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May 23, 2017

Fuels Groups Oppose Shifting the Point of Obligation
New video highlights the harms associated with moving Renewable Fuel Standard compliance responsibility from refiners to retailers.

Fuels Institute Debuts First Book
New book, ‘Urbanization: The Effect of Urban Development on U.S. Vehicle Travel and Fuel Demand,’ details historical forces of urbanization and the impact on the transportation market.

Partnering for Healthier Convenience
NACS Convenience Matters podcast details the NACS plan to revolutionize the convenience industry to help curb the American obesity epidemic.

Topaz Teams Up With Ireland’s Top Athletes in Cash for Clubs
Program encourages people throughout Ireland to go the extra mile for their local community.

Oneida Nation Announces New C-Store Concept
Maple Leaf Market will focus on providing fresh, made-to-order food.


May 22, 2017

Target Targets Fill-In Shoppers
New marketing campaign hopes to bring in folks who run out of milk and other household staples.

7-Eleven Franchisees Call on Congress to Protect Debit Swipe Fee Reform
Repealing debit swipe fee reform would take franchisees back to a time when big banks could charge sky-high rates on every debit transaction.

New York City Moves Ahead with New Menu-Labeling Rules
New rules would apply to chain convenience and grocery stores.

McDonald’s Stealth-Healths Its Ice Cream
QSR has been phasing out artificial ingredients from its soft-serve vanilla ice cream, and nobody noticed.

Restaurants Feel the Pressure of Prepared Foods
Survey also suggests that rising food and labor costs are significant barriers to growth.

Mansfield Surpasses $6 Million for MDA
Annual golf classic is the largest golf event in the U.S. that supports the Muscular Dystrophy Association.


May 19, 2017

USDA Announces SNAP Final Rule Delay
The Food & Nutrition Service hits the drawing board to redefine “variety” to work for small retailers.

Wawa’s Heading to Washington, D.C.
The convenience store chain confirms plans to open its first store in the nation’s capital.

Focusing on Healthy Choices
Speakers from the PHA Summit share their insights on our podcast.

Consumers and Retailers Push to Protect Swipe Fee Reform
New video from NACS simplifies the complex story.

Gilbarco Passes 350 Million Secure EMV Transactions Mark
Retailers continue to transition to EMV at a rapid pace.


May 18, 2017

Lidl To Open First of 20 U.S. Stores in June
Arlington, Virginia, store will open June 15, bringing huge discounts on groceries to U.S. consumers.

Employees Are Failing Drug Tests
More than one in 25 U.S. workers fail their employer’s drug tests.

American Overwhelmed by Conflicting Food Information
Survey finds that a “health halo” could be causing flawed food and nutrition decisions.

Wawa Makes Mobile Ordering Available for Rewards Members
Customers can get Wawa’s made-to-order food and beverages through their mobile device.

ExxonMobil to Launch Mobil-Branded Service Stations and Fuels in Mexico
First Mobil station will open in Mexico in the second half of 2017.

Millennials Rate Foodservice Chains’ Brand Equity
Harris Poll study suggests that gap between baby boomers and millennials may reflect boomers’ needs to eat healthier.


May 17, 2017

Massachusetts Considers Raising Tobacco Purchase Age to 21
The legislators are also discussing a tax on soft drinks.

NACS Submits Recommendations on Fuels
EPA is currently reviewing all environmental regulations.

Meet Hershey’s Medley, the Grocery Store of the Future
The Hershey Lab explores a supermarket without traditional boundaries.

PepsiCo to Debut Cinnamon-Flavored Pepsi Fire
7-Eleven will have the limited-edition soda exclusively as a Slurpee flavor until the end of June.

Canada Added More Gas Stations in 2016
The number of Canadian gas stations increased for the second straight year.


May 16, 2017

Dairy Industry Campaign Moos Beyond Milk
New campaign launched this week by dairy companies and organizations is their first-ever industrywide push to promote all things dairy.

Share and Compare
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast looks at how retailers can use study groups to help each other grow stronger.

Chick-fil-A Launches First Seasonal Sandwich
BBQ-inspired sandwich and watermelon-mint lemonade will run for a limited time this summer.

A&W Heads Into Summer with New Restaurants
Greatest growth is coming from convenience stores, as new and current franchisees expand.

Deliv Adds Grocery Option to Same-Day Service
Last-mile delivery service is competing with Instacart and Amazon for retail grocery delivery.

Hard Rock-Branded Fueling Site Coming to Ohio
The Rockstop Gas and Wash will be the first Hard Rock-branded gas station and car wash.


May 15, 2017

PepsiCo Invests in Healthier Foods and Beverages
Company is advancing its goals to transform its product portfolio and offer healthier options through an agreement with Partnership for a Healthier America.

Parker’s Donates $20,000 to Local Public Schools
Donation was made possible through Parker’s Fueling the Community program.

Tom Thumb Raises $30,000 for Local Charities
Funds raised through the Mahi Mayhem Fishing Tournament will benefit two local charities.

Dunkin’ Donuts Brings Back Perks Week
The coffeehouse chain will add $5 to the accounts of new enrollees in DD Perks.

7‑Eleven Jumps on Latest Toy Craze
Convenience store chain is now selling Fidget Spinners, and a new TWIX-topped donut.


May 12, 2017

NACS, Cumberland Farms Make PHA Commitments
NACS is the first retail association to make a commitment with Partnership for a Healthier America, and Cumberland Farms becomes PHA’s largest c-store partner to date.

Jacob Schram Named European Industry Leader of the Year
Alimentation Couche-Tard group president will accept the award at the NACS Insight Convenience Summit–Europe.

Global Confectioners Pledge Transparency, Portion Guidance
By 2022, consumers will see more options in smaller packages with clear calorie labels from Mars Chocolate, Wrigley, Nestlé, Ferrero, Lindt, Ghirardelli, Russell Stover and Ferrara.

