Clearly, c-stores have room for improvement. Some of this is simply a matter of more consistently executing on the basics and opportunities already discussed. But some of it shows a large gulf between consumer expectations and business realities.
When it comes to foodservice, breaking with tradition can be good—and even offer a more sustained avenue of growth. This is especially true when it comes to signing with a foodservice franchise, where up-and-coming brands are focusing on the c-store channel as a fast, more economical way to get known in the crowded space.
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!