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Mar 23, 2018

Easter Spending Expected to Crest at $18 Billion
That makes this year’s holiday the second highest in the National Retail Federation survey’s history.

Conexxus Webinar Discusses Penetration Testing
Learn about penetration testing and how to protect yourself against data breaches.

Dunkin’ Donuts Tests Catering Service
The coffeehouse hopes the added convenience of having donuts and coffee at business and consumer events will increase revenue.

D.C. Circuit Rules in Favor of the Center for Tobacco Products
The CTP now may charge retailers with more than one regulatory violation during a single inspection.

Henny Penny to Feed 34,000 With Meal Madness
The company will work with the Foodbank of Dayton to distribute the meals to Ohio families.

Lighter Enjoyment Key to Beverage Innovation
Currently, health and wellness dominate the beverage category as customers demand clean and clear drinks.

Mar 22, 2018

Denny’s Teams up With Amazon Alexa
Now guests can place an order for Denny’s with Alexa.

Rhode Island Introduces Bill to Raise Tobacco Buying Age to 21
Several cities in the state already have a higher smoking age.

Arizona Law Prohibits Localities From Adding Tax on Sugary Foods, Drinks
The new law aims to avoid having cities and counties enact separate ordinances.

McDonald’s Sets Target to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The company expects to prevent 150 million metric tons of emissions by 2030.

Mar 21, 2018

The American Love Affair With Coffee Continues
The number of U.S. residents downing a daily cup of joe reached its highest level in six years.

What Does Today’s Car Customer Really Want?
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast examines consumer purchasing trends.

The Convenience Industry Storms Capitol Hill—No Pun Intended
Despite today’s winter storm warning in Washington, D.C., NACS Government Relations Conference attendees are headed to their Hill meetings.

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.

Mar 20, 2018

Mobile Offers Continue to Increase Sales in Convenience Industry
Koupon Media reports that mobile offers drove 155 million store trips in 2017.

NACS Signs Aggregation under 199A Letter
The letter asks the U.S. Treasury and IRS to permit pass-throughs to aggregate business entities when claiming the new 20% tax deduction.

Amazon Go Garners Repeat Customers
Data shows that those who shop at the brick-and-mortar store keep coming back.

Waivers Issued Due to Winter Weather in the West
FMCSA Declares State of Emergency for Arizona, California and Nevada.

Mar 19, 2018

Mega Millions, Powerball Hit Combined $800 Million Jackpot
Once again, the multistate lottery games have climbed into the millions.

NACS Announces Asian Convenience Retailer Leader of the Year
Richard Yeung of Circle K Convenience Stores accepted the coveted international award.

Dollar General Adds Fresh Produce in 450 Stores
The discount retailer also plans to build 900 new units this year.

Starbucks Building Innovation Center
The coffeehouse chain will allow employees to try out new technology and other ideas in the space.

Pilot Flying J announces $981,000 donation to American Heart Association
The network of travel centers helped raise the funds in honor of February’s American Heart Month.

Blue Apron Turns to Supermarkets
The mail-order company wants to start selling its meal kits in grocery stores to boost sagging direct sales.

Mar 16, 2018

Philly Soda Tax Creates Black Market for Sugared Drinks
The tax on sugared drinks has triggered the sale of contraband soft drinks.

FDA Initiates Long-term Process Aimed at Lowering Nicotine in Tobacco
The Food and Drug Administration has released a notice to lower nicotine levels in tobacco.

The Ethics of Snacking
Millennials expect their snacks and grab-and-go foods to have no “negative” consequences.

Minnesota Considers Higher Smoking Age
The state already has five cities with a minimum tobacco buying age of 21.

Liquor Industry Supports Automatic Cars
Both the alcohol wholesalers and large producers are behind getting self-driving vehicles on the roads.

Canadian Urban Grocers Shrink Footprints
Consumer demand for convenience is part of the force behind the change.

Mar 15, 2018

Help Develop Tomorrow’s Industry Leaders
The NACS Scholarship Program helps convenience and fuel retailers retain, reward and develop the next generation of industry innovators.

New Tech Stresses Out Employees
At McDonald’s, new innovations could lead to more employee turnover for an industry that already has a 150% turnover rate.

Hershey, GoPuff Create Virtual Shopping Experience
Companies explore what the future of shopping could look like.

Dunkin’ Donuts Integrates Mobile Ordering With Google Assistant
Rewards members can use the Google Assistant to place a mobile order and bypass the line for pick-up.

Walmart Expands Grocery Delivery
Online grocery delivery will reach more than 40% of U.S. households by the end of this year.

Retail Apocalypse ‘Far From Reality’
Deloitte research suggests that brick-and-mortar retail is not on or even near its deathbed.

Mar 14, 2018

Partnering to Solve Childhood Hunger
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast shares how convenience stores can have a role in helping to feed hungry kids.