Dannon Company Surpasses Goals to Reduce Sugar and Fat
The company has successfully reduced sugar in all children’s products and exceeded nutrient density, sugar, and fat level goals for Dannon’s entire portfolio.

Pennsylvania Governor Visits Rutter’s on ‘Jobs That Pay’ Tour
Gov. Tom Wolf emphasized that retail often provides a career choice for many.

Unilever Ventures Invests in Sun Basket Meal Kit Startup
The company touted Sun Basket’s “healthy, organic meals service platform” as a clear leader in the meal kit market.

Wasting Money on Fighting Sugar
An op-ed in Forbes contends that the war on sugar isn’t making a dent in obesity.


May 11, 2017

Kroger to Open New C-Store Concept
Kroger’s convenience store division launches a new banner, Fresh Eats MKT.

And the Winner Is…
NACS and Insight reveal the 2017 International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award finalists, with the winner announced at the upcoming Convenience Summit–Europe.

Consumers Off to a Shaky Start in 2017
IRI survey suggests that uncertainty in early 2017 is causing consumers to engage in money-saving efforts; however, they will pay for premium products that hit the mark.

Feeding America to Play Bigger Role in Reducing Food Waste
MealConnect helps save food that might have gone to waste, then directs the rescued food to pantries and meal programs that serve people in need.


May 10, 2017

Diesel Vehicles Are Alive and Kicking
The Washington Auto Show displayed new light-duty diesel models from Range Rover, General Motors, Jaguar and Mercedes.

Most Retailers Still Prefer Cash
While trendy fast-casuals are making headlines with no-cash rules, the majority of merchants welcome dollars and cents.

Dunkin’ Donuts Speeds Up Service
The company’s research found that customers don’t want to linger in the store.

RaceTrac Launches “It’s Always Summer in the South” Campaign
The convenience store chain uses a mockumentary content series to highlight its Sodapalooza and Swirl World frozen dessert.

Pilot Flying J Treats Moms to Free Coffee
The Mother’s Day promotion for U.S. and Canadian customers runs May 14 to 20.

Monster Beverage Branches Out
The energy drink company will soon debut a non-carbonated energy drink and a zero-calorie carbonated soft drink.


May 9, 2017

Kroger Rolls Out Meal Kits
Grocer’s new meal kit solution is in response to the growing meal kit market dominated by the likes of Blue Apron and Hello Fresh.

Reward Your Employees With a NACS Scholarship
Time is fast running out to nominate tomorrow’s c-store leaders for a scholarship.

Act Now to Stop Debit Reform Repeal
Last week’s committee action brings legislation that would move debit swipe reform closer to the House of Representatives for a vote.

Where Are All the Shoppers?
This week’s NACS Convenience Matters podcast features Nielsen consultant Todd Hale.

Red Bull Soars Into Summer With Limited Time Offer
The new Red Bull Summer Edition Grapefruit Twist is available now through Labor Day.


May 8, 2017

Tobacco Regs Halt 7-Eleven Expansion Plans
City of Philadelphia is limiting the amount of permits it allows for retailers to sell tobacco products.

House Republicans Successfully Pass Health-Care Repeal
Second time’s the charm as the House of Representatives passes legislation that would repeal President Obama’s signature health-care reform law.

Calorie Count Delay Praised by Retailers
Convenience stores will use the delay to work with the FDA for the ability to post calories in a centralized location.

Amazon, Apple, Google, Intuit and PayPal Want to Protect Durbin
The alliance is speaking out against language contained in the Financial CHOICE Act that would repeal current debit swipe fee reforms.

ExxonMobil App Connects With Apple Watch
Consumers can use the Speedpass app through connected cars and the Apple Watch to activate the pump and purchase fuel.

Starbucks Accused of Stealing the Unicorn
New York City café and its owner have filed a federal trademark infringement lawsuit against Starbucks for allegedly stealing its Unicorn recipe.


May 5, 2017

Congress Passes Legislation to Fix SNAP Final Rule
Lawmakers direct FNS to redefine “variety” to work for small retailers.

NACS Opposes Action to Repeal Debit Swipe Fee Reform
Yesterday, the House Financial Services Committee reported the Financial Choice Act, moving it to the full House for a vote.

Florida Clerk Finds Gas Pump Skimmer
Customers attempted to distract the employee, but he saw through the scheme.

EPA Sends WOTUS Repeal Proposal to White House
The controversial rule could impact convenience stores near or touching protected water if it’s not repealed.

Rhode Island C-Stores Lobby Against Cigarette Tax Increase
Meanwhile, a new proposal in New York would hike the tobacco buying age to 19, with a military exemption.

Australian C-Store Growth Outpaces Grocery Stores
New figures show the industry grew 4.5% in 2016 and outperformed the grocery channel.


May 4, 2017

Santa Fe Says ‘No’ to Soda Tax
New Mexico voters rejected a tax increase on sweetened beverages.

Free Conexxus Webinar Focuses on Customer Engagement
Panelists will highlight customer experience insights that can help convenience store operators establish an engagement strategy.

Chipotle Launches Customizable Bachelor’s Degree Program
Business degree program integrates hands-on, applied learning with theory to accelerate career growth.

Rutter’s Raises $175,000 for Local Charities
Funds were raised this week during the company’s annual golf outing.

Otis Spunkmeyer Brings ‘No Funky Stuff’ to C-Stores
New line of packaged sweet snacks is free from high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, artificial colors and artificial flavors.


May 3, 2017

To Be Continued…
House Financial Services Committee resumes debating legislation that includes a full repeal of debit swipe fee reforms.

Sheetz to Hire More than 3,400 Additional Employees Companywide
Open interviews will take place today at all locations.

