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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.


Oct 28, 2014

Election Day Countdown: Where Do We Stand
Looking at current knowledge and trends, what can we predict for Election Day 2014?

DIY Pepsi Flavors for SodaStream Users
Limited run trial will feature Pepsi ‘Homemade’ flavors for home use.

Carmakers Prepare to Shift to Hydrogen Fuel Cells
Despite inherent challenges, manufacturers are investing in hydrogen.

Filipino C-Stores Taking Market Share from Grocery Stores
Time-strapped consumers turning to prepared meals and local shopping.

Mississippi Retailers Protest Security Mandate
Increase in crime leads to city of Jackson proposal requiring c-stores to hire private security.


Oct 27, 2014

Legislator Gets Crash Course in Convenience Retailing
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson participates in NACS In Store grassroots engagement program at local Kwik Trip.

Hackers Boost Malware Efforts to Attack Retailers
Effective strand of POS malware undetected by anti-virus software is already posing a threat.

QuickChek Outsells Starbucks Coffee
New Jersey-based convenience retailer outsold Starbucks in hot brewed units despite having 40% fewer locations in the state.

Neighborhoods Prepare for Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday raked in $5.7 billion with independent merchants in 2013.

Franchisees Getting Cybersecurity Help
Industry groups partner to provide franchise businesses with cybersecurity resources.

FDA to Host Tobacco Webinar on Substantial Equivalents
Information to be provided for retailers on grandfathered tobacco products.


Oct 24, 2014

How Effective Is Your Foodservice Strategy?
NACS CAFÉ experts break down what it takes to build a profitable foodservice operation.

Workplace Considerations for Ebola Exposure
Free webinar today will clarify employer responsibilities and best practices.

New Beacon Technology Enhances Mobile Loyalty
First Data introduces device to help small merchants compete on digital engagement.

Food Shoppers Make Fewer Trips, but to Stranger Places
Channel blurring is omnipresent as shoppers place a premium on value and convenience.

Conexxus Representative Receives Extraordinary Contribution Award
X9 financial technical standards committee recognizes Alan Thiemann as a driving force for the industry.


Oct 23, 2014

San Francisco to Require Carbon Labels at Gas Stations
Legislation mandates "climate change warning labels" on gas pump nozzles beginning March 2015.

Sam's Club Launches Small-Business Health Exchange
Partnership with Aetna to provide streamlined administration and cost control benefits.

Chevron Joining Apple Pay Network
Chevron offers an easy, secure and private way to pay with Apple Pay.

Japan's Java Wars
Higher quality coffee at lower prices is a game-changer for c-store industry — and Japanese coffee consumption.

Detroit Start-Up Hopes to Overcome Food Deserts
Fresh Corner Café puts fresh fruit, salads and more in gas stations and c-stores.


Oct 22, 2014

NACS Show Reaches Second-Highest Attendance
An impressive attendee turnout at this year’s NACS Show led to some record-breaking metrics.

Disability Lawsuits Against Small Businesses Soar
Federal ruling and new guidelines allow ‘testers’ to go to court.

New MasterCard Will Come With Fingerprint Scanner
Collaboration between credit card and biometric companies to launch in the U.K.

McDonald’s Not Loving Latest Earnings Report
Disappointing decline in global sales has caused company to rethink operations.

CVS Pressures Competitors to Go Tobacco Free
Retailer announces plan to charge customers for filling prescriptions at tobacco-selling drugstores.

Breaking the Glass Ceiling in a Pakistan Gas Station
Station in Lahore is the country’s first to hire women to pump gas.


Oct 21, 2014

Is ApplePay a Retailer’s Best Friend?
New payment system further distances users from the cash transaction, possibly inspiring increased purchasing.

Amex to Provide Assistance for Merchant EMV Adoption
Program will provide small merchants with $100 to upgrade terminals, starting in February.

Foodservice Beyond the Metrics
Cultivating a successful foodservice program requires CEOs to ask the right questions and lead cultural change.

Manufacturers Have Introduced Thousands of Healthier Products
New product survey documents 30,000-plus products with reduced calories, fats, sugar and sodium.

