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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.


Aug 25, 2016

Lawson Caters to Old Consumers
Japanese retailer is expanding its elderly care services, including an on-staff nurse.

Dunkin’ Donuts Unveils Belgian Waffle Sandwich
On National Waffle Day, Dunkin’ announced its new Belgian Waffle breakfast sandwich.

Conexxus, National ATM Council Issue Skimming Detection & Deterrence Guide
Guide outlines steps convenience retailers can take to help stop skimming, and what to do if or when their ATM is compromised by a skimming device.

Tesco Follows Night Tube Launch With 24-Hour Stores
Retailer began testing 24-hour operations at seven stores along the Victoria and Central lines.

Sheetz Adds Two New Stores in Two Different States
Convenience retailer welcomed customers at a new store in Pennsylvania and North Carolina.


Aug 24, 2016

Chipotle’s Social Media Rule Violated Law
The National Labor Relations Board confirmed last week that the Mexican chain’s policy wasn’t legal.

Pizza Hut Turns Pizza Box Into Turntable
The chain has debuted a “playable” pizza box, which is currently only available in select U.K. locations.

Sinclair Oil Customers Can Earn Benefits With New Dinorewards Program
The chain has partnered with Billaway to link its customer appreciation program with online retailers.

Savory Spreads Into Jams
The sweetness of jam paired with savory flavors has caught the imagination of cooks and consumers alike.


Aug 23, 2016

Walgreens Links Loyalty Program With Android Pay
Drugstore chain continues to simplify the checkout experience through mobile payment integration.

Big Ideas From Bright Young Workers
At the NACS Show, young c-store employees from around the world will present an education session.

CST Brands Announces Merger With Alimentation Couche-Tard
The $4.4. billion transaction is expected to close in early 2017.

KFC Made Sunscreen That Smells Like Fried Chicken
Extra Crispy sunscreen made available free online while supplies lasted.

‘Moderate Drinking’ Comes Under Fire
Public-health officials are now warning of cancer risks, and the alcohol industry is fighting back.


Aug 22, 2016

How We Can Help Louisiana Flood Victims
Donations and volunteer efforts are underway in the Baton Rouge area following catastrophic flooding.

Hershey Makes Progress on Simple Ingredients and Transparency
Company is reformulating more than 500 product SKUs and introducing new products with simple and familiar ingredients.

30 Days of Gas Station Food
Hear what happened to an endurance athlete when he ate nothing but gas station food for a month in the latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast.

Free Webinar on Cyberattack Response Planning
Conexxus webinar on August 25 delves into Incident Response Planning best practices.

Giant Eagle Pilots Wine-to-Go Sales
Program brings more wine options to consumers as part of a new law that modernizes the sale of liquor, beer and wine in Pennsylvania.

Happiness Equals Reality Minus Expectations
Attendees at the 2016 Smoker Friendly Conference learn how better engaged employees will lead to world-class workplace culture.


Aug 19, 2016

FDA Told ‘No” Over Tobacco Label Changes
Judge rules that label changes are not considered a new product, in response to three tobacco makers suing over packaging requirements.

Plan Your NACS Show Experience Today
The online My Show Planner tool and mobile app work together to provide a seamless way to enjoy the NACS Show.

Rep. Darrell Issa Clerks at G&M Oil
The California Republican congressman discussed credit card security while ringing up customers.

Starbucks Improves Drive-Thru
The coffeehouse chain revamped the customer experience at the drive-thru window.

Restaurants Voted Most Popular U.S. Industry Again
The computer industry ranked a close second, but the federal government once again came in last.

Tobacco Firms Fight N.D. Tobacco Tax Increase
On Nov. 8, North Dakota voters will consider a ballot measure to raise the state’s cigarette tax to $2.20 per pack.


Aug 18, 2016

Phillips 66 to Accept Chase Pay Via Mobile
Multiyear agreement will give convenience store customers a safe and secure way to pay at the pump and inside the store.

Lin Jia Convenience Store Debuts in Times Square
‘Dark horse’ of China’s retail market is making its presence known in New York City.

7-Eleven Celebrates 60,000th Store Opening Worldwide
Convenience retail chain now operates, franchises and/or licenses stores in 17 countries.

A Touchy-Feely Convenience Store
Next year, artist Lucy Sparrow’s “felt” convenience store will debut in the New York City.


Aug 17, 2016

CVS Launches Mobile Payment Option
CVS Pay is now part of the drugstore’s smartphone app.

Expanded Retailer Requirements Could Push C-Stores Out of SNAP
Meiners Markets explains how USDA proposed standards would be ‘next to impossible’ for c-stores to meet.

Millennials Go Nuts for Sparkling Water
The fizzy beverages have become popular along some young workers.

