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Jul 2, 2015

Massachusetts Proposes 210% Tax on Flavored Tobacco
Measure to be included in yearly budget proposal would more than triple current tax.

Menu Labeling Would Provide Flexibility for Retailers
Show your support for H.R. 2017, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act.

7-Eleven Jumps on the Delivery Bandwagon
Convenience giant is latest to pair with Postmates app for delivery service in select cities.

Pennsylvania Moves Closer to Privatized Liquor Sales
Bill waiting governor’s approval would phase-out state run liquor sales.

Americans Feeling Festive for the Fourth
Average household expected to spend more than $70 to celebrate independence.

Growler Sales Now Legal in Iowa
Law went into effect on July 1, allowing c-stores and grocers to fill growlers.


Jul 1, 2015

More Salaried Workers to Be Eligible for Overtime Pay
Obama administration to announce doubling of overtime salary threshold to $50,440.

The Hidden Cost of Bad Roads
More than a quarter of the nations’ roads are in poor condition and drivers are paying for it in car upkeep costs.

Helping Health, One Food Desert at a Time
Convenience retailers share community success stories.

A New Kind of Protein Shake
Burger chain creates a new shake packed with protein from crickets and jerky.

Paying for Loyalty
New survey shows that consumers are willing to pay for loyalty programs.


Jun 30, 2015

Convenience Stores Grow Sales in 2015
C-stores also adding more fresh foods, according to NACS retailer survey.

Taking Down Fee Barriers
Editorial by NACS emphasizes need to eliminate lingering barriers to competitive interchange.

Diesel Prices Falling
Diesel prices are now almost as low as regular gasoline.

More Companies Turning to Employee Wellness
New survey by HR organization illustrates employee health-care and benefit trends.

A More Portable Pizza
Move over, Hot Pockets, Italian innovation expands stateside.


Jun 29, 2015

NACS Program Brings Congress Inside Convenience Stores
Successful In Store events put members of Congress behind the register and in front of their constituents.

‘Fitness’ Labels on Food May Encourage More Eating
Labels with so-called fitness branding may encourage people to eat more and exercise less.

Ford Announces Transportation Technology Advancements
Autonomous vehicles come closer to market; MyFord Mobile app extends to smart watches.

McDonald’s Makes Progress on Commitment to Offer Healthier Options
QSR reports findings as one-year anniversary of removing soft drinks from Happy Meal menu boards approaches.

42 Million Americans to Travel for July 4th Holiday
AAA is predicting the most Independence Day travelers since 2007.


Jun 26, 2015

Supreme Court Ruling on ACA Largely Upholds Status Quo
Resulting clarity on ACA will maintain employer mandates, may smooth the way for legislation on related issues.

EPA Holds Public Hearing on Proposed RFS Volumes
NACS testifies on behalf of convenience and fuel retailing industry, expressing need to sell fuels that customers want to buy.

Six Degrees of Cooperation
Making connections is the first step toward taking action to promote industry’s nutrition awareness.

2015 Could Break U.S. Record for Miles Driven
Almost one trillion miles driven in first four months of 2015, with almost a year of monthly mileage increases.

Consumers Placing Less Value on Brand Name Products
Discount pricing becoming a bigger driver than label names, especially for impulse buys.

The Cost of Cash
A cash-only business model may cause more problems than it solves.


Jun 25, 2015

Vapor Is the New Tobacco
Global growth continues, but regulation and taxation likely to affect rapidly increasing sales.

Benchmark Against the Best
The NACS State of the Industry Report of 2014 Data is now available.

Save Now on the Industry’s Best Event
Only two days left to get NACS Show Super Saver rates, ending at midnight on Friday.

Senators Introduce Bill to End Online Lotteries
NACS-supported legislation restores long-standing interpretation of the Wire Act.

New Payment Methods a Work in Progress
Test runs of new EMV- and Apple Pay-enabled Square reader illustrate a learning curve for consumers and merchants.

QuikTrip Among Fortune’s Top Workplaces for Millennials
C-store ranked at 69, one of a few retailers to make Fortune’s first annual list.


Jun 24, 2015

Legislation Would Lessen Affordable Care Act Burden
Show your support for H.R. 2712, the Common Sense Reporting and Verification Act of 2015.

Get an Edge at the NACS Show
Specialized program includes education, collaboration and exploration of the evolving technology landscape.

Loss Prevention Efforts Hindered by Internal Disconnects
Study illustrates a stark disconnect between IT, loss prevention and other units when it comes to security priorities.

Are Your Customers Listening?
Study shows that consumers often tune out marketing noise, even from preferred brands.

Bottled Water Recall Expands to 14 Brands
More than a dozen private label brands of bottled water are recalled due to possible E. coli contamination.

Dairy Queen Adds Heat to the Menu
Ice cream chain adds hot items, including sandwiches and desserts.


Jun 23, 2015

EPA Strengthens Underground Storage Tank Requirements
New rules developed in collaboration with interested groups, aimed at improving prevention and detection of leaks.

Hawaii Raises Smoking Age to 21
Effective next year, Hawaii will be first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21.

The Saga of Swipe Fee Lawsuits
Merchants, deeming it a mere slap on the wrist, seek to overturn $5.7 billion settlement against Visa, MasterCard, and Amex.

Smart Sensor Can Quantify Employee Behavior
New smart badge measures 40-plus data points of employee behavior, helping businesses improve staff efficiency.

Australia’s Reserve Bank Cutting Interchange Fees
Government’s initial proposal would cap fees at 0.3%, benefitting consumers and small businesses.


Jun 22, 2015

AmEx Will Cease Merchant Prohibitions
Card company will stop practice of prohibiting merchants from promoting other cards, following legal ruling.

New Emission, Fuel Efficiency Standards Proposed for Trucks
EPA and DOT propose greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks.

Drone Delivery Sooner Than You Think?
Amazon testifies before Congress, pushing for delivery by drone later this year.

Creating Rewards Programs That Work
Program differentiation is key to ensure your loyalty members are active users.

McDonald's Is Shrinking for the First Time in Decades
This year marks the first time that fast-food giant will close more U.S. locations than it opens.


Jun 19, 2015

Bank Swipe Fees Are Out of Control
NACS-authored opinion piece details costly effects of card companies’ sky-high merchant charges.

Menu Labeling Delay Included in House Spending Bill
One of many items included in this week’s agriculture bill, proposal would delay menu labeling implementation by one year.

Starbucks Expands Mobile Ordering
After successful test run, mobile ordering rolls out to 3,400 new stores in 21 states.

A Smooth Transition to EMV
Several points are key for retailers to know if they want to master EMV migration.

U.K. Retailers Report Successful Tobacco Display Ban Compliance
Association of Convenience Stores research says more than 90% of British retailers do not have concerns about their tobacco display ban compliance.


Jun 18, 2015

Millennial Shoppers Are Impacting Retailers
The Coca-Cola Company’s iSHOP tracking study offers key takeaways for retailers on the millennial shopper.

SNAP Preparing for 19-Day Benefits Distribution in Kentucky
KGA/KACS has been working with state Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program officials to expand the current benefits distribution time frame.

Nevada Announces Electric Highway
State is expanding its electric vehicle charging infrastructure along U.S. Route 95.

Starbucks Closing La Boulange Cafés
All 23 of the bakery cafés will close by September.

Red is the New Black
Burger King Japan is bringing red to its menu in addition to an improved all-black burger.


Jun 17, 2015

Not All C- Store Trips Are Created Equal
General Mills Convenience & Foodservice research suggests shoppers use different c-store locations for different needs.

Food and Drug Administration Bans Trans Fats
FDA to eliminate the use of trans fats by 2018, after determining they are not "generally recognized as safe" for use in human food.

Second Circuit Denies AmEx’s Motion for Stay Pending Appeal
Case dates back to 2010, when the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against AmEx, contending that its merchant rules inhibit competition and raise fees for consumers.

USDA Accepting Applications for $100 Million Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership
Federal funding designed to support infrastructure for making more renewable fuels available to consumers.

