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Feb 12, 2016

Instacart Delivers at the NACS Leadership Forum
The company shared how technology is redefining what convenience means to consumers and is driving innovations in delivery.

Find Your ‘Special Sauce’ and Stand Out
Food and restaurant consultant tells NACS Leadership Forum attendees to capitalize on successful foodservice trends.

Mexican Food Becoming a Staple at Sunoco
The company is slowly rolling out made-to-order Mexican dishes under its Laredo Taco Co. banner.

Demand Rises for Natural, Functional Ice Cream
A new report shows that consumers want a healthier frozen treat.

Panera Strives for Ordering Perfection
The fast-casual chain wants to eliminate botched orders through technology.

Valentine’s Day Spending to Reach Record High
Americans are expected to shell out $19.7 billion to celebrate love on February 14.


Feb 11, 2016

Harvard Professor Urges C-Stores to Focus on Customer Experience
Dr. Rajiv Lal told NACS Leadership Forum attendees to learn from big retailers so their stores can thrive.

Judge Sides with Retailers on Tobacco Violations
NACS and Orton Motor Co. achieve victory in legal challenge to some practices by the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products regarding violation inspections.

Measure Your Company’s Benefits Program
Participation in the NACS State of the Industry Compensation Report survey ensures your company has the most industry-specific benchmarking snapshot of employee compensation.

Burger King to Become Biggest Seller of Hot Dogs
Fast-food chain will start selling hot dogs on February 23, marking its biggest menu change in decades.


Feb 10, 2016

Still Time to Urge Congress to Pass Menu Labeling Bill
The House will vote on the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act this week.

New Hampshire Primary Clear Winners Are Trump and Sanders
The presidential primaries remain complicated with differing implications as the season progresses.

Chicago Squashes Plan to Up Smoking Age to 21
The City Council’s Finance Committee opposed the mayor’s proposal because of concerns about small retailers and increased black market cigarette sales.

Retailer Participants Needed for NACS State of the Industry Annual Report®
Members provide the data; NACS provides the context, plus live expert analysis and a sneak peek at the report’s findings.

Langley C-Stores Offer Healthier Products
The small Alabama chain teamed up with the Marengo County Cooperative Extension Service to provide fresh fruit to customers.

Sheetz Family Charities Changes Name to Sheetz For The Kidz
The nonprofit gets a new logo but will still provide assistance during the holidays for area children.


Feb 9, 2016

Consumers Deserve PIN Security
The transition to chip-and-signature does not protect consumers without PIN authentication, says NACS President and CEO Henry Armour.

Sweet Spot for a Sugar Tax?
This year could be ‘year of the sugar tax’ as countries consider higher levies on sugary foods and beverages to combat obesity.

Mars Inc. to Remove Artificial Colors
The five-year effort will impact chocolate, gum, confection, food and drink brands.

Starbucks Is in the Mood for Love
Coffeehouse chain is launching three new Valentine’s Day drinks that combine coffee and chocolate.


Feb 8, 2016

Making Our Voices Heard
The NACS Government Relations Conference educates legislators so they can make decisions that help—not hurt—the convenience industry’s bottom line.

From the Top
Skimming is making headlines but it is not ‘out of control,’ and there are two reasons why.

Dunkin’ Donuts Feels the All-Day Breakfast Pangs
Coffee and donut chain says customer visits are down at U.S. stores.

A Salad Isn’t Always a Salad
Canadian news source says that McDonald's kale salad has more calories, fat and sodium than a Double Big Mac.


Feb 5, 2016

Menu Labeling Bill Vote Next Week
NACS strongly supports the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act, which addresses crucial issues related to convenience store foodservice.

Positive Possibilities
The Positive Side recognizes the good things in life.

Petition Urges Oklahoma to Allow Convenience Stores to Sell Wine, Strong Beer
Oklahomans for Modern Laws wants to put the question directly to voters.

Millennial Men Step Up Hosting Duties for the Super Bowl
A new report finds that 43% of male Millennials vow to food shop before the big game.

Burgers Register Strong Gains in 2015
The fast-food burger segment posted a strong performance last year.


Feb 4, 2016

CVS Opens First Pharmacy Inside Target
During the transition, Target pharmacy customers cited service and convenience as their top two expectations.

Subway’s $5 Footlong Now $6
A near-decade of $5 footlongs comes to an end today at Subway locations.


Feb 3, 2016

Americans Eschewing Sugar
More people are trying to curb their sugar intake.

Jerky Captures New Converts
An old to-go food has found a new generation of consumers crazy for dried meat.

Super Bowl 50 Expected to Deliver 189 Million Viewers
As the football championship celebrates its half century anniversary, retailers are likely to reap the benefit of more consumer spending for the big game.

Chicago Evaluates Plastic Bag Ban
Six months later, the results are not as clear cut as some would like with the city’s ban on plastic bags.

A Roundup of Delicious Gas Station Food
Conde Nast Travel finds delectable treats at convenience stores.

Open Around the Clock
Not so long ago, all convenience stores closed at night.


Feb 2, 2016

EMV and the Chargeback Conundrum
Non-EMV compliant retailers are on the hook for fraudulent transactions, including the chargebacks they are not liable for.

Iowa Caucuses In: Clinton, Cruz Winners
Democratic results were the closest in the party’s state caucus history.

NACS Offers Analysis of Labor Department’s Guidance on Joint Employers
Interpretation may facilitate enforcement actions for labor violations tied to temporary and contract workers.

Washington Metro Tests Grocery Pick-Up
Pilot with Peapod by Giant Foods is testing grocery pick-up for evening commuters at three Metro stations.

PepsiCo to Open New York City Restaurant
Kola House in New York City is the beverage company’s new restaurant, as well as a social hub and testing spot for new products.

Taco Bell Urges Customers to Run for New Menu Item, Blindly
Fast-food chain cryptically announces menu item through a redacted press release.

CDC Ends Probe of Chipotle’s E. coli Outbreak
The investigation ends, while NPD reports that younger adults stayed loyal to the fast-casual chain.


Feb 1, 2016

Authorities Seize Skimming Devices
From Louisiana to New England, convenience retailers are finding skimming devices on dispensers.

White House Addresses Equal Pay
Administration wants to require companies with 100 or more employees to disclose what they pay employees by race, gender and ethnicity.

Health Care Law Not Weighing on Voters
New Kaiser survey finds voters aren’t focused on the Affordable Care Act going into the presidential primaries.

McDonald’s China Is Getting Personal
QSR is opening 150 new stores in China that allow customers to personalize their burgers.

Cam or Peyton?
Krispy Kreme customers can choose donuts dipped in blue or orange icing to show support for their favorite Big Game team.


Jan 29, 2016

NACS Announces SOI Summit Speakers
Demographic headwinds and innovations in retail are among the topics covered by an impressive lineup of speakers at the annual benchmarking conference, April 11-13 in Chicago.

Franchisees Urge Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Seattle’s $15 Wage Law
The International Franchise Association sued the city after it passed a $15 minimum wage law in June 2014.

Wendy’s Investigates Potential Data Breach
The quick-serve chain acknowledges the possibility of a data breach.

C-Store Consumers Can Be Savvy Shoppers
From fountain drinks to frequent shopper rewards, convenience stores offer many ways to save.

New IRI Report Finds CPG Industry Struggled in 2015
The report also highlighted the top trends for 2016, which include ethnic diversity, online shopping and focusing on quality versus quantity.


Jan 28, 2016

U.S. Convenience Stores Continue Growth
Convenience stores account for 34.2% of all outlets in the United States, significantly higher than other retail channels.

Futurist Michael Rogers Headlines Conexxus Annual Conference
Rogers’ approach to technology, economics and consumer behavior offers unique insights into the future of convenience and fuel retailing.

Bank of America to Take Plastic Out of ATM Transactions
By eliminating plastic from ATM transactions, the bank says it will save on security and attract Millennials.

Walmart, Coca-Cola, Nestlé and PepsiCo Provide Water for Students
Donations will provide up to 6.5 million bottles of water for Flint, Michigan, public schools.

Convenience Stores Aren’t Health Food Stores
But what c-stores sell, and how they sell it, continues to evolve as people expect to get fresh, healthy items on the go.


Jan 27, 2016

Strategize for the Future with Top Tier Speakers
Presenters at this year’s NACS Global Forum include executives from DoorDash and Cornell University.

Retailers Slowly Moving to Chip Technology
A new survey finds that many businesses still don’t have the capability of accepting EMV credit cards.

Mobile Coupons Usage Rose in 2015
Koupon Media reports that the number of mobile coupons it delivered last year doubled.

Rite Aid Installs Proximity Beacons at U.S. Stores
The drug store chain will have the beacons in more than 4,500 locations.

McDonald’s Will Expand Table Service in United Kingdom
Tesco will also abandon its foray into quick lunchtime service.


Jan 26, 2016

Carly Fiorina Visits Local Iowa Convenience Store
Fiorina is the second presidential hopeful to participate this year in the unique NACS In Store event.

America’s Favorite Comfort Food Is…
Pizza rises to the top spot as America’s ultimate comfort food.

All-Day Breakfast Benefits Golden Arches
McDonald’s all-day breakfast delivered the chain’s best quarterly results in nearly four years.

Alta Convenience Raises More Than $60,000 for Make-A-Wish
The convenience retailer’s charity campaign will help fund eight wishes for children with severe medical conditions.

Saying ‘I Love You’ With White Castle
The quick-serve burger chain is taking reservations for Valentine’s Day dinner.


Jan 25, 2016

The Top Security Threats for 2016
Data breaches, ransomware and browser plug-ins head the list of technology dangers for this year.

Verifone Expands Services for Large Retailers
By acquiring AJB Software Design, Verifone will deliver enhanced vertical functionality.

Florida Considers Raising Cigarette Tax
Also, the Tennessee Legislature has a bill that would increase the tobacco and e-cigs buying age to 21.

Illinois Gas Station Manager Wins Community Service Award
Laura Britto with Gilbert’s Mobil Mart gets her station involved in charity works to help her customers.


Jan 22, 2016

Massachusetts Retailer Ready for Snow
Verc Enterprises has proved it's prepared for any storm.

Obama Veto on Water Rule Stands
Senate failed to overturn the president’s move to kill legislation that would have halted the controversial “waters of the United States” rule.

New Report Examines Food Distribution for Small Stores
The Food Trust, working with NACS and others, looks at strategies to close the distribution gap in underserved communities.

Uber to Launch Service for Meal Delivery
The UberEats app will allow customers in 10 U.S. localities to order restaurant food for delivery.

More Than 1 Million Walmart Associates to Receive Pay Increase in 2016
This action lifts the average hourly full-time rate to $13.38.


Jan 21, 2016

Open for Business Despite Bad Weather
With Winter Storm Jonas looming, East Coast convenience stores are preparing to stay open and serve their communities.

Labor Department Issues Guidance on “Joint Employers”
Interpretation may facilitate enforcement actions for labor violations tied to temporary and contract workers.

President Obama Vetoes Water Rule
The president vetoed legislation that would have overturned the controversial “waters of the United States” rule.

