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Feb 27, 2015

Convenience Retailer Joins Partnership for a Healthier America
Vintners Distributors one of 10 new partners committing to make healthier choices easier for consumers.

House Subcommittee Holds Patent Hearing
Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hears testimony on abusive patent demand letters, expresses concern over how much money businesses lose to patent trolls.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in Liquor Bills
Kansas moves closer to approving c-store sales of full-strength beer, while Indiana lawmaker kills bill that would have allowed Sunday alcohol sales at c-stores.

Mobile Wallets Still New Territory
Poll shows that while familiarity is growing, mobile payment is still anyone’s game.

BP Unveils Loyalty and Security Enhancements
Improvements to Driver Rewards program and credit card processing technology designed to help BP-branded marketers meet consumers’ evolving needs.

Honest, Abe
The odds are good that Abe Lincoln won’t be the only president that was once a part of the convenience industry.


Feb 26, 2015

Convenience Retailers Optimistic About Future Prospects
NACS survey reveals several competitive advantages working in the c-store industry’s favor for 2015.

American Express to Help Retailers Fight Fraud
New nationwide campaign includes $100 reimbursement for upgrading to EMV terminals.

QuikTrip, Folds of Honor, Title Sponsors for NASCAR Race
This weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will honor fallen and wounded U.S. military servicemen and women.

California Board Proposes Lower Gasoline Tax
State Board of Equalization voted to cut California’s gasoline tax from 36 cents to 30 cents a gallon.

10 Elements of Successful Fresh Foodservice
FreshOne provides suggestions for convenience store operators who want to offer more fresh foods.

Splenda Supplier Launches Low-Calorie Sugar
Tate & Lyle’s new Dolcia Prima has 90% fewer calories than table sugar.


Feb 25, 2015

President Obama Vetoes Keystone Pipeline Bill
Legislation would have authorized TransCanada Corp. to construct the 1,179-mile pipeline.

Handmade Counts at Chipotle
Making ingredients fresh and keeping prices low is a constant challenge being met by the fast-casual chain.

Appeals Court May Curtail ‘Corrective Statements’ on Cigarettes
Panel suggests that parts of the warnings on packs of cigarettes may have gone too far.

Walmart’s Wage Increase ‘Measly’?
Member of Congress and New York Times say Walmart can afford to pay an even higher wage.

Iowa Nears Gas Tax Increase
State Senate passed legislation that would increase Iowa’s gas and diesel tax by 10 cents per gallon.


Feb 24, 2015

Assessing E85 in the Marketplace
Fuels Institute hosts a Capitol Hill discussion with input and opposing views from industry stakeholders.

Wawa CEO, Florida Governor Announce Store Growth
Governor Rick Scott is asking business leaders in Pennsylvania to consider operating in Florida.

U.S. Would Consume Majority of Crude Oil Transported by Keystone XL Pipeline
IHS report also suggestions that U.S. imports of Canadian oil sands will continue to grow regardless of whether or not the pipeline is approved.

Bud Light Lime Introduces Lemon-Ade-Rita
New flavor launched in time for spring and summer months.

The ‘Real Story’ About Millennials in the Workplace
IBM research debunks five common myths about Millennials and uncovers three “uncomfortable truths” that apply to employees of all ages.


Feb 23, 2015

Dietary Panel Calls for Taxes on Sugary Drinks, Snacks
Critics say Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s recommendations are departure from original intent.

Rock Band Inspires ‘Hotter Than Hell’ Steamed Buns
Black-colored, spicy steamed bread sold at Circle K Sunkus commemorates KISS’s 40th anniversary and tour in Japan.

Counterfeit E-Cigarettes on the Rise
In Europe and the United States, fake electronic cigarettes are hitting the market.

C-Stores Becoming Popular Rest Stop for Cyclists
Long-distance cyclists stock up on food, water and fix their bikes at convenience stores.

Self-Serve Micro Market Offers Healthy Options
Company Kitchen’s concept is similar to walking into a convenience store for fresh foods.


Feb 20, 2015

Judge Rules Against American Express on Merchant Rules
Ruling says that AmEx violated U.S. antitrust law, resulting in higher fees for consumers.

QuikTrip Launches Made-to-Order Menu at Iowa Locations
Convenience retailer’s QT Kitchens full-service counter now available at 17 Des Moines locations.

Target ‘Localizes’ Small Store Format
Retailer’s new TargetExpress stores are tailored to the neighborhoods they are located in.

Candy Companies Change to More Natural Ingredients
Nestlé and Hershey are responding to consumer demand to remove artificial ingredients from their products.

Little Caesars Wraps Pizza in 3 Feet of Bacon
Budget pizza chain is latest to cash in on America’s obsession with bacon.

McDonald’s Tests New Seasonings for Fries, McNuggets
‘Shakin’ Flavor’ seasonings for the QSR’s chicken McNuggets and fries include ranch, BBQ and garlic parmesan.


Feb 19, 2015

Just Announced: Diverse Panel of Industry Experts Lined Up for NACS SOI Summit
At the NACS State of the Industry Summit, influential executives and key operators will share expert insights to help you use benchmarking to grow your business.

Retail Customer Satisfaction Down Across Sectors
While Internet retail gained favor, supermarkets and drug stores in particular lost ground.

The Consumer Is Writing Your Future
Convenience is more important than ever, but quick-moving technology is changing the playing field.

Refinery Strike Having Minimal Effect on Fuel Prices
Temporary workers and increased automation at refineries allowing near-normal output 18 days into strike.

Canada’s Shoppers Drug Mart Tests Grocery Sales
More channel blurring as drugstore chain pilots sale of fresh food, aiming to be a one-stop shop.


Feb 18, 2015

Op-Ed Emphasizes Need for Patent Reform
Wall Street Journal op-ed by CEOs of Cisco and J.C. Penney makes the case for halting patent troll abuse.

RaceTrac Surveys Customers for FCB Rebrand
More than 4,200 customers weighed-in, inspiring the first new Numb Skull logo in five years.

7-Eleven Launches Zero Franchise Fee Initiative
Limited time offer would waive franchise fees for select U.S. locations.

Virginia Bill Would Require License for Cigarette Sales
Aimed to reduce cigarette trafficking, bill has slim chances of passing state senate.

End of Indonesia Fuel Subsidies Opens Market
Foreign-owned firms see big opportunity in Indonesia fuel market, as government halts fuel subsidies for first time in decades.


Feb 17, 2015

Innovative Marketing Leads to Total Turnaround
NACS Leadership Forum attendees learned how Harley-Davidson completed a cultural reversal, leading to increased market share and stock price.

Merchant Financial Cybersecurity Partnership Offers Proposals
Joint recommendations on technology standards unveiled at president’s cybersecurity summit.

The New Male Shopper
Study shows that males make up 43% of shoppers, preferring convenience and efficiency above all.

Federal Reserve Files Comments on ACH Transaction Proposal
Fed concerns echo NACS objection to interbank fee, which could pass costs on to customers.

Japan Has More Car Charging Stations Than Gas Stations
Nation’s 40,000 public and private charging stations far surpass number of traditional fuel stations.


Feb 16, 2015

Apple to Take on Autos
Maker of the iPhone is reportedly working on developing an electric vehicle.

Employees at the Heart of the Organization
NACS Leadership Forum session addresses the importance of an employee-centric culture as an indicator of success.

Raley’s Halts Tobacco Sales
Grocery chain cites health concerns for ending tobacco sales at its northern California and Nevada locations.

Tim Hortons Grows Presence in United States
QSR is getting bigger in Buffalo, its first U.S.-based market.

QuickChek Raises $460,000 for Local Causes
Convenience retailer caps off 2014 fundraising with $125,000 to feed area families.


Feb 13, 2015

Merchants Clarify Who Foots the Bill for Data Breaches
Contrary to what the banking community says, merchants pay the most for costs associated with data breaches at banks.

Know Thy Customer
Customer-centricity is essential to establishing a competitive advantage, say experts at NACS Leadership Forum.

An Adventurous Approach to Customer Loyalty
The story behind Maverik’s move to better segment customers and appeal to their unique needs.

Weight Management Items Have a Place in Convenience Stores
General Mills Convenience & Foodservice survey reveals consumer attitudes about weight management and the impact on buying behavior.

Senate Committee Holds Hearing on ‘Ambush Elections’ Rule
Hearing examined NLRB rule that would speed up union elections and potentially harm small businesses.

GM Confirms Long-Range Bolt EV Production
Chevy Bolt battery-electric vehicle will deliver around 200 miles per charge.

Murphy USA Expands E15 to More Markets
Expansion program brings higher ethanol blend to Chicago and Houston suburbs.


Feb 12, 2015

Culture Is King
Executives from Wawa and OXXO emphasize the importance of culture and servant leadership at NACS Leadership Forum.

Lower Gas Leads to More Snacks
Convenience stores benefit from lower gas prices with more sales on in-store merchandise.

Customer Loyalty Memberships Top Three Billion for First Time
2015 COLLOQUY Census also reveals that the rate of decline in convenience store loyalty programs is 3% compared to 21% in 2013.

New Study Estimates Cigarette Smuggling Per State
New York holds the highest cigarette smuggling rate and smuggling in Illinois has dramatically increased.

Fast Food Find: Beer-Battered Fish
Just in time for Lent, new menu item by Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s combines popularity of craft beer with fish sandwich.

Attorneys General Ask Oil Companies to Help Stop Synthetic Drug Sales
AGs call on nine oil companies asking them to eliminate the illegal products from convenience and fuel retail locations that operate under their brand names.


Feb 11, 2015

Addressing Changes in the Dynamic Fuels Market
Fuels Institute Spring Meeting provides opportunity for collaboration and learning among diverse stakeholders.

State Bill Would Allow Credit Card Payments for Lottery
New Mexico proposal hopes to boost sagging state lottery sales, but some argue it will enable gambling addicts.

Patent Reform Coalition Off to a Strong Start
Collaboration across industries hope to rein in ‘patent trolls.’

Expected Slowdown in Card Data Security and Compliance
Free webinar by Coalfire, Omega and Conexxus will address the PCI 3.0 compliance requirements that are creating assessment hurdles for merchants.

Defendant Gets Prison for Role in Multistate Cigarette Scam
North Carolina resident sentenced to 42 months for scam involving stolen credit card info and black market cigarettes.

Ride-Sharing App Adds Food Delivery
Sidecar launches national Sidecar Delivery service, partnering with local retailers.


Feb 10, 2015

Consumers Remain Optimistic, Despite Rising Gas Prices
Majority of consumers feel optimistic, according to NACS survey, even as 6 in 10 expect to see a rise in gas prices over the next month.

NACS Submits Comments on ACH Proposal
NACS argues that fees included in current proposal on same-day ACH transfers are akin to swipe fees, would amount to price-fixing.

A Deeper Dive into EMV
Free Conexxus webinar on February 19 explains the technology behind EMV.

Shell Introduces New Technology Platform
‘Shell Vantage’ program provides features for EMV implementation, as well as mobile payment and loyalty programs.

