Jun 19, 2013
U.S. Smoking Rate Declines
A new CDC report reveals that the smoking rate for adults in the United States dropped to 18% in 2012.
Costco Tops List as Most Popular Gas Station
According to a recent Market Force survey, wholesale clubs continue to lure customers to their pumps.
Will New FDA Graphic Tobacco Warning Labels Pass Legal Challenge?
A Georgetown public health expert and attorney examine what the FDA must do to prevail.
Grab-and-Go Sales on the Rise
Packaging Digest offers tips to help retailers leverage the growth of the grab-and-go drink segment.
U.S. Exports Oil to the World
For the first time since the 1970s, the United States is exporting more oil.
Acheiving a Less Assembly-Line Look
Food manufacturers are attempting to make their products look less mass-produced and more rustic and homemade.
Jun 18, 2013
Automakers Reluctant to Sell Zero-Emission Vehicles
Car manufacturers are under pressure to meet California’s sales target of having electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen-powered cars account for 15% of new-car purchases by 2025.
Younger Consumers Ditch Credit Cards
The youth of America is opting for debit or prepaid cards instead of credit cards.
Will Health-Care Law Prompt Companies to Halt Insurance?
The Wall Street Journal explores the effects of the Affordable Care Act on corporate America.
Bloomberg Seeks to Mandate Food Composting
A residential composting program will begin as voluntary but eventually become mandatory, officials predict.
U.K. Retailers Sacrifice Pay to Keep Stores Open
More than half of U.K. shop owners said they earn less than the minimum wage, when factoring hours worked and take-home pay.
Australia Approves Five-Star Rating System for Food Nutrition
The voluntary nutrition rating system is designed to encourage healthy eating.
High's of Baltimore Launches With Open Store by GasBuddy
The partnership includes a new mobile app, website and rewards program.
Jun 17, 2013
New York City Lawmakers Introduce Foam Foodservice Ban
The announcement comes despite mounting concerns over the ban’s potential impact to the city’s small businesses and taxpayers.
Pride Stores Named Best Convenience Store
Reader Raves voters rated the Massachusetts retailer the top local c-store.
General Mills Embraces Healthy Options
Retailers can expect new products this year that tap into better-for-you snacking options.
‘Suspended’ Coffee Helps Java Drinkers Spread the Love
The act-of-kindness concept is taking off across Canadian coffee shops.
Diesel Cars Making a Green Comeback
Registrations for diesel cars and SUVs increased 55% in California from 2010 to 2012.
Jun 14, 2013
Discover Ways to Beat the Competition
Participate in the learnings and share your experience with the Playbook for Success, based on research by the NACS/CCRRC.
Roughly 20% of Retailers Will Slash Hours Ahead of Health-Care Law
Other businesses plan to increase worker contributions to health care or halt employer-subsidies of dependents.
Oklahoma Senator: Refiners to Close Because of Renewable Fuel Policies
U.S. Senator Tom Coburn pointed to the high Renewable Fuel Standards credits as the main reasons two refineries in his state could shut down.
Two Oregon Bills Would Change Cigarette Taxes
One would increase the state tax on cigarettes, while the other would give counties the authority to add a cigarette tax of their own.
Low-Cal Foods, Beverages Boost Revenue
Sixteen food and beverage companies say reduced calorie products account for nearly $100 billion in annual sales.
Natural Gas, Renewables Find Common Ground in Texas
The two energy sources should complement, not compete, with each other in the Lone Star State.
Rutter’s Celebrates National Dairy Month
The dairy company has been selling fresh milk since 1921.
Jun 13, 2013
New York City Seeks Soda Ban Revival
Mayor Bloomberg’s administration is seeking a reinstatement of the city’s ban on sugary drinks.
Maine House Supports GMO Food Labeling Requirement
Legislation that would require genetically modified food products to include special labels passed the Maine House of Representatives.
Oneida Indian Tax Settlement Disrupts Playing Field for New York Retailers
NYACS says that the lopsided deal would instead codify gas/tobacco price advantages and regulatory immunity for tribal stores.
Michigan Attorney General Warns Fuel Retailers Against Price Gouging
Amid rising gas prices, Attorney General Bill Schuette issued a stern warning to retailers that the state will take action if they gouge consumers at the pump.
CVS Launches Proprietary Food Line
Three premium ground coffees have been added to the drug store chain’s premium private-label line of food and beverages.
Bud Light Platinum Launches Reclosable Aluminum Bottle
The new packaging is available at Las Vegas nightclubs and pools, with nationwide rollout expected later this year.
Jun 12, 2013
Convenience Channel Experiences Above-Average Growth
A new IRI report finds that the convenience store channel, when compared to grocery and drug stores, was the only channel that enjoyed both dollar and unit sales growth in 2012.
New Jersey Retailers Oppose Generator Mandate
With hurricane season in full swing, fuel retailers argue that generator legislation won’t help fuel shortages triggered by weather.
Big Oil Exiting Canadian Gas Station Business
An annual survey reveals a continued drop in outlets operated by integrated refiner-marketers and a decrease in the number of retail fuel sites in Canada.
Cumberland Farms Expands Health Insurance Availability
The New England-based convenience store chain will reclassify 1,500 workers as full-time employees.
Consumers are making healthier choices at restaurants by cutting out dessert, drinking water or opting for a smaller portion size.
Drive-Thru Convenience Store Fights to Stay Open
Coolers is using marketing campaigns to convince customers that its business model is a fun and convenient shopping option.
Jun 11, 2013
NACS Survey: Evolve the Renewable Fuels Standard
To examine current market conditions, NACS surveyed both consumers and fuel retailers to assess their familiarity with E15 and E85.
Virginia Launches Cents-Per-Gallon Gas Tax
The nation’s first CPG gas tax takes effect July 1, 2013.
E-Cigarettes Attracting Investors
Former Facebook president and Napster co-founder Sean Parker is heading a group that has invested $75 million in electronic-cigarette firm NJOY Inc.
Minnesotans Scurry to Buy Smokes
Cigarette sales in Minnesota are surging in advance of a July 1 excise tax increase of $2.52 per pack.
PCI SSC Updates PIN Transaction Security Standard
Version 4.0 enhances security for accepting and processing payment cards.
White Castle Launches Slider Contest
The Crave Time Cook-Off challenges slider lovers to break out their burger recipes and get creative.
Jun 10, 2013
U.S. Representative Calls for Legalizing Online Gambling
Legislation introduced by Representative Pete King (R-NY) would give states and Native American tribes the right to opt out of a federal system and keep their own internal gaming practices.
CST Brands Opens Largest Corner Store in Three Rivers
The 10,100 square-foot Travel Center serves customers in the heart of the Eagle Ford Shale.
Mobile Grocery Store Rolls Into Tulsa 'Food Desert'
R&G Family Grocers is planning to bring a mobile store to North and West Tulsa twice weekly, offering produce, meat and dairy products.
NCR Brings C-Go Mobile Shopping App to Spinx
C-Go allows customers to initiate a fuel transaction, select the amount of gas they want and pay with their smartphones.
Ohio Launches New Childhood Obesity Initiative
The program features messages around physical activity and nutrition that focuses on both kids and their parents.
SodaStream Threat: Real or Perceived?
Analysts say the at-home soda maker is a "disruptive force" in the soft drink industry.
Jun 7, 2013
Connecticut Approves Measure to Halt Vapor Recovery Equipment
Pending the governor’s signature, retailers in the state will be able to remove Stage II vapor recovery systems from their fuel pumps.
Consumers Shop Convenience Stores as Often as Supermarkets
Nearly 60% of survey respondents say they stop in a convenience store more than once a week.
QuikTrip Voted Most Popular Convenience Store
A Market Force study found that top convenience retailers excel in cleanliness, friendliness and food quality, and tend to be regional favorites.
Self-Service Shopping Grows in Popularity
Sixty-one percent of global consumers are willing to shop in an omni-channel, self-service, completely automated store.
Most American Adults Own Smartphones
Overall, 91% of all adults in the United States have some type of cell phone device.
Bud Light Reinvents the Can
The new vented can will be tested in the Louisville, Kentucky, market this summer.
Jun 6, 2013
NYC Anti-Obesity Campaign Targets Sugary Beverages
Funded by the city health department, the new ads expand the “Pouring on the Pounds” campaign by focusing on other sugar-sweetened beverages.
Dollar General Trims Name Brands
The retailer is boosting its private-label brands as part of an effort to increase gross margins.
Amazon Expands Fresh Grocery Delivery
AmazonFresh moves into Los Angeles, although the online retailer’s fresh grocery delivery service has yet to turn a profit.
Israel Boosts Alcohol Tax
Effective July 1, the new tax rate will increase from $23 to $28.50 per liter.
Pizza Hut Launches 10-Day Carryout Promo
In celebration of its 55th anniversary, the pizza chain is offering a one-topping, large pizza promo that’s being characterized as a value play.
Panera Expands Pay-What-You-Can Concept
The fast-casual chain is adding a pay-what-you-can item to the menu at its St. Louis stores.
Jun 5, 2013
Cancer Society Pushes for Flavored Tobacco Ban in New York
The ban would encompass all candy- and fruit-flavored tobacco products sold in convenience stores, making them available only in tobacco shops.
E15 Still Available at Iowa Gas Stations
The Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa disputes claims that Big Oil is shutting out homegrown E15.
Governor Cuomo Announces ‘Fuel NY’ Initiative
Up to $17 million in federal Hurricane Sandy relief funding will be used to improve access to fuel during severe storms or major weather events.
Bill to Ban Smoking in Cars With Kids Heads to Oregon Governor
The state House and Senate approved a measure that would forbid smoking in vehicles with passengers under the age of 18.
Seven & I Expands North American Presence
7-Eleven’s parent company is planning to double its North American locations to at least 20,000.
Dunkin’ Donuts Debuts Breakfast Sandwich Nationwide
The donut chain has been testing its Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich, made with a fried egg and bacon, since mid-spring.
Jun 4, 2013
Missouri Lottery Approves Ticket Sales at the Pump
Customers will soon be able to purchase lottery tickets at gas pumps and ATMs throughout the state.
Walgreens Flagship Stores Growing in Number
Sprawling, one-stop shops are popping up in densely populated urban centers.
Tim Hortons Camp Day Helps Deserving Kids
All coffee sale proceeds at Tim Hortons tomorrow will help fund summer camp experiences for underprivileged children.
Starbucks Bans Smoking Within 25 Feet of Store Entrances
The company is also banning e-cigarettes from all of its U.S. and Canada locations.
Pennsylvania Program Encourages Natural Gas Vehicle Conversion
State officials are providing up $10 million in incentives for companies and organizations to convert vehicles to run on natural gas.
Treasury Department OKs Use of Nutritional Labels for Alcohol
The voluntary ruling means it will be up to beer, wine and spirits companies to decide whether to use labels on their products.
Jun 3, 2013
California Senate Throws Out Plastic Bag Ban
State senators voted down a proposal that sought an outright ban on plastic bags throughout California.
Convenience, Gas and Sushi
Retailers like Mr. Fast in Texas continue to redefine and innovate convenience store foodservice.
Hurricane Season is Officially Underway
President Obama held a briefing with oil and gas industry executives for an update ahead of the 2013 hurricane season, which officially began on June 1.
Sonic Goes After the After-School Crowd
While most chains battle it out for the breakfast, lunch and dinner crowd, Sonic Drive-In wants to corner the “happy hour” crowd.
Charity Checkout Champions
When it comes to charitable donations, convenience stores rank high among retailers that participate in point-of-sale campaigns.
Lone Star Food Store Sells First Ever Powerball Jackpot in Texas
The $40 million Powerball jackpot was sold last week at a Lone Star convenience store in Bells, Texas.
Stripes Raises $953,000 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
The successful April fundraising campaign took place at all Stripes stores in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.
GATE Named a Best Place to Work in Jacksonville
“The caring culture we share here can be felt throughout every facet of our business,” says GATE President John Peyton.
May 31, 2013
Government Issues Finalized Wellness Rules
As part of Obamacare, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released its guidelines for employment-based wellness programs.
Iowa Bill Would Prohibit Biofuel Restrictions
The state House and Senate have approved what’s being called the retailer’s “bill of rights.”
Plain Tobacco Packaging Doesn’t Slow Transaction Speed
Not so fast — a new study suggests that retailers are checking out customers as quickly as they did before Australia’s plain tobacco packaging law took effect, but that’s not the whole story.
A Pretzel of a Burger
The buzz surrounding Wendy’s pretzel burger has tapped into a new trend.
New University Retail Store Gives Suppliers Direct Feedback
The card-and-questionnaire approach will provide information from customers directly to the manufacturers.
Food Retailers Slow to Embrace Digital
The industry continues to use old ways of thinking when approaching digital media platforms such as websites and mobile devices.
May 30, 2013
Border Stores Fear Cigarette Revenue Loss
A tax hike in Minnesota will likely send border-area smokers two miles across state lines into North Dakota for cheaper cigarettes.
French Report Urges Indoor Ban on E-Cigarettes
Solicited by the French Health Minister, a detailed report outlines 28 recommendations for e-cigarette use in France.
National Donut Day at Kangaroo Express
The convenience store chain is ready to give away free donuts on June 7 in honor of National Donut Day.
7-Eleven Launches Breakfast Empanada Bites
The hot and savory breakfast item builds on the success of earlier Latin-inspired hot food snacks.
