Industry Insights

Today’s Grocer: Hot & Spicy Snacking on Fire

September 18, 2023

Of the Top 50 fastest growing UPCs across Candy, Sweet Snacks, Cookies and Crackers, and Salty Snacks categories, hot and spicy salty snacks rose to the top based on year over year quantity growth in the National Retail Solutions network of 18,000 ...

NRS Reports Big Growth in Same-Store Sales; Brookshire Grocery Rolls Out NCR POS

May 03, 2023

National Retail Solutions Inc., a provider of point-of-sale technology to independent retailers, reported same-store sales in April among retailers in its network grew 6.5% compared to the same period a year earlier. The increase was a significant ...

Idling Elsewhere — Beer Sales Accelerate in Gas Stations and Convenience Stores

April 12, 2023

While beer sales in most chain retail locations across the country have been stuck in neutral, convenience stores and gas stations offer breweries reason for optimism.

Today’s Grocer: Is the Bodega the Crystal Ball for Mainstream Grocery Trends

March 13, 2023

Throughout our daily existence, there are countless examples of local urban culture or trends going national or even global. Whether that be art, music, fashion, or food – what’s “hot” today across the general population was often birthed ...

Independent Retailers had Strong December

January 6, 2023

Sales for independent, mainly urban retailers grew 9.8 percent over the same period a year ago, reports NRSInsights in a summary of sales data and analytics drawn from retail transactions processed through its National Retail Solutions point-of-sale ...

Understanding the Impact of Hispanic Shoppers. Podcast

November 24, 2021

John Lofstock, editor of CStore Decisions and executive director of the National Advisory Group (NAG), speaks with Horacio Gavilán, of the Hispanic Marketing Council (HMC); and Suzy Silliman, of National Retail Solutions (NRS), about the growing ...

Convenience purchases aren’t exclusively ‘on-the-go’

November 16, 2022

Who says convenience retailers can only offer “on-the-go” merchandise?

Hispanic Snack Brands Are on the Rise

October 25, 2022

Have you noticed the increased presence of a wacky little duck in sunglasses on the shelves at your local convenience store?

Tortillas, cookies gain momentum in c-stores

October 14, 2022

Consumers are utilizing convenience stores as a “gap fill” in between larger grocery shopping trips, according to data from National Retail Solutions (NRS), a Newark, NJ-based point-of-sale company.

NRS C-Store Insider Podcast: NRS Insights

August 26, 2022

Leveraging the NRS scan data is driving operational efficiency and sales growth for both NRS merchants and CPG brands across the NRS network of 17,000+ independent retailers. Hear real-life examples of how this unique dataset is being used to uncover ...

Cigarettes Holding Strong Despite Volatility

June 13, 2022

High gas prices, increased legislation and inflationary pressure will continue to have a negative impact on cigarette sales, but despite these external factors, cigarettes continue to hold strong and remain a key driver of in-store sales.

Meat Snack Sales Trend Upward

November 30, 2021

Meat snacks sales are skyrocketing at convenience stores despite ongoing supply disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. C-store retailers are driving category sales with big bags of jerky, new meat snack styles, tried-and-true flavors…

How Is Bubble Gum Faring at C-Stores?

November 24, 2021

While overall gum sales have struggled at c-stores during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, bubble gum is proving to be a bright spot for gum sales at convenience stores.

Understanding the Impact of Hispanic Shoppers

November 24, 2021

John Lofstock, editor of CStore Decisions and executive director of the National Advisory Group (NAG), speaks with Horacio Gavilán, of the Hispanic Marketing Council (HMC); and Suzy Silliman, of National Retail Solutions (NRS), about the growing ...

Craft Beer Seeks to Rebound to Falt Market

November 1, 2021

“2020 was obviously a challenging year for many small brewers, but also one that proved their resilient and entrepreneurial nature,” said Bart Watson, chief economist of the Brewers Association (BA), in a statement. “In a year where U.S. ...

