Mar 2, 2015
Cash Not Carried
Survey shows that majority of consumers carry less than $20 in cash.
No Plastic Bag Bans for Georgia
Southern state takes opposite approach of California, citing concern for retailers.
Senators Push for Repeal of Ethanol Mandate
Bipartisan bill would repeal ethanol blending requirement of RFS.
Pennsylvania Moves Closer to Privatizing Liquor Sales
State House approved bill for second time in two years, which will now move to Senate.
Americans’ Changing Eating Habits
New report offers insight into trends including snacking and the creation of ‘hybrid homemade meals.’
Delta Sonic Car Wash Opens Flagship Location
New Syracuse-area location features car wash and detail shop, fueling stations and c-store with expanded foodservice and Tim Horton’s Cafe.
Feb 27, 2015
Convenience Retailer Joins Partnership for a Healthier America
Vintners Distributors one of 10 new partners committing to make healthier choices easier for consumers.
House Subcommittee Holds Patent Hearing
Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hears testimony on abusive patent demand letters, expresses concern over how much money businesses lose to patent trolls.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in Liquor Bills
Kansas moves closer to approving c-store sales of full-strength beer, while Indiana lawmaker kills bill that would have allowed Sunday alcohol sales at c-stores.
Mobile Wallets Still New Territory
Poll shows that while familiarity is growing, mobile payment is still anyone’s game.
BP Unveils Loyalty and Security Enhancements
Improvements to Driver Rewards program and credit card processing technology designed to help BP-branded marketers meet consumers’ evolving needs.
The odds are good that Abe Lincoln won’t be the only president that was once a part of the convenience industry.
Feb 26, 2015
Convenience Retailers Optimistic About Future Prospects
NACS survey reveals several competitive advantages working in the c-store industry’s favor for 2015.
American Express to Help Retailers Fight Fraud
New nationwide campaign includes $100 reimbursement for upgrading to EMV terminals.
QuikTrip, Folds of Honor, Title Sponsors for NASCAR Race
This weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race will honor fallen and wounded U.S. military servicemen and women.
California Board Proposes Lower Gasoline Tax
State Board of Equalization voted to cut California’s gasoline tax from 36 cents to 30 cents a gallon.
10 Elements of Successful Fresh Foodservice
FreshOne provides suggestions for convenience store operators who want to offer more fresh foods.
Splenda Supplier Launches Low-Calorie Sugar
Tate & Lyle’s new Dolcia Prima has 90% fewer calories than table sugar.
Feb 25, 2015
President Obama Vetoes Keystone Pipeline Bill
Legislation would have authorized TransCanada Corp. to construct the 1,179-mile pipeline.
Handmade Counts at Chipotle
Making ingredients fresh and keeping prices low is a constant challenge being met by the fast-casual chain.
Appeals Court May Curtail ‘Corrective Statements’ on Cigarettes
Panel suggests that parts of the warnings on packs of cigarettes may have gone too far.
Walmart’s Wage Increase ‘Measly’?
Member of Congress and New York Times say Walmart can afford to pay an even higher wage.
Iowa Nears Gas Tax Increase
State Senate passed legislation that would increase Iowa’s gas and diesel tax by 10 cents per gallon.
Feb 24, 2015
Assessing E85 in the Marketplace
Fuels Institute hosts a Capitol Hill discussion with input and opposing views from industry stakeholders.
Wawa CEO, Florida Governor Announce Store Growth
Governor Rick Scott is asking business leaders in Pennsylvania to consider operating in Florida.
U.S. Would Consume Majority of Crude Oil Transported by Keystone XL Pipeline
IHS report also suggestions that U.S. imports of Canadian oil sands will continue to grow regardless of whether or not the pipeline is approved.
Bud Light Lime Introduces Lemon-Ade-Rita
New flavor launched in time for spring and summer months.
The ‘Real Story’ About Millennials in the Workplace
IBM research debunks five common myths about Millennials and uncovers three “uncomfortable truths” that apply to employees of all ages.
Feb 23, 2015
Dietary Panel Calls for Taxes on Sugary Drinks, Snacks
Critics say Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s recommendations are departure from original intent.
