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Jul 1, 2022

NACS Supports JUUL’s Petition for Stay of FDA Marketing Denial Order
The immediate removal of JUUL products would “wreak havoc” on the industry, says the association.

Sheetz Provides Drivers With Relief at the Pump
The company is pricing two alternative fuels below $4 a gallon through the July 4 holiday.

Amazon to Share Cashierless Store Data With Brands, Advertisers
Companies will learn details on how their products are discovered, considered and purchased.

OPEC+ Agrees to Keep Oil Production Plans
The oil producers agree to stay the course with its planned August oil production.

The Wills Group Transforms Neglected Park
The centerpiece of Phoenix Run Park is the new basketball courts with murals.

Love’s Travel Stops Opens New Arkansas Location
The latest stop adds 114 truck parking spaces and 115 jobs to Johnson County.

Jun 30, 2022

Swipe Fees Add to Inflation for Americans Celebrating July 4
The fees merchants pay for accepting credit cards soared 25% last year to a record $137.8 billion.

Chick-fil-A Leads in Customer Satisfaction for 8th Consecutive Year
When it comes to fast-food chains overall, customer satisfaction is slipping.

Health Benefits Give C-Stores the Competitive Edge to Hire, Retain Workers
Companies can no longer offer standard health benefits—they must be low-cost and reliable, too.

Bean-less RTD Coffee Startup Nets $40 Million in Funding
Consumers are not letting go of their ready-to-drink coffees anytime soon.

MAPCO Unveils ‘Store of the Future’ Design
Features include advanced checkout technologies, fee-less ATMs and Amazon lockers.

7-Eleven Touts Its 27th Annual Operation Chill
The program provides police officers with Slurpee coupons to give to young people in their communities.

Jun 29, 2022

Employers Cover Worker Fuel Costs to Stay Competitive
Though gas prices are trickling down, it costs some people twice as much to fill up these days, and the labor market is still tight.

Here’s How C-Stores Honor First Responders
Convenience retailers also recognize those who serve on the frontlines—their own employees.

Amazon to Host 2 Prime Days This Year
The announced extra day comes after lackluster revenue growth from the e-commerce giant.

Cooking at Home Expected to Stay Above Pre-Pandemic Levels
Consumers want convenience when preparing meals, with little or no prep and fast options.

SPAR UK Launches 20-Minute Delivery
The Great Britain c-stores are partnering with Deliveroo, giving customers access to 2,000 products.

Rutter’s Features SPAM Menu Items
The lineup includes seven food items for a limited time only.

Jun 28, 2022

Inflation Impacts Consumers’ July 4 Celebrations
Many are cutting back on dining out, fireworks and travel.

Walmart Canada Launches Virtual C-Store
The retail giant has partnered with Instacart on 30-minute delivery of 4,000 items.

Why Raising Pay to Attract Workers Isn’t Your Only Option
Pay increases only go so far—here’s why you need to add a low-cost, reliable health insurance plan to your benefits offer.

How to Become Digitally Agile
There are certain things c-store retailers should be asking potential vendors to get the most value.

FavTrip Partners With Vroom Delivery on Subscriptions
Retailers can customize their offers and the fees go to them, not third-party providers.

Sweetgreen Gamifies Loyalty Program
Total digital sales were 66% of the fast-casual chain’s revenue in this year’s first quarter.

Jun 27, 2022

High Gas Prices Crimp Convenience Store Sales
53% of retailers surveyed say they expect sales to be lower this summer than last summer.

Car Travel to Set Record This Independence Day
About 42 million people will hit the road over the holiday weekend—topping 2020 numbers.

AI Chatbots Can Help in the Hiring Process
Learn how Maverik is using the technology to attract the right talent and improve the candidate experience.

ROSS Digital Secures $3 Million in Funding
The Singapore food and beverage company wants to develop vending machines of the future.

Small and Mighty
Unique general merchandise products can help you stay trendy and relevant in your market.

How Cold Dispensed Beverages Performed Last Year
Some c-stores are jazzing up their beverage bars with new flavors and functional drinks.

Jun 24, 2022

Juul Wins Temporary Stay of FDA Marketing Denial Order
Retailers can continue to sell JUUL products while the stay issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is in force.

Senators Urge FERC to Level the EV Charging Playing Field
It’s still challenging to identify a viable business case for private investment in EV charging stations.

How ESG Impacts Small Operators in the Industry
The SEC’s proposed rules will amplify the role convenience retailers play in the ESG realm.

7-Eleven Singapore and Tiger Beer Open Beach C-Store
The location offers cold Tiger beer on reverse tap, an exclusive Nitro Tea and Arctic Coke.

Burger King Expands Impossible Whopper Offerings
Royal Perks loyalty members can add avocado spread for $1.

Twice Daily, White Bison Open in Nashville
Also, Wawa plans to expand its Central Pennsylvania store count.

Jun 23, 2022

Biden Calls on Congress to Suspend the Federal Gas Tax
Experts say the temporary reprieve is not the answer to consumer relief at the pump.

NACS Comments on SEC Proposed Rules to Curb Misleading ESG Funds
The commission’s proposal “creates unwieldy economic burdens.”

How to Protect Your Bottom Line
Here’s why you should let a financial “security guard” step in to get your expenses in check.

What You Should Be Asking Your Tech Vendors
This is how convenience retailers can be truly digitally agile.

Pilot Flying J Launches Clothing Line
The apparel includes men’s and women’s work and casual wear.

Casey’s Newest Innovation Is BBQ Brisket Pizza
Meanwhile, 7-Eleven releases a PB&J cappuccino.

Jun 22, 2022

FDA Announces Plans for Proposed Rule on Very Low Nicotine
The agency seeks to establish a maximum level of nicotine in cigarettes.

Visa, Mastercard Increase Pump Limits
Retailers may need to call their processors to have the changes implemented.

Food and Beverage Industry Takes Hit as Consumers Save Money
Many Americans are eating out less, and they’re also purchasing less meat.

How to Hire Faster
AI-powered chatbots can cut down on time to hire, improve the candidate experience and get the right talent on your team.

18% of Restaurant Goers Also Visit Metaverse
Wealthier millennials are more likely to explore the virtual world, and all patrons want friendly, familiar staff in the real world.

Rutter’s Opens New West Virginia Location
This is the Pennsylvania retailer’s 82nd location and third store launch this year.

Jun 21, 2022

Mondelēz to Buy Clif Bar for $2.9 Billion
Kellogg, meanwhile, plans to split into three companies to focus on snacking, cereal and plant-based foods.

Biden May Enact a Federal Gas Tax Holiday
The president says he will decide whether to pause the 18.4-cent-a-gallon tax by the end of the week.

Don’t Let Cost Creep Happen in Your Contracts
You can get off the roller coaster of complex indirect supplier expenses.

Here’s How to Up Your Category Management Game
NACS is offering the pre-NACS Show Certified Convenience Advanced Category Management workshop again this year.

Labor Market, Inflation Impact Small Businesses
Nearly two-thirds of small business owners say that hiring challenges are hindering operations.

Walmart Updates Fleet Driver Tech
The revamped system gives the retail giant a near real-time assessment of freight management.

Jun 20, 2022

FDA Extends Menthol Ban Comment Period by 30 Days
NACS, along with other associations, had asked the FDA for an extension of the comment period.

NACS Show Early Bird Discount Ends Today
It’s your last chance to save $300 off buyer rates for this year’s NACS Show in Las Vegas.

Kroger’s Gives Members a Boost on Fuel Discounts
The paid membership program offers double the fuel points on every dollar spent, plus free grocery delivery.

QuikTrip Opens 1st Location in Colorado
The new c-store is in a suburb of Denver.

Chipotle Pilots Mexican Cauliflower Rice in Select Locations
The new keto-friendly limited time offering follows the successful cilantro-lime version.

Hershey Honored as a Leading Community-Minded Company
This is the 10th consecutive year Hershey has been recognized by The Civic 50 by Points of Light.

Jun 17, 2022

Instacart Launches Instacart+ Subscription Service
The program is a revamped version of Instacart Express and aims to save customers time and money.

There Is Strategy (and History) Behind 9/10 of a Cent Fuel Pricing
A decades-old method is still relevant today, even though we don’t circulate fractions of a penny.

The Snacks and Candy Categories Reign On
Creating an experience around these products can win over customers and keep them coming back.

7-Eleven Adds Boneless Wings to Summer Menu
Additionally, TXB c-stores source local ingredients for new LTO lineup.

Panera Gives Away Phone Charger Cup
Meanwhile, vitaminwater’s new campaign focuses on consumer wellness.

Amazon Prime Day Is Happening Next Month
There will be more third-party sellers participating in this year’s event than in 2021.

Jun 16, 2022

Data Is Power
NACS releases its annual State of the Industry Report, the industry’s premier benchmarking tool.

Delivery Drivers Don’t Want to Pick Up Orders Without Tips
If a meal isn’t retrieved, the foodservice provider ultimately pays.

Are COLAs the New Flexible Schedule?
Cost of living adjustments are something workers are now looking for in potential employers.

Cumberland Farms Moves Into the Gulf Coast
Meanwhile, Rutter’s open its 18th video gaming terminal in its Lebanon, Pennsylvania, location.

Mars Releases Sustainability-Inspired Chocolate Bar
CO2COA is available for purchase online only while supplies last.

Hunt Brothers Pizza Launches Summer Sweepstakes
C-store customers can scan QR codes on pizza boxes for a chance to win an E-Z-GO Liberty and more.

Jun 15, 2022

Biden’s EV Charging Plan Draws Skepticism From Some States
A charging station every 50 miles won’t work in desolate areas, while ratepayer-funded chargers are not the answer.

A Ghost Kitchen Is Coming to This Texas Walmart
The delivery and to-go only restaurant will feature menu items from up to 28 national restaurant brands.

Coca-Cola to Release Jack & Coke Canned Cocktail
The canned cocktail segment is growing quickly, as consumers move from alcoholic seltzers to stronger flavors.

Combating Inflation With Data
Consumer shopping behaviors are shifting in response to historic inflation. Here’s what you can do to combat price pressure and keep your customers’ loyalty.

Kum & Go to Update Digital Platforms
The convenience retailer has signed a multiyear agreement with Myplanet.

Retail Sales in Singapore Rise as Border Restrictions Ease
See firsthand the city-state’s thriving retail scene at NACS Convenience Summit Asia.

Jun 14, 2022

Federal Privacy Legislation Should Apply to All Industry Sectors
NACS testifies before Congress on data privacy and its impact on Main Street businesses.

This Startup Delivers Chef-Inspired Meals Via Food Trucks
The company is valued at $3.5 billion.

How Flexibility Is a Key Recruiting Tool
These c-store retailers have implemented flexible and unique scheduling arrangements.

Fuels Institute Explores Carbon Benefits of Biofuels
The white paper will help spark conversation on finding an answer to reducing emissions from all vehicles.

Casey’s Releases Exclusive MTN DEW Flavor
The MTN DEW OVERDRIVE label pays homage to the c-store.

Marathon Tests New Branding
The updated look is brighter and more modern.

Jun 13, 2022

Panera Opens Digital-Only Restaurant in Chicago
The location addresses labor challenges and the changing demands of consumers.

FDA Weighing Rule to Require Less Nicotine in Cigarettes
If enacted, the policy wouldn’t take effect for several years.

NACS Show Early Bird Registration Deadline Extended
Register by June 20 and save $300 with an all-access pass to the Expo and education sessions.

Retailers: Check Your Synthetic Nicotine Products
Products with PMTAs can stay on shelves for another month, and then only those with marketing granted orders can be sold after that time.

EPA Extends Emergency Waiver for E15
This is the second extension and is effective June 11-30.

QuickChek Helps Fight Food Insecurity
Picking peaches and pinching pennies has allowed the New Jersey retailer to give fresh food to those in need.

Jun 10, 2022

Consumers Rethink Their Driving Habits
Strapped for cash, motorists are filling up halfway to make it to their next paycheck.

America Turns to Dollar Stores as Prices Rise
With inflation hitting a 40-year high of 8.6% in May, consumers are looking for cheaper groceries and private labels.

Here’s a Closer Look at Our Industry’s Performance Last Year
Only the top 40% of c-store operators are making money inside the store.

Pilot Company Upgrades 4 Travel Centers
The renovations are part of the Tennessee retailer’s $1-billion initiative to upgrade more than 400 locations.

7-Eleven Amps Up Its Birthday Celebration
From July 1-11, customers can get free Slurpees plus $1 drinks and snacks.

GATE Foundation Raises $30,000 for Juvenile Diabetes Research
Customers at GATE Convenience Stores purchased $1 paper icons and rounded up their change.

Jun 9, 2022

U.S. DOT Announces Rulemaking on EV Chargers
The proposed requirements for an EV charging network are aimed at helping states develop EV deployment plans.

Ultra-Fast Grocery Delivery Faces Headwinds
Investors in these startups are leery of the oversaturated market, blurring category lines and weakening consumer demand.

