Aug 29, 2014
Walmart Will Debut EMV-Enabled MasterCards
Cardholders can expect to receive new cards within a few weeks.
To Cash, or Not to Cash
Depending who you ask, cash is still king … or not.
BP to Roll Out Network-Wide Technology Offer
Technology upgrades to meet global card standards will be introduced in early 2015.
7-Eleven Partners with Belly for Expanded Loyalty Program
Partnership will bring expanded loyalty offer to 2,600 stores nationwide.
Canadian Politicians Go Behind the Counter
Nova Scotia Convenience Store Day brings recognition to industry.
DCC Energy Agrees to Acquire France’s Esso SAF
Acquisition will bring DCC Energy’s total European retail stations to 672.
Aug 28, 2014
Retail Gas Prices Fall Heading Into Labor Day
U.S. average retail price was lowest price on the Monday before Labor Day since 2010.
Latest E-Cigarette Push Gets a Reality Check
Sales shifting from c-stores to vape shops.
Convenience Stores As a Safe Haven
Seoul, South Korea, uses convenience stores as a safe shelters for women in need.
Two Things for Retailers to Get Right
Independent retailers have the tools they need to compete against the big guys.
Ideas From Coca-Cola on Boosting C-Store Sales
Coca-Cola offers Smartwater racks, summer campaign and holiday promotions.
Aug 27, 2014
Members of Congress Go ‘In Store’ with NACS
Inaugural “NACS In Store” gives congressmen an inside view of the c-store business.
NACS summarizes the “CannaBusiness” session at the Smoker Friendly Conference.
Canadian C-Store Association Issues E-Cig Recommendations
Organization suggests age verification, encourages policymakers to work with retailers.
A New Type of Special Teams: Payments
PYMNTS.com matches up the top companies when it comes to payments.
Stripes Partners with MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital
September is “Stripes Stores Celebrates Tomorrows” month for customers.
Aug 26, 2014
Snack Food-Style Marketing to Make Veggies Appealing
Brands and grocers taking a new approach to make healthy foods fun to eat — and buy.
Pay — and Play — at the Pump
California Lottery unveils a new way to purchase lotto tickets at gas stations.
Don’t Lose Customers: Get Smarter About Line Management
Tips to help retailers analyze customer behavior and better manage register lines.
Referendum on Expanded Wine Sales Moving Forward in Tennessee
More than 60 communities have submitted petitions to allow vote on expanding wine sales to c-stores and groceries.
Wyoming Begins Selling Lottery Tickets
Thousands of residents competed for the honor of buying state’s first ticket.
Aug 25, 2014
Coin Digital Credit Card Replacement Begins Soft Launch
Designed to replace physical credit cards, Coin starts usage testing with 10,000 consumers.
In Memoriam: Former NACS President Sam Thompson, Jr.
Thompson led NACS Board in 1973.
Kwik Trip Opens 28th CNG Station
Company has developed a functional CNG fueling infrastructure throughout several states.
Burger King in Talks to Buy Tim Hortons
Acquisition would create world’s third largest QSR, valued at $18 billion.
‘Paying It Forward’ at Starbucks
Florida location is latest to make news with 450-plus customers buying drinks for fellow patrons.
Aug 22, 2014
Target Data Breach Strains Q2 Earnings
Months after incurring a data breach that compromised data from 70 million customers, Target is still feeling the pinch.
SD City Council Overrides Mayor, Approves Minimum Wage Hike
Rate hike to $9.75 to take effect January 1, 2015.
“Venmo Me” is New Money Exchange Directive of Millennials
Peer-to-peer payment app Venmo is achieving strong growth among Gen Y consumers.
Hoosier Lottery Generates Record Sales
Private management company falls short of stated goal, but sets sales record in its first full year on the job.
Not So Fast: Family Dollar Rejects Takeover Bid by Dollar General
Discount chain cites antitrust concerns in rejecting Dollar General offer.
Oregon Considers 363-Mile Long Smoking Ban
Restriction would make Oregon the first state to ban smoking at Oregon parks along its coastline.
Aug 21, 2014
More Talk Than Walk, When It Comes to Healthy Eating
Research shows disconnect between consumers’ desire for a healthy lifestyle and actual behavior.
Banks Are Profiting From Everything We Buy
From burgers to back-to-school, banks — not retailers — bring in the big bucks.
Taking the Mystery Out of Background Checks
Free webinar: Simple strategies can help employers understand the complicated process.
Time to Level the Playing Field for Beer and Wine Sales in Ontario
Report recommends a more competitive system for alcohol sales.
Philippines’ FamilyMart May Begin Franchising
Company seeks ideal mix of company-owned and franchised outlets.
Nice N Easy to Be Sold to CST Brands
Texas-based company will acquire 77 locations from central New York chain of c-stores.
Aug 20, 2014
Uber Prepares to Launch “Corner Store” Service
Drivers will deliver convenience store items in Washington, D.C., test launch.
Continuing Data Breaches Spur Effort to Boost Card Security
Banks and retailers speed up drive to add chips to cards.
Tim Hortons Uses Dark Humor to Launch New Coffee
Marketing stunt turns stores black, inside and out.
Couche-Tard Considers Minority Stake in Sinopec
Canadian c-store chain on short list to purchase stake in Chinese fuel network.
British Photographer Idealizes Brightly Lit Gas Stations
Stations shine “like a beacon of hope in the night for a weary traveler.”
Aug 19, 2014
NACS Asks Supreme Court to Hear Debt Swipe Fee Appeal
Request is for highest court to decide case that affects consumers and retailers more than 100 million times every day.
Economics Drives Buying Decisions on Alternative Fuels and Vehicles
Fuel economy and vehicle cost are most important factors, according to Fuels Institute consumer poll.
BP Supports Veterans and Active Duty Service Members
Company sponsors Valor Games Midwest, introduces #WallOfThanks campaign.
The Fight for Family Dollar
Dollar General outbids Dollar Tree for Family Dollar with $9.7 billion offer.
Japanese Convenience Stores Offer New Entertainment, Food Options
From karaoke to fresh baked bread, c-stores try to differentiate in a competitive market.
Aug 18, 2014
Supervalu Confirms Data Breach
‘Criminal intrusion’ affected the network that processes payment card transactions.
Dating Site Launches Career ‘Matchmaking’ Service
eHarmony is taking its dating skills to the hiring and recruiting business.
McDonald’s Tests Automated Cashiers
Touchscreens allow customers to pay without waiting in line or interacting with cashiers.
Walmart Finds Bright Spot in Smaller Formats
Same-store sales for Walmart’s Neighborhood Market stores rose 5.6% during Q2.
New National Lottery Game Coming Soon
Monopoly Millionaire's Club will make its debut on October 19 in Indiana.
Family Express Unveils New Espresso Offering
New machines will brew fresh, custom hot and iced espresso beverages.
Aug 15, 2014
Shrinking Revenue Spurs Gas Tax Alternatives
Several states test programs to tax miles driven, not gallons purchased.
State Lotteries Increase Use of Loyalty Programs
Loyalty programs take lotteries’ focus off of winning or losing.
Federal Court Upholds N.C. Ethanol Blending Law
North Carolina law expands ethanol blending opportunities for marketers.
Millennials Crave Adventurous Breakfast Options
Innovative offerings key to luring younger demographics for morning meals.
Burger King Says ‘Adieu’ to Healthier Fries
Not a hit with consumers, lower fat Satisfries will be coming off the chain’s menu.
Aug 14, 2014
Chick-fil-A Enters Gourmet Coffee Race
Company hopes high-quality hot and iced coffee will improve breakfast business.
Amazon Launches Mobile Card Reader for Retailers
Local Register is expected to compete with Square and PayPal.
Green Valley Grocery Invests in Community
Southern Nevada c-store chain joins community development campaign.
Seeing Clearly on Food Packaging
Clear packaging takes some work, but pays off in increased sales.
Small Business Sentiment Rose in July
Latest NFIB report shows positive sentiment, especially regarding expansion plans.
Aug 13, 2014
Building a Successful Foodservice Supply Chain
Foodservice is the future, but managing a program takes commitment and partnership.
Gilbarco and VeriFone Join Forces to Power Global Market
New partnership will bring seamless payment solutions and digital media to convenience and fuel retailers.
Op Ed Laments the Cost of Swipe Fees for Small-Business Owners
Kansas City restaurateur James Eddy calls for swipe fee oversight.
Consumers Purchasing More Prepared Foods
Prepared foods represent an opportunity for retailers, challenge for restaurants.
Kenyan Oil Marketer Bets on Convenience Stores
Vivo Energy partners with convenience stores to grow revenue.
Aug 12, 2014
Gas Prices Down in August, Along with Optimism
Despite continuing declines in gas prices, consumer pessimism is back.
Convenience Store Group Opposes Age 21 Smoking Limit
Age restrictions deemed unfair to both retailers and adult consumers.
Enmark to Carry Organic Products
Distribution partnership will bring “natural” items like kale and kombucha to c-stores.
Maximizing Convenience Store Profit
Distributor provides tips for increasing sales and keeping customers.
The Battle for E-Cigarette Market Share Heats Up
Big Three tobacco companies all launching wider distribution in 7-Eleven, elsewhere.
Aug 11, 2014
NACS Files Comments with FDA on E-Cigarette Rulemaking
Letter urges agency to help create a level playing field for c-store operators.
New Visa Service Claims to Help Reduce Fraud at the Pump
Intelligent analytics help merchants identify fraud before it happens.
Mars Opens First M&M's Store in China
The candy tourist attraction aims to take advantage of fast-growing Chinese market.
The Potential Impact of West Coast Hurricanes
While rare, West Coast storms can have an effect on U.S. fuel retailers.
Consumers Seek Healthier, Yet Indulgent Cheese Products
Perennial favorites mozzarella and cheddar move aside for more ethnic cheeses.
Aug 8, 2014
California Lottery Website Lists ‘Lucky’ Retailers
More than 4,000 retailers identified based on frequency and amount of winning tickets.
Midwest Refinery Issues May Lead to Higher Local Gas Prices
Issues at four refineries expected to have localized effects in the Midwest region.
Pantry Pilots Smart Sensor Vending Machine
Machine tracks items automatically, lets customers inspect items before final purchase.
Future of Convenience Is in Foodservice
Article reiterates the importance of creating a foodservice program that stays true to c-store roots.
Russia’s Lukoil Sells Off Central European Gas Stations
More than 125 stations to be sold in Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.
Aug 7, 2014
Menu Labeling a Bad Fit for Convenience Stores
NACS Chairman Brad Call calls FDA’s proposed menu-labeling regulations a ‘hand-me-down’ approach.
Tedeschi Food Shops Launches New Fresh Produce Program
New England c-store chain is offering fresh produce to customers year-round.
U.K. Group Urges Government to Reconsider Plain Tobacco Packaging
Association of Convenience Stores says burden on retailers has not been fully considered.
Putting the Fast in Fast Food
Participating South Florida McDonald’s locations are testing a 60-second guarantee.
CVS Feeling the Pinch From Lack of Tobacco Sales
Sales are down but pharmacy is picking up the slack.
Aug 6, 2014
Why Gas Station Margins Are Razor Thin
Inc. explains exactly why gas stations are one of the least profitable retail industries in the country.
Houston Readers Share Favorites for Gas Station Grub
Writer finds a melting pot of gourmet options at Texas gas stations and c-stores, from Mexican to Eastern European.
Dollar General Considering Counter-Bid for Family Dollar
Following last week’s announcement of a Family Dollar and Dollar Tree merger, market leader considers options.
Innovative Beer Bottles Unlock Free Movies
Dutch beer brand Grolsch’s new bottles give customers free access to on-demand video.
Study Finds Income Does Not Determine Shoppers' Private-Label Preference
Only 5% of those surveyed said they don't buy store brands at all.
Aug 5, 2014
State Lotteries Nationwide Trying to Attract Young Players
Mobile apps and cause-related games hope to introduce younger Americans to lottery.
Two Stores Are Better Than One
Gasoline-convenience store pairings help stations turn a profit.
