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Nov 20, 2017

More C-stores Join Hawaii’s ‘Choose Healthy Now’ Campaign
7-Eleven is the latest chain to provide healthy alternatives for snacks and beverages.

Sugar Sweetened Drinks Fall in Popularity
Americans aren’t downing soft drinks like they used to.

Canadians Prefer Paying in Cash
A new survey finds that more than half of all sales in Canada are purchased with cash.

Hostess, Nestlé Join Forces for Butterfinger Brownies
The combination is the latest Hostess combination to pair chocolate with peanut butter.

Securing Payment Transactions Webinar
A free Conexxus webinar will walk attendees through the secure payment transactions landscape.


Nov 17, 2017

NACS Pens Support of Biodiesel Blender Tax Credit Extension
The association urges a five-year phase-out plan as part of the tax reform measure.

Ontario Contraband Tobacco Levels at Alarming Rates
A new study finds that illegal cigarettes now account for 37.2% of all cigarettes smoked, up a sharp 13% from the previous year.

Registration Now Open for NACS Government Relations Conference
Join us March 19-21 in Washington, D.C., for the most important event of the year to lend your voice.

Cafeteria Style Catching on in Fast-Casual Restaurants
This old school format has received new life from better-for-you restaurants.

Kinder Joy Hits U.S. Shelves
The legal version of Kinder Eggs will be on sale in time for the holidays.

Dunkin’ Donuts Tests Shortened Name in Boston
Soon, two locations on the East Coast will just read “Dunkin’,” along with the DD logo.


Nov 16, 2017

Amazon Go Almost Ready for Prime Time
Company says it has worked out many of the technical bugs and is hiring store-related personnel.

What Should Employers Do with Their DACA Employees?
Organizations need to be concerned about the loss of valuable employees while complying with immigration laws.

Cumberland Farms and GasBuddy Celebrate TANKS-Giving
The companies gave away $3,000 worth of gas at a Cumberland Farms store in Plymouth.

Why an Online Presence Matters
If you’re not online, how can customers find you?

7-Eleven Engages Customers Outside the Box
Chatbot platform allows consumers to communicate with the retailer on Facebook Messenger.

Companies Crack Down on Bullying
Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they have been bullied at work.


Nov 15, 2017

Be a Good Neighbor
Communities and retailers will host recycling events across America to commemorate America Recycles Day.

New Report Finds 1 in 5 U.S. Adults Use Tobacco
Twenty percent of adults in America used tobacco products in 2015, according to a new report.

Celebrating the Season With Limited Time Offers
With some forethought, retailers can have successful foodservice LTOs this time of year.

164M+ Consumers Plan to Shop Over Thanksgiving Weekend, Cyber Monday
The numbers include Small Business Saturday and Sunday, as well as Black Friday.

Tea Takes on Coffee
With a healthy profile, updated blends and more marketing, tea’s image and popularity is on the rise.

Lil' Drug Store Products to Launch NoDoz
The alertness aid caplets will ship to c-stores nationwide starting November 20.


Nov 14, 2017

Consumer Optimism Could Fuel Record Travel
A record 93% of American drivers say they will be driving the same or more over the next 30 days.

Jack Link’s Opening First Retail Store
New Wild Side store will open inside the Target Center, featuring Jack Link’s jerky and swag.

Dispensing Advice with Leaders of PEI
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast features PEI leaders on hurricane relief, scholarships and exploring new fuel technologies in Latin America.

Maverik, Wawa Talk About Enterprise Digital Transformation
NACS Show education session sheds insights on the adoption of mobile technology for convenience store operations and workflows.

OnCue Raises $334,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Convenience retailer reaches its 25th year of hosting its fall fundraiser.

Dunkin' Donuts' Perks Week In Progress
Special daily deals include free beverages for DD Perks Rewards members now through Friday.


Nov 13, 2017

Indiana’s Cold Beer Battle Bubbles Over
Two retail groups band together on their opposition to expand cold beer sales to convenience stores.

Juice It Up Makes Plans for First C-Store
New concept features a mobile app drive-thru and self-serve ordering kiosk.

Target Unveils New Concept Store in Texas
New store is divided into two sections: one for grab-and-go and one for leisurely shopping.

Walgreens Relaunches Private Label Line
Nice! by Walgreens touts real ingredients and clean label products.

PepsiCo Offers Seasonal Products for the Holidays
Seasonal products include Mtn Dew Holiday Brew and Cheetos Snowflakes.

Swisher Sweets Artist Project Donated $25,000 for Hurricane Relief
The $25,000 donation was made to MusiCares to assist local musicians affected by Hurricane Harvey.


Nov 10, 2017

Next Up? Credit Card Reform
Lyle Beckwith says the time is ripe to shift efforts from debit cards to credit cards.

House Approves Joint Employee Definition
The move undoes the Obama administration’s expanded theory of joint employer liability for labor violations.

Wayne Fueling Systems Hosts Anti-Skimming Seminar
The seminar, cohosted by the San Antonio Police, will focus on what store owners can do to prevent skimming.

2018 Produce Excellence in Foodservice Awards Are Open
The program spotlights chefs who excel at promoting fresh fruits and vegetables.

Wendy’s Expands Delivery
The fast-food chain will deliver via DoorDash from 2,500 locations in 48 markets by the end of the year.

High’s of Baltimore Donates $20,000 to Hurricane Relief
The chain ran a campaign that gave a dime from every cup of coffee sold during a specific time frame.


Nov 9, 2017

FDA Confirms Congress Must Act to Fix Menu-Labeling
NACS says revised draft of menu-labeling guidance does little to address “one size fits none” rule.

Successful Fuels Summit Sparks Collaboration
Inaugural NACS Fuels Summit creates environment for Latin American retailers to develop cross-border relationships.

Millions Will Recycle on November 15
America Recycles Day is a great opportunity for convenience retailers to support their communities.

EU Outlines Clean Mobility Plan
European auto association says a proposed 30% CO2 reduction level by 2030 is also overly challenging.

Starbucks Continues to Elevate Food Offers
Coffeehouse chain is increasing its foodservice presence with the launch of Princi bakeries in Seattle.

Circle K Offers Free Polar Pop to Veterans
Veterans who show their military ID will receive beverage free Polar Pop beverage.


Nov 8, 2017

FDA Is Moving Forward with Menu-Labeling
After numerous delays, Obama administration’s menu-labeling rule will proceed.

Focus on Fuels in Latin America
Inaugural NACS Fuels Summit brings strategic insights on the transportation sector to the Latin American region.

Congress Holds More Hearings on Data Security
Two House committees hold more hearings in response to recent data breaches.

QuikTrip, Sheetz Make Fortune’s Top 20 Best Workplaces
The retail sector rating is based on reviews from current staff members.

A Road Trip to the NACS Show Yields a Few Dirty Restrooms
Frank Beard shares how important it is for c-stores to pay attention to the details.

Restaurants Experiment with Carryout-Only Locations
With the growth of restaurant food delivery, brands are looking at a variety of to-go options, including partnerships.


Nov 7, 2017

Kroger Launches Apparel Brand
The new lifestyle apparel brand will launch next year at Fred Meyer and Kroger Marketplace stores.

Convenience Matters Goes Live
Recorded live at the NACS Show, Convenience Matters podcast features insights from RaceTrac and Kwik Chek.

7-Eleven Gives Unbanked Access to Online Shopping with Amazon Cash
Consumers can add funds to their Amazon.com balance at nearly 8,000 7-Eleven stores.

Delta Sonic Honors Veterans With Free Car Wash, Oil Change
On November 11, all active duty military and veterans will receive two free services.

Demographic Shift Occurring in Restaurant Industry
More women than men have opened a restaurant in the last 10 years.

Who Are the People in Your Wawa?
New e-book finds humor and empathy just past the doors of the local Wawa.


Nov 6, 2017

Walmart, Visa Strike Deal on $7.25B Swipe Settlement
Dueling lawsuits stemmed from the failed $7.25 billion antitrust settlement in the interchange fee litigation.

Food Marketed as a ‘Snack’ Makes You Fat?
New report suggests that food should be marketed as a meal to avoid overeating.

Spar Poland Tests Convenience Store Concept in Krakow
The new SPAR Express store is in a popular tourist destination in Poland.

Yesway Launches Signature Blends Coffee
Convenience retailer is also offering free coffee on Fridays throughout the month of November.

New Yorkers Can Pay Their Parking Tickets at 7-Eleven
New service allows New York City drivers to pay for parking tickets in cash at more than 100 7-Eleven locations in all five boroughs.

Nestlé USA Adds Chameleon Cold-Brew to Coffee Portfolio
Chameleon has become the No. 1 organic cold brew brand in the United States.


Nov 3, 2017

St. Paul Prohibits Sale of Menthol Tobacco to Liquor Stores, Tobacco Shops
Gasoline stations and c-stores will have until November 2018 to remove menthol products from their shelves.

Tale of Two Hearings: House Subcommittee Hearings Review Recent Hurricanes
RaceTrac Petroleum, Inc.’s chief supply officer, Max McBrayer, testifies at House hearing.

What the Tax Reform Proposal Means for C-Stores
A new 25% maximum rate for small businesses operated as pass-through entities may be one welcome change.

Coke Not Ready to Ditch Sugar Completely
The company will add two new full-sugar flavors to its core soda category next year.

New Pennsylvania Law Allows Truck Stops to Have Gambling Terminals
If a truck stop meets certain requirements, it can have up to five video gambling terminals installed.


Nov 2, 2017

Convenience Retailing Industry Celebrates Record-Breaking NACS Show
NACS Show celebrates two records: 24,940 attendees, and the largest expo ever at 425,800 net square feet.

Joint Industry Biodiesel Letter Sent to Congress
A broad group of associations and their members send letter to House and Senate in support of the biodiesel blenders’ tax credit.

EPA Forwards Final 2018 RVOS to OMB
The move is the next step in finalizing the 2018 renewable volumes.

Hey, Isn’t That…
Convenience Matters podcast features two celebrities who joined the industry at the NACS Show.

Hurricane SNAP Waivers Expire
Hot foods in both Texas and Florida are no longer eligible for purchase with SNAP benefits.

Food Industry Is Rapidly Changing
Irene Rosenfeld of Mondelez says the industry is seeing profound changes that are bigger than any she’s seen during her career.


Nov 1, 2017

Madison Mayor Proposes New Security Camera Regulations for C-Stores
The ordinance would require quality security cameras aimed at multiple areas with records kept for 30 days or longer.

More Retailers to Shut Doors on Thanksgiving
Meanwhile, consumers express interest in starting Christmas shopping earlier this year.

Alberta Bill Would Mandate Prepayment for Fuel
An Act to Protect Gas and Convenience Store Workers seeks to reduce gas-and-dash incidents and robberies.

Amazon to Experiment With New Grocery Formats
The CFO revealed that the online retailer has plans for grocery store concepts.


Oct 31, 2017

The No. 1 Cool New Product Is…
NACS Show attendees scanned 315-plus products featured in the Cool New Products Preview Room.

How Convenient Tech Can Kill
Convenience Matters episode shares spooky stories of how your technology can take you out.

Reese’s Takes Over Royal Oak to Reveal New Confection
The brand slowly invaded Royal Oak, Michigan, a top city in America for trick-or-treating.

Circle K Rallies Communities with “Fueling Our Schools” Campaign
Campaign aims to raise more than $700,000 through 2018 to support schools and local communities.

Major Brewer Enters the Cannabis Industry
Constellation Brands CEO says that the company could produce and sell cannabis-infused drinks.


