NACS releases “Ideas 2 Go” DVD

​LAS VEGAS, 2014-10-10— /EPR Retail News/ — The newly released NACS “Ideas 2 Go” DVD is now available for purchase.

The DVD features the 50-plus minute “Ideas 2 Go” presentation that was shown in today’s standing-room-only NACS Show general session. NACS member companies can purchase a copy of the 2014 NACS “Ideas 2 Go” DVD (SKU #30088021) for $30 ($60 regular price). Orders can be placed online at nacsonline.com/products or by calling NACS Customer Service at (800) 966-6227.

The fast-paced “Ideas 2 Go” program showcases emerging concepts that redefine convenience — as well as quick takeaways that retailers could easily implement at their own stores. Since 1994, “Ideas 2 Go” has provided a fast-paced video tour of some of the most interesting, creative and potentially profitable ideas in the convenience and fuel retailing industry.

The featured stores/companies are:
El Carajo
On the outside, Miami’s secret gem looks like a standard BP gas station connected to a convenience store. But step inside and you are transformed. In addition to a traditional convenience store, there are three very unique elements: the bakery café, the 2,500-plus bottle wine shop and the acclaimed international tapas restaurant. (Miami, FL)

Tri Star Services LLC (Twice Daily)
From the pumptoppers to the LED sign over the entrance to the store greeter, the concept of Twice Daily is about creating a culture that encourages customers to come to the store more than once a day — twice daily. (Nashville, TN, store)

Delek US Holdings Inc. (MAPCO Express)
As customers increasingly rely upon the phones for everything from social media to commerce, MAPCO’s offer is focused on creating a unique experience customized to the customer via their phones, whether at the store, at the pump or even at home. (Clarksville, TN, store)

California Marketplace
A hybrid grocery store/convenience store that is really two different experiences. If you are a gas customer, you enter via the convenience store. Otherwise, you experience the grocery store. Either way, you select how you want to shop that day. (California, KY)

Pet Stop (WagsPark Shell)
The old industry adage is to “get rid of your dogs.” But WagsPark Shell celebrates dogs — after all, it’s contained within a state-of-the-art private dog park. The store offers growlers and “bretzels” that can be enjoyed whether by customers on the go or those who are at the park. (Newtown, OH)

Sterling Fresh Foods LLC (Sterling Xpress)
Sterling Xpress is part of acclaimed actor Wendell Pierce’s goal to rebuild New Orleans and provide food options to underserved. Along the way, the company has also developed new ways to draw traffic and give back to the community. (New Orleans, LA)

Diaz Market
The company has refocused its offer for those with active lifestyles — from the better-for-you choices in the open-air cooler to developing a video series on Facebook featuring a local fitness trainer who advocates for healthy options. (Metairie, LA, store)

Brew Thru
Brew Thru has evolved considerably since it began selling snacks and drinks in the 1970s. Today, the company’s five stores sell convenience and an experience — it has a booming t-shirt business (approaching 5 million shirts sold) and is even sponsoring concerts. (Jockey’s Ridge, NC, store)

Sampson-Bladen Oil Co. (Han-Dee Hugo’s)/Cravings Steaks & Seafood
The store delivers convenience shopping plus gourmet dining — literally. In addition to a sit-down restaurant and an outdoor concert area, the store has the only drive-thru in town, where customers can quickly order gourmet food, including grab-and-go seafood pots. (Duck, NC, store)

RaceTrac Petroleum Inc.
The company has a strong commitment to “the RaceTrac way” — to make people’s lives simpler and more enjoyable. A big part of that commitment is achieved through RaceTrac 6000 — a new concept that with has refocused the company and what it delivers. (Smyrna, GA, store)

The NACS Show is ranked as one of the top 50 largest trade shows in the United States. More than 20,000 attendees from 60-plus countries are at the 2014 NACS Show in Las Vegas, which features three days of general sessions, 65 educational sessions and more than 1,100 exhibiting companies in a record-setting 403,000 net-square-foot expo. For the most up-to-date news and information on the event, go to www.nacsshow.com.

-###-Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 151,000 stores across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2013, of which $491 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.