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2024 Capitol Trade Show Recap

Capitol Distributing - Convenience Delivered! Our 2024 Trade Show was a great success!  Our customers enjoyed visiting with over 100 manufacturers at the event and were offered some great show deals for attending.  It was a great way for our customers to see industry innovation, sample some top products, network with other customers and vendors, and just have a fantastic time! Up Close with

By |April 16th, 2024|Events, News, Products|

Is a Loyalty Program Right for Your Store?

Are your customers looking for loyalty? In the article ‘the Path to Greater Share of Wallet Lies in Digital Loyalty,’ Angela Hanson of writes about the importance of a high-quality loyalty program. Seventy-three percent of customers are likely to switch brands if they don't get a simple, personalized and consistent experience across every channel, including web, mobile, in-store, at the pump, and more, according to Punchh [a

By |June 9th, 2021|Marketing, Sales|

Stock Up for Memorial Day Weekend

Our Retail Consultants have seen their share of busy holiday weekends. Memorial Day weekend is the kickoff to the busy summer season. Now is the time to start stocking up to ensure your store is ready for this big weekend and the months following. Below are some recommendations from our expert Retail Consultants that you won't want to run out of this Memorial Day. Rick,

By |May 19th, 2021|Products, Sales|

Your Digital Presence: What are You Leaving on the Table?

Your customers are online, are YOU? Meet your customer where they are - in this case, virtually. Especially in the era of Covid, people are searching for destinations online ahead of time. Use your web presence to let them know what products you carry (food service, specialty items, alcohol/tobacco), show them that your store is clean and bright, plus provide basics such as your hours and contact information.

By |May 10th, 2021|Marketing, Sales|

The Growth of Private Label

Private label vs. the national brands Sales of private label offerings are expected to grow this year. In the article 'Private Label Offerings Predicted to Grow This Year,' NACS writes: Although private label accounts for only 4% of grocery e-commerce sales, that number has quadrupled during the past two years, pointing to an opportunity for retailers to capitalize on changing habits. According to NielsenIQ, 2020 was the first

By |May 4th, 2021|Business, Sales|

Summer Item Recommendations

Our Retail Consultants weigh in on their summer essentials Warmer weather means camping, hiking, rafting, picnics, road trips, and tons of other summer activities. Convenience stores need to be ready for a variety of patrons coming through their stores. Below are some summer must-have product recommendations from our expert Retail Consultants. Curtis, Regional Sales Manager Ice cream and novelties are hot items for summer, and

By |May 3rd, 2021|Products, Sales|

The Future of Powerball in Idaho

Idaho Powerball's Future In March, Idaho lawmakers shut down a proposed bill that would have allowed the Powerball to continue in Idaho. Powerball's expansion to operate in the United Kingdom and Australia conflicts with an existing Idaho state law. As it stands, the Powerball will no longer conduct business in Idaho beginning this August. NACS writes that Idaho convenience stores are pushing for the Powerball to return. The

By |April 13th, 2021|Business, Sales|

Anticipated Summer Trends

More than half of c-store retailers are expecting pre-pandemic trip levels According to a NACS Retailer Member Pulse Survey, 52 percent of retailers anticipate a rise in customer this summer. 28 percent expect travel to remain lower than usual until 2022. Convenience Store News describes specific anticipated trends based on the survey results, including growth in cold beverages and coffee, prepared foods, and fuel sales. Some pandemic related

By |April 5th, 2021|Products, Sales|

2021 Capitol Trade Show Recap

Convenience Delivered... Virtually! In consideration of the health and safety concerns that come with having a live trade show in the Covid-19 era, Capitol conducted it's second consecutive virtual trade show! In 2020, we had only one week's notice that we were going into lockdown (March 2020, anyone?). Due to the short notice, we simply transitioned to using our CD Virtual Trade Show App exclusively. For 2021 we

By |March 19th, 2021|Events, News, Products|

Trade Show THIS WEEK!

Convenience Delivered... Virtually! Capitol's 2021 Trade Show is live this Wednesday the 10th! Vendors will be online and available all day. Browse booths, check out presentations, collect documents and videos in your Swag Bag, and check out all the great deals and new products! Pre-Show Checklist Ensure you are registered and recall your login info Reliable internet (wifi or mobile network) Virtual trade

By |March 8th, 2021|Events, News, Products|

The Why Behind Convenience Stores

The Why Behind Convenience Stores In the NACS article 'The Why Behind Convenience Stores,' Chris Blasinsky explores the origins and evolution of the convenience store. With the fast pace of change in our industry, it is important to remember the purpose of a convenience store in the past and present in order to predict the near future. Back then, convenience stores were called bantams, mini marts, bodegas, corner

By |March 5th, 2021|Sales|

Capitol Kitchen: New & Fresh

Food Service is no longer optional Today's customers expect fast, high-quality options when they enter a store looking for food. The convenience food service category is growing year over year. According to NACS, in 2019 it accounted for 25.4% of in-store sales revenue, an increase of 4.4% over 2018! Customers increasing see convenience stores as a beverage and food destination and expect quality and variety. In our current

By |February 25th, 2021|Capitol Kitchen, Food Service, Products|

2021 Trade Show: March 10

Convenience Delivered... Virtually! Capitol's 2021 Trade Show is going virtual! Vendors will be online and available during the live show (MARCH 10!). Browse booths, check out presentations, collect documents and videos in your Swag Bag, and check out all the great deals and new products. The show will be open for ordering for the following 7 days, but vendors will not be live through the extended time.

By |February 3rd, 2021|Events, News, Products|

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