Dec 6, 2013
NACS Participates in RFS Discussion
More than 140 stakeholders shared concerns, opposition and support with the EPA on proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
U.S. House Passes ‘Patent Trolls’ Legislation
The bill aims to reduce the number of non-meritorious patent lawsuits.
Restaurant Menu Calorie Data Goes Unread
Not many customers are pursuing the nutrition information chain restaurants have posted.
New York Considers Public Ban on Electronic Cigarettes
The city council held a hearing this week to determine whether or not such a prohibition should be enacted.
Giant Eagle Launches Market District Express
The hybrid that combines a convenience store’s small format with an upscale grocery store’s products has opened in Pennsylvania.
NCACT Supports Canada’s Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act
The coalition, which includes the Canadian Convenience Store Association, views the act as a good first step for stemming the flow of illegal tobacco.
Dec 5, 2013
Oregon Lawmaker Seeks Gasoline Tax Increase
U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer is seeking support for increasing the federal excise tax on gasoline and diesel.
New York Tribes Continue to Violate Federal Tobacco Laws
Last year, at least 20 operators on Seneca Nation territory were shipping 1.7 tons of untaxed cigarettes a week.
Online Lottery Tickets Sales Begin in North Carolina
Residents can now purchase online subscriptions for Powerball, Mega Millions and Carolina Cash 5.
Leveraging Breakfast to Drive All-Day Traffic
A new Technomic report suggests that morning foodservice opportunities can extend beyond normal breakfast hours.
Budweiser Salutes Military Families
The brewer is donating $1.5 million to the Folds of Honor Foundation.
Dec 4, 2013
FDA Releases Responses to Questions on Civil Money Penalties
Tobacco retailers may submit questions on the issue at any time.
Digital Wallet Awareness Rises
However, not as many consumers are actually using the smartphone option in the store.
Another QSR Strike Scheduled for Thursday
Fast-food employees in around 100 cities will refuse to work tomorrow.
Hungary Forbids Tobacco Sales in Gas Stations, Grocery Stores
The government has banned national tobacco firms from providing product to supermarkets and convenience stores starting June 1, 2014.
The Science of Soda
In a quest to find the new sweet spot in soda sales, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have both tapped biotech firms to create low-sugar soft drinks that have great taste.
Tea Goes Crafty
The hot or cold beverage is poised to become the next big thing.
Dec 3, 2013
EU to Regulate Electronic Cigarettes Like Tobacco
Leaked documents reveal strict regulations in the European Union for electronic cigarettes.
Pennsylvania Gas Tax Increase Could Lead to Higher Prices at Pump
Suppliers say that they could end up passing along the tax hike to consumers.
British Columbia Pushing for Alcohol Sales at Grocery Stores
Proposal applies only to grocery stores and excludes convenience stores.
Companies Seek Friends to Keep You Healthy
Social networking pressure helps employees take better care of themselves.
Organic Foods Continue Upward Sales Trend
U.S. sales of organic food projected to continue growing through 2018.
So-So-So: Retail Holiday Sales Rise Modestly
Mission shopping is on the rise this year, with shoppers sticking to a game plan as they hit the aisles, both virtual and real.
Dec 2, 2013
Obama Administration Delays Small Business Online Enrollment
The Health and Human Services Department announced before Thanksgiving that offline methods would continue to be available.
Kroger Tests Turkey Hill Minit Market Convenience Stores in Central Ohio
Kroger is out to prove that it can successfully cross several retail segments to meet shopper demand.
NY County Lawmaker Eyes Raising Tobacco Buying Age to 21
The Suffolk County legislator will introduce legislation in January to up the age adults can buy tobacco products and electronic cigarettes.
Trans Fat Ban Could Impact Restaurants
Operators wonder if they’ll need to reformulate baked goods and fried foods under the proposed FDA ban.
Philip Morris Says Plain Packaging Could Mean Government Compensation
The legal opinion said plain packaging proposals in Ireland would likely trigger a higher cost to taxpayers.
Survey Predicts Fewer Restaurant Visits in 2014
However, the number-one reason for eating out less is that diners want more healthy food options.
A Different Kind of Liquid Lunch
“Fast” soup has grown in popularity as a lunchtime, on-the-go option.
The Low Carb European Comeback
Food and drink products low in carbohydrates have doubled over the past five years.
Nov 27, 2013
Op-Ed Argues for Common-Sense Menu Labeling
CEOs of the pizza, grocery and convenience store industry pen an op-ed in this week’s Detroit News, supporting the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act.
Michigan Lottery Pressing for Online Ticket Sales
Online tickets could be available by late 2014.
Chicago Mayor Trims Cigarette Tax Hike
Mayor Rahm Emanuel settles on a 50-cents per pack cigarette tax.
A-B InBev to Launch 'Johnny Appleseed' Cider
The new brand is considered validation of the cider category’s growth.
Morrisons Bans Sale of Energy Drinks to Children
U.K. chain begins banning the sale of energy drinks to consumers under the age of 16.
Seminole Tribe, Florida Feuding Over Gas Tax
At issue is whether Seminole vehicles filling up at gas stations that are off Seminole property but used on tribal lands are subject to Florida’s state fuel tax.
Nov 26, 2013
The Modern Gas Station Celebrates 100th Anniversary
The anniversary celebration later this week may also provide an opportunity for you to celebrate your history with local reporters.
NYC Restaurant Owners Voice Opposition to Foam Foodservice Ban
Concerned restaurateurs and citizens fill City Hall to object to a proposal that they maintain would raise costs and increase waste.
Chicago Seeking to Ban Electronic Cigarettes
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is seeking to ban e-cigarettes wherever smoking is prohibited.
Florida Brewers Seek Approval for Half-Gallon Growlers
Brewers and consumers are seeking a change to the state’s container law.
Tim Hortons to Treat Black Friday Retail Workers to Free Coffee
Donut chain’s Holiday Helpers program to reward retail employees for working over the busy holiday weekend.
U.K. Website to Service C-Store Shoppers
Cornershop Online offers customers pickup or delivery options at local convenience stores.
Nov 25, 2013
Walmart Ready to Test Convenience Store Concept
A new Walmart convenience store under construction in Bentonville will be about one-fifth the size of an Express store and offer fuel.
Tennessee Raceway Store Adds Growler Fill Station
The Full Tank growler station inside a Raceway convenience store is now offering customers a local selection of craft beers.
Walgreens Debuts Net Zero Energy Store
Engineers anticipate the new drugstore will produce energy equal to or greater than it consumes.
C-Store Customers Look to Technology to Enhance Shopping Experience
A new report found that 72% of c-store shoppers in the U.K. would use coupons sent to their mobile device while food and grocery shopping.
The Life is good Company Unveils New Retail Concept
Located at Patriot Place, the store features a lounge area and a coffee bar.
The Story of Sheetz
"Made to Order: The Sheetz Story" tells the story of how the Sheetz family continues to grow its convenience store empire.
Nov 22, 2013
Washington Report: NACS Praises New Menu-Labeling Legislation
A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate will allow the Food & Drug Administration to satisfy Congress’ menu-labeling objectives without unnecessarily burdening most convenience stores.
Retailers File Brief Supporting Decision in Swipe Fee Case
The merchants told the court that the district court was right to lower fees.
New York Gas Stations Fret Over Generator Conversion Costs
Some point out that the state grants aren’t enough to recoup the outlay for the additions.
Post Office Partners With Staples
The U.S. Postal Service will test centers in 82 locations.
Los Angeles Launches Reusable Tote Campaign
With the plastic bag ban scheduled to start Jan. 1, city officials are trying to work with groups to hand out free reusable bags.
Soda Grows Up
Craft soft drinks are riding a wave of bubbles.
Nov 21, 2013
Menu-Labeling Would Control What You Eat
Obamacare’s menu-labeling regulations will be costly and time-consuming for businesses to comply with.
Soda Tax Surfaces in San Francisco
A second and very similar tax on sugary beverages has been unveiled for the city of San Francisco.
Building a Better Drive Thru
McDonald’s is looking to speed up service at its drive-thrus.
Big Apple Changes Smoking Age
Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed off on bill that bans the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21.
Thanksgiving Tables Stuffed With Prepared Foods
Technomic reports that consumers are increasingly turning to prepared foods from a retailer, restaurant or caterer for their Thanksgiving dinner.
Cherokee Nation OKs New Tobacco Compact With Oklahoma
New compact is considered a win-win for the Cherokee Nation and Oklahoma.
Nov 20, 2013
Utah Lawmakers Propose Raising Tobacco Purchasing Age
If the measure passes, Utah would become the first state to raise its tobacco-buying age to 21.
FreshDirect to Launch Private-Label Groceries
Online grocer plans to offer up to 150 private-label products by the end of next year.
Chicago’s Cigarette Tax Hike Sailing Through Committees
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 75-cent cigarette tax hike is plowing through its opposition.
Missouri Proposal Allows Cities to Set Independent Tobacco Tax Rates
Measure would restore the state’s tobacco taxing structure to pre-1993, when local governments were allowed to set their own tobacco taxes.
Ohio Lottery Ticket Sales Remain Sluggish
Lottery director blames sluggish sales on the migration of shoppers from convenience stores to big-box retailers that typically do not sell tickets.
Walmart Seeking Donations for its Employees
Charitable measure is criticized by those who maintain the retailer should pay its workers higher wages.
Nov 19, 2013
Alternative Fuel Vehicles to Gain Traction
Growth of vehicles powered by alternative fuels will grow over the next 10 years, according to the Fuels Institute.
Gasoline Prices Close to 2013 Low
However, experts predict that the cost of gasoline has hit bottom and will not dip lower.
Thorntons Volunteers to Help Disabled
Also, Pinnacle joined Habitat for Humanity to build a home.
Russia Adds Teeth to Smoking Ban
The country finally starts fining those who violate the public smoking prohibitions.
Sheldon Adelson Fuels Internet Gambling Battle
The billionaire casino magnate wants Congress to outlaw online betting.
Oregon Might Allow Grocery Store Liquor Sales
While a privatization proposal didn’t gain traction last year, this hybrid model might win approval on both sides.
Nov 18, 2013
EPA Proposes 2014 Renewable Fuel Standards
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to lower the amount of ethanol that refiners will be required to blend into the gasoline supply in 2014.
Electronic Cigarettes Pop Up in Schools
New CDC research suggests that e-cigarette use among teens is on the rise.
Study Links Higher Beverage Prices to Less Sales
A new study suggests that higher prices on higher-calorie beverages decrease sales — a notion that could feed soda tax supporters more fuel for their fire.
Circle K Prototype Coming to San Jacinto
The new flagship convenience store will debut in Southern California, featuring fresh foods and a state-of-the-art car wash.
U.K. Grocers Entering the Convenience Store Space
Both BHS and Asda announced plans to open convenience store concepts to better compete with rivals.
QSRs Wean Consumers Off Salt and Sugar
Some quick-service chains have been making strides toward offering healthy options over time without consumers necessarily realizing the shift.
Nov 15, 2013
NACS, PCATS Support Small Merchant Relief
The two groups fully support the Retail Systems Providers Association’s PCI Special Interest Group proposal regarding real card data risk reduction and compliance.
Philippine Gas Stations Shuttered by Typhoon
The challenge of getting help to storm-ravaged areas is compounded by a fuel shortage.
‘Real’ Food Will Be Big on Menus in 2014
Technomic reveals its take on the top 10 menu trends for next year.
Isis Mobile Wallet Available Nationwide
The latest version of the Isis Mobile Wallet is now available to consumers for download.
IEA Predicts United States Will Lead in Oil Output by 2015
The agency also forecasts that OPEC will regain leverage after 2020.
GATE Foundation Supports Breast Cancer Research
The retailer’s 72 convenience stores raised $77,000 through pink ribbon sales during October.
Nov 14, 2013
Consumers Like ‘Green’ Car Options
However, consumers are more willing to embrace new fuels and vehicles when it makes sense financially.
Caribou Partners With Bruegger’s on Co-Branded Stores
The new stores open tomorrow in the Twin Cities, the first joint venture that will eventually expand across the country.
Gift Card Spending Surging
Gas stations, department stores and restaurants are top choices for gift cards, according to the National Retail Federation.
Ontario Seeks Ban on Flavored Tobacco
Legislation targets flavored cigarillos and chewing tobacco.
Kangaroo Express Salute Our Troops Campaign Raises $172,000
Money raised will benefit the Enlisted Association of National Guard of Tennessee Auxiliary Soldier Airman Relief Fund.
Small Businesses Struggling with the ACA
A new survey reveals 27% of franchise businesses have already replaced full-time employees with part-time workers to avoid requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
Nov 13, 2013
Vietnamese Customers Flock to Convenience Stores
More stores are opening to meet the growing consumer demand.
MillerCoors Dumps Miller Chill Brand
Frosty sales led to the demise of the lime-flavored brew.
More Restaurants Push Veggies
Produce has moved from the peripheral side item to center stage on the plate.
The Growing Threat of Contraband Tobacco
In New York, a handful of federal and state officials are fighting a tough battle against illegal cigarettes.
A Fresher Vending Selection
Farmer’s Fridge has proved made-from-scratch foods in a vending machine is possible.
Wegmans Steps Up Plastic Bag Recycling Efforts
The grocery store chain is the first retail member of the American Chemistry Council’s recycling group.
Nov 12, 2013
Consumer Optimism Rebounds as Holiday Shopping Season Approaches
The latest NACS Consumer Fuels Survey reveals an uptick in consumer optimism.
Turkey can wait. Yet another major retailer — Best Buy — will open its stores on Thanksgiving Day.
Vilsack: Low Demand, Blend Wall Limit U.S. Ethanol Expansion
U.S. Agriculture Secretary said that the U.S. should move to expand the distribution network of ethanol and promote its use in aviation and marine fuel.
Iowa Cigarette Tax Revenue Declining
Following a statewide smoking ban in most public places, Iowa has seen its cigarette tax revenue fall by 9% over the past six years.
90 Tons of Salads, Sandwiches Recalled
E. coli linked to prepackaged salads and sandwiches that were distributed to six states.
Fuel Relief Fund Extends Aid to Philippines
Non-profit organization is also seeking monetary donations to assist in its response to those affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan.
