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The National Advisory Group Appoints John Lofstock as Executive Director

The National Advisory Group (NAG), a convenience store trade association focused on small, mid-sized and family-owned businesses, has appointed John Lofstock as Executive Director. In this role, Lofstock will oversee all of NAG’s educational content, membership, the group’s annual conference and the Young Executive Organization (YEO). Lofstock will also continue to serve as Editor-in-Chief and

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Giant Convenience Stores Steps up for MDA

Western Refining and its more than 224 Giant convenience stores raised the bar in its second year of supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association and its fight against muscle disease, raising $351,824 through the “Make A Muscle, Make A Difference” mobile campaign. The convenience stores–located throughout Arizona, southwest Colorado, New Mexico and southwest Texas–participated in the

Retail Gasoline Prices Poised to Advance

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Climbing wholesale gasoline costs through the week ended April 29 are set to end a downtrend in the US gasoline average reported weekly by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) , which has declined for eight consecutive weeks since posting a 2013 high in late February. Wholesale costs

Shrinking Labor Force Pressures Gasoline Demand

First quarter fuel demand jumps 1.4% in the first quarter, according to the Energy Information Administration. By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Preliminary data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows gasoline demand in the U.S. ending the first quarter 1.4% higher than during the same three months in 2012, although down 1.2%

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Newcastle Brown Ale Extends the No Bollocks Campaign

Newcastle Brown Ale has launched ‘No Bollocks 2013,’ a new integrated national marketing campaign intended to help retailers sell more beer. As an extension of its original No Bollocks platform launched in 2012, the new work continues Newcastle’s dedication to bollocks-free ads by celebrating honesty. At the heart of the ‘No Bollocks 2013’ campaign is

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U.S. Gasoline Prices Pause Ascent—Renewed Advance Awaits

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric For the first time since the middle of December, the U.S. average price for regular grade gasoline moved lower according to the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) weekly survey, pressured by worries over economic growth and the effect on fuel demand, along with lower asking prices by suppliers

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Four Tips for Squelching Negative Social Media Backlash

By Ashley Verrill, CRM Analyst for Software Advice and Managing Editor for the Customer Service Investigator Customer service expert, consultant and author Micah Solomon told me recently about one question that consistently dominates group discussion at his public speaking events: “Isn’t my brand and company in danger out there in the social media universe?” The

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U.S. Retail Gasoline Average 5% Shy of 2012 High

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric As February nears an end, retail gasoline prices are already at highs one would expect when the weather warms, not when some parts of the country are still digging out of snow drifts. A recent double-digit jump in the retail average reported by the Energy Information Administration means

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Could We Be Midway Through Gasoline’s Preseason Rally?

By: Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric. The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) U.S. average price for all formulations of regular grade gasoline sold at retail outlets jumped another 7.3 cents through the week-ended Feb. 11, which was the eighth consecutive weekly increase in the national gasoline average. Since Dec. 17, when the U.S. average

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NACS Leadership Tackles Retail Challenges with Real Time Solutions

Customer engagement, the future of payment technologies, alternative fuels and the new legislative landscape highlight the 2013 Leadership Conference in Miami. By John Lofstock, Editor Convenience store retailers not in touch with the needs of their customers risk far more than losing repeat business and sales. They risk extinction as customers gravitate toward chains that

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Oasis Stop 'N Go, Mid Pac Petroleum Join the Dropoints Redemption Network

Customers can instantly drop the price at the fuel pumps by up to $1 using their Dropoints card. In effort to offer greater rewards to its loyal customers, Oasis Stop ‘N Go, of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Mid Pac Petroleum, based in Honolulu, Hawaii, and have joined the Dropoints redemption network. Their gas stations combined

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KickBack Points, Pester Marketing and Conoco Sending Loyalty Cardholder to Super Bowl XLVII

Chris Park, a KickBack customer from Denver, wins two tickets to the Super Bowl, roundtrip airfare for two, four nights hotel in New Orleans and much more as part of the loyalty company’s annual Super Bowl giveaway. Membership has its privileges. Chris Park, a loyal Conoco and KickBack Points customer from Denver, has won KickBack

