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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 Amazon.com.

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 Old Consumers
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 foodpros.com.

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.


Apr 29, 2016

Study Urges Smokers to Take Up E-Cigarettes
British medical group suggests the devices are the best hope for cigarette smokers to quit.

New York Issues Alert on Potential Chip Credit Card Fraud
The state’s Division of Consumer Protection said scammers have been phishing through emails for EMV credit card account information.

Fast Food’s ‘Death’ Highly Overrated
Fast-casual concepts may be accelerating, but entrepreneurs are still attracted to quick-service operations.

Hershey’s Changes Silver Lettering to Support Team USA
The alteration comes as the part of the company’s official sponsorship of the 2016 U.S. Olympics.

Pentagon to Raise Tobacco Prices on Military Bases
The Defense Secretary wants to curb tobacco usage among its members.

College Students Reach for Healthy Hydration
The libation of choice among Generation Z is better-for-you beverages.


Apr 28, 2016

Full-Time Pays Off
More companies are hiring full-time employees to reduce turnover and offer better customer service.

Retailers Should Act Now to Protect SNAP
NACS webpage allows retailers to file comments on proposed SNAP rule by May 18.

Consumers Responding to Combo Meal Deals
After years of declines, combo meal visits at QSRs increased by 1%.

Wawa Offers Free Wi-Fi
Convenience store chain teams up with Comcast to offer customers free Wi-Fi at more than 700 Wawa locations.

McD’s Makes McNuggets McHealthier
McDonald’s is testing a healthier recipe for its Chicken McNuggets by nixing artificial preservatives.

Germany Gives EVs a Huge Jolt
The government, BMW and Daimler and Volkswagen are launching an incentive program to boost sales of electric vehicles and hybrids.


Apr 27, 2016

Retailers Push Federal Reserve to Lower Debit Card Fees
Collectively, convenience stores pay $11 billion annually in debit card swipe fees.

Coke Brings Back Hi-C Ecto Cooler
The green drink will hit the shelves ahead of the “Ghostbusters” remake.

Portland, Maine, Presses Toward Raising Tobacco Buying Age to 21
A city council subcommittee has begun work on the measure.

Food Shopping Evolves in United Kingdom
To survive this new environment, convenience stores must change the way they sell food.

M&M’s Reaches Back to Celebrate 75th Anniversary
The “Shelf to Stars” campaign pulls inspiration from the chocolate candy’s storied history.


Apr 26, 2016

Discover Card Endorses Chip and PIN
CEO David Nelms announced the card company’s support of chip and PIN as the more secure transaction technology.

You Can Go Home Again
The latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast focuses on how Jared and DeAnn Scheeler returned to their hometown with a new convenience store concept.

Enmarket Hosts ‘Encourage Health’ Series
The second of four events this year will focus on health and wellness through a nutritional category called phytochemicals.

Network of Executive Women Launches Campaign for Gender Parity
Indra K. Nooyi of PepsiCo and Brian Cornell of Target are co-chairing the campaign to achieve a 50/50 gender parity in the retail and consumer goods and services industries.

Jack Link’s Launches E-Commerce Platform
Online store offers an array of jerky flavors that can be delivered monthly to customers.


Apr 25, 2016

Employee Engagement Research Released
NACS/Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council partners with the University of Dallas to demonstrate how employee engagement can aid business growth.

Gas to Go
On-demand fuel delivery services bring the gas station directly to the consumer.

Egg McMuffins Give McDonald’s a Boost
Q1 earnings reveal that all-day breakfast is a boon for the Golden Arches.

CITGO and Local Refineries Observe Earth Day
The company and its employees helped with environmental preservation and recycling events across the United States.

British Sandwich Shop Revels in American Success
Pret A Manger credits its success in the U.S. market for its record sales in 2015.

Sprite Brings Back Tropical Flavor
For the first time in a decade, the fan favorite hits store shelves for a limited time.


Apr 22, 2016

Congress Examines Cough Medicine Abuse
NACS is working to ensure there are no unnecessary compliance burdens placed on retailers.

