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Apr 17, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Apr 16, 2015

Historic Year for U.S. Convenience Stores
Convenience continues to resonate with consumers, with record in-store sales of nearly $215 billion and overall industry sales closing in on $700 billion in 2014.

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

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

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

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

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


Apr 15, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Apr 14, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Apr 13, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Apr 10, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Apr 9, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Apr 8, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


Apr 7, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Apr 6, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Apr 3, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Apr 2, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


Apr 1, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Mar 31, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Mar 30, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Mar 27, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Mar 26, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


Mar 25, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Mar 24, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Mar 23, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


Mar 20, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


Mar 19, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Mar 18, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Mar 17, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Mar 16, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Mar 13, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Mar 12, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Mar 11, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Mar 10, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Mar 9, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Mar 6, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


Mar 5, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


Mar 4, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Mar 3, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Mar 2, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 27, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 26, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 25, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 24, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 23, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 20, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 19, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 18, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 17, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 16, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 13, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 12, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 11, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 10, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 9, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 6, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 5, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 4, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 3, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 2, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 30, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 29, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 28, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 27, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 26, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 23, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 22, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 21, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 20, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 19, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 16, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 15, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 14, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 13, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 12, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 9, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 8, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 7, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 6, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 5, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


Dec 30, 2014

Merchants Respond to Erroneous Claims by Banks
The fight over who pays for data breaches continues as NACS voices concerns about false statements made by banker's group.

NACS Member Takes on Food Competition This Sunday
Tune in to Food Network on Jan. 4, to cheer on NACS member Joe Chiovera in "Guy’s Grocery Games: Family Style."

Lawmaker Responds to City-Run Gas Station
Kentucky legislator plans to introduce bill that would shut down Somerset’s city-run gas station.

Jimmy John's, Chipotle Lead QSRs in Customer Loyalty
Chains showed highest customer loyalty among Millennials, compared to other QSR brands.

Will 2015 be the Year of the Digital Wallet?
A variety of factors will influence rapidly increasing adoption of digital wallets.


Dec 29, 2014

Researchers Say Fast Food Is Bad for the Brain
Ohio State study suggests that fast-food consumption slows brain development in kids and leads to lower test scores.

Retailers Give Back to Local Communities During the Holidays
Tedeschi Food Shops and QuickChek get into the holiday spirit with charitable contributions.

Tesla’s Roadster Battery Upgrade Doubles Driving Distance
Battery upgrade increases distance to 400 miles on a single charge.

Entrepreneur’s Top Leadership Trends of 2014
Effective leaders uncover hidden opportunities, share ideas that excite their teams and surround themselves with passionate people.

Family Dollar Delays Vote on Dollar Tree
Delay continues dollar war drama over who will acquire Family Dollar, giving Dollar General renewed hope.


Dec 23, 2014

In-Store Marketing Trends for 2015
From social to mobile, and all the big data in between, retail marketers should look out for these trends.

Tax Extenders Approved … for Now
President signs tax extender package, allowing tax benefits to continue for 2014 tax year only.

Lotteries No Longer a Winner for Many States
Instant ticket sales steady, but state lotteries struggle to meet ambitious revenue targets.

NFC-Enabled Mobile Payments on the Rise
New study predicts $130 billion in payments by 2020.

The Year’s Best Books on Leadership
Essential lessons can be gained from the authors of some of the year’s top leadership books.


Dec 22, 2014

C-Store Gifts That Keep on Giving
Customers looking for last-minute gifts should look no further than their local convenience store.

McConnell Makes Keystone Pipeline Top Priority
Keystone Pipeline to come into play when the 114th Congress convenes on January 6.

Barclaycard Introduces Wearable Payment Technology
‘Tap and pay’ gloves are latest experiment in contactless payment options.

Amazon Offers One-Hour Delivery in Manhattan
Speedy delivery service could impact general merchandise sales at convenience stores.

