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Are You Prepared?

With hurricane season approaching, savvy retailers are running drills, installing generators and checking in with repair partners to ensure they’re ready. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor Hindsight is 20/20 as the saying goes, but foresight is key in protecting your business during storm season. Just ask convenience store retailers on the East Coast. When Hurricane

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NAG Conference Wraps Up In San Antonio

Conference ends with session on growing profitability. By CSD Staff. The 2014 National Advisory Group (NAG) conference, which ran Sept. 7-9 at the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, closed Tuesday. During the conference attendees had the chance to listen to burning info sessions about hot topics facing the convenience store industry and network with industry

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Coffee, Foodservice Get Hot

Offering customers enhanced coffee and foodservice options takes innovation and around-the-clock dedication. By CSD Staff Attendees at the 2014 National Advisory Group (NAG) Conference, hosted by Convenience Store Decisions, perked up this week when the topics turned to coffee and foodservice. Joseph Chiovera, president of XS Foodservice & Marketing, moderated the coffee panel discussion. He

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Street Corner Enters San Diego Market

North County Mall has just become a little more convenient for shoppers and mall employees. Aug. 27, 2014, marked the opening of a new Street Corner franchise at the mall. Street Corner, which exploits small and underused spaces in shopping malls, universities and other environments, sells many of the items not usually found in the

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Holiday Boosts Downstream Gasoline Deliveries

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric The U.S. average price for regular grade gasoline sold at retail outlets across the country edged up 0.5cts to $3.459 gallon on Labor Day according to the Energy Information Administration’s weekly survey, with the increase the first in 10 weeks. The slightly higher retail average came alongside

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Rutter’s Celebrates 60th Store Opening

One of the largest of the chain’s 60 stores, the new location measures 6,280-square-feet. Rutter’s marked the opening of its 60th store in Middletown with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and donations to three local charities. Rutter’s donated $1,000 to both The Middletown Area Blue and Gold Club and the Lower Dauphin High School Falcon Foundation, which

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E-Liquid Varieties

24/7 e-liquids are now available in four nicotine strengths (0%, 0.6%, 1.2%, and 1.8%) in a variety of flavors in 10-milliliter and 30-milliliter child-proof bottles. 24/7 e-liquids are made and bottled in the U.S. using quality ingredients, under the industry’s highest standards for production control. Flavors are produced in an FDA-approved food grade facility and

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Special Edition Lighters

The new designs in the BIC Special Edition Astrology Lighter Series feature 12 eye-catching holographic images, each representing a different zodiac sign. There are also four limited-edition designs that celebrate the Chinese New Year with “Year of the Horse” artwork. The lighters made in the USA with a suggested retail price of $1.89 per lighter.

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Gelato Bars

The Haagen-Dazs brand is keeping the feeling of summer alive nationwide with the introduction of its new line of decadent Haagen-Dazs Gelato bars in flavors Vanilla Caramel Pizzelle, Tiramisu Dark Chocolate, and Strawberry Dark Chocolate. The expansion into gelato snack bars comes on the heels of the wildly popular release of the brand’s gelato line

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Inspire Candy Impulse Buys

Double the impulse and double the support for our veterans with the Camo Beans Floor Shipper from Jelly Belly Candy Co. This new floor shipper is designed to make the Jelly Belly Camo Beans and Jelly Belly Pink Camo Beans bags stand out together at the front end or in the aisle. The Camo Beans

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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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