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Obama Stops Smog Standards Implementation

In a win for small businesses, EPA’s smog restrictions are currently on hold.   On Friday, President Obama pulled back proposed smog standards that would have forced states and communities nationwide to reduce local air pollution or face federal penalties, the Washington Post reported. GOP lawmakers called the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) restrictions for ground-level

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7-Eleven Teaming With Amazon

Now in tests in Seattle, a new program could allow customers to retrieve their Amazon packages at their local c-store. Amazon and 7-Eleven are reportedly testing a new delivery locker that would allow customers to pick up their Amazon packages at local 7-Eleven convenience stores, according to GeekWire. Currently the locker system is said to

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Weis Markets Fights Hunger

Throughout September, Weis is matching customer donations to its food drive that benefits local food banks. Weis Markets has launched its fourth annual Fight Hunger Food Drive, a month long program offering customers an opportunity to donate shelf-stable products and make monetary donations to local food banks and emergency food providers. Weis Markets plans to

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Safeway Offering Flu Shots

Safeway Seasonal Wellness Survey shows convenience is a key to flu prevention. To make health and wellness a more convenient part of busy fall schedules, Safeway Inc. is providing flu shots in its grocery stores where people are already shopping for many household needs, including nutritious foods and other health-related items. Safeway pharmacists are administering

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KSS Fuels Restructures Management Team

Revised structure accommodates expanded operations and broader suite of products and services. KSS Fuels, provider of fuels pricing, site evaluation and network planning software, analytics and consulting services to the oil and gas, convenience store, grocery and retail industries, has restructured its management organization, following its recent acquisition of MPSI. The newly structured management team

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Promoting Your Store Through Public Relations

 By: John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Public relations can often be overlooked as a powerful tool in communicating your store and its brand throughout the community. Whether you are creating news, sponsoring an event or contributing to a charitable organization, a prudent public relations strategy can create the following benefits

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Local Store Marketing: Coupon Books

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Growing up in Michigan, I was a part of a very prestigious high school baseball team– the Plymouth Canton Chiefs.  Year in and year out, our team was highly ranked and continually vied for the state championship.  Playing on this team was a sign

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Citibank Survey Shows Consumer Psychology Changing

A survey conducted by Hart Research Associates found 41% of customers are worried about the amount they pay for necessities like food and gasoline, up 18 points from September 2010. A new nationwide survey issued on Aug. 31, by Citibank finds a decline in consumers’ expectations for the economy, even though their assessment of current

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Irving and Sobeys Re-Launch Popular Gas Savings Program

Street teams to randomly distribute $18,000 in gift cards as well as other prizes at select locations Sept. 3. Irving Oil and Sobeys are re-launching their popular gas savings program in Atlantic Canada on Sept. 3, by deploying Easy to Save Street Teams at 18 Irving and Sobeys locations in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland

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Tesco Exits Japan

The British retailer pulls out of Japan, leaving many to speculate on the future of Tesco’s struggling U.S. venture Fresh & Easy. Tesco has announced it is pulling out of Japan after eight years of heavy losses, leaving some analysts to speculate on the fate of Tesco’s embattled Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets in the

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Productivity: Motivating Employees

By John Matthews, president and founder of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. “The productivity of work is not the responsibility of the worker, but of the manager.” – Peter Drucker. I remember my first managerial job in retail foodservice.  The year was 1987, and I was a manager trainee for Little Caesars Pizza.  I had just

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Jewel-Osco Teams With Food Banks For Hunger Action Month

Give a Little, Feed a Lot Campaign to benefit local food banks.  JEWEL-OSCO, a Midwest food and pharmacy retailer, is partnering with multiple food banks in Illinois and Indiana on a proactive food drive to support Hunger Action Month in September. The campaign, called “Give a Little, Feed a Lot,” which is going on now

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Sweet Leaf Liquid Sweetener

SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia offers endless, guilt-free options to tease consumers’ taste buds when added to favorite foods and drinks. Consumers enjoy this calorie-free, zero glycemic option. SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia can be added to water, coffee, milk, yogurt or other low-calorie foods to improve the taste. The Liquid Stevia drops are convenient and available in easy-to-use

