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  • A Smarter Way to Reduce Costs: Lower Operating Expenses

    It’s fair to say that in business you must spend money to make money. It’s also true that creating efficiencies to decrease operating costs will allow you to expand your business activities. We know that the two largest expenses in a c-store are labor and inventory. Reducing either category requires careful planning and consideration of all programs within the store.

    It takes time to build successful programs and implement cost-cutting measures. Are you looking for innovative ideas on how your business can reduce costs and improve its bottom line? Your cleaning program is one area where you can increase productivity and create an environment that is more appealing to your customers.  There are several basic concepts that business owners, and managers, can implement to create a more profitable store. Below are a few recommendations on how to do just that:

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  • Spill Buckets: Reduce Risk and Apply Best Practices

    The lack of proper systems and tools has made cleaning spill buckets a safety hazard.

    Believe it or not, if you were to look, you would find that nearly every fuel center in the U.S., has a spill bucket that is full. Spill buckets require regular inspection and cleaning. They fill up with water, debris, and excess fuel that eventually break down the spill bucket materials - causing contaminants to leak into the surrounding soil. Businesses can be levied with huge fines from government entities if they find spill buckets are in violation of code.

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  • Earn Higher Profits Now!

     

    Imagine a customer driving into a c-store and they immediately notice that the store looks different. They’ve been here many times before but something just seems brighter, fresher, more organized. Then it dawns on them…the c-store they passively visit from time to time now seems more attractive and inviting. Yes, it’s been their destination to buy gas for years, but because the forecourt looked disorganized, dirty and upkept, they never wanted to visit the interior of the store. Until now… Continue reading

  • Oil Stains On Asphalt...It's a Problem - Admit It

    Remove Oil Stains and Restore Damaged Asphalt

    Oil-stained asphalt is right at your front door and customers must frequently walk through it to enter your store. It’s a greasy eye sore and has been there so long that the asphalt is crumbling and breaking up, causing holes, and slip or trip hazards. Sun, water, frost, fuels, and oils, start the deterioration and oxidation process from the first day that the asphalt is laid, and everyday thereafter. Contaminants that come in contact with the asphalt binders, soften it, breaking it down until it eventually crumbles apart. Continue reading

  • Making Safety Convenient & Effective

    Making Safety Convenient & Effective

    Take these three steps to develop and implement a safety program.

    Whether you are a new convenience store owner or a seasoned franchisee, one of your top concerns should be the safety of your employees and customers. That is why it is so important to develop a safety plan to protect your business and your most valuable asset — your employees. Continue reading

  • 9 Out of 10 Customers Now Use Online Reviews – How do you Rate?

    9 Out of 10 Customers Now Use Online Reviews – How do you Rate?

    We’ve all shopped at convenience stores that made a bad first impression and vowed never to return because of that experience. However, as store operators and managers we often times overlook the very details that matter MOST to our own customer's experience! That’s why it’s important to step back and try to view your store thru the customer's lens... from your customer’s point of view. Continue reading

  • Cleaning Smarter, Not Harder!

    When Preparing Your C-Store For Warmer Weather, It's About Working Smarter, Not Harder.

    The status quo for convenience retailers has evolved over the years. A dirty fuel station with unsightly fuel stains, food and beverage spills, or growing bacteria and mold is no longer acceptable to a new generation of customers. You can no longer afford to overlook cleanliness... because your customers won't. Sadly, many retailers today do understand this and are focused on being clean but have found that doing so can be extremely costly and that it's very difficult to achieve real results.

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  • Merry Christmas!

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  • Clean Stores. Sell More!

    It has been proven over the years that Clean Stores Sell More than their unclean competitors. But HOW do they attain this success? ISSA (International Sanitary Supply Association) explains that having a clean store actually provides a return on investment and implores decision makers to stop thinking of cleaning as a cost and start thinking of it as a profit center.

     

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  • Are Your Sales Going Down The Toilet?

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    Summer is in full swing and with it, summer activities! Camping! Boating! Hikes! And most importantly...road trips! Throughout the summer months there will be no shortage of travelers making a stop to your business to refuel and/or grab a quick bite to eat before returning to the road. Many of those travelers will be making quick decisions based on brand recognition but more importantly, the influences of your bathrooms and forecourts will weigh heavily towards a customer experience in generating more revenue towards food and retail purchases.

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