Low-Fat Milk Scarce in Low-Income Neighborhoods
Study says healthier milk options are rare in stores located in poor and minority communities that tend to have higher obesity rates.

Tesla Wants 1 Million EVs on the Road by 2020
New third-generation electric vehicles currently under development will be available as both sedans and crossovers.


Jun 16, 2015

Protect Your Business From Cyberattacks
Free Conexxus webinar on June 30 explains strategy behind successful network segmentation to prevent data breaches.

Digital Commerce Impacts Convenience Retailing
From mobile to omnichannel and click-and-collect, the face of retail is changing quickly, according to panelists at NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe.

CVS Health Buys Target Pharmacy Operations
New partnership will place CVS-branded pharmacies and clinics at Target stores.

Improper Lawyer Conduct in Suit Against Card Companies
New filings reveal details about improper disclosures by attorneys in Amex and MasterCard cases.

German Discount Grocer Lidl Expanding to United States
Company’s U.S. headquarters will be in Washington, D.C., area.


Jun 15, 2015

Consumer Needs, Behaviors Drive Retail Engagement
Engage with customers online and stay relevant, advise panelists from Musgrave Group, Marks & Spencer and Tesco at NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe.

Walmart’s ‘Worst Nightmare’ Coming to Southern California
German discount grocer Aldi plans to open 45 stores in the region.

Kwik Trip Receives Top Workplace Honor
Convenience retail chain receives highest honor for large companies in southeastern Wisconsin.

‘Say No’ to Illinois Gas Tax Increase
Bill Fleischli of the Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association makes a case for why the state should not raise the gas tax.

Fuel City to Bring Tacos, Karaoke and Fuel to Fort Worth
John Benda brings fun, food, fuel and livestock to his Fuel City convenience retail operations.


Jun 12, 2015

Topaz Re.Store Named NACS Insight 2015 International Convenience Retailer of the Year
Irish retailer honored for new, ‘next generation’ format that redefines convenience retailing.

Musgrave Group and SPAR UK Are Honorees
Retail groups named winners in two new NACS Insight award categories: sustainability and technology.

House Judiciary Committee Approves Patent Reform Bill
Markup includes amendments that address abusive practices by patent trolls.

Discounters Are a Threat to Convenience Retail
NACS Insight Convenience Summit Europe panel discusses challenges and opportunities presented by discount retailers.

Whole Foods Announces Name for New Store Format
New, lower-priced stores will go by the name 365.

Facebook Providing Beacon Technology to Retailers
New program allows retailers to apply for free devices, when they participate in Facebook Place Tips program.


Jun 11, 2015

How to Prosper in Foodservice
As food contributes more to the bottom line, success-proven tactics are essential.

Snack Bars Continue to Prove Popular
Bars packed with protein and exotic ingredients becoming a staple for many consumers – and retailers.

Plan Now for Sweet Fall Sales
Summer is the right time to start planning for fall merchandise, especially when it comes to Halloween candy.

Faster Payments
Conexxus joins Fed task force to help shape the way consumers pay for things today … and tomorrow.

Government Joins with Utilities to Promote Electric Vehicles
Partnership between DOE and Edison Electric Institute aims to accelerate EV infrastructure and adoption.

Coca-Cola Enterprises Announces Corporate Responsibility Goals
European arm of Coca-Cola will reduce overall product calories by 10% and halve its carbon footprint.


Jun 10, 2015

Consumers Expecting Higher Gas Prices
Despite these expectations, 44% of consumers are spending the extra money from this year’s lower fuel prices.

Shoppers Spending More Time in C-Stores
National study shows that shoppers spent 6% more time in c-stores last year, and 5% less time in grocery stores.

Menu Labeling a Competitive Advantage for Some
Investor’s Business Daily op-ed echoes NACS sentiment that new rules are an attempt by restaurant chains to gain advantage over c-stores.

World Leaders Promise Fossil Fuel Phase-Out
At G-7 meeting, leaders called to eliminate fossil fuel use by century’s end.

Apple Pay Adds More Retailer Cards and Rewards Programs
Dunkin’ Donuts and Walgreens among retailers now pairing loyalty programs with Apple Pay.


Jun 9, 2015

NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe Kicks Off in Berlin
Retail tours provide a valuable look at Germany’s competing channels.

No Time Like Snack Time
Understanding shifting consumer preferences around snacking can maximize incremental sales and profits.

Google Will Not Get Fees from Android Pay
Recently announced mobile payment system will not give a cut of transaction interchange fees to parent company.

Traditional Retailers May Underestimate Digital Influence
Retailers must define a brand experience that is inclusive of all the ways consumers “touch” the brand, both digital and physical.

U.S. Continues to Increase Sweet Crude Production
More than half of projected oil production through 2020 expected to be from light, sweet crude.


Jun 8, 2015

Anytime Is Snack Time
Trends in sweet and salty snacks reflect consumer interest in healthier foods.

Anheuser-Busch InBev Recognized for Efficient Water Use
Brewer achieves global environmental goals and launches company’s Global Walk for Water, while donating to flood victims.

More EMV Concerns Emerge
Experts question slower transaction time and supply chain issues for EMV cards.

Pepsi Launching Line of Craft Sodas
Stubborn Sodas will bring exotic flavor combinations to the fountain.

Jumping on the Juice Bandwagon
Miami fuel retailer adds organic cold-pressed juice to his inventory.


Jun 5, 2015

C-Stores Are Top for Charity Fundraising
More than $388 million raised for charitable cause through checkout charity campaigns at retailers and restaurants.

NACS Testifies at House Hearing on Menu Labeling
E-Z Mart CEO Sonja Hubbard urged members of Congress to pass legislation granting c-stores more flexibility to comply with FDA menu labeling rules.

Doing Our Part for National Donut Day
Latest IRI data says convenience stores sold about 391 million donuts in 2014.

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Patent Reform Legislation
NACS-supported PATENT Act reigns in abusive tactics by patent trolls.

Missouri Takes Steps to Increase Minimum Wage
Proposed initiative petitions would bump up Missouri minimum wage.


Jun 4, 2015

San Francisco Panel Approves Soft Drink Warning Label
Country’s first warning label on sodas and sugar-sweetened beverages is part of proposed laws.

NACS Continues Support to Advance Senate Patent Reform Bill
Senate Judiciary Committee to markup PATENT Act today, addressing threats from patent trolls.

Florida Governor Vetoes Convenience Store Security Bill
Bill would have increased security requirements for convenience stores.

Chipotle Tests Chorizo
Fast-casual chain is testing the new menu item in Kansas City.

QuickChek to Raise Money for Military Families
Hope For The Warriors in-store promotion begins June 6.

Location, Location, Location …
New Taiwanese convenience store opens at the Keelung Mortuary Services Office.


Jun 3, 2015

7-Eleven Takes to the Skies … or the Terminal, at Least
Convenience chain opens at LAX, first U.S. airport location for retailer.

Future Fuel from Sunlight
Artificial photosynthesis could be the answer to renewable fuel, made from sunlight and CO2.

Forget Millennials: Look to Mamas and Dadas
New parents can be a loyal customer demographic, if you reach out to them.

Salary Transparency
No salary secrets at Buc-ee’s, which posts in-store signs listing employee salary ranges.

Clip It: Digital Coupon Users Shop More
New research shows that frequent coupon users also shop and spend more than average.


Jun 2, 2015

Some Cities Outlawing C-Store Door Chimes
Beginning this summer, retailers in Taipei, Taiwan, will have to silence door entry chimes at night.

Shell Launches New ‘Premium-Plus' Fuel
Benefits of Shell V-Power Nitro+ include greater efficiency and longer engine life, according to lab tests.

Enmark Stations Get a Fresh Face as enmarket
New look and name conveys company’s commitment to fresh, healthy foods.

Ontario Convenience Store Association Supports Campaign Against Illicit Tobacco
Group joins with World Health Organization in recognizing global harms of contraband tobacco.

