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Oct 27, 2016

AmazonFresh Expands to More U.S. Cities
Chicago and Dallas join a growing list of cities where the same-day grocery delivery service is available.

Iowa Governor Exploring Minimum Wage Hike
Gov. Branstad will explore a statewide increase in the minimum wage, which could replace the hikes being approved county-by-county.

McDonald’s Turnaround Slow to Bring More Customers
All-day breakfast has benefitted the Golden Arches, but hasn’t been enough to boost customer traffic.

Coca-Cola Untwists New Sprite Flavor
The new Sprite Cherry came about by mining consumer data from Freestyle fountain units.

Confectionary Innovation On Display at NACS Show
Mars and Wrigley unveiled more than 20 new items at 2016 NACS Show in Atlanta.

McLane Launches New Online Portal
New portal solution provides retailers access to key performance and operational data to save time, increase efficiency and boost profits.

Oct 26, 2016

Self-Driving Truck Delivers Beer
The vehicle, owned by Uber, successfully completed a 120-mile interstate trip.

Store Tours: South America
Hear what trends are driving the market in South America—and what might soon be in the United States—in the latest ‘Convenience Matters’ podcast.

Banks Aim to Repeal Swipe Fee Reform
An op-ed slams Congress for even considering jettisoning the Dodd-Frank legislation.

C-Stores With Gas Stations Have Competitive Advantage
One expert says that retailers that offer fuel as well as food and other necessities help consumers save time.

An Upscale Vending Machine
Hillshire Snacking created “The World’s Fanciest Vending Machine” to showcase its Small Plates snack packs.

Cinnabon Branches Out Into C-Stores
The branded products will soon appear on grocery and convenience store shelves.

Oct 25, 2016

Uber Launches a Debit Card
The new UberCard will launch in Mexico through a partnership with MasterCard and Bankaool.

Canadian Health Minister Announces Food Guide Update, New Food Labeling Rules
New guidelines are intended to curb obesity throughout Canada.

NOCO Express Unveils New Foodservice Program
Store makeover maximizes the shopper experience and provides more fresh food offerings.

Lack of Contactless, Mobile Payment Education Hinders U.S. Adoption
New research suggests that only 20% of U.S. consumers have used contactless payment systems, compared to 85% and 80% of consumers in Australia and the U.K., respectively.

Shaquille O’Neal Takes Ownership of Historic Atlanta Krispy Kreme Location
The former NBA superstar will also become the brand’s global spokesperson.

Oct 24, 2016

NACS Chairman Describes C-Stores as Community Stores
New NACS Chair Rahim Budhwani encourages retailers to look at c-stores as “community stores,” rather than “convenience stores.”

Ideas 2 Go Highlights Retailers’ Interesting, Creative, Profitable Ideas
See nine featured segments on the NACS 2016 “Ideas 2 Go” video, which is now available for purchase.

Vish Ganapathy Urges C-Stores to Avoid Being in the Middle
During his keynote Technology Edge address, Ganapathy advised retailers to compete on innovation.

Subway to Donate Unlimited Meals to Feeding America
The chain will commemorate National Sandwich Day through its The Good Deed Feed program.

More Americans Parking Money in Bank Accounts
The use of smartphones as mobile banks also rose sharply, while prepaid card usage surged as well.

Dunkin’ Donuts Brews Up Hot Sales With Cold Coffee
The chain’s cold brew has boosted its bottom line, especially because it costs more than regular iced coffee.

Oct 21, 2016

Walmart’s ‘Scalable’ Approach to Food Safety
With 140 million shoppers passing through its U.S. stores weekly, ensuring a safe food supply is a huge undertaking for the discount retailer.

Leading With Defined Goals and a Strong Vision
Closing general session keynote Peyton Manning shared his experience on leading teams by clearly defining goals and principles.

Breakfast Bowls Gain Popularity
The morning meal is increasingly being served in bowls.

Reach More Customers With a Branding Plan
Learn how to make shopping an experience.

