General Merchandise

General merchandise category news for the convenience store retail industry.

Survey examines total cost of 16 core food items

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. -- Market baskets are experiencing a slight dip. And lower retail prices of several foods, including salad, orange juice, shredded cheddar and ground chuck, are at fault, said Convenience Store Products , citing the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Spring Picnic Marketbasket...

IRI New Product Pacesetters cater to consumers’ different needs, wants and priorities

CHICAGO & WASHINGTON -- IRI announced last year’s most successful consumer-packaged-goods launches in its 2015 New Product Pacesetters report, an industry-recognized benchmark analysis of exceptional first-year CPG sales success for newly launched products. Thousands of new brands hit retail...

IRI president and CEO Andrew Appel

IRI president and CEO Andrew Appel

How customization—in marketing, advertising and consumer reach—will drive future retail

WASHINGTON -- Just by speeding up the time it takes to upload its web pages, Wal-Mart experienced online sales lifts of up to 2% for each second it shaved off. Hotel chain Red Roof Inn launched a mobile ad campaign for passengers stranded at airports near its hotels and saw a 60% increase in...

Iconic chain celebrates 52 years of convenience retailing
Simplifies product ingredients, statements
Produces more than 600 million sandwiches per year
Day, Ferguson together to succeed Armstrong in September
Judge requires companies to pay statutory damages for trademark infringement
Bolin has been acting president, CEO since February
Eyewear company suing convenience-store franchisee for selling alleged knockoffs