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Tim Hortons Tests Delivery in Canada
Delivery will begin in Vancouver, Edmonton and Ottawa.
Posted Jul 13, 2018

BP to Acquire U.K.’s Largest EV Charging Company
The purchase is an important step in scaling up and deploying a fast and ultra-fast charging network on BP’s U.K. forecourts.
Posted Jun 29, 2018

South Korea to Funnel Funds to Hydrogen Fueling
Government partners with private businesses to put more hydrogen vehicles on the road.
Posted Jun 28, 2018

Toyota Looks to Self-driving Convenience Stores
The automobile manufacturer partners with Starbucks and 7-Eleven Japan to bring mobile cafes and c-stores to Japan.
Posted Jun 15, 2018

Canadians Still Love Cash
Especially at convenience stores, Canadian consumers prefer paying with dollars and cents.
Posted Jun 15, 2018

Coca-Cola Launches Two Alcoholic Drinks
Canned Chu-Hi and Lemon-Do are introduced to Japanese consumers.
Posted Jun 14, 2018

Innovation That Enables Immediate Consumption
Albert Heijn To GO’s smart shelf technology offers tap, grab and go purchasing.
Posted Jun 13, 2018

BGF Boosted Stake in Hello Nature
Meanwhile, FamilyMart Uny has partnered with Japanese discounter Don Quijote.
Posted Jun 12, 2018

Convenience Retailers Honored in London
Carrefour Group, Reitan Convenience Norway win 2018 NACS awards for sustainability and technology.
Posted Jun 11, 2018

Gleeson Named European Industry Leader of the Year
President of Aramark Northern Europe shares his insights on the future of convenience retail and his own personal leadership journey.
Posted Jun 8, 2018

Exploring Asian and European Retail Trends
Automation, technology and economic sentiment are driving innovation and trends in the Asian and European convenience retail markets.
Posted Jun 8, 2018

Fresh The Good Food Market Takes Top Honors
Dublin, Ireland, market wins the 2018 NACS International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award.
Posted Jun 7, 2018

Retail Case Study: PKN Orlen
Leading Central European convenience and fuel retailer is reinventing fresh foodservice on-the-go.
Posted Jun 7, 2018

Insights on Polish and Eastern Europe Consumers
HIM research sheds light on convenience retail trends and opportunities.
Posted Jun 6, 2018

How Polish Consumers Influence Convenience
Insights from Nielsen highlight how small-format retailers in Poland can better deliver a fast and easy shopping experience.
Posted Jun 5, 2018

Vending Machines Flourish in China
Startups of unmanned retail locations have garnered billions from investors.
Posted May 24, 2018

FamilyMart Teams With Airbnb in Japan
The partnership allows hosts to leave keys for store pickup by incoming guests.
Posted May 23, 2018

World Health Organization Seeks to Eradicate Artificial Trans Fats by 2023
The new initiative is the first time WHO will support countries in eliminating a chronic disease.
Posted May 22, 2018

Customer Loyalty, Marketing Position Circle K Hong Kong for Strong Future
Profits have grown over the past 12 months as well.
Posted May 17, 2018

The Most Exciting Event of the Year
The NACS European Convenience Retail Awards will recognize outstanding achievements in the European retail community.
Posted May 15, 2018

Summit Brings Together ‘Disruptors’ to Explore Tomorrow’s Convenience
NACS Convenience Summit Europe includes world-class content delivered live from the stage by top convenience retailers and disruptors.
Posted May 10, 2018

Touring Innovative European Stores
At the NACS Convenience Summit Europe, attendees will tour forward-thinking stores.
Posted May 4, 2018

Japanese Retailers Shift Focus to Healthy Options
In Japan, convenience stores now stock foods with fewer additives and more veggies.
Posted Apr 23, 2018

Aramark, Chef Jamie Oliver Announce Exclusive Partnership
Companies will work together to encourage a nutritional revolution across the U.K. and Ireland.
Posted Apr 19, 2018

A Global Look at Fuel Matters
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast considers fuel and vehicles initiatives across the world.
Posted Apr 4, 2018

FamilyMart Introduces New Concept Store
New store marks the retailer’s efforts to transform into a next-generation convenience store chain.
Posted Apr 3, 2018

Nestlé Slims Down Milkybar Chocolates
The new version will hit the shelves in the United Kingdom and Ireland next week.
Posted Mar 30, 2018

International Innovators Lead NACS Convenience Summit Europe
Register before March 31 to save up to 25% on the event, including progressive store tours.
Posted Mar 29, 2018

Funmaii to Launch Cashless C-Stores
Malaysian company will unveil self-checkout convenience stores across Southeast Asia.
Posted Mar 28, 2018

Experts Call Britain’s Soda Tax a Success
Two weeks before it officially takes effect, the graduated levy has made some soda makers cut sugar in their drinks.
Posted Mar 26, 2018

U.K. Shops See Rise in Shoplifting
The Association of Convenience Stores calls on the government and police for more assistance in stopping the thefts.
Posted Mar 21, 2018

NACS Announces Asian Convenience Retailer Leader of the Year
Richard Yeung of Circle K Convenience Stores accepted the coveted international award.
Posted Mar 19, 2018

Canadian Urban Grocers Shrink Footprints
Consumer demand for convenience is part of the force behind the change.
Posted Mar 16, 2018

Japan to Open 80 Hydrogen Fueling Stations by 2022
An alliance of nearly a dozen Japanese companies will work together on the stations.
Posted Mar 9, 2018

Coca-Cola Experiments with First Alcohol Product
Canned chu-hai drinks in Japan are sold in convenience stores and vending machines.
Posted Mar 8, 2018

Ontario Tobacco Tax Hikes Punish Store Owners
The Ontario Korean Businessman’s Association claims that federal and provincial tax increases are escalating illegal cigarette sales.
Posted Mar 5, 2018

Japan to Relax Rules and Allow More Electric Chargers at Gas stations
Other changes include expanding the services gas stations can offer.
Posted Feb 23, 2018

Shining a Spotlight on Poland’s Leading Fuel Retailer
To meet the changing expectations of customers, PKN ORLEN is strongly focused on expanding non-fuel sales.
Posted Feb 22, 2018

British KFC Locations Experience Chicken Shortage
The chain has temporarily shuttered hundreds of stores in the country.
Posted Feb 21, 2018

Starbucks Japan Goes Bubbly with Sparkling Water
New sparkling water single-serve beverage is available in 7-Eleven stores across Japan.
Posted Feb 19, 2018

Convenience Across the Pond
Latest Convenience Matters podcast sits down with Mark Wohltmann to explore convenience retail trends in Europe.
Posted Feb 13, 2018

Shell, Banma Test Futuristic Gas Station in China
The technology would allow the driver to use his car’s touchscreen display to order items from the convenience store.
Posted Feb 8, 2018

Cosmetics Blossom at Korean C-Stores
Chains make makeup lines affordable and attractive to younger shoppers.
Posted Feb 7, 2018

Valentines Can Dine at McDonald’s
U.K. bakery chain Greggs is also offering a dining menu complete with prosecco.
Posted Feb 5, 2018

International Retail Awards Now Open
The NACS European Convenience Retail Awards program is now accepting entries.
Posted Feb 1, 2018

Coca-Cola Launches Three New Beverages
As the U.K. prepares for a sugar tax in April, Coca-Cola is introducing new products that would not be subject to the levy.
Posted Feb 1, 2018

How Simply Fresh Connects With University Students
A unique formula is reaching a diverse group of customers on a college campus.
Posted Jan 31, 2018

Shell Checks Out IBM’s Instant Register
The trial of an immediate RFID checkout solution took place in London.
Posted Jan 26, 2018

EG Group Outlines European Plan
After purchasing the German Esso network, EG Group discusses what the acquisition could mean.
Posted Jan 26, 2018

NACS Event Highlights Global Retail Innovation
BingoBox, WeChat and Tmall will take center stage at NACS Convenience Summit Asia in March.
Posted Jan 25, 2018

Retail Vision Discusses Future of Fuel in U.K.
From pricing to competitors, representatives from six companies talk about what’s in store for the forecourt.
Posted Jan 24, 2018

Circle K Announces First Full-service Franchise Opportunities in Canada
The move will be the first time the Circle K brand will be franchised in the country.
Posted Jan 19, 2018

Alibaba Brings Tech to Independent Stores
The ecommerce company wants to reinvent mom-and-pop convenience stores with technology to streamline operations.
Posted Jan 17, 2018

Coca-Cola Trims Bottle Size Ahead of U.K. Sugar Tax
The soft drink company also will hike the price for the smaller bottles.
Posted Jan 17, 2018

ACS Warns Retailers of U.K. Card Surcharge Ban
The Association of Convenience Stores is advising retailers to prepare for new rules that will stop them from charging customers to use credit or debit cards.
Posted Jan 15, 2018

Japanese Convenience Stores Combat Labor Shortage With Automation
Chains are also shortening their hours because of the difficulty in finding workers.
Posted Jan 12, 2018

NACS Brings Industry Leaders to Hong Kong
The NACS Convenience Summit Asia is heading to China in March, featuring opportunities to build strategic relationships in the Asian market.
Posted Jan 11, 2018

Philip Morris Giving Up Cigarettes?
With full-page ads in U.K. newspapers, the tobacco firm announced its intention to replace cigarette smoking with smoke-free alternatives.
Posted Jan 5, 2018

GS Retail Expands Vietnam Reach
The South Korean company has plans for 2,000 convenience stores in Vietnam by 2028.
Posted Jan 5, 2018

Malaysia Opens Unmanned C-Store
Following the likes of Amazon and Alibaba, e-payment operator Irispay has opened a self-service convenience store.
Posted Jan 4, 2018

Guam Increases Tobacco Buying Age to 21
Oregon’s higher smoking age of 21 also kicked in on January 1.
Posted Jan 3, 2018

Fresh Ideas in European Convenience
From fuel to retail, Convenience Matters podcast talks about global trends with German retail expert Christian Warning.
Posted Jan 2, 2018

Shell Purchases U.K.’s First Utility
Agreement complements Shell’s network of forecourt charging points and its acquisition of NewMotion, one of Europe’s largest vehicle charging providers.
Posted Jan 2, 2018

Cape Town Store Commits to Zero Plastic
To fight plastic pollution, one South African grocer has opened a no-plastic store.
Posted Dec 21, 2017

Canadian Consumers Will Pay for Print
Study cites consumer behavior that makes a compelling business case for magazines at retail.
Posted Dec 19, 2017

Plain Packaging Threatens Beverage Industry
Potential financial impact of plain packaging regulations puts beverage brands globally at risk.
Posted Dec 11, 2017

Visa Moves to Fingerprint Payments in Australia
The new standards will help counter fraud by removing the need for a personal identification number.
Posted Dec 8, 2017

ExxonMobil Opens First Mexican Gas Stations
The company has plans to open an additional 50 stations in Mexico early next year.
Posted Dec 8, 2017

Starbucks Opens a Store in China Every 15 Hours
Coffeehouse chain is building more new company-operated stores in China than in the United States.
Posted Dec 7, 2017

Euro Garages Expands Locations With Acquisition of Esso Germany Sites
ExxonMobil will sell around 1,000 Esso-branded stations to EG Group Limited.
Posted Dec 6, 2017

Amazon Attracts Cash-Paying Customers in Mexico
Hybrid systems allow unbanked and cash-only consumers to pay for their online purchases at convenience stores in Mexico.
Posted Dec 4, 2017

Japan’s FamilyMart Enters Fitness Industry
C-store chain is creating a chain of fitness clubs called Fit & GO that will be open 24 hours a day.
Posted Dec 4, 2017

BingoBox Brings Unmanned Stores to Hong Kong
Cashierless concept allows shoppers to pay for purchases via mobile wallets like Alipay or WeChat Pay.
Posted Dec 1, 2017

SPAR Netherlands Continues New Store Expansion
Retailer anticipates 50 SPAR City convenience stores in operation by the end of 2017.
Posted Dec 1, 2017

Ministop Accepts Cashless Payments Via QR Code
Chain in Philippines becomes the first convenience store to accept QR payments via GCash.
Posted Nov 27, 2017

Gas Stations Should Seek Standardization for Savings, Innovation, Choice
The standardization of service station protocols must accelerate to stay on top of technology and customer expectations.
Posted Nov 22, 2017

Canadians Prefer Paying in Cash
A new survey finds that more than half of all sales in Canada are purchased with cash.
Posted Nov 20, 2017

Ontario Contraband Tobacco Levels at Alarming Rates
A new study finds that illegal cigarettes now account for 37.2% of all cigarettes smoked, up a sharp 13% from the previous year.
Posted Nov 17, 2017

EU Outlines Clean Mobility Plan
European auto association says a proposed 30% CO2 reduction level by 2030 is also overly challenging.
Posted Nov 9, 2017

Spar Poland Tests Convenience Store Concept in Krakow
The new SPAR Express store is in a popular tourist destination in Poland.
Posted Nov 6, 2017

Alberta Bill Would Mandate Prepayment for Fuel
An Act to Protect Gas and Convenience Store Workers seeks to reduce gas-and-dash incidents and robberies.
Posted Nov 1, 2017

Japanese Government, Consumers Clash Over Cash
Banks are expanding mobile ATMs and their presence in c-stores, making cash the king of payments in Japan.
Posted Oct 30, 2017

In Mexico, Amazon Debuts Cash Payment Service
The program is designed to guide more shoppers to online purchasing.
Posted Oct 27, 2017

Shell Opens EV Charging Stations in the U.K.
The Shell Recharge service is available at three sites, with another seven scheduled to come online by year’s end.
Posted Oct 20, 2017

Giant Goes Vending
For its new VendMart outlet in Singapore, the supermarket chain has added more than a dozen vending machines.
Posted Oct 18, 2017

7-Eleven Canada Helps Customers Make Healthy Choices
Retailer will offer consumers more nutrition information through British Columbia’s Informed Dining program.
Posted Oct 12, 2017

Alibaba To Launch ‘Smart Gas Station’
Robotic arm will fill up gas tanks and the site will feature an unstaffed convenience store.
Posted Oct 9, 2017

Ontario Becomes Minimum-Wage Testing Ground
The Canadian province is planning to launch a dramatic 32% pay increase over the next 15 months.
Posted Oct 3, 2017

Plain Packaging Will Hurt Retailers
CCSA President Satinder Chera says it’s time to slow down the runaway train of plain packaging legislation in Canada.
Posted Oct 2, 2017

ACS Welcomes New Report on UK Recycling Issues
Introducing a deposit return scheme in the U.K. would have a significant negative impact on the convenience sector, per the Association of Convenience Stores.
Posted Oct 2, 2017

Nearly Three-Quarters of U.K. Smokers Avoid Paying Tobacco Taxes
A new survey shows the impact of high government taxes coupled with new regulations.
Posted Sep 29, 2017

Tesco, Sainsbury’s Move Toward Mobile Payments
Tesco debuted a payment app, while Sainsbury’s announced its pilot of checkout-less technology.
Posted Sep 29, 2017

French Grocer Enters C-Store Industry
Franprix’s new c-store concept, Franprix Noé, focuses on gourmet, organic and local produce.
Posted Sep 28, 2017

Marks & Spencer Tests Food Delivery
New service will allow online shoppers to have their meals delivered within an hour.
Posted Sep 25, 2017

Specialized Foods Saving British C-Stores
Millennials have been flocking to convenience stores that sell organic, vegan and other healthy fare.
Posted Sep 20, 2017

Lawson Recycles Food Waste
New program turns food waste into fertilizer, which is then sold to local farmers.
Posted Sep 18, 2017

International Hub Debuts at NACS Show
For the first time, the Show will offer support for international visitors with a place to network, relax and learn.
Posted Sep 15, 2017

China to Gas, Diesel Cars: You’re Not Welcome Here
The world’s largest car market says it will ban production and sale of vehicles powered by diesel and gasoline in the near future.
Posted Sep 13, 2017

Barry Callebaut Reveals New Type of Chocolate
Ruby chocolate is made from the Ruby cocoa bean; no berries or berry flavor is added.
Posted Sep 11, 2017

Aldi To Open Petrol Stations in Germany
Global discount chain has partnered with FE-Trading to open unmanned stations next to Aldi stores.
Posted Sep 7, 2017

Shell Opens First Retail Location in Mexico
New store is part of the company’s 10-year, $1 billion investment in the country.
Posted Sep 6, 2017

Sainsbury’s Kicks Off Argos Click & Collect Service
The service allows customers to pick up Argos and Tu orders at the retailer’s Local convenience stores.
Posted Aug 31, 2017

Register for the 2017 Insight Retail Study Tour
International retailers will get to visit Rutter’s, Sheetz and Wawa in advance of this year’s NACS Show.
Posted Aug 23, 2017

Tesco’s Fruit and Veggies Revamp Cuts Food Waste
Changes are having a positive effect on shopping habits and also reducing food waste.
Posted Aug 16, 2017

Ontario Convenience Store Coalition Kicks Off ‘Save Our Stores’ Campaign
The group points to contraband tobacco and excessive red tape as top reasons for convenience store closures.
Posted Aug 11, 2017

Self-serve Convenience Stores Move Inside Companies
In Japan, businesses are allowing small standalone convenience stores in breakrooms and other places.
Posted Aug 11, 2017

Australia Cracks Down on Fuel Theft
AACS commends Victoria government’s intention to take a tougher stand on fuel theft.
Posted Aug 8, 2017

Vietnam, Thailand Sees Convenience Store Expansion
South Korea’s GS25 chain will launch in Vietnam, while CJ Express will invest $120 million to double its Thailand business.
Posted Aug 4, 2017

Singapore Grocery Store Launches Unmanned, Cashless C-store
Cheers is a fully automatic concept store in which customers scan and pay via a mobile app.
Posted Aug 1, 2017

Grab-and-Go Lunch Boosts C-Stores’ Bottom Line
IRI says the sandwich, salad and sushi to-go culture gives U.K. convenience retailers £36 million boost.
Posted Jul 31, 2017

Edeka Launches Xpress Convenience Store Concept
German retailer will tailor its product assortment to local supply in metropolitan areas.
Posted Jul 31, 2017

Starbucks Solidifies Foothold in China
The coffeehouse chain reaffirmed its commitment to operating 5,000 stores in mainland China by 2021.
Posted Jul 28, 2017

Britain To Ban Fuel-Powered Vehicles in 2040
New diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned in the U.K. by 2040 to curb air pollution.
Posted Jul 27, 2017

Tesco Delivers Same-Day Groceries
U.K. retailer becomes first to offer same day grocery delivery nationwide.
Posted Jul 25, 2017

Taiwan Bans Retailers from Offering Plastic Bags
2018 ban will be expanded to 80,000 retailers to reduce plastic bag use.
Posted Jul 24, 2017

U.K. Bans Credit Card Fees
The surcharges will be prohibited starting in January.
Posted Jul 21, 2017

Mac’s Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Positive Youth Program
Initiative helps local police engage with youths by ‘positively ticketing’ them with coupons for a free cold or hot beverage at their local Mac’s convenience store.
Posted Jul 18, 2017

Applegreen Boosts Its U.S. Presence
Irish retail chain acquires 34 South Carolina-based convenience stores.
Posted Jul 10, 2017

France to End Diesel and Gasoline Vehicle Sales by 2040
Ending the sale of fossil fuel-powered vehicles is intended to help the country reach its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.
Posted Jul 7, 2017

Freshii Is the Zara of Healthy Fast Foods
Founder and CEO Matthew Corrin tells the story behind the healthy fast-food brand at the NACS Insight Convenience Summit–Europe in London.
Posted Jul 5, 2017

Canadian Convenience Stores to Celebrate C-Store Day on August 30
The sixth annual event goes national this year.
Posted Jun 28, 2017

Catching Up With Frank Gleeson
The NACS International Committee Chairman talks about how retail trends at various life cycles have the potential to impact global c-store markets.
Posted Jun 27, 2017

Heated Tobacco Predicted to Grow 691%
Euromonitor research suggests that heated tobacco is the fastest-growing tobacco category.
Posted Jun 26, 2017

U.K. Bill Requires Charging Points at Gas Stations
The measure applies to motorway services and petrol stations, which would have to install electric car chargers.
Posted Jun 23, 2017

On the Road with Tesla
Retail study group at the NACS Insight Convenience Summit–Europe sees first-hand how a Tesla Supercharging station is enhancing electric vehicle adoption.
Posted Jun 22, 2017

Sainsbury Eyes C-Store Operator Nisa
U.K.’s grocery chain is in talks to purchase Nisa and its 2,500 convenience stores.
Posted Jun 20, 2017

A Conversation With Jacob Schram
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.’s group president for European operations shares his thoughts on leadership at the NACS Insight Convenience Summit–Europe.
Posted Jun 16, 2017

SPAR Natural Wins International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award
Prestigious award recognizes SPAR Natural in Gran Canaria, Spain, for breaking new ground in health and wellness by providing a holistic approach to local customers seeking a healthier lifestyle.
Posted Jun 15, 2017

European Leaders Take Home Honors in Sustainability and Technology
REWE Group and Valora win prestigious awards at the NACS Insight Convenience Summit–Europe.
Posted Jun 15, 2017

Valora Leads Seven-Year Transformation
Michel Gruber shares how Valora evolved to a convenience retail and foodservice provider at this week’s NACS Insight Convenience Summit–Europe.
Posted Jun 14, 2017

Greggs Opens First Drive-Thru
U.K. bakery chain opens first drive-thru concept at Irlam Gateway service station in Salford, Manchester.
Posted Jun 12, 2017

7-Eleven Opening First C-Store in Vietnam
New store is set to open on June 15 in Ho Chi Minh City.
Posted Jun 8, 2017

Global Alcohol Consumption Declining
IWSR data finds that global alcohol consumption is declining faster for beer than wine and spirits.
Posted Jun 6, 2017

The Co-Operative Opens First Franchise Store with MRH
The Eastcote location is the first of seven Co-Op c-stores to franchise with MRH’s fueling offer.
Posted Jun 5, 2017

Indonesian Government to Regulate Convenience Stores
Regulation seeks to protect the country’s traditional markets.
Posted Jun 1, 2017

Topaz Teams Up With Ireland’s Top Athletes in Cash for Clubs
Program encourages people throughout Ireland to go the extra mile for their local community.
Posted May 23, 2017

ExxonMobil to Launch Mobil-Branded Service Stations and Fuels in Mexico
First Mobil station will open in Mexico in the second half of 2017.
Posted May 18, 2017

Canada Added More Gas Stations in 2016
The number of Canadian gas stations increased for the second straight year.
Posted May 17, 2017

And the Winner Is…
NACS and Insight reveal the 2017 International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award finalists, with the winner announced at the upcoming Convenience Summit–Europe.
Posted May 11, 2017

Australian C-Store Growth Outpaces Grocery Stores
New figures show the industry grew 4.5% in 2016 and outperformed the grocery channel.
Posted May 5, 2017

Plain Packaging Doesn’t Deter French Smokers
New figures show an increase in the number of smokers despite efforts by the French government to stamp out smoking.
Posted May 3, 2017

Enoc Opens First Solar-Powered Gas Station
Site will produce 120 kilowatts per hour at peak capacity.
Posted May 1, 2017

Labor Shortage Threatens Japan’s Convenience Store Growth
As the population declines, so too has its workforce and availability of part-time workers.
Posted Apr 27, 2017

SPAR Netherlands Renovates Stores to Reflect New Design
The new stores are designed around meal occasions.
Posted Apr 24, 2017

Japanese C-stores Move to Self-checkout
Within a decade, the nation’s largest retailers will have computer kiosks that can scan entire baskets of items at a time.
Posted Apr 19, 2017

Remitly Expands to United Kingdom
The U.S. payments startup has launched its services in England.
Posted Apr 17, 2017

A Win for Australian C-Stores
Government committee makes recommendations that would allow convenience stores to sell alcohol.
Posted Apr 13, 2017

McDonald’s Recruits Applicants Through Snapchat
McDonald’s in Australia teamed up with Snapchat, allowing job seekers to send a 10-second video application.
Posted Apr 11, 2017

The Future Group Plans Convenience Stores Driven by Loyalty
The stores will offer memberships that will give those shoppers steep discounts.
Posted Apr 5, 2017

Smart Gas Stations: How Technology Influences Convenience Retail
During a recent talk, Mark Wohltmann, NACS Europe director, shared the 11 current big trends impacting Russia’s gas stations.
Posted Mar 31, 2017

Costa Coffee Fires Up Expansion Plans
U.K. coffee brand is quadrupling its roasting capacity to meet growing global demand.
Posted Mar 23, 2017

ATM Skimming Attacks Continue Worldwide
Latest European fraud update finds that card skimming-related losses were reported in 45 countries.
Posted Mar 22, 2017

Korean Artist Memorializes Convenience Stores
Me Kyeoung Lee creates charming sketches of South Korea’s family-run convenience stores.
Posted Mar 22, 2017

Tobacco Firms Cite Strong Demand for Next Generation Products
Since launching glo in Japan, BAT says demand for the tobacco heating product has overwhelmed supply in its Japan-based test market.
Posted Mar 20, 2017

International Retail Award Deadline March 31
Only a few weeks remain to submit your entry for the NACS Insight European Convenience Retailing Awards Program.
Posted Mar 16, 2017

