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Oct 24, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 23, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 22, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 21, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 20, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 16, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 15, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 14, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 13, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 10, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 9, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 8, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 7, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 6, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 3, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 2, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Oct 1, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 30, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 29, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 26, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 25, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 24, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 23, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 22, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 19, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 18, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 16, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 15, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 12, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 11, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 10, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 9, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 8, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 5, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 4, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 3, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 2, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Aug 29, 2014

Walmart Will Debut EMV-Enabled MasterCards
Cardholders can expect to receive new cards within a few weeks.

To Cash, or Not to Cash
Depending who you ask, cash is still king … or not.

BP to Roll Out Network-Wide Technology Offer
Technology upgrades to meet global card standards will be introduced in early 2015.

7-Eleven Partners with Belly for Expanded Loyalty Program
Partnership will bring expanded loyalty offer to 2,600 stores nationwide.

Canadian Politicians Go Behind the Counter
Nova Scotia Convenience Store Day brings recognition to industry.

DCC Energy Agrees to Acquire France’s Esso SAF
Acquisition will bring DCC Energy’s total European retail stations to 672.

Aug 28, 2014

Retail Gas Prices Fall Heading Into Labor Day
U.S. average retail price was lowest price on the Monday before Labor Day since 2010.

Latest E-Cigarette Push Gets a Reality Check
Sales shifting from c-stores to vape shops.

Convenience Stores As a Safe Haven
Seoul, South Korea, uses convenience stores as a safe shelters for women in need.

Two Things for Retailers to Get Right
Independent retailers have the tools they need to compete against the big guys.

Ideas From Coca-Cola on Boosting C-Store Sales
Coca-Cola offers Smartwater racks, summer campaign and holiday promotions.

Aug 27, 2014

Members of Congress Go ‘In Store’ with NACS
Inaugural “NACS In Store” gives congressmen an inside view of the c-store business.

Serious Business
NACS summarizes the “CannaBusiness” session at the Smoker Friendly Conference.

Canadian C-Store Association Issues E-Cig Recommendations
Organization suggests age verification, encourages policymakers to work with retailers.

A New Type of Special Teams: Payments matches up the top companies when it comes to payments.

Stripes Partners with MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital
September is “Stripes Stores Celebrates Tomorrows” month for customers.

Aug 26, 2014

Snack Food-Style Marketing to Make Veggies Appealing
Brands and grocers taking a new approach to make healthy foods fun to eat — and buy.

Pay — and Play — at the Pump
California Lottery unveils a new way to purchase lotto tickets at gas stations.

Don’t Lose Customers: Get Smarter About Line Management
Tips to help retailers analyze customer behavior and better manage register lines.

Referendum on Expanded Wine Sales Moving Forward in Tennessee
More than 60 communities have submitted petitions to allow vote on expanding wine sales to c-stores and groceries.

Wyoming Begins Selling Lottery Tickets
Thousands of residents competed for the honor of buying state’s first ticket.

Aug 25, 2014

Coin Digital Credit Card Replacement Begins Soft Launch
Designed to replace physical credit cards, Coin starts usage testing with 10,000 consumers.

In Memoriam: Former NACS President Sam Thompson, Jr.
Thompson led NACS Board in 1973.

Kwik Trip Opens 28th CNG Station
Company has developed a functional CNG fueling infrastructure throughout several states.

Burger King in Talks to Buy Tim Hortons
Acquisition would create world’s third largest QSR, valued at $18 billion.

‘Paying It Forward’ at Starbucks
Florida location is latest to make news with 450-plus customers buying drinks for fellow patrons.

Aug 22, 2014

Target Data Breach Strains Q2 Earnings
Months after incurring a data breach that compromised data from 70 million customers, Target is still feeling the pinch.

SD City Council Overrides Mayor, Approves Minimum Wage Hike
Rate hike to $9.75 to take effect January 1, 2015.

“Venmo Me” is New Money Exchange Directive of Millennials
Peer-to-peer payment app Venmo is achieving strong growth among Gen Y consumers.

Hoosier Lottery Generates Record Sales
Private management company falls short of stated goal, but sets sales record in its first full year on the job.

Not So Fast: Family Dollar Rejects Takeover Bid by Dollar General
Discount chain cites antitrust concerns in rejecting Dollar General offer.

Oregon Considers 363-Mile Long Smoking Ban
Restriction would make Oregon the first state to ban smoking at Oregon parks along its coastline.

Aug 21, 2014

More Talk Than Walk, When It Comes to Healthy Eating
Research shows disconnect between consumers’ desire for a healthy lifestyle and actual behavior.

Banks Are Profiting From Everything We Buy
From burgers to back-to-school, banks — not retailers — bring in the big bucks.

Taking the Mystery Out of Background Checks
Free webinar: Simple strategies can help employers understand the complicated process.

Time to Level the Playing Field for Beer and Wine Sales in Ontario
Report recommends a more competitive system for alcohol sales.

Philippines’ FamilyMart May Begin Franchising
Company seeks ideal mix of company-owned and franchised outlets.

Nice N Easy to Be Sold to CST Brands
Texas-based company will acquire 77 locations from central New York chain of c-stores.

Aug 20, 2014

Uber Prepares to Launch “Corner Store” Service
Drivers will deliver convenience store items in Washington, D.C., test launch.

Continuing Data Breaches Spur Effort to Boost Card Security
Banks and retailers speed up drive to add chips to cards.

Tim Hortons Uses Dark Humor to Launch New Coffee
Marketing stunt turns stores black, inside and out.

Couche-Tard Considers Minority Stake in Sinopec
Canadian c-store chain on short list to purchase stake in Chinese fuel network.

British Photographer Idealizes Brightly Lit Gas Stations
Stations shine “like a beacon of hope in the night for a weary traveler.”

Aug 19, 2014

NACS Asks Supreme Court to Hear Debt Swipe Fee Appeal
Request is for highest court to decide case that affects consumers and retailers more than 100 million times every day.

Economics Drives Buying Decisions on Alternative Fuels and Vehicles
Fuel economy and vehicle cost are most important factors, according to Fuels Institute consumer poll.

BP Supports Veterans and Active Duty Service Members
Company sponsors Valor Games Midwest, introduces #WallOfThanks campaign.

The Fight for Family Dollar
Dollar General outbids Dollar Tree for Family Dollar with $9.7 billion offer.

Japanese Convenience Stores Offer New Entertainment, Food Options
From karaoke to fresh baked bread, c-stores try to differentiate in a competitive market.

Aug 18, 2014

Supervalu Confirms Data Breach
‘Criminal intrusion’ affected the network that processes payment card transactions.

Dating Site Launches Career ‘Matchmaking’ Service
eHarmony is taking its dating skills to the hiring and recruiting business.

McDonald’s Tests Automated Cashiers
Touchscreens allow customers to pay without waiting in line or interacting with cashiers.

Walmart Finds Bright Spot in Smaller Formats
Same-store sales for Walmart’s Neighborhood Market stores rose 5.6% during Q2.

New National Lottery Game Coming Soon
Monopoly Millionaire's Club will make its debut on October 19 in Indiana.

Family Express Unveils New Espresso Offering
New machines will brew fresh, custom hot and iced espresso beverages.

Aug 15, 2014

Shrinking Revenue Spurs Gas Tax Alternatives
Several states test programs to tax miles driven, not gallons purchased.

State Lotteries Increase Use of Loyalty Programs
Loyalty programs take lotteries’ focus off of winning or losing.

Federal Court Upholds N.C. Ethanol Blending Law
North Carolina law expands ethanol blending opportunities for marketers.

Millennials Crave Adventurous Breakfast Options
Innovative offerings key to luring younger demographics for morning meals.

Burger King Says ‘Adieu’ to Healthier Fries
Not a hit with consumers, lower fat Satisfries will be coming off the chain’s menu.

Aug 14, 2014

Chick-fil-A Enters Gourmet Coffee Race
Company hopes high-quality hot and iced coffee will improve breakfast business.

