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Oct 6, 2015

ATM Fees Reach Record High
The fees customers pay to withdraw money have increased 21% over the past five years.

Cumberland Farms Participates in White House Summit on Worker Voice
Ari Haseotes of Cumberland Farms will join private sector leaders who share a commitment to making their workplaces more fair, productive and prosperous.

New Law Requires Retailers to Charge for Plastic Bags
England’s new law is intended to reduce the use of plastic bags in hopes of eliminating litter.

VERC Enterprises CEO Shares Value of Hiring Employees With Down Syndrome
NACS Board member Leo Vercollone says more than 20% of the company’s workforce consists of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Pepsi Goes ‘Back to the Future’ With New Promotion
Limited quantities of Pepsi Perfect will be available on October 21, paying homage to the future date Marty McFly travels to.

CITGO and Wahlburgers Celebrate New Boston Location
Event celebrated Boston’s first Wahlburgers restaurant, located in Fenway Park and adjacent to the iconic Boston CITGO sign, and highlighted benefits of the newly released Club CITGO mobile app.

Oct 5, 2015

New York Bank Believes Americans Can Remember a PIN
First Niagara Financial Group in Buffalo issues a chip and PIN card, while others in the banking community say consumers don’t want to be burdened with another four-digit number.

We Card September Awareness Month a Huge Success
Twenty-six governors issued proclamations and letters of support.

Biggest. Issue. Ever.
NACS Magazine’s October issue hits mailboxes this week with more than more than 190 pages of industry insights, ideas and best practices.

Sbarro Breathes New Life Into Pizza Business
QSR is opening new standalone units, taking the nearly 60-year-old brand out of the shopping mall and into the territory of large pizza chains.

Famima!! Closes Doors to L.A. Stores
Parent company FamilyMart announced plans to devote more resources to the rapidly growing convenience store market in Asia.

Oct 2, 2015

EPA Issues Potentially Costliest Regulations in History
The Environmental Protection Agency issued more stringent air quality standards for ground-level ozone, likely affecting the retail motor fuels market.

Debit Card Reform Should Progress More
Debit fees in the United States still remain among the highest in the industrialized world.

Stripes Convenience Stores Introduces Holiday Commemorative Cups
The retailer partnered with Coca-Cola to produce two limited-edition cups commemorating ‘Día de los Muertos.’

McDonald's Canada Launches New Self-Serve Kiosks
The Golden Arches will add both self-service kiosks and table service to its approximately 1,400 restaurants throughout Canada.

New Products Aim to Please Health-Conscious Customers
Food and beverage manufacturers are changing ingredients in existing products to make them healthier.

Energy Topics Dominated Congress This Week
The crude oil export ban and national energy policy took center stage.

Starbucks Expands Mobile Ordering Service to U.K.
Customers in the London area can order and pay for their beverages and snacks quickly via mobile phone.

Oct 1, 2015

House Committee Reviews Joint Employer Standard
At issue is the newer definition of ‘joint employer,’ meaning that franchisors and contractors may be liable for the labor practices of their franchisees and subcontractors.

Bastille Day for the Banks
After today’s October 1 EMV deadline, controlling the societal cost of fraud is squarely on the merchants’ back .

2016 NACS Global Forum Heads to South Africa
The four-day event will be held in Johannesburg and Cape Town next March.

Senators Introduce Legislation to Raise Smoking Age to 21
Ten senators are backing the proposal, which would limit the sale of tobacco products to adults 21 and older.

Appeals Court Allows New York to Forbid Credit Card Surcharges
The decision reverses an earlier ruling that found the state’s ban to be unconstitutional.

Coke, Detractors Continue to Fight Using Shame
An op-ed in Forbes discusses why that’s a losing strategy for both sides.

Hershey Unveils Spooky Treats
The chocolate candy company has Halloween versions of Reese’s, Kit Kat, Cadbury and candy corn.

Sep 30, 2015

Square One Markets Launches Dinner Kits
Time-starved customers in need of a quick, healthy meal can look no further than their local Square One Markets convenience store.

Strong Gas Sales Fuel Convenience Store Sales
Retailers are optimistic about the economy and their businesses for the upcoming fourth quarter.

U.S. Court Hears Challenge to $5.7B Visa, MasterCard Settlement
NACS and merchant groups are urging the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York to reject the deal.

