Welcome to our CHS Retail Solutions – Retail Insights eNewsletter!

Welcome to our Retail Solutions – Retail Insights eNewsletter! A quarterly publication sent directly to your email inbox!

It has been a busy spring and we have a great June edition of the Retail Insights eNewsletter for you to continue your momentum this summer. In this issue, learn about making a customer loyalty program easy to understand, read up on how to stay ahead of your competition and learn easy steps to make your convenience store a safe place. Also, we just had a very successful 2017 Cenex Buyers Fair; read some of the highlights here. And finally, check out what Town and Country Cooperative is doing in their Cooperstown, ND c-store that can help you! Continue reading

Don’t Make Loyalty Complicated

By: Erik Ogren, President of Patron Points, Inc.  

Offering and promoting a loyalty program in your store can be fun and successful as long as you keep three things in mind… ease, simplicity and engagement. Continue reading

Cooperstown, ND

The CHS Retail Solutions Specialists have many years of industry experience working with retailers who face similar challenges and opportunities. Town and Country Coop of Finley and Cooperstown in North Dakota had the opportunity to benefit from the expertise and reliability of this Retail Solutions program in a new construction project of a new convenience store in Cooperstown, ND. Continue reading

How U.S. Convenience Stores Can Stay Ahead Of The Retail Pack

Source: The Nielsen Company

Compared with adjacent retail channels, U.S. convenience stores have boasted relative strength and sales growth in recent years. Built on the premise of speed, convenience stores are modeled to deliver on specific consumer needs that competing channels don’t yet address fully. While Nielsen research suggests that the strength of convenience stores will continue, it’s not guaranteed, particularly as consumer shopping trips decline, competing channels diversify and e-commerce grows. Continue reading

Cenex Buyers Fair 2017

Cenex Buyers Fair Influence + Innovation = Industry Leader

2017 Cenex Buyers Fair LogoThe 2017 Cenex® Buyers Fair, hosted by CHS Retail Solutions, drew more than 360 professionals to the Doubletree by Hilton Bloomington-Minneapolis South in Bloomington, MN on June 13th & 14th. Continue reading

Making Safety Convenient & Effective

Take these three steps to develop and implement a safety program.

By David Quezada, EMPLOYERS
Source: Convenience Store News

Whether you are a new convenience store owner or a seasoned franchisee, one of your top concerns should be the safety of your employees and customers. That is why it is so important to develop a safety plan to protect your business and your most valuable asset — your employees. Continue reading

23% in 2012
56% in 1968

The percent of 18-31 year olds who are married and living in their own household is less than half of what it was a generation ago.


Of millennials are part of a minority race or ethnic group, making them more diverse than previous generations.

1.9 billion

The number of food service visits using mobile app, text message and the internet to order food from a restaurant or other foodservice outlet.

Sources: Convenience Store Decisions – May 2017 and Convenience Store News – May 2017