Amazon Launches Mobile Card Reader for Retailers
Local Register is expected to compete with Square and PayPal.

Green Valley Grocery Invests in Community
Southern Nevada c-store chain joins community development campaign.

Seeing Clearly on Food Packaging
Clear packaging takes some work, but pays off in increased sales.

Small Business Sentiment Rose in July
Latest NFIB report shows positive sentiment, especially regarding expansion plans.

Aug 13, 2014

Building a Successful Foodservice Supply Chain
Foodservice is the future, but managing a program takes commitment and partnership.

Gilbarco and VeriFone Join Forces to Power Global Market
New partnership will bring seamless payment solutions and digital media to convenience and fuel retailers.

Op Ed Laments the Cost of Swipe Fees for Small-Business Owners
Kansas City restaurateur James Eddy calls for swipe fee oversight.

Consumers Purchasing More Prepared Foods
Prepared foods represent an opportunity for retailers, challenge for restaurants.

Kenyan Oil Marketer Bets on Convenience Stores
Vivo Energy partners with convenience stores to grow revenue.

Aug 12, 2014

Gas Prices Down in August, Along with Optimism
Despite continuing declines in gas prices, consumer pessimism is back.

Convenience Store Group Opposes Age 21 Smoking Limit
Age restrictions deemed unfair to both retailers and adult consumers.

Enmark to Carry Organic Products
Distribution partnership will bring “natural” items like kale and kombucha to c-stores.

Maximizing Convenience Store Profit
Distributor provides tips for increasing sales and keeping customers.

The Battle for E-Cigarette Market Share Heats Up
Big Three tobacco companies all launching wider distribution in 7-Eleven, elsewhere.

Aug 11, 2014

NACS Files Comments with FDA on E-Cigarette Rulemaking
Letter urges agency to help create a level playing field for c-store operators.

New Visa Service Claims to Help Reduce Fraud at the Pump
Intelligent analytics help merchants identify fraud before it happens.

Mars Opens First M&M's Store in China
The candy tourist attraction aims to take advantage of fast-growing Chinese market.

The Potential Impact of West Coast Hurricanes
While rare, West Coast storms can have an effect on U.S. fuel retailers.

Consumers Seek Healthier, Yet Indulgent Cheese Products
Perennial favorites mozzarella and cheddar move aside for more ethnic cheeses.

Aug 8, 2014

California Lottery Website Lists ‘Lucky’ Retailers
More than 4,000 retailers identified based on frequency and amount of winning tickets.

Midwest Refinery Issues May Lead to Higher Local Gas Prices
Issues at four refineries expected to have localized effects in the Midwest region.

Pantry Pilots Smart Sensor Vending Machine
Machine tracks items automatically, lets customers inspect items before final purchase.

Future of Convenience Is in Foodservice
Article reiterates the importance of creating a foodservice program that stays true to c-store roots.

Russia’s Lukoil Sells Off Central European Gas Stations
More than 125 stations to be sold in Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.

Aug 7, 2014

Menu Labeling a Bad Fit for Convenience Stores
NACS Chairman Brad Call calls FDA’s proposed menu-labeling regulations a ‘hand-me-down’ approach.

Tedeschi Food Shops Launches New Fresh Produce Program
New England c-store chain is offering fresh produce to customers year-round.

U.K. Group Urges Government to Reconsider Plain Tobacco Packaging
Association of Convenience Stores says burden on retailers has not been fully considered.

Putting the Fast in Fast Food
Participating South Florida McDonald’s locations are testing a 60-second guarantee.

CVS Feeling the Pinch From Lack of Tobacco Sales
Sales are down but pharmacy is picking up the slack.

Aug 6, 2014

Why Gas Station Margins Are Razor Thin
Inc. explains exactly why gas stations are one of the least profitable retail industries in the country.

Houston Readers Share Favorites for Gas Station Grub
Writer finds a melting pot of gourmet options at Texas gas stations and c-stores, from Mexican to Eastern European.

Dollar General Considering Counter-Bid for Family Dollar
Following last week’s announcement of a Family Dollar and Dollar Tree merger, market leader considers options.

Innovative Beer Bottles Unlock Free Movies
Dutch beer brand Grolsch’s new bottles give customers free access to on-demand video.

Study Finds Income Does Not Determine Shoppers' Private-Label Preference
Only 5% of those surveyed said they don't buy store brands at all.

Aug 5, 2014

State Lotteries Nationwide Trying to Attract Young Players
Mobile apps and cause-related games hope to introduce younger Americans to lottery.

Two Stores Are Better Than One
Gasoline-convenience store pairings help stations turn a profit.

How Millennials Spend Their Money
New surveys show Millennials spend on cars, as well as burgers and booze.

Convenience Industry Makes Significant Contributions to Military
Kangaroo Express and Corner Store campaigns support military through fundraising and free drinks.

Reuntex and Sinopec Team Up for Convenience Store Chain
Companies’ strengths will complement each other to run c-stores in China and Taiwan.

Aug 4, 2014

UC Davis Study Offers New Insights on Biofuels
Study measures incremental changes in biofuels industry and assesses relevance in advancing environmental goals.

Bringing Healthy Options to Sacramento C-Stores
Shell station dedicates 15% of retail space to fresh produce and dairy.

Less Is More at P&G
Company will focus more on key brands, shedding about 100 smaller brands.

Peet’s Coffee & Tea Acquires Mighty Leaf Tea
Acquisition will accelerate Peet’s growth in premium tea category.

BK Keeps It Simple
Burger King’s modest approach to menu tweaks is working.

Science Experiment: Color-Changing Ice Cream
Spanish scientist’s creation is only sold at his ice cream parlor, for now.

Aug 1, 2014

Congress Passes Highway Trust Fund Extension
Last-minute legislation awaits President Obama’s signature, would provide funding through May.

Fuel Prices Down for Fourth Straight Week
Average gas price down 5 cents and diesel decreased by a cent this week.

Minnesota Minimum Wage Increases Today
Large companies to pay employees $1.85 more, small companies increase by $1.25 per hour.

EPA Extends Deadlines for Renewable Fuel Standard
Move could signal more delays on finalizing 2014 RFS.

Despite Internet Buzz, Consumers Prefer Brick-and-Mortar Shopping
Physical stores essential to shopping experience, even for online purchases.

QuickChek Employees Lend a Hand to Superstorm Sandy Victims
More than 40 staff contribute their labor — and $125,000 — to help ongoing recovery.

Jul 31, 2014

Optimizing Foodservice Supply Chains
Upcoming webinar shares tips for getting fresh food to your stores.

Soda Tax Bill Introduced in Congress
House bill would create a national tax on sugary drinks, to be paid by manufacturers.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Acquires 55 Midwest Stores
Former Super Pantry Stores in Illinois and Indiana will operate under Circle K banner.

Former Fast Food Execs Are Leading a “Fresh Casual” Revolution
Popular chain has big expansion plans for its brand of healthy eating.

Retailer Organization Launches Small-Business Council
National Retail Federation hopes to engage “Main Street merchants” in advocacy efforts.

Jul 30, 2014

Ruling Makes Franchisors Liable for Labor Practices of Franchisees
If upheld, Labor Board ruling would forever change the business of franchising.

An Inside Look at Pepsi Spire
Thoughtful design and future-proofing technology key to rollout of new fountain machine.

Credit Card Fraud on the Rise
Thieves attempting last-minute scams before U.S. EMV adoption takes effect.

Rutter’s Takes the Cannoli… and Short Ribs
New items added to the chain’s award-winning foodservice program.

RaceTrac Reaches $1 Million in Charitable Giving
Milestone donations to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

BMW Launches Fast-Charging Station for EVs
Network of small, lower-priced chargers may encourage adoption of i3 model EV.

Jul 29, 2014

FDIC Reissues “Operation Choke Point” Guidelines
Language suggesting extra scrutiny for tobacco retailers has been removed.

