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Aug 28, 2015

Franchises to Be Affected by New Labor Standards
NLRB’s expansion of ‘joint employer’ standard likely to impact franchisor-franchisee relationship, increasing franchisor liability.

Federal Judge Blocks EPA’s New Waters of the U.S. Rule
13 states gain injunctive relief from latest clean water ruling, which would have gone into effect today.

Action Needed to Oppose California Petroleum Reduction Proposal
Proposed legislation would reduce petroleum availability by half in less than 15 years.

QuikTrip Is a Sanctuary for Those in Need
Through Safe Place program, Atlanta area QuikTrip locations have helped more than 500 teens in need this year.

Four Tips to Avoid Misleading Sales Tactics in EMV Transition
In lead-up to EMV liability shifts, don’t be fooled by EMV equipment sales pitches.


Aug 27, 2015

10 Ways to Improve the Shopper Experience
From customer service to digital tracking, retailers have the opportunity to make the shopping experience positive—and profitable.

Getting Fresh(er)
Change is underway as the convenience industry embraces the financial and social potential of fresh produce sales.

Employee Background Checks: Know Your Liability
Webinar guides employers through the potential minefield of employee background checks under new federal policy.

‘Toaster’ Placed in Cafes to Sanitize Smartphones
Green Toaster is a smartphone cleaning device targeted to coffee shops, so users can sanitize their phone while they wait.

Coca-Cola Leading Efforts on Water Replenishment
Company and its partners aim to be the first food and beverage company to replenish all the water it uses.


Aug 26, 2015

Retailers Should Be Aware of Scammers Offering Assistance with SNAP Applications
USDA reports recent incidents of retailers falling victim to scam by a third party offering to expedite their SNAP applications.

Majority of Americans Say They Try to Avoid Drinking Soda
Gallup’s annual poll shows that almost two-thirds of Americans are avoiding both diet and regular soda.

U.S. Representative Rodney Davis Works a Shift at Qik-N-EZ
Congressman said he was impressed with c-store age verification efforts following NACS In Store experience.

Uber Eats Launches in Washington, D.C.
Uber network of drivers now delivering food via its app in eight cities across the country.

Embracing the Future
Collaboration is essential to developing innovative and evolving standards for the industry.


Aug 25, 2015

Chipotle Planning Massive Hiring Event
QSR leader plans to hire 4,000 employees in one day, as part of strategy to win in tightening labor market.

MillerCoors Launching Hard Soda Line in 2016
Brewer looking to regain market share with ready-to-drink alcohol that appeals to Gen X consumers.

EMV Just a First Step in More Secure Payment
As October deadline approaches, it’s clear that EMV is only part of the security process, not the solution.

Is Electric Vehicle Appeal Stagnating?
New poll reveals that consumer interest in EVs has not increased in past few years, remaining steady at about 3% of market share.

CITGO Sponsors Muscular Dystrophy Association Event
As a long-time supporter of MDA, CITGO-sponsored event raised more than $90,000.


Aug 24, 2015

Target Stores to Test New Foodservice Offers
Hot dogs and nachos will be replaced with more gourmet fare from fast-casual chain Freshii at nine stores.

Protecting Our Personal Freedoms
In an era where the rights of citizens are being debated and upheld, smokers and responsible sellers of legal tobacco products continue to face discrimination.

Soda Tax Fail
A Cornell-University of Iowa analysis of Berkeley, California’s soda tax reveals that the measure is fizzling.

Americans Embrace Global Cuisines
New survey finds that 80% of consumers eat at least one ethnic meal per month.

Retailers Carve Shelf Space for Pumpkin Beers
Fall favorites are coming to stores early this year to capitalize on seasonal craft beer sales.


Aug 21, 2015

More Consumers Say No to GMOs
Food transparency and a more non-industrialized approach to ingredients is gaining attention.

New Study Reveals Debit Card Impact on Merchants
Richmond Federal Reserve study investigates the influence of the Durbin Amendment on merchants' costs of accepting debit cards.

California Panel Approves Six Anti-Tobacco Bills
Measures include raising the smoking age to 21 and banning the use of e-cigarettes in public.

Kellogg Combines Two Treats Into One
CPG introduces Rice Krispies Treats Blasted with M&M’s exclusively to convenience stores.

Propel Introduces First Public Access to Diesel HPR
Southern California drivers now have access to high performance renewable diesel fuel.


Aug 20, 2015

Zipcar D.C. Partners With 7-Eleven
Car-sharing network’s vehicles are available for reservation at nine 7-Eleven locations in the Washington, D.C., area.

County Market Stores Deploy Beacon Technology
Illinois-based retailer is the first independent supermarket to implement beacon technology across all locations.

When Women Shop
New study finds working women make grocery trips after work and opt for smaller formats for fill-in needs.

$30 Crude Oil Could Be Looming
With U.S. oil dropping to just above $41 a barrel on Wednesday, analysts say crude dipping into the $30s is possible.

