As the final sighs of 2010 breathed fresh life into 2011, 7-Eleven had just acquired nearly 200 stores; the Federal Reserve moved to cap debit-card swipe fees; the FDA acknowledged that morbid graphics on cigarettes will do little good to deter smoking; and our c-store channel continued to demonstrate its resilience against a languishing economy.
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!