NACS Submits Statement on Tobacco Tax Evasion
NACS shares concerns about unlevel playing field with Senate Finance Committee.

Candymakers Boost Prices
Both Hershey and Mars announce price increases.

IRS Moves Forward With Health Insurance Forms
Absence of the forms has left employers unable to plan for 2015 taxes.

Stripes® Raises Funds for Children’s Charity
Partnership with Red Bull will benefit Texas Operation Military Kids.

Jul 28, 2014

Dollar Chains to Merge
Dollar Tree will acquire Family Dollar, controlling more than 13,000 stores.

Merchants Get Behind Open Process for Data Security Standards
Groups recommend guiding principles to better protect consumers and businesses from cybercriminal activity.

More States Seek to ‘Ban the Box’
Laws banning early criminal background checks for job applicants are gaining momentum.

Dunkin’ Encourages Suggestive Selling
Cashiers are pushing donuts and sandwiches on afternoon customers to boost food sales.

Senator Franken Asks White House to Keep RFS Strong
Legislator says investment in biofuels is critical to job creation and decreasing foreign oil dependence.

Beer Ranks as Adult Beverage of Choice
More than 40% of adults choose beer over wine and liquor, according to a recent Gallup poll.

Jul 25, 2014

Uncovering Hidden Gems in the World of New Products
Cool New Products Preview Room allows suppliers to “cut through the clutter.”

Subway Employees Vote to Unionize
Employees at Pilot Flying J Subway location in New Jersey vote to join retail union.

New Orleans Launches Cigarette Butt Recycling Program
Partnership with Santa Fe Natural Tobacco is first in nation.

Hydrogen Fueling Could be Easier to Integrate Than You Think
New report could inspire Hydrogen integration into more California gas stations.

State Lotteries Bigger Than Ever
Massachusetts and Pennsylvania lotteries report record-setting profits.

Jul 24, 2014

Mixed Reactions to Kentucky’s Government-Run Gas Station
Many call it socialism, but customers line up for cheaper fuel.

Retailers’ Association Disappointed by Ruling on Micro Unions
RILA denounces NLRB decision certifying these unions within retail industry.

DOT Proposes Strict Oil-Train Safety Rules
Speed restrictions, braking requirements and new rail car design part of proposal.

Hunt Brothers Pizza a Staple in Tennessee
Family business dominates home-state pizza market, but looks to expand.

Japanese C-Store Giants Leave Smaller Chains Behind
Three largest chains top 10,000 stores, while smaller chains shrink.

Jul 23, 2014

Judge Calls FDA Report on Menthol Cigarettes “Tainted”
Ruling finds conflicts of interest in FDA menthol review board panel’s findings.

Appeals Courts Rule on Obamacare
Two federal appeals courts issue conflicting rulings on major provision of Affordable Care Act.

June Consumer Inflation Rises on High Gasoline Prices
June gas prices showed largest rise, while food prices showed smallest rise this year.

Tips for Changes That Lead to Higher Sales
Retail expert offers proven ideas for lasting change.

Journalist Shares Regrets for Judging C-Store Clerk
Essay describes experience of getting to know clerk after misjudging her.

Jul 22, 2014

Hydrogen Cars Are Here — What Now?
The alternative fuel cars have hit the market, but a NACS survey finds that consumer education is lacking.

NACS Refutes Claim That Debit Is Cheaper Than Cash
Aité Group report fails to take a comprehensive view, say retailer groups.

Get Ready for National Hot Dog Day
Kangaroo Express celebrates with free and discounted dogs on July 23.

New Poll Names Top Regional Grocery Brands
Harris Poll names Hy-Vee, Wegmans, Publix and Costco as regional grocery brands of the year.

Seasonal Thirst Creates Sales Opportunities
Coca-Cola offers DASANI Sparkling tips to capture fountain sales and digital marketing ideas

Jul 21, 2014

NACS State of the Industry Fact Book Now Available
Fact Book tracks most key industry metrics, with data dating back to the 1950s.

Irish Retailer Expands Into United States
Applegreen/Petrogas recently purchased two Long Island-area forecourt sites.

Corner Store Spices Up Summer Menu
New puff pies and whoopie pies feature a kick of Sriracha.

Georgia Lottery Hits Record Profits for Education Programs
State lottery has raised more than $15.5 billion for education programs since 1993.

Tesco Shifts to Housing
Retailer is using land allocated for new supermarkets to build 4,000 new homes.

Jul 18, 2014

Natural Gas Station Spurs Economic, Environmental Innovation
New Hampshire community officials embrace natural gas, expect new station to drive business to region.

Shinsegae Group Jumps Into Korean Convenience Store Business
Never-before-seen business model will remove franchise fees.

As E-Cig Sales Slide, Tobacco Pins Hopes on Marketing
Brands meanwhile, struggle against generic veporizers.

Consumers Continue to Place Importance on Premium Sandwiches
Subway keeps top spot as Panera Bread joins the top five, according to new rankings.

Tesla Owner Installs Charging Stations Along 3,700-Mile Route
Chinese businessman takes matters into his own hands, installing 16 stations for public use.

Jul 17, 2014

Indiana C- Stores Continue Fight to Sell Cold Beer
Convenience store association appeals ruling that upheld state monopoly on cold beer sales.

It’s True: Americans Love Bacon
Square data provides insights into consumer preferences and behavior.

Hershey’s Shakes Things Up
Hershey Creamery Co. introduces self-serve milkshake machine, the Shake Shop Express.

Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Top List of Respected Brands
Hershey, Johnson & Johnson and Kellogg also make top spots.

NOCO Express Stores Raise More Than $12,000 for Charity
Funds will benefit United Way locations in Western New York.

7-Eleven Increases Franchise Discounts for Military Veterans
Discount on franchise fees affirms company’s longtime support for veterans.

Jul 16, 2014

Has the Bubble Burst? Bubble Gum, That Is.
Gum sales continue to decline, as mints steal market share.

The Art of Negotiating Lower Credit Card Processing Fees
NACS can help savvy merchants negotiate better rates.

Would You Like Coffee with Your Chips?
Cappucino, mango, wasabi ginger and cheddar bacon mac & cheese are new contenders in Lay’s competition.

A Tobacco CEO Who 'Vapes' Could Alter the Industry
With Reynolds acquisition of Lorillard, CEO Susan Cameron may take tobnacco in new directions.

Jul 15, 2014

Good News for Retailers: Consumer Optimism Surges
NACS monthly survey shows higher optimism nationwide, in spite of increased gas prices.

Reynolds American to Buy Lorillard for $25 Billion
Reynolds to sell brands, including Blu e-cigarettes, to Imperial Tobacco to ease antitrust review.

Mid-Atlantic Expo Unites Asian-American Retailers With Vendors
3,000 retailers attend regional event, building community — and negotiating deals.

Study Reveals America’s Favorite Pizzas
Age, gender affect pizza preferences more than geography.

Bud Light Pours More Money Into Ritas
New ad campaigns, flavors for fruity malt beverage line.

Jul 14, 2014

Cadbury Matches Facebook With Chocolate
Ever wondered what your social media profile says about you and your chocolate preferences?

U.S. Clean Diesel Car Sales Increase 25%
Overall the U.S. car market is up 4.2% the first six months of 2014.

Taco Bell Adds More Protein to Bowls and Burritos
QSR will also begin testing a Power Breakfast menu.

U.S. Senators Seek Safety Caps for Liquid Nicotine Containers
Senate bill would require childproof packaging of liquid nicotine containers for electronic cigarettes.

Forecasters Predict Likelihood of El Niño
Chance of El Nino is about 70% during the Northern Hemisphere summer.

Cold Winter Weather Causes Summertime Fishing Woes
From Walmart to mom-and-pop shops, stores are running out of nightcrawlers, frustrating anglers and retailers alike.

Jul 11, 2014

Family Dollar Branches Into Beer and Wine
Strong sales at Family Dollar test markets lead to nationwide expansion of beer and wine sales.

