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CSA Welcomes New Vendor

CAF outdoor cleaning products are now available to Phillips 66 branded locations. Convenience Store Alliance (CSA), the Phillips 66 branded retailer buying program, continues to support independent retailers by adding CAF Environmental Solutions (CAF) as the outdoor cleaning preferred vendor. M/A/R/C Research studies show that after street price, cleanliness is the number one reason customers

Marianne Cooper To Keynote Women’s Leadership Breakfast At AWMA

Cooper acted as lead researcher for the book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg. The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) announced that sociologist and women’s work expert Marianne Cooper will be the keynote speaker at the AWMA Women’s Leadership Initiative Kickoff Breakfast, Thursday, Feb. 27, at the 2014 AWMA

Consumer Pessimism Lingers

Women and consumers aged 50+ are the most pessimistic about the economy, according to a recent survey. Despite relatively low gas prices, consumers still aren’t feeling great about the economy. For the fourth straight month at least three in five consumers (61%) say that they are pessimistic about economic prospects, according the latest monthly NACS

Climbing Wholesale Costs to Push Retail Gasoline Prices Higher

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The U.S. retail average for gasoline prices is poised for an increase coming into the second week of December after the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported a 2.1 cents decline to $3.272 gallon in its national average for the week-ended Dec. 2 amid higher wholesale costs, especially

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Phillips 66 Launches Mobile App

The first of its kind in the energy segment in the Apple App Store, the app lets Phillips 66 customers view fuel price information on-the-go. Phillips 66 has officially launched its first enterprise app for mobile phones for the company’s fuels customers. The “BizLink for iPhone” app, first announced at Phillips 66’s Marketing Conference and

The Pantry Announces Q4 And Fiscal 2013 Results

Merchandise gross margin in fiscal 2013 increased to 34.0% compared to 33.7% a year ago. The Pantry Inc. announced financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Sept. 26, 2013. “We achieved improved operating results during the fourth quarter and are gaining momentum in merchandise sales as we move into fiscal 2014,”

Champs Chicken Launches Franchise Program

First franchise location—highlighting Champs Chicken’s best practices—opens in Missouri. Since its inception, Champs Chicken has prided itself on consistent product quality, brand recognition and retailer profitability.  After enjoying rapid growth with over 520 branded food locations in 29 states, the company has taken steps to ensure these attributes continue to thrive in all locations. Champs

TA Announces Public Offering of 5,000,000 Common Shares

Proceeds may help fund pending acquisition. TravelCenters of America LLC (TA) announced that it has commenced a public offering of 5,000,000 common shares. TA expects to use the proceeds from the offering to fund its business and growth strategies and for general business purposes. Some of the net proceeds may be used to fund a

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Lukoil Partners With NCR Corp.

Speedy installation of NCR POS software and hardware in Belgium and across Central and Eastern Europe future-proofs Lukoil service station convenience stores and increases operational efficiency. Lukoil, one of the world’s largest oil and gas providers, is improving the customer experience and increasing operational efficiency by deploying NCR Corp.’s latest point of sale (POS) software

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TruStar Energy Breaks Ground On CNG Fueling Station

“The goal of Public Works and the City and County of Denver is to operate a fleet of vehicles that minimizes environmental impact,” says manager of Denver Public Works. TruStar Energy has announced the groundbreaking of a large time-fill / fast-fill CNG fueling station for the City of Denver. The station is slated for completion

Merchant Customer Exchange Welcomes New Retail Members.

ExxonMobil, Giant Eagle, Kum & Go and Rite Aid are among new merchant members. The Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) has announced that ExxonMobil, Giant Eagle, Kum & Go and Rite Aid Corp. are among the growing number of merchants to become MCX members. MCX is a group of leading merchants dedicated to improving the shopping

Weigel’s Celebrates 15 Years of Spreading Local Holiday Joy

Partners with Salvation Army. On Dec. 7, more than 300 Weigel’s employees and volunteers came together and brought holiday dreams to life for more than 170 local children in need. This year marked the 15th year of Weigel’s Family Christmas, an event for underprivileged children from the greater Knoxville area. The children served ranged in

IDDBA Reveals What’s in Store For 2014 In Consumer Lifestyles

Minorities, which comprised 37% of the U.S. population in 2012, will make up 57% of the population in 2060 (U.S. population estimate is 420.3 million in 2060). What’s in Store 2014, the latest edition of the annual trends publication of the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) reveals that by 2030, Millennials will out number Baby Boomers.

