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Is Your Social Media Strategy Working?

Following seven key steps can help all retailers leverage social media marketing to drive real results.By Natalie Henley. Investing in marketing campaigns can be a nerve-wracking decision for many small- and medium-sized businesses. CEOs and marketing directors know that when you have limited resources, you must be strategic with your budget, and every marketing investment

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E-Cigarettes: A Win for Retail Sales and Public Health

Proving that e-cigarettes are safer than traditional cigarettes is a relatively new challenge, but numerous studies and scientific research supports the claim. By Gregory Conley. There is no question that electronic cigarettes have become a major disruptive force in the tobacco industry. Every quarter brings new reports that big tobacco companies have experienced larger-than-expected declines

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The Upside of E-Cigarettes

While anti-tobacco lobbyists claim that more studies need to be done on e-cigarettes, they can’t refute science. A single e-cigarette cartridge contains nine tobacco specific nitrosamines (TSNA) where a single full-flavored cigarette contains about 11,190 or 1,300 times more. By Tom Kiklas. Whenever I hear people ask whether or not electronic cigarettes are safe or

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RAMP Show Schools Retailers On Mobility

Retailers came together at the RAMP Show to discuss how they are incorporating mobile payments and loyalty and what the future holds in this new space.   The Retail Ramp (Advanced Commerce & Mobile Retail Services Summit) Show drew retailers from all channels to Chicago’s McCormick Place from Oct. 28-30, to share the latest trends,

TravelCenters of America Opens New Petro Stopping Center

New location in Pearsall, Texas offers numerous full-service professional driver amenities, including Wi-Fi, CAT weigh scale, and ATM, check cashing and TripPak services. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the acquisition and rebranding of the newest Petro, located at I-35, Exit 101 (110

Denmark Station Owners Mark 16 Years with CITGO

After more than a decade, couple to pass c-store business to nephews. Merle and Pat Kulhanek’s CITGO C-Mart station on State Highway 29 in Denmark, Wis., has been a local landmark for 16 years. Now, after more than a decade of owning and operating their business, the Kulhaneks have retired and passed the station to

Parker’s Raises $55,000 For Area Schools

Fueling the Community Charity Golf Tournament winners announced. The first annual Parker’s Fueling the Community Charity Golf Tournament, held on Oct. 29 at The Club at Savannah Harbor in Savannah, Ga., raised more than $55,000 to benefit area schools. The tournament attracted 128 players from across the region, including Parker’s vendors, suppliers and supporters. Proceeds

LOGIC Technology Hosts First Annual Electronic Cigarette Summit

Industry experts and sales executives discuss the rapidly growing e-cig space. LOGIC Technology, developers of premium electronic cigarettes, held the first annual electronic cigarette summit this past weekend (October 24-27), bringing together industry experts and sales executives from around the country. The nation’s largest retailers were in attendance to learn more about the growing category

Hunt Brothers Pizza Recognized As Industry Leader

Company named “Top Performer” for the sixth year in Convenience Store Decisions Brand Preference Study. Hunt Brothers Pizza announced it is the No. 1 choice in the Convenience Store Decisions Brand Preference Study for the sixth year since 2007. The c-store pizza brand was voted “Top Performer” in the branded pizza category. The award was

NYC Raises Smoking Age To 21

Lawmakers in NYC introduce strictest limits on tobacco purchases of any major U.S. city in the nation. New York City has upped the legal age for purchasing tobacco products (including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos) from 18 to 21 years of age. The bill was adopted by the New York City Council, which passed the

PCI SSC Debuts P2PE Solutions Listing

The PCI Validated P2PE Solutions listing is the next step in the rollout of the Council’s P2PE program. At its 2013 European Community Meeting, the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC), an open, global forum for the development of payment card security standards, announced the availability of its Validated Point-to Point Encryption (P2PE) solutions listing

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Tri Star Energy Announces Win Gas Weekly Contest

Customers have a new chance to win every week that they shop at Daily’s or Twice Daily convenience stores. Tri Star Energy, operator of 71 Daily’s  and Twice Daily convenient stores throughout Middle Tennessee has garnered 10,000 entries for a “Win Gas Weekly” contest. The contest kicked off on Sept. 9 and runs through Dec.

