Convenience Store News - December 2017 - 4

VIEWPOINT
By Don Longo, Editorial Director

Looking Back, Looking Ahead
Here are some trends to watch for in 2018

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nce again, we're nearing the end of a busy,
event-filled year in the convenience store
industry. Last December, my column focused
on events that were both significant when they happened and, I felt, would likely have longer-range
implications for the industry into 2017.
I think it's a good time to assess how those events and
trends panned out, and project some new ones for 2018:
1. After a series of acquisitions, I felt that
Alimentation Couche-Tard was "poised to shake up
the convenience store scene in 2017." It appears that
the Canada-based retailer is meeting the challenge to
rebrand the several thousand stores it has acquired in
North America and Europe to Circle K. All
the retailer's locations around the world
are expected to be rebranded to its new
global Circle K brand by 2018. With
the company sharing worldwide best
practices, which has helped improve its
game in the critical fresh food and beverage arena, Circle K will continue to
shake things up in 2018. The other
big chain to watch in 2018 is
7-Eleven. Fresh off its surprise
acquisition of Sunoco, 7-Eleven
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2. A year ago, amid talk of Amazon.com's potential plans to open brick-and-mortar convenience
stores, I told readers to watch how the giant online
retailer would bring exciting innovations to the convenience market. In 2017, Amazon plunged into the

brick-and-mortar grocery field with its acquisition of
Whole Foods but, perhaps more importantly, this disruptor has provided fuel for lots of innovation in the
c-store industry, particularly in mobile ordering and
home delivery. Figuring out how to profitably get product that last mile from the store to the home is going to
be the Holy Grail for retailers in the coming year.
3. Two other events of 2016 became trends in
2017. Fuel-free stores are multiplying, with Sheetz,
QuikTrip, Kwik Trip and others planning more of
these stores for urban or college-town locations.
Dollar General unveiled its new smaller DGX concept early this year in Nashville, Tenn. While the
dollar store chain has only opened a handful of
these smaller units, dollar stores in general will
remain a major competitor to c-stores in the coming
year because of their continued expansion in traditional c-store product categories.
For Convenience Store News, 2017 was also a good
year. Our fourth-annual Top Women in Convenience
awards event celebrated 50 of the industry's highestachieving women executives, including five impressive
Women of the Year. Also, our 31st annual Hall of
Fame (see profiles of this year's winners on page 34)
drew a record crowd of more than 130 retailers and
suppliers from the convenience store community. And
the CSNews editorial staff added more hardware to
our trophy case in October with a first-place award
for Best Article/Series of Articles in the B-to-B Retail
category at the 2017 Folio: Eddie and Ozzie Awards.
It was another rewarding year, and I'm once again
reminded of what an honor it is to be part of this
vibrant, challenging and fun industry.

EDITORIAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS (2013-2017)

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD

2016 American Society of Business Press Editors,
National Azbee Awards
Gold, Best How-To Article, March 2015
Bronze, Best Original Research, June 2015

2013 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award

2016 American Society of Business Press Editors,
Midwest Regional Azbee Awards

2013 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award

Gold, Best How-To Article, March 2015
Silver, Best Original Research, June 2015

Best Single Issue, October 2012
Finalist, Best Profile, August 2012

2015 American Society of Business Press Editors,
National Azbee Awards
Silver, Best Profile (long form), February 2014

2015 American Society of Business Press Editors,
Midwest Regional Azbee Awards
Gold, Best Special Supplement, November 2014
Silver, Best Profile (long form), February 2014

2013 American Society of Business Press Editors,
Midwest Regional Azbee Awards
Bronze, Best Editorial/Commentary, July 2012

2016 Trade Association Business Publications Intl. Tabbie Awards
Silver, Front Cover Illustration, June 2015

2017 Eddie Awards, Folio: magazine
Winner, Business to Business, Retail, Single/Series of Articles, May 2017
Honorable Mention, Business to Business, Retail, Single/Series of Articles, June 2016

2016 Eddie Award Honorable Mention, Folio: magazine
Business to Business, Retail, Full Issue, October 2015
Business to Business, Retail, Single/Series of Articles, August 2015

2015 Eddie Award Honorable Mention, Folio: magazine
Business to Business, Retail, Single Article, February 2014

2014 Eddie Award Honorable Mention, Folio: magazine
Business to Business, Retail, Full Issue, October 2013

Business to Business, Retail, Single Article, February 2013
2013 Eddie Award Honorable Mention, Folio: magazine

Business to Business, Retail, Full Issue, October 2012

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Brett Atherton
Bolla Management
Jon Bratta
Core-Mark International Inc.
Rick Crawford
Green Valley Grocery
Edward Davidson
ER Davidson & Associates
(7-Eleven Inc., retired)
Jim Hachtel
Eby-Brown Co.
Ray Johnson
Speedee Mart

Jack Lewis
GPM Midwest

Kirk Leff
McLane Co. Inc.

Roy Strasburger
Convenience Management
Services Inc.

Danielle Mattiussi
Maverik Inc.
Kyle McKeen
Alon Brands Inc.
Richard Mione
GPM Southeast
Jonathan Polonsky
Plaid Pantries Inc.
Greg Scriver
Kwik Trip Inc.


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