Nov 11, 2013
More ISOs Make Merchants Pay for Skipping Security Compliance
Small store operators face rising challenges in PCI compliance, with confusing and overly technical requirements that are proving costly.
Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Delay ACA Individual Mandate Penalty
Sens. Manchin and Kirk are seeking to delay the individual mandate penalty under Obamacare.
Democratic Lawmakers Look to Raise Minimum Wage
Could $10 per hour be on the horizon? Or does such a move carry political risk for the 2014 elections?
Trending? Wendy’s Looks to Brioche to Boost Its Melt
Wendy’s is winding down its limited time offering of the pretzel bun, just in time for the debut of its brioche bun.
Trending in 2014: Sour Beer, Craft Soda
Craft sodas, sour beer, pressed juices will be on the rise in 2014, according to a restaurant consultant group.
FDA to Ban Trans Fat in Some Foods
Agency has opened a 60-day review period to receive input from the food industry and experts as it considers banning trans fat from dozens of food products.
Nov 8, 2013
New Jersey Votes for Higher Minimum Wage
The state’s minimum wage will jump a dollar on Jan. 1 to reach $8.25.
Visa Webinar on Skimming, Fraud Protection for Petroleum Merchants
The seminar on November 14, which informs merchants of skimming trends and shares best practices for incident response, requires registration.
Fast Food Reduces Kid-Focused Ads, but Study Says Not Enough
A new Yale report finds that too many kids still see too many QSR ads, although those commercials are not necessarily aimed at children.
Sainsbury’s Passes on Opening Smaller Local Format in Northern Ireland
The news comes as competitor Tesco announced it will open at least five Express locations in the capital.
GMA Praises Washington State for Rejecting GMO Labeling Proposal
The Grocery Manufacturers Association is pleased that Washington voters rejected a proposal that would have required labeling of genetically modified food ingredients.
Convenience Store Coffee Hits the Top in Japan
The popular annual list rates products based on sales, novelty and influence.
Nov 7, 2013
NACS to USDA: Don’t Make It Hard for Us to Offer SNAP Benefits
NACS made its voice heard on USDA proposals seeking to make it more difficult for convenience stores to redeem Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
Starbucks Focuses on Hiring Vets, Military Spouses
Coffee giant intends to support at least 10,000 hires in five years.
Einstein Bros. Bagels Expanding Non-Traditional Format
Bagel chain continues to grow its brand on college campuses, airports, medical centers and other high-traffic locations.
Iowa AG Seeking E-Cigarette Restrictions
Attorney General Tom Miller is seeking to add e-cigarettes to the state’s indoor smoking ban, prohibit their sale to minors and assess their sales tax rate.
Op-Ed Details Impact of Chicago’s Proposed Cigarette Tax increase
The vice president of the 7-Eleven Franchise Owners Association of Chicagoland points out the potential impact of a proposed cigarette tax increase.
Hershey Donates $100,000 to Wounded Warrior Project
Funds will help support the needs of this generation’s injured service members.
The Vanishing Video Store
Blockbuster to shut its remaining U.S. stores while discontinuing its DVD-by-mail service.
Nov 6, 2013
District of Columbia Considers Higher Tobacco Purchase Age
Legislation introduced yesterday would raise the minimum age for buying tobacco to 21.
Tesco Installs Facial Recognition Software at Petrol Stations
The technology, which will debut at the supermarket chain's gas stations, will scan customers’ faces to push specific ads.
Georgia Retailers File Suit Against State for Video Poker Profit Sharing
The convenience stores' owners claim a new law eats into their proceeds from video poker machines.
Billion Dollar Baby: Contraband Tobacco’s Price Tag in Australia
A new report finds that sales of illegal tobacco has come with a high cost to the Australian government.
The Widening Gulf in Gasoline Prices
E10 prices have dropped, while regular gasoline prices have climbed.
European Union Proposes Ban or Fee for Plastic Bags
The change could slash plastic bag use in EU countries by 80%.
Nov 5, 2013
Health Premium ‘Sticker Shock’ Leading to Consumer Anger
Relatively healthy, self-employed workers and small-business owners appear to be hardest hit by the Affordable Care Act. And they’re beginning to voice their rising anger.
New Jersey and Convenience Stores: Perfect Together
Convenience store chains in New Jersey are attracted by a demographic that is time-starved and looking for convenience.
Tim Hortons Saluting U.S. Veterans With Free Treats
Donut chain continues its annual free donut giveaway this Veterans’ Day.
Subway Introduces Fiery Footlongs
Sandwich chain turns up the heat with Sriracha sauce.
E-Cigarettes to Be Added to Minnesota’s Smoking Ban?
The author of the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act wants to add e-cigarettes to the state’s smoking ban.
With Breakfast Sales Down, Kellogg Trims Global Staff
Traditional breakfast items sales are facing competition from Greek yogurt and even oatmeal bars.
Nov 4, 2013
Convenience Retailers Fuel the Capitol Christmas Tree
Across the country, gasoline stations will provide the fuel and refreshments for the 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree’s journey from Washington State to the Capitol.
OSHA Revised Hazard Communication Standard Training Requirement Due Dec. 1
Retailers must train their workers in the new OSHA standards by next month or face a fine.
Pump Prices Continue to Plummet
A new survey by AAA finds that 13% of U.S. gasoline stations sell gas for under $3 per gallon.
Tyson Foods Views C-stores as Integral in Moving More Chicken
The chicken supplier sees convenience retailers as the ideal place to offer fresh prepared food.
U.K. Study Shows 20% Soda Tax Would Slash Obesity
The reduction would be about a 1.3% drop in obesity, but that would be enough, say the study authors.
Dollar Menu Prices Rise
Burger chains are upping the prices on their value menus beyond a buck.
Nov 1, 2013
U.S. Representatives Ask EPA to Reduce 2014 Ethanol Mandate
A bipartisan group of 150 members of the U.S. House of Representatives is asking the government to lower target numbers in light of corn prices and refinery compliance costs.
New York City Raises Tobacco Purchasing Age to 21
The city council also voted to set a $10.50 per pack minimum price for cigarettes.
Overregulation Threatens Viability of Canadian Convenience Stores
In its 2013 State of the Industry Report, the Canadian Convenience Stores Association found that regulations are costing retailers $225 million each year.
Tobacco Companies Continue Fight Against Australia’s Plain Packaging Rules
The drab, un-branded packs showcase grisly images instead of trademarks.
Burger King Listens to Franchisees
The burger chain will debut “fewer, more impactful” products of interest to both franchisees and the company.
Coming to a Grocery Store Near You: McDonald’s Coffee
The fast-food chain is partnering with Kraft to test McCafe whole bean, ground and single-serve coffee for supermarket shelves.
Oct 31, 2013
States Moving Ahead With Electronic Cigarette Rules
While an FDA ruling on e-cigarettes is on the horizon, states are moving ahead with their own plans.
California Lawmakers Propose Sugary Beverage Tax
Competing proposals by San Francisco lawmakers seek a two-cent per ounce tax on sugary drinks.
Best Buy Embraces Showrooming
Putting on a confident front, the electronics chain encourages shoppers to visit the “Ultimate Holiday Showroom.”
Major Brewers Honing Their Craft
Big brewers are producing craft beers to lure consumers.
Top 10 Food List for 2014 Includes Nutty Milks, Yolks
Look for lemons, teas and seaweed on restaurant menus and store shelves in 2014.
Oct 30, 2013
West Coast States Sign Pact on Climate Change
British Columbia joined Washington, Oregon and California in an agreement to coordinate policies directed at reducing global warming.
Ontario Government to C-Stores: No Wine, Beer Sales
However, the Liberals will go ahead with a plan to put LCBO outlets in some supermarkets.
New York and New Jersey Work to Prevent Gas Outages
Hurricane Sandy’s legacy has led the two states to ensure some gasoline stations have backup power, while New York will have an emergency gasoline reserve.
The Ultimate Fullservice
Husky Corporation and Fuelmatics have developed a robotic pump to fill gas tanks.
Study: Food Industry Can Improve Safety Compliance
Supervisor observations and training can lead to employee behavioral change.
Chocolate Rules the Roost
At Halloween, 72% of all candy purchased is chocolate.
Oct 29, 2013
NACS Show Success Continues
The size of the NACS Show expo increased 4% over 2012, featuring a 396,000-plus net-square-foot expo with 1,160 exhibiting companies.
New York City Drops Cigarette Display Ban Proposal
Mayor Bloomberg’s administration agrees to drop a display ban proposal from anti-tobacco legislation.
AAA to EPA: Ease the Ethanol Mandate
The EPA is considering lowering the ethanol mandate for 2014, according to the Wall Street Journal, which has reviewed the agency’s draft 2014 standard.
Are Mobile Payments Right for Your QSR?
Dunn Bros. Coffee CMO helps retailers assess the viability of mobile payments for their restaurant.
Loyalty Members Value Privacy, Personalization
While loyalty cardholders seek a personalized experience, they are concerned about sharing too much personal information, according to Mintel.
AriZona Beverages Launches Water Enhancers
Each 1.5-ounce squeeze bottle allows consumers to control their intensity of their personally crafted AriZona-like beverage.
Oct 28, 2013
No Job, No Car, No Driving
Could the future of retail fuel customers be at stake?
Missouri Governor Abandons Plan to Cut Food Stamps
Governor Nixon announced his withdrawal of proposed rule to modify the state's waiver under the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Coke Bottler Warns Against Soda Tax
Coca-Cola Femsa says that the proposed tax on soft drinks by the Mexican government would hurt sales and reduce jobs.
S&D Coffee & Tea Joins Tea-2030 to Address Tea Sustainability
The initiative is building a shared understanding across the tea industry of critical challenges that must be addressed.
KSS Fuels to Change Name to Kalibrate Technologies
The new name reflects the company’s broad scope of intelligence solutions for clients.
Rich's Offers Gluten-Free Solutions for Foodservice Operators
To help foodservice establishments meet the consumer demand for gluten-free foods, Rich’s is expanding its gluten-free offerings.
Oct 25, 2013
Judges Mull Keeping SNAP Payments Secret
A newspaper filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture to find out how much participating retailers receive from SNAP purchases.
Violent, Property Crime Rates Jump for Second Consecutive Year
The increases are driven by simple assaults and crime not reported to police.
GAO Report Finds Lengthy Approval Process for New Tobacco Products
U.S. Senator Richard Burr says the Center for Tobacco Products has “significantly underperformed its mission” in regard to the regulatory review process for such products.
States Pledge 3.3 Million Zero Emission Vehicles Operating by 2025
Governors from California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont signed the agreement.
Possible Bill Would Hold Back Obamacare’s Individual Mandate
Sen. Joe Manchin is talking about drafting legislation to delay the regulation for 12 months.
Ultimate Line Debuts on Rutter’s Menu
The convenience store is adding new burgers, tacos and quesadillas to its menu.
Fas Mart/Shore Stop Stores Award $10,000 Golden Ticket
A loyal customer in New Castle, Delaware, walked away with the top prize from the summer contest.
Oct 24, 2013
Connecticut Legislator Proposes E-Cigarette Ban
One Connecticut lawmaker is seeking to ban electronic cigarettes from public places throughout the state.
Jack-in-the-Box Unveils Late Night Meals
Munchie Meals cater to Millennial night owls.
Coke to Launch High-End Fashion Line
Jackets and vests with price tags up to $1,650 will debut in select boutiques around the world.
Dunkin’ Donuts Making the Grade with Universities
The donut chain is expanding rapidly to college campuses.
Carbonated Drinks in India to Face Stricter Regs
India’s Supreme Court paves the way for stricter regulation of colas, fizzy drinks.
eBay Expands Same-Day Delivery; Amazon Raises Free Shipping Minimum
Just in time for the holidays, eBay expands its same-day delivery service, while Amazon raises the purchase minimum for free shipping.
Oct 23, 2013
Women’s View from the C-Suite
The Network of Executive Women breakfast roundtable at the NACS Show discussed how women could become rock star leaders in their organizations.
Oregon Expands Pilot for Highway Tax Tied to Miles Driven
The state will track 5,000 motorists in the pilot program through a variety of recording devices.
Massachusetts Tobacco Tax Fuels Smuggling
Tobacco industry officials talked to a state panel about the unintended consequences of the new tobacco taxes.
McDonald’s Dollar Menu Rollouts Nationally
The company is banking on the new value platform to spur sales after a rather tepid showing so far this year.
Dollar General Introduces New Fueling Station
The retailer embarks on a fuel pump pilot project at an Alabama location.
Virginia Governor Candidate Wants Transportation Decisions Made Locally
Part of gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli’s plan would allow localities to raise “additional funds if needed on their own.”
New Jersey Stations Hit by Sandy Could Receive Generator Grants
The state will give $7 million in grants to more than 250 gasoline stations that lost power last year because of Hurricane Sandy.
Oct 22, 2013
USA Today Touts Gourmet Fare at Gas Stations
“Park, pump, and pig out” at gas stations, USA Today writes.
Proposed Cigarette Tax Would Give City Highest Rate In Nation
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel floats a 75-cents-per-pack cigarette tax increase.
Tesco: Most of Bagged Salads, Half of Bread Discarded
U.K.-based Tesco is taking steps to reduce food waste.
NOCO Express Stores Raise $12,000 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Customers and store employees purchase thousands of $1 paper balloons in September to benefit a local chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Increased Minnesota Tobacco Tax is North Dakota’s Gain
Meanwhile, whether the increased Minnesota tax has reduced smoking is still being studied.
Pringles Launches Seasonal Flavors
Just in time for the holidays: Pringles to bring back Cinnamon & Sugar while launching new Pecan Pie limited edition flavors.
Oct 21, 2013
Retailers Hope Low Gas Prices Mean More Spending
After four consecutive months of increasing consumer pessimism, November could be a turning point if the price of crude oil remains steady.
Walmart Outlines ‘Ecosystem’ Approach
The retail giant says its path to growth will rely on an ecosystem of meeting all three kinds of consumer trips: stock-up, grocery and convenience shopping.
