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May 21, 2018

Farm Bill Fails on House Floor
Sweeping legislation to reauthorize SNAP fails to pass the House on a party-line vote.

Parker’s Donates $22,000 to Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools
The donation, part of the chain’s Fueling the Community initiative, goes to support students, teachers and administrators.

Kraft Heinz Selects First Springboard Brands
New venture Springboard focuses on nurturing innovative small brands that are shaping the future of food.

More Spice Hits the Candy Aisle
Millennials and Gen Z are driving the demand for more spicy candy.

Oregon Lottery Trains Retailers
The training covered how retailers can help players gamble responsibly.

GasBuddy Reveals Top-Rated Restrooms
QuikTrip and Wawa hold the top spot in most states.

May 18, 2018

Higher Gas Prices Won’t Curtail Summer Travel
But higher prices might affect discretionary spending.

Nearly 42 Million Americans Will Kick Off Summer With Memorial Day Getaway
Analytics predict travel delays could be up to three times longer than normal over the holiday weekend.

Convenience Retail Industry Plays Key Role in Disaster Readiness Test
In early May, Miller Oil Company participated in FEMA’s National Level Exercise 2018 to test disaster preparedness.

Learning to Lead
The NACS Executive Leadership Program at Cornell will give individuals preparing to take on key leadership roles the tools to succeed.

Why Categories Matter
The CEO of Impact 21 recently shared with Convenience Corner how to develop an effective balance between retailers and suppliers in category management.

Hershey Releases ‘Shopper's World' Retail Report
Company outlines ‘total commerce' approach that blends digital and physical elements to enhance retail experience.

May 17, 2018

Three Insights on Frequent C-Store Customers
NACS Consumer Fuels Surveys reveal several key insights on the shopping behavior of c-store loyalists.

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

Employers Should Share All Background Check Reports Before Revoking Job Offers
Case study shows that a job offer contingency won’t always spare an employer from the burden of a jury trial.

Nestle Heats Up Frozen Food Offerings
Millennial households are buying more frozen food. Can Nestle keep up with the demand?

May 16, 2018

Amazon Go Comes to Chicago, San Francisco
In January, the cashier-less convenience store opened its prototype store in Seattle.

A Heart Connection
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast gives listeners a behind-the-scenes look at how Pilot Flying J partnered with the American Heart Association.

Minneapolis City Council to Vote on Raising Tobacco Buying Age
If approved, the ordinance would take effect this fall.

Take Your Brand to the Next Level
Learn how to identify growth potential, optimize customer experience and influence customer choices at the NACS Marketing Leadership Program.

May 15, 2018

Fast-Food Restaurants Keeping Up With the Delivery Revolution
Consumer demand is putting a strain on fast-food chains to require delivery.

Retailers in Northern Kentucky No Longer Required to Sell Reformulated Gasoline
EPA approves Kentucky’s petition to opt-out of federal RFG program.

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

Aloha Petroleum Earns Design Award
Innovative design project converts old warehouses into new commercial development.

May 14, 2018

Non-Alcoholic Beverage Sales Grow More Than $2 Billion
Carbonated soft drinks and bottled water helped drive a boost in industry retail value.

Nestle Strikes Deal to Sell Starbucks Coffee
Nestle will pay Starbucks $7.15 billion to market, sell and distribute coffee.

Oreo-Maker Mondelez International to Acquire Tate’s Bake Shop
The $500 million deal gives Mondelez an entry point into the fast-growing premium cookie segment.

2018 Share a Coke Campaign Focuses on Shared Experiences
Fifth annual summer campaign taps into meaning behind shared memories.

May 11, 2018

Gain a Competitive Edge at the NACS Financial Leadership Program
Held at The Wharton School, this intense program challenges attendees to expand their financial insights.

NYPD Unveils ‘Skim Reaper’ to Combat Credit Card Skimmers
The police department is testing the gadget since February.

Unemployment Rate Drops Below 4%
With a tight job market, high-turnover industries like restaurants and convenience stores might find it harder to fill vacancies.

7-Eleven Tests First Ever Self-Chilling Canned Beverage
The chain launches New Fizzics Sparkling Cold Brew Coffee in a self-chilling can.

Houston Companies Drive in Dollars for Texas Children’s Hospital
The Musket Corporation and Trillium’s annual golf tournament raised $290,000 for area kids.

Whole Foods Market to Join Blink’s Nationwide Charging Station Network
The upscale grocery chain will install Blink Charging electric vehicle chargers at new locations.

May 10, 2018

Court Rules that Retailer SNAP Redemption Data Should be Released
Under FOIA, certain data may be protected from disclosure if it relates to confidential information.

How Convenience Retailers Can Combat Human Trafficking
Public restrooms are one of the few places where victims obtain privacy from their handlers.

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.

How Consumers React to Gas Prices
With nearly 40 million Americans filling up their vehicles every day, their reaction to gas prices has a profound impact on convenience stores.

Convenience Stores Recognized for Hurricane Outreach
NACS public relations campaign following the 2017 hurricanes earns prestigious Stevie Award.

