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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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ExxonMobil Speedpass Customers Awarded Gas Savings

Free promotion available to those who register between May 2 and June 30, 2011. To express appreciation to customers and to give branded wholesalers another way to enhance customer loyalty, ExxonMobil is offering 15 cents off per gallon of fuel purchased with a registered Speedpass account. Starting with registration on May 2, 2011, customers can

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Energy-Efficient Tips for Controlling Costs

Choosing the right equipment  and honing maintenance procedures will help to significantly reduce energy expenses. By: Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Convenience stores looking to save money on operating costs should start examining their cooler and lighting expenses, in addition to the lighting inside the coolers—for simple ways to save big bucks. Canastota, N.Y.-based Nice N

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Avoiding Cold Vault Cannibalization

With new healthier beverage options becoming available retailers face the task of resetting coolers to maximize sales. By: By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Who would have thought that packaged beverages could cause so many people so much angst? Heightened environmental and health concerns and the spotlight on childhood obesity have been used to cast a

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CITGO Supports Child Literacy

Funding will help Bess The Book Bus meet its goal of donating 100,000 books in nationwide tour. CITGO Petroleum Corp. continues its support of Tampa, Fla.-based mobile literacy outreach, and past Fueling Good winner, Bess the Book Bus with a sponsorship of its “2011 Success in Sight Tour.” Bess the Book Bus will visit more

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Kum & Go Donates $10,000 to American Red Cross

Arkansas residents impacted by recent tornadoes will benefit from the donation. Kum & Go President and CEO Kyle Krause  announced that a $10,000 contribution has been made to the American Red Cross and will be directed toward helping Arkansas residents, after tornadoes touched down in the South leaving damage in their wake. According to Krause,

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Food Fight at the Breakfast Bar

While convenience stores continue to battle QSRs for coffee sales, a new clash has ensued for the morning daypart as a whole. By: Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Despite busier lifestyles, breakfast remains the most important meal of the day to most customers. The Food Channel’s recent breakfast survey found that 95% of respondents viewed their

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Valero Sets Record For MDA Campaign

Stores raise $2.28 million, an increase of more than 15% from last year. Valero Corner Stores raised a record $2.28 million in its 2011 Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) fundraising campaign. The amount represents an increase of more than 15% from last year’s campaign, and is the first time in the Valero campaign’s 25-year history that

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Kroger Announces New Hire

New external corporate communications director joins the Kroger team. The Kroger Co. welcomes Keith Dailey as director of external corporate communications. In his new role, Dailey will be responsible for national media corporate communications, and will serve as the company’s spokesperson. Dailey served as communications director and was senior staff member for former Ohio Governor

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Positive Outlook For Foodservice Packaging

Convenience stores are listed as one of the top five market segments survey respondents consider to have strong potential growth for packaging in 2011. The results of the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI)’s “Foodservice Packaging Industry Surveys” indicates a growing enthusiasm within the industry for 2011. The annual surveys gauge the state of the industry among

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ExxonMobil Donates To Promote Education

A total of 77 educational institutions are set to receive funds from program that matches employee donations 3:1. Irving, Texas-based ExxonMobil and its employees donated more than $38 million to 924 educational institutions across the U.S. through the ExxonMobil Foundation’s 2010 Educational Matching Gift Program, including more than $7.6 Million to local Texas institutions. ExxonMobil

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