Foodservice: Best and Worst Practices

How you manage your food program, understand your local market and train your staff will go a long way toward determining your success. By Betsi Bixby The most profitable retail chains we did market business valuations for over the past year all had great foodservice results. The least profitable chains (and units) either didn’t have

Cream of the Crop

Though its legacy derives from the dairy business, CoGo’s commitment to modern convenience retail is reshaping its future. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Since Pittsburgh-based CoGo’s Co. chose to expand its operation in the shadow of West Virginia University (WVU) more than a year ago, the return on investment has been noteworthy. Not only did

Garet Bishop and Dana Moloney Named to NAG’s Young Executive Organization (YEO) Board

The five-member YEO board of directors will help set educational sessions and roundtables specifically for the convenience store industry’s young executives and next-generation leaders. The National Advisory Group’s (NAG) Young Executives Organization (YEO) is pleased to announce that Garet Bishop, Business Analyst, BFS Cos. in Morgantown, W.Va., and Dana Moloney, Manager of Information Technology, Warrenton

Pan-Oston Earns Contract with Academy Sports + Outdoors

Providing cash wraps to Academy stores. Pan-Oston has won a contract as a lane provider for the booming Academy Sports + Outdoors retailer. The manufacturing company, located in Bowling Green, Ky., will be providing cash wraps to Academy stores. Academy Ltd. operates over 185 stores in 15 states. The Texas-based company continues to add new

FastLane Convenience Store Customer in Missouri Earns Super Grand Prize

Angela Easley, of Ashland, Mo., wins KickBack Points’ Fantasy Football contest, which includes two tickets to the NFL’s Big Game in Arizona, roundtrip airfare and hotel. Loyalty has its rewards, and for Angela Easley, of Ashland, Mo., her loyalty has earned her a trip to Arizona for the Big Game between the Seattle Seahawks and

Irwin Lipstein Passes Away

After working his way to the top, Lipstein felt he was the “luckiest man alive.” Irwin Lipstein, who dedicated his career to the wholesale candy and tobacco industry, passed away on Jan. 13 at the age of 87. Lipstein was a man driven to succeed. At one time, recounted his family, he worked four jobs

Team Sledd’s Rob Sincavich to Assume AWMA Chairmanship

Succeeds 2014 chairman Mark Davenport, Core-Mark Distributors Inc. and will address the convention at the opening general session on Feb. 25. The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) announced that Rob Sincavich, president of Team Sledd, Wheeling, W.Va., will assume the chairmanship of AWMA at the association’s annual convention, the AWMA Marketplace & Solutions Expo, in

Top Takeaways From NRF

The 2015 National Retail Federation’s annual conference wrapped up in New York City yesterday with a host of retail innovations on display. By Dave Hochman, Contributing Editor The National Retail Federation’s (NRF) annual conference in New York City closed yesterday, Jan 15., but not before attendees were treated to five days of emerging retail trends

Plenty of Energy

As sales chug along, energy drinks continue to be an influential driver in the beverage market. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor The energy category continues to be a staple of the convenience store mix. And while top-selling brands such as Red Bull and Monster remain on top, consumers are coming to look for new flavors

Tamburro Departs Nice N Easy to Join Clifford Fuel, Duskiewicz to Retire

Following the sale of the company to CST Brands, the industry veteran and National Advisory Group (NAG) board member, will serve as general manager at the family-owned company in Dolgeville, NY.,Convenience Store Decisions has learned. Company president Fran Duskiewicz to retire January 11. By John Lofstock, Editor Changes are afoot at Nice N Easy. Peter

Disposable & Rechargeable E-Cigs

With experience of over three years, we have found that smokers who switch to e-cigs (electronic vaporizers) are enjoying tobacco-free cigarettes without flicking messy ashes or cigarette butts. We sell at wholesale & retail and online at zebrasmoke.com. In our convenience online shop we offer free shipping on all orders over $100. We offer excellent

KickBack Rewards Systems to Exhibit at the National Retail Federation’s Convention & Expo

The technology company will be on hand to showcase its innovative loyalty solutions for retail chains of all sizes at NRF’s 104th annual conference in New York. KickBack Rewards Systems, an Idaho-based rewards and loyalty solutions provider, will share its industry-leading technology capabilities at the National Retail Federation’s 104th Annual Convention and Expo at the

Roll In Profits With Make-Your-Own Tobacco

A trend over the last year has been the continued decline in cigarette consumption and the growth in OTP. The consumers’ mindset has been that of trying new products and experimenting which has led to the use and growth of pipe tobacco consumption, cigarette rolling papers, cigarette filter tubes, and cigarette making machines. For those

Cowboy Travel Plaza Expands its Partnership With KickBack Points

The retailer’s Smokey Pokey restaurant joins the coalition loyalty program enabling customers to earn rewards on fuel, foodservice and other in-store purchases. For K.C. Andrews, providing convenience and outstanding service isn’t an empty promise. It is a way of life. So when the founder and owner of the Cowboy Travel Plaza in Stillwater, Okla., was

Bill Troyer Retiring From Clark Brands

Troyer ‘s career began with Union Oil as a dealer rep in Newark, Ohio, and he spent 17 years with Clark Brands. Bill Troyer, a seasoned, 45-year veteran of the petroleum industry, will be retiring from Clark Brands, effective Dec. 31, 2014. Troyer has had 17 exciting years with Clark Brands, where he started at

Burning Issues 2015: Retailers Must Adapt or Fade Out

From emerging technology and advanced fuel sources to promising new revenue streams, industry operators need to evolve with the times or get left behind. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Transformation will help define the convenience store industry in 2015, affecting everything from the way customers fuel up to how they pay for food and fuel,

Love’s Expands In Utah And Wisconsin

Opens two new locations. Professional drivers now have access to nearly 160 additional parking spaces in two new parts of the U.S. Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) opened for business in Salina, Utah, at I-70, Exit 54, and Fond du Lac, Wis., at U.S. Highway 41, Exit 97, on Thursday, Nov. 20. Both locations are open

VP Racing Fuels Appoints New General Manager of Consumer Products

Kelley Hendel to bring broad and deep experience to new role. VP Racing Fuels Inc., announced the appointment of Kelley Hendel as general manager-consumer products. Based at the company’s corporate headquarters in San Antonio, Hendel will be responsible for overseeing customer service and support for distributors, dealers and retail customers who purchase VP’s consumer products

NACS: New FDA Menu Labeling Regs Bad for C-Stores

NACS disapproves of the FDA menu labeling decision, saying c-stores are different from restaurants.   The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) criticized the new menu labeling rules the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently placed on convenience stores, grocery stores, movie theaters, and even vending machines. “The FDA has clearly gone beyond congressional intent by expanding

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

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

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

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

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

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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