NYACS Laments Gas Pump Safety Equipment Campaign
New York Association of Convenience Stores dismissed a new online campaign from the fire equipment industry.

Cenex Celebrates Five Years of Good Deeds
The company’s Tanks of Thanks program honors people who give back to their communities.


Jan 20, 2016

Radio Free NACS
NACS will launch a weekly podcast exploring convenience store industry issues and welcoming relevant guests.

NRN Power List Features Convenience Store Executive
Joseph DePinto of 7-Eleven named to restaurant publication’s list of top foodservice industry disruptors.

McDonald’s Japan Puts Sweet Spin on French Fries
New McChoco Potato goes for the sweet and salty flavor profile.

Top 7 Trends for Reaching Consumers in 2016
Trends identify how a shift toward more life-centric technology will be realized in the coming year.

Coca-Cola Announces ‘One Brand’ Global Marketing Approach
Campaign celebrates the experience and ‘simple pleasure’ of drinking Coca-Cola.


Jan 19, 2016

NACS Launches Fuels Resource Center
Fuels Resource Center shares research, news and data essential for the novice consumer as well as the knowledgeable retailer.

Pennsylvania C-Stores Pay Well Above Minimum Wage
Rutter’s, Sheetz and Wawa announced higher wages for team associates well above the $7.25 per hour minimum wage rate.

Chick-fil-A Adds First Organic Offering to Menu
Organic juice drink launches nationwide following a successful test.

Canadian Retailers Remind Customers ‘We Expect ID’
In support of National Non-Smoking Week, convenience retailers remind all customers of programs that restrict youth access to tobacco.


Jan 18, 2016

Walmart Closing Hundreds of Stores
About 16,000 Walmart associates worldwide will be impacted by the closing of 269 stores.

H-E-B to Open $2.7M Convenience Store
Texas grocer is making a big investment in a new, upscale convenience store.

Mondelēz International Goes Cage Free
The company will source 100% cage-free eggs in North America by 2020, Europe by 2025.

Mac’s Convenience Stores and Captain Canuck Partner With Crime Stoppers
The Canadian comic book superhero kicks off Crime Stoppers Month.


Jan 15, 2016

Cash Remains Leading Payment Form
Survey findings showcase the prominence of cash in the consumer payments landscape.

Webinar Underscores the Risks of Selling Synthetic Drugs
Illegal synthetic drugs are a growing epidemic in the United States.

7-Eleven Expands Mobile Rewards to Age-Restricted Products
Customers can now receive tobacco, gambling and alcohol rewards.

Rutter’s Charitable Giving Reaches $5 Million
Pennsylvania convenience store chain donated more than $235,000 to local charities last year.

Hershey Launches Innovative Technology Contest to Solve Summertime Shipping Dilemma
The company seeks shipping ideas and will collaborate with the winners on prototype development.


Jan 14, 2016

C-Stores an Integral Part of Lottery History
Largest jackpot in Powerball history finally sold, marking what could be the busiest day for the industry in 2016.

House Clears Bill Blocking EPA’s Water Rule
A measure overturning the “waters of the United States” rule is on its way to the president’s desk.

Chicago Mayor Proposes Higher Tobacco Purchasing Age
Rahm Emanuel wants to raise the tobacco purchasing age from 18 to 21.

C-Store Shoppers Take on Salty Snacks
New research finds that 68% of c-store food and beverage purchases are unplanned.

Britons Love Convenience
In the United Kingdom, the switch to local shops has spelled trouble for larger supermarkets.


Jan 13, 2016

President Obama Delivers Final State of the Union Address
Non-traditional address highlighted broad strategy rather than specific goals.

Lottery Fever Takes Over as Powerball Jackpot Hits More than $1 Billion
The highest jackpot in history is up for grabs in today’s Powerball drawing.

The 411 on EMV: What It Means to Retailers
Join Conexxus on January 21 for a free webinar on the myths and realities of EMV conversion.

Sheetz to Invest More Than $15 Million in 2016 to Increase Employee Wages
The company says it will accomplish that goal without slashing hours for full-time workers.

New Jersey Contemplates Raising Smoking Age to 21
The bill is now before the governor.


Jan 12, 2016

7-Eleven Recruits Military Vets for Store Competition
Company’s second annual contest will award one veteran a 7-Eleven fee-free franchise, valued up to $190,000.

Minimum Wage Increase a ‘Small Business Torpedo’
New York convenience store association tells state Senate that a 67% minimum wage increase would create fewer jobs and reduce benefits for workers.

McDonald’s Next Debuts in Hong Kong
Fast-food giant’s new concept features table service, salad bar and the brand’s new ‘Create Your Taste’ burger customization option.

Snickers Gets Crispy
The new Crisper from Mars Inc. is the company’s first 200-calorie bar.


Jan 11, 2016

Presidential Hopeful Works at Iowa Convenience Store
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz participated in the NACS In Store program at Casey’s General Store in Iowa.

Healthy Fast-Food Chain Serves Up $1 Coffee
LocoL won't be offering soft drinks, but will serve aqua frescas and coffee.

Breakfast Foods Any Time of the Day
New Technomic research finds that consumers are increasingly interested in eating breakfast fare beyond the morning daypart.

Popular Confection Trends Revealed
National Confectioners Association highlights sweet trends that have helped drive candy growth.

KFC Food Truck Rolls Through Nashvilles
The brand is debuting its Nashville Hot Chicken at Nashville cities located in eight states.


Jan 8, 2016

New Dietary Guidelines Target Obesity and Diabetes
The suggestions aim to encourage healthy eating patterns to prevent chronic diseases.

Powerball Jackpot Rises to $700 Million
With no winner on Wednesday, the multistate lottery pot balloons to the biggest lottery payout in U.S. history.

Understand the Risks of Selling Synthetic Drugs
NACS is sponsoring a free Jan. 14 webinar.

McDonald’s Streamlines Packaging
The fast-food giant wants to simplify its messaging to reinvigorate its brand.

Government Investigates Chipotle Norovirus Outbreak
Fast-casual chain was served with a subpoena last month regarding foodborne illness.

St. Paul Nixes Sale of Flavored Tobacco at Convenience Stores
Retailers will have three months to get rid of those products.


Jan 7, 2016

Registration Now Open for NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe
The 2016 event will launch in Stockholm, continue to London and wrap up with store tours in Dublin.

Senator Ted Cruz to Work at Iowa C-Store and Meet with Community
NACS In Store event offers presidential hopeful firsthand community experience at a local retailer.

USDA Proposes Regulations for Photo EBT SNAP Cards
States requiring photo IDs on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program EBT cards would face implementation requirements.

QuikTrip Introduces Carryout X-Large Pizza
New Carryout X-Large Pizza is fresh, made-to-order and designed for sharing.

Wawa Announces 2015 Contributions
Total Wawa and The Wawa Foundation contributions last year topped more than $11.3 million.

Let Them Drink Cake!
Jones Soda is celebrating 20 years with a new birthday cake-flavored soda.


Jan 6, 2016

Judge Will Consider Salt Warning for NYC Chain Restaurants
New York City’s requirement that chain restaurants publish salty food cautions is under scrutiny.

Rival Cigarette Tax Ballots Stir up Debate
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco supports one Missouri proposal, while value-brand cigarette makers are backing the other.

U.K. Approves E-Cig Prescriptions to Assist With Smoking Cessation
The country’s drug regulators have permitted British American Tobacco’s electronic cigarette to be sold as a medical aid to quit smoking.

Wendy’s to Use 100% Cage-Free Eggs by 2020
The fast-food company becomes the latest in a string of restaurants pressuring farmers to treat animals more humanely.

Alternative Formats for Food Steal More Market Share
Supermarkets are losing out to discounters, drugstores and dollar stores when it comes to food and household items.

Burger King Fires First Salvo of 2016 With Five-Item Meal Deal
The burger chain positions itself to go head-to-head with Wendy’s and McDonald’s.


Jan 5, 2016

Look Into the C-Store Industry’s Crystal Ball
Upcoming NACS State of the Industry Summit gives retailers access to the latest industry trends and benchmarking metrics.

Nine Food Trends to Watch
QSR Magazine ranks the top nine food trends going into the New Year.

Casey's Adds Online Ordering to Mobile App
New feature makes online food ordering more convenient for customers.

Pizza Hut Introduces $5 Menu
Chain says the new value menu is a first for the pizza category.

TravelCenters Helps Professional Drivers Get and Stay Fit
Locations are offering healthier food and expanded fitness options through its StayFit program.


Jan 4, 2016

Growing Food Sales and Low Gas Prices Energize Convenience Retailers for 2016
A new NACS survey finds that convenience stores expect good things in the New Year.

More Consumers Paying Via Mobile Devices
A new survey finds that the leading in-store mobile payment methods are PayPal and bank apps.

Washington, D.C.’s Foam Ban Now In Effect
The city has forbid restaurants and foodservice purveyors to use Styrofoam food or drink containers.

General Mills Tests New Snacks in Stores
The food manufacturer has begun in-store sampling as part of its strategy in developing new items and products.

Two California C-Stores Ban Pennies
The Orange County stores started rounding to the nearest nickel for all transactions.


Dec 31, 2015

California Faces New Fair-Pay Law
Beginning Friday, a state statute will mandate wage parity for men and women.

Harris Teeter Opens More Fueling Locations
The Kroger-owned grocery chain is bringing its new Harris Teeter Fuel Center to new stores.

Carl’s Jr. Talks Turkey
Fast-food chain is launching a healthier menu item in addition to its all-natural beef patties.

The Rise of Connected Coffee
Bluetooth and mobile app technologies are making their way into home espresso super automatic machines.

C-Stores Boost Sales of ‘Hangover Cures’
In Japan, beverages containing turmeric are believed to be an anti-inflammatory aid and hangover cure.


Dec 30, 2015

Proposed SNAP Requirements Expected in Early 2016
New retailer eligibility standards in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program expected in the first quarter of 2016.

Treasury and IRS Announce Extension of ACA Reporting Requirements
Early 2016 due dates for employer reporting requirements extended under the health-care law.

New York Reports on Statewide Effort to Crack Down on Skimmers
The inspection of 10,001 dispensers uncovered six skimming devices during November.

Target Rolls Out Gift Card Exchange
Target is joining other retailers by allowing customers to trade in gift cards from other retailers for value at its stores.

QuickChek Senior VP Works 40th Consecutive Christmas
“If I’m going to have people work that day, then I should be there, too.”


Dec 29, 2015

Will Apple Take a Bite Out of Credit Cards?
Once Apple Pay establishes itself as a household name, banks and credit cards may not be needed.

2016 Trend: Retail With Meaningful Consumer Connections
Ford’s new trend report finds that consumers are striving for a better quality of life in the New Year.

Subway, Nestlé Transition to Cage-Free Eggs
Sandwich chain says transition to serve only cage-free eggs by 2025 is underway at select North American locations.

Sugar Sales May Not Be So Sweet
Decline in U.S. sales of bagged and packaged sugar comes as the so-called “war on sugar” intensifies.

