Convenience Store Decisions » Operations & Marketing http://www.csdecisions.com Convenience Store Community and News Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:31:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 One Last Hurrah for Peak Driving Season in U.S.? http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/25/one-last-hurrah-peak-driving-season-u-s/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/25/one-last-hurrah-peak-driving-season-u-s/#respond Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:29:01 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53607 By Brian Milne, energy editor at Schneider Electric. Recently released reports suggest stronger gasoline consumption in the United States this summer compared with preliminary data from the federal government, although a falloff in year-on-year demand from late in the second quarter is still observed. Initial reaction to the new data suggests a more bullish view

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Target’s Q2 Results Show Struggles http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/22/targets-q2-results-show-struggles/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/22/targets-q2-results-show-struggles/#respond Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:26:08 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53584 Pre-tax data breach expenses totaled $111 million or 11 cents a share. It’s been a rough second quarter for Target Corp., which suffered a data breach in the fourth quarter of 2013. The big box giant reported second quarter adjusted earnings per share of 78 cents, a decrease of 20.6% from 98 cents per share

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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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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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Doors Open at 60th Rutter’s Farm Store http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/07/doors-open-60th-rutters-farm-store/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/07/doors-open-60th-rutters-farm-store/#respond Thu, 07 Aug 2014 12:19:10 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53332 The new site is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and includes 12 fueling spaces and four high-speed truck diesel fueling spaces. Rutter’s Farm Stores has opened the doors at its second location in Dauphin county, providing customers east of the Susquehanna River more opportunity to take advantage of the Rutter’s Rewards

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The Hub Breaks Ground http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/06/hub-breaks-ground/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/06/hub-breaks-ground/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 19:27:57 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53326 New chain aims to be the premier c-store destination in the open expanse of North Dakota. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor It is unprecedented that Convenience Store Decisions would select a Chain to Watch that hasn’t finished constructing its first location, but The Hub Convenience Stores, which is set to open its first travel center

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Rattlers Poised For Growth http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/06/rattlers-poised-growth-2/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/06/rattlers-poised-growth-2/#respond Wed, 06 Aug 2014 19:22:37 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53323 The Texas chain is upping its game online while perfecting its own grab-and-go concept. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor With 11 locations in Texas, Rattlers Convenience Stores, is set to renovate one of its earliest stores located near its company headquarters in Navasota, Texas, doubling the location’s size. It’s just one sign the growing chain

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Zarco Debuts Innovative Pump Service http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/06/zarco-debuts-innovative-pump-service/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/06/zarco-debuts-innovative-pump-service/#respond Wed, 06 Aug 2014 19:15:38 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53320 Zarco USA gains sales from fuel customers with touchscreen ordering that allows patrons to order their favorite foods while filing up their tanks. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Scott Zaremba, president of Lawrence, Kan.-based Zarco USA this past May rolled out touchscreen ordering at the pump at one of his nine convenience stores, with plans

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Distribution Models That Deliver http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/06/distribution-models-deliver/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/06/distribution-models-deliver/#respond Wed, 06 Aug 2014 19:06:00 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53317 A self-distribution model can cut out the middle man and help your chain save on costs, but is a big capital investment. Partnering with a good distribution provider can be the right course of action, but only if the arrangement brings value to your operation. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Candy, tobacco, drinks, food and

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Managing Loss Prevention http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/06/managing-loss-prevention/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/06/managing-loss-prevention/#respond Wed, 06 Aug 2014 18:49:39 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53310 Shrink comes in all shapes and sizes, but knowing how to identify and remedy these occurrences can enable c-stores to turn losses into gains. By David Bennett, Senior Editor When a convenience store is humming along efficiently, the signs are unmistakable: The coffee is fresh and flowing. People are enjoying prompt foodservice offerings. Motorists are

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Bolstering Bakery http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/06/bolstering-bakery/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/06/bolstering-bakery/#respond Wed, 06 Aug 2014 17:24:37 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53299 C-store customers are seeking fresh baked treats for breakfast and snacking occasions. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Savvy retailers are diving into bakery programs to entice morning customers who want sweet treats with their morning coffee, as well as afternoon snackers seeking fresh and indulgent goodies. As both the breakfast daypart and snacking occasions grow

