Vision Reports

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CTVG Convenience Retailing Vision Report:

In Focus: A CTVG Conversation with POS Solution Providers

Vol 4. November 2023

A Convenience Technology Vision Group Special Breakout Session

This special report focuses on the October 2023 breakout session of the Convenience Technology Vision Group (CTVG). The breakout was requested by CTVG members during their regularly scheduled September 2023 virtual meeting to address questions raised about point-of-sales (POS) systems. CTVG members and five invited POS solution providers convened for a dialogue and exchange of ideas on the challenges and opportunities with POS systems specific to convenience and fuel retail.
The main topics in this CTVG Vision Report include:

  • POS Decoupling
  • Major Oil Companies
  • Foodservice as the Future
  • The Unique Needs of Independent Operators
  • Integration Challenges

CTVG Convenience Retailing Vision Report:

CTVG TO THE POINT: The Evolving State of POS in Convenience Retail

Vol 3. October 2023

The Evolving State of POS in Convenience Retail

The Convenience Technology Vision Group (CTVG) has released its most recent Vision Report based on the group’s September 8th, 2023 meeting which focused on two important topics that the industry is grappling with.

Read the “Views” for thought-provoking perspectives on the challenges and opportunities around point-of-sale systems (POS) specific to convenience and fuel retail: Decoupling & Decluttering; EMV Upgrades: Major Oil considerations, as well as EV charging. But first, you’ll get the group’s “lightning round” updates from their June meeting on EV charging infrastructure and installations.

Plus, you’ll be fascinated by the nuggets of insights, questions, challenges and solutions shared from the full “In the Room” transcript of the dialogue as it occurred.

CTVG Convenience Retailing Vision Report:

CTVG Unraveling the Road to EV Charging Infrastructure

Vol 2. July 2023

Unraveling the Road to EV Charging Infrastructure
The Convenience Technology Vision Group (CTVG) has released its most recent Vision Report based on the group’s June 2, 2023 meeting focused on EV charging infrastructure opportunities for convenience retail. Understanding the complexity around timing, the role of utility companies and government funding programs is key.

Read the “Views” for thought-provoking perspectives on EV charging infrastructure from CTVG members and John Gartner, senior director of transparency and insights at the Center for Sustainable Energy.

Take the time to absorb the nuggets of insights and questions shared “In the Room”, the full transcript of the dialogue as it occurred, and access “C-Store EV Charging” slide deck for actionable data points from the Center for Sustainable Energy’s Caret forecasting tool.

CLVG Convenience Retailing Vision Report:

CLVG AI: Dawning of a New Era in Retail Analytics

Vol 3. June 2023

AI: Dawning of a New Era in Retail Analytics
The Convenience Leaders Vision Group (CLVG) has released its most recent Vision Report based on the group’s April 27, 2023 meeting which focused on artificial intelligence in convenience retail. Understanding the full potential of this new, elevated AI is no small task but many contend that all executives — tech titles or not — should initiate their deep dive into the potential of generative AI. Irrefutably, there are enormous possibilities with the bold new frontier of this next-level AI.

Read the “Views” summary for perspectives and commentary posed by Tom Svrcek, analytics partner with McKinsey & Company, and tap into the “In the Room” full transcript to follow the dialogue as it occurred, as well as complete “Artificial Intelligence in Convenience Retail” presentation from McKinsey & Company.

 

CTVG Convenience Retailing Vision Report:

CTVG Tech Trailblazing

Vol 1. May 2023

Tech Trailblazing
Looking for tech solutions for your retail needs? The Convenience Technology Vision Group (“CTVG”) brings together industry leaders who are wise in the ways of technology and how you can use tech solutions to be more efficient, competitive, and profitable. This Vision Report documents the inaugural CTVG meeting held on March 3, 2023, facilitated by Ed Collupy. The report gives you an overview of the current state of retail tech, allows you to meet the participants, and helps you gain insight into the issues and problems that their companies are facing.

 

CLVG Convenience Retailing Vision Report:

CLVG The Business Case for EV Charging: Is It for You?

Vol 2. March 2023

The Business Case for EV Charging
This report provides another unique view into the conversations from the quarterly Convenience Leaders Vision Group (CLVG) Meetings — the second of which was held January 26th and which focused on EV’s. Read the “Views” summary of thought-provoking perspectives and commentary, followed by a thorough “Alternative Fuels Options” special presentation by Chris Nordh (SVP ABB E-mobility), and then tap into the “In the Room” full transcript to follow the dialogue as it occurred.

CLVG is made up of leaders of the convenience industry who have volunteered their time to help fellow retailers, vendors, and solution providers.

 

CLVG Convenience Retailing Vision Report:

CLVG Currents of Change

Vol 1. January 2023

Currents of Change
This report is of the inaugural Convenience Leaders Vision Group (CLVG) meeting on November 1, 2022. Members discussed a broad range of topics impacting convenience retailing today. In particular, hot topics were electric vehicles, employee retention, gig workers, and tipping.

CLVG is made up of leaders of the convenience industry who have volunteered their time to help fellow retailers, vendors, and solution providers.

 

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