Seasonal candies, such as from Mars, are one way many c-stores are profiting from holidays like Valentine's Day.

Valentine’s Day Candy Sales

C-store retailers can prepare in advance for lovers and chocolate-fanatics flocking to stores Valentine’s Day to buy their family, friends and loved ones their favorite chocolate products with the help from Mars Chocolate North America. Consumers want a wide variety of choices during holidays. The company released a list of some items it plans to

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Shop Around The Clock

7-Eleven has an array of gifts for last minute shoppers this holiday season. With retailers opening their stores even earlier for Black Friday door-buster sales, shoppers started the hunt for December holiday deals as early as Thanksgiving evening, jockeying for flat-screen TVs and fighting over waffle irons. But shopping in the middle of the night

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Heineken Launches “Sunrise” Campaign

New campaign supports responsible consumption. HEINEKEN has launched the latest phase in its global approach to encourage the responsible consumption of its brands. The new theme, titled “Sunrise belongs to moderate drinkers” continues to use Heineken, the world’s most international premium beer brand, to deliver and reinforce this important message. This initiative is an integral

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Terrible’s Says “Happy Thanksgiving Las Vegas”

Customers can receive a free car wash when they stop by a Terrible’s Nov. 22 and 23. Las Vegas-based Terrible’s Car Wash, Lube and Convenience Store locations have been an inseparable part of the Las Vegas landscape for generations, and Mr. Terrible is as recognizable of an icon for the city as the Welcome To

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Dunkin’ Donuts Runs Black Friday Twitter Promotion

Some lucky followers will receive a Keurig brewer and box of Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup packs. Dunkin’ Donuts is helping customers kick off the holiday shopping season by putting the “K” in Black Friday, brewing up a special Twitter promotion that gives fans the chance to win an early holiday gift – a Keurig brewer and

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Walgreens to Give Away One Million Redbox Movies

The first 130 Walgreens customers at stores on Thanksgiving nationwide will receive a Redbox promotional code for a free one-day DVD rental.   Walgreens is offering one million reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving by rewarding the first 130 customers to make a purchase at more than 7,700 locations nationwide on Thanksgiving Day with a

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The Importance of Fully-Stocked Shelves

A survey shows lack of inventory, difficulty finding desired items and long checkout lines are top threats to retaining loyal customers. Nearly 70% of U.S. adults would avoid shopping at a retail store if they encountered empty shelves, according to a nationwide survey commissioned by Galleria Retail Technology Solutions, a provider of retail and category

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Starbucks Launches Holiday App

New Starbucks Cup Magic App, skinny peppermint mocha and holiday Starbucks Petites debut on Nov. 15, alongside returning seasonal favorites. Starbucks Coffee Co. is celebrating the holiday season with an innovative new mobile app. This year, Starbucks will make the season come alive with Starbucks Cup Magic, an augmented reality app customers can download for

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7-Eleven Celebrates Veteran’s Day

“With this year’s Veteran’s Day falling on 11/11/11, the timing seemed perfect to say thank-you to the men and women serving our great country.  For those who are here, we can say thank-you with a free Slurpee.  For those serving, we hope to raise enough funds to help the USO distribute 40,000 care packages,” says

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ExxonMobil Awards Gift Card Purchasers

Customers who buy $100 in ExxonMobil Gift Cards can receive a $10 Gift Card free. Exxon and Mobil retailers are spreading the joy this holiday season by giving customers an opportunity “to give” and “to receive.” From Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, customers who purchase $100 in ExxonMobil gift cards at any Exxon or Mobil

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FedEx Giveaway Benefits Small Business

Visit the FedEx Facebook page today to get your free gift card. Starting Nov. 1, FedEx plans to distribute $1 million in gift cards to be used at small businesses on Small Business Saturday.  The free gift cards – each worth $25 – will be distributed through www.facebook.com/FedEx  starting at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday,

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Connecting The Dots

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. You may think about your business 24/7, but chances are your customers do not. Hard to believe, right? I am a big believer that the successful businessperson is always considering how they can “connect the dots” for their customers more easily so that their

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Inspiring Impulse Sales

When stocking up on novelty items, thinking outside the box can help retailers drive big profits. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Retailers are driving impulse purchases with unique novelty products, including big ticket items, seasonal displays and small ring products that make everyday life more convenient. Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc., for example, is making packing easier

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Holiday Cheer Beer Promotion

Heineken has unveiled its ‘Spread Your Holiday Cheer’ retail program in plenty of time for c-stores to plan for big 2011 holiday sales. The program runs through December and includes channel specific offers and incentives (where legal) to encourage consumers to enjoy Heineken and Heineken Light, while increasing retailer profitability during the year’s most critical

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Time For Business Planning!

John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. “It’s the most wonderful time of the year . . .”  Ah yes, the annual business planning cycle is upon us. The time of the year to huddle all of your business colleagues in a room to hash out the key initiatives for the upcoming

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Gaining Insights into Convenience Store Customers

MSA and Paradigm Sample, in partnership with Convenience Store Decisions, delve into c-store shoppers’ attitudes about buying seasonal and holiday candy. By Trish Temmerman, Contributing Editor. With Halloween and Christmas just around the corner, we are approaching that time of year when some of the most widely recognized seasonal confectionery items are purchased and consumed:

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,

Dos Equis And Tecate Offer ‘Cinco Ways To Celebrate’ Spring

Dos Equis, the fastest growing import beer brand in the U.S., and cerveza Tecate are revealing details of the brands’ most interesting and unconventional ‘Cinco ways to Celebrate’ Cinco de Mayo/Spring retail and on-premise program. The program is designed to inspire adult consumers to take their celebrations to a new level while helping keep grocery,

Dos Equis And Tecate Offer ‘Cinco Ways To Celebrate’ Spring

Dos Equis, the fastest growing import beer brand in the U.S., and cerveza Tecate are revealing details of the brands’ most interesting and unconventional ‘Cinco ways to Celebrate’ Cinco de Mayo/Spring retail and on-premise program. The program is designed to inspire adult consumers to take their celebrations to a new level while helping keep grocery,

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