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NACS Chairman Speaks To Congress On Renewable Fuels

Jeff Miller outlines industry concerns on E15. Convenience store retailers, who sell 80% of the country’s motor fuels, want the opportunity to sell more renewable fuels, but they need help from Congress to do so, said NACS Chairman Jeff Miller today in testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy Power. “We

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C-store Study Groups Forming

Three new study groups aim to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, skill sets, tools and peer-group support. Study Groups, a division of Finance & Resource Management Consultants Inc. (FRMC), and Employee Performance Strategies Inc., have joined forces to provide operations personnel with their own unique Study Groups. Three distinct Operations Study Groups are being formed

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United Supermarkets Introduces United Express

Fresh foods, traditional c-store offerings available at new smaller format store. United Supermarkets has entered the convenience market, introducing its first United Express standalone convenience store location this week in Lubbock, Texas,  Chain Store Age reported. The new United Express offers six fuel pumps, fresh foods and traditional c-store items. “Our goal with United Express

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Reward Points Bring Fuel Savings

Save Mart and S-Mart Foods team with Shell Stations to reward customers with gas discounts. Save Mart Supermarkets and S-Mart Foods announced that beginning May 9, customers who shop at any of their greater Sacramento-Modesto- Stockton, Calif.-area stores using their new Save Mart or S-Mart Foods Reward Cards can now earn significant discounts on fuel

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Cigar Sales Holding Strong

Flavored products and natural leaf wrappers remain popular with consumers despite increased taxation and looming FDA intervention. By Frank Seltzer, Contributing Editor. Machine-made or mass-market cigars are by far the largest segment of the cigar universe. While premium cigars get most of the notice in magazines and blogs, the reality is that most cigar smokers

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The Electronic Frontier

The popularity of e-cigarettes has risen substantially over the past couple of years, giving retailers an opportunity to make up for shrinking tobacco profits. By Frank Seltzer, Contributing Editor. Electronic cigarettes are a relatively new product, but for convenience stores they are beginning to make a big impact on sales. Electronic cigarettes were invented just

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Lawsuit Filed Against BP and Retalix

Franchisees of BP, ARCO, and am/pm file class action lawsuit. The law firms of SeegerWeiss LLP and Lee Tran & Liang, APLC have jointly filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf of owners of BP and ARCO gas station franchises and am/pm convenience store

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Capture and Search Journal Data Electronically

The VRX Co. has introduced a new product offering: EJournal, the journal printer eliminator. EJournal is a solution for convenience stores, restaurants, and many other retailers who need the ongoing data a journal printer provides, but don’t want the hassle and mess of a long daily paper tape and the difficulty of searching for specific

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B&R Stores Selects KSS Retail

“Leveraging the KSS Retail PriceStrat solution, we will be able to more intimately understand our shopper, deliver pricing and promotions that matter, and improve the shopping experience,” says president of B&R Stores. Lincoln, Neb.-based B&R Stores has selected KSS Retail, a dunnhumby Company, as its provider for price modeling and optimization. B&R aims to leverage

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Core-Mark Acquires Forrest City Grocery

“Strategically, this merger enables us to increase our infrastructure into the very important Southeastern U.S. market,” says Core-Mark CEO. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., a marketer of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, has closed its previously announced acquisition of Forrest City Grocery Company (FCGC). The final purchase price

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7-Eleven Encourages Slurpee MixMakers

Summer concerts and contest celebrate the art of mixing personalized Slurpee flavor combinations. 7-Eleven, the creator of America’s iconic frozen beverage, is celebrating the practice of flavor-mixing and urging its frozen-drink fans to become bonafide Slurpee MixMakers. Using the wide array of colors and flavors available at 7-Eleven stores nationwide, fans can mix and match

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Portability Pushes Hot Food Sales

Convenience store operators that infuse their appetizer menus with “craveable” items can expect to gain additional consumer traffic. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Consumers are trying to cut their dining budgets, in many cases by eliminating starter items. To drive cravings and create interest in appetizers, operators must innovate with exciting dressings and dips, unusual

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Breaking the Cycle of Plastic

