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Posted by J on 3/4/2015

Experienced drivers, even if their vehicles require high octane fuel, usually go for the lowest prices. Even a difference of a few pennies per gallon can be significant enough to sway a decision. But even these scrutinizing consumers will only compare the prices of the stations in the vicinity of where they decide to refuel. If they are not down the street from your store when they decide to stop for gas, then how will they how your prices compare if they can’t see your sign posted out front?

Smoking and Vaping

Posted by J on 2/25/2015

Many believe that e-cigarettes and vaporizing products are significant as bridges to the next step in the progression of smoking habits. It is seen as a healthier and sometimes more inexpensive alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes. These are good reasons to invest, but be smart about it.

Food and Drink

Posted by J on 2/18/2015
According to various national polls and surveys, there is significant public confidence in the convenient store’s ability to provide quality fresh foods that are along the lines of restaurant items. This means that once you establish your fare, all you need to do is provide a great-tasting product inexpensively and more conveniently than fast food restaurants. Convenience is already on your side, so you should focus on how to further separate yourself from these fast-food establishments.

Inviting Atmosphere and Engagement

Posted by J on 2/11/2015

What you are selling to whom and when you are selling it are very important factors contributing to your bottom line; however, they are not all that comprises it. National polling and surveying has revealed that customers are responding positively to more space, cleaner environments, and elements of engagement.

What Consumers Want

Posted by J on 1/28/2015

A key factor of any successful business is to know your customers, including potential customers. Who is shopping in your store? What do they buy? When do they buy it? What else would they buy if you sold it? How can you enhance what they already buy? How can they benefit from buying more of it?

Fresh Food Take Over--Are You Ready?

Posted by J on 1/22/2015

Consumption of fresh produce, meat, and dairy seems to be a rising trend in large American cities like Chicago. It has risen twenty percent in the last ten years, and is currently on the increase. Between 2003 - 2013, fresh food consumption increased as Generation X transitioned to Generation Z, making the latter generation one that will rear children to eat more fresh foods. This will be passed on to the next generation and so on. Is it just another trend or is it a major national change in the making?

Giving Back to Your Community

Posted by J on 1/14/2015
The frequency of patronage that a store experiences is directly related to its place in the community. Good customer service and supply that meets demand are only parts of what a great store may provide. The Civic 50, an initiative that recognizes the top 50 civic-minded companies in the country annually, has determined that these kinds of community-involved businesses prosper from their generosity.

Tips for Opening a Second Coffee Shop

Posted by J on 12/4/2014

Most people interested in investing in the beverage industry have future plans to expand. Opening a second and subsequent stores, when done properly, offers greater exposure and increased profits. Once your business accommodates two stores, your basic strategy can be applied to additional stores.

Which Is Healthier, Tea or Coffee?

Posted by J on 11/25/2014

Twice as much tea is consumed worldwide than coffee, but in the U.S, coffee sales outnumber tea sales 5 to 1. This isn't necessarily bad news for tea peddlers because tea sales have been consistently increasing in the country for the past twenty years.

Trends in Snacking

Posted by J on 11/20/2014

Candy sales fluctuate; the alternate ebbs and flows are indicative of a consistency that is most probably due to the product's seasonal appeal. Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween, and Christmas all encourage candy sales, especially chocolate. Capitalizing on holiday consumption will boost sales, while the sales during non-peak times will still generate a profit.

Gourmet or Non-Gourmet, That Is the Question

Posted by J on 11/18/2014

There are always going to be customers who only want a regular cup 'o joe, but more and more consumers are interested in the gourmet product. A flavor preference speaks to identity as much as style or a form of expression. "I'm the kind of person who drinks this type of beverage." These people do not want to be just plain coffee drinkers.

How To Market Your Coffee

Posted by J on 11/13/2014

Convenient stores offer a greater variety of dispensed and packaged beverages than the average store, and provide much faster service, but a beverage refill program can increase gross profit margins and annual store sales. Boosting your sales another 25% is as clear as 1 - 2 - 3.

Top Notch Food Menu

Posted by J on 11/11/2014

"You only have to be right 51 percent of the time to be better than you were." Jerry Weiner, Vice-President of Foodservice at Rutter's Farm Stores. These words should be a guide for and a comfort to any entrepreneur. Maintenance is the real work of ownership, not the purchase. Be realistic when considering your options, and use common sense to keep you grounded.