Appeals Court Stands by WOTUS Decision
Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate blocked an apropos amendment that would have stripped WOTUS funding.

Convenience Retailers Ripe for Fresh Push
Industry experts predict more convenience stores will stock fresh produce in the near future.

Chip Cards Reduce Fraud for Some Retailers
Visa reports that large businesses have had a drop of more than 18% for fraudulent transactions.

The Rutter and Hartman Family Awarded for Philanthropy
The SpiriTrust Lutheran presented the company with its yearly Cornerstone Award.

Grand Rapids Gives Old Gas Stations New Life
During the past six years, 16 out of 28 unused gasoline stations have been converted into other businesses.


Apr 21, 2016

Act Now to Protect SNAP in Your Store
File comments on proposed SNAP rule through a NACS webpage by May 18.

Visa, Walmart Speed Up Checkout for Chip Cards
Changes seek to fix the transaction time for EMV chip-enabled credit and debit cards.

NACS Supports Ozone Legislation
Industry stakeholders are urging Congress to bring common sense to the regulatory process by supporting the Ozone Standards Implementation Act.

Wayne Fueling Systems Wraps Up 2016 Technology Summit
John Eichberger of the Fuels Institute spoke to nearly 225 attendees about the future of the retail fuels market and the emergence of electric vehicles.

McDonald’s UK Partners With SOTI on Tablets
The joint effort provides tablet computers for customers to play games and access the Internet while dining at McDonald’s.

CVS Health Offers ‘Seamless Convenience’ With Curbside
Customers can choose from thousands of in-store items and have them delivered curbside or inside the store in about one hour.


Apr 20, 2016

House Committee Tells FNS To Fix Proposed SNAP Rule
Committee members caution Food & Nutrition Service against forcing small retailers out of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Merchants Payments Coalition Refutes Faulty Swipe Fee Study
Researchers at Harvard’s Kennedy School suggested that debit reform led to increased bank fees for customers.

House Committee Votes To Save E-cigarettes
Bill now awaits consideration by the House of Representatives.

Coke’s New Worldwide Look Highlights Traditional Red
All Coca-Cola brands will have its signature “Red Disc.”

Walmart Seeks Better Customer Service After Raises
The company gave its employees a collective bump in pay last month with the hope that happier workers will translate into happier customers.

Food by Subscription
In the food-delivery business, membership-based companies are all the rage.


Apr 19, 2016

C-Stores Help Change Lives Through National Safe Place Program
As intensely local businesses, convenience stores provide a safe place where runaways and at-risk youth can come in off the street and wait for a Safe Place volunteer to connect them with help.

EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard Volumes Under Review by White House
Draft rule is expected to return to the EPA for publishing after a 90-day assessment period.

Dunkin Brews Competition for Rivals
Upon enrollment of DD Perks, members receive a free beverage and 125 points; chain also unveiled a new version of its mobile app for payment and gifting.

Snacking Nation Eats Three Meals a Day
Contrary to popular belief, Americans still eat three meals a day.

Chick-fil-A Has a Loyalty Program?
In fact, it may be the most extensive loyalty program of its kind among the fast-food industry, yet most customers don’t even know it exists.

Shoppers Feeling Optimistic, Are Willing to Splurge
IRI survey finds that 67% of consumers feel their financial health is improving and are willing to spend.


Apr 18, 2016

NACS Protects Retailers from Multiple Tobacco Violations
Toolkit helps NACS members file appeals to complaints from the Center for Tobacco Products, and fully safeguard their rights to sell tobacco.

What You May Not Know About Sweden’s C-Store Market
A focus on changing consumer behavior and fresh food is driving growth in Sweden’s convenience and forecourt market.

New Urban Mobility Report Examines Car-Sharing Trends
Fuels Institute’s latest report takes a look at where car-sharing is most prevalent, demographics of users, and the impact on vehicle ownership and vehicle miles traveled.

Fast-Growing Burger Chain Expands to East Coast
Smashburger has plans to open an additional 60 to 80 restaurants in 2016.


