General Merchandise

General merchandise category news for the convenience store retail industry.

7-Eleven revisits Simpsons; corporate stores to carry Playboy with Marge on cover

CHICAGO -- For the first time, Playboy magazine has given the cover spot to a cartoon characterMarge Simpson. The cover celebrates the 20th anniversary of the TV show. 7-Eleven will carry the magazine in its 1,200 corporate-owned stores, something the company has only done once before in more than...

Plans start at $30 a month; nationwide rollout begins Oct. 18

BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said that it will launch Straight Talk, a new solution in no-contract cellular, exclusively at more than 3,200 Walmart stores nationwide starting Oct. 18, 2009. Straight Talk will bring to the market a new low price for no-contract wireless service with two...

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