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Aug 18, 2017

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

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

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


Aug 17, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Aug 16, 2017

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

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

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


Aug 15, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Aug 14, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Aug 11, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Aug 10, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Aug 9, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


Aug 8, 2017

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

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

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

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


Aug 7, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


Aug 4, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


Aug 3, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Aug 2, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


Aug 1, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jul 31, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Jul 28, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jul 27, 2017

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

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

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

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


Jul 26, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Jul 25, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Jul 24, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Jul 21, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jul 20, 2017

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

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

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

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


Jul 19, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jul 18, 2017

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

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

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

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


Jul 17, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Jul 14, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Jul 13, 2017

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

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

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

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


Jul 12, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jul 11, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Jul 10, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Jul 7, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jul 6, 2017

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

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

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


Jul 5, 2017

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

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

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

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


Jul 3, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Jun 30, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jun 29, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Jun 28, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Jun 27, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Jun 26, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Jun 23, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Jun 22, 2017

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

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

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

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


Jun 21, 2017

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

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

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

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


Jun 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jun 19, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Jun 16, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jun 15, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jun 14, 2017

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

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

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

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


Jun 13, 2017

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

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

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

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


Jun 12, 2017

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

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

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

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


Jun 9, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jun 8, 2017

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

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

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

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


Jun 7, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jun 6, 2017

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

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

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


Jun 5, 2017

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

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

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

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


Jun 2, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


Jun 1, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


May 31, 2017

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

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

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

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


May 30, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


May 26, 2017

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

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

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

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

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


May 25, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


May 24, 2017

Merchants Visit Washington to Protect Consumer Savings, Main Street Businesses
Led by NACS, dozens of retailers met with members of Congress about keeping the current debit-card reform.

OMB Proposes Retailer SNAP Fee
Initial analysis shows the fee could range anywhere from $250 to $20,000 per location.

Why Quality Restrooms Matter for Businesses
Contributor Frank Beard calls bathrooms the “true litmus test of overall store quality.”

Google to Mine Financial Transactions for Shopping Data
The company wants to prove its online ads push customers into brick-and-mortar stores.

Mars, Wrigley Unveil More Than 30 New Product Innovations
From new Starburst and Snickers to M&M’s and Skittles, iconic candies are getting flavor extensions.

Design Erases Retail-Dining Line
Convenience stores and supermarkets can build on key elements to give customers a dining experience.


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.

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