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Slidell Oil’s Purple Cow Stores Choose PriceAdvantage

Following 30-day trial, Purple Cow Convenience Stores roll out SMART Fuel Pricing. Slidell Oil has chosen PriceAdvantage SMART Fuel Pricing, a fuel price management solution, for their 20 Purple Cow convenience stores across the Gulf Coast. Slidell Oil was looking for an advanced pricing tool to aid them in the fuel pricing process by providing

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Visits and Spending at Convenience Stores Increase

NPD report finds rewards and loyalty programs are gaining traction among major oil chain shoppers. Consumers are finding value in convenience stores as evidenced by a modest 2% gain in consumer traffic, which led to an increase of nearly 6% in dollars compared to the same quarter a year ago, according to The NPD Group,

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Freshness, Quality Key to Attracting Foodservice Customers

Whether you are operating a proprietary program or using a third-party supplier, cardboard sandwiches and pizza just don’t cut it with today’s consumer. Dr. Nancy Caldarola, of NACS CAFÉ, offers tips and trends in this  important foodservice segment. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. The entry price for a low-grade sandwich might be attractive to some

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Spinx Introduces Mobile Shopping Technology

Partners with NCR. Spinx Co. is set to deploy NCR ConvenienceGo (C-Go) mobile shopping technology to make fueling and shopping at the chain of convenience stores easier. Spinx, which operates stores in North Carolina and South Carolina, will roll out C-Go to 57 of its stores. C-Go is a mobile shopping app, which allows shoppers

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GPM Purchasing VPS’ Southeast Division

“We’re pleased that we have found a good home for our Southeastern division with GPM,” says VPS CEO. GPM Investments LLC (GPM), operator of Fas Mart/Shore Stop convenience stores, and VPS Convenience Store Group (VPS),  have entered into an agreement for the sale of VPS’s Southeast division to GPM. The VPS Southeast division consists of

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CST Brands Opens Largest Corner Store in Three Rivers

The 10,100 square-foot travel center is located in heart of Eagle Ford Shale. CST Brands hosted a grand opening today for its largest Corner Store to date and its 1,033 store in the U.S. network in Three Rivers, Texas, a bustling agricultural and oil field community in the heart of the Eagle Ford Shale. At

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A Cheer for Champs

Branded food program celebrates 500th opening. A major milestone gave one business something to cheer about. Champs Chicken, a nationwide branded food program, opened its 500th location this week at the Choctaw Travel Plaza in Poteau, Okla. Festivities included door prizes and meal deals throughout the day, as well as an appearance by Champ himself.

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Plan to Stay Safe

Cash control programs and effective employee training will help minimize theft and ensure the well being of your employees. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Keeping theft at bay has always been a major concern for c-store retailers. While technology has come to the rescue in the form of safe and cash-management systems, the best way

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Kum & Go Targets ‘Snaxperts’

Summer campaign attracts customers by encouraging them to use their snacking skills. Kum & Go launched a summer campaign to attract snacking experts whose two main summer food groups are snack foods and fountain drinks—dubbed “snaxperts” by the West Des Moines, Iowa-based convenience store chain. “Snaxperts are those who know Dr. Pepper tastes even better

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Corner Store Adds to Fresh Food Lineup

New summer snacks include whoopie pies and smoked sausages on the expanding menu of fresh choices. New sweet and savory snacks are coming to Corner Stores this summer, as the menu of fresh-made items continues to expand. Corner Store’s new German Chocolate Whoopie Pie and Eckrich Applewood Smoked Sausage with Monterey Cheese will round out

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Cappuccino Fall Flavors

Folgers is giving cappuccino drinkers reasons to fall for the season by offering two new flavors: Caramel Macchiato and Pumpkin Spice from Folgers—the 2013 Coffee Brand of the year, according to 2013 Harris Poll EquiTrend. Over 40% of consumers say their beverage preferences change with the seasons, according to the Technomic 2012 Beverage Consumer Trend

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Kocolene Shifts with the Times

As the tobacco industry evolves, the convenience store and tobacco shop operator continues to grow to meet its customers’ needs.    By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Kocolene Marketing LLC maintains a booming tobacco business at its  Fast Max convenience stores and Smokers Host Discount tobacco stores, and is implementing a number of IT initiatives to keep

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Susser Holdings Opens Two New Stripes Stores

Expands Stripes leadership team. Susser Holdings Corp. has recently opened two new Stripes convenience stores, bringing the total number of new stores completed to eight since the beginning of the year. A sale and leaseback transaction of these two new stores was completed at the end of May for a total cost of $6.7 million.

