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Building New Tobacco Sales

Retailers and government officials butt heads over handmade cigarettes. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Celeste Lucas likes to smoke, but she doesn’t like paying $5 a pack for cigarettes, so she took matters into her own hands and purchased a roll-your-own cigarette machine. Using loose tobacco and paper tubes, she can now create an entire

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Tesco Deploys Retalix 10 Store Suite

Retalix to present at NRF Show, outlining the future of Tesco’s retail IT strategies. Tesco Plc. is set to deploy the Retalix next generation store platform following a successful initial pilot of the Retalix 10 Store Suite software. Tesco, the third largest grocery retailer in the world, has been a Retalix business partner since 1995,

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McIntosh Group To Provide ADA Compliance Tools For NACS Members

NACS and McIntosh are developing industry-specific programs to help NACS members meet ADA responsibilities. NACS has selected The McIntosh Group to provide its members with access to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility compliance tools. The agreement provides NACS members with access to customized and specific solutions using McIntosh’s existing branded offer. “The McIntosh Group

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Out-of-Stocks Drive Customers To Your Competitors

Nearly one-third of U.S. shoppers found empty shelves this holiday season, an Aldata survey finds. Holiday shopping wasn’t a cheerful experience for many Americans this holiday season. According to a new survey of more than 1,000 U.S. in-store shoppers, 31% discovered that the product(s) they were looking for this holiday season were out of stock.

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Rutter’s 2011 Charitable Giving Tops $320,000

“We believe these donations have made a lasting impact on the organizations that receive them and those who’ve benefitted from them,” says Rutter’s CEO. Rutter’s Farm Stores made charitable donations to several community organizations, which totaled more than $320,000 in 2011. “In economies as tough as this one, charities need the financial support of the

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NCR, VendorNet Integrate In-Store Pick Up With POS Software

Integration of product inventory to point-of-sale software helps retailers drive sales across channels and preserve margin in an increasingly competitive market. NCR Corp. and VendorNet Inc., a provider of cross-channel fulfillment technology, have entered into a strategic agreement that will see NCR integrate VendorNet’s cross-channel StoreNet In-Store Pickup fulfillment technology into its NCR Advanced Store

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Driving Foodservice Profitability

Taking steps to promote innovative products and value pricing can elevate the whole roller grill experience. By Heather Henstock, Contributing Editor. When consumers think of convenience store food, roller grill hot dogs are top of mind. Roller grills have developed a mixed reputation over the years, but they remain a staple of c-store foodservice programs

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AWMA To Introduce Hall of Fame at 2012 Show

Steve Shing and Jim Colucci are set to be the inaugural inductees. AWMA has announced that Steve Shing, corporate vice president, sales and marketing at GSC Enterprises Inc. and James Colucci, recently retired as executive vice president of sales and marketing, at Altadis U.S.A., will be the first recipients of the newly established AWMA Hall

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Boyer’s Food Market and Holiday Stationstores Select Revionics

“We are extremely pleased with the ROI and increased gross margin we have obtained from Revionics’ system,” says Holiday spokesperson. Boyer’s Food Market Inc., which operates 17 full service supermarket locations in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and Holiday Stationstores, with over 450 corporately-owned and franchise stores, have both renewed their service agreements with Revionics. Boyer’s cited the

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AWMA Expo Sells Out

Space now being added to accommodate more manufacturers. AWMA’s 2012 Expo is sold out and space is being added to accommodate additional manufacturers at its annual convention and expo to be held Feb. 15 – 17, 2012, at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. For the past three years, AWMA has been focused on reinventing

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NATSO Foundation Supports AMBER Alert

Truckstops and travel plazas engage in efforts to safely recover abducted children. The NATSO Foundation has announced that the truckstop and travel plaza industry will now be engaged in efforts to safely recover abducted children.  In support of the U.S. Department of Justice’s AMBER Alert program, the NATSO Foundation will work with the National Center

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Tedeschi Completes Weymouth Remodels

Brings fresh food into Weymouth, Mass. stores. Tedeschi Food Shops completed the remodel of two locations in Weymouth, Mass. in 2011. Renovations of the 11 Sea Street and 425 Washington Street stores are part of a company-wide initiative to ensure that all Tedeschi Food Shops offer an increased assortment of fresh, healthy meal and snack

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Village Pantry Acquires Miller Oil Co.

