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Apr 11, 2024

NACS Board Members Impact Washington Policy Discussions
Retailers represented the industry on tax policy and labor laws this week.

Clearing Up Misperceptions About Fourth-Tier Cigarettes
The deep discount subcategory boasts sales growth.

Love's Selects PAR Technology for Food and Inventory Management
The retailer aims to level up its backend operations and manage food costs.

Senate Rejects NLRB’s Joint Employer Rule
However, President Biden is expected to veto the Senate measure.

TravelCenters of America and NATSO Improve Roadside Work Conditions
A digital alert can now warn oncoming drivers when safety vehicles are at work.

U.S. Appeals Court Upholds California’s Clean Air Act Waiver
The ruling allows the state to set zero-emission vehicle sales requirements.

Apr 10, 2024

7-Eleven Parent Company Set for M&A Growth in North America
Seven & i Holdings announces plans for ‘globally integrated’ management structure.

Boosting Revenue, The Fun Way
Pace-O-Matic skill games draw customers into stores and keep them there.

NACS SOI Summit: Routine Shifts Cause Daypart Disruption
Consumers have changed their daily eating habits, affecting c-store traffic.

Reuters: Food and Drink Makers Target Low-Income Americans
Americans are cutting spending and prompting food makers to use new strategies.

Casey’s Honors Veterans with Rolling Remembrance
The company partnered with PepsiCo for its annual relay for children of fallen soldiers.

The Future of Fast Food? Cashiers Take Orders from 8,000 Miles Away
A Manhattan location uses cashiers who live in the Philippines.

Apr 9, 2024

Vote Now: USA TODAY Opens Top Gas Station, Best Gas Station Food Polling
The annual poll has 20 brands to choose from on each list.

Rethinking the Backbar?
Deep-discount cigarettes are trending up.

GPM Investments Kicks Off Months of Pizza Celebration
The deals are available until May 14.

Enmarket Charity Classic Raises $270,000
This year’s charity golf tournament brought together 271 golfers and 115 companies.

CNBC Looks at Gatorade’s Strategy for Entering New Categories
NACS SOI data shows the packaged beverages category continues to grow.

Krispy Krunchy Announces ‘Core Four’ Growth Strategy
The company plans to open 700 stores by the end of the calendar year.

Apr 8, 2024

SOI Summit: Back to the Future
This moment in convenience retail calls for a focus on basic execution and fast evolution.

Happy Solar Eclipse Day
Millions of people are on the road to witness the eclipse, which takes place this afternoon.

7-Eleven Celebrates 60 years of Coffee To-Go
Wawa celebrates its 60th anniversary with free coffee.

FDA Issues Warning Letters and Civil Money Complaints Against Retailers
The agency sent 119 letters and filed 41 civil money complaints citing sale of unauthorized products.

360Fuel Approved for First Automated Fueling System with Customer Recognition
Three of the company’s models received the NTEP Weights and Measures Certificate of Conformance.

Love Family Women’s Center Opens Its Doors
The company helped raise more than $30 million for the center during the pandemic.

Apr 5, 2024

NACS SOI Summit: The Phygital Space Is Here
C-store customers aren’t looking for physical retail over digital—they want a blend of both.

Subway Announces All-New Lineup of Wraps on Lavash-Style Flatbread
The QSR introduces four on-the-go options inspired by Middle Eastern cuisine.

Love’s Opens 5 New Speedco Locations
The investment adds 23 service bays and 10 service trucks to its network.

Chick-fil-A New Seasonal Menu Adds Cherry Berry Beverages
Chick-fil-A will also test a new limited-time sandwich at participating locations in North Carolina.

Parker’s Kitchen to Celebrate New Store in Charleston, South Carolina
The retailer will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 8.

New York City Mayor Announces Lawsuit for Illegal Distribution of E-Cigarettes
Eleven wholesalers are named.

Apr 4, 2024

U.S. Convenience Store Sales Hit $860 Billion
Real growth in sales despite inflation and an increase in DSOE.

Dash In to Open New Location in Maryland
The Wills Group will celebrate its newest next-generation concept store on April 4 and 5.

Mirabito Supports Children’s Charity Easter Egg Hunt
The egg hunt included various other festivities, including a visit from the Easter bunny.

Krispy Krunchy Chicken Launches 'Your Choice' Meal Deals
The limited time $5.99 meal deal has a choice of three chicken items.

TXB Announces Three New Spring LTO’s
Rutter’s also brings back three fan favorites for a limited time.

Onvo Celebrates the Launch of Its Food on the Fly Program
To celebrate, the company will give away 100 Craveritos on National Burrito Day.

Apr 3, 2024

Maverik Completes 30 Rebrands Across Utah and in the Colorado Springs Area
The rebrands will continue into Denver as Kum & Go stores in overlapping markets reopen as Maverik.

Lawsuit Seeks to Force Ban on Menthol Cigarettes
The move comes after a delay by Biden administration.

Yesway Celebrates National Burrito Day With BOGO Offer
The offer is exclusive to Yesway and Allsup's rewards members.

Podcast: NACS General Counsel Talks Credit Card Settlement
Doug Kantor sat down with the Working Lunch podcast.

Amazon Fresh to Walk Away From Just Walk Out Checkout System
Convenience-style Amazon Go stores will still use the technology.

Casey’s Donates $100,000 to Local Trucker Program
The money will go toward a new building and concourse, doubling student capacity.

Apr 2, 2024

Maverik and Kum & Go Offer Discount Deal for National Burrito Day
Loyalty members can get 50% off a burrito purchase at either banner.

7-Eleven Kicks Off ‘Slurpee Season’
The retailer announced the return of its Bring Your Own Cup Day.

Buc-ee’s to Send Solar Eclipse Kits to Texas Schools
The retailer funded an initiative to send kits to 1,200 school districts.

Gotcha! The Convenience Industry Has Fun on April Fool’s Day
The c-store industry shows its sense of humor.

Paytronix Report Says First-Party Online Ordering Results in Bigger Baskets
Guest buying directly from a retailer ordered 35% more.

RaceTrac’s ‘Coffee for a Cause’ Week Will Raise Money for Parkinson’s
The retailer will hold the 13th annual fundraiser in April, as well as a 5K race in September.

Apr 1, 2024

Consumers Focus on Flavor When Choosing Salty Snacks
Chew on these tangy findings from T. Hasegawa’s Salty Snack 2024 report.

An Inside Look at How an Eclipse Affects C-Stores
Don Rhoads, former NACS Chairman, talks about his 2017 experience.

John Cena Challenges NACS’ Henry Armour to Bout
Wrestling superstar announces he’s back in the ring… and against a retail superstar.

KFC Introduces Saucy Nuggets
The restaurant also announced a new dessert item.

Mar 29, 2024

FDA Launches Searchable Database for Tobacco Products
The database lists products, including e-cigarettes, that may be legally marketed. However, it’s incomplete.

Maverik Revamps Rewards Program for Kum & Go Customers
Adds more fuel savings, digital punch cards and Freebie Fridays.

7-Eleven Gears Up for Solar Eclipse
The retailer will sell solar glasses and offer a pizza deal on April 8.

Consumers are Increasingly Eating at C-Stores, Study Finds
C-stores' visit share of dining categories has increased 3% over the past five years.

Spike in Cocoa Prices Might Make Chocolate More Expensive
Candy makers expect to increase prices to combat a global supply shortage of cocoa beans.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Wins Exceptional Workplace Award for Third Year
The Wills Group and Global Partners were also recognized with workplace achievements.

Mar 28, 2024

Looking for Ways to Save on Cash?
Cash recycling offers multiple benefits, including significant reductions in the costs of provisional credit.

Royal Farms Announces Exclusive Gas Discount for Rewards Members
The exclusive promotion includes 15 cents off per gallon at all locations for a limited time.

Upcoming Design Trends in 2024
How c-stores can apply the seven mentioned design principles.

FDA Warns 61 Retailers for the Sale of Unauthorized E-Cigarettes
Failure to correct violations puts retailers at risk of further action, including civil money penalties.

7-Eleven Announces Hot Dog Sparkling Water?
The company partnered with Miracle Seltzer to create a 7-Select lineup of sparkling water.

Parkland to Sell 157 Convenience Stores in Canada
The assets will be sold with long-term Parkland fuel supply agreements.

Mar 27, 2024

NACS: Swipe Fee Settlement a Bad Deal
NACS adds more context to what the announced $30 billion settlement does—and mainly what it doesn’t do.

Know Before You Go: NACS 2024 State of the Industry
Join the NACS webinar tomorrow to get ready for the Summit on April 3-5, 2024.

McDonald’s to Roll Out Krispy Kreme Nationwide
The doughnuts will be available across the country at participating restaurants by the end of 2026.

Parker’s Kitchen Opens New Store in South Carolina
The retailer plans to double the number of its stores in Georgia and South Carolina in the next four years.

Pilot Introduces New Coffee Flavors In-Store and on the Track
NASCAR Driver Sammy Smith will feature a coffee-themed car in three races this spring.

A Closer Look at Transportation Equity
The Transportation Energy Institute dives in on transportation in underserved communities.

Mar 26, 2024

Yesway Expands Allsup’s Brand in Oklahoma and Texas
The retailer will grow its Oklahoma portfolio from five to 15 stores by the end of 2024.

The Hidden Costs of Cash Management
At a typical c-store, team members spend 15-20 hours a week just counting cash.

Maverik Debuts First Location in Montana
Maverik enters its 13th state of operation with a site in Helena.

Twice Daily Awards Customer Trip to Italy
The prize was part of a sweepstakes celebrating the launch of made-to-order options in all locations.

Wegmans Will Close 48 Stores for April 8 Solar Eclipse
The supermarket chain is closing so its employees can witness the phenomenon.

California QSRs Cut Jobs Ahead of April Wage Increase
The minimum wage increase has restaurants searching for ways to offset costs.

Mar 25, 2024

Gas Price Resources Take the Mystery Out of Fill-ups
NACS has resources to help you explain current market conditions.

Are You Eligible for the Payment Card Settlement?
Learn and take action before the claim period ends on May 31.

A Pizza Snapshot
Hormel, Datassential and General Mills share pizza predictions.

Candy Sales Are Up as Consumers Treat Themselves
The 2024 ‘State of Treating’ Report includes tips for reinforcing permissibility.

The Future of Foodservice at Weigel’s
“One thing we’ve done in terms of the menu itself is to go after Gen Z and Millennial customers more.”

QuikTrip Highlights Employee Efforts During National Safe Place Week
The company facilitated nearly 400 Safe Place calls over the last year.

Mar 22, 2024

What Happened With the McDonald’s Tech Outage?
The QSR noted the challenges of relying on technology platforms in a recent filing.

Resolution to Block DOL Gig Worker Rule Passes Panel
The movement to block now heads to the House floor, where it is expected to pass.

Weigel's Celebrates NIL Partnership Success
Partnering with the local community has significantly boosted the retailer's social media presence.

Finding Success When Transactions Are Down
Discover the latest industry data at the upcoming NACS State of the Industry Summit.

Sheetz, GPM Investments to Hire Thousands
The companies announce major hiring moves for the summer season.

