Nov 25, 2015
Sheetz, QuikTrip Among Best Work Environments
The two convenience stores are ranked in the top 10 in Fortune’s list of the best places to work in retail in the United States.
Cumberland Farms Gives Thanks with Free Coffee
Convenience retailer will offer free coffee, tea and hot chocolate on Thanksgiving Day.
McDonald’s Debuts Restaurant of the Future
New Zealand location features an open kitchen and gourmet burger bar showing transparency of food preparation.
General Mills Announces Timeline for 100% Cage-Free Eggs
Humane Society applauds the announcement, saying that confining hens in cages has no place within the U.S. food system.
South Korean Convenience Stores Thrive
As the average household size has decreased, convenience stores have prospered and grown.
Nov 24, 2015
Labor Exemption Changes Coming, But When?
The U.S. Labor Department rule would revise which workers are eligible for overtime and which are not.
Kwik Trip Becomes First Convenience Store to Join the Drink Up Effort
Led by the Partnership for a Healthier America and more than 50 supporters, the initiative encourages people to drink more water more often.
Oregon Convenience Stores Meet Demand for Craft Beer with Growlers
Companies like the Growler Guys have made filling up with beer as convenient as pumping gas.
Warning Labels on Gas Pumps Set to Debut Soon in North Vancouver
Our Horizon has been campaigning hard to require the labels that warn of climate change.
46.9 Million Americans Hitting the Road for Thanksgiving
AAA predicts an additional 300,000 holiday travelers this week.
Texas Sees Uptick in ATM Thefts at Convenience Stores
The smash-and-grab robberies leave behind huge messes and destroyed merchandise.
Nov 23, 2015
San Francisco Sues Amex Over Card Fees
City Attorney Dennis Herrera is suing American Express Company and seeking billions of dollars in penalties and restitution for merchants.
Amplify Our Industry’s Voice
The NACS Government Relations Conference educates legislators so they can make decisions that help—not hurt—the convenience industry’s bottom line.
Is the Cider Craze Receding?
Reports indicate that the cider boom may not be as ripe as expected.
Turkey Hill Selling Popular Holiday Gift
Stunt Series Drone among the c-store chain’s Black Friday deals.
Audi Expects 25% of Fleet to be EVs in 2025
Automaker notes uptick in battery-electric and plug-in hybrids.
Nov 20, 2015
Card-Not-Present Fraud Jumps 30%
Experts point to EMV and credential compromises as fueling e-commerce schemes.
Dunkin’ Donuts Starts Mobile Ordering, Delivery Tests
The pilot programs will run in two cities before branching out to other areas.
Coke Expands Sparkling Water With Smartwater
The carbonated version will debut in select cities with a broader rollout in 2016.
Portland, Oregon, Squashes New Gas Station Construction
The city council approved a resolution forbidding new gasoline stations within city limits because of global warming.
Rutter’s Donates $75,000 to Three Local Charities
The funds are from the company’s new corporate giving program called Vote With Your Dollars.
Artist Finds Inspiration in Gasoline Stations
The painter recreates scenes from 1940s gas stations as a tribute to their service as community gathering places.
Nov 19, 2015
NACS Global Forum Registration Is Open
Registration is now open for the 2016 NACS Global Forum, taking place in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa.
Younger Generation Shifting From Car Ownership
Lyft co-founder and president won’t teach his daughter to drive. Is this how the younger generation will approach car ownership?
Menu-Labeling Legislation Moves Closer to Enactment
Advanced through the House Energy and Commerce Committee, next step is the House of Representatives for a vote.
Corner Store Launches New Branding, Made-to-Order Food Program
New initiative is based on extensive market research that shows Corner Store’s customers want a broad range of fresh food and beverage options.
Cleveland Mulls Restricting Tobacco Products to 21
The city’s convenience store owners objected to language that also would restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products to retail tobacco stores.
New Technology Puts Video Ads on Store Cooler Doors
Anthony International has been testing its iDOOR® technology with positive results.
Nov 18, 2015
U.S. Adult Smoking Rates Keep Dropping
The number of U.S. adults who smoke is just under 15% for the first half of 2015.
Is Big Brother Watching?
New technological and governmental developments will affect drivers, fuel demand and the environment.
McDonald’s Revamps Value Menu
The fast-food chain will debut the new selections on Jan. 4
Wrigley, Mars Chocolate Reimagine Transaction Zones
These new ideas and shopper insights will drive merchandising recommendations.
Ontario Convenience Stores Applaud Bill to Address Illegal Tobacco
The measure advocates higher fines for contraband cigarettes and public education about tobacco consumption.
Nov 17, 2015
State AGs Advocate for Chip and PIN
Nine state attorneys general are asking card issuers to adopt chip and PIN technology in the United States as soon as possible.
Taco Bell Focuses on Food Transparency
By the end of 2016, Taco Bell plans to serve only cage-free eggs at all of its 6,000-plus U.S. locations.
First Data, NCR Sign Strategic Commercial Agreement
The strategic partnership will encompass payment card acceptance and technology solutions for the grocery, petroleum and convenience store industries.
Corner Store’s Country Run 5K Series Raises $1.4 Million
Big Brothers Big Sisters and local children's charities will benefit from the 2nd annual racing event.
Conexxus Hosts Free Tokenization Webinar
On November 19, retailers are invited to participate in an hour-long session on key trends in mobile payments and wallets.
Nov 16, 2015
Low Gas Prices Fuel Big Black Friday Shopping Plans
A new NACS consumer survey shows that nearly half of all Black Friday shoppers expect to shop more this holiday season.
HUD Proposes Making Public Housing Smoke-Free
The proposed rule would not allow smoking in living units, common areas or within 25 feet of housing units.
Hot Cocoa Gains Steam as Flavor Trend
The chocolate flavoring has crossed over into ice cream, cookies and other snacks.
Majority of Holiday Shoppers Already Crossing Off Items on Gift List
By early November, more holiday shoppers than last year have made significant strides in purchasing presents.
Filipino House Likely to Approve Soda Tax
The bill would add a 10% ad valorem tax on carbonated beverages.
Obesity Not Slowing Down Among U.S. Adults
U.S. rate of obesity jumped to close to 38% of adults in 2013-14, up sharply from 32% 10 years ago.
Nov 13, 2015
Heartland, Pinnacle Offer Integrated EMV POS Solution
Lynch Oil will be the first convenience and fuel retailer to implement the EMV acceptance system.
7-Eleven Expands Amazon Lockers
7-Eleven stores in Canada and the United States will offer more locker units that customers can send e-commerce purchases to for pick-up.
Hershey’s Rolls Out Sweets With Simple Ingredients
Holiday Kisses Milk Chocolates and Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars will feature a new SmartLabel QR code for ingredient transparency.
KFC Tests Food Delivery
The fast-food chain has teamed up with DoorDash to test food delivery in California.
Craft Brewers Issue Statement About AB InBev/SABMiller Deal
The Brewers Association urges Congress and Department of Justice to closely examine the proposed deal between Anheuser-Busch InBev and SAB Miller.
Nov 12, 2015
NACS Show Educational Sessions Available On-Demand
Continue your NACS Show experience by purchasing recorded educational sessions.
Oreos Get Personal for the Holidays
Mondelez International is testing personalized packaging with its Oreos brand.
SABMiller Sells Stake in MillerCoors to Molson Coors Brewing
The deal paves way for Anheuser-Busch InBev’s purchase of SABMiller.
Apple in Talks to Bring PayPal Rival to Market
Reports indicate that the tech company is in talks with banks to launch a mobile person-to-person payment service.
Pizza Hut Debuts Holiday ‘Triple’
Tri-level packaging includes two medium one-topping pizzas, dessert and sides.
Nov 11, 2015
Fast-Food Workers Again Strike for $15/Hour Wage
The higher minimum wage movement kicked off a 12-month campaign yesterday with walkouts in dozens of locations.
FDA Authorizes Marketing of New Tobacco Products
These orders, the first through the premarket tobacco application pathway, permit the tobacco products to be sold in the United States.
4 Ways to Connect With Millennial Workers
By 2025, this generation will have 75% of employment options.
7-Eleven Aims Higher With Veterans Franchises
The convenience store chain wants to provide franchise opportunities to 100 vets, and $2 million in discounts for its military vet franchise program.
Poverty, Not Food Deserts, Contribute to Bad Eating Habits
A recent study found that access to healthy food doesn’t mean eating better.
The (Artificial) Nose Knows
A company has developed a small chip that essentially provides a sense of smell to computers.
Kroger Adds Energy Efficient Lighting to Gas Stations
The supermarket will retrofit a thousand stations with LED lights.
Nov 10, 2015
Falling Gas Prices Raising Hopes for Holiday Spending
Latest NACS consumer survey reveals that than one in four consumers expects to increase their spending this month.
Target’s ‘Vastly Different’ Small Format Opens in Virginia
The newer and much smaller Target format seeks to capture Millennials and city dwellers alike.
7-Eleven Car Wash Locations Offering Military Free Cleaning
On Veterans Day, participating 7-Eleven car wash locations are offering former and current military “the works” for their vehicles.
U.S. Senator Voices Concern on Beer Merger
Senator Chris Murphy says that the AB InBev and SABMiller merger could pose challenges for brewers in his home state of Connecticut and craft brewers nationwide.
Gas & Grass Opens for Business
Budding convenience store is two businesses with two separate entrances: one for the marijuana dispensary and the other for the gasoline.
Gulf Oil Moves Into Wisconsin
The Gulf brand returns to Wisconsin for the first time in more than two decades.
Nov 9, 2015
President Obama Kiboshes Keystone Pipeline
Citing environmental concerns, Obama again says no to the controversial pipeline.
Junk Food Is Not Driving Obesity
New study suggests that candy, soft drinks and fast foods are not likely a leading cause of obesity in the United States.
CST Shares Growth Plans
New acquisitions and store growth enhance the Texas convenience retailer’s focus on foodservice.
Payments Panel Hints at Biometrics
Senator suggests that the United States will leapfrog over chip-and-signature into other secure payment methods such as biometrics.