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Walgreens to Remain U.S. Based Despite Acquisition http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/06/walgreens-remain-u-s-based-despite-acquisition/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/08/06/walgreens-remain-u-s-based-despite-acquisition/#respond Wed, 06 Aug 2014 14:50:09 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53291 Purchasing Europe’s Alliance Boots. Walgreens is set to acquire the remaining 55% of European pharmacy retailer and wholesaler Alliance Boots in an agreement that will keep its corporate tax headquarters in the U.S., despite speculation that the drug store chain would move its headquarters overseas to take advantage of a lower corporate tax rate. Walgreens

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Couche-Tard Acquiring 55 Stores From Tri Star Marketing http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/30/couche-tard-acquiring-55-stores-tri-star-marketing/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/30/couche-tard-acquiring-55-stores-tri-star-marketing/#respond Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:47:28 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53162 Sites located in Illinois and Indiana. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.’s Mac’s Convenience Stores LLC is acquiring 55 stores and related assets from Tri Star Marketing Inc. and affiliates, of which 51 stores are located in the state of Illinois and four stores are located in the state of Indiana. These stores are currently operating under the

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RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. Named Convenience Store Decisions’ 2014 Convenience Store Chain of the Year http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/28/racetrac-petroleum-inc-named-convenience-store-decisions-2014-convenience-store-chain-year/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/28/racetrac-petroleum-inc-named-convenience-store-decisions-2014-convenience-store-chain-year/#respond Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:16:09 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53131 Outstanding retail programs, a people-focused culture, a connection with its guests, an elegant new store design and a growing presence in the foodservice business earn RaceTrac Petroleum Chain of the Year honors for 2014 Exceptional leadership, great stores and unsurpassed customer service are the hallmarks of the convenience store industry’s extraordinary chains. Following these guiding

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VERC Enterprises Opens Newly Renovated Store http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/25/verc-enterprises-opens-newly-renovated-store/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/25/verc-enterprises-opens-newly-renovated-store/#respond Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:41:12 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53113 Customers will find a much larger Dunkin’ Donuts, newly-renovated restrooms and a more spacious look and feel to the store. VERC Enterprises, a convenience store and Gulf gasoline operator with locations throughout Massachusetts, has completed extensive renovations of its Kingston location, which has now re-opened for business. “We believe people will really like our new

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Kentucky Town Now Selling Gas http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/22/kentucky-town-now-selling-gas/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/22/kentucky-town-now-selling-gas/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:25:37 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53031 Following years of residents’ complaints over local gas prices, the Kentucky city of Somerset has opened up its own pumps to the public. By David Bennett, Senior Editor. After much anticipation on the part of motorists—and hand wringing by local gas retailers—the city of Somerset, Ky. opened its new fuel pumps to the public Saturday,

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Wawa To Close First Store http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/22/wawa-close-first-store/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/22/wawa-close-first-store/#respond Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:11:10 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53026 After 50 years, Wawa says goodbye to its first location as it looks to build a more modern store. The first Wawa Convenience Store, located on MacDade Boulevard and Swarthmore Avenue, which opened 50 years ago, is set to close as a new, larger site is slated for MacDale Boulevard and Kedron Avenue, Mainline Media

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Speculators Unload Long Positions in Gasoline Contract http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/22/speculators-unload-long-positions-gasoline-contract/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/22/speculators-unload-long-positions-gasoline-contract/#respond Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:00:31 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53035 By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric. Speculators holding positions in the U.S. gasoline contract unwound 30% of their bets that gasoline prices in the United States would increase, with the gasoline contract dropping to a 3-1/2 month low mid-July as the market looks to higher refinery runs offsetting peak seasonal demand. Nearest delivered

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Rattler’s Poised For Growth http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/21/rattlers-poised-growth/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/21/rattlers-poised-growth/#respond Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:59:00 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53013 The Texas chain is upping its game online while perfecting a grab-and-go concept. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor. Rattler’s Convenience Stores, with 11 locations in Texas, is set to renovate one of its earliest stores located near its company headquarters in Navasota, Texas, doubling the location’s size to accommodate today’s competitive market. The chain is

