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Swisher International Names New President

Industry Veteran Ghiloni to be promoted, effective Jan. 1, 2013. Swisher International Inc. has announced the scheduled retirement of Tom Ryan, the company’s president and CEO, a position he has held since 2004. Chairman of the Swisher International board of directors, William Ziegler, announced that upon Ryan’s retirement on Dec. 31, 2012, he will be

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VP Racing Fuels Announces New Employees

Industry Veteran Rugg to help launch new product lines. VP Racing Fuels Inc., has appointed James Rugg as business development manager-automotive, consumer products to support its growing line of consumer products. “We’re pleased to bring on someone of James’ caliber and experience,” said Dennis Stanko, VP’s director-consumer product sales. “He has a broad and diverse

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Network Video Recorder

Observint Technologies has launched a 16-Channel Embedded Network Video Recorder (NVR); the first in the company’s new Solstice line of high-performance, aggressively-priced video security products. The compact NVR provides a powerful turn-key IP security solution, ideal for small to medium-sized businesses. Optimized for low power consumption, the all-in-one Solstice 16-Channel Embedded NVR comes loaded with

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Pilot Flying J CEO Steps Down

PepsiCo president to succeed Jimmy Haslam as CEO of Pilot Flying J. Jimmy Haslam has stepped down as CEO of his family-owned Pilot Flying J, Cleveland.com reported. Haslam, the presumptive Browns majority owner who plans to purchase the team for a reported $1 billion, will act as the chairman of Pilot Flying J going forward.

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CIGALECTRIC Adds New Senior Director of Sales

“His blend of tobacco industry, distribution and electronic cigarette experience uniquely qualifies him for this high profile CIGALECTRIC position,” says DNA Distributors president.    DNA Distributors, maker of CIGALECTRIC electronic cigarettes, has announced that Thomas Hartman has joined their Sales Team as its new senior director of sales.  Hartman’s primary role will be to develop

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Managing A Retail Real Estate Portfolio

By John Matthews, founder of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. For the multi-unit operator, managing a retail real estate portfolio is tricky business. Keeping winning stores in tip-top condition—both physically and financially—is the key to long-term success. The best multi-unit operators actively prune their portfolios in a proactive way and overtime, minimize the organization from becoming

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Proper Merchandising Encourages Sales

Dealing with a host of primary wholesalers, multiple DSD vendors and local foodservice providers, convenience store chains are learning to grow more efficient without sacrificing goods and services. By Pat Pape, Contributing Editor Like millions of Americans, Matt Paduano was traveling this summer, but he didn’t return home with a sun tan and postcards from

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Sheetz President Recognized By Nation’s Restaurant News

“It takes vision and confidence in your strategy” to be a Golden Chain Award winner, says Randall Friedman of Nation’s Restaurant News. Sheetz President and CEO Stan Sheetz has been honored and named a 2012 Golden Chain Award winner by Nation’s Restaurant News for demonstrating overall business performance and growth. Sheetz will be presented the

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Pilot Flying J To Make Acquisition Of Maxum Petroleum

Pilot Flying J creates new partnership with Maxum Petroleum to expand its business. Pilot Flying J, Metalmark Capital, Waud Capital Partners and Maxum Petroleum announced Pilot Flying J plans to acquire a controlling interest in Maxum for cash and Pilot Flying J’s contribution of Western Petroleum into Maxum. Maxum is one of the largest independent

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PureCloud Security

nCircle, leader in information risk and security performance management, announced the release of PureCloud Enterprise, a cost-effective scanning solution that assists with security visibility. Scan results can be seamlessly integrated into nCircle Suite360 Intelligence Hub to provide a single view of security risk. Pricing for the product starts at $2,417. The product offers the following

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FOAC Charity Golf Outing Benefits Chicago-Area Nonprofits

7-Eleven Franchise Owners of Chicagoland invites its team and the public to help out in its annual charity golf outing to support two local nonprofits. 7-Eleven Franchise Owners of Chicagoland (FOAC) wants to fundraise for two local nonprofits by hosting a charity golf outing on Aug 22 at the Gleneagles Country Club in Lemont, Ill.

