Nov 25, 2015
Sheetz, QuikTrip Among Best Work Environments
The two convenience stores are ranked in the top 10 in Fortune’s list of the best places to work in retail in the United States.
Cumberland Farms Gives Thanks with Free Coffee
Convenience retailer will offer free coffee, tea and hot chocolate on Thanksgiving Day.
McDonald’s Debuts Restaurant of the Future
New Zealand location features an open kitchen and gourmet burger bar showing transparency of food preparation.
General Mills Announces Timeline for 100% Cage-Free Eggs
Humane Society applauds the announcement, saying that confining hens in cages has no place within the U.S. food system.
South Korean Convenience Stores Thrive
As the average household size has decreased, convenience stores have prospered and grown.
Nov 24, 2015
Labor Exemption Changes Coming, But When?
The U.S. Labor Department rule would revise which workers are eligible for overtime and which are not.
Kwik Trip Becomes First Convenience Store to Join the Drink Up Effort
Led by the Partnership for a Healthier America and more than 50 supporters, the initiative encourages people to drink more water more often.
Oregon Convenience Stores Meet Demand for Craft Beer with Growlers
Companies like the Growler Guys have made filling up with beer as convenient as pumping gas.
Warning Labels on Gas Pumps Set to Debut Soon in North Vancouver
Our Horizon has been campaigning hard to require the labels that warn of climate change.
46.9 Million Americans Hitting the Road for Thanksgiving
AAA predicts an additional 300,000 holiday travelers this week.
Texas Sees Uptick in ATM Thefts at Convenience Stores
The smash-and-grab robberies leave behind huge messes and destroyed merchandise.
Nov 23, 2015
San Francisco Sues Amex Over Card Fees
City Attorney Dennis Herrera is suing American Express Company and seeking billions of dollars in penalties and restitution for merchants.
Amplify Our Industry’s Voice
The NACS Government Relations Conference educates legislators so they can make decisions that help—not hurt—the convenience industry’s bottom line.
Is the Cider Craze Receding?
Reports indicate that the cider boom may not be as ripe as expected.
Turkey Hill Selling Popular Holiday Gift
Stunt Series Drone among the c-store chain’s Black Friday deals.
Audi Expects 25% of Fleet to be EVs in 2025
Automaker notes uptick in battery-electric and plug-in hybrids.
Nov 20, 2015
Card-Not-Present Fraud Jumps 30%
Experts point to EMV and credential compromises as fueling e-commerce schemes.
Dunkin’ Donuts Starts Mobile Ordering, Delivery Tests
The pilot programs will run in two cities before branching out to other areas.
Coke Expands Sparkling Water With Smartwater
The carbonated version will debut in select cities with a broader rollout in 2016.
Portland, Oregon, Squashes New Gas Station Construction
The city council approved a resolution forbidding new gasoline stations within city limits because of global warming.
Rutter’s Donates $75,000 to Three Local Charities
The funds are from the company’s new corporate giving program called Vote With Your Dollars.
Artist Finds Inspiration in Gasoline Stations
The painter recreates scenes from 1940s gas stations as a tribute to their service as community gathering places.
Nov 19, 2015
NACS Global Forum Registration Is Open
Registration is now open for the 2016 NACS Global Forum, taking place in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa.
Younger Generation Shifting From Car Ownership
Lyft co-founder and president won’t teach his daughter to drive. Is this how the younger generation will approach car ownership?
Menu-Labeling Legislation Moves Closer to Enactment
Advanced through the House Energy and Commerce Committee, next step is the House of Representatives for a vote.
Corner Store Launches New Branding, Made-to-Order Food Program
New initiative is based on extensive market research that shows Corner Store’s customers want a broad range of fresh food and beverage options.
Cleveland Mulls Restricting Tobacco Products to 21
The city’s convenience store owners objected to language that also would restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products to retail tobacco stores.
New Technology Puts Video Ads on Store Cooler Doors
Anthony International has been testing its iDOOR® technology with positive results.
Nov 18, 2015
U.S. Adult Smoking Rates Keep Dropping
The number of U.S. adults who smoke is just under 15% for the first half of 2015.
Is Big Brother Watching?
New technological and governmental developments will affect drivers, fuel demand and the environment.
McDonald’s Revamps Value Menu
The fast-food chain will debut the new selections on Jan. 4
Wrigley, Mars Chocolate Reimagine Transaction Zones
These new ideas and shopper insights will drive merchandising recommendations.
Ontario Convenience Stores Applaud Bill to Address Illegal Tobacco
The measure advocates higher fines for contraband cigarettes and public education about tobacco consumption.
Nov 17, 2015
State AGs Advocate for Chip and PIN
Nine state attorneys general are asking card issuers to adopt chip and PIN technology in the United States as soon as possible.
Taco Bell Focuses on Food Transparency
By the end of 2016, Taco Bell plans to serve only cage-free eggs at all of its 6,000-plus U.S. locations.
First Data, NCR Sign Strategic Commercial Agreement
The strategic partnership will encompass payment card acceptance and technology solutions for the grocery, petroleum and convenience store industries.
