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Preparing for Industry Challenges

Steve Loehr, vice president of operations support for Kwik Trip and the current NACS vice chairman and treasurer, shares his insights on the issues affecting convenience retailers. By John Lofstock, Editor. The convenience store industry continues to evolve, becoming a bigger part of the American consumers’ daily lives. In 2012, the industry achieved record sales

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Managing Your Workforce

Labor scheduling can be a complex, time-consuming and tedious task, but if it’s not done right it can be costly, in terms of wasted money and lost customers. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Managing labor hours is just one of a handful challenges human resources managers face every day and St. Joe Petroleum is no

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Cool New Products Preview Room Wows Retailers

From electronic cigarettes to touchscreen beverage dispensers and healthier snacks—there was something new for everyone at the NACS Show in Atlanta last month. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. The convenience store industry has long been known for its retail innovations and this year’s NACS Show, held last month in Atlanta, didn’t disappoint in showcasing cutting-edge

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Maverik Celebrated as CSD’s 2013 Chain of the Year

The Utah marketer honored for its unique adventure culture, an ongoing commitment to employees and its service-first mantra for delivering a memorable shopping experience.By John Lofstock, Editor. There are many common characteristics that comprise Convenience Store Decisions’ Chain of the Year winners. They are retail leaders, innovative marketers, committed to employees and completely driven by

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Keeping Your Customers Connected with WiFi

With the proliferation of Smartphones, iPads and laptops, now more than ever your “always on” customers expect wireless Internet access where they go.By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. In 1993 when Brett Stewart was speaking to top technology gurus at a conference in San Francisco, he predicted that the world would eventually enjoy the benefits of

Cumberland Gulf Group Executive Named 2013 Top 10 Breakaway Leader

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer John McMahon recognized by peers for his contributions to human resources. John McMahon, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at The Cumberland Gulf Group, has been named a 2013 Top 10 Breakaway Leader by the Global HR Leadership Summit in recognition of his ability as

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Global Partners Participates in ExxonMobil’s Educational Alliance Program

Alltown Convenience Stores and New England Mobil Gas Distributors help foster math and science education in Northeast schools. Global Partners announced that its retail gasoline dealers, Alltown Convenience Stores and New England Mobil Gasoline Distributors are participating in ExxonMobil’s Educational Alliance Program, a nationwide initiative to enhance math and science learning at K-12 institutions.  More

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CITGO Teams Up With Miss America Representatives

Promotes volunteering, health, education and other important issues in local communities. CITGO Petroleum Corp. has partnered with 16 states that are a part of the Miss America Organization to promote awareness surrounding the key issues of education and social investment, energy assistance, environmental protection and conservation and health. The Miss America state representatives serve as

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Go-Mart Teams With Acumera

“One of the factors that attracted us to Acumera is the breadth and depth of the team’s PCI knowledge, and their willingness to guide us through the complex process of building and maintaining a PCI-compliant network,” says Go-Mart general manager. Go-Mart, which operates more than 100 convenience stores in West Virginia and surrounding states, has

TravelCenters of America To Purchase 31 C-Stores For $67 Million

Sites located in Kentucky and Tennessee. Travel Centers of America LLC has agreed to acquire 31 convenience stores with retail gasoline stations for $67 million, before closing costs and customary working capital adjustments. The seller is a private company, which operates these c-stores under its proprietary brand name “Minit Mart.” Twenty-eight of the c-stores are

Couche-Tard Acquires 36 C-Stores

Shortly after agreeing to acquire 13 stores from Publix, Couche-Tard inks a deal to buy 23 stores from Albuquerque Convenience and Retail LLC. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has signed, through its wholly-owned indirect subsidiary, Circle K Stores Inc., an agreement with Albuquerque Convenience and Retail LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Phillips 66 Co., to acquire 23

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Thorntons Team Renovates Ann Storck Center

As part of Thorntons 2013 Humanitarian Day, volunteers participate in Projects With Purpose event. On Saturday Nov. 16, more than 500 Thorntons team members completed a major renovation of The Ann Storck Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,  as part of their 2013 Humanitarian Day. The Ann Storck Center is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to serving individuals, both children

Cumberland Farms Opens New Concept Store in Roxbury Neighborhood

New c-store marks the brand’s first store to open in Boston in 32 years. Cumberland Farms has opened a new store in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston at 801 Massachusetts Ave., marking the brand’s first urban location to open in Boston since 1981. If you need a refresher, ’81 is when Ronald Reagan reigned, Lady Di

