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Jul 31, 2014

Optimizing Foodservice Supply Chains
Upcoming webinar shares tips for getting fresh food to your stores.

Soda Tax Bill Introduced in Congress
House bill would create a national tax on sugary drinks, to be paid by manufacturers.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Acquires 55 Midwest Stores
Former Super Pantry Stores in Illinois and Indiana will operate under Circle K banner.

Former Fast Food Execs Are Leading a “Fresh Casual” Revolution
Popular chain has big expansion plans for its brand of healthy eating.

Retailer Organization Launches Small-Business Council
National Retail Federation hopes to engage “Main Street merchants” in advocacy efforts.


Jul 30, 2014

Ruling Makes Franchisors Liable for Labor Practices of Franchisees
If upheld, Labor Board ruling would forever change the business of franchising.

An Inside Look at Pepsi Spire
Thoughtful design and future-proofing technology key to rollout of new fountain machine.

Credit Card Fraud on the Rise
Thieves attempting last-minute scams before U.S. EMV adoption takes effect.

Rutter’s Takes the Cannoli… and Short Ribs
New items added to the chain’s award-winning foodservice program.

RaceTrac Reaches $1 Million in Charitable Giving
Milestone donations to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

BMW Launches Fast-Charging Station for EVs
Network of small, lower-priced chargers may encourage adoption of i3 model EV.


Jul 29, 2014

FDIC Reissues “Operation Choke Point” Guidelines
Language suggesting extra scrutiny for tobacco retailers has been removed.

NACS Submits Statement on Tobacco Tax Evasion
NACS shares concerns about unlevel playing field with Senate Finance Committee.

Candymakers Boost Prices
Both Hershey and Mars announce price increases.

IRS Moves Forward With Health Insurance Forms
Absence of the forms has left employers unable to plan for 2015 taxes.

Stripes® Raises Funds for Children’s Charity
Partnership with Red Bull will benefit Texas Operation Military Kids.


Jul 28, 2014

Dollar Chains to Merge
Dollar Tree will acquire Family Dollar, controlling more than 13,000 stores.

Merchants Get Behind Open Process for Data Security Standards
Groups recommend guiding principles to better protect consumers and businesses from cybercriminal activity.

More States Seek to ‘Ban the Box’
Laws banning early criminal background checks for job applicants are gaining momentum.

Dunkin’ Encourages Suggestive Selling
Cashiers are pushing donuts and sandwiches on afternoon customers to boost food sales.

Senator Franken Asks White House to Keep RFS Strong
Legislator says investment in biofuels is critical to job creation and decreasing foreign oil dependence.

Beer Ranks as Adult Beverage of Choice
More than 40% of adults choose beer over wine and liquor, according to a recent Gallup poll.


Jul 25, 2014

Uncovering Hidden Gems in the World of New Products
Cool New Products Preview Room allows suppliers to “cut through the clutter.”

Subway Employees Vote to Unionize
Employees at Pilot Flying J Subway location in New Jersey vote to join retail union.

New Orleans Launches Cigarette Butt Recycling Program
Partnership with Santa Fe Natural Tobacco is first in nation.

Hydrogen Fueling Could be Easier to Integrate Than You Think
New report could inspire Hydrogen integration into more California gas stations.

State Lotteries Bigger Than Ever
Massachusetts and Pennsylvania lotteries report record-setting profits.


Jul 24, 2014

Mixed Reactions to Kentucky’s Government-Run Gas Station
Many call it socialism, but customers line up for cheaper fuel.

Retailers’ Association Disappointed by Ruling on Micro Unions
RILA denounces NLRB decision certifying these unions within retail industry.

DOT Proposes Strict Oil-Train Safety Rules
Speed restrictions, braking requirements and new rail car design part of proposal.

Hunt Brothers Pizza a Staple in Tennessee
Family business dominates home-state pizza market, but looks to expand.

Japanese C-Store Giants Leave Smaller Chains Behind
Three largest chains top 10,000 stores, while smaller chains shrink.


Jul 23, 2014

Judge Calls FDA Report on Menthol Cigarettes “Tainted”
Ruling finds conflicts of interest in FDA menthol review board panel’s findings.

Appeals Courts Rule on Obamacare
Two federal appeals courts issue conflicting rulings on major provision of Affordable Care Act.

June Consumer Inflation Rises on High Gasoline Prices
June gas prices showed largest rise, while food prices showed smallest rise this year.

Tips for Changes That Lead to Higher Sales
Retail expert offers proven ideas for lasting change.

Journalist Shares Regrets for Judging C-Store Clerk
Essay describes experience of getting to know clerk after misjudging her.


Jul 22, 2014

Hydrogen Cars Are Here — What Now?
The alternative fuel cars have hit the market, but a NACS survey finds that consumer education is lacking.

