7-Eleven Features Dallas Cowboys on Big Gulp Cups

Customers can visit 7-Eleven each week for seven weeks to get a variety of collectible cups. 7-Eleven is appealing to football fans with its new cup series that celebrates the Dallas Cowboys with seven collectible cups. The first six cups will feature some of the team’s most popular players on co-branded Big Gulp/Slurpee cups. Suggested

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How Can Retailers Protect Customers From Fraud?

Boston Retail Partners finds online fraud has increased 137% post-EMV.   Boston Retail Partners (BRP)’s new white paper, “Payment Security Update: What’s Next After EMV” explores how thieves have become more sophisticated and retailers need to adapt new security tactics to protect their customers’ payment card and personal data. The white paper provides retailers practical tips

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7-Eleven Celebrates BYOC Day

Extends annual c-store beverage festivities to two days instead of one. Bring Your Own Cup (BYOC) Day is back at participating 7-Eleven stores Aug. 18 and 19, from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. each day, allowing Slurpee fans to fill a cup—or any container of their choice that can serve as a cup—with a Slurpee

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Target Acquires Grand Junction, Prepares To Expand Delivery Services

Looks to leverage local delivery as a retail differentiator. Target Corp. is acquiring Grand Junction, a transportation technology company, to improve and expand Target’s delivery capabilities. The acquisition will also accelerate Target’s investments and ongoing efforts to transform its supply chain. “Grand Junction’s technology and algorithms will help Target deliver to guests faster and more

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Kwik Trip Raises $75,000 For PHA

Campaign has raised $255,000 since 2014. Convenience store chain Kwik Trip raised $75,000 during its 2017 coin canister campaign in support of Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), which works with the private sector and PHA Honorary Chair Former First Lady Michelle Obama to make healthier choices easier. Throughout the month of June, all 570

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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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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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Built to Compete

More convenience retailers are becoming foodservice destinations rather than just pit stops. Moreover, savvy c-stores are learning that as they refine their fresh food businesses, adding the right equipment is an essential part of the equation. By David Bennett, Senior Editor In this new foodservice era, c-stores—both marquee chains as well as smaller operators—are committing

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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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Cigars Fend Off Challengers

Cigars remain a popular c-store category, but like other tobacco products, are targeted by taxes, community bans and age restrictions pushed by state and local legislators. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor According to market research firm Information Resources Inc. (IRI), convenience store sales of cigars totaled $2.9 billion for the 52-week period ending June 11,

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