Signature Drinks Are A Must

Posted by J on 11/4/2014
You should not focus on being a better Starbucks or QuickChek. You should focus on certain aspects of competition in the coffee industry. You must pick and choose where and when your efforts will be most effective in specific areas. These areas of focus will support your signature drink. Starbucks and QuickChek offer two different, but equally effective strategies to develop areas of focus and promote a signature drink.

How to Reinvent Your Coffee Station

Posted by J on 10/30/2014

Coffee is king in the food service industry. What used to be available in just regular and decaffeinated has become very diversified and particular. Type of bean, manner of preparation, and consumption has become standard basics in today's coffee drinking choices. Convenient stores are faced with the not - so - easy task of improving their coffee stations in order to maintain their number one product sales.

How to Increase Health and Beauty Sales

Posted by J on 10/28/2014

Increasing sales of any product means giving consumers what they want. The purpose of the convenient store is to fulfill these wants in purchases that can be made in a few minutes. This service has been expensive in the past, especially concerning health and beauty products, and stores are now contending with a solution that benefits all parties. The answers seem to lie in presentation, product, and price; single serving packaging promotes impulse sales.

How to Increase Sales with Women

Posted by J on 10/23/2014
There are many reasons why more consumers are women than men. Among them are the facts that there are more women than men in a standard living population, and that societal expectations dictate that women be the shoppers of the household, especially in single parent homes.

What Kind of Snacker Are You?

Posted by J on 10/21/2014

Snacking is more nuanced than you might think. A recent Nielsen report revealed that people who snack can be divided into three distinct "types". If you want your snacks and drinks to appeal to everyone, you need to know how to reach all three. Which category do you fall into, and how can you appeal to shoppers with wildly different snacking habits?

Turn Your Convenience Store into a Destination Spot

Posted by J on 10/16/2014

Change is the one universal constant. Everything is in flux of becoming or being, and your business is right in the middle of it. You must optimize options in order to maximize results.

Consumers Love Coffee

Posted by J on 10/14/2014
Herbal teas, juices and soft drinks aren't going anywhere, but nothing has consumers hooked like coffee. One of the most popular beverages in the world, coffee dominates countless city corners and takes up precious space in every C-store. You might not need special promotions or cutting-edge displays to sell it, but if you really want to capitalize on coffee culture, you should embrace trends and set your sights on the tastiest beans and most organized stations.

Upgrading Your Coffee Business

Posted by J on 10/9/2014

According to experts at Convenience Store News, a store is only as good as its hot beverage program. It is the center of services, the foundation upon which the rest of the services are built. So, you're focused and you want to step up your program, but you're not sure how to go about it? First you need to establish what needs to be done. Can you just add to your existing program or do you need to revamp it?

Bringing Dark Roast out of the Dark Ages

Posted by J on 10/7/2014

Convenient store clerks must be the masters of multitasking. They stock, clean, run cash registers, and more important, they greet and interact with customers. Store owners are always looking for ways to decrease overhead, but cutting the number of staff doesn't make sense. In fact, making the job less tedious for existing employees is a better solution.

Party Supplies-No Party Too Great or Too Special

Posted by J on 9/23/2014
Good parties are serious business, especially when it comes to presentation and clean up. Whether you are expecting a few people or a great multitude, organization from the beginning practically eliminates clean up in the end. Several different types of holders and dispensers are available as counter or table displays, wall mountings, or floor units.

Why K-cups are worthwhile

Posted by J on 9/18/2014
In this era of always-evolving technology and always-hectic routines, instant gratification is the name of the game. For most people, it's worthwhile to pay extra for convenience, and that's especially true when it comes to their caffeine fix. Coffee-lovers who still grind their own fresh beans are few and far between. Even more rare, at least in North America? Those who boil water in tea kettles. But the days of mediocre instant coffee are over too, because more and more people are getting their coffee and tea from single-serving pods.

Raised Coffee Station

Posted by J on 8/28/2014
Raised Coffee Station

Raised Coffee Stations

I am an administrative assistant for 30 faculty members at a liberal arts college and this unit perfectly suits my needs. Parking is a premium on campus, and my faculty members are older; they don't like to leave campus until they go home. I took advantage of this and started bringing creature comforts to my office for everyone to enjoy.

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