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Feb 24, 2017

NACS Files Comments with EPA To Keep Point of Obligation
NACS urges the agency to keep the current compliance structure in place under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

BAT Vapor Business Biggest in World Outside United States
British American Tobacco reports that its alternative tobacco products, such as its Vype brand, point to the future.

Philadelphia Soda Tax Leads to Workforce Reduction at Grocery, Distributors
Meanwhile, Mexican soft drink sales continue to decline.

States Continue to Push for Tobacco Buying Age of 21
Vermont and Florida are the latest legislatures to debate the issue.

QuickChek Selected One of the Best Places to Work in New Jersey, New York
This is a repeat accolade for the family-owned chain.


Feb 23, 2017

McDonald’s Entices Customers with Kiosks
Touchscreen ordering is spreading to more of the QSR’s U.S. locations.

Best Pricing on European Summit Ends Soon
Save More Than 20% before February 28 when you register for the NACS Insight Convenience Summit–Europe; new program content just announced.

The House Specials
Changes in Congress and Trump administration suggest a special election season that will run until Independence Day.

Enmarket Raises $15,000 for Partnership for a Healthier America
Funds will help bring an end to childhood obesity.

Jack Link’s Looks to Broaden Appeal
Company is expanding product lines, shifting its marketing strategies and has opened a new showroom in Minneapolis.

Mondelez Revamps Snack Products
The company has added a new line of snack bars and crackers without GMOs and artificial ingredients.


Feb 22, 2017

CVS Claims Smokers Just Quit
Drugstore chain says customers quit using tobacco instead of seeking other channels for purchases.

Regional Insights Highlight NACS SOI Summit
Attendees will be able to choose from six focused breakout sessions examining financial, operational and category metrics by region.

The Battle Against Skimmers Continues
A Mississippi retailer installed a burglar alarm on its pumps, while an Ohio gas station owner has secured his pumps with padlocks.

Developing Food Safety Procedures
NACS revisits “How Not to be the Next Food Safety Headline” from the 2016 Show in a webinar form.

Gulf Oil Announces New Mobile App
The pilot program is set to launch in select New England and New York markets.

Amazon Go Will Stock Alcohol
The retailer’s convenience store will soon begin selling wine and beer at the Seattle location.


Feb 21, 2017

From Showroom to Your Store
What do the auto manufacturers say are the top trends that you need to learn to grow traffic at the pump and inside the store?

Just How Convenient Are Convenience Stores?
7-Eleven wants to remain as relevant as it was 90 years ago.

Chipotle Reduces Time Spent Waiting for Digital Orders
New technology is also leading to greater digital order volume.

Make Sure You’re (PCI) Compliant
Free Conexxus webinar offers an update on process and complying with the updated PCI version.

Online Retailer Alibaba Partners With Traditional Retailer
Teaming up with Bailian Group highlights the importance of brick-and-mortar retailing in China.


Feb 20, 2017

USDA Proposes SNAP Application Form Update
Recommendations include examples of acceptable perishable inventory stocking units and staple food varieties for retailers.

Cumberland Farms, Stewart’s Plan to Expand in 2017
Saratoga, New York, region will continue to see plenty of activity from both c-store chains.

Walmart Tests C-Store Prototype in Texas Suburb
Crowley Walmart features a new c-store concept at the fueling station.

Speedway Raises $10.9 Million for Kids
Remarkable amount will help treat kids at local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

Fuel Rewards Program, Shell Helps T-Mobile Customers Save
T-Mobile Tuesdays app offers users free gifts and discounts on food, movies and gas.


Feb 17, 2017

Asking Powerful Questions
NACS Leadership Forum focuses on solving strategic challenges through design thinking.

U.S. Businesses Shutter Doors for ‘Day Without Immigrants’
Across the country, retailers stopped business to stand in solidarity with a temporary walkout to emphasize the important role immigrants play.

Transcendent Trends in Convenience
Understanding demographic shifts can help the c-store industry prepare for a different future.

Slovenia Moves to Plain Tobacco Packaging by 2020
The law also forbids tobacco product ads on television and at public events for minors.

Grocery Initiative Aims to Reduce Confusion on Product Date Labels
Retailers and manufacturers align on standard wording to help consumers cut food waste.

QuickChek Celebrates 50 Years With 50 Promotional Offers
Since 1967, the chain has moved from farm fresh to fresh convenience to National Convenience Store Chain of the Year.


Feb 16, 2017

NACS Leadership Forum Thinks Big
FOCUS Brands CEO Steve DeSutter discussed challenges and opportunities not to miss as you “think forward” your business.

Workforce Protections Hearing Focuses on Overtime Rule
NACS submitted testimony about how the final rule will have “substantial adverse effects on the retail fuel industry.”

Starbucks Adds Coffee on Ice Cream to More Than 100 Locations
Affogato items will appear in Reserve bars and 100 regular stores in Orange County, California.

PepsiCo Gets Healthier
The company is focusing more attention on its healthful products for future growth.

Climate Policies Could Threaten Canada’s Supply Chain
Canadian Fuels Association warns that climate change policies will impact oil exports and imports.


Feb 15, 2017

Nebraska, Connecticut Latest States to Consider Raising Smoking Age
Lawmakers in both states are gearing up to debate the pros and cons for changing the tobacco buying age to 21.

Swipe Fee Reforms Benefit Consumers, Retailers
The Dodd-Frank reforms have brought needed competition and choice.

Creating a Whole Company Brand
NACS revisits one of its most popular Show workshops in a webinar form.

U.K. Convenience Stores Experience Threefold Jump in Shoplifting Losses
Last year, the Association of Convenience Stores estimated that $163 million in goods were stolen from convenience stores.


Feb 14, 2017

Consumer Optimism Remains Strong as Gas Prices Fall
However, more than two in five fuel consumers expect gas prices to increase over the next 30 days.

Washington Post Columnist Gene Marks Headlines Conexxus Conference
Marks will talk about attracting, training and retaining high-quality millennial talent at the Conexxus Annual Conference in April.

QMart Donates $20K to Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
Funds will help families cope with drug abuse through counseling support and other resources.

Rutter’s Kitchen Crew Puts on New Chef Coats
All restaurant managers are donning chef coats instead of t-shirts.

Sprite Cherry and Sprite Cherry Zero Available Nationwide
The new permanent additions offer customers more choice and variety.


Feb 13, 2017

Apple Pay Supported by 36% of U.S. Merchants
Survey suggests that 22% of retailers who don’t currently support Apple Pay plan to accept the payments service within the next 12 months.

What Critical Insights Will Help You Have a Successful 2017?
Join our live chat series with the top speakers from the 2016 NACS Show.

Dunkin’s RTD Coffees Hit Store Shelves
Four new flavors are now on c-store shelves nationwide.

Delivery Drones Will Be Just 1% of Commercial Market by 2020
Gartner research suggests that drones aren't able to fly long enough to carry out multiple deliveries.

Reduced Emissions Program Generates Improved Business Metrics
After successful pilot, Ricker's is continuing its investment in Replenish by GreenPrint.

How to Mitigate Cyberattacks
NACS Convenience Matters podcast focuses on how retailers can minimize their risk of cyberattacks.


Feb 10, 2017

Merchant Groups Say Swipe Fee Reform Vital to Main Street
Representatives from grocery and convenience stores, restaurants and other retailers asked Congress to uphold the reforms.

Banks Move to More Automation
Self-banking is likely to grow, as technological advances pave the way for robo-banks.

Wedded Bliss, Pizza-style
Domino’s Pizza now offers the ability for the bride and groom to register for pizza.

Kellogg Changes Snack Delivery System
To slash expenses, the food maker will halt snack deliveries that go directly to stores and instead use a warehouse model.

A&W Restaurants Sees Convenience Stores as Area for Expansion
The chain is actively going after more gasoline stations and convenience store franchise opportunities.

French-ified McDonald’s Opens in New York City
The fries aren’t the only French food on the menu of a European-style Golden Arches.


Feb 9, 2017

Industry Updates Coming to a City Near You
Join NACS President and CEO Henry Armour at an upcoming Industry Update Luncheon.

QSR Traffic, Foodservice Slumps in 2016
U.S. quick service restaurant traffic growth stalled in 2016, and full-service visits declined.

Who Are Today’s Natural and Organic Shoppers?
Nearly 73% of millennials research and educate themselves about natural and organic products.

Uber Drivers Can Use Zipcars
New program allows Boston-area Uber drivers to use a Zipcar for transporting passengers.

Mapco To Pay $1.9 Million in Data Breach Class Action Suit
The lawsuit was brought in 2014 by Winsouth Credit Union and First National Community bank.


Feb 8, 2017

Will Baby Boomers Save QSRs?
The over-50 demographic has buying power to spare, and could revitalize the fast-food industry.

Americans Will Spend Less on Love This Valentine’s Day
However, 70% of shoppers will give candy or chocolate on February 14.

Japanese Convenience Stores Go Deluxe on Desserts
To attract customers, retailers have added gorgeous delectables from famous confectionery brands.

Snacking Triggers Restaurant Menu Revamps
As more consumers forgo lunch in lieu of afternoon snacks, more restaurants are changing their menus to meet that need.


Feb 7, 2017

Think Like Sheetz
Joe Sheetz shares how the retail chain examines market trends and adjusts its long-term strategy in the latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast.

International Retail Awards Now Open
The NACS Insight European Convenience Retailing Awards Program is now accepting entries.

Identity Fraud Hits Record High 15.4 Million Victims in 2016
Increase in EMV cards and terminals in the U.S. drove fraudsters to shift to opening new accounts.

Study Says Teens Use E-Cigarettes for ‘Dripping’
Vapors produced by dripping e-liquids onto heating coils are inhaled directly instead of from the e-cigarette mouthpiece.


Feb 6, 2017

Nelson, Milam and Kloza Take the Stage at NACS SOI Summit
The annual numbers and benchmarking conference will be held April 4-6 in Chicago.

Dollar General Signals Growth Plans With 10,000 New Jobs
Chain will create about 10,000 jobs in 2017 as the result of 1,000 planned store openings.

7-Eleven Australia Brings Affogato-Style to Coffee Offer
Convenience retailer is growing its coffee offer with new Iced Coffee and Coffee Melt.

CITGO Named Official Fuel Sponsor of the Boston Marathon
Company will celebrate the One-Mile-To-Go Mark in historic Kenmore Square.

Got Holidays?
The holiday season may be in the rearview mirror, but c-store owners should nonetheless have special days in mind.


Feb 3, 2017

Chip Cards Problematic for Online Fraud
Criminals are migrating from brick-and-mortar retailers to online stores.

Two States Eye Raising Tobacco Buying Age to 21
Both Arizona and Oregon legislations are considering bills to change the state smoking age.

Full-service Kitchen Prominent in New Sprint Foods Store
The South Carolina location features touchscreen kiosks to place made-to-order food.

Pilot Flying J Announces Winners of Third Annual Road Warrior Contest
Three professional drivers received cash prizes for their hard work, perseverance and passion for driving.

Shell to Place Electric Chargers at European Gas Stations
This year, the first EV chargers will appear at Shell stations in the Netherlands and England.


Feb 2, 2017

Industry Store Count Shows Continued Growth
The U.S. convenience store count increased to a record 154,535 stores.

