Kum & Go Embraces Biodiesel as Sustainability Rises in Importance

A Convenient Sustainability Solution for C-stores  Approximately 90%  of the diesel fuel Kum & Go sells includes biodiesel. As one of the largest chains in the competitive convenience store industry, Kum & Go must stay on top of trends. In recent years, environmental sustainability has emerged as perhaps the biggest trend around. The West Des

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Rutter’s Gives $60,000 to Pre-K EITC Organizations

Helps to fund three charitable organizations in Blair County, Pa. Rutter’s is continuing its commitment to give back to the local communities its serves. The York, Pa.-based c-store chain recently donated $60,000 of its Pre-K EITC funding to three different organizations in the Duncansville, Pa. area. Each of the donations will be used to provide

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Gas Prices Grow Nationwide

Strong demand, high imports and increasing production push pump prices higher. The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline on Aug. 14 was $2.35 per gallon, up 22 cents over last year and nine cents more than a month ago. According to a report by AAA, gas prices are up in 27 states compared to

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What’s Driving Millennial Parents’ Eating Choices?

Millennials and Gen Zs are expected to maintain their attitudes regarding fresh and organic food consumption throughout their life stages. Now that Millennials are having kids, their lifestyle as parents often change the how, what and why behind their consumption choices. Breakfast is a meal occasion where being a Millennial parent necessitates convenience over satiation,

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Is Amazon Coming for C-Stores?

New Instant Pickup service offers a convenient way to collect the essentials. On Tuesday, Aug. 15, Amazon introduced ‘Instant Pickup,’ which allows Prime customers to order from a list of hundreds of basic supplies—such as non-perishable foods and personal care items—and Amazon devices via the app and collect them from a nearby pickup locker in

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BP Launches ‘BP Offers’

New text messaging loyalty program makes it easy for customers to join and receive discounts. BP has introduced a new text messaging loyalty program called BP Offers. BP Offers was rolled out to BP customers in all marketing regions on Aug. 1. Consumers can join BP Offers by texting the key word MOBILE to 38831.

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ALON Achieves Guinness World Record

Creates the world’s largest gift card. ALON officially holds the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Gift Card. ALON constructed the World’s Largest gift card on Aug. 11 at the ALON/7-Eleven on 320 S. Americas Ave in El Paso, TX. As part of the festivities, ALON presented El Paso resident Andrew Saldivar, who was

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7-Eleven Now Offering Eclipse Sunglasses

Participating 7-Eleven stores on eclipse path will carry glasses ‘approved’ for viewing. Sun-worshippers not wanting to be left in the dark when the solar eclipse crosses the U.S. can hit 7-Eleven stores for special – and safe – sunglasses to view the Aug. 21 phenomenon. Available in a two pack and single pack, the “Explore Scientific

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Developing Real Estate: How to Find and Invest in Great Locations

The retail industry is more dynamic than ever. Retailers must evolve to succeed over the next decade. However, the cost of real estate continues to rise so convenience store operators must make wise decisions about how to develop properties. This important issue will discussed only at the 2017 National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference in Nashville

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NAG Early Bird Registration Ends This Week

With an agenda featuring more than a dozen speakers from the convenience store industry’s leading chains, NAG 2017 is one industry conference you cannot afford to miss. Register by August 18 to take advantage of Early Bird pricing to receive a discount off the registration fee. The convenience store industry continues to grow sales at

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Fortify Your Company Foundation

Compensation, good hiring and leadership are important parts to building a solid retention program. By Linda McKenna Convenience store industry has always been a burning issue, but more so in the last few years. There are endless ideas to improve retention from welcome letters to bonuses. Many retailers have implemented different strategies yet still suffer

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Flyers Energy Divests C-Stores To Andeavor

Andeavor plans to rebrand some of the stations. Flyers Energy has exited the retail business, selling all 39 of its convenience stores to San Antonio-based Andeavor Corp., formerly known as Tesoro, effective July 28. According to a report in the Auburn Journal Andeavor plans to rebrand some of the Flyers locations to Mobil, Exxon, ARCO

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Cumberland Farms Recalls Chicken Caesar Salad Over Gluten-Free Label

Cumberland Farms’ Northeast and New York convenience stores are affected by the recall. Cumberland Farms has recalled its large (9.95-ounce) Chicken Caesar Salad due to the presence of gluten in a product mislabeled as gluten free. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to specific types of allergens, such as gluten, run the risk