American Express Trims Discount Rates
The financial firm wants more retailers to accept payment with its cards.

Judge Orders EPA to Issue Ozone Area Designations
The agency had missed an October deadline but now has until April 30 to declare which areas do or do not meet the 2015 ozone standard.

Tri Star Energy, Twice Daily Stores Select GreenPrint to Reduce Pump Emissions
The companies have partnered to launch the Thrive program.

Amazon Accepts Bids for Small Business Credit Card
The online retailer wants a co-branded card as part of its strategy to supply small retailers and businesses.

7-Eleven Launches Million Points Giveaway
Seven winners will receive one million 7Rewards points redeemable for in-store merchandise.

Mar 13, 2018

NACS Responds to Contentious SNAP Proposals
The Bipartisan Policy Center’s proposals would hurt families that rely on the program to buy food.

Family First at Dollar General
Retailer announces paid parental leave and adoption benefits.

State of Virginia Issues Waivers Due to Winter Storms
Waiver includes hours of service and registration and licensing requirements.

ZICO Unveils Category-Crossing Innovations
New products support Coca-Cola’s ambition to become a total beverage company by offering more drinks for consumers’ evolving needs.

Flippy the Robot Got Fired
Burger-flipping robot was turned off for not being able to keep up with demand.

Mar 12, 2018

FDA Compliance Materials May Put Retailers at Risk
Although the FDA says the minimum age to sell tobacco and vaping products is 18, it may be different for certain states.

Dirty Bathrooms: What Nightmares Are Made Of
Survey suggests that consumers will spend more at establishments that focus on restroom cleanliness.

PayPal CEO Says Checkout Is ‘Vestigial Organ of Yesterday’
Dan Schulman says mobile will erase the boundaries between in-store and ecommerce.

Tri Star Energy Opens Coffee Shops
Some Middle Tennessee Twice Daily convenience stores are integrating White Bison Coffee shops.

Home Depot Commits to Filling the Skilled Labor Gap
Last year the retailer launched a pilot trades training program for separating military members.

7-Eleven Brings Hot Tots to Menu
Customizable tater tots are the latest addition to the convenience retailer’s hot prepared food offer.

Mar 9, 2018

House and Senate Committees Hold Hearings on Infrastructure
Long term funding options for our nation’s highways, bridges and roads was explored.

Kansas City Convenience Stores Partner With Nonprofit for Fresh Produce
Kanbe’s Markets is helping retailers provide fresh fruits and vegetables to customers.

Arizona Has Shared the Road With Uber’s Self-driving Trucks
The ride-hailing company started the pilot program last November in Volvo trucks driven by robots, with a human backup driver on board.

Corona Rolls Out Light Beer
Corona Premier is the brand’s first new beverage in nearly three decades.

M&M’s Debuts Three Flavors
Fans can vote on Crunchy Espresso, Crunchy Raspberry, and Crunchy Mint as the next crunchy flavor.

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

Mar 8, 2018

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

House Committee Considers Data Security Legislation
NACS raises concerns over subcommittee proposal.

New York Retailers Fight Rest Area Commercialization
Gov. Cuomo’s budget proposes a rest area commercialization program that NYACS deems “a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

Parker’s Expands Foodservice Offer
The convenience store chain is focused on fresh, Southern-inspired comfort food.

BP, United Airlines Introduce Joint Reward Program
Consumers can earn and use United MileagePlus award miles at BP locations.

7-Eleven Launches ‘W.E. Take the Lead’ Contest
The contest is open to women who are interested in becoming an independent business owner.

Mar 7, 2018

With Labor Issues, Innovate—Don’t Invent
At the NACS Human Resources Forum in Texas this week, HR professionals from across the country are sharing their best labor practices.

McDonald’s Swaps Frozen for Fresh Beef Patties
For its Quarter Pounder, the fast-food chain will now use fresh, not frozen, beef.

Effects of Oil Market Dynamics
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast discusses what’s going on in the oil industry.

Fuels Institute Testifies Before Congress
Says the vehicle and fuels market will evolve slowly.

Meal Kit Mania
A Nielsen report finds that meal kits have been a unique and profitable niche in the U.S. grocery landscape.

Unilever Debuts New Snack Brand
The plant-based snacks are made with chia, flax and sesame seeds.

Mar 6, 2018

Amazon Could Enter Checking Account Space
New product would appeal to younger customers and the unbanked.

This is #ChildrensHospitalsWeek
The weeklong campaign encourages support for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Hours of Service Waivers Issued for Several States
California, Nevada and Kentucky waivers are in response to inclement weather that struck last week.

Walmart Cooks Up Meal Kit Service
Retailer introduces new meal kits with plans to roll them out to more than 2,000 stores.

