NYC Raises Smoking Age To 21

Lawmakers in NYC introduce strictest limits on tobacco purchases of any major U.S. city in the nation. New York City has upped the legal age for purchasing tobacco products (including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos) from 18 to 21 years of age. The bill was adopted by the New York City Council, which passed the

PCI SSC Debuts P2PE Solutions Listing

The PCI Validated P2PE Solutions listing is the next step in the rollout of the Council’s P2PE program. At its 2013 European Community Meeting, the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC), an open, global forum for the development of payment card security standards, announced the availability of its Validated Point-to Point Encryption (P2PE) solutions listing

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Tri Star Energy Announces Win Gas Weekly Contest

Customers have a new chance to win every week that they shop at Daily’s or Twice Daily convenience stores. Tri Star Energy, operator of 71 Daily’s  and Twice Daily convenient stores throughout Middle Tennessee has garnered 10,000 entries for a “Win Gas Weekly” contest. The contest kicked off on Sept. 9 and runs through Dec.

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NATO Announces 2014 Board of Directors

Newly elected members begin their new role on Jan. 1, 2014. The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) announced that its 2014 NATO board of director elections are complete.    The following association members have been elected by the NATO membership to serve a two-year term on the NATO board of directors beginning Jan. 1,

Study: E-Cigarettes Not a Gateway for Teen Smoking

Recent study debunks assertions that e-cigarettes cause more teens to try regular cigarettes. A recent study shows show a substantial majority of teenagers who have tried an e-cigarette do not go on to begin smoking cigarettes, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets reported. The results were released during a recent American Association for Cancer Research

Five Ways Suppliers and Distributors Can Help Retailers with Hurricane Preparedness

By Ryan Mossman, Contributing Editor The National Hurricane Center predicted an “above average” hurricane season for 2013, forecasting eighteen tropical storms and nine hurricanes. But the reality is that 2013 has been a dud with nine tropical storms and only two Category 1 strength-named hurricanes. Though hurricane season doesn’t officially end until November 30, roughly

Restaurant Visits On A Deal Increase In 2013

NPD reports that value menus and buy some, get some are the most popular deals. Restaurant visits on a deal or discount increased across all segments in the first nine months of 2013 after declining in 2012, according to  The NPD Group, a global information company. NPD’s ongoing foodservice market research reports that restaurant visits

Survey Shows Consumer Holiday Shopping Preferences

Some 51% of customers plan to use a smartphone app to compare prices and 31% say they would use a mobile wallet for their purchases. Twice as many Americans are planning to increase their spending during the 2013 holiday season compared to just three years ago, according to the Discover Holiday Shopping Survey commissioned by

Dunkin’ Donuts Expanding In Reno

“We are very excited to bring Dunkin’ Donuts to Reno, and make the company’s famous beverages, baked goods and sandwiches available to an ever-growing base of customers,” says Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee. Dunkin’ Donuts has announced the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with new franchise group, HT2 Franchising LLC, to develop nine new restaurants

Getty Realty Corp. To Report Q3 Financial Results

Getty Realty Corp. plans to release its preliminary financial results for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2013 after the market closes on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Getty Realty Corp. will conduct an earnings conference call on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. To participate in the call, dial 1-888-228-5281, or 1-913-312-1489

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Libya Output Cuts, Wavering on Fed Tapering Supports Gasoline

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric After sliding to a 16-month low Oct. 24 at $2.5417 gallon, New York Mercantile Exchange November RBOB futures rallied 10cts through Monday (10/28), underpinned by technical support, news Libya oil production was sharply reduced and on market expectations the Federal Reserve would continue its bond buying program

Kangaroo Express To Offer Little Caesars HOT-N-READY Menu

Guests can now enjoy the quality, value and convenience of Little Caesars pizza at Kangaroo Express. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc. announced it will now offer Little Caesars HOT-N-READY menu items at select stores across the Southeast. This is the first time any Kangaroo Express locations will feature an on-premises Little Caesars carryout

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U.S. Oil Launches New GAIN CNG Fueling Station

With the addition of the Gary, Ind. location, U.S. Oil now has 12 new GAIN Clean Fuel stations under construction across the U.S. U.S. Oil has partnered with Roehl Transport and H.M.D. Trucking on a GAIN Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Fueling Station located along Interstate 80/90 in Gary, Ind., an important east-west freight carrier route

