Dec 19, 2014
European Union Agrees to Cap Card Fees
Once legislation is approved, most fees would be capped at 0.2 – 0.3%.
Eat More Nuts
Only 4 in 10 Americans eat enough heart-healthy nuts each day, says new CDC study.
Consumers Doubt Retailer Efforts to Protect Financial Info
Ongoing skepticism is an opportunity for retailers to better tell their own security stories.
Health-Oriented C-Store Has Big Plans
Portland’s Green Zebra begins offering delivery service, through Instacart.
Package Collection Comes to Singapore C-Stores
UPS and DHL now delivering packages for customer pick-up at c-store locations.
Dec 18, 2014
Big Brother Is Watching … Your Snacks
New vending machine uses facial recognition to match customer with medical history.
NOCO Express Opens State-of-the-Art Store
Expanded store features Wi-Fi, frozen yogurt and sustainable design elements.
Best Practices for Loss Prevention
Annual conference highlights networking and education for safety and loss prevention professionals.
Ontario C-Stores Support Move to Reduce Regulation
Government pledges to reduce unnecessary regulatory burden on small businesses.
States Increase Incentives for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Charging network expands beyond the “West Coast Electric Highway,” thanks to tax breaks.
Are Millennials Teetotallers?
U.K.-based report shows that Millennials are increasingly abstaining, among other trends to watch in 2015.
Dec 17, 2014
Build Your Skills with the NACS Leadership Challenge
Industry’s emerging leaders can develop skills for long-term personal growth and professional results.
NACS Sends Letter Addressing Errors in Recent Testimony
Office of the Comptroller provided erroneous testimony at Senate hearing on cybersecurity.
Gas Prices Have Little Effect on Demand for Car Travel
Automobile travel increases by just one percent for every 25% or more decrease in gas price.
NACS and Coca-Cola: Encouraging People Success
NACS/Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council welcomes suggestions on proposed research topics.
Discover Investing Heavily in New, Chip-Enabled Credit Cards
Company spending more than $35 million to update credit cards in order to combat fraud.
New Lottery Game Suspended Due to Low Ticket Sales
New multi-state lottery will end in several states, after only two months of sales.
Dec 16, 2014
Consumers Optimistic About Future Fuel Prices
This month’s NACS Consumer Fuels Survey shows that fuel price has less impact on economy.
2014’s Biggest Consumer Food Stories
War on sugar the third biggest story, after drought and shrinking bee population.
San Francisco Approves Reduction in Tobacco Sales Permits
Law would cut number of tobacco-selling permits in half over the next decade.
Labor Board Ruling Gives Unions New Leverage
Union election process will be sped up, beginning April 2015, thereby strengthening the power of unions.
Topaz Acquires Esso Ireland’s Fuels and C-Store Business
Deal will add 38 company-owned Esso sites to 120 existing Topaz-owned sites in Ireland.
Dec 15, 2014
Organized Crime Increases in Canada
A single theft at a Mac’s store resulted in $30,000 in stolen tobacco products.
Five Food Moves That Mattered
This year saw its fair share of movement in the QSR and fast-casual segments.
QuikTrip Nabs Fast Company’s Top 50 Spot
Convenience store chain ranks 21st as top place to work in the United States.
Rutter’s Employees Celebrate Record-Breaking Year
Employees donated $3,000 in toys and cash to local kids in need.
Harley-Davidson Tests Electric Hog
Prototype “LiveWire” bike toured Florida and captured customer feedback.
Dec 12, 2014
Merchants Respond to Credit Union Report
Memo says report highlights concerns about overdraft fees, no mention of data breaches.
The Evolution of Marketing for 2015
Experts identify trends from technology to customer focus for the coming year.
China's Chocolate Wars
Competition, and innovation, continues for brands hoping to get a share of the huge Chinese market for chocolate.
EIA Energy Outlook Predicts Lower Than Average Prices
Forecast suggests $68-per-barrel average Brent crude price in 2015, while recognizing high price uncertainty.
Apple Pay: Loved by Some, Not All
Banks and card companies are the payment system’s biggest fans, but merchants have doubts.
Dec 11, 2014
Banks Use Misdirection When It Comes to Data Breaches
NACS counsel authors opinion piece highlighting how banking industry hides responsibility for breaches.
Still No Date for Final RFS Rule
Despite pressure from House Committee, EPA chief won’t commit to timeline for RFS rule.
Shopper Surveys and Direct Store Delivery Help Optimize Performance
Free resource helps c-stores defend their turf and attract new business.
