protecting tobacco

The 1998 Master Settlement Agreement continues toimpact tobacco sales. Since the agreement went intoeffect almost a decade ago, tobacco retailers continue to be shackled by heavy regulations and constantly increasingtaxes. While taxation is hurting convenience store retailers andtobacco manufacturers by making products more expensive topurchase, regulation is the force that is really bringingheadaches to an

sweet profits

There’s good news and bad news for conveniencestore marketers concerned that other retail channels arecannibalizing their candy sales. A Dechert-Hampe &Co. report on candy found that confectionery sales atnontraditional outlets are on the rise, but, unlike some recentreports, these sales are not coming at the expense of convenience stores sales. Ray Jones, managing director of

success runs in the family

Piedmont Petroleum and its Corner Mart stores keep customers loyal by keeping things simple. Different companies havedifferent ideas of what itmeans to be at their best. Tosome, it means being the biggest in the market. To others, itcould mean having the highest sales.However, to Kenneth Cosgrove andhis family, owners of the PiedmontPetroleum Corp. and Corner

moist smokeless taxation

Weight-Based Taxes Level the Playing Field and Preserve Retailer Profits By Robert L. Shepherd with Shepherd, Williams & Associates LLC Without question, moist smokeless tobaccois a profitable, growing and dynamic category.However, category and retail profits are at risk due to customer down-trading from premium to price-value products.Opponents of weight-based taxes have done much to muddy

the most important buying decision youll ever make

When it comes to making hiring decisions, trust your instincts in the interview process. What is the most important buying decision you’llever make? When youchoose a new site? Buying category management software?Adding a carwash? Does somethingelse come to mind? Well, no matter what it is for you, there is a well-defined, proven systemthat ensures you

houston rallies against cstore crimes

Mayor appoints new task force to protect stores and owners. Houston officials are uniting to combat crimes against convenience stores. City Mayor Bill White has put together a task forcededicated to reducing these crimes and making stores safer forboth employee and customers. “We’re going to be looking into various crime prevention plansto help c-store owners,”

a family company

E-Z Mart Inc. has a long historyof being an innovator in convenienceretailing. When conveniencestores in the early 1970s onlystayed open until 6 p.m., founder JimYates kept his doors open until 11p.m. That kind of forward thinkinghelped the Texarkana, Texas-basedoperator grow operations to morethan 500 stores in the late 1990s.But the company suffered heartbreakingadversity in 1998

the evolution of the intellectually challenged

While the Noble Committee recognizes the genius of scientists and diplomats, the Internet-based Darwin Awards "honors" peoplewho help out the human species in a different way-—by eliminating themselves (or coming close) from society through naturalselection (i.e., their own stupidity). The tongue-in-cheek award has gained momentum and popularity in recent years, spawning a variety of e-mails

dynamic duo

It's a true testimony to a company that prides itself on being"family run and family friendly" when two of its top earning category managers continually sing its praises after more than a decade working together. Jennifer Vespole, senior category manager for foodservice, andBill Tencza, senior category manager for packaged goods, haveworked side by side for

bringing down the coffee house

The National Coffee Association (NCA) reportsthat coffee and gourmet coffee beverages are enjoyedby adults of all demographics. Recent studies haveshown that less than one-third of those coffee drinkerspurchase their java from fast food restaurants and doughnut/bagel shops. In fact, in 2005, 73% of coffee drinkers purchased their coffee from other sources such as c-stores—a13% increase

convenience store shoppers wantconvenience

A comprehensive new study by Meyers Research Center (MRC) finds that convenience store shoppers are seeking cold beverages, friendly employees and know what they want before they get through the door. The findings are part of Meyers’ Convenience Store Close-Up Wave Six, which takes a look at behavior, attitudes and decision-making patterns of c-store shoppers

retailers suppliers come together at ecrm

Conference showcases new products, promotional activities and highlights the collaborative buying process. “Retailers and suppliers enjoy a symbiotic relationship that grows as both sides succeed and meet their expectations. If one side isn’t communicating their message effectively, both will suffer.” That was the message delivered by David Bishop, a partner for Willard Bishop LLC at