American Petroleum Institute Threatens Government Lawsuit
API says it will sue the Obama administration if environmental regulators do not release the final 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard by the end of November.
The Next Big Beer Brand?
Crown Imports is putting more emphasis on its Modelo Especial brand with the release of a new line extension ready to roll out next year.
Buy Gas Online? Why Not?
An online auction concept allows Colorado motorists to bid for their fill-ups.
Gulf Oil Lends Support to Breast Cancer Research and Awareness
The company is sponsoring numerous regional fundraising walks for the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” campaign.
Oct 18, 2013
7-Eleven Adds Pricier Wines
By upscaling its wines, the convenience chain hopes to bring in wealthier customers.
With more men doing the shopping, food companies are changing their packaging to appeal to their male sensibilities.
QSR Executive Says Obamacare Hurts Job Creation
Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, told Fox News that he would be hiring part-time workers because of the new law.
Butterfinger Moves From Rectangle to Circle
The crunchy candy bar has morphed into a Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup.
Vast Majority of Iowa Retailers Keep Tobacco Away From Minors
A new report found that 93% of Iowa stores that sell tobacco don’t allow minors to buy it.
Oct 17, 2013
Brad Call Leads NACS Executive Committee
Call of Maverik is the new NACS chairman and also leads the NACS Executive Committee, which provides strategic direction and financial oversight to the association.
Gas Stations Increasingly Popular Destinations for Food
CNBC explores the growing trends of upscale food in gas stations.
Between-Meal Snacking Differs Across Countries
When it comes to snacking in Brazil, Russia, India, Mexico and China, each country has a distinct snacking pattern, according to NPD Group research.
Subway Salutes Veterans
Subway will honor Wounded Warriors this Veterans Day, in partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project.
Dunkin’ Donuts to Open 1,000 New Stores in California
The donut chain is offering special development incentives to qualifying franchisee candidates.
Mobile Banking Catching Up to ATM Use
Banking via the Internet remains the most popular method, while mobile banking leads “snail mail” and landline methods.
Artificial Sweeteners Souring Consumer Preferences
With consumers wary of the effects of aspartame, which has contributed to declining sales of diet soda sales, both Coke and Pepsi have been working on new, natural diet sweeteners.
Oct 16, 2013
NACS Chairman Brad Call Encourages Adventure, Freedom
“Our adventures at Maverik now come from finding new ways to thrill our customers,” said 2013-14 NACS Chairman Brad Call.
Consumer Pessimism Deepens Despite Gas Price Declines
Overall, 65% of consumers say that they are pessimistic about the economy, despite a 22-cent drop in gas prices over the past month, according to the latest monthly NACS Consumer Fuels Survey.
NACS Show Attendees Rate What’s Cool
From the cooler doors to the forecourt, NACS Show attendees checked out the hottest industry products and services available to the convenience store industry.
Foodservice: A Business Within a Business
NACS Show educational session highlights the differences between a foodservice culture and convenience retail culture.
NYC Mayor Takes Soda Tax Efforts South of the Border
Michael Bloomberg is backing a Mexican government proposal to tack on 8 U.S. cents per liter of soda.
California Embraces Hydrogen Stations
The state has committed $20 million annually for the next decade to add 100 fuel-cell filling stations.
Baltimore Grocer Closes Due to Higher Bottle Tax
Santoni’s Supermarket shut its doors three years after the city’s nickel bottle tax went into effect.
Oct 15, 2013
NACS CEO Armour Outlines NACS Focus Areas
“When we speak as one voice, we are an awesome force to be reckoned with,” said Armour during the NACS Show general session.
NACS Show Attendees Rate What’s Cool and New
From the cooler doors to the forecourt, NACS Show attendees checked out the hottest industry products and services available to the convenience store industry.
NACS “Ideas 2 Go” DVD Now Available
The fast-paced “Ideas 2 Go” program showcases emerging concepts that redefine convenience — as well as quick takeaways that retailers could easily implement at their own stores.
NACS Recognizes 2013 Scholarship Winners
The NACS Scholarship Program, created in memory of Jim Yates and David Erickson, recognizes those who are taking a similar path toward industry leadership through hard work and a commitment to learning.
Gluten-Free Still Trending
Gluten-free food sales have jumped 44% from 2011-2013, according to Mintel.
Carbonated Beverages Brewing for Starbucks
The coffee chain trademarked the term “Fizzio,” leading to speculation it may be readying a large-scale rollout of carbonated beverages.
Oct 14, 2013
The Keys to Success
Business leader and author Chip Conley shared insights he’s learned during his years in the boutique hotel industry, which he said apply to the convenience and fuel retailing industry.
To Franchise or Not to Franchise
NACS Show attendees discussed whether foodservice franchising is right for your store during the “Focus on Franchising” educational session.
NACS Show Attendees Rate What’s Cool and New
From the cooler doors to the forecourt, NACS Show attendees checked out the hottest industry products and services available to the convenience store industry.
NACS Names Four New Retailer Members to Board of Directors
The new Board members were named to their positions during the NACS Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Atlanta.
Creating a Culture for a Great Workplace
Bob Graczyk of New Jersey-based Quick Chek discussed at the NACS Show how to create an environment in which employees want to work hard and invest in the company’s success.
Kangaroo Express Gallons for Good Program Contributes $25K to ‘Salute Our Troops’ Campaign
BP, Marathon and Valero donated one penny for every gallon purchased with fuel rewards card at participating Kangaroo Express stores.
Oct 13, 2013
“Even More Is Possible”
NACS Chairman Dave Carpenter shares how the convenience store industry continues to evolve and move forward at today’s NACS Show opening general session.
Learnings Abound at NACS Show Educational Sessions
Saturday’s packed educational sessions offered insights, best practices and innovative strategies for boosting sales, attracting customers and growing c-store brands.
Cool New Products Found Only at the NACS Show
From the cooler doors to the forecourt, retailers, wholesalers and distributors gained exclusive access to the Cool New Products Preview Room to check out the hottest industry products and services.
Get Your NACS Show Product Bag!
Retailers attending the NACS Show will receive the first ever NACS Show Product Bag today and Monday in Booth 8803 (Exhibit Hall C).
Altria’s Bob Sears Leads New NACS Supplier Board
In addition, Joe Vonder Haar, managing partner of iSEE Store Innovations Inc., was named chair-elect and will succeed Sears as 2014-15 chairman.
Oct 12, 2013
NACS Show Anticipation Arrives in Atlanta
Pat Lewis of Oasis Stop ’N Go shares why he’s excited about this year’s NACS Show educational and general sessions and the all-new evening networking events.
Educational Sessions Expand Knowledge, Best Practices
Saturday at the NACS Show features nearly three hours and 24 educational sessions covering every aspect of the highly competitive convenience and fuel retailing industry.
It’s Time to Party!
All-new evening events at the NACS Show help you connect and make plans with your peers and business partners.
Put the NACS Show in Your Hands
Navigate this year’s NACS Show in Atlanta from your smartphone or tablet device with the NACS Events App.
Hunter Club Celebrates 30 Years
The Hunter Club continues to hold close the values set forth by its namesake, former NACS Executive Director Harry Hunter, who served the organization between 1961 and 1981.
Oct 11, 2013
Vermont Settlement Triggers Retailer Concern
The agreement shows that states can hold retailers accountable for card fraud losses.
Groceries To Go
The rise of “click and collect” could spell major trouble for supermarkets.
Self-Checkout Machines Can’t Compete With Cashiers
At the retail level, there’s nothing better than a human clerk.
Olympia Passes Ban on Plastic Bags
The Washington state city joins other nearby jurisdictions in enacting the prohibition.
Hershey’s to Launch First New Brand in 30 Years
Lancaster soft crèmes bring U.S. caramel lovers a sweet, new experience.
Hands Off The Duffin
Starbucks rolled out the pastry marriage of a donut and muffin in the United Kingdom—and right into a public relations nightmare.
Oct 10, 2013
U.S. Consumers Feel the Pinch
A new Nielsen study suggests that when food prices rise, convenience stores are one of the most vulnerable shopping channels.
Government Shutdown Halts South Carolina Craft Beer Boom
Approvals of brewery licenses and labels are on hold until the federal shutdown ends, with South Carolina’s fledgling craft beer industry taking the hit.
Budweiser Unveils Three New Project 12 Brews
Project 12 to launch three new beers named for the zip codes where they were brewed.
European Union Gets Tougher on Cigarettes
Larger warning labels and a menthol ban among regulations backed by Parliament earlier this week.
Starbucks Encourages Patrons to Pay It Forward
The “come together” campaign is an effort to show lawmakers how to connect with one another.
RaceTrac Partners With Fifth Third Bank
Fifth Third will provide ATMs for all of RaceTrac’s 225 stores in Georgia and Florida.
Oct 9, 2013
Interest Groups Call For Ethanol Mandate Cuts
The various organizations want permanent — and deep — reductions to the Renewable Fuel Standard.
No More Homemade Sauces
A Dairy Queen is forced to stop making from-scratch sauces because of menu-labeling requirements.
Turning Up the Lobbying Heat
Lobbyists for electronic cigarette companies are hitting local, state and federal governments hard as momentum builds for regulating the devices.
Gasoline Prices Fall by 18 Cents Per Gallon
The EIA predicts that Brent crude oil prices will continue to drop.
Reaching for a Bar
More Americans are grabbing food bars as meal replacements and snacks.
Japan’s Conbinis Add Delivery to Vast Array of Services
Many convenience stores now bring goods directly to the consumer’s home.
Oct 8, 2013
Battle Lines Drawn in Washington State Over GMOs
The food industry is spending millions to defeat the state’s Initiative 552, which requires labeling of some food and beverages that include genetically modified ingredients.
Detroit Police Chief Targeting C-Stores to Clean Up Their Businesses
Police Chief James Craig wants to create a “model businesses” program for gas stations and convenience stores in an effort to reduce crime.
NYC Restaurants Perfecting the Art of Food Delivery
New York City restaurants expand the delivery concept far beyond the home, reaching customers in their cars, parks, and even competing restaurants.
U.S. Tobacco Products in Europe May Be Snuffed Out
A vote today by the European Parliament to address additives in tobacco could result in a ban on U.S. tobacco products.
Walgreens Launches Financial Service Products
The drug store chain will provide financial services to those without traditional bank accounts.
Boston Market Giving Away Chicken to Federal Employees
Extending sympathy to furloughed federal employees, Boston Market offers them a free whole chicken with the purchase of a family meal.
Oct 7, 2013
Caltex FreshStop Named International Convenience Retailer of 2013
The convenience and fuel retailer was recognized for its new approach to convenience retailing at its Airport City store located near Cape Town International Airport.
More Booze on Dollar Store Shelves
“We want to be a convenient store,” according to one 99 Cents Only store manager.
Mondelez Brews Coffee Ventures
The food company is planning to enter new coffee markets and expand its portfolio in Australia, Spain and the Netherlands.
Gilbarco Veeder-Root Launches Play at the Pump
The new feature enables consumers to purchase lottery tickets at the dispenser.
NOCO Express Opens State-of-the-Art Convenience Store
The new store includes Tim Hortons, Subway and on-the-go amenities.
Oct 4, 2013
Judge Halts Enforcement of NY Surcharge Regulation
The state law penalized retailers if they added a fee for credit card payments.
Retailers Prepare for Less-Than-Stellar Holiday Sales
The National Retail Federation forecasts a modest 3.6% bump in sales this year.
Irish Health Minister Launches Plan for Tobacco-Free Country
The ambitious proposal would make Ireland free from smoking within 12 years.
Waste Not, Fuel Up
Clean Energy becomes the first commercial distributor of transportation fuel made from waste.
Stripes Convenience Stores Annual Turf + Surf Event Raises More Than $525,000
The funds will benefit 38 United Way agencies across Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.
Go Over to the Dark Side
Dark chocolate has become the fastest-growing chocolate segment.
Oct 3, 2013
C-Stores Going After QSR Dollars
Bloomberg Businessweek highlights the enhanced foodservice programs that are emerging in the industry.
Fresh & Easy Files for Bankruptcy
Los Angeles-based Yucapia is purchasing the majority of Fresh & Easy’s stores.
Walgreens Turning Better Health into Profits
Balance Rewards includes roughly 85 million enrollees, a loyalty program that’s paying off for the drugstore chain.
Walmart Plans to Double Beer Sales in Three Years
Having already tripled its total alcohol sales in the past decade, Walmart sees room for far more growth.
Whoopee! Baskin-Robbins Launches Ice Cream Whoopie Pies
Baskin-Robbins introduces Ice Cream Whoopie Pies.
Aquafina FlavorSplash Launches New Sparkling Beverages, Water Enhancers
New line of beverages and liquid water enhancers are targeted to teens.
Oct 2, 2013
Indiana Lawmaker Again Pushes for More Security at C-Stores
The representative wants mandatory safety measures in place for 24/7 retailers, but stricter regulations for locations with a history of robberies.
Daimler to Shell Out Millions for Hydrogen Filling Stations
The car company is teaming up with other oil and gas businesses to build a network of hydrogen stations in Germany.
Four States Want to Give Franchise Owners More Power
Lawmakers in California, Maine, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania are looking to provide more leverage to franchise retailers.
Britain Moves Forward With ‘No Insurance, No Fuel’ Plan
The Prime Minister’s plan would use automatic number plate recognition at the fuel pumps to bar uninsured drivers from filling up.
Report: Beer Industry Undergoing Shift
Technomic reports that select brands and categories are contributing to the momentum and re-shaping of the beer market.
Corner Store Kicks Off Fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
The month-long campaign will benefit 32 Children’s Hospitals.
Cumberland Farms Continues ‘Doing Good’ With Believe and Achieve Scholarships
Since 2006, Cumberland Farms has awarded scholarships to hundreds of college-bound high school students.
Oct 1, 2013
Debit Card Swipe Fee Reform Lowers Prices
A new study finds that cutting debit fees put $5.8 billion in consumers’ hands through lower prices and created 37,500 new jobs annually.
Traffic Jams Building at Drive-Thrus
A new study suggests that fast-food drive-thrus are getting slower.
Tedeschi Food Shops Partnering With Dashboard Advantage
Labor budgeting tool will help Tedeschi automate and streamline staffing needs for each of its locations.
