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Apr 25, 2017

A Conversation with the NACS Chairman
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast features 2016-2017 NACS Chairman Rahim Budhwani.

Created for Sharing
More retailers are putting unique, limited-time items on the menu for clicks.

Florida Bills Take Aim at Skimmers
The proposals would make it a felony to possess or sell skimming devices in the state.

Subway Locations Drop
For the first time, more Subway stores closed in the United States than opened.

Indiana Closes Cold Beer Loophole
The move comes in response to Ricker’s obtaining a cold beer license.


Apr 24, 2017

NACS Compensation and Benefits Report Now Available
Utilizing vital industry benchmarks helps retailers develop a more competitive compensation strategy to attract, engage and retain top talent.

Hershey Helps Consumers Make Smart Snack Choices
Half of the company’s standard- and king-size confections will be 200 calories or less by 2022.

Buc-ee’s Vies for Guinness World Book Status
XXL convenience and fuel retailing chain is building the longest car wash in the world.

Jones Soda Green Apple Now Available at 7-Eleven
New fountain flavor is available at 7-Eleven’s Pacific Northwest location.

SPAR Netherlands Renovates Stores to Reflect New Design
The new stores are designed around meal occasions.


Apr 21, 2017

Pinnacle Loyalty Now Supports Conexxus Integration Standards
The integration announcement comes ahead of the Conexxus Annual Conference next week.

New York City Proposal Would Push Cigarette Cost to Nation’s Highest
The mayor’s bill would raise the base price per pack of cigarettes to $13.

Own the ‘C’ in Convenience
Jeff Lenard of NACS cited survey results that show customers want clean restrooms and healthy food options at the NACS State of the Industry Summit earlier this month.

How to Comply With New Menu Labeling Requirements
NACS members can watch an on-demand webinar for answers.

Thumbs Up: Mastercard Unveils Next Generation Biometric Card
South African trials demonstrated the convenience and security of fingerprint verification.

CVS Reduces Space Devoted to Junk Food
The drugstore chain will create more floor space to health products and healthy foods.


Apr 20, 2017

House Chairman Proposes Legislation to Repeal Debit Reform
Rep. Jeb Hensarling announced a draft of the Financial CHOICE Act.

Fill Up, Fuel Up and Empty the Trash
Convenience retailers spend about $600 per store per month for recycling and trash collection programs, or about $1.2 billion industry-wide on an annual basis.

Smoothie and Cold-Pressed Operator
Take a tour of Mendez Fuel and see firsthand its commitment to healthy food, drinks and craft beer in an Ideas 2 Go video segment.

Subway Introduces Food Ordering on Facebook with a Bot
Customers can order with a bot via Messenger to more than 26,500 restaurants in the United States.

Strong Beer Sales a Reality for Kansas Retailers
New law allows for stronger beer sales in grocery and convenience stores in 2019.


Apr 19, 2017

NACS Urges USDA To Reconsider Proposed SNAP Application Changes
The c-store industry files comments with the agency on its recent proposal.

Japanese C-stores Move to Self-checkout
Within a decade, the nation’s largest retailers will have computer kiosks that can scan entire baskets of items at a time.

McDonald’s: Getting to Know You
The fast-food chain has plans to gather lots of data from customers via its mobile ordering system.


Apr 18, 2017

Restaurant Sales Disappoint in Q1
This first quarter of 2017 seems to be consistent with 2016 as the industry chugs along and the rest of the economy gradually improves.

Walmart Calls on Consumers to Help Fight Hunger
Purchase of products and donations at the register will help Feeding America secure 100 million meals.

Red Robin Delves Into Mobile Ordering
Burger chain is launching digital ordering capabilities at restaurants nationwide.

Starbucks Is Planting a Lot of Trees
Starbucks is fighting for the future of coffee with 100 million coffee trees by 2025.


Apr 17, 2017

Snapchat Gives Advertisers More Location Data
A new ad product provides retailers with data on who’s using the app where.

Banks Reach Into Customers’ Pockets
In an op-ed, Jay Ricker talks about how financial firms gouge customers and retailers alike with huge credit card processing fees.

Customers Put QuikTrip on Top
Other chains receiving high praise included Cumberland Farms, Kwik Trip, Sheetz and Wawa.

Sweet Success for Chocolate
Seasonal offerings topped chocolate new product development last year.

Remitly Expands to United Kingdom
The U.S. payments startup has launched its services in England.

NACS, NGA Ask FDA to Stay Final Menu Rule Effective Date
The two associations filed a citizen petition outlining why the rules should be reconsidered.


Apr 14, 2017

Whole Foods Checks Its Temperature
After years of same-store sales growth, the specialty grocer is no longer the only game in town for healthy, natural and organic foods—and it’s costing the retailer.