Kwik Trip Launches Carryout, Curbside and Delivery
All services are powered through the Kwik Rewards app.

Fuels Institute, NAFA to Help Members With ESG
This new partnership will provide guidance and reduce costs for fleets while yielding final ESG reports.

Blue Apron Offers Meal Kits for Non-Subscribers Via Walmart is the meal kit provider’s only partner outside of its subscription model.

Yesway Announces Uvalde Strong Fundraiser
Yesway and Allsup’s customers can make donations throughout June at checkout.

Jun 8, 2022

Why Relief at the Pump Is Nowhere in Sight
Several factors are at play, but it boils down to high demand and low supply.

Ohio Bill Would Subsidize Utilities’ Plans for EV Charging System
NACS urges lawmakers to level the playing field for electric vehicle charging.

NACS Urges Congress to Extend Biodiesel Blenders’ Tax Credit
The extension should be in parity with renewable fuel and other alternative fuels using the same blend stocks.

Wawa to Expand Into Nashville
The c-store plans to open 54 new stores in 2022.

Foxtrot Taps Former Taco Bell, Drybar Executive
The omnichannel retailer looks to expand at a rapid pace and up its prepared-meal offering.

Sweet Coffee for the Win
Consumers want sweet products for their at-home coffee concoctions.

Jun 7, 2022

Rutter’s Raises Starting Pay to $17 an Hour
This is the sixth time in three years that the c-store retailer has bumped up its minimum pay.

Here’s How Walmart+ Weekend Went
Early data show that the Walmart+ members-only sale was not well-known, and inflation is impacting customer spending.

Standout C-Store Loyalty Programs Recognized
Paytronix heralded three companies with innovative and impactful digital guest engagement programs.

Combat Inflation in Your Business
Learn data-driven strategies to keep sales volumes up and sustain customer loyalty.

It’s OK if Your Employees Quit. Here’s Why.
Leaders should celebrate their workers’ decisions to leave.

Beer Category Innovation Drives Growth
Despite slower growth, beer continues to bring profits and foot traffic to c-stores.

Jun 6, 2022

NACS Requests 60-Day Extension on Menthol Ban Comment Period
Also, members of Congress have asked the FDA not to proceed with the ban on menthol.

EPA Sets 2020-22 Biofuel Blending Mandate
The agency denied oil refiners waivers to be exempt from the requirements.

Congratulations to the NACS European Convenience Retail Award Winners
The awards recognize European c-store leaders in overall excellence, sustainability and technology.

Walmart to Open 4 ‘Next Gen’ Fulfillment Centers
The centers will turn a 12-step fulfillment process into five via new technology developed for the retail giant.

Workers Want Flexible Schedules. Here’s How to Deliver.
Savvy retailers are finding new ways of being flexible to meet employee needs.

7-Eleven Opens New Dallas Location
The store features mobile checkout, a self-serve espresso machine and its Laredo Taco Company foodservice concept.

Jun 3, 2022

Robot Labor Is Growing Amid Labor Shortage
The U.S. has been slower to embrace robotics than other industrialized countries, but that’s changing.

A Nuanced Look at ESG at NACS Convenience Summit Europe
Here’s how three convenience retailers in Northern Ireland, Poland and Turkey are living out their corporate values.

Los Angeles to Ban Sales of Flavored Tobacco Products
The ban, which was passed unanimously, includes menthol.

Self-Checkout Is Coming to 7,000 Circle K and Couche-Tard Stores
The technology is powered by Mashgin.

Colonial Oil Acquires Peak Energy/Haywood Oil Company
The acquisition allows for greater customer reach in the Asheville, N.C., market.

Chipotle to Accept Cryptocurrency as Payment
The QSR has partnered with Flexa, a digital payments network.

Jun 2, 2022

OPEC+ Raises Oil Output More Than Anticipated
The higher amount marks the end of the historic output cuts OPEC+ had implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Labor Remains a Global Pain Point
NACS Convenience Summit Europe speakers shared creative ways to tackle this pressing problem.

Customers Crave Customized Loyalty Experiences
Tokenization captures customer data securely—even people who aren’t signed up for your loyalty program.

DoorDash Finalizes Acquisition of Wolt
DoorDash is now in 27 countries as it completes the largest merger in the food delivery industry.

7-Eleven Kicks Off ‘Brainfreeze Season’
Also, Texas Born announces its Summer Scratch & Win giveaway.

MAPCO Opens New Tennessee Location
The store features MAPCO’s new “Store of the Future” design including self-checkout.

Jun 1, 2022

The Convenience Scene Is Thriving in Berlin
NACS Ideas 2 Go took Convenience Summit Europe attendees on a journey of fresh food, private-label goods and energy.

Viral Challenge Celebrates Frozen Dispensed Beverages
“Seven Second Freeze Challenge” encourages people to take videos while drinking their favorite frozen dispensed beverage—and support a good cause.

How C-Stores Can Minimize the Impacts of Inflation
There are data-driven strategies c-stores can implement to keep sales volumes up and sustain customer loyalty.

Restaurant Traffic Was Down 4% in April
Traffic is down 11% compared to pre-pandemic levels, and rising costs are to blame.

Casey’s Loyalty Program Hits 5 Million
The rewards program launched in 2020 and is the easiest way to order Casey’s pizza.

Rutter’s Surpasses $730,000 at Annual Golf Outing
Since 2003, the event has raised more than $10 million.

May 31, 2022

EU to Ban Most Russian Oil Imports
Crude oil prices soar in response, as Russia says it will find other importers for its oil.

Why Building an Efficient EV Charger Network Will Be a Slow Process
The U.S. EV charging infrastructure will need to catch up soon, as major automakers rush to create electric vehicles.

Give Your Customers a Customized Payments Experience
There’s a way for c-store retailers to gather customer data (even without a centralized payments network).

Attract and Retain Workers with Earned Wage Access
Offering employees on-demand access to earned wages could increase employee morale and improve recruitment and retention rates.

Organic Strawberries Linked to Hepatitis A Outbreak
The strawberries were sold at several retailers.

Americans Are Hitting the Road This Summer
Nearly 35 million are expected to road trip, and where will they pit stop? Convenience stores.

May 27, 2022

NACS Favors a Central Bank Digital Currency System
However, the Federal Reserve should consider these six priorities when creating a CBDC.

Here’s What Global Convenience Retailers Are Talking About
From Hamburg to London to Stuttgart to Warsaw, technology and labor are big issues.

Gopuff Invests in New Features for Gig Workers
The updates focus on payments for delivery workers.

GPM Raises $16,500 for Friendship Circle of Virginia
The nonprofit creates an inclusive social community for people with and without disabilities.

Apple to Pay U.S. Employees $22 an Hour
Employers paid workers 4.5% more in Q1, but when inflation is considered, employees lost money in their paychecks.

SEC Releases Proposed Rules to Curb Misleading ESG Funds
The measures would provide guidance on marketing and investment practices.

May 26, 2022

3 Out of 4 Americans to Celebrate Memorial Day
Beer and meat top the list of planned expenditures; 73% of consumers will cut back on spending this year.

Circle K to Sell 109 Locations in U.S. and Canada
NRC Realty & Capital Advisors have been tapped to coordinate and manage the sale of the stores.

What to Expect This Summer Travel Season
Travelers looking to offset historically high gas prices could turn to c-stores to save money this summer, says AAA.

The Case for Developing an ESG Plan
Having an ESG plan is no longer a voluntary initiative—it is becoming deeply embedded within society.

NOAA Predicts Another Active Atlantic Hurricane Season
There could be up to 21 named storms, with three to six of those being major hurricanes.

Maverik Raises Nearly $764,000 for Ukrainian Humanitarian Aid
100% of the donations go to the global Red Cross network.

May 25, 2022

Walmart Expands Drone Delivery to 4 Million Households
In pilot programs, the retailer discovered customers are using the service for convenience.

Have You Tried Pay Timing to Attract and Retain Employees?
Eliminating the gap between paychecks can reassure workers who want to access their money as soon as it’s earned.

Rutter’s Launches Private-Label Spiked Tea Cooler
Also, 7-Eleven offers free pizza to new 7NOW members, and Chester’s Chicken expands its menu.

Pilot Flying J Wants You to Take a Road Trip
The travel stop is giving away $50,000 in fuel and offering gas and diesel discounts via the Pilot Flying J rewards app.

10-Minute-Delivery Startup Gorillas Lays Off Staff
Gorillas says it’s focusing on its five core markets and with that focus comes the layoffs.

Yesway Opens 3 New Allsup’s Stores
In honor of the grand openings, Yesway donated funds to the local communities.

May 24, 2022

Markus Laenzlinger Named 2022 NACS European Convenience Industry Leader of the Year
Under Laenzlinger’s 22-year tenure, migrolino has become a leading convenience retail brand in Switzerland.

Fast-Food Chains Bet on Breakfast
The morning commute is returning, and fast-food competes for customers’ wallets with digital offers, promos and new menu items.

White House Weighs Tapping Into Emergency Diesel Reserve
Soaring prices for diesel are likely being passed on to American families.

Here’s What Customers Order Most on DoorDash
Delivery remains a go-to for some consumers, with 83% placing orders as much or more than they did last year.

Amazon Uses Gig Workers to Deliver From Malls
Many companies like Amazon offer flexible hours and competitive pay, yet 20% of workers feel their job is secure.

Parkland Sponsors Chip Ganassi Racing INDYCAR, Indy Lights Teams
The Motorsports partnership will help drive growth among Parkland’s passionate fanbase.

May 23, 2022

Here’s How to Help Stop the FDA Menthol Ban
NACS is asking convenience retailers to submit comments to the agency.

34.9 Million Travelers to Hit the Road This Memorial Day
People want to travel for leisure despite historically high costs.

Jif Peanut Butter Products Linked to Salmonella
Meanwhile, in Europe, chocolate Easter eggs have been linked to a salmonella outbreak.

J&J Snack Foods Acquires Dippin’ Dots for $222 Million
The deal allows J&J to leverage the convenience channel to add scale and create new selling opportunities.

Convenience Retailing Industry Unites for 24/7 Day
Held on July 24, 24/7 Day honors first responders, medical and emergency professionals and Red Cross volunteers.

Couche-Tard to Roll Out EV Chargers in 200 Circle K and Couche-Tard Stores
Meanwhile, Hyundai chooses Georgia for new EV plant and battery manufacturing facility.

May 20, 2022

What Consumers Should Know When Gas Prices Soar
Many think station owners are profiting amid record-high gas prices, but the industry knows that’s not the case.

Former Disney CEO to Invest, Advise Gopuff
The upstart convenience delivery service was last valued at $15 billion.

Who Are Your Eco-Driven Customers?
70% of sustainability-minded shoppers are more likely to buy from a brand making eco-friendly strides.

Amazon Fresh Is Coming to New York Metro Area
The retail giant plans to open multiple locations and is hiring for positions that pay up to $18.55 an hour.

Love’s Opens New Georgia Location
The latest travel stop adds 74 truck parking spaces and 60 jobs to Effingham County.

C-Store Foodservice Is Poised for Growth
Prepared food led the way to recovery in 2021, NACS SOI data indicate.

May 19, 2022

5 C-Store Brands Land on Best Retailer List
All of the convenience retailers had an NPS of 85 or higher. Here’s who made the list.

Mastercard’s Pilot Biometric Payment Program Raises Privacy Concerns
The system allows customers to check out with the swipe of their hand or a smile.

Cigarette Warning Rule Is Postponed Until 2023
The final requirement now will take effect on July 8, 2023.

Consumers Expected to Spend $20 Billion on Father’s Day This Year
The amount is close to last year’s spend of $20.1 billion, despite inflationary concerns.

GPM Brings Back 100 Days of Summer Promotions
Additionally, Rutter’s adds Mrs. T’s pierogies to its foodservice menu.

Thorntons Opens Its 1st Store in La Vergne, Tennessee
The 5,500 square-foot location is the 18th Thorntons in the state and features self-checkout.

May 18, 2022

Retail Sales Climbed in April
Gas station sales fell 2.7% last month but are up 36.9% from a year ago.

U.S. Increases Temporary Worker Visas by 35,000
The additional permits are intended to ease the labor shortage.

Dollar General Widens Assortment of Healthy Foods
The discount retailer has a goal to have fresh food in up to 10,000 stores, with many in food deserts.

Here Are 5 Gen Z Dining Trends
Think functional foods, shared meals and knowing how their food got to them.

Coca-Cola Bottles in U.K. to Get Attached Caps
The new design allows for the plastic bottle and cap to be recycled together.

Enmarket Provides Free Meals to Truck Drivers
Every other month, the c-store partners with Veteran Carriers to recognize truckers.

May 17, 2022

Congress Considers Energy Price-Gouging Legislation
NACS and other fuel retail groups are concerned the House bill singles out motor fuel for legal scrutiny.

