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Ryko Solutions Acquires MacNeil Wash Systems

Combined company will form second largest car wash equipment provider in world. Ryko Solutions Inc., the largest provider of managed car wash systems in North America, has entered into a purchase agreement whereby Ryko will acquire MacNeil Wash Systems Ltd. of Barrie, Ontario, Canada, a supplier to the tunnel car wash segment of the industry. 

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Car Wash Industry Boasts 2012 Growth

Wash Count program allows the International Carwash Association to help operators evaluate their business against national data. Data supplied by retail car wash locations through the International Carwash Association’s Wash Count program showed that the U.S. car wash industry continues to recover with the overall economy, posting gains in both average car washes per location

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Consumers Want Deals When Purchasing Gas

Female consumers are more likely to be swayed by cash discounts than males. Price, deals, discounts and loyalty programs are increasingly influencing where consumers purchase gas, how much they spend, and which brands they purchase, finds recent motor fuels research by The NPD Group. Volatile gas prices and a challenging economic environment have taught fuel

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Ryko Grows Revenues By 22% In 2012

Ryko experienced double-digit growth in all three segments of its business; maintenance services, car wash equipment, and cleaning solutions. Ryko Solutions Inc., North America’s largest manufacturer of car wash equipment and a major provider of national technical services, cleaning products, and marketing programs, achieved one of its best annual performances in 40 years of business

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Magic Johnson To Headline The Car Wash Show

“The Car Wash Show is a great way to discover key strategies and resources to grow your business,” says CEO of the International Carwash Association. The International Carwash Association has announced NBA basketball legend and entrepreneur Earvin “Magic” Johnson as the keynote speaker for The Car Wash Show 2013, which will take place April 22—24

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Sonny’s Partners With Fastech

Effective immediately, Fastech can be contacted directly with questions regarding the sales, service, installation, and support of Sonny’s car wash equipment and control systems. Sonny’s The CarWash Factory has added Fastech Inc. to its select service organization (SSO) network. Under the partnership, Fastech will distribute, install, and service Sonny’s Tunnel Equipment and AutoPilot CarWash Control

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Ensuring the Safety of the Supplements on Your Shelves

Convenience store operators who ignore the manufacturers and distributors with whom they do business may find themselves facing serious liability issues. By Scott Melville and Steve Mister. More than 150 million Americans take dietary supplements every year, trusting that they’re doing something good for themselves. And their trust is well justified, as most supplements maintain

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Ryko Acquires R.W. Mercer’s Car Wash Operations

“With the acquisition of Mercer’s carwash operation, Ryko has completed our plan to provide direct sales and service throughout the Midwest,” says Ryko CEO. Ryko Solutions Inc., a North American manufacturer of car wash equipment and a major provider of service support and cleaning products, has acquired the assets and operations of R.W. Mercer’s car

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Cash Isn’t King at Cleveland Car Washes

American Pride has switched from cash-based operations to tokens, and customers are coming back stronger than ever. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Brian Costa operates five American Pride car washes in the Cleveland area. All told, there are 29 self-service bays and six touchless automatics. Until early 2000 each location was quarter-based. Then, when the

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Car Wash Upgrades on Deck for 2012

Convenience store and petroleum retailers with car washes have faced a challenging 3-4 years in the car wash industry, and as a result have mostly refrained from new development of car wash sites. “We know from our equipment sales reports that there have been low levels of investment, particularly at petroleum c-store car wash sites,”

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Emerging Opportunities for HBC

Retailers have come to accept that the health and beauty category (HBC) could never compete with tobacco or foodservice in terms of profits or volume, but it serves an important purpose for convenience store customers. For that reason alone, a diverse offering of cold medicines and personal hygiene products should be a staple on convenience

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A Remedy for Boosting Impulse Sales

Whether it’s aspirin or shaving cream, HBC is a growing category that deserves a renewed focus. By Joe Bush, Contributing Editor. HBC is making a comeback from coast to coast. The category—from shampoos and skin creams to cough drops and cold remedies—has always had its rightful place in a convenience store—providing a grab-and-go remedy for

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Inspiring Impulse Sales

When stocking up on novelty items, thinking outside the box can help retailers drive big profits. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Retailers are driving impulse purchases with unique novelty products, including big ticket items, seasonal displays and small ring products that make everyday life more convenient. Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc., for example, is making packing easier

