2014 NACS Show Reaches Second-Highest Attendance

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Expo size, attendance and booth sizes all increased at this year’s NACS Show. Attendance for the 2014 NACS Show increased 6.1% to reach 23,624 attendees, with 9,176 classified as buyers (retailers, grocery wholesalers and distributors). Both totals, which include Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) buyer registration, are the second-highest figures ever recorded for the NACS Show.

New IRI Report Examines Ever-Changing Shopper Journey

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Shoppers visiting fewer stores and choosing those they perceive as offering best value. It’s no surprise that consumers are changing how they shop, where they shop and when they shop, because they have more than 2,500 unique paths to purchase to potentially follow. Since there is no longer an “average shopper” in today’s world, IRI

Swisher International To Acquire Drew Estate

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“As a family business, they understood the culture we have created and completely supported our desire to keep our family at Drew Estate intact,” says Drew Estate Co-Founder. Swisher International Inc. and Drew Estate Tobacco Co. disclosed today that they have entered into a definitive purchase agreement whereby Swisher International will acquire Drew Estate in

Rutter’s Reopens Dover Location After Major Renovation

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The 24-hour site to include an updated menu, six fueling spaces and an LED canopy. Rutter’s has completed major renovations at the store located in Dover, York County, Pa., bringing the community even more selection and variety from York’s favorite hometown convenience store chain. The new site will now be open 24 hours a day,

Tedeschi Food Shops Introduces New Gobbler Panini

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Thanksgiving sandwich is transformed for 2014. Next week, Tedeschi Food Shops is set to offer the new Gobbler Panini in select TD’s Deli locations this fall. Tedeschi’s transformed their traditional year round Thanksgiving sandwich, the Turkey Gobbler, which offers an excellent balance of your favorite holiday servings. The Gobbler Panini consists of layers of Boar’s

Structural Changes Cutting U.S. Demand for Gasoline

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By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric U.S. crude production growth is the critical catalyst driving world oil prices to four year lows and into a bear market, as the rapid expansion of domestic supply pushes out imports while ramping up exports of oil products. Slowing growth in U.S. oil demand is another factor

Gulf Introduces New Pink Ribbon Gift Card

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New Gulf Oil Giving Foundation initiative amplifies support for American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Gulf Oil LP announced the Pink Ribbon Gift Card, a new initiative for the Gulf Oil Giving Foundation that will generate up to $25,000 dollars a year in increased assistance for the fight against breast cancer. For every

White House Initiative To Require PIN On Credit Transactions

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NACS, PCI SSC and NRF weigh in on BuySecure Initiative. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), on behalf of the more than 151,000 convenience stores nationwide, the PCI Security Standards Council and the National Retail Federation (NRF), all applaud President Obama’s new BuySecure Initiative instituting the use of both microchip and PIN technology in

Younger Shoppers More Likely To Pay With Plastic

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Customers reach for credit cards when transaction tops $5. When standing in the checkout line, investors’ chosen payment option largely depends on the price. The majority of all investors (56%) are more likely to use cash for any purchases under $5, but with any other purchases over $5, investors switch to plastic, according to the

Heineken Becomes Official Beer of Major League Soccer

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Beginning in 2015 Heineken will bring world-class soccer experiences and #MLSNext to American fans. Heineken announced a landmark, long-term partnership agreement with Major League Soccer (MLS) to become the Official Beer of MLS. The partnership, which commences in January 2015, further establishes Heineken’s standing as a worldwide leader in the sport and gives the brand

Kum & Go Plans Headquarters Design

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Six firms vie to create headquarters design. Kum & Go is considering six international design firms for its proposed 120,000-square-foot headquarters along Grand Avenue in downtown Des Moines in what is expected to be a $92 million project, the Business Record Online reported. The c-store chain aims to make a final decision by mid-November and

Holiday Shopping to Happen Early and Often

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ICSC releases consumer spending intentions. Procrastinators be forewarned—you might be lonely this holiday shopping season. According to the International Council of Shopping Centers’ (ICSC) latest consumer tracking survey, about 35% of consumers have or will have started their holiday shopping by the end of October. Roughly three out of five shoppers will begin shopping by

C-Stores Evolving Among Rising Expectations

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Innovators are pushing the envelope with elevated foodservice, sleek architecture, savvy brand partnerships and more, say experts from CBX and Insight. Today’s convenience stores face growing pressure to evolve amid the ramped-up expectations of global consumers, according to an Oct. 8 NACS Show presentation by Joseph Bona, president of branded environments at brand agency and

Starbucks Unveils Reimagined In-Store and Digital Innovations

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Looks to elevate customer shopping experience for holiday 2014 and beyond. Starbucks Coffee Co. unveiled a roadmap of innovations to its more than 2,000 district managers at the Starbucks Leadership Experience conference in Seattle this week. The company shared several customer initiatives to further transform and elevate the Starbucks Experience in Holiday 2014 and beyond.

