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Wholesale Convinience Store
If there is one area of the wholesale business
that has grown with the explosion of interstate highways
and automobile travel, it is the wholesale convenience store
sector. Thousands of entrepreneurs and families have found
success operating one or more convenience stores along federal
and state highways, catering to the ever-moving American
public. In addition, people worldwide have also come to depend
on wholesale convenience store suppliers for their travel
In this industry, there are wholesale
convenience store companies that specialize in such
items as food products, tobacco products, snacks and so
on. There are warehouse companies and distributors who
supply nearly all the items one store might need. In either
case, wholesale convenience store merchants keep the roadside
retail business stocked with thousands of items that travelers
Just how many products are available
from suppliers in the wholesale convenience store field.
Some estimates state that more than 3,500 different products
are available – from
food, snacks and drinks, to tobacco, clothing, automotive
accessories and reading material. Others say the number is
well over 4,000.
Many of these are name brand items, secured by contract
with independent distributors or through delivery systems
for one brand. Others are licensed products, such as those
representing NASCAR and Hollywood production companies. The
prices on wholesale convenience store products vary widely,
with many sold at or higher than the price in other retail
outlets. But many novelty items and closeout items offered
by suppliers to the wholesale convenience stores cut their
prices to wholesale customers as much as 90 percent off retail.
The margin for profit can be very inviting.
One of the interesting developments
in recent years for the wholesale convenience store industry
has been the availability of novelty items, licensed clothing
and similar products at discount prices – to the
individual buyer! While many wholesale convenience store
suppliers deal only with established distributors, variety
stores and branded convenience stores, others will also
sell at discount prices to the single buyer.
Another key element of wholesale convenience store activity
is the novelty/gag/humor item, from pens and key chains to
posters and shirts with humorous quotes and pictures on them.
Many suppliers also make sure that convenience stores are
well supplied with in-demand tobacco products, especially
low-cost cigarettes and smoking accessories. Candy is a big
seller in the wholesale convenience store area as well, with
soft drinks of every description a close competitor for the
A brief look at the wholesale convenience
store industry will also reveal the increasing popularity
of chain "dollar" stores
in which shoppers can find everything from prescription and
over-the-counter drugs to groceries and furniture items.
The key word for including these stores under the wholesale
convenience store umbrella is the word "convenience." The
traveler or afternoon shopper can find just about anything
they want or need. Quite simply, it is convenient.
The wholesale convenience
store field is served by huge warehouses. Many several
different chains and the volume demands that products be
purchased and shipped in pallet loads rather than boxes.
Wholesale convenience stores – a
worldwide phenomenon offering almost unlimited choice in
products and great opportunity for the businessperson.
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