How to Brew Coffee Profits

Variety and customization help coffee sales to continue to grow. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor Whether it’s the desire for a jolt of caffeine in the morning or craving a specialty hot beverage as an afternoon pick-me-up, coffee remains a top beverage choice for consumers. The 2014 National Coffee Drinking Trends (NCDT) survey, produced by

U.S. Oil Acquires Indianapolis Terminal

U.S. Oil hopes to strengthen relationships with fuel retailers through newly acquired terminal. U.S. Venture Inc.’s petroleum and renewable energy division, U.S. Oil, has expanded eastward. According to a report by the Oil & Gas Financial Journal, U.S. Oil has acquired a refined products terminal, which adds 410,000 barrels of capacity, in Indianapolis. Along with increased

McDonald’s All-Day Breakfast to Roll Out in October

McDonald’s customers have long desired breakfast to be served during all dayparts, and McDonald’s is finally delivering. In an effort to climb out of a two-year slump, McDonald’s officials have been working to devise a turnaround plan. CEO Steve Easterbrook proposed that McDonald’s expand its menu options by extending its breakfast menu to all dayparts.

Why There is No Excuse for Poor Customer Service

Tony Huppert, CEO of Team Oil Inc. I believe working at a convenience store should be offered as a work release credit in high school. The benefits this education offers students are priceless. Tolerance, patience and self-control are just a few of the social skills that have to be mastered as a convenience store employee. I recently

Tyson and LULAC Donate 40,000 Pounds of Protein

The partnership between Tyson Foods and the LULAC has resulted in the feeding of thousands of poverty stricken individuals. In an effort to eradicate hunger in some of America’s most vulnerable communities, Tyson Foods along with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) have donated 40,000 pounds of protein to the South Texas Food Bank in Laredo,

Spinx Opens First CNG Fueling Station in Anderson, S.C.

Piedmont now has 10 public fueling stations that offer CNG as an alternative transportation fuel. The Spinx Co. and Piedmont Natural Gas and have opened the first public compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling station in Anderson, S.C. The new station is located at 1207 S.C. Highway 28 Bypass. The is third public refueling facility in South Carolina for

How Hunt Brothers Pizza Is Expanding Internationally

Service men and women in Germany receive a “taste of home” as Hunt Brothers Pizza expands internationally. Hunt Brothers Pizza has announced its international expansion. Three months ago the company opened four German locations, which are listed below, and has now opened a fifth German location at the Pulaski Express on Vogelweh Air Force Base

Pro Food Systems Launches New Umbrella Brand

Pro Food Systems has introduced a new brand that is expected to help in the company’s continued growth. Pro Food Systems (PFS) has experienced rapid growth, since its inception, and in an effort to maintain that growth, the company has devised a new strategy, image, focus and enthusiasm. As a part of the company’s new growth strategy, it has

Profit Margins Increase for Tobacco Producers

After 10 years of annual $1 billion payments to tobacco farmers, tobacco producers feel a great weight being lifted from their shoulders. Profit margins are on the rise for the producers of tobacco products one year after the expiration of a 10 year federal assessment, the Tobacco Transition Payment Program, which required cigarette manufacturers, cigar companies

Chicago Mayor Proposes New Tax on Vapor Products

The proposed tax on vapor products in Chicago may be detrimental to public health. Fran Spielman from the Chicago Tribune recently reported that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel intends to propose a new tax on vapor products, and this proposed tax would be “roughly equivalent” to the $7.17 tax on tobacco cigarettes in Chicago. In response to this report, the

New Love’s Opens in Lubbock, Texas

The new Love’s Travel Stop offers a wide variety of driver services, including a safe place to park and a place to rest. There is now a new Love’s Travel Stop (Love’s) along Interstate 27 in Lubbock, Texas, at Exit 8. This new stop is the second location along the Interstate. Professional drivers will now

Turkey Hill Acquiring Two Giant to Go C-Stores

Two new Turkey Hill stores will offer a wide variety of products to residents of Lancaster, Pa. Turkey Hill Minit Markets will soon acquire two Giant to Go convenience stores from GIANT Food Stores LLC. Although an agreement has been made, the settlement on both properties will not be completed until the third week of September. The two stores,

