Convenience Store Decisions » Categories http://www.csdecisions.com Convenience Store Community and News Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:07:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 TVECA Weighs In On The Safety of E-Cigs on Planes http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/19/tveca-weighs-safety-e-cigs-planes/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/19/tveca-weighs-safety-e-cigs-planes/#respond Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:06:44 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53505 Some point fingers at lithium-ion batteries in e-cigs as a fire hazard, but laptop computers contain the same batteries. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor After the New York Times reported that airport officials were asking the Transportation Department to classify e-cigarettes as hazardous materials after an e-cig allegedly caused a bag to smolder and be

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Circle K Building Southern California Prototype http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/19/circle-k-building-southern-california-prototype/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/19/circle-k-building-southern-california-prototype/#respond Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:21:14 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53501 Circle K breaks ground on c-store, gas station and car wash on a 90,000 square foot property for mixed-use development. On Monday, Circle K broke ground on a new prototype in Southern California at 1450 S. Sanderson Ave. in San Jacinto, which is scheduled to open later this year. The new Circle K/ Mobile prototype

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NRF Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Review Swipe Fee Ruling http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/19/nrf-asks-u-s-supreme-court-review-swipe-fee-ruling/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/19/nrf-asks-u-s-supreme-court-review-swipe-fee-ruling/#respond Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:14:01 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53499 “There’s so much at stake here for U.S. retailers and their customers that we have no choice but to pursue this case as far as possible,” says NRF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. The National Retail Federation (NRF) told the U.S. Supreme Court that the debate over debit card swipe fees is “of staggering

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Family Express Unveils Espresso Offering http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/19/family-express-unveils-espresso-offering/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/19/family-express-unveils-espresso-offering/#respond Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:07:54 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53496 All Family Express stores to feature JAVA WAVE European Café by the end of August. Family Express has announced a revolutionary hot and iced espresso drink offering. The JAVA WAVE European Café is a premium, self-service espresso platform that offers superior quality hot and iced drinks. Each and every drink is ground on the spot

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Nielsen Announces Executive Leadership Changes http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/19/nielsen-announces-executive-leadership-changes/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/19/nielsen-announces-executive-leadership-changes/#respond Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:02:19 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53503 John Lewis is promoted to global president and Karen Fichuk is promoted to president, North America. Nielsen, a global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy, announced the appointments of two executive leaders—John Lewis as global president and Karen Fichuk as president, North America. The appointments are effective immediately and both

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Fool’s Gold As U.S. Gasoline Demand Takes Plunge From Annual High http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/18/fools-gold-u-s-gasoline-demand-takes-plunge-annual-high/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/18/fools-gold-u-s-gasoline-demand-takes-plunge-annual-high/#respond Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:39:22 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53491 By Brian Milne, energy editor for Schneider Electric Gasoline futures trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange tumbled to a better-than six-month low on the spot continuation chart Aug. 15 before reversing higher in late trade on heightened geopolitical tension, with the price pressure again generated by weak demand and growing supply. After spiking to

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Vercollone Named President of NECSA http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/18/vercollone-named-president-necsa/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/18/vercollone-named-president-necsa/#respond Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:33:23 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53489 “It is an honor and privilege to serve as president of an organization that is so vital to our industry,” says Vercollone. Leo Vercollone, president of VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire has been named president of the New England Convenience Store Association (NECSA).

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Dollar Store War Heats Up http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/18/dollar-store-war-heats/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/18/dollar-store-war-heats/#respond Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:28:06 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53487 Dollar General outbids Dollar Tree for Family Dollar. Dollar General has made an all-cash bid of nearly $10 billion for Family Dollar, beating a deal Dollar Tree made last month, according to CNN Money. Dollar General has bid $78.50 per Family Dollar share, totaling $9.7 billion, topping the $74.50 per share cash and stock offer

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SUPERVALU Notifies Customers of Breach http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/18/supervalu-notifies-customers-breach/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/18/supervalu-notifies-customers-breach/#respond Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:13:16 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53485 Criminal computer intrusion occurs at owned and franchised stores. SUPERVALU INC. is alerting customers that it experienced a criminal intrusion into the portion of its computer network that processes payment card transactions for some of its retail food stores, including some of its associated stand-alone liquor stores. This criminal intrusion may have resulted in the

