Gas Prices Continue To Creep Higher

OPEC cuts to oil production could extend beyond June. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline on April 17 hit $2.41, two cents above last week’s price, 12 cents more than last month and 30 cents more than a year ago, AAA reported. The national average is at its highest price

IDDBA 17 To Address Engaging Millennials

Learn how to connect with the next generation. With more generations simultaneously in the workplace than ever before, managing and communicating effectively with each cohort can be challenging at best. The International Dairy Deli Bakery Association (IDDBA) added Eric Chester to the speaker lineup at IDDBA 17 to help attendees deal with these challenges. Chester’s

Wawa Continues Welcome America Sponsorship

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the festival. Wawa’s sponsorship of the Welcome America festival is set to continue for at least three more years. Wawa Inc. announced its title sponsorship is being extended through 2019, marking the 10th year of the company’s title sponsorship of the free July 4th celebration, the Philadelphia Business

Employment Trends: Teens in Retail

Today’s working teenager may be a retail company’s future store leader, product designer, data analyst, or even CEO. Unfortunately, in the years ahead, it may become increasingly more difficult to find these young, entry-level employees. Teenagers are an important part of the retail workforce, but Bureau of Labor Statistics data show a downward trend in

Sunoco LP Supports CMN Hospitals

Stripes and APlus stores run Miracle Balloon Fundraising Campaign. Sunoco, Stripes and APlus Convenience Stores are making a difference for millions of kids treated by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Now through May 3, Stripes Convenience Stores and APlus Stores are asking customers to “Put Their Money Where The Miracles Are” and purchase a $1 Miracle

Studying Examines Millennials’ Better-for-You Snacking

Great taste, fewer ingredients are among key Millennial demands when it comes to snacks. Better-for-you snacking has gone mainstream and Millennial preferences have played a huge role in this shift. A new national study by Amplify Snack Brands Inc. and the Center for Generational Kinetics discovered that Millennials have been the driving force behind the

Maximizing Summer Opportunities

Often, the difference between great sales and mediocre sales is attention to detail. There are certain tasks that c-stores can accomplish that will generate a positive impression in the mind of a customer. By Jim Callahan Strong retail sales growth in January and February indicate that consumers are still confident in the U.S. economy. Indicators

NRF Reports Retail Sales Up 0.3% in March

Retail industry continues to lack pricing power. 2017 retail sales across industries got off to a slow start in Q1. Retail sales in March increased 0.3% seasonally adjusted over February and 3.5% unadjusted year-over-year, according to calculations released today by the National Retail Federation (NRF). While the numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants, they

How Are You Using Your Brain Power?

by Mel Kleiman Your brain is a powerful instrument. Ask it for reasons why you should hire someone and it will respond with answers like: She’s smart. He made a great impression. He seems to really want the job. She’s got all the right experience. Ask your brain why you shouldn’t hire the person and,

Managing the Front Line

By John Loftock, Editor The convenience store industry has come a long way over the past decade in terms of recruiting, training and retaining great employees. But the results of the ninth annual Convenience Store Industry Human Resources Survey indicate there’s still quite a bit of work to be done. Among the survey’s key findings

Buc-ee’s Expanding in Florida

Texas-based Buc-ee’s set to open a c-store in Dayton Beach, Fla. Buc-ee’s has plans to open a 50,000 square-foot Buc-ee’s convenience store, marking the chain’s first location outside of Texas. The Daytona Beach News Journal reported that Buc-ee’s agreed to purchase a 35-acre site and plans to open as soon as next year. The convenience

QC Team Members Among New Jersey Food Council Scholarship Winners

Twenty scholarships totaling $67,000 to help students pay for college. The New Jersey Food Council has announced the winners of its 2017 Education Development Scholarship Awards, and QuickChek team members were among the winners. Twenty member scholarships totaling $67,000 were awarded to an employee or family member of food industry related companies at a special

ACE Recommends Ethanol Priorities to EPA

EPA is accepting public comments through May 15. The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) submitted a public comment addressed to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt thanking him for establishing a Regulatory Reform Task Force to evaluate existing regulations and make recommendations regarding those that can be repealed, replaced and modified to make them less

New York Cigar Tax Shift Defeated

Also rejected in the budget was the Governor’s proposed new excise tax on e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine. New York convenience store retailers and suppliers worked together to keep a harmful shift in cigar excise tax out of the new state budget approved this week by Governor Cuomo and the Legislature. Jim Calvin, president of the

Will Item-Level Inventory Control Replace Category Management?

