Coinstar Expands Prepaid Solutions

  Coinstar E-Payment Services, a subsidiary of Coinstar, Inc. is expanding its Pay As You Go product offerings to meet the demands of the growing digital entertainment and financial services categories.    In the digital entertainment category, Coinstar is expanding its prepaid offerings with a new Amazon MP3-branded Gift Card. Coinstar is also adding the

NACS Begins New Foodservice, Advocacy Initiatives

  At the NACS Show, NACS President and CEO Hank announced two bold initiatives – a new program to nurture and grow foodservice excellence among convenience retailers and a massive advocacy effort .   The opportunity to dramatically grow foodservice sales, which already account for nearly one in every seven dollars spent inside convenience stores,

Cumberland Farms’ Scholarship Program Turns Four

  Cumberland Farms, Framingham, Mass., is accepting applications from eligible 2010 high school graduates for its Believe and Achieve Scholarship program.   This is the fourth year the chain has been able to provide individual $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors bound for college.   The Believe and Achieve Scholarship program is open to

Sheetz Settles Salmonella Suit

  Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz has settled out of court with Coronet Foods of Wheeling, W. Va., which allegedly supplied the chain with salmonella-tainted tomatoes that sickened more than 400 customers in 2004, the Associated Press reported.   Coronet Foods, a food wholesaler, acknowledged supplying the tomatoes that were sold by Sheetz on sandwiches and other

7-Eleven’s Private-Label Brand Expands Into Bakery

  To complement its steadily growing line of 7-Select private-label products as well as the fresh-baked-daily items in its bakery case, some 5,700 participating  7-Eleven stores are adding 15 packaged bakery items under the company’s private-label brand.    Snack cakes and pies, mini-donuts and breakfast pastries fill in the snack category for consumers who prefer

Free Coffee Giveaway

  Wilson Farms, headquartered in Buffalo, N.Y., will giveaway free coffee from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28.   Customers who stop into any local Wilson Farms store during that time and fill up a 12-ounce cup of coffee, cappuccino, hot chocolate or tea will get the drink for free.   “This

Crude Oil Rally Drives Gasoline Higher

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN   Retail gasoline prices will continue to march higher into November across the U.S., with wholesale costs for gasoline being pulled up by climbing crude oil values. In fact, crude oil prices in the U.S. have topped $80 barrel, and now analysts are pointing to $100

New NACS Chairman: “We Are Part of An Incredible Industry”

  “My involvement with NACS made me both a better, and larger operator,” 2009-2010 NACS Chairman of the Board Jay Ricker shared with a packed house during a general session presentation at the NACS Show in Las Vegas last week.   “I’m a pretty typical retailer… an oilman my whole life,” Ricker said. But the

NACS Names New Board of Directors

  NACS announced the election of retail members to serve on its Board of Directors. The new Board members assumed their positions during the NACS Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Las Vegas last week.   The NACS retail members elected to serve on the Board of Directors are: Gary  Arthur, senior

New NACS Executive Committee Announced

  NACS announced the election of its 2009-10 Executive Committee during its Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Las Vegas last week.   Jay Ricker, president of Anderson, Indiana-based Ricker Oil Company, was named the association’s 2009-10 chairman of the board. Ricker also chairs the NACS Executive Committee, which provides strategic direction

Comdata Corporation Launches New POS Solution

  Comdata Corporation, a leader in payment innovation, has launched Comdata Smart Solutions, a suite of point-of-sale (POS) products designed for convenience stores, truck stops and unattended fuel locations.   The solutions allow operators to drive efficiencies by managing all transactions, including retail, fuel, and other services, from a single platform. This new approach consolidates

Circle K Southwest Debuts “Cleaner Greener” Ad

  Circle K Southwest has introduced a new  ”Cleaner Greener” advertising campaign, which show customers the steps the chain is taking to make its chain more environmentally friendly.   The ad features the new SoftWash XT friction rollover from Mark VII Equipment Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany.   “We chose the

