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Rutter’s Reveals Winners For Summer Contest

A loyal Rutter’s customer wins big in the chain’s “Register, Scan and Win” contest. Summer is heating up in Central Pennsylvania thanks to more prizes being awarded to loyal Rutter’s customers in the “Register, Scan and Win” contest. Among the winners was Joshua Welty, of Red Lion, Pa., who won a free month of gas.

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BP Launches Commute Better Campaign

BP launches a “Commute Better” program to aid local Columbus, Ohio drivers in improving their driving routines. The daily commute of Columbus, Ohio drivers is not generally as stressful as that of other U.S. cities, according to research from Kiplinger, but a recent survey commissioned by BP Products North America Inc. suggests there is room

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Retailers Pledge to Expand Healthy Food Options

Several c-stores and grocery stores agreed to join the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) with First Lady Michelle Obama to expand value and health foods to more impoverished U.S. communities.  The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), together with First Lady Michelle Obama, announced that leading grocery retailers have committed to bring healthy, affordable

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El Paso Welcomes Back Pilot Flying J

Pilot Flying J reopens in El Paso, Texas with many amenities for travelers and truckers in the area. Pilot Flying J recently reopened the newly remodeled Flying J Travel Plaza in El Paso, Texas. Featuring full amenities for professional drivers and the motoring public, the travel plaza is located at 1301 North Horizon Blvd. The

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Facebook Marketing for Convenience Stores

Convenience store chains, like most retailers, pay close attention to transaction counts and sales per customer. Until recently, getting to know your customers as individuals might have seemed costly and out of reach for all but the largest of companies. Having the opportunity to communicate with your customers and getting to know their friends and

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What’s your turnover rate?

Turnover can be very costly, yet it is often overlooked or poorly measured by many convenience store retailers. Studies peg the cost of replacing one c-store employee can be $1,500 or more and that ignores the opportunity cost from increased sales resulting from a well trained, stable, customer focused work force.   Many chains are

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Getting The Most From Teams

Sometimes it makes a lot of sense to have a cross functional work team established to tackle business challenges or drive operational improvement in current processes. Other times it is better to assign the task to an individual or to a group with a clearly defined leader. Cross functional teams provide the added benefit of brining

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Coinstar Inc. Provides Q2 Results

Coinstar Inc. says goodbye to one of its executive leaders as it releases its second quarter results for fiscal 2011. Coinstar Inc., a provider in automated retail, has announced a leadership transition for the company’s redbox business, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Coinstar. Mitch Lowe has resigned as president of redbox to pursue entrepreneurial and other

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Flex-Fuel Perks

Customers with flex-fuel vehicles fill up on environmentally friendly fuel for a good price.  Thorntons’ store at 2291 Elkhorn Drive in Lexington, Ky., is offering e85 Flex-Fuel at 85 cents per gallon from 10 a.m. to noon today, Friday July 22. Thorntons team members intend to be on-site with e85 Flex Fuel informational handouts, and

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Moving Convenience

Corner Grocery partners with U-Haul to give customers a wide variety of moving equipment and supplies. Moving just got easier for Creedmoor, N.C., residents now that Corner Grocery convenience store, located at 2616 Hwy. 56 E., recently added U-Haul truck and trailer rentals to its list of services. Customers to the c-store now have access

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Walgreens is Adding Charging Stations To 800 Stores

Walgreen Co. continues to grow its electric-vehicle charging station program, which helps to boost U.S. energy initiatives. Walgreen Co. is expanding its electric-vehicle charging station program at some 800 of its 7,733 stores by the end of 2011, MarketWatch reported. The drugstore chain operator began its charging station program late last year, as electricity producer

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Mother Parkers Wins First Place

Mother Parkers’ Classic Southern Iced Tea takes top honor. Mother Parkers’ Classic Southern Sweetened Iced Tea Concentrate won first place in its category in the 2011 North American Tea Championship on June 1 in advance of the World Tea Expo. “This recognition from The North American Tea Championship formally confirms that we have achieved what

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Nugget Ice Machines

Manitowoc offers two types of nugget ice machines that complement any food and beverage applications from carbonated beverages to blended smoothies, making them perfect for use in convenience stores. The RN Series ice machine produces a tubular nugget ice ideal for dispensing in beverage applications, as the longer nugget discourages congealing. The ice shape is