McDonald’s Takes a Bite Out of Apple’s iBeacon
QSR has seen sales increase while testing Apple’s iBeacon technology at Columbus, Georgia, locations.


Dec 19, 2014

European Union Agrees to Cap Card Fees
Once legislation is approved, most fees would be capped at 0.2 – 0.3%.

Eat More Nuts
Only 4 in 10 Americans eat enough heart-healthy nuts each day, says new CDC study.

Consumers Doubt Retailer Efforts to Protect Financial Info
Ongoing skepticism is an opportunity for retailers to better tell their own security stories.

Health-Oriented C-Store Has Big Plans
Portland’s Green Zebra begins offering delivery service, through Instacart.

Package Collection Comes to Singapore C-Stores
UPS and DHL now delivering packages for customer pick-up at c-store locations.


Dec 18, 2014

Big Brother Is Watching … Your Snacks
New vending machine uses facial recognition to match customer with medical history.

NOCO Express Opens State-of-the-Art Store
Expanded store features Wi-Fi, frozen yogurt and sustainable design elements.

Best Practices for Loss Prevention
Annual conference highlights networking and education for safety and loss prevention professionals.

Ontario C-Stores Support Move to Reduce Regulation
Government pledges to reduce unnecessary regulatory burden on small businesses.

States Increase Incentives for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Charging network expands beyond the “West Coast Electric Highway,” thanks to tax breaks.

Are Millennials Teetotallers?
U.K.-based report shows that Millennials are increasingly abstaining, among other trends to watch in 2015.


Dec 17, 2014

Build Your Skills with the NACS Leadership Challenge
Industry’s emerging leaders can develop skills for long-term personal growth and professional results.

NACS Sends Letter Addressing Errors in Recent Testimony
Office of the Comptroller provided erroneous testimony at Senate hearing on cybersecurity.

Gas Prices Have Little Effect on Demand for Car Travel
Automobile travel increases by just one percent for every 25% or more decrease in gas price.

NACS and Coca-Cola: Encouraging People Success
NACS/Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council welcomes suggestions on proposed research topics.

Discover Investing Heavily in New, Chip-Enabled Credit Cards
Company spending more than $35 million to update credit cards in order to combat fraud.

New Lottery Game Suspended Due to Low Ticket Sales
New multi-state lottery will end in several states, after only two months of sales.


Dec 16, 2014

Consumers Optimistic About Future Fuel Prices
This month’s NACS Consumer Fuels Survey shows that fuel price has less impact on economy.

2014’s Biggest Consumer Food Stories
War on sugar the third biggest story, after drought and shrinking bee population.

San Francisco Approves Reduction in Tobacco Sales Permits
Law would cut number of tobacco-selling permits in half over the next decade.

Labor Board Ruling Gives Unions New Leverage
Union election process will be sped up, beginning April 2015, thereby strengthening the power of unions.

Topaz Acquires Esso Ireland’s Fuels and C-Store Business
Deal will add 38 company-owned Esso sites to 120 existing Topaz-owned sites in Ireland.


Dec 15, 2014

Organized Crime Increases in Canada
A single theft at a Mac’s store resulted in $30,000 in stolen tobacco products.

Five Food Moves That Mattered
This year saw its fair share of movement in the QSR and fast-casual segments.

QuikTrip Nabs Fast Company’s Top 50 Spot
Convenience store chain ranks 21st as top place to work in the United States.

Rutter’s Employees Celebrate Record-Breaking Year
Employees donated $3,000 in toys and cash to local kids in need.

Harley-Davidson Tests Electric Hog
Prototype “LiveWire” bike toured Florida and captured customer feedback.


Dec 12, 2014

Merchants Respond to Credit Union Report
Memo says report highlights concerns about overdraft fees, no mention of data breaches.

The Evolution of Marketing for 2015
Experts identify trends from technology to customer focus for the coming year.

China's Chocolate Wars
Competition, and innovation, continues for brands hoping to get a share of the huge Chinese market for chocolate.

EIA Energy Outlook Predicts Lower Than Average Prices
Forecast suggests $68-per-barrel average Brent crude price in 2015, while recognizing high price uncertainty.

Apple Pay: Loved by Some, Not All
Banks and card companies are the payment system’s biggest fans, but merchants have doubts.


Dec 11, 2014

Banks Use Misdirection When It Comes to Data Breaches
NACS counsel authors opinion piece highlighting how banking industry hides responsibility for breaches.

Still No Date for Final RFS Rule
Despite pressure from House Committee, EPA chief won’t commit to timeline for RFS rule.

Shopper Surveys and Direct Store Delivery Help Optimize Performance
Free resource helps c-stores defend their turf and attract new business.

Consumers Rate Top Fast Food and Fast Casual Retailers
In-N-Out and T.G.I. Friday’s top the list, based on how well they respond to guests.

House Files $1.1 Trillion Spending Package
Congress expected to vote this week on measure to fund government, averting another shutdown.


Dec 10, 2014

Protect Yourself from a Protest
With minimum wage protests occurring across the country, employers should know the steps to take in the event of a planned protest.

Join the Industry’s HR Community
NACS HR Forum, March 3 – 5 in New Orleans, helps human resources professionals connect, grow and learn.

Northern California Opens First Retail Hydrogen Station
Ramos Oil opens region’s first public hydrogen pumps today, to much fanfare.

The Return of Smell-O-Vision?
Top brands are using scent to sell the customer experience.

Lack of Retail Employee Training a Worm in Apple Pay
Apple users vent about employees who don’t know how to accept new mobile payment system.


Dec 9, 2014

Interest in Alternative Fuel Vehicles Declines with Gas Prices
NACS survey shows correlation between lower gas prices and lower interest in alternative fuel cars.

NACS Vice Chairman Pens Op-Ed on Swipe Fees
Opinion piece in Orange County Register shares how credit cards are hurting the free market economy.

Paris Mayor Calls for Ban on Diesel Cars by 2020
Announcement is the latest approach to reducing pollution in French capital.

Business Predictions for 2015
From coffee prices to delivery services, Fortune magazine shares predictions for the coming year.

McDonald’s Goes Out of Its Comfort Zone
Expansion of ‘Create Your Taste’ custom ordering is risky, but could pay off with younger customers.

Corner Store Donates $1 Million to Children’s Charities
5K Country Run series wraps up, with contributions to Big Brothers Big Sisters and other charities.


Dec 8, 2014

Top 10 Trends for Specialty Food Revealed
Rise of Generation Z, alternative proteins and improved grocery delivery services make up the list for 2015 food trends.

Gulf Gift Cards Helping Retailers Drive Customer Loyalty
Holiday gift cards designed to give Gulf retailers another way to meet consumers’ needs and increase sales.

New Jersey Office of Weights and Measures Bans 19 Motor Oil Products
Retail locations must stop selling the products immediately.

Dollar Tree Could Shed Stores in Family Dollar Deal
U.S. Federal Trade Commission may require Dollar Tree to shed stores as part of pending merger of the dollar stores.


Dec 5, 2014

Minimum Wage Movement Spreads to C-Store Industry, 190 Cities
Some home care, airport and convenience workers join call for higher hourly wage, in day of protests.

Merchant Financial Cyber Partnership Announces Next Steps
Partnership sends letter to Congress outlining cybersecurity information sharing legislation principles.

Beacons Bringing Customers In-Store
Use of retail beacons continues to increase for holiday shopping season.

Groceries Where You Want Them
Washington, D.C., Metro considers grocery lockers at stations, while UberEssentials expands delivery.

Will Apple Pay Make EMV a Household Name?
Mobile payment system’s use of EMV and tokenization not the focus of coverage.