Consumers Rate Top Fast Food and Fast Casual Retailers
In-N-Out and T.G.I. Friday’s top the list, based on how well they respond to guests.
House Files $1.1 Trillion Spending Package
Congress expected to vote this week on measure to fund government, averting another shutdown.
Dec 10, 2014
Protect Yourself from a Protest
With minimum wage protests occurring across the country, employers should know the steps to take in the event of a planned protest.
Join the Industry’s HR Community
NACS HR Forum, March 3 – 5 in New Orleans, helps human resources professionals connect, grow and learn.
Northern California Opens First Retail Hydrogen Station
Ramos Oil opens region’s first public hydrogen pumps today, to much fanfare.
The Return of Smell-O-Vision?
Top brands are using scent to sell the customer experience.
Lack of Retail Employee Training a Worm in Apple Pay
Apple users vent about employees who don’t know how to accept new mobile payment system.
Dec 9, 2014
Interest in Alternative Fuel Vehicles Declines with Gas Prices
NACS survey shows correlation between lower gas prices and lower interest in alternative fuel cars.
NACS Vice Chairman Pens Op-Ed on Swipe Fees
Opinion piece in Orange County Register shares how credit cards are hurting the free market economy.
Paris Mayor Calls for Ban on Diesel Cars by 2020
Announcement is the latest approach to reducing pollution in French capital.
Business Predictions for 2015
From coffee prices to delivery services, Fortune magazine shares predictions for the coming year.
McDonald’s Goes Out of Its Comfort Zone
Expansion of ‘Create Your Taste’ custom ordering is risky, but could pay off with younger customers.
Corner Store Donates $1 Million to Children’s Charities
5K Country Run series wraps up, with contributions to Big Brothers Big Sisters and other charities.
Dec 8, 2014
Top 10 Trends for Specialty Food Revealed
Rise of Generation Z, alternative proteins and improved grocery delivery services make up the list for 2015 food trends.
Gulf Gift Cards Helping Retailers Drive Customer Loyalty
Holiday gift cards designed to give Gulf retailers another way to meet consumers’ needs and increase sales.
New Jersey Office of Weights and Measures Bans 19 Motor Oil Products
Retail locations must stop selling the products immediately.
Dollar Tree Could Shed Stores in Family Dollar Deal
U.S. Federal Trade Commission may require Dollar Tree to shed stores as part of pending merger of the dollar stores.
Dec 5, 2014
Minimum Wage Movement Spreads to C-Store Industry, 190 Cities
Some home care, airport and convenience workers join call for higher hourly wage, in day of protests.
Merchant Financial Cyber Partnership Announces Next Steps
Partnership sends letter to Congress outlining cybersecurity information sharing legislation principles.
Beacons Bringing Customers In-Store
Use of retail beacons continues to increase for holiday shopping season.
Groceries Where You Want Them
Washington, D.C., Metro considers grocery lockers at stations, while UberEssentials expands delivery.
Will Apple Pay Make EMV a Household Name?
Mobile payment system’s use of EMV and tokenization not the focus of coverage.
California Sales of Plug-In Vehicles on the Rise
New data shows one plug-in purchased for every two hybrids in the state.
Dec 4, 2014
Gas Station Food Gets Its Fill
More people are recognizing the gourmet options available at gas stations across the country.
What’s Next for Mobile Commerce
Mobile payment powerhouse shares thoughts on how mobile payments will change.
Marathon Petroleum Deploys New Discount Program
‘Cents Off Marathon’ program will also offer co-brand opportunities.
Spicy Predictions for 2015
Annual flavor forecast predicts trends for 2015, including global flavors and a twist on cookies.
The Comeback of British C-Stores
Changing demographics and economics influence the rise of smaller stores.
Dec 3, 2014
NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe Promises New Ideas and Industry Connections
Registration is now open for 2015 event in Berlin and London.
Australia’s Illicit Tobacco Market Continues to Worsen
Law-abiding retailers are being hit harder than ever before.
PCI Compliance Deadline Nears
Retailers have one more thing to worry about during the year-end sales push.
A Lingering Glance … at Pepperoni?
A new ‘subconscious menu’ being tested at U.K.-based Pizza Hut locations lets customers order with their eyes.
‘Death of Cash’ Reports Are Premature
Although more customers are paying with cards and phones, don’t write cash’s eulogy anytime soon.
Indiana Moves Closer to Sunday Alcohol Sales
Business coalition formed to advocate for change to liquor laws.
