Convenience Store Decisions » Uncategorized http://www.cstoredecisions.com Convenience Store Community and News Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:40:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Make Sure You’re Secure http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/29/make-sure-youre-secure/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/29/make-sure-youre-secure/#respond Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:56:25 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54350 With credit card data hackers becoming increasingly innovative and sophisticated in their methods, it’s more important than ever for retailers to comply with current security standards set by the PCI Security Standards Council. Target, Supervalu, UPS, PF Chang’s and, most recently, Home Depot and even Dairy Queen—American retailers are being victimized by credit card data

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Turkey Hill Announces Sweepstakes Winners http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/26/turkey-hill-announces-sweepstakes-winners/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/26/turkey-hill-announces-sweepstakes-winners/#respond Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:50:50 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54291 Three second prize winners in Great Gas Giveaway take home prizes. Turkey Hill Minit Markets announced the first three winners today of Free Fuel for a Year, the second prize in the Great Gas Giveaway. The three central Pennsylvania residents are the first of eight second prize winners to be selected in the sweepstakes, which

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NATO Releases Updated Tobacco Tax Maps http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/25/nato-releases-updated-tobacco-tax-maps/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/25/nato-releases-updated-tobacco-tax-maps/#respond Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:27:12 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54245 The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) has released two corrected maps, one of state excise taxes on cigarettes in the U.S., effective Oct. 1, and one on state excise taxes on large cigars, effective Oct. 1. Additional maps showing other tobacco product tax rates can be found on NATO’s Website, www.natocentral.org.  

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New Fall Treats http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/24/new-fall-treats/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/24/new-fall-treats/#respond Wed, 24 Sep 2014 19:53:12 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54231 Pumpkin spice, candy corn and caramel apple are the top flavors that Americans associate with the fall season, according to a recent survey, conducted from Aug.21-24 by ORC International for The Hershey Co. In fact, 34% of Americans say pumpkin spice is the leading flavor of fall, while 24% most associate the flavor of candy

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Tea for Two … and More http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/24/tea-two/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/24/tea-two/#respond Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:32:16 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54183 The demand for tea grows as more consumers seek out healthy beverages. Texas technology professional Sheryl Thompson spent about a decade drinking four 12-ounce cans of brand-name soda every day. When she wanted to lose weight, she adopted unsweetened iced tea as her beverage of choice, began eating better and exercising on a regular schedule.

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Specialty Coffee Facts & Figures http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/24/specialty-coffee-facts-figures/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/24/specialty-coffee-facts-figures/#respond Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:25:19 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54152 While a tremendous amount of effort and attention is directed toward selecting the right bean, the specialty coffee industry recognizes that transportation, storage, roasting, packaging, brewing and preparation all affect the quality of the final product and as such, has developed or is in the process of developing standards for ensuring quality at each of

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Building a Winning Coalition Loyalty Program http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/22/building-winning-coalition-loyalty-program/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/22/building-winning-coalition-loyalty-program/#respond Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:29:10 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54150 Using the KickBack Points coalition program, Alamosa Building Supply and La Jara Trading Post join a loyalty network that includes Alta Convenience Stores, Rainbow Grocery and Summit Markets in Colorado. When Alamosa Building Supply and La Jara Trading Post (LJTP) were looking for a fresh way to compete with the national ‎retail brands, it turned

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Profiting With Poultry http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/22/profiting-poultry/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/22/profiting-poultry/#respond Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:18:13 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54134 C-store operators who put out a good quality chicken product might see their foodservice business fly higher. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor At the Arthur, Ill. location of Jack Flash Convenience Stores, chicken accounts for about 60% of foodservice sales, said John Herrmann, district supervisor for the 11-unit, Effingham, Ill.-based chain. The store also offers

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Technomic Survey Reveals the Industry’s Top Coffee Programs http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/22/technomic-survey-reveals-industrys-top-coffee-programs/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/22/technomic-survey-reveals-industrys-top-coffee-programs/#respond Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:21:25 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54200 In a foodservice survey of 22 leading convenience store chains, Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based QuickChek was voted No. 1 by consumers for its coffee in both Overall Beverage Quality and Food Quality. In its 2014 survey, Consumer Brand Metrics: Convenience Stores, Technomic Inc., a leading food industry research company, asked respondents to identify the retail chains