Winston ‘Select’ Arrives at Retail
In blind taste tests, Winston Select performed exceptionally well with adult smokers.

Home Prices and Sales Pick Up Steam
Redfin suggests that 2017 is on track to be the fastest housing market on record.


Apr 13, 2017

Automation Could Displace 25M Jobs by 2027
However, technology will also create 14.9 million new jobs in the next decade, with automation creating jobs equivalent to 10% of the workforce through 2027.

Millennials Are Driving Demand for Healthier Snacks
Study suggests that millennials are the driving force behind growth in better-for-you snacks.

New York C-Store Industry Defeats Cigar Tax Shift
Gov. Cuomo had proposed a switch in the cigar tax from 75% of wholesale value to 45 cents a stick.

Gas Station TV, Verifone Announce Joint Venture
Combined network offers will engage consumers at the pump and on-the-go.

A Win for Australian C-Stores
Government committee makes recommendations that would allow convenience stores to sell alcohol.


Apr 12, 2017

Americans Plan to Spend Their Retirement Working
Nearly 20% of Americans age 65 and older were in the labor force last year, up from 16% in 2007 and 10.8% in 1985.

Not So Fast
Next generation of drivers is more worried than excited about the concept of self-driving vehicles.

Fancy Coffee Gets Dressed Down
Chains like Locol believe customers shouldn’t have to pay more than $1 for a good cup of coffee.


Apr 11, 2017

Managing the Pace of Change
At last week’s NACS State of the Industry Summit, Kellogg professor Robert Wolcott said successful companies both sustain the present and evolve toward the future.

For the Love of (Gas Station) Food
Which gas station serves the best cow tongue in Arkansas or has vegan food in Virginia? Listen to the latest Convenience Matters podcast.

McDonald’s Recruits Applicants Through Snapchat
McDonald’s in Australia teamed up with Snapchat, allowing job seekers to send a 10-second video application.

Stripes, APlus Team Up to Support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Convenience store chains have raised more than $11 million since 2000 for sick and injured kids.

Restaurant Industry Facing a ‘Defining Moment’
Consumer survey shows that travel and other experiences are replacing dining-out.


Apr 10, 2017

Where Retail Trends Are Heading
Nielsen consultant Todd Hale talked about current and future shopper and retail format trends at the NACS State of the Industry Summit.

Rutter’s Uncorks Wine Sales
Changes in Pennsylvania’s liquor laws are bringing beer and wine sales to the York-based c-store chain.

Kansas C-Stores Closer to Full-Strength Beer Sales
State Senate approved a measure to allow convenience and grocery stores to sell up to 6% beer.

More on Sunoco and 7-Eleven
Approximately 200 convenience stores in North and West Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma will be sold in a separate process.

Meet Sally; She Makes Salads
Sally the Salad Robot creates custom salads with up to 21 ingredients in less than a minute.

Panera, JAB Announce Merger Agreement
Krispy Kreme parent company will acquire Panera for $7.5 billion.


Apr 7, 2017

4 Predictions for the Future of C-Stores
One NACS State of the Industry presenter looks ahead.

New Menu Labeling Regulations Webinar
Join retailers and compliance experts on April 13 to learn more on compliance with this new regulation.

7-Eleven Signs Agreement With Sunoco LP
As part of the agreement, 7-Eleven will acquire approximately 1,108 convenience stores located in 18 states.

Grocerants Capture Restaurant Dollars
Increasingly, supermarkets have upped their fresh prepared food to restaurant quality.

Trash Reduction
Here are seven ways restaurants and other foodservice vendors can have less food waste.


Apr 6, 2017

Convenience In-Store Sales Hit New Record: ‘Have We Figured This Thing Out?’
Subtle sales changes set up the future of c-store sales.

Economist Sees Good News for C-Stores in Trump’s Agenda
Nelson offers cautiously positive, convenience-level view of president’s priorities.

Ricker’s Gives Indiana Lawmakers Free Burritos
The Indiana legislature might reverse a decision that allows the c-store chain to sell cold beer at two locations.

North Carolina Considers Raising Tobacco Buying Age to 21
So far this year, at least eight other state legislatures are debating similar bills.

Wind to Power Texas 7-Eleven Locations
This week, 7-Eleven signed an agreement with TXU Energy to utilize the wind for store operations.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee Will Receive ACM A.M. Turing Award
The inventor of the World Wide Web was the opening general session speaker at NACStech 2007.


Apr 5, 2017

Supreme Court Will Hear WOTUS Case
This ruling could impact retailers located near a protected body of water.

Pennsylvania Proposal Would Let Supermarkets, C-Stores Stock Liquor
The bill’s sponsor said it would provide “more choice for consumers.”

