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Wholesale Gasoline Prices Slide Mid-October

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Wholesale gasoline costs moved lower mid-October, declining despite little change in the week-over-week value for gasoline futures through Oct. 18, with the New York Mercantile Exchange RBOB futures contract rallying to a one-month high at $2.7240 gallon Oct. 16 on news a deal to end the government

Dollar General Introduces New Fueling Station

Major retailer embarks on fuel pump pilot project at Alabama store location. Dollar General has announced the introduction of its first fuel station, as part of a test pilot project. The new fuel pumps are located at the Dollar General Market in Hanceville, Ala. “Dollar General continues to innovate to provide convenience and value for

Parker’s president and CEO Greg Parker, center, cut the ribbon at the latest Parker’s retail location at 11012 Hwy 301 South in Statesboro, Ga. on Oct. 18.

Parker’s Opens Statesboro Convenience Store

“We’re thrilled to help lower gas prices in the area while giving back to area schools,” says Parker’s CEO. Parker’s celebrated the official grand opening of a new state-of-the-art location in Statesboro, Ga. last week. Statesboro Mayor Joe Brannen, Statesboro-Bulloch Chamber of Commerce board chair Keely Fennell, and Bulloch County Commissioner Carolyn Ethridge helped cut

Scotsman Names Winner of Livin’ The Nug Life Contest

Winner receives a Brilliance nugget ice machine. Scotsman Ice Systems announced that Stephen Kish has won the Livin’ the Nug Life contest. Selected randomly, Kish is going to receive a Scotsman Brilliance undercounter nugget ice machine. Scotsman Ice Systems asked nugget ice fans to enter for a chance to win a residential ice machine through

Emily Roff of Dallas checks out the new line-up of wines at a 7-Eleven store in an affluent area where its customers are inclined to buy pricier varietals.

7-Eleven Expands Wine Category for Fall

C-store giant introduces fine wines—most rated 90 points and priced for less than $20. 7-Eleven Inc. has added four high-demand A-listers to its lineup at its top wine-selling stores – “A” as in wines that have scored 89-90 points in oenophile publications like Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast. The ultra-premium varietals—La Crema Chardonnay, Louis Martini

DASH IN Partners With OpenStore

“In the digital age of marketing, it is more important than ever to be able to connect with consumers on the go,” says DASH IN marketing and promotions manager. DASH IN Food Stores Inc., wants its customers to “experience the difference” when visiting one of their 37 locations throughout Maryland, Delaware or Tidewater Virginia region.

Gulf Oil Supports Breast Cancer Research

Gulf sponsors regional “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” fundraising walks throughout its 29-state service area. As part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Gulf Oil LP, the fastest growing branded marketer of energy products in the U.S., is bringing its national support for breast cancer research and awareness to new levels this year. 

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Jamba Juice Adds Mobile Payment With Isis

Kicks off launch by giving away one million free smoothies. Jamba Juice Co. and Isis, the mobile commerce joint venture created by AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile US Inc. and Verizon Wireless, announced that the companies will give away up to one million free smoothies to U.S. consumers who tap to pay using their Isis Mobile Wallet.

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Paper Gains to Arrest Retail Gasoline Price Slide

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric In the U.S. gasoline market, it’s not unusual for retail prices to slow or even reverse their September decline in October, underpinned by seasonal refinery maintenance which reduces output that, in turn, pressures crude prices. As the U.S. remains in political gridlock, unable to reach deals on

Kroger Announces Leadership Succession Plan

Ellis takes over as president and COO as McMullen takes the helm as CEO. The Kroger Co. has announced that Michael Ellis will be named president and chief operating officer, effective Jan. 1, 2014, completing the succession plan announced in September. The company expects its Board of Directors to elect Ellis to his new role

Cautious Consumers Trim Holiday Gift Giving Budgets

According to NRF Survey consumers are setting a modest budget for gifts while they wait to see how the U.S. economy fares the in coming months. Faced with continued economic uncertainty and used to doing more with less, consumers will take a conservative approach to spending this holiday season. According to NRF’s holiday consumer spending

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Holiday Oil Adds LiftRetail

“LiftRetail provides leverage to our existing marketing programs and enabled us to implement an aspect of loyalty,” says vice president of operations. Holiday Oil of West Valley, Utah, has completed a chain wide rollout of VeriFone’s award winning in-store marketing solution, LiftRetail. LiftRetail uses POS-connected digital screens to engage each shopper with relevant offers and

