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Feb 22, 2017

CVS Claims Smokers Just Quit
Drugstore chain says customers quit using tobacco instead of seeking other channels for purchases.

Regional Insights Highlight NACS SOI Summit
Attendees will be able to choose from six focused breakout sessions examining financial, operational and category metrics by region.

The Battle Against Skimmers Continues
A Mississippi retailer installed a burglar alarm on its pumps, while an Ohio gas station owner has secured his pumps with padlocks.

Developing Food Safety Procedures
NACS revisits “How Not to be the Next Food Safety Headline” from the 2016 Show in a webinar form.

Gulf Oil Announces New Mobile App
The pilot program is set to launch in select New England and New York markets.

Amazon Go Will Stock Alcohol
The retailer’s convenience store will soon begin selling wine and beer at the Seattle location.


Feb 21, 2017

From Showroom to Your Store
What do the auto manufacturers say are the top trends that you need to learn to grow traffic at the pump and inside the store?

Just How Convenient Are Convenience Stores?
7-Eleven wants to remain as relevant as it was 90 years ago.

Chipotle Reduces Time Spent Waiting for Digital Orders
New technology is also leading to greater digital order volume.

Make Sure You’re (PCI) Compliant
Free Conexxus webinar offers an update on process and complying with the updated PCI version.

Online Retailer Alibaba Partners With Traditional Retailer
Teaming up with Bailian Group highlights the importance of brick-and-mortar retailing in China.


Feb 20, 2017

USDA Proposes SNAP Application Form Update
Recommendations include examples of acceptable perishable inventory stocking units and staple food varieties for retailers.

Cumberland Farms, Stewart’s Plan to Expand in 2017
Saratoga, New York, region will continue to see plenty of activity from both c-store chains.

Walmart Tests C-Store Prototype in Texas Suburb
Crowley Walmart features a new c-store concept at the fueling station.

Speedway Raises $10.9 Million for Kids
Remarkable amount will help treat kids at local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

Fuel Rewards Program, Shell Helps T-Mobile Customers Save
T-Mobile Tuesdays app offers users free gifts and discounts on food, movies and gas.


Feb 17, 2017

Asking Powerful Questions
NACS Leadership Forum focuses on solving strategic challenges through design thinking.

U.S. Businesses Shutter Doors for ‘Day Without Immigrants’
Across the country, retailers stopped business to stand in solidarity with a temporary walkout to emphasize the important role immigrants play.

Transcendent Trends in Convenience
Understanding demographic shifts can help the c-store industry prepare for a different future.

Slovenia Moves to Plain Tobacco Packaging by 2020
The law also forbids tobacco product ads on television and at public events for minors.

Grocery Initiative Aims to Reduce Confusion on Product Date Labels
Retailers and manufacturers align on standard wording to help consumers cut food waste.

QuickChek Celebrates 50 Years With 50 Promotional Offers
Since 1967, the chain has moved from farm fresh to fresh convenience to National Convenience Store Chain of the Year.


Feb 16, 2017

NACS Leadership Forum Thinks Big
FOCUS Brands CEO Steve DeSutter discussed challenges and opportunities not to miss as you “think forward” your business.

Workforce Protections Hearing Focuses on Overtime Rule
NACS submitted testimony about how the final rule will have “substantial adverse effects on the retail fuel industry.”

Starbucks Adds Coffee on Ice Cream to More Than 100 Locations
Affogato items will appear in Reserve bars and 100 regular stores in Orange County, California.

PepsiCo Gets Healthier
The company is focusing more attention on its healthful products for future growth.

Climate Policies Could Threaten Canada’s Supply Chain
Canadian Fuels Association warns that climate change policies will impact oil exports and imports.


Feb 15, 2017

Nebraska, Connecticut Latest States to Consider Raising Smoking Age
Lawmakers in both states are gearing up to debate the pros and cons for changing the tobacco buying age to 21.

Swipe Fee Reforms Benefit Consumers, Retailers
The Dodd-Frank reforms have brought needed competition and choice.

