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Frank Beard
Analyst, Convenience Store and Retail Trends
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4 reasons why convenience stores are the new coffee shops

4 reasons why convenience stores are the new coffee shops

By Frank Beard | September 26, 2017

As someone who works from home, a change of scenery is necessary to stay focused and productive. Sure, I could head to the local coffee shop, but an even better option is the local gas station. I’m serious. Hear me out!

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Do your stores make these 8 common customer experience mistakes?

Do your stores make these 8 common customer experience mistakes?

By Frank Beard | September 25, 2017

With more than 10 million combined ratings and reviews, GasBuddy users are speaking loud and clear about what does and doesn’t work in convenience stores. And we listened to their feedback. In The GasBuddy Guide to Avoiding 8 Common Customer Experience Mistakes,…

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CONVENIENCE RETAILING HAS EXPANDED BEYOND THE PUMP

CONVENIENCE RETAILING HAS EXPANDED BEYOND THE PUMP

By Frank Beard | August 21, 2017

Today’s consumers increasingly choose gas stations based on what’s inside the store, according to a recent Bloomberg article — with millennials valuing the quality of food as much as the price at the pump. In the aptly-titled “Some Gas With That Sandwich?…

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SHEETZ NAMED 2017 CHAIN OF THE YEAR (NO SURPRISE TO GASBUDDIES!)

SHEETZ NAMED 2017 CHAIN OF THE YEAR (NO SURPRISE TO GASBUDDIES!)

By Frank Beard | July 20, 2017

Congratulations are in order for the team at Sheetz. Convenience Store Decisions recently chose the Altoona, Pennsylvania-based company as its 2017 Chain of the Year, the first two-time winner in the award’s 28-year history. According to the press release:…

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