John Eichberger, NACS’ vice president of government relations and executive director of the Fuels Institute, walks through what the c-store industry is learning about the fate of fuels at retail through a variety of metrics.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) says there was a 0.5% to 1% increase in gasoline demand last year, while OPIS’ data suggests there was actually a 5% to 7% drop in demand compared to recent years. What's really going on?
It’s been a tough road for retailers of consumer packaged goods. While the unemployment rate is improving and the housing and automobile markets seem to have rebounded, robust growth continues to elude the c-store channel and also competitors in the grocery, drug and value channels.
Plunge in oil prices sets the stage for record margins and boost in in-store sales. Also In This Issue: Profitability skyrockets for top performers! Other channels seek to redefine convenience! The economy enters a new stage. The growing health-and-wellness trend. Fuel demand; oil's slide; multicultural momentum; and data, data, data!