General Merchandise

General merchandise category news for the convenience store retail industry.

St. Patrick's Day spending: low on gifts, high on food, beverages

WASHINGTON -- More than 125 million Americans plan to celebrate the Irish holiday and are expected to spend an average of $35.37 per person, down slightly from last year’s $36.52, according to NRF’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insight and Analytics. Total spending...

Mark Smucker

Mark Smucker

Plan leverages capabilities of the executive team, provides continuity in management

ORRVILLE, Ohio -- The J.M. Smucker Co. has announced that its board has implemented a leadership transition plan. It said that the plan leverages the capabilities of the executive team, provides continuity in management and underscores the company's commitment to focusing on long-term growth...

Distributor will service all stores in the 42 states where the retailer operates

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. & TEMPLE, Texas -- Pilot Flying J has extended its multi-year agreement with distributor McLane Co. Inc. for McLane to service 530 Pilot Flying J travel centers. Pilot Flying J is the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America. McLane’s ability to...

Unexpected pairings catching consumers', retailers' attention.
Marketers tailoring products for on-the-go convenience
Supermarkets losing out to c-stores, other nontraditional channels
Enter your new product into CSP’s 2016 Retailer Choice Best New Product Contest
Here's a bone for c-stores: Millennials skip supermarket, shop at alternative outlets for meat.
Acquires major independent convenience-store supplier operating in six eastern states
Study analyzes purchasing behavior of millennials, generation x, boomers