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Oct 31, 2014

NACS Joins Merchants to Set Record Straight on Cybersecurity and Payments
Merchant associations send letter to credit unions dispelling myths about cyber-attacks.

U.S. Oil Boom’s Connection to Chocolate
As gas prices decline due to domestic production, consumers have extra money for treats.

Would You Like a Side of Tech with That Order?
Like everywhere else, use of technology is increasing in the foodservice sector.

Conexxus Applauds Completion of HTML5 Standard
Retailer and technology community has long supported Internet standardization.

Oxxo Convenience Store Debit Cards a Big Success
Number of Mexicans using the new cards is double the industry norm.

Oct 30, 2014

NACS Responds to Card Company Attempts to Dominate Mobile Payments
Electronic Transactions Association is pressuring retailers to accept forms of payment that add costs to their businesses and customers.

Diesel Vehicle Sales Forecast Are Strong — Are Consumers Ready?
New Fuels Institute report examines consumer preferences toward diesel fuel.

U.S. Cities Eye Tobacco Purchasing Age
More cities consider raising legal purchasing age for tobacco products to 21.

NACS Members Open New Stores in California and New York
Mission Market and QuickChek expand their portfolios with new stores and more jobs for the local economy.

Send in the Robots
Home improvement retailer tests whether ‘OSHbots’ can help improve customer service.

Taco Bell Pioneers QSR Mobile Payment App
Mobile ordering and payment app allows for customization of menu options, mobile ordering and location-based services.

Oct 29, 2014

U.S. Diesel Fuel Demand to Peak in 2015
World diesel demand expected to grow through 2030, according to Fuels Institute report.

Massachusetts Town Introduces Proposal to Ban Tobacco
If approved, sales of all forms of tobacco would be prohibited in town of Westminster.

Battle of the Mobile Payment Systems
Consumers will decide whether Apple Pay or CurrentC comes out on top.

Lowe’s Goes Small in the Big Apple
Home improvement superstore opening two small-format stores in NYC next year.

NOCO Campaign Raises $22,000 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Funds raised by employees and customers will support research and community services.

Oct 28, 2014

Election Day Countdown: Where Do We Stand
Looking at current knowledge and trends, what can we predict for Election Day 2014?

DIY Pepsi Flavors for SodaStream Users
Limited run trial will feature Pepsi ‘Homemade’ flavors for home use.

Carmakers Prepare to Shift to Hydrogen Fuel Cells
Despite inherent challenges, manufacturers are investing in hydrogen.

Filipino C-Stores Taking Market Share from Grocery Stores
Time-strapped consumers turning to prepared meals and local shopping.

Mississippi Retailers Protest Security Mandate
Increase in crime leads to city of Jackson proposal requiring c-stores to hire private security.

Oct 27, 2014

Legislator Gets Crash Course in Convenience Retailing
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson participates in NACS In Store grassroots engagement program at local Kwik Trip.

Hackers Boost Malware Efforts to Attack Retailers
Effective strand of POS malware undetected by anti-virus software is already posing a threat.

QuickChek Outsells Starbucks Coffee
New Jersey-based convenience retailer outsold Starbucks in hot brewed units despite having 40% fewer locations in the state.

Neighborhoods Prepare for Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday raked in $5.7 billion with independent merchants in 2013.

Franchisees Getting Cybersecurity Help
Industry groups partner to provide franchise businesses with cybersecurity resources.

FDA to Host Tobacco Webinar on Substantial Equivalents
Information to be provided for retailers on grandfathered tobacco products.