Frequently Asked Questions


Scroll down to find quick answers to our most common inquiries, or for specific questions and further details, contact us here.

GENERAL

What is Convenience Store Alliance?

How does it work?

How can Convenience Store Alliance provide industry consulting to my store?

Do I have to participate in all of Convenience Store Alliance's programs?

How much does Convenience Store Alliance cost?

How do I sign up?

GROCERY & TOBACCO

When can I start ordering from Core-Mark?

How often will the Core-Mark rep visit my store?

FOUNTAIN FREEDOM

Do I need to own my own fountain equipment to participate in the fountain programs?

Do I have to pour Coca-Cola, Dr Pepper and Pepsi in order to participate?

GENERAL

What is Convenience Store Alliance?

Convenience Store Alliance is a buying group designed for independent convenience store owners across the nation. We leverage group buying power to secure lower costs across a wide spectrum of product categories. The result is higher margins and enhanced profitability for store owners.

How does it work?

Our program is simple: we negotiate and you save. Once you sign up as a new member, you begin analyzing and converting your purchases through our vendors. We have negotiated national contracts with our preferred suppliers, securing extensive savings through national account pricing. You can even earn hefty rebates on programs like grocery and fountain. Enjoy savings, reduced overhead and improved margins across a wide variety of product categories.

How can Convenience Store Alliance provide industry consulting to my store?

Convenience Store Alliance has assembled a team of consultants with large chain industry experience. This enables Convenience Store Alliance to bring industry "best practices" and knowledge directly to your store. Contact us today,with any questions about your store or our programs: call 877-728-3770 OR email csa@cstorealliance.com

Do I have to participate in all of Convenience Store Alliance's programs?

No. Once you sign up, you can select which vendors and services you would like to utilize and begin analyzing and converting to those vendors. Convenience Store Alliance maintains the ability to negotiate strong vendor partnerships when our members are working toward supporting our programs at a 70 percent level. Convenience Store Alliance Consultants will work with you to evaluate and convert to our vendor programs.

How much does Convenience Store Alliance cost?

Convenience Store Alliance members pay a one-time $300 sign-up fee. From then on, there are zero out-of-pocket costs for members. Simply start purchasing through CSA vendor programs to start saving!

How do I sign up?

Signing up is easy! Just click the "Become a Member",tab at the top of the page to get started.

GROCERY & TOBACCO

When can I start ordering from Core-Mark?

Upon credit approval (1-2 weeks), your Core-Mark rep will train you on the smart hand-held device. Your Core-Mark rep will order your store every week until you receive your device (between 4-8 weeks). During this time, with your help, the Core-Mark rep will determine which product placement planograms will make you the most profitable and schedule a store merchandise reset.

How often will the Core-Mark rep visit my store?

You can expect a monthly visit from your friendly Core-Mark representative. Where other distributors invest money in outside sales representatives, Core-Mark has invested in technology to get you the most competitive pricing possible. This includes the innovative smart hand-held, which shows previous orders, upcoming distributions, a complete list of products that are available to order, as well as many other functions.

FOUNTAIN FREEDOM

Do I need to own my own fountain equipment to participate in the fountain programs?

Yes, in order to enjoy national account pricing and rebates, you must own your fountain equipment. With an average of $6,500 in annual savings on our fountain program, members experience an ROI that far outweighs the cost. Need help financing equipment? Visit our "Direct Capital" page (located under the "Beverage" category),to find out how we can help you finance your own machine.

Do I have to pour Coca-Cola, Dr Pepper and Pepsi in order to participate?

You do not have to pour each product to get our national account BIB pricing and rebates. However, you receive the quickest ROI and best gross margin profit if you take advantage of pricing and rebates on all flavors. This will help you to drive traffic, increase your customer base and sell more of the flavors you are already pouring.


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