Rising Oil Prices Troubles Retailers
As the cost of crude inches up, the average price of gas soars toward $3 per gallon.

May 9, 2018

Can You Predict the Fuels Market?
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast discusses how retailers can weather the ups and downs of the volatile fuels market.

Pizza Hut Tests Beer Delivery in Arizona, California
The chain expanded its pilot program to close to 100 restaurants.

Data Finds California Has the Most Aggressive Drivers
GasBuddy data reveals where most aggressive driving habits take place.

(Anti) Super Hero Landing at 7-Eleven Stores
7-Eleven Launches First In-Store AR Experiences with ‘Deadpool 2’ movie promotion.

Pilot Flying J Treats Moms to Free Coffee
The travel center and convenience store chain is giving away free cups of Pilot Coffee May 11 to 13.

Tainted Enhancement Products Warning
The FDA has issued numerous notices about “sexual enhancers” products with potentially dangerous ingredients.

May 8, 2018

Severe Shortage of Truckers Triggers Delivery Delays
With not enough drivers to deliver goods, prices have started to inch up too.

FDA Releases Additional Guidance on Menu Labeling
The guidance, in question and answer format, clarifies some parts of the rule.

Fast-Food Chains Refocus on Value
Jack in the Box, McDonald’s and Taco Bell have new offerings on their value menus.

Where Have All the Teenager Workers Gone?
QSRs are scrambling to find cheap labor as fewer teenagers want a part-time job.

Giving Back Boosts the Bottom Line
Small businesses that support social causes find that can translate into more revenue.

C-Store Foodservice Drives In-Store Growth
NACS State of the Industry Summit data reveals that foodservice sales accounted for 22.5% of in-store sales​ in 2017.

May 7, 2018

Menu Labeling Rule Goes In Effect Today
Retailers that share a name with at least 19 other stores must begin labeling the caloric content of any prepared foods.

USDA Drafts Proposal on GMOs
The agency exchanges the term “genetically modified” with “bioengineered,” and allows companies to pick how to disclose ingredients.

It’s Time to Get Serious About Technology
Vish Ganapathy of Accenture shares insights on why convenience retailers must use technology to change their business models.

New York Revisits Higher Smoking Age
State lawmakers will press for raising the tobacco buying age to 21 statewide.

Mother’s Day Spending to Reach $23.1 Billion
Eighty-six percent of Americans will celebrate the holiday honoring mom.

Parents, Millennials Prefer Organics, Meal Kits
The new shopper survey found that “the path to purchase for grocery items is no longer a static and ritual journey.”

May 4, 2018

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

Ohio Approves Accelerated Electric Charging Infrastructure
Regulators added a $9.5 million rebate program for installation of 375 charging stations.

Kroger Closes Convenience Store Sale for $2 Billion
UK-based EG Group finalizes acquisition of 762 c-stores in 18 states.

Hershey Cuts Candy Varieties
Chocolate giant looking for alternatives as trucking shortages and cocoa prices cause financial obstacles.

Marathon Petroleum Purchases Rival Andeavor
The acquisition creates the largest U.S. refiner.

Burger King, Popeyes Pilot Delivery
The fast-food chains are testing delivery at hundreds of restaurants with encouraging early results.

May 3, 2018

NACS Joins with Leading Health Organizations and Beverage Group
The combined mission is to reduce sugar and calories consumed from beverages purchased at convenience stores.

ADA Lawsuit Dismissed for Lack of Standing
The decision is significant because it could limit the number of ADA lawsuits against businesses.

Maverik Joins Partnership for a Healthier America
Retailer aims to promote healthier food choices with new partnership.

What Goes Into a Gallon of Gas
No matter who owns the station, gas prices are ultimately determined by four sets of costs: crude oil, taxes, refining costs and distribution and marketing.

New York Governor Proposes Plastic Bag Ban
Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced legislation for a statewide ban by 2019.

Circle K Introduces Fuel With Miles at Over 20 Florida Locations
The move to Circle K fuel is part of successful global re-branding campaign.

May 2, 2018

Leverage Your Brand Ambassadors
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast shows why investing in your employees pays dividends.

Amazon Will Deliver to Your Car Trunk
The world’s largest online retailer is partnering with GM and Volvo to offer in-car delivery services.

Sell Beer in Utah? You Need a License
New Utah law requires every grocery and convenience store to hold a liquor license if beer is sold.

First Fast-Food Union Takes Shape in Oregon
Burgerville Workers Union is first federally recognized fast-food workers union in the U.S.

Walgreens Tests Lower SKU Counts and Prices
Select Florida stores simplifying store layout and offering new subscription program.

Beyond Immigration Paperwork
Today, retailers have to verify worker identity and work authorization, in addition to having their employee paperwork in order.

May 1, 2018

Problem Solving Today's Challenges With Creativity
How a hippie guitarist from Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers gained a top-secret security clearance through unconventional thinking.

Google Is Using Fast Food Restaurants When Giving Directions
You may start hearing “Turn left after the McDonald’s” instead of street names.​

Coke Zero Sugar Catches On
The brand has experienced double-digit growth.​

Fuel Sales Increased Nearly 15% in 2017
NACS State of the Industry Summit data reveals that overall c-store sales surged to more than $600 billion, led by a 14.9% increase in fuel sales.