Oct 30, 2017

White House Floats Federal Gas Tax Increase
Trump advisor says increasing the gas tax would help pay for $1 trillion in infrastructure projects.

Japanese Government, Consumers Clash Over Cash
Banks are expanding mobile ATMs and their presence in c-stores, making cash the king of payments in Japan.

7-Eleven Marks Halloween With Family-Friendly Deals
Whole pizzas and a limited-time Slurpee flavor can help families celebrate Halloween together.

New Jersey’s New Tobacco Law Kicks In This Week
Beginning November 1, consumers under 21 won’t be allowed to buy tobacco products or electronic cigarettes in New Jersey.

NOCO Donates $19,000+ to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Total donation includes funds raised by both NOCO customers and its employees.


Oct 27, 2017

Oklahoma Ruling Could Make C-stores Liable for Intoxicated Customers
The 5-4 state Supreme Court decision targets commercial vendors who sell alcohol to a clearly drunk person.

British American Tobacco Looks to Increase Vaping Business Twofold
The tobacco firm has plans to accelerate its vaping arm into a $1.3 billion business.

EMV: A Common-Sense Mandate
NACS Show session explores the many reasons why merchants should deploy EMV.

Rapid Refill Raises More Than $118,000 in Alzheimer’s Fundraising Campaign
The seventh annual Purple Pump-Up For Alzheimer’s ran over the summer.

In Mexico, Amazon Debuts Cash Payment Service
The program is designed to guide more shoppers to online purchasing.

IRI Finds Consumers Still Turning to Private Labels in Stable Economy
Consumers, especially millennials, continue to find value in house brands.


Oct 26, 2017

7-Eleven Takes Action to Plant Trees, Clean Up Parks
New reduced emissions project nets first dividends for Pacific Northwest communities.

McDonald’s Expands ‘McDelivery’
By 2018, the QSR plans to offer food delivery from 5,000 U.S. locations.

Rutter’s Adds Turkey Burger Option to Burger Lineup
New menu option brings a healthy choice to Rutter’s customers throughout Pennsylvania.

Tyson Increases Foodservice Presence
New products on display at the NACS Show focus on grab-and-go, new flavors and upscale snacking.

Healthy Snacking Comes to Aisles in New Fall Flavors
New SunChips Sweet Potato and Smartfood Delight Rosemary & Olive Oil flavors celebrate the fall season.

Consumers Give Amazon Their Keys
Amazon Key is a new service that enables in-home delivery for Amazon Prime members.


Oct 25, 2017

William Shatner’s Bold Podcast Predictions
The NACS Show keynote speaker and NACS CEO Henry Armour discussed convenience retailing and, of course, “Star Trek.”

New York Includes Vaping Under Smoking Ban
The state has banned electronic cigarette usage anywhere smoking is prohibited.

Gas Stations Become New Corner Grocery Stores
In Wisconsin, convenience stores are more prevalent than supermarkets.

Indiana Retailers and the Fight for Cold Beer
The liquor store industry battles for sole right to stock cold brews.

Seven Northern California Counties Affected by Wildfires to Receive D-SNAP
Even households not normally eligible for assistance may qualify for D-SNAP.

Petrosoft Debuts Petrosoft Enterprise, Powered by SAP Business One
The new solution aims to capture business info in one system.


Oct 24, 2017

C-Store Food Is Changing for the Better
At this year's NACS Show, NACS and the Partnership for a Healthier America announced new initiatives to bring more healthy choices to convenience stores.

Convenience Stores Offer More Choices
In addition to traditional fare, more c-stores are evolving their business models to incorporate more upscale and healthier food offers.

The Practical Future for Convenience Stores
Suburban migration, self-driving cars and artificial intelligence will be here before we know it.

GasBuddy Cites Cleanliest Bathrooms
New research found a strong correlation between restroom quality and in-store foot traffic during the summer driving season.

Cumberland Farms Raises More Than $56,000 for Hurricane Relief
The convenience retail chain donated 10 cents from every fountain or frozen beverage sale to the American Red Cross.

Budweiser Releases Pre-Prohibition Brew
The limited-edition 1933 Repeal Reserve Amber Lager celebrates the repeal of Prohibition.


Oct 23, 2017

Former Convenience Store Executive Turns Attention to Congress
Peter Tedeschi of Tedeschi Food Shops announced his candidacy for the House of Representatives.

MasterCard Nixes Signature Mandate
By April 2018, the credit card company will no longer require that users sign at point of sale.

South Florida Stations Put the Convenience in Gourmet Cooking
Seven gas station restaurants thrill the taste buds of customers.

A Little Bit of South Africa in Dallas
Quick Shop offers an array of South African snacks, drinks, frozen foods and cured meats.

More Supermarkets Look to Smaller Footprints
From Hy-Vee to Kroger, grocery stores are seeing value in having small-format options, especially in urban locations.


Oct 20, 2017

NACS Unveils Next Innovation in Healthier Convenience Retailing
Co-branded programs with the Partnership for a Healthier America include an online product calculator and a new Drink Up partnership.

Focus on Customers, Culture and Community, Says NACS Chairman Joe Sheetz
Even with a distinct focus, growth isn’t always easy.

7-Eleven Debuts Two New Wines
The convenience retail chain’s private brand wines now have chardonnay and pinot grigio in its portfolio.

William Shatner Keynotes 2017 NACS Show
Hollywood icon and philanthropist William Shatner closed out the NACS Show General Session today.

Will U.S. Consumers Embrace Heat-Not-Burn Tobacco?
New research suggests that consumers will "heat" tobacco products in the United States.

Fuel Prices: Causes and Consequences
Shale has been a game changer, speakers say.

Shell Opens EV Charging Stations in the U.K.
The Shell Recharge service is available at three sites, with another seven scheduled to come online by year’s end.

NACS Reveals 2017 Ideas 2 Go Program
Program showcases emerging concepts that redefine convenience.

A Comedian’s Ode to Gas Station Joe
Danny Palumbo loves plain, hot, unpretentious coffee at gas stations.

First Hard Rock Gas Station Opens
The Rock Stop Gas & Car Wash in Northfield, Ohio, sells Hard Rock merchandise amid traditional c-store fare.


Oct 19, 2017

Amazon Moves Into Apartment Buildings
The online retailer has inked deals with large apartment landlords to install Amazon Hub lockers onsite.

America’s Success Story
Henry Armour’s keynote highlights the convenience industry’s remarkable progress.

Target Opens a Dozen Stores
The discount retailer’s new stores mostly have smaller footprints.

Top 10 Cool New Products at the NACS Show
Retailers continue to vote for their favorite new products at the NACS Show.

Fast-Casual Pizza Heats Up
Across the country, more restaurants are serving up unique pies in a quick environment.

Don’t Miss These 7 Great Products
Before you leave tomorrow, be sure to check out these products at the NACS Show Expo.

Healthy Solutions
What are customers looking for in good-for-you snacks with healthy ingredients?

EV Charge Stations Can Bring Opportunities to Your C-Store
Capitalize on the 20% of charging that occurs on long routes and intensive local driving, speaker said.

Consumers Prefer Shopping for Groceries in Stores
Even frequent internet shoppers eschew ordering groceries online.

Arizona Beverages Climb to the Top
The beverage company is branching out into snacks.


Oct 18, 2017

What’s in a Category?
NACS releases an updated version of its Category Definitions and Numbering Guide—Version 7.2.

Convenience Stores Are Community Stores
Chairman Rahim Budhwani said NACS partnership with leading food and nutrition groups improves community relations.

Energy Muscles Out Alternative
NACS has updated the Alternative Drinks subcategory to Energy Drinks.

Focusing on the Community and the Secrets of Disruption
Keynote speaker Chip Conley of Airbnb said learning to ‘ride the waves’ can help predict future innovation.

America is the Land of Milk and Honey…and Coffee Shops
Juneau, Alaska, has the distinction of having the most coffee shops per capita.

Top 10 Cool New Products at the NACS Show
Retailers weighed in on products new to the industry at the first full day of the NACS Show.

American Express Case Goes to U.S. Supreme Court
The high court agreed to hear an appeal that challenges the credit-card firm’s push of customers to use credit cards with lower transaction fees.

Giant Goes Vending
For its new VendMart outlet in Singapore, the supermarket chain has added more than a dozen vending machines.

Spotting Trends
Experiment with new ideas and don’t be afraid to ask, “What if?”


Oct 17, 2017

Behind the Scenes of Michigan’s Prohibition Against Local Tax Ordinances
How several groups worked together to prohibit cities and counties from passing soda and food taxes.

A Terrific Culture
Eric Chester, today’s NACS Show keynote speaker, said positivity can engage and involve employees in decision making.

Keeping Convenience Stores Beautiful
Convenience Matters podcast lays out details for the newly released guide by NACS and Keep America Beautiful.

The Changing Workforce
Flexible schedules are important to today’s c-store employees.

Amazon Is Filling 120,000 Jobs This Holiday Season
Company has already created tens of thousands of new full-time jobs this year across its U.S. fulfillment network in 33 states.

The Trump Effect
Learn how the new administration plays a role in the c-store industry.

Ricker’s Replenish Plants 20,000th Tree in Indiana
Organization continues to positively impact its communities.

Top 10 Cool New Products at the NACS Show
Convenience and fuel retailers ranked their favorite new products.

Casey’s General Stores Donate More Than $366,000 to Hurricane Relief Efforts
The chain matched the first $100,000 donated by customers.


Oct 16, 2017

NACS and Keep America Beautiful Publish New Guide for Trash Management
Convenience stores team with iconic community improvement nonprofit to help end littering.

Download the NACS Show Mobile App
Make the most out of your Show experience this week in Chicago.

RaceTrac Debuts Cinnabon’s Gooey Swirls
In addition, the Crafted by Cinnabon line will be a regular bakery feature in RaceTrac’s Texas and Florida locations.

Social Media for the Win
Learn how online and mobile app reviews can be your best friend.

Navigating SNAP Regulations
How to make adjustments to meet the needs of low-income families in your community.

Food Can Now Be Ordered Through Facebook
People can now order food for takeout from restaurants near them that take orders via Delivery.com, DoorDash, ChowNow, Zuppler, EatStreet, Slice and Olo.

Tyson Foods, NACS Donate Truckload of Protein
Nearly 37,000 pounds of donated protein will fight hunger in Chicago.

Sheetz Donates $150,000 to Support Hurricane Disaster Relief Efforts
Convenience retailer matches customer donations to help provide food and shelter.


Oct 13, 2017

SNAP Retailer Rule Compliance Deadlines Approaching Fast
USDA will begin implementing some eligibility requirements for SNAP retailers beginning Monday, October 16.

Stand Out for Breakfast
Frank Beard shares four strategies that will help convenience stores be the place to go for the morning meal.

Walmart Redoubles Grocery Effort
Starting next year, shoppers can pick up online grocery orders at a thousand more U.S. stores.

Supporting an End to Global Poverty
The Atlanta Retailers Association and Circle K Atlanta participated in the city’s Partnership Walk, which raised more than $320,000 for the Aga Khan Foundation.

Access Our Industry’s Show: Your Way on Your Device, With the NACS Show App
The app will help attendees make the most out of their Show experience next week in Chicago.

Using the Internet of Things to Connect With Customers, Business
This month’s free Conexxus webinar also tackled employees using their own devices for company business.


Oct 12, 2017

Cook County Overturns Beverage Tax
Repeal of the penny-per-ounce sweetened beverage tax will take effect on December 1, 2017.