Whole Foods Adds New Food Label
Responsibly Grown label is intended to add an additional level of food transparency.
Nov 6, 2015
Will Mile Taxes Replace Gas Taxes?
Oregon is piloting a program to see if per-mile fees are feasible.
Multi-Year Highway Bill Passes
The U.S. House of Representatives passes legislation to authorize six years of transportation infrastructure.
Target Looks to Partnerships for Fresh Food
The discount retailer has been discussing how to have a better fresh food supply chain.
Three Germs Cause 91% of Foodborne Disease Outbreaks
The CDC calls for government and the food industry to work together to make food safe.
A Flat Pizza Trend
More pizza places are turning to flatbread to jazz up sales.
McDonald’s Trials Meatier Burger in the U.K.
The fast-food chain is hoping the new, pricier and thicker burgers will knockout the competition.
Nov 5, 2015
NACS-Supported Legislation Moves Through Congress
The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee voted on November 4 to pass menu-labeling and synthetic drug legislation.
President Obama Strikes Automatic Enrollment From ACA
This week the president signed into law a budget package that includes a provision to remove the health-care law’s mandatory automatic enrollment provision.
Conexxus Is Setting the Strategy
Several industry trends are on the radar of the technology and standards organization and will continue to be the group’s focus.
Tesla CEO Makes Bold Prediction
Elon Musk believes that all vehicles will be self-driving within two decades.
Chipotle E. Coli Outbreak Leans Toward Contaminated Produce
The fast-casual chain has temporarily closed all of its locations in Washington and Oregon.
Nov 4, 2015
Election Day Recap
Republicans extend dominance at the state level; Democrats hold major metros; voters reject minimum wage increases and marijuana legalization.
Calorie-Count Study Questions Effectiveness of Menu Labeling
Diners aren’t choosing lower-calorie offerings over other menu items despite seeing the data.
Samsung Pay Debuts Strong
The mobile payment solution registered good sales during the first month of its U.S. launch.
Ricker’s Chooses GreenPrint to Launch Reduced Emission Fuel
GreenPrint will partner with Ricker’s to introduce the program to Indianapolis drivers.
QuickChek Helps Check-Out Hunger
The fundraising campaign benefits hungry families this holiday season.
A “Green” Beirut Gas Station
The service station has hanging gardens that surround the pumps.
Nov 3, 2015
EPA Nears Completion of Renewable Fuel Obligations for 2014-2016
Final rule establishing volume obligations nears the last step before a regulation is published.
The Cost of Poor Health
States with conservative leaders look at ways to combat obesity while balancing tax concerns.
EPA Notifies VW of Additional Clean Air Act Violations
Second notice of violation alleges that Volkswagen installed a defeat device in light-duty diesel Audi and Porsche models.
Convenience Summit Adds Ireland to Lineup
The 2016 NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe puts Dublin, Ireland on the schedule in addition to Stockholm and London.
Sheetz Serves Up Specialty Fall Beverages
Now on the menu for the fall season are the pumpkin pie latte, maple latte and hot apple cider.
Nov 2, 2015
U.S. House Committee Takes Up Menu-Labeling, Synthetic Drugs
The House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Health will take up NACS-supported legislation this week on menu-labeling and synthetic drugs.
How Tweet It Is
The NACS reFresh initiative harnesses social media to spread the word about enhancing the industry’s image.
Morrisons Tests Convenience Food Offer
Pilot will begin by the end of the year at five stores owned by Motor Fuel Group.
Healthy Fast-Food Chain Coming to Philadelphia
Locals will soon learn what Bryn and Dane's healthy, local fast-food offers are all about.
U.K. Sugar Tax Would Have Bitter Effect
Parliament member Alan Duncan opines that a sugar tax in the United Kingdom is flawed both in its logic and implementation.
Oct 30, 2015
NACS Praises Menu-Labeling Legislation
Newly introduced Senate bill provides necessary flexibility and understanding of convenience store foodservice operations.
FDA Issues First-Ever No Sale Orders
Agency issues a No-Tobacco-Sale Order to eight retailers for repeatedly selling tobacco products to minors.
7-Eleven Opens First Post-Security Airport Store in United States
Convenience retailer creates exclusive ‘snack pack’ for DFW Airport’s on-the-go travelers.
Would You Eat This?
A quick roundup of wacky and fast-food finds, just in time for Halloween.
Hess Continues Holiday Tradition
The 2015 Hess Fire Truck and Ladder Rescue will go on sale November 1.
Oct 29, 2015
2015 NACS Show Breaks Records
This year’s NACS Show broke records and more importantly, connected and educated thousands of retailers and suppliers.
House Committee Marks Up Bill Limiting the Definition of Joint Employer
The National Labor Relations Board had sought to expand the definition, which might have altered franchisor-franchisee relationships.
Alberta to Hike Gas, Tobacco Taxes
Local convenience stores say the increase will drive customers away.
NOCO Raises More Than $25,000 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The New York convenience store chain ran the fundraiser in August and September.
Walgreens Acquires Rite Aid
The acquisition would merge the second- and third-largest drugstore chains in the United States.
Oct 28, 2015
Lottery Losing Charm in Illinois
Plagued by delayed payouts, many residents are crossing into neighboring states for their lottery purchases.
Go-Mart Prepares for Outdoor EMV Mandate
West Virginia-based chain of convenience stores is preparing for the October 2017 EMV mandate for fueling dispensers.
Chase, MCX Team Develop Retailer-Friendly Mobile Wallet
A huge benefit for merchants will be the mobile wallet’s no network and no merchant-acquiring fees.
Morrisons to Test New C-Store Concept in Scotland
The U.K. supermarket chain recently sold its 140 convenience stores in September.
U.K. Health Report Recommends Up to a 20% Tax on Sugary Beverages
The long-awaited report from Public Health England also pushes for children’s marketing and promotions.
U.S. Government Bans E-Cigarettes in Checked Bags
A new mandate for electronic cigarettes takes to the sky.
Oct 27, 2015
U.S. Government Issues Final, More Stringent Ozone Rule
Obama Administration’s final rule on ozone levels could be the most expensive regulation ever imposed by the U.S. government.
Report Says Bacon and Hot Dogs Cause Cancer
World Health Organization agency says processed meats are carcinogenic, and red meat is probably cancer-causing, too.
7-Eleven in Asia Brings in Starbucks
Integration of Starbucks counters will begin at 7-Eleven stores located close to main roads and commercial districts.
Pediatricians Urge Greater Restrictions on Tobacco, E-Cigarettes
New policy statements urge strong regulations of electronic cigarettes and recommend raising the legal age to purchase tobacco products to 21.
The Age of the Customer
Empowered customers will determine which companies will thrive and fail in 2016.
Home Brewing Gets a ‘Keurig’
New home appliance puts craft brewing on kitchen countertops.
Oct 26, 2015
House Committee Approves Six-Year Highway Bill
The bill contains several provisions related to interstate tolling, with three states conditionally approved to implement toll roads.
General Mills Identifies Four C-Store Customer Segments
Knowing these segments, and the attitudes, behaviors and needs associated with each, will help convenience retailers best serve each customer population.
California Sees Lower Rate of Illegal Tobacco Sales to Minors
A 2015 survey found that retailers are selling tobacco to underage buyers 1.4% less than last year.
Domino’s Tricked-Out Delivery Vehicle Debuts
The car that took four years to build has a warming oven and the capacity to deliver 80 pizzas.
U.K. Corner Shops Morph Into Super-Convenience Stores
The traditional small shops have added more services lately to appeal to a wider variety of customers.
Is McDonald’s Beginning to Recover?
The burger chain registered its first positive quarter for same-store sales in months.
Majority of Shoppers Willing to Pay Premium for Local Food
An annual survey found that most consumers define local food as sourced within 100 miles of the point of sale.
Oct 23, 2015
New Ideas 2 Go Videos Now Online
Seen exclusively by attendees at the 2015 NACS Show, the fast-paced NACS Ideas 2 Go program showcases emerging concepts that redefine convenience.
Convenience Stores Serve as Safe Havens
Retailers, such as Ricker’s in Indiana, provide safe havens for domestic violence victims in need of help.
Consumers Want Food Transparency
Recent study by ECRM and HellaWella finds that healthy food shoppers want transparency.
Fresh & Easy Continues Shutting Down Stores
U.K-based Tesco is closing its U.S.-based Fresh & Easy grocery stores.
French C-Store Chain Expands Into Russia
Auchan is opening up its first chain of convenience stores in Russia.
Oct 22, 2015
NACS Highlights Costs of Transition to Chip Card Technology
Despite average cost of switch to EMV exceeding half of annual profits, failure to include PIN creates “missed opportunity” to reduce fraud further, says NACS Board Director Jared Scheeler.
Congress Reviews Synthetic Drug Legislation
The rate of proliferation of new synthetic drugs and the growing use of these substances led some members of Congress to introduce new legislation.
Profitable Trips and Convenience Retailer Opportunities
Immediate consumption study from Coca-Cola reveals that trips for immediate consumption food and beverages are increasing faster than other trips.
Slower Shopping Means More Spending
Some retailers are slowing down time spent in stores to enhance the consumer experience and increase their overall spend.
There’s an App for That at QuikTrip
Convenience retailer quietly rolled out a mobile app for QT customers.
Online ordering platform delivery.com is partnering with UberRUSH and sidecar to enable on-demand delivery in dozens of U.S. cities.
Oct 21, 2015
FDA Tobacco Regulations Move Forward
The agency takes one step closer to finalizing regulation on additional tobacco products.
Fuel Without a Cause
The challenge of developing a new fuel and vehicle combination is daunting, but it will all be for naught if consumers don’t embrace the new product.
Starbucks Enhances Drive-Thru Experience
The coffeehouse chain is adding two-way video screens in an effort to improve drive-thru service.
Australia to Consider Smoking Ban Expansion
The proposed new smoke-free areas include childcare centers, youth sporting events, eldercare facilities, bus stops and public pools.
QuickCheck Continues Growth With Three New Stores
The New Jersey-based chain has opened 30 stores and hired 1,200 people since 2007.
Always Open Convenience Stores Permeate Japan
The 24/7 stores have become very popular in the country.
Preparing Payments for the World Wide Web
The World Wide Web Consortium, of which NACS is a member, has announced the formation of the Web Payments Working Group.
Oct 20, 2015
Sparks Fly Among EV Owners
Electric vehicle owners leave etiquette at the door in the fight for public charging access.
Celebrity Chef Calls for Soda Tax
Jamie Oliver asks U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron to ‘be brave’ and introduce a sugar tax.
Del Monte Recalls Granny Smith Apples
Company is recalling the green apples distributed to Core-Mark and 7-Eleven in the Mountain States region because of a possible health risk.
Are Teens Over Facebook?
New Piper Jaffray survey suggests that Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat are the most important social networks for American teenagers.
PepsiCo NSPIRE Hits the Road
The new innovation kitchen on wheels offers consumers unique culinary recipes created by the company's chefs.
Oct 19, 2015
U.S. Senator Praises Healthy Options in C-Stores
“With half of Americans frequenting a convenience store every day, this industry has a unique opportunity to reach a wide range of consumers,” opines former U.S. Senator Bill Frist.
The Year of Change
NACS Chairmen Steve Loehr and Jack Kofdarali discuss how convenience retailers of all sizes—with the help of NACS—can adapt to a constantly changing retail landscape.
What Consumers Say About Diesel
Consumers’ view of diesel appears to be unchanged after the Volkswagen scandal, suggests a recent NACS survey.
Caffeinating Beyond Colas and Coffee
Peanut butter is one of the latest food products to become caffeinated.
New Chip (Without) PIN Cards Create Confusion
Even the FBI had to backtrack its initial warning that EMV cards can still be targeted by fraud.
Oct 16, 2015
Pennsylvania Considers Raising Tobacco Age
The bill before the legislature would increase the current smoking age from 18 to 21.
State, Local Governments Tackle On-Call Practice
Retailers with workers on call for work might run into trouble in some areas because of new regulations.
Australia Seizes Record Amount of Illegal Tobacco
The haul of more than 70 tons of tobacco would have brought in millions on the black market.
Convenience stores are serving up coffee just as good as Starbucks.
Beer Merger Signals Marketing Changes for Brews
While Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller iron out the details of the global agreement, the U.S. brands focus on how to reinvigorate sales of core products.
Oct 15, 2015
Reach Outside of Your Comfort Zone
NACS Chairman Jack Kofdarali encouraged NACS Show attendees to test new ideas and strive to be better.
Top 10 Cool New Products at the 2015 NACS Show
Retailers ranked the products they saw as having strong potential for their business and future profitability.
Creating a Corporate Culture
Jon Wolske of Zappos shares with NACS Show attendees the importance of involving their staff to develop an attitude and build a brand.
Dealing With Data
The mountains of metrics and analytics that companies such as Amazon.com enjoy hold great potential for brick-and-mortar retailers.
Target Adds PINs to Store-Issued Credit Cards
Two years after its disastrous security breach, the discount retailer has become the first large credit card issuer to have credit cards with PINs.
UberRUSH Opens for Business in Chicago, New York, San Francisco
The service is designed to partner with local businesses on delivery.
First 7-Eleven Store Opens in Middle East
Seven Emirates celebrates its first convenience store in Dubai.
Oct 14, 2015
NACS CEO Shares Industry Priorities and Victories
Henry Armour, NACS president and CEO, calls out global best practices, NACS programs and initiatives that help the industry address critical issues and opportunities.
NACS Debuts 2015 Ideas 2 Go Video
The newly released version featuring nine innovative retailers is now available online for purchase.
Keynote speaker John Mackey of Whole Foods Market discusses the higher purpose of business before a full house at the NACS Show.
Top 10 Cool New Products at the NACS Show
Retailers ranked the products they see as having strong potential for their business and future profitability.
NACS Announces 2015-16 Executive Committee Members
Jack Kofdarali will succeed Steve Loehr as the NACS 2015-16 chairman.
Next-Gen Vehicles and Your Business
NACS Show educational session asks retailers if they’re ready to take advantage of vehicle technology innovations.
Consumers Loving Low Gas Prices
However, they are not expecting the cost of gasoline to dive any lower.
Hershey Commits to Nourish One Million Minds by 2020
Nourishing Minds will provide children with the basic nutrition they need to learn and grow.
Halloween Spending Forecast to Drop Slightly
While 157 million Americans will celebrate October 31 this year, the amount of money per person will decline just over $3.
Oct 13, 2015
People Make the Difference
NACS 2014-15 Chairman Steve Loehr shares his deep appreciation for his Kwik Trip team and the people who make up the convenience store industry.
Top 10 Cool New Products at the NACS Show
Retailers ranked the products they see as having strong potential for their business and future profitability.
The Shape of Things
NACS Show keynote Connie Podesta blends humor and human resources to convey that leaders need to leverage their strengths and understand their weaknesses.
Twenty-Year View on Retail Fuels
NACS Show educational session delves into the fuels retailers could be offering in two decades and the cost investments.
Commanding Performance Reviews
Consistent feedback helps both employees and supervisors, advises Rich Schappert of Casey’s General Stores.
Beacon technology offers a more targeted and engaging in-store shopping experience, according to NACS Show educational session on the technology’s prospects for the c-store industry.
U-Gas and Tri Star Services Join Partnership for a Healthier America
Over the next several years, U-Gas and Twice Daily convenience stores are committing to maintain and build upon healthy food choices for customers.
Seattle Considers Climate Change Warning Labels on Gas Pumps
The city council might require stickers on pumps to inform motorists that burning fuel harms the environment.
Millennials Love Store Brands
A new survey found that twentysomethings and teens gravitate towards private-label brands when grocery shopping.
Oct 12, 2015
Your Success Starts Here
NACS President and CEO Henry Armour opens the 2015 NACS Show; General Session keynote Chris McChesney delivers an energetic presentation on The 4 Disciplines of Execution.
Top 10 Cool New Products at the NACS Show
Retailers ranked the products they see as having strong potential for their business and future profitability.
NACS Names Four New Retailer Members to Board of Directors
Lisa Dell’Alba, Dee Dhaliwal, Bill Kent and Victor Paterno were named to their positions during the NACS Board of Directors meeting this week at the NACS Show in Las Vegas.
NACS Supplier Board Nominates New Leadership
Kevin Martello of Dr Pepper Snapple Group was named chairman during the NACS Show in Las Vegas.
NACS Foundation Awards 11 Scholarships
Recipients will be recognized during a special ceremony this week at the NACS Show on Tuesday, October 13, and given the first-hand opportunity to learn more about exciting career paths in the industry.
NACS Launches Payroll Card Program
New program allows employers to provide 100% electronic pay while reducing the costs of issuing and administering paper checks for all employees, including those without a bank account or those who opt out of direct deposit.
FBI Warns Chip Cards Vulnerable to Fraudsters
The FBI is warning law enforcement, merchants and the general public that chip cards can still be targeted by fraudsters.
Appeals Court Halts Controversial WOTUS Rule
The rule would significantly increase federal jurisdiction over the nation’s waters by redefining them, and subsequently, increase costs to any businesses operating in or near covered waters.
Congressional Committee Questions Dietary Guideline Recommendations
Members of Congress expressed concern over suggestions to new Dietary Guidelines for Americans, such as implementing a soda tax.
Topaz Launches Rocket’s at 40 C-Stores Across Ireland
Fresh, urban food concept will create 45 new jobs this year.
QuickChek Feeds Millennials With New Walking Tacos
New line of Walking Tacos feature customizable toppings and satisfy the younger demographics’ needs for on-the-go food options.
Oct 9, 2015
Volkswagen CEO Goes Before Congress
“We have broken the trust of our customers, dealerships, and employees, as well as the public and regulators,” said Michael Horn before a congressional hearing.
New Study Evaluates GHG Emissions From Light-Duty Natural Gas Vehicles
Analysis by Carnegie Mellon University evaluates the potential life cycle greenhouse gas emissions from using natural gas to power light-duty vehicles.
Congress Questions Proposed Overtime Regulations
House Small Business Subcommittee hearing delves into labor issue important to convenience store operators.
We’ve Got Your Back
Conexxus is a member of both the EMV Migration Forum and the Petroleum Working Committee to address challenges relating to EMV implementation.
Rutter’s Salutes Route 30 With Signature Burger
The new menu item pays homage to the original Rutter family farm and corporate headquarters in York.
7-Eleven Refreshes Franchise Website
New site is designed to help ease the franchise application process.
Oct 8, 2015
Convenience Stores Poised to Grow Better-for-You Sales
New Hudson Institute report suggests health and wellness trends and strategies for convenience stores.
EMV Hearing Held in U.S. House Small Business Committee
"I can't help but laugh," replied one representative when a Visa spokesperson said swipe fees are “competitive” and set to attract business from both issuing banks and merchants.
Cumberland Farms Sells $1 Billion in Gas Via SmartPay
SmartPay Check-Link is now the most popular method of gas payment for the convenience store chain.
Spinx Establishes Hurricane Relief Fund
South Carolina-based convenience store chain is assisting employees impacted by Hurricane Joaquin.
Wyoming Looks at Tobacco Tax Hike
The state needs to plug a $14.6 million shortfall by July 2018.
Robinson Fresh Helps Fresh & Easy Stores Donate to Local Hospital
The fundraiser culminated with October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Down Under C-Stores Consider Cutting Hours of Operation
7-Eleven Australia is weighing whether to cut back on its current 24/7 hours.
Online Delivery Blossoms
Sales from online grocery sites are predicted to reach $13 billion in 2015.
Oct 7, 2015
Apple Pay Used More on Frequent Purchases
More Apple Pay users—especially those with Apple Watches—report using the mobile payment method for everyday shopping.
NOCO Express Adds Tim Hortons
Updated store in Lackawanna, New York, also boasts a newly renovated space to provide expanded selection of fresh foods and beverages.
