October 2017

Whirley-DrinkWorks! announces merger with Mugs Made Easy

The merger means expanded product lines, more innovation for convenience store customers

WARREN, Pa. (Oct. 2, 2017) – After years as friendly competitors, Whirley-DrinkWorks! and Mugs Made Easy are merging, they announced today. In doing so, the companies are combining their product lines, skill in innovation and convenience store industry experience to bring even better products and services to their customers...{HERE} for the news release.

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Oct
2017
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Introducing EasyGo! by Whirley-Drinkworks!

Mugs Made Easy is now part of Whirley-Drinkworks! family, providing a complete line of everyday & upscale lifestyle refillables to help you sell, refill and profit - the easy way!

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Oct
2017
August 2017

Industry's Pump-to-Store Conversion Rate

by Don Longo, Convenience Store News

Since 2011, convenience stores have greatly improved their ability to lure consumers from the fuel dispensers at the forecourt into the store to buy food, drinks and other merchandise.. ...Click {HERE} for the complete article.

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Aug
2017

Get To Know Pantone Trends

TREND PREDICTIONS FOR 2018

Though we’re only a few months into 2017, the folks at Pantone have already consulted the color psychics to reveal their color trend predictions for 2018. ...Click {HERE} for the complete article.

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April
2017

Six Keys to Connecting With Millenials

By Angela Hanson, Convenience Store News

As members of the millennial generation currently represent a third of all convenience store traffic despite making up only one-fourth of the total population, it is vital that c-store retailers understand what these consumers want, how they want it, and how best to fulfill the needs of this critically important demographic. Click {HERE} for the complete article.

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June
2016

Closing the Gourmet Coffee Gap Trends

By Renee M. Covino, Convenience Store News

NATIONAL REPORT — It is the age of gourmet coffee and its connoisseur creatures, otherwise known as millennials. But are today’s convenience stores up to the higher java challenge? ...Click {HERE} for the complete article.

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Feb
2017

Less Is More With C-store Club Loyalty Programs Trends

By Angela Hanson, Convenience Store News

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Club loyalty programs, like your Coffee Club and your Fountain Club, are a necessary part of the convenience store industry and can motivate more store visits... Click {HERE} for the complete article.

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Jan
2017

RaceTrac Uncovers Surprising Morning Purchase Trends

By Jerry Soverinsky, Convenience Store News

ATLANTA — Mornings are not necessarily for breakfast anymore, according to new insights from RaceTrac Petroleum Inc. While reviewing purchases by its loyal customers, the convenience store retailer found that its TracFanatics purchase a wide range of items during the early hours of the day — like hot dogs, energy drinks and bags of ice. The purchases were made between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m.... Click {HERE} for the complete article.

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Jan
2017

Finall, Coupon Technology That Makes Cents For Convenience Stores

By Jerry Soverinsky, Convenience Store News

Aimless Netflix watchers like me may recall a recent TLC show, “Extreme Couponing,” which follows the shopping prowess of obsessive coupon clippers. Think “Doomsday Preppers” meets “Hoarders,” throw in pallets of off-brand paper towels, and you’re up-to-speed on the show’s premise... Click {HERE} for the complete article.

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Dec
2016
December 2016

Going Moble!

By Don Longo, Convenience Store News

Convenience stores need to speed adoption of new technology to shore up customer visits. While many c-store retailers will achive record in-store sales and profits this year, many of them must be concerned that customer shopping frequency appears to have leveled off, or slightly declined, in recent months. Click {HERE} for the complete article.

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Feb
2016

A Preview of the Retail Marketplace of 2016

By Angela Hanson, Convenience Store News

NATIONAL REPORT — Economic improvement, changes in category consumption and technology innovation are three factors that will have major effects on the retail marketplace in the near future, according to James Russo, senior vice president of global consumer insights at Nielsen. Data from Nielsen shows that while dollar sales have picked up, unit sales still languish. At the same time, sales in certain categories such as health care products, produce and deli are growing. "We are starting to see greater growth across a broader spectrum of departments and categories," Russo said during a Dec. 15 webcast presentation entitled "What's in Store: 2016 and Beyond." Click {HERE} for the complete article.

