Jan 30, 2015
The Future of Franchising
Business professors pen article suggesting that the ideal franchise arrangement is a hybrid of customization and standardization.
Senate Passes Keystone XL Bill
President Obama has promised to veto any Keystone bill, leading to likely showdown.
Lawmakers Propose Reform of Renewable Fuel Standard
A bipartisan group is seeking House support for RFS reform that would cap amount of ethanol in petroleum, among other changes.
Celery’s Big Month
Celery sales peak twice in January, for new year’s diet resolutions and for Superbowl snacking, a contrast that may symbolize the issues our industry faces daily.
Coming Soon: Print Your Own Chocolate
Hershey introduces 3-D printer that creates custom chocolate treats.
Jan 29, 2015
Judge Rules in Favor of Limited Liability for Retailer in Breach
Maximum liability of $500,000 for grocer in 2012 data breach, with bank and payment processor directed to return merchant funds.
Delaware May Be First State to Offer Digital Driver’s License
New virtual licenses would be accessed through a secure mobile app.
Imperial Tobacco Tests Caffeine Strips
Touted as an alternative to energy drinks, Reon caffeine strips are part of diversification strategy for U.K. tobacco company.
Pepsi Expanding Distribution of Stevia Cola
Pepsi True now available in Denver, Minneapolis and Washington, following Amazon launch last fall.
Mobile Goes Mainstream
Once the 'next big thing,' mobile retailing is now standard business practice for successful companies.
Jan 28, 2015
Junk Food and Alcohol — Plain Packaging’s Next Target
As U.K. prepares to launch tobacco plain packaging next year, other countries consider similar approach for “unhealthy” products.
NACS Submits Testimony to Congress on Cybersecurity
Statement continues to advocate for fair policies that protect consumers.
Anticipated Super Bowl Spending Up this Year
Survey says Americans likely to spend more than $77 on the game, including food and beverage purchases.
Get Ready for the Easter … Cheetah?
In a new twist, Cheetos plans to launch a sweet snack just in time for Easter.
Gas Mileage Still Top Priority for Car Buyers
New JD Power report suggests that consumers take a long-term view on fuel economy, despite today’s low prices.
Jan 27, 2015
Despite Durbin Amendment, Swipe Fees Remain High
Merchant Advisory Group report shows that there has been no reduction in swipe fees since the Durbin Amendment to Dodd-Frank.
As Teens Delay Driving, Convenience, Fuel and Auto Industries Miss Out
With fewer young millennials on the road and in stores, retailers reach out to older Millennials.
Proposed Settlement in ‘Hot Fuel’ Claim
A Kansas court has granted preliminary approval for settlement with 28 companies in 2006 lawsuit.
New Numbers Point to Increasing E-Cigarette Sales
Increasing sales and product innovation are an opportunity for retailers to take advantage of the marketplace.
Samsung to Introduce Apple Pay Competitor
New Samsung Pay mobile payment system will integrate with most mag-stripe terminals as well as NFC-enabled.
Jan 26, 2015
U.S. Convenience Stores Continue Retail Channel Growth
Small operators account for most of the growth in the industry’s store count.
Beer Can Turns 80 Years Young
First can of beer was sold in Richmond, Virginia, on January 24, 1935.
Cumberland Farms Saves Customers $20 Million on Gas
Customers who use the convenience chain’s SmartPay Check-Link payment program have saved $20 million on gas purchases since January 2013.
Starbucks Moving Forward With Delivery Service
CEO confirms that the company is finalizing plans for two new delivery models.
Synchrony Financial and BP Announce Consumer Credit Program Agreement
Private label and co-branded credit programs to be accepted at more than 7,000 U.S. BP stations.
Jan 23, 2015
Big Industry Names Headline 2015 Convenience Summit
Just one week remains to save 25% on early bird registration for NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe.
Survey Shows Banks Take 500% Mark-Up on Debit Swipe Fees
New analysis from Federal Reserve illustrates ways in which high profit margins hurt consumers and merchants.
An End to the Dollar Wars?
Family Dollar shareholders voted overwhelmingly for Dollar Tree buyout.
Controversial Tobacco Plain-Packaging Proposal Moving Ahead in U.K.
Health minister predicts a vote in next few months, before results of plain-packaging study are released.
Wawa Launches App and Rewards Program
App lets customers earn rewards, pay with their phones, and find locations and gas prices.
Jan 22, 2015
Driver Demographics Research Identifies Transportation Trends
New report from the Fuels Institute analyzes decades of driver data and assesses potential transportation market developments.
EMV Adoption Is Unrealistic Target for U.S. Merchants, Banks
Numerous hurdles make widespread EMV-adoption unlikely ahead of October 1 liability shift deadline set by credit card companies.
