Customers Plan To Drive More This Summer

If gas prices hit $3.40, customers expect to reduce their driving. Summer driving season is here and Americans report they are more likely to drive this summer compared to past years, according to the latest NACS Consumer Fuels survey. Nearly three in 10 (29%) consumers say they will drive more in the coming month, an

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Jack Link’s Launches Fueling the Front Lines

Partners with Team Rubicon to assist with disaster relief. Jack Link’s is committing to assisting communities impacted by natural disasters. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are impacted by natural disasters each year. Homes are destroyed. Lives are upended. And initial response efforts quickly fade, leaving victims whose communities have been devastated to pick up the

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ALDI Plans Major Expansion

Grocery chain plans to open 2,500 stores by end of 2022. In a world of increased channel blurring, ALDI will soon be giving supermarkets and even convenience stores some extra competition. ALDI has been disrupting the U.S. grocery industry by providing customers with a smarter way to shop. Building on its already-aggressive growth strategy and

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Stop & Shop Launches Same-Day Delivery in Boston

Partners with Instacart, which is expanding into more than 100 new markets in 2017. To stay competitive in today’s fast changing world, brick-and-mortar retailers are looking for ways to offer increased convenience. The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC and Instacart Inc., the technology-driven, nationwide on-demand grocery delivery service, announced plans to bring same-day delivery

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Working With Roll-Your-Own Tobacco

Depending on the local marketplace, RYO products are popular offerings for some convenience retailers. By Jeffrey Steele, Contributing Editor Some c-stores’ roll-your-own tobacco (RYO) sales are significant enough to justify a large display at or near the counter. For others, customer demand is barely sufficient to rationalize small display facings, if that. Still, other retailers

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Yesway Launches Money Orders, Walk-In Bill Pay

More than 34 million unbanked and underbanked U.S. households rely on alternative financial services to make the monthly payments. Convenience store chain Yesway is expanding its financial offerings for customers. Yesway has parterned with Fidelity Express as its in-store provider of money order and walk-in bill payment financial services. These services will be available at

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Brick & Mortar Mentality In A Virtual World

By Bill Scott There’s a scene in the movie OPM with Danny DeVito that is one my favorite scenes among all the movies I have seen. In the movie, DeVito (Larry the Liquidator) makes a speech about getting an increasing share of a shrinking market and how it inevitably leads to a business “going down

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SONNY’S, CWSSE Join Forces

Partnership to bring innovations in training, programs and services. SONNY’S Enterprises LLC, a global manufacturer of conveyorized car washing equipment, has partnered with Car Wash Services of the Southeast Inc. (CWSSE), in a move that will elevate the level of consulting services SONNY’S will provide to its distributors and clients across the country. Founded over

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Ontario Mulls $15 Minimum Wage

A proposal would raise Ontario’s minimum wage to $14 per hour on January 1, 2018, and then to $15 on January 1, 2019, followed by annual increases at the rate of inflation. While minimum wage hikes grab the attention of convenience retailers in the U.S., c-stores to the north are seeing similar headlines. For example,

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CHOICE Act Keeps Fee Reform

One part of the Financial CHOICE Act, House Republicans dropped language that would have repealed the debit swipe fee reforms which have saved businesses and consumers billions of dollars since being implemented under Dodd-Frank. Late last week, the House passed a bill to roll back some of the strongest Wall Street regulations spurred by the

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Speedway Teeing Up for Children’s Charity

Since 1991, Speedway LLC has hosted the Speedway Miracle Tournament and in 2013, in conjunction with the Miracle Tournament, began hosting the Speedway Miracle Celebration Dinner. June 12-13 marks Speedway LLC’s 26th annual Speedway Miracle Golf Tournament, which is held annually to raise funds for children in need. The event, which is held in Dayton, Ohio,

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Pinnacle Honing POS Technology

Merchants can leverage the Pinnacle Palm POS with existing hardware and various back office systems to help keep pace with ever-evolving regulatory mandates and enhancements, such as the liability shift surrounding chip card transactions. The Pinnacle Corp., a leader in mobile, loyalty and point-of-sale integration solutions for retail convenience stores, and Worldpay, a leading provider

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Growth Energy Prepares Ad Launch for E15 Fix

