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Motivating Employees Through Gamification

Gamification is one way to increase employee productivity and morale, noted Linda McKenna-Welch during a breakout session at the NACS State of the Industry (SOI) Summit. Linda McKenna-Welch, principal of Employee Performance Strategies Inc., spoke with retailers on how to revolutionize employee performance through gamification during a breakout session on human capital and operations at

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NACS SOI Summit Reveals Industry Performance, Opportunities

A strong 2012 brought $700.3 billion in sales, but opportunities exist to grow foodservice, and drive customer spending on trips in 2013. The NACS State of the Industry (SOI) Summit took place in Chicago on April 10-11, giving retailers an overview of the economy, industry statistics, and the challenges that are just ahead. Glenn Plumby,

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Tedeschi Outlines Challenges Facing Retailers At SOI Summit

Peter Tedeshi points out that while retailers can’t control all challenges facing the industry in 2013, there are many they can begin to influence. Peter Tedeschi, president and CEO, Tedeschi Food Shops Inc., CSD’s Convenience Store Chain of the Year, closed out the NACS State of the Industry (SOI) Summit on Thursday, April 11, with

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Plan Today For The Loyalty And Payment Technology Of Tomorrow

During a session at the NACS SOI Summit, experts advised retailers to have a road map leading to the technology of tomorrow, instead of just planning for today’s rewards program. At the NACS State of the Industry (SOI) Summit on Thursday, April 11, John Keenan, principal, Anthem Marketing Solutions and Patrick Raycroft, managing partner, W.

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NRF Announces Industry Perception Campaign

Campaign to focus on original research, digital content—video, social media, customized Website. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has announced a new initiative to broaden and enhance perceptions of the industry beyond providing consumers with great products. NRF’s This is Retail: Careers, Community, Innovation campaign, will highlight the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen

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NOCO Raises Over $20,000 For MDA

Customers at NOCO Express buy paper shamrocks to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association. NOCO Express Stores, its customers and employees recently made March a very lucky month for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) by donating a record $20,265 in the annual “Share the Shamrock Spirit” in-store campaign. From Feb. 17 to March 17, customers could

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Wawa C-store Planned For St. Petersburg

Agree Realty Corp. has closed on the acquisition of a parcel of land located at the southwest quadrant of 34th Street and 38th Avenue in St. Petersburg, Fla. for the development of a Wawa convenience store with fuel. The project is pre-leased under a long-term ground lease agreement and is expected to be completed during

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Rutter’s Breaks Ground On 58th Convenience Store

New location to offer 12 gas fueling spaces, an espresso bar and free Wi-Fi. Rutter’s Farm Stores recently broke ground on its largest store to date in Mountville, Pa., the 58th store for the central Pennsylvania-based chain. The 6,280-square-foot store will offer the extensive menu that earned Rutter’s recognition for Best Coffee, Best Quick Service

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McMahon Named One of Nation’s Top HR Executives

Cumberland Gulf Group executive recognized for top performance. John McMahon, senior vice president and chief human resources officer at The Cumberland Gulf Group, has been selected by the ranking committee of ExecRank, the nation’s definitive ranking service of executives, as a “Top Private Company HR Executive” for 2012. The rankings are the result of two

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Valero Approves Spinoff

After stock distribution, CST Brands will be an independent, publicly traded company. Valero Energy Corp. on Thursday approved the spinoff of its retail business, effective May 1, San Antonio Express News reported. San Antonio-based Valero’s  board of directors approved a plan to distribute 80% of the outstanding shares of the new company, CST Brands Inc.,

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Stripes Fundraises For Children’s Miracle Network

In-store campaign asks customers to purchase Miracle Balloon for local kids. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) is proud to announce that more than 550 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 ninth annual Miracle Balloon

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Kum & Go Opens New Colorado Springs Store

New store focuses on fresh food, expanded product options and sustainability. Kum & Go, L.C. has announced the opening of a new Kum & Go store today in Colorado Springs, at 620 E. Fillmore St. The new store brings Kum & Go’s presence to nine stores in Colorado Springs and to 49 stores throughout Colorado.

