For the few, the invested, general merchandise is an asset, a niche segment and market-basket contributor that might not define a store but does round it out. Instead of piles of static items, GM hits on trends and the under-$5 purchase.
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!