Some Retailers Disable Chip Card Readers
Challenges with speed of service during the holidays lead some retailers to disable EMV-enabled readers.

New Year, New Menu Items at Dunkin’ Donuts
Fudge Croissant Donut debuts, and Chicken Apple Sausage Sandwich returns to the all-day menu.


Dec 21, 2015

Electronic Logging Regulates Commercial Trucks to Improve Road Safety
Department of Transportation rule requires new technical specifications for ELDs.

NACS Magazine Sneak Peak: All-Day Breakfast
Many convenience stores were offering all-day breakfast before McDonald’s and Taco Bell launched a morning daypart battle.

Sobeys Express Offers Fresh Take on Traditional Convenience
New convenience store format offers more fresh and healthy food options for on-the-go consumers in Nova Scotia.

Fazoli’s Opens Convenience Store Unit
Fast-casual chain opened a new unit at a Kwik Stop in Dubuque, Iowa.

Barrel-Aged Coffee Combines Caffeine With Alcohol
Roasters are finding success with beans aged in whiskey and wine barrels.

QuickChek Aids Thousands of Families in Need
Team members volunteered to help sort food at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.


Dec 18, 2015

EPA Publishes Final Rule on RVOs
The upcoming renewable volume obligations are lower than levels set by Congress in 2007.

Webinar Gives Retailers Tools to Combat Skimming
Yesterday’s free webinar highlighted how retailers can protect dispensers from skimmers.

Teen Smoking Drops to Historic Low
A new study finds that teenagers lighting up cigarettes has reached its lowest level since 1974.

Wawa Celebrates Grand Opening Triple Header
Today, the convenience store chain will open three new locations in Chantilly, Hampton and Suffolk, Virginia.

Papa John’s Pizza Moves to Antibiotic-Free Chicken
By next summer, the pizza chain will only use chicken that have been fed a 100% vegetarian diet.


Dec 17, 2015

Tax and Government Funding Package a Mixed Bag for C-Stores
Biodiesel blenders’ credit, crude oil export ban and menu labeling are some of the key industry issues outlined in the appropriations and tax extenders legislation.

States Prepare for Minimum Wage Hikes
Many states and local jurisdictions will raise their minimum wage in 2016.

‘Patchwork’ of State GMO Labeling Laws Remains
Grocery group says Congress failed to agree on legislation that would prevent costly and confusing mandatory GMO labeling laws.

Wawa Enthusiasts Attend Every Grand Opening
Plant City, Florida, couple originally from Pennsylvania fanatically supports their hometown convenience store.


Dec 16, 2015

Register Today for the 2016 Conexxus Annual Conference
Practical futurist Michael Rogers will keynote the opening session on May 1.

Cashiers: Frontline for EMV Consumer Comfort
The general public has little knowledge about chip transactions, so training your staff is essential to a successful EMV transaction.

Appeals Court Upholds Indiana Law Barring Cold Beer in Convenience Stores
A federal judge first ruled the state law prohibiting grocery and convenience stores from selling cold beer was constitutional.

Imperial Tobacco to Change to Imperial Brands
The company will rebrand itself to lose the “tobacco” designation.

Starbucks Launches Second Annual Starbucks for Life Campaign
The coffeehouse chain rewards members through an online game that encourages frequent purchases during the month.

Americans Ditch Grocery Staples
Sales of cereal, juice and soda have been falling over the past few years.


Dec 15, 2015

See Who's Speaking at the NACS Global Forum
2016 NACS Global Forum offers fresh perspectives, powerful connections and strategic insights for convenience and fuel retailers.

Skimming Detected on Pump With Broken Security Tape
Employee identified skimming crime while performing a daily check of dispensers.

PepsiCo Announces Better-for-You Vending Program
Company will place thousands of new Hello Goodness vending units throughout the United States featuring healthier options.


Dec 14, 2015

New NACS reFresh Resources Available
A series of infographics and 2015 NACS Show presentations educate the public and media about the positive contributions of the convenience industry.

Walmart Launches Smartphone Payment System
Customers can use Walmart Pay on any iOS or Android smartphone at checkout lanes through the store’s app.

Former NFL Player Goes All In on Pie Five
Fast-casual, customizable pizza chain has quickly become a hot concept for franchisees.

Canadian C-Store Owner Starts Beer Petition
Tony Yoonsik Lim believes customers have the right to purchase beer at other retail locations.

Chevron’s Fuel Your School Program Provides Classroom Supplies
The program has provided more than $8.8 million toward classroom projects in 21 U.S. communities.

Tesco Hosts Hangover Help Stations
The support locations provided much-needed rescue for next-day office Christmas party commuters.


Dec 11, 2015

House Committee Explores Internet Gambling Law Enforcement Challenges
Witnesses testified about the dangers of Internet gambling, including funneling money to terrorists and international criminal organizations.

Walmart Jumps Into Mobile Payments With Walmart Pay
The discount retailer’s mobile payment service integrates with its current app.

Tobacco Cos. Legally Challenge U.K. Plain Packaging Regulations
Four of the largest tobacco companies in the world say the rules infringe on their trademarks.

Convenience Stores Host Cooking Demonstrations
Alabama retailers are working with the Wellness Coalition to teach customers to cook fresh produce.

Japanese C-Stores Launch Food Delivery Service
The chains are bringing products directly to seniors and others who have trouble getting to convenience stores.

Affordable Care Act Webinar Addresses Common Reporting Mistakes
Follow step-by-step instructions to fill out correction forms.


Dec 10, 2015

Protect Your Dispenser from Skimmer Crime
Free Dec. 17 webinar by NACS and Conexxus will highlight the processes and tools available to retailers to protect dispensers from skimmers.

House Financial Services Committee Passes Data Security Bill
NACS opposed the legislation because it would weaken data security while imposing exorbitant liability risks on convenience stores.

Study Suggests Color of Brands Affect Ethical Judgments
Researchers say color biases how consumers make judgements about brands.

ACS Reiterates Opposition to Tobacco Register in Wales
The European convenience store association is fighting legislation that creates a tobacco register for retailers.

Chipotle Criticized for Latest E. coli, Norovirus Crisis Response
Some say the chain hasn’t been effective in communicating its response or plans to prevent future foodborne illnesses.


Dec 9, 2015

Two-Year Tax Extender Bill Sent as House Amendment
The proposal is a fallback measure in case broader bill transferring permanence to extenders fails.

Affordable Care Act Webinar Addressed Reporting Requirements
Earlier this week, a NACS webinar educated retailers on ACA requirements; tomorrow’s free webinar will tackle how to avoid common ACA reporting mistakes.

NACS Releases Skimming and Payments Security Resource
New online resource designed to help address common questions and concerns about skimming.

Cleveland Raises Tobacco Buying Age to 21
The city also now restricts e-cigarette sales to those 21 and older.

Dunkin’ Donuts Moves to Cage-Free Eggs
The coffeehouse chain pledges its intent to source 100% cage-free eggs by 2025.

Food Brands Court Millennials
In Canada, the companies see younger customers as the way to revitalize old brands.


Dec 8, 2015

Congress Passes Long-Term Highway Bill
President Obama signed the bill into law on Friday.

Europeans Limit Credit Card Fees
If it can work in Europe, why not in the United States?

New Effort to Combat Security Threat of Illicit Tobacco Trade
U.S. State Department publication outlines the negative impact of illegal tobacco and government efforts to curb the trade.

Grocery Stores Slow in Coming to Food Deserts
An analysis of federal food stamp data found that the largest supermarket chains have opened very few stores in at-risk neighborhoods.

Quiznos Revitalizes Brand
The sub shop is testing two new concepts, one to reach its core customer and one aimed at fast casual consumers.


Dec 7, 2015

Online Lottery Interest Down Despite Strong 2014 Start
Minnesota’s mandated evacuation leaves only three state lotteries actively selling online lottery products.

Kroger’s Success Can Be a Model for C-Store Food Sales
Examining customer buying habits and offering healthy options has helped drive the grocer’s revenue.

Convenience Summit – Europe Will Feature Leaders in the European Market
Attendees can participate in Dublin and Stockholm store visits during the NACS/Insight conference.

Look to Black Friday Trends to Increase Holiday Sales
Extended timeframe for deals and digital offers can drive seasonal foot traffic this year.


Dec 4, 2015

Business and Health Interests Push Agendas on E-Cig Regulations
More than 30 meetings are planned with White House officials as the final review of new regulations takes place.

Parisians Turn to Convenience Stores for Shopping Needs
In the wake of the November attacks, many Paris residents are sticking close to home or going online for purchases.

McDonald’s Tests Personalized Menu, Table Service
The fast-food chain is launching ‘Taste Crafted’ menu at 600 locations in Southern California.

Target Reaches Data Breach Settlement With Banks
The discount retailer will shell out $39.4 million to settle bank and credit union claims related to Target’s 2013 security violation.

EU Tobacco Agreement Hasn’t Significantly Slowed Smuggling
The landmark deal with Philip Morris International was supposed to greatly reduce the influx of illegal and counterfeit cigarettes.

Starbucks Starts Delivery Service
The coffeehouse chain has partnered with Postmates for the service.


Dec 3, 2015

House and Senate Reach Agreement on U.S. Transportation Bill
The five-year, $305 billion highway proposal has bipartisan support in both chambers.

Alabama State Rep. Urges Support of Christian-Owned C-Stores
NACS responded that retailers from all backgrounds work hard to connect with their customers.

Couche-Tard to Purchase Topaz
The Irish convenience store chain was named the NACS Insight 2015 International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award for its Re.Store convenience forecourt concept.

Register for Webinars on Affordable Care Act Compliance
Two free 90-minute webinars will help c-store operators navigate reporting requirements and identify top risk factors.

Supermarkets Stock More Non-Grocery Items
To compete with Target and Walmart, grocery stores now offer a wider variety of non-food-related products, including toys and gifts.


Dec 2, 2015

Mobile Payments Hearing Focuses on Consumer Protection and Security Innovation
Policymakers applauded innovations that have thrived in the mobile payments space at Tuesday’s House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing.

GasBuddy Provides New Connections at the Pump
The free service to its members allows retailers to deliver personalized ads to users.

Ontario Convenience Store Retailers Pleased With Contraband Enforcement Measures
The province’s Fall Economic Outlook unveiled additional ways the government would try to prevent growth of the tobacco black market.

A Millennial Foodservice Marketing Story
When it comes to food, connecting with this key demographic should involve more than product information or low prices.

U.K. Health Select Committee Urges Government to Adopt Sugar Tax
A bipartisan group of MPs is pushing the prime minister to “take bold and urgent action” on the issue.


Dec 1, 2015

EPA Finalizes RFS Numbers for 2014-2016
Agency used waiver authority to set numbers lower than those called for by Congress.

New York City Salt Warning Now in Effect
Chain restaurants in the city have to put a special symbol on salty dishes.

California Likely to Put Tobacco Tax Hike on 2016 Ballot
Meanwhile, Massachusetts is considering upping the tobacco buying age statewide.

Rutter’s Focuses on Food With New Store
The location being built in Leola, Pennsylvania, will have inside seating and a menu featuring Alaskan cod, burgers and corned beef.