U.S. Home Sale Prices on the Rise
Home prices in March rose 10.2% from a year earlier, the largest annual gain since 2006, when home prices began falling.
Maryland Retailers Protest Gas Tax
Local gas station owners in Frederick put up banners to let their customers know that a gas tax increase will take effect on July 1.
May 29, 2013
Midwest Sees Gasoline Price Hikes
Low inventory, high oil prices and refinery shutdowns contributed to record-breaking pump prices in the heartland.
California Lawmaker Proposes Beverage Tax
The bill would add a 1-cent tax per ounce for every bottled sweetened beverage with more than 25 calories per 12 ounces.
U.S. Restaurant Traffic Holds Steady in Q1
In addition, restaurant spending and average check size increased by 2% during the same time period.
Phillips 66 Emphasizes Branded Marketing
The company has developed a new plan to promote its brands Phillips 66, 76 and Conoco.
Election Could Change Nova Scotia Beer, Wine Sales
Tory candidates are pushing to allow convenience and grocery stores to sell beer and wine.
CEFCO Opens New Travel Center Location
The newest unit has the chain’s first Huddle House within the travel center.
Ireland Moves Ahead With Plain Packaging
Ireland will become the first country in the European Union to enforce plain packaging on cigarettes.
May 28, 2013
NACS Scholarship Application Deadline Fast Approaching
The unique scholarship program helps promising minds advance their career within the convenience and fuel retailing industry.
It’s Tea Time
Growing at a faster rate than coffee, tea is poised to take off.
Depending on Cigarette Taxes
States such as Massachusetts may be too dependent on their smokers to plug budget shortfalls.
OPEC Eyes U.S. Shale Oil Boom
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries could clash over how it responds to the growing challenge from U.S. shale oil.
Turkey Cuts Back Alcohol Sales, Advertising
Parliament passed a bill last week that seeks to ban retail alcohol sales between 10 pm and 6 am and stop all advertising and promotions of alcohol-related products.
Harley Celebrates 110 Years With Miller High Life
Harley Davidson and Miller are both celebrating 110 years, so why not celebrate together?
May 24, 2013
NACS Global Forum Brings Together Global C-Store Leaders
Local store tours and retailing insights from industry experts will highlight this year’s program in Madrid, Spain.
Washington Report: Senate Considers Farm Bill With RFS Amendment
The Farm Bill includes an amendment to repeal the Renewable Fuels Standard and a provision to limit SNAP.
Retailers Sue Visa, MasterCard
J.C. Penney, Macy’s and Target filed the lawsuit this week in federal court.
Overall Memorial Day Travel Down
AAA predicts fewer people will be leaving home this weekend, but gas prices are not the reason.
A Picture for Posterity
In Vancouver, British Columbia, a photographer is cataloging small c-stores while he still can.
Many Americans Continue Unhealthy Habits
A new report by the CDC finds that inactivity, smoking, heavy drinking and obesity still have high rates among Americans.
PepsiCo Tweaks Soda Prices
The company wants to change to a “hybrid everyday value” instead of sale pricing.
May 23, 2013
New York Police Chief Argues for Tobacco Law Enforcement
A New York Post op-ed piece cites a need for better enforcement of the city’s tobacco laws by addressing cigarette smuggling.
Wisconsin Bill Taxes Smokers
State workers who smoke would have to pay $50 more per month for health insurance under a bill that is gaining traction in the Wisconsin Legislature.
Anheuser-Busch Donates 51,000 Cans of Water to Oklahoma
The company has also donated $25,000 to the Red Cross to assist with the tornado relief efforts.
Dairy Queen Focuses on Burgers and Fries
Known for its frozen treats, the company is looking to boost its market share by increasing customer trip frequency with more menu items.
Retailers Slow to Adopt Mobile POS
The majority of retailers are taking a methodical approach to the use of mobile for POS, according to a new study by IHL Group.
Technomic Reveals Initial 2014 Foodservice Industry Forecast
Moderate foodservice growth is anticipated for 2014, with growth at independent restaurants outpacing growth at chains.
May 22, 2013
Hillary Rodham Clinton To Speak at NACS Show Closing Session
The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State and former U.S. Senator from New York, has been named as a speaker at the NACS Show, which takes place October 12 to 15 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
Finding Common Ground
What convenience stores can teach restaurants, and vice versa.
Florida Governor Considers Ethanol Mandate Repeal
A bill that passed the Florida House and Senate would end a requirement for all gasoline sold in the state to contain 9% to 10% ethanol.
U.K. Shoppers Forecast to Spend £11 Billion at C-Stores
The convenience store market in the United Kingdom will jump by close to a third within five years.
Restaurant Sales Hit Record Numbers
Americans are less frugal than before, and that has trickled down to restaurants.
OpenStore Partners With Phillips 66
OpenStore is launching new websites and mobile apps for the Phillips 66, Conoco and 76 brands.
May 21, 2013
Americans Optimistic and Ready to Travel
Consumers will likely enjoy their summer vacation more because they are feeling better about the economy, according to the recent NACS Consumer Fuels Survey.
The Future of PCI
The head of PCI SSC in Europe acknowledges that retail breaches have exposed PCI security weaknesses throughout the world.
Are Natural Gas Cars Next?
Trade group previews several retrofitted cars to run on compressed natural gas, hoping to stimulate industry interest.
Consumer Optimism Highest in Nearly Six Years
Consumer sentiment reaches its highest level since July 2007, just before the economy began its decline.
More Changes Coming for McDonald’s
Caesar Salad, McSkillet Burrito, Southern Style Biscuit could end up following the same path as the Angus Burger.
Kids Eat for Free All Summer Long
Children 10 and under can eat for free at TravelCenters of America and Petro Stopping Centers with the purchase of an adult meal.
May 20, 2013
Kangaroo Express Takes to the Infield
Race fans on the track infield now have easy access to a convenience store at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
U.S. Government Authorizes Second Proposed LNG Export Facility
Proponents say that exporting natural gas from the U.S. will help advance the adoption of clean-burning fuels around the world.
Birthday Cake Flavor Brings Big Bucks
Products that tap into the flavor of birthday cake have become a multi-million dollar industry.
Mac’s Stocks Up on Beer, Wine and Spirits
Ontarians were able to rely on a few Mac’s agency c-stores over the holiday weekend for alcohol; other retailers are not allowed to sell alcohol under current law.
Coffee and Pot
Celebrity Patrick Dempsey hints at selling marijuana in his coffee shops.
May 17, 2013
Plan Your NACS Show Experience With Ease
Through a unique website application, getting to Atlanta and planning your trip to the NACS Show has never been easier.
QSR Workers Strike for Higher Minimum Wage
In Milwaukee, employees at QSRs are demanding $15 per hour.
Op-Ed: Gas Station Owners Are Not Schemers
Sal Risalvato responds to a news story charging one retailer with scamming customers.
Coke Concentrates on Packaging
The beverage giant is expanding its options for beverage containers.
Mexico’s FEMSA Eyes Drug Store Expansion
One of the country’s largest convenience store chains is considering opening pharmacies.
M&M’s Cookbook, Bakeware Add Sweetness to Kitchen
The new licensed items are now available for retailers.
May 16, 2013
Largest. Expo. Ever.
This year’s NACS Show expo will be the largest in terms of net square feet in the history of the event.
House Committee Passes Farm Bill
Unlike the Senate-passed version of the bill, the House Farm Bill does not contain a provision that would prevent convenience stores from accepting SNAP benefits.
Breakfast Sandwich Offers Rise and Shine
The popularity of breakfast sandwiches is increasing, with bacon holding the top spot as the most popular protein.
Square Turns iPads Into Cash Registers
The new Square Stand acts as a point-of-sale system, working with the Square Register app.
Baskin-Robbins Sherbet Now Available for Retailers
Thencompany’s first freezer bar treat is now available at drug stores and supermarkets nationwide.
McDonald’s Debuts Trio of New Burgers
The quarter pounders will take the place of the retiring Angus Third Pounders. Meanwhile, Taco Bell is testing a waffle taco for breakfast.
May 15, 2013
NACS Show Post-Expo Events Announced
A series of new post-expo networking events will debut at the NACS Show, which takes place this year from October 12 to 15 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.
Senate Committee Passes Farm Bill
The legislation contains a troubling provision that would give the government the authority to prevent c-stores from accepting SNAP benefits.
Indiana C-Stores File Lawsuit Over Cold Beer Sales
The Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, Freedom Express, Ricker’s and Thorntons are suing the state for the right to sell cold beer.
Visa Europe Caps Swipe Fees
The company made the offer to put an upper limit on credit card transaction charges to halt a probe by the European Union.
Android Gobbles Up Smartphone Market
Samsung tops the charts for sales of all smartphones sold globally.
Red Bull Delivers Camo Can
A portion of the proceeds from Red Bull’s limited-edition camouflage can sales will benefit the Military Warriors Support Foundation and its Homes4WoundedHeros program.
Kids, Teens Eat More Snacks
However, women outpace men on snack-oriented convenience foods, according to a new NPD report.
May 14, 2013
Happiness Awaits at NACS Show Opening Session
Acclaimed business leader and best-selling author Chip Conley will help kick off the NACS Show at the Opening General Session on October 13.
States Consider Taxing Electric Vehicle Owners
Some states may decide to start taxing electric vehicle owners in an effort to regain lost revenue at the pump.
Half of Small Businesses Worried About Obamacare
Meanwhile, 41% of small firms are delaying additional hires because of the new health-care law.
Tesco and Asda Urge Beverage Makers to Cut Sugar
The ask comes as a preemptive move to keep the government from regulating sugary beverages.
Consumers Find Mobile Commerce Time Consuming, Difficult
Most consumers who attempt to make a purchase on their mobile device bail during checkout, citing a process that is either too time consuming or difficult.
Oscar Mayer Launches New Franks
They say that everything is better with bacon…or smoked, or made with chicken.
May 13, 2013
NACS Show Ranks Among Top 10 Buying Shows
The convenience and fuel retailing industry’s most essential event of the year is ranked fourth among the top trade shows in the U.S. for buying plans.
NACS Shares Industry's Perspectives on Natural Gas
NACS is joining a diverse group of industry stakeholders at one of three Natural Gas Forums hosted by the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Bosselman Companies Opens New Store With Hometown Concept
The new and contemporary store design will be utilized in future Pump & Pantry convenience store builds and remodels.
Wawa Gets Ready for Fourth of July Celebration
The 2013 Wawa Welcome America! festival will feature two fireworks displays, free concerts, an Independence Day Parade and the Taste of Philadelphia food event.
Starbucks, Green Mountain Coffee Brew Up Single-Cup Partnership
The new five-year agreement is being dubbed a game changer for the global single-serve coffee industry.
May 10, 2013
Let the NACS Show Excitement Begin
Starting May 13, get ready for major daily announcements about this year’s NACS Show as we kick off NACS Show Week.
'End of Money' Headlines Tech Event
Successes of the Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS) and the potential demise of bills and coins were discussed Wednesday on the Main Stage of THE Tech EVENT.
NACS Asks Congress to Repeal Automatic Enrollment Mandate
NACS, along with 86 retailers and associations, sent a letter to lawmakers, urging them to repeal the automatic enrollment provision of Obamacare.
Pinnacle Launches Palm POS Mobile Payments
The mobile solution requires no cardholder data to be passed across the network, which makes the technology secure and out of scope for PCI or data security best practices.
Thorntons Relaunches Gas Price Alert Text Program
The mobile text program includes expanded market coverage.
BP Cherry Point Refinery Celebrates New Diesel, Hydrogen Units
The new diesel hydrotreater unit features a production capacity of 25,000 barrels per day, and a new hydrogen unit is capable of generating 44 million standard cubic feed of hydrogen per day.
Wrigley Pops Bubble on Alert Energy Caffeine Gum
The company pulled its caffeinated gum from store shelves after conversations with the FDA.
May 9, 2013
Coca-Cola Commits to Helping Fight Obesity
The Coca-Cola Company announced four global commitments designed to contribute to more active communities.
Rite Aid Stores Focus on Wellness
Nearly 100 Buffalo-area stores are changing over to the new wellness format.
Got the New I-9?
The new I-9 form has many small businesses unprepared and facing stiff penalties for failing to comply with the form’s requirements.
Corona, Heineken, Sam Adams Gaining Ground on Big Brands
The joint venture between Grupo Modelo and Constellation Brands has led to strong sales gains by imports and craft beer brands.
Wendy’s Launches Mobile Payment Trial
The app allows customers to use their smartphone to pay for meals while earning loyalty rewards.
May 8, 2013
Big Data, HTML5 and Leadership Take Center Stage at Tech Event
Day 2 of THE Tech EVENT featured keynotes on how to harness Big Data, the benefits of HTML5 and a fun exercise with marshmallows and spaghetti.
Convenience Stores Focusing on Inside Sales
The convenience and fuel retailing industry is transforming itself to meet changing consumer demands, says NACS President and CEO Henry Armour at an Industry Update Luncheon in West Virginia.
Convenience Retailers Converge at Insight NACS Event
Registration is open for the Insight NACS Future of Convenience event, which takes place in London on September 25 to 26.
Will the Gas Station Become Extinct?
As American fuel consumption drops, so will the number of gas stations in a classic case of low demand shuttering the supply.
Guest-Worker Proposal Would Legitimize Some Retail Workers’ Status
Most who would be affected by the new legislation work in the restaurant, construction and hospitality industries.
