7-Eleven Recognized for Loss Prevention

Retail TouchPoints Store Operations Superstar Award honors 7-Eleven for delivering a consistent, positive shopper experience while rolling out innovative solutions. Tyco Retail Solutions recently acknowledged 7-Eleven for innovative and successful store operational strategies implemented this past year in the area of loss prevention. Honored with the Retail TouchPoints Store Operations Superstar Award, 7-Eleven effectively balanced

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TravelCenters Sponsors 2018 TA Truck Service Challenge

TA Truck Service Challenge tests drivers’ knowledge of DOT highway rules. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters) is sponsoring the 2018 TA Truck Service Challenge competition for the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series for professional transport drivers. The challenge is hosted and managed by Marketing 500. The TA Truck Service Challenge, conducted

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blu Launches myblu E-Vapor Device

Pre-filled pod system aims to revolutionize vaping experience. blu, a supplier in the electronic cigarette industry has introduced the newest addition to its product lineup: myblu. A next-generation e-vapor device, myblu addresses a void that adult smokers and vapers have long been seeking to fill, by delivering strong performance in a sleek and compact closed

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NJOY Joins Fight Against FDA Rules

Asks Court to reverse ruling citing the First Amendment. NJOY LLC, a company that develops, imports and distributes electronic nicotine delivery products, has asked a court to reverse a lower court’s decision that blocks e-cigarette companies from truthfully describing their products to consumers, on the grounds that it violates the First Amendment of the U.S.

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Cumberland Farms to Host the 5th Annual YEO Conference

The Young Executives Organization (YEO) is headed to Massachusetts May 16-17 with an all-star agenda of speakers, store tours and interactive demonstrations at Cumberland Farms’ commissary and distribution center. The group has also partnered with Habitat for Humanity for the second straight year. The convenience store industry’s next-generation leaders are headed to Massachusetts. Join us

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Albertsons, Rite Aid Merge to Form Food, Health & Wellness Focused Company

John Standley to serve as CEO and Bob Miller to serve as chairman of combined company. Albertsons Cos., one of the nation’s largest grocery retailers, and Rite Aid Corp., a national drugstore chain, are merging to form one company that provides customers with flexible and convenient access to a full range of food, health and

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RaceTrac To Expand into Tennessee

First c-store expected to open in 2020. RaceTrac Petroleum expects to open 30 c-stores with gas in Middle Tennessee by 2023, marking the chain’s first move into a new market in more than 15 years, according to a report by the Tennessean. The first Middle Tennessee store is expected to open in 2020 on Medical

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Vivid Impact’s Campaign Manager

Are you getting the most value from your marketing promotional kits? Is there never enough time in the day to manage several spreadsheets, have impactful artwork created, track distributions and manage store level execution… all on a tight deadline? Vivid Impact has the solution to your struggles. In the fast pace convenience industry world that

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Stock Market, Gas Prices Volatility Rattle Customer Confidence

Economic optimism among consumers fell five percentage points in February to 60%—the lowest level since September 2017. Consumer optimism slumped in February based on market conditions and a rise in pump prices, according to the NACS Consumer Fuels Survey. The turbulent stock market compounded with a nine-cent increase in gas prices lowered February consumer economic

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Wildco-PES, Leighton O’Brien Partner

Wildco-PES to distribute Leighton O’Brien’s fuel cleaning and polishing technology. Wildco-PES, a supplier of UST equipment, inspection, compliance, testing and construction management, and Leighton O’Brien, a global tank and fuel management company, announced Wildco’s distributorship of Leighton O’Brien’s patented fuel cleaning and polishing services. Wildco-PES will officially launch its first Leighton O’Brien fuel cleaning and

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VERC Enterprises Rewards Local School with Grant

Grant funded by ExxonMobil Corp. and Global Partners LP allows retailers to invest in their communities. VERC Enterprises recently presented Fiske Elementary School in Lexington, Mass. with a check for $500, a grant made possible through the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Program. VERC Enterprises operates locations throughout eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire Funded by the ExxonMobil

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Tom’s Travel Centers for Sale Via Sealed-Bid Process

Pennsylvania-based properties are ideal for owner operators or distributors. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (NRC) is facilitating the sale of Tom’s Travel Centers. Two travel centers located in east central Pennsylvania are for sale via NRC’s sealed-bid sales process. One of the properties is located in Milroy, which is about 25 miles south of

