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    After seeing many organizations I saw that SAASOA is very enterprising and are a core of the business community in and around Alabama. SAASOA is doing a lot of  good for the people in the community by doing many activities like Blood Camps, Health Fairs, Volunteering activities, Scholarships, etc. I am lucky to be a part of a group like this and I encourage my friends and community members to be a part of SAASOA.

    -Mahesh Batavia, Liquor Store Member, Mobile
  • In the nearly 2 years that we have been partnered with SAAAOA we have seen a growth in sales, profits and customer count in their group’s stores. The key to maximizing this is to become more seamless in execution,pricing and positioning. I am excited about the future with SAASOA and Coca-Cola.

     

    -Patrick Gueret, Coca Cola
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    SAASOA’s intention is to help their members and our community should support it by joining it. SAASOA is very committed to help our community and the financial profits are very substantial.

    -Haresh Patel, Multiple Store Member, Montgomery
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    Each and every member of SAASOA have their own voice. When it comes to making decision everyone is involved. We are like one big family!
     
    -Rocky Patel, Multiple Store Member, Saraland


  • The attention to detail and the constant striving to attain complete compliance by it's members is a true testament to the dedication the leaders of this organization have to it's success.  I am proud, on the behalf of Hackney, to be associated with such a successful and influential group such as SAASOA.
     
    -Marty Howell, H.T.Hackney
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    SAASOA has not only successfully brought the businesses together, but they have also brought the communities together.
     
     
    -Nishit Prajapati, Multiple Store Member, Ozark
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    My relationship with SAASOA has been a huge influence on my personal and professional life. Over the past years I have learned on their culture and values and how important solid relationships are. I truly believe that their passion for the community is genuine.
     
    -Mike Pritchett, GDC, Mobile

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Looking for more ways to attract customers and improve overall sales? I think we all are!

Finding new ideas on ways to improve your business can be tough. Mastering the basics is a good place to start. Hopefully you embrace and implement these tips!

1. Stand out from your competition

If your business looks like every other gas station in the area, than there is no reason for customers to visit your business over anyone else.

Standing out from the competition will improve your business in every sense and it will definitely increase sales and customers.

Try visiting and doing some research on the competition in the area. Find what their faults are and improve them. You can also look at their prices and try to beat them at your gas station.

The convenience store takes its name from its purpose and the products normally carried in stock. A convenience store can be a stand-alone store but is often part of a gas station, making it convenient for customers to purchase items while filling their vehicles with gas. According to the Illinois Department of Commerce, small convenience stores should ideally stock 2,800 to 3,200 items in as many as to 400 categories.

Eggs and Dairy Products

Many convenience stores stock basic dairy items, such as milk, butter. cottage cheese, sour cream and other cheese products. There will not typically be a wide range of brands on hand. Milk sizes will likely include pint, half-gallon and gallon sizes. Cheese products are often shredded. Eggs are also found in many convenience stores. Some convenience stores will also carry half and half or heavy cream.

Over-the-Counter Medications

Many convenience stores carry a range of over-the-counter medications that include aspirin, cough medicine, lip balm, sinus medication and throat lozenges. Sizes of these products vary. Sometimes there will be single doses of aspirin or other pain-relief medications available at the counter, but the store also may carry large sizes.

Dry and Canned Goods

Most convenience stores carry a range of bread products, including loaves of bread, hot dog and hamburger buns, and dinner rolls. There will typically be one or two brands on hand at most. Limited canned goods, such as soup, common vegetables, canned meat, chili and stew may also be found on convenience store shelves. Dry good items include limited bagged pasta and beans. Pickles, relish, catsup, mustard and mayonnaise are also stocked on convenience store shelves.

Meats

According to the Illinois Department of Commerce, "Convenience stores generally do not stock fresh meats or produce when located in a community with an independent grocer." This includes steaks, chops and chicken. You are more likely to find a wide range of lunch meats that include bologna, ham, pickle loaf and salami. Some convenience stores may also carry summer sausage products as well.

Drinks

Convenience stores will typically carry juices, cold and warm soda, coffee and energy drinks, and a range of alcoholic beverages that include several brands of beer and wine, if permitted by state and local laws.

Sweets and Snacks

Many convenience stores devote an entire section of the store to a range of candy products, both in single servings and bulk, chips, dried meat snacks, chewing gum canned puddings and sweet cakes. You will also find a variety of nuts as well. Some convenience stores may offer prepared sandwiches, pickles, nachos, fountain drinks and snacks designed to appeal to customers who visit the store hungry.

Additional Items

Tobacco products, batteries, foam coolers, plastic gas cans, flashlights, candles, windshield cleaners and cleaning fluid, transmission fluid and motor oil are some of the additional items that may be found in a convenience store because they are products consumers may need in an emergency or impulsively purchase because they happen to be in the store.

 

Credit: http://smallbusiness.chron.com/items-sell-convenience-store-13436.html

LA Top Distributor provides tips for increasing sales and getting more customers through the door!

 

Convenience store owners have to compete and succeed within a challenging business model. They must simultaneously provide a diverse range of products in a smaller store space, while also providing low prices for customers. Maintaining profits can be difficult, but there are practices store owners have learned to embrace that help keep their budgets out of the red. As one of the top providers of convenience store items in Los Angeles, LA Top Distributor is privy to many of these methods, and has three ways convenience stores can improve sales.

1) Uncluttered check-out area

The check-out is the center of business transactions within the store, and is the only area where a customer must have interaction with an employee. It should always be neat and uncluttered. Owners sometimes place an overabundance of items here in the hope that customers will purchase them at the last minute as impulse buys, but these items need to be limited. Display small "throw in bag" products here, and not much else. An uncluttered check-out area won't overload the senses and it keeps customers happy.

2) Know your base

According to research, there are multiple types of convenience store customers, and a successful store owner must cater to all of them. Types range from the "last minute shopper" who frantically needs to find specific items to the "regular" who is in and out quickly and tends to always buy the same item, such as a pack of cigarettes. The last minute shopper is most concerned with store organization while speed and brand loyalty are key for the regular. As one of the city's top cigar wholesale distributors, LA Top Distributor understands a convenience store's reliance on regulars and helps owners meet their demands in addition to the demands of any customer type.

3) Inventory Awareness and Following Trends

If a store owner consistently finds themselves running out of stock on an item, it's not the customers' fault for buying too much. Owners should constantly be tuned in to their inventory so they can know exactly what to get, when to get it, and how much of it they need. A successful owner pays attention to what sells and what doesn't, and stays in touch with overall market trends. Getting feedback from customers is a great way to find out if there is a new item making waves that the owner should stock. Stores should never be afraid to test carrying new items because, as smaller establishments, they can do so without much risk if the item doesn't sell well.