CHICAGO, 2017-Oct-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — 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 50-minute Ideas 2 Go video presentation was shown in today’s NACS Show general session. NACS member companies can order and download the 2017 program (SKU 30088024) for $30 ($60 regular price). Orders can be placed at convenience.org/ideas2go2017.
The eight featured segments are:
Farmer’s Grandson/Lone Oak LLC (Eagan, MN)
Owner Tony Donatell has taken a traditional Shell/Oasis Market and transformed it into a unique food and beverage operation with three concepts around food—sharing the same kitchen in the convenience store with other high-end dining and drinking experiences.
Rutter’s (Annville, PA)
Rutter’s is the oldest vertically integrated food company in the United States, yet embraces modern concepts to deliver high-end foodservice solutions and cutting-edge convenience.
Green Zebra Grocery (Portland, OR)
Green Zebra Grocery is reinventing the convenience store by combining healthy and convenience, and placing a big focus on people.
Migrolino (Zurich, Switzerland)
With small convenience markets with shops at train stations, petrol stations and other well-frequented locations, Migrolino makes every square foot count—especially with innovative daypart marketing in its latest Takeaway c-store concept.
Minit Mart/The Convenience Group LLC (La Center, WA)
The Convenience Group does the opposite of traditional branding, giving every store a unique look and offer. The idea is to customize stores to the specific neighborhood and consumer base while retaining the unique design characteristics of older buildings.
Street Corner/McColla Enterprises (Cincinnati, OH)
Convenience stores are increasingly locating in downtown settings where they can tap into built-in populations. The retailer’s new a “fresh market” is part of an urban mix of include a mix of apartment homes and retailers.
GetGo Café + Market (Verona, PA)
Two big buzzwords in the convenience industry are café and market, and they also are apparent in GetGo’s name and its offer. The company is placing a huge emphasis on food and an even bigger one on convenience.
Aw Shucks Country Store (Glen Allen, VA)
The local community is its number-one priority and Aw Shucks Country Store is the neighborhood gathering place, whether folks are meeting up for a meal, music or community events like yard sales and vintage car shows.
In addition to the eight Ideas 2 Go segments, short Ideas 2 Grow segments examine unique innovations in retail, including Eatsa (Washington, D.C.), and Mini Mini and Food Fight! (Portland, OR).
More than 150 Ideas 2 Go video segments from previous years (2002 to 2016) can be viewed at convenience.org/ideas2go.
The NACS Show is the premier event of the year for the convenience and fuel retailing industry. More than 22,000 attendees from 50-plus countries are at the 2017 NACS Show in Chicago, which features four days of general sessions, more than 50 education sessions and more than 1,200 exhibiting companies in a 420,000 net-square-foot expo. For the most up-to-date news and information on the event, go to nacsshow.com.
NACS advances the role of convenience stores as positive economic, social and philanthropic contributors to the communities they serve. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores nationwide selling fuel, food and merchandise, serves 160 million customers daily—half of the U.S. population—and has sales that are 10.8% of total U.S. retail and foodservice sales. NACS has 2,100 retailer and 1,750 supplier members from more than 50 countries.