GasBuddy Hires Analyst/Evangelist of C-Store and Retail Trends

Beard known for promoting healthy eating at c-stores. GasBuddy has named Frank Beard to the new position of analyst/evangelist of convenience store and retail trends. Beard made waves in the convenience store industry when he documented himself eating every meal at a gas station for 30 consecutive days. Not only did he avoid gaining weight,

NAG Now Accepting Applications for 2017 Scholarships

Applications for the 2017 John MacDougall/NAG Memorial Scholarship will be accepted through May 31. We all know the importance of a well-educated workforce and the c-store landscape is certainly no exception. The National Advisory Group (NAG) scholarship fund was developed to help qualified individuals offset some of these costs. Among NAG’s core mission is to

Pump’n Pete’s Customer Scores KickBack’s Fantasy Football Grand Prize

The winner of KickBack Point’s Fantasy Football contest was feted with two tickets to the NFL’s Big Game in Houston, roundtrip airfare for two and a hotel stay near NRG Stadium. Alan Dinger, a loyal Pump’n Pete’s customer who hails from Baxter Springs, Kan., was the 2017 grand prize winner in KickBack Points’ annual Fantasy

CSD Exclusive: John Schaninger Departs QuickChek

After 38 years at the New Jersey-based chain, the retail veteran looks forward to the next chapter in his career. Following nearly four decades of service at QuickChek, John Schaninger has departed the New Jersey-based convenience store chain, Convenience Store Decisions has learned. Schaninger joined QuickChek in 1978 as an assistant manager, growing through the

Louisiana Among States Now Offering E15 at the Pump

American consumers have surpassed 750 million miles on E15. Louisiana has become the 29th state to offer consumers a better choice at the pump – gasoline blended with 15% ethanol known as E15. The latest in this market expansion is a RaceTrac station in Baton Rouge – now one of 672 locations nationwide to offer

Energy Drinks Chugging Along

On-the-go consumers—who make up the bulk of c-stores’ customer base—show no sign of slowing down, which means energy drink sales will continue to grow. The reason is obvious: Americans crave energy. According to a projection by Packaged Facts, sales of energy drinks and shots will grow to $21.5 billion by the end of 2017, driven

S. Abraham & Sons Celebrates 90 Years in Grand Fashion

More than 1,250 retailers and suppliers were on hand last week to honor S. Abraham & Sons (SAS) as the wholesaler celebrated its 90th anniversary at its annual trade show in Grand Rapids, Mich. “Once in a lifetime you get to celebrate 90 years.” said Alan Abraham, president of S. Abraham & Sons, which distributes to

The Importance of Drip Coffee in Convenience Stores

This year is slated to be the breakout year for convenience store foodservice programs. For this, we have to thank the 56% of consumers overall (67% of Millennials and 60% of Gen Zers) who agree that c-stores are just as capable as restaurants of offering fresh-prepared food and beverages. As convenience stores bolster their food

MSA/Core-Mark Partner on Data Agreement

Management Science Associates, Inc. (MSA) and c-store wholesaler Core-Mark International reached a deal to have MSA manage its data, provide analytics and deliver insights around Category Management, Program Performance, and Retail Execution effectiveness to Core-Mark and Core-Mark’s valued Vendor Partners, including exclusive rights for a vendor viewer portal. Core-Mark’s selection of MSA includes the use of MSA’s Gateway 360

Allsup’s Partners with Cardtronics on ATMs

Allsup’s Convenience Stores, the Clovis, N.M.-based operator of more than 300 stores in New Mexico, West Texas, and Oklahoma, has named Cardtronics its exclusive provider of ATM services. The newly-formed relationship will add more than 300 ATMs to Allsup’s stores in 160 towns and cities in New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma. Commencing immediately, Cardtronics will

Operators Discuss Customer Service, Industry Trends and Potential Disruptors at The NATSO Show 2017

By Amy Toner, NATSO Vice President Publishing and Digital Content Truckstop and travel plaza operators, industry suppliers and business experts gathered in Savannah, Ga., Jan. 21-24 to discuss the state of the industry, learn how to prepare for the future, and find the products and services that can improve sales and operations. Great Ideas The

Smoker Friendly Closes Cigars on 6th Acquisition

Smoker Friendly, the largest retail tobacco store operator in the country, reported that is has completed the acquisition of “Cigars on 6th” a premium tobacconist and cigar store in Denver. Smoker Friendly will continue to operate the store under the “Cigars on 6th” flag, but will introduce the Smoker Friendly brand family of cigars in