NGA Releases Grocery Retailing Payments Study
The grocery retail association teamed up with Balance Innovations to identify industry payment benchmarks.
Stella Artois Uncorks New Cider Brand
Beginning May 13, the European-style cider will be available in the United States.
May 7, 2013
Technology Event Focuses on Innovation, Standards and the Future
Innovation is about “people, processes and the ability to deliver,” said Michael Davis of NACS at THE Tech EVENT. “Ideas do you no good if you can’t make them happen.”
Skimming Spikes in Central Ohio
Central Ohio investigators and the U.S. Secret Service have reported a flurry of skimming activity in the state.
MAPCO Express Experiences Data Security Breach
The retailer took immediate steps to investigate the incident and further strengthened the security of its payment card processing systems to block future information security attacks.
Internet Tax Bill Facing Tough Road in U.S. House
A Senate-passed bill to end tax-free online shopping is expected to face stiff challenges in the House.
Dining Out for Sandwiches on the Rise
Consumers are embracing the sandwich, a $27.7 billion category, according to Technomic data.
Dunkin' Celebrates Moms With Heart-Shaped Donut
Nothing says “I love you, Mom” like a heart-shaped donut or a Dunkin’ Donuts-branded tumbler.
May 6, 2013
Cigarette Revenue Drop Surprises Pennsylvania Legislators
To make up for declining cigarette tax revenues, some state legislators are proposing higher excise taxes for other tobacco products.
Energy Drink Company Sues San Francisco Attorney
Monster is claiming that City Attorney Dennis Herrera is unfairly targeting the company by asking it to prove that its products are “safe.”
Ontario C-Stores Applauds Action on Contraband Tobacco
More than 70% of Ontarians recognize that contraband tobacco negatively impacts government revenues and increases organized crime and youth access to cigarettes.
Budweiser Campaign Benefits Military Families
Budweiser has raised more than $5 million for the Folds of Honor Foundation and provided more than 1,000 educational scholarships to the families of soldiers killed or disabled in service.
TravelCenters of America Enters 42nd State
A newly opened location is the only travel center in Rhode Island, bringing the number of states with TA and Petro locations to 42.
May 3, 2013
Pennsylvania C-Stores Support Privatization of Liquor Sales
Retailers have joined other business groups and political advocates in trying to ensure that their voices are heard on the issue.
Tobacco Retailers Blame Mayor for Black Market Cigarette Trade
New York City's regulations and taxes on tobacco products have allowed the black market to flourish.
The Secret to Subway’s Success
Founder Fred DeLuca shares how he grew the fast-casual sandwich shop into the world’s biggest restaurant chain.
McDonald’s Is Top Visited U.S. Business
A new report ranks the QSR chain before Walmart and Subway as the most-visited business in the United States.
New York Gas Stations Settle Price-Gouging Claims
The state’s attorney general had sued 25 stations for alleged price gouging after Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast.
Life is good Brand Brews Up Coffee
J.M. Smucker is brewing a line of Life is good-branded coffee that will hit store shelves later this summer.
May 2, 2013
U.S. Spending Loses Momentum
Consumer demand fell in March after registering a strong gain in February.
Massachusetts Town Votes to Block Self-Serve Gas Stations
Arlington residents want to keep things status quo since self-service at the pump was outlawed in 1975.
Customer Loyalty Extends Beyond Promotions
A new NPD report finds that 40% of customers go to their favorite restaurant regardless of whether it’s running a promotion.
Women Take the Reins of Grocery Shopping, Cooking
A new study finds that females are the primary shoppers at the supermarket as well as the ones who fix the meals.
Beer Brands Experience Q1 Tailspin
Anheuser-Busch InBev and MillerCoors say payroll taxes, higher gasoline prices and a rainy spring have contributed to a sharp decline in beer sales.
Mother’s Day Spending to Rise 11%
Consumers will pamper Mom with iPads and jewelry, with total spending predicted to top $20 billion.
May 1, 2013
Long Haul Embraces Natural Gas
The trucking industry has begun to shift away from petroleum to natural gas for fueling.
From Tobacco to Chickpeas
Tobacco farmers are embracing the main ingredient in hummus as American consumption of the staple grows by leaps and bounds.
British Spend More on Food, Drinks for Home
The U.K. consumer is putting more money into food and beverages for at-home consumption.
Washington Suburb Losing Gas Stations
The high cost of real estate is pushing out many convenience and fuel retailers.
Taiwan Convenience Stores Focus on Fresh Food
7-Eleven and FamilyMart are beefing up their dining-out options.
Shell Marketers Partner With RINAlliance
The National Association of Shell Marketers and RINAlliance are working together on renewable fuels solutions.
Apr 30, 2013
Michigan Lottery Considers Internet Sales
State lawmakers are divided over the idea, which some say could impact brick-and-mortar lottery retailers.
Square Targets QSRs
Square Register seeks to attract small, fast food restaurants to its mobile payment system.
The ROI on Longer Hours
Restaurants looking to grow sales may be tempted to extend operating hours, but the payoff is not always positive.
Scotland Tobacco Display Ban Takes Effect in Large Shops
The country joins England, Wales and Northern Ireland in banning the display of cigarettes and other tobacco products in large stores.
Rutter’s Children’s Charities Tees Up 11th Annual Golf Outing
The event benefits the Make-a-Wish Foundation and Chambersburg Hospital.
McDonald’s Eyes Expanded Breakfast, Delivery
All-day breakfast, delivery and loyalty rewards are all options as the company aims to grow sales.
Apr 29, 2013
Fuels Institute Fills Board of Directors
The 11 Board members represent a diverse set of stakeholders.
U.S. Senators Introduce Bill to Stop Tobacco Smuggling, Increase Federal Tobacco Tax
The Tobacco Tax and Enforcement Reform Act seeks to reduce illegal tobacco trafficking, eliminate tax differences between tobacco products and increase the federal excise tax rate on tobacco products.
California Considers Penny-Per-Ounce Soda and Energy Drink Tax
A bill that would tack on a one-cent tax per ounce of sweetened beverages such as soda and energy drinks cleared a California committee last week.
U.S. Diesel Car Registrations Increase by 24%
California, Massachusetts and New York are the fastest growing states for diesel car sales, while Texas, California and Florida have the most diesels on the road.
Twinkie Savior Shuns Unions
The new company won’t have union representation when it reopens four bakeries in the next eight to 10 weeks.
Denmark Nixes Soft Drink Tax
Around since the 1930s, the soda tax will be fully eliminated by January 1, 2014.
Wawa Raises $77,000 for New Jersey Food Bank
The donation will provide more than a quarter of a million meals for children, families and seniors in South Jersey.
Apr 26, 2013
Federal Legislation Calls for 5-Cent Bag Tax
U.S. Rep. Jim Moran introduced a measure that would put a tax on plastic and paper bags given out at all retail locations, including convenience stores.
Minnesota House Okays Tobacco, Alcohol Tax Hikes
The state Senate is scheduled to vote on the reconciled measure next week.
Vietnam Implements Antismoking Measures
The country wants to significantly lower smoking and control the sale of tobacco at retail.
Hispanics’ Restaurant Visits Decline by 86 Million
The drop is largely fueled by high unemployment among this demographic.
Sainsbury’s Goes Green
The U.K. convenience store chain has opened the country’s most environmentally friendly location.
Manitoba Hikes Tobacco Taxes
The move has convenience store operators concerned about lost revenue.
Apr 25, 2013
Contactless Cards on the Rise
Contactless cards shipments totaled 975 million cards last year, with those bound for China, Europe and North America all registering gains.
New C-Note Readies for Circulation
After two years of printing glitches, the new $100 will finally go into circulation in October.
Proposed Zoning Rules to Target Smoke Shops
Fayetteville, N.C., officials want to revise zoning rules with land-use policies, which could impact the city’s numerous smoke shops.
Wheels Fall Off Fisker
The collapse of the startup auto company comes as falling gasoline prices have lessened demand for electric cars.
Food Choices Not Swayed by Specific Ingredients
Consumers don’t always eat the nutritious foods that they say they want.
Jiffy Mart Helps Sponsor Carroll County Food Sunday
A charity event featured autograph signings from three Baltimore Ravens football players.
Restaurant Industry Experiences Solid Growth
U.S. restaurant sales last year increased 4% to $425.6 billion, while 2013 sales are expected to rise 3.8%.
Apr 24, 2013
Mass. Budget Amendment Would Prohibit Sale of Single Cigars
The language states that non-retail tobacco stores, such as convenience stores, cannot stock cigars in packs of less than four, unless the single cigar costs more than $2.50.
Burger King Begins California Home Delivery
The burger chain is testing a new home-delivery program in Glendale.
N.Y. County Prohibits Energy Drink Marketing to Minors
The ordinance also bans the sale of energy drinks to youth in county parks.
Louisiana Rep. Pulls Plug on Tobacco Tax Hike
The bill would have increased the cigarette tax by $1.05 per pack.
Japan’s FamilyMart Targets Philippines for Expansion
This year, the convenience store chain will aggressively open new stores in the country.
Mass. Could Become First State to Ban Plastic Bags
The state is considering a ban on single-use plastic bags at retail stores that are more than 4,000 square feet.
Apr 23, 2013
Supreme Court Rejects Graphic Labels Appeal
However, FDA may issue a new graphic warning labels rule that complies with the Supreme Court and the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals' decisions.
NYC Proposes Raising Legal Smoking Age from 18 to 21
Mayor Bloomberg’s administration proposed another major anti-smoking initiative.
McDonald’s $1 Menu Fails to Lift Sales
Offering the cheapest menu may not be the best strategy to pursue in light of changing consumer taste preferences.
Technomic Details Hispanic Foodservice Preferences
Representing 17% of the U.S. population, Hispanics are expected to have a combined buying power of $1.5 trillion by 2015.
U.K. C-Stores Lose Lunch Opportunities
Value and quality are needed for convenience stores in the U.K. to build lunchtime foodservice sales.
Missouri Lawmaker Seeks to Penalize Smoking Bans
State Rep. Kathie Conway would require cities and counties to remit to local school districts the property and sales tax revenue they obtain from businesses affected by tobacco restrictions.
Apr 22, 2013
NACS Launches Mobile App for Technology Event
THE Tech EVENT mobile app will help attendees navigate the upcoming technology innovation and information conference, taking place May 6-10 in Dallas.
Increase Employee Retention With Background Checks
Sign up for a free webinar hosted by NACS and LexisNexis on April 24 to learn how background checks can help you strengthen your retention rate and mitigate hiring risks.
Chipotle Makes Over Margaritas With Patron
The fast-casual chain will use Patron Silver tequila for its margaritas in an effort to serve a better-tasting cocktail.
C-Stores Sign Up for Mass in Motion
An initiative by the Massachusetts Public Health Department is helping local convenience store operators showcase their healthy food and drink options.
Top 10 Craft Beer States
USA Today ranks the top 10 states for craft beer aficionados.
Apr 19, 2013
Washington Report: Senators Question FDA Commissioner on Menu Labeling
During a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing, Commissioner Hamburg said the FDA is planning to issue a final rule soon on menu-labeling regulations.
Coon Rapids Revokes Pay-Before-Pump Law
Gas station owners vigorously opposed the ordinance. The repeal will take effect May 4.
Ontario Convenience Stores Launch Contraband Awareness Campaign
The association is upping its outreach about illegal cigarettes by taking it to the public.
Tesco Says Goodbye to Fresh & Easy
The U.K. grocer is looking for a buyer to take over its Fresh & Easy stores in the United States.
Coke Zero Without the Caffeine
A caffeine-free version of Coca-Cola's popular no-calorie soft drink will be available in July.
Apr 18, 2013
NACS Consumer Fuels Survey: Happier Days Are Here Again?
More than half of U.S. consumers surveyed in April say they remain pessimistic about the economy — the lowest percentage of consumer pessimism recorded this year.
Health-Care Costs to Soar for Many Rhode Island Businesses
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island said its average rates for small businesses would spike 15% next year, while rates for individual customers will increase 18%.
Minnesota House Plans Alcohol, Cigarette Tax Hikes
Legislators seek a $1.60 per pack cigarette tax increase and alcohol tax hikes that would add 7 cents per beer, 47 cents per bottle of wine and $1.58 on a bottle of liquor.
Schnucks Credit and Debit Card Breach Exposes 2.4 Million Cards
The breach occurred as card data awaited approval from the card processor.
Budweiser to Unveil Bowtie Can
“This can is incomparable, like nothing you’ve ever seen before,” said Pat McGauley of Anheuser-Busch.
Cupcake Craze Crumbling
The tiny cakes are trending downward, with consumers looking elsewhere to satisfy their sweet tooth.
Chick-fil-A Adds Premium Salads and Wraps
The QSR is also adding calorie counts to menu boards at all locations.
Apr 17, 2013
California Legislator Proposes New Office for Gas Price Investigations
The Office of Fuel Price Investigation and Manipulation Prevention would handle consumer complaints of possible price fixing.
Alleged ADA Violation at Key Largo Marathon Station
A lawyer also filed similar federal lawsuits against a dozen other area businesses.
Why Obama’s Tobacco Tax Plan Shouldn’t Pass
The president’s budget proposal contains a hike in tobacco taxes to pay for expanded preschool education.
California Senate Considers Ban on Plastic Bags
Lawmakers are pushing for a statewide prohibition that would eliminate single use plastic bags in convenience stores by 2016.
Healthful Perceptions Rise for Wendy’s, McDonald’s
The burger chains have improved their healthy standing with new options.