No One Happy with the State of Swipe Fees
Three years since the Durbin Amendment and the swipe fee contest continues.

Gulf Fuels Breast Cancer Research with New Pink Ribbon Gift Card
New Gulf Oil Giving Foundation initiative amplifies support for American Cancer Society.


Oct 20, 2014

White House to Require PIN Technology on Credit Transactions
NACS applauds the administration’s new BuySecure Initiative to help fight data breaches.

What Employers Need to Know About Ebola
The right response depends on several factors and there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

Amazon Delivers Groceries to East Coast
New York City launch of Amazon Fresh will begin in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood.

Tesla to Open First Battery Swap Station
Company’s first battery swapping station will open by year’s end in California.

Starbucks Announces Mobile Ordering
New payment option will begin later this year in Portland, Oregon.


Oct 17, 2014

When It Comes to Loyalty, Agree to Disagree
Brands and their consumers may not see eye to eye, says a new report.

Convenience Puts Domino’s at Head of Pizza Pack
Chain’s mobile app and online ordering help to boost tab size and repeat orders.

Women’s Growing Influence on Alcoholic Beverage Trends
Female consumers increasingly drive alcohol sales.

NPR Talks Gas Station TV
The public radio network recently focused on a new medium: TV at the pump.

Independent Gas Stations Diversify to Fight Profit Slump
Increased repair and fuel options, healthy food offerings are seen as differentiators.


Oct 16, 2014

Asking the Right Foodservice Questions
The eight essential questions every CEO needs to ask.

Massachusetts Residents to Vote on Gas Tax Measure
Hotly debated ballot measure would prevent future gas tax increases tied to inflation.

Cheaper Gas: Good for Consumers, But Not the Economy
Lower gas prices could be a signal of economic troubles ahead.

Beef Jerky: Not Just for C-Stores Anymore
Jerky’s growing popularity has inspired a growing retail franchise.

Cumberland Farms Continues Scholarship Tradition
C-Store chain announces opening of ninth annual scholarship program for 2015 graduates.

Food Trucks Still Trending
Recent survey shows nearly one-third of consumers ate a food truck meal this summer.


Oct 15, 2014

What Product Is the ‘Coolest’ of Them All?
This year’s number one Cool New Product takes cold dispensed beverages to a whole new level.

Merchants Get the Short End of Stick on Card Fees
NACS Legislative Committee member provides first-person perspective on credit card fees.

New Payment Integration Initiative Launches
World Wide Web Consortium announces new Payments Interest Group.

Diesel Sales on the Upswing
More fuel retailers are offering diesel as an option.

Improving Consumer Confidence Points to Merry Holiday Season
New survey finds that consumers are feeling better and wiling to splurge a little.

Stripes Donates More Than $1.4 Million to Charity
Record-breaking fundraising campaign almost triples the goal for MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital.


Oct 14, 2014

Price Advantage Makes Selling E15 Fuel an Attractive Option
NACS Show session guides retailers on the benefits, logistics of selling ethanol fuel.

India Enlarges Graphic Warnings on Tobacco
The country will also forbid the sale, use and manufacture of electronic cigarettes.

Will Canadian Grocery Stores Cease to Exist?
That’s the question pondered by a professor in an opinion piece.

Retailers Eye Holidays to Make Up Dismal Summer
A slow summer and changing customer shopping behavior have retailers pinning their hopes on a robust holiday season.

Revisiting the Past
At the Lancaster Old Car Club’s gasoline station museum, visitors can see what a 1930s service station looked like.

Restaurants Slash Calories
A study confirms that many restaurant chains are lowering the number of calories in many menu items.


Oct 13, 2014

Steve Loehr Leads NACS Executive Committee
Kwik Trip VP of Operations takes the reins of the NACS Board of Directors.

We Make a Difference in People’s Lives, Says New NACS Chairman Steve Loehr
Loehr shares lessons learned over the years, from CNG to building community engagement.

NACS Foundation Awards Scholarships
$33,000 in educational scholarships awarded to 11 retail employees from across the country.

