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Parker’s Rewards Customer With Monster Guitar

Parkers presents a Monster electric guitar to a 50-year-old customer for participating in its latest text contest. Parkers, a c-store located in Savannah, Ga., awarded a local customer with a Monster electric guitar as a part of its June Text Contest. Greg Parker, president and CEO of Parkers, presented Pooler, Ga., local Gregg Geiger with

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Hobart Recognized As Outstanding Supplier Of Year

Hobart received recognition as Auntie Anne’s Inc.’s Outstanding Supplier of the Year for its customer service and product quality. Hobart supplies the HL200 20-quart Legacy Mixer for Auntie Anne’s retail locations. The mixer features ergonomic advancements to improve foodservice operations, productivity and labor efficiency. It offers a swing-out bowl to add and remove ingredients from

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2012 Candy Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Thirteen leaders in the confection industry are inducted to the Candy Hall of Fame this fall. Information on the 2012 Candy Hall of Fame, scheduled for Oct. 20 in Tampa, Fla., is now available online.  The following are inductees for the 2012 Candy Hall of Fame: Jim Bourne, Hilliard’s Chocolate System Pierson Clair, Brown & Haley

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Mars Celebrates National Ice Cream Day With Six Flags

Mars Chocolate North America promotes its ice cream products at 11 Six Flags parks across the U.S. for National Ice Cream Day. Mars Chocolate North America announced its exclusive partnership with Six Flags Entertainment Corp. to help consumers celebrate National Ice Cream Day on July 15. Guests who visit select Six Flags parks on National

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High’s Teams With PriceAdvantage

High’s Dairy Stores rolls out a new fuel price management solution at its c-stores. High’s of Baltimore Inc. chose PriceAdvantage, a fuel price management system, for its High’s Dairy Stores across Maryland. PriceAdvantage, a division of Skyline Products, will also help the company feed prices to their electronic price signs, VeriFone Sapphire POS and fuel

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RYO Machine Regulation Takes Effect

Commercial RYO machine operators must comply with the new rules effective immediately. On Friday, July 6, President Barack Obama signed the transportation bill, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, into law. The bill included a provision that defines commercial RYO machine operators as tobacco manufacturers under federal law.  This means

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Hunt Brothers Launches Fan Photo Contest

“This photo contest is a fun way to celebrate the loyal fans of both NASCAR and Hunt Brothers Pizza by letting them use their creativity and enthusiasm to prove they are the ultimate fan,” says Hunt Brothers spokesperson. Just in time for the exciting summer stretch of NASCAR racing, Hunt Brothers Pizza has launched the

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Combating C-Store Theft

Typically, convenience stores can experience a few gasoline thefts a week. But when prices increase, some stores see several gas thefts a day. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor When times get hard, thieves get industrious and innovative. The response by convenience store operators must be twofold: extensive background checks on potential employees to weed out

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Training for UST Operators In Illinois

TAIT is offering the first online training solution for Class A & B UST operators in the State of Illinois to meet the state-mandated deadline of Aug. 8, 2012.  The online training is self-paced, meaning attendees can pause the training, and later restart the training in the same place.  The training is approximately four hours

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Englefield Oil Wins CSD’s 2012 Makeover Contest

By John Lofstock, Editor Experts agree that to successfully compete in the convenience store industry retailers must have a solid foodservice program. Developing a winning foodservice strategy requires a radical change in the corporate culture, a hefty financial commitment, lots of hard work and patience. In fact, one of the biggest differences between top convenience

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Gasoline’s Retail Price Slide Could Stall On Shut-ins, Policy

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The U.S. fell for the 13th consecutive week through July 2 and, at $3.356 gallon, are at a six-month low. So, just as one of the busiest travel periods in the US was underway during the July 4th holiday, retail gasoline prices were averaging at their

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Could Real Swipe Fee Relief Be On the Way?

