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Jul 2, 2015

Massachusetts Proposes 210% Tax on Flavored Tobacco
Measure to be included in yearly budget proposal would more than triple current tax.

Menu Labeling Would Provide Flexibility for Retailers
Show your support for H.R. 2017, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act.

7-Eleven Jumps on the Delivery Bandwagon
Convenience giant is latest to pair with Postmates app for delivery service in select cities.

Pennsylvania Moves Closer to Privatized Liquor Sales
Bill waiting governor’s approval would phase-out state run liquor sales.

Americans Feeling Festive for the Fourth
Average household expected to spend more than $70 to celebrate independence.

Growler Sales Now Legal in Iowa
Law went into effect on July 1, allowing c-stores and grocers to fill growlers.


Jul 1, 2015

More Salaried Workers to Be Eligible for Overtime Pay
Obama administration to announce doubling of overtime salary threshold to $50,440.

The Hidden Cost of Bad Roads
More than a quarter of the nations’ roads are in poor condition and drivers are paying for it in car upkeep costs.

Helping Health, One Food Desert at a Time
Convenience retailers share community success stories.

A New Kind of Protein Shake
Burger chain creates a new shake packed with protein from crickets and jerky.

Paying for Loyalty
New survey shows that consumers are willing to pay for loyalty programs.


Jun 30, 2015

Convenience Stores Grow Sales in 2015
C-stores also adding more fresh foods, according to NACS retailer survey.

Taking Down Fee Barriers
Editorial by NACS emphasizes need to eliminate lingering barriers to competitive interchange.

Diesel Prices Falling
Diesel prices are now almost as low as regular gasoline.

More Companies Turning to Employee Wellness
New survey by HR organization illustrates employee health-care and benefit trends.

A More Portable Pizza
Move over, Hot Pockets, Italian innovation expands stateside.


Jun 29, 2015

NACS Program Brings Congress Inside Convenience Stores
Successful In Store events put members of Congress behind the register and in front of their constituents.

‘Fitness’ Labels on Food May Encourage More Eating
Labels with so-called fitness branding may encourage people to eat more and exercise less.

Ford Announces Transportation Technology Advancements
Autonomous vehicles come closer to market; MyFord Mobile app extends to smart watches.

McDonald’s Makes Progress on Commitment to Offer Healthier Options
QSR reports findings as one-year anniversary of removing soft drinks from Happy Meal menu boards approaches.

42 Million Americans to Travel for July 4th Holiday
AAA is predicting the most Independence Day travelers since 2007.


Jun 26, 2015

Supreme Court Ruling on ACA Largely Upholds Status Quo
Resulting clarity on ACA will maintain employer mandates, may smooth the way for legislation on related issues.

EPA Holds Public Hearing on Proposed RFS Volumes
NACS testifies on behalf of convenience and fuel retailing industry, expressing need to sell fuels that customers want to buy.

Six Degrees of Cooperation
Making connections is the first step toward taking action to promote industry’s nutrition awareness.

2015 Could Break U.S. Record for Miles Driven
Almost one trillion miles driven in first four months of 2015, with almost a year of monthly mileage increases.

Consumers Placing Less Value on Brand Name Products
Discount pricing becoming a bigger driver than label names, especially for impulse buys.

The Cost of Cash
A cash-only business model may cause more problems than it solves.


Jun 25, 2015

Vapor Is the New Tobacco
Global growth continues, but regulation and taxation likely to affect rapidly increasing sales.

Benchmark Against the Best
The NACS State of the Industry Report of 2014 Data is now available.

Save Now on the Industry’s Best Event
Only two days left to get NACS Show Super Saver rates, ending at midnight on Friday.

Senators Introduce Bill to End Online Lotteries
NACS-supported legislation restores long-standing interpretation of the Wire Act.

New Payment Methods a Work in Progress
Test runs of new EMV- and Apple Pay-enabled Square reader illustrate a learning curve for consumers and merchants.

QuikTrip Among Fortune’s Top Workplaces for Millennials
C-store ranked at 69, one of a few retailers to make Fortune’s first annual list.


Jun 24, 2015

Legislation Would Lessen Affordable Care Act Burden
Show your support for H.R. 2712, the Common Sense Reporting and Verification Act of 2015.

Get an Edge at the NACS Show
Specialized program includes education, collaboration and exploration of the evolving technology landscape.

Loss Prevention Efforts Hindered by Internal Disconnects
Study illustrates a stark disconnect between IT, loss prevention and other units when it comes to security priorities.

