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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.


Jul 28, 2016

Satisfying Convenience Store Shoppers’ Sweet Cravings
Despite the proliferation of better-for-you options, consumers still crave sweet snacks, especially at convenience stores.

See Who’s Speaking at the 2016 NACS Show
Speaker Week wrapped up with the reveal of the general session speakers.

App Delivers C-Store Items to Doorsteps
On-demand delivery service wants users to say, ‘Goodbye convenience store. Hello goPuff.’

New Mexico Enables Play at the Pump Lottery
Linq3 and the New Mexico Lottery are bringing Play at the Pump technology to convenience retailers.

McDonald’s Announces 5,000 Jobs and ‘Walk-Thru’ Lane for Partiers
From 2:30 am to 4:00 am, customers can walk through a separate lane and order meals.


Jul 27, 2016

Amazon Is Prime for Air Delivery
Partnership with the U.K. government will explore steps to make parcel delivery via drones a reality.

Kwik Trip Helps Combat Childhood Obesity
Convenience retailer raised $65,000 to help invest in healthier futures for children.

Hire Right the First Time
NACS screening tool saves time, reduces costs and ensures convenience retailers make the right hires.

McDonald’s Comeback Hits a Snag
QSR believes expansion of all-day breakfast menu items this fall will provide another big boost.

Craft Brewers Continue Strong Growth
American craft beer production volume increased 8% during the first half of 2016.

Dressing for Success
Starbucks baristas can now be decked out in a range of colors and outfits that reflect their personal tastes.


Jul 26, 2016

Strategy Lessons from the Road
Consider the existing capabilities of your business to solve strategic business challenges.

7-Eleven Launches New Store Concept
Malaysian stores will feature the chain’s new lifestyle concept complete with bill pay, online purchases and locker pick-up services.

CITGO and Boston Red Sox Get in the Spirit
CITGO and its New England partners are teaming up with the Boston Red Sox Foundation for the Spirit Pump campaign.

EMV Migration Forum Changes Name to U.S. Payments Forum
The group is expanding its focus to additional emerging payments technologies.

Consumers Choose Coffee Nut for M&M’s
M&M’s first-ever flavor vote campaign reveals that Coffee Nut has prevailed as the fan favorite.


Jul 25, 2016

NACS Has Your Back
The only patented background screening solution is now available for convenience retailers.

7-Eleven Successfully Delivers Via Drone
The convenience retailer teamed with Flirtey for the first ever FAA-approved drone delivery to a customer's home.

Warm Weather Heats Up Sales
The latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast looks at convenience stores in the hot summer months.

High-Value Snacking on the Rise
Three in four Americans are willing to pay extra for snacks with high quality ingredients.

PMAA Community Supports Slain Police Officers
Association members encouraged to support the families of three officers killed near a B-Quik convenience store in Southeast Baton Rouge.

Speedway Teams With NCR on EMV
An EMV-ready hardware and software solution enables the convenience retailer to enhance the customer experience.


Jul 22, 2016

Peyton Manning To Headline NACS Show General Session Speakers
The famed NFL quarterback will kick off the final day of the Show on October 21 in Atlanta.

Justice Department Clears Way for AB InBev-SABMiller Merger
DOJ gives the go-ahead for two of the world’s largest beer companies to merger.

Missouri Law Expands Growlers to C-Stores
The new law allows retailers to fill growlers up to 128 ounces.

Hello, Kitty Café
How a very popular international brand is taking on the pop-up restaurant world.

Hands-On Approach to Nutrition
School district foodservice directors find that hands-on programs keep young consumers interested in school nutrition programs.

Burger King Jumps on National Hot Dog Day
Locations are serving $1 hot dogs on July 23.


Jul 21, 2016

NACS Show To Highlight Industry Innovators
Speaker Week announcements continue with a new Ideas 2 Go video, to be featured as the day three general session.

Pokemon Protection?
For some businesses the influx of Pokemon users is a boon, but don’t ignore potential security risks.

VERC Enterprises Sends Fruit Baskets to Police Departments
New England convenience store chain’s special delivery to local police departments is a gesture made both in admiration and support.

GC Express Customers Earn Perks for Mobile Payments at the Pump
Mobile payment option can lower interchange costs by more than half.

It’s a Date!
7-Eleven and Redbox are getting back together this summer for a Big Gulp and a movie.

Hostess Introduces Whole Grain Mini Muffins
Three new flavor varieties tap into consumers’ desire for snacking on the go.


Jul 20, 2016

Learn How To Be Happier
NACS Show general session speaker Steve Gross of the Life is Good Playmakers will focus on building resilience and bringing greater joy to the workplace.

Showcasing How C-Stores Contribute to Their Communities
An updated NACS toolkit helps retailers engage with community groups in a positive way.

