CHICAGO – The fast-paced Ideas 2 Go program showcases emerging concepts that redefine convenience—as well as quick takeaways that retailers could easily implement at their own stores. Since 1994, Ideas 2 Go has provided a fast-paced video tour of some of the most interesting, creative and potentially profitable ideas in the convenience and fuel retailing industry.
The 50-minute Ideas 2 Go video presentation was shown in today’s NACS Show general session. NACS member companies can order and download the 2017 program (SKU 30088024) for $30 ($60 regular price). Orders can be placed at convenience.org/ideas2go2017.
The eight featured segments are:
Farmer’s Grandson/Lone Oak LLC (Eagan, MN)
Owner Tony Donatell has taken a traditional Shell/Oasis Market and transformed it into a unique food and beverage operation with three concepts around food—sharing the same kitchen in the convenience store with other high-end dining and drinking experiences.
Rutter’s (Annville, PA)
Rutter’s is the oldest vertically integrated food company in the United States, yet embraces modern concepts to deliver high-end foodservice solutions and cutting-edge convenience.
Green Zebra Grocery (Portland, OR)
Green Zebra Grocery is reinventing the convenience store by combining healthy and convenience, and placing a big focus on people.
Migrolino (Zurich, Switzerland)
With small convenience markets with shops at train stations, petrol stations and other well-frequented locations, Migrolino makes every square foot count—especially with innovative daypart marketing in its latest Takeaway c-store concept.
Minit Mart/The Convenience Group LLC (La Center, WA)
The Convenience Group does the opposite of traditional branding, giving every store a unique look and offer. The idea is to customize stores to the specific neighborhood and consumer base while retaining the unique design characteristics of older buildings.
Street Corner/McColla Enterprises (Cincinnati, OH)
Convenience stores are increasingly locating in downtown settings where they can tap into built-in populations. The retailer’s new a “fresh market” is part of an urban mix of include a mix of apartment homes and retailers.
GetGo Café + Market (Verona, PA)
Two big buzzwords in the convenience industry are café and market, and they also are apparent in GetGo’s name and its offer. The company is placing a huge emphasis on food and an even bigger one on convenience.
Aw Shucks Country Store (Glen Allen, VA)
The local community is its number-one priority and Aw Shucks Country Store is the neighborhood gathering place, whether folks are meeting up for a meal, music or community events like yard sales and vintage car shows.
In addition to the eight Ideas 2 Go segments, short Ideas 2 Grow segments examine unique innovations in retail, including Eatsa (Washington, D.C.), and Mini Mini and Food Fight! (Portland, OR).
More than 150 Ideas 2 Go video segments from previous years (2002 to 2016) can be viewed at convenience.org/ideas2go.
The NACS Show is the premier event of the year for the convenience and fuel retailing industry. More than 22,000 attendees from 50-plus countries are at the 2017 NACS Show in Chicago, which features four days of general sessions, more than 50 education sessions and more than 1,200 exhibiting companies in a 420,000 net-square-foot expo. For the most up-to-date news and information on the event, go to nacsshow.com.