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Making Gas Stations Great Again – Titusville BP Station Commended for their Exceptional Service During Hurricane Irma

-Titusville, FL | Making Gas Stations Great Again Business owners Andy and Binita Patel outside of their Washington Ave. BP Gas Station in Titusville, [...]

By |November 29th, 2017|Making Gas Great Again|

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By |June 15th, 2017|Hotel, store|

Accounts Payable Specialist – Cocoa, FL

The accounts payable specialist is responsible for the payment of goods and services purchased by the organization. This role also serves as an auditor, ensuring [...]

By |June 15th, 2017|office|

Culinary trends for 2017 offer stores food for thought

As fresh and prepared foods grow in importance for convenience stores, it’s interesting to look at what kinds of foods are trending. The Food Channel [...]

By |January 12th, 2017|Industry News|

5 ways convenience stores can be vigilant in vendor relationships

A good relationship with your vendors is critical to keeping your store well-stocked. While friendliness and respect are a part of that relationship, so is [...]

By |January 10th, 2017|Convenience Stores 101|

New expiration label guidance could help reduce food waste

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering new guidance to help eliminate confusion prompted by expiration labels on food. Confusion over expiration dates on eggs, [...]

By |January 6th, 2017|Other|

10 fresh design ideas for your convenience store

It’s the new year and time to think about new designs for your retail space. For inspiration, check out the series of stories highlighting design [...]

By |January 4th, 2017|Convenience Stores 101|

FDA calls for removal of flavored cigarettes labeled as cigars

The Food and Drug Administration has asked four tobacco makers to pull flavored cigarettes labeled as cigars, NACS reports. The “cigars” or “little cigars” are [...]

By |December 29th, 2016|Industry News|

The stock or not to stock: That’s the question for your convenience store

Some independent stores justify having products on the shelf that rarely sell, or “turn.” But it can cost you more by keeping that product on [...]

By |December 27th, 2016|Convenience Stores 101|

Ready-to-drink coffee trend is brewing, partnership suggests

A new partnership suggests that ready-to-drink coffee products, which already amount to nearly $2 billion in sales, may be poised to climb in popularity. Coca-Cola [...]

By |December 23rd, 2016|Industry News, Other|

EMV card readers at pumps get reprieve, but don’t wait too long

The implementation of chip cards hasn’t been smooth, and there are more challenges to anticipate as service stations begin putting EMV card readers on gas [...]

By |December 21st, 2016|Industry News|

Businesses urge Congress to retain swipe fee reform

More than 620 businesses have signed a letter asking congressional leaders not to overturn the swipe fee reform outlined in the Durbin Amendment, NACS reports. [...]

By |December 15th, 2016|Industry News|

Know your top brands for top sales in your store

It pays to know the brands that are top sellers in your store. If you give them the best placement, which is usually at or [...]

By |December 13th, 2016|Other|

U.S. is top location for skimming crimes, report says

The top three locations for ATM skimming crimes are the United States, Indonesia and India, according to a new report by the European ATM Security [...]

By |December 9th, 2016|Industry News|

How to prepare your store’s gas tanks, shelves for winter

Winter is coming, and with it, cold weather. Even in traditionally warmer climates, freezing days or even a snowstorm might not be out of the [...]

By |December 7th, 2016|Other|

Citi Pay is new digital wallet from Citibank

A new digital wallet is coming to your convenience store in 2017: Citi Pay, Citibank’s offering for web, app and in-store payments. Citi customers can [...]

By |December 1st, 2016|Industry News|

How to handle customer incidents and accidents at your business

In business as well as in life, stuff happens. Specifically, incidents happen. Accidents happen. And when they do, it’s important that you document them. What’s [...]

By |November 29th, 2016|Other|

Food, merchandise sales trending up at convenience stores

Merchandise and fuel sales were up 3.1 percent at convenience stores in the first half of this year, according to a story by Convenience Store [...]

By |November 25th, 2016|Industry News|

Judge puts revised overtime rules on hold

A Texas judge has halted implementation of new Department of Labor rules defining which employees are considered exempt from overtime. It was to take effect [...]

By |November 23rd, 2016|Industry News|

Fuel island layouts important to convenience stores’ future

Convenience stores that anticipate a future of declining fuel sales should consider the layout of their fuel islands as a way to promote their brand [...]

By |November 23rd, 2016|Press|

Put sparkle in your restrooms to impress customers, especially women

Almost one in five gas station customers use the bathroom while they’re in your convenience store. If you want them to come back, it pays [...]

By |November 17th, 2016|Press|

Employee engagement leads to company success, study finds

A new survey shows that highly engaged employees help improve customer service, employee retention and sales. The report was researched by the NACS and the [...]

By |November 15th, 2016|Press|

Coupons can help your sales as long as you keep track of them

Customers love to save money, and coupons are one of the many ways they can do so. That’s why it pays to encourage coupons at [...]

By |November 11th, 2016|Other|

Convenience stores put $6 billion into annual improvements, study finds

American convenience stores invested more than $6 billion in upgrading their stores last year, according to numbers released in October by the National Association of [...]

By |November 9th, 2016|Press|

Wi-fi is great for your customers, but make sure it’s secure

When people are traveling, they love a good wi-fi hotspot. It helps them avoid data charges on their smartphones, and it gives them a reason [...]

By |November 3rd, 2016|Scams and Alerts|

Most convenience stores give to charity, survey finds

Convenience stores gave or collected almost $1 billion destined for charities in the past year, according to a new report by the National Association of [...]