Consumers Say Inflation Is a Big Problem
70% of consumers are intentionally trying to save money, including opting for private labels and looking for promotions.

Here’s What’s Trending in Global Convenience
From the U.S. to the UK to Germany, see what NACS’ global director spotted on his latest journeys in convenience retail.

62% of Households Have at Least 1 Retail Subscription
Target’s same-day delivery is more popular than Amazon’s expedited shipping, and it’s capturing more trips.

OnCue Partners With Skydance Brewing on Craft Beer
The LTO brew is an orange Belgian-style wit and available in six-packs in Oklahoma City locations.

Walmart Utilizes College Grad Program to Recruit Store Managers
The retail giant wants to protect its labor pool for the top store spot, which often pays over $200,000 a year.

May 16, 2022

NACS Seeks to Block California Zero-Emission Vehicle Mandate
Regulators “should encourage innovation to meet environmental performance goals,” NACS says.

European Convenience Channel Returns to Growth
The fastest-growing categories were health and personal care, soft drinks and fresh foods.

Use Health Benefits to Retain Employees
Survey suggests prioritizing employee health may help address the "Great Resignation."

Labor Department Should Halt Overtime Rulemaking, NACS Says
Amid supply chain snarls, staff shortages and inflation, now is not the time to change the overtime rule.

Yesway Opens New Allsup’s Stores in Texas, New Mexico
The new-to-the-industry hybrid truck-stop convenience stores are the first of a new prototype.

Kwik Trip Turns to Coinsource for Bitcoin ATMs
More than 700 locations across the Midwest are getting the new crypto-currency machines.

May 13, 2022

Merchants Say It’s Time for Fed to Resolve Debit Routing and Fees
The urgency to address swipe fees amid near-record inflation is more pronounced than ever.

Vuse Vibe, Vuse Ciro Secure FDA Marketing Authorization
Clearing this regulatory hurdle is another win for R.J. Reynolds’ ENDS products.

Maverik, Bureau of Land Management Team Up to Prevent Wildfires
“Spark Safety, Not Wildfires” PSAs will play on the forecourt and inside nearly 400 stores in the West.

Kum & Go to Add 900+ Store Positions
The hiring drive is part of the retailer’s new fresh-foodservice program and expansion into new markets.

How to Engage the Front Line
Successful retailers use communication strategies and internal technologies to combat turnover on the front lines.

Shell, Penske Truck Leasing Partner on EV Charging
Meanwhile, Daimler and Cummins collaborate on hydrogen fuel-cell trucks in North America.

May 12, 2022

Inflation Eases but It’s Not Time to Celebrate
A 6.1% drop in gasoline prices helped to slow inflation, but food costs are soaring.

Tiger Fuel Leads With Solar
The convenience retailer is diversifying its energy portfolio and supporting its community.

Are Your Digital Screens On? Here’s How to Check in Real Time.
What about correct content? There’s a solution to verify that, too.

NACS to Host 1st Food Safety Summit
Taking place at the NACS Show, the inaugural event features food safety experts and academia.

Sheetz and Goetze’s Marry Milkshakes and Candy
Swirled with Cow Tales flavors, the new shakes will rotate by season.

Rutter’s Opens 2nd C-Store in Maryland
This marks the Pennsylvania-based chain’s 81st location.

May 11, 2022

EV Startups Face Stiff Competition From Seasoned Automakers
New EV companies see their stock prices drop, while Ford reports a 139% EV-sales increase.

Swedish Match Says Yes to Philip Morris’ $16.2 Billion Offer
The all-cash deal for the leader in the nicotine pouch category widens PMI’s access to the U.S. market.

Gas Prices Set Another Record
Consumers aren’t seeing much relief at the pump as summer driving season approaches.

EG America Sweetens Fuel Rewards
The SmartPay program reached a milestone $5 billion in fuel sales, so to celebrate, members get 20 cents off a gallon.

Kraft Heinz to Create Paper Ketchup Bottle
The CPG company is working with Pulpex to make the recyclable container.

Buc-ee’s to Open 1st South Carolina Location Next Week
The Florence site is 53,000 square feet and will bring 175 full-time jobs to the area.

May 10, 2022

Philip Morris in Talks to Acquire Swedish Match
The move would advance the tobacco giant’s ambitions in the fast-growing OTP category.

Pump Prices, Inflation Have Americans Rethinking Summer Travel
As gasoline prices hit a new record of $4.37 a gallon, some vacationers mull sticking closer to home.

The Complexities of Digital Advertising
Digital screens offer myriad benefits to convenience retailers, but first they need to be turned on.

Wawa Keeps 15-Cent Fuel Discount Going
With gas prices still at a record-high, convenience store retailers try to take the sting out of fueling up.

Parkland Invests in Renewable Fuels
The $600 million Burnaby Refinery projects will advance the company’s decarbonization strategy.

7-Eleven Customers Could Win a Custom-Themed Mustang
Also, the c-store retailer is launching its Brands with Heart program for the fourth year.

May 9, 2022

How to Recruit Fringe Workers
The labor-market gap has employers looking outside target age demographics to teens and seniors.

Gas Tax Relief Is Complicated
Easing consumer pain is a good idea, unless it causes more problems.

Digital Orders Play Bigger Role in C-Store Foodservice
55% of online orders were takeout as opposed to delivery or curbside.

Hunt Brothers Pizza Brings Back Chicken Alfredo LTO
The turnkey pizza company also is expanding into the New Mexico market.

GPM Investments Aims to Hire 5,000 Employees
The company is recruiting for full- and part-time positions and will offer hiring bonuses this summer.

Hershey Lands on Diversity List
The recognition reaffirms the company’s commitment to DEI.

May 6, 2022

Senator Delivers Powerful Speech on Swipe Fees
Durbin told the Senate that the fees are anticompetitive and are a cost to Americans.

Here’s What C-Store Shoppers Are Actually Thinking
Most are deciding to buy something at your c-store before they even walk through your doors.

NACS Annual Report Spotlights Industry Wins
What the convenience retailing industry has accomplished together is a story worth sharing.

Save on Your Hotel Room at FUELS2022
Today is the last day to get a discounted room.

Maverik Spiffs Up Loyalty Program
Nitro Card members save 10 cents a gallon and get discounts on beverages and food.

Pilot Donated $100,000 to Military Members and Their Families
Meanwhile, Parker’s supports a local school district, and EG America is raising funds for United Way during May.

May 5, 2022

Crude Oil Rises After EU Proposes Sanctions
Meanwhile, OPEC+ is expected to continue another modest oil output for June.

Congress Looks at Excessive Swipe Fees
“The credit card market is an antitrust problem, and there is plenty of consumer harm to prove that,” NACS testifies.

FDA Issues 1st Warning Letters for Delta-8 THC Products
The agency warned five companies for violations, including marketing unapproved new drugs, misbranding and adding delta-8 THC to food.

NACS Earns 2022 ENERGY STAR® Award
EPA honors the 210 winners of the 2022 awards.

Casey’s Launches Summer of Freedom Sweepstakes
Customers can enter through the Casey’s Rewards app.

Love’s Travel Stops Helps Customers Meet Their ESG Goals
Love’s alternative and renewable fuels unit Trillium will partner with engine maker Cummins on the initiative.

May 4, 2022

NACS Testifies at Senate Swipe Fee Hearing Today
Visa and Mastercard’s market power hurt American businesses, NACS general counsel says.

Here’s How You Can Help in the Fight Against Swipe Fees
NACS encourages the convenience retailing industry to tell Congress to #FightSwipeflation and hold credit card firms accountable.

Job Openings Set New Record in March
“There is little sign of cooling in the greatest job seekers’ market of all time.”

Wawa to Hand Out 272,000 Reusable Bags
Every New Jersey Wawa is giving away 1,000 reusable bags today as the state’s single-use plastic bag ban takes effect.

Fewer than Half of U.S. Consumers Plan to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
Consumers expect inflation and product shortages to impact their plans.

10-Minute Delivery Company Zepto Valued at $900 Million
The Indian grocery delivery company wants to expand in a market worth $45 billion.

May 3, 2022

The C-Store Industry Is Moving Full Speed Ahead
We’re all in—early bird registration for the 2022 NACS Show is now open.

Is There a Tipping Point for Rising Consumer Costs?
Experts say spending should stay the course this year, but next year is the big question.

EPA Issues Emergency Fuel Waiver for E15 Sales
The agency cited the Russia-Ukraine war as the reason for the waiver.

Immigrants to Get U.S. Work Permit Extensions
A new Biden Administration policy grants up to an 18-month extension for recently expired or expiring documents.

Celebrate Summer With New Products
The Cool New Products Discovery Center will get stores ready to deliver summertime excitement.

Labor Costs Reach Record Highs
Companies are increasing their spend on employees to remain attractive in a tight labor market.

May 2, 2022

Amazon’s 1st Suburban Convenience Store Opens in Washington
The online retailer says it's “aiming to reinvent convenience.”

Invest in Your Future Leaders
The NACS Foundation Future Fund Scholarship Program helps develop the next generation of industry superstars.

Here’s Why You Should Text Your Customers
Text marketing is becoming an effective way to reach your audience.

Kum & Go Supports Suicide Prevention Initiative
The c-store will display crisis stickers featuring Iowa, national lifeline supports in all 400+ Kum & Go stores.

Spring Has Sprung at 7-Eleven
Floral flavors and vitamin-infused beverages are part of the c-store’s spring beverage lineup.

Miami Residents Can Now Get Instacart in 15 Minutes
The grocery delivery company can handle speedy delivery through its nano-fulfillment centers powered by Publix.

Apr 29, 2022

Tobacco Companies Speak Out Against FDA Menthol Ban
“Harm reduction, not prohibition, is the better path forward.”

To-Go Orders Lose Ground to Delivery, Drive-Thru
Restaurant visits fell in the first quarter, and all dayparts were either flat or lower.

7-Eleven Looks to Hire 60,000 Employees
Kroger is also hosting a hiring event to fill 23,000 positions.

Consumers Are Metaverse Curious
64% of consumers have purchased a virtual good or taken part in a virtual experience or service.

Choice Market to Open University of Denver Location
Meanwhile, Love’s opens a location in Minnesota, and Alltown Fresh’s foodservice concept expands.

Here Is the Best C-Store Food in Every State
Many of the gas stations on the Mashed list were featured in the NACS Ideas 2 Go series.

Apr 28, 2022

FDA Releases Menthol Ban Proposals
The rulemaking would affect menthol cigarettes and all flavored cigars.

Walmart Increases Fuel Discount for Walmart+ Members
The retailer also expands participating gas stations through a partnership with Exxon and Mobil.

NACS to Testify at Senate Hearing on Swipe Fees
The move comes after legislators asked Visa and Mastercard to hold off on swipe fee increases.

120,000+ Pounds of Ground Beef Recalled
The meat is from Lakeside Refrigerated Service; there have been no reports of illness related to the recall so far.

Designing Your Store to Stand Out
It’s competitive out there, and c-store retailers need to be the place of choice for consumers.

The Difference in Decarbonizing Commercial Vehicles
The Fuels Institute will host a free webinar tomorrow on the easiest and hardest commercial vehicles to decarbonize.

Apr 27, 2022

Mondelēz to Buy Grupo Bimbo’s Ricolino for $1.3 Billion
Meanwhile, Canadian better-for-you candy company Yumy Candy will expand to the U.S.

A New Third-Party Delivery App Is Entering the Scene
Backed by the Restaurant Marketing and Delivery Association, LocalDelivery sets customers up with smaller, local food delivery companies.

Sam’s Club to Offer Cash Back for EV Charging
Club members who use the retailers’ branded credit card can earn 5% in Sam’s Cash when they charge their EVs.

FDA Approves 4 NJOY Ace ENDS Products
The agency also denied PMTAs for other Ace e-cigarette products, which NJOY had already removed from the market.

Love’s Travel Stops Graduates First Class From Truck Care Academy
The accelerated program trains attendees to become diesel technicians for Love’s.

7-Eleven Celebrates Cinco de Mayo With Mini Spicy Breakfast Empanadas
7Rewards members can get three empanadas with any sized coffee for $4.

Apr 26, 2022

Ukrainian Refugees Can Secure U.S. Work Status
A new White House program allows businesses and others to sponsor Ukrainian nationals.

25% of C-Stores Are Not EMV Compliant
Payment fraud is mounting, so if your business hasn’t made the switch, here’s why you need to upgrade now.

Swipe Fees Continue to Hurt Merchants, Consumers
The average family spends $700 a year on swipe fees, which are fueling inflation.

FUELS2022 Discount Ends Tomorrow
The Fuels Institute’s annual conference will discuss the decarbonization of the transportation system.

Burger King Loyalty Members Now Get Free Fries
The fast-food restaurant’s app is the 10th most downloaded among QSRs.

Get Upside Rebrands as Upside
The tech company has secured $165 million in financing to expand into new retail categories.