How Millennials Spend Their Money
New surveys show Millennials spend on cars, as well as burgers and booze.
Convenience Industry Makes Significant Contributions to Military
Kangaroo Express and Corner Store campaigns support military through fundraising and free drinks.
Reuntex and Sinopec Team Up for Convenience Store Chain
Companies’ strengths will complement each other to run c-stores in China and Taiwan.
Aug 4, 2014
UC Davis Study Offers New Insights on Biofuels
Study measures incremental changes in biofuels industry and assesses relevance in advancing environmental goals.
Bringing Healthy Options to Sacramento C-Stores
Shell station dedicates 15% of retail space to fresh produce and dairy.
Less Is More at P&G
Company will focus more on key brands, shedding about 100 smaller brands.
Peet’s Coffee & Tea Acquires Mighty Leaf Tea
Acquisition will accelerate Peet’s growth in premium tea category.
BK Keeps It Simple
Burger King’s modest approach to menu tweaks is working.
Science Experiment: Color-Changing Ice Cream
Spanish scientist’s creation is only sold at his ice cream parlor, for now.
Aug 1, 2014
Congress Passes Highway Trust Fund Extension
Last-minute legislation awaits President Obama’s signature, would provide funding through May.
Fuel Prices Down for Fourth Straight Week
Average gas price down 5 cents and diesel decreased by a cent this week.
Minnesota Minimum Wage Increases Today
Large companies to pay employees $1.85 more, small companies increase by $1.25 per hour.
EPA Extends Deadlines for Renewable Fuel Standard
Move could signal more delays on finalizing 2014 RFS.
Despite Internet Buzz, Consumers Prefer Brick-and-Mortar Shopping
Physical stores essential to shopping experience, even for online purchases.
QuickChek Employees Lend a Hand to Superstorm Sandy Victims
More than 40 staff contribute their labor — and $125,000 — to help ongoing recovery.
Jul 31, 2014
Optimizing Foodservice Supply Chains
Upcoming webinar shares tips for getting fresh food to your stores.
Soda Tax Bill Introduced in Congress
House bill would create a national tax on sugary drinks, to be paid by manufacturers.
Alimentation Couche-Tard Acquires 55 Midwest Stores
Former Super Pantry Stores in Illinois and Indiana will operate under Circle K banner.
Former Fast Food Execs Are Leading a “Fresh Casual” Revolution
Popular chain has big expansion plans for its brand of healthy eating.
Retailer Organization Launches Small-Business Council
National Retail Federation hopes to engage “Main Street merchants” in advocacy efforts.
Jul 30, 2014
Ruling Makes Franchisors Liable for Labor Practices of Franchisees
If upheld, Labor Board ruling would forever change the business of franchising.
An Inside Look at Pepsi Spire
Thoughtful design and future-proofing technology key to rollout of new fountain machine.
Credit Card Fraud on the Rise
Thieves attempting last-minute scams before U.S. EMV adoption takes effect.
Rutter’s Takes the Cannoli… and Short Ribs
New items added to the chain’s award-winning foodservice program.
RaceTrac Reaches $1 Million in Charitable Giving
Milestone donations to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
BMW Launches Fast-Charging Station for EVs
Network of small, lower-priced chargers may encourage adoption of i3 model EV.
Jul 29, 2014
FDIC Reissues “Operation Choke Point” Guidelines
Language suggesting extra scrutiny for tobacco retailers has been removed.
NACS Submits Statement on Tobacco Tax Evasion
NACS shares concerns about unlevel playing field with Senate Finance Committee.
Candymakers Boost Prices
Both Hershey and Mars announce price increases.
IRS Moves Forward With Health Insurance Forms
Absence of the forms has left employers unable to plan for 2015 taxes.
Stripes® Raises Funds for Children’s Charity
Partnership with Red Bull will benefit Texas Operation Military Kids.
Jul 28, 2014
Dollar Chains to Merge
Dollar Tree will acquire Family Dollar, controlling more than 13,000 stores.
Merchants Get Behind Open Process for Data Security Standards
Groups recommend guiding principles to better protect consumers and businesses from cybercriminal activity.
More States Seek to ‘Ban the Box’
Laws banning early criminal background checks for job applicants are gaining momentum.
Dunkin’ Encourages Suggestive Selling
Cashiers are pushing donuts and sandwiches on afternoon customers to boost food sales.
Senator Franken Asks White House to Keep RFS Strong
Legislator says investment in biofuels is critical to job creation and decreasing foreign oil dependence.
Beer Ranks as Adult Beverage of Choice
More than 40% of adults choose beer over wine and liquor, according to a recent Gallup poll.
Jul 25, 2014
Uncovering Hidden Gems in the World of New Products
Cool New Products Preview Room allows suppliers to “cut through the clutter.”
Subway Employees Vote to Unionize
Employees at Pilot Flying J Subway location in New Jersey vote to join retail union.
New Orleans Launches Cigarette Butt Recycling Program
Partnership with Santa Fe Natural Tobacco is first in nation.
Hydrogen Fueling Could be Easier to Integrate Than You Think
New report could inspire Hydrogen integration into more California gas stations.
State Lotteries Bigger Than Ever
Massachusetts and Pennsylvania lotteries report record-setting profits.
Jul 24, 2014
Mixed Reactions to Kentucky’s Government-Run Gas Station
Many call it socialism, but customers line up for cheaper fuel.
Retailers’ Association Disappointed by Ruling on Micro Unions
RILA denounces NLRB decision certifying these unions within retail industry.
DOT Proposes Strict Oil-Train Safety Rules
Speed restrictions, braking requirements and new rail car design part of proposal.
Hunt Brothers Pizza a Staple in Tennessee
Family business dominates home-state pizza market, but looks to expand.
Japanese C-Store Giants Leave Smaller Chains Behind
Three largest chains top 10,000 stores, while smaller chains shrink.
Jul 23, 2014
Judge Calls FDA Report on Menthol Cigarettes “Tainted”
Ruling finds conflicts of interest in FDA menthol review board panel’s findings.
Appeals Courts Rule on Obamacare
Two federal appeals courts issue conflicting rulings on major provision of Affordable Care Act.
June Consumer Inflation Rises on High Gasoline Prices
June gas prices showed largest rise, while food prices showed smallest rise this year.
Tips for Changes That Lead to Higher Sales
Retail expert offers proven ideas for lasting change.
Journalist Shares Regrets for Judging C-Store Clerk
Essay describes experience of getting to know clerk after misjudging her.
Jul 22, 2014
Hydrogen Cars Are Here — What Now?
The alternative fuel cars have hit the market, but a NACS survey finds that consumer education is lacking.
NACS Refutes Claim That Debit Is Cheaper Than Cash
Aité Group report fails to take a comprehensive view, say retailer groups.
Get Ready for National Hot Dog Day
Kangaroo Express celebrates with free and discounted dogs on July 23.
New Poll Names Top Regional Grocery Brands
Harris Poll names Hy-Vee, Wegmans, Publix and Costco as regional grocery brands of the year.
Seasonal Thirst Creates Sales Opportunities
Coca-Cola offers DASANI Sparkling tips to capture fountain sales and digital marketing ideas
Jul 21, 2014
NACS State of the Industry Fact Book Now Available
Fact Book tracks most key industry metrics, with data dating back to the 1950s.
Irish Retailer Expands Into United States
Applegreen/Petrogas recently purchased two Long Island-area forecourt sites.
Corner Store Spices Up Summer Menu
New puff pies and whoopie pies feature a kick of Sriracha.
Georgia Lottery Hits Record Profits for Education Programs
State lottery has raised more than $15.5 billion for education programs since 1993.
Tesco Shifts to Housing
Retailer is using land allocated for new supermarkets to build 4,000 new homes.
Jul 18, 2014
Natural Gas Station Spurs Economic, Environmental Innovation
New Hampshire community officials embrace natural gas, expect new station to drive business to region.
Shinsegae Group Jumps Into Korean Convenience Store Business
Never-before-seen business model will remove franchise fees.
As E-Cig Sales Slide, Tobacco Pins Hopes on Marketing
Brands meanwhile, struggle against generic veporizers.
Consumers Continue to Place Importance on Premium Sandwiches
Subway keeps top spot as Panera Bread joins the top five, according to new rankings.
Tesla Owner Installs Charging Stations Along 3,700-Mile Route
Chinese businessman takes matters into his own hands, installing 16 stations for public use.
Jul 17, 2014
Indiana C- Stores Continue Fight to Sell Cold Beer
Convenience store association appeals ruling that upheld state monopoly on cold beer sales.
It’s True: Americans Love Bacon
Square data provides insights into consumer preferences and behavior.
Hershey’s Shakes Things Up
Hershey Creamery Co. introduces self-serve milkshake machine, the Shake Shop Express.
Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Top List of Respected Brands
Hershey, Johnson & Johnson and Kellogg also make top spots.
NOCO Express Stores Raise More Than $12,000 for Charity
Funds will benefit United Way locations in Western New York.
7-Eleven Increases Franchise Discounts for Military Veterans
Discount on franchise fees affirms company’s longtime support for veterans.
Jul 16, 2014
Has the Bubble Burst? Bubble Gum, That Is.
Gum sales continue to decline, as mints steal market share.
The Art of Negotiating Lower Credit Card Processing Fees
NACS can help savvy merchants negotiate better rates.
Would You Like Coffee with Your Chips?
Cappucino, mango, wasabi ginger and cheddar bacon mac & cheese are new contenders in Lay’s competition.
A Tobacco CEO Who 'Vapes' Could Alter the Industry
With Reynolds acquisition of Lorillard, CEO Susan Cameron may take tobnacco in new directions.
Jul 15, 2014
Good News for Retailers: Consumer Optimism Surges
NACS monthly survey shows higher optimism nationwide, in spite of increased gas prices.
Reynolds American to Buy Lorillard for $25 Billion
Reynolds to sell brands, including Blu e-cigarettes, to Imperial Tobacco to ease antitrust review.
Mid-Atlantic Expo Unites Asian-American Retailers With Vendors
3,000 retailers attend regional event, building community — and negotiating deals.
Study Reveals America’s Favorite Pizzas
Age, gender affect pizza preferences more than geography.
Bud Light Pours More Money Into Ritas
New ad campaigns, flavors for fruity malt beverage line.
Jul 14, 2014
Cadbury Matches Facebook With Chocolate
Ever wondered what your social media profile says about you and your chocolate preferences?
U.S. Clean Diesel Car Sales Increase 25%
Overall the U.S. car market is up 4.2% the first six months of 2014.
Taco Bell Adds More Protein to Bowls and Burritos
QSR will also begin testing a Power Breakfast menu.
U.S. Senators Seek Safety Caps for Liquid Nicotine Containers
Senate bill would require childproof packaging of liquid nicotine containers for electronic cigarettes.
Forecasters Predict Likelihood of El Niño
Chance of El Nino is about 70% during the Northern Hemisphere summer.
Cold Winter Weather Causes Summertime Fishing Woes
From Walmart to mom-and-pop shops, stores are running out of nightcrawlers, frustrating anglers and retailers alike.
Jul 11, 2014
Family Dollar Branches Into Beer and Wine
Strong sales at Family Dollar test markets lead to nationwide expansion of beer and wine sales.
Republican Tax Writers Clears$287B Tax Break for Business
White House threatens to veto legislation, calling it “corporate giveaway.”
Congress Close to Deal on Highway Trust Fund Extension
Deal would extend funds into spring 2015, relying on revenue from pension changes and customs fees.
House Subcommittee Passes Legislation to Address Abusive Patent Demand Letters
NACS joins with Main Street Patent Coalition to protect retailers and small business.
7-Eleven’s Mobile Tie-Ins Extend Freebies … and Buzz
Customers who use the company’s app can get free items well beyond today’s 87th anniversary.
Going Green in Foodservice Operations
Sustainable standards can be good for the environment and a foodservice operation’s bottom line.
Jul 10, 2014
C-Stores Are Oases in a Food Desert
Atlantic City’s neighborhood convenience stores can be a port in a storm during bad weather and good.
