convenience store decisions power 25

by John Lofstock, Editor Convenience Store Decisions’ Power 25  recognizes industry pioneers, association executives and lawmakers that shape the way the convenience store industry operates. These influential business leaders are being selected for the lasting contributions they have made to the convenience channel and the impact their influence has on shaping the future of convenience

gilbarco and kickback join forces

Gilbarco has certified a loyalty program from KickBack Rewards Systems, Twin Falls, Idaho, for use with its Passport point-of-sale (POS) system with Version 6 software. The KickBack Rewards Systems specializes in turnkey, custom-designed proprietary loyalty programs for convenience store operators. Passport supports full integration with KickBack Rewards Systems through a generic, loyalty program interface that

quiktrip selects multiplan inc

New network gives the chain central resources for healthcare management needs. QuikTrip has opted to use Multiplan Inc. for its PPO networking needs. The chain will utilize the MultiLine’s national primary PPO, the PHCS Network, throughout the country. In order to maximize employee choice while still saving on healthcare costs, QuikTrip will also make use

couchetard named convenience store decisions chain of the year

Under CEO Alain Bouchard, the marketer has built an extensive c-store network in the U.S. and Canada. In a year where several top convenience store companies distinguished themselves with new store prototypes, increased sales and strong financial portfolios, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. stood out from the crowd by cementing its position as a dominant marketer in the U.S. and

highs dairy partners with radiant

Self-service food-ordering system to be deployed at more than 50 convenience and dairy locations. High’s of Baltimore Inc. reached a deal with Radiant Systems to deploy multiple Radiant customer self-service kiosks in more than 50 of the mid-Atlantic retailer’s 82 High’s Dairy Stores. “Experience, reliability and ease-of-use were keys to our decision,” said Benjamin Jatlow,

circle k partners with iri

New relationship drives improved category effectiveness and retail execution for convenience channel. Circle K Stores Inc., a subsidiary of the Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. group, has partnered with Information Resources Inc. (IRI) to begin sharing its point-of-sale (POS) data from all of its U.S.-based stores for incorporation into the new IRI AllScan Convenience Store Tracking service.

iri insight across the convenience channel

IRI AllScan Provides Granular Level Insights for All Product Categories To more effectively analyze and understand sales and brand performance across the c-store industry, Information Resources Inc. (IRI) has released its new AllScan Convenience Store Tracking service, the only service in the industry that provides comprehensive scanner-based point-of-sale (POS) data across the entire convenience channel.

opw names new president

Carlin replaces Crause as head of Fluid Transfer group. OPW Fueling Components, producer of commercial and retail fueling equipment, has named Phil Carlin president of its OPW Fuel Management Systems Inc. business unit. Carlin will replace David Crouse who was recently promoted to president of OPW Fluid Transfer Group, another Dover Company. Carlin has held

mcpherson oil selects redprairie

McPherson Oil Products has selected RedPrairie, a consumer-driven optimization company, to support its rapid expansion and increase customer satisfaction. McPherson, which is a leading Southeast distributor of industrial lubricants and a full-service petroleum products and services company, plans to implement the RedPrairie solutions at its two regional distribution centers in Trussville, Ala. and Atlanta beginning

rutters installs skyline electronics priceadvantage

New software helps the chain instantly change gas pricing displays. York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Market has turned to Skyline Electronic Pricing Solutions, an electronic price display manufacturer, to install its newest product, PriceAdvantage Central Control Fuel Pricing Software. The patent-pending software allows petroleum marketers to simultaneously update fuel pricing at their Skyline Products Electronic Price

visa helps protect small business

New program helps strengthen data security. Visa USA has released a program designed to help the nation’s small businesses improve their security. The credit card company’s program calls for acquiring financial institutions to strengthen their existing data security efforts to identify and address risks among their small merchant customers–such as smaller c-store chains–including identifying whether

leveraging activitybased costing in merchandising decisionmaking

If knowledge is power, than activity-based costing is an important catalyst to building a knowledge base that can give you the power to analyze complex business issues more effectively. Leveraging Activity-Based Costing in Merchandising Decision-Making (pdf)To view this document, click here