California Sales of Plug-In Vehicles on the Rise
New data shows one plug-in purchased for every two hybrids in the state.


Dec 4, 2014

Gas Station Food Gets Its Fill
More people are recognizing the gourmet options available at gas stations across the country.

What’s Next for Mobile Commerce
Mobile payment powerhouse shares thoughts on how mobile payments will change.

Marathon Petroleum Deploys New Discount Program
‘Cents Off Marathon’ program will also offer co-brand opportunities.

Spicy Predictions for 2015
Annual flavor forecast predicts trends for 2015, including global flavors and a twist on cookies.

The Comeback of British C-Stores
Changing demographics and economics influence the rise of smaller stores.


Dec 3, 2014

NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe Promises New Ideas and Industry Connections
Registration is now open for 2015 event in Berlin and London.

Australia’s Illicit Tobacco Market Continues to Worsen
Law-abiding retailers are being hit harder than ever before.

PCI Compliance Deadline Nears
Retailers have one more thing to worry about during the year-end sales push.

A Lingering Glance … at Pepperoni?
A new ‘subconscious menu’ being tested at U.K.-based Pizza Hut locations lets customers order with their eyes.

‘Death of Cash’ Reports Are Premature
Although more customers are paying with cards and phones, don’t write cash’s eulogy anytime soon.

Indiana Moves Closer to Sunday Alcohol Sales
Business coalition formed to advocate for change to liquor laws.


Dec 2, 2014

Tax Extenders Bill Hits a Road Block
Threat of presidential veto makes imminent passage of tax extender bill unlikely.

California Republicans Seek Fuels Cap-and-Trade Exemption
Proposed bill would permanently exempt oil and gas from program.

If Musk Builds It, Will They Come?
Demand for Tesla isn’t the problem, switching the world to electric cars is.

Carrefour to Open First Convenience Store in Shanghai
Hypermarket retailer is latest to enter highly competitive — and profitable — market.

Corner Store Whoops It up for the Holidays
New winter menu features peppermint whoopie bites.

Stripes Launches College Scholarship Fund
Company sets goal of raising $600,000 for fund benefitting local college-bound students.


Dec 1, 2014

Discover Sues Visa Over Antitrust Violations
Lawsuit alleges Visa has undertaken a series of illegal actions that undermine competition.

Oil Prices Could Continue to Drop
Analysts suggest that consumers could see prices as low as $2.55 at the pump by Christmas.

Florida Legislator Pushes Online Lottery Bill
Sunshine State could become eighth state to legalize online lottery sales.

Walmart Brings ‘Grab and Go’ Lockers to Canada
Retailer boosts capacity to fulfill online orders in the Toronto area with lockers that hold orders.

Lyfe Kitchen Opens First New York Location
Executive chef shies away from using the “H” word to describe the menu.


Nov 26, 2014

Battle for “Stomach Share” Continues
New survey shows diners increasing visits and purchasing more ready-to-eat meals from c-stores, dining out less.

Bringing Innovation In-House
Three reasons why innovation labs are a good idea for retailers who have the resources.

China Moves to Ban Cigarette Advertising
In attempt to reduce smoking in the world’s top cigarette market, proposed rules introduce numerous restrictions.

Stinker Stores Sets Record for Idaho Food Bank
Community campaign raises over $54,000, enough for 216,440 meals.

Opposites Attract at Canadian Gas Station
Electric car charging is latest addition to Canadian oil sands gas station.


Nov 25, 2014

FDA Finalizes Menu Labeling Rules Affecting Convenience Stores
New FDA menu labeling regulations bad for convenience stores and small businesses.

Jay Ricker Named Chairman of the Fuels Institute
Ricker Oil chairman will lead non-profit think tank dedicated to fuel market issues.

Dunkin’ Donuts Focusing Heavily on Mobile
Success of QSR’s loyalty program and mobile app lead to new test of mobile ordering.

