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A Changing Market

Retail markets often change with the U.S. economy. Currently, one popular consumer trend is cross-channel shopping, for its value and quality. Despite gas prices that are more than 30% higher than last year, cross-channel shopping is alive and well in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry. In fact, three-quarters of today’s consumers shop across five

Flat Holiday Sales Ahead?

As U.S. consumer confidence cautiously edges upward, The Nielsen Co. predicts consumer holiday spending to closely reflect 2009 spending with flat dollar sales at approximately $89 billion, and flat to declining unit sales, down .15%. “As we approach the holiday season, consumer confidence is up slightly, but below pre-recession levels,” said James Russo, vice president,

Marathon Oil Recognizes Everbrite

Marathon Oil Corp. recently recognized Everbrite LLC., a visual identification supplier for Marathon’s Speedway SuperAmerica LLC retail organization, as the company’s Supplier Diversity Vendor of the Year. The annual “Living Our Values Award and Recognition Program” recognizes employees and vendors who best exemplify Marathon’s guiding corporate principles. Everbrite, a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) company, won

Organic Growth Drives Kwik Trip

In 2004, CSD awarded La Crosse, Wis.-based Kwik Trip Inc. with the Chain of the Year award recognizing a company that values people and forays into new technology, combining business and energy intelligence to save dollars. CSD also was impressed with Kwik Trip’s use of vertical integration to control the products and support functions that

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