Tennessee Prepares for Wine Sales in Grocery and Convenience Stores
Starting July 1, the state is loosening restrictions as to where wine can be stocked.

Consumers Express Annoyance with Chip Credit Cards
Some are avoiding retailers that require dipping the chip.


Nov 30, 2015

Indonesian Sugar Tax Talks Send Chills Through Beverage Industry
Health concerns may prompt curbs on sweet beverages in Southeast Asia’s largest economy.

Cereal Sales Trending Up
After years of decline in U.S. sales, Kellogg Company executives say the cereal category is poised for a comeback.

‘Operation Heat’ Rewards Youth with Free Hot Chocolate
Youngsters across Ontario who get caught by police for positive behavior will earn a free hot chocolate, courtesy of Mac’s Convenience Stores.

Coca-Cola Taps the Vault with Ecto Cooler
Fans of ‘Ghostbusters’—the original ’80s version and 2016’s upcoming release—may soon reach for a Hi-C Ecto Cooler.


Nov 25, 2015

Sheetz, QuikTrip Among Best Work Environments
The two convenience stores are ranked in the top 10 in Fortune’s list of the best places to work in retail in the United States.

Cumberland Farms Gives Thanks with Free Coffee
Convenience retailer will offer free coffee, tea and hot chocolate on Thanksgiving Day.

McDonald’s Debuts Restaurant of the Future
New Zealand location features an open kitchen and gourmet burger bar showing transparency of food preparation.

General Mills Announces Timeline for 100% Cage-Free Eggs
Humane Society applauds the announcement, saying that confining hens in cages has no place within the U.S. food system.

South Korean Convenience Stores Thrive
As the average household size has decreased, convenience stores have prospered and grown.


Nov 24, 2015

Labor Exemption Changes Coming, But When?
The U.S. Labor Department rule would revise which workers are eligible for overtime and which are not.

Kwik Trip Becomes First Convenience Store to Join the Drink Up Effort
Led by the Partnership for a Healthier America and more than 50 supporters, the initiative encourages people to drink more water more often.

Oregon Convenience Stores Meet Demand for Craft Beer with Growlers
Companies like the Growler Guys have made filling up with beer as convenient as pumping gas.

Texas Sees Uptick in ATM Thefts at Convenience Stores
The smash-and-grab robberies leave behind huge messes and destroyed merchandise.


Nov 23, 2015

San Francisco Sues Amex Over Card Fees
City Attorney Dennis Herrera is suing American Express Company and seeking billions of dollars in penalties and restitution for merchants.

Amplify Our Industry’s Voice
The NACS Government Relations Conference educates legislators so they can make decisions that help—not hurt—the convenience industry’s bottom line.

Is the Cider Craze Receding?
Reports indicate that the cider boom may not be as ripe as expected.

Turkey Hill Selling Popular Holiday Gift
Stunt Series Drone among the c-store chain’s Black Friday deals.


Nov 20, 2015

Card-Not-Present Fraud Jumps 30%
Experts point to EMV and credential compromises as fueling e-commerce schemes.

Dunkin’ Donuts Starts Mobile Ordering, Delivery Tests
The pilot programs will run in two cities before branching out to other areas.

Coke Expands Sparkling Water With Smartwater
The carbonated version will debut in select cities with a broader rollout in 2016.

Portland, Oregon, Squashes New Gas Station Construction
The city council approved a resolution forbidding new gasoline stations within city limits because of global warming.

Rutter’s Donates $75,000 to Three Local Charities
The funds are from the company’s new corporate giving program called Vote With Your Dollars.

Artist Finds Inspiration in Gasoline Stations
The painter recreates scenes from 1940s gas stations as a tribute to their service as community gathering places.


Nov 19, 2015

NACS Global Forum Registration Is Open
Registration is now open for the 2016 NACS Global Forum, taking place in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa.

Menu-Labeling Legislation Moves Closer to Enactment
Advanced through the House Energy and Commerce Committee, next step is the House of Representatives for a vote.

Corner Store Launches New Branding, Made-to-Order Food Program
New initiative is based on extensive market research that shows Corner Store’s customers want a broad range of fresh food and beverage options.

Cleveland Mulls Restricting Tobacco Products to 21
The city’s convenience store owners objected to language that also would restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products to retail tobacco stores.

New Technology Puts Video Ads on Store Cooler Doors
Anthony International has been testing its iDOOR® technology with positive results.


Nov 18, 2015

U.S. Adult Smoking Rates Keep Dropping
The number of U.S. adults who smoke is just under 15% for the first half of 2015.

McDonald’s Revamps Value Menu
The fast-food chain will debut the new selections on Jan. 4

Wrigley, Mars Chocolate Reimagine Transaction Zones
These new ideas and shopper insights will drive merchandising recommendations.

Ontario Convenience Stores Applaud Bill to Address Illegal Tobacco
The measure advocates higher fines for contraband cigarettes and public education about tobacco consumption.


Nov 17, 2015

State AGs Advocate for Chip and PIN
Nine state attorneys general are asking card issuers to adopt chip and PIN technology in the United States as soon as possible.

Taco Bell Focuses on Food Transparency
By the end of 2016, Taco Bell plans to serve only cage-free eggs at all of its 6,000-plus U.S. locations.

First Data, NCR Sign Strategic Commercial Agreement
The strategic partnership will encompass payment card acceptance and technology solutions for the grocery, petroleum and convenience store industries.

Corner Store’s Country Run 5K Series Raises $1.4 Million
Big Brothers Big Sisters and local children's charities will benefit from the 2nd annual racing event.

Conexxus Hosts Free Tokenization Webinar
On November 19, retailers are invited to participate in an hour-long session on key trends in mobile payments and wallets.


Nov 16, 2015

Low Gas Prices Fuel Big Black Friday Shopping Plans
A new NACS consumer survey shows that nearly half of all Black Friday shoppers expect to shop more this holiday season.

HUD Proposes Making Public Housing Smoke-Free
The proposed rule would not allow smoking in living units, common areas or within 25 feet of housing units.

Hot Cocoa Gains Steam as Flavor Trend
The chocolate flavoring has crossed over into ice cream, cookies and other snacks.

Majority of Holiday Shoppers Already Crossing Off Items on Gift List
By early November, more holiday shoppers than last year have made significant strides in purchasing presents.

Filipino House Likely to Approve Soda Tax
The bill would add a 10% ad valorem tax on carbonated beverages.

Obesity Not Slowing Down Among U.S. Adults
U.S. rate of obesity jumped to close to 38% of adults in 2013-14, up sharply from 32% 10 years ago.


Nov 13, 2015

Heartland, Pinnacle Offer Integrated EMV POS Solution
Lynch Oil will be the first convenience and fuel retailer to implement the EMV acceptance system.

7-Eleven Expands Amazon Lockers
7-Eleven stores in Canada and the United States will offer more locker units that customers can send e-commerce purchases to for pick-up.

Hershey’s Rolls Out Sweets With Simple Ingredients
Holiday Kisses Milk Chocolates and Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars will feature a new SmartLabel QR code for ingredient transparency.

KFC Tests Food Delivery
The fast-food chain has teamed up with DoorDash to test food delivery in California.

Craft Brewers Issue Statement About AB InBev/SABMiller Deal
The Brewers Association urges Congress and Department of Justice to closely examine the proposed deal between Anheuser-Busch InBev and SAB Miller.


Nov 12, 2015

NACS Show Educational Sessions Available On-Demand
Continue your NACS Show experience by purchasing recorded educational sessions.

Oreos Get Personal for the Holidays
Mondelez International is testing personalized packaging with its Oreos brand.

SABMiller Sells Stake in MillerCoors to Molson Coors Brewing
The deal paves way for Anheuser-Busch InBev’s purchase of SABMiller.

Apple in Talks to Bring PayPal Rival to Market
Reports indicate that the tech company is in talks with banks to launch a mobile person-to-person payment service.

Pizza Hut Debuts Holiday ‘Triple’
Tri-level packaging includes two medium one-topping pizzas, dessert and sides.


Nov 11, 2015

Fast-Food Workers Again Strike for $15/Hour Wage
The higher minimum wage movement kicked off a 12-month campaign yesterday with walkouts in dozens of locations.

FDA Authorizes Marketing of New Tobacco Products
These orders, the first through the premarket tobacco application pathway, permit the tobacco products to be sold in the United States.

4 Ways to Connect With Millennial Workers
By 2025, this generation will have 75% of employment options.

7-Eleven Aims Higher With Veterans Franchises
The convenience store chain wants to provide franchise opportunities to 100 vets, and $2 million in discounts for its military vet franchise program.

Poverty, Not Food Deserts, Contribute to Bad Eating Habits
A recent study found that access to healthy food doesn’t mean eating better.

The (Artificial) Nose Knows
A company has developed a small chip that essentially provides a sense of smell to computers.


Nov 10, 2015

Target’s ‘Vastly Different’ Small Format Opens in Virginia
The newer and much smaller Target format seeks to capture Millennials and city dwellers alike.

7-Eleven Car Wash Locations Offering Military Free Cleaning
On Veterans Day, participating 7-Eleven car wash locations are offering former and current military “the works” for their vehicles.

U.S. Senator Voices Concern on Beer Merger
Senator Chris Murphy says that the AB InBev and SABMiller merger could pose challenges for brewers in his home state of Connecticut and craft brewers nationwide.

Gas & Grass Opens for Business
Budding convenience store is two businesses with two separate entrances: one for the marijuana dispensary and the other for the gasoline.

Gulf Oil Moves Into Wisconsin
The Gulf brand returns to Wisconsin for the first time in more than two decades.


Nov 9, 2015

Junk Food Is Not Driving Obesity
New study suggests that candy, soft drinks and fast foods are not likely a leading cause of obesity in the United States.

CST Shares Growth Plans
New acquisitions and store growth enhance the Texas convenience retailer’s focus on foodservice.

Payments Panel Hints at Biometrics
Senator suggests that the United States will leapfrog over chip-and-signature into other secure payment methods such as biometrics.

Whole Foods Adds New Food Label
Responsibly Grown label is intended to add an additional level of food transparency.


Nov 6, 2015

Multi-Year Highway Bill Passes
The U.S. House of Representatives passes legislation to authorize six years of transportation infrastructure.

Target Looks to Partnerships for Fresh Food
The discount retailer has been discussing how to have a better fresh food supply chain.

Three Germs Cause 91% of Foodborne Disease Outbreaks
The CDC calls for government and the food industry to work together to make food safe.

A Flat Pizza Trend
More pizza places are turning to flatbread to jazz up sales.

McDonald’s Trials Meatier Burger in the U.K.
The fast-food chain is hoping the new, pricier and thicker burgers will knockout the competition.


Nov 5, 2015

NACS-Supported Legislation Moves Through Congress
The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee voted on November 4 to pass menu-labeling and synthetic drug legislation.

President Obama Strikes Automatic Enrollment From ACA
This week the president signed into law a budget package that includes a provision to remove the health-care law’s mandatory automatic enrollment provision.