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7-Eleven Increases Franchise Incentive For Military Veterans http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/21/7-eleven-increases-franchise-incentive-military-veterans/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/21/7-eleven-increases-franchise-incentive-military-veterans/#respond Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:19:04 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=53004 Recent veterans enjoy a 20% franchising-fee discount. Recognized as “military friendly” by multiple veterans’ organizations and publications, 7-Eleven Inc. is serious about growing its franchisee ranks with qualified military veterans. The world’s largest convenience retailer has increased its franchising-fee discount to 20% capped at $50,000 as an added incentive for qualified veterans who have left

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CITGO Launches Second Annual Fueling Education Promotion http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/18/citgo-launches-second-annual-fueling-education-promotion/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/18/citgo-launches-second-annual-fueling-education-promotion/#respond Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:55:44 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52996 Eighty-four educators to receive $1,000 in school supplies. Helping teachers and students succeed in the classroom is the foundation of the CITGO Fueling Education Promotion, a program that offers teachers, student teachers and PTA/PTO members a chance to win $1,000 in school supplies for their classrooms. Now through Oct. 19, 2014, eligible K-12 public school

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Buc-ee’s Sues B&B Grocery Over Similar Mascot http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/16/buc-ees-sues-bb-grocery-similar-mascot/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/16/buc-ees-sues-bb-grocery-similar-mascot/#respond Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:14:04 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52807 Buc-ee’s claims the “Frio Beaver” logo infringes on its Beaver logo and mascot. Convenience store chain Buc-ee’s Ltd. is suing B&B Grocery Inc. and Anica B. Joran, individually and as a member of Austin Logo Designs LLC, for using a beaver mascot in its logo that is similar to Buc-ee’s, the Southeast Texas Record reported.

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Susser Provides Second Quarter 2014 Operating Results http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/16/susser-provides-second-quarter-2014-operating-results/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/16/susser-provides-second-quarter-2014-operating-results/#respond Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:53:41 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52803 Earnings conference call set for Aug. 8 at 11 a.m. EST. Susser Holdings Corp. and Susser Petroleum Partners LP provided partial operating results for the second quarter and first half of 2014. Susser Holdings expects to report: Merchandise—Same-store merchandise sales growth of approximately 4% for the second quarter, which included the Easter holiday, versus growth

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Parker’s Opens 36th C-Store http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/16/parkers-opens-36th-c-store/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/16/parkers-opens-36th-c-store/#respond Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:29:35 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52811 New location offers a drive-through window. Parker’s recently held the official Grand Opening of the company’s new store in Statesboro, Ga. at 1588 Brampton Ave., with local officials and Chamber of Commerce leaders in attendance. It is the company’s 36th store in the Georgia and South Carolina area. “It’s a beautiful store, with a great

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Pilot Agrees to $92 Million Penalty http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/15/pilot-agrees-92-million-penalty/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/15/pilot-agrees-92-million-penalty/#respond Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:39:17 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52787 The company avoids criminal prosecution with agreement. Pilot Flying J has reached a settlement with federal prosecutors in which it will accept responsibility for the criminal conduct of its employees and agreed to pay $92 million in penalties. The Knoxville, Tenn.-based company had been accused of defrauding its trucking customers on fuel rebates. The settlement,

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Wawa Celebrates Ground Breaking of Fort Myers Locations http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/14/wawa-celebrates-ground-breaking-fort-myers-locations/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/14/wawa-celebrates-ground-breaking-fort-myers-locations/#respond Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:53:20 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52763 First Fort Myers stores set to open in spring, 2015. Wawa is “flying” into Fort Myers, Fla. and is set to share details about the expansion into southwest Florida through a Community Partnership Lunch. The event will be held immediately following Wawa’s groundbreaking event of its first Fort Myers store, which is set to open

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7-Eleven Celebrates 87th Birthday http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/10/7-eleven-celebrates-87th-birthday/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/10/7-eleven-celebrates-87th-birthday/#respond Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:14:50 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52730 Free Slurpee Drink Day is just the beginning of 7-Eleven’s weeklong birthday bash. 7-Eleven is celebrating its 87th birthday with a full week (actually eight days) of free offers, beginning Friday, July 11, or 7-Eleven Day. Except this time, instead of guests bringing presents to the birthday party, they’re receiving them as a thank-you from

