Kroger, Shell Expand Fuel Rewards

The Kroger Co. and Shell are continuing the expansion of their fuel rewards loyalty program that provides shoppers the opportunity to save on fuels by using their Kroger Plus Card or other Kroger family of stores loyalty cards to earn points that can be redeemed for fuel discounts at participating Shell stations. Originally launched in

Ehrlich Steps Down at Certified Oil

By John Lofstock, Editor When Greg Ehrlich joined Certified Oil Co. in 2006, the company set myriad of goals aimed at upgrading the brand’s retail image, redesigning the convenience stores and developing a comprehensive loyalty program. With the projects complete, Ehrlich will step away from the day-to-day operations of Columbus, Ohio-based oil company and assume

Rite Aid Partners With Save-A-Lot

Rite Aid Corp. plans to add discount Save-A-Lot groceries to 10 of its stores in and around Greenville, S.C., as it tests out a partnership with Supervalu Inc., the Associated Press reported. The stores are set to be remodeled by October, and renamed Save-A-Lot Food Stores/Rite Aid Pharmacy. Rite Aid will own and operate the

Snoop Dogg Cup To Benefit SYFL

Snoop fans who want to support the Snoop Youth Football League (SYFL) can head into any participating 7-Eleven store across the U.S. to purchase his signature cup, on sale from Sept. 1 through Oct. 18 or while supplies last. 7-Eleven guarantees a $250,000 minimum donation to SYFL, but the support could increase depending on the

7-Eleven Debuts New ’Coffee Cup With A Cause’

On Friday, July 16,  7-Eleven Inc. is launching its third “Coffee Cup With A Cause” campaign, this time offering a cup designed by WWE Superstar John Cena. Cena fans can make their way into any of the participating 7-Eleven stores across the U.S. to purchase the signature cup being sold July 16-Aug. 30, or while

Tornados Flavor Challenge Hits Facebook

Social networking is an increasingly popular way to get customers enthusiastic for your product. Ruiz Foods’ Tornados announced its Facebook-based promotion “Flavor Challenge 2.0″ this month, in which the brand’s 130,000 plus fans can submit flavor ideas in eight different categories. The top flavor in each category wins a year’s supply of Tornados and a

Sizzling Sandwiches

BLIMPIE Subs & Salads announces the availability of its new Grilled Sub line, which will include the Ultimate Club; Beef, Turkey and Cheddar; and a grilled Buffalo Chicken Melt. As with all BLIMPIE sandwiches, the ingredients of the new Grilled Subs are sliced fresh to order before grilling. In addition, there will be regional offerings

7-Eleven and Police Team To Reward Kids

The uniformed officer approaches a group of kids, hands them “tickets” and says, “You have the right to … a free Slurpee drink.”  It’s all part of Operation Chill, 7-Eleven stores’ popular community program that rewards “good behavior” with a cool beverage treat and helps build positive relationships between local law enforcement agencies and young

Kangaroo Express Adds Music, Messaging Solutions

Cary, N.C.-based The Pantry Inc. is deploying music and messaging solutions from Fluid Music Canada’s Trusonic Inc., a provider of Internet-delivered music and messaging services for businesses, to a number of its 1,647 Kangaroo Express locations. Consistent with The Pantry’s mission to provide an excellent customer experience at each location, Trusonic plans to customize a multi-zone music and messaging solution

CITGO Rewards Local Charities

CITGO Petroleum Corp. is launching its 2010 Fueling Good campaign on June 1 to recognize and reward charities and individuals making a difference in the lives of others. Charities, community groups and individuals can join Fueling Good and submit their entries at www.FuelingGood.com for an opportunity to win up to $2,500 in CITGO Gift Cards,

Recycling Program Breeds Customer Loyalty

While stopping for gas one day, two waste management interns working for the city of Lexington, Ky., pondered how much garbage could be recycled from cars if locations, such as gas stations, made it more convenient to recycle. The interns, Elizabeth Rebmann and Natalie Cooke, pitched their idea for such a recycling program to Bruce

ExxonMobil Donates $7.9 Million for Education

ExxonMobil and its employees donated more than $7.9 million to a total of 83 educational institutions across Texas through the ExxonMobil Foundation’s 2009 Educational Matching Gift Program. ExxonMobil employees, retirees, surviving spouses and directors made 1,718 individual contributions totaling over $2.3 million to institutions of higher education across Texas. ExxonMobil Foundation matched those donations with

