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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.

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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
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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

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.

Aug 30, 2016

Amazon Hints at a Grocery Store
Planning documents suggest that ‘Project X’ is going to be a drive-up grocery store in Seattle.

Looking Into Fuel’s Crystal Ball
Find out what will be the future of fuels—both domestically and globally—during a two-part NACS Show educational session.

Massive Produce Recall Hits Southeast
Fresh-cut vegetables are being recalled from convenience, grocery and discount stores because of potentially fatal Listeria bacteria.

Will Tesla’s Reality Meet Its Dreams?
New NACS Convenience Matters podcast focuses on the current status of the electric vehicle market.

Tobacco Trend Watch: Heat Sticks
The iQOS heat sticks by Phillip Morris produce a vapor, but no second-hand smoke.

Indonesian 7-Eleven Lends Support to Another Type of Java
Dozens of moms visit 7-Eleven three nights a week to learn HTML, Java script and other coding skills.

Aug 29, 2016

The Next Wave of EMV
Convenience and fuel retailers prepare for EMV implementation at the pump and ATM.

NACS Scholarship Program Recognizes Leadership Potential
This year’s 11 scholarship recipients were nominated by a company official for their academic excellence, leadership and passion for convenience and fuel retailing.

Pizza Delivery by Drone
Domino’s successfully tested commercial pizza delivery by drone in partnership with Flirtey.

New Energy Drink Products Grow 29% in Five Years
Mintel found that there were more new energy drinks launched in 2015 than any year since 2008.

Why Teens Vape
Research suggests that a spike in teen e-cigarette use doesn't signal a ‘nicotine epidemic.’

Aug 26, 2016

Do You Have an Adventurous Spirit?
Self-proclaimed daredevil Merit Gest will address NACS Show attendees during the day one general session.

Amazon Introduces Car Research Community
Customers can view specifications, images, videos and reviews for thousands of new and classic car models on

Small Businesses Embrace Mobile Payments Over Credit Cards
The move to EMV standards has spurred independent retailers to encourage mobile payments rather than traditional credit and debit cards.

New Study Finds Soda Taxes Curb Soft Drink Consumption
Researchers discovered low-income communities in Berkeley, Calif., drank fewer sodas after the city passed a tax on sugared soft drinks.

Dollar Stores Reaping Benefits of Higher Wages
With their core clientele having more earnings in their pockets, Dollar General and Dollar Tree are thriving.

Aug 25, 2016

Lawson Caters to Seniors
Japanese retailer is expanding its elderly care services, including an on-staff nurse.

Dunkin’ Donuts Unveils Belgian Waffle Sandwich
On National Waffle Day, Dunkin’ announced its new Belgian Waffle breakfast sandwich.

Conexxus, National ATM Council Issue Skimming Detection & Deterrence Guide
Guide outlines steps convenience retailers can take to help stop skimming, and what to do if or when their ATM is compromised by a skimming device.

Tesco Follows Night Tube Launch With 24-Hour Stores
Retailer began testing 24-hour operations at seven stores along the Victoria and Central lines.

Sheetz Adds Two New Stores in Two Different States
Convenience retailer welcomed customers at a new store in Pennsylvania and North Carolina.

Aug 24, 2016

Chipotle’s Social Media Rule Violated Law
The National Labor Relations Board confirmed last week that the Mexican chain’s policy wasn’t legal.

Pizza Hut Turns Pizza Box Into Turntable
The chain has debuted a “playable” pizza box, which is currently only available in select U.K. locations.

Sinclair Oil Customers Can Earn Benefits With New Dinorewards Program
The chain has partnered with Billaway to link its customer appreciation program with online retailers.

Savory Spreads Into Jams
The sweetness of jam paired with savory flavors has caught the imagination of cooks and consumers alike.

Aug 23, 2016

Walgreens Links Loyalty Program With Android Pay
Drugstore chain continues to simplify the checkout experience through mobile payment integration.

Big Ideas From Bright Young Workers
At the NACS Show, young c-store employees from around the world will present an education session.

CST Brands Announces Merger With Alimentation Couche-Tard
The $4.4. billion transaction is expected to close in early 2017.

KFC Made Sunscreen That Smells Like Fried Chicken
Extra Crispy sunscreen made available free online while supplies lasted.

‘Moderate Drinking’ Comes Under Fire
Public-health officials are now warning of cancer risks, and the alcohol industry is fighting back.

Aug 22, 2016

How We Can Help Louisiana Flood Victims
Donations and volunteer efforts are underway in the Baton Rouge area following catastrophic flooding.

Hershey Makes Progress on Simple Ingredients and Transparency
Company is reformulating more than 500 product SKUs and introducing new products with simple and familiar ingredients.

30 Days of Gas Station Food
Hear what happened to an endurance athlete when he ate nothing but gas station food for a month in the latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast.

Free Webinar on Cyberattack Response Planning
Conexxus webinar on August 25 delves into Incident Response Planning best practices.

Giant Eagle Pilots Wine-to-Go Sales
Program brings more wine options to consumers as part of a new law that modernizes the sale of liquor, beer and wine in Pennsylvania.

Happiness Equals Reality Minus Expectations
Attendees at the 2016 Smoker Friendly Conference learn how better engaged employees will lead to world-class workplace culture.

Aug 19, 2016

FDA Told ‘No” Over Tobacco Label Changes
Judge rules that label changes are not considered a new product, in response to three tobacco makers suing over packaging requirements.

Plan Your NACS Show Experience Today
The online My Show Planner tool and mobile app work together to provide a seamless way to enjoy the NACS Show.

Rep. Darrell Issa Clerks at G&M Oil
The California Republican congressman discussed credit card security while ringing up customers.

Starbucks Improves Drive-Thru
The coffeehouse chain revamped the customer experience at the drive-thru window.

Restaurants Voted Most Popular U.S. Industry Again
The computer industry ranked a close second, but the federal government once again came in last.

Tobacco Firms Fight N.D. Tobacco Tax Increase
On Nov. 8, North Dakota voters will consider a ballot measure to raise the state’s cigarette tax to $2.20 per pack.

Aug 18, 2016

Phillips 66 to Accept Chase Pay Via Mobile
Multiyear agreement will give convenience store customers a safe and secure way to pay at the pump and inside the store.

Lin Jia Convenience Store Debuts in Times Square
‘Dark horse’ of China’s retail market is making its presence known in New York City.

7-Eleven Celebrates 60,000th Store Opening Worldwide
Convenience retail chain now operates, franchises and/or licenses stores in 17 countries.

A Touchy-Feely Convenience Store
Next year, artist Lucy Sparrow’s “felt” convenience store will debut in the New York City.

Aug 17, 2016

CVS Launches Mobile Payment Option
CVS Pay is now part of the drugstore’s smartphone app.

Expanded Retailer Requirements Could Push C-Stores Out of SNAP
Meiners Markets explains how USDA proposed standards would be ‘next to impossible’ for c-stores to meet.

Millennials Go Nuts for Sparkling Water
The fizzy beverages have become popular along some young workers.

Campaign Launched Against Proposed U.K. Soda Tax
The British Soft Drink Association, among others, claims such a tax won’t address obesity but will hurt the economy.

Pay Cash to Help Local Businesses
An op-ed urges fellow Mainers to use bills and coins instead of plastic to buy goods and services at neighborhood stores.

A Cricket of a Snack
In Silicon Valley, the new power brain food is of the insect variety.

Aug 16, 2016

Fresh Fruit Migrates to Fast Food Restaurants
More quick service establishments are adding produce to their menus, but results are varied.

Get the Edge on Technology
At the NACS Show, the Technology Edge CIO Panel will provide a snapshot of what’s going on in convenience retail IT.

Sheetz Goes to College
The convenience store chain has its eye on opening cafes near universities.

Target’s Grocery Mess
The discount retailer is having trouble getting customers to buy its fresh meat, fruit and veggies.

