Convenience Store Industry, Emerging Trends and Interesting Facts

Through our business and research, we have come across a number of high-level facts and statistics about the convenience (c-store) industry, its direction and emerging trends. We thought they would be of interest to our customers and readers. There are lots of convenience stores! Convenience stores continue to have steady growth as an industry, doubling … Continue reading Convenience Store Industry, Emerging Trends and Interesting Facts

How to Engage Gen Z Shoppers In-Store

Heads up, brands and retailers  — Generation Z, also known as Post-Millennials,  is starting to hit the stores. Tomorrow’s shoppers are just beginning to come into their own, with an estimated $44 billion in buying power according to Marketo. They’re shaping up into a force to be reckoned with. Brands who’ve only been focusing on … Continue reading How to Engage Gen Z Shoppers In-Store

5 Questions for Every Retail Professional

1. How important is accurate and quick communication about standards, policies and programs to the success of our stores? 2. How important is knowing whether deficiencies have been fixed, where and when? 3. How much time do district managers spend aggregating and summarizing the data they collect in store (at the expense of helping the stores)? … Continue reading 5 Questions for Every Retail Professional

7 Store Data Collection Scenarios

Let us look at several scenarios involving the collection and dissemination of store-based data. 1. Merchandising and service standards. A district manager visits her franchisees and uses her tablet or smartphone to run a quarterly audit on each store’s compliance with merchandising and service standards. 2. Work order forms. A store manager fills out a work … Continue reading 7 Store Data Collection Scenarios

Why Seasonal In-Store Merchandising Keeps on Giving

Seasonal in-store merchandising is like the proverbial gift that keeps on giving. Programs like Halloween and Christmas may run for a few weeks only, but they have year-round benefits. Let’s look at a few. Seasonal in-store merchandising is a profits magnet Products selected for seasonal merchandising typically come with higher built-in margins. Seasonal merchandising leads … Continue reading Why Seasonal In-Store Merchandising Keeps on Giving

Why Store Execution Matters

We often hear that retail is all about execution.  But what exactly is execution and why is it so important? Theory vs practice Albert Einstein once said “In theory, theory and practice are the same.  In practice, they are not.”  While he referred to science, this adage applies to many other fields, and indeed to … Continue reading Why Store Execution Matters