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Legendary American Whiskey http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/17/legendary-american-whiskey/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/17/legendary-american-whiskey/#respond Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:55:54 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54058 After feuding for more than 150 years, the direct descendents of the Hatfields and McCoys finally agree on something: This is what whiskey is supposed to taste like. Introducing The Legendary Hatfield & McCoy Family Brand Whiskey, the only authentic Hatfield and McCoy American whiskey available today. The Hatfield and McCoy clans have each been

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Wayne Partners With Intel In Next Generation EPS http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/11/wayne-partners-intel-next-generation-eps/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/11/wayne-partners-intel-next-generation-eps/#respond Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:23:46 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53940 Transforms electronic payment systems (EPS) for the fuel retailer. Wayne Fueling Systems, a global provider of fuel dispensing, payment, automation, and control technologies for retail and commercial fuel stations, has announced the launch of a next-generation electronic payment system (EPS) solution in collaboration with Intel Services using its ‘Platform for Retail’ software. The cloud-based solution,

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Are You Prepared? http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/10/prepared/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/10/prepared/#respond Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:32:31 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53917 With hurricane season approaching, savvy retailers are running drills, installing generators and checking in with repair partners to ensure they’re ready. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Hindsight is 20/20 as the saying goes, but foresight is key in protecting your business during storm season. Just ask convenience store retailers on the East Coast. When Hurricane

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NAG Conference Wraps Up In San Antonio http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/10/nag-conference-wraps-san-antonio/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/10/nag-conference-wraps-san-antonio/#respond Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:11:51 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53909 Conference ends with session on growing profitability. By CSD Staff. The 2014 National Advisory Group (NAG) conference, which ran Sept. 7-9 at the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, closed Tuesday. During the conference attendees had the chance to listen to burning info sessions about hot topics facing the convenience store industry and network with industry

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Wells Fargo Weighs In On Beverage And Tobacco Trends http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/09/wells-fargo-weighs-beverage-tobacco-trends/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/09/wells-fargo-weighs-beverage-tobacco-trends/#respond Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:55:59 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53834 NAG Conference hears analyst speculation about the future of these key categories. By Erin Rigik, senior editor Bonnie Herzog, managing director, beverage, tobacco & convenience store research for Wells Fargo Securities LLC kicked off the Monday afternoon sessions at the National Advisory Group (NAG) conference in San Antonio with updates on trends impacting the beverage

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MSA Launches Distributor Trade Program Management http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/08/msa-launches-distributor-trade-program-management/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/08/msa-launches-distributor-trade-program-management/#respond Mon, 08 Sep 2014 12:37:33 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53808 Eby-Brown, Harold Levinson among distributors adopting MSA’s Trade Program Management solution. MSA has launched Distributor Trade Program Management (DTPM), a new service to help distributors and their retail customers drive compliance with trade programs, resolve distribution voids at much higher levels, and achieve maximum payouts. DTPM is an end-to-end solution that empowers wholesalers to capture

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CST Brands to Acquire Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/20/cst-brands-acquire-nice-n-easy-grocery-shoppes/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/20/cst-brands-acquire-nice-n-easy-grocery-shoppes/#respond Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:58:59 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53552  “Nice N Easy’s founder, the late John MacDougall, started this process a year ago with very specific provisions about the sale that would protect the Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes name, image, people and his legacy,” according to Fran Duskiewicz, president and CEO of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes. CST Brands Inc. announced the signing

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Authentic Mexican Flavor http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/20/authentic-mexican-flavor/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/20/authentic-mexican-flavor/#respond Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:30:15 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53527 Beer drinkers in the southwestern U.S. can quench their thirst for a unique, refreshing and authentic Mexican lager when Montejo arrives at bars, restaurants and at grocery and convenience stores Sept. 1. Anheuser-Busch will import Montejo—a golden lager beer with more than 100 years of Mexican brewing tradition. The launch of Montejo marks the first

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Responsible Fast Food http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/20/responsible-fast-food/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/20/responsible-fast-food/#respond Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:22:27 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53525 Maggie’s Conscious Vegan Cuisine meals were created by Chef Maggie Radzwiller in response to the growing demand for plant-based meals. Radzwiller’s original recipes are prepared with locally-sourced fresh vegetables and herbs, and seasoned with original spice blends to create deliciously satisfying meals. Packaged in BPA-free microwavable jars, Maggie’s Conscious Vegan Cuisine meals go from the