Apr 15, 2016

4 Shopper Trends to Watch
Nielsen’s Todd Hale tells convenience store retailers to “get your apps moving.”

Visa Works on Quick Chip Payment Systems
The payment processor has been concerned that consumers view ‘dipping the chip’ as more time-consuming than swiping.

Millennials Want Happiness More Than Money at Work
This generation prefers a more meaningful workplace than better pay.

Enmarket Sets $100K Goal for 2016 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fundraiser
Also, Stripes and Aplus stores will raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Sheetz, Danny and Clyde’s Make Regional Fast-Food Chains Bucket List
Of the 19 retailers on the list, two are convenience store chains, which points to how far c-store foodservice has evolved.


Apr 14, 2016

Slow Recovery Is Good News for C-stores
David Nelson opened up the NACS State of the Industry Summit, describing how economic trends are boding well for the convenience store channel.

McDonald’s Testing McCafe Kiosks
Touchscreen kiosks offer customizable lattes, mochas, cappuccinos and coffee.

Wawa Volunteer Center Opens at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Today is also Wawa Day, commemorating the convenience store chain’s 52nd anniversary with free cups of coffee all day long.

Fast-Food Protests Target 300 Cities
Today, the Service Employees International Union is launching its biggest round of fast-food protests, calling for a $15 minimum wage.

Soda Tax Blocked in California
Eighth attempt in six years to implement two-cent-per-ounce tax on soda has failed.


Apr 13, 2016

Low Gas Prices Helped Fuel In-Store Sales Record
Extra cash brought consumers inside the c-store in 2015, and food and snacks kept them there.

ATM Fraud Growing in United States
Experts point to the large number of nonbank-owned ATMs as the reason.

Private Label Brands Hit $118.4 Billion in Sales
Sales of store brands in 2015 climbed an impressive $2.2 billion more than 2014.

Prank Call Leads to Smashed Windows at Fast-Food Restaurants
A caller convinces workers to break windows because of a hazardous gas leak.

FamilyMart, QL Resources Expand in Malaysia
The partnership between the Japanese c-store chain and the large food processer will result in more convenience stores being opened in Malaysia.

Energy Drinks Go Natural
Manufacturers are adding natural ingredients, such as amino acids and carbohydrates to boost energy formulas.


Apr 12, 2016

Euro Garages Wins Coveted NACS Insight Award
Co-CEOs and brothers, Zuber and Mohsin Issa, have been named the 2016 NACS Insight European Convenience Industry Leader of the Year award to be accepted at upcoming Convenience Summit - Europe.

Taking the Bullhead by the Horns
The latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast focuses on how retailer Larry Jackson has reinvented his c-store business with the Bullhead Pit Beef food truck.

FDA to Rule on Cigars and E-Cigarettes
The long-awaited Food and Drug Administration’s rule to regulate cigar and e-cigarettes is believed to be coming later this month.

Diners Find Eating Healthy at Restaurants Challenging
Nearly half of Americans say finding healthy items at restaurants is too difficult.


Apr 11, 2016

Get a Grip on Labor Costs
Newly released NACS State of the Industry Compensation Report helps convenience retailers benchmark their business in areas such as compensation levels, staff turnover and benefits metrics.

First 365 by Whole Foods Opening May 25
New smaller-format and budget-friendly store will open its doors in Silver Lake, California.


Apr 8, 2016

The Supermarket Millennial Problem
Can grocery stores figure out how to attract the younger generation?

Doctors Aim for ‘Tobacco-Free Generation’
A proposed policy is asking a Massachusetts town to ban tobacco sales to anyone born after 1995.

Taco Bell Bot Orders for Customers
The restaurant chain is experimenting with an ordering system called TacoBot.

‘Chainsaw’ Movie Gas Station Reinvented as Motel and Restaurant
The old filling station and country store made infamous in “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” will soon open as a tourist attraction.

Walmart Joins Cage-Free Egg Movement
The addition of the nation’s biggest grocery chain will likely lead to lower prices.