Kroger Explores Potential Sale of C-Store Business
Retailer announced its intention to explore strategic alternatives for its convenience store business.

Verifone Strengthens Commitment to Convenience Store Foodservice
New drive-thru food ordering service will enable c-store shoppers to customize and track their orders.

Your Guide to NACS Starts at NACS HQ
At the NACS Show, NACS HQ provides retailers with year-round support and opportunities.

7-Eleven Canada Helps Customers Make Healthy Choices
Retailer will offer consumers more nutrition information through British Columbia’s Informed Dining program.

Hostess Brands Launches Microwavable Ding Dongs
New Molten Lava Ding Dongs expand the brand’s innovation in the frozen food category.


Oct 11, 2017

U.S. Convenience Stores Experience Strong Food Sales
Retailers point to growth in food sales as boosting their bottom line.

Keeping Convenience in Convenience Stores
NACS Show educational session will help attendees stay convenient in today’s fast-paced world.

Convenience Stores Biting Off More of Sandwich Market
With personalization, fresh ingredients and touchscreen ordering, convenience retailers have made significant inroads into sandwiches.

Dunkin’ Donuts Downsizes Doughnut Selection
The coffeehouse chain will test a smaller donut menu at 1,000 stores.


Oct 10, 2017

Chicago’s Controversial Soda Tax Heading for Repeal
Cook County commissioners will likely vote to repeal the penny per ounce tax on sugary drinks.

Rutter’s Brings Automation to the Fryer
An automated fryer oil management system is bringing efficiency and safety to the convenience retailer’s foodservice operation.

Consumers Stay Positive as Gas Prices Drop
Low gas prices have led to an increase in consumer confidence as the U.S. fueling industry recovers from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Convenience Retailers Help Stop Human Trafficking
Latest Convenience Matters podcast explains how retailers can be part of the solution to help save victims of human trafficking.

Wendy’s Boosts Its Chicken Offer
The QSR is the latest among the quick-serve chains to bring tenders to its menu.

Hunt Brothers Pizza Introduces ‘The Big Meaty’ Pizza
Starting this week, consumers can purchase the specialty pizza for a limited time at participating Hunt Brothers Pizza locations.


Oct 9, 2017

Legislation for Year-round High Ethanol Blends Stalls
The combined weight of several amendments under discussion ultimately sank the bill.

Alibaba To Launch ‘Smart Gas Station’
Robotic arm will fill up gas tanks and the site will feature an unstaffed convenience store.

Michigan Moves Toward Prohibiting Local Taxes on Soft Drinks
The Senate voted to ban local governments from adding taxes to food, chewing gum or beverages.

Kellogg Adds RXBAR Nutrition Bar Brand to Wholesome Snacks Portfolio
RXBAR will operate independently as standalone company.

AT&T Leaves Plenti
Loyalty coalition program could be on the verge of losing one of its founding members as well.

Tim Hortons Debuts New Espresso Offer
Customers can bring in a receipt from another restaurant and swap it for a Tim Hortons latte.


Oct 6, 2017

Bill Would Streamline Employer Reporting Mandates on Health Care
U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Rob Portman introduced the legislation, which is supported by NACS.

Six Surprising Revelations About Convenience Stores
NACS shares how retailers offer more than gas and beverages.

Senators Send Letter to EPA Opposing Cuts in Biofuel Volumes
Letter expresses strong concern over the agency’s original proposal, which would lower biofuel volumes for 2018 and 2019.

Equifax Data Breach Conversations Continue on Capitol Hill
Four House and Senate committees held oversight hearings this week.

Inspiring Tomorrow’s C-store Leaders
The NACS Scholarship Program provides retailers with a way to invest in promising employees.


Oct 5, 2017

38 Governors Support We Card Awareness Month
Awareness month put the spotlight on retail training and education to prevent tobacco sales to minors.

EPA Seeks Public Comments on Potential Cuts to 2018 and 2019 Biodiesel Obligations
In its July proposed rule, the agency put forth a volume of 2.1 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel for 2019.

Irving Oil Marks a Milestone Year for Fuel the Care
Program helps families during stressful times while seeking medical care for their children.

Treasury Withdraws Rule on Family-owned Business Valuations
Obama-era rule would have cost family businesses more money in taxes.

Frozen Mac n’ Cheetos Coming to Retail
Mac n' Cheetos frozen snacks come in two flavors: Creamy Cheddar and Flamin' Hot.

Town Pump Collects Food Bank Donations
All Town Pump retail outlets are raising funds now until November 30 to benefit the local food bank.


Oct 4, 2017

Americans Say Convenience Stores Offer Valuable Job Opportunities
Eighty-four percent of those who worked in a c-store think that the experience gave them a good foundation for their careers.

Long-Running Tobacco Lawsuit Nears End
Altria and Philip Morris USA, among other firms, announced an agreement on the timing of court-ordered communications related to cigarettes and smoking on TV and in print.

Berkshire Hathaway Invests in Pilot Flying J
Jimmy Haslam will continue as CEO; Pilot Flying J headquarters will remain in Knoxville, Tennessee.

How to Solve Complex Business Problems
NACS Show educational session guides attendees to deliver better results through better project management.


Oct 3, 2017

U.S. Coffeehouse Growth at Lowest Rate in Six Years
Mintel report suggests that ready-to-drink coffee is a fast-growing segment in the $13.6 billion retail coffee market.

Keep on Trucking
The $676 billion trucking industry looks for safe, reliable and convenient stops to keep moving.

Dollar General Provides Tuition Assistance
The retailer has partnered with Bellevue University to offer up to $8,000 for employees and an additional $2,625 for family members each year.

Panera CEO Initiates ‘Kids Meal’ Challenge
CEO Ron Shaich invites the CEOs from McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s to eat exclusively from their kids’ menus for a week.

Jack in the Box Launches Ribeye Burger
The QSR claims its new ribeye burger item is a fast-food industry first.

Ontario Becomes Minimum-Wage Testing Ground
The Canadian province is planning to launch a dramatic 32% pay increase over the next 15 months.


Oct 2, 2017

U.S. Senators Urge Puerto Rico’s Exemption from Jones Act
Legislation would permanently remove Puerto Rico from Jones Act regulations.

NACS Supports Pre-2015 WOTUS Definition
Following a recent decision to rescind the Obama administration’s 2015 Waters of the United States regulations, NACS expresses its support for returning to the pre-2015 definition.

Plain Packaging Will Hurt Retailers
CCSA President Satinder Chera says it’s time to slow down the runaway train of plain packaging legislation in Canada.

ACS Welcomes New Report on UK Recycling Issues
Introducing a deposit return scheme in the U.K. would have a significant negative impact on the convenience sector, per the Association of Convenience Stores.


Sep 29, 2017

California City Considers Ban on Flavors, Menthol
Meanwhile, the St. Paul city council delayed a vote on banning menthol and flavored cigarettes.

The Evolution of Spinx
A profile shows how Steward Spinks turned a failing gas station into a vibrant chain.

Promoting Holiday Candy, Snacks
Merchandising seasonal candy and snacks is constantly evolving.

Nearly Three-Quarters of U.K. Smokers Avoid Paying Tobacco Taxes
A new survey shows the impact of high government taxes coupled with new regulations.

McDonald’s Tries Chicken Tenders Again
After removing Chicken Selects from menus four years ago, the fast-food chain launches Buttermilk Crispy Tenders.

Tesco, Sainsbury’s Move Toward Mobile Payments
Tesco debuted a payment app, while Sainsbury’s announced its pilot of checkout-less technology.


Sep 28, 2017

Jones Act Waiver Issued for Puerto Rico
The Trump administration has waived the Jones Act for Puerto Rico, following a similar action taken after Hurricane Irma hit Florida.

Sonic Confirms Data Breach
QSR says that attack has left some customer credit and debit card numbers at risk.

EPA Issues Diesel Waiver for Puerto Rico
To minimize or prevent disruptions, the agency has issued a waiver of the diesel sulfur standards.

Republicans Release Tax Plan
Framework seeks to limit the maximum tax rate for small and family-owned businesses to 25%.

FDA Agrees to Enforce Menu-Labeling Rule in 2018
The lawsuit challenging the delay will proceed only if the FDA announces an additional delay of enforcement or fails to issue guidance.

French Grocer Enters C-Store Industry
Franprix’s new c-store concept, Franprix Noé, focuses on gourmet, organic and local produce.


Sep 27, 2017

Humanitarian Crisis Continues in Puerto Rico
Bottled water and fuel distribution equipment are among the items that are desperately needed.

EPA Asks for Comments on Potential Cuts to Biodiesel Obligations
Announcement signals EPA's intent to lower the biodiesel and advanced biofuel volumes for 2018 and 2019.

NACS Files Comments on Overtime Rule
The Labor Department requested information from interested parties about the 2016 revisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Amazon Partners With Online Food Delivery Company
The e-commerce retailer gained a network of 200 restaurant brands with around 40,000 locations.

7-Eleven, Pillsbury Serve First Hot Stuffed Waffle
The exclusive co-branded waffle combines a maple-flavored waffle with an omelet.

Making the Local Connection
NACS Show education session helps retailers hook into the local flavor of their area.


Sep 26, 2017

Target Raises Minimum Hourly Wage
Retailer is raising its hourly rate to $11 an hour this October and plans to reach $15 an hour before 2021.

Tesla Eyes 20-Minute Charging Locations
By some accounts, the convenience store could become Tesla’s new Supercharging station.

The Ultimate Lottery Winners
NACS retail member sells winning Powerball lottery ticket and donates the store’s share to charity.

Tired Workforce Costs Employers Millions
Sleep disorders and sleep deficiency are hidden workplace issues affecting U.S. companies.

FBI Releases 2016 Crime Statistics
The number of robbery offenses at convenience stores rose the most in 2016.

Retailers Get Ready to Celebrate National Coffee Day
Many c-stores are offering free coffee and hot beverages to customers on Friday, September 29.


Sep 25, 2017

Walmart Delivers To Your Fridge
Partnership with August Home allows drivers to enter a home and place groceries in the fridge.

NACS Collaborates on Healthy Options Resources
Growing consumer demand for healthier eating leads to innovative efforts that help address obesity and other nutrition-related diseases.

Marks & Spencer Tests Food Delivery
New service will allow online shoppers to have their meals delivered within an hour.

USDA Approves D-SNAP for Florida Disaster Counties
D-SNAP eligible households in the affected areas will receive two months of benefits.

PepsiCo Foundation Helps Mexico City and Puerto Rico Recover & Rebuild
The foundation will provide $2 million in grants to help communities impacted by recent natural disasters.


Sep 22, 2017

Dispatches from Tallahassee
Frank Beard shares how he and his GasBuddy team traveled to Florida during Hurricane Irma to help emergency responders locate fuel.

Hurricane Maria Devastates Puerto Rico
The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years has knocked 100% of the power out across the entire island.

Ralphs Unveils New Meal Kits
California-based grocer’s new Prep+Pared meal kits will be available at more than 100 Ralph’s locations by early 2018.

CVS Health Foundation Combats Smoking on College Campuses
New grants are part of aggressive efforts to create the first tobacco-free generation.


Sep 21, 2017

Court Blocks San Francisco’s Health Warnings on Soda
U.S. Appeals Court for the 9th Circuit blocked an ordinance that would require large health warnings on sugary beverage advertisements.

Kroger Announces Zero Hunger, Zero Waste Plan
New initiative sets a goal to end hunger in the communities where Kroger operates and eliminate waste in the company by 2025.