Republican Tax Writers Clears$287B Tax Break for Business
White House threatens to veto legislation, calling it “corporate giveaway.”

Congress Close to Deal on Highway Trust Fund Extension
Deal would extend funds into spring 2015, relying on revenue from pension changes and customs fees.

House Subcommittee Passes Legislation to Address Abusive Patent Demand Letters
NACS joins with Main Street Patent Coalition to protect retailers and small business.

7-Eleven’s Mobile Tie-Ins Extend Freebies … and Buzz
Customers who use the company’s app can get free items well beyond today’s 87th anniversary.

Going Green in Foodservice Operations
Sustainable standards can be good for the environment and a foodservice operation’s bottom line.

Jul 10, 2014

C-Stores Are Oases in a Food Desert
Atlantic City’s neighborhood convenience stores can be a port in a storm during bad weather and good.

Stripes Paves the Way for a Greener Industry
New south Texas truck parking area built with recycled materials, designed to control erosion.

Oil Prices Expected to Surge Due to Iraq Violence
EIA raises West Texas Intermediate crude price projection to just over $100 per barrel in reaction to continuing unrest.

New General Mills Products Emphasize Protein, Bold Flavors
Line-up of products caters to food trends like gluten-free and whole grain, while introducing spicy new snacks.

Honesty Can Be the Best Policy
From self-service cafés to Panera’s pay-what-you-can locations, depending on customers’ ethics can be good business.

Jul 9, 2014

Robert Gates Announced as NACS Show Closing Speaker
Former secretary of defense and CIA director will share his behind-the-scenes view of world events affecting the industry.

Retail Growler Fills Begin in Arkansas
Fifteen retailers set to start selling growlers, in a win-win for retailers and brewers.

In a New Twist, RFS Could Boost Electric Vehicles
EPA announces a rule expanding what fuel sources qualify for the RFS.

Rutter’s Tries Out Adventurous New Menu Items
Convenience chain counts on fish bites, wings and taco dogs to attract hungry customers.

American Express Battle With DOJ Could Affect Retailers
Court case tests legality of credit card company’s “take it or leave it” policy.

Jul 8, 2014

EPA Releases Rule to Alleviate RIN Fraud
New rule responds to several cases of fraudulently generated RINs that hurt smaller renewable fuel producers.

As Millions Vape, E-Cigarette Researchers Count Puffs
More than 45 FDA-funded studies expected to provide data to assist in developing e-cigarette policy.

Small Businesses at Big Risk for Data Breaches
Businesses should be wary of breaches from a variety of sources, not just cybercriminals.

Loyalty Programs as Business Advantage
Successful rewards programs offer invaluable opportunity to collect consumer data.

Mixed Feelings as Washington State Prepares for Pot
Marijuana retailers and processors scrambling to get ready for first day of sales.

Road Projects at a Standstill as Highway Fund Goes Broke
More than 100,000 projects across the country could be affected by lack of federal funding.

Jul 7, 2014

Consumers Aren’t Loving QSRs
Demand for higher quality and healthier options puts fast-food chains on notice.

Walmart Express Eyes Texas
Retailer announces plans for stores in small towns around East Texas, with mixed reactions.

Twelve States Plan for Minimum Wage Increase
Over the next several years, 12 states will raise their minimum wage rates to at least $9 or more per hour.

Don’t Call Cube a Convenience Store
New drive-thru concept wants to be a ‘neighborhood concierge.’

New Study Rates the States in Beer Consumption
North Dakota residents drink the most beer, consuming an average of 43.3 gallons annually.

Jul 3, 2014

Gas Prices High, Headed Into Holiday
At a seven-year high, the $3.70 per gallon average is still lower than peak prices from last few years.

Merchants Not Gaining Independence From Credit Card Fees
Banks continue to gouge retailers across all sectors.

Big Plans for Food Spending This Holiday Weekend
Retailer survey estimates $6.2 billion to be spent on food and snacks over July Fourth.

Philip Morris to Sell Marlboro HeatSticks in Japan, Italy
New product, using iQOS system, expected to boost overseas sales.

June Auto Sales Unexpectedly Strong
Estimates could place 2014 sales at highest in eight years.

Jul 2, 2014

Restaurants Plan to Raise Prices Amid Cost Increase
Most restaurant chains plan price increases due to economic and supply factors.

Tropical Storm Arthur Forming in Atlantic
Storm could become a hurricane, reaching North Carolina’s coast before the holiday weekend.

Convenience, High Costs, With Washington’s Liquor Privatization
Washington State residents and businesses praise options, but lament higher costs and competition since privatizing liquor sales.

Nestlé U.S. Chief Looks for Brands to Fix or Toss
Company slashes number of product variations, gives Lean Cuisine brand a makeover.

Coca-Cola Partners With 7-Eleven for World Cup Promotion
Global campaign embraces World Cup madness, including 35,000 stores in 12 countries.

Jul 1, 2014

Credit Card Skimming Hits Central Florida
Variety of strategies can help retailers prevent skimming at gas stations and ATMs.

Why Trade Shows Deliver Value to Retailers
Retailers should view trade shows as opportunities to strengthen industry relationships, not just source products.

GDP Fell, and Is Rising Again
Latest figures are a mixed bag, with increased consumer confidence but concerns over economic indicators.

America's Oil Weapon: The Automobile
Increased domestic production of fuel-efficient vehicles, combined with decreased travel, cushions impact of oil prices.

Cashless Society: An Experiment
One neighborhood in Manchester, England, went cash-free, to mixed reviews.

Jun 30, 2014

Motivating Customers to Try Food Through Beverages
NACS CAFÉ webinar shared strategies and solutions for attracting beverage customers to a convenience retailer’s foodservice offer.

Senate Finance Committee Considers Highway Funding Legislation
Proposal includes a $750-million transfer from the Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Trust Fund to the Highway Trust Fund.

Massachusetts Governor Signs Minimum Wage Hike Into Law
Minimum wage rate increases from $8 to $11 an hour by 2017.

Frozen Foods Suffering From Consumer Misperceptions
More consumers are bypassing the frozen foods section for fresh fare.

Spinx Presents $70,000 to Five Local Charities
Proceeds raised through the 14th Annual Spinx Charity Classic Golf Tournament.

Jun 27, 2014

NACS State of the Industry Report of 2013 Data Now Available
Annual report is the industry’s premier benchmarking tool, examining economic conditions and their potential impact on the industry.

New York City Loses Final Appeal to Ban Large Sodas
State court of appeals decision supports lower court rulings that city’s ban overreached its authority.

Supreme Court Issues Opinion Invalidating Obama’s Recess Appointments
Retail Industry Leaders Association applauds ruling.

Consumers May Have to Wait for More Secure Credit Cards
New report estimates that 30% of credit cards, and twice that of debit cards, will not be EMV compliant by 2015.

Fuel Economy Standards Drive Down Projected Gasoline Use
Demand for diesel fuel expected to rise, with increasing heavy-duty vehicle use.

Consumers View Social Media as a Customer Service Channel
More than 80% of those surveyed use Facebook to interact with a company’s customer service team.

Jun 26, 2014

Online Gambling Revenues Fall Short
First three states to legalize Internet unlikely to meet revenue expectations.

Seattle Employers Worry Over Effects of $15 Minimum Wage
Businesses already factoring higher wage costs into their planning, but answers aren’t easy.

Loyalty a Retail Game-Changer for Oil Companies
Marketers are driving repeat business and cultivating loyal customers through rewards programs.

Coca-Cola Is Heating Up Summer Sales
Company launches new POWERADE® flavor and programs for summer and fall football.

Paper or Air: An Anlysis of Restroom Hand-Drying Solutions
Electric devices gain on paper towels, but is it all hot air?

NACS Visits Capitol Hill
Issues discussed include Internet lottery, data security and taxes.

Jun 25, 2014

Comment Period Extended for FDA’s Proposed E-Cigarette Rules
Public submissions will be accepted until August 8.

