Convenience Store Products | March/April 2016

March April 2016 cover convenience store products magazine

In This Issue

March 2016
Do This; Don't Do That

Category management can be a marathon, so run a mile in these retailers’ shoes. What has worked for them? And what hasn’t?

Also: Online shopping, 3 reasons to invest in RYO, shopper impulses, meat snacks, beer for her and more!



Here are some holiday candies rolling out for the seasons to come.

bummy bears

New ­flavors, shapes take the category to chewy new heights

convenience store drone delivery

As grocery sales move online and technology and related services innovate, convenience stores may find themselves with distinct advantages. Here’s how.

roll-your-own cigarette

Former retailer makes the case for roll-your-own tobacco in convenience stores


The United States is estimated to continue influencing the global e-cigarette market with expected growth of more than $20.17 billion by 2025, at an estimated compound annual growth rate of 22.5% from 2015 to 2025.

Epic Provisions meat bar

Move over, traditional jerky and sticks, and make room for new combinations and flavors


A recent survey by researcher Innova Market Insights found that 78% of Americans are interested in food products that will “keep them full.” Protein does just that. From the obvious (protein bars) to the subtle (almonds), these products are chockfull of protein, making them ideal for midday snacks.

Kit Kat bar

Nestlé’s exotic Kit Kat flavors have piqued the interest of its North American fans

chocolate squares

Chocolate bite products are popping up all over convenience-store candy shelves.

chefs hat

Changing up food offerings could lure in more fickle millennials

pizza and ingredients

The pros and cons of open-kitchen concepts in c-stores

soda flavors

Study offers data, tips to drive additional sales from the cold vault

gift cards

CardHub has projected the most popular gift cards of 2015

fuel app

Apps will give customers a more convenient payment option at the pump

beer and lipstick

Female beer drinkers have a strong aff­inity for fruit and citrus

Cover story

second annual Convenience Store Products retailer survey

The second-annual Convenience Store Products retailer survey reveals what you really think about the next big thing—and the strategies you employ to sell them.

do this; don't do that

Category management can be a marathon. So run a mile in these retailers’ shoes. What has worked for them? And what hasn’t?


Bugles Ranch

Here are the top-selling new products in convenience stores in Florida this quarter.

woman shopping

Products and trends ideal for this adventurous yet practical purchaser

By the Numbers

benefits of brand equity

Make sure you match your products to your shoppers


ask questions

7 questions to ask when you’re new on the job

Editor's note

Listening to the advice that only retailer experience can suggest—that’s a magic bullet.