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Sep 19, 2014

NACS Show Highlights: Transforming Retail Through Innovation
NACS Show session discusses how generating innovation is key to achieving competitive advantage.

Royal Farms Wins Sponsorship Rights for Baltimore Arena
Maryland-based c-store chain will pay city $250,000 per year for five years.

Toyota Unveils New Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle
Set to hit the market in mid-2015, streamlined Toyota FCV has capability to power a home through its battery.

FDA Hosts Public Workshop on Electronic Cigarettes
Workshop seeks to gather information on e-cigarettes and the public health.

Declining Use of Cash Could Hurt Small Businesses
As credit card purchases get smaller, transaction fees get bigger.

Sep 18, 2014

Deadline Imminent for Retailers Who Participate in SNAP
After Sept. 21, participating retailers will no longer be offered free Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) equipment, supplies and related services.

QuikTrip, Wawa Are Consumers’ Favorite Convenience Stores
New study shows customer service and fresh food are differentiators for new and repeat customers.

FDA Raises Maximum Fine by 10% for Tobacco Sales to Minors
Federal compliance checks top 335,000 nationwide as fine is raised to $11,000.

Apple Pay May Make Physical Cards Obsolete, but Path Is Unclear
Adoption challenge will be to prove that new system is easier, better and faster than plastic cards.

Philip Morris Files Suit Challenging Uruguay's Graphic Cigarette Packaging
Cigarette maker claims that packaging rules violate treaty law, among other complaints.

Sep 17, 2014

NACS Ideas 2 Go Website Goes Live
Video series profiles innovative ideas from convenience retailers across the country — and around the world.

Mobile Payments Are Here to Stay
Conexxus offers free Oct. 2 webinar on Security of Mobile Payments.

Politicians Likely to Back State Minimum Wage Increases
Candidates favor modest boosts at the state level, while opposing federal minimum wage increase.

Family-Owned C-Store Chain Supports College and Community
New England’s VERC Enterprises purchases and renovates former rectory to support graduate service program.

Beverage Potential in C-Stores
NACS Show is an opportunity for retailers to learn from industry-leading companies.

Sep 16, 2014

NACS Show Highlights: Create a Dialogue With Your Customers
Connecting with customers is the key to sales growth.

The What, Why and How of Beacon Technology
Understanding beacon technology and what it can do for your business.

Fewer Smokers, But More Tobacco Shops
A variety of factors may account for the rise of tobacco shops, among the decline in smoking.

Main Street Businesses Express Pessimism
Issues such as health care and minimum wage increases may be keeping small business from hiring.

Six Steps for Retailers to Improve Data Security
Retailers must be proactive in protecting themselves — and their customers.

Sep 15, 2014

Money, More Than Politics, Driving Retailer Cyberattacks
Despite discovery of hidden anti-U.S. messages in malware, cash remains the prime motivator to attack U.S. retailers.

Texas Natural Gas Fueling Stations up by 50 Percent
State now has 104 stations, more vehicles running on CNG than any other alternate fuel.

August Retail Spending Growth Strongest in Over a Year
Leisure spending at a six-month high, with travel and back-to-school propelling growth.

Gas Prices Keep Falling Thanks to Oil Surplus
Markets are signaling that prices may continue to decline this fall.

New Partnership for Chinese and Taiwanese C-Store Operations
China’s Sinopec plans 300 convenience stores with Taiwan's Ruentex.

Sep 12, 2014

MasterCard Loses EU Court Case Over Interchange Card Fees
Merchant group calls ruling a win for European consumers.

Home Depot Data Breach Could Be Largest Ever
Several states launching joint probe of latest security breach.

Consumers Losing Their Taste for Fast Food
Millennials’ health-conscious habits may be leading the decline in fast food sales.

Apple’s Built It — Will Merchants Come?
Despite Apple Pay’s big launch, many retailers remain skeptical.

Egypt Opens First Solar-Powered Gas Station
Station is part of pilot program to mitigate the country’s energy crisis.

Sep 11, 2014

Cybersecurity Summit Addresses Threats and Solutions
NACS part of coalition event featuring panelists from across the payments, cybersecurity and legislative arenas to emphasize need for decisive action.

Retail Chains, QSRs to Join Apple Pay
Walgreens, Whole Foods, McDonald’s and Subway will accept purchases made with Apple’s new payment system.

McDonald’s Trademarks ‘McBrunch’
Company either has plans to launch a new brunch menu, or is keeping the trademark in its back pocket.

Gasoline Use Up Two Billion Gallons in Past 10 Months
Energy Information Administration’s 2014 forecast of gasoline use has risen 1.6%.

Sainsbury’s Opens First Combined Pharmacy and C-Store
Plans for the new Sainsbury Local have been in the works for more than two years.

FDA Issues Warning Letters to Online Tobacco Retailers
Four online companies cited for selling regulated tobacco products to minors.

