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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.


Sep 30, 2014

Grow In-Store Sales the Healthy Way
NACS Show educational session will help retailers learn how providing healthy options can be a key sales differentiator.

Food Truck’s Fight Against Hunger: Free Produce
Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s new food truck is delivering fresh produce to inner-city residents.

Cumberland Farms Launches Free Coffee Fridays
Convenience retailer survey also reveals what their customers would do (or not do) to get their daily coffee fix.

Missouri Retailers Embrace Gilbarco’s Lottery Innovation
Retailers are increasing lottery sales by using Gilbarco’s Passport POS to sell tickets at the pump.

Sprite Goes Cranberry for Holidays
Limited-time flavor is back by popular demand through the end of holiday season.

You Are What You Tweet
Study uses Twitter hashtags to reveal most talked-about foods in the United States.


Sep 29, 2014

U.S. Postal Service May Begin Grocery Delivery
New plan would expand successful AmazonFresh pilot program in San Francisco to more cities.

NACS Event Brings Business Perspectives to Washington
Upcoming NACS Government Relations Conference gives members of Congress personal insights into the convenience and fuel retailing industry.

Chipotle Brings Vegan Sofritas Menu to South, Southeast
Fast-casual chain’s tofu option is expanding into more states.

Thorntons Launches New Refreshing Rewards Program
Program to offer fuel discounts, personalized rewards and more to customers.

OXXO to Expand Bogotá Store Count
Mexican convenience retailer plans to reach 100 stores in Colombian capital in next 10 years.

Restaurant Mobile Apps Fall Short on Speed
Study shows that restaurant sites served on mobile devices are slow to load and lack online ordering options.


Sep 26, 2014

NACS Show Highlights: Committing to Foodservice Transformation
Spotlight Session features advice from Focus Brands CEO Steve DeSutter, on building foodservice into your company DNA.

France to Mandate Plain Packaging of Cigarettes
Country is latest member of EU to implement anti-smoking strategy.

Conexxus Hosts Technology Innovators at Strategy Event
Start-ups and tech experts share strategies from the latest companies changing the retailing industry through beacons, big data and more.

Wendy’s Bets the Farm on Pork
Number three burger chain hopes that new BBQ pork-focused menu will help keep up strong sales from the past year.

Growing Start-up Aims to Replace Paper Loyalty Cards
FiveStars focuses on targeting existing customers, wants to become the loyalty software for small businesses.


Sep 25, 2014

Senator Durbin Says Swipe Fees Are Too High
Author of swipe fee cap rule now says retailers are right, and “consumers have suffered” from excessive bank fees.

Philadelphia to Tax Cigarettes for School Funding
Pennsylvania’s governor will sign measure levying $2 per pack tax to help fund city’s schools.

Soda Companies Pledge to Reduce Calories Consumed
Companies will concentrate on lower-calorie options and smaller sizes to cut calorie consumption 20% by 2025.

Philippines Is Primed for C-Store Growth
C-store chains expanding rapidly, thanks to a changing urban workforce with more disposable income.

Fuel Retailers Lost $250 Million Last Year to Fraud
Fraud at the pump affects both retailers and their customers.


Sep 24, 2014

Consumers Will Drive the Future of Fuels
Consumer perception will go under the microscope at Fuels Institute Annual Meeting and Fuels Summit.

Iowa's Top Workplaces: Kwik Trip
Wisconsin-based c-store chain recognized by employees for benefits and community-building.

The Rise of Europe’s Modern Convenience Store
Still in recovery mode from recession, stores are changing to accommodate new shopper behaviors.

Kangaroo Express Raises $1.9 Million to Support Military Families
This summer’s fundraising brings four-year campaign total to $10 million.

PepsiCo Equipment Getting Greener
Company fighting climate change with plan to phase out use of hydroflourocarbons in equipment.


Sep 23, 2014

Report Shows Banks Profit as Much as 445% on Swipe Fees
Federal Reserve report reveals huge mark-ups by banks on debit card transaction fees, causing ripple effect in retail industry.

40-Hours Means Full-Time … or Does It?
Coalition launches More Time for Full-Time campaign to change the Affordable Care Act’s definition of ‘full-time’ as 30 hours.

NACS Show Highlights: Get in the Game with the Playbook for Success
Session will answer retailers’ questions on how to grow same store sales … so ask away!

Retailers Continue Support for Ending Global Poverty
Alabama Merchant Association recognized as part of Birmingham’s Partnership Walk, which raised more than $300,000 for Aga Khan Foundation.

Fair-Weather ‘Friends’
Hesitant to “friend” brands on social media, consumers are more willing if they get something out of it.