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Oct 21, 2014

Is ApplePay a Retailer’s Best Friend?
New payment system further distances users from the cash transaction, possibly inspiring increased purchasing.

Amex to Provide Assistance for Merchant EMV Adoption
Program will provide small merchants with $100 to upgrade terminals, starting in February.

Foodservice Beyond the Metrics
Cultivating a successful foodservice program requires CEOs to ask the right questions and lead cultural change.

Manufacturers Have Introduced Thousands of Healthier Products
New product survey documents 30,000-plus products with reduced calories, fats, sugar and sodium.

No One Happy with the State of Swipe Fees
Three years since the Durbin Amendment and the swipe fee contest continues.

Gulf Fuels Breast Cancer Research with New Pink Ribbon Gift Card
New Gulf Oil Giving Foundation initiative amplifies support for American Cancer Society.


Oct 20, 2014

White House to Require PIN Technology on Credit Transactions
NACS applauds the administration’s new BuySecure Initiative to help fight data breaches.

What Employers Need to Know About Ebola
The right response depends on several factors and there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

Amazon Delivers Groceries to East Coast
New York City launch of Amazon Fresh will begin in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood.

Tesla to Open First Battery Swap Station
Company’s first battery swapping station will open by year’s end in California.

Starbucks Announces Mobile Ordering
New payment option will begin later this year in Portland, Oregon.


Oct 17, 2014

When It Comes to Loyalty, Agree to Disagree
Brands and their consumers may not see eye to eye, says a new report.

Convenience Puts Domino’s at Head of Pizza Pack
Chain’s mobile app and online ordering help to boost tab size and repeat orders.

Women’s Growing Influence on Alcoholic Beverage Trends
Female consumers increasingly drive alcohol sales.

NPR Talks Gas Station TV
The public radio network recently focused on a new medium: TV at the pump.

Independent Gas Stations Diversify to Fight Profit Slump
Increased repair and fuel options, healthy food offerings are seen as differentiators.


Oct 16, 2014

Asking the Right Foodservice Questions
The eight essential questions every CEO needs to ask.

Massachusetts Residents to Vote on Gas Tax Measure
Hotly debated ballot measure would prevent future gas tax increases tied to inflation.

Cheaper Gas: Good for Consumers, But Not the Economy
Lower gas prices could be a signal of economic troubles ahead.

Beef Jerky: Not Just for C-Stores Anymore
Jerky’s growing popularity has inspired a growing retail franchise.

Cumberland Farms Continues Scholarship Tradition
C-Store chain announces opening of ninth annual scholarship program for 2015 graduates.

Food Trucks Still Trending
Recent survey shows nearly one-third of consumers ate a food truck meal this summer.


Oct 15, 2014

What Product Is the ‘Coolest’ of Them All?
This year’s number one Cool New Product takes cold dispensed beverages to a whole new level.

Merchants Get the Short End of Stick on Card Fees
NACS Legislative Committee member provides first-person perspective on credit card fees.

New Payment Integration Initiative Launches
World Wide Web Consortium announces new Payments Interest Group.

Diesel Sales on the Upswing
More fuel retailers are offering diesel as an option.

Improving Consumer Confidence Points to Merry Holiday Season
New survey finds that consumers are feeling better and wiling to splurge a little.

Stripes Donates More Than $1.4 Million to Charity
Record-breaking fundraising campaign almost triples the goal for MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital.