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Oct 20, 2017

NACS Unveils Next Innovation in Healthier Convenience Retailing
Co-branded programs with the Partnership for a Healthier America include an online product calculator and a new Drink Up partnership.

Focus on Customers, Culture and Community, Says NACS Chairman Joe Sheetz
Even with a distinct focus, growth isn’t always easy.

7-Eleven Debuts Two New Wines
The convenience retail chain’s private brand wines now have chardonnay and pinot grigio in its portfolio.

William Shatner Keynotes 2017 NACS Show
Hollywood icon and philanthropist William Shatner closed out the NACS Show General Session today.

Will U.S. Consumers Embrace Heat-Not-Burn Tobacco?
New research suggests that consumers will "heat" tobacco products in the United States.

Fuel Prices: Causes and Consequences
Shale has been a game changer, speakers say.

Shell Opens EV Charging Stations in the U.K.
The Shell Recharge service is available at three sites, with another seven scheduled to come online by year’s end.

NACS Reveals 2017 Ideas 2 Go Program
Program showcases emerging concepts that redefine convenience.

A Comedian’s Ode to Gas Station Joe
Danny Palumbo loves plain, hot, unpretentious coffee at gas stations.

First Hard Rock Gas Station Opens
The Rock Stop Gas & Car Wash in Northfield, Ohio, sells Hard Rock merchandise amid traditional c-store fare.


Oct 19, 2017

Amazon Moves Into Apartment Buildings
The online retailer has inked deals with large apartment landlords to install Amazon Hub lockers onsite.

America’s Success Story
Henry Armour’s keynote highlights the convenience industry’s remarkable progress.

Target Opens a Dozen Stores
The discount retailer’s new stores mostly have smaller footprints.

Top 10 Cool New Products at the NACS Show
Retailers continue to vote for their favorite new products at the NACS Show.

Fast-Casual Pizza Heats Up
Across the country, more restaurants are serving up unique pies in a quick environment.

Don’t Miss These 7 Great Products
Before you leave tomorrow, be sure to check out these products at the NACS Show Expo.

Healthy Solutions
What are customers looking for in good-for-you snacks with healthy ingredients?

EV Charge Stations Can Bring Opportunities to Your C-Store
Capitalize on the 20% of charging that occurs on long routes and intensive local driving, speaker said.

Consumers Prefer Shopping for Groceries in Stores
Even frequent internet shoppers eschew ordering groceries online.

Arizona Beverages Climb to the Top
The beverage company is branching out into snacks.


Oct 18, 2017

What’s in a Category?
NACS releases an updated version of its Category Definitions and Numbering Guide—Version 7.2.

Convenience Stores Are Community Stores
Chairman Rahim Budhwani said NACS partnership with leading food and nutrition groups improves community relations.

Energy Muscles Out Alternative
NACS has updated the Alternative Drinks subcategory to Energy Drinks.

Focusing on the Community and the Secrets of Disruption
Keynote speaker Chip Conley of Airbnb said learning to ‘ride the waves’ can help predict future innovation.

America is the Land of Milk and Honey…and Coffee Shops
Juneau, Alaska, has the distinction of having the most coffee shops per capita.

Top 10 Cool New Products at the NACS Show
Retailers weighed in on products new to the industry at the first full day of the NACS Show.

American Express Case Goes to U.S. Supreme Court
The high court agreed to hear an appeal that challenges the credit-card firm’s push of customers to use credit cards with lower transaction fees.

Giant Goes Vending
For its new VendMart outlet in Singapore, the supermarket chain has added more than a dozen vending machines.

Spotting Trends
Experiment with new ideas and don’t be afraid to ask, “What if?”


Oct 17, 2017

Behind the Scenes of Michigan’s Prohibition Against Local Tax Ordinances
How several groups worked together to prohibit cities and counties from passing soda and food taxes.

A Terrific Culture
Eric Chester, today’s NACS Show keynote speaker, said positivity can engage and involve employees in decision making.

Keeping Convenience Stores Beautiful
Convenience Matters podcast lays out details for the newly released guide by NACS and Keep America Beautiful.

The Changing Workforce
Flexible schedules are important to today’s c-store employees.

Amazon Is Filling 120,000 Jobs This Holiday Season
Company has already created tens of thousands of new full-time jobs this year across its U.S. fulfillment network in 33 states.

The Trump Effect
Learn how the new administration plays a role in the c-store industry.

Ricker’s Replenish Plants 20,000th Tree in Indiana
Organization continues to positively impact its communities.

Top 10 Cool New Products at the NACS Show
Convenience and fuel retailers ranked their favorite new products.

