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ROO Cup Fans Unlock Extra Week of Refills

Fans can reserve—or rather “ROOserve”—the popular refillable cup online to start the ROO Cup summer one week early. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc., announced that fans of its ROO Cup, a collectible cup refillable with any fountain or frozen beverage for only 25 cents, can now pre-register to reserve, or rather “ROOserve,” their

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Gasoline Supply Slides while Demand Climbs

By Brian Milne, Energy Editor for Schneider Electric Implied gasoline demand, which refers to gasoline supplied to the primary wholesale market, topped the five-year average during the third week of March for just the third time this year, with apparent demand at 9.0 million bpd for the first time in 2014 reports the Energy Information

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Lighting Upgrades Drive Operations Efficiencies

NOCO Express, with 35 c-stores throughout Buffalo and Rochester, N.Y., has been bringing its interior and exterior store lighting to the next level. In the three stores the chain has constructed over the last two years, NOCO has added compact fluorescent dimmable ceiling fixtures that are connected to a light-harvesting program. The buildings gain natural

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Your Staff is Your Best Publicity Asset

By Russel Trahan Throughout the business landscape, countless days and hours are spent on the hiring process—rifling through resumes, conducting phone and in-person interviews and vetting potential hires—and for good reason. Company payroll budgets only contain so much flexibility for new employees, and selecting the correct individual to fill an open position involves much more

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Retail Merchandising and Marketing Conference Announces Keynote Speakers

The annual conference offers the chance to meet and network with industry experts. The 2014 Retail Merchandising and Marketing Conference, produce by World Alliance for Retail Excellence & Standards, announced its full list of keynote speakers from the Spaulding Companies Corp., Cleveland Research Co., TEDxBoulder, the Retail Food Industry/FMI, RetailNet Group and Agua Marketing. World

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Stripes Raises Funds For Children’s Miracle Network

In-store campaign asks customers to purchase Miracle Balloon for local kids. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is proud to announce that more than 580 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 14th annual Miracle Balloon icon campaign

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Spec Faces Data Breach

On the heels of the Target breach, a liquor store chain makes news for a security lapse.   One of the largest liquor store chains in Texas—Houston-based Spec—has reported a security breach that exposed personal information of customers at 34 of its smaller neighborhood locations, NBC News reported. The breach reportedly exposed data from Oct.

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FGX International, Eby-Brown Partner

FGX continues growth within the convenience channel of distribution. FGX International, an eyewear designer and marketer, has entered a distribution partnership with Eby-Brown, one of the largest distributors to convenience stores in the U.S., servicing more than 13,500 locations. This partnership expands FGX’s presence within the convenience channel of distribution. “This is an important area

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EFS, Suncor Energy Partner

This addition makes our network and our offer that much stronger,” says vice president of merchant services for EFS. Electronic Funds Source LLC (EFS), a supplier of innovative and customized corporate payment solutions, has announced its newest merchant partnership with Suncor Energy, through its Petro-Canada brand’s Petro-Pass commercial fueling network. With over 250 locations across

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Wal-Mart Sues Visa

Having opted out of the class action settlement option, the retail behemoth takes Visa to court over price fixing and anti-trust violations. Wal-Mart Stores Inc is suing Visa Inc for $5 billion, accusing the credit and debit card network of excessively high card swipe fees. The move comes several months after the retailer opted out

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McDonald’s To Give Away Free Coffee At Breakfast

As the battle for breakfast continues, McDonald’s tempts customers with a free-for-a-limited-time brew. McDonald’s plans to give away free coffee during the morning daypart at participating U.S. locations for a limited time, as breakfast competition grows, a move that could put pressure on convenience stores who compete with the QSR giant for morning coffee sales.

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Social Media Grows As Influential Traffic Driver For Retail

Pinterest is the top social media traffic driver for retailer Websites. According to new research from Experian Marketing Services, a global provider of integrated consumer insight, targeting, data quality and cross-channel marketing, social media Websites are playing an increasingly important role in driving traffic to other Websites, including retail Websites and even other social networking

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UK’s Skycig Becomes Blu Following Lorillard Acquisition

Marketing campaign to accompany rebranding initiative.   UK electronic cigarette company Skycig is rebranding as Blu eCigs in May, following the acquisition of the company by Lorillard, owner of U.S. electronic cigarette brand Blu eCigs, Design Week reported. Skycig plans to adopt the identity of the Blu, ‘using the striking designs as well as the

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CSD Sales Growth Trends Downward As Isotonics Improve