St. Romain Oil Company Raises $15,395 for Charity
The company also gave 4,800 jars of peanut butter to the Food Bank of Central Louisiana.
Fill Up and a Hair Cut
At the Tank & Cut in Germany, customers can get gasoline and a new look.
Apr 16, 2013
NACS, CSP Renew State of the Industry Summit Partnership
Under the five-year agreement, NACS will produce the State of the Industry Summit and CSP will serve as the exclusive media partner.
McDonald’s Value-Driven Strategy Sacrificing Margins
McDonald’s continues to drive home value for budget-conscious consumers — but at what cost?
Banks Entering Prepaid Card Market
Banks are looking for an additional revenue stream with a prepaid debit card, a fast-growing market.
New Jersey Plans Lottery Privatization
The private management partnership could generate nearly $7 billion beyond what the Lottery would raise with its existing management.
Alabama Beer Bill Challenges Distribution System
Legislation would allow state microbreweries to sell up to 25,000 barrels of beer at retail each year.
Juice Sales Souring
Sales of fruit juices and juice drinks have remained flat from 2007 to 2012.
A&W Tests Fast-Casual Concept
The new restaurant will pattern itself after the fast-casual Five Guys and Smashburger chains.
Apr 15, 2013
EIA Forecasts Lower Gas Prices This Summer
The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that regular gasoline will average $3.63 a gallon this summer, a six-cent drop from the summer of 2012.
He’s a Believer
Peter Tedeschi discussed the new realities ahead for the convenience store industry at the NACS State of the Industry Summit.
Butanol vs. Ethanol
Forbes reports that ethanol could be on its way out in the next 10 years thanks to a scientific breakthrough.
Dunkin’ Vies for California — Again
For the third time in 30 years Dunkin’ Donuts is attempting to bring its coffee drinks and baked goods to California with its forthcoming West Coast expansion.
The Hershey Company Ranks Among ‘100 Best Corporate Citizens’
Corporate Responsibility Magazine honored the company for its leadership and commitment to environmental, economic and social values and practices.
Mars Readies for Valentine’s Day 2014
Mars Chocolate North America has its new lineup ready for buyers to start making plans for next year’s Valentine’s Day season.
Apr 12, 2013
Unexpected Opportunities Attract Convenience Consumers
At the NACS State of the Industry Summit, Nielsen's Todd Hale encourages retailers to think outside the box. (By Melissa Vonder Haar, CSP)
Current State of M&A and the Financial Markets
Financial advisors from Raymond James asked the provocative question, “Could this be the year we’ve been waiting for?”
Loyalty Helps Retailers Motivate Change
The payoffs for a strategic loyalty program can be great, but assess the ROI before determining whether it makes sense for your business.
Californians Have Powerball Fever
There’s long lines at Powerball terminals this week as Californians welcome the mega-payout game.
Walmart Local Ad Fight Takes Off
The retailer is doubling the airtime of local TV commercials that feature ad price comparisons, a strategy that is resonating among consumers.
Apr 11, 2013
To Meet Future Fuel Demand, Challenges Have to Be Overcome
NACS highlights some of the major challenges the industry will face in meeting the demands of the Renewable Fuels Standard and new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards.
State of the Economy
Slow recovery combines with cheap borrowing for a mixed 2013 forecast. (By Samantha Oller, CSP)
Obama’s 2014 Budget Increases Tobacco Taxes
Higher taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products would help fund the Preschool for All initiative.
Retailers Attacked by POS Malware
Software resellers must do a better job educating merchants about the necessity to upgrade their software, an industry expert says.
NH Convenience Stores Argue Against Proposed Tobacco Increase
Storeowners and grocers urge a state Senate panel to defeat a bill to increase the state’s cigarette tax by 30 cents.
Arby’s Offers Curly Fry Tax-Day Relief
Third annual Tax Day giveaway provides free fries and potato cakes, plus the chance to win $500 in tax relief.
Apr 10, 2013
Convenience Store Sales Topped $700 Billion
The industry’s overall sales reflected real growth per store, with sales outpacing the 0.7% increase in convenience stores in 2012.
NACS Responds to U.S. House Committee on Blend Wall, RFS
The association provided answers to questions raised from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce regarding issues related to the Renewable Fuels Standard.
Convenience Stores Thrive in Thailand
Boasting more than 12,000 locations, the country has become saturated with convenience stores.
Caribou Coffee Pulls Plug on 80 Locations
The coffeehouse chain will turn an additional 88 units into Peet’s Coffee & Tea.
Propel Fuels Brings Renewable Fuels to Fresno
The new Clean Mobility Center is offering drivers E85, biodiesel and carbon offsets at the pump.
Restaurant Goers Leave Kids at Home
Mealtime with kids remained flat at restaurants in 2012, while adult-only visits increased.
Apr 9, 2013
Washington Report: Retailers Urge Support for Menu-Labeling Bill
A coalition of convenience and grocery stores and pizzerias is urging members of Congress to support the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act.
‘Spare Tires’ Could Cost Michelin Employees
As health-care costs continue to rise, companies like Michelin are tacking on penalties to employees who fail to meet baseline requirements for health-related issues such as obesity.
Proposal to Force Disclosure of Personal Data Sparks Debate
A California proposal requiring firms to disclose what personal data they have collected and who they have shared it with has Internet firms fighting back.
Fuel Efficient Cars Cause Gas Sales to Plummet in the U.K.
According to the Automobile Association, the drop in fuel sales translates to about 35 days of lost sales for U.K. retailers.
Can Fast Food Be Healthful and Tasty?
A New York Times Magazine food writer seeks out healthy foods that are delivered fast and for a modest price: Is that too much to ask?
Doritos Locos Hit Store Shelves
For a limited time, Doritos is making a brand extension of its popular Taco Bell tortilla chip available in stores.
Apr 8, 2013
Tobacco-Tax for Pre-Kindergarten Draws Opposition
Obama’s federal tax increase to fund preschool programs has raised the ire of tobacco companies.
Aldi Opens Convenience Store
The grocer is hoping to make inroads into the smaller store market. Meanwhile, U.K. convenience stores are snatching more wine sales.
KFC Taps Into Mobile Payments
Pending success of a U.K. trial at 10 locations, the program could roll out across England and reach the U.S.
Florida Smoking Ban Smoldering, Nearly Snuffed Out
A House bill fails to get a hearing, and the measure appears dead for the year.
Giant Eagle Requires Loyalty Card Swipe for Self Checkout
The grocer has banned the use of self-checkout lines for non-card holders.
Drug Stores Add Fresh Food
Pharmacies are expanding their offerings to entice shoppers to stay longer and spend more.
Apr 5, 2013
Americans Reducing Dining Out Occasions
A new Harris Poll reveals that dining is down, and prices are paramount in determining where consumers eat out.
Indian Smoke Shops to Pay $10 Million for Untaxed Sales
A federal judge orders shops to pay the fine, the resolution of a lawsuit that Mayor Bloomberg filed in 2008.
California to Add Powerball on April 8
California Lottery players also have the option of playing California’s SuperLotto and Mega Millions.
Laundry Pod Sales Rise, But Hurt Overall Soap Sales
Laundry detergent pods are catching on, but their precise measurements are hurting overall laundry soap sales.
New York QSR Workers Rally for Better Pay
Protester demands include the right to unionize without interference and a hefty wage increase.
Let There Be Light
French artist transforms two Dutch gas stations from the 1980s into works of art.
Apr 4, 2013
New York City Appeals Beverage Ban Decision
The city is attempting to reverse a judge’s ruling that struck down its prohibition against sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces.
Massachusetts Lawmakers Outline Bump in Gas, Cigarette Taxes
The bill would add 3 cents per gallon to the state’s gasoline tax. In addition, the measure would increase the cigarette tax by $1.
TV Actor Finds Second Act as C-Store Owner
Wendell Pierce is opening a chain of convenience and grocery stores, starting in New Orleans.
Hot and Spicy Preferences Extend Beyond Hispanic Consumers
Non-Hispanics have developed an appetite for Latin and Mexican flavors on snack foods.
Stronger Warnings on Tobacco Sold in India
A new law with tougher graphic cautions on tobacco products went into effect April 1.
Indiana Legislature Presses for Refundable Deposit Law
The bill would assess a nickel or dime refundable deposit on recyclable containers.
Apr 3, 2013
CDC Issues Grants to Conduct Health Impact Assessments
A leading expert on HIA will visit Davidson, NC, to further leverage CDC's investment.
Lotto App Delivers Real-Time Drawing Results
The YooLotto application is exclusively partnering with 7-Eleven stores.
Florida Bill Allows Gas Stations to Offer Pure Gasoline
The measure would amend the Florida Renewable Fuel Standard to remove the requirement that all gas has some ethanol.
U.K. Government Considers Freezing Minimum Wage
The government would do so if the wage increases begin to hurt the economy.
Tea for More Than Two
The health benefits of tea have given its popularity in the United States a big bump.
Paying it Forward One Chili Bowl at a Time
At Panera locations in St. Louis, diners are asked to pay what they want when ordering the turkey chili bread bowl.
Walmart Gives Gas Discount
The retailer will give a discount to shoppers who pay with a Walmart MoneyCard or credit card.
Apr 2, 2013
NACS Show Retailer Registration and Housing Now Open
This essential annual event offers unmatched opportunities for buyers and sellers to come together, conduct business and learn from one another.
Master of Your Domain?
Companies face a dot-com crisis as new top-level domains names are rolled out.
Cigarette Tax Hike Proposal Frustrates Retailers
Honey Farms exec explains in a Boston Herald op-ed why Governor Patrick’s proposal to increase the state cigarette tax in Massachusetts would hurt retailers.
Hoosier Lottery Expands Ticketing Hours
Indiana lottery terminals add three-and-a-half hours of operating time per day to the previous schedule.
Florida Brewers Urge Legalization of 64-Ounce Growlers
Opponents maintain growlers thwart the three-tier system of alcohol distribution.
Wawa vs. Sheetz: Battling for Market Share in the Keystone State
The Philadelphia Inquirer features the state’s long-standing c-store rivalry, underscoring the mutual respect each one shows for the other.
Apr 1, 2013
Cigarette Excise Taxes Link to Black Market Sales
The notion that increasing cigarette excise taxes will discourage underage smoking is refuted by NACS.
EPA Proposes Cleaner Fuels and Cars Standard
The proposed Tier 3 fuel regulations are designed to ensure that future vehicle models reduce emissions, are more efficient and save money at the pump; however, members of Congress and the American Petroleum Institute disagree.
Consumers Reach for Protein-Rich Products
Food manufacturers find that products marketed as having protein are grabbing consumer attention.
President Chain Store Seeks Growth in China, Philippines
Taiwan’s largest operator of 7-Eleven stores says it’s slowing the pace of overseas expansion and focusing more on the Chinese and Philippines markets.
Turning Lawns Into Food Packaging
Scientists at the Bangor and Aberystwyth Universities have found a way to turn grass into food packaging trays that can be used for soft fruits such as plums and pears.
Google Tests Same-Day Shopping and Delivery Service
The pilot project is being tested in San Francisco with local retailers and Target and Walgreens.
Mar 25, 2013
Gas Station Sushi Anything but Fishy
Raw fish, fuel and c-store merchandise are a winning combination for a BP station in Memphis.
House Committee Examines 'Blend Wall' Challenges
The House Energy and Commerce Committee released its first in a series of white papers that examines a number of issues emerging with the Renewable Fuels Standard and is asking for input from interested stakeholders.
Get Full Value From the 'Playbook for Success'
Join a webinar on March 27 to learn how you can implement the three steps outlined in the new NACS/Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council's "Playbook for Success."
Valero Brings Ethanol Plants Back Online in Midwest
During the 2012 drought, Valero idled three ethanol plants in Ohio, Indiana and Nebraska.
Mississippi Enacts 'Anti-Bloomberg' Bill
The new law prevents state municipalities from passing bans on soda and sugary drinks.
Coffee Blend Boosts Caffeine by 200%
Death Wish Coffee vies for strongest coffee in the world honors with twice the caffeine per cup.
Mar 22, 2013
Washington Report: NACS Praises New Menu-Labeling Legislation
Bipartisan legislation introduced during Capitol Hill press conference provides much-needed flexibility and recognizes that a one-size-fits-all approach would not work.
CVS Employees Required to Tell All About Weight
The drug store chain will penalize workers who refuse to work with a doctor on managing their health.
Maine Dumps 'Kwikies' Name
The state will rebrand its scratch-off lottery tickets after a massive backlash from retailers.
New Hampshire House Okays Tobacco Tax Hike
The bill would increase the cigarette excise by 10 cents to $1.78 per pack.
Starbucks Ties Loyalty Points to Retail Purchases
The coffeehouse chain is expanding its Rewards card program to Starbucks-branded products sold in grocery, club and drug stores.
McDonald's Targets Subway With McWrap
The burger chain is moving forward with the national launch of its wrap sandwich.
E-Z Mart Improves Social, Mobile Marketing With OpenStore
The convenience retailer's new website and mobile app are helping consumers find gas prices, locations and in-store promotions.
Mar 21, 2013
FDA Abandons Cigarette Graphic Labels Appeal
Attorney General Eric Holder said the Food and Drug Administration would go back to the drawing board and propose new labels.
North Dakota Passes RYO Tax Measure
Both the state Senate and House passed legislation that would require commercial RYO machine owners to pay the same tax as name-brand cigarettes.