NACS Comments on the Vital Role of C-Stores in SNAP
The association has submitted a letter for the record with the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Walmart Expands Online Grocery to SNAP Beneficiaries
Customers using their EBT cards in select Houston and Boise, Idaho, stores can use their benefits for Walmart’s online grocery pickup service.

Millennials Less Likely to Recycle
Survey says millennials may be less likely to recycle, but they are more likely to buy from companies that are environmentally conscious.

The Wills Group Raises $500,000 for Local Community
All money raised during the retailer’s first-ever golf outing supports programs focused on ending childhood hunger and ensuring safe and healthy homes.


Sep 20, 2017

U.S. Consumers Embrace Freedom to Choose Cash
A new Cardtronics survey finds that 91% of consumers used cash in the last six months.

Planning Past Cigarettes
Tobacco companies have been developing next-generation products, including vaping and heat-not-burn products.

Amazon Horns in on Snacks
The online retailer gobbled up $240 million in sweets and snacks last year out of $49 billion in total sales.

Leadership Unlocks Employee Performance
NACS Show educational session shows how the NACS Leadership for Success program teaches leaders to drive business results.

New Webinar in Tobacco Compliance Series
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products has released a new webinar.

Specialized Foods Saving British C-Stores
Millennials have been flocking to convenience stores that sell organic, vegan and other healthy fare.


Sep 19, 2017

The Greening Effect
Oil companies have lowered emissions by 12% during a five-year period.

Is it the End for Gas Stations?
The latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast provides an insider’s look at the future of electric vehicles in the United States.

Snickers Tied Social Media Pulse to Candy Price
When its “Hungerithm” registered outrage, the price of Snickers at Australian 7-Eleven stores dropped.

Gas Stations Waiting Longer to Convert to EMV
The industry has many additional considerations, such as older pumps that could incur significant expense and effort to upgrade.

Jolt Cola is Back
The highly-caffeinated beverage is returning to shelves exclusively at Dollar General stores.


Sep 18, 2017

Kroger Debuting New Restaurant Concept
Kitchen 1883, a made-from-scratch “New American Comfort” concept, will open in October.

Significant Progress Made on Fuel in Florida
Regional fuel shortages have decreased to less than 30% of stations and fuel availability is expected to return to normal levels statewide within the coming days.

18 Jones Act Tankers Refuel Florida
Crowley Maritime Corp. has dispatched 18 tankers with gasoline and diesel fuel to Florida ports.

The Best Places to Work for Women
What makes a great workplace for women is not what most companies think; convenience retailers QuikTrip and Sheetz make the list.

New Retail Concept Goes Merchandise-Free
Nordstrom Local in West Hollywood will open with no dedicated inventory.

Lawson Recycles Food Waste
New program turns food waste into fertilizer, which is then sold to local farmers.


Sep 15, 2017

Philip Morris Will Give $1 Billion to Curb Smoking
The new research foundation will be headed by former WHO official Derek Yach.

Food Courts Morph Into Food Halls
Developers are planning more food halls, an updated version of the food court.

International Hub Debuts at NACS Show
For the first time, the Show will offer support for international visitors with a place to network, relax and learn.

Is a Store by Any Other Name Still a Store?
Retailers are moving away from the store as we know it.

VERC Enterprises Steps Up for Best Buddies Friendship Walk
The September 23 event will raise awareness and funds in support of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Sep 14, 2017

Philly Soda Tax Costing Grocers $300K a Month
Grocers say that thousands of products are being impacted by the tax, including sports drinks, flavored waters and nutrient enhanced drinks.

‘Bodega’ Seeks To Disrupt Bodegas
Startup hopes to shrink the bodega format to a small box that serves up exactly what consumers need at the time they need it.

Wawa Reopens Most Florida Stores
As of midday Tuesday, about 85 of the retailer’s 122 Florida stores were open for business following Hurricane Irma.

Retailers Outline Four Principles of Data Security
In the wake of the Equifax data breach, NACS and a retail coalition communicate to Congress the four principles they support in federal data security and breach notification legislation.

Enmarket Sets $90K Fundraising Goal for Local Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The retailer’s convenience stores in three states will sell paper icons during Blood Cancer Awareness Month.

Homeland Security Extends Jones Act Waiver
Waiver has been extended to Sept. 22 to facilitate movement of refined petroleum products, including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.


Sep 13, 2017

Wayne Fueling Systems Launches Harvey Recovery Initiatives
The company has pledged to aid the recovery efforts as much as possible.

Retail Has More Positive Landscape in 2017
Convenience stores are among the top retailers opening more stores this year.

Peeling Back the Mystery of Online Ratings, Reviews
Education session helps retailers leverage online ratings and reviews.

Indiana Retailers Press for Cold Beer Sales
This week, convenience store owners talked to the legislative committee studying the issue.

China to Gas, Diesel Cars: You’re Not Welcome Here
The world’s largest car market says it will ban production and sale of vehicles powered by diesel and gasoline in the near future.

Breath Mint Sales Soar
More snacking and spicy food have breathed fresh air into the mint category.


Sep 12, 2017

Irma Brings Uncertainty of Regional Fuel Levels
AAA reports that the average national gas price is leveling out.

Uncertainty Increased Among American Gas Consumers in the Wake of Hurricanes
With recent rising gas prices, Americans say they are less optimistic about the economy.

USDA Waives SNAP Ban for Hot Foods
SNAP beneficiaries in Florida can purchase hot foods now through September 30.

How to Go Viral and Change Your Life
This week’s Convenience Matters dives into Frank Beard’s 2016 “30 Days of Gas Station Food” experiment.

7-Eleven Expands Into Prepared Meals
Retailer is adding 15 new heat-and-eat meals to its prepared food program.


Sep 11, 2017

Small Details Matter in Foodservice
Frank Beard suggests four issues that retailers with foodservice operations should pay attention to.

We Card Focuses on Frontline Employees
Governors in 30 states have issued proclamations in support of We Card Awareness Month.

Barry Callebaut Reveals New Type of Chocolate
Ruby chocolate is made from the Ruby cocoa bean; no berries or berry flavor is added.

Dog Parks and the Global Transportation Market
Who are the alphas, and what may transpire as the market evolves? The latest Fuels Institute blog explains a shifting global transportation market.

CVS Launches Health & Wellness Vending Machines
Automated retail vending machines contain OTC products, healthy snacks and personal care items.

7-Eleven Donates $150,000 and Free Water to Hurricane Irma Victims
Convenience retailer pledged a donation to the American Red Cross for relief efforts.


Sep 8, 2017

With Hurricane Irma Bearing Down, Florida Gas Stations Run Dry
Gasoline supplies have been tight after Harvey, putting additional pressure on Florida retailers as residents flee the hurricane.

San Francisco Flavored Tobacco Ban to Go Before Voters
Residents will vote on the ban, which includes menthol cigarettes, in June 2018.

Pumpkin Spice Arrives on the Heels of Summer
Even before August ended, the smell of fall was in the air.

More Supermarkets Turning to Meal Kits
Albertsons is the latest to be said contemplating acquiring a meal-kit startup.

Albertsons, Chevron Joint Reward Points Program Expands to West Texas, New Mexico
The popular gas rewards program encompasses Chevron, Texaco, Albertsons Market, United Supermarkets, Market Street and Amigos shoppers.

U.S. Convenience Industry Prepares for More Hurricanes


Sep 7, 2017

IRS Waives Diesel Fuel Penalty for Texas
Due to Hurricane Harvey, the IRS will not impose a penalty when dyed diesel fuel is sold for use or used on the highway throughout the entire state.

U.S. Payments Forum, Conexxus to Provide Guidance for Accepting EMV at the Pump
Free webinar on September 20 will guide retailers through the complexities of implementing EMV chip technology at automated fuel dispensers.

QuickChek’s New Store Attracts Millennials
The chain’s new convenience store concept combines technology with dining.

Aldi To Open Petrol Stations in Germany
Global discount chain has partnered with FE-Trading to open unmanned stations next to Aldi stores.

McDonald’s Brings McCafe Beverages to Store Shelves
Through a partnership with Coca-Cola, the QSR will sell ready-to-drink McCafé products at retail.


Sep 6, 2017

NOAA Prepares Messaging on Hurricane Irma
Chances are increasing that the Cat 5 storm will directly impact Florida this weekend.

Refineries Slowly Come Back Online
The Colonial Pipeline is also nearly operating as normal.

Justice Department Won’t Appeal Obama Overtime Rule
The agency said it won’t continue to defend the extension of overtime benefits to millions of workers.

Following the Money
Education session provides retailers a blueprint for approaching lenders.

Convenience Matters Special Episode: Fuel Supply and Demand
Episode tackles fuel supply infrastructure in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and the potential demand related to impending Hurricane Irma.

Shell Opens First Retail Location in Mexico
New store is part of the company’s 10-year, $1 billion investment in the country.


Sep 5, 2017

Florida Prepares for Hurricane Irma
In anticipation of the storm, Gov. Rick Scott declares a state of emergency for the entire state; price-gouging statue takes effect. ​

USDA, Texas Launch Immediate Plans to Feed Hurricane-Stricken Areas
Long-term solution includes D-SNAP to provide streamlined and expanded nutrition assistance in the wake of a disaster.

First Data Offers Relief for Business Owners Impacted by Hurricane Harvey
Company has sent thousands of mobile credit and debit card readers to retailers.

Consumers Demand Organic Fresh Produce Options
Growth in organic produce signals greater consumer desire for healthy and transparent fresh foods.


Sep 1, 2017

Federal Judge Strikes Down Overtime Rule
The ruling invalidated the Obama administration’s regulation that expanded overtime protections.

Hurricane Harvey's Effect on the Fuel Market
New NACS podcast cover the latest news about the fueling infrastructure—and what it means for retailers.

USDA Helps SNAP Recipients in Texas
Waivers will help provide access to hot, ready-to-eat foods and relax school menu requirements.

NACS Submits Comments on EPA’s Proposed 2018 Volumes
EPA has proposed to use its waiver authority to lower the levels for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuels and conventional biofuels.


Aug 31, 2017

Pump Here. Plant Trees.
7-Eleven launches carbon reduction test program at 95 stores in Portland, Seattle and Wisconsin.

Sainsbury’s Kicks Off Argos Click & Collect Service
The service allows customers to pick up Argos and Tu orders at the retailer’s Local convenience stores.

NACS Members Recognized at Industry Tobacco Conference
Mia and Clay Lambert’s advocacy efforts to stop a menthol tobacco ban in Minneapolis were recognized at the annual Smoker Friendly Conference.

Couche-Tard/Circle K Launches Nationwide Campaign to Support Texas Communities and Employees
The company is also donating $100,000 to the Red Cross.


Aug 30, 2017

New York City Jacks Price of Cigarettes to $13 Per Pack
The higher minimum price for cigarettes will take effect on June 1, making the city home to the highest cigarette prices in the United States.

Lending a Helping Hand Year-Round
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast talks about how retailers can partner with the American Red Cross.

NACS Show Session Spotlights Importance of Food Safety
This educational session guides retailers in crafting and implementing an appropriate food safety policy.

Domino’s, Ford Research Pizza Delivery Using Self-Driving Vehicles
The first phase is focused on customer interaction with new delivery technology.


Aug 29, 2017

Fuel and SNAP Waivers Issued due to Hurricane Harvey
The EPA has waived some emissions requirements for certain counties.

Illinois Governor Rejects $15 Minimum Wage
Gov. Rauner says that economic evidence suggests the wage hike would harm workers more than help them.