Convenience Stores Gear Up to Take On Discount, E-commerce Retailers
Mark Wohltmann discusses Convenience Summit Europe and what’s happening with convenience stores in that sector.
Posted Mar 15, 2017

Amazon Strikes Deal with Repsol
Agreement allows customers to pick up packages at almost 4,000 gas stations in Spain and Portugal.
Posted Mar 14, 2017

BP Unveils First Retail Fuels Site in Mexico
Opening marks start of five-year plan to open about 1,500 retail sites for Mexican consumer market.
Posted Mar 13, 2017

U.K. Smoking Numbers Drop
New data finds that the number of smokers has declined significantly since 2012, along with the daily number of cigarettes smoked.
Posted Mar 8, 2017

Subway Fights Back Against Fake Chicken Claims
Allegation that Canadian locations serve chicken that is 50% chicken is 100% incorrect, says Subway.
Posted Mar 7, 2017

Canada Unveils Aggressive Plan to Lower Tobacco Usage
The government wants less than 5% of Canadians using tobacco by 2035.
Posted Mar 3, 2017

Starbucks Heads to Italy With Luxury Roastery
The high-end Milan location will open in 2018.
Posted Mar 1, 2017

Tesco Shakes Up Express Store Operations
Changes include 3,300 new shift leader roles and eliminating the deputy manager position.
Posted Feb 28, 2017

Chick Fil-A Pops Up in Dublin
Visit to Ireland is part of a series of European pop-ups for the fast-food chain.
Posted Feb 27, 2017

Best Pricing on European Summit Ends Soon
Save More Than 20% before February 28 when you register for the NACS Insight Convenience Summit–Europe; new program content just announced.
Posted Feb 23, 2017

Online Retailer Alibaba Partners With Traditional Retailer
Teaming up with Bailian Group highlights the importance of brick-and-mortar retailing in China.
Posted Feb 21, 2017

Slovenia Moves to Plain Tobacco Packaging by 2020
The law also forbids tobacco product ads on television and at public events for minors.
Posted Feb 17, 2017

Climate Policies Could Threaten Canada’s Supply Chain
Canadian Fuels Association warns that climate change policies will impact oil exports and imports.
Posted Feb 16, 2017

U.K. Convenience Stores Experience Threefold Jump in Shoplifting Losses
Last year, the Association of Convenience Stores estimated that $163 million in goods were stolen from convenience stores.
Posted Feb 15, 2017

Japanese Convenience Stores Go Deluxe on Desserts
To attract customers, retailers have added gorgeous delectables from famous confectionery brands.
Posted Feb 8, 2017

International Retail Awards Now Open
The NACS Insight European Convenience Retailing Awards Program is now accepting entries.
Posted Feb 7, 2017

7-Eleven Australia Brings Affogato-Style to Coffee Offer
Convenience retailer is growing its coffee offer with new Iced Coffee and Coffee Melt.
Posted Feb 6, 2017

Shell to Place Electric Chargers at European Gas Stations
This year, the first EV chargers will appear at Shell stations in the Netherlands and England.
Posted Feb 3, 2017

Tesco to Purchase Booker in $4.6 Billion Deal
The U.K.’s biggest retailer’s takeover of the wholesale company shows a sunnier outlook for Tesco.
Posted Feb 1, 2017

France Bans Free Soda Refills
The move is intended to combat obesity.
Posted Jan 31, 2017

Tim Hortons Expands to Mexico
Restaurant Brands International announces joint venture to launch the Tim Hortons brand in Mexico.
Posted Jan 31, 2017

Finland’s Goal: Tobacco Free by 2040
The government is working hard to have less than 2% of adults consuming tobacco in any form.
Posted Jan 27, 2017

Philip Morris International Looks Toward a Smoke-Free Future
Tobacco firm reports on progress of potentially less harmful alternatives to smoking.
Posted Jan 26, 2017

Tesco Testing ‘Relaxed’ Checkout Lane in Scotland
The pilot program has older people in mind, especially those with dementia, who might appreciate a little extra time at the cash register.
Posted Jan 23, 2017

NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe Connects Global Industry Leaders
Registration is now open for the June 11-16 event taking place in Zurich and London.
Posted Jan 18, 2017

Oslo Temporarily Bans Diesel Cars
For two days this week, diesel cars are banned from Oslo, Norway, due to high levels of air pollution.
Posted Jan 18, 2017

Ottawa Corner Store Initiative Brings More Fresh Foods
Pilot program is bringing healthier options to local corner stores.
Posted Jan 17, 2017

Walmart Ends Visa Ban in Canadian Stores
The two companies have settled their dispute over card fees.
Posted Jan 9, 2017

Freshii Offers Fast-Food Trade In
Customers can trade in any fast-food gift card for a free meal at a Freshii location on January 9.
Posted Jan 5, 2017

Number of South Korean Convenience Stores Skyrockets
The upswing is being driven by more single-person households, while BGF Retail Co. has added a delivery service.
Posted Jan 4, 2017

BP, Woolworths Deal Set to Transform Convenience in Australia
Woolworths is selling its 527 service stations to BP to enhance its fresh, on-the-go offer.
Posted Jan 3, 2017

Chopstix Grows in Ireland With New SPAR Location
Chopstix Group UK and the Henderson Group team up for a new location at SPAR Shandon in Belfast.
Posted Dec 20, 2016

C-Store Private-Label Brands Thrive in South Korea
Convenience store chains that invest in private-label brands benefit from wide distribution capacities.
Posted Dec 19, 2016

China Ratchets Up Anti-Smoking Crusade
The country is currently considering a national law forbidding smoking in public places.
Posted Dec 16, 2016

Panasonic Automates the Checkout
New checkout machines can scan and bag items automatically.
Posted Dec 13, 2016

Joseph Bona Opens London Office, Announces Strategic Alliance With Insight
New arrangement represents an expansion of retail agency services into the European market.
Posted Dec 12, 2016

NACS Expands Global Team, Event Portfolio
Mark Wohltmann and Magnar Møkkelgård will focus on the European market; NACS Convenience Summit – Asia is launched.
Posted Dec 8, 2016

Anti-Tobacco Efforts Gains More Billionaire Support
Former New York City mayor commits $360 million to raise tobacco taxes and other tobacco control initiatives.
Posted Dec 6, 2016

U.K. Plain Packaging Upheld by Appeals Court
Tobacco firms had filed the appeal after the high court ruled in favor of the plain packaging mandate.
Posted Dec 2, 2016

Early Bird Pricing Ends Soon for NACS Convenience Summit – Asia
Take advantage of the best pricing available and register for this new international NACS event by tomorrow.
Posted Nov 30, 2016

Contraband Cigarettes Prevalent in Ontario
A new study found an 8% increase in illegal cigarettes.
Posted Nov 30, 2016

Japan Considers Smoking Bans
Ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, the country might restrict smoking in public places.
Posted Nov 30, 2016

Morrisons Brings U.K. Safeway Brand Back
The retailer also has plans to open more convenience stores.
Posted Nov 23, 2016

McCafé Flies in Canada
New partnership brings McCafé coffee onboard to WestJet passengers.
Posted Nov 22, 2016

Waitrose Reduces Sugar Content in Private-Label Cereals
U.K.-based retailer says it is lowering the sugar content in 27 of its own cereal brands.
Posted Nov 21, 2016

Store Tours Help Retailers Discover New Ideas
Join NACS at the Convenience Summit–Asia and see firsthand how unique and diverse the Japanese convenience stores are.
Posted Nov 18, 2016

Skimming Losses Reported in 57 Countries
The top three locations reporting skimming losses are the U.S., Indonesia and India.
Posted Nov 17, 2016

Contraband Tobacco Plagues Western Canadian C-Stores
Western Convenience Store Association study reveals that illegal tobacco is on the rise in Alberta and Manitoba, while rates are the lowest in Saskatchewan.
Posted Nov 7, 2016

Debit Cards to Fuel Global Payment Card Expansion
The number of debit cards are accelerating past credit cards, with that trend predicted to continue well into the future.
Posted Nov 4, 2016

New Pound Coin Could Cause Confusion for U.K. Retailers
The Association of Convenience Stores is warning that without proper communication to retailers, the new pound coin could cause disruption.
Posted Nov 3, 2016

Registration Open for NACS Convenience Summit – Asia
This new international event will take place March 20-24 in Japan.
Posted Nov 2, 2016

Store Tours: South America
Hear what trends are driving the market in South America—and what might soon be in the United States—in the latest ‘Convenience Matters’ podcast.
Posted Oct 26, 2016

Uber Launches a Debit Card
The new UberCard will launch in Mexico through a partnership with MasterCard and Bankaool.
Posted Oct 25, 2016

Canadian Health Minister Announces Food Guide Update, New Food Labeling Rules
New guidelines are intended to curb obesity throughout Canada.
Posted Oct 25, 2016

Taipei Convenience Stores Run Library Service
The city’s public library now lets members pick up or return books at convenience stores.
Posted Oct 21, 2016

Philippines Will Snuff Out Public Smoking
The country will soon ban lighting up in public with one of the region’s most stringent anti-tobacco laws.
Posted Oct 14, 2016

WHO Recommends Raising the Price on Sugary Beverages
The global health organization report suggests that a 20% increase in the retail price would reduce consumption.
Posted Oct 13, 2016

Convenience Stores Shake up Canadian Foodservice
A new study shows that Canadians are purchasing prepared foods and beverages from convenience stores more often.
Posted Oct 12, 2016

Caffeine Overdrive
“Asskicker” iced coffee packs a wallop of caffeine Down Under; while in South Korea, coffee ice cubes are the next big thing.
Posted Oct 10, 2016

Western Union Launches Digital Self-Service with OXXO
A self-service feature streamlines funds collection at check-out.
Posted Oct 7, 2016

Calorie Menu Labels Now Live at 7-Eleven Canada Stores
7-Eleven Canada chose to move forward with early implementation and extend nutritional information to its customers across the country.
Posted Oct 4, 2016

Carrefour Redesigns Paris City Store
The store has been completely remodeled to offer new services and community appeal.
Posted Oct 4, 2016

Korean C-Stores Cater to Customers Flying Solo
Convenience stores stand to benefit from the younger and single population.
Posted Oct 3, 2016

Raising a Pint at Home
In the United Kingdom, grocery store beer sales have outpaced pubs for the first time.
Posted Sep 27, 2016

Japan Tobacco Dips Into E-Cig Market
Next year, the tobacco firm will launch its first e-cigarette Ploom Tech in Japan.
Posted Sep 26, 2016

English Smoking Rates Plummet
Last year, only 16.9% of adults in England said they were smokers, down sharply from 19.2% in 2012.
Posted Sep 21, 2016

Korean Convenience Store Customers Love Lunch Boxes
Pre-packed meals are reshaping the lunch culture among Korean c-store shoppers.
Posted Sep 20, 2016

Walmart Canada Expands Visa Ban
All 16 Walmart stores in Manitoba will stop accepting Visa cards on October 24.
Posted Sep 19, 2016

Campaign Shows That Plain Packaging Doesn’t Work
Almost 20% of the Canadian tobacco market is already illegal and deprives governments of $1.6 billion in tax revenue each year.
Posted Sep 19, 2016

No 'Les Big Mac' at Parisian McCafé
Site also does not sell hamburgers, fries or quarter pounders with cheese.
Posted Sep 19, 2016

7-Eleven’s Comeback Plan
The new president of parent group Seven & i Holdings Co. has big plans on how to turn the convenience store chain around.
Posted Sep 16, 2016

Applegreen Talks About U.S. Expansion Efforts
Retailer suggests that it will decide in 2017 on a course to take in the United States.
Posted Sep 8, 2016

Local Shops More Relevant Than Ever
The ACS’s 2016 Local Shop Report highlights the essential role U.K. convenience stores play in the modern retail landscape.
Posted Sep 8, 2016

U.K. Shoppers Spent Nearly £5 Billion Bargain Hunting
Britons have embraced “pound” stores, which now offer fresh vegetables and fruit.
Posted Sep 7, 2016

Tim Hortons Heads Across the Pond
Canadian doughnut and coffee chain is heading to Great Britain.
Posted Sep 1, 2016

Indonesian 7-Eleven Lends Support to Another Type of Java
Dozens of moms visit 7-Eleven three nights a week to learn HTML, Java script and other coding skills.
Posted Aug 30, 2016

Pizza Delivery by Drone
Domino’s successfully tested commercial pizza delivery by drone in partnership with Flirtey.
Posted Aug 29, 2016

New Energy Drink Products Grow 29% in Five Years
Mintel found that there were more new energy drinks launched in 2015 than any year since 2008.
Posted Aug 29, 2016

Lawson Caters to Seniors
Japanese retailer is expanding its elderly care services, including an on-staff nurse.
Posted Aug 25, 2016

Tesco Follows Night Tube Launch With 24-Hour Stores
Retailer began testing 24-hour operations at seven stores along the Victoria and Central lines.
Posted Aug 25, 2016

Big Ideas From Bright Young Workers
At the NACS Show, young c-store employees from around the world will present an education session.
Posted Aug 23, 2016

Campaign Launched Against Proposed U.K. Soda Tax
The British Soft Drink Association, among others, claims such a tax won’t address obesity but will hurt the economy.
Posted Aug 17, 2016

Convenience Stores Reaping Olympic Gold
A new report finds that convenience stores are very popular among sports fans during huge sporting events.
Posted Aug 12, 2016

Coles Tests New C-Store Brand
Big Yum at Little Coles is the supermarket chain’s latest entry to the Australian c-store market.
Posted Aug 9, 2016

Canadian Health Group Pushes Plain Packaging for Soda
Health advocacy groups suggest that plain packaging on tobacco has worked so well that it should be used on all unhealthy products.
Posted Aug 8, 2016

Waitrose Opens First Cashless Store
The workplace store accepts card or mobile transactions at five self-service kiosks.
Posted Aug 4, 2016

Big Australian Retailers Move Into Convenience
Supermarkets have been quick to capitalize on smaller-format stores, but are now discovering the risks.
Posted Aug 3, 2016

Tesco Offers Free Fruit for Kids
U.K.-based retailer is offering kids free fruit while their parents shop to encourage healthy eating.
Posted Aug 1, 2016

Coffee Nation
Out-of-home coffee consumption is big in the United Kingdom.
Posted Aug 1, 2016

McDonald’s Announces 5,000 Jobs and ‘Walk-Thru’ Lane for Partiers
From 2:30 am to 4:00 am, customers can walk through a separate lane and order meals.
Posted Jul 28, 2016

7-Eleven Launches New Store Concept
Malaysian stores will feature the chain’s new lifestyle concept complete with bill pay, online purchases and locker pick-up services.
Posted Jul 26, 2016

Japan Tobacco Muscles Into American Market With LD Brand
The company is bringing inexpensive cigarettes to the United States.
Posted Jul 20, 2016

Walmart Begins Ban on Visa Cards
The retailer’s threat to ban the use of Visa cards at its Canadian stores is underway.
Posted Jul 19, 2016

London Judge Orders MasterCard to Pay Sainsbury Millions
The U.K. supermarket chain won a $90.8 million judgment against the credit card firm because of high fees the grocer had to pay.
Posted Jul 15, 2016

Pret A Manger Heads to the Service Station
Fast-growing all-natural foodservice chain is planning to launch its first shop at a Welcome Break motorway service station.
Posted Jul 11, 2016

Puma Launches New Foodservice Concept in Australia
Company wants its 7th Street Café convenience concept to be a destination for gourmet food and coffee.
Posted Jul 5, 2016

Potential Soda Tax ‘A Lazy Way to Fight Obesity’
The Australasian c-store association pointed out that “better health outcomes are not achieved by taxing certain customers.”
Posted Jun 23, 2016

Topaz Named Best Place to Work in Europe
Ireland-based convenience retail chain has been recognized as one of the best large workplaces in Europe for the fourth time.
Posted Jun 21, 2016

Woolworths Takes on Convenience
Australian grocer’s small format Metro stores are bringing grab-and-go offers and top-up shopping to time-starved commuters.
Posted Jun 21, 2016

Walmart Canada Says ‘No’ to Visa
Retailer will stop accepting Visa at its Canadian stores due to ‘unacceptably high’ credit card fees.
Posted Jun 14, 2016

Disruption in Convenience Retail
How it’s defined depends on how retailers handle it, advised James Hallam of Accenture.
Posted Jun 13, 2016

Applegreen Named 2016 Convenience Retailer of the Year
U.K. retailer takes home the coveted NACS Insight award; S-Group wins Technology Innovation Award and Marks & Spencer wins Sustainability Award.
Posted Jun 10, 2016

Global Retailer Perspectives
Case studies from innovative global retailers opened the doors to their sophisticated operations.
Posted Jun 10, 2016

Mexico’s Pemex Gas Stations Get Competition
The two companies have joined together to open three gas stations.
Posted Jun 10, 2016

London Calling
Positioning better-for-you offers and fresh food offers take center stage at 2016 NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe in London.
Posted Jun 9, 2016

Top International Retail Issues Get the Spotlight
A roundtable panel at Convenience Summit – Europe gathers insights from My Local, Spar International and Lekkerland.
Posted Jun 9, 2016

What We Learned in Sweden
NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe explores Swedish retailing and gains insights into consumers and a society on the verge of becoming cashless.
Posted Jun 8, 2016

Japan’s Craft Beer Boom Continues
The country has embraced brews from smaller companies.
Posted Jun 7, 2016

Clif Bar Issues Voluntary Recall of Sierra Trail Mix Energy Bars in Canada
Recall has been initiated due to a potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
Posted Jun 6, 2016

Lawson Eyes U.S. C-Store Market
The Japanese retailer wants to accelerate its overseas holdings.
Posted Jun 3, 2016

Ontario’s Billion Dollar Illegal Tobacco Problem
The National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco asks for help to reduce the number of illegal cigarettes.
Posted Jun 3, 2016

Canada Moves Ahead With Plain Packaging
A public consultation will run until the end of August on plain packaging requirements for tobacco products sold throughout Canada.
Posted Jun 2, 2016

Norway, New Zealand Gear Up for Plain Tobacco Packaging
This week, the WHO also released a report claiming plain packaging slashes smoking rates.
Posted Jun 1, 2016

Plain Packaging and Australian Politicking Has Failed
Australia has found itself in a ‘preposterous position,’ one that other countries should avoid at all costs.
Posted May 31, 2016

3,000 French Gas Stations Out of Fuel
An oil strike has forced around a fourth of the country’s stations to close because of lack of gasoline.
Posted May 26, 2016

Thieves Steal $12.7 Million from Convenience Store ATMs
Coordinated attack took less than three hours at convenience stores across Japan.
Posted May 24, 2016

Bitcoin Available in Mexican Convenience Stores
Bitso and Zmart Group have teamed up to offer the digital currency at retailers across Mexico.
Posted May 20, 2016

Convenience Store Popularity Is Strong Among Britons
New research suggests that convenience sector growth has been driven by a shift in grocery habits from consumers who are looking to cut down on the time spent grocery shopping.
Posted May 19, 2016

Aldi Embraces Its Softer Side
The German discount chain has begun designing stores with a warmer tone.
Posted May 18, 2016

Japan’s Electric Car Charge Points Overtake Gasoline Stations
A survey discovered that the island country has less than 35,000 petrol stations, versus more than 40,000 recharge points.
Posted May 13, 2016

Australian Convenience Stores Outpace Grocery Channel in Sales
In-store sales at c-stores jumped 3.7% last year, with fuel volume accelerating 1.8%.
Posted May 13, 2016

How NCR Technology Helps Rutter’s Deliver in Foodservice
Convenience and fuel retailers looking to enter or step up their participation in foodservice would do well to take a few tips out of Rutter’s book.
Posted May 11, 2016

Soda Sales Rise Despite Higher Tax
Soft drink sales are up in Mexico after the government imposed a 10% tax on sugary drinks.
Posted May 9, 2016

EU Court Moves Forward With Antismoking Laws
The European Union’s top court dismissed legal challenges against restrictive tobacco measures.
Posted May 9, 2016

International Convenience Retailer of the Year Finalists Revealed
The winner will be unveiled at the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe on June 9.
Posted May 6, 2016

BMW Vice President to Discuss Automobile Mobility at Convenience Summit – Europe
Joachim Hauser will talk about “Disruption in the Age of Convenience” as part of the London portion of the NACS Insight conference.
Posted May 3, 2016

Australia Pushes for Filipino C-Stores to Carry More Fresh Fruit
The Philippine Amalgamated Supermarket Association is eager to assist with the expansion of Australian stone fruits and table grapes.
Posted May 3, 2016

Germany Gives EVs a Huge Jolt
The government, BMW and Daimler and Volkswagen are launching an incentive program to boost sales of electric vehicles and hybrids.
Posted Apr 28, 2016

Food Shopping Evolves in United Kingdom
To survive this new environment, convenience stores must change the way they sell food.
Posted Apr 27, 2016

McDonald’s UK Partners With SOTI on Tablets
The joint effort provides tablet computers for customers to play games and access the Internet while dining at McDonald’s.
Posted Apr 21, 2016

What You May Not Know About Sweden’s C-Store Market
A focus on changing consumer behavior and fresh food is driving growth in Sweden’s convenience and forecourt market.
Posted Apr 18, 2016

FamilyMart, QL Resources Expand in Malaysia
The partnership between the Japanese c-store chain and the large food processer will result in more convenience stores being opened in Malaysia.
Posted Apr 13, 2016

Euro Garages Wins Coveted NACS Insight Award
Co-CEOs and brothers, Zuber and Mohsin Issa, have been named the 2016 NACS Insight European Convenience Industry Leader of the Year award to be accepted at upcoming Convenience Summit - Europe.
Posted Apr 12, 2016

Scottish Convenience Stores Tops $5.6 Billion in Annual Sales
The retailers generate close to $849 million in gross value added to the nation’s economy.
Posted Apr 6, 2016

Starbucks Canada Serving Alcohol at Some Toronto Locations
The coffeehouse is slowly expanding its evening offerings to include cider, craft beer and wine.
Posted Apr 6, 2016

Caltex Reinvents C-Store Offering
The Australian chain hopes customers will fill up on new offers ranging from prepared meals to haircuts.
Posted Apr 5, 2016

NASCAR Driver Snared in Tobacco Smuggling
The arrest came about after the largest tobacco smuggling bust in North America.
Posted Apr 1, 2016

U.K. Independent Shop Growth Stagnates
A new study discovered a sharp drop in independent stores in town centers, as more suburb shopping centers are built.
Posted Apr 1, 2016

Sales at South Korean Convenience Stores Skyrocket
Along with a growing number of convenience stores, sales have advanced 31.4% from a year ago.
Posted Apr 1, 2016

Will Britain’s Soft Drink Tax Drive Innovation?
The tax depends on how much sugar the beverages contain, but low-sugar and sugar-free drinks are exempt.
Posted Mar 30, 2016

Soft Drink Manufacturers Exploring Legal Options
Companies are frustrated by the U.K. government’s recent decision to impose a levy on soft drinks.
Posted Mar 22, 2016

Domino's Sends Out the Robots
Pizza chain is testing delivery by robot in New Zealand.
Posted Mar 22, 2016

Exploring South Africa
Convenience leaders from around the world came together in South Africa to explore the market and discuss industry challenges and opportunities at the NACS Global Forum.
Posted Mar 18, 2016

New Brunswick Sends Mixed Messages About Contraband Cigarettes
While the Canadian province has cracked down on illegal smokes, it has also raised the tobacco tax.
Posted Mar 18, 2016

U.K. Government to Tax Soft Drink Companies
Beginning April 2018, soft drinks companies will pay a levy on drinks with added sugar.
Posted Mar 17, 2016

Singapore to Ban Cigarette Displays at Retail
Legislators also voted to ban all forms of cigarette advertising, including online ads.
Posted Mar 17, 2016

Topaz Opens Newest Re.Store
Ballincollig location marks the 100th store opening of the retailer’s latest convenience concept.
Posted Mar 15, 2016

Skimming Evolves Worldwide
European ATM Security Team’s new report highlights how skimming techniques are evolving.
Posted Mar 8, 2016

U.S. Merchants Applaud Canadian Proposal to Rein in Swipe Fees
The European Union implemented similar reforms to bring competition and transparency to its market.
Posted Mar 7, 2016

Canadian Coalition Calls on Anti-Smoking Advocates to Address Contraband Tobacco
The growing illegal tobacco trade should be a theme at the National Conference on Tobacco or Health.
Posted Mar 3, 2016

Pick Up a Snack, Get Screened for Cancer
Some Lawson convenience stores in Kyoto, Japan, now provide screenings for cancer at mobile medical centers.
Posted Mar 1, 2016

Unmanned Convenience Store Opens in Sweden
Customers enter with their smartphones, which they also use to scan items.
Posted Mar 1, 2016

Early Bird Discount Ends Soon for 2016 NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe
Register by Feb. 29 for a 20% savings on this prestigious gathering of international convenience retailers.
Posted Feb 26, 2016

Mexico Loosens Gasoline and Diesel Imports for Independent Stations
The move comes months earlier than anticipated, with the energy ministry to begin issuing import permits in April.
Posted Feb 26, 2016

