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Sep 30, 2016

Merchants Mark Fifth Anniversary of Debit Competition
Retailers celebrate the passage of debit-card transaction reform.

FDA Seeks Opinions on ‘Healthy’ Definition
The agency wants to redefine how the word “healthy” can be used on food labels.

Using Play to Teach Optimism
During the NACS Show, Steve Gross will share how he inspires adults to help kids in need.

Has Cash Become Passé?
New research predicts plastic cards are on track to become more popular than cash payments across the globe this year.

Soda Tax Heats Up in San Francisco
In November, voters will decide on a penny-per-ounce tax on sugar sweetened beverages.

Philip Morris Boosts Cigarette Alternative Investments
The tobacco firm will expand sales of these products to more countries as well as increase its development of new products.

Sep 29, 2016

Conexxus Releases Mobile Payments Standards Version 2.0
Retailers can now operate loyalty both in the cloud or in local environments, independent of how the mobile payment is transacted.

Today Is National Coffee Day
Redfin cites the top 10 most caffeinated cities; Sheetz launches cold brew coffee.

Congressmen Reveal ‘Hidden Motive’ Behind Swipe Fee Repeal Efforts
U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin and Rep. Peter Welch discuss the real reasons why banks are now pushing for debit swipe fee reform.

Grocery Shoppers Spread Dollars Across Multiple Channels
IRI report suggests that retailers must move current customers up the loyalty ladder to drive growth.

FMI Postpones 2017 Trade Show
The Food Marketing Institute announced it will refocus its strategy.

House Takes Stand Against Overtime Rule, But Unlikely Senate Will Take It Up
A bill cleared the House yesterday that would extend the rule beyond the December 1 deadline.

Sep 28, 2016

Number of Violent Crimes Jumped 3.9% in 2015
The new FBI figures for last year also found that the number of property crimes declined 2.6%.

Fast-Food Veggie Revolution
The industry, known more for its fried foods and meat-heavy items, has started to embrace vegetables.

AmEx Can Prevent Retailers From Pushing Other Credit Cards
A federal appeals court ruled that American Express can forbid merchants from steering customers to cards with lower transaction fees.

Cumberland Farms Celebrates National Coffee Day With Free Coffee
In addition, “Free Coffee Fridays” will return to the chain starting October 7.

Spicy, Sweet and Savory Hit Beverages
The culinary trends have migrated to drinks.

Ugly Produce Moves to Center Stage
More grocery stores are accepting misshapen fruits and vegetables.

Sep 27, 2016

Presidential Debate Strategies
Instead of analyzing last night’s debate winner or loser, take a closer look at Clinton and Trump’s strategic intents.

A Free-Wheeling Convenience Store
At a Kansas university, a shuttle bus has been converted into a c-store to provide on-campus snacks and drinks.

Six Reasons Successful People Invest in Their Emotional Intelligence
A NACS Show education session delves into how knowing your EQ can help you succeed in business.

The Survey Says…
The latest “Convenience Matters” podcast goes behind the scenes into how polls are constructed and why as few as 400 people can define an issue.

McDonald’s Testing Breakfast Happy Meals
The morning Happy Meals have an egg-and-cheese McMuffin or two McGriddle cakes.

Raising a Pint at Home
In the United Kingdom, grocery store beer sales have outpaced pubs for the first time.

Sep 26, 2016

Japan Tobacco Dips Into E-Cig Market
Next year, the tobacco firm will launch its first e-cigarette Ploom Tech in Japan.

Pepsi Opens Manhattan Restaurant
The soft drink company’s first foray into restaurants has a more upscale feel than expected.

America's Eating Habits Are A-Changing
A new study shows how millennials are altering the way America eats, and all-day snacking is just part of the story.

Wyoming Rejects Proposed Cigarette Tax Hike
The bill to raise the state’s cigarette tax by $1.25 per pack didn’t make it out of a joint committee.

Robot Delivery Comes to Washington, D.C.
Autonomous robots will deliver groceries and takeout in the nation’s capital this fall.