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Mar 27, 2017

Health Care Repeal Legislation Collapses
GOP effort fails to garner enough votes for passage through the House of Representatives.

NACS Publishes Community Toolkit
Online, interactive resources showcase examples of how convenience retailers are making a difference in their communities by giving back.

Governor Christie Praises QuickChek’s 50 Years of Growth
New Jersey governor visited QuickChek’s newest store, calling the c-store ‘a good news company.’

Mar 24, 2017

‘Alexa, Ask Starbucks to Start My Latte’
Strategic growth plans include voice ordering through Amazon Alexa and Ford vehicles.

Emerging Brands Highlight Changing Consumer Taste Buds
New survey indicates fast-casual brands that exhibit strong growth potential.​

MillerCoors, IPG Create One-Button Ordering for Beer
Initial test for the Amazon Dash button will begin with 500 customers.

Students, Police Partner to Combat Underage Drinking
Participants worked side-by-side in local Fas Mart convenience stores.

Five-Hour ENERGY Partners With MLB
Living Essentials announces MLB-themed Extra Strength Apple Pie Flavored 5-hour ENERGY Shots.

Mar 23, 2017

How to Develop Your Team Members
QuickChek shares pioneering front-line training at the NACS HR Forum in Nashville this week.

Freshii CEO Pens Open Letter to Subway
‘Dear Subway’ suggests that the two brands explore a partnership to convert select Subway locations to Freshii restaurants.

New York C-Stores Fight Massive Shift in Cigar Tax
Gov. Cuomo recommends changing the current method of taxing cigars from a percentage of wholesale value to 45 cents per cigar.

PepsiCo Pulls Soft Drinks from Philly Shelves
Citing the city’s new soda tax, Pepsi is pulling 2-liter and 12-pack products from grocery store shelves.

Costa Coffee Fires Up Expansion Plans
U.K. coffee brand is quadrupling its roasting capacity to meet growing global demand.

More Retailers Open Beer Caves in Pennsylvania
Recent changes in the state’s liquor laws are bringing new ways for consumers to buy cold beer.

Mar 22, 2017

Target Reimagines Stores for Added Convenience
New design features are geared toward creating a customized approach for shoppers, including a heavy investment in digital enhancements.

Making Sense of FDA Deeming Regulations
Yesterday’s NACS Show Speaker Chat took questions related to 2016 education session, ‘The Impact of FDA Deeming Regulations on the C-Store Tobacco and Vapor Business.’

Hershey’s Sourcemap Provides Greater Food Transparency
The interactive online tool gives consumers the ability to trace ingredients back to the agricultural source.

Costco Delivers to Doorsteps
New delivery service through a partnership with Shipt kicks off in the Tampa metro area.

ATM Skimming Attacks Continue Worldwide
Latest European fraud update finds that card skimming-related losses were reported in 45 countries.

Korean Artist Memorializes Convenience Stores
Me Kyeoung Lee creates charming sketches of South Korea’s family-run convenience stores.

Mar 21, 2017

Tackling Employee Concerns at the NACS HR Forum
Industry human resources professionals engage in an education deep-dive this week in Nashville, beginning with insights from RaceTrac Petroleum.

It’s Gonna Be a Bumpy Ride for the Fuels Markets
Buckle up and hold on tight; we’re about to take a wild ride with fuels prices, says Tom Kloza in the latest Convenience Matters podcast.

Tennessee C-Stores Find Success With Wine Sales
Nine months after the state relaxed regulations to allow the sale of wine at grocery and convenience stores, wine sales have been strong.

Is that a Dollar General or a Walmart?
The dollar store chain has begun aping some of the successful strategies of Walmart.

McDonald’s Tests Fresh Beef at More Stores
The fast-food chain now cooks fresh beef patties at more than 300 locations.

Consumers Are Buying More Than Products
PepsiCo’s first chief design officer points out how consumers value experience over products.

