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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 Upset About Uruguay's Graphic Cigarette Packaging


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.