Connecting With Hispanic Shoppers

October 21, 2021

The Hispanic shopper is a critical buying group for both retailers and brands in the convenience channel.

Alcohol, non-alcohol beverage sales booming at convenience stores

September 9, 2021

From small rural towns to large metropolis, consumers are walking, biking or driving to a common destination: the corner convenience store. In fact, independently owned convenience stores have grown 10.6% during the past 52 weeks versus 8.2% year to ...

Hard seltzers comprise 7% of total beverage alcohol

July 27, 2021

The Calypso-inspired song “Feeling Hot Hot Hot” by Montserratian musician Arrow has people dancing and singing along to “Ole ole – ole ole, hot, hot, hot” as it extols party people to join the celebration. Recognizing a good thing, over the ...

Independent C-Stores Reflect America’s Reopening

June 7, 2021

Memorial Day, commonly considered the unofficial kick-off to summer, was the first US holiday under “post pandemic” return to normal conditions. Restrictions have been lifted, more than half of the adults are fully vaccinated, increase in family ...

Craft sales are increasing in convenience stores, here’s why (pgs 12-13)

June 1, 2021

Craft beers are everywhere these days. There are some places you’d expect to find independently brewed IPAs, Pilsners Ales, and more, from stand-alone and chain liquor stores to the alcohol sections of supermarkets.

Analyzing the Future of Hard Seltzer

April 27, 2021

There is quite a buzz around RTD Cocktails and its boom on the scene in 2021. Some analysts are studying social media conversations to predict the growth potential of the new segment. According to Barron’s, Instagram conversations about prepared ...

A Tale of Two Convenience Channels

April 8, 2021

The 2020 results are in. Whether you are using IRI, Nielsen or NACS SOTI, it was a tough year for many categories in the convenience channel. Optimized to focus on immediate consumption and its namesake “convenience,” grab-and-go eating occasions ...

CAN IT: Kegs lose popularity as the pandemic encourages ‘drinking at home’

April 4, 2021

When the pandemic dried up the demand for beer at customer-limited bars and restaurants, local brewers had to shift focus to sales at grocery stores, pharmacies and packaged liquor stores.

Did independent convenience stores and small grocers do better during the pandemic than traditional wine retailers?

March 25, 2021

One study suggests that the independents and neighborhood retailers saw wine sales grow more than 40 percent…

Wine sales spike at convenience stores

February 09, 2021

You might not think of independent convenience stores as a hot wine market, but in fact these stores — most of them in urban areas — were one of the hottest spots in the country for wine in 2020, according to National Retail Solutions. ...

Urban, Independent C-Stores Out-Perform Total Retail in November Over Prior Year

December 17, 2020

Retail sales have declined 1.1% in November 2020 vs. October 2020, per CNN, while continuing to be up over year ago (YAGO) by 4.1%. These declines, explained by the soft economy, high unemployment rates, and absence of a government stimulus, ...

Hot Summer Months Translate to Increased Sales as NRS Offers Effective, Tangible Data on Urban Shopping Habits:

AUGUST 17, 2020

Inner-city stores saw a 10% sales increase this summer compared to 2019, and liquor and wine both experienced close to a 50% increase in dollar sales in June and July compared to last year.

How Stay-In-Place Orders this Memorial Day Translated into Increased Beer Sales for the Inner-City Merchants

JUNE 4, 2020

Adults found opportunities to enjoy a cold one (or two) over the three-day weekend. And for those living in urban and inner-city neighborhoods, where the COVID-19 pandemic has limited shopping options, a bevy of corner stores, convenience stores and ...


APRIL 13, 2020

The large, densely populated inner-cities are among those areas to be hit the hardest by COVID-19. The consequences have already impacted, and in some cases redefined, every single sector of the community, according to exclusive research from ...


FEBRUARY 5, 2020

The 2020 Foodservice Report As technology continues to evolve, c-stores look to plant-based and international flavors to meet the surging …