Alimentation Couche-Tard Sees “Positive Results” in Q3

Works to consolidate its position as a leader in the convenience store industry. For its third quarter ended Jan. 29, 2017, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. announced net earnings of $287 million, representing 50 cents per share on a diluted basis. “Notwithstanding the headwinds seen in the overall retail industry during the quarter, we continue seeing positive

Louisiana Among States Now Offering E15 at the Pump

American consumers have surpassed 750 million miles on E15. Louisiana has become the 29th state to offer consumers a better choice at the pump – gasoline blended with 15% ethanol known as E15. The latest in this market expansion is a RaceTrac station in Baton Rouge – now one of 672 locations nationwide to offer

MacEwen Petroleum Partners with PDI

Software to help streamline operations and automate business processes. MacEwen Petroleum Inc. (MacEwen) has selected PDI as its enterprise resource planning (ERP) software provider. MacEwen licensed a number of products from PDI, including its retail and wholesale petroleum software suites, to help improve operational visibility and control. “Over the years, our company has continued to

Samsung Pay Now Available Through ExxonMobil Speedpass+ App

ExxonMobil consumers can now use Samsung Pay directly through the Speedpass+ app. Payment just got more convenient for ExxonMobil customers with Samsung Galaxy devices. ExxonMobil has enabled Samsung Pay as a method of payment through the Speedpass+ mobile payment app, providing consumers with a simple and secure way to purchase Synergy fuel and car washes

ATMs Undergo Transition

Before last Thanksgiving, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of class action lawsuits by consumers, accusing Visa, Mastercard and several U.S. banks of conspiring to inflate the prices of ATM access fees in violation of antitrust law. The lawsuits in question accused the companies of adopting rules protecting themselves from competition with lower-cost ATM

Car Wash Potential Sparkles

According to reports, the U.S. auto industry reached a sales milestone of 17.55 million vehicles sold in 2016. Not only is this larger volume of vehicles good for U.S. fuel marketers, it’s also good news for convenience store operators who offer car wash services. Coupled with lower gas prices, Americans are driving more, increasing demand

Ethanol Fuels Show Promise

Fuel sales have been the backbone of gas station operations since rumble seats were considered extreme in the 1930s. Today, that fact still remains as 80.1% of convenience stores (123,807) sell motor fuels, according to the “2017 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count Study.” Of course, in some 90 years of fuel trends, one of the

Optimism High Even as Gas Prices Grow

Southerners report the highest levels of economic optimism and Midwesterners report the lowest. Greater economic optimism could mean more sales for c-stores. Gas price are on the rise, but still three in five (61%) gasoline consumers report feeling optimistic about the state of the economy, according to the latest National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS)

Younger Consumers Turn to Snacks for Main Meals

Fresh fruits and vegetables with a “health halo” are in demand. Snacking is allowing customers to eat on the go and support an active lifestyle. Health consciousness, more solo households and convenience are among the reasons more U.S. consumers, particularly young adults, are eating snack foods as part of their main meals, finds The NPD

Culinary Visions Panel Reveals Latest Foodie Trend

Customers want variety and food markets are offering options. As customers look for new dining experiences, food markets and festivals are piquing their interest. Culinary Visions Panel’s latest research explores consumer attitudes towards experiential-based dining opportunities such as food halls, farmers markets, emporiums and arcades. The inspiration for this emerging market report was a recent

Sheetz Named Among Fortune ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’

Comes in at 87th, up 10 positions from last year. Sheetz is one of the 2017 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, according to global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work and Fortune Magazine. This list, now in its 20th year, recognizes companies that have exceptional workplace cultures. Sheetz, which ranked 87th,

Love’s Travel Stops Expands in Maryland

Increases parking spaces along Interstate 81. The second Love’s Travel Stop in the state of Maryland, located in Hagerstown has opened for business. Located on Interstate 81 and Showalter Road (Exit 10A), the new travel stop adds 84 truck-parking spaces to the area. “We recognize the need for truck parking and driver services across the

