Convenience Store News

DEC 2016

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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 2016 Eddie Award Honorable Mention, Folio: magazine Business to Business, Retail, Full Issue, October 2015 2016 Eddie Award Honorable Mention, Folio: magazine Business to Business, Retail, Single/Series of Articles, August 2015 2015 Eddie Award Honorable Mention, Folio: magazine Business to Business, Retail, Single Article, February 2014 2014 Eddie Award Honorable Mention, Folio: magazine Business to Business, Retail, Full Issue, October 2013 2014 Eddie Award Honorable Mention, Folio: magazine Business to Business, Retail, Single Article, February 2013 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 2016 American Society of Business Press Editors, National Azbee Awards Gold, Best How-To Article, March 2015 Bronze, Best Original Research, June 2015 2016 American Society of Business Press Editors, Midwest Regional Azbee Awards Gold, Best How-To Article, March 2015 Silver, Best Original Research, June 2015 2015 American Society of Business Press Editors, Midwest Regional Azbee Awards Gold, Best Special Supplement, November 2014 Silver, Best Profile (long form), February 2014 2015 American Society of Business Press Editors, Midwest Regional Azbee Awards Best Profile (long form), February 2014 2013 American Society of Business Press Editors, Midwest Regional Azbee Awards Bronze, Best Editorial/Commentary, July 2012 2010 American Society of Business Press Editors, Northeast Regional Azbee Awards Silver, Feature Article Design, November 2010 2016 Trade Association Business Publications Intl. 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 nine years than any other industry publication. 4 Convenience Store News | DECEMBER 2016 | WWW.CSNEWS.COM VIEW POINT By Don Longo, Editorial Director T his is a good time to review some of the high- lights of the past year — with a focus on events that were not only significant when they hap- pened, but also are likely to have longer-range ramifi- cations into the New Year. After adding 1,500 stores through its 2015 acquisition of The Pantry, Alimentation Couche-Tard's deal to purchase CST Brands and its more than 1,000 stores in the United States and Canada is one of those events that is a game-changer. I know there are skeptics who doubt Couche- Tard's ability to rebrand all these stores in North America to Circle K — not to men- tion acquired stores in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Ireland. But, driven by the successful sharing of best practices worldwide, Circle K is poised to shake up the convenience store scene in 2017. Amazon.com's plans to open brick-and-mortar c-stores and curbside pickup locations also set the industry abuzz in 2016. At the NACS Show in October, our editorial team canvassed the floor asking retailers what they thought of the threat posed by the online retail giant. Opinion was split, ranging from those who see imminent danger to others who minimized the impact. I believe Amazon, which has already disrupted several business models, will bring exciting innovations to the c-store market even if it doesn't become a major player as a brick-and-mortar retailer. Two other 2016 events that we are likely to hear more about next year are the opening of fuel-less stores (such as those opened by QuikTrip, Maverik and Sheetz), and Dollar General's further incursions on the c-store market after buying 41 Walmart Express units this year and revealing plans for opening its first convenience store next year. For the c-store industry, 2016 was a very good year based on sales data we've collected through the first nine months. For Convenience Store News, it was also a ter- rific year. Our third-annual Top Women in Convenience awards event was our biggest and best yet, as about 300 industry professionals came out to celebrate 62 women who are making a positive impact on the c-store industry. I am proud of the role we play in recognizing and foster- ing the development of women's careers in convenience. We also launched our inaugural Convenience Foodservice Exchange event. Approximately 50 retailer foodservice executives came together to share success stories, as well as discuss the challenges they face. At the end of the two days, retailers and suppliers came away with crucial insights that will lead to increased sales and improved shopper engagement. And, in the past year, the CSNews editorial staff added seven more journalism awards to our crowded trophy case, including a National Gold Azbee Award. It was a rewarding year for all. I wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season and an awesome New Year. Things to Watch for in 2017 Circle K, Amazon, fuel-less c-stores and dollar stores made headlines in 2016 For comments, please contact Don Longo, Editorial Director, at (201) 855-7606 or [email protected]

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