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Dec 18, 2017

The GOP’s Final Tax Plan: How It Impacts You
The recently released plan eliminates the corporate alternative minimum tax.

C-Store Redefine Convenience
From growlers to gourmet food options, many convenience stores are focusing on new profit centers.

NACS Calls on High Court to Stop Amex from Harming Merchants
Joint amicus brief is calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to bar American Express from using its market power to prevent retailers from sharing card fee information.

Kroger Introduces Prep+Pared Meal Kits to New Markets
Company will continue expansion in 2018 to redefine the grocery customers’ experience.

Philadelphia Okays Bill to Remove Bullet-Resistant Windows
Asian American merchant community say removing the barrier exposes them to injury and robbery.

Beer Opportunity for C-Stores
Flavored malt beverages bring growth to the category.


Dec 15, 2017

Weigel’s Celebrates 20 Years of Spreading Holiday Joy
Weigel’s partners with the Salvation Army and Hall’s Kmart to help local children in need.

Walmart Provides Employees With Different Payment Options
The retailer now allows workers to take part of their paycheck before payday via an app.

More New York Counties Consider Higher Tobacco Buying Age
After no advancement on statewide proposals, local communities are voting to raise the minimum age to purchase cigarettes to 21.

Taco Bell Expands Drive-Thru Free Locations with First Southern California Cantina
The new store has a walk-up window, local mural and ocean view, plus an exclusive Taco Bell beer called Beach Bell.

Florida Still Swimming in Skimmers at Gas Stations
From January to October, more than 500 of the devices were found on gas pumps.

Kellogg Opens New Cereal Café in Manhattan
The food maker is hoping that millennials will help revive soggy cereal sales.


Dec 14, 2017

7-Eleven Tests Mobile Ordering, Delivery and In-Store Pickup
New 7-ElevenNOW smartphone app enables Dallas consumers to order products on-demand, for delivery or in-store pickup.

Target Acquires Same-Day Delivery Platform
Shipt will boost the retailer’s ability to same-day delivery services at nearly half its stores by early 2018.

Kroger Offers Mobile Pay
Mobile payments will begin with select retail markets and e-commerce programs in 2018.

How Americans Eat, According to Uber
The survey reveals Americans' changing eating habits, food preferences, dislikes and delivery attitudes.

Creating a Service Strategy That Reflects Today’s Consumers
Frank Beard considers what a convenience store’s customer service strategy could look like in today’s retail environment.

Cost of a Bad Hire Can Be Astronomical
The cost of recruiting, hiring and onboarding a new employee can be as much as $240,000.


Dec 13, 2017

Spinx Donates More Than $168,000 to American Cancer Society
All Spinx locations contributed to the donation.

Retailers Praise Amex for Dropping Signatures
Merchants now are asking Visa to ditch the signature requirement as well.

Mars Partners With Operation Gratitude to Deliver Two-Millionth Care Package for U.S. Troops
The company reinforces its commitment to supporting military personnel and their communities.

Walmart Dips Toe Into Meal Kit Market
The retailer now stocks around 30 meal kits online by Home Chef and Takeout Kit.

Women’s Franchise Giveaway Contest Winner Opens First 7-Eleven Store
Veteran Evelyn Scott welcomed the community to her new 7-Eleven location in Norfolk, Va.


Dec 12, 2017

Fuel Consumers End 2017 With Optimism
NACS survey finds that 61% of gas purchasers are feeling optimistic about the U.S. economy.

Strategizing Your Next Innovation
This week’s podcast episode challenges retailers to be agile and stay ahead of the competition with innovative strategy.

Companies Struggle to Deliver Digital Trust
Poor personalization and lack of trust cost U.S. organizations $756 billion in 2016.

Candy Makers Share Fun Facts About Winter Holiday Sales
Three quarters of Americans will give confections to family and friends this holiday season.

FDA Launches New Cessation Campaign
“Every Try Counts” campaign asks retailers to post cessation messages at the point of sale.

Are Fast-Food Chains Innovating Fast Enough?
For some quick-service chains, making sure orders are filled quickly isn’t always good enough.


Dec 11, 2017

Appeals Court Hears Challenge to Retail Tobacco Enforcement
The FDA’s practice of penalizing retailers for two violations during an inspection has been a problem for NACS members.

Pizza Inn Unveils C-Store Concept
Chain is focusing on non-traditional development at locations such as convenience stores and airports.

New York Retailers Combat Proposed ‘Predictive Scheduling’ Regulations
Hundreds of convenience stores have filed comments objecting to the proposed rules.

Gen Y to be Eclipsed by Gen Z
Just when retailers were getting accustomed to millennials, here comes Gen Z.

Plain Packaging Threatens Beverage Industry
Potential financial impact of plain packaging regulations puts beverage brands globally at risk.


Dec 8, 2017

Visa Moves to Fingerprint Payments in Australia
The new standards will help counter fraud by removing the need for a personal identification number.

