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Feb 19, 2018

Kroger Expands Restaurant Focus
Grocery chain has opened its Culinary Innovation Center, a new test kitchen and training facility.

Sheetz Jumps 21 Spots in Fortune’s Top 100 Best Companies
Convenience retailer went from 87 to 66 in the annual list.

White House Floats 25-cent Gas Tax Hike
However, some analysts say the proposal has little chance of moving through Congress.

H-E-B Partners with Favor Delivery
The two companies seek to provide Texans with a convenient home delivery experience.

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

Feb 16, 2018

House Passes ADA Lawsuit Reform
The legislation aims to curb frivolous lawsuits related to supposed violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Retailers, Manufacturers Might Feel Pinch of Trucker Shortage
Fewer qualified drivers will likely mean delivery delays and price increases.

McDonald’s Announces Changes to Happy Meal
The fast-food chain will adjust its children’s meals into healthier fare.

PepsiCo Snacks Make Up for Sagging Beverage Sales
An uptick in volume from the snack portfolio helped offset decreases in the company’s drink lines.

Register Today for Conexxus Conference to Save
The registration rate goes up tomorrow for the annual conference, which runs April 29 until May 3 in Chicago.

Opening Restroom Access to All
Santa Fe wants retailers to allow non-customers to use the bathroom as part of its Happy Toilet campaign.

Feb 15, 2018

Need a Bathroom? There’s an App for That
Cintas launches its “Got to Go” mobile app that allows users to find and rate nearby restrooms.

House Committee Looks at Data Security
NACS asks Congress to ensure legislation doesn’t create loopholes for certain industries.

Total U.S. Restaurant Count Drops 2%
The decline from last year is due to a dip in independent restaurant units.

Hostess Brings Back Suzy Q’s
Consumer feedback on social media inspired Hostess to make enhancements to snack cake.

Mobile Technology is Top of Mind
Survey finds that most QSR and fast-casual brands believe millennials are fueling industry changes.

Feb 14, 2018

Trump Administration Proposes Food Box in Lieu of Food Stamps
The government would send nonperishable foods each month directly to low-income families.

Coca-Cola Places Arctic Coke Machines in 800 Convenience Stores
The beverage company expands a national test for the instant slushy maker.

Duluth City Bans Flavored Tobacco Sales
The prohibition only affects convenience stores.

Ohio Lottery Now Allows Cashless Payments
Meanwhile, Tennessee legislation would allow for residents to buy tickets with credit cards.

The Future of PCI and Small Merchant Compliance
A free webinar by Conexxus explores what the PCI Council is doing and what the card brands have in their sights.

Sen. Schumer Calls on Secret Service to Address Skimming Problem
The senator says the agency should triple their efforts to end credit-card skimming.

Feb 13, 2018

Creating an Innovative Culture
Jamie Notter advises that companies must build a system that drives behaviors before they can create a culture of innovation.

Cumberland Farms Launches Next Generation of SmartPay App
Convenience retailer is introducing Food Club Rewards and other in-app enhancements.

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

ExxonMobil Invests in On-Demand Fueling Startup
Investment in Yoshi Inc. will allow ExxonMobil to shape a new channel for its products.

Chobani Celebrates Anniversary with Free Yogurt Offer
Over the last 10 years, Chobani has grown from 5 employees to 2,000.

White House Releases Infrastructure Proposal
NACS warns of harm to small businesses if interstate rest stops are commercialized.

Feb 12, 2018

Common Sense for Menu Labeling
CNN explores the ins and outs of the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act recently passed by the House.

Jacksonville Convenience Stores Do Brisk Business
Retailers have ramped up store openings in the Florida city.

A Natural, Organic Alternative
A Pennsylvania convenience store chain specializes in organic and natural foods, as well as gasoline, diesel and compressed natural gas.

Pepsi Launches New Sparkling Water Brand
Bubly has zero calories and comes in eight flavors.

Vish Ganapathy to Keynote Conexxus Conference
The annual conference runs April 29 to May 3 in Chicago.

Dunkin’ Donuts to Focus on Convenience, Quality, Speed
The coffee chain revealed its three-year strategy to bolster afternoon coffee and donut sales.

Feb 9, 2018

Why Basic Details Matter in Convenience Retailing
Frank Beard shares why attention to things like restroom cleanliness gives customers a reason to return.

Transportation 2.0 and the Shared Economy
John Ellis challenges Leadership Forum participants to prepare for a new mobility experience and reality.

Congress Passes Budget Deal Ending Shutdown
Tax extenders were included in the deal, a win for convenience retailers.

Amazon Introduces Free Deliveries From Whole Foods
Prime members in four cities can order many of the items their local Whole Foods stocks for two-hour delivery.

Dunkin’ Donuts to Start Foam Cup Phase Out
The chain has been investigating more eco-friendly alternatives since 2011.

