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CCRRC Study Unveils Growth Opportunities for C-Stores

Study by the NACS/ Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council (CCRRC) identifies five new platforms that can drive convenience retail growth. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. A newly released report from the NACS/Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council (NACS/CCRRC) is providing insights into what motivates shoppers to spend more of their hard-earned dollars inside convenience stores. “We began the

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Douglass Distributing Inks Deals with Gilbarco, Outcast

Douglass Distributing has reached a deal with Gilbarco Veeder-Root and Outcast to that calls for Applause TV with Outcast to be the exclusive digital forecourt media provider for all of the company’s dealer- and company-owned Lone Star Food Store locations. With over 140 ExxonMobil, Valero and Shell fuel branded locations in the Sherman and Dallas/Fort

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Healthy Options Driving Foodservice Demand

Many convenience store retailers are cognizant of the trend toward healthier foods and are adding better-for-you items to their menus. By John Lofstock, Editor. More salads, fruits and vegetables are finding their way onto convenience store shelves—often for purchase in the morning, or as a late afternoon snack—much to the delight of an increasing number

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Sweeten the Deal for Chocolate

Market researchers report that between 82% and 92% of Americans admit to indulging in chocolate candy. Even more important is the revelation that the majority of them do it at least once a month. By Marilyn Odesser-Torpey, Associate Editor. Americans aren’t eating out as much as they used to, but they are eating more chocolate,

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NACS Responds To House of Representatives Raiding LUST Trust Fund

“Stealing $3 billion away from LUST sends a clear message that members of Congress are abandoning a critical and necessary program that protects the health and water security of their constituents,” says NACS spokesperson. The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) has responded to final language included in the U.S. House of Representatives’ version of

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Are CAFE and RFS Doomed?

“RFS and CAFE policies cannot coexist without substantial changes in the retail and vehicle markets,” says NACS vice president of government relations. The requirements mandated by the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and the proposed Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards are likely to create a situation in which one or both of these programs will

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NACS and VIVA Creative Launch NACS Show Virtual

NACS Show Virtual features exclusive content from the 2011 event and insider information about the upcoming NACS Show. National Association of Convenience Store Retailers (NACS) and VIVA Creative, Agency of Results, are continuing their partnership to launch a highly interactive virtual environment, “NACS Show Virtual,” (www.nacsshowvirtual.com) to engage association members and attendees in preparation for

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NACS Testifies On Domestic Fuels Bill

NACS Vice President of Government Relations speaks before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy. On April 19, NACS Vice President of Government Relations John Eichberger testified before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, on behalf of the convenience and fuel retailing

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Beer Sales in C-Stores Up Over $200 Million in 2011

Convenience stores were the leading channel for beer sales among off-premise retailers. The Beer Institute released new data today showing beer sales in convenience stores rose by 1.3% in 2011 totaling over $16.7 billion in sales. Convenience stores were responsible for nearly 17% of total beer sales in 2011, comprising the largest share of off-premise

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NACS Welcomes Products and Services Manager

Bethany Saldana joins NACS team. On April 16, Bethany Saldana joined the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) as its products and services manager. Saldana previously worked part time for NACS while she was completing her coursework for her M.S. in organization development and knowledge management, which she received from George Mason University in January.

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Study by NACS Points To Hidden Card Fees

Study shows as gas prices increased 80% between 2004 and 2011, card fees grew 180%. A new study by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) called “Hidden Bank Fees Siphon Money from Customers and Merchants at the Pump,” shows drivers are paying 6-10 cents a gallon in hidden bank fees every time they purchase

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Peter Sheahan To Speak At NACS Opening Session

Acclaimed global thought leader Peter Sheahan has been named as an Opening General Session speaker for the NACS Show, which takes place Oct. 7-10 in Las Vegas. Sheahan will speak during the NACS Show Opening General Session on Oct. 8. He is founder and CEO of ChangeLabs, a global consultancy that works with some of

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Convenience Store Sales Topped $680 Billion in 2011

Convenience store sales, both at the pump and inside the store, set new records in 2011, according to data released today by NACS. In-store convenience store sales grew 2.4%, reaching a record $195.0 billion. Combined with $486.9 billion in motor fuels sales, total convenience store sales in 2011 were $681.9 billion, or one out of