Illegal Cigarettes Account for Over 10% of Newfoundland Cigarettes
The Atlantic Convenience Stores Association has released the findings of a new study that show high numbers of contraband cigarettes are widely available.
Kum & Go Manages Shrink, Inventory With ADC Software
The convenience store chain has begun using ADC’s recipe and scales management software for labeling its fresh food items.
FDA’s New Anti-Tobacco Campaign to Reach Hip-Hop Youth
The public education initiative dubbed “Fresh Empire” is designed to help hip-hop youth avoid tobacco.
Oct 6, 2015
ATM Fees Reach Record High
The fees customers pay to withdraw money have increased 21% over the past five years.
Cumberland Farms Participates in White House Summit on Worker Voice
Ari Haseotes of Cumberland Farms will join private sector leaders who share a commitment to making their workplaces more fair, productive and prosperous.
New Law Requires Retailers to Charge for Plastic Bags
England’s new law is intended to reduce the use of plastic bags in hopes of eliminating litter.
VERC Enterprises CEO Shares Value of Hiring Employees With Down Syndrome
NACS Board member Leo Vercollone says more than 20% of the company’s workforce consists of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Pepsi Goes ‘Back to the Future’ With New Promotion
Limited quantities of Pepsi Perfect will be available on October 21, paying homage to the future date Marty McFly travels to.
CITGO and Wahlburgers Celebrate New Boston Location
Event celebrated Boston’s first Wahlburgers restaurant, located in Fenway Park and adjacent to the iconic Boston CITGO sign, and highlighted benefits of the newly released Club CITGO mobile app.
Oct 5, 2015
New York Bank Believes Americans Can Remember a PIN
First Niagara Financial Group in Buffalo issues a chip and PIN card, while others in the banking community say consumers don’t want to be burdened with another four-digit number.
We Card September Awareness Month a Huge Success
Twenty-six governors issued proclamations and letters of support.
Biggest. Issue. Ever.
NACS Magazine’s October issue hits mailboxes this week with more than more than 190 pages of industry insights, ideas and best practices.
Sbarro Breathes New Life Into Pizza Business
QSR is opening new standalone units, taking the nearly 60-year-old brand out of the shopping mall and into the territory of large pizza chains.
Famima!! Closes Doors to L.A. Stores
Parent company FamilyMart announced plans to devote more resources to the rapidly growing convenience store market in Asia.
Oct 2, 2015
EPA Issues Potentially Costliest Regulations in History
The Environmental Protection Agency issued more stringent air quality standards for ground-level ozone, likely affecting the retail motor fuels market.
Debit Card Reform Should Progress More
Debit fees in the United States still remain among the highest in the industrialized world.
Stripes Convenience Stores Introduces Holiday Commemorative Cups
The retailer partnered with Coca-Cola to produce two limited-edition cups commemorating ‘Día de los Muertos.’
McDonald's Canada Launches New Self-Serve Kiosks
The Golden Arches will add both self-service kiosks and table service to its approximately 1,400 restaurants throughout Canada.
New Products Aim to Please Health-Conscious Customers
Food and beverage manufacturers are changing ingredients in existing products to make them healthier.
Energy Topics Dominated Congress This Week
The crude oil export ban and national energy policy took center stage.
Starbucks Expands Mobile Ordering Service to U.K.
Customers in the London area can order and pay for their beverages and snacks quickly via mobile phone.
Oct 1, 2015
House Committee Reviews Joint Employer Standard
At issue is the newer definition of ‘joint employer,’ meaning that franchisors and contractors may be liable for the labor practices of their franchisees and subcontractors.
Bastille Day for the Banks
After today’s October 1 EMV deadline, controlling the societal cost of fraud is squarely on the merchants’ back .
2016 NACS Global Forum Heads to South Africa
The four-day event will be held in Johannesburg and Cape Town next March.
Senators Introduce Legislation to Raise Smoking Age to 21
Ten senators are backing the proposal, which would limit the sale of tobacco products to adults 21 and older.
Appeals Court Allows New York to Forbid Credit Card Surcharges
The decision reverses an earlier ruling that found the state’s ban to be unconstitutional.
Coke, Detractors Continue to Fight Using Shame
An op-ed in Forbes discusses why that’s a losing strategy for both sides.
Hershey Unveils Spooky Treats
The chocolate candy company has Halloween versions of Reese’s, Kit Kat, Cadbury and candy corn.
Sep 30, 2015
Square One Markets Launches Dinner Kits
Time-starved customers in need of a quick, healthy meal can look no further than their local Square One Markets convenience store.
Strong Gas Sales Fuel Convenience Store Sales
Retailers are optimistic about the economy and their businesses for the upcoming fourth quarter.
U.S. Court Hears Challenge to $5.7B Visa, MasterCard Settlement
NACS and merchant groups are urging the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York to reject the deal.
Keurig Kold Aims to Change the Way Americans Drink Soda
The company that revolutionized coffee consumption has launched a cold version.
Pork Returns to Chipotle Menu
Chipotle has restored most of its pork supply and is again serving Carnitas in 90% of its restaurants.
Sep 29, 2015
Tyson Foods, NACS Donate Truckload of Protein to Las Vegas Food Bank
Three Square will distribute the donated food through its service network of agency partners.
Fuels Institute Announces 2015–2017 Leadership
Board of Directors, Board of Advisors and Officers were named at last week’s Fuels Institute Annual Meeting.
Wawa to Launch New Private-Label Consumer Credit Card
The retailer will partner with Citi Retail Services to unveil a new credit card for the c-store brand’s loyal customer base.
Shell Suspends Arctic Drilling in Alaska
Oil and gas found in the Burger J well are not sufficient to warrant further exploration.
Taco Bell Introduces Online Ordering and Payment
New website allows customers to personalize their orders and save their combinations for future ordering.
QSR Magazine Highlights Pricing Strategies
Article suggests six steps for developing customer-focused pricing strategies.
Sep 28, 2015
Fuels Institute Paves Path to Drive Change
The think tank’s third annual meeting brings insights on innovation, consumer behavior and changes in the transportation marketplace.
McDonald’s Tests 100% Organic Burgers
Locations in Germany will offer the ‘McB’ for a limited time to attract health-conscious consumers.
EPA Will Road Test All New Vehicles to Check Emissions
Following the Volkswagen diesel car scandal, the government agency says it will no longer rely exclusively on laboratory testing.
7-Eleven Adds More Markets to Postmates Partnership
Convenience retailer adds six markets to on-demand delivery service that now includes Slurpees.
Russia Says ‘No’ to GMOs
Food production in the country will not include any genetically modified organisms.
Sep 25, 2015
National Labor Relations Board Announces New Standard
Franchisors, contractors and firms that use workers supplied by other companies should be aware of the new joint employer status.
Durbin Calls for Further Changes in Swipe Fee Reform
In an op-ed, the Illinois senator declared that current fees don’t do enough to help retailers or consumers.
7-Eleven and PayNearMe Join Forces
The retailer and the financial services tech company launch an app for people to pay their bills with cash at participating stores.
The Struggles of Same-Day Delivery
Inventory issues and logistics difficulties present challenges for companies tackling same-day delivery.
Mondelēz International Fights Obesity
The snack food company launches programs promoting healthy eating in the U.S., Mexico and South Africa.
Speedway Raises Millions for Charity
The retailer raised more than $2 million for Children’s Miracle Network.
Sep 24, 2015
Federal Reserve Adopts NACHA’s Same-Day ACH Rule
The association calls the new rules a “game changer.”
QuikTrip Pilots New Restaurant Concept
The c-store chain has begun testing an in-store restaurant with seating at one of its truck stops in Tulsa.
Pump Prices Continue to Drop
Experts predict that U.S. gasoline prices will likely slide further down as inventories rise.
Couche-Tard Consolidates Retail Brands
The company will replace its current Circle K, Statoil, Mac’s and Kangaroo Express stores under the new global Circle K brand.
Judge Rejects NYC Foam Food Container Ban
The prohibition against restaurants using polystyrene containers went into effect in July.
DesignCrowd Launches New Subway Logo Contest
While not affiliated with the sandwich chain, the online design community asked members to revamp the Subway logo.
Sep 23, 2015
Increase Your NACS Show Productivity
Planning ahead for the NACS Show helps ensure that attendees gain maximum value from the event.
Dissecting Data Breaches, Debunking Myths
Trend Micro’s report on data breaches provides insight into how retailers can defend against hackers.
Convenience Stores Horn in on Supermarkets
As more consumers clamor for fresh food, convenience retailers are changing what they offer to meet that need.
Sheetz Gives National Coffee Day a Kick in the Beanz
Customers can enjoy free premium self-serve coffee on September 29.
Kroger Convenience Stores Test Better-for-You Options
The supermarket chain has brought some of its private-label Simple Truth food products to its convenience store brands.
Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay Now Available Nationwide
The coffeehouse chain has rolled out its app to more than 7,400 stores, with an international expansion coming next month.
Sep 22, 2015
Overcoming the Resistance to Change
CST Brands Chairman and CEO Kim Lubel and Mondelez CEO Irene Rosenfeld share with Fortune the biggest leadership lessons they’ve learned in the past year.
Will Chip Cards Cause Consumer Confusion?
With the Oct. 1 EMV deadline fast approaching, the financial services industry claims that merchants won’t be ready.
But Will It Come With Siri?
And will it be called the iCar? Apple plans to ship its first electric vehicle in 2019.
EPA Launches New Website for Underground Storage Tanks
‘What’s New’ box links directly to 2015 revised UST regulations, guide for petroleum vapor intrusion and UST corrective action training.
7-Eleven Offers Single-Serve Brew Cups
Retailer is also introducing a new Stay Hot cup that keeps coffee hot longer.
Sep 21, 2015
NACS Issues Menu-Labeling Compliance Assistance
Document provides a brief summary of the final rule and a general understanding of convenience retailer obligations to meet the December 1, 2016, compliance date.
Apple Moving Forward With Self-Driving Car
Documents show that executives have discussed autonomous vehicle plans with officials at California’s department of motor vehicles.
