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Dec 15, 2017

Weigel’s Celebrates 20 Years of Spreading Holiday Joy
Weigel’s partners with the Salvation Army and Hall’s Kmart to help local children in need.

Walmart Provides Employees With Different Payment Options
The retailer now allows workers to take part of their paycheck before payday via an app.

More New York Counties Consider Higher Tobacco Buying Age
After no advancement on statewide proposals, local communities are voting to raise the minimum age to purchase cigarettes to 21.

Taco Bell Expands Drive-Thru Free Locations with First Southern California Cantina
The new store has a walk-up window, local mural and ocean view, plus an exclusive Taco Bell beer called Beach Bell.

Florida Still Swimming in Skimmers at Gas Stations
From January to October, more than 500 of the devices were found on gas pumps.

Kellogg Opens New Cereal Café in Manhattan
The food maker is hoping that millennials will help revive soggy cereal sales.


Dec 14, 2017

7-Eleven Tests Mobile Ordering, Delivery and In-Store Pickup
New 7-ElevenNOW smartphone app enables Dallas consumers to order products on-demand, for delivery or in-store pickup.

Target Acquires Same-Day Delivery Platform
Shipt will boost the retailer’s ability to same-day delivery services at nearly half its stores by early 2018.

Kroger Offers Mobile Pay
Mobile payments will begin with select retail markets and e-commerce programs in 2018.

How Americans Eat, According to Uber
The survey reveals Americans' changing eating habits, food preferences, dislikes and delivery attitudes.

Creating a Service Strategy That Reflects Today’s Consumers
Frank Beard considers what a convenience store’s customer service strategy could look like in today’s retail environment.

Cost of a Bad Hire Can Be Astronomical
The cost of recruiting, hiring and onboarding a new employee can be as much as $240,000.


Dec 13, 2017

Spinx Donates More Than $168,000 to American Cancer Society
All Spinx locations contributed to the donation.

Retailers Praise Amex for Dropping Signatures
Merchants now are asking Visa to ditch the signature requirement as well.

Mars Partners With Operation Gratitude to Deliver Two-Millionth Care Package for U.S. Troops
The company reinforces its commitment to supporting military personnel and their communities.

Walmart Dips Toe Into Meal Kit Market
The retailer now stocks around 30 meal kits online by Home Chef and Takeout Kit.

Women’s Franchise Giveaway Contest Winner Opens First 7-Eleven Store
Veteran Evelyn Scott welcomed the community to her new 7-Eleven location in Norfolk, Va.


Dec 12, 2017

Fuel Consumers End 2017 With Optimism
NACS survey finds that 61% of gas purchasers are feeling optimistic about the U.S. economy.

Strategizing Your Next Innovation
This week’s podcast episode challenges retailers to be agile and stay ahead of the competition with innovative strategy.

Companies Struggle to Deliver Digital Trust
Poor personalization and lack of trust cost U.S. organizations $756 billion in 2016.

Candy Makers Share Fun Facts About Winter Holiday Sales
Three quarters of Americans will give confections to family and friends this holiday season.

FDA Launches New Cessation Campaign
“Every Try Counts” campaign asks retailers to post cessation messages at the point of sale.

Are Fast-Food Chains Innovating Fast Enough?
For some quick-service chains, making sure orders are filled quickly isn’t always good enough.


Dec 11, 2017

Appeals Court Hears Challenge to Retail Tobacco Enforcement
The FDA’s practice of penalizing retailers for two violations during an inspection has been a problem for NACS members.

Pizza Inn Unveils C-Store Concept
Chain is focusing on non-traditional development at locations such as convenience stores and airports.

New York Retailers Combat Proposed ‘Predictive Scheduling’ Regulations
Hundreds of convenience stores have filed comments objecting to the proposed rules.

Gen Y to be Eclipsed by Gen Z
Just when retailers were getting accustomed to millennials, here comes Gen Z.

Plain Packaging Threatens Beverage Industry
Potential financial impact of plain packaging regulations puts beverage brands globally at risk.


Dec 8, 2017

Visa Moves to Fingerprint Payments in Australia
The new standards will help counter fraud by removing the need for a personal identification number.

Topeka, Kan., Bans Sale of Tobacco Products to Those Under 21
Also, Robbinsdale, Minn., becomes the latest city to limit the sale of flavored tobacco products.

ExxonMobil Opens First Mexican Gas Stations
The company has plans to open an additional 50 stations in Mexico early next year.

GM Puts Ordering App in Vehicles
The Marketplace feature is included in 2017 or 2018 Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC models.

GrubHub Reveals Most Popular Dishes of 2017
New Yorkers ordered more spicy miso ramen than the rest of the United States in 2017.

Iowa Grocers Want to Ditch Bottle Deposit
The grocers are pressing for the state to enlarge its recycling program instead.


Dec 7, 2017

Sheetz Offers Voice Activated Ordering Through Alexa
Sheetz continues its mission to provide the ultimate convenience to customers.

Discover Will No Longer Require Signatures at Checkout
Card brand’s move follows a similar announcement already made by MasterCard.

Four U.S. Foodservice Trends for 2018
Mintel predicts that 2018 will see the blurring of retail, foodservice and social media, as well as health and indulgence.

Walmart Name Change Enhances Online Shift
Going from Wal-Mart to Walmart signals the retailer’s focus on growing its e-commerce presence.

Arizona Governor Pushes for Rest Area Commercialization
NACS has long opposed attempts that would weaken existing law prohibiting interstate rest areas from offering commercial services such as food and fuel.

Starbucks Opens a Store in China Every 15 Hours
Coffeehouse chain is building more new company-operated stores in China than in the United States.


Dec 6, 2017

Pizza and Beer, Delivered
Pizza Hut now brings beer and pies to your door.

Dollar General Takes Over Rural America
The discount chain is thriving in small towns.

Target Debuts a Mobile Payment System
As part of the store’s app, “Wallet” lets shoppers check out and use Cartwheel digital coupons via their smartphones.

Euro Garages Expands Locations With Acquisition of Esso Germany Sites
ExxonMobil will sell around 1,000 Esso-branded stations to EG Group Limited.

McDonald’s Unveils New Dollar Menu
In early January, the new menu will highlight $1, $2 and $3 items.

One for You, One for Me
Holiday shoppers are buying for themselves as well as others.


Dec 5, 2017

San Antonio Considers Tobacco Age Restriction
On December 6, the San Antonio City Council will hear a proposal on raising the legal purchasing age for tobacco products from 18 to 21.

CVS Acquires Aetna for $69 Billion
Drugstore chain continues its journey of becoming a single location for consumer health and wellness.

Two C-store Fanatics, A Minivan and 1,100 Miles
Hear what a healthy advocate and an indulgence lover have to say about their adventures on a road trip to the NACS Show.

U.S. Specialty Coffee Consumption on the Rise
This year marked a significant increase in daily specialty coffee intake.

Kroger’s QFC Stores Partner With Instacart
The grocery chain is offering home grocery delivery through a new partnership with Instacart.

Sheetz Employees Volunteer to Help Local Families
Employee-run charity, Sheetz For The Kidz, will provide holiday gifts for 9,300 kids.


Dec 4, 2017

Amazon Attracts Cash-Paying Customers in Mexico
Hybrid systems allow unbanked and cash-only consumers to pay for their online purchases at convenience stores in Mexico.

Drive Your Business Decisions with Industry Data
Data collection for next year’s NACS State of the Industry Report is officially underway.

A Tango and a Worldly View
NACS Fuels Summit Latin America inspired attendees to look beyond their markets and consider global developments.

Japan’s FamilyMart Enters Fitness Industry
C-store chain is creating a chain of fitness clubs called Fit & GO that will be open 24 hours a day.

How Retailers Can Save with Electronic Data
Free Conexxus webinar will highlight the benefits of adopting either NAXML or EDI at various points within the supply chain.

Wendy’s Now Delivers with DoorDash
QSR is the latest chain to enter the food delivery space.


Dec 1, 2017

Now’s the Time to Measure Your Workforce Success
Do you know how your company’s workforce investments compare to the industry?

EPA Finalizes RFS Obligations for 2018
The agency’s final volume obligations for 2018 were higher than 2017 levels.

BingoBox Brings Unmanned Stores to Hong Kong
Cashierless concept allows shoppers to pay for purchases via mobile wallets like Alipay or WeChat Pay.

Minit Stop Kicks Off 2017 Toys for Tots Holiday Toy Drive
Customers can bring unwrapped toys to their local Minit Stop store in support of the annual toy drive.

KIND and Mars Partner to Take Healthy Snacks Global
Partnership will bring KIND's products to more consumers globally, and strengthen Mars’ commitment to the healthy snacks category.

SPAR Netherlands Continues New Store Expansion
Retailer anticipates 50 SPAR City convenience stores in operation by the end of 2017.


Nov 30, 2017

More Than 70% of Americans Went Shopping Last Weekend
Thanksgiving kicked off an American shopping spree, with 174 million shoppers in stores and online through Cyber Monday.

Tobacco Companies Start Court-Ordered Ads Against Smoking
The advertisements in print and on TV will run for a year.

Snickers Launches U.S. Version of ‘Hungerithm’
After a successful Australian run, the algorithm-driven promotion hits the U.S.

Senate Republicans Increase Proposed Deduction for Pass-Through Businesses
The measure is part of the tax rewrite proposal.

Ethiopian, Moroccan, South American Cuisine Fuels Snacking Craze
These popular ethnic cuisines should provide new snacking options for retailers.

Fresh Fruits, Vegetables Bring Shoppers Inside
A United Fresh Produce Association report found that having a fresh perimeter is key to drawing shoppers into stores.


Nov 29, 2017

Revenue From Philly Soda Tax Falls
The October tax on sugar-sweetened drinks brought in less than any other month this year.

Retailers Criticize Madison Security Mandate
The businesses say the one-size-fits-all approach the Wisconsin city council is proposing is counterproductive.

Pennsylvania Bill Would Make Possessing Skimmers Illegal
The measure would strengthen law enforcement’s fight against skimming by making it a felony to have one.

Spinx Celebrates 45th Anniversary
The retailer is dropping prices and giving away 45 days of free gas to one lucky winner to commemorate the milestone year.

Rutter’s: The Luckiest Place to Play the Lottery
Since 2012, the chain has paid out more than $106 million in lottery cash prizes to customers.


Nov 28, 2017

NACS Foundation Shows Giving Tuesday is About Community
Today’s events are part of a larger effort to highlight the industry’s billion-dollar-a-year charitable giving story.

Holiday Baking Brings E. Coli Awareness
Consuming raw dough or batter can carry health risks associated with flour.

California Consumers Upset Over Gas Price Hike
Signature gathering has begun for an initiative to repeal the state’s gas tax increase.

Exploring Convenience Food and Drink Trends
Convenience Matters podcast talks about how consumers define convenience.

7-Eleven Expands Loyalty Program
Enhancements are designed to personalize and customize the shopper experience.

3 Forward-Thinking Trends from 2017
Frank Beard shares his forward-thinking trends from 2017.


Nov 27, 2017

Uber Waits More Than a Year to Disclose Data Breach
Ride-hailing company learned of the breach in October 2016.

Is Coffee Good for Your Health?
Research suggests that three to four cups of coffee per day can have a positive impact on one’s health.

NACS, SIGMA Comment on GHG Standards for Newer Vehicles
Associations say the government should not favor one light-duty vehicle technology over another.

Stinker Stores Helps End Hunger
Convenience store chain raises more than $80,000 through its Stomp Out Hunger campaign.

Ministop Accepts Cashless Payments Via QR Code
Chain in Philippines becomes the first convenience store to accept QR payments via GCash.

Holiday Merchandise Comes to Dunkin’ Donuts
Items include cookie-flavored donuts, donut-flavored lip gloss and a new Elf on the Shelf ornament.


Nov 22, 2017

Black Market Flourishes Under New York’s High Tobacco Taxes
A new survey found that 56.8% of all cigarettes smoked in New York were illegal.

Gas Stations Should Seek Standardization for Savings, Innovation, Choice
The standardization of service station protocols must accelerate to stay on top of technology and customer expectations.

Uber Inks Autonomous Vehicle Deal With Volvo
The ride-share company placed an order for 24,000 self-driving cars.

Holiday Spending Plans: Online Up, Discount Stores Down
More U.S. adults will shop online for Christmas presents this year.

NACS Foundation Shows How #ConvenienceCares
New video focuses on the “C” in community in advance of Giving Tuesday.


Nov 21, 2017

NACS Foundation Launches #GivingTuesday Campaign
The convenience retailing industry collects or contributes $1 billion annually to charities.

Make It a Date Night at 7-Eleven
The retailer is offering pizza, Coke and a movie for less than $7.

Stories From Houston’s Hurricane Harvey
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast features voices from convenience retailers who weathered the August storm.

Small Business Saturday Gains Traction
The day after Black Friday continues to build community and business for small retailers.

New Products Pack Protein
Food and drink makers are putting protein into desserts, duck broth, beverages and baking mixes.


Nov 20, 2017

More C-stores Join Hawaii’s ‘Choose Healthy Now’ Campaign
7-Eleven is the latest chain to provide healthy alternatives for snacks and beverages.

Sugar Sweetened Drinks Fall in Popularity
Americans aren’t downing soft drinks like they used to.

Canadians Prefer Paying in Cash
A new survey finds that more than half of all sales in Canada are purchased with cash.

Hostess, Nestlé Join Forces for Butterfinger Brownies
The combination is the latest Hostess combination to pair chocolate with peanut butter.

Securing Payment Transactions Webinar
A free Conexxus webinar will walk attendees through the secure payment transactions landscape.


Nov 17, 2017

NACS Pens Support of Biodiesel Blender Tax Credit Extension
The association urges a five-year phase-out plan as part of the tax reform measure.

Ontario Contraband Tobacco Levels at Alarming Rates
A new study finds that illegal cigarettes now account for 37.2% of all cigarettes smoked, up a sharp 13% from the previous year.

Registration Now Open for NACS Government Relations Conference
Join us March 19-21 in Washington, D.C., for the most important event of the year to lend your voice.

Cafeteria Style Catching on in Fast-Casual Restaurants
This old school format has received new life from better-for-you restaurants.

Kinder Joy Hits U.S. Shelves
The legal version of Kinder Eggs will be on sale in time for the holidays.

Dunkin’ Donuts Tests Shortened Name in Boston
Soon, two locations on the East Coast will just read “Dunkin’,” along with the DD logo.


Nov 16, 2017

Amazon Go Almost Ready for Prime Time
Company says it has worked out many of the technical bugs and is hiring store-related personnel.

What Should Employers Do with Their DACA Employees?
Organizations need to be concerned about the loss of valuable employees while complying with immigration laws.

