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    Convenience stores have been known for their selection of snacks and drinks, but recently they are becoming a destination for travelers to stop for meals. With convenience being a key trend and the “grab-and-go” lifestyle becoming increasingly popular, c-stores are elevating their foodservice offerings. Here are some ways c-stores are improving foodservice to attract customers looking for quick meals.

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    Convenience store count rises

    With time being the new currency, convenience stores are becoming hubs for quick shopping, food, and more, redefining the retail landscape. The latest census data from NACS highlights another year where the number of convenience stores increased across the United States. In a market that is growing more saturated, store owners need to understand these trends and learn how to stand out.

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    Convenience stores have been known for their selection of snacks and drinks, but recently they are becoming a destination for travelers to stop for meals. With convenience being a key trend and the “grab-and-go” lifestyle becoming increasingly popular, c-stores are elevating their foodservice offerings. Here are some ways c-stores are improving foodservice to attract customers looking for quick meals.

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    Tidewater Seafood Shack

    Tidewater Seafood Shack

    goEBT has helped a lot with business, this location has a lot of EBT customers and getting started with goEBT helped me grow the business.

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    Hawkins House of Burgers

    Hawkins House of Burgers

    At least 20% of the restaurant’s sales are generated from EBT customers, which has helped sustain Hawkins House of Burgers through COVID-19

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    Knicker Knacker Market

    Knicker Knacker Market

    Through goEBT, Knicker Knacker Market was able to offer services for his customers that he originally could not.

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    Sr. Cliff's Texas Style Burritos

    Sr. Cliff's Texas Style Burritos

    Working with goEBT for the past few years has made things easier because they don’t miss a beat when assisting their customers.

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    Roeser's Bakery

    goEBT is just another way for Roeser's Bakery to take care of the people that have made his business so successful for over 100-years.

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    People are probably well aware of your c-store and enjoy stopping in to pick up their favorite snacks or drinks on their way home. However, to become a true staple of your community, you should consider partnering with other local businesses in the area through mutually beneficial working relationships. Forming and leveraging these relationships provides many different benefits for your business, most importantly expansion opportunities for your store through cross-promotional campaigns.

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    As 2018 rapidly approaches, now is the time to start planning your inventory for the New Year and contacting the local distributors in your area about their products. Finding a new distributor or vendor for your c-store can seem like a stressful process, and if you are a single store owner that has never worked with distributors of national brands before, the process can be even more confusing.

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    Being a business owner is difficult. Being a business owner without the proper capital is even harder. Whether you want to add a deli, upgrade your coolers, or even just improve your bathrooms you need money to make it happen. Even if your convenience or small grocery store is successful, finding the extra funds to invest back into your store without taking a loss isn’t easy. Luckily, organizations like IOU financial are making small business loans available for just this reason. Now, c-store...

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    As we reported before, SNAP retailer requirements have changed, and these changes will impact your c-store in the immediate future. Per the changes made to the retailer qualifications, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) will begin implementing these finalized rules this month. You can view FNS’s webinar and download their one pager for more help preparing for the changes.

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    Most of the time, customers will know exactly what they want as soon as they enter your store. However, every day there are customers purchasing items simply because they see them on the shelf. Customers want certain things— they just don't realize it yet. Here are our ideas for products you should consider offering in 2018 that will pleasantly surprise your customers and drive sales.

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    As c-store customers continue to show in increased interest in new flavor combinations (supported by the variety of savory salty snacks now available from major suppliers), the drive to offer a wider range of ethnic and culturally diverse products continues to grow. What makes an ethnic cuisine or beverage so appealing, and how can the c-store take advantage of this growing trend? These tips will help:

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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 stores have been known for their selection of snacks and drinks, but recently they are becoming a destination for travelers to stop for meals. With convenience being a key trend and the “grab-and-go” lifestyle becoming increasingly popular, c-stores are elevating their foodservice offerings. Here are some ways c-stores are improving foodservice to attract customers looking for quick meals.

    Read more
    Convenience store count rises

    With time being the new currency, convenience stores are becoming hubs for quick shopping, food, and more, redefining the retail landscape. The latest census data from NACS highlights another year where the number of convenience stores increased across the United States. In a market that is growing more saturated, store owners need to understand these trends and learn how to stand out.

    Read more

    Convenience Store Trends

    Convenience stores have been known for their selection of snacks and drinks, but recently they are becoming a destination for travelers to stop for meals. With convenience being a key trend and the “grab-and-go” lifestyle becoming increasingly popular, c-stores are elevating their foodservice offerings. Here are some ways c-stores are improving foodservice to attract customers looking for quick meals.