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December
2015

October 2015

Founding a Loyalty Program

By Danielle Romano, Convenience Store News

During the "Founding a Loyalty Program” educational session at NACS Show 2015, the first question that moderator Ernie Harker, executive director of Maverik Inc., and speaker Jon Parrish, CEO of CityGo, posed was: Why loyalty?

To answer the question, Parrish cited that businesses with loyalty programs are 88 percent more profitable than competitors who do not have a loyalty program. He then took a quick poll of the audience and discovered that attendees were divided just about equally at a 50/50 split of stores that have a loyalty program vs. stores that do not. With statistics like this, Parrish asked the question, Why not loyalty? Click {HERE} for the complete article.

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October
2015

I’ve spoken to thousands of retailers, and it amazes me that everyone seems to have a deep passion for coffee or tea. They can tell me about their first experiences. Those from other countries express their passion on how they brew coffee or tea differently than the styles we’re familiar with here in the United States.

It gives me a great sense of pride to be in an industry that is relatable to people’s personal lives. But how is it that a product with such a deep personal connection to the majority of the U.S. population gets overlooked in many stores? Click {HERE} for the complete article.

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October
2015

Don’t look now, but restaurant marketers still searching for ways to attract more Millennial customers might be focused on the wrong demographic group. New numbers from foodservice research firm NPD show a significant drop in both restaurant visits and annual restaurant spending among the much-prized 21- to 36-year old age cohort. So where will the next wave of restaurant growth come from? Click {HERE} for the complete article.

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March
2015

Don't Put All Your Eggs in the Millennials' Basket

Don Longo, Convenience Store News

CHICAGO — Speakers at this year’s NACS State of the Industry Summit (SOI) focused on several topics of keen interest to convenience store retailers. The national economy. Drivers of fuel demand. Health and wellness. Managing people. The payments landscape. Channel blurring and energy pricing. But, by far, the key message across most of the speaker programs was how the nation’s changing demographics will impact business in the years ahead. The demographics of aging baby boomers, digitally-connected millennials and a larger multicultural population will have a profound effect on c-stores. Click {HERE} for the complete article.

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April
2015

More 18 to 34 year-olds are coming to convenience stores for food. ​MCLEAN, Va. – Much can and has already been said about Millennials: they love texting, hate talking on the phone and don’t drive as much as the older demographics. But more importantly, this age group - consumers ages 18 to 34 - is discovering that convenience stores are a destination for food, both for quality and price. Click {HERE} for the complete article.

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February
2015

Younger Consumers Visit C-Stores Most Frequently

Angela Hanson, Convenience Store News

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — When analyzing shopper preferences regarding convenience stores, it's not just factors like income, region and gender that are strongly influential. According to the exclusive Convenience Store News 2015 Realities of the Aisle consumer research study, age also makes a significant difference in c-store shopping habits. Click {HERE}for the complete article.

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November
2014

Marketing Beverages Beyond Refills

Jacqui Cintron, Whirley-Drinkworks

Dispensed beverage marketing programs can work harder to drive sales. When it comes to beverages, convenience store retailers really do have an edge on the competition and a real value proposition for consumers. By offering a broad array of popular brands, in a variety of flavors and package forms, at compelling price points, convenience stores truly have a beverage offering to satisfy any thirst for consumers on the go. Click {HERE} for the complete article.

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October
2014

Retailers are on a constant quest to win over the next generation of consumers. Turn on the TV or browse social media, and you’ll find marketers tripping over themselves to appeal to Generation Y (aka Millennials) and even get a jump on Gen Z — most of whom don’t even have their driver’s licenses yet. But in their eagerness to woo these younger consumer groups, whose spending power has yet to be felt in full, companies are forgetting about a lucrative demographic that already has money in the bank: Baby Boomers. Click {HERE} for the complete article.

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October
2014

September 2014