Cumberland Farms and GasBuddy Celebrate TANKS-Giving
The companies gave away $3,000 worth of gas at a Cumberland Farms store in Plymouth.

Why an Online Presence Matters
If you’re not online, how can customers find you?

7-Eleven Engages Customers Outside the Box
Chatbot platform allows consumers to communicate with the retailer on Facebook Messenger.

Companies Crack Down on Bullying
Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they have been bullied at work.


Nov 15, 2017

Be a Good Neighbor
Communities and retailers will host recycling events across America to commemorate America Recycles Day.

New Report Finds 1 in 5 U.S. Adults Use Tobacco
Twenty percent of adults in America used tobacco products in 2015, according to a new report.

Celebrating the Season With Limited Time Offers
With some forethought, retailers can have successful foodservice LTOs this time of year.

164M+ Consumers Plan to Shop Over Thanksgiving Weekend, Cyber Monday
The numbers include Small Business Saturday and Sunday, as well as Black Friday.

Tea Takes on Coffee
With a healthy profile, updated blends and more marketing, tea’s image and popularity is on the rise.

Lil' Drug Store Products to Launch NoDoz
The alertness aid caplets will ship to c-stores nationwide starting November 20.


Nov 14, 2017

Consumer Optimism Could Fuel Record Travel
A record 93% of American drivers say they will be driving the same or more over the next 30 days.

Jack Link’s Opening First Retail Store
New Wild Side store will open inside the Target Center, featuring Jack Link’s jerky and swag.

Dispensing Advice with Leaders of PEI
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast features PEI leaders on hurricane relief, scholarships and exploring new fuel technologies in Latin America.

Maverik, Wawa Talk About Enterprise Digital Transformation
NACS Show education session sheds insights on the adoption of mobile technology for convenience store operations and workflows.

OnCue Raises $334,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Convenience retailer reaches its 25th year of hosting its fall fundraiser.

Dunkin' Donuts' Perks Week In Progress
Special daily deals include free beverages for DD Perks Rewards members now through Friday.


Nov 13, 2017

Indiana’s Cold Beer Battle Bubbles Over
Two retail groups band together on their opposition to expand cold beer sales to convenience stores.

Juice It Up Makes Plans for First C-Store
New concept features a mobile app drive-thru and self-serve ordering kiosk.

Target Unveils New Concept Store in Texas
New store is divided into two sections: one for grab-and-go and one for leisurely shopping.

Walgreens Relaunches Private Label Line
Nice! by Walgreens touts real ingredients and clean label products.

PepsiCo Offers Seasonal Products for the Holidays
Seasonal products include Mtn Dew Holiday Brew and Cheetos Snowflakes.

Swisher Sweets Artist Project Donated $25,000 for Hurricane Relief
The $25,000 donation was made to MusiCares to assist local musicians affected by Hurricane Harvey.


Nov 10, 2017

Next Up? Credit Card Reform
Lyle Beckwith says the time is ripe to shift efforts from debit cards to credit cards.

House Approves Joint Employee Definition
The move undoes the Obama administration’s expanded theory of joint employer liability for labor violations.

Wayne Fueling Systems Hosts Anti-Skimming Seminar
The seminar, cohosted by the San Antonio Police, will focus on what store owners can do to prevent skimming.

2018 Produce Excellence in Foodservice Awards Are Open
The program spotlights chefs who excel at promoting fresh fruits and vegetables.

Wendy’s Expands Delivery
The fast-food chain will deliver via DoorDash from 2,500 locations in 48 markets by the end of the year.

High’s of Baltimore Donates $20,000 to Hurricane Relief
The chain ran a campaign that gave a dime from every cup of coffee sold during a specific time frame.


Nov 9, 2017

FDA Confirms Congress Must Act to Fix Menu-Labeling
NACS says revised draft of menu-labeling guidance does little to address “one size fits none” rule.

Successful Fuels Summit Sparks Collaboration
Inaugural NACS Fuels Summit creates environment for Latin American retailers to develop cross-border relationships.

Millions Will Recycle on November 15
America Recycles Day is a great opportunity for convenience retailers to support their communities.

EU Outlines Clean Mobility Plan
European auto association says a proposed 30% CO2 reduction level by 2030 is also overly challenging.

Starbucks Continues to Elevate Food Offers
Coffeehouse chain is increasing its foodservice presence with the launch of Princi bakeries in Seattle.

Circle K Offers Free Polar Pop to Veterans
Veterans who show their military ID will receive beverage free Polar Pop beverage.


Nov 8, 2017

FDA Is Moving Forward with Menu-Labeling
After numerous delays, Obama administration’s menu-labeling rule will proceed.

Focus on Fuels in Latin America
Inaugural NACS Fuels Summit brings strategic insights on the transportation sector to the Latin American region.

Congress Holds More Hearings on Data Security
Two House committees hold more hearings in response to recent data breaches.

QuikTrip, Sheetz Make Fortune’s Top 20 Best Workplaces
The retail sector rating is based on reviews from current staff members.

A Road Trip to the NACS Show Yields a Few Dirty Restrooms
Frank Beard shares how important it is for c-stores to pay attention to the details.

Restaurants Experiment with Carryout-Only Locations
With the growth of restaurant food delivery, brands are looking at a variety of to-go options, including partnerships.


Nov 7, 2017

Kroger Launches Apparel Brand
The new lifestyle apparel brand will launch next year at Fred Meyer and Kroger Marketplace stores.

Convenience Matters Goes Live
Recorded live at the NACS Show, Convenience Matters podcast features insights from RaceTrac and Kwik Chek.

7-Eleven Gives Unbanked Access to Online Shopping with Amazon Cash
Consumers can add funds to their Amazon.com balance at nearly 8,000 7-Eleven stores.

Delta Sonic Honors Veterans With Free Car Wash, Oil Change
On November 11, all active duty military and veterans will receive two free services.

Demographic Shift Occurring in Restaurant Industry
More women than men have opened a restaurant in the last 10 years.

Who Are the People in Your Wawa?
New e-book finds humor and empathy just past the doors of the local Wawa.


Nov 6, 2017

Walmart, Visa Strike Deal on $7.25B Swipe Settlement
Dueling lawsuits stemmed from the failed $7.25 billion antitrust settlement in the interchange fee litigation.

Food Marketed as a ‘Snack’ Makes You Fat?
New report suggests that food should be marketed as a meal to avoid overeating.

Spar Poland Tests Convenience Store Concept in Krakow
The new SPAR Express store is in a popular tourist destination in Poland.

Yesway Launches Signature Blends Coffee
Convenience retailer is also offering free coffee on Fridays throughout the month of November.

New Yorkers Can Pay Their Parking Tickets at 7-Eleven
New service allows New York City drivers to pay for parking tickets in cash at more than 100 7-Eleven locations in all five boroughs.

Nestlé USA Adds Chameleon Cold-Brew to Coffee Portfolio
Chameleon has become the No. 1 organic cold brew brand in the United States.


Nov 3, 2017

St. Paul Prohibits Sale of Menthol Tobacco to Liquor Stores, Tobacco Shops
Gasoline stations and c-stores will have until November 2018 to remove menthol products from their shelves.

Tale of Two Hearings: House Subcommittee Hearings Review Recent Hurricanes
RaceTrac Petroleum, Inc.’s chief supply officer, Max McBrayer, testifies at House hearing.

What the Tax Reform Proposal Means for C-Stores
A new 25% maximum rate for small businesses operated as pass-through entities may be one welcome change.

Coke Not Ready to Ditch Sugar Completely
The company will add two new full-sugar flavors to its core soda category next year.

New Pennsylvania Law Allows Truck Stops to Have Gambling Terminals
If a truck stop meets certain requirements, it can have up to five video gambling terminals installed.


Nov 2, 2017

Convenience Retailing Industry Celebrates Record-Breaking NACS Show
NACS Show celebrates two records: 24,940 attendees, and the largest expo ever at 425,800 net square feet.

Joint Industry Biodiesel Letter Sent to Congress
A broad group of associations and their members send letter to House and Senate in support of the biodiesel blenders’ tax credit.

EPA Forwards Final 2018 RVOS to OMB
The move is the next step in finalizing the 2018 renewable volumes.

Hey, Isn’t That…
Convenience Matters podcast features two celebrities who joined the industry at the NACS Show.

Hurricane SNAP Waivers Expire
Hot foods in both Texas and Florida are no longer eligible for purchase with SNAP benefits.

Food Industry Is Rapidly Changing
Irene Rosenfeld of Mondelez says the industry is seeing profound changes that are bigger than any she’s seen during her career.


Nov 1, 2017

Madison Mayor Proposes New Security Camera Regulations for C-Stores
The ordinance would require quality security cameras aimed at multiple areas with records kept for 30 days or longer.

More Retailers to Shut Doors on Thanksgiving
Meanwhile, consumers express interest in starting Christmas shopping earlier this year.

Alberta Bill Would Mandate Prepayment for Fuel
An Act to Protect Gas and Convenience Store Workers seeks to reduce gas-and-dash incidents and robberies.

Amazon to Experiment With New Grocery Formats
The CFO revealed that the online retailer has plans for grocery store concepts.


Oct 31, 2017

The No. 1 Cool New Product Is…
NACS Show attendees scanned 315-plus products featured in the Cool New Products Preview Room.

How Convenient Tech Can Kill
Convenience Matters episode shares spooky stories of how your technology can take you out.

Reese’s Takes Over Royal Oak to Reveal New Confection
The brand slowly invaded Royal Oak, Michigan, a top city in America for trick-or-treating.

Circle K Rallies Communities with “Fueling Our Schools” Campaign
Campaign aims to raise more than $700,000 through 2018 to support schools and local communities.

Major Brewer Enters the Cannabis Industry
Constellation Brands CEO says that the company could produce and sell cannabis-infused drinks.


Oct 30, 2017

White House Floats Federal Gas Tax Increase
Trump advisor says increasing the gas tax would help pay for $1 trillion in infrastructure projects.

Japanese Government, Consumers Clash Over Cash
Banks are expanding mobile ATMs and their presence in c-stores, making cash the king of payments in Japan.

7-Eleven Marks Halloween With Family-Friendly Deals
Whole pizzas and a limited-time Slurpee flavor can help families celebrate Halloween together.

New Jersey’s New Tobacco Law Kicks In This Week
Beginning November 1, consumers under 21 won’t be allowed to buy tobacco products or electronic cigarettes in New Jersey.

NOCO Donates $19,000+ to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Total donation includes funds raised by both NOCO customers and its employees.


Oct 27, 2017

Oklahoma Ruling Could Make C-stores Liable for Intoxicated Customers
The 5-4 state Supreme Court decision targets commercial vendors who sell alcohol to a clearly drunk person.

British American Tobacco Looks to Increase Vaping Business Twofold
The tobacco firm has plans to accelerate its vaping arm into a $1.3 billion business.

EMV: A Common-Sense Mandate
NACS Show session explores the many reasons why merchants should deploy EMV.

Rapid Refill Raises More Than $118,000 in Alzheimer’s Fundraising Campaign
The seventh annual Purple Pump-Up For Alzheimer’s ran over the summer.

In Mexico, Amazon Debuts Cash Payment Service
The program is designed to guide more shoppers to online purchasing.

IRI Finds Consumers Still Turning to Private Labels in Stable Economy
Consumers, especially millennials, continue to find value in house brands.


Oct 26, 2017

7-Eleven Takes Action to Plant Trees, Clean Up Parks
New reduced emissions project nets first dividends for Pacific Northwest communities.

McDonald’s Expands ‘McDelivery’
By 2018, the QSR plans to offer food delivery from 5,000 U.S. locations.

Rutter’s Adds Turkey Burger Option to Burger Lineup
New menu option brings a healthy choice to Rutter’s customers throughout Pennsylvania.

Tyson Increases Foodservice Presence
New products on display at the NACS Show focus on grab-and-go, new flavors and upscale snacking.

Healthy Snacking Comes to Aisles in New Fall Flavors
New SunChips Sweet Potato and Smartfood Delight Rosemary & Olive Oil flavors celebrate the fall season.

Consumers Give Amazon Their Keys
Amazon Key is a new service that enables in-home delivery for Amazon Prime members.


Oct 25, 2017

William Shatner’s Bold Podcast Predictions
The NACS Show keynote speaker and NACS CEO Henry Armour discussed convenience retailing and, of course, “Star Trek.”

New York Includes Vaping Under Smoking Ban
The state has banned electronic cigarette usage anywhere smoking is prohibited.

Gas Stations Become New Corner Grocery Stores
In Wisconsin, convenience stores are more prevalent than supermarkets.

Indiana Retailers and the Fight for Cold Beer
The liquor store industry battles for sole right to stock cold brews.

Seven Northern California Counties Affected by Wildfires to Receive D-SNAP
Even households not normally eligible for assistance may qualify for D-SNAP.

Petrosoft Debuts Petrosoft Enterprise, Powered by SAP Business One
The new solution aims to capture business info in one system.


Oct 24, 2017

C-Store Food Is Changing for the Better
At this year's NACS Show, NACS and the Partnership for a Healthier America announced new initiatives to bring more healthy choices to convenience stores.

Convenience Stores Offer More Choices
In addition to traditional fare, more c-stores are evolving their business models to incorporate more upscale and healthier food offers.

The Practical Future for Convenience Stores
Suburban migration, self-driving cars and artificial intelligence will be here before we know it.

GasBuddy Cites Cleanliest Bathrooms
New research found a strong correlation between restroom quality and in-store foot traffic during the summer driving season.

Cumberland Farms Raises More Than $56,000 for Hurricane Relief
The convenience retail chain donated 10 cents from every fountain or frozen beverage sale to the American Red Cross.

Budweiser Releases Pre-Prohibition Brew
The limited-edition 1933 Repeal Reserve Amber Lager celebrates the repeal of Prohibition.


Oct 23, 2017

Former Convenience Store Executive Turns Attention to Congress
Peter Tedeschi of Tedeschi Food Shops announced his candidacy for the House of Representatives.

MasterCard Nixes Signature Mandate
By April 2018, the credit card company will no longer require that users sign at point of sale.

South Florida Stations Put the Convenience in Gourmet Cooking
Seven gas station restaurants thrill the taste buds of customers.

A Little Bit of South Africa in Dallas
Quick Shop offers an array of South African snacks, drinks, frozen foods and cured meats.

More Supermarkets Look to Smaller Footprints
From Hy-Vee to Kroger, grocery stores are seeing value in having small-format options, especially in urban locations.


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.


Sep 21, 2017

Court Blocks San Francisco’s Health Warnings on Soda
U.S. Appeals Court for the 9th Circuit blocked an ordinance that would require large health warnings on sugary beverage advertisements.

Kroger Announces Zero Hunger, Zero Waste Plan
New initiative sets a goal to end hunger in the communities where Kroger operates and eliminate waste in the company by 2025.