Frito-Lay Launches Rainbow Doritos to Support LGBT Youth
Limited-edition Doritos available to consumers who make an online donation of $10 or more to support the It Gets Better Project.
Hydrogen Fueling Expands in the U.K.
New station is ITM Power’s first publically accessible hydrogen refueling station.
Atlanta Retailers Foundation Makes Healthy Donation
Funds help with installation of outdoor fitness station in Atlanta.
Sep 18, 2015
Consumers Lack Chip Card Awareness
New survey shows that more than half of U.S. adults don’t know what a chip card is.
Candy Industry Sweetens U.S. Economy
New report reveals confectionery industry’s impact on jobs in agriculture, retail and transportation.
NACS Welcomes Bill to Address Flawed ACA Reporting Rules
Legislation would streamline reporting requirements for employers under the health-care law.
Government Sets Food Waste Reduction Goals
Obama administration has taken a sweeping stance to reduce food waste by 50% in the next 15 years.
CITGO, Red Sox Foundation Help Youth in Boston
Donation of $2,500 in gas gift cards benefits underserved children in the Boston community.
Sep 17, 2015
Oklahoma Moves Closer to Strong Beer, Wine at C-stores
A compromise from the liquor store contingent looks likely to end the stalemate that had blocked approval of strong beer and wine at grocery and convenience stores.
Kum & Go Opens New Ecofriendly Store in Des Moines
The store features fresh food and a variety of fuel options, including E15, E85 and diesel.
Taco Bell Courts Millennials With Beer, Wine
The first Taco Bell Cantina restaurant will open in Chicago next week.
Walmart Expands Grocery Pickup Locations at Neighborhood Markets
The increased locations are part of a test the discount retailer is conducting on curbside pickup of groceries.
West Virginia Toys With Raising Tobacco Taxes
Alabama is also considering a bump in its tobacco taxes.
Will Anheuser-Busch InBev Merge With SABMiller?
The merger would have a significant impact on the global market.
Sep 16, 2015
FDA Halts Sale of Four R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Products
Retailers have 30 days to dispose of inventory for Camel Crush Bold, Pall Mall Deep Set Recessed Filter, Pall Mall Deep Set Recessed Filter Menthol and Vantage Tech 13.
Target Partners With Instacart
The grocery delivery company is testing a pilot program with the discount retailer.
FreshStop Opens 200th South African Store
The leading convenience store in the country has averaged more than 30 new stores annually since 2009.
Gas and Grass Stations Opening in Colorado
The stations will offer fuel and medical marijuana.
California Embraces Electric Vehicles
The state has cornered the market on plug-in cars, with 45% of U.S. sales.
Mexico Contemplates Higher Soda, Snack Tax
The move could raise revenue by 130% next year.
Sep 15, 2015
FDA Releases Draft Menu Labeling Guidance
Agency says the draft guidance is intended to assist establishments with implementation of the menu-labeling rule.
Consumer Behavior Largely Unaffected by Falling Gas Prices
New NACS survey finds that declining gas prices have not increased consumer optimism about the economy.
Florida Legislator Proposes Online Lottery Sales
State senator wants to make lottery tickets available for purchase online.
7-Eleven Starts Weeklong Share a Slurpee Offer
Customers who buy a Slurpee can receive a second one for free.
McDonald’s Franchisees Skip Out on McRib
The number of locations selling the limited-time sandwich is down 20% from last year.
Sep 14, 2015
Vermont Soda Tax Creates Confusion
Retailers say the new guidelines add confusion as to which beverages should and should not include the additional sales tax.
Salt Warnings Issued for New York City Menus
Many chain restaurants would have to post a warning label on menus for dishes that contain more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium.
Amazon Tests Restaurant Delivery in Seattle
Service brings competition to Grubhub, Seamless and other start-ups that offer restaurant delivery via mobile apps.
New York Governor Proposes $15 Minimum Wage
Wage hike would apply to all New York residents statewide.
Surge Is Making a Comeback
After a 12-year hiatus, Coca-Cola’s popular citrus-flavored soda coming to store shelves.
Sep 11, 2015
Only 1 in 5 Cards Prepared for EMV Shift
Ahead of the Oct. 1 deadline, a staggering number of magnetic credit and debit cards don’t have chip technology.
Curbing Fraud, Data Loss
Attend the Sept. 24 Conexxus webinar on how to lower fraud and data loss at your operation.
USDA Announces Finalists for the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership
The 21 states will receive grants to bolster renewable fuel pumps at gas stations.
Whole Foods Market, Instacart Partnership Moves Mountains of Groceries
This month, the two companies celebrated their one-year partnership anniversary.
Hungary’s MOL Group Rolls Out New C-Store Prototype
Designed by CBX, the Fresh Corner brand focuses on hot drinks and food-to-go.
Stripes Convenience Stores Partners With MD Anderson
The convenience store chain will help raise funds and awareness for the children’s cancer hospital.
Google Expands Delivery Service
The express service is now available in smaller Midwestern cities.
Sep 10, 2015
Russian Gas Stations Mandate EV Chargers
The government has decreed that every gas station must have equipment to charge electric cars.
Is Hummus the Next Greek Yogurt?
The chickpea dip and spread has gained a following beyond its Middle Eastern roots.
Skimmers Target Virginia, Michigan Retailers
The two states join Florida as areas battling skimmers at the pump.
Industry Veteran to Acquire Morrisons’ C-Stores
U.K. retail veteran Mike Greene is on track to purchase the supermarket chain’s M Local convenience stores.
McDonald’s Transitioning to Cage-Free Eggs
The QSR announced a 10-year transition to cage-free eggs at its U.S. and Canadian operations.
QuickChek to Hydrate Thirsty Marathoners
The convenience store chain will provide water to runners at the Suffolk County Marathon & Half Marathon.
Sep 9, 2015
Make Room for Gen Z
The youngest generation already has formidable buying power, and it‘s essential to understand how they differ from previous generations.
Whole Foods 365: What’s In Store
As the brand gears up to unveil its new lower-price concept, NACS Show General Session speaker and Whole Foods CEO John Mackey will share retail insights.
Mission Market Expands Delivery and Online Ordering
Fullerton, California, retailer teams up to bring progressive convenience to a wider audience.
British Convenience Stores Among Most Positive Services
Research by U.K.’s Association of Convenience Stores reveals that c-stores have positive impact on communities.
Get Ready for Contactless Payments
Report predicts that frequency of contactless payments will grow by 100% this year.
Sep 8, 2015
Startup Takes the Station Out of Gas Purchases
Uber's cofounder backs a new startup called Purple, aiming to ensure consumers never have to pump gas again.
Proposed Overtime Regulations Use Flawed Methodology
NACS responds to Department of Labor’s proposed changes governing overtime pay.
NACS Show Expands General Sessions
For the first time, the NACS Show is giving attendees a full four days of general sessions.
CVS Claims Halting Tobacco Sales Has Reduced Smoking Rate
Drugstore chain says its move to stop selling tobacco products one year ago has caused people to buy 1% fewer packs of cigarettes in 13 states.
USDA Drafts Proposed SNAP Photo Requirements Regulations
Proposal will provide clarity for state agencies to implement the photo EBT card option.
Spinx Announces Business Management Program
New program helps students on their career path with tuition reimbursement and real-world business experience.
Sep 4, 2015
How the Expansion of Joint Employer Liability Can Affect Your Business
Upcoming webinar will explain recent court decision’s impact on labor and franchisor relationships.
Hunt Brothers Pizza Expands Overseas
C-store pizza leader brings service members a ‘taste of home’ on Germany military bases.
Ricker's Opens New Flagship Store
Columbus, Indiana store breaks the mold with product selection and fresh foodservice.
Fried Chicken Competition
Popeyes and KFC demonstrate that the $5 mark continues to be a key value play for fast-food chains.
A Caffeine ‘Crisis’?
Increasingly concerned about the spike in caffeine overdoses, FDA puts pressure on manufacturers.
Sugar and Spice from General Mills Convenience
New items appeal to consumers seeking spicy, sweet and gluten-free snacks.
Sep 3, 2015
Meet the Modern Foodie
As our culture becomes increasingly food-focused, targeting foodie consumers is key.
How ‘Quitting’ Can Help Increase Sales and Market Share
Motivational speaker Connie Podesta will share insights and inspiration at NACS Show general session on Oct. 12.
BP Driver Rewards Launches Fall Promotion
New program allows consumers to share their fuel savings, continuing to build loyalty base.
Mobile Addicts Are Taking Over
Report shows huge growth in smart devices globally, and in turn, more consumers addicted to devices.
Canadian C-Stores Recognized as Important Part of Community
Annual Atlantic Convenience Store Day raises awareness for c-store industry while raising money for charity.
Sep 2, 2015
Small Businesses Beware of Increased Fraud
As large companies implement EMV, fraud against small business is expected to soar.
Despite Consumer Dissatisfaction, McDonald’s Still on Top
Survey reveals that all-day breakfast and new menus are most likely to bring customers back to the golden arches.
Top Concerns for CFOs
Ongoing uncertainty over tax extender package among biggest concerns for executives.
7-Eleven Expanding On-Demand Delivery
Convenience retailer announces partnership with DoorDash for delivery in five new markets nationwide.
How the Fed Failed the U.S. on Swipe Fees
Editorial shares views on the failure of reform to alleviate excessive fees for merchants.
EPA Moves Closer to More Stringent Air Quality Standards
Updated ozone standard now in final review likely to have negative impact on retail fuels market.
Sep 1, 2015
“We Card” Hits 20-Year Milestone
September is We Card Awareness Month for iconic retail program.
How to Tap Into Your Personal Power
NACS Show session will guide participants in understanding power dynamics and developing a successful communications approach.
Protect Your POS
Free Conexxus webinar will guide retailers through PCI P2PE 2.0 Standard in order to keep point-of-sale equipment safe from malware.
Sheetz Offering First C-Store Private Label Credit Card
Partnership with First Bankcard expected to provide significant customer value and benefits.
Click-and-Collect Attractive to Consumers
Majority of consumers would elect to pick up online orders at a retail location to save delivery time or discounts.
