Remote Monitoring

Milton, Del.-based Wilson Baker Inc. has installed Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s Wisdom Intelligent Device Management (IDM) Systems at two of its seven sites. The systems help the company remotely monitor coolers, heating, air conditioning, lighting, and other devices to manage energy consumption, overall operations costs, and proactively address potential problems before they impact profitability. “Wisdom provides a

Sunoco Shifts Focus To C-Stores

Lynn Elsenhans, Sunoco’s CEO, told analysts she hopes to expand the company’s profitable retail business by ramping up its convenience-store offerings, Philadelphia Inquirer reported. “An area of opportunity for us to unlock even more value out of our real estate is by changing our mind-set from a fuels retailer that also sells some convenience items,

Coinstar Appoints Chief People Officer

Coinstar Inc. has hired Raquel Karls, a human resources and organization development leader, to fill the position of chief people officer. Karls starts her new role this week reporting to president and chief operating officer Gregg Kaplan. “We are delighted to have found an individual of Raquel’s caliber and experience to lead this very important

The Pantry Names Mark Bierley as CFO

Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc. an independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern U.S., has appointed Mark Bierley as the company’s senior vice president and chief financial officer, effective Sept. 27, 2010. Bierley replaces Frank Paci, who has informed the board of directors that he plans to resign, effective Sept. 26, 2010, to pursue

Henderson Joins Sunoco

Sunoco Inc. has announced that Frederick “Fritz” Henderson has joined the company as a senior vice president to help prepare for the previously announced separation of SunCoke Energy from Sunoco. Henderson, 52, former president and CEO of General Motors, now is set to be chairman and CEO of SunCoke Energy upon completion of the separation.

The Pantry Purchases 47 Presto C-stores

Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc., operator of Kangaroo Express, is purchasing 47 Presto Convenience Stores throughout Kansas and Missouri, including five in the Kansas City metro area. The locations-all but three of which are in Kansas-reported a revenue of about $194 million during the year that ended last May. The deal is expected to close

POS Training At NACS

Gilbarco Veeder-Root will be hosting free Passport point of sale (POS) system training and also demonstrating remote diagnostics and help desk at the NACS Show, Oct. 6-8 in Atlanta, bringing key benefits of the system to the show floor. Current Passport users can take advantage of free Passport POS training “How to operate Passport in

Executive VP of Smithfield Foods Retires

Smithfield Foods Inc.’s executive vice president Richard Poulson is retiring from Smithfield effective Sept. 1, 2010. “Dick has been an extremely valuable member of the senior management team and has been helpful in our growth from a domestic provider of excellent pork products into one of the world’s most respected and recognized meat protein suppliers.

Rutter’s Farm Stores Named CSD’s Chain of the Year

Exceptional leadership, great stores and unsurpassed customer service are the hallmarks of the convenience store industry’s extraordinary chains. Following these guiding principles, Convenience Store Decisions is proud to announce Rutter’s Farm Stores as the 2010 Convenience Store Chain of the Year. At a time when many industry marketers are struggling with exorbitant credit card fees

Casey’s Completes Financing for Recapitalization Plan

Casey’s General Stores Inc. has completed a private placement for $569 million of 5.22% senior unsecured notes due 2020. Casey’s plans to use the net proceeds from the offering to finance its previously announced recapitalization plan set to be executed through a modified “Dutch auction” self tender offer for up to $500 million in value

7-Eleven Appoints Jesus Delgado-Jenkins

Jesus Delgado-Jenkins has been named senior vice president of merchandising and logistics at 7-Eleven Inc. He joins 7-Eleven Inc. with more than 20 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, Delgado-Jenkins was president and CEO of JNI LLC, a convenience store-acquisition firm. Prior to that, he held the position of

Brinker Appoints Joe DePinto

Brinker International Inc., a casual dining restaurant company, has elected Joe DePinto, president and CEO of 7-Eleven Inc., to its board of directors. In his current role, DePinto leads 7-Eleven Inc., which operates, franchises and licenses more than 38,400 stores worldwide of which some 8,200 are in North America. Previously, DePinto served in other executive