Plain Packaging Doesn’t Deter French Smokers
New figures show an increase in the number of smokers despite efforts by the French government to stamp out smoking.

Coca-Cola Expands Honest Sport
Organic sports drinks is now available at 400-plus natural foods locations.


May 2, 2017

FDA Delays Menu-Labeling Rule
The new compliance date is May 7, 2018.

House Committee Takes Up Debit Swipe Fee Reform
Today, the House Financial Services Committee will meet to markup the Financial CHOICE Act, which contains language to repeal debit swipe fee reforms.

Convenience Stores Enhance Fast, Hot Food Options
QSRs are feeling the pressure from food-focused convenience stores.

Center Aisle Woes
More grocers and consumers are choosing fresh foods over packaged products.

McDonald’s Creates Useless Utensil
Move over, Spork. McDonald’s has created the Frork.

Worldpay Offers Visa’s Quick Chip
Solution is intended to reduce overall chip card terminal wait time and provide speed of service.


May 1, 2017

The Meal That Keeps on Giving
Breakfast is so important that people are eating it twice during the morning daypart.

Daily Coffee Consumption Up Sharply
While the frequency of daily consumption continued to grow for all age groups, the most robust increase occurring is among those ages 13-18.

Enoc Opens First Solar-Powered Gas Station
Site will produce 120 kilowatts per hour at peak capacity.

Panera to Create 10,000 Delivery Jobs
New digital and mobile ordering-based service will provide meals to offices, hospitals, campuses and homes within an eight-minute drive.

Cumberland Farms Celebrates Its Great Place to Work Certification
Eighty-four percent of employees say Cumberland Farms is a great workplace.


Apr 28, 2017

FDA Delays Menu-Labeling Rule
White House signals a delay in the agency’s final menu-labeling rule, set to take effect on May 5.

Senate Committee Holds Hearing on WOTUS Rule
Under the controversial rule, convenience stores near or touching protected water will be subject to special permitting and Clean Water Act requirements.

Hershey Releases Limited-Edition ‘Flavors of America’ Confections
Iconic brands feature new flavors inspired by popular summertime destinations.

Table for Two at Taco Bell
Taco Bell is taking reservations at its headquarters’ test kitchen via OpenTable.


Apr 27, 2017

Retailers Gather in Washington to Save Debit Reform
House committee meets as merchants walk Capitol Hill.

Trump Administration Outlines Tax Plan
The corporate tax rate would drop to 15% from 35%, and both the estate tax and alternative minimum tax would be repealed.

Labor Shortage Threatens Japan’s Convenience Store Growth
As the population declines, so too has its workforce and availability of part-time workers.

Twinkies Expands its Flavor Profile
Iconic brand is introducing a chocolate sponge cake to its line-up.

Tyson Foods to Acquire AdvancePierre
Combined, the two companies will enhance growth opportunities in convenience foods.


Apr 26, 2017

Believe in the Numbers
In both business and blackjack, Conexxus keynote Jeff Ma shares an extraordinary tale that proves how data trumps luck and gut feelings every time.

NACS Chairman Questions House Committee Plan to “Fix” Debit Reform
“Reform is working,” writes Rahim Budhwani in an opinion piece.

Industry Pioneers Inducted to Conexxus Hall of Fame
Sharon Scace of WEX and David Ezell of Verifone were inducted to the Conexxus Hall of Fame this week at the group’s annual conference in Annapolis.

Kellogg’s Debuts New On-the-Go Snacks
The innovative products for convenience stores are designed to garner repeat customers.

Men Shop Grocery Stores As Often As Women
A new study reveals key insights from in-depth analysis of more than 4 million grocery shopping trips.

States Work to Unify Food Truck Licensure
Cities and counties within states have been regulating the industry, which has created confusing and conflicting rules.


Apr 25, 2017

Help Save Debit Reform Today
NACS asks its members to urge their representatives to keep debit reforms intact.

A Conversation with the NACS Chairman
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast features 2016-2017 NACS Chairman Rahim Budhwani.

Created for Sharing
More retailers are putting unique, limited-time items on the menu for clicks.

Florida Bills Take Aim at Skimmers
The proposals would make it a felony to possess or sell skimming devices in the state.

Subway Locations Drop
For the first time, more Subway stores closed in the United States than opened.

Indiana Closes Cold Beer Loophole
The move comes in response to Ricker’s obtaining a cold beer license.


Apr 24, 2017

NACS Compensation and Benefits Report Now Available
Utilizing vital industry benchmarks helps retailers develop a more competitive compensation strategy to attract, engage and retain top talent.

Hershey Helps Consumers Make Smart Snack Choices
Half of the company’s standard- and king-size confections will be 200 calories or less by 2022.

Buc-ee’s Vies for Guinness World Book Status
XXL convenience and fuel retailing chain is building the longest car wash in the world.

Jones Soda Green Apple Now Available at 7-Eleven
New fountain flavor is available at 7-Eleven’s Pacific Northwest location.

SPAR Netherlands Renovates Stores to Reflect New Design
The new stores are designed around meal occasions.


Apr 21, 2017

Pinnacle Loyalty Now Supports Conexxus Integration Standards
The integration announcement comes ahead of the Conexxus Annual Conference next week.

New York City Proposal Would Push Cigarette Cost to Nation’s Highest
The mayor’s bill would raise the base price per pack of cigarettes to $13.

Own the ‘C’ in Convenience
Jeff Lenard of NACS cited survey results that show customers want clean restrooms and healthy food options at the NACS State of the Industry Summit earlier this month.

How to Comply With New Menu Labeling Requirements
NACS members can watch an on-demand webinar for answers.

Thumbs Up: Mastercard Unveils Next Generation Biometric Card
South African trials demonstrated the convenience and security of fingerprint verification.

CVS Reduces Space Devoted to Junk Food
The drugstore chain will create more floor space to health products and healthy foods.


