How to Sell Sweets

With the varying tastes of American consumers, convenience store retailers discuss what they’re seeing in the non-chocolate candy, gum and mint category, including demand for low-calorie, low-sugar products. By Michele Wojciechowski, Contributing Editor Candy, gum and mints are veritable staples in the convenience store, but as Bob Dylan once sang “The Times They Are A-Changin.’”


How to Ensure Your Store is Safe and Secure

Even the most modest convenience store operations today should implement security measures that will safeguard their employees, customers and property. By CSD Staff All convenience stores located in the City of Houston are required to register online with the Houston Police Department. The intention is to improve data tracking concerning crimes around convenience stores. Once

How to Drive Sales with Data

Getting info on your customers can help you target their specific needs, turning unknown shoppers into loyal, repeat visitors. By Brad Perkins, Contributing Editor Data is everywhere. It’s in your gas pumps, your computers, your cash registers and your phones. While some information is just numbers, much of that data can be important to figuring

How to Maintain Customer Loyalty

More convenience stores are finding that building a loyal customer base has its rewards. By Traci Dawn Carneal, Contributing Editor More convenience stores are offering registered customers exclusive access to discounts, promotions and more. That’s because loyalty programs, in their many forms are effective at doing what they are supposed to do—build a base of

Cumberland Farms Accepting Scholarship Applications

Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program to provide $1,000 scholarships to 130 eligible students. For the 10th consecutive year Cumberland Farms is now accepting applications for the Believe and Achieve Scholarship Program, which will once again be providing critical financial assistance to more than 100 bright and ambitious high school seniors from across its eight state

How Eggs Sales Are Faring

Organic and cage-free eggs go mainstream. Consumers in the U.S. and around the world are showing increased concern about how their food products are sourced including whether vegetable and grain products are free of pesticides and/or made grown without the use of genetic modifications; and if non-genetically modified ingredients are being included in the feed

Customers Rate PB&J Sandwiches As Top Comfort Food

Each generation has a different reason for loving peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, survey reveals. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a timeless classic and a go-to comfort food, according to a Smucker’s PB&J Survey, conducted by Toluna in July 2015, involving 2,000 participants. The survey found that one-third of surveyed Americans (30%) chose PB&J

How Are Adults Celebrating Halloween?

Saturday Halloween means adults are 70% more likely to celebrate, with 80% buying candy and 84% purchasing alcohol. With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, Adults will be more likely to celebrate the holiday and make purchases to go along with it! Some 70% of adults said they plan to celebrate this year, according

Inside The NACS Show’s Cool New Products Room

From relaxation aids to a self-serving bagged ice machine, retailers get inspired by innovation. By Traci Dawn Carneal, Contributing Editor As yoga, meditation and other stress-reducing techniques grow in popularity, it’s no surprise products designed to relax —rather than energize—grew in presence at this year’s Cool New Products Preview room at the NACS Show. Other

How Key Trends Are Driving The Pet Supplies Segment

As customer pamper their pets, pet supplies market looks to grow. Valued at $15 billion in 2014, nonfood pet supplies are part of a much larger U.S. market for retail pet products and services, totaling almost five times this amount. Yet the competitive allure of the pet supplies segment—which grew by 15% during the five-year

Pennsylvania Bill Proposes Increased Tobacco Age

Could Pennsylvania be the next state to raise the legal tobacco age to 21? A bill has been introduced by Pennsylvania legislator, Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, and it proposes a raise in the age to purchase cigarettes and other tobacco products. According to a report from ABC 27 News, Brown’s proposal, House Bill 1628, would increase

McDonald’s All-Day Breakfast Not as Successful as Hoped

McDonald’s all-day breakfast has caused chaos in the kitchen. McDonald’s recently launched all-day breakfast program has not seen the success that the chain had initially expected. According to a report from the New York Post, the new program seems to be doing more harm than good. The new menu expansion has caused foodservice to slow

QuickChek Caters to Millennial Dining Habits

Evolving dining habits lead retailers to create innovative meal options. The dining habits of the Millennials are considerably different from previous generations. Whether it’s snacks as meals, the ability to eat while walking or having non-traditional foods any time of the day, sitting down to eat does not necessarily meet the needs of today’s younger

