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Aug 29, 2014

Walmart Will Debut EMV-Enabled MasterCards
Cardholders can expect to receive new cards within a few weeks.

To Cash, or Not to Cash
Depending who you ask, cash is still king … or not.

BP to Roll Out Network-Wide Technology Offer
Technology upgrades to meet global card standards will be introduced in early 2015.

7-Eleven Partners with Belly for Expanded Loyalty Program
Partnership will bring expanded loyalty offer to 2,600 stores nationwide.

Canadian Politicians Go Behind the Counter
Nova Scotia Convenience Store Day brings recognition to industry.

DCC Energy Agrees to Acquire France’s Esso SAF
Acquisition will bring DCC Energy’s total European retail stations to 672.

Aug 28, 2014

Retail Gas Prices Fall Heading Into Labor Day
U.S. average retail price was lowest price on the Monday before Labor Day since 2010.

Latest E-Cigarette Push Gets a Reality Check
Sales shifting from c-stores to vape shops.

Convenience Stores As a Safe Haven
Seoul, South Korea, uses convenience stores as a safe shelters for women in need.

Two Things for Retailers to Get Right
Independent retailers have the tools they need to compete against the big guys.

Ideas From Coca-Cola on Boosting C-Store Sales
Coca-Cola offers Smartwater racks, summer campaign and holiday promotions.

Aug 27, 2014

Members of Congress Go ‘In Store’ with NACS
Inaugural “NACS In Store” gives congressmen an inside view of the c-store business.

Serious Business
NACS summarizes the “CannaBusiness” session at the Smoker Friendly Conference.

Canadian C-Store Association Issues E-Cig Recommendations
Organization suggests age verification, encourages policymakers to work with retailers.

A New Type of Special Teams: Payments matches up the top companies when it comes to payments.

Stripes Partners with MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital
September is “Stripes Stores Celebrates Tomorrows” month for customers.

Aug 26, 2014

Snack Food-Style Marketing to Make Veggies Appealing
Brands and grocers taking a new approach to make healthy foods fun to eat — and buy.

Pay — and Play — at the Pump
California Lottery unveils a new way to purchase lotto tickets at gas stations.

Don’t Lose Customers: Get Smarter About Line Management
Tips to help retailers analyze customer behavior and better manage register lines.

Referendum on Expanded Wine Sales Moving Forward in Tennessee
More than 60 communities have submitted petitions to allow vote on expanding wine sales to c-stores and groceries.

Wyoming Begins Selling Lottery Tickets
Thousands of residents competed for the honor of buying state’s first ticket.

Aug 25, 2014

Coin Digital Credit Card Replacement Begins Soft Launch
Designed to replace physical credit cards, Coin starts usage testing with 10,000 consumers.

In Memoriam: Former NACS President Sam Thompson, Jr.
Thompson led NACS Board in 1973.

Kwik Trip Opens 28th CNG Station
Company has developed a functional CNG fueling infrastructure throughout several states.

Burger King in Talks to Buy Tim Hortons
Acquisition would create world’s third largest QSR, valued at $18 billion.

‘Paying It Forward’ at Starbucks
Florida location is latest to make news with 450-plus customers buying drinks for fellow patrons.

Aug 22, 2014

Target Data Breach Strains Q2 Earnings
Months after incurring a data breach that compromised data from 70 million customers, Target is still feeling the pinch.

SD City Council Overrides Mayor, Approves Minimum Wage Hike
Rate hike to $9.75 to take effect January 1, 2015.

“Venmo Me” is New Money Exchange Directive of Millennials
Peer-to-peer payment app Venmo is achieving strong growth among Gen Y consumers.

Hoosier Lottery Generates Record Sales
Private management company falls short of stated goal, but sets sales record in its first full year on the job.

Not So Fast: Family Dollar Rejects Takeover Bid by Dollar General
Discount chain cites antitrust concerns in rejecting Dollar General offer.

Oregon Considers 363-Mile Long Smoking Ban
Restriction would make Oregon the first state to ban smoking at Oregon parks along its coastline.

Aug 21, 2014

More Talk Than Walk, When It Comes to Healthy Eating
Research shows disconnect between consumers’ desire for a healthy lifestyle and actual behavior.

Banks Are Profiting From Everything We Buy
From burgers to back-to-school, banks — not retailers — bring in the big bucks.

Taking the Mystery Out of Background Checks
Free webinar: Simple strategies can help employers understand the complicated process.

Time to Level the Playing Field for Beer and Wine Sales in Ontario
Report recommends a more competitive system for alcohol sales.

Philippines’ FamilyMart May Begin Franchising
Company seeks ideal mix of company-owned and franchised outlets.

