Welcome to the Second Issue of CHS Retail Insights

Welcome back to our second issue of CHS Retail Insights, a quarterly publication sent directly to your inbox! The intent of this eNewsletter is to keep Cenex® Retailers informed on the latest trends and information in our industry. You can rely on CHS Retail Insights to be a relevant source of information to your c-store and everyday operations.

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Cenex® C-Store Spotlight

Cenex® Zip Trip finds customer loyalty through serving their communities


CHS-owned Cenex® Zip Trip, a chain of 70 convenience stores and gas stores across Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota finds giving back to their communities they do business in very rewarding.

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The Biggest Trends & Greatest Ideas for 2016

By: Abbey Lewis, Editor in Chief CSProducts and Smantha Oller, Senior Editor/Special Projects Coordinator, CSP

20for16Prediction: The year 2016 will deliver some small victories, a few implosions, many “meh” moments and one huge, business-changing success.

For convenience operators, guessing what will be big in the next 12 months is a luxury. We are a live-in-the-moment, live-by-the-moment industry, thanks to our 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week rhythm, 1-million-customers-per-day traffic and blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shopping trips.

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Convenience Store Clerk Safety

They risk their lives for your late-night snacks. Though robberies are up, clerks are better trained than ever in staying safe.

By: Kristin Kloberdanz, Healthday.com

22982748_300If someone suspicious walks into a Ricker’s convenience store in Anderson, Indiana, supervisor Tracy Fowler won’t be caught with her guard down.

Mindful that there’s always the potential for a robbery, Fowler says she’s vigilant when a suspicious shopper moves through the store. “You should always keep eye contact,” she says. “If you keep eye contact with someone and say something, I think it makes them feel a little guilty that you’re trying to be friendly.”

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Cenex Buyers Fair 2016


Save the date! CHS is excited to announce the 2016 Cenex® Buyers Fair scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, June 14 and 15, 2016 at the Ramada Plaza and Suites in Fargo, North Dakota. This event is exclusively for all our Cenex retailers and you are invited to attend!

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22 billion
the amount Baby Boomers spent on over-the-counter medications in 2014.


months is the average length of service for store managers.


62 million
or 26% of all US adults who are “Gift Splurgers.”

Sources: NACS Daily and Nielson online