Domino’s Branches Out to Salad
The nation’s largest pizza chain will have salads in each store.

Fast Food Embraces Novelty
From burger chains to pizzerias, quick service restaurants are turning to the unusual to draw in crowds.

Aug 15, 2016

NACS Turns 55 Years Young
For nearly six decades, NACS has served as an integral part of the convenience store industry.

Panera Challenges Industry to Improve Kids Menus
Company hopes to spark a dialogue for change in what the restaurant industry and food manufacturers are serving kids.

Study Says Consumers Buy Most ‘Junk’ Foods from Supermarkets
Purchases are about two to four times as large as fast-food restaurants, full-service restaurants, convenience stores and vending machines combined.

Jerome Sedelmeyer to Speak at Prayer Meeting at NACS Show
Industry technology professional will speak on October 19 at the NACS Show in Atlanta.

Deep-Fried Twinkies Debut at Walmart
The collaboration between Hostess Brands and Walmart brings deep-fried dessert to retail.

Parker’s Co-Hosts Pokemon Go Clean-Up Event
Gamers can play Pokemon and help keep the city of Savannah clean at an August 20 event.

Aug 12, 2016

U.S. Gymnast Laurie Hernandez Will Celebrate Her Gold Stateside at Wawa
Her brother’s proud Instagram posted ended with, ‘As soon as you land, we're going straight to Wawa.’

Networking Fun
This year’s NACS Show will offer attendees two evening events to mingle and connect.

Wichita Chef Eyes Gas Station Food
Marwan Chebaro will open food counters at local Valero stores.

Convenience Stores Reaping Olympic Gold
A new report finds that convenience stores are very popular among sports fans during huge sporting events.

Ann Arbor, Schenectady County Up Minimum Tobacco Buying Age to 21
The new Michigan ordinance will commence January 1, while the New York law takes effect September 1.

Aug 11, 2016

EMV Adoption Is Pushing Aside Other Payment Initiatives
A new study suggests that an EMV adoption bottleneck is pushing aside other priorities such as mobile payments, end-to-end encryption and tokenization.

VERC Enterprises Hosts U.S. Rep. Bill Keating
Congressman learned about the convenience store industry as part of the NACS In Store program.

LeBron Wants to Help Small Businesses
NBA superstar’s new contest will help him choose one small business to put his stamp on.

Starbucks, Lyft Link Up for Free Coffee
Members of the Starbucks loyalty program earn Stars by using Lyft during their morning commute.

CPG Selling Point: Fewer Ingredients
Food companies are touting simplicity as more consumers want to recognize what they eat.

Overbearing Wawa Employee Goes Viral
You’ll have to watch to believe how far one Wawa employee goes to deliver customer service.

Aug 10, 2016

Are C-Stores Ignoring the Aftermarket E-Vapor Opportunity?
Only 8% of vapers get e-cig and vaporizer accessories from convenience stores.

Grocery Stores See Sales Bump Through WIC Participation
By accepting vouchers from the federal Women, Infants and Children program, retailers bring in more business.

Snapchat Offers Retailers Marketing Opportunity
Brick-and-mortar chains are finding Snapchat to be a gold mine for promotions.

PepsiCo Takes Stubborn Soda National
The soft drink company is betting that its craft soda line will help to invigorate consumer interest in carbonated beverages.

Aug 9, 2016

Oregon C-Store Owner Dreams Big
From a lawn chair rigged with helium balloons to a growler program featuring 36 taps, Kent Couch continues to innovate and find the next big idea.

Turning Problems Into Customer Loyalty
When c-store workers commit to superior service, customers have better experiences.

No Coffee While Driving in New Jersey
Bill would ban drivers from drinking coffee, among other things, while behind the wheel.

Coles Tests New C-Store Brand
Big Yum at Little Coles is the supermarket chain’s latest entry to the Australian c-store market.

Rutter’s Dairy Releases Brand New Organic Milk
Organic milk varieties expand beyond the Rutter’s convenience stores and into several grocery and fresh/organic retail outlets.

Aug 8, 2016

Canadian Health Group Pushes Plain Packaging for Soda
Health advocacy groups suggest that plain packaging on tobacco has worked so well that it should be used on all unhealthy products.

BLE Devices Detected at Dallas Fuel Dispensers
Thieves use Bluetooth devices to steal consumer card data while filling up at the pump.

Refreshing News
Overall, 85% of NACS retail members say they sell fresh fruit or vegetables, an eight-point increase over 2015.

McDonald’s of the Future Opens for Business
New restaurant offers table service and customizable menu options.

Aug 5, 2016

Small Operators Drive a Big Business
NACS Show offers free training sessions designed specifically for convenience store operators with five or fewer stores.

Weights and Measures Adopts Diesel Gallon Equivalents for CNG
NACS-backed amendment is adopted at the National Conference on Weights and Measures Annual Meeting.

Meat Snacks Continue to Grow
The dried meat snacks category jumped 4.3% over the past 12 months.

Indiana Convenience Store Thanks Police With Candy
The KB Express has started handing out bags of candy to emergency personnel.

Gulf Teams Up With Boston Red Sox, New York Mets
The oil company is partnering with Major League Baseball teams on a summer sweepstakes.

Aug 4, 2016

Avoid the EMV Chip Transaction?
The ‘real answer’ to better security could be in the mobile transaction.

U.S. Senators Voice Concerns to USDA on SNAP Proposal
Nearly half of the U.S. Senate signed a letter urging the USDA to revise its proposed rule.

Waitrose Opens First Cashless Store
The workplace store accepts card or mobile transactions at five self-service kiosks.

Speedway Miracle Tournament Raises $2.35 Million for CMN Hospitals
The tournament is the largest golf fundraising event for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Comcast Launches Bill Pay at 7-Eleven Stores
More than 7,700 Comcast customers can now pay their bill at a 7-Eleven.

Aug 3, 2016

Restaurants Struggle to Make Higher Wages Affordable
With minimum wages rising and new overtime legislation, retailers are looking for ways to cope and still turn a profit.

Proposed Regulations Seek to Close Estate and Gift Tax Loophole
The changes introduced by the U.S. Treasury will impact estates in excess of $5.45 million.

Pennsylvania Cigarette Tax Shutters Convenience Store
The owners of Korner News said the recent dollar increase in the state’s cigarette tax led to the closing.

Bottled Water’s Popularity Soaring
Concerns about health and lead contamination in drinking water are likely fueling the trend.

U.S. Households’ Demand for Convenience Foods Rises
A new U.S. Department of Agriculture report found that Americans increasingly turn to prepared foods.

Big Australian Retailers Move Into Convenience
Supermarkets have been quick to capitalize on smaller-format stores, but are now discovering the risks.

Aug 2, 2016

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

Equal Pay Comes to Massachusetts
New statewide law requires equal pay among men and women for comparable work.

GMO Bill Becomes Law
President Obama signed into law legislation that renders all potential state statutes on the labeling of foods containing GMOs null and void.

Casey’s General Store Helps Send Kids to MDA Summer Camp
Casey’s and MDA celebrate 10 years of partnership by raising funds through annual pinup program.

McDonald’s Makes Moves to Simplify Ingredients
QSR is replacing high-fructose corn syrup with sugar in its sandwich buns and rolling out preservative-free Chicken McNuggets.

Aug 1, 2016

FDA’s Deeming Rule Takes Effect August 8
Agency is offering information about which provisions take effect immediately or in the near future.

Tesco Offers Free Fruit for Kids
U.K.-based retailer is offering kids free fruit while their parents shop to encourage healthy eating.

What’s in a Name?
Podcast talks about what convenience stores should consider when branding their stores.

Programs Help Retool Healthy Options in Corner Stores
Specialized programs can also help stimulate local economies and boost in-store profits.

Coffee Nation
Out-of-home coffee consumption is big in the United Kingdom.

