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Jul 31, 2015

Congress Passes Temporary Highway Funding Measure
Three-month spending patch is the 34th such extension since 2009.

EMV Adoption May Benefit Mobile Payment
As consumers learn to ‘dip’ instead of ‘swipe,’ longer transaction time may push more toward use of mobile payments.

CPGs Keep Pace With Consumer Demand
More brands are re-formulating old products and introducing new ones to appeal to health-conscious consumers.

Are Low Diesel Prices Affecting Market for Diesel Vehicles?
As average diesel price dips below regular fuel, some anticipate increased market for diesel cars and trucks.

Plans Announced for First 7-Eleven in Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City location, the country’s first, is expected to open in mid-2017.

Jul 30, 2015

Fill ‘Er Up
Fuel and foodservice present an opportunity for great meals and community connections.

New Report Analyzes Fuel Prices and Auto Sales
Fuels Institute study shows that fuel prices do not necessarily influence vehicle purchasing.

Lawyer Emails May Affect Swipe Fees Cases
Merchant groups challenge class-action antitrust pact following release of lawyer email records.

Drink Your Veggies
Campbell Soup Company hopes for successful trial run of new V8 Infused Water.

CurrentC Planning Test Launch With Dunkin’ Donuts
Donut chain announces partnership with both Apple Pay and CurrentC.

Jul 29, 2015

New Online Training Platform Available for C-Stores
NACS e-Learning enables convenience store companies to streamline delivery and management of staff training.

Rita’s Italian Ice Makes Move to Convenience Channel
Italian Ice concept opens first fuel retailer location in California, with 60 more planned throughout the country by 2025.

Are You Ready for the Internet of Things?
Number of connected devices expected to nearly triple by 2020, to more than 38 billion units.

FDA Proposes Additional Nutritional Information for Packaged Foods
Proposed rule would require inclusion of 'added sugars' on nutrition labels.

Ricker's Opens New Flagship Store
Edinburgh, Indiana, location features a sleek design and innovative foodservice offers.

Jul 28, 2015

Is Amazon Planning a Drive-Thru Grocery?
Online giant’s next move could be a major disruptor for brick-and-mortar grocery channel.

Massachusetts Bills Aim to Protect Existing Tobacco Sales
Several bills introduced in response to last year’s attempt to ban tobacco sales by one Massachusetts town.

Americans Are Eating Less, for the First Time in Decades
Study shows that calorie consumption has declined in recent years, due in part to changing attitudes toward health.

Shell U.K., PayPal Launch Smartphone App
Customers can now pay for fuel at the pump through the Fill Up & Go smartphone app.

Getting Great Ideas from Customers
When seeking customer feedback, the less personal interaction, the more innovative the suggestions.

Jul 27, 2015

Leadership, Professional Development Highlight NACS Show
General session keynotes bring executive-level expertise to the stage at upcoming NACS Show in Las Vegas.

Gas Tax: Raise or Phase Out?
USA Today Editorial Board weighs in on Washington’s federal gas tax debate.

Senate Committee Weakens Swipe Fee Reforms
Tell your senator that you oppose any action that would reduce number of banks subject to debit fee reform.

7-Eleven Stores Unveil New, Larger Stores
Independent chain in Oklahoma expands convenience store format to include a kitchen and prepared foods.

Krispy Kreme Brings RTD Iced Coffees Beyond the Donut Shop
Donut chain launches its ready-to-drink iced coffees nationwide at convenience and grocery stores.

Pediatric Cancer Foundation Recognizes The Radiant Group
Tampa-based convenience and fuel retailer donated $509,149 to PCF in the past seven years.

Jul 24, 2015

Five Strategies for Reaching Millennials
Mobile and multichannel among the areas key to appealing to millennial consumers.

Diesel Prices Catch Up to Regular Gasoline
For the first time in nearly six years, the average price of diesel fuel has fallen below regular, due to a variety of seasonal and market factors.