Apr 25, 2022

20% of Your Workforce Plans to Quit Within a Year
Workers make 11% more on average when they switch jobs, but wage growth is helping fan inflation.

Illinois Gas Stations Required to Post Gas Tax Relief Sign
The Illinois Fuel and Retail Association is suing the state over enforcing the rule.

Exxon Mobil Mulling Full Exit From Russia
The energy company still does limited chemical and lubricant business in Russia.

Here’s How to Upgrade Your Loyalty Program
This free webinar will help you drive higher engagement, increase personalization and customization with your program.

Enmarket Donates 500 Gallons of Fuel for Tornado Cleanup Efforts
The c-store fueled fleets of trucks, tractors and construction gear to clear trees and storm debris.

7-Eleven Says Yes to Taquitos for Breakfast
Customers can pair a taquito with any sized iced coffee for $1.

Apr 22, 2022

Casey’s Talks Cheese and Swipe Fees
The key ingredient for pizza costs 16% more than a year ago, and higher fuel prices mean credit card firms get a bigger slice of fees.

Mars Wrigley to Expand R&D Hub
The candy maker’s multimillion-dollar investment will create its largest innovation center in the world.

UBS Arena’s Checkout-Free Stores Use Amazon’s Technology
The New York sports and entertainment venue opened two new “On the Fly” shops.

Love’s Travel Stops Opens New South Carolina, Washington Stores
The two newest sites add 150 truck parking spaces and 145 jobs combined.

Self-Checkout Arrives at Pete’s of Erie C-Stores
The Kansas-based retailer is upgrading all 50 of its locations with the Gilbarco Veeder-Root systems.

Explore the MHDV Market in a Fuels Institute Webinar
When it comes to vehicle emissions, there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

Apr 21, 2022

NFPA Rejects Proposed Fire Safety Rules for EVs at Gas Stations
The proposals would have hindered gas stations and truck stops from adding more EV chargers.

Instacart Debuts Contactless Checkout System at Fenway
The Caper Counter reportedly cuts transaction times by 65% and is designed for small store footprints.

40% of Shoppers Buy Plant-Based Products
Eating healthy spurs consumers to pick these foods, and over half say this is a long-term choice.

Chipotle to Invest $50 Billion in Forward-Thinking Companies
The fast-casual chain wants to expand its convenience for consumers, among other priorities, via venture funding.

Coca-Cola Donated $1 Million to Georgia Truck Driving Program
The money will bolster the state’s program in hopes that more people will become truckers.

Brits and Germans Want to Shop Sustainably, but Inflation Is a Barrier
Food and drink purchases are mainly led by price in the U.K. and taste in Germany.

Apr 20, 2022

Consumers Overestimate the EV Market
They think there are a lot more EVs on the market than reality, and they want EV charging at convenience stores.

Wawa Plans Aggressive Growth
The retailer wants to double its store count and enter new states; meanwhile, Rutter’s opens its 80th location.

Turning the Great Resignation Into the Great Attraction
Workers ditching their jobs is still a thing. Here’s how you can flip it in your favor.

Panera Adds 26 Drinks to Unlimited Coffee Subscription
Panera CEO hopes expanding the program’s beverage menu will lift lunch and dinner daypart sales.

Pilot Flying J Offers $1 Cold Brew Today
The company is celebrating National Cold Brew Day with a promo and a new cold brew flavor.

Verizon Raises Minimum Pay to $20 an Hour
The communications company will automatically bump current employees to $20 an hour, and they’re offering sign-on bonuses.

Apr 19, 2022

Gasoline Demand Ticks Upward as Prices Ease Off Record Highs
Crude oil is hovering at $100 a barrel and supply worries continue.

EV Battery Shortage Could Be Worse Than Computer-Chip Issues
Global battery cell production is less than 10% of what the EV industry will need in 10 years.

Here’s How to Have More Creative Signage
A content management system can organize and schedule digital signage, giving retailers more time to focus on creativity and thoughtful implementation.

Wegmans to Accept SNAP Payments for Online Orders
The grocer is partnering with Instacart to widen access to delivery and pickup services.

Turn Your Customers Into Superfans
This free webinar will show you how to improve your current loyalty program.

Rite Aid to Shutter 145 ‘Unprofitable’ Stores
Pharmacies are feeling the pressure from online competitors like Amazon Pharmacy.

Apr 18, 2022

Legislators Urge Visa, Mastercard to Cancel Swipe-Fee Increases
A bipartisan letter to the credit card companies said that the fees hurt consumers; swipe fees were up over 25.6% in c-stores last year.

Casual Dining Makes a Comeback
Here are the casual dining restaurants that are seeing the most foot traffic increase.

California Wants to Triple EV Sales in 4 Years
The auto industry questions the feasibility of this goal, while environmentalists call for more aggressive plans.

Global Popcorn to Reach $18.82 Billion Valuation by 2031
The subcategory’s growth is fueled by ready-to-eat varieties.

Kroger Expands Reusable Packaging Options
The grocery chain’s partnership with Loop now encompasses private labels and major brands.

Alternative Snacks Is Ripe With Opportunity
The category provides customers with a taste of the unusual.

Apr 15, 2022

The C-Store Industry Is Tackling 2022 Head On
This year’s NACS SOI Summit was a groundbreaking event amid a record year.

TravelCenters of America Acquires 2 Franchises for $45 Million
Love’s Travel Stops opens a Waterloo, New York, location.

Gopuff Eyes Delivery Success
The upstart convenience player is trying to differentiate itself from the competition.

Minute Maid Park to Feature Amazon’s Just Walk Out Technology
Two stores at the ballpark will be checkout-free, selling snacks, soda, candy and ready-to-drink alcoholic beverages.

Walmart Adds More Customers to Its Autonomous Delivery Program
The self-driving delivery option will now be available to residents of Chandler, Arizona.

Krispy Kreme to Price a Dozen Doughnuts Based on Gas Prices
Meanwhile, Panera Bread is testing an AI coffee machine.

Apr 14, 2022

NACS Delivers Exclusive Industry Data at SOI Summit
“I truly believe that our industry has changed more over the past three years than the previous 10 years combined.”

Amazon Taps High School Graduates to Fill Worker Gap
Also, Tyson Foods is pledging $1 million to aid immigrant workers to obtain U.S. citizenship.

FDA Regulation of Synthetic Nicotine Begins Today
Manufacturers have until May 14 to submit a premarket application to continue marketing their products.

Today Is Wawa Day
The retailer is celebrating 58 years in the business through free coffee and donations to nonprofit groups.

ITG Brands Appeals FDA’s Marketing Denial Order
The tobacco company says myblu ENDs products subject to the MDO can stay on the retail market pending appeal.

GPM Investments Secures $1.15 Billion for Growth Strategy
The company has made 20 acquisitions since 2011, and its portfolio includes 1,406 c-stores and 1,628 wholesale sites.

Apr 13, 2022

Sales at U.S. C-Stores Reach Pre-Pandemic Levels
Foodservice sales performed better last year than in 2019, while labor and turnover continue to be headwinds for the industry.

CPI Sees Largest Increase in Over 15 Years, Fueled by High Gas Prices
Economists say inflation may have peaked but is still expected to be well above the Fed’s 2% goal through next year.

All Are Welcome at This Gas Station Turned Barbecue Restaurant
Bringle’s Smoking Oasis sits on a uniquely shaped property, offering the local community a safe place to eat and stay awhile.

New Report Examines Coin Disruption
The U.S. Coin Task Force reports on the reasons why the disruption in coin circulation is still happening and what the future of coin looks like.

Honda to Launch 30 EVs by 2030
The Japanese automaker has “clear plans in place” for a profitable EV future.

GPM Raises Funds to Support Ukrainian Refugees
The company aims to collect $2 million through in-store donation pin-ups with JDC matching all donations.

Apr 12, 2022

Biden Administration to Temporarily Allow E15 Sales Through Summer
The action is an attempt to ease prices at the pump.

Exclusive C-Store Industry Data Unveiled Tomorrow
Attendees at NACS’ SOI Summit will get a first look at financial and operational data before the SOI Report is released.

American Airlines Center to Open 2 Autonomous Markets
The food and beverage markets are equipped with technology that allows customers to grab their items and go without waiting in line.

‘High-Tech’ Customers Want to Join Your Loyalty Program
More than half of tech-enthusiastic consumers see mobile apps and mobile pay as factors that would increase their spending.

Convenience Retailing—and Brewing—With PRIDE
“We always joked around how cool it would be if we brewed our own beer.”

Here Are the Top 10 Easter Candies
Chocolate dominates Americans’ Easter candy preferences.

Apr 11, 2022

Here’s a Way to Break Through the Tech Clutter
NACS SOI Summit attendees can access an array of tech solutions, maximizing retailers’ time in Chicago this week.

FDA Issues More Marketing Denial Orders
The MDOs affect certain myblu electronic nicotine delivery system products.

Pilot Raises Over $1 Million for Ukraine Families
Also, Enmarket will donate $180,000 to charities in its home state of Georgia.

LA Plans to Electrify Entire City Fleet
The move to all EVs is part of the city’s initiative to be carbon free by 2035.

Restaurants Are Now Entering the Metaverse
Plus, Gen Z overwhelmingly prefers to shop via augmented reality.

More People Will Gather This Easter Since Pandemic Onset
Alcohol and toys are just as likely to make it into Easter baskets as candy and food.

Apr 8, 2022

Congress Passes Ban on Russian Oil, Natural Gas, Ends Favored Trade Status
The EU will ban Russian coal but isn’t ready to sever energy ties with Moscow over its war on Ukraine.

Walmart Truck Drivers to Get Up to $110,000 Starting Pay
The retailer also is launching a 12-week CDL training program for current employees so they can drive for Walmart.

High’s Convenience Stores and Carroll Motor Fuels Grow Mid-Atlantic Footprint
The c-store retailer and fuel company have purchased seven new sites in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Chase to Add EV Chargers at 50 Branches
The charging stations are coming to six states, and all should be ready for use by summer 2023.

2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season To Be Above Average Once Again
This is the 7th straight year for a busier than usual season with a 71% chance a major storm makes landfall.

Giant Eagle to Eliminate Plastic Bags in 2 Markets
The grocer removed single-use plastic bags from its 250-plus GetGo locations.

Apr 7, 2022

Congress Tries to Get to the Bottom of Record-High Gas Prices
Additionally, the EPA is looking at biofuel options to help lower gas prices for consumers.

Big Banks Eye Zelle as Retail Point-of-Sale Option
The move would sidestep Visa and Mastercard, who set swipe fees on merchants that add up to billions of dollars each year.

Is Your Loyalty Program Costing You?
By analyzing the right metrics, loyalty programs can be highly profitable.

Here Are the Easiest and Toughest Commercial Vehicles to Decarbonize
A new study explores the challenges facing medium- and heavy-duty vehicle market policies.

Energy North Group Gives to Muscular Dystrophy Association
This is the 18th consecutive year the convenience retailer has given to the association.

Get Ready for Ice Cream Season
Frozen treats sell well, so keep that trend going.

Apr 6, 2022

Pulse Can Pursue Antitrust Suit vs. Visa, U.S. Court Says
A NACS brief successfully supported Pulse in efforts to bring competition to debit-card transactions.

Walmart Thwarts $4 Million in Gift Card Scams
The retailer’s security teams flagged the fraud and alerted Secret Service—and some of the primarily older victims will get their money back.

PRIDE Stores Are Not Your Typical Convenience Stores
A brewery, special bourbon barrel picks and three restaurant concepts set Chicagoland’s PRIDE Stores apart from the competition.

GM and Honda Ally to Produce Affordable EVs
The models will cost less than $30,000 but won’t be released for another five years.

Inflation Won’t Deter Friends, Families From Spring Celebrations
Consumers are expected to spend $169.79 on average on Easter- or Passover-related items this year for a total of $20.8 billion.

Love’s Gets Drivers Prepared for International Roadcheck
The convenience retailer will offer service discounts at over 400 Love’s and Speedco locations.

Apr 5, 2022

White House Touts Trucking Improvements
The industry moves 72% of goods in America and desperately needs drivers.

Drone Deliveries Quietly Take Off
The FAA has yet to regulate the sector as multiple firms provide autonomous airborne last-mile services.

Conexxus Sets Annual Conference Lineup
Industry leaders will address new technologies and standards in convenience and fuel retailing.

Here’s How to Increase Cybersecurity Safety
A free webinar will offer proactive steps c-store retailers can take now to protect their businesses.

These Are Latest U.S. Omnichannel Purchase and Promotional Trends
C-stores capture more Midwest consumables trips, and Walmart dominates market share across the U.S.

Australia’s On the Run to Accept Crypto Payments
The c-store is set to be the largest Aussie business to accept in-store payments of 30+ cryptocurrencies.

Apr 4, 2022

Visa, Mastercard to Update Pump Limit Rules
In addition, the credit card companies are planning a slew of fee changes for merchants.

