Agreement Reached On Interchange

Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and key conferees have reached an agreement on the Wall Street reform bill, regarding his amendment regulating interchange fees, NACS reported. The agreement makes minor, clarifying changes to the language, which passed the Senate 64 to 33 on May 13, and responds to concerns raised by state governments

SFI Tobacco Festival Dates Announced

Smoker Friendly International (SFI) is set to host its annual Tobacco Festival and Conference from Aug. 30- Sept. 1 at the Millennium Harvest House in Boulder, Colo. SFI also has announced the members of its 2010 legislative panel. This year’s distinguished group will include:  David Riser, vice president of External Relations Trade Marketing, RJ Reynolds

NY Cigarette Taxes To Hit $4.35 A Pack

On Monday night, June 21, 2010, the New York Legislature narrowly agreed to increase the state’s tax on cigarettes. The tax is now set to grow by an additional $1.60-to a national-high $4.35 a pack, the New York Daily News reported.   When adding in city and federal taxes, the tax charged on one pack

Aloha Petroleum Revamps Security

Aloha Petroleum, an independently-owned retail gasoline marketer and convenient store operator in Hawaii, has added SonicWALL’s advanced line of network security and data protection solutions. “We needed a state-of-the-art security infrastructure that can be centrally managed to eliminate intruders from accessing our networks or crossing the gateways,” said Dwight Mascowe, IT support specialist at Aloha

Walmart Infiltrates Chicago

Chicago retailers could face increased big box competition now that Walmart has announced its goal to build several dozen stores in the city over the next five years. Part of a long-term initiative called the “Chicago Community Investment Partnership,” the new plan between the city of Chicago and Walmart would help eradicate food deserts and

7-Eleven and Police Team To Reward Kids

The uniformed officer approaches a group of kids, hands them “tickets” and says, “You have the right to … a free Slurpee drink.”  It’s all part of Operation Chill, 7-Eleven stores’ popular community program that rewards “good behavior” with a cool beverage treat and helps build positive relationships between local law enforcement agencies and young

BP Claim Payments Climb Past $100M

BP has paid $104 million to residents along the Gulf Coast for claims filed as a result of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the company reported in a press release. “Our focus has been on getting money into the hands of fishermen, shrimpers, condo owners and others who have not been able

Kum & Go Features E85 Promotion

To start off the Iowa Corn Indy 250 race weekend the Kum & Go station at 2110 Guthrie Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa featured an E85 promotion and a two-hour appearance and autograph signing by race car driver Marco Andretti. On Thursday, June 17 from 5:30p.m. to 7:30 p.m. customers that visited the Kum &

FDA Concerned Over Marlboro Onserts

New tobacco rules hit tomorrow, June 22, and the FDA has issued separate letters to retailers and manufacturers to ensure the industry is prepared.  Starting tomorrow, manufacturers can no longer manufacture cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco and smokeless tobacco products labeled or advertised with the descriptors “light,” “low,” “mild,” or similar descriptive words. Beginning on July 22,

Why Product Assortment Delivers

More than 50% of U.S. consumers told The Nielsen Company they are likely to shop elsewhere if they notice a reduced selection of consumer packaged goods (CPG), while nearly half of retailers indicate continued plans to decrease assortment. So far, most consumers haven’t observed assortment changes with only 7% reporting a noticeable reduction in product

Wawa Ventures North In New Jersey

Wawa with many locations in southern New Jersey, is heading north to Morris County where it will compete directly with Quick Chek and 7-Eleven, The Daily Record reported. Wawa plans to build and open its first Morris County store in mid- to late November at the corner of New and Edwards roads in the eastern

Love’s Adds TCH Fuel Cards

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores Inc., which operates 200 stores in 30 states, now is accepting of TCH payment products at its locations effective June 16, 2010. “Love’s is pleased to make available our travel stop locations to TCH cardholders. Our growing network of facilities will offer these fleets and professional drivers another competitive

Retail Theft Laws Get Stronger In Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell signed the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association (PFMA) and Pennsylvania Convenience Store Council (PCSC) supported “Organized Retail Crime” (ORC) legislation into law today. Representative Thomas R. Caltagirone (D-Berks) was the primary sponsor of the bill and Representative Ron Marsico (R-Dauphin) was the first co-sponsor. House Bill 1720 strengthens Pennsylvania’s retail theft laws.

