POS

Building a Better Back Office

Back-office systems will continue to serve c-store operators better in 2012 and beyond. “The quality of point-of-sale (POS) software that is available now, and at lower prices, is changing the market,” said Rick Yost, operations manager for Dead River Co. in Bangor, Maine. “There are some great products out there moving into the clouds, where

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Boosting Energy Sales

Although some c-store operators admit to being worried about regulators turning their focus toward energy products, many believe the category has at least another year of strong growth ahead. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Sales of energy shots are soaring despite the lingering recession. New products, flavors and marketing messages are making it one of

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Fleming Oil, Dead River Co. Merge

The two family-owned businesses share core values and look to grow in the Vermont, New Hampshire area. Fleming Oil Co. in Brattleboro, Vt., and Dead River Co. have merged, effective Nov. 17, with plans to expand into select markets in New England. Fleming Oil operates at 11 locations in Vermont and New Hampshire. Dead River

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Getting Crafty in the Cold Vault

Beer sales are hot right now and driving the push are specialty brews and imports. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Consumer interest in more flavorful food and beverages has led, among other things, to the rise of craft beers. Retailers: Start your engines. Craft beers offer more challenging tastes, authenticity and often even a quirkiness

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Dead River Co. Sells Stores To Circle K

Stores scheduled to transition to Circle K ownership in December. After about 40 years in business, Dead River Co. is selling its 19 convenience stores to Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.’s Circle K, Bangor Daily News reported. “We’re not closing them; we’re selling them,” Alan Dorr, general manager for procurement at Dead River’s South Portland, Maine headquarters

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