Creating a Whole Company Brand
NACS revisits one of its most popular Show workshops in a webinar form.

U.K. Convenience Stores Experience Threefold Jump in Shoplifting Losses
Last year, the Association of Convenience Stores estimated that $163 million in goods were stolen from convenience stores.


Feb 14, 2017

Consumer Optimism Remains Strong as Gas Prices Fall
However, more than two in five fuel consumers expect gas prices to increase over the next 30 days.

Washington Post Columnist Gene Marks Headlines Conexxus Conference
Marks will talk about attracting, training and retaining high-quality millennial talent at the Conexxus Annual Conference in April.

QMart Donates $20K to Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
Funds will help families cope with drug abuse through counseling support and other resources.

Rutter’s Kitchen Crew Puts on New Chef Coats
All restaurant managers are donning chef coats instead of t-shirts.

Sprite Cherry and Sprite Cherry Zero Available Nationwide
The new permanent additions offer customers more choice and variety.


Feb 13, 2017

Apple Pay Supported by 36% of U.S. Merchants
Survey suggests that 22% of retailers who don’t currently support Apple Pay plan to accept the payments service within the next 12 months.

What Critical Insights Will Help You Have a Successful 2017?
Join our live chat series with the top speakers from the 2016 NACS Show.

Dunkin’s RTD Coffees Hit Store Shelves
Four new flavors are now on c-store shelves nationwide.

Delivery Drones Will Be Just 1% of Commercial Market by 2020
Gartner research suggests that drones aren't able to fly long enough to carry out multiple deliveries.

Reduced Emissions Program Generates Improved Business Metrics
After successful pilot, Ricker's is continuing its investment in Replenish by GreenPrint.

How to Mitigate Cyberattacks
NACS Convenience Matters podcast focuses on how retailers can minimize their risk of cyberattacks.


Feb 10, 2017

Merchant Groups Say Swipe Fee Reform Vital to Main Street
Representatives from grocery and convenience stores, restaurants and other retailers asked Congress to uphold the reforms.

Banks Move to More Automation
Self-banking is likely to grow, as technological advances pave the way for robo-banks.

Wedded Bliss, Pizza-style
Domino’s Pizza now offers the ability for the bride and groom to register for pizza.

Kellogg Changes Snack Delivery System
To slash expenses, the food maker will halt snack deliveries that go directly to stores and instead use a warehouse model.

A&W Restaurants Sees Convenience Stores as Area for Expansion
The chain is actively going after more gasoline stations and convenience store franchise opportunities.

French-ified McDonald’s Opens in New York City
The fries aren’t the only French food on the menu of a European-style Golden Arches.


Feb 9, 2017

Industry Updates Coming to a City Near You
Join NACS President and CEO Henry Armour at an upcoming Industry Update Luncheon.

QSR Traffic, Foodservice Slumps in 2016
U.S. quick service restaurant traffic growth stalled in 2016, and full-service visits declined.

Who Are Today’s Natural and Organic Shoppers?
Nearly 73% of millennials research and educate themselves about natural and organic products.

Uber Drivers Can Use Zipcars
New program allows Boston-area Uber drivers to use a Zipcar for transporting passengers.

Mapco To Pay $1.9 Million in Data Breach Class Action Suit
The lawsuit was brought in 2014 by Winsouth Credit Union and First National Community bank.


Feb 8, 2017

Will Baby Boomers Save QSRs?
The over-50 demographic has buying power to spare, and could revitalize the fast-food industry.

Americans Will Spend Less on Love This Valentine’s Day
However, 70% of shoppers will give candy or chocolate on February 14.

Japanese Convenience Stores Go Deluxe on Desserts
To attract customers, retailers have added gorgeous delectables from famous confectionery brands.

Snacking Triggers Restaurant Menu Revamps
As more consumers forgo lunch in lieu of afternoon snacks, more restaurants are changing their menus to meet that need.