Consumers Reveal Privacy Concerns With Loyalty Programs

“Reassurance of privacy is undoubtedly a key strategic tool in loyalty program engagement, but there is a paradox at play here between personalization and privacy,” notes one Mintel analyst. Enrollment in loyalty programs is on the rise across all retail categories, but soaring participation in retailer loyalty programs does not necessarily translate to ‘genuine’ loyalty

Starbucks Debuts Tea Bar

Starbucks has announced plans to debut its first “tea bar” in New York City, NY Daily News Online reported. Following the Starbucks acquisition last year of Teavana—a chain of about 300 stores—Starbucks is making good on its plans to use the acquisition to make tea a bigger part of American culture with the introduction of

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LOGIC Technology Names New Director To National Sales Organization

Raz Rahman, formerly of Altria Sales and Distribution, to oversee development of LOGIC electronic cigarette sales in the Northeast. LOGIC Technology, developers of premium electronic cigarettes, has announced the addition of Raz Rahman to its key executives team. In his role as Northeast Regional Director, Rahman will lead the rapid business development of LOGIC brands

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Ender’s Game Promotion

The ICEE Co. has announced the launch of its Ender’s Game Promotion, which includes a retail and online program with Ender’s Game Battle School Blastberry and Orbital Orange ICEE flavors, with a promotion featured on Ender’s Game themed ICEE cups and prominent signage in movie theaters, quick service restaurants and convenience stores nationwide. A sweepstakes

CITGO Retailer Wins Best Customer Service Honor

This WMDA award is a wonderful recognition, and we could not be more proud of achieving our mission,” says Murray’s CITGO spokesperson. Murray’s Tire & Auto CITGO station has been awarded the “Best Customer Service” honor at the annual Washington, Maryland, Delaware Service Station and Automotive Repair Association (WMDA) convention—held Sept. 28—in Ocean City, Md.

Altria To Expand E-Cig Sales To Arizona

Following Indiana pilot, Altria expands retail sales for e-cigarettes. Altria, which is selling electronic cigarettes in about 3,000 stores in its Indiana test market, has announced plans to expand sales to about 2,000 stores in Arizona this December, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. Henrico County-based Altria, the parent company of U.S. cigarette maker Philip Morris USA,

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XYIENCE Launches “How Do You Say XYIENCE?” Video Contest

One lucky winner will take home the grand prize, which includes a one-year supply of Xenergy, a XYIENCE backpack, T-shirt and other swag. Facebook fans encouraged to submit an original video for a chance to win a one-year supply of Xenergy along with a XYIENCE backpack filled with goodies and gear. XYIENCE Xenergy, the official

KSS Fuels Changing Name to Kalibrate Technologies

New name reflects broad scope of intelligence solutions for clients. KSS Fuels has announced that it is changing its name to Kalibrate Technologies to better reflect the broadened scope of the intelligence solutions it offers clients in the petroleum retail and convenience store industry. The company provides fuel pricing and retail network planning software and

New Traceability Implementation Guideline Issued for Dairy, Deli, & Bakery Industries

Guideline developed in collaboration with food industry to offer best practices for improving traceability and food safety. A new implementation guideline for leveraging GS1 global standards for traceability business processes in the dairy, deli, and bakery supply chain has been released by the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association, the International Dairy Foods Association, and GS1 US. The

Greg Parker Named Entrepreneur of the Year

President and CEO of Parker’s honored at 2013 Business Expo and Awards Banquet. The Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce recently honored Parker’s president and CEO Greg Parker as the 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year. Parker was recognized at the 2013 Business Expo and Awards Banquet, held on Oct. 24 at the Savannah International Trade and

Kum & Go Opens New Convenience Store in Bentonville

New eco-friendly store features fresh food and a variety of fuel options. Kum & Go is set to open a new 5,000-square-foot convenience store in Bentonville, Ark. at 800 Southeast J St. on Friday, Oct. 25. Customers are invited to stop by during opening week to enjoy fresh pizza for only $1 a slice. The

CITGO To Award A Year’s Supply of Free Gas

Customers in four cities are eligible to win fuel. From now through Nov. 10, CITGO is giving away $34,000 in CITGO Gift Cards to consumers who visit one of nearly 500 CITGO branded stations in San Antonio; Atlanta; Tampa, Fla.; and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa., as part of the CITGO Good Stuff Giveaway. During the six week

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