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    C-Store Trends: Importance of Fresh Foods

    C-store owners should recognize the importance of having a stable inventory of fresh foods. Convenience has become a non-negotiable expectation for consumers. People want one-stop-shops that are quick, easy, and affordable. Since c-stores are no longer the only business catering to this need, retailers should focus on going beyond convenience and incorporating high quality foodservice options.

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    80+ Years of Serving Los Angeles… from Locals to Celebrities goEBT EBT processing merchant Hawkins House of Burgers, home to “The Best Burger in Los Angeles,” has been a staple in the Watts neighborhood of southeast Los Angeles for more than 80 years. Cynthia Hawkins, the youngest of 14 children, is the third generation of her family to manage this business, which has adapted over the years to fit the needs of the community.

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    50 Years and Counting in the Food Industry goEBT EBT processing merchant Sr. Cliff’s Texas Style Burritos, home of the original Soul Man burrito, has been providing Afro-Mexican fusion food to the Compton community since 1992. However, the story of this community staple actually began in 1969, when founder and co-owner Cliff Williams arrived in California.

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    If you have been reading our goEBT blog articles, you know that we try our hardest to feature information that covers all the most important topics for small business owners, especially those in the food retail space and those that accept SNAP EBT benefits.  While we’re always keeping our eyes and ears out for what is valuable to merchants, there’s a good chance we can’t cover EVERYTHING.  To make sure you’re keeping up with all the latest news, tips, trends, and opportunities, you should be...

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    Many small business owners hope to continue expanding their business to make more money.  While growing your business and opening additional locations may seem like an easy way to increase profits, taking on the responsibility of yet another business location is nothing to take lightly.  If you’re considering this major step for your business, there are five very important questions to ask yourself beforehand.

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    Payment Processing Tech for C-stores

    As a follow up to our last article about the importance of keeping up with the latest and greatest technology in your business, we’d like to use this article to talk about payment technology specifically.  Because payments are the only way that your business will be able to make money, it is extremely important that entrepreneurs are keeping their eyes on the payments industry innovations as consumer demands and expectations are changing.  If you aren’t sure what you should be considering when...

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    C-store Technology that Is a Must

    Because owning and operating a small business usually means trying to learn and do most things on your own, many store owners in the convenience and grocery industry try to keep the number of new things they try low.  However, this has proven to be a bad strategy when store owners are trying to keep ahead of the competition and keep their target consumers happy.  One area where small business owners tend to avoid change or updates is technology, and this is becoming a huge issue for many...

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    Convenience Store Merchant Spotlight: Dollars Plus

    While the standard convenience stores and gas stations make up the bulk of our goEBT merchants, we also serve a number of other types of stores who like to be able to accept EBT as a form of payment.  Plus, many of our convenience and grocery store merchants are finding that by adding other types of products, not just snacks and drinks, they can not only increase their foot traffic, but also increase their sales.  One of the stores that has proven this concept to be true is Dollars Plus and...

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    You may have heard about the exciting opportunities being created by the legalization of marijuana and marijuana products throughout the country.  You may have also heard about the unique opportunities for success that many c-store owners are eager to take advantage of.  However, as you are considering venturing into the world of marijuana product sales, there are five really important things you need to know.

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    Earlier this year, Hawaii lawmakers proposed a bipartisan bill that would begin to eliminate cigarettes from the entire state over the next several years.  This new bill aims to first raise the legal purchasing age for tobacco to 100 years old.  That’s right, if approved, this new law would make it illegal for anyone under 100 to buy tobacco products by 2024.  This proposed bill is yet another step in the state’s path toward “keeping people healthy and alive in the Aloha State,” says Rep....

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    We’ve all heard it before, “everything is going online”.  For store owners running business that relies on a physical store-front, this retail evolution can seem scary.  While the online world still can’t compete with the convenience that c-stores and local groceries provide, it’s still important for store owners to keep up with the ecommerce trend.  If you’re wondering how it’s possible to compete with those online giants that seem to be taking over, we’ve got ideas for you.

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    According to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention, more than $35 million worth of items is stolen from retailers across the U.S. every day.  This amount covers theft of all kinds of products from electronics to clothing, and even groceries.  This statistic should be scary for any owner of a business and should be enough reason to make sure you are protecting your business from theft as best as possible.  In order to do that you have to know how to spot shoplifting and the steps...

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    As a c-store owner, it's crucial to continually build your business, but it can be hard to find the time or figure out where to start. However, many independent business owners are unsure of the opportunities of internet resources, which wait just a few easy taps away.  To help c-store owners make use of the internet, especially those that may be new to this topic, we've created a C-Store Owner Online Resource Guide.

