Candy Sales are Sweet
- Chocolate accounts for approximately 41% of total confection and has grown 4.81%.
- Non-chocolate growth continued in 2013, and it now accounts for 12% of the total confection category.
Source: CSP Daily News January 2014
Make Sure Gum is Good to Go
Only 31% of gum purchases are planned, and 66% of purchases are for immediate consumption. As a leading impulse item, the best place for gum is on the checkout counter.
Coffee Fuels Snack Sales
Would you like extra sales with that? Forty-five percent of customers who purchase coffee between 6 and 10 a.m. also purchase a donut, sweet roll, snack cake, cookie, sandwich or gum.
Source: Mintel, University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index NPD 2010, CSP Heat Map Study 9/11, 2012 Cygnus Business Media
Food is Good for Business
With 5.5% growth in 2013, foodservice sales continue to be a driving force for C-store profits. Prepared food leads the way at a 9.5% increase in sales.
Source: Convenience Store News Market Research, 2014.
Clean Facilities Can Make Yours the Go-to Store
Sixty-four percent of customers surveyed say unpleasant restroom facilities will keep them from returning. A daily restroom checklist and follow-through can build customer loyalty and positive word-of-mouth.
Source: Convenience Store Decisions February 2014
Pass on Savings and Win More Business
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Source: Retail Experience Study, October 2012
Grow sales with packaged discounts
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Keep it clean
A well-maintained bathroom can encourage more street traffic, and more money spent at the register.
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Keys to scaling up candy sales
- Position candy in the front or in a high-traffic aisle.
- Use secondary positions in foodservice or beverage areas.
- Place a multiple-vendor display on the candy aisle or by the door.
Samples = Sales
Offering samples of an item in your store can create an impulse purchase, a major factor in a number of strong C-store categories.
How independent C-stores can stay competitive
Consider what your competitors charge when setting prices. You can compete by lowering prices on some items and make up the losses by charging more on other items. Or try bundling a for-sale product with another item at regular price.
Drive sales at eye level
Keep your main product supply at eye level to watch them fly off the shelves.
Reach more customers with e-mail, for free
Simply collect business cards in a fishbowl and save their e-mail addresses. With a database, you can send promotional information, coupons and more — for free.