Retail Gas Prices 101

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017

Retail gas prices are expected to be slightly higher this summer than they were in 2016. United States drivers will average $2.46 per gallon in regular gasoline according to EIA’s outlook. These gas prices are to be higher than last summer by 23 cents per gallon. Although, overall, the price per gallon projection for 2017 is still 70 cents lower than the five year average.  read more...


Spring Into Spring Cleaning

Posted on Wednesday, April 12, 2017

As the spring weather approaches, so does spring cleaning. The mix of snow, and salt can put a damper on the look and vibe of your property and these specific tips can assist in refreshing your c-store:  read more...


Getting Ahead with a Successful Loyalty Program

Posted on Friday, April 07, 2017

There is a lot to love about loyalty programs. As a c-store owner, you love them because there’s the potential to increase sales and gain customer retention ship. Customers enjoy them economic for the free “points” or sales they receive. To help encourage more customers to use your program, here are a few ways to amp up your loyalty program: read more...


Satisfy Customers with Sweet Snacks

Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Convenience store snacks are constantly evolving, although chocolate is a snack choice that seems to remain popular. The National Confectioner’s Association states that chocolate sales are expected to grow at a 5% pace in convenience stores. This being said, it is important to provide your consumers the best options in chocolate.  read more...


Keeping the Convenience in Convenience Store

Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2017

Convenience store customers drive past hundreds of gas stations daily. Because there are so many options for customers, it is important for your store to exceed expectations. In order to accomplish this goal, convenience store owners must find a way to put the convenience back into the store. Owners should remember that not only does convenience mean to provide efficiency at the checkout but more importantly, it means employees should be engaged with the customer the moment they walk in the store. The service and products that are provided in the store is the best way to increase convenience to the customer. According to Lori London, some convenient services that customers are searching for are:  read more...


Wine for the Win

Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Within the past 10 years consumers have voiced a demand toward a wider variety of craft and imported beers along with hard sodas and packaged wine. As a c-store owner or operator it is important to consider offering these up and coming products. Similar to how beer is packaged, wine consumers are requesting that c-stores offer alternative wine packaging. In addition to selling bottles of wine, canned wine, boxed wine, wine in pouches and four packs of wine are other examples of wine packages that should be sold at your store.  read more...


How Shoppers "Sense" Your Store

Posted on Friday, January 13, 2017

Individuals have five natural responses to most things in life, including shopping. According to Nichole Reyhle in article “Engaging All Five Senses of Your Customers” majority of C-store consumers have five different ways to be engaged- or disengaged- by the c-stores they visit. Below, the five senses will help influence new ways to engage customers.  read more...


Smoothly Transition from the Holidays to the New Year- Here's How!

Posted on Friday, December 30, 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, it is important for convenience store owners to ring in the new year with a strategy. Unlike large grocery chains and stores, convenience stores have less shelf space which gives a larger opportunity for experimenting while lessening the risk of financial loss. Below are strategies that owners can easily implement to kick off 2017.  read more...


Store Design Tips

Posted on Friday, December 09, 2016

A big challenge retailers face in the C-store industry is creating a store design for a positive customer experience. So, when you decide to tackle making improvements to your store, here are some easy remodeling items to consider:  read more...


Do's and Don'ts of Social Media

Posted on Thursday, December 01, 2016

These days it is common to see social media websites being used to promote products, services and special deals to consumers. Accounts like LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, YouTube, etc. are all popular in the realm of promoting. There are a few Do’s and Don’ts about using social media as a marketing tool for your c-store.  read more...