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Sep 23, 2016

How the M&A Market Affects You
A NACS Show education session will explain the influence of industry shakeups on your stores.

Fast Food Makeovers
Taco Bell, Arby’s and KFC have been busy revamping their décor to compete with fast casual concepts.

CVS Expands Curbside Pickup Nationwide
The service will be available at more than 4,100 U.S. locations.

C-Stores Thrive in Mobile Environment
A new report finds that the industry has adapted well to changing shopping behavior.

Pizza Vending Machines Partner With C-Stores
Pizza Touch is testing its vending machines in some Florida Mobil Marts.

Halloween Spending to Reach $8.4 Billion
That’s the highest number ever in the NRF’s annual survey.


Sep 22, 2016

States Challenge Federal Overtime Rule
Twenty-one state officials filed a lawsuit claiming the Obama administration’s rule to extend mandatory overtime pay will place a huge burden on state budgets.

NACS Show Mobile App Ready for Download
Maximize your experience at the NACS Show by downloading the only and official event app.

EMV Adoption Remains Sluggish
TSG survey suggests that only 29% of merchants can accept chip-based transactions.

Baskin Robbins Testing Ice Cream Delivery
Company is using third-party delivery provider DoorDash to test the service.


Sep 21, 2016

Retailers Talk Business at Mid-Atlantic C-Store Expo
The annual exhibition connects distributors with Asian convenience store owners.

Battle for Consumers Pushes Fast-Food Innovation
Analysts think that there will be more pairings like Doritos Locos Tacos and Mac ‘n Cheetos coming soon.

English Smoking Rates Plummet
Last year, only 16.9% of adults in England said they were smokers, down sharply from 19.2% in 2012.

Eby-Brown Rolls Out Enhanced Wakefield Sandwich, Foodservice Line
The company also has debuted its Eby Source Point 360, a store management and ordering application.


Sep 20, 2016

Rutter’s Rocks the Vote
Pennsylvania-based chain invites customers to select the next president with their cup choice.

Merchant Groups Elevate Efforts to Protect Debit Reforms
More than 180 merchant trade associations and 400 companies voice opposition to congressional efforts to repeal debit reform.

Pulling Together
NACS Convenience Matters podcast talks about how the convenience store industry is collaborating with diverse groups to affect change.

Korean Convenience Store Customers Love Lunch Boxes
Pre-packed meals are reshaping the lunch culture among Korean c-store shoppers.

Sabra Launches Guacamole on the Go
New grab-and-go product comes packaged with Tostitos Rolls.


Sep 19, 2016

Walmart Canada Expands Visa Ban
All 16 Walmart stores in Manitoba will stop accepting Visa cards on October 24.

Sheetz Named Best Place to Work for Women
Convenience store chain is ranked as one of the best places to work for women by Fortune magazine.

Campaign Shows That Plain Packaging Doesn’t Work
Almost 20% of the Canadian tobacco market is already illegal and deprives governments of $1.6 billion in tax revenue each year.

Halal Food Is a $20 Billion Hit in America
In grocery and convenience stores, sales have increased 15% since 2012.

USDA Seeks Retailer Volunteers for SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot
Online shopping pilot is designed to explore the feasibility of using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to buy groceries online.

No 'Les Big Mac' at Parisian McCafé
Site also does not sell hamburgers, fries or quarter pounders with cheese.


Sep 16, 2016

Giving Back by Doing Good
NACS and other industry partners sponsored a playground build in Atlanta, the area hosting next month’s NACS Show.

New FDA Tobacco Regulations Mean Retailer Commitment to Compliance
September is We Card Training Awareness Month.

Parker’s Gives Away Jeep Renegade in Celebration of 40 Years
The company also offered customers other specials as part of its fourth decade anniversary.

7-Eleven’s Comeback Plan
The new president of parent group Seven & i Holdings Co. has big plans on how to turn the convenience store chain around.

Millennials Push Gas Stations to Exceed Expectations
From grand opening parties to fresh-made meals, convenience stores have upped their game to meet the demands of a younger generation.


Sep 15, 2016

NACS Launches New International Event
Convenience Summit – Asia takes place March 20-24, 2017, in Sapporo and Tokyo.

Skimmers Found in Fuel Dispensers at Wisconsin Stations
State investigators confirm at least 15 instances of skimming devices in the past month.

Local Heroes
As convenience retailers continue to grow their produce offers, the lack of clarity can present both challenges and opportunities.

GasBuddy Goes Beyond Fuel Prices
New mobile app enhances fuel retailer’s ability to increase customer loyalty.

Rutter’s Pumpkin Palooza Has Kicked Off
Stores will be offering everything from pumpkin rolls to pumpkin spice syrup at the coffee bar through the end of November.


Sep 14, 2016

‘No-Choice’ Act Draws Bipartisan Opposition
NACS is “deeply disappointed” by a House committee vote to pass the Financial Choice Act, which contains language to repeal debit reform.