C-Stores Embracing Healthy Snacks and Grocery Items
At annual show for CST Brands retailers, Corner Store emphasizes appeal to Millennials with more fresh, healthy items.
More States Offering Incentives for Alternative Fuels
North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts launching new aid programs and incentives to encourage adoption.
Japan’s Booming C-Store Industry Changing Packaged Snacks
The continuing rise in ‘konbini’ convenience stores is driving demand for smaller, shelf-ready packaging.
Jan 21, 2015
Supreme Court Declines Review of NACS’ Swipe Fee Claim
Retailers’ suit challenging Fed rule on debit swipe fees will not be heard by highest court.
Retail Technology Trends Revealed at NRF Show
From big data to RFID and security, security, security, retail show reveals what’s on the horizon.
New York Governor Proposes Minimum Wage Increase
Proposed $10.50 wage would be highest statewide wage in the nation, New York City would be at $11.50.
Will the Future City Be Car-Free?
Some cities around the globe are already going car-less, as urban planners design for people, not vehicles.
Report Finds Growth Opportunities for Private Label Products
While market share for private label products may be stalling, it’s essential to understand habits of the core shopper.
Jan 20, 2015
More Evidence for Increasing SUV Sales
$3 a gallon represents a “tipping point” for sales of SUVs compared to hybrids, similar to findings from NACS survey.
QuickChek Named One of Best New York Companies for Employees
Convenience chain honored for third year in a row, also recognized in New Jersey.
Tokenization: At What Cost?
NACS Magazine takes a look at the value of tokenization and whether it will be an industry game changer.
Circle K Planning Major Expansion in Middle East
More than half of planned locations will be in United Arab Emirates, including Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Ontario Convenience Retailers Recognize Canada’s Non-Smoking Week
Convenience store association emphasizes role of retailers in preventing underage tobacco sales.
Jan 19, 2015
Wendy's Removes Soda from Kids’ Menu
QSR is latest fast-food chain to take soda off its kids’ menu.
Michigan Governor Vetoes E-Cigarette Bills
Governor says legislation didn’t go far enough to regulate and tax electronic cigarettes similar to tobacco products.
Keurig, GE Team Up for Coffee-Making Fridge
Single-serve brewing at home reaches a new level with built-in K-Cup Brewing System.
Cigarette Tax Increase Sought in Kansas
Governor Sam Brownback proposes a $1.50 per pack cigarette excise tax increase.
Convenience Stores Give Back to Local Communities
Miller’s Neighborhood Markets and VERC Enterprises support local communities with charitable efforts.
Jan 16, 2015
NACS Joins Coalition Supporting Patent Reform
Diverse coalition of tech, retail and business giants working to end patent troll abuse.
Tell Congress How Their Votes Affect Your Business
Join colleagues for the NACS Government Relations Conference and share our industry’s stories with legislators.
Tesco Develops Google Glass App
App lets shoppers view product information or buy items hands-free.
Study Provides Insights on Consumer Behavior in C-Stores
Analysis of 550 Yelp reviews nationwide show regional consumer preferences.
Massive Bitcoin Rollout for C-Stores in Asia
Companies launch world's biggest convenience store bitcoin operations in South Korea and Taiwan.
Jan 15, 2015
Analysts Predict Gas Sub-$2 Gas This Month
Unprecedented sell-off will keep prices low for both regular and diesel fuel.
Legislators Talk Cybersecurity
Data breach notification legislation is becoming closer to reality.
Study Shows Disconnect Between Consumer Sentiment, Behavior
Widening gap in consumer behavior can provide opportunity for retailers to improve shopping experience.
Beer Jumps on the Gluten-Free Bandwagon
New offer from MillerCoors will launch next month in Pacific Northwest.
7-Eleven Launches Private Label Snacks
New low-calorie snack bars appeal to health-conscious customers with natural ingredients.
Jan 14, 2015
Lower Gas Prices Push Consumer Optimism to New Highs
57% of consumers are feeling optimistic and one-third expect gas prices to keep falling.
Electric Vehicles Are the Star of the Show in Detroit
GM introduces Chevy Bolt, an electric vehicle for middle America, at the North American Auto Show.
Wyoming Lottery Off to a Strong Start
Despite stagnant state lottery sales nationwide, officials are optimistic about new lottery’s future.
Op-Ed Advocates Secure Cards
Small business owner questions why banks haven’t moved to more secure chip-and-PIN cards.
Retina Scans: The Ultimate Mobile Payment
Will we be paying the bill with a blink of the eye anytime soon?
Jan 13, 2015
The Psychology Behind ‘Sale’ Signs
Advertising an item as discounted can increase sales, even if price doesn’t change.
Senator Urges Action by Banking Regulators
Industry should act aggressively to implement anti-fraud technology to protect consumers.
