General Merchandise

General merchandise category news for the convenience store retail industry.

IRI: Store brands becoming as familiar, relevant some consumers as national brands

CHICAGO -- Private-label share in the United States has risen dramatically across retail channels and product categories during the past two years as consumers continue to struggle with high food prices and other economic pressures. According the latest research from Information Resources Inc. (IRI...

Mintel sees cheap, chic beauty products as top trend in tough economy

CHICAGO -- Despite the challenging economy, Mintel Beauty Innovation predicts "Econo-chic" as a trend for 2009. After years of indulging every beauty whim, Mintel said that it sees shoppers cutting back and only buying the most effective, necessary products. "Cosmetic companies are quickly...

NPD: Nearly every U.S. household consumes private-label, store-brand foods

CHICAGO -- Tough economic times have certainly been a boon for private-label foods and beverages, but according to market research firm The NPD Group, private-label usage has been growing over the last decade. According to a new NPD report, Private-Label Perceptions, Usage Patterns & Intentions...

Church Point Wholesale has announced the acquisition of CONCO Food Distributors' Convenience Store Wholesale Division.
DePinto describes how customers are altering buying habits based on poor economy
HBC offers great opportunity to prop up profits as other categories mature
Honors A-B, Perfetti Van Melle, Rayovac, Boyd, Lance, Swisher, Eby-Brown, more
Goodyear tires, retreads now available at 39 Pilot facilities
NACS and CSP renew State of the Industry partnership for another four years
New ad rep examines marketing opportunities