How to conduct a food safety audit … the right way

Over the last few years, convenience stores have evolved to be hubs for quick, easy meals and snacks. When you’re on the go, making multiple stops between restaurants, convenience stores and markets just isn’t an effective use of time. So, many c-stores have added food service to their offerings. Casey’s… Read More

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Spook-tacular Halloween Retail Strategies

Halloween is one of the largest commercial holidays in the U.S. The National Retail Federation estimates that consumers will spend up to $8.8 billion this year and each person is expected to spend about $86 on average for the holiday.  Seasonal retail pop-ups like Spirit Halloween have turned selling holiday-specific… Read More

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Is Instant Pay for Employees a Positive or Negative to Restaurants?

Some restaurants, mostly national fast-food chains, are making instant payments available to employees as a new option to receive their wages.  Where previous payment methods like checks and automatic deposits can take up to two weeks on average to fully disperse a lump sum to workers’ accounts, instant payments allow… Read More

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How Retailers Can Increase Foot Traffic

You’ve probably heard it at one point or another – Amazon is going to put small businesses out of business. That isn’t true. Consumer purchasing habits have just changed. In-store shopping is still a very significant portion of the retail industry and bringing customers into your store should be a… Read More

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Loyalty Programs – No Longer Just a Coupon

Consumers want their favorite brands and purchasing habits at the tips of their fingers – literally. The modern convenience store shopper is likely to have a number of mobile apps on their smart-phones specifically developed to allow price checking, sale and discount updates, and mobile-payment options. Convenience Store News details… Read More

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5 Most Important Retail KPIs

Key performance indicators or KPIs are measurements of data used to track important processes, efficiency, company growth, customer engagement and many other patterns. Every industry has unique KPIs that inform business leaders of the direction their business is moving – positive or negative. KPIs are best utilized to understand whether… Read More

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Patio Season is Back: Liven Up Your Outdoor Dining Space

Summer time means excellent weather and customers that want to enjoy a meal and a cool drink on the patio of their favorite restaurant. Generally, restaurants see sales rise quickly during the warmer months, up to 30% – but is your restaurant’s patio space ready to provide an inviting atmosphere… Read More

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Creating Retail & C-Store Accessibility with ADA Compliance

61 million adults with disabilities are estimated to live in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that 1 in 4 adults have a form of disability and each ranges in severity. These conditions can affect a person’s mobility, cognition, hearing and vision, making living… Read More

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3 Ways Retailers Can Collect More Customer Feedback

Collecting and analyzing customer feedback provides powerful insight into what your customers want and need and what your customer experience is really like. The knowledge gained can help you improve and craft your service or product around your customer needs. Seth Godin, a leader in the marketing industry, teaches that… Read More

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Reduce Restaurant Labor Costs in 5 Ways

Equipment, utilities, food products, point-of-sale (POS) systems and labor make up the 5 largest branches of restaurant costs. Some are easier to control than others. You may be able to purchase an older version dishwasher or grill. Food prices can be adjusted. But then there are labor costs. Controlling your… Read More

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