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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.

Be a Part of the Industry’s Most Comprehensive Compensation Report
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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.


Nov 20, 2014

NACS Signs Tax Extender Letter to Congress
More than 525 organizations urged Congress to pass business-friendly tax legislation this year.

The Price of Air
Gas station chain being sued for charging to use air pumps.

Alternative Fuels Seek Market Share
Experts discuss how alternative fuels are finding their place among a gas-dominated market at Fuels Institute Summit.

7-Eleven Getting Into the Medicine Business
Convenience chain will launch its own line of OTC meds.

How Bitcoin Could Change the Payments Industry
Millennials' lack of attachment to physical currency likely to drive adoption.


Nov 19, 2014

Understanding Expectations of Invested Customers
The new breed of “invested” customer has higher expectations but increased loyalty.

Consumer Behavior and Its Influence on Fuels
Panelists at Fuels Institute meeting analyze consumer trends and their impact on the vehicle and fuels market.

Merchants and Credit Cards Are Getting Safer
Systems being updated to better protect consumers in the lead-up to the holiday season.

Chocolate Lovers: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid
Chocolate makers caution that worldwide cocoa shortage likely by 2020.

Retailers Welcome Ontario Government's Commitment to Addressing Contraband Tobacco
Increased government action needed to stem rampant illegal tobacco sales.


Nov 18, 2014

Balancing the Future of Fuels with Environmental Needs
Fuels Institute’s inaugural meeting delves into how regulations, particularly in California, influence fuels and vehicles markets.

Gas Station Dining Can Be a Community Game-Changer
Seoul Food D.C., profiled in Ideas 2 Go, is a model for creating an urban feel in suburbs.

Merchants Brief Congress on Mobile Payment Issues
Panelists recommend technology-neutral legislation, emphasize need for innovation.

Ohio Lottery Wants to Make Scratch-Offs a Holiday Tradition
New marketing campaign takes advantage of holiday sales window to encourage gift givers to buy scratch-off tickets.

Are You Ready for a Millennnial Workforce?
Starting next year, Millennials will make up a majority of the workforce, but corporate attitudes toward them may need to change.


Nov 17, 2014

Position Your Company for Global Success
NACS Global Forum in Singapore is a powerful networking opportunity for retail leaders.

Commuting by Car Is Down in More Cities and States
Nationwide trend showing decrease in car commuting will be further analyzed in January Fuels Institute report.

Lower Gas Prices Already Leading to Bigger Baskets
Retailers like Walmart attribute Q3 increase in part to low prices at the pump.

FDIC and DOJ Agree to Operation Choke Point Investigation
Agencies will launch preliminary inquiry into program potentially targeting tobacco sales, in response to requests from congressmen.

Michigan Lawmakers Expected to Vote on Bill Requiring Added Security
The Herringa Act would add extra safety measures for third-shift workers at 24-hour convenience stores.


Nov 14, 2014

Hundreds Show Up to Oppose Town’s Tobacco Ban
Public meeting in Westminster, Mass., ends early as crowd of 500-plus loudly voices opposition to board of health plan.

Share Your Perspective on Capitol Hill
Annual NACS Government Relations Conference gives members of Congress invaluable insight about our industry.

Opportunities in Mobile Payments at the Pump
While not without challenges, new pay at the pump app could be a game changer.

As Gas Prices Go Down, Hummer Sales Go Up
Large SUVs and trucks are seeing renewed popularity thanks, in part, to lower gas prices.

British Retailers Worried About Illegal Tobacco
Sales of black market tobacco on the rise in Plymouth, England, causing concern for residents and retailers.


Nov 13, 2014

E85 Sales Have Room for Growth
Fuel sales expected to double by 2023, but with the right market conditions could increase 20-fold.

Whole Grain Goodness at Your Local C-Store
Kwik Trip shares its approach for introducing healthier options, including more whole grain products.

Online Map Shows Natural Gas Stations Nationwide
New tool provides locations of LNG and CNG stations searchable by mile ranges.

Inside Walmart’s Crystal Ball
Analysts predict the mega-retailer will continue investing in smaller footprint stores.