Jul 29, 2016

Just for Techies
At this year’s NACS Show, c-store tech experts will benefit from the targeted approach of the Technology Edge track.

Dollar General Gets Into Fuel
The discount retailer plans to add fresh produce and meat to store shelves and operate fueling stations.

Cash-Strapped Alabama Looks to Lottery
Governor Robert Bentley proposes that the state can keep the lights on with lottery revenue.

Chipotle to Start Flipping Burgers
Fast-causal chain is planning to add a burger restaurant to its portfolio.

Little Caesars Tests Breakfast
A Michigan location is experimenting with a breakfast ‘pizzini’ sandwich.

Jul 28, 2016

Satisfying Convenience Store Shoppers’ Sweet Cravings
Despite the proliferation of better-for-you options, consumers still crave sweet snacks, especially at convenience stores.

See Who’s Speaking at the 2016 NACS Show
Speaker Week wrapped up with the reveal of the general session speakers.

App Delivers C-Store Items to Doorsteps
On-demand delivery service wants users to say, ‘Goodbye convenience store. Hello goPuff.’

New Mexico Enables Play at the Pump Lottery
Linq3 and the New Mexico Lottery are bringing Play at the Pump technology to convenience retailers.

McDonald’s Announces 5,000 Jobs and ‘Walk-Thru’ Lane for Partiers
From 2:30 am to 4:00 am, customers can walk through a separate lane and order meals.

Jul 27, 2016

Amazon Is Prime for Air Delivery
Partnership with the U.K. government will explore steps to make parcel delivery via drones a reality.

Kwik Trip Helps Combat Childhood Obesity
Convenience retailer raised $65,000 to help invest in healthier futures for children.

Hire Right the First Time
NACS screening tool saves time, reduces costs and ensures convenience retailers make the right hires.

McDonald’s Comeback Hits a Snag
QSR believes expansion of all-day breakfast menu items this fall will provide another big boost.

Craft Brewers Continue Strong Growth
American craft beer production volume increased 8% during the first half of 2016.

Dressing for Success
Starbucks baristas can now be decked out in a range of colors and outfits that reflect their personal tastes.

Jul 26, 2016

Strategy Lessons from the Road
Consider the existing capabilities of your business to solve strategic business challenges.

7-Eleven Launches New Store Concept
Malaysian stores will feature the chain’s new lifestyle concept complete with bill pay, online purchases and locker pick-up services.

CITGO and Boston Red Sox Get in the Spirit
CITGO and its New England partners are teaming up with the Boston Red Sox Foundation for the Spirit Pump campaign.

EMV Migration Forum Changes Name to U.S. Payments Forum
The group is expanding its focus to additional emerging payments technologies.

Consumers Choose Coffee Nut for M&M’s
M&M’s first-ever flavor vote campaign reveals that Coffee Nut has prevailed as the fan favorite.

Jul 25, 2016

NACS Has Your Back
The only patented background screening solution is now available for convenience retailers.

7-Eleven Successfully Delivers Via Drone
The convenience retailer teamed with Flirtey for the first ever FAA-approved drone delivery to a customer's home.

Warm Weather Heats Up Sales
The latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast looks at convenience stores in the hot summer months.

High-Value Snacking on the Rise
Three in four Americans are willing to pay extra for snacks with high quality ingredients.

PMAA Community Supports Slain Police Officers
Association members encouraged to support the families of three officers killed near a B-Quik convenience store in Southeast Baton Rouge.

Speedway Teams With NCR on EMV
An EMV-ready hardware and software solution enables the convenience retailer to enhance the customer experience.

Jul 22, 2016

Peyton Manning To Headline NACS Show General Session Speakers
The famed NFL quarterback will kick off the final day of the Show on October 21 in Atlanta.

Justice Department Clears Way for AB InBev-SABMiller Merger
DOJ gives the go-ahead for two of the world’s largest beer companies to merger.

Missouri Law Expands Growlers to C-Stores
The new law allows retailers to fill growlers up to 128 ounces.

Hello, Kitty Café
How a very popular international brand is taking on the pop-up restaurant world.

Hands-On Approach to Nutrition
School district foodservice directors find that hands-on programs keep young consumers interested in school nutrition programs.

Burger King Jumps on National Hot Dog Day
Locations are serving $1 hot dogs on July 23.

Jul 21, 2016

NACS Show To Highlight Industry Innovators
Speaker Week announcements continue with a new Ideas 2 Go video, to be featured as the day three general session.

Pokemon Protection?
For some businesses the influx of Pokemon users is a boon, but don’t ignore potential security risks.

VERC Enterprises Sends Fruit Baskets to Police Departments
New England convenience store chain’s special delivery to local police departments is a gesture made both in admiration and support.

GC Express Customers Earn Perks for Mobile Payments at the Pump
Mobile payment option can lower interchange costs by more than half.

It’s a Date!
7-Eleven and Redbox are getting back together this summer for a Big Gulp and a movie.

Hostess Introduces Whole Grain Mini Muffins
Three new flavor varieties tap into consumers’ desire for snacking on the go.

Jul 20, 2016

Learn How To Be Happier
NACS Show general session speaker Steve Gross of the Life is Good Playmakers will focus on building resilience and bringing greater joy to the workplace.

Showcasing How C-Stores Contribute to Their Communities
An updated NACS toolkit helps retailers engage with community groups in a positive way.

Japan Tobacco Muscles Into American Market With LD Brand
The company is bringing inexpensive cigarettes to the United States.

Banking on Coffee
Capital One has recently opened two new hybrid coffee shops and banks in Chicago.

Illinois Bans Sale of Bath Salts
Retailers convicted of selling the illegal substances will face felony charges.

Jul 19, 2016

NACS Show Speaker Week Is Here
Find out who’s taking the stage at the 2016 NACS Show general sessions this week.

Walmart Begins Ban on Visa Cards
The retailer’s threat to ban the use of Visa cards at its Canadian stores is underway.

Chick-fil-A Adds More Chicken to Breakfast
QSR launched the Egg White Grill for consumers seeking a healthier on-the-go breakfast option.

How Does the RFS Affect Retailers?
The latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast explores the Renewable Fuel Standard and how retailers, consumers and other market participants have been affected.

Retailers Free Up Resources for Re-investment in Innovation
New research suggests that inflexibility is hindering retailers’ ability to compete and grow.

Dunkin’ Shops Coming to BJ’s Wholesale Clubs
In-store food courts will disappear from the warehouse stores to make room for Dunkin’.

Jul 18, 2016

Just the Facts
Newly released NACS State of the Industry Fact Book provides detailed statistics on decades of convenience and fuel retailing industry data.

DOL Overtime Rule Top of Mind in Congress
Oregon representative introduces a bill to phase in new overtime rules.

Second 365 by Whole Foods Market Opens in Oregon
New store was designed with grab-and-go and convenience in mind.

New York Cracks Down on Synthetic Drugs
State will vigorously pursue all civil and criminal remedies against businesses that sell the illegal substances, often disguised as potpourri or incense.

MasterCard Creates Apple Pay Competitor
The card brand is expanding its Masterpass digital payment platform so shoppers can use the service on their mobile device at the point of sale.

Jul 15, 2016

London Judge Orders MasterCard to Pay Sainsbury Millions
The U.K. supermarket chain won a $90.8 million judgment against the credit card firm because of high fees the grocer had to pay.

New GMO Law Clears Final Congressional Hurdle
The House okayed the Senate version of a federal standard for genetically modified organism food labels.

Tell Us on Video: Why Attend the NACS Show in Atlanta
The grand prize package includes dinner with a celebrity chef, hotel room upgrade and VIP seats for all general sessions at the Show.

Pokemon Go Drives Sales at Retail
For just over a dollar an hour, small businesses can reap the benefits of insane amounts of foot traffic.

