Mar 30, 2015
Kwik Chek Enhances Customer Experience With Mobile Solution
Convenience retailer is transforming customer engagement by partnering with P97 Networks for a mobile commerce solution.
NLRB Weighs In on McDonald’s Labor Dispute
Affirmative ruling would mark the first time a major franchisor would be held responsible for violations at franchisee locations.
Navajo Nation Imposes First Junk Food Tax
A 2% sales tax will be imposed on snacks, sweets and beverages beginning in April.
Smaller Food Companies Earning Big Praise
Natural and organic food companies are feasting on shifts in consumer tastes for healthier foods.
Starbucks Opens for Business in Historic California Gas Station
In its heyday, the Gilmore Oil-owned gas station was a colorful backdrop for movies such as “48 Hours” and “L.A. Story.”
Mar 27, 2015
American Fuel Consumption Lowest in a Generation
Annual household fuel consumption declined by 19% from 2004 peak usage, now at lowest level since mid-1980s.
Finance Professionals See Chip Cards as Answer to Fraud
Majority of finance experts anticipate that newly introduced chip cards will reduce point-of-sale fraud.
CDC Includes E-Cigarettes in New Anti-Smoking Ads
Latest “Tips from Former Smokers” campaign to address the growing popularity of e-cigarettes.
Between the Margins
NACS explains why the more things change, the more they stay the same, when it comes to the annual cycle of fuel pricing.
New C-Store Player in the Philippines
Partnership between Puregold and Lawson hopes to bring 50 new stores to the Philippines this year and 500 in five years.
Mar 26, 2015
A Step Closer to Meaningful Data Breach Legislation
House Subcommittee marks up proposed bill, including much-needed amendments regarding notification, but work still needed.
Panelists at House Hearing Address Concerns About Internet Gambling
Representatives concerned about issues such as states’ rights, underage gambling and tax repercussions.
House Committee Holds Third Patent Reform Hearing in Two Weeks
Committee examines potential fixes from NACS-supported H.R. 9, the Innovation Act.
Controversy Surrounds Flavored Cigarette Ban in Nova Scotia
Atlantic Convenience Store Association wants menthol to be exempted from potential ban.
Are Your Customers Loyal?
Study shows that only half of loyalty program members actively participate in programs.
Canadian Cities Move Closer to Carbon Warning Labels on Fuel Pumps
Similar law went into effect this month in San Francisco and Berkley, California.
Mar 25, 2015
Fresh & Easy Shifting to C-Store Model
Company closing 50 grocery stores in the Western U.S., with plans to open new fresh food convenience stores.
Where Technology Meets Retail, Meets Social
Speakers at Conexxus Annual Conference will provide insights on rapidly changing retail technology landscape.
Femsa Benefits From Mexico Oil Reforms
OXXO’s parent company is one of the first big beneficiaries of latest Mexican oil policy.
Diet Soda Declines in United States
Is this it for America’s love affair with diet drinks?
Hunt Brothers the King of Gas Station Pizza
Pizza distributor rules the rural market when it comes to the c-store pizza market.
Mar 24, 2015
Time for a Company Culture ‘Cleanse’?
Inc. magazine offers simple steps to help companies ‘detox’ their culture.
Ricker’s Expands Electric Car Charging
Convenience retailer partners with Nissan to establish expanded EV network in Indiana.
N.C. Lawmakers Propose Solutions to Alleviate Food Deserts
Plan would set aside $1 million for produce refrigerators and training for store owners.
Don’t Discount Baby Boomers
Despite focus on Millennials’ buying power and preferences, Boomers continue influence spending.
Chilean Vending Machines Sell Household Staples
Algramo sells items in bulk at lower prices, splitting profits with shopkeepers who host vending machines.
Mar 23, 2015
Enmark Stations Embark on Fresh-Food Initiative
Convenience retailer partners with FreshOne to offer customers a new grab-and-go suite of healthy and fresh products.
New PR Toolkit Assists NACS Members With Local Media Coverage
Public Relations Toolkit is latest deliverable from the NACS reFresh initiative to address ongoing convenience industry perceptions.
