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The Future is Here & Now: Cloud-Based Mobile POS Solutions (and Free Waffles)

By David Hochman, owner of DJH Marketing Communications I recently had the opportunity to attend the BIG Show, aka the NRF Annual Convention & Expo in New York City. The expo is called the BIG Show for a reason. The NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, with members including department store, specialty, discount,

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Dos Equis Extends Cinco Celebration

This spring, Dos Equis is leveraging the success of its 2013 Dos de Mayo program by inviting adult consumers, 21 and older, to take a new path and discover more interesting and more meaningful celebrations leading up to the Cinco de Mayo holiday.  This year’s Dos Equis’ Dos de Mayo retail and on-premise program includes

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Redmond Named Director of Sales at S&D Coffee and Tea

“Hiring Wendy Redmond will provide our customers with additional cross-functionality that will enhance their hot beverage programs,” says vice president of sales and marketing, c-store division. S&D Coffee and Tea has announced that Wendy Redmond has been appointed director of sales, c-store.  Redmond will be responsible for sales strategy and overseeing sales operations for the

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Gasoline Demand Seen Drifting Lower amid Snowstorms

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Snowstorms are again enveloping the heavy population centers of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, with the winter weather expected to limit driving, retarding demand for gasoline which fell to a one-year low during the week that the “polar vortex” descended upon a large swath of the United States.

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New Electronic Cigarette Machine

Republic Tobacco has launched the new PoweRoll Electric King Size Cigarette Machine by Top-O-Matic. One-touch automatic operation combined with the quality and durability of the No. 1 selling Top-O-Matic line will take consumer approval and sales to new levels. It comes in its own carrying case complete with tamper and cleaning tools, instructions and a

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Digimarc Sets New Guinness World Record For Fastest Retail Checkout

Digimarc Barcode delivers lightning-fast checkout time of 51.91 seconds—an unprecedented 58 items-per-minute pace. Digimarc Corp. announced it has set a new Guinness World Record for fastest time to scan and bag 50 items at National Retail Federation’s Annual Convention & EXPO (Retail’s BIG Show) 2014. With a Guinness World Record adjudicator present, company representatives scanned

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SFNTC Donates Former Facility To Boys & Girls Club

Oxford, N.C. manufacturing facility to serve as new headquarters for the Granville County organization. The Granville County Unit of the Boys & Girls Club of North Central North Carolina (B&GCNCNC) will soon have a new home, thanks to a generous gift by Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. (SFNTC). SFNTC has donated its former manufacturing facility

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7-Eleven Rolls Out Egg White Breakfast Sandwich

Under 200 calories, and with 13 grams of protein and just five grams of fat, the new sandwich is made with light, fluffy egg whites and topped with creamy cheddar cheese and Canadian bacon, served between two whole-wheat English muffins. While many better-for-you menus tout items below 500, 400 and 300 calories, 7-Eleven Inc. breaks

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Worrisome Jobs Data and Seasonal Pressure for Gasoline

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Stabilizing in the mid-$2.60 gallon range during the first full week of 2014, the New York Mercantile Exchange RBOB (gasoline) futures contract lent upside support for wholesale gasoline costs in several large metropolitan markets across the U.S. coming into the second week of January. The boost in gasoline

Exclusive: Phillips 66 Inks Deal With IMG Gonzaga

Rewards KickBack Points cardholders.   Convenience Store Decisions has learned that Phillips 66 is set to announce a new sponsorship with IMG Gonzaga where KickBack Points cardholders will have new ways to earn loyalty points.  Also, participating Conoco- and 76- branded sites in the Spokane, Wash., area will benefit by driving new customers to their

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Slovacek’s Captures the Heart of Texas

This company’s latest convenience store celebrates the local Czech heritage and wows customers with unique features from a dog park to an upscale meat market. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Slovacek’s, a sausage company turned c-store, celebrated the grand opening of its newest location in West, Texas. At a whopping 22,000 square feet, the convenience

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Gasoline Costs Drop with the New Year’s Eve Ball in N.Y.