West Virginia C-Store Association Raises Funds for Children’s Home Society
West Virginia Oil Marketers & Grocers Association donates $79,615 to support child assistance programs.


Jun 1, 2015

Magnus Reitan Named European Convenience Industry Leader of the Year
CEO of Reitan Convenience AS will accept his award at the upcoming NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe.

Google Launches Mobile Payment App
New digital wallet system Android Pay works much like Apple Pay.

USDA Invests $100 Million in Clean Energy Infrastructure
Agency is seeking to double the number of higher-blend renewable fuel pumps available to consumers.

Amazon Plans Private-Label Products
Array of household staples and grocery items would carry the new Elements label.

Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cups Available Nationwide
Coffee K-Cups will be stocked at wide variety of chains, from grocers and drugstores to home improvement and dollar stores.


May 29, 2015

EPA Proposes Renewable Fuel Obligations for 2014-2016
Proposed numbers lower than originally called for by Congress, representing a more realistic policy.

Invest in Employee Excellence
Deadline approaching for NACS Scholarship Program, allowing retailers to invest in promising employees.

Consumer Credit Card Spending Continues to Grow
Report shows that consumer credit spending rose to $4.9 trillion in 2014.

Taco Bell & Pizza Hut Latest Chains to Shun Artificial Ingredients
QSR leaders join others in announcing planned phase-out by end of year.

Are You a Top Engager?
Latest brand study looks at which beer brands have the best Twitter engagement.

All in the Family
Despite inherent challenges, succession planning is essential to maintain the legacy of family businesses.


May 28, 2015

Indianapolis Prepares to Restrict Gas Station Zoning
More than 20 applications submitted for approval prior to zoning change that will limit where gas stations can be built.

Zoned In
Zoning toolkit can help retailers address ‘NIMBY’ concerns in the community.

EPA Releases Final ‘Waters of the U.S.’ Rule
Rule regarding Clean Water Act jurisdiction will lead to more regulatory oversight.

McDonald's Aims for Accuracy at the Drive-Thru
Company moves to cut down on order errors, despite potential lost sales.

Ontario Restricts E-Cigarettes, Bans Flavored Tobacco
E-cigarettes to be treated like regular cigarettes for now, with possibility to categorize them as cessation aids in the future.

CVS Targets New Store Brand to Hispanic Shoppers
Miami is test market for new CVS Pharmacy y Mas stores featuring bilingual staff and cafecito.


May 27, 2015

Success Starts at the NACS Show
2015 NACS Show will feature four days of learning, buying and selling, networking and fun.

Proposed SNAP Revisions Could Affect Retailers
Department of Agriculture sends proposal to White House for review, modifying depth-of-stock requirements for SNAP retailers.

State Lotteries Nationwide in a Slump
So-called ‘jackpot fatigue’ and lack of interest from younger generation lead to slowing sales.

Dollar Tree Planning to Sell 300-Plus Family Dollar Stores
Sale of stores expected to facilitate FTC approval of acquisition.

7-Eleven Planning 500 New Stores in Philippines
More than 130 stores opening in second quarter this year, part of robust expansion plan.

BP Launches Simpler Loyalty Program
New features include multiple card options and cost-effective programs for retailers.


May 26, 2015

Walmart Wants More Online Shoppers
Successful online grocery pickup and delivery at its Asda stores spurs expansion to additional markets.

Corner Store Initiative Encourages Healthy Choices
County program in North Carolina partners with local farmers and corner stores to bring fresh foods to communities.

CVS Moves Forward Without Tobacco
Despite revenue drop, drugstore chain looks to survive without tobacco sales by boosting other businesses.

KFC Germany Launches Tray Typer
Fast-food chain turns typical food tray into Bluetooth-enabled keyboard.

Bikes, Beers and Coffee Sales Benefit Others
Active lifestyle brand Miir’s new flagship store donates 3% of revenue to help those in need.


May 22, 2015

Americans Driving Record Number of Miles This Year
Low gas prices contribute to increase in miles driven, to start what is likely to be a record-breaking year.

NACS Participates in Policy Summit on Dietary Guidelines
Association joins former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and head of Let’s Move! in panel to address ways to support consumer adoption of healthy eating habits.

Payments Association Approves Same-Day ACH
Move to allow faster ACH payments introduces worrisome fee-setting akin to a swipe fee.

Senate Banking Committee Addresses Financial Oversight
Lack of Democratic votes kills draft bill that would have scaled back debit swipe fee reform.

New Service Will Allow Businesses to Enable P2P Payments
MasterCard service geared to businesses as a way to more easily reimburse customers.


May 21, 2015

App-Based Gas Delivery on Demand
For a fee, Filld will top off your customer’s tank, wherever they are.

Florida Renews Fight Against Skimmers
State agency announces partnership with fuel and convenience industries to increase awareness of fraud at the pump.

Los Angeles Closer to Increasing Minimum Wage to $15
The $6 increase would be phased in over the next five years, with extension for small businesses.

The Bacon Trend Is Here to Stay
Lower wholesale prices and creative concoctions lead to a resurgence of all things bacon.

British Customers Returning to the Corner Shop
Today’s consumers are frequently turning to neighborhood ‘top-up’ shopping.


May 20, 2015

Senators Urge FDA to Delay Menu Labeling
Bipartisan group of legislators believe that while delay is a temporary fix, pending legislation would provide more effective response for retailers.

Target Plans Added Emphasis on Fresh
Shift in supply priorities may come at a cost to traditional CPG companies.

Union Requests FTC Probe of Franchisor Practices
Petition claims that franchisors, including McDonald’s and 7-Eleven, promote harmful practices.

Further Victory for Merchants in Amex Antitrust Case
Federal judge denies Amex’s motion for stay pending appeal.

Tweet Your Toppings
Domino’s continues tech evolution with new ordering via Twitter.


May 19, 2015

Gassed Up: Americans Ready for Summer Road Trips
NACS study shows majority of Americans planning summer vacations will be driving.

Non-Petroleum Transportation Fuels at 50-Year High
Increased use of natural gas and biofuel blending responsible for increase.

Kansas Senate Rejects Stronger Beer Sales in C-Stores
Similar bill awaits a vote in the Kansas House of Representatives.

Self-Serve Fueling a Possibility for New Jersey
State senators introduce legislation that would give consumers the choice of self-serve fueling.

Convenience Shoppers Heavily Influenced by Advertising
Impulse and undecided shoppers most likely to respond to path-of-purchase advertising.


May 18, 2015

Autonomous Cars Get the Green Light
Google’s self-driving cars are hitting the roads this summer in Mountain View, California.

Philly Grocer Thrives in Food Desert
Brown’s Super Stores did its research to respond to consumer needs in low-income neighborhood.

Americans Feel Charitable at the Checkout
More than half of consumers say they like being asked to give to a charity while at the register.

Nebraska Legislature Overrides Gas Tax Veto
Phased in over four years, the state’s gas tax will increase a total of 6 cents by 2019.

DQ Removes Sodas from Kid’s Menu
Dairy Queen Corp. is removing carbonated soft drinks from its children’s menu.

Wacky Combos Work for Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s
The Most American Thickburger is packed with beef, a grilled hot dog, American cheese and a layer of kettle chips.


May 15, 2015

Is That Banana for Here, or To-Go?
Obscure Florida sales tax laws are costing retailers.

House Financial Services Committee Holds Hearing on Data Security
Hearing focused on value of PIN authentication and retailers’ payment responsibilities.

Dispensing Loyalty
A strategic refillable mug program can help build and sustain beverage sales.

Retailers File New Opt-Out Suit Against Card Companies
Latest suit against Visa and MasterCard claims a conspiracy in setting interchange fees.

Lay’s Goes Custom
Lay's letting people create customized potato chip bags.

Black Beans Are the New Black
Rutter’s adds black bean burger, other lower fat options, to menu.


May 14, 2015

Got Gamification?
With customer engagement a top priority, a majority of retailers plan to introduce gamification by 2020.

Minnesota Votes to End Online Lottery
Senators approve bill which would end online games, as well as those at ATMs and on fuel pumps.

