7-Eleven introduces newly revamped, redesigned and even more rewarding 7Rewards

7-Eleven introduces newly revamped, redesigned and even more rewarding 7Rewards

 

IRVING, Texas, 2017-Nov-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — While a Slurpee® is sweet, and a Big Gulp® is chill, there’s more to the 7‑Eleven® experience than bountiful beverages.

That’s why 7Rewards®  – the mobile customer loyalty app that earns users a free beverage for every six cups purchased – has expanded to enable customers to earn rewards points for hundreds of other 7‑Eleven product purchases! After extensive successful testing in Canada, the updated 7Rewards app has landed in the U.S. The 7Rewards app has not only been revamped and redesigned, but is now even more rewarding for our customers.

On Nov. 8, 7Rewards expanded its program so customers could earn points on a wide range of eligible purchases – from a Big Gulp to chips to fresh food, and more. Approximately 80% of products are available in-app for redemption. Plus, customers can earn 7Rewards bonus points on select items, as well as receive digital coupons. Now, those enrolled don’t have to have the coupons in their basket. Instead, customers simply scan an applicable item and the digital coupons will be immediately applied allowing customers to get their rewards much faster.

“Variety is important to 7‑Eleven customers. You can see it in the ever-increasing assortment of products and services offered throughout our 8,900 U.S. locations,” said Scott Albert, 7‑Eleven Director of Digital Products. “Now, we have extended that flexibility to 7Rewards, which gives our most loyal customers the chance to reap even greater benefits beyond what they earn from beverage purchases.”

Besides earning more points from more products, 7Rewards users can redeem their points on a wide menu of top-selling items (including the free beverage offered with the original 7Rewards program) found within the app.  The points program now offers several new ways to earn besides the in-app option. To sign up and earn points, customers can either download the app—which is available on the Apple store or Google Play—visit the 7Rewards online mobile website at 7Rewards.com, or chat the 7‑Eleven bot on Messenger.

“Over 9 million users were enrolled in the original 7Rewards program encouraging 7‑Eleven to expand and enhance the program to a points program,” said Tarang Sethia, 7‑Eleven Senior Director of Loyalty and CRM. “The 7Rewards Points program gamifies the customer experience, allowing consumers to earn while purchasing.”

The enhancements to 7Rewards are key aspects of a company-wide initiative to create greater customer engagement by personalizing and customizing the customer experience, both in-store and through digital technologies. 7‑Eleven updated the app specifically to make their customer’s experiences in and out of the store more even enjoyable.

“Our intent is to make every customer interaction valuable and delightful,” said Gurmeet Singh, 7‑Eleven Chief Digital Officer. “We are customer focused and constantly striving to find opportunities that create effortless interactions with the 7‑Eleven brand.”

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Loyalty app users now earn points and freebies on various product purchases

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.

7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7‑Eleven® operates, franchises and/or licenses more than 63,000 stores in 18 countries, including 10,900 in North America. Known for its iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7‑Eleven has expanded into high-quality salads, side dishes, cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as pizza, chicken wings, cheeseburgers and hot chicken sandwiches. 7‑Eleven offers customers industry-leading private-brand products under the 7-Select® brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites, at an outstanding value. Customers also count on 7‑Eleven for bill payments, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards® customer-loyalty platform on the 7‑Eleven mobile app, or on social media at FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Contact:

7‑Eleven, Inc.
Corporate Communications
media@7-11.com

Source: 7‑Eleven, Inc.

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Sunoco LP to divest a majority of convenience stores to 7-Eleven for $3.3 billion

  • Executes definitive agreement to divest a majority of convenience stores to 7-Eleven for $3.3 billion
  • Includes 15-year take-or-pay fuel supply agreement with 7-Eleven starting with approximately 2.2 billion gallons annually
  • Launches sales process for remaining convenience stores in North and West Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma
  • Investor call scheduled for 8:00 AM Central Time on Thursday, April 6th 

DALLAS, 2017-Apr-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) (“SUN”) today (Apr 06, 2017) announced that it entered into a definitive asset purchase agreement for the sale of a majority of its convenience stores to 7-Eleven, Inc. (“7-Eleven”).