BP Unveils Its First Gigahub in U.S.
Located at its Houston headquarters, the site features 24 EV DC fast-charging points.

Mar 21, 2024

New Tailpipe Emissions Rule Finalized
The EPA made hybrid-friendly modifications to the original rule.

Sandri Energy Feels the Added Benefits of Modern Software
Software implementation brings expected—and—unexpected benefits.

NACS Responds to EPA Final Rule
The modified rule ‘functions as an effective mandate for a single technology.’

Candy Sales to Hit $5 Billion This Easter, per NCA
C-stores continue to eye the seasonal sales opportunity.

RECAP: A First Look at NACS 2023 Convenience Compensation Data
The NACS State of the Industry Talent Insights Dashboard highlights key categories of compensation, benefits, recruitment and turnover.

BuzzBallz Maker Acquired by Sazerac
The merger will expand BuzzBallz reach domestically and internationally.

Mar 20, 2024

What Will 2023 DSOE Data Show?
Participants in the NACS State of the Industry Summit will get the first look at the latest operating expense data.

Convenience United: Celebrating NACS Day on the Hill
Senators Marshall and Durbin spoke to attendees about the Credit Card Competition Act.

Wawa, GPM, Circle K and More Open New Stores
Wawa opens its first Alabama store on April 24.

New Springtime Coffee Flavors Abound
7-Eleven introduces a whole new lineup and Pilot and Wawa reveal LTOs.

Federal Tobacco Compliance Webinar Updated
The Center for Tobacco Products updates include new search terminology and updated screenshots.

H&S Energy Acquires Andretti Petroleum Group
The transaction included nearly 170 convenience retail and fuels distribution assets.

Mar 19, 2024

Love’s Aims to Hire 2,000 New Team Members
With opportunities company-wide, job offers will be made on-the-spot for some roles.

Software Implementations Bring Expected—and Unexpected—Benefits
From streamlined shift reporting to managing with data insight, modern software solutions bring opportunity for retailers.

Visa, Mastercard Swipe Fees Hit Record $100 Billion in 2023
Just this Easter, Swipe fees will cost consumers more than $500 million.

Weigel’s Improves Staff Frontline Engagement With goHappy Partnership
The retailer envisions a “seamless extension of HR information” via texting and weekly video updates.

U.S. Appeals Court Pauses SEC Climate Disclosure Rules
The decision will put ESG reporting temporarily on hold.

March Madness Foodservice Promotions Take the Court
QSR and c-stores alike vie for basketball viewers' snack time.

Mar 18, 2024

Buc-ee’s to Open First Arizona Location in Goodyear
And the retailer opens its first Colorado location today.

Lifting the In-Store Experience
Cenex® has offered retailers $150 million in forecourt and in-store improvements through its LIFT initiative.

SQRL to Reopen 210 Former Mountain Express Stores
All locations will be up and running within three months.

Husband-and-Wife Team Create Curated Convenience
Their store—Livi’s Market—is a place where they love to shop.

Mar 15, 2024

Sheetz Hosts Groundbreaking for First Michigan Location
Royal Farms, Rutter’s and Love’s also announce new builds.

AP NEWS: Court Upholds Town’s Generational Tobacco Ban
The decision would create two sets of adults: one that can buy cigarettes and one that can’t.

Shell to Sell 1,000 Stores in Next 2 Years
The divesture is part of an overall plan to upgrade its retail network.

This Spring Is All About Lavender Coffee
Starbucks announced lavender drinks last week; Caribou Coffee follows suit.

Southern QSR Krystal Breaks Ground in NC With New Travel Plaza Design
The QSR touts improved flow between restaurant and c-store.

Taco Bell Zeroes In on Chicken With 5 New Menu Items
Also, Chipotle brings back Chicken al Pastor.

Mar 14, 2024

McDonald’s Says Lower-Income Consumers Are Pulling Back
Even QSRs are becoming more of a luxury.

Chick-fil-A Opens First Mobile Pickup Location in New York City
A second test concept location with an elevated drive-thru concept is expected later this year.

7-Eleven Launches Spring Deals and LTOs
The retailer announced discounts and products for St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and basketball season.

CNBC: EV Euphoria Is Dead
Automakers scale back their EV plans.

Han-Dee Hugo’s Revamps App and Loyalty Program
The company partnered with Liquid Barcodes.

Royal Farms Donates $150,000 to Johns Hopkins Children's Center
Since 1994, Royal Farms has collected over $3 million from spare change donated from customers.

Mar 13, 2024

Casey’s Ramps Up Hiring, Introduces New Retention Strategies
The retailer launches internal career fairs.

A First Look at the Latest Convenience Industry Data
The SOI Summit offers attendees a first look at industry-specific metrics, trends and opportunities.

Family Dollar to Close 1,000 Stores
The discount chain continues to struggle due to inflation.

Global Partners Launches New Brand Identity
The company also announced it will transform 400 company-operated retail sites.

Chocolate and Candy Sales Hit All-Time High
NCA suggests ways retailers can increase sales based on consumer behavior. Says Foxtrot is a Top 10 Brand to Watch in 2024
C-store stands out for local products and chef-made meals.

Mar 12, 2024

Dynamic Pricing at Restaurants Is Becoming More Common
QSRs are experimenting with increasing prices during periods of peak demand.

Rich Products Adds New f’real LTO Flavor and Pinsa Pizza Crust
The crust is made with ‘a unique dough fermentation process.’

The Hershey Company Named One of the World’s Most Ethical Companies
PepsiCo, Kellanova and Groupo Bimbo also make the list.

Numerator Looks Ahead to St. Patrick’s Day
About 1 in 3 people plan to celebrate on March 17, albeit spontaneously.

Walmart Teaches Managers Compassion
Compassionate leadership contributes to the bottom line.

PAR Technology Corporation Acquires Stuzo and TASK Group
The acquisition expands PAR’s software offerings for convenience and fuel retailers.

Mar 11, 2024

Judge Blocks Joint Employer Rule
The rule was set to go into effect today and would have had major implications for c-stores.

Get Snack Rich
Rich Products offers retailers high-quality food with minimal labor.

Arizona Bill Aims to Reimburse Business Owners for Property Damage
Cities will have to reimburse local business owners if the city failed to act.

In Massachusetts, Flavored Tobacco Ban Creates Robust Black Market
A new report highlights why prohibition doesn't work.

A Big Small-Town Personality
The ‘Gas Station Gourmet’ checks out Rock’s Grill & Pizzeria in Oklahoma.

TravelCenters of America Launches Women’s Safety Initiative
The campaign seeks to enhance safety across its sites.

Mar 8, 2024

New York Times: Senators Push Retailers on Unauthorized Flavored Vapes
The industry has repeatedly asked for clarity on what it can sell.

7-Eleven Introduces Its First New Menu Items of 2024
Two breakfast burritos top the list of new items.

Urban Value Corner Store to Partner with Juxta
The collaboration will bring an unmanned retail store to luxury urban apartments.

New Reese’s Iced Coffee Cans Launched by International Delight
7-Eleven is offering the drink to customers for free on March 10 and 11.

Sargento Recalls Cheese Due to Listeria Outbreak
Sargento has terminated its contract with its supplier.

Smoker Friendly Acquires Low Bob’s Discount Tobacco
The acquisition includes 54 stores in Indiana that will be rebranded as Smoker Friendly.

Mar 7, 2024

7-Eleven Launches New Brand Campaign for Speedway Stores
The multichannel ad campaign highlights products with musician JD Eicher.

Corporate Transparency Act Ruled Unconstitutional by Federal District Court
The act requires expanded disclosures about ownership of small businesses.

Dandy Mini Marts Introduces New Maple Waffle Sandwich LTOs
Dandy Stache rewards members will have exclusive access to special deals during the promotion.

Wawa Announces It’s Hiring for Beach Season Jobs
The retailer also launched its “Buy a Kids’ Meal, Make an Impact” initiative.

Coming Soon: Pi Day 2024
7-Eleven announced a promotion offering a whole pizza for $3.14.

Circle K Helps Say ‘Thank You’ for International Women’s Day
Also, Hershey released the HerSHEy bar for the fourth year.

Mar 6, 2024

Pilot Travel Centers to Add 35 Locations, Remodel 75 More Stores in 2024
The plan will bring the total of remodeled stores to almost 200.

NACS Recognizes Three Asian Convenience Retailers for Outstanding Achievements
Retailers were recognized for their retailing excellence at Convenience Summit Asia.

Enmarket Opens Its First New Build of 2024
Love’s, Kent Kwik and QuickChek announced openings too.

RECAP: Leveraging Remote Monitoring Across 10,000 C-Stores
This webinar discussed how to improve operational efficiency with seamless multisite operations.

Car IQ Partners With Huck’s Convenience Store
The partnership brings Car IQ to 128 stores across five states.

Congress Strips Harmful SNAP Language in Agriculture Appropriations Bill
The bill text would have allowed pilot states to restrict SNAP purchase to only “nutrient dense” foods.

Mar 5, 2024

Twice Daily Unveils Made-to-Order Wraps
The retailer adds to its made-to-order lineup, which debuted last year.

WEBINAR: A First Look at 2023 Convenience Compensation Data
NACS reveals a new comprehensive source of convenience HR data.

QuickChek Offers Three Deals After 3 p.m. Value Menu
Meanwhile, GetGo announced a daylight saving deal with 50 cents off gas.

Whole Foods Market to Open Smaller Format Stores
The Whole Foods Market Daily Shop will offer grab-and-go meals and last-minute dinner ingredients.

Transportation Energy Institute Evaluates EV Demand Charge Strategies
High operating costs for chargers remain an impediment to retailers.

Dollar General Now Accepts Health Supplemental Benefits
The retailer has taken several steps to attempt to become a ‘health destination.’

Mar 4, 2024

Casey’s Announces All-New Sandwich Lineup
The retailer brings in three new sandwiches and tweaks an existing offer.

Banks Are ‘Triple Dipping’ With Credit Cards
The Merchants Payments Coalition says new data highlights need for CCCA.

McLane Introduces Online Marketplace for Retailers
The Emerging Brands program allows c-stores to widen offerings from up-and-coming brands.

Parker’s Kitchen Announces Partnership With the Wounded Warrior Project
In addition, EG America announces support for the American Red Cross.

Mar 1, 2024

Cigarettes’ Market Decline Continues
The Wall Street Journal looks at the rise of smoke-free products.

Annual Drive-Thru Report Released—QSRs Are Getting Faster
The study revealed the average speed of service was 5 minutes and 43 seconds.

First Pitch at Love’s Field Flies With Women’s History Month
The $37 million softball stadium Love’s helped build at the University of Oklahoma is now open.

Oreo Reveals Two New Cookie Flavors
Both new cookie flavors are inspired by classic desserts.

PDI Puts Great Focus on Consumer Brands With New GasBuddy Offers
The strategy also includes enhanced data and customer-focused structures.

Wawa Store Transformed Into Workplace for Neurodiverse Individuals
The Eagles Autism Foundation, Wawa and Nouryon open Popcorn for the People.

Feb 29, 2024

Panera Bread Simplifies Menu to Focus on Core Products
The changes focus on value to customers and reducing stress on kitchen staff.