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CITGO Continues Sponsorship of Bess the Book Bus

Funds support national children’s literacy program. CITGO Petroleum Corp. is renewing its sponsorship of Bess the Book Bus, one of the first Fueling Good winners and a nationwide advocate for literacy. Throughout 2013, Bess will travel to schools, community centers, shelters and after-school programs in more than 30 cities across the country, while also continuing

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NATSO Foundation Doubles Bill Moon Scholarships

Applications accepted until May 1, 2013. The NATSO Foundation is pleased to announce that for the first time in 20 years it is doubling the financial awards granted under the Bill Moon Scholarship, which helps truckstop and travel plaza owners and operators, their employees and their families further their education. The NATSO Foundation will award

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The 2013 Convenience Store Human Resources Study

Nearly 100 convenience store chains representing more than 12,000 stores offered insights on employee salaries, hiring trends and labor costs. By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics. In order to support convenience store operators as they plan and forecast their human resources investments over the next 12 months, Convenience Store Decisions and Humetrics have collaborated on our

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BP Launches First Brand-Wide Fuel Loyalty Program

BP Driver Rewards offers cents-per-gallon fuel savings. BP Products North America Inc. has announced the launch of BP Driver Rewards, a fuel loyalty program that offers consumers a smarter way to save money on quality gasoline. Now available at participating BP stations, the program features a free loyalty card that rewards customers with savings on

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Parker’s Breaks Ground On Newest Convenience Store

The Bloomingdale, Ga. site marks Parker’s 31st location. Parker’s officially broke ground this week on its latest state-of-the-art store in Bloomingdale, Ga., in response to customer demand. The Bloomingdale store, located at Hwy. 80 and Zeigler Road, will offer discounted gasoline as well as nearly 4,000 square feet of retail space. The company’s 31st location

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Fuel Rewards Network Brings Big Savings At Shell

Since the program’s launch in 2012 customers have saved more than $68 million. Shell knows that paying less for fuel continues to be top of mind and consumers are hungry for a loyalty rewards program that will help them drop their price at the pump. The Fuel Rewards Network (FRN) program, the first-of-its-kind national program,

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Stop’n Go Celebrates 50 Years

As part of the year-round festivities, stores will hold community events to celebrate their individual anniversaries. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Stop’nGo of Medina Inc. is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year with store celebrations, promotions and customer sweepstakes, among a slew of other exciting commemorative events. Family-owned Stop’nGo operates 10 locations throughout Medina and

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7-Eleven Partners With YooLotto

New App for lottery players tracks tickets and delivers real-time drawing results. YooLotto has announced that version one of its free lottery-management application is now available for download for both iOS and Android devices. Currently supporting Powerball and Megamillions games in Texas, YooLotto is planning a national roll-out for the multi-state games later this year.

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United Supermarkets Growing its C-Store Business

With fresh foods, made-to-order coffee and drive-through service, United Express is meeting the grab-and-go needs of Texas customers. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor United Supermarkets is going all in on its effort to boost its convenience store business by expanding its United Express c-store concept. With two freestanding United Express stores already up and running,

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Pursuing the Loyalty Factor

In the convenience store industry, successful loyalty programs adhere to a tried-and-true mantra: rewards, recognition and service, said Fred Thompson, a partner specializing in retail services practices at LoyaltyOne Consulting. Offering rewards because everyone is doing it or simply to access customer information is only going to drive the business so far, said Thompson, who

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Tesco Seeks Fresh & Easy Exit Plan

Tesco’s struggling Fresh & Easy chain, which opened in 2007 and has failed to make a profit, appears to be weighing its exit options, the UK Telegraph reported. The chain reportedly has held talks with rivals Aldi and Trader Joe’s. Tesco Chief Executive Philip Clarke in December called for a strategic review of Fresh &

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Kum & Go Opens New, Larger Store in Loveland

New store focuses on fresh food, expanded product options and sustainability. Kum & Go L.C. has opened a new Kum & Go store today in Loveland, Colo. at 1600 E. Eisenhower Blvd. The new store brings Kum & Go’s presence to two stores in Loveland, 10 stores in northern Colorado and 48 stores across the

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Hess And Elliot Vie For Shareholder Attention

Both Hess and Elliott send letters to shareholders urging them to support their board nominees. Hess Corp. sent a letter to all shareholders, urging them to vote for the election of the board’s nominees.  The letter accompanied its definitive proxy materials filed in connection with its 2013 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, set for May 16,

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