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    During the Summer months, customers will be pouring into c-stores in search for their favorite products. As your store begins to gain heavier foot traffic, prepare for the increase in customers by optimizing your store's space. Many store owners find that their store is lacking organization or structure that can be hindering their customer's overall experience. Learn how the clutter can affect your customers and the steps to improve your c-store's space to satisfy and compel customers to make...

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    Large companies are on the hunt to acquire c-stores. Just in 2017, there have been hundreds of stores acquired pushing new competitors into the c-store market. As companies compete for growth it is important to know the latest company acquisitions, the pros and cons of selling your store, and what the outlook is for the future of convenience.

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    In a scientific telephone survey of 1,000 adult Americans, 75 percent said they have made an impulse purchase. By definition, impulse buying is the act of purchasing something unplanned after feeling the sudden urge to buy a product. This often happens when a customer has come into your c-store to buy a specific item but leave with multiple. It is important to learn who is making the purchases, what causes customers to impulse buy, and what items are most tempting.

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    The checkout counter is the last chance to get customers to purchase additional items and leaves a lasting impression in customers' minds. Making sure your counter has a tempting “selling zone” that draws in impulse shoppers to increase your profits. Understanding what is working and how you can improve can make all the difference. If you believe your checkout counter does not need improvement, understand that “no matter what you’re selling, a disorganized store filled with cluttered shelves...

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    In today’s regulatory environment, health inspectors are evaluating retailers on the efforts they are making to keep their consumers safe rather than what might already be wrong.  Inspections are no longer only intended to check for obvious potential dangers, but also to examine the procedures and standards in an individual business.  As inspectors are becoming more stringent in the way that they monitor convenience stores and other food retailers, it’s more important for owners and operators...

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    Keeping the right products in your store is about more than simply finding the ones you get a great deal on, the ones other stores are carrying, or even the ones customers have bought before.  Deciding what products you should stock in your store, and how, should rely on a careful strategy.  This strategy is called category management.  While the large chains have corporate teams to study data and analyses to guide the right purchasing decisions, category management is an activity that...

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    The 2016 United States presidential election left a considerable portion the country with many uncertainties about the future.  One major area of concern going into 2017 is the country’s economy and the outlook for current and potential business owners.  While 80% of roughly 1,400 executives from small and mid-sized businesses across the country say that they are optimistic about the economy, there are still some lingering worries1.  A survey by Bank of America showed that small business owners...

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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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    C-Store Trends: Improving Healthy Food Offering

    Convenience stores have become popular stops for quick and convenient meals. Foodservice sales increased by 20.5% to $43.2 billion in 2021, yet 6 in 10 shoppers are not happy with the current selection of healthy foods.The post-pandemic world has brought an intense focus on physical health and well-being, as 70% of Americans are more conscious of their physical health post-pandemic, according to the New York Post.

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    C-Store Trends: Improving Healthy Food Offering

    Convenience stores have become popular stops for quick and convenient meals. Foodservice sales increased by 20.5% to $43.2 billion in 2021, yet 6 in 10 shoppers are not happy with the current selection of healthy foods.The post-pandemic world has brought an intense focus on physical health and well-being, as 70% of Americans are more conscious of their physical health post-pandemic, according to the New York Post.

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    3 Ways Business Owners Can Overcome a Post-Holidays Sales Slump

    For c-store owners, grocers, and other specialty retailer the holidays usually bring in more customers, more sales, and an overall busier store. November and December are often notably busy times of year. C-store owners see an increase in travel which means more people stopping in for fuel or a quick snack and grocers have a boost in customers looking for items to make their favorite holiday meal. The months that follow might bring about some challenges for store owners like less foot traffic,...

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    3 Ways Business Owners Can Overcome a Post-Holidays Sales Slump

    For c-store owners, grocers, and other specialty retailer the holidays usually bring in more customers, more sales, and an overall busier store. November and December are often notably busy times of year. C-store owners see an increase in travel which means more people stopping in for fuel or a quick snack and grocers have a boost in customers looking for items to make their favorite holiday meal. The months that follow might bring about some challenges for store owners like less foot traffic,...

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    High Sales with Low Profits, How to Maximize Revenue in Your Store

    If your store is experiencing high sales and low profits, you may need to re-evaluate your profit margins. Profit margin measures a retailer’s profit after subtracting cost from how much you sell the item for, if this number is positive then you are making money. As a business owner, you always want to maximize your profit margins so that you can maximize your revenue.

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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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    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 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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    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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