Casey’s General Stores Donate More Than $366,000 to Hurricane Relief Efforts
The chain matched the first $100,000 donated by customers.


Oct 16, 2017

NACS and Keep America Beautiful Publish New Guide for Trash Management
Convenience stores team with iconic community improvement nonprofit to help end littering.

Download the NACS Show Mobile App
Make the most out of your Show experience this week in Chicago.

RaceTrac Debuts Cinnabon’s Gooey Swirls
In addition, the Crafted by Cinnabon line will be a regular bakery feature in RaceTrac’s Texas and Florida locations.

Social Media for the Win
Learn how online and mobile app reviews can be your best friend.

Navigating SNAP Regulations
How to make adjustments to meet the needs of low-income families in your community.

Food Can Now Be Ordered Through Facebook
People can now order food for takeout from restaurants near them that take orders via Delivery.com, DoorDash, ChowNow, Zuppler, EatStreet, Slice and Olo.

Tyson Foods, NACS Donate Truckload of Protein
Nearly 37,000 pounds of donated protein will fight hunger in Chicago.

Sheetz Donates $150,000 to Support Hurricane Disaster Relief Efforts
Convenience retailer matches customer donations to help provide food and shelter.


Oct 13, 2017

SNAP Retailer Rule Compliance Deadlines Approaching Fast
USDA will begin implementing some eligibility requirements for SNAP retailers beginning Monday, October 16.

Stand Out for Breakfast
Frank Beard shares four strategies that will help convenience stores be the place to go for the morning meal.

Walmart Redoubles Grocery Effort
Starting next year, shoppers can pick up online grocery orders at a thousand more U.S. stores.

Supporting an End to Global Poverty
The Atlanta Retailers Association and Circle K Atlanta participated in the city’s Partnership Walk, which raised more than $320,000 for the Aga Khan Foundation.

Access Our Industry’s Show: Your Way on Your Device, With the NACS Show App
The app will help attendees make the most out of their Show experience next week in Chicago.

Using the Internet of Things to Connect With Customers, Business
This month’s free Conexxus webinar also tackled employees using their own devices for company business.


Oct 12, 2017

Cook County Overturns Beverage Tax
Repeal of the penny-per-ounce sweetened beverage tax will take effect on December 1, 2017.

Kroger Explores Potential Sale of C-Store Business
Retailer announced its intention to explore strategic alternatives for its convenience store business.

Verifone Strengthens Commitment to Convenience Store Foodservice
New drive-thru food ordering service will enable c-store shoppers to customize and track their orders.

Your Guide to NACS Starts at NACS HQ
At the NACS Show, NACS HQ provides retailers with year-round support and opportunities.

7-Eleven Canada Helps Customers Make Healthy Choices
Retailer will offer consumers more nutrition information through British Columbia’s Informed Dining program.

Hostess Brands Launches Microwavable Ding Dongs
New Molten Lava Ding Dongs expand the brand’s innovation in the frozen food category.


Oct 11, 2017

U.S. Convenience Stores Experience Strong Food Sales
Retailers point to growth in food sales as boosting their bottom line.

Keeping Convenience in Convenience Stores
NACS Show educational session will help attendees stay convenient in today’s fast-paced world.

Convenience Stores Biting Off More of Sandwich Market
With personalization, fresh ingredients and touchscreen ordering, convenience retailers have made significant inroads into sandwiches.

Dunkin’ Donuts Downsizes Doughnut Selection
The coffeehouse chain will test a smaller donut menu at 1,000 stores.


Oct 10, 2017

Chicago’s Controversial Soda Tax Heading for Repeal
Cook County commissioners will likely vote to repeal the penny per ounce tax on sugary drinks.

Rutter’s Brings Automation to the Fryer
An automated fryer oil management system is bringing efficiency and safety to the convenience retailer’s foodservice operation.

Consumers Stay Positive as Gas Prices Drop
Low gas prices have led to an increase in consumer confidence as the U.S. fueling industry recovers from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Convenience Retailers Help Stop Human Trafficking
Latest Convenience Matters podcast explains how retailers can be part of the solution to help save victims of human trafficking.

Wendy’s Boosts Its Chicken Offer
The QSR is the latest among the quick-serve chains to bring tenders to its menu.

Hunt Brothers Pizza Introduces ‘The Big Meaty’ Pizza
Starting this week, consumers can purchase the specialty pizza for a limited time at participating Hunt Brothers Pizza locations.


Oct 9, 2017

Legislation for Year-round High Ethanol Blends Stalls
The combined weight of several amendments under discussion ultimately sank the bill.