TIME Talks Gas Station Pizza
Magazine says c-stores are ‘the hottest new pizza places.’

Chase Announces Expanded Plans for EMV-Compliant Cards
Bank also pledges to help gain wider acceptance for chip-enabled cards.

China More Than Doubles Cigarette Tax to 11%
Increased tax is one of the latest attempts to reduce the country’s high smoking rate.


May 13, 2015

Star Trek-Inspired Technology Prepares Meals in Seconds
Israeli entrepreneurs create “Star Trek” Replicator-inspired food technology that can produce meals in 30 seconds.

Milwaukee Retailer Focuses on Fresh
Sendik’s Food Market plans to grow its Fresh2GO convenience store concept.

Home of Square Burger Tests Veggie Option
Wendy’s is testing a black bean veggie burger at two Ohio locations.

‘I Quit!’ at 7-Year High
Department of Labor says 2.8 million workers left their jobs in March, the most since April 2008.

Medicine Shoppe and Medicap Pharmacy Franchises Ban Tobacco Sales
Pharmacies join CVS drugstore chain in eliminating tobacco sales from stores.

Subway Opens 5,000th C-Store Location
Milestone restaurant opened up in a Lima, Peru, convenience store.


May 12, 2015

Consumer Optimism Wilts as Gas Prices Rise
NACS consumer survey results show a decline in optimism as fuel prices increase across the country.

Tennessee Fuel and Convenience Store Association Achieves Victories
Organization has recent legal and legislative success stories on CNG and cigarette mark-up issues.

EMV Wind Tunnel
We need a fact-based approach to deploying EMV, not arbitrary deadlines.

Japanese C-Stores Catering to Elderly Customers
Demographic shift inspires c-store channel to develop new models that appeal to increasingly higher number of older customers.

Human Error the Most Common Cause of Data Breaches
Breaches not limited to cybercrime, almost a quarter of those studied involved paper records.

Toyota Betting Big on Mirai FCV
Washington Post reporter gives a thumbs-up after test drive, but still in doubt over future of ‘future car.’


May 11, 2015

Adding Grocery Stores Won’t Fix Food Deserts
Studies show food cost, consumer habits trump easier access to fresh foods.

Freshii CEO Dares McDonald’s CEO to ‘Try Us’
Fast-growing better-for-you fast-food chain is challenging McDonald's to co-brand with a mini-Freshii unit and see what happens.

Drugstores Should Go Boldly Into the Future
Creating metaphorical concept cars could help drugstores unleash creativity and position themselves for the future, retail design veteran Joseph Bona advises.

Shake Shack Competitor Coming to New York
Chinese burger chain Uncle Sam’s announces plans to open restaurants in New York City.

Whole Foods Plans to Open Smaller, More Affordable Stores
‘Whole Paycheck’ grocer is hoping to attract younger shoppers with smaller format stores and lower prices.


May 8, 2015

No Such Thing as Intrastate Gambling
NACS weighs in on the states’ rights argument when it comes to online lotteries.

PATENT Act Hearing Includes Beneficial Provisions
Latest version of legislation includes provisions that will help retailers, frequent victims of patent trolls.

Oregon Considers Ending Full-Serve Fueling
Rural fuel retailers are asking for legislation to allow self-serve pumps, eliminating the need for 24-hour staffing.

Australian Convenience Industry Outpaces Other Channels
Convenience retailing industry records strong growth in 2014, with increased tobacco and fuel sales.

Chicago May Limit All-Night Convenience Stores
Proposal would require 24-hour operators to request special approval through an onerous permitting process.

Hawaii Lawmakers Eliminate Ethanol Mandate
Legislation awaiting the governor’s signature would make Hawaii second state to end ethanol mandates.


May 7, 2015

Alabama Governor Proposes Cigarette Tax Hike
Retailers are worried that increasing the tax will drive business out of state.

Poll Finds Snackers Younger, Munching on Sweets
The majority of the 80% of U.S. consumers who grab a snack daily lean toward indulgent foods.

Thieves Find Low-Tech Way to Steal Gas
Thieves have targeted several California gas stations by switching nozzles at the pump.

Millennials More Optimistic
A new report finds that Gen Y’s consumer confidence has hit an all-time high.

U.K. Forecourt Closures Slow Significantly
New survey finds that the number of gasoline stations going out of business has steadied.


May 6, 2015

A Step Closer to New Overtime Rules
U.S. Department of Labor moving forward on updates to federal overtime regulations.

Big Fees for Small Businesses
When it comes to accepting payments, small retailers face big challenges.

Nine Convenience Retailers Shortlisted for International Award
With popular voting over, field of 15 has been narrowed to nine finalists for NACS Insight 2015 International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award.

McDonald’s Testing Delivery as Part of Restructuring
Fast-food giant is latest QSR to partner with Postmates to try out delivery service in New York.

Next 10 Years Mean Vital Change for Food Industry
Technomic forecasts changes that will ‘make or break’ companies.


May 5, 2015

Congress Introduces Bill to Raise Federal Minimum Wage
Bill would raise minimum wage to $12, over five years.

7-Eleven Names Veterans as Franchise Winners
In a surprise twist, all three Operation: Take Command contest finalists will win a fee-free franchise location.

Audi Researchers Make Fuel from Water and Air
New synthetic diesel fuel given its first test run in Germany last week.

The Unproven Potential of Apple Watch
While much of the device’s impact is yet to be known, it has the potential to be a retail disruptor.

Strong Demand for Trucks and SUVs Driving Auto Sales
Better than expected April sales keeping industry on track for best year in a decade.


May 4, 2015

Battery Swap Model May Be the Future of Transportation
Fuels Institute hosts first-ever student case competition during last week’s spring meeting.

Beacons Beckon at Conexxus Annual Conference
Use of beacons is increasing exponentially said experts, benefitting both retailers and consumers.

Opening Up the Umbrella to Consumers
Where they’re going next and what they really want from fuels and vehicles were focal points of Fuels Institute event.

American Express Will Revise Merchant Agreements Following Court Ruling
Judge rules that merchants may encourage customers to use other debit, credit cards.

Arizona Bans Plastic Bag Bans
State legislature makes it illegal for Arizona cities to prohibit plastic bags, following local bans.


May 1, 2015

Factors Affecting Future of Transportation Technology
Autonomous cars, platooning and virtualization all on the horizon for a highly connected transportation industry.

Nominate a Colleague for NACS Scholarships
Scholarship program helps future convenience leaders achieve their dreams.

The Do-It-Myself Generation
Newest survey on Millennials shows almost a quarter prefer self-service kiosks to interacting with cashiers.

Gas Prices Inspiring American Wanderlust
AAA survey shows that 18- to 34-year-olds likely to drive more thanks to lower gas prices.

Beijing Tries New Moves to Reduce Smoking
New strategy will crowdsource enforcement of no-smoking rules throughout city.


Apr 30, 2015

Ask Your Legislator to Co-Sponsor Sensible Menu Labeling Bill
NACS supports H.R. 2017, and we need you to ask your state representative for their support for the bill.

Chicago Council Considers Mandating E15 Fuel at Some Stations
Chicago Sun-Times editorial rejects the measure, saying ‘benefits don’t justify the costs.’

House Committee Marks Up the TROL Act
NACS sent a letter to committee expressing support for amendments to patent troll legislation.

British American Tobacco Hikes Prices
The world’s second-biggest tobacco firm has increased cigarette prices to counter drooping sales.

The Resurgence of Pizza
After several years of sagging sales, pizza chains are registering growth once again.

Social Media Spurs Return of Burger King’s Chicken Fries
Lovers of the fry-like chicken strips talked up how much they missed the menu item.


Apr 29, 2015

New Menu Labeling Legislation Emerges
NACS supports a bipartisan bill that addresses retailer concerns, providing measure of flexibility for retailers.

Capturing the Fill-In Shoppers
General Mills releases survey analyzing shopper attitudes around ‘quick trip’ shopping.

