Saluting Next-Generation Leaders

By John Lofstock, editor-in-chief For many years, retail leaders have faced difficult challenges, but none more important than finding the next generation of leadership to guide the organization. Esteemed author and business consultant Jim Collins reminds us that great leadership is not a function of circumstance. Greatness is a matter of conscious choice and discipline.

Grow Seasonal Candy Sales This Winter

While Halloween is known to be a big seasonal candy driver, c-store retailers can also drive candy sales around Christmas and other holidays. A new report by Packaged Facts is showing that seasonal candy is driving sales at retail. Retailers see the candy department as a key profit zone. Holidays in particular are a key

October-November Comparisons Are In

Are these top 100 products in your convenience stores? By Bill Scott Four products tied for first place in best performance during this period. They were Monster Java Mean Bean 15-ounce to rank at No. 72, Jailhouse Time ended up in position No. 79, Monster Java Loco Moca 15-ounce to position No. 99, and Frito-Lay

Buc-ee’s Teams With Enchanted Rock, Texas Microgrid

Buc-ee’s prepares ahead to ensure service is available to customers during weather related emergencies. Texas-based Buc-ee’s Convenience Stores has partnered with Enchanted Rock Ltd. (“ERock”) and Texas Microgrid LLC in a long-term service agreement. Through the agreement ERock and Texas Microgrid will to provide back-up power to 10 stores, with the intent to serve all

Sheetz Debuts Three New C-Stores In Pennsylvania

The new convenience stores will offer free self-serve coffee for a limited time. Sheetz is set to open three new convenience stores in central Pennsylvania: Manheim, Hummelstown-Derry Township and York. The first opening is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 8 at the store in Manheim, located at 1205 Lancaster Road. On Dec. 15, Sheetz will welcome

Cumberland Farms Encourages High School Seniors To Apply For Scholarship

Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program to help 130 high school seniors with college costs. Cumberland Farms is reminding high school seniors across its eight-state service area that time is running out to apply for the company’s popular Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program. With the December 15, 2016 application deadline only two weeks away, the convenience

Starbucks Unveils Five-Year Plan, New Innovations

From an expanded food menu to the new My Starbucks Barista voice-activated ordering option through its mobile app, Starbucks takes innovation to the next level. Starbucks has outlined a number of changes coming to the company from a new CEO to the launch of Sous Vide Egg Bites in January 2017 and Certified Gluten-Free Breakfast

EMV: Stalled at the Pump?

Despite recently announced extension to 2020, retailers should not put off the EMV transition.  By Ed Collupy The convenience and fuel retailing industry is buzzing about the announcements from VISA, Mastercard, and American Express that they will delay most of the liability shift for automated fuel dispenser (AFD EMV chip card transactions by three years.

CSD Presents: 40 Leaders 40 and Under

Whether they’re in big corporations or modest c-store chains, individuals who shine—for professional successes and civic contributions—also form the backbone of the convenience store industry. Once again, CSD and the Young Executives Organization (YEO) collaborated to honor this year’s crop of inspiring industry leaders. A CSD Staff Report IN THE LAST FEW years, Millennials more

Growth Energy Testifies Before EPA on REGS Rule

Chris Bliley outlines concerns about impact of REGS Rule on developing market for E15. On Dec. 6 at a hearing in Chicago, Chris Bliley, director of regulatory affairs for Growth Energy testified before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the Renewable Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) Rule. During his testimony, Bliley outlined Growth Energy’s concern

VERC Enterprises Awards Veterans Free Car Wash

Nearly 200 veterans took advantage of the special Veterans Day deal. VERC Enterprises Veterans Day program a success; company provides 186 service men and women with free car wash and wax Some 186 military veterans took good advantage of a Veterans Day program at VERC Enterprises that offered a free top tier car wash and

McLane To Service 29 C-Stores Acquired by Mirabito

McLane now handles all of Mirabito’s c-store locations in the Eastern region, bringing the total to more than 100 stores. McLane Co. Inc., a supply chain services company providing grocery and foodservice supply chain solutions throughout the U.S., has been awarded services for 29 Xtra Mart c-store locations recently acquired by Binghamton, N.Y. -based Mirabito

Love’s Travel Stops Stock Up on Holiday Gifts

Customers can find something for everyone on their list at Love’s this holiday season. From toys to turntables to drones, Love’s Travel Stops offer gift options for all generations this holiday season. “We take pride in offering quality gift items for our customers because we want to meet as many of their needs as possible,”

IRI Examines Consumers’ Alcoholic Beverage Habits

Millennials, Generation Xers and baby boomers make in-store shopping trips more than once per week, and 40% of buyers walk into the store undecided on what product to purchase Information Resources Inc. has released a new study that analyzes the alcoholic beverage habits of U.S. consumers. The study revealed, although drinks of choice differed among

RILA Survey Finds Voters Oppose Swipe Fees

Some 63% of Trump voters believe banks are taking advantage of retailers. A survey conducted by Wilson Perkins Allen Research on behalf of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) found voters who cast a ballot in 2016 believe that banks are taking advantage of retailers and oppose the fees that merchants are charged every time

The Coca-Cola Company Highlights Its Commitment to Customers at the NACS Show 2016

Walk through The Coca-Cola Company NACS Show booth, where the company highlighted its commitment to customers through product innovation, research-based merchandising solutions and brand new equipment.

CB Distributors, Inc. at NACS16

Two new profitable items to grow your impulse sales

f’real at NACS16

New self-serving blenders with dozens of available flavors to ignite frozen beverage sales.

Johnsonville at NACS16

Two delicious hand-held, award-winning products to drive foodservice sales

CB Distributors, Inc. at NACS16

Two new profitable items to grow your impulse sales

‘Purple Up The Pump’ Raises Funds for Alzheimer’s Association

Volta Oil associates help raise a whopping $106,391. Volta Oil employees and customers went the extra mile in fighting Alzheimer’s this year, increasing store collections by 45%. In its sixth year, Rapid Refill’s annual campaign ‘Purple Pump Up’ has once again exceeded expectations, raising an astonishing $106,391 for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Having raised

How to Be a Magnetic Manager

By Mel Kleiman A magnetic manager is someone who easily attracts and retains STAR* employees and one secret that separates them from other professionals is feedback (and not necessarily the glowing kind). In 2014, Harvard Business Review contributors surveyed 900 employees to get their opinions on feedback. What they found was pretty remarkable: employees want

Walmart Tests New C-Store Concept

A gas-grocery combo where customers can pick up online orders looks to compete in the convenience market. Walmart is again trying its hand at the convenience market with a new concept called Walmart Pickup and Fuel. The chain is testing a location in Huntsville, Ala. and Thornton, Colo. Business Insider reported that the new Walmart

Thorntons Partners with Square Donuts

Square Donuts to supply Thorntons’ Indianapolis locations. Thorntons has joined forces with Square Donuts in Indianapolis. Square Donuts was voted the No. 1 yeast donut in Indianapolis this year, and its products became available in Thorntons starting Dec. 1. Through Square Donuts, Thorntons will provide guests with a variety of unique and delicious donuts. Guests

Will Year End See Usual Gas Price Drop?

OPEC deal sends prices upward. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) made a long awaited decision to cut its collective production in an attempt to rebalance the global oil supply and raise prices. Following the production agreement on the deal, which is set to go into effect in January, crude oil markets were up