October Consumer Spending Up From September

Gas station dollar volume growth was -4.9% in October, the lowest growth seen since April 2013, but  growth in other areas offset this decline. First Data Corp., a global provider of electronic commerce and payment processing, released its First Data SpendTrend analysis for Oct. 1, 2013 through Oct. 30, 2013 compared to Oct. 2, 2012

Susser To Acquire Sac-N-Pac Convenience Stores

Transaction expands retail and wholesale fuel distribution reach in south central Texas. Susser Holdings Corp. (SUSS) and Susser Petroleum Partners LP (SUSP) have  signed a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the convenience store assets and fuel distribution contracts of Sac-N-Pac Stores Inc. and 3W Warren Fuels Ltd. Sac-N-Pac owns and operates 47 convenience

Kum & Go Expands Recycling at the Pump Program

Adds program to 42 Des Moines-area stores, and invites customers to celebrate America Recycles Day. Kum & Go announced that a total of 268-bottle-shaped recycling containers have been installed near fuel pumps at all 42 Kum & Go stores in Greater Des Moines as part of the “At the Pump Recycling” project. Kum & Go

Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes To Host Red Kettles

Ten stores partner with Salvation Army in Central New York. Ten Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes throughout Central New York are partnering with the Salvation Army to host Red Kettles in their stores. “We are happy to partner with Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes who will host Red Kettles in their store during the holiday

CITGO Introduces “Fuel Up & Get Down” Promotion

Milwaukee area CITGO locations offer free tickets to local music events. CITGO Marketers and Retailers in the Greater Milwaukee area are working with local music halls for the “Fuel Up & Get Down” promotion through April 30, 201 A total of 160 CITGO locations in the Greater Milwaukee area are offering customers the opportunity to

Red Bull Turns Austin Corner Store Into FORMULA ONE Pit Stop

“Since Austin hosts the only F1 race in America, we wanted to bring the buzz and excitement of the international circuit to our customers there,” says CEO of CST Brands. To celebrate Formula One’s only stop in America with the U.S. Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin Nov. 15-17, Red

Kum & Go And PEPSICO Expand Tulsa Recycling Program

Companies receive 2013 “Recycling Innovator!” Award. Kum & Go and PepsiCo announced that their recycling program, designed to encourage and facilitate on-the-go recycling, has expanded to all of Tulsa’s 47 Kum & Go locations. Since launching in January 2013, the recycling initiative has successfully diverted more than 6,000 pounds of recyclable materials from the landfill—an

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InComm Unveils Mobile-Optimized Shopping Cart

Within one month of launching the solution, one brand saw mobile sales account for 10% of all gift cards sold. InComm, a prepaid product and transaction services company, has unveiled its mobile-optimized shopping cart for retailers. The solution enables consumers to purchase and send digital and physical gift cards using a mobile device—whether from within

RaceTrac To Offer Gift Cards

Prepaid cards for leading brands to be sold at more than 365 RaceTrac convenience store locations in the southern U.S. RaceTrac has partnered with Blackhawk Network, a prepaid payment network, to offer gift cards in more than 365 RaceTrac convenience stores across the southern United States beginning in fall 2013. Blackhawk Network’s prepaid products reach

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Rutter’s Donation Allows Children to Visit York Symphony Orchestra

Rutter’s Farm Stores donated $5,000 to the York Symphony Orchestra so that local elementary school students could attend Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center in York, PA. Fifth-grade students from Central York and York City School Districts were in attendance on Nov. 7 and Nov. 8 to view the concert and story performance,

Core-Mark Announces Q3 Financial Results

Third quarter sales increased 13.2%, driven by non-cigarette sales growth of 16.5%. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. announced financial results for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2013. “We continued to build momentum by delivering strong sales growth in the third quarter, particularly in our higher margin non-cigarette categories.  We firmly believe we have the right

7-Eleven To Give Away 58 Xbox One Entertainment Systems

“With more than 150 prizes awarded each day, the chances are good that our Slurpee fans will come away a winner during the contest,” says vice president of brand innovation for 7-Eleven. While temperatures are dropping, the traffic on www.slurpee.com is heating up as Slurpee fans enter to win the much-anticipated Xbox One Entertainment System.

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