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TPE 2012: Two Full Days of Buying & Networking

It’s all about business at the Tobacco Plus Expo International in Las Vegas. The most comprehensive tobacco show in the U.S. will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Nevada, Feb. 1-2, 2012. The not-to-be-missed event promises to be the year’s best opportunity for retailers, manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers to see new products,

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TA Announces New Subway Restaurant

New this year, the Porter South TA location now offers hungry guests a fresh sandwich option. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) has opened a Subway restaurant in Porter, Ind., on the south side of I-94. The Porter South TA is a new location added to the TA system earlier this year. It is an ancillary

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Banks Raise Fees To Compensate For Debit Reform

After Durbin Amendment, banks begin charging customers monthly fees. Banks are fighting back as the Durbin Amendment is set to go into effect Oct. 1. The Federal Reserve Board in June ruled that per the Durbin Amendment debit swipe fees would be capped at 21 cents per transaction—down from 44 cents. But now banks are

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Food Environment Not To Blame For Obesity

New study shows state policies on food to have little to no impact on Americans’ weight. According to a new study posted by the National Bureau of Economic Research, environmental factors such as food prices or restaurant location play a minuscule role in America’s increasing rates of obesity. The new study conducted by Drs. Charles Baum

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Seizing Control of Smokeless Sales

Convenience store retailers are still concerned over the FDA’s involvement in smokeless tobacco, but many expressed optimism that the category can continue to thrive. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. While taxes and regulations haven’t impacted sales of smokeless tobacco products as much as some had predicted, it remains up to retailers to continue aggressively marketing

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epay Partners With Sprint

“When Sprint decided it needed a single solution for its prepaid independent distribution strategy, we committed the resources to building the tools and processes that would ensure Sprint’s success,” says epay spokesperson. epay, a division of Euronet Worldwide Inc.—a global electronic payments provider and distributor, has signed an exclusive agreement to process  prepaid mobile airtime

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Convenience Store Chains Celebrate CofFREE Day

Some c-stores are offering free hot dispensed beverages and other coffee deals on National Coffee Day. Thorntons, Kangaroo Express and 7-Eleven are among the c-store chains participating in National Coffee Day, today, Sept. 29.   To celebrate CofFREE Day, Thorntons is offering  a free coffee, cappuccino, or hot chocolate to every customer who visits a

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Rutter’s Latest Charitable Donations Total $130,000

The York, Pa.-based retail chain’s year-to-date donations to local charities exceed $288,000. Rutter’s has announced a set of charitable donations totaling $130,000 to four central Pennsylvania community organizations.   Rutter’s plans to give $50,000 to the York County Public Library system to provide two years of free Internet access at computers in the libraries. The donation

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Sheetz Opens Mansfield Store

Customers are known to line up as early at 4:30a.m. in anticipation of a new Sheetz store opening for a chance to win Sheetz Z-cards. Sheetz is opening a new store in Mansfield, Pa., today, Thursday, Sept. 29.,  at 85 West Wellsboro Street. Doors officially open to customers this morning at 11 a.m. Excitement for

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Irving Oil Awards Free Gas for a Year

Walter Kalil of Newburyport, Mass., wins free fuel thanks to the Irving Rewards gas savings program.    Walter Kalil of Newburyport, Mass., has won free gas for a year thanks to Irving Oil. Kalil is one of six New England residents who will receive $2,100 worth of Irving gas cards for participating in the Irving

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Meijer and Quiznos Partner

Meijer’s Michigan locations to feature Quiznos. Meijer, a Great Lakes region supercenter chain and grocery retailer based in Michigan, and Quiznos, a quick-service restaurant (QSR) chain and pioneer of the toasted sandwich, have partnered to open Quiznos restaurants inside Meijer locations. The relationship between Quiznos and Meijer is the most recent in a series of

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Raising the Bar on Auto Accessories

A blown head gasket can mean the end of the road for many older vehicles. With a repair ticket of $2,500 or more for car owners, fixing a head gasket often costs more than the car is worth or than its owner can afford. But now Bar’s Leaks has a solution that’s not only affordable,

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High’s Debuts Proprietary Fuel Brand

Maryland chain also unveils a prototype convenience store brand as it prepares for the future with a focus on energy efficiency, foodservice and market expansion. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor High’s of Baltimore is taking its convenience store and gas station business to the next level rolling out a new proprietary fuel brand—called High’s BTG—along

