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Jul 17, 2018

NACS Show Keynote Speaker Line-up Announced
An impressive roster for this year’s NACS Show includes disruptors, unmarketers and a skilled trade advocate.

NACS Comments on Proposed Tobacco Regulations
FDA proposals would limit the nicotine level in cigarettes and flavorings in tobacco products.

Albertsons Launches Instacart-Powered Virtual Store
O Organics Market will showcase grocer’s organic and natural private brands, offer same-day delivery.

Kroger Debuts OptUP App
Data-driven app aims to encourage shoppers to make healthier decisions.

Califia Farms Receives $50 Million Investment
The plant-based milk company seeks to expand manufacturing and promotion.

Consumers Want Smart Labels
70% of consumers want to know more about a product then the ingredients on the label.


Jul 16, 2018

QSRs To End ‘No Poaching’ Policies
Seven chains will stop practices that could limit employee wages and chance of advancement.

McDonald’s Salads Suspected in Outbreak of Illnesses
Two state health departments are investigating health problems caused by the cyclospora parasite.

Walmart Granted a Patent for Employee Audio Surveillance System
Company could listen in on employee conversations as part of performance evaluations.

Robot Barista Flies Into Texas Airport
Travelers to and from Austin can perk up at Briggo’s Coffee Haus with a robotic server, without ever talking with a human barista.


Jul 13, 2018

Coca-Cola Debuts Reverse Vending Machines
Pilot vending machines support Coke’s “World Without Waste” initiative.

NACS Resource Helps Retailers Tell Their Story
PR Toolkit offers guidelines for building goodwill and establishing positive relationships within the community.

Chick-fil-A Experiments with Electronic Butler Bell
Three Texas locations have seen a boost in sales and hospitality scores after installing the tabletop device.

The Value of Premium Gas
Changes in the marketplace have eroded premium gasoline’s sales, but the grade still accounts for roughly 13% of all gasoline sales.

Tim Hortons Tests Delivery in Canada
Delivery will begin in Vancouver, Edmonton and Ottawa.

Rutter’s Helps Environment Through Coffee Purchase
Convenience store chain recently debuted the second blend of its sustainable coffee program.


Jul 12, 2018

C-Store Sales Up for the First Six Months of 2018
Healthy food and drink sales expected to drive summer in-store sales at U.S. convenience stores.

Seattle Soda Tax Collection Exceeds Expectations
Added tax on sweetened beverages may not be reducing consumption.

Investigation: Possible 'No-Poach' Employee Agreements
Fast-food restaurants probed about restricting competition for employees and keeping hourly wages low.

Digital Coupons Influence QSR and Fast-Casual Diners
Study shows that customers will shift brands or try something new if offered digital coupons.

Walmart to Open More Dallas-Fort Worth Convenience Stores
Four new Walmart c-stores to open in the area this year.

Amazon Gears Up for Prime Day
For the first time, Prime Day will offer deals at Whole Foods Markets.


Jul 11, 2018

Protests Against Cashless Restaurants Grow
As the number of restaurants that eschew cash increases in Washington, D.C., city council members introduce a bill to make retailers accept cash.

Happy 7-Eleven Day!
Once again, the retailer is celebrating its birthday with free Slurpee drinks and a “seven deals in seven days” promo.

Amazon Acquisition Upends Meal-Kit Industry
While the online retailer hasn’t started bringing meal kits to Prime members, meal-kit companies have started to change their business model to stay competitive.

Drive-Thrus Outperform Dining Rooms
For fast-food restaurants, more sales are happening outside the stores, which has led chains to expand their ability to take drive-thru orders.

Looking Into Fuel’s Crystal Ball
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast offers a few predictions about the future of fueling.

Unique Gas Stations Take Center Stage
A new photography book with a preface by Jay Leno showcases the world’s quirkiest gasoline stations—and why we love them.

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