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Oct 22, 2021

USPS Bans the Shipment of Vaping Products
The rule creates parity between vape products and traditional cigarettes.

FDA Considering Food Delivery Industry Regulations
The $26 billion industry has soared in popularity since the start of the pandemic.

EPA Urges UST Owners to Get Insured
There are many companies that will still insure a 30+ year-old tank.

A Wisconsin Couple Took Their Wedding Photos at a C-Store
Kwik Trip made the perfect backdrop for this couple’s new chapter.

Unmanned C-Store to Open in Japanese Post Office
FamilyMart is opening cashierless markets in unconventional places to stand out in a saturated c-store market.

ENERGY STAR Day Is Next Week
Here’s how you can do your part to save energy and encourage others to do the same.

Oct 21, 2021

Instacart Acquires Smart Cart Startup
The delivery service that partners with c-stores and grocers aims to expand omnichannel shopping.

Onions Linked to Salmonella Outbreak
Health officials identify cases of Salmonella Oranienburg in 37 states.

Here’s What Inspires Users to Buy Products on Social Media
TikTok found that 78% of consumers surveyed have discovered new products while viewing content creator videos.

Senate Committee Confirms FMCSA Administrator
Current deputy administrator Meera Joshi battles supply chain snarls impacting the trucking industry.

Tesco Launches Checkout-Free C-Store
The London shop uses sensors and a weighted system to let customers walk out with their items.

CEFCO Hosts Annual Golf Tournament
The c-store retailer raised over $280,000 for The Fikes Foundation.

Oct 20, 2021

NACS, EMA, NATSO, SIGMA Raise Concerns About Vaccine Mandate
The associations support efforts to boost inoculations but highlight ongoing labor challenges.

States Could Push Off Biden’s Vaccine Mandate for Years
26 states write their own workplace safety and health rules, and it could take OSHA a long time to force states to update their rules.

New Research Explores How Retailers Use Technology
Reports address how c-stores use technology to solve business challenges and why it’s important to benchmark your tech adoption versus other retailers.

Leading Makers of Age-Restricted Products Line Up to Support TruAge™
Altria Group Distribution Company and Juul Labs sign on during the recent NACS Show.

Busy Days on Capitol Hill
In a rapid-fire Q&A, NACS fills retailers in on what they need to know about the latest legislative happenings.

U.S. Lawmakers Look to Boost Immigrant Visas
Citizen and Immigration Services would get more funding, and unused visas wouldn’t expire under a Senate appropriations proposal.

Oct 19, 2021

EG Group, Asda Call Off $1 Billion Forecourts Deal
The companies will still proceed with their Asda On the Move collaboration.

How Convenience Customers View Sustainability
The NACS/Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council reveals how ESG practices influence customer loyalties.

Wendy’s Ups Its Drive-Thru Game With Voice Recognition
AI will take customer orders, notify staff of long lines and more via Google Cloud partnership.

24-Hour Unmanned C-Store Opens in Toronto
Aisle 24 plans more locations as it expands across Canada by 2023.

Parker’s Golf Tournament Raises Record $138,890
Local schools, health-care groups and other nonprofits in coastal Georgia and South Carolina will benefit from the funds.

Nouria Energy Opens Its First Own-Brand Gas Station and C-Store
The Wareham, Massachusetts, location signals the company’s push to be a top-tier fuel supplier.

Oct 18, 2021

Supply Chain Strains to Extend Into Mid-2022, Economists Say
Inflation predicted at 5.25% in December, a Wall Street Journal survey found.

Decarbonization Push Chips Away at Fuel Consumption
Fuels Market News and the Fuels Institute explored what’s behind disappearing gallons at the NACS Show.

We Card Spotlights Training, Education for Clerks
The nonprofit shares four key tips for retailers to prevent underage sales of tobacco and vape products.

Walgreens Rethinks Tobacco Sales
Amid a new primary care push, CEO says the drugstore chain is evaluating cigarette sales.

How C-Stores Can Adapt to Evolving Shopping Behaviors
Join Parker’s Kitchen CEO and Parkland USA’s president for a webinar October 27.

Asda, EG Group Open Upscale U.K. C-Store Collaboration
The “Extra Special” format in Buckinghamshire sells the grocer’s premium line of products.

Oct 15, 2021

NACS Presses FDA to Release Names of Denied ENDS Products
The association asks the agency to provide transparency for retailers in their PMTA decisions.

Moviemaker Kevin Smith’s Take on Convenience Stores
In a video, the “Clerks” creator shares fond memories of his time in the c-store industry with NACS Show attendees.

Protecting Revenue After the EMV Deadline
Rented outdoor payment terminals are an affordable option for retailers that have yet to upgrade to EMV.

