Philadelphia Soda Tax Upheld by Pennsylvania Supreme Court

The city’s 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages does not violate state law, the court ruled. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, on July 18, upheld Philadelphia’s 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on soda and other sweetened beverages in a blow to soda manufacturers. According to a report by, the 4-2 majority opinion found the city of Philadelphia did not […]

NRF Foundation Commits to Creating Career Enhancing Opportunities

NRF Foundation’s RISE UP program and student programs to help upskill workers over a five-year period. During a workforce development event at the White House today, the National Retail Federation (NRF) signed a “Pledge to America’s Workers,” committing to create enhanced career opportunities for 250,000 individuals over the next five years through the NRF Foundation’s […]

7-Eleven Adds ‘Tongue Straws’ for ‘Stick Out Your Tongue Day’

Customers who post tongue straw photos have a chance to win a year of free Slurpee drinks. 7-Eleven is celebrating National Stick Out Your Tongue Day (July 19) with Slurpee tongue straws. Available in four shapes and colors, the exclusive tongue straws are available at participating 7-Eleven stores for a limited time. Suggested retail price […]

Riiser Fuels Acquires Mad Max Convenience Stores

Riiser Fuels grows store count to 45 in two months with R-Store and Mad Max acquisitions. Riiser Fuels Holdings LLC has acquired all 11 convenience stores of Saukville, Wis.-based Mad Max Convenience Stores. Janiece Maxwell, president and co-owner of Mad Max Convenience Stores said they had planned on growing the Mad Max chain of convenience […]

Russell Quick Joins Haskel Thompson & Associates

Quick brings more than 34 years of industry experience to his new position. Russell (Russ) Quick has joined Haskel Thompson & Associates’ team of executive recruiters, bringing more than 34 years of industry experience. Quick began his career sweeping parking lots and cleaning restrooms for his hometown c-store, which was branded CENEX. Quick attended Iowa […]

7-Eleven Day Brought 51% Uptick in Foot Traffic for 7-Eleven

GasBuddy shows in-store promotions can separate a brand from the competition. When 7-Eleven celebrated its birthday with its annual 7-Eleven Day celebration on July 11 this year, GasBuddy was tracking its foot traffic. The c-store behemoth gave away free Slurpees between 11 a.m. and 7p.m. on July 11. Of the 7,895 7-Eleven locations in the […]