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Aug 18, 2017

Industry Remembers Bill Bennett
Bennett, who died earlier this month at 84, was president of NACS in 1974.

Trump Signs Executive Order to Accelerate Road, Bridge Construction
The order requires a single federal authority to be the lead on approvals for environmental and other permitting mandates.

Rutter’s Donates $60,000 to Pre-K EITC Organizations
Money raised will benefit scholarship funding for children in Pennsylvania’s Blair County.


Aug 17, 2017

Amazon Instant Pickup Launches for College Students
Instant Pickup enables Prime and Prime Student members to order and receive snacks, drinks and electronics in under two minutes.

New York City Menu Labeling Lawsuit and Regulations Delayed Until August 25
NACS sued the city last month to prevent it from enforcing its regulations prior to the FDA’s 2018 compliance date.

Kwik Trip Lends Support to PHA
C-store chain raised $75,000 in support of the Partnership for a Healthier America’s work to make healthier choices more accessible and end childhood obesity.

NACS Show Session Takes to the Streets
Education session will help retailers learn how to increase political engagement within their company and develop an effective grassroots strategy.

Restaurant Devoted to Cheetos Pops Up in Manhattan
For three days, diners are treated to Cheetos meatballs, Cheetos crusted fried pickles, Cheetos tacos, Mac n' Cheetos and Cheetos cheesecake.


Aug 16, 2017

Convenience Stores Step Up the Competition
These days, convenience retailers offer consumers a wide variety of choices, from quirky to conventional.

Tesco’s Fruit and Veggies Revamp Cuts Food Waste
Changes are having a positive effect on shopping habits and also reducing food waste.

Dunkin’ Announces Fall Menu
New pumpkin and maple-flavored beverage and food offers begin on August 28.


Aug 15, 2017

7-Eleven Gets Ready for the Eclipse
Participating stores on the eclipse path are carrying glasses for viewing.

ALDI Teams Up with Instacart
Retailer is piloting grocery delivery in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Dallas.

Protect Your Food Brand
NACS and convenience retailers play a critical role in protecting the food supply chain through food safety measures.

No ID, No Sale in Texas
New law will allow retailers to ask customers for a photo ID with credit and debit card purchases.

Chick-fil-A Rolls Out Breakfast Bowl
The QSR’s Hash Brown Scramble is now available nationwide as a breakfast bowl or burrito.


Aug 14, 2017

New York City Restricts Consumer Access to Tobacco Products
Set of bills raise the minimum price per pack from $10.50 to $13 and ban tobacco sales from drug stores, among other restrictive measures.

NACS Show Attendees Can Now Choose Their Education Sessions
The feature allows attendees to plan which sessions they plan to participate in at the upcoming NACS Show, October 17-20, in Chicago.

Cook County’s Beverage Tax Violates SNAP Rules
USDA Food and Nutrition Service warns Illinois that implementation of Cook County’s beverage tax is in violation of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program regulations.

Fast-Food Report Card on Healthy Choices
Some chains are doing better than others after pledging to improve food options for children.

Oklahoma Cigarette Tax Ruled Unconstitutional
State Supreme Court found that lawmakers failed to follow constitutional requirements for revenue-raising measures and tax increases.


Aug 11, 2017

Mega Millions, Powerball Jackpots Reach More than $300 Million Each
This is the first time these lottery games have simultaneously topped $300 million apiece.

Ontario Convenience Store Coalition Kicks Off ‘Save Our Stores’ Campaign
The group points to contraband tobacco and excessive red tape as top reasons for convenience store closures.

Oregon Raises Smoking Age to 21
The state becomes the fifth one to have a higher tobacco buying age.

Hershey’s Chocolate World Moves to New York Times Square Location
Fans will be able to enjoy made-to-order s’mores inside the store.

Self-serve Convenience Stores Move Inside Companies
In Japan, businesses are allowing small standalone convenience stores in breakrooms and other places.