Quality Service, Not Prices, Creates Loyalty
Gallup report says people, not deals and lower prices, are the real differentiators for retailers.

CFOs Upbeat About Business, but Not Washington
Executives urge reform of corporate tax policy at Wall Street Journal conference.

Taking Drugstores to the Next Level
New Walgreens flagship in in Chicago and redesigned Beverly Hills Rite-Aid showcase sleek designs and fresh food.

CDC Plans New Anti-Smoking Campaign This Summer
Installment of gruesome “Tips from Former Smokers” coincides with new data on smoking habits.

Jun 24, 2014

Who Pays for Security Breaches?
Growing support for retailer liability being challenged by insurer’s petition and retail coalition.

Oil Prices Spark Economic Growth Concerns in Europe
Iraq turmoil sending prices higher in European markets.

Enmark Stations Raises More Than $75K for Charity
Fundraising effort will support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk.

Starbucks Aims to Be the New Soda Fountain
Starbucks introduces made-to-order Fizzio sodas in 16 states.

E-cigarettes Mostly Used by Young Smokers, Would-be Quitters
New study shows that majority of Europe’s 30 million e-cigarette users are age 15 – 24 and trying to quit cigarettes.

Jun 23, 2014

U.S. Senate Focuses on E-Cigarette Marketing to Youth
Commerce Committee hearing reviewed e-cigarette advertising and promotional practices and their appeal to kids.

‘Sticker Shock’ Coming to California Gas Consumers
Californians will pay an additional 15 cents or more per gallon as a result of a state agency-mandated gas fee.

Former NATO Commander Gets Behind Food Trucks
The Grilled Cheese Truck Inc. recruits U.S. General Wesley Clark to sign on veterans as franchisees.

Paleo Dieters Compete for More Protein
Consumers who want to eat like cavemen are fueling high-protein food trends.

Small Restaurant Chains Improve Customer Satisfaction
Subway loses lead spot, while Pizza Hut delivers on customer satisfaction in latest ACSI report.

Starbucks Boosts Prices on Beverages and Bagged Coffee
Consumers will pay more on some Starbucks drinks starting this week.

Jun 20, 2014

NACS Announces New Fresh Convenience Program
New joint task force will share best practices for convenience store operators to develop produce supply chains and increase in-store sales.

Foodservice Profits Are Just a Click Away
NACS CAFÉ webinars help retailers leverage one of the industry’s fastest growing profit centers.

Everything You Wanted to Know About EMV but Were Afraid to Ask
Inaugural Conexxus webinar gave “411 on EMV” to more than 150 attendees.

Brick and Mortar Stores Benefit from Tech Innovation
Success is in store for retailers embracing technology.

Is Amazon Fire Phone a Threat to Retailers?
The new phone’s built-in showrooming spells trouble for traditional retailers.

Japan Plans Ample Support for Fuel Cell Vehicles
Government considers subsidies and tax breaks for auto purchase, wants 100 hydrogen fuel stations in the next 18 months.

Jun 19, 2014

Savings Expiring Soon on NACS Show Registration
Only one day remains to save up to 50% with NACS Show Super Saver discounts.

NACS Joins 40-Hour Work Week Coalition
New group will urge Senate to change health-care law’s definition of “full time.”

Gas Prices May Rise, but Surplus Is Coming
International Energy Agency predicts decreasing U.S. demand for gas, despite recent fluctuation due to Iraq unrest.

NACS Files Response Brief in Ongoing Tobacco POS Signage Case
Brief maintains that retailers should not be required to post signs at the point of sale.

Senators Call for 12-Cent Gas Tax
Proposal would raise $164 million over 10 years to fund federal highway bill.

All Aboard — and Bring Chocolate
Nestlé launches Japanese promotion allowing travelers to use KitKat wrappers as train tickets.

Jun 18, 2014

NACS Responds to Data Security Push by Credit Unions
NACS fights back against credit union group’s call for new data security laws for retailers.

NACS Appeals Interchange Settlement
Coalition of retailers argues that settlement undermines merchants’ legal rights.

Franchise Association Wants Franchisees Treated as Small Businesses
Organization requests removal of discriminatory provision in Chicago’s minimum wage bill.

Judge Rejects Challenge to Indiana Cold Beer Law
Law forbidding sale of cold beer at convenience and grocery stores will remain.

Report Finds ‘Golden Opportunity’ With Boomers and Seniors
CPG spending among seniors demographic will surpass $230 billion by 2020, according to IRI.

Tennessee Health Officials Strengthen Stance on E-Cigarettes
Posters placed throughout state buildings display e-cigarette warnings.

Jun 17, 2014

Store Design for All the Senses
Understanding consumer psychology is key to creating a positive foodservice experience.

Swipe Fees Op-Ed Explains Retailer Perspective
Former NACS Chairman emphasizes how swipe fees continue to “hurt the little guy.”

Marijuana Tax Collections Booming in Colorado
New source of tax revenue brings in about $5 million in taxes each month.

Starbucks Partners with Arizona State for Free Education Program
All Starbucks employees who work 20-plus hours will be eligible for a free online education at Arizona State University.

Mystery Shoppers Reveal Dollar Store Secrets
Consumer Reports reveals where the deals are — and aren’t — at the discount stores.

Jun 16, 2014

Massachusetts Poised to Have Highest Minimum Wage
Law would increase the state’s minimum wage from $8 to $11. Also, franchise group sues Seattle for $15-per-hour wage hike.

Small Business Expensing Bill Passes U.S. House of Representatives
To help create stability and growth, legislation makes permanent small business expensing as outlined in the U.S. tax code.

First Public CNG Station Opens in Oregon
More than 200 attended the station's grand opening in Eugene.

7-Eleven Goes Gourmet in Philippines with 5-Star Meals
Renowned Filipino chef brings gourmet to-go meals to 7-Eleven.

Tesla Eyes Expansion of EV Technology
“All of our patents belong to you,” says CEO Elon Musk.

Drive-Thru Convenience Store Comes to Delaware
Nearly 3,000-square-foot store offers same inventory as traditional convenience store.

Jun 13, 2014

California Legislation Mandates EMV Technology for Retailers
More than 20 groups, including Visa and MasterCard, oppose the legislation.

Delaware Bans Electronic Cigarettes for Minors
New law treats sale and purchase of e-cigarettes same as regular tobacco.

QSR Brands Taking a Top-Down Approach to Local Social Media
Creating a localized presence still key to authentic community interaction.

The Grocery Store of the Future
Trends such as 'hyper-showrooming' and 'micro-personalization' and ‘lifestyle advisors’ are coming.

Top Six Business Start-Up Ideas of Summer
Car washes top the list, along with ice cream trucks and landscapers.

May Consumer Spending Shows Healthy Year-Over-Year Growth
Improved weather and greater demand may account for growth.

Jun 12, 2014

FDA Shares Vision for the Future of Tobacco Regulations
Center for Tobacco Products outlines thoughts on developing standards for e-cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Job Openings Return to Pre-Recession Levels
Latest report from the U.S. Department of Labor shows job openings at 4.5 million, a seven-year high.

P.F. Chang’s Is Latest Data Breach Victim
Restaurant chain is investigating possible data breach involving stolen credit and debit cards.

Hyundai Celebrates First Fuel Cell Customer
Hyundai Tucson is first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle available to retail consumers.

Minimum Wage Increases Expanding to Nebraska and Vermont
Nebraskans hope to place $9 per hour wage on November ballot, while Vermont approves incremental increases to $10.10.

QuickChek Reducing Coffee Prices for Summer
In a climate of increased coffee prices due to global shortage, convenience retailer touts discounts.

Jun 11, 2014

Chip-Enabled Card Coming to Sam’s Club
Warehouse club to become first national retailer to offer members a proprietary chip-enabled card.

Senator Durbin Calls for Higher Cigarette Tax
Illinois Democrat says a 95-cents-per-pack increase would fund medical research.