Retailers may have different strategies when it comes to ATMs, but with interchange fees at a record high, operators should be developing programs to get cash in customers’ hands to reduce card transactions. By Joe Bush, Contributing Editor. ATMs are ubiquitous in convenience stores, providing cash in a bright, secure, warm and mostly private environment,

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Managing Today’s Retail Workforce

While the economy may be struggling along, the third annual CSD/Humetrics HR Benchmarking Survey finds that the industry’s turnover is shrinking, hiring is increasing and investments in technology have never been higher. In order to support the convenience store industry’s forecasting and planning responsibilities for 2011, Convenience Store Decisions and Humetrics have collaborated on our

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Continue to Climb

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The average price for retail gasoline in the U.S. is holding near a 33-month high, and is up more than $1.00 compared with the same week in 2010, and there’s still more upside as we move into May. According to the Energy Information Administration, U.S. retail

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What Light Pollution Ordinances Could Mean for C-stores

By: Lance Winslow. We all know that well lit c-stores attract more clientele at night. Folks, especially women feel safer in a well lit environment. Indeed, studies and surveys show that it is actually safer, and humans seem to inherently know this. Perhaps, the reasoning has to do with the basic “crime triangle” – that

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TA Launches UltraChef Million Point Recipe Contest

TravelCenters of America and Petro restaurants plan to feature winning recipes submitted by customers. TravelCenters of America (TA) and Petro Stopping Centers have announced the UltraChef One Million Point Recipe Challenge. Professional drivers are encouraged to enter for their chance to earn fortune and fame. Any UltraONE driver rewards program member can submit comfort food

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Kroger Helps Flood Victims

Kroger gives both cash and in-kind support, including food to local food banks, in addition to matching customer donations collected at registers. The Kroger Co. is committing $250,000 in cash and in-kind contributions to assist storm and flood relief efforts in communities across Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee and other affected areas in the

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Kwik Trip Inc. Rolls Out SPIN

SPIN back office conversion technology by Solutran lowers depository fees, speeds funds availability for Kwik Trip. Kwik Trip Inc., which operates 415 locations in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin, has completed its rollout of SPIN, Solutran Inc.’s POS and Imaging Network solution for electronic check conversion. Following SPIN implementation, Kwik Trip has reported lower depository fees,

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Sunflower Debuts Enhanced Website

New online interactive tools and resources are expected to draw shoppers. Sunflower Farmers Market has launched a newly enhanced consumer Website www.sfmarkets.com/ in partnership with the Grocery Shopping Network (GSN). Based in Phoenix, Ariz.- Sunflower operates 33 retail locations in six states, including Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Texas, and soon to be 34

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Complying with Cigarette Sales Restrictions

As the noose tightens on menthol products, convenience store retailers are learning to accept the latest limitations placed on tobacco products. By: John Lofstock, Editor. Cigarettes will soon carry new warning labels as the question for retailers becomes how to market a product whose package basically urges consumers not to buy it. Federal legislation handed

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The Growing Demand for Fresh Foods

In today’s health-conscious world, convenience stores are expanding their menus to include more healthy snacks and meals. By: John Lofstock, Editor. While cash-strapped consumers are cooking at home more often to help ease tight budgets, a new study by the International Dairy Deli Bakery Association (IDDBA) found that these shoppers are on the lookout for

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Tom Thumb Wins CSD Extreme Makeover Contest

Florida chain will receive a complete brand audit, consulting services and an updating marketing strategy from Integrate and Convevo Partners. By Greg Ehrlich and John Lofstock One of the biggest differences between top convenience store operators and the rest of the industry is the strength of their brands and their clarity of purpose. Over the

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New Petro Stopping Center Opens in Texas

“We feel confident that the service and amenities being offered here, which are part of Petro’s strong ‘Voted Best’ legacy, will make drivers and motorists happy and keep them coming back,” says CEO. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA), owner of Petro Stopping Centers, has announced the opening of the newest Petro full-service travel center at

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7-Eleven Rolls Out The Hangover Part II Promotion

Collectable cups, a mobile scavenger hunt and a $3 coffee and breakfast sandwich combo are just some of the things 7-Eleven has planned to celebrate the movie launch. 7-Eleven is helping customers celebrate The Hangover Part II movie launch with “morning-after” specials, exclusive Super Big Gulp collectable cups, and a trip to Las Vegas for

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