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Dairy

To drive profits in this core category, c-stores need to create a destination that showcases value, freshness and quality. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Dairy offerings have been dwindling at convenience stores in recent years as operators make space in the coolers for popular items like energy drinks and other healthful beverages. But when stores

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Negotiating for the Best Cost of Goods

Convenience store owners need to work more closely with suppliers and wholesalers to get better supply contracts and offer consumers more competitive prices. Pat Pape, Contributing Editor. Convenience store owners need to work more closely with suppliers and wholesalers to get better supply contracts and offer consumers more competitive prices. A plaque in Ray Johnson’s

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Ryko Prevails in Legal Dispute

“This case was important in assuring that our rights were identified and protected, especially as it relates to the enforceability of our distributor contracts,” says Ryko CEO. Ryko Manufacturing Co. Inc., a North American manufacturer of car wash equipment and a provider of service support and chemicals to the industry, has prevailed in its legal

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Product Assortment Key to General Merchandise, HBC

With the economy rebounding, 2011 is the perfect time to start driving general merchandise and health and beauty items in c-stores. “If you have cutting edge items, and word gets out, people will flock to your stores,” said Brad Lemoine, marketing director for 40 Louisiana U-PAK-It stores, a brand that unites several operators who all

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Grow Your Car Wash Business

Learn how to attract more customers and increase frequency visits to your car wash. Reserve a seat for the 2011 ICA Car Care World Expo Educational Seminar, “3 Ways to Grow Your Business in 2011,” before April 29, and be entered for a chance to win a $5000 coupon towards the purchase of an Xtreme

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Dairy Facing Higher Costs

Closer management of the dairy category will be crucial in 2011. According to the U.S. Dairy Association (USDA), dairy will be among the food groups with the highest price increases in 2011—4.5 to 5.5%—due to rising energy and cattle-feed costs. While the industry has evolved, many chains, such as Byrne Dairy Co. in Syracuse, N.Y.,

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Mr. Bubble Brand Celebrates 50 Years

Mr. Bubble bubble bath gets a new look for 2011. Introduced by Gold Seal Co. in 1961, Mr. Bubble is celebrating 50 years of making bath time fun in 2011. Originally developed as a powdered bubble bath, then launched in a liquid formula in 1972, Mr. Bubble was recently improved to create even more bubbles

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Healthful Dairy Options Help Slow Market

The International Dairy·Deli·Bakery Association’s What’s In Store 2011 assesses dairy trends. An expanding array of good-for-you products is pulling health-conscious customers into the dairy department, according to What’s In Store 2011, the new report from the International Dairy·Deli·Bakery Association. The IDDBA’s 25th anniversary report finds that fortified, fiber-rich, fat-specific, and organic options line dairy coolers

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Mace Security Sells Texas Car Wash

“We are pleased to announce this sale in our continued progress in exiting the car wash business,” says Mace CEO. Horsham, Pa.-based Mace Security International Inc. has sold a full-service car wash facility and convenience store located in Lubbock, Texas. With the sale of its Lubbock location, the corporation currently has two remaining car washes

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Thorntons Kicks Off Basketball Bracket Challenge

March Madness is here, and basketball fans can enter Thorntons free online sweepstakes beginning Sunday, March 13 for a chance to win free gas for a year. Thorntons Inc. has announced its first-ever ‘Basketball Bracket Challenge’ sweepstakes where customers can score big time by winning free gasoline for one year. Sweeps players fill in the

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Fresh-Cut Produce Thrives At C-stores

Convenience stores are a “tremendous growth channel” for fresh produce, notes  United Fresh Produce Association spokesperson. In today’s health-conscious world, convenience stores are stocking up on produce, changing their image in customers’ minds from merely the place to fill up on gas and grab a pack of cigarettes to a one-stop shop for everything from

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Wal-Mart Announces Healthy Foods Campaign

More healthful and affordable food options are set to become available to shoppers over the next four years. Wal-Mart and Michelle Obama have partnered on a healthy foods program wherein the big box retailer will offer more healthy foods and push its suppliers to do the same, the Washington Post reported. Wal-Mart plans to make

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