The ethanol advocacy group touts legislation that would update laws that currently limit the sale of E15 from June 1 to September 15, often discouraging retailers from offering higher biofuel blends altogether. Growth Energy has announced a seven-figure campaign aimed at promoting legislation that will allow U.S. retailers to offer more biofuel choices to customers

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Nevada Reviewing Wage Hike

Senate Joint Resolution 6 would require the minimum wage to be increased by 75 cents an hour each year beginning on Jan. 1, 2022 until the minimum wage is $12 A proposed amendment to the Nevada Constitution that would raise the minimum wage recently began public hearings. Much more will be said before the amendment

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Tennessee Tobacco Mark-Up on Tap

The law, enacted in three phases, raises retailers’ minimum mark-up on cigarettes by 35 cents per pack in three stages over a two-year period, increasing the minimum markup from 8% to 15%. The last phase of singular tobacco policy known as the Unfair Cigarette Sales Law will affect Tennessee retailers, beginning July 1. The regulation

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Dewbre Resigns From CST Brands Board

The industry veteran’s resignation was reported in a SEC notice filed today. Rocky Dewbre, a veteran with decades of experience in the energy, distribution and convenience store sectors, has resigned from the board of directors at San Antonio-based CST Brands Inc. According to the June 8 SEC filing, “effective June 5, 2017, Rocky B. Dewbre

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Rutter’s Extends Its Area of Operation

The Pennsylvania convenience retailer is also expanding its push to have more wine sales at some locations. A month after opening its 67th store location , Rutter’s Farm Stores has another project going—this time in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny. Work is under way on a new Rutter’s convenience store, according to the Altoona Mirror. York-based Rutter’s plans

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Adult Beverages Create Summer Wave

As summer moves in, consumers are looking forward to relaxing with their favorite adult beverage—as are convenience retailers. Canned wine was all the rage in summer 2016, so what beverage trends are bubbling up for 2017? The Mintel Group looks at how some adult beverage segments will fair this year. Return of Zima Zima is

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Store Closing Data Revealing

Fung Global researchers found that year-to-date in 2017, store closing announcements in the U.S. increased by 97 percent year-over-year, to 3,296 locations. A new research study from Fung Global Retail & Technology, an international think tank that follows retail and technology trends, uses hard data to outline what retail property owners and managers already know—store

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Millennials Worry More Over Personal Finances

Young adults spend more time at work pondering bills and crunching numbers than their slightly older peers. When it comes to personal finances, there’s a significant confidence gap between the Millennials and baby boomers, according to a new report published recently by USA Today. Among 18- to 34-year-olds, 48% felt very positive about their financial

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Love’s Makes Two Key Promotions

As part of its growth spurt, the travel stop company is tapping employees to help oversee retail operations. Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) has promoted two employees to help lead managers and team members at Love’s growing number of travel stops. Gary Price has been promoted to vice president of operations, and Tony Cribb has been

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7-Eleven Opens Vietnam Location

The convenience retailer expands its international footprint with new Southeast Asian location. Ho Chi Minh City residents soon will be able to enjoy convenience, 7-Eleven style, while many visitors to the country will recognize some of their favorites from home. Seven System Viet Nam JSC (SSV), a master franchisee of 7-Eleven Inc., will now have

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30th Annual ACE Conference Talks Market

ACE’s 30th annual conference also features a breakout session with Bosselman Enterprises and Husker Ag and how they are growing their volume by supplying ethanol directly to retailers by passing on Renewable Identification Number (RIN) value. Retailers who want to learn the latest ethanol issues can now register for the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE)

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Renewable Fuel Helps C-Stores Stay on Top of the Sustainability Trend

By Jon Scharingson, Renewable Energy Group Inc. If it seems like the sustainability trend is everywhere, that’s because it is. Walmart recently launched Project Gigaton, with a stated goal of reducing emissions in its supply chain by 1 gigaton by 2030. The Hershey Company is on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, which select companies based

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C-Stores Investigated In Illegal Cigarette Sales

Some of those indicted bought cigarettes in St. Louis using convenience stores they owned then sold them in high cigarette tax areas like Chicago and New Jersey without paying taxes. Police and federal agents recently made a series of arrests in Chicago and on the eastern area of St. Louis in an investigation of illegal

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