NACS Foundation Awards 11 Scholarships
The recipients all work in the convenience store industry.

So You Want to Become a C-Store Supplier?
Knowing the channel and business basics are important.

Sheetz, OrderUp Team Up on Delivery
Food and beverages now available by delivery through the free app or website at two locations.

Help Your Employees Carve a Career Out of Their Current Job
Understand career advancement goals of the next generation of workers.

Taipei Convenience Stores Run Library Service
The city’s public library now lets members pick up or return books at convenience stores.

And the No. 1 Cool New Product Is…
After four days of retailer scans, the final list of the top products has been named at this year’s NACS Show.

Tips for Sticking to 40-Hour Work Weeks
With the new labor laws on overtime kicking in December 1, here’s how managers can keep their staff at 40 hours per week.

Oct 20, 2016

New NACS Executive Committee Takes the Helm
Rahim Budhwani named 2016-17 NACS Chairman.

NACS CEO Armour Shares How NACS Thinks Big to Deliver Value
A focus on refreshing the industry's image, enhancing advocacy and harvesting best practices is a priority.

Family Express Unveils Cravin’s Kitchen Foodservice Offer
The new made-to-order menu focuses on breakfast sandwiches and pizza.

NACS Members Become PHA Partners
Three new industry players have joined others and are increasing their healthy option efforts.

The Future of Cash
The head of iPad-based POS system Revel predicts the demise of cash.

Top 10 Cool New Products at the NACS Show
Convenience and fuel retailers ranked the products they see as having strong potential for their business and future profitability.

A New Way to Shake
Shake Shack tests its first iOS mobile ordering Shack App.

Women in the C-Store Industry Have Opportunity to Network
The key to successful networking is preparation.

​​​Did the ‘Pokémon GO’ Craze Help Retailers?
The answer is not as bright as originally reported.

Bennett Pump, Sinclair Oil Debut NewsBreak in Salt Lake City
Content will feature Sinclair-branded merchandising messages promoting in-store products and services.

Oct 19, 2016

Convenience Stores Contribute Nearly $1 Billion to Charities
More than 97% of retailers donate to nonprofits.

NACS Chairman Jack Kofdarali Says Industry’s Future Is in Food
Outgoing Chair Kofdarali emphasizes foodservice and community in his opening speech.

Cumberland Farms Now Accepting ‘Believe and Achieve’ Scholarship Applications
The convenience retailer will award $1,000 scholarships to 130 high school seniors.

Being in the Business of Selling Optimism
NACS Show general session speaker Steve Gross spreads his message of optimism, authenticity and the power of play.

NACS Names New Retailer Members to Board of Directors
Chris Coborn, Brian Hannasch, Chuck McDaniel, Glenn Plumby and Art Stawski joined the 30-member board.

Top 10 Cool New Products at the NACS Show
On the first full day of the NACS Show, retailers weighed in on new products for the industry.

Verifone Implements Conexxus Mobile Payment Standard
The loyalty program aids with a frictionless mobile payment and rewards-enabled experience.

Are Your Employees Empowered to Improve Customer Loyalty?
Equip employees to handle the six most common problems they encounter.

Brad McGuinness of Verifone Leads NACS Supplier Board
Coca-Cola’s Jay Ard has been named chair-elect.

Retailers Can Take Steps to Fight Skimming
Experts share tips to make skimming more difficult for thieves.

Pumping Up Gourmet Food
USA Today showcases just a few of the growing number of gasoline stations that are becoming known for their delicious and upscale fare.

Does Your Brand Drive Raving Fans to Your Store?
Build a unique brand that guides and influences with laser-like focus.

Oct 18, 2016

Consumers Recognize Community Benefits of Convenience Stores
Younger consumers overwhelmingly have a favorable attitude toward c-stores.

How to Create Convenience Store MVPs
Merit Gest challenges retailers to engage their associates and turn them into the most vital people within their operations.