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric In financial trading for gasoline, the New York Mercantile Exchange RBOB futures contract with nearest delivery erased in short order a late December advance that peaked at a $2.8463 gallon 3-1/2 month high the day following Christmas in early trading in 2014 on sentiment gasoline demand would

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Minimum Wage Dilemma

By Tony Huppert, CEO, Team Oil Inc. I recently received an email from a State Senator highlighting the need to raise the minimum wage. The Senator mentions polls and surveys that support the belief. The problem with polls and surveys, they can be worded to get whatever result is wanted.  OK, on with the minimum

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Louie Sheetz Steps Down As Woodley Assumes EVP Role

“Louie has been a great mentor and friend to me.  I am grateful for the same opportunity to follow,” says David Woodley.  Sheetz vice president of sales and marketing, David Woodley, moves into the executive vice presidency spot vacated by Louie Sheetz. Woodley has led the Sheetz sales and marketing department since 2005. The transition

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Gasoline Ending 2013 with Strong Demand Burst

BY Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Preliminary data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows unseasonably strong demand for gasoline during the fourth quarter, holding above the five-year average for nearly all weeks during the last three months of the year after keeping below the seasonal average consistently during the first six months

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Newcastle Introduces Limited-Edition Cabbie Black Ale

Company also launches Taxi Magic partnership to promote responsible alcohol consumption. Just in time for the holidays, Newcastle is introducing a new limited-edition brew that will have fans calling for a Cabbie in more ways than one. Beginning this month, beer drinkers can hail a Newcastle Cabbie Black Ale in bars and liquor stores nationwide.

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Diminished Upside Price Pressure for Gasoline Expected in 2014

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Reformulated Blendstock for Oxygenate Blending gasoline futures traded on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell to a one-month spot low Dec. 13 at $2.6152 gallon, pressured on building supply and weakening demand. NYMEX RBOB futures values are benchmarked against in the spot gasoline market and guides suppliers

Hershey-Sponsored CocoaLink Program Hits 40,000 Mark

Digital Technology Program improves cocoa growing and helps communities. The Hershey Co. has announced that more than 40,000 Ghana cocoa farmers across 1,700 villages have now registered for CocoaLink, a digital exchange network that links farmers to modern farming information that benefits families and the entire farming community.  An innovative public and private partnership between

IDDBA FSCRP Application Deadline Set

Retailers have until April 1 to apply for food safety certification reimbursement. The next application deadline for the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) Food Safety Certification Reimbursement Program is April 1, 2014, for training completed Jan. 1–Feb. 28. The IDDBA reimburses a portion of expenses to IDDBA-member retailer companies that certify dairy, deli, and bakery department-level

Digital Gift Cards Grow In Popularity

InComm finds 77% of shoppers are likely to purchase at least one digital gift card this holiday season. InComm, a leading prepaid product and transaction services company, has released research highlighting consumer shopping trends for purchasing digital and physical gift cards from Websites and mobile devices. Of the consumers surveyed, 67% have previously bought a

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Mars Introduces Holiday Goodies

C-stores can impress last minute Christmas shoppers with seasonal treats.   Whether your customers are decking the halls, prepping for parties, delighting with desserts or gifting with goodies, Mars Chocolate North America has the holiday season all wrapped up. “Chocolate is a quintessential part of so many family celebrations, and Mars Chocolate brands have been

Burning Issues for 2014

From developing a greater marketing presence with mobile apps and refining your fresh food focus to dealing with Obamacare, c-stores are facing a challenging 12 months. By Erin Rigik and Marilyn Odesser-Torpey. The retail market continues evolving at a rapid pace as 2013 proved to be a breakthrough year for the rise of  mobile technology.

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Becoming A Wine Destination

C-stores have a huge opportunity to delve into the wine category, which continues to grow in popularity. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Year after year, the wine category continues to show strong growth as a result of innovative new products, premium price segments and flavor innovation. These new flavor trends and surging interest are positioning

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Manufacturing Gains Boost Crude, Gasoline Contracts

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric RBOB gasoline futures trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange moved higher with the West Texas Intermediate crude contract in trading on the first day of December following the Thanksgiving Day weekend, with the upside lent support from an unexpected expansion in manufacturing activity in the U.S.

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Hot Cereal-in-a-Cup

New Special K Nourish Hot Cereal-in-a-Cup offers a hot and wholesome portable breakfast option that meets the needs of the growing lifestyle performance consumer segment. Made with a blend of whole grains, oats, wheat, barley and quinoa, Special K Nourish Hot Cereal-in-a-Cup has the wholesome, recognizable ingredients that provide the positive nutrition lifestyle performance consumers

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