Mar 20, 2017

Tobacco Firms Cite Strong Demand for Next Generation Products
Since launching glo in Japan, BAT says demand for the tobacco heating product has overwhelmed supply in its Japan-based test market.

Domino’s Eyes Voice Assistance Technology
Pizza chain it looking to boost its digital presence by adding voice assistance capabilities.

U.S. Senators Urge President Trump to Maintain Point of Obligation
The senators outlined the detrimental effects of changing the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard from refiners to blenders, marketers or retailers.

New York Convenience Stores Support Compensation Rate Adjustment
State Senator Tony Avella’s legislation seeks to increase retailer lottery commissions from 6% to 8%.

First Grocery Company Joins Plenti
Southeastern Grocers LLC is the first grocer to join the U.S.-based loyalty coalition.

Mar 17, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day Spending to Reach $5.3 Billion
More Americans will be spending the most amount ever to celebrate the luck of the Irish.

Changing Hearts and Minds at the NACS Government Relations Conference
Attendees at last week’s meeting met with members of Congress on key issues affecting their businesses.

Majority of Americans Want Seasonal Ingredients Year-round
New Mintel research finds that 67% of consumers would prefer the option of seasonal food and drink throughout the year.

Small Retailers Urge Agency to Keep Point of Obligation
Lance Klatt with Minnoco shares why his company supports keeping the status quo on the Renewable Fuel Standard’s point of obligation.

Snyder's-Lance Wants to Change Snacks With Consumer-centric Innovation
New baking and cooking methods, exciting flavors and clean ingredients fuel consumers' desire for better snacks.

NACS GR Director Shares Legislative Update with Fuel Marketer News
Paige Anderson provides an in-depth look at what her association is keeping an eye on this year.

Mar 16, 2017

NACS Launches Fuels Resources
New 2017 resources at the Fuels Resource Center will launch weekly that address issues top of mind with consumers and the media.

International Retail Award Deadline March 31
Only a few weeks remain to submit your entry for the NACS Insight European Convenience Retailing Awards Program.

Amazon’s Prime Now Service Adds Alcohol
Prime members in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, can now add beer and wine to their order for delivery in one hour or less.

Caribou Coffee Comes Clean
Coffeehouse says it’s the first chain to offer clean-label beverages.

Rich’s Foodservice Launches New Pizza Program for C-Stores
New program is designed for retailers who have never been in the pizza business and are looking for a turnkey solution.

Mar 15, 2017

McDonald’s Expands McCafé
The burger chain is testing three new beverages in Northern California.

Convenience Stores Gear Up to Take On Discount, E-commerce Retailers
Mark Wohltmann discusses Convenience Summit Europe and what’s happening with convenience stores in that sector.

Improving Data Protection
NACS revisits “Technical Tools for Data Protection” from the 2016 Show in a webinar form.

ExxonMobil Adds Samsung Pay to Speedpass+ App
Consumers can now use Samsung Pay directly through the Speedpass+ app.

Walmart Tests Touchscreen in Toy Aisle
The discount retailer calls it an “endless aisle-type concept.”

Mar 14, 2017

Amazon Strikes Deal with Repsol
Agreement allows customers to pick up packages at almost 4,000 gas stations in Spain and Portugal.

Healthy Advice From a Dietician
NACS podcast looks at how retailers and consumers can determine the best path forward when considering healthy options.

How SIEM Can Help Manage Complex IT Environments
Webinar highlights benefits of implementing a Security Information and Event Management solution.

Retailers Missed Out on $150 Billion in 2016
Survey suggests retailers would increase their revenue 5% by providing shoppers with a more personalized customer experience.

Mar 13, 2017

When C-Stores and The New York Times Collide
Feature highlights hidden gems of single-store operator foodservice programs that rival any restaurant.

QuikTrip Named Great Place to Work
For 15 years, the convenience retailer has been named to Fortune’s top 100 places to work.

