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Verge Connect, Digital Deal Partner To Bring Text Marketing To C-Stores

Two companies help c-stores reach c-store customers through all mobile devices. Verge Connect, a mobile application solution for smartphones, and the Digital Deal, a text marketing program accessible by conventional mobile phones, teamed up to allow c-store operators to cost-effectively connect with customers who use smartphone or conventional mobile phones. Their partnership represents the first

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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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Marathon Petroleum Files For IPO

Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s pipeline unit MPLX LP filed with U.S. regulators to raise up to $365 million in an initial public offering (IPO), Reuters reported. The limited partnership, recently formed by the refiner to own, operate, develop and acquire pipelines and other midstream assets, plans to list its common units on the New York Stock

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Shell, Jewel-Osco Launch Fuel Rewards Program

“Jewel-Osco is pleased to be able to offer local consumers the opportunity to save money on fuel,” says Jewel-Osco’s director of marketing. Shell and Jewel-Osco are teaming up to help local shoppers get increased value on their everyday grocery purchases by launching the My Jewel-Osco Fuel Rewards program in participating area Jewel-Osco stores. Local consumers

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Gilbarco, Shell And Motiva Agree On Passport Service Offerings

Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Shell Oil Products US and Motiva Enterprises LLC signed an agreement, letting Gilbarco offer Passport services to Shell-branded gas stations. Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Shell Oil Products US and Motiva Enterprises LLC (Shell) signed an agreement to let Gilbarco provide Passport service offerings to thousands of Shell-branded stations in the U.S. The agreement gives Shell-branded

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CEFCO, BeBevCo Partner

CEFCO to carry Koma Unwind in 257 stores in seven states across the Southern U.S. CEFCO Convenience stores is set to carry Koma Unwind regular and sugar-free relaxation drinks in over 250 stores across the southern U.S. Koma Unwind is made by Bebida Beverage Co. (BeBevCo) a developer, manufacturer and marketer of relaxation and energy

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Cintas Announces The Top Five Disaster Preparation Techniques

Protect your business in case of a disaster. According to the Insurance Information Institute, up to 40% of businesses affected by a natural or human-caused disaster never reopen. With the approaching storm season, Cintas Corp. issued the top five tips to help retailers prepare for disasters. Cintas will speak about these tips, along with other

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Mac’s Uses Social Media to Fight Crime

Through a partnership with Crime Stoppers, criminals will have their photos posted to Facebook and Twitter where viewers can help identify them. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Mac’s Convenience Stores, a division of Alimentation Couche-Tard, is leveraging the strengths of social media in conjunction with local Crime Stopper units to fight crime at its Canadian

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QuikTrip Welcomes Anthony “Showtime” Pettis

XYIENCE schedules Atlanta c-store appearances for UFC lightweight champion. XYIENCE team athlete and UFC lightweight Anthony “Showtime” Pettis is set to make four Atlanta area appearances that include three QuikTrip convenience store locations on April 20-21. Announced earlier this month, Pettis is also scheduled to appear at the GNC store located in the Mall of

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Pilot Travel Centers Expands Franchise Agreement With Huddle House

Knoxville, Tenn.-based Pilot Flying J is expanding its partnership with Huddle House, an Atlanta-based restaurant chain, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. Huddle House, which has more than 400 locations in 20 states, has signed franchise agreements with Pilot Travel Centers to open five new travel-center eateries in the next eight months. Already a location in

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Meeting the Needs of Today’s C-Store Customers

CSD‘s 2012 Category Management Outlook offers trends and analysis from more than 25 key in-store categories. By John Lofstock and Erin Rigik. Tough economic times and stiff competition across the supply chain are making it critical for convenience store operators to have a solid understanding of their customers, particularly their high-frequency, high-value shoppers. Armed with

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CITGO and Citi Renew Private Label Card Program

Since 1995, CITGO has offered payment products from Citi Retail Services, allowing CITGO locations to quickly and efficiently process purchases, and offering customers added convenience and flexibility. Citi Retail Services and CITGO Petroleum Corp. have announced a multi-year renewal of their long-standing U.S. private label credit card relationship. This extension is the latest in a

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Mac’s Rolls Out iSIGN Antennas

