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    Active shooter situations are increasing. What can grocery store and convenience store owners do to prepare for these terrifying situations? It is no secret that active shooter cases have been on the rise over the last several years, and with the recent grocery store shootings in Colorado, Florida and New York, grocers need to be prepared should this ever happen in their stores.

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    SNAP healthy foods encouraged by USDA through new framework

    The USDA has announced a new framework that aims to create a more fair, competitive, and resilient food system. This system builds on the existing work the USDA has been doing since 2021 to address supply chain and structural issues. The last few years have shown issues in our food system we didn’t know we had… from supply issues in 2020 due to the pandemic to the more recent struggles with food insecurity and shortages during Russia’s war with Ukraine. The USDA recognizes this, which is a big...

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    Louisiana-based EBT merchants have now been authorized to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for hot or prepared foods in the wake of Hurricane Ida. The waiver issued by the USDA for “hot food products prepared for immediate consumption” will apply to Louisiana retailers that currently accept EBT cards.

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    On Monday, August 16, 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a re-evaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan, which is used to calculate Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. As a result of this re-evaluation, the average SNAP benefit–excluding additional funds provided as part of COVID-19 pandemic relief–will increase beginning on October 1, 2021. 

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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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    UPDATE: This year, Halloween spending is expected to reach $9 billion.  This number is second in 14 years only to last year’s record of $9.1 billion.  While $6.3 billion is expected to be spent on costumes, decorations, and greeting cards, there is still $2.6 billion dollars left to be spent on candy.  If you’re looking for ways to bring consumers into your store to spend their dollars this Halloween season, consider some of these trends. Halloween is just around the corner and retailers in all...

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    While there are mixed emotions about going back to school, one thing is for sure, it means great business for you. Students are heading back to college, parents are back to school shopping, and your c-store should be preparing more than you think. This is especially true for c-stores that are in family neighborhoods and/or near a college. Ensuring parents and students get their morning coffee fix or mid day snacks means great business for c-stores. We have a few tips that will get you prepared...

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    Business Owners should pay close attention to the latest trends. If you can predict the emerging trends, you can determine what business decisions you should make for the upcoming year. Summer is starting, and the latest trends are coming with it. There will likely be frequent stops at convenience stores to stock up on snacks and refuel. In-store sales have only continued to grow since 2002 and this summer will be no different. To help you anticipate what this summer has in store, we have put...


    Now that we’re well into the third quarter, many c-store owners will start to experience challenging weather in their areas.  In certain areas of the U.S. snow, freezing temperatures, ice, and rainfall will be affecting the way consumers go about their daily routines.  This also means that businesses, including c-stores and small groceries will be experiencing a change in the flow of customers and their spending.  While inclement weather can limit foot traffic and profits, it can also reinforce...


    Every holiday season is a time for festivity and also signifies big opportunities for convenience store owners to garner some repeat business.  This means attracting new customers, making sales, and building relationships to carry you through the rest of the year. The last two months of the year (November and December) are the most fruitful time of year for convenience stores. There are a lot of things you can do to increase traffic to your convenience store. Foot traffic is an essential...

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    Now that Summer has arrived, shoppers are reaching for cold and satisfying treats to help deal with the rising temperatures. With gas prices at all-time lows, customers are able to spend more money on the food items they want inside of c-stores. When it comes to frozen treats customers are becoming more selective when deciding which items they want. Many customers are opting for premium brands or more expensive healthier options, selecting the right cold products is important to continue...

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