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Improving Retail Retention

In a down economy, employees have fewer job opportunities, but retailers would be remiss to overlook company morale simply because employees have fewer options. By John Lofstock, Editor. We live in a 24/7 stressful society, filled with uncertainty in the job market, the economy, competition, etc. A large percentage of employees admit to being unhappy

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Protecting Profits with Video Surveillance

Prominently placed security cameras can help deter potential thieves and identify those who do steal. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. A store cashier pockets the $20 bill that a busy commuter hands him to pay for fuel. A shopper picks up a tube of lip balm and casually drops it into her purse. A customer

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A Fresh Way To Expand The Menu

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market launched a contest to engage customers, while expanding its side dish range. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has launched a Summer Side Dish Recipe Contest for customers to help grow its popular side dish offerings. Customers can participate in the Summer Side Dish Recipe Contest by submitting their original side

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Wawa Welcomes America To A Taste Of Rich Dairy History

Wawa’s Go 4th And Learn Series Festival gives customers a look at Wawa’s dairy history. Wawa kicked off its Go 4th and Learn series with an interactive event that showcased Wawa’s dairy history at Franklin Square in Philadelphia on Monday, June 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event featured Historical Story Time with

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Valero Credit Card Offers Customer Rebate

Signing up for a Valero card can get customers a 30-cents-per-gallon rebate on gas purchases. Customers who sign up and are approved for a Valero credit card between now and Sept. 30 can receive a 30-cents-per-gallon rebate on gasoline purchases made for the first three months their accounts are active, Valero officials announced today. A

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Krispy Krunchy Continues Growth

Seven new locations boosts total 2011 store openings to 159. Lafayette, La.-based Krispy Krunchy Foods,  a provider of quick-serve restaurant (QSR) concepts with more than 700 retail locations in 23 states, opened seven more stores the last week of June, bringing its total to 159 openings for the year. Some 94 locations were opened in

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New Lagunas Premium Cigarettes

Kretek International Inc. has launched Lagunas brand premium imported cigarettes by Djarum in the U.S. The Lagunas blend was developed by an international team from Djarum and Kretek over a two-year period of blending and testing. Lagunas’ taste is characterized by a unique combination of tobaccos from the U. S., Brazil Indonesia, Turkey and Greece,

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Effective Visual Merchandising

By using creative store displays, retailers are making a certain connection with potential customers, one that is long lasting and makes them more apt to make a purchase. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Are you showing your wares as effectively as possible? According to the Convenience Consumer Insights (cci) Panel, the first-of-its-kind mobile research panel

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Keeping Pace With Foodservice Trends

Whether it’s a branded food program or a proprietary deli offering, focusing on quality ingredients, outstanding service and consumer needs has helped boost industry sales. By Heather Henstock, Contributing Editor. Consumers are looking for fast service, fresh ingredients and value pricing when choosing a foodservice solution and convenience stores are answering the call with innovative

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July Brings New Tobacco Prices

This summer, many states see increases in tobacco taxes, while a few enact small decreases. Starting July 1, several state cigarette and tobacco tax rates changed due to action by state legislatures, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported. Following are updates from NATO on cigarette and tobacco taxes as of July 1.  

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Thorntons Rewards Cup Challenge Winner

Winning customer receives gift package that includes 20 free fountain or coffee drinks. Thorntons Inc. has announced the winner of the Northside vs. Southside Cup Challenge promotion, which began on Friday, May 13 at all Chicagoland Thorntons store locations. The lucky winner is Darlene Kolanowski of Chicago, and she has won a gift package that

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7-Eleven Launches Cowboys And Alienade Promotion

7-Eleven prepares customers for this summer’s new blockbuster hit “Cowboys & Aliens” by offering them Alienade Slurpee mix and Super Big Gulp cups. While it may not fight off aliens, 7-Eleven stores’ new Wrist Blaster cup filled with an Alienade Slurpee beverage is the perfect weapon to fight summer thirst. 7-Eleven Inc. has partnered with

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All Aboard the Organic Bandwagon

Natural and locally-grown foods are among the latest foodservice trends, but can c-stores meet this growing demand without alienating its core consumer base? By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Retailers who toured the National Restaurant Show in May know natural, organic and other healthy food options took the show floor by storm. In fact, the National

