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Cool New Products Preview Room Wows Retailers

From electronic cigarettes to touchscreen beverage dispensers and healthier snacks—there was something new for everyone at the NACS Show in Atlanta last month. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. The convenience store industry has long been known for its retail innovations and this year’s NACS Show, held last month in Atlanta, didn’t disappoint in showcasing cutting-edge

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Maverik Celebrated as CSD’s 2013 Chain of the Year

The Utah marketer honored for its unique adventure culture, an ongoing commitment to employees and its service-first mantra for delivering a memorable shopping experience.By John Lofstock, Editor. There are many common characteristics that comprise Convenience Store Decisions’ Chain of the Year winners. They are retail leaders, innovative marketers, committed to employees and completely driven by

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Keeping Your Customers Connected with WiFi

With the proliferation of Smartphones, iPads and laptops, now more than ever your “always on” customers expect wireless Internet access where they go.By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. In 1993 when Brett Stewart was speaking to top technology gurus at a conference in San Francisco, he predicted that the world would eventually enjoy the benefits of

Cumberland Gulf Group Executive Named 2013 Top 10 Breakaway Leader

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer John McMahon recognized by peers for his contributions to human resources. John McMahon, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at The Cumberland Gulf Group, has been named a 2013 Top 10 Breakaway Leader by the Global HR Leadership Summit in recognition of his ability as

NOCO Donates Turkeys, Serves Thanksgiving Meal

NOCO volunteers lend a helping hand at The City Mission. The Buffalo City Mission and 10 community volunteers from NOCO joined forces to help serve more than 250 traditional turkey dinners at the Mission’s Annual Thanksgiving Community Meal. Volunteers and staff of the Mission dished out a traditional holiday meal including turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry

Next Cigarette List Price Increase Looms

Nearly 65% of respondents believe e-cig displacement of conventional cigs has accelerated. Wells Fargo Securities’ recent “Tobacco Talk” survey results predict cigarette net price realization will accelerate in FY13. Wells Fargo continues to forecast net price realization of at least 4% this year. “Our recent c-store retailer survey results indicate an expected ~$0.06-0.07 per pack

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Global Partners Participates in ExxonMobil’s Educational Alliance Program

Alltown Convenience Stores and New England Mobil Gas Distributors help foster math and science education in Northeast schools. Global Partners announced that its retail gasoline dealers, Alltown Convenience Stores and New England Mobil Gasoline Distributors are participating in ExxonMobil’s Educational Alliance Program, a nationwide initiative to enhance math and science learning at K-12 institutions.  More

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CITGO Teams Up With Miss America Representatives

Promotes volunteering, health, education and other important issues in local communities. CITGO Petroleum Corp. has partnered with 16 states that are a part of the Miss America Organization to promote awareness surrounding the key issues of education and social investment, energy assistance, environmental protection and conservation and health. The Miss America state representatives serve as

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Go-Mart Teams With Acumera

“One of the factors that attracted us to Acumera is the breadth and depth of the team’s PCI knowledge, and their willingness to guide us through the complex process of building and maintaining a PCI-compliant network,” says Go-Mart general manager. Go-Mart, which operates more than 100 convenience stores in West Virginia and surrounding states, has

LOGIC Secures No. 2 Spot in E-Cigarette Category

Unit share report from Nielsen’s C-Track Database and Wells Fargo Securities LLC ranks LOGIC No. 2 in c-stores. LOGIC Technology, makers of premium electronic cigarettes, announced the results of the latest unit share report from Nielsen’s C-Track Database and Wells Fargo Securities LLC, indicating LOGIC has secured the No. 2 spot for electronic cigarettes in

VeriFone To Play Key Role in Egypt’s Retail Petroleum Market

“e-finance selected VeriFone’s superior consumer-facing payment acceptance solutions in part based on the company’s experience in the petroleum distribution channel,” says CEO, e-finance. VeriFone Systems Inc. announced that its portable payment acceptance systems, the VX 680 and VX 675, have been deployed by e-finance to facilitate the state-sponsored transition of Egypt’s entire gasoline and petroleum

U.S. Retail Gasoline Average Drops as Crude Supply Builds

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The Energy Information Administration (EIA) said its U.S. gasoline price average for regular grade sold at retail outlets across the U.S. dropped 7.1 cents to its lowest point in two years, eight months at $3.194 gallon during the week-ended Nov. 11, with the average down 25.5 cents from