Refine Operations with a Custom-Crafted ATG
Franklin Electric’s EVO series is more than just fuel monitoring—it’s flexibility for your store.

What’s Going On With Wendy’s Dynamic Pricing?
The company says it might drop prices when restaurants aren’t busy.

Bojangles Adds 5 More Travel Center Locations
The QSR shared details about its expansion plans with NACS Daily.

In Japan, 7-Eleven Tests a Store Aimed at Women and Families
Among the items on sale: diapers, fresh fruit and hair-care products.

Mirabito Launches Honor Flight Network Round-Up Campaign
The funds enable veterans to visit memorials dedicated to their service.

Feb 28, 2024

Vroom Delivery Launches C-Store Digital Commerce Solution
The company introduced Commerce 360, a new automated management system for c-stores.

FDA Continues to File Complaints Against Retailers
The agency announced it filed 20 complaints for CMPs against retailers for the sale of unauthorized e-cigarettes.

Fried Chicken—For Life
Kwik Trip is offering customers the chance to win a lifetime supply of free chicken.

Captain Morgan Sliced Splashes Into RTDs
The drink maker wanted to “slice through the ordinary” with its four new flavors.

Grand Opening: GetGo’s First Drive-Thru in Pennsylvania
A Leap Day-themed grand opening kicks off festivities for the Franklin Township location.

Casey’s Launches Campaign to Provide 10 Million Meals
Casey’s partnered up with Celsius and Feeding America to fight against food insecurity.

Feb 27, 2024

TA Celebrates 300 Locations, Announces 2024 Initiatives
Hop Shops and Mirabito Convenience Stores also announced new locations this month.

Reimagine Your C-Store Operations
A modern automatic tank gauge can offer much more than just fuel monitoring and compliance.

Angus McKay Named NACS Convenience Industry Leader of the Year
McKay will receive the award at the upcoming NACS Convenience Summit Asia.

BP Unveils Consumer Experience Innovations
The upgrades include a new digital app and nationwide EV operations.

Court Denies Two More Motions for Interchange Summary Judgment
Visa and Mastercard suffer another loss in the case versus retailers.

‘Xtras Day’: Spinx Celebrates the Leap Year with Loyalty Members
Xtra customers will receive deals and a chance to win three grand prizes.

Feb 26, 2024

CrossAmerica Partners to Acquire 59 C-Stores From Applegreen
The $16.9 million deal has been years in the making.

New Fuel Theft Method Discovered
The Texas Food and Fuel Association sent members an alert.

Grubhub's Latest Offerings Come From CVS
Customers who order 'daylight saving essentials' can get a free item.

Being an Advocate for the Industry
“At Casey’s, it really comes down to living our purpose.”

Feb 23, 2024

Eight Midwest States Will See Year-Round Higher Blend Ethanol
The EPA approved year-round sales, but industry groups want a permanent national solution.

The ‘Chizza’ Has Landed—KFC Brings Its International Menu Item Home
Also, Taco Bell introduced its new cheesy chicken Crispanada.

NLRB Joint Employer Rule Start Date Delayed to March
A federal judge issued a two-week stay on the regulation.

Fuelman Partners with RaceTrac and RaceWay
Fuelman card users now have access to 580 RaceTrac and 200 RaceWay locations.

Walmart Revises Education Program to Train for 100,000 Jobs
The company aims to upskill associates for new roles.

Maverik, Sheetz, Wawa and More Recognized for Loyalty Programs
Many c-stores made Newsweek’s annual list of America’s Best Loyalty Programs.

Feb 22, 2024

MLB’s Kansas City Royals to Sport QuikTrip Logo
The partnership will put community investment and youth literacy first.

Merchants Say Capital One/Discover Deal Won’t Bring Competition
The merger highlights the need for passage of the CCCA.

Four C-Stores Make Top 20 of Forbes Customer Experience All-Stars
Buc-ee’s, Kwik Trip, Wawa and QuikTrip were recognized.

Does Loyalty Membership Equal Increased Loyalty?
A new Upside report reveals room to grow in terms of loyalty effectiveness.

Consumers Will Splurge on Experiences
A new report highlights consumer spending trends for 2024.

Chipotle Offers Free Guac on February’s ‘Extra Day’
Also, some customers could win free guacamole for a year.

Feb 21, 2024

Wawa to Open 70 Stores for 60th Anniversary
The company announced its 2024 growth plans, including new locations in three new states.

Circle K Breaks Ground With First Kentucky NEVI-Funded EV Charger
The convenience retailer expects to reach 200 charging sites in North America.

Terrible’s C-Stores to Carry New Wine Options
Partnering with Splash Beverage Group, the stores will offer four new varietals.

7-Eleven Giving Away Concert Tickets for a Year
The convenience retailer announced its latest sweepstakes for rewards members.

In Thailand, Leading C-Store Retailer Dives Into Health and Beauty
PTT Oil will partner with Japan’s Sugi Holdings Co.

It’s St. Patty Shake Season
QSRs are ringing in the holiday with specialty LTOs.

Feb 20, 2024

RaceTrac Launches New Buffalo Ranch Chicken Pizza
Until April 30, customers who buy a slice can get a second for $1.

UPCOMING: Leveraging Remote Monitoring Across 10,000 C-Stores
A free webinar explores how to improve operational efficiency.

QuikTrip Enters Oklahoma City Metro With Travel Center
Another store is expected to open later this year.

CITGO Joins EV Market With Pilot Program in Michigan
The program gives the marketer full ownership of the installed EV charger.

Krispy Kreme Collaborates with Hershey for LTO Collection
Also, Wendy’s partners with Cinnabon for a sweet new breakfast offering.

Burger King Parent Company Has Ambitious Expansion Plans
RBI plans to build 40,000 new restaurants across multiple brands.

Feb 19, 2024

Language Changing in Tennessee Bill Banning Cold Beer Sales
The bill is undergoing changes to be more fair to businesses.

Big Madre Tacos y Tortas
The Greater Houston Retailers Cooperative Association concept is “easy to execute.”

Starbucks Launches New Accessible Store Design
The first location includes features like optimized acoustics and improvements for customers with low vision.

Bigger Is Better in Texas
A second Duke’s Travel Plaza sells an eclectic array of services and Texas-made products.

The Wills Group Celebrates Community Engagement in the Mid-Atlantic
The company releases its FY2023 report highlighting over $1 million in grants and investments.

The Return of Hunt Brothers Buffalo Chicken Pizza LTO
The company’s LTO is back this winter at participating locations.

Feb 16, 2024

A Ban on Cold Beer Sales in Tennessee C-Stores?
Proposed ban of chilled alcoholic beverages at convenience stores was not extended to liquor stores.

Five Steps to Overcome Doubt
Alex Weber shared his process for unlocking potential at NACS Leadership Forum.

Circle K Collabs With Godzilla Movie Makers, Launches LTO Products
The partnership brings themed offerings, sweepstakes and more.

MAPCO Offers Free Any-Size Coffee for Everyone
The offer is available through February 18 at all locations.

Kudos to Houston!
An inside look at the Greater Houston Retailers Cooperative Association’s c-store brand.

Fiserv Expands In-Person Bill Payment Network to NCR Atleos ATMs
And, a study by NCR Voyix’s Incsiv shows more retailers are adopting self-checkout.

Feb 15, 2024

Sens. Hawley and Reed Co-Sponsor the Credit Card Competition Act
Support on the Hill grows as Sen. Durbin calls for Visa, Mastercard and others to testify in Congress.

Unlocking Tobacco Funding for Your Loyalty Program
A retailer’s loyalty program can offer customers personalized incentives funded by the manufacturer.

Be Kind, Be Kind, Be Kind
How the c-store industry can come together to support frontline employees.

Maverik Launches Adventure Gear Merchandise
Over 30 products are available for delivery.

TXB Releases New LTO Items
The items include a “better for you” breakfast and Lent-friendly lunch options.

Godfather’s To-Go Pizza Now at 21 Alta Convenience Locations
The pizza will be available in several states including Colorado, Wyoming and Kansas.

Feb 14, 2024

How C-Stores Can Become Employers of Choice
The NACS/Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council releases an action plan.

Leading With a People-First Approach
The first night of NACS Leadership Forum focused on maintaining a great company-wide culture.

NACS, NATSO and SIGMA Urge Sen. Carper to Back Corn Ethanol Boost
The senator’s support is key to passing year-round sales of ethanol fuels.

Casey’s Brings Back Buffalo Trace Select Bottles to Select Stores
The convenience retailer partnered up with Buffalo Trace Bourbon for the third year.

FDA Recalls Dairy for Listeria
The FDA updated its recent recall, adding products used in retail businesses, including meal kits.

Electrify America Debuts First Indoor Station in San Francisco
The indoor station has 20 hyper-fast chargers, lounge areas, 24/7 security and free Wi-Fi.

Feb 13, 2024

Japan's FamilyMart Deploys Cleaning Robots at 300 C-Stores
The new machines also will carry products for sale as the country's workforce shrinks.

Take Steps to Maximize CPG Funding of Your Loyalty Program
CPG-funded offers that can drive customer visits and increased share of wallet.

Smoke-Free Products Nearly 40% of 2023 Total Revenue for PMI
Zyn shipment volume in the United States grew 62% year over year.

QSRs See Customers Push Back on Prices
Customers are making their opinions known about higher prices.

Deals to Your Heart’s Content
Valentine’s Day is an occasion where retailers vie to delight and entice customers.

EG America Raises $750,000 for Disabled American Veterans
The donation follows the fifth year of raising money for the nonprofit.

Feb 12, 2024

Shell Acquires 45 Convenience Stores in New Mexico
The company signed an agreement to acquire Brewer Oil Company.

Credit Card ‘Swipe’ Fees Could Cost Consumers Nearly $578 Million on Valentine’s Day
Average swipe fees equal a greeting card or 2-3 pieces of chocolate.

Casey’s Partners With Acumera for Digital Transformation
Acumera will integrate technology into over 2,600 Casey’s locations.

Hershey Expects Up to 3% Sales Growth in 2024
The company will focus on operational innovation despite higher cocoa and sugar prices.

Looking Back for Future Ideas
The ‘Gas Station Gourmet’ looks at the best foodservice ideas he’s encountered in the past year.

The Gate Foundation Raises $50K for the American Lung Association
Donations were collected at all stores across four states.

Feb 9, 2024

Casey’s Hires First-Ever Chief Pizza & Beer Officer
A Nebraska native will take on the job of recommending and sharing pizza and beer pairings.

Do You Know About the New Business Ownership Disclosure Rule?
Small business advocates say the Treasury Department should do more to inform companies.

BP Adds Amoco Brand to TA Sites
Fifteen sites have already been converted, with plans for 50 by the end of the year.

Enmarket Launches Car Wash Subscription Program
The program is run through a standalone Marketwash app.

Japanese Telecom KDDI to Acquire 50% Stake in Lawson
Move spurred by desire to appeal to Japan’s changing demographics.

C-Stores Increase Awareness of Human Trafficking Before the Big Game
NACS, TravelCenters of America and BP help.

Feb 8, 2024

7-Eleven Releases Valentine’s Day Sweet Treats
The lineup includes packaged snacks and bake-in-store cookies.