Apr 20, 2017

House Chairman Proposes Legislation to Repeal Debit Reform
Rep. Jeb Hensarling announced a draft of the Financial CHOICE Act.

Fill Up, Fuel Up and Empty the Trash
Convenience retailers spend about $600 per store per month for recycling and trash collection programs, or about $1.2 billion industry-wide on an annual basis.

Smoothie and Cold-Pressed Operator
Take a tour of Mendez Fuel and see firsthand its commitment to healthy food, drinks and craft beer in an Ideas 2 Go video segment.

Subway Introduces Food Ordering on Facebook with a Bot
Customers can order with a bot via Messenger to more than 26,500 restaurants in the United States.

Strong Beer Sales a Reality for Kansas Retailers
New law allows for stronger beer sales in grocery and convenience stores in 2019.


Apr 19, 2017

NACS Urges USDA To Reconsider Proposed SNAP Application Changes
The c-store industry files comments with the agency on its recent proposal.

Japanese C-stores Move to Self-checkout
Within a decade, the nation’s largest retailers will have computer kiosks that can scan entire baskets of items at a time.

McDonald’s: Getting to Know You
The fast-food chain has plans to gather lots of data from customers via its mobile ordering system.


Apr 18, 2017

Restaurant Sales Disappoint in Q1
This first quarter of 2017 seems to be consistent with 2016 as the industry chugs along and the rest of the economy gradually improves.

Walmart Calls on Consumers to Help Fight Hunger
Purchase of products and donations at the register will help Feeding America secure 100 million meals.

Red Robin Delves Into Mobile Ordering
Burger chain is launching digital ordering capabilities at restaurants nationwide.

Starbucks Is Planting a Lot of Trees
Starbucks is fighting for the future of coffee with 100 million coffee trees by 2025.


Apr 17, 2017

Snapchat Gives Advertisers More Location Data
A new ad product provides retailers with data on who’s using the app where.

Banks Reach Into Customers’ Pockets
In an op-ed, Jay Ricker talks about how financial firms gouge customers and retailers alike with huge credit card processing fees.

Customers Put QuikTrip on Top
Other chains receiving high praise included Cumberland Farms, Kwik Trip, Sheetz and Wawa.

Sweet Success for Chocolate
Seasonal offerings topped chocolate new product development last year.

Remitly Expands to United Kingdom
The U.S. payments startup has launched its services in England.

NACS, NGA Ask FDA to Stay Final Menu Rule Effective Date
The two associations filed a citizen petition outlining why the rules should be reconsidered.


Apr 14, 2017

Whole Foods Checks Its Temperature
After years of same-store sales growth, the specialty grocer is no longer the only game in town for healthy, natural and organic foods—and it’s costing the retailer.

Winston ‘Select’ Arrives at Retail
In blind taste tests, Winston Select performed exceptionally well with adult smokers.

Home Prices and Sales Pick Up Steam
Redfin suggests that 2017 is on track to be the fastest housing market on record.


Apr 13, 2017

Automation Could Displace 25M Jobs by 2027
However, technology will also create 14.9 million new jobs in the next decade, with automation creating jobs equivalent to 10% of the workforce through 2027.

Millennials Are Driving Demand for Healthier Snacks
Study suggests that millennials are the driving force behind growth in better-for-you snacks.

New York C-Store Industry Defeats Cigar Tax Shift
Gov. Cuomo had proposed a switch in the cigar tax from 75% of wholesale value to 45 cents a stick.

Gas Station TV, Verifone Announce Joint Venture
Combined network offers will engage consumers at the pump and on-the-go.

A Win for Australian C-Stores
Government committee makes recommendations that would allow convenience stores to sell alcohol.


Apr 12, 2017

Americans Plan to Spend Their Retirement Working
Nearly 20% of Americans age 65 and older were in the labor force last year, up from 16% in 2007 and 10.8% in 1985.

Not So Fast
Next generation of drivers is more worried than excited about the concept of self-driving vehicles.

Fancy Coffee Gets Dressed Down
Chains like Locol believe customers shouldn’t have to pay more than $1 for a good cup of coffee.


Apr 11, 2017

Managing the Pace of Change
At last week’s NACS State of the Industry Summit, Kellogg professor Robert Wolcott said successful companies both sustain the present and evolve toward the future.

For the Love of (Gas Station) Food
Which gas station serves the best cow tongue in Arkansas or has vegan food in Virginia? Listen to the latest Convenience Matters podcast.

McDonald’s Recruits Applicants Through Snapchat
McDonald’s in Australia teamed up with Snapchat, allowing job seekers to send a 10-second video application.

Stripes, APlus Team Up to Support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Convenience store chains have raised more than $11 million since 2000 for sick and injured kids.

Restaurant Industry Facing a ‘Defining Moment’
Consumer survey shows that travel and other experiences are replacing dining-out.


Apr 10, 2017

Where Retail Trends Are Heading
Nielsen consultant Todd Hale talked about current and future shopper and retail format trends at the NACS State of the Industry Summit.

Rutter’s Uncorks Wine Sales
Changes in Pennsylvania’s liquor laws are bringing beer and wine sales to the York-based c-store chain.

Kansas C-Stores Closer to Full-Strength Beer Sales
State Senate approved a measure to allow convenience and grocery stores to sell up to 6% beer.

More on Sunoco and 7-Eleven
Approximately 200 convenience stores in North and West Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma will be sold in a separate process.

Meet Sally; She Makes Salads
Sally the Salad Robot creates custom salads with up to 21 ingredients in less than a minute.

Panera, JAB Announce Merger Agreement
Krispy Kreme parent company will acquire Panera for $7.5 billion.