Total consideration in the transaction is $3.3 billion in cash plus fuel, merchandise and other inventories.  SUN expects to use the proceeds to repay indebtedness and for general partnership purposes.

SUN President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Owens stated, “The sale of these retail assets to 7-Eleven is the beginning of an exciting evolution for SUN into a premier nationwide fuel supplier.  Our supply agreement with 7-Eleven provides SUN with a predictable long-term income stream, and this transaction quickly allows SUN to improve its financial profile.”

Assets being sold to 7-Eleven include approximately 1,110 convenience stores in 19 geographic regions primarily along the East Coast and in Texas, and the associated trademarks and intellectual property of the Laredo Taco Company and Stripes.  As part of the transaction, SUN will enter into a 15-year take-or-pay fuel supply agreement with a 7-Eleven subsidiary under which SUN will supply approximately 2.2 billion gallons of fuel annually.  This supply agreement will have guaranteed annual payments to SUN, provides that 7-Eleven will continue to use the Sunoco brand at currently branded Sunoco stores and includes committed growth in future periods.

Approximately 200 convenience stores in North and West Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma will be sold in a separate process.  SUN’s Aloha Petroleum business unit in Hawaii will continue to operate its highly efficient and integrated business model within SUN.  Likewise, the transaction does not include SUN’s highly successful APlus franchisee-operated stores.

SUN’s transaction with 7-Eleven is the first step in SUN’s strategic shift away from company-operated convenience stores to focus on its industry-leading fuel supply business.  Led by the iconic Sunoco fuel brand and successful APlus franchise, SUN plans to be a leading consolidator in the domestic wholesale fuels business, supplying fuel to a network of more than 8,900 locations of third-party dealers, distributors and other commercial customers, with an enhanced focus on MLP qualifying income. Additionally, the proceeds received in this transaction will be used to further enhance SUN’s credit profile and leverage profile.

This transaction is subject to regulatory clearances and customary closing conditions and is expected to close by the fourth quarter 2017.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC (“JP Morgan”) served as SUN’s exclusive financial advisor for the transaction.  In addition, SUN has retained JP Morgan to market the approximately 200 remaining convenience stores in North and West Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

Conference Call

Sunoco LP management will hold a conference call on Thursday, April 6, at 8:00 a.m. CT (9:00 a.m. ET) to discuss the transaction.  To participate, dial 201-389-0877 approximately 10 minutes early and ask for the Sunoco LP conference call.

About Sunoco LP

Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN) is a master limited partnership that operates 1,345 convenience stores and retail fuel sites and distributes motor fuel to 7,845 convenience stores, independent dealers, commercial customers and distributors located in 30 states. Our parent — Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (NYSE: ETE) — owns SUN’s general partner and incentive distribution rights.

Cautionary Statement Relevant to Forward-Looking Information

This press release includes forward-looking statements regarding future events. These forward-looking statements are based on SUN’s current plans and expectations and involve a numbers of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to vary materially from the results and events anticipated or implied by such forward-looking statements. For a further discussion of these risks and uncertainties, please refer to the “Risk Factors” section of SUN’s most recently filed annual report on Form 10-K and in other filings made by SUN with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  While Sunoco may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, it specifically disclaims any obligation to do so, even if new information becomes available.

Contacts:
Investors:
Scott Grischow
Senior Director
Investor Relations and Treasury
(214) 840-5660
scott.grischow@sunoco.com

Patrick Graham
Senior Analyst
Investor Relations and Finance
(214) 840-5678
patrick.graham@sunoco.com

Media:
Alyson Gomez
Director – Communications
(469) 646-1758
alyson.gomez@sunoco.com

SOURCE: Sunoco LP

7-Eleven, Inc. to acquire stores from CST Brands, Inc.

TOKYO, JAPAN, 2016-Jun-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7-Eleven, Inc. (headquarters: Texas, U.S.; President and Chief Executive Officer, Joseph M. DePinto), a subsidiary of Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd., signed an agreement to acquire stores from CST Brands, Inc. Details of the agreement are provided below:

1. Purpose of the agreement
7-Eleven, Inc. has been increasing its merchandise capabilities and expanding its store network in North America. This agreement is intended to contribute to higher revenues and profits from convenience store operations in the region. Through this acquisition, 7-Eleven, Inc. aims to further expand the store network and improve convenience in California, U.S. where it has existing stores.