U.K. Study Endorses E-Cigarettes
Researchers say electronic cigarettes are 95% safer than tobacco equivalents.

Survey Says Kiddie Meals Are Full of Salt
Half of all meals (53%) at fast-food restaurants contain more than half a days’ worth of salt for children aged 4 to 6, according to the World Action on Salt & Health.


Aug 19, 2015

10 Facts About Starbucks Evenings Stores
After nearly five years of experimenting with the concept, Starbucks is ready to move full steam ahead with its Evenings menu.

C-Store Association Backs ‘Reasonable’ Cigarette Tax Hike
Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association supports increasing the state’s cigarette excise tax by 23 cents per pack.

BP Refinery Outage Leads to Higher Midwest Gasoline Prices
Unplanned outage at the Whiting, Indiana, refinery is affecting gas prices across the Midwest region.

Finally, Some Good News for McDonald’s
Breakfast at the Golden Arches hits high marks with consumers.

CITGO Commemorates 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
Partnership with Audubon Nature Institute reflects on long-term coastal restoration efforts.


Aug 18, 2015

When Someone Else Tells Your Story
Even a company like Amazon is vulnerable to losing its own narrative.

Whole Foods Co-Founder to Speak at the NACS Show
John Mackey, co-CEO and co-founder of Whole Foods Market, is the latest speaker added to the four-day general session line-up at the 2015 NACS Show.

Chicago Businesses Band to Block ‘Fat Tax’
Penny-an-ounce tax on sugary beverages would be Chicago’s third tax levied on soft drinks.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Battle: Oh, It’s On
The fall time favorite is getting a makeover at Starbucks and Panera.

Morrisons Moves Closer to C-Store Sell-Off
Britain’s fourth-largest supermarket chain is in advanced talks to sell off its M Local convenience stores.


Aug 17, 2015

Breakfast Breakdown
TIME offers five interesting facts about the evolution of breakfast fare.

Gain an Edge at the NACS Show
Convenience and fuel retailing industry technology professionals are invited to participate in Technology Edge at the upcoming NACS Show.

Why You Shouldn’t Skip Vacations
Forgoing time off could cost you a promotion, according to a recent study.

QuickChek Aids Thousands of Families in Need
Now is a critical time for donations, as many school-aged children are without access to food programs during the summer months.

FEMSA Enters Drugstore Business in South America
OXXO parent company invests in Socofar, the leading drugstore operator in Chile and Colombia.


Aug 14, 2015

Are You a Face in the Crowd?
Survey shows that majority of consumers would not patronize retailers that use facial recognition technology.

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise Visits Louisiana On the Run Store
NACS In Store event gives high-ranking congressman the opportunity see c-store operations firsthand.

Iran Nuclear Accord Could Mean Additional Crude Production
If agreement moves forward, Iranian inventories could boost global supply by 100,000 barrels per day.

Five Tips for Retailers Making the Move to EMV
With less than two months until the liability shift deadline, retailers should know what questions to ask and answer.

Detroit Gas Station Owners Consider Suing City
Retailers, many of them Arab-American, consider legal action over recurring licensing and ticketing issues.

Shock Top Launches Shock The California Drought Campaign
Beer brand teams with crowdfunding platform and state water organizations to fund water-saving innovations.


Aug 13, 2015

Illinois Congressman Goes In Store with NACS
Representative John Shimkus works behind the counter to learn about c-store concerns.

What’s New at the NACS Show?
42nd annual NACS Show continues to reinvent itself with new offerings for attendees.

Hipster Website Lists ‘Drive-Thru Americana’
NACS Ideas 2 Go retailer featured among top 10 gas stations that ‘break the mold.’

Indiana Refiner Breakdown Sends Midwest Gas Prices Soaring
Crude unit at Midwest’s largest refinery could be out of service for up to a month, leading to regionally high wholesale prices.

Convenience Stores Thriving in Vietnam
Modern c-stores quickly replacing more traditional markets for younger, busier shoppers.


Aug 12, 2015

Dollar General Committing to Beauty
Discount retailer giving a renewed emphasis to multicultural beauty products through new product lines and in-store magazine.

Halal Products Represent Opportunity for Retailers
Growing global Muslim population means business for retailers who feature halal products.

Natural Gas Vehicles Have Little Greenhouse Gas Benefit
New research finds little reduction in lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from medium- and heavy-duty natural gas vehicles.

Be Informed, Take Action
Building a relationship with elected officials and sharing your voice on issues that affect your business can make a difference.

Congress Should Pay More Attention to Payment Security
In the wake of data breaches, congressional conversation should focus on need for chip and PIN.


Aug 11, 2015

Are You Selling America’s Hottest Gift?
Surveys show that gift cards are most requested item for the eighth year in a row.

Consumers Taking Notice of Falling Gas Prices
Americans feeling optimistic, planning to drive more this month.

Few U.S. Consumers Have New Chip Cards
Just over 10% of consumers have received new cards, according to recent survey.

