General Merchandise

General merchandise category news for the convenience store retail industry.

Norfolk, Va., c-store task force seizes drug paraphernalia, untaxed cigarettes, more

NORFOLK, Va. -- The Norfolk, Va., Convenience Store Task Force, aimed at cracking down on illegal sales from neighborhood markets, has begun filing criminal charges against the operators of all 11 c-stores, reported The Virginian-Pilot . The task force, which combines city, state and federal...

Represent major retail opportunity; driving current uptick in popularity of private label

CHICAGO -- Lower-income shoppers are the fastest-growing income group in the United States and will generate $84 billion in incremental spending during the next decade, according to the latest research from Information Resources Inc. (IRI). It said that these consumers represent an enormous...

Drug chain outlines five consumer segments, aims to better meet their needs

LAS VEGAS -- Trips and total basket ring are up in the drug channel, and Walgreens, in most cases, is performing as well or better than its competitionwhat better time to revamp its strategy and refocus its marketing efforts. "We've just completed a nine-month journey into customer insights," said...

Food, drink makers changing packaging to grab consumers' eyeballs.
IRI reveals top food, beverage, nonfood CPG new products
Retailers look for new-product potential and growth at Prepaid Expo
A tightening economy has pushers of prepaid cash cards circling a growing market that's without bank accounts and credit cards.
Integrates collectible in-person card game with online multi-player experience
Convenience stores in St. Petersburg, Fla., will now have to install security cameras and automatic door locks and clear windows of any distracting signs.
Tesoro Hawaii convenience stores soon will offer postage stamps at face value, according to a report by Pacific Business News.