Apr 7, 2017

4 Predictions for the Future of C-Stores
One NACS State of the Industry presenter looks ahead.

New Menu Labeling Regulations Webinar
Join retailers and compliance experts on April 13 to learn more on compliance with this new regulation.

7-Eleven Signs Agreement With Sunoco LP
As part of the agreement, 7-Eleven will acquire approximately 1,108 convenience stores located in 18 states.

Grocerants Capture Restaurant Dollars
Increasingly, supermarkets have upped their fresh prepared food to restaurant quality.

Trash Reduction
Here are seven ways restaurants and other foodservice vendors can have less food waste.


Apr 6, 2017

Convenience In-Store Sales Hit New Record: ‘Have We Figured This Thing Out?’
Subtle sales changes set up the future of c-store sales.

Economist Sees Good News for C-Stores in Trump’s Agenda
Nelson offers cautiously positive, convenience-level view of president’s priorities.

Ricker’s Gives Indiana Lawmakers Free Burritos
The Indiana legislature might reverse a decision that allows the c-store chain to sell cold beer at two locations.

North Carolina Considers Raising Tobacco Buying Age to 21
So far this year, at least eight other state legislatures are debating similar bills.

Wind to Power Texas 7-Eleven Locations
This week, 7-Eleven signed an agreement with TXU Energy to utilize the wind for store operations.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee Will Receive ACM A.M. Turing Award
The inventor of the World Wide Web was the opening general session speaker at NACStech 2007.


Apr 5, 2017

Supreme Court Will Hear WOTUS Case
This ruling could impact retailers located near a protected body of water.

Pennsylvania Proposal Would Let Supermarkets, C-Stores Stock Liquor
The bill’s sponsor said it would provide “more choice for consumers.”

Amazon Cash Provides Another Way to Pay
The online retailer wanted to give those without credit cards a payment option.

The Future Group Plans Convenience Stores Driven by Loyalty
The stores will offer memberships that will give those shoppers steep discounts.

Starbucks Eyes Midwest, Suburbs as Growth Opportunities
The new CEO also sees the lunch daypart as key to increasing sales.

Pinnacle, Lynch Oil Launch Mr. Gas Consumer Mobile App
The app can be used by consumers in the Burley, Idaho, area.


Apr 4, 2017

QuikTrip Lands on ‘Companies That Care’ List
People magazine names top U.S. companies that demonstrate respect and compassion for their workforce.

IRI Names Successful CPG Brands of 2016
In convenience stores, median year-one sales across the top 10 reached $23.4 million.

Get Noticed for Your Clean Restrooms
Nominations are open now through July 28 for Cintas’ annual America’s Best Restroom contest.

McDonald’s Is Switching from Frozen to Fresh Beef
QSR will serve fresh beef in all Quarter Pounder burgers by mid-2018.


Apr 3, 2017

Sales Surge Expected to Continue in Q2 2017 for Convenience Stores
Roughly half of all retailers surveyed say that low gas prices have helped grow their sales.

Take a Store Tour of Augusta’s Metro Market
NACS Ideas 2 Go video highlights Metro Market.

Starbucks Tests Mobile-Only Store
Café within the company’s Seattle HQ building will trial a new mobile ordering and pay concept.

Panera Bread to Post Added Sugars and Calories
Signage ‘at the point of pour’ lists added sugars and calories on all fountain beverages.

World’s Strongest Coffee Comes to U.S.
Black Insomnia delivers much more than just flavor.


Mar 31, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Surcharge Bans Might Violate Retailers’ Free Speech
The narrow ruling said that lower courts could hear challenges on whether the New York law inhibits how retailers advertise prices.

NACS Submits Statement on Regulatory Reform
This week, the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship heard testimony on how small businesses challenge and influence regulations.

Smart Gas Stations: How Technology Influences Convenience Retail
During a recent talk, Mark Wohltmann, NACS Europe director, shared the 11 current big trends impacting Russia’s gas stations.

Hostess Expands In-Store Bakery Presence
Hostess Bake Shop debut is driven by category growth and rising consumer demand for fresh and high-quality baked goods.

NACS Government Relations Wins Gold Pollie Award
This is the sixth time the GR department has been honored with a Pollie.


Mar 30, 2017

Seattle Grocery Shoppers Head to Amazon Pick-Ups
New bricks-and-mortar site available to Seattle-area customers who are Amazon Prime members.

Dunkin’ Makes Ordering Ahead Easier With Waze
Chain is the first brand to partner with Waze’s new order-ahead feature through its mobile app.

Steady Growth for Small and Independent Brewers
Brewers Association releases 2016 statistics for the craft beer category.

MAPCO Enhances its Mobile Offer
Convenience retailer teams up with Koupon to drive customer loyalty and increase sales in-store.


Mar 29, 2017

Lawmakers Lobbied From Both Sides of Swipe-fee Issue
Interest groups are pressing their case either for or against changing the fee limits on debit card transactions.

Convenience Stores Shine Spotlight on Human Trafficking
In Our Backyard teams with retailers on anti-trafficking campaigns.

The Continuing Popularity of Twinkies
The snack cake has seen a resurgence of interest, even as Americans embrace more healthy eating.

Montana Considers Hiking Tobacco Taxes
Legislation would also add a tax on vapor and electronic cigarettes.


Mar 28, 2017

NGA Aligns Fall Leadership Meetings with the NACS Show
Strategic partnership explores emerging trends in foodservice, retail motor fuels, consumer-facing technologies and more.

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Appeal Over Swipe Fee Settlement
The Second Circuit’s ruling that the settlement did not sufficiently protect the interests of some merchants will stand.

Amazon Delays C-Store Opening
Retailer cites technical complications with its ‘Just Walk Out’ checkout system.

Highlight the C in ‘C-Store’—for Community
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast discusses NACS’s new toolkit, focused on helping retailers strengthen community relationships.