Aug 31, 2015
Making News with Kwik Trip
Wisconsin-based retailer gets a congressional visit and leads the way with a $100,000 donation to local community center.
FDA Issues Final Guidance on No-Tobacco-Sale Orders
Agency will host webinar this week to discuss guidance and compliance for NTSOs.
Understanding the Market for EVs and High Octane Vehicles
Free webinar will address how retailers and marketers will be affected by new vehicle types.
New EPA Proposals Could Lead to More Specialized Fuel Blends
Classification revisions introduced this week revise 2008 Ozone Nonattainment Designations for 36 Areas of the United States.
Bottled Water Preparing to Flood the Market
Bottled water is on track to outsell soda by 2017, buoyed by dozens of new high-end waters.
Aug 28, 2015
Franchises to Be Affected by New Labor Standards
NLRB’s expansion of ‘joint employer’ standard likely to impact franchisor-franchisee relationship, increasing franchisor liability.
Federal Judge Blocks EPA’s New Waters of the U.S. Rule
13 states gain injunctive relief from latest clean water ruling, which would have gone into effect today.
Action Needed to Oppose California Petroleum Reduction Proposal
Proposed legislation would reduce petroleum availability by half in less than 15 years.
QuikTrip Is a Sanctuary for Those in Need
Through Safe Place program, Atlanta area QuikTrip locations have helped more than 500 teens in need this year.
Four Tips to Avoid Misleading Sales Tactics in EMV Transition
In lead-up to EMV liability shifts, don’t be fooled by EMV equipment sales pitches.
Aug 27, 2015
10 Ways to Improve the Shopper Experience
From customer service to digital tracking, retailers have the opportunity to make the shopping experience positive—and profitable.
Change is underway as the convenience industry embraces the financial and social potential of fresh produce sales.
Employee Background Checks: Know Your Liability
Webinar guides employers through the potential minefield of employee background checks under new federal policy.
‘Toaster’ Placed in Cafes to Sanitize Smartphones
Green Toaster is a smartphone cleaning device targeted to coffee shops, so users can sanitize their phone while they wait.
Coca-Cola Leading Efforts on Water Replenishment
Company and its partners aim to be the first food and beverage company to replenish all the water it uses.
Aug 26, 2015
Retailers Should Be Aware of Scammers Offering Assistance with SNAP Applications
USDA reports recent incidents of retailers falling victim to scam by a third party offering to expedite their SNAP applications.
Majority of Americans Say They Try to Avoid Drinking Soda
Gallup’s annual poll shows that almost two-thirds of Americans are avoiding both diet and regular soda.
U.S. Representative Rodney Davis Works a Shift at Qik-N-EZ
Congressman said he was impressed with c-store age verification efforts following NACS In Store experience.
Uber Eats Launches in Washington, D.C.
Uber network of drivers now delivering food via its app in eight cities across the country.
Embracing the Future
Collaboration is essential to developing innovative and evolving standards for the industry.
Aug 25, 2015
Chipotle Planning Massive Hiring Event
QSR leader plans to hire 4,000 employees in one day, as part of strategy to win in tightening labor market.
MillerCoors Launching Hard Soda Line in 2016
Brewer looking to regain market share with ready-to-drink alcohol that appeals to Gen X consumers.
EMV Just a First Step in More Secure Payment
As October deadline approaches, it’s clear that EMV is only part of the security process, not the solution.
Is Electric Vehicle Appeal Stagnating?
New poll reveals that consumer interest in EVs has not increased in past few years, remaining steady at about 3% of market share.
CITGO Sponsors Muscular Dystrophy Association Event
As a long-time supporter of MDA, CITGO-sponsored event raised more than $90,000.
Aug 24, 2015
Target Stores to Test New Foodservice Offers
Hot dogs and nachos will be replaced with more gourmet fare from fast-casual chain Freshii at nine stores.
Protecting Our Personal Freedoms
In an era where the rights of citizens are being debated and upheld, smokers and responsible sellers of legal tobacco products continue to face discrimination.
Soda Tax Fail
A Cornell-University of Iowa analysis of Berkeley, California’s soda tax reveals that the measure is fizzling.
Americans Embrace Global Cuisines
New survey finds that 80% of consumers eat at least one ethnic meal per month.
Retailers Carve Shelf Space for Pumpkin Beers
Fall favorites are coming to stores early this year to capitalize on seasonal craft beer sales.
Aug 21, 2015
More Consumers Say No to GMOs
Food transparency and a more non-industrialized approach to ingredients is gaining attention.
New Study Reveals Debit Card Impact on Merchants
Richmond Federal Reserve study investigates the influence of the Durbin Amendment on merchants' costs of accepting debit cards.
California Panel Approves Six Anti-Tobacco Bills
Measures include raising the smoking age to 21 and banning the use of e-cigarettes in public.
Kellogg Combines Two Treats Into One
CPG introduces Rice Krispies Treats Blasted with M&M’s exclusively to convenience stores.
Propel Introduces First Public Access to Diesel HPR
Southern California drivers now have access to high performance renewable diesel fuel.
Aug 20, 2015
Zipcar D.C. Partners With 7-Eleven
Car-sharing network’s vehicles are available for reservation at nine 7-Eleven locations in the Washington, D.C., area.
County Market Stores Deploy Beacon Technology
Illinois-based retailer is the first independent supermarket to implement beacon technology across all locations.
When Women Shop
New study finds working women make grocery trips after work and opt for smaller formats for fill-in needs.
$30 Crude Oil Could Be Looming
With U.S. oil dropping to just above $41 a barrel on Wednesday, analysts say crude dipping into the $30s is possible.
U.K. Study Endorses E-Cigarettes
Researchers say electronic cigarettes are 95% safer than tobacco equivalents.
Survey Says Kiddie Meals Are Full of Salt
Half of all meals (53%) at fast-food restaurants contain more than half a days’ worth of salt for children aged 4 to 6, according to the World Action on Salt & Health.
Aug 19, 2015
10 Facts About Starbucks Evenings Stores
After nearly five years of experimenting with the concept, Starbucks is ready to move full steam ahead with its Evenings menu.
C-Store Association Backs ‘Reasonable’ Cigarette Tax Hike
Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association supports increasing the state’s cigarette excise tax by 23 cents per pack.
BP Refinery Outage Leads to Higher Midwest Gasoline Prices
Unplanned outage at the Whiting, Indiana, refinery is affecting gas prices across the Midwest region.
Finally, Some Good News for McDonald’s
Breakfast at the Golden Arches hits high marks with consumers.
CITGO Commemorates 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
Partnership with Audubon Nature Institute reflects on long-term coastal restoration efforts.
Aug 18, 2015
When Someone Else Tells Your Story
Even a company like Amazon is vulnerable to losing its own narrative.
Whole Foods Co-Founder to Speak at the NACS Show
John Mackey, co-CEO and co-founder of Whole Foods Market, is the latest speaker added to the four-day general session line-up at the 2015 NACS Show.
Chicago Businesses Band to Block ‘Fat Tax’
Penny-an-ounce tax on sugary beverages would be Chicago’s third tax levied on soft drinks.
Pumpkin Spice Latte Battle: Oh, It’s On
The fall time favorite is getting a makeover at Starbucks and Panera.
Morrisons Moves Closer to C-Store Sell-Off
Britain’s fourth-largest supermarket chain is in advanced talks to sell off its M Local convenience stores.
Aug 17, 2015
TIME offers five interesting facts about the evolution of breakfast fare.
Gain an Edge at the NACS Show
Convenience and fuel retailing industry technology professionals are invited to participate in Technology Edge at the upcoming NACS Show.
Why You Shouldn’t Skip Vacations
Forgoing time off could cost you a promotion, according to a recent study.
QuickChek Aids Thousands of Families in Need
Now is a critical time for donations, as many school-aged children are without access to food programs during the summer months.
FEMSA Enters Drugstore Business in South America
OXXO parent company invests in Socofar, the leading drugstore operator in Chile and Colombia.
Aug 14, 2015
Are You a Face in the Crowd?
Survey shows that majority of consumers would not patronize retailers that use facial recognition technology.
U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise Visits Louisiana On the Run Store
NACS In Store event gives high-ranking congressman the opportunity see c-store operations firsthand.
Iran Nuclear Accord Could Mean Additional Crude Production
If agreement moves forward, Iranian inventories could boost global supply by 100,000 barrels per day.
Five Tips for Retailers Making the Move to EMV
With less than two months until the liability shift deadline, retailers should know what questions to ask and answer.
Detroit Gas Station Owners Consider Suing City
Retailers, many of them Arab-American, consider legal action over recurring licensing and ticketing issues.
Shock Top Launches Shock The California Drought Campaign
Beer brand teams with crowdfunding platform and state water organizations to fund water-saving innovations.
Aug 13, 2015
Illinois Congressman Goes In Store with NACS
Representative John Shimkus works behind the counter to learn about c-store concerns.
What’s New at the NACS Show?
42nd annual NACS Show continues to reinvent itself with new offerings for attendees.
Hipster Website Lists ‘Drive-Thru Americana’
NACS Ideas 2 Go retailer featured among top 10 gas stations that ‘break the mold.’
Indiana Refiner Breakdown Sends Midwest Gas Prices Soaring
Crude unit at Midwest’s largest refinery could be out of service for up to a month, leading to regionally high wholesale prices.
Convenience Stores Thriving in Vietnam
Modern c-stores quickly replacing more traditional markets for younger, busier shoppers.
Aug 12, 2015
Dollar General Committing to Beauty
Discount retailer giving a renewed emphasis to multicultural beauty products through new product lines and in-store magazine.
Halal Products Represent Opportunity for Retailers
Growing global Muslim population means business for retailers who feature halal products.
Natural Gas Vehicles Have Little Greenhouse Gas Benefit
New research finds little reduction in lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from medium- and heavy-duty natural gas vehicles.
Be Informed, Take Action
Building a relationship with elected officials and sharing your voice on issues that affect your business can make a difference.
