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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.