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Apr 24, 2015

The Road to EMV on the Forecourt
Webinar will lay the groundwork for fuel retailers making EMV upgrades to the forecourt.

Skimmers Still a Problem in Florida
Statewide sweep of 6,000 gas stations found 81 skimming devices.

Now, the Burrito Bowl Can Come to You
Chipotle begins offering delivery through partnership with Postmates app.

Cumberland Farms Honored for Healthcare Efforts
CEO Ari Haseotes recognized by Health Care for All organization, for company’s ‘health care revolution.’

Canadian C-Stores Will Not Join Grocers in Alcohol Sales
Alcohol sales are on tap for Ontario grocers, but not convenience stores.

Apr 23, 2015

Are You a ‘Power Brand’?
New analysis shows that only 8% of CPG brands are considered a future-looking ‘power brand.’

Kum & Go Sees Green
Convenience retailer celebrated Earth Day with its 100th LEED-certified store.

Amendments Fall Short of Improving Patent Troll Bill
NACS-led coalition opposes current draft of the TROL Act, which falls short of fixing the problem of abusive demand letters.

First Data Collaborates With Sam’s Club to Benefit Small Business
Payment solutions provider adds dedicated in-club business consultants to U.S. Sam’s Club locations.

New Tools Analyze Cost of Hydrogen Implementation
Department of Energy provides cost-analysis tools with goal of aiding in creation of fuel cell infrastructure.

Apr 22, 2015

Sales of E-Cigarette Devices Up Last Month
Dollar sales of devices were up 7% in March, nowhere near December’s year-over-year peak of 25%.

Hot Housing Markets Can Lead to Strong Retail Growth
Southwest region shows strong growth, followed by Southeast and West regions.

Berkeley Considers Buffer Zones for Tobacco Retailers
Law under consideration would be strictest in the nation, prohibiting tobacco retail outlets within 1,000 feet of schools and parks.

Don’t Be a Noodge
NACS working with convenience community to help customers act in their own best interests when it comes to healthy choices.

We Need Safer Credit Cards
Card issuers have failed to use existing technology to thwart theft.

Apr 21, 2015

Making the Zoning Process Easier for Retailers
NACS Site Approval Toolkit shares strategies to help retailers achieve success throughout zoning process, including with community members.

The ‘Why’ Behind Consumer Purchasing Decisions
New survey shows that lower gas prices leading consumers to spend more on food and groceries, among other purchases.

Where Does the U.S. Stand When It Comes to Card Fees
Increasing regulation card fees in other countries could affect U.S. policy … or not.

Enmark Stations Supports Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Company sets a fundraising goal of more than $83,000 for campaigns in the month of May.

What Does the Future of E-Commerce Look Like?
Publication of W3C web payments draft elaborates on the future of payments for merchants and consumers.

Apr 20, 2015

Vote for the World’s Top Convenience Retailers
Voting is open for 2015 NACS Insight International Convenience Retail Awards, which recognize and promote convenience retailing excellence.

Focus on Fresh Leads to Stronger Industry
The NACS reFresh initiative focuses on revamping the industry’s image through a focus on healthier offerings and educating the public.

E-Cigarette Use by Teenagers Soars, Even as Smoking Drops
CDC report shows that 13% of teens used e-cigarettes in 2014, compared to 9% who used tobacco products.

Multicultural Momentum
Numbers don’t lie: if you’re not thinking about multicultural customers, you’re missing out.

Seven Elements to Drive Constant Sales Improvement
Sales plateaus can be overcome by following steps to go beyond incremental growth.

Making Dough
Japanese convenience stores take on the donut competition.

Apr 17, 2015

Strong First Quarter for Retailers and Only Getting Better
Two-thirds of retailers saw year-over-year Q1 improvement and almost 90% expect Q2 to be even better.

Tobacco Firms Sue FDA on Packaging Rules
The companies say the Tobacco Control Act doesn’t give the agency the authority to change packaging regulations.

Healthy Opportunities in Convenience
Convenience stores can capitalize on the growing health trend, according to Nielsen.

Payments Mandates: Who Really Pays?
Upcoming EMV implementation comes with a high-cost for retailers.

Legislative Wrangling Over Data Security and Breach Notification Act
House Energy and Commerce Committee marks up bill, including amendments on third-party breaches.

House Subcommittee Expresses Support to Curb Patent Troll Abuse
NACS submitted letter to Energy and Commerce Subcommittee urging better protection for retailer victims of patent trolls.

Millennials Eschew Credit Cards
A new survey reveals that one-third of young adults have never used a credit card.