Convenience Chains Donate Generously to Children and Military Families
Rutter’s contributes $200,000 for preschool scholarships, while QuickChek supports military families with $75,000.


Nov 12, 2014

Will Falling Gas Prices Boost Holiday Spending?
According to latest NACS survey, a majority of male and younger consumers feel renewed optimism about the economy and say they’ll spend more.

Indiana Liquor Sales Landscape Gets Another Player
New liquor delivery service adds fuel to an already-heated battle over liquor sales in the state.

Fool Me Twice
Survey shows that data breaches don’t change consumer behavior.

Frito-Lay Converts Fleet to Alternative Fuels
Company builds strong partnerships to develop commitment to reduce emissions.

Germans Go for LPG Vehicles
LPG-powered cars make up an increasing percentage of the country’s alternative fuel vehicles.


Nov 11, 2014

Philly Merchants Hurt by New Cigarette Tax
$2-per-pack tax to fund schools has many customers driving to the suburbs.

Call to Action: Make Your Voice Heard on Online Lottery Legislation
Time is running out to contact your legislators about the business impact of online lottery sales.

Banks Challenge Retailers Over Cyber Attacks
Groups point fingers in debate over who should pay when retailers are breached.

Apple Pay Will Need Merchant Buy-In
Despite the platform’s media darling status, merchant adoption may still be the key to its success.

Proposed N.J. Gas Tax Could Cost Consumers $300 More Per Year
Gas tax would go to replenish state’s roadwork fund for roads, bridges and mass transit.

Veterans Pay It Forward for C-Store Customers
Illinois store experiences two good deeds in one day, both courtesy of veterans.


Nov 10, 2014

Oil Price War Looms
Saudi Arabia’s price cut for U.S. oil may spark a global price war.

Cumberland Farms Now Accepting Apple Pay
Convenience retailer joins growing list of retailers to accept Apple’s mobile payment system.

Supreme Court Will Hear Case on Obamacare Subsidies
Decision on tax subsidies for exchanges brings Affordable Care Act back into the spotlight.

United Fresh Highlights Fall Menu Trends
Trends include how convenience stores are using fresh produce to respond to consumer demand for healthy options.

Could Mobile Apps Replace Drive-Thrus?
Younger city dwellers and less driving could spell the demise of the drive-thru in urban areas.

Shift Takes on Transportation
Start-up creates its own intelligent mass private transit system.


Nov 7, 2014

Nation’s First Soda Tax Passes in Berkeley, California
Across the Bay, similar measure fails in San Francisco.

Opinion Piece Questions Town’s Proposal to Ban Tobacco
Boston Globe op-ed says Westminster should focus on smoking prevention, not ban that will hurt retailers.

Retail Crime Costs Retailers $128 Billion Worldwide Each Year
$42 billion of “shrink” in the United States represents 1.48% of sales.

Dollar-Store Chains Say Smokers Are Their Best Customers
Smoking rate for regular customers almost double the national rate, making tobacco big business for chains.

Consumers Planning to Go Mobile This Holiday Season
Survey shows that nearly 75% will use their mobile device for holiday shopping.


Nov 6, 2014

Chicago Bans Flavored Tobacco Sales Near Schools
Judge rejects a request to block the ordinance, which bans the sale of flavored tobacco within 500 feet of a school.

NACS Signs Letter to Congressional Leaders Urging Action on Data Security
More than 40 merchant organizations urge Congress to establish clear and uniform legislation to address cyber crime breaches.

More of the Best in “Ideas 2 Go” Videos Now Online
Video series digs into the NACS archives to share innovative ideas from convenience retailers across the country — and around the world.

Canadian C-Stores Have Mixed Reaction to Credit Card Fee Deal
Retailer association says swipe fees still too high, despite fee reduction agreed upon this week.

Nashville Voters Welcome Wine in C-Stores and Groceries
With overwhelming support, local referendums pass allowing wine to be sold in c-stores beginning in 2016.

Japan’s Lawson Stores Link Up with Amazon
Convenience chain will allow customers to order and pick up Amazon items in-store.