Acquisition gives Village Pantry a strong foothold in the Midwest.   Miller Oil Co., based in Champaign, Ill., is set to sell its seven Colonial Pantry convenience stores to Village Pantry of Wilmington, N.C.   American Business Brokers and WJF Services Inc. facilitated the transaction. The seven stores are all located in Illinois in the

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President Bill Clinton to Address NRA Show Attendees

“Clinton’s insights are sure to be both interesting and entertaining, making his keynote address one of the main attractions at NRA Show 2012,” says NRA convention chair. President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and the 42nd President of the United States, will address attendees at the 2012 National Restaurant Association Restaurant,

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Hess Corp. Announces Capital and Exploratory Budget for 2012

“We are committed to creating value and delivering sustainable growth in production and reserves from both our unconventional and conventional portfolios,” says Hess spokesperson. Hess Corp. has announced a 2012 capital and exploratory budget of $6.8 billion, nearly all of which is targeted for Exploration and Production: $2.5 billion for unconventionals, $1.6 billion for production,

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Boosting Energy Sales

Although some c-store operators admit to being worried about regulators turning their focus toward energy products, many believe the category has at least another year of strong growth ahead. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Sales of energy shots are soaring despite the lingering recession. New products, flavors and marketing messages are making it one of

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Subway Aims To Open 2,500 Locations in 2012

New SUBWAY restaurants are expected to create a total of 25,000 full and part-time jobs in 2012. Through the opening of more than 2,400 restaurants worldwide, including 1,100 new locations just in the U.S. and Canada alone, the SUBWAY restaurant chain created approximately 24,000 new foodservice job and career opportunities in 2011. By opening an

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Chester’s Moves Up On Top Franchise List

Entrepreneur magazine ranks Chester’s No. 134 in its 33rd Annual Franchise 500 Report. Entrepreneur magazine, recently announced that Chester’s International, LLC was once again ranked as a leading quick-service restaurant franchise, highlighted by the company’s move up to No. 134 in the magazine’s annual Franchise 500 awards. “Chester’s consistent ranking is a testament of the company’s

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Kangaroo Express Announces Collegiate Coffee Mugs

Tar Heel, Wolfpack and Blue Devil hoops fans now can show team spirit while enjoying a cup of coffee. The Pantry Inc. is now offering collegiate coffee mugs at Kangaroo Express convenience stores, allowing fans to start their day with a mug of Bean Street Coffee marked with school pride. Aligned with the start of

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Hoshizaki Ice Machines Feature QR Codes

Now customers and technicians can scan the machines’ QR codes with a smartphone to gain additional information. Hoshizaki America’s ice machines manufactured in Peachtree City, Ga., now feature a label with QR codes specific to make, model and serial number. Customers and service technicians can use their smartphone to scan the QR code for convenience.

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Freudenthal Joins Imperial Tobacco Group

Kevin Freudenthal takes helm as region director–Americas and president and CEO of Commonwealth–Altadis Inc. Imperial Tobacco Group PLC, the world’s fourth-largest tobacco company, has appointed Kevin Freudenthal as region director–Americas and president and CEO of Commonwealth–Altadis Inc. He will assume his new position on Jan. 30, 2012, succeeding Graham Bolt who has retired from the company. Freudenthal brings a wealth of experience

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Nielsen Acquires Perishables Group

With acquisition Nielsen looks to accelerate its work to integrate total-store information, providing a holistic picture of wall-to-wall activity within the store, notes CEO. Nielsen has acquired the Perishables Group Inc., an industry expert in fresh food consulting and category development. The move solidifies Nielsen’s position as the leader in total store reporting and analytics

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Delivering a Winning Pizza Program

In an effort to grow its foodservice business, Casey’s is expanding its menu to include pizza delivery. By Joe Bush, Contributing Editor. Casey’s General Stores has sold pizza for more than a quarter century making it one of the earliest convenience store chains to do so. Now, in an effort to expand its customer base,

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Pilot Flying J Offers Free Winter Diesel Additive Program

“The goal of our winter diesel additive program is to give our customers added peace of mind and to make their winter driving experience a positive one,” says Flying J executive vice president. Pilot Flying J has announced its annual winter diesel additive program at participating Pilot Travel Centers and Flying J Travel Plazas in

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