General Merchandise

General merchandise category news for the convenience store retail industry.

Addition of two distribution centers will greatly expand wholesaler’s reach

NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- Eby-Brown Co. earned significant headlines recently for its purchase of competitor Liberty USA . The acquisition sets up the convenience-store distributor for significant expansion in the East. But that deal is just the first part of a dramatic expansion strategy that could take...

Becomes single source for open- , closed-loop cards

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. -- SVM LP, a provider of gift card solutions for businesses, has acquired 1to1 Card, a leader in the delivery of prepaid card management services for multiple payment products including incentive, loyalty and promotional cards, rebates, pay cards and general-purpose...

Discounter plans to expand pilot of 6,000-square-foot units

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. -- With a new-format test, discount retailer Dollar General is placing a greater emphasis on consumable products and other items that “meet the needs of our urban customers,” CEO Todd J. Vasos said during the company's fourth-quarter earnings call. "We have been conducting a '...

Top 11 paid athletes who endorse products found in convenience stores
St. Patrick's Day spending: low on gifts, high on food, beverages.
Plan leverages capabilities of the executive team, provides continuity in management
Distributor will service all stores in the 42 states where the retailer operates
Unexpected pairings catching consumers', retailers' attention.
Marketers tailoring products for on-the-go convenience
Supermarkets losing out to c-stores, other nontraditional channels