GasBuddy Unveils Fuel Savings Program
‘Pay with GasBuddy’ gives drivers 15 cents per gallon off a first purchase, and at least five cents off every subsequent fuel purchase.

Pret A Manger to Open First U.S. University Shops
University of Pennsylvania and University of Chicago locations will open in partnership with Bon Appétit Management Company.

Coke Testing Self-Serve Water Station
Dasani PureFill machine provides free, ultra-filtered water with the option of adding flavors and/or carbonation for a small fee.


Aug 28, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Threatens One-Third of U.S Refineries
This weekend, retailers along the storm’s path braced for possible power outages while preparing to serve those in need.

NACS, NYACS Praise NYC Agreement Not to Enforce Menu Rules
The associations hailed the city’s decision to wait until the federal compliance date as a victory.

Indiana Retailers Push for Change in Alcohol Laws
A new panel has started looking into the state’s liquor regulations.

FDA Commissioner Issues Statement on Menu Labeling
The agency reiterated its role in ensuring Americans have access to clear and consistent nutrition information.

Joe Leonardo to Speak at Annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast During NACS Show
NACS past chair and longtime industry executive provides this year’s personal message on October 18.

Price Gouging Laws in Effect in Texas, Louisiana
Both governors declared a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Harvey hitting landfall over the weekend.


Aug 25, 2017

Seller of Winning Powerball Jackpot to Donate Store’s Share
Pride convenience store owner Bob Bolduc is also a member of NACS.

Pennies Have Their Place
One academic says to leave the humble one-cent piece alone.

Enmarket, Healthy Savannah Present Grant to Savannah Urban Garden Alliance
The $1,000 grant is part of the convenience store’s yearly Encourage Health Education series.

More Parents Holding Off on Back-to-School Shopping
Families will shell out more than $83 billion on back-to-school supplies for K-12 and college.


Aug 24, 2017

Massachusetts C-Store Sells Powerball Winner
Second largest lottery prize in U.S. history yielded a $758.7 million jackpot.

Trickle Up
Guerilla-style tactics by state and city governments force retailers to the frontline of local regulations.

The Phenomenon of Buc-ee's Convenience Stores
The retailer has a profile appearing in an upcoming issue of Forbes magazine.

Are Craft Brew Sales Lagging?
Shipments are falling for many independent brewers stuck in the middle between local niche brands and heavyweight competitors.


Aug 23, 2017

That Pesky Skimming Problem
Investigations have spanned across states including Maryland and Florida, but also persist nationwide.

Small Business? The NACS Show Has You Covered
Small Operator Training Sessions offered at the NACS Show are designed for and only open to individuals from companies with five or fewer stores.

NACS Letter to DOI Addresses U.S. Oil Exploration
The association shared its perspective on the need for a continued stable supply of domestic energy resources.

Register for the 2017 Insight Retail Study Tour
International retailers will get to visit Rutter’s, Sheetz and Wawa in advance of this year’s NACS Show.

Baskin-Robbins Inspired Iced Coffee Flavors Rule Late Summer
Vote for your favorite flavors this week.

Operation ‘Choke Point’ Cancelled
The DOJ has closed down all initiatives associated with the operation that reportedly “choked off the financial oxygen” to businesses.


Aug 22, 2017

4 Ways to Improve the Customer Pump Experience
Nearly 40 million Americans fill up their vehicles every day, but less than half reported going into the store during their last purchase.

Charitable Giving Community Mourns Jerry Lewis
In the early 1980s, NACS was a national sponsor of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Despite EV Growth Projections, Market Penetration Will Remain Limited
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast discusses sales and registration forecasts for two potential market scenarios in the U.S. and Canada.

C-stores Are Taking Over the Fuel Market
Millennials are as interested in good food as they are in inexpensive costs.

Georgia Congressman Drew Ferguson Visits Local RaceTrac
The NACS In Store program brings Congress to their local c-stores.


Aug 21, 2017

Inside Store Increasingly Reason for Stopping at C-stores
Today’s convenience store offer consumers a broader buying experience beyond fuel.

Walmart Selling More Food
Americans increasingly have been purchasing groceries at the discount retailer.

American Red Cross Offers Solar Eclipse Safety Tips
NACS has partnered with the Red Cross to develop tools and resources for retailers for a variety of situations.

Illinois Lawmakers Introduce Measure to Overturn Chicago Soda Tax
The bill would prohibit taxes on any sweetened drinks based on volume sold.

Orlando Gas Stations Offer Delectable Delights
These four eateries tucked inside gas stations are giving restaurants a run for their money.

New York Pizza Goes Rectangular
Some eateries are offering Roman-style pies with unique toppings.


Aug 18, 2017

Industry Remembers Bill Bennett
Bennett, who died earlier this month at 84, was president of NACS in 1974.

Trump Signs Executive Order to Accelerate Road, Bridge Construction
The order requires a single federal authority to be the lead on approvals for environmental and other permitting mandates.

Rutter’s Donates $60,000 to Pre-K EITC Organizations
Money raised will benefit scholarship funding for children in Pennsylvania’s Blair County.


Aug 17, 2017

Amazon Instant Pickup Launches for College Students
Instant Pickup enables Prime and Prime Student members to order and receive snacks, drinks and electronics in under two minutes.

New York City Menu Labeling Lawsuit and Regulations Delayed Until August 25
NACS sued the city last month to prevent it from enforcing its regulations prior to the FDA’s 2018 compliance date.

Kwik Trip Lends Support to PHA
C-store chain raised $75,000 in support of the Partnership for a Healthier America’s work to make healthier choices more accessible and end childhood obesity.

NACS Show Session Takes to the Streets
Education session will help retailers learn how to increase political engagement within their company and develop an effective grassroots strategy.

Restaurant Devoted to Cheetos Pops Up in Manhattan
For three days, diners are treated to Cheetos meatballs, Cheetos crusted fried pickles, Cheetos tacos, Mac n' Cheetos and Cheetos cheesecake.


Aug 16, 2017

Convenience Stores Step Up the Competition
These days, convenience retailers offer consumers a wide variety of choices, from quirky to conventional.

Tesco’s Fruit and Veggies Revamp Cuts Food Waste
Changes are having a positive effect on shopping habits and also reducing food waste.

Dunkin’ Announces Fall Menu
New pumpkin and maple-flavored beverage and food offers begin on August 28.


Aug 15, 2017

7-Eleven Gets Ready for the Eclipse
Participating stores on the eclipse path are carrying glasses for viewing.

ALDI Teams Up with Instacart
Retailer is piloting grocery delivery in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Dallas.

Protect Your Food Brand
NACS and convenience retailers play a critical role in protecting the food supply chain through food safety measures.

No ID, No Sale in Texas
New law will allow retailers to ask customers for a photo ID with credit and debit card purchases.

Chick-fil-A Rolls Out Breakfast Bowl
The QSR’s Hash Brown Scramble is now available nationwide as a breakfast bowl or burrito.


Aug 14, 2017

New York City Restricts Consumer Access to Tobacco Products
Set of bills raise the minimum price per pack from $10.50 to $13 and ban tobacco sales from drug stores, among other restrictive measures.

NACS Show Attendees Can Now Choose Their Education Sessions
The feature allows attendees to plan which sessions they plan to participate in at the upcoming NACS Show, October 17-20, in Chicago.

Cook County’s Beverage Tax Violates SNAP Rules
USDA Food and Nutrition Service warns Illinois that implementation of Cook County’s beverage tax is in violation of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program regulations.

Fast-Food Report Card on Healthy Choices
Some chains are doing better than others after pledging to improve food options for children.

Oklahoma Cigarette Tax Ruled Unconstitutional
State Supreme Court found that lawmakers failed to follow constitutional requirements for revenue-raising measures and tax increases.


Aug 11, 2017

Mega Millions, Powerball Jackpots Reach More than $300 Million Each
This is the first time these lottery games have simultaneously topped $300 million apiece.

Ontario Convenience Store Coalition Kicks Off ‘Save Our Stores’ Campaign
The group points to contraband tobacco and excessive red tape as top reasons for convenience store closures.

Oregon Raises Smoking Age to 21
The state becomes the fifth one to have a higher tobacco buying age.

Hershey’s Chocolate World Moves to New York Times Square Location
Fans will be able to enjoy made-to-order s’mores inside the store.

Self-serve Convenience Stores Move Inside Companies
In Japan, businesses are allowing small standalone convenience stores in breakrooms and other places.


Aug 10, 2017

Chicago Businesses Perplexed by Beverage Tax
Confusion remains as to how business at convenience stores and restaurants will be affected by Cook County’s new penny-per-ounce beverage tax.

3 Reasons Why Convenience Stores Are the New Coffee Shops
Frank Beard shares that it’s no secret that c-store coffee programs are an essential component to creating the perfect pit stop.

Help Protect Your Business From Cyber Risk
Free Conexxus webinar will walk attendees through the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and share how they can build a business-oriented cyber risk management program.

Kellogg Teams Up with Ride-Share Snacking Company
Through Cargo, Kellogg is making snacks more readily available and accessible to ride-share passengers.

Kraft Heinz and Oprah Winfrey Collaborate to Create ‘O, That’s Good!’
New line of refrigerated soups and sides add a nutritious twist to comfort foods.


Aug 9, 2017

Walmart Relaunches Scan-and-Pay Option
The technology lets shoppers use an app to check out and pay for their items.

Protecting Your Fuel Business Investment
Speakers at this NACS Show educational session will discuss how operators can make wise fuel equipment decisions.

NACS Chairman Recognized by Alabama Governor
Rahim Budhwani was honored for being the first elected NACS chairman from the state.

Supermarkets Woo Millennials With In-Store Eateries
More grocery stores are carving out space for in-store restaurants to attract younger shoppers.

McDonald’s Ignites China Growth
The fast-food chain will nearly double its locations in China within five years.

Chicago Bag Tax Reduces Bag Usage
The city’s 7-cent tax on disposable plastic or paper bags has changed shopper behavior.


Aug 8, 2017

American Optimism Remains High Despite Rise in Gas Prices
Gas consumers report a median gasoline price of $2.29 per gallon, up 7 cents from July.

Little Caesars Allows Customers to Pre-Pay, Skip the Line
New Reserve-N-Ready service has pizza orders ready and waiting for quick pick-up.

Australia Cracks Down on Fuel Theft
AACS commends Victoria government’s intention to take a tougher stand on fuel theft.

Rita's Announces New Test Store Concept
Ten Rita's Italian Ice & Creamery locations are planned to open later this year.


Aug 7, 2017

Minneapolis Restricts the Sale of Menthol Cigarettes
City council votes to restrict the sale of menthol cigarettes to tobacco shops and liquor stores.

NACS Prepares to File Comments with EPA on 2018 RVOs
EPA has used its waiver authority to lower the levels for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuels and conventional biofuels.

Plan Ahead for the NACS Show
Free webinar offers tips and tools to increase your company’s ROI at this year’s NACS Show.

Is Near-Beer Finally Here?
Brewers see market potential for alcohol-free beer.

PepsiCo Works Toward Goal of 100% Sustainable Palm Oil
Efforts to strengthen its palm oil supply chain now include new steps to promote human rights, responsible land use and supplier transparency.

Krispy Kreme Debuts Reese’s Peanut Butter Doughnut
New doughnut combines chocolate and peanut butter for a limited time.


Aug 4, 2017

Maine Smoking Age Jumps to 21
Lawmakers overrode the governor’s veto to make Maine the fourth state to have a higher smoking age.

