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Rick Rabba to deliver keynote at 2020 OCSA Gala

The Board of Directors of the OCSA unveiled the keynote speaker for the 2020 OCSA Gala, which takes place at the end of day one of The Convenience U CARWACS show.

Screen Shot 2020-01-14 at 12.09.56 PMRick Rabba, president of Rabba Fine Foods and CJR Wholesale, will speak at the networking event.

The OCSA’s 17th Annual Gala is Tuesday March 3rd at 5:00 p.m. at the Toronto Congress Centre.

According to the OCSA, “7-11, Rabba Fine Foods, Hasty Markets, Quickie Convenience Stores, Gateway Newstands, Little Short Stop Stores, Avondale Food Stores, Kitchen Food Fair, Nicholbys, OKBA and many more category managers and executives” will attend.

Gala tickets are available now.

For more about The Convenience U CARWACS show – Canada’s largest convenience, gas and car wash industry event – visit the website and register today. 

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Registration now open for The Convenience U CARWACS Show

Registration is now open for The Convenience U CARWACS Show Toronto 2020.

ConvenienceU2019_327 (1)Taking place March 3rd and 4th at Toronto’s Congress Centre, this is Canada’s largest convenience, gas and car wash industry event.

The Convenience U CARWACS show features two days of valuable insights, networking and selling opportunities for everyone in the convenience, gas and car wash industries.

Each day will kick off with education sessions and presentations designed to help you develop the tools and strategies to improve customer service, enhance businesses and increase the bottom line.

The trade show – open daily from 12 to 5 pm – will feature hundreds of exhibitors showcasing everything you need to operate your business, including the latest and most innovative products and services available in the Canadian market.

This is the must-attend event for the convenience, gas and car wash industry.

Register today!


Best of the West: Highlights from Convenience U

New venue, quality attendees, and well-rounded list of exhibitors headlines Greater Vancouver Convenience U CARWACS Show

Attendees from across Western Canada gathered at Tradex in Abbotsford, B.C. to celebrate the convenience, gas and car wash sectors at the first Greater Vancouver Convenience U CARWACS Show last week.  

The two-day event brought together leading suppliers to the trade, who came to display and network in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland.

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With the tremendous growth in the Lower Mainland, show organizers wanted to provide an opportunity for operators and suppliers to gather closer to home.

Screen Shot 2019-11-05 at 3.38.21 PMInside the hall, VPX Products supported a high-energy stage presentation that generated a powerful pulsing heartbeat with the Bang Energy Team on stage.

The show offered a solid mix of suppliers from the three key sectors (c-store, gas, car wash), with attendees coming from not just the Vancouver area, but also other areas of British Columbia, Alberta and regions east. 

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According to Dan Rossignol, regional sales manager, CAF Outdoor Cleaning, the company has been successful in past Convenience U CARWACS Shows in attracting just the right customers to the booth. For example, CAF was able to meet up with a team from Federated Cooperatives at the Toronto event. Now, Rossignol tells OCTANE that the Vancouver show helped them attract interest from another major chain in attendance.

TMS was also excited to display at the Vancouver show.  At their booth, global sales manager Rick Trotter showed off a new product that allows independent fuel retailers to now offer dispenser products with innovative additives that are competitive with major gasoline brands. 

CCA delivers value with sessions

The Canadian Carwash Association (CCA) was front and centre at the event. Both days, the CCA provided educational opportunities to attendees in the form of insightful sessions and a three-site bus tour of leading car wash locations in Langley, B.C.—7-Eleven, Washworld and SpeedWash.

7-Eleven stepped up to provide an entertaining stop. At this site, tour attendees were greeted by the retailer’s Slurpee mascot, a very cool food truck offering key 7-Eleven products and promotions, as well as the Mark VII Choice Wash. Reports from on-hand staff tell OCTANE that 78% of customers use the top wash selection at this site, with vehicles coming through with a hand-polished look to the shine. Customers are attracted by LED lighting that shines through a full-length window wall and monthly through-put is clocking 1,500 to 3,500 washes at this single express tunnel.

At Washworld, the location supports an eight-bay wand wash, as well as two tunnel washes where customers can choose between touch and touch-less functions. Like 7-Eleven, the Washworld site also uses a Mark VII Choice Wash system. Washworld operations manager Vince Deo says that the location opened in 2003 and is part of a seven-unit car wash group.

SpeedWash was the next stop. Located on the Fraser Highway just minutes away from Washworld, cars here are cleaned fast. In fact, vehicles come off the line every four minutes. At this very busy car wash location quick thinking staffers are key to keeping lines moving.

On the second day, the CCA presented morning education sessions. Well-attended, the sessions offered insights from Colorado-based Breeze Thru Car Wash, as well as the CCA.

Staff from Breeze Thru told attendees about their innovative HR programs that seek to mentor workers, helping them reach personal and work goals, while targetting reducing turnover. This company attracts better applicants with a higher starting wage and even offers staff housing. The result has been greater buy-in from workers, who make Breeze Thru a local leader in Colorado and Wyoming.

The CCA capped off the morning with roundtable discussions designed to show the powerful advantages of association membership. Jason Kaye (Bayview Car Wash) and Terry McGowan (Mosaic) teed up questions for the 12 tables in the meeting room. To offer guidance and keep the flow moving, an association member hosted each table. Attendees discovered the power of networking and how the CCA is an advantage that helps to keep wash sites running. “With membership in the CCA operators become part of the bigger picture where networking with colleagues about site challenges is just one of the advantages,” says Kaye.

Pencil in March 3-4, 2020 for the Toronto edition of Canada’s leading trade event for the petroleum retail, car wash and c-store sectors. 


Show off! Convenience U CARWACS Show debuts in Greater Vancouver

Screen Shot 2019-10-11 at 10.12.29 AMOn October 29th to 30th, you’ll connect with new business and suppliers at the Greater Vancouver installment of Canada’s leading convenience, fuel and car wash trade event—The Convenience U CARWACS Show. Plan to make product discoveries, meet new business associates and learn from industry leaders. Here’s why you don’t want to miss it:

1. Learn

Day 1: The CCA will host the CARWACS Car Wash Tour, which features interactive site tours, peer-to-peer learning, networking and ample opportunities to nurture camaraderie. After breakfast, the bus leaves Tradex in Abbotsford at 8:45 a.m. and will return to the show at noon for a CCA-hosted luncheon. Then, operators will have a chance to explore the trade show floor.

Day 2: The CCA will conduct two morning education sessions, each offering car wash operators valuable tools to improve their businesses. 

9 to 10:15 a.m. Leadership Worth Following: Discovering meaningful value in the car wash industry” helps to connect the dots on how to turn your business into a high-retention, engaged and contributing force to be reckoned with that will surely benefit your bottom line.

 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. “Advancing your car wash business” is an industry roundtable workshop exploring several key topics, including effective business planning; business development loans; marketing strategies; website development; social media; insurance and much more. Seasoned industry experts will be on hand to answer your questions. 

2. Exhibit

The trading floor opens at 12 p.m. both days. There, you’ll connect with highly qualified attendees, of which 91% report they will buy products they see at the show. Bring your questions and find answers among the region’s largest collection of fuel, car wash and c-store trade personalities, all gathered in one place. Promote your brand, meet your customers and earn new leads.

 3. Network

Join colleagues, make new friends and gather with associates. This is the show where opportunities happen. 

Click here for more information and to register. 

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