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Andeavor Reports on Fourth Quarter Growth

Increased total retail and branded stores 31% year-over-year to 3,255 stores. Andeavor reported a strong fourth quarter, where its merchandise margin increased to $47 million from $1 million in 2016 driven by the Western Refining acquisition. Andeavor continued to grow its network of branded stores, increasing by 763 stores, or 31% year-over-year, to 3,255. This

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NRF Welcomes Top Cybersecurity Expert

Christian Beckner to head NRF’s CIO Council, IT Security Council and cybersecurity program. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has hired Christian Beckner, a top Washington cybersecurity think tank expert and former U.S. Senate homeland security advisor, to head its cybersecurity program that helps retailers protect sensitive consumer data nationwide. “Protecting consumer data is one of

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Big Red Stores Expands in Arkansas

Plans to open three new locations. Big Red Stores is growing. The chain has begun construction on it’s 37th location in central Arkansas, located in North Little Rock on Counts Massie Road, and set to open in April 2018. This store will serve the Maumelle and North Little Rock communities. It will incorporate the company’s

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Total U.S. Restaurant Count Dips

U.S. restaurant count reflective of what’s happening in foodservice industry today overall, says NPD spokesperson. The U.S. restaurant count reached 647,288 in fall of 2017, a 2% decrease in units from a year ago, based on a recent restaurant census conducted by The NPD Group, a global information company. The primary source of the decline

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Take the CSD / Humetrics 2018 HR Benchmarking Survey

From recruiting and hiring employees to understanding healthcare costs, the 10th annual HR Benchmarking Survey, sponsored by Snagajob, 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

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Customers Spend More At Establishments with Clean Restrooms

More than half of consumers are unlikely to return to a food establishment with poorly maintained restrooms. Did you know the quality of your restrooms could impact how much money customers spend when they’re at your store? Businesses that make a point to clean up their restrooms may also clean up in sales, according to

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More Biofuels Key to Bettering U.S. Energy Outlook

Adding more cost-efficient biofuels to the fuel supply can help decrease prices at the pump, says Growth Energy spokesperson. Federal forecasts in the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) newly released Annual Energy Outlook 2018 (AEO2018) demonstrate a clear and growing need for U.S. biofuels, according to Chris Bliley, vice president of regulatory affairs at Growth

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National Restaurant Association Responds on ADA Education and Reform Act

Act aids small businesses by preventing drive-by lawsuits. On Feb. 15, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 620, “The Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Education and Reform Act.” This legislation would restore integrity to the ADA and needed fairness for small businesses falling victim to drive-by lawsuits. H.R. 620 would allow businesses, through a notice

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Renewable Fuel Trends From the 2018 National Biodiesel Conference

Automakers are looking for ways to tap into the sustainability trend. By Jon Scharingson, Renewable Energy Group Inc. As vehicle trends go, convenience stores would do well to pay attention to the Ford F-series. It has been the best-selling truck in the U.S. since 1977 and the best-selling vehicle of any kind for 35 years,

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Even Healthy Eaters Reach for Indulgent Items

Study shows the need to indulge has permeated food culture. New research reveals even America’s healthiest eaters cave into indulgences based on their emotional states. Forty percent of U.S. food-brand lovers who rated their daily diet as extremely healthy agreed with the statement, “When I’m feeling down, I eat something indulgent to make me feel

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PCS and California Independent Oil Marketers Association Partner

Preferred partnership brings exclusive membership benefits for CIOMA wholesale and retail marketers. The California Independent Oil Marketers Association (CIOMA) has formed a preferred partnership with Petroleum Card Services (PCS), a provider of payment processing solutions geared specifically for independent petroleum and convenience store owners. The partnership brings exclusive membership benefits for CIOMA’s vast network of

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Chobani Celebrates 10 Years With Free Yogurt

The fully-integrated national campaign is the most ambitious campaign Chobani has ever created. Chobani LLC is introducing a new campaign to say thanks to all who have supported the company over the past decade, and to welcome new fans to the Chobani family. Since pioneering the Greek yogurt category 10 years ago, Chobani has made

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NRF Addresses Congress on Data Breach Notification Law

Law should cover all affected businesses and ‘leave no holes,’ retailers say. Any new data breach notification law passed by Congress should cover all industries that handle consumer data and “leave no holes” that would allow events like last year’s Equifax breach to remain hidden, the National Retail Federation (NRF) and other groups told lawmakers

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