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PDI continues its long tradition of accurate and powerful financial reporting with the introduction of its newest product, PDI/Excel Analytics powered by PrevisionEPM. Built on a Microsoft SQL Server database and integrated directly with PDI/Enterprise, PDI/Excel Analytics provides users with highly customizable financial and operational reporting. All of this power comes packaged in the familiar

Fed Appeals Swipe Fee Ruling

“The Fed has taken a position that will drag this out while retailers and their customers continue to pay billions of dollars in inflated fees that harm that U.S. economy,” says NRF spokesperson. The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday appealed a judge’s decision to reject the agency’s cap on debit card transaction fees, Reuters reported.

Economic Pessimism Growing As Summer Ends

As Labor Day approaches, gas prices are a major reason for consumer pessimism. Nearly 6 in 10 consumers (58%) noted that they are pessimistic about the economy, according the latest monthly NACS Consumer Fuels Survey. The latest numbers are in stark contrast to early July, when consumer pessimism was at 52%—the lowest level of the

BAWLS Expands Distribution

BAWLS Guarana is expanding distribution of its products in the U.S. and abroad. Distribution of the BAWLS Guarana line of products in Canada has been recently expanded due to a rekindling relationship between the brand and a former distribution partner, Beverage World of Ontario.  The company was founded in 1999 by Stefan Kergl to be

More Savings For Fuel Rewards Network Program Members

Some 44% of Fuel Rewards Network members are new Shell customers. A special limited-time offer from Shell and the Fuel Rewards Network (FRN) program will give FRN Members across the country instant savings at the pump by taking a minimum of three cents off per gallon instantly on every fill-up at participating Shell-branded stations. While


Baby Born In Earth Market Parking Lot

Coincidentally, her father also made his debut in a parking lot. A suburban Chicago girl was born in the parking lot of an Oswego, Ill. Earth Market store last weekend, almost 33 years after her father was also born in a parking lot. The six-pound, three-ounce newborn, named Hannah, arrived 10 days early and the

Dragonite Sells E-Vapor Business To ITG

Acquisition cost totals $75 million. Dragonite International Limited, and its wholly-own subsidiaries, has sold its E-Vapor Business for $75 million to Fontem Ventures B.V., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Imperial Tobacco Group plc. (ITG), a global tobacco company with international strength in cigarettes and world leadership in fine cut tobacco, papers and premium cigars. Fontem Ventures


Gluten Free Bars

KIND Healthy Snacks (KIND) has launched into a new category of snacks with KIND Healthy Grains Bars, a line of chewy with a crunch granola bars made from five super grains mixed with tasty ingredients like pumpkin seeds, toasted coconut flakes, dark chocolate chunks and more. Each KIND Healthy Grains bar packs one full serving

Atlas Oil Named To Inc. 5000 List

Ranks No. 3,844 overall, and No. 62 in Metro Detroit. Atlas Oil Co. is once again ranked among the fastest growing private companies in the nation. Inc. Magazine just published its 2013 Annual Inc. 5000 list and Atlas is ranked No. 3,844. Within the Metro Detroit area, Atlas ranks No. 62 and in Michigan, where


U.S. Oil To Build GAIN Clean Fueling Station

U.S. Oil aims to add 50 CNG stations in the next three years. U.S. Oil has partnered with FST Logistics to build a GAIN Clean Fuel station at the intersection of Atlas Street and Renner Road in Columbus, Ohio. The new station will provide Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) to FST’s CNG truck fleet and will

Pictured from left to right: Liza Salaria, senior vice president of merchandising at Circle K Mid-Atlantic; Kathy Erhardt, director of development for Feedmore; and Lynn Lambrecht, senior vice president of human resources at Circle K Mid-Atlantic.

Circle K Mid-Atlantic Presents Grant to Central Virginia Food Bank

Partnership with BP Fueling Communities directs funds to local hunger-relief agency. In partnership with the BP Fueling Communities program, Circle K Mid-Atlantic has presented a $3,500 grant to FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank for hunger relief efforts in the 31 counties and five cities the nonprofit serves. BP Fueling Communities is a philanthropic program that

Parker’s Honored by Inc. 500|5000

Named one of America’s fastest growing companies for second consecutive year. Parker’s, a nationally-recognized convenience store leader with 32 retail locations throughout southeast Georgia and coastal South Carolina, announced that Inc. ranked the company on its annual Inc. 500|5000 Fastest Growing Companies list. This marks the second consecutive year Parker’s has been included on this

