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Sep 20, 2017

U.S. Consumers Embrace Freedom to Choose Cash
A new Cardtronics survey finds that 91% of consumers used cash in the last six months.

Planning Past Cigarettes
Tobacco companies have been developing next-generation products, including vaping and heat-not-burn products.

Amazon Horns in on Snacks
The online retailer gobbled up $240 million in sweets and snacks last year out of $49 billion in total sales.

Leadership Unlocks Employee Performance
NACS Show educational session shows how the NACS Leadership for Success program teaches leaders to drive business results.

New Webinar in Tobacco Compliance Series
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products has released a new webinar.

Specialized Foods Saving British C-Stores
Millennials have been flocking to convenience stores that sell organic, vegan and other healthy fare.


Sep 19, 2017

The Greening Effect
Oil companies have lowered emissions by 12% during a five-year period.

Is it the End for Gas Stations?
The latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast provides an insider’s look at the future of electric vehicles in the United States.

Snickers Tied Social Media Pulse to Candy Price
When its “Hungerithm” registered outrage, the price of Snickers at Australian 7-Eleven stores dropped.

Gas Stations Waiting Longer to Convert to EMV
The industry has many additional considerations, such as older pumps that could incur significant expense and effort to upgrade.

Jolt Cola is Back
The highly-caffeinated beverage is returning to shelves exclusively at Dollar General stores.


Sep 18, 2017

Kroger Debuting New Restaurant Concept
Kitchen 1883, a made-from-scratch “New American Comfort” concept, will open in October.

Significant Progress Made on Fuel in Florida
Regional fuel shortages have decreased to less than 30% of stations and fuel availability is expected to return to normal levels statewide within the coming days.

18 Jones Act Tankers Refuel Florida
Crowley Maritime Corp. has dispatched 18 tankers with gasoline and diesel fuel to Florida ports.

The Best Places to Work for Women
What makes a great workplace for women is not what most companies think; convenience retailers QuikTrip and Sheetz make the list.

New Retail Concept Goes Merchandise-Free
Nordstrom Local in West Hollywood will open with no dedicated inventory.

Lawson Recycles Food Waste
New program turns food waste into fertilizer, which is then sold to local farmers.


Sep 15, 2017

Philip Morris Will Give $1 Billion to Curb Smoking
The new research foundation will be headed by former WHO official Derek Yach.

Food Courts Morph Into Food Halls
Developers are planning more food halls, an updated version of the food court.

International Hub Debuts at NACS Show
For the first time, the Show will offer support for international visitors with a place to network, relax and learn.

Is a Store by Any Other Name Still a Store?
Retailers are moving away from the store as we know it.

VERC Enterprises Steps Up for Best Buddies Friendship Walk
The September 23 event will raise awareness and funds in support of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Sep 14, 2017

Philly Soda Tax Costing Grocers $300K a Month
Grocers say that thousands of products are being impacted by the tax, including sports drinks, flavored waters and nutrient enhanced drinks.

‘Bodega’ Seeks To Disrupt Bodegas
Startup hopes to shrink the bodega format to a small box that serves up exactly what consumers need at the time they need it.

Wawa Reopens Most Florida Stores
As of midday Tuesday, about 85 of the retailer’s 122 Florida stores were open for business following Hurricane Irma.

Retailers Outline Four Principles of Data Security
In the wake of the Equifax data breach, NACS and a retail coalition communicate to Congress the four principles they support in federal data security and breach notification legislation.

Enmarket Sets $90K Fundraising Goal for Local Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The retailer’s convenience stores in three states will sell paper icons during Blood Cancer Awareness Month.

Homeland Security Extends Jones Act Waiver
Waiver has been extended to Sept. 22 to facilitate movement of refined petroleum products, including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel.


Sep 13, 2017

Wayne Fueling Systems Launches Harvey Recovery Initiatives
The company has pledged to aid the recovery efforts as much as possible.

Retail Has More Positive Landscape in 2017
Convenience stores are among the top retailers opening more stores this year.

Peeling Back the Mystery of Online Ratings, Reviews
Education session helps retailers leverage online ratings and reviews.

Indiana Retailers Press for Cold Beer Sales
This week, convenience store owners talked to the legislative committee studying the issue.

China to Gas, Diesel Cars: You’re Not Welcome Here
The world’s largest car market says it will ban production and sale of vehicles powered by diesel and gasoline in the near future.

Breath Mint Sales Soar
More snacking and spicy food have breathed fresh air into the mint category.


Sep 12, 2017

Irma Brings Uncertainty of Regional Fuel Levels
AAA reports that the average national gas price is leveling out.

Uncertainty Increased Among American Gas Consumers in the Wake of Hurricanes
With recent rising gas prices, Americans say they are less optimistic about the economy.

USDA Waives SNAP Ban for Hot Foods
SNAP beneficiaries in Florida can purchase hot foods now through September 30.

How to Go Viral and Change Your Life
This week’s Convenience Matters dives into Frank Beard’s 2016 “30 Days of Gas Station Food” experiment.