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Clark Brands Signs Foster Blue Water Oil

“We’re proud to have Foster Blue Water as a Clark licensee,” says Clark CEO. Clark Brands LLC announced that Foster Blue Water Oil of Richmond, Mich., has branded with Clark. The partnership will continue the growth of the Clark brand in southeast Michigan. Clark will provide customized branding and marketing programs as Foster Blue Water

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Pilot Flying J Offering Largest Network of DEF

“More pumps, more locations and more savings will make life easier for drivers everywhere,” says  Pilot Flying J executive vice president. Pilot Flying J now offers Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) at the pump at more than 600 fueling lanes at 135 nationwide locations, providing customers with the industry’s largest network of DEF at the pump.

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Love’s Introduces Cardless Fueling

Love’s to install RFID technology nationwide, offering greater control over fuel theft and speedier transactions for customers. Love’s Travel Stops is set to install RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology at all of its locations nationwide. When combined with a RFID tag in the cab of the truck, this technology will enable fuel transactions without a

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Circle K Store To Welcome Mixed Martial Arts Superstar

XYIENCE hosts autograph-signing with Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva at local c-store. Circle K and XYIENCE, maker of Xenergy, the official energy drink of the UFC, are inviting mixed martial arts (MMA) fans to meet XYIENCE team athlete Wanderlei Silva, who fights in the UFC’s middleweight division. Silva is scheduled to sign autographs at the

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Hunt Brothers Pizza Celebrates NASCAR Victory

Kevin Harvick wins race with No. 2 Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet. Hunt Brothers Pizza celebrated in victory lane Aug. 24 when the made-to-order convenience store pizza chain’s NASCAR driver, Kevin Harvick, won the Camping World Truck Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tenn., driving the Hunt Brothers Pizza No. 2

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LinkedIn – The Power of Networking

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. With the introduction of social media in the last five or so years, networking and expanding your relevancy in your community has never been more productive.  Unlike most advertising and media, social media enables you to create a two-way communication with your network contacts

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Heineken USA Introduces Noche Buena Beer

Exclusive Mexican winter brew will be available in key U.S. markets beginning in October. Heineken USA today announced the launch of Noche Buena, a Bock-styled Lager brewed by Cerveceria Moctezuma, S.A., specifically made for the Fall/Winter season. The limited edition traditional Mexican beer will make its way to select markets in the U.S. in October.

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Disposable Electronic Cigarettes

PureSmoke has launched its next generation of disposable e-cigarettes in two flavors: Classic Tobacco and Cool Mint.  Pre-priced at $9.99, each stick is equivalent to two packs of traditional cigarettes, offering the greatest value to adult tobacco consumers. The 12-count retail carton converts into a countertop display making it easy to merchandise. Build your category

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Maximizing A Convention

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. Whether this is your first industry convention or you are a seasoned pro, I am a firm believer that establishing a well-thought out plan in advance of attending an industry convention is key for maximizing results.  Many conventions can be daunting with thousands of

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McManigal Joins Kum & Go’s Board of Advisors

“Mark’s appointment is a direct result of his deep knowledge of Kum & Go’s business model and his unique insights to our business,” says Kum & Go’s CEO. Mark McManigal, managing director of Claritas Capital is set to join Kum & Go’s Board of Advisors, beginning in October 2011. McManigal previously served as in-house general

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TA Welcomes Customers’ Four-Legged Friends

Designated pet areas now available at all sites. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) is adding to its full-service benefits by welcoming back-seat drivers of the furry kind to all travel centers within the TA and Petro Stopping Centers network. Drivers will see a designated pet area at each location, inviting them to let their pets

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NCR Welcomes Kingsfield

“Scott’s proven track record driving profitable growth through world-class indirect sales channels advancing a portfolio of innovative retail solutions is the perfect complement to NCR’s core business and broad distribution,” says NCR’s EVP.   NCR Corp. has appointed Scott Kingsfield as senior vice president and general manager of its Retail Line of Business, reporting to

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