NACS Calls for Rapid Action on Menu Labeling
Quick legislation will protect businesses and workers as compliance deadline nears.

Walmart’s New C-Store Concept Open for Business
Newly opened store replaces a kiosk previously at a Supercenter fueling site.

U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company Recalls Products
Voluntary recall applies to certain smokeless products manufactured at its Franklin Park, Illinois, facility.

Krispy Kreme Reinvents Coffee Blend
Chain is calling its new brew “doughnut-worthy” coffee.

Parker’s Awards Academic Scholarship to Future Naval Academy Student
Each month during the 2017 school year, Parker’s and WSAV-TV are awarding a scholarship to a local high school junior or senior.

Keurig, J. Polep Support C-Stores With Coffee Options
Collaboration offers merchandising and menu support for convenience store operators.


Feb 1, 2017

Indiana Vaping Law Partly Struck Down by Appeals Court
Federal judges said out-of-state manufacturers should not be subject to specific vapor pen rules.

Deadline Approaching to Participate in Industry-wide Benchmarking Report
Submit your data by Feb. 3 to see how your compensation benefits compare with your fellow retailers.

Tesco to Purchase Booker in $4.6 Billion Deal
The U.K.’s biggest retailer’s takeover of the wholesale company shows a sunnier outlook for Tesco.

Playing (Fried) Chicken
Crispy chicken has become the go-to for fast food.

The Hershey Company Releases Chocolate Products for Valentine’s Day
New variations of Hershey’s Kisses, Kit Kat and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are on shelves now.


Jan 31, 2017

Automation Brings Forth New Coffee Shop
San Francisco café serves up made-to-order cups of coffee from a robotic barista within seconds.

Dollar General Opens New C-Store Format
DGX includes a fountain area, hot dispensed beverages and grab-and-go merchandise.

France Bans Free Soda Refills
The move is intended to combat obesity.

Wawa To Receive Jones Act Barge from U.S. Shipyard
The barge is expected to deliver fuel from the Gulf Coast to Florida.

Tim Hortons Expands to Mexico
Restaurant Brands International announces joint venture to launch the Tim Hortons brand in Mexico.

Oprah, Heinz to Create Mealtime Solutions
Joint venture intended to bring real, nutritious meals to everyone.


Jan 30, 2017

Mobile Ordering’s Unintended Consequence for Starbucks
Customers perceive crowds waiting for their mobile orders as overall store congestion, and leave without making a purchase.

Beer War Pits North Versus South
Georgia convenience store bans the sale of Massachusetts-based craft brew, Sam Adams.

Apple Pay on the Rise
Duane Reade and Whole Foods have the largest proportion of credit card transactions using Apple Pay.

Vending Machine Cures Big Mac Attack
McDonald’s is testing a customized digital Big Mac vending machine at a Boston-area location.


Jan 27, 2017

Connecticut Considers Raising Hourly Minimum Wage to $15
State Democrats are pushing hard for the increase from the current $10.10 per hour.

Finland’s Goal: Tobacco Free by 2040
The government is working hard to have less than 2% of adults consuming tobacco in any form.

Consumers Will Spend $14.1 Billion for the Super Bowl
Americans will consume enough wings and snacks to circle the Earth nearly three times.

Economic Analysis Shows Why Not to Take the Food Industry for Granted
The study focused on Michigan’s food retail industry, which includes convenience stores.

Ice Cold Twinkies Coming to Your Freezer
Hostess is slowly introducing new Twinkies and SnoBalls flavored ice creams.

KIND Adds Three New Bar Flavors
The company specializes in healthier fare for on-the-go consumers.


Jan 26, 2017

SNAP Retailer Redemption Data Is Not Confidential, Ruling Says
USDA expects to release the information in the coming days.

Tostitos Bag Can Call You an Uber
New party bag detects when someone has been drinking and will call an Uber.

Chinonye ‘Chi Chi’ Omeje Joins VERC Enterprises
The Nigerian native, who was severely burned and blinded as a teenager, has been hired as a greeter following a four-month internship.

Philip Morris International Looks Toward a Smoke-Free Future
Tobacco firm reports on progress of potentially less harmful alternatives to smoking.

Eby-Brown, Rich’s Foodservice Help C-Stores Compete with QSRs
Companies are giving away free whipped topping dispensers to help c-stores compete with QSR coffee programs.

Small Businesses Struggle to Add More Jobs
New JPMorgan Chase Institute data reveals the challenges U.S. small businesses continue to face.


Jan 25, 2017

PepsiCo To Push LIFEWTR During Super Bowl
The company recently introduced its new premium bottled water.

Wal-Mart Partners With CarSaver to Offer Vehicle Sales
The discount retailer will also work with AutoNation and other dealers to sell cars.

Mobile Offer Industry Experiences Explosive Growth
A new report from Koupon Media shows how mobile offers have become more vital for retailers.

Tyson Foodservice Launches ‘What’s on the Line?’ Campaign
The new customer-centric belief system provides curated options for foodservice operators.

Rutter’s Teams With SOAR for 12th Year
The project involves sending Valentine’s Day gift boxes to American troops stationed abroad.


Jan 24, 2017

Are Retailers Ready for Gen Z?
Emerging Generation Z consumers are influenced by their parents’ purchases; shop in malls; and rank YouTube as their top social platform.

Stripes Unveils Next Generation Stores
Convenience stores feature a new Laredo Taco Company design.

Ricker’s Raises $75K for Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign
Jay “Pops the Clown” Ricker presented the donation last week to the Salvation Army.

365 by Whole Foods Coming to Brooklyn
New store will feature the specialty grocer’s small-format concept.

McDonald’s Struggles to Maintain All-Day Breakfast Momentum
QSR reported fourth quarter results, suggesting the lure of all-day breakfast may be slowing down.


Jan 23, 2017

Illinois Considering Sugary Drinks Tax
The proposal to tax soft drinks is included as part of the state senate’s “grand bargain” to approve a budget.

What SNAP Rules Mean for Retailers
The latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast covers what retailers need to know about SNAP.

Tesco Testing ‘Relaxed’ Checkout Lane in Scotland
The pilot program has older people in mind, especially those with dementia, who might appreciate a little extra time at the cash register.

National Restaurant Association Asks Supreme Court to Rule on Tip Sharing
The existing regulations prohibit sharing tips with cooks and dishwashers.

Wrigley Debuts Products, Programs That Support Better-For-You Trends
The way retailers stock and organize their shelves is evolving, especially with healthy items on the rise.

Pizza Hut U.S. Restaurants To Fill 11,000 Job Openings
The world’s largest pizza restaurant company is trying to beef up staff ahead of its biggest sales day: Super Bowl Sunday.


Jan 20, 2017

Washington State, Texas Consider Raising Smoking Age to 21
Both states have new efforts to increase the minimum tobacco-buying age.

Can Coffee Shops Succeed Without Wi-Fi?
Several New York City cafes have pulled the plug on Wi-Fi or banned laptops, and found that customers appreciate the chance to chat.

Basic Safety Sense for Convenience Stores
Minimize reward and maximize visibility to make convenience stores more secure.

McDonald’s Unveils Two New Big Macs
But the burgers still have the special sauce on all-beef patties.

CVS Focuses on Better-For-You Beverages
The new pilot program in 450 stores stocks healthier drinks on the shelf and in grab-and-go coolers.


Jan 19, 2017

Virginia Nixes Online Lottery Ticket Sales
A subcommittee killed legislation that would have allowed the state’s lottery to sell tickets via the Internet.

Ensure Congress Supports Your Business
Register today for the NACS Government Relations Conference March 6-8 on Capitol Hill.

With Tighter Labor Markets, How Does Your Company Stack Up?
Strengthen your performance using industry-wide insights for employee compensation, turnover and benefits at every level.

Railroads, Truckers Join Fight to Change the Renewable Fuel Standard
The organizations sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, asking the agency to keep the RFS the same.

Convenience Stores Can Guard Against Thefts of Donation Boxes
Retailers help charities collect close to $1 billion in donations from customers.

7-Eleven Adds Pizza for the Morning Crowd
The breakfast pizza has bacon, sausage, ham, eggs, gravy and cheese.

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Free Tobacco Samples and Vape Shops
The documents may be applicable to NACS members who engage in tobacco sales.


Jan 18, 2017

NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe Connects Global Industry Leaders
Registration is now open for the June 11-16 event taking place in Zurich and London.

Rutter’s Attacks Snacking with Hot Foods
Unique grab-n-go pouches allow shoppers to easily take home some of the chain’s popular hot foods.

Oslo Temporarily Bans Diesel Cars
For two days this week, diesel cars are banned from Oslo, Norway, due to high levels of air pollution.

Technology Investments Pay Off
New report identifies three strategic areas of attention: seamless shopping experience, personalization and store transformation.

BAT Acquires Reynolds American
Merger creates a stronger global tobacco and ‘Next Generation Products’ company.


Jan 17, 2017

Consumers Would Rather Wash Dishes Than Shop In-Store
Study highlights a growing divide between retailers and consumers on the importance of physical stores.

RaceTrac Highlights Morning Purchasing Trends
Customers are more likely to reach for roller grill items over doughnuts.

USDA Reports on Ethanol Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Analysis suggests that ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 43% compared to gasoline.

Pot Shops Take a Page From Apple and Whole Foods
Cannabis stores in California are going upscale to attract shoppers who previously stayed away.

Ottawa Corner Store Initiative Brings More Fresh Foods
Pilot program is bringing healthier options to local corner stores.


Jan 16, 2017

Congress Moves Toward Obamacare Repeal
The U.S. House took the first steps on Friday to repeal President Obama’s signature health care law.

2016 Was a Bad Year for Restaurants
December 2016 sales plunged the restaurant industry into its weakest month in three years.

An Assessment of the U.S. Fuel Distribution Network
The latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast shares new research about the U.S. fuels infrastructure.

Simply Launches Two All-Natural Flavors
New line extensions include Simply Peach and Simply Lemonade with Strawberry.


Jan 13, 2017

7-Eleven Earns Top Spot in the Franchise 500
The convenience store chain shot to the No. 1 spot in the annual Entrepreneur ranking.

Should Congress Promote a Free Market or Fix Prices?
An opinion piece by Lyle Beckwith shows how a free market works for everyone.

Say (and Eat) Cheese!
Americans might be drinking less milk, but they are gobbling up cheese.

New Hampshire Lawmaker Sponsors Bill to Overturn Smoking Bans
The measure would let privately operated retailers decide on whether to allow smoking on their premises.

Taco Bell to Launch Naked Chicken Chalupa January 26
The shell is the chicken and the chicken is the shell.


Jan 12, 2017

Convenience Retailer Participants Needed for NACS State of the Industry Report
Members provide the data; NACS conducts the analysis and delivers the live preview of the strategic insights from the report’s findings.

Retail Community Calls on Congress to Protect Debit Reform
More than 760 retail companies send letters to lawmakers.

Enmarket Fundraiser Aims to Help End Childhood Obesity
Customers can add $1 to purchases in support of a healthier future for children.

Honda, Visa Demonstrate In-Vehicle Payments with Gilbarco and IPS Group
In-vehicle payment option features Visa payment technology.