Are Your Customers Listening?
Study shows that consumers often tune out marketing noise, even from preferred brands.

Bottled Water Recall Expands to 14 Brands
More than a dozen private label brands of bottled water are recalled due to possible E. coli contamination.

Dairy Queen Adds Heat to the Menu
Ice cream chain adds hot items, including sandwiches and desserts.


Jun 23, 2015

EPA Strengthens Underground Storage Tank Requirements
New rules developed in collaboration with interested groups, aimed at improving prevention and detection of leaks.

Hawaii Raises Smoking Age to 21
Effective next year, Hawaii will be first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21.

The Saga of Swipe Fee Lawsuits
Merchants, deeming it a mere slap on the wrist, seek to overturn $5.7 billion settlement against Visa, MasterCard, and Amex.

Smart Sensor Can Quantify Employee Behavior
New smart badge measures 40-plus data points of employee behavior, helping businesses improve staff efficiency.

Australia’s Reserve Bank Cutting Interchange Fees
Government’s initial proposal would cap fees at 0.3%, benefitting consumers and small businesses.


Jun 22, 2015

AmEx Will Cease Merchant Prohibitions
Card company will stop practice of prohibiting merchants from promoting other cards, following legal ruling.

New Emission, Fuel Efficiency Standards Proposed for Trucks
EPA and DOT propose greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks.

Drone Delivery Sooner Than You Think?
Amazon testifies before Congress, pushing for delivery by drone later this year.

Creating Rewards Programs That Work
Program differentiation is key to ensure your loyalty members are active users.

McDonald's Is Shrinking for the First Time in Decades
This year marks the first time that fast-food giant will close more U.S. locations than it opens.


Jun 19, 2015

Bank Swipe Fees Are Out of Control
NACS-authored opinion piece details costly effects of card companies’ sky-high merchant charges.

Menu Labeling Delay Included in House Spending Bill
One of many items included in this week’s agriculture bill, proposal would delay menu labeling implementation by one year.

Starbucks Expands Mobile Ordering
After successful test run, mobile ordering rolls out to 3,400 new stores in 21 states.

A Smooth Transition to EMV
Several points are key for retailers to know if they want to master EMV migration.

U.K. Retailers Report Successful Tobacco Display Ban Compliance
Association of Convenience Stores research says more than 90% of British retailers do not have concerns about their tobacco display ban compliance.


Jun 18, 2015

Millennial Shoppers Are Impacting Retailers
The Coca-Cola Company’s iSHOP tracking study offers key takeaways for retailers on the millennial shopper.

SNAP Preparing for 19-Day Benefits Distribution in Kentucky
KGA/KACS has been working with state Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program officials to expand the current benefits distribution time frame.

Nevada Announces Electric Highway
State is expanding its electric vehicle charging infrastructure along U.S. Route 95.

Starbucks Closing La Boulange Cafés
All 23 of the bakery cafés will close by September.

Red is the New Black
Burger King Japan is bringing red to its menu in addition to an improved all-black burger.


Jun 17, 2015

Not All C- Store Trips Are Created Equal
General Mills Convenience & Foodservice research suggests shoppers use different c-store locations for different needs.

Food and Drug Administration Bans Trans Fats
FDA to eliminate the use of trans fats by 2018, after determining they are not "generally recognized as safe" for use in human food.

Second Circuit Denies AmEx’s Motion for Stay Pending Appeal
Case dates back to 2010, when the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against AmEx, contending that its merchant rules inhibit competition and raise fees for consumers.

USDA Accepting Applications for $100 Million Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership
Federal funding designed to support infrastructure for making more renewable fuels available to consumers.

Low-Fat Milk Scarce in Low-Income Neighborhoods
Study says healthier milk options are rare in stores located in poor and minority communities that tend to have higher obesity rates.

Tesla Wants 1 Million EVs on the Road by 2020
New third-generation electric vehicles currently under development will be available as both sedans and crossovers.


Jun 16, 2015

Protect Your Business From Cyberattacks
Free Conexxus webinar on June 30 explains strategy behind successful network segmentation to prevent data breaches.

Digital Commerce Impacts Convenience Retailing
From mobile to omnichannel and click-and-collect, the face of retail is changing quickly, according to panelists at NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe.

CVS Health Buys Target Pharmacy Operations
New partnership will place CVS-branded pharmacies and clinics at Target stores.

Improper Lawyer Conduct in Suit Against Card Companies
New filings reveal details about improper disclosures by attorneys in Amex and MasterCard cases.

