Commonwealth-Altadis Bulks Up Staff

Commonwealth-Altadis Inc. has appointed Al Dejewski senior vice president for consumer marketing, and Eric Workman, senior vice president for strategic operations. Both report directly to Kevin Freudenthal, president & CEO of the tobacco company. “We are quite pleased to have Al join the team,” Freudenthal said. “He brings not only the strategically creative vision of

Shrinking Labor Force Pressures Gasoline Demand

First quarter fuel demand jumps 1.4% in the first quarter, according to the Energy Information Administration. By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Preliminary data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows gasoline demand in the U.S. ending the first quarter 1.4% higher than during the same three months in 2012, although down 1.2%

Dos Equis to Launch Dos De Mayo Bash

This year, Cinco de Mayo falls on a Sunday, and Dos Equis recognizes that particular day of the week doesn’t bode well for a celebration of this magnitude. Dos Equis is kicking things off on May 2, or what the Most Interesting Man in the World has dubbed “Dos de Mayo,” giving fans everywhere an

Wholesale Costs Set to Reverse March’s Lower Trend in Retail Prices

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric After four consecutive weeks with a decline, and 23 out of 29 days in which retail gasoline prices have fallen, higher wholesale costs could reverse the recent trend observed in March and push prices at the pump higher in early April. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported

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Newcastle Brown Ale Extends the No Bollocks Campaign

Newcastle Brown Ale has launched ‘No Bollocks 2013,’ a new integrated national marketing campaign intended to help retailers sell more beer. As an extension of its original No Bollocks platform launched in 2012, the new work continues Newcastle’s dedication to bollocks-free ads by celebrating honesty. At the heart of the ‘No Bollocks 2013’ campaign is

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U.S. Gasoline Prices Pause Ascent—Renewed Advance Awaits

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric For the first time since the middle of December, the U.S. average price for regular grade gasoline moved lower according to the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) weekly survey, pressured by worries over economic growth and the effect on fuel demand, along with lower asking prices by suppliers

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Four Tips for Squelching Negative Social Media Backlash

By Ashley Verrill, CRM Analyst for Software Advice and Managing Editor for the Customer Service Investigator Customer service expert, consultant and author Micah Solomon told me recently about one question that consistently dominates group discussion at his public speaking events: “Isn’t my brand and company in danger out there in the social media universe?” The

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U.S. Retail Gasoline Average 5% Shy of 2012 High

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric As February nears an end, retail gasoline prices are already at highs one would expect when the weather warms, not when some parts of the country are still digging out of snow drifts. A recent double-digit jump in the retail average reported by the Energy Information Administration means

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Could We Be Midway Through Gasoline’s Preseason Rally?

By: Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric. The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) U.S. average price for all formulations of regular grade gasoline sold at retail outlets jumped another 7.3 cents through the week-ended Feb. 11, which was the eighth consecutive weekly increase in the national gasoline average. Since Dec. 17, when the U.S. average

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NACS Leadership Tackles Retail Challenges with Real Time Solutions

Customer engagement, the future of payment technologies, alternative fuels and the new legislative landscape highlight the 2013 Leadership Conference in Miami. By John Lofstock, Editor Convenience store retailers not in touch with the needs of their customers risk far more than losing repeat business and sales. They risk extinction as customers gravitate toward chains that

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Oasis Stop 'N Go, Mid Pac Petroleum Join the Dropoints Redemption Network

Customers can instantly drop the price at the fuel pumps by up to $1 using their Dropoints card. In effort to offer greater rewards to its loyal customers, Oasis Stop ‘N Go, of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Mid Pac Petroleum, based in Honolulu, Hawaii, and have joined the Dropoints redemption network. Their gas stations combined

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Futures Surge Push up Wholesale Gasoline Costs

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric In futures trading, the nearest delivered New York Mercantile Exchange RBOB (reformulated blendstock for oxygenate blending) contract surged 17.82 cents or 6.2% from Jan. 25 to Feb. 1, with supplier postings at terminals serving major metropolitan markets up sharply, reflecting some of that increase from paper trading.