Consumers Skeptical About Mobile Payment Security, Reliability
Nearly half of consumers are worried that mobile payments could compromise their personal information.
Small Business Lending on the Rise
As of June, there were nearly $300 billion in small business loans outstanding.
Euromonitor Identifies Top Retailing Trends in the Americas
In South America, urbanization is creating a time crunch for consumers, who will increasingly rely on convenience stores.
QuickChek Continues Growth
The New Jersey-based convenience store chain continues to add to its store count and boosts employment in the communities it serves.
Sep 30, 2013
Fill ‘Er Up With Food and Fuel
If you want gourmet food, look no further than at a number of Washington, D.C.-area gas stations.
Congress Puts Pressure on Electronic Cigarettes, Energy Drinks
Members of Congress seek feedback from electronic cigarette makers on the marketing and sale of their products, while four senators are asking energy drink companies to take voluntary steps to stop marketing to children.
EPA Delays Tier 3 Rules
Starting in 2017, the Tier 3 rule sets new vehicle emissions standards and lowers the sulfur content of gasoline.
We Card Wins ‘Best in Training Award’
The Bronze Stevie Award from the American Business Awards recognizes We Card’s eLearning training program.
Opposing Sides to RFS Debate Postulate Positions
The Biotechnology Industry Organization is asking the EPA to reject a petition for a waiver of 2014 RFS volume obligations. Meanwhile, former anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist launched a campaign to end the RFS.
North Dakota Senator Speaks Out on Keystone XL Pipeline
Freshman Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) says that approval for the controversial pipeline has “taken longer than it took us to defeat Hitler.”
Wisconsin Legislator Calls for Tobacco Tax Equality
A bill by state Rep. Garey Bies would tax all tobacco products the same in an effort to deter youth smoking.
Sep 27, 2013
NACS to Congress: Revise Menu-Labeling Rules
Lyle Beckwith of NACS wrote a letter to Roll Call in response to an op-ed praising the legislation.
Minnesota Sees Fewer Cigarettes Sold, but Higher Tax Revenue
The state’s cigarette tax increased in July, causing a drop in cigarette sales.
A Twisted Love Affair
Pretzels have taken over as the new “bread” in sandwiches on menus from Wendy’s to 7-Eleven.
Large Jackpots Spur In-Store Sales
For retailers selling lottery tickets, a big score can move merchandise.
Will 2014 be the Magic Year for Tennessee Wine Sales?
After years of near misses, the state Senate speaker is forecasting that legislators will finally pass such a bill during the next session.
Lunch Visits for Prepared Foods Jump by Double-Digits Since 2008
The recent report by NPD also finds that restaurant lunch visits have dropped during the same time period.
Australia Gas Stations Call for Tougher Stance on Petrol Thieves
The Australian Association of Convenience Stores has been asking the state government for stricter penalties for drive-offs.
Sep 26, 2013
Attorneys General Urge FDA to Regulate E-Cigarettes
Citing increased use among youth, 40 state attorneys general appeal to the FDA to regulate electronic cigarettes in the same way that it regulates tobacco products.
Stripes Raising Millions for March of Dimes
Since 2008, the convenience store chain has raised $2.6 million for the March of Dimes.
U.S. Government Misplaces 420 Million Cigarettes
Government officials misused roughly $162 million in profits from undercover stings of illegal tobacco sales and lost track of at least 420 million cigarettes.
Fastrac Loyalty Savings Top $5 Million
To entice new enrollees, Fastrac is offering double discounts for the first 60 days after enrollment in the Fastrac program.
General Mills Launches Ambitious Sustainability Goals
The company is committing to sustainably source 10 priority ingredients by 2020.
Molson Coors Recognized for Climate Initiatives
For the third consecutive year, Molson Coors is featured in the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index.
Sep 25, 2013
The New Bargain Hunters
More males are looking for sales and using coupons when shopping.
Kentucky City May Ban Overnight Beer Sales
As a debate over extending the late-night sale of liquor rages, some are calling for tighter restrictions on selling beer.
Starbucks Brings La Boulange East
The coffeehouse chain will add the bakery’s pastries to select New York and Boston locations, with further expansion put on hold until after the holidays.
Ireland Considers ‘Fat Tax’
Food and beverage companies warn the government that such a tax would have little impact on obesity rates.
Scaring Away Trick-or-Treaters?
Fewer Americans will celebrate Halloween this year, and those who do so will not spend as much as last year.
Alaska City Could Repeal Plastic Bag Ban
A citizen’s initiative might overturn the prohibition passed by the Homer City Council.
Sep 24, 2013
NACS Encourages Compliance With ACA Exchange Notice Requirements
Beginning October 1, Obamacare requires employers to provide notice to their employees of the availability of coverage options. While there is no penalty for failing to provide notice, there is much upside and little downside for doing so.
Circuit Court Agrees to Delay Debit-Card Fee Ruling
Existing levies will remain in place while the appeals process unfolds.
NACS Enters European Market With Equity Agreement for Future Of Convenience Event
The agreement between NACS and Insight Research will enable the organizations to expand and further develop the Future of Convenience event.
Dunkin' Donuts Offering Free Coffee Mobile Promo
To celebrate National Coffee Day, the donut retailer is offering a mobile app-accessible coffee promotion on September 29.
Illinois Lawmakers Move to Eliminate State Gas Sales Tax
An Illinois lawmaker has proposed eliminating the state's 6.25% sales tax on motor fuels sales.
Wheels Convenience Stores Launches New Website, Mobile App
The retailer has partnered with OpenStore by GasBuddy to offer consumers updated gas prices and promotions.
Sep 23, 2013
NACS Show Planning at Your Fingertips
By using the MyShow Planner and NACS Events mobile app, attendees can ensure all of their favorite events and sessions are in the palm of their hand when they arrive in Atlanta.
U.S. House of Representatives Approves Food Stamp Cuts
The House-passed farm bill would cut nearly $40 billion over a decade from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP).
Volkswagen EVs on a Two-Year Plan
The auto manufacture says it plans to bring electric vehicles to the United States in 2015.
Michigan Governor Declares Independent Retailers Week
After years without an official state proclamation, Governor Rick Snyder has declared September 25 to October 5 Independent Retailers Week.
Canadian City Requires New Gas Stations to Offer Alternative Fuels
The law states that new or renovated stations have charging stations or other alternative fueling options.
Idaho Retailer Answers a Call for Help
A senior citizen wrote to the general manager to request assistance to pump gas this winter.
Frozen Yogurt Sales Soar
The category is forecast to grow 74% to reach $486 million this year.
Sep 20, 2013
Groups Urge White House to Regulate Electronic Cigarettes
Citing rising use among youth, a coalition of groups urges the White House to press the FDA to regulate electronic cigarettes.
California Fuel Standard Upheld
A federal appeals court rules that the “innovative” California standard isn’t unfair just because it assigns a higher carbon intensity score to ethanol produced in the Midwest.
FDA and NIH Create TCORS: Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science Research
Over the next five years, the agencies are expected to fund up to $273 million in research grants for projects related to the regulation of tobacco products.
Tim Hortons Celebrates National Coffee Day with BOGO Offer
The QSR chain is offering one free coffee with the purchase of second on September 29.
Capital One Pulls Out of Isis Pilot
With Capital One pulling out of Isis, are mobile payments in the U.S. doomed?
E-Z Mart, OMEGA and Everyday Shops and Cafe Raise Nearly $400K for Local Charities
Convenience stores in Texas, West Virginia and Virginia focus on community social responsibility, raising money for local charities.
Sep 19, 2013
Oregon Lawmakers Mulling E-Cigarette Tax
While state lawmakers are considering taxing electronic cigarettes, it is unclear how they would assess the charge.
Hispanics Critical to Adult Beverage Industry
A new Technomic report suggests that Hispanic consumer choices for liquor, wine and beer are influencing industry trends.
Walgreens to Shift Health Plan for 160,000 Workers
Beginning in 2014, the drug store chain will provide payments to roughly 160,000 employees, requiring them to purchase individual insurance from a private health-insurance marketplace.
Mega Millions Adopts Changes to Make Large Jackpots More Common
The lottery is hoping to keep pace with the more frequent large jackpots offered by Powerball.
Convenience Stores Serve Up Gourmet Fare
A Ft. Myers newspaper highlights the upgraded foodservice efforts of convenience stores in Florida.
Federal Reserve Maintains Stimulus Effort
Worried about a rise in borrowing costs, the Fed decides to continue purchasing bonds.
Sep 18, 2013
House Democrats Request E-Cigarette Regulations
Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee asked the FDA to monitor electronic cigarettes.
New York May Eliminate Overhead Fire Suppression Systems at Gas Stations
An assemblyman is objecting to an advisory board recommendation to no longer require such systems.
Consumers on the Run Open Up Opportunities
Americans are blurring eating occasions more and more, opening up new growth opportunities as consumers who eat on the fly are increasing.
Walking the Walk
Kwik Trip uses CNG and LNG vehicles to “burn what we sell.”
Denver Comes Closer to 5-Cent Bag Fee
After a public hearing, the council will vote on the final bill on September 30.
U.S. Restaurant Traffic Increases Modestly
The average check growth drove spending gains in the second quarter.
Sep 17, 2013
Retailer Op-Ed Blasts Menu Labeling Law
Jay Ricker maintains menu-labeling law is anything but convenient for convenience stores.
Kangaroo Express Celebrates National Coffee Day
The North Carolina-based convenience retailer is helping customers celebrate National Coffee Day on September 29 with a cup of Bean Street Coffee for just one cent.
North Carolina Lottery to Offer Subscriptions
Players will be able to subscribe in advance to a set of numbers for the lottery’s Powerball, Mega Millions and Carolina Cash 5 games.
E-Cigarette Sales to Exceed Traditional Cigarettes by 2021
A tobacco analyst predicts the Big 3 will lead the electronic cigarette category, with sales that will overtake tobacco cigarettes by 2021.
J & H Oil Launches New Mobile App and Website
The Michigan-based retailer is teaming with GasBuddy to launch a new mobile app and website.
SEC Presses Oil Companies on Reserves
Billiton Ltd. and ConocoPhillips have joined Exxon Mobil Corp. and Anadarko PetroleumCorp. in agreeing to detail how much of their fuel is crude rather than liquids derived from natural gas.
Sep 16, 2013
Fight for Your Right to Party
New evening events at the NACS Show in Atlanta help you connect and network with fellow Show-goers.
No Smoke, but Plenty of Fire
Electronic cigarettes continue to draw praise and critics.
California Approves $10 Minimum Wage
Legislation would increase the state's minimum wage of $8 an hour to $10 by 2016.
McDonald’s Tests Mobile App Ordering
Customers can pick up their order inside the store, curbside or the drive-thru window.
Regulator Halts Employers From Requiring Paychecks on Cards
In response to concerns about employers mandating payroll cards that carry high fees, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says employers must provide other options.
It’s All About Choice
Convenience retailers such as 7-Eleven are focusing on better-for-you options to attract new customers and offer healthy snacking choices.
Sep 13, 2013
NACS Comments at Swipe Fee Fairness Hearing
NACS President and CEO Henry Armour delivered testimony at the fairness hearing to consider granting approval to a proposed long-standing antitrust class action file by merchants.
Preparing for the Unexpected
September is National Preparedness Month — isn’t it time your business had a plan?
San Diego Edges Toward Plastic Bag Ban
However, most residents want to keep the bags, according to a new poll.
Fountain Drinks Drive Foodservice Sales
In convenience stores, customers often buy foodservice items because of the location’s beverages.
Morrisons Switches Focus to Small Stores, Online Service
The U.K. supermarket will scale back expansion of big stores and concentrate on convenience stores.
Wallis Companies Launches Mobile App with OpenStore
Customers will be able to use the app this month at Wallis Companies’ 32 On the Run convenience stores.
Sep 12, 2013
Fuel Efficiency Reaches Record High
Cars and trucks sold last month averaged 24.9 miles per gallon in fuel economy, nearly five miles per gallon higher than in October 2007.
Restaurants Investing in Mobile Technology
Restaurants plan to spend $55 billion annually on mobile marketing by 2015, nearly double the $28 billion that they are expected to spend this year.
Mexico Proposes Sugar Beverage Tax
The country’s government is proposing a special tax on all sugary beverages, in an effort to reduce obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
Valero Urges EPA to Waive Ethanol Mandate
The cost of compliance is too high, writes Valero in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.
Hot & Fizzy: Coke to Launch Warm Carbonated Beverage
Canada Dry Hot Ginger Ale will go on sale next month in vending machines in Japan.
Spotlight on a Man Behind a Counter
The Washington Post highlights the difficult life journey for one Arlington, Virginia, 7-Eleven owner.
Sep 11, 2013
Consumer Pessimism Continues Its Worrisome Climb
However, pump prices are not the likely culprit.
FDA Extends Comment Period for Menthol in Cigarettes
NACS has already sent in comments expressing concern about an increase in illicit cigarettes.
Gasoline Prices Predicted to Rise Slightly
Unplanned disruptions among OPEC and supply problems in Libya drove crude oil prices upward.
The Pumpkins Are Coming!
From Starbucks to Dunkin’ Donuts, it seems like everyone’s jumping on the pumpkin food bandwagon.
NCASEF Commits $750,000 to Hire Heroes USA
The coalition of 7-Eleven franchisees joined with 7-Eleven Inc. and 15 vendor partners to help the veterans’ charity.
Graphic Ads Spur 100,000 to Stop Smoking
The CDC said that its anti-smoking public health campaign is succeeding in encouraging smokers to quit.
Sep 10, 2013
Protect Your Business by Changing Washington
The more industry stakeholders who join us for the NACS Government Relations Conference, the louder our industry’s voice is among members of Congress and their staff.
Scientists Targeting Fruit Smoothies, Juices
A group of scientists who went after high-fructose corn syrup are now setting their sights on fruit juices and smoothies.
Companies Moving Retirees’ Health Plans to Insurance Exchanges
IBM, Time Warner and others begin shifting their retirees’ health plans to private exchanges.