Kellogg Company Unveils Full Slate of New Products
Company is planning to launch more than 50 new products this year.

Burger King Brews New Coffee Program
The QSR’s new BK Joe coffee blend is now available hot or iced in any size for 99 cents.

Amazon Launches New Credit Card for Prime Members
Users can also earn cash back on payments made outside of Amazon.


Jan 11, 2017

Final SNAP Rule Compliance Guide Available
NACS members may access the retailer resource, prepared by association counsel.

Blue Campaign Raises Awareness of Human Trafficking
NACS has been working with the campaign to give retailers information, resources and materials to help victims of human trafficking.

Pilot Flying J Expanded Travel Center Network
Last year, the company added 58 locations throughout the United States.


Jan 10, 2017

AB InBev, Keurig Creating In-Home Alcoholic Drink Dispenser
Brewer and coffee maker are developing an appliance for dispensing alcoholic drinks.

Consumer Sentiment and Gas Prices in 2017
The latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast looks at how fuels-related trends in 2016 could affect the market in 2017.

CAVA Launches Mobile Ordering App
As part of a new technology roll-out, the fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant brand is targeting digital sales to comprise 20% to 30% of its business in 2017.

Connect With Your HR Community at the NACS HR Forum
The industry’s dedicated event for HR professionals takes place in Nashville, March 20-22.

Pringles Gets LOUD
Kellogg is giving Pringles a bold new look and several new flavor profiles.

H-E-B Expands C-Store Concept in Texas
The grocery chain is adding another convenience store in the San Antonio market.


Jan 9, 2017

Walmart Ends Visa Ban in Canadian Stores
The two companies have settled their dispute over card fees.

USDA Announces Retailer Volunteers for SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot
Seven companies will test online grocery ordering for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants.

Great Harvest Bread Takes On the Competition
Bakery says its new retail concept will “become the competition for Panera that it has never had.”

Retailers in Danger of Backsliding on Swipe Fees
Bobby & Steve’s Auto World President Steve Williams highlights the need for Congress to uphold debit reforms contained in the Durbin Amendment.

Conexxus Webinar Offers High-Level Discussion on PCI Compliance
Cybersecurity expert Stewart Fey will lead a free webinar on January 19.


Jan 6, 2017

Activists Sue Coke, American Beverage Association for Deceptive Marketing
The nonprofit Praxis Project has filed a lawsuit to stop sugary drink advertising.

Mom-and-pop C-stores Shouldn’t Fear Amazon
Don’t think automation can replace the human connection.

PepsiCo’s Health Strategy Circles Around Lisa Mann
The former Kraft/Mondelez executive has joined PepsiCo to work on the company’s healthier brands.

Analyst Predicts Starbucks Will Pass McDonald’s
The coffeehouse chain is poised to overtake the burger chain in market value and locations within a few years.


Jan 5, 2017

Coalition Asks New Congress to Protect Debit Reforms
NACS and 170 state and national merchant groups say repealing debit reform will remove all competition from the debit routing market.

Kroger Tests Crowlers in Tennessee
Craft beer in a can is being tested at one of the grocery store’s 12-tap growler stations.

RaceTrac Opens New Stores Across Florida
RaceTrac rang in 2017 by opening more than 10 stores in Florida, making for more than 200 stores across the state.

Rich’s Foodservice Introduces Fresh Baked Protein Energy Bars and Cookies
New line for c-stores combines consumer demand for fresh baked goods and better-for-you products.

Freshii Offers Fast-Food Trade In
Customers can trade in any fast-food gift card for a free meal at a Freshii location on January 9.


Jan 4, 2017

QuickChek Steps Up Mobile Ad Effort
Its geo-marketing program helps the brand engage with mobile shoppers.

Foodvenience
The latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast focuses on convenience retailing excellence around the world.

Number of South Korean Convenience Stores Skyrockets
The upswing is being driven by more single-person households, while BGF Retail Co. has added a delivery service.

Break Time Unveils Refreshed C-Store Concept
Its Kansas City Market expansion is the newest location of the growing chain.


Jan 3, 2017

Convenience Retailers Very Optimistic for 2017
Nearly 70% of retailers are hopeful about their business prospects, thanks to the combination of convenience and an enhanced food offer.

Sweetgreen Goes Completely Cashless
Later this month, the fast-casual chain will no longer accept cash for payment, relying completely on plastic payments and digital ordering.

Gas App Creates Street Fight
A new gas savings app pits fuel retailers against each other.

BP, Woolworths Deal Set to Transform Convenience in Australia
Woolworths is selling its 527 service stations to BP to enhance its fresh, on-the-go offer.

Federal Reserve’s Payments Study Cites Strong Trends in Card Use
In 2015, card fraud attributed to counterfeiting was substantially greater in the United States compared with countries where chip technology has been more completely adopted.

QuickChek Senior VP Works 41st Consecutive Christmas
“If I’m going to have people work that day, then I should be there, too.”

Five Eating Attitudes and Behaviors to Watch in the New Year
Consumers will seek out foods with value-added attributes, positive benefits and social value.


Dec 30, 2016

Convenience Matters: On Government Relations
Catch up on the best government relations NACS podcasts from 2016.


Dec 29, 2016

Convenience Matters: On Fuel Retailing
Catch up on the best fuel-related NACS podcasts from 2016.


Dec 28, 2016

Convenience Matters: On Foodservice
Catch up on the best foodservice-related NACS podcasts from 2016.


Dec 27, 2016

Convenience Matters: On Marketing/Merchandising
Catch up on the best marketing and merchandising NACS podcasts from 2016.


Dec 23, 2016

Was 2016 Naughty or Nice to Convenience Stores?
NACS weighs in on the biggest industry issues of the year.

What’s the Future for Walmart’s New Convenience Stores?
Forbes discusses the pros and cons of the discount retailer’s smaller format stores.

Will More Lotteries Go Cashless?
Lottery tickets in many states require payment in cash, but some states are considering changing that to accept credit or debit cards.

Automated Restaurant Opens in New York City (Again)
Eatsa, which already has a Washington, D.C., location, uses touchscreens for orders.

7-Eleven Stores Offer the Gift of Convenience this Holiday Season
The retailer has many options for last-minute shoppers.

Pizza Sales Soar
While U.S. restaurant chains have experienced slow traffic this year, pizza restaurants have been going gangbusters.


Dec 22, 2016

7-Eleven Completes 77 Drone Deliveries
Flirtey and 7-Eleven complete the first month of routine commercial drone deliveries, airlifting 77 packages to customers’ homes.

Be a Part of the Industry’s Most Comprehensive Compensation Report
HR professionals can benefit from vital benchmarking data, but we need your help.

Panera Bread Broadens Efforts on Animal Welfare
Fast-casual chain will improve progress on animal welfare issues and reduce the use of antibiotics.

EMV Extension: What You Need to Know
The latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast looks at how the announcement to move implementation to 2020 for outside EMV will affect convenience retailers.

Fusion Jerky Debuts New Size in Response to Consumer Requests
Female-owned company creates smaller packaging size for consumers on the go.

Holiday Travel to Reach Highest Level on Record
AAA anticipates more than 93 million people will take a holiday road trip from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.


Dec 21, 2016

Judge Dismisses Philadelphia’s Soda Tax Lawsuit
The beverage industry says it will appeal the decision to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Love’s Travel Stops Embraces Internet of Things
The chain is using a machine-to-machine platform to ensure food quality.

More Retailers Halt On-Call Scheduling
Aeropostale, Carter’s, Disney Store, PacSun and Zumiez are among businesses that will no longer use on-call scheduling.

‘Healthier’ Pizzas Making Inroads at QSRs
Pizza restaurants are using cleaner ingredients to make better-for-you pies.

Minnoco Contributes $15,000 to Hope Chest for Breast Cancer
The 22 stations made a donation for every gallon of E15/Unleaded Plus sold during the “Pink Out” promotion.

Consumers Hold Retailers Accountable for Their Health ‘Journey’
A new whitepaper discusses how the health of consumers is driving retail.


Dec 20, 2016

NACS Spreads Holiday Cheer for Charity
Staff purchased 120 toys for local families in need and donated more than 300 pounds of dry beans to the DC Central Kitchen.

Public Comment Period Open for Proposed REGS Rule
The proposed EPA rule would update the Renewable Fuel Standard and foster higher level ethanol blends.

Burger King Turns Unwanted Gifts Into Whoppers
The QSR will allow customers to exchange unwanted holiday gifts for a Whopper.

Chopstix Grows in Ireland With New SPAR Location
Chopstix Group UK and the Henderson Group team up for a new location at SPAR Shandon in Belfast.


Dec 19, 2016

Registration Now Open for the NACS State of the Industry Summit
Take the guesswork out of what makes top c-store performers stand above the rest.

USDA Finalizes EBT Cards Photo Rule
Agency heeds NACS comments to protect access for SNAP beneficiaries.

Here’s What's Happening in Food
The Food Channel’s Top Ten Food Trends for 2017 predict what’s next in the world of food.

Amazon Go: An Affirmation of the C-Store Model?
The latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast looks at how the new Amazon Go retail store could affect convenience retailers.

C-Store Private-Label Brands Thrive in South Korea
Convenience store chains that invest in private-label brands benefit from wide distribution capacities.

Mintel Cites Four Foodservice Trends for 2017
Trends set to transform the U.S. foodservice industry highlight ingredients, technology and experience.

Rutter’s Donates to Local Food Organizations
Donations will help feed more than 150 families at Christmas.


Dec 16, 2016

Amazon Makes First Commercial Delivery Via Drone
The online retailer conducted its trial in Cambridge, England.

Parker’s Donates to Toombs County Schools, Vidalia City Schools
Through its Fueling the Community Program, the chain gave a total donation of $5,500 to four schools.

Fuel City to Open New Location
The new store in Haltom City, Texas, will have its signature street tacos and exotic animals.

China Ratchets Up Anti-Smoking Crusade
The country is currently considering a national law forbidding smoking in public places.

USDA Overhauls Food Date Labeling for Meat and Dairy
The new guidance will help combat a major source of wasted food, money and resources.


Dec 15, 2016

New Rule Could Require Cars to Communicate
Proposed Department of Transportation rule would mandate vehicle-to-vehicle correspondence on light vehicles to avoid crashes.

Consumers Unware of GMO Labeling Law
NPD Group finds that consumers are more educated about GMOs, but still express concern about eating foods containing them.

Vermont C-Store Invests in Solar
Pump and Pantry is using 200 solar panels to help power the site.

Dover Completes Acquisition of Wayne Fueling Systems
Wayne will now be part of the new Dover Fueling Solutions business.

Grocery Shopper Behavior Influenced by Engagement With Food
New Acosta report foreshadows key trends in grocery retail for 2017.

F’real Foods Offering Limited-Time Flavor for Make-A-Wish
Nine-year-old creates Frosted Cupcake milkshake flavor, available now through February 2017.


Dec 14, 2016

American Express Extends EMV Deadline
Merchants operating automatic fuel dispensers will have three additional years to upgrade their POS systems.

Maine Program Helps C-Stores Get Healthy
The initiative provides assistance to retailers in stocking fresh produce in rural areas.

