Shell, Virent Seek To Develop Biodiesel

Shell has taken an equity stake in Virent Energy Systems Inc., (Virent) and begun a joint technology program, aiming to convert plant sugars directly into diesel. Since 2007, Shell and Virent have been conducting a joint research and development effort to make biogasoline from plant sugars, culminating late last year in the start-up of a

Bid Deadline for Pantry Sites Announced

A bid deadline of July 20, 2010 has been set for the 74 sites throughout the Southeast being divested by The Pantry Inc. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC (NRC) noted that details on each available property are now available online. Properties being sold include a mix of convenience stores with gas, stand-alone convenience stores,

BP Responds To Gulf Oil Spill

BP is ramping up its response to the oil spill in the US Gulf of Mexico. More than 2,500 personnel are now involved in the response effort and well-advanced preparations are being made for a major protection and cleaning effort on the shorelines of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. A fourth onshore command centre, in

Targeting Customers Through Store Design

When Towns Mart enlisted the services of Design Fabrications (DFab) to create an inviting shopping environment for a new store it was constructing in Washington Township, Mich. in 2007, the chain was looking to broaden its customer base through an upgraded design. “We were targeting female and upscale customers by trying to achieve an open

Fueling Awareness

Lion Uniform Group, a provider of direct purchase apparel programs, plans to partner with businesses nationwide again this year for Fueling Awareness, a Workforce United for a Cure, a campaign to advance breast cancer awareness. As part of the campaign, employees in workplaces across the country wear pink ribbon Awareness Apparel to show their commitment

Shells Launches New Shell Drive For Five Card

Shell Oil Products U.S., in partnership with its credit card issuer Citi, is launching a new Shell Drive for Five Card. The Shell Drive for Five Card will offer new cardholders the opportunity to save five cents per gallon on Shell-branded fuel. Shell believes the new card is one of the first proprietary cards with

Embracing Automated Cash Control

More convenience store operators are phasing out their drop safes and replacing them with sophisticated cash management systems that perform a variety of functions more easily and quickly than ever before. One of those is the linking of computer networks for easier access to information throughout the organization. In doing so, cash shrinkage due to

The Sky’s the Limit

Making your mark in the convenience store industry requires hard work, dedication, great people and outstanding service. Throw in three generations of family-owned leadership and a firm commitment to quality and value, and you’ll understand why High’s of Baltimore Inc. is among one of the most revered operators in its markets. “Our brand has been

Royal Dutch Shell stops gasoline sales to Iran

Royal Dutch Shell has stopped gasoline sales to Iran, the latest addition to a growing list of firms, including BP, that have halted supplies or decided not to enter new trade agreements under threat of future U.S. sanctions, Reuters reported. “Shell currently does not supply gasoline to Iran,” a Shell spokesman said. U.S. politicians are

Shell Changes Executive Pay

Shell is changing the way it rewards senior managers, less than a year after shareholders revolted against its executive-pay policies, the Wall Street Journal reported. In a letter to investors, Hans Wijers, chairman of Shell’s remuneration committee, said salaries paid to Chief Executive Peter Voser and Chief Financial Officer Simon Henry-who stepped into their current

Kroger and Shell Kickoff Grocer Rewards Program

The Kroger Co. and Shell have teamed up to launch a customer loyalty grocer rewards program in several U.S. cities. The rewards program provides shoppers the exclusive opportunity to earn savings on fuels when using their Kroger family of brands loyalty card at their local Kroger or Ralphs stores.  Beginning on Feb. 15, Kroger and

Shell to Cut 1,000 Jobs After Fourth Quarter Decline

Royal Dutch Shell Plc is planning new, deeper cuts to its oil refining and retail operations after downstream weakness caused a 75% decline in fourth-quarter profits to $1.18 billion, Reuters reported. According to CEO Peter Voser, in 2010 the company plans $1 billion in cost cuts and 1,000 job cuts, mainly to come from the

The 2010 Foodservice Report

Convenience store operators still not convinced foodservice is the future take heed. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) is predicting record-high sales of $580 billion in 2010. Furthermore, of the 70 different retail segments NRA tracks, the group identified convenience stores as the food industry’s “bright spot” when it comes to meeting consumer demand for fresh

Shell Pledges Aid to Haiti

Shell Oil Company and Motiva Enterprises LLC are donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross to aid in disaster relief and recovery efforts in Haiti. “This is a trying time for Haiti and a chance for the rest of the world to lend a hand to those in need,” said Marvin Odum, president of Shell

Shell Kicks Off 2010 With New Campaign

Shell, building off the momentum of the Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines launch in 2009, is kicking off 2010 with a multi-million dollar, multi-faceted marketing campaign to continue educating consumers on the benefits of using Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines, including the premium grade Shell V-Power gasoline. Through exciting national advertising, grocer rewards programs, quarterly PR engagements

Changes Abound at ExxonMobil

Since winning CSD’s Chain of the Year award in 2003, Exxon Mobil Corp. has been busy, beefing up it’s foodservice program at On the Run stores, then forming a new strategy that moves away from direct-store operations and beating out Wal-Mart for the top spot on the Fortune 500 list. But it’s the changes at

Dual Branding Strategy Drives Chevron

It’s been a challenging couple of years for convenience store operators, marked by wild fuel price fluctuations and exorbitant credit card fees. Despite the adversity, Chevron stood apart as one of the premier industry leaders. By advancing its Image Refresh program at ExtraMile convenience stores, growing the Texaco brand and introducing a no-fee credit card

MAPCO Express Rolls On

While many chains are still feeling the crunch from the current economic recession, others are seeing opportunity. Count MAPCO Express among the companies waiting to pounce. MAPCO Express, a subsidiary of Delek US Holdings, has a long history in convenience retailing. It continues rolling out an upscale convenience store concept, branded MAPCO Mart, and is

Focused on the Franchise

BP At a Glance BP is one of the largest integrated oil companies in the world, with an estimated global market share of around 3% of oil & gas production and 4% of refining capacity in the major global markets in which it operates. Its U.S. retailing brands are BP, ARCO and ampm. Global sales:

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