FPI Releases Foodservice Resource Guides

The FPI has released foodservice guides to provide information and tips to the industry. The Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI) has released new free resource guides to the industry. These guides are designed to provide accessible, factual information on foodservice packaging. The guides offer a comprehensive look at some of the most talked-about topics related to single-use cups, containers, bags,

Legendary Charity Concert Supports Worthy Nonprofits

Cheerwine packaging features entry details for concert event. The Avett Brothers and Cheerwine are teaming up, for the fourth year, for a high-profile concert. All of the proceeds from the concert go to three nonprofits that support families and children. The Avett Brothers and Cheerwine’s “Legendary Giveback” events have raised more than $175,000 for charities to

Want to Be More Productive? Never Touch Things Twice

By Bill Scott, founder of StoreReport LLC & Scott Systems Inc. I have always been interested in how my customers react during rapid changes in fuel costs. Three decades ago, as fuel prices rose, profits would likewise increase, because street prices (dictated by competition) normally rose faster than the average cost of fuel already present

New Maverik to Open in Sturgis, S.D.

New Maverik will bring competition in the c-store industry to Sturgis. A new First Adventures Maverik convenience store is expected to open soon in Sturgis, S.D. According to the Meade County Times-Tribune, the new store is planned to be constructed at 2426 Junction Ave., the current location of the Star Lite Motel. The motel will

Par Petroleum Implements Major Changes

Par Petroleum has made  some major changes in order to improve the company. Effective Oct. 20, 2015, Par Petroleum Corp. will change its name to Par Pacific Holdings, Inc. The name change is meant to more accurately reflect Par’s growth strategy of building and acquiring businesses. The company’s ticker symbol, PARR, will remain the same. Along with the name change, the company

C-stores And Other Retailers Testing Mobile Payment Platform

Columbus beta expansion includes MCX’s CurrentC payment platform. Merchant Customer Exchange’s (MCX) mobile payment platform, CurrentC, can now be used at participating Kmart, Sam’s Club, Sears and Walmart locations around Columbus, Ohio. This move comes as part of an expanding beta in the city. The beta will soon grow to include select local Exxon, Mobil and Shell fuel stations,

Couche-Tard Purchases Texas Star Assets

Couche-Tard expands its base of Circle K stores in its Southwest Division. Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. has signed an agreement to purchase all the assets operated under the Texas Star brand from Texas Star Investments Inc. and its affiliates. The agreement was signed through Couche-Tard’s wholly‑owned indirect subsidiary Circle K Stores Inc. The assets are comprised of 18

Couche-Tard Vice President Resigns

Couche-Tard vice president and chief financial officer leaves after successful 13 years. Raymond Paré, vice president and chief financial officer of Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., has resigned. Paré has indicated his intention to pursue other interests and to spend more time with his family. Couche-Tard’s board of directors has accepted his resignation and wishes him success in

TravelCenters Acquires C-Stores in Western Wisconsin

TravelCenters may expand deal pending closing conditions for Western Wisconsin c-stores. TravelCenters of America LLC has acquired convenience stores located in Western Wisconsin. The previously disclosed acquisition included seven stores which were acquired Oct. 14, and one additional store may be acquired, if the seller satisfies certain closing conditions. TravelCenters has begun to operate all of the stores. TravelCenters expects

What Consumer Trends Are Ahead for 2016?

Consumer trends continue to evolve as we head into 2016. Mintel has revealed four key North American consumer trends that are expected to impact the U.S. market in 2016. Mintel consumer trends consultants Stacy Glasgow and Jenny Zegler are looking ahead to 2016 and have revealed implications for both consumers and brands in the coming

NACS Sessions Explore Design and Food

Foodservice is moving from a key concept to critical component for c-store operators. By David Bennett, Senior Editor NACS 2015 continued Oct 13 with various education sessions meant to inform and explore. Many attendees packed the room to hear discussions from a session, titled, “The Psychology of Store Design.” Joseph Bona, president of the retail

Kofdarali Takes the Helm as NACS Chairman

NACS helps to connect those in the industry to our country’s most influential people. NACS encouraged industry members to strive for greatness at the 2015-16 NACS Show. “Test your limits. Test the unknown. And work together to get better,” Jack Kofdarali, president of Corona, California-based J&T Management Inc., told NACS Show attendees after accepting the