Beverage Crown Goes to Bottled Water
Bottled water surpassed carbonated soft drinks in 2016, making it the largest beverage category by volume in the United States.

BP Unveils First Retail Fuels Site in Mexico
Opening marks start of five-year plan to open about 1,500 retail sites for Mexican consumer market.

Chipotle Closes Asian Concept
ShopHouse grew to 15 units since launching in 2011.

VERC Enterprises Partners with Hopeful Journeys Educational Center
Two students will be invited to intern at a VERC convenience store.

Mar 10, 2017

Mars, Sheetz Recognized on Fortune’s 2017 Best Companies to Work for List
Both companies strive to reward employees for hard work and great service.

Get Answers to Your Questions
Join the NACS Show live chat series for a chance to talk with top-rated speakers from the 2016 Show.

Fortune Outlines Five Behaviors of Walmart Customers
As the nation’s largest retailer, the trends impacting Walmart shoppers could also impact your store.

Reese’s Crunchy Cookie Cup to Launch This May
The new product comes stuffed with crunchy, chocolate cookie bits.

100 Years
A century after the checkout stand was invented, Amazon Go could be poised to disrupt the convenience industry.

Mar 9, 2017

NACS Storms Capitol Hill
A diverse group of convenience industry professionals spent Wednesday meeting with their legislators in Washington.

Mobile Ordering Now Used by Billions
NPD Group says digital foodservice ordering accounts for 1.9 billion of all U.S. foodservice visits.

U.S. Senators Oppose Rollback of Fuel Economy Emissions Standards
Senators say current emissions standards are helping consumers save at the pump, decrease pollution and reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil.

Verifone Investigating Data Breach
Company confirms cyber attempt was limited to controllers at about 24 convenience stores.

Mars Unveils Easter Candy Line-Up
Candy sales are likely to increase, as this year’s Easter season is three weeks longer than 2016.

Yesway Convenience Stores Say ‘TANK YOU’
Customer appreciation promotion offers deals on in-store purchases for customers at the pump.

Mar 8, 2017

Industry Stakeholders Prepare to Take on Capitol Hill
New programming at this year’s NACS Government Relations Conference primed first-time attendees for successful meetings with their legislators.

‘Day Without a Woman’ Protest Held Nationwide Today
The national day of protest coincides with International Women’s Day.

Are Gas Stations the New Grocery Stores?
Millennials are using convenience stores to buy essentials.

Using Trends to Improve Customer Satisfaction
NACS revisits “Trendspotting: A Customer’s Perspective” from the 2016 Show in a webinar form.

Indiana Convenience Stores Call Cigarette Tax Hike Proposal ‘Devastating’
The Indiana Grocery and Convenience Store Association warns that such an increase would put state retailers at a huge disadvantage.

U.K. Smoking Numbers Drop
New data finds that the number of smokers has declined significantly since 2012, along with the daily number of cigarettes smoked.

Mar 7, 2017

Industry’s Premier Benchmarking Event Less Than a Month Away
Upcoming NACS State of the Industry Summit is the only event where convenience retailers gain access to the newest metrics, as well as industry trends and opportunities.

Subway Fights Back Against Fake Chicken Claims
Allegation that Canadian locations serve chicken that is 50% chicken is 100% incorrect, says Subway.

Alta Convenience Raises $53,057 for Make-A-Wish
Funds were raised through the Buy-A-Star, Make-A-Wish in-store campaign.

Dunkin’ Donuts Is Removing Artificial Colors
Company will remove synthetic colorings from its U.S. menu by 2019, beginning with new cream cheese spreads this month.

Mar 6, 2017

Cannabis Business Could Impact Beer Sales
Study suggests that legal cannabis sales could take away 7.1% of revenues from the beer industry.

Swipe Fees: What You Need to Know
NACS podcast shares the status of swipe strategies to capture more customers at the pump and get them inside the store.

Wawa Brings Back ‘Free Coffee Fridays’
During March, Wawa Rewards members are treated to free coffee on Fridays.

Introducing the Sneakers That Order a Pizza
Pizza Hut’s “Pie Top” sneakers can order pie by pressing a button on the shoe’s tongue.

PepsiCo Extends Line of 1893 Cola
Two new flavors will launch this spring.

Mar 3, 2017

McDonald’s Heads Back to Its Roots
The fast-food burger chain has decided to focus on its core products and customers.

NACS Signs Group Letter to EPA Asking for No Change on Point of Obligation
A coalition of 16 organizations urged the new agency head to keep the status quo on the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Senator, or Governor?
In the past, governors aspired to the Senate, but the trend is beginning to reverse.

New Mexico Minimum Wage Hike Passes Senate
The bill would bump the state minimum wage from $7.50 per hour to $9.

Canada Unveils Aggressive Plan to Lower Tobacco Usage
The government wants less than 5% of Canadians using tobacco by 2035.

Mar 2, 2017

Sen. Durbin, Rep. Welch Speak Out on Swipe Fee Repeal Efforts
Champions of 2010 debit swipe fee reform say that repealing the Durbin Amendment will double bank debit fees and decrease competition.

Fuel Customers Will Change How They Shop
NACS podcast highlights strategies for getting more fuel-only customers inside the store.

Drivers Can Skip the DMV and Head to Sheetz
West Virginia DMV has installed the self-service kiosks in two Sheetz stores.

GasBuddy Adds Customer Reviews to Mobile App
Consumer ratings and reviews list convenience stores with cleanest restrooms, best coffee, best customer service and best overall experience.

Albertsons and Chevron Launch Joint Reward Points Program
St. George, Utah, customers can now earn rewards points toward fuel purchases.

Mar 1, 2017

White House Denies Rumors on Ethanol Mandate Change
No plans for an executive order on point of obligation, according to White House spokeswoman.

Trump Administration Plans EPA Revamp
The president signed an executive order to start the process of unraveling the Waters of the U.S. rule.

Making New Employees Comfortable
Merit Gest revisits NACS Show education session, “Welcome Aboard!”

West Virginia Governor Proposes Soda Tax, Higher Tobacco Taxes
Gov. Justice calls for a penny-per-ounce soda tax.

Starbucks Heads to Italy With Luxury Roastery
The high-end Milan location will open in 2018.

Restaurants Embrace the App
More foodservice establishments are using digital ordering and mobile apps.

Feb 28, 2017

Walmart, IBM Developing a Food Safety Solution
By using blockchain technology, the companies hope to develop a traceable and transparent food safety solution for the entire supply chain.

Wendy’s Is Installing Self-Serve Kiosks
QSR says about 1,000 of its U.S. locations will have self-serve kiosks in place by year’s end.

Tesco Shakes Up Express Store Operations
Changes include 3,300 new shift leader roles and eliminating the deputy manager position.

Dunkin’ and Keurig Expand Single-Serve Coffee Partnership
Companies are bringing singles to the workplace and hospitality customers.

Coca-Cola, Church’s Chicken Make a Commitment
Relationship promises new flavors, fountain equipment and promotions for the next eight years.

Feb 27, 2017

Consumer Insights On Tap for NACS SOI Summit
Upcoming NACS data and analysis event offers latest c-store industry insights and views on the current retail and shopper landscape.

NACS Member Educates Congress on Point of Obligation
Chronister Oil’s Bryce Rawers encourages the EPA to preserve the Renewable Fuel Standard and keep the point of obligation compliance structure in place.

Kwik Star Express Expands Shopping Offers
New Iowa location features groceries, a walk-in humidor and ready-to-eat foods.

Local Police, Mac’s Partner for Positive Ticketing Program
Operation Heat and Operation Freeze reward kids for their positive behavior.

Chick Fil-A Pops Up in Dublin
Visit to Ireland is part of a series of European pop-ups for the fast-food chain.