S. Abraham & Sons Celebrates 90 Years

Wholesaler’s 31st annual Vendor Exhibit & Trade Show to take place Feb 23-24 in Grand Rapids, Mich. In 1927, Sleyman Abraham founded S. Abraham & Sons beginning a 90-year journey of supplying convenience stores across the Midwest. Along with his sons, Abe, Wade and Jim, Sleyman was an entrepreneur who worked tirelessly to ensure a

MSA Acquires InRhythm CPG Contracts

Consumer packaged goods industry business intelligence market leaders to drive innovation and provide leading-edge big data solutions. Management Science Associates, Inc. (MSA) announced a broad-ranging strategic alliance with InRhythm including the acquisition and merger of InRhythm’s consumer packaged goods services and customer contracts. MSA is also concurrently partnering with InRhythm’s offshore development resources and business intelligence software.

Manitowoc Foodservice Changing Name to Welbilt

Rebranding as Welbilt: Bringing Innovation to the Table Manitowoc Foodservice Inc., a leading global supplier of commercial foodservice equipment, announced today that it is rebranding the company, its logo and its brand identity to Welbilt, Inc. The ticker symbol will change to “NYSE:WBT” on March 6, 2017. The new name and brand represent a long-standing

Registration Opens for the 2017 Young Executives Organization (YEO) Roundtable at Maverik

The convenience store industry’s exclusive organization for next-generation leaders and up-and-coming decision makers will hold its annual roundtable May 24-25 at Maverik’s Base Camp headquarters in Salt Lake City. A special team-building Habitat for Humanity project just for YEO Members will take place on May 23 in Provo, Utah. The Young Executives Organization (YEO) is

RaceTrac Infographic Shows Consumer Shopping Patterns

Breakfast customers enjoy a wide range of items during the morning daypart. Think customers only want traditional breakfast foods in the morning? Think again. After studying store purchasing patterns, Atlanta-based RaceTrac found its top sellers from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. aren’t typical breakfast items. In fact, TracFanatics purchase a wide range of items during

CSD and Humetrics Launch the 2017 HR Benchmarking Survey

From recruiting and hiring employees to understanding healthcare costs, the 9th annual HR Benchmarking Survey will help you learn how you stack up against others in the competitive convenience store business. Staffing is one of the biggest investments in the convenience store industry. To help convenience store retailers better manage their workforce and understand what

Millennial Consumers Want Personalized Customer Service

Millennial buying power continues to rise. Time Trade released the following infographic to show the personalized customer service they expect. Source: http://blog.timetrade.com/2016/10/18/millennial-consumers-personalized-service/

Is Daypart or Dynamic Fuel Pricing Right for You?

New survey aims to understand effective pricing strategies for c-store retailers. Changing pump prices multiple times per day based on demand, sometimes referred to as daypart pricing, or dynamic pricing, is becoming more commonplace. Examples might include adjusting fuel prices with the morning or evening commute or special discounts during lower demand times. Note this

Maverik to Host NAG’s Young Executive Organization (YEO) Roundtable

The convenience store industry’s exclusive organization for next-generation leaders and up-and-coming decision makers will be held May 24-25 at Maverik’s Base Camp headquarters in Salt Lake City. A team-building Habitat for Humanity project will take place on May 23. The Young Executives Organization (YEO) is headed to Maverik. Save the date May 24-25 for the

McIntosh Energy Ups its Ante in the Vape Category

By Andrew McIntosh, McIntosh Energy McIntosh Energy has recognized that the demand for eliquid within its c-store locations has grown and, barring the FDA’s apparent efforts to diminish or eliminate the vaping industry, is likely to continue to grow for the foreseeable future. McIntosh Energy is happy to respond to this market demand in order

Customers Shop Online For Snacks

Some 13% of snack foods purchased online are consumed as a meal replacement, compared to 10% for total channels. As customers look for increased convenience, many are turning away from brick-and-mortar stores and looking instead to purchase snacks online. The NPD Group, a global information company reported that, although still relatively small, the online channel

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Impulse Purchases

Today’s idea of the day: Drive impulse purchases at checkout with higher-priced items. Take a look at the items you place by the front checkout to drive impulse sales and consider how you can revamp this section to make the most profit possible. Are most of the items low-priced items?  If so, consider adding some

CSD/NAG Idea of the Day: Dessert for Breakfast

Today’s Idea of the Day: Add a dessert option for breakfast. One of the trends ahead for 2017 is dessert for breakfast. Think about ways you can offer a menu item that capitalizes on this trend. Ice cream on top of a waffle offering, pastries and doughnuts, or chocolate croissants are all potential options. If