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National Retail Federation Announces Information-Sharing Platform

First step in establishment of retail and merchant industry information sharing and analysis center for cybersecurity. The National Retail Federation (NRF) is moving forward with the creation of a program that will provide retailers access to information on cybersecurity threats identified by retailers, government and law enforcement agencies and partners in the financial services sector.

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SFATA Responds To Durbin Report On E-Cigarettes

“There is no evidence that use of e-cigarettes and vapor products may lead to or contribute to the use of combustible cigarettes, by teenagers or by anyone else,” says president of SFATA. Following the Durbin report, released yesterday on electronic cigarettes  being found to target youth, Phil Daman, Esq., president of SFATA (Smoke Free Alternatives

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Marathon Petroleum Partners With Drop Tank

Offers cents-off discount program. Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) and Drop Tank LLC and have announced a plan to roll out Drop Tank’s fuel discounting technology across Marathon-branded fuel sites to enable a new suite of cents-off products and offers. With Drop Tank technology and services, MPC will expand its current branded card offerings to include

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CITGO Employees Bowl to Support MDA in Illinois

The MDA Shamrock Bowl is one of several annual CITGO MDA fundraisers. On March 13, 306 CITGO Lemont Refinery employees and contractors raised more than $80,000 at the Fourth Annual Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Shamrock Bowl. Held at Brunswick Zone in Romeoville, Ill., the event benefits the MDA and its muscular dystrophy advocacy, awareness, research

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The Pantry Schedules Release of Second Quarter Results

Conference call scheduled for May 1. The Pantry Inc. has announced that it will release its financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2014 before the market opens on Thursday, May 1, 2014. Dennis Hatchell, president and CEO, and B. Clyde Preslar, senior vice president and chief financial officer of The Pantry, will

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7-Eleven Reenters Detroit With New Store

Local franchisee celebrates April grand opening event. More than 40 years since opening its first Detroit store and 11 since closing its last, 7-Eleven Inc. is bringing back its brand of convenience retailing to the Motor City. Detroit native and new 7-Eleven franchise Robert Taylor celebrated the grand opening of his new store at 2660

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Tevis Oil Enhances Shopping Experience at Jiffy Mart

NCR’s intuitive software design helps train new employees quickly while a new layer of redundancy promotes optimal availability. Tevis Oil Co. has selected NCR’s Radiant point-of-sale (RPOS) technology solutions to improve service and reliability at its Jiffy Mart convenience store chain. “Prior to installing the NCR RPOS solutions, we were plagued by a slow operating

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Marathon Petroleum Announces Instant Cents-Off Discount Program

“We see this as an investment in the core of the Marathon brand network that will provide dividends for many years,” says MPC Brand Marketing Director. Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) has announced a plan to roll out an instant cents-off-per-gallon discount program on fuel purchases across its Marathon-branded marketing network. MPC will expand its current

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Orlando Tops Most Frugal U.S. Cities List

“While consumers clamor for savings across the entire country, the Midwest and Southeast dominate the most frugal U.S. cities list, owning more than half of the top 25 slots,” says Coupons.com household savings expert. Residents of Orlando shine when it comes to saving money, as the Florida city took the No. 1 ranking on the

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Kum & Go Donates $450,000 To Habitat for Humanity

Customer donations help select North Dakota for site of first company-sponsored Habitat home. Kum & Go and its customers will donate more than $450,000 to Habitat for Humanity International, thanks to the success of the convenience retailer’s “Let’s Build a Home Together” project. Kum & Go’s $100,000 corporate donation, an additional donation estimated at $100,000

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Stripes Signs Statement of Support for the National Guard and Reserve

Reaffirms ongoing support for “Citizen Warriors.” Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, announced that Otis Peaks, vice president of human resources for Susser Holdings Corp., the parent company of Stripes LLC., signed a Statement of Support for the National Guard and Reserve on Monday, April 7, 2014, on

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NOCO Raises Funds For Pediatric Cancer Care Center

Local four-year-old boy’s story touches community. NOCO customers and employees showed their support for Ben Sauer and his family raising a total of $8,441 during a recent Blue4Ben campaign. NOCO’s donation will benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s Pediatric Cancer Care Center. Earlier this year, Ben Sauer, a four-year old from Clarence, was diagnosed with an

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Managing Today’s Workforce

Convenience Store Decisions and Humetrics collaborated on their sixth annual human resources survey, providing industry-wide insights into emerging employment trends. By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics Convenience Store Decisions and Humetrics recently collaborated on our sixth annual HR survey. The following results, based on respondents’ recent experiences and expectations, offer industry-wide insights as well as useful

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Grow Your Business By Word of Mouth

Inspiring your customers to share information on your chain comes from keeping your brand top of mind and tip of tongue with shoppers. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Jonah Berger, author of “Contagious, Why Things Catch On,” has some important advice for retailers and advertisers alike on how to make your brand resonate with customers.

