Marianne Cooper To Keynote Women’s Leadership Breakfast At AWMA

Cooper acted as lead researcher for the book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg. The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) announced that sociologist and women’s work expert Marianne Cooper will be the keynote speaker at the AWMA Women’s Leadership Initiative Kickoff Breakfast, Thursday, Feb. 27, at the 2014 AWMA

Consumer Pessimism Lingers

Women and consumers aged 50+ are the most pessimistic about the economy, according to a recent survey. Despite relatively low gas prices, consumers still aren’t feeling great about the economy. For the fourth straight month at least three in five consumers (61%) say that they are pessimistic about economic prospects, according the latest monthly NACS

The Pantry Announces Q4 And Fiscal 2013 Results

Merchandise gross margin in fiscal 2013 increased to 34.0% compared to 33.7% a year ago. The Pantry Inc. announced financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Sept. 26, 2013. “We achieved improved operating results during the fourth quarter and are gaining momentum in merchandise sales as we move into fiscal 2014,”

TA Announces Public Offering of 5,000,000 Common Shares

Proceeds may help fund pending acquisition. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) announced that it has commenced a public offering of 5,000,000 common shares. TA expects to use the proceeds from the offering to fund its business and growth strategies and for general business purposes. Some of the net proceeds may be used to fund a

Merchant Customer Exchange Welcomes New Retail Members.

ExxonMobil, Giant Eagle, Kum & Go and Rite Aid are among new merchant members. The Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) has announced that ExxonMobil, Giant Eagle, Kum & Go and Rite Aid Corp. are among the growing number of merchants to become MCX members. MCX is a group of leading merchants dedicated to improving the shopping

Weigel’s Celebrates 15 Years of Spreading Local Holiday Joy

Partners with Salvation Army. On Dec. 7, more than 300 Weigel’s employees and volunteers came together and brought holiday dreams to life for more than 170 local children in need. This year marked the 15th year of Weigel’s Family Christmas, an event for underprivileged children from the greater Knoxville area. The children served ranged in

IDDBA Reveals What’s in Store For 2014 In Consumer Lifestyles

Minorities, which comprised 37% of the U.S. population in 2012, will make up 57% of the population in 2060 (U.S. population estimate is 420.3 million in 2060). What’s in Store 2014, the latest edition of the annual trends publication of the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) reveals that by 2030, Millennials will out number Baby Boomers.

ExxonMobil Funds Papua New Guinea Health Initiative

“This program will enable mothers and children of Papua New Guinea to benefit from the world-class expertise of Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine,” says president of ExxonMobil Development Co. Exxon Mobil Corp., on behalf of the PNG LNG Project, announced a $3.1 million, two-year initiative intended to improve maternal health and reduce

Delek US Holdings Declares Special Cash Dividend

Dividend of $0.10 per share available. Delek US Holdings Inc., a diversified energy company with assets in the petroleum refining, logistics and retail industries, has announced that its Board of Directors declared a special cash dividend of $0.10 per share. Shareholders of record at the close of business on Jan. 7, 2014 will receive the

Casey’s To Expand Pizza Express Locations in 2014

Casey’s introduces a flatbread pizza option to its Pleasant Hill location. Casey’s General Stores Inc. is set to open five more pizza-only stores in the Des Moines, Iowa metro area in 2014, the Des Moines Register reported. The Pizza Express stores, which will likely be located in areas not serviced by Casey’s convenience stores, are

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Leadership Expert Tom Flick To Give Keynote Address At AWMA

Flick is “a deft storyteller who inspires audiences to lead change, to recognize opportunities for growth, and to adopt a leadership mindset,” notes AWMA president and CEO. The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) announced that leadership expert Tom Flick will present the opening keynote address Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the 2014 AWMA Marketplace & Solutions

Convenience Store Penetration Rebounds in Q3 2013

Visit frequency slightly declines, according to NPD Group.  Less volatile gas prices, along with discount, rewards and loyalty retailer programs, attributed to a rebound in convenience store (c-store) penetration in the quarter ending September 2013, reports The NPD Group, a leading global information company. The percentage of individuals who made a c-store purchase (includes gas

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Slovacek Celebrates New C-Store Opening

Grand opening event in West, Texas to feature “Santa Paws,” free samples, prizes and live Polka music. Slovacek’s is celebrating the grand opening of its newest convenience store location in West, Texas this Sunday, Dec. 8., beginning at 10 a.m.   The new site is located at 214 Melodie Dr. To celebrate the launch, the

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Parker’s Opens New Convenience Stores

New locations in Metter, Ga. and Bluffton, S.C. Parker’s recently celebrated the official grand opening two new state-of-the-art locations in Metter, Ga. and Bluffton, S.C. Area dignitaries helped cut the ribbon at the newest Parker’s stores on Dec. 2. The Metter store, located at 300 S.W. Broad Street, is the first Parker’s in Candler County.

