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Aug 1, 2014

Congress Passes Highway Trust Fund Extension
Last-minute legislation awaits President Obama’s signature, would provide funding through May.

Fuel Prices Down for Fourth Straight Week
Average gas price down 5 cents and diesel decreased by a cent this week.

Minnesota Minimum Wage Increases Today
Large companies to pay employees $1.85 more, small companies increase by $1.25 per hour.

EPA Extends Deadlines for Renewable Fuel Standard
Move could signal more delays on finalizing 2014 RFS.

Despite Internet Buzz, Consumers Prefer Brick-and-Mortar Shopping
Physical stores essential to shopping experience, even for online purchases.

QuickChek Employees Lend a Hand to Superstorm Sandy Victims
More than 40 staff contribute their labor — and $125,000 — to help ongoing recovery.


Jul 31, 2014

Optimizing Foodservice Supply Chains
Upcoming webinar shares tips for getting fresh food to your stores.

Soda Tax Bill Introduced in Congress
House bill would create a national tax on sugary drinks, to be paid by manufacturers.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Acquires 55 Midwest Stores
Former Super Pantry Stores in Illinois and Indiana will operate under Circle K banner.

Former Fast Food Execs Are Leading a “Fresh Casual” Revolution
Popular chain has big expansion plans for its brand of healthy eating.

Retailer Organization Launches Small-Business Council
National Retail Federation hopes to engage “Main Street merchants” in advocacy efforts.


Jul 30, 2014

Ruling Makes Franchisors Liable for Labor Practices of Franchisees
If upheld, Labor Board ruling would forever change the business of franchising.

An Inside Look at Pepsi Spire
Thoughtful design and future-proofing technology key to rollout of new fountain machine.

Credit Card Fraud on the Rise
Thieves attempting last-minute scams before U.S. EMV adoption takes effect.

Rutter’s Takes the Cannoli… and Short Ribs
New items added to the chain’s award-winning foodservice program.

RaceTrac Reaches $1 Million in Charitable Giving
Milestone donations to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

BMW Launches Fast-Charging Station for EVs
Network of small, lower-priced chargers may encourage adoption of i3 model EV.


Jul 29, 2014

FDIC Reissues “Operation Choke Point” Guidelines
Language suggesting extra scrutiny for tobacco retailers has been removed.

NACS Submits Statement on Tobacco Tax Evasion
NACS shares concerns about unlevel playing field with Senate Finance Committee.

Candymakers Boost Prices
Both Hershey and Mars announce price increases.

IRS Moves Forward With Health Insurance Forms
Absence of the forms has left employers unable to plan for 2015 taxes.

Stripes® Raises Funds for Children’s Charity
Partnership with Red Bull will benefit Texas Operation Military Kids.


Jul 28, 2014

Dollar Chains to Merge
Dollar Tree will acquire Family Dollar, controlling more than 13,000 stores.

Merchants Get Behind Open Process for Data Security Standards
Groups recommend guiding principles to better protect consumers and businesses from cybercriminal activity.

More States Seek to ‘Ban the Box’
Laws banning early criminal background checks for job applicants are gaining momentum.

Dunkin’ Encourages Suggestive Selling
Cashiers are pushing donuts and sandwiches on afternoon customers to boost food sales.

Senator Franken Asks White House to Keep RFS Strong
Legislator says investment in biofuels is critical to job creation and decreasing foreign oil dependence.

Beer Ranks as Adult Beverage of Choice
More than 40% of adults choose beer over wine and liquor, according to a recent Gallup poll.