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      Age-Verification Solution TruAge to be Deployed by CDE Services, Inc., Expanding Access to Convenience Stores Nationwide Payment solutions provider CDE to implement TruAge, a proof-of-age solution developed by NACS and Conexxus to inhibit the sale of age-restricted products to minors

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    Convenience Store Merchant Spotlight: Hawkins House of Burgers

    80+ Years of Serving Los Angeles… from Locals to Celebrities goEBT EBT processing merchant Hawkins House of Burgers, home to “The Best Burger in Los Angeles,” has been a staple in the Watts neighborhood of southeast Los Angeles for more than 80 years. Cynthia Hawkins, the youngest of 14 children, is the third generation of her family to manage this business, which has adapted over the years to fit the needs of the community.

    Read more
    Convenience Store Merchant Spotlight: Sr. Cliff's Texas Style Burritos

    50 Years and Counting in the Food Industry goEBT EBT processing merchant Sr. Cliff’s Texas Style Burritos, home of the original Soul Man burrito, has been providing Afro-Mexican fusion food to the Compton community since 1992. However, the story of this community staple actually began in 1969, when founder and co-owner Cliff Williams arrived in California.

    Read more

    Convenience Store Trends

    C-Store Trends: Importance of Fresh Foods

    C-store owners should recognize the importance of having a stable inventory of fresh foods. Convenience has become a non-negotiable expectation for consumers. People want one-stop-shops that are quick, easy, and affordable. Since c-stores are no longer the only business catering to this need, retailers should focus on going beyond convenience and incorporating high quality foodservice options.

    Read more

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    3 Ways Retailers Can Prepare for the Holiday Rush

    Retailers, it’s already that time of year again! Time to start preparing your retail space and inventory for the upcoming holidays. With Christmas and Thanksgiving being the top 2 most celebrated holidays in the United States, there is no doubt that this time of year makes retailers a lot busier. Along with the joyful holiday spirit, this time of year brings on increased customer traffic and a boost in sales for grocers, c-stores, quick-service restaurants, bodegas, and other specialty...

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    3 Ways Retailers Can Prepare for the Holiday Rush

    Retailers, it’s already that time of year again! Time to start preparing your retail space and inventory for the upcoming holidays. With Christmas and Thanksgiving being the top 2 most celebrated holidays in the United States, there is no doubt that this time of year makes retailers a lot busier. Along with the joyful holiday spirit, this time of year brings on increased customer traffic and a boost in sales for grocers, c-stores, quick-service restaurants, bodegas, and other specialty...

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    Delivery services have been established for decades now, but have not seen a lot of change until "recently" with Amazon. When I say recently, yet Amazon revolutionized delivery a few years ago by offering same-day delivery. It didn't take long before other companies began to offer the same thing, and not long after that, people's favorite fast-food restaurants began to make getting a Big Mac easier than ever before. 

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    Food deserts are defined by the USDA as “low-income census tracts with a substantial number or share of residents with low levels of access to retail outlets selling healthy and affordable foods.” In food deserts it is extremely difficult for kids, families, and communities to access foods that promote health and strength. There are many ways to prevent food deserts, but the first step is increasing access to c-stores, grocery stores, supermarkets, bodegas, farmers markets, etc.

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    How-Farmers-Leverage-Digital-Agriculture-to-Improve-Food-Sustainability

    Farmers fuel food sustainability by using digital agriculture platforms that improve farming efficiency and optimize the food supply chain. Technology has been optimizing every area of our lives since the digital revolution began, so it only makes sense that this idea made its way into our food system. Here are some ways that digital agriculture can improve food sustainability…

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    USDA’s SNAP-Ed program is an amazing resource for SNAP retailers as well as SNAP recipients. The program focuses on educating people on how to live a healthy life and how to make the most of their SNAP dollars, organizing nutrition education classes and social marketing campaigns, as well as takes initiative to improve government policies. While FNS provides resources and guidance on SNAP-Ed, states oversee running their own programs.

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    food-deserts-and-how-to-increase-access-to-foods

    Food deserts are defined by the USDA as “low-income census tracts with a substantial number or share of residents with low levels of access to retail outlets selling healthy and affordable foods.” In food deserts it is extremely difficult for kids, families, and communities to access foods that promote health and strength. There are many ways to prevent food deserts, but the first step is increasing access to c-stores, grocery stores, supermarkets, bodegas, farmers markets, etc.

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    SNAP benefits increased in Louisiana

    Louisiana announced an increase in SNAP benefits beginning October 1st, 2022 in response to increased cost of living. This is the second more recent increase, the first of which was on October 1st, 2021 and was the first reevaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan (TFP) in 45 years.

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    Payments News

    According to the Small Business Administration, the second leading cause of business failure is insufficient or delayed financial support. In many cases, this is brought about by a poor business credit score. If you are unaware, a business' credit score is similar to a personal credit score. A person's credit can be improved by paying loans on time and avoiding any reoccurring debt. Business credit is almost exactly the same with minor differences. In today's blog, we will discuss the...

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    A large part of gaining favoritism among legislation is bringing these officials to your level as a store owner and showing them how valuable your business is. In recent years, the value that C-stores provide to their community was lost in the eyes of legislators. Laws did not exist to protect the C-store industry from data breaches or loss of people's financial information. NACS is seeking better representation from legislators and government officials in the hopes of turning this around....

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