Convenience

Stores with typically small to medium formats and typically limited product categories and ranges, foodservice, and gasoline.

ARTICLES

Focus on Digital: Connecting With Convenience

By Jim Wisner
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In comparison to other retailers, C-stores have a unique set of challenges. Although the channel has grown over the last few years, it faces pressure from the low prices of dollar stores and the wider assortments of drug chains.


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Convenience Channel Update

According to NACS (the National Association for Convenience and Fuel Retailing), the U.S. convenience store industry currently consists of over 150,000 stores that account for nearly $700 billion in sales.
By Douglas J. Peckenpaugh
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Apart from 7-Eleven—which maintains a strong national (and international) presence—the C-store channel today is highly regionalized.


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Retail Branding Through Foodservice

In-store foodservice provides a distinct opportunity to bolster retailer branding - and drive revenue growth.
By Douglas J. Peckenpaugh
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Retailers today have begun to morph into lifestyle-based extensions of their shoppers—they aspire to become regular destinations, meeting myriad needs, and are evolving into brands themselves.


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Focus on Digital: Madness Can Be a Sane Choice For Engaging Promotions

By Jim Wisner
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As we escape the cold, wintery doldrums of February, March brings the promise of spring, warmer weather and the unshakable grip of one of America’s greatest pastimes: the office March Madness pool.


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Following The Buzz

Health and Value Through Private Label

By Jamie Grill-Goodman
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By now, many of you may have forsaken your New Year’s resolutions or, if they involved proclamations of healthier living, perhaps put them off until spring when the weather reminds you of approaching beach trips and bathing suits.


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NACS Report Shows Industry Growth In 2012

By Chris Freeman
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The latest annual report from the National Association of Convenience Stores shows record sales again in 2012, driven by increases in fuel and in-store sales.


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Fred’s Adding More Private Label SKUs

By Chris Freeman
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After a sluggish first quarter of fiscal 2013, Fred’s discount retailer announced that it was committed to its private label, with new items headed to stores in the second quarter.


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Rabobank Report Says Mid-Market Products In Danger

By Chris Freeman
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A new report from Rabobank says changing consumer preferences are leading to a polarization between premium and value tiers in food sales, a shift which will leave mid-tier items in danger of becoming extinct.


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Special Report: Retailer Roundtable

Kicking Around Private Label

Growing food and foodservice, new competitors changing the face of convenience stores.
By Chris Freeman
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On a warm week in January, retailer buyers and suppliers in the convenience and front-end industry got together in San Antonio, Texas, for the ECRM Convenience and Checklane, Front End and Impulse trade shows.


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Carrefour To Expand Convenience Stores

By Chris Freeman
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Carrefour, the second-largest food retailer in the world, announced that it plans to expand its convenience store network in France by as many as 350 stores.


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EVENTS

NACS Show

10/7/14
Las Vegas Convention Center
Las Vegas

Every year, the NACS Show brings together convenience and fuel retailing industry professionals for four days of learning, buying and selling, networking and fun — all designed to help participants grow and run successful operations.

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September 2014 New Food Products

This month's new food products include cane sugars, barbeque sauce, condiments in squeeze bottles, cinnamon snack seasoning, and jalapeno tzatziki, ice cream, herb toasts, corn puffs, instant coffee, coconut water, and a water enhancer.

Podcasts

Coming with a clear, comprehensive plan was the key to success for Longo Brothers Fruit Markets when the grocer decided to roll out a two-tier private label strategy, Jenny Longo and Robert Koss tell PLBuyer editor Chris Freeman in this podcast.

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Private Label Buyer Magazine

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September 2014

The September 2014 issue of Private Label Buyer includes a convenience channel update, as well as category insights on frozen store brand trends and health and beauty items. Check it out today!

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