Is Knowledge Power? Can It Drive C-Store Sales?

Is Knowledge Power? Can It Drive C-Store Sales?

Information Impact We are often asked if an application like Quik Data can really make any difference to C-Store Sales and Profits. Assuming that solving problems can positively improve sales and profits, the question can be refined as follows: Can having accurate information help you solve problems? Surprisingly, the answer...


What is C-Store Performance Software and How is it Different from Back Office Software?

What is C-Store Performance Software and How is it Different from Back Office Software?

Back Office Software versus Store Performance Software for C-Stores   Occasionally when we speak with C-Store management teams about Quik Data their first response is “We already have a back office system.” Our response is always to acknowledge the absolute importance of having a back office system. Even if you...




The 4 Components to a Balanced Scorecard to Optimize Your C-Store Performance

The 4 Components to a Balanced Scorecard to Optimize Your C-Store Performance

When driving C-Store performance it is important to hit financial goals to maintain short term needs but looking at a balanced view helps to view both long and short term as well as the internal and external perspectives. Improving revenue in a c-store used to work well with the basic sales measurement...


CHANGE THE PEOPLE OR CHANGE THE PEOPLE

CHANGE THE PEOPLE OR CHANGE THE PEOPLE

Working with top C-Store operators provides a lot of great insights into management. C-Store operators have to deal with heavy competition, long hours, and weekend work. This environment often leads to high turnover. In order to run well you have to have staff that can get things done as you need.  If...


How C-Stores can make a change if they do not want discomfort?

How C-Stores can make a change if they do not want discomfort?

Fortunately, C-Stores employees are quite used to change. Prices, legislation, and products change often and sometimes every day. Anyone who has worked in a C-Store company, for any amount of time, is never shocked with change. However there are some changes that are bigger than most.  These are the changes...


Why C-Stores Have a Cultural Advantage of Using Business Intelligence Over Other Industries

Why C-Stores Have a Cultural Advantage of Using Business Intelligence Over Other Industries

If you were to pick up any industry trade journal without finding something relative to the importance Business Intelligence, it would be surprising.  It has become quite the buzz word.  There is a sound reason for that.  By monitoring, measuring and communicating performance results any company can manager better. The...


The Arrogance of Ignorance and Other Reasons C-Store Operators Shouldn’t Get Mad

The Arrogance of Ignorance and Other Reasons C-Store Operators Shouldn’t Get Mad

C-Stores typically hire part-time people.  This can leave  their employee base to be largely among the young.  Remember,  their life is shorter than many Boomers have been paying their mortgages.  People often complain about the young being arrogant.  They have known little failure, most have experienced little of life’s abuse and received trophies, stickers and awards ther entire lives.  Little has...


Using Business Intelligence to Make Money

Using Business Intelligence to Make Money

We are engulfed in the value of automation and online systems to help make businesses run better, more cheaply and more efficiently.  It is easy to forget that computers, their applications and easy to reach online resources are worth nothing without some sort of human involvement.  They are merely tools...