Stripes Paves the Way for a Greener Industry
New south Texas truck parking area built with recycled materials, designed to control erosion.
Oil Prices Expected to Surge Due to Iraq Violence
EIA raises West Texas Intermediate crude price projection to just over $100 per barrel in reaction to continuing unrest.
New General Mills Products Emphasize Protein, Bold Flavors
Line-up of products caters to food trends like gluten-free and whole grain, while introducing spicy new snacks.
Honesty Can Be the Best Policy
From self-service cafés to Panera’s pay-what-you-can locations, depending on customers’ ethics can be good business.
Jul 9, 2014
Robert Gates Announced as NACS Show Closing Speaker
Former secretary of defense and CIA director will share his behind-the-scenes view of world events affecting the industry.
Retail Growler Fills Begin in Arkansas
Fifteen retailers set to start selling growlers, in a win-win for retailers and brewers.
In a New Twist, RFS Could Boost Electric Vehicles
EPA announces a rule expanding what fuel sources qualify for the RFS.
Rutter’s Tries Out Adventurous New Menu Items
Convenience chain counts on fish bites, wings and taco dogs to attract hungry customers.
American Express Battle With DOJ Could Affect Retailers
Court case tests legality of credit card company’s “take it or leave it” policy.
Jul 8, 2014
EPA Releases Rule to Alleviate RIN Fraud
New rule responds to several cases of fraudulently generated RINs that hurt smaller renewable fuel producers.
As Millions Vape, E-Cigarette Researchers Count Puffs
More than 45 FDA-funded studies expected to provide data to assist in developing e-cigarette policy.
Small Businesses at Big Risk for Data Breaches
Businesses should be wary of breaches from a variety of sources, not just cybercriminals.
Loyalty Programs as Business Advantage
Successful rewards programs offer invaluable opportunity to collect consumer data.
Mixed Feelings as Washington State Prepares for Pot
Marijuana retailers and processors scrambling to get ready for first day of sales.
Road Projects at a Standstill as Highway Fund Goes Broke
More than 100,000 projects across the country could be affected by lack of federal funding.
Jul 7, 2014
Consumers Aren’t Loving QSRs
Demand for higher quality and healthier options puts fast-food chains on notice.
Walmart Express Eyes Texas
Retailer announces plans for stores in small towns around East Texas, with mixed reactions.
Twelve States Plan for Minimum Wage Increase
Over the next several years, 12 states will raise their minimum wage rates to at least $9 or more per hour.
Don’t Call Cube a Convenience Store
New drive-thru concept wants to be a ‘neighborhood concierge.’
New Study Rates the States in Beer Consumption
North Dakota residents drink the most beer, consuming an average of 43.3 gallons annually.
Jul 3, 2014
Gas Prices High, Headed Into Holiday
At a seven-year high, the $3.70 per gallon average is still lower than peak prices from last few years.
Merchants Not Gaining Independence From Credit Card Fees
Banks continue to gouge retailers across all sectors.
Big Plans for Food Spending This Holiday Weekend
Retailer survey estimates $6.2 billion to be spent on food and snacks over July Fourth.
Philip Morris to Sell Marlboro HeatSticks in Japan, Italy
New product, using iQOS system, expected to boost overseas sales.
June Auto Sales Unexpectedly Strong
Estimates could place 2014 sales at highest in eight years.
Jul 2, 2014
Restaurants Plan to Raise Prices Amid Cost Increase
Most restaurant chains plan price increases due to economic and supply factors.
Tropical Storm Arthur Forming in Atlantic
Storm could become a hurricane, reaching North Carolina’s coast before the holiday weekend.
Convenience, High Costs, With Washington’s Liquor Privatization
Washington State residents and businesses praise options, but lament higher costs and competition since privatizing liquor sales.
Nestlé U.S. Chief Looks for Brands to Fix or Toss
Company slashes number of product variations, gives Lean Cuisine brand a makeover.
Coca-Cola Partners With 7-Eleven for World Cup Promotion
Global campaign embraces World Cup madness, including 35,000 stores in 12 countries.
Jul 1, 2014
Credit Card Skimming Hits Central Florida
Variety of strategies can help retailers prevent skimming at gas stations and ATMs.
Why Trade Shows Deliver Value to Retailers
Retailers should view trade shows as opportunities to strengthen industry relationships, not just source products.
GDP Fell, and Is Rising Again
Latest figures are a mixed bag, with increased consumer confidence but concerns over economic indicators.
America's Oil Weapon: The Automobile
Increased domestic production of fuel-efficient vehicles, combined with decreased travel, cushions impact of oil prices.
Cashless Society: An Experiment
One neighborhood in Manchester, England, went cash-free, to mixed reviews.
Jun 30, 2014
Motivating Customers to Try Food Through Beverages
NACS CAFÉ webinar shared strategies and solutions for attracting beverage customers to a convenience retailer’s foodservice offer.
Senate Finance Committee Considers Highway Funding Legislation
Proposal includes a $750-million transfer from the Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Trust Fund to the Highway Trust Fund.
Massachusetts Governor Signs Minimum Wage Hike Into Law
Minimum wage rate increases from $8 to $11 an hour by 2017.
Frozen Foods Suffering From Consumer Misperceptions
More consumers are bypassing the frozen foods section for fresh fare.
Spinx Presents $70,000 to Five Local Charities
Proceeds raised through the 14th Annual Spinx Charity Classic Golf Tournament.
Jun 27, 2014
NACS State of the Industry Report of 2013 Data Now Available
Annual report is the industry’s premier benchmarking tool, examining economic conditions and their potential impact on the industry.
New York City Loses Final Appeal to Ban Large Sodas
State court of appeals decision supports lower court rulings that city’s ban overreached its authority.
Supreme Court Issues Opinion Invalidating Obama’s Recess Appointments
Retail Industry Leaders Association applauds ruling.
Consumers May Have to Wait for More Secure Credit Cards
New report estimates that 30% of credit cards, and twice that of debit cards, will not be EMV compliant by 2015.
Fuel Economy Standards Drive Down Projected Gasoline Use
Demand for diesel fuel expected to rise, with increasing heavy-duty vehicle use.
Consumers View Social Media as a Customer Service Channel
More than 80% of those surveyed use Facebook to interact with a company’s customer service team.
Jun 26, 2014
Online Gambling Revenues Fall Short
First three states to legalize Internet unlikely to meet revenue expectations.
Seattle Employers Worry Over Effects of $15 Minimum Wage
Businesses already factoring higher wage costs into their planning, but answers aren’t easy.
Loyalty a Retail Game-Changer for Oil Companies
Marketers are driving repeat business and cultivating loyal customers through rewards programs.
Coca-Cola Is Heating Up Summer Sales
Company launches new POWERADE® flavor and programs for summer and fall football.
Paper or Air: An Anlysis of Restroom Hand-Drying Solutions
Electric devices gain on paper towels, but is it all hot air?
NACS Visits Capitol Hill
Issues discussed include Internet lottery, data security and taxes.
Jun 25, 2014
Comment Period Extended for FDA’s Proposed E-Cigarette Rules
Public submissions will be accepted until August 8.
Quality Service, Not Prices, Creates Loyalty
Gallup report says people, not deals and lower prices, are the real differentiators for retailers.
CFOs Upbeat About Business, but Not Washington
Executives urge reform of corporate tax policy at Wall Street Journal conference.
Taking Drugstores to the Next Level
New Walgreens flagship in in Chicago and redesigned Beverly Hills Rite-Aid showcase sleek designs and fresh food.
CDC Plans New Anti-Smoking Campaign This Summer
Installment of gruesome “Tips from Former Smokers” coincides with new data on smoking habits.
Jun 24, 2014
Who Pays for Security Breaches?
Growing support for retailer liability being challenged by insurer’s petition and retail coalition.
Oil Prices Spark Economic Growth Concerns in Europe
Iraq turmoil sending prices higher in European markets.
Enmark Stations Raises More Than $75K for Charity
Fundraising effort will support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk.
Starbucks Aims to Be the New Soda Fountain
Starbucks introduces made-to-order Fizzio sodas in 16 states.
E-cigarettes Mostly Used by Young Smokers, Would-be Quitters
New study shows that majority of Europe’s 30 million e-cigarette users are age 15 – 24 and trying to quit cigarettes.
Jun 23, 2014
U.S. Senate Focuses on E-Cigarette Marketing to Youth
Commerce Committee hearing reviewed e-cigarette advertising and promotional practices and their appeal to kids.
‘Sticker Shock’ Coming to California Gas Consumers
Californians will pay an additional 15 cents or more per gallon as a result of a state agency-mandated gas fee.
Former NATO Commander Gets Behind Food Trucks
The Grilled Cheese Truck Inc. recruits U.S. General Wesley Clark to sign on veterans as franchisees.
Paleo Dieters Compete for More Protein
Consumers who want to eat like cavemen are fueling high-protein food trends.
Small Restaurant Chains Improve Customer Satisfaction
Subway loses lead spot, while Pizza Hut delivers on customer satisfaction in latest ACSI report.
Starbucks Boosts Prices on Beverages and Bagged Coffee
Consumers will pay more on some Starbucks drinks starting this week.
Jun 20, 2014
NACS Announces New Fresh Convenience Program
New joint task force will share best practices for convenience store operators to develop produce supply chains and increase in-store sales.
Foodservice Profits Are Just a Click Away
NACS CAFÉ webinars help retailers leverage one of the industry’s fastest growing profit centers.
Everything You Wanted to Know About EMV but Were Afraid to Ask
Inaugural Conexxus webinar gave “411 on EMV” to more than 150 attendees.
Brick and Mortar Stores Benefit from Tech Innovation
Success is in store for retailers embracing technology.
Is Amazon Fire Phone a Threat to Retailers?
The new phone’s built-in showrooming spells trouble for traditional retailers.
Japan Plans Ample Support for Fuel Cell Vehicles
Government considers subsidies and tax breaks for auto purchase, wants 100 hydrogen fuel stations in the next 18 months.
Jun 19, 2014
Savings Expiring Soon on NACS Show Registration
Only one day remains to save up to 50% with NACS Show Super Saver discounts.
NACS Joins 40-Hour Work Week Coalition
New group will urge Senate to change health-care law’s definition of “full time.”
Gas Prices May Rise, but Surplus Is Coming
International Energy Agency predicts decreasing U.S. demand for gas, despite recent fluctuation due to Iraq unrest.
NACS Files Response Brief in Ongoing Tobacco POS Signage Case
Brief maintains that retailers should not be required to post signs at the point of sale.
Senators Call for 12-Cent Gas Tax
Proposal would raise $164 million over 10 years to fund federal highway bill.
All Aboard — and Bring Chocolate
Nestlé launches Japanese promotion allowing travelers to use KitKat wrappers as train tickets.
Jun 18, 2014
NACS Responds to Data Security Push by Credit Unions
NACS fights back against credit union group’s call for new data security laws for retailers.
NACS Appeals Interchange Settlement
Coalition of retailers argues that settlement undermines merchants’ legal rights.
Franchise Association Wants Franchisees Treated as Small Businesses
Organization requests removal of discriminatory provision in Chicago’s minimum wage bill.
Judge Rejects Challenge to Indiana Cold Beer Law
Law forbidding sale of cold beer at convenience and grocery stores will remain.
Report Finds ‘Golden Opportunity’ With Boomers and Seniors
CPG spending among seniors demographic will surpass $230 billion by 2020, according to IRI.
Tennessee Health Officials Strengthen Stance on E-Cigarettes
Posters placed throughout state buildings display e-cigarette warnings.
Jun 17, 2014
Store Design for All the Senses
Understanding consumer psychology is key to creating a positive foodservice experience.
Swipe Fees Op-Ed Explains Retailer Perspective
Former NACS Chairman emphasizes how swipe fees continue to “hurt the little guy.”
Marijuana Tax Collections Booming in Colorado
New source of tax revenue brings in about $5 million in taxes each month.
Starbucks Partners with Arizona State for Free Education Program
All Starbucks employees who work 20-plus hours will be eligible for a free online education at Arizona State University.