Some speculate Visa and MasterCard could settle lawsuit before September Court date. Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. are reportedly prepared to settle a seven-year lawsuit brought by retailers, regarding swipe fee costs, sometime late this month—even as soon as next week, Bloomberg reported. The deal may include payments to retailers and a temporary cut in

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7-Eleven Updates Philippine Stores

Philippine Seven Corp. plans to add new stores and remodel older sites. Philippine Seven Corp., operator of 7-Eleven stores in the Philippines, announced plans to open 180 more stores within a year. According to a report from The Manila Standard Today, the additional stores would bring the nation’s 7-Eleven store count to 900 total. Philippine

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WilcoHess Partners With OpenStore by GasBuddy

“With these social and mobile initiatives, our company will be better equipped to meet our customers’ needs on a much more tailored level,” says WilcoHess spokesperson. Over the past year, WilcoHess has strategically realigned its non-traditional marketing and branding strategies to focus on tapping into a new industry demographic and, in turn, drive sales by

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Shell Continues Rollouts On Its Fuel Rewards Network

With the help of Excentus, Shell connects customers to fuel saving programs across all its stations. Shell and Excentus kicked off the expansion of the Fuel Rewards Network (FRN) in June, and the rollout of this program continues through July. The program aims to rollout in different cities each month. So far, it is available

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Retail Stocking Cart

Stock & Roll portable shelf stocking cart from Retail Handling Solutions acts as a simple solution for c-store operators. The cart holds case-packed goods and store containers at any shelf height, and glides down aisles to make stocking a quicker process in supermarkets, c-stores and pharmacies. The height of the cart can be adjusted by

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The Customer Service Saboteur

Washington State University student analyzes ways customers get on each other’s nerves. By Eric Sorensen, Contributing Editor There are Some jerks, and then there are jerks. Joel Anaya has given them a fair amount of study, focusing on that very special jerk who can take a routine service experience—dining out, paying at a cash register, air

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College Convenience Competes Locally

Kent State’s Eastway Market & Deli offers students the products they need at affordable prices to keep shopping occasions on campus. By Megan Wilkinson and John Lofstock. Getting to know your core customers is an ongoing challenge. But when your customers are a transient group of students, staying on top of their needs is virtually

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Take Your Deli to the Next Level

Sides, combo meals and even small equipment purchases can take your foodservice program from blah to booming. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. The International Dairy Deli Bakery Association’s (IDDBA) “What’s in Store 2012” report revealed consumers are buying more prepared meals at convenience stores that provide quality and variety to shoppers. Just being on top

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NRA Reports Job Growth Rate For Restaurant Industry

The National Restaurant Association finds that the job growth rate in the restaurant industry outpaces overall job growth rate in the U.S. The restaurant industry continues to lead the job market in creating jobs. The past year, eating and drinking place employment increased 2.7%, which is more than double the 1.3% increase in total U.S.

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Publix Lets Consumers Order Deli Online

Publix c-stores tests the online sale of deli products at one of its stores this August. Publix Deli Online Easy Ordering plans to launch at a Lakeland, Fla., store on Aug. 3 and is expected to rollout in 50 additional stores later this year. Customers will be able to order custom deli subs, wraps, meats

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7-Eleven Adds Mini Tacos

Four-for-$1 Mini Tacos joins 7-Eleven’s food line-up, appealing to the growing number of round-the-clock snackers. 7-Eleven Inc. will spice up its hot foods menu with the addition of Mini Tacos, a tasty south-of-the-border treat for hungry consumers looking for a quick, hot snack. Suggested retail price is just $1 for four Spicy Beef Mini Tacos,

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7-Eleven Celebrates 43 Years in Canada

For the 13th consecutive year, Manitoba has been crowned the Slurpee Capital of the World for having the highest average number of Slurpee cups sold per store in a region. It has become a long-standing and much-anticipated tradition. Each summer, 7-Eleven Canada serves up hundreds of thousands of free Slurpee drinks to toast the company’s

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Valentine’s Day Candy Sales

C-store retailers can prepare in advance for lovers and chocolate-fanatics flocking to stores Valentine’s Day to buy their family, friends and loved ones their favorite chocolate products with the help from Mars Chocolate North America. Consumers want a wide variety of choices during holidays. The company released a list of some items it plans to

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Forging Ahead With Foodservice

Knowing your skill sets when it comes to foodservice is vital in accurately determining which foodservice model will breed the most profitability for your chain. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Co-branding, leasing space to a quick-service restaurant (QSR) and creating a proprietary program all have benefits to c-stores, but knowing the model that is best

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