Understanding Cash Management—and Cash Recycling
Cash management is a fundamental part of any c-store, but the system is often not optimized.

GPM Raises Over $193,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association
The event marks over $2 Million in total donations since 2011.

Restaurant Industry to Earn Record-Breaking $1.1 Trillion in 2024 Sales
The National Restaurant Association also forecasts the addition of 15.7 million jobs this year.

Spirits Stay on Top for Second Straight Year
While gaining little revenue, the sector outpaced beer and wine sales again.

The Top 100 Best Truck Stops Reviewed by Truckers
Davenport, Iowa Kwik Star #1071 takes the top spot for second consecutive year overall.

Feb 7, 2024

Sacramento Proposes Banning Gas Stations
In the city’s 2040 General Plan, it proposes banning new stations and adding to existing ones.

NACS and Others Issue Comments on Minnesota and Iowa NEVI Program
The statements urge the removal of limitations on annual profits.

Duck Thru Launches First EV Charging Station
The company partnered with FreeWire Technologies for the installation.

Kellanova Expands C-Store Offerings for Summer
The products are made with more convenient packaging options.

Coca-Cola Launches New Spiced Permanent Flavor
It’s the first time in three years the company added a permanent addition to its portfolio.

C-Stores Eligible for GM ‘The Biskies Recipe Contest’ and $35K in Prizes
General Mills Foodservice is accepting entries for biscuit creations on foodservice menus nationwide.

Feb 6, 2024

7-Eleven to Open Unmanned C-Stores in Japan
Customers will use their smartphones to pay for items.

Is Your Cash Management System Costing More?
Cash isn’t going away, so it may be time to manage the costs that come with paper money.

FDA Continues to Deny Marketing for E-Cigarette Products
The agency issued five marketing denial orders on flavored blu e-cigarette products.

Looking Ahead to the Super Bowl
What will people eat and drink during the game?

In UK, Morrisons Sells Over 300 Petrol Forecourts
Buyer MFG announces plans to roll out 800 rapid charging sites for EVs.

Tater Tots, Heat and Sweet, and More Menu Innovations
C-stores introduce specials and new foodservice items.

Feb 5, 2024

Kwik Star to Double South Dakota Stores
The company plans to open five more locations in the Sioux Falls market.

MAPCO Debuts Noble Roman’s Pizza at Select Locations
This is the latest addition to MAPCO QSR food offerings.

TA Opens Truck Service Center in Mt. Vernon, Texas, and More
Also, Love’s opens it first 2024 location in Cortez, Colorado.

Prairie Farms Enters Single-Serve Iced Coffee Category
Two new barista-style iced coffee drinks are now available.

Dover Acquires Bulloch Technologies Inc.
Bulloch company processes over 520 million transactions annually at 7,000 sites throughout Canada.

Parker’s Community Fund Donates $5 Million
The donation established the Roper St. Francis Foundation Parker’s Community Impact Fund.

Feb 2, 2024

Welcome to a C-Store Bathroom Wedding
Hop Shops will host a ‘disco-bathroom’ wedding on Valentine’s Day with Hop Shops-themed vows.

Subway Footlong Cookies Fly Off Shelves
Demand is so great that the QSR has temporarily removed the cookies from its app.

Rutter’s Offers Foodservice Bundles for Super Bowl
The offer is available through March 16.

Sheetz Keeps Expanding in Michigan
The retailer confirmed two more Detroit-area locations to come.

Colonial Oil Industries Expands Availability of Renewable Diesel in the Southeast
The company partnered with Neste, TICO and Gateway Terminals.

Pilot Travel Centers Kicks Off Heart Campaign in USA and Canada
The retailer will also offer CPR training to its 30,000 team members.

Feb 1, 2024

7-Eleven Gears Up for the Big Game
The retailer announced deals on pizza and wings for the Super Bowl.

Recalled: Neptune’s Fix Elixirs and Tablets
Neptune Resources issues voluntary recall of all its products containing Tianeptine.

Congress Passes Bipartisan Tax Legislation
The bill is set to restore several business tax breaks.

White Bison Coffee Releases New Winter Flavors
Three new flavors are now available in Twice Daily stores.

Couche-Tard’s Management Microprogram Hits One-Year Mark
The company celebrated a year of empowering growth.

Gonnella and Tyson Both Debut New Foodservice Products
The new offerings are brioche buns and plant-based sausage patties.

Jan 31, 2024

Arko Launches Value Pizza Program
The $4.99 whole pizza will be available frozen take-and-bake and hot to-go.

High’s Unveils Two Biscuits and Gravy-Themed Breakfast Items
The Baltimore c-store also introduces a crab dip pretzel.

Federal Reserve Extends Debit Card Swipe Fee Comment Period
There’s still time to take action to ask the Fed to reduce the debit card swipe fee rate.

Bidi Vapor and Kaival Appeal FDA Denial
The initial denial applies only to one Bidi device; ten other flavors still in PMTA process.

Americans Love Love—and Candy Too
Krispy Kreme and Mars play Cupid with limited-time treats.

Rockstar Unveils New Drinks That Aim to Boost Focus
The three-flavor release includes ingredients like Lion’s Mane.

Jan 30, 2024

Weigel’s Celebrates ‘Innovative Approach’ to Boosting Loyalty
The retailer’s 2023 Loyalty Store Competition led to a 15% increase in loyalty penetration rate.

Starbucks Launches Oleato Beverages at All Locations Nationwide
The olive-oil infused coffee is available as a sweet cream cold foam and in two new espresso drinks.

RECAP: Conexxus Talks Tech With Victor Paterno
The NACS chairman discussed the role of technology in the industry.

North Texas Buc-ee’s Opening Could Overlap With Eclipse
The town of Hillsboro is already planning 'Eclipseboro' events.

Ferrellgas Partners Acquires Eastern Sierra Propane
The sale results in 5,500 additional customers.

Speed Bumps Slow EV Progress in 2024
There are signs that the industry has gotten ahead of buyers.

Jan 29, 2024

Why Food Safety Should Be at the Forefront of Foodservice
'Food safety isn’t a competitive advantage in our industry,' said Evan Powell, retail food protection manager at Kwik Trip.

Subway’s Meat Slicers Not Cutting It, Franchisees Say
Some operators say the $6,000 machines have not driven profit and have increased waste.

WetGo Opens 46th Location With Free Wash Weekend
This is the fourth stand-alone location for the Giant Eagle brand.

Global C-Store Sales Increase in 29 of 31 Countries Measured
Overall strong growth demonstrates the global resiliency of the channel—and some interesting category insights.

New Hardware Products Enter the Industry
Veeder-Root expands its portfolio and OPW displays its car wash system.

Over $635,000 Raised for Folds of Honor Through Sinclair Oil Campaign
The four-week, 30-state campaign raised funds for educational scholarships.

Jan 26, 2024

Love’s Outlines Plans For 2024
The retailer plans more services for truckers, expanded RV offerings and a focus on foodservice options.

Circle K Plans to Open Over 60 Stores In Wisconsin
The brand’s expansion is underway with the opening of a third Geen Bay location.

Deadline to File for Visa, Mastercard Settlement Fast Approaching
Claims to the $5.5B Payment Card Settlement are due May 31, 2024.

Casey’s Rides On As the Official Partner of RAGBRAI
The retailer also releases new merch in its third year partnering with the bicycling event.

Kent Kwik Debuts First Ever Dog Wash
The location also features an attached dog park.

Online Grocery Sales Growth Slows in Asia
Small format stores in Asia continue to thrive.

Jan 25, 2024

In Washington Post, NACS Argues Against Menthol Ban
Prohibitions lead to illicit sales, which are untaxed and unregulated.

FDA Launches New Food Safety Resource on Traceability
A video explores how to achieve end-to-end traceability.

Chipotle Wants to Hire 19,000 Workers for ‘Burrito Season’
The QSR also announced a new employee assistance program with enhanced benefits. Digs Into QSR Dining Habits
Some pre-pandemic dining patterns return, while some new behaviors are sticking around.

Seagram’s Escapes Rolls Out Jamaican Me Happiness Collection
Meanwhile, Simply Spiked kicked off 2024 with four new Simply Spiked Limeade flavors.

Sheetz For the Kidz Celebrates $1.7 Million Raised in 2023
More than 11,000 children directly benefitted from the contributions.

Jan 24, 2024

Safety Concerns Cause In-N-Out to Close a Location for First Time Ever
The closure is the company’s first in its 75-year history.

EVs Will Never Be Top Dog, Toyota Chair Claims
Toyota chairman says electric vehicles will only reach 30% market share, at most.

FDA Issues MDO to Bidi Vapor E-Cigarette
The agency issued a marketing denial order on the Bidi Stick – Classic.

Family Express Launches Mobile App Experience
The new release, powered by Rovertown, will be integrated at over 80 locations across Indiana.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Raised $318,000 For United Way Canada
The monies were raised through a variety of initiatives.

Big Brands and Big Names Are Ready for the Super Bowl
Drumstick wants a holiday, M+M’s offer comfort and Nerds makes a splash.

Jan 23, 2024

U.S. Convenience Store Census Shows Continued Growth
More than 152,000 c-stores operate in the U.S., up 1.5% from 2023.

Rutter’s Adds New LTO Items to Its Menu
The c-store unveiled three new items, including a sweet and savory breakfast sandwich.

Giant Eagle Debuts Single Platform Loyalty Program
The retailer launches the program and transitions current loyalty members on January 25.

Restaurants Push Poultry Forward
QSRs continue to expand on chicken’s popularity with new menu items.

In UK, Asda to Open 21 C-Stores This Month
The openings come as part of the retailer’s plan to convert acquired c-stores to its brand.

Hutchinson Oil Selects Warren Rogers for Fuel System Diagnostics
The Midwest convenience retailer will implement the system at all its locations.

Jan 22, 2024

Walmart Increases Pay for Store Managers
The average salary for store managers will go up to $128,000, with potential for large bonuses.

What’s the Deal With Bank Cafes?
Though small in number, gathering places that exist for marketing purposes aren’t going away.

FDA Denies Marketing for More E-Cigarette Products
The agency issued marketing denial orders on Sourin and blu Plus+ e-cigarette products.

Krispy Krunchy Opens Atlanta Office
The foodservice program eyes continued expansion.

Transchem Group Acquired by OPW VWS
The Canadian company employs about 80 people and is in its fifth decade.

A Focus on the Basics
C Express keeps things simple and friendly.

Jan 19, 2024

Refuel Market Announces 10 More Stores For 2024
The Spinx Company, TA and more also announce new store openings.

Love’s Completes Rollout of Exclusive Repair Service
Freightliner ExpressPoint now available at 400+ Love's Truck Care and Speedco locations.

Pilot Flying J Is Fully Acquired By Berkshire Hathaway
The companies announced the acquisition earlier this week.

Pizza Hut Reveals Trends Report
The QSR has some pizza-based predictions.

Diebold Nixdorf Touts New AI-Based Checkout
The system uses AI to lower shrink at self-checkout kiosks.

Automakers Push Hydrogen at CES
Honda announced it will launch an all-new fuel cell vehicle this year.