Mystery Shoppers Reveal Dollar Store Secrets
Consumer Reports reveals where the deals are — and aren’t — at the discount stores.
Jun 16, 2014
Massachusetts Poised to Have Highest Minimum Wage
Law would increase the state’s minimum wage from $8 to $11. Also, franchise group sues Seattle for $15-per-hour wage hike.
Small Business Expensing Bill Passes U.S. House of Representatives
To help create stability and growth, legislation makes permanent small business expensing as outlined in the U.S. tax code.
First Public CNG Station Opens in Oregon
More than 200 attended the station's grand opening in Eugene.
7-Eleven Goes Gourmet in Philippines with 5-Star Meals
Renowned Filipino chef brings gourmet to-go meals to 7-Eleven.
Tesla Eyes Expansion of EV Technology
“All of our patents belong to you,” says CEO Elon Musk.
Drive-Thru Convenience Store Comes to Delaware
Nearly 3,000-square-foot store offers same inventory as traditional convenience store.
Jun 13, 2014
California Legislation Mandates EMV Technology for Retailers
More than 20 groups, including Visa and MasterCard, oppose the legislation.
Delaware Bans Electronic Cigarettes for Minors
New law treats sale and purchase of e-cigarettes same as regular tobacco.
QSR Brands Taking a Top-Down Approach to Local Social Media
Creating a localized presence still key to authentic community interaction.
The Grocery Store of the Future
Trends such as 'hyper-showrooming' and 'micro-personalization' and ‘lifestyle advisors’ are coming.
Top Six Business Start-Up Ideas of Summer
Car washes top the list, along with ice cream trucks and landscapers.
May Consumer Spending Shows Healthy Year-Over-Year Growth
Improved weather and greater demand may account for growth.
Jun 12, 2014
FDA Shares Vision for the Future of Tobacco Regulations
Center for Tobacco Products outlines thoughts on developing standards for e-cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Job Openings Return to Pre-Recession Levels
Latest report from the U.S. Department of Labor shows job openings at 4.5 million, a seven-year high.
P.F. Chang’s Is Latest Data Breach Victim
Restaurant chain is investigating possible data breach involving stolen credit and debit cards.
Hyundai Celebrates First Fuel Cell Customer
Hyundai Tucson is first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle available to retail consumers.
Minimum Wage Increases Expanding to Nebraska and Vermont
Nebraskans hope to place $9 per hour wage on November ballot, while Vermont approves incremental increases to $10.10.
QuickChek Reducing Coffee Prices for Summer
In a climate of increased coffee prices due to global shortage, convenience retailer touts discounts.
Jun 11, 2014
Chip-Enabled Card Coming to Sam’s Club
Warehouse club to become first national retailer to offer members a proprietary chip-enabled card.
Senator Durbin Calls for Higher Cigarette Tax
Illinois Democrat says a 95-cents-per-pack increase would fund medical research.
NACS Supports Small Business Expensing Bill
Legislation would permanently extend small business expensing for equipment and property outlined in the federal tax code.
Grocery Industry Struggles With Consumer Shopping Experience
In-Store grocery shopping must transform as consumers call for more personalized experiences.
Dunkin' Donuts Calls Sandwiches a Snacking Opportunity
Chain continues expanding its sandwich menu to attract customers during the afternoon.
Natural and Organic Food Trends Make You Say ‘Yum’ or ‘Hmmm’
Sterling-Rice Group reveals its top 10 natural and organic food trends for 2014.
Jun 10, 2014
Legislation Moving Forward to Prohibit Online Lottery Sales
Urge your members of Congress to support Internet lottery bills introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.
Consumer Optimism Far From Sunny
Overall pessimism not likely to affect summer travel, according to latest NACS Consumer Fuels Survey.
Millennial Stereotypes Aren’t Always Right
NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe speaker offers new research on motivations and habits of Millennials.
Dollar General Opening Stores in Three New States
Stores will open in Maine and Rhode Island this fall, Oregon in early 2015.
Soda Taxes a Hot Topic at National Soda Summit
Last week’s event included one Connecticut member of Congress calling for a federal soda tax.
Nestlé Invests Resources in Science, Not Snacks
Scientific skew curbs company’s appetite for weak food brands.
Jun 9, 2014
Self-Serve Fueling Revolution Celebrates 50 Years
John Roscoe flipped the switch at a convenience store in Westminster, Colorado, in 1964 to activate the first U.S. remote access self-service gas pumps.
Keys to Success: Knowing Your Customer
Alimentation Couche-Tard’s Alain Bouchard delivers insightful keynote at the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe.
Beckoning Beacon Technology
Convenience store operators could use the location-based technology to attract gas-only customers inside the store.
Corner Store Kicks Off 20th Annual Fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Convenience store chain is the first to offer hospital bracelets for a $1 donation.
Selling Toilet Paper With the Toilets
Retailers such as Home Depot want to sell everything and the kitchen sink.
Australia’s Plain Packaging Has Opposite Effect
Despite government efforts to eliminate tobacco use, cigarette sales have increased.
Jun 6, 2014
UK BP Shifts Customer Focus
Company emphasizes female shoppers and introduces greeters.
Preparing for EMV’s Potential
Conexxus to offer free introductory webinar on June 19 on the “411 of EMV.”
Building an Insurance Marketplace for C-Stores, by C-Stores
NACS seeks member input to develop customized member benefits.
Could ATM Fees Be a Thing of the Past?
Company offers free ATM use in exchange for watching advertising.
“Disrupter” Startup Promises Delivery in Under an Hour
Postmates expands its service to Silicon Valley and Austin.
Jun 5, 2014
International Convenience Retail Awards Announced
Rutter’s and Alain Bouchard of Alimentation Couche-Tard honored as industry leaders at the NACS Insight Convenience Summit - Europe.
NACS Files Brief to Protect Retailers’ Rights
Legal filing urges court to abandon tobacco point-of-sale sign requirement.
LIFO Repeal Included in Latest Tax Reform Efforts
Make your voice heard by asking Congress to support LIFO.
Minority Entrepreneurs Discriminated Against for Loans
University research showed that black and Hispanic business owners were less likely to get small business loans.
California, Texas and Florida Lead U.S. in Diesel and Hybrid Vehicles
Diesel car registrations have increased 30% and hybrids have increased 64% since 2010.
Jun 4, 2014
California Approves Warning Labels for Sugary Drinks
If passed in the State Assembly, the law would make California the first state to require such labeling.
Quick-Service Consumers Seek Customization and Variety
Appealing to Millenials is key to today’s successful foodservice operation.
Seattle Approves $15 Minimum Wage
Rate will be highest in nation, but franchise organizations threaten lawsuit.
New Study Shows Impact of Loyalty Programs
Loyalty programs essential to developing relationships with customers.
Jun 3, 2014
Retailers Want Supreme Court to Hear Swipe Fees Case
Coalition of retailers, including NACS, will challenge appeals court ruling.
FDA Calculates “Lost Enjoyment” Costs of E-Cigarette Rules
Cost-benefit analysis viewed as radical by some.
Marathon Oil Sells Norwegian Operations for Over $2 Billion
Sale is part of the company's plan to focus on the domestic market.
EPA Unveils New Carbon Plan
Controversial plan aims to reduce emissions by 30% by 2030.
Yum Brands Launches New Asian Sandwich Shop
Taco Bell parent company is launching a banh mi location in Dallas.
Small-Business Owners Not Planning New Hires
Industry survey shows only 30% planning to hire over the summer.
U.S. Factories Expanded in May
Revised report shows manufacturing strength.
Jun 2, 2014
AAA Releases Annual Green Car Guide
Top two vehicles are electric, but half the top ten spots go to diesel vehicles.
Consumers Resigned to Loss of Privacy in Digital Age
Half of consumers willing to trade privacy for targeted marketing, in spite of security concerns.
Credit and Debit Swipe Fees Are Killing Small Businesses
Opinion piece urges Congress to act in support of small businesses.
U.S. Crude Oil Exports Continue to Rise
March exports reached their highest levels in 15 years.
Minnesota Governor to Decide Fate of Online Lottery Ticket Ban
State legislature passed ban of online sales, but Governor considers veto.
May 30, 2014
Scientists Advise Against Suppressing E-Cigarettes
Open letter from 53 scientists comes in anticipation of WHO’s negotiations on tobacco policy later this year.
Alcohol Delivery Comes to the Nation’s Capital
New Ultra delivery service promises spirits in under an hour, with plans to launch in eight more cities.
Loyalty Programs Shown to Triple Customer Visits
Data shows a direct correlation between communication and increased customer activity.
Japanese Convenience Store Giant Eyes Philippines
Lawson partnering with local firm to open 2,000 convenience stores.
Innovative Coke Bottle Design Encourages Communication
“Friendly” bottle designed to help college freshmen break the ice.
Eight States to Roll Out Electric Vehicle Plans
California, New York hope to spur sales through consumer incentives and regulatory action.
May 29, 2014
A Year of Hacking
2014 is becoming a year where massive data breaches are a monthly occurrence.
Freshness Is Fundamental for C-Stores
General Mills Convenience & Foodservice study reveals strengths and opportunities for lunchtime.
MasterCard Extends Zero-Liability to ATM and PIN Transactions
Card company recognizes the security of PIN authentication in card transactions.
Rutter’s Hits High Marks in York’s Annual Reader’s Poll
Pennsylvania convenience store chain wins in all five nominated categories.
Starbucks-Owned La Boulange Bakery Tests Burgers
New Los Angeles location will cater to the dinner crowd.
Michigan Boosts Minimum Wage Rate
Hourly wage rate will gradually increase to $9.25 per hour by 2018.
May 28, 2014
EPA Climate Proposal Expected Next Week
States would have flexibility in meeting emissions benchmarks through cap and trade, renewable energy and other measures.
Supply Chains and the Bottom Line
Ingredient traceability has an immediate effect on consumer decision-making.
Pennsylvania Liquor Fight Inspires Big Spending
Wide variety of organizations lobbying legislature in advance of alcohol sale privatization.
Diet Soda Helps Short-Term Weight Loss, According to Industry-Funded Study
Difference may be attributed to difficulty in maintaining willpower when giving up diet soda in conjunction with dieting.
Craft Beer Industry Siphons Profits of ‘Big Beer’
Across the country, states are struggling with how to categorize — and regulate — small brewers.
May 27, 2014
Data Security: Enough Is Enough
Rick Dakin of Coalfire rallies retailers to fight back against cyber crime.
NOAA Predicts Normal to Below-Normal Hurricane Season
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts one to two major hurricanes this year.
Where’s the Human?
Technology could significantly reduce the amount of human interaction in the quick-service and restaurant industries.
Michigan Retailer Tackles Fresh-Food Void
7-Eleven operator is bringing more healthy options in hopes of filling a void in the Saginaw area.
Stripes College Scholarship Fund Gifts Angelo State University With $34,000
Donation will help 34 students to attend ASU.
California Comes Closer to Sugar Warnings on Beverages
State Senate could vote this week on legislation to place a warning on some sweetened beverages.
May 23, 2014
Southern and Western States Have Fastest-Growing Cities
Three of the top 10 are in the Austin area and Utah also shows strong growth.
McDonald’s Adds Yogurt to Happy Meals
QSR also has begun testing Clementine and mandarin oranges as a side choice for its kids’ meals.
Circle K and Reay’s Raise Millions for Children’s’ Charities
Circle K’s campaign benefits 30 Children’s Miracle Network hospitals across 14 states; Reay’s annual golf tournament raises $1.05 million for Arizona’s Children Association.
Social 'Listening' Can Enable Real-Time Marketing
Companies must engage on social media in order to market and react nimbly.
Summer Road-Trippers Seek Out Fast Food, Prone to Snack Attacks
Survey from Outcast pump TV network shows their demographic travels more and with more passengers.
San Diego County Adds E-Cigs to Smoking Ban
Wherever smoking is prohibited in the county, electronic cigarettes cannot be used, either.
May 22, 2014
NACS Show Registration Now Open
Convenience and fuel retailing industry event offers an environment rich with new ideas and partnerships.
