Dec 19, 2014
European Union Agrees to Cap Card Fees
Once legislation is approved, most fees would be capped at 0.2 – 0.3%.
Eat More Nuts
Only 4 in 10 Americans eat enough heart-healthy nuts each day, says new CDC study.
Consumers Doubt Retailer Efforts to Protect Financial Info
Ongoing skepticism is an opportunity for retailers to better tell their own security stories.
Health-Oriented C-Store Has Big Plans
Portland’s Green Zebra begins offering delivery service, through Instacart.
Package Collection Comes to Singapore C-Stores
UPS and DHL now delivering packages for customer pick-up at c-store locations.
Dec 18, 2014
Big Brother Is Watching … Your Snacks
New vending machine uses facial recognition to match customer with medical history.
NOCO Express Opens State-of-the-Art Store
Expanded store features Wi-Fi, frozen yogurt and sustainable design elements.
Best Practices for Loss Prevention
Annual conference highlights networking and education for safety and loss prevention professionals.
Ontario C-Stores Support Move to Reduce Regulation
Government pledges to reduce unnecessary regulatory burden on small businesses.
States Increase Incentives for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Charging network expands beyond the “West Coast Electric Highway,” thanks to tax breaks.
Are Millennials Teetotallers?
U.K.-based report shows that Millennials are increasingly abstaining, among other trends to watch in 2015.
Dec 17, 2014
Build Your Skills with the NACS Leadership Challenge
Industry’s emerging leaders can develop skills for long-term personal growth and professional results.
NACS Sends Letter Addressing Errors in Recent Testimony
Office of the Comptroller provided erroneous testimony at Senate hearing on cybersecurity.
Gas Prices Have Little Effect on Demand for Car Travel
Automobile travel increases by just one percent for every 25% or more decrease in gas price.
NACS and Coca-Cola: Encouraging People Success
NACS/Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council welcomes suggestions on proposed research topics.
Discover Investing Heavily in New, Chip-Enabled Credit Cards
Company spending more than $35 million to update credit cards in order to combat fraud.
New Lottery Game Suspended Due to Low Ticket Sales
New multi-state lottery will end in several states, after only two months of sales.
Dec 16, 2014
Consumers Optimistic About Future Fuel Prices
This month’s NACS Consumer Fuels Survey shows that fuel price has less impact on economy.
2014’s Biggest Consumer Food Stories
War on sugar the third biggest story, after drought and shrinking bee population.
San Francisco Approves Reduction in Tobacco Sales Permits
Law would cut number of tobacco-selling permits in half over the next decade.
Labor Board Ruling Gives Unions New Leverage
Union election process will be sped up, beginning April 2015, thereby strengthening the power of unions.
Topaz Acquires Esso Ireland’s Fuels and C-Store Business
Deal will add 38 company-owned Esso sites to 120 existing Topaz-owned sites in Ireland.
Dec 15, 2014
Organized Crime Increases in Canada
A single theft at a Mac’s store resulted in $30,000 in stolen tobacco products.
Five Food Moves That Mattered
This year saw its fair share of movement in the QSR and fast-casual segments.
QuikTrip Nabs Fast Company’s Top 50 Spot
Convenience store chain ranks 21st as top place to work in the United States.
Rutter’s Employees Celebrate Record-Breaking Year
Employees donated $3,000 in toys and cash to local kids in need.
Harley-Davidson Tests Electric Hog
Prototype “LiveWire” bike toured Florida and captured customer feedback.
Dec 12, 2014
Merchants Respond to Credit Union Report
Memo says report highlights concerns about overdraft fees, no mention of data breaches.
The Evolution of Marketing for 2015
Experts identify trends from technology to customer focus for the coming year.
China's Chocolate Wars
Competition, and innovation, continues for brands hoping to get a share of the huge Chinese market for chocolate.
EIA Energy Outlook Predicts Lower Than Average Prices
Forecast suggests $68-per-barrel average Brent crude price in 2015, while recognizing high price uncertainty.
Apple Pay: Loved by Some, Not All
Banks and card companies are the payment system’s biggest fans, but merchants have doubts.
Dec 11, 2014
Banks Use Misdirection When It Comes to Data Breaches
NACS counsel authors opinion piece highlighting how banking industry hides responsibility for breaches.
Still No Date for Final RFS Rule
Despite pressure from House Committee, EPA chief won’t commit to timeline for RFS rule.