Alco C-Stores Deploy Verge Connect Smartphone App
The app enables the North Carolina c-store chain to offer customized deals and coupons, as well as mapping and customer interaction capabilities via social media and direct feedback.
OpenStore Launches Kangaroo Express App
The partnership will help Kangaroo Express drive in-store sales, engage its core customers and deliver a differentiated digital experience for its brand.
Chevron Partners With Safeway for Fuel Discounts
More than 650 Northern California Chevron stations will offer fuel discounts tied to Safeway supermarket purchases.
Anheuser-Busch Foundation, Distributors Donate $179,000 to Red Cross
More than 24 A-B distributors and the Anheuser-Busch Foundation donated a collective $179,000 to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
Mar 20, 2013
Washington Report: Convenience Store Industry Heads to Washington
NACS Day on Capitol Hill begins with advice from members of Congress and congressional staff on the importance of industry advocacy and building relationships.
Get Full Value From the 'Playbook for Success'
Join a webinar on March 27 to learn how you can implement the three steps outlined in the new NACS/Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council's "Playbook for Success."
Hess Vehemently Against New York Plan for Generators
The gasoline company opposes the mandate because of its costliness.
'Kwikies' Spark Controversy
The proposed new name for a Maine lottery ticket has retailers scratching their heads.
Ethnic Foods Appeal to Young, Households With Kids
A new study by Mintel finds that younger Americans and households with children will remain key to the ethnic food market.
Mars Chocolate Dreams of Christmas
The chocolate company has unveiled its 2013 holiday lineup.
Mar 19, 2013
Mayor Bloomberg Proposes Cigarette Display Ban
Bloomberg's proposal would make the Big Apple the nation's first city to keep tobacco products out of sight from consumers at the point of purchase.
Wisconsin Lawmaker Urges Food Stamp Restrictions
Representative Dean Kaufert wants to revamp the state's food stamp program to encourage shoppers to purchase healthier foods.
Pump & Pantry Partners With Cinnabon
The Nebraska convenience store chain will become the first to feature Cinnabon products.
Chicago Residents Cross the Border for Tobacco
The recent Cook County cigarette tax increase has many residents visiting other counties to purchase cigarettes — much to the delight of neighboring tobacco retailers.
Seattle's Best Coffee Expands Drive-Thru Concept
Fifteen new drive-thru-only locations are coming to the Dallas-Fort Worth area this spring.
India's Coffee Culture to Boost Global Bean Prices
The world's fourth-largest exporter of robusta coffee beans is reserving a growing percentage of its crop for local consumption.
Mar 18, 2013
Big Buzz Surrounding Big Data
Learn how to turn big data into huge amounts of knowledge and action at THE Tech EVENT, May 6 to 10 in Dallas, Texas.
Leadership Skills Development Leads to High Performance
"This program offers executives much more ?than new ideas and solutions; it provides them with new perspectives, new contacts and new resources ?to tap in addressing tomorrow's business challenges," said Howard Stoeckel of Wawa.
Miami Dolphin Moonlights as C-Store Owner
Even though he recently signed a $31-million contract, NFL wide receiver Brian Hartline is living the "American dream" by working at a convenience store.
No Yolk Is No Joke!
McDonald's is introducing a healthier version of its Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwich nationwide on April 22.
Making a Case for Telecommuting
A new survey suggests that some workers may be more productive working from home, while some are probably goofing off.
EPA Report Shows Gains in Fuel Economy
The government estimates that between 2007 and 2012, fuel economy values increased by 16% while carbon dioxide emissions have decreased by 13%.
Redbox Launches Instant Streaming
Following a successful test period, Redbox Instant by Verizon streaming is now available.
Mar 15, 2013
Is the Worst Over for Consumer Pessimism?
The latest NACS Consumer Fuels Survey reveals that consumer pessimism about the economy hasn't increased recently, and it's likely consumers feel better days are coming.
Interest in Health Impact Assessments Grows
More localities are creating zoning laws that forbid the sale of alcohol or tobacco within a mile of low-income housing or schools.
Vermont Committee Considers Sales Tax for Candy, Soft Drinks
While a tax on sugary beverages has floundered in the House, one lawmaker is proposing to do away with the soda and candy sales tax exemption.
Tesco Purchases Giraffe Restaurant Chain
The grocery store chain plans to use the family restaurants to create "retail destinations."
Texas Lawmaker Presses for Smoking Ban
The proposed legislation would require all businesses to be smoke-free.
Wine Won't Flow in Tennessee Stores This Year
After gaining some momentum, a House committee voted against allowing wine sales in grocery and convenience stores.
Mar 14, 2013
Take the NACS/PCATS Technology Survey
The survey will reveal the convenience and fuel retailing industry's emerging technologies, trends, challenges and payment systems.
American Craft Beer Resonating Overseas
American craft beer exports surged 72% last year to an all-time sales record.
FTC Announces Guidelines for Mobile, Social Advertising
Mobile and social media advertising is subject to the same disclosure rules that apply to newspaper and television messages.
Florida Lottery Scratching Off Record Sales
For the fifth consecutive week, Florida Lottery scratch-off sales set a record.
Retailer Sues Visa Over PCI Fines
A Tennessee sportswear company is suing Visa over PCI fines, maintaining hackers did not steal any stored payment card information on its computer network, but tried to access data it was transmitting to credit card processors.
Oregon Seeks $1 Per Pack Cigarette Tax Hike
The proposal promises to be a tough sell among lawmakers, where three-fifths of the House and Senate must approve the increase.
Spinx Opens New Store in Charleston
The new store features an automatic car wash, deli and Spinx SuperMax performance fuel.
Mar 13, 2013
Washington Report: FDA Sees Menu Labeling as 'Thorny'
The commissioner said the issue has been difficult to parse out as the agency works to write the new law.
Mississippi Approves Bill Barring 'Bloomberg' Bans
Regulations would not be allowed to limit portion sizes, nix toys from children's meals and make foodservice establishments post calorie counts.
Beer Industry Switches Sides on Tennessee Wine Bill
Brewers are supporting the measure, which would allow grocery and convenience stores to sell wine.
C-Store Association Criticizes Canada's Citizen's Arrest Act
A new law would allow people to make a citizen's arrest after witnessing a crime, which could put c-store employees in danger.
Global Foodservice Traffic Sluggish in Q4
During the last months of 2012, global foodservice was down but spending jumped in many countries.
How (Not) Sweet It Is
Expect to see health advocates ramping up anti-sugar campaign efforts.
Mar 12, 2013
Washington Report: Website Launched to Help Retailers Oppose Proposed Settlement
Merchantsobject.com provides tools for all retailers affected by the proposed Visa and MasterCard settlement to express their opposition by opting out and objecting to the proposal.
Judge Blocks New York City Soda Ban
A New York Supreme Court judge halted New York City's soda ban, which was scheduled to take effect today.
Nevada Lawmaker Seeks Stricter Menu-Labeling Rules
Assemblywoman Lucy Flores wants to expand the new federal rules on calorie counts displayed on menu boards to restaurant chains with 10 or more locations.
Ethanol Mandate Proving Costlier for Oil Refiners
Since January 14, the price of an ethanol credit has increased tenfold.
New York Targets Tax-Free Cigarettes
At stake is up to 10 billion cigarettes that may be flowing into New York tax-free each year, marketed under the "Seneca" name.
QSRs Generate Buzz With Secret Menu Items
Chains offering items that are not posted on menus are creating passionate consumer followings.
Technomic Report Examines Restaurant Loyalty
"We've come a long way since the tenth-meal-is-free punch cards," says Technomic.
Mar 11, 2013
Learn More About THE Tech EVENT
The best parts of NACStech and the PCATS Annual Conference have combined to deliver one superior technology event.
Smoking in Cars With Kids to Become Illegal
In Utah, legislation that would ban smoking in cars with passengers under the age of 16 is waiting for the governor's signature.
New Research Confirms Plain Packaging Fears
Australia's plain packaging law on all tobacco products is having a negative impact on small retailers.
Tedeschi Food Shops Rolls Out 400 Calories or Less Menu
New menu items are designed to accommodate healthy shoppers who want to eat better but not sacrifice taste.
Wrigley Offers Gum With a Kick
Wrigley is launching a caffeinated gum product next month with a nationwide rollout expected this summer.
Walgreens to Build First Net Zero Energy Retail Store
By utilizing solar panels, wind turbines and geothermal technology, engineers anticipate the new store will produce energy equal to or greater than it consumes.
Flyers Energy Enters Southern California Fuel Market
Flyers Energy distributed 560 million gallons of fuel to retail and wholesale customers in 2012.
Mar 8, 2013
NACS Updates Category Definitions
Changes include expanding the Automotive, Edible Grocery, Other Tobacco, Wine and Liquor categories to better fit what retailers are selling under those umbrellas.
House, Senate Democrats Push for $10.10 Minimum Wage
The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 would increase the federal starting wage in increments and tie future raises to the cost of living.
Utah Legislator Targets E-Cigarettes
The state representative is pushing a bill that for tax purposes would categorize e-cigarettes and dissolvable tobacco products as cigarettes.
Craft Beer Goes Big
Breweries are playing with larger bottles, such as 22-ounce "bombers" and 3-liter jeroboams.
Ontario Convenience Stores Applaud Federal Action on Contraband Tobacco
The government is imposing greater enforcement and penalties for trafficking of contraband tobacco.
General Motors Calls for Natural Gas Station Network
Daniel Akerson, chairman and CEO, said the car company is building more natural-gas vehicles, but that more infrastructure is needed throughout the country.
Mar 7, 2013
Walmart's Small Format Making a Big Impression
Walmart said it is gaining market share from dollar stores, supermarkets and pharmacies with its smaller format stores, which will play an increasingly significant role in its future.
No Gluten for Me!
The percentage of U.S. adults reducing or eliminating gluten is at an all-time high.
Chicago Energy Drink Ban Proposal Losing Steam
An alderman's proposal to ban energy drinks leads to no vote at a City Council meeting, and only an agreement to discuss the issue further.
Peapod Growing Sales With Mobile
Virtual grocery stores engage commuters, who spent an average of $10 or more per mobile device-triggered transaction than those who ordered via a computer.
QSRs Top Traditional Restaurant Sales in France
For the first time, nationwide QSR food sales in France have exceeded those of traditional restaurant meals.
Whole Foods Reducing Margins in Some Stores
Looking to shed its "Whole Paycheck" reputation, the grocer will reduce its margins in some urban markets.
Rick Bayless to Create Craft Beer for Corona
The celebrity chef is partnering with Corona to develop a Latin- and Mexican-inspired beer.
Mar 6, 2013
PCATS Hall of Fame Recognizes Industry Icons
At THE Tech EVENT, Scott Hartman and Gene Gerke will be recognized for their contributions, accomplishments and dedication to enhancing technology innovation in the convenience and fuel retailing industry.
Federal Reserve Issues Report on Interchange
The report contains summary information on the volume and value, interchange fee revenue, certain debit card issuer costs, and fraud losses related to debit card transactions in 2011.
Washington State Votes on Credit Card Surcharging Ban
The bill would forbid retailers from surcharging consumers who pay with plastic.
Maryland Governor Pushes New Gas Tax
The sales tax on gasoline at the wholesale level would help fund transportation projects.
New York Democrats Call for Minimum Wage Increase
Opposition from businesses has not dissuaded state lawmakers from working to raise New York's minimum wage.
New South Wales Retailers Must Label Prepared Foods
Mandatory labeling requires that kilojoule (calorie) counts must be included on all ready-to-eat meals.
7-Eleven Beefs Up Fresh Foods Menu
The chain is focusing more on fresh foods with the recent introduction of new premium sandwiches and packaging.
Mar 5, 2013
Gas Price Spike Sends Motorists Shopping for Deals
Pessimism over gas prices is affecting more than just behavior at the pump.
Zeller Assumes Top Post at Center for Tobacco Products
Tobacco industry representatives remain skeptical about Zeller's appointment, noting his previous tobacco-control efforts.
Gulf Launches GulfCard Loyalty Program
Point-of-purchase program provides branded retailers with the opportunity to offer individual "instant savings" promotions.
A-B Answers Critics, Touts Disaster Relief Efforts
Anheuser-Busch uses full-page newspaper ads to offer a sharp response to recent allegations that it dilutes its beer with water.
Monster Responds to Lawsuit Allegations
No medical evidence was found to confirm "caffeine toxicity" as the cause of death of a Maryland girl.
Austin Disposable Plastic Bag Ban Takes Effect
Consumers and retailers adjust to the city's ban on disposable plastic bags, which took effect last week.
Mar 4, 2013
State Department Reports on Keystone Pipeline's Impact
A draft government report issued on Friday reveals that the Keystone XL pipeline project is environmentally sound.
E-Cigarette Regulatory Talk Heats Up
An anti-smoking group is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to regulate electronic cigarettes.
OPIS Acquires GasBuddy
The companies say that their combined resources will enable consumers to have the best retail fuel prices, tools and information to save money at the pump.
Missouri C-Stores Have a Say in Cigarette Tax
The Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association is signing off on a cigarette tax increase proposal that won't put its members at a competitive disadvantage with neighboring states.
Texas Talks Tobacco Buying Age
An attempt to increase the tobacco purchasing age from 18 to 21 is floating around the Texas legislature in an effort to curtail teen smoking rates.
Mar 1, 2013
The NACS Magazine App Arrives
NACS launches a digital edition of NACS Magazine.