Fuels Institute Publishes E85 Report
New research analyzes the retail sales price and volume of E85 over a 13-month period.

UPS Found Liable for New York Cigarette Shipments
Federal judge says the United Parcel Service is liable for illegally shipping hundreds of thousands of cartons of untaxed cigarettes in New York.

7-Eleven Announces Women’s Franchise Initiative Competition
To increase its own number of female franchisees, 7-Eleven is kicking off a franchise give-away contest exclusively for women entrepreneurs.


Mar 27, 2017

Health Care Repeal Legislation Collapses
GOP effort fails to garner enough votes for passage through the House of Representatives.

NACS Publishes Community Toolkit
Online, interactive resources showcase examples of how convenience retailers are making a difference in their communities by giving back.

Governor Christie Praises QuickChek’s 50 Years of Growth
New Jersey governor visited QuickChek’s newest store, calling the c-store ‘a good news company.’


Mar 24, 2017

‘Alexa, Ask Starbucks to Start My Latte’
Strategic growth plans include voice ordering through Amazon Alexa and Ford vehicles.

Emerging Brands Highlight Changing Consumer Taste Buds
New survey indicates fast-casual brands that exhibit strong growth potential.​

MillerCoors, IPG Create One-Button Ordering for Beer
Initial test for the Amazon Dash button will begin with 500 customers.

Students, Police Partner to Combat Underage Drinking
Participants worked side-by-side in local Fas Mart convenience stores.

Five-Hour ENERGY Partners With MLB
Living Essentials announces MLB-themed Extra Strength Apple Pie Flavored 5-hour ENERGY Shots.


Mar 23, 2017

How to Develop Your Team Members
QuickChek shares pioneering front-line training at the NACS HR Forum in Nashville this week.

Freshii CEO Pens Open Letter to Subway
‘Dear Subway’ suggests that the two brands explore a partnership to convert select Subway locations to Freshii restaurants.

New York C-Stores Fight Massive Shift in Cigar Tax
Gov. Cuomo recommends changing the current method of taxing cigars from a percentage of wholesale value to 45 cents per cigar.

PepsiCo Pulls Soft Drinks from Philly Shelves
Citing the city’s new soda tax, Pepsi is pulling 2-liter and 12-pack products from grocery store shelves.

Costa Coffee Fires Up Expansion Plans
U.K. coffee brand is quadrupling its roasting capacity to meet growing global demand.

More Retailers Open Beer Caves in Pennsylvania
Recent changes in the state’s liquor laws are bringing new ways for consumers to buy cold beer.


Mar 22, 2017

Target Reimagines Stores for Added Convenience
New design features are geared toward creating a customized approach for shoppers, including a heavy investment in digital enhancements.

Making Sense of FDA Deeming Regulations
Yesterday’s NACS Show Speaker Chat took questions related to 2016 education session, ‘The Impact of FDA Deeming Regulations on the C-Store Tobacco and Vapor Business.’

Hershey’s Sourcemap Provides Greater Food Transparency
The interactive online tool gives consumers the ability to trace ingredients back to the agricultural source.

Costco Delivers to Doorsteps
New delivery service through a partnership with Shipt kicks off in the Tampa metro area.

ATM Skimming Attacks Continue Worldwide
Latest European fraud update finds that card skimming-related losses were reported in 45 countries.

Korean Artist Memorializes Convenience Stores
Me Kyeoung Lee creates charming sketches of South Korea’s family-run convenience stores.


Mar 21, 2017

Tackling Employee Concerns at the NACS HR Forum
Industry human resources professionals engage in an education deep-dive this week in Nashville, beginning with insights from RaceTrac Petroleum.

It’s Gonna Be a Bumpy Ride for the Fuels Markets
Buckle up and hold on tight; we’re about to take a wild ride with fuels prices, says Tom Kloza in the latest Convenience Matters podcast.

Tennessee C-Stores Find Success With Wine Sales
Nine months after the state relaxed regulations to allow the sale of wine at grocery and convenience stores, wine sales have been strong.

Is that a Dollar General or a Walmart?
The dollar store chain has begun aping some of the successful strategies of Walmart.

McDonald’s Tests Fresh Beef at More Stores
The fast-food chain now cooks fresh beef patties at more than 300 locations.

Consumers Are Buying More Than Products
PepsiCo’s first chief design officer points out how consumers value experience over products.


Mar 20, 2017

Tobacco Firms Cite Strong Demand for Next Generation Products
Since launching glo in Japan, BAT says demand for the tobacco heating product has overwhelmed supply in its Japan-based test market.

Domino’s Eyes Voice Assistance Technology
Pizza chain it looking to boost its digital presence by adding voice assistance capabilities.

U.S. Senators Urge President Trump to Maintain Point of Obligation
The senators outlined the detrimental effects of changing the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard from refiners to blenders, marketers or retailers.

New York Convenience Stores Support Compensation Rate Adjustment
State Senator Tony Avella’s legislation seeks to increase retailer lottery commissions from 6% to 8%.

First Grocery Company Joins Plenti
Southeastern Grocers LLC is the first grocer to join the U.S.-based loyalty coalition.


Mar 17, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day Spending to Reach $5.3 Billion
More Americans will be spending the most amount ever to celebrate the luck of the Irish.

Changing Hearts and Minds at the NACS Government Relations Conference
Attendees at last week’s meeting met with members of Congress on key issues affecting their businesses.

Majority of Americans Want Seasonal Ingredients Year-round
New Mintel research finds that 67% of consumers would prefer the option of seasonal food and drink throughout the year.

Small Retailers Urge Agency to Keep Point of Obligation
Lance Klatt with Minnoco shares why his company supports keeping the status quo on the Renewable Fuel Standard’s point of obligation.

Snyder's-Lance Wants to Change Snacks With Consumer-centric Innovation
New baking and cooking methods, exciting flavors and clean ingredients fuel consumers' desire for better snacks.