Flash Foods Implements New Fuel Inventory Management Software

Simmons ClearView gives quick ROI for Flash Foods. Flash Food has rolled out Simmons ClearView to 170 c-store locations. ClearView provides continuous fuel inventory management software and services designed to track every drop of fuel through the tanks at the site.  In addition to stopping fuel losses, the system provides the ability to accurately reconcile

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Unilever Donates One Million School Meals

Partners with The World Food Programme For World Food Day 2013. On World Food Day (Oct. 16), Unilever, through its Foods category and Food Solutions business, donated one million school meals through the Unilever Foundation to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to help end child hunger by improving the availability and nutritional quality

Brad Call Leads Slate of 2013-14 NACS Executive Committee Members

NACS announced the election of its 2013-14 Executive Committee during its Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Atlanta. Brad Call, general counsel and executive vice president of adventure culture at Utah-based Maverik Inc., was named the association’s 2013-14 chairman of the board. Call also chairs the NACS Executive Committee, which provides strategic

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Atlas Oil Announces New President & Chief Operating Officer

Michael Evans to oversee day-to-day execution of the business in newly created role. Sam Simon, chairman and CEO of Atlas Oil Co., has announced the promotion of Michael Evans to the newly created position of President and Chief Operating Officer. Evans was executive vice president, real estate and business development. With this move, Simon will

Susser Provides Third Quarter 2013 Operating Results Update

Earnings conference call set for Nov. 6 at 10 a.m. ET. Susser Holdings Corp. and Susser Petroleum Partners LP provided partial operating results for the third quarter and first nine months of 2013. Susser Holdings expects to report:     Same-store merchandise sales growth of approximately 3.4% for the third quarter and 3.3% for the first

Hunt Brothers Brings Back Buffalo Chicken Pizza

“We were blown away with our customers’ response,” says vice president of marketing. Hunt Brothers Pizza is bringing back its highly popular buffalo chicken pizza twice in the same year. The spicy specialty pizza quickly becomes a fan favorite when it’s added to menus during limited-time promotional events. Because of consumer demand on social media,

NACS CEO Armour Outlines Focus Areas

NACS focuses on food, fuels and swipe fees. While many other retail channels struggle, the convenience store industry continues to thrive, with annual sales topping $700 billion—more than those of the grocery industry or restaurants. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t challenges, from demand destruction for gasoline and cigarettes to new regulations that challenge

NACS “Ideas 2 Go” DVD Now Available

During the Monday, Oct. 14, General Session at the NACS Show, attendees had the chance to learn about some of the cool new concepts retailers are using to boost success at their stores, during “Ideas 2 Go.” The “Ideas 2 Go” program showcases emerging concepts that redefine convenience—as well as quick takeaways that retailers could

NACS Recognizes 2013 Scholarship Winners

NACS scholarship winners were recognized during a reception in their honor on Monday, Oct. 14, at the NACS Show. The NACS Scholarship Program, created in memory of Jim Yates and David Erickson, recognizes those who are taking a similar path toward industry leadership through hard work, a commitment to learning, and the potential and determination

Consumer Pessimism Deepens Despite Gas Price Declines

Consumer pessimism continues to deepen despite a second straight month of gas price declines. Nearly one in four consumers (23%) say that they are “very pessimistic” about the economy, tied for the highest level measured this year, according the latest monthly NACS Consumer Fuels Survey. This is also the fourth month in row of increasing

Freedom Allows Retailers to Be Better, Says New NACS Chairman Brad Call

Innovation and adventure is nothing new to NACS 2013-14 Chairman Brad Call, whose family has embraced both for more than 80 years. Adventure is a part of his DNA—his title at Maverik is vice president of adventure culture—and is central to a number of company initiatives that he discussed today’s NACS Show general session in

Clark Brands Partners With Acumera

Acumera to provide next generation firewalls to Clark and Crown locations. Acumera has announced that it will provide managed network security for Clark Brands LLC, which licenses the Clark and Crown gasoline brands and provides credit card processing services to more than 1,100 petroleum retailers and fuel stations across the country. As a part of

Kangaroo Express Gallons for Good Program Raises $25K

BP, Marathon and Valero donated one penny to the ‘Salute Our Troops’ Campaign for every gallon purchased with a fuel rewards card at participating Kangaroo Express stores. The Pantry Inc. announced the results of the Gallons for Good program. To support the third annual Kangaroo Express Salute Our Troops campaign, fuel partners BP, Marathon and

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