Thorntons Adding E85 Pumps

Thorntons Inc. has teamed with Growth Energy to establish 20 new E85 stations in five states. “We are very excited about the expansion of E85 fuel in our stores,” said Matt Thornton, CEO of Thorntons, which operates more than 160 c-stores in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee. “We support the use of ethanol, wherever

Swipe Fee Debate Builds

In a letter dated June 16, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and 130 other members of Congress outline their concerns with the Durbin Amendment that gives retailers and consumers relief from outrageous swipe fees, NACS reported. They cite the benefits that all users of electronic payments systems receive and the “lack of Congressional review” of

A Changing Landscape for CPG Retailers

The Nielsen Company’s Retail 2015 Forecast, revealed at its Consumer 360 Conference this week, showed the pace of change is accelerating as technology, marketing trends and retail formats converge to redefine how consumer packaged goods (CPG) retailers and manufacturers interact with consumers. By 2015, Nielsen predicts mass supercenters and e-commerce to be the big winners

BP To Divest 114 Stations

BP PLC is selling 114 gas stations and convenience-store properties in 22 states, the Wall Street Journal reported. Most of the locations are being marketed as redevelopment sites, while some are being offered as part of potential franchise deals, according to the Web site of BP’s broker, Jones Lang LaSalle. BP had decided to sell

Quick Chek Donates To Firefighters

Pictured from Left to Right: Quick Chek Assistant Store Leader Tony Elefante, Team Member Melissa Morin, Team Member Ashley Garcia, Store Leader John Thompson, Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Company Chief Rudi Gaines and Lieutenant Bob Maras. Representatives from a new Manchester, N.J, Quick Chek store presented a donation of $2,655 to members of the Ridgeway Volunteer

Free Gas For A Year

Linda Wells of York, Pa., recently became the first of eight lucky Rutter’s Farm Stores customers to win free gasoline for one year in the company’s annual summer giveaway. The “Fuel Up Free!” promotion runs through Aug. 29. Drawings are held approximately every two weeks, with the next one June 21. During the contest, Rutter’s

BP Donates $25 Million to GRI

BP has announced significant progress in its half-billion dollar pledge to the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GRI). Three research institutions in the Gulf region will receive a total of $25 million in fast-track funding for high-priority studies of the distribution, composition and ecological interactions of oil and dispersant. On May 24, BP announced a

GFS To Expand In Michigan

Gordon Food Service (GFS), a family-owned foodservice distributor, plans to invest $24.2 million to consolidate several business operations spread throughout Canada into a new 100,000 square-foot facility in Wyoming, Mich.  Pending all local and state approvals, the new building would be located within the company’s world headquarters campus, and would house 173 new positions the

Strong Words, More Trials In Gulf Response

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama addressed the nation from the Oval Office, summoning Americans to a “national mission” to move away from reliance on oil and develop alternative sources of energy, and noted that it is imperative for Congress to act quickly to overcome “a lack of political courage and candor” surrounding the BP Oil

CSD Presents the Foodservice Webcast Series

As competition heats up and consumers adjust their away-from-home consumption habits it’s critical to continuously refine your programs and strategies in order to drive profitable and sustainable growth. For the third consecutive year, Convenience Store Decisions, is proud to offer its FREE two-part Foodservice Webcast Series. Part II: June 17, 2010 2:00 PM EDT Foodservice

Wholesale Gains to Arrest Retail Fuel Decline

by Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Countrywide, wholesale gasoline prices were mixed for the week-ended Monday (6/14), with markets along the West Coast down slightly while increasing elsewhere in the U.S. The higher wholesale costs were triggered by gains in the financially traded oil futures market, with supply in the physical market

$400,000 Bonus Secures Tesoro COO

Weeks into his job as CEO of Tesoro Corp., Greg Goff is securing the company’s top management as he strives to return the San Antonio-based refiner to profitability, the San Antonio Express-News reported. Goff offered Everett Lewis, Tesoro’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, a $400,000 cash retention bonus “as an incentive for his

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