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Google Play Gift Cards Now Available in Germany

“The launch of the Google Play Card strengthens epay’s position in the gift card category,” notes  the managing director of epay Europe. epay, a division of Euronet Worldwide Inc. and a prepaid distributor and payments processor in Germany, has announced the rollout of Google Play gift cards in Germany, starting with more than 5,600 food

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Maverik Inc. Named Convenience Store Decisions’ 2013 Convenience Store Chain of the Year

The Salt Lake City-based chain will be honored at a private gala in Atlanta during The NACS Show in October. There are many common characteristics that comprise Convenience Store Decisions’ Chain of the Year winners. They are retail leaders, innovative marketers, committed to employees and completely driven by a service-first mantra to satisfy their customers.

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Local Store Marketing: “Be” The News

By John Matthews, founder, Gray Cat Enterprises. What person knows the most about what is happening at your store? You! It is your responsibility to create news about your store — don’t wait for others to do this for you.  Being proactive with the local newspapers to generate news coverage on your store is an

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Finding Your Foodservice Niche

From proprietary programs and co-branded QSRs to no-fee, turnkey foodservice solutions, c-stores have a wide variety of program options right at their fingertips. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Having been part of his family’s restaurant for 20 years, David Deddens knows what it takes to build a foodservice brand. That’s one of the reasons the

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Sandwich Programs on a Roll

Last year, the sandwich category was worth $27.7 billion, up 6.3% from 2011, according to Technomic. Retailers are optimistic that 2013 will be even stronger. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. With their in-store kitchens already producing made-from-scratch pizza and cake doughnuts, it was a natural progression for Casey’s General Store locations to expand into made-to-order

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Price Drives Coffee Sales, but Quality Makes it a Destination

When it comes to your brew program, can you compete with the big boys or are you willing to concede this important customer? By Jim Callahan. Starbucks taught the industry that consumers will readily pay double and even triple the normal price for a clean, upscale and trendy atmosphere where they can obtain a more

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Carpenter Leads a Busy NACS Agenda

Chairman Dave Carpenter promotes advocacy as the industry continues to battle swipe fees, fuel standards and increased competition in the year ahead.By John Lofstock, Editor. The convenience store industry continues to evolve, becoming a bigger part of the American consumers’ daily lives. In 2012, the industry achieved record sales of $700.3 billion, according to the

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Seven Tricks to Buying Fuel Cheaper

Knowledge, persistence and hard work can yield an impressive cost-savings on your diesel and gasoline buying practices.By Betsi Bixby, Meridian Associates Inc. Two marketers were at a meeting. The speaker was talking about negotiating better fuel prices. One older marketer, head of a company in business for more that 60 years, commented that the speaker

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CITGO Honored With 2013 ILTA Safety Excellence Award

“At CITGO, the safety of our employees, contractors and neighbors always comes first,” says CITGO spokesperson.   The International Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA) honored CITGO Petroleum Corporation with its 2013 Safety Excellence Award at the organization’s 33rd Annual Operating Conference and Trade Show held in Houston this past June.   To receive this prestigious award,

Tri-State Petroleum Mourns Loss of Founder

Edward Coyne, Sr. passes away.   Tri-State Petroleum Corp., a family-owned convenience store operator and wholesale distributor of motor fuels in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, is mourning the loss of its founder, Edward Coyne, Sr., who died on July 7, 2013 at the age of 83.   Coyne founded Tri-State Petroleum in 1974 as

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CITGO Petroleum and Condon Oil Host Customer Appreciation Day

Local CITGO dealer, Miss Wisconsin and the Fueling Good Road Trip Team raise money for Mukwonago YMCA. CITGO Petroleum Corporation and local CITGO Marketer Condon Oil are hosting a Customer Appreciation Day at the 5 Star CITGO in Mukwonago, Wis., on July 12. In addition to enjoying free product samples, giveaways and special offers all

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Energy Products Stimulating Store Sales

Though they come in small bottles, liquid energy shots continue to deliver a big sales punch on convenience store counters. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Despite widely publicized health concerns about some of the ingredients in energy drinks, Bob Falkenberg founder of Alpharetta, Ga.-based BeveragePulse.com research firm, said he expects sales to continue to increase

