General Merchandise

General merchandise category news for the convenience store retail industry.

Intends to become destination for videogames, prepaid game cards

DALLAS -- 7-Eleven Inc., with a customer base that skews heavily male between the ages of 18 and 34, is taking the plunge into videogame sales after dabbling in it over the past years with successful Slurpee beverage promotions aimed at top-selling game franchises such as Microsoft's Halo and EA...

Hess unveils 2008 holiday toy truck

NEW YORK -- Hess Corp. has announced the newest addition to its renowned collection of holiday toy trucks: The 2008 Hess Toy Truck & Front End Loader. In the 44-year history of the annual offering, this is the retailer's first-ever construction vehicle. With more sounds, lights and working...

Consumers see house brands as good alternative, willing to pay more

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. -- Once considered a lower-price, lower-quality substitute for name brands, private-label products, or store brands, are now viewed positively by the majority of U.S. consumers, according to a new survey by The Nielsen Co. Nearly three-quarters (72%) of consumers believe store...

Portion of proceeds benefit St. Jude Thanks & Giving campaign
Downturn in the economy hasn't slowed discounters' growth plans.
Online gaming payment card offered in nearly 300 stores
Walgreen Co. outlines new strategic growth plan; will strengthen core business
SMA Advisors has announced the sale of its client McCarty-Hull Inc. to grocery and foodservice distributor McLane Co. Inc.
Announces plans to open warehouse club for products from Mexico in 2009
Broker to market sun block, lip care, hand care lines to c-stores