A brand-new RV makes thorough use of space through technology, taking every available inch and expanding living space when the vehicle was stationary for the night. The coolest reminded me of merchandising innovations such as mobile displays and suction-cup devices that create more efficient c-store spaces.
The beverage segment may well be convenience stores' front line of the battle for shopping trips, and it behooves operators to protect this niche and grow via the best means possible. Suggestion: Put your beer on ice.
Discovering what convenience store retailers deal with daily has been an adventure: inventory management, forecasting, write-offs, hiring, payroll, product development and logistics are among the areas that have become part of everyday activities for this old beer salesman. Cash flow was never part of my daily concerns, but it sure is now! From a more strategic perspective, our focus is now the culture that we are building, which will ultimately determine our company’s long-term viability.
As we recover from the annual gathering of leadership of the c-store industry, a time of reflection is called for as we head into the holiday season. As my family gathers around the Thanksgiving table, I find there is much to be thankful for.
A great beer renaissance is happening. In 1887, there were more than 2,000 U.S. breweries. By the 1980s, there were fewer than 100. Driven by the emergence of brewpubs and local microbreweries, there are now more than 2,400 breweries and countless new home brewers.
As a veteran of more than three decades in the suds trade, I had a backstage pass for many innovations in beer: the emergence of light beer, ice beer, dry beer, day-fresh beer, flavored beer, packaged draft, mini-kegs, aluminum bottles, beer food-pairing dinners and brewpubs.