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Fuel Pricing Software

PriceAdvantage, a fuel pricing software company and division of Skyline Products, is announcing version 2014.2 of its software. The new version gives company and dealer operated convenience stores a single platform to analyze complete wholesale, dealer and competitor fuel pricing strategies, manage pricing and margins, and revise pump prices and digital fuel signs in as

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Nicotine Replacement Therapy Gum

Beginning in September 2014, Niconovum will begin making ZONNIC nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) gum available nationwide. Previously the gum was available in Iowa and Omaha (since 2012) with strong retail results. Niconovum AB was purchased as a separate operating company of Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) in 2009. Niconovum’s NRT products are intended for adult smokers

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Tuscan-Inspired Chips

Pasta Chips is the very first company to recreate the traditional baked pasta from Italy into a snack food.  Pasta Chips are made with the same semolina flour, ancient grains, and Italian herbs that were celebrated over 800 years ago. The Tuscan-inspired chip is married with different seasonings based on regional Italian favorites that are steeped

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All-Natural Nutrition Bars

Mediterra bars are the first all-natural nutrition bars inspired by the Mediterranean Diet. The bars come in Savory, Yogurt and Oats, and Sesame Honey Energy varieties and all offer a healthy snack alternative incorporating healthy fats, grains, seeds, vegetables, fruits and greens. The bars are set to debut at Natural Products Expo East, which kicks

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Reynolds American Wants FDA To Ban Vapor E-Cigs

Reynolds American Inc. has submitted a 119-page document to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asking it to ban vapor electronic cigarettes, Winston-Salem Journal reported. The manufacturers have kept e-cigarette flavor choices to a minimum, mainly due to expectations that the FDA would regulate flavors as they have with traditional cigarettes. Meanwhile, vapor/tank/mods (VTM)  offer

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Car Washes Can Clean Up

After committing to the upfront costs, convenience stores can wring regular profits from an automatic car wash operation. David Bennett, Senior Editor Gross revenues at convenience stores are affected by a multitude of market forces. Everything from constrained gas prices to tobacco taxes to bank fees can combine to impede cash streams. In fact, there

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Self-Distribution Drives Discussion at NAG

C-store executives explain how a self-distribution model can cut out the middle man, helping your chain cut costs. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Todd Jenney, president and CEO of North Carmi, Ill.-based Huck’s Convenience Stores, remembered that the company’s first warehouse operation ran from the back of Huck’s first store. Now with a 93,000-square-foot building

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Fresh Foodservice Is A Growing Staple

C-stores like Wawa and Tedeschi are meeting customer expectations with innovative food offerings. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Ed Burcher, principal and president of Burcher Consulting, has studied principles and developed strategies of how convenience stores can improve their foodservice programs that will appeal to customers’ changing tastes, and add to a company’s bottom line.

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Wells Fargo Weighs In On Beverage And Tobacco Trends

NAG Conference hears analyst speculation about the future of these key categories. By Erin Rigik, senior editor Bonnie Herzog, managing director, beverage, tobacco & convenience store research for Wells Fargo Securities LLC kicked off the Monday afternoon sessions at the National Advisory Group (NAG) conference in San Antonio with updates on trends impacting the beverage

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Whole Foods Partners With Instacart

Customers gain the convenience of grocery delivery. Whole Foods Market and one-hour grocery delivery service Instacart announced a new partnership that enables customers to have Whole Foods Market products delivered in as little as one hour. Customers will soon also have the convenient option to place orders via Instacart and pick up their order at

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Walmart To Discontinue Express Brand

Rebranding Express stores as Neighborhood Markets. Walmart is reportedly discontinuing the use of its Express brand, instead rebranding its Walmart Express stores as Neighborhood Markets, IDG Online reported. The news of the rebrand comes as Walmart is set to aggressively expand its small format stores across the U.S., with approximately 270- 300 small stores scheduled

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ICEE Launching Fanta Halloween Promotion

Customers can win a trip to Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park. The ICEE Co. has announced a new Fanta Halloween fall promotion. The promotion features delicious Fanta Orange Flavor ICEE along with a “text to win” Sweepstakes. Consumers can enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip for four to Knott’s Berry Farm