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Gasoline Prices Stirred Higher on Optimism

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The American Petroleum Institute (API), the Washington, DC-based trade organization for the oil and gas industry, on Jan. 18 said at 8.7 million bpd U.S. gasoline deliveries in 2012 fell to their lowest level in 11 years, while down 0.4% compared with 2011. During 2012, gasoline demand

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Mostly Decline

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Most major metropolitan markets in the U.S. experienced a decline in wholesale gasoline costs coming into the second full week of 2013, which should cap and upside push by retail gasoline prices that have edged higher since registering the low for 2012 in mid-December. Wholesale gasoline costs, the

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Lower Gasoline Prices Eyed for 2013

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric U.S. retail gasoline prices fell to an 11-month low in early December as building inventories and weak demand again pressured wholesale costs, with the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) weekly retail average for regular grade gasoline down in eight of the last nine weeks to $3.349 gallon. View

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Family Express Connecting With The Community

Through its partnership with Purdue University, the Indiana chain is giving college football an opportunity to win free gas for a year.   Valparaiso, Ind.-based Family Express earlier this year entered a multi-year sports marketing agreement with Purdue University Athletics and its multimedia rights holder, Purdue Sports Properties. As the college football season winds down,

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Lukoil Stations Protest With $8 Gas

Station owners speak out against prices they say put them at a competitive disadvantage. More than 50 Lukoil gas stations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania doubled their gas prices on Wednesday, Sept. 12, to more than $8 a gallon. The one-day price hike was meant to capture attention as they protested what they called unfair

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CITGO Improves Safety Rates In 2011

CITGO earns awards and recognition for its increased safety rates in 2011. CITGO Petroleum Corp. saw significant improvements in its refining safety performance in 2011 with both its total recordable incident rate (TRIR) and days away, restricted or transferred (DART) rate falling to about half of what they were the previous year. CITGO excelled in

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Hunt Brothers Pizza Encourages C-Store Support of U.S. Troops

“Hunt Brothers Pizza is a proud American company with a tremendous appreciation of the men and women who serve in our military,” says Keith Solsvig, vice president of marketing for Hunt Brothers Pizza. Hunt Brothers Pizza is asking consumers to donate $1 to Support U.S. Armed Forces when they stop for fuel or pizza at

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Retail Stocking Cart

Stock & Roll portable shelf stocking cart from Retail Handling Solutions acts as a simple solution for c-store operators. The cart holds case-packed goods and store containers at any shelf height, and glides down aisles to make stocking a quicker process in supermarkets, c-stores and pharmacies. The height of the cart can be adjusted by

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Low Sodium Peanut Butter

Smucker’s, a trusted brand of jams, jellies and preserves, expands its line of peanut butter products to offer a low-sodium option. Smucker’s peanut butter is offered in convenient control packages, and now, guests at restaurants and c-stores can choose to use a low-sodium peanut butter package that has the same flavor and quality as regular

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SavOn Earns CNY BEST Award

The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) of Central New York (CNY) gives BEST Award to SavOn stores. SavOn convenience stores has earned first place recognition from the Central New York BEST awards in 2012 for its commitment to workplace learning and performance. This is the first year SavOn applied for the award, beating

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Atlas Oil Company Features New Website

Atlas Oil Website becomes easier to navigate as it launches its updated Website. Atlas Oil launched a new Website and blog at www.atlasoil.com. The new Website appears fresh, and innovative on the home page, with improved navigation and organization. The Website features a new, enhanced careers section, a media newsroom and a customer e-services portal

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All Aboard the Kelly Express Mart

Kelly Fuels is unifying its nine stores under a single retail brand and upping its investment in foodservice. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Kelly Fuels Inc. is moving full steam ahead in 2012, rebranding its nine Michigan c-stores under the Kelly Express Mart brand, and giving its locations a full facelift with an express train

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Kum & Go’s Krause Honored

Krause recognized with 2012  Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award in retail and consumer products category. Kyle Krause, president and CEO of Kum & Go convenience stores, has been recognized as a winner in the 2012 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year program. Krause was recognized in the Retail and Consumer Products

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