Convenience Store News

NOV 2016

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Tabbie Awards Silver, Front Cover Illustration, June 2015 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. 4 Convenience Store News | NOVEMBER 2016 | WWW.CSNEWS.COM VIEW POINT By Don Longo, Editorial Director O ur focus in this issue is innovation. Innovation is the lifeblood of any industry and a strategic priority for leaders of growing companies. The convenience store industry is often overlooked as a breeding ground for innovation. From its origins as an icehouse in Texas to today's modern, interna- tional retail operation, the c-store industry has con- stantly evolved to meet changing consumer needs. We've seen innovation in technology, such as the adoption of industry standards and custom- er-facing improvements like touchscreen kiosks and mobile ordering. We've seen innovation in product develop- ment, from energy drinks, to shots, to e-cigs. And we've seen innovation in format development, from the intro- duction of motor fuels to the develop- ment of restaurant-quality food- service operations. As today's consumers place an increasing premium on "convenience," convenience store retailers, wholesalers and suppliers are still innovating to meet new and ever-evolving shopper needs. Inside this issue, we look at the latest innovations in the c-store industry. We also look at store design innovation as we profile the win- ners of this year's Convenience Store News Store Design Contest, and we celebrate product innovation with this year's winners of the CSNews Best New Products Awards. We also take a look at how consumers define innovation when they think about convenience stores. At CSNews, we believe in the power of innovation. That's one of the reasons we feature cover stories on innovative retailer companies, like last month's profile of fast-growing Maverik Inc., and innovative indus- try leaders, like September's cover story on Retailer Executive of the Year Ari Haseotes of Cumberland Farms, who is being honored this month along with two other industry innovators, Chet Cadieux of QuikTrip and Bob Johnson of Pinnacle at the CSNews Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Tulsa, Okla. We also pioneered the c-store industry's first Foodservice Innovators Awards program five years ago. Sponsored by Tyson Convenience, this annual awards program recognizes industry leaders that are dedicated to elevating fresh food and beverage in con- venience retail. Convenience retailers that have dem- onstrated both excellence and innovation are selected through ballots submitted by CSNews' How To Crew of foodservice experts. For an exciting, close-up look at these innovators, watch our new video at http://www.csnews.com/2016- foodservice-innovators. Our cameras take you on a tour of these chains and include interviews with the people spearheading these innovative efforts. Innovation Part of This Industry's DNA Convenience stores live on new ideas, products and concepts For comments, please contact Don Longo, Editorial Director, at (201) 855-7606 or [email protected]

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