2. Overview of the stores to be acquired
(1) Area: California and Wyoming, U.S. (2) Number of stores: 79 gas stations and convenience stores

3. Overview of CST Brands, Inc.
(1) Name: CST Brands, Inc.
(2) Representative: Chairman, President and CEO, Kim Lubel
(3) Location of headquarters: Texas, U.S.
(4) Major business activities: Operation of fuel retail and convenience store business

4. Schedule of acquisition
Handover date of stores (plan): Early July, 2016

5. Outlook
The agreement will have only a minimal effect on the Company’s consolidated results for the fiscal year ending February 28, 2017, but this asset purchase is expected to contribute to profits over the medium to long-term.

7-Eleven partners with Postmates for On-Demand Delivery in Austin

DALLAS, 2015-7-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven now offers on-demand delivery in Austin, the second market where the company has launched its new service. The first was last week in the San Francisco area. In both markets, on-demand delivery is powered by San Francisco-based technology company Postmates.

Postmates is a tech and logistics company that operates a network of couriers. A user downloads the Postmates app through an iOS, Android or web app operated by Postmates, then scrolls through the list of retailers to select products they want to order.  Postmates coordinates the delivery from the most convenient outlet and nearby courier to fulfill the customer’s order within an hour.

Thirty-six participating stores in the city of Austin offer an assortment of 7‑Eleven’s products from hot foods and snacks to cold beverages and other convenience items that are now just a few taps away.

“7‑Eleven’s founder, Joe C. Thompson Jr., used to say 7‑Eleven’s mission was to ‘give customers what they want, when and where they want it’,” said Raja Doddala, 7‑Eleven’s vice president of innovation and omnichannel strategy. “Through the modern technology that Postmates provides, we can fulfill that promise in a way we haven’t done before.”

The partnership with Postmates is 7‑Eleven’s first official venture into the on-demand economy and plays a role in the company’s omnichannel strategy to provide time-pressed customers solutions to their everyday needs.

“Through our partnership with Postmates, 7‑Eleven’s reach extends beyond our physical stores,” Doddala said. “The program should work well for us because it appeals to our customers who are more on-the-go, connected 24/7 and prefer fast-paced, urban living.

“Plus, we have market concentration in these geographic areas, which makes shopping with us through Postmates even more convenient for customers,” said Doddala, adding that “Postmates has figured out how to keep the Slurpee® drinks cold and the Big Bite®s hot.”

“By partnering with 7‑Eleven, we are able to offer both 7‑Eleven and Postmates customers access to groceries, fresh food and other goods across all markets that our companies are both operating in.” said Holger Luedorf, Postmates senior vice president. “In providing 7‑Eleven with a digital storefront and giving its team access to our fleet of more than 12,000 Postmates couriers, we are making the experience even more convenient for our joint customers.”

Doddala expects to expand delivery later this year to other areas with a high density of 7‑Eleven stores, such as New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Chicago.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7‑Eleven operates, franchises or licenses nearly 10,500 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 56,200 7‑Eleven stores in 16 countries. 7‑Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include:  #1 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2014 Top Global Franchise list; #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013; #10 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2015, and #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start. 7‑Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail.” 7‑Eleven places among Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2014 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and is among GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7‑Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7‑Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

Contact:

Margaret Chabris
7‑Eleven, Inc
972-828-7285
margaret.chabris@7-11.com

April Conyers
Postmates
415-653-9076
april@postmates.com

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7-Eleven partners with Postmates for On-Demand Delivery in Austin

7-Eleven partners with Postmates for On-Demand Delivery in Austin

Financial Consulting & Trading International, Inc. of California becomes 7‑Eleven’s new ATM provider

DALLAS, 2015-7-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven, Inc. today announced the completion of an agreement with Financial Consulting & Trading International, Inc. (FCTI) of California to become the company’s new ATM provider.

FCTI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Seven Bank, a highly successful ATM provider for all 7‑Eleven stores in Japan.