Everything’s Bigger in Texas
If you missed Monday’s new Convenience Matters podcast, you can still tune in to hear how Texas retailers drive a number of industry trends that may affect your business.

San Marcos Requires Licenses for Tobacco, E-cig Retailers
While California already mandates tobacco retailers obtain a special license, city officials say they need the local license fees for regular checks at tobacco sellers.

Jul 14, 2016

Retailers, QSRs Bank on Unofficial Holidays
Companies use unofficial holidays to raise brand awareness and engage customers with freebies.

Consumers Expect Financial Turmoil Come 2017
Whether it’s Trump or Clinton, consumers expect their financial health to deteriorate next year.

Nearly 1 In 3 Consumers Victimized By Card Fraud
Data demonstrates the need for financial institutions to implement and actively maintain effective fraud prevention solutions.

Taco Bell Doubles Down on Vegas
New Cantina restaurant expected to have a distinctly local experience on the Las Vegas Strip.

Future Workforce More Concerned With Connections, Experiences
New study suggests that college students are less concerned about chasing dollars and more interested in gaining exposure to new ideas and developing critical thinking skills.

Jul 13, 2016

Massachusetts Eyes Online Lottery
The state is asking legislators to approve lottery games played on computers and mobile devices.

NACS Urges Congress to Protect Debit Reform
More than 120 retail companies sign letter opposing a Durbin Amendment repeal.

Publix Partners With Instacart
The supermarket chain is the latest to join with the grocery delivery service.

Southern Living Showcases South’s Best Gas Station Eats
The magazine highlights 10 must-eat convenience store restaurants.

Starbucks Increases Employee Compensation
The company also enhances its health care benefits and makes changes to the employee dress code.

Florida Retailer Paints Mural to Depict Menu
The convenience store owner hired a local artist to paint pictures of pizza, ice cream, hot dogs, burgers, fries, soda and beer.

Jul 12, 2016

Consumer Optimism Rises as Gas Prices Drop
NACS consumer survey reports highest level of consumer optimism since March.

Food Safety Disaster Lingers for Chipotle
How a tweet from the author of the popular Jason Bourne series dealt another blow to the embattled Mexican fast-casual chain.

Rutter’s Continues to Grow
New store caters to large trucks and heavy volumes of traffic, and features a dining room and free Wi-Fi.

Denny’s Responds to Consumer Demand for Real Food
Restaurant chain acknowledges that “good” simply isn’t good enough.

Small Town, Big Brand
In the town of Vinita, Oklahoma, a local convenience store is embracing more than beer and Bubba.

Jul 11, 2016

U.S. Senate Backs Federal GMO Labeling
Legislation would establish mandatory requirements for labeling food products that contain genetically modified organisms.

Pret A Manger Heads to the Service Station
Fast-growing all-natural foodservice chain is planning to launch its first shop at a Welcome Break motorway service station.

Free Fruit for Kids!
Family Express is giving kids one piece of fruit for free as part of the convenience store chain’s summertime healthy foods initiative.

Cumberland Farms Announces Millions in Savings
Smart Pay program has saved customers $50 million since its launch in 2013.

Today Is 7-Eleven’s Day
7-Eleven is celebrating its 89th birthday with free Slurpees.

Jul 8, 2016

Robot Delivery Starts in Europe
In England, Germany and Switzerland, autonomous robots are bringing food to consumers.

Colorado Group Kicks Off Campaign to Raise Tobacco Tax
The organization wants to increase the state’s cigarette tax by $1.75 per pack.

What Coming Changes to Payment Standards Mean for Your Business
Rescheduled for July 28, this webinar will explain how ISO20022 will impact petroleum retailers.

Creating Memorable Slogans
Try these five techniques to come up with an unforgettable slogan for your c-store.

Zero-Waste Retailers Reduce Garbage
A new grocery store without bags and packages will soon open in New York.

Jul 7, 2016

Convenience Store Sales Remain Strong for First Half of 2016
More retailers also are selling more prepared foods and see foodservice as a growth opportunity, according to a new NACS survey.

Why Attend the NACS Show in Atlanta?
NACS Show Retailer Video Contest gives convenience retailers the chance to win an exclusive and VIP prize package for this year’s must-attend industry event.

Merchant Community Urges Congress to Protect Debit Swipe Fee Reform
In a joint letter sent to Capitol Hill, more than 160 associations, including NACS, are asking members of Congress to protect meaningful debit reform provided by the Durbin Amendment.

McDonald’s to Expand All-Day Breakfast Menu
New around-the-clock breakfast items are coming to menus this fall.

Walmart Pay Now Available Nationwide
Retailer says that 88% of transactions come from repeat Walmart Pay users.

Jul 6, 2016

The Double-Speak of Big Banks
What the largest financial institutions won’t reveal about swipe fees.

Fuel Market’s Crystal Ball
The Fuels Institute’s upcoming symposium offers an in-depth look at the fuels and vehicles market over the next two decades.

Proposed SNAP Rule Will Harm Convenience Stores
NACS cautions that prohibiting convenience stores from accepting SNAP benefits will negatively affect not only retailers but their customers and communities.

The Wawa Foundation Announces First Hero Award Recipient
SPIN Special People in Northeast is recognized during the Wawa Welcome America festivities.

Jul 5, 2016

How an American Classic Got Its Name
For more than 100 years, the hot dog has been a favorite fast-food staple in the United States, but how it got its name is still a matter of debate.

The End of the Gas Station?
Start-ups promise to end the traditional fill-up and visits to gas stations. The latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast examines the likelihood of such predictions.

UPS, 7-Eleven Expand 24/7 Access to Deliveries
More than 300 pick-up lockers will be placed at 7-Eleven stores and other retailers nationwide.

Puma Launches New Foodservice Concept in Australia
Company wants its 7th Street Café convenience concept to be a destination for gourmet food and coffee.

Rutter’s Kicks Off New Pizza Program
Fresh-baked, made-to-order pizzas are now available.

Sheetz Continues Eastern Expansion
Convenience store chain is opening four new stores in four states.

Jul 1, 2016

Visa, Mastercard Settlement Overthrown by Appeals Court
NACS applauds U.S. Court's dismissal of unfair settlement.

Amazon Branches Out into Private Label Food
The first products released by the e-commerce giant include Mama Bear baby food and Happy Belly coffee.

Visa Files Suit Against Walmart
The credit card company countersued the retailer, alleging that the company tested a payment system that sidestepped the need for signature verification.

Senator Pushes for Security Measures in Cars With Internet Connections
Massachusetts legislator wants to be sure that such protections aren’t an “afterthought.”

Mondelez Extends $23 Billion Takeover Offer for Hershey
The merger would keep the Hershey name, but the company’s board unanimously rejected the bid.

Kentucky Takes Steps to Prevent Skimming at Gas Pumps
Employees of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture will look for evidence of tampering as part of routine inspections.

Kellogg’s to Open Cereal Café in New York
The eatery will sell bowls of its branded cereal, with plans to start delivering later this year.

Jun 30, 2016

California Tobacco Ban Is DOA
The measure did not receive a motion to support, making it officially dead on arrival before the California State Assembly.

U.S. Court Rejects Visa, MasterCard Settlement
$7.25 billion settlement called “unreasonable and inadequate.”

Cold Drinks and Ice Sales Spike During July 4th Holiday
The Fourth of July holiday is shaping up to be the busiest weekend of the year for convenience stores, especially for customers buying beverages or bags of ice.

QuikTrip, Sheetz Named Top Workplaces for Millennials
Fortune’s second annual list ranks the top workplaces for the largest generation in the U.S. workforce.

Chipotle Spices Up Menu with Chorizo
The chain is also offering a new customer rewards program from July through September.

Hershey’s Delivers Messages on Chocolate Bars to Team USA
New “Hello From Home” campaign features U.S. gymnast Simone Biles.