NACS Supports Small Business Expensing Bill
Legislation would permanently extend small business expensing for equipment and property outlined in the federal tax code.

Grocery Industry Struggles With Consumer Shopping Experience
In-Store grocery shopping must transform as consumers call for more personalized experiences.

Dunkin' Donuts Calls Sandwiches a Snacking Opportunity
Chain continues expanding its sandwich menu to attract customers during the afternoon.

Natural and Organic Food Trends Make You Say ‘Yum’ or ‘Hmmm’
Sterling-Rice Group reveals its top 10 natural and organic food trends for 2014.

Jun 10, 2014

Legislation Moving Forward to Prohibit Online Lottery Sales
Urge your members of Congress to support Internet lottery bills introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.

Consumer Optimism Far From Sunny
Overall pessimism not likely to affect summer travel, according to latest NACS Consumer Fuels Survey.

Millennial Stereotypes Aren’t Always Right
NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe speaker offers new research on motivations and habits of Millennials.

Dollar General Opening Stores in Three New States
Stores will open in Maine and Rhode Island this fall, Oregon in early 2015.

Soda Taxes a Hot Topic at National Soda Summit
Last week’s event included one Connecticut member of Congress calling for a federal soda tax.

Nestlé Invests Resources in Science, Not Snacks
Scientific skew curbs company’s appetite for weak food brands.

Jun 9, 2014

Self-Serve Fueling Revolution Celebrates 50 Years
John Roscoe flipped the switch at a convenience store in Westminster, Colorado, in 1964 to activate the first U.S. remote access self-service gas pumps.

Keys to Success: Knowing Your Customer
Alimentation Couche-Tard’s Alain Bouchard delivers insightful keynote at the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe.

Beckoning Beacon Technology
Convenience store operators could use the location-based technology to attract gas-only customers inside the store.

Corner Store Kicks Off 20th Annual Fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Convenience store chain is the first to offer hospital bracelets for a $1 donation.

Selling Toilet Paper With the Toilets
Retailers such as Home Depot want to sell everything and the kitchen sink.

Australia’s Plain Packaging Has Opposite Effect
Despite government efforts to eliminate tobacco use, cigarette sales have increased.

Jun 6, 2014

UK BP Shifts Customer Focus
Company emphasizes female shoppers and introduces greeters.

Preparing for EMV’s Potential
Conexxus to offer free introductory webinar on June 19 on the “411 of EMV.”

Building an Insurance Marketplace for C-Stores, by C-Stores
NACS seeks member input to develop customized member benefits.

Could ATM Fees Be a Thing of the Past?
Company offers free ATM use in exchange for watching advertising.

“Disrupter” Startup Promises Delivery in Under an Hour
Postmates expands its service to Silicon Valley and Austin.

Jun 5, 2014

International Convenience Retail Awards Announced
Rutter’s and Alain Bouchard of Alimentation Couche-Tard honored as industry leaders at the NACS Insight Convenience Summit - Europe.

NACS Files Brief to Protect Retailers’ Rights
Legal filing urges court to abandon tobacco point-of-sale sign requirement.

LIFO Repeal Included in Latest Tax Reform Efforts
Make your voice heard by asking Congress to support LIFO.

Minority Entrepreneurs Discriminated Against for Loans
University research showed that black and Hispanic business owners were less likely to get small business loans.

California, Texas and Florida Lead U.S. in Diesel and Hybrid Vehicles
Diesel car registrations have increased 30% and hybrids have increased 64% since 2010.

Jun 4, 2014

California Approves Warning Labels for Sugary Drinks
If passed in the State Assembly, the law would make California the first state to require such labeling.

Quick-Service Consumers Seek Customization and Variety
Appealing to Millenials is key to today’s successful foodservice operation.

Seattle Approves $15 Minimum Wage
Rate will be highest in nation, but franchise organizations threaten lawsuit.

New Study Shows Impact of Loyalty Programs
Loyalty programs essential to developing relationships with customers.

Jun 3, 2014

Retailers Want Supreme Court to Hear Swipe Fees Case
Coalition of retailers, including NACS, will challenge appeals court ruling.

FDA Calculates “Lost Enjoyment” Costs of E-Cigarette Rules
Cost-benefit analysis viewed as radical by some.

Marathon Oil Sells Norwegian Operations for Over $2 Billion
Sale is part of the company's plan to focus on the domestic market.

EPA Unveils New Carbon Plan
Controversial plan aims to reduce emissions by 30% by 2030.

Yum Brands Launches New Asian Sandwich Shop
Taco Bell parent company is launching a banh mi location in Dallas.

Small-Business Owners Not Planning New Hires
Industry survey shows only 30% planning to hire over the summer.

U.S. Factories Expanded in May
Revised report shows manufacturing strength.

Jun 2, 2014

AAA Releases Annual Green Car Guide
Top two vehicles are electric, but half the top ten spots go to diesel vehicles.

Consumers Resigned to Loss of Privacy in Digital Age
Half of consumers willing to trade privacy for targeted marketing, in spite of security concerns.

Credit and Debit Swipe Fees Are Killing Small Businesses
Opinion piece urges Congress to act in support of small businesses.

U.S. Crude Oil Exports Continue to Rise
March exports reached their highest levels in 15 years.

Minnesota Governor to Decide Fate of Online Lottery Ticket Ban
State legislature passed ban of online sales, but Governor considers veto.

May 30, 2014

Scientists Advise Against Suppressing E-Cigarettes
Open letter from 53 scientists comes in anticipation of WHO’s negotiations on tobacco policy later this year.

Alcohol Delivery Comes to the Nation’s Capital
New Ultra delivery service promises spirits in under an hour, with plans to launch in eight more cities.

Loyalty Programs Shown to Triple Customer Visits
Data shows a direct correlation between communication and increased customer activity.

Japanese Convenience Store Giant Eyes Philippines
Lawson partnering with local firm to open 2,000 convenience stores.

Innovative Coke Bottle Design Encourages Communication
“Friendly” bottle designed to help college freshmen break the ice.

Eight States to Roll Out Electric Vehicle Plans
California, New York hope to spur sales through consumer incentives and regulatory action.

May 29, 2014

A Year of Hacking
2014 is becoming a year where massive data breaches are a monthly occurrence.

Freshness Is Fundamental for C-Stores
General Mills Convenience & Foodservice study reveals strengths and opportunities for lunchtime.

MasterCard Extends Zero-Liability to ATM and PIN Transactions
Card company recognizes the security of PIN authentication in card transactions.

Rutter’s Hits High Marks in York’s Annual Reader’s Poll
Pennsylvania convenience store chain wins in all five nominated categories.

Starbucks-Owned La Boulange Bakery Tests Burgers
New Los Angeles location will cater to the dinner crowd.

Michigan Boosts Minimum Wage Rate
Hourly wage rate will gradually increase to $9.25 per hour by 2018.

May 28, 2014

EPA Climate Proposal Expected Next Week
States would have flexibility in meeting emissions benchmarks through cap and trade, renewable energy and other measures.

Supply Chains and the Bottom Line
Ingredient traceability has an immediate effect on consumer decision-making.

Pennsylvania Liquor Fight Inspires Big Spending
Wide variety of organizations lobbying legislature in advance of alcohol sale privatization.

Diet Soda Helps Short-Term Weight Loss, According to Industry-Funded Study
Difference may be attributed to difficulty in maintaining willpower when giving up diet soda in conjunction with dieting.

Craft Beer Industry Siphons Profits of ‘Big Beer’
Across the country, states are struggling with how to categorize — and regulate — small brewers.

May 27, 2014

Data Security: Enough Is Enough
Rick Dakin of Coalfire rallies retailers to fight back against cyber crime.

NOAA Predicts Normal to Below-Normal Hurricane Season
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts one to two major hurricanes this year.

Where’s the Human?
Technology could significantly reduce the amount of human interaction in the quick-service and restaurant industries.

