and NRF weigh in on BuySecure Initiative. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), on behalf of the more than 151,000 convenience stores nationwide, the PCI Security Standards Council and the National Retail Federation (NRF), all applaud President Obama’s new BuySecure Initiative instituting the use of both microchip and PIN technology in

Younger Shoppers More Likely To Pay With Plastic

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Customers reach for credit cards when transaction tops $5. When standing in the checkout line, investors’ chosen payment option largely depends on the price. The majority of all investors (56%) are more likely to use cash for any purchases under $5, but with any other purchases over $5, investors switch to plastic, according to the

Heineken Becomes Official Beer of Major League Soccer

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Beginning in 2015 Heineken will bring world-class soccer experiences and #MLSNext to American fans. Heineken announced a landmark, long-term partnership agreement with Major League Soccer (MLS) to become the Official Beer of MLS. The partnership, which commences in January 2015, further establishes Heineken’s standing as a worldwide leader in the sport and gives the brand

Kum & Go Plans Headquarters Design

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Six firms vie to create headquarters design. Kum & Go is considering six international design firms for its proposed 120,000-square-foot headquarters along Grand Avenue in downtown Des Moines in what is expected to be a $92 million project, the Business Record Online reported. The c-store chain aims to make a final decision by mid-November and

Holiday Shopping to Happen Early and Often

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ICSC releases consumer spending intentions. Procrastinators be forewarned—you might be lonely this holiday shopping season. According to the International Council of Shopping Centers’ (ICSC) latest consumer tracking survey, about 35% of consumers have or will have started their holiday shopping by the end of October. Roughly three out of five shoppers will begin shopping by

C-Stores Evolving Among Rising Expectations

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Innovators are pushing the envelope with elevated foodservice, sleek architecture, savvy brand partnerships and more, say experts from CBX and Insight. Today’s convenience stores face growing pressure to evolve amid the ramped-up expectations of global consumers, according to an Oct. 8 NACS Show presentation by Joseph Bona, president of branded environments at brand agency and

Starbucks Unveils Reimagined In-Store and Digital Innovations

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Looks to elevate customer shopping experience for holiday 2014 and beyond. Starbucks Coffee Co. unveiled a roadmap of innovations to its more than 2,000 district managers at the Starbucks Leadership Experience conference in Seattle this week. The company shared several customer initiatives to further transform and elevate the Starbucks Experience in Holiday 2014 and beyond.

Walmart goes small

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Walmart’s prototype convenience store in Bentonville, Ark. reflects a shift in strategy for the retailer, but will it be a game changer for the industry? By David Bennett, Senior Editor As vehicles navigate under the shiny white fuel station canopy, the eye goes immediately to the yellow columns designed to mimic the burst of petals

Season Sweetens Candy Sales

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Will this Halloween be a trick or treat for c-store candy profits? By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor Confectioners, such as Hershey, Mars and Wonka, bank on holidays to boost their annual business. After all, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Christmas and Hanukkah combine to generate $7 billion in U.S. sales. Not surprisingly, Halloween accounts for

Finding a Niche

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Vaping products are helping offset declining cigarette sales. Howard Riell, Associate Editor With cigarette sales continuing their seemingly irreversible decline, c-store operators are making up lost dollars with electronic cigarettes and, most recently, refillable vapor tanks. Driving that business forward, however, is a bit trickier than traditional cigarettes, requiring better merchandising and an increased knowledge

Breaded Chicken Sandwich Steps Out of the Burger’s Shadow

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Breaded chicken sandwiches have grown an average of 3% over the last four years, NPD Group reports. Hamburgers have been and are the chosen sandwich ordered at restaurants and other foodservice outlets, but an increasing number of consumers are becoming enamored with breaded chicken sandwiches, reports The NPD Group, a leading global information company. Servings

NRF Study Debunks Myths Surrounding Retail Wages

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Report reveals apples-to-apples comparison with other industries, finds retail competitive. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has released an in-depth study authored by a University of Georgia economist who found that retail jobs pay wages highly competitive with those in other industries despite long-held misconceptions to the contrary. “The retail industry finally has definitive data to