VERC Enterprises Teams with Hopeful Journeys Educational Center

Two students with Autism set to intern at Danvers c-store location. VERC Enterprises is teaming with Hopeful Journey Education Center, a private school approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education, which provides a comprehensive education to students ages 3-22 diagnosed with Autism and requiring an individualized curriculum. VERC Enterprises is a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf

Energy Shots Still Compete

Energy shots satisfy the need that drives many customers to convenience stores in the first place: something fast and convenient to help them rocket through their busy day. However, the segment has been overshadowed for the last few years by a dynamic energy drink category. Dollar sales of energy shots, including 5-hour Energy, Stacker 2,

Energy Drinks Chugging Along

On-the-go consumers—who make up the bulk of c-stores’ customer base—show no sign of slowing down, which means energy drink sales will continue to grow. The reason is obvious: Americans crave energy. According to a projection by Packaged Facts, sales of energy drinks and shots will grow to $21.5 billion by the end of 2017, driven

C-Stores Learning Their Craft

Beer ranks third among the top 10 merchandise categories, behind cigarettes and packaged beverages, according to the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) “2016 State of the Industry” Report preliminary data, derived from submissions as of March 31. In addition, the beer category ranks sixth for in-store gross margin contribution at 4.2%. Moreover, Americans are

A Twist On Refreshment

Both bottled water and sports drinks are thirst quenchers that continue to be staples in the convenience channel. According to research firm Mintel, 83% of U.S. consumers drink unflavored still bottled water, compared with 82% drinking tap water. Flavored still bottled water was consumed by 48% of those surveyed, and 46% sought out both unflavored

Cool Category Carries On

Perhaps there is no “destination category” that best captures the entrepreneurial spirit of the convenience store industry as does cold and frozen dispensed beverages. More and more when patrons enter a c-store, they are likely to encounter dedicated spaces known as the “Chill Zone,” “Siberian Chill,” or “Cold Corner.” Cold dispensed beverages remain a staple

Adding Juice & Tea To the Mix

Both the juice and tea segments have experienced expansion when it comes to flavor innovations as well as more healthful ingredient profiles. Millennials and younger consumers tend to seek out a variety of ready-to-drink tea and juice flavors, according to Los Angeles-based market research firm IBISWorld. Also, tropical flavors like mango and pineapple have been

Wawa Rewards Members Enjoy Free Coffee Fridays

The March promotion is set to be Wawa’s largest Wawa Reward giveaway yet. Wawa Rewards members have a new reason to celebrate this March: Free Coffee Fridays. Everyone with a Wawa Rewards membership gets five free days of coffee—during every Friday in the month of March. This offer continues to make connecting with Wawa through

Americans Want Year-Round Seasonal Flavors

Seasonal flavors are associated with being fresh, special and nostalgic. Customers wait all year for their favorite seasonal foods and beverages to appear, but new research from Mintel found that 67% of customers enjoy being able to consume specific seasonal ingredients year-round. Still, while Americans want the option of seasonal food and drink throughout the

GasBuddy Reveals Top Rated C-Store in Each State

QuikTrip, Wawa are among the highest rated chains. GasBuddy has released the results of the highest rated convenience store brands in each of the 50 states. Data was collected from millions of GasBuddy app user ratings throughout the country who said these brands had the best overall convenience store retail experience. Brands needed to have

Lively Soft Drinks Emerge

Although the news is not all positive for carbonated soft drinks, innovation in the category has the potential to create a reboot. Demand for both regular and diet carbonated soft drinks has declined as more consumers turn to healthier beverages to quench their thirst, according to IBISWorld, a Los Angeles-based market research firm. It reported

HBA Items Fill Niche

Because of space constraints and better-equipped competitors, the health and beauty aids (HBA) category in 2017 will fill a role that it has for years in convenience stores: an essential, but unspectacular part of the in-store mix. From pain relief, cough/cold/allergy, skin medications, vitamins and personal care to smoking cessation, supplements and cosmetics, HBA is

St. Patrick’s Day Spending Set for Record High

Retailers prepare for a boost in sales as customers gear up for St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick’s Day spending is expected to grow this year, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF)’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. The survey found spending for St. Patrick’s Day is expected to reach $5.3 billion, an