Jan 18, 2024

Kent Companies Acquires 13 C-Stores in Alabama
The company’s total store count now stands at 104 locations.

bp Names New CEO
Interim CEO and former CFO Murray Auchincloss has been named the company’s top leader.

Choice Market Names Exclusive Technology Partner
Choice Market looks to scale the company’s automated Mini-Mart format.

Tyson Foodservice Unveils New C-Store Products
The products are protein-packed and ‘perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner on the go.’

Numerator Releases Brands to Watch
The lists include popular QSR offers and trending CPG brands.

Mirabito Donated Over $135,000 to Charity
The donations were made with funds raised from the company’s annual golf outing.

Jan 17, 2024

Maverik Unveils First Rebranded Kum & Go
The location is in Draper, Utah, and originally opened in 2022.

FDA Denies Marketing of E-Cigarette Product
The agency issued marketing denial orders for 22 SMOK brand e-cigarette products.

Uber Shuts Down $1.1 Billion Alcohol-Delivery Company
It’s last call for Drizly, which Uber purchased three years ago.

It’s Official: NA Beer to Sponsor 2024 Paris Olympics
Anheuser-Busch InBev is the first-ever beer sponsor for the next three Olympic Games.

NCR Voyix Delivers New Self-Checkout Product for Retailers
It’s the company’s first release since becoming an independent company.

Weigel’s Celebrated Over 25 Years of Its Family Christmas Event
The retailer sponsored 250 children during the event.

Jan 16, 2024

Sam's Club To Use AI at Exit Instead of Checking Receipts
AI will verify that the items in the cart were purchased.

Beer Sales Up 1.4% in 2023
Imports and flavored malt beverages accounted for most of the growth.

Diebold Nixdorf To Serve As BP Preferred Global Partner
The strengthened partnership will support convenience and forecourt transformation.

Roughly 1 in 10 U.S. Restaurants Serve Mexican Food
Pew Research Center data dives into the availability of Mexican and other Hispanic or Latino foods.

CTVG Releases Vision Report on AI
The report looks at AI’s impact on convenience retail.

New Year, New Sweepstakes
Various c-stores have announced giveaways this January.

Jan 15, 2024

Casey's to Install Blended-Fuel Dispensers at 111 Locations
The retailer received $5 million in federal grants.

New AI Tools Launched for Retailers
SymphonyAI partnered with Microsoft and Google announced new products.

CES 2024: Auto Highlights From the Show
From EVs to advanced AI, companies large and small brought their latest tech to Las Vegas.

Survey: More Americans Embrace Dry January in 2024
Interest in sober lifestyles and ‘damp drinking’ ticks up.

Small Batch Boudin and More
A winning boudin recipe led to the Lazy Caveman.

Rutter’s Donated $1.8 Million in 2023
The company reached a new record in its charitable donations.

Jan 12, 2024

Buc-ee’s Moves Into North Carolina
The company received unanimous approval from the city council to build a mega c-store.

Thousands of Companies Call on Congress to Fix Swipe Fees
Associations from every state and Puerto Rico sent a letter to Congress.

White House Announces $623 Million in Grants for Electric Vehicle Charging Network
The grants will fund 47 EV infrastructure projects in 22 states and Puerto Rico.

Maverik Implements Relay Payments for Truckers and Fleets
The retailer has the system in place at 86 locations.

Panera, Little Caesars Introduce New Menu Items
Also, Krispy Kreme brings back its Biscoff partnership.

TA Recognizes National Human Trafficking Prevention Month
The company collaborates with Truckers Against Trafficking to help employees recognize trafficking.

Jan 11, 2024

Retail Crime Is Rising—NACS Expresses Concerns to House Committee
NACS urges Congress to pass the Combating Organized Retail Crime Act of 2023.

Sunoco Sells 204 C-Stores For $1 Billion
The company also announced its intentions to acquire liquid fuels terminals in Europe.

FDA Warns Public of Products Containing Tianeptine
Products marketing as supplements that contain tianeptine could have dangerous or even deadly effects.

Jacksons Offers Customers the Chance to Win Milk for a Year
Customers are entered to win when they use their loyalty card to buy milk.

Mars Brings Back Seasonal M&M’s Flavor for Valentine’s Day
M&M's released its 2024 Valentine's Day gift guide and introduced new offerings.

Doritos Dinamita To Debut New Flavors at the Super Bowl
Cheez-It also debuted new flavors this month.

Jan 10, 2024

Help Wanted: Chief Pizza & Beer Officer
Former NFL star Anthony “Spice” Adams will lead the candidate search for Casey’s.

Labor Department Issues Final Rule on Contract Workers
The agency declares six factors should guide classifying independent contractors.

8 Texas C-Stores Change Hands
New Distributing sold its eight convenience retail locations to focus on its wholesale supply.

Flavor Trends To Watch in 2024
T. Hasegawa predicts that familiar and new flavors will be combined.

Electric Era Launches Referral Program
The program will pay EV drivers and site hosts for referring potential host locations.

Marathon Petroleum Awards $350,000 to Local School District
The grant will go towards the district’s welding program.

Jan 9, 2024

The End of the Golden Gig Era?
Some gig workers are returning to traditional jobs.

Taco Bell Launches 10 New Value Menu Offers
The company also makes the Veggie Build-Your-Own-Cravings-Box permanent.

Love’s Celebrates 60 Years
The retailer started in Watonga, Oklahoma in 1964.

Circle K Candy Collab
The c-store teams up with Butterfinger for exclusive LTOs.

Hershey and Frito-Lay Gear Up for the Super Bowl
The companies have announced campaigns running up to the big game.

ExxonMobil Implements Car IQ Payment Solutions
The platform allows customers to pay by connecting their vehicle to the pump.

Jan 8, 2024

FDA Ordered to Reconsider Vape Product Denials
Two makers of flavored liquid for e-cigarettes will get another chance for FDA approval.

Global Shipping Facing Rough Waters
Altered shipping routes are making supply chain chaos the new normal.

NECSEMA Honors Fresh Village C-Store As “One of the Best”
The regional association released its 2023 awards.

Tennessee Newspaper Ranks Buc-ee’s Billboards
The newspaper lists 24 of the “smartest and funniest” billboards for the new year.

Alta Convenience and Petro-Mart Raise Over $300,000 for Make-A-Wish
Funds were raised through the Buy-A-Star, Make-A-Wish in-store donation campaign.

Hershey’s Debuts Snoopy & Friends Kisses for Valentine’s Day
Plus, the candy maker offers a peanut-shaped Reese’s.

Jan 5, 2024

25 States Raise Minimum Wage In 2024
The federal minimum wage now applies in just 20 states.

DFS Unveils Transportation Volume Monitoring and Tracking System
The system is a collaboration with Click & Find.

The GATE Foundation Annual Charity Golf Tournament Raises $215,000
Funds from the two-day event will support a free summer camp for children with serious illnesses.

Amazon Closes Last Fresh Pickup Grocery Store
The experiment on how people get groceries finishes its run.

KFC and Taco Bell Introduce New Menu Items
Meanwhile, Chick-fil-A brings a fan favorite back to the menu.

7-Eleven Japan and Lawson to Open 10,000 C-Stores Over Next Three Years
The two companies intend to rapidly expand their presence in the Asia-Pacific region.

Jan 4, 2024

Natalie Morhous Promoted to CEO of RaceTrac Inc.
Morhous is a third-generation leader in the family-owned business.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Finalizes TotalEnergies Acquisition
The transaction encompasses over 2,000 sites in four new countries for the company.

APA Acquires Callon Petroleum in $4.5 Billion Deal
The company expects production to exceed 500,000 barrels per day.

Starbucks to Accept Reusable Cups for Drive-thru and Mobile Orders
The coffee giant is the only national coffeehouse in the United States to offer the option.

Rich’s and Funfetti Team Up for Sweet Treats
A new Funfetti single slice cheesecake is designed for c-stores.

Krispy Krunchy Chicken Opened 480 New Stores in 2023
The brand finishes the year with nearly 3,000 locations.

Jan 3, 2024

Rutter’s Raises Starting Hourly Wage to $18
The c-store’s starting wage has increased 75% since 2019.

Wally’s Is a Road Trip Rest, Refuel and Recharge Destination
Wally’s locations are 10 times the size of traditional c-stores offering a variety of foodservice and merchandise options.

MFA Oil Acquires Platte-Clay Fuels
The company announced its first acquisition of its 2024 fiscal year.

Mtn Dew Baja Blast Makes Its Way Into Stores
The flavor, typically available only at Taco Bell, is available in bottles and cans for the first time.

Little Debbie Sweetens Valentine's Day
The McKee Foods brand introduces new treats and packaging for the holiday.

Chipotle Teams Up With Strava For New Year Fitness
Consumers who run in “Chipotle segments” have the opportunity to win free Lifestyle Bowls for life.

Jan 2, 2024

Exclusive: EG America Offers Life-Saving Resources with NaloxBox Initiative
‘If there is something we can do, we should do it.’

More EVs Ineligible for U.S. Tax Credits
The number of EV models qualifying for U.S. EV tax credits fell from 43 to 19.

Beer Faced Declines in 2023
U.S. beer shipments reached their lowest levels in 25 years.

Gas Prices Expected to Decline In 2024, GasBuddy Predicts
The company predicts a drop of 13 cents.

Dec 22, 2023

The Top 5 Daily Stories of 2023
NACS Daily takes a look back at some of the top stories of the year.

Bringing Technology Beyond Thinking
Insights on technology in the convenience industry from Connexus’ Think Tank v8.0.

Santmyer Companies Sells C-Stores and Wholesale Business
Par Mar Oil Company acquires the company’s Red Rover c-stores.

Some New C-Store Openings Close Out 2023
RaceTrac and Thorntons are among those adding stores in new locations.

Dec 21, 2023

The Most Talked About C-Store Acquisitions of 2023
NACS Daily looks back at some of the industry’s biggest mergers and acquisitions.

Snacks Rise in Popularity as Consumers Are Hungry for More Time
Frito-Lay released its findings from the fifth annual U.S. Snack Index.

Acosta Group Reaches $100 Million Fundraising Milestone
The collective has been raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association for nearly 40 years.

Oreo Returns to the Super Bowl
For the first time in over a decade, Oreo is making an appearance at the Super Bowl.

Dec 20, 2023

Top 5 Convenience Corner Blog Posts of 2023
NACS Daily prepares for 2024 by looking back at the top Convenience Corner posts of this year.

Industry Mourns the Passing of Jere Thompson Sr.
7-Eleven leader and former NACS president led the growth of the c-store industry.

BP Pauses Red Sea Shipping
Increased attacks from an armed group are causing global shipping disruptions.

Chobani Acquires La Colombe for $900 Million
The coffee brand will continue to operate independently under Chobani.

Kwik Trip To Invest Over $150 Million in Wisconsin Expansion
Expansion plans include growing its La Crosse dairy, commissary and bakery facilities.

Rutter’s Donated $550,000 to Support Education in 2023
Throughout the year, Rutter’s donated to support organizations through the Pennsylvania tax credit program.

Dec 19, 2023

Top 6 Convenience Matters Podcast Episodes of 2023
NACS Daily prepares for 2024 by looking back at the most memorable Convenience Matters episodes of this year.