Cultured Dairy Products Shine
Consumers have more options in the cultured dairy section, including savory flavors and drinkable yogurts.


Apr 7, 2016

7-Eleven Helps People Pay Their Taxes
Taxpayers can make payments even without a bank account or credit card at thousands of 7-Eleven stores nationwide.

Cereal Killers
Washing—or just rinsing—a bowl and a spoon is considered too much work by nearly half of all millennials.

Shoppers Reshape In-Store Experience Around Personalization, Convenience
New survey finds that Wi-Fi will play an elevated role as consumers bring their online expectations into the store.

RaceTrac Launches New Rewards App
New loyalty app also features a GPS-enabled store locator, listing the closest stores by mile and each store’s gas prices and amenities.

Starbucks Goes Big in New York
New 20,000 square-foot store in Meatpacking District will be the largest for the coffee chain.

Domino’s Speeds Up Mobile Ordering
The pizza chain’s zero-click ordering ‘really doesn't require you to do anything.’


Apr 6, 2016

Subway Rolls Out Calorie Posting Nationally
Despite the delay in federal menu labeling regulation, the sandwich chain has moved ahead with providing calorie information on its menu boards.

Scottish Convenience Stores Tops $5.6 Billion in Annual Sales
The retailers generate close to $849 million in gross value added to the nation’s economy.

California, New York Raise Minimum Wage
California will gradually increase it over seven years, while New York set a higher minimum wage for New York City and its environs.

Starbucks Canada Serving Alcohol at Some Toronto Locations
The coffeehouse is slowly expanding its evening offerings to include cider, craft beer and wine.

Soda Makers Tout Real Sugar
In an attempt to bolster sagging sales, soft drink companies are turning to natural ingredients, such as sugar.


Apr 5, 2016

USDA Extends Comment Deadline for SNAP Rule
Extension gives convenience retailers until May 18 to submit comments to the proposed rule.

Caltex Reinvents C-Store Offering
The Australian chain hopes customers will fill up on new offers ranging from prepared meals to haircuts.

Beverage Companies Focus Efforts on Alabama, Mississippi Delta
Alliance for a Healthier Generation and U.S. beverage companies announce initiative to help reduce calorie consumption.

MasterCard Says 67% of U.S. Cards are EMV-Enabled
Card company says 1.2 million merchant locations are accepting chip card-enabled payments.


Apr 4, 2016

Kwik Trip Talks Healthy Options
Wisconsin-based convenience store chain is leading efforts to bring customers more healthy choices.

Florida Enacts Anti-Skimming Bill
State convenience retailing association applauds the new law, saying it will increase safety standards for all Florida fuel dispensers.

What’s Your ROI?
Having employees who want to work for you delivers a strong return on your investment.

Corner Store Fundraiser Gives Back
Now in its 22nd year, the annual fundraising campaign has raised more than $32 million since 1995.

Hunt Brothers Pizza Kicks Off New Promotion with April Fools Prank
Mock ‘ReelFish Pizza’ playfully used to introduce Hook, Line & Winner sweepstakes.


Apr 1, 2016

Kellogg’s Mission: To Save Cereal
The manufacturer is repositioning its iconic breakfast foods as snacking options.

NASCAR Driver Snared in Tobacco Smuggling
The arrest came about after the largest tobacco smuggling bust in North America.

U.K. Independent Shop Growth Stagnates
A new study discovered a sharp drop in independent stores in town centers, as more suburb shopping centers are built.

Chipotle Dabbles In Burgers
The beleaguered burrito chain has filed a trademark for “Better Burger.”

Sales at South Korean Convenience Stores Skyrocket
Along with a growing number of convenience stores, sales have advanced 31.4% from a year ago.

Alaska Senate Okays Smoking Ban
The bill is now before the House.


Mar 31, 2016

Can We Get a ‘Meh’?
Survey finds that consumers don’t seem to care whether payment terminals are EMV capable.

Boston Retailers Protest Flavored Tobacco Ban
Convenience store owners rallied to protest a citywide ban on selling flavored tobacco products.