Apple Pay Grows Presence in China
7-Eleven, KFC, McDonald’s, Burger King and Circle K have already begun accepting payments via the mobile service in China.
Posted Feb 22, 2016

Join a Prestigious List of International Convenience Retailers
Your company could win one of four highly coveted International Convenience Retail Awards at this year’s NACS Insight Convenience Summit - Europe.
Posted Feb 19, 2016

Asia Embraces Soda Taxes
Indonesia, India and the Philippines are focusing on taxing sugary drinks to improve the health of its citizens.
Posted Feb 17, 2016

Sweet Spot for a Sugar Tax?
This year could be ‘year of the sugar tax’ as countries consider higher levies on sugary foods and beverages to combat obesity.
Posted Feb 9, 2016

A Salad Isn’t Always a Salad
Canadian news source says that McDonald's kale salad has more calories, fat and sodium than a Double Big Mac.
Posted Feb 8, 2016

McDonald’s China Is Getting Personal
QSR is opening 150 new stores in China that allow customers to personalize their burgers.
Posted Feb 1, 2016

Strategize for the Future with Top Tier Speakers
Presenters at this year’s NACS Global Forum include executives from DoorDash and Cornell University.
Posted Jan 27, 2016

McDonald’s Will Expand Table Service in United Kingdom
Tesco will also abandon its foray into quick lunchtime service.
Posted Jan 27, 2016

McDonald’s Japan Puts Sweet Spin on French Fries
New McChoco Potato goes for the sweet and salty flavor profile.
Posted Jan 20, 2016

Canadian Retailers Remind Customers ‘We Expect ID’
In support of National Non-Smoking Week, convenience retailers remind all customers of programs that restrict youth access to tobacco.
Posted Jan 19, 2016

Britons Love Convenience
In the United Kingdom, the switch to local shops has spelled trouble for larger supermarkets.
Posted Jan 14, 2016

Registration Now Open for NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe
The 2016 event will launch in Stockholm, continue to London and wrap up with store tours in Dublin.
Posted Jan 7, 2016

U.K. Approves E-Cig Prescriptions to Assist With Smoking Cessation
The country’s drug regulators have permitted British American Tobacco’s electronic cigarette to be sold as a medical aid to quit smoking.
Posted Jan 6, 2016

C-Stores Boost Sales of ‘Hangover Cures’
In Japan, beverages containing turmeric are believed to be an anti-inflammatory aid and hangover cure.
Posted Dec 31, 2015

Sobeys Express Offers Fresh Take on Traditional Convenience
New convenience store format offers more fresh and healthy food options for on-the-go consumers in Nova Scotia.
Posted Dec 21, 2015

Imperial Tobacco to Change to Imperial Brands
The company will rebrand itself to lose the “tobacco” designation.
Posted Dec 16, 2015

See Who's Speaking at the NACS Global Forum
2016 NACS Global Forum offers fresh perspectives, powerful connections and strategic insights for convenience and fuel retailers.
Posted Dec 15, 2015

Canadian C-Store Owner Starts Beer Petition
Tony Yoonsik Lim believes customers have the right to purchase beer at other retail locations.
Posted Dec 14, 2015

Tesco Hosts Hangover Help Stations
The support locations provided much-needed rescue for next-day office Christmas party commuters.
Posted Dec 14, 2015

Tobacco Cos. Legally Challenge U.K. Plain Packaging Regulations
Four of the largest tobacco companies in the world say the rules infringe on their trademarks.
Posted Dec 11, 2015

Japanese C-Stores Launch Food Delivery Service
The chains are bringing products directly to seniors and others who have trouble getting to convenience stores.
Posted Dec 11, 2015

ACS Reiterates Opposition to Tobacco Register in Wales
The European convenience store association is fighting legislation that creates a tobacco register for retailers.
Posted Dec 10, 2015

Food Brands Court Millennials
In Canada, the companies see younger customers as the way to revitalize old brands.
Posted Dec 9, 2015

Convenience Summit – Europe Will Feature Leaders in the European Market
Attendees can participate in Dublin and Stockholm store visits during the NACS/Insight conference.
Posted Dec 7, 2015

Parisians Turn to Convenience Stores for Shopping Needs
In the wake of the November attacks, many Paris residents are sticking close to home or going online for purchases.
Posted Dec 4, 2015

EU Tobacco Agreement Hasn’t Significantly Slowed Smuggling
The landmark deal with Philip Morris International was supposed to greatly reduce the influx of illegal and counterfeit cigarettes.
Posted Dec 4, 2015

Couche-Tard to Purchase Topaz
The Irish convenience store chain was named the NACS Insight 2015 International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award for its Re.Store convenience forecourt concept.
Posted Dec 3, 2015

Ontario Convenience Store Retailers Pleased With Contraband Enforcement Measures
The province’s Fall Economic Outlook unveiled additional ways the government would try to prevent growth of the tobacco black market.
Posted Dec 2, 2015

U.K. Health Select Committee Urges Government to Adopt Sugar Tax
A bipartisan group of MPs is pushing the prime minister to “take bold and urgent action” on the issue.
Posted Dec 2, 2015

Indonesian Sugar Tax Talks Send Chills Through Beverage Industry
Health concerns may prompt curbs on sweet beverages in Southeast Asia’s largest economy.
Posted Nov 30, 2015

‘Operation Heat’ Rewards Youth with Free Hot Chocolate
Youngsters across Ontario who get caught by police for positive behavior will earn a free hot chocolate, courtesy of Mac’s Convenience Stores.
Posted Nov 30, 2015

McDonald’s Debuts Restaurant of the Future
New Zealand location features an open kitchen and gourmet burger bar showing transparency of food preparation.
Posted Nov 25, 2015

South Korean Convenience Stores Thrive
As the average household size has decreased, convenience stores have prospered and grown.
Posted Nov 25, 2015

NACS Global Forum Registration Is Open
Registration is now open for the 2016 NACS Global Forum, taking place in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa.
Posted Nov 19, 2015

Ontario Convenience Stores Applaud Bill to Address Illegal Tobacco
The measure advocates higher fines for contraband cigarettes and public education about tobacco consumption.
Posted Nov 18, 2015

Filipino House Likely to Approve Soda Tax
The bill would add a 10% ad valorem tax on carbonated beverages.
Posted Nov 16, 2015

McDonald’s Trials Meatier Burger in the U.K.
The fast-food chain is hoping the new, pricier and thicker burgers will knockout the competition.
Posted Nov 6, 2015

A “Green” Beirut Gas Station
The service station has hanging gardens that surround the pumps.
Posted Nov 4, 2015

Convenience Summit Adds Ireland to Lineup
The 2016 NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe puts Dublin, Ireland on the schedule in addition to Stockholm and London.
Posted Nov 3, 2015

Morrisons Tests Convenience Food Offer
Pilot will begin by the end of the year at five stores owned by Motor Fuel Group.
Posted Nov 2, 2015

U.K. Sugar Tax Would Have Bitter Effect
Parliament member Alan Duncan opines that a sugar tax in the United Kingdom is flawed both in its logic and implementation.
Posted Nov 2, 2015

Alberta to Hike Gas, Tobacco Taxes
Local convenience stores say the increase will drive customers away.
Posted Oct 29, 2015

Morrisons to Test New C-Store Concept in Scotland
The U.K. supermarket chain recently sold its 140 convenience stores in September.
Posted Oct 28, 2015

U.K. Health Report Recommends Up to a 20% Tax on Sugary Beverages
The long-awaited report from Public Health England also pushes for children’s marketing and promotions.
Posted Oct 28, 2015

7-Eleven in Asia Brings in Starbucks
Integration of Starbucks counters will begin at 7-Eleven stores located close to main roads and commercial districts.
Posted Oct 27, 2015

U.K. Corner Shops Morph Into Super-Convenience Stores
The traditional small shops have added more services lately to appeal to a wider variety of customers.
Posted Oct 26, 2015

French C-Store Chain Expands Into Russia
Auchan is opening up its first chain of convenience stores in Russia.
Posted Oct 23, 2015

Australia to Consider Smoking Ban Expansion
The proposed new smoke-free areas include childcare centers, youth sporting events, eldercare facilities, bus stops and public pools.
Posted Oct 21, 2015

Always Open Convenience Stores Permeate Japan
The 24/7 stores have become very popular in the country.
Posted Oct 21, 2015

Celebrity Chef Calls for Soda Tax
Jamie Oliver asks U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron to ‘be brave’ and introduce a sugar tax.
Posted Oct 20, 2015

Australia Seizes Record Amount of Illegal Tobacco
The haul of more than 70 tons of tobacco would have brought in millions on the black market.
Posted Oct 16, 2015

First 7-Eleven Store Opens in Middle East
Seven Emirates celebrates its first convenience store in Dubai.
Posted Oct 15, 2015

Topaz Launches Rocket’s at 40 C-Stores Across Ireland
Fresh, urban food concept will create 45 new jobs this year.
Posted Oct 12, 2015

Down Under C-Stores Consider Cutting Hours of Operation
7-Eleven Australia is weighing whether to cut back on its current 24/7 hours.
Posted Oct 8, 2015

Illegal Cigarettes Account for Over 10% of Newfoundland Cigarettes
The Atlantic Convenience Stores Association has released the findings of a new study that show high numbers of contraband cigarettes are widely available.
Posted Oct 7, 2015

New Law Requires Retailers to Charge for Plastic Bags
England’s new law is intended to reduce the use of plastic bags in hopes of eliminating litter.
Posted Oct 6, 2015

McDonald's Canada Launches New Self-Serve Kiosks
The Golden Arches will add both self-service kiosks and table service to its approximately 1,400 restaurants throughout Canada.
Posted Oct 2, 2015

Starbucks Expands Mobile Ordering Service to U.K.
Customers in the London area can order and pay for their beverages and snacks quickly via mobile phone.
Posted Oct 2, 2015

2016 NACS Global Forum Heads to South Africa
The four-day event will be held in Johannesburg and Cape Town next March.
Posted Oct 1, 2015

McDonald’s Tests 100% Organic Burgers
Locations in Germany will offer the ‘McB’ for a limited time to attract health-conscious consumers.
Posted Sep 28, 2015

Russia Says ‘No’ to GMOs
Food production in the country will not include any genetically modified organisms.
Posted Sep 28, 2015

Couche-Tard Consolidates Retail Brands
The company will replace its current Circle K, Statoil, Mac’s and Kangaroo Express stores under the new global Circle K brand.
Posted Sep 24, 2015

Hydrogen Fueling Expands in the U.K.
New station is ITM Power’s first publically accessible hydrogen refueling station.
Posted Sep 21, 2015

Will Anheuser-Busch InBev Merge With SABMiller?
The merger would have a significant impact on the global market.
Posted Sep 17, 2015

FreshStop Opens 200th South African Store
The leading convenience store in the country has averaged more than 30 new stores annually since 2009.
Posted Sep 16, 2015

Mexico Contemplates Higher Soda, Snack Tax
The move could raise revenue by 130% next year.
Posted Sep 16, 2015

Hungary’s MOL Group Rolls Out New C-Store Prototype
Designed by CBX, the Fresh Corner brand focuses on hot drinks and food-to-go.
Posted Sep 11, 2015

Russian Gas Stations Mandate EV Chargers
The government has decreed that every gas station must have equipment to charge electric cars.
Posted Sep 10, 2015

Industry Veteran to Acquire Morrisons’ C-Stores
U.K. retail veteran Mike Greene is on track to purchase the supermarket chain’s M Local convenience stores.
Posted Sep 10, 2015

British Convenience Stores Among Most Positive Services
Research by U.K.’s Association of Convenience Stores reveals that c-stores have positive impact on communities.
Posted Sep 9, 2015

Canadian C-Stores Recognized as Important Part of Community
Annual Atlantic Convenience Store Day raises awareness for c-store industry while raising money for charity.
Posted Sep 3, 2015

‘Toaster’ Placed in Cafes to Sanitize Smartphones
Green Toaster is a smartphone cleaning device targeted to coffee shops, so users can sanitize their phone while they wait.
Posted Aug 27, 2015

U.K. Study Endorses E-Cigarettes
Researchers say electronic cigarettes are 95% safer than tobacco equivalents.
Posted Aug 20, 2015

Survey Says Kiddie Meals Are Full of Salt
Half of all meals (53%) at fast-food restaurants contain more than half a days’ worth of salt for children aged 4 to 6, according to the World Action on Salt & Health.
Posted Aug 20, 2015

Morrisons Moves Closer to C-Store Sell-Off
Britain’s fourth-largest supermarket chain is in advanced talks to sell off its M Local convenience stores.
Posted Aug 18, 2015

FEMSA Enters Drugstore Business in South America
OXXO parent company invests in Socofar, the leading drugstore operator in Chile and Colombia.
Posted Aug 17, 2015

Iran Nuclear Accord Could Mean Additional Crude Production
If agreement moves forward, Iranian inventories could boost global supply by 100,000 barrels per day.
Posted Aug 14, 2015

Convenience Stores Thriving in Vietnam
Modern c-stores quickly replacing more traditional markets for younger, busier shoppers.
Posted Aug 13, 2015

Halal Products Represent Opportunity for Retailers
Growing global Muslim population means business for retailers who feature halal products.
Posted Aug 12, 2015

Convenience Stores Becoming Favorite for Shopping in UAE
Analysts expect the number of c-stores in Emirates to double in the next five years.
Posted Aug 11, 2015

Lawson to Open C-Stores in Tokyo Subway Stations
New stores will offer a variety of services, while catering to needs of tourists.
Posted Aug 6, 2015

Austrian Court Snuffs Out Planned E-Cigarette Restriction
Court rules that blocking retailers’ right to trade freely is unconstitutional.
Posted Aug 5, 2015

Plans Announced for First 7-Eleven in Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City location, the country’s first, is expected to open in mid-2017.
Posted Jul 31, 2015

Shell U.K., PayPal Launch Smartphone App
Customers can now pay for fuel at the pump through the Fill Up & Go smartphone app.
Posted Jul 28, 2015

United Kingdom Living Wage a Concern for Retailers
Cost of proposed living wage could be harmful for retailers, says U.K. convenience association.
Posted Jul 24, 2015

More Japanese C-Stores Offering Pick-Up Services
Three big chains have partnered with a dozen online sites for convenient pick-ups, with plans to expand this year.
Posted Jul 23, 2015

Canadian Corner Stores Getting Fresh
Corner stores in Toronto are putting a renewed emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables in their displays.
Posted Jul 15, 2015

Seven-Eleven Japan Develops Fast Duty-Free Checkout
Automated process will cut duty-free transaction time from 15 minutes down to five, in hopes of greater tourist business.
Posted Jul 14, 2015

Canadians Say Grocery Meals Are Better Than Fast Food
Four of 10 consumers think supermarkets offer better value than fast food and more than half think they offer healthier options.
Posted Jul 10, 2015

European Union Files Antitrust Complaint Against MasterCard
EU concerned that credit card giant is artificially raising card fees.
Posted Jul 10, 2015

Mexico Begins Taxing Convenience Foods
Beginning this month, a 16% tax will apply to all pre-packaged and ready-made food at c-stores.
Posted Jul 6, 2015

Australia’s Reserve Bank Cutting Interchange Fees
Government’s initial proposal would cap fees at 0.3%, benefitting consumers and small businesses.
Posted Jun 23, 2015

U.K. Retailers Report Successful Tobacco Display Ban Compliance
Association of Convenience Stores research says more than 90% of British retailers do not have concerns about their tobacco display ban compliance.
Posted Jun 19, 2015

Red is the New Black
Burger King Japan is bringing red to its menu in addition to an improved all-black burger.
Posted Jun 18, 2015

Digital Commerce Impacts Convenience Retailing
From mobile to omnichannel and click-and-collect, the face of retail is changing quickly, according to panelists at NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe.
Posted Jun 16, 2015

Consumer Needs, Behaviors Drive Retail Engagement
Engage with customers online and stay relevant, advise panelists from Musgrave Group, Marks & Spencer and Tesco at NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe.
Posted Jun 15, 2015

Topaz Re.Store Named NACS Insight 2015 International Convenience Retailer of the Year
Irish retailer honored for new, ‘next generation’ format that redefines convenience retailing.
Posted Jun 12, 2015

Musgrave Group and SPAR UK Are Honorees
Retail groups named winners in two new NACS Insight award categories: sustainability and technology.
Posted Jun 12, 2015

Discounters Are a Threat to Convenience Retail
NACS Insight Convenience Summit Europe panel discusses challenges and opportunities presented by discount retailers.
Posted Jun 12, 2015

How to Prosper in Foodservice
As food contributes more to the bottom line, success-proven tactics are essential.
Posted Jun 11, 2015

Coca-Cola Enterprises Announces Corporate Responsibility Goals
European arm of Coca-Cola will reduce overall product calories by 10% and halve its carbon footprint.
Posted Jun 11, 2015

NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe Kicks Off in Berlin
Retail tours provide a valuable look at Germany’s competing channels.
Posted Jun 9, 2015

Location, Location, Location …
New Taiwanese convenience store opens at the Keelung Mortuary Services Office.
Posted Jun 4, 2015

Some Cities Outlawing C-Store Door Chimes
Beginning this summer, retailers in Taipei, Taiwan, will have to silence door entry chimes at night.
Posted Jun 2, 2015

Ontario Convenience Store Association Supports Campaign Against Illicit Tobacco
Group joins with World Health Organization in recognizing global harms of contraband tobacco.
Posted Jun 2, 2015

Magnus Reitan Named European Convenience Industry Leader of the Year
CEO of Reitan Convenience AS will accept his award at the upcoming NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe.
Posted Jun 1, 2015

Ontario Restricts E-Cigarettes, Bans Flavored Tobacco
E-cigarettes to be treated like regular cigarettes for now, with possibility to categorize them as cessation aids in the future.
Posted May 28, 2015

7-Eleven Planning 500 New Stores in Philippines
More than 130 stores opening in second quarter this year, part of robust expansion plan.
Posted May 27, 2015

Walmart Wants More Online Shoppers
Successful online grocery pickup and delivery at its Asda stores spurs expansion to additional markets.
Posted May 26, 2015

KFC Germany Launches Tray Typer
Fast-food chain turns typical food tray into Bluetooth-enabled keyboard.
Posted May 26, 2015

British Customers Returning to the Corner Shop
Today’s consumers are frequently turning to neighborhood ‘top-up’ shopping.
Posted May 21, 2015

Convenience Shoppers Heavily Influenced by Advertising
Impulse and undecided shoppers most likely to respond to path-of-purchase advertising.
Posted May 19, 2015

China More Than Doubles Cigarette Tax to 11%
Increased tax is one of the latest attempts to reduce the country’s high smoking rate.
Posted May 14, 2015

Japanese C-Stores Catering to Elderly Customers
Demographic shift inspires c-store channel to develop new models that appeal to increasingly higher number of older customers.
Posted May 12, 2015

Australian Convenience Industry Outpaces Other Channels
Convenience retailing industry records strong growth in 2014, with increased tobacco and fuel sales.
Posted May 8, 2015

U.K. Forecourt Closures Slow Significantly
New survey finds that the number of gasoline stations going out of business has steadied.
Posted May 7, 2015

Nine Convenience Retailers Shortlisted for International Award
With popular voting over, field of 15 has been narrowed to nine finalists for NACS Insight 2015 International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award.
Posted May 6, 2015

Beijing Tries New Moves to Reduce Smoking
New strategy will crowdsource enforcement of no-smoking rules throughout city.
Posted May 1, 2015

British American Tobacco Hikes Prices
The world’s second-biggest tobacco firm has increased cigarette prices to counter drooping sales.
Posted Apr 30, 2015

Canadian C-Stores Will Not Join Grocers in Alcohol Sales
Alcohol sales are on tap for Ontario grocers, but not convenience stores.
Posted Apr 24, 2015

Vote for the World’s Top Convenience Retailers
Voting is open for 2015 NACS Insight International Convenience Retail Awards, which recognize and promote convenience retailing excellence.
Posted Apr 20, 2015

Making Dough
Japanese convenience stores take on the donut competition.
Posted Apr 20, 2015

Battery Swap
Korean c-store chain is leveraging the accessibility of convenience stores by replacing worn-out smartphone batteries with charged ones.
Posted Apr 16, 2015

Canadian Retailers Applaud New Contraband Tobacco Law
Enforcement of Bill C-10 will help communities fight illegal tobacco trafficking throughout Canada.
Posted Apr 15, 2015

British Tobacco Display Ban Now in Effect
Small stores throughout the United Kingdom are prohibited from displaying tobacco products.
Posted Apr 10, 2015

Smart Cup Can Pay for Its Coffee
With embedded payment capabilities, reusable cup makes buying coffee more convenient than ever.
Posted Apr 10, 2015

Is the Future of Convenience in India?
More than 16 million “mom-and-pop” stores may be setting precedent for the nation … and the world.
Posted Apr 9, 2015

Japanese C-Stores Provide Refreshment … and Nursing Care
Lawson opens its first convenience store with nursing care consultation desk.
Posted Apr 6, 2015

China’s One-Hour Delivery Service Sources From Local C-Stores
Beequick delivery app expanding quickly, building network of more than 10,000 c-store sources.
Posted Apr 3, 2015

Tesco Helps Kids Cook Healthy
Let’s Get Cooking Clubs expand to more disadvantaged areas, teaching skills for cooking healthier meals.
Posted Apr 2, 2015

Japanese C-Stores to Be Part of Disaster Information System
Information network would use convenience stores as a hub to convey information following natural disasters.
Posted Apr 1, 2015

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.
Posted Mar 27, 2015

Controversy Surrounds Flavored Cigarette Ban in Nova Scotia
Atlantic Convenience Store Association wants menthol to be exempted from potential ban.
Posted Mar 26, 2015

Canadian Cities Move Closer to Carbon Warning Labels on Fuel Pumps
Similar law went into effect this month in San Francisco and Berkley, California.
Posted Mar 26, 2015

Femsa Benefits From Mexico Oil Reforms
OXXO’s parent company is one of the first big beneficiaries of latest Mexican oil policy.
Posted Mar 25, 2015

Chilean Vending Machines Sell Household Staples
Algramo sells items in bulk at lower prices, splitting profits with shopkeepers who host vending machines.
Posted Mar 24, 2015

Diageo Adding Nutritional Information to Alcohol Labels
World’s largest distiller says voluntary move helps consumers make informed choices about their drinks.
Posted Mar 23, 2015

European Parliament Votes to Cap Interchange Fees
European Commission welcomes increased savings for consumers and freedom of choice for retailers.
Posted Mar 12, 2015

Chinese C-Stores Enter New Expansion Phase
Convenience market expands while others contract, with abundant growth opportunity ahead.
Posted Mar 12, 2015

Indonesian C-Stores Will Stop Selling Alcohol in April
Jakarta will soon prohibit sales of alcoholic drinks at markets and convenience stores across the city.
Posted Mar 11, 2015

Trends in British Convenience Retailing
From franchising to ‘discountvenience,’ U.K. trends reflect global industry trends.
Posted Mar 10, 2015

Could You Be the International Convenience Retailer of the Year?
Last call for entries: Convenience and fuel retailers from around the world compete to win highly coveted awards.
Posted Mar 6, 2015

Japan's FamilyMart, UNY Consider Merger
Combined group would heat up Japan’s fierce convenience store competition.
Posted Mar 6, 2015

Ireland Okays Plain Packaging for Tobacco
The government becomes the second to require cigarettes to have no branded logos.
Posted Mar 4, 2015

Rock Band Inspires ‘Hotter Than Hell’ Steamed Buns
Black-colored, spicy steamed bread sold at Circle K Sunkus commemorates KISS’s 40th anniversary and tour in Japan.
Posted Feb 23, 2015

C-Stores Becoming Popular Rest Stop for Cyclists
Long-distance cyclists stock up on food, water and fix their bikes at convenience stores.
Posted Feb 23, 2015

Canada’s Shoppers Drug Mart Tests Grocery Sales
More channel blurring as drugstore chain pilots sale of fresh food, aiming to be a one-stop shop.
Posted Feb 19, 2015

End of Indonesia Fuel Subsidies Opens Market
Foreign-owned firms see big opportunity in Indonesia fuel market, as government halts fuel subsidies for first time in decades.
Posted Feb 18, 2015

Japan Has More Car Charging Stations Than Gas Stations
Nation’s 40,000 public and private charging stations far surpass number of traditional fuel stations.
Posted Feb 17, 2015

Redbox Pulls Plug on Canadian Operations
Company is pulling its rental kiosks out of Canada after failing to generate sufficient business.
Posted Feb 9, 2015

Korean Tobacco Sales Recovering After Price Hike
After an 81% drop following massive January 1 price increase, sales now down about 57%.
Posted Feb 5, 2015

Canadian C-Stores: Room for Foodservice Growth
New study suggests partnering with limited-service restaurants adds to c-store appeal as meal destination.
Posted Feb 4, 2015

Shell Prepares to Dismantle North Sea Oil Platforms
Other oil companies could follow, as crude prices remain low.
Posted Feb 4, 2015

24-Hour C-Store Re-Opens in Japan’s Fukushima Zone
Store hopes to help residents returning home four years after nuclear incident.
Posted Feb 3, 2015

Imperial Tobacco Tests Caffeine Strips
Touted as an alternative to energy drinks, Reon caffeine strips are part of diversification strategy for U.K. tobacco company.
Posted Jan 29, 2015