Topeka, Kan., Bans Sale of Tobacco Products to Those Under 21
Also, Robbinsdale, Minn., becomes the latest city to limit the sale of flavored tobacco products.

ExxonMobil Opens First Mexican Gas Stations
The company has plans to open an additional 50 stations in Mexico early next year.

GM Puts Ordering App in Vehicles
The Marketplace feature is included in 2017 or 2018 Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC models.

GrubHub Reveals Most Popular Dishes of 2017
New Yorkers ordered more spicy miso ramen than the rest of the United States in 2017.

Iowa Grocers Want to Ditch Bottle Deposit
The grocers are pressing for the state to enlarge its recycling program instead.


Dec 7, 2017

Sheetz Offers Voice Activated Ordering Through Alexa
Sheetz continues its mission to provide the ultimate convenience to customers.

Discover Will No Longer Require Signatures at Checkout
Card brand’s move follows a similar announcement already made by MasterCard.

Four U.S. Foodservice Trends for 2018
Mintel predicts that 2018 will see the blurring of retail, foodservice and social media, as well as health and indulgence.

Walmart Name Change Enhances Online Shift
Going from Wal-Mart to Walmart signals the retailer’s focus on growing its e-commerce presence.

Arizona Governor Pushes for Rest Area Commercialization
NACS has long opposed attempts that would weaken existing law prohibiting interstate rest areas from offering commercial services such as food and fuel.

Starbucks Opens a Store in China Every 15 Hours
Coffeehouse chain is building more new company-operated stores in China than in the United States.


Dec 6, 2017

Pizza and Beer, Delivered
Pizza Hut now brings beer and pies to your door.

Dollar General Takes Over Rural America
The discount chain is thriving in small towns.

Target Debuts a Mobile Payment System
As part of the store’s app, “Wallet” lets shoppers check out and use Cartwheel digital coupons via their smartphones.

Euro Garages Expands Locations With Acquisition of Esso Germany Sites
ExxonMobil will sell around 1,000 Esso-branded stations to EG Group Limited.

McDonald’s Unveils New Dollar Menu
In early January, the new menu will highlight $1, $2 and $3 items.

One for You, One for Me
Holiday shoppers are buying for themselves as well as others.


Dec 5, 2017

San Antonio Considers Tobacco Age Restriction
On December 6, the San Antonio City Council will hear a proposal on raising the legal purchasing age for tobacco products from 18 to 21.

CVS Acquires Aetna for $69 Billion
Drugstore chain continues its journey of becoming a single location for consumer health and wellness.

Two C-store Fanatics, A Minivan and 1,100 Miles
Hear what a healthy advocate and an indulgence lover have to say about their adventures on a road trip to the NACS Show.

U.S. Specialty Coffee Consumption on the Rise
This year marked a significant increase in daily specialty coffee intake.

Kroger’s QFC Stores Partner With Instacart
The grocery chain is offering home grocery delivery through a new partnership with Instacart.

Sheetz Employees Volunteer to Help Local Families
Employee-run charity, Sheetz For The Kidz, will provide holiday gifts for 9,300 kids.


Dec 4, 2017

Amazon Attracts Cash-Paying Customers in Mexico
Hybrid systems allow unbanked and cash-only consumers to pay for their online purchases at convenience stores in Mexico.

Drive Your Business Decisions with Industry Data
Data collection for next year’s NACS State of the Industry Report is officially underway.

A Tango and a Worldly View
NACS Fuels Summit Latin America inspired attendees to look beyond their markets and consider global developments.

Japan’s FamilyMart Enters Fitness Industry
C-store chain is creating a chain of fitness clubs called Fit & GO that will be open 24 hours a day.

How Retailers Can Save with Electronic Data
Free Conexxus webinar will highlight the benefits of adopting either NAXML or EDI at various points within the supply chain.

Wendy’s Now Delivers with DoorDash
QSR is the latest chain to enter the food delivery space.


Dec 1, 2017

Now’s the Time to Measure Your Workforce Success
Do you know how your company’s workforce investments compare to the industry?

EPA Finalizes RFS Obligations for 2018
The agency’s final volume obligations for 2018 were higher than 2017 levels.

BingoBox Brings Unmanned Stores to Hong Kong
Cashierless concept allows shoppers to pay for purchases via mobile wallets like Alipay or WeChat Pay.

Minit Stop Kicks Off 2017 Toys for Tots Holiday Toy Drive
Customers can bring unwrapped toys to their local Minit Stop store in support of the annual toy drive.

KIND and Mars Partner to Take Healthy Snacks Global
Partnership will bring KIND's products to more consumers globally, and strengthen Mars’ commitment to the healthy snacks category.

SPAR Netherlands Continues New Store Expansion
Retailer anticipates 50 SPAR City convenience stores in operation by the end of 2017.


Nov 30, 2017

More Than 70% of Americans Went Shopping Last Weekend
Thanksgiving kicked off an American shopping spree, with 174 million shoppers in stores and online through Cyber Monday.

