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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.

 

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Convenience Stores Lag Other Retail Industries in COVID-19 Safety

The availability of hand sanitizer at entrances and checkout is the top driver of trust for c-stores, according to Ipsos.

Five Key Consumer Behaviors Are Changing the Convenience Retail Space

All aspects of convenience store operations must join forces to meet the new shopper expectations.

Despite the steady supply dip, continued low levels of demand helped push the national gas price cheaper on the week.

Diners anticipate eating out less even after the pandemic, according to a new Acosta report.

Salty snacks and sweet treat consumption increases as consumers report less avoidance of sugar, salt and alcohol.

EG America jumped four spots in this year’s ranking to break into the top 10.

Kwik Trip and 7-Eleven are also big winners in 2020 website and social media rankings.

Midyear Report Card shows most in-store product categories were negatively impacted.

The fuel company introduces road trip planning materials, Spotify playlists and safety tips to support a "StateEscape."

Convenience store retailers have little choice but to rapidly innovate as the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc on their foodservice business.

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Of the top five in-store categories, only beer was in the black during the two-week period ended Aug. 9.

The variance indicates that consumers are purchasing more expensive category products, on average.

7-Eleven makes a repeat appearance from 2019.

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Nearly three-quarters of stations are selling gas for less than $2.25.

As cases grew steadily, trip growth stayed within a narrow range of 0 percent to 4 percent in the 90 days following mid-April.

Stewart’s Shops’ ice cream limited-time offers highlight what flavors hit the mark.

C-store foodservice shoppers don’t want to have to sacrifice quality for price.

Cigarettes and packaged beverages — the two largest categories on a per-dollar basis — contracted during the two-week period ended July 26.

Nearly three-quarters say the holiday is more important than ever as Americans look to add some normalcy and joy to what has been an unprecedented time.

Contactless payment at retail

Since January, no-touch payments have increased for 69 percent of retailers surveyed by NRF and Forrester.

Year-over-year demand is down about 8 percent as COVID-19 cases increase.

Fountain coffee is down approximately 40 percent, while bottled java is up 3 percent.

NPD Group: Nearly four in 10 shoppers say having snacks and treats on hand is part of their pantry strategy.

Under increasing pressure, the convenience store industry’s single-store owners and small chains are responding to adversity with creativity and innovation.

For the week ended July 5, packaged beverage dollars were up nearly 11 percent year over year.

More than a third say they are worse off financially now than they were pre-pandemic.

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