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McCowan: Secure tobacco merchandising is our business

image001Secure tobacco merchandising is an important factor in the Gas Convenience business! McCowan has been at the forefront of designing secure tobacco merchandising solutions that meet “Dark Market” regulations.

Security will always be on the minds of retailers who are concerned about the safety of their employees and the control of their inventory. In addition to tobacco merchandisers, McCowan manufactures backroom lock-ups, vape merchandisers and pass-through boxes for retailers who serve late night shoppers.


Secure counter top tobacco cabinet.

Secure counter top tobacco cabinet.

  • Industry Standard. McCowan Tobacco Merchandisers and Security Products have been an industry standard for 25 years. More than 10,000 Secure Tobacco Merchandisers have been sold!
  • Floor, Counter Top and Under Counter Solutions. McCowan offers secure tobacco merchandising solutions to accommodate any space. Floor models are 72” tall, counter top models are 52” tall; both are available in 36” and 48” widths. Under counter models are designed to fit seamlessly under your cash desk counter.
  • Pushers & Dividers for Easy Vending. McCowan provides pushers and dividers to keep tobacco or vape inventory organized for operators.
  • High Capacity. McCowan Tobacco Merchandisers are designed to hold a large inventory of tobacco products and manage multiple SKUs.
  • Anti-Theft Lock System and Security Door. The McCowan anti-theft lock system and security door have been tried and tested in the market for 25 years.
  • Dark Market Regulations. McCowan Tobacco Merchandisers meet all provincial regulations.
  • Vape Merchandising Solutions. McCowan offers locking cabinets with clear or frosted glass doors to merchandise vape products.
  • Backroom Lock-Ups. McCowan offers high capacity backroom lock-ups with anti-theft doors and locks.
  • Secure under counter tobacco cabinet with door closed.

    Secure under counter tobacco cabinet with door closed.

    Pass-Through Boxes. McCowan offers pass-through boxes to assist operators in safely serving late-night customers.

  • Built to Last. Made from high quality materials and finished with a durable powder coat.
  • Industry Leading Turnaround Times. McCowan has a long history of consistently delivering to stores in unrivalled lead times.

Call 416-291-7111 or e-mail for a catalogue!

For more information, visit our website.

Under counter cabinet with door closed and door open

Under counter cabinet with door closed and door open

Merchandising tips for shaping consumers’ perception of freshness

Fresh Food Display_Lg_032619A new study from Culinary Visions finds that retailers can get a product’s freshness across to customers with a few merchandising tips.

“Freshness is affected by a long list of different factors beyond the food itself. These factors include packaging, store perceptions and service style,” said Sharon Olson, executive director of Culinary Visions. “Consumers gravitate towards fresh merchandising cues such as clean and fully stocked display cases. Uncluttered shopping, dining and ordering spaces are also important aspects to consumers’ perceptions on freshness.”

According to the Culinary Visions Fresh Perspectives Study, 76 percent of consumers surveyed reported that a fully stocked shelf or display case is important to determining freshness.

The cleanliness of merchandising displays is also important to more than 90 percent of consumers. In addition, roughly two-thirds of consumers surveyed said that a clean display case was extremely important to consider food as fresh while 28 percent of consumers described that factor as a moderately important.

Clutter is also counterproductive to perception of freshness. According to the study, 90 percent of consumers surveyed said it was important to have a clear and uncluttered shopping, dining or ordering space when buying fresh food. Further, nearly half of consumers surveyed said it was extremely important while 41 percent of consumers said it was moderately important.

Looking specifically at on-site foodservice, consumers indicated cleanliness and presentation of a service counter, salad bar or an action station is significant, transparency also plays an important role in defining freshness.

Eighty-five percent of those surveyed said that transparent packaging was “moderately important” or “extremely important” to them when considering freshness of food. In addition, 88 percent agreed that a label stating when the food was prepared was an important factor in their consideration of the freshness of food.

However, looks aren’t everything. As Culinary Visions found, consumers also allow online and word-of-mouth assessments of stores and restaurants to influence their decision to purchase fresh foods. Specifically, 88 percent said the reputation of a retail store is important when buying fresh foods and 84 percent of consumers reported that a restaurant’s reviews and ratings were important when making dining decisions to eat fresh foods.

The Culinary Visions Fresh Perspectives Study surveyed 1,500 consumers to gather comparable data about the key influencing factors impacting fresh food purchasing decisions at home and away from home. This comprehensive report explores fresh perception between age demographics, as well as topics such as merchandising, flavor preferences, customization and convenience.

Originally published at Convenience Store News. 

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