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Mar 27, 2015

American Fuel Consumption Lowest in a Generation
Annual household fuel consumption declined by 19% from 2004 peak usage, now at lowest level since mid-1980s.

Finance Professionals See Chip Cards as Answer to Fraud
Majority of finance experts anticipate that newly introduced chip cards will reduce point-of-sale fraud.

CDC Includes E-Cigarettes in New Anti-Smoking Ads
Latest “Tips from Former Smokers” campaign to address the growing popularity of e-cigarettes.

Between the Margins
NACS explains why the more things change, the more they stay the same, when it comes to the annual cycle of fuel pricing.

New C-Store Player in the Philippines
Partnership between Puregold and Lawson hopes to bring 50 new stores to the Philippines this year and 500 in five years.


Mar 26, 2015

A Step Closer to Meaningful Data Breach Legislation
House Subcommittee marks up proposed bill, including much-needed amendments regarding notification, but work still needed.

Panelists at House Hearing Address Concerns About Internet Gambling
Representatives concerned about issues such as states’ rights, underage gambling and tax repercussions.

House Committee Holds Third Patent Reform Hearing in Two Weeks
Committee examines potential fixes from NACS-supported H.R. 9, the Innovation Act.

Controversy Surrounds Flavored Cigarette Ban in Nova Scotia
Atlantic Convenience Store Association wants menthol to be exempted from potential ban.

Are Your Customers Loyal?
Study shows that only half of loyalty program members actively participate in programs.

Canadian Cities Move Closer to Carbon Warning Labels on Fuel Pumps
Similar law went into effect this month in San Francisco and Berkley, California.


Mar 25, 2015

Fresh & Easy Shifting to C-Store Model
Company closing 50 grocery stores in the Western U.S., with plans to open new fresh food convenience stores.

Where Technology Meets Retail, Meets Social
Speakers at Conexxus Annual Conference will provide insights on rapidly changing retail technology landscape.

Femsa Benefits From Mexico Oil Reforms
OXXO’s parent company is one of the first big beneficiaries of latest Mexican oil policy.

Diet Soda Declines in United States
Is this it for America’s love affair with diet drinks?

Hunt Brothers the King of Gas Station Pizza
Pizza distributor rules the rural market when it comes to the c-store pizza market.


Mar 24, 2015

Time for a Company Culture ‘Cleanse’?
Inc. magazine offers simple steps to help companies ‘detox’ their culture.

Ricker’s Expands Electric Car Charging
Convenience retailer partners with Nissan to establish expanded EV network in Indiana.

N.C. Lawmakers Propose Solutions to Alleviate Food Deserts
Plan would set aside $1 million for produce refrigerators and training for store owners.

Don’t Discount Baby Boomers
Despite focus on Millennials’ buying power and preferences, Boomers continue influence spending.

Chilean Vending Machines Sell Household Staples
Algramo sells items in bulk at lower prices, splitting profits with shopkeepers who host vending machines.


Mar 23, 2015

Enmark Stations Embark on Fresh-Food Initiative
Convenience retailer partners with FreshOne to offer customers a new grab-and-go suite of healthy and fresh products.

New PR Toolkit Assists NACS Members With Local Media Coverage
Public Relations Toolkit is latest deliverable from the NACS reFresh initiative to address ongoing convenience industry perceptions.

Meet the Multicultural Super-Consumer
Multicultural consumers are rapidly becoming the core of the U.S. population and possess promising purchasing power.

Los Angeles Fast-Food Ban Is Big Failure
RAND study finds that overweight and obesity rates have actually increased faster in targeted areas since Los Angeles passed the 2008 ordinance.

Amazon.com Expands One-Hour Delivery to Baltimore and Miami
Prime Now service includes products such as paper towels, shampoo, books, toys and batteries.

Diageo Adding Nutritional Information to Alcohol Labels
World’s largest distiller says voluntary move helps consumers make informed choices about their drinks.