Dunkin’ Donuts Tests Grab-and-Go
Kiosks at some locations hold a selection of sub and sandwich items.

Top QSRs Revealed
New consumer survey reveals that convenience store chain Wawa is putting pressure on the QSR sandwich category.

QuikTrip to Issue Private-Label Credit Card
First National Bank of Omaha and First Data are collaborating to issue private-label credit cards to QuikTrip customers.


Mar 30, 2016

FDA Holds Off on Menu Labeling Until 2017
The agency will delay enforcement of the calorie count rules yet again.

Vermont Debates Higher Smoking Age
The House will soon vote on a bill that raises the state’s smoking age to 21.

Will Britain’s Soft Drink Tax Drive Innovation?
The tax depends on how much sugar the beverages contain, but low-sugar and sugar-free drinks are exempt.

Harris Teeter Partners With UberRUSH
The grocery chain is conducting a pilot delivery program in Washington, D.C.

McDonald’s Tests Mobile Ordering
Tapping a button to order a Big Mac could be coming to your smartphone soon.


Mar 29, 2016

California Poised to Raise Minimum Wage
By 2022, the rate will reach $15 an hour.

The Benefits of Grassroots Engagement
The latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast focuses on how retailers can communicate their voices on Capitol Hill and in their communities.

Retail Foodservice Gaining Ground in Food Fight
Technomic study reveals latest trends and data for retailer meal solutions.

Wawa to Add Thousands of New Jobs in Three Months
As part of a hiring campaign, every Wawa store will have job opportunities and select Wawa stores will host open houses.

Krispy Kreme Dips Into the Cookie Jar
New flavors feature three classic treats.


Mar 28, 2016

Dollar General Announces Expansion
The discount chain has plans to open around 1,000 new units during fiscal 2017.

Employer and Employee: It’s a Partnership
Turn your company pyramid upside down to help your employees see their worth.

Making People Smile
A Chevron gas station in Seattle uses its sign to entertain customers, rather than inform.

‘Tips from Former Smokers’ Campaign Triggers 104,000 Quitters
The 2014 marketing effort has achieved the most positive results of the agency’s recent anti-smoking campaigns.

Supermarkets Shrink Footprint
More grocers are dabbling in smaller format stores to great success.

McDonald’s Appears to Simplify With New Slogan
The restaurant has applied to trademark “The Simpler the Better.”


Mar 25, 2016

Hard Liquor Manufacturers Back Colorado Ballot to Expand Sales to C-stores
The Distilled Spirits Council’s proposals would allow voters to determine whether grocers and convenience stores should stock wine, beer and liquor.

Mountain Dew Brings Back Pitch Black to Speedway Stores
The flavor is the latest in a line of revivals for the soft drink company.

Coke to Shed U.S. Distribution and Manufacturing
The soft-drink company will focus on the beverage side of things.

Kitchen Workers in a Snap
SnapChef helps connect skilled workers with temporary foodservice slots.

Updating the Bagel
The category has seen little innovation, but change is on the horizon.


Mar 24, 2016

Chip Card Delay Frustrates Retailers
Delays in POS equipment certification have many retailers frustrated and worried about huge spikes in chargebacks.

See Who’s Speaking at the NACS State of the Industry Summit
Final details have been ironed out for this year’s SOI Summit.

NACS Urges Fed to Preserve and Strengthen Debit Interchange Rules
NACS commented to the Federal Reserve that by lowering retailers’ costs of accepting debit transactions, small businesses have been able to offer consumers lower prices.

Starbucks to Donate Unsold Food
Coffeehouse chain plans to donate 100% of unsold food items through its new FoodShare program.

Marathon Petroleum Named Best Employer by Forbes
The Findlay, Ohio-based company topped Forbes magazine’s 2016 list of the Best Employers in the United States.

Slowing Down for Coffee Comes to East Coast
San Francisco coffeehouse is hoping to slow down Washington, D.C. residents long enough to smell the beans and enjoy a cup of coffee.


Mar 23, 2016

The Real Reasons Why Young Women Quit
Young women cite a higher paying job, a lack of learning and development, and a shortage of interesting and meaningful work as the primary reasons why they leave a job.

