General Merchandise

General merchandise category news for the convenience store retail industry.
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Combined company will maintain membership in Consolidated Sales Network

WILLOWBROOK, Ill. -- Consumer goods brokerage firms Perfetti Sales & Marketing and Access Strategies have merged to form a single, privately held company, Perfetti Access Strategies (PAS). The move is effective immediately and will combine sales in the grocery, drug and convenience channels...

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Retailers asked to vote in 23 categories

CHICAGO -- Voting is now open for CSP’s 15th annual Retailer Choice Best New Product Contest. CSP announced the finalists in 23 product categories this week, and the complete list is below. The editors of CSP and Convenience Store Products magazines identified all finalists from products nominated...

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Includes a variety of supermarkets, mass, drug and convenience stores

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Proprietary labels gathered $138 billion across convenience and grocery channels in 2017, but still lag behind
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Event will feature 54 exhibitors showcasing more than 750 items
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How c-stores can maintain ice safety in stores and throughout multiple locations.
Merged company will become fifth largest U.S. c-store distributor

Disruption and discounters take a toll on regional chains

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Neugent to lead strategy planning; Friedman takes over Consumer Brands unit
Senior vice president will step in as interim leader until board finds permanent replacement