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Oser Communications Group Chicago Friday, October 20, 2017 AN INDEPENDENT PUBLICATION NOT AFFILIATED WITH NACS It happens millions of times each week – a customer shops at a convenience store, a drug store, supermarket, restaurant or a host of other retail channels – and they hand over their loyalty card to earn valuable rewards points. Each interaction is unique. It's just a moment in time, but it's a connec- tion that binds retailers and their most precious commodity: their customers. As a national leader in rewards pro- grams and loyalty solutions, KickBack develops business solutions that make Build Rewarding Customer Experiences Mediterranean cui- sine is thriving in restaurants today and was forecast to be one of the most influential regional cuisines for 2017, and Greek street food was recently named one of the latest crazes to hit the fast-casual segment – indicating the time is right for convenience stores to get more familiar with this trending ethnic option. The growing popularity of Greek and Mediterranean items, especially with Millennials and Gen Z, makes these foods exciting growth opportunities for c-stores. By Anne Miller, Integrated Control Corp. There is simply no better way to ensure consumer loyalty than to repeat- edly deliver a consistent customer expe- rience. Nowhere is that truer than in the serving of fresh, delicious food. For many c-stores, foodservice is a new store profit center focus. Aptly so, as conven- ience is becoming the perfect answer to that "one stop shop" for the perfect meal and take-home staples. With everyone Ask any brand or retailer what the biggest opportunity of the c-store indus- try is today and they'll tell you the same thing: simply driving more traffic from the gas pump into the store. The potential here is enormous. Seventy percent of consumers who pur- chase gas will drive away without ever stepping foot inside the convenience store. (And up to 70 percent of a retailer's profits come from in-store purchases.) Who'd have thought convenience stores would be serving Italian style pizza that competes in fla- vor and texture with the best mom and pop Italian restaurants we all know and love? DeIorio's dough products has made it possible, and with marketing assistance and tools, no fran- chise fees and no pricing mandates, they give independent convenience stores the freedom to run their program their way. DeIorio's can have you in the pizza business in no time at all, giving you a Continued on Page 49 Snacking is the new American way of life. Research suggests that up to 30 percent of calories may come from snacks – a big change from a generation ago. In fact, according to the Mintel Report Snacking Motivations and Attitudes from 2015, nearly all Americans (94 percent) snack at least once per day. Further, the IRI 2016 State of Snacking survey revealed that nearly half (46 percent) of adults snack more than three times per day. What consumers are snacking on has Continued on Page 49 Continued on Page 49 Greek and Mediterranean Solutions for C-Stores Keeping Food Fresh and Safe Wide Range of Dough Products from DeIorio's Grabbies Helps Increase Sales, Traffic Whey 2 Be! Protein Cookies Meet Snacking Demands Continued on Page 45 Continued on Page 49 Continued on Page 45 An interview with Gene Edwards, Chief Financial Officer, Clyde's Market, 718 South Veterans Blvd, Glennville, GA, 30427. Contact Gene at 912.654.3052 or gedwards @clydesmarket.com. CRSD: Tell our readers about Clyde's Market, your company and the market you serve. GE: Clyde's Market is a family owned convenience store chain located in south- east Georgia. We were established in Cookies United is changing the grab and go snacking category with its new line of Cakebites products. There are craft beers, craft chips, and now there are craft snack cakes. Cakebites is bringing bakery fresh product to the com- mercial category and it is resonating with consumers in a very big way! Cakebites are also hitting on all the new Millennial shopping trends, or as Cookies United likes to call them, the three "P's"... Portable, Permissible Continued on Page 42 Why Clyde's Market Chose Midax New Cakebites from Cookies United Continued on Page 45

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