What members are saying...


    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

    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
    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
    SAASOA has not only successfully brought the businesses together, but they have also brought the communities together.
    -Nishit Prajapati, Multiple Store Member, Ozark
    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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ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Price, quality, variety and freshness: These are often the most common reasons consumers give for not visiting convenience stores for foodservice.

But a more complex obstacle exists.

“Perhaps the biggest deterrent is that for many consumers, c-stores just aren’t on their radar,” said Kelly Weikel, director of consumer insights at Chicago-based Technomic. Fifty-one percent of consumers told Technomic that they simply don’t think to visit convenience stores for fresh prepared food.

A key way to overcome that hurdle, posits Technomic, is store design.

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Survey finds that consumers don’t seem to care whether payment terminals are EMV capable. 
March 31, 2016

​NEW YORK – Forbes writes “there was a lot of hoopla” surrounding the October 1, 2015, EMV liability shift date, where retailers that did not upgrade to EMV-capable payment technology would become liable for any fraudulent purchases that resulted from chip-card transactions. 

According to a recent CardHub survey, 42% of retailers have not updated terminals in their stores to make them EMV-compliant—and consumers don’t seem to care, writes Forbes. The publication added that CardHub found “some 56% of people surveyed don’t care if a retailer’s payment terminal is chip-enabled, and 41% of consumers say they don’t have—or don’t know if they have—a chip-enabled credit card.” 

Tips for attracting and satisfying 'busy balancers' and 'functional eaters'


By  Melissa Vonder Haar, Tobacco Editor, CSP


February 26, 2016

DALLAS -- At events like CSP's Convenience Retailing University, attendees hear a lot about how to attract certain demographics such as millennials, women and Hispanics. Robert Byrne, manager of market insights at Chicago-based Technomic, however, believes there’s a different way of looking at consumers when it comes to foodservice.


“What we’re really looking at is how to break consumers into groups based on their foodservice patterns, instead of their age, gender or socioeconomic background,” Byrne said during his “Decoding the C-Store Foodservice Consumer” breakout session.

In doing so, Technomic has come up with seven different “ eater archetypes”: functional eaters, foodservice hobbyists, busy balancers, affluent socializers, bargain hunters, health enthusiasts and habitual matures.