Junk Food and Alcohol — Plain Packaging’s Next Target
As U.K. prepares to launch tobacco plain packaging next year, other countries consider similar approach for “unhealthy” products.
Posted Jan 28, 2015

Controversial Tobacco Plain-Packaging Proposal Moving Ahead in U.K.
Health minister predicts a vote in next few months, before results of plain-packaging study are released.
Posted Jan 23, 2015

Japan’s Booming C-Store Industry Changing Packaged Snacks
The continuing rise in ‘konbini’ convenience stores is driving demand for smaller, shelf-ready packaging.
Posted Jan 22, 2015

Circle K Planning Major Expansion in Middle East
More than half of planned locations will be in United Arab Emirates, including Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Posted Jan 20, 2015

Ontario Convenience Retailers Recognize Canada’s Non-Smoking Week
Convenience store association emphasizes role of retailers in preventing underage tobacco sales.
Posted Jan 20, 2015

Tesco Develops Google Glass App
App lets shoppers view product information or buy items hands-free.
Posted Jan 16, 2015

Massive Bitcoin Rollout for C-Stores in Asia
Companies launch world's biggest convenience store bitcoin operations in South Korea and Taiwan.
Posted Jan 16, 2015

Dunkin' Donuts Plans to Open 1,400 New Stores in China
Twenty-year plan part of global effort to compete with Starbucks.
Posted Jan 13, 2015

Europe Agrees to Cap Interchange Fees
Fees throughout the European Union will be reduced to 0.2%-0.3% of purchase.
Posted Jan 9, 2015

Vending Company Touts Corner Store Convenience
​Canadian vending machine will bring top convenience items to your doorstep.
Posted Jan 8, 2015

E-Cigarettes Among Britain’s Fastest Growing Products Last Year
Volume sales of electronic cigarettes were up almost 50% in 2014, while cigarette sales decreased slightly from previous year.
Posted Jan 8, 2015

Tesco Removes Sweets, Chocolates from All Checkouts
Move is part of an ongoing effort to help customers live healthier lives.
Posted Jan 6, 2015

Convenience Stores Plan Major Doughnut Roll-out in Japan
7-Eleven and other c-store chains hope to compete with market leader Mister Donut.
Posted Jan 5, 2015

European Union Agrees to Cap Card Fees
Once legislation is approved, most fees would be capped at 0.2 – 0.3%.
Posted Dec 19, 2014

Package Collection Comes to Singapore C-Stores
UPS and DHL now delivering packages for customer pick-up at c-store locations.
Posted Dec 19, 2014

Ontario C-Stores Support Move to Reduce Regulation
Government pledges to reduce unnecessary regulatory burden on small businesses.
Posted Dec 18, 2014

Are Millennials Teetotallers?
U.K.-based report shows that Millennials are increasingly abstaining, among other trends to watch in 2015.
Posted Dec 18, 2014

Topaz Acquires Esso Ireland’s Fuels and C-Store Business
Deal will add 38 company-owned Esso sites to 120 existing Topaz-owned sites in Ireland.
Posted Dec 16, 2014

Organized Crime Increases in Canada
A single theft at a Mac’s store resulted in $30,000 in stolen tobacco products.
Posted Dec 15, 2014

China's Chocolate Wars
Competition, and innovation, continues for brands hoping to get a share of the huge Chinese market for chocolate.
Posted Dec 12, 2014

Paris Mayor Calls for Ban on Diesel Cars by 2020
Announcement is the latest approach to reducing pollution in French capital.
Posted Dec 9, 2014

The Comeback of British C-Stores
Changing demographics and economics influence the rise of smaller stores.
Posted Dec 4, 2014

Australia’s Illicit Tobacco Market Continues to Worsen
Law-abiding retailers are being hit harder than ever before.
Posted Dec 3, 2014

Carrefour to Open First Convenience Store in Shanghai
Hypermarket retailer is latest to enter highly competitive — and profitable — market.
Posted Dec 2, 2014

Walmart Brings ‘Grab and Go’ Lockers to Canada
Retailer boosts capacity to fulfill online orders in the Toronto area with lockers that hold orders.
Posted Dec 1, 2014

China Moves to Ban Cigarette Advertising
In attempt to reduce smoking in the world’s top cigarette market, proposed rules introduce numerous restrictions.
Posted Nov 26, 2014

Ontario May Ban Menthol Cigarettes and Regulate E-Cigs
Electronic-cigarette regulations would treat devices the same as tobacco cigarettes.
Posted Nov 25, 2014

Retailers Welcome Ontario Government's Commitment to Addressing Contraband Tobacco
Increased government action needed to stem rampant illegal tobacco sales.
Posted Nov 19, 2014

British Retailers Worried About Illegal Tobacco
Sales of black market tobacco on the rise in Plymouth, England, causing concern for residents and retailers.
Posted Nov 14, 2014

Germans Go for LPG Vehicles
LPG-powered cars make up an increasing percentage of the country’s alternative fuel vehicles.
Posted Nov 12, 2014

Canadian C-Stores Have Mixed Reaction to Credit Card Fee Deal
Retailer association says swipe fees still too high, despite fee reduction agreed upon this week.
Posted Nov 6, 2014

Japan’s Lawson Stores Link Up with Amazon
Convenience chain will allow customers to order and pick up Amazon items in-store.
Posted Nov 6, 2014

Credit Card Companies Cut Swipe Fees in Canada
Visa and MasterCard give in to pressure from retailers, avoiding a mandate from Canadian government.
Posted Nov 5, 2014

British Grocery Chains Losing Market Share – to Themselves
Increase in grocery-owned c-stores has changed the traditional shopping model.
Posted Nov 4, 2014

Oxxo Convenience Store Debit Cards a Big Success
Number of Mexicans using the new cards is double the industry norm.
Posted Oct 31, 2014

Filipino C-Stores Taking Market Share from Grocery Stores
Time-strapped consumers turning to prepared meals and local shopping.
Posted Oct 28, 2014

Japan's Java Wars
Higher quality coffee at lower prices is a game-changer for c-store industry — and Japanese coffee consumption.
Posted Oct 23, 2014

Breaking the Glass Ceiling in a Pakistan Gas Station
Station in Lahore is the country’s first to hire women to pump gas.
Posted Oct 22, 2014

India Enlarges Graphic Warnings on Tobacco
The country will also forbid the sale, use and manufacture of electronic cigarettes.
Posted Oct 14, 2014

Will Canadian Grocery Stores Cease to Exist?
That’s the question pondered by a professor in an opinion piece.
Posted Oct 14, 2014

Coles, Woolworths Take on C-Stores Down Under
Two of the largest Australian chains are making a move to open small, corner stores, which has convenience stores asking for a fair playing field.
Posted Oct 13, 2014

Smoking Rates Continue Decline in United Kingdom
The Office for National Statistics found that between 2012 and 2013, the proportion of adults who smoked fell 1.1%.
Posted Oct 9, 2014

Resistance to Irish Tobacco Brand Ban Swells
U.S. Chamber of Commerce filed a formal complaint with the European Commission against Ireland’s plan to strike branding on tobacco.
Posted Oct 7, 2014

Chinese Embrace Convenience Stores
Across the country, retailers are influencing their communities for the good.
Posted Oct 7, 2014

Korean C-Stores to Offer Chinese Language Services
Effort will cater to large number of Chinese tourists visiting the country.
Posted Oct 6, 2014

Fast-Paced Australian Lifestyles Reinvigorating the Convenience Store
The growing number of time-poor, city-dwelling Australians is driving a new golden age for the humble corner store.
Posted Oct 2, 2014

OXXO to Expand Bogotá Store Count
Mexican convenience retailer plans to reach 100 stores in Colombian capital in next 10 years.
Posted Sep 29, 2014

France to Mandate Plain Packaging of Cigarettes
Country is latest member of EU to implement anti-smoking strategy.
Posted Sep 26, 2014

Philippines Is Primed for C-Store Growth
C-store chains expanding rapidly, thanks to a changing urban workforce with more disposable income.
Posted Sep 25, 2014

The Rise of Europe’s Modern Convenience Store
Still in recovery mode from recession, stores are changing to accommodate new shopper behaviors.
Posted Sep 24, 2014

Philip Morris Files Suit Challenging Uruguay's Graphic Cigarette Packaging
Cigarette maker claims that packaging rules violate treaty law, among other complaints.
Posted Sep 18, 2014

New Partnership for Chinese and Taiwanese C-Store Operations
China’s Sinopec plans 300 convenience stores with Taiwan's Ruentex.
Posted Sep 15, 2014

MasterCard Loses EU Court Case Over Interchange Card Fees
Merchant group calls ruling a win for European consumers.
Posted Sep 12, 2014

Egypt Opens First Solar-Powered Gas Station
Station is part of pilot program to mitigate the country’s energy crisis.
Posted Sep 12, 2014

Sainsbury’s Opens First Combined Pharmacy and C-Store
Plans for the new Sainsbury Local have been in the works for more than two years.
Posted Sep 11, 2014

Ontario Looks to Privatize Lottery
Government seeks company to expand sales beyond c-stores and to younger customers.
Posted Sep 10, 2014

Researchers Call E-Cigarette Critics ‘Alarmists’
British health experts say that switching to electronic cigarettes saves lives.
Posted Sep 8, 2014

1950s Tesco Van Tours London
Retro van delivered toys to a children’s hospital before heading to the Goodwood Revival Festival.
Posted Sep 8, 2014

Canada Getting Close to Pact for Lower Credit Card Fees
Voluntary agreement could be finalized as soon as this month.
Posted Sep 5, 2014

Canadian Politicians Go Behind the Counter
Nova Scotia Convenience Store Day brings recognition to industry.
Posted Aug 29, 2014

DCC Energy Agrees to Acquire France’s Esso SAF
Acquisition will bring DCC Energy’s total European retail stations to 672.
Posted Aug 29, 2014

Convenience Stores As a Safe Haven
Seoul, South Korea, uses convenience stores as a safe shelters for women in need.
Posted Aug 28, 2014

Canadian C-Store Association Issues E-Cig Recommendations
Organization suggests age verification, encourages policymakers to work with retailers.
Posted Aug 27, 2014

Time to Level the Playing Field for Beer and Wine Sales in Ontario
Report recommends a more competitive system for alcohol sales.
Posted Aug 21, 2014

Philippines’ FamilyMart May Begin Franchising
Company seeks ideal mix of company-owned and franchised outlets.
Posted Aug 21, 2014

Couche-Tard Considers Minority Stake in Sinopec
Canadian c-store chain on short list to purchase stake in Chinese fuel network.
Posted Aug 20, 2014

British Photographer Idealizes Brightly Lit Gas Stations
Stations shine “like a beacon of hope in the night for a weary traveler.”
Posted Aug 20, 2014

Japanese Convenience Stores Offer New Entertainment, Food Options
From karaoke to fresh baked bread, c-stores try to differentiate in a competitive market.
Posted Aug 19, 2014

Kenyan Oil Marketer Bets on Convenience Stores
Vivo Energy partners with convenience stores to grow revenue.
Posted Aug 13, 2014

Mars Opens First M&M's Store in China
The candy tourist attraction aims to take advantage of fast-growing Chinese market.
Posted Aug 11, 2014

Russia’s Lukoil Sells Off Central European Gas Stations
More than 125 stations to be sold in Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia.
Posted Aug 8, 2014

U.K. Group Urges Government to Reconsider Plain Tobacco Packaging
Association of Convenience Stores says burden on retailers has not been fully considered.
Posted Aug 7, 2014

Reuntex and Sinopec Team Up for Convenience Store Chain
Companies’ strengths will complement each other to run c-stores in China and Taiwan.
Posted Aug 5, 2014

Japanese C-Store Giants Leave Smaller Chains Behind
Three largest chains top 10,000 stores, while smaller chains shrink.
Posted Jul 24, 2014

Irish Retailer Expands Into United States
Applegreen/Petrogas recently purchased two Long Island-area forecourt sites.
Posted Jul 21, 2014

Tesco Shifts to Housing
Retailer is using land allocated for new supermarkets to build 4,000 new homes.
Posted Jul 21, 2014

Shinsegae Group Jumps Into Korean Convenience Store Business
Never-before-seen business model will remove franchise fees.
Posted Jul 18, 2014

Tesla Owner Installs Charging Stations Along 3,700-Mile Route
Chinese businessman takes matters into his own hands, installing 16 stations for public use.
Posted Jul 18, 2014

Philip Morris to Sell Marlboro HeatSticks in Japan, Italy
New product, using iQOS system, expected to boost overseas sales.
Posted Jul 3, 2014

Oil Prices Spark Economic Growth Concerns in Europe
Iraq turmoil sending prices higher in European markets.
Posted Jun 24, 2014

E-cigarettes Mostly Used by Young Smokers, Would-be Quitters
New study shows that majority of Europe’s 30 million e-cigarette users are age 15 – 24 and trying to quit cigarettes.
Posted Jun 24, 2014

Japan Plans Ample Support for Fuel Cell Vehicles
Government considers subsidies and tax breaks for auto purchase, wants 100 hydrogen fuel stations in the next 18 months.
Posted Jun 20, 2014

Gas Prices May Rise, but Surplus Is Coming
International Energy Agency predicts decreasing U.S. demand for gas, despite recent fluctuation due to Iraq unrest.
Posted Jun 19, 2014

All Aboard — and Bring Chocolate
Nestlé launches Japanese promotion allowing travelers to use KitKat wrappers as train tickets.
Posted Jun 19, 2014

7-Eleven Goes Gourmet in Philippines with 5-Star Meals
Renowned Filipino chef brings gourmet to-go meals to 7-Eleven.
Posted Jun 16, 2014

Millennial Stereotypes Aren’t Always Right
NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe speaker offers new research on motivations and habits of Millennials.
Posted Jun 10, 2014

Keys to Success: Knowing Your Customer
Alimentation Couche-Tard’s Alain Bouchard delivers insightful keynote at the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe.
Posted Jun 9, 2014

Australia’s Plain Packaging Has Opposite Effect
Despite government efforts to eliminate tobacco use, cigarette sales have increased.
Posted Jun 9, 2014

UK BP Shifts Customer Focus
Company emphasizes female shoppers and introduces greeters.
Posted Jun 6, 2014

International Convenience Retail Awards Announced
Rutter’s and Alain Bouchard of Alimentation Couche-Tard honored as industry leaders at the NACS Insight Convenience Summit - Europe.
Posted Jun 5, 2014

Marathon Oil Sells Norwegian Operations for Over $2 Billion
Sale is part of the company's plan to focus on the domestic market.
Posted Jun 3, 2014

Scientists Advise Against Suppressing E-Cigarettes
Open letter from 53 scientists comes in anticipation of WHO’s negotiations on tobacco policy later this year.
Posted May 30, 2014

Japanese Convenience Store Giant Eyes Philippines
Lawson partnering with local firm to open 2,000 convenience stores.
Posted May 30, 2014

Big Oil Exiting Canadian Gas Station Business
Annual study reveals continued drop in outlets operated by integrated refiner-marketers and continued decrease in the number of retail fuel sites in Canada.
Posted May 21, 2014

Montreal Smashes Tobacco Smugglers
The ring, based in Quebec, was linked to a cross-border operation.
Posted May 16, 2014

7-Eleven Celebrates 40th Anniversary in Japan
The chain’s first location opened in Tokyo on May 15, 1974.
Posted May 15, 2014

Morrisons Partners With InPost Lockers
Supermarket and convenience store chain will install automated parcel delivery lockers at locations across the U.K.
Posted May 14, 2014

Cambodia's Caltex Gas Station Workers on Strike
Country’s labor unrest expands to gas station employees seeking higher wages, bonuses.
Posted May 13, 2014

Australian Convenience Stores Continue Growth Trajectory
The industry has outpaced the growth of the supermarket channel for the second consecutive year.
Posted May 8, 2014

Tesco Debuts ‘Pound Zones’
The U.K. supermarket is trying to compete with the increase in “dollar” grocery stores.
Posted May 7, 2014

Dunkin’ Donuts Takes on Europe
After success in Asia, the chain is expanding into the Old Country.
Posted May 7, 2014

British Department Store Thinks Convenience
Mini-store at London's St Pancras station will offer “click and commute” service.
Posted May 6, 2014

British American Tobacco Puts Cost of EU Regulations Up to $277 Million
The company said most of the cost would go to upgrading machinery to comply with new packaging restrictions.
Posted May 2, 2014

Canadian Retailers Warn of Consequences to Proposed Tobacco Tax Hike
Higher taxes likely to lead to increased contraband tobacco sales.
Posted May 1, 2014

WTO to Hear Challenge to Australia’s Plain Packaging Tobacco Law
Lawsuit by tobacco-producing nations will have its day in a World Trade Organization court.
Posted Apr 30, 2014

Nova Scotia Considers Gas Price Deregulation
Deregulation would end current system establishing weekly price range.
Posted Apr 29, 2014

Ontario Convenience Stores Outraged at Ad by The Beer Store
Commercial shows minors easily purchasing alcohol at convenience stores.
Posted Apr 25, 2014

McDonald's Taps Into Local Décor in China
Bamboo basket lights, abacus room divider establish an upscale, aspirational environment at a new restaurant.
Posted Apr 22, 2014

Manitoba Targeting Flavored Cigarettes
Ban would not apply to menthol tobacco, flavored tobacco or flavored chewing tobacco.
Posted Apr 21, 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.
Posted Apr 18, 2014

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.
Posted Apr 15, 2014

Nigeria to Toughen Tobacco Rules
The bill would add a fine for smoking in non-smoking areas and ban tobacco advertising.
Posted Apr 11, 2014

Shell Targets Global Convenience Store Growth
The company is launching a strategy to grow its global convenience retail business and is looking to form long-term partnerships with leading category suppliers to achieve its goal.
Posted Apr 10, 2014

McColl’s Launches Expansion Plans
The U.K. convenience store chain has plans to add more fresh vegetables and wine to spur sales.
Posted Apr 10, 2014

Ontario's Modest LCBO Kiosk Plan Failed
However, retailers agree that the principle of expanded alcohol retailing is a good one.
Posted Apr 2, 2014

Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks Rock Asia
The two chains have capitalized on a coffee explosion in South Korea, while looking ahead to China.
Posted Apr 2, 2014

In U.K., Fight Over Plain Tobacco Packaging Continues
A new report published this week touts the benefits of plain packaging, while tobacco companies point to increased illegal cigarette trafficking as a big drawback to such a move.
Posted Apr 1, 2014

One in Five Admit to Purchasing Illegal Smokes in Ireland
Those surveyed said they knowingly purchased smuggled cigarettes.
Posted Mar 31, 2014

Subway to Open 1,300 U.K. Locations
The sandwich chain has ambitious plans to blanket the United Kingdom with its shops, particularly eyeing units in service stations.
Posted Mar 19, 2014

Speakers Announced for Upcoming Global Event
The NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe program continues to grow.
Posted Mar 17, 2014

British Columbia’s Grocery Stores to Sell Wine, Beer
A relaxation of British Columbia’s liquor laws will not apply to convenience stores.
Posted Mar 11, 2014

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.
Posted Mar 7, 2014

Philippines House Considers Soda Tax Bill
The measure would up the tax on non-alcoholic drinks and other beverages by 10%.
Posted Mar 5, 2014

European Parliament Okays Harsher Tobacco Rules
The agreement is built on a compromise reached late last year between the European Union and its member nations.
Posted Feb 28, 2014

U.K. Supermarkets Aggressively Expand Into Convenience Market
The big-name grocers are infiltrating the smaller format marketplace.
Posted Feb 28, 2014

U.K. Small Shops Disappointed With Minimum Wage Recommendation
The Association of Convenience Stores said such a move would trigger reductions in employee hours.
Posted Feb 28, 2014

Ontario Proposal Would Mandate Menu Labeling
The legislation would make restaurant, supermarket and convenience store chains post calorie counts of food and alcohol.
Posted Feb 26, 2014

Japanese Convenience Stores Embrace Fresh-Brewed Coffee
Sales of drip coffee at c-stores have soared in the Asian country.
Posted Feb 26, 2014

Woolworths Tackles Obesity With Employee Wellness Program
Australia’s fresh food retail chain is implementing an employee wellness program to help employees make healthier choices.
Posted Feb 24, 2014

BAT Rolls Out E-Cig Campaign
Vype, currently only available in the United Kingdom, will soon go international.
Posted Feb 19, 2014

Northern Ireland Creates Registry to Reduce Sale of Tobacco to Kids
The Tobacco Retailers Bill targets shops that sell to underage buyers and adults who purchase tobacco for children.
Posted Feb 19, 2014

Britain Bans Smoking in Cars With Kids Inside
The ban could be enacted before the May 2015 elections.
Posted Feb 14, 2014

South Korean Gas Stations Struggling
More filling stations have been closing because of declining margins.
Posted Feb 14, 2014

Canada Raises Tobacco Tax
All tobacco products are included in a Canada-wide tax increase, which raises the price of a carton of cigarettes by roughly $4.
Posted Feb 13, 2014

New Zealand Passes First Step Toward Plain Packaging Law
Parliament overwhelmingly voted in favor of the bill, which would strip all branding from tobacco products.
Posted Feb 12, 2014

7-Eleven Malaysia Launches Delivery Service
A new partnership with Foodpanda brings delivery services to customers in Malaysia.
Posted Feb 10, 2014

U.K’s Proposed Plastic Bag Fee Too Complicated
Lawmakers are charging that various exemptions as to type of bags confusing and unworkable.
Posted Feb 7, 2014

Standardized Tobacco Packaging Moves Forward
The Association of Convenience Stores sharply opposes the move, which would also allow U.K. ministers to impose standardized packaging in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Posted Jan 31, 2014

Britain Proposes Electronic-Cigarette Age Restrictions
Proposal would restrict the sale of e-cigarettes to people 18 and older.
Posted Jan 28, 2014

Canadians Concerned About Link Between Increased Taxes and Contraband Tobacco
Nearly half of all Canadians consider contraband tobacco a problem, according to a national public opinion poll.
Posted Jan 23, 2014

NACS Adds New Event to Global Portfolio
Attendees save 25% when they register for the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe by January 31.
Posted Jan 22, 2014

Venezuela’s Era of Cheap Gas May Be Over
The government has been setting the price of gasoline at rock bottom — around a nickel a gallon — but may need to stop subsidizing sales.
Posted Jan 21, 2014

Japanese Convenience Stores Refocus to Reach Older Customers
“Konbinis” are focusing their attention on reaching the increasingly elderly population.
Posted Jan 17, 2014

Will Soda, Junk Food Black Market Flourish in Mexico?
The new obesity tax adds fees to sugared beverages and other snacks.
Posted Jan 15, 2014

Sainsbury’s Local C-Stores Outnumber Company’s Supermarkets
U.K. consumers are now shopping little and often rather than once weekly at a supermarket.
Posted Jan 14, 2014

Australian Health Advocates Push for Soda Sugar Tax
Meanwhile, a new Indian study advocates adding a 20% excise tax to sweetened drinks.
Posted Jan 10, 2014

India Develops Taste for U.S. QSR Food
Fast-food chains are flourishing in the country that has not formerly welcomed foreign companies.
Posted Jan 10, 2014

Brazilian Ethanol Production Runs Into Roadblock
The sector, once a growing force in the country, has seen setbacks of late.
Posted Jan 3, 2014

Public Health England Urges British to Drop Soda
The Smart Swaps program wants families to stop drinking sugared soft drinks.
Posted Jan 3, 2014

Denmark Gets Fast Chargers
The new charging stations will help support electric car usage in the country.
Posted Jan 3, 2014

Latin America Targeting Junk Food
Several Latin American countries are trying to fight obesity with anti-junk food legislation.
Posted Dec 31, 2013

7-Eleven Japan Seeking Digital C-Store Revolution
7-Eleven stores in Japan will partner with several retailers, who will use the convenience stores as pickup points for its online orders.
Posted Dec 27, 2013

Hungary’s Black Market Cigarette Sales Increase
With fewer official places able to sell tobacco products, illegal tobacco has become big business.
Posted Dec 26, 2013

Finland’s Sugar Tax Sweetens Candy Consumption
The sweet tax did not bring a sustained dip in confectionery sales.
Posted Dec 26, 2013

Irish Retailers Face Uphill Battle
The rise of discount stores has hit family-owned stores especially hard.
Posted Dec 26, 2013

A Beer of Its Own
A U.K. petrol station commissioned a branded brew.
Posted Dec 26, 2013

Tea Takes a Backseat to Coffee
In Ireland, a new survey says that coffee has surpassed tea as the caffeinated beverage of choice among consumers.
Posted Dec 23, 2013

Juan Valdez Sets Sights on More Global Locations
The Colombian coffee manufacturer is planning to open cafés around the world.
Posted Dec 23, 2013

EU Approves New Tobacco Regulations
The deal toughens anti-tobacco rules in the European Union.
Posted Dec 20, 2013

Study Shows High Support for Canadian Private Store Beer Sales
Nearly 70% of Ontarians are in favor of allowing more convenience stores to compete with the state-run The Beer Store.
Posted Dec 20, 2013

