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Jan 23, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 19, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 18, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 17, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 16, 2017

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

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

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

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

Jan 13, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 12, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 11, 2017

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

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

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

Jan 10, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 9, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 6, 2017

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

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

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

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

Jan 5, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 4, 2017

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

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

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

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

Jan 3, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dec 30, 2016

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

Dec 29, 2016

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

Dec 28, 2016

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

Dec 27, 2016

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