By Bill Scott, PART 1 The short answer is ‘No’. Category Management is a tool that has a purpose, especially for smaller companies that do not have the inclination, the option, nor the software to dig deeper into their businesses. However, Category Management is a tool to help retailers establish the general product mix on

Millennials, Gen Z Seek Out Healthy Oils, Fats

As younger customers look for less processed, natural foods, minimally-processed fats are becoming appealing. Dietary guidelines, for three decades have urged customers to cut fat and saturated fat from the American diet, but such a mindset is evolving. Millennials and Generation Z consumers are the most inclined to view any type of fat not only

Gas Prices Trend Upward

Ongoing tension in the Middle East along with a switch to summer-blend gasoline are behind the uptick. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline hit $2.39 on April 10, a six-cent increase from the previous week and 35 cents greater than this time last year, according to AAA. It marks the

Wayne Concludes 2017 Technology Summit

Industry leaders discuss the future of fueling, payments and more. Wayne Fueling Systems wrapped up its 2017 Technology Summit in Austin, Texas with strong attendance and positive attendee feedback. Wayne is part of Dover Fueling Solutions (DFS) and a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations.

TravelCenters Adds Four Fazoli’s Restaurants

Italian fast casual restaurants to greet customers in Connecticut, Oklahoma, Texas and Michigan. TA Restaurant Group, a division of TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, is bringing Fazoli’s restaurants, America’s largest fast casual Italian restaurant brand, to highway travelers across the country. The Lexington, Ky.-based

Techron Advantage Card Holders Save at Chevron, Texaco

New cardholders get a discount on gas during the first 60 days of opening an account. Chevron is offering Techron Advantage Credit Cardholders the opportunity to earn 15 cents in fuel credits on every gallon for the first 60 days from the account open date at Chevron and Texaco stations. The intro offer allows new

Wawa Celebrates 53rd Anniversary

Wawa Day—set for April 13—celebrates Wawa’s founding and the three-year anniversary of The Wawa Foundation. Wawa Inc. is set to give away 2 million cups of free coffee in celebration of its 53rd anniversary in retail. This year’s Wawa Day will be held on Thursday April 13. Wawa will celebrate the occasion by offering customers

Ideal Market Is Growing Its Kentucky Home

Rocket Oil Co., which does business as Ideal Market, just opened its newest store in Hanson, Ky. Going forward in 2017, the family-owned company has even bigger plans. By David Bennett, Senior Editor There’s more to the state of Kentucky than fine bourbon, fast horses and the legend of Daniel Boone. There are close-knit communities,

QuikTrip Tops List of Favorite Places to Fuel Up

Of gas station and c-store brands, Cumberland Farms places 2nd and Sheetz comes in third. From the most frequented c-stores to the fresh food quality, Market Force evaluated customer perceptions and preferences in its annual survey. QuikTrip and Costco are consumers’ favorite places to fill their gas tanks, according to a new study by Market

Parker’s C-Stores Gives $20,000 to Beaufort County Schools

A portion of Parker’s gas sales sold on the first Wednesday of the month go to local schools. Parker’s continues to help fund area schools through. Fueling the Community Recently the chain donated $20,000 to Beaufort County Schools as part of the company’s Fueling the Community charitable initiative. Parker’s, which operates 48 convenience stores in

February-March 2017 Comparisons Are In

By Bill Scott At the top of our Top 100 list, 30 stores sold 28,543 Muscular Dystrophy Shamrocks during March, Marlboro Gold pushed Hunt Brothers Hunk down 2 positions to No.3. Another Hunt Brothers product jumped 299 positions to take the No. 15 spot. Newcomers to the Top 100 were Smartwater Loose 20 Oz, Bud