PepsiCo to Reduce Soda Calories by 2025
The new initiative will slash the number of calories in the company’s beverages in response to consumer preferences.

Top 10 Cool New Products at the NACS Show
Convenience and fuel retailers ranked the products they see as having strong potential for their business and future profitability.

Convenience Stores Invest More Than $6 Billion to Improve Stores
In addition, store operators are more likely to own stores than lease them.

Overcoming NIMBY (Not in My Backyard)
Explaining your role in the community is a key to gaining support.

Using Leadership to Drive Success
Program teaches concepts to engage employees and improve store performance.

Convenience Stores Knocking on QSR's Door
These retailers are taking foodservice to a whole new level.

The Operations Side of Fresh
Convenience store retailers need to find the model that works best for them.

The Power of Engagement
Recent NACS Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council research demonstrates how employee involvement can positively impact your bottom line.

Big Technology for Small Operators
Support from NACS and suppliers can help retailers implement more tech efficiencies.

Oct 17, 2016

One in Six Americans Worked at a Convenience Store
NACS survey finds that educational value and flexible hours were job benefits cited by those who worked in a convenience store during their college years.

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

Ethanol’s Future as a Fuel
New NACS podcast talks about ethanol trends consumers and retailers can anticipate.

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

Rutter’s Brings Out the Bacon
Pennsylvania c-store chain is first in nation to sell Kunzler’s Bacon-Wrapped Cheddar Dog.

NACS and Tyson Foods Donate Truckload of Protein to Atlanta Food Bank
The donated food will be distributed to 600 agency partners, including groups providing daily meals.

Nittany Oil Rolls Out Gilbarco's Express Ordering Foodservice Kiosks
With the growth of its foodservice program, the need for self-service ordering technology has become a necessity at Nittany Oil.

Controlling the ‘Burn’ of Conflicts in Family Businesses
NACS Show education session focuses on balancing the needs of family members who work together.

Starbucks Paves the Way for Creativity
Baristas are invited to feature their own creations in stores for two weekends in October.

Oct 14, 2016

Got Questions? NACS HQ Has Answers!
At the NACS Show, stop by HQ to see what NACS is doing for you. Plus, don’t forget to utilize the Show App to enhance your experience.

Kellogg to Create 3 Billion Better Days
The company plans to donate 2.5 billion servings of food by 2025 to help fight hunger.

Washington, D.C., Bill Could Raise Tobacco-Buying Age to 21
The council also okayed a measure that would ban all tobacco products at organized sporting events.

Google Experiments With Food
The technology company has partnered with Chopt Creative Salad Company to push plant-based meals.

Philippines Will Snuff Out Public Smoking
The country will soon ban lighting up in public with one of the region’s most stringent anti-tobacco laws.

Honest Kids Launches at Subway Restaurants
A national bestseller, the organic kids’ juice drink is sweetened only with fruit juice.

Oct 13, 2016

New Exhibitor Area Returns to NACS Show
Now in its second year, first-time exhibitors are showcasing their products and services next week at the 2016 NACS Show.

The Healthiest Fast-Food Option Is…
Make a run for the border? Taco Bell hopes customers seeking healthy options will.

WHO Recommends Raising the Price on Sugary Beverages
The global health organization report suggests that a 20% increase in the retail price would reduce consumption.

QuickChek Converts Headquarters into Mini Golf Course
Fundraising event will benefit the QuickChek Family Fund and team members in need.

Kroger to Upgrade 10,000 Dispensers for EMV Compliance
Wayne will provide full turnkey deployment, including project management, materials, planning, logistics and installation services.

Oct 12, 2016

Amazon Considers Opening C-Stores
As the ecommerce company expands its grocery presence, Amazon is reportedly delving into the convenience store channel. NACS weighs in.

Convenience Stores Shake up Canadian Foodservice
A new study shows that Canadians are purchasing prepared foods and beverages from convenience stores more often.

Digital Coupons Take Off
While paper coupons still dominate, the number of digital coupons jumped nearly 24% during the first half of 2016.