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Redwood Markets Implements Technology To Enhance Customer Loyalty http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/09/redwood-markets-implements-technology-enhance-customer-loyalty/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/09/redwood-markets-implements-technology-enhance-customer-loyalty/#respond Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:40:52 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52589 “This opportunity will give us the ability to connect with our consumers in a new way,” says Redwood Oil’s president. Redwood Oil has launched anew digital and mobile marketing strategy. Redwood Oil Co. partnered with OpenStore by GasBuddy to build customer loyalty and drive in-store sales. OpenStore gives Redwood Markets the ability to reach drivers

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Stripes Launches New Environmentally-Safe Parking Area http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/09/stripes-launches-new-environmentally-safe-parking-area/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/09/stripes-launches-new-environmentally-safe-parking-area/#respond Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:07:22 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52584 New truck parking area uses recycled materials. Stripes is paving the way for the future of truck stops with its first installation of a new environmentally-safe truck parking area in Refugio, Texas. Recently, Stripes replaced its over-the-road truck parking lot at a Stripes located in South Texas with a new technology called TRUEGRID, a product

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Ryko Solutions Names Toubia Senior Director of Professional Services http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/09/ryko-solutions-names-toubia-senior-direct-professional-services/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/09/ryko-solutions-names-toubia-senior-direct-professional-services/#respond Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:34:57 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52576 “Under Sam’s leadership, we expect an even greater focus in implementing a consistent series of strategic business initiatives….” says Ryko Solutions CEO. Ryko Solutions Inc., the operator of the car wash industry’s largest nationwide managed services organization, has selected Sam Toubia to be the company’s senior director of professional services. In this key new role

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Duskiewicz Takes The Helm At Nice N Easy http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/07/duskiewicz-takes-helm-nice-n-easy/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/07/duskiewicz-takes-helm-nice-n-easy/#respond Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:23:10 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52569 Following Founder John MacDougall’s passing, his right hand man assumes leadership of the business. Fran Duskiewicz has taken the helm as president and CEO of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes, following the passing of founder and CEO John MacDougall in June. “A few years ago, when John started experiencing health issues, he forged an agreement

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Kum & Go Opens New Store in Oklahoma http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/07/kum-go-opens-new-store-oklahoma/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/07/kum-go-opens-new-store-oklahoma/#respond Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:00:54 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52565 Eco-friendly store offers more food and fuel options. Kum & Go has opened a new convenience store at Ninth Street and Speer Avenue in Sapulpa, Okla. This 5,000-square-foot store, which offered $1 fresh pizza slices during opening week, replaces a smaller store at 709 N. Ninth Street. The location opened on June 27. The new

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Parker’s Names Wayne Reed As District Manager http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/07/parkers-names-wayne-reed-district-manager/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/07/parkers-names-wayne-reed-district-manager/#respond Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:52:27 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52562 Expands district manager team to manage growth. Parker’s has named Wayne Reed as District Manager. In his new position, Reed will oversee the company’s six stores in Beaufort County, South Carolina, part of Parker’s 36 stores in Georgia and the Lowcountry. “We are excited to welcome Wayne to the Parker’s family,” said Greg Parker, president

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Global Oil Prices Pressured as Geopolitical Concerns Ease http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/07/global-oil-prices-pressured-geopolitical-concerns-ease/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/07/global-oil-prices-pressured-geopolitical-concerns-ease/#respond Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:39:35 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52520 By Brian Milne, energy editor for Schneider Electric. Global oil prices are down $5 bbl from early June as the market retraces a spike in value to a nine-month high triggered by concern over supply disruptions in Iraq by a Sunni militant group, with the market erasing the geopolitical premium caused by the threat. The

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Weather and Rising Gas Prices Hurt Convenience Store Visits http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/07/weather-rising-gas-prices-hurt-convenience-store-visits/ http://www.csdecisions.com/2014/07/07/weather-rising-gas-prices-hurt-convenience-store-visits/#respond Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:34:11 +0000 http://www.csdecisions.com/?p=52518 Loyalty on the rise in the first quarter of 2014, reports NPD Group. Blame the weather and rising gas prices for the decline in visits to convenience stores in the first quarter of 2014, according to The NPD Group, a global information company. Traffic to convenience stores decreased by 3.5% in the first three months

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