Tobacco Companies Start Court-Ordered Ads Against Smoking
The advertisements in print and on TV will run for a year.

Snickers Launches U.S. Version of ‘Hungerithm’
After a successful Australian run, the algorithm-driven promotion hits the U.S.

Senate Republicans Increase Proposed Deduction for Pass-Through Businesses
The measure is part of the tax rewrite proposal.

Ethiopian, Moroccan, South American Cuisine Fuels Snacking Craze
These popular ethnic cuisines should provide new snacking options for retailers.

Fresh Fruits, Vegetables Bring Shoppers Inside
A United Fresh Produce Association report found that having a fresh perimeter is key to drawing shoppers into stores.


Nov 29, 2017

Revenue From Philly Soda Tax Falls
The October tax on sugar-sweetened drinks brought in less than any other month this year.

Retailers Criticize Madison Security Mandate
The businesses say the one-size-fits-all approach the Wisconsin city council is proposing is counterproductive.

Pennsylvania Bill Would Make Possessing Skimmers Illegal
The measure would strengthen law enforcement’s fight against skimming by making it a felony to have one.

Spinx Celebrates 45th Anniversary
The retailer is dropping prices and giving away 45 days of free gas to one lucky winner to commemorate the milestone year.

Rutter’s: The Luckiest Place to Play the Lottery
Since 2012, the chain has paid out more than $106 million in lottery cash prizes to customers.


Nov 28, 2017

NACS Foundation Shows Giving Tuesday is About Community
Today’s events are part of a larger effort to highlight the industry’s billion-dollar-a-year charitable giving story.

Holiday Baking Brings E. Coli Awareness
Consuming raw dough or batter can carry health risks associated with flour.

California Consumers Upset Over Gas Price Hike
Signature gathering has begun for an initiative to repeal the state’s gas tax increase.

Exploring Convenience Food and Drink Trends
Convenience Matters podcast talks about how consumers define convenience.

7-Eleven Expands Loyalty Program
Enhancements are designed to personalize and customize the shopper experience.

3 Forward-Thinking Trends from 2017
Frank Beard shares his forward-thinking trends from 2017.


Nov 27, 2017

Uber Waits More Than a Year to Disclose Data Breach
Ride-hailing company learned of the breach in October 2016.

Is Coffee Good for Your Health?
Research suggests that three to four cups of coffee per day can have a positive impact on one’s health.

NACS, SIGMA Comment on GHG Standards for Newer Vehicles
Associations say the government should not favor one light-duty vehicle technology over another.

Stinker Stores Helps End Hunger
Convenience store chain raises more than $80,000 through its Stomp Out Hunger campaign.

Ministop Accepts Cashless Payments Via QR Code
Chain in Philippines becomes the first convenience store to accept QR payments via GCash.

Holiday Merchandise Comes to Dunkin’ Donuts
Items include cookie-flavored donuts, donut-flavored lip gloss and a new Elf on the Shelf ornament.


Nov 22, 2017

Black Market Flourishes Under New York’s High Tobacco Taxes
A new survey found that 56.8% of all cigarettes smoked in New York were illegal.

Gas Stations Should Seek Standardization for Savings, Innovation, Choice
The standardization of service station protocols must accelerate to stay on top of technology and customer expectations.

Uber Inks Autonomous Vehicle Deal With Volvo
The ride-share company placed an order for 24,000 self-driving cars.

Holiday Spending Plans: Online Up, Discount Stores Down
More U.S. adults will shop online for Christmas presents this year.

NACS Foundation Shows How #ConvenienceCares
New video focuses on the “C” in community in advance of Giving Tuesday.


Nov 21, 2017

NACS Foundation Launches #GivingTuesday Campaign
The convenience retailing industry collects or contributes $1 billion annually to charities.

Make It a Date Night at 7-Eleven
The retailer is offering pizza, Coke and a movie for less than $7.

Stories From Houston’s Hurricane Harvey
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast features voices from convenience retailers who weathered the August storm.

Small Business Saturday Gains Traction
The day after Black Friday continues to build community and business for small retailers.

New Products Pack Protein
Food and drink makers are putting protein into desserts, duck broth, beverages and baking mixes.


Nov 20, 2017

More C-stores Join Hawaii’s ‘Choose Healthy Now’ Campaign
7-Eleven is the latest chain to provide healthy alternatives for snacks and beverages.

Sugar Sweetened Drinks Fall in Popularity
Americans aren’t downing soft drinks like they used to.

Canadians Prefer Paying in Cash
A new survey finds that more than half of all sales in Canada are purchased with cash.

Hostess, Nestlé Join Forces for Butterfinger Brownies
The combination is the latest Hostess combination to pair chocolate with peanut butter.

Securing Payment Transactions Webinar
A free Conexxus webinar will walk attendees through the secure payment transactions landscape.

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