Michigan Retailer Tackles Fresh-Food Void
7-Eleven operator is bringing more healthy options in hopes of filling a void in the Saginaw area.

Stripes College Scholarship Fund Gifts Angelo State University With $34,000
Donation will help 34 students to attend ASU.

California Comes Closer to Sugar Warnings on Beverages
State Senate could vote this week on legislation to place a warning on some sweetened beverages.

May 23, 2014

Southern and Western States Have Fastest-Growing Cities
Three of the top 10 are in the Austin area and Utah also shows strong growth.

McDonald’s Adds Yogurt to Happy Meals
QSR also has begun testing Clementine and mandarin oranges as a side choice for its kids’ meals.

Circle K and Reay’s Raise Millions for Children’s’ Charities
Circle K’s campaign benefits 30 Children’s Miracle Network hospitals across 14 states; Reay’s annual golf tournament raises $1.05 million for Arizona’s Children Association.

Social 'Listening' Can Enable Real-Time Marketing
Companies must engage on social media in order to market and react nimbly.

Summer Road-Trippers Seek Out Fast Food, Prone to Snack Attacks
Survey from Outcast pump TV network shows their demographic travels more and with more passengers.

San Diego County Adds E-Cigs to Smoking Ban
Wherever smoking is prohibited in the county, electronic cigarettes cannot be used, either.

May 22, 2014

NACS Show Registration Now Open
Convenience and fuel retailing industry event offers an environment rich with new ideas and partnerships.

Senate Judiciary Committee Yanks Patent Reform Off Agenda
Sen. Patrick Leahy said lack of agreement on how to combat patent trolls led to the decision.

Organized Retail Crime Still Major Problem for Retailers
National Retail Federation survey finds that retailers are allocating more resources to combat organized retail crime.

USDA Answers SNAP-Related Questions
New document indicates Department of Agriculture plans to propose rules this year implementing point-of-sale and depth-of-stock provisions.

Independents Gain Access to CareerBuilder to Reduce Turnover
The Convenience Store Alliance is helping independent operators win and retain high-quality employees through CareerBuilder.

Gluten-Free Tops the Nutrition Trends of 2014
National Restaurant Association Show highlights five nutrition trends foodservice operators should know.

May 21, 2014

Big Oil Exiting Canadian Gas Station Business
Annual study reveals continued drop in outlets operated by integrated refiner-marketers and continued decrease in the number of retail fuel sites in Canada.

New Jersey Considers Taxing E-Cigarettes as Traditional Cigarettes
Legislation also would expand the cigarette tax to cigars and other tobacco products.

E15 Coming to Missouri
Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association expresses concern about potential liability factors associated with misfueling.

More Americans Turn to “Grocerants”
The shift of consumers away from restaurants to prepared food at grocery and convenience stores continues.

Gulf Oil Celebrates 100 Years by Raising More Than $100,000 for Breast Cancer Research
Inaugural Golf Tournament at Gulf’s 2014 brand meeting and trade show benefits the American Cancer Society.

More Americans Choosing Foods, Beverages Based on Healthfulness
New survey shows that taste and price still top factors impacting consumer choice for food and beverage purchases.

May 20, 2014

Retailers Band Together For Data Security Protection
The Retail Industry Leaders Association has launched an intelligence-sharing initiative with merchants.

New Store Productivity Rankings Released
Apple, Murphy USA, Tiffany & Co. top eMarketer’s list of most productive stores measured by sales per square foot.

Ten Technologies for the Future
Digital banking and electric vehicles among the top 10 disruptive innovations, according to Citi Research.

Cashless Customers Hold Riches for Retailers
Change comes, albeit slowly, to the world of payments.

Fast Casual is a Hot Topic at Annual Restaurant Show
Annual NRA event highlights the trends and opportunities in fast casual dining.

Dutch Invention Encourages Smokers to Throw Away Butts
“Fumo” may be the fun new solution to eliminate cigarette litter.

May 19, 2014

Farm Bill Updates Affect Retailers Participating in SNAP
Participating retailers will no longer be offered free Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) equipment, supplies and related services.

Invest in Employee Excellence
NACS Scholarship Program application process ends on June 2.

Pepsi Spire Takes on Coca-Cola Freestyle
PepsiCo unveils a new range of self-serve equipment for dispensing fountain drinks.

Summer Travel Season Begins With Memorial Day
Kicking off the summer driving season, more than eight in 10 travelers will be driving to their destinations.

Powerball, Mega Millions Coming Soon to Wyoming
Wyoming Lottery Corp. will begin accepting retailer applications this week.

Chipotle Cultivates ‘Thought’ on Packaging
Fast-casual chain looks to engage customers through its food packaging with thought-provoking ideas by authors, actors and comedians.

EPA Relaxes Summertime Fuel Requirement for Florida, North Carolina Counties
Agency amends the federal Reid Vapor Pressure standard for these areas from 7.8 pounds per square inch (psi) to 9.0 psi.

May 16, 2014

Americans Primed for Travel This Summer
Convenience store owners express optimism about vacation spending.

NACS CAFÉ Offers Advanced Foodservice Finance Program
Upcoming program provides a winning recipe for successfully managing a c-store foodservice operation.

EPA Proposes Updates to Emissions Standards for Refineries
Agency says changes will protect nearby neighborhoods and improve air quality.

American Appetite for Organic Products Hits $35 Billion
New survey shows organic sales reached a new record, jumping nearly 12% in 2013.

Montreal Smashes Tobacco Smugglers
The ring, based in Quebec, was linked to a cross-border operation.

Connecticut Retailers Fuel Fight to Cure Neuromuscular Diseases
Local CITGO marketers exceed goal in annual MDA fundraising campaign.

May 15, 2014

Frozen-Food Makers Launch $30 Million Image Campaign
American Frozen Food Institute hopes to improve sluggish sales with "Frozen. How Fresh Stays Fresh" campaign.

7-Eleven Celebrates 40th Anniversary in Japan
The chain’s first location opened in Tokyo on May 15, 1974.

BP Introduces ‘To Go’ Convenience Store Makeover Kit
Flexible new image components provide a new look for convenience stores.

Coca-Cola Introduces Engaging Package and Powerful Tools for Convenience Stores
New Coca-Cola offerings include Chill Activated Can, cleaning guidelines and tips for increasing smoothie sales.

Obama Speech Highlights Highway Funding Squeeze
Lawmakers want to keep funds flowing but disagree over funding.

Rutter’s Golf Outing Raises More Than $100,000 for Charity
This year’s donation brings total to more than $1 million since program began in 2002.

May 14, 2014

NACS Show Retailer Housing Now Open
Convenience and fuel retailing industry event offers an environment rich with new ideas and partnerships.

Senate Passes Tax Extenders Package
Relevant provisions to NACS members include two-year extension on the biodiesel blenders’ tax credit.

Dollar Stores Add More Consumables
The strategy is aimed at gaining more repeat customers and purchases.

States Consider Taxing Take-and-Bake Pizza
Currently, many states label take-and-bake pizza as grocery items, exempt from sales tax.

Morrisons Partners With InPost Lockers
Supermarket and convenience store chain will install automated parcel delivery lockers at locations across the U.K.

May 13, 2014

Consumer Optimism Takes a Big Hit
Monthly NACS survey attributes lowered optimism to bad weather, rising gas prices.

Hiring Goes Mobile
Mobile platforms offer new tools for hiring, training and retaining Millennial employees.

U-Haul Partners With California Convenience Stores
California store serves as one-stop shop for moving needs.

Square Debuts Mobile Ordering App, Pulls Wallet
Customers will be able to order and pay ahead at local shops, cafes and restaurants.

Cambodia's Caltex Gas Station Workers on Strike
Country’s labor unrest expands to gas station employees seeking higher wages, bonuses.

Taking Proximity Marketing to the Next Level
New mobile marketing platform promises precise messaging for convenience retailers.

May 12, 2014

College Students Design Hydrogen Fueling Station
International competition called for students to create model for ideal station.