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E-Cigarettes Facing Scrutiny After Jet Incident http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/18/e-cigarettes-facing-scrutiny-jet-incident/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/18/e-cigarettes-facing-scrutiny-jet-incident/#respond Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:04:26 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53483 After a bag begins smoldering, officials consider adding e-cigs to banned items on airplanes. After a smoldering bag was removed from a JetBlue flight bound for Buffalo last week, it appears an e-cigarette could be to blame. The incident has caused airport officials to ask the Transportation Department to consider classifying e-cigarettes as hazardous materials,

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Love’s Travel Stops Opens Two New Locations http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/15/loves-travel-stops-opens-two-new-locations-2/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/15/loves-travel-stops-opens-two-new-locations-2/#respond Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:28:58 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53469 Love’s opens in Fort Myers, Fla. and Shelby, Iowa. Love’s Travel Stops (Love’s) opens two new travel stops on Thursday, Aug. 14. One is located in Fort Myers, Fla., on I-75, Exit 143, and the other is located in Shelby, Iowa, on I-80, Exit 34. The new Love’s Travel Stops are open 24/7 and feature

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Coca-Cola Buys 16.7% Stake in Monster http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/15/coca-cola-buys-16-7-stake-monster/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/15/coca-cola-buys-16-7-stake-monster/#respond Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:23:13 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53467 Wells Fargo calls the move a huge win for both companies. By CSD Staff. Coca-Cola  and Monster announced a strategic partnership, wherein Coca-Cola is buying a 16.7% stake in Monster for $2.15 billion in cash. Wells Fargo Securities weighed in on the decision and how it will help both companies leverage their strengths. “We believe

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Ernie’s Stores Launches Loyalty Rewards Program http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/15/ernies-stores-launches-loyalty-rewards-program/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/15/ernies-stores-launches-loyalty-rewards-program/#respond Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:52:39 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53478 Reaches customers through mobile app, Web pages and social media. Since 2000, Ernie’s Stores of Utah has evolved into a leading convenience store retailer that caters to independent drivers and operators. They’ve achieved this status by consistently looking for ways to improve their services for customers. Their latest improvement is securing a partnership with OpenStore

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Nielsen Releases Health and Wellness Study http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/15/nielsen-releases-health-wellness-study/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/15/nielsen-releases-health-wellness-study/#respond Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:37:34 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53472 Some 27% of Millennials are more responsive than the average consumer to health packaging claims. Nielsen has released its August 2014 “Health and Wellness in America.” Among the study’s findings is the disconnect between American’s desire for a health lifestyle and actual behavior. According to findings in the Nielsen/NMI Health & Wellness: •         89% of

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Improving Network Uptime http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/14/improving-network-uptime/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/14/improving-network-uptime/#respond Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:30:37 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53459 Protecting transactions, critical data transfers and/or optional visibility from outages Store networks can fail for many reasons, from severe weather to telecom breakdowns. Unfortunately, many convenience store companies suffer through those outages because customers in the store can’t make purchases with credit/debit cards. Outages can have a big impact in other areas of the business

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Family Express Shares Details On Efficiency Retrofits http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/14/family-express-shares-details-efficiency-retrofits/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/14/family-express-shares-details-efficiency-retrofits/#respond Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:07:18 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53452 Family Express has taken a comprehensive approach to making its entire stores more efficient, saving both energy and costs. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Family Express Corp. recently completed an aggressive and total energy efficiency upgrade, where it retrofitted its entire fleet of stores with the most advanced technologies in lighting and HVAC (heating, ventilation,

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LOGIC Captures No. 1 http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/14/logic-captures-1/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/14/logic-captures-1/#respond Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:39:46 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53442 As electronic cigarettes gain popularity among consumers, LOGIC Technology is topping its competitors. By CSD Staff Just a little over a year into his job as president of LOGIC Technology Development LLC, Miguel Martin has been about results. The latest is a surely noteworthy. The latest results from Nielsen’s C-Track Database, indicating that the brand

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Carolina 7-Eleven Stores Bring Cheerwine to Slurpee http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/14/carolina-7-eleven-stores-bring-cheerwine-slurpee/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/14/carolina-7-eleven-stores-bring-cheerwine-slurpee/#respond Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:45:38 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53447 7-Eleven began experimenting with local flavors earlier this year with the introduction of a Vernors Ginger Ale Slurpee drink in its Michigan stores. Cheerwine, the “legendary soft drink of the South,” has been described as best served bone-chilling cold, which makes it a perfect new flavor for 7-Eleven Inc.’s iconic Slurpee semi-frozen carbonated drink. Now

