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Safe and Secure in the Convenience Store

Prominently placed security cameras can help deter potential thieves and identify those who do steal. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Thanks to the Internet, store operators concerned about shrink, shortage and safety now have the ability to videotape all in-store activities, plus monitor their outlets in real time from virtually anywhere in the world using

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Alternative Fuels Gaining Traction

While sales are increasing, the overall market share remains dwarfed by gasoline. By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric U.S. vehicle sales in November 2013 at 1.243 million were at a 10-year high for a November, according to Edmunds.com, the car people. And, WardsAuto.com, which tracks global auto sales and trends, in December said

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Opportunities Abound in Meat Snacks

Mintel forecasts sales will top $1.3 billion by the end of 2015. By John Lofstock, Editor Estimates from Chicago-based Mintel Group, based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Survey and other data, project solid growth for meaty snacks all the way through at least 2015, when they should top $1.3 billion. The research

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Making a Great First Impression

Most people will judge you within the first few seconds of meeting you and their opinion will most likely never change. By Jim Callahan. I was in a client store recently and saw a familiar, middle-aged cashier behind the counter that recently began paying a little extra attention to her work appearance. Dressed in the

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A Look Forward at 2014 Trends

Fuel price volatility and industry consolidation will continue to affect the convenience store and petroleum industry over the next 12 months. By David Zahn, Contributing Editor The past year was full of surprises. The much hyped hurricane season didn’t live up to its billing, and gas prices that seemed to rise for months plummeted in

Delivering a Service Culture

From great corners, clean restrooms and modern facilities to fresh food and a wide selection of popular snacks, convenience stores are committed to delivering outstanding service. This commitment is evident in the  industry’s growing sales numbers at a time when most other retail channels are struggling to break even. This service-driven culture is the industry’s

Twelve Convenience Stores With Gas For Sale in Texas

SDI Petroleum looks for buyers in sealed-bid auction. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (NRC) is coordinating the sale of 12 operating convenience stores with gas in Texas for SDI Petroleum LLC of Houston, Texas. The convenience stores are located in Alamo, Brownsville (2), Donna, Edinburg, Laredo (6) & Pharr, Texas on high-traffic corners. Building

Gulf Oil Launches Fuel Supply Business Segment

Company to supply diesel and gasoline to fleets in commercial sectors across the nation; industry veteran Douglas Moor joins company to direct daily operations of new unit. In a groundbreaking move for Gulf Oil LP, the fastest growing branded marketer of energy products in the U.S., the company announced the continued expansion and diversification of

Experian Points To Six Types Of Deal-Seeking Customers

Nearly 40% of U.S. consumers are unlikely to change their behavior as the result of a discount. A new report from Experian Marketing Services, a global provider of integrated consumer insight, targeting, data quality and cross-channel marketing, argues that while many consumers expect to get a deal or discount, others are willing to pay more,

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Slovacek’s Captures the Heart of Texas

This company’s latest convenience store celebrates the local Czech heritage and wows customers with unique features from a dog park to an upscale meat market. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Slovacek’s, a sausage company turned c-store, celebrated the grand opening of its newest location in West, Texas. At a whopping 22,000 square feet, the convenience

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Gasoline Costs Drop with the New Year’s Eve Ball in N.Y.

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric In financial trading for gasoline, the New York Mercantile Exchange RBOB futures contract with nearest delivery erased in short order a late December advance that peaked at a $2.8463 gallon 3-1/2 month high the day following Christmas in early trading in 2014 on sentiment gasoline demand would

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Flyers Energy Acquires Allied Washoe Petroleum

Flyers is actively looking for additional acquisitions throughout California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Nevada and Arizona. Further advancing its previously-announced aggressive growth strategy, Flyers Energy LLC has acquired the assets of Allied Washoe Petroleum, a fuel distributor based in Reno, Nev.  Privately-owned Flyers Energy is on a campaign to expand their holdings throughout the Western

Kwik Trip Introduces Employee Health Clinic

Employees receive free wellness visits. Convenience store operator Kwik Trip is making health care more convenient for employees by introducing a new employee health clinic at its La Crosse, Wis.-based headquarters. The clinic will serve about 3,000 Kwik Trip employees and their families in the La Crosse area and provide online services for them and