7‑Eleven’s U.S. company-operated and franchised stores are expected to transition to FCTI’s ATM program in 2017.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7‑Eleven operates, franchises or licenses nearly 10,500 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 56,200 7‑Eleven stores in 16 countries. 7‑Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include:  #1 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2014 Top Global Franchise list; #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013; #10 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2015, and #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start. 7‑Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail.” 7‑Eleven places among Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2014 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and is among GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7‑Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7‑Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

Contact: 
Stephanie Shaw
7‑Eleven, Inc.
972-828-5837
Stephanie.Shaw@7-11.com

LS travel retail North America announces the opening of the first ever 7-Eleven in a US airport in Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Los Angeles, CA, 2015-6-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — LS travel retail North America is pleased to announce the opening in Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) of the first ever 7-Eleven convenience store in a US airport. Awarded as part of Los Angeles World Airports’ (LAWA) multi-billion dollar development program – the biggest public works project in the history of the City – the store is located in the pre-security arrivals level of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT).

As the world’s largest operator, franchisor and licensor of convenience stores, 7-Eleven is synonymous with superior convenience worldwide. In line with the brand’s thousands of locations, the LAX store will offer hot food (including pizzas and breakfast sandwiches), pre-packaged grab’ n’ go items, such as sandwiches, salads, pastries, fountain drinks (including the brand’s famous Slurpees® and Big Gulp® drinks), a large variety of snacks and ice creams. The store will also provide a selection of magazines, accessories and various other convenience-related items.

Perfect for the travelers arriving in the City of Angels, the “meeters & greeters”, as well as employees of the airport, the 950 square-foot store is designed with colors and finishes specifically chosen to highlight 7-Eleven’s fresh food, which is made and delivered to the store daily.

“We are proud to count 7-Eleven as one of our brand partners and to be opening their first ever location in a US airport”, said Vadim Motlik, Chief Development Officer at LS travel retail North America. “As the ultimate leader in the convenience market, 7-Eleven will perfectly meet the needs of our LAX customers. Both 7-Eleven and Westfield are committed to providing the best shopping experiences and we are thrilled to be working closely with their teams to keep delivering on this promise”.

“With a post-security environment that rivals some of the world’s best airports in design, dining, retail, and amenities, we are pleased to begin debuting the next phase of the new Tom Bradley International Terminal within the pre-security area”, said Keith Kaplan, Vice President of Development, Westfield. “We are confident this 7-Eleven concept will enhance the experience of arriving travelers, the throngs of people who wait to meet and greet them and thousands of LAX employees”.

“We believe visitors and airport employees will be pleasantly surprised at how many of their travel and everyday needs 7-Eleven can fill in just under 1,000 square feet”, said Norm Hower, 7-Eleven’s zone leader for the greater Los Angeles area. “Just as with every 7-Eleven, we customize each store’s product mix to offer what our customers want. Travelers and those in the travel industry have needs for products you might not find at a neighborhood 7-Eleven. Whether they are arriving at their final destination or in the middle of a work shift, we look forward to serving the thousands who come through Tom Bradley International Terminal every day”.

The LS travel retail network in LAX already includes 8 retail and 6 food & beverage locations. The company will soon open two additional 7-Eleven stores in Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

About Westfield
Westfield develops superior customer experiences in flagship airports across the U.S. by developing cutting-edge environments that capture each city’s distinct style and spirit, integrating food, fashion, entertainment and world-class amenities, and using technology to enhance the passenger journey. Westfield has earned more than 100 first place awards from Airport Revenue News (ARN) and Airports Council International North America (ACI). Current developments include JFK, LAX, Newark, George Bush Intercontinental, Boston Logan, Orlando, Miami and Chicago O’Hare airports.

About 7-Eleven, Inc.
7-Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses nearly 10,500 7-Eleven stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 55,800 7-Eleven stores in 16 countries. During 2013, 7-Eleven stores generated total worldwide sales close to $84.5 billion. 7-Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include: #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013, #1 on Entrepreneur magazine’s 2014 Top Global Franchise list, #10 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2015 and #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start. 7-Eleven is # 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail.” 7-Eleven places among Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2014 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and is among GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7-Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7-Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7-Eleven.com.