QSRs Cutting Back on Menu Size
Smaller menus allow chains to increase speed and efficiency.

Convenience Stores Becoming Favorite for Shopping in UAE
Analysts expect the number of c-stores in Emirates to double in the next five years.


Aug 10, 2015

Retailers Fight for Convenience
In the race to dominate the retail landscape, the convenience factor wins.

Keurig Sets Sights on Kold
With shares dropping and cuts to its workforce, Keurig Green Mountain looks to get its buzz back.

Amy’s Kitchen Opens Restaurant
Organic frozen food brand opens first drive-thru restaurant in California.

Aspartame-Free Pepsi Hits Store Shelves
Reformulated Diet Pepsi will roll out nationwide this week, in a bid to reverse sluggish diet soda sales.

Proposed Plastic Bag Ban Peeves C-Stores
Oregon proposal to ban single-use plastic bags in Mill City would inconvenience customers.

The Incredible Edible $6 Eggs
Analysts warn that egg prices could get pricier and warn of another bird flu outbreak this year.


Aug 7, 2015

More Gas Stations, Restaurants in Post-Katrina New Orleans
Census report shows that while overall number of businesses still down from 2005, fuel retailers and hospitality have made a comeback.

Senate Delays Voting on Cybersecurity Bill
Senators unable to agree on aspects of controversial legislation, agree to reintroduce at “a time to be determined.”

Are Beer Prices Headed Higher?
Several companies signal plans to raise prices due to higher production costs and market factors.

Major Brands Join for Hiring Initiative
100,000 Opportunities Initiative represents the largest employer-led coalition to meaningful youth employment opportunities.

Don’t Write the Boomers Off Yet
Despite focus on Millennials, Baby Boomers continue to impact the consumer landscape.


Aug 6, 2015

Wawa Moves Big Step Closer to Beer Sales
Township in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, okays retailer’s plan for beer sales.

The ACA Is Here to Stay
What employers need to know, now that the Affordable Care Act appears to be the law of the land.

Better-for-You Snack Bars Coming to Market
Hershey’s introduces Brookside Fruit & Nut Bars to address healthier snacking opportunities.

Natural Gas Stations Expected to Reach Nearly 39,000 Globally by 2025
Report finds that proliferation of natural gas as a fuel for vehicles is tied to government incentives and density of infrastructure.

Lawson to Open C-Stores in Tokyo Subway Stations
New stores will offer a variety of services, while catering to needs of tourists.


Aug 5, 2015

Judge Throws Out American Express Settlement
Judge rules that lawyer misconduct is grounds to reject class action settlement in its entirety.

NACS Member Advocates Against Higher Tobacco Taxes
Op-ed shares why raising tobacco taxes would be bad news for western Pennsylvania retailers.

Fuel Dispenser Orders Surge Before EMV Deadline
Gilbarco cites record month of orders as retailers act to upgrade ahead of EMV liability shift deadline.

Trading Beer for Bananas
Healthy Retail SF teaches c-stores in San Francisco’s food deserts how to shift to healthier options.

Austrian Court Snuffs Out Planned E-Cigarette Restriction
Court rules that blocking retailers’ right to trade freely is unconstitutional.


Aug 4, 2015

Hybrid Healthy Food Store Eyes Expansion
Snap Kitchen locations feature freshly made pre-packaged healthy meals to go.

Lottery Ticket Sales at Gas Pumps Fuel Gambling Concerns
California Lottery’s new Play at the Pump program lets drivers buy Quick Pick tickets while paying for gas at the pump.

Hawaii First Lady Recognizes Aloha Petroleum for Promoting Healthy Options
Choose Healthy Now initiative demonstrates that convenience stores are a destination for healthy foods and beverages.

Minimum Wage’s Impact on Limited-Service Restaurants
Study suggests a $15 an hour minimum wage at limited-service restaurants would increase prices by more than 4%.

Wine Trend Is Sparkling
Sparkling wines such as Moscato and Prosecco are becoming popular among young adult consumers.

Chevron’s Game Day Chef Challenge Underway
Food contest will determine who can top last year’s winning cashew crusted fried chicken sliders with apricot, sesame and root beer bacon jam recipe.


Aug 3, 2015

Is Your Store Fit to Be Fresh?
New NACS resource provides tips for retailers to build and expand fresh produce offerings.

Department of Labor Takes on Employment Practices
Convenience retailers should prepare for heightened enforcement of labor practices, due to latest policies from DOL.

Millennials More Diverse Than Many Assume
New research shows that there are big differences between coastal dwellers and those in the Heartland, when it comes to this all-important demographic.

New EPA Policy Expanding Protected Waters Could Affect Retailers
To meet federal compliance deadline, fuel retailers should assess if locations affect protected “Waters of the United States.”

NACS Sends Data Security Priorities to Senate
Senate may consider essential cybersecurity legislation this week.

Senate Passes Long-Term Highway Legislation
Bill would once again use underground storage tank (UST) funds to pay for highways.