Dec 12, 2013
Indian Tribes, States Pursue Online Gambling
A tribe in rural California expects to launch the country’s first tribal online gambling effort later this month.
Farm Bill Won’t Get a Vote in 2013
However, lawmakers say the bill could be ready to move through Congress in January.
States Target Electronic Cigarettes for Revenue Potential
With states struggling to balance their budgets and cigarettes offering declining revenue, e-cigarettes are becoming an attractive target.
Illegal Tobacco Use Prevalent in Ontario
In an effort to avoid taxes, cigarettes are purchased on First National reserves and moved throughout Ontario.
White Castle Sliding Into Modern Day
A redesigned Columbus restaurant combines touch-screen ordering and a Coca-Cola Freestyle machine.
Alabama Lawmaker Pushing State Lottery
A state representative says that the lottery could generate $250 million for education.
Dec 11, 2013
A new report finds that many states have not used anti-smoking funds for that purpose.
FDA Targets Teens With New Anti-Smoking Effort
The agency will launch an ambitious campaign early in 2014 aimed at stopping teens from smoking.
EU Says Aspartame Okay
The food safety body of the European Union released its findings that the artificial sweetener is not a health risk.
Michigan Legislator Seeks Two Clerk Mandate
The measure would mandate two clerks working at convenience stores during the hours of 11pm and 5 am.
Diet Soda Sales Fizzle
This past year, regular soft drinks sales declined, but not as much as no-calorie and low-calorie soda sales.
France Lumps E-Cigs Under Tobacco
The French court ruled that electronic cigarettes are subject to the same laws as tobacco products.
Dec 10, 2013
It’s Not Quite ‘Bah, Humbug!’ But Consumer Pessimism Lingers
Results from the latest NACS Consumer Fuels Survey show that even with relatively low gas prices, consumers are pessimistic about the economy.
Majority of Americans Support Changes to Health-Care Law
A recent Gallup poll found that more than half of Americans want Congress to repeal or scale back Obamacare.
Dollar General Posts Strong Cigarette Sales
Tobacco sales have helped Dollar General grow its Q3 sales by more than 10% over the same period last year.
North Carolina Businesses Worry That Online Lottery Sales Could Hurt Business
The North Carolina Retail Merchants Association said lottery retailers stand to lose ancillary in-store sales if consumers purchase their tickets at home.
“Two Cheers for E-Cigarettes”: NYT Columnist
Joe Nocera maintains e-cigarettes convert smokers to vapers – and that’s a good thing.
Black Market Craft Beers
Hard-to-find craft beers are selling for hundreds of dollars.
How to Make Mobile Payments Work
Simplify the process and offer flexible payment options, argues e-commerce executive.
Dec 9, 2013
RFS Proposal Challenges Ethanol in Gasoline
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard could limit ethanol blending into the nation’s retail fuel supply, USA Today reports.
‘Gasoline’ Captures 50 Years of Fuel Retailing
A collection of photos showcases America’s relationship with gasoline stations.
Wendy’s Backs Away From the Pretzel Bun
The limited-time offer is being pulled from menus.
Buffalo Wings and Wine
Family dining and quick-service restaurants are finding success with wine.
The ‘Holy Grail’ of Retail?
Beacon, a location-based shopping gadget by PayPal and eBay, allows retailers to automatically identify and authenticate PayPal users as they walk in.
Dec 6, 2013
NACS Participates in RFS Discussion
More than 140 stakeholders shared concerns, opposition and support with the EPA on proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
U.S. House Passes ‘Patent Trolls’ Legislation
The bill aims to reduce the number of non-meritorious patent lawsuits.
Restaurant Menu Calorie Data Goes Unread
Not many customers are pursuing the nutrition information chain restaurants have posted.
New York Considers Public Ban on Electronic Cigarettes
The city council held a hearing this week to determine whether or not such a prohibition should be enacted.
Giant Eagle Launches Market District Express
The hybrid that combines a convenience store’s small format with an upscale grocery store’s products has opened in Pennsylvania.
NCACT Supports Canada’s Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act
The coalition, which includes the Canadian Convenience Store Association, views the act as a good first step for stemming the flow of illegal tobacco.