Circle K

  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. 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 […]
  1. Corporate Purpose
Coborn’s, the Minnesota-based supermarket chain, announced yesterday that its CEO-chairman, Chris Coborn, “has joined the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion coalition. The organization is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to drive measurable action and meaningful change in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. “In signing this commitment, Coborn’s, Inc. joins a partnership […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
  Success does leave clues and 7-Eleven has picked-up more than their fair share of clues over the years according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® who stated “all foodservice retailers can learn from one another.  With a huge global footprint 7-Eleven is positioned to view, learn, and rollout success […]
  1. International
Alimentation Couche-Tard is considering a bid for at least some of Petro-Canada’s 1,500 gas stations. The owner of Circle K operates 2,100 stores in Canada, some of which overlap the markets of Metro-Canada’s stations in the eastern portion of Canada. “Couche-Tard, I think, would have a hard time buying the whole network. There would be […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Discount variety chain Dollar General is looking to self-checkout as a way to “leverage and reinforce our position as a low-cost operator,” COO Jeff Owen told analysts on the company’s Q1 earnings call on May 26, 2022. Dollar General already has self-checkout kiosks in 8,000 of its 18,000 stores and plans to increase that number […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Alimentation Couche-Tard announced yesterday that it “will deploy more than 10,000 Mashgin Touchless Checkout Systems branded as “Smart Checkout,” to over 7,000 of its Circle K and Couche-Tard stores during the next three years. The AI-powered self-checkout system developed by Mashgin will improve customer checkout times as much as 400%, driving customer experience forward while […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
Alimentation Couche-Tard said it will install more than 10,000 touchless self-checkout machines in over 7,000 stores over the next three years under its Circle K and Couche-Tard convenience banners. The machines from Mashgin boast a 99.9 percent accuracy rate.
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Dive Brief: Ultrafast grocery delivery startup Food Rocket is planning to open a fulfillment center in Chicago this summer that will be co-located with a new Circle K convenience store and offer 15-minute delivery of products sold by both retailers, Food Rocket founder and CEO Vitaly Alexandrov said in an interview. Both companies said a […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
RTIH Editor, Scott Thompson, brings you his stand out ‘future of retail’ systems deployments from last month, including NFT collections, checkout-free stores, and TikTok shopping events.  Wakefern Food Corp. Wakefern Food Corp., the largest retailer owned cooperative in the US, has announced a pilot with Simbe Robotics to deploy its business intelligence solution, Tally, at […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
15-minute grocery delivery service, Food Rocket, has announced a $25 million Series A investment round. This will be used to expand its offering in Chicago and other cities throughout the US, as well as reinforce its AI enabled software and enhance the team.  The lead investor is Alimentation Couche-Tard (ACT), which has more than 14,000 […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Many grocery delivery startups begin small, in one city, building up locations to cater to a certain neighborhood. Food Rocket has taken an unconventional route, striking a funding deal with Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. that puts its 15-minute grocery delivery service in more than 14,000 Circle K convenience stores and Couche-Tard locations. We first met the […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Many people in finance and retail considered 2021 the “year of the cryptocurrency.” In November, the mayor-elect of New York City, Eric Adams, sent a tweet saying he wants his first three paychecks to be paid in Bitcoin. While the NYC payroll department likely cannot do that, it signals the mayor’s intentions to encourage cryptocurrency adoption.
  1. Channel: Convenience
The Circle K Investment fund has invested in online grocery companies Farmstead and Food Rocket. The fund was started in 2020 and invests in technology startups in the food industry. “The evolution of our customers’ convenience needs has accelerated over the past two years since the start of the pandemic, and these investments and partnerships […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
  New electricity can give a brand a buzz according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. In a new partnership with Saucey, Circle K just might be able to give its customers a buzz. In case you did not know Saucey, is a delivery platform that offers ASAP and scheduled […]

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The RETHINK Retail team ventured to NYC from January 14-17th for NRF 2023: Retail’s Big Show. While there, we had the opportunity to speak with attendees from our Top Retail Influencer community and learn about their event experience. #TRI members–Ian Scott, Martin Newman, Melissa Gonzalez, Melissa Minkow, Nikki Baird, Ron Thurston, Stewart Samual, and Thomas […]