Gasoline Prices Trending Downward

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Gasoline is slowly trending away from its summer peak and seems to be stabilizing in recent weeks. Despite a number of factors such as the decreased number of oil rigs in the U.S. and a decrease in imported oil from Saudi Arabia, gasoline prices have not seen too much of an increase over the past 30

How to Freshen Up Gum and Mint Sales

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C-store retailers struggling with gum and mint sales may be able to grow sales with some extra attention to merchandising the category.  By Amber Koontz, Editorial Intern Some simple tricks may be all you need to boost gum sales at your convenience stores. One rule to always remember is that if the customer cannot see

SEI Fuels Becomes Largest Shell-Branded Distributor in New Orleans

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SEI Fuels will now supply Shell-branded fuel to approximately 60 branded locations in and around New Orleans. A transaction closed July 16 in which SEI Fuel Services, Inc. purchased the dealer fuel supply business of LavigneBaker Petroleum, LLC, in and around New Orleans. SEI Fuels entered the wholesale fuel business in 2012 when it and its

Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market Tests Pizza To Go

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Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market stores are looking to create a shopping experience that is customized to cater to the specific communities that they serve. Wal-Mart’s growing number of Arkansas Neighborhood Markets continue to become more unique. These new Neighborhoood Market stores look to become the ultimate one-stop-shop by offering services, from fuel to hot and ready pizza,

American Consumers Link Food Safety to Cleanliness

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A majority of American consumers claim that they will only shop in a store that appears clean. One-third of U.S. adults have ended shopping trips due to a lack of cleanliness. The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association’s (IDDBAs) new research, High Stakes of Food Safety in Dairy, Deli, Bakery & Prepared Foods, developed in conjunction with Phil Lempert,

Management Proxy Circular Filed By Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

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Amendments to Alimentation Couche-Tard articles to be made in favor of non-founding shareholders. Alimentation Couche‑Tard Inc. has filed its management proxy circular, in connection with its annual general and special meeting of shareholders scheduled for Sept. 22, 2015 (the “Meeting”). Proposed Amendments In addition to the annual general matters to be voted on at the Meeting,

Starbucks Releases Third Quarter and Fiscal 2015 Financial Results

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Starbucks has experienced enormous growth in the last quarter, and the company is expected to continue to grow. Starbucks Corporation has reported financial results for its 13-week fiscal third quarter and 39-week fiscal year to date which ended June 28, 2015. Starbucks Japan acquisition-related items, which are excluded from the non-GAAP results, are included in the

The Rex Griswold Foundation Launches #DanceForMSA Campaign

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The Rex Griswold Foundation has created a social media challenge to help in the search for treatment and a cure for MSA. An exciting and fun social media challenge has been started by the Rex Griswold Foundation to help raise awareness and funds for MSA (Multiple System Atrophy). The new challenge is being referred to

RaceWay to Sell 30 Store Locations

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As its business model changes, Raceway is finding that some of its current locations no longer fit with the plan. RaceWay has once again retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors, LLC to coordinate the sale of 30 convenience stores with gasoline. The 30 stores to be sold include nine locations in Tennessee, five each in Alabama

7-Eleven Slurpee Selfie Challenge

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7-Eleven continues promoting this summer’s watermelon Slurpee by hosting a social media campaign and by offering free Slurpees to valued customers. To continue the celebration of 7‑Eleven’s Sour Slurpee Summer, 7-Eleven is granting fans the opportunity to earn free Slurpee drinks and inviting fans to participate in a social media selfie challenge! July 25 is SOUR

Gulf MARINE Fuel Meets New Biofuel Recommendations

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Gulf MARINE fuel has been deemed safe and suitable to fuel recreational marine engines as well as racing boats. Last week, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) issued new biofuel recommendations. Following the release, Gulf Racing Fuels has announced that its Gulf MARINE biofuel with isobutanol is one

Tomball, Texas is Home to the Newest Corner Store

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New Corner Store quickly builds a relationship with the community, by donating to the local high school.  Corner Store’s newest store opened its doors today, July 23, 2015, in Tomball, Texas. As part of the grand opening celebration, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held, and donations were made to Tomball high school. The new store is the first

On-Campus Dining Battles Off-Campus Foodservice

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As off-campus foodservice gains popularity and becomes more convenient and available, on-campus dining services must remain competitive. College students rely heavily on foodservice outlets —both on and off campus— due to their tendency to start their day later, snack between meals, try unique cuisines and prioritize environmental and social responsibility. For on-campus operations to remain competitive,

What If?