From C-Store to the Texas Statehouse
One Texas convenience store owner puts her business expertise to work as a state senator.

Small and Independent Brewers Continue to Grow in Double Digits
In 2015, craft brewers produced 24.5 million barrels, and saw a 13% rise in volume and a 16% increase in retail dollar value.

Changing the Future of Food
From soil to food safety, Fast Company cites nine people who are ‘worth watching.’


Mar 22, 2016

Congress to Labor Department: Go Back to the Drawing Board
House and Senate bills seek to ensure the government pursues a balanced and responsible approach to updating federal overtime rules.

Soft Drink Manufacturers Exploring Legal Options
Companies are frustrated by the U.K. government’s recent decision to impose a levy on soft drinks.

Domino's Sends Out the Robots
Pizza chain is testing delivery by robot in New Zealand.

Anheuser-Busch Heats Up Mexican Beer Market
A-B InBev is bringing the 106-year-old Estrella Jalisco brand to the United States.

Kansas Legislators Pass ‘Anti-Bloomberg’ Bill
Legislation would ban localities from regulating the nutritional content of food sold at restaurants, vending machines and retail.


Mar 21, 2016

House Agriculture Committee Questions USDA Over Proposed SNAP Rule
Discussions emphasized that the rule is in the proposal phase and the Food and Nutrition Service is eager to hear from retailers now.

Even Small Accomplishments Deserve Recognition
The NACS Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council shows retailers how to use “real time recognition” with their employees.

Fast-Food Industry Sets Sights on Automation
Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s CEO is intrigued by the idea of a fully automated fast-food restaurant.

Retailer Opportunities to Grow Better-for-You Sales
NACS Convenience Matters podcast examines how retailers can grow their sales and pinpoint specific opportunities.

Amazon to Become Major Food and Beverage Competitor
Wall Street analyst says the company will be a top 10 food and beverage player by 2019.

Kansas Legislators Block Minimum Wage Increase
Instead, they passed a bill that would ban cities and counties from establishing higher wage rates without approval from the Kansas Legislature.


Mar 18, 2016

NACS Members Meet with Congress in Washington, D.C.
Day two of the annual NACS Government Relations Conference put attendees in front of their elected officials.

Exploring South Africa
Convenience leaders from around the world came together in South Africa to explore the market and discuss industry challenges and opportunities at the NACS Global Forum.

How Convenience Stores Can Optimize Gift Cards
With prime gift-card giving season approaching, here are some solutions to maximizing your sales.

Tennessee Legislation Assists Convenience Stores in Selling Wine
While a new law will allow retailers to stock wine starting July 1, the measure does not let them order alcohol ahead of time to prepare.

More Candy Companies Commit to Halt Children’s Advertising
The six companies will no longer direct marketing efforts toward kids under 12.

New Brunswick Sends Mixed Messages About Contraband Cigarettes
While the Canadian province has cracked down on illegal smokes, it has also raised the tobacco tax.


Mar 17, 2016

Judge Says Chipotle’s Social Media Policy Violated U.S. Labor Laws
Administrative Law Judge Susan A. Flynn ruled that Chipotle's social media policy violated the National Labor Relations Act.

U.K. Government to Tax Soft Drink Companies
Beginning April 2018, soft drinks companies will pay a levy on drinks with added sugar.

Enmarket Increases Starting Salaries and Management Wages
The Georgia-based convenience store chain is investing more than $500,000 to become a best workplace in the retail industry.

Seven Snacking Trends to Watch in Convenience Stores
General Mills Convenience & Foodservice breaks down what c-store retailers should look out for right now.

Singapore to Ban Cigarette Displays at Retail
Legislators also voted to ban all forms of cigarette advertising, including online ads.


Mar 16, 2016

Government Relations Conference Connects C-Stores with Legislators
Several members of Congress highlight the importance of constituents coming to Washington to share how policy decisions affect their businesses.