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Domestic Fuels Act Introduced

Bill aims to make it easier for retailers to offer customers different kinds of fuel. The Domestic Fuels Act of 2012 (S.2264) was introduced in the U.S. Senate yesterday, March 29. The legislation would help retailers offer new fuels with a lower cost of entry, a lower liability risk and to limit other regulatory factors

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Sweet Outlook for Candy and Confections

Despite the continued economic doldrums, U.S. confectionery sales have grown at a pace of 4.2% annually and generate $29 billion in total sales, according to SymphonyIRI, a Chicago-based research firm. Jenn Elleck, of the National Confectioners Association (NCA), said the biggest misconception about selling candy is that candy sells itself. “Retailers don’t think they need

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Coffee Driving Foodservice Sales

Convenience stores are expanding their brew programs and condiment offerings, allowing guests to customize each cup. Most c-stores have embraced the consumer’s desire for customization by offering broad coffee and condiment selections and stations for customers to prep their cups the way they like. C-stores are improving coffee quality in line with greater demand for

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NACS/CCRRC Releases Report On Shopper Motivations

Study identifies five compelling new platforms that can drive convenience retail growth. Convenience retailers seeking a profitable path to the future now have five compelling growth platforms to explore, following recommendations offered in the final section of a new NACS /Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council (NACS / CCRRC) study posted on www.ccrrc.org. “C-Growth: Using Shopper Research

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Anheuser-Busch Announces Personnel Moves

Anheuser-Busch has announced personnel changes in its National Retail Sales organization, led by Chris Williams, vice president NRS. Effective April 2, 2012 Manny Zayas will become the vice president and team lead, Walmart, Sam’s Club and Walmart International. Zayas joined the organization last year as vice president of convenience and successfully merged the c-store and

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Building a Better Back Office

Back-office systems will continue to serve c-store operators better in 2012 and beyond. “The quality of point-of-sale (POS) software that is available now, and at lower prices, is changing the market,” said Rick Yost, operations manager for Dead River Co. in Bangor, Maine. “There are some great products out there moving into the clouds, where

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Former Pantry SVP of Operations Joins MACS

Industry Veteran Brad Williams, former senior vice president of operations at The Pantry, joins Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores. Mid-Atlantic Convenience Stores (MACS), one of the largest ExxonMobil fuel distributors in the Mid-Atlantic region, has appointed of Brad Williams to its executive leadership team. Williams will serve as senior vice president of store operations and will oversee

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Building Bottled Water Sales

New products and core beverages will always drive cold vault sales. Retailers have to know how to market them effectively to maximize profitability. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Bottled water sales continue to rise steadily, which is good news for overall packaged beverage sales in convenience stores. NACS reported recently that in the wake of

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Molly Hoyt Joins NACS

NACS hires meetings coordinator. Molly Hoyt has joined NACS, effective, Feb. 27, as its meetings coordinator. Prior to joining NACS, Hoyt worked at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, where she served as a meetings concierge and eventually assistant banquet manager, supervising all banquet functions at the hotel. Hoyt earned a B.S. in communication from Ohio

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Consumer Perceptions Vary About C-Store and Fuel Retailers

Customers guess retailers make 48 cents profit per gallon of fuel sold after expenses, when the reality is closer to 15 cents per gallon. While consumers intellectually understand that the corner store isn’t responsible for high prices at the pump, they still don’t like fuels retailers, according to findings released today from the new 2012

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Drew Arberg Joins NACS

Arberg appointed new data integrity coordinator. Drew Arberg has joined NACS as its data integrity coordinator. Most recently, Arberg worked as a research assistant for the Charleston School of Law’s Career Services Department. He graduated from the College of Charleston with a B.A. in political science in 2009. Arberg is a resident of Reston, Va.

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NACS Releases Compensation Report of 2011 Data

“Data from the NACS State of the Industry Compensation Survey of 2011 Data increases human resource’s strategic value to your business,” says NACS spokesperson. NACS has released its NACS State of the Industry Compensation Report of 2011 Industry Data, the latest snapshot of compensation levels, turnover and benefits metrics for the convenience and fuel retailing

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