More Retailers Investing in the Customer Experience
New survey shows that 80% of retailers plan to increase spending on customer experience this year, in an effort to convert and retain customers.


Feb 9, 2015

Millennials Crave Convenience Stores
More 18- to 34-year-olds are coming to convenience stores for food.

What’s New at the ATM?
To keep customers using ATMs, banks continue upgrading the 50-year-old service.

Energy Policy Coming to Congress
House of Representatives plans to unveil a comprehensive energy plan as early as this week.

Wawa Launches Expansive Remodel Program
Initiative will remodel older stores to reflect the chain’s new store design and foodservice offering.

Redbox Pulls Plug on Canadian Operations
Company is pulling its rental kiosks out of Canada after failing to generate sufficient business.

Conexxus Extends Early Bird Registration
Last day to save on your opportunity to discuss today’s critical technology issues at the upcoming Conexxus Annual Conference.


Feb 6, 2015

Labor Disputes Could Affect Ports, Refineries
Steelworker strike and potential longshore worker strike could have far-reaching effects for imports, exports and refining.

Senate Holds Hearing on Franchisor/Franchisee Relationships
Committee members divided on recent NLRB efforts to make franchisor companies liable for their franchisees’ labor practices.

NACS Submits Statement to Senate on Data Breach Measures
Hearing emphasizes the importance of establishing a clear and consistent national standard for notification.

Spinx Launches Version 2.0 of Mobile App
New features include real-time fuel pricing, store mapping and amenities listings.

Rumor Mill: Volvo Getting Into Gas Delivery?
‘Self-filling’ cars would alert mobile fuel suppliers when gas runs low, requesting gas delivery to their location.

Mobile Increasingly Driving Retail Experience
Mobile represents an opportunity for employees to meet customer service expectations.


Feb 5, 2015

Google Settles with Card Companies
Settlement terms with merchants including 1-800 Contacts, Ethan Allen and others have not been disclosed.

Ohio Groups Offering Ethanol Infrastructure Grants
Funds available for retailers to install new ethanol dispensers, tanks and other equipment.

How Jerky Got to Be Big Business
With Hershey’s purchase of Krave, jerky gets its time in the spotlight.

Jones Soda Introducing Fountain Beverage Program
Premium soda offer will incorporate local photography in unique fountain beverage dispensers.

Booze Still a Good Bet
2014 was a good year for alcohol sales, showing an increase in beer, wine and spirits categories.

Korean Tobacco Sales Recovering After Price Hike
After an 81% drop following massive January 1 price increase, sales now down about 57%.


Feb 4, 2015

17-Week Decline in Gas Prices Ends
Average price increased by 2.4 cents this week, ending longest consecutive decrease.

Have a Milk and a Smile
Coke introduces ‘premium milk’ with more protein and less sugar.

Target Plans to Open Additional TargetExpress Locations
2015 will see 15 new stores, including eight of the smaller-format stores and a CityTarget.

Canadian C-Stores: Room for Foodservice Growth
New study suggests partnering with limited-service restaurants adds to c-store appeal as meal destination.

Shell Prepares to Dismantle North Sea Oil Platforms
Other oil companies could follow, as crude prices remain low.


Feb 3, 2015

Proposed Budget Would Double Tobacco Tax
One of the proposed measures in President Obama’s budget would increase the federal tobacco tax to $1.95 per pack.

Minnesota Bill Targets Online Lottery
Lawmakers re-introduce legislation vetoed last session, which would halt online lottery and ticket sales at the pump.

California Proposal Would Raise Smoking Age to 21
If successful, proposal would be first in nation to increase the minimum legal smoking age from 18 to 21.

24-Hour C-Store Re-Opens in Japan’s Fukushima Zone
Store hopes to help residents returning home four years after nuclear incident.

Chick-fil-A Offering Free Coffee in February
Customers can get free hot or iced coffee every Monday all month long.


Feb 2, 2015

Consumers Remain Price Sensitive
Although gas prices are lower, consumers still shop around for the best price.

State of Vape
Across the country, states are moving forward with plans to regulate electronic cigarettes.

Colorado Legislation Seeks to Limit Swipe Fees
‘Pioneering’ legislation would exempt retailers from paying swipe fees on local taxes.

QuickChek Continues Balloon Festival Sponsorship
Largest summertime hot air balloon festival in the United States has raised more than $2.4 million for charity since 1993.

Free Food for Showing a Little Bit of Lovin’ at McDonald's
New Pay With Lovin' sweepstakes asks customers to give someone a hug or call a loved one in exchange for free food.


Jan 30, 2015

The Future of Franchising
Business professors pen article suggesting that the ideal franchise arrangement is a hybrid of customization and standardization.

Senate Passes Keystone XL Bill
President Obama has promised to veto any Keystone bill, leading to likely showdown.

Lawmakers Propose Reform of Renewable Fuel Standard
A bipartisan group is seeking House support for RFS reform that would cap amount of ethanol in petroleum, among other changes.

Celery’s Big Month
Celery sales peak twice in January, for new year’s diet resolutions and for Superbowl snacking, a contrast that may symbolize the issues our industry faces daily.

Coming Soon: Print Your Own Chocolate
Hershey introduces 3-D printer that creates custom chocolate treats.


Jan 29, 2015

Judge Rules in Favor of Limited Liability for Retailer in Breach
Maximum liability of $500,000 for grocer in 2012 data breach, with bank and payment processor directed to return merchant funds.

Delaware May Be First State to Offer Digital Driver’s License
New virtual licenses would be accessed through a secure mobile app.

Imperial Tobacco Tests Caffeine Strips
Touted as an alternative to energy drinks, Reon caffeine strips are part of diversification strategy for U.K. tobacco company.

Pepsi Expanding Distribution of Stevia Cola
Pepsi True now available in Denver, Minneapolis and Washington, following Amazon launch last fall.

Mobile Goes Mainstream
Once the 'next big thing,' mobile retailing is now standard business practice for successful companies.


Jan 28, 2015

Junk Food and Alcohol — Plain Packaging’s Next Target
As U.K. prepares to launch tobacco plain packaging next year, other countries consider similar approach for “unhealthy” products.

NACS Submits Testimony to Congress on Cybersecurity
Statement continues to advocate for fair policies that protect consumers.

Anticipated Super Bowl Spending Up this Year
Survey says Americans likely to spend more than $77 on the game, including food and beverage purchases.

Get Ready for the Easter … Cheetah?
In a new twist, Cheetos plans to launch a sweet snack just in time for Easter.

Gas Mileage Still Top Priority for Car Buyers
New JD Power report suggests that consumers take a long-term view on fuel economy, despite today’s low prices.


Jan 27, 2015

Despite Durbin Amendment, Swipe Fees Remain High
Merchant Advisory Group report shows that there has been no reduction in swipe fees since the Durbin Amendment to Dodd-Frank.

As Teens Delay Driving, Convenience, Fuel and Auto Industries Miss Out
With fewer young millennials on the road and in stores, retailers reach out to older Millennials.

Proposed Settlement in ‘Hot Fuel’ Claim
A Kansas court has granted preliminary approval for settlement with 28 companies in 2006 lawsuit.

New Numbers Point to Increasing E-Cigarette Sales
Increasing sales and product innovation are an opportunity for retailers to take advantage of the marketplace.

Samsung to Introduce Apple Pay Competitor
New Samsung Pay mobile payment system will integrate with most mag-stripe terminals as well as NFC-enabled.


Jan 26, 2015

U.S. Convenience Stores Continue Retail Channel Growth
Small operators account for most of the growth in the industry’s store count.

Beer Can Turns 80 Years Young
First can of beer was sold in Richmond, Virginia, on January 24, 1935.

Cumberland Farms Saves Customers $20 Million on Gas
Customers who use the convenience chain’s SmartPay Check-Link payment program have saved $20 million on gas purchases since January 2013.

Starbucks Moving Forward With Delivery Service
CEO confirms that the company is finalizing plans for two new delivery models.

Synchrony Financial and BP Announce Consumer Credit Program Agreement
Private label and co-branded credit programs to be accepted at more than 7,000 U.S. BP stations.


Jan 23, 2015

Big Industry Names Headline 2015 Convenience Summit
Just one week remains to save 25% on early bird registration for NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe.

Survey Shows Banks Take 500% Mark-Up on Debit Swipe Fees
New analysis from Federal Reserve illustrates ways in which high profit margins hurt consumers and merchants.

An End to the Dollar Wars?
Family Dollar shareholders voted overwhelmingly for Dollar Tree buyout.

Controversial Tobacco Plain-Packaging Proposal Moving Ahead in U.K.
Health minister predicts a vote in next few months, before results of plain-packaging study are released.

Wawa Launches App and Rewards Program
App lets customers earn rewards, pay with their phones, and find locations and gas prices.


Jan 22, 2015

Driver Demographics Research Identifies Transportation Trends
New report from the Fuels Institute analyzes decades of driver data and assesses potential transportation market developments.

EMV Adoption Is Unrealistic Target for U.S. Merchants, Banks
Numerous hurdles make widespread EMV-adoption unlikely ahead of October 1 liability shift deadline set by credit card companies.

C-Stores Embracing Healthy Snacks and Grocery Items
At annual show for CST Brands retailers, Corner Store emphasizes appeal to Millennials with more fresh, healthy items.

More States Offering Incentives for Alternative Fuels
North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts launching new aid programs and incentives to encourage adoption.

Japan’s Booming C-Store Industry Changing Packaged Snacks
The continuing rise in ‘konbini’ convenience stores is driving demand for smaller, shelf-ready packaging.


Jan 21, 2015

Supreme Court Declines Review of NACS’ Swipe Fee Claim
Retailers’ suit challenging Fed rule on debit swipe fees will not be heard by highest court.

Retail Technology Trends Revealed at NRF Show
From big data to RFID and security, security, security, retail show reveals what’s on the horizon.

New York Governor Proposes Minimum Wage Increase
Proposed $10.50 wage would be highest statewide wage in the nation, New York City would be at $11.50.

Will the Future City Be Car-Free?
Some cities around the globe are already going car-less, as urban planners design for people, not vehicles.

Report Finds Growth Opportunities for Private Label Products
While market share for private label products may be stalling, it’s essential to understand habits of the core shopper.


Jan 20, 2015

More Evidence for Increasing SUV Sales
$3 a gallon represents a “tipping point” for sales of SUVs compared to hybrids, similar to findings from NACS survey.

QuickChek Named One of Best New York Companies for Employees
Convenience chain honored for third year in a row, also recognized in New Jersey.

Tokenization: At What Cost?
NACS Magazine takes a look at the value of tokenization and whether it will be an industry game changer.

Circle K Planning Major Expansion in Middle East
More than half of planned locations will be in United Arab Emirates, including Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Ontario Convenience Retailers Recognize Canada’s Non-Smoking Week
Convenience store association emphasizes role of retailers in preventing underage tobacco sales.


