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At this year’s Convenience Retailing University, being held Feb. 4-6 in Dallas, we will pull together as a true community to raise funds to fight Melanoma, which has tragically affected the lives of thousands, including two members of our own industry: Lynn Wallis, president and CEO of Wallis Cos.; and Mark McKinney, senior vice president of operations for Huck’s/Martin & Bayley Inc.
As I look at the convenience-store model today, I see 24-hour operations, huge physical and costly stores with restaurants, bakeries, 20 fueling spots and so much more. Although some retailers have not changed their model much in the past 25 years, many of them are seeing decreasing sales and customer traffic per store.
If we are honest with ourselves, c-stores are no longer more convenient than fast feeders or companies such as Amazon that deliver right to our door. What does the future hold for convenience, and how can we leverage technology and innovation to reinvent ourselves?
A comprehensive review of 2014's convenience-store merger and acquisition activity
Retail chain part of beverage’s social-media, neck-hanger promotions
Twitter-driven sweepstakes challenges consumers to choose importer's brands
Non-financial agreement allows e-cigarette loyalty program to keep name
Gas stations closed after existing dealer left business
Creates new line of beer in honor of writer H.P. Lovecraft
Launching early this year in New England, Pennsylvania, New York

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