Georgia C-Stores Hit by Scammers
Swindlers have tricked the shops out of $40,000 in losses so far.

Don’t Sleep on Shipt
The grocery delivery service has found a way to not only attract customers but workers as well.

Consumers’ Love for Chocolate Holds Strong
The NCA released a new report about perceptions, attitudes and behaviors surrounding the sweet treat.

Oct 14, 2021

NACS Show Highlighted Convenience Retail Industry’s Resilience
The expo featured a record number of new exhibitors; big industry initiatives took center stage in education and general sessions.

Circle K Customers Can Skip Checkout
The convenience retailer installs a checkout-free system in an existing Arizona store.

Culture and the Customer
Sheetz and Love’s share how a company culture that engages employees increases customer loyalty.

FDA Calls on Food Industry to Trim Sodium
Final guidance aims to lower Americans’ risk of heart disease.

GetGo Brings Thanksgiving to Customers
The c-store has added more dinner offerings to its foodservice lineup.

Police Warn of Car Thieves at Gas Stations
In St. Louis, 17 vehicles have been stolen this year from forecourts.

Oct 13, 2021

FDA Approves First ENDS Product for Marketing
R.J. Reynold’s Vuse and tobacco-favored pods OK’d for marketing, but 10 other flavored products were denied.

More C-Stores Adopt Self-Checkout
At least 61 Wawa locations have the technology, which continues to be a hot topic for retailers.

DoorDash Sells Ads Above Search Results
Restaurants only pay for the ad if someone clicks and orders.

Jacksons Food Stores Buys 62 Speedway and 7-Eleven C-Stores
The acquisition expands ExtraMile, Jacksons brands in Western states.

EVs or Bust
No matter what you see in your market, EVs are coming.

7-Eleven to Open Stores in Israel in 2022
The entry into a new market marks the 19th country for the c-store giant.

Oct 12, 2021

Holiday 2021 Travel Season Looks Merry and Bright
Consumer spending on travel this year is expected to be higher than pre-pandemic 2019.

The NACS Show Highlighted Resilience
Across four days in Chicago, the convenience and fuel retailing industry showed We Got This!

U.S. Retail Giants Charter Private Vessels to Skirt Port Delays
Big box stores choose to hire private ships to get products to consumers at a higher cost for all.

136 Nations Agree on Minimum Corporate Tax
The amount of country buy-in represents 90% of the global GDP.

Ampol Acquires Z Energy in $1.38 Billion Deal
The Australian company will acquire 100% of Z Energy’s shares.

Drive-Thru Grocery Opens in South Carolina
The 24-hour, 3,000 square-foot grocer brings products to customers in their cars.

Oct 11, 2021

Here Are the Top 10 Cool New Products at the 2021 NACS Show
New this year: The NACS Show app allowed frictionless interaction with products.

Major Firms Mandate Vaccines Ahead of OSHA Rule
The federal guidance could take several more weeks to be released.

The Future of Convenience Rests on 3 Challenges
Here are the key areas that will change convenience, and they are coming sooner than you think.

These Are the 27 Fastest Growing QSR Brands in the U.S.
See which quick-service restaurants made the list.

NYC Grocer Tests Smart Carts
The Cust2Mate is outfitted with a touchscreen, weight system and camera to help scan items.

First 7-Eleven Opens in India
Reliance Industries opens the Mumbai store after agreement with Future Group falters.

Oct 8, 2021

New NACS Chairman Says Advocacy Matters
Jared Scheeler shares why advocating for the convenience and fuel retailing industry is nonnegotiable.

Tech and Transformation Are Key to C-Store Survival
These two things should be top of mind for every retailer.

Brands Raise Prices as Supply Chain Falters
Materials shortage, labor and trucking affect companies while consumers increase spending.

Amazon Opens First Amazon 4-Star Location Outside of U.S.
It’s also the first non-food Amazon store in the United Kingdom.

GM Says It Will Double Annual Revenue by 2030
The automaker also says some vehicles will become autonomous starting in 2023.

Kroger Seeks to Hire 20,000 Seasonal Workers
The grocer offers competitive pay, benefits.

Oct 7, 2021

TruAge Adds Altria Group Distribution Company as Sponsor
AGDC joins the two largest U.S. beer companies in support of the NACS digital age-verification system.

NYC Will Not Enforce Data-Sharing Law on Food Delivery Apps
DoorDash sued the city over the law claiming user privacy rights.

Out in Public
These EV charging improvements are key to consumer adoption of electric vehicles.

Casey’s Now Accepting Grant Program Submissions
The annual program benefits schools in the Iowa retailer’s communities.

Home Depot Taps Walmart to Deliver Its Products
The home improvement store is the first retail company to use Walmart GoLocal.

