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May 22, 2015

Americans Driving Record Number of Miles This Year
Low gas prices contribute to increase in miles driven, to start what is likely to be a record-breaking year.

NACS Participates in Policy Summit on Dietary Guidelines
Association joins former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and head of Let’s Move! in panel to address ways to support consumer adoption of healthy eating habits.

Payments Association Approves Same Day ACH
Move to allow faster ACH payments introduces worrisome fee-setting akin to a swipe fee.

Senate Banking Committee Draft Bill Addresses Financial Oversight
Lack of Democratic votes kills draft bill that would have scaled back debit swipe fee reform.

New Service Will Allow Businesses to Enable P2P Payments
MasterCard service geared to businesses as a way to more easily reimburse customers.

May 21, 2015

App-Based Gas Delivery on Demand
For a fee, Filld will top off your customer’s tank, wherever they are.

Florida Renews Fight Against Skimmers
State agency announces partnership with fuel and convenience industries to increase awareness of fraud at the pump.

Los Angeles Closer to Increasing Minimum Wage to $15
The $6 increase would be phased in over the next five years, with extension for small businesses.

The Bacon Trend Is Here to Stay
Lower wholesale prices and creative concoctions lead to a resurgence of all things bacon.

British Customers Returning to the Corner Shop
Today’s consumers are frequently turning to neighborhood ‘top-up’ shopping.

May 20, 2015

Senators Urge FDA to Delay Menu Labeling
Bipartisan group of legislators believe that while delay is a temporary fix, pending legislation would provide more effective response for retailers.

Target Plans Added Emphasis on Fresh
Shift in supply priorities may come at a cost to traditional CPG companies.

Union Requests FTC Probe of Franchisor Practices
Petition claims that franchisors, including McDonald’s and 7-Eleven, promote harmful practices.

Further Victory for Merchants in Amex Antitrust Case
Federal judge denies Amex’s motion for stay pending appeal.

Tweet Your Toppings
Domino’s continues tech evolution with new ordering via Twitter.

May 19, 2015

Gassed Up: Americans Ready for Summer Road Trips
NACS study shows majority of Americans planning summer vacations will be driving.

Non-Petroleum Transportation Fuels at 50-Year High
Increased use of natural gas and biofuel blending responsible for increase.

Kansas Senate Rejects Stronger Beer Sales in C-Stores
Similar bill awaits a vote in the Kansas House of Representatives.

Self-Serve Fueling a Possibility for New Jersey
State senators introduce legislation that would give consumers the choice of self-serve fueling.

Convenience Shoppers Heavily Influenced by Advertising
Impulse and undecided shoppers most likely to respond to path-of-purchase advertising.

May 18, 2015

Autonomous Cars Get the Green Light
Google’s self-driving cars are hitting the roads this summer in Mountain View, California.

Philly Grocer Thrives in Food Desert
Brown’s Super Stores did its research to respond to consumer needs in low-income neighborhood.

Americans Feel Charitable at the Checkout
More than half of consumers say they like being asked to give to a charity while at the register.

Nebraska Legislature Overrides Gas Tax Veto
Phased in over four years, the state’s gas tax will increase a total of 6 cents by 2019.

DQ Removes Sodas from Kid’s Menu
Dairy Queen Corp. is removing carbonated soft drinks from its children’s menu.

Wacky Combos Work for Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s
The Most American Thickburger is packed with beef, a grilled hot dog, American cheese and a layer of kettle chips.