Campaign Launched Against Proposed U.K. Soda Tax
The British Soft Drink Association, among others, claims such a tax won’t address obesity but will hurt the economy.

Pay Cash to Help Local Businesses
An op-ed urges fellow Mainers to use bills and coins instead of plastic to buy goods and services at neighborhood stores.

A Cricket of a Snack
In Silicon Valley, the new power brain food is of the insect variety.


Aug 16, 2016

Fresh Fruit Migrates to Fast Food Restaurants
More quick service establishments are adding produce to their menus, but results are varied.

Get the Edge on Technology
At the NACS Show, the Technology Edge CIO Panel will provide a snapshot of what’s going on in convenience retail IT.

Sheetz Goes to College
The convenience store chain has its eye on opening cafes near universities.

Target’s Grocery Mess
The discount retailer is having trouble getting customers to buy its fresh meat, fruit and veggies.

Domino’s Branches Out to Salad
The nation’s largest pizza chain will have salads in each store.

Fast Food Embraces Novelty
From burger chains to pizzerias, quick service restaurants are turning to the unusual to draw in crowds.


Aug 15, 2016

NACS Turns 55 Years Young
For nearly six decades, NACS has served as an integral part of the convenience store industry.

Panera Challenges Industry to Improve Kids Menus
Company hopes to spark a dialogue for change in what the restaurant industry and food manufacturers are serving kids.

Study Says Consumers Buy Most ‘Junk’ Foods from Supermarkets
Purchases are about two to four times as large as fast-food restaurants, full-service restaurants, convenience stores and vending machines combined.

Jerome Sedelmeyer to Speak at Prayer Meeting at NACS Show
Industry technology professional will speak on October 19 at the NACS Show in Atlanta.

Deep-Fried Twinkies Debut at Walmart
The collaboration between Hostess Brands and Walmart brings deep-fried dessert to retail.

Parker’s Co-Hosts Pokemon Go Clean-Up Event
Gamers can play Pokemon and help keep the city of Savannah clean at an August 20 event.


Aug 12, 2016

U.S. Gymnast Laurie Hernandez Will Celebrate Her Gold Stateside at Wawa
Her brother’s proud Instagram posted ended with, ‘As soon as you land, we're going straight to Wawa.’

Networking Fun
This year’s NACS Show will offer attendees two evening events to mingle and connect.

Wichita Chef Eyes Gas Station Food
Marwan Chebaro will open food counters at local Valero stores.

Convenience Stores Reaping Olympic Gold
A new report finds that convenience stores are very popular among sports fans during huge sporting events.

Ann Arbor, Schenectady County Up Minimum Tobacco Buying Age to 21
The new Michigan ordinance will commence January 1, while the New York law takes effect September 1.


Aug 11, 2016

EMV Adoption Is Pushing Aside Other Payment Initiatives
A new study suggests that an EMV adoption bottleneck is pushing aside other priorities such as mobile payments, end-to-end encryption and tokenization.

VERC Enterprises Hosts U.S. Rep. Bill Keating
Congressman learned about the convenience store industry as part of the NACS In Store program.

LeBron Wants to Help Small Businesses
NBA superstar’s new contest will help him choose one small business to put his stamp on.

Starbucks, Lyft Link Up for Free Coffee
Members of the Starbucks loyalty program earn Stars by using Lyft during their morning commute.

CPG Selling Point: Fewer Ingredients
Food companies are touting simplicity as more consumers want to recognize what they eat.

Overbearing Wawa Employee Goes Viral
You’ll have to watch to believe how far one Wawa employee goes to deliver customer service.


Aug 10, 2016

Are C-Stores Ignoring the Aftermarket E-Vapor Opportunity?
Only 8% of vapers get e-cig and vaporizer accessories from convenience stores.

Grocery Stores See Sales Bump Through WIC Participation
By accepting vouchers from the federal Women, Infants and Children program, retailers bring in more business.

Snapchat Offers Retailers Marketing Opportunity
Brick-and-mortar chains are finding Snapchat to be a gold mine for promotions.

PepsiCo Takes Stubborn Soda National
The soft drink company is betting that its craft soda line will help to invigorate consumer interest in carbonated beverages.


Aug 9, 2016

Oregon C-Store Owner Dreams Big
From a lawn chair rigged with helium balloons to a growler program featuring 36 taps, Kent Couch continues to innovate and find the next big idea.

Turning Problems Into Customer Loyalty
When c-store workers commit to superior service, customers have better experiences.

No Coffee While Driving in New Jersey
Bill would ban drivers from drinking coffee, among other things, while behind the wheel.

Coles Tests New C-Store Brand
Big Yum at Little Coles is the supermarket chain’s latest entry to the Australian c-store market.