Lack of Innovation Foreshadows Protracted Economic Downturn
An economist at Northwestern University maintains that U.S. companies are not innovating like they used to, which spells trouble ahead for an economic recovery.
Report Claims Possible Fraud in Horizon Oil Spill Fund
Despite findings that some lawyers may have engaged in fraud overseeing payments of the Deepwater Horizon settlement fund, payments should continue to be made, says former FBI director Louis Freeh.
Retailers Stocking Up Ahead of Holiday Season
Imports are up, leading the National Retail Federation to predict that retailers are optimistic for this year’s holiday season.
Sep 9, 2013
Sunday Funday at the Upcoming NACS Show
From the must-attend educational sessions to an exciting new networking event, reserve your space today at next month’s NACS Show.
Audi Gets Behind Clean Diesel
A new ad campaign shows how an Audi TDI can get from New York to Chicago on a single tank of gas.
Stripes CNG Station Open for Business
The c-store chain recently opened the first of two public access compressed natural gas fueling sites in Midland, Texas.
When Car Dealerships Turn Into Retailers
Toyota Lexus transforms traditional car dealerships into retail stores that offer a “luxury-brand experience space.”
More Bang for a Buck Coming to McDonald’s
The QSR is testing a new value menu version called Dollar Menu & More in five U.S. markets.
CEFCO Convenience Store Receives 2013 Waco Award
The award honors the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Waco, Texas, area.
Break Time Launches Loyalty Program
The turnkey loyalty program will make it easier for the retailer to reward customers and increase store traffic.
Sep 6, 2013
We Card Urges Increased Employee Training
The successful social responsibility program educates retailers on electronic cigarette restrictions.
Irish Health Groups Call for Stricter Tobacco Sales Rules
The organizations also want cigarette firms to pay more taxes.
Krispy Kreme Pushes Smaller Units
The donut chain is looking to a 2,400-square-foot prototype to drive franchising growth.
Campbell Soup, Green Mountain Coffee, Bring Soup to Keurig Brewers
Campbell’s Fresh-Brewed Soup expands Keurig products beyond beverages.
The Hershey Company Presents Prestigious Vision Award to Lucero
The award recognizes the international singer and actress for her global philanthropy.
SCA’s Tork Brand Helps Prevent Childhood Hunger
A new online campaign that supports the Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign and Food Banks Canada will connect thousands of families with healthy meals.
Sep 5, 2013
Menu Labeling Will Be “Rigid, Simplistic, Expansive”
U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg pens an op-ed on how new menu-labeling regulations will hinder growth in industries that serve food.
FDA to Issue Regulations for Approved Retailer Training Programs
Retailers may submit comments concerning the agency’s “Tobacco Retailer Training Programs.”
E-Cigs Take to the Airwaves
Tobacco firms are pitching electronic cigarettes in TV spots while the government is moving toward regulating those devices.
New Rule for Disability Hiring Could Negatively Impact Businesses
The concern surrounds how the Labor Department will interpret the goal of having persons with disabilities constitute 7% of the federal government contractor workforce.
7-Eleven, Pillsbury Introduce a Warm Cinnamon Roll
The roll is Pillsbury’s first branded fresh bakery item with a convenience store.
U.S. Energy Production Gives Economy Much-Needed Boost
The increase in U.S. natural gas and oil production has had a larger impact on the nation’s economy than predicted.
Cree LED Lighting Shines at Raley’s Petroleum and Convenience Store
The lighting delivers savings and rapid payback at the new South Lake Tahoe, California, location.
Sep 4, 2013
Lawmakers Target Energy Drinks
The congressmen tackling the industry call themselves “veterans of the tobacco wars.”
Taco Bell Reinvents Itself, Reinvigorates Sales
The fast-food Mexican chain posted an 8% sales bump in U.S. stores.
Duluth Debate on E-Cigarettes Ignites
The City Council is considering ordinances that will restrict the sale and use of the devices.
The Evolution of Snacking
How snacks moved from the fringe to mainstream.
Queensland Cracks Down on Fuel Price Signs
Service stations could be made to post the real price of gas, rather than the discount rate, at big retail locations.
Convenience Stores Participate in Healthy-Eating Initiative
In North Carolina, two local stores are offering more fresh produce with a state grant.
Sep 3, 2013
Ready for OSHA’s New Hazard Communication Standard?
By December 1, 2013, all employers utilizing hazardous chemicals at their worksite will be required to have trained employees on new label elements and the SDS format.
Ethanol Group Firing Back at Critics
Growth Energy launched an aggressive advertising campaign to counter its critics.
Wawa Offering Stiff Competition to Orlando Airport Stations
Wawa opens its Orlando Airport-area station with gas prices that are nearly half those of its two nearest competitors.
Kellogg’s Shaking Up Breakfast
The company is offering on-the-go shakes for those who usually skip breakfast.
Dr Pepper Launches 2013 Tuition Giveaway
For the sixth consecutive year, Dr Pepper will award more than $1 million in tuition to students.
Aug 30, 2013
Skimmers Continue to Steal Credit, Debit Card Information
Despite more news reports on the illegal practice, thieves still target gasoline stations to siphon off card data, which is sometimes used to buy massive quantities of fuel for resale.
Mobile Readers Take Off for Small Businesses
More retailers are embracing card readers that attach to mobile devices.
San Jose Outlaws Foam Containers
The City Council approved the ban on Styrofoam takeout boxes, which will include convenience stores.
Spinx to Launch Mobile App
The company says it’s the first convenience retailer to offer mobile loyalty and payment.
Kwik Trip Celebrates Opening of 15th Compressed Natural Gas Station
The CNG station is located in Janesville, Wisconsin.
Miller Lite Parties Like It’s 1975
The light beer will turn back the clock to its original cans with limited-edition packaging in 2014.
Aug 29, 2013
U.S. Delays Deadline for Finalizing ACA Health Plans
Experts say that a small delay could jeopardize the start of the six-month enrollment period on federal health insurance exchanges that begins October 1.
NACS to FDA: Banning Menthol Will Worsen Illicit Market
NACS responded to an FDA Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that addresses a proposed ban on menthol cigarettes.
Op-Ed Blasts Swipe Fees
Former NACS Chairman Bill Douglass blasts the card companies over swipe fees.
Fast Food Strikes Expected to Reach 35 Cities Today
Protests among fast food workers are expected to reach up to 35 cities today, in advance of the Labor Day weekend.
Yeah, But Can It Pump Gas?
Nissan is expected to launch self-driving cars by 2020.
Miller Oil Foundation Distributes $25,000 in July
The Foundation will also be participating in Habitat for Humanity as part of the hands-on component of grant giving.
Philip Morris Wins Injunction Against Larger Warning Labels
In Thailand, the injunction halts plans for increasing the size of warning labels to 85% of a cigarette package.
Aug 28, 2013
USDA Launches Listening Tour on Food Stamps
The government is kicking off a series of meetings across the country to solicit feedback on requirements that retailers must meet to redeem Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
Efforts to Reduce Tobacco Sales to Minors Successful
A new report finds that the average national retailer violation rate of such tobacco sales is significantly below the target rate set by the Synar program.
Robberies Drop at Central Florida C-Stores, but Not News Coverage
Although robberies have declined, high profile reporting of such crimes continues.
AAA: 34.1 Million Traveling for Labor Day
This is the highest number since the recession kept drivers at home.
Contraband Tobacco Rises in Nova Scotia
A new report shows that more illegal cigarettes are finding their way into the Canadian province.
Ditching the Foam
Dunkin’ Donuts has started testing a double-walled paper cup in its search to replace its foam cups.
Aug 27, 2013
Cigarettes and Pre-K Programs Don’t Mix
Nonpartisan researchers say that President Obama’s proposal to pay for preschool programs with higher tobacco taxes is deeply flawed.
Bread Wars: Subway Goes Garlic
Subway is hoping its new garlic bread — and its aroma — will lure customers.
World Petroleum Use Sets Record High in 2012
Despite declines in North America and Europe, the world’s consumption of fuel reached a record high of nearly 89 million barrels per day.
Crude Moves Steadily on Trains, Boats and Trucks
More U.S. oil is transported throughout the country via truck, barge and train than at any point since 1981.
LYFE Begins in California
In California, a new restaurant concept developed by former McDonald’s executives offers food options for a variety of diets, including paleo, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan.
Study Says Tobacco Ads Plaster Philly Stores
A new report says convenience stores in Philly's lower-income neighborhoods feature too many tobacco ads, which could be making an impression on minors.
Aug 26, 2013
The Art of Remaining Teachable
At the upcoming NACS Show, more than 50 educational sessions are guaranteed to teach you a thing or two about enhancing your operation.
Kwip Trip Takes on Natural Gas
The Midwestern convenience and fuel retailer has opened 14 CNG stations with plans to reach a total of 25 this year.
U.K. Convenience Retailer Tests Online Offer
The Co-operative Group is developing an online sales platform that it will begin testing by year’s end.
Family Dinners Dictated by Time
A new Stop & Shop Survey finds that more than 40% of families rely on recipes with speed and ease in mind.
Bob Evans Develops New Concept
The new prototype is a fraction of a traditional Bob Evans restaurant and allows the company to leverage its brand and explore opportunities in non-traditional locations,
Consumers Rate Their Burgertime Experience
A new study reveals low customer satisfaction scores for McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s.
Aug 23, 2013
Consumers Increasingly Pessimistic Heading into the Fall
Gasoline prices top the list as reasons for the gloom, according to a recent NACS survey.
2013 NACS Scholarship Winners
The NACS Scholarship Program in Memory of Jim Yates and David Erickson gives selected recipients $3,000 grants for education.
Colorado Lottery Hits the Jackpot
Thanks to record-setting Powerball jackpots in May and another record-high year of Scratch ticket sales, the Colorado Lottery posted sales of $566.3 million.
BP Settles Bad Gas Lawsuit
The oil company will pay back consumers who bought tainted fuel from close to 600 Midwestern gasoline stations.
Supermarkets Increasingly Rely on Digital Coupons
Many grocery store chains are pushing shoppers to use digital coupons connected to store loyalty cards.
Millennials Source More Than Two-Thirds of Their Dinner Meals from Home
According to the NPD Group, this demographic likes satisfying, quick, economical and restaurant-like in-home meals.
Sierra Club Gives Green Light on C-Store Snacks
The environmental group recommends eco-friendly snacks for college students in its latest magazine.
Heineken Counts on Lemon Beer to Recover European Sales
The brewer splashes its beer with lemon soda in an effort to woo female drinkers — and boost sales.
Aug 22, 2013
Federal Reserve Appeals Swipe Fee Ruling
The Fed announced that it is appealing a recent U.S. Federal District Court ruling that said the Fed did not follow the law when it implemented debit swipe fee reforms.
Minnesota Smokers Crossing the Border for Cheaper Smokes
Following Minnesota’s $1.60-per-pack cigarette tax hike that took effect in July, border residents are flocking to North Dakota for much cheaper cigarettes.
NYC Lawmakers Propose Plastic and Paper Bag Surcharge
A 10-cents-per-bag fee would go to the issuing store, not the city.
Are Oil Companies Limiting Access to Ethanol? Lawmakers Want Answers
Two senators are urging an investigation as to whether oil companies may have engaged in anti-competitive practices to limit consumer access to ethanol.
Ohio Lottery Ticket Sales Struggle in July
The state’s lottery director says the drop is attributed to consumers shifting their shopping preferences from convenience stores to big-box stores, the latter that do not sell lottery tickets.
7-Eleven Selling Large TVs in Taiwan
The convenience store chain sold more than 10,000 large-screen TVs in just six weeks.
KAIST Unveils Foldable Electric Car
The “Armadillo-T” is a small and light electric car that completely folds in half when parking.
Aug 21, 2013
QSR Workers Rally Others for Nationwide Strike
Fast-food employees are planning to walk off the job on August 29.
Dallas Considers Ban on Plastic Bags
The City Council meets today to talk about the issue.
Ireland’s Disappearing Gas Stations
More petrol stations have shuttered in recent years because of ever-tightening profit margins.
Quebec Considers Restrictive Cigarette Packaging
Meanwhile, the Ontario Convenience Store Association showed its support of the Ontario Safety League drug paraphernalia petition.
Estimates Higher for State Health Exchanges
At least 19 states say more people will sign up for exchanges than the federal government thought.
Love’s Travel Stops ‘Paper Heart’ Campaign Benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
The annual in-store fundraiser runs through September 23.
Circle K Mid-Atlantic Presents $3,500 Grant to Central Virginia Food Bank
The partnership with BP Fueling Communities directs funds to the local hunger-relief agency.
Aug 20, 2013
E-Cigarettes Increasingly Becoming a Workplace Issue
Employers must soon confront electronic cigarettes with clear workplace guidelines, writes an HR consulting firm president.
International Convenience Retailer of the Year Finalists Announced
The winner will be announced at the Insight/NACS Future of Convenience 2013 event in London on September 25, 2013.
Food Trucks Encroaching on QSR Territory: NPD
A new NPD Group survey reveals that nearly 50% of food truck visitors would have ordered from a QSR if not for the food truck.
Young Smokers Turn to Flavored Cigars
The FDA still has not issued guidelines with respect to flavored cigars, an omission that has sent smoking rates among young smokers upward.
Performance Gap Between QSRs and Casual Dining Restaurants Widens
Same-store sales at casual dining restaurants underperformed the industry last month for the 25th consecutive month.
Making Lemonade Out of Lemonade
7-Eleven is giving out free Snapple Lemon Daze today, in celebration of National Lemonade Day.
Aug 19, 2013
NACS, PCATS Respond to PCI DSS and PA-DSS Changes
Version 3.0 focuses on flexibility, education and awareness, and security as a shared responsibility.
Illinois Bans Electronic Cigarettes for Minors
The new law takes effect January 1, 2014.
7-Eleven Offers Electric-Vehicle Charging for New Yorkers
7-Eleven is able to leverage local solar generation and energy storage, which enables the use of high-powered electric equipment, including EV fast chargers.
Coca-Cola Introduces New Herbal Beverage in Thailand
Habu, the company’s first foray into the herbal drink market, is made with roselle, licorice, luo han guo and cogon grass.
