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Comprehensive research on retailer, consumer and product trends across the convenience and retail industries. Includes exclusive proprietary Convenience Store News research studies.


Paying at the pump

EMV Compliance at the Forecourt Still Lagging

A Conexxus survey finds that just 15 percent of those in the retail fuel space are ready.

retail technology

Two-Thirds of C-stores Hampered by Legacy Infrastructure During COVID-19 Pandemic

Zynstra survey finds that the recent health crisis elevated the role IT plays in the eyes of C-level decision makers.

In the past week, the national gas price average only increased 1 cent to $2.19.

New metrics show it is the only candy subcategory experiencing a year-over-year sales decrease.

Packaged beverages climbed significantly during and since stay-at-home orders in April and May, but reversed the final week of June.

The national average is expected to increase ahead of Fourth of July weekend, but prices will still be 50 cents cheaper than last year's holiday.

Candy and snacks fulfill various need states for consumers — from satisfying a craving, to treating or rewarding themselves, to supporting their emotional wellbeing, to taking part in important holidays and celebrations. In this special “Candy & Snacks Deep Dive” report, a bonus supplement to the Convenience Store News 2020 Industry Report, we present exclusive data and analysis of the candy, salty snacks and alternative snacks categories.

Despite new regulations further challenging the business, tobacco remains a top moneymaker for the nation's convenience stores. In this special “Tobacco Deep Dive” report, a bonus supplement to the Convenience Store News 2020 Industry Report, we present exclusive data and analysis of the cigarettes and other tobacco products categories.

Now a core component of many convenience store retailers' strategic plans, foodservice has solidified itself as a critical puzzle piece in convenience retailing success today. In this special “Foodservice Deep Dive” report, a bonus supplement to the Convenience Store News 2020 Industry Report, we present exclusive data and analysis of the prepared food and dispensed beverage categories.

Foodservice and commissary have increased, but beer and wine trips — while still well above last year — appear to be easing.

Most respondents expect their business to return to 75 percent of normal by July 1.

Beer, ice and nonalcoholic packaged drinks drove nearly all of the positive change in year-over-year dollars for the week ended June 7.

C-stores posted strong 2019 in-store sales and profits, but that performance will be near-impossible to duplicate in the wake of COVID-19.

Family summer road trip

Still, this season will bring the first decline in summer travel since 2009.

Cigarettes and non-alcoholic packaged beverages made the greatest gains in dollars per transaction vs. the year-ago week.

Masked checkout

Access to hand sanitizer, ways of minimizing contact and clean bathrooms are among their top concerns.

Diners are ready to enjoy the foods they've missed most while at home.

convenience store checkout

IRI's New Product Pacesetters report also finds that "blockbuster" product launches returned last year.

working from home

However, one in 10 said nothing can replace physical meetings and discussions.

Buyers are experiencing heightened price sensitivity, while desiring moments of comfort and escapism.


Consumers have not yet resumed their travel routines, keeping the morning rush slow.

Since June 15, 30 states only saw an increase of 1 to 2 cents in average pump prices.

A Shell gas station canopy

Kwik Trip Inc., Quik Trip Corp. and Wawa Inc. are jockeying to take the lead, according to Market Force.

Shoppers are buying more local brands and feel bothered about the decrease in product variety.

Three-quarters of convenience store shoppers patronize the same store every time.

Cities in the Great Lakes region and Texas saw more frequent fuel visits, while California and the East Coast saw the fewest.

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