Corner Store’s Country Run 5K Series Raises $1.4 Million
Big Brothers Big Sisters and local children's charities will benefit from the 2nd annual racing event.
Conexxus Hosts Free Tokenization Webinar
On November 19, retailers are invited to participate in an hour-long session on key trends in mobile payments and wallets.
Nov 16, 2015
Low Gas Prices Fuel Big Black Friday Shopping Plans
A new NACS consumer survey shows that nearly half of all Black Friday shoppers expect to shop more this holiday season.
HUD Proposes Making Public Housing Smoke-Free
The proposed rule would not allow smoking in living units, common areas or within 25 feet of housing units.
Hot Cocoa Gains Steam as Flavor Trend
The chocolate flavoring has crossed over into ice cream, cookies and other snacks.
Majority of Holiday Shoppers Already Crossing Off Items on Gift List
By early November, more holiday shoppers than last year have made significant strides in purchasing presents.
Filipino House Likely to Approve Soda Tax
The bill would add a 10% ad valorem tax on carbonated beverages.
Obesity Not Slowing Down Among U.S. Adults
U.S. rate of obesity jumped to close to 38% of adults in 2013-14, up sharply from 32% 10 years ago.
Nov 13, 2015
Heartland, Pinnacle Offer Integrated EMV POS Solution
Lynch Oil will be the first convenience and fuel retailer to implement the EMV acceptance system.
7-Eleven Expands Amazon Lockers
7-Eleven stores in Canada and the United States will offer more locker units that customers can send e-commerce purchases to for pick-up.
Hershey’s Rolls Out Sweets With Simple Ingredients
Holiday Kisses Milk Chocolates and Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars will feature a new SmartLabel QR code for ingredient transparency.
KFC Tests Food Delivery
The fast-food chain has teamed up with DoorDash to test food delivery in California.
Craft Brewers Issue Statement About AB InBev/SABMiller Deal
The Brewers Association urges Congress and Department of Justice to closely examine the proposed deal between Anheuser-Busch InBev and SAB Miller.
Nov 12, 2015
NACS Show Educational Sessions Available On-Demand
Continue your NACS Show experience by purchasing recorded educational sessions.
Oreos Get Personal for the Holidays
Mondelez International is testing personalized packaging with its Oreos brand.
SABMiller Sells Stake in MillerCoors to Molson Coors Brewing
The deal paves way for Anheuser-Busch InBev’s purchase of SABMiller.
Apple in Talks to Bring PayPal Rival to Market
Reports indicate that the tech company is in talks with banks to launch a mobile person-to-person payment service.
Pizza Hut Debuts Holiday ‘Triple’
Tri-level packaging includes two medium one-topping pizzas, dessert and sides.
Nov 11, 2015
Fast-Food Workers Again Strike for $15/Hour Wage
The higher minimum wage movement kicked off a 12-month campaign yesterday with walkouts in dozens of locations.
FDA Authorizes Marketing of New Tobacco Products
These orders, the first through the premarket tobacco application pathway, permit the tobacco products to be sold in the United States.
4 Ways to Connect With Millennial Workers
By 2025, this generation will have 75% of employment options.
7-Eleven Aims Higher With Veterans Franchises
The convenience store chain wants to provide franchise opportunities to 100 vets, and $2 million in discounts for its military vet franchise program.
Poverty, Not Food Deserts, Contribute to Bad Eating Habits
A recent study found that access to healthy food doesn’t mean eating better.
The (Artificial) Nose Knows
A company has developed a small chip that essentially provides a sense of smell to computers.
Kroger Adds Energy Efficient Lighting to Gas Stations
The supermarket will retrofit a thousand stations with LED lights.
Nov 10, 2015
Falling Gas Prices Raising Hopes for Holiday Spending
Latest NACS consumer survey reveals that than one in four consumers expects to increase their spending this month.
Target’s ‘Vastly Different’ Small Format Opens in Virginia
The newer and much smaller Target format seeks to capture Millennials and city dwellers alike.
7-Eleven Car Wash Locations Offering Military Free Cleaning
On Veterans Day, participating 7-Eleven car wash locations are offering former and current military “the works” for their vehicles.
U.S. Senator Voices Concern on Beer Merger
Senator Chris Murphy says that the AB InBev and SABMiller merger could pose challenges for brewers in his home state of Connecticut and craft brewers nationwide.
Gas & Grass Opens for Business
Budding convenience store is two businesses with two separate entrances: one for the marijuana dispensary and the other for the gasoline.
Gulf Oil Moves Into Wisconsin
The Gulf brand returns to Wisconsin for the first time in more than two decades.
Nov 9, 2015
President Obama Kiboshes Keystone Pipeline
Citing environmental concerns, Obama again says no to the controversial pipeline.
Junk Food Is Not Driving Obesity
New study suggests that candy, soft drinks and fast foods are not likely a leading cause of obesity in the United States.
CST Shares Growth Plans
New acquisitions and store growth enhance the Texas convenience retailer’s focus on foodservice.
Payments Panel Hints at Biometrics
Senator suggests that the United States will leapfrog over chip-and-signature into other secure payment methods such as biometrics.
