RILA Responds on Online Tax Loophole

“For too long, giant online sellers have held a distinct advantage over local brick and mortar stores,” says RILA spokesperson. The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) released a statement following oral arguments this week in South Dakota v. Wayfair, a case that focuses on a decades-old loophole that allows online-only retailers to skirt collecting and

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Convenience Valet Appoints Brad Heetland to Board of Directors

The company is also relocating to a larger facility in Glendale Heights, Ill. The Weinberg Capital Group has appointed Brad Heetland as a board member to its portfolio company, Convenience Valet. Heetland brings over 37 years of relevant experience in numerous leadership roles including leading Kraft Foods’ c-store business and the president of the Core-Mark

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Casey’s Celebrates 50th Anniversary

In celebration, Casey’s to feature monthly specials through August and an Anniversary Sweepstakes. Casey’s General Stores Inc. based in Ankeny, Iowa is celebrating its 50th year of business in 2018. Combined with other recent celebrations for its 2,000th store in Russellville, Ky. and its first locations in the state of Michigan and Ohio, the company

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Tyson Foods Launches Two Million Acre Sustainable Grain Initiative

Sustainable grain commitment, part of Tyson Foods’ new sustainability report, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Tyson Foods Inc. has committed to support improved environmental practices on two million acres of corn by the end of 2020. It is the largest-ever land stewardship commitment by a U.S. protein company and supports Tyson Foods’ recently announced goal

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Japan Shifts Policy To Allow U.S. Ethanol

The change is part of update to existing sustainability policy. The U.S. Grains Council (USGC), the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), Growth Energy and their member organizations welcome the news that the Japanese government’s new biofuel policy will allow imports of ETBE made from U.S. corn-based ethanol. “The U.S. Grains Council is pleased by this decision

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VERC Enterprises Partners with Minute Man Arc’s Jump Start Program

Welcomes Jump Start intern for convenience store internship. VERC Enterprises, an independent c-store chain with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire is now working with the Minute Man Arc Jump Start Program. The pre-employment and transition program was established to provide internship opportunities to young people with disabilities, allowing clients of Minute Man Arc

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Circle K Continues “Fueling Our Schools” Campaign

Campaign aims to support schools and local communities. Circle K convenience stores invite communities across the U.S. and Canada to make a meaningful contribution to local schools by simply fueling up at specially marked Circle K fuel pumps as part of its “Fueling Our Schools” campaign. One cent of every gallon (.25 cents of every

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Walmart Plans EV Expansion Among Energy Initiatives

Expansion to bring Walmart’s total number of charging units to over 1,000. Walmart announced plans to double its renewable energy use and increase electric vehicle (EV) charging hubs across 34 states. Walmart suppliers have reported reducing more than 20 million metric tons (MMT) of greenhouse gas emissions in the global value chain, as part of

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7-Eleven Slurpee Cup Wins Package Design Award

7-Select packaging also recognized as part of the GDUSA 2018 American Package Design Awards. 7-Eleven’s Slurpee cup design and 7-Select packaging were recently recognized with design awards. Brandimage, a global consultancy of brand equity architects and designers, was honored with three awards recognizing packaging design excellence for 7-Eleven in the GDUSA 2018 American Package Design

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Gemini Wins 2018 North American Safety Champion Award

National Tank Truck Carriers Inc. recognizes Love’s Travel Stops’ fuel-hauling fleet. National Tank Truck Carriers Inc. (NTTC), a trade association that specializes in bulk transportation services, recognized Gemini Motor Transport, the primary fuel-hauling fleet for Love’s Travel Stops, for its safe driving record. Representatives from Gemini accepted The Harvison Division North American Safety Champion Award

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Inline Plastics Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The City of Shelton recognizes Inline Plastics for its corporate citizenship to the community. Inline Plastics celebrated its 50th anniversary in style on April 17, with an event at its corporate headquarters on Canal Street in downtown Shelton. The anniversary event kicked off at 11 a.m. with the president and owner, Tom Orkisz, welcoming the

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Enmarket Assumes Operations of 34 E-Z Shop C-Stores

Enmarket has doubled its store count in recent months through two major acquisitions. Enmarket has assumed operations of 34 E-Z Shop convenience stores located throughout South Carolina. The Savannah, Ga.-based company recently bought the stores from Brabham Oil Co. Inc., based in Bamberg, S.C. The purchase includes Brabham Oil’s wholesale fuel distribution company as well

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GPM Now Operating E-Z Mart in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana & Arkansas