Rep. Mike Bost Spends Time at MotoMart
The lawmaker took part in the NACS In Store program that connects members of Congress with local convenience stores.

Training for ‘Convenience Stores Against Trafficking’ Makes a Difference
State associations share how making frontline employees aware of human trafficking is impacting their communities.

Bringing Ethanol and Electricity to Market
NACS Convenience Matters podcast focuses on what’s fueling Kum & Go’s innovation and customers.

Arkansas Now Allows Debit Cards as Payment for Lottery Tickets
About half of the state’s lottery merchants accept debit cards for lottery tickets, while the other half is sticking to cash only.

Vietnam, Thailand Sees Convenience Store Expansion
South Korea’s GS25 chain will launch in Vietnam, while CJ Express will invest $120 million to double its Thailand business.


Aug 3, 2017

NACS Files Menu Labeling Comments
Together with SIGMA, NACS emphasized the unique nature of convenience stores and gas stations in their comments to the FDA.

EPA Holds Public Hearing on Proposed 2018 RFS Obligations
NACS testified at the public hearing on August 1.

Gas Station Food Continues to Wow Customers
At Super Food House, made-to-order Indian fare has customers lining up after filling their tanks.

Chicken Wing Prices Increase
Once discarded, chicken wings have risen in popularity—and cost.

VERC Enterprises Named Employer of the Year by Arc of Greater Plymouth
The convenience store chain received the honor because of its practice of hiring those with disabilities.


Aug 2, 2017

The Problem of Too Many Grocery Stores
The amount of retail square footage devoted to food has never been as high—and that spells trouble for the industry.

Dunkin’ Donuts Will Drop the ‘Donuts’ at One Location
The name will not reference doughnuts at a new California restaurant.

Target Courts College Students
The discount chain has plans to open small-format stores and popups near campuses.

Massachusetts Lottery Generates a Record $1 Billion-Plus Profit
Despite seeing sales drop 2.7%, the net profit of the state’s lottery rose 4.6%.

Coca-Cola Partners With Kith for Apparel Line
The summertime collaboration will produce limited edition t-shirts, bottles, shorts, swim trunks, hoodies, slides, pool floats and beach towels.

Changing Convenience Into Healthy
C-stores continue to add healthier options to meet customer needs.


Aug 1, 2017

Court Rejects EPA’s RFS Waiver Authority
Biofuels producers are hailing the D.C. Circuit Court decision as a victory.

Minneapolis Convenience Retailers Oppose Menthol Cigarette Ban
The city council prohibited the sale of flavored tobacco products two years ago.

Cook County Soda Tax in Effect
Retailers will start collecting the penny-per-ounce tax on soft drinks Wednesday.

Singapore Grocery Store Launches Unmanned, Cashless C-store
Cheers is a fully automatic concept store in which customers scan and pay via a mobile app.

Old Gas Stations Repurposed as Restaurants
These former service stations in Virginia give new meaning to “gas station dining.”

Buffalo Wild Wings Tests Beer Delivery
The pilot program will add delivery options via its mobile app in parts of Ohio.


Jul 31, 2017

FDA Pursues Plan to Lower Nicotine in Cigarettes
New plan seeks to lower nicotine in cigarettes; extend timelines to submit tobacco product review applications for newly regulated tobacco products on the market as of Aug. 8, 2016.

GOP Takes Border Tax Off the Table
Border adjustment tax has been removed from consideration as part of comprehensive tax reform.

Grab-and-Go Lunch Boosts C-Stores’ Bottom Line
IRI says the sandwich, salad and sushi to-go culture gives U.K. convenience retailers £36 million boost.

Edeka Launches Xpress Convenience Store Concept
German retailer will tailor its product assortment to local supply in metropolitan areas.

Hershey Launches Popcorn Brand
Ready-to-eat Popwell brand is hitting store shelves just 10 months after it was conceptualized.


Jul 28, 2017

House Committee Passes Common Sense Menu Labeling Bill
The bill would correct problems in the FDA’s menu labeling regulations.

More Rural C-Stores Get Fresh
In North Carolina, a grant program brings fresh produce to small retailers.

Lyft Adds Taco Bell Pit Stop Option
The ride-hailing service is allowing riders to select a Taco Bell stop during the drive.

San Francisco Flavored Tobacco Ban Heads for the Ballot
A measure to repeal the ban has enough signatures to put the issue before voters.

Dunkin’ Donuts Sees Convenience as the Future
Company says it will simplify and increase ‘convenience’ to boost its same-store sales.

Starbucks Solidifies Foothold in China
The coffeehouse chain reaffirmed its commitment to operating 5,000 stores in mainland China by 2021.


Jul 27, 2017

NACS Launches Inaugural Fuels Summit Latin America
The NACS Fuels Summit Latin America will evaluate market dynamics and trends that will affect the transportation energy sector for decades to come.

Britain To Ban Fuel-Powered Vehicles in 2040
New diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned in the U.K. by 2040 to curb air pollution.

Coca-Cola Zero Sugar Launches in United States
New package design expected to hit store shelves nationwide in August.

Amazon Has More Than 50,000 Jobs to Fill
The company is hosting its first Jobs Day on August 2 at 10 of its U.S. fulfillment centers.


Jul 26, 2017

New Jersey Raises Tobacco Purchase Age to 21
The new law applies to all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes.

How Convenience Retailers Can Help Stop Human Trafficking
The number of human trafficking cases in the United States is rising, and retailers can be part of the solution.

Hy-Vee to Open Larger Format C-store
The downsized version of its grocery stores will also have a Starbucks coffee shop and Market Grill restaurant.

Retailer Opens His Doors to the Homeless
A gas station owner allows those without a place to sleep or cleanup access to his store and its facilities.

McDonald’s New Sandwiches Bolster Bottom Line
A new line of burgers, plus a $1 drink promotion, has helped reverse slumping sales.


Jul 25, 2017

Why Convenient Packaging Matters
Frank Beard shares unique car-friendly packaging tips that encourage dashboard dining.

Cumberland Farms Puts its People First
CEO Ari Haseotes shares how the company’s employees are the keys to success in the latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast.

Cook County Extends Soda Tax Restraining Order
Judge says a ruling on the issue will come on July 28.

Tesco Delivers Same-Day Groceries
U.K. retailer becomes first to offer same day grocery delivery nationwide.

Gen Xers Emerge as Important Restaurant Customers
The ‘forgotten generation’ now represent almost a quarter of all U.S. restaurant visits.


Jul 24, 2017

Hand Washing Can Prevent the Next Chipotle Headline
Employees not washing their hands and handing food are among the highest concerns related to food safety for any convenience retail operations.

More Lawmakers Scrutinize Amazon-Whole Foods Merger
Congressional Black Caucus plans to share its concerns with the Department of Justice.

Taiwan Bans Retailers from Offering Plastic Bags
2018 ban will be expanded to 80,000 retailers to reduce plastic bag use.

Rutter’s Donates $63,000 to Local Community
Seven local charities received contributions at the opening of the retailer’s newest store.

Dannon Introduces Yogurt Minus Artificial Sweeteners
New Dannon Light & Fit offerings are sweetened with stevia and cane sugar.


Jul 21, 2017

Skimmers Switch to ‘Shimmers’
A new tool in the arsenal of criminals out to steal credit card data is a card-shaped device that’s paper-thin.

Grocery Shopping Takes More Than One Stop
Increasingly, Americans are no longer satisfied with shopping for food in one store.

U.K. Bans Credit Card Fees
The surcharges will be prohibited starting in January.

Merger of British American Tobacco, Reynolds American Approved
Announced in January, this week shareholders approved the $49 billion deal.

Jackpot Fatigue, Casinos Siphon Off State Lottery Revenue
Fewer people are purchasing lottery tickets these days.

Mars Chocolate North America Introduces Twix Dark
The candy company also will bring back Twix White and Twix Peanut Butter.


Jul 20, 2017

So Maybe the Robots Really Are Coming
Increasingly, more retailers are automating certain workplace tasks.

Cumberland Farms’ Customers Save $75M With SmartPay
Payment program now offers expedited registration process so customers can save even sooner.

House Subcommittee Takes the Lead on Self-Driving Vehicles
Members passed draft legislation that addresses autonomous vehicle safety and fostering innovation.

Pizza Hut Goes on Hiring Spree
Delivery chain will hire 3,000 drivers every month for the remainder of 2017.


Jul 19, 2017

Shatner, Conley, Chester Headline NACS Show
This year’s NACS Show General Session speakers are sure to inspire attendees on topics including culture and employee engagement.

NACS Applauds Introduction of Biodiesel Blenders’ Tax Credit Legislation
Bipartisan legislation would extend the biodiesel blenders’ tax credit and ultimately phase it out over five years.

Tennessee Police Crack National Skimmer Network
Criminals used a universal key to steal customer identities and $700,000.

NACS Relays Concerns About NNN Levels Adversely Impacting Retailers
NACS and SIGMA filed comments related to smokeless tobacco products.

Chick-fil-A Launches Family Dinners
The QSR is testing the meals, which include two new sides, in three cities.

QuickChek Aids Thousands of Families
Support will help school-aged children who don’t have access to food programs during the summer months.


Jul 18, 2017

Subway Rolls Out New ‘Fresh Forward’ Design
New decor features bold and bright colors, curated music and touchscreen ordering kiosks.

Wawa Introduces Cold Brew Iced Coffee
New Wawa cold brew iced coffee available in traditional black or sweet cream.

7-Eleven Awards Three Finalists in Franchise Give-Away
All three finalists have won a fee-free franchise 7-Eleven store in the convenience retailer’s first women's initiative contest.

Mac’s Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Positive Youth Program
Initiative helps local police engage with youths by ‘positively ticketing’ them with coupons for a free cold or hot beverage at their local Mac’s convenience store.


Jul 17, 2017

NACS Joins Lawsuit Against New York City on Menu Labeling
Joint lawsuit seeks to block New York City from overriding FDA’s calorie labeling on menus.

NACS Partners with DHS Blue Campaign to Fight Human Trafficking
New partnership will enable NACS to provide training and awareness materials free of charge to NACS members.

Member of Congress Asks for Hearing on Amazon-Whole Foods Deal
Additionally, a Whole Foods shareholder has filed suit to block the merger.

Indulgence Tops Health for U.S. Ice Cream
Mintel report says sales of frozen yogurt and non-dairy ice cream declined 10% in two years.

Boyett Petroleum Raises $275,000 for Local Children
Funds raised during annual golf tournament will benefit local children’s programs.


Jul 14, 2017

Lidl Looking to Shake Up U.S. Grocery Market
German discounter’s entry into the United States is stirring up the U.S. grocery channel.

Save 60% on NACS Show Registration
Less than 300 spots remain for retailers to receive the Best Saver rate at the upcoming NACS Show.

GasBuddy Issues 'Perfect Pit Stop' Report Card
Second quarter data places Illinois-based Kelley’s Market in the top spot.

Despite Delay, Hershey Moves Forward with New Nutrition Facts Panel
Hershey is rolling out the FDA’s new label design for packaged foods throughout 2017 and 2018.

Identify Third-Party Risk in Conexxus Webinar
Coalfire will share insights on why retailers should consider a third-party risk management program.


Jul 13, 2017

Massachusetts Debates Merits of Beverage Tax
Proposal moving through the state legislature would tax drinks based on sugar content; Philly beverage tax falls short of revenue expectations.

Minneapolis Considers Menthol Ban
If approved, Minneapolis would be the first city in the state to restrict menthol cigarette sales.

