Whether it’s for food, fuel, drinks or snacks — about half of the U.S. population is at a convenience store every day. We sell 80% of the country’s fuel and we are 4% of the total U.S. economy. We’ll talk about what we see at stores — and what the future may hold — as long as it’s convenient.
#307 Redefining Convenience: An Interview With Choice Markets
30:06Convenience is about speed and choice. In this episode, we talk with innovative Founder and CEO of Choice convenience stores in Denver to hear how he has mastered food, technology and most of all, choice. Related Links: Choice Markets NACS Ideas 2 Go: Choice Markets Hosted by: Jeff Lenard and Carolyn Schnare About our Guest: Mike Fogarty, Founder and CEO, Choice Mike Fogarty is the Founder and CEO of Choice Market located in downtown Denver. Choice, which opened in October 2017 is an omnichannel convenience store concept that combines the operating hours, transaction times, and store size of traditional c-store with the product selection of a natural market and fast-casual restaurant. Prior to Choice, Mike served as Senior Category Manager at Danone (Formerly WhiteWave Foods), one of the world’s largest manufacturers of natural and organic products.
#306 Inside Washington: Fall 2021 Update
29:03In this rapid-fire Q&A, hear what may affect convenience retailers in U.S. legislation and policy. Related Links: NACS Advocacy Issues Take Action on NACS Issues Hosted by: Carolyn Schnare About our Guests: Anna Blom, Director of Government Relations, NACS; Doug Kantor, General Counsel, NACS; Jon Taets, Director of Government Relations, NACS In their roles at NACS, Anna Blom, Doug Kantor and Jon Taets work tirelessly to protect the best interests of the convenience and fuel retailing industry before Congress and federal government agencies — especially against rules and regulations that can have a negative impact on business.
#305 Building an EV Infrastructure
21:20The Biden Administration wants half a million EV charging units in the U.S. by 2030. Retailers, utilities, and other businesses are brainstorming how to make it happen on target and on budget. Related Links: Fuels Institute EV Council reports Hosted by: John Eichberger, Executive Director, Fuels Institute and Paige Anderson, Director of Government Relations, NACS About our Guest: Erika Myers, Acting Director of Global eMobility, World Resources Institute Erika Myers is an electric vehicle subject matter expert at WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. She leads the electric mobility team’s research efforts and works with cities across the globe to identify opportunities to electrify transportation, including infrastructure deployment and vehicle-grid integration methods for public transit and other municipal fleets. Erika has worked for nearly two decades on clean energy, alternative transportation fuels, and distributed energy resource topics in government, for-profit, and non-profit roles. Her background gives her a unique perspective on the opportunity to leverage renewable energy and electric vehicle charging to reduce emissions through the widespread deployment of vehicle-grid integration
#304 Measuring Performances and Outcomes
22:47Working with trusted partners and tying metrics to project outcomes is imperative to success. Related Links: Stuzo webpage Hosted by: Carolyn Schnare and Donovan Woods About our Guest: As Stuzo’s Chief Marketing Officer, Aaron leads the company’s marketing department, supports go-to-market efforts, and leads media relations, analyst relations, and product marketing. Aaron is also a serial technology entrepreneur, a lifelong musician / composer, and co-founder and former Board Member of Philly Startup Leaders.
#303 Category Close-up: Customer-Facing Technology
25:47Technology makes everything move faster, even customer visits. Forward-thinking retailers are focusing on self-checkout and mobile payment options with the goal of increasing customer traffic. Related Links: NACS Convenience Retail Technology Implementation & Benchmarks J & H Family Stores Gilbarco Veeder-Root Hosted by: Carolyn Schnare, Director Strategic Initiatives, NACS About our Guests: Patrick Loftus, Survey Research and Data Visualization Manager, NACS Patrick Loftus manages a robust portfolio of quantitative and qualitative research solutions designed to meet the unique needs of the convenience and fuel retail industry, including the NACS State of the Industry Report and NACS State of the Industry Compensation Report, as well as the NACS CSX benchmarking database and annual NACS State of the Industry Summit. Chris Whitley, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Gilbarco Veeder-Root Chris Whitley is the Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Gilbarco Veeder-Root, the global producer of retail fueling solutions, electric vehicle chargers and point-of-sale (POS) systems. Karen Meyer is the Retail Operations Manager for J&H Family Stores. Over the past fifty years, J & H Oil Company has grown to supply hundreds of commercial customers, over 120 retail locations, 60 of which are company-owned and operated convenience stores spanning from East Lansing to Holland, Cadillac to Kalamazoo. Karen is responsible for retail fuel pricing, store technology and store operations.