With closing of Texarkana chain, GPM now operates and supplies approximately 1,400 sites in 22 states. A subsidiary of GPM Investments LLC, has taken ownership of 273 convenience stores in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas from E-Z Mart Stores Inc. The growth into the Southwest portion of the country marks new territory for GPM’s existing

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High’s Opens Remodeled Frederick County Store

Grand opening location is set for May 3. High’s recently completed an extensive renovation on its Woodsboro, Md. convenience store. The Woodsboro High’s Convenience Store, located at 304 N. Main Street, Woodsboro Md., opened for business on Monday, April 16, 2018 after being closed for five weeks to undergo a total renovation. The store is

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Wadsworth Oil Co. Completes ERP Rollout

Wadsworth Oil has already seen efficiency gains in daily operations following implementation of the enterprise resource planning system. Wadsworth Oil Co. of Clanton Inc. completed the rollout of its new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system—PDI Enterprise. PDI Enterprise—enterprise management software that provides centralized operational control and visibility—offers financial, retail, wholesale petroleum and workforce management solutions

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Retailers Say Fix Online Sales Tax Ruling

NRF wants high court to clear the way for modern sales tax policy that will finally put all channels of retail—from stores to online—on a level playing field With the U.S. Supreme Court holding oral arguments this week on whether online sellers can be required to collect sales tax the same as local stores, the

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Verifone, POS Portal Offering ‘Out-of-the-Box,’ Secure Payment Solution

Verifone Connect simplifies EMV payment acceptance with the highest level of PCI certification. ETA TRANSACT – Verifone and POS Portal, a ScanSource company and a national provider of secure payment solutions in the U.S., have announced the availability of Verifone Connect, a secure and fully-integrated global product that not only enables payment acceptance, but allows

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Shop Your Way, GasBuddy Award Free Gas in Chicago

Gas station ‘Tank Takeover’ awards customers with free fuel. To celebrate its recent partnership to provide drivers with thousands of dollars in everyday savings, Shop Your Way and GasBuddy will host a special gas station ‘Tank Takeover,’ awarding free gas to local Chicago residents. On Thursday, April 19, from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. CT,

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Speedway Acquiring 78 Express Mart Sites in New York

Express Mart acquisition to expand Speedway’s brand presence in a key growth market. Speedway LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corp. is acquiring 78 convenience stores held by Petr-All Petroleum Consulting Corp. These c-stores are located primarily in the Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo markets in New York and operate under the Express Mart brand.

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Pump Prices Hit High Not Seen Since Summer 2015

While the national average gas price is expected to grow, it should stay below $3. The national average price of gas hit $2.71 on Monday, April 16, the highest average price in almost three years. Gas is now 30 cents more expensive than this time last year and 18 cents more than last month. Prices

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Weigel’s Introduces Paper Hot Cups

Styrofoam hot cups to be eliminated by the end of 2018. April 22 is our nation’s 48th annual Earth Day – a day created to promote the environmental awareness and protection of our Earth. In honor of this day, Weigel’s is eliminating its styrofoam hot cup and replacing it with a double-walled paper cup. Weigel’s

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Food Concepts Inc. Announces Senior Management Promotions

Tom Bush and Kristi Pagenkopf assume new roles at the company. Following 27 years of growth, Food Concepts has made changes to its senior management. Brad Duesler, the founder of the company, continues as CEO. Tom Bush has been named president, and Kristi Pagenkopf has been named executive vice president. Duesler is excited about the

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7-Eleven Gives Back to Public Servants

The c-store giant surprises police, fire fighters and other public servants with pizza and donut deliveries. 7-Eleven Inc. is recognizing public servants by delivering 5,000 pizzas and 15,000 donuts to police, sheriff and fire departments, emergency rooms, DMVs and post offices nationwide. Honoring the hard work these men and women put into serving local communities

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NATO Asks FDA to Extend Comment Period on Three ANPRM

Time needed to gather data, research and information that the agency is seeking on all three issues will take industry members, including NATO, longer than 90 days, NATO says.   The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) submitted formal comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for each of three Advanced Notice of

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Rutter’s Introduces Beer Sales to 20th Location

Wine sales are also available at the c-store. Rutter’s recently added beer to its 20th location with the installation of a beer cave at the Rutter’s on Greenbriar Road in Hanover. This makes eight Rutter’s locations in York County, Pa. to have a beer cave. Rutter’s offers its customers an assortment of craft, domestic, and

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