NACS Remembers Chester Cadieux
Founder of Tulsa, Oklahoma-based QuikTrip served as the 1970-71 president of NACS.

Tuesday Primaries Seal Fate for Some Candidates
Clinton delivers a knockout punch, Donald Trump wins big in Florida, Marco Rubio steps aside and Gov. Kasich takes his home state.

Massachusetts Retailers Against Raising Tobacco Buying Age
More than a dozen local communities have ordinances prohibiting tobacco sales to people under 21 or 19.

Savoring a Sweet Beverage
More Americans are reaching into cooler doors for hard soda and cider.

Costco Reducing Tobacco Presence
The warehouse club store continues to remove cigarettes at some U.S. locations.

Apps Help Drivers Economize Fuel
A variety of mobile applications point motorists to the closest and least expensive gasoline stations, as well as the fastest route there.


Mar 15, 2016

Managing the Chaos
Joe Bona of MoseleyBona Retail talks about good store design in the latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast.

Ricker's Invests $150,000 in Anti-Skimming Solution
New security system will notify Ricker’s management and maintenance if anyone has tampered with a fuel dispenser's hatch.

Topaz Opens Newest Re.Store
Ballincollig location marks the 100th store opening of the retailer’s latest convenience concept.

CVS Steps Up Anti-Tobacco Cause
Goal of drugstore chain’s five-year, $50-million ‘Be The First’ campaign is to establish the first tobacco-free generation in U.S. history.

7-Eleven Says Bring It, We’ll Fill It
For Bring Your Own Cup Day, customers can fill up just about anything with a Slurpee for $1.50.


Mar 14, 2016

Convenience Retail Industry’s Message to Capitol Hill
This week at the NACS Government Relations Conference, more than 130 convenience retail stakeholders will meet with members of Congress to communicate the top industry issues.

Top Three Teams Announced in Future of Transportation Student Competition
Finalists conceive the future of the U.S. ground transportation sector and will present their visions at the Fuels Institute’s Annual Meeting, April 27–29 in San Francisco.

California Lawmakers Vote to Raise Smoking Age to 21
If enacted, the state would join Hawaii in barring legal adults from purchasing or using tobacco products until they turn 21.

Care About Your Employees and They’ll Care About Your Business
Newest video from the NACS Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council shows that employees want to be known as the unique person they are.

Why Philly’s Soda Tax Is a Bad Idea
A Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association op-ed says a soda tax would make it more expensive for Philadelphians to grab a bite at a convenience store.

QuikTrip Planning New Store Without Fuel
New Atlanta-area location will be a walk-up convenience store only.


Mar 11, 2016

Merchants File Lawsuit Related to EMV Regulations
The suit alleges that MasterCard and Visa conspired to move liability to retailers for credit card transaction fraud.

Webinar: Take Charge of Your Categories
Learn the three “Bs” of category management during a free, hour-long webinar on April 5.

RaceTrac to Remodel More Than 20 Louisiana Stores This Year
The retailer will bring frozen treats, expanded Crazy Good Coffee options and a modern look and feel to all Louisiana locations.

QuickChek Debuts Mobile Ordering App
The app allows customers to place orders for its foodservice offerings via smartphone.

St. Patrick’s Day Expected to Give Retailers a Spring Boost
This year, spending for the March 17 holiday should reach $4.4 billion in the United States.


Mar 10, 2016

Proposed SNAP Rule Could Make C-Stores Ineligible
NACS reaches out to Capitol Hill to protest changes around definition of staple foods.

Burger King Readjusts Its Crown
Fast-food chain to focus on what it knows best: burgers and fries.

Gender Benders
How will retailers and convenience stores respond to a generation that couldn’t care less about gender stereotypes?

Coke Gets Fizzy With Minute Maid
Beginning this month, Minute Maid Sparkling will be available at retailers nationwide.


Mar 9, 2016

Convenience Stores Offer More
With more competition, convenience stores are providing more amenities and services.

ExxonMobil Launches Speedpass+ App with Apple Pay
Mobile payment app enables customers to pay for fuel at the pump with a smartphone.