Dec 2, 2014
Tax Extenders Bill Hits a Road Block
Threat of presidential veto makes imminent passage of tax extender bill unlikely.
California Republicans Seek Fuels Cap-and-Trade Exemption
Proposed bill would permanently exempt oil and gas from program.
If Musk Builds It, Will They Come?
Demand for Tesla isn’t the problem, switching the world to electric cars is.
Carrefour to Open First Convenience Store in Shanghai
Hypermarket retailer is latest to enter highly competitive — and profitable — market.
Corner Store Whoops It up for the Holidays
New winter menu features peppermint whoopie bites.
Stripes Launches College Scholarship Fund
Company sets goal of raising $600,000 for fund benefitting local college-bound students.
Dec 1, 2014
Discover Sues Visa Over Antitrust Violations
Lawsuit alleges Visa has undertaken a series of illegal actions that undermine competition.
Oil Prices Could Continue to Drop
Analysts suggest that consumers could see prices as low as $2.55 at the pump by Christmas.
Florida Legislator Pushes Online Lottery Bill
Sunshine State could become eighth state to legalize online lottery sales.
Walmart Brings ‘Grab and Go’ Lockers to Canada
Retailer boosts capacity to fulfill online orders in the Toronto area with lockers that hold orders.
Lyfe Kitchen Opens First New York Location
Executive chef shies away from using the “H” word to describe the menu.
Nov 26, 2014
Battle for “Stomach Share” Continues
New survey shows diners increasing visits and purchasing more ready-to-eat meals from c-stores, dining out less.
Bringing Innovation In-House
Three reasons why innovation labs are a good idea for retailers who have the resources.
China Moves to Ban Cigarette Advertising
In attempt to reduce smoking in the world’s top cigarette market, proposed rules introduce numerous restrictions.
Stinker Stores Sets Record for Idaho Food Bank
Community campaign raises over $54,000, enough for 216,440 meals.
Opposites Attract at Canadian Gas Station
Electric car charging is latest addition to Canadian oil sands gas station.
Nov 25, 2014
FDA Finalizes Menu Labeling Rules Affecting Convenience Stores
New FDA menu labeling regulations bad for convenience stores and small businesses.
Jay Ricker Named Chairman of the Fuels Institute
Ricker Oil chairman will lead non-profit think tank dedicated to fuel market issues.
Dunkin’ Donuts Focusing Heavily on Mobile
Success of QSR’s loyalty program and mobile app lead to new test of mobile ordering.
Evolution of Foodservice Packaging Reflecting National Trends
Foodservice Packaging Institute’s annual report shows market shifts in distribution and materials.
Ontario May Ban Menthol Cigarettes and Regulate E-Cigs
Electronic-cigarette regulations would treat devices the same as tobacco cigarettes.
Nov 24, 2014
EPA Delays 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard
NACS weighs in on the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to not finalize 2014 standards under the RFS program until 2015.
House Republicans File Lawsuit Against President Obama
Litigation challenges President Obama’s actions implementing the health-care law, including decisions to waive the employer mandate.
Convenience Retailers Support Local Communities During Holidays
QuickChek launches holiday food drive; Stripes Stores announces Thanksgiving and Black Friday freebie.
Spire Breaks Ground on New CNG Station
South Carolina location will be developed next to a QuikTrip travel center in 2015.
Biscuits, Meet Oreos
Church’s Chicken readies for debut of Oreo Biscuit Bites.
Honda Supports California’s Hydrogen Network
Contribution of $13.8 million to FirstElement Fuel will help growth of public hydrogen refueling stations.
Nov 21, 2014
Massachusetts Town Drops Tobacco Ban Proposal
Vocal public opposition to nation’s first tobacco ban causes board of health to pull proposal.
Webinar Offers Insights into Potential Cyber Security Legislation
Congress may act soon to take up cyber security legislation, so get to know the landscape.
Be a Part of the Industry’s Most Comprehensive Compensation Report
HR professionals can benefit from critical benchmarking data, but we need your help.
41.3 Million Americans Hitting the Road Next Week
AAA’s Thanksgiving travel forecast projects highest number of travelers since 2007.
C.H. Robinson Collaborates on One-Day Food Fundraiser
The NACS member company partnered with local news station to sponsor Twin Cities food drive.
Nov 20, 2014
NACS Signs Tax Extender Letter to Congress
More than 525 organizations urged Congress to pass business-friendly tax legislation this year.