Nice N Easy to Be Sold to CST Brands
Texas-based company will acquire 77 locations from central New York chain of c-stores.

Aug 20, 2014

Uber Prepares to Launch “Corner Store” Service
Drivers will deliver convenience store items in Washington, D.C., test launch.

Continuing Data Breaches Spur Effort to Boost Card Security
Banks and retailers speed up drive to add chips to cards.

Tim Hortons Uses Dark Humor to Launch New Coffee
Marketing stunt turns stores black, inside and out.

Couche-Tard Considers Minority Stake in Sinopec
Canadian c-store chain on short list to purchase stake in Chinese fuel network.

British Photographer Idealizes Brightly Lit Gas Stations
Stations shine “like a beacon of hope in the night for a weary traveler.”

Aug 19, 2014

NACS Asks Supreme Court to Hear Debt Swipe Fee Appeal
Request is for highest court to decide case that affects consumers and retailers more than 100 million times every day.

Economics Drives Buying Decisions on Alternative Fuels and Vehicles
Fuel economy and vehicle cost are most important factors, according to Fuels Institute consumer poll.

BP Supports Veterans and Active Duty Service Members
Company sponsors Valor Games Midwest, introduces #WallOfThanks campaign.

The Fight for Family Dollar
Dollar General outbids Dollar Tree for Family Dollar with $9.7 billion offer.

Japanese Convenience Stores Offer New Entertainment, Food Options
From karaoke to fresh baked bread, c-stores try to differentiate in a competitive market.

Aug 18, 2014

Supervalu Confirms Data Breach
‘Criminal intrusion’ affected the network that processes payment card transactions.

Dating Site Launches Career ‘Matchmaking’ Service
eHarmony is taking its dating skills to the hiring and recruiting business.

McDonald’s Tests Automated Cashiers
Touchscreens allow customers to pay without waiting in line or interacting with cashiers.

Walmart Finds Bright Spot in Smaller Formats
Same-store sales for Walmart’s Neighborhood Market stores rose 5.6% during Q2.

New National Lottery Game Coming Soon
Monopoly Millionaire's Club will make its debut on October 19 in Indiana.

Family Express Unveils New Espresso Offering
New machines will brew fresh, custom hot and iced espresso beverages.

Aug 15, 2014

Shrinking Revenue Spurs Gas Tax Alternatives
Several states test programs to tax miles driven, not gallons purchased.

State Lotteries Increase Use of Loyalty Programs
Loyalty programs take lotteries’ focus off of winning or losing.

Federal Court Upholds N.C. Ethanol Blending Law
North Carolina law expands ethanol blending opportunities for marketers.

Millennials Crave Adventurous Breakfast Options
Innovative offerings key to luring younger demographics for morning meals.

Burger King Says ‘Adieu’ to Healthier Fries
Not a hit with consumers, lower fat Satisfries will be coming off the chain’s menu.

Aug 14, 2014

Chick-fil-A Enters Gourmet Coffee Race
Company hopes high-quality hot and iced coffee will improve breakfast business.

Amazon Launches Mobile Card Reader for Retailers
Local Register is expected to compete with Square and PayPal.

Green Valley Grocery Invests in Community
Southern Nevada c-store chain joins community development campaign.

Seeing Clearly on Food Packaging
Clear packaging takes some work, but pays off in increased sales.

Small Business Sentiment Rose in July
Latest NFIB report shows positive sentiment, especially regarding expansion plans.

Aug 13, 2014

Building a Successful Foodservice Supply Chain
Foodservice is the future, but managing a program takes commitment and partnership.

Gilbarco and VeriFone Join Forces to Power Global Market
New partnership will bring seamless payment solutions and digital media to convenience and fuel retailers.

Op Ed Laments the Cost of Swipe Fees for Small-Business Owners
Kansas City restaurateur James Eddy calls for swipe fee oversight.

Consumers Purchasing More Prepared Foods
Prepared foods represent an opportunity for retailers, challenge for restaurants.

Kenyan Oil Marketer Bets on Convenience Stores
Vivo Energy partners with convenience stores to grow revenue.

Aug 12, 2014

Gas Prices Down in August, Along with Optimism
Despite continuing declines in gas prices, consumer pessimism is back.

Convenience Store Group Opposes Age 21 Smoking Limit
Age restrictions deemed unfair to both retailers and adult consumers.

Enmark to Carry Organic Products
Distribution partnership will bring “natural” items like kale and kombucha to c-stores.

Maximizing Convenience Store Profit
Distributor provides tips for increasing sales and keeping customers.

The Battle for E-Cigarette Market Share Heats Up
Big Three tobacco companies all launching wider distribution in 7-Eleven, elsewhere.

Aug 11, 2014

NACS Files Comments with FDA on E-Cigarette Rulemaking
Letter urges agency to help create a level playing field for c-store operators.