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Phillips 66 Partners with GasBuddy

GasBuddy Business Pages to assist Phillips 66 with managing critical customer-facing store information. Phillips 66 has embarked on a new partnership with GasBuddy to help it compete even more effectively. Phillips 66 selected GasBuddy Business Pages, the smartphone app company’s B2B Retailer Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), to help drive excellence across more than 6,000 fuel and convenience

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Shoppers Choosing ‘Organic’ Produce

One in five consumers overall agree that organic foods are worth the extra cost. Customers don’t always opt for organic foods, but when it comes to produce, it’s a high priority. New research from Mintel reveals that half (50%) of consumers say they are most likely to purchase organic fresh produce such as fruit and

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Turkey Hill Celebrates 50 Years

Turkey Hill introduces weekly deals, limited-edition ice cream and sweepstakes prizes. Turkey Hill is celebrating its 50th anniversary with sweepstakes and deals on c-store products. Five decades ago, two business-minded brothers began brainstorming better ways to market dairy products and other quality goods without skimping on neighborly service. Not long after, in 1967, Charles and

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C.N. Brown Adds PDI as ERP Software Provider

Partnership to assist C.N. Brown in streamlining processes, eliminate manual entry and make better business decisions. C.N. Brown Company has selected PDI, a global provider of enterprise-class software solutions, as its enterprise resource planning (ERP) software provider. Based in South Paris, Maine, C.N. Brown licensed PDI’s financial, retail, wholesale and workforce management software solutions. The

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S.Abraham & Sons Launches FreshBite Café at its Annual Foodservice Showcase

FreshBite Café offers retailers new, unique concept for its customers. Abraham & Sons Inc., one of the nation’s leading wholesale distributors specializing in the food industry that services retail stores throughout the Midwest, will introduce FreshBite Café at its annual Foodservice Showcase, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17 at the Greater Columbus

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Tecate Launches “Claim Your Corner” Retail Promotion

Tecate’s primary target, Hispanic shoppers, make 6% more trips to the store versus the average beer shopper. Tecate has introduced “Claim Your Corner,” a retail promotion running July 1- Aug. 31, leading up to the championship boxing bout between the No. 1 fighter in the world, “Golden Boy” Canelo Alvarez, and his opponent, the quickly

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Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival Celebrates Eighth Year

More than 2,000 customers and over 100 vendors are expected to attend. Boulder, Colo.-based tobacco retailer Smoker Friendly announces that the Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival is set to take place at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, Colo. on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. The Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival, now in its eighth year, has become

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Paytronix Introduces Three POS Integrations

Ability to pull data from and push it to the POS enhances the customer experience. Paytronix Systems Inc., a provider of reward program software, has expanded its rewards platform with integrations to three additional Point of Sale (POS) systems—Gilbarco Passport, NCR Radiant and Verifone Commander—the most prevalent POS solutions for convenience stores. The newly completed

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Kwik Trip Will Add PDQ Employees

The Lacrosse, Wis. convenience chain has plans to hire on PDQ workers as part of its recent acquisition. Officials from Kwik Trip Inc. want to ensure stakeholders that a recent mandatory announcement doesn’t impact the possibility of PDQ coworkers joining the Kwik Trip team. Kwik Trip, of La Crosse, Wis., this past July signed an agreement to acquire PDQ, a Middleton

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The Crave for Confections

For a category that’s always straightforward, the intricacies of non-chocolate candy are becoming more refined. By Jeffrey Steele, Contributing Editor When it comes to non-chocolate candy, consumers from coast to coast look to convenience retailers to satisfy their sweet tooth. For smart c-store operators, that phenomenon means large and growing sales and profits. Health concerns

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TravelCenters Announces Q2 Financial Results

TA’s continued improvements at recently acquired c-store sites partially offset by increase in site level operating expenses. TravelCenters of America (TA) released its second quarter results for 2017. “During the second quarter of 2017 our dispute with FleetCor/Comdata increased our operating expenses by about $5.3 million in legal fees and what we believe to be

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PDQ Set to Layoff Employees

Employees are encouraged to apply with Kwik Trip, which is expected to finalize its acquisition of PDQ in October. Convenience store chain PDQ is set to lay off the majority of its 313 employees the week of Oct. 9. The announcement follows news of the chain’s acquisition by La Cross, Wis.-based Kwik Trip on July

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