Feb 7, 2017

Think Like Sheetz
Joe Sheetz shares how the retail chain examines market trends and adjusts its long-term strategy in the latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast.

International Retail Awards Now Open
The NACS Insight European Convenience Retailing Awards Program is now accepting entries.

Identity Fraud Hits Record High 15.4 Million Victims in 2016
Increase in EMV cards and terminals in the U.S. drove fraudsters to shift to opening new accounts.

Study Says Teens Use E-Cigarettes for ‘Dripping’
Vapors produced by dripping e-liquids onto heating coils are inhaled directly instead of from the e-cigarette mouthpiece.


Feb 6, 2017

Nelson, Milam and Kloza Take the Stage at NACS SOI Summit
The annual numbers and benchmarking conference will be held April 4-6 in Chicago.

Dollar General Signals Growth Plans With 10,000 New Jobs
Chain will create about 10,000 jobs in 2017 as the result of 1,000 planned store openings.

7-Eleven Australia Brings Affogato-Style to Coffee Offer
Convenience retailer is growing its coffee offer with new Iced Coffee and Coffee Melt.

CITGO Named Official Fuel Sponsor of the Boston Marathon
Company will celebrate the One-Mile-To-Go Mark in historic Kenmore Square.

Got Holidays?
The holiday season may be in the rearview mirror, but c-store owners should nonetheless have special days in mind.


Feb 3, 2017

Chip Cards Problematic for Online Fraud
Criminals are migrating from brick-and-mortar retailers to online stores.

Two States Eye Raising Tobacco Buying Age to 21
Both Arizona and Oregon legislations are considering bills to change the state smoking age.

Full-service Kitchen Prominent in New Sprint Foods Store
The South Carolina location features touchscreen kiosks to place made-to-order food.

Pilot Flying J Announces Winners of Third Annual Road Warrior Contest
Three professional drivers received cash prizes for their hard work, perseverance and passion for driving.

Shell to Place Electric Chargers at European Gas Stations
This year, the first EV chargers will appear at Shell stations in the Netherlands and England.


Feb 2, 2017

Industry Store Count Shows Continued Growth
The U.S. convenience store count increased to a record 154,535 stores.

NACS Calls for Rapid Action on Menu Labeling
Quick legislation will protect businesses and workers as compliance deadline nears.

Walmart’s New C-Store Concept Open for Business
Newly opened store replaces a kiosk previously at a Supercenter fueling site.

U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company Recalls Products
Voluntary recall applies to certain smokeless products manufactured at its Franklin Park, Illinois, facility.

Krispy Kreme Reinvents Coffee Blend
Chain is calling its new brew “doughnut-worthy” coffee.

Parker’s Awards Academic Scholarship to Future Naval Academy Student
Each month during the 2017 school year, Parker’s and WSAV-TV are awarding a scholarship to a local high school junior or senior.

Keurig, J. Polep Support C-Stores With Coffee Options
Collaboration offers merchandising and menu support for convenience store operators.


Feb 1, 2017

Indiana Vaping Law Partly Struck Down by Appeals Court
Federal judges said out-of-state manufacturers should not be subject to specific vapor pen rules.

Deadline Approaching to Participate in Industry-wide Benchmarking Report
Submit your data by Feb. 3 to see how your compensation benefits compare with your fellow retailers.

Tesco to Purchase Booker in $4.6 Billion Deal
The U.K.’s biggest retailer’s takeover of the wholesale company shows a sunnier outlook for Tesco.

Playing (Fried) Chicken
Crispy chicken has become the go-to for fast food.

The Hershey Company Releases Chocolate Products for Valentine’s Day
New variations of Hershey’s Kisses, Kit Kat and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are on shelves now.


Jan 31, 2017

Automation Brings Forth New Coffee Shop
San Francisco café serves up made-to-order cups of coffee from a robotic barista within seconds.

Dollar General Opens New C-Store Format
DGX includes a fountain area, hot dispensed beverages and grab-and-go merchandise.

France Bans Free Soda Refills
The move is intended to combat obesity.