#302 All About Some Good Shift
32:42Learn how to better handle and react to change with easy-to-remember, life-changing tools in this fun and uplifting episode. Related Links: Being Better with Jennifer Powers Website Hosted by: Carolyn Schnare, Director Strategic Initiatives, NACS and Rose Johnson, Audience Development and Production Manager, NACS About our Guest: Jennifer Powers, Master Certified Coach, Powerhouse, Inc. In 2009, Jennifer Powers published the best-selling book, Oh, shift! and a few years later Oh, shift! for Teens and its accompanying curriculum. Good shift! How to deal with change before it deals with you was released in 2020.
#301 Score Big With Energy Savings
28:46Investing in new store equipment and lights can save thousands of dollars per year. How does your store measure up? Related Links: NACS Convenience Store Energy Use Survey NACS/Energy Star Tools NACS Energy Star Survey Hosted by: Carolyn Schnare, Director Strategic Initiatives, NACS and Paige Anderson, Director of Government Relations, NACS About our Guest: Patrick Loftus, Survey Research and Data Visualization Manager, NACS Patrick Loftus manages a robust portfolio of quantitative and qualitative research solutions designed to meet the unique needs of the convenience and fuel retail industry, including the NACS State of the Industry Report and NACS State of the Industry Compensation Report, as well as the NACS CSX benchmarking database and annual NACS State of the Industry Summit. Loftus worked at Gartner and its former subsidiary CEB for more than a decade in a series of increasingly responsible positions, most recently as senior principal of data science and benchmarking. In this role, he directed more than 20 diagnostic survey and benchmarking initiatives with participation from approximately 1,000 clients across sectors annually.
#300 Delivering Human-Centric Experiences
26:49Good leaders appreciate that employee experience is critical to the delivery of a great customer experience. Related Links: The Michelli Experience Hosted by: Carolyn Schnare, Director Strategic Initiatives, NACS and Rose Johnson, Audience Development and Production Manager, NACS About our Guest: Joseph Michelli, CEO, The Michelli Experience Joseph A. Michelli, Ph.D., C.S.P., is a speaker, author, and organizational consultant who transfers his knowledge of exceptional business practices in ways that develop joyful and productive workplaces with a focus on customer experience. His insights encourage leaders and frontline workers to grow and invest passionately in all aspects of their lives. Dr. Michelli is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Nielson BookScan, and New York Times #1 bestselling author. His latest book is Stronger Through Adversity: World-Class Leaders Share Pandemic-Tested Lessons on Thriving During the Toughest Challenges.
#299 Great Stores Feature Friendliness and Cleanliness
32:07Two things stand out in great c-stores around the world: friendly customer service and tidy, clean stores. Related Links: Insight Research Website CAF European 2021 C-Store Shopper Insights Survey Hosted by: Carolyn Schnare, Director Strategic Initiatives, NACS and Chris Blasinsky, Content Strategist, NACS About our Guests: Nick Scherzer, Director, Insight Research Insight Director, Nick Scherzer joined the business over a decade ago and is a recognized expert on the European and international convenience and fuel retail markets. Nick has led Insight’s global strategic store visit program for many years, building a strong network of relationships with retailers across the globe. Prior to joining Insight, Nick spent 12 years in a variety of operational roles with SPAR South Africa, one of the most sophisticated operators of the SPAR brand globally. Mike G. Zahajko, Executive Vice President, CAF Mike Zahajko is an insight leader and teacher in the retail petroleum industry with experience as a fuel retailer at Tesoro, an industry supplier and speaker. In his current role as Executive Vice President of Sales for CAF Outdoor Cleaning, Mike works closely with over 50 of the top 100 largest c-store retailers and grocery stores in the U.S.
#298 Resolving Food Waste as a Business Solution
30:02Convenience stores sell a lot of food, but finding a destination for unused food is important. Donating leftover food is easy with Feeding America for both small and large c-store operators. Related Links: Feeding America Corporate Donations MealConnect NACS Information on Donations Hosted by: Carolyn Schnare, Director Strategic Initiatives, NACS and Jeff Lenard, VP Strategic Industry Initiatives, NACS About our Guest: Danielle Lawson, Account Manager, Feeding America Danielle Lawson is an account manager for Feeding America’s Retail Partnerships team, managing a portfolio of national donors that collectively helped provide over 119 million meals to people in need, in 2020. Danielle has been doing work to eliminate food insecurity for 9 years, first at Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, and now at the national level, on behalf of 200 (Feeding America) member food banks. Prior to this work, she immersed herself in the clothing and toy industries, as a buyer for companies like Lands’ End, American Girl, and Target. She also spent time as a cooking class instructor, and a personal chef. Danielle lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband of 32 years, and their 9-year-old rescue mutt, Murray.