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Before the coronavirus or COVID-19 crisis, convenience store retailers kept wipes near the fuel pump while big-box stores and supermarkets offered them near shopping carts. Today, retailers are doing much more to keep customers and employees healthy. Encourage Cashless Payments The Coronavirus outbreak is prompting some stores to promote contactless payment through the use of […]

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Social distancing is the “new norm” but retailers and shoppers say maintaining that six-foot distance at grocery stores can be challenging. Grocery stores and convenience stores are doing their best to follow social distancing guidance from the CDC. Retailers are getting creative in their fight to prevent customers from standing within six feet apart from […]

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Last week, NACS sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security urging the agency to designate convenience stores, their suppliers and distributors as critical businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Convenience stores and grocers are doing whatever they can to help support customers, especially those on the Coronavirus front lines such as first responders, police, […]

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As retailers, you’ve dealt with everything from severe weather events to sudden changes in FDA rules and regulations. However, you most likely have yet to encounter a crisis as monumental as the COVID-19 coronavirus. Here are some quick and easy ways to adjust your marketing strategy during the current pandemic crisis. Thank First Responders & […]

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This year’s NACS Day on the Hill was held March 10-11 at the Four Seasons in Washington, D.C. Formerly known as the Government Relations Conference, this two-day event gives convenience store industry vendors and retailers the opportunity to engage with legislators on key issues such as alcohol, tobacco and fuel.   Congress Is Changing in 2020 […]

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Since 2004, the National Retail Federation (NRF) has been conducting its annual Valentine’s Day consumer spending survey. Wonder how Americans plan on spending and celebrating Feb. 14, 2020? Read on. NRF President and CEO, Matthew Shay says: “Valentine’s Day is a sentimental tradition, but gift-giving can be driven by the economy. Consumers spent freely during […]

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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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