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Bar Code Scanners http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/20/bar-code-scanners/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/20/bar-code-scanners/#respond Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:21:05 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53529 Datalogic has announced the availability of the QuickScan QBT2400 and QM2400 cordless imagers, the latest additions to the popular QuickScan 2D imager line of general purpose handheld scanners. The popularity of 2D bar codes has spread across all market segments of the data capture industry. As a result, imaging technology usage is steadily growing and

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Hot Chai Lattes http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/20/hot-chai-lattes/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/20/hot-chai-lattes/#respond Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:08:11 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53531 Hot chai lattes are a winter menu staple for many coffee shops. Now with Oregon Chai, convenience stores can expand beverage offerings this season with a new flavor in its signature chai collection: Oregon Chai Spiced. Built on Oregon Chai’s popular original black tea blend, this rich, creamy drink brings an even bolder flavor with

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Tobacco-Free Smokeless Alternative http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/20/tobacco-free-smokeless-alternative/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/20/tobacco-free-smokeless-alternative/#respond Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:43:10 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53521 Smokey Mountain Chew Inc. is America’s original and best-selling tobacco-free smokeless brand.  The company is dedicated to providing the best tobacco-free smokeless alternatives on the market, in flavors that adult consumers demand.  Smokey Mountain Snuff is a loose smokeless product, and is available in seven great flavors.  Smokey Mountain Pouches are a single portion product,

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E-Cig Display http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/20/e-cig-display/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/20/e-cig-display/#respond Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:14:17 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53541 Frank Mayer and Associates Inc. is a custom in-store merchandising display company, which recently designed and produced a display for the e-cigarette company, Durasmoke, that has been placed in the convenience store environment. Merchandising solutions come in all sizes. This space-saving counter display provides high visibility for the DuraSmoke brand in the crowded convenience store

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PepsiCo To Increase Recycling And Protect Drinking Water http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/31/pepsico-increase-recycling-protect-drinking-water/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/31/pepsico-increase-recycling-protect-drinking-water/#respond Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:50:41 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53201 PepsiCo now addressing both curbside and on-the-go recycling as part of its goal to help grow the U.S. beverage container recycling rate to 50% by 2018. It’s a familiar sight. People pull into a gas station or convenience store and have no option other than trash cans to dispose of empty, recyclable beverage containers. Now,

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A First Look at Pumpkin Spice Cappuccino from General Foods International http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/23/first-look-pumpkin-spice-cappuccino-general-foods-international/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/23/first-look-pumpkin-spice-cappuccino-general-foods-international/#respond Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:02:18 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53045 Back by popular demand, General Foods International (GFI) is here to kick off the fall season with Pumpkin Spice Cappuccino. Beginning in October, consumers can enjoy this rich and creamy blend of pumpkin flavor and hearty autumnal spices. This on-trend flavor was such a hit last season that operators will want to take advantage of

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U.S. Consumers Crave Upscale Coffee http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/21/u-s-consumers-crave-upscale-coffee/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/21/u-s-consumers-crave-upscale-coffee/#respond Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:01:57 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53020 The number of American adults who enjoy a daily cup of coffee remained steady in 2013, the annual National Coffee Association of USA’s National Coffee Drinking Trends study showed. However, the popularity of espresso-based coffee drinks such as cappuccinos and lattes, jumped with 18% of the 3,000 adults surveyed saying they drink these daily. This

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Rutter’s Selects Second Winner of Gas for a Year http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/18/rutters-selects-second-winner-gas-year/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/18/rutters-selects-second-winner-gas-year/#respond Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:50:46 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=52994 Second of four winners selected in summer sweepstakes. Jeff Weinman of Mountville, Pa. has been selected as the second winner of gas for a year in Rutter’s #SummerofFreedom sweepstakes. There will be four grand prizewinners of free gas for a year throughout the summer. Every customer can enter the drawing to win fuel for a