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Get ahead of the curve. By Mel Kleiman, president, Humetrics If you had no choice, what would you do? If your competition rented the space across the street, what would you do? When the minimum wage increases to $10 an hour, what will you do? If your best employee quits, what will you do? Now,

New Love’s Travel Stop Opens Along Interstate 70

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Love’s Travel Stops opens in an ideal location along a well traveled interstate. Knightstown, Ind. is home of the newest Love’s Travel Stop (Love’s). Located off of Exit 115, the new location provides drivers with a place to rest and access to driver services along the nearly 2,200 mile interstate that stretches from Maryland to Utah. The

C-Stores Celebrate National Hot Dog Day

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Hot dog promotions in celebration of Hot Dog Day bring in business.  On Thursday, July 23, 2015, a number of convenience stores participated in National Hot Dog Day. In celebration of this grilled American classic, quick-service restaurants and convenience stores across the nation offered hot dogs at discounted prices, and in some cases even for

How to Sweeten Up Candy Sales

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When you are stocking your store, the chocolate section cannot be overlooked. By Amber Koontz, Editorial Intern It’s no secret that chocolate prices have increased in recent months, but this is not stopping customers from indulging in their favorite chocolatey snacks. On the contrary, chocolate sales are continuing to grow, albeit at a slower rate,

National Automatic Merchandising Association Appoints New Chair

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NAMA appoints Royal Cup Inc. office coffee services division manager as chair of the board. Office Coffee Services Division Manager for Royal Cup Inc., Howard Chapman, has been appointed chair of the board of directors for National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA), the national trade association for refreshment services. NAMA supports the vending, coffee services, micro market

Grill Sales Expected to Heat Up

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Grilling remains a popular cooking method, with nearly 80% of Americans owning a grill, but as the economy stabilizing, grill owners may be looking to upgrade. Nearly half of Americans (47%) plan to purchase a grill within the next two years, according to the new Grilling and Barbecuing US 2015 report by Mintel. The most common reason

Customers With Special Dietary Needs Save With Store Brands

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Although specialty foods are notoriously more expensive than regular products, store brands may offer less expensive alternatives. Despite popular belief, specialty food and non-food alternatives that are being sought by consumers trying to maintain or improve their health, may actually be saving consumers money. Many believe that organic, gluten-free, dye-free or lactose-free products are costly, but a

New York Wage Board Urges $15 Minimum Wage for Fast Food Workers

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The multi-step raise for workers would impact chain and franchise convenience stores with 30 or more locations nationally. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Fast Food Wage Board,” on July 22, recommended that the state Labor Department administratively increase the state minimum wage for “fast food” workers to $15 an hour in New York City by

VP Racing Fuels Has Solutions For A Changing Industry

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As the industry changes, retailers are struggling to keep up, but VP Racing Fuels has come up with solutions to many of the problems caused by change. Alan Cerwick, president of VP Racing Fuels, has noticed, during his 19 years in the industry, that c-store owners and distributors have struggled to adapt to industry changes. Whether

How Has The Economic Outlook Changed For Retail Sales?

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The initial forecast for 2015 has proven to be too optimistic. Retail sales are expected to increase at a lower rate than was initially anticipated. Unexpected slow growth during the first half of the year has caused the National Retail Federation (NRF) to lower its retail sales forecast for 2015. Although growth has been slow so

Conexxus Partners With IFSF in Standards Agreement

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Experts must be equipped for change in a changing industry. Conexxus, the International Forecourt Standards Forum (IFSF),  and nexo have ratified an agreement to enhance the ISO 20022 standards to meet the needs of the petroleum retail and convenience store industries. As part of the agreement, expert support will be on hand should the need

McDonald’s to Serve Breakfast All Day

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Slumping sales and decreased traffic calls for McDonald’s new CEO to find a way to turn business around. In an attempt to stand up to the competition, McDonald’s has decided to move forward with its plan to serve breakfast all day long. According to a report by CNN Money, during its trial period, which began

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