Apr 16, 2015

Historic Year for U.S. Convenience Stores
Convenience continues to resonate with consumers, with record in-store sales of nearly $215 billion and overall industry sales closing in on $700 billion in 2014.

A Bullish Economic Outlook
All signs point to an improved consumer spending environment for year ahead.

Gas Dynasty: the Fuel Landscape Present, Future
Changing demographics, power of fossil fuels to drive energy outlook.

Battery Swap
Korean c-store chain is leveraging the accessibility of convenience stores by replacing worn-out smartphone batteries with charged ones.

Oil Industry Layoffs Continue
Energy companies could lay off more than 100,000 workers worldwide.

New Bills Ignite California Anti-Tobacco Efforts
One proposal would increase state cigarette excise tax by $2 per pack.

Apr 15, 2015

Massive Cans of Beer Take on Craft Brews
The 32-ounce Crowler is gaining popularity among craft brewers and convenience stores.

U.S. Energy Imports, Exports to Balance for First Time Since 1950s
Energy Information Administration says balance is the result of continued oil and natural gas production growth and slow growth in energy demand.

Congress Takes Up Patent Troll Bill
NACS conveys convenience retail community’s concerns during committee hearing.

Coke Bottles Coming Back With More Names
“Share a Coke” promotion will return on May 1 with four times the amount of first names.

Canadian Retailers Applaud New Contraband Tobacco Law
Enforcement of Bill C-10 will help communities fight illegal tobacco trafficking throughout Canada.

Apr 14, 2015

Look Out Millennials, Boomers Are Back
New research advises retailers to target Baby Boomers, not cash-strapped Millennials.

Low Gas Prices Means Happy Americans
Continuing decline in fuel prices is driving consumer optimism.

EPA Says It Will Issue RFS Rules by June 1
Federal agency settles lawsuit over long-delayed RFS rules.

Specialty Foods Gaining in Popularity
No longer considered niche products, sales of specialty items increased by more than $50 billion last year.

Helping the Earth, But Not the Waist
Research shows shoppers who use reusable bags also more likely to buy junk food.

Apr 13, 2015

Merchandise Displays Inspire Healthy Purchases
One way to help families cook healthier meals is through grab-and-go meal destination displays.

RadioShack Rebirth: Act More Like a C-Store
‘Cockroach of retail’ is taking a cue from the convenience store model.

Taco Bell Makes a Run for Doorbells
QSR will begin testing home delivery this year.

Dunkin’ Uses Mobile Payments as a Marketing Tool
Addition of Google Wallet enables consumers to make purchases from the Dunkin’ Mobile App.

Celebrity Chef Launches Healthy Fast-Casual Restaurant
The Little Beet focuses on better ingredients and overall better health.

Apr 10, 2015

NACS Welcomes Congress to Go ‘In Store’ This Week
NACS In Store experience is an ‘eye opener’ for congressmen to see c-store operations first-hand.

British Tobacco Display Ban Now in Effect
Small stores throughout the United Kingdom are prohibited from displaying tobacco products.

Walgreens Will Close 200 Stores
Expected closures are part of larger organizational restructuring, with expected $500 million savings.

Smart Cup Can Pay for Its Coffee
With embedded payment capabilities, reusable cup makes buying coffee more convenient than ever.

Conexxus Announces Committee Nominations
Slate of candidates for committee chair positions will be voted on during Annual Meeting.

Apr 9, 2015

Summer Gas Prices Will Be Significantly Lower Than 2014
EIA predicts prices that will be at least $1 lower than last summer, at $2.45 per gallon.

Conexxus Welcomes New Inductees to Technology Hall of Fame
Ann Seki and Ann Dozier will be honored at Conexxus Annual Conference later this month.

Is the Future of Convenience in India?
More than 16 million “mom-and-pop” stores may be setting precedent for the nation … and the world.

High-Tech Credit Card Could Stop Fraud for Good
Dynamic CVV changes constantly, making card useless to hackers and counterfeiters.

Shoppers Loyal to Stores, More Than Brands
Survey shows that younger shoppers are likely to buy store brand items from their preferred retailers.

Apr 8, 2015

Pay Now for Gas Later?
Start-up’s business model allows consumers to “hedge” on gas prices.

Don't Miss an Opportunity to Have Lunch With NACS
Industry Update Luncheons with NACS President and CEO Henry Armour may be coming to a city near you.

Apple Pay May Violate Durbin Amendment
Mobile payment system’s lack of access to multiple networks may not comply with federal regulations.

Millennials as Do-It-Yourselfers
Latest study shows that Millennials have high customer service expectations, but also prefer self-service.