Charity Oil Warms Hearts and Homes in New York and Pennsylvania

Local CITGO Marketer M. Spiegel & Sons Oil Corp. partners with organizations to “Fuel Good.” CITGO Marketer Robert Spiegel believes in giving back to his local community and in the great power of family. These personal beliefs combined with his family’s expertise in the petroleum industry led to the creation of Charity Oil, a non-profit

Weigel’s Gives Back

Annual Weigel’s Family Christmas event set for Dec. 7. Weigel’s Farm Stores, Inc., operator of 62 dairy and convenience stores, is hosting its annual Weigel’s Family Christmas to spread holiday cheer to underprivileged children in Knoxville, Tenn. The stores represent state of the art convenience retailing, offering pay-at-the-pump gasoline, competitive pricing and unconditionally guaranteed products.

Kangaroo Express Challenges Customers To Create ROOcipes

When buying ingredients for ROOcipes, customers can also find last minute stocking stuffers at their local Kangaroo Express. Kangaroo Express is challenging store guests to make festive holiday recipes—called ROOcipes—using candy, snacks and other treats found only at their neighborhood Kangaroo Express store. Inexpensive and fun to make, ROOcipes are a perfect holiday party host

Stripes Launches College Scholarship Fund

Fund to benefit local students as year one fundraising target is set at $400,000.  Obtaining a college education will now be easier for students within the Stripes operating market areas thanks to the Stripes College Scholarship Fund, a new program launched today by Stripes Convenience Stores. Stripes is beginning its first in-store fundraising campaign, inviting

Believe and Achieve Scholarship Deadline Approaching

Ambitious college students have until Dec. 15 to apply. Cumberland Farms is reminding high school seniors across its 11-state service area that less than two weeks remain to apply for the company’s popular Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program. The Dec. 15, 2013 application deadline is right around the corner, and the convenience store retailer is

Couche-Tard Announces Q2 Financial Results

Same-store merchandise revenues were up 4.5% in the U.S. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. announced financial results for its second quarter of fiscal 2014, including net earnings of $229.8 million, up 26.8%. Excluding the non-recurring items, net earnings would have been approximately $249.0 million compared with $171.0 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2013, an increase

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BPI Seeks Nominations For Best Practice Awards

Innovators, practitioners, executives, CEOs and consultants who are positively impacting their organizations to be recognized.   Best Practice Institute is calling for nominations for its 2014 Best Practice Awards. Entries and nominations are being accepted for four honors: Best Practice Organization/Practitioner, Best Practice CEO, Best Practice Thought Leader and Best Practice Company Founder. Multiple winners

Pilot Flying J Settlement Approved

Settlement of $84.9 million to end class action lawsuit. A federal judge in Arkansas has approved an $84.9 million class action settlement of fraud claims against Pilot Flying J, Cleveland Online reported. The settlement breakdown: • $56.5 million to pay trucking companies the fuel rebates and discounts they were allegedly shorted •  $9.75 million in

Wawa Adds Lottery To New Jersey Stores

Celebrates grand opening of Jackson, N.J. location. Wawa Inc. celebrated the grand opening of its newest New Jersey store in Jackson, on Nov. 22,  and officially announced its statewide partnership with the New Jersey Lottery and the addition of offering lottery in all New Jersey Wawa stores. Located at 329 North County Line Road in

Atlas Oil’s Emergency Fueling Solutions Delivers

In wake of weekend storms, fuel is transported to mission-critical businesses. After the Midwest was rocked by a series of tornadoes and severe storms on Sunday, Nov. 17 that left an estimated 235,000 southeast Michigan homes and businesses without power, Atlas Oil’s Emergency Fueling Solutions (EFS) delivered more than 10,000 gallons of emergency fuel to

The Pantry To Host Q4 Conference Call

The Pantry Inc. will release its financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 before the market opens on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. Dennis Hatchell, president and CEO, and B. Clyde Preslar, senior vice president and chief financial officer of The Pantry, will host an interactive conference call that morning at 8:30 a.m.

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