Stripes Raises $535, 000 At Sixth Annual Turf + Surf Event

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Donations to benefit 44 United Way Agencies. Stripes Convenience Stores raised $535,000 at its Sixth Annual Stripes Turf + Surf fundraising event benefiting 44 United Way agencies across the Stripes market areas: Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The event was held last night in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Sixth Annual Stripes Turf + Surf fundraiser

Wayne Fueling Systems Cloud Solutions Showcased at NACS

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Wayne Cloud Solutions link forecourt technology to a suite of centrally-hosted and managed capabilities to simplify fuel retail systems, increase sales, and improve profitability. Wayne Fueling Systems, a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation, and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations, showcased Wayne Cloud Solutions with industry leading partners Intel Corp., Wincor

Hands-On Shopping Experience Could Boost Sales

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Vast majority of 18-29 year olds say expert sessions would boost store trips for groceries, clothing, cosmetics, electronics and home improvement goods. New LoyaltyOne research shows that retailers should consider providing Millennials with a hands-on shopping experience by offering exclusive sessions with a consultant or expert in the field, as a way to motivate this

New Rechargeable E-Cig Kit

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blu eCigs recently unveiled its new blu PLUS+ Rechargeable Kit, offering an enhanced rechargeable kit that has been redesigned to better fulfill adult smokers’ desire for more satisfaction through a consistent, enjoyable experience. Only one week into pre-order sales, blu eCigs quickly experienced a sellout of this product. In response to the sellout, blu eCigs

Smokey Sweet Sunflower Seeds

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Thanasi Foods LLC has announced the addition of BIGS Smokey Sweet Bar-B-Q Seeds to its product line of home-style roasted seeds. Developed in partnership with STUBB’S, one of the most popular and flavorful barbecue sauce brands, BIGS Smokey Sweet Bar-B-Q Seeds became available to retailers in mid-October with an SRP of $1.99 for a 5.35-ounce

New Energy Flavor

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Living Essential’s 5-hour ENERGY is launching a new Extra Strength Strawberry Watermelon variety of the energy shot. The new variety debuted at the NACS Show in Las Vegas this October and is scheduled to ship mid-December for a January in-store presence. 5-hour ENERGY is a liquid energy shot that provides a feeling of energy and alertness

Nutritious Bars

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Balance Bar, maker of one of America’s original nutrition energy bars, has announced availability of its new Balance bare line. Available in three delicious flavors—Mixed Berry Nut, Sea Salt Caramel Nut and Sweet & Spicy Nut—the bars are made with whole nuts, fruits, seeds and other simple and nutritious ingredients. Each bar is 160 calories

Keep Products Cold Or Hot

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American Bag Co. introduces insulated bags that help keep items hot or cold or frozen for up to three hours. You can think of them as a cooler in bag form, no ice needed. They have thermal insulation properties that help maintain the temperature of any contents. Insulated bags are also known as cooler bags,

Beverage With A Twist

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Sunny Delight Beverages Co. (SDBC), the maker of Sparkling Fruit2O, has elevated the sparkling beverage category with a product unlike any other; a new line of fruit-flavored sparkling water that hits the consumer palette sweet spot, Sparkling Fruit2O Lime Twists. Research shows the majority of consumers across the country already add a twist of lime

Improve Cash Management

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Tidel has announced the Series 3, a new cash management system designed for organizations needing a secure, reliable and auditable solution to deposit their cash. The Series 3 is targeted towards low to moderate cash volume organizations that require an automated system that helps reduce risk and improve operational efficiencies. The primary features of the

All-Natural Carbonated Beverage

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Bai Brands has announced the launch of Bai Bubbles, an innovative carbonated beverage that extends the company’s line of healthy, all-natural, five-calorie, antioxidant infusions. Bai Bubbles will first be available in the New York City metropolitan area, with the full support of Bai’s distribution partner, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. Like the established Bai5 family of

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