C-Store Blog

Gilbarco's industry expertise comes alive with C-Store Advisor, a blog where our experts seek to help convenience store (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 U.S. fuel and convenience store market.

We strive to provide the following topics:

  • Operations & Technology – Provides the latest advice on technology and management that can help your c-store run more smoothly and in turn, increase throughput.
  • Consumer Experience – Highlights the latest trends in the market and dives deeper into the ever-changing consumer mindset to help your c-store connect more thoroughly with you customers and ultimately upsell.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

As a fueling site owner, have you ever wondered what steps to take in case of natural disaster? Do you have a recovery plan? In light of the recent catastrophic flooding in the Midwest, I thought I’d take this opportunity to share a few quick reminders:

Here’s what to do if your convenience store fuel dispensers are involved in a flooding situation:

  1. Check out MDE-4097B on Gilbarco’s GOLD or ask your distributor for a copy. This document includes Recovery and Prevention procedures....
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

By Richard Browne, Vice-President Marketing, Patriot Capital

Just before Christmas, the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015" legislation was ratified. A significant part of this modification to the tax rules is a permanent modification to Section 179 of the tax code, allowing purchasers of a capital equipment for small businesses to accelerate the depreciation of these improvements into the year of purchase.

This is a true “small business” incentive, potentially available to c-store owners, fuel marketers and other businesses with annual capital...

Friday, January 08, 2016

By Richard Browne, Vice-President Marketing, Patriot Capital

Congress has given C-store owners and fuel marketers at least one more year to take advantage of significant tax savings on the purchase and installation of alternative fueling equipment.

The Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit – which has been extended through December 2016 -- enables a 30% tax credit for eligible alternative fueling equipment. Eligible fuels under this credit include E85, propane, biodiesel (20% minimum) and liquefied hydrogen. 


Monday, December 28, 2015

Impulse Countertop Merchandising for C-StoresYour Bottomline’s Best Friend

Ok, so you got your fueling customers into your store – now what?

Allow me to introduce you to Impulse™, Gilbarco’s innovative countertop merchandising system. Impulse’s compact design takes up a small amount of counter space but pacts a big punch to your marketing ability!

You want to sell those higher margin items in your store? Well, so does Impulse...

Thursday, December 17, 2015

If you missed the October 2015 “the liability shift.” deadline for implementing EMV Chip and PIN at your site realize your in good company, as most fuel and convenience store retailers have not yet implemented.

Even though the adoption of the EMV initiative is voluntary and the first compliance date as passed, you don’t want to be the one looking for a chair when the music stops. It is estimated that the annual retail card based fraud liability is north of $10 Billion dollars annually. 

What now..

First and foremost is to check with your Major Oil Brand...

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

We recently announced the purchase of Tel Aviv based technology partner Odysii Technologies. This acquisition shows our continued emphasis on bringing innovative technology solutions to our retail partners. To bring more insights into the partnership, Odysii, and what it means for retailers, Odysii VP of Sales and Marketing, Elad Halperin answers a few questions.

How did Odysii get its start and what was the vision of the...

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

It’s no secret we live in the information age – today’s consumers are savvy, intelligent and want information. Scratch that – they NEED information. iPhones and smartphones everywhere are set with alerts for breaking news, trends, and our friends posts on Pinterest. Let’s face it, we’re in a culture where information has become collateral.

Think about the last time you were stuck in a waiting room – were your eyes pinned to the TV in the lobby? I know mine were. Today’s consumers feel disconnected when not absorbing information, and this extends to your site and your pumps!

Friday, November 20, 2015

I think it was Shakespeare that said, “Time and the tide wait for no man,” … I’m sure he meant EMV too because it is coming! The liability shift deadlines are creeping up faster and faster! The shift dates are going to happen whether we like it or not, and rather than risk the cost of penalties or great fraud charges, I’d rather invest in EMV-compliant equipment that helps me to earn my money back!

Learn more about this and how to easily convert to EMV by signing up for our Passport EMV Webinar.

This ...

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The female economy. To channel my best Donald Trump: “It’s huge!” Did you know that women control over $20 TRILLION in annual global consumer spending? Harvard Business Review states that the “she-conomy” is 2x larger than China and India combined. It’s well-documented that greater than 85% of all household decisions are influenced by a female – that means cars, electronics, furniture, groceries and gas.

I reference all of these statistics to impress upon site owners how important the female consumer is to their revenue! Again, females control 85% of consumer purchases, and...

Monday, November 09, 2015

Although accurate statistics on credit card skimming aren’t readily available, it appears that we are seeing a rise in skimming attacks at retail petroleum sites in the U.S. based on the growing number of news reports on the topic. Most recently, a CSP...