Millennials Have Nothing on Boomers When It Comes to Snacking
Baby boomers total about 90.4 billion ready-to-eat snack eatings each year, 20% more than millennials.

Is Technology Closing Independent Pizza Joints?
Digital and online ordering for big chains has revolutionized the pizza category.


Mar 8, 2016

NACS Files Comments Responding to USDA Photo EBT Card Proposal
Proposed rule addresses state requirements of photo identification for SNAP recipients.

Massachusetts Cities Look to Ban Flavored Tobacco
Products such as flavored cigars and vaporizer juices with nicotine would be banned from convenience store shelves.

Skimming Evolves Worldwide
European ATM Security Team’s new report highlights how skimming techniques are evolving.

Mondelez Introduces First New Snack Brand in a Decade
New savory snack brand, GOOD THiNS, comes in eight varieties.


Mar 7, 2016

Investing in Our People
NACS HR Forum concludes with insights from Sheetz and RaceTrac.

Podcast Answers Consumers’ Gas Price Questions
Most recent NACS Convenience Matters podcast answers common consumer questions about gas prices.

Perception Is Reality
Second “Power Up Employee Engagement” video from the NACS Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council shows how managers reacted to employee feedback.

U.S. Merchants Applaud Canadian Proposal to Rein in Swipe Fees
The European Union implemented similar reforms to bring competition and transparency to its market.


Mar 4, 2016

NACS HR Forum Focuses on the Workforce
Human resources professionals from Weigel’s and QuickChek share insights on culture, hiring and retention.

Fortune Names Two C-Stores to Best Companies to Work For List
The publication recognizes Sheetz and QuikTrip among 100 companies with exceptional workplace cultures.

Oklahoma Wine, Strong Beer Bill Moves Forward
The Senate approved the measure, which would allow grocery and convenience stores to sell more alcohol.

The Headache of Cage-Free Eggs
More restaurants and manufacturers are switching to eggs from free-roaming chickens, but the process takes planned time and logistics.

Raising Minimum Wage: Simple Solution to Complex Issue
An op-ed points out that policies should empower businesses to invest in their workers.

Dunkin’ Donuts Moves into San Francisco Area
The first outlet is likely to open this summer.


Mar 3, 2016

Maine Considering Increased Minimum Wage
Voters could decide on whether to raise the state’s entry level wage to $10 or $12.

For Operators, A Not So Super Tuesday
Republicans have delayed discussing economic growth, while Democrats remain in the thick of those conversations.

Federal Reserve Says Debit Card Reform Has Helped Small Banks
A new report analyzes swipe fees since the 2011 debit reform regulations.

Canadian Coalition Calls on Anti-Smoking Advocates to Address Contraband Tobacco
The growing illegal tobacco trade should be a theme at the National Conference on Tobacco or Health.

Consumers Build Confidence by Saving Tax Refunds
Other popular uses for tax refunds include paying down debt and making everyday purchases.

Tobacco Purchase Age to be 21 in San Francisco
Meanwhile, a Rhode Island lawmaker has proposed raising the state’s legal tobacco buying age to 21 as well.

Loyalty Programs More About Rewards
A new survey found that members say it’s more about the reward than loyalty.


Mar 2, 2016

Judge Delays Salt Warning Requirement for New York City Eateries
An appeals court has stopped the city from enforcing warnings on high sodium menu items.

HR Professionals Focus on Labor, Disruptive Demographics
NACS HR Forum participants kick-off day one with labor issues, industry benchmarks and key demographic trends.

Trump and Clinton Knocking on the Door
Super Tuesday performances were strong but have not cinched either party’s nomination.

Southwest Florida Gas Stations Drive Dining Trends
Chefs find the low rent of gasoline stations and convenience stores enticing enough to open creative food stands.

Convenience Stores Enhanced by Fresh Foods
A workshop at the National Grocers Association convention showcased how fresh and prepared food boost customer expectations and sales.

Albertsons Companies Sets Goal for Cage-Free Eggs by 2025
Each of its more than 2,200 stores will only stock cage-free eggs.

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