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United Family Expands Guest Engagement Program http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/14/united-family-expands-guest-engagement-program/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/14/united-family-expands-guest-engagement-program/#respond Thu, 14 Aug 2014 12:28:48 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53445 Rewards program launched in Dallas/Fort Worth now available chain-wide. The United Family announced the expansion of its Rewards program to West Texas guests of all United Supermarkets, Market Street, Albertsons Market, Amigos and United Express locations. The free program launched at all seven Dallas/Fort Worth Market Street locations in April, and offers guests a customized

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Breaking: LOGIC Captures No. 1 Position For Electronic Cigarettes http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/13/breaking-logic-captures-1-position-electronic-cigarettes/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/13/breaking-logic-captures-1-position-electronic-cigarettes/#respond Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:36:10 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53435 LOGIC Technology, makers of premium electronic cigarettes, announced today the latest results from Nielsen’s C-Track Database, indicating that the brand has captured the No. 1 position in the U.S. for unit share in convenience stores nationwide. Additionally, LOGIC continues to maintain a strong hold on the No. 2 rank for dollar share across the U.S.

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Apple-Ahhh-Rita http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/13/apple-ahhh-rita/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/13/apple-ahhh-rita/#respond Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:56:56 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53428 The Bud Light Lime Ritas family is expanding yet again, adding fall seasonal Apple-Ahhh-Rita to shelves and on-premise across the country. Success of the Ritas family thus far has been phenomenal. Bud Light Lime Ritas was named a 2014 Breakthrough Innovation winner by Nielsen. The permanent core flavors (Straw-Ber-Rita, Mang-O-Rita, Raz-Ber-Rita and Lime-A-Rita) are the

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Crunchy Treasures http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/13/crunchy-treasures/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/13/crunchy-treasures/#respond Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:55:08 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53425 B&G Foods Inc. has launched  two new Pirate’s Booty treasures: Pirate’s Booty Crunchy Treasures and Pirate’s Booty Fruity Booty. Pirate’s Booty Crunchy Treasures represents a new extra crunchy snacking adventure that features fun, pirate-themed shapes in everyone’s favorite cheesy aged white cheddar flavor. Pirate’s Booty Fruity Booty satisfies that sweet tooth with a delicious raspberry

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SIPP Begins National Distribution http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/13/sipp-begins-national-distribution/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/13/sipp-begins-national-distribution/#respond Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:52:48 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53422 SIPP eco beverage co. Inc., creators of the sparkling organic beverage Sipp Sparkling Organics, has announced a national distribution partnership with KeHE Distributors LLC, the second largest distributor of natural and gourmet food products. Distribution by KeHE will bring Sipp onto shelves in large and medium-size retail stores and markets including Fairway Markets, with locations

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Energy-Efficient Lighting http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/13/energy-efficient-lighting/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/13/energy-efficient-lighting/#respond Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:50:53 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53419 Providing similar durability and uniform illuminance as its first-generation model, GE’s new Evolve LED Canopy Light is engineered with a sleek, new look that offers easy installation and expanded lumen levels for a variety of mounting heights.The Evolve LED Canopy ECBA Light Fixture provides an energy-efficient and robust means for lighting areas with canopies. Offered

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Refreshing Iced Tea http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/13/refreshing-iced-tea/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/13/refreshing-iced-tea/#respond Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:46:33 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53415 Four refreshing flavors of Uncle Si’s Iced Tea are now available at retail in more than 18 states across the country. Consumers can finally get their hands on all-natural Sweet, Un-Sweet, Peach, and Half & Half (half iced tea/half lemonade) flavors of the beverage made popular by “Uncle” Si Robertson of A&E’s Duck Dynasty fame.