NACS Refutes Claim That Debit Is Cheaper Than Cash
Aité Group report fails to take a comprehensive view, say retailer groups.

Get Ready for National Hot Dog Day
Kangaroo Express celebrates with free and discounted dogs on July 23.

New Poll Names Top Regional Grocery Brands
Harris Poll names Hy-Vee, Wegmans, Publix and Costco as regional grocery brands of the year.

Seasonal Thirst Creates Sales Opportunities
Coca-Cola offers DASANI Sparkling tips to capture fountain sales and digital marketing ideas


Jul 21, 2014

NACS State of the Industry Fact Book Now Available
Fact Book tracks most key industry metrics, with data dating back to the 1950s.

Irish Retailer Expands Into United States
Applegreen/Petrogas recently purchased two Long Island-area forecourt sites.

Corner Store Spices Up Summer Menu
New puff pies and whoopie pies feature a kick of Sriracha.

Georgia Lottery Hits Record Profits for Education Programs
State lottery has raised more than $15.5 billion for education programs since 1993.

Tesco Shifts to Housing
Retailer is using land allocated for new supermarkets to build 4,000 new homes.


Jul 18, 2014

Natural Gas Station Spurs Economic, Environmental Innovation
New Hampshire community officials embrace natural gas, expect new station to drive business to region.

Shinsegae Group Jumps Into Korean Convenience Store Business
Never-before-seen business model will remove franchise fees.

As E-Cig Sales Slide, Tobacco Pins Hopes on Marketing
Brands meanwhile, struggle against generic veporizers.

Consumers Continue to Place Importance on Premium Sandwiches
Subway keeps top spot as Panera Bread joins the top five, according to new rankings.

Tesla Owner Installs Charging Stations Along 3,700-Mile Route
Chinese businessman takes matters into his own hands, installing 16 stations for public use.


Jul 17, 2014

Indiana C- Stores Continue Fight to Sell Cold Beer
Convenience store association appeals ruling that upheld state monopoly on cold beer sales.

It’s True: Americans Love Bacon
Square data provides insights into consumer preferences and behavior.

Hershey’s Shakes Things Up
Hershey Creamery Co. introduces self-serve milkshake machine, the Shake Shop Express.

Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Top List of Respected Brands
Hershey, Johnson & Johnson and Kellogg also make top spots.

NOCO Express Stores Raise More Than $12,000 for Charity
Funds will benefit United Way locations in Western New York.

7-Eleven Increases Franchise Discounts for Military Veterans
Discount on franchise fees affirms company’s longtime support for veterans.


Jul 16, 2014

Has the Bubble Burst? Bubble Gum, That Is.
Gum sales continue to decline, as mints steal market share.

The Art of Negotiating Lower Credit Card Processing Fees
NACS can help savvy merchants negotiate better rates.

Would You Like Coffee with Your Chips?
Cappucino, mango, wasabi ginger and cheddar bacon mac & cheese are new contenders in Lay’s competition.

A Tobacco CEO Who 'Vapes' Could Alter the Industry
With Reynolds acquisition of Lorillard, CEO Susan Cameron may take tobnacco in new directions.


Jul 15, 2014

Good News for Retailers: Consumer Optimism Surges
NACS monthly survey shows higher optimism nationwide, in spite of increased gas prices.

Reynolds American to Buy Lorillard for $25 Billion
Reynolds to sell brands, including Blu e-cigarettes, to Imperial Tobacco to ease antitrust review.

Mid-Atlantic Expo Unites Asian-American Retailers With Vendors
3,000 retailers attend regional event, building community — and negotiating deals.

Study Reveals America’s Favorite Pizzas
Age, gender affect pizza preferences more than geography.

Bud Light Pours More Money Into Ritas
New ad campaigns, flavors for fruity malt beverage line.


Jul 14, 2014

Cadbury Matches Facebook With Chocolate
Ever wondered what your social media profile says about you and your chocolate preferences?

U.S. Clean Diesel Car Sales Increase 25%
Overall the U.S. car market is up 4.2% the first six months of 2014.

Taco Bell Adds More Protein to Bowls and Burritos
QSR will also begin testing a Power Breakfast menu.

U.S. Senators Seek Safety Caps for Liquid Nicotine Containers
Senate bill would require childproof packaging of liquid nicotine containers for electronic cigarettes.

Forecasters Predict Likelihood of El Niño
Chance of El Nino is about 70% during the Northern Hemisphere summer.

Cold Winter Weather Causes Summertime Fishing Woes
From Walmart to mom-and-pop shops, stores are running out of nightcrawlers, frustrating anglers and retailers alike.


Jul 11, 2014

Family Dollar Branches Into Beer and Wine
Strong sales at Family Dollar test markets lead to nationwide expansion of beer and wine sales.

Republican Tax Writers Clears$287B Tax Break for Business
White House threatens to veto legislation, calling it “corporate giveaway.”

