Indulging Profits Via Chocolate

Chocolate candy has remained a relative uncomplicated c-store offering, with the same appeal that keeps customers coming back for more. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Most convenience retailers would agree that one of the most popular impulse buys is chocolate candy. Chocolate accounts for about 60% of the $35 billion U.S. confectionery industry—about $22 billion,

Fast Phil’s: Speeding Ahead

The North Carolina convenience chain is preparing for 2018 by employing some new retail strategies and sharpening some traditional ones. By David Bennett, Senior Editor The motto, “Whoever said, ‘You can’t have convenience and low prices,’ obviously never shopped at Fast Phil’s” perfectly captures the spirit of this North Carolina convenience retailer. Fast Phil’s, a

C-Stores Meeting New Fuel Demands

Whether it’s teaming with Tesla to install charging stations or integrating alternative fuel solutions, retailers are part of a changing transportation marketplace. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Figuring out what the future of the U.S. transportation industry holds is clear, depending on which expert you ask. Some analysts insist the internal combustion engine has been

Delving Into Industry Issues

Convenience Store Decisions introduces a new format for leaders to share their views. By David Bennett, Senior Editor To ring in the new year, CSD is introducing a new feature entitled the Executive Corner, which will appear quarterly. Within, we explore current issues with a company leader, which are affecting his or her company and

Cigar Category Skirts Regulation

While federal lawmakers don’t have cigars in their sights now, c-stores must still contend with state and local tobacco laws that threaten to stunt category sales. By David Bennett, Senior Editor As much attention has been paid to new regulatory policies targeting tobacco products, the cigar segment has been relatively immune to federal lawmakers’ sharpest

Sandwiches Layer on Sales

Once a simple offering, sandwiches are proving to be a mainstay of c-store foodservice. By David Bennett, Senior Editor A processed ham and cheese sandwich in a processed wedge container was once the normal offering in convenience stores. Coupled with a strong cup of coffee, it was a fast meal that kept c-store customers satisfied

BFY Ice Cream Sales Rise

Even c-store’s most indulgent category isn’t immune to consumer’s preference for healthier snacking options. By David Bennett, Senior Editor The old saying about having your cake and eating it too can be applied to a bevy of things. More and more, the same can be said for ice cream and other frozen treats touted as

Changes to SNAP Helps C-Stores

NACS session shares important information for retailers that participate in food program. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. That net becomes a little less tangled with a new final rule, according to Eva Rigamonti, an associate at the international law firm Steptoe & Johnson

Future Trends Await the C-Store Industry

Digital trends and savvy service solutions are part of the channel’s future landscape. This past April, the global technology and engineering firm Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions partnered with Euromonitor International to generate research-based insights on the grocery, convenience, foodservice and mixed retail markets. Geared toward grocers and restaurants, the report, entitled “Retail and Foodservice