Industry Roundup: The Top 10 Most-Read Stories of August 2017

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Industry Roundup: The Top 10 Most-Read Stories of August 2017

By Angela Hanson - 09/12/2017
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NATIONAL REPORT — Companies coming together, business development and ways to connect with consumers were among the topics most important to CSNews Online readers last month.

In the latest Industry Roundup, we present the top 10 most-read stories for the month of August, based on reader views:

1) 7-Eleven Helps Prepare Customers for Great Eclipse
The retailer offered special, safe sunglasses that shoppers could use to view the "Great American Eclipse" that crossed the United States on Aug. 21. Available as a single pair or in packs of two, the "Explore Scientific Sun Catcher" solar eclipse were are approved for viewing by the American Astronomical Society.

2) Allison Moran Steps Down as RaceTrac CEO
In January 2013, Moran assumed the role of chief executive officer, succeeding her father Carl Bolch Jr. As the most senior member of the third generation in the business, Moran led the transition to the next generation of leadership with three of her siblings.

3) Sunoco LP Employees Receive Pink Slips Ahead of 7-Eleven Acquisition
The more than 100 eliminated roles are largely located in the support center for Stripes c-stores. Some employees have already been offered positions with 7-Eleven, but all are being offered severance packages.

4) CSNews' 2017 Foodservice Leader of the Year Is...
Ryan Krebs, who has used his experience as an executive chef to transform the foodservice operation at Rutter’s Farm Stores into restaurant quality, has been selected by Convenience Store News as the 2017 Foodservice Leader of the Year.

5) Fresh-Brewed Iced Coffee Is 7-Eleven's Summer Focus
In-store signage, including clings, floorstands and translite signs, encourages trial of "new" freshly brewed iced coffee by instructing shoppers to fill a Big Gulp cup with ice and add coffee and condiments from the hot coffee bar. The company is also promoting iced coffee with ads in its mobile app and website.

6) Report: Traditional Supermarkets to Decrease 24% by 2021
The traditional grocery store is in decline, due in large part to changes in shopper preferences and behaviors. Shoppers are gravitating toward shopping formats that fit their needs in ways that traditional grocery stores often no longer do, according to a recent study from Long Grove-based consultancy Inmar Willard Bishop Analytics.

7) Turkey Hill Kicks Off 50th Birthday Celebration
To commemorate a half century, Turkey Hill is rolling out a sweepstakes and slew of deals from Aug. 10 through Oct. 4. During that time, members of Turkey Hill's rewards program will be automatically entered for a chance to win a 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4x4, among other weekly prizes like concert tickets, a Sony PlayStation 4, and a 43-inch Vizio Smart TV.

8) Andeavor Continues Buying With Flyers Energy Deal
Under the deal with Auburn, Calif.-based Flyers Energy, the 39 c-store and gas stations sites changed hands on July 28. Andeavor will rebrand some of the locations to Mobil, Exxon, ARCO and Shell.

9) 7-Eleven & Dallas Cowboys Team Up on Collectible Cups
7-Eleven Inc. will release a series of seven collectible cups to kick off the 2017 Dallas Cowboys season. The co-branded Big Gulp/Slurpee cups will feature some of the football team's most popular players.

10) CrossAmerica to Acquire Jet Pep Assets
The assets consist of 102 commission-operated retail sites, including 92 site fees, five lease sites and five independent commission accounts. These locations sold nearly 91 million gallons of unbranded fuel in 2016, according to CrossAmerica.