How Marijuana Legalization Could Help Your Business

Now that four states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana, and others weigh similar moves, what might it mean for the retail landscape? Marijuana and the potential for wide-spread legalization of the substance continues to be a controversial topic, yet wherever you stand on this highly political subject, one thing is hard to

How to Power Up Savings

What operational areas should convenience stores—intent on conserving energy and cutting electric bills—tackle first? Start with the basics. By Traci Dawn Carneal, Contributing Editor Efforts to reduce energy consumption can reap significant benefits for any retail operation, especially in convenience stores where even small cutbacks can mean big cost savings. The sliding scale of options,

How to Keep Up With Evolving Payment Technology

As mobile payment grows, c-store retailers try different paths to meet customer demands. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor Cash may still be king, but another portable payment system has its eyes on the throne: Mobile. As a result, convenience stores operators are keeping their eyes on the progress of this inevitable transition, looking for the

How to Deal With Real Estate

Anytime a c-store acquires an existing property, there are various items to consider—from the environmental pollution that might exist in ground, to the traffic patterns on the corner, to the competition down the road. By David Bennett, Senior Editor A popular saying touts that the three most important considerations of a real estate deal are

How to Combat the Lazy Brain

Five tips to override this natural human tendency—and bolster your company in the process. By CSD Staff Humans are lazy thinkers. Although the brain comprises only about 2.5% of our body weight, it generally uses 20% of the body’s energy. That’s why the human learning machine prefers to operate in a low gear—on autopilot—as much

Rutter’s Ranks High on List of Top 100 Private Companies

What is it that has kept Rutter’s in the top 10 Private Companies of Central Pennsylvania for 10 years straight? The No. 3 spot on the Central Penn Business Journal’s 2015 list of Top 100 Private Companies in Central Pennsylvania has been claimed by Rutter’s convenience stores. The York, Pa.-based retailer has been ranked in the

How Eskimo Hut Plans To Double Its Retail Footprint

Some 27 new convenience store units are scheduled to open in Texas, and a new store design is underway. Convenience store chain Eskimo Hut is set to double in size with help from several multi-unit store development franchise agreements. The 27-store chain of drive-through convenience stores, specializing in frozen daiquiris and margaritas to-go in Texas,

How ‘Free-Form’ Labels Are Attracting Consumers

Of all generations, Millennials are most concerned about harmful ingredients. As customers continue to seek out healthier and less processed foods, they’re more inclined to look for labels making claims such as “free-form.” New research from Mintel reveals that 84% of American free-from consumers buy free-from foods because they are seeking out more natural or

What’s Ahead For Labor Day Gas Prices?

Customers are set to pay the lowest average price for gas over the Labor Day weekend in 11 years as long as there are no supply disruption surprises. Gas prices are expected to be the lowest they have been over Labor Day weekend since 2004. On Monday, Aug. 31, AAA reported that the national average

Who Wins From A Minimum Wage Increase?

The government wins, and I’ll tell you why. By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. I’m sure I may be setting myself up for a lot of grief, but I’ve been studying the convenience store industry for over three decades, and I am certain that most convenience stores will not be

RaceTrac Petroleum Sealed Bid Deadline Extended

RaceTrac to sell 22 currently-operating stores. The bid deadline for the sealed bid sale of 29 RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. properties has been extended to Sept. 24. The sale is being conducted by NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC, and includes properties located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. According to a

“We Card” Reaches 20-Year Mark

Some 20 years of effort by retailers, with the help of We Card, has led to a substantial decrease in the sale of tobacco products to underage consumers. We Card is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The national “We Card” program was launched in 1995 to help combat youth access to tobacco. Twenty years ago, it

VERC Makes Strides Against Cancer

VERC Enterprises strives to raise $10,000 for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. VERC Enterprises has announced that it will once again participate in the Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. The walk is slated for Oct. 4, 2015 at the Hatch Shell in Boston. Presently, 45 VERC employees, family members and friends have signed on to participate in the

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