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NATO Announces 2014 Board of Directors

Newly elected members begin their new role on Jan. 1, 2014. The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) announced that its 2014 NATO board of director elections are complete.    The following association members have been elected by the NATO membership to serve a two-year term on the NATO board of directors beginning Jan. 1,

Study: E-Cigarettes Not a Gateway for Teen Smoking

Recent study debunks assertions that e-cigarettes cause more teens to try regular cigarettes. A recent study shows show a substantial majority of teenagers who have tried an e-cigarette do not go on to begin smoking cigarettes, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets reported. The results were released during a recent American Association for Cancer Research

Five Ways Suppliers and Distributors Can Help Retailers with Hurricane Preparedness

By Ryan Mossman, Contributing Editor The National Hurricane Center predicted an “above average” hurricane season for 2013, forecasting eighteen tropical storms and nine hurricanes. But the reality is that 2013 has been a dud with nine tropical storms and only two Category 1 strength-named hurricanes. Though hurricane season doesn’t officially end until November 30, roughly

Restaurant Visits On A Deal Increase In 2013

NPD reports that value menus and buy some, get some are the most popular deals. Restaurant visits on a deal or discount increased across all segments in the first nine months of 2013 after declining in 2012, according to  The NPD Group, a global information company. NPD’s ongoing foodservice market research reports that restaurant visits

Survey Shows Consumer Holiday Shopping Preferences

Some 51% of customers plan to use a smartphone app to compare prices and 31% say they would use a mobile wallet for their purchases. Twice as many Americans are planning to increase their spending during the 2013 holiday season compared to just three years ago, according to the Discover Holiday Shopping Survey commissioned by

Dunkin’ Donuts Expanding In Reno

“We are very excited to bring Dunkin’ Donuts to Reno, and make the company’s famous beverages, baked goods and sandwiches available to an ever-growing base of customers,” says Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee. Dunkin’ Donuts has announced the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with new franchise group, HT2 Franchising LLC, to develop nine new restaurants

Getty Realty Corp. To Report Q3 Financial Results

Getty Realty Corp. plans to release its preliminary financial results for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2013 after the market closes on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Getty Realty Corp. will conduct an earnings conference call on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 at 9 a.m. Eastern Time. To participate in the call, dial 1-888-228-5281, or 1-913-312-1489

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Libya Output Cuts, Wavering on Fed Tapering Supports Gasoline

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric After sliding to a 16-month low Oct. 24 at $2.5417 gallon, New York Mercantile Exchange November RBOB futures rallied 10cts through Monday (10/28), underpinned by technical support, news Libya oil production was sharply reduced and on market expectations the Federal Reserve would continue its bond buying program

Kangaroo Express To Offer Little Caesars HOT-N-READY Menu

Guests can now enjoy the quality, value and convenience of Little Caesars pizza at Kangaroo Express. Kangaroo Express, operated by The Pantry Inc. announced it will now offer Little Caesars HOT-N-READY menu items at select stores across the Southeast. This is the first time any Kangaroo Express locations will feature an on-premises Little Caesars carryout

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U.S. Oil Launches New GAIN CNG Fueling Station

With the addition of the Gary, Ind. location, U.S. Oil now has 12 new GAIN Clean Fuel stations under construction across the U.S. U.S. Oil has partnered with Roehl Transport and H.M.D. Trucking on a GAIN Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Fueling Station located along Interstate 80/90 in Gary, Ind., an important east-west freight carrier route

Consumers Reveal Privacy Concerns With Loyalty Programs

“Reassurance of privacy is undoubtedly a key strategic tool in loyalty program engagement, but there is a paradox at play here between personalization and privacy,” notes one Mintel analyst. Enrollment in loyalty programs is on the rise across all retail categories, but soaring participation in retailer loyalty programs does not necessarily translate to ‘genuine’ loyalty

Starbucks Debuts Tea Bar

Starbucks has announced plans to debut its first “tea bar” in New York City, NY Daily News Online reported. Following the Starbucks acquisition last year of Teavana—a chain of about 300 stores—Starbucks is making good on its plans to use the acquisition to make tea a bigger part of American culture with the introduction of

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LOGIC Technology Names New Director To National Sales Organization

Raz Rahman, formerly of Altria Sales and Distribution, to oversee development of LOGIC electronic cigarette sales in the Northeast. LOGIC Technology, developers of premium electronic cigarettes, has announced the addition of Raz Rahman to its key executives team. In his role as Northeast Regional Director, Rahman will lead the rapid business development of LOGIC brands

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