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Frank Beard
Analyst/Evangelist, Convenience Store and Retail Trends
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Have you prepared for the digital search revolution?

Have you prepared for the digital search revolution?

By Frank Beard | February 8, 2019

Imagine that it’s getting late, and you’re looking for a good restaurant. There’s a lot of choices nearby, and you’re not really sure which ones are still open, so you grab your mobile phone and search Google Maps for “restaurants open now near me.”…

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More than Cheap Gas: GasBuddy’s Evolution

More than Cheap Gas: GasBuddy’s Evolution

By Frank Beard | February 5, 2019

Did you know that GasBuddy was founded nineteen years ago? Much has changed since those early days, but we’ve continued to think big and reinvent ourselves. The past three years in particular have witnessed a number of innovative developments. Some of these…

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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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