When Energy Transfer Partners announced its $1.8-billion acquisition of Susser Holdings last month, it was the latest in a resounding story about a financially savvy industry outsider quietly becoming one of the most aggressive downstream and convenience-store companies in the United States.
If you're a convenience retailer expanding your e-cigarette presence, what do you pull from the backbar? Do you cull from other tobacco products? Do you knife into third- and fourth-tier cigarettes, or winnow the space given to tobacco accessories? The answer, of course, is not one-size-fits-all.
There is much to like and much to dislike about Obamacare. In our comprehensive cover story by Angel Abcede and Melissa Vonder Haar, you will no doubt nod in agreement with the aggravation and uncertainty many in our industry are confronting. You may also find certain pieces of the ACA that you embrace.