Jan 19, 2015

Wendy's Removes Soda from Kids’ Menu
QSR is latest fast-food chain to take soda off its kids’ menu.

Michigan Governor Vetoes E-Cigarette Bills
Governor says legislation didn’t go far enough to regulate and tax electronic cigarettes similar to tobacco products.

Keurig, GE Team Up for Coffee-Making Fridge
Single-serve brewing at home reaches a new level with built-in K-Cup Brewing System.

Cigarette Tax Increase Sought in Kansas
Governor Sam Brownback proposes a $1.50 per pack cigarette excise tax increase.

Convenience Stores Give Back to Local Communities
Miller’s Neighborhood Markets and VERC Enterprises support local communities with charitable efforts.


Jan 16, 2015

NACS Joins Coalition Supporting Patent Reform
Diverse coalition of tech, retail and business giants working to end patent troll abuse.

Tell Congress How Their Votes Affect Your Business
Join colleagues for the NACS Government Relations Conference and share our industry’s stories with legislators.

Tesco Develops Google Glass App
App lets shoppers view product information or buy items hands-free.

Study Provides Insights on Consumer Behavior in C-Stores
​Analysis of 550 Yelp reviews nationwide show regional consumer preferences.

Massive Bitcoin Rollout for C-Stores in Asia
Companies launch world's biggest convenience store bitcoin operations in South Korea and Taiwan.


Jan 15, 2015

Analysts Predict Gas Sub-$2 Gas This Month
Unprecedented sell-off will keep prices low for both regular and diesel fuel.

Legislators Talk Cybersecurity
Data breach notification legislation is becoming closer to reality.

Study Shows Disconnect Between Consumer Sentiment, Behavior
Widening gap in consumer behavior can provide opportunity for retailers to improve shopping experience.

Beer Jumps on the Gluten-Free Bandwagon
New offer from MillerCoors will launch next month in Pacific Northwest.

7-Eleven Launches Private Label Snacks
New low-calorie snack bars appeal to health-conscious customers with natural ingredients.


Jan 14, 2015

Lower Gas Prices Push Consumer Optimism to New Highs
57% of consumers are feeling optimistic and one-third expect gas prices to keep falling.

Electric Vehicles Are the Star of the Show in Detroit
GM introduces Chevy Bolt, an electric vehicle for middle America, at the North American Auto Show.

Wyoming Lottery Off to a Strong Start
Despite stagnant state lottery sales nationwide, officials are optimistic about new lottery’s future.

Op-Ed Advocates Secure Cards
Small business owner questions why banks haven’t moved to more secure chip-and-PIN cards.

Retina Scans: The Ultimate Mobile Payment
Will we be paying the bill with a blink of the eye anytime soon?


Jan 13, 2015

The Psychology Behind ‘Sale’ Signs
Advertising an item as discounted can increase sales, even if price doesn’t change.

Senator Urges Action by Banking Regulators
Industry should act aggressively to implement anti-fraud technology to protect consumers.

President Launches Week Focused on Cybersecurity
Monday’s announcement includes proposals addressing consumer notification, identity theft trade.

Kansas Coalition Backs Expanded Liquor Sales
New bill would allow c-stores to sell full-strength beer, groceries to sell full line of beer, wine and spirits.

Dunkin' Donuts Plans to Open 1,400 New Stores in China
Twenty-year plan part of global effort to compete with Starbucks.


Jan 12, 2015

Congress Puts Spotlight on Keystone XL
Despite looming veto threat, Congress moves forward on the controversial pipeline project.

Federal Gas Tax Increase Builds Momentum
Senate leaders are open to the idea of increasing the federal gas tax for the first time in two decades.

New York City Bans Single-Use Styrofoam Products
Beginning July 1, businesses can no longer use or sell the non-recyclable packaging.

McDonald’s Brings Books Back to Happy Meals
Millions of kids nationwide have access to books with second installment of Happy Meal Books.

Oil Price Drop Takes Toll on U.S. Biofuels Industry
Biodiesel producers strive to stay competitive while trucking companies consider business case for diesel versus natural gas.


Jan 9, 2015

House Passes Save American Workers Act
NACS-supported bill amends the definition of full-time work week from 30 to 40 hours.

Vote on Keystone Scheduled for Today
House of Representatives plans to vote on controversial pipeline bill, despite veto threat from President Obama.

Small Businesses Vital to Economic Recovery
Small business community added more than 100,000 workers in December, and a million workers over the course of 2014.

Europe Agrees to Cap Interchange Fees
Fees throughout the European Union will be reduced to 0.2%-0.3% of purchase.

Fast Food Trends to Watch in 2015
QSR Magazine lists nine trends to expect in the new year.

What Resolutions?
Study shows that consumers purchase more “junk” food after the holidays than during.


Jan 8, 2015

Ask Congress to Support the 40-Hour Work Week
House of Representatives to vote today on Save American Workers Act, redefining “full-time” as 40 hours – contact your Representative now!

U.S. Gas Prices End 2014 at Lowest Levels in Five Years
​Retail gasoline prices reached their lowest levels since May 2009.

Vending Company Touts Corner Store Convenience
​Canadian vending machine will bring top convenience items to your doorstep.

Tips to Cope with PCI Compliance
Although onerous, new PCI standards are part of a long-term effort to improve businesses.

E-Cigarettes Among Britain’s Fastest Growing Products Last Year
Volume sales of electronic cigarettes were up almost 50% in 2014, while cigarette sales decreased slightly from previous year.


Jan 7, 2015

NACS Offers Guidance on Menu-Labeling Rules
Document available to help foodservice providers navigate complicated and expansive new rules.

Help Set the Industry’s Technology Standards
Conexxus Annual Conference is an opportunity to discuss today’s critical technology issues.

Coming to a Store Near You: Chip and (Maybe?) PIN Cards
As liability deadline for EMV adoption nears, merchants have incentives to adopt new technology.

Retail Disruptors for 2015
Chain Store Age predicts three tech trends that will change retail in the coming year.

The Spinx Company Partners with Shell
New co-branded locations to roll out this quarter offering Shell and Spinx loyalty programs.


Jan 6, 2015

Tesco Removes Sweets, Chocolates from All Checkouts
Move is part of an ongoing effort to help customers live healthier lives.

GM Brings Commerce to Cars
Expanded OnStar in-vehicle concierge service will make it easier for motorists to shop and book hotels while driving.

Incoming Senate Chairman Open to Gas Tax Increase
South Dakota Senator John Thune hints that raising the federal gas tax could help replenish the Highway Trust Fund.

Research Finds Little Change in Fast Food
Study of three chains finds calorie, salt content remain high over last 20 years.

Starbucks Adds ‘Flat White’ to Menu
Coffeehouse chain brings Australia’s espresso-based beverage to United States.

Rutter’s Announces 2014 Donations for Local Charities
Convenience retail company’s total charitable donations amounted to more than $793,000 in 2014.


Jan 5, 2015

New Year Brings Higher Gas Taxes in Some States
Pennsylvania, Virginia and California among the states seeing increased gas taxes in 2015.

C-Stores and Grocers Compete for Dining Dollars
Wall Street Journal reports on the increasing foodservice offerings at chains like Sheetz and Wawa.

Chevron Plans to Bring Apple Pay to the Pump
Despite much-quoted tweet, company claims there is no specific timeline for launch.

California Plastic Bag Ban on Hold
More than 800,000 signatures collected opposing statewide ban on plastic bags.

Convenience Stores Plan Major Doughnut Roll-out in Japan
7-Eleven and other c-store chains hope to compete with market leader Mister Donut.


Dec 30, 2014

Merchants Respond to Erroneous Claims by Banks
The fight over who pays for data breaches continues as NACS voices concerns about false statements made by banker's group.

NACS Member Takes on Food Competition This Sunday
Tune in to Food Network on Jan. 4, to cheer on NACS member Joe Chiovera in "Guy’s Grocery Games: Family Style."

Lawmaker Responds to City-Run Gas Station
Kentucky legislator plans to introduce bill that would shut down Somerset’s city-run gas station.

Jimmy John's, Chipotle Lead QSRs in Customer Loyalty
Chains showed highest customer loyalty among Millennials, compared to other QSR brands.

Will 2015 be the Year of the Digital Wallet?
A variety of factors will influence rapidly increasing adoption of digital wallets.


Dec 29, 2014

Researchers Say Fast Food Is Bad for the Brain
Ohio State study suggests that fast-food consumption slows brain development in kids and leads to lower test scores.

Retailers Give Back to Local Communities During the Holidays
Tedeschi Food Shops and QuickChek get into the holiday spirit with charitable contributions.

Tesla’s Roadster Battery Upgrade Doubles Driving Distance
Battery upgrade increases distance to 400 miles on a single charge.

Entrepreneur’s Top Leadership Trends of 2014
Effective leaders uncover hidden opportunities, share ideas that excite their teams and surround themselves with passionate people.

Family Dollar Delays Vote on Dollar Tree
Delay continues dollar war drama over who will acquire Family Dollar, giving Dollar General renewed hope.


Dec 23, 2014

In-Store Marketing Trends for 2015
From social to mobile, and all the big data in between, retail marketers should look out for these trends.

Tax Extenders Approved … for Now
President signs tax extender package, allowing tax benefits to continue for 2014 tax year only.

Lotteries No Longer a Winner for Many States
Instant ticket sales steady, but state lotteries struggle to meet ambitious revenue targets.

NFC-Enabled Mobile Payments on the Rise
New study predicts $130 billion in payments by 2020.

The Year’s Best Books on Leadership
Essential lessons can be gained from the authors of some of the year’s top leadership books.


Dec 22, 2014

C-Store Gifts That Keep on Giving
Customers looking for last-minute gifts should look no further than their local convenience store.

McConnell Makes Keystone Pipeline Top Priority
Keystone Pipeline to come into play when the 114th Congress convenes on January 6.

Barclaycard Introduces Wearable Payment Technology
‘Tap and pay’ gloves are latest experiment in contactless payment options.

Amazon Offers One-Hour Delivery in Manhattan
Speedy delivery service could impact general merchandise sales at convenience stores.

McDonald’s Takes a Bite Out of Apple’s iBeacon
QSR has seen sales increase while testing Apple’s iBeacon technology at Columbus, Georgia, locations.


Dec 19, 2014

European Union Agrees to Cap Card Fees
Once legislation is approved, most fees would be capped at 0.2 – 0.3%.

Eat More Nuts
Only 4 in 10 Americans eat enough heart-healthy nuts each day, says new CDC study.

Consumers Doubt Retailer Efforts to Protect Financial Info
Ongoing skepticism is an opportunity for retailers to better tell their own security stories.

Health-Oriented C-Store Has Big Plans
Portland’s Green Zebra begins offering delivery service, through Instacart.

Package Collection Comes to Singapore C-Stores
UPS and DHL now delivering packages for customer pick-up at c-store locations.


Dec 18, 2014

Big Brother Is Watching … Your Snacks
New vending machine uses facial recognition to match customer with medical history.

