Study Shows Why Consumers Crave In-Store Shopping Experience

Millions of consumers will shop at physical stores this Black Friday. Despite the growing popularity of online shopping, millions of consumers will flock to the stores this Black Friday.  According to a recent study, these shoppers are not just in pursuit of the ultimate deal, but rather, the ultimate experience.  WD Partners, a customer experience

Isis Introduces Alliance Program

“The Isis Alliance Program will help companies harness the competitive advantages created by mobile commerce and better serve merchant customer needs,” says chief sales officer, Isis. Isis, the mobile commerce joint venture created by AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA Inc. and Verizon Wireless, has launched the Isis Alliance Program. The Isis Alliance Program supports merchant technology

New Report Highlights Latest Foodservice Packaging Trends

Top issues include beverages, materials and sizes. This year’s Trends Report from the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI) reveals three key industry shifts: • Trend #1: It’s all about the beverages—and their packaging. Foodservice operators are turning to new and expanded beverage options to boost their bottom lines. That means paying more attention to beverage packaging.

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Handcrafted Beef Jerky

Jack Link’s has introduced a new product line that celebrates the brand’s rich heritage — Jack Link’s Small Batch, Handcrafted Beef Jerky. Following original family recipes, Jack Link’s new Small Batch, Handcrafted Beef Jerky is made with thick slices of premium beef and is available in three flavors: Original No. 11; Peppered No. 15; and

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New E-Cig Blends

Mistic, maker of high quality, value-priced electronic cigarettes and vapor products, has introduced its newest blend of electronic cigarette refill cartridges. These new blends will be added to Mistic’s full lineup of product offerings. True to the brand’s commitment of providing users with a more authentic vapor experience, Mistic’s new American Blend and Cool Ice

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Green Commitment

Electrolux has a longstanding reputation for its strong commitment to sustainability. Several indices rank Electrolux highly for its social and environmental performance, including the Dow Jones World Index, and its product offerings meet and exceed international standards and norms such as ECA, Gastec and EIA. In 2007, the European Commission awarded the Sustainable Energy Award

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New Shelf Technology

Powershelf is a provider of power-at-the-shelf retail technology solutions. Powershelf’s technology provides constant power and two-way communications to software-enabled applications and devices. In turn, these networked applications and devices deliver a variety of advertising, merchandising and pricing services to customers. There are multiple Powershelf applications including out-of-stock sensors, at-the-shelf video advertising, and electronic shelf label systems that address critical, ongoing challenges faced by retailers and

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Be Socially Responsible

Smokersrule Sanitizing Spray has added Vanilla to the already successful Citrus Scent.  Smokersrule is formulated to eliminate the tobacco odor on clothes, skin and hair after smoking. It is safe for use on all clothing, skin and hair. With a retail price of $1.99, the 80 sprays per pen that fits in a pocket, has

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Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups

Nestlé BUTTERFINGER Peanut Butter Cups will be available in retail stores nationwide in January 2014. You may not have realized it, but your peanut butter cups have been missing something: a dose of Butterfinger. Nestlé Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups take the classic peanut-butter and chocolate combination of peanut butter cups to a whole new level.

Corner Store Raises $2.4 Million for Children’s Miracle Network

“At Corner Store, we love to be part of our communities and can’t think of a better cause than helping children and families going through a challenging illness or injury,” says CEO of CST Brands. Customers and team members at CST Brands Inc.’s Corner Stores raised a record-breaking $2.4 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,

RGCA Reveals Holiday Gift Card Trend Tracker Survey

Consumers embrace online and mobile options, but 78% plan to spend gift cards at brick and mortar retail locations. The holiday shopping season is just around the corner and to kick it off, the Retail Gift Card Association (RGCA) has released the results of the Holiday Gift Card Trend Tracker Survey that examines how consumers

Walgreens Debuts Nation’s First Net Zero Energy Retail Store

By utilizing solar panels, wind turbines and geothermal technology, engineers anticipate the new store in Evanston, Ill. will produce energy equal to or greater than it consumes. Sporting two wind turbines, nearly 850 solar panels and a geothermal system burrowed 550 feet into the ground, Walgreens is celebrating the official opening of what is believed