7-Eleven Expands Into Prepared Meals
Retailer is adding 15 new heat-and-eat meals to its prepared food program.


Sep 11, 2017

Small Details Matter in Foodservice
Frank Beard suggests four issues that retailers with foodservice operations should pay attention to.

We Card Focuses on Frontline Employees
Governors in 30 states have issued proclamations in support of We Card Awareness Month.

Barry Callebaut Reveals New Type of Chocolate
Ruby chocolate is made from the Ruby cocoa bean; no berries or berry flavor is added.

Dog Parks and the Global Transportation Market
Who are the alphas, and what may transpire as the market evolves? The latest Fuels Institute blog explains a shifting global transportation market.

CVS Launches Health & Wellness Vending Machines
Automated retail vending machines contain OTC products, healthy snacks and personal care items.

7-Eleven Donates $150,000 and Free Water to Hurricane Irma Victims
Convenience retailer pledged a donation to the American Red Cross for relief efforts.


Sep 8, 2017

With Hurricane Irma Bearing Down, Florida Gas Stations Run Dry
Gasoline supplies have been tight after Harvey, putting additional pressure on Florida retailers as residents flee the hurricane.

San Francisco Flavored Tobacco Ban to Go Before Voters
Residents will vote on the ban, which includes menthol cigarettes, in June 2018.

Pumpkin Spice Arrives on the Heels of Summer
Even before August ended, the smell of fall was in the air.

More Supermarkets Turning to Meal Kits
Albertsons is the latest to be said contemplating acquiring a meal-kit startup.

Albertsons, Chevron Joint Reward Points Program Expands to West Texas, New Mexico
The popular gas rewards program encompasses Chevron, Texaco, Albertsons Market, United Supermarkets, Market Street and Amigos shoppers.

U.S. Convenience Industry Prepares for More Hurricanes


Sep 7, 2017

IRS Waives Diesel Fuel Penalty for Texas
Due to Hurricane Harvey, the IRS will not impose a penalty when dyed diesel fuel is sold for use or used on the highway throughout the entire state.

U.S. Payments Forum, Conexxus to Provide Guidance for Accepting EMV at the Pump
Free webinar on September 20 will guide retailers through the complexities of implementing EMV chip technology at automated fuel dispensers.

QuickChek’s New Store Attracts Millennials
The chain’s new convenience store concept combines technology with dining.

Aldi To Open Petrol Stations in Germany
Global discount chain has partnered with FE-Trading to open unmanned stations next to Aldi stores.

McDonald’s Brings McCafe Beverages to Store Shelves
Through a partnership with Coca-Cola, the QSR will sell ready-to-drink McCafé products at retail.


Sep 6, 2017

NOAA Prepares Messaging on Hurricane Irma
Chances are increasing that the Cat 5 storm will directly impact Florida this weekend.

Refineries Slowly Come Back Online
The Colonial Pipeline is also nearly operating as normal.

Justice Department Won’t Appeal Obama Overtime Rule
The agency said it won’t continue to defend the extension of overtime benefits to millions of workers.

Following the Money
Education session provides retailers a blueprint for approaching lenders.

Convenience Matters Special Episode: Fuel Supply and Demand
Episode tackles fuel supply infrastructure in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and the potential demand related to impending Hurricane Irma.

Shell Opens First Retail Location in Mexico
New store is part of the company’s 10-year, $1 billion investment in the country.


Sep 5, 2017

Florida Prepares for Hurricane Irma
In anticipation of the storm, Gov. Rick Scott declares a state of emergency for the entire state; price-gouging statue takes effect. ​

USDA, Texas Launch Immediate Plans to Feed Hurricane-Stricken Areas
Long-term solution includes D-SNAP to provide streamlined and expanded nutrition assistance in the wake of a disaster.

First Data Offers Relief for Business Owners Impacted by Hurricane Harvey
Company has sent thousands of mobile credit and debit card readers to retailers.

Consumers Demand Organic Fresh Produce Options
Growth in organic produce signals greater consumer desire for healthy and transparent fresh foods.


Sep 1, 2017

Federal Judge Strikes Down Overtime Rule
The ruling invalidated the Obama administration’s regulation that expanded overtime protections.

Hurricane Harvey's Effect on the Fuel Market
New NACS podcast cover the latest news about the fueling infrastructure—and what it means for retailers.

USDA Helps SNAP Recipients in Texas
Waivers will help provide access to hot, ready-to-eat foods and relax school menu requirements.

NACS Submits Comments on EPA’s Proposed 2018 Volumes
EPA has proposed to use its waiver authority to lower the levels for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuels and conventional biofuels.


Aug 31, 2017

Pump Here. Plant Trees.
7-Eleven launches carbon reduction test program at 95 stores in Portland, Seattle and Wisconsin.

Sainsbury’s Kicks Off Argos Click & Collect Service
The service allows customers to pick up Argos and Tu orders at the retailer’s Local convenience stores.

