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Rutter’s Announces November Winners

Register, Scan and Win Sweepstakes gives Rutter’s customers a chance to win an array of prizes.   Christmas came early to many loyal Rutter’s customers across central Pennsylvania this week with the announcement of November’s Register, Scan and Win Sweepstakes winners. Employees at the store from which the grand prizewinner is drawn are entered to

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Maine Customer Wins Free Gas for a Year from Irving Oil

Irving Rewards program offered customers gas savings and chance to win free gas for a year. Julie Jones of Hollis, Maine has won free gas for a year thanks to Irving Oil. Jones is one of six New England residents who will receive $2,100 worth of Irving gas cards for participating in the Irving Rewards

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Turn Higher

After tumbling to a nine-month low of $3.368 gallon on Nov. 21, the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) U.S. retail gasoline average is positioned to increase following higher wholesale costs during the final full week of November. Wholesale gasoline costs were under renewed pressure in front of Thanksgiving Day on weak demand and heightened concern over

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Retail Trends for 2012

As technology continues to change the way we do business, retailers must weigh the benefits of being ahead of the curve versus the risks, and the disadvantages of falling behind. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. In a scene from the futuristic movie “Minority Report,” Tom Cruise’s character walks through a shopping mall while 3-D screens

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Gas Rewards Programs Drive Loyalty to Sponsoring Retailers

The Convenience Consumer Insights Panel finds that convenience store owners not engaged in a fuel program are missing significant sales opportunities. By Trish Temmerman, Management Science Associates (MSA). The pinch of the recession is forcing consumers to take a hard look at where they can tighten their belts and how they can stretch their hard-earned

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Truckstop Sales Surge 10%

Total merchandise purchases by truckstops nationwide served by McLane Corp. increased 10% during the 2011 third quarter compared with a year earlier led largely by growth in automotive product and hot dispensed beverage sales, according to the McLane-NATSO Index. The index, designed to illustrate market trends within the truckstop and travel plaza industry by comparing

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CITGO’s Popp’s for Paws Fundraiser Supports Humane Society

CITGO station launches first annual fundraiser as part of customer appreciation month.  Popp’s Riverwalk CITGO, with support from CITGO Petroleum Corp. has kicked off its first annual Popp’s for Paws fundraiser and pet food drive to support the Lakeshore Humane Society (LHS). Now through Nov. 20, customers are invited to drop off canned pet food

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Pilot Flying J Introduces My Pilot iPhone App

“We believe the new and improved features of the app will provide helpful information, added convenience and peace of mind for our customers,” says Pilot Flying J spokesperson. Pilot Flying J has launched My Pilot, a new iPhone application designed to assist professional drivers and motorists as they plan trips and stop to refuel and

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Reduce Payments Costs

ACI Worldwide Inc., an international provider of payment systems, has announced the latest release of ACI Retail Commerce Server. This version is integrated with ISD Corp.’s In-Store suite of products, following the acquisition of ISD in March 2011. ACI now serves 14 of the top 25 U.S. retailers. The combined offerings of ISD and ACI

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Speedway Selects NCR To Power Loyalty Program

NCR c-tailing solutions to help Speedway drive personalized customer interactions across multiple channels. Speedway LLC has selected the NCR Advanced Marketing Solution and NCR Enterprise Preference Manager from NCR Corp. to power its next-generation Speedy Rewards customer loyalty program. With approximately 1,375 stores in seven states, Speedway ranks as the fourth largest chain of company-owned

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Holiday, Cub Foods Reignite Gas Rewards

Program allows Minnesota Cub Foods customers to redeem Gas Rewards at Holiday. Cub Foods, a division of SUPERVALU INC., and Holiday Cos. are launching a fuel rewards program that will allow consumers to save money at Holiday Stationstores when they shop at Cub Foods stores. The two Minnesota-based companies have teamed up in the past

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Cultivating Loyal C-Store Customers

An effective rewards program can drive new business and increase the average ticket ring with existing customers. By Howard Riell, Contributing Editor. There was a time when loyalty programs were tools used by large chains to reward customers for their daily business. But the times have changed. Convenience store operators of all sizes are now

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Dissecting Private Label Trends