NACS Comments on the Vital Role of C-Stores in SNAP
The association has submitted a letter for the record with the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Walmart Expands Online Grocery to SNAP Beneficiaries
Customers using their EBT cards in select Houston and Boise, Idaho, stores can use their benefits for Walmart’s online grocery pickup service.

Millennials Less Likely to Recycle
Survey says millennials may be less likely to recycle, but they are more likely to buy from companies that are environmentally conscious.

The Wills Group Raises $500,000 for Local Community
All money raised during the retailer’s first-ever golf outing supports programs focused on ending childhood hunger and ensuring safe and healthy homes.


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.


Aug 21, 2017

Inside Store Increasingly Reason for Stopping at C-stores
Today’s convenience store offer consumers a broader buying experience beyond fuel.

Walmart Selling More Food
Americans increasingly have been purchasing groceries at the discount retailer.

American Red Cross Offers Solar Eclipse Safety Tips
NACS has partnered with the Red Cross to develop tools and resources for retailers for a variety of situations.

Illinois Lawmakers Introduce Measure to Overturn Chicago Soda Tax
The bill would prohibit taxes on any sweetened drinks based on volume sold.

Orlando Gas Stations Offer Delectable Delights
These four eateries tucked inside gas stations are giving restaurants a run for their money.

New York Pizza Goes Rectangular
Some eateries are offering Roman-style pies with unique toppings.


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.


Jul 19, 2017

Shatner, Conley, Chester Headline NACS Show
This year’s NACS Show General Session speakers are sure to inspire attendees on topics including culture and employee engagement.

NACS Applauds Introduction of Biodiesel Blenders’ Tax Credit Legislation
Bipartisan legislation would extend the biodiesel blenders’ tax credit and ultimately phase it out over five years.

Tennessee Police Crack National Skimmer Network
Criminals used a universal key to steal customer identities and $700,000.

NACS Relays Concerns About NNN Levels Adversely Impacting Retailers
NACS and SIGMA filed comments related to smokeless tobacco products.

Chick-fil-A Launches Family Dinners
The QSR is testing the meals, which include two new sides, in three cities.

QuickChek Aids Thousands of Families
Support will help school-aged children who don’t have access to food programs during the summer months.


Jul 18, 2017

Subway Rolls Out New ‘Fresh Forward’ Design
New decor features bold and bright colors, curated music and touchscreen ordering kiosks.

Wawa Introduces Cold Brew Iced Coffee
New Wawa cold brew iced coffee available in traditional black or sweet cream.

7-Eleven Awards Three Finalists in Franchise Give-Away
All three finalists have won a fee-free franchise 7-Eleven store in the convenience retailer’s first women's initiative contest.

Mac’s Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Positive Youth Program
Initiative helps local police engage with youths by ‘positively ticketing’ them with coupons for a free cold or hot beverage at their local Mac’s convenience store.


Jul 17, 2017

NACS Joins Lawsuit Against New York City on Menu Labeling
Joint lawsuit seeks to block New York City from overriding FDA’s calorie labeling on menus.

NACS Partners with DHS Blue Campaign to Fight Human Trafficking
New partnership will enable NACS to provide training and awareness materials free of charge to NACS members.

Member of Congress Asks for Hearing on Amazon-Whole Foods Deal
Additionally, a Whole Foods shareholder has filed suit to block the merger.

Indulgence Tops Health for U.S. Ice Cream
Mintel report says sales of frozen yogurt and non-dairy ice cream declined 10% in two years.

Boyett Petroleum Raises $275,000 for Local Children
Funds raised during annual golf tournament will benefit local children’s programs.


Jul 14, 2017

Lidl Looking to Shake Up U.S. Grocery Market
German discounter’s entry into the United States is stirring up the U.S. grocery channel.

Save 60% on NACS Show Registration
Less than 300 spots remain for retailers to receive the Best Saver rate at the upcoming NACS Show.

GasBuddy Issues 'Perfect Pit Stop' Report Card
Second quarter data places Illinois-based Kelley’s Market in the top spot.

Despite Delay, Hershey Moves Forward with New Nutrition Facts Panel
Hershey is rolling out the FDA’s new label design for packaged foods throughout 2017 and 2018.

Identify Third-Party Risk in Conexxus Webinar
Coalfire will share insights on why retailers should consider a third-party risk management program.


Jul 13, 2017

Massachusetts Debates Merits of Beverage Tax
Proposal moving through the state legislature would tax drinks based on sugar content; Philly beverage tax falls short of revenue expectations.

Minneapolis Considers Menthol Ban
If approved, Minneapolis would be the first city in the state to restrict menthol cigarette sales.

Your Guide to Congress
New NACS Grassroots Guide to Congress provides immediate access to congressional information.

Target Tests New Curbside Pickup Service
The retailer is testing the service at a handful of Minneapolis stores.


Jul 12, 2017

Protecting Your Food Brand
Kwik Trip’s food safety event helps build relationships throughout the industry and government.

3 Simple Ways to Get Creative with Fruits and Veggies
Frank Beard shares several great ideas from convenience stores across the United States.

Budweiser Unveils New State Packaging
New packaging is inspired by its 12 local breweries across the United States.

Sheetz For The Kidz Kicks Off July Campaign
Program provides children in need with new toys, clothes and other basic needs.

Wendy’s Goes All-In on Queso and Bacon
QSR is sharing its obsession with melted cheese with its customers.

7-Eleven Continues Commitment to Sustainability
Convenience retailer is offering a new single-origin Colombian coffee.


Jul 11, 2017

Getting Crafty with Beer Sales
New Convenience Matters Podcast talks with a local craft brewery about its community ties.

Mondelēz Introduces New Brand of Health Products
The company’s new wholesome savory biscuit brand caters to the on-the-go, well-being-focused, millennial consumer.

Chick-fil-A Offers Free Entrees to Cow-Dressed Customers
To celebrate Cow Appreciation Day, Chick-fil-A is hosting its 13th annual event today, July 11.

7-Eleven Celebrates 90 Years of Convenience
Convenience retailer is giving away free Slurpees today from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Krispy Kreme Celebrates 80 Years of the Original Glazed Doughnut
On July 14, customers can join the celebration by enjoying a dozen Original Glazed doughnuts for 80 cents.


Jul 10, 2017

Applegreen Boosts Its U.S. Presence
Irish retail chain acquires 34 South Carolina-based convenience stores.

(More) Cocktail Napkin Math on EVs
How soon is “soon” for electric vehicles? Let’s have another cocktail and do some more math.

Food Brands Feel the Struggle in Grocery Aisles
Larger brands are looking to gain market share amid greater competition from companies that were quick to respond to changing consumer demand.

7-Eleven Tests Soylent RTD Meals
Placing its products at participating 7-Eleven stores is Soylent's first foray into retail distribution.

KFC Reinvents Drive-Thru Experience with Robot Colonel Harland Sanders
QSR celebrated National Fried Chicken Day with an animatronic voice-altering machine, H.A.R.L.A.N.D.


Jul 7, 2017

France to End Diesel and Gasoline Vehicle Sales by 2040
Ending the sale of fossil fuel-powered vehicles is intended to help the country reach its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

Brewers Association Launches New Seal to Designate Independent Beers
The seal is intended to help inform consumers that their craft beer selection is from an independently owned brewery.

Amazon Adds Wine Label to its Repertoire
Tech giant is partnering with King Estate Winery to launch Next, its own wine label.

Spinx Hosts Upcoming Leadership Opportunity Fair
Convenience retailer is offering interested applicants an opportunity for substantial career growth.

Meijer Breaks Ground on New Urban Market Format
Bridge Street Market focuses on fresh foodservice within a growing urban area in Grand Rapids.

Yesway Announces Launch of Loyalty Program
Program rewards customers with ‘smiles’ points to redeem for fuel and in-store merchandise purchases.


Jul 6, 2017

EPA Issues Proposed Renewable Volume Obligations for 2018
Agency’s RVO proposal for 2018 holds the level for non-advanced biofuels steady at 15 billion gallons.

NACS and SwiftIQ Form Strategic Alliance
Partnership will help retailers and suppliers enhance food bundles, improve product offerings and gain operational improvements to drive cash flow.

Judge Blocks Cook County Soda Tax
Illinois Retail Merchants Association and several grocers filed a lawsuit seeking to block the tax, which they argue is unconstitutional and too vague.


Jul 5, 2017

Freshii Is the Zara of Healthy Fast Foods
Founder and CEO Matthew Corrin tells the story behind the healthy fast-food brand at the NACS Insight Convenience Summit–Europe in London.

Students Deliver New Transportation Models
On this week’s NACS Convenience Matters podcast, Georgetown University students share their winning proposal from the 2017 Fuels Institute Case Competition.

Target Experiments With Next-Day Delivery
New Restock program makes 10,000 household items available to customers in the Twin Cities.

Rich’s Sweet Middles Mini Desserts Available for C-Stores
Desserts are now available in 4-count packs.


Jul 3, 2017

Labor Department Signals Changes in Overtime
Department says it wants salary to be a factor in overtime eligibility.

Vanilla Ice Cream Reigns Supreme
International Dairy Foods Association reveals America’s top ice cream flavors.

Brides and Grooms Make a Run for Taco Bell
The QSR is adding weddings to the menu at its flagship Las Vegas Cantina restaurant.

Sunoco Free Fuel 5000 Returns for 13th Year
Sweepstakes will award $5,000 of fuel to 11 regional grand prize winners.

Top 10 Facts About July 4th and Beer
From the Founding Fathers to today, beer has a place in U.S. history and July 4th celebrations.


Jun 30, 2017

FDA Extends Menu Labeling Comment Period to August 2
NACS urges its members to file comments with the agency before the new deadline.

Lawsuit Seeks to Block Cook County Soda Tax
The penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened and artificially sweetened drinks was set to begin July 1.

USDA Asks for Public Comments on GMO Labeling
The agency posted more than two dozen questions under consideration.

Is a Drive-thru Really Quicker Than the Convenience Store?
Contributor Frank Beard decided to find out.

Cumberland Farms Celebrates Believe & Achieve College Scholarship Winners
Convenience retailer awards 130 high school seniors with a $1,000 scholarship.

U.S. Customer Loyalty Program Memberships Reach 3.8 Billion
New consumer research reveals that 53% of Americans participate in a loyalty program because of ease of use.


Jun 29, 2017

QuikTrip Expands Its Texas Operating Area
First QuikTrip stores in San Antonio and Austin will open in summer 2018.

Strong Convenience Store Sales Fuel Retailer Optimism
One of the biggest contributing factors to retailer optimism is the continued high level of consumer confidence.

Menthol Ban Would Cost Retailers $73 Million
Proposed ban in Minneapolis would strip c-stores from selling menthol cigarettes.

Aloha Island Mart Supports Partnership for a Healthier America
Hawaii convenience retailer and its customers have raised $5,000 to support PHA.

Chobani Launches Non-Greek Yogurt
New product is the company's first foray into non-Greek, classic yogurt.


Jun 28, 2017

EPA Rescinds Controversial WOTUS Rule
The Trump administration has moved to redefine protected waters.

New Packaging Approach From Hershey Reduces Corrugate Waste
The Hershey Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility report highlights its progress made in improving environmental sustainability.

Pilot Flying J Hires Celebrity Chef to Overhaul Foodservice
Chef Tim Love is working with the travel center chain to create signature items.

Canadian Convenience Stores to Celebrate C-Store Day on August 30
The sixth annual event goes national this year.

Diners Don’t Like Waiting
A recent survey found that the ability to place an order via an app while waiting would mitigate the inconvenience.


Jun 27, 2017

Study Says $15 Minimum Wage Has Opposite Effect
Seattle’s second wage increase to $13 reduced hours worked in low-wage jobs by around 9%.

Catching Up With Frank Gleeson
The NACS International Committee Chairman talks about how retail trends at various life cycles have the potential to impact global c-store markets.

C-Store Brings Gastro Pub and Homemade Truffle Ketchup to Texas
Round Rock retailer offers c-store staples with a unique twist on fine wines and gourmet food.

Starbucks Signals Lunchtime Growth
Coffeehouse chain is planning to grow its overall food sales by focusing on its lunchtime fare.

Millennials Love Dining Out
New survey says that this generation eats out at least five times a week.


Jun 26, 2017

NACS Announces Partnership with the American Red Cross
Groups are developing resources for donation collection by c-store companies nationwide, and encourage assistance programs for Red Cross volunteers.

Are We There Yet? 10 More Years
Cocktail napkin math can help explain market transition.

Heated Tobacco Predicted to Grow 691%
Euromonitor research suggests that heated tobacco is the fastest-growing tobacco category.

Parker’s Awards College Scholarships
Six high school students received $1,000 and $500 academic scholarships.

AAA Forecasts ‘Historic’ July 4th Travel
Group says 44.2 million people are expected to travel Independence Day weekend.


Jun 23, 2017

San Francisco Bans Sale of Flavored Tobacco, Menthol
The city’s board of supervisors approved the legislation unanimously. The ban will take effect in April 2018.

NACS Remembers Fred Lowder
He led the association during the pivotal year of 1966 and attended nearly 50 NACS Shows.

Understanding Tactics to Prevent & Remove Ransomware
A Conexxus webinar highlights how ransomware enters a system and approaches to handling it.

U.K. Bill Requires Charging Points at Gas Stations
The measure applies to motorway services and petrol stations, which would have to install electric car chargers.

C-Store Breakfast Demand Heats Up for Summertime
Tyson Convenience releases results from consumer survey that highlights the importance of convenience stores to summer vacationers.


Jun 22, 2017

On the Road with Tesla
Retail study group at the NACS Insight Convenience Summit–Europe sees first-hand how a Tesla Supercharging station is enhancing electric vehicle adoption.

Women Entrepreneurs Compete for 7-Eleven Franchise Fee-Free Store
Voting is now open for the seven semifinalists selected from hundreds of applications in the 7-Eleven Women’s Franchise Initiative competition.

Glassdoor Names Chet Cadieux a Top CEO
QuikTrip CEO is ranked among the top CEOs, coming in on the list at No. 28.

Mansfield Launches Reduced Emission Diesel Program
Turnkey diesel offset program provides sustainable options for customers.


Jun 21, 2017

Justice Department Switches Sides to Management in Supreme Court Case
NLRB v. Murphy Oil centers on whether certain employment contracts are in violation of the National Labor Relations Act.

Minneapolis Considers Banning Menthol Cigarette Sales at C-stores
It appears that the city council’s proposal would only apply to convenience retailers.

Nearly Two-thirds of Adults Look Forward to Summer
A new Dunkin’ Donuts survey shows that people are anticipating summer more so than in previous years.

Delaware Deliberates Alcohol, Tobacco Tax Increases
Democrats are looking to close the state’s budget shortfall by raising taxes on those products.


