Retail Better Blog

With stores like Gymboree, Payless and Victoria’s Secret making headlines for closing, it’s refreshing to learn other retail chains are growing and/or remodeling. From convenience to clothing, these stores are alive and well and expanding across the U.S. Aldi With plans of opening more than 2,500 stores by 2022, Aldi is set on becoming the […]

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With more than 153K convenience store operating in the U.S., it’s nice to know that your local c-store is doing more for your community than simply serving up coffee and snacks. From scholarships to feeding the hungry – here’s a look at what some of today’s leading retailers such as Circle K, Pilot Flying J […]

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Convenience stores are responsible for an estimated 80 percent of all fuel purchased in the U.S., and with fuel accounting for 38 percent of c-stores profits, store owners are always on the lookout for ways to convert these fuel-only purchases into food and beverage purchases. Read on for tips and tricks on how to increase […]

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According to NACs, foodservice accounts for 22.5 percent of in-store sales in 2017 and 33.9 percent of gross profit dollars. If looking to attract customers to your wings, pizza and handcrafted sandwiches, you’ll need a creative point-of-purchase (POP) program. Don’t let your POP drive away hungry customers! Here are three things to consider. Packaged Foods […]

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According to NRF (National Retail Federation), studies show that although fewer consumers admit to celebrating Valentine’s Day, spending is at a record high of $20.7 billion – that’s an increase of nearly 10 billion from 2018. Who needs roses when you can indulge in a heart-shaped pizza, bagel or donut? Check out a sampling of […]

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Retailers buy signs because 79 percent of shoppers make impulsive in-store purchasing decisions. However, oftentimes the sign strategy is designed to simplify execution rather than drive store traffic. From choosing generic messages to oversimplified design decisions, retailers are missing out on opportunities to catch their customers eye. Bad Signs Cheapen the Look of Your Store. […]

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Thousands of furloughed federal employees returned to work on Jan. 28, however approximately 800,000 of these federal workers were without pay since Dec. 21. The historical government shutdown inspired many of America’s leading convenience stores and grocery stores to provide much-needed relief for federal workers and contractors. Here’s a quick roundup of which retailers made […]

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Thanks to the wide variety of beverage options available at convenience stores, it’s no surprise fountain sodas continue to impact dispensed beverage sales. According to Dataessential, a food and beverage research and consulting group, fountain soda drinks—alongside hot coffee—top the list. With these popular thirst-quenchers accounting for $8.8 billion in annual c-store sales, finding new […]

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Convincing your customers to love your convenience store as much as you do is every retailers’ goal. You can spend thousands on advertising, however unless you have an actual brand your customers recognize and trust, what’s the point? Creating a brand goes beyond accelerating your business, it’s about building a fan base. You want advocates, […]

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The holiday season is the perfect time for convenience stores to capitalize on the estimated 165 million shoppers already stopping there each day for gas, gift cards, caffeine and scratch-offs games. According to Retail Me Not, 51 percent of shoppers admit sales and offers motivate them to visit a particular store, giving c-stores the incentive […]

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