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Connecting with the Community

Chevron is gaining momentum through its corporate social responsibility initiatives and a growing loyalty program with Safeway. We increasingly hear that corporate social responsibility has become a business imperative. Not only do responsible and transparent approaches help build brand and reputation, they help strengthen the community and, therefore, the marketplace. A solid business plan, embedded

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KickBack Points, Pester Marketing and Conoco Sending Loyalty Cardholder to Super Bowl XLVII

Chris Park, a KickBack customer from Denver, wins two tickets to the Super Bowl, roundtrip airfare for two, four nights hotel in New Orleans and much more as part of the loyalty company’s annual Super Bowl giveaway. Membership has its privileges. Chris Park, a loyal Conoco and KickBack Points customer from Denver, has won KickBack

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Gasoline Prices Stirred Higher on Optimism

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The American Petroleum Institute (API), the Washington, DC-based trade organization for the oil and gas industry, on Jan. 18 said at 8.7 million bpd U.S. gasoline deliveries in 2012 fell to their lowest level in 11 years, while down 0.4% compared with 2011. During 2012, gasoline demand

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Mostly Decline

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Most major metropolitan markets in the U.S. experienced a decline in wholesale gasoline costs coming into the second full week of 2013, which should cap and upside push by retail gasoline prices that have edged higher since registering the low for 2012 in mid-December. Wholesale gasoline costs, the

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Green Oil's Christmas Spirit

The Wyatt brothers, co-owners of the 89 year old Geo. H. Green Oil Co. of Fairburn, Ga., announced today the continued success of their annual fund raising efforts. “Despite a seriously challenged economy our great team found ways to continue our record of success raising more than $26,000 in just 27 days–an increase of 4%

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Lower Gasoline Prices Eyed for 2013

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric U.S. retail gasoline prices fell to an 11-month low in early December as building inventories and weak demand again pressured wholesale costs, with the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) weekly retail average for regular grade gasoline down in eight of the last nine weeks to $3.349 gallon. View

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Gasoline Prices Pressured by Weak Demand

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Wholesale gasoline costs moved lower coming into the second week of December, reflecting sliding values in spot and futures trading that will also prompt another decline in retail prices, which the Energy Information Administration (EIA) last said averaged nationally at a $3.394 gallon five-month low. The U.S.

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Mostly Dip Coming into December

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Wholesale gasoline costs were mostly lower at major metropolitan markets across the U.S. coming into December, slipping on building supply and weaker demand, with gasoline consumption failing to get a sizeable jump during the Thanksgiving holiday. Implied gasoline demand did reach weekly summer demand levels leading up

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Mideast Conflict Spurs Worry Over Oil Supply Disruptions

Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip may not be oil producers, but the conflict between the two groups has elevated the geopolitical risk premium for the oil-rich Middle East region over concerns of supply disruptions should hostilities spill out to other countries. Israel launched air strikes against Hamas targets in Gaza in mid-November following

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Domino Food and Fuel Teams With PeopleMatter for Online Applications

Domino Food and Fuel Inc. (www.dominocstores.com), a subsidiary of Clinton, Okla.-based Elmer Smith Oil Co., and PeopleMatter, a comprehensive human resources platform designed specifically for the service industry, announced a collaboration to automate HR processes using PeopleMatter HIRE. With 14 locations, the Oklahoma-based convenience store chain is happily throwing away all paper applications to embrace

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Best Petroleum's Richard Salinsky Enshrined into High School Football Hall of Fame

By John Lofstock, Editor It’s been a busy year filled with accolades for venerable industry icon Richard Salinsky. With more than 50 years of experience and dedication to the industry, Salinsky was honored earlier this year with the prestigious Distinguished Marketer Award from SIGMA, the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA). Now, the

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NACS Names Five New Retailer Members to Board of Directors

NACS announced the election of five retail members to serve on its Board of Directors. The new Board members assumed their positions during the NACS Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Las Vegas. The NACS Show is ranked one of the 50 largest annual tradeshows in the U.S. The NACS retail members

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FJ Management to Acquire Majority Interest in Maverik

Maverik Executive Vice President Brad Call tells CSD the leadership team and direction of the company remains unchanged. By John Lofstock, Editor FJ Management Inc., formerly known as Flying J, reached a deal to acquire a majority interest in North Salt Lake City, Utah-based Maverik Inc. Maverik, which was founded nearly 60 years ago, has

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