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Despite the global recession, convenience stores have thrived thanks to their ability to provide fast service, quality products and great value in strategic locations. As service and location remain the industry’s primary competitive advantage over supermarkets, drug stores and mass merchandisers, many of whom are moving into the fuel and fresh food business, convenience stores

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Survey Shows Men Are Biggest Mobile Shoppers

Men most frequently shop on mobile while at the office, while 12% of women use mobile to shop while in the waiting room at the doctor’s office. In the mobile and digital age, men have surpassed women shoppers with 45% of men having made a mobile purchase vs. 34% of women, according to a new

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Bursting With Energy

The energy shots and drinks market has been on an upward growth trajectory since 2010 and with the improvement in the economy is expected to continue on this growth. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Americans need all the energy they can get their hands on, which goes a long way to explaining the enduring success

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Retail Study Finds Store Brands Thrive In U.S. Market

Store-brands still prove to be highly popular with U.S. consumers when compared with brand-name products. A study released by Accenture finds that two-thirds of U.S. shoppers surveyed admitted that their grocery carts were half full of store-brand products. Some admitted to Accenture that they even increased their purchase of store-brand products in recent years as

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Seattle Bans Plastic Bags

More U.S. cities go green and ban the use of plastic bags in retail outlets. The ban on plastic bags continues as Seattle bans single-use plastic shopping bags at all businesses in the city, according to an Examiner report. The ban went into effect on Sunday, as was approved by the Seattle City Council in December.

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Study Shows Traditional Grocery Changing

A Jefferies-AlixPartners study shows food-at-home spending to jump by $50 billion a year for Millennials  and decrease by up to $15 billion annually for Baby Boomers by 2020. Jefferies, a global investment bank, and AlixPartners, a global business advisory firm, have announced the findings of their new joint study, Trouble in Aisle 5, which finds

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Lou Maiellano Joins CSD’s Tobacco Webcast

Management Science Associates (MSA) and Paradigm Sample, in partnership with Convenience Store Decisions, are teaming up to offer a free Webcast tomorrow that will examine the purchasing habits of adult tobacco consumers at U.S. convenience stores. The tobacco industry continues to face challenges on multiple fronts, namely ongoing legislative initiatives and the ever-present high rate

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Understanding Today’s Tobacco Customers

MSA and Paradigm Sample, in partnership with Convenience Store Decisions, examine the purchasing habits of adult tobacco consumers at U.S. convenience stores. By Trish Temmerman, Management Science Associates, and John Lofstock, Editor. The tobacco industry continues to face challenges on multiple fronts, namely ongoing legislative initiatives and the ever-present high rate of taxation. These persistent

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LA Bans Plastic Bags In Retail Outlets

Los Angeles plans to get rid of all plastic bags in the city to promote sustainability in its grocery, convenience and retail stores. The Los Angeles City Council approved a sweeping ban on the distribution of single-use, plastic shopping bags at grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies within the city. This decision came from a

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Campbell Releases CSR Report

“As we work to build a more innovative, balanced and responsive Campbell, I believe we also have the opportunity to become one of the most socially responsible consumer goods companies in the world,” says Campbell’s CEO. Campbell Soup Co. has released its 2012 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report, Nourishing, emphasizing the company’s integrated CSR approach

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RaceTrac Kicks Off SodaPalooza

Social media promotion gives customers a chance to win free fountain drinks for a year. RaceTrac is kicking off SodaPalooza 365, which gives social media savvy customers a chance to win free fountain drinks for a year at RaceTrac. The promotion runs May 21-Aug 31, and the contest will see two weekly winners. Customers have

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Online and Mobile Buying Trend Upward

Sales from mobile devices reached 13.3% in Q1 2012, up from the 7% in Q1 2011. The U.S. retail industry saw continued growth in online and mobile buying trends in the first-quarter, driven by today’s rising digital consumer marketplace. According to the IBM retail online economic indicator, a cloud-based analytics report that examines the state

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Hispanics, Singles, Matures and Millennials Reshape Retail Market

International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association report shows demographics are changing, impacting the way retailers market. A new cultural mix is shaping the retail food market, according to the “What’s In Store 2012” report from the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA). The burgeoning U.S. Hispanic population, in addition to single-person households, are steadfast forces in the grocery aisle. Active

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C-Store Industry To Reach $856.5 Billion By 2014

New report shows c-stores have greatly benefited from the growth of the overall retail industry. Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “US Convenience Stores Forecast to 2014″ report to its offering. The U.S. convenience stores industry, one of the world’s largest and fastest growing sectors, presents lucrative investment opportunities for new players.