Conexxus Is Setting the Strategy
Several industry trends are on the radar of the technology and standards organization and will continue to be the group’s focus.

Chipotle E. Coli Outbreak Leans Toward Contaminated Produce
The fast-casual chain has temporarily closed all of its locations in Washington and Oregon.


Nov 4, 2015

Election Day Recap
Republicans extend dominance at the state level; Democrats hold major metros; voters reject minimum wage increases and marijuana legalization.

Calorie-Count Study Questions Effectiveness of Menu Labeling
Diners aren’t choosing lower-calorie offerings over other menu items despite seeing the data.

Samsung Pay Debuts Strong
The mobile payment solution registered good sales during the first month of its U.S. launch.

QuickChek Helps Check-Out Hunger
The fundraising campaign benefits hungry families this holiday season.

A “Green” Beirut Gas Station
The service station has hanging gardens that surround the pumps.


Nov 3, 2015

EPA Nears Completion of Renewable Fuel Obligations for 2014-2016
Final rule establishing volume obligations nears the last step before a regulation is published.

The Cost of Poor Health
States with conservative leaders look at ways to combat obesity while balancing tax concerns.

EPA Notifies VW of Additional Clean Air Act Violations
Second notice of violation alleges that Volkswagen installed a defeat device in light-duty diesel Audi and Porsche models.

Convenience Summit Adds Ireland to Lineup
The 2016 NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe puts Dublin, Ireland on the schedule in addition to Stockholm and London.

Sheetz Serves Up Specialty Fall Beverages
Now on the menu for the fall season are the pumpkin pie latte, maple latte and hot apple cider.


Nov 2, 2015

U.S. House Committee Takes Up Menu-Labeling, Synthetic Drugs
The House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Health will take up NACS-supported legislation this week on menu-labeling and synthetic drugs.

How Tweet It Is
The NACS reFresh initiative harnesses social media to spread the word about enhancing the industry’s image.

Morrisons Tests Convenience Food Offer
Pilot will begin by the end of the year at five stores owned by Motor Fuel Group.

Healthy Fast-Food Chain Coming to Philadelphia
Locals will soon learn what Bryn and Dane's healthy, local fast-food offers are all about.

U.K. Sugar Tax Would Have Bitter Effect
Parliament member Alan Duncan opines that a sugar tax in the United Kingdom is flawed both in its logic and implementation.


Oct 30, 2015

NACS Praises Menu-Labeling Legislation
Newly introduced Senate bill provides necessary flexibility and understanding of convenience store foodservice operations.

FDA Issues First-Ever No Sale Orders
Agency issues a No-Tobacco-Sale Order to eight retailers for repeatedly selling tobacco products to minors.

7-Eleven Opens First Post-Security Airport Store in United States
Convenience retailer creates exclusive ‘snack pack’ for DFW Airport’s on-the-go travelers.

Would You Eat This?
A quick roundup of wacky and fast-food finds, just in time for Halloween.

Hess Continues Holiday Tradition
The 2015 Hess Fire Truck and Ladder Rescue will go on sale November 1.


Oct 29, 2015

2015 NACS Show Breaks Records
This year’s NACS Show broke records and more importantly, connected and educated thousands of retailers and suppliers.

House Committee Marks Up Bill Limiting the Definition of Joint Employer
The National Labor Relations Board had sought to expand the definition, which might have altered franchisor-franchisee relationships.

Alberta to Hike Gas, Tobacco Taxes
Local convenience stores say the increase will drive customers away.

NOCO Raises More Than $25,000 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The New York convenience store chain ran the fundraiser in August and September.

Walgreens Acquires Rite Aid
The acquisition would merge the second- and third-largest drugstore chains in the United States.


Oct 28, 2015

Lottery Losing Charm in Illinois
Plagued by delayed payouts, many residents are crossing into neighboring states for their lottery purchases.

Go-Mart Prepares for Outdoor EMV Mandate
West Virginia-based chain of convenience stores is preparing for the October 2017 EMV mandate for fueling dispensers.

Chase, MCX Team Develop Retailer-Friendly Mobile Wallet
A huge benefit for merchants will be the mobile wallet’s no network and no merchant-acquiring fees.

Morrisons to Test New C-Store Concept in Scotland
The U.K. supermarket chain recently sold its 140 convenience stores in September.

U.K. Health Report Recommends Up to a 20% Tax on Sugary Beverages
The long-awaited report from Public Health England also pushes for children’s marketing and promotions.

U.S. Government Bans E-Cigarettes in Checked Bags
A new mandate for electronic cigarettes takes to the sky.


Oct 27, 2015

U.S. Government Issues Final, More Stringent Ozone Rule
Obama Administration’s final rule on ozone levels could be the most expensive regulation ever imposed by the U.S. government.

Report Says Bacon and Hot Dogs Cause Cancer
World Health Organization agency says processed meats are carcinogenic, and red meat is probably cancer-causing, too.

7-Eleven in Asia Brings in Starbucks
Integration of Starbucks counters will begin at 7-Eleven stores located close to main roads and commercial districts.

Pediatricians Urge Greater Restrictions on Tobacco, E-Cigarettes
New policy statements urge strong regulations of electronic cigarettes and recommend raising the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21.

The Age of the Customer
Empowered customers will determine which companies will thrive and fail in 2016.

Home Brewing Gets a ‘Keurig’
New home appliance puts craft brewing on kitchen countertops.


Oct 26, 2015

House Committee Approves Six-Year Highway Bill
The bill contains several provisions related to interstate tolling, with three states conditionally approved to implement toll roads.

General Mills Identifies Four C-Store Customer Segments
Knowing these segments, and the attitudes, behaviors and needs associated with each, will help convenience retailers best serve each customer population.

California Sees Lower Rate of Illegal Tobacco Sales to Minors
A 2015 survey found that retailers are selling tobacco to underage buyers 1.4% less than last year.

Domino’s Tricked-Out Delivery Vehicle Debuts
The car that took four years to build has a warming oven and the capacity to deliver 80 pizzas.

U.K. Corner Shops Morph Into Super-Convenience Stores
The traditional small shops have added more services lately to appeal to a wider variety of customers.

Is McDonald’s Beginning to Recover?
The burger chain registered its first positive quarter for same-store sales in months.

Majority of Shoppers Willing to Pay Premium for Local Food
An annual survey found that most consumers define local food as sourced within 100 miles of the point of sale.


Oct 23, 2015

New Ideas 2 Go Videos Now Online
Seen exclusively by attendees at the 2015 NACS Show, the fast-paced NACS Ideas 2 Go program showcases emerging concepts that redefine convenience.

Convenience Stores Serve as Safe Havens
Retailers, such as Ricker’s in Indiana, provide safe havens for domestic violence victims in need of help.

Consumers Want Food Transparency
Recent study by ECRM and HellaWella finds that healthy food shoppers want transparency.

Fresh & Easy Continues Shutting Down Stores
U.K-based Tesco is closing its U.S.-based Fresh & Easy grocery stores.

French C-Store Chain Expands Into Russia
Auchan is opening up its first chain of convenience stores in Russia.


Oct 22, 2015

NACS Highlights Costs of Transition to Chip Card Technology
Despite average cost of switch to EMV exceeding half of annual profits, failure to include PIN creates “missed opportunity” to reduce fraud further, says NACS Board Director Jared Scheeler.

Congress Reviews Synthetic Drug Legislation
The rate of proliferation of new synthetic drugs and the growing use of these substances led some members of Congress to introduce new legislation.

Profitable Trips and Convenience Retailer Opportunities
Immediate consumption study from Coca-Cola reveals that trips for immediate consumption food and beverages are increasing faster than other trips.

Slower Shopping Means More Spending
Some retailers are slowing down time spent in stores to enhance the consumer experience and increase their overall spend.

There’s an App for That at QuikTrip
Convenience retailer quietly rolled out a mobile app for QT customers.

On-Demand Delivery
Online ordering platform delivery.com is partnering with UberRUSH and sidecar to enable on-demand delivery in dozens of U.S. cities.


Oct 21, 2015

FDA Tobacco Regulations Move Forward
The agency takes one step closer to finalizing regulation on additional tobacco products.

Starbucks Enhances Drive-Thru Experience
The coffeehouse chain is adding two-way video screens in an effort to improve drive-thru service.

Australia to Consider Smoking Ban Expansion
The proposed new smoke-free areas include childcare centers, youth sporting events, eldercare facilities, bus stops and public pools.

QuickCheck Continues Growth With Three New Stores
The New Jersey-based chain has opened 30 stores and hired 1,200 people since 2007.

Always Open Convenience Stores Permeate Japan
The 24/7 stores have become very popular in the country.

Preparing Payments for the World Wide Web
The World Wide Web Consortium, of which NACS is a member, has announced the formation of the Web Payments Working Group.


Oct 20, 2015

Sparks Fly Among EV Owners
Electric vehicle owners leave etiquette at the door in the fight for public charging access.

Celebrity Chef Calls for Soda Tax
Jamie Oliver asks U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron to ‘be brave’ and introduce a sugar tax.

Del Monte Recalls Granny Smith Apples
Company is recalling the green apples distributed to Core-Mark and 7-Eleven in the Mountain States region because of a possible health risk.

Are Teens Over Facebook?
New Piper Jaffray survey suggests that Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat are the most important social networks for American teenagers.

PepsiCo NSPIRE Hits the Road
The new innovation kitchen on wheels offers consumers unique culinary recipes created by the company's chefs.


Oct 19, 2015

U.S. Senator Praises Healthy Options in C-Stores
“With half of Americans frequenting a convenience store every day, this industry has a unique opportunity to reach a wide range of consumers,” opines former U.S. Senator Bill Frist.

The Year of Change
NACS Chairmen Steve Loehr and Jack Kofdarali discuss how convenience retailers of all sizes—with the help of NACS—can adapt to a constantly changing retail landscape.

Caffeinating Beyond Colas and Coffee
Peanut butter is one of the latest food products to become caffeinated.

New Chip (Without) PIN Cards Create Confusion
Even the FBI had to backtrack its initial warning that EMV cards can still be targeted by fraud.


Oct 16, 2015

Pennsylvania Considers Raising Tobacco Age
The bill before the legislature would increase the current smoking age from 18 to 21.

State, Local Governments Tackle On-Call Practice
Retailers with workers on call for work might run into trouble in some areas because of new regulations.

Australia Seizes Record Amount of Illegal Tobacco
The haul of more than 70 tons of tobacco would have brought in millions on the black market.

Caffeinating Customers
Convenience stores are serving up coffee just as good as Starbucks.

Beer Merger Signals Marketing Changes for Brews
While Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller iron out the details of the global agreement, the U.S. brands focus on how to reinvigorate sales of core products.


Oct 15, 2015

Reach Outside of Your Comfort Zone
NACS Chairman Jack Kofdarali encouraged NACS Show attendees to test new ideas and strive to be better.

Top 10 Cool New Products at the 2015 NACS Show
Retailers ranked the products they saw as having strong potential for their business and future profitability.

Creating a Corporate Culture
Jon Wolske of Zappos shares with NACS Show attendees the importance of involving their staff to develop an attitude and build a brand.