Aug 10, 2017

Chicago Businesses Perplexed by Beverage Tax
Confusion remains as to how business at convenience stores and restaurants will be affected by Cook County’s new penny-per-ounce beverage tax.

3 Reasons Why Convenience Stores Are the New Coffee Shops
Frank Beard shares that it’s no secret that c-store coffee programs are an essential component to creating the perfect pit stop.

Help Protect Your Business From Cyber Risk
Free Conexxus webinar will walk attendees through the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and share how they can build a business-oriented cyber risk management program.

Kellogg Teams Up with Ride-Share Snacking Company
Through Cargo, Kellogg is making snacks more readily available and accessible to ride-share passengers.

Kraft Heinz and Oprah Winfrey Collaborate to Create ‘O, That’s Good!’
New line of refrigerated soups and sides add a nutritious twist to comfort foods.


Aug 9, 2017

Walmart Relaunches Scan-and-Pay Option
The technology lets shoppers use an app to check out and pay for their items.

Protecting Your Fuel Business Investment
Speakers at this NACS Show educational session will discuss how operators can make wise fuel equipment decisions.

NACS Chairman Recognized by Alabama Governor
Rahim Budhwani was honored for being the first elected NACS chairman from the state.

Supermarkets Woo Millennials With In-Store Eateries
More grocery stores are carving out space for in-store restaurants to attract younger shoppers.

McDonald’s Ignites China Growth
The fast-food chain will nearly double its locations in China within five years.

Chicago Bag Tax Reduces Bag Usage
The city’s 7-cent tax on disposable plastic or paper bags has changed shopper behavior.


Aug 8, 2017

American Optimism Remains High Despite Rise in Gas Prices
Gas consumers report a median gasoline price of $2.29 per gallon, up 7 cents from July.

Little Caesars Allows Customers to Pre-Pay, Skip the Line
New Reserve-N-Ready service has pizza orders ready and waiting for quick pick-up.

Australia Cracks Down on Fuel Theft
AACS commends Victoria government’s intention to take a tougher stand on fuel theft.

Rita's Announces New Test Store Concept
Ten Rita's Italian Ice & Creamery locations are planned to open later this year.


Aug 7, 2017

Minneapolis Restricts the Sale of Menthol Cigarettes
City council votes to restrict the sale of menthol cigarettes to tobacco shops and liquor stores.

NACS Prepares to File Comments with EPA on 2018 RVOs
EPA has used its waiver authority to lower the levels for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuels and conventional biofuels.

Plan Ahead for the NACS Show
Free webinar offers tips and tools to increase your company’s ROI at this year’s NACS Show.

Is Near-Beer Finally Here?
Brewers see market potential for alcohol-free beer.

PepsiCo Works Toward Goal of 100% Sustainable Palm Oil
Efforts to strengthen its palm oil supply chain now include new steps to promote human rights, responsible land use and supplier transparency.

Krispy Kreme Debuts Reese’s Peanut Butter Doughnut
New doughnut combines chocolate and peanut butter for a limited time.


Aug 4, 2017

Maine Smoking Age Jumps to 21
Lawmakers overrode the governor’s veto to make Maine the fourth state to have a higher smoking age.

Rep. Mike Bost Spends Time at MotoMart
The lawmaker took part in the NACS In Store program that connects members of Congress with local convenience stores.

Training for ‘Convenience Stores Against Trafficking’ Makes a Difference
State associations share how making frontline employees aware of human trafficking is impacting their communities.

Bringing Ethanol and Electricity to Market
NACS Convenience Matters podcast focuses on what’s fueling Kum & Go’s innovation and customers.

Arkansas Now Allows Debit Cards as Payment for Lottery Tickets
About half of the state’s lottery merchants accept debit cards for lottery tickets, while the other half is sticking to cash only.

Vietnam, Thailand Sees Convenience Store Expansion
South Korea’s GS25 chain will launch in Vietnam, while CJ Express will invest $120 million to double its Thailand business.