Alibaba To Launch ‘Smart Gas Station’
Robotic arm will fill up gas tanks and the site will feature an unstaffed convenience store.

Michigan Moves Toward Prohibiting Local Taxes on Soft Drinks
The Senate voted to ban local governments from adding taxes to food, chewing gum or beverages.

Kellogg Adds RXBAR Nutrition Bar Brand to Wholesome Snacks Portfolio
RXBAR will operate independently as standalone company.

AT&T Leaves Plenti
Loyalty coalition program could be on the verge of losing one of its founding members as well.

Tim Hortons Debuts New Espresso Offer
Customers can bring in a receipt from another restaurant and swap it for a Tim Hortons latte.


Oct 6, 2017

Bill Would Streamline Employer Reporting Mandates on Health Care
U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Rob Portman introduced the legislation, which is supported by NACS.

Six Surprising Revelations About Convenience Stores
NACS shares how retailers offer more than gas and beverages.

Senators Send Letter to EPA Opposing Cuts in Biofuel Volumes
Letter expresses strong concern over the agency’s original proposal, which would lower biofuel volumes for 2018 and 2019.

Equifax Data Breach Conversations Continue on Capitol Hill
Four House and Senate committees held oversight hearings this week.

Inspiring Tomorrow’s C-store Leaders
The NACS Scholarship Program provides retailers with a way to invest in promising employees.


Oct 5, 2017

38 Governors Support We Card Awareness Month
Awareness month put the spotlight on retail training and education to prevent tobacco sales to minors.

EPA Seeks Public Comments on Potential Cuts to 2018 and 2019 Biodiesel Obligations
In its July proposed rule, the agency put forth a volume of 2.1 billion gallons of biomass-based diesel for 2019.

Irving Oil Marks a Milestone Year for Fuel the Care
Program helps families during stressful times while seeking medical care for their children.

Treasury Withdraws Rule on Family-owned Business Valuations
Obama-era rule would have cost family businesses more money in taxes.

Frozen Mac n’ Cheetos Coming to Retail
Mac n' Cheetos frozen snacks come in two flavors: Creamy Cheddar and Flamin' Hot.

Town Pump Collects Food Bank Donations
All Town Pump retail outlets are raising funds now until November 30 to benefit the local food bank.


Oct 4, 2017

Americans Say Convenience Stores Offer Valuable Job Opportunities
Eighty-four percent of those who worked in a c-store think that the experience gave them a good foundation for their careers.

Long-Running Tobacco Lawsuit Nears End
Altria and Philip Morris USA, among other firms, announced an agreement on the timing of court-ordered communications related to cigarettes and smoking on TV and in print.

Berkshire Hathaway Invests in Pilot Flying J
Jimmy Haslam will continue as CEO; Pilot Flying J headquarters will remain in Knoxville, Tennessee.

How to Solve Complex Business Problems
NACS Show educational session guides attendees to deliver better results through better project management.


Oct 3, 2017

U.S. Coffeehouse Growth at Lowest Rate in Six Years
Mintel report suggests that ready-to-drink coffee is a fast-growing segment in the $13.6 billion retail coffee market.

Keep on Trucking
The $676 billion trucking industry looks for safe, reliable and convenient stops to keep moving.

Dollar General Provides Tuition Assistance
The retailer has partnered with Bellevue University to offer up to $8,000 for employees and an additional $2,625 for family members each year.

Panera CEO Initiates ‘Kids Meal’ Challenge
CEO Ron Shaich invites the CEOs from McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s to eat exclusively from their kids’ menus for a week.

Jack in the Box Launches Ribeye Burger
The QSR claims its new ribeye burger item is a fast-food industry first.

Ontario Becomes Minimum-Wage Testing Ground
The Canadian province is planning to launch a dramatic 32% pay increase over the next 15 months.


Oct 2, 2017

U.S. Senators Urge Puerto Rico’s Exemption from Jones Act
Legislation would permanently remove Puerto Rico from Jones Act regulations.

NACS Supports Pre-2015 WOTUS Definition
Following a recent decision to rescind the Obama administration’s 2015 Waters of the United States regulations, NACS expresses its support for returning to the pre-2015 definition.

Plain Packaging Will Hurt Retailers
CCSA President Satinder Chera says it’s time to slow down the runaway train of plain packaging legislation in Canada.

ACS Welcomes New Report on UK Recycling Issues
Introducing a deposit return scheme in the U.K. would have a significant negative impact on the convenience sector, per the Association of Convenience Stores.


