Entries by Mr. Checkout

A Note from the New President of Mr. Checkout Joel Goldstein

I’m honored to be able to purchase my father’s company 30 years after he incorporated. Stepping into Mr. Checkout was a natural fit since I grew up listening to my Dad work from the kitchen table for over 30 years. Having worked in Mr. Checkout for the last 10 years I’ve been excited to bring […]

How to Find the Best Energy Drink Distributor

The energy drink market is extremely competitive, and as such, your product needs more than a catchy package and a good taste to survive. To excel in the oversaturated energy drink market, you need creativity and know-how, business acumen and a carefully calculated distribution strategy. If consumers don’t know about your product and if it […]

How to Get Started with Extreme Couponing

  Become one of the extreme couponer and save an extreme amount of money by using legitimate couponing methods, keeping a conservative stockpile of items that can pack your pantry or fit onto an extra shelf or two. And, buy what we need for yourselves, your family and your donations without clearing shelves in the supermarket. […]

Develop an Independent Distributor Network

Besides the cost to get a business off the ground, develop the product and meet regulations, one of the largest hindrances facing new products are the nagging question “How do I find people to sell my product?”. Developing a vast network of independent distributors is vital to launching a new product to the retail market. […]

Glow in the Dark Body Paint

Glominex glow body paint is fun for everyone! This paint glows in the dark and looks like regular paint in daylight. Briefly charge the paint in light and watch it glow in the dark! No blacklight required. Our glow body paint is non-toxic, water-based, and made in the USA. Perfect for Halloween costumes or glow […]

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The Future of Big Box Retail

The Big-Box & Department Store Retailer segment is expected to experience better results over the next five years. On the strength of the economic recovery, revenue is forecast to increase at an annualized rate of 1.0% over the next five years to total $207.9 billion in 2018. With rising sales, profit margins are likely to […]

Big-Box & Department Store Retailers

The Big-Box & Department Store Retailer segment of the Retail Industry has fought tough conditions over the past five years, with revenue declining to an annualized rate over the past five years of 1.2% to $198.0 billion in 2013. Weak consumer confidence and low disposable income deterred households from making discretionary purchases during the recession, […]

Retail Industry Mature Life Cycle

The different segments within Retail Industry are in various phases of their life cycles. Typically, an industry or industry segment is considered to be in a decline phase of its life cycle when growth falls below GDP. In contrast, a growth phase occurs when industry revenue outpaces GDP, while a mature phase occurs when revenue […]

Key Factors for Success in Retail

The key factors for success in the Retail Industry that M&A looks for are set forth below. Ability to control stock on hand: Many of the Retail Industry’s goods and products are seasonal, with 32.1% of annual sales occurring between October and December. Therefore, retail stores must have tight stock control measures to ensure that […]

Wagon Jobbing and Rack Merchandising

OPPORTUNITIES IN WAGON JOBBING AND RACK MERCHANDISING Wagon jobbing and rack merchandising are very similar businesses that are often intermingled. The “jobber” sells outright while the “racker” places his own display racks in client stores and usually consigns the merchandise they hold. There are definite advantages and disadvantages to each, as we will see. WAGON […]

DropShotz JelloShotz

DropShotz JelloShotz are individually sealed and pre-packaged jelloshots, more than just the typical jelloshot in a cup. Each pre-packaged DropShotz Jelloshot is ultimate in taste, and holds the passion and innovation at every stage of production. Forget everything you know about jelloshots and check us out! Our cutting-edge packaging allows us to bring to market […]

RAVE Spice

RAVE energy drinks are made 100% in the United States. We have two flavors available in 8.4 oz cans. Original (tastes exactly like Redbull) and Spice which is an energy drink infused with a little bit of pepper that adds a perfect amount of kick. An energy drink with a unique flavor… Spicy enough to […]

New Whey Nutrition Beverages

NuAquos: Nothing has ever been created quite like NuAquos. It’s formulated to rehydrate, promote recovery, and restore nutrients, all with unparalleled taste. With the perfect blend of 12 grams of protein, all six base electrolytes, and 19 vitamins and minerals, NuAquos has what you need to restore what’s missing and supplement what’s not. Available in […]

Top 10: Food and Beverage Shows

Top Ten Food & Beverage Shows in the United States 2014-2015   NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION SHOW (NRA)/AMERICAN FOOD FAIR Dates: May 17-20, 2014 Location: Chicago, Illinois Profile and Attendance: NASDA’s American Food Fair (AFF) pavilion will be featured at the 2014 National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Hotel-Motel Show (NRA Show) – the largest foodservice and hospitality marketplace in the Western Hemisphere. Exhibitors: Over […]

Finding Distributors

Finding Distributors Strategic development of your distribution channels is key to ensuring long-term success and profitability. Positive relationships with key distributors in your market segment will be essential to your success. Create mutually profitable partnerships to ensure that your distributors will promote your product line. Determine your short and long term distribution goals: Are you […]

Which wholesale distributor is right for your convenience store?

