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Celebrating National School Lunch Week, Farm to School Month, with USDA National School Lunch Program

Featured, Industry News

Since 1946, the National School Lunch Program has provided nutritionally balanced, low-cost or no-cost lunches in schools to improve the health and wellbeing of America’s children. Research shows school meals may be the healthiest food children receive in a day, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The Importance of Maintaining Great Business Credit

Building Your Business, Industry News, Retail, Retailer

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 differences between the two and why business credit is important for the success of your business. 

How the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act can support the health of your business

News, Building Your Business, goEBT News, Industry News, EBT, Retail, Retailer

Now more than ever the American people will be turning to local businesses to meet their families’ nutritional needs. With the economic impact of COVID-19 the number of applicants for government assistance has doubled. As part of the U.S. government’s $2T stimulus package, an additional $15.5B has been allocated to the SNAP/EBT government benefits program.

Have You Heard of the NACS In Store Initiative

Building Your Business, Industry News, C-Store Trends, Retail, Retailer

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. Through this new initiative, NACS expects a better understanding from government leaders when passing laws to bring more success to C-Stores across the nation.

How Delivery Options Could Benefit Your Small Business

Building Your Business, Industry News, C-Store Trends

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. 

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:  

October 2020 is Around The Corner, Make Sure Your Business is Prepared For New Mandates.

Building Your Business, Industry News, C-Store Trends, EBT, Retailer

Payment Securities are at the forefront of business needs. Banks are constantly updating and improving their technologies to keep their customers safe and reduce liability. EMV chips were mandated in the U.S. nearly 4-years ago for in-store purchases. Businesses had to adapt to this "new" form of payment or accept full-responsibility if a customer's information were to be stolen. Citgo and Landmark/Exxon are some of the more recent gas stations to come out and commit to improving their systems. Each company combined owns over 500 gas stations all requiring new systems to avoid liability issues with payment security standards council and protect their customers from types of fraud. Other businesses are executing their plans to comply with mandates, and we want to make sure that you are following through with your plan as well. 

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. 

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.