Are vape shops stealing c-store business? Can the convenience channel ever hope to compete with the vaping-centric knowledge and offerings of this new channel? Is this channel here to stay, perhaps the tobacconist of the new segment—or will it fizzle out in the face of stricter regulations?
Vape: It's not your father's tobacco product, as reflected in CSP's first-ever vaping-centric meeting in December in Phoenix. And you know it's not your typical tobacco meeting when you have a marquee sponsor whose mission is to "make cigarettes obsolete" and one of the evenings includes a trendy vaping party.
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!