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Balloon Ride Excursion Fulfills Promise

On Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, Pilot Lynn Huppert, Michele Huppert and Tony Huppert, owner of Team Oil Inc. of Spring Valley, Wis., collected on a promise made nine years earlier. In 2004 a Hot Air Balloon Fund Festival was held at the Spring Valley, Wisconsin High School to raise money to offset fees for students

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Wholesale Gasoline Prices under Pressure Amid RVP Transition

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Wholesale gasoline costs moved mostly lower during the second week of September, pressured since Labor Day, with the holiday signaling the end of the driving season when demand eases from summer highs. The decline came despite curious rhetoric over the Syrian crisis, and later in the week

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Maintaining Data Security Standards

While many retailers are breathing a sigh of relief in regard to PCI compliance, Visa and MasterCard are constantly changing the rules, requiring stores to make costly changes and upgrades. By John Lofstock, Editor. When it comes to data security, all retailers need to be prepared for the worst scenario, but that can’t happen if

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Outages at Refineries in California to Lift State’s Retail Prices

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric A string of outages at refineries in California during the first week of September spiked spot gasoline prices in the state with those costs to be passed through the supply chain to retail outlets, pushing pump prices there higher despite a lower trending New York Mercantile Exchange

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The Hershey Co. Shares Growth Strategies

During a media day with trade press editors on Sept. 4, executives from The Hershey Co. revealed its plans and strategies for “disciplined, sustainable growth” over the next 20 years. The Hershey Co. aims to maintain the No. 1 market share in North America, and to be among the top three in emerging markets, such

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U.S. Gasoline Market Exits Peak Demand Season

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The session before expiring on the last business day of August, the September gasoline futures contract rallied to a $3.1095 gallon six-week high on the spot continuation chart, spurred higher by concern over U.S. military intervention in Syria in response to evidence the Syrian government used the

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KickBack Rewards Systems Kicks Off Fantasy Football Season

Cardholders can build their Fantasy Football team when using their KickBack card at participating locations and will compete against other KickBack cardholders for a chance to win two tickets to The Big Bowl Game, February 2, 2014 at the MetLife Stadium. With the start of the 2013 National Football League season, KickBack Rewards Systems is

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Rainbow Express Partners With KickBack

Company to offer KickBack points at its Conoco-branded c-store, as well as its Rainbow Grocery store, hardware/sporting goods store in Colorado. In the retail world, storeowners can successfully build their brand and their reputation in a host of ways including advertising, marketing and a number of other building processes. With a little hard work and

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Strongbow Cider Strikes Gold

Strongbow Cider, the No. 1 global cider brand, has the 2013 holiday season of entertaining and celebration clearly in its sights. Retail program elements, along with a digital overlay, will foster consumer interest, drive shopper traffic and increase sales rate from September through December. At retail, a cohesive program combining a range of elements will

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Strongbow Holiday Retail Program Strikes Gold

Strongbow Cider, the No. 1 global cider brand, has the 2013 holiday season of entertaining and celebration clearly in its sights. This fall, Strongbow is taking the lead as the catalyst for “Golden” holiday experiences by inviting men and women, 21 and older, to choose Strongbow as the brand of choice to elevate their planned

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The National Advisory Group Appoints John Lofstock as Executive Director

The National Advisory Group (NAG), a convenience store trade association focused on small, mid-sized and family-owned businesses, has appointed John Lofstock as Executive Director. In this role, Lofstock will oversee all of NAG’s educational content, membership, the group’s annual conference and the Young Executive Organization (YEO). Lofstock will also continue to serve as Editor-in-Chief and

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Fading Summer Weighs on Wholesale Gasoline Costs

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Although wholesale costs gained sharply Aug. 9 due to a late week rally by the benchmark futures contract, the trend for gasoline prices is pointed down for the rest of the summer unless some unexpected event, such as shut refining capacity, a geopolitical flare-up, or hurricane frustrate

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Healthcare Reform, Tobacco and the Future of Fuels Among the Burning Issues to be addressed at the 2013 NAG Conference

The 2013 National Advisory Group (NAG) conference, to be held September 12-15, 2013 at the Loews Vanderbilt Nashville, will attract convenience retail professionals from across the country thanks to its full schedule of dynamic programming. The topics and content were mapped out by your peers, our the NAG Retailer Advisory Board. This conference addresses the