Keurig Kold Aims to Change the Way Americans Drink Soda
The company that revolutionized coffee consumption has launched a cold version.

Pork Returns to Chipotle Menu
Chipotle has restored most of its pork supply and is again serving Carnitas in 90% of its restaurants.

Sep 29, 2015

Tyson Foods, NACS Donate Truckload of Protein to Las Vegas Food Bank
Three Square will distribute the donated food through its service network of agency partners.

Fuels Institute Announces 2015–2017 Leadership
Board of Directors, Board of Advisors and Officers were named at last week’s Fuels Institute Annual Meeting.

Wawa to Launch New Private-Label Consumer Credit Card
The retailer will partner with Citi Retail Services to unveil a new credit card for the c-store brand’s loyal customer base.

Shell Suspends Arctic Drilling in Alaska
Oil and gas found in the Burger J well are not sufficient to warrant further exploration.

Taco Bell Introduces Online Ordering and Payment
New website allows customers to personalize their orders and save their combinations for future ordering.

QSR Magazine Highlights Pricing Strategies
Article suggests six steps for developing customer-focused pricing strategies.

Sep 28, 2015

Fuels Institute Paves Path to Drive Change
The think tank’s third annual meeting brings insights on innovation, consumer behavior and changes in the transportation marketplace.

McDonald’s Tests 100% Organic Burgers
Locations in Germany will offer the ‘McB’ for a limited time to attract health-conscious consumers.

EPA Will Road Test All New Vehicles to Check Emissions
Following the Volkswagen diesel car scandal, the government agency says it will no longer rely exclusively on laboratory testing.

7-Eleven Adds More Markets to Postmates Partnership
Convenience retailer adds six markets to on-demand delivery service that now includes Slurpees.

Russia Says ‘No’ to GMOs
Food production in the country will not include any genetically modified organisms.

Sep 25, 2015

National Labor Relations Board Announces New Standard
Franchisors, contractors and firms that use workers supplied by other companies should be aware of the new joint employer status.

Durbin Calls for Further Changes in Swipe Fee Reform
In an op-ed, the Illinois senator declared that current fees don’t do enough to help retailers or consumers.

7-Eleven and PayNearMe Join Forces
The retailer and the financial services tech company launch an app for people to pay their bills with cash at participating stores.

The Struggles of Same-Day Delivery
Inventory issues and logistics difficulties present challenges for companies tackling same-day delivery.

Mondelēz International Fights Obesity
The snack food company launches programs promoting healthy eating in the U.S., Mexico and South Africa.

Speedway Raises Millions for Charity
The retailer raised more than $2 million for Children’s Miracle Network.

Sep 24, 2015

Federal Reserve Adopts NACHA’s Same-Day ACH Rule
The association calls the new rules a “game changer.”

QuikTrip Pilots New Restaurant Concept
The c-store chain has begun testing an in-store restaurant with seating at one of its truck stops in Tulsa.

Pump Prices Continue to Drop
Experts predict that U.S. gasoline prices will likely slide further down as inventories rise.

Couche-Tard Consolidates Retail Brands
The company will replace its current Circle K, Statoil, Mac’s and Kangaroo Express stores under the new global Circle K brand.

Judge Rejects NYC Foam Food Container Ban
The prohibition against restaurants using polystyrene containers went into effect in July.

DesignCrowd Launches New Subway Logo Contest
While not affiliated with the sandwich chain, the online design community asked members to revamp the Subway logo.

Sep 23, 2015

Increase Your NACS Show Productivity
Planning ahead for the NACS Show helps ensure that attendees gain maximum value from the event.

Dissecting Data Breaches, Debunking Myths
Trend Micro’s report on data breaches provides insight into how retailers can defend against hackers.

Convenience Stores Horn in on Supermarkets
As more consumers clamor for fresh food, convenience retailers are changing what they offer to meet that need.

Sheetz Gives National Coffee Day a Kick in the Beanz
Customers can enjoy free premium self-serve coffee on September 29.

Kroger Convenience Stores Test Better-for-You Options
The supermarket chain has brought some of its private-label Simple Truth food products to its convenience store brands.

Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay Now Available Nationwide
The coffeehouse chain has rolled out its app to more than 7,400 stores, with an international expansion coming next month.