Target to Accept SNAP Payments for Online Orders
The retailer is following moves by Walmart, Amazon and Instacart to draw lower-income customers.

Chipotle Tests RFID Tech to Safeguard Food
The identification system will help the QSR respond to food safety and quality concerns faster.

How Restaurants Handle Increased Costs
Eateries are thinking strategically about what goes on their menus.

Stable Scheduling Is Key to Reducing Turnover
Sam’s Club moved to a stable schedule process in 2019 and reduced turnover by up to 70%.

Chevron Singapore Launches Voluntary Carbon Offset Program
Meanwhile, a new Japanese convenience store could rival 7-Eleven.

Apr 1, 2022

Inflation Rose Even Higher Last Month
Consumer spending growth is feeling the sting of rising prices, while supply chain issues aren’t going away any time soon.

U.S. House Committee Calls on FTC to Address Channel Price Discrimination
The convenience retail industry is victim to market power abuses of dominant firms.

Foxtrot to Open 4 More Locations in Washington, D.C.
The company has 16 brick-and-mortar locations across Chicago, Dallas and D.C. and plans to open 25 new stores in 2022.

Plastic 6-Pack Rings Are a Thing of the Past
Major beverage companies are turning to sustainable solutions to keep their drinks together.

Rutter’s Invites Customers to Vote for Their Charity of Choice
The c-store retailer will donate $75,000 between four different charities.

Bringing Coffee Back
Retailers and manufacturers rethink strategies to get coffee fans back in stores.

Mar 31, 2022

OPEC+ to Continue Oil Output at Modest Pace
Meanwhile, the U.S. dips into its oil reserves—the third time in six months and the largest release in the reserve’s history.

Legislation to Boost U.S. Workforce Introduced in Congress
A program within the legislation would allow up to 85,000, three-year visas for essential workers.

Merchants Call on Congress to Examine Swipe Fees
A House committee is looking into bank fees, and merchants want swipe fees to be added to the list.

Drug Test Positivity Rate for U.S. Workforce Hits 2-Decade High
Marijuana is driving the increase in positive tests, as companies grapple with labor shortage and changing marijuana legalities.

C-Stores Offer Discounts at the Pump
Plus, many retailers have upped their rewards program benefits.

Bp Has More Women Than Men in C-Suite, an Industry First
The company wants to achieve gender parity among its 120 most senior leadership roles by 2025.

Mar 30, 2022

Bp Partners With Uber on Delivery
The deal will make 3,000 global bp retail locations available on Uber Eats by 2025.

Have We Reached the Tipping Point for Gas Prices?
AAA says yes, but are consumers really driving less?

Job Openings Trend Downward
With stimulus money in the rearview and most kids back in school, people are heading back to work.

Brand Loyalty Declines Amid Supply Woes and Higher Costs
90% of consumers will buy another brand or item if they can’t purchase their preferred choice.

Hamburger Vending Machine Launches Nationally
The robotic burger maker doles out piping hot patties in six minutes.

Innovation in the Liquor Category Fuels Growth
Liquor sales moderate, but long-term prospects remain strong.

Mar 29, 2022

Swipe Fees Cost Each Consumer 2 Dozen Easter Eggs
Consumers will spend an average of $169.79 on Easter-related items this year for a total of $20.8 billion.

Cancer-Causing Chemicals Found in QSR Food Packaging
Containers and wrappers from McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A, Sweetgreen and Panera Bread, among others, were found to have PFAS.

Buy Now Pay Later Risks Unfair Practices for Consumers, Merchants
NACS supports new payment innovations, but BNPL services need to be assessed to prevent antitrust.

How to Up Your Cybersecurity Safety
During a free webinar, experts will show c-store retailers steps to implement to thwart cyberattacks.

FDA to Research ‘Healthy’ Symbol for Packaging
However, the agency has not updated its definition of healthy since the ’90s.

Maverik Raises Funds for Ukraine Humanitarian Needs
The c-store retailer will partner with the global Red Cross network on two programs to help provide relief response.

Mar 28, 2022

Survey: A Good C-Store Experience Tops Price
74% of drivers say they will drive five minutes out of their way to go to a c-store they prefer.

Some Walmart Stores to Stop Selling Cigarettes
There has been internal debate at the retail giant to remove tobacco products from stores.

FDA Approves Additional ENDS Products for Marketing
Logic Technology Development received approval for certain products, but multiple other Logic ENDS products were denied.

EV Battery Makers Could Lift Prices by 25%
Lithium carbonate costs have gone up fivefold over the past year.

Here’s a World-Class Learning Opportunity for C-Store Leaders
Register for the only Ivy League, mini-MBA programs tailored specifically for the convenience and fuel retailing industry.

Sweetgreen to Open Drive-Thru Concept Location
The drive-up lane at a new Illinois location will serve digital orders only.

Mar 25, 2022

Gas Prices Aren’t the Only Frustrations at the Pump
Drivers are hitting fuel limits, causing the pumps to shut off mid-fill-up.

Here’s How to Attract and Keep Employees
An employee value proposition and an innovative hiring process could be the difference between two-day and two-year employees.

Instacart to Offer 15-Minute Grocery Delivery
The company’s foray into ultrafast service could allow for success where other startups have faltered.

OXXO Is a Banking Powerhouse
The c-store’s debit card is a formidable fintech player in Mexico.

Chick-fil-A Will Convert Used Cooking Oil to Biofuel
The fast-food restaurant is partnering with Darling Ingredients on the sustainability initiative.

Consumers Are Ready to Dine Out Again
Value and cleanliness in foodservice are likely to remain top priorities.

Mar 24, 2022

Consumers Now Want EVs
Rising gas prices are the main reason, but environmental factors are also driving consumers to check out an electric future.

A New Type of Forecourt Advertisement Is Entering the Industry
Digital displays are an innovative, creative solution to grab fueling customers’ attention.

COVID-19 Concerns Continue Downward Trend
Just 1 in 3 consumers say they are highly concerned about coronavirus.

Top C-Store Execs to Share How They Collaborate With Suppliers
NACS SOI Summit will host a supplier-only session to strengthen supplier-retailer relationships.

Listen to Your Employees
The Hub Convenience Stores asked its store leaders how they would tackle the labor shortage.

Dandy Mini Marts Aims to Help Veterans Tap Into Benefits
Mobile Veterans Resource Center will stop at multiple Dandy stores in Pennsylvania.

Mar 23, 2022

Companies Required to Disclose ESG Under Proposed Rules
The SEC seeks to mandate that publicly traded firms show how they are easing their carbon footprint.

HR Leaders: Labor Will Be the Biggest Challenge in 2022
Human resources professionals connect in person to help each other navigate the current landscape.

D.C. Attorney General Sues Grubhub
The lawsuit claims the delivery company took advantage of local restaurants to boost its own profits.

Tire Sales Are Up Despite Increased Consumer Cost
Average tire prices for passenger cars and light trucks increased by more than 20%.

Love’s to Host National Hiring Event
The company will hire 2,000 workers, and some candidates will be signed up on the spot.

Wendy’s Aims to Be the No. 2 Fast-Food Chain for Breakfast
Meanwhile, Panera introduces two chicken sandwich offerings.

Mar 22, 2022

Get Ready for More Food Price Increases
Also, the Fed is taking a more aggressive tone in curtailing inflation, and older Americans could aid economic growth.

Retailers, Banks Ask Yellen for Help With Coins
Issues with coin circulation persist, hurting cash-paying customers.

Why Your Forecourt Advertisements Aren’t Effective
In-store sales are a huge profit driver for convenience retailers, and forecourt customers need to be engaged while retailers have their attention.

Wesco Accepts SNAP for Online Orders Via Vroom Delivery
The Michigan convenience retailer is the first in the state to offer online SNAP benefits.

CBD’s Popularity Is Growing
Millennials especially are interested in cannabidiol products.

Rutter’s Backs Youth Sports Leagues
The c-store will donate $50,000 to support 100 different leagues and teams.

Mar 21, 2022

Dollar Stores Aren’t Escaping Inflation
Traffic was down at Dollar General and so were same-store sales last quarter.

McKeen Named CEO of TruAge™
The c-store veteran will lead the rollout of the digital age-verification system.

Gig Workers Feel Sting of Costlier Fill-Ups
38% of ride-hailing and delivery drivers say they are driving less, and 15% aren’t driving at all.

Free Webinar on EV Charging Deployment
Fuels Institute chief will discuss best practices and the relationship between policies, regulations and market development.

Grooving on Gas Station Chicken
An ode to one songwriter’s favorite fried chicken found at a Southern Virginia c-store.

This Is America’s Favorite Candy
The U.S. is obsessed with these two sweet treats.

Mar 18, 2022

New Gas Theft Tactics Emerge with Rising Gas Prices
Thieves have changed techniques. Here’s what’s happening and what you can do to protect your property.

FDA Will Now Regulate Synthetic Nicotine
Manufacturers of synthetic nicotine have until May 14 to submit a PMTA or pull their products.

IEA Warns Nations to Conserve Fuel
The International Energy Agency says that three million barrels of Russian oil a day will be lost over the next few months.

Sweetgreen Restarts Delivery Program as Workers Return to the Office
The program was introduced in 2018 but was paused and repivoted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

BP Announces New Mobility and Convenience Initiatives
The company will partner with Mashgin and Grabango and upgrade its BPme Rewards to reimagine its consumer experience.

7-Eleven Releases Churroccino and Mocha Hot Beverages
The beverages are available for a limited time.

Mar 17, 2022

Starbucks Plugs Into EV Charging
Volvo will install ChargePoint DC fast chargers at 15 of the coffee chain’s stores from Denver to Seattle.

Here’s an Intelligent Way to Reduce Employee Turnover
AI can give your turnover mitigation strategy a much-needed boost.

How to Explain to Customers Why Gas Prices Aren’t Dropping Fast
Yes, crude oil has retreated under $100 a barrel, but the impact at the pump isn’t immediate.

Walmart to Hire 50,000 U.S. Workers
The retailer’s average hourly rate is $16.40 and can go up to $30 in select roles and markets.

GPM Investments Expands DoorDash Partnership
The company brings the delivery service to 286 additional stores, bringing the total to 900+ participating locations.

Casey’s Looks to Fill 5,000 Job Openings
In-person hiring events at c-stores in 16 states are slated for March 23 and 24.

Mar 16, 2022

Gas Station Sales Rise 5.3%
The channel saw stronger growth in February than any other retail sector, followed by restaurants at 2.5%.

White House Unveils Supply Chain Data-Sharing Initiative
The pilot program is intended to improve digital infrastructure and transparency.

The EV Grass Isn’t Always Greener
In some regions, an EV emits more carbon than an internal combustion engine vehicle.

Here’s Why You Should Add a Car Wash
Operating a car wash is a high-margin, low-labor venture for convenience retailers.

Restaurant Group Sues Google Over ‘Order Online’ Feature
The lawsuit pushes back against directing search-engine users to place orders via third-party delivery apps.

Starbucks to Phase Out Disposable Cups
The coffee chain aims to incentivize customers to bring their own mug, a practice scrapped during the pandemic.

Mar 15, 2022

Online Grocery Growth Isn’t Stopping Yet
Though most food purchases occur offline, e-commerce sales are higher than pre-pandemic and expanding.

How to Hire in a Labor Shortage
AI helps businesses efficiently find the best candidates in a tight job market.

Oil Pulls Back; Fed Expected to Lift Interest Rates
A rate increase would target inflation, while gasoline prices are still at record-high numbers.

Circle K Supports Ukraine via Global Fundraising Campaign
The retailer is matching customer contributions to donate at least $2.2 million for Red Cross relief efforts.

Here’s Why Workers Quit Last Year
Low pay, no opportunities for advancement and feeling disrespected were top reasons.

Pilot Company Raises $1.7 Million for American Heart Association
Over six years, the retailer, its guests and team members have donated more than $6.8 million to the nonprofit.

Mar 14, 2022

Daylight Saving Time Is Good for Business
C-stores see uptick in spending when clocks move ahead, NACS tells House subcommittee.

Global Wheat Supplies Threated by Russia-Ukraine War
Russia and Ukraine make up 30% of the world’s wheat supply, and food prices could rise over 20% due to the unrest.

Oil Prices Weaken
Peace talks between Ukraine and Russia plus lockdowns in China are helping cool off the market.

More Americans Are Daily Coffee Drinkers Now
In-home coffee consumption is up, especially among older generations, while Gen Z wants a customized cup of Joe.

Consumers Crave Comfort Food
People say they are into healthier options, but comfort food is here to stay.

FamilyMart to Ditch Disposable Plasticware Ahead of Japanese Ordinance
The effort could eventually remove 260 tons of plastic from the retailer’s 16,000 stores in Japan.

Mar 11, 2022

NACS Urges EPA to Allow Year-Round E15 Sales
The move would help enhance supply and lower prices for all American fuel consumers.

EVs Are Hard to Come By
Most EVs and smaller ICE vehicles are sold before they hit dealer lots.