Chick-fil-A Introduces New Frosted Beverage
Following a successful test, the orange-flavored Frosted Sunrise is now available nationwide.

ATM Debit Card Fraud Rises
Compromises of ATMs and merchant devices in the U.S. rose 8% in 2017.

Mar 5, 2018

Get Your Fuel Market Answers at FUELS2018
Registration is now open for the event that will be held May 22 to 24 in Chicago.

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.

Florida Bill Would Exclude Soda From SNAP
The legislature has until March 9 to move on the bill, which would prohibit using SNAP benefits to purchase soft drinks.

EPA Issues Final Air-Quality Threshold
The requirements would apply to state, local and tribal air agencies.

Kohl’s Announces Partnership with Aldi
The department store will test groceries from the discount supermarket at up to 10 locations.

Mars Inc. Shares Its Story
The fourth-generation leader is looking to bring the family business into the future.

Mar 2, 2018

Scott Stratten to Headline NACS State of the Industry Summit
The annual numbers and benchmarking conference will be held April 10-12 in Chicago.

Students Push Maryland Bill for Higher Tobacco Buying Age
A House bill would increase the tobacco sales age from 18 to 21.

Amsterdam Supermarket Debuts Plastic-Free Aisle
More than 700 grocery products are housed in cardboard, metal and glass containers.

Americans Embrace Their Irish Heritage
This St. Patrick’s Day, spending is expected to hit a record $5.9 billion.

Anheuser-Busch InBev Launches First Organic Beer
Michelob Ultra Pure Gold is made with organic grains.

Why Millennials Aren’t Embracing Credit Cards
Only one in three millennials carries plastic, while those 18 to 24 years old prefer cash.

Mar 1, 2018

Top Retail Trends to Watch
The retailer's survival exclusively depends on the ability to provide innovative offerings to customers.

Sixth Circuit Lifts WOTUS Stay
The rule defines what types of water are subject to protection under the Clean Water Act.

Florida Considers Using Rail for Gasoline Transportation
The state is exploring ways to keep gas stations operational during hurricane evacuations.

Former Gas Stations Find New Purposes
CNN found that old gas stations can still bring in customers.

Feb 28, 2018

Foodservice No. 1 Driver for C-store Stops
A new survey by AlixPartners found that prepared foods and dispensed beverages top the list of consumer purchases in convenience stores.

Helping Kids Can Help Your Business
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast takes a look at what supporting the Children’s Miracle Network can do for retailers.

Make HR Connections at the NACS Human Resources Forum
There’s still time to register for the March 6-8 event in San Antonio.

Starbucks Goes High End With New Reserve Store
The first location in Seattle has a bar setting with cocktails and a fuller offering of food.

Feb 27, 2018

Making a Pit Stop
Thanks to clean bathrooms and healthier food choices, convenience stores and truck stops are becoming travel destinations.

Joint Employer Rule Back in the Spotlight
The action reverts the NLRB standard back to a broader level of indirect control.

Addressing Harassment in the Workplace
New online training course, designed for employees and store managers, is now available through the NACS eLearning Store.

Supreme Court Hears AmEx Antitrust Case
A collection of state attorneys general and the Department of Justice first filed the case in 2010.

Kraft Heinz Launches New Breakfast Brand
‘Just Crack an Egg’ wants to reignite America’s love for a hot breakfast.

Quiznos Reveals New Store Design Prototype
Redesigned layout includes a dedicated spot for picking up online and mobile app orders.

Feb 26, 2018

More Amazon Go Stores Are on the Horizon
The online retailer could open as many as six additional Amazon Go stores this year.

Taco Bell Ousts Burger King to Snag No. 4 Spot Among U.S. Chains
Sales at the Tex-Mex restaurant jumped 5%, while Burger King continues to falter.

Dunkin’ Donuts Debuts Girl Scout Cookie-Inspired Coffee Flavors
The chain is allowing girl scout troops to sell cookies at select Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants across the country.

J.M. Smucker Branches Out into Bottled Coffee
The snack maker’s new 1850 brand will come in K-cups and bagged varieties.

Feb 23, 2018

Iowa Bill Would Make Installing Skimmers Prosecutable
The legislation would tackle a fivefold rise in skimming devices at ATMs and fuel pumps.

Indiana House Approves Sunday Alcohol Sales
As soon as March 4, convenience stores, liquor stores and supermarkets will be able to sell alcohol seven days a week.

Domino’s Sticks to Delivery by Employees
The pizza chain won’t be outsourcing the delivery of its pizzas.

QuickChek, Cumberland Farms Put Focus on Fresh Food, In-store Dining
Each chain has new locations on Long Island that emphasize foodservice over fuel service.

Millennials Are Driving Food Trends
As the largest demographic in the United States, these young adults are changing the way Americans eat.

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