NOCO Express Opens State-of-the-Art Store
Expanded store features Wi-Fi, frozen yogurt and sustainable design elements.

Best Practices for Loss Prevention
Annual conference highlights networking and education for safety and loss prevention professionals.

Ontario C-Stores Support Move to Reduce Regulation
Government pledges to reduce unnecessary regulatory burden on small businesses.

States Increase Incentives for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Charging network expands beyond the “West Coast Electric Highway,” thanks to tax breaks.

Are Millennials Teetotallers?
U.K.-based report shows that Millennials are increasingly abstaining, among other trends to watch in 2015.


Dec 17, 2014

Build Your Skills with the NACS Leadership Challenge
Industry’s emerging leaders can develop skills for long-term personal growth and professional results.

NACS Sends Letter Addressing Errors in Recent Testimony
Office of the Comptroller provided erroneous testimony at Senate hearing on cybersecurity.

Gas Prices Have Little Effect on Demand for Car Travel
Automobile travel increases by just one percent for every 25% or more decrease in gas price.

NACS and Coca-Cola: Encouraging People Success
NACS/Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council welcomes suggestions on proposed research topics.

Discover Investing Heavily in New, Chip-Enabled Credit Cards
Company spending more than $35 million to update credit cards in order to combat fraud.

New Lottery Game Suspended Due to Low Ticket Sales
New multi-state lottery will end in several states, after only two months of sales.


Dec 16, 2014

Consumers Optimistic About Future Fuel Prices
This month’s NACS Consumer Fuels Survey shows that fuel price has less impact on economy.

2014’s Biggest Consumer Food Stories
War on sugar the third biggest story, after drought and shrinking bee population.

San Francisco Approves Reduction in Tobacco Sales Permits
Law would cut number of tobacco-selling permits in half over the next decade.

Labor Board Ruling Gives Unions New Leverage
Union election process will be sped up, beginning April 2015, thereby strengthening the power of unions.

Topaz Acquires Esso Ireland’s Fuels and C-Store Business
Deal will add 38 company-owned Esso sites to 120 existing Topaz-owned sites in Ireland.


Dec 15, 2014

Organized Crime Increases in Canada
A single theft at a Mac’s store resulted in $30,000 in stolen tobacco products.

Five Food Moves That Mattered
This year saw its fair share of movement in the QSR and fast-casual segments.

QuikTrip Nabs Fast Company’s Top 50 Spot
Convenience store chain ranks 21st as top place to work in the United States.

Rutter’s Employees Celebrate Record-Breaking Year
Employees donated $3,000 in toys and cash to local kids in need.

Harley-Davidson Tests Electric Hog
Prototype “LiveWire” bike toured Florida and captured customer feedback.


Dec 12, 2014

Merchants Respond to Credit Union Report
Memo says report highlights concerns about overdraft fees, no mention of data breaches.

The Evolution of Marketing for 2015
Experts identify trends from technology to customer focus for the coming year.

China's Chocolate Wars
Competition, and innovation, continues for brands hoping to get a share of the huge Chinese market for chocolate.

EIA Energy Outlook Predicts Lower Than Average Prices
Forecast suggests $68-per-barrel average Brent crude price in 2015, while recognizing high price uncertainty.

Apple Pay: Loved by Some, Not All
Banks and card companies are the payment system’s biggest fans, but merchants have doubts.


Dec 11, 2014

Banks Use Misdirection When It Comes to Data Breaches
NACS counsel authors opinion piece highlighting how banking industry hides responsibility for breaches.

Still No Date for Final RFS Rule
Despite pressure from House Committee, EPA chief won’t commit to timeline for RFS rule.

Shopper Surveys and Direct Store Delivery Help Optimize Performance
Free resource helps c-stores defend their turf and attract new business.

Consumers Rate Top Fast Food and Fast Casual Retailers
In-N-Out and T.G.I. Friday’s top the list, based on how well they respond to guests.

House Files $1.1 Trillion Spending Package
Congress expected to vote this week on measure to fund government, averting another shutdown.


Dec 10, 2014

Protect Yourself from a Protest
With minimum wage protests occurring across the country, employers should know the steps to take in the event of a planned protest.

Join the Industry’s HR Community
NACS HR Forum, March 3 – 5 in New Orleans, helps human resources professionals connect, grow and learn.

Northern California Opens First Retail Hydrogen Station
Ramos Oil opens region’s first public hydrogen pumps today, to much fanfare.

The Return of Smell-O-Vision?
Top brands are using scent to sell the customer experience.

Lack of Retail Employee Training a Worm in Apple Pay
Apple users vent about employees who don’t know how to accept new mobile payment system.


Dec 9, 2014

Interest in Alternative Fuel Vehicles Declines with Gas Prices
NACS survey shows correlation between lower gas prices and lower interest in alternative fuel cars.

NACS Vice Chairman Pens Op-Ed on Swipe Fees
Opinion piece in Orange County Register shares how credit cards are hurting the free market economy.

Paris Mayor Calls for Ban on Diesel Cars by 2020
Announcement is the latest approach to reducing pollution in French capital.

Business Predictions for 2015
From coffee prices to delivery services, Fortune magazine shares predictions for the coming year.

McDonald’s Goes Out of Its Comfort Zone
Expansion of ‘Create Your Taste’ custom ordering is risky, but could pay off with younger customers.

Corner Store Donates $1 Million to Children’s Charities
5K Country Run series wraps up, with contributions to Big Brothers Big Sisters and other charities.


Dec 8, 2014

Top 10 Trends for Specialty Food Revealed
Rise of Generation Z, alternative proteins and improved grocery delivery services make up the list for 2015 food trends.

Gulf Gift Cards Helping Retailers Drive Customer Loyalty
Holiday gift cards designed to give Gulf retailers another way to meet consumers’ needs and increase sales.

New Jersey Office of Weights and Measures Bans 19 Motor Oil Products
Retail locations must stop selling the products immediately.

Dollar Tree Could Shed Stores in Family Dollar Deal
U.S. Federal Trade Commission may require Dollar Tree to shed stores as part of pending merger of the dollar stores.


Dec 5, 2014

Minimum Wage Movement Spreads to C-Store Industry, 190 Cities
Some home care, airport and convenience workers join call for higher hourly wage, in day of protests.

Merchant Financial Cyber Partnership Announces Next Steps
Partnership sends letter to Congress outlining cybersecurity information sharing legislation principles.

Beacons Bringing Customers In-Store
Use of retail beacons continues to increase for holiday shopping season.

Groceries Where You Want Them
Washington, D.C., Metro considers grocery lockers at stations, while UberEssentials expands delivery.

Will Apple Pay Make EMV a Household Name?
Mobile payment system’s use of EMV and tokenization not the focus of coverage.

California Sales of Plug-In Vehicles on the Rise
New data shows one plug-in purchased for every two hybrids in the state.


Dec 4, 2014

Gas Station Food Gets Its Fill
More people are recognizing the gourmet options available at gas stations across the country.

What’s Next for Mobile Commerce
Mobile payment powerhouse shares thoughts on how mobile payments will change.

Marathon Petroleum Deploys New Discount Program
‘Cents Off Marathon’ program will also offer co-brand opportunities.

Spicy Predictions for 2015
Annual flavor forecast predicts trends for 2015, including global flavors and a twist on cookies.

The Comeback of British C-Stores
Changing demographics and economics influence the rise of smaller stores.


Dec 3, 2014

NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe Promises New Ideas and Industry Connections
Registration is now open for 2015 event in Berlin and London.

Australia’s Illicit Tobacco Market Continues to Worsen
Law-abiding retailers are being hit harder than ever before.

PCI Compliance Deadline Nears
Retailers have one more thing to worry about during the year-end sales push.

A Lingering Glance … at Pepperoni?
A new ‘subconscious menu’ being tested at U.K.-based Pizza Hut locations lets customers order with their eyes.

‘Death of Cash’ Reports Are Premature
Although more customers are paying with cards and phones, don’t write cash’s eulogy anytime soon.

Indiana Moves Closer to Sunday Alcohol Sales
Business coalition formed to advocate for change to liquor laws.


Dec 2, 2014

Tax Extenders Bill Hits a Road Block
Threat of presidential veto makes imminent passage of tax extender bill unlikely.

California Republicans Seek Fuels Cap-and-Trade Exemption
Proposed bill would permanently exempt oil and gas from program.

If Musk Builds It, Will They Come?
Demand for Tesla isn’t the problem, switching the world to electric cars is.

Carrefour to Open First Convenience Store in Shanghai
Hypermarket retailer is latest to enter highly competitive — and profitable — market.

Corner Store Whoops It up for the Holidays
New winter menu features peppermint whoopie bites.

Stripes Launches College Scholarship Fund
Company sets goal of raising $600,000 for fund benefitting local college-bound students.


Dec 1, 2014

Discover Sues Visa Over Antitrust Violations
Lawsuit alleges Visa has undertaken a series of illegal actions that undermine competition.

Oil Prices Could Continue to Drop
Analysts suggest that consumers could see prices as low as $2.55 at the pump by Christmas.

Florida Legislator Pushes Online Lottery Bill
Sunshine State could become eighth state to legalize online lottery sales.

Walmart Brings ‘Grab and Go’ Lockers to Canada
Retailer boosts capacity to fulfill online orders in the Toronto area with lockers that hold orders.

Lyfe Kitchen Opens First New York Location
Executive chef shies away from using the “H” word to describe the menu.


Nov 26, 2014

Battle for “Stomach Share” Continues
New survey shows diners increasing visits and purchasing more ready-to-eat meals from c-stores, dining out less.

Bringing Innovation In-House
Three reasons why innovation labs are a good idea for retailers who have the resources.

China Moves to Ban Cigarette Advertising
In attempt to reduce smoking in the world’s top cigarette market, proposed rules introduce numerous restrictions.

Stinker Stores Sets Record for Idaho Food Bank
Community campaign raises over $54,000, enough for 216,440 meals.

Opposites Attract at Canadian Gas Station
Electric car charging is latest addition to Canadian oil sands gas station.


Nov 25, 2014

FDA Finalizes Menu Labeling Rules Affecting Convenience Stores
New FDA menu labeling regulations bad for convenience stores and small businesses.

Jay Ricker Named Chairman of the Fuels Institute
Ricker Oil chairman will lead non-profit think tank dedicated to fuel market issues.

Dunkin’ Donuts Focusing Heavily on Mobile
Success of QSR’s loyalty program and mobile app lead to new test of mobile ordering.

Evolution of Foodservice Packaging Reflecting National Trends
Foodservice Packaging Institute’s annual report shows market shifts in distribution and materials.

Ontario May Ban Menthol Cigarettes and Regulate E-Cigs
Electronic-cigarette regulations would treat devices the same as tobacco cigarettes.


Nov 24, 2014

EPA Delays 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard
NACS weighs in on the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to not finalize 2014 standards under the RFS program until 2015.