Sep 10, 2014

Tomorrow’s Fuels and Vehicles: Sustainable Market Opportunities
Experts will engage with attendees at the Fuels Institute Annual Meeting and Fuels Summit.

NACS Urges Agency to Keep SNAP Sales Data Private
Comments argue that revealing stores’ data on SNAP sales could have a business impact.

New Weapon to Fight Credit Card Fraud at the Gas Station
'Today Show' covers new Visa Transaction Advisor solution.

Legislator Calls on Drugstore Chains to Cease Tobacco Sales
Connecticut senator formally urges other stores to follow CVS’s lead on tobacco products.

Ontario Looks to Privatize Lottery
Government seeks company to expand sales beyond c-stores and to younger customers.

Sep 9, 2014

As Gas Prices Fall, Consumer Optimism Surges
NACS records an increase in optimism from last month — the largest jump since January 2013.

NACS Show Highlights: Sessions for Suppliers
Suppliers are not left out, with education sessions developed to meet their unique needs.

Demand for Electric, Hybrid Cars Remains Static
U.S. electric and hybrid sales at 3.6% of market, slightly down from last year.

Two States Lead Nation in Preventing Underage Tobacco Sales
Minnesota and Nevada achieve 99% compliance rate for retailers.

Will Apple Announcement Lead to the End of Plastic Credit Cards?
Today’s event could include launch of NFC chip-enabled devices and mobile payment system.

Sep 8, 2014

Researchers Call E-Cigarette Critics ‘Alarmists’
British health experts say that switching to electronic cigarettes saves lives.

Taco Bell Tests Biscuit Taco
New breakfast item testing in California features jalapeno honey sauce.

Starbucks Announces New Express Format
Chain plans to open new tasting room in December and debut its express store platform in New York City in early 2015.

Police ‘Fill Up’ for Earth Market Customers
Chicago police officers pumped gas for motorists as part of community event to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

1950s Tesco Van Tours London
Retro van delivered toys to a children’s hospital before heading to the Goodwood Revival Festival.

Sep 5, 2014

We Card Preps Retailers for New Requirements
New FDA regulations on the horizon and 40-plus states now forbid e-cigarette sales to minors.

NACS Show Highlights: Make the Most of Your NACS Show Experience
My Show Planner and app allow attendees to schedule their time in Las Vegas and get updates on-site.

Canada Getting Close to Pact for Lower Credit Card Fees
Voluntary agreement could be finalized as soon as this month.

7-Eleven Announces Increase in Franchised Stores in Mid-Atlantic
Vast majority of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore-area stores are franchised, accounting for 6,000 jobs and $111 million in taxes.

Small-Business Owners Head Into the Cloud
Previously the domain of big business, new cloud-based offerings cater to “mom and pop” shops.

Circle K Breaks Ground on Flagship Location
New 4,500-square-foot store is in Southern California.

Sep 4, 2014

Merchant Customer Exchange Unveils Mobile Payment Network
Retailers’ CurrentC™ will improve the loyalty, shopping and payment experience.

Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island Associations Partner for Annual Conference
Southern New England Energy Conference to take place in R.I., Sept. 22 – 23.

Rutter’s Earns a Top Spot Among Central Pennsylvania Companies
Family-owned chain ranked number one in York County and number three in region.

Fermented Foods Gaining in Popularity
Are pickled products the next big thing for spice-loving, health-conscious consumers?

Corner Store and NOCO Express Continue Charitable Efforts
Latest campaigns benefit Children’s Miracle Network and Hospice Foundation.

Sep 3, 2014

CVS Now Tobacco-Free and Rebranded
Chain now called CVS Health, as it eliminates all tobacco ahead of schedule.

Home Depot May Be Latest Data Breach Victim
Theft of credit card information may have begun this past spring at stores nationwide.

California Lawmakers Approve Statewide Ban on Plastic Bags
If approved by governor, ban would take effect in c-stores in July 2016.

Dollar Stores in the News Bring Attention to Customer Base
Discount store customer demographics get a closer look.

Survey Says: QuickChek Makes the Best Cup of Coffee
Retailer’s drive for ‘fresh convenience’ brings foodservice and coffee kudos.

Sep 2, 2014

Unwrap Foodservice Packaging Opportunities
NACS CAFÉ webinar explores how effective packaging can drive trial, trigger sales and lead to repeat food purchases.

Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi C-Store Associations Announce Gulf Cost Food & Fuel Expo
State associations join forces to create region’s largest trade show for petroleum marketers, convenience store operators and industry suppliers.

Dunkin’ to Launch First Hot Dark-Roast Coffee
Dunkin' Donuts will sell the new blend nationwide September 22.

Celebrity Chefs to Open Healthy Fast-Food Chain
Loco’l seeks to bring healthy fast food to California’s low-income areas.

Virginia Lottery Sets Record-Profit Year
More than half-billion dollars generated for Virginia’s K-12 public schools.

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.