Meet the Multicultural Super-Consumer
Multicultural consumers are rapidly becoming the core of the U.S. population and possess promising purchasing power.
Los Angeles Fast-Food Ban Is Big Failure
RAND study finds that overweight and obesity rates have actually increased faster in targeted areas since Los Angeles passed the 2008 ordinance.
Amazon.com Expands One-Hour Delivery to Baltimore and Miami
Prime Now service includes products such as paper towels, shampoo, books, toys and batteries.
Diageo Adding Nutritional Information to Alcohol Labels
World’s largest distiller says voluntary move helps consumers make informed choices about their drinks.
Mar 20, 2015
NACS Member Jim Tudor Honored by Georgia Legislature
Georgia House Resolution 287 recognizes contributions of longtime leader of the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores.
SOI Summit: You Heard It Here First
Break away from the average and be among the first to hear the live, top-level industry analysis from the experts.
House Passes Resolution to Stop NLRB Ambush Election Rule
Like previous Senate vote, House approval is largely symbolic in face of likely presidential veto.
Senate Small Business Committee Holds Hearing on Patent Reform
Second related hearing this week addresses legislative solutions to prevent damaging business effects of patent trolls.
How Fed Policy on Swipe Fees Quashes Market Forces
In a column for American Banker, NACS lobbyist explains how excessive swipe fees hurt the entire economy – not just retailers and consumers.
7-Eleven Is Primed for Growth in Washington, D.C.- area
Foodservice offer is a major driver of the chain’s success in urban locations.
Mar 19, 2015
Convenience Retail Industry’s Most Thorough Compensation Report Now Available
Annual report is an essential guide for industry leadership, with special focus on small operators this year.
NACS Submits Testimony to House on Proposed Data Breach Legislation
Statement continues to advocate for fair and uniform policies.
Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Patent Reform
Members examine legislative efforts to curb patent troll abuse.
NJ Moves Closer to Approving Home Delivery of Lottery Tickets
Proposed bill would allow residents to purchase and receive lottery tickets at home.
U.S. Coffee Drinkers Decline Slightly This Year
Millennials in particular showing a growing preference for tea.
Mar 18, 2015
Cigarette Trafficking a Growing Problem for Virginia
Richmond Times-Dispatch report analyzes the increasingly common practice along the east Coast, from Virginia to New York.
Are You Prepared to Lead?
NACS Leadership Programs can make the difference in whether high-performers are ready to lead … or leave.
CST Brands Has Big Plans for New Distribution Center
Company hopes new San Antonio location will be a differentiator for Corner Store.
Apple Watch Primed for Increased Mobile Adoption
While reviews have largely touted health and fitness features, Apple Watch may turn out to be ideal device for payments, shopping and more.
What Is the Best-Perceived Beer in America?
Brand perception survey illustrates geographic preferences, as well as trends in beer and cider.
Mar 17, 2015
Closing the Customer Service Gap
From being proactive to keeping full-service features, five tips for better customer service performance.
7-Eleven Names Semi-Finalists for Veterans’ Franchise Contest
Public will pick the top three veterans to move to final round of CEO interviews in contest to win a franchise fee-free store.
Competition Heating up for QSRs
QSR Magazine describes industry’s growing threat from c-stores and grocery stores.
NACS Suppliers Provide New Transactions Solution
Acumera and ZipLine partner on app to deliver secure transactions without credit card fees.
Medical Experts Call for a Tobacco-Free World by 2040
Ambitious effort sees possibility of effectively eliminating tobacco use within 30 years.
Mar 16, 2015
How to Define Your Community Impact
NACS resource offers a starting point for retailers to tell their stories about their business and community commitment.
QSRs Address Chicken Sourcing
McDonald’s new antibiotics and menu-sourcing initiative puts pressure on other QSRs to follow suit.
Mountain Dew Rolls Out Craft Soda
DEWshine capitalizes on craft soda craze.
Angry Orchard Green Apple Adds New Packaging
Brewer expands cider line to include 16-ounce cans.