Private Label Comes Into Its Own
Retailers should embrace the store-brand movement.

Feb 8, 2018

Remaining Competitive in a Disruptive Environment
Convenience retailers at the NACS Leadership Forum address how they’re evolving and thriving in an industry that’s experiencing significant change.

Spending in the Name of Love
Consumers will shell out a near-record $19.6 billion on Valentine’s Day.

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.

Convenience Stores Rival Restaurants With Foodservice
Wawa, Sheetz, Casey’s General Store, 7-Eleven and Circle K have cracked Nation’s Restaurant News’ Top 100 report.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Discusses Skimming
In 2017, the number of skimmers found at Florida gas stations tripled from the previous year.

Chevron, Jacksons Food Stores Begin Joint Venture
The new company expands the brand across more of the western United States.

Feb 7, 2018

Protect Your Business from ICE Raids
Last week’s free NACS webinar gave retailers several simple steps to help them prepare for potential immigration raids.

Mobile Steadily Takes Over Retail Commerce
Transforming your business to mobile takes time, careful planning, meticulous execution and ongoing innovation.

Gas Prices Continue Trending Higher
The national average for gas prices has increased for the sixth straight week.

Cosmetics Blossom at Korean C-Stores
Chains make makeup lines affordable and attractive to younger shoppers.

Localities Clash With States Over Plastic Bag Bans
More cities want to nix plastic bags, but retailers are fighting back.

House Passage of Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act Is a Critical Milestone
Lyle Beckwith of NACS issued a statement in response to its passage.

Feb 6, 2018

The House Votes on Menu Labeling Today
Proposed legislation would provide the flexibility needed to comply with the FDA’s pending regulations.

Kroger C-Store Business Sold to EG Group
The U.K.-based firm agreed to purchase 762 convenience stores from Kroger for $2.15 billion.

NACS Brings Customer Service Training Online
The new online Be Our Guest training module covers key areas of convenience store customer service.

Autonomous Cars, Holograms, Big Brother and Hackers
Our podcast this week dives into the recent Consumer Electronics Show.

30 Days of C-Store Food
Frank Beard’s journey continues after that fateful month of solely eating healthy foods found at the local convenience store.

Family Express Boosts Starting Wage
The $11-per-hour starting wage continues the company’s strategy to serve the community as an employer of choice.

Feb 5, 2018

Chipotle’s Brand Perception Journey
Analysts say the fast-casual chain continues to suffer from its food safety issues.

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

Tesla Taps CPGs for Semis
Companies like Anheuser-Busch and PepsiCo are evaluating building on-site charging terminals to power the Tesla Semi.

Hostess Acquires Breakfast Brands
The acquisition will expand its product range particularly in the key breakfast market.

F’real Foods Teams Up with Mondelēz
Limited-time offer brings the flavor of Sour Patch Kids to create a “sherbet shake.”

Feb 2, 2018

Customers Put C-Store Fried Chicken on Their Big Game Menu
More consumers are turning to convenience stores for fresh foodservice ahead of Super Bowl LII.

Menu Labeling Legislation Is Coming to the House Floor
Follow our link to submit a quick letter to your member of Congress.

EPA Formerly Suspends Clean Water Rule
The president rescinds the 2015 Waters of the United States regulation put into place by the Obama administration.

Washington State, Illinois Consider Raising Tobacco Buying Age
Meanwhile, Indiana lawmakers recently shut down an attempt to increase the legal tobacco age to 21.

McDonald’s Solves Its Fries Delivery Dilemma
The fast-food chain says it can now consistently deliver hot fries, which have become its No. 1 delivery item.

Temporary Injunction Stops Mandated Free Air at Gas Stations
A judge has ordered a N.Y. town to halt the imposition of fines on gas stations who refuse to follow the ordinance.

Feb 1, 2018

Chief of EPA Testifies Before Senate Hearing
Administrator Pruitt answers questions on fuels and other environmental issues.

International Retail Awards Now Open
The NACS European Convenience Retail Awards program is now accepting entries.

Kroger Introduces Scan, Bag, Go Technology
Customers will eventually be able to pay for their groceries directly through the app.

Wawa Offers Free Coffee on February 4
All Mid-Atlantic stores on Sunday will offer free coffee to celebrate the Eagles trip to the Big Game.

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.

IRI Analyzes ALDI and LIDL’s Impact
Market shift studies analyze the deep discounters’ impact on the U.S. market

Jan 31, 2018

Beverage Messaging Can Grow Healthy Drink Sales—Sometimes
Two new NACS pilot tests examined the impact of beverage case layout and messaging on sales.

Past NACS Supplier Board Chairman Ron Coppel Retires
Coppel spent more than a dozen years on various NACS boards and 27 years at Eby-Brown.

