Alimentation Couche-Tard

  1. Trends & External Forces
Yesterday we had a piece about how how ESG (environmental, social and governance) and DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) have lost their luster with many companies. One MNB reader responded: First of all, I appreciate your nuanced position on ESG and DEI, which is in keeping with your ability to see all sides of any […]
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  You all know the old adage ‘When you can’t beat them join them’.  Well at Dash-In convenience stores they have been watching the ilk of Sheets and Wawa gobble market share by providing customers a once unique experience now a common place experience. That being restaurant quality meals from a non-traditional restaurant footprint and […]
  1. Media & Marketing
  There is no doubt that when Circle K announced that it was teaming up with Butterfinger to offer multiple unique treats for a limited time, all small retailers cried foul, began pouting chains had an advantage, but that just may not be the whole story.  According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA […]
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For several years now the term “retail media” has been buzzing around both retail and media circles. Whether you’re looking for a deeper understanding of the implications and applications of retail media or need a down-and-dirty explainer on what retail media actually is, you’ve landed in the right place. This special Retail TouchPoints resource hub […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  What is the price of new customer acquisition and retention? Business models within the restaurant, convenience store, and grocery sector are all evolving.  One of the most successful companies globally is Aldi.  Aldi has a dual focus of fun discovery with low prices. According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
AMBLER, Pa. — Two short spans of time — one just over 7 seconds and the other just under 15 minutes — were among the many talking points at The Emerson Group’s 2023 Industry Day last week. The day-long event brought together retailers and suppliers, brand innovators and other thought leaders to discuss the future […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
    [[“value”:” Alimentation Couche-Tard has a new five-year strategic plan, and with it comes some lofty goals. The retailer wants to almost double its EBITDA to $10 billion by fiscal year 2028. The EBITDA was $5.8 billion in fiscal year 2023 thanks to net earnings of $3.1 billion. Behind the aggressive upswing is […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
    [[“value”:” Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. is looking to sell 68 U.S. Circle K convenience stores, reports Petrol Plaza. NRC Realty & Capital Advisors will assist with the sale, marking the third time in three years the Chicago firm has worked with Alimentation Couche-Tard to sell Circle K stores. The stores are located in […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Physical and digital retail have largely remained separate, with purchases made either offline or online. But consumer behaviors are changing; we scan QR codes in physical stores to make payments or learn more about a certain product; we use mobile apps to redeem offline discounts on our frequent purchases. And now, brands are increasingly embracing […]
  1. Stores & Formats
    [[“value”:” Couche-Tard is rolling out its Circle K loyalty program, the Innercircle platform, across various U.S. markets after going live with the initiative across 430 stores in Florida. The Innercircle is a free membership program that offers Circle K loyalty customers rewards on fuel and food, as well as personalized offers. Related: […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
​[[“value”:” Dive Brief The retailer recently opened its first EV charging stations in the region, with plans for more coming soon. Published Aug. 16, 2023 A Circle K station. The retailer held a grand opening event to commemorate its West Coast charging expansion in Corona, California. Retrieved from Couche-Tard. “]] 
  1. Channel: Convenience
  When it comes to driving customer frequency the question all retailers should be asking is what is the cost of customer acquisition? Now according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®, “the cost of customer acquisition in the case of Circle K appears to be ‘every sixth item free’.” The […]
  1. Channel: Drug
In-store digital media startup Cooler Screens is suing Walgreens, previously one of the highest-profile adopters of its technology, which integrates smart screens onto cooler doors to power in-store advertising. Cooler Screens is seeking $200 million for breach of contract and is seeking to prevent the retailer from removing the screen technology from its stores. A […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
Alimentation Couche-Tard has reached an agreement to acquire 112 fuel and convenience retail sites from Mapco Express — predominantly in Tennessee and Alabama with some in Kentucky and Georgia. The acquisition is contingent on a separate transaction in which Mapco and its remaining locations and assets will be sold to Majors Management. All of the […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
The Cambridge Dictionary defines the wow factor as a quality that makes someone feel great excitement or admiration. In retail, the wow factor refers to the business’ ability to amaze customers and convert them into store or brand admirers. A recent study from Wharton’s Baker Retailing Center and The Verde Group found that retailers can […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  At the intersection of what’s for dinner, where will I get dinner, more and more consumers are asking what is the fastest solution (84.6%), then what is the cheapest (51.4), and will everyone be happy with the food (49.2%) according to Foodservice Solutions® most recent grocerant scorecards.  Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA […]
  1. Department: Beverage
  Bojangles new brand messaging with a real kick! In an effort to drive brand awareness, brand relevance, and internet buzz all with edifying the Bojanglesbrand with some new electricity, according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. So, that’s why Bojangles and Appalachian Mountain Brewery (AMB) have partnered to brew […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Electrical retailer Currys says it was the fourth busiest website in the UK over Black Friday with eight million customers online. It is also getting into the Christmas song business, with a tune courtesy of one of its employees. In a LinkedIn post, Andy Gamble, Chief Information Officer | Chief Transformation Officer at Currys, said: […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Yesterday we quoted a Benjamin Lorr op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times in which he wrote about the Kroger-Albertsons merger: “The supermarket industry is trapped in an unsustainable model, “chasing higher and higher volume to fund cheaper and cheaper prices. Which by necessity means grocers are always looking over their shoulder at their competition. […]
  1. Department: HBC
Circle K, a Canada-based convenience store and gas station operator, announced it was partnering with Green Thumb, a leading national cannabis consumer packaged goods company, to sell its products at a handful of Circle K locations next year. About 10 “RISE Express”-branded dispensaries will open adjacent to Circle K stores in various Florida locations, Green […]
  1. Department: HBC
Cannabis retailer Green Thumb has partnered with Circle K to launch an initial 10 RISE Express medical dispensaries adjacent to Circle K stores in Florida. The agreement allows Green Thumb to lease space from Circle K in Florida, where the c-store retailer operates approximately 600 locations, to offer patients a selection of branded cannabis products. […]
  1. Department & Category
Bloomberg has a story about how Circle K owner Alimentation Couche-Tard is developing a series of tactics designed to serve a core strategy – growing its food sales to represent between 20 and 25 percent of sales. The impetus comes from a recognition that the company is too dependent on fuel sales and profits at […]
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ZAANDAM, The Netherlands — Ahold Delhaize reported solid results for its fourth quarter and 2023 fiscal year, with full-year sales and earnings per share in line with expectations. Fourth quarter net sales were €23.0 billion ($24.65 billion), up 1.9% at constant exchange rates and down 1.4% at actual exchange rates. Comparable sales, excluding gas, increased […]
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The Wall Street Journal reports that “Walmart is shopping in the TV aisle to help grow its advertising business.  The retail giant is in talks to buy smart television-manufacturer Vizio for more than $2 billion, according to people familiar with the situation. The move would give Walmart more places where it can sell ads and pitch […]
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We just launched the YipitData Consumer Spend Index (YCSI),  a measure of overall and category-level non-seasonally adjusted US retail sales as observed in a large transaction panel.  In January, YCSI showed consumer spending Y/Y growth (ex-gas stations) decelerated slightly from December. Y/Y growth in core retail sales was relatively stable over this period. YCSI saw […]