Wrong Direction? Retailer Operating Expenses Grow
Direct store operating expenses outpace inside gross profit dollars.

Exclusive: Modisoft Picks Up Pickleball Sponsorship
Safi Modi offers NACS an inside look at the company’s sponsorship of the 2023 Carvana PPA tour.

Take Action: Ask the Fed to Lower Debit Card Swipe Fees
Send a letter to the Federal Reserve on why it must reduce the debit card swipe fee rate.

TXB Expands Private Label Line With Locally Sourced Products
The Texas-based c-store added drinks, snacks and apparel to its private label line.

Giant Oil Acquires 11 Convenience Stores
And Fast Stop enters New Mexico with Snappy Mart acquisition.

Dec 18, 2023

Doritos Gets in the Nacho Cheese Spirit
The limited-edition 84-proof liquor smells and tastes like the popular tortilla chip.

U.S. Government Seizes $18 Million in Illegal E-Cigarettes
Through a joint operation, the administration stopped 1.4 million units from reaching the market.

RECAP: Flavor Forward in Alcohol Beverages
This webinar discussed the current trends in alcohol as well as what c-stores may see in 2024.

Consumers Prefer Casual, Food-Centric Gatherings
Rich Products released findings from a 2023 shopper insight study.

Terri Micklin on Being a Food-First C-Store
President of GetGo explains the convenience store’s heritage and future in food.

RaceTrac Finalizes Gulf Oil Acquisition
RaceTrac adds 1,100 locations under the Gulf Oil brand.

Dec 15, 2023

RaceTrac Deploys HPE Servers in Every Store
The move will “improve overall store management programs.”

Sacramento Welcomes Its First Drive-Thru C-Store
Fire Stop opened this month after owners saw the need for drive-thrus in the California market.

Love’s Caps the Year With 4 New Locations
The locations range from California to New York.

Growing a Green C-Store
Green Spot blends natural food and beverages with convenience.

Counting Down With Holiday Deals
C-stores are celebrating the holiday season with a flurry of deals.

Maverik Raises Over $573K for Feeding America
Over 90% of customer donations will stay local.

Dec 14, 2023

Take a Trip to CosMc’s
The Wall Street Journal details its experience at the new beverage-based brand from McDonald’s.

NATSO, SIGMA Celebrate Pilot and Other EV Grant Recipients
The first chargers built with NEVI funds are now online at a Pilot Travel Center in Ohio.

’Tis the Second-Busiest Season of Travel on Record
AAA projects a 2.2% increase in domestic travelers over last year.

Ferrara First: Nerds Heads to the Super Bowl
Ferrara invests in the broadcast for the first time ever.

Taco Bell Tests Frozen Coffee and Shakes
The exclusive menu items are being tested at two locations for a limited time.

HARIBO Brings Holiday Cheer With New Mix
Sweet & Sour Reindeer is the first holiday treat from the brand that includes a sour twist.

Dec 13, 2023

American Stores Are Shrinking
Store sizes are the smallest they’ve been in at least 17 years.

Loyalty and Apps Driving Sales, Retailers Report
Casey’s, Couche-Tard and 7-Eleven discussed app and loyalty growth in recent earnings calls.

Tesla Recalls Two Million Vehicles
Also, despite facing setbacks, General Motors remains optimistic about the EV market.

Sierra Nevada Goes Zero-Proof
The company is releasing two non-alcoholic brews and expanding its sparkling water line.

Hunt Brothers Revs Up With New NASCAR Partnership
The c-store pizza brand announced a multi-year partnership with Team Penske.

Rutter’s Donates $100,000 for the Holidays
Four local charities received $25,000 each as part of its holiday donations.

Dec 12, 2023

Inflation: What Happened This Year?
2023 NACS SOI data will reveal how inflation has impacted the convenience retail industry.

Holiday Shopping Could Cost Consumers $20 Billion
The average family will spend $20 on swipe fees this holiday season.

Numerator Dives Into Sales Impact of Weight-Loss Drugs
GLP-1 weight-loss mediations are becoming more popular and are driving down purchases.

Occidental Petroleum Acquires CrownRock in $12 Billion Deal
The purchase will add over 170,000 barrels a day in production in 2024.

7-Eleven’s Inaugural Cleat Crew Raises More Than $100,000
The money will support the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Consumers Choosing To Eat Out This Holiday Season
People are eager to spend time with family and friends instead of cooking.

Dec 11, 2023

Florida Seeks Study on EV Infrastructure
Lawmakers in the state want to examine the impact of EVs on the road.

RECAP: Discover the 2024 Trends in Convenience
This webinar discussed past and future trends in the convenience store industry for retailers to watch out for.

British American Tobacco Says Traditional Cigarette Market Has No Future
The company published the value of some of its U.S. cigarette brands.

American Snuff Company Issues Voluntary Recall Due to Possible Health Risk
The recall includes certain lots of its Kodiak Premium Wintergreen Longcut Tobacco.

Jacksons Food Stores Enters Washington Tri-Cities Area
The Spinx Company, Enmarket, TA and Stewart’s Shops also announce new locations.

Bringing Flavor and Flair to Gas a Station
At Che Butter Jonez, eclectic food brings nostalgia and new tastes.

Dec 8, 2023

Gulf Oil Is the Official Fuel Partner of the Boston Celtics
The company announced a multi-year partnership with the basketball team.

UPCOMING WEBINAR: Flavor Forward in Beverage Alcohol
Join NACS and industry experts for a discussion of past and future trends in the adult beverage industry.

FDA Files More Fines Against Retailers for Selling E-Cigarettes
The agency filed civil money penalties against 25 retailers and has sent out a total of over 400 warning letters.

Pilot Company Celebrates 100 New Horizon Remodels
The remodels are a part of a broader, three-year initiative including adding new locations as well.

7-Eleven Mexico Partners With Blue Yonder and GOLDCO
The partnership aims to ramp up 7-Eleven Mexico’s category management.

PacWest Energy Acquires Sun Pacific Energy
The deal includes nine large-format convenience stores and other company assets.

Dec 7, 2023

McDonald’s Launches Next-Gen Beverage-Based Brand
CosMc’s will open its pilot location this month, with 10 more planned to open in 2024.

Using Organizing Systems to Enhance the Customer Experience
Have you considered upgrading your foodservice organizing systems?

Terrible’s Partners With Upside
Select Terrible’s convenience stores will be added to Upside’s app to offer customers personalized deals.

Shell Fuel Rewards Program Partners With Grubhub
Grubhub members can link their account to save per gallon.

White Claw Announces New Seltzer for Dry January
White Claw 0% Alcohol will come in four different flavors.

Rutter’s Secret Santa Donates $100,000 to Local Charities
Since the program began, it has donated over $450,000 to local organizations.

Dec 6, 2023

Menthol Ban Is Delayed
The Biden administration announced that it plans to finalize the ban in March.

World’s First Fully Autonomous Restaurant Opening in California
Ordering, grilling and frying will be fully automated in the restaurant.

Menu Innovation Trends To Watch for in 2024
Look for foods inspired by TikTok trends and a boost for comfort food.

Pilot Travel Centers, General Motors and EVgo Open First Charging Stations
The companies aim to reach approximately 200 locations by the end of 2024.

Panera Faces Second Wrongful Death Lawsuit From Caffeinated Drink
A man in Florida died from a “cardiac event” after drinking three Charged Lemonades.

Yesway Raises $600,000 for Local and National Nonprofits With Annual Golf Tournament
Over the past three tournaments, Yesway has raised over $1.5 million for local organizations.

Dec 5, 2023

Payment Card Interchange Fee Settlement Opens for Claims
Claim notices began mailing out December 1.

Optimize Your Coffee Bar Layout
The right organizing system can transform your coffee area.

FDA, USDA and EPA Propose Strategy to Reduce Food Waste
The strategy is open for comments now.

Tri Star Energy Introduces Holiday Drinks and Deals
Also, Sheetz and Stewart’s Shops offer festive milkshakes this season.

Minnoco Stores Raise $10,000 for Breast Cancer
Five cents from every gallon of gas sold during October was donated to a local nonprofit.

Ferrero Debuts New Holiday Treats
Seasonal favorites will also be available to enjoy this holiday season as well.

Dec 4, 2023

Casey’s Acquires EZ GO Convenience Stores
The 11 stores were bought from Love’s Travel Stops.

Seasonal Offerings Drive Sales at Starbucks
Here’s a closer look at how the QSR succeeds in owning its calendar to increase traffic.

C-Store Brands Recognized for Customer Service
Forbes ranked Buc-ee’s, Kwik Trip and QuikTrip among the top 20 brands in customer service.

Cigarettes Are Still Lighting Up Sales
While cigarettes have seen a decline in the c-store channel, they aren’t going away anytime soon.

A Look at AI in Convenience Retail Pricing
The Convenience Leaders Vision Group addressed the potential of AI for c-store pricing.

OnCue Raises $367,000 to Fight Childhood Cancer
The retailer raised money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through a variety of fundraisers.

Dec 1, 2023

Yesway Introduces New Payment System
The partnership offers truck drivers a seamless and more secure way of purchasing diesel.

McDonald's Revamps Its Burgers to Stay Competitive
Other QSRs are also upping their burgers as well.

Meijer and EVgo Expand Partnership
The fast-charging network of EVgo stations will be built at select Meijer locations in Ohio.

In UK, Budweiser Revitalizes C-Store Field Sales Strategy
The traveling team visits stores to offer insights and strategies.

Kwik Trip Unveils Holiday “Sweet” Sweaters
The company also announced a holiday extravaganza daily giveaway taking place this month.

Marathon Petroleum Named a Community Impact Award Winner
The Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma presented the company with the award.

Nov 30, 2023

QuikTrip Invests in Public Safety
The retailer is investing more than $3 million in local nonprofits and law enforcement organizations.

Subway Adds Footlong Cookie to Menu
The QSR announced the arrival of its newest treat for National Cookie Day.

Spinx Raises Over $320,000 for the American Cancer Society
The month-long campaign supports cancer patients and their families.

Kitchen United Closes Kroger Food Halls
The company is a leading ghost kitchen operator.

PFSbrands Will Acquire Show Me Oil Company
The deal includes one convenience store and eight grocery stores.

7-Eleven Australia Acquired for A$1.71 Billion
Japan’s Seven and i Holdings is set to acquire the company in early 2024.

Nov 29, 2023

NYT Opinion Video Supports the Fight Against Swipe Fees
Also, Forbes clears up misconceptions about the CCCA.

Tesla’s Cybertruck Is Coming Tomorrow
The company hopes to reignite its momentum with its first pickup truck.

Amazon Launches AI-Powered Assistant for the Workplace
The assistant provides information and advice to employees using a company’s own data and expertise.

Mirabito Kicks Off the Season of Giving
The convenience retailer raised money, collected toys and made donations to local organizations.

Poppy Market to Open Two-Story C-Store
The second floor will be used for meetings and storage space.

Discount Retailers Struggle With Shrink, Lower Demand for Non-Essential Products
Dollar Tree has trimmed its full-year sales forecast.