Your Guide to Congress
New NACS Grassroots Guide to Congress provides immediate access to congressional information.

Target Tests New Curbside Pickup Service
The retailer is testing the service at a handful of Minneapolis stores.


Jul 12, 2017

Protecting Your Food Brand
Kwik Trip’s food safety event helps build relationships throughout the industry and government.

3 Simple Ways to Get Creative with Fruits and Veggies
Frank Beard shares several great ideas from convenience stores across the United States.

Budweiser Unveils New State Packaging
New packaging is inspired by its 12 local breweries across the United States.

Sheetz For The Kidz Kicks Off July Campaign
Program provides children in need with new toys, clothes and other basic needs.

Wendy’s Goes All-In on Queso and Bacon
QSR is sharing its obsession with melted cheese with its customers.

7-Eleven Continues Commitment to Sustainability
Convenience retailer is offering a new single-origin Colombian coffee.


Jul 11, 2017

Getting Crafty with Beer Sales
New Convenience Matters Podcast talks with a local craft brewery about its community ties.

Mondelēz Introduces New Brand of Health Products
The company’s new wholesome savory biscuit brand caters to the on-the-go, well-being-focused, millennial consumer.

Chick-fil-A Offers Free Entrees to Cow-Dressed Customers
To celebrate Cow Appreciation Day, Chick-fil-A is hosting its 13th annual event today, July 11.

7-Eleven Celebrates 90 Years of Convenience
Convenience retailer is giving away free Slurpees today from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Krispy Kreme Celebrates 80 Years of the Original Glazed Doughnut
On July 14, customers can join the celebration by enjoying a dozen Original Glazed doughnuts for 80 cents.


Jul 10, 2017

Applegreen Boosts Its U.S. Presence
Irish retail chain acquires 34 South Carolina-based convenience stores.

(More) Cocktail Napkin Math on EVs
How soon is “soon” for electric vehicles? Let’s have another cocktail and do some more math.

Food Brands Feel the Struggle in Grocery Aisles
Larger brands are looking to gain market share amid greater competition from companies that were quick to respond to changing consumer demand.

7-Eleven Tests Soylent RTD Meals
Placing its products at participating 7-Eleven stores is Soylent's first foray into retail distribution.

KFC Reinvents Drive-Thru Experience with Robot Colonel Harland Sanders
QSR celebrated National Fried Chicken Day with an animatronic voice-altering machine, H.A.R.L.A.N.D.


Jul 7, 2017

France to End Diesel and Gasoline Vehicle Sales by 2040
Ending the sale of fossil fuel-powered vehicles is intended to help the country reach its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

Brewers Association Launches New Seal to Designate Independent Beers
The seal is intended to help inform consumers that their craft beer selection is from an independently owned brewery.

Amazon Adds Wine Label to its Repertoire
Tech giant is partnering with King Estate Winery to launch Next, its own wine label.

Spinx Hosts Upcoming Leadership Opportunity Fair
Convenience retailer is offering interested applicants an opportunity for substantial career growth.

Meijer Breaks Ground on New Urban Market Format
Bridge Street Market focuses on fresh foodservice within a growing urban area in Grand Rapids.

Yesway Announces Launch of Loyalty Program
Program rewards customers with ‘smiles’ points to redeem for fuel and in-store merchandise purchases.


Jul 6, 2017

EPA Issues Proposed Renewable Volume Obligations for 2018
Agency’s RVO proposal for 2018 holds the level for non-advanced biofuels steady at 15 billion gallons.

NACS and SwiftIQ Form Strategic Alliance
Partnership will help retailers and suppliers enhance food bundles, improve product offerings and gain operational improvements to drive cash flow.

Judge Blocks Cook County Soda Tax
Illinois Retail Merchants Association and several grocers filed a lawsuit seeking to block the tax, which they argue is unconstitutional and too vague.


Jul 5, 2017

Freshii Is the Zara of Healthy Fast Foods
Founder and CEO Matthew Corrin tells the story behind the healthy fast-food brand at the NACS Insight Convenience Summit–Europe in London.

Students Deliver New Transportation Models
On this week’s NACS Convenience Matters podcast, Georgetown University students share their winning proposal from the 2017 Fuels Institute Case Competition.

Target Experiments With Next-Day Delivery
New Restock program makes 10,000 household items available to customers in the Twin Cities.

Rich’s Sweet Middles Mini Desserts Available for C-Stores
Desserts are now available in 4-count packs.


Jul 3, 2017

Labor Department Signals Changes in Overtime
Department says it wants salary to be a factor in overtime eligibility.

Vanilla Ice Cream Reigns Supreme
International Dairy Foods Association reveals America’s top ice cream flavors.

Brides and Grooms Make a Run for Taco Bell
The QSR is adding weddings to the menu at its flagship Las Vegas Cantina restaurant.

Sunoco Free Fuel 5000 Returns for 13th Year
Sweepstakes will award $5,000 of fuel to 11 regional grand prize winners.

Top 10 Facts About July 4th and Beer
From the Founding Fathers to today, beer has a place in U.S. history and July 4th celebrations.


Jun 30, 2017

FDA Extends Menu Labeling Comment Period to August 2
NACS urges its members to file comments with the agency before the new deadline.

Lawsuit Seeks to Block Cook County Soda Tax
The penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened and artificially sweetened drinks was set to begin July 1.

USDA Asks for Public Comments on GMO Labeling
The agency posted more than two dozen questions under consideration.

Is a Drive-thru Really Quicker Than the Convenience Store?
Contributor Frank Beard decided to find out.

Cumberland Farms Celebrates Believe & Achieve College Scholarship Winners
Convenience retailer awards 130 high school seniors with a $1,000 scholarship.

U.S. Customer Loyalty Program Memberships Reach 3.8 Billion
New consumer research reveals that 53% of Americans participate in a loyalty program because of ease of use.


Jun 29, 2017

QuikTrip Expands Its Texas Operating Area
First QuikTrip stores in San Antonio and Austin will open in summer 2018.

Strong Convenience Store Sales Fuel Retailer Optimism
One of the biggest contributing factors to retailer optimism is the continued high level of consumer confidence.

Menthol Ban Would Cost Retailers $73 Million
Proposed ban in Minneapolis would strip c-stores from selling menthol cigarettes.

Aloha Island Mart Supports Partnership for a Healthier America
Hawaii convenience retailer and its customers have raised $5,000 to support PHA.

Chobani Launches Non-Greek Yogurt
New product is the company's first foray into non-Greek, classic yogurt.


Jun 28, 2017

EPA Rescinds Controversial WOTUS Rule
The Trump administration has moved to redefine protected waters.

New Packaging Approach From Hershey Reduces Corrugate Waste
The Hershey Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility report highlights its progress made in improving environmental sustainability.

Pilot Flying J Hires Celebrity Chef to Overhaul Foodservice
Chef Tim Love is working with the travel center chain to create signature items.

Canadian Convenience Stores to Celebrate C-Store Day on August 30
The sixth annual event goes national this year.

Diners Don’t Like Waiting
A recent survey found that the ability to place an order via an app while waiting would mitigate the inconvenience.


Jun 27, 2017

Study Says $15 Minimum Wage Has Opposite Effect
Seattle’s second wage increase to $13 reduced hours worked in low-wage jobs by around 9%.

Catching Up With Frank Gleeson
The NACS International Committee Chairman talks about how retail trends at various life cycles have the potential to impact global c-store markets.

C-Store Brings Gastro Pub and Homemade Truffle Ketchup to Texas
Round Rock retailer offers c-store staples with a unique twist on fine wines and gourmet food.

Starbucks Signals Lunchtime Growth
Coffeehouse chain is planning to grow its overall food sales by focusing on its lunchtime fare.

Millennials Love Dining Out
New survey says that this generation eats out at least five times a week.


Jun 26, 2017

NACS Announces Partnership with the American Red Cross
Groups are developing resources for donation collection by c-store companies nationwide, and encourage assistance programs for Red Cross volunteers.

Are We There Yet? 10 More Years
Cocktail napkin math can help explain market transition.

Heated Tobacco Predicted to Grow 691%
Euromonitor research suggests that heated tobacco is the fastest-growing tobacco category.

Parker’s Awards College Scholarships
Six high school students received $1,000 and $500 academic scholarships.

AAA Forecasts ‘Historic’ July 4th Travel
Group says 44.2 million people are expected to travel Independence Day weekend.


Jun 23, 2017

San Francisco Bans Sale of Flavored Tobacco, Menthol
The city’s board of supervisors approved the legislation unanimously. The ban will take effect in April 2018.

NACS Remembers Fred Lowder
He led the association during the pivotal year of 1966 and attended nearly 50 NACS Shows.

Understanding Tactics to Prevent & Remove Ransomware
A Conexxus webinar highlights how ransomware enters a system and approaches to handling it.

U.K. Bill Requires Charging Points at Gas Stations
The measure applies to motorway services and petrol stations, which would have to install electric car chargers.

C-Store Breakfast Demand Heats Up for Summertime
Tyson Convenience releases results from consumer survey that highlights the importance of convenience stores to summer vacationers.


Jun 22, 2017

On the Road with Tesla
Retail study group at the NACS Insight Convenience Summit–Europe sees first-hand how a Tesla Supercharging station is enhancing electric vehicle adoption.

Women Entrepreneurs Compete for 7-Eleven Franchise Fee-Free Store
Voting is now open for the seven semifinalists selected from hundreds of applications in the 7-Eleven Women’s Franchise Initiative competition.

Glassdoor Names Chet Cadieux a Top CEO
QuikTrip CEO is ranked among the top CEOs, coming in on the list at No. 28.

Mansfield Launches Reduced Emission Diesel Program
Turnkey diesel offset program provides sustainable options for customers.


Jun 21, 2017

Justice Department Switches Sides to Management in Supreme Court Case
NLRB v. Murphy Oil centers on whether certain employment contracts are in violation of the National Labor Relations Act.

Minneapolis Considers Banning Menthol Cigarette Sales at C-stores
It appears that the city council’s proposal would only apply to convenience retailers.

Nearly Two-thirds of Adults Look Forward to Summer
A new Dunkin’ Donuts survey shows that people are anticipating summer more so than in previous years.

Delaware Deliberates Alcohol, Tobacco Tax Increases
Democrats are looking to close the state’s budget shortfall by raising taxes on those products.


Jun 20, 2017

Will Amazon Solve Its Last Mile Logistics?
Analysts say the ‘hard part’ for Amazon will be last-mile fresh food delivery amid the e-commerce giant’s acquisition of specialty grocer Whole Foods.

Speedway Makes Miracles Happen
Employee satisfaction and giving back to the community helps make up the fabric of Speedway.

Panera Bread Surpasses $1 Billion in Digital Sales
Fast-casual chain says its digital investments enable a personalized and enhanced guest experience.

Chick-fil-A Goes Gluten-Free
QSR is one of the first chains to offer a gluten-free bun.

Sainsbury Eyes C-Store Operator Nisa
U.K.’s grocery chain is in talks to purchase Nisa and its 2,500 convenience stores.

Sprite Introduces Cold Lyrics from Hot Artists
Summer series celebrates six rappers with limited-edition packaging on Sprite products.


Jun 19, 2017

Amazon to Acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion
The online retailer announced the acquisition on Friday, which analysts predict will increase its competition with Walmart.

Hybrid Vehicle Market Continues to Evolve
The share of hybrid and plug-in electric hybrid vehicles is expected to make gains in the coming years.

