Building on the foundations laid by dairies, gas stations and fuel distributors, c-stores emerged last century, growing quickly from an innovation to an indispensable part of American life.
Kevin Coyle doesn't work in the IT department at 7-Eleven, but a large number of the systems designed there bear his imprint.
IIn repackaging the two brands' c-stores, "BOB" became the watchword, reports Mitch Morrison, executive editor of The Journal of Petroleum Marketing (JPM) section in CSNews. "BOB" stands for Best of Both, the rule by which ExxonMobil's Rob Kelly, global convenience retailing manager, and his team operate. (See "Familiar Names, Different Face," Page 26.)