Career Discussions for a New Generation of Workers
At one NACS Show education session, find out why Generation Y employees should work for you.

Verc Enterprises Partners With Massachusetts Commission for the Blind
The regional chain will offer jobs and internships for legally blind individuals.

Will $2 Gas Affect CAFE Standards?
NACS podcast questions whether the current fuel efficiency standards will be modified.

Starbucks Image Makeover
The company will shell out millions to correct what it calls a “basic” image problem.


Sep 13, 2016

House Committee Takes Up Debit Reform
The House Financial Services Committee debates detrimental language in the Financial Choice Act that would repeal debit swipe fee reforms.

Conexxus Hosts Free Webinar on Skimming
Industry experts will share tips for protecting your business from ATM skimming.

Reserve Your Seat Now for Hot Topics at the NACS Show
Use NACS Session Sign-up by September 28 for a guaranteed seat at any education session.

Rutter’s, NCR Bring EMV to the Pump
Companies will launch the first OPTIC outdoor payment solution in early Q4 2016.

If You’re Happy and You Know It
Study cites the happiest states in the United States, and those that could use a hug.


Sep 12, 2016

NACS Opposes Bill to Repeal Durbin Amendment
Enactment of the legislation would cost consumers and small businesses billions in fees.

Prepared Foods Create Food Safety Challenges
Demand for more prepared meals has created new food safety concerns for supermarkets.

Drones to Drop Chipotle Burritos at Virginia Tech
Google parent Alphabet Inc. is planning to deliver burritos to students and staff via drones.

QSR/Fast-Casual Group Adds Jimmy John's to Portfolio
Roark Capital Group adds fast-growing Jimmy John’s to its restaurant brands.

Ford Collaborates With In-Vehicle C-Store Service
Cargo enables ride-share passengers the ability to buy c-store merchandise while inside the car.


Sep 9, 2016

Debit Reform in Danger of Being Repealed
New legislation in Congress would repeal debit reforms that have saved consumers billions and brought competition to the debit card market.

Interpreting FDA’s New Tobacco Deeming Rules
NACS has created an updated memo for members to provide additional clarification on the final rule, which went into effect last month.

Solutions for IT Professionals Found at the NACS Show
The Technology Edge Solutions Center provides attendees with access to new technology innovations exclusively at the NACS Show expo.

CMP Amounts for Tobacco Retailers Increased for Inflation
The HHS has adjusted the civil money penalties for violations by tobacco retailers.

Mondelez Counts on Oreo Chocolate Bars for ‘Big Splash’
The company will expand into the U.S. chocolate market with the bars made with Milka chocolate.

Coke Focuses on Noncarbonated Beverages
The soft-drink company has made accelerating its non-sparkling line a top priority for next year.


Sep 8, 2016

Diners Look for Online Experience
Seven in 10 restaurant customers expect apps to be more personal, while QSR customers expect to spend 20% more when leveraging digital opportunities.

Applegreen Talks About U.S. Expansion Efforts
Retailer suggests that it will decide in 2017 on a course to take in the United States.

Baby Boomers Are Working Longer
Recent survey suggests that the Great Recession is causing the generation to remain working for longer.

Four Signs Your Loyalty Program Needs Updating
Declining loyalty, gaming the program, franchisee complaints and a conflict with corporate objectives are top indicators that change is due.

McDonald’s Gives Away Free Breakfast to Students
Northern California and Northern Nevada McDonald's are starting off the school year with free breakfast for students on September 13.

Local Shops More Relevant Than Ever
The ACS’s 2016 Local Shop Report highlights the essential role U.K. convenience stores play in the modern retail landscape.


Sep 7, 2016

400-Plus Retailers Urge Congress to Protect Debit Card Reforms
The diverse coalition includes many convenience and fuel retailers.

Michigan Bill Would Regulate Skimming Security
The proposal would mandate gasoline retailers to put one or more specific measures in place to combat skimming.

Take a Bite of NYC Wherever You Are
Bantam Bagels are now available at more than 8,000 distribution points.

U.K. Shoppers Spent Nearly £5 Billion Bargain Hunting
Britons have embraced “pound” stores, which now offer fresh vegetables and fruit.

Convenience Store Winners in Alternative Snack Variety
These days, more versions of popular snacks are available on convenience store shelves.

Millennials Driving Grocery Trends
Members of this age group have become “vocal customers” when it comes to supermarket shopping.


Sep 6, 2016

Convenience Stores Give to a Good Cause
Since their early involvement with the MDA Labor Day Telethon decades ago, convenience stores today contribute or collect nearly $100 million a year for local charities.

The Power of Clean
NACS Show education session will highlight how clean can be a powerful differentiator among a competitive retail landscape with greater customer expectations.

Committing to Healthier Diets
NACS Convenience Matters podcast focuses on how commitments toward healthy options are reshaping the food landscape.