Jun 29, 2016

Kroger Files Suit Against Visa Over PIN
The grocer cites fines over the requirement to use PIN confirmation for debit card transactions.

NACS State of the Industry Report Now Available
Newly released report of 2015 industry data examines economic conditions and their potential impact on the industry.

Dunkin’ Donuts Debuts Summertime Sweets
For a limited time the doughnut chain is offering the new Lemon Croissant Donut and Key Lime Square.

Nielsen Celebrates America’s ‘Unsung Household Heroes’
The 2016 U.S. Breakthrough Innovation Award winners include CPGs such as Nestle, Amplify Snack Brands and Kellogg’s.

A Bubbly Wedding Pairs Delta Sonic with Love
A New York couple tied the knot by riding through a Delta Sonic car wash in the back of a limousine.

Jun 28, 2016

What Will ISO20022 Mean to Your Business?
July 21 webinar covers the requirements for the next generation payment standard for petroleum retailers.

Free App Fights Skimming at the Pump
SkimDefend helps retailers enhance their fuel dispenser security.

Fast-Food Visits Drop
Growth has stalled for quick-service restaurants, a sign that experts say points to uncertainty about the economy.

Millennials Embrace Coupons
The demographic has mostly migrated to digital discounts, but paper coupons are holding their own.

Jun 27, 2016

Hensarling Legislation Undercuts Consumers and Competition
Financial CHOICE Act draft bill includes a full repeal of the Durbin Amendment.

We Card
The latest ‘Convenience Matters’ podcast looks at how retailers responsibly verify age-restricted transactions.

GMO Bill Aimed at Preventing Confusing Labeling Laws
Food manufacturers would have three options to show that their products contain genetically modified organisms.

CNG Sites Available Every 100 Miles Along Oklahoma Interstates
OnCue Express and Love’s Travel Stops representatives reflect on the importance of compressed natural gas distribution.

Jun 24, 2016

NACS Releases Tobacco ‘Deeming Rule’ Memo
E-cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products now subject to regulation.

Pilot Flying J and Speedway Enter into Joint Venture
The agreement is designed to improve service for drivers in the Southeast region.

Maine Threatens to Pull Out of SNAP
The governor is considering ending the state’s participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program if it can’t forbid candy and sugar-sweetened drink purchases.

Accolades for NACS In Store Program
The program, which aims to educate Congress about the industry, received several awards recently for its outstanding work.

Burger King Debuts Mac ‘n Cheetos
The fast-food chain partners with Pepsi to create a brand hybrid.

Jun 23, 2016

Portland Increases Tobacco-Buying Age to 21
The Maine city retains its legal smoking age of 18, however.

CVS Expands Healthy Foods Initiative
The drugstore chain is devoting prominent shelf space to better-for-you foods.

Dunkin’ Donuts to Sell Cold Brew Iced Coffee
The doughnut chain will start selling the drink at New York and Los Angeles locations on Monday.

Potential Soda Tax ‘A Lazy Way to Fight Obesity’
The Australasian c-store association pointed out that “better health outcomes are not achieved by taxing certain customers.”

Baby Boomers Retiring in the Suburbs
Many in this key c-store demographic want to stay in their current house, but the suburbs might not be kind to an aging population.

Jun 22, 2016

NACS reFresh Launches Distribution Primer for Fresh Produce
New deliverable from NACS and United Fresh identifies best practices to grow fresh produce sales in convenience stores.

Engaging Employees Drives Sales
Newest NACS Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council report shows the most important driver of worker engagement is knowing management cares.

Kiosks Are Not Replacing QSR Workers
Wendy's and McDonald's say self-ordering kiosk tests are not tied to higher minimum wage movements.

MasterCard Makes Changes to Chargebacks
Card company also says EMV terminal deployment testing for merchants can be completed in hours, not days or weeks.

Quality Pays Off for Fast Food Chains
A new focus on quality ingredients is helping to boost quick-service restaurants to levels approaching sit-down restaurants.

Latte Lawsuit Moves Forward
Judge says that Starbucks can be sued for underfilling lattes.

Jun 21, 2016

Chargeback Changes Coming to Convenience Stores
Some smaller retailers report $10,000 to $15,000 increases in chargebacks per week, while larger retailers are experiencing $1 million in chargebacks per week.

Healthy Fast-Casuals to Eat the McDonald’s and Taco Bell Brands for Lunch
AOL co-founder Steve Case believes fast-casuals with healthier options and ingredients will eat into the market share fast-food chains have maintained.

Fresh Opportunities for Convenience Stores
The latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast shares insights for increasing fresh produce sales.

Topaz Named Best Place to Work in Europe
Ireland-based convenience retail chain has been recognized as one of the best large workplaces in Europe for the fourth time.

Woolworths Takes on Convenience
Australian grocer’s small format Metro stores are bringing grab-and-go offers and top-up shopping to time-starved commuters.

Jun 20, 2016

Bloomberg Backs Soda Tax Expansion
After success in Philadelphia, the former New York mayor is preparing to fund similar efforts out West.

Local Initiative Promotes Healthy C-Store Meals
The 4-Way Quik Stop and county health department are teaming up to bring healthy meal solutions to a rural community.

Students Showcase the Future of Transportation
Winning submissions from this year’s Fuels Institute Case Competition now available online.

C-Store Owner Takes a Stand Against Drugs
Fed up with watching his customers go through drug addiction and overdoses, a local convenience store owner is bringing awareness to his community.

West Virginia to Raise Cigarette Tax
Effective July 1, the price per pack will increase by 65 cents.

Jun 17, 2016

Philly Passes Soda Tax
Philadelphia is the first major city in the U.S. to enact a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.

Conexxus Updates Data Security Information
The new document has up-to-the-minute ways for retailers to protect payment card data at the pump.

Should C-Stores Restrict Teen Patronage?
The question was addressed recently on a regional radio show.

Father’s Day Spending to Reach $14.3 Billion
Consumers say they will spend more than ever on Father’s Day this year.

Ricker’s to Add 200 Jobs in 2016 Hiring Surge
The additional employees will work in foodservice at more than half of the company’s 56 locations.

Sanborn and Market Gas Offers Overnight Accommodations
The station rents out its space through Airbnb overnight after closing.

Jun 16, 2016

Harmful Swipe Fee Legislation Introduced in Congress
Retiring Texas Republican takes aim at the Durbin Amendment.

Home Depot Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Visa and MasterCard
Lawsuit alleges that Visa and MasterCard are colluding to prevent the adoption of the more secure chip and PIN technology so that they can maintain market dominance and profits.

Sheetz Applauds Reforms to Pennsylvania Liquor Laws
The convenience store chain is welcoming the long-overdue ability to sell beer in Pennsylvania.

Phillips 66 Program Helps Independent Operators Purchase Foodservice Equipment
Convenience Store Alliance is offering independent operators a new discount program for foodservice equipment through

FDA Warns Whole Foods About Food Safety
Warning letter says the upscale grocer had failed to address a long list of food safety issues after an inspection at a plant that makes prepared foods.

Jun 15, 2016

Visa Helps Reduce Fraud at the Pump
Visa says its Transaction Advisor service has reduced fraud chargeback rates by 51% and counterfeit fraud rates by 54%.

Free Mobile Commerce Webinar Tomorrow
Retailers should tune in June 16 to hear real-life examples for designing and implementing a mobile commerce program.

Faster, Inexpensive Delivery Drives Online Shopping
A new survey found that online consumers are becoming more demanding when it comes to shipping options.

Snapple Announces Its Patriotic Summer
Snapple invites Americans to take a refreshing break with its new flavors and local events.

Subway Launches Subway Digital Group
The worldwide sandwich chain wants to transform the guest experience.

Jun 14, 2016

Walmart Canada Says ‘No’ to Visa
Retailer will stop accepting Visa at its Canadian stores due to ‘unacceptably high’ credit card fees.

