The J.M. Smucker Co. Announces Price Decreases

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Sustained market declines leads to price decreases from producers. The green coffee futures market has been in decline for quite some time, and coffee producers are responding to this trend. The J. M. Smucker Co. has decreased the list price for the majority of its packaged coffee products sold in the U.S., primarily consisting of

Kraft Foods GroupShareholders Vote in Favor of Merger

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New merger will create the third-largest food and beverage company in North America. With 98% of votes casted in favor of the transaction, Kraft Foods Group Inc. has approved the previously announced merger agreement to create The Kraft Heinz Company. The 98% represented more than 69% of all outstanding Kraft shares; therefore, the way has been cleared

Kroger Announces President’s Retirement

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Kroger’s president retires after 40 years; successor has yet to be named. After 40 years with the company, Mike Ellis, Kroger’s president and chief operating officer, has retired. Ellis joined Fred Meyer in 1975 as a parcel clerk at age 16, and went on to serve in a series of operations and merchandising leadership positions in

Chevron Introduces New Fuel Credits Program

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Chevron offers new rewards program for Visa cardholders to save at the pump. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and Synchrony Financial (SYF) have introduced the new Techron Advantage Fuel Credits Program for customers. Just in time for peak driving season, both new and existing personal private label and dual-branded Visa cardholders can earn additional Fuel Credits on

PCI Updates Standard for Point-to-Point Encryption

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Security standards for payment card data are being updated in order to increase the security of customer data. An update has been made to one of the eight security standards implemented by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC). This update is expected to simplify the development and use of Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE) solutions that make stolen payment

Fuel Taxes Increase in Six States

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Six states raise fuel levy to fund transportation projects to make up for federal deficits. According to the Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), in an effort to replace federal transportation funding, six states will be raising the tax on fuel purchases. This tax increase goes into effect today, July

Convenience Stores Sales On the Rise

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Convenience store retailers expect strong sales in the third quarter of 2015. According to the results of a retail sentiment survey released by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), expanded fresh food offers and continued lower gas prices, which drove strong convenience store sales in the second quarter of 2015, are expected to continue

How to Attract Millennials With Fee-Based Loyalty Programs

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Millennials are more open-minded about fee-based rewards programs than the general population. Some Americans find the idea of paying a fee to join a customer loyalty program off-putting, but there are a great deal of Americans who would be willing to pay a fee in order to join such loyalty programs, specifically Millennials. According to a LoyaltyOne

New Business Model Benefits Clients and Customers

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CROSSMARK introduces new business model to drive sales and efficiency. CROSSMARK, this week, announced a new, innovative business model designed to drive faster sales growth and greater efficiencies for its clients and customers. “With rapidly changing consumer trends and the intensity of the digital age, retailers seek solutions to upgrade the shopper experience while manufacturers

How To Drive Purchases From Forecourt Customers

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A retailer-designed system allows c-store customers to order food and products while at the pump. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Scott Zaremba, owner of Zarco USA in Lawrence, Kan., is driving food and beverages purchases from forecourt customers who might never have set foot inside the store, if it wasn’t for his touchscreen order-at-the-pump program

Obama Administration Proposes Expanding Overtime Pay

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Some 5 million employees could be eligible for overtime pay, but retailers fear the costs would result in layoffs and cut hours for workers. On the heels of the Obama Administration’s Supreme Court victory last week that saw healthcare subsidies upheld, the Administration proposed new overtime rules this week that would allow more employees the

7-Eleven Debuts Sweet and Sour Frozen Beverages

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Pucker up for the newest sour and sweet Slurpee flavor debuting in 7-Eleven convenience stores July 1. A new Slurpee flavor is hitting the 7-Eleven Slurpee machine for its 100 Days of Summer, beginning July 1, 2015, and its sure to be a consumer favorite. Inspired by fan requests and the trend of purchasing these items

Kum & Go Shares Designs for New Headquarters

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New Kum & Go headquarters designed to provide a collaborative work environment and to embrace modernity. The designs for the new Kum & Go Downtown Des Moines, Iowa headquarters, Krause Gateway Center, located at 1459 Grand Avenue, have been released. The new building was designed to embrace a modern and highly collaborative work environment that offers