Walmart goes small

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Walmart’s prototype convenience store in Bentonville, Ark. reflects a shift in strategy for the retailer, but will it be a game changer for the industry? By David Bennett, Senior Editor As vehicles navigate under the shiny white fuel station canopy, the eye goes immediately to the yellow columns designed to mimic the burst of petals

Season Sweetens Candy Sales

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Will this Halloween be a trick or treat for c-store candy profits? By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor Confectioners, such as Hershey, Mars and Wonka, bank on holidays to boost their annual business. After all, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Christmas and Hanukkah combine to generate $7 billion in U.S. sales. Not surprisingly, Halloween accounts for

Finding a Niche

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Vaping products are helping offset declining cigarette sales. Howard Riell, Associate Editor With cigarette sales continuing their seemingly irreversible decline, c-store operators are making up lost dollars with electronic cigarettes and, most recently, refillable vapor tanks. Driving that business forward, however, is a bit trickier than traditional cigarettes, requiring better merchandising and an increased knowledge

Breaded Chicken Sandwich Steps Out of the Burger’s Shadow

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Breaded chicken sandwiches have grown an average of 3% over the last four years, NPD Group reports. Hamburgers have been and are the chosen sandwich ordered at restaurants and other foodservice outlets, but an increasing number of consumers are becoming enamored with breaded chicken sandwiches, reports The NPD Group, a leading global information company. Servings

NRF Study Debunks Myths Surrounding Retail Wages

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Report reveals apples-to-apples comparison with other industries, finds retail competitive. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has released an in-depth study authored by a University of Georgia economist who found that retail jobs pay wages highly competitive with those in other industries despite long-held misconceptions to the contrary. “The retail industry finally has definitive data to

Stripes Raises $535, 000 At Sixth Annual Turf + Surf Event

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Donations to benefit 44 United Way Agencies. Stripes Convenience Stores raised $535,000 at its Sixth Annual Stripes Turf + Surf fundraising event benefiting 44 United Way agencies across the Stripes market areas: Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The event was held last night in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Sixth Annual Stripes Turf + Surf fundraiser

Wayne Fueling Systems Cloud Solutions Showcased at NACS

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Wayne Cloud Solutions link forecourt technology to a suite of centrally-hosted and managed capabilities to simplify fuel retail systems, increase sales, and improve profitability. Wayne Fueling Systems, a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation, and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations, showcased Wayne Cloud Solutions with industry leading partners Intel Corp., Wincor

Hands-On Shopping Experience Could Boost Sales

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Vast majority of 18-29 year olds say expert sessions would boost store trips for groceries, clothing, cosmetics, electronics and home improvement goods. New LoyaltyOne research shows that retailers should consider providing Millennials with a hands-on shopping experience by offering exclusive sessions with a consultant or expert in the field, as a way to motivate this

New Rechargeable E-Cig Kit

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blu eCigs recently unveiled its new blu PLUS+ Rechargeable Kit, offering an enhanced rechargeable kit that has been redesigned to better fulfill adult smokers’ desire for more satisfaction through a consistent, enjoyable experience. Only one week into pre-order sales, blu eCigs quickly experienced a sellout of this product. In response to the sellout, blu eCigs

Smokey Sweet Sunflower Seeds

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Thanasi Foods LLC has announced the addition of BIGS Smokey Sweet Bar-B-Q Seeds to its product line of home-style roasted seeds. Developed in partnership with STUBB’S, one of the most popular and flavorful barbecue sauce brands, BIGS Smokey Sweet Bar-B-Q Seeds became available to retailers in mid-October with an SRP of $1.99 for a 5.35-ounce

New Energy Flavor

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Living Essential’s 5-hour ENERGY is launching a new Extra Strength Strawberry Watermelon variety of the energy shot. The new variety debuted at the NACS Show in Las Vegas this October and is scheduled to ship mid-December for a January in-store presence. 5-hour ENERGY is a liquid energy shot that provides a feeling of energy and alertness

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