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SNAP benefits permanently increased by more than 25 percent in USDA’s Thrifty Food Plan

News, Building Your Business, Featured, Seasonal Trends, EBT, Retail

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. 

Your Guide to Staying Organized

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

In business, time is money, and if you are spending too much time trying to maintain your store, you may be losing money in the process. Organization is more important than most people realize and it can drastically affect how customers perceive your business and how you run it. If you're struggling to keep your products in order, reduce clutter, and track all purchases/invoices then here are a few tips to get your business back on track. 

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. 

Looking Forward to 2019

Building Your Business, Seasonal Trends, New Years

The new year is right around the corner. 2018 has flown by and is almost in the rear-view mirror. Despite the ups and downs of the c-store industry this year, you should still be ready to enter 2019 with a positive outlook for your business and your life.

Product Spotlight: Cold Brew Coffee

Product Spotlight, Seasonal Trends, New Years, Holidays

Customers around the nation suffer the same fate of waking up and being low on energy. Whether it’s sleeping late or not being able to sleep at all, the problem is consistent and not going away. 

2018 C-Store Holiday Preparation

Building Your Business, Seasonal Trends, EBT, New Years, Christmas, Holidays


The holidays have already begun! Thanksgiving has passed, Hanukkah has started, and Christmas along with New Years is right around the corner.

Making the Most of Halloween in Your C-Store

Building Your Business, Consumer Trends, Industry News, Product Spotlight, Seasonal Trends

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 industries should make sure they are taking advantage.  2017 is expected to bring record high spending, to the tune of $9.1 billion and the c-store owners across the country are in the perfect position to rake in much of this money.  With many opportunities at your disposal, there’s no reason to miss out on the holiday profits.  If you aren’t sure how to make the most of this Halloween, we’ve got a list that will help you get in the spirit.

2018 Back to School C-Store Prep

Building Your Business, Consumer Trends, Seasonal Trends

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 for the back to school rush.

2018 Summer C- Store Trends

Building Your Business, Consumer Trends, Seasonal Trends

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 together a list of trends your C-Store should be ready for.

How Tax Season Impacts Consumer Spending

Building Your Business, Consumer Trends, Industry News, The Banking Revolution, Seasonal Trends

With tax season officially drawing to a close, that means that more people might have more spending money thanks to their tax refunds. When people have a little more money to spend combined with reduced prices, their impression of their own financial situation improves.