Congress Should Pay More Attention to Payment Security
In the wake of data breaches, congressional conversation should focus on need for chip and PIN.
Aug 11, 2015
Are You Selling America’s Hottest Gift?
Surveys show that gift cards are most requested item for the eighth year in a row.
Consumers Taking Notice of Falling Gas Prices
Americans feeling optimistic, planning to drive more this month.
Few U.S. Consumers Have New Chip Cards
Just over 10% of consumers have received new cards, according to recent survey.
QSRs Cutting Back on Menu Size
Smaller menus allow chains to increase speed and efficiency.
Convenience Stores Becoming Favorite for Shopping in UAE
Analysts expect the number of c-stores in Emirates to double in the next five years.
Aug 10, 2015
Retailers Fight for Convenience
In the race to dominate the retail landscape, the convenience factor wins.
Keurig Sets Sights on Kold
With shares dropping and cuts to its workforce, Keurig Green Mountain looks to get its buzz back.
Amy’s Kitchen Opens Restaurant
Organic frozen food brand opens first drive-thru restaurant in California.
Aspartame-Free Pepsi Hits Store Shelves
Reformulated Diet Pepsi will roll out nationwide this week, in a bid to reverse sluggish diet soda sales.
Proposed Plastic Bag Ban Peeves C-Stores
Oregon proposal to ban single-use plastic bags in Mill City would inconvenience customers.
The Incredible Edible $6 Eggs
Analysts warn that egg prices could get pricier and warn of another bird flu outbreak this year.
Aug 7, 2015
More Gas Stations, Restaurants in Post-Katrina New Orleans
Census report shows that while overall number of businesses still down from 2005, fuel retailers and hospitality have made a comeback.
Senate Delays Voting on Cybersecurity Bill
Senators unable to agree on aspects of controversial legislation, agree to reintroduce at “a time to be determined.”
Are Beer Prices Headed Higher?
Several companies signal plans to raise prices due to higher production costs and market factors.
Major Brands Join for Hiring Initiative
100,000 Opportunities Initiative represents the largest employer-led coalition to meaningful youth employment opportunities.
Don’t Write the Boomers Off Yet
Despite focus on Millennials, Baby Boomers continue to impact the consumer landscape.
Aug 6, 2015
Wawa Moves Big Step Closer to Beer Sales
Township in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, okays retailer’s plan for beer sales.
The ACA Is Here to Stay
What employers need to know, now that the Affordable Care Act appears to be the law of the land.
Better-for-You Snack Bars Coming to Market
Hershey’s introduces Brookside Fruit & Nut Bars to address healthier snacking opportunities.
Natural Gas Stations Expected to Reach Nearly 39,000 Globally by 2025
Report finds that proliferation of natural gas as a fuel for vehicles is tied to government incentives and density of infrastructure.
Lawson to Open C-Stores in Tokyo Subway Stations
New stores will offer a variety of services, while catering to needs of tourists.
Aug 5, 2015
Judge Throws Out American Express Settlement
Judge rules that lawyer misconduct is grounds to reject class action settlement in its entirety.
NACS Member Advocates Against Higher Tobacco Taxes
Op-ed shares why raising tobacco taxes would be bad news for western Pennsylvania retailers.
Fuel Dispenser Orders Surge Before EMV Deadline
Gilbarco cites record month of orders as retailers act to upgrade ahead of EMV liability shift deadline.
Trading Beer for Bananas
Healthy Retail SF teaches c-stores in San Francisco’s food deserts how to shift to healthier options.
Austrian Court Snuffs Out Planned E-Cigarette Restriction
Court rules that blocking retailers’ right to trade freely is unconstitutional.
Aug 4, 2015
Hybrid Healthy Food Store Eyes Expansion
Snap Kitchen locations feature freshly made pre-packaged healthy meals to go.
Lottery Ticket Sales at Gas Pumps Fuel Gambling Concerns
California Lottery’s new Play at the Pump program lets drivers buy Quick Pick tickets while paying for gas at the pump.
Hawaii First Lady Recognizes Aloha Petroleum for Promoting Healthy Options
Choose Healthy Now initiative demonstrates that convenience stores are a destination for healthy foods and beverages.
Minimum Wage’s Impact on Limited-Service Restaurants
Study suggests a $15 an hour minimum wage at limited-service restaurants would increase prices by more than 4%.
Wine Trend Is Sparkling
Sparkling wines such as Moscato and Prosecco are becoming popular among young adult consumers.
Chevron’s Game Day Chef Challenge Underway
Food contest will determine who can top last year’s winning cashew crusted fried chicken sliders with apricot, sesame and root beer bacon jam recipe.
Aug 3, 2015
Is Your Store Fit to Be Fresh?
New NACS resource provides tips for retailers to build and expand fresh produce offerings.
Department of Labor Takes on Employment Practices
Convenience retailers should prepare for heightened enforcement of labor practices, due to latest policies from DOL.
Millennials More Diverse Than Many Assume
New research shows that there are big differences between coastal dwellers and those in the Heartland, when it comes to this all-important demographic.
New EPA Policy Expanding Protected Waters Could Affect Retailers
To meet federal compliance deadline, fuel retailers should assess if locations affect protected “Waters of the United States.”
NACS Sends Data Security Priorities to Senate
Senate may consider essential cybersecurity legislation this week.
Senate Passes Long-Term Highway Legislation
Bill would once again use underground storage tank (UST) funds to pay for highways.
Jul 31, 2015
Congress Passes Temporary Highway Funding Measure
Three-month spending patch is the 34th such extension since 2009.
EMV Adoption May Benefit Mobile Payment
As consumers learn to ‘dip’ instead of ‘swipe,’ longer transaction time may push more toward use of mobile payments.
CPGs Keep Pace With Consumer Demand
More brands are re-formulating old products and introducing new ones to appeal to health-conscious consumers.
Are Low Diesel Prices Affecting Market for Diesel Vehicles?
As average diesel price dips below regular fuel, some anticipate increased market for diesel cars and trucks.
Plans Announced for First 7-Eleven in Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City location, the country’s first, is expected to open in mid-2017.
Jul 30, 2015
Fill ‘Er Up
Fuel and foodservice present an opportunity for great meals and community connections.
New Report Analyzes Fuel Prices and Auto Sales
Fuels Institute study shows that fuel prices do not necessarily influence vehicle purchasing.
Lawyer Emails May Affect Swipe Fees Cases
Merchant groups challenge class-action antitrust pact following release of lawyer email records.
Drink Your Veggies
Campbell Soup Company hopes for successful trial run of new V8 Infused Water.
CurrentC Planning Test Launch With Dunkin’ Donuts
Donut chain announces partnership with both Apple Pay and CurrentC.
Jul 29, 2015
New Online Training Platform Available for C-Stores
NACS e-Learning enables convenience store companies to streamline delivery and management of staff training.
Rita’s Italian Ice Makes Move to Convenience Channel
Italian Ice concept opens first fuel retailer location in California, with 60 more planned throughout the country by 2025.
Are You Ready for the Internet of Things?
Number of connected devices expected to nearly triple by 2020, to more than 38 billion units.
FDA Proposes Additional Nutritional Information for Packaged Foods
Proposed rule would require inclusion of 'added sugars' on nutrition labels.
Ricker's Opens New Flagship Store
Edinburgh, Indiana, location features a sleek design and innovative foodservice offers.
Jul 28, 2015
Is Amazon Planning a Drive-Thru Grocery?
Online giant’s next move could be a major disruptor for brick-and-mortar grocery channel.
Massachusetts Bills Aim to Protect Existing Tobacco Sales
Several bills introduced in response to last year’s attempt to ban tobacco sales by one Massachusetts town.
Americans Are Eating Less, for the First Time in Decades
Study shows that calorie consumption has declined in recent years, due in part to changing attitudes toward health.
Shell U.K., PayPal Launch Smartphone App
Customers can now pay for fuel at the pump through the Fill Up & Go smartphone app.
Getting Great Ideas from Customers
When seeking customer feedback, the less personal interaction, the more innovative the suggestions.
Jul 27, 2015
Leadership, Professional Development Highlight NACS Show
General session keynotes bring executive-level expertise to the stage at upcoming NACS Show in Las Vegas.
Gas Tax: Raise or Phase Out?
USA Today Editorial Board weighs in on Washington’s federal gas tax debate.
Senate Committee Weakens Swipe Fee Reforms
Tell your senator that you oppose any action that would reduce number of banks subject to debit fee reform.
7-Eleven Stores Unveil New, Larger Stores
Independent chain in Oklahoma expands convenience store format to include a kitchen and prepared foods.
Krispy Kreme Brings RTD Iced Coffees Beyond the Donut Shop
Donut chain launches its ready-to-drink iced coffees nationwide at convenience and grocery stores.
Pediatric Cancer Foundation Recognizes The Radiant Group
Tampa-based convenience and fuel retailer donated $509,149 to PCF in the past seven years.
Jul 24, 2015
Five Strategies for Reaching Millennials
Mobile and multichannel among the areas key to appealing to millennial consumers.
Diesel Prices Catch Up to Regular Gasoline
For the first time in nearly six years, the average price of diesel fuel has fallen below regular, due to a variety of seasonal and market factors.
Weights and Measures Considers Important Issues for Fuel Retailers
National Conference on Weights and Measures postpones decision on diesel gallon equivalency and addresses need for new diesel filters.
Rumor Has It: McDonald’s to Serve Breakfast All-Day
Corporate memo hints that all-day breakfast may go national as soon as this fall.
United Kingdom Living Wage a Concern for Retailers
Cost of proposed living wage could be harmful for retailers, says U.K. convenience association.
House Subcommittee Questions Obama’s Overtime Proposal
Hearing was opportunity to question how proposal would affect business operations, including employees’ hours and compensation.
Jul 23, 2015
New York’s Proposed $15 Wage Includes Many Convenience Workers
Definition of fast-food establishments would include many convenience stores, as written.
Tax Extenders Package Includes Changes to Biodiesel Credit
NACS and other groups voiced opposition to change, which shifts biodiesel blenders’ credit to the producer.