NACS Members Recognized at Industry Tobacco Conference
Mia and Clay Lambert’s advocacy efforts to stop a menthol tobacco ban in Minneapolis were recognized at the annual Smoker Friendly Conference.

Couche-Tard/Circle K Launches Nationwide Campaign to Support Texas Communities and Employees
The company is also donating $100,000 to the Red Cross.


Aug 30, 2017

New York City Jacks Price of Cigarettes to $13 Per Pack
The higher minimum price for cigarettes will take effect on June 1, making the city home to the highest cigarette prices in the United States.

Lending a Helping Hand Year-Round
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast talks about how retailers can partner with the American Red Cross.

NACS Show Session Spotlights Importance of Food Safety
This educational session guides retailers in crafting and implementing an appropriate food safety policy.

Domino’s, Ford Research Pizza Delivery Using Self-Driving Vehicles
The first phase is focused on customer interaction with new delivery technology.


Aug 29, 2017

Fuel and SNAP Waivers Issued due to Hurricane Harvey
The EPA has waived some emissions requirements for certain counties.

Illinois Governor Rejects $15 Minimum Wage
Gov. Rauner says that economic evidence suggests the wage hike would harm workers more than help them.

GasBuddy Unveils Fuel Savings Program
‘Pay with GasBuddy’ gives drivers 15 cents per gallon off a first purchase, and at least five cents off every subsequent fuel purchase.

Pret A Manger to Open First U.S. University Shops
University of Pennsylvania and University of Chicago locations will open in partnership with Bon Appétit Management Company.

Coke Testing Self-Serve Water Station
Dasani PureFill machine provides free, ultra-filtered water with the option of adding flavors and/or carbonation for a small fee.


Aug 28, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Threatens One-Third of U.S Refineries
This weekend, retailers along the storm’s path braced for possible power outages while preparing to serve those in need.

NACS, NYACS Praise NYC Agreement Not to Enforce Menu Rules
The associations hailed the city’s decision to wait until the federal compliance date as a victory.

Indiana Retailers Push for Change in Alcohol Laws
A new panel has started looking into the state’s liquor regulations.

FDA Commissioner Issues Statement on Menu Labeling
The agency reiterated its role in ensuring Americans have access to clear and consistent nutrition information.

Joe Leonardo to Speak at Annual Interfaith Prayer Breakfast During NACS Show
NACS past chair and longtime industry executive provides this year’s personal message on October 18.

Price Gouging Laws in Effect in Texas, Louisiana
Both governors declared a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Harvey hitting landfall over the weekend.


Aug 25, 2017

Seller of Winning Powerball Jackpot to Donate Store’s Share
Pride convenience store owner Bob Bolduc is also a member of NACS.

Pennies Have Their Place
One academic says to leave the humble one-cent piece alone.

Enmarket, Healthy Savannah Present Grant to Savannah Urban Garden Alliance
The $1,000 grant is part of the convenience store’s yearly Encourage Health Education series.

More Parents Holding Off on Back-to-School Shopping
Families will shell out more than $83 billion on back-to-school supplies for K-12 and college.


Aug 24, 2017

Massachusetts C-Store Sells Powerball Winner
Second largest lottery prize in U.S. history yielded a $758.7 million jackpot.

Trickle Up
Guerilla-style tactics by state and city governments force retailers to the frontline of local regulations.

The Phenomenon of Buc-ee's Convenience Stores
The retailer has a profile appearing in an upcoming issue of Forbes magazine.

Are Craft Brew Sales Lagging?
Shipments are falling for many independent brewers stuck in the middle between local niche brands and heavyweight competitors.


Aug 23, 2017

That Pesky Skimming Problem
Investigations have spanned across states including Maryland and Florida, but also persist nationwide.

Small Business? The NACS Show Has You Covered
Small Operator Training Sessions offered at the NACS Show are designed for and only open to individuals from companies with five or fewer stores.

NACS Letter to DOI Addresses U.S. Oil Exploration
The association shared its perspective on the need for a continued stable supply of domestic energy resources.

Register for the 2017 Insight Retail Study Tour
International retailers will get to visit Rutter’s, Sheetz and Wawa in advance of this year’s NACS Show.

Baskin-Robbins Inspired Iced Coffee Flavors Rule Late Summer
Vote for your favorite flavors this week.

Operation ‘Choke Point’ Cancelled
The DOJ has closed down all initiatives associated with the operation that reportedly “choked off the financial oxygen” to businesses.


Aug 22, 2017

4 Ways to Improve the Customer Pump Experience
Nearly 40 million Americans fill up their vehicles every day, but less than half reported going into the store during their last purchase.

Charitable Giving Community Mourns Jerry Lewis
In the early 1980s, NACS was a national sponsor of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Despite EV Growth Projections, Market Penetration Will Remain Limited
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast discusses sales and registration forecasts for two potential market scenarios in the U.S. and Canada.

C-stores Are Taking Over the Fuel Market
Millennials are as interested in good food as they are in inexpensive costs.

Georgia Congressman Drew Ferguson Visits Local RaceTrac
The NACS In Store program brings Congress to their local c-stores.

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