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General Merchandise: Distributor's Notebook 2014

An unusually cold start to this past winter proved what Dan Goulette of Pine State Trading Co. often stresses to his c-store clients: It pays to focus on core seasonal offerings in general merchandise.

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General Merchandise: Specialty Items 2014

General merchandise specialty-product--batteries, auto care, more--sales data from convenience store

A Q&A about general merchandise sales with Matt Paduano, vice president of category management, Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes

Mapco snags general-merchandise customers with good timing

Considerable warming trend provides demand boost for spring categories

A limited-time offer can be a way to test new products that then become part of the regular offerings, from food items to candy, lighters or flowers. An LTO can also give convenience retailers the opportunity to add variety while keeping the menu tight.

New program for eyewear key element of general merchandise assortment

Spring-like warmth brings retail demand for seasonal items

Year-end data shows the dip in energy-shot sales continued for a 2nd year.

Ice-melt and firewood score in the East; beverages win our West

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