Rock Band Inspires ‘Hotter Than Hell’ Steamed Buns
Black-colored, spicy steamed bread sold at Circle K Sunkus commemorates KISS’s 40th anniversary and tour in Japan.
Counterfeit E-Cigarettes on the Rise
In Europe and the United States, fake electronic cigarettes are hitting the market.
C-Stores Becoming Popular Rest Stop for Cyclists
Long-distance cyclists stock up on food, water and fix their bikes at convenience stores.
Self-Serve Micro Market Offers Healthy Options
Company Kitchen’s concept is similar to walking into a convenience store for fresh foods.
Feb 20, 2015
Judge Rules Against American Express on Merchant Rules
Ruling says that AmEx violated U.S. antitrust law, resulting in higher fees for consumers.
QuikTrip Launches Made-to-Order Menu at Iowa Locations
Convenience retailer’s QT Kitchens full-service counter now available at 17 Des Moines locations.
Target ‘Localizes’ Small Store Format
Retailer’s new TargetExpress stores are tailored to the neighborhoods they are located in.
Candy Companies Change to More Natural Ingredients
Nestlé and Hershey are responding to consumer demand to remove artificial ingredients from their products.
Little Caesars Wraps Pizza in 3 Feet of Bacon
Budget pizza chain is latest to cash in on America’s obsession with bacon.
McDonald’s Tests New Seasonings for Fries, McNuggets
‘Shakin’ Flavor’ seasonings for the QSR’s chicken McNuggets and fries include ranch, BBQ and garlic parmesan.
Feb 19, 2015
Just Announced: Diverse Panel of Industry Experts Lined Up for NACS SOI Summit
At the NACS State of the Industry Summit, influential executives and key operators will share expert insights to help you use benchmarking to grow your business.
Retail Customer Satisfaction Down Across Sectors
While Internet retail gained favor, supermarkets and drug stores in particular lost ground.
The Consumer Is Writing Your Future
Convenience is more important than ever, but quick-moving technology is changing the playing field.
Refinery Strike Having Minimal Effect on Fuel Prices
Temporary workers and increased automation at refineries allowing near-normal output 18 days into strike.
Canada’s Shoppers Drug Mart Tests Grocery Sales
More channel blurring as drugstore chain pilots sale of fresh food, aiming to be a one-stop shop.
Feb 18, 2015
Op-Ed Emphasizes Need for Patent Reform
Wall Street Journal op-ed by CEOs of Cisco and J.C. Penney makes the case for halting patent troll abuse.
RaceTrac Surveys Customers for FCB Rebrand
More than 4,200 customers weighed-in, inspiring the first new Numb Skull logo in five years.
7-Eleven Launches Zero Franchise Fee Initiative
Limited time offer would waive franchise fees for select U.S. locations.
Virginia Bill Would Require License for Cigarette Sales
Aimed to reduce cigarette trafficking, bill has slim chances of passing state senate.
End of Indonesia Fuel Subsidies Opens Market
Foreign-owned firms see big opportunity in Indonesia fuel market, as government halts fuel subsidies for first time in decades.
Feb 17, 2015
Innovative Marketing Leads to Total Turnaround
NACS Leadership Forum attendees learned how Harley-Davidson completed a cultural reversal, leading to increased market share and stock price.
Merchant Financial Cybersecurity Partnership Offers Proposals
Joint recommendations on technology standards unveiled at president’s cybersecurity summit.
The New Male Shopper
Study shows that males make up 43% of shoppers, preferring convenience and efficiency above all.
Federal Reserve Files Comments on ACH Transaction Proposal
Fed concerns echo NACS objection to interbank fee, which could pass costs on to customers.
Japan Has More Car Charging Stations Than Gas Stations
Nation’s 40,000 public and private charging stations far surpass number of traditional fuel stations.
Feb 16, 2015
Apple to Take on Autos
Maker of the iPhone is reportedly working on developing an electric vehicle.
Employees at the Heart of the Organization
NACS Leadership Forum session addresses the importance of an employee-centric culture as an indicator of success.
Raley’s Halts Tobacco Sales
Grocery chain cites health concerns for ending tobacco sales at its northern California and Nevada locations.