Oct 11, 2016

Cereal Makers Look to Raise Soggy Sales
Companies are rolling out new products and boosting marketing to make up for declining cereal sales.

Controlling the ‘Burn’ of Conflicts in Family Businesses
NACS Show education session focuses on balancing the needs of family members who work together.

Round Two Goes To…
Did Trump rebound? Political consultant Jim Ellis breaks down Sunday’s debate.

Oct 10, 2016

Judge Gives Retailers Approval to Move EMV Case Forward
Meanwhile, NACS President and CEO Henry Amour’s op-ed shows how important debit swipe fee reform has been to merchants and consumers alike.

Georgia Gas Station Thwarts Skimmers
The store manager found the illegal device after an alarm went off during the installation by would-be thieves.

Show Me
Learn everything you need to know about the NACS Show before you get to Atlanta in the latest Convenience Matters podcast.

QuikTrip Ventures Into Drive-Thru
The convenience store chain’s QT Kitchen has been testing a drive-thru window at a Tulsa, Oklahoma, location.

FTC Calls for Crack Down on Patent Lawsuits to Stifle Trolls
The agency is calling on both legislative and judicial fixes on frivolous patent infringement lawsuits.

Caffeine Overdrive
“Asskicker” iced coffee packs a wallop of caffeine Down Under; while in South Korea, coffee ice cubes are the next big thing.

Oct 7, 2016

7-Eleven Expanding North American Presence
Japanese parent company of the Dallas-based convenience store chain is seeking acquisition opportunities to accelerate its North American growth.

Wawa and Sheetz Team Up at USS John P. Murtha Commissioning
Pennsylvania-based c-store chains are partnering to provide meals during the naval commissioning ceremony, honoring the late congressman.

Mars Combines Chocolate and Wrigley Segments
Newly created Mars Wrigley Confectionery will be located in Chicago.

Western Union Launches Digital Self-Service with OXXO
A self-service feature streamlines funds collection at check-out.

Hershey’s Puts the Treat in Halloween
Company is making Halloween sweet with new and classic products.

Oct 6, 2016

Hurricane-Related Resources Available
NACS has a number of resources to share insights about potential disruptions and provide other assistance for convenience retailers.

Health Groups Sue FDA Over Cigarette Warning Labels
Eight public anti-tobacco groups are suing the government to require graphic and grotesque warning labels on packs of cigarettes.

South Carolina AG Announces Price-Gouging Statute
Attorney General Alan Wilson says the state’s price gouging law is in full effect as the state prepares for Hurricane Matthew.

EMV Chip Card Reader Lawsuit Moves Forward
San Francisco federal judge allows a class-action lawsuit brought by retailers over new chip card readers to proceed against credit card companies.

Free Market Competition Is No Passing Fad
Op-ed highlights that when it comes to merchants, banks would rather fix prices instead of compete.

Parker’s Offers Special Edition Coffee Travel Cup
Fifty cents from every cup sold will benefit Susan G. Komen and breast cancer research.

Kum & Go to Support United Way of Central Iowa
Approximately 50 stores will participate in the month-long fund-raising campaign.

Oct 5, 2016

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A Nice Way to Do Business
Chick-fil-A beats the competition by training employees to be polite.

Hershey’s Cookie Layer Crunch Debuts
To celebrate National Cookie Month, Hershey will soon unveil its latest innovation.

Papa John’s Removes 14 Unwanted Ingredients
The chain has made good on its promise from last year to offer a “cleaner” pizza.

Presidential Candidates Ignore Illicit Tobacco Threat
An economist warns that terrorists are financing their operations through contraband cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Hostess Fall Line-Up Includes Limited-Time Flavors
In addition, Hostess Halloween products also return to store shelves.

Oct 4, 2016

Convenience Retailers Experience Strong Q4
NACS survey reveals that retailer optimism is on the rise as in-store and fuel sales remain strong.