The Price of Air
Gas station chain being sued for charging to use air pumps.
Alternative Fuels Seek Market Share
Experts discuss how alternative fuels are finding their place among a gas-dominated market at Fuels Institute Summit.
7-Eleven Getting Into the Medicine Business
Convenience chain will launch its own line of OTC meds.
How Bitcoin Could Change the Payments Industry
Millennials' lack of attachment to physical currency likely to drive adoption.
Nov 19, 2014
Understanding Expectations of Invested Customers
The new breed of “invested” customer has higher expectations but increased loyalty.
Consumer Behavior and Its Influence on Fuels
Panelists at Fuels Institute meeting analyze consumer trends and their impact on the vehicle and fuels market.
Merchants and Credit Cards Are Getting Safer
Systems being updated to better protect consumers in the lead-up to the holiday season.
Chocolate Lovers: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid
Chocolate makers caution that worldwide cocoa shortage likely by 2020.
Retailers Welcome Ontario Government's Commitment to Addressing Contraband Tobacco
Increased government action needed to stem rampant illegal tobacco sales.
Nov 18, 2014
Balancing the Future of Fuels with Environmental Needs
Fuels Institute’s inaugural meeting delves into how regulations, particularly in California, influence fuels and vehicles markets.
Gas Station Dining Can Be a Community Game-Changer
Seoul Food D.C., profiled in Ideas 2 Go, is a model for creating an urban feel in suburbs.
Merchants Brief Congress on Mobile Payment Issues
Panelists recommend technology-neutral legislation, emphasize need for innovation.
Ohio Lottery Wants to Make Scratch-Offs a Holiday Tradition
New marketing campaign takes advantage of holiday sales window to encourage gift givers to buy scratch-off tickets.
Are You Ready for a Millennnial Workforce?
Starting next year, Millennials will make up a majority of the workforce, but corporate attitudes toward them may need to change.
Nov 17, 2014
Position Your Company for Global Success
NACS Global Forum in Singapore is a powerful networking opportunity for retail leaders.
Commuting by Car Is Down in More Cities and States
Nationwide trend showing decrease in car commuting will be further analyzed in January Fuels Institute report.
Lower Gas Prices Already Leading to Bigger Baskets
Retailers like Walmart attribute Q3 increase in part to low prices at the pump.
FDIC and DOJ Agree to Operation Choke Point Investigation
Agencies will launch preliminary inquiry into program potentially targeting tobacco sales, in response to requests from congressmen.
Michigan Lawmakers Expected to Vote on Bill Requiring Added Security
The Herringa Act would add extra safety measures for third-shift workers at 24-hour convenience stores.
Nov 14, 2014
Hundreds Show Up to Oppose Town’s Tobacco Ban
Public meeting in Westminster, Mass., ends early as crowd of 500-plus loudly voices opposition to board of health plan.
Share Your Perspective on Capitol Hill
Annual NACS Government Relations Conference gives members of Congress invaluable insight about our industry.
Opportunities in Mobile Payments at the Pump
While not without challenges, new pay at the pump app could be a game changer.
As Gas Prices Go Down, Hummer Sales Go Up
Large SUVs and trucks are seeing renewed popularity thanks, in part, to lower gas prices.
British Retailers Worried About Illegal Tobacco
Sales of black market tobacco on the rise in Plymouth, England, causing concern for residents and retailers.
Nov 13, 2014
E85 Sales Have Room for Growth
Fuel sales expected to double by 2023, but with the right market conditions could increase 20-fold.
Whole Grain Goodness at Your Local C-Store
Kwik Trip shares its approach for introducing healthier options, including more whole grain products.
Online Map Shows Natural Gas Stations Nationwide
New tool provides locations of LNG and CNG stations searchable by mile ranges.
Inside Walmart’s Crystal Ball
Analysts predict the mega-retailer will continue investing in smaller footprint stores.
Convenience Chains Donate Generously to Children and Military Families
Rutter’s contributes $200,000 for preschool scholarships, while QuickChek supports military families with $75,000.
Nov 12, 2014
Will Falling Gas Prices Boost Holiday Spending?
According to latest NACS survey, a majority of male and younger consumers feel renewed optimism about the economy and say they’ll spend more.
Indiana Liquor Sales Landscape Gets Another Player
New liquor delivery service adds fuel to an already-heated battle over liquor sales in the state.
Fool Me Twice
Survey shows that data breaches don’t change consumer behavior.
