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The Art of Training

Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. Every generation speaks of the next generation of workers like they are aliens. My parents use to say, “When I was young, I use to walk to and from school uphill both ways.” My generation likes to say, “The younger generation just doesn’t understand.” Statements like these do not

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Reflections on 25 & 50 Years…

As the convenience store industry has become more sophisticated, other retail channels are turning to us for leadership and guidance. By Howard Stoeckel, Vice Chairman, Wawa Inc. This year marked Convenience Store Decision’s 25th anniversary and Wawa’s 50th anniversary in the retail business. In recognition of our milestone anniversary, I had the opportunity to publish

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Evolution of the Convenience Store

While self-service gasoline helped spur a wave a change, cultivating new customers has helped raise the c-store industry to new heights. By Bob Seng For many years, particularly in the winter, I would make the trip from Cooperstown, N.Y.—our company headquarters at Busy Bee convenience stores—to our family condo on the beach in Fort Lauderdale,

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For 25 Years, Change Has Been the Constant

From the role of Big Oil to underground storage tank regulations and the growth of boutique fuels, the convenience store and petroleum industry has demonstrated a remarkable ability to evolve. By Dan Gilligan, President, The Petroleum Marketers Association of America While the first issues of Convenience Store Decisions were rolling off the presses in 1990,

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What’s Next For Fuels?

As Convenience Store Decisions looks back on the past 25 years, customer demand will dictate the next 25 years in the fuel market. By John Eichberger, Executive Director, The Fuels Institute. What fuel will replace gasoline as the dominant energy source for personal transportation? The Magic Eight Ball says to ask again later, much later.

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New Technology Drives Industry Success

Innovations ranging from scanning and point-of-sale systems to social media and mobile apps exemplify how much convenience stores have changed over the past 25 years. By Jenny Bullard, Chief Information Officer, Flash Foods With more than 40 years as a c-store professional, it’s been an exciting journey to see the changes to technology that have

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Industry Evolution Remains Constant

The “C” in c-store stands for constant “change” at The Parker Cos. By Greg Parker, President and CEO, The Parker Cos. The Parker Cos., has always had two things top of mind throughout our 39-year history —attracting and retaining customers and looking for new opportunities as we expand our growing group of 36 convenience stores.

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Nostalgic Notions of the Last 25 Years

The industry has reached unforeseen heights over the past quarter century, but it remains a people business first and foremost. By Jim Callahan. “Carry me back and let me feel at home, let me cling to those memories that won’t let me alone.” Those are great lyrics from the Statler Brothers and perhaps, a fitting

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Sliding Demand Expectations Clobber Global Oil Prices

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric. The week following the July 4 weekend was brutal for those bullish oil, with crude, diesel and gasoline prices receiving a drubbing on bearish fundamental factors and downward revisions to global oil demand, with the international Brent crude price marker dropping to a three-month low, while US

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Reflecting on 25 Years

By John Lofstock, Editor Like most organizations, milestone anniversaries are very special for all of us here at Convenience Store Decisions. Providing 25 years of service to the convenience store and petroleum industry is both gratifying and humbling. We have survived this long because of our readers, and that isn’t something I take lightly. This

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Minimum Wage Trade Off

Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. I have said over and over, politicians’ raising the minimum wage to gain votes is now coming to haunt those responsible. Headlines are reading “The New Economy: Unemployment rate falls, but teens get left behind.” As economists will insist, raising the minimum wage doesn’t affect the numbers substantially. It

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Studies Show E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit

While detractors may declare otherwise, science is showing that e-cigs are a safer alternative to traditional tobacco products. By Gregory Conley, Research Fellow, Heartland Institute For years, advocates for smoke-free alternatives, such as electronic cigarettes and other e-vapor products, have known that these products are effective at helping smokers quit or dramatically reduce their cigarette

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A Tribute To Dad

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. My dad passed away when I was 11 years old. There are a number of memories I have that have stayed with me my whole life. I thought I would share a few. I remember being picked on in school because Dad had John Deere tractors and my

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Studies Show E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit

While detractors may declare otherwise, science is showing that e-cigs are a safer alternative to traditional tobacco products. By Gregory Conley, Research Fellow, Heartland Institute For years, advocates for smoke-free alternatives, such as electronic cigarettes and other e-vapor products, have known that these products are effective at helping smokers quit or dramatically reduce their cigarette

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Fighting for the E-Cigarette Industry

As the FDA aims to impact e-cigarette sales, industry entrepreneurs are collaborating with the understanding that there is more that unites them than divides them. By Cynthia Cabrera, Executive Director, SFATA For the past several years, vapor industry insiders and outsiders alike have opined on what the deeming regulations will mean for the industry, but

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Pep Rally or Pity Party?

The convenience store and tobacco industries need to respond to the FDA’s deeming regulations. By Lou Maiellano The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) on April 25 released its deeming regulations, asserting regulatory authority over a variety of tobacco products. Of course, most of the attention in the press and

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Why The Electronic Cigarette is a Tobacco Product

The battle against the FDA has gone on for many years and it’s not over, especially with e-cigs at the forefront. By Thomas Kiklas, Co-Founder, TVECA Recently, the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association (TVECA) was asked to participate at VapeWorld in Chicago. During a roundtable question and answer period there was great confusion as to

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Tackling Adversity

A positive attitude can help c-store employees thrive in the face of any obstacle. By Jim Callahan I recently came across a thought provoking and very astute quotation that captivated my attention, and since I have this great forum provided by Convenience Store Decisions, I thought I would share it because it relates as much

Embracing Safer Tobacco Products

Great strides have been made within the past five years to introduce new tobacco products that would, from my perspective, reduce harm when compared with traditional cigarettes. So despite all the naysayers and anti-tobacco crusaders—who care less about the health of smokers and more about their own agendas—safer tobacco products are a reality that convenience store

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Are Your Lighting Project Timelines Stealing From Your Project Savings?

By John Loheit, director, marketing and customer incentives, EMC LLC. It was about a year ago that you realized the challenges in reading the manifests and inventory paperwork in the stocking aisles. Error rates had been increasing, and you’re sure it’s because your staff hasn’t been able to see what they’re doing. The decision you

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Swipe Fees

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. The court ruling on Credit Card Swipe Fees is a double edge sword. The credit card companies, with their unlimited staff of lawyers and lobbyist, have convinced the politicians and courts of their expenses collecting and processing credit card transactions. If the cost of collecting and processing retailer’s

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Developing Committed Employees

Cultivating a competent workforce shouldn’t be a temporary exercise, but a long-term goal. By Jim Callahan There is an old story that states that the difference between involvement and commitment can best be explained by likening it to a breakfast of ham and eggs: While the chicken was certainly involved in the meal, the pig

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Mobile Payments Help Drive Customer Loyalty

By Mike Fletcher, general manager, InComm Digital Solutions. If the last decade was defined by online commerce, this one will surely be defined by mobile commerce. Research firm Gartner forecasts that 450 million users will comprise the mobile payments market by 2017—and that it will be worth $721 billion globally. One of the biggest drivers

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Understanding Wawa’s Impact on Convenience Stores

By John Lofstock, Editor There was a time not all that long ago when convenience store employees and customers were looked down upon by the mainstream media and even those in the local community who viewed c-stores as unsafe and overpriced. But for the past two decades the industry has taken great lengths to renovate

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Hypocrites Wage Interpretation

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc.  The more some politicians push for an increase in the minimum wage the more I find it so hypocritical. Businesses provide internships to students and various other entry level applicants with pay. On the other hand, politicians have interns, pages and volunteers work for them with NO pay.

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