The Keys to Cleanliness

How can you get your employees to excel at a part of the job they probably can’t stand—cleaning the store in general and the restrooms in particular? “It’s a good question, and a never-ending pursuit,” said Tony Bartys, vice president of retail operations and marketing for Valero Energy Corp. in San Antonio. “It’s a challenge,

Understanding Your Foodservice Customers

Now more than ever convenience store executives recognize that both survival and prosperity depend on their ability to adapt to changing customer preferences and the evolving business environment. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the changing role of convenience stores as a foodservice provider for budget-conscious, time-sensitive consumers that have scaled back on restaurant

Rutter’s Farm Stores Named CSD’s Chain Of The Year

Exceptional leadership, great stores and unsurpassed customer service are the hallmarks of the convenience store industry’s extraordinary chains. Following these guiding principles, Convenience Store Decisions is proud to announce Rutter’s Farm Stores as the 2010 Convenience Store Chain of the Year. At a time when many industry marketers are struggling with exorbitant credit card fees

Rutter’s Rises as Chain of the Year

Outstanding leadership, great stores and unsurpassed customer service are the hallmarks of the convenience store industry’s exceptional chains. Following these guiding principles, Convenience Store Decisions is proud to announce Rutter’s Farm Stores as the 2010 Convenience Store Chain of the Year. Rutter’s, which supplants Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes as Chain of the Year, is

Strengthening Safe Security

Cash control practices are an essential part of any c-store operation—from having a cash management system in place to training employees in proper security protocol in everyday cash handling and in the event of a robbery. But more often than not, it’s in-house theft that c-stores need to be most vigilant about. “If you have

Robert Dudley Promoted To CEO of BP

BP officially announced today that Tony Hayward is stepping down as CEO and being replaced by Robert Dudley effective Oct. 1, the Associated Press reported. As an American, Dudley marks BP PLC’s first ever non-British chief executive, the company said as it reported a record quarterly $17 billion loss and set aside $32.2 billion to

Silent Serenity

Serenity Series Cubelet Ice Machine produces up to 1,000 pounds of ice 24 hours and is designed to save space. The condenser and compressor stationed outside the kitchen and away from customers, therefore producing heat and noise. Service ability is easy due to convenient access from or back of the ice machine, plus there are

Generating Confidence

  Generac Power Systems introduces its new line of automatic standby generators. Thenew QT Series models, ranging in output from 15 to 150 kilowatts, have been designed specifically for commercial applications. All QT models feature sound attenuated enclosures to ensure quiet operation, as well as interior cooling fans and air passageways for maximum cooling effectiveness

Heads-Up Server

  Delta TRAK Inc. announces the new Flashlink SP (Server Package) Wireless Manager software, which uses a protected remote database server platform and offers users secured worldwide access of environmental data gathered by their installed FlashLink Wireless Systems. In addition to data viewing, the software provides reporting of data deviations. The FlashLink SP Wireless Manager

People Machine

  Silver Creek Technologies has created its Sysdine People Resource Management software to help employers find the best-suited employees for their businesses. SysdineXL as part of Sysdine 8.0 arrives with a number of important new features, adding to its power and ease of use. In Values-Based Hiring, attitude survey results for each applicant are now

Digitally Do-able

Adding digital signage to stores is now easier than ever with the latest products from Innovation Marketing Systems Inc. (IMS). Requiring no additional software or hardware to operate, the IMS Digital Signage products are truly user friendly. Attract more customers to retail operations and reduce sign clutter both inside and outside. For More Information from

Online Management

Dropcards announced it will become the first online marketer to offer clients a way to manage promotions on its site. Food and beverage brands of all sizes will be able to coordinate marketing efforts on the new Dropcards platform from inception to completion of its digital promotions. Dropcards bear aunique PIN number unlocking access to

New Edge Networks

New Edge Networks New Edge Networks is building a network of direct connections to various back-office online solutions providers including payment processors, payroll services, health benefits management companies, IT help desks, kiosks, digital video display or monitoring services and ATM network providers. By using direct connections to pre-determined suppliers, retailers avoid installing and paying for

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