New Visa Service Claims to Help Reduce Fraud at the Pump
Intelligent analytics help merchants identify fraud before it happens.

Mars Opens First M&M's Store in China
The candy tourist attraction aims to take advantage of fast-growing Chinese market.

The Potential Impact of West Coast Hurricanes
While rare, West Coast storms can have an effect on U.S. fuel retailers.

Consumers Seek Healthier, Yet Indulgent Cheese Products
Perennial favorites mozzarella and cheddar move aside for more ethnic cheeses.

Aug 8, 2014

California Lottery Website Lists ‘Lucky’ Retailers
More than 4,000 retailers identified based on frequency and amount of winning tickets.

Midwest Refinery Issues May Lead to Higher Local Gas Prices
Issues at four refineries expected to have localized effects in the Midwest region.

Pantry Pilots Smart Sensor Vending Machine
Machine tracks items automatically, lets customers inspect items before final purchase.

Future of Convenience Is in Foodservice
Article reiterates the importance of creating a foodservice program that stays true to c-store roots.

Russia’s Lukoil Sells Off Central European Gas Stations
More than 125 stations to be sold in Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.

Aug 7, 2014

Menu Labeling a Bad Fit for Convenience Stores
NACS Chairman Brad Call calls FDA’s proposed menu-labeling regulations a ‘hand-me-down’ approach.

Tedeschi Food Shops Launches New Fresh Produce Program
New England c-store chain is offering fresh produce to customers year-round.

U.K. Group Urges Government to Reconsider Plain Tobacco Packaging
Association of Convenience Stores says burden on retailers has not been fully considered.

Putting the Fast in Fast Food
Participating South Florida McDonald’s locations are testing a 60-second guarantee.

CVS Feeling the Pinch From Lack of Tobacco Sales
Sales are down but pharmacy is picking up the slack.

Aug 6, 2014

Why Gas Station Margins Are Razor Thin
Inc. explains exactly why gas stations are one of the least profitable retail industries in the country.

Houston Readers Share Favorites for Gas Station Grub
Writer finds a melting pot of gourmet options at Texas gas stations and c-stores, from Mexican to Eastern European.

Dollar General Considering Counter-Bid for Family Dollar
Following last week’s announcement of a Family Dollar and Dollar Tree merger, market leader considers options.

Innovative Beer Bottles Unlock Free Movies
Dutch beer brand Grolsch’s new bottles give customers free access to on-demand video.

Study Finds Income Does Not Determine Shoppers' Private-Label Preference
Only 5% of those surveyed said they don't buy store brands at all.

Aug 5, 2014

State Lotteries Nationwide Trying to Attract Young Players
Mobile apps and cause-related games hope to introduce younger Americans to lottery.

Two Stores Are Better Than One
Gasoline-convenience store pairings help stations turn a profit.

How Millennials Spend Their Money
New surveys show Millennials spend on cars, as well as burgers and booze.

Convenience Industry Makes Significant Contributions to Military
Kangaroo Express and Corner Store campaigns support military through fundraising and free drinks.

Reuntex and Sinopec Team Up for Convenience Store Chain
Companies’ strengths will complement each other to run c-stores in China and Taiwan.

Aug 4, 2014

UC Davis Study Offers New Insights on Biofuels
Study measures incremental changes in biofuels industry and assesses relevance in advancing environmental goals.

Bringing Healthy Options to Sacramento C-Stores
Shell station dedicates 15% of retail space to fresh produce and dairy.

Less Is More at P&G
Company will focus more on key brands, shedding about 100 smaller brands.

Peet’s Coffee & Tea Acquires Mighty Leaf Tea
Acquisition will accelerate Peet’s growth in premium tea category.

BK Keeps It Simple
Burger King’s modest approach to menu tweaks is working.

Science Experiment: Color-Changing Ice Cream
Spanish scientist’s creation is only sold at his ice cream parlor, for now.

Aug 1, 2014

Congress Passes Highway Trust Fund Extension
Last-minute legislation awaits President Obama’s signature, would provide funding through May.

Fuel Prices Down for Fourth Straight Week
Average gas price down 5 cents and diesel decreased by a cent this week.

Minnesota Minimum Wage Increases Today
Large companies to pay employees $1.85 more, small companies increase by $1.25 per hour.

EPA Extends Deadlines for Renewable Fuel Standard
Move could signal more delays on finalizing 2014 RFS.

Despite Internet Buzz, Consumers Prefer Brick-and-Mortar Shopping
Physical stores essential to shopping experience, even for online purchases.

QuickChek Employees Lend a Hand to Superstorm Sandy Victims
More than 40 staff contribute their labor — and $125,000 — to help ongoing recovery.