Jones Leads New NACS Supplier Board

  Jennie Jones, vice president/director of marketing convenience stores for S&D Coffee Inc., has been named 2009-10 chairman of the NACS Supplier Board.   In addition, Tom Joyce, vice president of customer industry affairs for The Hershey Company, was named chair-elect and will succeed Jones as 2010-11 chairman. Jones and Joyce were named to their

Quick Chek Delves into Social Networking

  Quick Chek is reaching out to its customers through social networking.   In an effort to get more Facebook followers, the chain is offering more exclusive deals to its fans on Facebook. Customers can check the Fan Exclusives tab each week to print the latest coupon deals.   In addition, Quick Chek will be

NACS Urges Retailers To Run Petitions Against Credit Card Fees

NACS President and CEO Hank Armour urged convenience and petroleum retailers to “light a grassroots fire around the country” by encouraging their customers to sign petitions against credit card interchange fees, which cost the typical American household $427 per year.   “Between now and the second week of January we want every convenience store in

NACS Chairman Sonja Hubbard Addresses Retailers

“Despite our many challenges, our opportunities are even greater,” said 2008-2009 NACS Chairman Sonja Hubbard, CEO of Texarkana, Texas-based E-Z Mart Stores Inc., as she kicked off the NACS Show opening general session Wednesday in Las Vegas.  ”We innovate, seize opportunities and use our engagement and diversity as our strengths,” she said, adding that the

Industry Pushes Credit Card Reform

NACS President and CEO Hank Armour urged convenience and petroleum retailers to “light a grassroots fire around the country” by encouraging their customers to speak out against outrageous credit card interchange fees–hidden fees that cost the typical American household $427 per year.   “Between now and the second week of January we want every convenience

Ain’t No Stopping Us Now…

“Despite our many challenges, our opportunities are even greater,” said 2008-2009 NACS Chairman Sonja Hubbard, CEO of Texarkana, Texas-based E-Z Mart Stores Inc., at the NACS Show opening general session.   Hubbard cited several unique traits of the convenience and petroleum retailing industry that allow it to prosper. “We innovate, seize opportunities and use our

NACS Show Kicks Off in Las Vegas

So, the NACS Show is here, and so are you. The Las Vegas Convention Center is huge, with workshops in one direction, 1,200 vendors in the exhibit hall in another direction and crowds everywhere. Where do you begin   NACS Reports the best place to start is your closet. “Wear very comfortable shoes,” was one

Rutter’s Honored in Pa.

Rutter’s Farms Stores has been recognized as Corporate Citizen of the Year by Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries.   The award recognizes a business or company for its support of a local public library or consortium of libraries and, by extension, of the entire Pennsylvania library community.   This year, the Rutter’s Cos. sponsored the

Gasoline Prices Pulled Higher by Climbing Crude Costs

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN   A sharp increase in wholesale gasoline costs during the first half of October will continue to push retail prices higher across the country through to Halloween, with wholesale costs up roughly 15 percent from the end of September through Oct. 16.   Just about all

IRI Helps Retailers To Better Target Customers

  At this week’s NACS Show in Las Vegas, Matt McCourt, director, Convenience Store and Spirits, Information Resources Inc. (IRI) will discuss how convenience store retailers can learn what their customers want most by using sophisticated shopper tracking tools.    During his panel presentation, “How Many Is Too Many? Making Your Product Selection Work for

Valero Energy Corp. Declares Dividends

  The Board of Directors of Valero Energy Corporation declared a regular quarterly cash dividend on the company’s common stock of $0.15 per share on Oct. 15.    The dividend is payable Dec. 9, 2009 to holders of record at the close of business on Nov. 11, 2009. The company also stated that if industry

Popularity of Ethnic Food Grows

  Ethnic food sales are on the rise and expected to hit a record $2.2 billion this year, and grow by another 20% between 2010 and 2014, Marketing Daily reported.    The estimates came from Mintel, the global research supplier report company, which noted that more than 1 million foreigners have become permanent legal U.S.

7-Eleven Offers Pink Drinks for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

  Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc. is offering customers two ways to “drink pink” to support  breast cancer research this October, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.     The retailer that sells more than 1 million cups of coffee each day has created a refillable 16-ounce stainless-steel coffee mug with a  splash-resistant lid and understated

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