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Frank Beard
Analyst, Convenience Store and Retail Trends
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Why Convenience Stores Dominated the Conversation at a Healthy Living Conference

Why Convenience Stores Dominated the Conversation at a Healthy Living Conference

By Frank Beard | June 1, 2017

“Is tonight’s session just about convenience stores?” This was overheard at the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Summit on May 11th, and it makes sense. Nearly every speaker at the evening’s general session mentioned something about convenience…

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Convenience Stores and the Partnership For a Healthier America Form An Unlikely Dream Team

Convenience Stores and the Partnership For a Healthier America Form An Unlikely Dream Team

By Frank Beard | May 5, 2017

You may be unfamiliar with the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), but you’ve probably encountered their work. In pursuit of their goal to make the country healthier, PHA has brokered commitments with more than 200 companies and organizations—and…

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Why Quality Restrooms are Essential for Business

Why Quality Restrooms are Essential for Business

By Frank Beard | April 25, 2017

Here’s a dirty little secret: bad restrooms are bad for business. Today’s customers expect more than a key attached to a hubcap or a sign informing visitors that restrooms are for “paying customers only.” Nor are they willing to tolerate neglected…

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Three Trade Shows and Six Great Products

Three Trade Shows and Six Great Products

By Frank Beard | April 18, 2017

I’ve been on the road a lot these past few weeks. These trips are an essential way to stay up-to-date with trends in the convenience store industry, not just through conversations with store operators, suppliers, and industry leaders, but because I gain…

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