Congress Directs FDA to Regulate Synthetic Nicotine
Lab-made nicotine will face the same scrutiny as tobacco-derived products.

How to Talk to Customers, Reporters About Gas Prices
NACS has resources that can help retailers answer questions about pricing.

Inflation Surged Before Ukraine Conflict
The U.S. economy has room to give, and consumers will adjust their spending.

Hy-Vee Raises $1 Million for Military Members
The retailer encouraged customers to round up their transactions.

Mar 10, 2022

Oil Prices Bounce as Americans Grimace at the Pump
Prices dipped Wednesday and then rose sharply as UAE backtracked on statements to help crude supply.

The Wills Group Buys 6 MAPCO C-Stores
The deal expands the convenience retailer and fuel marketer’s locations to 277 across the Mid-Atlantic region.

NACS: EV Infrastructure Should Be a Level Playing Field
The industry’s investment in EV charging has growth opportunities, but only if there is an investment return.

A Stop for Gas Changed His Life
When Army veteran Chuck Stewart’s wife stopped at a Weigel’s store, his life was forever changed.

Managers Need a Break
Staffing instability has leaders overwhelmed, while almost all employees agreed that their supervisor has an impact on their well-being at work.

7-Eleven Does the Math for Pi Day
On Monday, March 14, customers can get a whole pizza for $3.14.

Mar 9, 2022

Pilot Company Launches $1 Billion ‘New Horizons’ Initiative
The retailer will remodel 400+ travel centers over three years and add new technology like self-checkout and EV charging.

Merchants Ask Congress to Investigate Visa and Mastercard Fees
The letter to a House committee cites President Biden’s call to fight inflation with competition.

Oil Prices Pull Back
Analysts say market volatility could last as long as the Russian/Ukrainian conflict.

Front-Line Retail Employees Don’t Feel Heard
A report finds that 63% of retailers are planning to invest more budget into the overall employee experience in 2022.

Looking Back: What the State of the Union Means for C-Stores
Biden’s address to the U.S. last week touched on many issues that impact c-store retailers.

Taco Bell App Users Up 100,000 Since Subscription Launch
Fast-casual restaurants flourished during the pandemic partly because of loyalty programs.

Mar 8, 2022

U.S. to Ban All Russian Oil Imports
Biden says, “We will not be part of subsidizing Putin’s war.”

Dollar General to Add 10,000 Jobs
The discount retailer wants to hire from within, saying 75% of its senior-level employees are internally promoted.

Restaurants See Uptick in Digital Orders
Mobile, online and third-party outlets account for 41% of sales vs. 32% for on-premise purchases.

It’s a Comeback Story for Stuckey’s
The “pecan log heiress” is staging a revival of the iconic c-store through nostalgia and storytelling.

Casey’s Donates $1 Million to Midwest Schools
Its Cash for Classrooms program has helped nearly 100 schools over the past two years.

Thanks for the LIFT
A lighting, image and facilities transformation revs up sales at one Wisconsin c-store.

Mar 7, 2022

Gas Is Now Above $4 a Gallon
Crude oil prices hit a 13-year high in overnight trading as war in Ukraine is in its 12th day.

SPAR International Supports Colleagues in Ukraine
Bp donates $20 million to Ukrainian relief efforts.

March Is Red Cross Month
NACS partners with American Red Cross each year to recognize first responders, medical personnel and Red Cross volunteers.

Employers Are Offering Time as a Benefit
One company lets its new hires take two weeks paid time off before they start their jobs.

U.S. Consumers Plan to Spend $5.87 Billion for St. Patrick’s Day
However, a recent survey found that 9 in 10 consumers expect inflation to affect 2022 holiday shopping and spending.

Love’s Travel Stops Opens 2 New Locations
It’s the company’s 19th travel center in Tennessee and fourth in New York.

Mar 4, 2022

Oil Markets Soared 20% This Week
Gasoline prices topped $5 a gallon in California; OPEC+ holds on modest oil output for April.

Visa Reportedly to Cut Small Business Swipe Fees by 10%
However, retailers have not been notified of the plan or how it will be implemented.

Amazon to Close 68 Physical Stores
Bookstores, 4-star and pop-up shops lose out to grocery and Amazon Go endeavors.

7-Eleven Introduces Limited-Time Black Bean Burger
Meanwhile, nouria energy expands its private-label baked goods.

FDA Issues ‘Recall Ready’ Guidance
The agency wants companies to have a plan in place before an FDA recall is officially issued.

Dollar Tree to Open More Stores, Remodel Existing Ones
The discount retailer will roll out 600 stores and spruce up 1,250 locations.

Mar 3, 2022

Federal EV Charging Network Could Push U.S. to Electrification
EV sales rose 85% last year, but meeting Biden’s 2030 goal to have half of new vehicles be electric is a stretch.

Majors Management Buys 69 Circle K Stores
Half of the sites will become franchised Kangaroo Express locations.

Weigel’s Is Where It’s At
Ninety years in the business, and Tennessee-based Weigel’s is just getting started.

Casey’s Teams Up With GetUpside for Cashback Promos
The partnership expands the Iowa convenience retailer’s customer loyalty program.

The Future of Convenience Awaits in Bustling Berlin
NACS’ 2022 Convenience Summit Europe is in a city where what’s next in the industry is happening today.

DoorDash Acquires Startup Bbot
The deal will expand the last-mile tech company’s first-party platform services.

Mar 2, 2022

White House Taps Into Oil Reserves to ‘Blunt Gas Prices’
The U.S. and its allies are collectively releasing 60 million barrels of oil from reserves.

Target Raises Starting Pay Cap to $24 an Hour
The retailer also will enable SNAP customers to buy eligible grocery items online for curbside and in-store pickup.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Invests $55 Million in the Future of Convenience
Investments include technology, delivery, store layout, labor and more.

Fuel Companies and 15 States Sue EPA Over Emission Standards
Meanwhile, Ford separates ICE vehicles and EVs into two divisions within the auto company.

Industry Update Luncheon Registration Deadline Extended
Register through this Friday for next week’s session.

PDI Acquires GreenPrint
GreenPrint will help PDI customers advance their sustainability objectives.

Mar 1, 2022

Merchants Launch Ad Campaign as Swipe-Fee Hike Looms
The ads will target members of Congress ahead of a $1.2 billion swipe-fee increase next month.

Polish Circle K’s Help Ukrainian Refugees
Meanwhile Shell follows bp in unwinding energy partnerships in Russia.

Walmart Focuses on the Last Mile
The retail giant wants to deliver convenience to its customers, so it’s investing heavily in its delivery services.

News Corp Closes $1.15 Billion Buy of OPIS
The deal will help Dow Jones build a global business news and information platform.

Here’s What Impacts EV Supply Equipment Development
New research evaluates market influences on EVSE to better inform the development of new programs.

Emergency COVID-19 HOS Waiver Extended
Despite the drop in cases, supply chain impacts and future variant readiness are reasons why the FMCSA extended.

Feb 28, 2022

Oil, Natural-Gas Prices Spike as Nations Sanction Russia Over Ukraine
The Western sanctions are intended to decouple Russia from the global financial system.

CDC Changes COVID-19 Mask Guidelines
The government agency says most Americans can unmask indoors, depending on location.

Tesla Offers Its Chargers for a Future Federal EV Charging System
Tesla’s charging infrastructure is expansive, and the U.S. government would have to pay for its use.

7-Eleven Adds Another Delivery Option With Shipt
Walgreens also has partnered with the upstart delivery provider, which has expanded its store coverage by more than 40%.

Digital Innovations Prove Successful for Restaurants
Krispy Kreme looks to launch dark stores for e-commerce only, while Cracker Barrel and Papa John’s see digital success.

Alcohol Delivery App Saucey Expands Services in Ohio and Arizona
The app partnered with a convenience store in both states to deliver customers alcohol and convenience items.

Feb 25, 2022

Target to Test Starbucks Order Pickup and Curbside Returns
The retailers’ digital business has more than doubled during the past two years.

What Categories Rebounded in 2021?
The NACS SOI Summit will provide early data on what happened in the industry last year, setting retailers up for success for 2022.

Geopolitical Tensions Increase Cyber Risks
Here are five steps to protect your convenience retail operation from cyberattacks.

Dark Stores Are Changing the Communities They Inhabit
Critics of quick-delivery tech firms say they infringe on small businesses, decrease safety and limit food access.

Workers Are Going Back to the Office
This time it’s for real.

Mars Awards Winners of Chocolate History Grant
Since its inception in 2013, the company has given over $400,000 in grant funds.

Feb 24, 2022

The Food Delivery Model Needs Work
Businesses are trying to figure out an efficient way to meet rising consumer demand for delivery.

Supreme Court Lets Stand a Dakota Access Pipeline Appeal
The future of the 1,200-mile pipeline is uncertain.

U.S. May Tap Strategic Oil Reserves
Australia and Japan also weigh releases to ease any supply constraints as Russa invades Ukraine.

Amazon’s Future as a Grocer Is Cloudy
The retail giant faces stiff competition from Walmart and others in the crowded grocery channel.

Americans Aren’t as Obsessed About Washing Their Hands Now
People are washing up 7.8 times a day now, compared to 10.5 times in spring 2020.

Consumers Say Inflation Will Crimp Their 2022 Spending
COVID-19 is still a concern, with 73% of consumers expecting it to have an impact on their celebrations.

Feb 23, 2022

ARKO to Buy Quarles’ Fleet Fueling Cardlock, Fuel Distribution Business
The deal will add about 200 million gallons to the roughly two billion gallons ARKO sells each year.

EG Group to Rebrand Tom Thumb Stores as Cumberland Farms
The retailer will invest $50 million in the two-year effort to transform 113 stores in Alabama and Florida.

Why Do Cars Cost so Much Now?
Here’s how vehicle sales trends are impacting the current economy and the future of fueling.

Georgia C-Stores Want Level Playing Field With Utilities on EVs
Fuel retailers say Georgia Power would have an unfair pricing advantage if it operates charging stations.

Avocado Imports From Mexico Resume
After a brief pause due to safety concerns, imports of avocados from Michoacán are back in progress.

NECSEMA Partners With House of Hope to Help Rhode Island’s Homeless
The New England association rallied its members to donate gas cards to help people in need.

Feb 22, 2022

Family Dollar Alert Shows Why Businesses Can’t Ignore Sanitation
The voluntary recall affects 404 locations and includes food, cosmetics, pet food and medication.

Road Trips Beckon Despite Price at Pump
Yes, gas prices are up, but they’re only a fraction of the cost of a vacation. And yes, you should take one!

Charlotte C-Stores Join Initiative to Sell More Healthy Foods
The county-wide program takes aim at food deserts in the area where grocers are reluctant to expand.

Hershey Celebrates Women’s History Month With Chocolate Bar
The company is also partnering with a nonprofit that supports and empowers young women.

Australian ALDI Trials Pizza Vending Machine
The oven has an all-glass front so customers can watch their pizza made in two minutes.

A Journey to CCPA Compliance
This week’s Conexxus webinar will discuss how one operator reached compliance with California’s privacy act.

Feb 21, 2022

Higher Name-Brand Prices Push Consumers to Buy Private Label
80% of shoppers are actively looking for ways to cut costs, including buying store-brand items.

DoorDash Offers 30-Minute Grocery Delivery With Albertsons
The new express service is now available in 20+ U.S. cities, following a successful pilot.

More People Are at Work, U.S. Census Data Show
As Omicron recedes, the labor market is showing signs of bouncing back.

Coca-Cola Launches Global Innovation Platform
Coca-Cola Creations will release limited edition products, starting with Coca-Cola Starlight.

Hostess Gives Donuts a Jolt of Caffeine
Each chocolate mocha or caramel macchiato glazed donut has slightly less caffeine than a cup of coffee.

12 Food Trends for 2022
Look for sea moss, passionfruit, hibiscus and umami flavors.

Feb 18, 2022

Swipe Fees Need to Be Addressed, Say Merchants
Retailers ask Congress to lower a major business cost as Amazon, Visa strike U.K. deal on payments.

This Restaurant Is Trying the 4-Day Workweek
Fast-casual eatery Dig is giving its full-time employees three days off.

Beverage Makers Turn to Aluminum to Meet Sustainability Demands
More than 70% of new beverage product introductions are in cans as some consumers eschew plastic.

AI Company Aims to Collect 100 Billion Facial Images
Clearview AI wants to identify everyone in the world, stirring backlash from tech firms and world leaders.

Red Bull Was No. 1 CPG Growth Leader
Self-care, convenient meals, indulgence and home care were the four main themes of IRI’s 2021 CPG winners.

Murphy USA to Host Hiring Event
Applicants can reserve an interview slot online for February 24.

Feb 17, 2022

Working From Home Shifts Traffic Patterns
Trips were down 9% in the mornings and 6% in the evenings last year.

Sheetz to Power 70% of Its Pennsylvania C-Stores With Renewable Energy
Elsewhere, Tiger Solar, owned by Tiger Fuels, reveals a major rebrand.

