Oil Companies Join Forces on Skimming



Most major oil companies are joining forces to help stem skimming incidents at the pump, BankInfoSecurity reports. The companies are sharing data about skimming incidents to create a new database that will assist the industry in following fraud trends. 

 The Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) is managing the database, which also receives information…

Dollar General Adds Tobacco

Dollar General is planning to add cigarettes and other tobacco products to the product mix at the majority of its U.S. stores by the middle of 2013. The company, with 10,000 retail locations nationwide, cited “competitive pressures” and a perceived customer demand as the reasons behind this move. The rollout follows on the heels of…

Top Consumer Food Concerns of 2012

The Midwest drought, the “pink slime” controversy, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were the most influential food stories for consumers in 2012, according to a survey by Hunter Public Relations. The firm’s annual Food News Study, conducted by Digital Research, Inc., polled 1,000 Americans about their perceptions on the year’s top food stories and how…

Competitive Cigarette Environment Improves

Respondents to a recently conducted survey of tobacco retailer and wholesaler contacts representing more than 45,000 U.S. convenience stores revealed that the competitive environment improved during fourth-quarter 2012, with fewer respondents indicating a competitive environment versus the third quarter. The survey also showed: Total cigarette industry volumes should be down about 3% during the fourth…

What to Expect From Dollar Stores

According to executives from Deloitte Consulting, the dollar channel will continue to post strong growth, competing with traditional retail for both consumers and suppliers, Supermarket News reports. The results are part of a recent Deloitte consumers/industry study on the dollar channel, which hinted at the high stakes involved. “There’s a significant prize here in the…