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New Portable Vaporizers http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/13/new-portable-vaporizers/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/13/new-portable-vaporizers/#respond Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:43:31 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53412 VMR Products, makers of V2 e-cigs, has launched a new line of vaporizers called V2 Pro. The new line of vaporizers are designed for the emerging “large-scale vapor device” category. These new multi-medium vaporizers are expected to be one of the most disruptive innovations to enter the vaporizer space. The product line is the result

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Split Sausage Links http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/13/split-sausage-links/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/13/split-sausage-links/#respond Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:40:17 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53407 Johnsonville announces its new Split Sausage Links for foodservice. This new product format is perfect for operators looking to create unique sandwiches that intrigue and drive menu interest for all dayparts. Split Sausage Links fit a variety of bread carriers that already exist in most operators’ pantries. Johnsonville Splits are evenly butterflied 80% through the

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Simplify Your Business http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/13/simplify-business/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/13/simplify-business/#respond Wed, 13 Aug 2014 20:00:18 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53431 First Class Payment Systems’ Clover Station is a next-generation control system that radically simplifies your business. It helps you track inventory, manages employees, gain customer insight to build stronger, lasting customer relationships and accept payments with ease. Clover Station arrives pre-loaded with everything you need to get started. Its cloud-based software enables you to manage

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Details On Tri-Mart Acquisition http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/13/details-tri-mart-acquisition/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/13/details-tri-mart-acquisition/#respond Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:50:59 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53404 President Jim Schroeder weighs in on Tri-Mart’s future, following acquisition.  By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor TMC Holdings, an acquisition entity formed by an investment group to acquire wholesale distributors in the convenience store industry, announced yesterday that it had acquired Tri-Mart Corp. in Menomonie, Wis. TMC noted it expects to consolidate several distributors in the

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7-Eleven Hosts Charity Golf Outing http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/13/7-eleven-hosts-charity-golf-outing/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/13/7-eleven-hosts-charity-golf-outing/#respond Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:53:17 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53401 Benefits Gridiron Greats and The BTB Foundation. 7-Eleven Midwest Franchise Owners Association (MWFOA) is hosting its annual charity golf outing, which supports three very important not-for-profits: The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, The BTB Foundation, and the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s The golf outing, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 4 at Taylor Meadows Golf Course

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Gilbarco and VeriFone Join Forces http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/13/gilbarco-verifone-join-forces/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/13/gilbarco-verifone-join-forces/#respond Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:47:55 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53399 Offer payment solutions and services and digital media to convenience and fuel retailers. Gilbarco Veeder-Root, global provider of retail petroleum technology, and VeriFone Systems Inc., the global provider of secure electronic payment solutions, are partnering to offer next generation forecourt payment solutions and to create the largest at-pump interactive digital media network worldwide. The two

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Consumer Traffic Impacts Restaurant Unit Growth http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/13/consumer-traffic-impacts-restaurant-unit-growth/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/13/consumer-traffic-impacts-restaurant-unit-growth/#respond Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:42:09 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53397 NPD Group finds visits to total and quick service restaurants were flat in the year ending June 2014 compared to the same period last year.  With little growth in consumer visits to U.S. restaurants, restaurant units grew less than 1% (.8%) in spring 2014 compared to spring 2013, reports The NPD Group, a global information

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TMC Holdings Acquires Tri-Mart Corp. http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/12/tmc-holdings-acquires-tri-mart-corp/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/12/tmc-holdings-acquires-tri-mart-corp/#respond Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:56:26 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53390 TMC Holdings LLC announced the acquisition of Tri-Mart Corp. in Menomonie, Wis. The transaction closed July 25, 2014. TMC Holdings is an acquisition entity formed by an investment group to acquire wholesale distributors in the convenience store industry. TMC believes there is an opportunity to consolidate several distributors in the Midwest region into a platform

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Carbonated Soft Drink Sales Up http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/12/carbonated-soft-drink-sales/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/12/carbonated-soft-drink-sales/#respond Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:34:07 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53386 Wells Fargo notes Coca-Cola Co. dollar sales help buoy the CSD category. Nielsen reported that carbonated soft drink (CSD) sales were up for the first time in over a year. Total CSD (excluding energy) dollar sales were up +0.7% (-0.7% for 12-weeks) in the latest XAOC Nielsen period during the four-weeks ended Aug. 2, 2014,

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CST Brands Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/12/cst-brands-inc-reports-second-quarter-2014-results/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/12/cst-brands-inc-reports-second-quarter-2014-results/#respond Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:23:39 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53384 U.S. merchandise gross profit dollars increased 5%. CST Brands Inc., one of the largest independent retailers of motor fuels and convenience merchandise in North America, reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014. Three Months Results For the three month period ending June 30, 2014, the Company reported net income of $32

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