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NRF Appoints Davis SVP, Executive Director

“With her deep understanding of retail and consumer trends, her love of our industry and her strategic communications background, Ellen is the perfect candidate to re-imagine the possibilities for our Foundation,” says NRF CEO. The National Retail Federation announced today that Ellen Davis has been named senior vice president and executive director of the NRF

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7-Eleven Returns to Jacksonville

After 25 years, 7-Eleven is set to once again operate stores in the Jacksonville area. 7-Eleven officials announced this morning that it plans to open 80 new stores in the Jacksonville, Fla. area by 2015, which the company said will mean 800 new jobs, First Coast News Online reported. 7-Eleven representatives, along with Governor Rick Scott and

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McDonald’s To Test Replacing Foam Cups

Paper cups to take the place of foam cups in 2,000 restaurants in a test that is mostly to affect West Coast locations. In response to a 2011 shareholder resolution filed by shareholder advocacy organization As You Sow, McDonald’s Corp. recently confirmed that it is taking a major step toward possible phase-out of polystyrene foam

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SVM LP Launches FuelCircle

FuelCircle to initially leverage SVM’s relationships with BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil and Sunoco to create the first branded, nationwide network for the redemption of stored value fuel rewards. SVM LP, a global provider of gift cards and prepaid cards for businesses, announced today the formation of a new business unit that will utilize its core competencies

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ARCO Installing inovationTV at 138 Locations

New stations to add more than three million monthly impressions to the GSTV Network. ARCO has signed to have inOvationTV installed at 138 of its stations immediately through a partnership with Gas Station TV (GSTV), a national away-from-home television network at the pump, and Wayne, A GE Energy Business and global innovator of fuel dispensers

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Johnsonville Launches C-Store Website

“The Johnsonville C-Store Website will provide practical business benefits to our c-store foodservice end-users,” says Johnsonville spokesperson. Johnsonville Sausage has introduced a new website that offers extensive tools and resources to help c-store foodservice operators run their businesses and increase profitability. “Our Website is designed to provide a one-stop information resource for our c-store end-users

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Roadrunner Partners With PeopleMatter

“PeopleMatter has an understanding and focus on our industry that is unparalleled,” says Roadrunner CEO. Roadrunner Markets, a nearly 35 year-old company operating more than 92 convenience stores throughout the Southeast, today announced a partnership to implement the PeopleMatter Platform. The PeopleMatter Platform is an integrated software system that helps employers manage all of their

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TA Sponsors MATS Health Awareness Walk

At Mid-America Trucking Show walk promotes healthier professional drivers. The entire trucking industry is invited to join TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) and Trucking Solutions Group for the third annual MATS Health Awareness Walk. The walk, sponsored by TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded travel centers, together with Trucking Solutions Group, is set for Friday,

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Cigarette Warning Labels Upheld By Appeals Court

Following a federal court decision that graphic warning labels were unconstitutional, an appellate court has ruled that requiring cigarette warning labels are not a violation of free speech, rather they fall under commercial speech disclosures, are disclosing the health risks of cigarettes and are reasonably related to the government’s interest of preventing the deception of

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Starbucks Opens Evolution Fresh

The coffee giant delves into fruit and vegetable juices with the debut of its new juice bar chain. Starbucks Corp. debuted its first Evolution Fresh juice bar store on Monday. The launch is expected to boost the company’s position in the $50 billion health food sector, Reuters reported. Starbucks bought Evolution Fresh for $30 million

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NACS/CCRRC Releases Report On Shopper Motivations

Study identifies five compelling new platforms that can drive convenience retail growth. Convenience retailers seeking a profitable path to the future now have five compelling growth platforms to explore, following recommendations offered in the final section of a new NACS /Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council (NACS / CCRRC) study posted on www.ccrrc.org. “C-Growth: Using Shopper Research

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New York Considers Minimum Wage Increase

Small-business owners in New York upset over plan to raise the minimum wage. The New York state legislature is considering increasing the minimum wage in the state by $1.25 to $8.50, and also index it to inflation, the New York Post reported. A spokesperson for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said he is “optimistic” that the

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Price Trajectory Suggests $4 Gallon US Gasoline Average in April

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN Retail gasoline prices in the U.S continue to move higher and climbing wholesale costs in most major metropolitan markets through mid-March show the trend will continue into April. Moreover, the swift increases in gasoline costs that are being passed through the supply chain suggest the U.S.