Frito-Lay Converts Fleet to Alternative Fuels
Company builds strong partnerships to develop commitment to reduce emissions.
Germans Go for LPG Vehicles
LPG-powered cars make up an increasing percentage of the country’s alternative fuel vehicles.
Nov 11, 2014
Philly Merchants Hurt by New Cigarette Tax
$2-per-pack tax to fund schools has many customers driving to the suburbs.
Call to Action: Make Your Voice Heard on Online Lottery Legislation
Time is running out to contact your legislators about the business impact of online lottery sales.
Banks Challenge Retailers Over Cyber Attacks
Groups point fingers in debate over who should pay when retailers are breached.
Apple Pay Will Need Merchant Buy-In
Despite the platform’s media darling status, merchant adoption may still be the key to its success.
Proposed N.J. Gas Tax Could Cost Consumers $300 More Per Year
Gas tax would go to replenish state’s roadwork fund for roads, bridges and mass transit.
Veterans Pay It Forward for C-Store Customers
Illinois store experiences two good deeds in one day, both courtesy of veterans.
Nov 10, 2014
Oil Price War Looms
Saudi Arabia’s price cut for U.S. oil may spark a global price war.
Cumberland Farms Now Accepting Apple Pay
Convenience retailer joins growing list of retailers to accept Apple’s mobile payment system.
Supreme Court Will Hear Case on Obamacare Subsidies
Decision on tax subsidies for exchanges brings Affordable Care Act back into the spotlight.
United Fresh Highlights Fall Menu Trends
Trends include how convenience stores are using fresh produce to respond to consumer demand for healthy options.
Could Mobile Apps Replace Drive-Thrus?
Younger city dwellers and less driving could spell the demise of the drive-thru in urban areas.
Shift Takes on Transportation
Start-up creates its own intelligent mass private transit system.
Nov 7, 2014
Nation’s First Soda Tax Passes in Berkeley, California
Across the Bay, similar measure fails in San Francisco.
Opinion Piece Questions Town’s Proposal to Ban Tobacco
Boston Globe op-ed says Westminster should focus on smoking prevention, not ban that will hurt retailers.
Retail Crime Costs Retailers $128 Billion Worldwide Each Year
$42 billion of “shrink” in the United States represents 1.48% of sales.
Dollar-Store Chains Say Smokers Are Their Best Customers
Smoking rate for regular customers almost double the national rate, making tobacco big business for chains.
Consumers Planning to Go Mobile This Holiday Season
Survey shows that nearly 75% will use their mobile device for holiday shopping.
Nov 6, 2014
Chicago Bans Flavored Tobacco Sales Near Schools
Judge rejects a request to block the ordinance, which bans the sale of flavored tobacco within 500 feet of a school.
NACS Signs Letter to Congressional Leaders Urging Action on Data Security
More than 40 merchant organizations urge Congress to establish clear and uniform legislation to address cyber crime breaches.
More of the Best in “Ideas 2 Go” Videos Now Online
Video series digs into the NACS archives to share innovative ideas from convenience retailers across the country — and around the world.
Canadian C-Stores Have Mixed Reaction to Credit Card Fee Deal
Retailer association says swipe fees still too high, despite fee reduction agreed upon this week.
Nashville Voters Welcome Wine in C-Stores and Groceries
With overwhelming support, local referendums pass allowing wine to be sold in c-stores beginning in 2016.
Japan’s Lawson Stores Link Up with Amazon
Convenience chain will allow customers to order and pick up Amazon items in-store.
Nov 5, 2014
Election Day Recap: What It Means for Our Industry
As Republicans do better than expected in mid-term elections, optimism grows for upcoming 114th Congress.
A New Era for Mobile Payments
NACS viewpoint on the mobile payment landscape represented on Kojo Nnamdi Show.
Credit Card Companies Cut Swipe Fees in Canada
Visa and MasterCard give in to pressure from retailers, avoiding a mandate from Canadian government.
Fresh Fruit Is a Growth Opportunity
With increasing sales numbers, the top five fruits are a great pick for retailers.
Chicago Plans for Alternative Fuel Center
O’Hare Airport location will provide electric stations and alternative fuels to the public and airport vehicles.
Nov 4, 2014
Apple Pay Is No Revolutionary Change, Says NACS
Wall Street Journal op-ed explains why widely heralded payment innovation still too dependent on the credit card companies.
Global Consumer Confidence on the Rise
Steady increase in optimism exceeds pre-recession levels.
