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.
Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Safety – Data – Lifespan – Loyalty – Upselling

Some individuals may think it easier to stay with the status quo than change. However, what if your forecourt is losing money and customers – doesn’t it make sense to...

Thursday, December 01, 2016

With the emergence of mobile pay solutions such as Apply Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay and branded applications such as Speedpass +, contactless payment options are one of the the latest buzz topics in the industry. On top of mobile pay options, ABI Research predicted that in 3-4 years, 50% of EMV cards in the U.S. will also have contactless capabilities. But if contactless-payment solutions have been in existence for over 10 years, what is making it so important now and what does that have to do with...

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Aloha Petroleum Ltd. in Hawaii, Thorntons Inc., Turkey Hill Minit Markets in Pennsylvania have already embarked on offering a sweepstakes of free gas for one year to winner(s) of their Sweepstakes competition. Not only have all three businesses witnessed overwhelming participation, but they had extra revenue with a dash of publicity to supplement the reward of giving away a free product.

What are the benefits of hosting a sweepstakes?

  • Gain attention in the area from those that did not know about your c-store

  • Grow excitement from community...

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

The 2016 National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) trade show was recently held in Atlanta, Georgia at the World Convention Center.  The facility was the perfect size to house a record breaking number of attendees (more than 23,000) and over 1,200 exhibitors. When entering the trade show floor, high ceilings held large, heavy signs to accentuate each booth name. One side of the massive hall had different colored lights flaring to the beat of electronic music streaming from the energy drink and beer booths. The other side was quieter but filled with interesting and new technology....

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Come visit us at booth #4331 at the Georgia Convention Center in Atlanta for this year’s NACS Show (October 19-21). This year we will be highlighting and displaying cutting-edge technology and conducting demos of their features from industry experts, as well as showcasing Gilbarco Veeder-Root’s Insite360 Remote Management in the Cool New Products section. We will have our point of sale systems, fuel dispensers and...

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Making the decision to upgrade your dispensers is no small task. Not only do you have to search for the best quality, you also have to keep budgets in mind. Putting aside obvious reasons why any c-store should upgrade dispensers (e.g., broken equipment, old systems, slow flow rates, not EMV-compliant equipment), now there are four new reasons why every c-store should order today immediately.

What if we told you that you could save money by spending money and still get the best equipment in the...

Friday, September 09, 2016

American c-store owners just received another big reminder to regularly monitor underground storage tanks (USTs) containing diesel fuel. As if the threat of fuel tank corrosion from humbugs wasn’t enough, the EPA recently issued a new report highlighting how widespread of a problem the deterioration of metal components inside both steel and fiberglass underground storage tank systems can be.

After extensive testing,...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

As fast food continues to lead the market in offering prepared meals, many c-stores have already started to evolve their store to include food service options to compete and appeal to customers that want quick and easy service when it comes to meals, snacks and beverages.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

We are in a new age. Paper, though not obsolete, is being used less for daily tasks. Where once we printed menus, now we can instantly update our digital menu boards from a back office. Where once we wrote in the candidate of our choice on ballets, we now touch screen our choice into a system. We used to handle only cash and checks and now we pay bills through our mobile devices.

Technology as we all know, has changed every aspect of our lives.

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

While more c-store owners upgrade to EMV payment terminals, certification delays have become a significant hurdle to accepting chip cards.

As a refresher, following the October 2015 liability shift, any c-store owner, retailer, or merchant not using a chip card POS terminal is now liable for any in-store fraud. That covers any...