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WSJ Reports Couche-Tard Nears Deal to Acquire CST

Retail conglomerate Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., a Canadian holding company and franchisor of convenience store brands such as Circle K, is the likely winner of an auction deal to acquire c-store chain CST Brands Inc. CST is a spin-off of Valero Energy Corp., which goes mainly under its Corner Store brand of nearly 1,000 stores in the southwestern U.S., New York and eastern Canada.

7-Eleven Heats Up Slurpee's 50th Anniversary through Technology

Branding foodservice is nothing new at 7-Eleven, home of one of the world’s favorite drinks, the Slurpee, which turns 50 this year.  7-Eleven Inc. is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Slurpee this summer by giving away an estimated 9 million free small Slurpees. On July 11, Free Slurpee Day, participating 7-Eleven stores will offer the free drinks from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Former 7-Eleven Employee Fights for Underpaid, Exploited Workers

A 7-Eleven convenience storeA former employee of a 7-Eleven franchised store in Australia is speaking out against convenience store chain operators who continually underpay and exploit workers, allowing them to pocket the extra money they collect through an employee cash-back scheme.

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Brand Integrity: The Watch-Phrase For 2015

Just before holiday break, an article in Smartbrief caught my eye. In Smartbrief’s version of the title, it was called “Integrity is Less Expensive Than the Alternative”.

Ace Hardware Same-Store Sales Gain 3.7 Percent

Ace Hardware retailer front window
The front window of an Ace Hardware franchise. photo/bmm

OAK BROOK, Ill. – Ace Hardware Corporation reported that 3,000 retailers, which share POS data, increased customer count as well as average transaction size. The result was that Ace owners had a same-store sales increase of 3.7 percent in the past quarter. For the first nine months of 2014, same-store-sales at these stores were up even higher, 4.1 percent.

The Holiday Season, Pressure and Respectful Dissent

Somehow, the year has flown by. It’s the beginning of November, and the holiday shopping season has begun. Earlier than it used to, but it’s here. We know that ever-more retailers plan to open their doors on Thanksgiving Day. And most of you know, we’re not crazy about the idea.

Black Friday is a Season to Itself for Retailers But It Already Started November 1

Super-charged by increased mobile outreach, intensified consumer planning, and raised numbers of retailer mobile apps, traditional retailers will be going to work earlier and working harder to engage consumers this season. That is if they want their share of the projected individual $855 in holiday spend, which is about 4% higher than last year.