Holiday Companies, McLane Renew Contract

  Holiday Companies has signed a contract renewal with McLane for supply chain services to its 458 Holiday c-stores throughout 12 states in the northern tier region of the U.S., continuing the companies’ successful seven-year relationship.   McLane’s Minnesota and Northwest facilities will continue to support distribution of a broad line of products for Holiday

7-Eleven Gears Up For Xmas Sales

Since 1963, 7-Eleven stores have kept round-the-clock hours, and today about 99% of the more than 5,800 U.S. stores stay open on Dec. 25. For people who need to prepare a family recipe, wrap a last-minute present, shoot a baby’s first Christmas picture or operate a new toy, their neighborhood 7-Eleven store stands ready to

7-Eleven Gears Up For Xmas Sales

Since 1963, 7-Eleven stores have kept round-the-clock hours, and today about 99% of the more than 5,800 U.S. stores stay open on Dec. 25. For people who need to prepare a family recipe, wrap a last-minute present, shoot a baby’s first Christmas picture or operate a new toy, their neighborhood 7-Eleven store stands ready to

Kum & Go Increases Beverage Selection in 2010

  Kum & Go has entered a new distribution agreement with ACUTEfruit, Monarch Beverages’ nutrient-enhanced 100% fruit juice energy beverage, and plans to expand carriage of the product, sales and promo agreements throughout the Midwest in 2010 at its Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and North and South Dakota locations.   The chain will put the beverage

Mobile Coupons Bring Ethics Questions For C-Stores

  The mobile coupon is one of the many new ways to advertise to a new generation of cell phone-toting customers. 7-Eleven is almost finished with its two-month trial of mobile coupons, which it debuted in 200 stores San Diego in November, and the chain is preparing to extend the trial.   7-Eleven has avoided

Utah Joins Fight Against Interchange Fees

  Utah gas stations and convenience stores have joined the petition drive against credit card swipe fees this week, Desert News reported, and through mid-January retailers will be encouraging customers to sign.   Thus far, more than 10,000 convenience stores nationwide have joined the petition drive. John Hill, state director of the Utah Petroleum Marketers

PepsiCo Will Not Run Super Bowl Ads

  PepsiCo will not be running adds during Super Bowl XLIV this year, as it embarks on a new cause-related marketing program, the Wall Street Journal reported.   The decision is a big shift from last year when Pepsi was the biggest advertiser during the broadcast of the Super Bowl, which it has long made

Cumberland Farms To Welcome New Year With Free Coffee

  Framingham, Mass.-based Cumberland Farms is giving customers a caffeinated boost into 2010, by offering free coffee on last day of 2009 and first hours of the new year,  the Boston Globe reported.    From 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve until 5 a.m. New Year’s Day, Cumberland Farms locations across the Northeast and Florida

Alon USA Announces New Clean Fleet Initiative

  Alon USA Energy Inc. has launched a new initiative to reduce its environmental impact through the conversion of its 170-vehicle fleet to hybrid and clean diesel power.   Alon officials, flanked by Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and Texas Business for Clean Air Executive Director Margaret Keliher, announced the new environmental stewardship plans on Dec.

7-Eleven Renews Card Processing Partnership

  7-Eleven Inc. has signed a seven-year contract extension with Heartland Payment Systems, a payment processing company.   Under the contract extension, Heartland will continue authorizing and settling credit and debit card transactions for more than 5,800 7-Eleven-branded convenience stores nationwide.   “Over the past two years, 7-Eleven has realized the benefits of  Heartland’s efficient,

What To Watch For In 2010

  The Nielsen Company has released the top five consumer goods spending trends retailers can expect to see in 2010.   1. Restraint will become the new normal in the coming year. Americans’ confidence has been slower to rebound compared to other countries. As a result, expect customers to continue to save money as unemployment

Wawa Opens New Store With Salute

Wawa Inc. has announced the grand opening of its newest store, located on 1417 South Hanover Street in Pottstown, Pa., the Pottstown Herald reported.   In celebration, Wawa is hosting military-inspired festivities that will include a military salute to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, and a check presentation for $500 to

Irving Oil Donates $40,000 To Fuel The Care At CHaD

  With a backdrop of family, friends and staff members of the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Irving Oil announcd a $40,000 donation for the 2010 Fuel the Care Program.   Since 2002, Irving’s Fuel the Care program has helped make life a little easier for over 20,000 families across New England and Atlantic Canada by