Less Drinking, Smoking, Drugs for Teens
A new study finds that American teenagers are smoking and drinking less these days than previous generations.

Is 2017 the Year for Ready-to-drink Coffee?
Coca-Cola is partnering with Dunkin’ Donuts with an eye on the RTD coffee market.

FDA Issues Warning Letters Over Flavored Cigarettes Sold as Cigars
The agency said labeling the cigarettes as “little cigars” or “cigars” violates the law.


Dec 13, 2016

Panasonic Automates the Checkout
New checkout machines can scan and bag items automatically.

U.S. Fuel Consumers Are in a Good Mood
And they’re also expected to shop more over the holidays.

PepsiCo Steps Up to Sell Healthier Foods
It’s a work in progress, as consumers continue to want their favorite full-calorie snacks.

Brewers Expand Corporate Partnership With Kwik Trip
A new element of the seven-year relationship includes sponsorship of Bernie Brewer's slide.

Atlanta Councilwoman Calls for More Security at Gas Stations
Proposed legislation would require some locations to have police on the premises during business hours.


Dec 12, 2016

Doing Good for the Neighborhood
The latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast focuses on how one convenience retailer exceeds customer expectations and gives back to the community.

Complexity of U.S. Fuel Distribution System Will Affect Market Evolution
New Fuels Institute report evaluating the U.S. supply chain demonstrates how the market accommodates diverse fuel specifications and achieves higher rates of biofuels penetration.

Casey's Builds Momentum for Future Growth
Year to date, prepared food and fountain sales are up 8.7%.

The Next Big Thing for Pokemon Is Here
There are new digital monsters, with Starbucks and Sprint stores becoming PokéStops and Gyms.

Michigan Retailers Express Support for State Legislation
The AFPD is voicing its support for current and pending bills that affect Michigan’s convenience and fuel retailing industry.

Joseph Bona Opens London Office, Announces Strategic Alliance With Insight
New arrangement represents an expansion of retail agency services into the European market.


Dec 9, 2016

Final SNAP Retailer Regulations from USDA an Improvement
The agency is heeding NACS comments, but some concerns remain.

Gas Stations Shouldn’t Relax EMV Upgrade Plans
Even though the EMV deadline has been extended, retailers need to continue with their migration procedures.

Surgeon General Calls E-Cigs ‘Major Public Health Concern’ for Youth
Vivek Murthy pointed out that science shows the use of nicotine products by young people is unsafe.

Trump Taps Andy Puzder as Labor Secretary
Puzder leads CKE Restaurants Inc., which operates Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s.

Philip Morris Files Application for Electronically Heated Tobacco Product
The company is seeking approval from the FDA for IQOS, which is already available in some overseas markets.

Big Food Companies Hone in on Meal Kit Territory
Campbell Soup, Hershey and Tyson Foods vie for their share of the stomach in the dinner-in-a-box market.


Dec 8, 2016

NACS Expands Global Team, Event Portfolio
Mark Wohltmann and Magnar Møkkelgård will focus on the European market; NACS Convenience Summit – Asia is launched.

Starbucks Plans 12,000 More Stores by 2021
Company says new Roasteries and Reserve stores will elevate the brand and customer experience.

Trump Nominates New EPA Administrator
President-elect Trump selected Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

U.S. Patent Office Reaffirms Key f’real Blender Patent
Patent and Trademark Office rejected Hamilton Beach’s patent invalidity arguments.


Dec 7, 2016

Study Reveals Cross-Generational Interest in Alcohol
Drinking at home outperforms on-premise occasions across all groups.

An Easy Sell
Food Land Mini Mart has been offering customers fresh produce since 2003.

Quick-Service Traffic Down for First Time in Five Years
Total foodservice visits dropped by 1% in the third quarter.

A Big Year for Small Beer
2016 has been good to the craft beer industry.


Dec 6, 2016

Amazon's Tech-Driven Convenience Store
This is what retail disruption looks like at Amazon Go: no POS, no cash, no clerks, no lines.

Sheetz Commits to Cage-Free Eggs
The convenience retailer’s goal it to sell only cage-free eggs in its stores by 2025.

McDonalds Revamps Coffee Program
QSR is investing billions to update its McCafe brand.

Anti-Tobacco Efforts Gains More Billionaire Support
Former New York City mayor commits $360 million to raise tobacco taxes and other tobacco control initiatives.


Dec 5, 2016

FDA Updates Menu-Labeling Compliance
The compliance date will now move to the enforcement date of May 5, 2017.

Walmart Debuts C-Store Concept
New convenience store offers a drive-thru for picking up online grocery orders and c-store fare.

Wyoming C-Stores Focus on Fresh
New Kum & Go and Maverik stores in Cheyenne are offering customers fresh foodservice items.

QuikTrip Expands, Helps Amazon Customers
New Tulsa-area stores and additional Amazon Locker service locations add to QuikTrip’s growth.

Hunt Brothers Pizza to Give $375,000 in Upgrades to Small Businesses
C-stores share program success stories through “25 for 25 Video Contest,” rewarded with pizza shop makeovers.

Dunkin’ Donuts Brews Partnership With Pop-Tarts
Limited time Dunkin’ coffee will feature the flavors of Pop-Tarts.


Dec 2, 2016

Visa, MasterCard Announce EMV Delay
The card companies have changed the U.S. domestic EMV activation deadline for automated fuel dispensers until 2020.

Big Tobacco Gets Into Retail Storefronts
British American Tobacco and Philip Morris International have both opened stores to educate consumers on how to vape.

Weigel’s Partners With Salvation Army, Hall’s Kmart For Kids
The retailer helped 200 local children with Christmas gifts this year.

McDonald’s Fights Back Against Wage Protests
The fast-food chain has released a series of videos on the theme “America’s best first job.”

U.S. Government Bans Smoking in Public Housing
The Obama administration issued the final rule that makes nearly a million units smoke-free.

U.K. Plain Packaging Upheld by Appeals Court
Tobacco firms had filed the appeal after the high court ruled in favor of the plain packaging mandate.


Dec 1, 2016

“Unprecedented” Coalition Urges EPA to Keep Current RFS Point of Obligation
NACS, along with seven other fuels groups, have requested the rejection of recent petitions.

Nebraska and Iowa Governors Tell USDA to Preserve C-Stores in SNAP
NACS is awaiting final regulations from the Department of Agriculture this month.

Wrigley and Mars Chocolate’s ‘Transaction Zone Vision’ Impacts Sales
Research-driven insights are helping retailers increase sales through channel-specific recommendations.

Grocers Ditch Self-Checkout for Customer Interaction
Albertsons in South California is removing self-checkout to provide customers with a more personal shopping experience.


Nov 30, 2016

Amazon Builds ‘Drive-In’ Grocery Store
The first brick-and-mortar location for the online retailer will resemble a 1950s drive-in diner rather than a traditional supermarket.

Early Bird Pricing Ends Soon for NACS Convenience Summit – Asia
Take advantage of the best pricing available and register for this new international NACS event by tomorrow.

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Credit Card Fee Case
The case involves several New York businesses that want to inform customers that using a credit card costs more.

Contraband Cigarettes Prevalent in Ontario
A new study found an 8% increase in illegal cigarettes.

Nut Milk Sales Soar
The increased popularity of milk alternatives has the dairy industry in a quandary.

Japan Considers Smoking Bans
Ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, the country might restrict smoking in public places.


Nov 29, 2016

Uber Drivers Join the Fight for 15
Workers in more than 340 cities will participate in union-backed protests today, calling for higher pay.

NACS, Impact 21 Launch Online Advanced Category Management Training
New course combines education and certification for the latest in thought leadership, category management practices and shopper marketing.

Marlboro Black Benefits From Young Adult Smokers
Lower-priced product appeals to millennials who can’t afford and don’t relate to Marlboro Reds.

Bud Light Goes ‘Willy Wonka’ With Golden Can
A single gold can could be the key to winning Super Bowl tickets for life.

Green Bay Considers C-Store Liquor Ban
One City Council member says that he is targeting convenience stores specifically.


Nov 28, 2016

U.S. Consumers Hit Record $1.2 Billion Via Mobile Devices
Holiday shopping data for Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday show a 17.7% increase for online spending.

EPA Finalizes Increase in Renewable Fuel Volumes
The final 2017 standards increase volume requirements for total renewable fuel, biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuel compared to 2016.

Rutter’s Unveils Beer Caves
Three of the Pennsylvania c-store chain’s locations now sell beer.

Are Your Stores ‘Fit for Fresh’?
The latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast talks about how convenience retailers can determine what’s best for them in selling more fresh foods.

Retailers Team Up to Distribute Turkeys
AFPD's annual turkey drives distribute thousands of turkeys in Michigan, Ohio and Illinois.


Nov 23, 2016

Judge Blocks Upcoming Overtime Rule
In a federal ruling in Texas, a judge said the Labor Department's new regulations are inconsistent with what Congress intended.

Visa Changes Rules to Avoid Enforcement Action by the Federal Trade Commission
Recent scrutiny by the FTC and Federal Reserve Board of Governors triggered the modification.

Morgan Spurlock Tests Chicken Sandwich Concept
The result—Holy Chicken!—is more exposé of misleading fast food practices than a true restaurant.

Chipotle Sued Over Inaccurate Calorie Count
Three men have filed a lawsuit against the Mexican chain alleging the company has been deceiving customers with low calorie counts.

Morrisons Brings U.K. Safeway Brand Back
The retailer also has plans to open more convenience stores.

Dr Pepper Snapple Buys Bai Brands
The soda maker will purchase the antioxidant drink manufacturer for $1.7 billion.


Nov 22, 2016

Economic Optimism Hits Historic High
On the heels of a presidential election, consumers are more upbeat about the economy, declining gas prices and the start of the holiday season.

EPA Opens Public Comment Period on RFS ‘Point of Obligation’
NACS and SIGMA commend the EPA for protecting consumers and for preventing an unnecessary upheaval in the U.S. fuel market.

Obamacare Is Immediate Trump Priority
Meanwhile, New York senator says Democrats will not allow Trump to repeal Dodd-Frank law that contains debit swipe fee reforms.

7-Eleven Introduces Sustainably Sourced Coffee
Nicaragua coffee from Matagalpa is the c-store chain’s first Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee.

McCafé Flies in Canada
New partnership brings McCafé coffee onboard to WestJet passengers.


Nov 21, 2016

Visa’s Anti-Competitive Practices Under FTC Investigation
NACS and other merchant groups call on Visa to explain its practices.

Meet the New Congress
Retailers should plan to attend the NACS Government Relations Conference March 6-8 on Capitol Hill.

Soup’s On
Convenience stores are increasingly offering on-the-go dinner meal solutions like soup, and there’s plenty of ‘soup for you’ in the latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast.

Verc Enterprises Named to Boston Globe’s Top Places to Work
This is the fourth time VERC has been named to the prestigious list honoring best employers in Massachusetts.

OnCue Raises $302,500 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
‘Spooktacular’ fall fundraiser engaged the community to make a difference in the hospital’s lifesaving mission for children.

Waitrose Reduces Sugar Content in Private-Label Cereals
U.K.-based retailer says it is lowering the sugar content in 27 of its own cereal brands.