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Flash Foods Captures Real Returns In HR Automation

“Hiring managers give feedback on how much faster they are able to complete the interview and hiring process,” says Flash Foods’ director of training. Flash Foods, a self-sustained convenience store chain with more than 195 locations throughout Georgia and Florida, and PeopleMatter, a comprehensive talent management solution specifically designed for the convenience store industry, have

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Murphy Oil Corp. Announces Executive Management Changes

President and CEO retires after 17 years with Murphy Oil.   The Board of Directors of Murphy Oil Corp. has announced the appointment of Steve Cossé as president and CEO, effectively immediately. David Wood, the company’s current president, CEO and member of the Board of Directors, will retire after a 17-year career at the company

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Kum & Go Names New Senior VP of Marketing

Experienced marketing professional joins Kum & Go’s senior management team. David Miller has been named Kum & Go’s new senior vice president of marketing. In his role as senior vice president of marketing, Miller is responsible for providing executive leadership and management of Kum & Go’s marketing organization, which includes: Category Management, Communications, Food Service

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Gilbarco Veeder-Root Welcomes New VP Of Marketing

Gilbarco Veeder-Root pleased to introduce its new VP of Marketing. Travis Bouck joined Gilbarco Veeder-Root as vice president of marketing, North America. Bouck plans to lead the Greensboro-based marketing team in positioning and product strategy, business development as well as new product introduction. Bouk is dedicated to initiating “Voice of the Customer” activities into the

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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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Creating A Branding Game Plan

By John Matthews, founder and president of Gray Cat Enterprises Inc. What is your branding game plan? Not the branding media schedule—that is just part of it—but rather, your overarching strategic decision-making game plan on all of your branding initiatives? Most advertising managers have a page or two media plan that an agency has produced

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Cash Bag System

The Sentinel SCM Stacker Bag Cash Management System offers retailers with two deposit bags, each holding 2,000 notes. When notes are validated, they are staged in the vault with the note accumulator, and when 500 notes are compiled, they are dropped as a bundle into the deposit bag. The bags are heat-sealed before retailers can

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Acumera Offers C-Store Connections Package

Acumera wants to prepare convenience stores better for PCI audits and network management with the new C-Store Connections Package. Acumera, a leader in trusted connection services for retail organizations, announced Wednesday at the NACStech conference that the company created the C-Store Connections Package. The new package is an integrated platform designed to help with convenience

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Boyds Coffee Welcomes New COO

Larson brings a range of experience from reducing operating costs to enhancing customer service. Tim Larson has joined Boyds Coffee as chief operating officer, bringing more than 25 years of experience in procurement and business leadership. “I am extremely confident in Tim’s ability to rapidly create operational efficiencies that will benefit our customers,” said Jeffrey

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Inspiring a Solid Work Ethic

Consider this an open letter to the young men and women that work in our stores. If you want to advance, don’t let your bosses out work you. By Jim Callahan. Did you ever wonder how older co-workers keep going long after many of their younger cohorts seem to have worn down and out?  I’m

Inspiring Leadership in Those Around You

Master Chief Petty Officer David A. Lindenberger. He is the toughest man I’ve ever met. As the senior enlisted man aboard the submarine USS Providence during my time in the Navy, he was known simply as Chief of the Boat or the COB. He wasn’t a particularly big man, maybe an iron fist taller than

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Mark Bierley Resigns From The Pantry

As The Pantry searches for a new CFO, Berry Epley, vice president and corporate controller, will assume Bierley’s responsibilities until a successor is found. The Pantry Inc. an independently operated convenience store chain in the southeastern U.S., announced today that Mark Bierley, the chief financial officer (CFO) of the company, is resigning effective May 25,

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NACS Welcomes Products and Services Manager

Bethany Saldana joins NACS team. On April 16, Bethany Saldana joined the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) as its products and services manager. Saldana previously worked part time for NACS while she was completing her coursework for her M.S. in organization development and knowledge management, which she received from George Mason University in January.

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Secure in the Convenience Store

Internet-based surveillance systems are combating shrink and protecting employees. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Increasingly in society, it seems security equals surveillance, especially at retail. Internet-based security systems are part of that trend, helping operators by tracking and recording every transaction and thereby decreasing the amount of thefts by both customers and employees. Even better,

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