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How Should Fuel Retail Businesses Manage High Profit Margins?

How Should Fuel Retail Businesses Manage High Profit Margins?

By Ian Thompson, Managing Director, Planning

The fuel and convenience retail market changes so significantly from moment to moment and year to year that anticipating when your margins will spike and when they'll dramatically drop is beyond a challenge — it's practically a lifestyle.

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Fuel Store Relationship: A Two-Way Street?

Fuel Store Relationship: A Two-Way Street?

By Anila Siraj, EVP of Research and Applied Data Sciences

Which came first, was it the chicken or the egg? Like this riddle, there are many business relationships where it can be difficult to pinpoint which factor is the first influence on the growth of another. In the fuel retail market, is it fuel driving convenience store sales or is it the convenience store offering that is increasing your fuel sales? Or do they both impact each other? How can you take advantage of this relationship to increase total site profitability?

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Managing Volatility Using Science, Automation and Experience

Managing Volatility Using Science, Automation and Experience

By Anila Siraj, EVP of Research and Applied Data Sciences

Life is full of unpredictability and variability, often leading to growing pains. Navigating a period of volatility inspires change and growth. Usually this is for the better, but nobody should try to grow up too fast, especially if they don't have to! The same can apply when steering your fuel business through the stages of market maturity. The harmful effects of rushing to change and grow at the first sign of volatility in a market will not produce steady success and growth. The key is to keep a level head and move through fuel pricing and market volatility using science, experience and automation to grow at a steady rate.

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The Psychological Benefits of Fuel Pricing Automation

The Psychological Benefits of Fuel Pricing Automation

By Kalibrate Team

In the 1800’s, gin carts filled the streets of London as a way for factory workers to cope with transitioning from farms to factories. The impact of repetitive tasks clearly can take a toll on certain individuals.

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One Year Later: Europe's Stance on Diesel

One Year Later: Europe's Stance on Diesel

By Elizabeth Kershaw, Client Services Consultant, Pricing

This time last year, I asked the question: Is Europe falling out of love with the diesel fuel — the fuel that promised so much in terms of its eco-credentials? One year later, I ask a new question: Has anything about Europe's relationship with diesel changed? Or are we on the road to a definitive break-up?

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Emotion, Experience and Science in Retail Network Planning

Emotion, Experience and Science in Retail Network Planning

By Anila Siraj, EVP of Research and Applied Data Science and Kent Schlesselman, Senior Client Services Manager

How do fuel and convenience retailers know when and where to grow their retail networks? What is the deciding factor in these high-stake choices? Life experience will show us that there is never one way to solve a problem; creativity and different perspectives should be used as an asset towards having a wider view on the problems at hand. It is no different in the fuel and convenience retail business.

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Markets Ripe for the Taking: Where to Consider Expanding in 2018

Markets Ripe for the Taking: Where to Consider Expanding in 2018

By Scott Barrett, VP Global Client Services

To expand your retail network, you first need to identify those places where expansion makes sense. There is no blanket answer, here. In fact, there are a multitude of variables you will need to consider, including demographic growth, benchmark competitors, regulations and more.

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4 Predictions for Fuel and Convenience Retail in 2018

4 Predictions for Fuel and Convenience Retail in 2018

By Scott Barrett, VP Global Client Services

As we think about 2018, we can reflect upon the past two years as a benchmark for how things will change. Too long of a timeline, and you won't see the current dynamics of today's political and economic climate; too short, and you won't see a trend.

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Why Should Fuel And Convenience Retailers Care About Millennials?

Why Should Fuel And Convenience Retailers Care About Millennials?

By Elizabeth Kershaw, Client Services Consultant, Pricing

Millennials represent over 90 million consumers, and by 2020 — just a few short years away — they will account for 30 percent of retail spending in the US. In India, there are more millennials than in the UK and US combined. Demographically, millennials now outnumber baby-boomers. Far from the stereotype of the millennial still living at home, many of these consumers are now in their 20s and 30s with increasing spending power.

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Big Data in the Convenience Retail Industry

Big Data in the Convenience Retail Industry

By Kent Schlesselman, Senior Client Services Manager

It’s easy to be both impressed and overwhelmed at the same time when you realize the sheer volume of relevant data sets available in the world, waiting to be harvested for meaningful insight. Even information about the sheer amount of information is, itself, big data.

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