Nov 18, 2016

48.7 Million Americans Will Travel This Thanksgiving
A million more travelers than last year will take to the highways, skies and seas.

Store Tours Help Retailers Discover New Ideas
Join NACS at the Convenience Summit–Asia and see firsthand how unique and diverse the Japanese convenience stores are.

New Zealand Couple Receives First Drone Pizza Delivery
Domino’s uses a drone to drop two pizzas at a customer’s house.

NACS Magazine Wins Ozzie Award from Folio
The publication is also gearing up for its 15th anniversary, a major redesign and a new Adobe magazine app.

Maryland Lottery Adds $30 Scratch-off Tickets
The state joins 17 others with tickets costing $30 or more.


Nov 17, 2016

Labor Group Creates Walmart ‘Chat’ App
The retailer is advising employees not to download OUR Walmart’s group chat app.

Target Plans Hundreds of Small-Format Stores
The down-sized stores are intended to lure millennials and urban dwellers.

Skimming Losses Reported in 57 Countries
The top three locations reporting skimming losses are the U.S., Indonesia and India.

Cumberland Farms Fuels Road Warriors on Thanksgiving Day
C-store chain’s holiday survey shows that most travelers stock up on coffee and skip the snacks when hitting the road.

Mondelez Brings the Oreo to the Candy Aisle
New candy bar combining the Oreo and milk chocolate debuts in the United States.


Nov 16, 2016

More Than 620 Businesses Urge Congress Not to Repeal Financial Reforms
These retailers remind congressional leaders of how vital the Durbin Amendment is to the free market.

Taco Bell Debuts First Flagship With New Logo
This week, customers in Las Vegas saw the chain’s refreshed logo at Taco Bell’s 7,000th restaurant.

Millennials Impact Foodservice Packaging Trends
The Foodservice Packaging Institute’s latest Trends Report finds common threads throughout the industry driven by 18- to 34-year olds.

U.S. Retail Sales Rebound
The brisk uptick over the past two months is the rosiest outlook in two years.


Nov 15, 2016

NACS Community Remembers Sam Turner
Turner’s down-to-earth, no nonsense values carried through all of his endeavors, including his role as 2006-2007 NACS chairman.

Understanding Consumers’ Minds
Find out what’s going on in the human mind in this week’s NACS Convenience Matters podcast.

Corner Store Raises $1.46 Million for Big Brothers Big Sisters
Texas-based c-store chain concluded its third annual 10-city 5K race series on November 12.

McDonald’s Tests Big Mac With Sriracha
QSR hopes to capitalize on consumer trends toward spicier flavor profiles.

Holiday Tradition Continues With Hess
This year’s Hess Toy Truck and Dragster continue more than 50 years of holiday tradition.

Hispanic Females Hold Household Purchasing Power
Study suggests that Latina females wield tremendous purchasing power as part of the $1 trillion spend among all Hispanics in the United States.


Nov 14, 2016

Cigarette Smoking Declines by 8.6 Million
A new CDC report shows the smoking rate among U.S. adults dropped 6% from 2005 to 2015.

St. Louis Considers Raising Tobacco Buying Age to 21
The city’s proposal would include electronic cigarettes in the restriction.

More Online Retailers Moving to Actual Stores
The age of web-based shopping has fueled brick-and-mortar openings.

Fast Food Comes Clean
Quick-service chains are attempting to capture health-conscious consumers with healthier fare.

Oklahoma Votes to Allow Wine, Full-Strength Beer in Convenience Stores
The number of states restricting the sale of beer has shrunk to three.

ConAgra Foods Becomes Conagra Brands
The company has completed its spin-off of the Lamb Weston business.


Nov 11, 2016

Dollar General Develops C-Store Concept
The small format store will sell fresh-brewed coffee, sandwiches, fountain drinks and grocery items.

Convenience Retail Community Honors Veterans
From free coffee to car washes, the industry is honoring veterans and current military.

EPA to Retain Point of Obligation Under RFS
NACS and SIGMA commend the EPA for protecting consumers and for preventing an unnecessary upheaval in the U.S. fuel market.

California Bans Plastic Bags
Retail outlets, including convenience stores, will no longer provide single-use plastic carryout bags.

How the Governor Races Fared
On Tuesday, Americans cast their votes in 12 gubernatorial races.

Citibank to Launch New Digital Wallet
Citi Pay will launch in the U.S. in early 2017 with online, in-app and tap-and-pay capabilities.

Recycle Goodwill
Participate in America Recycles Day on November 15 to learn what and where to recycle.


Nov 10, 2016

Tuesday’s Big Winner Is Marijuana
Voters in three states—and a potential fourth—approved recreational marijuana initiatives, and several other states passed medical marijuana provisions.

California Voters Approve Tobacco Tax Increase
Proposition 56 will raise the state excise tax on tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes.

Four States Approve Minimum Wage Increases
Voters in Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington approved ballot initiatives to increase their state minimum wage rate.

These Four Cities Will Impose a Soda Tax
Following Tuesday’s elections, voters approved ballot measures in four U.S. cities to impose a soda tax.

Sheetz Honors Veterans, Active Military
Veterans and active military personnel will receive a free meal on Veterans Day.

Conexxus Webinar Addresses Cyberthreats
Free November 17 webinar will cover key trends in the cybersecurity landscape and measures to protect your business and customers.


Nov 9, 2016

2016 Presidential Election: What Happened?
The major media outlets all missed the final result by a significant margin, and none found Trump leading.

Republican House and Senate Give the Party a Clean Sweep
Senate rides a Trump-turnout model to outright Republican majority; House maintains majority as well.

Stripes Convenience Stores Commission Local Artist
The original artwork will be on display in three new Texas locations.

British American Tobacco Piloting New E-Cig in Japan
The company will test a new electronic cigarette called Glo starting in December.

Rhodes Convenience Stores Donate $5,000 to Local Veteran Organizations
The chain gave funds to four groups that help military veterans.

Nestle Focuses on Health, But Won’t Kick KitKat to the Curb
The outgoing chairman said that the company will become a global leader in health, but won’t neglect its core sweets.


Nov 8, 2016

Four States Vote Today on Higher Minimum Wage Rates
Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington are all considering ballot initiatives.

Four Cities Vote Today on Higher Soda Taxes
Ballot initiatives in three Bay Area cities and Boulder, Colorado, put the issue of taxing sugar-sweetened beverages before voters.

McDonald’s Moves Ahead With Mobile Enhancements
The QSR is getting ready to launch mobile payment and ordering in the United States next year.

Ten Workplace Trends for 2017
Forbes lists 10 trends that will transpire in the workplace next year.

Rutter’s Donates to Local Food Pantry
The $3,000 donation will help feed 100 local families during the holiday season.

PepsiCo Launches Doritos Loaded Nationwide
The inside-out Dorito made its debut in time for National Nacho Day.


Nov 7, 2016

Chase Pay Coming to Walmart
Walmart shoppers will be able to use Chase Pay via the Walmart mobile app.

The Sky’s the Limit on New Ideas
Oregon convenience retailer Kent Couch talks about how he finds new ideas that excite customers and keep them coming back in the latest NACS Convenience Matters.

Contraband Tobacco Plagues Western Canadian C-Stores
Western Convenience Store Association study reveals that illegal tobacco is on the rise in Alberta and Manitoba, while rates are the lowest in Saskatchewan.

VERC Honors Veterans With Free Car Wash
Military veterans will receive a free car wash and wax on November 11.

Consumers Crave More Protein
For many consumers, protein means healthy.

Subway Donates 11 Million Meals to Feeding America
Chain makes the largest single-day donation to Feeding America and its network of food banks.


Nov 4, 2016

Federal Reserve Protects Competitive Market for Retailers to Choose Debit Networks
The U.S. central bank announced that the credit card networks’ routing screens violate the law.

John Mackey to be Only CEO at Whole Foods
The current co-CEO Walter Robb will step down and leave Mackey to helm the company solo.

Debit Cards to Fuel Global Payment Card Expansion
The number of debit cards are accelerating past credit cards, with that trend predicted to continue well into the future.

Yesway Convenience Store Celebrates Grand Opening in Iowa
The convenience store chain will offer free coffee, specials and giveaways this Friday and Saturday.

Dunkin’ Donuts Relaunches Hot Tea Offerings
The chain has unveiled a new lineup of full-leaf teas and herbal infusions in pyramid tea sachets.


Nov 3, 2016

NACS Show Breaks Its Atlanta Attendance Record
Prominent convenience and fuel retailing industry event records highest-ever attendance in Atlanta.

IRI Reports on Private-Label Trends
Drug and dollar channels struggle to maintain private-label unit share.

QuikTrip, Sheetz Named Top Retail Workplaces
Fortune magazine’s list of the top 15 best workplace in retail features two convenience store chains.

Jones Soda, 7-Eleven Launch Orange & Cream Slurpee
Limited-edition Slurpee flavor available only in 7-Eleven’s Pacific Northwest locations.

New Pound Coin Could Cause Confusion for U.K. Retailers
The Association of Convenience Stores is warning that without proper communication to retailers, the new pound coin could cause disruption.


Nov 2, 2016

Colonial Pipeline Explosion Shuts Down Major Fuel Line
One person was killed and five others were injured, mere weeks after a spill led to a gasoline shortage in the South.

Registration Open for NACS Convenience Summit – Asia
This new international event will take place March 20-24 in Japan.

Durbin Repeal Would Hurt Merchants
In an op-ed, NACS member John Zikias touts increased competition on swipe fees as a positive outcome for the convenience store industry.

Why Women Should Enter the Petroleum Industry
Iowa takes the lead in outreach efforts to bring more females into the field.

No Willpower Blamed for Obesity
Despite evidence pointing to genetic markers, most Americans believe people are overweight because of a lack of self-control.

Three States Contemplating Tobacco Tax Hikes
California, Colorado and North Dakota would each raise the cigarette tax, to as high as $2.87 per pack.


Nov 1, 2016

A Strong Dollar (Store)
The dollar channel infringes on the convenience store shopper’s consideration set.

Steve Gross Shares More Optimism in NACS Podcast
NACS Show General Session speaker talks about how we can all make a difference in the latest Convenience Matters podcast.

Dunkin’ Donuts Leverages Mobile Gifting
Available for Apple’s iPhone, users can send gift cards within Messages in iOS 10.

Colorado’s Cannabis Industry Could Surpass Cigarettes
In Colorado, legalizing marijuana has generated nearly $1 billion in retail revenue and could surpass cigarette revenues by 2020.


Oct 31, 2016

Don’t Overturn Debit Reform
The new NACS chairman argues in an op-ed that Dodd-Frank has helped the convenience store industry—and consumers.

Supermarkets Struggle to Bring in Millennial Shoppers
The younger generation are using a plethora of services to fill their grocery baskets.

Arizona Experiencing Rash of Skimmers at Gas Stations
So far this year, nearly 80 devices have been found in gasoline pumps.

Coca-Cola Launches Initiatives to Reduce Sugar in Sodas
The company has also started introducing more sugar-free drinks, such as Coca-Cola Zero Sugar.

To Restaurant Discounts, Customers Say ‘Meh’
Earlier this year, it looked like deals would boost traffic at eateries, but that hasn’t been the case.