Dealing With Data
The mountains of metrics and analytics that companies such as Amazon.com enjoy hold great potential for brick-and-mortar retailers.

Target Adds PINs to Store-Issued Credit Cards
Two years after its disastrous security breach, the discount retailer has become the first large credit card issuer to have credit cards with PINs.

UberRUSH Opens for Business in Chicago, New York, San Francisco
The service is designed to partner with local businesses on delivery.

First 7-Eleven Store Opens in Middle East
Seven Emirates celebrates its first convenience store in Dubai.


Oct 14, 2015

NACS CEO Shares Industry Priorities and Victories
Henry Armour, NACS president and CEO, calls out global best practices, NACS programs and initiatives that help the industry address critical issues and opportunities.

NACS Debuts 2015 Ideas 2 Go Video
The newly released version featuring nine innovative retailers is now available online for purchase.

Conscious Capitalism
Keynote speaker John Mackey of Whole Foods Market discusses the higher purpose of business before a full house at the NACS Show.

Top 10 Cool New Products at the NACS Show
Retailers ranked the products they see as having strong potential for their business and future profitability.

NACS Announces 2015-16 Executive Committee Members
Jack Kofdarali will succeed Steve Loehr as the NACS 2015-16 chairman.

Next-Gen Vehicles and Your Business
NACS Show educational session asks retailers if they’re ready to take advantage of vehicle technology innovations.

Consumers Loving Low Gas Prices
However, they are not expecting the cost of gasoline to dive any lower.

Hershey Commits to Nourish One Million Minds by 2020
Nourishing Minds will provide children with the basic nutrition they need to learn and grow.

Halloween Spending Forecast to Drop Slightly
While 157 million Americans will celebrate October 31 this year, the amount of money per person will decline just over $3.


Oct 13, 2015

People Make the Difference
NACS 2014-15 Chairman Steve Loehr shares his deep appreciation for his Kwik Trip team and the people who make up the convenience store industry.

Top 10 Cool New Products at the NACS Show
Retailers ranked the products they see as having strong potential for their business and future profitability.

The Shape of Things
NACS Show keynote Connie Podesta blends humor and human resources to convey that leaders need to leverage their strengths and understand their weaknesses.

Twenty-Year View on Retail Fuels
NACS Show educational session delves into the fuels retailers could be offering in two decades and the cost investments.

Commanding Performance Reviews
Consistent feedback helps both employees and supervisors, advises Rich Schappert of Casey’s General Stores.

Beacons Beckon
Beacon technology offers a more targeted and engaging in-store shopping experience, according to NACS Show educational session on the technology’s prospects for the c-store industry.

U-Gas and Tri Star Services Join Partnership for a Healthier America
Over the next several years, U-Gas and Twice Daily convenience stores are committing to maintain and build upon healthy food choices for customers.

Seattle Considers Climate Change Warning Labels on Gas Pumps
The city council might require stickers on pumps to inform motorists that burning fuel harms the environment.

Millennials Love Store Brands
A new survey found that twentysomethings and teens gravitate towards private-label brands when grocery shopping.


Oct 12, 2015

Your Success Starts Here
NACS President and CEO Henry Armour opens the 2015 NACS Show; General Session keynote Chris McChesney delivers an energetic presentation on The 4 Disciplines of Execution.

Top 10 Cool New Products at the NACS Show
Retailers ranked the products they see as having strong potential for their business and future profitability.

NACS Names Four New Retailer Members to Board of Directors
Lisa Dell’Alba, Dee Dhaliwal, Bill Kent and Victor Paterno were named to their positions during the NACS Board of Directors meeting this week at the NACS Show in Las Vegas.

NACS Supplier Board Nominates New Leadership
Kevin Martello of Dr Pepper Snapple Group was named chairman during the NACS Show in Las Vegas.

NACS Foundation Awards 11 Scholarships
Recipients will be recognized during a special ceremony this week at the NACS Show on Tuesday, October 13, and given the first-hand opportunity to learn more about exciting career paths in the industry.

NACS Launches Payroll Card Program
New program allows employers to provide 100% electronic pay while reducing the costs of issuing and administering paper checks for all employees, including those without a bank account or those who opt out of direct deposit.

FBI Warns Chip Cards Vulnerable to Fraudsters
The FBI is warning law enforcement, merchants and the general public that chip cards can still be targeted by fraudsters.

Appeals Court Halts Controversial WOTUS Rule
The rule would significantly increase federal jurisdiction over the nation’s waters by redefining them, and subsequently, increase costs to any businesses operating in or near covered waters.

Congressional Committee Questions Dietary Guideline Recommendations
Members of Congress expressed concern over suggestions to new Dietary Guidelines for Americans, such as implementing a soda tax.

Topaz Launches Rocket’s at 40 C-Stores Across Ireland
Fresh, urban food concept will create 45 new jobs this year.

QuickChek Feeds Millennials With New Walking Tacos
New line of Walking Tacos feature customizable toppings and satisfy the younger demographics’ needs for on-the-go food options.


Oct 9, 2015

Volkswagen CEO Goes Before Congress
“We have broken the trust of our customers, dealerships, and employees, as well as the public and regulators,” said Michael Horn before a congressional hearing.

New Study Evaluates GHG Emissions From Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicles
Analysis by Carnegie Mellon University evaluates the potential life cycle greenhouse gas emissions from using natural gas to power light-duty vehicles.

Congress Questions Proposed Overtime Regulations
House Small Business Subcommittee hearing delves into labor issue important to convenience store operators.

We’ve Got Your Back
Conexxus is a member of both the EMV Migration Forum and the Petroleum Working Committee to address challenges relating to EMV implementation.

Rutter’s Salutes Route 30 With Signature Burger
The new menu item pays homage to the original Rutter family farm and corporate headquarters in York.

7-Eleven Refreshes Franchise Website
New site is designed to help ease the franchise application process.


Oct 8, 2015

Convenience Stores Poised to Grow Better-for-You Sales
New Hudson Institute report suggests health and wellness trends and strategies for convenience stores.

EMV Hearing Held in U.S. House Small Business Committee
"I can't help but laugh," replied one representative when a Visa spokesperson said swipe fees are “competitive” and set to attract business from both issuing banks and merchants.

Cumberland Farms Sells $1 Billion in Gas Via SmartPay
SmartPay Check-Link is now the most popular method of gas payment for the convenience store chain.

Spinx Establishes Hurricane Relief Fund
South Carolina-based convenience store chain is assisting employees impacted by Hurricane Joaquin.

Wyoming Looks at Tobacco Tax Hike
The state needs to plug a $14.6 million shortfall by July 2018.

Robinson Fresh Helps Fresh & Easy Stores Donate to Local Hospital
The fundraiser culminated with October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Down Under C-Stores Consider Cutting Hours of Operation
7-Eleven Australia is weighing whether to cut back on its current 24/7 hours.

Online Delivery Blossoms
Sales from online grocery sites are predicted to reach $13 billion in 2015.


Oct 7, 2015

Apple Pay Used More on Frequent Purchases
More Apple Pay users—especially those with Apple Watches—report using the mobile payment method for everyday shopping.

NOCO Express Adds Tim Hortons
Updated store in Lackawanna, New York, also boasts a newly renovated space to provide expanded selection of fresh foods and beverages.

Illegal Cigarettes Account for Over 10% of Newfoundland Cigarettes
The Atlantic Convenience Stores Association has released the findings of a new study that show high numbers of contraband cigarettes are widely available.

Kum & Go Manages Shrink, Inventory With ADC Software
The convenience store chain has begun using ADC’s recipe and scales management software for labeling its fresh food items.

FDA’s New Anti-Tobacco Campaign to Reach Hip-Hop Youth
The public education initiative dubbed “Fresh Empire” is designed to help hip-hop youth avoid tobacco.


Oct 6, 2015

ATM Fees Reach Record High
The fees customers pay to withdraw money have increased 21% over the past five years.

Cumberland Farms Participates in White House Summit on Worker Voice
Ari Haseotes of Cumberland Farms will join private sector leaders who share a commitment to making their workplaces more fair, productive and prosperous.

New Law Requires Retailers to Charge for Plastic Bags
England’s new law is intended to reduce the use of plastic bags in hopes of eliminating litter.

VERC Enterprises CEO Shares Value of Hiring Employees With Down Syndrome
NACS Board member Leo Vercollone says more than 20% of the company’s workforce consists of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Pepsi Goes ‘Back to the Future’ With New Promotion
Limited quantities of Pepsi Perfect will be available on October 21, paying homage to the future date Marty McFly travels to.

CITGO and Wahlburgers Celebrate New Boston Location
Event celebrated Boston’s first Wahlburgers restaurant, located in Fenway Park and adjacent to the iconic Boston CITGO sign, and highlighted benefits of the newly released Club CITGO mobile app.


Oct 5, 2015

New York Bank Believes Americans Can Remember a PIN
First Niagara Financial Group in Buffalo issues a chip and PIN card, while others in the banking community say consumers don’t want to be burdened with another four-digit number.

We Card September Awareness Month a Huge Success
Twenty-six governors issued proclamations and letters of support.

Biggest. Issue. Ever.
NACS Magazine’s October issue hits mailboxes this week with more than more than 190 pages of industry insights, ideas and best practices.

Sbarro Breathes New Life Into Pizza Business
QSR is opening new standalone units, taking the nearly 60-year-old brand out of the shopping mall and into the territory of large pizza chains.

Famima!! Closes Doors to L.A. Stores
Parent company FamilyMart announced plans to devote more resources to the rapidly growing convenience store market in Asia.


Oct 2, 2015

EPA Issues Potentially Costliest Regulations in History
The Environmental Protection Agency issued more stringent air quality standards for ground-level ozone, likely affecting the retail motor fuels market.

Debit Card Reform Should Progress More
Debit fees in the United States still remain among the highest in the industrialized world.

Stripes Convenience Stores Introduces Holiday Commemorative Cups
The retailer partnered with Coca-Cola to produce two limited-edition cups commemorating ‘Día de los Muertos.’

McDonald's Canada Launches New Self-Serve Kiosks
The Golden Arches will add both self-service kiosks and table service to its approximately 1,400 restaurants throughout Canada.

New Products Aim to Please Health-Conscious Customers
Food and beverage manufacturers are changing ingredients in existing products to make them healthier.

Energy Topics Dominated Congress This Week
The crude oil export ban and national energy policy took center stage.

Starbucks Expands Mobile Ordering Service to U.K.
Customers in the London area can order and pay for their beverages and snacks quickly via mobile phone.


Oct 1, 2015

House Committee Reviews Joint Employer Standard
At issue is the newer definition of ‘joint employer,’ meaning that franchisors and contractors may be liable for the labor practices of their franchisees and subcontractors.

Bastille Day for the Banks
After today’s October 1 EMV deadline, controlling the societal cost of fraud is squarely on the merchants’ back .

2016 NACS Global Forum Heads to South Africa
The four-day event will be held in Johannesburg and Cape Town next March.

Senators Introduce Legislation to Raise Smoking Age to 21
Ten senators are backing the proposal, which would limit the sale of tobacco products to adults 21 and older.