U.S. Oil Production Tops 7 Million Barrels
Daily oil output has reached the highest amount in 20 years.
Ontario Continues Fight Against Contraband Cigarette Trade
The illegal cigarette trade has flourished in the province, despite efforts by authorities to crack down.
Going Beyond Rotisserie Chicken
Prepared foods prove to be a top strategic imperative for supermarkets and other retailers, including convenience stores.
Coinstar Begins Rollout of PayPal
PayPal users can add, withdraw and send money directly from select Coinstar kiosks.
Chain Restaurants Go Light
Menus are offering lower calorie options and smaller portions as consumers continue to watch their waistlines.
Feb 28, 2013
Energy Drink Ban Proposed for Minors
A ban proposed by a Cleveland council member would make selling energy drinks to anyone under the age of 18 a fourth-degree misdemeanor in the Ohio city.
7-Eleven Closes in on 50,000 Stores
On the heels of a successful 2012, the convenience store chain is nearing a worldwide store count of 50,000.
Study Reveals Alcohol Industry Growth Drivers
A new Technomic report reveals that annual sales of wine, beer and spirits are nearly $200 billion, with flavor driving consumer interest.
Tennessee Senate Committee Passes Wine Bill
Legislation to allow for the sale of wine in grocery and convenience stores is moving forward.
Grocery Chief Offers Expiring Food Plan
Doug Rauch, former president of Trader Joe's, is working on a plan to sell expiring but still-edible, nutritious food to Boston's low-income families.
MasterCard Introduces MasterPass
MasterPass is intended to enhance and simplify the physical and digital shopping experience.
Feb 27, 2013
Natural Gas Fuels Kwik Trip Success
The convenience store chain's nine natural gas fueling stations are performing better than anticipated, with surprising sales gains for light-duty vehicles.
Health Board Tightens Tobacco Rules
The town of Westwood, Massachusetts, has increased the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 19, among other measures.
Two States Consider Ad Tax
The governors of Minnesota and Ohio are considering legislation that would place a tax on advertisements.
U.K. Grows Electric Vehicle Charging Locations
The government is increasing the number of plug-in points for electric cars.
Customer Satisfaction Improves
Analysts see the small upswing in customer satisfaction during the fourth quarter of 2012 as positive news.
Atlas Oil Cranks Up Crude Operations
The company has opened its fourth transloading site in Monahans, Texas.
GATE Launches Mobile App
The convenience store retailer has partnered with GasBuddy to offer the OpenStore mobile app.
Feb 26, 2013
Washington Report: Join Your Colleagues on Capitol Hill
Join industry stakeholders in Washington March 19-20 for NACS Day on Capitol Hill and educate Congress about key regulatory and legislative issues that affect your business.
NACS Publishes Assessment of Fuels Market Through 2040
The new report helps retailers understand where the market is heading and which fuels are likely to be the dominant products consumed in the coming years.
Virginia Lawmakers Vote on Gas Tax
The new wholesale tax will be tied to economic growth and inflation, a change that could cost motorists as much as $15 more a month in gasoline.
Kentucky Lawmakers Seek Lottery Tax
Some legislators want to add a 6% sales tax to lottery purchases, an effort to generate revenue for Kentucky's struggling pension system.
There's a Card for That
Prepaid cards target underbanked consumers, offering everything from IRA distributions to kids' allowances.
Rewards Programs Help Fuel Grocery Store Sales
As fuel prices rise, Washington, D.C.-area grocery stores with fuel rewards program are flourishing.
Can-Do Attitude for Sam Adams
In time for summer, the Boston Beer Co. will launch Samuel Adams Boston Lager in cans.
Feb 25, 2013
Economic Uncertainty Grows as Gas Prices Climb
A recent NACS Consumer Survey reveals that recent spikes in gas prices are causing consumers to have a pessimistic outlook on the overall state of economy.
Payroll Tax Axes Consumer Spending
With less take-home pay in consumer paychecks, retailers are feeling the effects of the federal payroll tax, which could have broader implications for the U.S. economy overall.
Vermont Committee Says No to Sugar Tax
The legislation would have added a new tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in the state.
Seattle's Best Coffee Comes to Freezer Aisle
The company, along with Inventure Foods, will offer a frozen blended coffee drink to capitalize on the blend-at-home category.
Visa Introduces Ready Partner Program
Visa says its new program is paving the way to accelerate the deployment of mobile point-of-sale acceptance solutions.
Feb 22, 2013
Industry Experts Headline NACS SOI Summit
The NACS State of the Industry Summit will feature keynotes from industry experts in convenience retail, consumer shopping behavior, motor fuels and capital markets.
NY Governor Calls for Rewiring of Generators
Governor Cuomo wants a third of all state retail fuels locations to have the proper wiring for backup power.
API Appeals E15 Decision to U.S. Supreme Court
API is petitioning the Supreme Court to review an appeals court decision that preserved the EPA's decision to allow E15 fuel in the marketplace.
Labor Department Rule Seeks Reports on Union Advice
The agency will soon finalize a regulation that would make employers file onerous reports when receiving union activity advice.
Industry Groups Ask Judge to Temporarily Halt NYC Large Drink Ban
Restaurant and beverage industries want to avoid having to spend money to comply with a prohibition that might not continue.
Russia Passes Smoking Ban
Both parliamentary houses approved the measure to ban smoking in public places.
Safeway Launches Combined Debit, Loyalty Card
The supermarket chain wants to stop paying high swipe fees to process bank debit cards.
Feb 21, 2013
High Gas Prices Could Mean $4 Gas This Summer
With several months to go before the summer driving season, the early bump in gasoline prices has analysts and motorists concerned.
Merchants Want Mystery Taken Out of Swipe Fees
Retailers often have no idea what swipe fees will be attached to individual transactions until after the transaction has been processed.
Virginia Legislators Reach Gas Tax Deal
The compromise deal would eliminate the state's gas tax and replace it with a wholesale tax on gas and diesel.
New Zealand Announces Plan for Plain Tobacco Packaging
Tobacco companies have already indicated that they will fight the measure.
Honey Farms Integrates With OpenStore by GasBuddy
The mobile app features promotions and current gasoline prices at the chain's 36 locations.
Sacramento Plastic Bag Ban Moves Forward
City staff has started working on an ordinance that would target large grocery and other retail stores.
Preference for Mobile Coupons Rising
A new survey finds that nearly two-thirds of women redeem grocery and retail coupons.
Feb 20, 2013
Fuels Institute Names Inaugural Directors
Bill Douglass will serve as chairman of the board, Jay Ricker as treasurer and John Eichberger as secretary of the nonprofit think tank that was announced last week at the NACS Leadership Forum.
Convenience Channel Ends 2012 on a Positive Note
According to The NPD Group, sales during the afternoon daypart in convenience stores helped spur fourth-quarter growth.
Kentucky Grocers Fight Wine Ban
Grocery stores are fighting a bill that would prohibit the sale of liquor and wine in their locations.
Time for Tea
Iced and hot teas are gaining a following among restaurant customers.
Alon Brands Announces Car Giveaway
The Clean 13 initiative provides loyal customers, deserving community organizations and dedicated store managers the chance to win one of 13 cars this year.
QuickChek Returns as Balloon Festival Title Sponsor
The festival has raised more than $2.1 million for local charities and nonprofit organizations.
Feb 19, 2013
Retailers Ready for Privatization of Alcohol Sales
In Pennsylvania, convenience and grocery store chains are ready to pounce if Governor Corbett's privatization plan succeeds.
Payphones Going, Going, Nearly Gone
Pay phones are fading into the sunset, with convenience stores one of their last remaining holding places.
Oklahoma Senate Stops Tobacco Bill
The panel defeated legislation that would have allowed municipalities to pass ordinances stricter than state laws governing tobacco use.
New Jersey Smoking Bans on the Rise
More than 25% of New Jersey's municipalities have passed outdoor smoking bans with little to no opposition.
Morrisons Intensifies C-Store Growth
The U.K.'s fourth largest supermarket chain is boosting its c-store expansion plans, an effort to regain market share from its rivals.
Trans-Canada Electric Expands EV Charging Station Network
Canadian companies are focusing on the country's current charging infrastructure to expand the number of electric vehicle charging stations.
Feb 18, 2013
Washington Report: U.S. Senators Seek to Limit Ethanol in Gasoline
Senators Roger Wicker and David Vitter say that E15 has been found to cause engine damage, reduce fuel efficiency, and contribute to higher corn prices and rising food costs.
Washington Report: President Ignites Minimum Wage Debate
President Obama wants to boost the federal minimum wage, but would a higher rate actually help workers or limit employee hiring? The answer is as varied as economists' opinions.
Congress Introduces Online Tax Bill
The U.S. Senate introduced legislation that would require online and catalog retailers to collect sales tax in states that have simplified their sales tax laws.
Bubble Bursts on Gum Sales
Even with a sea of choices, flavors and brands on store shelves, consumers aren't chomping at the bit to get their hands on gum.
BP Introduces New Loyalty Program
The new loyalty program, BP Driver Rewards, rewards customers with cents-per-gallon fuel savings for filling up at BP-branded locations.
Feb 15, 2013
Monster Beverage Switches Labels
The energy drink will now list nutritional facts instead of supplemental information to avoid being classified as a dietary supplement.
New York Mayor Proposes Ban on Plastic Foam Packaging
Mayor Bloomberg also wants to install curbside electric-vehicle charging stations around the city.
Colorado Craft Beer Bill Goes Flat
The sponsor of the legislation pulled the bill because it lacked support for passage.
Vermont Retailers View Potential Gas Tax Hike as Death Knell
Retailers who are already competing for customers with neighboring New Hampshire view any increase in Vermont's gas tax as a major threat to their livelihood.
Tim Hortons Pilots Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
In Canada, the restaurant/QSR chain is partnering with Oakville Hydro and the town of Oakville on the project.
Chinese C-Store Goes Undercover
The Lawson location has reinvented itself as a "Detective Conan" themed store.
Feb 14, 2013
NACS Unveils The Fuels Institute
Announced yesterday at the NACS Leadership Forum, The Fuels Institute is a research-oriented think tank dedicated to evaluating the market issues related to consumer vehicles and the fuels that power them.
Group Calls for National Soft Drink Ban
The Center for Science in the Public Interest filed a petition with the FDA, urging the agency to identify a safe level for added sugars in beverages.
Wyoming Senate Advances Gas Tax Hike
A proposal to raise the state fuel tax by 10 cents per gallon advances in the Wyoming Senate.
Restaurants Challenged by Food Costs, Other Channels
Increasing competition from convenience and grocery stores will force restaurant operators to deploy more targeted advertising, with deals customized by geography and personal preference.
Illinois Lottery Rolls Dice With 'The Good Life'
The Illinois Lottery is launching its first family of new games in two years, with tickets priced $1 to $10.
McDonald's Has Smaller Fish to Fry
The QSR chain is offering new Fish McBites in Philadelphia through March.
Feb 13, 2013
The Payments Revolution Is Here
It's no longer a matter of if the future of mobile payments systems arrives, it's a matter of how soon.
No More Talking, It's Time for Action
Don Kingsborough of PayPal shares with NACS Leadership Forum participants how convenience store operators can position their businesses in the mobile payments arena.
NACS/Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council Releases "Playbook For Success"
The free, three-step guide outlines essential action steps for driving growth in convenience store operations and is now available for download.
Gilbarco Veeder-Root, PayPal Partner to Simplify Paying at the Pump
More convenience stores around the world will now be able to offer mobile and digital payments at the pump.
EPA Wants Separate E10 Pumps at Certain Stations Also Selling E15
The agency has issued new guidelines to help avoid consumer misuse of the ethanol blends.
Gas Station Generators Won't Stop Fuel Shortages
The New Jersey Gasoline, Convenience Store and Automotive Association explains why a proposed bill to require backup power at retailers would not have sidestepped the fuel crisis that Superstorm Sandy triggered.
New York Mayor Touts Success of Salt Reduction Campaign
Food manufacturers have been quietly lowering the amount of sodium in name-brand foods.
Kangaroo Express Raises Nearly $130,000 for Junior Achievement
Funds raised during "Kash for Kids" are supporting an organization that helps empower young people to own their economic success.
Feb 12, 2013
Defining the Future of Convenience Retailing
At the NACS Leadership Forum, leaders from Hess and MAPCO challenge the industry to define its path forward through customer engagement, mobile payments and the changing motor fuels landscape.
Sneak Peek Into New "Playbook for Success"
The forthcoming NACS/Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council "Playbook for Success" sifts through mountains of shopper research to learn more about convenience shopping occasions, what shoppers seek and their level of satisfaction in finding it.
Sheetz and Wawa Compete for Pennsylvania Consumers
The New York Times highlights the changing face of U.S. convenience store retailing through the eyes of loyal Sheetz and Wawa customers.
Australian McDonald's Offers Table Service, New Name
A franchise outside of Sydney is now offering table service, while several others have changed their signage to Macca's, a reference to its local nickname.
PCI Council Tackles Cloud Security Issues
A new PCI SSC document provides cloud service security guidance for auditors and merchants.
Texas Lawmakers Seek New Food Stamp Purchasing Restrictions
The proposals seek to ban the use of food stamps to purchase "junk" food and energy drinks.
Mountain Dew to Launch Morning Beverage
Kickstart combines Mountain Dew and fruit juice, and will be hitting store shelves beginning February 25.