Which wholesale distributor is right for your convenience store? In this vast competitive industry, convenience stores have many decisions to make in order to construct their business’s system. Wholesale distributors are basically middlemen between the manufacturers and stores. Choosing the right distributor is like attempting to find the perfect life partner. Store owners may find […]

POP Displays for Convenience Stores

 Here are the major categories of POP Displays for Convenience Stores: Custom corrugated cardboard POP displays, also called point of sale displays are designed and manufactured specifically for your products. Popular in-stock display are also available from most display manufacturers and wholesale POP distributors. 1. Cardboard Counter Displays Temporary corrugated cardboard counter displays are an […]

Top 5 In-Store Point of Sale Displays

How do you know how to pick the best Point of Sale display or POS Display? Selecting the right kind of display is essential when trying to get your product found in the retail space. Convenience stores and grocery stores are incredibly limited when it comes to floor space and counter space, making it essential […]

Trade Shows April 12 to May 30th

Trade Shows Mid-April to May 30th Museum Store Association Museum Expo 4/12/2014 – 4/15/2014 4100 E. Mississippi Ave., Ste. 800, Denver, CO 80246 Phone: 303-504-9223 ext. 20; Fax: 303-504-9585 The MSA Retail Conference and Expo is the only conference and tradeshow specifically for retailers at museums, historical sites, botanic gardens, aquariums, zoos, libraries and more. […]

Frontend Industry Insites

Frontend Industry Insites Market Domination Strategies to Boost Retail Profits Contributing Editor,  Betsi Bixby, Meridian Associates Inc. Companies have many options when it comes to gaining market share and increasing profits. Learn about strategic marketing and the tools companies are using to their advantage. ONE OF MY GREATEST joys is when clients discover strategies and […]

How to Increase Sales and Profits Long Term

 How to Increase Sales and Profits Long Term Investing in the future beyond new products, distributors continue to reinvest in their plant facilities, transportation and technology to improve their ability to increase sales and profit over the long term. While nearly 47 percent said the addition of new product categories would contribute to increased sales […]

Profit Opportunities in New C-Store Categories

 Profit Opportunities in New C-Store Categories Cigarettes and tobacco have been and still represent a very large share of our business, but there are profit opportunities that can be gained by focusing our attention on these new convenience store categories.   We, as a company and an industry, have to do a better job penetrating our […]

The E-Cig Factor

The E-Cig Factor Perhaps the biggest story of the year has been the impact that e-cigarettes and related prod-ucts have had, and continue to have, on the convenience distribution industry. While 46 percent of survey respondents said their traditional cigarette unit sales had declined in 2013, 54 percent said their electronic cigarette sales increased by […]

Convenience Store Distributors Outlook for 2014

Convenience Store Distributors Outlook for 2014 Convenience distributors continue to fight for improved profit margins, turning to new product offerings, increased efficiency through technology, and efforts to attract new customers within their marketplace as they seek to heat up the bottom line. AWMA’s annual online survey of members in late 2013 showed the vast majority […]

Health & Beauty Care (HBC) Category Trends

With healthcare capturing so many headlines these days, the health and beauty category (HBC) has taken on added importance in the c-store set. Fueling much of the growth: smaller package sizes that save shoppers money and stimulate impulse sales. The category-from shampoos and skin creams to cough drops and cold remedies-has always had its rightful […]

Unraveling the Mystery of Marketing

  Unraveling the Mystery of Marketing By Alyson Dutch Marketing. Sales. PR. Promotions. Online marketing. Guerilla tactics. Direct response TV. What does it all mean and how do you know which is for you? Never fear, the product launch maven is here to reveal the truth and help you navigate this new process of getting […]

Convenience Stores reach $195 billion

In-store convenience store sales grew 2.4%, reaching a record $195.0 billion. Combined with $486.9 billion in motor fuels sales, total convenience store sales in 2011 were $681.9 billion, or one out of every 22 dollars of the overall $15.04 trillion U.S. gross domestic product.