Japan Tobacco Muscles Into American Market With LD Brand
The company is bringing inexpensive cigarettes to the United States.

Banking on Coffee
Capital One has recently opened two new hybrid coffee shops and banks in Chicago.

Illinois Bans Sale of Bath Salts
Retailers convicted of selling the illegal substances will face felony charges.


Jul 19, 2016

NACS Show Speaker Week Is Here
Find out who’s taking the stage at the 2016 NACS Show general sessions this week.

Walmart Begins Ban on Visa Cards
The retailer’s threat to ban the use of Visa cards at its Canadian stores is underway.

Chick-fil-A Adds More Chicken to Breakfast
QSR launched the Egg White Grill for consumers seeking a healthier on-the-go breakfast option.

How Does the RFS Affect Retailers?
The latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast explores the Renewable Fuel Standard and how retailers, consumers and other market participants have been affected.

Retailers Free Up Resources for Re-investment in Innovation
New research suggests that inflexibility is hindering retailers’ ability to compete and grow.

Dunkin’ Shops Coming to BJ’s Wholesale Clubs
In-store food courts will disappear from the warehouse stores to make room for Dunkin’.


Jul 18, 2016

Just the Facts
Newly released NACS State of the Industry Fact Book provides detailed statistics on decades of convenience and fuel retailing industry data.

DOL Overtime Rule Top of Mind in Congress
Oregon representative introduces a bill to phase in new overtime rules.

Second 365 by Whole Foods Market Opens in Oregon
New store was designed with grab-and-go and convenience in mind.

New York Cracks Down on Synthetic Drugs
State will vigorously pursue all civil and criminal remedies against businesses that sell the illegal substances, often disguised as potpourri or incense.

MasterCard Creates Apple Pay Competitor
The card brand is expanding its Masterpass digital payment platform so shoppers can use the service on their mobile device at the point of sale.


Jul 15, 2016

London Judge Orders MasterCard to Pay Sainsbury Millions
The U.K. supermarket chain won a $90.8 million judgment against the credit card firm because of high fees the grocer had to pay.

New GMO Law Clears Final Congressional Hurdle
The House okayed the Senate version of a federal standard for genetically modified organism food labels.

Tell Us on Video: Why Attend the NACS Show in Atlanta
The grand prize package includes dinner with a celebrity chef, hotel room upgrade and VIP seats for all general sessions at the Show.

Pokemon Go Drives Sales at Retail
For just over a dollar an hour, small businesses can reap the benefits of insane amounts of foot traffic.

Everything’s Bigger in Texas
If you missed Monday’s new Convenience Matters podcast, you can still tune in to hear how Texas retailers drive a number of industry trends that may affect your business.

San Marcos Requires Licenses for Tobacco, E-cig Retailers
While California already mandates tobacco retailers obtain a special license, city officials say they need the local license fees for regular checks at tobacco sellers.


Jul 14, 2016

Retailers, QSRs Bank on Unofficial Holidays
Companies use unofficial holidays to raise brand awareness and engage customers with freebies.

Consumers Expect Financial Turmoil Come 2017
Whether it’s Trump or Clinton, consumers expect their financial health to deteriorate next year.

Nearly 1 In 3 Consumers Victimized By Card Fraud
Data demonstrates the need for financial institutions to implement and actively maintain effective fraud prevention solutions.

Taco Bell Doubles Down on Vegas
New Cantina restaurant expected to have a distinctly local experience on the Las Vegas Strip.

Future Workforce More Concerned With Connections, Experiences
New study suggests that college students are less concerned about chasing dollars and more interested in gaining exposure to new ideas and developing critical thinking skills.


Jul 13, 2016

Massachusetts Eyes Online Lottery
The state is asking legislators to approve lottery games played on computers and mobile devices.

NACS Urges Congress to Protect Debit Reform
More than 120 retail companies sign letter opposing a Durbin Amendment repeal.

Publix Partners With Instacart
The supermarket chain is the latest to join with the grocery delivery service.

Southern Living Showcases South’s Best Gas Station Eats
The magazine highlights 10 must-eat convenience store restaurants.

Starbucks Increases Employee Compensation
The company also enhances its health care benefits and makes changes to the employee dress code.

Florida Retailer Paints Mural to Depict Menu
The convenience store owner hired a local artist to paint pictures of pizza, ice cream, hot dogs, burgers, fries, soda and beer.


Jul 12, 2016

Consumer Optimism Rises as Gas Prices Drop
NACS consumer survey reports highest level of consumer optimism since March.

Food Safety Disaster Lingers for Chipotle
How a tweet from the author of the popular Jason Bourne series dealt another blow to the embattled Mexican fast-casual chain.

Rutter’s Continues to Grow
New store caters to large trucks and heavy volumes of traffic, and features a dining room and free Wi-Fi.