sheetz launches debit rewards program

  Sheetz Inc., operator of more than 330 convenience stores in six states, has partnered with Capital One to test an innovative new program that provides debit card customers with rewards similar to those available to credit customers.   The new Sheetz Debitz card links to a customer’s current checking account, regardless of the bank

chs selects dtn

Company uses Guardian3 system for its automated fuel management systems. CHS Inc., an energy and grain-based foods company, selected DTN and its Guardian3 (G3) terminal automation system to manage fuel supply at its terminals supplying Cenex brand energy products. CHS will use DTN G3 to customize reporting from its terminals for better insight into product

digitally doable

Adding digital signage to stores is now easier than ever with the latest products from Innovation Marketing Systems Inc. (IMS). Requiring no additional software or hardware to operate, the IMS Digital Signage products are truly user friendly. Attract more customers to retail operations and reduce sign clutter both inside and outside. For More Information fromInnovation

alon usa inks new payment processor

RBS Lynk will manage credit, debit and gift card transactions. Dallas-based Alon USA Energy Inc., an independent refiner and operator of more than 200 7-Elven convenience stores, said it has selected RBS Lynk, the U.S. payments processing division of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, as its new credit card processor. RBS Lynk will manage

florida gas stations prepare for storms

Hurricane season will put new generator law to the test. As the 2007 hurricane season begins, many gas station owners are still scrambling to adhere to a new state law requiring certain gas stations within a half-mile of an interstate highway or evacuation route to be prewired so that a generator can be quickly installed

sheetz and chase make credit purchases as quick as a blink

New deal leads to the release of the Sheetz MasterCard. Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz Inc. and Chase Card Services, the credit card division of JP Morgan Chase  Co., has launched the enhanced Sheetz MasterCard with “blink.” The card features a more robust rewards program called Sheetz Rewards, which includes the ability to earn everyday essentials,

saracen energy acquires fuelquest

New merger will provide both companies with better resources. An investment fund managed by Houston-based Saracen Energy Advisors LP has acquired FuelQuest Inc., a provider of information technology, supply chain management and tax automation technologies to the downstream petroleum complex, fuel retailers, fuel suppliers, distributors, trading firms and large transportation companies. The acquisition will provide

tio networks and exxonmobil extend strategic alliance

Services will be made available to current and newly franchised On the Run and Tigermart stores. Burnaby, B.C.-based TIO Networks Corp., automated bill payment and financial services network, opted for a five-year extension to its strategic alliance with Exxon Mobil. The relationship, which began in 2004, has been extended to 2012. Under the terms of

clearing the house of credit card fees

Combining ACH networking technology with an established loyalty program can divert customers from paying with plastic. by Michael Ferrari ____________________________________________ Cash, in its green, paper form, is being phased out. Customers are relying more and more on credit cards to make most of their transactions. And why shouldn’t they? Cash can be cumbersome to have

the pantry increases its credit facilities

Company renegotiates terms and ups capacity. The Pantry Inc. has completed the expansion and renegotiation of certain terms of its senior secured credit facilities. The facilities include a $350 million term loan, increased from approximately $304 million previously, and a $225 million revolving credit facility, increased from $150 million previously. In addition, the agreement includes

thinking outside the safe box

Retail safes, or “smart safes” as they’re often referred, are quickly becoming a regular component of secure, successful stores. And with their increasing regularity in the industry comes expanded options and technology for retailers to take advantage. CSD gathered insight from four of the biggest cash management suppliers to discuss how their products can best

gate petroleum selects boomi

Jacksonville, Fla.-based Gate Petroleum Co. has selected the Boomi Visual Integration Platform to meet the company’s current business-to-business integration software needs as well as emerging application integration requirements. “We evaluated our technology infrastructure and realized we could significantly improve business processes if we pulled together information from standalone applications and connect directly with our trading

securing the front line

Combining both top-of-the-line technology and in-depth training, Circle K is taking strong steps in the field of cash management. Cash management and securityare essential components of anyc-store operation. Retail venues of all types run high risks of robbery—from both internal and externalsources—but c-stores face a higher riskdue to the inherent nature of the business. For

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