Haiti’s War on Plastic Bags, Styrofoam
Police raided three warehouses to show that the government is cracking down on a nearly year-old ban on Styrofoam take-home containers and plastic bags.
Troubled Teens Can Turn Into Great Entrepreneurs
People who engaged in illicit activities as teenagers and scored high on learning aptitude tests have a higher tendency to become entrepreneurs than their rule-abiding counterparts, according to new research.
Aug 16, 2013
Seven Arrested in California Skimming Sting
The suspects gathered data to make counterfeit credit cards, which were used to buy gasoline.
Maryland Energy Administration Launches Service Station Energy Resiliency Grant Program
The “Fuel Up Maryland” program will give service stations funds to pre-wire for backup power generators.
Denver Council Proposes Fee for Plastic Bags
Supermarkets are lobbying against the measure, saying it would be too costly and unfair.
Is All Gasoline Really the Same?
Jeff Lenard, vice president of industry advocacy with NACS, shines some light on the subject.
Imperial Tobacco Eyes E-Cigarette to Recover Revenue Drops
The tobacco firm will launch its first electronic cigarette product in 2014.
Aug 15, 2013
Oil Industry Pushes for Reduction in Ethanol Mandate
Consumers would suffer “severe economic harm,” the American Petroleum Institute and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers tell the EPA, unless the ethanol requirement for 2014 is reduced.
Governor Cuomo Announces Change in State Fuel Tax Law
Fuel distributors in New York will now pay state taxes when product is loaded onto a fuel truck and removed from the storage terminal, not at the time of purchase.
Beer Study Reveals Substantial Price Differences in Ontario and Quebec
Ontario's beer retailing system enables The Beer Store owners to capture up to $700 million in incremental profits from Ontario beer drinkers every year, suggests a recent study.
Coke Defends Artificial Sweeteners
A new ad campaign launched by Coca-Cola this week touts the safety of diet drinks that contain aspartame.
AriZona Beverages and 7-Eleven Go for Gold with Soda Shaq
Five golden tickets will be hidden at 7-Eleven stores through September 3. One lucky winner will win a meet-and-greet with NBA great Shaquille O’Neal.
Doritos Los Tacos Are Heating Up
Fiery Doritos Locos Tacos are rolling out nationwide on August 22.
Aug 14, 2013
FDA Cracking Down on RYO and Internet Tobacco Vendors
The agency has issued 10,000 tobacco retailer warning letters and four warning letters for cigarette or roll-your-own tobacco labeled as “pipe tobacco.”
Meatless Alternatives on the Rise
More than one-third of Americans consume meat alternatives, but only a fraction are actually vegetarians.
Congress Looks Into Bitcoin
A Senate committee is asking federal agencies how it plans to oversee the use of Bitcoin and other virtual currencies in the marketplace.
Barred From New Government Contracts, BP Sues EPA
BP is requesting a ruling that the EPA suspension is illegal and to end it immediately.
Two Issuers Back Isis for National Rollout
Following participation in the Isis two-city pilot, Chase and AmEx agreed to join the mobile wallet for its national rollout.
Four Months and Counting: Retail Sales Rise in July
Retail sales rose in July for the fourth consecutive month, a sign that the economy is breaking free from the effects of higher taxes and budget cuts.
Can We Be Friends?
A recent survey found that six in 10 senior managers say they are uncomfortable being friended on Facebook by their bosses or the employees they supervise.
Aug 13, 2013
Labor Groups Launch New Tactics to Boost Union Membership
A recent tactic involved hundreds of workers at McDonald’s and other QSR chains walking off their jobs to strike for better pay and the right to unionize.
Chipotle Effect Helps Move QSR Fare Upscale
QSRs are opening new store concepts or expanding their existing menu, capitalizing on evolving consumer tastes and expectations.
Jell-O Makes Renewed Push to Consumers
Kraft is committing itself to reviving slumping sales of its iconic Jell-O brand.
Mobile Payment Acceptance Increasing Among Small Businesses
Nearly half of small businesses are tapped into mobile payments, a new report from BIA/Kelsey reveals.
Supply Surplus Brings U.S. Retail Gas Prices Down
With refiners keeping production capacity high and supply therefore high, U.S. retail gas prices have fallen more than seven cents in the past two weeks.
Tim Hortons Launches Single Serve K-Cups
The capsules are available for shipment throughout the United States and Canada.
Aug 12, 2013
Bloomberg Hints at E-Cigarettes Ban
A leaked draft of three tobacco-related bills redefines “tobacco products” to include electronic cigarettes.
“Sliding” Thefts on the Rise at Dayton Gas Stations
Thieves watch for opportunities to “slide” next to a stopped vehicle, stealing items from unlocked vehicles when drivers enter the store.
The Walmart Beer Run
The retailer’s push to increase beer sales is making strong progress.
Premium Soda On Tap
Craft sodas represent a big opportunity for QSRs, offering customers an elevated drinking experience.
Border Residents Flock to New Hampshire for Cheaper Smokes
Less than a week after a $1-a-pack cigarette increase takes effect in Massachusetts, smokers are flocking to New Hampshire for cheaper cigarettes.
Tesco Searches for Buyer(s) for U.S. Stores
Some speculate that Aldi might be interested in taking on Tesco’s leases for its U.S.-based Fresh & Easy stores.
Aug 9, 2013
Smoke-Free Movement Tackles the Great Outdoors
The fight to eliminate smoking has moved from indoors to outdoors.
PCATS Announces New Members
MAPCO Express, Abierto Networks, Koupon Media and Linq3 Technologies are among the 21 new companies approved for membership.
Americans Enter the Iced Coffee Age
The cold beverage’s popularity extends beyond the summer.
Friendly Express Partners with OpenStore by GasBuddy
The agreement will provide the Georgia convenience store chain with its own branded mobile app.
FDA Defines ‘Gluten Free’
The definition clarifies how restaurants and other foodservice establishments can label food items without gluten.
Twinkie Reboot Positions Itself for the Boys
The new parent company is targeting males between the ages of 18 and 35 for marketing the iconic snack cake.
Aug 8, 2013
Cold Beer Dispute Heats Up
A chain of liquor stores in Indiana is attempting to intervene in a lawsuit that seeks to allow c-stores, pharmacies and grocers to sell cold beer.
Low-Key Grocery Chain Dubbed Walmart’s “Worst Nightmare”
WinCo may be the little grocery chain that retail behemoth Walmart has never heard of, but retail analysts say that Walmart has much to be fearful of.
Powerball Jackpot Hits $425 Million…So Far
With the Powerball jackpot drawing estimated at $425 million, customers are flocking to convenience stores located in the 43 states where the game is played.
Legislators Tell Wall Street to “Can It”
U.S. Sen. Merkley and Reps. Blumenauer and Bonamici say that Wall Street speculation is costing middle-class families by driving up the prices of aluminum, copper, gas and electricity.
Fast-Food Value Menus Light on Waistline
Food items on the value menu often carry a lower calorie load than premium menu items.
Holiday Stationstores Expands in Dakotas
As part of Holiday's expansion plans, The Gas Stop will become a Holiday Stationstores franchisee for 16 stores.
Aug 7, 2013
EPA Issues Renewable Fuel Requirements for 2013
The agency indicates that 2014 levels might be revised downward to avoid the blend wall, an action advocated by NACS.
Childhood Obesity Declines
A new government report reveals that childhood obesity is declining in 18 states among low-income preschoolers.
Short-Term Energy Outlook: Oil Demand Strong
The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects the retail price of regular gasoline to average $3.59 per gallon during Q3.
New Hampshire Tobacco Tax Generates $46.7 Million in July
Retailers purchasing tobacco tax stamps ahead of the August 1 excise tax increase fueled the 143% bump in revenue.
IRI Survey Finds Consumers Settling Into “New Normal”
Virtually no decline was found across a wide variety of conservative purchase behaviors during the past two years.
Healthy Eating Stays at Home
When dining away from home, most consumers choose menu items that they couldn’t or wouldn’t make at home.
Giant Eagle Leverages EPiServer to Accelerate Digital Strategy
The service will enhance customer engagement online and help drive in-store sales.
Aug 6, 2013
Coalition Urges Transition Relief Extension for Employer Mandate
A coalition of employer groups, including NACS, is communicating to the government that the one-year delay of Obamacare’s employer mandate creates a need for the administration to clarify various obligations the law imposes on employers.
Legislation Would Define Full-Time Employees
A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would amend the health-care law to define full-time workers as those who put in 40 hours per week.
Lawmaker Targets Food Advertising to Kids
A new proposal by U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) seeks to dissuade “junk food” ads targeting kids by eliminating eligible tax deductions.
Ohio Lottery Retailers Receiving Makeover
Makeover effort is designed to help lottery retailers better compete with gambling alternatives that include casinos and racetracks with slots-like betting.
Dunkin’ Donuts Launches New Iced Coffees, Sandwich
Dunkin' Donuts unveiled a line of caramel iced coffee flavors and a pretzel roll roast beef sandwich.
Americans Like Wine
Over the past two decades, Americans have been increasingly opting for wine at the expense of beer, a new Gallup poll shows.
VERGE Retail Debuts Retailer/Distributor Smartphone App
Southeast wholesaler Stewart Distribution is among the early adopters of the new smartphone app that pushes custom deal notifications from distributors to convenience stores.
Aug 5, 2013
Next Steps on Debit Fee Reform Ruling
Although the road forward is not entirely clear, NACS outlines several paths the court and Federal Reserve could take.
Energy and Commerce Committee Leaders Pledge RFS Efforts Will Continue
With the August recess in full swing, both House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton and Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman said that bipartisan efforts would continue through August to address potential Renewable Fuels Standard reforms.
TransCanada Unveils East Pipeline Project to Saint John
The new pipeline would ship more than 1 million barrels of fuel per day from Canada's western oil patch to the country’s east coast.
Stripes Convenience Stores Support Texas 4-H
Stripes Convenience Stores will once again provide fundraising support for the 4-H program during a Sept. 2-15 fundraising campaign.
Cold Beer on Mac’s Cooler Door Shelves?
Mac’s Convenience Stores is giving its Ontario customers a glimpse of how shelves would look stocked with beer through a new cooler door poster campaign.
Aug 2, 2013
R.J. Reynolds Rethinks National Launch of Dissolvable Tobacco
The tobacco firm will keep its trio of dissolvable tobacco products in five markets.
Record Sales Predicted for E-Cigarettes
Analysts forecast sales could soon reach $1 billion.
Is Light Beer’s Appeal Waning?
A new survey shows “serious warning signs” for consumption of the better-known light beers.
Australian Government Raises Tobacco Taxes
The economic statement released this week contains an increase in tobacco excise.
Bobby & Steve’s Auto World Launches World-Class Loyalty Program
The Minnesota convenience store chain will offer its loyalty customers lower gas prices through its World Rewards program powered by KickBack Rewards Systems.
ExxonMobil Launches Speedpass+ Mobile Payment App Pilot Program
Starting this month, Speedpass+ participants in Nashville will get to try out the company’s new mobile payment app.
Aug 1, 2013
NACS Applauds Court Ruling on Debit Fees
U.S. Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) calls the swipe free ruling a victory for consumers and small businesses.
U.S. Biodiesel Production Reached Record Level in May
The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that biodiesel plants produced 111 million gallons that month.
Ford Puts Natural Gas Engine in F-150
The company’s most popular vehicle will have an optional compressed natural gas engine beginning with 2014 model year.
Congress: No Hurry to Raise Minimum Wage
Protests by fast-food workers haven’t made Congress likely to schedule votes on increasing the federal minimum wage.
FDA Researches Low-Nicotine Cigarettes
The agency is exploring the effects on various amounts of nicotine in cigarettes with smokers.
U.S. Total Restaurant Count Increases
The number of units jumped 3,045 over last year.
Jul 31, 2013
Breaking News: Court Rules in NACS and Retailers' Favor on Swipe Fees
Court rules in NACS’ favor in case against the Federal Reserve on debit swipe fees.
Save Big on the NACS Show
Don’t miss out — take advantage of significant savings by registering today for the NACS Show in Atlanta.
Court Rules NYC Large Soda Ban Illegal
An appeals court upheld a lower court decision that struck down the city’s prohibition on the sale of large, sugary beverages.
Less Than 40 Hours
Obamacare is driving America’s workforce into a nation with more part-time than full-time workers.
Committee Explores RFS Modifications
House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton has asked four Republicans to take the lead on Renewable Fuels Standard reform.
Casey’s General Stores ID Customers for Energy Shots
The convenience store chain will only sell energy shots and pills to customers who are 18 and older.
British American Tobacco Brings Vype Electronic Cigarette to Europe
BAT became the first tobacco firm to have an electronic cigarette presence in the United Kingdom with the debut of Vype.
Massachusetts Tobacco Tax Hike Upsets Shop Owners
New excise taxes on cigarettes, cigars, smoking tobacco and smokeless tobacco take effect today, along with an increase in the gasoline tax to 24-cents-per-gallon.
Jul 30, 2013
NACS Releases Compensation Report of 2012 Data
The new report provides the latest snapshot of compensation levels, turnover and benefits metrics for the convenience and fuel retailing industry.
The Case of the Disappearing Pure Gasoline
More N.D. gas stations are easing out of offering non-ethanol gasoline.
Growth of Sports Beverages Slows Down
While sports drinks have registered double digit increases, a new report suggests a less robust future. Meanwhile, sales of nutrition bars have also seen a slight downturn, but should still post positive growth during the next five years.
Op-Ed: Contraband Tobacco Sales Bad for Everyone
The Ontario Convenience Stores Association discusses why illegal tobacco sales have a serious impact on community safety.
Grocery Store Mergers Could Pinch Consumer Pocketbooks
Another slew of supermarket consolidation has analysts wondering if prices will start to creep up.
Maryland County Mandates Security Cameras at Convenience Stores
In Prince George’s County, the council passed a measure mandating drop boxes and security cameras for retailers that are open “overnight.”
Anheuser-Busch InBev Sets Sights on China
Since 2011, Anheuser-Busch has shored up existing breweries and plans to build nine more in China.
Jul 29, 2013
Consumers Began 3rd Quarter With Renewed Optimism, But…
A large percentage say that rising gasoline prices have colored their feelings about the economy.