Cumberland Farms Awards Believe and Achieve Scholarships

Convenience store retailer helps over 900 students reach their dreams since program inception. Cumberland Farms announced that 130 talented high school seniors from 11 states have been awarded Believe and Achieve Scholarships to help them attend college in the fall of 2013. Cumberland Farms’ popular scholarship program began seven years ago and has already provided

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Former Property Owner Celebrates Rutter’s Grand Opening

Rutter’s Farm Stores Chief Customer Officer, Derek Gaskins, had the opportunity to shakes hands with James Strickler (see photo, left), the first customer at Rutter’s newest location in Mountville, Lancaster County, Pa. Strickler’s family once owned the land on which the convenience store stands, the second Lancaster County location for the York, Pa.-based company. “On


New Hookah Flavors, Accessories

Kretek International Inc. has announced several new additions to its lineup of Voodoo Hookah products.  Joining Voodoo traditional hookahs and new e-hookahs are a full line of 20 Shisha flavors with matching flavors in Voodoo Steam Stones.  The 20 exotic flavors are divided into four pre-packed collections of tropical and blended fruit, berries, citrus and

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United Supermarkets LLC Announces Name Change

Company to now be known as The United Family. United Supermarkets LLC announced a name change for the parent company as the result of a strategic branding initiative for the entire organization. Moving forward, United Supermarkets LLC will be known as The United Family, reflecting the company’s multiple store brands, as well as its rich

Pilot Flying J Attorney Addresses Settlement

Customers have until Oct. 15 to opt out of the settlement. With a settlement pending between Pilot Flying J and a number of plaintiffs, Pilot Flying J’s attorney addressed a range of questions about the settlement on the company’s Website this week. On July 16, the United States District Court, Western Division of the Eastern

Love’s Launches Paper Hearts Campaign

Promotion to benefit 92 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Love’s Travel Stops employees and customers are showing a lot of heart for local sick and injured kids with the return of their annual in-store fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Now through Sept. 23, those who donate a $1, $5 or $20 paper heart icon at

7-Eleven Celebrates National Lemonade Day

Free Snapple Lemon Daze drinks greet customers. 7-Eleven stores are celebrating National Lemonade Day with a free bottle of Snapple Lemon Daze lemonade.  A mobile coupon for a free 16-ounce bottle of Snapple Lemon Daze will be available in 7-Eleven’s app on Aug. 20, officially National Lemonade Day. 7-Eleven’s app is available for iOS and


Meridian Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Focus on Competitive Advantage

“Quality Questions—Remarkable Results,” is this year’s conference theme.   On Oct. 23-24, 2013  Meridian Associates Inc. will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of its  “Focus on Competitive Advantage” conference, to be held at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson, Ariz.  This successful event has spanned two decades and is dedicated to owners, CEOs, CFOs and


U.S. Gasoline Demand shows Summer Sizzle

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric U.S. retail gasoline prices fell to a five-week low Aug. 12, but the futures contract for gasoline then gained more than 6.0cts during the week-ended Aug. 16, with the 2.1% advance supporting higher wholesale costs in a number of metropolitan markets. A decline in pass through costs


Spice Up Snack Time

Mars has introduced new COMBOS Baked Snacks 7 Layer Dip Tortilla, which packs big flavors in a small bite. This new offering from COMBOS Baked Snacks combines the robust flavors of cheddar cheese, sour cream, avocado, tomato, refried beans, onion and spicy jalapeño peppers. Seven-layer dip has been a long-time party food favorite, and COMBOS

Pilot Flying J Opens New Locations

Ample diesel lanes and a wide foodservice selection, including Cinnabon, greet customers. Pilot Flying J has announced the opening of two new stores to better serve professional drivers: a Pilot Travel Center in Oakwood, Ill., and a Flying J Travel Plaza in Vandalia, Ohio. “We’re thrilled that our new locations will serve professional drivers traveling

MEC Access and Texaco Go Country Strong

Texaco adds country music star Luke Bryan and the CMA to its country music line-up. Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and MEC Access, the Entertainment & Sports Partnership division of global media agency MEC, announced the expansion of the Texaco brand’s country music platform with the addition of country music star Luke Bryan and the Country Music


Food Trucks Replacing Quick Service Restaurant Visits

“For now at least, food trucks need not be viewed as a threat to restaurant demand nationally,” says NPD restaurant industry analyst. Since food trucks appeared on the restaurant scene their perceivable threat to brick-and-mortar restaurants has been widely debated, and a recent survey conducted by The NPD Group, a global information company, finds that