csd launches web site redesign

New site features an industry-specific vertical search engine, industry blogs, white papers, and much more. After many, many hours of research and development, and countless hours in organizational meetings, Convenience Store Decisions is proud to launch a complete redesigned CSDecisions.com. To say developing this site was a team effort would be an understatement. This site

securing the front line

Combining both top-of-the-line technology and in-depth training, Circle K is taking strong steps in the field of cash management. Cash management and security are essential components of any c-store operation. Retail venues of all types run high risks of robbery- from both internal and external sources-but c-stores face a higher risk due to the inherent

classifieds

CSDecisions.com and Convenience Store Decisions Group offers online classified advertising. Classified Online Advertising Rates: $25 per line (12 words). One line minimum. Contact Brenda Sizemore 706/602-3910 or email bsizemore@penton.com. ATM: Business Opportunities: Petro Properties & Finance. Deals change regularly. Buyer qualification required to register. Email Laura@petroconsulting.com phone 866.357.2042 ext. 2 Business Services: Employment/Help Wanted: Equipment: Air

the dumber they are the harder they fall

Retail hold-ups and robberiesserve as a tent pole on the policeblotter of just about every local newspaper. And while most of these crimes tendto follow a simple formula—thief holds upstore at gun/knifepoint; thief takes moneyand runs; thief (hopefully) gets caught by thepolice—some that are a bit more unorthodox and slip through the cracks. Here’s asmall

onthejob training

Heritage Dairy Stores and Kingsway Learning Center partner to provide a unique learning opportunity for students with disabilities. Thorofare, N.J.-based Heritage Dairy Stores hasstarted a new employee-training program. Instead of training current c-store employees, however, it’s training thec-store employees of the future as part of a new partnershipwith Kingsway Learning Center, a non-profit, non-sectarian special

never stop learning

If there is one thing I have learned to become good at inmy personal life and my career it's learning from mymistakes. In one of my recent hockey games, trailinglate in the third period 3-1, I was able to score off a faceoff—a pretty backhand shot off the crossbar—to narrow thedeficit to 3-2. A few

a man with plans

Norek spent a great deal of his career with 7-Eleven, working as a supervisor, gas supervisor,buyer and franchise marketing director. After a brief stint on the distribution side of the business with CoreMark, Norek returned to the retail side, signing on with CIC 7Eleven. He was responsible for 119 stores across 11 states. Healso worked

tomorrows success begins today

The time to create a winning game plan for attracting and retaining top employees is right now. I’ve been talking with two friendsabout the possibility of running theChevron Houston Marathon together this January. We kicked the ideaaround for a couple of months, butdidn’t actually sign up. When I finally checked out the raceinformation online, our

the brightest in 2006

For the past 12 months, Convenience Store Decisions has showcased some of the best and brightest category managementdecision makers from across the convenience store and petroleum industry. As 2006 comes to a close and the industry gearsup for what everyone hopes will be a prosperous 2007, CSD takes a look back at some of the

mclane delivers the goods

Sam Anderson operates in one of the most competitivemarkets in the country. Rather than fret about thedaunting task of outselling the likes of Sheetz, Wawa and GetGo, he is focused on utilizing the tools at his disposalto put Pump n Pantry in a position to trump the competition. Anderson, vice president of store operations for

valero celebrates in style

CSD honors the San Antonio marketer as its 2006 Chain of the Year. In this age of cut-throat competition, fewchains are able to rise above theacrimony to stand out as a model corporate citizen. Valero Energy Corp. isat the top of that list, and that’s why itwas no surprise that more than 300retailers and suppliers

on the road with kwik trip

In her continued quest to speakwith retailers excelling in their markets of operations, CSD publisher Shahla Hebets traveled to La Crosse,Wis., to meet with Steve Loehr, vicepresident of operations support forKwik Trip Inc. Loehr is a savvy industry veteranwith many years of service to Kwik Tripand the convenience store industry.His efforts through the years were

southeast petrofood show slated for march

The Southeast Petro-Food Marketing Exposition will be holding its 26th regional show March 7-8, 2007, at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The expo, started by the North Carolina Petroleum MarketersAssociation in 1981, is the largest regional c-store/petroleum show in the nation, and is sponsored by the following five associations: North Carolina

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