Rutter’s Dairy Releases Brand New Organic Milk
Organic milk varieties expand beyond the Rutter’s convenience stores and into several grocery and fresh/organic retail outlets.


Aug 8, 2016

Canadian Health Group Pushes Plain Packaging for Soda
Health advocacy groups suggest that plain packaging on tobacco has worked so well that it should be used on all unhealthy products.

BLE Devices Detected at Dallas Fuel Dispensers
Thieves use Bluetooth devices to steal consumer card data while filling up at the pump.

Refreshing News
Overall, 85% of NACS retail members say they sell fresh fruit or vegetables, an eight-point increase over 2015.

McDonald’s of the Future Opens for Business
New restaurant offers table service and customizable menu options.


Aug 5, 2016

Small Operators Drive a Big Business
NACS Show offers free training sessions designed specifically for convenience store operators with five or fewer stores.

Weights and Measures Adopts Diesel Gallon Equivalents for CNG
NACS-backed amendment is adopted at the National Conference on Weights and Measures Annual Meeting.

Meat Snacks Continue to Grow
The dried meat snacks category jumped 4.3% over the past 12 months.

Indiana Convenience Store Thanks Police With Candy
The KB Express has started handing out bags of candy to emergency personnel.

Gulf Teams Up With Boston Red Sox, New York Mets
The oil company is partnering with Major League Baseball teams on a summer sweepstakes.


Aug 4, 2016

Avoid the EMV Chip Transaction?
The ‘real answer’ to better security could be in the mobile transaction.

U.S. Senators Voice Concerns to USDA on SNAP Proposal
Nearly half of the U.S. Senate signed a letter urging the USDA to revise its proposed rule.

Waitrose Opens First Cashless Store
The workplace store accepts card or mobile transactions at five self-service kiosks.

Speedway Miracle Tournament Raises $2.35 Million for CMN Hospitals
The tournament is the largest golf fundraising event for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Comcast Launches Bill Pay at 7-Eleven Stores
More than 7,700 Comcast customers can now pay their bill at a 7-Eleven.


Aug 3, 2016

Restaurants Struggle to Make Higher Wages Affordable
With minimum wages rising and new overtime legislation, retailers are looking for ways to cope and still turn a profit.

Proposed Regulations Seek to Close Estate and Gift Tax Loophole
The changes introduced by the U.S. Treasury will impact estates in excess of $5.45 million.

Pennsylvania Cigarette Tax Shutters Convenience Store
The owners of Korner News said the recent dollar increase in the state’s cigarette tax led to the closing.

Bottled Water’s Popularity Soaring
Concerns about health and lead contamination in drinking water are likely fueling the trend.

U.S. Households’ Demand for Convenience Foods Rises
A new U.S. Department of Agriculture report found that Americans increasingly turn to prepared foods.

Big Australian Retailers Move Into Convenience
Supermarkets have been quick to capitalize on smaller-format stores, but are now discovering the risks.


Aug 2, 2016

How to Make Money on Renewables
NACS Show education session highlights opportunities for retailers to diversify their fuel offer.

Equal Pay Comes to Massachusetts
New statewide law requires equal pay among men and women for comparable work.

GMO Bill Becomes Law
President Obama signed into law legislation that renders all potential state statutes on the labeling of foods containing GMOs null and void.

Casey’s General Store Helps Send Kids to MDA Summer Camp
Casey’s and MDA celebrate 10 years of partnership by raising funds through annual pinup program.

McDonald’s Makes Moves to Simplify Ingredients
QSR is replacing high-fructose corn syrup with sugar in its sandwich buns and rolling out preservative-free Chicken McNuggets.


Aug 1, 2016

FDA’s Deeming Rule Takes Effect August 8
Agency is offering information about which provisions take effect immediately or in the near future.

Tesco Offers Free Fruit for Kids
U.K.-based retailer is offering kids free fruit while their parents shop to encourage healthy eating.

What’s in a Name?
Podcast talks about what convenience stores should consider when branding their stores.

Programs Help Retool Healthy Options in Corner Stores
Specialized programs can also help stimulate local economies and boost in-store profits.

Coffee Nation
Out-of-home coffee consumption is big in the United Kingdom.


Jul 29, 2016

Just for Techies
At this year’s NACS Show, c-store tech experts will benefit from the targeted approach of the Technology Edge track.

Dollar General Gets Into Fuel
The discount retailer plans to add fresh produce and meat to store shelves and operate fueling stations.

Cash-Strapped Alabama Looks to Lottery
Governor Robert Bentley proposes that the state can keep the lights on with lottery revenue.

Chipotle to Start Flipping Burgers
Fast-causal chain is planning to add a burger restaurant to its portfolio.

Little Caesars Tests Breakfast
A Michigan location is experimenting with a breakfast ‘pizzini’ sandwich.

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