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Rutter’s Expands Walking Taco Menu

Frito’s corn chips help create alternate walking taco varieties.   Fans of Rutter’s Farm Stores’ walking taco will now have the option to choose Frito’s as the base for the tasty central Pennsylvania treat, the chain announced today.   Rutter’s first introduced the walking taco in early 2012 using Doritos’s as the base, but has

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Circle K Renews Exclusive Agreement With MoneyGram

Adds money transfer and bill payment services.   Circle K, the nation’s second-largest convenience store chain has renewed its exclusive relationship with MoneyGram, a global money transfer company.  Circle K has also expanded its product offerings to include money transfer and bill payment services in addition to the money order service MoneyGram previously provided to

Shaken Economy Cannot Stir Gasoline Demand

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric For six straight weeks, the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) retail gasoline price average has declined, down 17.6 cents or 4.7% from Feb. 25 when it reached $3.784 gallon, which is currently the high for 2013. Considering sharp selling activity during the second week of April, the February high

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Altadis Sells Pipe Tobacco Division

Mac Baren Tobacco Co. to acquire Pipe Tobacco Division of Altadis USA.   Mac Baren Tobacco Co., a 125-year-old pipe tobacco company based in Denmark, has reached an agreement with Altadis USA to purchase the company’s pipe tobacco division located in Richmond, Va.   The acquired pipe business will operate under its original name, Sutliff

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Motivating Employees Through Gamification

Gamification is one way to increase employee productivity and morale, noted Linda McKenna-Welch during a breakout session at the NACS State of the Industry (SOI) Summit. Linda McKenna-Welch, principal of Employee Performance Strategies Inc., spoke with retailers on how to revolutionize employee performance through gamification during a breakout session on human capital and operations at

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NACS SOI Summit Reveals Industry Performance, Opportunities

A strong 2012 brought $700.3 billion in sales, but opportunities exist to grow foodservice, and drive customer spending on trips in 2013. The NACS State of the Industry (SOI) Summit took place in Chicago on April 10-11, giving retailers an overview of the economy, industry statistics, and the challenges that are just ahead. Glenn Plumby,

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Dealing with the Transforming Tobacco Industry

R.J. Reynolds launches TransformTobacco.com to help retailers get more active in tobacco legislation. Convenience store retailers and tobacco wholesalers have long known about the impact of higher cigarette excise taxes. But as the industry changes, so do the risks of individual rights. In addition to fighting higher cigarette taxes, retailers and wholesalers have a litany

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Tedeschi Outlines Challenges Facing Retailers At SOI Summit

Peter Tedeshi points out that while retailers can’t control all challenges facing the industry in 2013, there are many they can begin to influence. Peter Tedeschi, president and CEO, Tedeschi Food Shops Inc., CSD’s Convenience Store Chain of the Year, closed out the NACS State of the Industry (SOI) Summit on Thursday, April 11, with

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Plan Today For The Loyalty And Payment Technology Of Tomorrow

During a session at the NACS SOI Summit, experts advised retailers to have a road map leading to the technology of tomorrow, instead of just planning for today’s rewards program. At the NACS State of the Industry (SOI) Summit on Thursday, April 11, John Keenan, principal, Anthem Marketing Solutions and Patrick Raycroft, managing partner, W.

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NRF Announces Industry Perception Campaign

Campaign to focus on original research, digital content—video, social media, customized Website. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has announced a new initiative to broaden and enhance perceptions of the industry beyond providing consumers with great products. NRF’s This is Retail: Careers, Community, Innovation campaign, will highlight the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen

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NOCO Raises Over $20,000 For MDA

Customers at NOCO Express buy paper shamrocks to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association. NOCO Express Stores, its customers and employees recently made March a very lucky month for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) by donating a record $20,265 in the annual “Share the Shamrock Spirit” in-store campaign. From Feb. 17 to March 17, customers could

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NATO Slams Federal Tax Increase Proposal

Tobacco group says largest federal cigarette and tobacco tax increase in history “will impact retailers, jobs and low-income Americans.” President Obama’s proposal to impose the largest increase in the federal cigarette tax in the history of the country to fund preschool programs is unfair and ironic, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) said in

Convenience Store Sales Topped $700 Billion in 2012

The convenience store industry had record sales of $700.3 billion in 2012, with in-store sales increasing 2.2% to reach a record $199.3 billion and motor fuels sales increasing 2.9% to a record $501.0 billion, according to figures released yesterday by NACS. The industry’s 2012 numbers were announced at the NACS State of the Industry Summit,

