General Merchandise

General merchandise category news for the convenience store retail industry.

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

BOSTON -- One of the most comforting things about a trip to the grocery or convenience store is the perennial sameness of it all. Bananas go there; root beer goes here; and groceries look pretty much the way they have for years. To spark more attention for some of the nation's most popular...

IRI reveals top food, beverage, nonfood CPG new products
A tightening economy has pushers of prepaid cash cards circling a growing market that's without bank accounts and credit cards.
Retailers look for new-product potential and growth at Prepaid Expo
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.
Mason: Fresh & Easy research missed American price sensitivity; economy slowing growth