Senate Judiciary Committee Yanks Patent Reform Off Agenda
Sen. Patrick Leahy said lack of agreement on how to combat patent trolls led to the decision.
Organized Retail Crime Still Major Problem for Retailers
National Retail Federation survey finds that retailers are allocating more resources to combat organized retail crime.
USDA Answers SNAP-Related Questions
New document indicates Department of Agriculture plans to propose rules this year implementing point-of-sale and depth-of-stock provisions.
Independents Gain Access to CareerBuilder to Reduce Turnover
The Convenience Store Alliance is helping independent operators win and retain high-quality employees through CareerBuilder.
Gluten-Free Tops the Nutrition Trends of 2014
National Restaurant Association Show highlights five nutrition trends foodservice operators should know.
May 21, 2014
Big Oil Exiting Canadian Gas Station Business
Annual study reveals continued drop in outlets operated by integrated refiner-marketers and continued decrease in the number of retail fuel sites in Canada.
New Jersey Considers Taxing E-Cigarettes as Traditional Cigarettes
Legislation also would expand the cigarette tax to cigars and other tobacco products.
E15 Coming to Missouri
Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association expresses concern about potential liability factors associated with misfueling.
More Americans Turn to “Grocerants”
The shift of consumers away from restaurants to prepared food at grocery and convenience stores continues.
Gulf Oil Celebrates 100 Years by Raising More Than $100,000 for Breast Cancer Research
Inaugural Golf Tournament at Gulf’s 2014 brand meeting and trade show benefits the American Cancer Society.
More Americans Choosing Foods, Beverages Based on Healthfulness
New survey shows that taste and price still top factors impacting consumer choice for food and beverage purchases.
May 20, 2014
Retailers Band Together For Data Security Protection
The Retail Industry Leaders Association has launched an intelligence-sharing initiative with merchants.
New Store Productivity Rankings Released
Apple, Murphy USA, Tiffany & Co. top eMarketer’s list of most productive stores measured by sales per square foot.
Ten Technologies for the Future
Digital banking and electric vehicles among the top 10 disruptive innovations, according to Citi Research.
Cashless Customers Hold Riches for Retailers
Change comes, albeit slowly, to the world of payments.
Fast Casual is a Hot Topic at Annual Restaurant Show
Annual NRA event highlights the trends and opportunities in fast casual dining.
Dutch Invention Encourages Smokers to Throw Away Butts
“Fumo” may be the fun new solution to eliminate cigarette litter.
May 19, 2014
Farm Bill Updates Affect Retailers Participating in SNAP
Participating retailers will no longer be offered free Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) equipment, supplies and related services.
Invest in Employee Excellence
NACS Scholarship Program application process ends on June 2.
Pepsi Spire Takes on Coca-Cola Freestyle
PepsiCo unveils a new range of self-serve equipment for dispensing fountain drinks.
Summer Travel Season Begins With Memorial Day
Kicking off the summer driving season, more than eight in 10 travelers will be driving to their destinations.
Powerball, Mega Millions Coming Soon to Wyoming
Wyoming Lottery Corp. will begin accepting retailer applications this week.
Chipotle Cultivates ‘Thought’ on Packaging
Fast-casual chain looks to engage customers through its food packaging with thought-provoking ideas by authors, actors and comedians.
EPA Relaxes Summertime Fuel Requirement for Florida, North Carolina Counties
Agency amends the federal Reid Vapor Pressure standard for these areas from 7.8 pounds per square inch (psi) to 9.0 psi.
May 16, 2014
Americans Primed for Travel This Summer
Convenience store owners express optimism about vacation spending.
NACS CAFÉ Offers Advanced Foodservice Finance Program
Upcoming program provides a winning recipe for successfully managing a c-store foodservice operation.
EPA Proposes Updates to Emissions Standards for Refineries
Agency says changes will protect nearby neighborhoods and improve air quality.
American Appetite for Organic Products Hits $35 Billion
New survey shows organic sales reached a new record, jumping nearly 12% in 2013.
Montreal Smashes Tobacco Smugglers
The ring, based in Quebec, was linked to a cross-border operation.
Connecticut Retailers Fuel Fight to Cure Neuromuscular Diseases
Local CITGO marketers exceed goal in annual MDA fundraising campaign.
May 15, 2014
Frozen-Food Makers Launch $30 Million Image Campaign
American Frozen Food Institute hopes to improve sluggish sales with "Frozen. How Fresh Stays Fresh" campaign.
7-Eleven Celebrates 40th Anniversary in Japan
The chain’s first location opened in Tokyo on May 15, 1974.
BP Introduces ‘To Go’ Convenience Store Makeover Kit
Flexible new image components provide a new look for convenience stores.
Coca-Cola Introduces Engaging Package and Powerful Tools for Convenience Stores
New Coca-Cola offerings include Chill Activated Can, cleaning guidelines and tips for increasing smoothie sales.
Obama Speech Highlights Highway Funding Squeeze
Lawmakers want to keep funds flowing but disagree over funding.
Rutter’s Golf Outing Raises More Than $100,000 for Charity
This year’s donation brings total to more than $1 million since program began in 2002.
May 14, 2014
NACS Show Retailer Housing Now Open
Convenience and fuel retailing industry event offers an environment rich with new ideas and partnerships.
Senate Passes Tax Extenders Package
Relevant provisions to NACS members include two-year extension on the biodiesel blenders’ tax credit.
Dollar Stores Add More Consumables
The strategy is aimed at gaining more repeat customers and purchases.
States Consider Taxing Take-and-Bake Pizza
Currently, many states label take-and-bake pizza as grocery items, exempt from sales tax.
Morrisons Partners With InPost Lockers
Supermarket and convenience store chain will install automated parcel delivery lockers at locations across the U.K.
May 13, 2014
Consumer Optimism Takes a Big Hit
Monthly NACS survey attributes lowered optimism to bad weather, rising gas prices.
Hiring Goes Mobile
Mobile platforms offer new tools for hiring, training and retaining Millennial employees.
U-Haul Partners With California Convenience Stores
California store serves as one-stop shop for moving needs.
Square Debuts Mobile Ordering App, Pulls Wallet
Customers will be able to order and pay ahead at local shops, cafes and restaurants.
Cambodia's Caltex Gas Station Workers on Strike
Country’s labor unrest expands to gas station employees seeking higher wages, bonuses.
Taking Proximity Marketing to the Next Level
New mobile marketing platform promises precise messaging for convenience retailers.
May 12, 2014
College Students Design Hydrogen Fueling Station
International competition called for students to create model for ideal station.
Publix to Open Smaller Store Concept in Florida
A 20,000-square-foot store is reportedly in the works for seaside communities and college areas.
Tim Hortons Lays Foundation for U.S. Growth
New products being developed to appeal to American food preferences.
New Flavors, Products Coming to Fast-Food Menus
QSRs are testing new food items to see which will stick or fail.
What’s In a Name?
Brewers aren’t the only ones grappling with the definition of “craft” beverages.
C-Store Denies Service to Customers With Saggy Pants
“Numerous males come in with their underwear showing.”
May 9, 2014
Fast-Food Worker Strikes Expanding
Workers in up to 150 cities worldwide are planning to strike on May 15, according to labor organizers.
Developing Leadership Skills Results in Exceptional Performance
One month left to register for 10 remaining spots in the NACS Executive Leadership Program.
Profit to Be Found in Fixing How Buying Is Done
The way we buy stuff is totally broken, says one journalist, but opportunities abound for innovators.
Putting Google Glass to the Test
Operators explore ways to leverage the tech giant’s latest innovation.
Kangaroo Express Reveals New Military-Focused Store
N.C. location designed for military with input from local troops, families.
USA Gold Introduces New Packaging
Innovative “Glide Tec” package highlights American pride and ingenuity.
May 8, 2014
Retailers Experience Rash of Skimming Incidents
NACS recommends using security tape to discourage pump tampering.
Buc-ee's Opens New Mega Convenience Store
The 60,000-square-foot convenience store features 56 fueling stations.
Subway Sets its Sights on 8,000 U.S. Units
The sandwich chain also has added hummus and thinner-sliced deli meats to its menu.
Move Over Ice Cream. It’s Gelato Time!
The frozen Italian treat has found a mainstream audience.
Australian Convenience Stores Continue Growth Trajectory
The industry has outpaced the growth of the supermarket channel for the second consecutive year.
Appeals Court Rules Against Oil Industry in RFS Case
The court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency has “wide latitude” in modifying the standards.
San Diego Wants E-Cigarettes to Follow Tobacco Product Rules
The measure, which would prohibit usage of electronic cigarettes where tobacco smoking is banned, goes to a second vote this month.
May 7, 2014
Government to Establish Northeast Gasoline Reserve
Move comes in response to fuel shortages triggered by Superstorm Sandy in 2012.
Shoppers Willing to Pay Premium for Local Food
Survey finds that majority of shoppers think more highly of retailers that carry local food.
Tesco Debuts ‘Pound Zones’
The U.K. supermarket is trying to compete with the increase in “dollar” grocery stores.
Coke to Remove Brominated Vegetable Oil From Beverages
The move is partially inspired by a teenager’s online petition.
Dunkin’ Donuts Takes on Europe
After success in Asia, the chain is expanding into the Old Country.
Love’s Travel Stops to Open Fast-Fill CNG Locations Along I-40
The network will stretch from Amarillo, Texas, to Barstow, Calif.
May 6, 2014
America's Household Brands Losing Ground
Most consumers stick to store brands, but loyalty remains for name-brand beer, soft drinks and coffee.
British Department Store Thinks Convenience
Mini-store at London's St Pancras station will offer “click and commute” service.
Planters Gives Mr. Peanut a New Mission
Company hopes that new flavors will bring new respect for the “lowly peanut.”
NJ Governor Resorts to E-Cigarette Tax to Plug Deficit
Facing a $1 billion shortfall, tax would generate an estimated $35 million for the state.
Business Interests Racking Up Wins With Supreme Court
Businesses are faring well since Chief Justice John Roberts’s took the helm almost a decade ago.
Could Starbucks Help Other Retailers Succeed With Mobile Payments?
Passionate customers are what makes Starbucks’ mobile payment app so popular, something that is not easily transferred to another company.
May 5, 2014
Whole Foods Eyes Smaller Format Stores for Urban Growth
Grocery store chain plans to expand network with 1,000 new stores.
California Investing Heavily in Hydrogen
State awards nearly $50 million to build 28 new hydrogen stations and a mobile refueler.
Food Preferences Are Heating Up
Manufacturers are happy to accommodate growing consumer taste for spicy foods.
VeriFone and First Data Partner on Payment Security Efforts
Solution brings end-to-end encryption and tokenization to gas stations and c-stores.
Coffee Prices Expected to Soar Still Higher
Prices have already doubled since December, with real threat looming for 2015.
Congress Seeks to Extend Tax Credits
Bill would provide extensions for work-opportunity, biodiesel and alternative fuel tax credits, among others.
May 2, 2014
Nominations for NACS Scholarship Program Open
Scholarships help future convenience leaders achieve their dreams.
Business Intelligence Tools Help Retailers Simplify Data
BI is helping convenience retailers uncover hidden gems in their business intelligence warehouse.
Poll Shows Ohioans Favorable to Higher Tobacco Tax
Governor’s proposal would increase state cigarette tax by 60 cents per pack.
Chicago Partially Bans Plastic Bags
Exemptions approved for mom-and-pop retailers, restaurants and others.
Oil Industry Pleads for No Changes to Ethanol Blend
American Petroleum Institute sends letter asking EPA not to revise fuel standards.
British American Tobacco Puts Cost of EU Regulations Up to $277 Million
The company said most of the cost would go to upgrading machinery to comply with new packaging restrictions.
May 1, 2014
$30 Lottery Tickets Selling Briskly in Massachusetts
A new $30 scratch game has already sold $8 million in tickets in its first week.
Conexxus Names Board of Advisors
Industry experts join board with goal of moving industry’s technology agenda forward.
Senate Republicans Block Minimum Wage Increase Bill
Democrats vow to bring the issue for a vote again soon.