Retailers Respond to the American Bankers Association

The National Retail Federation (NRF) issued the following statement from Senior Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs Bill Thorne in response to the attack from the American Bankers Association: “The American Bankers Association has made the tactical choice to avoid talking about the merits of the court’s swipe fee settlement decision, primarily because the

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Dove Dark Chocolate Launches Sweepstakes with Nicole by OPI

“In 2014, we want to encourage people to discover the delicious taste of DOVE Dark Chocolate,” says Mars chief consumer officer. DOVE Dark Chocolate and NICOLE by OPI are celebrating the New Year with the launch of the “Discover Your Dark Side in the New Year Sweepstakes.”  The Facebook-based promotion will randomly award 25,000 entrants

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Minimum Wage Dilemma

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. I recently received an email from a State Senator highlighting the need to raise the minimum wage. The Senator mentions polls and surveys that support the belief. The problem with polls and surveys, they can be worded to get whatever result is wanted.  OK, on with the minimum

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Louie Sheetz Steps Down As Woodley Assumes EVP Role

“Louie has been a great mentor and friend to me.  I am grateful for the same opportunity to follow,” says David Woodley.  Sheetz vice president of sales and marketing, David Woodley, moves into the executive vice presidency spot vacated by Louie Sheetz. Woodley has led the Sheetz sales and marketing department since 2005. The transition

Retailers Appeal Flawed Credit Card Swipe Fee Settlement

NRF speaks out on antitrust settlement. The National Retail Federation (NRF) has formally filed an appeal of a controversial antitrust lawsuit settlement covering credit card swipe fees, asking the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a lower court’s ruling. NRF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mallory Duncan issued the following statement after

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Cash Depot Names New SVP of Sales And Marketing

Industry Professional Scott Hill started post Jan. 2, 2014. Cash Depot has announced that Scott Hill has accepted the newly created role of senior vice president of sales and marketing. Hill was the vice president of Jack Link’s Convenience & World Kitchen Sales for Link Snacks Inc. dba Jack Link’s Beef Jerky. There he gained

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Carbonated Soft Drinks Buoyed Slightly By Thanksgiving Holiday

Challenges remain for CSDs as customers shift to other beverage options. It’s been a rough road for carbonated soft drinks amidst competition from other beverage categories. The decline in total carbonated soft drinks’ (CSDs)—excluding Energy—dollar sales growth slowed considerably to -0.4% in the latest XAOC Nielsen period during the four-weeks ended Dec. 21, 2013  (vs.

Pilot Flying J Adds Big Papa Dill Pickle Popcorn

The addition marks the first national listing for the product.   Pilot Flying J Travel Centers have made Big Papa Dill Pickle Popcorn a permanent snack item in all 500+ locations across the U.S. This marks the first national listing for the unique new popcorn flavor that was launched by Van Holten’s Pickles in June

Fresno C-Store Inspires Kids To Read

Book reports for Slurpees helps keeps kids off the streets. A convenience store in central Fresno, Calif., is helping motivate kids to read, using its popular Slurpees as an incentive. Store Owner Sushil Prakash started a free children’s library inside his convenience store in response to a high crime rate in the neighborhood. “People have

Some 13 States Increase the Minimum Wage

Trend shows mounting concern about disproportionate spread of low-raise jobs in U.S. economy. While the retail-worker strikes that took place across the U.S. in 2013 did not spur Congress to hike the minimum wage, numerous states are inching the minimum wage upward, though far short of the $15 workers had been demanding, USA Today reported.

Delek US Holdings Announces Changes to Board of Directors

Delek US Holdings Inc., a diversified energy company with assets in the petroleum refining, logistics and retail industries, announced the resignation of Gabriel Last and Asaf Bartfeld from its board of directors effective Dec. 31, 2013. Last, chairman of the board of directors of Delek Group Ltd. and Bartfeld, president and CEO of Delek Group,

Burger King Launches King Deals On Value Menu

Shortly after McDonald’s revamped its Dollar Menu, Burger King offers tasty sandwiches for $1.   Burger King has launched a revamp to its value member with King Deals, the Los Angeles Times reported. The King Deals offering includes more than 20 items that are priced starting at $1. The list includes the new Rodeo Crispy

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