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7-Eleven And FuelQuest Expand Relationship

“We consider FuelQuest a strategic partner and critical to the continued growth of our business,” says 7-Eleven spokesperson. 7-Eleven Inc. and FuelQuest Inc., an on-demand software and services company for the global downstream energy industry, have announced a new five-year agreement. Under this agreement, 7-Eleven will continue to use FuelQuest Fuel Management System (FMS) to

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Winn-Dixie Expands fuelperks! Rewards Program

“By enrolling in this free program, and taking advantage of our many Bonus fuelperks! Rewards items inside the stores, our guests will be thrilled by how much they will save at the pump,” says Winn-Dixie spokesperson.   Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. is expanding the fuelperks! Rewards Program throughout central Florida. This expansion will include 62 Winn-Dixie

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FDA Seeks Comments on Draft Guidance

FDA has posted a draft guidance to help persons submitting applications for new tobacco products understand the premarket tobacco product application process. The draft guidance addresses questions such as: •    Who may submit a new tobacco product application •    When to submit a new tobacco product application •    What information the FD&C Act requires you

Tracking the Trends in Convenience Retailing

Despite the global recession, convenience stores have thrived thanks to their ability to provide fast service, quality products and great value in strategic locations. As service and location remain the industry’s primary competitive advantage over supermarkets, drug stores and mass merchandisers, many of whom are moving into the fuel and fresh food business, convenience stores

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Emerson Introduces Smart Dispatch Service

Emerson Climate Technologies released a new service called Smart Dispatch, which drives maintenance savings by reducing unnecessary dispatch events through root cause analysis and remote resolution. When an equipment alarm or maintenance notice occurs, dispatch decisions are typically based on simple event categorization or contractor terms rather than substantive insights confirming the necessity and severity

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Custom Designed Safes

Over the past two years, federal lawsuits have been filed in 16 states against ATM operators for violating the Electronics Transfer Act and Regulation E, which requires a fee notice to be displayed on the ATM and the ATM screen. ATM owners without these decals may be targeted for expensive litigation. Fortunately, GetBranded partnered with

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Heineken USA Enhances Retail Partner Support

New hires include Nick Lake as senior director, category management, and  Monique Acevedo as vice president of innovation. Heineken USA has appointed two new senior leaders.  • Nick Lake was appointed as the company’s new senior director, category management, effective Oct. 11. Lake will report to Steve Ward, vice president of national accounts.  • Monique

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Gaining Insights into Convenience Store Customers

MSA and Paradigm Sample, in partnership with Convenience Store Decisions, delve into c-store shoppers’ attitudes about buying seasonal and holiday candy. By Trish Temmerman, Contributing Editor. With Halloween and Christmas just around the corner, we are approaching that time of year when some of the most widely recognized seasonal confectionery items are purchased and consumed:

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Smoker Friendly, Freedom Smokeless Extend Agreement

“This has truly been a great partnership and we are delighted that our agreement has been renewed,” says Freedom’s president. Smoker Friendly International has renewed its exclusive private brand manufacturing agreement with Freedom Smokeless.  Freedom Smokeless is a manufacturer of U.S. made Premium Brand Electronic Cigarettes. Since 2009, Freedom has been manufacturing and distributing the

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Irving Oil’s Fuel the Care Marks 10th Anniversary

Program helps cover the fuel costs for families who are required to travel for their children’s medical care. This year, Irving Oil’s Fuel the Care program marked its 10th anniversary. Over the past decade, Fuel the Care has provided fuel gift cards to over 35,000 families with children who require medical care throughout Atlantic Canada

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Jackson C-Stores Open Late Now Required To Hire Security Guard

“It’s going to be a burden on businesses at the worst possible economic time,” says director of the Mississippi Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores Association. A new ordinance in Jackson, Miss., is requiring local convenience stores to file a security plan with the city and hire security personnel to guard their premises from midnight to

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Manitowoc Foodservice Announces Employee Promotion

Manitowoc Foodservice announces the promotion of Kathy Veder to the newly created position of vice president global accounts, Wendy’s, Chick-fil-A and Arby’s. In her new role, Veder will focus on marketing initiatives including strategic direction, product line management, business development, customer service and delivering on our promise to our end-user customers. Veder has over 20

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