Appeals Court Allows New York to Forbid Credit Card Surcharges
The decision reverses an earlier ruling that found the state’s ban to be unconstitutional.

Coke, Detractors Continue to Fight Using Shame
An op-ed in Forbes discusses why that’s a losing strategy for both sides.

Hershey Unveils Spooky Treats
The chocolate candy company has Halloween versions of Reese’s, Kit Kat, Cadbury and candy corn.


Sep 30, 2015

Square One Markets Launches Dinner Kits
Time-starved customers in need of a quick, healthy meal can look no further than their local Square One Markets convenience store.

Strong Gas Sales Fuel Convenience Store Sales
Retailers are optimistic about the economy and their businesses for the upcoming fourth quarter.

U.S. Court Hears Challenge to $5.7B Visa, MasterCard Settlement
NACS and merchant groups are urging the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York to reject the deal.

Keurig Kold Aims to Change the Way Americans Drink Soda
The company that revolutionized coffee consumption has launched a cold version.

Pork Returns to Chipotle Menu
Chipotle has restored most of its pork supply and is again serving Carnitas in 90% of its restaurants.


Sep 29, 2015

Tyson Foods, NACS Donate Truckload of Protein to Las Vegas Food Bank
Three Square will distribute the donated food through its service network of agency partners.

Fuels Institute Announces 2015–2017 Leadership
Board of Directors, Board of Advisors and Officers were named at last week’s Fuels Institute Annual Meeting.

Wawa to Launch New Private-Label Consumer Credit Card
The retailer will partner with Citi Retail Services to unveil a new credit card for the c-store brand’s loyal customer base.

Shell Suspends Arctic Drilling in Alaska
Oil and gas found in the Burger J well are not sufficient to warrant further exploration.

Taco Bell Introduces Online Ordering and Payment
New website allows customers to personalize their orders and save their combinations for future ordering.

QSR Magazine Highlights Pricing Strategies
Article suggests six steps for developing customer-focused pricing strategies.


Sep 28, 2015

McDonald’s Tests 100% Organic Burgers
Locations in Germany will offer the ‘McB’ for a limited time to attract health-conscious consumers.

EPA Will Road Test All New Vehicles to Check Emissions
Following the Volkswagen diesel car scandal, the government agency says it will no longer rely exclusively on laboratory testing.

7-Eleven Adds More Markets to Postmates Partnership
Convenience retailer adds six markets to on-demand delivery service that now includes Slurpees.

Russia Says ‘No’ to GMOs
Food production in the country will not include any genetically modified organisms.


Sep 25, 2015

National Labor Relations Board Announces New Standard
Franchisors, contractors and firms that use workers supplied by other companies should be aware of the new joint employer status.

Durbin Calls for Further Changes in Swipe Fee Reform
In an op-ed, the Illinois senator declared that current fees don’t do enough to help retailers or consumers.

7-Eleven and PayNearMe Join Forces
The retailer and the financial services tech company launch an app for people to pay their bills with cash at participating stores.

The Struggles of Same-Day Delivery
Inventory issues and logistics difficulties present challenges for companies tackling same-day delivery.

Mondelēz International Fights Obesity
The snack food company launches programs promoting healthy eating in the U.S., Mexico and South Africa.

Speedway Raises Millions for Charity
The retailer raised more than $2 million for Children’s Miracle Network.


Sep 24, 2015

Federal Reserve Adopts NACHA’s Same-Day ACH Rule
The association calls the new rules a “game changer.”

QuikTrip Pilots New Restaurant Concept
The c-store chain has begun testing an in-store restaurant with seating at one of its truck stops in Tulsa.

Pump Prices Continue to Drop
Experts predict that U.S. gasoline prices will likely slide further down as inventories rise.

Couche-Tard Consolidates Retail Brands
The company will replace its current Circle K, Statoil, Mac’s and Kangaroo Express stores under the new global Circle K brand.

Judge Rejects NYC Foam Food Container Ban
The prohibition against restaurants using polystyrene containers went into effect in July.

DesignCrowd Launches New Subway Logo Contest
While not affiliated with the sandwich chain, the online design community asked members to revamp the Subway logo.


Sep 23, 2015

Increase Your NACS Show Productivity
Planning ahead for the NACS Show helps ensure that attendees gain maximum value from the event.

Dissecting Data Breaches, Debunking Myths
Trend Micro’s report on data breaches provides insight into how retailers can defend against hackers.

Convenience Stores Horn in on Supermarkets
As more consumers clamor for fresh food, convenience retailers are changing what they offer to meet that need.

Sheetz Gives National Coffee Day a Kick in the Beanz
Customers can enjoy free premium self-serve coffee on September 29.

Kroger Convenience Stores Test Better-for-You Options
The supermarket chain has brought some of its private-label Simple Truth food products to its convenience store brands.

Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay Now Available Nationwide
The coffeehouse chain has rolled out its app to more than 7,400 stores, with an international expansion coming next month.


Sep 22, 2015

Overcoming the Resistance to Change
CST Brands Chairman and CEO Kim Lubel and Mondelez CEO Irene Rosenfeld share with Fortune the biggest leadership lessons they’ve learned in the past year.

Will Chip Cards Cause Consumer Confusion?
With the Oct. 1 EMV deadline fast approaching, the financial services industry claims that merchants won’t be ready.

But Will It Come With Siri?
And will it be called the iCar? Apple plans to ship its first electric vehicle in 2019.

EPA Launches New Website for Underground Storage Tanks
‘What’s New’ box links directly to 2015 revised UST regulations, guide for petroleum vapor intrusion and UST corrective action training.

7-Eleven Offers Single-Serve Brew Cups
Retailer is also introducing a new Stay Hot cup that keeps coffee hot longer.


Sep 21, 2015

NACS Issues Menu-Labeling Compliance Assistance
Document provides a brief summary of the final rule and a general understanding of convenience retailer obligations to meet the December 1, 2016, compliance date.

Apple Moving Forward With Self-Driving Car
Documents show that executives have discussed autonomous vehicle plans with officials at California’s department of motor vehicles.

Frito-Lay Launches Rainbow Doritos to Support LGBT Youth
Limited-edition Doritos available to consumers who make an online donation of $10 or more to support the It Gets Better Project.

Hydrogen Fueling Expands in the U.K.
New station is ITM Power’s first publically accessible hydrogen refueling station.

Atlanta Retailers Foundation Makes Healthy Donation
Funds help with installation of outdoor fitness station in Atlanta.


Sep 18, 2015

Consumers Lack Chip Card Awareness
New survey shows that more than half of U.S. adults don’t know what a chip card is.

Candy Industry Sweetens U.S. Economy
New report reveals confectionery industry’s impact on jobs in agriculture, retail and transportation.

NACS Welcomes Bill to Address Flawed ACA Reporting Rules
Legislation would streamline reporting requirements for employers under the health-care law.

Government Sets Food Waste Reduction Goals
Obama administration has taken a sweeping stance to reduce food waste by 50% in the next 15 years.

CITGO, Red Sox Foundation Help Youth in Boston
Donation of $2,500 in gas gift cards benefits underserved children in the Boston community.


Sep 17, 2015

Oklahoma Moves Closer to Strong Beer, Wine at C-stores
A compromise from the liquor store contingent looks likely to end the stalemate that had blocked approval of strong beer and wine at grocery and convenience stores.

Kum & Go Opens New Ecofriendly Store in Des Moines
The store features fresh food and a variety of fuel options, including E15, E85 and diesel.

Taco Bell Courts Millennials With Beer, Wine
The first Taco Bell Cantina restaurant will open in Chicago next week.

Walmart Expands Grocery Pickup Locations at Neighborhood Markets
The increased locations are part of a test the discount retailer is conducting on curbside pickup of groceries.

West Virginia Toys With Raising Tobacco Taxes
Alabama is also considering a bump in its tobacco taxes.

Will Anheuser-Busch InBev Merge With SABMiller?
The merger would have a significant impact on the global market.


Sep 16, 2015

FDA Halts Sale of Four R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Products
Retailers have 30 days to dispose of inventory for Camel Crush Bold, Pall Mall Deep Set Recessed Filter, Pall Mall Deep Set Recessed Filter Menthol and Vantage Tech 13.

Target Partners With Instacart
The grocery delivery company is testing a pilot program with the discount retailer.

FreshStop Opens 200th South African Store
The leading convenience store in the country has averaged more than 30 new stores annually since 2009.

Gas and Grass Stations Opening in Colorado
The stations will offer fuel and medical marijuana.

Mexico Contemplates Higher Soda, Snack Tax
The move could raise revenue by 130% next year.


Sep 15, 2015

FDA Releases Draft Menu Labeling Guidance
Agency says the draft guidance is intended to assist establishments with implementation of the menu-labeling rule.

Consumer Behavior Largely Unaffected by Falling Gas Prices
New NACS survey finds that declining gas prices have not increased consumer optimism about the economy.

Florida Legislator Proposes Online Lottery Sales
State senator wants to make lottery tickets available for purchase online.

7-Eleven Starts Weeklong Share a Slurpee Offer
Customers who buy a Slurpee can receive a second one for free.

McDonald’s Franchisees Skip Out on McRib
The number of locations selling the limited-time sandwich is down 20% from last year.


Sep 14, 2015

Vermont Soda Tax Creates Confusion
Retailers say the new guidelines add confusion as to which beverages should and should not include the additional sales tax.

Salt Warnings Issued for New York City Menus
Many chain restaurants would have to post a warning label on menus for dishes that contain more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium.

Amazon Tests Restaurant Delivery in Seattle
Service brings competition to Grubhub, Seamless and other start-ups that offer restaurant delivery via mobile apps.

New York Governor Proposes $15 Minimum Wage
Wage hike would apply to all New York residents statewide.

Surge Is Making a Comeback
After a 12-year hiatus, Coca-Cola’s popular citrus-flavored soda coming to store shelves.


Sep 11, 2015

Only 1 in 5 Cards Prepared for EMV Shift
Ahead of the Oct. 1 deadline, a staggering number of magnetic credit and debit cards don’t have chip technology.

Curbing Fraud, Data Loss
Attend the Sept. 24 Conexxus webinar on how to lower fraud and data loss at your operation.

USDA Announces Finalists for the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership
The 21 states will receive grants to bolster renewable fuel pumps at gas stations.

Whole Foods Market, Instacart Partnership Moves Mountains of Groceries
This month, the two companies celebrated their one-year partnership anniversary.

Hungary’s MOL Group Rolls Out New C-Store Prototype
Designed by CBX, the Fresh Corner brand focuses on hot drinks and food-to-go.

Stripes Convenience Stores Partners With MD Anderson
The convenience store chain will help raise funds and awareness for the children’s cancer hospital.

Google Expands Delivery Service
The express service is now available in smaller Midwestern cities.


Sep 10, 2015

Russian Gas Stations Mandate EV Chargers
The government has decreed that every gas station must have equipment to charge electric cars.

Is Hummus the Next Greek Yogurt?
The chickpea dip and spread has gained a following beyond its Middle Eastern roots.