They Call It Mello Yello
Coca-Cola brought back its citrus-flavored soda brand on an NHRA Funny Car after a 40-year hiatus.


Sep 2, 2016

Find the Coolest Products at the NACS Show
A massive expo floor and special Cool New Products Preview Room will meet attendees’ needs for finding new products and services.

U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren Visits Casey’s General Store
The Illinois congressman rang up customers and talked about the upcoming election during a NACS In Store event.

Pilot Flying J Unleashes New Ad Campaign
The focus? Its super-clean bathrooms.

National Food Safety Month Spotlights Foodborne Illness Prevention
Foodservice professionals, including convenience stores, should renew their commitment to protecting against the leading causes of foodborne illness.

AAA Ignores Labor Day Travel
This year, the auto club decided not to forecast how many drivers will hit the road this coming holiday weekend.

Fraud’s Cost Keep Going Up
Fraudulent attacks have risen 137% during the last 12 months ending March 2016.

Chicken Surpasses Burgers, Mexican and Pizza
Chick-fil-A has led the charge in the soaring popularity of chicken.


Sep 1, 2016

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole Visits OnCue Express
The Oklahoma member of Congress learned about OnCue operations and key industry issues through his participation in the NACS In Store program.

New Jersey Vetoes Minimum Wage Hike
Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a proposal to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Sunoco Partners With Safeway on Fuel Rewards
The companies are expanding Safeway’s fuel rewards program to parts of the Delmarva region.

7-Eleven Brews a Political Party
Team Red, Blue or Purple? The 7-Election Presidential Coffee Cup poll is back with a few new twists.

McLane Company Rebrands Private-Label Offer
Two of five new product lines meet the Partnership for a Healthier America healthy criteria and its signature Drink Up initiative.

Tim Hortons Heads Across the Pond
Canadian doughnut and coffee chain is heading to Great Britain.


Aug 31, 2016

Responding to ‘Silver’ Shoppers
New report shows how convenience stores can benefit from senior consumers.

Fast-Food, Gas Stations See Highest Wage Growth
Industries offering workers entry-level jobs are experiencing wage inflation.

NACS Remembers William C. Brown
7-Eleven Oklahoma founder served as the 1975-76 NACS president.

Mondelez Ends Pursuit of Hershey
The company will continue to focus on its sustainable growth plans.

Back-to-School Shoppers Split Between Luxury, Discount
High-end retailers and value stores are winning as students begin a new school year.

Square Partners With Software Entrepreneurs
The mobile payment system has deals with Vend and TouchBistro.


Aug 30, 2016

Amazon Hints at a Grocery Store
Planning documents suggest that ‘Project X’ is going to be a drive-up grocery store in Seattle.

Looking Into Fuel’s Crystal Ball
Find out what will be the future of fuels—both domestically and globally—during a two-part NACS Show educational session.

Massive Produce Recall Hits Southeast
Fresh-cut vegetables are being recalled from convenience, grocery and discount stores because of potentially fatal Listeria bacteria.

Will Tesla’s Reality Meet Its Dreams?
New NACS Convenience Matters podcast focuses on the current status of the electric vehicle market.

Tobacco Trend Watch: Heat Sticks
The iQOS heat sticks by Phillip Morris produce a vapor, but no second-hand smoke.

Indonesian 7-Eleven Lends Support to Another Type of Java
Dozens of moms visit 7-Eleven three nights a week to learn HTML, Java script and other coding skills.


Aug 29, 2016

The Next Wave of EMV
Convenience and fuel retailers prepare for EMV implementation at the pump and ATM.

NACS Scholarship Program Recognizes Leadership Potential
This year’s 11 scholarship recipients were nominated by a company official for their academic excellence, leadership and passion for convenience and fuel retailing.

Pizza Delivery by Drone
Domino’s successfully tested commercial pizza delivery by drone in partnership with Flirtey.

New Energy Drink Products Grow 29% in Five Years
Mintel found that there were more new energy drinks launched in 2015 than any year since 2008.

Why Teens Vape
Research suggests that a spike in teen e-cigarette use doesn't signal a ‘nicotine epidemic.’


Aug 26, 2016

Do You Have an Adventurous Spirit?
Self-proclaimed daredevil Merit Gest will address NACS Show attendees during the day one general session.

Amazon Introduces Car Research Community
Customers can view specifications, images, videos and reviews for thousands of new and classic car models on Amazon.com.

Small Businesses Embrace Mobile Payments Over Credit Cards
The move to EMV standards has spurred independent retailers to encourage mobile payments rather than traditional credit and debit cards.

New Study Finds Soda Taxes Curb Soft Drink Consumption
Researchers discovered low-income communities in Berkeley, Calif., drank fewer sodas after the city passed a tax on sugared soft drinks.

Dollar Stores Reaping Benefits of Higher Wages
With their core clientele having more earnings in their pockets, Dollar General and Dollar Tree are thriving.

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