Sep 22, 2015

Overcoming the Resistance to Change
CST Brands Chairman and CEO Kim Lubel and Mondelez CEO Irene Rosenfeld share with Fortune the biggest leadership lessons they’ve learned in the past year.

Will Chip Cards Cause Consumer Confusion?
With the Oct. 1 EMV deadline fast approaching, the financial services industry claims that merchants won’t be ready.

But Will It Come With Siri?
And will it be called the iCar? Apple plans to ship its first electric vehicle in 2019.

EPA Launches New Website for Underground Storage Tanks
‘What’s New’ box links directly to 2015 revised UST regulations, guide for petroleum vapor intrusion and UST corrective action training.

7-Eleven Offers Single-Serve Brew Cups
Retailer is also introducing a new Stay Hot cup that keeps coffee hot longer.

Sep 21, 2015

NACS Issues Menu-Labeling Compliance Assistance
Document provides a brief summary of the final rule and a general understanding of convenience retailer obligations to meet the December 1, 2016, compliance date.

Apple Moving Forward With Self-Driving Car
Documents show that executives have discussed autonomous vehicle plans with officials at California’s department of motor vehicles.

Frito-Lay Launches Rainbow Doritos to Support LGBT Youth
Limited-edition Doritos available to consumers who make an online donation of $10 or more to support the It Gets Better Project.

Hydrogen Fueling Expands in the U.K.
New station is ITM Power’s first publically accessible hydrogen refueling station.

Atlanta Retailers Foundation Makes Healthy Donation
Funds help with installation of outdoor fitness station in Atlanta.

Sep 18, 2015

Consumers Lack Chip Card Awareness
New survey shows that more than half of U.S. adults don’t know what a chip card is.

Candy Industry Sweetens U.S. Economy
New report reveals confectionery industry’s impact on jobs in agriculture, retail and transportation.

NACS Welcomes Bill to Address Flawed ACA Reporting Rules
Legislation would streamline reporting requirements for employers under the health-care law.

Government Sets Food Waste Reduction Goals
Obama administration has taken a sweeping stance to reduce food waste by 50% in the next 15 years.

CITGO, Red Sox Foundation Help Youth in Boston
Donation of $2,500 in gas gift cards benefits underserved children in the Boston community.

Sep 17, 2015

Oklahoma Moves Closer to Strong Beer, Wine at C-stores
A compromise from the liquor store contingent looks likely to end the stalemate that had blocked approval of strong beer and wine at grocery and convenience stores.

Kum & Go Opens New Ecofriendly Store in Des Moines
The store features fresh food and a variety of fuel options, including E15, E85 and diesel.

Taco Bell Courts Millennials With Beer, Wine
The first Taco Bell Cantina restaurant will open in Chicago next week.

Walmart Expands Grocery Pickup Locations at Neighborhood Markets
The increased locations are part of a test the discount retailer is conducting on curbside pickup of groceries.

West Virginia Toys With Raising Tobacco Taxes
Alabama is also considering a bump in its tobacco taxes.

Will Anheuser-Busch InBev Merge With SABMiller?
The merger would have a significant impact on the global market.

Sep 16, 2015

FDA Halts Sale of Four R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Products
Retailers have 30 days to dispose of inventory for Camel Crush Bold, Pall Mall Deep Set Recessed Filter, Pall Mall Deep Set Recessed Filter Menthol and Vantage Tech 13.

Target Partners With Instacart
The grocery delivery company is testing a pilot program with the discount retailer.

FreshStop Opens 200th South African Store
The leading convenience store in the country has averaged more than 30 new stores annually since 2009.

Gas and Grass Stations Opening in Colorado
The stations will offer fuel and medical marijuana.

California Embraces Electric Vehicles
The state has cornered the market on plug-in cars, with 45% of U.S. sales.

Mexico Contemplates Higher Soda, Snack Tax
The move could raise revenue by 130% next year.

Sep 15, 2015

FDA Releases Draft Menu Labeling Guidance
Agency says the draft guidance is intended to assist establishments with implementation of the menu-labeling rule.

Consumer Behavior Largely Unaffected by Falling Gas Prices
New NACS survey finds that declining gas prices have not increased consumer optimism about the economy.

Florida Legislator Proposes Online Lottery Sales
State senator wants to make lottery tickets available for purchase online.

