Feb 12, 2016
Instacart Delivers at the NACS Leadership Forum
The company shared how technology is redefining what convenience means to consumers and is driving innovations in delivery.
Find Your ‘Special Sauce’ and Stand Out
Food and restaurant consultant tells NACS Leadership Forum attendees to capitalize on successful foodservice trends.
Mexican Food Becoming a Staple at Sunoco
The company is slowly rolling out made-to-order Mexican dishes under its Laredo Taco Co. banner.
Demand Rises for Natural, Functional Ice Cream
A new report shows that consumers want a healthier frozen treat.
Panera Strives for Ordering Perfection
The fast-casual chain wants to eliminate botched orders through technology.
Valentine’s Day Spending to Reach Record High
Americans are expected to shell out $19.7 billion to celebrate love on February 14.
Feb 11, 2016
Harvard Professor Urges C-Stores to Focus on Customer Experience
Dr. Rajiv Lal told NACS Leadership Forum attendees to learn from big retailers so their stores can thrive.
Judge Sides with Retailers on Tobacco Violations
NACS and Orton Motor Co. achieve victory in legal challenge to some practices by the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products regarding violation inspections.
Measure Your Company’s Benefits Program
Participation in the NACS State of the Industry Compensation Report survey ensures your company has the most industry-specific benchmarking snapshot of employee compensation.
Burger King to Become Biggest Seller of Hot Dogs
Fast-food chain will start selling hot dogs on February 23, marking its biggest menu change in decades.
Feb 10, 2016
Still Time to Urge Congress to Pass Menu Labeling Bill
The House will vote on the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act this week.
New Hampshire Primary Clear Winners Are Trump and Sanders
The presidential primaries remain complicated with differing implications as the season progresses.
Chicago Squashes Plan to Up Smoking Age to 21
The City Council’s Finance Committee opposed the mayor’s proposal because of concerns about small retailers and increased black market cigarette sales.
Retailer Participants Needed for NACS State of the Industry Annual Report®
Members provide the data; NACS provides the context, plus live expert analysis and a sneak peek at the report’s findings.
Langley C-Stores Offer Healthier Products
The small Alabama chain teamed up with the Marengo County Cooperative Extension Service to provide fresh fruit to customers.
Sheetz Family Charities Changes Name to Sheetz For The Kidz
The nonprofit gets a new logo but will still provide assistance during the holidays for area children.
Feb 9, 2016
Consumers Deserve PIN Security
The transition to chip-and-signature does not protect consumers without PIN authentication, says NACS President and CEO Henry Armour.
Sweet Spot for a Sugar Tax?
This year could be ‘year of the sugar tax’ as countries consider higher levies on sugary foods and beverages to combat obesity.
Mars Inc. to Remove Artificial Colors
The five-year effort will impact chocolate, gum, confection, food and drink brands.
Starbucks Is in the Mood for Love
Coffeehouse chain is launching three new Valentine’s Day drinks that combine coffee and chocolate.
Feb 8, 2016
Making Our Voices Heard
The NACS Government Relations Conference educates legislators so they can make decisions that help—not hurt—the convenience industry’s bottom line.
From the Top
Skimming is making headlines but it is not ‘out of control,’ and there are two reasons why.
Dunkin’ Donuts Feels the All-Day Breakfast Pangs
Coffee and donut chain says customer visits are down at U.S. stores.
A Salad Isn’t Always a Salad
Canadian news source says that McDonald's kale salad has more calories, fat and sodium than a Double Big Mac.
Feb 5, 2016
Menu Labeling Bill Vote Next Week
NACS strongly supports the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act, which addresses crucial issues related to convenience store foodservice.
The Positive Side recognizes the good things in life.
Petition Urges Oklahoma to Allow Convenience Stores to Sell Wine, Strong Beer
Oklahomans for Modern Laws wants to put the question directly to voters.
Millennial Men Step Up Hosting Duties for the Super Bowl
A new report finds that 43% of male Millennials vow to food shop before the big game.
Burgers Register Strong Gains in 2015
The fast-food burger segment posted a strong performance last year.
Feb 4, 2016
CVS Opens First Pharmacy Inside Target
During the transition, Target pharmacy customers cited service and convenience as their top two expectations.
Subway’s $5 Footlong Now $6
A near-decade of $5 footlongs comes to an end today at Subway locations.
Feb 3, 2016
Americans Eschewing Sugar
More people are trying to curb their sugar intake.