Aug 3, 2017

NACS Files Menu Labeling Comments
Together with SIGMA, NACS emphasized the unique nature of convenience stores and gas stations in their comments to the FDA.

EPA Holds Public Hearing on Proposed 2018 RFS Obligations
NACS testified at the public hearing on August 1.

Gas Station Food Continues to Wow Customers
At Super Food House, made-to-order Indian fare has customers lining up after filling their tanks.

Chicken Wing Prices Increase
Once discarded, chicken wings have risen in popularity—and cost.

VERC Enterprises Named Employer of the Year by Arc of Greater Plymouth
The convenience store chain received the honor because of its practice of hiring those with disabilities.


Aug 2, 2017

The Problem of Too Many Grocery Stores
The amount of retail square footage devoted to food has never been as high—and that spells trouble for the industry.

Dunkin’ Donuts Will Drop the ‘Donuts’ at One Location
The name will not reference doughnuts at a new California restaurant.

Target Courts College Students
The discount chain has plans to open small-format stores and popups near campuses.

Massachusetts Lottery Generates a Record $1 Billion-Plus Profit
Despite seeing sales drop 2.7%, the net profit of the state’s lottery rose 4.6%.

Coca-Cola Partners With Kith for Apparel Line
The summertime collaboration will produce limited edition t-shirts, bottles, shorts, swim trunks, hoodies, slides, pool floats and beach towels.

Changing Convenience Into Healthy
C-stores continue to add healthier options to meet customer needs.


Aug 1, 2017

Court Rejects EPA’s RFS Waiver Authority
Biofuels producers are hailing the D.C. Circuit Court decision as a victory.

Minneapolis Convenience Retailers Oppose Menthol Cigarette Ban
The city council prohibited the sale of flavored tobacco products two years ago.

Cook County Soda Tax in Effect
Retailers will start collecting the penny-per-ounce tax on soft drinks Wednesday.

Singapore Grocery Store Launches Unmanned, Cashless C-store
Cheers is a fully automatic concept store in which customers scan and pay via a mobile app.

Old Gas Stations Repurposed as Restaurants
These former service stations in Virginia give new meaning to “gas station dining.”

Buffalo Wild Wings Tests Beer Delivery
The pilot program will add delivery options via its mobile app in parts of Ohio.


Jul 31, 2017

FDA Pursues Plan to Lower Nicotine in Cigarettes
New plan seeks to lower nicotine in cigarettes; extend timelines to submit tobacco product review applications for newly regulated tobacco products on the market as of Aug. 8, 2016.

GOP Takes Border Tax Off the Table
Border adjustment tax has been removed from consideration as part of comprehensive tax reform.

Grab-and-Go Lunch Boosts C-Stores’ Bottom Line
IRI says the sandwich, salad and sushi to-go culture gives U.K. convenience retailers £36 million boost.

Edeka Launches Xpress Convenience Store Concept
German retailer will tailor its product assortment to local supply in metropolitan areas.

Hershey Launches Popcorn Brand
Ready-to-eat Popwell brand is hitting store shelves just 10 months after it was conceptualized.


Jul 28, 2017

House Committee Passes Common Sense Menu Labeling Bill
The bill would correct problems in the FDA’s menu labeling regulations.

More Rural C-Stores Get Fresh
In North Carolina, a grant program brings fresh produce to small retailers.

Lyft Adds Taco Bell Pit Stop Option
The ride-hailing service is allowing riders to select a Taco Bell stop during the drive.

San Francisco Flavored Tobacco Ban Heads for the Ballot
A measure to repeal the ban has enough signatures to put the issue before voters.

Dunkin’ Donuts Sees Convenience as the Future
Company says it will simplify and increase ‘convenience’ to boost its same-store sales.

Starbucks Solidifies Foothold in China
The coffeehouse chain reaffirmed its commitment to operating 5,000 stores in mainland China by 2021.