Whole Foods Adds New Food Label
Responsibly Grown label is intended to add an additional level of food transparency.
Nov 6, 2015
Will Mile Taxes Replace Gas Taxes?
Oregon is piloting a program to see if per-mile fees are feasible.
Multi-Year Highway Bill Passes
The U.S. House of Representatives passes legislation to authorize six years of transportation infrastructure.
Target Looks to Partnerships for Fresh Food
The discount retailer has been discussing how to have a better fresh food supply chain.
Three Germs Cause 91% of Foodborne Disease Outbreaks
The CDC calls for government and the food industry to work together to make food safe.
A Flat Pizza Trend
More pizza places are turning to flatbread to jazz up sales.
McDonald’s Trials Meatier Burger in the U.K.
The fast-food chain is hoping the new, pricier and thicker burgers will knockout the competition.
Nov 5, 2015
NACS-Supported Legislation Moves Through Congress
The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee voted on November 4 to pass menu-labeling and synthetic drug legislation.
President Obama Strikes Automatic Enrollment From ACA
This week the president signed into law a budget package that includes a provision to remove the health-care law’s mandatory automatic enrollment provision.
Conexxus Is Setting the Strategy
Several industry trends are on the radar of the technology and standards organization and will continue to be the group’s focus.
Tesla CEO Makes Bold Prediction
Elon Musk believes that all vehicles will be self-driving within two decades.
Chipotle E. Coli Outbreak Leans Toward Contaminated Produce
The fast-casual chain has temporarily closed all of its locations in Washington and Oregon.
Nov 4, 2015
Election Day Recap
Republicans extend dominance at the state level; Democrats hold major metros; voters reject minimum wage increases and marijuana legalization.
Calorie-Count Study Questions Effectiveness of Menu Labeling
Diners aren’t choosing lower-calorie offerings over other menu items despite seeing the data.
Samsung Pay Debuts Strong
The mobile payment solution registered good sales during the first month of its U.S. launch.
Ricker’s Chooses GreenPrint to Launch Reduced Emission Fuel
GreenPrint will partner with Ricker’s to introduce the program to Indianapolis drivers.
QuickChek Helps Check-Out Hunger
The fundraising campaign benefits hungry families this holiday season.
A “Green” Beirut Gas Station
The service station has hanging gardens that surround the pumps.
Nov 3, 2015
EPA Nears Completion of Renewable Fuel Obligations for 2014-2016
Final rule establishing volume obligations nears the last step before a regulation is published.
The Cost of Poor Health
States with conservative leaders look at ways to combat obesity while balancing tax concerns.
EPA Notifies VW of Additional Clean Air Act Violations
Second notice of violation alleges that Volkswagen installed a defeat device in light-duty diesel Audi and Porsche models.
Convenience Summit Adds Ireland to Lineup
The 2016 NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe puts Dublin, Ireland on the schedule in addition to Stockholm and London.
Sheetz Serves Up Specialty Fall Beverages
Now on the menu for the fall season are the pumpkin pie latte, maple latte and hot apple cider.
Nov 2, 2015
U.S. House Committee Takes Up Menu-Labeling, Synthetic Drugs
The House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Health will take up NACS-supported legislation this week on menu-labeling and synthetic drugs.
How Tweet It Is
The NACS reFresh initiative harnesses social media to spread the word about enhancing the industry’s image.
Morrisons Tests Convenience Food Offer
Pilot will begin by the end of the year at five stores owned by Motor Fuel Group.
Healthy Fast-Food Chain Coming to Philadelphia
Locals will soon learn what Bryn and Dane's healthy, local fast-food offers are all about.
U.K. Sugar Tax Would Have Bitter Effect
Parliament member Alan Duncan opines that a sugar tax in the United Kingdom is flawed both in its logic and implementation.
Oct 30, 2015
NACS Praises Menu-Labeling Legislation
Newly introduced Senate bill provides necessary flexibility and understanding of convenience store foodservice operations.
FDA Issues First-Ever No Sale Orders
Agency issues a No-Tobacco-Sale Order to eight retailers for repeatedly selling tobacco products to minors.
7-Eleven Opens First Post-Security Airport Store in United States
Convenience retailer creates exclusive ‘snack pack’ for DFW Airport’s on-the-go travelers.
Would You Eat This?
A quick roundup of wacky and fast-food finds, just in time for Halloween.
Hess Continues Holiday Tradition
The 2015 Hess Fire Truck and Ladder Rescue will go on sale November 1.
Oct 29, 2015
2015 NACS Show Breaks Records
This year’s NACS Show broke records and more importantly, connected and educated thousands of retailers and suppliers.
House Committee Marks Up Bill Limiting the Definition of Joint Employer
The National Labor Relations Board had sought to expand the definition, which might have altered franchisor-franchisee relationships.
Alberta to Hike Gas, Tobacco Taxes
Local convenience stores say the increase will drive customers away.
NOCO Raises More Than $25,000 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The New York convenience store chain ran the fundraiser in August and September.
Walgreens Acquires Rite Aid
The acquisition would merge the second- and third-largest drugstore chains in the United States.