Feb 11, 2013
U.S. Automakers Hope to Boost Diesel Profile
Can new diesel-powered vehicles coming to market by automakers such as Chevy and Jeep boost the fuel's widespread adoption in the United States?
NACS/CCRRC to Release Free Downloadable Playbook for C-Store Growth
The tool provides a starting point and customizable action plan to help operators better meet shoppers' needs and outlines a simple process that creates a solid foundation for growth.
NACS Leadership Forum Kicks Off
This year's theme, Visions of the Future, focuses on how retailers can better position their businesses to address the changing convenience and fuel retailing landscape.
USDA Reminds Retailers of Responsibilities With SNAP
The USDA provides online training guides, rules and regulations for retailers who offer Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to customers.
No Dollar Menus Here
The economy may be sluggish, but fast-casual chains such as Chipotle and Panera are edging out their QSR competition.
New Jersey Approves Online Gaming
Governor Christie gave his approval to legislation that allows the state to move forward with online gaming.
UPS Launches U.K. Parcel Pickup in C-Stores
UPS Access Point gives customers the option to collect their online purchases in convenience stores and petrol stations.
Atlas Oil Launches New Crude Business Unit
The new business unit, Atlas Oil Transloading & Logistics, confirms the company's intent to become a major player in the crude oil hauling and transportation business.
Feb 8, 2013
Gasoline Consumption Remains Down
The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that gasoline demand is down, but prices at the pump could remain high.
Virginia Association Supports Gasoline Tax Increase
The group believes that such a move will help solve the state's transportation funding problems.
Kentucky Governor Wants Public Smoking Ban
Governor Beshear says a ban on public smoking would improve the overall health of residents by eliminating second-hand smoke.
Station Owners Say Prepay Siphons Sales
Some retailers in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, want to reverse a city ordinance that requires customers to prepay before they fill up.
Low-Cal Menu Items Boost Chain Restaurant Growth
A new report finds that during a five-year period, low-calorie drinks and food drove growth for chain restaurants and QSRs such as Panera, Wendy's and McDonald's.
Kangaroo Express Joins Military Spouse Employment Partnership
The program creates employment connections that provide companies with direct access to military spouses seeking career opportunities.
Feb 7, 2013
Visa Announces ATM-EMV Deadlines
Effective October 1, 2017, liability for ATMs that are not EMV compatible will shift from card issuers to merchants and ATM deployers.
ISIS Looking for a Free Ride
ISIS seeks to drive customer usage of its mobile wallet by providing free transit rides in Salt Lake City.
California Sues BP, Alleging UST Violations
California alleges BP West Coast Products, BP Products North America and Atlantic Richfield failed to properly inspect and maintain USTs at more than 780 gas stations in California.
School Vending Machines Receive a Makeover
New USDA rules will eliminate the sale of junk food in school vending machines, affecting 50 million children and more than 100,000 schools.
Tennesseans Rally for Beer Tax Reform
Tennessee beer lovers are rallying to support the Beer Tax Reform Act of 2013, legislation that seeks to reverse the nation's highest beer tax.
Keeping Pace With Merchandising Trends
SymphonyIRI Group says that CPG manufacturers and retailers must innovate and "think outside the box" to engage consumers.
Feb 6, 2013
Millions Stolen by Gas Station Skimming Operations
The problem has grown as criminals become more adept at using fake card swipe machines to steal credit and debit card data from fuel pumps and ATMs.
Hess Puts Terminals on Auction Block
The move comes amid other decisions by oil companies to separate the refining of oil and gas from the exploring/extracting of fuel.
Rhode Island Legislators Call for Soda Tax
State lawmakers want to add a $1.28 per gallon tax to any sugar-sweetened soft drink, and powder or syrup beverage.
Health Canada Licenses Energy Shots
The health ministry has approved around 20 energy shot drinks, each containing between 100 milligrams and 200 milligrams of caffeine.
A Nickel for Your Thoughts?
Some economists continue to state the case for removing the penny from circulation.
Will Love Save Valentine's Day Sales?
The National Retail Federation predicts only a small bump in expected sales this year for the February 14 holiday.
Feb 5, 2013
Colorado House Approves Permanent Cigarette Sales Tax
The bill would permanently eliminate the sales tax exemption on cigarettes and take effect in the 2013-14 fiscal year.
Maryland Sees Huge Spike in Smuggled Smokes
The state comptroller reports $1.1 million in contraband cigarettes confiscated in fiscal year 2011 and $2.3 million in contraband seized last fiscal year.
PCI Issues Security E-Commerce Guidance
The PCI Security Standards Council has issued new guidance recommendations for enhancing data security.
Giant Eagle Expands Fuelperks
Giant Eagle is enhancing its Fuelperks gasoline program and ending its Foodperks food discount program.
BP Reaches Exclusive Agreement With MoneyGram
BP's ampm convenience stores will offer MoneyGram's services in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.
IHOP Offers Free Flapjacks Today
The restaurant hopes to raise $3 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and other charities.
Feb 4, 2013
Gas Prices Weigh Heavily on Consumer Minds
Price is the dominant reason why consumers buy fuel at a particular location, according to the newly released NACS Consumer Fuels Report.
Carl Bayer Joins PCATS Staff
The 20-veteran of NACS is joining PCATS to oversee the IT migration and implementation of DSD and inventory price synchronization standards.
Senate Democrats Take on Tobacco Taxes
New legislation would seek to change federal excise tax rates on tobacco products.
New Report Offers Strategies for Optimizing Organizational Performance
A new Educational-Brief by Terry McKenna helps industry leaders realize the value of being a high-performance organization.
Shoppers Willing to Pay More for Local Foods
A new report suggests that consumers are willing to pay more for fresh, local foods, and that they don't trust Big Box retailers for local food options.
Carrefour Plans C-Store Expansion
The European retailer could boost its network of convenience stores in France by 350 locations this year.
Texas Legislator Proposes Soda Tax
State Rep. Joe Farias is calling for a penny-per-ounce tax on "certain sweetened beverages."
Feb 1, 2013
Washington Report: Credit Card Appeal Delayed Until Fall
The court's decision means that settlement notices to retailers across the country can continue to be distributed, and that retailers will have the opportunity to opt out of the monetary portion of the case and/or object to the proposed settlement.
Washington Report: EPA Proposes 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards
The agency is proposing to blend more than 1.35 billion gallons of renewable fuels over the amount mandated for 2012. EPA is also proposing a structured process for buyers of Renewable Identification Numbers.
LinkedIn Tops Small Business Social Media List
Smaller firms say that they prefer the professional social networking site to Twitter.
Tapping Fracking's Potential
A trio of eastern states might be on the forefront of the next energy boom.
Speedway Exceeds $53 Million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
The retailer contributed $6.4 million to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in 2012; total fundraising is more than $53 million since 1991.
Safeway, ExxonMobil Partner on Fuel Rewards Program
The joint effort allows Safeway shoppers to earn Reward Points for redemption at Exxon or Mobil locations.
How Can the Big Game Bring Big Business?
What will be viewers be eating and drinking this Super Bowl Sunday? Most of it is stuff that c-stores sell.
Jan 31, 2013
Wyoming Cigarette Tax Increase Snuffed Out
A proposal to increase the state's cigarette excise tax from 60 cents to $1.60 a pack goes has been defeated in the Wyoming House.
Indiana House Bans E-Cig Sales to Minors
The legislation applies Indiana's cigarette laws to electronic cigarettes, banning their sale to anyone under the age of 18.
Ethanol Fight May Advance to Supreme Court
The API is floating the idea of petitioning the Supreme Court to consider a recent E15 decision that upheld the fuel's use in the marketplace.
Pennsylvania Lawmaker Seeks Ban on Surcharges
State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl says he's drafting legislation that would prohibit retailers from surcharging.
Tofu Spices Up Chipotle Menu
The fast-casual chain is testing "Sofritas" in seven San Francisco restaurants.
Rutter's Enhances Mobile App
The updates allow for broader access to the app's gaming feature.
Jan 30, 2013
Washington Report: No Ruling on Proposed Card Settlement Appeal
A ruling on an appeal to the proposed swipe fee settlement was expected on Tuesday, but hasn't happened yet. Read more for what you need to know about settlement notices.
Washington Report: Smoke and Mirrors on Surcharging
Scare tactics to drum up fear in consumers about retailers being able to surcharge is nothing more than credit card industry propaganda.
Starbucks Continues Mobile Leadership
The coffee chain logs an impressive 2.1 million-plus mobile transactions each week.
U.K. Health Experts Urge "Fat Tax" for Soft Drinks
An alliance of 61 organizations is urging the British government to include the tax in the spring budget.
Minute Maid Launches New Low-Calorie Drinks
The four new beverage products contain 50 calories or less per serving.
Conflict of Interest: Craft Beer and State Liquor Stores
A proposal in New Hampshire to sell and promote craft beer at state-owned liquor stores has grocery retailers speaking out against the idea.
North Dakota Seeks Doubling of Cigarette Tax
A state lawmaker wants to raise the excise tax on a pack of cigarettes from 44 cents to $1.
Jan 29, 2013
Kwik Trip Looks Forward to 2013 Growth
The Wisconsin-based retailer is scooping up property and focusing on the future of fuel for its new store locations.
Cordray Appointment Ruled as Unconstitutional
The D.C. Court of Appeals ruled that President Obama's January 2012 recess appointments to the NLRB, during which he appointed Richard Cordray to head the bureau, are unconstitutional.
Target Gets Fresh With Detroit
The retailer is planning to add fresh grocery sections to its Detroit-area stores.
Governor Christie Quietly Pressing Lottery Privatization
The New Jersey governor has discreetly bypassed the Legislature with plans to privatize the state's lottery system.
New Brunswick Sued Over Alcohol Import Restrictions
A lawyer has sued the province over its 60-year old liquor rule that restricts how much alcohol citizens can import from other provinces.
North Dakota Considers Direct Beer Sales to Bars, Restaurants
Legislation would allow microbreweries to bypass distributors and sell beer directly to bars and restaurants.
Jan 28, 2013
Washington Report: Swipe Fee Ruling Expected This Week
Class counsel may begin sending out notices of the settlement to the approximately 8 million merchants in the class, perhaps as early as tomorrow.
Massachusetts Ponders Online Lottery
One local retailer says that allowing residents to purchase tickets online would hurt his business amid an already-struggling economy.
States Fuel Gas Tax Debate
From Vermont to Texas, state governments are considering plans that would maintain and expand their transportation infrastructure with or without assistance from a gas tax.
European Union Announces Ambitious Alternative Fuels Plan
The proposal would establish more alternative fuel distribution infrastructures across the European Union.
Thorntons Enhances Hiring Process With PeopleMatter
The Kentucky-based c-store operator is enjoying a strong ROI through its collaboration with PeopleMatter's human resources solutions.
Virginia Lawmakers Go After Cigarette Trafficking
Virginia has become a hotbed for tobacco smugglers who are re-selling cartons of smokes in states that have a higher cigarette excise tax rate.
Court Strikes Down Cellulosic Biofuel Mandate
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit acknowledged the goals of the RFS program, but rejected EPA's argument that an aggressive cellulosic mandate was needed to force new technology into the marketplace.
Jan 25, 2013
Union Memberships Drop to 11.3% of Workforce
The unionization rate has plummeted to its lowest numbers in 97 years.
Craft Beer Sales Continue to Climb
New research from Mintel suggests that craft beer sales will triple by 2017.
NAACP, Hispanic Federation Team Up to Block NYC Soda Ban
The two minority rights organizations have joined a lawsuit against the city's ban, arguing it would harm small and minority-owned retailers.
Russia Drops Cigarette Sale Restrictions on Antismoking Bill
The public smoking ban remains, but the right to establish minimum prices for cigarettes was dropped.
Colorado Proposal Would Allow C-Stores to Sell Craft Beer
The bill would limit grocery and convenience stores to stock only beers made by brewers producing less than 6 million barrels annually.
T-Mobile Makes NFC a Reality in 2013
Expanding on the 2012 launch of ISIS, the mobile provider is working to bring near field communication technology to a number of smartphones.
Jan 24, 2013
Registration Now Open for THE Tech EVENT
THE Tech EVENT (formerly NACStech) is the top source for technology education, information and solutions that benefit the convenience and fuel retailing industry. Register today.
Pennsylvania Senators Seek Online Gambling Ban
Concerned lawmakers in the state are seeking to rewrite a private manager's contract to prohibit interactive video games, simulated slot machines or table games.
What to Expect From Dollar Stores
Deloitte suggests that the dollar store channel is poised for continued growth, competing with traditional retail for consumers and suppliers.
Why Bad Economic News Is Good News for Snack Sales
A new University of Miami study suggests that people seek higher-calorie foods when there's a perception of tough times.
Walmart to Blanket Canada With Food
In response to Target's arrival, Walmart is expanding its fresh food offerings to each of its stores in Canada.
QuickChek Named 'Best Company to Work For'
The New Jersey-based convenience store chain has 11 New York locations with more on the way.
Jan 23, 2013
Convenience Store Count Tops 149,000
The U.S. convenience store industry continues to grow in spite of a still-weak economy, according to the 2013 NACS/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count.
Nebraska Backs New Keystone Pipeline Route
The governor told the federal government that the new route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline would avoid the state's environmentally sensitive Sandhills area.
California is likely to propose a ballot initiative in 2014 that would boost the state's cigarette tax by $1 per pack.
