The C-store industry is quickly playing catch up and applying the formula that supermarkets have followed for years -- taking costs out of the distribution system. In doing so, C-stores may become an even bigger threat to supermarkets once they begin to close the efficiency-price gap, say industry observers. Convenience stores traditionally have a high cost-to-serve ratio. Industry studies show that it costs on average five times more to move a cubic foot of product to a convenience store ...

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