Convenience Stores in England Back Charge for Plastic Bags
Currently, only companies with more than 250 workers must add a fee for plastic bags in 2015, but small, local retailers want to be included.
Posted Dec 18, 2013

U.K. Grocers Should Consider Jettisoning Fuel Promos
The Petrol Retailers’ Association claims gas discounts from grocery stores are hurting independent fuel retailers.
Posted Dec 18, 2013

China Considers Public Smoking Ban
The world’s largest consumer of tobacco could enact new laws within the year.
Posted Dec 17, 2013

France’s E-Cig Ruling Could Set a European Standard
The European Union is publishing revisions next year to its Tobacco Products Directive, and it may look to France and its recent e-cigarette ruling for guidance.
Posted Dec 17, 2013

Burger Chains Eye Africa for Growth
However, a strained supply chain and high produce costs could spell disaster for Burger King, Hardee’s and Johnny Rockets.
Posted Dec 13, 2013

Illegal Tobacco Use Prevalent in Ontario
In an effort to avoid taxes, cigarettes are purchased on First National reserves and moved throughout Ontario.
Posted Dec 12, 2013

EU Says Aspartame Okay
The food safety body of the European Union released its findings that the artificial sweetener is not a health risk.
Posted Dec 11, 2013

France Lumps E-Cigs Under Tobacco
The French court ruled that electronic cigarettes are subject to the same laws as tobacco products.
Posted Dec 11, 2013

NCACT Supports Canada’s Tackling Contraband Tobacco Act
The coalition, which includes the Canadian Convenience Store Association, views the act as a good first step for stemming the flow of illegal tobacco.
Posted Dec 6, 2013

Hungary Forbids Tobacco Sales in Gas Stations, Grocery Stores
The government has banned national tobacco firms from providing product to supermarkets and convenience stores starting June 1, 2014.
Posted Dec 4, 2013

EU to Regulate Electronic Cigarettes Like Tobacco
Leaked documents reveal strict regulations in the European Union for electronic cigarettes.
Posted Dec 3, 2013

British Columbia Pushing for Alcohol Sales at Grocery Stores
Proposal applies only to grocery stores and excludes convenience stores.
Posted Dec 3, 2013

Philip Morris Says Plain Packaging Could Mean Government Compensation
The legal opinion said plain packaging proposals in Ireland would likely trigger a higher cost to taxpayers.
Posted Dec 2, 2013

The Low Carb European Comeback
Food and drink products low in carbohydrates have doubled over the past five years.
Posted Dec 2, 2013

Morrisons Bans Sale of Energy Drinks to Children
U.K. chain begins banning the sale of energy drinks to consumers under the age of 16.
Posted Nov 27, 2013

U.K. Website to Service C-Store Shoppers
Cornershop Online offers customers pickup or delivery options at local convenience stores.
Posted Nov 26, 2013

C-Store Customers Look to Technology to Enhance Shopping Experience
A new report found that 72% of c-store shoppers in the U.K. would use coupons sent to their mobile device while food and grocery shopping.
Posted Nov 25, 2013

Russia Adds Teeth to Smoking Ban
The country finally starts fining those who violate the public smoking prohibitions.
Posted Nov 19, 2013

U.K. Grocers Entering the Convenience Store Space
Both BHS and Asda announced plans to open convenience store concepts to better compete with rivals.
Posted Nov 18, 2013

Philippine Gas Stations Shuttered by Typhoon
The challenge of getting help to storm-ravaged areas is compounded by a fuel shortage.
Posted Nov 15, 2013

Ontario Seeks Ban on Flavored Tobacco
Legislation targets flavored cigarillos and chewing tobacco.
Posted Nov 14, 2013

Vietnamese Customers Flock to Convenience Stores
More stores are opening to meet the growing consumer demand.
Posted Nov 13, 2013

Sainsbury’s Passes on Opening Smaller Local Format in Northern Ireland
The news comes as competitor Tesco announced it will open at least five Express locations in the capital.
Posted Nov 8, 2013

Convenience Store Coffee Hits the Top in Japan
The popular annual list rates products based on sales, novelty and influence.
Posted Nov 8, 2013

Billion Dollar Baby: Contraband Tobacco’s Price Tag in Australia
A new report finds that sales of illegal tobacco has come with a high cost to the Australian government.
Posted Nov 6, 2013

European Union Proposes Ban or Fee for Plastic Bags
The change could slash plastic bag use in EU countries by 80%.
Posted Nov 6, 2013

U.K. Study Shows 20% Soda Tax Would Slash Obesity
The reduction would be about a 1.3% drop in obesity, but that would be enough, say the study authors.
Posted Nov 4, 2013

Overregulation Threatens Viability of Canadian Convenience Stores
In its 2013 State of the Industry Report, the Canadian Convenience Stores Association found that regulations are costing retailers $225 million each year.
Posted Nov 1, 2013

Tobacco Companies Continue Fight Against Australia’s Plain Packaging Rules
The drab, un-branded packs showcase grisly images instead of trademarks.
Posted Nov 1, 2013

Ontario Government to C-Stores: No Wine, Beer Sales
However, the Liberals will go ahead with a plan to put LCBO outlets in some supermarkets.
Posted Oct 30, 2013

Coke Bottler Warns Against Soda Tax
Coca-Cola Femsa says that the proposed tax on soft drinks by the Mexican government would hurt sales and reduce jobs.
Posted Oct 28, 2013

Carbonated Drinks in India to Face Stricter Regs
India’s Supreme Court paves the way for stricter regulation of colas, fizzy drinks.
Posted Oct 24, 2013

Tesco: Most of Bagged Salads, Half of Bread Discarded
U.K.-based Tesco is taking steps to reduce food waste.
Posted Oct 22, 2013

NYC Mayor Takes Soda Tax Efforts South of the Border
Michael Bloomberg is backing a Mexican government proposal to tack on 8 U.S. cents per liter of soda.
Posted Oct 16, 2013

European Union Gets Tougher on Cigarettes
Larger warning labels and a menthol ban among regulations backed by Parliament earlier this week.
Posted Oct 10, 2013

Japan’s Conbinis Add Delivery to Vast Array of Services
Many convenience stores now bring goods directly to the consumer’s home.
Posted Oct 9, 2013

Caltex FreshStop Named International Convenience Retailer of 2013
The convenience and fuel retailer was recognized for its new approach to convenience retailing at its Airport City store located near Cape Town International Airport.
Posted Oct 7, 2013

Mondelez Brews Coffee Ventures
The food company is planning to enter new coffee markets and expand its portfolio in Australia, Spain and the Netherlands.
Posted Oct 7, 2013

Irish Health Minister Launches Plan for Tobacco-Free Country
The ambitious proposal would make Ireland free from smoking within 12 years.
Posted Oct 4, 2013

Britain Moves Forward With ‘No Insurance, No Fuel’ Plan
The Prime Minister’s plan would use automatic number plate recognition at the fuel pumps to bar uninsured drivers from filling up.
Posted Oct 2, 2013

Australia Gas Stations Call for Tougher Stance on Petrol Thieves
The Australian Association of Convenience Stores has been asking the state government for stricter penalties for drive-offs.
Posted Sep 27, 2013

Ireland Considers ‘Fat Tax’
Food and beverage companies warn the government that such a tax would have little impact on obesity rates.
Posted Sep 25, 2013

Canadian City Requires New Gas Stations to Offer Alternative Fuels
The law states that new or renovated stations have charging stations or other alternative fueling options.
Posted Sep 23, 2013

Morrisons Switches Focus to Small Stores, Online Service
The U.K. supermarket will scale back expansion of big stores and concentrate on convenience stores.
Posted Sep 13, 2013

Mexico Proposes Sugar Beverage Tax
The country’s government is proposing a special tax on all sugary beverages, in an effort to reduce obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
Posted Sep 12, 2013

When Car Dealerships Turn Into Retailers
Toyota Lexus transforms traditional car dealerships into retail stores that offer a “luxury-brand experience space.”
Posted Sep 9, 2013

Irish Health Groups Call for Stricter Tobacco Sales Rules
The organizations also want cigarette firms to pay more taxes.
Posted Sep 6, 2013

Queensland Cracks Down on Fuel Price Signs
Service stations could be made to post the real price of gas, rather than the discount rate, at big retail locations.
Posted Sep 4, 2013

Philip Morris Wins Injunction Against Larger Warning Labels
In Thailand, the injunction halts plans for increasing the size of warning labels to 85% of a cigarette package.
Posted Aug 29, 2013

Contraband Tobacco Rises in Nova Scotia
A new report shows that more illegal cigarettes are finding their way into the Canadian province.
Posted Aug 28, 2013

U.K. Convenience Retailer Tests Online Offer
The Co-operative Group is developing an online sales platform that it will begin testing by year’s end.
Posted Aug 26, 2013

Heineken Counts on Lemon Beer to Recover European Sales
The brewer splashes its beer with lemon soda in an effort to woo female drinkers — and boost sales.
Posted Aug 23, 2013

7-Eleven Selling Large TVs in Taiwan
The convenience store chain sold more than 10,000 large-screen TVs in just six weeks.
Posted Aug 22, 2013

KAIST Unveils Foldable Electric Car
The “Armadillo-T” is a small and light electric car that completely folds in half when parking.
Posted Aug 22, 2013

Ireland’s Disappearing Gas Stations
More petrol stations have shuttered in recent years because of ever-tightening profit margins.
Posted Aug 21, 2013

Quebec Considers Restrictive Cigarette Packaging
Meanwhile, the Ontario Convenience Store Association showed its support of the Ontario Safety League drug paraphernalia petition.
Posted Aug 21, 2013

Coca-Cola Introduces New Herbal Beverage in Thailand
Habu, the company’s first foray into the herbal drink market, is made with roselle, licorice, luo han guo and cogon grass.
Posted Aug 19, 2013

Haiti’s War on Plastic Bags, Styrofoam
Police raided three warehouses to show that the government is cracking down on a nearly year-old ban on Styrofoam take-home containers and plastic bags.
Posted Aug 19, 2013

Imperial Tobacco Eyes E-Cigarette to Recover Revenue Drops
The tobacco firm will launch its first electronic cigarette product in 2014.
Posted Aug 16, 2013

Beer Study Reveals Substantial Price Differences in Ontario and Quebec
Ontario's beer retailing system enables The Beer Store owners to capture up to $700 million in incremental profits from Ontario beer drinkers every year, suggests a recent study.
Posted Aug 15, 2013

Tim Hortons Launches Single Serve K-Cups
The capsules are available for shipment throughout the United States and Canada.
Posted Aug 13, 2013

TransCanada Unveils East Pipeline Project to Saint John
The new pipeline would ship more than 1 million barrels of fuel per day from Canada's western oil patch to the country’s east coast.
Posted Aug 5, 2013

Cold Beer on Mac’s Cooler Door Shelves?
Mac’s Convenience Stores is giving its Ontario customers a glimpse of how shelves would look stocked with beer through a new cooler door poster campaign.
Posted Aug 5, 2013

Australian Government Raises Tobacco Taxes
The economic statement released this week contains an increase in tobacco excise.
Posted Aug 2, 2013

British American Tobacco Brings Vype Electronic Cigarette to Europe
BAT became the first tobacco firm to have an electronic cigarette presence in the United Kingdom with the debut of Vype.
Posted Jul 31, 2013

Op-Ed: Contraband Tobacco Sales Bad for Everyone
The Ontario Convenience Stores Association discusses why illegal tobacco sales have a serious impact on community safety.
Posted Jul 30, 2013

Anheuser-Busch InBev Sets Sights on China
Since 2011, Anheuser-Busch has shored up existing breweries and plans to build nine more in China.
Posted Jul 30, 2013

U.K. Government Launches Tobacco Smuggling Inquiry
The Association of Convenience Stores is urging the government to rethink how it goes after tobacco smugglers.
Posted Jul 29, 2013

Rural U.K. Gas Stations Fight to Stay Afloat
Fuel retailers are attempting to buck a national trend of independent petrol stations shutting down.
Posted Jul 24, 2013

Tobacco Smuggling in Ireland Increases
A new report shows that the average citizen is not aware of the impact illegal cigarettes is having on the economy.
Posted Jul 24, 2013

Study Claims Plain Packaging Is Working
A new study by Cancer Council Victoria on Australia’s move to plain packaging for cigarettes suggests that the regulation is encouraging smokers to quit.
Posted Jul 23, 2013

U.S. Should Follow European Commission’s Lead on Swipe Fees
The EU is proposing a cap on credit card swipe fees at 0.3%, drastically lower than the current cost for U.S. consumers to swipe their cards, and 0.2% for debit card swipe fees.
Posted Jul 22, 2013

European Union Proposes Capping Card Fees Washington Report
The proposal would limit debit and credit card transaction fees to 0.2%.
Posted Jul 18, 2013

Plain Packaging Plan Unraveling in United Kingdom
The Department of Health says it will study the impact of plain packaging for cigarettes in Australia before moving ahead with its own regulations.
Posted Jul 16, 2013

Dutch Gas Stations Sue Government Over EV Stations
Gas station owners are claiming unfair competition from a network of 200-plus electric vehicle charging stations that are rolling out across the country this September.
Posted Jul 16, 2013

Morrisons Eyes 300 C-Stores by 2015
The U.K.-based supermarket is looking to expand its convenience store outlets from 20 stores to around 300 by 2015.
Posted Jul 15, 2013

Israel Gas Stations Miss the Mark
Several stations in Israel have been cited for employing too much sulfur or water in their gasoline.
Posted Jul 12, 2013

Repsol Offering Friday Fuel Promo
The Spanish firm is offering discounted fuel every Friday through the end of August.
Posted Jul 10, 2013

‘Kim’s Convenience’ Goes From Stage to TV Screen
The play about a Korean-Canadian family and its convenience store could soon be on its way to becoming a TV sitcom.​
Posted Jul 8, 2013

Family Mart C-Stores Sell U.S. Beef
The Japanese c-store chain is selling U.S. beef, promoting it to women as a nutritional meal option.
Posted Jul 5, 2013

Mac’s Commits to Creating New Jobs
Mac’s Convenience Stores would create 1,600 full-time positions if or when the Ontario government allows convenience stores to sell alcohol.
Posted Jun 27, 2013

Europe Union Decides on Tobacco Regulations
The EU reached an agreement on how to produce, package and present cigarettes, including electronic cigarettes.
Posted Jun 26, 2013

Ontario Government Could Earn Higher Profits With More Alcohol Competition
The study ensures that people and politicians have all the facts for modernizing Ontario's alcohol retailing system.
Posted Jun 25, 2013

Canada Plastic Bag Association: Scrap Toronto Plastic Bag Ban
The association joins the Ontario Convenience Store Association in calling for a reversal of the city’s upcoming plastic bag ban.
Posted Jun 21, 2013

No Coffee? No Problem. Subway Restaurants Thriving in Canada
Subway is succeeding in Canada by avoiding a beverage war with other QSRs.
Posted Jun 20, 2013

U.K. Shoppers Lack Loyalty: Survey
A new report offers U.K. retailers advice on how to fight back during times when the consumer lacks loyalty.
Posted Jun 20, 2013

U.K. Retailers Sacrifice Pay to Keep Stores Open
More than half of U.K. shop owners said they earn less than the minimum wage, when factoring hours worked and take-home pay.
Posted Jun 18, 2013

Australia Approves Five-Star Rating System for Food Nutrition
The voluntary nutrition rating system is designed to encourage healthy eating.
Posted Jun 18, 2013

‘Suspended’ Coffee Helps Java Drinkers Spread the Love
The act-of-kindness concept is taking off across Canadian coffee shops.
Posted Jun 17, 2013

Big Oil Exiting Canadian Gas Station Business
An annual survey reveals a continued drop in outlets operated by integrated refiner-marketers and a decrease in the number of retail fuel sites in Canada.
Posted Jun 12, 2013

Israel Boosts Alcohol Tax
Effective July 1, the new tax rate will increase from $23 to $28.50 per liter.​
Posted Jun 6, 2013

Seven & I Expands North American Presence
7-Eleven’s parent company is planning to double its North American locations to at least 20,000.
Posted Jun 5, 2013

Plain Tobacco Packaging Doesn’t Slow Transaction Speed
Not so fast — a new study suggests that retailers are checking out customers as quickly as they did before Australia’s plain tobacco packaging law took effect, but that’s not the whole story.
Posted May 31, 2013

French Report Urges Indoor Ban on E-Cigarettes
Solicited by the French Health Minister, a detailed report outlines 28 recommendations for e-cigarette use in France.
Posted May 30, 2013

Election Could Change Nova Scotia Beer, Wine Sales
Tory candidates are pushing to allow convenience and grocery stores to sell beer and wine.
Posted May 29, 2013

Ireland Moves Ahead With Plain Packaging
Ireland will become the first country in the European Union to enforce plain packaging on cigarettes.​
Posted May 29, 2013

Turkey Cuts Back Alcohol Sales, Advertising
Parliament passed a bill last week that seeks to ban retail alcohol sales between 10 pm and 6 am and stop all advertising and promotions of alcohol-related products.
Posted May 28, 2013

NACS Global Forum Brings Together Global C-Store Leaders
Local store tours and retailing insights from industry experts will highlight this year’s program in Madrid, Spain.
Posted May 24, 2013

A Picture for Posterity
In Vancouver, British Columbia, a photographer is cataloging small c-stores while he still can.​
Posted May 24, 2013

U.K. Shoppers Forecast to Spend £11 Billion at C-Stores
The convenience store market in the United Kingdom will jump by close to a third within five years.
Posted May 22, 2013

Mac’s Stocks Up on Beer, Wine and Spirits
Ontarians were able to rely on a few Mac’s agency c-stores over the holiday weekend for alcohol; other retailers are not allowed to sell alcohol under current law.​
Posted May 20, 2013

Mexico’s FEMSA Eyes Drug Store Expansion
One of the country’s largest convenience store chains is considering opening pharmacies.
Posted May 17, 2013

Visa Europe Caps Swipe Fees
The company made the offer to put an upper limit on credit card transaction charges to halt a probe by the European Union.
Posted May 15, 2013

Tesco and Asda Urge Beverage Makers to Cut Sugar
The ask comes as a preemptive move to keep the government from regulating sugary beverages.
Posted May 14, 2013

Convenience Retailers Converge at Insight NACS Event
Registration is open for the Insight NACS Future of Convenience event, which takes place in London on September 25 to 26.
Posted May 8, 2013

Ontario C-Stores Applauds Action on Contraband Tobacco
More than 70% of Ontarians recognize that contraband tobacco negatively impacts government revenues and increases organized crime and youth access to cigarettes.
Posted May 6, 2013

British Spend More on Food, Drinks for Home
The U.K. consumer is putting more money into food and beverages for at-home consumption.
Posted May 1, 2013

Taiwan Convenience Stores Focus on Fresh Food
7-Eleven and FamilyMart are beefing up their dining-out options.
Posted May 1, 2013

Scotland Tobacco Display Ban Takes Effect in Large Shops
The country joins England, Wales and Northern Ireland in banning the display of cigarettes and other tobacco products in large stores.
Posted Apr 30, 2013

Denmark Nixes Soft Drink Tax
Around since the 1930s, the soda tax will be fully eliminated by January 1, 2014.
Posted Apr 29, 2013

Vietnam Implements Antismoking Measures
The country wants to significantly lower smoking and control the sale of tobacco at retail.
Posted Apr 26, 2013

Sainsbury’s Goes Green
The U.K. convenience store chain has opened the country’s most environmentally friendly location.
Posted Apr 26, 2013

Manitoba Hikes Tobacco Taxes
The move has convenience store operators concerned about lost revenue.
Posted Apr 26, 2013

Japan’s FamilyMart Targets Philippines for Expansion
This year, the convenience store chain will aggressively open new stores in the country.
Posted Apr 24, 2013

U.K. C-Stores Lose Lunch Opportunities
Value and quality are needed for convenience stores in the U.K. to build lunchtime foodservice sales.
Posted Apr 23, 2013

Ontario Convenience Stores Launch Contraband Awareness Campaign
The association is upping its outreach about illegal cigarettes by taking it to the public.
Posted Apr 19, 2013

Fill Up and a Hair Cut
At the Tank & Cut in Germany, customers can get gasoline and a new look.
Posted Apr 17, 2013

Convenience Stores Thrive in Thailand
Boasting more than 12,000 locations, the country has become saturated with convenience stores.
Posted Apr 10, 2013

Fuel Efficient Cars Cause Gas Sales to Plummet in the U.K.
According to the Automobile Association, the drop in fuel sales translates to about 35 days of lost sales for U.K. retailers.
Posted Apr 9, 2013

Aldi Opens Convenience Store
The grocer is hoping to make inroads into the smaller store market. Meanwhile, U.K. convenience stores are snatching more wine sales.
Posted Apr 8, 2013

KFC Taps Into Mobile Payments
Pending success of a U.K. trial at 10 locations, the program could roll out across England and reach the U.S.
Posted Apr 8, 2013

Let There Be Light
French artist transforms two Dutch gas stations from the 1980s into works of art.
Posted Apr 5, 2013

Stronger Warnings on Tobacco Sold in India
A new law with tougher graphic cautions on tobacco products went into effect April 1.
Posted Apr 4, 2013

U.K. Government Considers Freezing Minimum Wage
The government would do so if the wage increases begin to hurt the economy.
Posted Apr 3, 2013

President Chain Store Seeks Growth in China, Philippines
Taiwan’s largest operator of 7-Eleven stores says it’s slowing the pace of overseas expansion and focusing more on the Chinese and Philippines markets.
Posted Apr 1, 2013

Turning Lawns Into Food Packaging
Scientists at the Bangor and Aberystwyth Universities have found a way to turn grass into food packaging trays that can be used for soft fruits such as plums and pears.
Posted Apr 1, 2013

India's Coffee Culture to Boost Global Bean Prices
The world's fourth-largest exporter of robusta coffee beans is reserving a growing percentage of its crop for local consumption.
Posted Mar 19, 2013

Tesco Purchases Giraffe Restaurant Chain
The grocery store chain plans to use the family restaurants to create "retail destinations."
Posted Mar 15, 2013

American Craft Beer Resonating Overseas
American craft beer exports surged 72% last year to an all-time sales record.
Posted Mar 14, 2013

C-Store Association Criticizes Canada's Citizen's Arrest Act
A new law would allow people to make a citizen's arrest after witnessing a crime, which could put c-store employees in danger.
Posted Mar 13, 2013

Global Foodservice Traffic Sluggish in Q4
During the last months of 2012, global foodservice was down but spending jumped in many countries.
Posted Mar 13, 2013

New Research Confirms Plain Packaging Fears
Australia's plain packaging law on all tobacco products is having a negative impact on small retailers.
Posted Mar 11, 2013

Ontario Convenience Stores Applaud Federal Action on Contraband Tobacco
The government is imposing greater enforcement and penalties for trafficking of contraband tobacco.
Posted Mar 8, 2013

QSRs Top Traditional Restaurant Sales in France
For the first time, nationwide QSR food sales in France have exceeded those of traditional restaurant meals.
Posted Mar 7, 2013

New South Wales Retailers Must Label Prepared Foods
Mandatory labeling requires that kilojoule (calorie) counts must be included on all ready-to-eat meals.
Posted Mar 6, 2013

Ontario Continues Fight Against Contraband Cigarette Trade
The illegal cigarette trade has flourished in the province, despite efforts by authorities to crack down.
Posted Mar 1, 2013

U.K. Grows Electric Vehicle Charging Locations
The government is increasing the number of plug-in points for electric cars.
Posted Feb 27, 2013

Russia Passes Smoking Ban
Both parliamentary houses approved the measure to ban smoking in public places.
Posted Feb 22, 2013

New Zealand Announces Plan for Plain Tobacco Packaging
Tobacco companies have already indicated that they will fight the measure.
Posted Feb 21, 2013

Morrisons Intensifies C-Store Growth
The U.K.'s fourth largest supermarket chain is boosting its c-store expansion plans, an effort to regain market share from its rivals.
Posted Feb 19, 2013

Trans-Canada Electric Expands EV Charging Station Network
Canadian companies are focusing on the country's current charging infrastructure to expand the number of electric vehicle charging stations.
Posted Feb 19, 2013

Tim Hortons Pilots Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
In Canada, the restaurant/QSR chain is partnering with Oakville Hydro and the town of Oakville on the project.
Posted Feb 15, 2013

Chinese C-Store Goes Undercover
The Lawson location has reinvented itself as a "Detective Conan" themed store.
Posted Feb 15, 2013

Australian McDonald's Offers Table Service, New Name
A franchise outside of Sydney is now offering table service, while several others have changed their signage to Macca's, a reference to its local nickname.
Posted Feb 12, 2013

UPS Launches U.K. Parcel Pickup in C-Stores
UPS Access Point gives customers the option to collect their online purchases in convenience stores and petrol stations.
Posted Feb 11, 2013

Health Canada Licenses Energy Shots
The health ministry has approved around 20 energy shot drinks, each containing between 100 milligrams and 200 milligrams of caffeine.
Posted Feb 6, 2013

Carrefour Plans C-Store Expansion
The European retailer could boost its network of convenience stores in France by 350 locations this year.
Posted Feb 4, 2013

U.K. Health Experts Urge "Fat Tax" for Soft Drinks
An alliance of 61 organizations is urging the British government to include the tax in the spring budget.
Posted Jan 30, 2013