Wayne iX Pay Secure Payment Terminal for EMV Compliance Now Available
Terminal brings legacy fuel dispensers into EMV compliance regardless of the original equipment manufacturer.

Sheetz Is First in Line to Sell Wine
Convenience store chain’s Shippensburg store is the first c-store to sell wine in Pennsylvania.

Calorie Menu Labels Now Live at 7-Eleven Canada Stores
7-Eleven Canada chose to move forward with early implementation and extend nutritional information to its customers across the country.

McLane Furthers Focus on Diversity with Expansion of SPARK Initiative
Initiative focuses on identifying workplace diversity opportunities through a variety of programs.

Carrefour Redesigns Paris City Store
The store has been completely remodeled to offer new services and community appeal.

Oct 3, 2016

One Year Later: Chip Without PIN
Since the October 2015 liability shift, EMV remains frustrating for retailers and confusing for consumers—not a good proposition leading up to the next liability shift in October 2017.

Dunkin’ and Coca-Cola Team Up for Bottled Coffee
New bottled ready-to-consume coffee drinks will launch in 2017.

Let’s Talk About Beer
Crack open a cold one and listen to some of the biggest beer trends in the latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast.

Parker’s Donates $50,000 to Support Emergency and Trauma Center
The donation is part of a larger $1 million endowment to support the Parker’s Emergency & Trauma Center.

Korean C-Stores Cater to Customers Flying Solo
Convenience stores stand to benefit from the younger and single population.

Sep 30, 2016

Merchants Mark Fifth Anniversary of Debit Competition
Retailers celebrate the passage of debit-card transaction reform.

FDA Seeks Opinions on ‘Healthy’ Definition
The agency wants to redefine how the word “healthy” can be used on food labels.

Using Play to Teach Optimism
During the NACS Show, Steve Gross of Life is Good will share how he inspires adults to help kids in need.

Has Cash Become Passé?
New research predicts plastic cards are on track to become more popular than cash payments across the globe this year.

Soda Tax Heats Up in San Francisco
In November, voters will decide on a penny-per-ounce tax on sugar sweetened beverages.

Philip Morris Boosts Cigarette Alternative Investments
The tobacco firm will expand sales of these products to more countries as well as increase its development of new products.

Sep 29, 2016

Conexxus Releases Mobile Payments Standards Version 2.0
Retailers can now operate loyalty both in the cloud or in local environments, independent of how the mobile payment is transacted.

Today Is National Coffee Day
Redfin cites the top 10 most caffeinated cities; Sheetz launches cold brew coffee.

Congressmen Reveal ‘Hidden Motive’ Behind Swipe Fee Repeal Efforts
U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin and Rep. Peter Welch discuss the real reasons why banks are now pushing for debit swipe fee reform.

Grocery Shoppers Spread Dollars Across Multiple Channels
IRI report suggests that retailers must move current customers up the loyalty ladder to drive growth.

FMI Postpones 2017 Trade Show
The Food Marketing Institute announced it will refocus its strategy.

House Takes Stand Against Overtime Rule, But Unlikely Senate Will Take It Up
A bill cleared the House yesterday that would extend the rule beyond the December 1 deadline.

Sep 28, 2016

Number of Violent Crimes Jumped 3.9% in 2015
The new FBI figures for last year also found that the number of property crimes declined 2.6%.

Fast-Food Veggie Revolution
The industry, known more for its fried foods and meat-heavy items, has started to embrace vegetables.

AmEx Can Prevent Retailers From Pushing Other Credit Cards
A federal appeals court ruled that American Express can forbid merchants from steering customers to cards with lower transaction fees.

Cumberland Farms Celebrates National Coffee Day With Free Coffee
In addition, “Free Coffee Fridays” will return to the chain starting October 7.

Spicy, Sweet and Savory Hit Beverages
The culinary trends have migrated to drinks.

Ugly Produce Moves to Center Stage
More grocery stores are accepting misshapen fruits and vegetables.