Shopper Surveys and Direct Store Delivery Help Optimize Performance
Free resource helps c-stores defend their turf and attract new business.
Consumers Rate Top Fast Food and Fast Casual Retailers
In-N-Out and T.G.I. Friday’s top the list, based on how well they respond to guests.
House Files $1.1 Trillion Spending Package
Congress expected to vote this week on measure to fund government, averting another shutdown.
Dec 10, 2014
Protect Yourself from a Protest
With minimum wage protests occurring across the country, employers should know the steps to take in the event of a planned protest.
Join the Industry’s HR Community
NACS HR Forum, March 3 – 5 in New Orleans, helps human resources professionals connect, grow and learn.
Northern California Opens First Retail Hydrogen Station
Ramos Oil opens region’s first public hydrogen pumps today, to much fanfare.
The Return of Smell-O-Vision?
Top brands are using scent to sell the customer experience.
Lack of Retail Employee Training a Worm in Apple Pay
Apple users vent about employees who don’t know how to accept new mobile payment system.
Dec 9, 2014
Interest in Alternative Fuel Vehicles Declines with Gas Prices
NACS survey shows correlation between lower gas prices and lower interest in alternative fuel cars.
NACS Vice Chairman Pens Op-Ed on Swipe Fees
Opinion piece in Orange County Register shares how credit cards are hurting the free market economy.
Paris Mayor Calls for Ban on Diesel Cars by 2020
Announcement is the latest approach to reducing pollution in French capital.
Business Predictions for 2015
From coffee prices to delivery services, Fortune magazine shares predictions for the coming year.
McDonald’s Goes Out of Its Comfort Zone
Expansion of ‘Create Your Taste’ custom ordering is risky, but could pay off with younger customers.
Corner Store Donates $1 Million to Children’s Charities
5K Country Run series wraps up, with contributions to Big Brothers Big Sisters and other charities.
Dec 8, 2014
Top 10 Trends for Specialty Food Revealed
Rise of Generation Z, alternative proteins and improved grocery delivery services make up the list for 2015 food trends.
Gulf Gift Cards Helping Retailers Drive Customer Loyalty
Holiday gift cards designed to give Gulf retailers another way to meet consumers’ needs and increase sales.
New Jersey Office of Weights and Measures Bans 19 Motor Oil Products
Retail locations must stop selling the products immediately.
Dollar Tree Could Shed Stores in Family Dollar Deal
U.S. Federal Trade Commission may require Dollar Tree to shed stores as part of pending merger of the dollar stores.
Dec 5, 2014
Minimum Wage Movement Spreads to C-Store Industry, 190 Cities
Some home care, airport and convenience workers join call for higher hourly wage, in day of protests.
Merchant Financial Cyber Partnership Announces Next Steps
Partnership sends letter to Congress outlining cybersecurity information sharing legislation principles.
Beacons Bringing Customers In-Store
Use of retail beacons continues to increase for holiday shopping season.
Groceries Where You Want Them
Washington, D.C., Metro considers grocery lockers at stations, while UberEssentials expands delivery.
Will Apple Pay Make EMV a Household Name?
Mobile payment system’s use of EMV and tokenization not the focus of coverage.
California Sales of Plug-In Vehicles on the Rise
New data shows one plug-in purchased for every two hybrids in the state.
Dec 4, 2014
Gas Station Food Gets Its Fill
More people are recognizing the gourmet options available at gas stations across the country.
What’s Next for Mobile Commerce
Mobile payment powerhouse shares thoughts on how mobile payments will change.
Marathon Petroleum Deploys New Discount Program
‘Cents Off Marathon’ program will also offer co-brand opportunities.
Spicy Predictions for 2015
Annual flavor forecast predicts trends for 2015, including global flavors and a twist on cookies.
The Comeback of British C-Stores
Changing demographics and economics influence the rise of smaller stores.
Dec 3, 2014
NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe Promises New Ideas and Industry Connections
Registration is now open for 2015 event in Berlin and London.
Australia’s Illicit Tobacco Market Continues to Worsen
Law-abiding retailers are being hit harder than ever before.
PCI Compliance Deadline Nears
Retailers have one more thing to worry about during the year-end sales push.
A Lingering Glance … at Pepperoni?
A new ‘subconscious menu’ being tested at U.K.-based Pizza Hut locations lets customers order with their eyes.
