C-Store Blog

Gilbarco's industry expertise comes alive with C-Store Advisor, a blog where our experts seek to help c-store owners stay connected to their industry. In order to bring you the most current content, we engage with all aspects of the trends and information that are making a difference in the US fuel and convenience store market.

We strive to provide the following topics:

  • Operations - Details the nuts and bolts of keeping your business running smoothly. From recounting how Retail Technology Conference (RTC) can make an impact to your business future to painting a picture of the latest trends taking fire across America, the C-store Adviser blog will cover it all.
  • Consumer Experience - Describes how successful retailers are using new products, retrofitting old ones, and rewarding the customer every day. This blog will highlight what is going on at the pump, in the store, and in the food service industry.
  • Trends and Projections - There will be advice on convenience store software upgrades, economics, fuel prices and more. As technology continues to consistently evolve, it can be daunting to keep up with it all. However, the c-store adviser can help you out with this!
  • Best Practices - Your bottom line is what our blog is all about. Helping you find the right information, inspiration, and technology is the main drive behind this blog.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Although the Ultra-low Sulphur diesel is better for the environment, like anything organic, there are dependent organisms that can arise from it. When it comes to diesel fuel, humbugs are that organism.

So what are humbugs? They are Hydrocarbon Utilizing Microorganisms (HUM) that feed off the hydrocarbons in the fuel, rubber gaskets, o-rings, hoses, and etc. Their waste is an acid that corrodes piping, fittings, and check valves in the fuel system at your site. Once you have HUM bugs infiltrating your system, the corrosion soon erodes the meter and causes a faster degradation of...

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Security, chips, EMV. These are the words you hear tossed around when it comes to payment. Sometimes, instead of helping to solve the question of how merchants can keep customers safe from fraud, these words can prompt more questions and homework. What is the most economical system? Do I really need to be EMV compliant? What is the best way to keep my c-store skimming-proof? Will chip cards really make a...

Monday, July 18, 2016

With any consumer’s interaction with media, the relationship is one of give and take.  In some cases, the give and take are very obvious. For example, when you go to a movie you pay the theater $10 to watch the movie.  In other cases, it is less obvious, such as with TV. Most would agree that on TV, few viewers would be willing to watch too many back-to-back commercials during the breaks of their favorite sitcom. Thus, the network must provide their viewers with enough of their favorite programs in order to borrow their attention for a few advertisements. ...

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Fast food has always led the market in offering ready-prepared meals hot and ready for each customer that passes through via car or by foot. With a fast-paced lifestyle, some hard workers find it difficult to find the time or strength to break out their recipes after work for their family. Thus, fast food has made a great income in offering cheap and addicting delicious treats roasting in their aluminum-type foils that parents can easily pick up for...

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

With more than one million customers purchasing their products and services on their phones, merchants of all sizes are warming up to mobile payment technology, according to The Motley Fool.

Mobile contactless payment provides customers a seamless way to purchase products and services. When taking this technology to the forecourt, it allows customers to digitalize their wallets and pay for fuel with a simple tap of their smart phones. Contactless payment is not only convenient for the customer, but because it decreases wait time, it will alternatively help increase the flow of...

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

There can be many reasons as to why you would want to start a gas station business. After all, it is a $250 billion a year industry and despite the drive to go toward energy-efficient outlets, according to...

Friday, June 10, 2016

Wouldn’t it be nice to display targeted information to specific audiences at a specific place and time? Digital signage is the upcoming platform trending today. By moving to a digital platform to display information, any owner can customize and update the board quickly and inexpensively. With print, you would have to pay for each change… for each monitor and it would take time to develop and deliver by usually a second party....

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Almost one out of three customers do not mind being upsold to, according to ConvenienceStore.com. The question is…what do you upsell and how? Below, are five motivators that drive customers to your c-store. Countertop Merchandising and Engagement

Bundling. When 48% of beverage purchases include food, there is an...

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Social media has become its own moving force with not only millennials but all generations. As we all come to terms that some grandmothers and tweens are on FB watching our every move, social media has become a powerful business tool – so much so that even college and university c-stores are using it to drive students to purchase from their stores on campus.

"[Seventy-nine] percent of the college students we surveyed reported that they were...

Friday, May 13, 2016

Although there is still a demand for junk food, there is a new wave of desires that should not be ignored. As more studies crack into the mindset of consumers today, it is becoming prevalent that there is a market...