7-Eleven Starts Weeklong Share a Slurpee Offer
Customers who buy a Slurpee can receive a second one for free.

McDonald’s Franchisees Skip Out on McRib
The number of locations selling the limited-time sandwich is down 20% from last year.

Sep 14, 2015

Vermont Soda Tax Creates Confusion
Retailers say the new guidelines add confusion as to which beverages should and should not include the additional sales tax.

Salt Warnings Issued for New York City Menus
Many chain restaurants would have to post a warning label on menus for dishes that contain more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium.

Amazon Tests Restaurant Delivery in Seattle
Service brings competition to Grubhub, Seamless and other start-ups that offer restaurant delivery via mobile apps.

New York Governor Proposes $15 Minimum Wage
Wage hike would apply to all New York residents statewide.

Surge Is Making a Comeback
After a 12-year hiatus, Coca-Cola’s popular citrus-flavored soda coming to store shelves.

Sep 11, 2015

Only 1 in 5 Cards Prepared for EMV Shift
Ahead of the Oct. 1 deadline, a staggering number of magnetic credit and debit cards don’t have chip technology.

Curbing Fraud, Data Loss
Attend the Sept. 24 Conexxus webinar on how to lower fraud and data loss at your operation.

USDA Announces Finalists for the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership
The 21 states will receive grants to bolster renewable fuel pumps at gas stations.

Whole Foods Market, Instacart Partnership Moves Mountains of Groceries
This month, the two companies celebrated their one-year partnership anniversary.

Hungary’s MOL Group Rolls Out New C-Store Prototype
Designed by CBX, the Fresh Corner brand focuses on hot drinks and food-to-go.

Stripes Convenience Stores Partners With MD Anderson
The convenience store chain will help raise funds and awareness for the children’s cancer hospital.

Google Expands Delivery Service
The express service is now available in smaller Midwestern cities.

Sep 10, 2015

Russian Gas Stations Mandate EV Chargers
The government has decreed that every gas station must have equipment to charge electric cars.

Is Hummus the Next Greek Yogurt?
The chickpea dip and spread has gained a following beyond its Middle Eastern roots.

Skimmers Target Virginia, Michigan Retailers
The two states join Florida as areas battling skimmers at the pump.

Industry Veteran to Acquire Morrisons’ C-Stores
U.K. retail veteran Mike Greene is on track to purchase the supermarket chain’s M Local convenience stores.

McDonald’s Transitioning to Cage-Free Eggs
The QSR announced a 10-year transition to cage-free eggs at its U.S. and Canadian operations.

QuickChek to Hydrate Thirsty Marathoners
The convenience store chain will provide water to runners at the Suffolk County Marathon & Half Marathon.

Sep 9, 2015

Make Room for Gen Z
The youngest generation already has formidable buying power, and it‘s essential to understand how they differ from previous generations.

Whole Foods 365: What’s In Store
As the brand gears up to unveil its new lower-price concept, NACS Show General Session speaker and Whole Foods CEO John Mackey will share retail insights.

Mission Market Expands Delivery and Online Ordering
Fullerton, California, retailer teams up to bring progressive convenience to a wider audience.

British Convenience Stores Among Most Positive Services
Research by U.K.’s Association of Convenience Stores reveals that c-stores have positive impact on communities.

Get Ready for Contactless Payments
Report predicts that frequency of contactless payments will grow by 100% this year.

Sep 8, 2015

Startup Takes the Station Out of Gas Purchases
Uber's cofounder backs a new startup called Purple, aiming to ensure consumers never have to pump gas again.

Proposed Overtime Regulations Use Flawed Methodology
NACS responds to Department of Labor’s proposed changes governing overtime pay.

NACS Show Expands General Sessions
For the first time, the NACS Show is giving attendees a full four days of general sessions.

CVS Claims Halting Tobacco Sales Has Reduced Smoking Rate
Drugstore chain says its move to stop selling tobacco products one year ago has caused people to buy 1% fewer packs of cigarettes in 13 states.

USDA Drafts Proposed SNAP Photo Requirements Regulations
Proposal will provide clarity for state agencies to implement the photo EBT card option.

Spinx Announces Business Management Program
New program helps students on their career path with tuition reimbursement and real-world business experience.