Oct 28, 2016

Pending EMV Pain at the Pump
The October 2017 liability shift is both costly and impossible for fuel retailers to meet.

Americans Don’t Want to Dine Out
A new report suggests that Americans increasingly don’t want to go out to eat and are turning to at-home food delivery services.

Delta Sonic Donates Car Seats to Local Sheriff
Free event aims to protect children by ensuring car seats are properly installed.

IBM Watson Meets GM and OnStar
The new partnership creates the auto industry’s first cognitive mobility platform, and allows customers to make purchases with MasterCard debit and credit cards stored in their Masterpass wallet.


Oct 27, 2016

AmazonFresh Expands to More U.S. Cities
Chicago and Dallas join a growing list of cities where the same-day grocery delivery service is available.

Iowa Governor Exploring Minimum Wage Hike
Gov. Branstad will explore a statewide increase in the minimum wage, which could replace the hikes being approved county-by-county.

McDonald’s Turnaround Slow to Bring More Customers
All-day breakfast has benefitted the Golden Arches, but hasn’t been enough to boost customer traffic.

Coca-Cola Untwists New Sprite Flavor
The new Sprite Cherry came about by mining consumer data from Freestyle fountain units.

Confectionary Innovation On Display at NACS Show
Mars and Wrigley unveiled more than 20 new items at 2016 NACS Show in Atlanta.

McLane Launches New Online Portal
New portal solution provides retailers access to key performance and operational data to save time, increase efficiency and boost profits.


Oct 26, 2016

Self-Driving Truck Delivers Beer
The vehicle, owned by Uber, successfully completed a 120-mile interstate trip.

Store Tours: South America
Hear what trends are driving the market in South America—and what might soon be in the United States—in the latest ‘Convenience Matters’ podcast.

Banks Aim to Repeal Swipe Fee Reform
An op-ed slams Congress for even considering jettisoning the Dodd-Frank legislation.

C-Stores With Gas Stations Have Competitive Advantage
One expert says that retailers that offer fuel as well as food and other necessities help consumers save time.

An Upscale Vending Machine
Hillshire Snacking created “The World’s Fanciest Vending Machine” to showcase its Small Plates snack packs.

Cinnabon Branches Out Into C-Stores
The branded products will soon appear on grocery and convenience store shelves.


Oct 25, 2016

Uber Launches a Debit Card
The new UberCard will launch in Mexico through a partnership with MasterCard and Bankaool.

Canadian Health Minister Announces Food Guide Update, New Food Labeling Rules
New guidelines are intended to curb obesity throughout Canada.

NOCO Express Unveils New Foodservice Program
Store makeover maximizes the shopper experience and provides more fresh food offerings.

Lack of Contactless, Mobile Payment Education Hinders U.S. Adoption
New research suggests that only 20% of U.S. consumers have used contactless payment systems, compared to 85% and 80% of consumers in Australia and the U.K., respectively.

Shaquille O’Neal Takes Ownership of Historic Atlanta Krispy Kreme Location
The former NBA superstar will also become the brand’s global spokesperson.


Oct 24, 2016

NACS Chairman Describes C-Stores as Community Stores
New NACS Chair Rahim Budhwani encourages retailers to look at c-stores as “community stores,” rather than “convenience stores.”

Ideas 2 Go Highlights Retailers’ Interesting, Creative, Profitable Ideas
See nine featured segments on the NACS 2016 “Ideas 2 Go” video, which is now available for purchase.

Vish Ganapathy Urges C-Stores to Avoid Being in the Middle
During his keynote Technology Edge address, Ganapathy advised retailers to compete on innovation.

Subway to Donate Unlimited Meals to Feeding America
The chain will commemorate National Sandwich Day through its The Good Deed Feed program.

More Americans Parking Money in Bank Accounts
The use of smartphones as mobile banks also rose sharply, while prepaid card usage surged as well.

Dunkin’ Donuts Brews Up Hot Sales With Cold Coffee
The chain’s cold brew has boosted its bottom line, especially because it costs more than regular iced coffee.


Oct 21, 2016

Walmart’s ‘Scalable’ Approach to Food Safety
With 140 million shoppers passing through its U.S. stores weekly, ensuring a safe food supply is a huge undertaking for the discount retailer.

Leading With Defined Goals and a Strong Vision
Closing general session keynote Peyton Manning shared his experience on leading teams by clearly defining goals and principles.

Breakfast Bowls Gain Popularity
The morning meal is increasingly being served in bowls.

Reach More Customers With a Branding Plan
Learn how to make shopping an experience.

NACS Foundation Awards 11 Scholarships
The recipients all work in the convenience store industry.

So You Want to Become a C-Store Supplier?
Knowing the channel and business basics are important.

Sheetz, OrderUp Team Up on Delivery
Food and beverages now available by delivery through the free app or website at two locations.

Help Your Employees Carve a Career Out of Their Current Job
Understand career advancement goals of the next generation of workers.

Taipei Convenience Stores Run Library Service
The city’s public library now lets members pick up or return books at convenience stores.

And the No. 1 Cool New Product Is…
After four days of retailer scans, the final list of the top products has been named at this year’s NACS Show.

Tips for Sticking to 40-Hour Work Weeks
With the new labor laws on overtime kicking in December 1, here’s how managers can keep their staff at 40 hours per week.


Oct 20, 2016

New NACS Executive Committee Takes the Helm
Rahim Budhwani named 2016-17 NACS Chairman.

NACS CEO Armour Shares How NACS Thinks Big to Deliver Value
A focus on refreshing the industry's image, enhancing advocacy and harvesting best practices is a priority.

Family Express Unveils Cravin’s Kitchen Foodservice Offer
The new made-to-order menu focuses on breakfast sandwiches and pizza.

NACS Members Become PHA Partners
Three new industry players have joined others and are increasing their healthy option efforts.

The Future of Cash
The head of iPad-based POS system Revel predicts the demise of cash.

Top 10 Cool New Products at the NACS Show
Convenience and fuel retailers ranked the products they see as having strong potential for their business and future profitability.

A New Way to Shake
Shake Shack tests its first iOS mobile ordering Shack App.

Women in the C-Store Industry Have Opportunity to Network
The key to successful networking is preparation.

​​​Did the ‘Pokémon GO’ Craze Help Retailers?
The answer is not as bright as originally reported.

Bennett Pump, Sinclair Oil Debut NewsBreak in Salt Lake City
Content will feature Sinclair-branded merchandising messages promoting in-store products and services.


Oct 19, 2016

Convenience Stores Contribute Nearly $1 Billion to Charities
More than 97% of retailers donate to nonprofits.

NACS Chairman Jack Kofdarali Says Industry’s Future Is in Food
Outgoing Chair Kofdarali emphasizes foodservice and community in his opening speech.

Cumberland Farms Now Accepting ‘Believe and Achieve’ Scholarship Applications
The convenience retailer will award $1,000 scholarships to 130 high school seniors.

Being in the Business of Selling Optimism
NACS Show general session speaker Steve Gross spreads his message of optimism, authenticity and the power of play.

NACS Names New Retailer Members to Board of Directors
Chris Coborn, Brian Hannasch, Chuck McDaniel, Glenn Plumby and Art Stawski joined the 30-member board.

Top 10 Cool New Products at the NACS Show
On the first full day of the NACS Show, retailers weighed in on new products for the industry.

Verifone Implements Conexxus Mobile Payment Standard
The loyalty program aids with a frictionless mobile payment and rewards-enabled experience.

Are Your Employees Empowered to Improve Customer Loyalty?
Equip employees to handle the six most common problems they encounter.

Brad McGuinness of Verifone Leads NACS Supplier Board
Coca-Cola’s Jay Ard has been named chair-elect.

Retailers Can Take Steps to Fight Skimming
Experts share tips to make skimming more difficult for thieves.

Pumping Up Gourmet Food
USA Today showcases just a few of the growing number of gasoline stations that are becoming known for their delicious and upscale fare.

Does Your Brand Drive Raving Fans to Your Store?
Build a unique brand that guides and influences with laser-like focus.


Oct 18, 2016

Consumers Recognize Community Benefits of Convenience Stores
Younger consumers overwhelmingly have a favorable attitude toward c-stores.

How to Create Convenience Store MVPs
Merit Gest challenges retailers to engage their associates and turn them into the most vital people within their operations.

PepsiCo to Reduce Soda Calories by 2025
The new initiative will slash the number of calories in the company’s beverages in response to consumer preferences.

Top 10 Cool New Products at the NACS Show
Convenience and fuel retailers ranked the products they see as having strong potential for their business and future profitability.

Convenience Stores Invest More Than $6 Billion to Improve Stores
In addition, store operators are more likely to own stores than lease them.

Overcoming NIMBY (Not in My Backyard)
Explaining your role in the community is a key to gaining support.

Using Leadership to Drive Success
Program teaches concepts to engage employees and improve store performance.

Convenience Stores Knocking on QSR's Door
These retailers are taking foodservice to a whole new level.

The Operations Side of Fresh
Convenience store retailers need to find the model that works best for them.

The Power of Engagement
Recent NACS Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council research demonstrates how employee involvement can positively impact your bottom line.

Big Technology for Small Operators
Support from NACS and suppliers can help retailers implement more tech efficiencies.


Oct 17, 2016

One in Six Americans Worked at a Convenience Store
NACS survey finds that educational value and flexible hours were job benefits cited by those who worked in a convenience store during their college years.

Download the NACS Show Mobile App
Maximize your experience at the NACS Show by downloading the only and official event app.

Ethanol’s Future as a Fuel
New NACS podcast talks about ethanol trends consumers and retailers can anticipate.

How to Make Money on Renewables
NACS Show education session highlights opportunities for retailers to diversify their fuel offer.

Rutter’s Brings Out the Bacon
Pennsylvania c-store chain is first in nation to sell Kunzler’s Bacon-Wrapped Cheddar Dog.

NACS and Tyson Foods Donate Truckload of Protein to Atlanta Food Bank
The donated food will be distributed to 600 agency partners, including groups providing daily meals.

Nittany Oil Rolls Out Gilbarco's Express Ordering Foodservice Kiosks
With the growth of its foodservice program, the need for self-service ordering technology has become a necessity at Nittany Oil.

Controlling the ‘Burn’ of Conflicts in Family Businesses
NACS Show education session focuses on balancing the needs of family members who work together.

Starbucks Paves the Way for Creativity
Baristas are invited to feature their own creations in stores for two weekends in October.


Oct 14, 2016

Got Questions? NACS HQ Has Answers!
At the NACS Show, stop by HQ to see what NACS is doing for you. Plus, don’t forget to utilize the Show App to enhance your experience.

Kellogg to Create 3 Billion Better Days
The company plans to donate 2.5 billion servings of food by 2025 to help fight hunger.

Washington, D.C., Bill Could Raise Tobacco-Buying Age to 21
The council also okayed a measure that would ban all tobacco products at organized sporting events.

Google Experiments With Food
The technology company has partnered with Chopt Creative Salad Company to push plant-based meals.

Philippines Will Snuff Out Public Smoking
The country will soon ban lighting up in public with one of the region’s most stringent anti-tobacco laws.

Honest Kids Launches at Subway Restaurants
A national bestseller, the organic kids’ juice drink is sweetened only with fruit juice.