McDonald's Caters to Regional Tastes
Regionally tailored menus are a move away from traditional, one-size-fits-all approach.
British Grocery Chains Losing Market Share – to Themselves
Increase in grocery-owned c-stores has changed the traditional shopping model.
More Fast-Food Chains Focus on Healthier Eating
Some of the fastest-growing QSRs are about Brussels sprouts, not burgers.
Nov 3, 2014
Five Reasons for Lower Oil Prices
All corners of the globe are contributing to the recent dip in oil prices.
Starbucks Is Bringing the Barista to You
Company announces plans to launch delivery service next year.
Better Retail Sales Are a Mixed Blessing for Merchants
As retail sales numbers rise, so do swipe fees.
Seafood Is a Great Catch for Florida Gas Retailer
Jacksonville c-store teams up with local seafood supplier for frozen seafood meals.
Coke Helps C-Stores Take Advantage of Growth Trends
New product and marketing options help retailers maximize profits in beverage category.
Oct 31, 2014
NACS Joins Merchants to Set Record Straight on Cybersecurity and Payments
Merchant associations send letter to credit unions dispelling myths about cyber-attacks.
U.S. Oil Boom’s Connection to Chocolate
As gas prices decline due to domestic production, consumers have extra money for treats.
Would You Like a Side of Tech with That Order?
Like everywhere else, use of technology is increasing in the foodservice sector.
Conexxus Applauds Completion of HTML5 Standard
Retailer and technology community has long supported Internet standardization.
Oxxo Convenience Store Debit Cards a Big Success
Number of Mexicans using the new cards is double the industry norm.
Oct 30, 2014
NACS Responds to Card Company Attempts to Dominate Mobile Payments
Electronic Transactions Association is pressuring retailers to accept forms of payment that add costs to their businesses and customers.
Diesel Vehicle Sales Forecast Are Strong — Are Consumers Ready?
New Fuels Institute report examines consumer preferences toward diesel fuel.
U.S. Cities Eye Tobacco Purchasing Age
More cities consider raising legal purchasing age for tobacco products to 21.
NACS Members Open New Stores in California and New York
Mission Market and QuickChek expand their portfolios with new stores and more jobs for the local economy.
Send in the Robots
Home improvement retailer tests whether ‘OSHbots’ can help improve customer service.
Taco Bell Pioneers QSR Mobile Payment App
Mobile ordering and payment app allows for customization of menu options, mobile ordering and location-based services.
Oct 29, 2014
U.S. Diesel Fuel Demand to Peak in 2015
World diesel demand expected to grow through 2030, according to Fuels Institute report.
Massachusetts Town Introduces Proposal to Ban Tobacco
If approved, sales of all forms of tobacco would be prohibited in town of Westminster.
Battle of the Mobile Payment Systems
Consumers will decide whether Apple Pay or CurrentC comes out on top.
Lowe’s Goes Small in the Big Apple
Home improvement superstore opening two small-format stores in NYC next year.
NOCO Campaign Raises $22,000 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Funds raised by employees and customers will support research and community services.
Oct 28, 2014
Election Day Countdown: Where Do We Stand
Looking at current knowledge and trends, what can we predict for Election Day 2014?
DIY Pepsi Flavors for SodaStream Users
Limited run trial will feature Pepsi ‘Homemade’ flavors for home use.
Carmakers Prepare to Shift to Hydrogen Fuel Cells
Despite inherent challenges, manufacturers are investing in hydrogen.
Filipino C-Stores Taking Market Share from Grocery Stores
Time-strapped consumers turning to prepared meals and local shopping.
Mississippi Retailers Protest Security Mandate
Increase in crime leads to city of Jackson proposal requiring c-stores to hire private security.
Oct 27, 2014
Legislator Gets Crash Course in Convenience Retailing
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson participates in NACS In Store grassroots engagement program at local Kwik Trip.
Hackers Boost Malware Efforts to Attack Retailers
Effective strand of POS malware undetected by anti-virus software is already posing a threat.
QuickChek Outsells Starbucks Coffee
New Jersey-based convenience retailer outsold Starbucks in hot brewed units despite having 40% fewer locations in the state.
Neighborhoods Prepare for Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday raked in $5.7 billion with independent merchants in 2013.
Franchisees Getting Cybersecurity Help
Industry groups partner to provide franchise businesses with cybersecurity resources.
FDA to Host Tobacco Webinar on Substantial Equivalents
Information to be provided for retailers on grandfathered tobacco products.
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.
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.
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
PYMNTS.com 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.