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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Plummet on Worry over Economic Growth

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The Department of Labor’s non-farm payroll report for April showing job creation at a paltry 115,000 which was much less than expected by the market triggered a selling frenzy in oil futures trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange, with the data suggesting slowing economic growth

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Visa Raises “No Signature” Limit to $50, Enhances Merchant Fraud Protection

Visa Inc. said it plans to raise its Visa Easy Payment Service “no signature required” limit from $25 to $50 for two key U.S. merchant categories. Starting in October 2012, discount stores and grocery stores/supermarkets in the U.S. can accept Visa cards for transactions up to $50 without requiring a cardholder signature or PIN, or

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Douglass Distributing Inks Deals with Gilbarco, Outcast

Douglass Distributing has reached a deal with Gilbarco Veeder-Root and Outcast to that calls for Applause TV with Outcast to be the exclusive digital forecourt media provider for all of the company’s dealer- and company-owned Lone Star Food Store locations. With over 140 ExxonMobil, Valero and Shell fuel branded locations in the Sherman and Dallas/Fort

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Mandatory Receipts at Convenience Stores?

A Philadelphia City Councilman wants to make receipts mandatory at all convenience stores in the city. Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones told CBS News that he is frustrated that not all convenience stores readily offer receipts. Some, he said in the report, are hoping to keep cash transactions off the records. Jones, in the report,

Inspiring Leadership in Those Around You

Master Chief Petty Officer David A. Lindenberger. He is the toughest man I’ve ever met. As the senior enlisted man aboard the submarine USS Providence during my time in the Navy, he was known simply as Chief of the Boat or the COB. He wasn’t a particularly big man, maybe an iron fist taller than

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Servicing Customers in a Jiffy

Jiffy Trip is preparing to unveil a convenience store prototype in Oklahoma and has its sights set on acquisition opportunities. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor Jiffy Trip is gearing up for a busy year. The 28-store chain  based in Enid, Okla. is scouring the market for acquisition targets to fulfill its lofty plans to grow

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Service to the Fleet

With fuel costs again on the rise, a fleet card network can attract new business while offering fleet managers the safety, security and reporting tools they need to be successful. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Fleet cards are a nice piece of business for c-store operators. But the key to keeping that business growing is

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Gum Gets a Fresh Start

Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. After years of  tremendous growth, gum sales have struggled as new products and line extensions crowd the category. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Innovation is a great thing, especially in the fickle gum category. But Danna Huskey, category manager for Texarkana, Texas-based E-Z Mart stores

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NASCAR Tribute Remembers Tornado Victims

The Gulfcoast Loss Prevention Chevrolet will sport a special tribute on the hood for the victims. T.J. Bell and the No. 50 Gulfcoast Loss Prevention MAKE Motorsports team will be teaming up with the Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa Organization to honor those who lost their lives during the tornado outbreak that begin on April 27, 2011.

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Love’s Opening 10 Oklahoma CNG Fueling Stations

With these 10 new fueling stations, Love’s CNG infrastructure count has reached 11, giving Oklahoma more than 70 existing or planned public CNG stations. Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, an Oklahoma City, Okla.-based and family-owned operator of more than 290 travel stops and convenience stores, has scheduled grand opening events for six of 10

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BP Wins Fraud Lawsuit Brought By Two Franchisees

Judge reprimands the oil giant for concealing profit margins from buyers. A Cook County judge has ruled in favor of BP Products North America Inc. in a lawsuit brought by two of its Chicago-area franchisees that accused the oil giant of fraud, the Chicago Tribune reported. Cook County Circuit Judge Sanjay Tailor ruled Wednesday that

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NACS Show Named 47th Largest U.S. Trade Show

The NACS Show ranks 27th based on total exhibitors and is the top trade show for “buying plans.” The NACS Show was again named one of the top 50 trade shows based on net square feet, according to the Trade Show News Network’s (TSNN) Top 250 Trade Shows in the U.S., which was released this

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TA Offers Free Food For Female Drivers On Mother’s Day

Women holding commercial drivers licenses eat free May 13 at TA and Petro full-service restaurants. TravelCenters of America (TA) is inviting all professional driving women to enjoy a complimentary meal on Mother’s Day, May 13, 2012, at any participating TA and Petro Stopping Centers sit-down restaurant across the U.S. TA and Petro will be honoring