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Cenex and Cabela’s Renew Loyalty Program

Brands renew partnership for five more years. CHS Inc., an energy, grains and foods company and the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative, announced it has signed an agreement to secure the loyalty partnership between its Cenex brand and the Cabela’s brand for an additional five years. “At a time when other co-branded programs are declining or

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Corner Store Launches Summer Sweepstakes

Stores are giving away $1,000 in gift cards each day, and customers may have a chance to win up to $90,000 all season long. Participating Corner Stores across the U.S. are giving away $1,000 in Corner Store gift cards each day from June 4 to Sept. 2 in the company’s $1K-A-Day 4U Summer Sweepstakes. During

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AWMA Conferences Kick Off In June

Provides new tools to help retailers, distributors and manufacturers build sales and profits. Two consecutive conferences to be held this June by AWMA at the Loews Hotel in New Orleans, La., are set to provide the answers and tools needed for c-store distributors, manufacturers and retailers to succeed in today’s increasingly competitive convenience industry. The

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QuikTrip Voted Most Popular Convenience Store

Market Force Study finds top convenience retailers excel in cleanliness, friendliness and food quality, and tend to be regional favorites. QuikTrip—the convenience store chain found largely in the Midwest and East—is where consumers prefer to stop for gas, food and other conveniences, according to a new study by Market Force Information, a worldwide leader in

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Bennett Pump Co. Unveils New Dispensers for Alternative Fuels

Options include solutions for natural gas, hydrogen and ethanol blends and bio-diesel. Bennett Pump Co., a North American manufacturer of fuel dispensers, has announced a new comprehensive line of alternative fuel dispensers. As the retail and commercial fuel markets have begun to rapidly change and embrace alternative fuels, so has Bennett by now providing dispensing

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Sheetz Family Charities Golf Classic Kicks Off

“This is one way our employees can truly make a difference in their own communities,” says Sheetz CEO. Former Dallas Cowboys running back, Emmitt Smith and NFL Hall of Famer Dick Butkus are among the names that headline the 15th Annual Sheetz Family Charities “For the Kidz” Golf Classic being held at Kingsmill Resort in

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Stripes Raises $953,462 For Children’s Miracle Network

Funds to benefit 12 children’s hospitals in three states. Stripes Convenience Stores is proud of their customers and employees for helping to raise $953,462 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals during its fundraising campaign April 1-28. The campaign ran in all 558 Stripes Convenience Stores locations across Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The record-breaking total exceeded

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BP Completes Sale of Carson Refinery

Sells southwest U.S. retail assets to Tesoro. BP has completed the previously announced sale of its Carson, California refinery and related logistics and marketing assets in the region to Tesoro Corp. for approximately $2.4 billion as part of a plan to reshape BP’s U.S. fuels business. Cash proceeds from the sale include approximately $1.075 billion

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Pilot Flying J Adds Diesel To More Locations

By October, all but seven sites will offer DEF. Pilot Flying J is on track to offer diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) at the pump at nearly every diesel lane at the company’s travel centers and travel plazas across the U.S. by October. In March, Pilot Flying J announced that the company’s network of DEF at

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C-Stores Among Checkout Charity Champions

Cause Marketing Forum ranks top U.S. campaigns, totaling $358 million raised for non profits in 2012. Coin canisters, paper icons and other fundraising tools at retail and restaurant checkouts are generating hundreds of millions in revenue for charity, according to America’s Checkout Charity Champions, a new Cause Marketing Forum study.   More than $358 million was

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10,000 Meals For Moore

Krispy Krunchy Chicken aids storm victims in Moore, Okla. Volunteers from Krispy Krunchy Foods, a Lafayette, La.-based company, are preparing and delivering 10,000 Krispy Krunchy Chicken meals to the residents, emergency responders, and volunteers in the storm-ravaged area of Moore, Okla. Representatives from Krispy Krunchy, including former Moore resident Jordan Lindsey, converged on the region

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Core-Mark to Webcast Presentation

Stephens Inc. Spring Investment Conference presentation to be available online. Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc., a marketer of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, announced today that it will Webcast its presentation from the Stephens Inc. Spring Investment Conference on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern.

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