Jun 20, 2017

Will Amazon Solve Its Last Mile Logistics?
Analysts say the ‘hard part’ for Amazon will be last-mile fresh food delivery amid the e-commerce giant’s acquisition of specialty grocer Whole Foods.

Speedway Makes Miracles Happen
Employee satisfaction and giving back to the community helps make up the fabric of Speedway.

Panera Bread Surpasses $1 Billion in Digital Sales
Fast-casual chain says its digital investments enable a personalized and enhanced guest experience.

Chick-fil-A Goes Gluten-Free
QSR is one of the first chains to offer a gluten-free bun.

Sainsbury Eyes C-Store Operator Nisa
U.K.’s grocery chain is in talks to purchase Nisa and its 2,500 convenience stores.

Sprite Introduces Cold Lyrics from Hot Artists
Summer series celebrates six rappers with limited-edition packaging on Sprite products.


Jun 19, 2017

Amazon to Acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion
The online retailer announced the acquisition on Friday, which analysts predict will increase its competition with Walmart.

Hybrid Vehicle Market Continues to Evolve
The share of hybrid and plug-in electric hybrid vehicles is expected to make gains in the coming years.

Snacks, Candy Focus on Healthier, On-the-Go Opportunities
From ingredients to format, snacks and candy are increasingly portable.

Nestlé to Sell its U.S. Confectionery Unit
The maker of Baby Ruth, Butterfinger and Crunch candy bars wants to shed that section, but will keep its Toll House baking products.

Subway Adds Self-ordering Kiosks
The sandwich chain looks to tech upgrades to win back customers.


Jun 16, 2017

A Conversation With Jacob Schram
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.’s group president for European operations shares his thoughts on leadership at the NACS Insight Convenience Summit–Europe.

Three Ways to Share Your Healthful Products With Customers
Contributor Frank Beard answers the question: How do shoppers know you stock healthy options?

NACS Comments on Proposed SNAP Fraud Survey
C-store industry weighs in on proposed large retailer survey.

Mobile Convenience Store Self-Drives to Customers
Wheely’s is testing a prototype kiosk that can wheel right up to your doorstep.

Buffalo Wild Wings Announces QSR Concept
B-Dubs Express will have a smaller footprint in a counter-service format.

Second Court Upholds Philadelphia’s Tax on Soft Drinks
Several beverage groups filed a lawsuit claiming the 1.5-cents-per-ounce tax was unconstitutional.


Jun 15, 2017

SPAR Natural Wins International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award
Prestigious award recognizes SPAR Natural in Gran Canaria, Spain, for breaking new ground in health and wellness by providing a holistic approach to local customers seeking a healthier lifestyle.

European Leaders Take Home Honors in Sustainability and Technology
REWE Group and Valora win prestigious awards at the NACS Insight Convenience Summit–Europe.

Fuel Retailers and Community Leaders Urge Congress to Oppose Commercial Rest Areas
A coalition that included NACS sent a letter to Congress asking that interstate rest areas not be commercialized as part of infrastructure legislation.

Senate Committee Holds Hearing on E15
Sheetz executive testifies before Senate Committee in support of S. 517, the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act.

FDA’s Proposed Product Standard on NNN in Smokeless Tobacco
The agency clarifies the variability of the nitrosamine in smokeless tobacco.

FDA Indefinitely Delays Nutrition Fact Labels
Former First Lady Michelle Obama had pushed for the labels to include added sugars and highlighted calorie contents.


Jun 14, 2017

Valora Leads Seven-Year Transformation
Michel Gruber shares how Valora evolved to a convenience retail and foodservice provider at this week’s NACS Insight Convenience Summit–Europe.

Wawa’s D.C. Plans Revealed
At a kick-off event last night, CEO Chris Gheysens divulged the c-store’s expansion timeline for Washington, D.C.

Michigan Legislators Consider Raising Smoking Age to 21
Meanwhile, Aspen becomes the first Colorado city to increase the tobacco purchase age to 21.

How to Hire a Quarter Million Workers? McDonald’s Uses Snapchat
The fast-food chain announced this week that it would add 250,000 employees this summer.


Jun 13, 2017

Talking Shop with the Supermarket Guru
Food industry expert Phil Lempert talks about how c-stores are significant competition for grocery stores and restaurants with fresh produce and speed of service.

Aldi Dreams Big With U.S. Expansion
The German discount supermarket has plans to open close to 900 stores in the country over the next five years.

Restaurants Embrace Brand Licensing
California Pizza Kitchen, Dunkin’ Donuts and TGI Fridays have expanded into grocery store products.

Shoppers Still Bargain Hunting
The recession got customers used to discounts, and stores are scrambling to recover.


Jun 12, 2017

Labor Pressures Build While Restaurant Sales Continue to Decline
Challenges continue to confront restaurants in both staffing and retaining qualified workers.

State AGs Promise to Fight EPA on Vehicle Emission Standards
Coalition of 13 state attorneys general vow to legally challenge the Trump administration if it seeks to rolls back current vehicle emission standards.

Greggs Opens First Drive-Thru
U.K. bakery chain opens first drive-thru concept at Irlam Gateway service station in Salford, Manchester.

Online Retail Woes Continue for Brick-and-Mortar Retailers
Moody’s current list of U.S. retailers with troubled financials tops the record of 19 retailers at the peak of the Great Recession.


Jun 9, 2017

NACS Applauds Congress For Protecting Debit Swipe Fee Reform
The association thanks Congress for saving consumers and retailers $8 billion per year.

Chipotle’s Woes Continue With Overtime Pay Lawsuit
The claim filed in federal court asserts that a federal rule expanding overtime pay is in effect despite a 2016 injunction prohibiting enforcement.

Pinnacle, Worldpay Deliver Chip Card Certification to Palm POS Solution
The Pinnacle Corporation and Worldpay team will enhance their security through chip card certification.

North Carolina Steps Up Efforts to Find Skimmers
The state Department of Agriculture is working on a program to train convenience store personnel on how to spot skimmers at gas pumps.

Seagram’s ‘Escapes Spiked’ Debuts This Fall
At 8% ABV, the flavored malt beverage hopes to capture growing c-store sales of the category.

Husl Connects Workers With Temp Retail Jobs
From Snagajob, the new venture has been called the “Uber for shift work.”


Jun 8, 2017

Retailer Finds Four Skimmers in One Month
A local Charlotte gas station found an illegal skimmer four times at the pump within the same month.

Government Withdraws Joint Employer Guidance
Labor Department rescinded the Obama administration’s joint employer guidance that was widely opposed by business groups.

Walmart Opens 24/7 Grocery Kiosk
Retailer is testing a 24-hour automated and unmanned grocery pickup kiosk.

7-Eleven Opening First C-Store in Vietnam
New store is set to open on June 15 in Ho Chi Minh City.


Jun 7, 2017

Indiana C-Stores Push for Alcohol Reform
The “Chill Indiana” campaign asks legislators to allow convenience stores to sell cold beer.

Retailer Passed Debit Reform Savings to Customers
Don Rhoads with The Convenience Group shares his thoughts on why debit-card reform is so crucial to his business.

Millennials Love Chain Restaurants
A new poll finds that this generation views chain restaurants as convenient and prevalent.

Seattle Sugary Soda Tax Passes
The tax, which exempts diet drinks, adds around $1.18 to a 2-liter soda bottle.

Cold Brewing Sales
Demand for a cold cup of joe has been surging.

QuickChek Supports ‘Hope for the Warriors’ With Paper Dog Tag Campaign
Programs for veterans, servicemembers and military families fueled by “dog tag” sales.


Jun 6, 2017

‘I’m So Hungry I Could Eat a …’
He’s no Clark Griswold! Frank Beard shares how he stays healthy by eating at convenience stores.

Global Alcohol Consumption Declining
IWSR data finds that global alcohol consumption is declining faster for beer than wine and spirits.

Apple Launching Peer-to-Peer Payments
New feature called Pay Cash will allow one user to pay another user through their smartphone.


Jun 5, 2017

Dollar General Tests Fresh Produce
Retailer cites positive results from store remodels that are testing fresh produce sales.

Dr Pepper Snapple and KaBOOM! Encourage Play Opportunities for Kids
Partners are offering $200,000 to innovators to help make active play the easy choice for kids in the Los Angeles community.

The PRIDE Stores Launches Reduced Emissions Program
Convenience retailer partners with GreenPrint to help reduce each customer’s carbon footprint.

The Co-Operative Opens First Franchise Store with MRH
The Eastcote location is the first of seven Co-Op c-stores to franchise with MRH’s fueling offer.


Jun 2, 2017

Seattle Soda Tax Heads to Full City Council Vote
The new version eliminates diet beverages from the tax, but adds a 1.75 cents per ounce tax to sweetened drinks.

Personal Mobility Transforms the Path from Point A to B
Deloitte research shows that changes are coming in personal mobility, but are consumers ready for autonomous vehicles and other new vehicle technologies?

McDonald’s Expands McDelivery
The service will be at 3,500 locations by the end of the month.

Gas Buddy App Adds Healthy Food
The addition provides customers with where to find healthful food and drink items at their local convenience stores.

Charles de Gaulle Airport Gets Robot Valet Parking
“Stan” now parks cars at the Paris airport.


Jun 1, 2017

Menu Labeling Can Work for Convenience Stores
NACS is encouraging its members to file comments with the FDA before the July 3 deadline.

Consumers Waver on New Auto Technologies
After seven years of strong light-duty auto sales, early 2017 data suggests that numbers are softening, which could impact new technologies coming to market.

Operation Chill Returns to 7-Eleven Stores
Local police departments will receive millions of free Slurpee coupons to reward kids for good behavior.

Indonesian Government to Regulate Convenience Stores
Regulation seeks to protect the country’s traditional markets.

Hostess Gives Back with the American Red Cross
New summertime snacks reintroduced in conjunction with Red Cross partnership.

New York City to Change Scheduling Practices
Mayor de Blasio says that predictable schedules and paychecks are a right for fast-food and retail workers in New York City.


May 31, 2017

2017 NACS Show Registration Officially Open
The first 2,000 retailers to register will receive the Best Saver rate.

Deadline Extended for NACS Scholarship Entries
Now until June 9, retailers can nominate tomorrow’s c-store leaders to receive a scholarship.

No More Lunches Out?
Americans ate lunch at restaurants 433 million fewer times last year.

Atlanta Gas Station Expands Beyond Snacks
The BP station will add a Domino’s Pizza and food court, as well as an upper level for offices.


May 30, 2017

Craft Soft Drinks Add Fizz to Soda Sales
Craft soda volume grew 5% in 2016 to 88.8 million gallons, compared to 2015.

A Conversation with Casey’s General Stores
Julie Jackowski of Casey’s General Stores talks about food, community and the retailer’s employees in the latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast.

Fuel City Adds Pizza and a Camel
New Saginaw store will feature a Little Caesar’s concept and a new burger called The King Burger.

Chipotle Reports Data Breach Findings
The company removed the malware and continues to work with cyber security firms to enhance its security measures.

United Fresh Highlights Foodservice Menu Trends for Fresh Produce
New report showcases latest innovation for fresh produce use in foodservice.


May 26, 2017

Retailers Bring Up E15 in Meetings on Capitol Hill
Kwik Trip, Kum and Go and RaceTrac met with Congress to move legislation that would allow them to sell E15 year-round.

How U.S. Convenience Retailers Can Stay Ahead of the Pack
Nielsen research offers some suggestions for how retailers can continue to meet the needs of customers.

Will Robots Take Over Retail Jobs?
The automation wave will likely kick cashiers to the curb first.

Campbell Soup Bets on Chef’d
The company invested $10 million in the meal-kit startup.

Starbucks Increases Social Impact Investments
The coffeehouse chain continues to expand into low- to medium-income areas in the United States.


May 25, 2017

House Leadership Decides to Protect Debit Reform
Plans to remove debit repeal from the Choice Act were announced.

New Transportation Energy Models Delivered at Fuels Institute’s Student Competition
Georgetown University took top honors at the 2017 Fuels Institute Case Competition this week in Denver.

Phillips 66 Unveils New Mobile Platform
Mobile commerce connected sites are currently being tested in the Texas and Oklahoma regions.

Trump’s Budget Calls for Tolling, Rest Area Commercialization
Administration’s 2018 budget proposal would ‘liberalize’ current tolling policy and allow private investment in rest areas.

Driverless Vehicles Could Put the Brakes on Accident-related Lawsuits
A veteran transportation attorney outlines the cascading legal effects of autonomous vehicles.

Future Focus of Restaurants? Delivery, Experiences
An analyst predicts that delivery will change the industry in the same way the drive-thru window did.


May 24, 2017

Merchants Visit Washington to Protect Consumer Savings, Main Street Businesses
Led by NACS, dozens of retailers met with members of Congress about keeping the current debit-card reform.

OMB Proposes Retailer SNAP Fee
Initial analysis shows the fee could range anywhere from $250 to $20,000 per location.

Why Quality Restrooms Matter for Businesses
Contributor Frank Beard calls bathrooms the “true litmus test of overall store quality.”

Google to Mine Financial Transactions for Shopping Data
The company wants to prove its online ads push customers into brick-and-mortar stores.

Mars, Wrigley Unveil More Than 30 New Product Innovations
From new Starburst and Snickers to M&M’s and Skittles, iconic candies are getting flavor extensions.

Design Erases Retail-Dining Line
Convenience stores and supermarkets can build on key elements to give customers a dining experience.


May 23, 2017

Fuels Groups Oppose Shifting the Point of Obligation
New video highlights the harms associated with moving Renewable Fuel Standard compliance responsibility from refiners to retailers.

Fuels Institute Debuts First Book
New book, ‘Urbanization: The Effect of Urban Development on U.S. Vehicle Travel and Fuel Demand,’ details historical forces of urbanization and the impact on the transportation market.

Partnering for Healthier Convenience
NACS Convenience Matters podcast details the NACS plan to revolutionize the convenience industry to help curb the American obesity epidemic.

Topaz Teams Up With Ireland’s Top Athletes in Cash for Clubs
Program encourages people throughout Ireland to go the extra mile for their local community.

Oneida Nation Announces New C-Store Concept
Maple Leaf Market will focus on providing fresh, made-to-order food.


May 22, 2017

Target Targets Fill-In Shoppers
New marketing campaign hopes to bring in folks who run out of milk and other household staples.

7-Eleven Franchisees Call on Congress to Protect Debit Swipe Fee Reform
Repealing debit swipe fee reform would take franchisees back to a time when big banks could charge sky-high rates on every debit transaction.

New York City Moves Ahead with New Menu-Labeling Rules
New rules would apply to chain convenience and grocery stores.

McDonald’s Stealth-Healths Its Ice Cream
QSR has been phasing out artificial ingredients from its soft-serve vanilla ice cream, and nobody noticed.