Denny’s Responds to Consumer Demand for Real Food
Restaurant chain acknowledges that “good” simply isn’t good enough.

Small Town, Big Brand
In the town of Vinita, Oklahoma, a local convenience store is embracing more than beer and Bubba.


Jul 11, 2016

U.S. Senate Backs Federal GMO Labeling
Legislation would establish mandatory requirements for labeling food products that contain genetically modified organisms.

Pret A Manger Heads to the Service Station
Fast-growing all-natural foodservice chain is planning to launch its first shop at a Welcome Break motorway service station.

Free Fruit for Kids!
Family Express is giving kids one piece of fruit for free as part of the convenience store chain’s summertime healthy foods initiative.

Cumberland Farms Announces Millions in Savings
Smart Pay program has saved customers $50 million since its launch in 2013.

Today Is 7-Eleven’s Day
7-Eleven is celebrating its 89th birthday with free Slurpees.


Jul 8, 2016

Robot Delivery Starts in Europe
In England, Germany and Switzerland, autonomous robots are bringing food to consumers.

Colorado Group Kicks Off Campaign to Raise Tobacco Tax
The organization wants to increase the state’s cigarette tax by $1.75 per pack.

What Coming Changes to Payment Standards Mean for Your Business
Rescheduled for July 28, this webinar will explain how ISO20022 will impact petroleum retailers.

Creating Memorable Slogans
Try these five techniques to come up with an unforgettable slogan for your c-store.

Zero-Waste Retailers Reduce Garbage
A new grocery store without bags and packages will soon open in New York.


Jul 7, 2016

Convenience Store Sales Remain Strong for First Half of 2016
More retailers also are selling more prepared foods and see foodservice as a growth opportunity, according to a new NACS survey.

Why Attend the NACS Show in Atlanta?
NACS Show Retailer Video Contest gives convenience retailers the chance to win an exclusive and VIP prize package for this year’s must-attend industry event.

Merchant Community Urges Congress to Protect Debit Swipe Fee Reform
In a joint letter sent to Capitol Hill, more than 160 associations, including NACS, are asking members of Congress to protect meaningful debit reform provided by the Durbin Amendment.

McDonald’s to Expand All-Day Breakfast Menu
New around-the-clock breakfast items are coming to menus this fall.

Walmart Pay Now Available Nationwide
Retailer says that 88% of transactions come from repeat Walmart Pay users.


Jul 6, 2016

The Double-Speak of Big Banks
What the largest financial institutions won’t reveal about swipe fees.

Fuel Market’s Crystal Ball
The Fuels Institute’s upcoming symposium offers an in-depth look at the fuels and vehicles market over the next two decades.

Proposed SNAP Rule Will Harm Convenience Stores
NACS cautions that prohibiting convenience stores from accepting SNAP benefits will negatively affect not only retailers but their customers and communities.

The Wawa Foundation Announces First Hero Award Recipient
SPIN Special People in Northeast is recognized during the Wawa Welcome America festivities.


Jul 5, 2016

How an American Classic Got Its Name
For more than 100 years, the hot dog has been a favorite fast-food staple in the United States, but how it got its name is still a matter of debate.

The End of the Gas Station?
Start-ups promise to end the traditional fill-up and visits to gas stations. The latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast examines the likelihood of such predictions.

UPS, 7-Eleven Expand 24/7 Access to Deliveries
More than 300 pick-up lockers will be placed at 7-Eleven stores and other retailers nationwide.

Puma Launches New Foodservice Concept in Australia
Company wants its 7th Street Café convenience concept to be a destination for gourmet food and coffee.

Rutter’s Kicks Off New Pizza Program
Fresh-baked, made-to-order pizzas are now available.

Sheetz Continues Eastern Expansion
Convenience store chain is opening four new stores in four states.


Jul 1, 2016

Visa, Mastercard Settlement Overthrown by Appeals Court
NACS applauds U.S. Court's dismissal of unfair settlement.

Amazon Branches Out into Private Label Food
The first products released by the e-commerce giant include Mama Bear baby food and Happy Belly coffee.

Visa Files Suit Against Walmart
The credit card company countersued the retailer, alleging that the company tested a payment system that sidestepped the need for signature verification.

Senator Pushes for Security Measures in Cars With Internet Connections
Massachusetts legislator wants to be sure that such protections aren’t an “afterthought.”

Mondelez Extends $23 Billion Takeover Offer for Hershey
The merger would keep the Hershey name, but the company’s board unanimously rejected the bid.

Kentucky Takes Steps to Prevent Skimming at Gas Pumps
Employees of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture will look for evidence of tampering as part of routine inspections.

Kellogg’s to Open Cereal Café in New York
The eatery will sell bowls of its branded cereal, with plans to start delivering later this year.

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