QuickChek Expands Mobile Ordering Menu
New Jersey-based convenience retail chain is adding more options to its mobile ordering app.

An Eye on Crime
Bazzi Oil & Gas teamed up with the Detroit Police Department to pilot a program aimed at reducing crime at convenience stores.

Cumberland Farms Celebrates a Decade of Investing in Youth
Convenience retailer's “Believe & Achieve” Scholarship Program sends its tenth class of students to college.

Jun 13, 2016

Congress Examines Fraud and Trafficking in SNAP
House subcommittee examined efforts that would give states greater control over fraud and trafficking in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Disruption in Convenience Retail
How it’s defined depends on how retailers handle it, advised James Hallam of Accenture.

NACS Scholarship Program Deadline This Week
Retailers have until June 15 to urge their college workers to submit an application.

Cigarette Smoking Among U.S. High School Students Declines
A new CDC study also finds an increased use of e-cigarettes by youth.

Advocacy Advice from Those Who Succeed
The latest Convenience Matters podcast shares NACS member insights into how you can engage your elected leaders.

Bottled Water Consumption Grew 120%
Plain water is primed to become the most consumed beverage in the United States.

Cities Transformed by Young, Wealthy Residents
More educated, high-income people are choosing to live in urban neighborhoods at a clip not experienced in 40 years.

Jun 10, 2016

Applegreen Named 2016 Convenience Retailer of the Year
U.K. retailer takes home the coveted NACS Insight award; S-Group wins Technology Innovation Award and Marks & Spencer wins Sustainability Award.

Global Retailer Perspectives
Case studies from innovative global retailers opened the doors to their sophisticated operations.

Consumers Present Multiple Opportunities for Beverage Sales
A new study by Coca-Cola reveals that the average American has 22 away-from-home life situations each week.

Mexico’s Pemex Gas Stations Get Competition
The two companies have joined together to open three gas stations.

More Consumers Drinking Breakfast
A new study finds that two in five U.S. consumers are drinking nutritional and performance beverages for their morning meal.

Jun 9, 2016

Hensarling Legislation Would Hurt Consumers, Main-Street Businesses
The Merchants Payments Coalition is against the new House proposed changes to Dodd-Frank.

London Calling
Positioning better-for-you offers and fresh food offers take center stage at 2016 NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe in London.

Top International Retail Issues Get the Spotlight
A roundtable panel at Convenience Summit – Europe gathers insights from My Local, Spar International and Lekkerland.

DC Council Boosts City’s Minimum Wage to $15
The higher hourly wage will be lifted over a four-year period.

Free Webinar on Mobile Commerce on June 16
Conexxus and the W. Capra Consulting Group will present real-life examples for designing and implementing a mobile commerce program for retailers.

Pennsylvania Passes Bill to Allow Convenience Stores to Sell Wine
The measure also lets grocery stores, restaurants and hotels sell up to four bottles of wine to go.

Jun 8, 2016

House Financial Services Chairman Proposes Repeal of Swipe Fee Reform
Chairman Jeb Hensarling proposed a repeal of debit swipe fee reform as part of his Wall Street reform package.

What We Learned in Sweden
NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe explores Swedish retailing and gains insights into consumers and a society on the verge of becoming cashless.

Reward Your Student Workers With a NACS Scholarship
Retailers have through June 15 to encourage their college student employees to apply.

How to Comply with Overtime-Exemption Requirements
NACS webinar outlined factors for retailers to consider when navigating the new overtime rules.

Seattle Considers Work Schedule Regulations
The city is weighing whether to make businesses provide two weeks’ advance notice of schedules, among other considerations.

Unexplained Rise in Violent Crime in U.S. Cities
The increase in homicides, rapes and robberies have baffled law enforcement.

Kraft Heinz Emphasizes Natural, Organic Ingredients
The food manufacturer has made small changes to some of its core products.

Jun 7, 2016

C-Store Closes Because of High Card Fees
The owner of Quechee Mobil Mart pointed to credit and debit card usage as leading to her decision to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Shared Travel: Revolution or Evolution?
The latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast examines how the emerging shared travel trend will affect fuel retailers.

Yakima Convenience Store Known for Asian Dishes
Customers flock from all over to munch on teriyaki and fried rice at a Washington State store.

Japan’s Craft Beer Boom Continues
The country has embraced brews from smaller companies.

Oklahoma Voters Will Decide Whether to Change Alcohol Laws
The question of letting convenience and grocery stores sell wine and cold beer will be on the November ballot.

Jun 6, 2016

California Bill Bans Tobacco Sales from C-Stores
State Senate legislation would restrict the sale of tobacco products to 18-and-over cigar shops.

Walmart Testing Grocery Delivery with Uber, Lyft
The last-mile delivery service is intended to help Walmart go head-to-head with Amazon.

Anheuser-Busch, Starbucks Hit the Bottle
The two companies are joining forces to brew bottled Teavana tea.

Where’s the Fresh Beef?
Apparently it’s quietly being tested at McDonald’s.

Skipping the Line Is All the Rage
From Chick-fil-A to Dunkin’ Donuts, technology is helping customers pay ahead and skip long lines.

Clif Bar Issues Voluntary Recall of Sierra Trail Mix Energy Bars in Canada
Recall has been initiated due to a potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

Jun 3, 2016

NACS Payroll Card Program Provides Retailers With Payment Solutions
The association has a program that helps lower payroll costs for both the retailer and employee.

Lawson Eyes U.S. C-Store Market
The Japanese retailer wants to accelerate its overseas holdings.

Filling Up With Healthy Gas Station Food
An Iowa man commits to eating at convenience stores for 30 days to prove it’s possible to find healthful options.

Ontario’s Billion Dollar Illegal Tobacco Problem
The National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco asks for help to reduce the number of illegal cigarettes.

North Carolina Publix Embraces its Foodie Future
The hybrid store blends traditional with a more food-focused experience.

Jun 2, 2016

FDA Tackles Salt Levels
New draft voluntary guidelines seek to reduce sodium content in everything from soups to bakery foods.

White House Pulls FDA Restrictions on E-Cigarette Flavors
Language has been removed that would have yanked flavored e-cigarettes from the market until they had been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration.

How New Overtime Regs Affect Your Workforce
Free NACS webinar today is designed to help convenience stores understand new overtime rules and how to comply.

Seattle C-Store Serves Poke
Traditional Hawaiian dish is resonating with customers in a non-traditional location.

Chick-fil-A Launches New Mobile App
App allows for meal customization and an advance order and payment for skipping the line.

Canada Moves Ahead With Plain Packaging
A public consultation will run until the end of August on plain packaging requirements for tobacco products sold throughout Canada.

Jun 1, 2016

Norway, New Zealand Gear Up for Plain Tobacco Packaging
This week, the WHO also released a report claiming plain packaging slashes smoking rates.

Is the Age of Thrift Upon Us?
Dollar stores are winning more U.S. consumers as they seek to save money.

Starbucks Seizes Opportunity in Multibillion Dollar Cold Coffee Market
The coffeehouse chain expects the category of cold coffee to double over the next three years.

Rutter’s Wins in Best of York 2016
The chain received first place in Best Milk for the 14th consecutive year.

Americans Celebrate National Candy Month in June
Most people enjoy candy around twice a week.

Ricker's to Provide Free ATM Cash Withdrawals
Beginning today, the Indiana convenience store chain will provide the service at each of its locations.

May 31, 2016

U.S. Cities Want to Tax Sugary Drinks
Carbonated soft drinks and sugary drinks are under attack by cities thirsty for a new source of revenue.

MasterCard Reports Decline in Counterfeit Fraud
The number of merchants accepting chip cards increased to 1.4 million as of April 30, according to MasterCard data.

Showcasing Great Ideas
The latest ‘Convenience Matters’ podcast looks at how retailers can reshape their business through video.