Supermarket Guru Predicts 2014 Trends

Social shopping and healthy snacking ahead as Millennials shape consumer trends in the new year. Millennials, health-conscious shoppers and a shift in consumer palates set the stage for what’s to come in the food world this year according to Supermarket Guru, Phil Lempert. For 2014, Lempert, who works closely with ConAgra Foods Inc. and its

NACS Praises New Menu-Labeling Legislation

The legislation “treats restaurants like restaurants and convenience stores like convenience stores,” says NACS senior vice president of government relations. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) hailed legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate this week, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (S.1756), as a thoughtful approach to providing the necessary flexibility and understanding of

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The Florida Experiment

By:  Gerald Donnini, associate, Moffa, Gainor & Sutton, P.A. In most states beer and cigarette distributors are required to report their sales to the state’s alcohol and tobacco division. There are numerous tax and licensing implications that demand these figures be reported to a state’s ABT agency. However, in most states, ABT does not share

Pilot Flying J Celebrates 55 Years

Customers enjoy 55-cent cups of coffee on the anniversary date. On Nov. 20, 2013, Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America, marked its 55th anniversary. The Pilot journey began in 1958 when James A. “Jim” Haslam II opened the first Pilot in Gate City, Va., Pilot Store

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AWMA Announces Major Changes for Annual Convention

A redesigned Marketplace & Solutions Expo to greet attendees. The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) announced a new redesigned format for The AWMA Show, the annual convention and exposition, to be held Feb. 25-27, 2014, at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Now known as the AWMA Marketplace & Solutions Expo, the convention will

Parker’s Hires Veteran Chef As Director of Food Service

Steven Stempel joins the Parker’s team. Parker’s, a nationally-recognized convenience store leader, recently hired veteran restaurant owner and accomplished chef Steven Stempel as director of food service. In his new position, Stempel is responsible for culinary creative, branding development and oversight of all food service for Parker’s. “Steve brings an insider’s knowledge of the restaurant

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NSF Calls For Food Safety Leadership Nominations

Annual awards program recognizes outstanding leadership and innovation in food safety; nomination deadline is Feb. 14. NSF International, an organization committed to protecting and improving public health, has announced its first call for nominations for the 2014 Food Safety Leadership Awards (FSLA) Program. Well-respected in the food industry, this program recognizes individuals that demonstrate outstanding

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Reimage Your Business

  Conversion Pro has been in the convenience store/retail imaging business for more than two decades, and offers satellite locations in eight states east. The company is an installation contractor with over 10,000 installs and imaging projects under its belt. Conversion Pro is equipped with bucket trucks and scissor lifts and can offer warehousing to

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Maple Bacon Flavored Syrup

In a Culinary Visions Panel survey that explored taste preferences of more than 500 consumers, sweet and salty flavors were the clear favorites. Smucker Foodservice combines these flavor profiles into its Smucker’s Maple Bacon Flavored Syrup to sweeten the tabletop options and add excitement to breakfast. With all the sweet, comforting taste of maple and

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All-Natural Apple Chips

Bare is a line of good-for-you snacks made simply from nature with 100% from natural ingredients. Crunchy Chile Lime Apple Chips and Crunchy Sea Salt Caramel Apple Chips have only 50 calories of deliciousness per serving—perfect for lunchtime snacks. Bare’s line of All-Natural Apple Chips have no saturated or trans fat, added sugar or sodium.

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Breakfast Squares

Lettieri’s new STACKER SQUARES are the perfect hand-held solution for anyone looking to start the day with a hearty breakfast. STACKER SQUARES possess a consistent out-of-the-oven flavor profile that appeals to c-store customers.  Part of the secret for their success is the dough formulation that produces a buttery, flakey, pastry-like feel and texture. STACKER SQUARES

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Preparing for Industry Challenges

Steve Loehr, vice president of operations support for Kwik Trip and the current NACS vice chairman and treasurer, shares his insights on the issues affecting convenience retailers. By John Lofstock, Editor. The convenience store industry continues to evolve, becoming a bigger part of the American consumers’ daily lives. In 2012, the industry achieved record sales

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Managing Your Workforce

Labor scheduling can be a complex, time-consuming and tedious task, but if it’s not done right it can be costly, in terms of wasted money and lost customers. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Managing labor hours is just one of a handful challenges human resources managers face every day and St. Joe Petroleum is no

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