Snacks, Candy Focus on Healthier, On-the-Go Opportunities
From ingredients to format, snacks and candy are increasingly portable.

Nestlé to Sell its U.S. Confectionery Unit
The maker of Baby Ruth, Butterfinger and Crunch candy bars wants to shed that section, but will keep its Toll House baking products.

Subway Adds Self-ordering Kiosks
The sandwich chain looks to tech upgrades to win back customers.


Jun 16, 2017

A Conversation With Jacob Schram
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.’s group president for European operations shares his thoughts on leadership at the NACS Insight Convenience Summit–Europe.

Three Ways to Share Your Healthful Products With Customers
Contributor Frank Beard answers the question: How do shoppers know you stock healthy options?

NACS Comments on Proposed SNAP Fraud Survey
C-store industry weighs in on proposed large retailer survey.

Mobile Convenience Store Self-Drives to Customers
Wheely’s is testing a prototype kiosk that can wheel right up to your doorstep.

Buffalo Wild Wings Announces QSR Concept
B-Dubs Express will have a smaller footprint in a counter-service format.

Second Court Upholds Philadelphia’s Tax on Soft Drinks
Several beverage groups filed a lawsuit claiming the 1.5-cents-per-ounce tax was unconstitutional.


Jun 15, 2017

SPAR Natural Wins International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award
Prestigious award recognizes SPAR Natural in Gran Canaria, Spain, for breaking new ground in health and wellness by providing a holistic approach to local customers seeking a healthier lifestyle.

European Leaders Take Home Honors in Sustainability and Technology
REWE Group and Valora win prestigious awards at the NACS Insight Convenience Summit–Europe.

Fuel Retailers and Community Leaders Urge Congress to Oppose Commercial Rest Areas
A coalition that included NACS sent a letter to Congress asking that interstate rest areas not be commercialized as part of infrastructure legislation.

Senate Committee Holds Hearing on E15
Sheetz executive testifies before Senate Committee in support of S. 517, the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act.

FDA’s Proposed Product Standard on NNN in Smokeless Tobacco
The agency clarifies the variability of the nitrosamine in smokeless tobacco.

FDA Indefinitely Delays Nutrition Fact Labels
Former First Lady Michelle Obama had pushed for the labels to include added sugars and highlighted calorie contents.


Jun 14, 2017

Valora Leads Seven-Year Transformation
Michel Gruber shares how Valora evolved to a convenience retail and foodservice provider at this week’s NACS Insight Convenience Summit–Europe.

Wawa’s D.C. Plans Revealed
At a kick-off event last night, CEO Chris Gheysens divulged the c-store’s expansion timeline for Washington, D.C.

Michigan Legislators Consider Raising Smoking Age to 21
Meanwhile, Aspen becomes the first Colorado city to increase the tobacco purchase age to 21.

How to Hire a Quarter Million Workers? McDonald’s Uses Snapchat
The fast-food chain announced this week that it would add 250,000 employees this summer.


Jun 13, 2017

Talking Shop with the Supermarket Guru
Food industry expert Phil Lempert talks about how c-stores are significant competition for grocery stores and restaurants with fresh produce and speed of service.

Aldi Dreams Big With U.S. Expansion
The German discount supermarket has plans to open close to 900 stores in the country over the next five years.

Restaurants Embrace Brand Licensing
California Pizza Kitchen, Dunkin’ Donuts and TGI Fridays have expanded into grocery store products.

Shoppers Still Bargain Hunting
The recession got customers used to discounts, and stores are scrambling to recover.


Jun 12, 2017

Labor Pressures Build While Restaurant Sales Continue to Decline
Challenges continue to confront restaurants in both staffing and retaining qualified workers.

State AGs Promise to Fight EPA on Vehicle Emission Standards
Coalition of 13 state attorneys general vow to legally challenge the Trump administration if it seeks to rolls back current vehicle emission standards.

Greggs Opens First Drive-Thru
U.K. bakery chain opens first drive-thru concept at Irlam Gateway service station in Salford, Manchester.

Online Retail Woes Continue for Brick-and-Mortar Retailers
Moody’s current list of U.S. retailers with troubled financials tops the record of 19 retailers at the peak of the Great Recession.


Jun 9, 2017

NACS Applauds Congress For Protecting Debit Swipe Fee Reform
The association thanks Congress for saving consumers and retailers $8 billion per year.

Chipotle’s Woes Continue With Overtime Pay Lawsuit
The claim filed in federal court asserts that a federal rule expanding overtime pay is in effect despite a 2016 injunction prohibiting enforcement.

Pinnacle, Worldpay Deliver Chip Card Certification to Palm POS Solution
The Pinnacle Corporation and Worldpay team will enhance their security through chip card certification.

North Carolina Steps Up Efforts to Find Skimmers
The state Department of Agriculture is working on a program to train convenience store personnel on how to spot skimmers at gas pumps.

Seagram’s ‘Escapes Spiked’ Debuts This Fall
At 8% ABV, the flavored malt beverage hopes to capture growing c-store sales of the category.

Husl Connects Workers With Temp Retail Jobs
From Snagajob, the new venture has been called the “Uber for shift work.”


Jun 8, 2017

Retailer Finds Four Skimmers in One Month
A local Charlotte gas station found an illegal skimmer four times at the pump within the same month.

Government Withdraws Joint Employer Guidance
Labor Department rescinded the Obama administration’s joint employer guidance that was widely opposed by business groups.

Walmart Opens 24/7 Grocery Kiosk
Retailer is testing a 24-hour automated and unmanned grocery pickup kiosk.

7-Eleven Opening First C-Store in Vietnam
New store is set to open on June 15 in Ho Chi Minh City.


Jun 7, 2017

Indiana C-Stores Push for Alcohol Reform
The “Chill Indiana” campaign asks legislators to allow convenience stores to sell cold beer.

Retailer Passed Debit Reform Savings to Customers
Don Rhoads with The Convenience Group shares his thoughts on why debit-card reform is so crucial to his business.

Millennials Love Chain Restaurants
A new poll finds that this generation views chain restaurants as convenient and prevalent.

Seattle Sugary Soda Tax Passes
The tax, which exempts diet drinks, adds around $1.18 to a 2-liter soda bottle.

Cold Brewing Sales
Demand for a cold cup of joe has been surging.

QuickChek Supports ‘Hope for the Warriors’ With Paper Dog Tag Campaign
Programs for veterans, servicemembers and military families fueled by “dog tag” sales.


Jun 6, 2017

‘I’m So Hungry I Could Eat a …’
He’s no Clark Griswold! Frank Beard shares how he stays healthy by eating at convenience stores.

Global Alcohol Consumption Declining
IWSR data finds that global alcohol consumption is declining faster for beer than wine and spirits.

Apple Launching Peer-to-Peer Payments
New feature called Pay Cash will allow one user to pay another user through their smartphone.


Jun 5, 2017

Dollar General Tests Fresh Produce
Retailer cites positive results from store remodels that are testing fresh produce sales.

Dr Pepper Snapple and KaBOOM! Encourage Play Opportunities for Kids
Partners are offering $200,000 to innovators to help make active play the easy choice for kids in the Los Angeles community.

The PRIDE Stores Launches Reduced Emissions Program
Convenience retailer partners with GreenPrint to help reduce each customer’s carbon footprint.

The Co-Operative Opens First Franchise Store with MRH
The Eastcote location is the first of seven Co-Op c-stores to franchise with MRH’s fueling offer.


Jun 2, 2017

Seattle Soda Tax Heads to Full City Council Vote
The new version eliminates diet beverages from the tax, but adds a 1.75 cents per ounce tax to sweetened drinks.

Personal Mobility Transforms the Path from Point A to B
Deloitte research shows that changes are coming in personal mobility, but are consumers ready for autonomous vehicles and other new vehicle technologies?

McDonald’s Expands McDelivery
The service will be at 3,500 locations by the end of the month.

Gas Buddy App Adds Healthy Food
The addition provides customers with where to find healthful food and drink items at their local convenience stores.

Charles de Gaulle Airport Gets Robot Valet Parking
“Stan” now parks cars at the Paris airport.


Jun 1, 2017

Menu Labeling Can Work for Convenience Stores
NACS is encouraging its members to file comments with the FDA before the July 3 deadline.

Consumers Waver on New Auto Technologies
After seven years of strong light-duty auto sales, early 2017 data suggests that numbers are softening, which could impact new technologies coming to market.

Operation Chill Returns to 7-Eleven Stores
Local police departments will receive millions of free Slurpee coupons to reward kids for good behavior.

Indonesian Government to Regulate Convenience Stores
Regulation seeks to protect the country’s traditional markets.

Hostess Gives Back with the American Red Cross
New summertime snacks reintroduced in conjunction with Red Cross partnership.

New York City to Change Scheduling Practices
Mayor de Blasio says that predictable schedules and paychecks are a right for fast-food and retail workers in New York City.


May 31, 2017

2017 NACS Show Registration Officially Open
The first 2,000 retailers to register will receive the Best Saver rate.

Deadline Extended for NACS Scholarship Entries
Now until June 9, retailers can nominate tomorrow’s c-store leaders to receive a scholarship.

No More Lunches Out?
Americans ate lunch at restaurants 433 million fewer times last year.

Atlanta Gas Station Expands Beyond Snacks
The BP station will add a Domino’s Pizza and food court, as well as an upper level for offices.


May 30, 2017

Craft Soft Drinks Add Fizz to Soda Sales
Craft soda volume grew 5% in 2016 to 88.8 million gallons, compared to 2015.

A Conversation with Casey’s General Stores
Julie Jackowski of Casey’s General Stores talks about food, community and the retailer’s employees in the latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast.

Fuel City Adds Pizza and a Camel
New Saginaw store will feature a Little Caesar’s concept and a new burger called The King Burger.

Chipotle Reports Data Breach Findings
The company removed the malware and continues to work with cyber security firms to enhance its security measures.

United Fresh Highlights Foodservice Menu Trends for Fresh Produce
New report showcases latest innovation for fresh produce use in foodservice.


May 26, 2017

Retailers Bring Up E15 in Meetings on Capitol Hill
Kwik Trip, Kum and Go and RaceTrac met with Congress to move legislation that would allow them to sell E15 year-round.

How U.S. Convenience Retailers Can Stay Ahead of the Pack
Nielsen research offers some suggestions for how retailers can continue to meet the needs of customers.

Will Robots Take Over Retail Jobs?
The automation wave will likely kick cashiers to the curb first.

Campbell Soup Bets on Chef’d
The company invested $10 million in the meal-kit startup.

Starbucks Increases Social Impact Investments
The coffeehouse chain continues to expand into low- to medium-income areas in the United States.


May 25, 2017

House Leadership Decides to Protect Debit Reform
Plans to remove debit repeal from the Choice Act were announced.

New Transportation Energy Models Delivered at Fuels Institute’s Student Competition
Georgetown University took top honors at the 2017 Fuels Institute Case Competition this week in Denver.

Phillips 66 Unveils New Mobile Platform
Mobile commerce connected sites are currently being tested in the Texas and Oklahoma regions.

Trump’s Budget Calls for Tolling, Rest Area Commercialization
Administration’s 2018 budget proposal would ‘liberalize’ current tolling policy and allow private investment in rest areas.

Driverless Vehicles Could Put the Brakes on Accident-related Lawsuits
A veteran transportation attorney outlines the cascading legal effects of autonomous vehicles.

Future Focus of Restaurants? Delivery, Experiences
An analyst predicts that delivery will change the industry in the same way the drive-thru window did.

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