Nov 5, 2014

Election Day Recap: What It Means for Our Industry
As Republicans do better than expected in mid-term elections, optimism grows for upcoming 114th Congress.

A New Era for Mobile Payments
NACS viewpoint on the mobile payment landscape represented on Kojo Nnamdi Show.

Credit Card Companies Cut Swipe Fees in Canada
Visa and MasterCard give in to pressure from retailers, avoiding a mandate from Canadian government.

Fresh Fruit Is a Growth Opportunity
With increasing sales numbers, the top five fruits are a great pick for retailers.

Chicago Plans for Alternative Fuel Center
O’Hare Airport location will provide electric stations and alternative fuels to the public and airport vehicles.


Nov 4, 2014

Apple Pay Is No Revolutionary Change, Says NACS
Wall Street Journal op-ed explains why widely heralded payment innovation still too dependent on the credit card companies.

Global Consumer Confidence on the Rise
Steady increase in optimism exceeds pre-recession levels.

McDonald's Caters to Regional Tastes
Regionally tailored menus are a move away from traditional, one-size-fits-all approach.

British Grocery Chains Losing Market Share – to Themselves
Increase in grocery-owned c-stores has changed the traditional shopping model.

More Fast-Food Chains Focus on Healthier Eating
Some of the fastest-growing QSRs are about Brussels sprouts, not burgers.


Nov 3, 2014

Five Reasons for Lower Oil Prices
All corners of the globe are contributing to the recent dip in oil prices.

Starbucks Is Bringing the Barista to You
Company announces plans to launch delivery service next year.

Better Retail Sales Are a Mixed Blessing for Merchants
As retail sales numbers rise, so do swipe fees.

Seafood Is a Great Catch for Florida Gas Retailer
Jacksonville c-store teams up with local seafood supplier for frozen seafood meals.

Coke Helps C-Stores Take Advantage of Growth Trends
New product and marketing options help retailers maximize profits in beverage category.


Oct 31, 2014

NACS Joins Merchants to Set Record Straight on Cybersecurity and Payments
Merchant associations send letter to credit unions dispelling myths about cyber-attacks.

U.S. Oil Boom’s Connection to Chocolate
As gas prices decline due to domestic production, consumers have extra money for treats.

Would You Like a Side of Tech with That Order?
Like everywhere else, use of technology is increasing in the foodservice sector.

Conexxus Applauds Completion of HTML5 Standard
Retailer and technology community has long supported Internet standardization.

Oxxo Convenience Store Debit Cards a Big Success
Number of Mexicans using the new cards is double the industry norm.


Oct 30, 2014

NACS Responds to Card Company Attempts to Dominate Mobile Payments
Electronic Transactions Association is pressuring retailers to accept forms of payment that add costs to their businesses and customers.

Diesel Vehicle Sales Forecast Are Strong — Are Consumers Ready?
New Fuels Institute report examines consumer preferences toward diesel fuel.

U.S. Cities Eye Tobacco Purchasing Age
More cities consider raising legal purchasing age for tobacco products to 21.

NACS Members Open New Stores in California and New York
Mission Market and QuickChek expand their portfolios with new stores and more jobs for the local economy.

Send in the Robots
Home improvement retailer tests whether ‘OSHbots’ can help improve customer service.

Taco Bell Pioneers QSR Mobile Payment App
Mobile ordering and payment app allows for customization of menu options, mobile ordering and location-based services.


Oct 29, 2014

U.S. Diesel Fuel Demand to Peak in 2015
World diesel demand expected to grow through 2030, according to Fuels Institute report.

Massachusetts Town Introduces Proposal to Ban Tobacco
If approved, sales of all forms of tobacco would be prohibited in town of Westminster.

Battle of the Mobile Payment Systems
Consumers will decide whether Apple Pay or CurrentC comes out on top.

Lowe’s Goes Small in the Big Apple
Home improvement superstore opening two small-format stores in NYC next year.

NOCO Campaign Raises $22,000 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Funds raised by employees and customers will support research and community services.