New Brunswick Sued Over Alcohol Import Restrictions
A lawyer has sued the province over its 60-year old liquor rule that restricts how much alcohol citizens can import from other provinces.
Posted Jan 29, 2013

European Union Announces Ambitious Alternative Fuels Plan
The proposal would establish more alternative fuel distribution infrastructures across the European Union.
Posted Jan 28, 2013

Russia Drops Cigarette Sale Restrictions on Antismoking Bill
The public smoking ban remains, but the right to establish minimum prices for cigarettes was dropped.
Posted Jan 25, 2013

Walmart to Blanket Canada With Food
In response to Target's arrival, Walmart is expanding its fresh food offerings to each of its stores in Canada.
Posted Jan 24, 2013

Ontario Convenience Stores Keep Tobacco From Kids
Retailers are also asking the Canadian government for assistance during the country's National Non-Smoking Week.
Posted Jan 22, 2013

Canadian Convenience Stores Brace for Penny Expiration
The Canadian one-cent coin is set to expire on Feb. 4, but the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association expects confusion for both retailers and consumers.
Posted Jan 22, 2013

Don't Overlook Convenience
The majority of convenience stores in Australia are small businesses operated by those who employ their families and staff from the local area they serve.
Posted Jan 21, 2013

Australians Debate Soda Tax
A new campaign is trying to encourage less soda consumption while touting a tax on soft drinks.
Posted Jan 18, 2013

Krispy Kreme Goes to India
The company is getting set to open its first doughnut and coffeeshop in Bangalore.
Posted Jan 18, 2013

Spar UK Extends Private-Label Wine to C-Stores
The international retailer hopes to attract customers to its conveniences stores with two new California wines.
Posted Jan 18, 2013

Chinese Legislature Considers National Tobacco Control Law
The government is looking into the country's first measure of its kind that would restrict smoking and tobacco use.
Posted Jan 4, 2013

Ontario Launches Alcohol Kiosks
Beginning later this year, liquor and wine will be available at 10 LCBO Express kiosks.
Posted Jan 3, 2013

Canada Caps Caffeine in Energy Drinks
A new Health Canada rule forces manufacturers to reformulate 28 drinks, capping caffeine content at 180 mg per serving.
Posted Jan 2, 2013

U.K. Convenience Stores Nip at Grocery Stores Heels
Retailers are grabbing nearly as much share of the pound as supermarkets.
Posted Oct 31, 2012

Toronto Bag Ban Draws Stiff Opposition
Toronto plastic bag ban battle looms, with the Ontario Convenience Stores Association blasting proposed consultations as meaningless.
Posted Oct 29, 2012

Local U.K. Shops Not Yet Benefiting from Economic Growth
While the Office of National Statistics finds the economy trending up, small retailers in the United Kingdom are still struggling.
Posted Oct 26, 2012

Burger King to Expand Colombia Presence
The burger chain recently announced plans to open more than 100 restaurants in the South American country.
Posted Oct 26, 2012

Taiwan C-store Count Jumps 3.67%
This marks the second consecutive year of growth in the number of convenience stores.
Posted Oct 24, 2012

China's Love Affair With Fast Food Slumps
Coke, KFC and McDonald's sales have dropped after several years of growth.
Posted Oct 24, 2012

Tesco Repackages Fresh & Easy for U.K. Products
The U.S. brand is appearing on store shelves overseas, a move that surprises analysts.
Posted Oct 22, 2012

Burger King Selects Nescafé Milano for Specialty Coffee Blends
Burger King is responding to growing consumer demand for specialty coffee in Latin America and Caribbean markets.
Posted Oct 22, 2012

Manitoba Seizes Nearly 2 Million Contraband Cigarettes
The lucrative cigarette black market is contributing to the demise of small businesses in the province, including convenience stores.
Posted Oct 19, 2012

Couche-Tard Finalizes Statoil Purchase
The acquisition moves Couche-Tard into the oil business.
Posted Oct 19, 2012

Russia to Crack Down on Smoking
The prime minister is pushing a bill that would ban tobacco advertising and increase cigarette taxes.
Posted Oct 17, 2012

Contraband Tobacco Costs Greece Millions
The Greek state loses up to 400 million euros annually in tax revenue because of a thriving black market cigarette trade.
Posted Oct 15, 2012

C-Store Rivalry Heats Up
In Korea, competition within the convenience store industry is increasing among the country's top retailers.
Posted Oct 15, 2012

Canadian Merchants Scramble to Fend Off Dollar Stores
Many retailers had ignored the coming of discount stores like Walmart, but are now faced with stiff competition from that sector.
Posted Oct 10, 2012

Australia Tobacco Law Leaves Intellectual Property Rights Intact
The high court dismissed the case filed by international cigarette companies.
Posted Oct 8, 2012

Toronto Council Reconsiders Banning Plastic Bags
Last month, the Ontario Convenience Store Association had announced it would seek legal action to stop the ban.
Posted Oct 3, 2012

Tobacco Tax Increase Hits France
The French government has raised the tax by 6.5%, the first bump in the country since 2004.
Posted Oct 3, 2012

Eat Fresh...Veggies
Subway will soon open its fourth vegetarian location in India.
Posted Oct 3, 2012

Korea to Open First Hybrid Convenience Store-Pharmacy
Store comes just months after the South Korean government passed legislation to allow the sale of some non-prescription drugs at convenience stores and supermarkets.
Posted Oct 2, 2012

Court Hears Retailers Case on OFT News and Magazine Failure
The Association of Convenience Stores has called for the Office of Fair Trading to intervene or break up the newspaper and magazine supply monopoly.
Posted Oct 1, 2012

Ontario C-store Association Threatens Legal Action Over Bag Ban
The ban on plastic bags is scheduled to start January 1.
Posted Sep 27, 2012

Tesco Expands Online Reach
The U.K. grocer has rolled out more "dark stores" for its online grocery fulfillment centers.
Posted Sep 26, 2012

Swiss Not Neutral on Smoking Ban Referendum
Many residents are opposed to a nationwide smoking ban in public spaces.
Posted Sep 25, 2012

Toronto Gas Theft Fatality Prompts Calls for Prepay
Meanwhile, a gas theft increase in Australia has led to the creation of a registry to combat the problem.
Posted Sep 20, 2012

ACS Calls for Minimum Wage Freeze
According to the Association of Convenience Stores, most U.K. retailers would be negatively impacted by a higher national starting wage.
Posted Sep 19, 2012

Japanese Convenience Stores Pursue Growth
The three major c-store operators in the country posted record operating profits for the year ending in February 2012.
Posted Sep 18, 2012

Ontario Convenience Stores Applaud Anti-Contraband Tobacco Support
The major of Hamilton will encourage the Ontario Minister of Finance to increase efforts to help fight contraband tobacco.
Posted Sep 17, 2012

Northern Ireland Assembly Members Approve Tobacco Ad, Promo Ban
The new regulations are aimed at keeping young people from smoking.
Posted Sep 12, 2012

Canadian Government Over-Regulates C-Store Industry
Owners have to contend with more than 500 different federal and provincial laws and rules.
Posted Sep 12, 2012

U.K. Supermarkets Compete for Gas Station Business
Britain's supermarkets are offering steep discounts on gasoline, leading to tough times for many independent gas stations.
Posted Sep 11, 2012

Morrisons Shares Convenience Store Strategy
The supermarket group Wm Morrison is slated to launch 20 c-stores in the United Kingdom this year.
Posted Sep 7, 2012

McDonald's to Open First Vegetarian Outlet
Expansion in India is bringing a reassessment of dietary preferences, which has led to the first beef-less McDonald's restaurant in the world.
Posted Sep 6, 2012

France Considering Six Percent Tobacco Tax Increase
The government is also considering a one-time tax of 200 million euros ($250 million U.S.) on the tobacco industry to finance anti-smoking measures.
Posted Sep 6, 2012

Australia Rejects Ukraine WTO Challenge on Plain Packaging
The Eastern European country has requested that the World Trade Organization convene a panel on possible trademark infringement.
Posted Sep 5, 2012

Lawson Brews Success With Foodservice Sales
The Japanese chain is adding higher-margin foodservice items in an effort to boost earnings over the next five years. In India, Essar is also targeting new customers with products ranging from ice cream to tires and mobile phones.
Posted Sep 4, 2012

Ontario Retailers Push for Driver's License Modification
The change would make it easier to identify minors who attempt to purchase age-restricted products.
Posted Aug 31, 2012

BufferBox Takes On Amazon Locker
The Canadian startup company has partnered with Walmart and Google in an attempt to out gain traction for its own parcel delivery service.
Posted Aug 24, 2012

New Brunswick Tobacco Tax Revenue Outweighs Health Costs
Tobacco companies sued by New Brunswick over health-care costs argue that the province collected more on cigarette taxes than it paid to treat smoking-related illnesses.
Posted Aug 23, 2012

Copenhagen Plans to Be Smoke-Free by 2025
If the plan succeeds, about 4% of Copenhagen's citizens will be smokers, well below the 21% threshold of current smokers.
Posted Aug 22, 2012

Global Food Crisis Looms
The International Food Policy Research Institute calls on the U.S. to halt its biofuel production and instead funnel supplies to food producers.
Posted Aug 17, 2012

Australian Plain Packaging Upheld
The country's High Court ruled that the logo ban can go into effect as scheduled in December.
Posted Aug 16, 2012

British Columbia Experiences Influx of Counterfeit Bills
Bogus bills ranging from $20 to $100 are being "spent" in convenience stores, supermarkets and bars.
Posted Aug 15, 2012

Dunkin' Donuts Poised to Re-enter U.K.
The doughnut chain will likely return to Britain in 2013 as the first step in its European expansion plan.
Posted Aug 15, 2012

Smoke Won't Get in Your Eyes
The largest tobacco firms are investing in smoke-free alternatives.
Posted Aug 14, 2012

Tesco Brings Virtual Shopping to Busy Airport Terminal
Last week Tesco unveiled the U.K.'s first interactive virtual grocery store in Gatwick Airport's North Terminal.
Posted Aug 13, 2012

Statoil Stations Tests Parcel Pickup
Latvian Post is piloting a program that delivers packages to gasoline stations in Riga, Latvia.
Posted Aug 10, 2012

Conservatives Call for Revamp of Ontario Liquor Laws
The Liberals have continuously rebuffed proposals for convenience stores to stock beer and wine.
Posted Aug 10, 2012

Finalists for the Insight NACS International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award Revealed
The winner will be announced at the Insight/NACS Future of International Convenience Retailing 2012 in late September.
Posted Aug 9, 2012

Tesco Trials Virtual Shopping
The test is being conducted at Gatwick Airport.
Posted Aug 8, 2012

Ontario C-Stores Association Launches Billboard Campaign
The campaign aims to raise awareness about the penalties and negative impact of illegal cigarettes.
Posted Aug 2, 2012

EU Files Antitrust Complaint Against Visa Europe
The operator of the largest payment-card network in the European Union has been charged with "too high" credit card fees.
Posted Aug 1, 2012

Vindi Opens Its Doors in Costa Rica
The new brand of convenience stores by Auto Mercado is expected to compete with FreshWay and am/pm stores.
Posted Jul 30, 2012

OCSA Petitions for Alcohol Sales at C-Stores
A Toronto Star op-ed by Dave Bryans of the Ontario Convenience Store Association argues for the modernization of Ontario's liquor laws.
Posted Jul 26, 2012

New Zealand Cigarettes Now Out of Sight
The country's law also allows enforcement officers to immediately fine retailers $1,000 for selling tobacco to minors.
Posted Jul 24, 2012

Ikea Launches Beer Label
Ikea has introduced a private-label beer at its U.K. stores � no assembly required.
Posted Jul 19, 2012

Contraband Cigarettes Increasing in Europe
A new report found that one in 10 cigarettes sold in the European Union was illegal.
Posted Jul 18, 2012

Ministop Establishes Indonesian Presence
The Japanese-based convenience store operator will open at least 300 stores in the country by February 2018.
Posted Jul 16, 2012

Ontario Convenience Stores Association Praises Greater Sudbury City Council
Sudbury urges the Ontario Minister of Finance to increase resources to find contraband tobacco.
Posted Jul 13, 2012

Exxon Mobil Looks Into Selling German Esso Chain
Esso has more than 1,100 gasoline stations in Germany.
Posted Jul 11, 2012

European Airlines To Show Debit Card Fees
Twelve airlines have agreed to post debit card fees when displaying ticket prices so consumers know the full price of what they'll be charged.
Posted Jul 9, 2012

JTI Launches Plain Packaging Campaign
Japan Tobacco International's new ad campaign brings awareness to the potential consequences of standardized cigarette packs in the United Kingdom, including the proliferation of black market cigarettes.
Posted Jul 9, 2012

Extreme Makeover: Philippine 7-Eleven Stores
Philippine Seven Corp. is planning to add new stores and refurbish older sites to put more emphasis on foodservice.
Posted Jul 9, 2012

Japanese 7-Elevens Offer Home Delivery
Japanese 7-Eleven stores are increasing the concept of convenience by taking products directly to consumers via electric cars.
Posted Jul 6, 2012

U.S. Heat Wave to Lead to Rise in Global Food Prices
Already, some international grain prices have risen to highs last seen during the 2007-2008 food crisis.
Posted Jul 6, 2012

Cigarettes in Canada Display Graphic Labels
Images of cancerous mouths and emaciated lung cancer victims are two of 16 new graphic labels that now appear on tobacco products sold in Canada.
Posted Jun 21, 2012

Burger King Expands in China
The fast-food chain will be adding 1,000 franchised locations in the country during the next five to seven years.
Posted Jun 20, 2012

Mobile Payments Come to U.K. Vending Machines
In addition to accepting payments from NFC-enabled smartphones, connected vending machines will allow owners to send offers to customers when they are in the vicinity of the machines.
Posted Jun 19, 2012

South Korea Fuel Marketers Balk Over Discount Retailers
The Korea Oil Station Association (KOSA) said the country's gas station market is "supersaturated," and the government's plan to increase the number of discount stations ignores the financial crisis facing the industry.
Posted Jun 19, 2012

UAE Consumers Trend Toward Convenience Stores
Although big formats dominate the United Arab Emirates retail landscape, convenience formats help retailers expand their local footprint.
Posted Jun 18, 2012

Diplomats Launch Trade Disputes Against Australia
So far, Honduras and Ukraine have challenged the country's tobacco packaging laws before the World Trade Organization.
Posted Jun 15, 2012

NZ Needs to Raise Tobacco Tax 40% to Reach Goals
A health expert maintains that the country must raise taxes by 40% to reach its 2025 smoke-free target.
Posted Jun 12, 2012

England Retailer Earns U.K.'s First 5-Star Motorway Service Station Rating
In addition to sparkling clean bathrooms, the station employs onsite butchers who source beef and lamb from an adjacent farm.
Posted Jun 12, 2012

Imperial Oil Launches Esso Fuel Finder Mobile App
The app uses GPS technology to identify a user's location and highlight nearby Esso stations on an interactive Google map.
Posted Jun 8, 2012

Japanese Brewer Launches Soft-Serve Beer
Kirin adds frozen foam to its Ichiban Shibori beer, creating a taste sensation that resembles frozen yogurt.
Posted Jun 7, 2012

U.K. Transport Secretary Considers Forcing Lower Petrol Prices
The secretary said that retailers are not passing on wholesale price slashes on fuel to customers.
Posted Jun 4, 2012

Indonesia to Expand Network of Compressed Natural Gas Stations
Distributors will open 200 CNG stations over the next three years as part of the government's plan to move from oil to gas.
Posted Jun 4, 2012

7-Eleven Goes Native in Indonesia
The convenience store chain has found a loyal clientele by embracing the Indonesian culture.
Posted May 30, 2012

European Court Rejects MasterCard's Challenge on Card Fees
Last week the General Court dismissed an action brought by MasterCard against a Commission decision of 2007 prohibiting MasterCard's cross-border inter-bank fees.
Posted May 29, 2012

New Zealand Raises Tobacco Taxes by 40%
The government's goal is to snuff out tobacco use entirely by 2025.
Posted May 25, 2012

Ukraine Approves Smoking Ban
Parliament okayed a ban that prohibits smoking cigarettes, electronic cigarettes and hookahs in public places.
Posted May 25, 2012

Israel Launches First Electric Car Network
The concept offers an alternative to the traditional fixed battery charging station.
Posted May 24, 2012

North Korea Capital Sees a Boom in Gas Stations
Pyongyang has become home to more automobiles, which has fueled the growth of gasoline retailers.
Posted May 23, 2012

Canada Officials Crack Down on Illegal Smokes
In May alone nearly 25,000 cartons of contraband tobacco were seized before they could hit the Canadian market.
Posted May 21, 2012

BAT Counters Counterfeit Smokes With Discount Brand
The tobacco company's new discount label, Just Smokes, will compete with illegal counterfeit cigarettes in Australia.
Posted May 21, 2012

U.K. Health Experts Call for Soda Tax
The trio says that a 20% tax on soft drinks would help slim down U.K. residents.
Posted May 18, 2012

New Beverage Targets Your Health
In Japan, a new beverage is being called the world's first health-food soda.
Posted May 18, 2012

Study Offers Insights for Smothering Sales of Contraband Cigarettes
By analyzing the impact of tax and price changes on the cigarette market, policymakers can reduce the sales of illegal tobacco products in Canada.
Posted May 14, 2012

Windsor City Council Commits to Fighting Contraband Tobacco
In Canada, one town formalizes its fight against illegal tobacco, with OCSA offering strong support.
Posted May 11, 2012

Four Years Later, Contraband Tobacco in Canada Still a Problem
Coalition marks fourth anniversary of RCMP contraband tobacco strategy with a call for more action.
Posted May 9, 2012

Ontario to Launch Initiative Encouraging Motorists to Drive Electric
Ontario Transportation Minister Bob Chiarelli said the province will advance millions of dollars to encourage motorists to drive electric cars.
Posted May 8, 2012

EU Scrutinizes Visa, MasterCard for High Fees
The European Union's top antitrust regulator is fuming over the high fees paid by retailers to Visa and MasterCard.
Posted May 7, 2012

7-Eleven Thailand Offers Cutting-Edge Smartphone App
UntapTV and 7-Eleven unveil a new interactive cross-media marketing campaign in Thailand that is accessible through consumers' smartphones.
Posted May 7, 2012

Canadian Federal Excise Stamp Mandatory on Tobacco Products
The government made the announcement yesterday that all tobacco products must carry the federal excise stamp beginning July 1.
Posted May 2, 2012

Ontario C-Stores Applaud Crackdown on Illegal Tobacco Operation
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada Border Services Agency and the Ontario Ministry of Finance disrupted a major illegal tobacco manufacturing network operating from an Ontario warehouse.
Posted Apr 30, 2012

A customized burger contest at McDonald's Germany crowns the "Pretzelnator," a classic McDonald's hamburger sandwiched in a pretzel bun.
Posted Apr 26, 2012

New Zealand Officials Secretly Eyeing Huge Cigarette Tax Increase
Confidential government documents reveal a plan to increase the price per pack to $100, a strategy aimed at making the country smoke-free by 2025.
Posted Apr 24, 2012

Ontario Targets Flavored Tobacco
A proposal seeks to close loopholes in a 2010 law that sought to ban flavored tobacco products.
Posted Apr 24, 2012

Couche-Tard Plans European Expansion
The North American convenience store chain has made an offer to purchase a Norwegian-based convenience store and gasoline station chain.
Posted Apr 20, 2012

Canadian C-Stores Support Privatizing P.E.I. Liquor Sales
The Atlantic Convenience Store Association said c-stores are experienced in selling age-related products and expanding the base of alcohol retailers would lead to increased sales and profits for all.
Posted Apr 19, 2012

Tobacco Firms Have Their Day in Australian Court
The case involves whether the country can require cigarettes to be sold in plain packaging with graphic images.
Posted Apr 18, 2012

China Posts Double-Digit Gains in Foodservice
Around the globe, consumer spending on foodservice and store visits posted modest growth in the fourth quarter despite a rocky global economy.
Posted Apr 18, 2012

ACS Crime Survey Reveals Shocking Rise in Convenience Store Robberies
A new survey of U.K. convenience stores reveals a significant increase in employee theft and robberies.
Posted Apr 16, 2012

Consultation Begins on Plain Cigarette Packaging
Beginning today, the U.K. government is examining whether tobacco companies should be forced to sell products in plain packaging.
Posted Apr 16, 2012

Japanese C-Stores See Positive Signs of Growth
Japanese convenience stores are persevering after the 2011 earthquake that devastated the country.
Posted Apr 16, 2012

Eco-Friendly Bike Pedals Into Coffee Business
Entrepreneur Barbara Croce has turned her love of bikes and coffee into a successful mobile business venture.
Posted Apr 16, 2012

Canadians Flock to U.S. for Cheaper Gas
Canadians are paying more for gasoline than their U.S. neighbors, with the average price per gallon in Ontario at $5.06.
Posted Apr 12, 2012

Tobacco Display Ban Takes Effect
As of April 6, stores in England that are larger than 3,000 square feet are no longer allowed to display tobacco products to the general public.
Posted Apr 10, 2012

WTO Labels Flavored Cigarette Ban Discriminatory
The organization ruled that the prohibition violates a trade agreement.
Posted Apr 6, 2012

Canada Disses the Penny
The penny coin is being withdrawn from circulation in Canada because of its low purchasing power.
Posted Apr 2, 2012

Some U.K. Gasoline Stations Go Dark After Run on Fuel
The British government told drivers to fill up prior to a threatened British fuel tank driver strike.
Posted Mar 30, 2012

U.K. Supermarkets Target Smaller Footprints
Retailers such as Tesco are opening smaller convenience stores in town centers.
Posted Mar 28, 2012

Nations Crack Down on Tobacco Smuggling
More than 170 countries are close to signing a treaty that would help stop the proliferation of contraband tobacco.
Posted Mar 28, 2012

U.K. Food, Beverage Companies Slash Calories
Coca-Cola and Mars are among the firms that have signed the Responsibility Deal to help lower obesity in England.
Posted Mar 27, 2012

Imperial Tobacco Says It's a "Big Mistake" to Hike U.K. Tobacco Taxes
The government announced a tobacco tax increase that would jack up the tax to 5% above inflation.
Posted Mar 22, 2012

Extending Sunday Trade During Olympics Will Hurt Small U.K. Shops
The Association of Convenience Stores also takes the U.K. government to task over a proposed a minimum-wage hike.
Posted Mar 21, 2012

More Canadian Stations Considering Prepay
"Gas-and-dash" prompts discussions on mandating prepay at the pump in Prince Edward Island.
Posted Mar 20, 2012

Convenience Stores Rebound in Japan
A year after the earthquake, nuclear accident and tsunami, Japanese convenience stores have regained sales and profits.
Posted Mar 14, 2012

World's Most Bizarre Vending Machines
Vending machine sushi and medical marijuana are just some of the items available in the world's most bizarre vending machines.
Posted Mar 13, 2012

Sainsbury's Growing Online Food Business
British grocer is processing 165,000 orders a week, generating $1.2 billion annually in sales.
Posted Mar 13, 2012

Morrison to Open More Convenience Stores
An 8% profit spurs expansion plans for its smaller format shops.
Posted Mar 12, 2012

Brazil Gas Stations Coming Up Empty
Brazil truckers strike leads to thousands of stations running out of fuel.
Posted Mar 9, 2012

Starbucks to Revamp European Stores
Coffee giant to open 300 new stores in the U.K. while rolling out localized offerings, such as lighter espresso in France and cheaper drinks in Greece.
Posted Mar 5, 2012

India Restaurant Growth Explodes
The country may soon surpass China as the hottest market for restaurants.
Posted Feb 29, 2012

U.K. Shoppers Plan Fewer Trips Due to Rising Gas Prices
However, the reduction in shopping trips will likely benefit convenience stores.
Posted Feb 28, 2012

A Tobacco Cocktail?
Reduced via distillation, tobacco has become an ingredient in mixed drinks.
Posted Feb 22, 2012

Report Questions Benefits of Plain Cigarette Packaging
Adam Smith Institute calls the U.K.'s proposal to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes "profoundly illiberal" and one that sets a dangerous regulatory precedent.
Posted Feb 21, 2012

In China, EVs Could Be More Harmful Than Gas-Powered Cars
Researchers suggest that electric vehicles could be worse for the environment in China than gasoline-powered vehicles.
Posted Feb 20, 2012

Tunisian Gas Station Managers to Strike
The group will shutter service on February 25 unless the government steps up with a plan to halt illegal fuel trafficking.
Posted Feb 17, 2012

The Middle East Embraces Hypermarkets
Big supermarkets are making big investments in the United Arab Emirates.
Posted Feb 15, 2012

Tobacco Contraband Prevalence in U.K. Grows
Findings suggest that one in seven packs of cigarettes is contraband, resulting in billions of lost revenue a year in unpaid taxes as well as increased health risks for consumers.
Posted Feb 14, 2012

Future of Convenience 2012
Join retailers from around the globe in a look at what's on the horizon for our industry.
Posted Feb 8, 2012

U.K. Appellate Judges Shoot Down Display Ban Challenge
The justices have upheld the Scottish government's plan to prohibit open cigarette displays.
Posted Feb 3, 2012