House Republicans File Lawsuit Against President Obama
Litigation challenges President Obama’s actions implementing the health-care law, including decisions to waive the employer mandate.

Convenience Retailers Support Local Communities During Holidays
QuickChek launches holiday food drive; Stripes Stores announces Thanksgiving and Black Friday freebie.

Spire Breaks Ground on New CNG Station
South Carolina location will be developed next to a QuikTrip travel center in 2015.

Biscuits, Meet Oreos
Church’s Chicken readies for debut of Oreo Biscuit Bites.

Honda Supports California’s Hydrogen Network
Contribution of $13.8 million to FirstElement Fuel will help growth of public hydrogen refueling stations.


Nov 21, 2014

Massachusetts Town Drops Tobacco Ban Proposal
Vocal public opposition to nation’s first tobacco ban causes board of health to pull proposal.

Webinar Offers Insights into Potential Cyber Security Legislation
Congress may act soon to take up cyber security legislation, so get to know the landscape.

Be a Part of the Industry’s Most Comprehensive Compensation Report
HR professionals can benefit from critical benchmarking data, but we need your help.

41.3 Million Americans Hitting the Road Next Week
AAA’s Thanksgiving travel forecast projects highest number of travelers since 2007.

C.H. Robinson Collaborates on One-Day Food Fundraiser
The NACS member company partnered with local news station to sponsor Twin Cities food drive.


Nov 20, 2014

NACS Signs Tax Extender Letter to Congress
More than 525 organizations urged Congress to pass business-friendly tax legislation this year.

The Price of Air
Gas station chain being sued for charging to use air pumps.

Alternative Fuels Seek Market Share
Experts discuss how alternative fuels are finding their place among a gas-dominated market at Fuels Institute Summit.

7-Eleven Getting Into the Medicine Business
Convenience chain will launch its own line of OTC meds.

How Bitcoin Could Change the Payments Industry
Millennials' lack of attachment to physical currency likely to drive adoption.


Nov 19, 2014

Understanding Expectations of Invested Customers
The new breed of “invested” customer has higher expectations but increased loyalty.

Consumer Behavior and Its Influence on Fuels
Panelists at Fuels Institute meeting analyze consumer trends and their impact on the vehicle and fuels market.

Merchants and Credit Cards Are Getting Safer
Systems being updated to better protect consumers in the lead-up to the holiday season.

Chocolate Lovers: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid
Chocolate makers caution that worldwide cocoa shortage likely by 2020.

Retailers Welcome Ontario Government's Commitment to Addressing Contraband Tobacco
Increased government action needed to stem rampant illegal tobacco sales.


Nov 18, 2014

Balancing the Future of Fuels with Environmental Needs
Fuels Institute’s inaugural meeting delves into how regulations, particularly in California, influence fuels and vehicles markets.

Gas Station Dining Can Be a Community Game-Changer
Seoul Food D.C., profiled in Ideas 2 Go, is a model for creating an urban feel in suburbs.

Merchants Brief Congress on Mobile Payment Issues
Panelists recommend technology-neutral legislation, emphasize need for innovation.

Ohio Lottery Wants to Make Scratch-Offs a Holiday Tradition
New marketing campaign takes advantage of holiday sales window to encourage gift givers to buy scratch-off tickets.

Are You Ready for a Millennnial Workforce?
Starting next year, Millennials will make up a majority of the workforce, but corporate attitudes toward them may need to change.


Nov 17, 2014

Position Your Company for Global Success
NACS Global Forum in Singapore is a powerful networking opportunity for retail leaders.

Commuting by Car Is Down in More Cities and States
Nationwide trend showing decrease in car commuting will be further analyzed in January Fuels Institute report.

Lower Gas Prices Already Leading to Bigger Baskets
Retailers like Walmart attribute Q3 increase in part to low prices at the pump.

FDIC and DOJ Agree to Operation Choke Point Investigation
Agencies will launch preliminary inquiry into program potentially targeting tobacco sales, in response to requests from congressmen.

Michigan Lawmakers Expected to Vote on Bill Requiring Added Security
The Herringa Act would add extra safety measures for third-shift workers at 24-hour convenience stores.


Nov 14, 2014

Hundreds Show Up to Oppose Town’s Tobacco Ban
Public meeting in Westminster, Mass., ends early as crowd of 500-plus loudly voices opposition to board of health plan.

Share Your Perspective on Capitol Hill
Annual NACS Government Relations Conference gives members of Congress invaluable insight about our industry.

Opportunities in Mobile Payments at the Pump
While not without challenges, new pay at the pump app could be a game changer.

As Gas Prices Go Down, Hummer Sales Go Up
Large SUVs and trucks are seeing renewed popularity thanks, in part, to lower gas prices.

British Retailers Worried About Illegal Tobacco
Sales of black market tobacco on the rise in Plymouth, England, causing concern for residents and retailers.


Nov 13, 2014

E85 Sales Have Room for Growth
Fuel sales expected to double by 2023, but with the right market conditions could increase 20-fold.

Whole Grain Goodness at Your Local C-Store
Kwik Trip shares its approach for introducing healthier options, including more whole grain products.

Online Map Shows Natural Gas Stations Nationwide
New tool provides locations of LNG and CNG stations searchable by mile ranges.

Inside Walmart’s Crystal Ball
Analysts predict the mega-retailer will continue investing in smaller footprint stores.

Convenience Chains Donate Generously to Children and Military Families
Rutter’s contributes $200,000 for preschool scholarships, while QuickChek supports military families with $75,000.


Nov 12, 2014

Will Falling Gas Prices Boost Holiday Spending?
According to latest NACS survey, a majority of male and younger consumers feel renewed optimism about the economy and say they’ll spend more.

Indiana Liquor Sales Landscape Gets Another Player
New liquor delivery service adds fuel to an already-heated battle over liquor sales in the state.

Fool Me Twice
Survey shows that data breaches don’t change consumer behavior.

Frito-Lay Converts Fleet to Alternative Fuels
Company builds strong partnerships to develop commitment to reduce emissions.

Germans Go for LPG Vehicles
LPG-powered cars make up an increasing percentage of the country’s alternative fuel vehicles.


Nov 11, 2014

Philly Merchants Hurt by New Cigarette Tax
$2-per-pack tax to fund schools has many customers driving to the suburbs.

Call to Action: Make Your Voice Heard on Online Lottery Legislation
Time is running out to contact your legislators about the business impact of online lottery sales.

Banks Challenge Retailers Over Cyber Attacks
Groups point fingers in debate over who should pay when retailers are breached.

Apple Pay Will Need Merchant Buy-In
Despite the platform’s media darling status, merchant adoption may still be the key to its success.

Proposed N.J. Gas Tax Could Cost Consumers $300 More Per Year
Gas tax would go to replenish state’s roadwork fund for roads, bridges and mass transit.

Veterans Pay It Forward for C-Store Customers
Illinois store experiences two good deeds in one day, both courtesy of veterans.


Nov 10, 2014

Oil Price War Looms
Saudi Arabia’s price cut for U.S. oil may spark a global price war.

Cumberland Farms Now Accepting Apple Pay
Convenience retailer joins growing list of retailers to accept Apple’s mobile payment system.

Supreme Court Will Hear Case on Obamacare Subsidies
Decision on tax subsidies for exchanges brings Affordable Care Act back into the spotlight.

United Fresh Highlights Fall Menu Trends
Trends include how convenience stores are using fresh produce to respond to consumer demand for healthy options.

Could Mobile Apps Replace Drive-Thrus?
Younger city dwellers and less driving could spell the demise of the drive-thru in urban areas.

Shift Takes on Transportation
Start-up creates its own intelligent mass private transit system.


Nov 7, 2014

Nation’s First Soda Tax Passes in Berkeley, California
Across the Bay, similar measure fails in San Francisco.

Opinion Piece Questions Town’s Proposal to Ban Tobacco
Boston Globe op-ed says Westminster should focus on smoking prevention, not ban that will hurt retailers.

Retail Crime Costs Retailers $128 Billion Worldwide Each Year
$42 billion of “shrink” in the United States represents 1.48% of sales.

Dollar-Store Chains Say Smokers Are Their Best Customers
Smoking rate for regular customers almost double the national rate, making tobacco big business for chains.

Consumers Planning to Go Mobile This Holiday Season
Survey shows that nearly 75% will use their mobile device for holiday shopping.


Nov 6, 2014

Chicago Bans Flavored Tobacco Sales Near Schools
Judge rejects a request to block the ordinance, which bans the sale of flavored tobacco within 500 feet of a school.

NACS Signs Letter to Congressional Leaders Urging Action on Data Security
More than 40 merchant organizations urge Congress to establish clear and uniform legislation to address cyber crime breaches.

More of the Best in “Ideas 2 Go” Videos Now Online
Video series digs into the NACS archives to share innovative ideas from convenience retailers across the country — and around the world.

Canadian C-Stores Have Mixed Reaction to Credit Card Fee Deal
Retailer association says swipe fees still too high, despite fee reduction agreed upon this week.

Nashville Voters Welcome Wine in C-Stores and Groceries
With overwhelming support, local referendums pass allowing wine to be sold in c-stores beginning in 2016.

Japan’s Lawson Stores Link Up with Amazon
Convenience chain will allow customers to order and pick up Amazon items in-store.


Nov 5, 2014

Election Day Recap: What It Means for Our Industry
As Republicans do better than expected in mid-term elections, optimism grows for upcoming 114th Congress.

A New Era for Mobile Payments
NACS viewpoint on the mobile payment landscape represented on Kojo Nnamdi Show.

Credit Card Companies Cut Swipe Fees in Canada
Visa and MasterCard give in to pressure from retailers, avoiding a mandate from Canadian government.

Fresh Fruit Is a Growth Opportunity
With increasing sales numbers, the top five fruits are a great pick for retailers.

Chicago Plans for Alternative Fuel Center
O’Hare Airport location will provide electric stations and alternative fuels to the public and airport vehicles.


Nov 4, 2014

Apple Pay Is No Revolutionary Change, Says NACS
Wall Street Journal op-ed explains why widely heralded payment innovation still too dependent on the credit card companies.

Global Consumer Confidence on the Rise
Steady increase in optimism exceeds pre-recession levels.

McDonald's Caters to Regional Tastes
Regionally tailored menus are a move away from traditional, one-size-fits-all approach.

British Grocery Chains Losing Market Share – to Themselves
Increase in grocery-owned c-stores has changed the traditional shopping model.

More Fast-Food Chains Focus on Healthier Eating
Some of the fastest-growing QSRs are about Brussels sprouts, not burgers.


Nov 3, 2014

Five Reasons for Lower Oil Prices
All corners of the globe are contributing to the recent dip in oil prices.

Starbucks Is Bringing the Barista to You
Company announces plans to launch delivery service next year.

Better Retail Sales Are a Mixed Blessing for Merchants
As retail sales numbers rise, so do swipe fees.

Seafood Is a Great Catch for Florida Gas Retailer
Jacksonville c-store teams up with local seafood supplier for frozen seafood meals.