QuickChek Helps Thousands of Local Families
Convenience retailer’s team members sorted and boxed food donations for 5,000 New Jersey families.
Mar 13, 2015
Ideas and Innovations Will Emerge at European Summit
Big name speakers and panelists will guide NACS Insight Convenience Summit this summer.
FDA Provides Updated Guidance on Menu-Labeling Rule
‘Small Entity Compliance Guide’ represents a first-step in clarifying compliance standards.
Retailers Still Behind on PCI Compliance
New survey shows minority of companies in compliance, despite huge improvement last year.
New App Lets Businesses Reward Healthy Lifestyles
Carrot app combines healthy lifestyle rewards and local business offers.
Oregon to Begin Testing Mileage-Based Driver Tax
As gas tax sees diminishing returns, state looks to a more long-term solution.
Mar 12, 2015
Powdered Alcohol Gets Federal Approval
Despite federal approval, some states have already banned Palcohol due to concerns about abuse of the product.
European Parliament Votes to Cap Interchange Fees
European Commission welcomes increased savings for consumers and freedom of choice for retailers.
Payment Start-Up Square Expands Its Reach to Small Businesses
New services emphasize shift from consumer payments to small business support.
Craft Beer Continues Growth
Sales have doubled in the last five years, led by Millennials’ preferences, buying habits.
Chinese C-Stores Enter New Expansion Phase
Convenience market expands while others contract, with abundant growth opportunity ahead.
Mar 11, 2015
Consumers Want Personalization and Privacy
New survey shows that consumers want to receive personalized offers, but are hesitant to provide personal information.
Consumer Group Criticizes Card Companies on Lack of PIN
Consumer Policy Solutions calls on credit card issuers to invest in more secure cards.
Top Regions for Electric Cars ... and It’s Not Just California
While five of the top ten EV cities are on the west coast, Denver, Austin and Detroit also make the cut.
Sonic Planning More Candy-Filled Beverages
Building on the popularity of last year’s Nerd candy drink mash-up, fast-food chain has more hybrid drinks in the works.
Federal Grant Money Still Available for N.J. Gas Stations
Operators can apply for funds to outfit fuel stations with back-up generators.
Indonesian C-Stores Will Stop Selling Alcohol in April
Jakarta will soon prohibit sales of alcoholic drinks at markets and convenience stores across the city.
Dollar General Expanding into Three New States
Despite being turned down by Family Dollar, country’s largest dollar chain moves into new territory.
Mar 10, 2015
NACS Responds to Attorneys General on Synthetic Drugs
Letter clarifies relationship between oil companies and retailers, in response to February AG outreach.
Consumer Optimism Falls as Gas Prices Rise
Nearly 75% of consumers think gas prices will be higher a month from now, tempering recent optimism.
Colorado’s Pioneering Swipe Fee Legislation Defeated
Legislation sought to exempt state and local taxes from swipe fees.
New Branding for Kum & Go
Marketing campaign emphasizes family-owned chain’s strength in going above and beyond for customers.
Trends in British Convenience Retailing
From franchising to ‘discountvenience,’ U.K. trends reflect global industry trends.
Mar 9, 2015
Building the Business Case for Selling More Produce
NACS resource identifies best practices to help convenience store operators increase produce sales in their stores.
Signs of Spring
Increase in gas prices is typically an indicator that spring is in the air.
Apple Pay Hit With Fraud
Fraudulent transactions involved credit card data stolen in previous retailer data breaches.
U.S. House of Representatives Honors Sheetz
Pennsylvania’s Bill Shuster issued a statement on the House floor congratulating Sheetz for opening its 500th convenience store.
Spinx Announces Beneficiaries for 2015 Charity Classic Golf Tournament
Annual charity golf tournament will benefit charities that support children’s health, education and well-being.
Mar 6, 2015
Could You Be the International Convenience Retailer of the Year?
Last call for entries: Convenience and fuel retailers from around the world compete to win highly coveted awards.
Leadership Development Plan Essential for Organizational Success
NACS HR Forum dives into why’s and how’s of creating a strong leadership pipeline.