QuikTrip’s Secret of Success
Highly selective hiring process chooses the best candidates, rewards them with the best benefits.

NOCO Express Opens First Tim Hortons Location
Newly renovated store also provides expanded selection of fresh foods and 24-hour operations.

Apr 7, 2015

Hispanic Shopper Dollars Are in High Demand
Buying power of the group is expected to reach $1.5 trillion this year.

Walmart Executive Skeptical of EMV Upgrade
Payments expert thinks chip without PIN is going to disappoint consumers and merchants.

State Lawmakers Already Introducing Powdered Alcohol Bans
Oklahoma legislature introduces a bill that would ban the recently approved Palcohol before product arrives on shelves.

People Are the New Channel
Putting customers at the center of everything you do, will help your business stay relevant in a fast-changing world.

China’s Fuel Demand May Peak Sooner Than Expected
Sinopec chairman suggests diesel peak may be in 2017, with potential affects on western oil suppliers.

Apr 6, 2015

Getting Fresh
NACS Magazine shares how selling fruits and veggies can put your business in the fast lane.

North Carolina’s Gas Tax Reduction May Eventually Be an Increase
N.C. drops state gas tax by one cent, no longer tying tax to wholesale prices.

Pennsylvania Prepares for Lottery Sales at the Pump
Lottery officials moving forward, while some consumers and retailers are skeptical of the plan.

Technology as a Competitive Advantage
Retailers must master new, disruptive technologies to succeed.

Japanese C-Stores Provide Refreshment … and Nursing Care
Lawson opens its first convenience store with nursing care consultation desk.

Apr 3, 2015

Will Amazon Get Into the Convenience Business?
Article cites Amazon patent application as possible evidence that online giant may be making brick-and-mortar plans.

McDonald’s Pledges to Raise Minimum Pay
All company-owned locations in the U.S. will pay at least $1 over local minimum wage.

Some Retailers Express Frustration With EMV
Major retailers discuss practical concerns about EMV implementation at payment technology conference.

China’s One-Hour Delivery Service Sources From Local C-Stores
Beequick delivery app expanding quickly, building network of more than 10,000 c-store sources.

Your Small Biz Could Offer Big Perks
A new service allows small employers to offer employee discounts on variety of entertainment, retail and travel services.

Apr 2, 2015

U.S. Rep. Reintroduces Federal Soft Drink Tax
Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro once again introduces legislation to tax sugar-sweetened beverages.

Walmart Puts Pressure on Suppliers
Retail giant asks suppliers to forgo joint marketing efforts and bring down prices on consumer products.

Domino’s Enables Smart TV Ordering
Customers can place food orders from Samsung Smart TVs in time for the NCAA basketball championship games.

Tesco Helps Kids Cook Healthy
Let’s Get Cooking Clubs expand to more disadvantaged areas, teaching skills for cooking healthier meals.

CITGO Co-Hosts Teen Tech Fair
Partnership with the Houston Public Library provides interactive, educational activities for local teens and students.

Starbucks Evolves Smoothie Offer
Dannon Greek yogurt coming to Starbucks and grocery stores, including Evolution Fresh parfaits and smoothies.

Apr 1, 2015

March OPEC Oil Output at Highest Level Since October
Increased production in Iraq, Libya and Syria lead to higher output, with little change likely from OPEC.

Breakfast Anytime at the Golden Arches?
McDonald’s announces trial run of all-day breakfast service.

NLRB Rolls Out Ambush Elections Regulations
Despite legal and legislative opposition, NLRB hosts training session on new rules at New York SEIU headquarters.

South Dakota Is Latest State to Raise Fuel Tax
Beginning today, drivers will pay six cents more, as part of larger package to fund transportation in the state.

Japanese C-Stores to Be Part of Disaster Information System
Information network would use convenience stores as a hub to convey information following natural disasters.

Mar 31, 2015

California Payment Card Surcharge Ban Unconstitutional
Judge finds that law is unclear, and restricts merchants’ freedom of speech.

Attention Independent Operators – Set Benchmarks for Your Business
Participation in the Independent Operator section of the NACS State of the Industry Survey provides invaluable industry data and opportunities.

Utah Institutes Gas Tax Increase
Five cent increase to the state’s gas tax is first in almost 20 years.

Missouri Bill Would Allow C-Stores and Grocers to Fill Growlers
State once again considers allowing growlers, while neighboring state of Kansas considers expanded liquor sales.

Texas and California Lead the Country in Diesel Vehicles
New data shows 13% increase in diesel vehicles, with California, Massachusetts and Nevada registering most new sales.

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.