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7-Eleven Gifts T3s To Dallas Police Department

The new T3s will double the Department’s fleet of electric standup vehicles. 7-Eleven Inc. is doubling the Dallas Police Department’s fleet of T3 Series electric standup vehicles (ESV) to help increase safety and reduce crime in Downtown Dallas. The T3 is an urban mobility tool for the Dallas Police Department, a zero-gas emission, clean energy

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BP Corrects Reports On ARCO

BP intends to sell its Carson refinery, associated businesses and the ARCO-branded retail network in 2012 as an on-going business. BP has corrected a number of inaccurate reports that the ARCO brand would be withdrawn from Southern California. BP noted that it remains committed to the ARCO and ampm convenience store brands. BP announced plans

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The Pantry Renews FleetCor Partnership

“FleetCor has been flexible and innovative in providing new products, services and programs to help The Pantry grow commercial business through our retail stores,” says a spokesperson for The Pantry.   The Pantry has renewed its commercial fleet card contract with FleetCor Technologies Inc., which has been managing The Pantry’s fleet card portfolio for over

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Casey’s Expands Into Kentucky

Casey’s takes on a 12th state as it prepares to break ground on its new Kentucky store. Casey’s General Stores Inc. has announced that the company has completed its final due diligence and will break ground on its first site in Kentucky later this month. This store will be located in Cadiz, Ky. and will

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Pilot Flying J Introduces MyRewards

“As the driver-driven company, serving our customers is always our top priority, and we wanted to make it easy for them to simply ‘join, drive and save,’” says Pilot Flying J CEO. Pilot Flying J is launching its new MyRewards loyalty program this spring.  The MyRewards program has a card for every customer: professional drivers,

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CITGO and Citi Renew Private Label Card Program

Since 1995, CITGO has offered payment products from Citi Retail Services, allowing CITGO locations to quickly and efficiently process purchases, and offering customers added convenience and flexibility. Citi Retail Services and CITGO Petroleum Corp. have announced a multi-year renewal of their long-standing U.S. private label credit card relationship. This extension is the latest in a

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7-Eleven Samples MiO ENERGY

Comedian Judah Friedlander introduces 7-Eleven customers to MiO Energy, a liquid water enhancer with an added energy benefit. Actor, comedian and beverage expert Judah Friedlander commandeered three Los Angeles 7-Eleven stores yesterday on behalf of MiO ENERGY, the new platform for the popular liquid water enhancer.  Friedlander, self-proclaimed beverage expert and newest fan of MiO

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Slurpee Drinks Arrive At Six Flags

This summer Six Flags guests can bring their 32-ounce Slurpee Six Flags Souvenir cup to a local 7-Eleven to refill their drink for only 99 cents. 7-Eleven and Six Flags Entertainment Corp. have announced a new partnership, where 7-Eleven’s Slurpee drink will be the Official Frozen Carbonated Beverage of Six Flags. Slurpee fans can now

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Weigel’s Announces New Director of Real Estate

Chris Ooten joins the Weigel’s team. Weigel’s has hired Chris Ooten as its new director of real estate to expand Weigel’s retail footprint through new store site acquisition and the selling and leasing of company-owned property. “With a solid background in commercial development, Chris is poised to help expand and take Weigel’s to the next

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InformationWeek Recognizes DIGIOP

InformationWeek reports on Big Tech Ideas for retailers in 2012. InformationWeek Magazine has named DIGIOP’s video-enhanced business intelligence platform as one of the 10 Big Tech Ideas for Retailers for 2012. The magazine recognized DIGIOP for its ability to provide retailers with powerful tools to help “track store traffic and optimize every square foot” of

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Anheuser-Busch Announces Personnel Moves

Anheuser-Busch has announced personnel changes in its National Retail Sales organization, led by Chris Williams, vice president NRS. Effective April 2, 2012 Manny Zayas will become the vice president and team lead, Walmart, Sam’s Club and Walmart International. Zayas joined the organization last year as vice president of convenience and successfully merged the c-store and

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Mac’s Convenience Stores Using Social Media to Thwart Crime

Mac’s Convenience Stores has added social media to its crime prevention tactics in its Canadian convenience stores. Mac’s Stores inCentral Canadahave developed an innovative approach to augment its formidable crime prevention measures by using social media to help identify criminals through Facebook and Twitter. According to The Chronicle-Journal, Mac’s will use these social media outlets

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