Jerky Captures New Converts
An old to-go food has found a new generation of consumers crazy for dried meat.
Super Bowl 50 Expected to Deliver 189 Million Viewers
As the football championship celebrates its half century anniversary, retailers are likely to reap the benefit of more consumer spending for the big game.
Chicago Evaluates Plastic Bag Ban
Six months later, the results are not as clear cut as some would like with the city’s ban on plastic bags.
A Roundup of Delicious Gas Station Food
Conde Nast Travel finds delectable treats at convenience stores.
Open Around the Clock
Not so long ago, all convenience stores closed at night.
Feb 2, 2016
EMV and the Chargeback Conundrum
Non-EMV compliant retailers are on the hook for fraudulent transactions, including the chargebacks they are not liable for.
Iowa Caucuses In: Clinton, Cruz Winners
Democratic results were the closest in the party’s state caucus history.
NACS Offers Analysis of Labor Department’s Guidance on Joint Employers
Interpretation may facilitate enforcement actions for labor violations tied to temporary and contract workers.
Washington Metro Tests Grocery Pick-Up
Pilot with Peapod by Giant Foods is testing grocery pick-up for evening commuters at three Metro stations.
PepsiCo to Open New York City Restaurant
Kola House in New York City is the beverage company’s new restaurant, as well as a social hub and testing spot for new products.
Taco Bell Urges Customers to Run for New Menu Item, Blindly
Fast-food chain cryptically announces menu item through a redacted press release.
CDC Ends Probe of Chipotle’s E. coli Outbreak
The investigation ends, while NPD reports that younger adults stayed loyal to the fast-casual chain.
Feb 1, 2016
Authorities Seize Skimming Devices
From Louisiana to New England, convenience retailers are finding skimming devices on dispensers.
White House Addresses Equal Pay
Administration wants to require companies with 100 or more employees to disclose what they pay employees by race, gender and ethnicity.
Health Care Law Not Weighing on Voters
New Kaiser survey finds voters aren’t focused on the Affordable Care Act going into the presidential primaries.
McDonald’s China Is Getting Personal
QSR is opening 150 new stores in China that allow customers to personalize their burgers.
Cam or Peyton?
Krispy Kreme customers can choose donuts dipped in blue or orange icing to show support for their favorite Big Game team.
Jan 29, 2016
NACS Announces SOI Summit Speakers
Demographic headwinds and innovations in retail are among the topics covered by an impressive lineup of speakers at the annual benchmarking conference, April 11-13 in Chicago.
Franchisees Urge Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Seattle’s $15 Wage Law
The International Franchise Association sued the city after it passed a $15 minimum wage law in June 2014.
Wendy’s Investigates Potential Data Breach
The quick-serve chain acknowledges the possibility of a data breach.
C-Store Consumers Can Be Savvy Shoppers
From fountain drinks to frequent shopper rewards, convenience stores offer many ways to save.
New IRI Report Finds CPG Industry Struggled in 2015
The report also highlighted the top trends for 2016, which include ethnic diversity, online shopping and focusing on quality versus quantity.
Jan 28, 2016
U.S. Convenience Stores Continue Growth
Convenience stores account for 34.2% of all outlets in the United States, significantly higher than other retail channels.
Futurist Michael Rogers Headlines Conexxus Annual Conference
Rogers’ approach to technology, economics and consumer behavior offers unique insights into the future of convenience and fuel retailing.
Bank of America to Take Plastic Out of ATM Transactions
By eliminating plastic from ATM transactions, the bank says it will save on security and attract Millennials.
Walmart, Coca-Cola, Nestlé and PepsiCo Provide Water for Students
Donations will provide up to 6.5 million bottles of water for Flint, Michigan, public schools.
Convenience Stores Aren’t Health Food Stores
But what c-stores sell, and how they sell it, continues to evolve as people expect to get fresh, healthy items on the go.
Jan 27, 2016
Strategize for the Future with Top Tier Speakers
Presenters at this year’s NACS Global Forum include executives from DoorDash and Cornell University.
Retailers Slowly Moving to Chip Technology
A new survey finds that many businesses still don’t have the capability of accepting EMV credit cards.
Mobile Coupons Usage Rose in 2015
Koupon Media reports that the number of mobile coupons it delivered last year doubled.
Rite Aid Installs Proximity Beacons at U.S. Stores
The drug store chain will have the beacons in more than 4,500 locations.
McDonald’s Will Expand Table Service in United Kingdom
Tesco will also abandon its foray into quick lunchtime service.