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Pizza Occasions Grow With Key Sales Drivers

Innovation, convenience and versatility can boost your pizza sales in 2012. A new report by Technomic shows pizza consumption continues to rise. More than four in 10 (41%) consumers polled say they’re now eating pizza once a week, compared to 26% just two years ago. Pizza consumption has increased over the past two years as

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NRF Appoints Davis SVP, Executive Director

“With her deep understanding of retail and consumer trends, her love of our industry and her strategic communications background, Ellen is the perfect candidate to re-imagine the possibilities for our Foundation,” says NRF CEO. The National Retail Federation announced today that Ellen Davis has been named senior vice president and executive director of the NRF

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Kellogg Launches Website

Website tools to help convenience retailers maximize sales potential. The Kellogg’s Convenience Team has launched a redesigned Website, www.kelloggsconvenience.com, a comprehensive and interactive tool for convenience store owners. “Our goal has always been to provide a high level of personal service for our customers every day,” said Kimberly Belson, spokesperson for Kellogg’s Convenience Team. “We’ve

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Price Is Deciding Factor in Choice of Fueling Location

NACS releases results of its annual Retail Fuels Report. Price remains the dominant reason why consumers buy fuel at a particular location, according to the results from the new 2012 NACS Consumer Fuels Report. Nearly two-thirds of consumers (63%) rated price as the most important reason why they select a particular location for fueling, more

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History Channel Features C-Store Design

Veteran Designer Joseph Bona shares trade secrets with viewers of TV’s ‘Modern Marvels’. The History Channel’s “Modern Marvels” makes clear in a new episode on the convenience-store phenomenon that there is much more to America’s go-to pit stops than just coffee, soda, snacks and hot dogs. Indeed, convenience stores are carefully designed for maximum speed

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Out-of-Stocks Drive Customers To Your Competitors

Nearly one-third of U.S. shoppers found empty shelves this holiday season, an Aldata survey finds. Holiday shopping wasn’t a cheerful experience for many Americans this holiday season. According to a new survey of more than 1,000 U.S. in-store shoppers, 31% discovered that the product(s) they were looking for this holiday season were out of stock.

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The Pantry Reports Q4 and Fiscal 2011 Results

“Fiscal 2012 represents an important transitional period for the company, as we focus on a pricing strategy that is intended to improve merchandise sales growth and align our gasoline volume with industry trends,” says The Pantry’s Interim CEO. The Pantry Inc. has announced financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and year ended Sept. 29,

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Bolla Oil Adds innovationTV at 40 Sites

“The investment creates an exciting resource that will become an asset to help us connect with and deliver great advancements to our valued customers,” says Bolla Oil CEO. Bolla Oil gas station and convenience store locations, located in the New York market, are adding inOvationTV to more than 40 sites, some of which will be

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C-Store Foodservice Challenges QSRs

“Convenience stores are increasingly falling into the same consideration set as fast-food restaurants,” says Technomic director. As convenience stores continue offering busy consumers more options for meals and snacks, new research by Technomic finds consumers are taking advantage of the expanding foodservice options, many times at the expense of quick-service restaurants. Of consumers polled on

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Retail Trends for 2012

As technology continues to change the way we do business, retailers must weigh the benefits of being ahead of the curve versus the risks, and the disadvantages of falling behind. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. In a scene from the futuristic movie “Minority Report,” Tom Cruise’s character walks through a shopping mall while 3-D screens

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Rutter’s To Break Ground on New Loganville Store

New store plans to employ 80 during construction, 40 full-time. York, Pa.-based Rutter’s Farm Stores plans to break ground on the chain’s 57th convenience store, which will be located off the Loganville exit of I-83 in Loganville Borough in southern York County, Pa. The multi-million dollar project is situated at the intersection of Susquehanna Trail

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