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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.