Restaurants Feel the Pressure of Prepared Foods
Survey also suggests that rising food and labor costs are significant barriers to growth.

Mansfield Surpasses $6 Million for MDA
Annual golf classic is the largest golf event in the U.S. that supports the Muscular Dystrophy Association.


May 19, 2017

USDA Announces SNAP Final Rule Delay
The Food & Nutrition Service hits the drawing board to redefine “variety” to work for small retailers.

Wawa’s Heading to Washington, D.C.
The convenience store chain confirms plans to open its first store in the nation’s capital.

Focusing on Healthy Choices
Speakers from the PHA Summit share their insights on our podcast.

Consumers and Retailers Push to Protect Swipe Fee Reform
New video from NACS simplifies the complex story.

Gilbarco Passes 350 Million Secure EMV Transactions Mark
Retailers continue to transition to EMV at a rapid pace.


May 18, 2017

Lidl To Open First of 20 U.S. Stores in June
Arlington, Virginia, store will open June 15, bringing huge discounts on groceries to U.S. consumers.

Employees Are Failing Drug Tests
More than one in 25 U.S. workers fail their employer’s drug tests.

American Overwhelmed by Conflicting Food Information
Survey finds that a “health halo” could be causing flawed food and nutrition decisions.

Wawa Makes Mobile Ordering Available for Rewards Members
Customers can get Wawa’s made-to-order food and beverages through their mobile device.

ExxonMobil to Launch Mobil-Branded Service Stations and Fuels in Mexico
First Mobil station will open in Mexico in the second half of 2017.

Millennials Rate Foodservice Chains’ Brand Equity
Harris Poll study suggests that gap between baby boomers and millennials may reflect boomers’ needs to eat healthier.


May 17, 2017

Massachusetts Considers Raising Tobacco Purchase Age to 21
The legislators are also discussing a tax on soft drinks.

NACS Submits Recommendations on Fuels
EPA is currently reviewing all environmental regulations.

Meet Hershey’s Medley, the Grocery Store of the Future
The Hershey Lab explores a supermarket without traditional boundaries.

PepsiCo to Debut Cinnamon-Flavored Pepsi Fire
7-Eleven will have the limited-edition soda exclusively as a Slurpee flavor until the end of June.

Canada Added More Gas Stations in 2016
The number of Canadian gas stations increased for the second straight year.


May 16, 2017

Dairy Industry Campaign Moos Beyond Milk
New campaign launched this week by dairy companies and organizations is their first-ever industrywide push to promote all things dairy.

Share and Compare
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast looks at how retailers can use study groups to help each other grow stronger.

Chick-fil-A Launches First Seasonal Sandwich
BBQ-inspired sandwich and watermelon-mint lemonade will run for a limited time this summer.

A&W Heads Into Summer with New Restaurants
Greatest growth is coming from convenience stores, as new and current franchisees expand.

Deliv Adds Grocery Option to Same-Day Service
Last-mile delivery service is competing with Instacart and Amazon for retail grocery delivery.

Hard Rock-Branded Fueling Site Coming to Ohio
The Rockstop Gas and Wash will be the first Hard Rock-branded gas station and car wash.


May 15, 2017

PepsiCo Invests in Healthier Foods and Beverages
Company is advancing its goals to transform its product portfolio and offer healthier options through an agreement with Partnership for a Healthier America.

Parker’s Donates $20,000 to Local Public Schools
Donation was made possible through Parker’s Fueling the Community program.

Tom Thumb Raises $30,000 for Local Charities
Funds raised through the Mahi Mayhem Fishing Tournament will benefit two local charities.

Dunkin’ Donuts Brings Back Perks Week
The coffeehouse chain will add $5 to the accounts of new enrollees in DD Perks.

7‑Eleven Jumps on Latest Toy Craze
Convenience store chain is now selling Fidget Spinners, and a new TWIX-topped donut.


May 12, 2017

NACS, Cumberland Farms Make PHA Commitments
NACS is the first retail association to make a commitment with Partnership for a Healthier America, and Cumberland Farms becomes PHA’s largest c-store partner to date.

Jacob Schram Named European Industry Leader of the Year
Alimentation Couche-Tard group president will accept the award at the NACS Insight Convenience Summit–Europe.

Global Confectioners Pledge Transparency, Portion Guidance
By 2022, consumers will see more options in smaller packages with clear calorie labels from Mars Chocolate, Wrigley, Nestlé, Ferrero, Lindt, Ghirardelli, Russell Stover and Ferrara.

Dannon Company Surpasses Goals to Reduce Sugar and Fat
The company has successfully reduced sugar in all children’s products and exceeded nutrient density, sugar, and fat level goals for Dannon’s entire portfolio.

Pennsylvania Governor Visits Rutter’s on ‘Jobs That Pay’ Tour
Gov. Tom Wolf emphasized that retail often provides a career choice for many.

Unilever Ventures Invests in Sun Basket Meal Kit Startup
The company touted Sun Basket’s “healthy, organic meals service platform” as a clear leader in the meal kit market.

Wasting Money on Fighting Sugar
An op-ed in Forbes contends that the war on sugar isn’t making a dent in obesity.


May 11, 2017

Kroger to Open New C-Store Concept
Kroger’s convenience store division launches a new banner, Fresh Eats MKT.

And the Winner Is…
NACS and Insight reveal the 2017 International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award finalists, with the winner announced at the upcoming Convenience Summit–Europe.

Consumers Off to a Shaky Start in 2017
IRI survey suggests that uncertainty in early 2017 is causing consumers to engage in money-saving efforts; however, they will pay for premium products that hit the mark.

Feeding America to Play Bigger Role in Reducing Food Waste
MealConnect helps save food that might have gone to waste, then directs the rescued food to pantries and meal programs that serve people in need.


May 10, 2017

Diesel Vehicles Are Alive and Kicking
The Washington Auto Show displayed new light-duty diesel models from Range Rover, General Motors, Jaguar and Mercedes.

Most Retailers Still Prefer Cash
While trendy fast-casuals are making headlines with no-cash rules, the majority of merchants welcome dollars and cents.

Dunkin’ Donuts Speeds Up Service
The company’s research found that customers don’t want to linger in the store.

RaceTrac Launches “It’s Always Summer in the South” Campaign
The convenience store chain uses a mockumentary content series to highlight its Sodapalooza and Swirl World frozen dessert.

Pilot Flying J Treats Moms to Free Coffee
The Mother’s Day promotion for U.S. and Canadian customers runs May 14 to 20.

Monster Beverage Branches Out
The energy drink company will soon debut a non-carbonated energy drink and a zero-calorie carbonated soft drink.


May 9, 2017

Kroger Rolls Out Meal Kits
Grocer’s new meal kit solution is in response to the growing meal kit market dominated by the likes of Blue Apron and Hello Fresh.

Reward Your Employees With a NACS Scholarship
Time is fast running out to nominate tomorrow’s c-store leaders for a scholarship.

Act Now to Stop Debit Reform Repeal
Last week’s committee action brings legislation that would move debit swipe reform closer to the House of Representatives for a vote.

Where Are All the Shoppers?
This week’s NACS Convenience Matters podcast features Nielsen consultant Todd Hale.

Red Bull Soars Into Summer With Limited Time Offer
The new Red Bull Summer Edition Grapefruit Twist is available now through Labor Day.


May 8, 2017

Tobacco Regs Halt 7-Eleven Expansion Plans
City of Philadelphia is limiting the amount of permits it allows for retailers to sell tobacco products.

House Republicans Successfully Pass Health-Care Repeal
Second time’s the charm as the House of Representatives passes legislation that would repeal President Obama’s signature health-care reform law.

Calorie Count Delay Praised by Retailers
Convenience stores will use the delay to work with the FDA for the ability to post calories in a centralized location.

Amazon, Apple, Google, Intuit and PayPal Want to Protect Durbin
The alliance is speaking out against language contained in the Financial CHOICE Act that would repeal current debit swipe fee reforms.

ExxonMobil App Connects With Apple Watch
Consumers can use the Speedpass app through connected cars and the Apple Watch to activate the pump and purchase fuel.

Starbucks Accused of Stealing the Unicorn
New York City café and its owner have filed a federal trademark infringement lawsuit against Starbucks for allegedly stealing its Unicorn recipe.


May 5, 2017

Congress Passes Legislation to Fix SNAP Final Rule
Lawmakers direct FNS to redefine “variety” to work for small retailers.

NACS Opposes Action to Repeal Debit Swipe Fee Reform
Yesterday, the House Financial Services Committee reported the Financial Choice Act, moving it to the full House for a vote.

Florida Clerk Finds Gas Pump Skimmer
Customers attempted to distract the employee, but he saw through the scheme.

EPA Sends WOTUS Repeal Proposal to White House
The controversial rule could impact convenience stores near or touching protected water if it’s not repealed.

Rhode Island C-Stores Lobby Against Cigarette Tax Increase
Meanwhile, a new proposal in New York would hike the tobacco buying age to 19, with a military exemption.

Australian C-Store Growth Outpaces Grocery Stores
New figures show the industry grew 4.5% in 2016 and outperformed the grocery channel.


May 4, 2017

Santa Fe Says ‘No’ to Soda Tax
New Mexico voters rejected a tax increase on sweetened beverages.

Free Conexxus Webinar Focuses on Customer Engagement
Panelists will highlight customer experience insights that can help convenience store operators establish an engagement strategy.

Chipotle Launches Customizable Bachelor’s Degree Program
Business degree program integrates hands-on, applied learning with theory to accelerate career growth.

Rutter’s Raises $175,000 for Local Charities
Funds were raised this week during the company’s annual golf outing.

Otis Spunkmeyer Brings ‘No Funky Stuff’ to C-Stores
New line of packaged sweet snacks is free from high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, artificial colors and artificial flavors.


May 3, 2017

To Be Continued…
House Financial Services Committee resumes debating legislation that includes a full repeal of debit swipe fee reforms.

Sheetz to Hire More than 3,400 Additional Employees Companywide
Open interviews will take place today at all locations.

Plain Packaging Doesn’t Deter French Smokers
New figures show an increase in the number of smokers despite efforts by the French government to stamp out smoking.

Coca-Cola Expands Honest Sport
Organic sports drinks is now available at 400-plus natural foods locations.


May 2, 2017

FDA Delays Menu-Labeling Rule
The new compliance date is May 7, 2018.

House Committee Takes Up Debit Swipe Fee Reform
Today, the House Financial Services Committee will meet to markup the Financial CHOICE Act, which contains language to repeal debit swipe fee reforms.

Convenience Stores Enhance Fast, Hot Food Options
QSRs are feeling the pressure from food-focused convenience stores.

Center Aisle Woes
More grocers and consumers are choosing fresh foods over packaged products.

McDonald’s Creates Useless Utensil
Move over, Spork. McDonald’s has created the Frork.

Worldpay Offers Visa’s Quick Chip
Solution is intended to reduce overall chip card terminal wait time and provide speed of service.


May 1, 2017

The Meal That Keeps on Giving
Breakfast is so important that people are eating it twice during the morning daypart.

Daily Coffee Consumption Up Sharply
While the frequency of daily consumption continued to grow for all age groups, the most robust increase occurring is among those ages 13-18.

Enoc Opens First Solar-Powered Gas Station
Site will produce 120 kilowatts per hour at peak capacity.

Panera to Create 10,000 Delivery Jobs
New digital and mobile ordering-based service will provide meals to offices, hospitals, campuses and homes within an eight-minute drive.

Cumberland Farms Celebrates Its Great Place to Work Certification
Eighty-four percent of employees say Cumberland Farms is a great workplace.


Apr 28, 2017

FDA Delays Menu-Labeling Rule
White House signals a delay in the agency’s final menu-labeling rule, set to take effect on May 5.

Senate Committee Holds Hearing on WOTUS Rule
Under the controversial rule, convenience stores near or touching protected water will be subject to special permitting and Clean Water Act requirements.

Hershey Releases Limited-Edition ‘Flavors of America’ Confections
Iconic brands feature new flavors inspired by popular summertime destinations.

Table for Two at Taco Bell
Taco Bell is taking reservations at its headquarters’ test kitchen via OpenTable.


Apr 27, 2017

Retailers Gather in Washington to Save Debit Reform
House committee meets as merchants walk Capitol Hill.

Trump Administration Outlines Tax Plan
The corporate tax rate would drop to 15% from 35%, and both the estate tax and alternative minimum tax would be repealed.

Labor Shortage Threatens Japan’s Convenience Store Growth
As the population declines, so too has its workforce and availability of part-time workers.

Twinkies Expands its Flavor Profile
Iconic brand is introducing a chocolate sponge cake to its line-up.

Tyson Foods to Acquire AdvancePierre
Combined, the two companies will enhance growth opportunities in convenience foods.


Apr 26, 2017

Believe in the Numbers
In both business and blackjack, Conexxus keynote Jeff Ma shares an extraordinary tale that proves how data trumps luck and gut feelings every time.

NACS Chairman Questions House Committee Plan to “Fix” Debit Reform
“Reform is working,” writes Rahim Budhwani in an opinion piece.

Industry Pioneers Inducted to Conexxus Hall of Fame
Sharon Scace of WEX and David Ezell of Verifone were inducted to the Conexxus Hall of Fame this week at the group’s annual conference in Annapolis.

Kellogg’s Debuts New On-the-Go Snacks
The innovative products for convenience stores are designed to garner repeat customers.

Men Shop Grocery Stores As Often As Women
A new study reveals key insights from in-depth analysis of more than 4 million grocery shopping trips.

States Work to Unify Food Truck Licensure
Cities and counties within states have been regulating the industry, which has created confusing and conflicting rules.


Apr 25, 2017

Help Save Debit Reform Today
NACS asks its members to urge their representatives to keep debit reforms intact.

A Conversation with the NACS Chairman
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast features 2016-2017 NACS Chairman Rahim Budhwani.

Created for Sharing
More retailers are putting unique, limited-time items on the menu for clicks.

Florida Bills Take Aim at Skimmers
The proposals would make it a felony to possess or sell skimming devices in the state.

Subway Locations Drop
For the first time, more Subway stores closed in the United States than opened.

Indiana Closes Cold Beer Loophole
The move comes in response to Ricker’s obtaining a cold beer license.


Apr 24, 2017

NACS Compensation and Benefits Report Now Available
Utilizing vital industry benchmarks helps retailers develop a more competitive compensation strategy to attract, engage and retain top talent.

Hershey Helps Consumers Make Smart Snack Choices
Half of the company’s standard- and king-size confections will be 200 calories or less by 2022.

Buc-ee’s Vies for Guinness World Book Status
XXL convenience and fuel retailing chain is building the longest car wash in the world.