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs, Economic Outlook Mixed

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Wholesale gasoline costs were mixed across the country’s major metropolitan markets during the week-ended Monday (8/5), with supplier offers in upper Midwest and most West Coast markets mostly lower from prior Monday. The mixed costs for retailers follow mostly positive data for the U.S. economy except employment

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ExxonMobil Launches Mobile App Pilot In Nashville

Speedpass+ uses geo-location technology to locate and activate a pump for fueling. ExxonMobil has launched its ExxonMobil Speedpass+ Mobile Payment App pilot, effective Aug. 1, in Nashville, Tenn. at 27 locations. SpeedPass+, ExxonMobil’s mobile payment application, is designed to make paying at the pump quick and convenient.  Speedpass+ is a complement to ExxonMobil’s existing Speedpass

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Former Altria Executive to Lead LOGIC Electronic Cigarettes

LOGIC Technology, developers of premium electronic cigarettes, announced the addition of Miguel Martin to its executive team. In his role as president, Martin will lead LOGIC Technology’s rapid growth, developing and implementing a strategic plan to accelerate LOGIC’s status as a leader in the electronic cigarette industry. “This is an exciting time for LOGIC Technology,

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Mixed as July Nears End

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric Wholesale gasoline costs were mixed with a downside bias for the week-ended Monday (7/29), pressured by a selloff in New York Mercantile Exchange Reformulated Blendstock for Oxygenate Blending futures from a four-month registered July 19. The mostly lower wholesale costs won’t, however, translate into lower retail prices

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Four Charged In Major Hacking Scheme That Impacted 7-Eleven

More than 160 million stolen credit and debit card numbers were sold globally. Four Russian nationals and a Ukrainian have been charged with running a hacking organization that during the course of seven years penetrated computer networks of more than a dozen major American and international corporations, including 7-Eleven, the Independent Record reported. More than

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Wayne Migrates to the GE Commercial Cloud

Cloud-based services offer improved scalability, functionality and customer access. Wayne, A GE Business and a global innovator of fuel dispensers and forecourt technologies, has migrated its cloud-based application services to the GE Commercial Cloud hosting facility, improving the process communications, infrastructure scalability, and data security of Wayne products. The migration also ensures Wayne customers have

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Altria Announces Q2 Results, Expands Distribution of Marlboro NXT

In July 2013, PM USA expanded distribution of Marlboro NXT to an additional 23 states, primarily in the eastern U.S. Altria Group Inc. has announced its 2013 second-quarter and first-half business results, and revised its guidance for 2013 full-year reported and adjusted diluted EPS based on its performance for the first half of 2013 and

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U.S. Hispanics More Likely to Purchase Groceries at C-Stores

NPD report examines the c-store shopping behavior of Hispanics. U.S. Hispanics are more likely to purchase grocery foods, dairy, and bread from convenience stores (c-stores) than non-Hispanics, reports The NPD Group, a  global information company. Spanish-dominant Hispanics are more likely to make grocery item purchases at c-stores than other Hispanics, according to the NPD report

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More Upside for Retail Gasoline Prices

By Brian L. Milne, Energy Editor, Schneider Electric The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) U.S. retail average for all grades of regular gasoline has more upside despite a sharp nearly 15 cents jump in the average during the week-ended July 15 and mixed wholesale costs across the country’s major metropolitan markets for the week-ended Monday (7/22).

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2013 Summer Fancy Food Show Recap

The Fancy Food Show is held every summer in New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, or Javits Center (the ’12 show moved to Washington, D.C. due to renovations at the Javits Center) Thousands of food and beverage suppliers rent booth space and hand out samples of their products to the specialty food trade.

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e-Swisher Vapor Tour Hits the Road This Summer

Kicks off “Miami Weekend e-Scape” sweepstakes. e-Swisher takes its e-cigarettes and e-cigars on the road this summer visiting county fairs, outdoor festivals, rodeos and concerts throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida from July 27 through Sept. 28. The e-Swisher Vapor Tour will stop at key events where the e-Swisherettes will provide e-Swisher gear, coupons and samples

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Limited Edition Newcastle Werewolf Returns to Stores This Fall

Newcastle Brown Ale, the leading imported ale in the U.S., today announces that it is bringing back its popular Newcastle Werewolf limited edition brew just as the heat of summer fades to the cooler days of fall. On shelves from August through October, Werewolf is a dual-character, “blood red” ale that starts smooth and mellow

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