Jan 26, 2016
Carly Fiorina Visits Local Iowa Convenience Store
Fiorina is the second presidential hopeful to participate this year in the unique NACS In Store event.
America’s Favorite Comfort Food Is…
Pizza rises to the top spot as America’s ultimate comfort food.
All-Day Breakfast Benefits Golden Arches
McDonald’s all-day breakfast delivered the chain’s best quarterly results in nearly four years.
Alta Convenience Raises More Than $60,000 for Make-A-Wish
The convenience retailer’s charity campaign will help fund eight wishes for children with severe medical conditions.
Saying ‘I Love You’ With White Castle
The quick-serve burger chain is taking reservations for Valentine’s Day dinner.
Jan 25, 2016
The Top Security Threats for 2016
Data breaches, ransomware and browser plug-ins head the list of technology dangers for this year.
Verifone Expands Services for Large Retailers
By acquiring AJB Software Design, Verifone will deliver enhanced vertical functionality.
Florida Considers Raising Cigarette Tax
Also, the Tennessee Legislature has a bill that would increase the tobacco and e-cigs buying age to 21.
Illinois Gas Station Manager Wins Community Service Award
Laura Britto with Gilbert’s Mobil Mart gets her station involved in charity works to help her customers.
Jan 22, 2016
Massachusetts Retailer Ready for Snow
Verc Enterprises has proved it's prepared for any storm.
Obama Veto on Water Rule Stands
Senate failed to overturn the president’s move to kill legislation that would have halted the controversial “waters of the United States” rule.
New Report Examines Food Distribution for Small Stores
The Food Trust, working with NACS and others, looks at strategies to close the distribution gap in underserved communities.
Uber to Launch Service for Meal Delivery
The UberEats app will allow customers in 10 U.S. localities to order restaurant food for delivery.
More Than 1 Million Walmart Associates to Receive Pay Increase in 2016
This action lifts the average hourly full-time rate to $13.38.
Jan 21, 2016
Open for Business Despite Bad Weather
With Winter Storm Jonas looming, East Coast convenience stores are preparing to stay open and serve their communities.
Labor Department Issues Guidance on “Joint Employers”
Interpretation may facilitate enforcement actions for labor violations tied to temporary and contract workers.
President Obama Vetoes Water Rule
The president vetoed legislation that would have overturned the controversial “waters of the United States” rule.
NYACS Laments Gas Pump Safety Equipment Campaign
New York Association of Convenience Stores dismissed a new online campaign from the fire equipment industry.
Cenex Celebrates Five Years of Good Deeds
The company’s Tanks of Thanks program honors people who give back to their communities.
Jan 20, 2016
Radio Free NACS
NACS will launch a weekly podcast exploring convenience store industry issues and welcoming relevant guests.
NRN Power List Features Convenience Store Executive
Joseph DePinto of 7-Eleven named to restaurant publication’s list of top foodservice industry disruptors.
McDonald’s Japan Puts Sweet Spin on French Fries
New McChoco Potato goes for the sweet and salty flavor profile.
Top 7 Trends for Reaching Consumers in 2016
Trends identify how a shift toward more life-centric technology will be realized in the coming year.
Coca-Cola Announces ‘One Brand’ Global Marketing Approach
Campaign celebrates the experience and ‘simple pleasure’ of drinking Coca-Cola.
Jan 19, 2016
NACS Launches Fuels Resource Center
Fuels Resource Center shares research, news and data essential for the novice consumer as well as the knowledgeable retailer.
Pennsylvania C-Stores Pay Well Above Minimum Wage
Rutter’s, Sheetz and Wawa announced higher wages for team associates well above the $7.25 per hour minimum wage rate.
Chick-fil-A Adds First Organic Offering to Menu
Organic juice drink launches nationwide following a successful test.
Canadian Retailers Remind Customers ‘We Expect ID’
In support of National Non-Smoking Week, convenience retailers remind all customers of programs that restrict youth access to tobacco.
Jan 18, 2016
Walmart Closing Hundreds of Stores
About 16,000 Walmart associates worldwide will be impacted by the closing of 269 stores.
H-E-B to Open $2.7M Convenience Store
Texas grocer is making a big investment in a new, upscale convenience store.
Mondelēz International Goes Cage Free
The company will source 100% cage-free eggs in North America by 2020, Europe by 2025.
Mac’s Convenience Stores and Captain Canuck Partner With Crime Stoppers
The Canadian comic book superhero kicks off Crime Stoppers Month.