Single-Bottle Beer Sale Bill Heads to Missouri Governor for Approval
Law would take effect in 2015 and allow the sale of single bottles, cans or pouches of beer.
Target Turns to Chip and PIN
Effort to enhance customer data security will switch all REDcards to less vulnerable technology.
More Localities Adding E-Cigarettes to Indoor Smoking Bans
Chicago spaces are now vapor-free, while Delaware considers statewide ban.
Senator Reid Opens Door to Keystone Pipeline Vote
Abrupt shift could move forward the long-delayed and controversial project.
Canadian Retailers Warn of Consequences to Proposed Tobacco Tax Hike
Higher taxes likely to lead to increased contraband tobacco sales.
Apr 30, 2014
PCATS Rebrands to Conexxus
New brand reflects evolution and new vision of technology and connections.
Coalition Urges Passage of “Patent Troll” Legislation
More than 200 organizations sign letter for Senate Judiciary Committee.
WTO to Hear Challenge to Australia’s Plain Packaging Tobacco Law
Lawsuit by tobacco-producing nations will have its day in a World Trade Organization court.
Hawaii Raises Minimum Wage to $10.10
Increase will take effect gradually over the next four years.
House Lawmakers Ask Drugstores to Toss Tobacco
Group of members urge stores to follow CVS’s example and phase out tobacco products.
Calorie Labels Go Beyond Menus
White House currently has the rules and FDA expects them to be finalized soon.
U.S. Oil to Double Projections for CNG Stations
Company predicts it will operate more than 100 stations nationwide by 2017.
Apr 29, 2014
PCATS Annual Conference Brings Focus on Standards and Technology
Keynote from IBM’s Chief Technologist and Hall of Fame Awards highlight first day.
Nova Scotia Considers Gas Price Deregulation
Deregulation would end current system establishing weekly price range.
Mobile Wallets Failing to Engage Consumers
People don’t mind paying with cash or credit cards, say industry analysts.
New Research on Coffee Preferences of Millennials
Preferences vary within Millennial subgroups, evolving from sweeter to more traditional drinks.
Proposed Illinois Soft Drink Tax Likely to Go Flat
Potential one cent per ounce tax drifting unaddressed in committee.
Report Cites Cultural Factors Impact on Snacking Habits
Americans are consuming more nutritious food while snacking.
Apr 28, 2014
Colorado Smoking Accessory Stores Move Into New Markets
Longtime smoking purveyor is making aggressive move into cannabis accessories.
Proposed E-Cigarette Rules Would Allow Advertising
TV commercials will continue to run.
Coffee Giant Goes After Lucrative Tea Market
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says the coffee company wants to conquer the $90 billion tea market.
Powdered Alcohol Unlikely to Hit Shelves Soon
Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau says approval of a powdered alcohol product was an error.
Questar to Open New CNG Station
Construction on the public-accessible compressed natural gas station is underway.
Louisiana House Passes Bill Outlawing E-Cigarette Sales to Minors
If passed into law, legislation could be first to regulate growing industry.
Apr 25, 2014
Ontario Convenience Stores Outraged at Ad by The Beer Store
Commercial shows minors easily purchasing alcohol at convenience stores.
Democratic Group Disappointed With FDA Proposal to Regulate E-Cigarettes
E-cigarette industry applauds the FDA announcement, while Democratic lawmakers express frustration that the proposed rules didn’t go far enough.
A Plastic Bag-Free Future?
Across the country, more communities are banning single-use plastic bags.
Tequila Flavor Moves Into Beer?
Desperados launches in Georgia and Florida, with a national push coming soon.
Taco Bell Goes Fast-Casual
The fast-food chain is hoping the new taco concept will appeal to a new customer base.
Massachusetts Town Increases Tobacco Buying Age to 21
City lawmakers include electronic cigarettes in the prohibition.
7-Elevens in Central Florida Post Anti-Skimming Stickers
Company aims to make customers aware of their efforts to protect consumer information.
Apr 24, 2014
FDA Releases Proposed Rule on Electronic Cigarettes
Agency exercises its authority under the Tobacco Control Act to regulate e-cigarettes and prevent minors from purchasing the products.
Verizon Releases Data Breach Investigations Report
Analysis of worldwide security incidents offers key recommendations to protect sensitive data.
Typical Seasonal Factors Contribute to Recent Rise in Gas Price
The $3.68 average price per gallon on April 21 is 39 cents above the year’s February low.
Lawmakers Struggle With Eliminating E-Lottery Sales
Closing the lottery’s online sales would affect $8 million in revenues and costs.
United Supermarkets Launches Fuel Discount Program
Customers save up to 20 cents per gallon at United Express when they shop at United Supermarkets.
Doritos Tests Mystery Flavors
Frito-Lay launches promotional campaign to crowd source new flavors.
Hershey’s Launches S’mores Grilling Promo
Hershey’s is awarding more than 1,000 grilling sets to promote its S’mores treats.
Apr 23, 2014
Pennsylvania Lawmakers Try to Overhaul State Liquor System
Many are hopeful that 2014 will see the end of state-controlled alcohol.
St. Louis Turns to Convenience Stores as Supermarkets Close
City officials are looking into ways to help “food desert” areas offer residents access to food.
Palm Beach county requires clarity for Gas Prices
The commissioners unanimously approved the ordinance that mandates retailers clearly mark gas prices as cash-only when applicable.
Thinking Outside the Convenience Store Box
Retailers are exploring new ways to bring in business.
Hannaford to Enlarge Curbside Service
The supermarket chain wants to expand its pickup service to some New York localities.
Meatloaf Takes Center Plate
The once ubiquitous staple of restaurants has been making a quiet comeback.
Apr 22, 2014
North Carolina Retailers Target Area Food Deserts
Convenience store owners are leveraging funding to sell healthier foods in area convenience stores.
Kombucha Brewer Expands Nationwide
As the popularity of the functional beverage continues to grow, so does its distribution.
McDonald's Taps Into Local Décor in China
Bamboo basket lights, abacus room divider establish an upscale, aspirational environment at a new restaurant.
Gulf Oil Celebrates 100 Years of Service
The company’s 2014 brand meeting and trade show will benefit breast cancer research and awareness.
Chobani Goes Beyond Greek
Look for Chobani Oats and new, savory dip later this year.
Kraft Recalls Hot Dogs
Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners recalled, as Classic Cheese Dogs were accidentally placed in Classic Wieners packaging.
Apr 21, 2014
Manitoba Targeting Flavored Cigarettes
Ban would not apply to menthol tobacco, flavored tobacco or flavored chewing tobacco.
TravelCenters of America Offers Free Wi-Fi
Complimentary service will be available in 39 TA Petro stores.
Glass Half Full for Coca-Cola
Company plans to stimulate consumption opportunities via increased advertising and product innovation.
7-Eleven Launches 'Pizza for Life' Sweepstakes
The convenience store chain’s smartphone app promotion awards one lucky customer pizza for life.
Caribou Coffee Launches New Grounds for Your Ground Program
Just in time for Earth Day, Caribou is offering free used espresso grounds for its customers’ gardens.
Walmart Offers Money Transfer Service
The Walmart-2-Walmart Money Transfer Service reduces fees by up to 50%.
Apr 18, 2014
Voting Underway for Convenience Retailer of the Year
NACS Insight International Convenience Retailer of the Year Awards recognize the most progressive convenience retail formats from around the world.
Retailers Scramble to Stop Heartbleed Bug
The bug could cause significant disruptions to the Internet over the next few weeks.
War Is Apparently the Answer in the Battle for Breakfast
If fast-foods chains continue battling it out in the breakfast space, are they leaving lunch and dinner open for the taking?
New York Senator Pushes $15 Minimum Wage
State Senator Daniel Squadron says chains such as McDonald’s and 7-Eleven are not passing on higher profits to their employees.
Gulf Coast Crude Oil Inventories Reach Record Level
U.S. Energy Information Administration Gulf Coast inventories reached a record high 207.2 million barrels on April 11.
Wyoming Lottery Holds Workshops for Retailers
Nine workshops are being held over the next two weeks for retailers in the state that want to sell Powerball and Mega Millions tickets.
Apr 17, 2014
NACS CAFÉ Offers Advanced Foodservice Strategy Program
The May 1-2 program helps convenience retailers identify areas of opportunity within their foodservice strategy, as well as common pitfalls.
Vermont Senate Approves GMO Labeling
Measure would make Vermont the first state to require labeling foods that contain genetically modified ingredients.
Why Wawa Wows
Wawa customers cite cleanliness, great food and great coffee as compelling reasons to visit the convenience stores.
New Jersey Legislators Question Raising E-Cigarettes Taxes
Lawmakers argue that raising the tax on electronic cigarettes would impact smokers who are trying to quit tobacco products.
Food Costs Surging
Meat and produce lead price gains in the latest Consumer Price Index.
Florida Craft Brewers Fighting Three-Tier System
A bill that would require craft brewers to sell their products to a distributor is causing a beer war in the Florida Legislature.
Apr 16, 2014
Illinois Retailers Oppose Gas Tax Increase
Convenience store operators say they would be unable to absorb a tax increase.
Wawa Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Philadelphia Mayor Nutter proclaims April 16 as “Wawa Day.”
Coca-Cola Offers Ideas to Jumpstart C-Store Business
The company is offering retailers a free eBooklet, adding vitaminwater® to beverage dispensers and is addressing the importance of clean ice makers.
New York County Raises Tobacco and E-Cigarette Purchasing Age
Suffolk County officials maintain their municipality is the first in the country to raise the minimum age for purchasing e-cigarettes (along with tobacco products) to 21.
Maxwell House Brews Up Brand Refresh
Coffee maker is perking up its 121-year-old brand.
Baskin-Robbins Offering L.A. Franchise Opportunities, Incentives
Company is also offering strong franchise incentives to military veterans.
Apr 15, 2014
Members of Congress Continue Crusade Against E-Cigarettes
The lawmakers are accusing electronic cigarette companies of marketing to children.
One of the fastest-growing snack food brands won't be found on convenience or grocery store shelves.
U.S. Senator Looks to Speed Up Keystone Approval
Due to the administration’s lack of action, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu is planning to introduce legislation that will speed up the approval process of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Domino's Pizza Introduces Specialty Chicken
The pizza chain is promoting its first new menu item since Handmade Pan Pizza.
Panera CEO Weighs in on Breakfast Wars
"Don't try to beat them. Be who you are,” says Ron Shaich of Panera.
Switzerland Puts World’s Highest Minimum Wage on Ballot
Voters will have their say on whether to boost the rate to 22 francs ($25) per hour.
Apr 14, 2014
Congress Seeks Solution to Abusive Patent Demand Letters
A hearing last week took a look at abusive patent demand letters and explored ways to address this growing problem, which is costing small businesses and threatening innovation.
Paper Versus Plastic Foam
Paper versus plastic shopping bags sees its fair share of debate, but what about paper versus plastic foam beverage cups?
Hy-Vee Opens Smaller Format Store
The grocery chain is tapping into the trend of large retail chains going from big footprints to smaller square footage.
Iowa House Studying Gas Tax Hike
House lawmakers in Iowa step in after a gas tax proposal fizzles in the Iowa Senate.
Frozen Food Makers Looking to Heat Up Sales
The American Frozen Food Institute is finalizing a major PR push that will reinforce the nutritional value of frozen foods.
Walmart Doubles Down on Organic Foods
Mass retailer partners with Wild Oats to sell organic foods at a discount.
Apr 11, 2014
Bipartisan Bill Would Stop State GMO Food Labeling
The measure would put in place mandatory labeling of GMO products.
California Soft Drink Warning Label Proposal Advances
A state lawmaker wants sweetened soda to carry a safety warning similar to cigarettes and alcohol.
Subway Expands Mobile Ordering
The sandwich chain has begun testing a pre-order app at Manhattan locations.
Pepsi to Launch ‘Real Sugar’ Selections
This summer, Pepsi products sweetened with sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup will hit shelves.
Consumers to Shake Off Winter Blues This Easter
After an unusually cold winter in many parts of the United States, everyone is ready to celebrate spring.