Jul 27, 2017

NACS Launches Inaugural Fuels Summit Latin America
The NACS Fuels Summit Latin America will evaluate market dynamics and trends that will affect the transportation energy sector for decades to come.

Britain To Ban Fuel-Powered Vehicles in 2040
New diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned in the U.K. by 2040 to curb air pollution.

Coca-Cola Zero Sugar Launches in United States
New package design expected to hit store shelves nationwide in August.

Amazon Has More Than 50,000 Jobs to Fill
The company is hosting its first Jobs Day on August 2 at 10 of its U.S. fulfillment centers.


Jul 26, 2017

New Jersey Raises Tobacco Purchase Age to 21
The new law applies to all tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes.

How Convenience Retailers Can Help Stop Human Trafficking
The number of human trafficking cases in the United States is rising, and retailers can be part of the solution.

Hy-Vee to Open Larger Format C-store
The downsized version of its grocery stores will also have a Starbucks coffee shop and Market Grill restaurant.

Retailer Opens His Doors to the Homeless
A gas station owner allows those without a place to sleep or cleanup access to his store and its facilities.

McDonald’s New Sandwiches Bolster Bottom Line
A new line of burgers, plus a $1 drink promotion, has helped reverse slumping sales.


Jul 25, 2017

Why Convenient Packaging Matters
Frank Beard shares unique car-friendly packaging tips that encourage dashboard dining.

Cumberland Farms Puts its People First
CEO Ari Haseotes shares how the company’s employees are the keys to success in the latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast.

Cook County Extends Soda Tax Restraining Order
Judge says a ruling on the issue will come on July 28.

Tesco Delivers Same-Day Groceries
U.K. retailer becomes first to offer same day grocery delivery nationwide.

Gen Xers Emerge as Important Restaurant Customers
The ‘forgotten generation’ now represent almost a quarter of all U.S. restaurant visits.


Jul 24, 2017

Hand Washing Can Prevent the Next Chipotle Headline
Employees not washing their hands and handing food are among the highest concerns related to food safety for any convenience retail operations.

More Lawmakers Scrutinize Amazon-Whole Foods Merger
Congressional Black Caucus plans to share its concerns with the Department of Justice.

Taiwan Bans Retailers from Offering Plastic Bags
2018 ban will be expanded to 80,000 retailers to reduce plastic bag use.

Rutter’s Donates $63,000 to Local Community
Seven local charities received contributions at the opening of the retailer’s newest store.

Dannon Introduces Yogurt Minus Artificial Sweeteners
New Dannon Light & Fit offerings are sweetened with stevia and cane sugar.


Jul 21, 2017

Skimmers Switch to ‘Shimmers’
A new tool in the arsenal of criminals out to steal credit card data is a card-shaped device that’s paper-thin.

Grocery Shopping Takes More Than One Stop
Increasingly, Americans are no longer satisfied with shopping for food in one store.

U.K. Bans Credit Card Fees
The surcharges will be prohibited starting in January.

Merger of British American Tobacco, Reynolds American Approved
Announced in January, this week shareholders approved the $49 billion deal.

Jackpot Fatigue, Casinos Siphon Off State Lottery Revenue
Fewer people are purchasing lottery tickets these days.

Mars Chocolate North America Introduces Twix Dark
The candy company also will bring back Twix White and Twix Peanut Butter.


Jul 20, 2017

So Maybe the Robots Really Are Coming
Increasingly, more retailers are automating certain workplace tasks.

Cumberland Farms’ Customers Save $75M With SmartPay
Payment program now offers expedited registration process so customers can save even sooner.

House Subcommittee Takes the Lead on Self-Driving Vehicles
Members passed draft legislation that addresses autonomous vehicle safety and fostering innovation.

Pizza Hut Goes on Hiring Spree
Delivery chain will hire 3,000 drivers every month for the remainder of 2017.

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