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7‑Eleven, Inc. will waive the franchise fee on a select number of its U.S. stores through June 30

DALLAS, 2015-2-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Between now and June 30, 7‑Eleven, Inc. will waive the franchise fee on a select number of its U.S. stores available for franchise, a savings of up to $80,000. The Zero Franchise Fee Initiative was announced by 7‑Eleven® President and CEO Joe DePinto at last week’s 7‑Eleven Experience in Las Vegas, the company’s annual franchisee convention.

While the more than 200 available stores are located in cities across the country, many of the Zero Franchising Fee opportunities are in markets like Charlotte, N. C., where 7‑Eleven has acquired a significant number of stores.

Over the last 4 years 7‑Eleven has grown its store base by more than 1,300 units. Now that a 7‑Eleven customer base has been established at these locations, the company is looking to transition these stores to franchise operations.

Other cities where specific Zero Franchise Fee stores are available include the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Manhattan, Baltimore, Richmond, Va.; Orlando, Fla.; Portland, Ore., and Jacksonville, Fla. These stores typically have lower sales volume compared to the national average.

The convenience retailer is offering these stores to qualified, prospective franchisees as well as existing 7‑Eleven franchisees who want to grow their retail business by adding 7‑Eleven stores. Prospective franchisees for these Zero Franchise Fee stores will undergo the standard 7‑Eleven franchise approval process. “These locations offer would-be entrepreneurs a chance to go into business for themselves without the expense of the one-time franchise fee,” said Greg Franks, vice president of franchising systems. “With the Zero Franchise Fee Initiative, we opted to waive the fee on these specific stores to allow the new owner a chance to build his or her customer base and business, while backed by our proprietary systems, processes and ongoing support.

“This limited-time offering presents a terrific opportunity for individuals to franchise their own business with a major franchise brand for no initial franchising fee,” Franks added.

Basic 7‑Eleven franchisee qualifications include being 21 years or older, a permanent U.S. resident, having excellent credit and $50,000 in liquid assets. Prospective franchise owners will still be responsible for the costs of licensing, permits and the initial down-payment on inventory, totaling approximately $30,000.

Recognized by numerous business publications as one of the best franchise opportunities in the U.S., 7‑Eleven offers its franchise-owners the strength of its world-renowned brand and a turnkey operation. After extensive training, 7‑Eleven franchisees open their doors with a fully-equipped and stocked store with intuitive retail technology, merchandising and advertising support, high-quality national and private-brand products, and some of the world’s most recognizable brands like Slurpee® and Big Gulp® drinks.

Because the stores qualifying as Zero Franchise Fee opportunities are considered low volume, they may qualify for additional, limited-time financial support.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7‑Eleven operates, franchises or licenses 10,500 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are some 55,000 7‑Eleven stores in 16 countries. During 2013, 7‑Eleven stores generated total worldwide sales close to $84.5 billion. 7‑Eleven has been honored by a number of companies, organizations and publications. Recent accolades include: Entrepreneur magazine ranked 7‑Eleven as #1 on its Global Franchise Rankings list and #6 on its “Top 10 Franchises” for 2014, #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013; and #3 in Forbes magazine’s 2012 Top 20 Franchises to Start list. 7‑Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail,” among the Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2013 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and on GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7‑Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7‑Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

Contact:
Margaret Chabris
7‑Eleven, Inc.
972-828-7285
margaret.chabris@7-11.com

7-Eleven’s eleven last-minute gift ideas this holidays

DALLAS, 2014-12-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The countdown is on to complete shopping before the Dec.25 holiday deadline, and with six percent of shoppers waiting until the last minute*, 7‑Eleven® stores are ready to meet the needs of these busy people.

Most 7‑Eleven® stores have been open 24/7 for more than 50 years bailing out people facing holiday emergencies, like missing recipe ingredients and “No Batteries Included” gifts. And 7‑Eleven can be counted on to have popular and exclusive gifts for stocking stuffers or under the tree — every day, 24/7 and even Christmas morning.