‘Death of Cash’ Reports Are Premature
Although more customers are paying with cards and phones, don’t write cash’s eulogy anytime soon.
Indiana Moves Closer to Sunday Alcohol Sales
Business coalition formed to advocate for change to liquor laws.
Dec 2, 2014
Tax Extenders Bill Hits a Road Block
Threat of presidential veto makes imminent passage of tax extender bill unlikely.
California Republicans Seek Fuels Cap-and-Trade Exemption
Proposed bill would permanently exempt oil and gas from program.
If Musk Builds It, Will They Come?
Demand for Tesla isn’t the problem, switching the world to electric cars is.
Carrefour to Open First Convenience Store in Shanghai
Hypermarket retailer is latest to enter highly competitive — and profitable — market.
Corner Store Whoops It up for the Holidays
New winter menu features peppermint whoopie bites.
Stripes Launches College Scholarship Fund
Company sets goal of raising $600,000 for fund benefitting local college-bound students.
Dec 1, 2014
Discover Sues Visa Over Antitrust Violations
Lawsuit alleges Visa has undertaken a series of illegal actions that undermine competition.
Oil Prices Could Continue to Drop
Analysts suggest that consumers could see prices as low as $2.55 at the pump by Christmas.
Florida Legislator Pushes Online Lottery Bill
Sunshine State could become eighth state to legalize online lottery sales.
Walmart Brings ‘Grab and Go’ Lockers to Canada
Retailer boosts capacity to fulfill online orders in the Toronto area with lockers that hold orders.
Lyfe Kitchen Opens First New York Location
Executive chef shies away from using the “H” word to describe the menu.
Nov 26, 2014
Battle for “Stomach Share” Continues
New survey shows diners increasing visits and purchasing more ready-to-eat meals from c-stores, dining out less.
Bringing Innovation In-House
Three reasons why innovation labs are a good idea for retailers who have the resources.
China Moves to Ban Cigarette Advertising
In attempt to reduce smoking in the world’s top cigarette market, proposed rules introduce numerous restrictions.
Stinker Stores Sets Record for Idaho Food Bank
Community campaign raises over $54,000, enough for 216,440 meals.
Opposites Attract at Canadian Gas Station
Electric car charging is latest addition to Canadian oil sands gas station.
Nov 25, 2014
FDA Finalizes Menu Labeling Rules Affecting Convenience Stores
New FDA menu labeling regulations bad for convenience stores and small businesses.
Jay Ricker Named Chairman of the Fuels Institute
Ricker Oil chairman will lead non-profit think tank dedicated to fuel market issues.
Dunkin’ Donuts Focusing Heavily on Mobile
Success of QSR’s loyalty program and mobile app lead to new test of mobile ordering.
Evolution of Foodservice Packaging Reflecting National Trends
Foodservice Packaging Institute’s annual report shows market shifts in distribution and materials.
Ontario May Ban Menthol Cigarettes and Regulate E-Cigs
Electronic-cigarette regulations would treat devices the same as tobacco cigarettes.
Nov 24, 2014
EPA Delays 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard
NACS weighs in on the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to not finalize 2014 standards under the RFS program until 2015.
House Republicans File Lawsuit Against President Obama
Litigation challenges President Obama’s actions implementing the health-care law, including decisions to waive the employer mandate.
Convenience Retailers Support Local Communities During Holidays
QuickChek launches holiday food drive; Stripes Stores announces Thanksgiving and Black Friday freebie.
Spire Breaks Ground on New CNG Station
South Carolina location will be developed next to a QuikTrip travel center in 2015.
Biscuits, Meet Oreos
Church’s Chicken readies for debut of Oreo Biscuit Bites.
Honda Supports California’s Hydrogen Network
Contribution of $13.8 million to FirstElement Fuel will help growth of public hydrogen refueling stations.
Nov 21, 2014
Massachusetts Town Drops Tobacco Ban Proposal
Vocal public opposition to nation’s first tobacco ban causes board of health to pull proposal.
Webinar Offers Insights into Potential Cyber Security Legislation
Congress may act soon to take up cyber security legislation, so get to know the landscape.
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41.3 Million Americans Hitting the Road Next Week
AAA’s Thanksgiving travel forecast projects highest number of travelers since 2007.
C.H. Robinson Collaborates on One-Day Food Fundraiser
The NACS member company partnered with local news station to sponsor Twin Cities food drive.