Top 10 Convenience Store Stories 2013

Exclusive: CSP Daily News’ Most-Read Stories of 2013 Below is a list of the top 10 most-read convenience store industry stories from CSPnet.com, and links for those of you who missed them, from the year. Happy New Year, from CSP! 1. FBI Locks Down Pilot Flying J HQ IRS confirms involvement; U.S. Attorney cites “ongoing investigation” […]

The Convenience Store of the Future

The Convenience Store of the Future February 5, 2014, By Michael Youngkin, Heartland Payment Systems Inc. According to NACS and Nielsen’s most recent data, there are more than 150,000 convenience stores in the United States, two-thirds of which are owned by independent operators. The industry is poised for further growth as it continues to meet […]

Top 10 Fastest Growing Supermarket Chains

The Top 10 Fastest Growing Supermarket Chains 2013 Based on 5-year unit-growth percentage. Companies must have at least 20 locations currently in operation. Sprouts Farmers Market (180%) 11811 N Tatum Blvd Ste. 2400 Phoenix, AZ 85028-1614 www.sprouts.com Average Store Size: 26,000 sq. ft. Year Founded: 2002 The 2nd specialty supermarket venture founded by the Henry […]

The Convenience Store of the Future

The key to becoming a convenience store of the future lies in setting priorities; understanding market conditions, customers and business environments; and ensuring each and every technology investment solves a key problem. Because of the number of technology partners vying for a piece of the c-store pie, operators have the luxury of evaluating and piloting different solutions to ensure they are getting the best possible return on their investment.

What Consumers Are Saying About E-Cigarettes

In a study conducted exclusively for Convenience Store News, Brand Chorus, a social intelligence practice and brand identity firm in New York City, performed a deep-dive analysis of all social media chatter around electronic cigarettes over a one-month period for a comprehensive online snapshot of consumers’ thoughts and concerns about this tobacco segment.

Enhanced Water Category is Booming!

Having recently announced its tenth consecutive year of growth, eight of which reached double-digits, Essentia is positioning
itself for a booming 2014 — and well beyond. Earlier this year, Essentia, the top-selling enhanced water brand in the natural
channel, raised $3.2 million in convertible debt and is perhaps prepping for a much larger round of funding later this year.

C-Stores – Keep the Core; Appeal to More

C-Stores – Keep the Core; Appeal to More Headlines: The convenience store channel is experiencing above average growth, supported by an increasing store count and a business model that is well suited to address consumers’ on the go lifestyles. Gasoline is a top selling product for the convenience channel, providing both opportunities and challenges for […]

How to Follow Up With Interested Prospects

Many people struggle with how to follow up with potential clients who say they are interested in working with you. Sometimes you leave them voicemail messages and never hear back. Sometimes they put you off or ask you to call back again at a later date. There are countless reasons why you might not connect right away, even though the person voiced an interest.

151,000 C-Stores

Ever wonder why “convenience” and “innovation” in packaging are so important to dairy marketers?
The U.S. convenience store count increased to 151,282 stores as of Dec. 31, 2013, a 1.4% increase
(2,062 stores) from the year prior, according to the 2014 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store

Sweets & Snacks Expo, May 20-22, 2014, Chicago’s McCormick Place

Registration is open for the 2014 Sweets & Snacks Expo, to be held May 20-22, 2014, at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, the 2014 Expo is poised to be the most successful in the event’s 18 year history with a jam-packed show floor already boasting a double-digit wait list of companies ready to exhibit.

149,000 C-Stores Trends

Tracking the Trends in 2013 Despite a weakened economy, the convenience store industry posted healthy sales gains in key in-store categories, such as food-service, snacks, beverages and tobacco products, raising optimism for an even stronger 2013. For all the concerns about reduced consumer spending over the past 15 months, convenience stores experienced another strong year […]

National Grocers, Toy Fair, ASD and Gift Show

Here are a few recommended trade shows in the next few months:  National Grocers Association Annual Convention – Supermarket Strategy Showcase (S3) 2/9/2014 – 2/12/2014 1005 North Glebe Rd., Ste. 250, Arlington, VA 22201 Phone: 703-516-0700; Fax: 703-516-0115 N.G.A. has designed a totally new concept for its convention that will feature interactive solution pavilions covering […]