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Meat Snacks Get Creative

From extra spicy to turkey or bacon based, today’s meat snacks are offering the variety customers crave. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. As customers continue to crave variety and new taste profiles, meat snacks manufacturers are staying on their toes, and providing c-stores with a range of new options to keep shoppers coming back for

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Strong Growth for Frozen Dispensed Beverages

Consumer demand is surging as operators continue appealing to new audiences with new flavors and product innovations. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Everyone agrees that frozen beverage sales are strong and the outlook for the category remains extremely positive for the next few years. For 2012, the NACS State of the Industry report found that

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Spot Gasoline Prices Surge on Several Features

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Gasoline prices in regional spot markets across the U.S. rallied during the second week of July, pushing higher on a host of features including two gasoline unit outages at Port Arthur refineries in Texas. The downed units came alongside data showing strong demand for gasoline, an unexpected decline

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7-Eleven Celebrates Birthday With Slurpees

Festivities include party favors, new flavors, free Slurpee drinks and a Slurpee dance. 7-Eleven Inc. choreographed a super-cool celebration to mark its 86th birthday Thursday, July 11 (that’s 7/11, btw), better known by fans of its popular frozen drink as Free Slurpee Day. Customers enjoyed free small Slurpee drinks—that’s a full 12 ounces, almost double

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Kelley’s Market Stores Adds OpenStore

Kelley’s Markets, owned by the Kelley Williamson Co. of Rockford, Ill., has launched a new branded Kelley’s Market Website and free mobile app. The Website officially rolled out earlier and the free Kelley’s Market mobile app is worth the download. The app showcases updated gas prices, locations, in-store promotions and more. Customers send feedback from

Ryko Appoints Chief Financial Officer

Jesse Wurth joins Ryko Solutions. Ryko Solutions Inc., North America’s largest provider of car wash equipment, cleaning solutions and technical service, has appointed Jesse Wurth as chief financial officer, responsible for the direction of all corporate accounting and financial functions, including the recently acquired operations of MacNeil Wash Systems in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. Wurth joins

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Hershey Hosts Cocoa Summit

Aims to restore cocoa farming in Mexico. The Hershey Co. Summit is bringing together farmers, researchers, industry and government to improve livelihoods of small-scale cocoa farmers. A little more than a year after announcing an innovative initiative to restore Mexico’s beleaguered cocoa farming industry, The Hershey Co. and cocoa supplier Agroindustrias Unidas de Cacao SA

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e-Swisher Bets Big with World Series of Poker Partnership

Through an exclusive two-year agreement with Caesars Interactive Entertainment, e-Swisher has been named the Official e-Cigarette of the World Series of Poker. Taking place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas from May 29 to July 15, 2013, the 2013 World Series of Poker will have a record 480 poker tables spread

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Embracing the Technology Revolution

By John Lofstock, Editor There is a rather humorous story behind Simon and Garfunkel’s song Mrs. Robinson that goes beyond the art of seduction. In the popular song, the legendary musical duo asks, “Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio? Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you.” DiMaggio, of course, needed no introduction when the

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Chicago Gas Station Owner Sentenced in Sales Tax Fraud Case

A suburban Chicago gas station owner was sentenced to a two-year prison term for underreporting Illinois sales taxes by nearly $1 million. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Department of Revenue announced that it was one of the largest gasoline sales tax fraud cases since the state started cracking down on gas station owners

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Shell Reaches Deal to Reduce Pollution at Houston Refinery

Royal Dutch Shell Plc has agreed to cut pollution at its joint-venture 327,000 barrel per day (bpd) refinery in the Houston suburb of Deer Park, Texas, according to an announcement by the U.S. Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Under the agreement, which will take the form of a consent decree entered in U.S.

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The 2014 NATSO Show Heads to Nashville

NATSO, the trade association representing the truckstop and travel plaza industry, announced that its 2014 show, scheduled to be held Jan. 25-29, 2014, will take place at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn. The NATSO Show is the premier gathering place for the nation’s truckstop and travel plaza owners and operators

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Sheetz Breaks Ground on N.C. Distribution Center

Sheetz Convenience Restaurants will break ground on its highly-anticipated new distribution and production center today in Burlington, N.C. A groundbreaking ceremony will take place at the site. Sheetz President and CEO, Stan Sheetz; Executive Vice President of Sheetz Distribution Services, Ray Ryan; and the new Sheetz Director of the Burlington Distribution Center, Frank Scott, will

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