C-Store technology is applied to POS data using analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) to pinpoint specific problems. High performance C-store operators leverage the technology to save time, sell more and reduce theft. POS analytics and AI allow supervisors to pinpoint problems, recognize top performers and coach cashiers on the most important issues.

The pressure of c-store operations demands tools that leverage data to save the time need to follow-up. Hiring, training, meetings and the normal day to day activities consume most of every day. Finding problems quicker is a big help. It just makes sense, experienced managers have fixed almost every possible problem. The solution is not usually the challenge. Rather, the issue is finding or even awareness of the problem. For example, knowing which stores are underselling promotions, seeing too many voids or even learning that cashiers are using their birthdate for every age check.

4 Ways to Make Your C-Store Database Sell More Snickers

4 Ways to Make Your C-Store Data Sell More Snickers

September 23, 2016 — 

C-Store owners challenge data geeks to do something useful for their sales results. For example, using tools to make your c-store data sell more snickers. They often argue that data cannot sell anything or help with the real work of providing convenience. Obviously, they are right in many ways. It is the c-store staff that

3 Ways Business Intelligence Tools Can Eliminate C-Store Analysis Impediments

3 Ways Business Intelligence Tools Can Eliminate C-Store Analysis Impediments

September 13, 2016 — 

If you read articles in the c-store industry journals or magazines it is hard to find an issue without some sort of mention on the value of analyzing your data and using it to drive your business.  A lot C-store operators feel like they have so much data it feels like a Big Data mountain to

3 Overlooked Steps in Solving C-Store Performance Problems

3 Overlooked Steps in Solving C-Store Performance Problems

January 28, 2016 — 

Problem identification is the first step to solve any problem.  C-store managers use reports, experience, business intelligence (BI) and consultants.  Nonetheless, there are 3 Steps to solve c-store performance problems that are often overlooked. Once a problem is defined, the question then becomes, how do we resolve it.  This will vary on the type of

Configuration Gives You 2 Secret Weapons To Move Well in Changing Times

Configuration Gives You 2 Secret Weapons To Move Well in Changing Times

December 16, 2015 — 

These days, few businesses  run without some sort of software. Software configuration gives you 2 secret weapons in changing times. It can range from just a free internet email account to a full fledged Operation Support System that does everything.  Selecting software can be stressful, for it is most likely something you will live with for years

4 Ways Where Trending Will Help You Manage Your C-Store Better

4 Ways Where Trending Will Help You Manage Your C-Store Better

December 10, 2015 — 

There are 4 ways trending will help your c-store.Dictionary.com defines trending as the general course or prevailing tendency. This perspective is a necessary component or perspective to have when evaluating Convenience Store performance.   So if this is so great, why aren’t all companies doing it? The reason usually points to the time it takes to

5 Things Comparing Sales Over Various Time Intervals Will Tell A C-Store

5 Things Comparing Sales Over Various Time Intervals Will Tell A C-Store

November 4, 2015 — 

All convenience stores share and print spreadsheets with the latest and greatest performance statistics to let managers know where to focus and what is going well in their company.  However, a single snapshot in time may not really relay what is going on as much as you think it might.  Yes, current spreadsheets will tell

How All C-Stores Can Afford to Use Their Back Office Data

How All C-Stores Can Afford to Use Their Back Office Data

October 14, 2015 — 

How c-stores use back office data varies greatly. Customizing your reports is not a new concept. Most Business Intelligence and even some Back-Office tools come with standard reports, but this usually entails data that you can currently get from your Back-Office system already. There are core areas of activity that impact the totals these systems give you that need

3 Insightful Features to Consider When Purchasing Business Intelligence Software

3 Insightful Features to Consider When Purchasing Business Intelligence Software

September 17, 2015 — 

If you break the word insight down to in-sight, the power it gives you is easier to comprehend.  It is easier to correct problems, or avoid troubles when they are known and seen.  While spreadsheet reporting will give you insight into the most critical issues, it can be the little issues that impact the bottom lines of those

Are You Playing the Telephone Game in Your Reporting?

Are You Playing the Telephone Game in Your Reporting?

July 29, 2015 — 

As a child, you may have played the game called, Telephone.  It is where people sit in a circle and one whispers a statement into the ear of the person sitting next to them.  It continues until everyone has had a turn to heard to relay the statement until it reaches the last person who

Taking Time to Sharpen Your Tools

Taking Time to Sharpen Your Tools

July 16, 2015 — 

Taking time to sharpen your tools is necessary. C-stores tools include reports to drive business.  Managers look at them to measure performance, make key decisions and set the path for the company going forward. When the tool that is used to guide this process is a report, it makes sense to spend a little time

4 Questions to Ask In Order to Answer "What's Your Coffee Cup?"

4 Questions to Ask In Order to Answer “What’s Your Coffee Cup?”

June 22, 2015 — 

Good data provide good insights. A useful measurement can be a single number that indicates the health of a days work (or any other unit of time). For example, in a c-store the inside sales traffic is key. Those spending money inside is even better. Many operators use the measure of coffee sales to judge

Six Signs That You Have Confused Your Spreadsheets With a Database

Six Signs That You Have Confused Your Spreadsheets With a Database

April 28, 2015 — 

Green industry executives know full well that using the right tool the right job is key to a successful job. It would be pretty hard to cut most yards if you only had a string trimmer. Every company needs technology to maintain their information and work flow. Most small companies create spreadsheets as a flexible