Skimmers Target Virginia, Michigan Retailers
The two states join Florida as areas battling skimmers at the pump.

Industry Veteran to Acquire Morrisons’ C-Stores
U.K. retail veteran Mike Greene is on track to purchase the supermarket chain’s M Local convenience stores.

McDonald’s Transitioning to Cage-Free Eggs
The QSR announced a 10-year transition to cage-free eggs at its U.S. and Canadian operations.

QuickChek to Hydrate Thirsty Marathoners
The convenience store chain will provide water to runners at the Suffolk County Marathon & Half Marathon.


Sep 9, 2015

Make Room for Gen Z
The youngest generation already has formidable buying power, and it‘s essential to understand how they differ from previous generations.

Whole Foods 365: What’s In Store
As the brand gears up to unveil its new lower-price concept, NACS Show General Session speaker and Whole Foods CEO John Mackey will share retail insights.

Mission Market Expands Delivery and Online Ordering
Fullerton, California, retailer teams up to bring progressive convenience to a wider audience.

British Convenience Stores Among Most Positive Services
Research by U.K.’s Association of Convenience Stores reveals that c-stores have positive impact on communities.

Get Ready for Contactless Payments
Report predicts that frequency of contactless payments will grow by 100% this year.


Sep 8, 2015

Proposed Overtime Regulations Use Flawed Methodology
NACS responds to Department of Labor’s proposed changes governing overtime pay.

NACS Show Expands General Sessions
For the first time, the NACS Show is giving attendees a full four days of general sessions.

CVS Claims Halting Tobacco Sales Has Reduced Smoking Rate
Drugstore chain says its move to stop selling tobacco products one year ago has caused people to buy 1% fewer packs of cigarettes in 13 states.

USDA Drafts Proposed SNAP Photo Requirements Regulations
Proposal will provide clarity for state agencies to implement the photo EBT card option.

Spinx Announces Business Management Program
New program helps students on their career path with tuition reimbursement and real-world business experience.


Sep 4, 2015

How the Expansion of Joint Employer Liability Can Affect Your Business
Upcoming webinar will explain recent court decision’s impact on labor and franchisor relationships.

Hunt Brothers Pizza Expands Overseas
C-store pizza leader brings service members a ‘taste of home’ on Germany military bases.

Ricker's Opens New Flagship Store
Columbus, Indiana store breaks the mold with product selection and fresh foodservice.

Fried Chicken Competition
Popeyes and KFC demonstrate that the $5 mark continues to be a key value play for fast-food chains.

A Caffeine ‘Crisis’?
Increasingly concerned about the spike in caffeine overdoses, FDA puts pressure on manufacturers.

Sugar and Spice from General Mills Convenience
New items appeal to consumers seeking spicy, sweet and gluten-free snacks.


Sep 3, 2015

Meet the Modern Foodie
As our culture becomes increasingly food-focused, targeting foodie consumers is key.

How ‘Quitting’ Can Help Increase Sales and Market Share
Motivational speaker Connie Podesta will share insights and inspiration at NACS Show general session on Oct. 12.

BP Driver Rewards Launches Fall Promotion
New program allows consumers to share their fuel savings, continuing to build loyalty base.

Mobile Addicts Are Taking Over
Report shows huge growth in smart devices globally, and in turn, more consumers addicted to devices.

Canadian C-Stores Recognized as Important Part of Community
Annual Atlantic Convenience Store Day raises awareness for c-store industry while raising money for charity.


Sep 2, 2015

Small Businesses Beware of Increased Fraud
As large companies implement EMV, fraud against small business is expected to soar.

Despite Consumer Dissatisfaction, McDonald’s Still on Top
Survey reveals that all-day breakfast and new menus are most likely to bring customers back to the golden arches.

Top Concerns for CFOs
Ongoing uncertainty over tax extender package among biggest concerns for executives.

7-Eleven Expanding On-Demand Delivery
Convenience retailer announces partnership with DoorDash for delivery in five new markets nationwide.

How the Fed Failed the U.S. on Swipe Fees
Editorial shares views on the failure of reform to alleviate excessive fees for merchants.


Sep 1, 2015

“We Card” Hits 20-Year Milestone
September is We Card Awareness Month for iconic retail program.

How to Tap Into Your Personal Power
NACS Show session will guide participants in understanding power dynamics and developing a successful communications approach.

Protect Your POS
Free Conexxus webinar will guide retailers through PCI P2PE 2.0 Standard in order to keep point-of-sale equipment safe from malware.

Sheetz Offering First C-Store Private Label Credit Card
Partnership with First Bankcard expected to provide significant customer value and benefits.

Click-and-Collect Attractive to Consumers
Majority of consumers would elect to pick up online orders at a retail location to save delivery time or discounts.


Aug 31, 2015

Making News with Kwik Trip
Wisconsin-based retailer gets a congressional visit and leads the way with a $100,000 donation to local community center.

FDA Issues Final Guidance on No-Tobacco-Sale Orders
Agency will host webinar this week to discuss guidance and compliance for NTSOs.

Understanding the Market for EVs and High Octane Vehicles
Free webinar will address how retailers and marketers will be affected by new vehicle types.

Bottled Water Preparing to Flood the Market
Bottled water is on track to outsell soda by 2017, buoyed by dozens of new high-end waters.


Aug 28, 2015

Franchises to Be Affected by New Labor Standards
NLRB’s expansion of ‘joint employer’ standard likely to impact franchisor-franchisee relationship, increasing franchisor liability.

Federal Judge Blocks EPA’s New Waters of the U.S. Rule
13 states gain injunctive relief from latest clean water ruling, which would have gone into effect today.

Action Needed to Oppose California Petroleum Reduction Proposal
Proposed legislation would reduce petroleum availability by half in less than 15 years.

QuikTrip Is a Sanctuary for Those in Need
Through Safe Place program, Atlanta area QuikTrip locations have helped more than 500 teens in need this year.

Four Tips to Avoid Misleading Sales Tactics in EMV Transition
In lead-up to EMV liability shifts, don’t be fooled by EMV equipment sales pitches.


Aug 27, 2015

10 Ways to Improve the Shopper Experience
From customer service to digital tracking, retailers have the opportunity to make the shopping experience positive—and profitable.

Getting Fresh(er)
Change is underway as the convenience industry embraces the financial and social potential of fresh produce sales.

Employee Background Checks: Know Your Liability
Webinar guides employers through the potential minefield of employee background checks under new federal policy.

‘Toaster’ Placed in Cafes to Sanitize Smartphones
Green Toaster is a smartphone cleaning device targeted to coffee shops, so users can sanitize their phone while they wait.

Coca-Cola Leading Efforts on Water Replenishment
Company and its partners aim to be the first food and beverage company to replenish all the water it uses.


Aug 26, 2015

Retailers Should Be Aware of Scammers Offering Assistance with SNAP Applications
USDA reports recent incidents of retailers falling victim to scam by a third party offering to expedite their SNAP applications.

Majority of Americans Say They Try to Avoid Drinking Soda
Gallup’s annual poll shows that almost two-thirds of Americans are avoiding both diet and regular soda.

U.S. Representative Rodney Davis Works a Shift at Qik-N-EZ
Congressman said he was impressed with c-store age verification efforts following NACS In Store experience.

Uber Eats Launches in Washington, D.C.
Uber network of drivers now delivering food via its app in eight cities across the country.

Embracing the Future
Collaboration is essential to developing innovative and evolving standards for the industry.


Aug 25, 2015

Chipotle Planning Massive Hiring Event
QSR leader plans to hire 4,000 employees in one day, as part of strategy to win in tightening labor market.

MillerCoors Launching Hard Soda Line in 2016
Brewer looking to regain market share with ready-to-drink alcohol that appeals to Gen X consumers.

EMV Just a First Step in More Secure Payment
As October deadline approaches, it’s clear that EMV is only part of the security process, not the solution.

Is Electric Vehicle Appeal Stagnating?
New poll reveals that consumer interest in EVs has not increased in past few years, remaining steady at about 3% of market share.

CITGO Sponsors Muscular Dystrophy Association Event
As a long-time supporter of MDA, CITGO-sponsored event raised more than $90,000.


Aug 24, 2015

Target Stores to Test New Foodservice Offers
Hot dogs and nachos will be replaced with more gourmet fare from fast-casual chain Freshii at nine stores.

Protecting Our Personal Freedoms
In an era where the rights of citizens are being debated and upheld, smokers and responsible sellers of legal tobacco products continue to face discrimination.

Soda Tax Fail
A Cornell-University of Iowa analysis of Berkeley, California’s soda tax reveals that the measure is fizzling.

Americans Embrace Global Cuisines
New survey finds that 80% of consumers eat at least one ethnic meal per month.

Retailers Carve Shelf Space for Pumpkin Beers
Fall favorites are coming to stores early this year to capitalize on seasonal craft beer sales.


Aug 21, 2015

More Consumers Say No to GMOs
Food transparency and a more non-industrialized approach to ingredients is gaining attention.

New Study Reveals Debit Card Impact on Merchants
Richmond Federal Reserve study investigates the influence of the Durbin Amendment on merchants' costs of accepting debit cards.

California Panel Approves Six Anti-Tobacco Bills
Measures include raising the smoking age to 21 and banning the use of e-cigarettes in public.

Kellogg Combines Two Treats Into One
CPG introduces Rice Krispies Treats Blasted with M&M’s exclusively to convenience stores.

Propel Introduces First Public Access to Diesel HPR
Southern California drivers now have access to high performance renewable diesel fuel.


Aug 20, 2015

Zipcar D.C. Partners With 7-Eleven
Car-sharing network’s vehicles are available for reservation at nine 7-Eleven locations in the Washington, D.C., area.

County Market Stores Deploy Beacon Technology
Illinois-based retailer is the first independent supermarket to implement beacon technology across all locations.

When Women Shop
New study finds working women make grocery trips after work and opt for smaller formats for fill-in needs.

$30 Crude Oil Could Be Looming
With U.S. oil dropping to just above $41 a barrel on Wednesday, analysts say crude dipping into the $30s is possible.

U.K. Study Endorses E-Cigarettes
Researchers say electronic cigarettes are 95% safer than tobacco equivalents.

Survey Says Kiddie Meals Are Full of Salt
Half of all meals (53%) at fast-food restaurants contain more than half a days’ worth of salt for children aged 4 to 6, according to the World Action on Salt & Health.


Aug 19, 2015

10 Facts About Starbucks Evenings Stores
After nearly five years of experimenting with the concept, Starbucks is ready to move full steam ahead with its Evenings menu.

C-Store Association Backs ‘Reasonable’ Cigarette Tax Hike
Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association supports increasing the state’s cigarette excise tax by 23 cents per pack.

BP Refinery Outage Leads to Higher Midwest Gasoline Prices
Unplanned outage at the Whiting, Indiana, refinery is affecting gas prices across the Midwest region.

Finally, Some Good News for McDonald’s
Breakfast at the Golden Arches hits high marks with consumers.

CITGO Commemorates 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
Partnership with Audubon Nature Institute reflects on long-term coastal restoration efforts.

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