Evolution of Foodservice Packaging Reflecting National Trends
Foodservice Packaging Institute’s annual report shows market shifts in distribution and materials.

Ontario May Ban Menthol Cigarettes and Regulate E-Cigs
Electronic-cigarette regulations would treat devices the same as tobacco cigarettes.


Nov 24, 2014

EPA Delays 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard
NACS weighs in on the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to not finalize 2014 standards under the RFS program until 2015.

House Republicans File Lawsuit Against President Obama
Litigation challenges President Obama’s actions implementing the health-care law, including decisions to waive the employer mandate.

Convenience Retailers Support Local Communities During Holidays
QuickChek launches holiday food drive; Stripes Stores announces Thanksgiving and Black Friday freebie.

Spire Breaks Ground on New CNG Station
South Carolina location will be developed next to a QuikTrip travel center in 2015.

Biscuits, Meet Oreos
Church’s Chicken readies for debut of Oreo Biscuit Bites.

Honda Supports California’s Hydrogen Network
Contribution of $13.8 million to FirstElement Fuel will help growth of public hydrogen refueling stations.


Nov 21, 2014

Massachusetts Town Drops Tobacco Ban Proposal
Vocal public opposition to nation’s first tobacco ban causes board of health to pull proposal.

Webinar Offers Insights into Potential Cyber Security Legislation
Congress may act soon to take up cyber security legislation, so get to know the landscape.

Be a Part of the Industry’s Most Comprehensive Compensation Report
HR professionals can benefit from critical benchmarking data, but we need your help.

41.3 Million Americans Hitting the Road Next Week
AAA’s Thanksgiving travel forecast projects highest number of travelers since 2007.

C.H. Robinson Collaborates on One-Day Food Fundraiser
The NACS member company partnered with local news station to sponsor Twin Cities food drive.


Nov 20, 2014

NACS Signs Tax Extender Letter to Congress
More than 525 organizations urged Congress to pass business-friendly tax legislation this year.

The Price of Air
Gas station chain being sued for charging to use air pumps.

Alternative Fuels Seek Market Share
Experts discuss how alternative fuels are finding their place among a gas-dominated market at Fuels Institute Summit.

7-Eleven Getting Into the Medicine Business
Convenience chain will launch its own line of OTC meds.

How Bitcoin Could Change the Payments Industry
Millennials' lack of attachment to physical currency likely to drive adoption.


Nov 19, 2014

Understanding Expectations of Invested Customers
The new breed of “invested” customer has higher expectations but increased loyalty.

Consumer Behavior and Its Influence on Fuels
Panelists at Fuels Institute meeting analyze consumer trends and their impact on the vehicle and fuels market.

Merchants and Credit Cards Are Getting Safer
Systems being updated to better protect consumers in the lead-up to the holiday season.

Chocolate Lovers: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid
Chocolate makers caution that worldwide cocoa shortage likely by 2020.

Retailers Welcome Ontario Government's Commitment to Addressing Contraband Tobacco
Increased government action needed to stem rampant illegal tobacco sales.


Nov 18, 2014

Balancing the Future of Fuels with Environmental Needs
Fuels Institute’s inaugural meeting delves into how regulations, particularly in California, influence fuels and vehicles markets.

Gas Station Dining Can Be a Community Game-Changer
Seoul Food D.C., profiled in Ideas 2 Go, is a model for creating an urban feel in suburbs.

Merchants Brief Congress on Mobile Payment Issues
Panelists recommend technology-neutral legislation, emphasize need for innovation.

Ohio Lottery Wants to Make Scratch-Offs a Holiday Tradition
New marketing campaign takes advantage of holiday sales window to encourage gift givers to buy scratch-off tickets.

Are You Ready for a Millennnial Workforce?
Starting next year, Millennials will make up a majority of the workforce, but corporate attitudes toward them may need to change.