Nigeria to Toughen Tobacco Rules
The bill would add a fine for smoking in non-smoking areas and ban tobacco advertising.
Apr 10, 2014
PCATS Announces Gold Level Sponsors for Annual Conference
Anheuser-Busch, CHS, The Coca-Cola Company, NCR, The Pinnacle Corporation and VeriFone are supporting PCATS at the Gold Level.
Detroit Approves New Ordinance for Digital Surveillance
The new regulations place minimum standards for video equipment at city self-serve gasoline stations.
Kosher Foods Expand Reach
More people are choosing kosher foods for non-religious reasons.
Shell Targets Global Convenience Store Growth
The company is launching a strategy to grow its global convenience retail business and is looking to form long-term partnerships with leading category suppliers to achieve its goal.
McColl’s Launches Expansion Plans
The U.K. convenience store chain has plans to add more fresh vegetables and wine to spur sales.
U.S. Beef Prices Skyrocket
Low cattle herds because of extreme weather have triggered soaring prices for beef.
Did Convenience Stores Kill the Hotel Minibar?
That’s the claim of a Hong Kong hotel manager at least, but the fact is hotel minibars are on the decline.
Apr 9, 2014
Consumer Optimism Steady Even as Gas Prices Rise
However, Americans might change their driving behavior if gas prices continue to climb.
House Subcommittee Examines Implementation of Tobacco Control Act
Members of Congress questioned the efficiency and competence of FDA's ability to bring new products to market.
EIA: Summer Fuels Outlook
U.S. Energy Information Administration says gasoline retail prices will average $3.45 this summer.
Companies Will Shell Out $500 Billion to Fix Data Breaches
Many analysts view this as a diversion of capital funds from innovation to maintenance issues.
EPA Administrator Discusses Renewable Fuel Standards
Administrator Gina McCarthy talked about the RFS during the annual meeting of the North American Agricultural Journalists this week.
Maryland Legislature Approves Minimum Wage Hike
The governor is expected to sign the bill that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2018.
GM Puts $449 Million to Develop Electric Cars
Two plants in Michigan will work on Cadillac ELR and Chevrolet Volt models.
Apr 8, 2014
NACS Asks Congress to Support Online Lottery Legislation
NACS members can encourage their legislators to support the bill, which would protect the industry and consumers from a potential Wild West scenario of Internet gambling.
Health Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Tobacco Control Act
Today the U.S. Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health will examine the regulatory activities of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products.
Peet’s Coffee & Tea Expands East Coast Presence
The company opened its first flagship café in Washington, D.C, a block away from the White House.
McDonald’s and Taco Bell Continue Breakfast Bashing
The breakfast wars look more like a boxing match, with Taco Bell landing the stronger punches.
Stripes Convenience Stores Supports National Guard and Reserve
A “Statement of Support” reaffirms Stripes’ ongoing support for U.S. service members and their families.
Franchise Growth Remains Strong for 2014
A new International Franchise Association report suggests that the franchise industry will create more jobs this year.
Apr 7, 2014
FDA Ready to Rule on Electronic Cigarettes
Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said she expects the agency to release its rule “very soon” on establishing FDA authority over e-cigarettes.
Kloza Goes “Beyond The Screen”
OPIS analyst Tom Kloza outlines the challenges facing fuel retailers in 2014 and beyond at the NACS State of the Industry Summit.
Kentucky Lottery Celebrates Silver Anniversary
Twenty-five years since its debut, the Kentucky lottery has sold more than $15 billion worth of lottery tickets.
New York Attorney General Sues FedEx for Shipping Illegal Cigarettes
Eric Schneiderman announced a $70 million lawsuit against FedEx for illegally shipping 80 million untaxed cigarettes to consumers.
High Gas Prices No Longer Fueling a Decline in American Driving
AAA says that consumers are changing their behavior as gasoline becomes less expensive compared to previous years.
Apr 4, 2014
Congress Passes 40-Hour Legislation
Thanks to NACS grassroots efforts, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would establish 40 hours per week as the threshold for determining full time employment.
FDA Sends Final Menu-Labeling Rules to White House
It’s hard to say how the final regulations differ from the starting place.
Welcome to the Retail “Twilight Zone”
Nielsen’s Todd Hale predicts that retail winners will focus on their consumers, not their competition.
Fueling Tomorrow’s Vehicles
NACS State of the Industry Summit education session explored several areas of the future of fuels, including consumer behavior and preferences, recent market trends and the role of the government.
Economist Advises Retailers to be Nimble, Quick
Walter Zimmermann demonstrates how to predict bull, bear market trends using pricing tools during a NACS State of the Industry Summit education session.
Family Dollar Expands Food Assortment
The discount retail chain will add more than 400 new food items in U.S. stores.
Specialty Food Sales Break Records
Nut butters, eggs and frozen desserts show big jumps in sales.
Apr 3, 2014
Convenience Stores Hit Record In-Store Sales in 2013
The convenience store industry’s in-store sales have seen rapid growth over the last decade, as consumers seek out more food and beverages on the go, according to new NACS State of the Industry data.
Congress Votes Today on 40-Hour Legislation
Last push is needed to tell Congress to repeal the definition of a full-time employee under the current health-care law.
Watch Out for C-Store 'Disruptors'
While the economy appears to be on the mend, don't ignore several trends, suggests economist Dr. David Nelson at the NACS State of the Industry Summit.
Economist: Signs Point to Impending Stock Collapse
Economist Walter Zimmermann talks bubbles, climate change, energy, Putin and the Fed at the NACS State of the Industry Summit.
Unlocking Opportunities with Shopper Research
A new report from NACS/CCRRC shows how convenience stores can use research and best practices to grow.
Customers Chide Starbucks Into Returning Lemon Cake
After consumers complained about changes to its menus, Starbucks has revamped it to bring back a few favorites.
Global Partners’ Alltown Convenience Stores, CFMS Donate $300,000 to National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The money was raised through a combination of Alltown customer contributions and other fundraising activities.
Apr 2, 2014
Congress Readies Vote on 40-Hour Legislation
NACS-supported legislation is coming to up for a vote on Thursday — make your voices heard through the NACS grassroots website.
End of Windows XP Support Ups Risk of ATM Cyber Attacks
With Microsoft stopping its support of the Windows XP operating system on April 8, ATMs could prove vulnerable to criminal activity.
Quality, Variety Key for Pizza
The consumption of the savory pies is high, with people eating pizza around 3 times monthly.
Ontario's Modest LCBO Kiosk Plan Failed
However, retailers agree that the principle of expanded alcohol retailing is a good one.
Diet Soda Consumption Plummets
Consumers continue to swap diet soda for tea, energy drinks and bottled waters, according to new figures from Beverage Digest.
Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks Rock Asia
The two chains have capitalized on a coffee explosion in South Korea, while looking ahead to China.
Apr 1, 2014
NACS State of the Industry Summit Kicks Off in Chicago
New to this year’s format are Retailer Hot Topic Sessions.
Leadership Skills Development Leads to High Performance
Individuals preparing to take on key leadership roles in NACS retail member companies should attend the upcoming NACS Executive Leadership Program.
New Product Innovations Designed to Spark Sales
Coca-Cola’s 19.2-oz. can and expanded drops portfolio provide retailers appealing options for shoppers.
Cafés Pass QSRs in Growth Speed
From coffee shops to bakeries, cafés have become one of the most popular places for Americans.
In U.K., Fight Over Plain Tobacco Packaging Continues
A new report published this week touts the benefits of plain packaging, while tobacco companies point to increased illegal cigarette trafficking as a big drawback to such a move.
Demographics Play Part in Selecting Prepared Foods
Different age groups want different things when it comes to prepared foods.
Instagram Works Wonders for Small Businesses
The social media photo-sharing site has been a boon for retailers.
Mar 31, 2014
NACS Launches Category Management Online Training
As more retail channels continue to aggressively target the convenience shopper, it’s more critical than ever for convenience operators to have the right product mix to meet consumer needs.
Iowa Retailers Encourage Age-Restricted Sales for E-Cigarettes
“As retailers, our members have an important role to play in preventing under-age access to e-cigarettes," says Dawn Carlson of the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa.
Stripes Convenience Stores Launches New Campaign for Students to Learn About Fresh Vegetables
The new program gives elementary school students a hands-on experience to understand where food comes from and learn the value of using fresh foods.
Wegmans, Trader Joe’s, Publix Top Supermarket Ratings
Walmart is the lowest scoring in a new Consumer Reports subscriber survey.
Denver Drops Credit Card Swipe Fees
Without the fees, credit card payments surged.
One in Five Admit to Purchasing Illegal Smokes in Ireland
Those surveyed said they knowingly purchased smuggled cigarettes.
Mar 28, 2014
NACS Members Urge Congress to Redefine Full-Time Employee
Next week Congress is planning to vote on a bill that would repeal the definition of a full-time employee under the current health-care law.
Placing Healthier Options in Your Stores
Michigan retailers hear from NACS about how to sell healthy options.
Walmart Sues Visa Over Swipe Fees
Retailer argues Visa conspired with banks to fix swipe fees.
Connecticut Passes $10.10 Minimum Wage
The Nutmeg State becomes the nation’s first to cross the $10 minimum wage threshold.
Smokers’ Rights Group Sues New York City Over E-Cigarette Ban
Group claims the city’s ban violates the “one subject” rule of the city charter because it addresses both cigarettes and e-cigarettes.
Mars Chocolate Opens New Facility to Produce M&M’s and Snickers
The new $270 million facility, which will bring 200 new jobs to Topeka, is one of the largest investments in the company’s history.
Dunkin' Donuts Introduces LTO PEEPS Donuts
Dunkin’ Donuts partners with confectionary favorite to launch a limited-time-only treat.
Mar 27, 2014
NACS Issues Call to Action on Full-Time Employee Legislation
Next week Congress is planning to vote on a bill that would repeal the definition of a full-time employee under the current health-care law.
U.S. Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Ban Online Lottery Sales
Bipartisan bill would reverse a 2011 Department of Justice decision that expanded online gaming.
Calorie Counting Bill Advances in Louisiana
Bill would apply to restaurants with 15 or more locations in the Bayou State.
E-Cigarette Bans Advance in Minnesota and Georgia
A Minnesota bill would prohibit vaping indoors and in all public spaces; the Georgia General Assembly passed legislation making e-cigarettes an age-restricted product.
Banks Sue PCI Auditor Over Target Breach
In a rare move, two banks are suing a QSA over a data breach involving a retailer it had validated as PCI compliant.
Caribou Coffee Expands Lunch Menu
Coffeehouse launches a new line of premium, toasted lunch sandwiches.
Mar 26, 2014
NACS Releases Compensation Report of 2013 Data
This year’s report provides the latest snapshot of compensation levels, turnover and benefits metrics for the convenience and fuel retailing industry.
States Seek to Stem Tide of Cigarette Smuggling
Illegal smokes are being transported up and down the East Coast’s I-95, nicknamed Tobacco Road.
Biofuels Industry Asks for Tax Credit Extension
The industry wants four tax credits to receive multiyear extensions.
American Coffee Consumption Drops
While only a slight decrease from the year before, Americans are sipping less coffee each day.
Navy Considers Tobacco Sales Ban
The move would eliminate the sale of tobacco on all Naval ships and bases.
Chicago Retailers Propose Paper Bag Tax
The Illinois Retail Merchants Association wants the City Council’s consideration of a plastic bag ban to be accompanied by a nickel or dime tax on paper bags.
California Chefs Bare Knuckles in Glove Fight
State foodservice workers are flouting a ban on bare-hand contact with food that will be enforced in July.
Mar 25, 2014
Illinois Lawmakers Sour on Sugary Beverage Tax
State lawmakers fail to embrace a tax that would impose a penny-per-ounce on sugar-sweetened drinks.
Super-Sized Gas Stations Fuel Anger of Locals
Locals are resisting efforts by retail companies to build mega stations, opposition that NACS maintains is fueled by “what-ifs.”
Florida Lawmakers Get Behind Gas Pump Assistance Bill
Proposal would require Florida stations to post contact information so people with disabilities could call for assistance.