C-store Foodservice 101

Those new to the c-store foodservice channel can get up to speed with a one-day program in Chicago this June that covers important essentials from operator challenges and consumer priorities, to hot concepts and competitive issues. Conducted by experts from foodservice industry consultants Technomic, this program aims to jumpstart retailer efforts to tap opportunities in

7-Eleven Debuts Private-Label Beer

Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc. is launching Game Day, a new store-brand premium lager, now entering 4,200 7-Eleven stores in 17 states, the Dallas Morning News reported. 7-Eleven plans to market the beer as “premium lager beer at a below-premium price,” said Dan Skinner, 7-Eleven’s category manager for alcohol beverages. “Our customer has been telling us for

7-Eleven Delves Deeper Into Game Segment

7-Eleven Inc. plans to add a new program of “Great Games Below $20″ from Game Trading Technologies (GTT) to 3,000 of its stores. The 3,000 outlets represent 50% of the U.S. stores operated and franchised by 7-Eleven, Inc.  “We partnered with GTT because of their experience and expertise as a third-party provider of video games

Quick Chek Offers Quick Freeze

Quick Chek has announced the results to its “Name it…Claim it” contest, where consumers entered names for the chain’s frozen beverage line during a contest held August and September of 2009. Francis LaMonica of Tinton Falls, N.J., won the contest with her suggested name  ”Quick Freeze,” which nods both to the name of the chain

CITGO Participates In Earth Hour 2010

On Saturday, CITGO Petroleum Corporation joined more than 70 local businesses, government agencies, universities, colleges, hotels, and museums, as well as hundreds of residents and small businesses, in observing Earth Hour 2010. Organized by the World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour took place on March 27 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Participants from 400 cities

Clark Brands Teams With CBE

Clark Brands and CBE have partnered on a new program that will offer special pricing on VeriFone equipment to Clark branded and credit card locations. This pricing is especially attractive for retailers who are working to upgrade their Point of Sale (POS) devices and PIN pads as part of their compliance strategy. “In Clark’s continuing

Walgreens Launches Pilot Program in Dallas/Fort Worth

Walgreens is launching a pilot program in the Dallas/Fort Worth area to broaden its workforce and disability inclusion initiatives. The program aims to hire people with disabilities for 10% of service clerk openings at stores in the area. On average, Walgreens hires more than 1,600 service clerks a year in this area alone. “Once this

Outsite Networks Completes Loyalty Certification for Verifone

This certification allows Outsite Networks to integrate directly with the terminal loyalty ports and offer loyalty partners the additional capabilities of special member pricing, price roll back and stored cash-value rewards. “Our loyalty solution opened the possibility of loyalty across varied combinations of POS equipment because it works with every make and model POS equipment

Walgreens Announces Community Corner Program

  Walgreens, the nation’s largest drugstore chain, is introducing a new Community Corner program designed to highlight the successes of minority-owned businesses. This first-of-its-kind supplier diversity initiative is designed to allow consumers to easily identify and purchase products produced by diverse companies. Walgreens will recognize these vendor partners through print advertisements, in-store announcements, coupon booklets,

7-Eleven Debuts Cup With A Cause

  7-Eleven, Inc. aims to donate more than $2 million to charities as it launches its charity-focused coffee campaign this month: “7-Eleven Coffee Cup With A Cause.”   Throughout 2010, 7-Eleven will introduce limited-edition 20-ounce coffee cups designed by entertainment and sports celebrities to be sold in 7-Eleven stores nationwide. Proceeds from cups sold will benefit

7-Eleven Gets in the Game

By Brett Wilshe, Contributing Editor When Apple released iTunes in 2001, music retailers began to question their futures. The music industry, once an invincible force in the global market, suddenly seemed vulnerable. But a much larger question loomed: Would it stop with music?  We live in an age where corporeal media is vanishing. Newspapers are

Excentus Corporation And Safeway Inc. Settle Lawsuit

Excentus Corporation and Safeway Inc. have entered into a settlement and licensing agreement settling all outstanding litigation between them. “We are pleased to put this litigation behind us,” said Safeway spokesman Brian Dowling. “We respect the breadth of the Excentus intellectual property portfolio and look forward to exploring ways to work together on fuel rewards.”

Kum & Go Names New Advertising Agency of Record

Kum & Go has named Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods (CJRW) as the company’s advertising agency of record. Starting January 2010, CJRW will aid in the strategic development of Kum & Go marketing initiatives and will execute materials ranging from in-store signage to broadcast advertising for Kum & Go and its portfolio of proprietary products. This

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