Energy drinks meanwhile are up 8.3% for the latest Nielsen data period. The carbonated soft drink category continues to struggle. Total carbonated soft drinks (CSDs), excluding energy, saw dollar sales decline 2.1% (-1.9% for 12 weeks) in the latest XAOC Nielsen period during the four weeks ending March, 15, 2014 (versus -3.4% in the prior

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GPM Investments Expands Use of Kalibrate Fuels Pricing System

Implements PriceNet across its recently-acquired 260 sites. GPM Investments LLC, owners of the Fas Mart, Shore Stop, Youngs, Li’l Cricket, Scotchman Stores, Breadbox and other convenience store chains, has expanded the use of the Kalibrate PriceNet fuels pricing system across an additional 260 recently acquired sites. PriceNet provides GPM with high levels of automation and

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Navy and Marine Corps Exchange Stores Consider Tobacco Ban

Questions remain about the scope of the potential ban, which could be implemented as early as Oct. 1. The Navy is considering a ban on the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products at Navy and Marine Corps exchange stores as part of an initiative to improve the culture of fitness in the services. Navy

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VeriFone, XPIENT Provide Security For Restaurants

Payment-as-a-service solution enhances security and future-proofs point-of-sale for EMV and mobile payment acceptance. VeriFone Systems Inc. announced its partnership with XPIENT Solutions to provide a class leading payment-as a service (PAAS) solution for quick-service restaurant (QSR) and fast-casual dining markets. The solution enhances security through payment system isolation and end-to-end encryption while providing a pathway

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Re-Imagining The C-store

By Suresh Bharadwaj, Industry Principal – Retail, CPG, Logistics and Life Sciences, Infosys C-store challenges In 2012, convenience stores outperformed grocery stores and drugstores in the U.S. both by dollar sales and volume growth. They netted $708.2 billion in revenue and $77.8 billion in gross profit. However, just this healthy financial picture doesn’t tell the whole story. For

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Visits to Convenience Stores Decline in Last Quarter of 2013

Gas prices remain stable as traffic volume dips. A tightened grip on consumer spending and a historically soft December contributed to a decline in convenience store (c-store) visits in the fourth calendar quarter of 2013, reported The NPD Group, a global information company.  In spite of favorable gas prices and improved consumer confidence, traffic volumes

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TravelCenters Sponsors 2014 Health Awareness Walk

At the Mid-America Trucking Show the Health Awareness Walk promotes healthier professional drivers. Together with Trucking Solutions Group, TravelCenters of America (TravelCenters) operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers branded travel centers, invite the entire trucking industry to join the fifth annual MATS Health Awareness Walk. The walk will be held on Thursday, March

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Tesco, Starbucks Receive COLLOQUY Recognizes Awards

COLLOQUY recognizes companies making strides in loyalty marketing. Tesco, Starbucks, Bloomingdale’s and MoPals received the first COLLOQUY Recognizes awards, a new program that honors the companies, programs and initiatives that exemplify the most innovative advancements and forward-thinking strategies in loyalty marketing.  The winners were announced in the March 2014 COLLOQUY issue. The new bimonthly COLLOQUY

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NACS Releases Compensation Report of 2013 Data

Report shows the turnover and compensation levels for the convenience store industry. NACS has released its NACS State of the Industry Compensation Report of 2013 Data, the latest snapshot of compensation levels, turnover and benefits metrics for the convenience and fuel retailing industry. More than 80 companies, representing more than 9,100 stores, provided data and

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Discover Matlaws Filleto

Discover Matlaws Filleto™ is considered to be Best in Class. National Fish & Seafood has broken through the glass ceiling to launch a new line of hot foods /deli offerings by introducing Filleto. Filleto offers a variety of five bold flavors in a Premium Alaska Pollock Tender or Premium North Atlantic Cod Tender. Filleto can

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Commemorative Cigar

Drew Estate is releasing a new size within its Undercrown cigar line. The size will be called Undercrown “Dogma,” and has been created to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the online community Cigar Dojo. The blend of “Dogma” is based on the Undercrown Corona ¡Viva! and is comprised of Mexican San Andreas wrapper, Connecticut Stalk-Cut

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Wawa Rolls Out Fuel Pricing Solution

Adopts Kalibrate’s PriceNet for entire network of 382 fuel sites. Wawa Inc. has purchased the Kalibrate PriceNet fuel pricing system and will implement a roll-out across its entire network of 382 fuel sites. Wawa will utilize the full capabilities of PriceNet, which includes 24/7 automation of pricing, full integration to the sites, robust analytics to

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