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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Iran Deal Pressures Gasoline Futures

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric On the heels of a fresh upside technical breakout on the charts, the nearest delivered gasoline futures contract trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange was under selling pressure following news over the weekend Iran reached a deal with the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council

7-Eleven and Belly Launch Meal Donation Program in Chicago

During the Thanksgiving Holiday, Belly members can redeem loyalty points at 7-Eleven stores to donate meals to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. 7-Eleven Inc. and Belly have launched “Give a Little & Do Great,” a joint program running until Dec. 2 at all participating Chicago 7-Eleven store locations. The two companies will donate a meal

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Managing Your Workforce

Labor scheduling can be a complex, time-consuming and tedious task, but if it’s not done right it can be costly, in terms of wasted money and lost customers. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Managing labor hours is just one of a handful challenges human resources managers face every day and St. Joe Petroleum is no

U.S. Retail Gasoline Average Drops as Crude Supply Builds

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The Energy Information Administration (EIA) said its U.S. gasoline price average for regular grade sold at retail outlets across the U.S. dropped 7.1 cents to its lowest point in two years, eight months at $3.194 gallon during the week-ended Nov. 11, with the average down 25.5 cents from

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Bottoming Action for Gasoline Futures?

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The nearest delivered gasoline futures contract—reformulated blendstock for oxygenate blending, fell below $2.50 gallon in trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange for the first time since 2011, trading at a $2.4945 23-month low Nov. 7. The contract, which has technical support at the $2.4440 gallon November

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Bolla Conquers the Big Apple

In a market that has traditionally been difficult for c-stores, Bolla Oil is thriving with an upscale new store design, a strong foodservice program and an impressive real estate portfolio. By John Lofstock, Editor. Surviving in New York’s cutthroat retail environment is difficult. But for Harry Singh (pictured above), failing to succeed was never an

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Gasoline Prices Tumble as U.S. Crude Supply Builds

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Seasonal weakness has dovetailed with building crude supply in the U.S. to pressure gasoline values with retail prices last tallied at a 10-month low while in futures trading the nearby contract is retracing the down move to the November 2011 low at $2.4440 gallon. November is prime

TravelCenters of America Opens New Petro Stopping Center

New location in Pearsall, Texas offers numerous full-service professional driver amenities, including Wi-Fi, CAT weigh scale, and ATM, check cashing and TripPak services. TravelCenters of America LLC (TravelCenters), operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has announced the acquisition and rebranding of the newest Petro, located at I-35, Exit 101 (110

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Libya Output Cuts, Wavering on Fed Tapering Supports Gasoline

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric After sliding to a 16-month low Oct. 24 at $2.5417 gallon, New York Mercantile Exchange November RBOB futures rallied 10cts through Monday (10/28), underpinned by technical support, news Libya oil production was sharply reduced and on market expectations the Federal Reserve would continue its bond buying program

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Wholesale Gasoline Prices Slide Mid-October

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Wholesale gasoline costs moved lower mid-October, declining despite little change in the week-over-week value for gasoline futures through Oct. 18, with the New York Mercantile Exchange RBOB futures contract rallying to a one-month high at $2.7240 gallon Oct. 16 on news a deal to end the government

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Paper Gains to Arrest Retail Gasoline Price Slide

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric In the U.S. gasoline market, it’s not unusual for retail prices to slow or even reverse their September decline in October, underpinned by seasonal refinery maintenance which reduces output that, in turn, pressures crude prices. As the U.S. remains in political gridlock, unable to reach deals on

Even Greater Success Is Possible, Says NACS Chairman Dave Carpenter

The convenience store industry has seen phenomenal success and growth while other channels have faced challenges, but even greater success may be possible as it continues to evolve, stressed 2013-2014 NACS Chairman Dave Carpenter before a standing-room-only general session audience at the NACS Show. “I don’t think it’s any stretch to say that many of

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The Convenience Store Decisions Group Acquires Convenience Directions

Deal combines two distinct high-caliber, talented and creative teams to better serve the convenience store and petroleum industry. Harbor Communications, the parent company of The Convenience Store Decisions Group, today announces that it has completed the acquisition of Convenience Directions, an information exchange group headed by venerable convenience store industry experts Joe Leonardo and Randy

Gas Price Fluctuations Fuel Convenience Channel Opportunity

Convenience stores with gas pumps average 277 fill-ups each day, IRI study finds. Volatile gas prices cause convenience store shoppers to think twice about fueling up and making in-store purchases. Unfortunately for convenience store marketers, control over gas price fluctuations is out of their hands. However, according to the latest IRI Point of View, “Gas

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Retail Gasoline Prices Continue Slide Amid Seasonal Weakness

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Retail gasoline prices tracked by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) were under pressure in September, with their national average for regular grade gasoline registering a fourth consecutive weekly decline through the week-ended Sept. 30 at $3.425 gallon, an eight-month low. It’s unclear if the EIA would update

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Sunoco Acquires Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores, Converting Stores from BP

UPDATE 12:32 p.m.: PARAGRAPH TWO ON REBRANDING CSD has learned that all of MACS BP-branded locations are currently being converted to the Sunoco brand. Sunoco Inc. today reported that is has acquired Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS). CSD has learned that Sunoco is currently in the process of converting all of MACS BP-branded locations over to

Iran Thaw, Beltway Standoff, Seasonal Feature Pressure Gasoline

Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Seasonally, gasoline prices trend lower this time of year from higher summer values, albeit if the industry is not battling supply disruptions caused by a hurricane, with the peak storm season for the Atlantic Basin from late August through September. The hurricane count has been light this season

Rocky Top Acquisition Details

CSD speaks with Steve Kirkham, owner of Rocky Top Markets about the recent acquisition. Lehigh Gas Partners LP completed the acquisition of Rocky Top Markets LLC and Rocky Top Properties LLC in Knoxville, Tenn. last week for $36.9 million. Lehigh Gas Partners paid $10.6 million at closing for the purchase of one fee property site,

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