Sep 29, 2017

California City Considers Ban on Flavors, Menthol
Meanwhile, the St. Paul city council delayed a vote on banning menthol and flavored cigarettes.

The Evolution of Spinx
A profile shows how Steward Spinks turned a failing gas station into a vibrant chain.

Promoting Holiday Candy, Snacks
Merchandising seasonal candy and snacks is constantly evolving.

Nearly Three-Quarters of U.K. Smokers Avoid Paying Tobacco Taxes
A new survey shows the impact of high government taxes coupled with new regulations.

McDonald’s Tries Chicken Tenders Again
After removing Chicken Selects from menus four years ago, the fast-food chain launches Buttermilk Crispy Tenders.

Tesco, Sainsbury’s Move Toward Mobile Payments
Tesco debuted a payment app, while Sainsbury’s announced its pilot of checkout-less technology.


Sep 28, 2017

Jones Act Waiver Issued for Puerto Rico
The Trump administration has waived the Jones Act for Puerto Rico, following a similar action taken after Hurricane Irma hit Florida.

Sonic Confirms Data Breach
QSR says that attack has left some customer credit and debit card numbers at risk.

EPA Issues Diesel Waiver for Puerto Rico
To minimize or prevent disruptions, the agency has issued a waiver of the diesel sulfur standards.

Republicans Release Tax Plan
Framework seeks to limit the maximum tax rate for small and family-owned businesses to 25%.

FDA Agrees to Enforce Menu-Labeling Rule in 2018
The lawsuit challenging the delay will proceed only if the FDA announces an additional delay of enforcement or fails to issue guidance.

French Grocer Enters C-Store Industry
Franprix’s new c-store concept, Franprix Noé, focuses on gourmet, organic and local produce.


Sep 27, 2017

Humanitarian Crisis Continues in Puerto Rico
Bottled water and fuel distribution equipment are among the items that are desperately needed.

EPA Asks for Comments on Potential Cuts to Biodiesel Obligations
Announcement signals EPA's intent to lower the biodiesel and advanced biofuel volumes for 2018 and 2019.

NACS Files Comments on Overtime Rule
The Labor Department requested information from interested parties about the 2016 revisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Amazon Partners With Online Food Delivery Company
The e-commerce retailer gained a network of 200 restaurant brands with around 40,000 locations.

7-Eleven, Pillsbury Serve First Hot Stuffed Waffle
The exclusive co-branded waffle combines a maple-flavored waffle with an omelet.

Making the Local Connection
NACS Show education session helps retailers hook into the local flavor of their area.


Sep 26, 2017

Target Raises Minimum Hourly Wage
Retailer is raising its hourly rate to $11 an hour this October and plans to reach $15 an hour before 2021.

Tesla Eyes 20-Minute Charging Locations
By some accounts, the convenience store could become Tesla’s new Supercharging station.

The Ultimate Lottery Winners
NACS retail member sells winning Powerball lottery ticket and donates the store’s share to charity.

Tired Workforce Costs Employers Millions
Sleep disorders and sleep deficiency are hidden workplace issues affecting U.S. companies.

FBI Releases 2016 Crime Statistics
The number of robbery offenses at convenience stores rose the most in 2016.

Retailers Get Ready to Celebrate National Coffee Day
Many c-stores are offering free coffee and hot beverages to customers on Friday, September 29.


Sep 25, 2017

Walmart Delivers To Your Fridge
Partnership with August Home allows drivers to enter a home and place groceries in the fridge.

NACS Collaborates on Healthy Options Resources
Growing consumer demand for healthier eating leads to innovative efforts that help address obesity and other nutrition-related diseases.

Marks & Spencer Tests Food Delivery
New service will allow online shoppers to have their meals delivered within an hour.

USDA Approves D-SNAP for Florida Disaster Counties
D-SNAP eligible households in the affected areas will receive two months of benefits.

PepsiCo Foundation Helps Mexico City and Puerto Rico Recover & Rebuild
The foundation will provide $2 million in grants to help communities impacted by recent natural disasters.


Sep 22, 2017

Dispatches from Tallahassee
Frank Beard shares how he and his GasBuddy team traveled to Florida during Hurricane Irma to help emergency responders locate fuel.

Hurricane Maria Devastates Puerto Rico
The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in more than 80 years has knocked 100% of the power out across the entire island.

Ralphs Unveils New Meal Kits
California-based grocer’s new Prep+Pared meal kits will be available at more than 100 Ralph’s locations by early 2018.

CVS Health Foundation Combats Smoking on College Campuses
New grants are part of aggressive efforts to create the first tobacco-free generation.

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