Jones Soda Green Apple Now Available at 7-Eleven
New fountain flavor is available at 7-Eleven’s Pacific Northwest location.

SPAR Netherlands Renovates Stores to Reflect New Design
The new stores are designed around meal occasions.


Apr 21, 2017

Pinnacle Loyalty Now Supports Conexxus Integration Standards
The integration announcement comes ahead of the Conexxus Annual Conference next week.

New York City Proposal Would Push Cigarette Cost to Nation’s Highest
The mayor’s bill would raise the base price per pack of cigarettes to $13.

Own the ‘C’ in Convenience
Jeff Lenard of NACS cited survey results that show customers want clean restrooms and healthy food options at the NACS State of the Industry Summit earlier this month.

How to Comply With New Menu Labeling Requirements
NACS members can watch an on-demand webinar for answers.

Thumbs Up: Mastercard Unveils Next Generation Biometric Card
South African trials demonstrated the convenience and security of fingerprint verification.

CVS Reduces Space Devoted to Junk Food
The drugstore chain will create more floor space to health products and healthy foods.


Apr 20, 2017

House Chairman Proposes Legislation to Repeal Debit Reform
Rep. Jeb Hensarling announced a draft of the Financial CHOICE Act.

Fill Up, Fuel Up and Empty the Trash
Convenience retailers spend about $600 per store per month for recycling and trash collection programs, or about $1.2 billion industry-wide on an annual basis.

Smoothie and Cold-Pressed Operator
Take a tour of Mendez Fuel and see firsthand its commitment to healthy food, drinks and craft beer in an Ideas 2 Go video segment.

Subway Introduces Food Ordering on Facebook with a Bot
Customers can order with a bot via Messenger to more than 26,500 restaurants in the United States.

Strong Beer Sales a Reality for Kansas Retailers
New law allows for stronger beer sales in grocery and convenience stores in 2019.


Apr 19, 2017

NACS Urges USDA To Reconsider Proposed SNAP Application Changes
The c-store industry files comments with the agency on its recent proposal.

Japanese C-stores Move to Self-checkout
Within a decade, the nation’s largest retailers will have computer kiosks that can scan entire baskets of items at a time.

McDonald’s: Getting to Know You
The fast-food chain has plans to gather lots of data from customers via its mobile ordering system.


Apr 18, 2017

Restaurant Sales Disappoint in Q1
This first quarter of 2017 seems to be consistent with 2016 as the industry chugs along and the rest of the economy gradually improves.

Walmart Calls on Consumers to Help Fight Hunger
Purchase of products and donations at the register will help Feeding America secure 100 million meals.

Red Robin Delves Into Mobile Ordering
Burger chain is launching digital ordering capabilities at restaurants nationwide.

Starbucks Is Planting a Lot of Trees
Starbucks is fighting for the future of coffee with 100 million coffee trees by 2025.


Apr 17, 2017

Snapchat Gives Advertisers More Location Data
A new ad product provides retailers with data on who’s using the app where.

Banks Reach Into Customers’ Pockets
In an op-ed, Jay Ricker talks about how financial firms gouge customers and retailers alike with huge credit card processing fees.

Customers Put QuikTrip on Top
Other chains receiving high praise included Cumberland Farms, Kwik Trip, Sheetz and Wawa.

Sweet Success for Chocolate
Seasonal offerings topped chocolate new product development last year.

Remitly Expands to United Kingdom
The U.S. payments startup has launched its services in England.

NACS, NGA Ask FDA to Stay Final Menu Rule Effective Date
The two associations filed a citizen petition outlining why the rules should be reconsidered.


Apr 14, 2017

Whole Foods Checks Its Temperature
After years of same-store sales growth, the specialty grocer is no longer the only game in town for healthy, natural and organic foods—and it’s costing the retailer.

Winston ‘Select’ Arrives at Retail
In blind taste tests, Winston Select performed exceptionally well with adult smokers.

Home Prices and Sales Pick Up Steam
Redfin suggests that 2017 is on track to be the fastest housing market on record.


Apr 13, 2017

Automation Could Displace 25M Jobs by 2027
However, technology will also create 14.9 million new jobs in the next decade, with automation creating jobs equivalent to 10% of the workforce through 2027.

Millennials Are Driving Demand for Healthier Snacks
Study suggests that millennials are the driving force behind growth in better-for-you snacks.

New York C-Store Industry Defeats Cigar Tax Shift
Gov. Cuomo had proposed a switch in the cigar tax from 75% of wholesale value to 45 cents a stick.

Gas Station TV, Verifone Announce Joint Venture
Combined network offers will engage consumers at the pump and on-the-go.

A Win for Australian C-Stores
Government committee makes recommendations that would allow convenience stores to sell alcohol.


Apr 12, 2017

Americans Plan to Spend Their Retirement Working
Nearly 20% of Americans age 65 and older were in the labor force last year, up from 16% in 2007 and 10.8% in 1985.

Not So Fast
Next generation of drivers is more worried than excited about the concept of self-driving vehicles.

Fancy Coffee Gets Dressed Down
Chains like Locol believe customers shouldn’t have to pay more than $1 for a good cup of coffee.


Apr 11, 2017

Managing the Pace of Change
At last week’s NACS State of the Industry Summit, Kellogg professor Robert Wolcott said successful companies both sustain the present and evolve toward the future.

For the Love of (Gas Station) Food
Which gas station serves the best cow tongue in Arkansas or has vegan food in Virginia? Listen to the latest Convenience Matters podcast.

McDonald’s Recruits Applicants Through Snapchat
McDonald’s in Australia teamed up with Snapchat, allowing job seekers to send a 10-second video application.

Stripes, APlus Team Up to Support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Convenience store chains have raised more than $11 million since 2000 for sick and injured kids.

Restaurant Industry Facing a ‘Defining Moment’
Consumer survey shows that travel and other experiences are replacing dining-out.


Apr 10, 2017

Where Retail Trends Are Heading
Nielsen consultant Todd Hale talked about current and future shopper and retail format trends at the NACS State of the Industry Summit.

Rutter’s Uncorks Wine Sales
Changes in Pennsylvania’s liquor laws are bringing beer and wine sales to the York-based c-store chain.

Kansas C-Stores Closer to Full-Strength Beer Sales
State Senate approved a measure to allow convenience and grocery stores to sell up to 6% beer.

More on Sunoco and 7-Eleven
Approximately 200 convenience stores in North and West Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma will be sold in a separate process.

Meet Sally; She Makes Salads
Sally the Salad Robot creates custom salads with up to 21 ingredients in less than a minute.

Panera, JAB Announce Merger Agreement
Krispy Kreme parent company will acquire Panera for $7.5 billion.


Apr 7, 2017

4 Predictions for the Future of C-Stores
One NACS State of the Industry presenter looks ahead.

New Menu Labeling Regulations Webinar
Join retailers and compliance experts on April 13 to learn more on compliance with this new regulation.

7-Eleven Signs Agreement With Sunoco LP
As part of the agreement, 7-Eleven will acquire approximately 1,108 convenience stores located in 18 states.

Grocerants Capture Restaurant Dollars
Increasingly, supermarkets have upped their fresh prepared food to restaurant quality.

Trash Reduction
Here are seven ways restaurants and other foodservice vendors can have less food waste.


Apr 6, 2017

Convenience In-Store Sales Hit New Record: ‘Have We Figured This Thing Out?’
Subtle sales changes set up the future of c-store sales.

Economist Sees Good News for C-Stores in Trump’s Agenda
Nelson offers cautiously positive, convenience-level view of president’s priorities.

Ricker’s Gives Indiana Lawmakers Free Burritos
The Indiana legislature might reverse a decision that allows the c-store chain to sell cold beer at two locations.

North Carolina Considers Raising Tobacco Buying Age to 21
So far this year, at least eight other state legislatures are debating similar bills.

Wind to Power Texas 7-Eleven Locations
This week, 7-Eleven signed an agreement with TXU Energy to utilize the wind for store operations.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee Will Receive ACM A.M. Turing Award
The inventor of the World Wide Web was the opening general session speaker at NACStech 2007.


Apr 5, 2017

Supreme Court Will Hear WOTUS Case
This ruling could impact retailers located near a protected body of water.

Pennsylvania Proposal Would Let Supermarkets, C-Stores Stock Liquor
The bill’s sponsor said it would provide “more choice for consumers.”

Amazon Cash Provides Another Way to Pay
The online retailer wanted to give those without credit cards a payment option.

The Future Group Plans Convenience Stores Driven by Loyalty
The stores will offer memberships that will give those shoppers steep discounts.

Starbucks Eyes Midwest, Suburbs as Growth Opportunities
The new CEO also sees the lunch daypart as key to increasing sales.

Pinnacle, Lynch Oil Launch Mr. Gas Consumer Mobile App
The app can be used by consumers in the Burley, Idaho, area.


Apr 4, 2017

QuikTrip Lands on ‘Companies That Care’ List
People magazine names top U.S. companies that demonstrate respect and compassion for their workforce.

IRI Names Successful CPG Brands of 2016
In convenience stores, median year-one sales across the top 10 reached $23.4 million.

Get Noticed for Your Clean Restrooms
Nominations are open now through July 28 for Cintas’ annual America’s Best Restroom contest.

McDonald’s Is Switching from Frozen to Fresh Beef
QSR will serve fresh beef in all Quarter Pounder burgers by mid-2018.


Apr 3, 2017

Sales Surge Expected to Continue in Q2 2017 for Convenience Stores
Roughly half of all retailers surveyed say that low gas prices have helped grow their sales.

Take a Store Tour of Augusta’s Metro Market
NACS Ideas 2 Go video highlights Metro Market.

Starbucks Tests Mobile-Only Store
Café within the company’s Seattle HQ building will trial a new mobile ordering and pay concept.

Panera Bread to Post Added Sugars and Calories
Signage ‘at the point of pour’ lists added sugars and calories on all fountain beverages.

World’s Strongest Coffee Comes to U.S.
Black Insomnia delivers much more than just flavor.


Mar 31, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Surcharge Bans Might Violate Retailers’ Free Speech
The narrow ruling said that lower courts could hear challenges on whether the New York law inhibits how retailers advertise prices.

NACS Submits Statement on Regulatory Reform
This week, the Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship heard testimony on how small businesses challenge and influence regulations.

Smart Gas Stations: How Technology Influences Convenience Retail
During a recent talk, Mark Wohltmann, NACS Europe director, shared the 11 current big trends impacting Russia’s gas stations.

Hostess Expands In-Store Bakery Presence
Hostess Bake Shop debut is driven by category growth and rising consumer demand for fresh and high-quality baked goods.

NACS Government Relations Wins Gold Pollie Award
This is the sixth time the GR department has been honored with a Pollie.


Mar 30, 2017

Seattle Grocery Shoppers Head to Amazon Pick-Ups
New bricks-and-mortar site available to Seattle-area customers who are Amazon Prime members.

Dunkin’ Makes Ordering Ahead Easier With Waze
Chain is the first brand to partner with Waze’s new order-ahead feature through its mobile app.

Steady Growth for Small and Independent Brewers
Brewers Association releases 2016 statistics for the craft beer category.

MAPCO Enhances its Mobile Offer
Convenience retailer teams up with Koupon to drive customer loyalty and increase sales in-store.


Mar 29, 2017

Lawmakers Lobbied From Both Sides of Swipe-fee Issue
Interest groups are pressing their case either for or against changing the fee limits on debit card transactions.

Convenience Stores Shine Spotlight on Human Trafficking
In Our Backyard teams with retailers on anti-trafficking campaigns.

The Continuing Popularity of Twinkies
The snack cake has seen a resurgence of interest, even as Americans embrace more healthy eating.

Montana Considers Hiking Tobacco Taxes
Legislation would also add a tax on vapor and electronic cigarettes.


Mar 28, 2017

NGA Aligns Fall Leadership Meetings with the NACS Show
Strategic partnership explores emerging trends in foodservice, retail motor fuels, consumer-facing technologies and more.

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Appeal Over Swipe Fee Settlement
The Second Circuit’s ruling that the settlement did not sufficiently protect the interests of some merchants will stand.

Amazon Delays C-Store Opening
Retailer cites technical complications with its ‘Just Walk Out’ checkout system.

Highlight the C in ‘C-Store’—for Community
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast discusses NACS’s new toolkit, focused on helping retailers strengthen community relationships.

Fuels Institute Publishes E85 Report
New research analyzes the retail sales price and volume of E85 over a 13-month period.

UPS Found Liable for New York Cigarette Shipments
Federal judge says the United Parcel Service is liable for illegally shipping hundreds of thousands of cartons of untaxed cigarettes in New York.

7-Eleven Announces Women’s Franchise Initiative Competition
To increase its own number of female franchisees, 7-Eleven is kicking off a franchise give-away contest exclusively for women entrepreneurs.


Mar 27, 2017

Health Care Repeal Legislation Collapses
GOP effort fails to garner enough votes for passage through the House of Representatives.

NACS Publishes Community Toolkit
Online, interactive resources showcase examples of how convenience retailers are making a difference in their communities by giving back.

Governor Christie Praises QuickChek’s 50 Years of Growth
New Jersey governor visited QuickChek’s newest store, calling the c-store ‘a good news company.’


Mar 24, 2017

‘Alexa, Ask Starbucks to Start My Latte’
Strategic growth plans include voice ordering through Amazon Alexa and Ford vehicles.

Emerging Brands Highlight Changing Consumer Taste Buds
New survey indicates fast-casual brands that exhibit strong growth potential.​

MillerCoors, IPG Create One-Button Ordering for Beer
Initial test for the Amazon Dash button will begin with 500 customers.

Students, Police Partner to Combat Underage Drinking
Participants worked side-by-side in local Fas Mart convenience stores.

Five-Hour ENERGY Partners With MLB
Living Essentials announces MLB-themed Extra Strength Apple Pie Flavored 5-hour ENERGY Shots.


Mar 23, 2017

How to Develop Your Team Members
QuickChek shares pioneering front-line training at the NACS HR Forum in Nashville this week.

Freshii CEO Pens Open Letter to Subway
‘Dear Subway’ suggests that the two brands explore a partnership to convert select Subway locations to Freshii restaurants.

New York C-Stores Fight Massive Shift in Cigar Tax
Gov. Cuomo recommends changing the current method of taxing cigars from a percentage of wholesale value to 45 cents per cigar.

PepsiCo Pulls Soft Drinks from Philly Shelves
Citing the city’s new soda tax, Pepsi is pulling 2-liter and 12-pack products from grocery store shelves.

Costa Coffee Fires Up Expansion Plans
U.K. coffee brand is quadrupling its roasting capacity to meet growing global demand.

More Retailers Open Beer Caves in Pennsylvania
Recent changes in the state’s liquor laws are bringing new ways for consumers to buy cold beer.