NACS GR Director Shares Legislative Update with Fuel Marketer News
Paige Anderson provides an in-depth look at what her association is keeping an eye on this year.


Mar 16, 2017

NACS Launches Fuels Resources
New 2017 resources at the Fuels Resource Center will launch weekly that address issues top of mind with consumers and the media.

International Retail Award Deadline March 31
Only a few weeks remain to submit your entry for the NACS Insight European Convenience Retailing Awards Program.

Amazon’s Prime Now Service Adds Alcohol
Prime members in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, can now add beer and wine to their order for delivery in one hour or less.

Caribou Coffee Comes Clean
Coffeehouse says it’s the first chain to offer clean-label beverages.

Rich’s Foodservice Launches New Pizza Program for C-Stores
New program is designed for retailers who have never been in the pizza business and are looking for a turnkey solution.


Mar 15, 2017

McDonald’s Expands McCafé
The burger chain is testing three new beverages in Northern California.

Convenience Stores Gear Up to Take On Discount, E-commerce Retailers
Mark Wohltmann discusses Convenience Summit Europe and what’s happening with convenience stores in that sector.

Improving Data Protection
NACS revisits “Technical Tools for Data Protection” from the 2016 Show in a webinar form.

ExxonMobil Adds Samsung Pay to Speedpass+ App
Consumers can now use Samsung Pay directly through the Speedpass+ app.

Walmart Tests Touchscreen in Toy Aisle
The discount retailer calls it an “endless aisle-type concept.”


Mar 14, 2017

Amazon Strikes Deal with Repsol
Agreement allows customers to pick up packages at almost 4,000 gas stations in Spain and Portugal.

Healthy Advice From a Dietician
NACS podcast looks at how retailers and consumers can determine the best path forward when considering healthy options.

How SIEM Can Help Manage Complex IT Environments
Webinar highlights benefits of implementing a Security Information and Event Management solution.

Retailers Missed Out on $150 Billion in 2016
Survey suggests retailers would increase their revenue 5% by providing shoppers with a more personalized customer experience.


Mar 13, 2017

When C-Stores and The New York Times Collide
Feature highlights hidden gems of single-store operator foodservice programs that rival any restaurant.

QuikTrip Named Great Place to Work
For 15 years, the convenience retailer has been named to Fortune’s top 100 places to work.

Beverage Crown Goes to Bottled Water
Bottled water surpassed carbonated soft drinks in 2016, making it the largest beverage category by volume in the United States.

BP Unveils First Retail Fuels Site in Mexico
Opening marks start of five-year plan to open about 1,500 retail sites for Mexican consumer market.

Chipotle Closes Asian Concept
ShopHouse grew to 15 units since launching in 2011.

VERC Enterprises Partners with Hopeful Journeys Educational Center
Two students will be invited to intern at a VERC convenience store.


Mar 10, 2017

Mars, Sheetz Recognized on Fortune’s 2017 Best Companies to Work for List
Both companies strive to reward employees for hard work and great service.

Get Answers to Your Questions
Join the NACS Show live chat series for a chance to talk with top-rated speakers from the 2016 Show.

Fortune Outlines Five Behaviors of Walmart Customers
As the nation’s largest retailer, the trends impacting Walmart shoppers could also impact your store.

Reese’s Crunchy Cookie Cup to Launch This May
The new product comes stuffed with crunchy, chocolate cookie bits.

100 Years
A century after the checkout stand was invented, Amazon Go could be poised to disrupt the convenience industry.


Mar 9, 2017

NACS Storms Capitol Hill
A diverse group of convenience industry professionals spent Wednesday meeting with their legislators in Washington.

Mobile Ordering Now Used by Billions
NPD Group says digital foodservice ordering accounts for 1.9 billion of all U.S. foodservice visits.

U.S. Senators Oppose Rollback of Fuel Economy Emissions Standards
Senators say current emissions standards are helping consumers save at the pump, decrease pollution and reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil.

Verifone Investigating Data Breach
Company confirms cyber attempt was limited to controllers at about 24 convenience stores.

Mars Unveils Easter Candy Line-Up
Candy sales are likely to increase, as this year’s Easter season is three weeks longer than 2016.

Yesway Convenience Stores Say ‘TANK YOU’
Customer appreciation promotion offers deals on in-store purchases for customers at the pump.


Mar 8, 2017

Industry Stakeholders Prepare to Take on Capitol Hill
New programming at this year’s NACS Government Relations Conference primed first-time attendees for successful meetings with their legislators.

‘Day Without a Woman’ Protest Held Nationwide Today
The national day of protest coincides with International Women’s Day.

Are Gas Stations the New Grocery Stores?
Millennials are using convenience stores to buy essentials.

Using Trends to Improve Customer Satisfaction
NACS revisits “Trendspotting: A Customer’s Perspective” from the 2016 Show in a webinar form.

Indiana Convenience Stores Call Cigarette Tax Hike Proposal ‘Devastating’
The Indiana Grocery and Convenience Store Association warns that such an increase would put state retailers at a huge disadvantage.

U.K. Smoking Numbers Drop
New data finds that the number of smokers has declined significantly since 2012, along with the daily number of cigarettes smoked.


Mar 7, 2017

Industry’s Premier Benchmarking Event Less Than a Month Away
Upcoming NACS State of the Industry Summit is the only event where convenience retailers gain access to the newest metrics, as well as industry trends and opportunities.

Subway Fights Back Against Fake Chicken Claims
Allegation that Canadian locations serve chicken that is 50% chicken is 100% incorrect, says Subway.

Alta Convenience Raises $53,057 for Make-A-Wish
Funds were raised through the Buy-A-Star, Make-A-Wish in-store campaign.