Bill to Limit Online Lottery Sales Advances in Minnesota Senate
Legislators seek to do away with online scratch-off games, which launched last month.
Starbucks to Sell Alcohol at Thousands of Stores
Thousands of Starbucks nationwide will begin a daily happy hour at 4:00 pm.
Mar 24, 2014
Appeals Court Overturns Debit Rule
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has overturned a lower court’s 2013 decision that would have rewritten the Federal Reserve’s rule for implementing the Durbin Amendment.
Cigarette Smuggling Runs Rampant in United States
In New York, 57% of cigarettes are illegally imported from other states, according to new Tax Foundation research.
A-B InBev Bites on Hard Cider
The brewer is tapping into the growing popularity of hard cider with a new addition to its portfolio.
Growlers, Beer Sampling Come Before Florida Legislature
An old Prohibition-era packaging law in Florida allows for 32-ounce and gallon-sized growlers but not 64-ounce growlers.
Wendy’s Rolls Out Mobile App Nationwide
The QSR has been testing its mobile app for the past year.
Mar 21, 2014
Colorado Legislature Denies Higher Tobacco Buying Age
A House committee scrapped a measure to increase the tobacco buying age to 21.
San Francisco Restricts E-Cigarette Sales
Electronic cigarettes will come under the city’s current tobacco laws.
QSR Protests Rally Around ‘Wage Theft’
Attendance dropped significantly as protestors pressed for resolution of alleged wage violations and a higher minimum wage.
Burger King to Launch Mobile Payment Option
The burger chain will add the ability to accept payments from mobile devices at U.S. locations in April.
Millennials, Boomers Have Similar Consumer Attitudes
AIMsights Group takes a look at how these two generations are influencing consumer spending.
Gas Retailers…in Space?
Scientists have pointed out that space gas depots between the Earth, moon and sun could be viable.
Mar 20, 2014
Retailer Hot Topic Sessions Added to SOI Summit Agenda
Attendees will be among the first to hear insights on performance drivers that matter most to retailers, from foodservice to tobacco to category management.
Craft Beer Sales Spike
U.S. craft brewers saw an 18% rise in volume in 2013, according to new data from the Brewers Association.
Louisiana Bill Would Ban E-Cigarette Sales to Minors
The bill would also require e-cigarettes to be moved behind the counter in businesses that serve customers under the age of 18.
Methanol an Unlikely Fuel Substitute — For Now
A federal official offers a skeptical view of the U.S. adopting methanol as a substitute for gasoline.
California Gasoline Demand May Drop 9% by 2020
If vehicle standards are strictly enforced, the decline could be as much as 13%.
Mar 19, 2014
Colorado’s Oil Production Booming
Last year, the state broke an almost six-decade record in producing crude oil.
Snacking on the Rise
A new study highlights ways retailers can drive snacking traffic and sales.
Full-Service Retailer Takes Care of Customers
For nearly half a century, Johnnie’s Service Station has provided full customer service in a self-service world.
Iced Coffee Enjoys Sales Lift
Cold-brew extracts are finding new life with fruit pairings, among other enhancements.
Walmart, Target Back Legislation to Sell Liquor in Florida
The big discount chains are supporting a bill that would let supermarkets stock spirits.
Subway to Open 1,300 U.K. Locations
The sandwich chain has ambitious plans to blanket the United Kingdom with its shops, particularly eyeing units in service stations.
Mar 18, 2014
State AGs Urge Drug Stores to Halt Tobacco Sales
New York and Ohio AGs lead effort to ask Walmart, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Safeway and Kroger to follow CVS’s lead.
New Jersey Legislator Proposes 5-Cent Gas Tax Increase
State Sen. Raymond Lesniak wants to boost the state’s gas tax by 5 cents a gallon a year over three years.
Wendy’s CEO Pledges Food Makeover
The company is following Subway’s lead in eliminating chemistry lab-like ingredients from its foods.
Walmart Opens New C-store
The new Walmart to Go has a soft opening over the weekend.
Piggly Wiggly Squeezes Back Into Chicago
The Windy City is welcoming back an old supermarket friend that left in the 1990s.
Domino’s Offering March Madness Deal
All online orders through March 23 will earn a 50% discount.
Mar 17, 2014
Speakers Announced for Upcoming Global Event
The NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe program continues to grow.
Support for NACS Menu-Labeling Efforts Grows
Members of Congress continue lending support to NACS-supported menu-labeling legislation.
Kwik Trip Joins Partnership for a Healthier America
The Wisconsin-based convenience store chain, along with Dannon and Del Monte, announced new commitments aimed at ending childhood obesity.
Corner Store Hosts MDA Goodwill Ambassador
CEO Kim Bowers hosted an appearance by 8-year-old Reagan Imhoff, a goodwill ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Shoe Entrepreneur Expands Into Coffee
Toms has developed a line of coffee in which the sales will be used to provide clean water for remote countries.
Mar 14, 2014
NACS Issues Position Relating to E-Cigarette Sales
Stores selling e-cigarettes are encouraged to adopt, as a best practice, a policy of treating these products as age-restricted.
Fresh Produce Sales Up In 2013
Last year, the sale of fresh fruits and vegetables rose 4.8% over 2012.
Study Casts Doubt on Soda Tax Idea
A new report found that beverage taxes won’t cure obesity because people would shift sugar intake to other sources.
Krispy Kreme Uses Social Media to Spur Sales
The doughnut chain has registered five consecutive years of increases in same-store sales.
Nuts, Seeds Rise in Snack Food Popularity
The two ingredients were present in a third of all new snack products for 2013.
From Chipotle to Carl’s Jr., QSRs are debuting shirts, socks and onesies.
Mar 13, 2014
NACS Meets With USDA on Farm Bill Implementation
Discussions focused on the implementation process for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program reforms contained in the Farm Bill.
Obama to Issue Executive Order on Overtime Pay
The move would expand the number of people who qualify for overtime pay under federal labor law.
Ohio Governor Proposes Cigarette Tax Hike
Increase would pay for expected income tax revenue loss.
Walmart Accelerates Opening of Smaller Format Stores
Walmart CFO sees an opportunity for “hundreds, if not thousands” of Express and Neighborhood Market stores.
Kentucky Lawmakers Seek Motor Fuels Tax Hike
Proposal seeks a 1.5 cents a gallon increase from the current level.
Missouri Lawmakers Float Single Bottle Beer Sales
Missouri law currently prohibits selling beer in packages with fewer than three bottles.
Mondelez International Announces Global Commitments to Well Being
Mondelez unveils comprehensive measures that focus on well being, including enhanced nutrition in its products.
Mar 12, 2014
Nothing Can Seem to Derail Current Consumer Optimism
Rising gas prices did nothing to dampen consumer’s positive view of the economy.
Public Transportation Hits Highest Ridership in 57 Years
Last year, a record 10.7 billion trips were taken on U.S. public transportation.
Small Employers Should Check Out Small Business Health Care Tax Credit
The IRS also offers helpful resources and tax tips for small businesses on its website.
Restaurant Spending Will Decrease This Year
A new study finds that diners say they will spend 9.1% less per meal.
Checkout Changes Could Hurt Candy Sales
With most sales of confection an impulse, technology that allows shoppers to eschew traditional checkouts has the potential to stagnate growth.
Subway’s Footlong Secret
The chain’s marketing chief reveals the success of its wildly popular $5 Footlong promotion.
Mar 11, 2014
Chicago Reconsidering Plastic Bag Ban
New proposal drops an exemption for small retailers.
Senator Schumer Goes After E-Cigarette Marketing
The Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act would ban the marketing of e-cigarettes to children.
British Columbia’s Grocery Stores to Sell Wine, Beer
A relaxation of British Columbia’s liquor laws will not apply to convenience stores.
Changing Eating Habits Send McDonald’s Sales Downward
McDonald’s is looking to modify its menu to appeal to changing eating habits.
Wisconsin Lawmakers Mull Creation of Beer Commission
Commission would promote, market and advertise Wisconsin products, making Wisconsin the “Napa Valley of craft brewing.”
Retail Employment Down 6,700 in February
Trade group argues against raising the minimum wage, saying it would “hamper economic growth” and drive up unemployment.
Mar 10, 2014
Industry Pioneers Inducted to PCATS Hall of Fame
Three new inductees will be recognized at the upcoming PCATS Annual Conference on April 28.
E85 Retail Fueling Locations Expanding
While Midwest states continue to add new E85 retail locations, other states are also experiencing rapid growth of E85 availability.
Reasons Why Wawa Rates With Customers
Customers from Wawa-inhabited towns say what they love about the Pennsylvania-based convenience store chain.
Missouri Lottery Tests Ticket Sales at ATMs
A new partnership at select convenience stores in St. Louis and Kansas City allows customers to access lottery games and potential winnings.
Card Companies Form Group to Tackle Data Security
The new group will initially focus on the adoption of EMV chip technology.
Mar 7, 2014
HR Forum Attendees Stay Ahead of the Curve
Attendees at the NACS event participated in interactive presentations and discussions on topics vital to their professional development and company’s bottom line.
Co-op to Double Its C-Store Count
Britain’s fifth-largest grocer announces plans to double its current portfolio of 2,000 convenience stores.
Taco Bell at Home Expands
Taco Bell Ultimate Taco Night Kits to be distributed at grocery stores.
E-Cigarette Tax Hike in Washington State Moves Forward
A House committee approved a 75% tax on electronic cigarettes.
Small Businesses Sick of Obamacare
A Detroit News columnist highlights the frustrations of one local small businessman.
Mar 6, 2014
Los Angeles Passes Stiff E-Cigarette Restrictions
The Los Angeles City Council votes unanimously to ban cigarettes in most work places, many public places, and 21-and-over establishments.
Proposed Federal Budget Includes Cigarette Tax Hike
President Obama’s proposed budget nearly doubles the federal excise tax on tobacco products.
Soda Sales Flat, Energy Drinks Supercharged
The energy drink category continues to see strong sales, despite increased scrutiny due to deaths that have been linked to consumption.
Grocery Stores Opening in South Bend Food Deserts
Two grocery stores are opening in South Bend, Indiana, home to Notre Dame and no fewer than seven food deserts.
Starbucks Broadens Espresso, Sandwich Offerings
Vanilla Macchiato and four new breakfast sandwiches enhance Starbucks’ breakfast lineup.
Burger King Adds Satisfries to Kids’ Meals
Adding Satisfries to kids meals “a step in the right direction,” says Burger King CMO.
Mar 5, 2014
Tennessee Lawmakers Approve Wine Bill
When the governor signs the measure, voters could have the opportunity to okay wine in their community grocery stores.
Utah Quashes Bill to Increase Smoking Age
Senators voted against the measure to raise the legal age from 19 to 21.
DIY Pizza Orders Tableside
Pizza Hut is piloting an interactive tabletop that would allow guests to select their own pizzas via a touchscreen.
NC Convenience Store Makes Produce a Must-Have
Customers routinely buy out his selection of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Chocolate Continues to Dominate Candy Sales
The National Confectioners Association predicts that trend will stay the same for the next five years.
Philippines House Considers Soda Tax Bill
The measure would up the tax on non-alcoholic drinks and other beverages by 10%.
Mar 4, 2014
Menu Labeling Pushed Until End of Year
The FDA missed yet another self-imposed deadline for issuing calorie-count requirement guidelines.
NACS Asks for Change to Real Estate Appraisals
The letter to the U.S. Small Business Administration asks the agency to make it easier for convenience stores and other retailers to have real estate appraisals preformed.
EPA Releases Final Cleaner Fuel, Car Standards
The agency claims new standards will significantly lower harmful pollution while promoting fuel efficiency in cars and trucks.
Craft Beer Bests Big Brewers
Production of specialty beer rose 9.6% last year, but overall beer production dropped 1.4%.
Missouri Governor Pushes E15 Policy
The state could allow the sale of the higher blend as early as summer 2014.
QuickChek Selected as One of the Best Places to Work in New Jersey
The convenience store chain is recognized for the fifth year in a row.