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Traci Carneal

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CSP Magazine

Gluten Intolerance

Research suggests quite a few consumers plan to purchase less bread and baked goods due to concerns about wheat flour and gluten. The gluten-free trend could actually boost c-store sales of prepared baked goods that contain gluten.

Tobacco

Premium Brands Rule in RYO

Cost factor less important as segment grows by double digits

Making sense of the many brands, product sizes and forms

From news and weather to store specials, video messages getting across

TV screens convert downtime into increased sales

The value segment of little cigars should also bring quality and supplier support

The right little-cigar plan-o-gram can keep profits growing

If you’ve been to Connecticut in the winter, you may have seen Mike Fox trekking down the streets with a camera. But rather than capturing the glow of freshly fallen snow on the treetops, he’s more interested in snow-laden branches that may be the cause of frequent power failures across the state.

It’s been more than a year since Hurricane Sandy crippled the Northeast, but the unprecedented fuel shortage that followed the storm remains troubling for local and state governments hoping to avert a future crisis.

In the past decade, a growing number of convenience-store chains have embraced hedging as a strategy to improve profits and pricing predictability at the fuel island.But the pump isn’t the only ...

Some retailers dread a blast of snow, sleet or an extended bout of below-freezing temps, but not Nice N Easy.Just ask Fran Duskiewicz, the Canastota, N.Y.-based chain’s senior executive vice pre...

NOCO knows about cold-weather challenges.The Tonawanda, N.Y.-based operator of 35 NOCO Express stores throughout western New York battles ice, sleet and upwards of 10 feet of snow each winter. Most re...

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