General Merchandise

General merchandise category news for the convenience store retail industry.

But look for opportunity in lower-priced, higher-frequency categories: NPD

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. -- Overall consumer spending has declined over the past year at levels not seen in decades, according to a report from NPD. Consumers are value conscious, looking for deals and discounts and re-evaluating their spending habits. The result has been that they have significantly...

Retailer testing Del Monte plastic stay-fresh wrap on bananas

DALLAS -- 7-Eleven Inc. is testing at 27 Dallas-area locations a new plastic wrap developed by supplier Fresh Del Monte Produce to keep single bananas yellow and firm for five days, more than double the two-day shelf life for an unwrapped banana, reported USA Today . If it's a success, 7-Eleven...

"Value" retailers seize the recession to grow store count, same-store sales

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. -- In the "Great Recession" of 2007, 2008 and 2009, retailers and manufacturers are learning that you've got to spend money to make money. That was the thrust of a presentation on U.S. retailing and buying trends led by The Nielsen Co.'s Todd Hale, senior vice president of consumer...

The Eby-Brown team was presented with the award at the annual Turkey Hill vendor meetings in Hershey, Pa.
IRI: Retailers should consider multi-tiered programs
Partnership with help convenience retailers sell office supplies
Whole Foods may follow Fresh & Easy in accepting only cash, credit, debit at checkout
Merrigan brings experience from International Paper, Fleming, Nash Finch
Channel-blurring dollar store concept debuts in N.C. as sector thrives
SVS to provide instant-issue MasterCard prepaid gift cards