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Beck’s Stores Go Digital

Beck’s adopts a system that markets to customers on Facebook and Twitter.   Beck’s Stores has reached an agreement with digital marketing provider OpenStore to outfit its chain with digital network designed to reach customers through a branded mobile app, individual store web pages, mobile coupons and social media that includes Facebook and Twitter. “We have recognized

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Rutter’s Adds Fried Shrimp, Basket Meals to Menu

Rutter’s is expanding its dinner offerings in time for the holidays.               What puts customers in the Thanksgiving spirit? Shrimp, of course. That and other options are now on the menu at York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Food Stores, which has added fried shrimp and meal baskets to its dinner offerings. Ten lightly breaded shrimp make each fried shrimp order a

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U.S. Gasoline Marketers Eye Bountiful Demand Over Thanksgiving Holiday

Gasoline demand in the U.S. is expected to be robust over the Thanksgiving Day holiday, with travel projected to reach a seven-year high on a cheerier consumer smiling as retail gasoline prices hover at a four-year low. “Holiday joy has come early this year with Americans likely to pay the lowest Thanksgiving gas price since

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Stinker Stores Raises $54,000 for Idaho Families

 Idaho C-store proves a valued partner in fight against hunger.     Hungry Idahoans are getting some extra help this holiday season, with Stinker Stores completing their “Stomp Out Hunger” fundraiser for 2014, raising $54,110 to help solve hunger in Idaho. From November 7-17, Stinker customers were asked if they wanted to add a donation to The

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Stripes Announces Thanksgiving and Black Friday Freebie

Stripes is celebrating Thanksgiving with tacos.   Stripes Stores and Laredo Taco Company will be celebrating Thanksgiving and Black Friday with a Free Breakfast Original Taco coupon from the Laredo Taco Company. Customers interested in the promotional offer must print the coupon from the Prize Cooler Tab located on the Stripes Stores Facebook page (www.facebook.com/stripesstores). The

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Survey: 56% Prefer Mobile Pay For the Holidays

Mobile pay options are becoming more popular among shoppers, especially Millennials.   A commissioned study examining consumer interest and adoption of in-store mobile payment in advance of the holiday shopping season, according to Retale,  a location-based mobile platform connecting shoppers with their favorite local retailers. The study focused on several key areas, including the benefits,

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Rutter’s Donates $230,000 in Scholarship Money

Carrying on a long tradition, York, Pa.-based c-store gives back to the community.   Rutter’s will donate an additional $230,000 to 10 area schools to provide tuition to eligible students, the company recently announced. The latest announcement follows Rutter’s commitment to provide $200,000 for scholarships at 12 preschools and daycare centers in south central Pennsylvania

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Del Monte Opens Plant in Toronto

Company expands its operations to service customers in Ontario and Quebec with full line of products.   Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. (Del Monte) announced that its first state-of-the-art Canadian distribution center, that opened in January this year, is now being complemented by the opening of a fresh cut facility in Oshawa, ON. The

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NOCO Stores Dig Out From the Snow

NOCO Express finds itself buried along with many other western New Yorkers. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Like thousands of stranded New Yorkers over the last few days, employees of NOCO Express found themselves buried to the hilt in one of the largest snowstorms to every hit the Buffalo area. In western New York, locations around Buffalo were covered with massive mounds of

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QuikTrip Challenged Over Expansion Plans

Convenience chain in neighbors’ crosshairs over development project.   QuikTrip as a Kansas City neighborhood and the convenience store chain are going toe-to-toe over a new development plan. Worried about extra traffic and other related concerns, area neighbors filed a protest petition with the city clerk. The plans to buy the extra land and expand

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Maverik Inc. Donates $5,000 To Nonprofit

Maverik supports Idaho miracle makers this holiday season.   Maverik Inc. recently donated $5,000 to the Idaho-based Miracle League of Payette, which assists area communities. Currently, the Miracle League has more than 240 leagues in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada and serves more than 200,000 children and young adults with disabilities. The Miracle League

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Hot ‘n’ Ready Grill Line

AdvancePierre Foods (APF) has introduces burger items designed for the roller grill. Comparable in texture, color and flavor to the juicy beef patties that have made the BIG AZ sandwich line a top seller, the Cheeseburger Roller Grill and Jalapeño Cheeseburger Roller Grill links were introduced to rave reviews at the National Association of Convenience

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RaceTrac’s Industry Roots Run Deep