By |November 1st, 2016|Industry News|

Gas price hikes during emergencies can lead to fines for price gouging

When Hurricane Matthew was about to make its journey up the East Coast, residents knew what they had to do: Stock up. They cleared shelves [...]

By |October 26th, 2016|Scams and Alerts|

5 new ways to think about selling food at your convenience store

We’re hearing a lot about new, fresh food offerings in convenience stores, often plugged into existing layouts. But some merchants are expanding the concept of [...]

By |October 19th, 2016|Other|

Ford, Cargo collaborate on effort to let ride-sharers shop in cars

Ford Motor Company is collaborating with startup Cargo to allow ride-share passengers to buy convenience-store-type goods without leaving their cars. The initiative is part of [...]

By |October 13th, 2016|Industry News|

How to Stock your Convenience Store’s Coolers

Putting stuff in the fridge doesn’t seem like much of an art, at least not until you are stocking the extensive coolers of a convenience [...]

By |October 11th, 2016|Other|

Sales Data Offer Valuable Insight into C-store Trends

If they want to stay competitive, convenience stores need to be able to track consumer needs, sales and inventory, among other measuring sticks, suggests an [...]

By |October 7th, 2016|Other|

How to Lay Out your Convenience Store for Maximum Sales

The art of displaying products in your convenience store is called merchandising, and it’s critical to your sales. The most important thing is to anticipate [...]

By |October 5th, 2016|Other|

Businesses Seek Delay in Rule that would Expand Overtime Pay

The National Federation of Independent Businesses has asked the U.S. Department of Labor to delay implementing a rule that would make millions more Americans eligible [...]

By |September 29th, 2016|Industry News, Press|

How to Hire the Right Job Candidate for your Store and Gas Station

Ready to hire more help for your gas station or convenience store? It’s not enough to like the person you’ve chosen to interview. They need [...]

By |September 27th, 2016|Other|

GasBuddy Updates App, Expands Plans to Link Stations with Customers

More than 60 million people have downloaded the GasBuddy app, the company reported in September, and it’s been modernized to offer more information. The company [...]

By |September 23rd, 2016|Industry News|

Social media, Part 2: 5 tips for building fans and reaching customers

Social media can be a powerful tool for promoting your convenience store or travel stop. It can enhance loyalty through coupons and sales and make [...]

By |September 21st, 2016|Press|

Social media, Part 1: How the big services help you reach customers

It’s hard to beat free publicity, and that’s exactly what you’ll get if you establish social media accounts for your convenience store or travel stop. [...]

By |September 15th, 2016|Press|

Lottery Sales at Gas Pumps Surpass $1 million in North Carolina

A program in North Carolina to sell lottery tickets at the gas pump has reached a big milestone. The North Carolina Education Lottery and Linq3, [...]

By |September 13th, 2016|Press|

Is fizzy water the next favorite beverage for millennials?

Young employees of Chicago’s tech companies are buying large quantities of LaCroix sparkling water, the Chicago Tribune reports. The drink comes in 20 flavors, and [...]

By |September 9th, 2016|Industry News|

Lightning Protection Systems can Save your Store from Big Zaps

During the summer storm season, a store owner has to worry about losing power, losing days to hurricane closures, or even flooding. But one of [...]

By |September 7th, 2016|Other|

Simpler Packaged Foods Gain Greater Customer Appeal

Companies are moving to cut and simplify ingredients in their packaged products while touting more natural ingredients in a bid to appeal to health-conscious consumers. [...]

By |September 1st, 2016|Press|

Tobacco landscape changing as smoking drops, vape products get new rules

Tobacco products have long been a staple for convenience stores, but the future of that segment looks hazy as the smoking rate plummets, regulations change, [...]

By |August 30th, 2016|Industry News|

Merchants to face $5.8 million in chargebacks this year after EMV shift

Merchants will face more than 260 million chargebacks worth $5.8 million this year, according to a new study from Boston-based Aite Group. The increases - [...]

By |August 26th, 2016|Industry News|

Free App Helps Store Owners Monitor Gas-Pump Security

A free app can help store owners keep track of gas-pump security stickers to help stop skimmers. The app, available from the National Association of [...]

By |August 24th, 2016|Other|

Help Your Station Make the Best Impression in Apps, Online

There’s a great source of free advertising for your gas station - your customers’ smart phones. More specifically, the apps on those phones can attract [...]

By |August 18th, 2016|Other|

EIA Projects U.S. Long-Term Oil and Fuel Production Will Rise – Maybe

The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts that U.S. production of petroleum and other liquid fuels will grow from 14.8 million barrels per day in 2016 [...]

By |August 16th, 2016|Fuel Supply 101, Industry News|

Branded Credit Cards Offer Gas Stations, Customers Benefits

Credit cards tied to a fuel brand aren’t as popular as they once were. The number of proprietary gas card accounts fell from 7.3 million [...]

By |August 12th, 2016|Industry News|

Convenience Store Sales Up in 2016 as Drivers Enjoy Low Gas Prices

Convenience store sales rose in the first half of 2016, fueled by lower gas prices that lured more Americans into hitting the road, according to [...]

By |August 10th, 2016|Industry News, Press|

10 Ways to Deftly Handle Customer Complaints

The last thing you want to hear as a store owner or manager is a complaint when you’re busy doing your best. Yet a complaint [...]

By |August 4th, 2016|Other|

SmartPay App Has Saved Customers $50 million, Cumberland Farms Says

Cumberland Farms says SmartPay, its mobile app program, has saved customers $50 million since it was launched three and a half years ago. Whether used [...]

By |August 2nd, 2016|Industry News, Press|