Not If, But When
Federal cybersecurity expert shares framework for thinking about growing risk of cyber threats.

New Online Insurance Calculator Available for Independent Operators
Instant online estimates include coverage for fuel sales, restaurants, car washes, pumps, spoilage and more.

Amazon Launches Amazon Business Marketplace
New service from online giant will offer fast, free delivery on business necessities from office supplies to foodservice equipment.


Apr 28, 2015

Hawaii Poised to Raise Smoking Age
Bill sent to governor would raise tobacco use and purchasing age to 21, including electronic cigarettes.

Conexxus Annual Conference Addresses Evolving Technology Landscape
First day’s speakers address growing influence of mobile and social on retail and payments.

Conexxus Honors Technology Hall of Fame Inductees
Ann Seki and Ann Dozier recognized for their tireless efforts to better the industry.

Kum & Go Expands E15 Availability
Convenience retailer plans to make E15 available at more than 65 stores across seven states.

Older Employees ‘Critical’ to Today’s Workforce
Nearly a third of workers over age 50; employees over age 65 outnumber teenage workers for the first time since 1948.

Discover Gets on Board With Apple Pay
The last holdout among major card companies, Discover has reached an agreement with Apple Pay.


Apr 27, 2015

Consumers Turning to Fresh Items in Convenience Stores
More than six in 10 American consumers (61%) say convenience stores are offering healthier, nutritious products, according to NACS data.

Deadly Spice Craze Intensifies
Increasing sale and use of the illegal synthetic drug Spice has put health officials on high alert.

Common Sense Menu-Labeling Legislation Comes to Congress
U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers brings NACS-supported legislation that will provide a less burdensome approach to new menu labeling regulations.

Not-So-Guilty Pleasures
Washington Post food writer agrees that sometimes a bit of indulgence is a good thing.

Pepsi Reformulates Diet Soda
New version of Diet Pepsi will be free of aspartame and on store shelves in August.

QuickChek Named Best Place to Work in New York
The fresh market convenience store chain moved up in the rankings this year from 16th to 7th.


Apr 24, 2015

The Road to EMV on the Forecourt
Webinar will lay the groundwork for fuel retailers making EMV upgrades to the forecourt.

Skimmers Still a Problem in Florida
Statewide sweep of 6,000 gas stations found 81 skimming devices.

Now, the Burrito Bowl Can Come to You
Chipotle begins offering delivery through partnership with Postmates app.

Cumberland Farms Honored for Healthcare Efforts
CEO Ari Haseotes recognized by Health Care for All organization, for company’s ‘health care revolution.’

Canadian C-Stores Will Not Join Grocers in Alcohol Sales
Alcohol sales are on tap for Ontario grocers, but not convenience stores.


Apr 23, 2015

Are You a ‘Power Brand’?
New analysis shows that only 8% of CPG brands are considered a future-looking ‘power brand.’

Kum & Go Sees Green
Convenience retailer celebrated Earth Day with its 100th LEED-certified store.

Amendments Fall Short of Improving Patent Troll Bill
NACS-led coalition opposes current draft of the TROL Act, which falls short of fixing the problem of abusive demand letters.

First Data Collaborates With Sam’s Club to Benefit Small Business
Payment solutions provider adds dedicated in-club business consultants to U.S. Sam’s Club locations.

New Tools Analyze Cost of Hydrogen Implementation
Department of Energy provides cost-analysis tools with goal of aiding in creation of fuel cell infrastructure.


Apr 22, 2015

Sales of E-Cigarette Devices Up Last Month
Dollar sales of devices were up 7% in March, nowhere near December’s year-over-year peak of 25%.

Hot Housing Markets Can Lead to Strong Retail Growth
Southwest region shows strong growth, followed by Southeast and West regions.

Berkeley Considers Buffer Zones for Tobacco Retailers
Law under consideration would be strictest in the nation, prohibiting tobacco retail outlets within 1,000 feet of schools and parks.

Don’t Be a Noodge
NACS working with convenience community to help customers act in their own best interests when it comes to healthy choices.

We Need Safer Credit Cards
Card issuers have failed to use existing technology to thwart theft.


Apr 21, 2015

Making the Zoning Process Easier for Retailers
NACS Site Approval Toolkit shares strategies to help retailers achieve success throughout zoning process, including with community members.

The ‘Why’ Behind Consumer Purchasing Decisions
New survey shows that lower gas prices leading consumers to spend more on food and groceries, among other purchases.

Where Does the U.S. Stand When It Comes to Card Fees
Increasing regulation card fees in other countries could affect U.S. policy … or not.

Enmark Stations Supports Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Company sets a fundraising goal of more than $83,000 for campaigns in the month of May.

What Does the Future of E-Commerce Look Like?
Publication of W3C web payments draft elaborates on the future of payments for merchants and consumers.


Apr 20, 2015

Vote for the World’s Top Convenience Retailers
Voting is open for 2015 NACS Insight International Convenience Retail Awards, which recognize and promote convenience retailing excellence.

Focus on Fresh Leads to Stronger Industry
The NACS reFresh initiative focuses on revamping the industry’s image through a focus on healthier offerings and educating the public.

E-Cigarette Use by Teenagers Soars, Even as Smoking Drops
CDC report shows that 13% of teens used e-cigarettes in 2014, compared to 9% who used tobacco products.

Multicultural Momentum
Numbers don’t lie: if you’re not thinking about multicultural customers, you’re missing out.

Seven Elements to Drive Constant Sales Improvement
Sales plateaus can be overcome by following steps to go beyond incremental growth.

Making Dough
Japanese convenience stores take on the donut competition.


Apr 17, 2015

Strong First Quarter for Retailers and Only Getting Better
Two-thirds of retailers saw year-over-year Q1 improvement and almost 90% expect Q2 to be even better.

Tobacco Firms Sue FDA on Packaging Rules
The companies say the Tobacco Control Act doesn’t give the agency the authority to change packaging regulations.

Healthy Opportunities in Convenience
Convenience stores can capitalize on the growing health trend, according to Nielsen.

Payments Mandates: Who Really Pays?
Upcoming EMV implementation comes with a high-cost for retailers.

Legislative Wrangling Over Data Security and Breach Notification Act
House Energy and Commerce Committee marks up bill, including amendments on third-party breaches.

House Subcommittee Expresses Support to Curb Patent Troll Abuse
NACS submitted letter to Energy and Commerce Subcommittee urging better protection for retailer victims of patent trolls.

Millennials Eschew Credit Cards
A new survey reveals that one-third of young adults have never used a credit card.


Apr 16, 2015

Historic Year for U.S. Convenience Stores
Convenience continues to resonate with consumers, with record in-store sales of nearly $214 billion and overall industry sales closing in on $700 billion in 2014.

A Bullish Economic Outlook
All signs point to an improved consumer spending environment for year ahead.

Gas Dynasty: the Fuel Landscape Present, Future
Changing demographics, power of fossil fuels to drive energy outlook.

Battery Swap
Korean c-store chain is leveraging the accessibility of convenience stores by replacing worn-out smartphone batteries with charged ones.

Oil Industry Layoffs Continue
Energy companies could lay off more than 100,000 workers worldwide.

New Bills Ignite California Anti-Tobacco Efforts
One proposal would increase state cigarette excise tax by $2 per pack.


Apr 15, 2015

Massive Cans of Beer Take on Craft Brews
The 32-ounce Crowler is gaining popularity among craft brewers and convenience stores.

U.S. Energy Imports, Exports to Balance for First Time Since 1950s
Energy Information Administration says balance is the result of continued oil and natural gas production growth and slow growth in energy demand.

Congress Takes Up Patent Troll Bill
NACS conveys convenience retail community’s concerns during committee hearing.

Coke Bottles Coming Back With More Names
“Share a Coke” promotion will return on May 1 with four times the amount of first names.

Canadian Retailers Applaud New Contraband Tobacco Law
Enforcement of Bill C-10 will help communities fight illegal tobacco trafficking throughout Canada.


Apr 14, 2015

Look Out Millennials, Boomers Are Back
New research advises retailers to target Baby Boomers, not cash-strapped Millennials.

Low Gas Prices Means Happy Americans
Continuing decline in fuel prices is driving consumer optimism.

EPA Says It Will Issue RFS Rules by June 1
Federal agency settles lawsuit over long-delayed RFS rules.

Specialty Foods Gaining in Popularity
No longer considered niche products, sales of specialty items increased by more than $50 billion last year.

Helping the Earth, But Not the Waist
Research shows shoppers who use reusable bags also more likely to buy junk food.


Apr 13, 2015

Merchandise Displays Inspire Healthy Purchases
One way to help families cook healthier meals is through grab-and-go meal destination displays.

RadioShack Rebirth: Act More Like a C-Store
‘Cockroach of retail’ is taking a cue from the convenience store model.

Taco Bell Makes a Run for Doorbells
QSR will begin testing home delivery this year.

Dunkin’ Uses Mobile Payments as a Marketing Tool
Addition of Google Wallet enables consumers to make purchases from the Dunkin’ Mobile App.

Celebrity Chef Launches Healthy Fast-Casual Restaurant
The Little Beet focuses on better ingredients and overall better health.


Apr 10, 2015

NACS Welcomes Congress to Go ‘In Store’ This Week
NACS In Store experience is an ‘eye opener’ for congressmen to see c-store operations first-hand.

British Tobacco Display Ban Now in Effect
Small stores throughout the United Kingdom are prohibited from displaying tobacco products.

Walgreens Will Close 200 Stores
Expected closures are part of larger organizational restructuring, with expected $500 million savings.

Smart Cup Can Pay for Its Coffee
With embedded payment capabilities, reusable cup makes buying coffee more convenient than ever.

Conexxus Announces Committee Nominations
Slate of candidates for committee chair positions will be voted on during Annual Meeting.


Apr 9, 2015

Summer Gas Prices Will Be Significantly Lower Than 2014
EIA predicts prices that will be at least $1 lower than last summer, at $2.45 per gallon.

Conexxus Welcomes New Inductees to Technology Hall of Fame
Ann Seki and Ann Dozier will be honored at Conexxus Annual Conference later this month.

Is the Future of Convenience in India?
More than 16 million “mom-and-pop” stores may be setting precedent for the nation … and the world.

High-Tech Credit Card Could Stop Fraud for Good
Dynamic CVV changes constantly, making card useless to hackers and counterfeiters.

Shoppers Loyal to Stores, More Than Brands
Survey shows that younger shoppers are likely to buy store brand items from their preferred retailers.


Apr 8, 2015

Pay Now for Gas Later?
Start-up’s business model allows consumers to “hedge” on gas prices.

Don't Miss an Opportunity to Have Lunch With NACS
Industry Update Luncheons with NACS President and CEO Henry Armour may be coming to a city near you.

Apple Pay May Violate Durbin Amendment
Mobile payment system’s lack of access to multiple networks may not comply with federal regulations.

Millennials as Do-It-Yourselfers
Latest study shows that Millennials have high customer service expectations, but also prefer self-service.

QuikTrip’s Secret of Success
Highly selective hiring process chooses the best candidates, rewards them with the best benefits.

NOCO Express Opens First Tim Hortons Location
Newly renovated store also provides expanded selection of fresh foods and 24-hour operations.


Apr 7, 2015

Hispanic Shopper Dollars Are in High Demand
Buying power of the group is expected to reach $1.5 trillion this year.

Walmart Executive Skeptical of EMV Upgrade
Payments expert thinks chip without PIN is going to disappoint consumers and merchants.

State Lawmakers Already Introducing Powdered Alcohol Bans
Oklahoma legislature introduces a bill that would ban the recently approved Palcohol before product arrives on shelves.

People Are the New Channel
Putting customers at the center of everything you do, will help your business stay relevant in a fast-changing world.

China’s Fuel Demand May Peak Sooner Than Expected
Sinopec chairman suggests diesel peak may be in 2017, with potential affects on western oil suppliers.


Apr 6, 2015

Getting Fresh
NACS Magazine shares how selling fruits and veggies can put your business in the fast lane.

North Carolina’s Gas Tax Reduction May Eventually Be an Increase
N.C. drops state gas tax by one cent, no longer tying tax to wholesale prices.

Pennsylvania Prepares for Lottery Sales at the Pump
Lottery officials moving forward, while some consumers and retailers are skeptical of the plan.

Technology as a Competitive Advantage
Retailers must master new, disruptive technologies to succeed.

Japanese C-Stores Provide Refreshment … and Nursing Care
Lawson opens its first convenience store with nursing care consultation desk.


Apr 3, 2015

Will Amazon Get Into the Convenience Business?
Article cites Amazon patent application as possible evidence that online giant may be making brick-and-mortar plans.

McDonald’s Pledges to Raise Minimum Pay
All company-owned locations in the U.S. will pay at least $1 over local minimum wage.

Some Retailers Express Frustration With EMV
Major retailers discuss practical concerns about EMV implementation at payment technology conference.

China’s One-Hour Delivery Service Sources From Local C-Stores
Beequick delivery app expanding quickly, building network of more than 10,000 c-store sources.

Your Small Biz Could Offer Big Perks
A new service allows small employers to offer employee discounts on variety of entertainment, retail and travel services.


Apr 2, 2015

U.S. Rep. Reintroduces Federal Soft Drink Tax
Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro once again introduces legislation to tax sugar-sweetened beverages.

Walmart Puts Pressure on Suppliers
Retail giant asks suppliers to forgo joint marketing efforts and bring down prices on consumer products.

Domino’s Enables Smart TV Ordering
Customers can place food orders from Samsung Smart TVs in time for the NCAA basketball championship games.

Tesco Helps Kids Cook Healthy
Let’s Get Cooking Clubs expand to more disadvantaged areas, teaching skills for cooking healthier meals.

CITGO Co-Hosts Teen Tech Fair
Partnership with the Houston Public Library provides interactive, educational activities for local teens and students.

Starbucks Evolves Smoothie Offer
Dannon Greek yogurt coming to Starbucks and grocery stores, including Evolution Fresh parfaits and smoothies.


Apr 1, 2015

March OPEC Oil Output at Highest Level Since October
Increased production in Iraq, Libya and Syria lead to higher output, with little change likely from OPEC.

Breakfast Anytime at the Golden Arches?
McDonald’s announces trial run of all-day breakfast service.

NLRB Rolls Out Ambush Elections Regulations
Despite legal and legislative opposition, NLRB hosts training session on new rules at New York SEIU headquarters.

South Dakota Is Latest State to Raise Fuel Tax
Beginning today, drivers will pay six cents more, as part of larger package to fund transportation in the state.

Japanese C-Stores to Be Part of Disaster Information System
Information network would use convenience stores as a hub to convey information following natural disasters.


Mar 31, 2015

California Payment Card Surcharge Ban Unconstitutional
Judge finds that law is unclear, and restricts merchants’ freedom of speech.

Attention Independent Operators – Set Benchmarks for Your Business
Participation in the Independent Operator section of the NACS State of the Industry Survey provides invaluable industry data and opportunities.

Utah Institutes Gas Tax Increase
Five cent increase to the state’s gas tax is first in almost 20 years.

Missouri Bill Would Allow C-Stores and Grocers to Fill Growlers
State once again considers allowing growlers, while neighboring state of Kansas considers expanded liquor sales.

Texas and California Lead the Country in Diesel Vehicles
New data shows 13% increase in diesel vehicles, with California, Massachusetts and Nevada registering most new sales.


Mar 30, 2015

Kwik Chek Enhances Customer Experience With Mobile Solution
Convenience retailer is transforming customer engagement by partnering with P97 Networks for a mobile commerce solution.

NLRB Weighs In on McDonald’s Labor Dispute
Affirmative ruling would mark the first time a major franchisor would be held responsible for violations at franchisee locations.

Navajo Nation Imposes First Junk Food Tax
A 2% sales tax will be imposed on snacks, sweets and beverages beginning in April.

Smaller Food Companies Earning Big Praise
Natural and organic food companies are feasting on shifts in consumer tastes for healthier foods.

Starbucks Opens for Business in Historic California Gas Station
In its heyday, the Gilmore Oil-owned gas station was a colorful backdrop for movies such as “48 Hours” and “L.A. Story.”


Mar 27, 2015

American Fuel Consumption Lowest in a Generation
Annual household fuel consumption declined by 19% from 2004 peak usage, now at lowest level since mid-1980s.

Finance Professionals See Chip Cards as Answer to Fraud
Majority of finance experts anticipate that newly introduced chip cards will reduce point-of-sale fraud.

CDC Includes E-Cigarettes in New Anti-Smoking Ads
Latest “Tips from Former Smokers” campaign to address the growing popularity of e-cigarettes.

Between the Margins
NACS explains why the more things change, the more they stay the same, when it comes to the annual cycle of fuel pricing.

New C-Store Player in the Philippines
Partnership between Puregold and Lawson hopes to bring 50 new stores to the Philippines this year and 500 in five years.


Mar 26, 2015

A Step Closer to Meaningful Data Breach Legislation
House Subcommittee marks up proposed bill, including much-needed amendments regarding notification, but work still needed.

Panelists at House Hearing Address Concerns About Internet Gambling
Representatives concerned about issues such as states’ rights, underage gambling and tax repercussions.

House Committee Holds Third Patent Reform Hearing in Two Weeks
Committee examines potential fixes from NACS-supported H.R. 9, the Innovation Act.

Controversy Surrounds Flavored Cigarette Ban in Nova Scotia
Atlantic Convenience Store Association wants menthol to be exempted from potential ban.

Are Your Customers Loyal?
Study shows that only half of loyalty program members actively participate in programs.

Canadian Cities Move Closer to Carbon Warning Labels on Fuel Pumps
Similar law went into effect this month in San Francisco and Berkley, California.


Mar 25, 2015

Fresh & Easy Shifting to C-Store Model
Company closing 50 grocery stores in the Western U.S., with plans to open new fresh food convenience stores.

Where Technology Meets Retail, Meets Social
Speakers at Conexxus Annual Conference will provide insights on rapidly changing retail technology landscape.

Femsa Benefits From Mexico Oil Reforms
OXXO’s parent company is one of the first big beneficiaries of latest Mexican oil policy.

Diet Soda Declines in United States
Is this it for America’s love affair with diet drinks?

Hunt Brothers the King of Gas Station Pizza
Pizza distributor rules the rural market when it comes to the c-store pizza market.


Mar 24, 2015

Time for a Company Culture ‘Cleanse’?
Inc. magazine offers simple steps to help companies ‘detox’ their culture.

Ricker’s Expands Electric Car Charging
Convenience retailer partners with Nissan to establish expanded EV network in Indiana.

N.C. Lawmakers Propose Solutions to Alleviate Food Deserts
Plan would set aside $1 million for produce refrigerators and training for store owners.

Don’t Discount Baby Boomers
Despite focus on Millennials’ buying power and preferences, Boomers continue influence spending.

Chilean Vending Machines Sell Household Staples
Algramo sells items in bulk at lower prices, splitting profits with shopkeepers who host vending machines.


Mar 23, 2015

Enmark Stations Embark on Fresh-Food Initiative
Convenience retailer partners with FreshOne to offer customers a new grab-and-go suite of healthy and fresh products.

New PR Toolkit Assists NACS Members With Local Media Coverage
Public Relations Toolkit is latest deliverable from the NACS reFresh initiative to address ongoing convenience industry perceptions.

Meet the Multicultural Super-Consumer
Multicultural consumers are rapidly becoming the core of the U.S. population and possess promising purchasing power.

Los Angeles Fast-Food Ban Is Big Failure
RAND study finds that overweight and obesity rates have actually increased faster in targeted areas since Los Angeles passed the 2008 ordinance.

Amazon.com Expands One-Hour Delivery to Baltimore and Miami
Prime Now service includes products such as paper towels, shampoo, books, toys and batteries.

Diageo Adding Nutritional Information to Alcohol Labels
World’s largest distiller says voluntary move helps consumers make informed choices about their drinks.


Mar 20, 2015

NACS Member Jim Tudor Honored by Georgia Legislature
Georgia House Resolution 287 recognizes contributions of longtime leader of the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores.

SOI Summit: You Heard It Here First
Break away from the average and be among the first to hear the live, top-level industry analysis from the experts.

House Passes Resolution to Stop NLRB Ambush Election Rule
Like previous Senate vote, House approval is largely symbolic in face of likely presidential veto.

Senate Small Business Committee Holds Hearing on Patent Reform
Second related hearing this week addresses legislative solutions to prevent damaging business effects of patent trolls.

How Fed Policy on Swipe Fees Quashes Market Forces
In a column for American Banker, NACS lobbyist explains how excessive swipe fees hurt the entire economy – not just retailers and consumers.

7-Eleven Is Primed for Growth in Washington, D.C.- area
Foodservice offer is a major driver of the chain’s success in urban locations.


Mar 19, 2015

Convenience Retail Industry’s Most Thorough Compensation Report Now Available
Annual report is an essential guide for industry leadership, with special focus on small operators this year.

NACS Submits Testimony to House on Proposed Data Breach Legislation
Statement continues to advocate for fair and uniform policies.

Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Patent Reform
Members examine legislative efforts to curb patent troll abuse.

NJ Moves Closer to Approving Home Delivery of Lottery Tickets
Proposed bill would allow residents to purchase and receive lottery tickets at home.

U.S. Coffee Drinkers Decline Slightly This Year
Millennials in particular showing a growing preference for tea.


Mar 18, 2015

Cigarette Trafficking a Growing Problem for Virginia
Richmond Times-Dispatch report analyzes the increasingly common practice along the east Coast, from Virginia to New York.

Are You Prepared to Lead?
NACS Leadership Programs can make the difference in whether high-performers are ready to lead … or leave.

CST Brands Has Big Plans for New Distribution Center
Company hopes new San Antonio location will be a differentiator for Corner Store.

Apple Watch Primed for Increased Mobile Adoption
While reviews have largely touted health and fitness features, Apple Watch may turn out to be ideal device for payments, shopping and more.

What Is the Best-Perceived Beer in America?
Brand perception survey illustrates geographic preferences, as well as trends in beer and cider.


Mar 17, 2015

Closing the Customer Service Gap
From being proactive to keeping full-service features, five tips for better customer service performance.

7-Eleven Names Semi-Finalists for Veterans’ Franchise Contest
Public will pick the top three veterans to move to final round of CEO interviews in contest to win a franchise fee-free store.

Competition Heating up for QSRs
QSR Magazine describes industry’s growing threat from c-stores and grocery stores.

NACS Suppliers Provide New Transactions Solution
Acumera and ZipLine partner on app to deliver secure transactions without credit card fees.

Medical Experts Call for a Tobacco-Free World by 2040
Ambitious effort sees possibility of effectively eliminating tobacco use within 30 years.


Mar 16, 2015

How to Define Your Community Impact
NACS resource offers a starting point for retailers to tell their stories about their business and community commitment.

QSRs Address Chicken Sourcing
McDonald’s new antibiotics and menu-sourcing initiative puts pressure on other QSRs to follow suit.

Mountain Dew Rolls Out Craft Soda
DEWshine capitalizes on craft soda craze.

Angry Orchard Green Apple Adds New Packaging
Brewer expands cider line to include 16-ounce cans.

QuickChek Helps Thousands of Local Families
Convenience retailer’s team members sorted and boxed food donations for 5,000 New Jersey families.


Mar 13, 2015

Ideas and Innovations Will Emerge at European Summit
Big name speakers and panelists will guide NACS Insight Convenience Summit this summer.

FDA Provides Updated Guidance on Menu-Labeling Rule
‘Small Entity Compliance Guide’ represents a first-step in clarifying compliance standards.