Oct 13, 2016

New Exhibitor Area Returns to NACS Show
Now in its second year, first-time exhibitors are showcasing their products and services next week at the 2016 NACS Show.

The Healthiest Fast-Food Option Is…
Make a run for the border? Taco Bell hopes customers seeking healthy options will.

WHO Recommends Raising the Price on Sugary Beverages
The global health organization report suggests that a 20% increase in the retail price would reduce consumption.

QuickChek Converts Headquarters into Mini Golf Course
Fundraising event will benefit the QuickChek Family Fund and team members in need.

Kroger to Upgrade 10,000 Dispensers for EMV Compliance
Wayne will provide full turnkey deployment, including project management, materials, planning, logistics and installation services.


Oct 12, 2016

Amazon Considers Opening C-Stores
As the ecommerce company expands its grocery presence, Amazon is reportedly delving into the convenience store channel. NACS weighs in.

Convenience Stores Shake up Canadian Foodservice
A new study shows that Canadians are purchasing prepared foods and beverages from convenience stores more often.

Digital Coupons Take Off
While paper coupons still dominate, the number of digital coupons jumped nearly 24% during the first half of 2016.


Oct 11, 2016

Cereal Makers Look to Raise Soggy Sales
Companies are rolling out new products and boosting marketing to make up for declining cereal sales.

Controlling the ‘Burn’ of Conflicts in Family Businesses
NACS Show education session focuses on balancing the needs of family members who work together.

Round Two Goes To…
Did Trump rebound? Political consultant Jim Ellis breaks down Sunday’s debate.


Oct 10, 2016

Judge Gives Retailers Approval to Move EMV Case Forward
Meanwhile, NACS President and CEO Henry Amour’s op-ed shows how important debit swipe fee reform has been to merchants and consumers alike.

Georgia Gas Station Thwarts Skimmers
The store manager found the illegal device after an alarm went off during the installation by would-be thieves.

Show Me
Learn everything you need to know about the NACS Show before you get to Atlanta in the latest Convenience Matters podcast.

QuikTrip Ventures Into Drive-Thru
The convenience store chain’s QT Kitchen has been testing a drive-thru window at a Tulsa, Oklahoma, location.

FTC Calls for Crack Down on Patent Lawsuits to Stifle Trolls
The agency is calling on both legislative and judicial fixes on frivolous patent infringement lawsuits.

Caffeine Overdrive
“Asskicker” iced coffee packs a wallop of caffeine Down Under; while in South Korea, coffee ice cubes are the next big thing.


Oct 7, 2016

7-Eleven Expanding North American Presence
Japanese parent company of the Dallas-based convenience store chain is seeking acquisition opportunities to accelerate its North American growth.

Wawa and Sheetz Team Up at USS John P. Murtha Commissioning
Pennsylvania-based c-store chains are partnering to provide meals during the naval commissioning ceremony, honoring the late congressman.

Mars Combines Chocolate and Wrigley Segments
Newly created Mars Wrigley Confectionery will be located in Chicago.

Western Union Launches Digital Self-Service with OXXO
A self-service feature streamlines funds collection at check-out.

Hershey’s Puts the Treat in Halloween
Company is making Halloween sweet with new and classic products.


Oct 6, 2016

Hurricane-Related Resources Available
NACS has a number of resources to share insights about potential disruptions and provide other assistance for convenience retailers.

Health Groups Sue FDA Over Cigarette Warning Labels
Eight public anti-tobacco groups are suing the government to require graphic and grotesque warning labels on packs of cigarettes.

South Carolina AG Announces Price-Gouging Statute
Attorney General Alan Wilson says the state’s price gouging law is in full effect as the state prepares for Hurricane Matthew.

EMV Chip Card Reader Lawsuit Moves Forward
San Francisco federal judge allows a class-action lawsuit brought by retailers over new chip card readers to proceed against credit card companies.

Free Market Competition Is No Passing Fad
Op-ed highlights that when it comes to merchants, banks would rather fix prices instead of compete.

Parker’s Offers Special Edition Coffee Travel Cup
Fifty cents from every cup sold will benefit Susan G. Komen and breast cancer research.

Kum & Go to Support United Way of Central Iowa
Approximately 50 stores will participate in the month-long fund-raising campaign.


Oct 5, 2016

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A Nice Way to Do Business
Chick-fil-A beats the competition by training employees to be polite.

Hershey’s Cookie Layer Crunch Debuts
To celebrate National Cookie Month, Hershey will soon unveil its latest innovation.

Papa John’s Removes 14 Unwanted Ingredients
The chain has made good on its promise from last year to offer a “cleaner” pizza.

Presidential Candidates Ignore Illicit Tobacco Threat
An economist warns that terrorists are financing their operations through contraband cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Hostess Fall Line-Up Includes Limited-Time Flavors
In addition, Hostess Halloween products also return to store shelves.


Oct 4, 2016

Convenience Retailers Experience Strong Q4
NACS survey reveals that retailer optimism is on the rise as in-store and fuel sales remain strong.

Wayne iX Pay Secure Payment Terminal for EMV Compliance Now Available
Terminal brings legacy fuel dispensers into EMV compliance regardless of the original equipment manufacturer.

Sheetz Is First in Line to Sell Wine
Convenience store chain’s Shippensburg store is the first c-store to sell wine in Pennsylvania.

Calorie Menu Labels Now Live at 7-Eleven Canada Stores
7-Eleven Canada chose to move forward with early implementation and extend nutritional information to its customers across the country.

McLane Furthers Focus on Diversity with Expansion of SPARK Initiative
Initiative focuses on identifying workplace diversity opportunities through a variety of programs.

Carrefour Redesigns Paris City Store
The store has been completely remodeled to offer new services and community appeal.


Oct 3, 2016

One Year Later: Chip Without PIN
Since the October 2015 liability shift, EMV remains frustrating for retailers and confusing for consumers—not a good proposition leading up to the next liability shift in October 2017.

Dunkin’ and Coca-Cola Team Up for Bottled Coffee
New bottled ready-to-consume coffee drinks will launch in 2017.

Let’s Talk About Beer
Crack open a cold one and listen to some of the biggest beer trends in the latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast.

Parker’s Donates $50,000 to Support Emergency and Trauma Center
The donation is part of a larger $1 million endowment to support the Parker’s Emergency & Trauma Center.

Korean C-Stores Cater to Customers Flying Solo
Convenience stores stand to benefit from the younger and single population.


Sep 30, 2016

Merchants Mark Fifth Anniversary of Debit Competition
Retailers celebrate the passage of debit-card transaction reform.

FDA Seeks Opinions on ‘Healthy’ Definition
The agency wants to redefine how the word “healthy” can be used on food labels.

Using Play to Teach Optimism
During the NACS Show, Steve Gross of Life is Good will share how he inspires adults to help kids in need.

Has Cash Become Passé?
New research predicts plastic cards are on track to become more popular than cash payments across the globe this year.

Soda Tax Heats Up in San Francisco
In November, voters will decide on a penny-per-ounce tax on sugar sweetened beverages.

Philip Morris Boosts Cigarette Alternative Investments
The tobacco firm will expand sales of these products to more countries as well as increase its development of new products.


Sep 29, 2016

Conexxus Releases Mobile Payments Standards Version 2.0
Retailers can now operate loyalty both in the cloud or in local environments, independent of how the mobile payment is transacted.

Today Is National Coffee Day
Redfin cites the top 10 most caffeinated cities; Sheetz launches cold brew coffee.

Congressmen Reveal ‘Hidden Motive’ Behind Swipe Fee Repeal Efforts
U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin and Rep. Peter Welch discuss the real reasons why banks are now pushing for debit swipe fee reform.

Grocery Shoppers Spread Dollars Across Multiple Channels
IRI report suggests that retailers must move current customers up the loyalty ladder to drive growth.

FMI Postpones 2017 Trade Show
The Food Marketing Institute announced it will refocus its strategy.

House Takes Stand Against Overtime Rule, But Unlikely Senate Will Take It Up
A bill cleared the House yesterday that would extend the rule beyond the December 1 deadline.


Sep 28, 2016

Number of Violent Crimes Jumped 3.9% in 2015
The new FBI figures for last year also found that the number of property crimes declined 2.6%.

Fast-Food Veggie Revolution
The industry, known more for its fried foods and meat-heavy items, has started to embrace vegetables.

AmEx Can Prevent Retailers From Pushing Other Credit Cards
A federal appeals court ruled that American Express can forbid merchants from steering customers to cards with lower transaction fees.

Cumberland Farms Celebrates National Coffee Day With Free Coffee
In addition, “Free Coffee Fridays” will return to the chain starting October 7.

Spicy, Sweet and Savory Hit Beverages
The culinary trends have migrated to drinks.

Ugly Produce Moves to Center Stage
More grocery stores are accepting misshapen fruits and vegetables.


Sep 27, 2016

Presidential Debate Strategies
Instead of analyzing last night’s debate winner or loser, take a closer look at Clinton and Trump’s strategic intents.

A Free-Wheeling Convenience Store
At a Kansas university, a shuttle bus has been converted into a c-store to provide on-campus snacks and drinks.

Six Reasons Successful People Invest in Their Emotional Intelligence
A NACS Show education session delves into how knowing your EQ can help you succeed in business.

The Survey Says…
The latest “Convenience Matters” podcast goes behind the scenes into how polls are constructed and why as few as 400 people can define an issue.

McDonald’s Testing Breakfast Happy Meals
The morning Happy Meals have an egg-and-cheese McMuffin or two McGriddle cakes.

Raising a Pint at Home
In the United Kingdom, grocery store beer sales have outpaced pubs for the first time.


Sep 26, 2016

Japan Tobacco Dips Into E-Cig Market
Next year, the tobacco firm will launch its first e-cigarette Ploom Tech in Japan.

Pepsi Opens Manhattan Restaurant
The soft drink company’s first foray into restaurants has a more upscale feel than expected.

America's Eating Habits Are A-Changing
A new study shows how millennials are altering the way America eats, and all-day snacking is just part of the story.

Wyoming Rejects Proposed Cigarette Tax Hike
The bill to raise the state’s cigarette tax by $1.25 per pack didn’t make it out of a joint committee.

Robot Delivery Comes to Washington, D.C.
Autonomous robots will deliver groceries and takeout in the nation’s capital this fall.


Sep 23, 2016

How the M&A Market Affects You
A NACS Show education session will explain the influence of industry shakeups on your stores.

Fast Food Makeovers
Taco Bell, Arby’s and KFC have been busy revamping their décor to compete with fast casual concepts.

CVS Expands Curbside Pickup Nationwide
The service will be available at more than 4,100 U.S. locations.

C-Stores Thrive in Mobile Environment
A new report finds that the industry has adapted well to changing shopping behavior.

Pizza Vending Machines Partner With C-Stores
Pizza Touch is testing its vending machines in some Florida Mobil Marts.

Halloween Spending to Reach $8.4 Billion
That’s the highest number ever in the NRF’s annual survey.


Sep 22, 2016

States Challenge Federal Overtime Rule
Twenty-one state officials filed a lawsuit claiming the Obama administration’s rule to extend mandatory overtime pay will place a huge burden on state budgets.

NACS Show Mobile App Ready for Download
Maximize your experience at the NACS Show by downloading the only and official event app.