7-Eleven Expands Banana Tests

  7-Eleven stores in Florida and southern California are joining more than two dozen of the chain’s Dallas-area locations in test marketing single, plastic-wrapped bananas from Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Miami, The Packer reported.   A 60-day test of the bananas in Dallas concluded early this month.   “The initial test was in just

Santa Celebrates Opening of New Terrible Herbst

  Santa is coming early to Las Vegas this year to celebrate the opening of a new Terrible Herbst location, which is set to open in the northwest valley on Saturday, Dec.19, with a celebration from 12 p.m.-2p.m., Marketwire reported.    Located in northwest Las Vegas at Cheyenne at I-215, the valley’s newest Terrible’s is

7-Eleven Acquires New England Pantry

  7-Eleven, Inc. has acquired New England Pantry, a company that operates 58 convenience stores under the White Hen Pantry brand, from affiliates of Sanders Morris Harris Group Inc., a Houston-based wealth management firm.   Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The acquisition significantly expands 7-Eleven’s presence in the greater Boston area, bringing

Landmark Industries Installs Gilbarco Passport POS At 162 Sites

  Multi-branded petroleum retailer and wholesaler Landmark Industries of Houston, Texas is installing Gilbarco Passport point of sale (POS) systems at 162 Houston area locations.   “Passport has helped reduce training costs by as much as 18%,” said Chuck Miller, operations manager at Landmark Industries. “The reliability of the product and its availability on a

Construction Begins On Green Airport Gas Plaza

  GAZ Realty Inc., a developer and operator of Superstation and Airport Plazas has begun development on the first multi-service, green airport gas plaza in the nation, set to open next year at Newark Liberty International Airport.   The services provided at Newark Airport Plaza will include a gas and diesel fueling station offering alternative

Exxon Acquires XTO Energy

  Exxon Mobil acquired XTO Energy for $41 billion on Monday, the Epoch Times reported. The all-stock purchase resulted in positive gains in all mid and small cap stocks.   “We are pleased that Exxon Mobil and XTO have reached this agreement,” said Rex Tillerson, CEO and chairman of Exxon Mobil in a recent press

Kum & Go Receives First Silver LEED Certification

  Kum & Go L.C. announced today, Dec. 15, that two Des Moines area stores have received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, becoming the first convenience stores in Iowa with the distinction.    The LEED certified Kum & Go stores are located at 5800 Northglenn Drive, Johnston, Iowa and 2110 Guthrie

7-Eleven Texts To Reach Younger Generation

  7-Eleven Inc. is testing a new mobile marketing campaign in San Diego where customers can text for free stuff. The test runs through Dec. 31, 2009, with some 200 7-Eleven stores participating.  During this time, local residents can send an SMS (Short Message Service) text with the word “FAST” (in Spanish, “RAPIDO”) to “72579.” 

Gas Prices Slipping into Holiday Season

Wholesale gasoline costs posted sharp declines in most regional markets during the second week of December, driving pump prices at retail outlets lower, with the trend expected to continue through the holidays.   Pressuring gasoline prices are slumping crude costs, which can account for as much as 70% of the cost of a gallon of

Wilson Farms’ Bells of Hope Fundraiser Begins

  Wilson Farms stores across New York State are ready to ring in the holiday season with “Bells of Hope,” a month-long fundraiser to support The Salvation Army.   Beginning today, Dec. 9, through Jan. 2, Wilson Farms customers may purchase miniature red Salvation Army bells for $1 at any of the chain’s 189 stores.

Retailers Can Protect Bottom Line During Holidays

  Transparent Financial Services (TransFS.com), a marketplace for businesses seeking financial services, noted that small retailers may overpay an estimated $73 million for credit card processing during an already tight holiday season.   As a result of weak predicted sales, retailers are looking to cut operating costs as much as possible in order to maximize

Retailers Can Protect Bottom Line During Holidays

  Transparent Financial Services (TransFS.com), a marketplace for businesses seeking financial services, noted that small retailers may overpay an estimated $73 million for credit card processing during an already tight holiday season.   As a result of weak predicted sales, retailers are looking to cut operating costs as much as possible in order to maximize

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