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.
Dec 5, 2013
Oregon Lawmaker Seeks Gasoline Tax Increase
U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer is seeking support for increasing the federal excise tax on gasoline and diesel.
New York Tribes Continue to Violate Federal Tobacco Laws
Last year, at least 20 operators on Seneca Nation territory were shipping 1.7 tons of untaxed cigarettes a week.
Online Lottery Tickets Sales Begin in North Carolina
Residents can now purchase online subscriptions for Powerball, Mega Millions and Carolina Cash 5.
Leveraging Breakfast to Drive All-Day Traffic
A new Technomic report suggests that morning foodservice opportunities can extend beyond normal breakfast hours.
Budweiser Salutes Military Families
The brewer is donating $1.5 million to the Folds of Honor Foundation.
Dec 4, 2013
FDA Releases Responses to Questions on Civil Money Penalties
Tobacco retailers may submit questions on the issue at any time.
Digital Wallet Awareness Rises
However, not as many consumers are actually using the smartphone option in the store.
Another QSR Strike Scheduled for Thursday
Fast-food employees in around 100 cities will refuse to work tomorrow.
Hungary Forbids Tobacco Sales in Gas Stations, Grocery Stores
The government has banned national tobacco firms from providing product to supermarkets and convenience stores starting June 1, 2014.
The Science of Soda
In a quest to find the new sweet spot in soda sales, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have both tapped biotech firms to create low-sugar soft drinks that have great taste.
Tea Goes Crafty
The hot or cold beverage is poised to become the next big thing.