General Merchandise

General merchandise category news for the convenience store retail industry.

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

CHICAGO & LAS VEGAS -- The ranking of the most successful new consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands of 2008 has been released by Information Resources Inc. (IRI), at the 2009 IRI Reinventing CPG & Retail Summit at the Wynn Las Vegas. The IRI New Product Pacesetters report, now in its 14th...

Retailers look for new-product potential and growth at Prepaid Expo

ORLANDO, Fla. -- International reloadable cards, prepaid WiFi and online gaming may emerge as larger pieces of the overall prepaid mix, said retailers speaking at this year's annual Prepaid Expo. Though accounting for somewhere in the range of 1%-1.5% of sales, the prepaid category is a "small but...

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.
Mason: Fresh & Easy research missed American price sensitivity; economy slowing growth
Fresh produce, WiFi latest in N.Y. retailer's efforts to stay relevant.
Pennsylvania's S & E Sales takes top title.