Mar 22, 2017

Target Reimagines Stores for Added Convenience
New design features are geared toward creating a customized approach for shoppers, including a heavy investment in digital enhancements.

Making Sense of FDA Deeming Regulations
Yesterday’s NACS Show Speaker Chat took questions related to 2016 education session, ‘The Impact of FDA Deeming Regulations on the C-Store Tobacco and Vapor Business.’

Hershey’s Sourcemap Provides Greater Food Transparency
The interactive online tool gives consumers the ability to trace ingredients back to the agricultural source.

Costco Delivers to Doorsteps
New delivery service through a partnership with Shipt kicks off in the Tampa metro area.

ATM Skimming Attacks Continue Worldwide
Latest European fraud update finds that card skimming-related losses were reported in 45 countries.

Korean Artist Memorializes Convenience Stores
Me Kyeoung Lee creates charming sketches of South Korea’s family-run convenience stores.


Mar 21, 2017

Tackling Employee Concerns at the NACS HR Forum
Industry human resources professionals engage in an education deep-dive this week in Nashville, beginning with insights from RaceTrac Petroleum.

It’s Gonna Be a Bumpy Ride for the Fuels Markets
Buckle up and hold on tight; we’re about to take a wild ride with fuels prices, says Tom Kloza in the latest Convenience Matters podcast.

Tennessee C-Stores Find Success With Wine Sales
Nine months after the state relaxed regulations to allow the sale of wine at grocery and convenience stores, wine sales have been strong.

Is that a Dollar General or a Walmart?
The dollar store chain has begun aping some of the successful strategies of Walmart.

McDonald’s Tests Fresh Beef at More Stores
The fast-food chain now cooks fresh beef patties at more than 300 locations.

Consumers Are Buying More Than Products
PepsiCo’s first chief design officer points out how consumers value experience over products.


Mar 20, 2017

Tobacco Firms Cite Strong Demand for Next Generation Products
Since launching glo in Japan, BAT says demand for the tobacco heating product has overwhelmed supply in its Japan-based test market.

Domino’s Eyes Voice Assistance Technology
Pizza chain it looking to boost its digital presence by adding voice assistance capabilities.

U.S. Senators Urge President Trump to Maintain Point of Obligation
The senators outlined the detrimental effects of changing the point of obligation under the Renewable Fuel Standard from refiners to blenders, marketers or retailers.

New York Convenience Stores Support Compensation Rate Adjustment
State Senator Tony Avella’s legislation seeks to increase retailer lottery commissions from 6% to 8%.

First Grocery Company Joins Plenti
Southeastern Grocers LLC is the first grocer to join the U.S.-based loyalty coalition.


Mar 17, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day Spending to Reach $5.3 Billion
More Americans will be spending the most amount ever to celebrate the luck of the Irish.

Changing Hearts and Minds at the NACS Government Relations Conference
Attendees at last week’s meeting met with members of Congress on key issues affecting their businesses.

Majority of Americans Want Seasonal Ingredients Year-round
New Mintel research finds that 67% of consumers would prefer the option of seasonal food and drink throughout the year.

Small Retailers Urge Agency to Keep Point of Obligation
Lance Klatt with Minnoco shares why his company supports keeping the status quo on the Renewable Fuel Standard’s point of obligation.

Snyder's-Lance Wants to Change Snacks With Consumer-centric Innovation
New baking and cooking methods, exciting flavors and clean ingredients fuel consumers' desire for better snacks.

NACS GR Director Shares Legislative Update with Fuel Marketer News
Paige Anderson provides an in-depth look at what her association is keeping an eye on this year.


Mar 16, 2017

NACS Launches Fuels Resources
New 2017 resources at the Fuels Resource Center will launch weekly that address issues top of mind with consumers and the media.

International Retail Award Deadline March 31
Only a few weeks remain to submit your entry for the NACS Insight European Convenience Retailing Awards Program.

Amazon’s Prime Now Service Adds Alcohol
Prime members in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, can now add beer and wine to their order for delivery in one hour or less.

Caribou Coffee Comes Clean
Coffeehouse says it’s the first chain to offer clean-label beverages.

Rich’s Foodservice Launches New Pizza Program for C-Stores
New program is designed for retailers who have never been in the pizza business and are looking for a turnkey solution.


Mar 15, 2017

McDonald’s Expands McCafé
The burger chain is testing three new beverages in Northern California.

Convenience Stores Gear Up to Take On Discount, E-commerce Retailers
Mark Wohltmann discusses Convenience Summit Europe and what’s happening with convenience stores in that sector.

Improving Data Protection
NACS revisits “Technical Tools for Data Protection” from the 2016 Show in a webinar form.

ExxonMobil Adds Samsung Pay to Speedpass+ App
Consumers can now use Samsung Pay directly through the Speedpass+ app.

Walmart Tests Touchscreen in Toy Aisle
The discount retailer calls it an “endless aisle-type concept.”


Mar 14, 2017

Amazon Strikes Deal with Repsol
Agreement allows customers to pick up packages at almost 4,000 gas stations in Spain and Portugal.

Healthy Advice From a Dietician
NACS podcast looks at how retailers and consumers can determine the best path forward when considering healthy options.

How SIEM Can Help Manage Complex IT Environments
Webinar highlights benefits of implementing a Security Information and Event Management solution.

Retailers Missed Out on $150 Billion in 2016
Survey suggests retailers would increase their revenue 5% by providing shoppers with a more personalized customer experience.


Mar 13, 2017

When C-Stores and The New York Times Collide
Feature highlights hidden gems of single-store operator foodservice programs that rival any restaurant.

QuikTrip Named Great Place to Work
For 15 years, the convenience retailer has been named to Fortune’s top 100 places to work.

Beverage Crown Goes to Bottled Water
Bottled water surpassed carbonated soft drinks in 2016, making it the largest beverage category by volume in the United States.

BP Unveils First Retail Fuels Site in Mexico
Opening marks start of five-year plan to open about 1,500 retail sites for Mexican consumer market.

Chipotle Closes Asian Concept
ShopHouse grew to 15 units since launching in 2011.

VERC Enterprises Partners with Hopeful Journeys Educational Center
Two students will be invited to intern at a VERC convenience store.


Mar 10, 2017

Mars, Sheetz Recognized on Fortune’s 2017 Best Companies to Work for List
Both companies strive to reward employees for hard work and great service.

Get Answers to Your Questions
Join the NACS Show live chat series for a chance to talk with top-rated speakers from the 2016 Show.

Fortune Outlines Five Behaviors of Walmart Customers
As the nation’s largest retailer, the trends impacting Walmart shoppers could also impact your store.

Reese’s Crunchy Cookie Cup to Launch This May
The new product comes stuffed with crunchy, chocolate cookie bits.

100 Years
A century after the checkout stand was invented, Amazon Go could be poised to disrupt the convenience industry.


Mar 9, 2017

NACS Storms Capitol Hill
A diverse group of convenience industry professionals spent Wednesday meeting with their legislators in Washington.

Mobile Ordering Now Used by Billions
NPD Group says digital foodservice ordering accounts for 1.9 billion of all U.S. foodservice visits.

U.S. Senators Oppose Rollback of Fuel Economy Emissions Standards
Senators say current emissions standards are helping consumers save at the pump, decrease pollution and reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil.

Verifone Investigating Data Breach
Company confirms cyber attempt was limited to controllers at about 24 convenience stores.

Mars Unveils Easter Candy Line-Up
Candy sales are likely to increase, as this year’s Easter season is three weeks longer than 2016.

Yesway Convenience Stores Say ‘TANK YOU’
Customer appreciation promotion offers deals on in-store purchases for customers at the pump.


Mar 8, 2017

Industry Stakeholders Prepare to Take on Capitol Hill
New programming at this year’s NACS Government Relations Conference primed first-time attendees for successful meetings with their legislators.

‘Day Without a Woman’ Protest Held Nationwide Today
The national day of protest coincides with International Women’s Day.

Are Gas Stations the New Grocery Stores?
Millennials are using convenience stores to buy essentials.

Using Trends to Improve Customer Satisfaction
NACS revisits “Trendspotting: A Customer’s Perspective” from the 2016 Show in a webinar form.

Indiana Convenience Stores Call Cigarette Tax Hike Proposal ‘Devastating’
The Indiana Grocery and Convenience Store Association warns that such an increase would put state retailers at a huge disadvantage.

U.K. Smoking Numbers Drop
New data finds that the number of smokers has declined significantly since 2012, along with the daily number of cigarettes smoked.


Mar 7, 2017

Industry’s Premier Benchmarking Event Less Than a Month Away
Upcoming NACS State of the Industry Summit is the only event where convenience retailers gain access to the newest metrics, as well as industry trends and opportunities.

Subway Fights Back Against Fake Chicken Claims
Allegation that Canadian locations serve chicken that is 50% chicken is 100% incorrect, says Subway.

Alta Convenience Raises $53,057 for Make-A-Wish
Funds were raised through the Buy-A-Star, Make-A-Wish in-store campaign.

Dunkin’ Donuts Is Removing Artificial Colors
Company will remove synthetic colorings from its U.S. menu by 2019, beginning with new cream cheese spreads this month.


Mar 6, 2017

Cannabis Business Could Impact Beer Sales
Study suggests that legal cannabis sales could take away 7.1% of revenues from the beer industry.

Swipe Fees: What You Need to Know
NACS podcast shares the status of swipe strategies to capture more customers at the pump and get them inside the store.

Wawa Brings Back ‘Free Coffee Fridays’
During March, Wawa Rewards members are treated to free coffee on Fridays.

Introducing the Sneakers That Order a Pizza
Pizza Hut’s “Pie Top” sneakers can order pie by pressing a button on the shoe’s tongue.

PepsiCo Extends Line of 1893 Cola
Two new flavors will launch this spring.


Mar 3, 2017

McDonald’s Heads Back to Its Roots
The fast-food burger chain has decided to focus on its core products and customers.

NACS Signs Group Letter to EPA Asking for No Change on Point of Obligation
A coalition of 16 organizations urged the new agency head to keep the status quo on the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Senator, or Governor?
In the past, governors aspired to the Senate, but the trend is beginning to reverse.

New Mexico Minimum Wage Hike Passes Senate
The bill would bump the state minimum wage from $7.50 per hour to $9.

Canada Unveils Aggressive Plan to Lower Tobacco Usage
The government wants less than 5% of Canadians using tobacco by 2035.


Mar 2, 2017

Sen. Durbin, Rep. Welch Speak Out on Swipe Fee Repeal Efforts
Champions of 2010 debit swipe fee reform say that repealing the Durbin Amendment will double bank debit fees and decrease competition.

Fuel Customers Will Change How They Shop
NACS podcast highlights strategies for getting more fuel-only customers inside the store.

Drivers Can Skip the DMV and Head to Sheetz
West Virginia DMV has installed the self-service kiosks in two Sheetz stores.

GasBuddy Adds Customer Reviews to Mobile App
Consumer ratings and reviews list convenience stores with cleanest restrooms, best coffee, best customer service and best overall experience.

Albertsons and Chevron Launch Joint Reward Points Program
St. George, Utah, customers can now earn rewards points toward fuel purchases.


Mar 1, 2017

White House Denies Rumors on Ethanol Mandate Change
No plans for an executive order on point of obligation, according to White House spokeswoman.

Trump Administration Plans EPA Revamp
The president signed an executive order to start the process of unraveling the Waters of the U.S. rule.

Making New Employees Comfortable
Merit Gest revisits NACS Show education session, “Welcome Aboard!”

West Virginia Governor Proposes Soda Tax, Higher Tobacco Taxes
Gov. Justice calls for a penny-per-ounce soda tax.

Starbucks Heads to Italy With Luxury Roastery
The high-end Milan location will open in 2018.

Restaurants Embrace the App
More foodservice establishments are using digital ordering and mobile apps.


Feb 28, 2017

Walmart, IBM Developing a Food Safety Solution
By using blockchain technology, the companies hope to develop a traceable and transparent food safety solution for the entire supply chain.

Wendy’s Is Installing Self-Serve Kiosks
QSR says about 1,000 of its U.S. locations will have self-serve kiosks in place by year’s end.

Tesco Shakes Up Express Store Operations
Changes include 3,300 new shift leader roles and eliminating the deputy manager position.

Dunkin’ and Keurig Expand Single-Serve Coffee Partnership
Companies are bringing singles to the workplace and hospitality customers.

Coca-Cola, Church’s Chicken Make a Commitment
Relationship promises new flavors, fountain equipment and promotions for the next eight years.


Feb 27, 2017

Consumer Insights On Tap for NACS SOI Summit
Upcoming NACS data and analysis event offers latest c-store industry insights and views on the current retail and shopper landscape.

NACS Member Educates Congress on Point of Obligation
Chronister Oil’s Bryce Rawers encourages the EPA to preserve the Renewable Fuel Standard and keep the point of obligation compliance structure in place.

Kwik Star Express Expands Shopping Offers
New Iowa location features groceries, a walk-in humidor and ready-to-eat foods.

Local Police, Mac’s Partner for Positive Ticketing Program
Operation Heat and Operation Freeze reward kids for their positive behavior.

Chick Fil-A Pops Up in Dublin
Visit to Ireland is part of a series of European pop-ups for the fast-food chain.


Feb 24, 2017

NACS Files Comments with EPA To Keep Point of Obligation
NACS urges the agency to keep the current compliance structure in place under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

BAT Vapor Business Biggest in World Outside United States
British American Tobacco reports that its alternative tobacco products, such as its Vype brand, point to the future.

Philadelphia Soda Tax Leads to Workforce Reduction at Grocery, Distributors
Meanwhile, Mexican soft drink sales continue to decline.

States Continue to Push for Tobacco Buying Age of 21
Vermont and Florida are the latest legislatures to debate the issue.

QuickChek Selected One of the Best Places to Work in New Jersey, New York
This is a repeat accolade for the family-owned chain.


Feb 23, 2017

McDonald’s Entices Customers with Kiosks
Touchscreen ordering is spreading to more of the QSR’s U.S. locations.

Best Pricing on European Summit Ends Soon
Save More Than 20% before February 28 when you register for the NACS Insight Convenience Summit–Europe; new program content just announced.

The House Specials
Changes in Congress and Trump administration suggest a special election season that will run until Independence Day.

Enmarket Raises $15,000 for Partnership for a Healthier America
Funds will help bring an end to childhood obesity.

Jack Link’s Looks to Broaden Appeal
Company is expanding product lines, shifting its marketing strategies and has opened a new showroom in Minneapolis.

Mondelez Revamps Snack Products
The company has added a new line of snack bars and crackers without GMOs and artificial ingredients.


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.


Jan 23, 2017

Illinois Considering Sugary Drinks Tax
The proposal to tax soft drinks is included as part of the state senate’s “grand bargain” to approve a budget.

