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Convenience Store Buying Group

ABG is Texas fastest growing association of independent convenience store retailers dedicated to the retail industry.We demonstrate our leadership within the industry by providing our members with a collective buying power, category management, and a full range of marketing services. Let us improve your ability as an independent operator by utilizing the benefits of our chain.

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RBG Club Services is a national organization of independent convenience store retailers dedicated to the c-store industry. We demonstrate our leadership within the industry by providing our members with a collective buying power, category management, and a full range of marketing services. Let us improve your ability as an independent operator by utilizing the benefits of our chain.

Royal Buying Group is a national organization of independent convenience retailers dedicated to the convenience store industry. We demonstrate our leadership within the industry by providing our members with a collective buying power, category management, and a full range of marketing services allowing them to improve their ability to as an independent operator utilizing the benefits of a chain.

NATIONAL REPORT -- Ethnic convenience store associations have exhibited dramatic growth over the past several years, and much more expansion is expected in the near future, according to sources interviewed by CSNews Online.

Patel has owned Ram's of Virginia Inc. for 21 years, and is operator of several Ram Petroleum independent c-stores. Creating a buying group is close to his heart. "I've talked to vendors and asked for the same price chains get on particular products. They often ask me how many stores I own. If I say 10, vendors tell me it's not enough. I need to own more stores."

Now that their respective buying groups have been formed, the associations plan to take their efforts to the next level. Websites are being formulated and updated so the associations can offer advice to their constituencies. "By July of next year, we hope to have a very good website where anyone can post any issue they have [at their stores]," said Virginia's Minesh Patel.

Another way these ethnic associations plan to take it to the next level is through expansion. According to Vipul Patel, several discussions have taken place in an effort to form Asian American convenience store associations in Maryland, North Carolina and Illinois.

Although the buying groups are referred to as Asian American store associations, all three of the regional associations CSNews Online interviewed stressed that an individual does not need to be of Indian or Asian descent to join the group. People of other ethnic backgrounds are free to join the groups as well. "Our goal is simply to help the store owners," said Minesh Patel.

A National EffortThe Asian American Convenience Store Association (AACSA) is different in some aspects. First, the group is not directly correlated to the others mentioned in this story. Also, the association, formed in 2004, represents the whole country and accepts all convenience store owners, whether they are independent or part of a large chain, said President Satya Shaw.

Shaw, a certified public accountant by trade, helped form a consortium of Indian doctors in 1982 and a group of Indian hotel owners in 1989. Noticing there was no similar association for convenience store owners, he created AACSA. "In 2004, we created the group to unite our store owners. We wanted our group to have power," Shaw said.

The AASCA Convention will provide more than buying opportunities for c-store owners. Speakers will present sessions on a host of topics, including ways to reduce property taxes and how to get more rebates on products. The show will shift to Chicago in November 2012.

Besides creating a buying and educational group, Shaw said AACSA also wanted power in regards to what it believes is unjust national legislation. Currently, AACSA is targeting possible legislation aimed at discouraging consumers from purchasing full-calorie sodas.

Davis told CSNews Online that NACS always wants to work with state associations or any form of convenience store or petroleum retailers. "They represent the fastest-growing segment of our retail industry," he noted. "With the tremendous consolidation that has gone on in the industry, a great opportunity has been created over the past five or 10 years for independent retailers to get into the business. It doesn't matter what ethnicity they are or where they are from, these new store owners are in our channel and we support the channel."

Considering the success that these Asian American convenience store associations have shown thus far, it's easy to wonder why there aren't more associations throughout the United States. The c-store-rich states of Texas and California are primary examples.

"It's funny you mention that," said Desai. "I spoke to someone recently who wanted to start an association in California. He asked how to start one. I think many people don't start their own association because of the time, money and effort involved. When you own c-stores, it's hard to also take your time out to start a group. But I think you're seeing these groups start now because people realize more and more how beneficial it is to start an association."

"Wherever you see a large concentration of convenience stores, you see groups forming," Davis said. "It's not like they are not out there. But some of them are just getting started or are still getting organized. You'll start to see a lot more of these groups forming."

There are 90,000 independent convenience stores in the United States now. That number is up a lot compared to 10 years ago, when there were only 60,000. "So if I'm a supplier, I need to talk to independent operators to grow my brand," Davis continued. "If you want to sell, you need to get in front of the audiences. Those audiences are becoming ethnic-American trade groups."

Like most group purchasing organizations, RBG negotiates rebates and discounts on behalf of its members. As a member, your convenience store will pay lower prices for its merchandise, saving you money.

The primary focus of this group is increasing the purchasing power of its members so they can thrive and prosper. Independent convenience stores face different challenges than other business types, and Royal Buying Group helps you face those challenges.

RBG Club Services is a membership for Independent Convenience Store Retailers. We have had over 20 years of experience in the convenience store industry and during this time RBG has enrolled over 6,000 independent retailers on our chain. As a national headquarter, we negotiate programs covering all categories of convenience stores with national vendors and utilize our group buying power to increase sales and reduce operating costs for our members. RBG offers a full range of marketing communication to educate our members on best business practices, category management, top sku data, core item rebates and allowances, new item introductions, POS and merchandising materials, shipper promotions, and monthly promotional opportunities.

Our mission is to help vendors lower operating costs, increase sales, share, and gain profits while generating the greatest possible return on in-store marketing investments. We specialize in bringing your programs to the largest segment of the convenience store industry.

Because gas stations are conveniently located where customers live, work, and shop, you have the opportunity to fulfill consumers' needs by having more of what they need on the run with a convenience store.

According to the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), in 2018, 79% of convenience store retailers reported increased sales during the first half of 2018 when compared to that same time period in 2017. Additionally, NACS found that 80% of fuel in the United States is purchased from convenience store locations.

What this means is having a convenience store at your site will attract more customers to your fuel pump, and convenience store purchases are a great way to increase and diversify your revenue.

GP Energy is the proud owner of the Pinnacle 365 brand and works with other c-store brands to offer opportunities for gas station owners to expand their services for customers with a convenience store.

Buying power. Pinnacle 365 has already established healthy margins and cost-saving relationships with many well-known brands. You can take advantage of the discount/rebate program they have already negotiated with suppliers. Pinnacle 365's buying power also extends into helping you purchase the equipment you need for your store at already negotiated prices.

You never know what will happen when you're on the road. Customers love the convenience of quickly being able to get a few first aid items or car maintenance supplies without having to go to a big-box store.

Under pressure to improve its performance and holdings, Ankeny-based Casey's General Stores Inc. is looking at expanding its stable of convenience stores with a major acquisition, according to news reports.

Casey's reportedly has put a bid in to buy grocery store giant Kroger Co.'s convenience stores, which would include 783 stores in 19 states, according to CNBC. Casey's is one of several companies pursuing the Kroger stores, the report said.

The first thing to do when planning your store is one of the most important: selecting the store site. Ideally, you want a site for your store on a street with a lot of traffic, a minimum of competing convenience stores nearby, and with the lowest rent possible. Scout out possible locations with these criteria in mind, and then find the best matches using a Geographic Information Systems report that establishes the comparative feasibility of the sites you select for analysis.

Use the GIS report to further identify your potential customers. A convenience store next to a public golf course might stock a few of the more popular golf balls and golfing magazines. Another store situated adjacent to temporary living quarters for oil-industry roughnecks might stock a plentiful supply of craft beer and men's magazines. Every neighborhood has a unique population, and your job is to match your store to that population's needs and desires. 041b061a72


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