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates Shares Thoughts on Leadership
From global conflicts to leadership at every level, Gates advises attendees on the importance of supporting your team.

Amazon to Debut First Brick-and-Mortar Store
New York City location will also handle same-day-delivery inventory and process product returns.

Mexican Soda Tax Slashes Soft Drink Manufacturers’ Profits
Coke and Pepsi point to the country’s new tax on junk food as eating into their bottom lines in Mexico.

Coles, Woolworths Take on C-Stores Down Under
Two of the largest Australian chains are making a move to open small, corner stores, which has convenience stores asking for a fair playing field.


Oct 10, 2014

‘You Will Not Have to Go It Alone,’ Says NACS CEO Hank Armour
Armour shared NACS plans to ‘refresh’ the c-store industry’s image.

NACS Ideas 2 Go DVD Now Available
Videos feature new, creative and potentially profitable, retail innovations from around the country.

Sheetz Joins with Partnership for a Healthier America
Top mid-Atlantic convenience store commits to delivering more nutritious options to meet the needs of the communities it serves.

Retailers Need to Stay on Top of Commerce Trends
NACS Show session guides retailers on how to take advantage of new technologies and cater to mobile-savvy customers.

Record Number of NACS Show Cool New Product Scans
More than 30,000 scans of 275-plus products on display in first three days of NACS Show.

UPS Expands Access Point Locations to Chicago, New York City
Growing system allows shoppers to ship via UPS to secure lockers located inside convenience stores and other retailers.

Kwik Trip Celebrates Opening of 30th CNG Location
Midwest C-Store chain expands fuel offering, with additional sites planned for late 2014.

Grants Moving Forward for Backup Generators in N.J. Stations
Two years after Superstorm Sandy, gasoline retailers are receiving the funds to install generators.

Minnesota Retailers Upset Over Cigar Ordinance
Several cities have started hiking the cost of small cigars and cigarillos.


Oct 9, 2014

NACS Show and the Industry Are Big Winners, Says NACS Chairman Brad Call
Chairman leads a high-energy presentation for standing room-only crowd at the NACS Show Opening General Session.

NACS Show Keynote Speaker Addresses Myths and Realities Behind Healthy Eating
Media has demonized c-stores, but retailers have a huge opportunity to play a role in addressing obesity epidemic.

Retailers Pick Their Favorite Products at the NACS Show
NACS Show attendees get to preview the best in new products, from beverages to displays and everything in between.

New Survey: 1 in 9 Americans Has Worked at a Convenience Store
Close to 100% whose first job was in a c-store say it was valuable work experience for them.

The Sharp Decline of San Francisco Gasoline Stations
A real estate boom has made gasoline stations in the city limits more valuable for the land than the fuel business.

Loyal Kangaroo Express Guests Have Chance to Win
As part of a new product launch, customers can use the Kangaroo Express mobile app to enter to win a year’s supply of Totino’s pizza flavor chips.

Smoking Rates Continue Decline in United Kingdom
The Office for National Statistics found that between 2012 and 2013, the proportion of adults who smoked fell 1.1%.


Oct 8, 2014

NACS Names New Retailer Members to Board of Directors
Five new members to join organization’s 30-person governing board.

Future of Fuels Showcase Puts Retailers in Front of Alternative Fuel Vehicles
NACS Show attendees can preview latest diesel, high octane ethanol, natural gas and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Rating What’s Cool and New at the NACS Show
Retailers and grocery wholesalers/distributors gained exclusive access to the Cool New Products Preview Room to check out the hottest industry products and services.

Illinois Town Considers Raising Tobacco Buying Age
An Evanston council subcommittee recommended bumping up the age to 21.

Some Retailers Balking at Pump Upgrade for EMV Cards
Gasoline retailers have three years to make their pump payment systems compliant with EMV chip-based payment cards.

Rutter’s VIP Go Card Free at Pumps, in Stores
The program allows customers to redeem rewards without using a loyalty card.


Oct 7, 2014

The NACS Show Kicks Off in Las Vegas
Tuesday events include education sessions, Technology Edge and evening Kick-Off party.