NACS, PCATS Propose PCI Small Merchant Special Interest Group
The proposal seeks to create a special interest group at the PCI Security Standards Council that will focus on the inability of small merchants to realistically reduce card data risk.
U.K. Government Launches Tobacco Smuggling Inquiry
The Association of Convenience Stores is urging the government to rethink how it goes after tobacco smugglers.
Renewed Push for Dollar Coins
Five U.S. senators introduced legislation that would promote the need for more $1 coins in circulation.
7-Eleven Launches Summer of Snacking
The retailer responds to snacker needs with new bites, treats and deals.
Customers Embrace Full-Service Gasoline
As more full-service stations close shop, consumers flock to the few that are still in business.
Jul 26, 2013
Washington Report: U.S. House Subcommittee Wraps Up RFS Hearing
Members of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Power heard from 16 stakeholders, including NACS, on their perspectives on the Renewable Fuels Standard.
PCATS Launches Digital and Mobile Promotions Standards Initiative
The group will discuss the need and scope of digital and mobile promotions standards for the convenience store channel at an upcoming meeting on August 19.
Trader Joe's Rules as Consumers’ Favorite Grocery Chain
According to a new Market Force study, the grocer ranked highest on customer satisfaction and convenience.
The Success of Female Leaders
Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent spoke on gender equality and the powerful role of female leaders during the Network of Executive Women's Executive Leaders Forum.
Corner Store Aids Colorado Wildfire Victims
More than $58,000 has been raised for victims of the Colorado wildfire from customers at 155 Corner Stores in the state.
It’s Burger Time
A new Technomic report suggests that consumers are eating more burgers than ever before.
Jul 25, 2013
NACS Launches Multi-Events Mobile App and NACS Show Planner
The new multi-events mobile app streamlines all NACS events into one, easy-to-navigate mobile application.
Food Makers Hire Chefs to Create Healthier Products
Chefs are helping food makers and restaurant chains figure out how to improve nutrition while keeping flavor.
IRS Provides Insight Into Employer Health-Care Provision
The employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act has businesses scratching their heads.
C-Stores Reign as Grab-and-Go Kings
Convenience stores are five times more likely to be the source for grab-and-go snacks.
Gas Prices Spike, Oil Speculation Soars
Within the past 30 days, the cost of WTI crude oil increased 15% to top $108 per barrel.
Tobacco Companies Take On New York City Council
A group led by R.J. Reynolds has launched an ad campaign to educate New Yorkers about cigarette taxes and display bans.
Jul 24, 2013
FDA Seeks Public Input on Menthol
The agency issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to obtain feedback for potential regulatory options regarding menthol in cigarettes.
Rural U.K. Gas Stations Fight to Stay Afloat
Fuel retailers are attempting to buck a national trend of independent petrol stations shutting down.
Taco Bell Nixes Children's Menu
The QSR chain is shifting its attention to the Millennial crowd.
Tobacco Smuggling in Ireland Increases
A new report shows that the average citizen is not aware of the impact illegal cigarettes is having on the economy.
Restaurant Mascots Fade Away
More QSRs chains have been ditching their cartoonish characters to help promote a more healthy and upscale image.
QuickChek Adds to Hurricane Sandy Relief Funds
The convenience store chain partnered with First Lady Mary Pat Christie to raise nearly $125,000.
Jul 23, 2013
Washington Report: NACS Testifies at Renewable Fuels Standard Hearing
A two-day hearing in a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee is putting the RFS in the hot seat, where panelists are sharing their insights on whether the mandate should be repealed or restructured.
U.S. Hispanics More Likely to Purchase Groceries at C-Stores
Compared to non-Hispanics, U.S. Hispanics on average make nearly two more visits per month to convenience stores.
Study Claims Plain Packaging Is Working
A new study by Cancer Council Victoria on Australia’s move to plain packaging for cigarettes suggests that the regulation is encouraging smokers to quit.
Corner Store Awards Local Customer With a Year of Flights
The contest awarded 24 round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines to one lucky customer.
New York Locality Considers More C-Store Restrictions
Officials in Huntington Town want to put new regulations on convenience stores located in shopping centers, such as ensuring ample space to accommodate loading areas.
Food Makers Fill Need for Ready-to-Eat Food
Manufacturers are developing products that allow consumers to “finish” a meal at home.
Jul 22, 2013
Washington Report: NACS Participates in RFS Hearing on Capitol Hill
Joe Petrowski of The Cumberland Gulf Group will offer an industry perspective on the Renewable Fuels Standard during a House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee hearing that begins on Tuesday, July 23.
More Convenience, More Food
In Florida, convenience store operators are moving toward fresh food options to elevate the industry’s image and attract hungry customers.
U.S. Should Follow European Commission’s Lead on Swipe Fees
The EU is proposing a cap on credit card swipe fees at 0.3%, drastically lower than the current cost for U.S. consumers to swipe their cards, and 0.2% for debit card swipe fees.
Brewers Battle Over Excise Tax Bills
The Small BREW Act would cut the excise tax in half for some craft brewers, which is intended to help them compete with the large brewers.
AFPD Presents More Than 30 Students With Scholarships
Qualifying students have each been awarded $1,500 in college scholarships.
Jul 19, 2013
Rolling Stone Issue Banned in Some C-Stores
Tedeschi Food Shops, Rutter’s and Cumberland Farms are among the list of retailers refusing to stock the Aug. 1 issue because of the cover photo of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect.
ChargePoint Expands Electric Charging Stations
The company is set to launch its CT4000, which allows two electric cars to charge at the same time.
Chopping Their Way to the Top
Salads are taking the Northeast by storm as a top lunch pick.
Gulf Oil Partners With Hyperfuels
Hyperfuels will market Gulf Racing Fuel to race tracks and performance retailers throughout the country.
Kangaroo Express Celebrates National Hot Dog Day
On July 23, guests can enjoy a 25-cent Ball Park hot dog and help Salute Our Troops, or enjoy a free hot dog with military I.D.
Fast-Casual Restaurants Continue to Accelerate
Growth in the fast-casual segment shows no signs of slowing down, according to Technomic.
Jul 18, 2013
U.S. Senators Slam Online Gambling Regulations
A Senate panel looks to revise online gambling rules.
European Union Proposes Capping Card Fees
The proposal would limit debit and credit card transaction fees to 0.2%.
Proposed Federal Cigarette Tax Hike Threatens Maryland Retailers
Funding President Obama’s early childhood initiative with a higher cigarette tax is not a viable solution, notes the president of the Maryland Retailers Association.
Another Record-Setting Year for Ohio Lottery
Lottery Director Dennis Berg said he wouldn’t rule out offering online casino games to sustain the lottery’s strong sales.
Oklahoma Lawmakers Revisit E-Cigarette Tax Talk
Following a defeat of their e-cigarette proposals during the last legislative session, three Oklahoma lawmakers are renewing their fight.
In-Store Merchandising Outdated at Most Retail Chains
RIS News research identifies several key findings for optimizing in-store merchandising sales.
Jul 17, 2013
Oil Industry Launches Ad Campaign to Repeal RFS
The American Petroleum Institute is focusing its new ad campaign on what the Renewable Fuels Standard will cost consumers.
Hats Off for Official NACS Show Ambassadors
NACS Show Ambassadors enjoy some of the best networking opportunities at the NACS Show.
Restaurants Stock Shifts With Part-Time Employees
More foodservice establishments are adding part-time workers instead of full-time employees ahead of the Affordable Care Act’s full enforcement.
Mobile Dominates Gas and Convenience Searching
A new study reveals that consumers prefer to use gas and convenience mobile apps for searching versus websites.
Sunoco Expands Growler Program
Sunoco is expanding its Craft Beer Exchange program at select APlus stores in the Hudson Valley.
SBA Launches Health-Care Reform Webinars
Affordable Care Act 101 webinars will walk small businesses through the basics and what the law will mean for retailers.
Sales of Prepared Foods to Skyrocket
From retail locations, prepared foods will grow twice as much as restaurant visits over the next decade, according to NPD Group research.
Jul 16, 2013
Plain Packaging Plan Unraveling in United Kingdom
The Department of Health says it will study the impact of plain packaging for cigarettes in Australia before moving ahead with its own regulations.
Nebraska Lawmakers Seek to Expand Craft Beers
Three state senators are looking into how the current distribution system could better serve small brewers.
Wyoming Lottery Makes First Projections
Ticket sales are estimated to generate $20 million for the state during the lottery’s first year.
Dutch Gas Stations Sue Government Over EV Stations
Gas station owners are claiming unfair competition from a network of 200-plus electric vehicle charging stations that are rolling out across the country this September.
Twinkies Hit Store Shelves With Fewer Calories
The new version of the snack cake is nearly 10% lighter than its predecessor.
InComm Launches In-Store Digital Sales Program
A new program empowers consumers to purchase digital products at brick-and-mortar stores.
Jul 15, 2013
NACS State of the Industry of 2012 Data Fact Book Now Available
The Fact Book provides granular details about merchandise, foodservice, motor fuels, store operations, top quartile and same-store components of the convenience and fuel retailing industry.
Why We Ask for a ZIP Code at the Pump
The store itself doesn’t need a customer’s ZIP code for customers fueling at the pump, but the pump does.
Teen Smoking Drops to Lowest Level
A new study reveals that cigarette smoking hit the lowest point ever recorded among American eighth-graders, high school sophomores and seniors in 2012.
Gas Prices Expected to Surge
Prices at the pump could climb 15 to 20 cents over the next two weeks, according to news reports.
Morrisons Eyes 300 C-Stores by 2015
The U.K.-based supermarket is looking to expand its convenience store outlets from 20 stores to around 300 by 2015.
Jul 12, 2013
Washington Report: House of Representatives Passes Modified Farm Bill
The scaled-back version of the Farm Bill does not include any provisions related to the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP).
Washington Report: Legislation Addresses Regulatory Burdens on Small Businesses
NACS sent a letter to U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus in support of his role in introducing the Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act of 2013.
Boston Embraces E-Cigs
Retailers look to e-cigarettes to help stimulate overall cigarette sales.
New Hampshire Tobacco Tax Increasing August 1
New Hampshire tax receipts for 2012 and 2013 fell $56 million below those for 2010 and 2011, triggering an automatic tax increase.
Israel Gas Stations Miss the Mark
Several stations in Israel have been cited for employing too much sulfur or water in their gasoline.
Jul 11, 2013
EIA Provides Extra Storm Tracking Assistance
A new online tool from the Energy Information Administration helps energy producers track possible power disruptions caused by tropical storms and hurricanes.
In celebration of its unofficial birthday, 7-Eleven is giving away free Slurpees today.
Florida Lottery Surpasses $5 Billion in Sales
Sales jumped more than $500 million from last year.
Mars Unveils Easter 2014 Confections
Mars Chocolate North America is working with retailers on next year’s Easter product line.
AJ Silberman & Company Deploys VERGE-Powered iPad Sales App
The new iPad-based solution is intended to improve sales, presentations and processes while eliminating printing costs.
Dunkin' Donuts Surprising 25 Guests With $1,000 Cash Prizes
Iced Coffee Cash & DDash promotes DD’s iced coffee, awarding one winner each weekday through the end of July.
Jul 10, 2013
MAPCO Express Sued Over Malware Attack
Data breach leads to three class action lawsuits seeking unspecified damages.
Retailer Sues Visa Over PCI Data Breach
A global retailer fights back against PCI non-compliance fees.
Liquor Reform in Pennsylvania Still Brewing
Free My Beer campaign urges consumers to push for historic change in beer laws.
Repsol Offering Friday Fuel Promo
The Spanish firm is offering discounted fuel every Friday through the end of August.
Circle K Raises $1.2 Million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
A three-week campaign at Midwest and Great Lakes Circle K convenience stores will benefit 28 children’s hospitals across 14 states.
Western Refining Raises $351,000 for MDA
The program ran from late April through May 28 and surpassed last year's fundraising efforts of $249,000.
Kelley’s Markets Launches New Website, Mobile App
The app features updated gas prices, store locations and promotions while allowing direct customer feedback.
Jul 9, 2013
Bad Medicine for Small Business Owners
Insurer WellPoint projects that small-group premiums could increase an average of 13% to 23% under the health-care law.
Oklahoma Seeks to Raise Taxes on Tribal Tobacco Sales
The state is looking to fix all tribal cigarette tax rates at $1.03 per pack, making them even with the tax that nontribal retailers pay.
Dairy Market Volatility Continues
Weather, supply chain issues and rising demand from developing countries spell volatility for dairy prices.
Pester Marketing Supports Firefighters of the West Fork Complex Fire
Pester Marketing Co. donated more than 31,000 bottles of water to firefighters battling the West Fork Complex fires in Colorado.
ExxonMobil Smart Card Promotion Offers Steep Savings
New ExxonMobil Smart Card users are eligible to earn 18 cents per gallon on qualifying purchases for two months.
Dress Like a Cow, Eat for Free
Chick-fil-A invites customers to show their spots in celebration of the company’s ninth annual Cow Appreciation Day promotion.
Jul 8, 2013
Washington Report: U.S. Representatives Call for Action on Menu Labeling
Menu labeling is estimated to be the third-most onerous regulation proposed in 2010, requiring more than 14.5 million hours of compliance.
Baltimore-Area C-Stores Redefine Convenience
Retailers such as Royal Farms, Wawa and 7-Eleven are vying for consumer dollars with fresh foodservice and meals to go.
The Hoff Is “Thirsty for Love” at Cumberland Farms
Farmhouse Blend Iced Coffee is getting a lot of love this summer thanks to a new commercial featuring David Hasselhoff.
Hutch’s Sees Opportunity With CNG
The Oklahoma retailer is bringing the public up to speed on the advantages of natural gas.
‘Kim’s Convenience’ Goes From Stage to TV Screen
The play about a Korean-Canadian family and its convenience store could soon be on its way to becoming a TV sitcom.
Beer Can Revolution
After the first canned beer hit the market 80 years ago, brewers today are rediscovering the packaging.
Jul 5, 2013
Connecticut Gas Stations to Change Pump Nozzles by 2015
Gas stations that dispense more than 10,000 gallons per month will be required to change their pump nozzles by July 1, 2015.
Family Mart C-Stores Sell U.S. Beef
The Japanese c-store chain is selling U.S. beef, promoting it to women as a nutritional meal option.
Walmart Launches “American Idol” Vendor Contest
Small businesses and entrepreneurs are encouraged to enter their products in Walmart’s “Get on the Shelf” contest.
Is Apple Getting Closer to Mobile Payments?
All signs point to “yes,” writes Mobile Payments Today.
Budweiser Clydesdales Help Deliver Folds of Honor Scholarships
Folds of Honor presents Maryland children with two scholarship checks.
Jul 3, 2013
Washington Report: Health-Law Employer Mandate Delayed Until 2015
The Obama administration announced yesterday that businesses wouldn’t be penalized in 2014 if they don’t provide health insurance.
U.S. House Members Consider E15 Rollback
Risk of engine damage has some legislators in the U.S. House of Representatives rethinking ethanol blend limits.
Appeals Court Upholds Lower Court’s PACT Ruling
Without deciding the law’s constitutionality, an appeals court upholds a lower court’s decision to place an injunction against enforcement of the tax provisions of the PACT Act.
California Data Breaches Escalate
A new state law requires merchants to report breaches involving more than 500 cards to the state attorney general’s office.
Lottery Comes to Wyoming
While the state’s lottery bill became law on July 1, retail sales aren’t expected to take place until early 2014, with retailers standing to earn no less than 6% of gross sales.
Wisconsin Agents Seize Untaxed Cigarettes
Revenue agents seize 70,000 cigarettes that arrived in the state without the requisite tax stamps.
Jul 2, 2013
Washington Report: NACS Urges EPA to Maintain Current Sulfur Caps
A letter to the Environmental Protection Agency addresses industry concerns about a proposed Tier 3 Motor Vehicle Emission and Fuel Standards rule and test fuel specification changes.
Cash Discounts on the Rise
Rule changes are prompting retailers to turn to cash discounts.
Phillips 66 Joins Buyer’s Network Alliance
The alliance will help independent convenience stores compete with chain stores.
Pennsylvania Extends Lottery Privatization Bid — Again
A British firm is holding on while Attorney General Kathleen Kane waits for the state to submit another contract proposal.
Dunkin’ Donuts Summer Menu Spices Up Breakfast
A Hot & Spicy Breakfast Sandwich and the Raspberry Lime Coolatta highlight the donut chain’s new summer offerings.
Jiffy Mart Raises $10,000 for St. Jude
Since 2008, Jiffy Mart has raised more than $35,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Jul 1, 2013
Casey’s Bakes Up Pizza-Only Store
Midwest convenience store operator Casey’s General Stores is testing a new pizza-only store concept.
From Coffee Shop to Soda Store
Starbucks could soon be known for more than just coffee with a new endeavor into handcrafted sodas.
Pittsburgh Consumers Win Among Competitive C-Store Landscape
Both Sheetz and GetGo continue to raise the bar on offering fresh-prepared foodservice.
Plaid Pantry Launches Smartphone App
The new app, powered by VERGE, offers greater convenience and builds customer loyalty through games and prizes for frequent visits.
Maryland Gas Tax Takes Effect
Beginning today, Marylanders will see a 3.5-cent increase in the state's gas tax.
Royal Buying Group Selected as a "Fast Fifty"
The company ranked 19th on Crain Chicago Business’s “Fast Fifty” list of top area businesses.
Jun 28, 2013
Health Care Law's Employee Definition Draws Bipartisan Attention
Lawmakers focus on the definition of a full-time employee, noting its implications under the Affordable Care Act.
New USDA Rule Mandates Healthier School Snacks
The rules set limits for fat, salt and sugar for items sold in school vending machines and snack bars.
FDA Warning Labels Pit Commercial Speech vs. Public Health
A New England Journal of Medicine editorial blames defeat of the FDA’s graphic cigarette pack to a legal system that favors commercial speech over public health, and urges a new approach before the agency proposes replacements.
Kroger Working Towards Zero Waste
The retail chain is working toward the EPA’s zero waste threshold of 90% in all of its locations.
Interest Rate Rise Threatens Sales of Big-Ticket Items
The glass is half empty, some maintain, while others note that the rise reflects a stronger economy and an improving job market.
Small Businesses Looking to Bitcoin
Virtual currency avoids steep swipe fees and cash handling concerns.
Jun 27, 2013
NACS State of the Industry Report of 2012 Data Now Available
Published since 1972, the report provides data in the critical categories of finance, store operations, merchandising and fuel sales.
NACS, MAG Express Concern Over Three Debit Applications
Both groups advocate a single domestic debit application with all debit networks participating.
House Energy and Commerce Leaders Respond to President’s Climate Change Plan
Committee GOP leaders say that the administration’s actions would threaten America’s energy and manufacturing recovery efforts.
Half of U.S. Youth Meet Physical Activity Standards
A government report suggests that only a third of kids between age 11 and 16 are eating fruits and vegetables every day.
Michigan Halts Plans for Internet Lottery
Lawmakers nixed a bill that would have allowed lottery tickets to be sold online.
Lorillard Wins FDA Approval of Tobacco Products
FDA is clearing the way for Newport Non-Menthol Gold Box 100s and Newport Non-Menthol Gold Box under a “substantially equivalent determination.”
Mac’s Commits to Creating New Jobs
Mac’s Convenience Stores would create 1,600 full-time positions if or when the Ontario government allows convenience stores to sell alcohol.
Jun 26, 2013
Gas Prices Could Lead to 2nd Quarter High Note
Gasoline prices continue to have a significant effect on consumers’ perceptions of the overall economy, according to the latest findings of the monthly NACS Consumer Fuels Survey.
Connecticut’s Gas Tax Increase Frustrates Retailers
The state’s gas tax will be 26 cents higher than Massachusetts and 16 cents more than Rhode Island.
Supreme Court Confirms Definition of ‘Supervisor’
The high court said that, under Title VII, a supervisor is someone who can undertake tangible employment decisions that impact employees.
Europe Union Decides on Tobacco Regulations
The EU reached an agreement on how to produce, package and present cigarettes, including electronic cigarettes.
Food Manufacturers, Retailers Benchmark Food Waste Metrics
The findings help accelerate industry food waste reduction efforts.
Minnesota Cigarette Tax Hike Seen as Boon for E-Cigarette Sales
The state’s cigarette excise tax will increase to $1.60 per pack beginning July 1.
Fresh Ingredients Key Factor in Restaurant Consumers’ Value Equation
Consumers also are looking for choice when visiting restaurants.
Jun 25, 2013
U.S. Supreme Court Passes on Hearing Challenge to E15
The justices upheld an appeals court decision without comment, which nixes any other legal challenges to E15.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Holds RFS Hearings
A series of hearings on the Renewable Fuel Standard begins on Wednesday.
President Obama Takes On Global Warming
Today the president will offer his plan for tackling climate change.
California Bill Would Stop Businesses From Reducing Employee Hours
The measure would prevent big companies from lowering work hours to get out of offering health insurance.
Light-Fingered Employees Increasing
Worker theft is increasing, and new research shows it could get worse.
Ontario Government Could Earn Higher Profits With More Alcohol Competition
The study ensures that people and politicians have all the facts for modernizing Ontario's alcohol retailing system.
Jun 24, 2013
U.S. Supreme Court Sides With AMEX on Arbitration
The Court wrote in its opinion that merchants who accept American Express cards are required to handle their disputes by arbitration.
Gone in 90 Seconds
Tesla unveiled a 90-second battery pack for its Model S that can be swapped out in less time than it takes to fill up at the pump.
Twinkies Return to Store Shelves July 15
Hostess snack cakes return next month with a new tagline: “The Sweetest Comeback In The History Of Ever.”
Wichita Welcomes CNG Station
A new compressed natural gas fueling location is now open to the public.
Wendy’s Officially Launches Pretzel Burger
Rumors have been flying for months, but beginning today the QSR will finally bring its pretzel burger roll to its locations nationwide.
U.S. Senators Call for Repeal of Renewable Fuels Standard
Senators John Barrasso, Mark Pryor and Pat Toomey say the Renewable Fuels Standard is a broken and expensive government program that needs to go.
Jun 21, 2013
Washington Report: U.S. House Fails to Pass Farm Bill
The bill called for massive reductions to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Legislation Calls for 40 Hours as Full Time
A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would define full time as 40 hours a week.
Dollar, Drug Stores Among Fastest-Growing Retailers
Along with club stores, these three formats are predicted to outpace other retail formats by 2018.
Donuts Without the Gluten
Dunkin’ Donuts will become the first QSR to launch a line of gluten-free pastries.
Albertsons Tosses Loyalty Cards
Shoppers will no longer be required to present a Preferred Card to receive food and fuel discounts.
Canada Plastic Bag Association: Scrap Toronto Plastic Bag Ban
The association joins the Ontario Convenience Store Association in calling for a reversal of the city’s upcoming plastic bag ban.
Jun 20, 2013
Los Angeles Bans Plastic Grocery Bags
City Council voted nearly unanimous in favor of the ordinance, which takes effect in 2014.
Starbucks to Launch Calorie Boards Nationwide
Beginning June 25, all company-operated and licensed Starbucks stores in the U.S. will offer calorie information on menu boards.
No Coffee? No Problem. Subway Restaurants Thriving in Canada
Subway is succeeding in Canada by avoiding a beverage war with other QSRs.
Taco Bell Lures Health-Conscious Diners
The QSR’s new “Power Protein” pilot menu signals the chain is looking to offer healthier options.
U.K. Shoppers Lack Loyalty: Survey
A new report offers U.K. retailers advice on how to fight back during times when the consumer lacks loyalty.
Jun 19, 2013
U.S. Smoking Rate Declines
A new CDC report reveals that the smoking rate for adults in the United States dropped to 18% in 2012.
Costco Tops List as Most Popular Gas Station
According to a recent Market Force survey, wholesale clubs continue to lure customers to their pumps.
Will New FDA Graphic Tobacco Warning Labels Pass Legal Challenge?
A Georgetown public health expert and attorney examine what the FDA must do to prevail.
Grab-and-Go Sales on the Rise
Packaging Digest offers tips to help retailers leverage the growth of the grab-and-go drink segment.
U.S. Exports Oil to the World
For the first time since the 1970s, the United States is exporting more oil.
Acheiving a Less Assembly-Line Look
Food manufacturers are attempting to make their products look less mass-produced and more rustic and homemade.
Jun 18, 2013
Automakers Reluctant to Sell Zero-Emission Vehicles
Car manufacturers are under pressure to meet California’s sales target of having electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen-powered cars account for 15% of new-car purchases by 2025.
Younger Consumers Ditch Credit Cards
The youth of America is opting for debit or prepaid cards instead of credit cards.
Will Health-Care Law Prompt Companies to Halt Insurance?
The Wall Street Journal explores the effects of the Affordable Care Act on corporate America.
Bloomberg Seeks to Mandate Food Composting
A residential composting program will begin as voluntary but eventually become mandatory, officials predict.
U.K. Retailers Sacrifice Pay to Keep Stores Open
More than half of U.K. shop owners said they earn less than the minimum wage, when factoring hours worked and take-home pay.
Australia Approves Five-Star Rating System for Food Nutrition
The voluntary nutrition rating system is designed to encourage healthy eating.
High's of Baltimore Launches With Open Store by GasBuddy
The partnership includes a new mobile app, website and rewards program.
Jun 17, 2013
New York City Lawmakers Introduce Foam Foodservice Ban
The announcement comes despite mounting concerns over the ban’s potential impact to the city’s small businesses and taxpayers.
Pride Stores Named Best Convenience Store
Reader Raves voters rated the Massachusetts retailer the top local c-store.
General Mills Embraces Healthy Options
Retailers can expect new products this year that tap into better-for-you snacking options.
‘Suspended’ Coffee Helps Java Drinkers Spread the Love
The act-of-kindness concept is taking off across Canadian coffee shops.
Diesel Cars Making a Green Comeback
Registrations for diesel cars and SUVs increased 55% in California from 2010 to 2012.
Jun 14, 2013
Discover Ways to Beat the Competition
Participate in the learnings and share your experience with the Playbook for Success, based on research by the NACS/CCRRC.
Roughly 20% of Retailers Will Slash Hours Ahead of Health-Care Law
Other businesses plan to increase worker contributions to health care or halt employer-subsidies of dependents.
Oklahoma Senator: Refiners to Close Because of Renewable Fuel Policies
U.S. Senator Tom Coburn pointed to the high Renewable Fuel Standards credits as the main reasons two refineries in his state could shut down.
Two Oregon Bills Would Change Cigarette Taxes
One would increase the state tax on cigarettes, while the other would give counties the authority to add a cigarette tax of their own.
Low-Cal Foods, Beverages Boost Revenue
Sixteen food and beverage companies say reduced calorie products account for nearly $100 billion in annual sales.
Natural Gas, Renewables Find Common Ground in Texas
The two energy sources should complement, not compete, with each other in the Lone Star State.
Rutter’s Celebrates National Dairy Month
The dairy company has been selling fresh milk since 1921.
Jun 13, 2013
New York City Seeks Soda Ban Revival
Mayor Bloomberg’s administration is seeking a reinstatement of the city’s ban on sugary drinks.
Maine House Supports GMO Food Labeling Requirement
Legislation that would require genetically modified food products to include special labels passed the Maine House of Representatives.
Oneida Indian Tax Settlement Disrupts Playing Field for New York Retailers
NYACS says that the lopsided deal would instead codify gas/tobacco price advantages and regulatory immunity for tribal stores.
Michigan Attorney General Warns Fuel Retailers Against Price Gouging
Amid rising gas prices, Attorney General Bill Schuette issued a stern warning to retailers that the state will take action if they gouge consumers at the pump.
CVS Launches Proprietary Food Line
Three premium ground coffees have been added to the drug store chain’s premium private-label line of food and beverages.
Bud Light Platinum Launches Reclosable Aluminum Bottle
The new packaging is available at Las Vegas nightclubs and pools, with nationwide rollout expected later this year.