President Launches Week Focused on Cybersecurity
Monday’s announcement includes proposals addressing consumer notification, identity theft trade.
Kansas Coalition Backs Expanded Liquor Sales
New bill would allow c-stores to sell full-strength beer, groceries to sell full line of beer, wine and spirits.
Dunkin' Donuts Plans to Open 1,400 New Stores in China
Twenty-year plan part of global effort to compete with Starbucks.
Jan 12, 2015
Congress Puts Spotlight on Keystone XL
Despite looming veto threat, Congress moves forward on the controversial pipeline project.
Federal Gas Tax Increase Builds Momentum
Senate leaders are open to the idea of increasing the federal gas tax for the first time in two decades.
New York City Bans Single-Use Styrofoam Products
Beginning July 1, businesses can no longer use or sell the non-recyclable packaging.
McDonald’s Brings Books Back to Happy Meals
Millions of kids nationwide have access to books with second installment of Happy Meal Books.
Oil Price Drop Takes Toll on U.S. Biofuels Industry
Biodiesel producers strive to stay competitive while trucking companies consider business case for diesel versus natural gas.
Jan 9, 2015
House Passes Save American Workers Act
NACS-supported bill amends the definition of full-time work week from 30 to 40 hours.
Vote on Keystone Scheduled for Today
House of Representatives plans to vote on controversial pipeline bill, despite veto threat from President Obama.
Small Businesses Vital to Economic Recovery
Small business community added more than 100,000 workers in December, and a million workers over the course of 2014.
Europe Agrees to Cap Interchange Fees
Fees throughout the European Union will be reduced to 0.2%-0.3% of purchase.
Fast Food Trends to Watch in 2015
QSR Magazine lists nine trends to expect in the new year.
Study shows that consumers purchase more “junk” food after the holidays than during.
Jan 8, 2015
Ask Congress to Support the 40-Hour Work Week
House of Representatives to vote today on Save American Workers Act, redefining “full-time” as 40 hours – contact your Representative now!
U.S. Gas Prices End 2014 at Lowest Levels in Five Years
Retail gasoline prices reached their lowest levels since May 2009.
Vending Company Touts Corner Store Convenience
Canadian vending machine will bring top convenience items to your doorstep.
Tips to Cope with PCI Compliance
Although onerous, new PCI standards are part of a long-term effort to improve businesses.
E-Cigarettes Among Britain’s Fastest Growing Products Last Year
Volume sales of electronic cigarettes were up almost 50% in 2014, while cigarette sales decreased slightly from previous year.
Jan 7, 2015
NACS Offers Guidance on Menu-Labeling Rules
Document available to help foodservice providers navigate complicated and expansive new rules.
Help Set the Industry’s Technology Standards
Conexxus Annual Conference is an opportunity to discuss today’s critical technology issues.
Coming to a Store Near You: Chip and (Maybe?) PIN Cards
As liability deadline for EMV adoption nears, merchants have incentives to adopt new technology.
Retail Disruptors for 2015
Chain Store Age predicts three tech trends that will change retail in the coming year.
The Spinx Company Partners with Shell
New co-branded locations to roll out this quarter offering Shell and Spinx loyalty programs.
Jan 6, 2015
Tesco Removes Sweets, Chocolates from All Checkouts
Move is part of an ongoing effort to help customers live healthier lives.
GM Brings Commerce to Cars
Expanded OnStar in-vehicle concierge service will make it easier for motorists to shop and book hotels while driving.
Incoming Senate Chairman Open to Gas Tax Increase
South Dakota Senator John Thune hints that raising the federal gas tax could help replenish the Highway Trust Fund.
Research Finds Little Change in Fast Food
Study of three chains finds calorie, salt content remain high over last 20 years.
Starbucks Adds ‘Flat White’ to Menu
Coffeehouse chain brings Australia’s espresso-based beverage to United States.
Rutter’s Announces 2014 Donations for Local Charities
Convenience retail company’s total charitable donations amounted to more than $793,000 in 2014.
Jan 5, 2015
New Year Brings Higher Gas Taxes in Some States
Pennsylvania, Virginia and California among the states seeing increased gas taxes in 2015.
C-Stores and Grocers Compete for Dining Dollars
Wall Street Journal reports on the increasing foodservice offerings at chains like Sheetz and Wawa.
Chevron Plans to Bring Apple Pay to the Pump
Despite much-quoted tweet, company claims there is no specific timeline for launch.
California Plastic Bag Ban on Hold
More than 800,000 signatures collected opposing statewide ban on plastic bags.
Convenience Stores Plan Major Doughnut Roll-out in Japan
7-Eleven and other c-store chains hope to compete with market leader Mister Donut.