LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- It may seem as if modern technology is closing in on the corner-store model as disruptors such as Amazon unveil plans for futuristic retail experiences. But Ray Huff, president of HJB Convenience, Lakewood, Colo.—which manages 20 convenience stores, most in office buildings—has been running a profitable automated c-store for two years. At Russell’s Xpress, customers simply walk in, grab their purchase, scan it, pay with a credit or debit card and walk out the door.
ALTOONA, Pa. -- Retailer Sheetz Inc. recently launched voice-ordering capabilities for Sheetz customers with Amazon's Alexa-enabled devices. The chain already offers delivery through OrderUp from Groupon from its Morgantown, W.Va., and State College, Pa., stores, both located near universities. For now, voice ordering is available only for pickup orders. Even so, the move marks a new level of convenience for the Altoona, Pa.-based convenience-store chain.
As opioid abuse has risen to epidemic proportions, the Sheetz retail and foodservice chain is testing ways of discouraging heroin use within its stores. The chain’s unit in New Kensington, Pa., has replaced the conventional lights in its restrooms with ones that cast a blue hue. The blue light is expected to discourage heroin users from shooting up by making superficial veins—the ones just below the surface of the skin, where the drug is injected—harder to spot.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".