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Peapod Pilots Virtual Shopping Program

Peapod’s virtual store program for commuter rail stations is a creative, convenient way for passengers to multi-task and knock out their grocery shopping on the go. Peapod, an Internet grocer, has placed a virtual grocery store in Chicago’s highly traveled State and Lake Station Tunnel. Not only is Peapod the first in the nation to

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Healthy Options Driving Foodservice Demand

Many convenience store retailers are cognizant of the trend toward healthier foods and are adding better-for-you items to their menus. By John Lofstock, Editor. More salads, fruits and vegetables are finding their way onto convenience store shelves—often for purchase in the morning, or as a late afternoon snack—much to the delight of an increasing number

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Big Bar For Big Cravings

The Kellogg Convenience Team is expanding the Rice Krispies Treats Big Bar product line, adding Buttery Toffee and Chocolatey Chip to the current Original and Double Chocolatey Chunk flavor offerings. The two new on-trend flavors complement the existing crispy marshmallow bars, which are made from oven-roasted rice cereal. Also new is the packaging, updated with

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Cumberland Farms Sells 20 Sites

Locations are available in eight northeastern states.   Cumberland Farms Inc., which operates 589 convenience store locations, is divesting 18 operating and closed convenience stores, plus two retail development sites throughout the Northeast. The 20 properties are located in a variety of urban and suburban markets in eight Northeastern states—six properties each in Massachusetts and

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Valero Raises $2.1 Million For MDA

Total fundraising surpasses $20 million dollars in 25-year partnership.  Valero Corner Stores raised $2.1 million in its 2012 Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) fundraising campaign. The amount represents a daily average of over $75,000 during the campaign.  This is the second time in the history of Corner Store MDA campaigns that Valero has achieved more than

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Subway Gets Top Ranking On Franchise List

Blake Newton of Gunnison, Utah, who worked his way from sandwich artist to Subway franchise owner, was the recipient of a 2011 SUBWAY Franchisee of the Year Award. For the second year in a row, the SUBWAY restaurant chain has been awarded the No. 1 ranking in the Franchise Direct Top 100 Global Franchises Rankings,

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Alcoholic Light Tea and Lemonade

Just in time for summer, Michelob ULTRA has introduced ULTRA 19th Hole Light Tea & Lemonade, an iced tea and lemonade-flavored alcohol beverage inspired by the golf course classic. Available nationwide for a limited time, ULTRA 19th Hole is a lighter alternative to traditional flavored malt beverages that is perfectly suited for an afternoon pool

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Snowboarding Heats Up

Snowboarding will be a bit hotter during 2012 now that Chas Guldemond, one of the world’s top-ranked snowboarders, has signed on with Texas Pete to endorse the hot sauce on slopes around the world throughout 2012. The Texas Pete brand offers a full line of hot sauces, wing sauces and seafood sauces. Guldemond is enjoying

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Online and Mobile Buying Trend Upward

Sales from mobile devices reached 13.3% in Q1 2012, up from the 7% in Q1 2011. The U.S. retail industry saw continued growth in online and mobile buying trends in the first-quarter, driven by today’s rising digital consumer marketplace. According to the IBM retail online economic indicator, a cloud-based analytics report that examines the state

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Specially Priced Black Cigarillos

Swisher International has introduced new Swisher Sweets Black Cigarillos with a dark maduro-like wrapper that delivers a distinctive, rich aroma as well as a slower-burning, smoother smoke. The convenient cigarillo size is ideal for today’s on-the-go lifestyles, offering retailers the opportunity to take advantage of strong consumer demand for a truly distinctive tobacco product. Exceptionally

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Getty Realty Corp. Repossesses 788 Properties

Getty enters into new lease agreements with affiliates of Lehigh Gas, Chestnut Petroleum Distributors, Ramoco Fuels and Sam’s Food Stores. Getty Realty Corp.’s master lease with Getty Petroleum Marketing Inc. (Marketing) has been rejected by Marketing effective April 30, 2012, pursuant to an order of the Bankruptcy Court.   The rejection was consistent with the

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Consumers Focus On Healthful Foods

IDDBA’s “What’s in Store” report shows customers are looking to eat healthier, shopping more but buying less on trips. Consumers are buying less food less frequently, making value that includes health the crux of their shopping ethos, according to “What’s in Store 2012,” the published trends report from the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA). Spending on

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