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Jul 23, 2014

Judge Calls FDA Report on Menthol Cigarettes “Tainted”
Ruling finds conflicts of interest in FDA menthol review board panel’s findings.

Appeals Courts Rule on Obamacare
Two federal appeals courts issue conflicting rulings on major provision of Affordable Care Act.

June Consumer Inflation Rises on High Gasoline Prices
June gas prices showed largest rise, while food prices showed smallest rise this year.

Tips for Changes That Lead to Higher Sales
Retail expert offers proven ideas for lasting change.

Utah Journalist Shares Regrets for Judging C-Store Clerk
Essay describes experience of getting to know clerk after misjudging her.

Jul 22, 2014

Hydrogen Cars Are Here — What Now?
The alternative fuel cars have hit the market, but a NACS survey finds that consumer education is lacking.

NACS Refutes Claim That Debit Is Cheaper Than Cash
Aité Group report fails to take a comprehensive view, say retailer groups.

Get Ready for National Hot Dog Day
Kangaroo Express celebrates with free and discounted dogs on July 23.

New Poll Names Top Regional Grocery Brands
Harris Poll names Hy-Vee, Wegmans, Publix and Costco as regional grocery brands of the year.

Seasonal Thirst Creates Sales Opportunities
Coca-Cola offers DASANI Sparkling tips to capture fountain sales and digital marketing ideas

Jul 21, 2014

NACS State of the Industry Fact Book Now Available
Fact Book tracks most key industry metrics, with data dating back to the 1950s.

Irish Retailer Expands Into United States
Applegreen/Petrogas recently purchased two Long Island-area forecourt sites.

Corner Store Spices Up Summer Menu
New puff pies and whoopie pies feature a kick of Sriracha.

Georgia Lottery Hits Record Profits for Education Programs
State lottery has raised more than $15.5 billion for education programs since 1993.

Tesco Shifts to Housing
Retailer is using land allocated for new supermarkets to build 4,000 new homes.

Jul 18, 2014

Natural Gas Station Spurs Economic, Environmental Innovation
New Hampshire community officials embrace natural gas, expect new station to drive business to region.

Shinsegae Group Jumps Into Korean Convenience Store Business
Never-before-seen business model will remove franchise fees.

As E-Cig Sales Slide, Tobacco Pins Hopes on Marketing
Brands meanwhile, struggle against generic veporizers.

Consumers Continue to Place Importance on Premium Sandwiches
Subway keeps top spot as Panera Bread joins the top five, according to new rankings.

Tesla Owner Installs Charging Stations Along 3,700-Mile Route
Chinese businessman takes matters into his own hands, installing 16 stations for public use.

Jul 17, 2014

Indiana C- Stores Continue Fight to Sell Cold Beer
Convenience store association appeals ruling that upheld state monopoly on cold beer sales.

It’s True: Americans Love Bacon
Square data provides insights into consumer preferences and behavior.

Hershey’s Shakes Things Up
Hershey Creamery Co. introduces self-serve milkshake machine, the Shake Shop Express.

Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Top List of Respected Brands
Hershey, Johnson & Johnson and Kellogg also make top spots.

NOCO Express Stores Raise More Than $12,000 for Charity
Funds will benefit United Way locations in Western New York.

7-Eleven Increases Franchise Discounts for Military Veterans
Discount on franchise fees affirms company’s longtime support for veterans.