Retailers Still Behind on PCI Compliance
New survey shows minority of companies in compliance, despite huge improvement last year.

New App Lets Businesses Reward Healthy Lifestyles
Carrot app combines healthy lifestyle rewards and local business offers.

Oregon to Begin Testing Mileage-Based Driver Tax
As gas tax sees diminishing returns, state looks to a more long-term solution.


Mar 12, 2015

Powdered Alcohol Gets Federal Approval
Despite federal approval, some states have already banned Palcohol due to concerns about abuse of the product.

European Parliament Votes to Cap Interchange Fees
European Commission welcomes increased savings for consumers and freedom of choice for retailers.

Payment Start-Up Square Expands Its Reach to Small Businesses
New services emphasize shift from consumer payments to small business support.

Craft Beer Continues Growth
Sales have doubled in the last five years, led by Millennials’ preferences, buying habits.

Chinese C-Stores Enter New Expansion Phase
Convenience market expands while others contract, with abundant growth opportunity ahead.


Mar 11, 2015

Consumers Want Personalization and Privacy
New survey shows that consumers want to receive personalized offers, but are hesitant to provide personal information.

Consumer Group Criticizes Card Companies on Lack of PIN
Consumer Policy Solutions calls on credit card issuers to invest in more secure cards.

Top Regions for Electric Cars ... and It’s Not Just California
While five of the top ten EV cities are on the west coast, Denver, Austin and Detroit also make the cut.

Sonic Planning More Candy-Filled Beverages
Building on the popularity of last year’s Nerd candy drink mash-up, fast-food chain has more hybrid drinks in the works.

Federal Grant Money Still Available for N.J. Gas Stations
Operators can apply for funds to outfit fuel stations with back-up generators.

Indonesian C-Stores Will Stop Selling Alcohol in April
Jakarta will soon prohibit sales of alcoholic drinks at markets and convenience stores across the city.

Dollar General Expanding into Three New States
Despite being turned down by Family Dollar, country’s largest dollar chain moves into new territory.


Mar 10, 2015

NACS Responds to Attorneys General on Synthetic Drugs
Letter clarifies relationship between oil companies and retailers, in response to February AG outreach.

Consumer Optimism Falls as Gas Prices Rise
Nearly 75% of consumers think gas prices will be higher a month from now, tempering recent optimism.

Colorado’s Pioneering Swipe Fee Legislation Defeated
Legislation sought to exempt state and local taxes from swipe fees.

New Branding for Kum & Go
Marketing campaign emphasizes family-owned chain’s strength in going above and beyond for customers.

Trends in British Convenience Retailing
From franchising to ‘discountvenience,’ U.K. trends reflect global industry trends.


Mar 9, 2015

Building the Business Case for Selling More Produce
NACS resource identifies best practices to help convenience store operators increase produce sales in their stores.

Signs of Spring
Increase in gas prices is typically an indicator that spring is in the air.

Apple Pay Hit With Fraud
Fraudulent transactions involved credit card data stolen in previous retailer data breaches.

U.S. House of Representatives Honors Sheetz
Pennsylvania’s Bill Shuster issued a statement on the House floor congratulating Sheetz for opening its 500th convenience store.

Spinx Announces Beneficiaries for 2015 Charity Classic Golf Tournament
Annual charity golf tournament will benefit charities that support children’s health, education and well-being.


Mar 6, 2015

Could You Be the International Convenience Retailer of the Year?
Last call for entries: Convenience and fuel retailers from around the world compete to win highly coveted awards.

Leadership Development Plan Essential for Organizational Success
NACS HR Forum dives into why’s and how’s of creating a strong leadership pipeline.

Visa, Pizza Hut Announce Connected Car Commerce
New connected car concept combines payment security, cellular and wireless technologies to consumer payments opportunities.

NACS Members Rank on Fortune’s Top 100 List
Fortune recognized NACS retailer and supplier members on this year’s “Best Places to Work” list.

Japan's FamilyMart, UNY Consider Merger
Combined group would heat up Japan’s fierce convenience store competition.

Senators Announce U.S. Senate Arctic Caucus
Alaska senator says United States is “woefully” behind in Arctic oil exploration.


Mar 5, 2015

Data Security a Focus at the NACS Government Relations Conference
Attendees heard expert insights on this key issue before taking that knowledge to Capitol Hill.

Tax Foundation Shares Three-Year Tax Reform Process
Tax reform one of several hot topics discussed at this week’s NACS Government Relations Conference.

HR Forum Tackles Best Practices and Need-to-Know Regulations
NACS Human Resources Forum speakers address industry-relevant topics from compensation metrics and employee engagement to labor regulations.

Senate Passes Resolution to Stop NLRB Ambush Election Rule
Under Congressional Review Act, resolution is the first step in stopping the NLRB’s rule and prohibiting similar rules or regulations without congressional authorization

NACS Executive Joins Consumer Energy Alliance Board of Directors
John Eichberger will work with the board to energy reduce costs for NACS members.

Stripes Convenience Stores Announces Teacher Grants
Selected schools will receive a $500 grant and seeds for the fall garden for students to learn about the importance of fresh vegetables.


Mar 4, 2015

NACS Members Prepare for Day on Capitol Hill
U.S. senators urge convenience store industry to share its story with Congress.

Business Wins in Online Tax Case Decision
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling allows retailers to challenge states’ online sales taxes.

Helping Convenience Stores Sell “Better” Food
Corner store initiatives are providing retailers with the tools to offer healthier food alternatives to low-income communities.

Nevada Considers Regulating E-Cigarettes as Tobacco
A new bill introduced this week would label liquid nicotine and electronic cigarettes as tobacco for regulation purposes.

Illinois Once More Debates Sugared Drink Tax
The Healthy Eating Active Living Act would add a penny-per-ounce excise tax on soda, energy beverages and other sugared drink distributors.

Samsung Enters Mobile Payment Market
The electronics manufacturer unveiled its Samsung Pay over the weekend.

Ireland Okays Plain Packaging for Tobacco
The government becomes the second to require cigarettes to have no branded logos.

Kentucky Smoking Ban Bill Snuffed Out
The measure to outlaw smoking in indoor public areas and at workplaces has failed to proceed, effectively stalling the legislation for this session.


Mar 3, 2015

Retail Marijuana a Viable Product
‘Edibles’ are a major seller in Colorado’s recreational marijuana sales in 2014.

Retailer Takeaways from Cybersecurity Summit
White House-hosted summit on cybersecurity issues included salient points for retailers to consider.

In Mobile Payments, Starbucks Still Best in Class
Companies new to mobile payments should look to the leader when implementing programs.

Sugar Tax Coming to Connecticut?
State representative proposing new tax on sugary drinks and candies.

Card Issuers and Retailers Falling Behind on EMV Adoption
Survey shows only about one-third of Americans have received chip-enabled credit cards.


Mar 2, 2015

Cash Not Carried
Survey shows that majority of consumers carry less than $20 in cash.

No Plastic Bag Bans for Georgia
Southern state takes opposite approach of California, citing concern for retailers.

Senators Push for Repeal of Ethanol Mandate
Bipartisan bill would repeal ethanol blending requirement of RFS.

Pennsylvania Moves Closer to Privatizing Liquor Sales
State House approved bill for second time in two years, which will now move to Senate.

Americans’ Changing Eating Habits
New report offers insight into trends including snacking and the creation of ‘hybrid homemade meals.’

Delta Sonic Car Wash Opens Flagship Location
New Syracuse-area location features car wash and detail shop, fueling stations and c-store with expanded foodservice and Tim Horton’s Cafe.


Feb 27, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 26, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 25, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 24, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 23, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 20, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 19, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 18, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 17, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 16, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 13, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 12, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 11, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 10, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 9, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 6, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 5, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 4, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 3, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 2, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 30, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 29, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 28, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 27, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 26, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 23, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 22, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 21, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 20, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 19, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 16, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 15, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 14, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 13, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 12, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 9, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 8, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 7, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 6, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 5, 2015

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

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

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

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

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