Exclusive items not available anywhere else plus hot gift items found at much larger (and therefore much busier) mega-stores can be conveniently purchased even during daily stops at 7‑Eleven outlets. Shopping can be as easy as grabbing gift cards during a morning coffee stop, running in to get a toy while refueling, or picking up a teacher’s present on the trip home. From gift cards to gifts wrapped and ready to give, toys, collectibles and a few unexpected finds, picking up some last-minute gifts can be quite convenient at the neighborhood 7‑Eleven store.

Rebecca Frechette, 7‑Eleven senior vice president of merchandising, said “Providing convenience is what we do best, and that may never be as important as this time of year when everyone is hustling and bustling toward the holiday finish line.”

Here are 11 gift ideas plus seven holiday solutions that 7‑Eleven offers this holiday season. Selection can vary by store.

11 Gift Ideas at 7‑Eleven 

1.     Gift cards still top the deck – Number one on this list and everyone else’s. According to the National Retail Federation, gift cards continue to top holiday wish lists. The NRF projects that almost $30 billion will be spent on gift cards this holiday season.

7‑Eleven carries an assortment of gift cards in multiple denominations focused on general use and digital entertainment – gaming, music, video, smartphones and other devices – ranging in price from $10 to $500.

For gamers of all ages, the selection is extensive: Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo, World of Warcraft, Minecraft, League of Legends, Runescape, Steam, KarmaKorn and more. Other online entertainment and shopping cards include iTunes, GooglePlay, hulu plus, Paypal, Facebook and Kindle Fire.

And 7‑Eleven has its own gift cards, specially designed for coffee-lovers.

  1.      Gifts-To-Go – Even more convenient than buying a gift at 7‑Eleven is buying one that’s already wrapped and ready to give. Even better? The price. Each gift is $7.99 each or just $20 for three. The selection of eight on-trend gifts is perfect for stocking stuffers, teachers and neighbors, office exchange or anyone. Featured on a special display at participating stores, eight different gifts are available: touch-screen stylus and pen, mobile phone power brick emergency charger, mini-tape gun, spring-loaded bottle opener, LED digital sports band watch, retro corded phone receiver, multi-function tool, and mobile phone stand.
  2.      Look! Up in the Air – Remote-control toys never go out of favor. RC helicopters are making a return trip to 7‑Eleven this year, with four models for all ages and budgets. Comparable to those found in toy and discount stores, the selection includes a UFO alien spaceship for youngsters at $14.99, a $34.99 Gyropter, a Micro Drone with titanium wheels that can “climb” walls at $39.99, and the Doom Fighters, a pair of dueling helicopters that can be shot down by the other, $49.99 .
  3.      Water Dance Speakers – This gift is certain to make a big splash with music-lovers. The water-filled USB stereo speakers dance to the music as water jets colored by LED lights keep the beat. The new electronic gadget won “best new item” last January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  Available in two versions for $29.99 and $49.99.
  4.      Frozen, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Minions and My Little Pony – What do these things have in common? They’re all part of Funko’s Pop! cast of characters — collectible, vinyl figures. The small-in-stature, big-in-head characters are so hot thatRolling Stone magazine recently took notice and wrote about this pop-culture phenomenon. 7‑Eleven stores are carrying a variety of the collectibles with some exclusives that can’t be found anywhere else – Disney’s Frozen Coronation Day characters (now flying out of the stores and hard to find), Bloody Carl from Walking Dead and one of the direwolves killed in the Game of Thrones series at $9.99.
  5.      (Almost) Live Greeting Cards –First there were greeting cards with printed messages (how quaint), then the annual family photo card and now … video greeting cards from Memory Tag.  “Scan it. Tag it. Share it.” After purchasing the $3.99 card from 7‑Eleven, the sender downloads the Memory Tag smartphone app, scans the card’s QR code and records or downloads a video message from their smartphone before sending.  The recipient then scans the QR code to open and play the video message in the Memory Tag app.
  6.      Hop on Popcorn – Decorative canisters of 7-Select™ gourmet popcorn clusters are delicious – both in taste and value. Priced at $5.99, the 12-ounce containers come in three varieties: chocolate-drizzled caramel, cranberry caramel with cashews, and almonds and English toffee with cashews and almonds. Great for sharing … and snacking. Warning: can be addictive.
  7.      Binge Watch Bonanza –An eclectic selection of gently watched DVDs and Blu-Ray disks that can keep one occupied for hours are priced from $1.99 to $5.99. They include movies and full seasons of popular television series. Look for the “Treasure Hunt” display. Participating stores may also carry popular CDs, value-priced from $3.99 to $7.99.
  8.      Calling all Shoppers –For those who have a phone on their wish list, 7‑Eleven has that covered with a selection of prepaid phones ranging in price from just $4.99 for an LG 440 Tracfone Flip to $19.99 for a Tracfone LG 305/306 or Net 10 LG 38/34 Android smartphone, regularly priced at $49.99. With a 3.2-inch touch-screen, the LG Android 2.3 has web capability, social networking, email, camera-video and text, Instant Messenger and picture messaging.
  9.      Run, Run Rudolph – The longest-running television Christmas special about a red-nosed reindeer celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. And 7‑Eleven has four talking and singing limited-edition characters from the stop-action animated classic – Rudolph, Santa, elf Hermey and prospector Yukon Cornelius. Each retails for $6.99, and shoppers who buy all four can receive a free Bumbie, the Abominable Snowman, through a mail-in offer.
  10.    You Animal! 7‑Eleven’s warm, furry hats can bring out the animal in anybody. These cozy animal hats will keep heads and ears warm with style. They come in two styles: one for $12.99 with short-legged ear-flap “paws,” and the other at $14.99 with longer legs and paws that can be tied or serve as pockets to keep hands warm, too. Lions … and tigers … and many other styles,

