Convenience Store News

NOV 2014

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WWW.CSNEWS.COM | NOVEMBER 2014 | Convenience Store News 3 VIEWPOINT By Don Longo, Editorial Director T he convenience store industry descended upon Las Vegas last month for the 2014 NACS Show and while the NACS Show always offers scores of educational and networking opportunities, it seemed retailers came to this year's event with an added urgency. Maybe it was because they were feeling more opti- mistic and wanted to capitalize on positive business and weather conditions. Fuel prices have been declin- ing in recent months, giving many retailers an oppor- tunity to benefit from slightly higher margins. Or maybe it's the spate of merger and acquisition activity that has everyone on edge. Or perhaps they felt pres- sure to improve their in-store sales, which were up only 2.3 percent through the first half of this year (see Convenience Store News' Mid-Year Report Card, October 2014 issue). Whatever the reason, retailers appeared to be more focused than ever in their hunt for the new products, new programs, new ideas and new contacts that will drive their success in the coming year. And there were more retailers in attendance at the NACS Show — a 6.1-per- cent increase in attendees overall, according to NACS, the Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing. From educational seminars that provided tips on how c-stores can manage and reduce excess inventory; to ideas on how to improve sales, margins and labor efficiencies; to learning strategies to control foodser- vice spoilage, retailers took aim at the information they felt would help them grow their business (see our NACS Show recap starting on page 82). Among the specific things retailers told us they were on the hunt for were: • The next great technology; • New products; • More foodservice options; • New fuel dispensers; • New payment systems; and • More information about alternative fuels. This year marked the 18th year of CSNews' Best New Products Awards, and we honored 20 winners on the show floor. This year's product win- ners are profiled, along with our 2014 Store Design Contest winners and Foodservice Innovators in this issue's cover story (page 29). Also at the NACS Show, 30 of the most outstand- ing female leaders in the convenience store industry, including five Women of the Year, were honored at the inau- gural CSNews Top Women in Convenience awards breakfast. (For more on the pro- gram, see page 14.) If you attended this year's NACS Show, I hope your hunt was successful. If you didn't have the opportunity to attend, be sure to check out our NACS Show recap in this issue, or go online to www.csnews.com. CSN The Urgency Was Real NACS Show 2014 had a more than business-as-usual air to it For comments, please contact Don Longo, Editorial Director, at (201) 855-7606 or [email protected] 2013 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award Best Single Issue, October 2012 2013 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award Finalist, Best Profile, August 2012 2008 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award Best Single Issue, October 2007 2013 Eddie Award Honorable Mention, Folio: magazine Business to Business, Retail, Full Issue, October 2012 2011 Silver Eddie Award, Folio: magazine Business to Business, Retail, Full Issue, October 2010 2011 Silver Eddie Award, Folio: magazine Business to Business, Retail, Best Single Article, October 2010 2009 Gold Ozzie Award, Folio: magazine Best Use of Illustration, October 2008 2009 Silver Eddie Award, Folio: magazine Business to Business, Retail, Full Issue, October 2008 2009 Bronze Eddie Award, Folio: magazine Business to Business, Retail, Website 2007 Silver Ozzie Award, Folio: magazine Best Use of Typography, November 2006 2013 American Society of Business Publication Editors, Midwest Regional Bronze Azbee Award Best Editorial/Commentary, July 2012 2010 American Society of Business Publication Editors, Northeast Regional Silver Azbee Award Feature Article Design, November 2010 2010 Trade Association Business Publications Intl. Tabbie Awards Honorable Mention, Front Cover Illustration, October 2009 2009 Trade Association Business Publications Intl. Tabbie Awards Gold, Front Cover Illustration, February 2008 Honorable Mention, Best Single Issue, October 2008 CSNews has been recognized with more editorial awards, including the prestigious Jesse H. Neal Award for business journalism, in the past six years than any other industry publication.

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