Mar 12, 2014
Nothing Can Seem to Derail Current Consumer Optimism
Rising gas prices did nothing to dampen consumer’s positive view of the economy.
Public Transportation Hits Highest Ridership in 57 Years
Last year, a record 10.7 billion trips were taken on U.S. public transportation.
Small Employers Should Check Out Small Business Health Care Tax Credit
The IRS also offers helpful resources and tax tips for small businesses on its website.
Restaurant Spending Will Decrease This Year
A new study finds that diners say they will spend 9.1% less per meal.
Checkout Changes Could Hurt Candy Sales
With most sales of confection an impulse, technology that allows shoppers to eschew traditional checkouts has the potential to stagnate growth.
Subway’s Footlong Secret
The chain’s marketing chief reveals the success of its wildly popular $5 Footlong promotion.
Mar 11, 2014
Chicago Reconsidering Plastic Bag Ban
New proposal drops an exemption for small retailers.
Senator Schumer Goes After E-Cigarette Marketing
The Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act would ban the marketing of e-cigarettes to children.
British Columbia’s Grocery Stores to Sell Wine, Beer
A relaxation of British Columbia’s liquor laws will not apply to convenience stores.
Changing Eating Habits Send McDonald’s Sales Downward
McDonald’s is looking to modify its menu to appeal to changing eating habits.
Wisconsin Lawmakers Mull Creation of Beer Commission
Commission would promote, market and advertise Wisconsin products, making Wisconsin the “Napa Valley of craft brewing.”
Retail Employment Down 6,700 in February
Trade group argues against raising the minimum wage, saying it would “hamper economic growth” and drive up unemployment.
Mar 10, 2014
Industry Pioneers Inducted to PCATS Hall of Fame
Three new inductees will be recognized at the upcoming PCATS Annual Conference on April 28.
E85 Retail Fueling Locations Expanding
While Midwest states continue to add new E85 retail locations, other states are also experiencing rapid growth of E85 availability.
Reasons Why Wawa Rates With Customers
Customers from Wawa-inhabited towns say what they love about the Pennsylvania-based convenience store chain.
Missouri Lottery Tests Ticket Sales at ATMs
A new partnership at select convenience stores in St. Louis and Kansas City allows customers to access lottery games and potential winnings.
Card Companies Form Group to Tackle Data Security
The new group will initially focus on the adoption of EMV chip technology.
Mar 7, 2014
HR Forum Attendees Stay Ahead of the Curve
Attendees at the NACS event participated in interactive presentations and discussions on topics vital to their professional development and company’s bottom line.
Co-op to Double Its C-Store Count
Britain’s fifth-largest grocer announces plans to double its current portfolio of 2,000 convenience stores.
Taco Bell at Home Expands
Taco Bell Ultimate Taco Night Kits to be distributed at grocery stores.
E-Cigarette Tax Hike in Washington State Moves Forward
A House committee approved a 75% tax on electronic cigarettes.
Small Businesses Sick of Obamacare
A Detroit News columnist highlights the frustrations of one local small businessman.
Mar 6, 2014
Los Angeles Passes Stiff E-Cigarette Restrictions
The Los Angeles City Council votes unanimously to ban cigarettes in most work places, many public places, and 21-and-over establishments.
Proposed Federal Budget Includes Cigarette Tax Hike
President Obama’s proposed budget nearly doubles the federal excise tax on tobacco products.
Soda Sales Flat, Energy Drinks Supercharged
The energy drink category continues to see strong sales, despite increased scrutiny due to deaths that have been linked to consumption.
Grocery Stores Opening in South Bend Food Deserts
Two grocery stores are opening in South Bend, Indiana, home to Notre Dame and no fewer than seven food deserts.
Starbucks Broadens Espresso, Sandwich Offerings
Vanilla Macchiato and four new breakfast sandwiches enhance Starbucks’ breakfast lineup.
Burger King Adds Satisfries to Kids’ Meals
Adding Satisfries to kids meals “a step in the right direction,” says Burger King CMO.