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Entries Tagged as 'Convenience retail'

Caltex to increase focus on convenience retail

April 8th, 2016 · No Comments

The Australian Financial Review Tuesday reported expansion plans by Caltex in the convenience space. Newsagents focussed on the convenience model may find this the reported Caltex plans reflect a move into product categories we can see as successful already in c-store in the UK and US, especially fuel connected retailers. Convenience retail continues to […]

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The challenge for the newsagent next to the convenience store

August 20th, 2015 · 2 Comments

This photo shows a newsagency and convenience business next to each other on a busy suburban street. No matter where I stood – to the left, to the right or directly in front, the convenience store was brighter and more inviting than the newsagency. I have loaded a high res photo so you can compare in detail […]

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Tags: Convenience retail · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency opportunities · Optimism

Why I do not champion the convenience model for newsagents

July 8th, 2015 · No Comments

The convenience model is one some Australian newsagents have embraced and one I know others are considering. By convenience I mean a shop offering tobacco, candy, ready to eat food, lotteries, newspapers, top selling magazines and other high traffic everyday items people purchase locally or on the go. Convenience businesses are strong in Australia. IBISWorld says […]

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Tags: Convenience retail · Newsagency management · newsagency of the future

How 7-Eleven tries to make more from commuters

August 22nd, 2014 · 1 Comment

This photo shows how 7-Eleven in Victoria is currently trying to make more money from public transport users – people who top up their myki card. Tic Tacs are $2 with any myki top-up. Woolworths has 24g Tic Tacs for $1.60. Coles has them at $1.75. Hmm … $2.00 does not seem like a good deal. But […]

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Weekly magazines and convenience food

July 28th, 2014 · No Comments

I like this display of convenience food placed above weekly magazines in the same book retailer I referred to in the previous post. There is no missing the bags of chips and other items placed above the magazines. This is very smart retailing, a placement sure to drive a deeper basket. 1 likes

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Tags: Convenience retail · magazines

The challenge of convenience retail for newsagents considering the switch

April 7th, 2014 · 3 Comments

Newsagents contemplating transitioning their business to a convenience model need to thoroughly research the range of convenience retail offerings in Australia, and not just those nearby, before changing their business focus. Convenience is about more than convenient hours or location. 7-Eleven, Coles and Woolworths have made it about value with every location every day offering […]

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Tags: Convenience retail · Impulse lines · marketing · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · newsagency marketing · newsagency of the future · Newsagency opportunities · Newsagent representation · Optimism

Excellent sweets display at Zoodle

April 5th, 2014 · No Comments

This photo shows the display of packaged sweets at the Zoodle store by WH Smith at Melbourne airport. I love the red and yellow striped canopy above the product as it draws attention to this rear-wall display. It visually anchors this department within the business. In fact, anchoring departments is done well in in this […]

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Tags: confectionary · Convenience retail

Being a convenience newsagency involves more than putting in a drinks fridge

February 18th, 2014 · 4 Comments

The traditional Aussie newsagency has all but disappeared from Sydney’s CBD. In their place, and in far greater number, we have convenience stores. It seems that every block of Sydney’s CBD has two or three convenience stores. These convenience stores all look the same – they have (overall) the same range, the same prices and […]

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Lotto in NZ is well represented in c-stores

December 10th, 2013 · 1 Comment

The strongest representation of lottery products in Auckland that I have noticed over several trips to the city this year is in convenience store locations. The Fix stores are particularly noticeable with excellent branding for their business as well as for Lotto. While Lotto products are available in the relatively small number of newsagency like […]

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Tags: Convenience retail · Lotteries · Newsagency challenges · newsagency of the future · Newsagency opportunities

Working the counter beyond confectionery

August 27th, 2013 · 2 Comments

In one of my newsagencies confectionery is not strong enough to justify premium counter space so we have been trying more impulse purchase items. Our requirements are 50% GP or more, rapid turn and small footprint. These USB car chargers are ideal for our purpose – easily understood, good margin and good price point. We’re […]

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Tags: confectionary · Convenience retail · Counter offers

Developments in meals on the run

June 29th, 2013 · No Comments

I was in the US earlier this week and noticed a new type of meal on the run in convenience, petrol and transit stores. The boxes of meals I saw offered three ‘courses’ in packaging not requiring refrigeration. While I’d prefer a piece of fruit to the over processed food in these boxes, they do […]

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Tags: Convenience retail · Newsagency management

Terrific range of food to go for convenience retailers

January 20th, 2013 · 1 Comment

This is part of the food-to-go offering in a Duane Reade ‘drug store’ (convenience store) in Manhattan, near Times Square. I’m posting it because I know of many newsagents with convenience models and others with plans in this retail niche. While the daily foot traffic in front of this particular location is more than most […]

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200 more 7 Eleven stores this year?

April 12th, 2011 · 17 Comments

I have heard that 7 Eleven expects to open 200 new locations in Australia this year.  I am not sure if this includes their take over off the Mobil footprint.  Regardless, the growing convenience channel is a considerable challenge for newsagents – a challenge that I suspect many are not aware of. I understand for […]

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Tags: Convenience retail · Newsagency challenges

Convenience stores continue to grow in Sydney

January 18th, 2010 · No Comments

In May 2008 I wrote that I was surprised at the proliferation of convenience stores in Sydney.  Walking around Sydney this afternoon I can see that they continue to multiply – more so that in other Australian cities from what I can tell.  And with the migration from CBD based newsagencies to the c-store model […]

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Confectionery strong in convenience

April 26th, 2009 · No Comments

Further to my blog post Friday about gum sales falling in newsagencies, the latest issue of Convenience World magazine reports that confectionery sales were up 2.6% in c-stores in the March quarter.  While this does not break gum out, even for the overall category, c-stores are reporting better numbers than newsagents. While I am no […]

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Tags: confectionary · Convenience retail · magazines

7-Eleven replaces a newsagent

March 9th, 2009 · No Comments

The newsagency I have written about several times (here, here and here) and which closed last month is being replaced with a 7-Eleven. 0 likes

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Tags: Convenience retail · Newsagency challenges