Grocers Stretching Formats to Match Shoppers’ Budgets, Time Needs

In this period of economic and demographic fluctuation, U.S. retailers are simultaneously stretching and shrinking their stores to promote convenience for shoppers and compete with online options, according to What’s in Store, the annual trends publication from International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association. Grocery shoppers continue to weather the Great Recession and convenient shopping for the most vital

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Kum & Go Present Supports Des Moines Social Club

At the groundbreaking of the Des Moines Social Club’s new home at a former firehouse in downtown Des Moines on Tuesday, Kyle J. and Sharon Krause presented the organization with a $350,000 gift on behalf of Kum & Go. Announced in December 2012, the gift will help to preserve and renovate the space, which is

The Future of E-Cigarettes

LOGIC Technology CEO Eli Alelov discuss the possible impact of government regulations on electronic cigarettes on Fox News. By John Lofstock, Editor Hailed by many as an emerging threat to the tobacco cigarette industry, electronic cigarettes have provided smokers with an alternative to traditional tobacco-based smoking. These battery-operated devices simulate the experience of traditional cigarette

Fas Mart/Shore Stop Stores Roll Out Mobile App

Fas Mart/Shore Stop Convenience Stores have introduced Fas APP, the company’s first smartphone application, which debuted this month across more than 200 locations primarily in Virginia, Connecticut, Maryland and Delaware. Fas APP, dveloped by VERGE Connect, integrates with the retailer’s new Fas CASHBACK secure payment card, which lets customers customize the types of food, beverage

Kum & Go Associate Honored for Military Support

Kum & Go District Supervisor Blaine Corlette has been awarded the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award for recognition of his support of a fellow Kum & Go associate serving in the Army National Guard. “Blaine’s dedication echoes our company-wide commitment to men and women in uniform,” said , Kum &

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Mielke Oil Signs on With VP’s Retail Branding Program

VP Racing Fuels Inc. announced the newest addition to its roster of retail brand partners — Mielke Oil Co. Based in Little Falls, Minn., Mielke has distributed VP’s race fuels and other performance products for two years and sees much opportunity in VP’s brand program. “VP enjoys a great reputation for quality products in the

Commonwealth-Altadis Bulks Up Staff

Commonwealth-Altadis Inc. has appointed Al Dejewski senior vice president for consumer marketing, and Eric Workman, senior vice president for strategic operations. Both report directly to Kevin Freudenthal, president & CEO of the tobacco company. “We are quite pleased to have Al join the team,” Freudenthal said. “He brings not only the strategically creative vision of

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7-Eleven Acquires 46 CB Mart Locations

7-Eleven grows its footprint in the Carolinas. 7-Eleven Inc. has closed on the acquisition of 46 locations from CB Mart Inc. The acquisition increases 7-Eleven’s store count in the Carolinas to more than 100 and follows the acquisition of 55 Sam’s Mart and 13 Fast Track stores that closed in 2012. Terms of the deal

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Wawa C-store Planned For St. Petersburg

Agree Realty Corp. has closed on the acquisition of a parcel of land located at the southwest quadrant of 34th Street and 38th Avenue in St. Petersburg, Fla. for the development of a Wawa convenience store with fuel. The project is pre-leased under a long-term ground lease agreement and is expected to be completed during

Shrinking Labor Force Pressures Gasoline Demand

First quarter fuel demand jumps 1.4% in the first quarter, according to the Energy Information Administration. By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Preliminary data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows gasoline demand in the U.S. ending the first quarter 1.4% higher than during the same three months in 2012, although down 1.2%

Sasnett Joins Bennett Pump Co.

Industry veteran Bo Sasnett has joined Bennett Pump Co as vice president of business development. Sasnett brings over 25 years of experience in retail and commercial petroleum technologies including extensive experience in fuel dispensers, loyalty marketing and alternative fuels. Sasnett joins Bennett with considerable experience in the fuel dispensing technology industry. Most recently Sasnett served

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Shell Study Shows Driver Views On Fuel Efficiency

Shell Smarter Driving Challenge game shows motorists how a few simple changes to driving habits can help efficiency. For years, American car culture has influenced U.S. motorist behavior, affecting everything from what we drive to how we drive and maintain our vehicles.  Shell announced results from a new national study today that provides insight into

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