Plain Packaging and Australian Politicking Has Failed
Australia has found itself in a ‘preposterous position,’ one that other countries should avoid at all costs.

May 27, 2016

Stay on Top of the Visa/MasterCard Lawsuit
NACS counsel provides answers about the current status of the antitrust litigation against Visa, MasterCard and the major banks.

Get a Grip on Labor Costs
The NACS State of the Industry Compensation Report® of 2015 Data helps convenience store companies benchmark themselves in areas such as compensation levels, staff turnover and benefits.

PA Governor Applauds ‘Free the Six-Pack’ Movement
Convenience stores are even closer to selling beer in Pennsylvania.

365 By Whole Foods Market Opens in Los Angeles
Smaller format offers a craft brew bar, a “Carrot Dog” and a new loyalty program.

Coca-Cola Celebrates 75-Year USO Partnership with Patriotic Packaging
Limited edition red, white and blue packaging features song lyric, “I’m Proud To Be An American.”

May 26, 2016

NACS Toolkit Helps C-Stores Grow Better-for-You Sales
The new online resource shares eight easy-to-implement and low-cost ways to increase healthy offerings at convenience stores.

North Carolina Inspects Gas Dispensers for Skimmers
The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services found three card skimmers out of more than 8,000 gasoline pumps.

McLane Launches Custom Supply Chain Solution for Fresh Produce
The new solution fills market void by giving c-stores a consistent option to provide consumers with safe and quality fresh produce.

Sugar Taxes Can Help Fund Cities
A New York Times op-ed sees the future as being fueled by taxes on sugar-sweetened drinks.

3,000 French Gas Stations Out of Fuel
An oil strike has forced around a fourth of the country’s stations to close because of lack of gasoline.

May 25, 2016

U.S. Adult Smoking Rate Drops to 15%
The CDC’s new report shows the national smoking rate registered the largest one-year decrease in more than two decades.

The Top Reason That Summer Vacationers Will Stop Is…
According to recent NACS survey data, the list of reasons travelers visit convenience stores are varied.

Coffee Goes Cold
The chilled version has become big business in the United States.

Panera Keeps It Simple
The bakery-café chain is removing artificial ingredients and has upped its from-scratch recipes.

Summer Snacking and C-stores Go Together
General Mills Convenience & Foodservice shares strategies to help convenience stores make the most of the busy summer season.

May 24, 2016

Thieves Steal $12.7 Million from Convenience Store ATMs
Coordinated attack took less than three hours at convenience stores across Japan.

NACS Program Helps Emerging Leaders Build Growth Skills
Leadership for Success offers participants the skills they need to immediately improve their leadership and operational performance.

Smoothie Operator
Smoothies offer generous margins and incremental beverage sales growth for convenience stores.

What’s the Big Idea?
Find out how retailers search for new ideas in this week’s NACS Convenience Matters podcast.

Summer Loving Happens So Fast
Skip the bars and club scene: ‘Missed Connections’ are happening at the local Wawa.

May 23, 2016

2016 NACS Show Registration Officially Open
The first 2,000 retailers to register will receive our Best Saver rate.

How New Overtime Regs May Affect Your Business
NACS webinar series designed to help convenience stores understand the new rules and how to comply.

FDA Is Updating the Nutrition Panel
Food and drink companies will need to disclose added sugars.

QuickChek Associate Shares Inspirational Journey
Inspired by his family, Sebastian Galvez is pursuing his dream of higher education and giving back.

Employee Engagement: Time to Get Started
NACS Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council study shows how retailers can embrace and measure employee engagement.

Legislation Seeks to Eliminate Biodiesel Blenders’ Credit
NACS opposes the bill, which would replace the biodiesel blenders’ tax credit with a producers’ credit.

May 20, 2016

Enmarket, McLane Join Partnership for a Healthier America
The convenience store chain and distributor are committing to providing healthier options to consumers.

Senate Appropriators Pass Amendment to Block Provisions in SNAP Rule
The changes will allow convenience stores to continue participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

House Passes Legislation to Delay Ozone Rule
NACS supports the bill, which will be scheduled for a floor vote sometime this summer.

Retail Trade Associations Petition Congress to Support Debit Reform
NACS, along with many state associations in the industry, support the changes made in the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Dairy Queen Throws Its Hat into the Coffee Ring
The ice cream and burger chain has begun serving a new line of cold, caffeinated products.

Bitcoin Available in Mexican Convenience Stores
Bitso and Zmart Group have teamed up to offer the digital currency at retailers across Mexico.

May 19, 2016

EPA Releases Proposed Renewable Volume Obligations for 2017
The proposed grain-based ethanol volume is higher than the 2016 amount at 14.8 billion gallons.

Government Issues Long-Awaited Overtime Rule
Final rule doubles the current salary threshold under which all employees must be paid overtime for any hours worked over 40 per week.

San Francisco Law Singles Out Soft Drinks
Court denies a request to stop the city from requiring health warnings on soda advertisements.

Convenience Store Popularity Is Strong Among Britons
New research suggests that convenience sector growth has been driven by a shift in grocery habits from consumers who are looking to cut down on the time spent grocery shopping.

NACS and Hundreds of C-Store Owners Tell USDA to Fix the Retailer SNAP Proposal
NACS has called on the Food & Nutrition Service to withdraw its proposed rule so that convenience stores can continue to play an integral role in the program.

Attend Today’s Webinar on Visa Small Merchant Security Program
Register by 11:50 am ET to participate in today’s Conexxus program.

May 18, 2016

New Federal Overtime Rules Expected Today
The new rules will double the current salary threshold under which all employees must be paid overtime for any hours worked over 40 per week.

California Could See Tobacco Hike on November Ballot
Enough signatures have been collected to put a $2-per-pack raise on the state’s cigarette tax before voters on Nov. 8.

Kwik Fill Launches Mobile Coupon Program
The convenience retailer teamed up with Koupon Media to implement mobile offers that drive loyalty, store traffic and increased sales.

Employers Can’t Find Drug-Free Workers
Companies increasingly find it difficult to hire workers who can pass a drug test.

Aldi Embraces Its Softer Side
The German discount chain has begun designing stores with a warmer tone.

More Americans Think of Grads With a Gift
The average person buying graduation gifts will spend $106.45—a 3.9% jump from last year.

The Most Visited Restaurant in the U.S.? McDonald’s
7-Eleven nabbed the No. 15 spot in terms of foot traffic last month.

May 17, 2016

NACS, Pinnacle Launch Industry’s First Skimming Defense App
New SkimDefend mobile solution will help convenience store operators enhance fuel dispenser security and combat skimming.

Amazon Launches Private-Label Products
The e-commerce conglomerate is branding products ranging from diapers to perishable foods.

Tomorrow Is the Deadline to Submit Comments on SNAP
May 18 is the final day for convenience retailers to comment on proposed rules that will limit a convenience store’s ability to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Krispy Kreme Brings Sweet Treats to Convenience Stores
New partnership with TSW Foods is making Krispy Kreme brand packaged sweet snacks available to convenience stores nationwide.

Conexxus Hosts Webinar on Visa’s Small Merchant Security Program
A Visa representative will share updates on the program’s compromise trends and mitigation strategies.

May 16, 2016

Congressional Black Caucus Raises Concerns Over SNAP Proposed Rule
You can make your voice heard by sending your comments on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program proposed rule by May 18.

Skimming: What You Need to Know
NACS ‘Convenience Matters’ podcast examines the threat that skimming poses to consumers and retailers and what’s being done to mitigate risks.

Senator Durbin Probes FTC on EMV Certification
The Illinois senator is asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the EMV certification process and whether backlogs are preventing retailers from accepting chip card transactions.

Reese's Pieces Peanut Butter Cups Coming Soon
This new confection brings together Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and mini Reese's Pieces candies.

