News and Trends

As retail continues to innovate, time-saving offerings such as click-and-collect, buy-now/pay-later (BNPL), Buy Online, Pickup In Store (BOPIS), and delivery options give customers what they need and help retailers stay competitive. Half of U.S. shoppers are taking advantage of click-and-collect for groceries. “Consumers are no longer scouring the store for ingredients to create the perfect […]

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Say goodbye to 2019’s Living Coral and hello to Pantone’s Color of the Year, Classic Blue. Each year, the color expert selects a new color that best represents the year ahead based upon what’s happening in the world of fashion, décor, technology, art, music, travel, politics, and even social media. This year, we’re blue. Here’s […]

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When it comes to foot traffic and in-store sales, Black Friday is known as the single most lucrative day of the year. However, according to the NRF, more than 165 million people are expected to shop over the five-day Thanksgiving weekend. Here are several interesting Black Friday 2019 stats, facts and predictions. Black Friday Is […]

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According to the National Coffee Association U.S.A.’s (NCA) “National Coffee Drinking Trends 2019” report, 63 percent of Americans drink coffee every day. The c-store coffee landscape continues to transform year after year. With coffee accounting for nearly 20 percent of convenience store foodservice sales, it’s important for retailers to continue to pay close attention to […]

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Cannabidiol (CBD), currently a $1 to $2 billion-opportunity, is expected to skyrocket to $20 billion by 2024. Described by Web MD as the non-intoxicating marijuana extract that doesn’t produce the high caused by the chemical tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is touted for helping with everything from epileptic seizures and inflammation to anxiety and insomnia. Consumers 21 […]

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The NRF (National Retail Federation) has been surveying American families back-to-school and back-to-college spending since 2003. This year’s survey1, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, predicts back-to-school consumer spending to reach $80.7 billion.    “Consumers are in a strong position given the nation’s growing economy, and we see this reflected in what they say they […]

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July 17 is National Hot Dog Day and convenience stores such as Circle K Stores, Pilot Flying J, 7-Eleven, and more are celebrating with freebies and hot dog offers. National Hot Dog Day is a big deal on social media. According to social-media software firm, Sprout Social, #NationalHotDogDay was trending on Twitter with 40,599 mentions […]

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Fourth of July Retail Spending

From grilling to traveling, NRF’s Independence Day 2019 survey says 86 percent of Americans plan on celebrating Independence Day. Read on for interesting Fourth of July consumer facts and spending stats. Customers Fuel up and Hit the Road According to AAA, overall Independence Day travel is expected to rise 4.1 percent over last year. An […]

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Summer is the ideal time to drive traffic to your convenient store or supermarket beer displays. Here are three cost-effective signage ideas sure to capture your beer customers’ attention and generate repeat business all summer long. Aisle Invaders and 3-D Floor Graphics – Drive traffic to non-refrigerated beer displays with a header, aisle invaders and […]

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National Donut Day, or National “Doughnut” Day, was created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor those who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I. Traditionally celebrated on the first Friday of June, the sweet treat holiday allows convenience stores and doughnut shops such as Circle K, Dunkin’, Krispy Kreme, and more to […]

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