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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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7-Eleven Invites Entrepreneurs To Free Franchise Sales Seminar

Some 22 Fort Myers, Fla.-area stores are available for franchising. 7-Eleven Inc. continues to expand its presence in the Sunshine State and currently has 22 franchise opportunities in the greater Fort Myers, Fla. area. For residents interested in managing their own business with the support of the world’s largest convenience retailer, 7-Eleven will lead several

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Cash Management Begins with Best Practices

To prevent lost revenues from internal theft, retailers will be looking to advanced technology for more effective ways to monitor their stores, said Ted Roccagli, retail marketing manager/business coach at Mansfield Oil, which serves more than 300 convenience stores throughout the country. Mansfield is recommending video surveillance equipment that interfaces with POS and connects with

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Cultivating a Loyal Audience

Loyalty programs were once value-added perks. Today, consumers not only expect them, but they also demand good deals. Indeed, an attractive loyalty program can sway a consumer away from a competitor with lower gas prices. “Over the last 10 years, particularly the last three, loyalty programs are playing a large role,” said Pat Lewis, president

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Expanding Point-of-Sale Potential

Increasingly, a good point-of-sale (POS) system must play well with others. Not only should it integrate well with other software platforms, such as business intelligence software, but it must also be easy to deploy, easy to use and easy to enhance. Many POS platforms are embracing standardization that allows them to integrate with existing software

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Orion Food Systems Names Watkins CEO

“I had the privilege to be part of that initiative that laid the foundation for the company, and am very excited about leading an incredibly talented team…” notes new CEO.   Orion Food Systems LLC has announced that Steve Watkins has been promoted to CEO of Orion Food Systems, the international foodservice provider of leading

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Parker’s Donates $1 Million to Regional Trauma Center

“I have seen firsthand the high level of care these fine physicians, nurses and health care professionals provide,” says Parker’s CEO. Georgia entrepreneur Greg Parker, president and CEO of The Parker Cos., recently announced a $1 million donation to help begin a major renovation and expansion of Memorial Health’s emergency department and Level 1 trauma

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Spinx Names New Members To Executive Leadership

Chief information officer and chief financial officer join executive team. The Spinx Co. Inc. has promoted Cheryl Szczesniak, chief information officer, and Steven Visser, chief financial officer, to its executive leadership team. Based in Greenville, S.C., Spinx operates 74 c-stores in South Carolina and North Carolina. Szczesniak joined Spinx in 2005 as its operations controller.

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Central Florida Faces Fuel Shortage

Foggy weather causes delays in gas delivery, causing many stations to run dry. Gas stations in central Florida are facing a temporary fuel shortage that has left some convenience store locations without any fuel to dispense. A spokesperson for 7-Eleven told Orlando News 13 that the chain had only 50% of the fuel they needed

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Walmart Debuts C-store Concept

Walmart To Go arrives in Arkansas with low prices and gasoline service. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has rolled out its Walmart To Go convenience store concept in its home state of Arkansas. The first location debuted Wednesday, March 19 at 1300 S. Walton Blvd. in Benton, Ark., Arkansas Business Online reported.     The store measures 2,500

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