Alimentation Couche-Tard

  1. Department: Food
  At the intersection of growth fresh food sales specifically Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat prepared food the convenience store sector is simply trouncing the grocery store sector.  In fact, Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® stated, grocery stores should be embarrassed by the way the convenience store sector and garnered share of […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
Track Gas Station spending for free Access chart data in Dash. Around 73% of Buc-ee’s customers also shopped at Shell in the trailing 12 months ended March 24, 2024 according to Earnest credit card data. It is just one sign that the gas station chain is making inroads with incumbent gas station brands. The jumbo-sized […]
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With so many shifts in the market, the pressure is on to upskill your workforce. However, there is a balance between getting employees up to speed quickly and effectively while also fostering open communication and confidence. The retail industry can benefit from adopting new ways of allowing employees to train safely, creating a path to […]
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Alimentation Couche-Tard, which operates Couche-Tard convenience stores in Canada and Circle K stores in the U.S., will deploy technology from Relex Solutions designed to enhance inventory management and in-stock positions. Relex’s AI- and machine learning-powered solutions include demand forecasting, replenishment and advanced space and floor planning functionalities. Integrating these systems will help Couche-Tard improve its […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
I talked this week about how Jon Jenkins of AWS made the point during the NGA technology Summit that retailers should not compare smart carts to more traditional carts in terms of cost;  instead, he suggested, they should be thought of a self-checkout systems being used throughout the store, taking pressure off the front end. […]
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Mashgin reports deployment of its self-checkout technology at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business in Hanover, New Hampshire. New touchless self-checkout kiosks speed up the checkout experience for Tuck students, with average transaction times at Mashgin kiosks said to be between 10 and 16 seconds. These use AI powered computer vision to recognise and ring up […]
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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 […]
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  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 […]
  1. Retailer Media
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 […]
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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 […]

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The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today reported its first quarter 2024 results, reaffirmed guidance and updated investors on how Leading with Fresh and Accelerating with Digital continues to position Kroger for long-term sustainable growth.


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