    Read more
    Convenience store count rises

    With time being the new currency, convenience stores are becoming hubs for quick shopping, food, and more, redefining the retail landscape. The latest census data from NACS highlights another year where the number of convenience stores increased across the United States. In a market that is growing more saturated, store owners need to understand these trends and learn how to stand out.

    Read more

    Grocer Trends

    2024 grocery trends to watch

    The grocery industry is expected to transform in 2024, driven by evolving consumer behaviors and technological advancements. For store owners, staying ahead of these trends is not only beneficial, but important for success this year. Learn the pivotal trends that grocery store owners should watch and adapt to in 2024 based on highlights from Progressive Grocer and Insider.

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    During the holiday season, convenience store and grocery owners are presented with a golden opportunity to capitalize on the significant increase in travel. According to AAA, a staggering 115.2 million Americans are expected to travel this holiday season, marking the second highest year-end travel forecast since 2000. This increase in travelers, many of whom will be driving, offers a unique chance for store owners to boost sales.

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    Grocers are adapting in the face of challenges

    In recent years, nearly every industry has faced challenges like increasing inflation and reduced consumer buying power. Supermarkets and grocers, despite being community staples, are not immune to these evolving economic landscapes. However, in the face of these challenges, grocers have shown remarkable adaptability and innovation, seeking new growth avenues within the constraints of tight profit margins, often ranging between 1%-3%.

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    Restaurant Trends

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    what is the Restaurant Meals Program (RMP)?

    The FNS Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) is an initiative that is making a significant impact in the fight against hunger. This program, operated by individual states, enables SNAP recipients to use their benefits at various restaurants, including quick-service ones, to purchase prepared meals. This initiative is not just about providing food; it's about ensuring access to hot, prepared, and nutritionally balanced meals for those who might struggle to store or prepare food themselves.

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    SNAP Benefits are Increasing October 1st

    The USDA recently announced an increase in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, set to take effect on October 1st. This boost in assistance is aimed at providing relief to millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table.

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    How to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in your store

    Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated from September 15th to October 15th, is a significant time to honor the rich cultural contributions of Hispanic and Latinx communities in the United States. Stores like yours play an integral role in our communities and it's essential to recognize and celebrate this cultural diversity in your store. Let’s explore creative ways you can celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, fostering inclusivity and connecting with a broader customer base.

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    In recent years, there has been a noticeable shift in consumer behavior and expectations. Customers are no longer solely focused on the products or services a company offers; they also want to align themselves with brands that share their values and actively contribute to social issues. This growing trend highlights the importance of supporting social causes as a means to attract and retain customers. Here are 5 reasons supporting social issues can draw more customers and why it has become a...

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    Farmers Market Trends

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    Accepting EBT at your store has many benefits for your business. A recent Supermarket News article cited “SNAP households represent 24% of U.S. consumer goods spend.” Opening your doors to this new market can increase your revenue and your store’s foot traffic.

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    The requirements to accept EBT payments in your store can be confusing for owners. Seeing if you qualify to be a SNAP retailer, the application process, and even the reauthorization process for existing retailers can be time-consuming and difficult for busy store owners. Make the process a little easier with this quick, easy overview of how to accept EBT payments in your store…

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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 + FNS News

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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 + EBT News

    USDA announces Summer EBT Program - increasing SNAP benefit spend

    The USDA’s new Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) program provides retailers a unique opportunity to tap into a significant market segment and add to their revenue streams. The USDA initiative, aimed at closing the summer hunger gap for children, is not just a stride towards national nutrition and health; it's an opportunity for retailers to align their business strategies with community needs. Here's how store owners can make the most of the upcoming SNAP increases…

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    what is the Restaurant Meals Program (RMP)?

    The FNS Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) is an initiative that is making a significant impact in the fight against hunger. This program, operated by individual states, enables SNAP recipients to use their benefits at various restaurants, including quick-service ones, to purchase prepared meals. This initiative is not just about providing food; it's about ensuring access to hot, prepared, and nutritionally balanced meals for those who might struggle to store or prepare food themselves.

    Read more
    SNAP Benefits are Increasing October 1st

    The USDA recently announced an increase in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, set to take effect on October 1st. This boost in assistance is aimed at providing relief to millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table.

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    SNAP customers shop can use their EBT cards to purchase healthy food items from convenience stores, grocery stores, quick service restaurants (in states that operate an RMP), bodegas, and other specialty retailers. What you may not know is SNAP customers can bring in a new revenue stream to your business.

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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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