Nov 17, 2014

Position Your Company for Global Success
NACS Global Forum in Singapore is a powerful networking opportunity for retail leaders.

Commuting by Car Is Down in More Cities and States
Nationwide trend showing decrease in car commuting will be further analyzed in January Fuels Institute report.

Lower Gas Prices Already Leading to Bigger Baskets
Retailers like Walmart attribute Q3 increase in part to low prices at the pump.

FDIC and DOJ Agree to Operation Choke Point Investigation
Agencies will launch preliminary inquiry into program potentially targeting tobacco sales, in response to requests from congressmen.

Michigan Lawmakers Expected to Vote on Bill Requiring Added Security
The Herringa Act would add extra safety measures for third-shift workers at 24-hour convenience stores.


Nov 14, 2014

Hundreds Show Up to Oppose Town’s Tobacco Ban
Public meeting in Westminster, Mass., ends early as crowd of 500-plus loudly voices opposition to board of health plan.

Share Your Perspective on Capitol Hill
Annual NACS Government Relations Conference gives members of Congress invaluable insight about our industry.

Opportunities in Mobile Payments at the Pump
While not without challenges, new pay at the pump app could be a game changer.

As Gas Prices Go Down, Hummer Sales Go Up
Large SUVs and trucks are seeing renewed popularity thanks, in part, to lower gas prices.

British Retailers Worried About Illegal Tobacco
Sales of black market tobacco on the rise in Plymouth, England, causing concern for residents and retailers.


Nov 13, 2014

E85 Sales Have Room for Growth
Fuel sales expected to double by 2023, but with the right market conditions could increase 20-fold.

Whole Grain Goodness at Your Local C-Store
Kwik Trip shares its approach for introducing healthier options, including more whole grain products.

Online Map Shows Natural Gas Stations Nationwide
New tool provides locations of LNG and CNG stations searchable by mile ranges.

Inside Walmart’s Crystal Ball
Analysts predict the mega-retailer will continue investing in smaller footprint stores.

Convenience Chains Donate Generously to Children and Military Families
Rutter’s contributes $200,000 for preschool scholarships, while QuickChek supports military families with $75,000.


Nov 12, 2014

Will Falling Gas Prices Boost Holiday Spending?
According to latest NACS survey, a majority of male and younger consumers feel renewed optimism about the economy and say they’ll spend more.

Indiana Liquor Sales Landscape Gets Another Player
New liquor delivery service adds fuel to an already-heated battle over liquor sales in the state.

Fool Me Twice
Survey shows that data breaches don’t change consumer behavior.

Frito-Lay Converts Fleet to Alternative Fuels
Company builds strong partnerships to develop commitment to reduce emissions.

Germans Go for LPG Vehicles
LPG-powered cars make up an increasing percentage of the country’s alternative fuel vehicles.


Nov 11, 2014

Philly Merchants Hurt by New Cigarette Tax
$2-per-pack tax to fund schools has many customers driving to the suburbs.

Call to Action: Make Your Voice Heard on Online Lottery Legislation
Time is running out to contact your legislators about the business impact of online lottery sales.

Banks Challenge Retailers Over Cyber Attacks
Groups point fingers in debate over who should pay when retailers are breached.

Apple Pay Will Need Merchant Buy-In
Despite the platform’s media darling status, merchant adoption may still be the key to its success.

Proposed N.J. Gas Tax Could Cost Consumers $300 More Per Year
Gas tax would go to replenish state’s roadwork fund for roads, bridges and mass transit.

Veterans Pay It Forward for C-Store Customers
Illinois store experiences two good deeds in one day, both courtesy of veterans.


Nov 10, 2014

Oil Price War Looms
Saudi Arabia’s price cut for U.S. oil may spark a global price war.

Cumberland Farms Now Accepting Apple Pay
Convenience retailer joins growing list of retailers to accept Apple’s mobile payment system.