Nov 28, 2023

RaceTrac Submits Plans to Build 20,000-Square-Foot Showcase Store
The location will function as a convenience store as well as research center.

EVs and Hybrids Reach Record High of Light-Duty Vehicle Sales in United States
The increase comes from EV price drops and a decline in sales of gasoline vehicles.

Kwik Trip Installs Self-Checkout at New Locations
The retailer’s new c-stores will feature two self-checkout stations.

Maverik Celebrates National Cookie Day
Customers can enjoy a new stuffed cookie flavor in addition to national day deals.

Upscale Chicago C-Store and Grocer to Merge
Foxtrot Market and Dom’s Kitchen & Market are expected to close the deal by the end of 2023.

Krispy Kreme Gets Festive With ‘Elf’ Partnership
The retailer adds three doughnuts that tie in with the film.

Nov 27, 2023

UPCOMING: Introducing a New Compensation Tool From NACS Research
The new database reports comprehensive, convenience-specific data through a single dashboard.

7-Eleven Canada Acquires Assets From Food Distributor
The retailer acquired facilities and agreed to purchase exclusively from the distributing company.

Create an AI-Powered Holiday Card, Courtesy of Coca-Cola
Consumers are invited to reimagine classic Coca-Cola imagery.

Parkland Secures $210 Million in Canada to Expand EV Charging
The financing agreement paves the way for up to 2,000 public fast charging ports across Canada.

Little Bites and Kit Kat Celebrate Fall With New Flavors
Entenmann’s and Hershey introduce new flavors of popular products.

Stewart’s Shops Launches Annual Holiday Match Campaign
In 2022, the campaign raised over $2 million for local organizations.

Nov 22, 2023

Swipe Fees Drive Up Thanksgiving Costs
Whether families stay home, travel or eat out, swipe fees are driving up costs this week.

Listeria Outbreak in Stone Fruit and Ice Cream
HMC Farms, Signature Farms and Wilcox Ice Cream are recalling products for consumer safety.

New Milestones for Circle K in Sweden
The company opened its 100th location and further expanded its EV charging network.

Standard AI Introduces Technology to Curb Inventory Loss
The company announced a new system that uses visual AI to track inventory in real-time.

Chick-fil-A Offers Drone Delivery in Select Locations
Florida residents can get their chicken sandwiches delivered by drone for free.

Giving Thanks Through Holiday Deals
Many c-stores are celebrating the holidays with special discounts for customers this week.

Nov 21, 2023

Cooling Inflation Spurs Price Drops From Retailers
Walmart and Target are cautiously optimistic that holiday sales and overall lower prices will increase spending.

RECAP: What You Should Be Doing to Prepare for the New NLRB Joint Employer Rule
Additionally, the NLRB has pushed back the effective date for the new rule.

EXCLUSIVE: An Inside Look at Wally’s Expansion to Kansas City
NACS Daily spoke with Wally’s President and CEO Michael Rubenstein about the plans to expand.

Sheeva.AI Announces New Platform for In-Vehicle Payments
The company partnered with Visa Acceptance Solutions to launch a tokenization platform.

7-Eleven Gets Cheesy With Holiday Pizza Deals
The retailer announced deals on whole pizzas through the end of the year.

GetGo Announces Black Friday Deals
Through November 27, Giant Eagle rewards members will get deals on gas, groceries, coffee and more.

Nov 20, 2023

RaceTrac Enters the Hoosier State
The Georgia-based company will open its first Indiana location in mid-December.

UPCOMING: Discover the 2024 Trends in Convenience
Join NACS and PDI Technologies for a free webinar on trends to prepare for in 2024.

Mars Acquires Britain’s Hotel Chocolat
The $662 million deal is expected to close in January.

91% of Consumers Plan to Celebrate Thanksgiving
Numerator data shows how location and generation are likely to impact celebration plans.

Truckers Are Tracking Hydrogen
Hydrogen-fueled trucks have longer range and speedier refueling than battery-cell technology.

Retail ‘Ram Raids’ on the Rise
Brazen burglars use stolen vehicles to ram through storefronts.

Nov 17, 2023

Small Business Committee Speaks Out on Menthol Ban
A letter to the White House expressed concern for the industry if the ban is implemented.

NACS Survey: How Is Crime Impacting Your Operations?
Submit your data to help the industry address crime and loss prevention.

Food and Nutrition Service Sends Out SNAP Text to Retailers
The text reminds authorized retailers to stay up to date on SNAP-EBT rules.

Convenience Technology Vision Group Releases Report About Industry POS Issues
CTVG held a special breakout session to discuss POS concerns from members.

Amazon’s Astro Debuts as Robot Security Guard
The tech company’s newest venture is targeted at small to medium-sized businesses.

NACS Chair Victor Paterno Explains His Start in Retailing
Paterno now manages 3,600 locations in the Philippines.

Nov 16, 2023

NCA Report Takes a Look at Seasonal Confectionary Consumers
The National Confectioners Association identifies seasonal trends and the shoppers behind them.

New Swipe Fee Coalition Forms
The Lower Credit Card Fees Coalition includes unions, nonprofits and the MPC.

States Are Preparing for the 2024 Eclipse
Joe Lackey, president of the Indiana Grocery and Convenience Store Association, talks about how c-stores should prepare for the event.

EG Group to Acquire Tesla Chargers for Network in UK and Europe
The company hopes to eventually roll out 20,000 chargers.

Local Truckstop Garners National Support
P&H Truck Stop serves homemade food and sells essentials to locals and truckers.

Parker’s Kitchen Donates $100,000 to a School District in Georgia
And GPM Investments partners with the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Nov 15, 2023

Fight Swipe Fees at Your Store—Today
NACS shares store signage for retailers to display supporting the Credit Card Competition Act.

Retailers Fear Excess Stock This Holiday Season
Some companies are likely to offer major discounts to clear stock during the holiday shopping season.

Interested in Speaking at a NACS Event?
NACS Education has launched an online speaker submission form for NACS events.

Parkland Partners With AirCanada for Loyalty Program Team Up
Members of both loyalty programs can earn up to three times the points.

Holiday Happenings at 7-Eleven and Pilot J
The companies have announced festive merch collections and campaigns to celebrate the season.

General Merchandise, Specific Margins
Retailers can use the general merchandise category to generate interest and surprise customers.

Nov 14, 2023

Senator Marshall Visits Casey’s and Talks Swipe Fees
The senator did double duty last week during a NACS In Store visit.

Get CEU Credits at the 2024 NACS HR Forum
Attending the only event for c-store HR professionals provides at least 10 CEU credits from SHRM and HRCI.

Walmart, Costco and Others Rethink Self-Checkout
The problem is significant shrink, more than double what it would be without self-checkout.

Pilot Partners with Department of Defense to Help Service Members Find Jobs
The company has been accepted into the SkillBridge Program.

Buc-ee’s Announces Springfield, Missouri, Opening Date
Other c-stores around the country celebrate grand openings.

ExxonMobil Aims to Be Leading Lithium Supplier for EV Batteries
The energy company aims to produce battery-grade lithium by 2027.

Nov 13, 2023

How Remote Work Is Reshaping Americans’ Purchases
People are spending less on travel and services; ‘they buy stuff instead.’

Over 55 Million Americans Expected to Travel for Thanksgiving
Car travel is up 1.7% this year, with 49.1 million people predicted to drive to their destination.

Wawa Foundation Celebrates World Kindness Day
The company is matching $100,000 in customer donations in its Check-Out Hunger campaign.

Sweet New Products
Hershey and Entenmann’s add new products to their lineups.

Amazon Expands Grocery Delivery to Non-Prime Members
The service is now available to any customer in any city with an Amazon Fresh.

Plaid Pantry Installs First EV Charger
The c-store partnered with Electric Era Technologies for the installation.

Nov 10, 2023

NACS Joins Industry Suit Against Labor Board’s Joint Employer Rule
A previously expanded joint employer rule cost franchise businesses $33 billion per year.

Buc-ee’s and Mercedes-Benz Spark a Partnership
The luxury car manufacturer will build charging stations at 30 Buc-ee’s travel centers by the end of 2024.

Coborn’s Sells Its 14 C-Store Sites to Holiday Stationstores
The sale is part of Coborn’s overall strategy to focus on the grocery store market.

Otter and PDI Technologies Partner
The integration looks to enhance c-store’s mobile, digital and on-demand delivery channels.

McDonald’s and Krispy Kreme Look to Expand Partnership
Around 160 McDonald’s locations currently offer Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

Veterans Day Deals and Donations
C-stores show their gratitude for veterans and active-duty members.

Nov 9, 2023

NACS Urges the White House to Reconsider Menthol and Flavored Cigar Ban
A menthol ban will push these products into the illicit market.

FDA Agent Inspections Underway
The FDA releases new webinars explaining what happens during these inspections.

Burger-Making-Robot Company to Grow North American Presence
Aniai establishes new headquarters in the United States.

Weigel’s Presents Budweiser Clydesdales
The c-store will host the iconic horses during a community event.

Soda Gets Spicy: Dr Pepper Turns Up the Heat
Dr Pepper Hot Take is a college football-themed, fiery version of the beverage.

Chicken Gets Festive at QSRs
Chick-fil-A, Wendy’s and KFC offer special deals and merch for the holiday season.

Nov 8, 2023

Diving Into What’s Driving Drive-Thrus
Following the pandemic, drive-thrus account for two-thirds of all fast-food purchases.

NACS HR Forum: Learn How to Avoid Burnout
C-store HR professionals can learn to avoid burnout at the 2024 NACS HR Forum.

Maxol Commits to Partnership to Support the Visually Impaired
The Irish retailer’s two-year partnership seeks to raise awareness and funds to train guide dogs.

Petro West Partners With Titan Cloud
The partnership will power the fuel management system Site Harmony.

NACS Files Comments Regarding Fair Labor Standards Act
The Department of Labor is proposing increasing the threshold salary for exempt status.

Georgia Gas Tax Suspension Continues
The governor extends fuel tax rollback for the state until November 29.

Nov 7, 2023

7-Eleven Japan Uses AI to Develop New Products
The system is expected to reduce the time required for product planning by up to 90%.

WEBINAR: What You Should Be Doing to Prepare for the New NLRB Joint Employer Rule
Join NACS and Fisher & Phillips for this webinar to learn how to prepare for the new rule.

Casey’s Enters the Lone Star State
The company acquired W. Douglass Distributing’s 22 Lone Star convenience stores.

Ex-Law Enforcement Officers Warn Menthol Ban Could Create Illicit Market
Act now to tell the White House that you oppose the menthol ban.

Maverik and Swire Coca-Cola Partnered for Sweepstakes
The grand prize winner received $20,000, a Mercedes-Benz cargo van and a National Parks Pass.

CEFCO Raises $450,000 For Fikes Foundation
The funds were raised at the company’s annual Hackers-R-Us charity golf tournament.

Nov 6, 2023

Food Delivery Companies Consolidate in Southeast Asia
Major companies are merging as the food delivery service market declines.

Starbucks Details Reinvention Strategy
The approach emphasizes better-run stores, loyalty growth, efficiency and employee satisfaction.

