Most of you are likely already on vacation as we write this—it’s already pretty quiet in TrendSource’s halls, and just because your humble blogger has nothing better to do on a Thursday-before-Christmas afternoon, doesn’t mean you don’t either.
Visitors to urban convenience stores might briefly think they have happened upon an impromptu, and very loud, philharmonic concert. That’s because in cities across California, c-stores are increasingly blasting classical, opera, and country music outside and around their locations.
These sure are some interesting times in our omnichannel world. Although Amazon is slowly building their own branded brick-and-mortar bookstores, convenience stores, and kiosks, they are also encroaching into other retailers’ brick-and-mortar space, bringing foot traffic to the retailer while expanding their own IRL footprint.
We are going to talk about cigarettes, so let’s get this out of the way: yes, smoking is bad; no, we are not being glib. Yes, it kills people every day; it has probably killed somebody you know.
Let’s talk about 7-Eleven. A trip to any urban branch of the convenience store will reveal an odd assortment of products ranging from diet-friendly to splurge-tastic, from so-cheap-you-think-you-are-in-a-dollar-store all the way to stare-hard--and-it-looks-like-Whole-Foods. Despite its diminutive size—the average 7-Eleven is 1,000-2,500 sq/ft—they manage to be an everything store for everybody, which also explains their place in popular culture.