Publix to Open Smaller Store Concept in Florida
A 20,000-square-foot store is reportedly in the works for seaside communities and college areas.

Tim Hortons Lays Foundation for U.S. Growth
New products being developed to appeal to American food preferences.

New Flavors, Products Coming to Fast-Food Menus
QSRs are testing new food items to see which will stick or fail.

What’s In a Name?
Brewers aren’t the only ones grappling with the definition of “craft” beverages.

C-Store Denies Service to Customers With Saggy Pants
“Numerous males come in with their underwear showing.”

May 9, 2014

Fast-Food Worker Strikes Expanding
Workers in up to 150 cities worldwide are planning to strike on May 15, according to labor organizers.

Developing Leadership Skills Results in Exceptional Performance
One month left to register for 10 remaining spots in the NACS Executive Leadership Program.

Profit to Be Found in Fixing How Buying Is Done
The way we buy stuff is totally broken, says one journalist, but opportunities abound for innovators.

Putting Google Glass to the Test
Operators explore ways to leverage the tech giant’s latest innovation.

Kangaroo Express Reveals New Military-Focused Store
N.C. location designed for military with input from local troops, families.

USA Gold Introduces New Packaging
Innovative “Glide Tec” package highlights American pride and ingenuity.

May 8, 2014

Retailers Experience Rash of Skimming Incidents
NACS recommends using security tape to discourage pump tampering.

Buc-ee's Opens New Mega Convenience Store
The 60,000-square-foot convenience store features 56 fueling stations.

Subway Sets its Sights on 8,000 U.S. Units
The sandwich chain also has added hummus and thinner-sliced deli meats to its menu.

Move Over Ice Cream. It’s Gelato Time!
The frozen Italian treat has found a mainstream audience.

Australian Convenience Stores Continue Growth Trajectory
The industry has outpaced the growth of the supermarket channel for the second consecutive year.

Appeals Court Rules Against Oil Industry in RFS Case
The court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency has “wide latitude” in modifying the standards.

San Diego Wants E-Cigarettes to Follow Tobacco Product Rules
The measure, which would prohibit usage of electronic cigarettes where tobacco smoking is banned, goes to a second vote this month.

May 7, 2014

Government to Establish Northeast Gasoline Reserve
Move comes in response to fuel shortages triggered by Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

Shoppers Willing to Pay Premium for Local Food
Survey finds that majority of shoppers think more highly of retailers that carry local food.

Tesco Debuts ‘Pound Zones’
The U.K. supermarket is trying to compete with the increase in “dollar” grocery stores.

Coke to Remove Brominated Vegetable Oil From Beverages
The move is partially inspired by a teenager’s online petition.

Dunkin’ Donuts Takes on Europe
After success in Asia, the chain is expanding into the Old Country.

Love’s Travel Stops to Open Fast-Fill CNG Locations Along I-40
The network will stretch from Amarillo, Texas, to Barstow, Calif.

May 6, 2014

America's Household Brands Losing Ground
Most consumers stick to store brands, but loyalty remains for name-brand beer, soft drinks and coffee.

British Department Store Thinks Convenience
Mini-store at London's St Pancras station will offer “click and commute” service.

Planters Gives Mr. Peanut a New Mission
Company hopes that new flavors will bring new respect for the “lowly peanut.”

NJ Governor Resorts to E-Cigarette Tax to Plug Deficit
Facing a $1 billion shortfall, tax would generate an estimated $35 million for the state.

Business Interests Racking Up Wins With Supreme Court
Businesses are faring well since Chief Justice John Roberts’s took the helm almost a decade ago.

Could Starbucks Help Other Retailers Succeed With Mobile Payments?
Passionate customers are what makes Starbucks’ mobile payment app so popular, something that is not easily transferred to another company.

May 5, 2014

Whole Foods Eyes Smaller Format Stores for Urban Growth
Grocery store chain plans to expand network with 1,000 new stores.

California Investing Heavily in Hydrogen
State awards nearly $50 million to build 28 new hydrogen stations and a mobile refueler.

Food Preferences Are Heating Up
Manufacturers are happy to accommodate growing consumer taste for spicy foods.

VeriFone and First Data Partner on Payment Security Efforts
Solution brings end-to-end encryption and tokenization to gas stations and c-stores.

Coffee Prices Expected to Soar Still Higher
Prices have already doubled since December, with real threat looming for 2015.

Congress Seeks to Extend Tax Credits
Bill would provide extensions for work-opportunity, biodiesel and alternative fuel tax credits, among others.

May 2, 2014

Nominations for NACS Scholarship Program Open
Scholarships help future convenience leaders achieve their dreams.

Business Intelligence Tools Help Retailers Simplify Data
BI is helping convenience retailers uncover hidden gems in their business intelligence warehouse.

Poll Shows Ohioans Favorable to Higher Tobacco Tax
Governor’s proposal would increase state cigarette tax by 60 cents per pack.

Chicago Partially Bans Plastic Bags
Exemptions approved for mom-and-pop retailers, restaurants and others.

Oil Industry Pleads for No Changes to Ethanol Blend
American Petroleum Institute sends letter asking EPA not to revise fuel standards.

British American Tobacco Puts Cost of EU Regulations Up to $277 Million
The company said most of the cost would go to upgrading machinery to comply with new packaging restrictions.

May 1, 2014

$30 Lottery Tickets Selling Briskly in Massachusetts
A new $30 scratch game has already sold $8 million in tickets in its first week.

Conexxus Names Board of Advisors
Industry experts join board with goal of moving industry’s technology agenda forward.

Senate Republicans Block Minimum Wage Increase Bill
Democrats vow to bring the issue for a vote again soon.

Single-Bottle Beer Sale Bill Heads to Missouri Governor for Approval
Law would take effect in 2015 and allow the sale of single bottles, cans or pouches of beer.

Target Turns to Chip and PIN
Effort to enhance customer data security will switch all REDcards to less vulnerable technology.

More Localities Adding E-Cigarettes to Indoor Smoking Bans
Chicago spaces are now vapor-free, while Delaware considers statewide ban.

Senator Reid Opens Door to Keystone Pipeline Vote
Abrupt shift could move forward the long-delayed and controversial project.

Canadian Retailers Warn of Consequences to Proposed Tobacco Tax Hike
Higher taxes likely to lead to increased contraband tobacco sales.

Apr 30, 2014

PCATS Rebrands to Conexxus
New brand reflects evolution and new vision of technology and connections.

Coalition Urges Passage of “Patent Troll” Legislation
More than 200 organizations sign letter for Senate Judiciary Committee.

WTO to Hear Challenge to Australia’s Plain Packaging Tobacco Law
Lawsuit by tobacco-producing nations will have its day in a World Trade Organization court.

Hawaii Raises Minimum Wage to $10.10
Increase will take effect gradually over the next four years.

House Lawmakers Ask Drugstores to Toss Tobacco
Group of members urge stores to follow CVS’s example and phase out tobacco products.

Calorie Labels Go Beyond Menus
White House currently has the rules and FDA expects them to be finalized soon.

U.S. Oil to Double Projections for CNG Stations
Company predicts it will operate more than 100 stations nationwide by 2017.

Apr 29, 2014

PCATS Annual Conference Brings Focus on Standards and Technology
Keynote from IBM’s Chief Technologist and Hall of Fame Awards highlight first day.

Nova Scotia Considers Gas Price Deregulation
Deregulation would end current system establishing weekly price range.

Mobile Wallets Failing to Engage Consumers
People don’t mind paying with cash or credit cards, say industry analysts.

New Research on Coffee Preferences of Millennials
Preferences vary within Millennial subgroups, evolving from sweeter to more traditional drinks.

Proposed Illinois Soft Drink Tax Likely to Go Flat
Potential one cent per ounce tax drifting unaddressed in committee.

Report Cites Cultural Factors Impact on Snacking Habits
Americans are consuming more nutritious food while snacking.