TravelCenters of America To Purchase 31 C-Stores For $67 Million

Sites located in Kentucky and Tennessee. Travel Centers of America LLC has agreed to acquire 31 convenience stores with retail gasoline stations for $67 million, before closing costs and customary working capital adjustments. The seller is a private company, which operates these c-stores under its proprietary brand name “Minit Mart.” Twenty-eight of the c-stores are

Couche-Tard Acquires 36 C-Stores

Shortly after agreeing to acquire 13 stores from Publix, Couche-Tard inks a deal to buy 23 stores from Albuquerque Convenience and Retail LLC. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has signed, through its wholly-owned indirect subsidiary, Circle K Stores Inc., an agreement with Albuquerque Convenience and Retail LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Phillips 66 Co., to acquire 23

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Thorntons Team Renovates Ann Storck Center

As part of Thorntons 2013 Humanitarian Day, volunteers participate in Projects With Purpose event. On Saturday Nov. 16, more than 500 Thorntons team members completed a major renovation of The Ann Storck Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,  as part of their 2013 Humanitarian Day. The Ann Storck Center is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to serving individuals, both children

Cumberland Farms Opens New Concept Store in Roxbury Neighborhood

New c-store marks the brand’s first store to open in Boston in 32 years. Cumberland Farms has opened a new store in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston at 801 Massachusetts Ave., marking the brand’s first urban location to open in Boston since 1981. If you need a refresher, ’81 is when Ronald Reagan reigned, Lady Di

October Consumer Spending Up From September

Gas station dollar volume growth was -4.9% in October, the lowest growth seen since April 2013, but  growth in other areas offset this decline. First Data Corp., a global provider of electronic commerce and payment processing, released its First Data SpendTrend analysis for Oct. 1, 2013 through Oct. 30, 2013 compared to Oct. 2, 2012

Susser To Acquire Sac-N-Pac Convenience Stores

Transaction expands retail and wholesale fuel distribution reach in south central Texas. Susser Holdings Corp. (SUSS) and Susser Petroleum Partners LP (SUSP) have  signed a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the convenience store assets and fuel distribution contracts of Sac-N-Pac Stores Inc. and 3W Warren Fuels Ltd. Sac-N-Pac owns and operates 47 convenience

Kum & Go Expands Recycling at the Pump Program

Adds program to 42 Des Moines-area stores, and invites customers to celebrate America Recycles Day. Kum & Go announced that a total of 268-bottle-shaped recycling containers have been installed near fuel pumps at all 42 Kum & Go stores in Greater Des Moines as part of the “At the Pump Recycling” project. Kum & Go

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Jiffy Mart Recognized As Small Business Of The Year

The four-store chain’s philanthropic giving had already surpassed $20,000 for the year in August. Jiffy Mart, based in Westminster, Md., was named 2013 Small Business of the Year by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented Nov. 7 at the 7th Annual Business Awards Program and marks the third year in a

Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes To Host Red Kettles

Ten stores partner with Salvation Army in Central New York. Ten Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes throughout Central New York are partnering with the Salvation Army to host Red Kettles in their stores. “We are happy to partner with Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes who will host Red Kettles in their store during the holiday

CITGO Introduces “Fuel Up & Get Down” Promotion

Milwaukee area CITGO locations offer free tickets to local music events. CITGO Marketers and Retailers in the Greater Milwaukee area are working with local music halls for the “Fuel Up & Get Down” promotion through April 30, 201 A total of 160 CITGO locations in the Greater Milwaukee area are offering customers the opportunity to

Red Bull Turns Austin Corner Store Into FORMULA ONE Pit Stop

“Since Austin hosts the only F1 race in America, we wanted to bring the buzz and excitement of the international circuit to our customers there,” says CEO of CST Brands. To celebrate Formula One’s only stop in America with the U.S. Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin Nov. 15-17, Red

Kum & Go And PEPSICO Expand Tulsa Recycling Program

Companies receive 2013 “Recycling Innovator!” Award. Kum & Go and PepsiCo announced that their recycling program, designed to encourage and facilitate on-the-go recycling, has expanded to all of Tulsa’s 47 Kum & Go locations. Since launching in January 2013, the recycling initiative has successfully diverted more than 6,000 pounds of recyclable materials from the landfill—an

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InComm Unveils Mobile-Optimized Shopping Cart

Within one month of launching the solution, one brand saw mobile sales account for 10% of all gift cards sold. InComm, a prepaid product and transaction services company, has unveiled its mobile-optimized shopping cart for retailers. The solution enables consumers to purchase and send digital and physical gift cards using a mobile device—whether from within

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