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Stripes Rewarded For Energy Efficiency

Received incentive from AEP Texas Commercial Solutions Program. Stripes Convenience Stores received an incentive check for $39,192 from AEP Texas’ Commercial Solutions Program for retrofitting, upgrading and improving its HVAC systems, Outdoor LED and LED lighting in its Texas-based Stripes Stores within the AEP Texas footprint. The no-cost Commercial Solutions Program provides technical and financial

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NOCO Employees Collect Items For Food Bank

“Too many in our community go hungry and this donation will assist the Food Bank in helping provide meals throughout the spring and into the summer,” says NOCO president. NOCO employees joined together in the fight against hunger in the local community by collecting more than 5,000 non-perishable food and toiletry items for the Food

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NAG YEO Roundtable Kicks Off

Young executives in the c-store industry share insights and advice on overcoming the challenges of being a next generation leader. On Monday, April 1, Convenience Store Decisions hosted the National Advisory Group’s (NAG) Young Executives Organization Roundtable in Rosemont, Ill. The Young Executives Organization (YEO) is the convenience store industry’s only group focused exclusively on

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NCASEF Partners With Swim Across America

“Swim Across America is a fantastic organization doing literally life-saving work to help those afflicted with cancer through research, prevention and treatment,” notes chairman of NCASEF. The National Coalition of Associations of 7-Eleven Franchisees (NCASEF) has chosen Swim Across America (SAA) as its “Charity of Choice” for 2014. Every year, worthy charities like Swim Across

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ROO Cup Fans Unlock Extra Week of Refills

Fans can reserve—or rather “ROOserve”—the popular refillable cup online to start the ROO Cup summer one week early. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., announced that fans of its ROO Cup, a collectible cup refillable with any fountain or frozen beverage for only 25 cents, can now pre-register to reserve, or rather “ROOserve,” their

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Gasoline Supply Slides while Demand Climbs

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric Implied gasoline demand, which refers to gasoline supplied to the primary wholesale market, topped the five-year average during the third week of March for just the third time this year, with apparent demand at 9.0 million bpd for the first time in 2014 reports the Energy Information

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Lighting Upgrades Drive Operations Efficiencies

NOCO Express, with 35 c-stores throughout Buffalo and Rochester, N.Y., has been bringing its interior and exterior store lighting to the next level. In the three stores the chain has constructed over the last two years, NOCO has added compact fluorescent dimmable ceiling fixtures that are connected to a light-harvesting program. The buildings gain natural

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Your Staff is Your Best Publicity Asset

By Russel Trahan Throughout the business landscape, countless days and hours are spent on the hiring process—rifling through resumes, conducting phone and in-person interviews and vetting potential hires—and for good reason. Company payroll budgets only contain so much flexibility for new employees, and selecting the correct individual to fill an open position involves much more

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Stripes Raises Funds For Children’s Miracle Network

In-store campaign asks customers to purchase Miracle Balloon for local kids. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is proud to announce that more than 580 Stripes Convenience Stores will be raising funds this month for needed pediatric equipment, treatments and recovery to benefit local sick and injured kids. Donations from the 14th annual Miracle Balloon icon campaign

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FGX International, Eby-Brown Partner

FGX continues growth within the convenience channel of distribution. FGX International, an eyewear designer and marketer, has entered a distribution partnership with Eby-Brown, one of the largest distributors to convenience stores in the U.S., servicing more than 13,500 locations. This partnership expands FGX’s presence within the convenience channel of distribution. “This is an important area

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EFS, Suncor Energy Partner

This addition makes our network and our offer that much stronger,” says vice president of merchant services for EFS. Electronic Funds Source LLC (EFS), a supplier of innovative and customized corporate payment solutions, has announced its newest merchant partnership with Suncor Energy, through its Petro-Canada brand’s Petro-Pass commercial fueling network. With over 250 locations across

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Wal-Mart Sues Visa

Having opted out of the class action settlement option, the retail behemoth takes Visa to court over price fixing and anti-trust violations. Wal-Mart Stores Inc is suing Visa Inc for $5 billion, accusing the credit and debit card network of excessively high card swipe fees. The move comes several months after the retailer opted out

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Social Media Grows As Influential Traffic Driver For Retail

Pinterest is the top social media traffic driver for retailer Websites. According to new research from Experian Marketing Services, a global provider of integrated consumer insight, targeting, data quality and cross-channel marketing, social media Websites are playing an increasingly important role in driving traffic to other Websites, including retail Websites and even other social networking

