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Jan 19, 2018

How Do You Compare to the Competition?
The NACS State of the Industry survey gives retailers a chance to see how they fare across the industry.

USDA Rejects Maine’s SNAP Petition to Restrict Sugary Drinks and Candy
The Trump administration denies restrictions.

Convenience Store Uses Social Media to Stem Crime
The Kansas City store posts edited surveillance videos showing customers shoplifting frequently on its Facebook page.

Starbucks Pilots Cashless Store
The coffeehouse chain experiments with a Seattle location that only accepts mobile or card payments.

Home Service Oil Chooses GreenPrint to Reduce Emissions Throughout Business
The two companies will partner to offset emissions on fuel and products.

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.

Jan 18, 2018

C-Stores Test Better-for-You Snack Sales
Pilot tests help identify low-cost strategies that can help convenience retailers increase sales of healthy snacking options.

Reebok Reimagines Gas Stations
The plan imagines a future where a healthy gym and restaurant are no more than a few miles away.

Industry Insights Are Coming to a City Near You
NACS President and CEO Henry Armour is hosting 16 Industry Update Luncheons this year.

Safeguarding Your Mobile Payment Solution
Complimentary Conexxus webinar will discuss attacks against fuel mobile payment solutions and explore potential weaknesses.

Indiana Senate Rejects Cold Beer Sales
Committee voted 9-1 to keep cold beer out of convenience store coolers.

Jan 17, 2018

C-Stores Appeal to Health-Conscious Consumers
With 7-Eleven’s introduction of cold-pressed juice, the c-store trend of healthier options remains strong.

Let Congress Hear Your Voice
Come to the NACS Government Relations Conference in Washington, D.C., March 19-21.

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

Nestlé Agrees to Sell U.S. Confectionery Business to Ferrero
Ferrero will buy the business for $2.8 billion in cash.

Speedee Mart Focuses on Craft Beer
The chain has seen its craft beer selection grow over the years into a well-known local source for the brews.

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

Jan 16, 2018

Visa Pilots Biometrics Payments Card
To authenticate a transaction, a sensor compares the cardholder’s fingerprint with data securely stored in the card.

The Impact of New Vehicle Technologies and Urban Design
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast discusses where Americans will live, shop and travel in the new mobility market.

Dunkin’ Without the ‘Donuts’
The chain is testing a new store concept that drops “Donuts” from its brand.

Consumers Have Strong Preferences for Chicken
When it comes to bone-in versus boneless, all chicken is not alike in the eyes of the consumer.

Jack Link's Launches Five Portable Protein Products
The new meat snack varieties are coming to convenience store shelves beginning in February.

Jan 15, 2018

Joe Sheetz Talks About the Industry’s Image
His mission as NACS chairman: Keep the industry focused on the immediate service millions of consumers expect when they walk into a c-store.

Visa Makes Signature Optional
Card company announces that signature requirement will be an option for North American EMV merchants.

Wawa Expands Delivery Service
Convenience retailer is delivering to New Jersey locations through its partnership with GrubHub.

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.

KFC Canada Customers Pay for Chicken with Bitcoin
The Bitcoin Bucket sold out about as fast as the QSR announced it.

Jan 12, 2018

Five Ideas that Stood Out from Store Visits
Frank Beard ruminates on some of the unique and innovative ideas of 2017.

Kohl’s Looks to Convenience, Grocery Stores to Fill Vacant Space
The department store wants to partner with retailers to lease space inside its stores.

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

McDonald's Will Discontinue Foam Cups
By the end of 2018, the fast-food giant will make the switch to recycled products.

San Antonio City Council Votes to Raise City's Tobacco Buying Age to 21
Convenience stores had protested the proposed ordinance.

Walmart to Hike Starting Wage to $11 Per Hour
The discount retailer also plans to give bonuses of up to $1,000 to employees.

Jan 11, 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.

California C-Stores Fight Human Trafficking
NACS and convenience stores nationwide are doing their part to help support efforts that will bring an end to this heinous crime.

Texas Retailers Launch New Campaign to Fight Skimming
The new c-store industry-specific effort offers tips to avoid skimming and cautions against using Bluetooth as a skimming detection tool.

Zombies Protest Tobacco at Walgreens
Demonstrators at the drugstore chain’s flagship location in Washington, D.C., were protesting the sale of tobacco products.

Immigration Agents Raid 7-Eleven Stores
Agents targeted hundreds of stores to open employment audits and interview workers.

Diet Coke Gets a New Look
Beverage welcomes 2018 with a full brand restage in North America, including a new modern design and debut of four new flavors.

Jan 10, 2018

Join HR Professionals at NACS Human Resources Forum
Registration is now open for the March event, which connects, informs and trains human resources professionals.