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Electronic Shelf Tags

ZBD Displays Ltd. offers electronic point of purchase (epop) shelf tags. The tags attach wirelessly to a shelf edge, offer a battery life of about five years and don’t require extensive hardware for installation. ZBD software is installed within the company’s existing IT system and is easily manipulated within a Windows environment. Fully-graphical LCD displays

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Kum & Go Announces Major Expansion Into Arkansas

Three new stores are set to be built this fall and 20-25 new Arkansas locations are anticipated over the next five years. Kum & Go has announced aggressive expansion plans into Arkansas, where the chain plans to invest $70-80 million in the next five years and aims to create approximately 150 new jobs by the

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7-Eleven Provides Free Slurpees at Comic-Con

In celebration of the Cowboys & Aliens movie premiere 7-Eleven gives away film-themed freebies in select stores and Slurpees at comic book convention. 7-Eleven plans to give its fans an insider’s look at Comic-Con International, the largest comic book and popular arts convention in the world, as seen through eyes of on-site roving reporter Art

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Irving Oil Supports Special Olympics Athletes

Irving’s Fueling Dreams fundraiser has raised over $2 million in 10 years. Irving Oil is bringing back its Fueling Dreams fundraiser to support 28,000 Special Olympics Athletes in New England. July 23 has been designated as “To Serve and Protect Day,” where Special Olympics athletes, coaches and law enforcement officers will work alongside Irving and

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FDA Announces July Tobacco Webinars

Are you ready to comply with new cigarette warning label regulations? Get your questions answered straight from the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products in one of two information sessions. The FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) announced it is hosting two Webinars on Tuesday, July 26 on Required Warnings for Cigarette Packages and Advertisements.  The

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McLane Helps The Pantry Achieve Fundraising Goal

Huge response early on in Salute Our Troops campaign is expected to inspire more donations throughout summer. McLane Co. Inc. has helped The Pantry Inc. achieve the $1 million fundraising goal early in the “Salute Our Troops” summer-long campaign to support the military. Through The Pantry’s more than 1,600 Kangaroo Express stores across 13 states,

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Wal-Mart To Share Sales Information With Nielsen

“We believe that Wal-Mart’s participation in the information sharing model reinforces the importance of business information and analytics in today’s retail climate,” says Nielsen CEO. Nielsen, a global provider of information and analytics around what consumers watch and buy, has signed a cooperation agreement with Wal-Mart to receive and analyze sales information from Wal-Mart’s U.S.

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FuelQuest Expands ForeSite Product Line

“ForeSite SV allows me to keep my finger on the pulse of my fuel operations while ForeSite IC allows me to discover inventory variances immediately,” says fuel purchasing specialist for Hy-Vee. FuelQuest Inc., an on-demand software and services company for the global downstream energy industry, is expanding its ForeSite product line with two real-time fuel

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Food Lion Expands In South Carolina

Food Lion unveils six new stores it acquired from grocery store chain Bloom, and assures customers it plans to offer as many of Bloom’s key products as possible. The Food Lion is increasing its business in Greenville, S.C., with the opening of  six new stores it acquired from grocery chain Bloom. Seven Bloom stores in

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C-Stores Partner With Nexxus

Convenience stores look to Nexxus Group solutions for category visibility via scan based trading. Kroger, Holiday Stationstores and GasAmerica all recently separately partnered with Nexxus Group to utilize its scan-based trading programs. Kroger enlisted Nexxus to provide the systems and customer service for scan based trading at its 786 c-stores in 18 states under five

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Thorntons Salutes Hot Dogs

On National Hot Dog Day Thorntons serves up 40 cent hot dogs. July 23 marks National Hot Dog Day, and Thorntons is set to celebrate by offering Ball Park hot dogs with a variety of toppings for less than a dollar  at participating stores. Customers are limited to two specially-priced hot dogs upon their visit.

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Susser Holdings Predicts Q2 Operating Results

Susser adds six new convenience stores and eight dealer sites  in second quarter. Corpus Christi, Texas-based Susser Holdings Corp. expects to report same-store merchandise sales growth for the second quarter of 2011 of approximately 5.8% year-over-year when it releases its second quarter operating results next month. Retail average per-store fuel volumes are expected to increase

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