Seven 7‑Eleven Holiday Solutions

  1. Missing ingredients (sugar, flour, chicken broth, stuffing mix, turkey gravy, mushroom soup, green beans, cranberries, mashed potatoes, evaporated milk, dairy, eggs, rolls)
  2. Batteries
  3. Contributions to holiday parties (tub snacks, cut-up fruit and veggies, hummus,  cheese, crackers, chips, cookies, donuts)
  4. Wine and beer, craft holiday packs
  5.  White elephant gift – ever-popular lottery ticket
  6. Firewood – oh the weather outside is frightful
  7. Hot pizza – dinner for that busy night dinner

“No matter if you run out of flour, sugar or milk for a family recipe, need a last-minute present for someone unexpected, or don’t have enough batteries to get that Santa gift started, the neighborhood 7‑Eleven store can come to the rescue,” said Frechette. “We are here for people in a hurry … a convenient place to shop for basics as well as something to make the holidays bright. Perhaps at this time of year more than any other, our long-time slogan of ‘Oh Thank Heaven’ rings especially true with our customers.”

*SAS research.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc. 
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7‑Eleven operates franchises or licenses more than 10,400 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are more than 54,400 7‑Eleven stores in 16 countries. During 2013, 7‑Eleven stores generated total worldwide sales close to $84.5 billion. 7‑Eleven has been honored by a number of companies, organizations and publications. Recent accolades include: Entrepreneur magazine ranked 7‑Eleven as #1 on its Global Franchise Rankings list and #6 on its “Top 10 Franchises” for 2014,  #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013; and #3 in Forbes magazine’s 2012 Top 20 Franchises to Start list. 7‑Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail,” among the Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2013 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and on GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7‑Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7‑Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

Contact: 
Margaret Chabris
7‑Eleven, Inc.
972-828-7285
margaret.chabris@7-11.com

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7-Eleven's eleven last-minute gift ideas this holidays

7-Eleven’s eleven last-minute gift ideas this holidays

7-Eleven® becomes the first retailer to offer Tony Horton Kitchen Foods

7‑Eleven® Powers Up its Fresh Foods Menu as First Retailer to Offer Tony Horton Kitchen Foods

Los Angeles, 2014-10-1— /EPR Retail News/ — Tony Horton, the master behind the best-selling fitness program, Beachbody™ P90X®, is a man on the go. So when 7‑Eleven, Inc. approached him about co-developing a line of nutritionally balanced foods and cold-pressed juices for its on-the-go customers, he was all for it.