Cigarette Warning Requirement Date Moved Again
The final rule now will take effect on April 9, 2023.

Utah Bill Could Push Hard Seltzers Out of C-Stores
Depending on how they’re brewed and flavored, sales of the libations would be restricted to liquor stores.

Love’s Travel Stops Raises $100,000 for 10 Nonprofits
Alta Convenience’s Make-A-Wish campaign raised $200,000 last year.

EG Group Opens Cumberland Farms Location in Florida
The c-store will eventually include a Sbarro pizza shop, a first for the c-store chain.

Feb 16, 2022

Grubhub and 7-Eleven Team Up on Delivery
The launch follows a successful pilot of Grubhub Goods in New York.

Meet the Gas Station Gourmet
Al Hebert finds big flavor c-store food in small town America.

MAPCO Adopts Grabandgo Checkout-Free Tech in 2 Stores
One of the two Tennessee locations will be a new format “store of the future.”

Senate Committee Holds RFS Hearing
NACS submits letter for committee record.

Walmart Tests Ways to Reduce Single-Use Plastics
The retailer’s InHome service piloted returnable tote bags and had a near-100% return rate.

TikTok Says Its Users Are Keen to Buy Products via the App
The platform’s mesh of community, shopping and entertainment forms a looped path to purchase, not a funnel.

Feb 15, 2022

EV Charging Myths Debunked
No, every gas pump in the U.S. isn’t going to be converted to an EV charger.

Walmart Lifts Mask Mandate for Vaccinated Employees
The move comes after several states and Washington, D.C., scrap rules for face coverings indoors.

McDonald’s to Pay DoorDash Fees if Drivers Wait
The delivery firm will charge the fast-food giant up to 20% more if wait times top seven minutes.

U.S. Suspends Mexican Avocado Imports
Buckle up for even higher prices as existing inventory sells out.

Apple Gives Retail Employees Up to 10% Raises
The company also expanded benefits for full-time and part-time store workers.

Half of Restaurant Goers Engage With a Loyalty Program
One-third of patrons say pickup and ordering improvements would boost their loyalty.

Feb 14, 2022

Will Rapid-Grocery Delivery Succeed?
Quick last-mile services started in Berlin, and their rise is threatening the German convenience store.

Uber Eats Debuts C-Store Delivery Offer During Super Bowl
Uber “Don’t Eats” features grocery and non-food items, plus the firm launched a Valentine’s Day order hub.

European Convenience Stores Faced Challenging End to 2021
The channel was down 2.3%, but shopping behavior is starting to normalize.

Five Ways to Tackle the Labor Shortage
The HR landscape is changing. Here’s how to keep up.

Love’s Opens Locations in Ohio and New Mexico
The Oklahoma-based company plans to welcome over 40 new travel stops this year.

McDonald’s Could Deliver Food to Your Home From the Metaverse
The fast-food chain has filed 10 trademark patents, one for operating a virtual restaurant online featuring home delivery.

Feb 11, 2022

White House Releases $5 Billion Plan for EV Charging Infrastructure
States will receive federal money to install EV chargers along major highways and interstates.

Leaders Look to the Future—and Their Teams
The NACS Leadership Forum explored labor issues, corporate culture, digital strategies and more.

Supply Chain Snarls Hit Disposable Cups and Lids
If businesses can get their hands on the goods, costs have increased significantly.

Flawed Log4j Is Still Being Downloaded, Despite FTC Warnings
Vulnerable versions persist because so many other pieces of software still rely on them.

This Map Shows Top Candy in Each State
Experts say this year could be a sugar rush for consumer spending this Valentine’s Day.

Olympic Fans More Likely to Choose Organic Foods
46% of Olympic fans say “Made in USA” is important to them when shopping.

Feb 10, 2022

Here’s Why Fast Casuals Flourished During the Pandemic
The channel had the tools to know its customers and draw them in before COVID-19.

NACS Recognizes 3 Masters of Convenience
Boling of Casey’s, Hobson of Maverik and Jarabek of Kum & Go were recognized at the 2022 NACS Leadership Forum.

What’s Good at the Goods Mart
The small NYC convenience store offers an eclectic mix of better-for-you, up-and-coming brands.

Takis and Kinder Bueno Are Consumer Favorites
The largest consumer survey of product innovation reveals winners in 40 categories.

Dandy Mini Marts Raises $90,000 for Community
The Dandy Canes fundraiser total was a record for the store.

Salty Snacks Are Bouncing Back
The category is recovering from its pandemic decline.

Feb 9, 2022

Snacking Is King on Super Bowl Sunday
Spicy snacks are the go-to during Super Bowl Sunday for millennials and Gen Z.

2022 Could Be a Critical Year for EV
Industry advances could propel EVs to the mainstream, but carmakers and parts suppliers could be threatened.

NACS Comments on Definition of U.S. Waters
The proposed rule would add complexity and cost to the convenience and fuel retailing industry.

Conexxus Webinar to Discuss Eight-Digit BINs
The free webinar addresses the migration from six-digit to eight-digit BINS.

IRS Nixes Facial Recognition Plan After Backlash
The agency reverses taxpayer requirement to send video scans of their faces to access tax records and other services.

Energy North Group Announces Success of Toys for Tots Drive
The toys were distributed in Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Feb 8, 2022

Younger Generations Are Valuable Valentine’s Day Consumers
Millennials are the most likely generation to spend more than $200 on the holiday, and they are 49% more likely to buy experiential gifts.

7-Eleven’s Food Future
How 7-Eleven continues to evolve its restaurant brands and create new customer experiences.

Americans Are Still Stocking Up on Food
The pandemic conditioned consumers to buy in bulk. Now inflation and supply chain concerns are in the mix.

NACS Comments on Annual RFS Obligations
The association supports the proposed RVOs but stresses that biofuels obligations must be set to avoid the blend wall.

Restaurant Sales Are Rebounding
The industry hiring rates are up as well.

Milk Is Back
Fluid milk might not have high margins, but it has the potential to contribute.

Feb 7, 2022

C-Stores Battle Out-of-Stocks
Known as fill-in shops and essential places for food, retailers look for workarounds for supply-chain woes.

Consumer Confidence Is Strong Despite Omicron
Safety perceptions dropped, but shoppers feel relatively secure and plan to spend.

Private Labels Soar as Inflation Rises
Company-owned brands historically flourish during economic downtimes.

Google Joins Ford in Detroit EV Research Hub Project
Michigan also is getting in on the efforts by pledging $126 million in support.

FMCSA Releases Emergency Waivers Due to Winter Storms
42 states have received hours-of-service waivers for truck drivers.

GATE Foundation Raises $55,000 for Local Police League
Meanwhile, Keebler releases new cookies to raise money for the Make-A-Wish foundation.

Feb 4, 2022

Fast Food Maintains 6th Spot in Brand Intimacy Study
Chick-fil-A is the No. 1 QSR for the second year in a row.

Kum & Go Expands to Idaho
The retailer is launching in the Boise market in 2023.

Labor Department to Recruit More Investigators
The move to hire 100 new employees signals tougher enforcement.

Max Out Your NACS Membership
NACS has published a how-to guide for retail members seeking to renew their membership.

10% of Workers Plan to Quit Their Jobs
More millennials want to quit, and over half of women said that their mental health declined during the pandemic.

Casey’s Supports Feeding America
The c-store chain aims to donate 17 million meals to those in need this year.

Feb 3, 2022

Starbucks Ups Menu Prices, Reins in Spending
High labor and food costs are pummeling the restaurant industry, though operators remain cautiously optimistic for 2022.

Ford Could Spend $20 Billion More on EV Initiatives
The plan is called Ford+ and the aim is to position the automaker as a tech company.

Oregon Mulls Self-Service Gas Station Bill
Labor shortages are causing long lines at gas pumps in the state. Lawmakers want to change that.

The Home Depot to Hire 100,000 Workers
Employees will receive bonuses, growth opportunities, paid family leave and more.

Jimmy John’s Opens Drive-Thru-Only Location
The restaurant features two service lanes—one designated for mobile and online orders only.

Pilot Company Kicks Off American Heart Month Campaign
This is the 6th year Pilot has partnered with the American Heart Association.

Feb 2, 2022

TruAge™ Adds Reynolds American as a Sponsor
Reynolds American Inc. announces support of the program, bolstering the national effort to make the process of age-verification at all points of sale more reliable and secure.

7-Eleven Evolves to Meet Customers Where They Are Now
The chain’s Evolution stores breed innovation, and almost any idea is game for the company.

Global Partners Buys Miller Oil’s C-Stores, Wholesale Dealer Accounts
Sunshine Gasoline Distributors snaps up Miller’s wholesale dealer accounts in Florida.

Focus on Real Drivers of Prices, NACS Tells House Subcommittee
Market forces, not price gouging, are increasing prices while the “credit card industry benefits more than any other industry from price increases.”

FDA to Host Webinar on Tobacco Product Standards
Submit questions by Friday about the agency’s plan to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars.

Hologram Self-Checkout Kiosks Come to Japan
7-Eleven is testing Digi POS in six Tokyo area c-stores.

Feb 1, 2022

NACS Files Comments With FTC on Channel Price Discrimination
Pricing isn’t the only form of discrimination that the convenience industry is experiencing.

87% of Americans Are Shopping In Store This Valentine’s Day
Half of those surveyed want to spend $50 or less on gifts this year.

Walmart Launches Redesign Focusing on Human and Digital Elements
Plus, Dollar General’s first Texas pOpshelf location to open in Texas this April.

Delek Convenience Stores Launches Touchless Checkout
The company also rolled out a digital rewards program across its brand.

Parker’s Opens Hilton Head Island Location
Also, Nouria Energy acquires Mulligan’s in Manchester, Maine.

Kwik Trip Superfan Visits All Wisconsin Locations in a Year
“KT Girl” documented her journey on social media.

Jan 31, 2022

NACS Backs Private-Sector Role in EV Charging
Comments submitted to federal highway agency on grants stress the importance of a competitive market.

Employee Costs Are at 2-Year High Amid Inflation
Wages rose 4.7% last year but didn’t keep up with inflation, which increased to 4.9%.

FDA Responds to NACS’ Call for Transparency on Vapes
The agency is updating the PMTA list so retailers know what products they can legally sell.

Hunt Brothers Pizza Welcomes Back Buffalo Chicken Pizza
This fan-favorite pizza has been an LTO for the past 14 years.

Training and Development Could Give Employers Edge on Labor
Most employees want educational offerings from employers, but only 39% are receiving them.

DashMart Launches in Fort Wayne
The c-store for order delivery and pickup is the first Indiana location outside of Indianapolis.

Jan 28, 2022

FDA to Move on Menthol Cigarette and Flavored Cigar Bans
Outlawing these products would push them to the unregulated black market, says NACS.

General Motors to Invest Billions in EV Production in Michigan
The automaker says it wants to be the EV market leader by 2025, but it will have to dethrone Tesla first.

Aldi Tests Age Estimation Tech for Restricted Products
Tech firm Yoti claims there is a 0.05% probability of a 17-year-old bypassing the system.

Federal Water Protections Are in Question With Supreme Court Case
The high court is expected to narrowly define waters of the U.S.

QuikTrip to Premier Its Own ’90s Sitcom
The c-store will livestream the show tonight at 7 p.m. central.

Instacart Offers CPG Brands Free Digital Ad Experiences
Advertisers can customize layouts, create product collections and use rich imagery and text.

Jan 27, 2022

Merchants Call to Bring Swipe Fees Under Control as Card Use Increases
Convenience retailers paid over $10 billion in swipe fees in 2020.

U.S. Temporary Worker Visas Grow by 20,000
The additional workers allowed under the H-2B program are meant to help ease the labor shortage.

Industry Update Luncheons Help You Stay Connected and Informed
The Dallas IUL has been rescheduled to take place during the Texas Fuel & Food Association Winter Fuel & Convenience Summit.

McDonald’s Adds Fan-Favorite ‘Menu Hacks’ to Lineup
Customers can order four off-menu choices by name but will have to assemble them.

Starbucks Releases First-Ever Energy Drink
The 90-calorie beverage features “better-for-you” ingredients.

Lyft Partners With GetUpside for Cash Back on Fuel
The ride-hailing company’s drivers can receive up to 32 cents back if they pay via the Lyft app at participating stores.

Jan 26, 2022

Amazon Go Courts Suburbanites
Just Walk Out technology will power larger format Go stores.

Vroom Partners With Trustly to Enable Open Banking Payments
Allowing customers to pay directly lowers swipe fees and reduces chargebacks.

Berlin’s Convenience Market Is Thriving
From innovative single stores to big companies testing out new concepts, Berlin is the place to learn what’s next for the convenience industry.

7-Eleven Introduces a Spicy Chicken Roller
Meanwhile, Coca-Cola plans to launch a spiked lemonade this summer in an increasingly crowded RTD market.

