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Optimizing Your Capital Spend When Making Real-Estate Decisions

Optimizing Your Capital Spend When Making Real-Estate Decisions

By Anila Siraj, EVP of Research and Applied Data Sciences

When making real-estate decisions that will allow you to meet your strategic and financial goals, you need to maintain a big-picture view of the market, your retail network's place within that market and the performance of individual sites in your network. With millions of dollars on the line, how do you ensure you make decisions that will maximize your return on investment, across each site and the network as a whole?

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Using Quadrant Analysis to Gauge New Gas Station Investment Costs

Using Quadrant Analysis to Gauge New Gas Station Investment Costs

By Janet Tooke, Senior Client Services Manager

New gas station investment costs are an integral part of any business decision — not only from a capital investment perspective, but also in terms of the time and effort it takes to find the right piece of land, negotiate contracts, design and engineer the site, and jump through hoops with local authorities.

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Convenience Store Trends Network Planners Can't Ignore

Convenience Store Trends Network Planners Can't Ignore

By Ian Thompson, Managing Director, Planning

If you're planning to expand your retail network of sites, current convenience store industry trends can significantly impact your decisions. From consumer preferences and brand affinity to fuel price sensitivity and geographic spread of alternative fuels, certain trends can tip the hat toward or away from the success of your sites, so it's important to stay informed.

Being as prepared as possible for big changes in the industry is essential for effective retail network planning — so today, let's discuss some of the biggest trends in convenience retailing over the last two years, and how these changes can affect your retail network growth planning.

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Understanding Disparate Demand Cycles Within Fuel Retailing

Understanding Disparate Demand Cycles Within Fuel Retailing

By Anila Siraj, EVP of Research and Applied Data Sciences

Within the fuel and convenience retailing market, demand and consumer behavior can often times be erratic and sensitive to factors that are out of your control. Across different sites, different daily, weekly and seasonal cycles of demand can develop. Understanding these cycles is critical to maintaining an appropriate strategy and maximizing your retail network's profitability. 

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What is Optimization, Anyway?

What is Optimization, Anyway?

By Anila Siraj, EVP of Research and Applied Data Sciences

To be successful at a task, you must take actions that make the best or most effective use of the resources or situation available to you. To maximize the return on those actions you need to understand the impact that each action will have and choose the one’s that provide the most benefit. This ‘continuous improvement’ process is referred to as "optimization." But optimization is not just a process. It's also a mathematical concept, and one with roots that are centuries old. It exists within mechanics, finance, engineering, geophysics, media, marketing…the list goes on.

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How to Analyze Competitor Weaknesses and Make Them Your Strengths

How to Analyze Competitor Weaknesses and Make Them Your Strengths

By Nancy Wheeler, Senior Client Services Manager

A valued Kalibrate client once said, "You don't know where you're going until you know where you are." Leading in fuel and convenience retailing means understanding where you are in relation to both the market and the competition.

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Part 5: What Value Does my Brand Bring to my Fuel Retail Network?

Part 5: What Value Does my Brand Bring to my Fuel Retail Network?

By Nancy Wheeler, Senior Client Services Manager

So far in our series on the Top 5 Questions Convenience Retailers have about Retail Network Planning, we've covered the best practices for implementing a network planning tool and how you can pinpoint the best locations for new builds, as well as how you can identify target sites or networks for acquisition. Last time, we discussed your current network's volume potential. Today, in our final installment of this series, our focus is on brand: What value does your brand bring to your fuel retail network?

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Part 4: What is the Volume Potential of My Existing Network?

Part 4: What is the Volume Potential of My Existing Network?

By Janet Tooke and Nancy Wheeler, Senior Client Services Managers

So far in our series on the Top 5 Questions Convenience Retailers have about Retail Network Planning, we've covered the best practices for implementing a network planning tool and how you can pinpoint the best locations for new builds, as well as how you can identify target sites or networks for acquisition. Now, we'll dig into part 4 and learn about your current retail network's volume potential.

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Part 3: How Can I Identify Acquisition Targets To Grow My Retail Network?

Part 3: How Can I Identify Acquisition Targets To Grow My Retail Network?

By Nancy Wheeler, Senior Client Services Manager

So far in our series on the Top 5 Questions Convenience Retailers have about Retail Network Planning, we've covered the best practices for implementing a network planning tool and how you can identify the best locations for new builds. Now, in Part 3, you'll read about the best way to identify target sites or retail networks for a different growth type: acquisition.

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Part 2: How Can I Pinpoint the Best Locations for Building New Sites?

Part 2: How Can I Pinpoint the Best Locations for Building New Sites?

By Kent Schlesselman and Nancy Wheeler, Client Services Managers

This is part 2 of our series: Top 5 Questions Convenience Retailers have About Retail Network Planning.

Retail network growth depends on high quality research, driven by a clear understanding of your return on investment. But you cannot fully comprehend and set expectations for that return without precise intel and insightful predictive analysis.

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