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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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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.

Best practices always start with trying to be the best. I have helped design and re-design convenience stores for some of the best-known names in the industry, including the successful execution of ExxonMobil's On the Run stores. Here are the top 10 things I've learned over the years that should be common sense, but aren't quite:

Convenience stores do it. Mass merchants do it. Grocery stores do it. Fast food outlets do it. And, if you are in business, you should do it too. You should create incremental sales to improve your bottom line. Here are two easy things you can do to create incremental sales.

First, create the opportunity for incremental sales by placing point of purchase displays in customer dwell areas. These are areas where your customers queue for service or linger in your store. You see these every time you enter the checkout lane at your favorite mass merchant, drug store, grocery store, home improvement store, etc. These items, which are relatively low-priced consumer products, create large incremental profits for the store. Here is how it works.