Supreme Court Will Hear Case on Obamacare Subsidies
Decision on tax subsidies for exchanges brings Affordable Care Act back into the spotlight.

United Fresh Highlights Fall Menu Trends
Trends include how convenience stores are using fresh produce to respond to consumer demand for healthy options.

Could Mobile Apps Replace Drive-Thrus?
Younger city dwellers and less driving could spell the demise of the drive-thru in urban areas.

Shift Takes on Transportation
Start-up creates its own intelligent mass private transit system.


Nov 7, 2014

Nation’s First Soda Tax Passes in Berkeley, California
Across the Bay, similar measure fails in San Francisco.

Opinion Piece Questions Town’s Proposal to Ban Tobacco
Boston Globe op-ed says Westminster should focus on smoking prevention, not ban that will hurt retailers.

Retail Crime Costs Retailers $128 Billion Worldwide Each Year
$42 billion of “shrink” in the United States represents 1.48% of sales.

Dollar-Store Chains Say Smokers Are Their Best Customers
Smoking rate for regular customers almost double the national rate, making tobacco big business for chains.

Consumers Planning to Go Mobile This Holiday Season
Survey shows that nearly 75% will use their mobile device for holiday shopping.


Nov 6, 2014

Chicago Bans Flavored Tobacco Sales Near Schools
Judge rejects a request to block the ordinance, which bans the sale of flavored tobacco within 500 feet of a school.

NACS Signs Letter to Congressional Leaders Urging Action on Data Security
More than 40 merchant organizations urge Congress to establish clear and uniform legislation to address cyber crime breaches.

More of the Best in “Ideas 2 Go” Videos Now Online
Video series digs into the NACS archives to share innovative ideas from convenience retailers across the country — and around the world.

Canadian C-Stores Have Mixed Reaction to Credit Card Fee Deal
Retailer association says swipe fees still too high, despite fee reduction agreed upon this week.

Nashville Voters Welcome Wine in C-Stores and Groceries
With overwhelming support, local referendums pass allowing wine to be sold in c-stores beginning in 2016.

Japan’s Lawson Stores Link Up with Amazon
Convenience chain will allow customers to order and pick up Amazon items in-store.


Nov 5, 2014

Election Day Recap: What It Means for Our Industry
As Republicans do better than expected in mid-term elections, optimism grows for upcoming 114th Congress.

A New Era for Mobile Payments
NACS viewpoint on the mobile payment landscape represented on Kojo Nnamdi Show.

Credit Card Companies Cut Swipe Fees in Canada
Visa and MasterCard give in to pressure from retailers, avoiding a mandate from Canadian government.

Fresh Fruit Is a Growth Opportunity
With increasing sales numbers, the top five fruits are a great pick for retailers.

Chicago Plans for Alternative Fuel Center
O’Hare Airport location will provide electric stations and alternative fuels to the public and airport vehicles.


Nov 4, 2014

Apple Pay Is No Revolutionary Change, Says NACS
Wall Street Journal op-ed explains why widely heralded payment innovation still too dependent on the credit card companies.

Global Consumer Confidence on the Rise
Steady increase in optimism exceeds pre-recession levels.

McDonald's Caters to Regional Tastes
Regionally tailored menus are a move away from traditional, one-size-fits-all approach.

British Grocery Chains Losing Market Share – to Themselves
Increase in grocery-owned c-stores has changed the traditional shopping model.

More Fast-Food Chains Focus on Healthier Eating
Some of the fastest-growing QSRs are about Brussels sprouts, not burgers.


Nov 3, 2014

Five Reasons for Lower Oil Prices
All corners of the globe are contributing to the recent dip in oil prices.

Starbucks Is Bringing the Barista to You
Company announces plans to launch delivery service next year.

Better Retail Sales Are a Mixed Blessing for Merchants
As retail sales numbers rise, so do swipe fees.

