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Frank Beard
Analyst, Convenience Store and Retail Trends
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3 Key Takeaways from the 2018 Hot Dispensed Beverages Forum

3 Key Takeaways from the 2018 Hot Dispensed Beverages Forum

By Frank Beard | April 6, 2018

When INSIDER recently conducted a blind taste test of iced coffee, the winner wasn’t Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts. It was 7-Eleven. That’s because today’s convenience retailers have evolved their coffee offer far beyond a basic cup of regular or decaf.…

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3 Key Takeaways from Convenience Retailing University

3 Key Takeaways from Convenience Retailing University

By Frank Beard | March 6, 2018

If you attended this year’s Convenience Retailing University (CRU) in Glendale, AZ, then you probably left with much to think about. From the education sessions to private conversations, it seems that everyone was focused on the industry’s most pressing…

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3 Lessons from GasBuddy’s Innovation Forum at Outlook Leadership 2017

3 Lessons from GasBuddy’s Innovation Forum at Outlook Leadership 2017

By Frank Beard | November 20, 2017

Mobile apps have enhanced our ability to interact with the world around us—even during natural disasters. In the case of fuel shortages during Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, motorists relied on GasBuddy to get to safety by finding stations that did have fuel.…

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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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