the power of one

One manager, one employee or idea can make a difference in customers’ lives. Some psychologists say that every day, more of us feel less effectivethan we used to feel. Even relatively minor things, such as trying to get througha voice mail system so you can talk to a real live person when you have a

the convenience store foodservice show

April 6-8, 2006 The Intercontinental Hotel Atlanta, GA On the menu… Track 1: The Building Blocks of Foodservice Case studies of retailers that are taking Coffee, Fountain/FCB, Roller Grill and other foodservice “jumping off points” to new levels and new directions. Track 2: The Foodservice Supply Chain Learning how to make the supply chain safer

didnt make it to vegas

Let CSD share some of the NACS Show highlights. The saying goes, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” That is unless you’re a category manager who waited patiently to attend the NACS show in Sin City after it was delayed two weeks and relocated from its original host city,New Orleans, as a result of

red hot eats

Great Expectations The Power of a 94′ Milkshake Keynote Speaker: Thom Crosby, President & CEO, Pal’s Sudden Service Thom Crosby calls today’s young workers “part of the best trained, most highly educated and prepared workforce that America has ever seen.” Pal’s philosophy of empowerment has cultivated a crew of store-level strategic thinkers that has propelled

colossal success

Despite its size, 7-Eleven Inc. employs the grace, speed to market and creative thinking often seen in aggressive start-ups. CSD honors the industry’s mightiest retailer for its all-consuming drive to serve the customer. Like many of his peers, California franchisee Jas Dhillon believes thepower of the 7-Eleven brand lies in its ability to stay relevant,

a conversation with jim keyes

Jim Keyes, who recently stepped down as president and CEO of 7-Eleven Inc., is as passionate about growing people as he is about growing merchandise sales. While leading a franchise-based company for two decades comes with its share of challenges, it also comes with many rewards, especially relating to people development. A tireless advocate of

interview with the slurpee

CSD lands the interview of the year- an exclusive with one of 7-Eleven’s coolest personalities: the Slurpee. Turning 40 this year hasn’t slowed down this icy icon. CSD: First of all, we’re big fans. How do you prefer to be addressed— Mr. Slurpee, Big Slurp, the Slurpster? Slurpee: Slurpee is fine. And I appreciate the

chevron gets roasted

When Chevron Corp. (San Ramon, CA) wanted to upgrade the gourmet coffee offerat its ExtraMile Convenience Stores, it went north of the border to tap Canadianroaster Van Houtte to do the brews for a pilot program in the Seattle market.Since May, 43 ExtraMile units in the area have been featuring Van Houtte brandedcoffee stations. The

should you add to your ad budget

Advertising is a severely underutilized tool for convenience retailers, according to one industry guru. So, how much should you allocate for your ad budget—and where should you invest it? Each year, convenience retailers spend an estimated $300 million in advertising.That sounds like a lot of dough, but John Matthews, president of marketing consultingfirm Gray Cat

realationship

A new study reveals that customers are ready to take their relationship with your stores and employees to a new level. Are you? Kathy (not her real name) is a grandmother in her late 40s who recently movedfrom an apartment in Scottsdale, AZ, to a house in Phoenix. “So I don’t havemuch connection to my

fresh pressure

Casey’s and CJ’s don’t skimp when it comes to offering fresh pizza. Dedicated labor and attention to detail keep these programs profitable. Easy doesn’t necessarily mean better. That’s the view of Casey’s General Stores(Ankeny, IA) when it comes to foodservice. With more than 1,300 corporate-ownedstores and 19 franchised stores covering nine Midwest states, the company

system failure

When employees perform below expectations, chances are it’s not a training issue. Often, employees fail because of the systems that are supposed to support them. Researchers tell us that when employees who know how to perform the dutiesof their jobs aren’t performing them, lack of training is rarely the cause. Job-related training salespeople say otherwise,

benefiting from benefits

Vic Shealy, president of Citizens Fuel Co./Citi Stop Convenience Stores (Asheville, NC), has concentrated on soft benefits since he bought the business in 1974. “We don

the quest for clean power

To maintain uptime and reduce servicing, the latest generation of electronic power conditioners guards data in case of power failure or lockups in ATM systems. To maintain uptime and reduce servicing, the latest generation of electronicpower conditioners guards data in case of power failure or lockups in ATM systems. In the race to deliver 100%

riding the right horse

Retailers trim energy costs by investing in building-control systems geared specifically for their stores Checking the fence line? Use a quarter horse. Entering the Preakness or theKentucky Derby? Saddle up a thoroughbred. Plowing the field or pulling a heavyload? Enlist a draft horse. And a Morgan is just right for pleasure riding.The point is, using

lots of opportunity

Labeled “cannibalistic” by some, drive-thru coffee kiosks on c-store lots can perk up in-store java sales. Over the past 11 years, more than 70 of Montanabased Mountain Mudd’ssignature green 8′ by 8′ drive-thru kiosks have popped up in parking lots spanning21 states, and founder Brenda Burkhartsmeier has plans to take over the nationalNo. 2 niche

working with a net

Meticulous vendor selection and an intense focus on proper rotation comprise some of the measures retailers take to build fortresses around their food programs. With great power comes great responsibility. So said "Uncle Ben" Parkerto his web-slinging nephew Peter in the 2002 summer smash Spider-Man. Asimilar maxim applies to convenience retailers in the food business:

waterworld

First-class service sets Waterway Gas & Wash apart from the crowd. Some people would consider Henry Dubinsky a visionary, a man ahead ofhis time. As far back as 1970, he realized that carwash and gasoline were naturalbedfellows. Dubinsky, chairman and chief executive officer of Waterway Gas &Wash Co., knew even then that the two profit

club house

Independent marketers have the ability to buy like the big boys. Karen McGuire regards Doug Van Zee, a retail consultant for CHS Inc.,as a key person in her life. As general manager of two Cenex branded locationsin Mitchell, SD, McGuire doesn’t have time to chase down the best deals forher stores. But since she joined

eye on the prize

While creating a safer environment for employees, Kent Oil witnessed as much as a 19% increase in sales in one of two stores testing a new surveillance system. Bill Kent has always had a simple goal: to deliver the best possiblelevel of customer service in his stores. Up till two and a half years ago,

removing obstacles

As senior vice president of sales and marketing for GPM Investments LLC, Brad Chivington does everything in his power to make sure his company's 160 Fas Mart and Shore Stop stores perform at a consistently high level. And when the stores show measurable improvement

putting a finger onbiometrics

Some retailers now accept a new form of customer payment: the human body (or at least part of it). Most people would develop an eating disorder or some other form of neurosis if people continually gave them the finger. But not Colorado’s Bob Zenner. The more people flash him their “digits,” the wider his smile.

centralized production

Central Ohio Energy (Mansfield, OH) opened its commissary about threeyears ago. Company executives saw a need for a fresh and consistent productand couldn't pinpoint a vendor that could provide the quality it needed andbe flexible about returns. The Ohio chain operates nine locations: eight In-n-Out Marts and one Easy TripStore. The Easy Trip, which is

the key to consistency

When a particular category— say, foodservice—accounts for almost 12% of the industry’s total inside sales (which it did last year, per the National Association of Convenience Stores’ State of the Industry report), retailers will work to control it as much as possible. In fact, retailers have spent millions of dollars and man-hours to add cost

moe speeds to market

Running a convenience store business comes with its share of benefits.For Brian Bach, co-owner of More of Everything, the perks include a companycar…or van, to be more precise. The van features the logo and addresses of More of Everything's two locations,as well as logos of key vendors who helped Bach and business partner Cory Churchillpay

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