Mac’s uses  iSIGN technology to gauge message effectiveness and drive ROI. Mac’s Convenience Stores Inc. has expanded its partnership with iSIGN Media Solutions Inc., a provider of interactive mobile advertising solutions, to install iSIGN antennas is approximately 900 additional locations. iSIGN IMS systems are already in place at approximately 500 Mac’s outlets, and mobile interactions

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Hunt Brothers Re-launches Buffalo Chicken Pizza

“With the peak of the football party season upon us, what better time to bring it back than for the football playoffs and the big game,” says Hunt Brothers Pizza spokesperson. Hunt Brothers Pizza has re-launched its popular limited-time offer Buffalo Chicken Pizza, just in time for the football playoffs party season. This delicious offering

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NOCO Express Donates To Food Bank of Western New York

“Fighting hunger in Western New York is important 365 days a year, but the need is especially great during the holidays,” says NOCO executive vice president. Tonawanda-N.Y.-based NOCO Express Stores presented representatives from the Food Bank of Western New York with a donation of $2,126 to help feed those in need this holiday season. From

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Convenience Valet Welcomes Ryan Harris

“Not only will (Harris) bring a dedicated focus on building relationships with our customers, but he will also be a great category leader within the Health and Beauty Care segment,” says Convenience Valet spokesperson. Convenience Valet welcomes Ryan Harris as the regional sales manager—west.  Harris is now responsible for sales and business development with convenience

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Mars Expands Marketing Partnership With Six Flags

“The addition of the other brands in the Mars Chocolate North America portfolio will foster new and creative promotions,” notes Six Flags spokesperson. Mars Chocolate North America and Six Flags Entertainment Corp. have announced an expanded partnership agreement that will build on their successful three-year relationship through 2013.    Following Mars’ first-ever M&M’S Day at

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QuikTrip Adds Blackhawk Gift Card Mall

“Our partnership with Blackhawk Network will provide consumers with a quick and easy solution for all their gifting and telecom needs,” says QuikTrip spokesperson. QuikTrip Corp. has partnered with Blackhawk Network, a provider of prepaid and financial payments products for consumers and businesses, offering its award-winning Gift Card Mall in over 500 QuikTrip locations nationwide.

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Peter Tedeschi Named Vice Chairman of NACSPAC

As vice chairman of NACSPAC, Tedeschi spearheads the c-store industry’s support for political candidates that respond to legislation that impacts the industry. Peter Tedeschi, president and CEO of Tedeschi Food Shops Inc., has been named vice chairman of the National Association of Convenience Stores Political Action Committee (NACSPAC).  As vice chairman of NACSPAC, Tedeschi spearheads

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Hunt Brothers Pizza Partners with RCR

“We’re so excited to partner with one of the most legendary racing organizations in NASCAR for the 2012 and 2013 Nationwide Series,” says Hunt Brothers CEO. Hunt Brothers Pizza, a brand of made-to-order pizza in the convenience store industry, will sponsor two of Richard Childress Racing’s NASCAR Nationwide Series teams as well as the No.

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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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Imperial Tobacco Introduces Commonwealth – Altadis Inc.

Commonwealth – Altadis, Inc. strengthens competitive position with total tobacco focus and larger sales force. Altadis U.S.A. Inc. and Commonwealth Brands Inc., both owned by Imperial Tobacco Group PLC, have come together to create a new sales and distribution company called Commonwealth – Altadis Inc. (CAI), offering consumers and customers a high quality range of

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Quick Chek Raises $100,000 To Combat Juvenile Diabetes

Colleagues Ride for the Cure in Tucson, surpass fundraising efforts. Quick Chek, a chain of 127 fresh food store locations throughout New Jersey and southern New York, announced that its Riding Team, a group of 14 Quick Chek volunteers completed the Nov. 19 & 20 Tour de Tucson weekend-long bike ride event, raising $100,000 for

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Retail Trends for 2012

As technology continues to change the way we do business, retailers must weigh the benefits of being ahead of the curve versus the risks, and the disadvantages of falling behind. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. In a scene from the futuristic movie “Minority Report,” Tom Cruise’s character walks through a shopping mall while 3-D screens

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Thorntons Donates To Santa’s Workshop Program

Thorntons partners with the Red Cross to provide 100 bicycles and 3,500 care packages to soldiers and their families. On Wednesday, Nov. 16, Thorntons Inc. and the American Red Cross joined forces to show their appreciation for the awe-inspiring sacrifice of the soldiers of Fort Knox, Ky. As part of Thorntons Humanitarian Day event, 300

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