A lineup of sandwiches, salads, wraps and cold-pressed juices sold under the Tony Horton Kitchen (THK) brand makes its debut this week in 104 select 7‑Eleven® stores in the Los Angeles area, Horton’s home base and training ground. Previously, Tony Horton Kitchen foods have only been available through direct home delivery.

“Tony Horton is one of the biggest names in the world of health and fitness,” said Raja Doddala,7‑Eleven’s senior director of Innovation. “His passion for reaching people and improving their quality of life inspired us at 7‑Eleven to offer our guests fresh, upscale selections. Tony has been super to work with as we developed healthy, great-tasting, on-the-go choices. Besides, the Tony Horton Kitchen brand instantly signals that these will fit into a healthy lifestyle.”

Horton worked directly with 7‑Eleven’s Innovation Team, which spent more than a year creating, testing, tasting and refining the recipes for each exclusive item. The goal was to create foods that were nutritious and delicious … and available at very affordable prices. A 16-ounce bottle of THK cold-pressed juice costs $4.99 at participating stores, and prices range from $4.75 to $6.50 for food items that are found in 7‑Eleven stores’ refrigerated, fresh-foods case.

“I’m absolutely thrilled that Tony Horton Kitchen and the 7‑Eleven Innovation Team came together to create wholesome, delicious, affordable choices,” Horton said. “These salads, sandwiches, wraps and juices are for customers who are looking for healthier options on the go. I truly believe that this joint venture between THK and 7‑Eleven can be a tipping point to improve America’s health.

“My programs like P90X and now P90 are making it easier for folks to get fit,” Horton added. “These healthy THK options at 7‑Eleven stores will fulfill the other crucial piece of the equation, which is healthy food and juices. Exercise is fitness, and nutritious food IS health!”

THK-branded sandwiches, salads and wraps are made with all-natural ingredients by Fresh Grill of Santa Ana, the FDA- and USDA-certified commissary that prepares other fresh foods for Southern California 7‑Eleven stores, and delivered daily to the participating 7‑Eleven stores in this test. With an average calorie count of 360, they include:

Sandwiches

  • Grilled Chicken with Blueberry Mustard on whole grain sub
  • Stacked Roasted Turkey Breast on whole grain flat bun
  • Salads
  • Spicy Quinoa Salad with Chimichurri Dressing
  • Curried Chicken Salad with Pomegranate Raita Dressing

Wraps

  • Golden Roasted Turkey Breast Wrap with Chipotle Black Bean Hummus
  • Spicy Black Bean Hummus & Vegetables Wrap

Cold-pressed Juices (They do not have special names; the bottle’s front label lists the top four ingredients.)

  • Apple, celery, beet, ginger, parsley, spinach, lemon
  • Apple, coconut water, lime, mint
  • Celery, apple, cucumber, spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, lime, lemon, wheat grass, clover sprouts
  • Carrot, apple, celery, lemon, beet, spinach, lime, parsley, ginger

Cold-pressed, or high-pressure pasteurized (HPP), juices use pressure rather than heat to make the fresh-squeezed juices shelf-stable, then are sealed to preserve freshness and flavor.

“We’ve heard Tony say, ‘exercise is fitness, food is health,’” said Kelly Buckley, 7‑Eleven’s vice president of fresh food and beverage innovation and manufacturing. “We want to provide healthy, convenient food and beverage options, whether that means a high-protein wrap, a cold-pressed juice or a high-fiber fresh salad. The addition of these nutritionally balanced products gives our guests better and more varied choices. By teaming with Tony Horton Kitchen, we want people to think of 7‑Eleven for healthy options when they are on the go.”

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7‑Eleven operates, franchises or licenses more than 10,300 7‑Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are some 53,500 7‑Eleven stores in 16 countries. During 2013, 7‑Eleven stores generated total worldwide sales close to $84.5 billion. 7‑Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include: #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013; #3 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2012, and #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start. 7‑Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail” and among the Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2013 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and on GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7‑Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7‑Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

Contact: 
Margaret Chabris
7‑Eleven, Inc.
972-828-7285
margaret.chabris@7-11.com

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7-Eleven® becomes the first retailer to offer Tony Horton Kitchen Foods

7-Eleven® becomes the first retailer to offer Tony Horton Kitchen Foods