Weights and Measures Considers Important Issues for Fuel Retailers
National Conference on Weights and Measures postpones decision on diesel gallon equivalency and addresses need for new diesel filters.

Rumor Has It: McDonald’s to Serve Breakfast All-Day
Corporate memo hints that all-day breakfast may go national as soon as this fall.

United Kingdom Living Wage a Concern for Retailers
Cost of proposed living wage could be harmful for retailers, says U.K. convenience association.

House Subcommittee Questions Obama’s Overtime Proposal
Hearing was opportunity to question how proposal would affect business operations, including employees’ hours and compensation.

Jul 23, 2015

New York’s Proposed $15 Wage Includes Many Convenience Workers
Definition of fast-food establishments would include many convenience stores, as written.

Tax Extenders Package Includes Changes to Biodiesel Credit
NACS and other groups voiced opposition to change, which shifts biodiesel blenders’ credit to the producer.

Lack of Time, Expertise Are Top Obstacles to EMV Readiness
Survey of IT experts finds that majority also think chip and PIN should be required.

Senator Durbin Weighs in on Debit Swipe Fee Reform
On five-year anniversary of financial reform law, senator speaks up on his Durbin Amendment.

Wawa Beer Sales Request on Hold
Convenience store chain will wait until August for possible approval on beer sales.

More Japanese C-Stores Offering Pick-Up Services
Three big chains have partnered with a dozen online sites for convenient pick-ups, with plans to expand this year.

Jul 22, 2015

Consumers Demand Speed of Service
Survey shows that almost 90% of consumers want their checkout experience to be faster, while expressing disappointment with customer service at the register.

Love’s Travel Stops Sees Success With Fresh
Retailer is just one of many convenience stores meeting the increased consumer demand for fresh foods.

Merchants Laud Benefits of Dodd-Frank on Five-Year Anniversary
Debit swipe fee reform has saved consumers almost $6 billion annually over the past five years.

Prioritizing Tech Investments
Operators are more reliant than ever on technology, but still face obstacles on cost, training and customer service.

Dunkin’ Donuts Continuing California Expansion
Donut chain plans West Coast expansion with 26 new stores in San Francisco and Fresno areas.

Jul 21, 2015

Visa Hopes to Bring Payments to Your Car
Integrated service would allow consumers to make mobile payments through their vehicles, such as fuel purchases.

Banks Refuse to Give Up on Signature Cards, Despite Lack of Security
Banks say they don’t want to burden consumers with remembering a PIN, despite the additional security.

Target Opening More Small Format Locations
The retailer is opening a new 16,000-square-foot TargetExpress store in St. Paul, its second smallest to date.

CPGs Join for S’Mores Campaign
NACS Hunter Club members Hershey, Mondelez and Kraft Heinz join forces to market s’mores beyond summer.

Free EV Charging at Sponsored Chargers
Drivers can charge up for free at Volta electric vehicle terminals thanks to advertising and sponsorships.

Jul 20, 2015

Summer-Blend Fuel Brings Better Mileage
NACS explains lesser-known benefit for drivers in the summertime: increased fuel efficiency.

Seltzer Water Sparkles in Packaged Beverages Category
Health-conscious consumers have created a sweet spot for carbonated waters.

Massive Chicken Recall
Aspen Foods is recalling nearly 2 million pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken.

Conexxus, IFSF, nexo Partnership Ensures Availability of ISO 20022 Standards
New partnership represents the interests and requirements of fuel retailing in global standards.

Free Gas Winner Pays It Forward
Winner of free gas for a year from Spinx gives prize to family with child in neo-natal intensive care unit.

Jul 17, 2015

Chipotle Giving Away Free Food
Customers can earn free food by playing interactive “Friend or Faux” online game, which takes aim at fast-food competitors.

Labor Department Weighs in on Worker Classification
New government guidance suggests more businesses should designate workers as employees and not independent contractors.

Pabst Brewing Company Returns to Milwaukee
Iconic Pabst Brewing Co. will stay true to its roots but also jump on the craft beer trend with new small-batch brews.