U.S. QSRs, Coffee Brands Flourishing in the United Kingdom
Subway, McDonald's and Starbucks are planning to open hundreds of new stores and create more than 8,000 jobs over the next few years in the United Kingdom.
Posted Jan 31, 2012

Cigarette Prices in GCC Countries to Rise Sharply in 2012
Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates announced plans to impose a "health tax" that will tax cigarettes at roughly 100% of their value, beginning later this year.
Posted Jan 31, 2012

Mexicans Will Have More Starbucks Options in 2012
Operator Alsea expects to open 50 locations throughout the country.
Posted Jan 27, 2012

Mobile Payment Service Offers Premier Movie Experience
In Australia, a new mobile service takes waiting in line for popcorn out of the movie-going experience.
Posted Jan 26, 2012

Egyptian Gas Stations Run Short
Retailers have been receiving less than usual shipments of fuel for days.
Posted Jan 18, 2012

What Recession? Canadian Candy Retailers Living the Sweet Life
Canadians turn to candy stores for inexpensive pleasures.
Posted Jan 17, 2012

A Feminist Touch at the Pump
The Queen is the only Lebanese gas station operated by women.
Posted Jan 6, 2012

Tobacco Firms Shift Gears on U.K. Display Ban Challenge
The four companies had asked for a judicial review of the ban, but dropped the request after the government revised its plan.
Posted Jan 6, 2012

Mobs in Nigeria Angry Over Gas Price Hikes
The Nigerian government has decided to end a subsidy program that kept fuel costs low.
Posted Jan 4, 2012

24/7 Taiwan Convenience Stores Grow by 67%
The number of always-open locations has jumped to nearly 9,500 in a decade.
Posted Jan 4, 2012

France Soda Tax Takes Effect
The so-called "cola tax" adds a 1 euro cent to soft drinks.
Posted Jan 4, 2012

Wendy's Tests New Ultra-Modern Concept in Canada
Features include new menu items and a completely redesigned interior and exterior to help convey "fresh" and enhance the customer experience.
Posted Oct 31, 2011

India Embraces Fast Food
QSRs are finding great success in the country, as more global chains add traditional Indian ingredients and spices to their menu items.
Posted Oct 28, 2011

France Backs Soft Drink Tax
The proposal is considered a revenue generator and would be earmarked to help combat obesity.
Posted Oct 25, 2011

Northern Ireland Considers Big Box Store Tax to Aid Small Retailers
With its 17-percent store vacancy rate, Northern Ireland proposes a "large retailer levy," a plan that would redistribute funds via a business rate relief plan to small businesses.
Posted Oct 25, 2011

Tim Hortons Announces New Cup-to-Tray Recycling Program
The QSR becomes the first in Canada to "close the loop" and recycle its used cups into another product it uses, take-out-trays.
Posted Oct 24, 2011

Northern Ireland Loses �85 Million Annually to Contraband Tobacco
Criminals are raking in �29 million from illegal cigarettes.
Posted Oct 21, 2011

7-Eleven Plans Major Ontario Expansion
7-Eleven's presence in Canada would increase by nearly 50 percent.
Posted Oct 20, 2011

U.K. Retailers Urge Break Up of Publication Distribution Monopoly
Retailers express concerns over "worryingly low" availability and declining profitability.
Posted Oct 20, 2011

Irish Retailers Call Bag Tax "Unnecessary"
Opponents propose voluntary methods instead of a government mandate to ease the burden on retailers such a tax would incur.
Posted Oct 19, 2011

Lawson Plans China Growth
The Japanese convenience store operator is looking outside its home country for expansion opportunities.
Posted Oct 14, 2011

Fuel Deserts Proliferate Across United Kingdom
The number of gas stations in the U.K. continues to shrink, leading to regions with a scarcity of motor fuel options.
Posted Oct 13, 2011

Northern Ireland to Implement Single-Use Bag Tax
The Association of Convenience Stores strongly opposes the levy, which would disproportionately affect local shops.
Posted Oct 12, 2011

Canada Caps Caffeine in Energy Drinks
Health Canada limits the amount of caffeine per can of energy drink to 180 milligrams, roughly equivalent to the amount of caffeine in a medium cup of coffee.
Posted Oct 11, 2011

France Adds Tax on Sugary Soda
The country's so-called "fat tax" will increase the cost of sweetened beverages like Coca-Cola and Fanta by 3 Euro cents per liter.
Posted Oct 7, 2011

Australia Considers Plain Packaging for All Tobacco Products
The country's health minister is recommending the same plain, olive green tobacco packaging for chewing tobacco, cigars and cigarillos.
Posted Oct 5, 2011

Denmark Adds Tax on Fatty Foods
The country has applied a surcharge on all foods containing more than 2.3 percent of saturated fats.
Posted Oct 4, 2011

Ontario Government Muzzles Convenience Stores From Informing Public About Contraband Tobacco
The government tells retailers that they cannot display a poster featuring a closed convenience store within public view.
Posted Sep 30, 2011

Canada Reveals World's Largest, Most Graphic Cigarette Labels
Starting in mid-2012, the new labels will be over 75 percent of cigarette packaging.
Posted Sep 28, 2011

Canadian Convenience Stores Fighting for Survival
The Atlantic Convenience Stores Association says the government is not stepping up to help retailers.
Posted Sep 21, 2011

Tesco Adds Self-Checkout to European Stores
Customers at Tesco stores in eight countries globally are benefitting from less waiting and quicker speed of service with self-checkouts.
Posted Sep 19, 2011

Family Mart Reaches Earthquake Survivors With Mobile Convenience Stores
Three new mobile convenience stores are serving residents with groceries and other essentials.
Posted Sep 15, 2011

Indonesians Flock to 7-Eleven to See, Be Seen
With thumping techno music and free Wi-Fi, 7-Eleven is the go-to hot spot in Indonesia.
Posted Sep 15, 2011

Waitrose to Launch C-Store Trial With Shell
The trial later this year with Shell is part of a dedicated effort for the U.K. supermarket chain to expand into smaller outlets.
Posted Sep 13, 2011

Australian Convenience Stores Eye Alcohol Sales
Retailers say that alcohol sales will help offset the rising costs of utilities and labor.
Posted Sep 7, 2011

India Cigarette Tax Hike Could Encourage Smuggling
The increase in the value-added tax on cigarettes in Bengal raises concerns about smuggling and contraband sales across state borders.
Posted Sep 6, 2011

Tesco Withdraws From Japan
The U.K. supermarket chain put more than �250 million and eight years into its Japanese venture.
Posted Sep 2, 2011

Taiwan C-store Chain Told to Halt Travel Service to China
Last month, FamilyMart debuted a service that processed travel applications to China.
Posted Sep 2, 2011

Beer Without the Buzz
Non-alcohol versions of beer are taking off in Europe.
Posted Aug 31, 2011

Libya To Resume Oil Production
The country produced 1.6 million barrels of oil a day before an uprising against Gaddafi erupted in February.
Posted Aug 29, 2011

Northern Ireland Pushes Tobacco Display Ban
The display ban could begin as early as spring 2012; the Health Minister also plans to ban cigarette vending machines.
Posted Aug 25, 2011

"Clean Up on Aisle Five - and the ER!"
Morrisons is developing plans for in-store surgeries.
Posted Aug 24, 2011

Japanese Convenience Store Record Huge Sales Jump in July
Heat wave contributes to a 9.5% sales increase.
Posted Aug 24, 2011

Magazine Sections Shrinking in Canadian Convenience Stores
Wholesalers need to provide more in-store service to help revive the category, says one Canadian c-store executive.
Posted Aug 23, 2011

Coalition Opposes Australia's Plain Tobacco Packaging Bill
The group says the legislation would give the government authority to alter trademark provisions.
Posted Aug 17, 2011

British Town Cracks Down on Counterfeit Cigarettes
Aggressive tactics, including random stops and undercover store surveillance, lead to seizures of thousands of counterfeit cigarettes.
Posted Aug 16, 2011

Spar Launches New Economy Private Label
The S Budget private label will hit the U.K., following successful responses to the new range in other countries across Europe.
Posted Aug 15, 2011

7-Eleven Australia Reaches 500-Store Milestone
Since the first 7-Eleven store in Australia opened in 1977, the business has been opening an average of 15 new stores per year.
Posted Aug 15, 2011

U.K. Minimum Wage Hikes Harms Retailers
The Association of Convenience Stores said independents are hurting because of changes to the national minimum wage.
Posted Aug 12, 2011

Ontario Gas Stations Coming Up Dry
Gas shortages in Nova Scotia have spread to Ontario stations.
Posted Aug 11, 2011

U.K. Businesses Face "Huge" Costs Associated With Riots
Damage costs are expected to run into the tens of millions of dollars; some retailers will be unable to reopen.
Posted Aug 11, 2011

Britain Considers Smoking Ban in Parks, Cars
"Zero-tolerance" zones will be created under new laws.
Posted Aug 10, 2011

Canadian Retailers Seek Delay of Minimum Wage Increase
Prince Edward Island's minimum wage is increasing rapidly and is scheduled to hit $10 per hour by next April, a rise that some predict will lead to c-store closures.
Posted Aug 9, 2011

Britain to Lower Taxes on Low-Alcohol Beer
England will lower taxes on low strength (2.8 percent or less alcohol) beer by 50 percent, which is prompting brewers to develop new recipes.
Posted Aug 9, 2011

Australian Tobacco Industry Wants Packaging Extension
The companies say it will not be able to meet the July 1, 2012, deadline, to have plain packaging for its cigarettes.
Posted Aug 5, 2011

Nova Scotia Gas Shortages Continue
With the Imperial Oil refinery inoperable since July 21, some stations have run out of gas.
Posted Aug 4, 2011

Canadian Retailers Realize Sharp Drop in Gas Theft
Coordinated approach among police and gas station personnel has led to a dramatic decrease in gas theft in Moncton, New Brunswick.
Posted Jul 28, 2011

Ontario Consumers Voice Approval for Better Beer and Wine Access
Sixty percent of consumers surveyed said they want more access to their soft alcohol purchases, which currently are limited to government-run LCBO stores and The Beer Stores.
Posted Jul 28, 2011

British Beer Sales Drop to 14-Year Low
The British Beer & Pub Association attributes the sharp drop to rising beer taxes, which have increased 35.4 percent since March 2008.
Posted Jul 28, 2011

South Korea Considers "Alternative Stations" to Curb High Prices
The "alternative gas stations" would sell fuel at lower prices in an effort to help curb rising energy prices.
Posted Jul 27, 2011

Food Prices to Stay High
Underinvestment and climate change are responsible for global food prices remaining high.
Posted Jul 26, 2011

Opinion: Raising Cigarette Taxes Will Help Illegal Trade
The Canadian Convenience Stores Association contends that higher cigarette taxes decreases business for retailers.
Posted Jul 25, 2011

Strike One for Starbucks
In a first for the coffee giant, Chilean workers strike for higher pay, benefits.
Posted Jul 19, 2011

Higher Cigarette Taxes Don't Deter Smoking
A new Canadian study found that smokers are largely unfazed by tax hikes on cigarettes.
Posted Jul 18, 2011

Australia Edges Closer to World's Most Restrictive Tobacco Law
As Australia moves to implement the most restrictive tobacco regulations in the world, Both Philip Morris and BAT have warned that they could pursue legal action against the Australian government.
Posted Jul 11, 2011

U.K. Convenience War Heats Up
With a new c-store format opened just last week, U.K. supermarket chain Wm Morrison is not alone in the battle for c-store format dominance.
Posted Jul 11, 2011

British Supermarkets Eye Convenience Stores as Growth Areas
Asda, J Sainsbury, Wm Morrison and Tesco all have plans to expand or launch smaller locations.
Posted Jul 7, 2011

Philip Morris Files for Compensation in Australia
The tobacco company is seeking billions of dollars in compensation from new rules that would require plain cigarette packaging.
Posted Jul 1, 2011

Operation Freeze Speaks Positively to Youth
The Ontario Provincial Police have teamed up with Mac's Convenience Stores to reward positive behavior in young people this summer.
Posted Jul 1, 2011

Waitrose Intensifies C-Store Push
The U.K.-based retailer has upped its initial goal of 300 convenience stores to 500.
Posted Jun 30, 2011

Carrefour Rebrands Smaller C-Stores
The world's second-largest retailer is rebranding16 of its Carrefour Express stores to Carrefour Market.
Posted Jun 27, 2011

Coffee Demand Brews in China
High-end coffee is big business in China, with Starbucks looking to add more than 1,000 new stores in the country by 2015.
Posted Jun 23, 2011

Imperial Tobacco Canada Sues First Nations Tobacco Manufacturers, Retailers
The $1.5 billion lawsuit claims the tribes operate without adhering to laws and regulations governing tobacco.
Posted Jun 21, 2011

Kiwis Look Forward to Foodservice and Fuel
New Zealanders will soon enjoy dining at Subway restaurants while shopping Mobil On the Run convenience stores.
Posted Jun 20, 2011

Imperial Tobacco Slashes Prices in Spain
The company is attempting to stem profit losses after a weak economy and new smoking restrictions have cut down volume.
Posted Jun 14, 2011

Canadian C-Store Operator Bans Hoodies
The retailer says he implemented the new rule to keep his workers safe.
Posted Jun 14, 2011

Lawson, Yahoo Japan Offer Joint Shopping Service
The smartphone service will also direct users to nearby Lawson convenience stores.
Posted Jun 10, 2011

Deadly E. Coli Strain Plagues Europe
The World Health Organization says that this particular E. coli strain is a "mutant" strain that has never been seen before.
Posted Jun 3, 2011

Alberta Police Call for Pay-First Gas Pumps
Thanks to an increase in fuel theft, the Association of Police Chiefs wants to mandate prepay pumps.
Posted Jun 2, 2011

Canadian Restaurants Branch Out to Food Shops
For restaurateurs, retail is a natural extension while their customer base is a natural fit for the retail experience.
Posted Jun 2, 2011

Canadian Convenience Stores Good at Restricting Beer Sales to Minors
Convenience stores had the highest success rate in keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors.
Posted Jun 1, 2011

Australian Parliament Backs Anti-Smoking Laws
Australia is on tap to pass one of the world's toughest smoking laws.
Posted Jun 1, 2011

Smoking in U.K. Could Vanish by 2050
Analysts found that the declining trends could mean smoking would "virtually disappear" by mid-century in Britain.
Posted May 27, 2011

U.K. Convenience Stores Realize Strong Gains
Sales at Britain's convenience stores rise 4.9 percent to $52.57 billion.
Posted May 26, 2011

Japanese Natural Disasters Cause Drastic Decline in Foodservice Traffic
Double-digit traffic declines follow the earthquake and its aftermath.
Posted May 24, 2011

In Canada, Manitoba Revamps Liquor Laws
Kiosks to go in food stores � 38 changes in liquor laws.
Posted May 24, 2011

Canadian C-Stores Ask Ontario to Stop Using Underage Teens in Tobacco Stings
The Ontario Convenience Stores Association say that the province recruits minors to mystery shop cigarette purchases.
Posted May 20, 2011

Australia's Tobacco Firms Threaten Price Cuts
If plain packaging is implemented, Australia's tobacco industry is threatening to cut the price of cigarettes if it is forced to remove branding from packets.
Posted May 18, 2011

McDonald's Shaking Up European Food Ordering
The change is part of the company's strategy to woo cash-strapped customers with added convenience.
Posted May 17, 2011

Tobacco Retailers Denounce Plain Cigarette Packaging Policy
Plain cigarette packaging is doing "more harm than good'," according to Australia retailers.
Posted May 5, 2011

Tap-and-Go Payments on the Rise in UK
Within the next few weeks, the first mobile phones that allow consumers to tap-and-go will go on sale in England.
Posted May 3, 2011

China's Smoking Ban Started Yesterday
Smoking is now outlawed in some public places, such as restaurants, buses and bars, but does not encompass workplaces.
Posted May 2, 2011

McDonald's Plans Big Expansion in China
The burger chain will open 700 new locations in the country within two years.
Posted Apr 29, 2011

British Consumers Walking to Stores More
Shoppers in the United Kingdom are visiting small, local shops within walking distance.
Posted Apr 28, 2011

C-Stores Threatened by Swipe Fees, Contraband Tobacco
Canadian Convenience Stores Association urges members to band together to try to bring about industry change.
Posted Apr 27, 2011

U.K. C-stores Mad About Sunday Trading Suggested Change
The owners of small stores are angry about the government's attempt to end current Sunday trading laws.
Posted Apr 20, 2011

Nigerian Election Results Cause Riots
Hundreds are injured during protests after President Goodluck Jonathan is declared the winner.
Posted Apr 20, 2011

High Gasoline Prices Drive U.K. Consumers to the Web
With gasoline prices in England continuing to climb, U.K. residents are increasingly staying home and shopping on the web, conserving fuel.
Posted Apr 19, 2011

Japan 7-Eleven Refits 5,000 Stores With Power-Saving Bulbs
The change is part of a 10 billion yen initiative to counter expected power problems in parts of the country this summer.
Posted Apr 18, 2011

Taiwan C-Stores To Sell Railway Tickets
Four convenience store chains have won the right to sell train tickets to travelers.
Posted Apr 15, 2011

Gas Price Increases Cost Canadians $950 More Per Year
Consumer spending in most categories is expected to fall, with fuel consumption projected to remain stable.
Posted Apr 14, 2011

Australia Reveals New Cigarette Packaging
Parliament will vote later this year on packaging graphics that depict rotting teeth and diseased eyes.
Posted Apr 8, 2011

New Brunswick Retailers Say Gas Regs Putting Them Out of Business
Since provincial price regulations went into effect in 2006, 17 percent of gasoline stations have closed, and profit margins for fuel have dropped substantially.
Posted Apr 7, 2011

British American Tobacco to Create 'Safer' Nicotine Products
The company will work on developing nicotine products without tobacco for consumers who want options to cigarettes.
Posted Apr 6, 2011

In U.K., Post Office Locals Address Urgent Needs
The government wants to replace current sub-post offices with Post Office Local outlets in convenience stores and supermarkets.
Posted Apr 5, 2011

U.K. Soft Drink Sales Jump 7.5 Percent
The increase in 'top up' shopping and single serve soft drinks sales is great news for convenience store retailers.
Posted Mar 31, 2011

McDonald's Spices Up Indian Market
The QSR is launching a range of new McSpicy products in India that are tailored to customer taste buds.
Posted Mar 30, 2011

Tobacco Taxes Expected to Boost Canada's Black Market Trade
New Brunswick Finance Minister Blaine Higgs appeals to the public to smoke lawfully traded cigarettes.
Posted Mar 29, 2011

Full-Service Stations Fading Into Yesteryear
The Edmonton Journal highlights the demise of the full-service gas station from Edmonton's retail landscape.
Posted Mar 29, 2011

Imperial Tobacco Hurt by Smoking Ban in Spain
The country is one of the tobacco company's largest markets.
Posted Mar 28, 2011

New Brunswick Raises Gas and Cigarette Taxes
The Canadian province increases cigarette taxes $1.31 per pack and gasoline taxes 11 cents per gallon.
Posted Mar 24, 2011

Convenience Stores in China Provide Healthier Meals
Country's top three convenience stores commit to lower sodium, fewer calories in their popular meal boxes.
Posted Mar 22, 2011

FDA to Increase Inspections of Food From Japan
Agency to assess radiation risks from imported products, including seafood, snack items and processed produce.
Posted Mar 22, 2011

UK Tobacco Display Ban, Plain Packaging Requirement Move Forward
Display ban affects big shops next April and small shops in April 2015. Meanwhile, a plain packaging proposal is also gaining momentum.
Posted Mar 11, 2011

Canadian C-Store Owners Blast Parliament's Failure to Address Contraband Tobacco
While the government proposed curbs on the use of flavoring agents, it failed to address contraband sales.
Posted Mar 11, 2011

McDonald's Global Sales McRising
McCaf�, premium beef campaign, and "Big Tasty" promotion help fuel growth.
Posted Mar 10, 2011

Canadians Brace for Huge Beer Price Hike
Rising cost of barley will result in higher beer prices across Canada.
Posted Mar 10, 2011

Australian Banks Prepare for Credit Card Fee Fight
The government plans to get rid of over-the-limit credit card fees, among other things.
Posted Mar 9, 2011

All U.K. Smokes To Begin Dressing Down
Britain is expected to announce strict new packaging rules for tobacco this week, requiring cigarette packets to be stripped of graphics and logos and to include only health warnings
Posted Mar 8, 2011

Smaller Stores Caught in Supermarket Pricing War
Australia's supermarket pricing wars are threatening the survival of the country's convenience stores.
Posted Mar 8, 2011

ZOOM and Pronto Expand Middle East Footprint
The to companies will rely on franchisees to expand their convenience store presence in the Middle East.
Posted Mar 8, 2011

Tim Hortons Launches Real Fruit Smoothies
New product is being touted as a good-for-you option for on-the-go customers.
Posted Mar 4, 2011

Aussie C-Stores Take Big Hit as Smokers Turn to Black Market
The Australian Association of Convenience Stores' State of the Industry Report notes that $1.1 billion in excise taxes are being avoided as a result of illegal cigarette sales.
Posted Mar 3, 2011

Tesco Direct Eyes Pick Up of Web Orders at C-Stores
British supermarket chain is reportedly considering plans to allow its customers to pick up orders place via the Internet at its network of convenience stores.
Posted Mar 1, 2011

Ontario C-Stores Want Alcohol Sales To Be Part of Liquor Law Discussions
Opinion polls show that Ontarians want greater convenience when buying beer and wine.
Posted Feb 28, 2011

Nyet! Russia to Curb Strong Beer
Bill would ban beers stronger than five percent alcohol from outdoor kiosks, airports, and train stations, as well as in stores between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m.
Posted Feb 24, 2011

Canada Proposal: Warnings on Tobacco Packages
Nearly every panel of a cigarette pack, both inside and out, would be covered with graphic images and health warnings, under a proposed regulation.
Posted Feb 22, 2011

Monthly Visitors to Japanese C-Stores Tops One Billion
Japan's convenience store sales rose 5.1% in January.
Posted Feb 22, 2011

France to Probe Swipe Fees
France's Finance Minister has asked lawmakers to investigate the fees charged to merchants by banks and credit card companies on purchases made with plastic.
Posted Feb 22, 2011

Energy Drink Industry Fires Back Against Report
Refreshments Canada says new report spreads misinformation; maintains energy drinks aren't recommended for children anyway and shouldn't be regulated.
Posted Feb 17, 2011

Uproar Over Israel's Gas Tax Increase Leads to Price Cut
Mass public criticism over the increase of Israel's gas tax prompts the country's Prime Minister and Finance Minister to rescind the tax.
Posted Feb 16, 2011

Ontario Official: Beer Is Too Expensive
Canadian official says, if elected, he'll seek to lower beer prices.
Posted Feb 10, 2011

Canadian Beer Industry May Prompt Delays in Labeling Rules
Canada's beer industry opposes Canada's new labeling requirement, arguing it is cost prohibitive to implement, especially for smaller brewers.
Posted Feb 8, 2011

Tim Hortons Announces Middle East Expansion Plans
The company reached an agreement for up to 120 multi-format restaurants over five-years in Gulf Cooperation Council markets.
Posted Feb 8, 2011

7-Eleven Japan Embraces Environment With New Stores
The convenience store chain has added many eco-friendly features to new locations.
Posted Feb 7, 2011

Czechs to Raise Tobacco Taxes
The legislature approved a proposal to increase taxes on cigarettes and tobacco products to generate state revenue.
Posted Feb 7, 2011

McDonald's Canada Offers More for the Breakfast Crowd
The QSR chain has launched fresh baked buttermilk biscuits and extended breakfast hours to 11:00 am.
Posted Feb 4, 2011

Coke Brand Breaks Billion Dollar Barrier in China
Minute Maid Pulpy becomes Coke's 14th brand to achieve at least $1 billion in sales.
Posted Feb 3, 2011

Wendy's Moves Into Argentinean Market
A new agreement with DEGASA will bring 50 Wendy's quick-service restaurants to Argentina over the next 10 years.
Posted Jan 28, 2011

Scottish Tobacco Display Ban Delayed by Legal Appeal
The ban was supposed to start for big retailers in October.
Posted Jan 26, 2011

World Leaders at U.N. To Discuss Junk Food Ad Ban
The World Health Organization (WHO) said heads of state would use part of the U.N. General Assembly's September meeting in New York to discuss restricting junk food advertising to children.
Posted Jan 25, 2011

Red Bull Reports Sales of More than 4 Billion Cans Globally Last Year
Shifts focus to Brazil, India and China after best year in its history.
Posted Jan 25, 2011

U.K. Mandates Minimum Prices for Alcohol
Stores no longer will be allowed to sell alcohol as a loss leader.
Posted Jan 20, 2011

Europeans Embrace Networking Breakfasts
In Europe, businessmen and women are turning breakfast into the new power lunch, but the noontime meal still holds its appeal to many in the art world.
Posted Jan 19, 2011

Conflict of Laws: First Nation Seeks Return of Seized Smokes
Montana First Nation maintains reserve tobacco sales fall under federal statute, which means provincial laws don't apply.
Posted Jan 18, 2011