Job Resources and Demands Are Essential Business Building Blocks
NACS Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council study shows that employees need job-related tools and a positive work environment to succeed.

Wendy’s Adds Self-Service Kiosks
The move to self-serve technology signals the QSR’s attempt to help control labor costs.

May 13, 2016

House Committee Criticizes SNAP Proposed Rule
Casey’s General Stores testifies before House panel on effects of proposed rule.

Conexxus Names New Board Members
Newly elected officers hail from the Pinnacle Corporation, Coca-Cola and Vertifone Inc., among other companies.

The Continued Success of Big-Box Stores
While some large retailers have closed or filed for bankruptcy, club and warehouse stores are still thriving.

Japan’s Electric Car Charge Points Overtake Gasoline Stations
A survey discovered that the island country has less than 35,000 petrol stations, versus more than 40,000 recharge points.

Kum & Go Adds Growler Fill-up to New Stores
The c-store chain will build new locations with room for beer-on-tap stations.

Australian Convenience Stores Outpace Grocery Channel in Sales
In-store sales at c-stores jumped 3.7% last year, with fuel volume accelerating 1.8%.

May 12, 2016

Walmart Sues Visa Over Lack of PIN Use
Retailer’s legal challenge is about protecting consumers from fraud.

Government Seeks to Modernize ‘Healthy’
The Food and Drug Administration is reevaluating its 1990s definition of ‘healthy’ food.

Fuels Institute’s Symposium Examines Heavy-Duty Vehicles
Industry experts will discuss how natural gas is emerging within the heavy-duty vehicle market.

Wendy’s Data Breach Went on For Months
Investigation reveals 300 Wendy’s locations experienced a cyberattack, with some restaurants still experiencing unrelated cybersecurity issues.

Raise the Roof
A 19,000-square-foot location, originally designed as a barn, houses Mr. Bunky’s Market.

Rutter’s Brings In Funds for Local Charities
The company’s 14th annual golf outing raised more than $165,000 for local charities.

May 11, 2016

Celebrate Your Overnight Employees Today
National Third Shift Workers Day is the annual recognition of those who labor through the night.

SNAP Comment Deadline May 18
Retailers have only a week to talk about what the proposed regulations would mean for their stores—and customers.

How NCR Technology Helps Rutter’s Deliver in Foodservice
Convenience and fuel retailers looking to enter or step up their participation in foodservice would do well to take a few tips out of Rutter’s book.

Trio of NACS Videos Highlight Ways to Leverage Foodservice Sales
These recorded webinars focus on beverages, supply chains and packaging.

Convenience Stores Increase Social Media Presence on College Campuses
University c-store foodservice directors use social media to connect with students.

Amazon Launches Meal Kit Delivery Service
This fall, Amazon Fresh and Tyson Foods join together to debut Tyson Taste Makers.

Gilbarco Veeder-Root Enables EMV at the Pump
Through a partnership with Verifone, FlexPay IV securely accepts EMV payments at the pump.

May 10, 2016

Retailers on the Hook for Counterfeit Transactions
Chargebacks are on the rise following the October 2015 EMV liability shift, and convenience retailers are fighting back.

Building Blocks: Hiring and Corporate Culture
NACS Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council study shows how two key factors can contribute to employee engagement.

Military Veterans Compete for a 7-Eleven Store
Contest invites the public to “like” their favorite veteran and video.

Fuels Institute Launches Summer Symposium Series
The series brings leading experts to the Washington, D.C., metro area to share the latest in market research, technology and policies within the fuels and vehicles industry.

McDonald’s Runs Out of Garlic Fries
Less than one week into the trial, the Golden Arches has run out of its seasoned French fries.

May 9, 2016

Soda Sales Rise Despite Higher Tax
Soft drink sales are up in Mexico after the government imposed a 10% tax on sugary drinks.

EU Court Moves Forward With Antismoking Laws
The European Union’s top court dismissed legal challenges against restrictive tobacco measures.

Peeling Back Data Security
Conexxus event highlights EVM roadblocks and how of data security layers deliver consumer protection.

I Got Money in My Pocket…Spend or Save?
NACS podcast explains what Americans are doing with their gas ‘savings.’

Delis Grow in Popularity
The demand for premade meal options has accelerated interest in the deli counter.

7-Eleven Introduces Shark Week-Inspired Donut
Blue Raspberry Slurpee-flavored donut helps promote the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week.

May 6, 2016

FDA Issues Deeming Tobacco Regulations
The long-awaited rules have a negative impact on e-cigarettes and will require congressional action to amend.

International Convenience Retailer of the Year Finalists Revealed
The winner will be unveiled at the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe on June 9.

California Smoking Age Now 21
The governor signed the legislation this week, which has an exemption for military personnel.

Technology Could Change the Way We Dine
From automated chefs to customer service, technology innovations are underway and looking to transform the foodservice labor force.

May 5, 2016

New Study Ranks Consumers’ Favorite Places to Fuel Up
With a focus on fresh food, convenience stores are eating into the quick-service restaurant business, according to a new survey.

Does Your Store Stink?
Study reveals that 93% of adults would avoid a store with bad odors and dirty restrooms.

Take Me Out to the Convenience Store
Ampm stores in Los Angeles are now selling the iconic Dodger Dog.

Convenient Options Have Profound Impact on Food Landscape
Path to the plate shows how the overall food industry has grown to about $1.4 trillion in sales.

May 4, 2016

The State of the Industry Is…
The latest ‘Convenience Matters’ podcast focuses on trends that could affect your business.

Protect SNAP in Your Store Today
File comments on a proposed rule change by May 18.

Singles Behind Push for Single-Serve Snacks
With more U.S. adults single, packaged snacks are adjusting to provide individual portions.

Fuels Institute Annual Meeting Attracts a Wide Array of Industry Professionals
Conference included education sessions, field trips and the annual University Case Competition.

Sheetz to Hire 8,000 Employees Companywide
The Fortune 100 Best Company to Work For will host open interviews in three states this month.

QuickChek Supports Military Nonprofit One Dollar at a Time
C-store’s donation from “dog tag” sales will benefit military families.

May 3, 2016

BMW Vice President to Discuss Automobile Mobility at Convenience Summit – Europe
Joachim Hauser will talk about “Disruption in the Age of Convenience” as part of the London portion of the NACS Insight conference.

Grocery Stores Pair Up With Dietitians
Supermarkets are increasingly deploying health experts at the local level to help customers connect with healthy foods.

How Employee Engagement Works
Recent research from the NACS Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council shows a clear relationship between employee engagement and a retailer’s financial health.

Michigan C-Stores Upset Over Change in Beer, Wine Sales
A new law lifts a restriction for convenience stores operated by big-box retailers but not for single or small chain operators.

Australia Pushes for Filipino C-Stores to Carry More Fresh Fruit
The Philippine Amalgamated Supermarket Association is eager to assist with the expansion of Australian stone fruits and table grapes.

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
At Chobani, 2,000 full-time employees were given an ownership stake in the company.

May 2, 2016

FDA Issues Final Menu-Labeling Rule
Agency’s final guidance on the menu-labeling law fails to address industry concerns with compliance.

Future of Food, Post Chipotle
Clean menus, fewer ingredients and food safety are top of mind for foodservice establishments following Chipotle’s devastating foodborne illness take-down.

Natural Gas and Electricity Model Wins Future of Transportation Student Competition
Fuels Institute names University of California at Berkeley proposal as its 2016 case competition winner.

MasterCard Speeds Up EMV Transactions
Consumers could experience speeds at checkout similar to magnetic stripe transactions.

Colorado Considers Universal Health-Care Coverage
The state would abandon Obamacare in favor of a taxpayer-financed public health system.

Dunkin’ Expands Delivery and On-the-Go Ordering
The chain is expanding its mobile ordering program throughout the metro New York area, and testing delivery throughout the Boston region with Favor and DoorDash.