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Boosting Sales With Store Cleanliness

Customers are more likely to make food purchases at an establishment they view as clean—and that goes double for the restrooms. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Problem: Food sales are dropping despite having a world-class menu. Solution: Inspect store cleanliness. Its sanitation and bathrooms are as important to food sales as the food itself. Developing

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Monitor, Measure and Manage to Prevent Store Out-of-Stocks

The competitive retail business dictates that retailers must keep their shelves stocked to drive new sales and repeat business. By Pate Pape, Contributing Editor Problem: Controlling out-of-stock situations. Solution: Using smarter technology systems can keep items on the shelves. Back before the widespread use of POS technology, managers of Flash Foods convenience stores would regularly

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Jiffy Mini Marts Passes the Torch

Karen Shroyer now helms the c-store business she grew up learning.   By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor After more than 35 years in the c-store business, Jim and Pat Fash, owners and founders of Jiffy Mini Marts Inc. retired in 2011, passing ownership of the family business down to their daughter Karen Shroyer, a member

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Joe Sheetz Takes Charge

In addition to being named president of the family-owned convenience store chain, Sheetz was named vice chairman of the NACS Research Committee. By John Lofstock, Editor While all retailers maintain a busy work schedule, Joe Sheetz has had a whirlwind six months.  In October, Sheetz formally advanced into the position of president and CEO for

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Wawa Celebrates 50 Years

April 16 to be “Wawa Day” in the City of Philadelphia. Fifty years ago, Wawa Inc. opened its very first store at 1212 MacDade Boulevard in Folsom, Pa. In honor of this tremendous milestone, Wawa is kicking-off its 50th anniversary in retail with two in-store celebrations. The first takes place at Wawa’s very first store

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VERC Enterprises Joins Elite List

Makes Boston Business Journal’s “Largest Family Owned Businesses List.” VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Mobil/Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Eastern Massachusetts and New Hampshire, was recently named to the Boston Business Journal’s “Largest Family-Owned Businesses in Massachusetts” list. VERC Enterprises is listed as the 10th largest business on the list, which appeared in

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APCA Forms to Aid Independent C-Stores

“Our goal is nothing less than providing an excellent platform for our members,” says chairman of APCA.  The American Petroleum and Convenience Store Association (APCA) has been formed to unite independent gasoline and convenience store owners, beginning with California and then expanding nationwide.    APCA aims to be a grass roots organization providing representation to

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Pump-n-Pantry Kicks Off Trout Fishing Season

CITGO retailer plans special promotions on opening day. CITGO Retailer Pump-n-Pantry is partnering with the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) to thank loyal customers and to keep trout anglers coming back. On April 12, the opening day of trout fishing season, 17 Pump-n-Pantry locations in Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier, including four CITGO-branded stations, will offer

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Opportunities Abound at the Car Wash

Increasing profits at the car wash depends on two tasks: drawing new customers and tempting current customers to increase the frequency of their visits, said Jim Callahan, director of marketing for Geo. H. Green Oil Co. in Atlanta. “To succeed with a car wash, you must be convinced that it is worth the effort. I

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Consumer Optimism Steady Even as Gas Prices Rise

Consumers in the winter-ravaged Northeast and Midwest are least optimistic about the economy compared to other regions. Consumer optimism remains steady in April, a period in which the ongoing spring transition to summer-blend fuel usually increases gas prices and reduces optimism. While gas prices increased nearly another dime over the past four weeks, 44% of

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Parker’s Promotes Susan Mondello To District Manager

Mondello began working at Parker’s in 2010. Parker’s recently promoted Susan Mondello to district manager. In her new position, Mondello will oversee all Statesboro, Metter and Lyons markets. She will be responsible for maintaining the Parker’s brand throughout these markets, and overseeing the daily operations. Mondello’s leadership will help make sure Parker’s is able to

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