ExxonMobil Funds Papua New Guinea Health Initiative

“This program will enable mothers and children of Papua New Guinea to benefit from the world-class expertise of Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine,” says president of ExxonMobil Development Co. Exxon Mobil Corp., on behalf of the PNG LNG Project, announced a $3.1 million, two-year initiative intended to improve maternal health and reduce

Delek US Holdings Declares Special Cash Dividend

Dividend of $0.10 per share available. Delek US Holdings Inc., a diversified energy company with assets in the petroleum refining, logistics and retail industries, has announced that its Board of Directors declared a special cash dividend of $0.10 per share. Shareholders of record at the close of business on Jan. 7, 2014 will receive the

XYIENCE Partners With Capital Distributing

Expands distribution area for Xenergy in Oklahoma. XYIENCE Xenergy, the official energy drink of the UFC, announced a new partnership with Capital Distributing LLC that will offer access to more than 1,800 retail doors within the eight counties in the Oklahoma City metro that the distributor serves. The agreement includes all eight of XYIENCE Xenergy’s

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Knouse Gets Foodservice Website Refresh

Marriner Marketing adjusts site to maximize viewing content on any device. Knouse Foods, an established grower-owned fruit cooperative that sells its products under the Musselman’s and Lucky Leaf brands, in partnership with Marriner Marketing Communications, has announced the successful re-launch of its foodservice Website: www.knousefoodservice.com. Designed with culinary professionals in mind, the updated site provides

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Mozido Announces $30 Million Institutional Capital Raise

New capital brings total funding to over $100 million for emerging global mobile payment leader.   Mozido Inc. has received the first $30 million of a committed $70 million round of financing led by a Boston-based investment advisor with assets under management of over $500 billion. This funding will allow Mozido to accelerate its growth both

Casey’s To Expand Pizza Express Locations in 2014

Casey’s introduces a flatbread pizza option to its Pleasant Hill location. Casey’s General Stores Inc. is set to open five more pizza-only stores in the Des Moines, Iowa metro area in 2014, the Des Moines Register reported. The Pizza Express stores, which will likely be located in areas not serviced by Casey’s convenience stores, are

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Leadership Expert Tom Flick To Give Keynote Address At AWMA

Flick is “a deft storyteller who inspires audiences to lead change, to recognize opportunities for growth, and to adopt a leadership mindset,” notes AWMA president and CEO. The American Wholesale Marketers Association (AWMA) announced that leadership expert Tom Flick will present the opening keynote address Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the 2014 AWMA Marketplace & Solutions

Hershey-Sponsored CocoaLink Program Hits 40,000 Mark

Digital Technology Program improves cocoa growing and helps communities. The Hershey Co. has announced that more than 40,000 Ghana cocoa farmers across 1,700 villages have now registered for CocoaLink, a digital exchange network that links farmers to modern farming information that benefits families and the entire farming community.  An innovative public and private partnership between

IDDBA FSCRP Application Deadline Set

Retailers have until April 1 to apply for food safety certification reimbursement. The next application deadline for the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) Food Safety Certification Reimbursement Program is April 1, 2014, for training completed Jan. 1–Feb. 28. The IDDBA reimburses a portion of expenses to IDDBA-member retailer companies that certify dairy, deli, and bakery department-level

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Vector Group Launching ZOOM E-Cigarettes

Launch includes disposable styles with quality U.S. e-liquid and proprietary technology that delivers at least 300 TRU-PUFFS. Vector Group Ltd. has announced that its indirect subsidiary, Zoom E-Cigs LLC, will launch its ZOOM electronic cigarette brand nationwide beginning in January of 2014.  Zoom’s first product, a superior disposable, non-rechargeable line, will be the company’s first

SFATA Speaks Out On NYC Proposal To Ban E-Cigs In Public Places

A hearing  today by the New York City Council will debate a bill that would prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in places traditional cigarettes are banned. The New York City Council is holding a hearing today, Wednesday, Dec. 4, on a bill that aims to prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in places where traditional tobacco

Convenience Store Penetration Rebounds in Q3 2013

Visit frequency slightly declines, according to NPD Group.  Less volatile gas prices, along with discount, rewards and loyalty retailer programs, attributed to a rebound in convenience store (c-store) penetration in the quarter ending September 2013, reports The NPD Group, a leading global information company. The percentage of individuals who made a c-store purchase (includes gas

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