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Taco-Flavored Meat Snacks

In addition to the energy drinks it promotes, DNA Brands Inc. offers a line of meat snacks with bold flavors like Pizza with Romano and Parmesan cheese, Spicy Jalapeño and a Beefy Original profile. Now its Shred Stix line of one-ounce meat sticks is complimented with a new-to-the-industry flavor profile: Taco. Rip open the package

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Tornado Truck Visits Thorntons

Thorntons kicks off July with free Tornados sampling. Thorntons engaged Ruiz Foods, to feature the Tornados sampling truck at two Thorntons stores. The Tornados sampling truck offered a variety of Tornado flavors to Thorntons customers. Tornados are oven-baked flour tortillas rolls, filled with a variety of delicious ingredients like cheese, pepperoni, and chicken. Tornados is

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Delightful Shots

WhiteWave Foods’ International Delight is offering a cost-conscious alternative to bottled syrups: International Delight Flavor Shots, delivering the beverage customization patrons demand with 12 delicious sugar-free flavors for both hot and cold beverages. In addition, its branded flavor delivery system, the CreaMiser FD100 dispenser, saves money and mess while adding a burst of flavor to

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Tamper-Resistant Packaging

Inline Plastics Corp. has introduced a new Sandwich Wedge clamshell container, the newest version of the company’s breakthrough Safe-T-Fresh line of products. The Sandwich Wedge container’s upscale design promotes more attractive product merchandising that highlights the quality of its contents. The perimeter seal design of the container provides increased product shelf life and better protection

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Cure Hangovers, Cigarette Cravings

Three Lollies’ Smoking Sucks and Hangover Sucks are all-natural, drug-free solutions to easing nicotine cravings and the morning after blues. Like all of Three Lollies’ innovative lozenges, Smoking Sucks and Hangover Sucks are doctor developed and consumer approved. Smoking Sucks uses L-tryptophan, a naturally occurring amino acid believed to aid in curbing the need to

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NACS Spent $1.2 Million on Lobbying in First Quarter

In an effort to keep up with the aggressive banking lobby in the fight over swipe fee reform, NACS spent nearly $1.2 million lobbying in the first quarter, according to a recent disclosure document. That is about double the $650,500 that it spent in the first quarter of last year and well above the $810,000

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ExxonMobil to Pay $1.5 Billion For Gas Station Leak

Exxon Mobil is being ordered to pay more than $1.5 billion in damages to 160 families and businesses affected by a 2006 gasoline leak in Maryland, The Huffington Post reported. Jurors awarded more than $1 billion in punitive damages on Thursday, after earlier awarding $495 million in compensatory damages. The award in Baltimore County Circuit

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Kroger Partners With USO to Thank Troops and Their Families

The Kroger Co. extended its partnership with the USO during the July 4th holiday weekend to celebrate and thank the men and women of the armed forces and their families. Customers and associates at all locations of the Kroger family of stores are invited to show their appreciation for our military families by donating spare

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CITGO Launches Energy Efficient Lighting Program

Pilot rolls out right as electric bills are expected to rise. CITGO Petroleum Corp. has launched the 2011 CITGO-Venezuela Energy Efficient Lighting Program (EELP). The initiative will provide 500,000 energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to help approximately 50,000 low-income households in 17 U.S. cities save energy and contribute to the protection of the

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Weigel’s Celebrates 80th Anniversary

80 Days of Wow campaign runs June 13 to Aug. 31, 2011, and includes $200,000 in prizes via social media and in-store promotions and a grand prize cookout in early September. Powell, Tenn.-based Weigel’s Stores, east Tennessee’s only family-owned local dairy, is celebrating its 80th anniversary this summer. Weigel’s operates 56 convenience stores with over

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Susser Welcomes Three Individuals To Leadership Team

New leadership members bring a wealth of experience and are expected to help drive growth in key areas for Susser. Susser Holdings Corp. has appointed three new members to its leadership team: • Gail Workman as senior vice president of sales and operations with Susser Petroleum Co., Susser’s wholesale fuel subsidiary, based in Houston •

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Hess Donates $1 Million To Aid Flood Relief

After flooding devastates parts of North Dakota, Hess provides funds to key organizations responsible for aiding and rebuilding the impacted areas. Hess Corp. has donated $1 million to North Dakota flood relief efforts. “We are deeply concerned about the people who are suffering from the devastation caused by the floods that have occurred in North

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