Congress Close to Deal on Highway Trust Fund Extension
Deal would extend funds into spring 2015, relying on revenue from pension changes and customs fees.

House Subcommittee Passes Legislation to Address Abusive Patent Demand Letters
NACS joins with Main Street Patent Coalition to protect retailers and small business.

7-Eleven’s Mobile Tie-Ins Extend Freebies … and Buzz
Customers who use the company’s app can get free items well beyond today’s 87th anniversary.

Going Green in Foodservice Operations
Sustainable standards can be good for the environment and a foodservice operation’s bottom line.


Jul 10, 2014

C-Stores Are Oases in a Food Desert
Atlantic City’s neighborhood convenience stores can be a port in a storm during bad weather and good.

Stripes Paves the Way for a Greener Industry
New south Texas truck parking area built with recycled materials, designed to control erosion.

Oil Prices Expected to Surge Due to Iraq Violence
EIA raises West Texas Intermediate crude price projection to just over $100 per barrel in reaction to continuing unrest.

New General Mills Products Emphasize Protein, Bold Flavors
Line-up of products caters to food trends like gluten-free and whole grain, while introducing spicy new snacks.

Honesty Can Be the Best Policy
From self-service cafés to Panera’s pay-what-you-can locations, depending on customers’ ethics can be good business.


Jul 9, 2014

Robert Gates Announced as NACS Show Closing Speaker
Former secretary of defense and CIA director will share his behind-the-scenes view of world events affecting the industry.

Retail Growler Fills Begin in Arkansas
Fifteen retailers set to start selling growlers, in a win-win for retailers and brewers.

In a New Twist, RFS Could Boost Electric Vehicles
EPA announces a rule expanding what fuel sources qualify for the RFS.

Rutter’s Tries Out Adventurous New Menu Items
Convenience chain counts on fish bites, wings and taco dogs to attract hungry customers.

American Express Battle With DOJ Could Affect Retailers
Court case tests legality of credit card company’s “take it or leave it” policy.


Jul 8, 2014

EPA Releases Rule to Alleviate RIN Fraud
New rule responds to several cases of fraudulently generated RINs that hurt smaller renewable fuel producers.

As Millions Vape, E-Cigarette Researchers Count Puffs
More than 45 FDA-funded studies expected to provide data to assist in developing e-cigarette policy.

Small Businesses at Big Risk for Data Breaches
Businesses should be wary of breaches from a variety of sources, not just cybercriminals.

Loyalty Programs as Business Advantage
Successful rewards programs offer invaluable opportunity to collect consumer data.

Mixed Feelings as Washington State Prepares for Pot
Marijuana retailers and processors scrambling to get ready for first day of sales.

Road Projects at a Standstill as Highway Fund Goes Broke
More than 100,000 projects across the country could be affected by lack of federal funding.


Jul 7, 2014

Consumers Aren’t Loving QSRs
Demand for higher quality and healthier options puts fast-food chains on notice.

Walmart Express Eyes Texas
Retailer announces plans for stores in small towns around East Texas, with mixed reactions.

Twelve States Plan for Minimum Wage Increase
Over the next several years, 12 states will raise their minimum wage rates to at least $9 or more per hour.

Don’t Call Cube a Convenience Store
New drive-thru concept wants to be a ‘neighborhood concierge.’

New Study Rates the States in Beer Consumption
North Dakota residents drink the most beer, consuming an average of 43.3 gallons annually.


Jul 3, 2014

Gas Prices High, Headed Into Holiday
At a seven-year high, the $3.70 per gallon average is still lower than peak prices from last few years.

Merchants Not Gaining Independence From Credit Card Fees
Banks continue to gouge retailers across all sectors.

Big Plans for Food Spending This Holiday Weekend
Retailer survey estimates $6.2 billion to be spent on food and snacks over July Fourth.

Philip Morris to Sell Marlboro HeatSticks in Japan, Italy
New product, using iQOS system, expected to boost overseas sales.

June Auto Sales Unexpectedly Strong
Estimates could place 2014 sales at highest in eight years.


Jul 2, 2014

Restaurants Plan to Raise Prices Amid Cost Increase
Most restaurant chains plan price increases due to economic and supply factors.

Tropical Storm Arthur Forming in Atlantic
Storm could become a hurricane, reaching North Carolina’s coast before the holiday weekend.

Convenience, High Costs, With Washington’s Liquor Privatization
Washington State residents and businesses praise options, but lament higher costs and competition since privatizing liquor sales.

Nestlé U.S. Chief Looks for Brands to Fix or Toss
Company slashes number of product variations, gives Lean Cuisine brand a makeover.

Coca-Cola Partners With 7-Eleven for World Cup Promotion
Global campaign embraces World Cup madness, including 35,000 stores in 12 countries.