What SNAP Rules Mean for Retailers
The latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast covers what retailers need to know about SNAP.

Tesco Testing ‘Relaxed’ Checkout Lane in Scotland
The pilot program has older people in mind, especially those with dementia, who might appreciate a little extra time at the cash register.

National Restaurant Association Asks Supreme Court to Rule on Tip Sharing
The existing regulations prohibit sharing tips with cooks and dishwashers.

Wrigley Debuts Products, Programs That Support Better-For-You Trends
The way retailers stock and organize their shelves is evolving, especially with healthy items on the rise.

Pizza Hut U.S. Restaurants To Fill 11,000 Job Openings
The world’s largest pizza restaurant company is trying to beef up staff ahead of its biggest sales day: Super Bowl Sunday.


Jan 20, 2017

Washington State, Texas Consider Raising Smoking Age to 21
Both states have new efforts to increase the minimum tobacco-buying age.

Can Coffee Shops Succeed Without Wi-Fi?
Several New York City cafes have pulled the plug on Wi-Fi or banned laptops, and found that customers appreciate the chance to chat.

Basic Safety Sense for Convenience Stores
Minimize reward and maximize visibility to make convenience stores more secure.

McDonald’s Unveils Two New Big Macs
But the burgers still have the special sauce on all-beef patties.

CVS Focuses on Better-For-You Beverages
The new pilot program in 450 stores stocks healthier drinks on the shelf and in grab-and-go coolers.


Jan 19, 2017

Virginia Nixes Online Lottery Ticket Sales
A subcommittee killed legislation that would have allowed the state’s lottery to sell tickets via the Internet.

Ensure Congress Supports Your Business
Register today for the NACS Government Relations Conference March 6-8 on Capitol Hill.

With Tighter Labor Markets, How Does Your Company Stack Up?
Strengthen your performance using industry-wide insights for employee compensation, turnover and benefits at every level.

Railroads, Truckers Join Fight to Change the Renewable Fuel Standard
The organizations sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, asking the agency to keep the RFS the same.

Convenience Stores Can Guard Against Thefts of Donation Boxes
Retailers help charities collect close to $1 billion in donations from customers.

7-Eleven Adds Pizza for the Morning Crowd
The breakfast pizza has bacon, sausage, ham, eggs, gravy and cheese.

FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Free Tobacco Samples and Vape Shops
The documents may be applicable to NACS members who engage in tobacco sales.


Jan 18, 2017

NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe Connects Global Industry Leaders
Registration is now open for the June 11-16 event taking place in Zurich and London.

Rutter’s Attacks Snacking with Hot Foods
Unique grab-n-go pouches allow shoppers to easily take home some of the chain’s popular hot foods.

Oslo Temporarily Bans Diesel Cars
For two days this week, diesel cars are banned from Oslo, Norway, due to high levels of air pollution.

Technology Investments Pay Off
New report identifies three strategic areas of attention: seamless shopping experience, personalization and store transformation.

BAT Acquires Reynolds American
Merger creates a stronger global tobacco and ‘Next Generation Products’ company.


Jan 17, 2017

Consumers Would Rather Wash Dishes Than Shop In-Store
Study highlights a growing divide between retailers and consumers on the importance of physical stores.

RaceTrac Highlights Morning Purchasing Trends
Customers are more likely to reach for roller grill items over doughnuts.

USDA Reports on Ethanol Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Analysis suggests that ethanol reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 43% compared to gasoline.

Pot Shops Take a Page From Apple and Whole Foods
Cannabis stores in California are going upscale to attract shoppers who previously stayed away.

Ottawa Corner Store Initiative Brings More Fresh Foods
Pilot program is bringing healthier options to local corner stores.


Jan 16, 2017

Congress Moves Toward Obamacare Repeal
The U.S. House took the first steps on Friday to repeal President Obama’s signature health care law.

2016 Was a Bad Year for Restaurants
December 2016 sales plunged the restaurant industry into its weakest month in three years.

An Assessment of the U.S. Fuel Distribution Network
The latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast shares new research about the U.S. fuels infrastructure.

Simply Launches Two All-Natural Flavors
New line extensions include Simply Peach and Simply Lemonade with Strawberry.


Jan 13, 2017

7-Eleven Earns Top Spot in the Franchise 500
The convenience store chain shot to the No. 1 spot in the annual Entrepreneur ranking.

Should Congress Promote a Free Market or Fix Prices?
An opinion piece by Lyle Beckwith shows how a free market works for everyone.

Say (and Eat) Cheese!
Americans might be drinking less milk, but they are gobbling up cheese.

New Hampshire Lawmaker Sponsors Bill to Overturn Smoking Bans
The measure would let privately operated retailers decide on whether to allow smoking on their premises.

Taco Bell to Launch Naked Chicken Chalupa January 26
The shell is the chicken and the chicken is the shell.


Jan 12, 2017

Convenience Retailer Participants Needed for NACS State of the Industry Report
Members provide the data; NACS conducts the analysis and delivers the live preview of the strategic insights from the report’s findings.

Retail Community Calls on Congress to Protect Debit Reform
More than 760 retail companies send letters to lawmakers.

Enmarket Fundraiser Aims to Help End Childhood Obesity
Customers can add $1 to purchases in support of a healthier future for children.

Honda, Visa Demonstrate In-Vehicle Payments with Gilbarco and IPS Group
In-vehicle payment option features Visa payment technology.

Kellogg Company Unveils Full Slate of New Products
Company is planning to launch more than 50 new products this year.

Burger King Brews New Coffee Program
The QSR’s new BK Joe coffee blend is now available hot or iced in any size for 99 cents.

Amazon Launches New Credit Card for Prime Members
Users can also earn cash back on payments made outside of Amazon.


Jan 11, 2017

Final SNAP Rule Compliance Guide Available
NACS members may access the retailer resource, prepared by association counsel.

Blue Campaign Raises Awareness of Human Trafficking
NACS has been working with the campaign to give retailers information, resources and materials to help victims of human trafficking.

Pilot Flying J Expanded Travel Center Network
Last year, the company added 58 locations throughout the United States.


Jan 10, 2017

AB InBev, Keurig Creating In-Home Alcoholic Drink Dispenser
Brewer and coffee maker are developing an appliance for dispensing alcoholic drinks.

Consumer Sentiment and Gas Prices in 2017
The latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast looks at how fuels-related trends in 2016 could affect the market in 2017.

CAVA Launches Mobile Ordering App
As part of a new technology roll-out, the fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant brand is targeting digital sales to comprise 20% to 30% of its business in 2017.

Connect With Your HR Community at the NACS HR Forum
The industry’s dedicated event for HR professionals takes place in Nashville, March 20-22.

Pringles Gets LOUD
Kellogg is giving Pringles a bold new look and several new flavor profiles.

H-E-B Expands C-Store Concept in Texas
The grocery chain is adding another convenience store in the San Antonio market.


Jan 9, 2017

Walmart Ends Visa Ban in Canadian Stores
The two companies have settled their dispute over card fees.

USDA Announces Retailer Volunteers for SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot
Seven companies will test online grocery ordering for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants.

Great Harvest Bread Takes On the Competition
Bakery says its new retail concept will “become the competition for Panera that it has never had.”

Retailers in Danger of Backsliding on Swipe Fees
Bobby & Steve’s Auto World President Steve Williams highlights the need for Congress to uphold debit reforms contained in the Durbin Amendment.

Conexxus Webinar Offers High-Level Discussion on PCI Compliance
Cybersecurity expert Stewart Fey will lead a free webinar on January 19.


Jan 6, 2017

Activists Sue Coke, American Beverage Association for Deceptive Marketing
The nonprofit Praxis Project has filed a lawsuit to stop sugary drink advertising.

Mom-and-pop C-stores Shouldn’t Fear Amazon
Don’t think automation can replace the human connection.

PepsiCo’s Health Strategy Circles Around Lisa Mann
The former Kraft/Mondelez executive has joined PepsiCo to work on the company’s healthier brands.

Analyst Predicts Starbucks Will Pass McDonald’s
The coffeehouse chain is poised to overtake the burger chain in market value and locations within a few years.


Jan 5, 2017

Coalition Asks New Congress to Protect Debit Reforms
NACS and 170 state and national merchant groups say repealing debit reform will remove all competition from the debit routing market.

Kroger Tests Crowlers in Tennessee
Craft beer in a can is being tested at one of the grocery store’s 12-tap growler stations.

RaceTrac Opens New Stores Across Florida
RaceTrac rang in 2017 by opening more than 10 stores in Florida, making for more than 200 stores across the state.

Rich’s Foodservice Introduces Fresh Baked Protein Energy Bars and Cookies
New line for c-stores combines consumer demand for fresh baked goods and better-for-you products.

Freshii Offers Fast-Food Trade In
Customers can trade in any fast-food gift card for a free meal at a Freshii location on January 9.


Jan 4, 2017

QuickChek Steps Up Mobile Ad Effort
Its geo-marketing program helps the brand engage with mobile shoppers.

Foodvenience
The latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast focuses on convenience retailing excellence around the world.

Number of South Korean Convenience Stores Skyrockets
The upswing is being driven by more single-person households, while BGF Retail Co. has added a delivery service.

Break Time Unveils Refreshed C-Store Concept
Its Kansas City Market expansion is the newest location of the growing chain.


Jan 3, 2017

Convenience Retailers Very Optimistic for 2017
Nearly 70% of retailers are hopeful about their business prospects, thanks to the combination of convenience and an enhanced food offer.

Sweetgreen Goes Completely Cashless
Later this month, the fast-casual chain will no longer accept cash for payment, relying completely on plastic payments and digital ordering.

Gas App Creates Street Fight
A new gas savings app pits fuel retailers against each other.

BP, Woolworths Deal Set to Transform Convenience in Australia
Woolworths is selling its 527 service stations to BP to enhance its fresh, on-the-go offer.

Federal Reserve’s Payments Study Cites Strong Trends in Card Use
In 2015, card fraud attributed to counterfeiting was substantially greater in the United States compared with countries where chip technology has been more completely adopted.

QuickChek Senior VP Works 41st Consecutive Christmas
“If I’m going to have people work that day, then I should be there, too.”

Five Eating Attitudes and Behaviors to Watch in the New Year
Consumers will seek out foods with value-added attributes, positive benefits and social value.


Dec 30, 2016

Convenience Matters: On Government Relations
Catch up on the best government relations NACS podcasts from 2016.


Dec 29, 2016

Convenience Matters: On Fuel Retailing
Catch up on the best fuel-related NACS podcasts from 2016.


Dec 28, 2016

Convenience Matters: On Foodservice
Catch up on the best foodservice-related NACS podcasts from 2016.


Dec 27, 2016

Convenience Matters: On Marketing/Merchandising
Catch up on the best marketing and merchandising NACS podcasts from 2016.


Dec 23, 2016

Was 2016 Naughty or Nice to Convenience Stores?
NACS weighs in on the biggest industry issues of the year.

What’s the Future for Walmart’s New Convenience Stores?
Forbes discusses the pros and cons of the discount retailer’s smaller format stores.

Will More Lotteries Go Cashless?
Lottery tickets in many states require payment in cash, but some states are considering changing that to accept credit or debit cards.

Automated Restaurant Opens in New York City (Again)
Eatsa, which already has a Washington, D.C., location, uses touchscreens for orders.

7-Eleven Stores Offer the Gift of Convenience this Holiday Season
The retailer has many options for last-minute shoppers.

Pizza Sales Soar
While U.S. restaurant chains have experienced slow traffic this year, pizza restaurants have been going gangbusters.


Dec 22, 2016

7-Eleven Completes 77 Drone Deliveries
Flirtey and 7-Eleven complete the first month of routine commercial drone deliveries, airlifting 77 packages to customers’ homes.

Be a Part of the Industry’s Most Comprehensive Compensation Report
HR professionals can benefit from vital benchmarking data, but we need your help.

Panera Bread Broadens Efforts on Animal Welfare
Fast-casual chain will improve progress on animal welfare issues and reduce the use of antibiotics.

EMV Extension: What You Need to Know
The latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast looks at how the announcement to move implementation to 2020 for outside EMV will affect convenience retailers.

Fusion Jerky Debuts New Size in Response to Consumer Requests
Female-owned company creates smaller packaging size for consumers on the go.

Holiday Travel to Reach Highest Level on Record
AAA anticipates more than 93 million people will take a holiday road trip from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.


Dec 21, 2016

Judge Dismisses Philadelphia’s Soda Tax Lawsuit
The beverage industry says it will appeal the decision to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Love’s Travel Stops Embraces Internet of Things
The chain is using a machine-to-machine platform to ensure food quality.

More Retailers Halt On-Call Scheduling
Aeropostale, Carter’s, Disney Store, PacSun and Zumiez are among businesses that will no longer use on-call scheduling.

‘Healthier’ Pizzas Making Inroads at QSRs
Pizza restaurants are using cleaner ingredients to make better-for-you pies.

Minnoco Contributes $15,000 to Hope Chest for Breast Cancer
The 22 stations made a donation for every gallon of E15/Unleaded Plus sold during the “Pink Out” promotion.

Consumers Hold Retailers Accountable for Their Health ‘Journey’
A new whitepaper discusses how the health of consumers is driving retail.


Dec 20, 2016

NACS Spreads Holiday Cheer for Charity
Staff purchased 120 toys for local families in need and donated more than 300 pounds of dry beans to the DC Central Kitchen.

Public Comment Period Open for Proposed REGS Rule
The proposed EPA rule would update the Renewable Fuel Standard and foster higher level ethanol blends.

Burger King Turns Unwanted Gifts Into Whoppers
The QSR will allow customers to exchange unwanted holiday gifts for a Whopper.

Chopstix Grows in Ireland With New SPAR Location
Chopstix Group UK and the Henderson Group team up for a new location at SPAR Shandon in Belfast.


Dec 19, 2016

Registration Now Open for the NACS State of the Industry Summit
Take the guesswork out of what makes top c-store performers stand above the rest.

USDA Finalizes EBT Cards Photo Rule
Agency heeds NACS comments to protect access for SNAP beneficiaries.

Here’s What's Happening in Food
The Food Channel’s Top Ten Food Trends for 2017 predict what’s next in the world of food.

Amazon Go: An Affirmation of the C-Store Model?
The latest NACS Convenience Matters podcast looks at how the new Amazon Go retail store could affect convenience retailers.

C-Store Private-Label Brands Thrive in South Korea
Convenience store chains that invest in private-label brands benefit from wide distribution capacities.

Mintel Cites Four Foodservice Trends for 2017
Trends set to transform the U.S. foodservice industry highlight ingredients, technology and experience.

Rutter’s Donates to Local Food Organizations
Donations will help feed more than 150 families at Christmas.

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