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Whether it’s for food, fuel, drinks or snacks — about half of the U.S. population is at a convenience store every day. We sell 80% of the country’s fuel and we are 4% of the total U.S. economy. We’ll talk about what we see at stores — and what the future may hold — as long as it’s convenient.

Convenience Matters National Association of Convenience Stores

    • Business
    • 4.7 • 24 Ratings

Whether it’s for food, fuel, drinks or snacks — about half of the U.S. population is at a convenience store every day. We sell 80% of the country’s fuel and we are 4% of the total U.S. economy. We’ll talk about what we see at stores — and what the future may hold — as long as it’s convenient.

    What Retailers Need to Know About ESG Planning

    What Retailers Need to Know About ESG Planning

    Industry experts break down how environment, social and governance (ESG) issues are growing and facing regulatory requirements that could have enormous implications for the fuels industry.
    Related Links:
    Fuels Institute
    "The Case for Developing an ESG Plan"
    American Council for Capital Formation
    SEC Proposes to Enhance Disclosures by Certain Investment Advisers and Investment Companies About ESG Investment Practices
    Hosted by:
    John Eichberger and Jeff Lenard
    About our Guest:
    Mike Roman, Senior Fellow, Public Policy/ESG, American Council for Capital Formation
    Mike has more than 40 years of global energy industry experience. In addition to his current work at the American Council for Capital Formation, he is the founder of the consultancy CertainPoint Strategies LLC and serves as a member of the Fuels Institute Board of Advisors.

    • 28 min
    Candy and Snacks Drive C-Store Excitement

    Candy and Snacks Drive C-Store Excitement

    From salty to sweet, indulgent or healthy, here's how convenience stores satisfy their customers' cravings for snacks.
    Related Links:
    NACS State of the Industry Report of 2021 Data
    Convenience Voices
    NACS Magazine
    Hosted by:
    Chris Blasinsky and Jeff Lenard
    About our Guest:
    Tim Young
    Tim is an experienced category manager within the convenience retail channel who also uses social media to share stories about brands. He spoke at the 2022 NACS State of the Industry Summit on the candy and snacks categories.

    • 25 min
    Breaking Down the NACS State of the Industry Results

    Breaking Down the NACS State of the Industry Results

    Charlie McIlvaine of Coen Markets takes us on a deep dive into the convenience retail industry's financial and operational performance data.
    Related Links:
    Coen
    NACS Research
    Hosted by:
    Chris Blasinsky and Jeff Lenard
    About our Guest:
    Charlie McIlvaine, Chairman and CEO, Coen Markets Inc.
    Charlie and his brother, Andy, manage the Coen Markets, Coen Energy, Coen Tire, and Coen Transport in the Pittsburgh region. Charlie is also managing partner of Thomaston Capital LLC, a private investment firm that invests in growth or later stage companies primarily in the consumer/retail sector. He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, attended New College of Oxford University, and earned a BA in economics from Duke University.

    • 28 min
    Really Good Gas Station Chicken

    Really Good Gas Station Chicken

    How a convenience store food favorite inspired a song and a YouTube channel.
    Related Links:
    Tailgate Gas Station Review
    "Gas Station Chicken" by The Nighthawks
    Hosted by:
    Jeff Lenard
    About our Guests:
    Stafford Shurden, Host of “Tailgate Gas Station Review”
    Stafford is a farmer, restaurant owner and former justice court judge. In between farming and cooking, he tours the south giving inspirational speeches and reviewing gas station food.
    Mark Stutso, Musician
    Mark is the drummer for The Nighthawks, which has been called “the best bar band in the world.” Originally from West Virginia, he put in five years in the coal mines before escaping into his drum kit for the past four decades.

    • 31 min
    AAA's Sizzlin' Summer Drive Forecast

    AAA's Sizzlin' Summer Drive Forecast

    Convenience stores are getting ready to be road trip destinations for 34.9 million travelers this summer.
    Related Links:
    AAA Newsroom
    AAA Gas Prices
    Hosted by:
    Jeff Lenard and Chris Blasinsky
    About our Guest:
    Andrew Gross, National Public Relations Manager, AAA
    Andrew manages media relations for AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety and Public Affairs, including communications and PR campaigns. He joined AAA in January 2020 after a three-decade career in journalism, most of which as a multiple Emmy-winning producer for NBC News in Washington, DC. While with NBC, Andrew covered a wide range of topics, including the economy, war, terrorism, politics, and breaking news. Before NBC, he worked at ABC News and the Tampa Tribune. Andrew holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Grinnell College. Andrew lives in Arlington, Virginia, and works in Washington, DC.

    • 23 min
    How Stuckey's Is Bringing Back the Road Trip

    How Stuckey's Is Bringing Back the Road Trip

    Stephanie Stuckey is on a mission to revive the Stuckey’s brand and experience for road trippers.
    Related Links:
    Stuckey's
    NACS Magazine | "Roadside Revival"
    Hosted by:
    Jeff Lenard
    About our Guest:
    Stephanie Stuckey, CEO, Stuckey’s Corp
    Stuckey's is a roadside chain and family-owned business headquartered in Eastman, Georgia, that has proudly sold pecan log rolls and rubber alligators to highway travelers since 1937. Prior to taking over the company a few years ago, Stephanie served 14 years in the Georgia General Assembly House of Representatives.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

oliviabaker13 ,

Engaging, insightful, and actionable!

Convenience Matters is such an enjoyable listen! The hosts are top notch and the conversations they lead are engaging, insightful, and actionable. You’re guaranteed to learn something new from each episode - can’t recommend it highly enough!

ping pong rocks! ,

Informative, fun episodes about interesting industry topics!

Motivated to right this review after listening to the episode with Roy Strasburger, but really broadened my understanding about the corners of the industry I wouldn’t have been aware of otherwise! Really talented professionals!

1Poiuytr ,

LOVE THIS THOW!!!!

Saw them at nacs show 2017. Really nice and well done. Keep up the good work jeff.

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