EMV Adoption Remains Sluggish
TSG survey suggests that only 29% of merchants can accept chip-based transactions.

Baskin Robbins Testing Ice Cream Delivery
Company is using third-party delivery provider DoorDash to test the service.


Sep 21, 2016

Burst Pipeline Leads to Gas Shortages in South
Pumps ran dry at stations in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Retailers Talk Business at Mid-Atlantic C-Store Expo
The annual exhibition connects distributors with Asian convenience store owners.

Battle for Consumers Pushes Fast-Food Innovation
Analysts think that there will be more pairings like Doritos Locos Tacos and Mac ‘n Cheetos coming soon.

English Smoking Rates Plummet
Last year, only 16.9% of adults in England said they were smokers, down sharply from 19.2% in 2012.

Eby-Brown Rolls Out Enhanced Wakefield Sandwich, Foodservice Line
The company also has debuted its Eby Source Point 360, a store management and ordering application.


Sep 20, 2016

Rutter’s Rocks the Vote
Pennsylvania-based chain invites customers to select the next president with their cup choice.

Merchant Groups Elevate Efforts to Protect Debit Reforms
More than 180 merchant trade associations and 400 companies voice opposition to congressional efforts to repeal debit reform.

Pulling Together
NACS Convenience Matters podcast talks about how the convenience store industry is collaborating with diverse groups to affect change.

Korean Convenience Store Customers Love Lunch Boxes
Pre-packed meals are reshaping the lunch culture among Korean c-store shoppers.

Sabra Launches Guacamole on the Go
New grab-and-go product comes packaged with Tostitos Rolls.


Sep 19, 2016

Walmart Canada Expands Visa Ban
All 16 Walmart stores in Manitoba will stop accepting Visa cards on October 24.

Sheetz Named Best Place to Work for Women
Convenience store chain is ranked as one of the best places to work for women by Fortune magazine.

Campaign Shows That Plain Packaging Doesn’t Work
Almost 20% of the Canadian tobacco market is already illegal and deprives governments of $1.6 billion in tax revenue each year.

Halal Food Is a $20 Billion Hit in America
In grocery and convenience stores, sales have increased 15% since 2012.

USDA Seeks Retailer Volunteers for SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot
Online shopping pilot is designed to explore the feasibility of using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to buy groceries online.

No 'Les Big Mac' at Parisian McCafé
Site also does not sell hamburgers, fries or quarter pounders with cheese.


Sep 16, 2016

Giving Back by Doing Good
NACS and other industry partners sponsored a playground build in Atlanta, the area hosting next month’s NACS Show.

New FDA Tobacco Regulations Mean Retailer Commitment to Compliance
September is We Card Training Awareness Month.

Parker’s Gives Away Jeep Renegade in Celebration of 40 Years
The company also offered customers other specials as part of its fourth decade anniversary.

7-Eleven’s Comeback Plan
The new president of parent group Seven & i Holdings Co. has big plans on how to turn the convenience store chain around.

Millennials Push Gas Stations to Exceed Expectations
From grand opening parties to fresh-made meals, convenience stores have upped their game to meet the demands of a younger generation.


Sep 15, 2016

NACS Launches New International Event
Convenience Summit – Asia takes place March 20-24, 2017, in Sapporo and Tokyo.

Skimmers Found in Fuel Dispensers at Wisconsin Stations
State investigators confirm at least 15 instances of skimming devices in the past month.

Local Heroes
As convenience retailers continue to grow their produce offers, the lack of clarity can present both challenges and opportunities.

GasBuddy Goes Beyond Fuel Prices
New mobile app enhances fuel retailer’s ability to increase customer loyalty.

Rutter’s Pumpkin Palooza Has Kicked Off
Stores will be offering everything from pumpkin rolls to pumpkin spice syrup at the coffee bar through the end of November.


Sep 14, 2016

‘No-Choice’ Act Draws Bipartisan Opposition
NACS is “deeply disappointed” by a House committee vote to pass the Financial Choice Act, which contains language to repeal debit reform.

Career Discussions for a New Generation of Workers
At one NACS Show education session, find out why Generation Y employees should work for you.

Verc Enterprises Partners With Massachusetts Commission for the Blind
The regional chain will offer jobs and internships for legally blind individuals.

Will $2 Gas Affect CAFE Standards?
NACS podcast questions whether the current fuel efficiency standards will be modified.

Starbucks Image Makeover
The company will shell out millions to correct what it calls a “basic” image problem.


Sep 13, 2016

House Committee Takes Up Debit Reform
The House Financial Services Committee debates detrimental language in the Financial Choice Act that would repeal debit swipe fee reforms.

Conexxus Hosts Free Webinar on Skimming
Industry experts will share tips for protecting your business from ATM skimming.

Reserve Your Seat Now for Hot Topics at the NACS Show
Use NACS Session Sign-up by September 28 for a guaranteed seat at any education session.

Rutter’s, NCR Bring EMV to the Pump
Companies will launch the first OPTIC outdoor payment solution in early Q4 2016.

If You’re Happy and You Know It
Study cites the happiest states in the United States, and those that could use a hug.


Sep 12, 2016

NACS Opposes Bill to Repeal Durbin Amendment
Enactment of the legislation would cost consumers and small businesses billions in fees.

Prepared Foods Create Food Safety Challenges
Demand for more prepared meals has created new food safety concerns for supermarkets.

Drones to Drop Chipotle Burritos at Virginia Tech
Google parent Alphabet Inc. is planning to deliver burritos to students and staff via drones.

QSR/Fast-Casual Group Adds Jimmy John's to Portfolio
Roark Capital Group adds fast-growing Jimmy John’s to its restaurant brands.

Ford Collaborates With In-Vehicle C-Store Service
Cargo enables ride-share passengers the ability to buy c-store merchandise while inside the car.


Sep 9, 2016

Debit Reform in Danger of Being Repealed
New legislation in Congress would repeal debit reforms that have saved consumers billions and brought competition to the debit card market.

Interpreting FDA’s New Tobacco Deeming Rules
NACS has created an updated memo for members to provide additional clarification on the final rule, which went into effect last month.

Solutions for IT Professionals Found at the NACS Show
The Technology Edge Solutions Center provides attendees with access to new technology innovations exclusively at the NACS Show expo.

CMP Amounts for Tobacco Retailers Increased for Inflation
The HHS has adjusted the civil money penalties for violations by tobacco retailers.

Mondelez Counts on Oreo Chocolate Bars for ‘Big Splash’
The company will expand into the U.S. chocolate market with the bars made with Milka chocolate.

Coke Focuses on Noncarbonated Beverages
The soft-drink company has made accelerating its non-sparkling line a top priority for next year.


Sep 8, 2016

Diners Look for Online Experience
Seven in 10 restaurant customers expect apps to be more personal, while QSR customers expect to spend 20% more when leveraging digital opportunities.

Applegreen Talks About U.S. Expansion Efforts
Retailer suggests that it will decide in 2017 on a course to take in the United States.

Baby Boomers Are Working Longer
Recent survey suggests that the Great Recession is causing the generation to remain working for longer.

Four Signs Your Loyalty Program Needs Updating
Declining loyalty, gaming the program, franchisee complaints and a conflict with corporate objectives are top indicators that change is due.

McDonald’s Gives Away Free Breakfast to Students
Northern California and Northern Nevada McDonald's are starting off the school year with free breakfast for students on September 13.

Local Shops More Relevant Than Ever
The ACS’s 2016 Local Shop Report highlights the essential role U.K. convenience stores play in the modern retail landscape.


Sep 7, 2016

400-Plus Retailers Urge Congress to Protect Debit Card Reforms
The diverse coalition includes many convenience and fuel retailers.

Michigan Bill Would Regulate Skimming Security
The proposal would mandate gasoline retailers to put one or more specific measures in place to combat skimming.

Take a Bite of NYC Wherever You Are
Bantam Bagels are now available at more than 8,000 distribution points.

U.K. Shoppers Spent Nearly £5 Billion Bargain Hunting
Britons have embraced “pound” stores, which now offer fresh vegetables and fruit.

Convenience Store Winners in Alternative Snack Variety
These days, more versions of popular snacks are available on convenience store shelves.

Millennials Driving Grocery Trends
Members of this age group have become “vocal customers” when it comes to supermarket shopping.


Sep 6, 2016

Convenience Stores Give to a Good Cause
Since their early involvement with the MDA Labor Day Telethon decades ago, convenience stores today contribute or collect nearly $100 million a year for local charities.

The Power of Clean
NACS Show education session will highlight how clean can be a powerful differentiator among a competitive retail landscape with greater customer expectations.

Committing to Healthier Diets
NACS Convenience Matters podcast focuses on how commitments toward healthy options are reshaping the food landscape.

They Call It Mello Yello
Coca-Cola brought back its citrus-flavored soda brand on an NHRA Funny Car after a 40-year hiatus.


Sep 2, 2016

Find the Coolest Products at the NACS Show
A massive expo floor and special Cool New Products Preview Room will meet attendees’ needs for finding new products and services.

U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren Visits Casey’s General Store
The Illinois congressman rang up customers and talked about the upcoming election during a NACS In Store event.

Pilot Flying J Unleashes New Ad Campaign
The focus? Its super-clean bathrooms.

National Food Safety Month Spotlights Foodborne Illness Prevention
Foodservice professionals, including convenience stores, should renew their commitment to protecting against the leading causes of foodborne illness.

AAA Ignores Labor Day Travel
This year, the auto club decided not to forecast how many drivers will hit the road this coming holiday weekend.

Fraud’s Cost Keep Going Up
Fraudulent attacks have risen 137% during the last 12 months ending March 2016.

Chicken Surpasses Burgers, Mexican and Pizza
Chick-fil-A has led the charge in the soaring popularity of chicken.


Sep 1, 2016

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole Visits OnCue Express
The Oklahoma member of Congress learned about OnCue operations and key industry issues through his participation in the NACS In Store program.

New Jersey Vetoes Minimum Wage Hike
Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a proposal to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Sunoco Partners With Safeway on Fuel Rewards
The companies are expanding Safeway’s fuel rewards program to parts of the Delmarva region.

7-Eleven Brews a Political Party
Team Red, Blue or Purple? The 7-Election Presidential Coffee Cup poll is back with a few new twists.

McLane Company Rebrands Private-Label Offer
Two of five new product lines meet the Partnership for a Healthier America healthy criteria and its signature Drink Up initiative.

Tim Hortons Heads Across the Pond
Canadian doughnut and coffee chain is heading to Great Britain.


Aug 31, 2016

Responding to ‘Silver’ Shoppers
New report shows how convenience stores can benefit from senior consumers.

Fast-Food, Gas Stations See Highest Wage Growth
Industries offering workers entry-level jobs are experiencing wage inflation.

NACS Remembers William C. Brown
7-Eleven Oklahoma founder served as the 1975-76 NACS president.

Mondelez Ends Pursuit of Hershey
The company will continue to focus on its sustainable growth plans.

Back-to-School Shoppers Split Between Luxury, Discount
High-end retailers and value stores are winning as students begin a new school year.

Square Partners With Software Entrepreneurs
The mobile payment system has deals with Vend and TouchBistro.

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