Seafood Is a Great Catch for Florida Gas Retailer
Jacksonville c-store teams up with local seafood supplier for frozen seafood meals.

Coke Helps C-Stores Take Advantage of Growth Trends
New product and marketing options help retailers maximize profits in beverage category.


Oct 31, 2014

NACS Joins Merchants to Set Record Straight on Cybersecurity and Payments
Merchant associations send letter to credit unions dispelling myths about cyber-attacks.

U.S. Oil Boom’s Connection to Chocolate
As gas prices decline due to domestic production, consumers have extra money for treats.

Would You Like a Side of Tech with That Order?
Like everywhere else, use of technology is increasing in the foodservice sector.

Conexxus Applauds Completion of HTML5 Standard
Retailer and technology community has long supported Internet standardization.

Oxxo Convenience Store Debit Cards a Big Success
Number of Mexicans using the new cards is double the industry norm.


Oct 30, 2014

NACS Responds to Card Company Attempts to Dominate Mobile Payments
Electronic Transactions Association is pressuring retailers to accept forms of payment that add costs to their businesses and customers.

Diesel Vehicle Sales Forecast Are Strong — Are Consumers Ready?
New Fuels Institute report examines consumer preferences toward diesel fuel.

U.S. Cities Eye Tobacco Purchasing Age
More cities consider raising legal purchasing age for tobacco products to 21.

NACS Members Open New Stores in California and New York
Mission Market and QuickChek expand their portfolios with new stores and more jobs for the local economy.

Send in the Robots
Home improvement retailer tests whether ‘OSHbots’ can help improve customer service.

Taco Bell Pioneers QSR Mobile Payment App
Mobile ordering and payment app allows for customization of menu options, mobile ordering and location-based services.


Oct 29, 2014

U.S. Diesel Fuel Demand to Peak in 2015
World diesel demand expected to grow through 2030, according to Fuels Institute report.

Massachusetts Town Introduces Proposal to Ban Tobacco
If approved, sales of all forms of tobacco would be prohibited in town of Westminster.

Battle of the Mobile Payment Systems
Consumers will decide whether Apple Pay or CurrentC comes out on top.

Lowe’s Goes Small in the Big Apple
Home improvement superstore opening two small-format stores in NYC next year.

NOCO Campaign Raises $22,000 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Funds raised by employees and customers will support research and community services.


Oct 28, 2014

Election Day Countdown: Where Do We Stand
Looking at current knowledge and trends, what can we predict for Election Day 2014?

DIY Pepsi Flavors for SodaStream Users
Limited run trial will feature Pepsi ‘Homemade’ flavors for home use.

Carmakers Prepare to Shift to Hydrogen Fuel Cells
Despite inherent challenges, manufacturers are investing in hydrogen.

Filipino C-Stores Taking Market Share from Grocery Stores
Time-strapped consumers turning to prepared meals and local shopping.

Mississippi Retailers Protest Security Mandate
Increase in crime leads to city of Jackson proposal requiring c-stores to hire private security.


Oct 27, 2014

Legislator Gets Crash Course in Convenience Retailing
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson participates in NACS In Store grassroots engagement program at local Kwik Trip.

Hackers Boost Malware Efforts to Attack Retailers
Effective strand of POS malware undetected by anti-virus software is already posing a threat.

QuickChek Outsells Starbucks Coffee
New Jersey-based convenience retailer outsold Starbucks in hot brewed units despite having 40% fewer locations in the state.

Neighborhoods Prepare for Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday raked in $5.7 billion with independent merchants in 2013.

Franchisees Getting Cybersecurity Help
Industry groups partner to provide franchise businesses with cybersecurity resources.

FDA to Host Tobacco Webinar on Substantial Equivalents
Information to be provided for retailers on grandfathered tobacco products.


Oct 24, 2014

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

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

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

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

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


Oct 23, 2014

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

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

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

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

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


Oct 22, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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


Oct 21, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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