Visa, Pizza Hut Announce Connected Car Commerce
New connected car concept combines payment security, cellular and wireless technologies to consumer payments opportunities.
NACS Members Rank on Fortune’s Top 100 List
Fortune recognized NACS retailer and supplier members on this year’s “Best Places to Work” list.
Japan's FamilyMart, UNY Consider Merger
Combined group would heat up Japan’s fierce convenience store competition.
Senators Announce U.S. Senate Arctic Caucus
Alaska senator says United States is “woefully” behind in Arctic oil exploration.
Mar 5, 2015
Data Security a Focus at the NACS Government Relations Conference
Attendees heard expert insights on this key issue before taking that knowledge to Capitol Hill.
Tax Foundation Shares Three-Year Tax Reform Process
Tax reform one of several hot topics discussed at this week’s NACS Government Relations Conference.
HR Forum Tackles Best Practices and Need-to-Know Regulations
NACS Human Resources Forum speakers address industry-relevant topics from compensation metrics and employee engagement to labor regulations.
Senate Passes Resolution to Stop NLRB Ambush Election Rule
Under Congressional Review Act, resolution is the first step in stopping the NLRB’s rule and prohibiting similar rules or regulations without congressional authorization
NACS Executive Joins Consumer Energy Alliance Board of Directors
John Eichberger will work with the board to energy reduce costs for NACS members.
Stripes Convenience Stores Announces Teacher Grants
Selected schools will receive a $500 grant and seeds for the fall garden for students to learn about the importance of fresh vegetables.
Mar 4, 2015
NACS Members Prepare for Day on Capitol Hill
U.S. senators urge convenience store industry to share its story with Congress.
Business Wins in Online Tax Case Decision
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling allows retailers to challenge states’ online sales taxes.
Helping Convenience Stores Sell “Better” Food
Corner store initiatives are providing retailers with the tools to offer healthier food alternatives to low-income communities.
Nevada Considers Regulating E-Cigarettes as Tobacco
A new bill introduced this week would label liquid nicotine and electronic cigarettes as tobacco for regulation purposes.
Illinois Once More Debates Sugared Drink Tax
The Healthy Eating Active Living Act would add a penny-per-ounce excise tax on soda, energy beverages and other sugared drink distributors.
Samsung Enters Mobile Payment Market
The electronics manufacturer unveiled its Samsung Pay over the weekend.
Ireland Okays Plain Packaging for Tobacco
The government becomes the second to require cigarettes to have no branded logos.
Kentucky Smoking Ban Bill Snuffed Out
The measure to outlaw smoking in indoor public areas and at workplaces has failed to proceed, effectively stalling the legislation for this session.
Mar 3, 2015
Retail Marijuana a Viable Product
‘Edibles’ are a major seller in Colorado’s recreational marijuana sales in 2014.
Retailer Takeaways from Cybersecurity Summit
White House-hosted summit on cybersecurity issues included salient points for retailers to consider.
In Mobile Payments, Starbucks Still Best in Class
Companies new to mobile payments should look to the leader when implementing programs.
Sugar Tax Coming to Connecticut?
State representative proposing new tax on sugary drinks and candies.
Card Issuers and Retailers Falling Behind on EMV Adoption
Survey shows only about one-third of Americans have received chip-enabled credit cards.
Mar 2, 2015
Cash Not Carried
Survey shows that majority of consumers carry less than $20 in cash.
No Plastic Bag Bans for Georgia
Southern state takes opposite approach of California, citing concern for retailers.
Senators Push for Repeal of Ethanol Mandate
Bipartisan bill would repeal ethanol blending requirement of RFS.
Pennsylvania Moves Closer to Privatizing Liquor Sales
State House approved bill for second time in two years, which will now move to Senate.
Americans’ Changing Eating Habits
New report offers insight into trends including snacking and the creation of ‘hybrid homemade meals.’
Delta Sonic Car Wash Opens Flagship Location
New Syracuse-area location features car wash and detail shop, fueling stations and c-store with expanded foodservice and Tim Horton’s Cafe.