Convenience Store News

JAN 2017

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Convenience Store News (ISSN 0194-8733; USPS 515-950) is published 12 times per year, monthly, by EnsembleIQ, 570 Lake Cook Rd. Deerfield, IL 60015. Copyright © 2017 by EnsembleIQ. All rights reserved. Subscriptions: One year, $93; two years, $152. One year, Canada, $110; two years, Canada, $175. One year, foreign, $150. Payable in advance with a bank draft drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. funds. Single copies, $10, except foreign, where postage will be added. Printed in U.S.A. Periodicals postage paid at Deerfield, IL, and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Convenience Store News, P.O. Box 1842, Lowell, MA 01853. JANUARY 2017 6 Convenience Store News | JANUARY 2017 | WWW.CSNEWS.COM CONTENTS VOLUME 53/NUMBER 1 Forecast 2017 It is still a very good time to be a convenience store retailer thanks to low gas prices, high consumer confidence, and a stable economy — for now. 36 | COVER STORY INDUSTRY ROUNDUP 14 | Couche-Tard Gets Cooking on Key Initiatives 16 | Convenience Store News Hones Total Industry Focus for 2017 18 | Eye on Growth 20 | People on the Move 22 | Supplier Tidbits 22 | Retailer Tidbits CATEGORY MANAGEMENT & FEATURES TOBACCO 66 | The Watch List What to expect as cigarettes, cigars, smokeless and vapor roll into the year. OPERATIONS 72 | Are You Doing Enough to Secure Your Stores? Theft and robbery continue to rise, but new technology and planning can deter. TECHNOLOGY 80 | Serving Up Retail Tech CSNews & sister company EKN host inaugural C-store Technology Leadership Dinner. RETAILER FORECAST 38 | Full Steam Ahead C-store retailers see foodservice, loyalty program efforts as drivers for 2017. BUSINESS FORECAST 42 | Healthy Economy, Healthy Consumer The U.S. is operating near full employment and consumer confidence is high. SUPPLIER FORECAST 56 | Supplying a Positive Outlook Wholesalers and suppliers forecast a good year ahead for the convenience channel. LEGISLATIVE & REGULATORY FORECAST 60 | Issue of Importance These legislative and regulatory matters will be most impactful to c-stores in 2017. TRENDS FORECAST 64 | 2017 Trends Forecast Researchers and consultants offer up a variety of predictions.

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