Hispanic Consumers Boost Foodservice Opportunities
The growing U.S. Hispanic population is shaping the foodservice industry, according to Technomic research.

Retailers Take a Bite out of Apple Pay
Study reveals that more than 67% of Apple Pay users feel the mobile payment service is more secure than swiping cards.

Consumers Highly Rate Wawa and Costco as Places to Fuel Up
New Market Force study suggests fresh food and high-end coffee may be luring motorists to certain retail chains.

Jul 16, 2015

N.C. C-Store Owner Gets Money Back from IRS
Business owner receives $107,000 back from improper federal seizure, but may still be on the hook for legal fees.

Representative Proposes Gas Tax Increase
Washington state representative suggests raising federal gas tax by 15 cents per gallon.

General Mills Spotlights Convenience and Foodservice
Company expands grab and go offer to capture increasing share of food-away-from-home spending.

Summer Gas Prices Are Lowest in Years
Average fuel price expected to be at its lowest since 2009, according to this month’s energy outlook.

Casey’s Bids Farewell to Longtime CEO
For the first time in more than 25 years, a new CEO will take the helm at Casey’s General Stores.

Jul 15, 2015

California Gas Prices on the Rise
Despite continuing low fuel prices nationwide, refinery issues are resulting in high prices, particularly in Los Angeles area.

Congresswoman Seeks National Age Limit for E-Cigarettes
Connecticut representative hopes to close loophole that allows online purchase of e-cigarettes by minors.

QuickChek Launching Q Café at Hot Air Balloon Festival
New Q Café model will feature 40 hand-crafted drinks during three-day festival.

Prepare to Face the Future of Fueling
Fuels Institute Annual Meeting will provide an opportunity for diverse interests to collaborate on building the road ahead.

Canadian Corner Stores Getting Fresh
Corner stores in Toronto are putting a renewed emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables in their displays.

Jul 14, 2015

Minneapolis Bans Flavored Cigars from C-Stores
Following passage of ban, retailer pens editorial criticizing law that will ‘move products out of the hands of responsible retailers.’

Get the Facts on Our Industry
NACS State of the Industry Fact Book now available, providing detailed statistics on years of industry data.

Economic Optimism Falls, But Are Gas Prices to Blame?
Consumers say they’ll drive less when gas prices hit $3.65, from this month’s average of $2.79.

Adapt and Overcome
As the other tobacco products category continues to gain market share, advanced category management can help maximize sales.

Seven-Eleven Japan Develops Fast Duty-Free Checkout
Automated process will cut duty-free transaction time from 15 minutes down to five, in hopes of greater tourist business.

QuikTrip Donates Ferguson Site to Urban League
Construction begins on site of former c-store that was burned during last year’s unrest.

Jul 13, 2015

Craft Beer Boom Puts Pressure on State Regulations
Some states consider changing their current laws to capture the craft beer industry’s tax revenue potential.

Students Offer Glimpse Into Future of Transportation
Winning submissions from Fuels Institute’s first-ever student case competition now available online.

American Express Launches Amex Express Checkout
Much like PayPal, the new service uses a card member’s password instead of a card number or swiping a card for purchases.

Battle of the Bad-for-You Foods?
Study suggests that dining on fast-food “no worse” than eating a full-service meal.

Domino’s Launches Pizza Tracker App
Apple Watch owners look no further than their wrist to track their Domino’s order.

Jul 10, 2015

FDA Delays Menu Labeling Rule Until December 2016
One-year delay is positive news but legislation is still needed to resolve issues at heart of menu rule and make compliance flexible and reasonable for our channel.

Canadians Say Grocery Meals Are Better Than Fast Food
Four of 10 consumers think supermarkets offer better value than fast food and more than half think they offer healthier options.

European Union Files Antitrust Complaint Against MasterCard
EU concerned that credit card giant is artificially raising card fees.