EG Group Opens New Kansas C-Store
GPM Investments will open Sbarro pizza shops inside four Village Pantry store locations in Indiana.

State Farm Says Yes to TikTok for Super Bowl Advertising
The insurer is not airing a traditional TV ad and is meeting its audience on TikTok instead.

Jan 25, 2022

Fuels Institute Report Shows Differences in Carbon Emissions
The new study compares the life cycles of electric, internal combustion and hybrid electric vehicles.

Consumers Pick Snacks Over Meals
The category is being fueled by social media and purchases through nontraditional channels.

Fast-Food Chains Lift Prices on Value Meals
Little Caesars’ $5 Hot-N-Ready pizza deal is now $5.55; Popeye’s $5 Big Box Deal costs $1 more if ordered outside the app.

Milk Sales Are Up, but Don’t Bet on White Milk
Flavored milk is the shining star of the refrigerated milk category.

Casey’s Takes Part in Red Bull’s Soapbox Race Iowa
The convenience retailer will choose a “Casey’s Hometown Racer” and award them free pizza for a year.

OSHA Withdraws COVID-19 Vaccine-or-Test Rule
The agency’s move follows a loss at the U.S. Supreme Court, which blocked enforcement of the mandate for private employers.

Jan 24, 2022

A Central Bank Digital Currency Could Improve Payments, Fed Says
White paper says a potential CBDC could “support faster and cheaper payments” and “lower transaction costs.”

7-Eleven Opens Its 77,711th Store
The convenience retailer also is accelerating its sustainability efforts.

Why the U.S. Can’t Get on Board With EVs
Europe and China are all in on EVs, so what’s holding America back?

Quitting Is Contagious
A poll found that 59% of employees leave their jobs because their coworker resigned first.

Casey’s Collabs With Lola’s Fine Hot Sauce
The partnership includes three zesty salty snack products.

OTP Sales Are Driven by Innovation and Variety
E-cigs rebound as smokeless continues to soar.

Jan 21, 2022

Starbucks Says No to Vaccine Mandate
Some companies are reversing their vaccination policies, while others are not budging.

PepsiCo and Beyond Meat to Release Plant-Based Jerky
The faux meat trend is not letting up; McDonald’s will test the McPlant burger at more locations.

Convenience Channel Price Discrimination Included in Anti-Trust Hearing
The industry suffers when some major suppliers won’t give it access to products sold to other outlets.

Instacart Launches Co-Branded Credit Card
Card users receive additional points on purchases across the grocery delivery service’s marketplace.

Self-Checkout to Land at Japan’s Seven-Elevens by 2025
The convenience retailer is also testing drone deliveries.

M&M’s Characters Get a Makeover
The updated personas are part of the Mars’ global platform to create belonging for 10 million people by 2025.

Jan 20, 2022

Merchants Call on U.S. Regulators to Examine Swipe Fees
Card fees totaled $61.6 billion in 2020, up 137% over the past decade.

Parkland to Buy Ontario Frozen Food Retailer M&M for $322 Million
Additionally, Pops Mart Fuels has acquired 24 locations from Winnsboro Petroleum Corp.

7-Eleven Launches Subscription-Based Service
For $5.95 a month, users receive free delivery and products, plus double 7Rewards.

Coke Delivers New Products Via Robot
The beverage giant is promoting a new Coca-Cola mocha coffee flavor and packaging redesign.

U.S. Companies Plan to Give a 3.4% Raise to Workers in 2022
A record 4.5 million employees quit their jobs in November, and firms are offering more money to hire and retain.

Top 10 Food Trends for 2022
There is a continued dominance of at-home meals, powered by convenience and affordability.

Jan 19, 2022

U.S. Convenience Store Count Stands at 148,026
This is the fourth-straight yearly decline as single-store operators continue to exit the industry.

Same-Day Delivery by 2025 Is Goal of 99% of Enterprise Retailers, Survey Finds
To get there, businesses need to better connect and automate fulfillment technologies.

Build Store-Level Leadership
Through training, rising district and store leaders can create more profitable and performance-oriented store environments.

The Customer Experience Starts at the Forecourt
An attractive forecourt not only brings in new customers but also lifts the spirits of employees and the community.

Aldi Opens Checkout-Free Store in London
Customers download the app, enter the store and simply leave with their items.

Top 10 Consumer Trends for 2022
Consumers have experienced extreme change over the past two years, and successful businesses will meet shoppers on their terms.

Jan 18, 2022

Two-Thirds of Americans Don’t Want an EV
Lack of charging infrastructure is the main reason why U.S. consumers plan to stick with the familiar ICE vehicle.

Amazon Reverses Course on U.K.-Issued Visa Cards
The online retail giant said high swipe fees are why it had planned to stop accepting the cards.

Instacart Now Delivers Prepared Meals From Grocery Stores
Customers can get meals delivered from their preferred grocer in 30 minutes or less.

Canadian C-Store Chain Sees Growth in Pandemic Business
More shoppers seek out convenience stores for pantry staples and private-label brands.

CVS, Walgreens Close Some Stores on Weekends
Staffing issues amid the rise in COVID-19 cases are to blame for the temporary closures.

South Korea’s CU Opens 50th Location in Malaysia
The convenience retailer plans to open 500+ stores in five years in its second overseas market.

Jan 17, 2022

Choice Market and HHP to Launch Cashierless Markets
Choice Mini-Marts will offer 24/7 access to high-quality and nutritious food in U.S. hospitals.

Circle K Brings Pay-by-Plate to Denmark
Now Danes—like Swedes—can buy petrol with just their license plate and mobile app.

BP and M&S Food Extend U.K. Forecourt Tie-Up
The companies have renewed their strategic agreement in Great Britain until at least 2030.

Pandemic Births an Overdue ‘Great Retail Reset,’ Deloitte Says
Retailers are rethinking their legacy systems, workforce and digital strategies with an eye to the future.

Private-Label Goods Move Uptown
C-stores like Foxtrot and Casey’s are embracing own-brand goods as part of a retail trend to jazz up staid store brands.

Rising Inflation May Make Eating Out a Value Play
Foodservice operators may benefit as the cost of eating at home climbs faster than the cost of dining out.

Jan 14, 2022

Vaccine Mandate on Hold Following Supreme Court Decision
The nation’s highest court blocked enforcement of the OSHA rule for private employers.

Record-Keeping Burden Could Stymie Trucker Apprenticeship Program
NACS asks FMSCA to remove unnecessary barriers that may hurt participation in the pilot.

EVs Could Start Charging Each Other
Ford announced its electric and hybrid F-150 will come with bidirectional charging.

Pilot Reopens Louisiana Location After Hurricane Damage
The travel stop sustained severe flooding caused by Hurricane Ida.

Walmart Offers 24/7 Home Delivery Via Smart Boxes
The units are secure, climate-controlled and sit outside customers’ front doors.

Hershey Lands on the JUST 100 List for 3rd Year
The JUST 100 recognizes firms setting the standard for just behavior and being socially responsible.

Jan 13, 2022

Sheetz VP Testifies on EVs at House Ag Committee Hearing
Walter, on behalf of NACS, shared how fuel retailers can help bring EV charging to rural America.

Merchants Ask Fed to Finish Debit Routing and Fees Work
It’s been one year since the Fed acknowledged that banks and payment networks are anti-competitive.

MOL Group Acquires 417 Polish Service Stations
The deal moves the company into the No. 3 spot in the local fuel retail market.

7-Eleven Appoints New 7-Eleven International Co-CEO
Former SVP Ken Wakabayashi will now lead the 7-Eleven brand's global growth strategy.

Ransomware Hackers Exploit Log4j Vulnerability
The hackers attacked VMWare Horizon through a campaign called Night Sky.

Rutter’s Raised More Than $1 Million for Charity in 2021
The retailer’s employees, customers, suppliers and local groups give back through community campaigns.

Jan 12, 2022

OPIS Analyst Says $4 Gas Possible This Spring
Crude oil is high, and carbon cutting, low oil production and new blends are to blame, Kloza says.

Here’s the Latest on the Renewable Fuel Standard
The EPA has decided upon the next phase of the program for 2023 and beyond.

Foxtrot Raises $100 Million in Series C Funding
The omnichannel c-store plans to open 25 stores and double-down on its private labels with the funding.

Love’s Travel Stops to Open 40 Locations in 2022
In 2021, the company welcomed 38 new travel centers.

Four Reasons for Empty Grocery Shelves
Some are the same as the beginning of the pandemic, and others are new complications.

Tesla Sources Nickel for EV Batteries
By partnering with Talon Metal, Tesla can effectively market its nickel source as carbon neutral.

Jan 11, 2022

EPA Ethanol Rule to Stand
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the rule concerning year-round sales of E15.

EVs Gain Ground but Charging Slows Adoption
Sales rose 88% year over year, but they still only account for about 3.2% of the total U.S. car market.

4 Beverage Trends to Watch in 2022
They focus on celebrating life’s simple pleasures while striving for balance.

C-Stores Are Critical in Locating Missing Children
GSTV displays missing children posters to a potential reach of 96 million Americans.

Heavy Rains in Brazil May Not Hamper Coffee Bean Production
Coffee prices hit a decade-high in December and are double what they were a year ago.

Mirabito Donates $84,000 to Local Charities
Each month in the fourth quarter of 2021, Mirabito Cares partnered with a local organization to raise funds.

Jan 10, 2022

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on Vaccine Mandate
Justices vary in stances on inoculations and the pandemic; it is unclear when there will be a final ruling.

Hybrid Vehicles Hit Record Sales in 2021
Automakers says hybrids enable consumers to dip their toes in the alternative battery market.

Spinx Celebrates 50 Years in the Industry
Stewart Spinks started the South Carolina-based company with just one store and an eye for innovation.

Target Grew In-Store Traffic Over the Holidays
Rivals Walmart and Best Buy’s foot traffic slowed.

Parker’s Protects Local Landmark
The iconic Savannah globe will continue to stand on the site of a new Parker’s location.

Gen Z Wants the Latest Products
They compete to be the first to discover new things and respond well to video advertising.

Jan 7, 2022

U.S. Supreme Court Takes Up Vaccine Mandate
What retailers need to know as the nation’s highest court heard oral arguments today on OSHA’s rule.

Teen Truck Drivers Will Be Allowed to Cross State Lines
The move gets more truckers on the road to alleviate supply chain backups.

Are Soda Shops the New Coffee Shop?
Retailers selling exclusively soda want to create the vibe of a coffee shop—without the coffee.

Shell Opens Its First-Ever U.K. EV Hub
A conventional fuel station was converted to an energy destination with 10 high-powered charge points.

Coca-Cola to Introduce Hard FRESCA
The canned cocktail enters a crowded market.

Taco Bell Offers $10 Monthly Taco Pass
The fast-food chain takes its taco subscription program nationally after a successful test in Arizona.

Jan 6, 2022

Sony Enters the EV Space With 7-Seater SUV
Because EVs rely heavily on software controls, it’s an easy foray into the market for electronics companies.

Gopuff to Launch Private-Label Products
Bottled water is on tap first, followed by snack, household and health and wellness products.

Walmart Scales InHome Delivery Program to 6 Million Households
The big-box retailer plans to fill 3,000 delivery driver roles by promoting from within.

Wawa to Hire 2,000 Employees in Florida
The Pennsylvania-based c-store plans to open 20 new stores in the Sunshine State this year.

Hershey, Mars and HARIBO Introduce New Candy
The confectioners are gearing up retailers for winter and spring holidays.

FTC Warns Against Log4j Vulnerabilities
The commission will hold companies legally responsible for any data breaches as a result of Log4j.

Jan 5, 2022

The C-Store Industry Was Strong in 2021
Store-level teams, new products and last-mile options drove industry growth.

3 Ways Shopping Is Becoming More Frictionless
Texting to shop and much faster checkout times are in the near future.

Wawa and QuikTrip Make Forbes List
The Halo 100 list shines a light on companies that deliver a personal and responsible customer experience.

Sweetgreen Offers Salad Subscription Program
For $10 a month, members can get $3 off their order every day.

Should Your Brand Enter the Metaverse?
Businesses can leverage the immersive virtual reality environment for HR applications, ESG and more.

Chipotle, KFC Add More Plant-Based Options to Menus
Vegan “sausage” and plant-based fried “chicken” will be offered as LTOs.

Jan 4, 2022

NACS Chairman Seeks to Elevate Industry, Accelerate Growth
This week on Convenience Matters, Jared Scheeler shares his thoughts on how smaller operators can take their business to the next level.

Starbucks Readies Workers for Vaccine Mandate
The coffeehouse chain is asking employees to disclose their vaccination status by January 10.

Rutter’s Children’s Charities Donates $75,000
Funds raised through the retailer’s Secret Santa program will benefit local charities.

Blink Touts New Fast Chargers; Mercedes Unveils EV Concept Car
The innovations are part of the move to give EVs a bigger role in the U.S. vehicle fleet.