Coke Helps C-Stores Take Advantage of Growth Trends
New product and marketing options help retailers maximize profits in beverage category.


Oct 31, 2014

NACS Joins Merchants to Set Record Straight on Cybersecurity and Payments
Merchant associations send letter to credit unions dispelling myths about cyber-attacks.

U.S. Oil Boom’s Connection to Chocolate
As gas prices decline due to domestic production, consumers have extra money for treats.

Would You Like a Side of Tech with That Order?
Like everywhere else, use of technology is increasing in the foodservice sector.

Conexxus Applauds Completion of HTML5 Standard
Retailer and technology community has long supported Internet standardization.

Oxxo Convenience Store Debit Cards a Big Success
Number of Mexicans using the new cards is double the industry norm.


Oct 30, 2014

NACS Responds to Card Company Attempts to Dominate Mobile Payments
Electronic Transactions Association is pressuring retailers to accept forms of payment that add costs to their businesses and customers.

Diesel Vehicle Sales Forecast Are Strong — Are Consumers Ready?
New Fuels Institute report examines consumer preferences toward diesel fuel.

U.S. Cities Eye Tobacco Purchasing Age
More cities consider raising legal purchasing age for tobacco products to 21.

NACS Members Open New Stores in California and New York
Mission Market and QuickChek expand their portfolios with new stores and more jobs for the local economy.

Send in the Robots
Home improvement retailer tests whether ‘OSHbots’ can help improve customer service.

Taco Bell Pioneers QSR Mobile Payment App
Mobile ordering and payment app allows for customization of menu options, mobile ordering and location-based services.


Oct 29, 2014

U.S. Diesel Fuel Demand to Peak in 2015
World diesel demand expected to grow through 2030, according to Fuels Institute report.

Massachusetts Town Introduces Proposal to Ban Tobacco
If approved, sales of all forms of tobacco would be prohibited in town of Westminster.

Battle of the Mobile Payment Systems
Consumers will decide whether Apple Pay or CurrentC comes out on top.

Lowe’s Goes Small in the Big Apple
Home improvement superstore opening two small-format stores in NYC next year.

NOCO Campaign Raises $22,000 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Funds raised by employees and customers will support research and community services.


Oct 28, 2014

Election Day Countdown: Where Do We Stand
Looking at current knowledge and trends, what can we predict for Election Day 2014?

DIY Pepsi Flavors for SodaStream Users
Limited run trial will feature Pepsi ‘Homemade’ flavors for home use.

Carmakers Prepare to Shift to Hydrogen Fuel Cells
Despite inherent challenges, manufacturers are investing in hydrogen.

Filipino C-Stores Taking Market Share from Grocery Stores
Time-strapped consumers turning to prepared meals and local shopping.

Mississippi Retailers Protest Security Mandate
Increase in crime leads to city of Jackson proposal requiring c-stores to hire private security.


Oct 27, 2014

Legislator Gets Crash Course in Convenience Retailing
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson participates in NACS In Store grassroots engagement program at local Kwik Trip.

Hackers Boost Malware Efforts to Attack Retailers
Effective strand of POS malware undetected by anti-virus software is already posing a threat.

QuickChek Outsells Starbucks Coffee
New Jersey-based convenience retailer outsold Starbucks in hot brewed units despite having 40% fewer locations in the state.

Neighborhoods Prepare for Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday raked in $5.7 billion with independent merchants in 2013.

Franchisees Getting Cybersecurity Help
Industry groups partner to provide franchise businesses with cybersecurity resources.

FDA to Host Tobacco Webinar on Substantial Equivalents
Information to be provided for retailers on grandfathered tobacco products.


Oct 24, 2014

How Effective Is Your Foodservice Strategy?
NACS CAFÉ experts break down what it takes to build a profitable foodservice operation.

Workplace Considerations for Ebola Exposure
Free webinar today will clarify employer responsibilities and best practices.

New Beacon Technology Enhances Mobile Loyalty
First Data introduces device to help small merchants compete on digital engagement.

Food Shoppers Make Fewer Trips, but to Stranger Places
Channel blurring is omnipresent as shoppers place a premium on value and convenience.

Conexxus Representative Receives Extraordinary Contribution Award
X9 financial technical standards committee recognizes Alan Thiemann as a driving force for the industry.


Oct 23, 2014

San Francisco to Require Carbon Labels at Gas Stations
Legislation mandates "climate change warning labels" on gas pump nozzles beginning March 2015.

Sam's Club Launches Small-Business Health Exchange
Partnership with Aetna to provide streamlined administration and cost control benefits.

Chevron Joining Apple Pay Network
Chevron offers an easy, secure and private way to pay with Apple Pay.

Japan's Java Wars
Higher quality coffee at lower prices is a game-changer for c-store industry — and Japanese coffee consumption.

Detroit Start-Up Hopes to Overcome Food Deserts
Fresh Corner Café puts fresh fruit, salads and more in gas stations and c-stores.


Oct 22, 2014

NACS Show Reaches Second-Highest Attendance
An impressive attendee turnout at this year’s NACS Show led to some record-breaking metrics.

Disability Lawsuits Against Small Businesses Soar
Federal ruling and new guidelines allow ‘testers’ to go to court.

New MasterCard Will Come With Fingerprint Scanner
Collaboration between credit card and biometric companies to launch in the U.K.

McDonald’s Not Loving Latest Earnings Report
Disappointing decline in global sales has caused company to rethink operations.

CVS Pressures Competitors to Go Tobacco Free
Retailer announces plan to charge customers for filling prescriptions at tobacco-selling drugstores.

Breaking the Glass Ceiling in a Pakistan Gas Station
Station in Lahore is the country’s first to hire women to pump gas.


Oct 21, 2014

Is ApplePay a Retailer’s Best Friend?
New payment system further distances users from the cash transaction, possibly inspiring increased purchasing.

Amex to Provide Assistance for Merchant EMV Adoption
Program will provide small merchants with $100 to upgrade terminals, starting in February.

Foodservice Beyond the Metrics
Cultivating a successful foodservice program requires CEOs to ask the right questions and lead cultural change.

Manufacturers Have Introduced Thousands of Healthier Products
New product survey documents 30,000-plus products with reduced calories, fats, sugar and sodium.

No One Happy with the State of Swipe Fees
Three years since the Durbin Amendment and the swipe fee contest continues.

Gulf Fuels Breast Cancer Research with New Pink Ribbon Gift Card
New Gulf Oil Giving Foundation initiative amplifies support for American Cancer Society.


Oct 20, 2014

White House to Require PIN Technology on Credit Transactions
NACS applauds the administration’s new BuySecure Initiative to help fight data breaches.

What Employers Need to Know About Ebola
The right response depends on several factors and there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

Amazon Delivers Groceries to East Coast
New York City launch of Amazon Fresh will begin in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood.

Tesla to Open First Battery Swap Station
Company’s first battery swapping station will open by year’s end in California.

Starbucks Announces Mobile Ordering
New payment option will begin later this year in Portland, Oregon.


Oct 17, 2014

When It Comes to Loyalty, Agree to Disagree
Brands and their consumers may not see eye to eye, says a new report.

Convenience Puts Domino’s at Head of Pizza Pack
Chain’s mobile app and online ordering help to boost tab size and repeat orders.

Women’s Growing Influence on Alcoholic Beverage Trends
Female consumers increasingly drive alcohol sales.

NPR Talks Gas Station TV
The public radio network recently focused on a new medium: TV at the pump.

Independent Gas Stations Diversify to Fight Profit Slump
Increased repair and fuel options, healthy food offerings are seen as differentiators.


Oct 16, 2014

Asking the Right Foodservice Questions
The eight essential questions every CEO needs to ask.

Massachusetts Residents to Vote on Gas Tax Measure
Hotly debated ballot measure would prevent future gas tax increases tied to inflation.

Cheaper Gas: Good for Consumers, But Not the Economy
Lower gas prices could be a signal of economic troubles ahead.

Beef Jerky: Not Just for C-Stores Anymore
Jerky’s growing popularity has inspired a growing retail franchise.

Cumberland Farms Continues Scholarship Tradition
C-Store chain announces opening of ninth annual scholarship program for 2015 graduates.

Food Trucks Still Trending
Recent survey shows nearly one-third of consumers ate a food truck meal this summer.


Oct 15, 2014

What Product Is the ‘Coolest’ of Them All?
This year’s number one Cool New Product takes cold dispensed beverages to a whole new level.

Merchants Get the Short End of Stick on Card Fees
NACS Legislative Committee member provides first-person perspective on credit card fees.

New Payment Integration Initiative Launches
World Wide Web Consortium announces new Payments Interest Group.

Diesel Sales on the Upswing
More fuel retailers are offering diesel as an option.

Improving Consumer Confidence Points to Merry Holiday Season
New survey finds that consumers are feeling better and wiling to splurge a little.

Stripes Donates More Than $1.4 Million to Charity
Record-breaking fundraising campaign almost triples the goal for MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital.


Oct 14, 2014

Price Advantage Makes Selling E15 Fuel an Attractive Option
NACS Show session guides retailers on the benefits, logistics of selling ethanol fuel.

India Enlarges Graphic Warnings on Tobacco
The country will also forbid the sale, use and manufacture of electronic cigarettes.

Will Canadian Grocery Stores Cease to Exist?
That’s the question pondered by a professor in an opinion piece.

Retailers Eye Holidays to Make Up Dismal Summer
A slow summer and changing customer shopping behavior have retailers pinning their hopes on a robust holiday season.

Revisiting the Past
At the Lancaster Old Car Club’s gasoline station museum, visitors can see what a 1930s service station looked like.

Restaurants Slash Calories
A study confirms that many restaurant chains are lowering the number of calories in many menu items.


Oct 13, 2014

Steve Loehr Leads NACS Executive Committee
Kwik Trip VP of Operations takes the reins of the NACS Board of Directors.

We Make a Difference in People’s Lives, Says New NACS Chairman Steve Loehr
Loehr shares lessons learned over the years, from CNG to building community engagement.

NACS Foundation Awards Scholarships
$33,000 in educational scholarships awarded to 11 retail employees from across the country.

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates Shares Thoughts on Leadership
From global conflicts to leadership at every level, Gates advises attendees on the importance of supporting your team.

Amazon to Debut First Brick-and-Mortar Store
New York City location will also handle same-day-delivery inventory and process product returns.

Mexican Soda Tax Slashes Soft Drink Manufacturers’ Profits
Coke and Pepsi point to the country’s new tax on junk food as eating into their bottom lines in Mexico.

Coles, Woolworths Take on C-Stores Down Under
Two of the largest Australian chains are making a move to open small, corner stores, which has convenience stores asking for a fair playing field.


Oct 10, 2014

‘You Will Not Have to Go It Alone,’ Says NACS CEO Hank Armour
Armour shared NACS plans to ‘refresh’ the c-store industry’s image.

NACS Ideas 2 Go DVD Now Available
Videos feature new, creative and potentially profitable, retail innovations from around the country.

Sheetz Joins with Partnership for a Healthier America
Top mid-Atlantic convenience store commits to delivering more nutritious options to meet the needs of the communities it serves.

Retailers Need to Stay on Top of Commerce Trends
NACS Show session guides retailers on how to take advantage of new technologies and cater to mobile-savvy customers.

Record Number of NACS Show Cool New Product Scans
More than 30,000 scans of 275-plus products on display in first three days of NACS Show.

UPS Expands Access Point Locations to Chicago, New York City
Growing system allows shoppers to ship via UPS to secure lockers located inside convenience stores and other retailers.

Kwik Trip Celebrates Opening of 30th CNG Location
Midwest C-Store chain expands fuel offering, with additional sites planned for late 2014.

Grants Moving Forward for Backup Generators in N.J. Stations
Two years after Superstorm Sandy, gasoline retailers are receiving the funds to install generators.

Minnesota Retailers Upset Over Cigar Ordinance
Several cities have started hiking the cost of small cigars and cigarillos.


Oct 9, 2014

NACS Show and the Industry Are Big Winners, Says NACS Chairman Brad Call
Chairman leads a high-energy presentation for standing room-only crowd at the NACS Show Opening General Session.

NACS Show Keynote Speaker Addresses Myths and Realities Behind Healthy Eating
Media has demonized c-stores, but retailers have a huge opportunity to play a role in addressing obesity epidemic.

Retailers Pick Their Favorite Products at the NACS Show
NACS Show attendees get to preview the best in new products, from beverages to displays and everything in between.

New Survey: 1 in 9 Americans Has Worked at a Convenience Store
Close to 100% whose first job was in a c-store say it was valuable work experience for them.

The Sharp Decline of San Francisco Gasoline Stations
A real estate boom has made gasoline stations in the city limits more valuable for the land than the fuel business.

Loyal Kangaroo Express Guests Have Chance to Win
As part of a new product launch, customers can use the Kangaroo Express mobile app to enter to win a year’s supply of Totino’s pizza flavor chips.

Smoking Rates Continue Decline in United Kingdom
The Office for National Statistics found that between 2012 and 2013, the proportion of adults who smoked fell 1.1%.


Oct 8, 2014

NACS Names New Retailer Members to Board of Directors
Five new members to join organization’s 30-person governing board.

Future of Fuels Showcase Puts Retailers in Front of Alternative Fuel Vehicles
NACS Show attendees can preview latest diesel, high octane ethanol, natural gas and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Rating What’s Cool and New at the NACS Show
Retailers and grocery wholesalers/distributors gained exclusive access to the Cool New Products Preview Room to check out the hottest industry products and services.

Illinois Town Considers Raising Tobacco Buying Age
An Evanston council subcommittee recommended bumping up the age to 21.

Some Retailers Balking at Pump Upgrade for EMV Cards
Gasoline retailers have three years to make their pump payment systems compliant with EMV chip-based payment cards.

Rutter’s VIP Go Card Free at Pumps, in Stores
The program allows customers to redeem rewards without using a loyalty card.


Oct 7, 2014

The NACS Show Kicks Off in Las Vegas
Tuesday events include education sessions, Technology Edge and evening Kick-Off party.

NACS Names New Members of Supplier Board
Joe Vonder Haar of iSEE Store Innovations to lead NACS Supplier Board for upcoming year.

Consumer Optimism Holds Steady – But Will It Translate to Spending?
Overall, 46% of consumers feel optimistic about the economy this month, with 44% taking note of lower gas prices.

San Francisco, Berkeley Voters to Decide on Soda Tax
Measures are on the November ballot in these two California cities.

Holiday Hiring Looking Healthy
Lower pump prices are contributing to a brighter jobs outlook for the upcoming holiday season.

Resistance to Irish Tobacco Brand Ban Swells
U.S. Chamber of Commerce filed a formal complaint with the European Commission against Ireland’s plan to strike branding on tobacco.

Industry Veteran Launches Retail Management Services
Company will help troubled retail chains create successful strategies for succession, both long- and short-term.

Chinese Embrace Convenience Stores
Across the country, retailers are influencing their communities for the good.


Oct 6, 2014

Stars, They’re Just Like Us — At the NACS Show!
Willie Robertson, Carmen Electra, NASCAR drivers and other celebs to make appearances at NACS Show this week.

Ethanol Prices Decline as Supplies Increase
September ethanol reserves were at highest level in 18 months.

What’s Ahead for the Traditional Supermarket?
Increasing competition and pessimistic forecasts herald a time of transition for supermarkets.

NACS Show Attendees Welcome to Attend Inspirations of Faith Breakfast
Event welcomes attendees to begin their day with a reflection on work and life.

Korean C-Stores to Offer Chinese Language Services
Effort will cater to large number of Chinese tourists visiting the country.


Oct 3, 2014

Cashing in on the Community
NACS Show educational session will provide lessons for retailers on building positive word-of-mouth and becoming a part of their community.

New Pepsi True Stevia-Sweetened Soda to Launch on Amazon
Coke also testing new stevia drink, Coke Life.

Walmart Tests New Drive-Thru Concept
It's now possible to go grocery shopping at Walmart without leaving your car.

Hunt Brothers Distributor Launches National Charity Initiative
“Provide” program pairs convenience stores with local charities to reach people in need.

Walgreens Partners with WebMD Health
Partnership provides incentives for brands’ health-and-wellness offerings both online and offline.

With Malls Closing, Johnny Rockets Hits the Road
Nostalgic restaurant chain plans new drive-thru — and drive-in — locations.


Oct 2, 2014

Oil Prices to Stay Weak as Supply Overwhelms Demand
Increasing output and slower consumption are helping to keep prices low.

Have Younger Drinkers Abandoned Big Beer?
Brewers search for strategies to avoid continuing decline of major brands.

California Measure First to Eliminate Plastic Bags Statewide
Convenience stores in the state have until July 2016 to stop using plastic bags.

‘Shelfie’ App Aims to Crowdsource Inventory Upkeep
App could put an end to ‘out-of-stock’ items, rewarding customers for reporting empty shelves.

Fast-Paced Australian Lifestyles Reinvigorating the Convenience Store
The growing number of time-poor, city-dwelling Australians is driving a new golden age for the humble corner store.


Oct 1, 2014

Debit-Card Reform Making Major Economic Impact
In three years, debit-card reform has helped consumers save almost $18 billion and supported 100,000 new jobs.

What’s Trending in Snacking Around the Globe
New report examines the worldwide eating habits fueling the $374 billion snack food industry.

NACS Files Comments on Proposal to Relax Tribal Recognition Rules
Comments oppose suggested reforms, which would relax criteria for tribal recognition, exacerbating problem of non-taxed tribal sales.

7-Eleven Launches Trial of Healthy, Fresh Foods
Partnership with fitness guru tests the waters for new line of sandwiches, salads and juices.

California Governor Vetoes Bill Expanding Franchisee Rights
Brown leaves the door open to future franchise reform, suggests more collaboration.

Sabra Opens Pop-Up Restaurant
Hummus House features hummus and dip-inspired menu.


Sep 30, 2014

Grow In-Store Sales the Healthy Way
NACS Show educational session will help retailers learn how providing healthy options can be a key sales differentiator.

Food Truck’s Fight Against Hunger: Free Produce
Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s new food truck is delivering fresh produce to inner-city residents.

Cumberland Farms Launches Free Coffee Fridays
Convenience retailer survey also reveals what their customers would do (or not do) to get their daily coffee fix.

Missouri Retailers Embrace Gilbarco’s Lottery Innovation
Retailers are increasing lottery sales by using Gilbarco’s Passport POS to sell tickets at the pump.

Sprite Goes Cranberry for Holidays
Limited-time flavor is back by popular demand through the end of holiday season.

You Are What You Tweet
Study uses Twitter hashtags to reveal most talked-about foods in the United States.


Sep 29, 2014

U.S. Postal Service May Begin Grocery Delivery
New plan would expand successful AmazonFresh pilot program in San Francisco to more cities.

NACS Event Brings Business Perspectives to Washington
Upcoming NACS Government Relations Conference gives members of Congress personal insights into the convenience and fuel retailing industry.

Chipotle Brings Vegan Sofritas Menu to South, Southeast
Fast-casual chain’s tofu option is expanding into more states.

Thorntons Launches New Refreshing Rewards Program
Program to offer fuel discounts, personalized rewards and more to customers.

OXXO to Expand Bogotá Store Count
Mexican convenience retailer plans to reach 100 stores in Colombian capital in next 10 years.

Restaurant Mobile Apps Fall Short on Speed
Study shows that restaurant sites served on mobile devices are slow to load and lack online ordering options.


Sep 26, 2014

NACS Show Highlights: Committing to Foodservice Transformation
Spotlight Session features advice from Focus Brands CEO Steve DeSutter, on building foodservice into your company DNA.

France to Mandate Plain Packaging of Cigarettes
Country is latest member of EU to implement anti-smoking strategy.

Conexxus Hosts Technology Innovators at Strategy Event
Start-ups and tech experts share strategies from the latest companies changing the retailing industry through beacons, big data and more.

Wendy’s Bets the Farm on Pork
Number three burger chain hopes that new BBQ pork-focused menu will help keep up strong sales from the past year.

Growing Start-up Aims to Replace Paper Loyalty Cards
FiveStars focuses on targeting existing customers, wants to become the loyalty software for small businesses.


Sep 25, 2014

Senator Durbin Says Swipe Fees Are Too High
Author of swipe fee cap rule now says retailers are right, and “consumers have suffered” from excessive bank fees.

Philadelphia to Tax Cigarettes for School Funding
Pennsylvania’s governor will sign measure levying $2 per pack tax to help fund city’s schools.

Soda Companies Pledge to Reduce Calories Consumed
Companies will concentrate on lower-calorie options and smaller sizes to cut calorie consumption 20% by 2025.

Philippines Is Primed for C-Store Growth
C-store chains expanding rapidly, thanks to a changing urban workforce with more disposable income.

Fuel Retailers Lost $250 Million Last Year to Fraud
Fraud at the pump affects both retailers and their customers.


Sep 24, 2014

Consumers Will Drive the Future of Fuels
Consumer perception will go under the microscope at Fuels Institute Annual Meeting and Fuels Summit.

Iowa's Top Workplaces: Kwik Trip
Wisconsin-based c-store chain recognized by employees for benefits and community-building.

The Rise of Europe’s Modern Convenience Store
Still in recovery mode from recession, stores are changing to accommodate new shopper behaviors.

Kangaroo Express Raises $1.9 Million to Support Military Families
This summer’s fundraising brings four-year campaign total to $10 million.

PepsiCo Equipment Getting Greener
Company fighting climate change with plan to phase out use of hydroflourocarbons in equipment.


Sep 23, 2014

Report Shows Banks Profit as Much as 445% on Swipe Fees
Federal Reserve report reveals huge mark-ups by banks on debit card transaction fees, causing ripple effect in retail industry.