Dunkin’ Donuts Is Removing Artificial Colors
Company will remove synthetic colorings from its U.S. menu by 2019, beginning with new cream cheese spreads this month.


Mar 6, 2017

Cannabis Business Could Impact Beer Sales
Study suggests that legal cannabis sales could take away 7.1% of revenues from the beer industry.

Swipe Fees: What You Need to Know
NACS podcast shares the status of swipe strategies to capture more customers at the pump and get them inside the store.

Wawa Brings Back ‘Free Coffee Fridays’
During March, Wawa Rewards members are treated to free coffee on Fridays.

Introducing the Sneakers That Order a Pizza
Pizza Hut’s “Pie Top” sneakers can order pie by pressing a button on the shoe’s tongue.

PepsiCo Extends Line of 1893 Cola
Two new flavors will launch this spring.


Mar 3, 2017

McDonald’s Heads Back to Its Roots
The fast-food burger chain has decided to focus on its core products and customers.

NACS Signs Group Letter to EPA Asking for No Change on Point of Obligation
A coalition of 16 organizations urged the new agency head to keep the status quo on the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Senator, or Governor?
In the past, governors aspired to the Senate, but the trend is beginning to reverse.

New Mexico Minimum Wage Hike Passes Senate
The bill would bump the state minimum wage from $7.50 per hour to $9.

Canada Unveils Aggressive Plan to Lower Tobacco Usage
The government wants less than 5% of Canadians using tobacco by 2035.


Mar 2, 2017

Sen. Durbin, Rep. Welch Speak Out on Swipe Fee Repeal Efforts
Champions of 2010 debit swipe fee reform say that repealing the Durbin Amendment will double bank debit fees and decrease competition.

Fuel Customers Will Change How They Shop
NACS podcast highlights strategies for getting more fuel-only customers inside the store.

Drivers Can Skip the DMV and Head to Sheetz
West Virginia DMV has installed the self-service kiosks in two Sheetz stores.

GasBuddy Adds Customer Reviews to Mobile App
Consumer ratings and reviews list convenience stores with cleanest restrooms, best coffee, best customer service and best overall experience.

Albertsons and Chevron Launch Joint Reward Points Program
St. George, Utah, customers can now earn rewards points toward fuel purchases.


Mar 1, 2017

White House Denies Rumors on Ethanol Mandate Change
No plans for an executive order on point of obligation, according to White House spokeswoman.

Trump Administration Plans EPA Revamp
The president signed an executive order to start the process of unraveling the Waters of the U.S. rule.

Making New Employees Comfortable
Merit Gest revisits NACS Show education session, “Welcome Aboard!”

West Virginia Governor Proposes Soda Tax, Higher Tobacco Taxes
Gov. Justice calls for a penny-per-ounce soda tax.

Starbucks Heads to Italy With Luxury Roastery
The high-end Milan location will open in 2018.

Restaurants Embrace the App
More foodservice establishments are using digital ordering and mobile apps.


Feb 28, 2017

Walmart, IBM Developing a Food Safety Solution
By using blockchain technology, the companies hope to develop a traceable and transparent food safety solution for the entire supply chain.

Wendy’s Is Installing Self-Serve Kiosks
QSR says about 1,000 of its U.S. locations will have self-serve kiosks in place by year’s end.

Tesco Shakes Up Express Store Operations
Changes include 3,300 new shift leader roles and eliminating the deputy manager position.

Dunkin’ and Keurig Expand Single-Serve Coffee Partnership
Companies are bringing singles to the workplace and hospitality customers.

Coca-Cola, Church’s Chicken Make a Commitment
Relationship promises new flavors, fountain equipment and promotions for the next eight years.


Feb 27, 2017

Consumer Insights On Tap for NACS SOI Summit
Upcoming NACS data and analysis event offers latest c-store industry insights and views on the current retail and shopper landscape.

NACS Member Educates Congress on Point of Obligation
Chronister Oil’s Bryce Rawers encourages the EPA to preserve the Renewable Fuel Standard and keep the point of obligation compliance structure in place.

Kwik Star Express Expands Shopping Offers
New Iowa location features groceries, a walk-in humidor and ready-to-eat foods.

Local Police, Mac’s Partner for Positive Ticketing Program
Operation Heat and Operation Freeze reward kids for their positive behavior.

Chick Fil-A Pops Up in Dublin
Visit to Ireland is part of a series of European pop-ups for the fast-food chain.


Feb 24, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 23, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 22, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 21, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 17, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 16, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 15, 2017

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

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

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

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


Feb 14, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 13, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 10, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 9, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 8, 2017

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

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

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

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


Feb 7, 2017

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

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

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

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


Feb 6, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 3, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 2, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 1, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 31, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 30, 2017

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

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

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

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


Jan 27, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 26, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 25, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 24, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 23, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 19, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 18, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 17, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 16, 2017

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

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

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

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


Jan 13, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 12, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 11, 2017

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

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

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


Jan 10, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 9, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 6, 2017

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

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

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

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


Jan 5, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 4, 2017

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

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

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

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


Jan 3, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Dec 30, 2016

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


Dec 29, 2016

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


Dec 28, 2016

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


Dec 27, 2016

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


Dec 23, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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


Dec 22, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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


Dec 21, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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


Dec 20, 2016

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

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

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

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


Dec 19, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Dec 16, 2016

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

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

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

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

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


Dec 15, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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


Dec 14, 2016

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

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

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

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

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


Dec 13, 2016

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

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

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

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

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


Dec 12, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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


Dec 9, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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


Dec 8, 2016

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

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

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

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


Dec 7, 2016

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

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

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

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


Dec 6, 2016

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

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

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

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


Dec 5, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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


Dec 2, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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


Dec 1, 2016

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

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

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

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


Nov 30, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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


Nov 29, 2016

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

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

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

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

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


Nov 28, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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