Tim Hortons Grows Presence in United States
QSR is getting bigger in Buffalo, its first U.S.-based market.
QuickChek Raises $460,000 for Local Causes
Convenience retailer caps off 2014 fundraising with $125,000 to feed area families.
Feb 13, 2015
Merchants Clarify Who Foots the Bill for Data Breaches
Contrary to what the banking community says, merchants pay the most for costs associated with data breaches at banks.
Know Thy Customer
Customer-centricity is essential to establishing a competitive advantage, say experts at NACS Leadership Forum.
An Adventurous Approach to Customer Loyalty
The story behind Maverik’s move to better segment customers and appeal to their unique needs.
Weight Management Items Have a Place in Convenience Stores
General Mills Convenience & Foodservice survey reveals consumer attitudes about weight management and the impact on buying behavior.
Senate Committee Holds Hearing on ‘Ambush Elections’ Rule
Hearing examined NLRB rule that would speed up union elections and potentially harm small businesses.
GM Confirms Long-Range Bolt EV Production
Chevy Bolt battery-electric vehicle will deliver around 200 miles per charge.
Murphy USA Expands E15 to More Markets
Expansion program brings higher ethanol blend to Chicago and Houston suburbs.
Feb 12, 2015
Culture Is King
Executives from Wawa and OXXO emphasize the importance of culture and servant leadership at NACS Leadership Forum.
Lower Gas Leads to More Snacks
Convenience stores benefit from lower gas prices with more sales on in-store merchandise.
Customer Loyalty Memberships Top Three Billion for First Time
2015 COLLOQUY Census also reveals that the rate of decline in convenience store loyalty programs is 3% compared to 21% in 2013.
New Study Estimates Cigarette Smuggling Per State
New York holds the highest cigarette smuggling rate and smuggling in Illinois has dramatically increased.
Fast Food Find: Beer-Battered Fish
Just in time for Lent, new menu item by Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s combines popularity of craft beer with fish sandwich.
Attorneys General Ask Oil Companies to Help Stop Synthetic Drug Sales
AGs call on nine oil companies asking them to eliminate the illegal products from convenience and fuel retail locations that operate under their brand names.
Feb 11, 2015
Addressing Changes in the Dynamic Fuels Market
Fuels Institute Spring Meeting provides opportunity for collaboration and learning among diverse stakeholders.
State Bill Would Allow Credit Card Payments for Lottery
New Mexico proposal hopes to boost sagging state lottery sales, but some argue it will enable gambling addicts.
Patent Reform Coalition Off to a Strong Start
Collaboration across industries hope to rein in ‘patent trolls.’
Expected Slowdown in Card Data Security and Compliance
Free webinar by Coalfire, Omega and Conexxus will address the PCI 3.0 compliance requirements that are creating assessment hurdles for merchants.
Defendant Gets Prison for Role in Multistate Cigarette Scam
North Carolina resident sentenced to 42 months for scam involving stolen credit card info and black market cigarettes.
Ride-Sharing App Adds Food Delivery
Sidecar launches national Sidecar Delivery service, partnering with local retailers.
Feb 10, 2015
Consumers Remain Optimistic, Despite Rising Gas Prices
Majority of consumers feel optimistic, according to NACS survey, even as 6 in 10 expect to see a rise in gas prices over the next month.
NACS Submits Comments on ACH Proposal
NACS argues that fees included in current proposal on same-day ACH transfers are akin to swipe fees, would amount to price-fixing.
A Deeper Dive into EMV
Free Conexxus webinar on February 19 explains the technology behind EMV.
Shell Introduces New Technology Platform
‘Shell Vantage’ program provides features for EMV implementation, as well as mobile payment and loyalty programs.
More Retailers Investing in the Customer Experience
New survey shows that 80% of retailers plan to increase spending on customer experience this year, in an effort to convert and retain customers.
Feb 9, 2015
Millennials Crave Convenience Stores
More 18- to 34-year-olds are coming to convenience stores for food.
What’s New at the ATM?
To keep customers using ATMs, banks continue upgrading the 50-year-old service.