40-Hours Means Full-Time … or Does It?
Coalition launches More Time for Full-Time campaign to change the Affordable Care Act’s definition of ‘full-time’ as 30 hours.

NACS Show Highlights: Get in the Game with the Playbook for Success
Session will answer retailers’ questions on how to grow same store sales … so ask away!

Retailers Continue Support for Ending Global Poverty
Alabama Merchant Association recognized as part of Birmingham’s Partnership Walk, which raised more than $300,000 for Aga Khan Foundation.

Fair-Weather ‘Friends’
Hesitant to “friend” brands on social media, consumers are more willing if they get something out of it.


Sep 22, 2014

Could Home Depot Have Prevented Massive Breach?
Retailer confirms breach of 56 million records, as former employees say they warned company of risk years ago.

Whole Foods Tests Rewards Program
Tests underway for grocer's first-ever customer loyalty program.

Dunkin' Donuts Comes Closer to Ending Use of Foam Cups
Quick-service chain is testing the plastic versions to see if they can withstand hot coffee temps.

Startup Delivers Booze to Doorsteps
Drinkos home-delivery service sells alcohol, cigarettes and snacks.

Hershey Unveils Seasonal Candies
Summer may be over, but seasonal flavors will keep customers coming back.

Starbucks Shutters Seattle’s Best Coffee Shops
Drive-thru locations are closing just 16 months after coming to North Texas market.


Sep 19, 2014

NACS Show Highlights: Transforming Retail Through Innovation
NACS Show session discusses how generating innovation is key to achieving competitive advantage.

Royal Farms Wins Sponsorship Rights for Baltimore Arena
Maryland-based c-store chain will pay city $250,000 per year for five years.

Toyota Unveils New Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle
Set to hit the market in mid-2015, streamlined Toyota FCV has capability to power a home through its battery.

FDA Hosts Public Workshop on Electronic Cigarettes
Workshop seeks to gather information on e-cigarettes and the public health.

Declining Use of Cash Could Hurt Small Businesses
As credit card purchases get smaller, transaction fees get bigger.


Sep 18, 2014

Deadline Imminent for Retailers Who Participate in SNAP
After Sept. 21, participating retailers will no longer be offered free Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) equipment, supplies and related services.

QuikTrip, Wawa Are Consumers’ Favorite Convenience Stores
New study shows customer service and fresh food are differentiators for new and repeat customers.

FDA Raises Maximum Fine by 10% for Tobacco Sales to Minors
Federal compliance checks top 335,000 nationwide as fine is raised to $11,000.

Apple Pay May Make Physical Cards Obsolete, but Path Is Unclear
Adoption challenge will be to prove that new system is easier, better and faster than plastic cards.

Philip Morris Files Suit Challenging Uruguay's Graphic Cigarette Packaging
Cigarette maker claims that packaging rules violate treaty law, among other complaints.


Sep 17, 2014

NACS Ideas 2 Go Website Goes Live
Video series profiles innovative ideas from convenience retailers across the country — and around the world.

Mobile Payments Are Here to Stay
Conexxus offers free Oct. 2 webinar on Security of Mobile Payments.

Politicians Likely to Back State Minimum Wage Increases
Candidates favor modest boosts at the state level, while opposing federal minimum wage increase.

Family-Owned C-Store Chain Supports College and Community
New England’s VERC Enterprises purchases and renovates former rectory to support graduate service program.

Beverage Potential in C-Stores
NACS Show is an opportunity for retailers to learn from industry-leading companies.


Sep 16, 2014

NACS Show Highlights: Create a Dialogue With Your Customers
Connecting with customers is the key to sales growth.

The What, Why and How of Beacon Technology
Understanding beacon technology and what it can do for your business.

Fewer Smokers, But More Tobacco Shops
A variety of factors may account for the rise of tobacco shops, among the decline in smoking.

Main Street Businesses Express Pessimism
Issues such as health care and minimum wage increases may be keeping small business from hiring.

Six Steps for Retailers to Improve Data Security
Retailers must be proactive in protecting themselves — and their customers.


Sep 15, 2014

Money, More Than Politics, Driving Retailer Cyberattacks
Despite discovery of hidden anti-U.S. messages in malware, cash remains the prime motivator to attack U.S. retailers.

Texas Natural Gas Fueling Stations up by 50 Percent
State now has 104 stations, more vehicles running on CNG than any other alternate fuel.

August Retail Spending Growth Strongest in Over a Year
Leisure spending at a six-month high, with travel and back-to-school propelling growth.

Gas Prices Keep Falling Thanks to Oil Surplus
Markets are signaling that prices may continue to decline this fall.

New Partnership for Chinese and Taiwanese C-Store Operations
China’s Sinopec plans 300 convenience stores with Taiwan's Ruentex.


Sep 12, 2014

MasterCard Loses EU Court Case Over Interchange Card Fees
Merchant group calls ruling a win for European consumers.

Home Depot Data Breach Could Be Largest Ever
Several states launching joint probe of latest security breach.

Consumers Losing Their Taste for Fast Food
Millennials’ health-conscious habits may be leading the decline in fast food sales.

Apple’s Built It — Will Merchants Come?
Despite Apple Pay’s big launch, many retailers remain skeptical.

Egypt Opens First Solar-Powered Gas Station
Station is part of pilot program to mitigate the country’s energy crisis.


Sep 11, 2014

Cybersecurity Summit Addresses Threats and Solutions
NACS part of coalition event featuring panelists from across the payments, cybersecurity and legislative arenas to emphasize need for decisive action.

Retail Chains, QSRs to Join Apple Pay
Walgreens, Whole Foods, McDonald’s and Subway will accept purchases made with Apple’s new payment system.

McDonald’s Trademarks ‘McBrunch’
Company either has plans to launch a new brunch menu, or is keeping the trademark in its back pocket.

Gasoline Use Up Two Billion Gallons in Past 10 Months
Energy Information Administration’s 2014 forecast of gasoline use has risen 1.6%.

Sainsbury’s Opens First Combined Pharmacy and C-Store
Plans for the new Sainsbury Local have been in the works for more than two years.

FDA Issues Warning Letters to Online Tobacco Retailers
Four online companies cited for selling regulated tobacco products to minors.


Sep 10, 2014

Tomorrow’s Fuels and Vehicles: Sustainable Market Opportunities
Experts will engage with attendees at the Fuels Institute Annual Meeting and Fuels Summit.

NACS Urges Agency to Keep SNAP Sales Data Private
Comments argue that revealing stores’ data on SNAP sales could have a business impact.

New Weapon to Fight Credit Card Fraud at the Gas Station
'Today Show' covers new Visa Transaction Advisor solution.

Legislator Calls on Drugstore Chains to Cease Tobacco Sales
Connecticut senator formally urges other stores to follow CVS’s lead on tobacco products.

Ontario Looks to Privatize Lottery
Government seeks company to expand sales beyond c-stores and to younger customers.


Sep 9, 2014

As Gas Prices Fall, Consumer Optimism Surges
NACS records an increase in optimism from last month — the largest jump since January 2013.

NACS Show Highlights: Sessions for Suppliers
Suppliers are not left out, with education sessions developed to meet their unique needs.

Demand for Electric, Hybrid Cars Remains Static
U.S. electric and hybrid sales at 3.6% of market, slightly down from last year.

Two States Lead Nation in Preventing Underage Tobacco Sales
Minnesota and Nevada achieve 99% compliance rate for retailers.

Will Apple Announcement Lead to the End of Plastic Credit Cards?
Today’s event could include launch of NFC chip-enabled devices and mobile payment system.


Sep 8, 2014

Researchers Call E-Cigarette Critics ‘Alarmists’
British health experts say that switching to electronic cigarettes saves lives.

Taco Bell Tests Biscuit Taco
New breakfast item testing in California features jalapeno honey sauce.

Starbucks Announces New Express Format
Chain plans to open new tasting room in December and debut its express store platform in New York City in early 2015.

Police ‘Fill Up’ for Earth Market Customers
Chicago police officers pumped gas for motorists as part of community event to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

1950s Tesco Van Tours London
Retro van delivered toys to a children’s hospital before heading to the Goodwood Revival Festival.


Sep 5, 2014

We Card Preps Retailers for New Requirements
New FDA regulations on the horizon and 40-plus states now forbid e-cigarette sales to minors.

NACS Show Highlights: Make the Most of Your NACS Show Experience
My Show Planner and app allow attendees to schedule their time in Las Vegas and get updates on-site.

Canada Getting Close to Pact for Lower Credit Card Fees
Voluntary agreement could be finalized as soon as this month.

7-Eleven Announces Increase in Franchised Stores in Mid-Atlantic
Vast majority of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore-area stores are franchised, accounting for 6,000 jobs and $111 million in taxes.

Small-Business Owners Head Into the Cloud
Previously the domain of big business, new cloud-based offerings cater to “mom and pop” shops.

Circle K Breaks Ground on Flagship Location
New 4,500-square-foot store is in Southern California.


Sep 4, 2014

Merchant Customer Exchange Unveils Mobile Payment Network
Retailers’ CurrentC™ will improve the loyalty, shopping and payment experience.

Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island Associations Partner for Annual Conference
Southern New England Energy Conference to take place in R.I., Sept. 22 – 23.

Rutter’s Earns a Top Spot Among Central Pennsylvania Companies
Family-owned chain ranked number one in York County and number three in region.

Fermented Foods Gaining in Popularity
Are pickled products the next big thing for spice-loving, health-conscious consumers?

Corner Store and NOCO Express Continue Charitable Efforts
Latest campaigns benefit Children’s Miracle Network and Hospice Foundation.


Sep 3, 2014

CVS Now Tobacco-Free and Rebranded
Chain now called CVS Health, as it eliminates all tobacco ahead of schedule.

Home Depot May Be Latest Data Breach Victim
Theft of credit card information may have begun this past spring at stores nationwide.

California Lawmakers Approve Statewide Ban on Plastic Bags
If approved by governor, ban would take effect in c-stores in July 2016.

Dollar Stores in the News Bring Attention to Customer Base
Discount store customer demographics get a closer look.

Survey Says: QuickChek Makes the Best Cup of Coffee
Retailer’s drive for ‘fresh convenience’ brings foodservice and coffee kudos.


Sep 2, 2014

Unwrap Foodservice Packaging Opportunities
NACS CAFÉ webinar explores how effective packaging can drive trial, trigger sales and lead to repeat food purchases.

Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi C-Store Associations Announce Gulf Cost Food & Fuel Expo
State associations join forces to create region’s largest trade show for petroleum marketers, convenience store operators and industry suppliers.

Dunkin’ to Launch First Hot Dark-Roast Coffee
Dunkin' Donuts will sell the new blend nationwide September 22.

Celebrity Chefs to Open Healthy Fast-Food Chain
Loco’l seeks to bring healthy fast food to California’s low-income areas.

Virginia Lottery Sets Record-Profit Year
More than half-billion dollars generated for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.