CST Brands, Phillips 66 Announce New Partnership
Partnership diversifies fuel offerings and strengthens co-branding for fuel and convenience retail operations.

Consumers Distrustful When It Comes to Data Security
Close to half of consumers say a retailer data breach is likely in the next year.

Iconic Coke Bottle Approaching Centennial
Coca-Cola bottle is getting ready to celebrate its 100th birthday.

Jul 9, 2015

Majority of Americans Agree You Should Be 21 to Buy Tobacco
Three out of every four American adults favor increasing the minimum age from 18 to 21, even among smokers.

Congress Continues Data Breach Discussions
NACS statement to Senate says that payment card industry has “consistently put the profits of the companies that control it before good security.”

Mobile Commerce Ready for Prime Time
Upcoming Conexxus webinar will provide the latest updates on mobile payments for fuel retailers.

Taco Bell to Begin Delivery Service in 90+ Cities
Partnership with DoorDash app will bring tacos to your door in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas areas.

Digital Wallet Battle Heats Up
Despite increasing number of platforms, consumers still not embracing digital wallet technology.

Jul 8, 2015

Clouds on the Horizon for Vaping Industry
Anticipated FDA rules likely to require expensive approval process for all vape products, leading to possible “vapocalypse.”

Dollar Tree Completes Family Dollar Acquisition
Newly combined retailers will operate more than 13,000 stores throughout U.S. and Canada.

A Reason to Shine
When integrated thoughtfully, beacons can guide c-store shoppers to increased purchasing.

Don’t Underestimate Social Media’s Buying Influence
Study shows that Facebook is the most influential platform for those making shopping decisions.

Powerball Odds Are Changing
Multistate game changing to create more winners of smaller prizes.

Jul 7, 2015

Is Your State Business-Friendly?
New rankings place Minnesota at the top, based on multiple measures of competitiveness.

Retailers Need Flexibility on Menu Labeling
Support the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act, to ensure compliance that is flexible and reasonable and to protect your employees from potential criminal penalties for labeling mistakes.

Vermont Soda Tax Goes into Effect
In addition to 6% tax on sodas, vending machine purchases now taxed at 9%.

Auto Manufacturers Plan Hydrogen Fueling Network
Honda, Nissan and Toyota partner on effort to support construction of hydrogen stations throughout Japan.

Starbucks Raising Coffee Prices
Brewed coffee drinks will cost 5 to 20 cents more, while Frappucinos and food items remain unchanged.

Jul 6, 2015

Mexico Begins Taxing Convenience Foods
Beginning this month, a 16% tax will apply to all pre-packaged and ready-made food at c-stores.

NACS Comments on Proposed Same-Day ACH Transactions
NACS clarifies position on Fed proposal that would incorporate transaction fees into same-day ACH.

Proposed Michigan Gas Tax Increase Meets with Objections
Fuel retailers and legislators concerned that businesses near state border will see significant losses if tax is passed.

Tribal Recognition Allows Indians to Bypass State Taxes
Obama Administration recognizes Virginia’s Pamunkey Tribe, causing concern for state fuel industry.

Tobacco Use Drops in Alaska as E-Cigarettes Surge
Difficult to make definitive connection between e-cigarette use and decreasing tobacco use, in part because e-cigs not taxed by state.

Jul 2, 2015

Massachusetts Proposes 210% Tax on Flavored Tobacco
Measure to be included in yearly budget proposal would more than triple current tax.

Menu Labeling Would Provide Flexibility for Retailers
Show your support for H.R. 2017, the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act.

7-Eleven Jumps on the Delivery Bandwagon
Convenience giant is latest to pair with Postmates app for delivery service in select cities.

Pennsylvania Moves Closer to Privatized Liquor Sales
Bill waiting governor’s approval would phase-out state run liquor sales.

Americans Feeling Festive for the Fourth
Average household expected to spend more than $70 to celebrate independence.

Growler Sales Now Legal in Iowa
Law went into effect on July 1, allowing c-stores and grocers to fill growlers.