Gaskins Joins Rutter’s as Chief Engagement Officer

By John Lofstock, Editor Following the retirement of its long-time Chief Customer Officer Jeff Leedy, Rutter’s Farm Stores has hired industry veteran Derek Gaskins as chief engagement officer, CSD has learned. Gaskins has an extensive background in marketing for both retail and consumer packaged goods companies, and spent two years as the vice president of

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Hershey’s Tom Joyce Honored by the American Jewish Committee

Joyce and Kathleen Evans, president of AMCON Distributing Co., are the recipients of AJC’s 2013 National Human Relations Award. By John Lofstock, Editor Tom Joyce, vice president of global customer and industry affairs for The Hershey Co., was honored last night by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) at the New York Hilton, receiving the organization’s

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Pilot Flying J’s Haslam Responds To Rebate Allegations

An FBI affidavit alleges that Haslam knew about rebate fraud. Following the raid of Pilot Flying J headquarters by the FBI and IRS Monday, which was part of a federal criminal investigation into claims Pilot Flying J failed to pay rebates to trucking customers, the FBI filed an affidavit Thursday that noted Pilot Flying J

Shaken Economy Cannot Stir Gasoline Demand

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric For six straight weeks, the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) retail gasoline price average has declined, down 17.6 cents or 4.7% from Feb. 25 when it reached $3.784 gallon, which is currently the high for 2013. Considering sharp selling activity during the second week of April, the February high

Grocers Stretching Formats to Match Shoppers’ Budgets, Time Needs

In this period of economic and demographic fluctuation, U.S. retailers are simultaneously stretching and shrinking their stores to promote convenience for shoppers and compete with online options, according to What’s in Store, the annual trends publication from International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association. Grocery shoppers continue to weather the Great Recession and convenient shopping for the most vital

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Kum & Go Present Supports Des Moines Social Club

At the groundbreaking of the Des Moines Social Club’s new home at a former firehouse in downtown Des Moines on Tuesday, Kyle J. and Sharon Krause presented the organization with a $350,000 gift on behalf of Kum & Go. Announced in December 2012, the gift will help to preserve and renovate the space, which is

Fas Mart/Shore Stop Stores Roll Out Mobile App

Fas Mart/Shore Stop Convenience Stores have introduced Fas APP, the company’s first smartphone application, which debuted this month across more than 200 locations primarily in Virginia, Connecticut, Maryland and Delaware. Fas APP, dveloped by VERGE Connect, integrates with the retailer’s new Fas CASHBACK secure payment card, which lets customers customize the types of food, beverage

Commonwealth-Altadis Bulks Up Staff

Commonwealth-Altadis Inc. has appointed Al Dejewski senior vice president for consumer marketing, and Eric Workman, senior vice president for strategic operations. Both report directly to Kevin Freudenthal, president & CEO of the tobacco company. “We are quite pleased to have Al join the team,” Freudenthal said. “He brings not only the strategically creative vision of

Shrinking Labor Force Pressures Gasoline Demand

First quarter fuel demand jumps 1.4% in the first quarter, according to the Energy Information Administration. By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Preliminary data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows gasoline demand in the U.S. ending the first quarter 1.4% higher than during the same three months in 2012, although down 1.2%

Dos Equis to Launch Dos De Mayo Bash

This year, Cinco de Mayo falls on a Sunday, and Dos Equis recognizes that particular day of the week doesn’t bode well for a celebration of this magnitude. Dos Equis is kicking things off on May 2, or what the Most Interesting Man in the World has dubbed “Dos de Mayo,” giving fans everywhere an

Wholesale Costs Set to Reverse March’s Lower Trend in Retail Prices

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric After four consecutive weeks with a decline, and 23 out of 29 days in which retail gasoline prices have fallen, higher wholesale costs could reverse the recent trend observed in March and push prices at the pump higher in early April. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported

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