Tesla to Build Inexpensive Car in Germany
Additionally, Tesla offers 4% pay raise to its factory workers in the country this month.

Adult Beverage Trends Going Into 2024
From the experience flavors, consumers are looking for unique drinks.

Dunkin’ Announces Holiday Menu and Deals
The coffee and donut chain is adding a new coffee flavor and menu item for the holiday season.

EG America Raises $520,000 for United Way
Customers made donations at more than 1,600 stores nationwide.

Nov 3, 2023

Holiday Spending Expected to Reach Record Levels Despite Slow Growth
Target is among the retailers expecting a lukewarm holiday season.

National Youth Tobacco Survey Data Released
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company offered a statement in response to the data.

C-Stores Fundraise for the Muscular Dystrophy Association
Thousands of c-stores hope to raise $750,000 through the holiday campaign.

Subway Capitalizes on Competitors’ Loyalty Points
The QSR is offering rewards members a unique chance to cash in on other stores’ points.

ExxonMobil Completes Acquisition of Denbury Inc.
The nearly $5 billion transaction makes ExxonMobil the owner of the largest CO2 pipeline in the country.

TravelCenters of America Celebrates Veterans
The company is hosting a round-up campaign and offering service members free meals for Veteran’s Day.

Nov 2, 2023

ACT NOW: Send a Letter to the White House to Stop the Menthol and Flavor Bans
The FDA’s menthol ban would spur sales in the illicit market.

A POS That Goes Beyond Traditional POS
Here’s how to use your own data to transform your operations.

MAPCO Express Acquisition Closed
Couche-Tard and Majors Management will divide 300-plus c-stores between them.

Springer Eubank Company Sells to PMG Affiliate
The deal includes the company’s c-stores, travel center and fuel transport divisions.

7-Eleven Brews Holiday Coffee
The retailer is adding a new coffee flavor and flavored syrup to its lineup.

Jimmy John’s Double Dips With Promotions
The QSR announced deals and merch for National Sandwich Day and National Pickle Day.

Nov 1, 2023

Asda Completes Purchase of EG Group’s UK Business
The purchase is a part of the supermarket brand’s strategic growth in the country.

Offen Petroleum Acquires Douglass Distributing
The sale does not include the 23 Lone Star convenience stores.

Upside and Circle K Renew Partnership
The partnership is bringing cash-back opportunities for merchandise to over 4,000 locations.

Rutter’s Announces New LTO Beer Offer
It’s a golden stout-style beer with cherry and white chocolate flavors.

7-Eleven Announces 49 ‘Brands With Heart’
All the chosen brands showcased purpose-driven elements within their business.

Casey’s and Pepsi Team Up for Veterans
Casey’s has donated $8 million to service members and their families through its round-up campaigns.

Oct 31, 2023

Amazon Generative AI for Advertisers
The company also touts its use of AI for personalized ads.

Why Your POS Needs an Upgrade
Your business has changed. Has your point of sale kept up?

QSRs Raise Menu Prices in California After Wage Increase
The state has a new $20 minimum wage for fast-food workers.

7-Eleven Location in Japan Draws Attention With Massive Beer Collection
The c-store earned buzz and customers by leaning into a gigantic craft beer selection.

Trick-or-Treating Soars to New Heights
European drone-delivery leader Manna debuts in the United States on Halloween.

Cenex Zip Trip and Anheuser-Busch Partner for Folds Of Honor
The companies will donate $1 for every case of Budweiser and Bud Light bought through Veteran’s Day.

Oct 30, 2023

Automakers Alter EV Plans
Ford and General Motors scale back electric vehicle production, while the hybrid market remains hot.

Wawa Expands Into North Carolina
The company plans to open approximately 80 stores in the state over the next 10 years.

Kwik Trip Offers Free Beer Following Outage
Customers in Wisconsin can each receive one free brew.

Eerie-sistible Deals This Halloween
C-stores and QSRs are taking advantage of the Halloween hype.

Trolli Adds Sour Spark to Gummi Worms
Trolli Sour Electric Crawlers debut at 7-Eleven November 1 and will be widely available in December.

Parker’s Kitchen Raises $328,000 for Education
The funds were raised at the company’s 11th annual charity golf tournament.

Oct 27, 2023

Kum & Go Bistro Enters Missouri
The convenience retailer has opened eight Bistro locations across six different states in 2023.

New NLRB Rule Adjusts Standard for Determining Joint Employer Status
NACS had argued against the new rule.

BP Boosts EV Network
The company made $100 million deal with Tesla for ultra-fast charging units.

Domino’s Giving Away $1 Million in Free Pizza
Customers with student loans can apply for a free medium pizza.

Weigel’s HR Strategies Win Excellence Award
The convenience retailer was recognized by the Brandon Hall Group.

Spinx in Top 10 of Best Large Workplaces for Women
Fortune Magazine puts Spinx at No. 7 in its 2023 100 Best Large Workplaces for Women list.

Oct 26, 2023

NACS: Plan to Revise Debit Card Swipe Fees Is Only a ‘Partial Victory for Consumers’
Costs still don’t justify the markup.

A Franchisee’s Sweet Story
With so many options, how can you decide what franchise to invest in?

The New Speaker of the House Is No Stranger to the Convenience Industry
The top three Republican leaders have all participated in the NACS In Store program.

Love’s Announces Two New RV Stops
The network is expected to soon include 51 locations and have a total of 1,130 hookups.

Cruise Self-Driving Cars Suspended in San Francisco
The California DMV cited safety issues as the reason for the suspension.

Enmarket Has Donated Over a $1 Million to Cancer Research
Also, the MFA Oil Foundation awarded over $300,000 in 2023 to local nonprofits.

Oct 25, 2023

Twice Daily Launches Made to Order in All Locations
Customers can now customize their meals in all Twice Daily stores at in-store kiosks.

Breakfast Sandwiches Are a Cereal Killer
Breakfast sandwiches are the fastest-growing item at QSRs and c-stores.

Oil, Coal and Gas Demand Expected to Peak by 2030, Says IEA
The International Energy Agency cites the rise of renewable energy.

Modisoft Marks a Major Milestone with New Headquarters
The new building is intended to spur growth and innovation.

White Castle Robots Are on the Rise
Flippy 2 will eventually be in about a third of the QSR’s locations.

It’s All Treats This Halloween
C-stores and QSRs unveil LTOs for the Halloween season, including specialty drinks and pizza.

Oct 24, 2023

Casey’s Revamped Banking Saves Millions in Labor
The improved banking model also saved the company $2 million in bank fees.

How to Innovate While Staying True
Shipley Do-Nuts creates a true donut shop experience while also branching out.

Mars Launches Uber Eats Campaign
Uber is highlighting Skittles in ads across its apps.

Clashes Occur Over Hydrogen Energy Subsidies
Large energy companies weigh in as the government works to define clean hydrogen.

Krispy Krunchy Chicken Fills Plates and Hearts in Atlanta
The foodservice program donated over a literal ton of food after the 2023 NACS Show.

Food Halls Multiply Across America
There are 340 food halls in the United States now, with more than 100 under development.

Oct 23, 2023

Chevron Acquires Hess Corporation
The deal, worth $53 billion, is the second major oil merger within the last month.

Are You Prepared for the Next Total Solar Eclipse?
In April, an eclipse with a massive zone of totality will move from Texas to Maine.

Cheetos Enter Into New Snack Category
Cheetos pretzels are available nationwide in two flavors.

Altaine and PDI Technologies Collaborate on Digital Sales Platform
The platform is targeted at medium to large companies.

More Flying Delivery Drones: Amazon Prime Air Expands
The delivery system will debut in a third U.S. city and Europe.

ChargePoint Rolls Out NACS EV Charger Support
The company is sending conversion kits for existing fast chargers.

Oct 20, 2023

FDA Sends Menthol Ban to the White House
A ban would spur growth in the illicit market.

NACS HR Forum: Preparing for What’s Next
Register to attend the next NACS Human Resources Forum, March 18-20, in Jacksonville, Florida.

Uber Releases 2023 Cravings Report
The company highlights various food trends over the past year.

Netflix Adds Physical Retail Locations to Its Roster
The "Netflix Houses" will offer merchandise, food and live entertainment for guests.

The Big Questions: Don Rhoads, 2022-23 NACS Chairman
What’s next for Don Rhoads after his term as NACS chairman?

Pilot Company Supports Veterans
In honor of Veterans Day, the company is offering a complimentary meal and raising money for vets.

Oct 19, 2023

Ferrara Candy to Acquire Jelly Belly Candy Company
The deal is expected to close by the end of 2023.

What Do Job Applicants Expect?
Responding quickly to job applicants is vital.

Grubhub Launches Gold Days of Grubhub+
The five-week long event is the company’s first member appreciation month.

Wawa Files Permits to Expand in Tennessee
The convenience store continues to expand westward.

Maverik Launches Round Up Your Change Campaign
Customers can choose to donate to Feeding America.

Spooktacular Specials
Halloween is rapidly approaching, and c-stores and QSRs are brewing up a variety of deals.

Oct 18, 2023

BREAKING NEWS: Fed to Consider Revising Debit Card Swipe Fees
Updates to the 12-year-old regulation have been long awaited.

NCR Voyix Debuts on NYSE as Digital Commerce Company
The move is another milestone in NCR’s split into two companies.

Coca-Cola and Pernod Richard Create Sprite and Vodka RTD
The drink will be launched in select European markets in 2024.

Volta Oil Raises Over $170,000 for Alzheimer’s Association
The campaign has raised nearly $1.3 million dollars since it began a decade ago.

Pizza Hut Goes Late Night
The pizza QSR has extended its operating hours up to 2 a.m. in some locations.

Convenience With an Extra Ingredient
At the Chit Chaat Café inside a Mobil, the Indian street food comes with a healthy dollop of love.

Oct 17, 2023

NACS to Address Industry Crime and Loss Prevention
Newly released FBI Uniform Crime Report shows that robbery increased overall in 2022.

Don’t Leave Top Applicants on the Table
What the hiring process can teach us about where the top applicants are.

Kids' Tastes Are Evolving
The youngest generation enjoys the foods their parents are eating—not just chicken nuggets.

Sweetgreen Speeds Up Service With Salad-Making Robots
The restaurant chain looks to include the proprietary system in all new restaurants.

Walmart Staffed for the Holidays
Holiday hiring and sales are predicted to decrease this year.

Wawa Drives Excitement With NASCAR Sponsorship
The convenience retailer is hosting special events leading up to Saturday’s race.

Oct 16, 2023

Gen Z Cuts Spending in Face of Inflation
Rising prices are causing Gen Z to reduce spending and dine at home.

Sierra Enterprises Purchases Leathers Enterprise
S&S Petroleum passes 100 store milestone with the acquisition.

Rite Aid Officially Files for Bankruptcy
Amidst legal battles and a struggling economy, the drug store will close more stores.

Retirees Return to the Workforce
Retired workers are choosing to work again for financial and social reasons.

U.S. Economy Is Driving Trucking Concerns
Annual survey points to the economy as major factor in the trucking industry decline.

NFL’s Ja’Marr Chase and 7-Eleven Partner for Merch Line
Cincinnati wide receiver wore a 7-Eleven chain during a game.