Energy Policy Coming to Congress
House of Representatives plans to unveil a comprehensive energy plan as early as this week.
Wawa Launches Expansive Remodel Program
Initiative will remodel older stores to reflect the chain’s new store design and foodservice offering.
Redbox Pulls Plug on Canadian Operations
Company is pulling its rental kiosks out of Canada after failing to generate sufficient business.
Conexxus Extends Early Bird Registration
Last day to save on your opportunity to discuss today’s critical technology issues at the upcoming Conexxus Annual Conference.
Feb 6, 2015
Labor Disputes Could Affect Ports, Refineries
Steelworker strike and potential longshore worker strike could have far-reaching effects for imports, exports and refining.
Senate Holds Hearing on Franchisor/Franchisee Relationships
Committee members divided on recent NLRB efforts to make franchisor companies liable for their franchisees’ labor practices.
NACS Submits Statement to Senate on Data Breach Measures
Hearing emphasizes the importance of establishing a clear and consistent national standard for notification.
Spinx Launches Version 2.0 of Mobile App
New features include real-time fuel pricing, store mapping and amenities listings.
Rumor Mill: Volvo Getting Into Gas Delivery?
‘Self-filling’ cars would alert mobile fuel suppliers when gas runs low, requesting gas delivery to their location.
Mobile Increasingly Driving Retail Experience
Mobile represents an opportunity for employees to meet customer service expectations.
Feb 5, 2015
Google Settles with Card Companies
Settlement terms with merchants including 1-800 Contacts, Ethan Allen and others have not been disclosed.
Ohio Groups Offering Ethanol Infrastructure Grants
Funds available for retailers to install new ethanol dispensers, tanks and other equipment.
How Jerky Got to Be Big Business
With Hershey’s purchase of Krave, jerky gets its time in the spotlight.
Jones Soda Introducing Fountain Beverage Program
Premium soda offer will incorporate local photography in unique fountain beverage dispensers.
Booze Still a Good Bet
2014 was a good year for alcohol sales, showing an increase in beer, wine and spirits categories.
Korean Tobacco Sales Recovering After Price Hike
After an 81% drop following massive January 1 price increase, sales now down about 57%.
Feb 4, 2015
17-Week Decline in Gas Prices Ends
Average price increased by 2.4 cents this week, ending longest consecutive decrease.
Have a Milk and a Smile
Coke introduces ‘premium milk’ with more protein and less sugar.
Target Plans to Open Additional TargetExpress Locations
2015 will see 15 new stores, including eight of the smaller-format stores and a CityTarget.
Canadian C-Stores: Room for Foodservice Growth
New study suggests partnering with limited-service restaurants adds to c-store appeal as meal destination.
Shell Prepares to Dismantle North Sea Oil Platforms
Other oil companies could follow, as crude prices remain low.
Feb 3, 2015
Proposed Budget Would Double Tobacco Tax
One of the proposed measures in President Obama’s budget would increase the federal tobacco tax to $1.95 per pack.
Minnesota Bill Targets Online Lottery
Lawmakers re-introduce legislation vetoed last session, which would halt online lottery and ticket sales at the pump.
California Proposal Would Raise Smoking Age to 21
If successful, proposal would be first in nation to increase the minimum legal smoking age from 18 to 21.
24-Hour C-Store Re-Opens in Japan’s Fukushima Zone
Store hopes to help residents returning home four years after nuclear incident.
Chick-fil-A Offering Free Coffee in February
Customers can get free hot or iced coffee every Monday all month long.
Feb 2, 2015
Consumers Remain Price Sensitive
Although gas prices are lower, consumers still shop around for the best price.
State of Vape
Across the country, states are moving forward with plans to regulate electronic cigarettes.
Colorado Legislation Seeks to Limit Swipe Fees
‘Pioneering’ legislation would exempt retailers from paying swipe fees on local taxes.
QuickChek Continues Balloon Festival Sponsorship
Largest summertime hot air balloon festival in the United States has raised more than $2.4 million for charity since 1993.
Free Food for Showing a Little Bit of Lovin’ at McDonald's
New Pay With Lovin' sweepstakes asks customers to give someone a hug or call a loved one in exchange for free food.