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The Rubber Chicken Circuit

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. “Fearlessly the idiot faced the crowd……Smiling” (Waters, Gilmour) Death. Not for the faint of heart, then again maybe that’s exactly what it is. Peer Rejection. Depression can set in very quickly when this occurs. Public Speaking? Actually in comparison, the first two don’t sound

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NAG Conference Kicks Off In San Antonio

Keynote speaker Lt. Col. Steve Russell gives his first person account of the hunt and capture of Saddam Hussein. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor The 2014 National Advisory Group (NAG) kicked off Sunday, Sept. 7 in San Antonio at the Westin Riverwalk hotel. The National Advisory Group (NAG) is an association of small to mid-size

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Aloha Petroleum Considers Divestment

Strategic alternatives could include an asset sale or a joint venture. Aloha Petroleum Ltd., Hawaii’s largest independent gasoline station owners and one of the biggest convenience store operators in the Islands, is examining options for the future of its business. Aloha Petroleum has hired New York-based Macquarie Capital to review “strategic alternatives,” which could include selling

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Family Dollar Board Rejects Revised Proposal From Dollar General

Dollar Tree transaction expected to close as early as the end of November. Family Dollar Stores Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously rejected the revised, non-binding proposal made by Dollar General Corp. on Sept. 2, 2014, on the basis of antitrust regulatory considerations. Family Dollar’s merger agreement with Dollar Tree contains a

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We Card Preps Retailers For New Requirements

New FDA regulations on the horizon and 40+ states now forbid e-cig sales to minors. For every 18-year old, there has always been “We Card.” The iconic yellow and red logo “UNDER 18, NO TOBACCO: WE CARD” is everywhere at the nation’s tobacco-selling retailers and has been for 18 years running. September is We Card

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MSA Launches Distributor Trade Program Management

Eby-Brown, Harold Levinson among distributors adopting MSA’s Trade Program Management solution. MSA has launched Distributor Trade Program Management (DTPM), a new service to help distributors and their retail customers drive compliance with trade programs, resolve distribution voids at much higher levels, and achieve maximum payouts. DTPM is an end-to-end solution that empowers wholesalers to capture

Multi-Unit Store Segmentation

By John Matthews, founder of Gray Cat Enterprises. Multi-unit retail operators are often presented with challenges with their product assortment due to varying demographic and store configurations throughout their network of locations. Often, product assortment is standardized across all store types which leaves opportunities for niche marketing on the sidelines. Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach,

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Pilot Thanks Medal of Honor Recipients With Free Coffee for a Year

“Free coffee is a unique way Pilot Flying J can show the Medal of Honor recipients our gratitude for their brave actions,” says Pilot Corp.’s founder. Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America, is giving away a year of free coffee and commemorative travel mugs to Congressional

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7-Eleven Celebrates Coffee Anniversary

Some 50 years ago 7‑Eleven introduced on-the-go coffee to America, now celebrates anniversary with 50-cent coffee. 7‑Eleven Inc., the first national retailer to offer fresh-brewed coffee in to-go cups, celebrates 50 years of on-the-go coffee with 50-cent coffee from Sept. 3 through Sept. 14. During this time, a small-size coffee will cost just 50 cents

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The Pantry Deploys AccuStore to Reduce Costs

AccuStore to help The Pantry streamline marketing decisions and budget planning. The Pantry has licensed AccuStore’s site profile management platform with plans to reduce operating costs and improve execution. AccuStore is a GSP company and provider of site profiling technology and services. AccuStore enables companies to maintain a centralized online repository of site-level details accessible

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Starbucks Accelerates Growth of Diversified Store Formats

Debuts iconic premium coffee retail and roastery experience. Starbucks Coffee Co. announced the expansion of the company’s store formats and evolution of their customer experience segmentation in FY15 with the launch of a one-of-a-kind, interactive Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room dedicated to roasting, coffee education and increased availability of their fast-growing, highly successful small-lot

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Beverage Buzz Labor Day Survey Shows Sales Up 4%

New product launches expected to buoy Monster and the energy segment. Wells Fargo recently conducted a survey of beverage retailers representing tens of thousands of c-store locations across the country to get a sense of beverage trends during the recent Labor Day holiday, which concludes the peak beverage summer selling season. Survey results indicated that

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Balance

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. I’ve written many articles on our youth needing to acquire work ethics. I believe work ethics have to be taught at a young age. We start kids in preschool to get the basics taught before they enter kindergarten. Research by educators have statistics showing it is important to

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