Wawa To Receive Jones Act Barge from U.S. Shipyard
The barge is expected to deliver fuel from the Gulf Coast to Florida.

Tim Hortons Expands to Mexico
Restaurant Brands International announces joint venture to launch the Tim Hortons brand in Mexico.

Oprah, Heinz to Create Mealtime Solutions
Joint venture intended to bring real, nutritious meals to everyone.


Jan 30, 2017

Mobile Ordering’s Unintended Consequence for Starbucks
Customers perceive crowds waiting for their mobile orders as overall store congestion, and leave without making a purchase.

Beer War Pits North Versus South
Georgia convenience store bans the sale of Massachusetts-based craft brew, Sam Adams.

Apple Pay on the Rise
Duane Reade and Whole Foods have the largest proportion of credit card transactions using Apple Pay.

Vending Machine Cures Big Mac Attack
McDonald’s is testing a customized digital Big Mac vending machine at a Boston-area location.


Jan 27, 2017

Connecticut Considers Raising Hourly Minimum Wage to $15
State Democrats are pushing hard for the increase from the current $10.10 per hour.

Finland’s Goal: Tobacco Free by 2040
The government is working hard to have less than 2% of adults consuming tobacco in any form.

Consumers Will Spend $14.1 Billion for the Super Bowl
Americans will consume enough wings and snacks to circle the Earth nearly three times.

Economic Analysis Shows Why Not to Take the Food Industry for Granted
The study focused on Michigan’s food retail industry, which includes convenience stores.

Ice Cold Twinkies Coming to Your Freezer
Hostess is slowly introducing new Twinkies and SnoBalls flavored ice creams.

KIND Adds Three New Bar Flavors
The company specializes in healthier fare for on-the-go consumers.


Jan 26, 2017

SNAP Retailer Redemption Data Is Not Confidential, Ruling Says
USDA expects to release the information in the coming days.

Tostitos Bag Can Call You an Uber
New party bag detects when someone has been drinking and will call an Uber.

Chinonye ‘Chi Chi’ Omeje Joins VERC Enterprises
The Nigerian native, who was severely burned and blinded as a teenager, has been hired as a greeter following a four-month internship.

Philip Morris International Looks Toward a Smoke-Free Future
Tobacco firm reports on progress of potentially less harmful alternatives to smoking.

Eby-Brown, Rich’s Foodservice Help C-Stores Compete with QSRs
Companies are giving away free whipped topping dispensers to help c-stores compete with QSR coffee programs.

Small Businesses Struggle to Add More Jobs
New JPMorgan Chase Institute data reveals the challenges U.S. small businesses continue to face.


Jan 25, 2017

PepsiCo To Push LIFEWTR During Super Bowl
The company recently introduced its new premium bottled water.

Wal-Mart Partners With CarSaver to Offer Vehicle Sales
The discount retailer will also work with AutoNation and other dealers to sell cars.

Mobile Offer Industry Experiences Explosive Growth
A new report from Koupon Media shows how mobile offers have become more vital for retailers.

Tyson Foodservice Launches ‘What’s on the Line?’ Campaign
The new customer-centric belief system provides curated options for foodservice operators.

Rutter’s Teams With SOAR for 12th Year
The project involves sending Valentine’s Day gift boxes to American troops stationed abroad.


Jan 24, 2017

Are Retailers Ready for Gen Z?
Emerging Generation Z consumers are influenced by their parents’ purchases; shop in malls; and rank YouTube as their top social platform.

Stripes Unveils Next Generation Stores
Convenience stores feature a new Laredo Taco Company design.

Ricker’s Raises $75K for Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign
Jay “Pops the Clown” Ricker presented the donation last week to the Salvation Army.

365 by Whole Foods Coming to Brooklyn
New store will feature the specialty grocer’s small-format concept.

McDonald’s Struggles to Maintain All-Day Breakfast Momentum
QSR reported fourth quarter results, suggesting the lure of all-day breakfast may be slowing down.

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