Apr 18, 2014
Voting Underway for Convenience Retailer of the Year
NACS Insight International Convenience Retailer of the Year Awards recognize the most progressive convenience retail formats from around the world.
Retailers Scramble to Stop Heartbleed Bug
The bug could cause significant disruptions to the Internet over the next few weeks.
War Is Apparently the Answer in the Battle for Breakfast
If fast-foods chains continue battling it out in the breakfast space, are they leaving lunch and dinner open for the taking?
New York Senator Pushes $15 Minimum Wage
State Senator Daniel Squadron says chains such as McDonald’s and 7-Eleven are not passing on higher profits to their employees.
Gulf Coast Crude Oil Inventories Reach Record Level
U.S. Energy Information Administration Gulf Coast inventories reached a record high 207.2 million barrels on April 11.
Wyoming Lottery Holds Workshops for Retailers
Nine workshops are being held over the next two weeks for retailers in the state that want to sell Powerball and Mega Millions tickets.
Apr 17, 2014
NACS CAFÉ Offers Advanced Foodservice Strategy Program
The May 1-2 program helps convenience retailers identify areas of opportunity within their foodservice strategy, as well as common pitfalls.
Vermont Senate Approves GMO Labeling
Measure would make Vermont the first state to require labeling foods that contain genetically modified ingredients.
Why Wawa Wows
Wawa customers cite cleanliness, great food and great coffee as compelling reasons to visit the convenience stores.
New Jersey Legislators Question Raising E-Cigarettes Taxes
Lawmakers argue that raising the tax on electronic cigarettes would impact smokers who are trying to quit tobacco products.
Food Costs Surging
Meat and produce lead price gains in the latest Consumer Price Index.
Florida Craft Brewers Fighting Three-Tier System
A bill that would require craft brewers to sell their products to a distributor is causing a beer war in the Florida Legislature.
Apr 16, 2014
Illinois Retailers Oppose Gas Tax Increase
Convenience store operators say they would be unable to absorb a tax increase.
Wawa Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Philadelphia Mayor Nutter proclaims April 16 as “Wawa Day.”
Coca-Cola Offers Ideas to Jumpstart C-Store Business
The company is offering retailers a free eBooklet, adding vitaminwater® to beverage dispensers and is addressing the importance of clean ice makers.
New York County Raises Tobacco and E-Cigarette Purchasing Age
Suffolk County officials maintain their municipality is the first in the country to raise the minimum age for purchasing e-cigarettes (along with tobacco products) to 21.
Maxwell House Brews Up Brand Refresh
Coffee maker is perking up its 121-year-old brand.
Baskin-Robbins Offering L.A. Franchise Opportunities, Incentives
Company is also offering strong franchise incentives to military veterans.
Apr 15, 2014
Members of Congress Continue Crusade Against E-Cigarettes
The lawmakers are accusing electronic cigarette companies of marketing to children.
One of the fastest-growing snack food brands won't be found on convenience or grocery store shelves.
U.S. Senator Looks to Speed Up Keystone Approval
Due to the administration’s lack of action, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu is planning to introduce legislation that will speed up the approval process of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Domino's Pizza Introduces Specialty Chicken
The pizza chain is promoting its first new menu item since Handmade Pan Pizza.
Panera CEO Weighs in on Breakfast Wars
"Don't try to beat them. Be who you are,” says Ron Shaich of Panera.
Switzerland Puts World’s Highest Minimum Wage on Ballot
Voters will have their say on whether to boost the rate to 22 francs ($25) per hour.
Apr 14, 2014
Congress Seeks Solution to Abusive Patent Demand Letters
A hearing last week took a look at abusive patent demand letters and explored ways to address this growing problem, which is costing small businesses and threatening innovation.
Paper Versus Plastic Foam
Paper versus plastic shopping bags sees its fair share of debate, but what about paper versus plastic foam beverage cups?
Hy-Vee Opens Smaller Format Store
The grocery chain is tapping into the trend of large retail chains going from big footprints to smaller square footage.
Iowa House Studying Gas Tax Hike
House lawmakers in Iowa step in after a gas tax proposal fizzles in the Iowa Senate.
Frozen Food Makers Looking to Heat Up Sales
The American Frozen Food Institute is finalizing a major PR push that will reinforce the nutritional value of frozen foods.
Walmart Doubles Down on Organic Foods
Mass retailer partners with Wild Oats to sell organic foods at a discount.