NACS Names New Members of Supplier Board
Joe Vonder Haar of iSEE Store Innovations to lead NACS Supplier Board for upcoming year.

Consumer Optimism Holds Steady – But Will It Translate to Spending?
Overall, 46% of consumers feel optimistic about the economy this month, with 44% taking note of lower gas prices.

San Francisco, Berkeley Voters to Decide on Soda Tax
Measures are on the November ballot in these two California cities.

Holiday Hiring Looking Healthy
Lower pump prices are contributing to a brighter jobs outlook for the upcoming holiday season.

Resistance to Irish Tobacco Brand Ban Swells
U.S. Chamber of Commerce filed a formal complaint with the European Commission against Ireland’s plan to strike branding on tobacco.

Industry Veteran Launches Retail Management Services
Company will help troubled retail chains create successful strategies for succession, both long- and short-term.

Chinese Embrace Convenience Stores
Across the country, retailers are influencing their communities for the good.


Oct 6, 2014

Stars, They’re Just Like Us — At the NACS Show!
Willie Robertson, Carmen Electra, NASCAR drivers and other celebs to make appearances at NACS Show this week.

Ethanol Prices Decline as Supplies Increase
September ethanol reserves were at highest level in 18 months.

What’s Ahead for the Traditional Supermarket?
Increasing competition and pessimistic forecasts herald a time of transition for supermarkets.

NACS Show Attendees Welcome to Attend Inspirations of Faith Breakfast
Event welcomes attendees to begin their day with a reflection on work and life.

Korean C-Stores to Offer Chinese Language Services
Effort will cater to large number of Chinese tourists visiting the country.


Oct 3, 2014

Cashing in on the Community
NACS Show educational session will provide lessons for retailers on building positive word-of-mouth and becoming a part of their community.

New Pepsi True Stevia-Sweetened Soda to Launch on Amazon
Coke also testing new stevia drink, Coke Life.

Walmart Tests New Drive-Thru Concept
It's now possible to go grocery shopping at Walmart without leaving your car.

Hunt Brothers Distributor Launches National Charity Initiative
“Provide” program pairs convenience stores with local charities to reach people in need.

Walgreens Partners with WebMD Health
Partnership provides incentives for brands’ health-and-wellness offerings both online and offline.

With Malls Closing, Johnny Rockets Hits the Road
Nostalgic restaurant chain plans new drive-thru — and drive-in — locations.


Oct 2, 2014

Oil Prices to Stay Weak as Supply Overwhelms Demand
Increasing output and slower consumption are helping to keep prices low.

Have Younger Drinkers Abandoned Big Beer?
Brewers search for strategies to avoid continuing decline of major brands.

California Measure First to Eliminate Plastic Bags Statewide
Convenience stores in the state have until July 2016 to stop using plastic bags.

‘Shelfie’ App Aims to Crowdsource Inventory Upkeep
App could put an end to ‘out-of-stock’ items, rewarding customers for reporting empty shelves.

Fast-Paced Australian Lifestyles Reinvigorating the Convenience Store
The growing number of time-poor, city-dwelling Australians is driving a new golden age for the humble corner store.


Oct 1, 2014

Debit-Card Reform Making Major Economic Impact
In three years, debit-card reform has helped consumers save almost $18 billion and supported 100,000 new jobs.

What’s Trending in Snacking Around the Globe
New report examines the worldwide eating habits fueling the $374 billion snack food industry.

NACS Files Comments on Proposal to Relax Tribal Recognition Rules
Comments oppose suggested reforms, which would relax criteria for tribal recognition, exacerbating problem of non-taxed tribal sales.

7-Eleven Launches Trial of Healthy, Fresh Foods
Partnership with fitness guru tests the waters for new line of sandwiches, salads and juices.

California Governor Vetoes Bill Expanding Franchisee Rights
Brown leaves the door open to future franchise reform, suggests more collaboration.

Sabra Opens Pop-Up Restaurant
Hummus House features hummus and dip-inspired menu.