Love's Travel Stops Expands Network
This year, Love’s will add more than 40 stores, as well as extend its truck and tire care services.

Mountain Dew Debuts Lemon-Lime Flavor
Mtn Dew Ice, which launches on January 15, is the brand’s first variation in the “clear” soda category.

Rutter's Rebrands to Celebrate 50 Years of Convenience
To celebrate its half-century anniversary, the convenience store chain updated its logo to drop “Farm Stores” from the name.

Red Robin Announces Personnel Cuts Due to Minimum Wage Hikes
The burger chain said it will offset higher minimum wages by letting go its busboys.

Starbucks Offers Blonde Espresso
Coffeehouse chain hopes the new menu item will bring in new coffee drinkers.

Jan 9, 2018

Blue Campaign Raises Awareness of Human Trafficking
NACS is a campaign partner, providing retailers with information, resources and materials to help victims of human trafficking.

NACS Communicates Data Security Concerns
Coalition submits comments to Congress on four principles that should be included in data security and data breach notification legislation.

Amazon Go: Friend or Foe?
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast dives into what the innovative Amazon Go is bringing to the convenience retail space.

Tech Professionals Come Together at Conexxus
Join your technology colleagues at the Conexxus Annual Conference, April 29 through May 3 in Chicago.

7-Eleven Gets Pressed in the Cold Vault
Convenience retailer is now offering USDA organic, cold-pressed juice blends under its 7-Select line.

Rich's Expands C-Store Bakery Offerings
Company expects the momentum for gourmet cookie sales to continue over the next several years.

Jan 8, 2018

Shortcomings Remain in FDA's Menu-Labeling Rule
NACS files comments and meets with FDA to express some of the problems that businesses will face as they implement the final rule.

NYACS Members Testify on Employee Scheduling Proposal
Convenience retailers in New York explained how a proposed predictive scheduling system would negatively impact their business.

CEOs Cite Top Concerns for 2018
Cybersecurity, disruptive technologies and shrinking labor pools are top concerns for CEOs at some of the largest corporations.

RaceTrac Offers Any Size Coffee for $1
As part of a month-long promotion, patrons can customize their coffee with flavor shots and add-ins.

Lottery Fever Cools Down, For Now
Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots have been claimed in New Hampshire and Florida.

Jan 5, 2018

U.S. Auto Sales Top 17 Million for Third Year
This despite a 1.8% decline in automobile sales for the first time since 2009.

NACS Continues Rebrand With New Website Look
The rebrand strives to connect more with members and the public.

Rotisserie Chicken: A Supermarket Staple
More than half of U.S. households have bought a prepared chicken over the past 12 months.

CDC Continues Investigation of Multistate E. coli Outbreak
In late December, the agency announced that 13 states have had 17 illnesses reported.

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.

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

Jan 4, 2018

Up in the Air
Do you know where your foodservice program is heading? Industry experts share their thoughts.

Gas Prices: Causes and Consequences
New Convenience Matters podcast talks about the factors that could affect gas prices in 2018.

Taco Bell Debuting Nacho Fries
The new menu item will be available at Taco Bell locations nationwide on January 25.

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

Food Channel Cites Top 10 Food Trends
A panel of food editors, writers and chefs helped choose the top emerging food trends for 2018.

Jan 3, 2018

Mega Millions, Powerball Combine for $783 Million Jackpot
This marks the second time two U.S. lottery jackpots have simultaneously been larger than $300 million.

Will Convenience Stores Welcome Bitcoin ATMs?
Bitcoin teller machines are slowly making inroads into bodegas and corner stores.

Oregon Allows Self Service Fueling in Rural Counties
Some retailers are ready to embrace the change and offer self-serve at the pump.

Extreme Cold Triggers Hours of Service Waivers
States are being impacted by cold weather, while Texas continues Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.

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

Craft Soda Goes After Health-minded Customers
With its wholesome ingredients, craft soda wants to hone its healthier and more natural alternative image.

Jan 2, 2018

Convenience Store Retailers Cite Top Trends for 2018
From food to fuel and healthy choices, retailers see good things ahead for the New Year, as well as areas to keep an eye on.

Will Your Brand Stand Out in 2018?
Focusing on what you can do to avoid disruption can help your store succeed this year.

Conexxus Launches EMV Implementation Resource
Newly released white paper shares information and resources for convenience retailers who are considering whether to implement EMV.

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

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.

Rutter’s Celebrates a Banner Year
Pennsylvania convenience retailer closes out 2017 with more than $715,000 donated to local charities.

Dec 28, 2017

Best of Convenience Matters
Missed any episodes of our podcast in 2017? Catch up before the New Year.