Lack of Time, Expertise Are Top Obstacles to EMV Readiness
Survey of IT experts finds that majority also think chip and PIN should be required.
Senator Durbin Weighs in on Debit Swipe Fee Reform
On five-year anniversary of financial reform law, senator speaks up on his Durbin Amendment.
Wawa Beer Sales Request on Hold
Convenience store chain will wait until August for possible approval on beer sales.
More Japanese C-Stores Offering Pick-Up Services
Three big chains have partnered with a dozen online sites for convenient pick-ups, with plans to expand this year.
Jul 22, 2015
Consumers Demand Speed of Service
Survey shows that almost 90% of consumers want their checkout experience to be faster, while expressing disappointment with customer service at the register.
Love’s Travel Stops Sees Success With Fresh
Retailer is just one of many convenience stores meeting the increased consumer demand for fresh foods.
Merchants Laud Benefits of Dodd-Frank on Five-Year Anniversary
Debit swipe fee reform has saved consumers almost $6 billion annually over the past five years.
Prioritizing Tech Investments
Operators are more reliant than ever on technology, but still face obstacles on cost, training and customer service.
Dunkin’ Donuts Continuing California Expansion
Donut chain plans West Coast expansion with 26 new stores in San Francisco and Fresno areas.
Jul 21, 2015
Visa Hopes to Bring Payments to Your Car
Integrated service would allow consumers to make mobile payments through their vehicles, such as fuel purchases.
Banks Refuse to Give Up on Signature Cards, Despite Lack of Security
Banks say they don’t want to burden consumers with remembering a PIN, despite the additional security.
Target Opening More Small Format Locations
The retailer is opening a new 16,000-square-foot TargetExpress store in St. Paul, its second smallest to date.
CPGs Join for S’Mores Campaign
NACS Hunter Club members Hershey, Mondelez and Kraft Heinz join forces to market s’mores beyond summer.
Free EV Charging at Sponsored Chargers
Drivers can charge up for free at Volta electric vehicle terminals thanks to advertising and sponsorships.
Jul 20, 2015
Summer-Blend Fuel Brings Better Mileage
NACS explains lesser-known benefit for drivers in the summertime: increased fuel efficiency.
Seltzer Water Sparkles in Packaged Beverages Category
Health-conscious consumers have created a sweet spot for carbonated waters.
Massive Chicken Recall
Aspen Foods is recalling nearly 2 million pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken.
Conexxus, IFSF, nexo Partnership Ensures Availability of ISO 20022 Standards
New partnership represents the interests and requirements of fuel retailing in global standards.
Free Gas Winner Pays It Forward
Winner of free gas for a year from Spinx gives prize to family with child in neo-natal intensive care unit.
Jul 17, 2015
Chipotle Giving Away Free Food
Customers can earn free food by playing interactive “Friend or Faux” online game, which takes aim at fast-food competitors.
Labor Department Weighs in on Worker Classification
New government guidance suggests more businesses should designate workers as employees and not independent contractors.
Pabst Brewing Company Returns to Milwaukee
Iconic Pabst Brewing Co. will stay true to its roots but also jump on the craft beer trend with new small-batch brews.
Hispanic Consumers Boost Foodservice Opportunities
The growing U.S. Hispanic population is shaping the foodservice industry, according to Technomic research.
Retailers Take a Bite out of Apple Pay
Study reveals that more than 67% of Apple Pay users feel the mobile payment service is more secure than swiping cards.
Consumers Highly Rate Wawa and Costco as Places to Fuel Up
New Market Force study suggests fresh food and high-end coffee may be luring motorists to certain retail chains.
Jul 16, 2015
N.C. C-Store Owner Gets Money Back from IRS
Business owner receives $107,000 back from improper federal seizure, but may still be on the hook for legal fees.
Representative Proposes Gas Tax Increase
Washington state representative suggests raising federal gas tax by 15 cents per gallon.
General Mills Spotlights Convenience and Foodservice
Company expands grab and go offer to capture increasing share of food-away-from-home spending.
Summer Gas Prices Are Lowest in Years
Average fuel price expected to be at its lowest since 2009, according to this month’s energy outlook.
Casey’s Bids Farewell to Longtime CEO
For the first time in more than 25 years, a new CEO will take the helm at Casey’s General Stores.
Jul 15, 2015
California Gas Prices on the Rise
Despite continuing low fuel prices nationwide, refinery issues are resulting in high prices, particularly in Los Angeles area.
Congresswoman Seeks National Age Limit for E-Cigarettes
Connecticut representative hopes to close loophole that allows online purchase of e-cigarettes by minors.
QuickChek Launching Q Café at Hot Air Balloon Festival
New Q Café model will feature 40 hand-crafted drinks during three-day festival.
Prepare to Face the Future of Fueling
Fuels Institute Annual Meeting will provide an opportunity for diverse interests to collaborate on building the road ahead.
Canadian Corner Stores Getting Fresh
Corner stores in Toronto are putting a renewed emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables in their displays.
Jul 14, 2015
Minneapolis Bans Flavored Cigars from C-Stores
Following passage of ban, retailer pens editorial criticizing law that will ‘move products out of the hands of responsible retailers.’
Get the Facts on Our Industry
NACS State of the Industry Fact Book now available, providing detailed statistics on years of industry data.
Economic Optimism Falls, But Are Gas Prices to Blame?
Consumers say they’ll drive less when gas prices hit $3.65, from this month’s average of $2.79.
Adapt and Overcome
As the other tobacco products category continues to gain market share, advanced category management can help maximize sales.
Seven-Eleven Japan Develops Fast Duty-Free Checkout
Automated process will cut duty-free transaction time from 15 minutes down to five, in hopes of greater tourist business.
QuikTrip Donates Ferguson Site to Urban League
Construction begins on site of former c-store that was burned during last year’s unrest.
Jul 13, 2015
Craft Beer Boom Puts Pressure on State Regulations
Some states consider changing their current laws to capture the craft beer industry’s tax revenue potential.
Students Offer Glimpse Into Future of Transportation
Winning submissions from Fuels Institute’s first-ever student case competition now available online.
American Express Launches Amex Express Checkout
Much like PayPal, the new service uses a card member’s password instead of a card number or swiping a card for purchases.
Battle of the Bad-for-You Foods?
Study suggests that dining on fast-food “no worse” than eating a full-service meal.
Domino’s Launches Pizza Tracker App
Apple Watch owners look no further than their wrist to track their Domino’s order.
Jul 10, 2015
FDA Delays Menu Labeling Rule Until December 2016
One-year delay is positive news but legislation is still needed to resolve issues at heart of menu rule and make compliance flexible and reasonable for our channel.
Canadians Say Grocery Meals Are Better Than Fast Food
Four of 10 consumers think supermarkets offer better value than fast food and more than half think they offer healthier options.
European Union Files Antitrust Complaint Against MasterCard
EU concerned that credit card giant is artificially raising card fees.
CST Brands, Phillips 66 Announce New Partnership
Partnership diversifies fuel offerings and strengthens co-branding for fuel and convenience retail operations.
Consumers Distrustful When It Comes to Data Security
Close to half of consumers say a retailer data breach is likely in the next year.
Iconic Coke Bottle Approaching Centennial
Coca-Cola bottle is getting ready to celebrate its 100th birthday.
Jul 9, 2015
Majority of Americans Agree You Should Be 21 to Buy Tobacco
Three out of every four American adults favor increasing the minimum age from 18 to 21, even among smokers.
Congress Continues Data Breach Discussions
NACS statement to Senate says that payment card industry has “consistently put the profits of the companies that control it before good security.”
Mobile Commerce Ready for Prime Time
Upcoming Conexxus webinar will provide the latest updates on mobile payments for fuel retailers.
Taco Bell to Begin Delivery Service in 90+ Cities
Partnership with DoorDash app will bring tacos to your door in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas areas.
Digital Wallet Battle Heats Up
Despite increasing number of platforms, consumers still not embracing digital wallet technology.
Jul 8, 2015
Clouds on the Horizon for Vaping Industry
Anticipated FDA rules likely to require expensive approval process for all vape products, leading to possible “vapocalypse.”
Dollar Tree Completes Family Dollar Acquisition
Newly combined retailers will operate more than 13,000 stores throughout U.S. and Canada.
A Reason to Shine
When integrated thoughtfully, beacons can guide c-store shoppers to increased purchasing.
Don’t Underestimate Social Media’s Buying Influence
Study shows that Facebook is the most influential platform for those making shopping decisions.
Powerball Odds Are Changing
Multistate game changing to create more winners of smaller prizes.
Jul 7, 2015
Is Your State Business-Friendly?
New rankings place Minnesota at the top, based on multiple measures of competitiveness.
Retailers Need Flexibility on Menu Labeling
Support the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act, to ensure compliance that is flexible and reasonable and to protect your employees from potential criminal penalties for labeling mistakes.
Vermont Soda Tax Goes into Effect
In addition to 6% tax on sodas, vending machine purchases now taxed at 9%.
Auto Manufacturers Plan Hydrogen Fueling Network
Honda, Nissan and Toyota partner on effort to support construction of hydrogen stations throughout Japan.
Starbucks Raising Coffee Prices
Brewed coffee drinks will cost 5 to 20 cents more, while Frappucinos and food items remain unchanged.
Jul 6, 2015
Mexico Begins Taxing Convenience Foods
Beginning this month, a 16% tax will apply to all pre-packaged and ready-made food at c-stores.
NACS Comments on Proposed Same-Day ACH Transactions
NACS clarifies position on Fed proposal that would incorporate transaction fees into same-day ACH.
Proposed Michigan Gas Tax Increase Meets with Objections
Fuel retailers and legislators concerned that businesses near state border will see significant losses if tax is passed.
Tribal Recognition Allows Indians to Bypass State Taxes
Obama Administration recognizes Virginia’s Pamunkey Tribe, causing concern for state fuel industry.
Tobacco Use Drops in Alaska as E-Cigarettes Surge
Difficult to make definitive connection between e-cigarette use and decreasing tobacco use, in part because e-cigs not taxed by state.
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.
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.
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.