Casey’s General Stores to Enable ‘Cash Customers’ with Amazon Cash
The convenience store chain is also considering an acquisition of Kroger’s convenience stores.

Protecting Your Business From Immigration Raids
Tomorrow’s free NACS webinar will help retailers prepare for an unexpected visit from Immigration Customs and Enforcement.

Target Starts Same-Day Delivery Today
The retailer leverages its recent acquisition of Shipt at 57 stores in the South.

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

Jan 30, 2018

ATM ‘Jackpotting’ Hits U.S.
Secret Service warns ATM jackpotting attacks seen in other countries are hitting the United States.

Help Stop Commercialization of Rest Areas
Tonight’s State of the Union address could lead to increased attention focused on infrastructure policy.

C-Stores Say ‘Cheers’ to Drink Up
Find out how you can promote hydration and encourage customers to drink more water in this week’s Convenience Matters podcast.

Pilot Flying J Supports American Heart Association’s Mission
Throughout February, Pilot Flying J will support the AHA’s ‘Life Is Why We Give’ Campaign.

Dr Pepper Snapple, Keurig Green Mountain To Merge
Combined brand portfolio will have strong exposure to faster growing beverage categories.

California Bill Would Make Straws Illegal
Proposal would ban restaurants from giving out a straw to patrons, unless they ask for one.

Jan 29, 2018

Nestle Waters Taps into Sparkling
Adding sparkling water to its portfolio will bring greater variety to the growing sparkling water category.

Preparing for Immigration Raids
Former ICE employees will share how convenience retailers can protect their businesses during a free NACS webinar.

Fuels Institute Welcomes New Board Members
Jay Ricker of Indiana-based Ricker’s will continue to serve as the chairman.

Burger Joint Tests Facial Recognition
Customers can complete their transaction by looking at the camera on a self-ordering kiosk.

Walmart, Rakuten Announce Strategic Alliance
Companies will launch an online grocery delivery service in Japan and a new eBooks and audiobooks offering in the United States.

Jan 26, 2018

Can Healthy and Fresh Create a Destination Store?
Frank Beard discusses how that looks at Farm 2 Counter in Springfield, Missouri.

NACS Launches Convenience Corner
The series will publish a new five-question interview with industry experts once a month.

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

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

QSR, Dollar Stores Zero in on Convenience Stores
With Americans changing how they shop for snacks and beverages, c-stores face increased competition.

Big Year for the Big Game
Consumers are expected to spend $15.3 billion on this year’s Super Bowl.

Jan 25, 2018

U.S. Convenience Stores Continue Growth
The industry’s core offer of convenience strongly resonates with consumers.

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

Gen Z Has Expectations for Food Brands
For this younger generation, flavor, function and authenticity will prevail over brand and hype.

Starbucks Invests in its Employees
Company announces a new partner and family sick time benefit for all U.S. employees, as well as a second wage increase.

How To Do Internships the Right Way
Thinking long-term about an internship program can lead to future employees.

Jan 24, 2018

C-Stores Share Home Meal Kit Experiences
NACS meal kit pilots address subscription requirements, cost and packaging waste.

Positioning Breakfast Sandwiches All Day Long
Food manufacturers use breakfast sandwiches to entice customers to buy throughout the day.

Supreme Court Rules on WOTUS
Challenges to the current Waters of the United States rule must be routed through federal district courts first.

Burger King’s Hefty New Burger
The Double Quarter Pound King Sandwich is the latest entry into the fast-food burger wars.

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.

Jan 23, 2018

‘Aloha’ From Aloha Petroleum
In this week’s Convenience Matters podcast, the convenience retailer talks about attracting and retaining employees in a state with only 2% unemployment.

FTC Requires Store Divestitures as Part of 7-Eleven-Sunoco Acquisition
Complaint alleges that 7-Eleven’s acquisition of Sunoco would harm competition in 76 local markets.

Hunt Brothers Pizza Welcomes Back Buffalo Chicken Pizza
The limited time offer is returning to c-store menus for the 11th year.

Jan 22, 2018

Amazon Go is Officially a Go
Following a year-plus of testing its latest retail concept, Amazon’s first convenience store is now open.

Panera Bread Petitions FDA to Define ‘Egg’
The effort is intended to improve industry standards for food transparency.

Ricker's Raises $78K for Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign
Donation will help provide shelter and warm meals to those in need throughout Indiana.

Coca-Cola Company Sets Sights on Zero Waste
Company sets goal to help collect and recycle a bottle or can for every one it sells by 2030.

Redd’s Wicked To Launch Watermelon, Bring Back Strawberry Kiwi
Higher alcohol by volume flavored malt beverage singles were among the fastest-growing categories in convenience stores in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Choice Hotels Teams Up With
The partnership connects delivery services between nearly 1,000 Choice Hotels and more than 12,000 businesses.