Pilot Flying J Launches 2015 Road Warrior Campaign

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2015 Road Warrior Campaign is to bigger and better than ever, beginning with an unforgettable event. Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers in North America, announced that the 2015 Road Warrior program will launch in July. The purpose of the contest is to honor professional drivers for their hard work, generosity and

Let Loyalty Be Your Competitive Advantage

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An effective loyalty platform, such as KickBack Rewards, will shift customer behavior in your favor. In today’s hyper competitive market, this can be the difference between driving sales or staying stagnant. Loyalty programs are everywhere in the retail industry. Customers interact with them multiple times almost every day—whether shopping at a grocery store, buying a

VP Racing Fuels Has a New Branding Partner

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VP Racing Fuels partners with Sandri Energy to expand presence in the Northeast. VP Racing Fuels is on its way to expanding the brand in the Northeast. Sandri Energy, a Greenfield, Mass. based company, is the newest retail branding partner of VP Racing Fuels. Sandri is expected to accelerate with VP’s expansion due to Sandri’s existing operations

Constructive Criticism: The World’s Biggest Oxymoron

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By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. Nobody’s perfect. Not you, definitely not me, not your spouse, your parents, your kids, your boss… I repeat, nobody is perfect. Criticism in any form, shape or fashion is a weapon designed to cause pain. Too many parents are guilty of raising their children on

Spend Time Where it Counts

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By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics You’ve heard us say before that it’s too often the case that the squeaky wheels get all the oil. When it comes to employee retention, this means that you have less interaction with your best people because you’re so busy trying to “fix” your poor performers and/or what they’ve done

D.C. Vaping Tax is Bad Health Policy

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By Gregory Conley, president of the American Vaping Association. Washington, D.C. is among the most Uber-friendly cities in the U.S., with both taxis and ride-sharing services providing District commuters safe and effective ways to get from point A to point B. Though it took time and a passionate debate, consumer choice prevailed. The city’s embrace

Kettle Cooked Chips

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Herr Foods has introduced Old Bay Seasoning Kettle Chips.This new flavor to Herr Foods’ popular line of Kettle Cooked Potato Chips expands the product line to include 18 delicious varieties. This new addition will retail for $3.69 for the eight-ounce bag and $1.09 for the 1.875-ounce bag. All of Herr’s Kettle Cooked varieties are hand […]

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Biena Brand Redesign

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Biena Chickpea Snacks has introduced a new design for its brand. The new bright and bold packaging showcases larger transparent windows to see the chickpeas inside. The pouches illustrate notable cues that speak to each flavor, like honeycombs for the Honey Roasted variety or a skewer for Barbeque. The flavorful Biena Chickpea Snacks line includes […]

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Touchscreen Digital Signage

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Elo Touch Solutions (Elo), original inventor of the touchscreen, has introduced the Elo Interactive touchscreen digital signage architecture. Elo Interactive matches commercial-grade I-Series touchscreen hardware with EloView software for more secure, cloud-based content delivery and remote device management. Elo makes it easy to connect online and in-store digital marketing campaigns using an innovative intelligent system […]

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Gourmet Burger Buns

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Euro-Bake has introduced Euro-Bake gourmet burger buns from Lantmännen Unibake USA. Creating a gourmet burger is made easy with these expertly crafted artisanal buns, which are available in a wide assortment of flavors, including: brioche, pretzel, ciabatta and jalapeño cheddar. Chefs also can choose from par-baked and fully-baked gourmet buns to create signature burgers, sliders […]

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Flame-Broiled Sandwiches

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Tino’s Specialty Foods has introduced new Flame-Broiled Cheeseburgers and Flame-Broiled Chicken Sandwiches to meet consumers’ continued demand for sandwiches. The Cheeseburger features 100% beef steak with two generous slices of American cheese while the Chicken Sandwich features a grilled chicken breast fillet with a slice of Provolone cheese and a dash of Italian seasoning for […]

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Screaming Good Chocolate

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Mars Chocolate North America is introducing exciting new designs for medium FUN SIZE bags, new graphics for FUN SIZE large bags and seasonal shapes in a two-to-go format. These new bags will not only be FUN SIZE bags, but variety bags as well. On-shelf cases with harvest and Halloween graphics and versatile off-shelf displays loaded […]

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