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.
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...

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...