Private label performance is mixed across CPG channels; club and mass/super channels seeing strongest share growth. SymphonyIRI Group’s latest Times & Trends Report, “Private Label: Brand Positioning in the New World Order,” explores current and emerging trends around private label, as well as national brand efforts to protect and grow their position in the CPG

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Easy Trip Launches Digital Marketing Platform

Easy Trip Convenience Stores are dedicated to customer service. As part of that strategy, the Ohio chain has introduced a new mobile app and fresh Websites to fast forward into the mobile, social and digital worlds. A newly launched client with OpenStore by GasBuddy, Easy Trip is thriving with the new technology that includes a

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Retail Gasoline Prices Slide to Seven-Month Low

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Retail gasoline prices are at seven-month lows which equates to the decline in gasoline futures trading, with the gasoline contract having tumbled to its lowest level since mid-February. Lower wholesale costs are still moving through the supply chain, so the decline in pump prices will continue

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Sheetz Opens New West Virginia Location

As part of the grand opening, Sheetz plans to make a donation to Special Olympics West Virginia. Sheetz is set to open a new store in Beaver, W.Va., Thursday, Sept 22 at 810 Ritter Drive—marking the second Sheetz location in this area to open this year. The first location opened in Beckley on Robert C.

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Instant Rewards for Fuel Customers

With gas prices again on the rise, consumers are pumped about loyalty programs that offer discounts on gasoline. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. Today’s competitive retailing environment makes it tough to attract and keep customers, so convenience stores are turning to loyalty programs that allow the faithful to earn points as they shop and redeem

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ConocoPhillips Begins Rolling Out KickBack Loyalty Program

ConocoPhillips is officially rolling out the KickBack Points Coalition Loyalty Program to branded marketers through a series of Road Show meetings starting today in Seattle. The meeting in Seattle will be the first of 28 Road Show meetings starting on the West Coast, before moving into the other ConocoPhillips markets. This program is a turnkey

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Sheetz Joins Luzerne Community

Sheetz opens a new c-store in Luzerne County, Pa., while also giving hundreds of dollars to new customers anticipating the store’s opening.  Sheetz is opening its first location in Sugarloaf, Pa., today at 551 Route 93.  Excitement is high for this store’s opening since there is a prize for the first 50 people in line

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Rutter’s Reveals Winners For Summer Contest

A loyal Rutter’s customer wins big in the chain’s “Register, Scan and Win” contest. Summer is heating up in Central Pennsylvania thanks to more prizes being awarded to loyal Rutter’s customers in the “Register, Scan and Win” contest. Among the winners was Joshua Welty, of Red Lion, Pa., who won a free month of gas.

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Food Lion Expands In South Carolina

Food Lion unveils six new stores it acquired from grocery store chain Bloom, and assures customers it plans to offer as many of Bloom’s key products as possible. The Food Lion is increasing its business in Greenville, S.C., with the opening of  six new stores it acquired from grocery chain Bloom. Seven Bloom stores in

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Empowering Loyalty Customers

Retailers are energizing their rewards programs and using social media to keep loyalty customers active. The modern loyalty program may be 28 years old, but in a saturated market, chains are turning up the creativity to gain customer attention by pushing game-based promotions, cause marketing, discounts on fuel and using social networking to drive interest.

Catchfire Media To Manage Social Networking For Casey’s

Casey’s General Stores Inc. has hired Catchfire Media, a social media firm, to manage social marketing strategies and technology solutions for its 1,637 c-stores. “We have loyal and passionate customers who want to communicate with us on the social Web, and our partnership with Catchfire Media will help us achieve that goal,” said Cory Hart,

Murphy USA Attracts Customers Through Whrrl

Murphy USA, a national gas station and convenience store chain co-located at Walmart, has partnered with Warner Bros. and is driving business with a social networking campaign through Whrrl, Mobile Commerce Daily reported. When customers check in on Whrrl- a Web site where people can find friends that share their real world patterns-at one of

7-Eleven Announces Access 45 Campaign

7-Eleven Inc.’s Slurpee Nation members currently have a chance to win a new prize each day from two of the biggest videogame publishers-Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) and Ubisoft. 7-Eleven stores’ latest national campaign is called Access 45 and coincides with the upcoming releases of major game titles – Medal of Honor, EA SPORTS MMA and

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