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Building an Eco-Friendly Business by Charging for Bags

News, Building Your Business, Consumer Trends, C-Store Trends, Retailer

Being environmentally friendly is nothing new, and in most markets, it is becoming more important from a business perspective that you attempt to protect the planet. There are a million ways to reduce energy use, recycle or use recycled goods, and eliminate environmentally harmful products from circulation. In today's blog, we are going to discuss whether or not charging for plastic bags can make a difference and the other benefits it can provide for your store.  

Our Top 10 Favorite Retail Technology Developments

Building Your Business, Consumer Trends, C-Store Trends, Retail, Retailer

Technology is always making advancements to help whatever industry they are implemented in. Retail is no different and over the past decade, plenty of innovations have hit the market to make business life easier and improve a customer's shopping experience. In this blog, we will list our top 10 favorite developments, that we believe, can put your business at the forefront of the market and help you succeed. 

Top 8 Technologies for High Volume Small Businesses

Building Your Business, Consumer Trends, C-Store Trends, Retail

As the title mentions, this blog is meant to assist the businesses who struggle with high traffic coming into their store, and their ability to cater to all their clientele efficiently.  While the profits from consistent rushes are great for your wallet, if you are unable to help every customer who comes through the door then you might lose business over time. Now, these tips are not just for those businesses who have high volume, but can also help businesses who are looking to increase their shoppers. 

What Does "Omnichannel" Mean and How It Is Impacting Retail?

Consumer Trends, Industry News, C-Store Trends

As a business, it is crucial to have a plan for how you reach your audience and how immersive you make the experience. People generally think in a way of promoting their business on individual channels i.e. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and many others. With each of these multi-channeled approaches, it is very hard to attract customers all at once. Certain messages may not be delivered the same or provide the proper message. An omnichannel strategy is built around the idea to align a companies sales, marketing, and services into one cohesive and convenient experience for your consumer. 

Should You Accept Bitcoin in Your Small Business?

News, Consumer Trends, Industry News, C-Store Trends, Retail

If you watch or read the news fairly regularly, you've probably heard talk of something called "Bitcoin".  Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency, which allows for payments between two parties without the need for a third party or banking institution to complete a transfer of funds. This means that digital exchanges carry no hidden fees from institutions or government agencies, and your money is available to you almost immediately after purchase. Many of the bigger corporations like Microsoft and Dell have made the switch to allow for Bitcoin payment, and here are a few reasons why you should be doing the same:  

Should You Be Worried About Amazon-Go C-Stores?

Building Your Business, Consumer Trends, C-Store Trends, Retailer

Amazon continues its "new" venture by implementing one of its C-Stores in the city of Chicago. The store is beginning to gain traction and becoming a huge hit with people living in a city. Now for the business owners located in Chicago, it may be best to innovate your location or look for places outside the city if they decide to continue its growth. For all others who are unaware of the business mogul, here are a few things to keep in mind with the rise of Amazon Go stores and what you should do to beat out the competition. 

Preparing Your Business For The Summer Rush

Building Your Business, Consumer Trends, Seasonal Trends, C-Store Trends, EBT, Holidays

 The first day of Summer is on the horizon, but what have you done to get ready for increased sales? Depending on where you are located summer can either be great for business or not at all. No matter which side you may fall on, you need to be prepared to keep your business profitable or to capitalize on the season. 

Credit Card Fraud and Scams, Can you still be effected in 2019?

Consumer Trends, goEBT News, Industry News

Nearly 221 billion dollars are lost each year due to credit card fraud and scams around the world. Financial institutions take steps to prevent these incidents from happening, yet, some scammers seem to slip through the cracks. Here are some tips to protect your business from credit card scams. 

Technology Focus: Payment Processing & Transactions

News, Building Your Business, Consumer Trends, C-Store Trends, Retail

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 it comes to your payment processing solutions, we’re here to help.

Why Technology is a MUST for Your Small Business

News, Consumer Trends, Industry News, C-Store Trends, Retail

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 business’ success.  If you aren’t making technology a priority in your business, there are several reasons why you need to make a change.