Japanese McDonald's Dishes Piled-High Burgers
The fast-food chain offers beefier versions of its traditional burgers.
Posted Jan 17, 2011

Indians Will Soon Drink Starbucks Coffee
The coffeehouse chain teamed up with Tata Coffee to launch its first store in India.
Posted Jan 17, 2011

Oh Canada! You're Getting Target Stores!
Much like the United States, the rivalry between Walmart and Target isn't expected to stop at the border.
Posted Jan 14, 2011

Chinese Dealers Start Hoarding Tobacco
Last month, the Chinese government announced plans to increase the tobacco tax this year.
Posted Jan 12, 2011

Record Revenue at Taiwan Convenience Stores
7-Eleven stores experienced a 12.7 percent jump in sales and Taiwan FamilyMart had a 9.6 percent increase last year.
Posted Jan 12, 2011

U.K. Retailers Beef Up Security as Gas Prices Increase
A recent fuel tax increase in Britain has brought an increase in drive-offs and fill-ups by those claiming to have forgotten their money.
Posted Jan 11, 2011

A Smokeless U.K. by 2050?
Smoking could "virtually disappear" in England by 2050, according to research by Citigroup.
Posted Jan 11, 2011

Italy Enacts Plastic Bag Ban
The country becomes the first in Europe with a nationwide prohibition against plastic bags.
Posted Jan 10, 2011

Global Food Prices Reach Record High
Price spike triggers fears of repeating the 2007-08 crisis, when food riots erupted in Haiti and Bangladesh.
Posted Jan 6, 2011

U.K. Reveals Healthy Eating Promotion
The government will give citizens vouchers for discounts on healthy foods to combat obesity.
Posted Jan 5, 2011

Ottawa to Increase Cigarette Pack Warning Labels
Anti-smoking message will cover 3/4 of cigarette packages, feature iconic cancer victim.
Posted Jan 4, 2011

U.K. Fuel Protests Looming
Farmers, taxi drivers, jobbers and consumers lobby against fuel tax increase.
Posted Jan 4, 2011

U.K. Beer Sales See Big Drop
Beer sales dropped 9.7 percent in the third quarter, hit by wet weather and the end of soccer's World Cup.
Posted Oct 28, 2010

Chavez Calls Citgo 'Bad Business'
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez stops short of saying the company is for sale.
Posted Oct 27, 2010

Thousands of Retailers Say No to Tobacco Display Ban
The Association of Convenience Stores has organized an aggressive postcard campaign voicing opposition to an imminent tobacco display ban.
Posted Oct 26, 2010

An Early Christmas?
In a bid to get a strong start on what is expected to be a fierce battle among U.K. supermarkets, Tesco launches its Christmas campaign three weeks early.
Posted Oct 26, 2010

Energy Drinks Likely to Go Off Tap Down Under
Australia's government is expected to ban pubs from selling energy drinks on tap.
Posted Oct 26, 2010

Spain to Ban Smoking in Cafes, Bars
A bill okayed by parliamentary commission will bring the country more in line with other Western European nations.
Posted Oct 25, 2010

C-Stores Demand Freeze on New Regulation and Taxation on Legal Tobacco
Canadian Convenience Stores Association applauds Federal and Qu�bec government shift in tobacco strategy to focus ?on contraband but warns new taxation, regulation will foil efforts.
Posted Oct 22, 2010

French Government Vows to Keep Gasoline Flowing
Sarkozy deploys police to dismantle blockades, as more than one million protesters have marched in over 250 demonstrations across France.
Posted Oct 21, 2010

Gasoline Pumps Run Dry in France
The French government has begun using emergency fuel reserves as the strikes continue.
Posted Oct 20, 2010

McNuptials: Hong Kong McDonald's to Offer Wedding Ceremonies
Hong Kong McDonald's outlet to offer wedding packages that start at $4 a plate.
Posted Oct 19, 2010

Taiwan 7-Eleven Competes With Travel Agencies
Taiwan travel agencies protest sale of air tickets at convenience stores.
Posted Oct 19, 2010

U.K. Considers Capping Interest Rates on Credit, Store Cards
British lawmakers are considering ways to address "unfair bank charges," an effort to produce "fairer" consumer practices.
Posted Oct 19, 2010

Promotions Make Up Record 37% of U.K. Grocery Sales
U.K. supermarkets are getting an early jump on sales promotions of Christmas-related food and beverages, an effort to drive store traffic.
Posted Oct 14, 2010

European Commission Prepares EU Smoking Ban Legislation
The commission will introduce a measure to prohibit smoking in public places next year.
Posted Oct 13, 2010

First Nations Start Challenge of Provincial Tobacco Tax Restriction
Canada's First Nations people allege treaty breach in Saskatchewan's passage of a law that limits their tax-exempt cigarette purchases.
Posted Oct 12, 2010

Seoul Looks to Curb Super-supermarkets
South Korean lawmakers are working on legislation that would restrict large, urban supermarkets, a blow to retailers like Tesco.
Posted Oct 12, 2010

British Shopkeepers Fearful Over Cigarette Display Ban
Independent retailers believe the cost of converting fixtures to hide cigarettes will be cost-prohibitive, sending business to larger stores.
Posted Oct 8, 2010

OCSA Supports Ban on Youth Tobacco Purchasing and Possession
OCSA: "Common sense legislation" places similar youth restrictions on tobacco as it has for alcohol.
Posted Oct 7, 2010

Tesco Plans to Double U.S. Expansion Rate of Fresh & Easy Stores
The company announced plans for roughly 400 stores in California within two years and predicted its U.S. stores would turn a profit by 2013.
Posted Oct 7, 2010

Russia to Launch Anti-Smoking Policies
The government will ban tobacco ads and smoking in public by 2015.
Posted Oct 6, 2010

U.K.'s First Drive-Thru Supermarket
Tesco now offers drive-up convenience for a small fee � perfect for those who want a designated time for grocery pickups.
Posted Oct 5, 2010

Holy Smokes! Japan Raises Cigarette Tax by 40%
Smoke-friendly Japan implements giant excise tax hike, in a country where nearly one-third of all males smoke.
Posted Oct 5, 2010

Northern Ireland to Ban Tobacco Displays
Retailers think the move will send more smokers to buy their tobacco underground.
Posted Oct 4, 2010

Group Calls on Ottawa to Take Tougher Anti-Smoking Measures
Canada's smoking decline has slowed, and the Canadian Cancer Society is calling on Ottawa to take tougher steps to discourage smoking.
Posted Sep 30, 2010

September Unexpectedly Strong for U.K. Retailers
Survey points to rising consumer confidence with strong demand for goods from wholesalers.
Posted Sep 30, 2010

Two Slurpees, a Dozen Donuts and a Plane Ticket to Taipei
Taiwan 7-Eleven stores are now selling domestic flight tickets.
Posted Sep 28, 2010

National Post Takes Readers Inside Canada's Cigarette Black Market
The newspaper has written a five-part series detailing Canada's secret underground tobacco industry.
Posted Sep 24, 2010

Tesco's American Vision
A former executive reveals Sir Terry Leahy's original ideas for Tesco's U.S. entry included a 10,000-unit convenience store chain.
Posted Sep 21, 2010

U.K. Bottle Deposit Plan "Too Costly"
The Association of Convenience Stores thinks a refundable deposit on bottled drinks also would cause too much trouble for retailers.
Posted Sep 20, 2010

Lawson Will Open 130 Convenience Stores in China in 2011
The Japanese chain will shell out $50 million to increase its Chinese store count.
Posted Sep 16, 2010

Tesco Plans Convenience Store Chain Overseas
The U.K. retailer will make a push to open stores on the franchise model.
Posted Sep 15, 2010

U.K. Grocer Expands to Smaller Format
Morrisons will join the ranks of Tesco and Sainsbury to offer customers a smaller, convenience store format with a focus on fresh foods.
Posted Sep 10, 2010

Canada Looks at Biofuel Blend Rules
Soon, Canadian fuel producers and distributors will need to mix renewable fuels into products to meet a 5 percent quota.
Posted Sep 8, 2010

Cigarette Demand Soars in Japan
With the country set to raise tobacco taxes starting October 1, many smokers are stocking up and retailers are cashing in.
Posted Sep 8, 2010

Brits Dry Out
Alcohol consumption in Britain records its steepest year-over-year drop since 1948.
Posted Sep 7, 2010

French QSR Chain Catering to Muslim Diet Set to Expand
Quick chain to boost the number of its French halal-only locations to 22 after a successful trial run.
Posted Sep 7, 2010

Wasn't This a Cheers Episode?
Coca-Cola's new ingredient is kale (in Japan).
Posted Sep 7, 2010

A Tale of Two Cities
More than ever, U.S. consumers are split into two spending camps: the haves and have-nots.
Posted Sep 1, 2010

Study Highlights Canadian-U.S. Shopper Distinctions
New study points out sharp distinctions between U.S. and Canadian shoppers.
Posted Aug 26, 2010

Chinese Consumers Reluctant to Spend
Western companies have been counting on China to deliver solid economic growth numbers, but the country's consumers are big savers, with two-thirds of city residents holding on to at least one-quarter of their income.
Posted Aug 26, 2010

Waitrose Considers Convenience Store Sub-Brand
Waitrose is considering creating a dedicated branding for its convenience stores as it gears up for expansion.
Posted Aug 24, 2010

Shell Takes Argentina to Court Over Fuel Price Ban
The refiner of nearly 15 percent of Argentina's fuel is suing the government over a ban that prevents fuel producers from increasing prices in the country.
Posted Aug 24, 2010

Tesco Unveils Drive-Thru Concept
Customers shop online and then pickup their groceries during a scheduled two-hour window.
Posted Aug 24, 2010

Japanese Convenience Store Sales Grow for First Time in 14 Months
Stronger yen yields price cuts for imports, a boon for consumers and Japan's retailers.
Posted Aug 23, 2010

China's Addiction to Smoking
WHO said the country's smoking epidemic is "as serious as SARS." Meanwhile, Egypt launches an ambitious campaign to curb smoking through higher tobacco taxes and an indoor smoking ban.
Posted Aug 18, 2010

Ontario Convenience Stores Association Appeals to Ontario's Premier for Lottery Support
The Ontario government is seeking to offer all forms of gaming online, a move that OCSA maintains will have a significant and detrimental impact on convenience store traffic.
Posted Aug 17, 2010

Japanese Smoking Rate Drops for 15th Year in a Row
The adult smoking rate fell to just below 24 percent.
Posted Aug 16, 2010

Quiznos Charts Course for Global Growth
Sandwich QSR seeks franchisees with local infrastructure, business expertise.
Posted Aug 12, 2010

Eastern Progress: Wendy's/Arby's to Open 180 QSRs in Russia
Russia's meat-eating culture offers strong sales potential, a Wendy's executive said.
Posted Aug 12, 2010

Moisturizing While Driving
Nissan considers adding vitamin C to the air conditioning feature of some models to give drivers softer skin.
Posted Aug 9, 2010

South Korean Retailers Use New Services to Reel in Customers
Convenience stores there have expanded their services to include things like sending and receiving packages.
Posted Aug 4, 2010

Philip Morris Raises Prices Overseas
The price increases have helped Philip Morris make up for falling shipments in struggling economic regions of the European Union.
Posted Jul 23, 2010

Calgary Shell Stations Face Gasoline Shortage
Some stations are looking into importing product from outside the province.
Posted Jul 22, 2010

WTO To Rule on U.S. Clove Cigarette Ban Sources
Indonesia alleges U.S. clove cigarette ban is unfair, while the U.S. says that it applies uniformly to clove cigarettes from all countries.
Posted Jul 22, 2010

We're #2: China Passes U.S. as World's Biggest Energy Consumer
For the first time in more than a century, the U.S. is not the world's largest energy consumer.
Posted Jul 20, 2010

Waitrose Plans Six-fold Increase In Food Stores
Supermarket chain Waitrose is preparing for a six-fold increase in the number of its locations.
Posted Jul 20, 2010

Some Canadian Stores Prohibit Minors From Buying Energy Drinks
Prince Edward Island has outlawed the sale of energy drinks in schools and some area businesses are following suit by not allowing minors to purchase the beverages.
Posted Jul 19, 2010

China Promises Upgraded Food Safety
Government tries to reassure uneasy citizens in the wake of the seizure of more than 60 tons of contaminated milk powder.
Posted Jul 15, 2010

British Doctors Seek 'Fat Tax' On Junk Food
U.K. government's decision to abolish Food Standards Agency angers doctors.
Posted Jul 13, 2010

Advertisers to Pay for U.K. Anti-Obesity Marketing
The government is asking marketers to assume the task of educating the public about eating healthy.
Posted Jul 12, 2010

European Producers Focus on Ethanol Instead of Biodiesel
Making ethanol is more profitable than biodiesel production.
Posted Jul 9, 2010

Mail Order Meat
Watch out, Tesco: launches online Grocery Store, offering 22,000 food and beverage items that ship free to UK residents.
Posted Jul 8, 2010

Oy Vey! Israel Raises Its Cigarette Tax
Israel's treasury calculates that its new cigarette tax hike should increase its revenues by NIS 700 million ($175 million U.S.) a year.
Posted Jul 8, 2010

Canadian Convenience Store Association Alleges Irresponsible Sale of Tobacco Occurs on Native Reservations
The association released findings that show Canadians the effect of Bill C-32, which went into effect on Monday.
Posted Jul 7, 2010

Egypt Adds New Tax on Tobacco
The taxes increased cigarette prices by as much as 40 percent and the cost for water pipe tobacco doubled.
Posted Jul 6, 2010

Prague's Smoking Spots: Sign of the Times?
Beginning today, restaurants and bars in Prague will be required to post signs on the outside of their storefronts indicating whether they allow smoking, prohibit it or provide a nonsmoking section.
Posted Jul 1, 2010

Coffee War Brewing in China
Beijing-controlled firm takes aim for java supremacy across China.
Posted Jul 1, 2010

Imperial Tobacco Launches Legal Bid Against Ban On Open Sale In Scotland
Follows similar suit in April in England and Wales.
Posted Jul 1, 2010

Russian Cigarette Packs Now Carry Health Warnings
"Smoking kills" among twelve cautionary statements to be included on cigarette packs sold in Russia.
Posted Jun 29, 2010

Small Stores Will Suffer Most Under U.K. VAT Increase
The United Kingdom recently moved to advance the VAT to 20 percent.
Posted Jun 28, 2010

Ontario Considers Privatizing Lottery, Liquor
Proceeds would go toward plugging the province's $20 billion deficit.
Posted Jun 24, 2010

Tesco Takes Over Fresh & Easy Suppliers
U.S. expansion is still far short of expectations, and the chain of neighborhood stores has yet to turn a profit.
Posted Jun 24, 2010

U.K. Hikes VAT Rate 2.5 Percent
The first permanent increase to the tax on goods and services will take effect January 2011.
Posted Jun 23, 2010

U.K. Agency Calls for Salt Reduction
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence wants to lower the amount of sodium in food.
Posted Jun 23, 2010

Lawson Focuses on Fresh Food
The Japanese convenience store chain soon will add in-store, made-to-order food.
Posted Jun 21, 2010

Waitrose Fitzroy Street Opens for Business
Retailer's first smaller format convenience shop opens in Cambridge.
Posted Jun 18, 2010

Small Shops Could Close if U.K. Display Ban Proceeds: Report
Small shops will close if tobacco display ban goes ahead, says the Democracy Institute.
Posted Jun 17, 2010

Tobacco-Free Bhutan?
Himalayan kingdom seeks to ban the sale or use of tobacco anywhere in the country, with violators receiving prison sentences of up to five years.
Posted Jun 14, 2010

U.K. Convenience Stores Ask for Reversal on Tobacco Display Ban
The Association of Convenience Stores in the U.K. points to evidence showing such bans do not decrease smoking.
Posted Jun 11, 2010

Woolworths Goes Up Against Visa
Australia's biggest retailer is battling Visa over swipe fees.
Posted Jun 9, 2010

Three American Chains Prepare for British Invasion
Chipotle Mexican Grill, Ruby Tuesday and Taco Bell are expanding into the United Kingdom.
Posted Jun 9, 2010

Nova Scotia Stores Burned By Illegal Smokes
More than 12 percent of Nova Scotia convenience stores went out of business last year, with illegal tobacco sales a leading cause of their demise.
Posted Jun 7, 2010

Ontario Pursuing Menu-Labeling Legislation
Ontario is pursuing menu-labeling legislation that would affect restaurants with five or more units and gross annual sales of $5 million (CDN).
Posted Jun 7, 2010

Small Business Say Australian Tobacco Tax Hike Hurts Business
While cigarette sales are not falling off, sales of other goods at grocery stores and gasoline stations are declining.
Posted Jun 2, 2010

Asda Buys Netto for �778 Million
The purchase has the Association of Convenience Stores concerned that any more consolidation among big players would spell bad news for consumers.
Posted Jun 1, 2010

7-Eleven Australia Buys Mobil Filling Stations
The acquisition will boost the number of 7-Eleven stores from 400 to more than 650, making it the largest independent fuel retailer in Australia.
Posted May 28, 2010

Canadian Tobacco Case Heads to Supreme Court
Tobacco companies contend that the federal government should be liable for smoking-related health costs.
Posted May 24, 2010

'Local Feel' Helps U.K. Rural Convenience Stores Trade Better
A new report finds that convenience stores that tailor their offerings to their location will find success.
Posted May 24, 2010

Health Canada Okays Alcohol Energy Drinks
Drinks are required to use naturally sourced caffeine; issue is still under review in the U.S. by the FDA.
Posted May 20, 2010

OCSA: Increasing Ontario Tobacco Taxes Will Boost Contraband Sales
HST will make cheap, untaxed illegal tobacco even cheaper, the Ontario Convenience Stores Associations maintains.
Posted May 18, 2010

Toronto Seeks Ban Soda, Energy Drinks at City-Run Facilities
The city plans to go 100% juice and milk by 2014.
Posted May 18, 2010

Sainsbury to Double Convenience Store Openings
The supermarket plans to open 100 small shops during this fiscal year.
Posted May 17, 2010

U.K. Convenience Stores Report Increase in Violent Attacks
Robberies have increased 30 percent from last year.
Posted May 7, 2010

QSRs Consider Overseas Expansion
More fast-food chains are looking to other countries for growth opportunities.
Posted May 3, 2010

Canadian Government Issues Revised Credit, Debit Card Industry Code of Conduct
The Canadian Convenience Stores Association still has concerns about the way the credit card companies operate.
Posted May 3, 2010

Australia Increases Cigarette Taxes
Small retailers also are mad that the government will force tobacco companies to package products in plain wrappings.
Posted May 3, 2010

Canadian Convenience Stores Association Addresses Parliament With Contraband Tobacco Concerns
Contraband tobacco sales account for nearly one-third of all tobacco sales in Canada � a 98% increase since 2006.
Posted Apr 29, 2010

European Interchange Fees: A Done Deal?
Retail Week urges cautious optimism to Visa's agreement to reduce interchange fees on debit card transactions, citing Visa's "market test" characterization and the company's failure to address fees on credit cards.
Posted Apr 29, 2010

Canada's Credit Card Industry Profits Plunge
Some begin to exit Canada's credit card business, while others look toward new systems, such as mobile phone payments.
Posted Apr 27, 2010

Tobacco Groups Seek To Challenge U.K. Display Ban
Imperial, JTI and BAT argue that the display ban regulations, set to take effect next October, do not discourage smoking and that they harm small businesses.
Posted Apr 27, 2010

Canada to Review Gas Pump Tampering
Whether malicious or unintentional, bill seeks to penalize gasoline retailers for faulty measuring devices.
Posted Apr 22, 2010

PCI Compliance: Are U.K. Businesses Ready?
Not really. They lag behind their U.S. colleagues in meeting PCI security standards, with only 11 percent certified as compliant.
Posted Apr 22, 2010

U.K. Tobacco Groups, Retailers Receive $346 Million Fine
An U.K. antitrust regulator said the fine resulted from coordinating cigarette prices from 2001 to 2003.
Posted Apr 19, 2010

Canadian Convenience Stores Being Squeezed
The Atlantic Convenience Store Association points to contraband tobacco, swipe fees and higher labor costs as hurting stores' bottom lines.
Posted Apr 19, 2010

Report: Majority of U.K. Shoppers Frequent Convenience Stores Weekly
The survey also found that convenience stores should offer "strong promotional" appeals to grab shoppers.
Posted Apr 14, 2010

Jamaica Gasoline Retailers Planning Major Staff Cuts
Higher gasoline taxes and a falloff in sales prompt Jamaica's gas station owners to consider converting to self-service at a cost of 3,000 jobs.
Posted Apr 13, 2010

North Wales Tax Increase Threatens Independent Stations
Revised tax valuation scheme based on turnover rather than square footage or profit, and the change is threatening the survival of many of the region's stations.
Posted Apr 8, 2010

Study: Canadian Convenience Stores Hurt by Contraband Cigarettes, Credit Card Fees
A new study reports that illegal tobacco sales and credit card fees gobbled up billions from convenience stores.
Posted Apr 7, 2010

Canadian Government Moves Closer To Regulating Payments Market
Legislation is a step forward to creating a robust regulatory framework that protects merchants and consumers in Canada's debit and credit card market.
Posted Apr 6, 2010

Supermarkets Fight for Customers
Deep discounts and promotions are all the rage over the pond.
Posted Apr 6, 2010

Ottawa Follows U.S. Lead on Fuel-Efficiency Standards
Canada's Environment Minister sets target of 25-per-cent improvement by 2016.
Posted Apr 6, 2010

Lawson Store Gets Fresh With Foodservice
Japanese convenience store will grow its own vegetables for its fresh foodservice.
Posted Apr 2, 2010

Saskatchewan Increases Tobacco and Alcohol Taxes
Pending legislation also seeks to restrict the amount of cigarettes that First Nations individuals can purchase tax-free, a move praised by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation as "leveling the playing field" for retailers.
Posted Apr 1, 2010

Coca-Cola Smashes �1 Billion Retail Sales Barrier in Great Britain
That's $1.5086 billion U.S. � hardly a round number, but still a record!
Posted Apr 1, 2010

Shale Gas: Worries Surface Over Impact of Extraction
Capitol Hill has begun scrutinizing the impact of shale gas out of concerns for the environment and human health caused during the drilling process.
Posted Mar 30, 2010

BAT Predicts Global Cigarette Consumption to Remain Stable
BAT report reveals that pricing has remained positive and it predicts global profits to increase.
Posted Mar 30, 2010

Caffeine Gets Okay In Canada's Non-Cola Drinks
Beverage makers will be permitted to add caffeine in concentrations not to exceed 150 parts per million, compared to 200 parts per million allowed in colas.
Posted Mar 25, 2010

Promotions for Cheaper Nova Scotia Gas Allowed to Continue
Over objections from rural fuel marketers, Nova Scotia's Utility and Review Board permits a discount gasoline promotion between Sobeys and Irving Oil to continue.
Posted Mar 25, 2010

European Big Food Groups Win Labeling Fight
"Traffic light system" of food labeling fails to gain approval of European parliament.
Posted Mar 22, 2010

Eco-friendly Cars Could Spell Doom for Japanese Fuel Retailers
A rise in the number of environmentally friendly vehicles might force as many as two-thirds of the country's gasoline stations to close within the next 10 years.
Posted Mar 17, 2010

Ontario Convenience Stores Association Launches Petition Drive
The group is urging the Ontario government to stop implementation of a cigarette tax increase scheduled for July 1.
Posted Mar 15, 2010

Topaz Cracks Top 10 in Ireland's Best Workplaces List
The company makes the list for the third consecutive year.
Posted Mar 15, 2010

A Caffeinated Car?
BBC Science team builds an experimental car that runs on coffee.
Posted Mar 12, 2010

BP, Brazil Signoff On $7 Billion Offshore Deal
The deal gives BP a greater footprint in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caspian Sea.
Posted Mar 12, 2010

Coke: Markets in India, China Recovering Quickly
Company CEO said that economies in the emerging world are getting healthier faster.
Posted Mar 8, 2010

Japan Embraces Quirky Products
Soy-sauce-flavored Kit Kats join McDonald's Filet-O-Shrimp and Pepsi's cucumber-flavored soda as a few of the more popular items.
Posted Mar 8, 2010

N.B. Gas Retailers Appeal For Relief
With gasoline mark-ups capped at 5 cents per liter, the Atlantic Convenience Store Association appeals for relief, maintaining that profit margins are squeezing retailers.
Posted Mar 5, 2010

Court Rules Price Fixing Violates EU Regulations
Three EU countries have a minimum price for cigarettes, which the court found undermines competition.
Posted Mar 5, 2010

Israel's Sonol Moving Beyond the Gas Station
The convenience store industry is relatively new in Israel, and gasoline retailer Sonol is expanding rapidly.
Posted Mar 4, 2010

Korea's Stable of Self-Service Gas Stations Expanding Rapidly
Rising fuel prices spur self-service gas station growth in a country that's dominated by full-service stations.
Posted Mar 4, 2010

Ontario Convenience Stores Lose Sales to Contraband Cigarettes
The province has not taken effective steps to curb the sale of illegal tobacco products.
Posted Mar 1, 2010