May 2010 Back Rumor

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Congrats to both D.P. and M.R. on their new VP roles!

Congratulations to Duane Shields of Short Line Express on bringing home the trophy for Top Alcohol Dragster at the NHRA Gatornationals in March!

Was that Venus Williams playing in the “Tres Picosos International tennis tournament”?

A private-label craft beer from a sizable Texas-based chain? Don’t count it out.

Stewart’s Shops has a quick-thinking, welltrained employee in Kelly, who saved a baby’s life with CPR.

Congrats to Jeff Vorst’s 10-year-old daughter, Emily— we hear her cheerleading skills are award-winning!

One major has had to tell customers to go with other brands, simply because they can’t supply them competitively.

Hey, D.M.: are you in the market for a new bass boat?

BR hears that there may be a pending partnership between a major tobacco company and an electronic-cigarette manufacturer.

S.D. says having a British wife means the 4-year-old will sometimes jump into an accent or sound like a hooligan when visiting the relatives across the pond.

Dedicate someone to data security: That’s the strongest piece of advice James K. is giving to retailers.

Well, if T.T. in South Carolina can’t get a suite, what hope do the rest of us have?

K.M. has a good point: If you can’t sell water when it’s 114 degrees outside, there’s a problem. So Gulf Oil is a sponsor of the Atlanta Braves?

BR wonders if Joe P. hammered out that deal with Ted Turner when they were speakers at CSP’s Outlook Conference. BR hears S.H. will hit eight top golf courses Down Under this summer.

BR hears a certain retailer requires its category managers to check its Facebook page every day just in case there’s a comment regarding their categories.

BR hears a highprofile retailer is making its fountain area its primary focus and traffic driver.

One Texas-based refiner-marketer is testing a loyalty program that ties to the DVD rental kiosk. 

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