German Discount Grocer Lidl Expanding to United States
Company’s U.S. headquarters will be in Washington, D.C., area.


Jun 15, 2015

Consumer Needs, Behaviors Drive Retail Engagement
Engage with customers online and stay relevant, advise panelists from Musgrave Group, Marks & Spencer and Tesco at NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe.

Walmart’s ‘Worst Nightmare’ Coming to Southern California
German discount grocer Aldi plans to open 45 stores in the region.

Kwik Trip Receives Top Workplace Honor
Convenience retail chain receives highest honor for large companies in southeastern Wisconsin.

‘Say No’ to Illinois Gas Tax Increase
Bill Fleischli of the Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association makes a case for why the state should not raise the gas tax.

Fuel City to Bring Tacos, Karaoke and Fuel to Fort Worth
John Benda brings fun, food, fuel and livestock to his Fuel City convenience retail operations.


Jun 12, 2015

Topaz Re.Store Named NACS Insight 2015 International Convenience Retailer of the Year
Irish retailer honored for new, ‘next generation’ format that redefines convenience retailing.

Musgrave Group and SPAR UK Are Honorees
Retail groups named winners in two new NACS Insight award categories: sustainability and technology.

House Judiciary Committee Approves Patent Reform Bill
Markup includes amendments that address abusive practices by patent trolls.

Discounters Are a Threat to Convenience Retail
NACS Insight Convenience Summit Europe panel discusses challenges and opportunities presented by discount retailers.

Whole Foods Announces Name for New Store Format
New, lower-priced stores will go by the name 365.

Facebook Providing Beacon Technology to Retailers
New program allows retailers to apply for free devices, when they participate in Facebook Place Tips program.


Jun 11, 2015

How to Prosper in Foodservice
As food contributes more to the bottom line, success-proven tactics are essential.

Snack Bars Continue to Prove Popular
Bars packed with protein and exotic ingredients becoming a staple for many consumers – and retailers.

Plan Now for Sweet Fall Sales
Summer is the right time to start planning for fall merchandise, especially when it comes to Halloween candy.

Faster Payments
Conexxus joins Fed task force to help shape the way consumers pay for things today … and tomorrow.

Government Joins with Utilities to Promote Electric Vehicles
Partnership between DOE and Edison Electric Institute aims to accelerate EV infrastructure and adoption.

Coca-Cola Enterprises Announces Corporate Responsibility Goals
European arm of Coca-Cola will reduce overall product calories by 10% and halve its carbon footprint.


Jun 10, 2015

Consumers Expecting Higher Gas Prices
Despite these expectations, 44% of consumers are spending the extra money from this year’s lower fuel prices.

Shoppers Spending More Time in C-Stores
National study shows that shoppers spent 6% more time in c-stores last year, and 5% less time in grocery stores.

Menu Labeling a Competitive Advantage for Some
Investor’s Business Daily op-ed echoes NACS sentiment that new rules are an attempt by restaurant chains to gain advantage over c-stores.

World Leaders Promise Fossil Fuel Phase-Out
At G-7 meeting, leaders called to eliminate fossil fuel use by century’s end.

Apple Pay Adds More Retailer Cards and Rewards Programs
Dunkin’ Donuts and Walgreens among retailers now pairing loyalty programs with Apple Pay.


Jun 9, 2015

NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe Kicks Off in Berlin
Retail tours provide a valuable look at Germany’s competing channels.

No Time Like Snack Time
Understanding shifting consumer preferences around snacking can maximize incremental sales and profits.

Google Will Not Get Fees from Android Pay
Recently announced mobile payment system will not give a cut of transaction interchange fees to parent company.

Traditional Retailers May Underestimate Digital Influence
Retailers must define a brand experience that is inclusive of all the ways consumers “touch” the brand, both digital and physical.

U.S. Continues to Increase Sweet Crude Production
More than half of projected oil production through 2020 expected to be from light, sweet crude.


Jun 8, 2015

Anytime Is Snack Time
Trends in sweet and salty snacks reflect consumer interest in healthier foods.

Anheuser-Busch InBev Recognized for Efficient Water Use
Brewer achieves global environmental goals and launches company’s Global Walk for Water, while donating to flood victims.

More EMV Concerns Emerge
Experts question slower transaction time and supply chain issues for EMV cards.

Pepsi Launching Line of Craft Sodas
Stubborn Sodas will bring exotic flavor combinations to the fountain.

Jumping on the Juice Bandwagon
Miami fuel retailer adds organic cold-pressed juice to his inventory.