McDonald's Goes Interactive With QR Codes
The QSR's new takeout bags and cups now include interactive QR codes that provide customers with nutritional data.
Mars Chocolate Releases Halloween Treat List
The chocolate company is looking ahead to the 2013 Halloween season with some new offerings.
Fast-Food Restaurants Go Upscale
Taco Bell is one example of how QSRs are trying to reinvent themselves to snare more fast-casual diners.
Jan 22, 2013
Ontario Convenience Stores Keep Tobacco From Kids
Retailers are also asking the Canadian government for assistance during the country's National Non-Smoking Week.
Big Supermarkets Crowd Out Small Grocers
Large grocery store chains are pushing smaller, all-in-one grocers off the playing field.
North Dakota Gas Station Has Old-Fashioned Feel
The station uses antique fuel pumps and offers charge accounts for local customers.
Indiana Likely to Uphold Bar Smoking Exemption
The likelihood that the state legislature will extend the state's smoking ban to include bars is looking slim.
Small Brewers Scale Bigger Obstacles
The competition for small brewers is heating up as big companies snap up more of the market share through acquisitions.
Canadian Convenience Stores Brace for Penny Expiration
The Canadian one-cent coin is set to expire on Feb. 4, but the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association expects confusion for both retailers and consumers.
Jan 21, 2013
Washington Report: Members of Congress Drill Energy Drink Makers
Three U.S. senators are asking 14 energy drink manufacturers to explain their marketing claims and labeling practices, as well as provide a list of ingredients.
Convenience Stores Offer More Food
Bloomberg BusinessWeek calls sandwiches "the new cigarettes" at 7-Eleven stores.
CNG Stations Coming to West Virginia
IGS Energy announced plans to build a network of compressed natural gas fueling stations along Interstate 79.
Bad 'Style' Keeps Customers From Alternative Vehicles
A new J.D. Power and Associates study found that cost and styling issues are the top reasons why consumers do not consider purchasing hybrid and electric vehicles.
U.S. Leads Global Demand for High Protein Foods
The U.S. is demonstrating a healthy appetite for high protein foods and is leading the way in global launches of high protein products.
Don't Overlook Convenience
The majority of convenience stores in Australia are small businesses operated by those who employ their families and staff from the local area they serve.
Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Launches 'Field to Table' Program
The program is designed to help local farmers focus on sustainability while providing food for those in need.
Jan 18, 2013
Pennsylvania Governor Calls for New Gas Station Tax
The transportation plan would eliminate a statutory cap on the oil company franchise tax.
Cenex 'Tanks of Thanks' Offers Free Fuel
The program will continue to recognize and reward people who are making a difference throughout 2013.
Foodservice Trends for 2013
Mintel predicts that this year's trends for restaurants and foodservice operators will include less beef and more 24/7 offers.
Australians Debate Soda Tax
A new campaign is trying to encourage less soda consumption while touting a tax on soft drinks.
Krispy Kreme Goes to India
The company is getting set to open its first doughnut and coffeeshop in Bangalore.
Spar UK Extends Private-Label Wine to C-Stores
The international retailer hopes to attract customers to its conveniences stores with two new California wines.
Jan 17, 2013
New York City Offers 3-Month Reprieve From Soda Fines
The requirement that bans restaurants and other eateries from selling sugary drinks in cups larger than 16 ounces begins March 12, though health officials won't seek fines for noncompliance for at least three months.
Chipotle to Launch Catering Division
The QSR is planning to offer catering at all of its U.S. restaurants in the coming months.
American Beverage Preferences Shift
Reuters details Americans' beverage preferences over the past decade. While soft drinks have seemingly peaked, bottled water, energy drinks and premium alcohol are on the rise.
Dunkin' Donuts Entering SoCal Market
The company is recruiting multi-unit franchisees for Southern California, along with foodservice operators for a range of non-traditional venues.
Tennessee Lottery Sales Reach Record Highs
Total lottery sales in the state hit $333 million from October 1 to December 31, 2012.
Wendy's Engages Customers With Digital Promotion
Thousands of fans can submit names for their favorite tasty trio in exchange for the chance to win prizes and recognition on Wendy's digital properties.
Jan 16, 2013
U.S. Court Denies Challenge to E15 Ruling
The federal court won't rehear a challenge to EPA's mandate for use of E15 in model-year 2001 and newer light-duty vehicles and flex-fuel vehicles.
PayPal Pushes Further Into Retail
The payment processing company has added Mapco Express and Spartan Stores as part of its network.
Coke Jumps Into Obesity Battle With Ads
The beverage company brings its "calories in, calories out" message directly to consumers.
Boomers Increase Restaurant Visits While Millennials Cut Back
A NPD Group report finds that older customers are eating out more than their younger counterparts.
CEFCO Opens New Texas Location
The new store marks the seventh prototype for the convenience store chain.
Breakfast Pizzas Appear on More A.M. Menus
Pizza is making a move to the morning daypart with toppings such as eggs, sausage, cheese and bacon.
Jan 15, 2013
Minnesota C-Store Offers Taxi Service
A local retailer has added a taxi service to its 24/7 convenience store operation, filling a void for a town of 8,000 residents.
NOCO Express Opens First Travel Center
The new location features a commercial diesel station, Tim Hortons and Subway.
Wisconsin Frozen Pizza Makers Rolling in Dough
Private-label frozen pizza makers comprise a sizable share of national sales, with many of the pizzas made in the Badger state.
New Hampshire Lawmaker Proposes 33% Beer Tax Hike
If approved, the increase would make the state's beer excise tax the highest in New England at 40 cents per gallon.
Taco Bell Offers New $1 Value Menu
The QSR chain is testing a new Cravings Menu in California and Tennessee.
Jan 14, 2013
HR Forum Registration Now Open
Human resources professionals don't want to miss this highly engaging NACS program featuring HR best practices, case studies, networking opportunities and national-caliber speakers.
Payroll Tax Hits Hard
Experts say the economic effect of the new (old) payroll tax rate is already being felt, as U.S. workers are seeing less of their paycheck.
Drop the Drama on Durbin
Banking industry expert Lee Wetherington says that the big banks misled the public to ensure "unity" among the baking industry during the debit card swipe fee debate.
Virginia Gas Tax Plan Draws Swift Reactions
From environmental groups to conservative think tanks, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's plan to eliminate the state's 17.5-cents-per-gallon gas tax is garnering nationwide attention.
Saudi Arabia Slashes Oil Output
Saudi Arabia cut its oil production by nearly 5% in December 2012, a response to lower demand largely coming from Asian customers.
Wendy's Tests a Pretzel Burger Bun
The QSR chain is testing a bacon cheeseburger in select locations that's served on a pretzel-like bun.
Jan 11, 2013
State Lawmaker Suggests Online Lottery
South Carolina lottery executives also stress that any effort must continue to help merchants that sell lottery tickets.
New York State Tops U.S. Cigarette Smuggling List
With the country's highest per-pack cigarette tax, the Empire State ranks the highest for cigarette smuggling.
Restaurants Shy Away from Price Hikes
To counter rising food costs, a new survey suggests that chains are promoting items with lower food costs, renegotiating contracts, changing suppliers and reducing portion sizes.
New Hampshire Lottery Sales Pass $5 Billion
Sales for fiscal 2013 are up 16% from a year ago in the state, with Powerball ticket sales up 53% over last year.
Law Enforcement Group Voices Opposition to Tennessee Wine Bill
More than 100 Tennessee sheriffs and police chiefs have signed a petition to prohibit strong alcohol and wine from being sold in grocery and convenience stores.
Gone in 60 Seconds
McDonald's Japan's attempt to serve lunch within a 60-second time frame is not resonating with customers.
Jan 10, 2013
Virginia Governor Seeks to Eliminate Gas Tax
Governor Bob McDonnell unveiled a plan that would eliminate the current 17.5-cents-per-gallon gasoline tax in the state of Virginia.
Iowa Lawmakers Considering Gas Tax Hike
While many legislators support a gas tax increase, agreement on the amount of the increase is far from settled.
Consumers Opt for Fresh Fruit
A new NPD Group report reveals fruit is consumed on more snack occasions per year than any other food, followed by chocolate and potato chips.
Pennsylvania Lottery On Track for More Record Profits
Sales in the first six months of this fiscal year for the Pennsylvania Lottery are at a record pace, which may factor into a final decision on privatization.
Target Offering Year-Round Online Price Matches
In an effort to combat showrooming, Target promises to go cent-for-cent with Amazon, Walmart, BestBuy and Toys "R" Us.
Technomic Launches Adult Beverage Digital Database
The new online resource provides detailed volume and sales information on spirits, wine and beer brands.
Jan 9, 2013
E-Cigs Take On Big Tobacco
"Vapor" smoking companies are ramping up advertising to capture a bigger slice of the cigarette market.
Texas Senator Proposes Statewide Smoking Ban
The bill would prohibit smoking at all indoor and outdoor workplaces.
The 'King of Beers' Unveils Budweiser Black Crown
The new brew was a crowd favorite during its nationwide "Project 12" competition.
McDonald's Wings It
The QSR is expanding its test marketing of chicken wings to Chicago.
Retail Clinics Grow in Popularity
A new poll finds that 27% of respondents have visited a walk-in clinic for health-care during the past two years.
NY Commission Proposes Generators at Gas Stations, Reserve of Fuel
The panel made the recommendations to combat some of the problems encountered after superstorm Sandy back in the fall.
Jan 8, 2013
Traditional Grocers Struggle in Tough Marketplace
The hourglass economy has supermarkets looking for a better balance of goods and services.
A Matter of Choice
A new study suggests that people don't want the government to limit their food choices.
Nebraska Legislator Seeks to End Soda Tax Exemption
The state medical community is pushing to end what it calls a soft drink subsidy.
Americans Embrace Snacking
A new study reveals that consumers are snacking more, with 57% saying that it's important to have healthy snacking options.
Jamba Juice Debuts Meals for Children
The chain is offering smoothies paired with food in its first kid-sized meals.
Jan 7, 2013
Registration Open for NACS Leadership Challenge
The unique NACS program helps retailers focus on acquiring skills that improve leadership and operational performance.
Government Okays Health Exchanges for More States
The exchanges are intended to provide consumers with affordable access to health insurance plans.
California Company Seeks to Grow Pot Vending Machine Use
Medbox is looking to expand its medical marijuana vending machine to recreational users in Colorado and Washington.
FDA Begins Implementation of Food Safety Laws
The agency is proposing new food safety standards for foodborne illness prevention and produce safety.
Starbucks Enters Technology Retail Arena
The coffeehouse chain is now selling Square's mobile card reader at its 7,000 U.S. stores.
Mondelez International's 90-Day Shake-Up
Mondelez International's new Mobile Futures program is hoping to shape the future of mobile marketing in just 90 days.
Jan 4, 2013
Restaurant Chains Expand Into Nontraditional Outlets
More restaurants are moving into convenience stores, travel centers and other retail locations.
Kiosk Turns Gift Cards Into Cash
Alula by Coinstar allows customers to insert gift cards and receive between 60% and 85% of the card's value in return.
Exploring the Alcohol Beverage Consumer
A new Nielsen study delves into how consumers shop for alcohol.
Defining What 'Healthy' Means
How consumers view healthy foods at restaurants is still evolving.
Wendy's Super-Sizes Value Menu
The QSR chain has added more options to its core group of dollar menu items.
Chinese Legislature Considers National Tobacco Control Law
The government is looking into the country's first measure of its kind that would restrict smoking and tobacco use.
Jan 3, 2013
Washington Report: Government Releases Proposed Rules on Employer Mandate
The proposed rules address some key issues relating to the employer mandate provision of the health-care law.
Washington Report: Congress Averts the Fiscal Cliff (Barely)
With hours to spare the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate agreed on a final tax package that contains provisions significant to the convenience and fuel retailing industry.
Washington Report: Payroll Taxes Jump to 6.2%
As of January 1, the payroll tax rate increased to 6.2% on the first $113,700 in wages.
Tennessee Liquor Stores Oppose Latest Wine Proposal
A proposal to allow grocery and convenience stores to sell wine is gaining momentum with state lawmakers, though liquor store owners remain sharply opposed.
Ontario Launches Alcohol Kiosks
Beginning later this year, liquor and wine will be available at 10 LCBO Express kiosks.
Starbucks Re-Launches Steel-Cut Oatmeal
The foodservice fare, renamed Starbucks Classic Oatmeal, is now available in 4,500 U.S. stores.
Jan 2, 2013
Google Wallet's 2012 Struggles Could Mean Trouble Ahead
Google is reportedly working with Discover to launch a plastic card, which some analysts suggest spells trouble for the viability of Google's mobile wallet.
Lottery Privatization in New Jersey Casts Doubt
With just one bid, concerns are deepening about the chances for New Jersey to privatize its lottery.
Canada Caps Caffeine in Energy Drinks
A new Health Canada rule forces manufacturers to reformulate 28 drinks, capping caffeine content at 180 mg per serving.
Mobile Payments Provide Boost for Restaurants, Small Businesses
Analysts say that deploying a mobile payment system is going to be "crucial" for businesses to remain competitive in 2013.
Subscription Snack Boxes Deliver Healthy Treats
The latest eating trend includes monthly discoveries of healthy snacks delivered to a customer's doorstep.
Minnesota Candy Store Threatened With Fine Over Candy Cigarettes
A mom-and-pop soda fountain shop has been threatened with a $500 fine if it sells candy cigarettes, bubble gum cigars or Big League Chew.