Bottled-juice sales continue to dip in c-stores, down 1.26% for the 52 weeks ending Aug. 10, 2014 after dropping 1.7% in calendar year 2013. One bright spot, however, was sparkling juices, which grew 3.33%.
Best-Selling Sparkling Juices in Convenience Stores
Independent retailing darling Sam Odeh, the brains behind the Power Mart brand, is extending his sights beyond his Midwestern roots. Odeh, who has five convenience stores in the Chicago area, will wear not only winter boots but also sandals as his company expands into southern Florida.
Pay raises are inciting demonstrations across parts of the country. Specifically, thousands of frontline workers, including those who are the face of our retail brands, contend they are not making a livable wage. In cities such as Seattle and Chicago, these folks are pushing for as much as $15 per hour. As a result, we as a country are being asked to assess our values. The questions are many, and the solutions are vexing.
To me, the NACS Show is my official start to a new year. And because this is also an election year for control of Congress, I have no doubt there’ll be lots of talk about politics and its effect on the convenience-store industry.