Outstanding retail programs, a people-focused culture, an elegant new store design and a growing presence in the foodservice business earn RaceTrac Petroleum CSD‘s Chain of the Year honors for 2014. By John Lofstock, Editor RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. has long been regarded as one of the fiercest competitors in the convenience store and petroleum industry. It

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Researching Customer Loyalty

Surveys and research can help to gauge how satisfied customers are with your brand. By Jerry W. Thomas, Contributing Editor The many “truisms’’ of customer loyalty lore are mostly a set of mythologies to deceive the gullible and exploit the innocent. Let us explore these assertions and then explore best practices for customer satisfaction and

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Coca-Cola Debuts Life

Life is genuinely sweet with the cold, refreshing taste of Coca-Cola Life. The new beverage is The Coca-Cola Co.’s first reduced-calorie cola to use a blend of cane sugar and stevia leaf extract. Coca-Cola Life joins other trademark brands Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Coke Zero. Coca-Cola Life underscores The Coca-Cola Co.’s global commitment to provide

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Stripes Celebrates Veteran’s Day

Facebook promotion encourages customers to post photos of themselves or a loved one in their military uniform.             Stripes Stores Facebook fans will have an opportunity to win a Stripes $50 gift card by submitting a picture of themselves or a loved one(s) in Uniform. To honor and celebrate Veteran’s Day, Stripes will randomly selected

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Survey: 77% of Executives ‘Confident’ in Basic Security Controls

Some 27% of IT professionals ‘not confident’ in the secure configuration of network devices. Tripwire Inc., a global provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions, announced the results of an extensive survey conducted by Atomik Research on the state of foundational security controls. The survey respondents included 404 IT professionals and 302 executives from

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Tracking Today’s Retail Beverage Trends

As carbonated soft drink sales fall, figures show that energy and non-carbonated beverages, such as teas, are growing in popularity. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Consumer preferences are moving away from carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) and toward beverages they perceive as healthier, such as energy drinks and non-carbonated beverages like teas, bottled water and functional

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Leiszler Oil Renovates Short Stop Forecourts

Adds inOvationTV media platform. Leiszler Oil Co. has selected Wayne Ovation fuel dispensers—equipped with the inOvationTV media program—as part of a major forecourt renovation effort at its Short Stop convenience stores and fueling sites in central and northeastern Kansas. The inOvationTV media platform is offered jointly by Wayne Fueling Systems and Gas Station TV (GSTV).

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Pilot Flying J Gives More Details On Facility Upgrades

Healthy food options, hot beverage variety and $100 million in facility upgrades to greet Pilot customers. Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America, is launching a fresh brand identity, invigorating its commitment to improving life on the road for professional drivers. The initiative includes offering customers a

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Atlas Oil Launches Careers Website

Invests in recruiting top talent. Taylor, Mich.-based Atlas Oil Co., a national fuel supply, logistics and services company, announced the launch of its new comprehensive recruiting Website, www.atlasoilcareers.com. The Website gives potential job candidates an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at life at Atlas Oil Co., and provides a detailed overview of everything that sets Atlas Oil

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Parker’s Raises Over $70,000 For Area Schools

Hosts 2014 Fueling the Community Charity Golf Tournament. The 2014 Parker’s Fueling the Community Charity Golf Tournament, held on Oct. 28 at The Club at Savannah Harbor in Savannah, Ga., raised $70,708 to benefit area schools. The tournament attracted 144 players from across the region, including a number of Parker’s vendors, suppliers and supporters. Proceeds

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LOGIC Pushes Innovation with the Launch of Logic Pro Advanced Vapor Systems

The leading e-cigarette company in the U.S. introduces a proprietary technology that advances retail profitability and enhances the vaping experience for adult consumers. LOGIC Technology, the No. 1 electronic cigarette company in the U.S. according to Nielsen, today announced the launch of LOGIC PRO Advanced Vapor Systems, the most sophisticated, first-of-its-kind e-vaporizing technology ever to

KickBack Rewards Systems to Be On Display at The NACS Show

KickBack Rewards Systems, an Idaho-based rewards and loyalty solutions provider, is pleased to announce that it will be on hand as an exhibitor at the upcoming NACS Show in Las Vegas to share its industry-leading technology capabilities with the convenience store, petroleum and foodservice industries. KickBack offers highly sophisticated loyalty programs and data analytics specifically

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Debit-Card Reform Helps Consumers Save Almost $18 Billion

Reform also supported 100,000 new jobs in three years. As part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, Congress reformed the debit-card swipe fees that banks charge merchants. The regulations have now been in effect three years. In that short time, the debit reform—known as the Durbin Amendment for the senator who introduced it—has created

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