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Many gas stations have evolved to sell packaged foods and ultimately became c-stores that sell gas. Many of those will become a food retailer first that also sells gas. But if you’re among the readers who cringe at the idea of retailing anything with a shelf life shorter than a candy bar, there’s another direction: becoming a professional car wash first that also sells gas.
When Stan Alvey started Stan’s Shake Shak in 1984, it was a literal shack of milkshakes. Today it’s a destination restaurant and expansive c-store on a highway packed with summer traffic.
Aggressive price positions on mainstream teas, juices, energy drinks and flavored waters have often been de rigueur. But as competition percolates across single-serve subcategories, it’s not uncommon to see aggressive pricing for premium and superpremium brands, too. This troubles some retailers.
Suspends promotion, but adds more days of freebies following technical difficulties
When Hess Corp. filed for a tax-free spinoff of its retail business in January, could deal makers ever have imagined that the convenience store brand as they knew it would completely cease to exist in just three short years? The iconic bold green-and-white logo will soon make way for another icon, albeit a Midwestern one: Speedway’s red-and-white logo.
We live in a business climate of group thought and collaboration, born in response to excessive hierarchical decision-making. Teamwork and open communication breed positive morale, expand ideas and give rise to initiatives that otherwise might remain imprisoned. Idea factories make wonderful labs for working inter- and intra-departmentally, to brew brilliance and keep everyone animated and invested. But something is missing: quiet.
Deal brings Lindt, Ghirardelli, Russell Stover, Whitman's brands under one roof
There are new books, ideas, pamphlets, white papers and studies on leadership coming out all the time. Going by the publishing industry, you would think that what it takes to be a good leader changes constantly. But I believe there are core qualities of leadership that transcend all of that.
What is displacing gum for U.S. "share of mouth"?

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