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GPM Investments Expands Use of Kalibrate Fuels Pricing System

Implements PriceNet across its recently-acquired 260 sites. GPM Investments LLC, owners of the Fas Mart, Shore Stop, Youngs, Li’l Cricket, Scotchman Stores, Breadbox and other convenience store chains, has expanded the use of the Kalibrate PriceNet fuels pricing system across an additional 260 recently acquired sites. PriceNet provides GPM with high levels of automation and

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Visits to Convenience Stores Decline in Last Quarter of 2013

Gas prices remain stable as traffic volume dips. A tightened grip on consumer spending and a historically soft December contributed to a decline in convenience store (c-store) visits in the fourth calendar quarter of 2013, reported The NPD Group, a global information company.  In spite of favorable gas prices and improved consumer confidence, traffic volumes

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TravelCenters Sponsors 2014 Health Awareness Walk

At the Mid-America Trucking Show the Health Awareness Walk promotes healthier professional drivers. Together with Trucking Solutions Group, TravelCenters of America (TravelCenters) operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded travel centers, invite the entire trucking industry to join the fifth annual MATS Health Awareness Walk. The walk will be held on Thursday, March

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Tesco, Starbucks Receive COLLOQUY Recognizes Awards

COLLOQUY recognizes companies making strides in loyalty marketing. Tesco, Starbucks, Bloomingdale’s and MoPals received the first COLLOQUY Recognizes awards, a new program that honors the companies, programs and initiatives that exemplify the most innovative advancements and forward-thinking strategies in loyalty marketing.  The winners were announced in the March 2014 COLLOQUY issue. The new bimonthly COLLOQUY

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NACS Releases Compensation Report of 2013 Data

Report shows the turnover and compensation levels for the convenience store industry. NACS has released its NACS State of the Industry Compensation Report of 2013 Data, the latest snapshot of compensation levels, turnover and benefits metrics for the convenience and fuel retailing industry. More than 80 companies, representing more than 9,100 stores, provided data and

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Wawa Rolls Out Fuel Pricing Solution

Adopts Kalibrate’s PriceNet for entire network of 382 fuel sites. Wawa Inc. has purchased the Kalibrate PriceNet fuel pricing system and will implement a roll-out across its entire network of 382 fuel sites. Wawa will utilize the full capabilities of PriceNet, which includes 24/7 automation of pricing, full integration to the sites, robust analytics to

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Travel Plaza To Open Near JFK Airport

In addition to gas, the plaza will feature compressed natural gas and Tesla electric chargers. A new travel plaza is set to open next to JFK Airport next month, New York Daily News reported. The station will be located on the  corner of 147th St. and 150th Ave. near the Belt Parkway and JFK Expressway

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New Study Explores Millennials Snacking by Age and Lifestyle

Y-Pulse study explores away from home snacking behavior of Millennials at a wide range of foodservice venues. Y-Pulse (ypulse.org) and The Culinary Visions Panel collaborated to conduct a study with over 1,000 consumers to better understand the factors that drive snack purchase decisions for consumers in different age groups and life stages. Snacking behavior and

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J & H Oil Selects PriceAdvantage

“We believe it will allow us to understand market and store performance, adjust our strategies as needed, and give us the competitive edge,” says president of J & H Oil. J & H Oil has chosen Skyline Products’ PriceAdvantage SMART Fuel Pricing as its fuel price management solution. J & H Oil is running PriceAdvantage

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TMT Inc. Adopts VP Racing Fuels’ Retail Brand Program

Distributor to rebrand nine “Whip In” locations in Dallas/Fort Worth market.  TMT Inc. has joined VP Racing Fuels’ growing roster of retail brand partners. Doing business under the “Whip In” name, TMT Inc. owns and operates 14 convenience stores and provides wholesale distribution of fuels to retail sites in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. “We are

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Retail Gasoline Prices Reach Six-Month Highs

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric Wholesale gasoline postings moved higher in most major metropolitan markets across the country during the week ended Mar. 24, underpinned by higher crude acquisition costs, seasonal refinery maintenance, and the transition to lower Reid vapor pressure ratings for gasoline as the industry swaps out winter blends with

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Retailers React To Court Rule On Swipe Fees

“Any rule that would allow profit margins of more than 1,000% and raise fees on many transactions clearly violates the letter and intent of the law Congress passed,” says NACS President and CEO. On Friday, The U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia overturned a lower court’s decision in July that favored the merchants

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