Amazon Cash Provides Another Way to Pay
The online retailer wanted to give those without credit cards a payment option.

The Future Group Plans Convenience Stores Driven by Loyalty
The stores will offer memberships that will give those shoppers steep discounts.

Starbucks Eyes Midwest, Suburbs as Growth Opportunities
The new CEO also sees the lunch daypart as key to increasing sales.

Pinnacle, Lynch Oil Launch Mr. Gas Consumer Mobile App
The app can be used by consumers in the Burley, Idaho, area.


Apr 4, 2017

QuikTrip Lands on ‘Companies That Care’ List
People magazine names top U.S. companies that demonstrate respect and compassion for their workforce.

IRI Names Successful CPG Brands of 2016
In convenience stores, median year-one sales across the top 10 reached $23.4 million.

Get Noticed for Your Clean Restrooms
Nominations are open now through July 28 for Cintas’ annual America’s Best Restroom contest.

McDonald’s Is Switching from Frozen to Fresh Beef
QSR will serve fresh beef in all Quarter Pounder burgers by mid-2018.


Apr 3, 2017

Sales Surge Expected to Continue in Q2 2017 for Convenience Stores
Roughly half of all retailers surveyed say that low gas prices have helped grow their sales.

Take a Store Tour of Augusta’s Metro Market
NACS Ideas 2 Go video highlights Metro Market.

Starbucks Tests Mobile-Only Store
Café within the company’s Seattle HQ building will trial a new mobile ordering and pay concept.

Panera Bread to Post Added Sugars and Calories
Signage ‘at the point of pour’ lists added sugars and calories on all fountain beverages.

World’s Strongest Coffee Comes to U.S.
Black Insomnia delivers much more than just flavor.


Mar 31, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Surcharge Bans Might Violate Retailers’ Free Speech
The narrow ruling said that lower courts could hear challenges on whether the New York law inhibits how retailers advertise prices.

NACS Submits Statement on Regulatory Reform
This week, the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship heard testimony on how small businesses challenge and influence regulations.

Smart Gas Stations: How Technology Influences Convenience Retail
During a recent talk, Mark Wohltmann, NACS Europe director, shared the 11 current big trends impacting Russia’s gas stations.

Hostess Expands In-Store Bakery Presence
Hostess Bake Shop debut is driven by category growth and rising consumer demand for fresh and high-quality baked goods.

NACS Government Relations Wins Gold Pollie Award
This is the sixth time the GR department has been honored with a Pollie.


Mar 30, 2017

Seattle Grocery Shoppers Head to Amazon Pick-Ups
New bricks-and-mortar site available to Seattle-area customers who are Amazon Prime members.

Dunkin’ Makes Ordering Ahead Easier With Waze
Chain is the first brand to partner with Waze’s new order-ahead feature through its mobile app.

Steady Growth for Small and Independent Brewers
Brewers Association releases 2016 statistics for the craft beer category.

MAPCO Enhances its Mobile Offer
Convenience retailer teams up with Koupon to drive customer loyalty and increase sales in-store.


Mar 29, 2017

Lawmakers Lobbied From Both Sides of Swipe-fee Issue
Interest groups are pressing their case either for or against changing the fee limits on debit card transactions.

Convenience Stores Shine Spotlight on Human Trafficking
In Our Backyard teams with retailers on anti-trafficking campaigns.

The Continuing Popularity of Twinkies
The snack cake has seen a resurgence of interest, even as Americans embrace more healthy eating.

Montana Considers Hiking Tobacco Taxes
Legislation would also add a tax on vapor and electronic cigarettes.


Mar 28, 2017

NGA Aligns Fall Leadership Meetings with the NACS Show
Strategic partnership explores emerging trends in foodservice, retail motor fuels, consumer-facing technologies and more.

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Appeal Over Swipe Fee Settlement
The Second Circuit’s ruling that the settlement did not sufficiently protect the interests of some merchants will stand.

Amazon Delays C-Store Opening
Retailer cites technical complications with its ‘Just Walk Out’ checkout system.

Highlight the C in ‘C-Store’—for Community
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast discusses NACS’s new toolkit, focused on helping retailers strengthen community relationships.

Fuels Institute Publishes E85 Report
New research analyzes the retail sales price and volume of E85 over a 13-month period.

UPS Found Liable for New York Cigarette Shipments
Federal judge says the United Parcel Service is liable for illegally shipping hundreds of thousands of cartons of untaxed cigarettes in New York.

7-Eleven Announces Women’s Franchise Initiative Competition
To increase its own number of female franchisees, 7-Eleven is kicking off a franchise give-away contest exclusively for women entrepreneurs.


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.’

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