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Operation Chill Enters 19th Year http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/18/operation-chill-enters-19th-year/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/18/operation-chill-enters-19th-year/#respond Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:29:16 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=52785  Local police ‘ticket’ good kids with free Slurpee coupons. Crime doesn’t pay, but good behavior does, and for some kids this summer, the payoff might include a free Slurpee drink at their neighborhood 7-Eleven store. For the 19th year, 7-Eleven Inc. is partnering with local police departments to distribute up to one-million free Slurpee coupons

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Testing Your Hot Dispensed Beverage IQ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/16/testing-hot-dispensed-beverage-iq/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/16/testing-hot-dispensed-beverage-iq/#respond Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:33:11 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=49533 With convenience stores putting so much focus on the coffee category, consumers stop to buy coffee at c-stores more than they fill up their cars. Can your stores compete with industry leaders? By David Bishop, Managing Partner, Balvor LLC Most convenience store retailers appreciate the value that hot dispensed beverages provide. Retailers also recognize the

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Details Emerge On Kent Kwik Collision http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/14/details-emerge-kent-kwik-collision/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/14/details-emerge-kent-kwik-collision/#respond Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:22:38 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=52765 Owner Bill Kent walks CSD through the harrowing event that destroyed a Kent Kwik store. The Kent Cos. is planning to rebuild its Midland County Kent Kwik Store after an accident on the morning of July 5 that destroyed the store. “An 18 wheeler hauling pipe was driving south on Hiway 158 when a pick

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Vitamix President and CEO Receives EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/11/vitamix-president-ceo-receives-ey-entrepreneur-year-award/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/11/vitamix-president-ceo-receives-ey-entrepreneur-year-award/#respond Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:08:47 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=52736 Award recognizes entrepreneurial excellence in the family business category. Jodi Berg, president and CEO of Vitamix, has received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014 Award in the Family Business Category in the Northeast Ohio region. Vitamix, a fourth-generation family-owned manufacturer of high-performance blending equipment for home and commercial use, was founded by Berg’s great

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Duskiewicz Takes The Helm At Nice N Easy http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/07/duskiewicz-takes-helm-nice-n-easy/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/07/duskiewicz-takes-helm-nice-n-easy/#respond Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:23:10 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=52569 Following Founder John MacDougall’s passing, his right hand man assumes leadership of the business. Fran Duskiewicz has taken the helm as president and CEO of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, following the passing of founder and CEO John MacDougall in June. “A few years ago, when John started experiencing health issues, he forged an agreement

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Parker’s Names Wayne Reed As District Manager http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/07/parkers-names-wayne-reed-district-manager/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/07/parkers-names-wayne-reed-district-manager/#respond Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:52:27 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=52562 Expands district manager team to manage growth. Parker’s has named Wayne Reed as District Manager. In his new position, Reed will oversee the company’s six stores in Beaufort County, South Carolina, part of Parker’s 36 stores in Georgia and the Lowcountry. “We are excited to welcome Wayne to the Parker’s family,” said Greg Parker, president

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VCU Earns C-Store Accolades http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/03/vcu-earns-c-store-accolades/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/03/vcu-earns-c-store-accolades/#respond Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:48:50 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=52511 After putting a novel spin on an existing theme, Virginia Commonwealth University is named top innovator in 2014’s NACUFS New Store Design competition. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Convenience stores aren’t new to U.S. college campuses. For years, universities have afforded students expedient spaces where they can purchase beverages, snacks and merchandise. However, just like

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Classic Gourmet Mayonnaise http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/02/classic-gourmet-mayonnaise/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/02/classic-gourmet-mayonnaise/#respond Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:08:29 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=52459 Ventura Foods offers its Classic Gourmet line of high-performance, premium mayonnaises, perfect for all hot and cold applications. Classic Gourmet Mayonnaise can be used as a one-to-one replacement for the nation’s leading consumer-recognized brands and is up to 20% less expensive. It offers the same flavor, texture and appearance with superior holding power. Classic Gourmet

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Grab & Go Hummus http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/01/grab-go-hummus-2/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/01/grab-go-hummus-2/#respond Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:07:44 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=52175 Kronos Foods Inc., a manufacturer of Mediterranean food products, has announced the introduction of its Grab & Go Hummus and Multi-grain Pita Chip Packs for convenience stores and foodservice locations with on-the-go options nationwide. Available in classic and chipotle flavors, the Mediterranean-inspired hummus combines nine grams of protein and six grams of fiber per serving

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