Retailers, Distributors Commit to PHA
Eight convenience store chains and five distribution companies are bringing healthier choices to consumers across the United States.

New York City Bill to Require Anti-Harassment Training
Businesses with 15 or more employees could be required to conduct training.

Apr 30, 2018

Learning About Leadership
NACS offers four executive education opportunities for convenience store leaders.

An Expected 80,000 Retail Stores to Close by 2025
That’s the equivalent to seven Toys ‘R’ Us chains.

San Antonio’s Higher Tobacco Buying Age Will Take Effect Oct. 1
Meanwhile, Worcester became the latest Massachusetts city to restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products.

Former Necco CEO Launches Kickstarter
Now, anyone can help #SaveNecco.

Volkswagen Announces Expansion of Fast-Charging Network
Electrify America will partner with an additional 100-plus retailers and convenience stores to add DC fast charging stations.

Ace Hardware and Giant Eagle Grocery to Partner
Coming to Pennsylvania: Lawn mowers next to produce.

Apr 27, 2018

Staying Relevant in Today’s Changing Fuels Market
Come to FUELS2018 to find out how your company can continue to meet the needs of tomorrow’s customers.

Tennessee Passes Legislation for Sunday Liquor Sales
Governor set to sign bill to allow wine and liquor sales on Sundays and select holidays.

What HR Challenges Is the Industry Facing?
The senior vice president of human resources for Casey’s General Stores provides her insights into this question in a Convenience Corner interview.

Walmart and Postmates Team Up for Grocery Delivery
Retailer can now reach 40% of U.S. food shoppers with delivery service.

Domino’s Debuts Outdoor Pizza Delivery Service
Get your pizza delivered to parks, beaches and landmarks.

Convenience Retailers Impact Healthy Choices Movement
Since 2014, NACS members have engaged with the Partnership for a Healthier America to drive change and innovation with healthy options.

Apr 26, 2018

FDA Targets Youth Tobacco Sale Violations
The agency released new enforcement actions and a Youth Tobacco Prevention plan to stop minor use of, and access to, e-cigarettes.

What Consumers Think About Gas Prices
New NACS report reveals insights on consumer perceptions related to gas prices and the economy overall.

Private Labels Are Outpacing National Brands
In-house branded products are experiencing a “complete reversal in growth trajectory.”

What’s New in the Confectionary World
Hershey, Mars and Bazooka release new products.

The Global Chocolate Market Is Growing
The chocolate confectionary market may reach $145.5 billion by 2025.

Chevrolet, Shell Deliver Fuel Payment From Comfort of Driver’s Seat
The companies have teamed up to roll out the automotive industry’s first embedded, in-dash fuel payment and savings experience.

Apr 25, 2018

Consumers Anticipate Gas Prices Will Rise
Despite the expected increase, Americans remain optimistic about the overall economy.

Keeping Your Store Beautiful
This week’s Convenience Matters tells retailers the importance of offering customers ways to recycle and reduce litter.

Making Sense of Menu Labeling
Join NACS for a free webinar on Thursday, April 26, on how to comply with the new federal menu labeling regulations.

Is the Time of Oil Over?
Experts say the fuel has a future, but that it’s changing slowly.

Coke Refreshes Fresca
The soft drink maker wants to rejuvenate the 50-year-old brand.

Is a ‘Junk Food’ Tax in Our Future?
Researchers determine if the U.S. could realistically implement a junk food tax to help fight obesity.

Apr 24, 2018

Sheetz Plans to Add 2,500 Jobs
Convenience store plans to fill jobs throughout its 568 locations.

Labor Is a Hot Industry Issue
NACS State of the Industry Summit data revealed key insights into what the industry must do to attract and grow their workforce.

Convenience Stores Anticipate Strong Summer Travel Sales
Retailers say growth of food, beverage and healthier snacking options will lead to stronger sales.

NACS Launches Donation Kit to Support the American Red Cross
The program is designed to help convenience store companies and their customers connect with a nationwide cause.

GetGo Partners with Grubhub
Giant Eagle’s convenience store chain is dabbling in delivery of its meal options.

Starbucks Prepares for Racial-Bias Training
A recent incident in a Philadelphia store is prompting the company to educate employees.

Apr 23, 2018

Starbucks Debuts Cold Foam
The coffeehouse chain now has a solution that aerates skim milk for a frothy topping for cold or iced drinks.

Gulf Oil Kicks Off Summer-Long Partnership With Live Nation
Gulf will reach millions of concertgoers this summer.

IRI Announces Successful CPG Brands of 2017
Top brands in convenience stores demonstrate the power behind consumers’ quests for indulgent, on-the-go experiences.

To Save Lives, Retailer Stocks Narcan Kits
An Atlantic City convenience store owner received training on how to administer naloxone.

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

PepsiCo Incorporates More Technology in Supply Chain
The company has embraced digital initiatives to make distribution seamless.