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Business owners always look to increase the number of customers in their stores and the average sales per-customer, but what are the best ways for gas stations to accomplish this?

Opening a new store is exciting, but there’s a lot of work to do before your grand opening.

Businesses of all types thrive on a present and attentive workforce. In the service and retail industry, however, managing staff can be a challenge. Unfortunately, your C-store is both! Whether helping customers to purchase lottery tickets, or managing a morning rush: your staff is important to your bottom line.

However, the industry is prone to suffering from last-minute staff cancellations.

Let’s face it: there are a lot of moving parts when it comes to running a convenience store. Between all the vendors, distributors, and various company reps, sometimes it’s amazing that you find time to do anything else.

 

Navigating the challenges of working with suppliers and distributors can be an exercise in futility. However, they don’t have to be. Here are some ways you can manage these tasks effectively, and keep your sanity in check!

Coffee is a staple product at gas stations and C-stores across the country. Because coffee has such a high markup, it can be a huge game changer for your business. However, finding new and innovative ways to increase your coffee sales that go beyond promotions and loyalty club cards can be challenging. Here are some tips to help you boost the coffee sales at your c-store.

It may sound surprising, but not all store owners have invested in a POS system. In fact, it’s estimated that many small business retailers have not invested in POS systems for their business, despite annual cost reductions of at least 10% after implementing them.

Let’s talk about C-store data protection for a second. We’ve all heard of hackers and thieves preying on customers, but what is it they’re after? Credit card number? PINs? Passwords? The answer is “all of the above.” It seems that hackers and thieves will stop at nothing to get after your customer’s precious data.

With summer right around the corner, C-store owners may notice a shift in their sales to accommodate the warmer weather.  As customers gear up for road trips, C-stores are the perfect pit stop for snacks, fuel, and bathroom breaks, so it’s important to be prepared. 

With fresh and nutritious options catching as much speed as they are in the convenience store world, as an owner, you’ve probably considered jumping on the train. One of the biggest challenges you’ll have to overcome is ensuring that your customers don’t meet any of the widely-feared food-borne illnesses.

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