Burger King Tests Meatless Chicken Nuggets
Customers in select markets will be able to try Impossible Chicken nuggets.

Oct 6, 2021

Scheeler Leads NACS Board of Directors, Executive Committee
New retailer and supplier representative changes announced during the NACS Board of Directors meeting.

It’s All About the Journey
The NACS IDEA Conference brought honest discussion around inclusion, diversity, equity and awareness.

Salmonella Outbreak Spreads
The CDC hasn’t pinpointed the source of the contamination.

Finding a Good Partner
Utilizing a technology service is more than a dollar and time investment—it’s a partnership with mutual trust.

Target Bumps Employee Pay by $2 for the Holidays
Employees will receive an extra $2 an hour when they work peak days in November and December.

Standard AI Launches Autonomous Retail Initiative
The tech firm will select 10 c-store operators to attend a program on autonomous retailing; one retailer to receive free autonomous buildout.

Oct 5, 2021

NACS TruAge™ Gives Demonstrations at the NACS Show
Event attendees experience live on-site demos of the new NACS digital ID-verification solution.

Purchase Limits Begin Amid Supply Chain Issues
Costco limits purchases on certain goods in anticipation of COVID-19 flare-ups, increased supply chain backups.

FastLane C-Store Owner Acquires 18 Abel’s Quick Shops
The deal allows Warrenton Oil Company to expand its farm and commercial fuel business.

Anheuser-Busch Is Bullish on Spiked Seltzers
The beer giant has a new strategy to up its seltzer game.

Loyalty Programs Boost Visits, Spend
The most effective platforms embrace personalization, Paytronix report finds.

KickBack Rewards Systems Buys CMI Solutions, Rebrands
The tech company now offers c-store management, price book, wholesale fuel management and business intelligence solutions.

Oct 4, 2021

U.S. Convenience Store Sales in 2021 Could Top Pre-Pandemic Levels
NACS retailer members are optimistic about sales at year-end, but concerns persist around labor and product shortages.

NACS Show Opens Tomorrow
There’s still time to register to join your industry peers in Chicago.

5 Midwest States Partner to Create EV Charging Network
Governors devised a plan to advance EV adoption, improve public health and create jobs.

Sign Up for ADAM Program Alerts and Help Bring Missing Children Home
ADAM Program has helped recover 925 missing kids this year.

Dollar Store Business Model Shaken
Labor shortages, competitive pay and supply chain snarls are disrupting dollar stores.

U.K. Deploys Military Aid to Deliver Fuel
Britain also extends visas for 100,000 foreign truck drivers.

Oct 1, 2021

Vaccine Mandate May Worsen Trucker Shortage
Oil-field service companies navigate realities of employee turnover and COVID-19.

Vote on Infrastructure Bill Stalls in the House
Speaker Pelosi will try again today to pass the roughly $1 trillion legislation.

NACS Files Comments With FTC on Visa, Mastercard Anticompetitive Practices
The agency should rethink contractual terms that harm market competition.

Help Benchmark Compensation Data
The NACS Compensation Survey for 2021 is now open to convenience retailers.

The Power of Women Leaders
The NACS Women’s Leadership Program at Yale empowers women to be respected and effective leaders.

Cool New Products Webinar Is Now on-Demand
In 20 minutes, preview the Coolest New Products being showcased at the 2021 NACS Show next week.

Sep 30, 2021

Don’t Miss the Biggest-Ever New Exhibitor Lineup at the NACS Show
Get ahead of the game with exclusive previews and industry debuts.

Fuels Institute, HBW Resources Launch ESG Integrity Platform
The online program helps businesses simplify credible ESG reporting.

Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Consumer Privacy
This was the first in a series of hearings on consumer data privacy and security.

Instacart Adds Giant, Martin’s to Convenience Hub Delivery Service
Mid-Atlantic customers can access 20,000 products in 30 minutes or less.

EG America Honored for Veterans Support
To date, the convenience retailer has raised over $1.6 million to support the DAV foundation.

Buc-ee’s Shovels Dirt in Its Biggest Project Yet
Planned for 74,000 square feet, the world’s largest convenience store is under construction in Tennessee.

Sep 29, 2021

C-Stores Celebrate National Coffee Day
Retailers across the U.S. are enticing customers with specials on the beloved beverage.

Ford to Build EV Assembly Line and 3 Battery Factories
The automaker will invest $11 billion in the EV project.

5 Areas of Opportunity for C-Stores Post-Pandemic
Design firms release white paper on key topics that loom large for the industry.

Help Fight Food Loss and Waste
Today is the International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste.

Time After Time
Hear what technologies convenience retailers are implementing now to save customers’ time.

Gleeson Named President of Irish Business Association
Former NACS chairman is tapped to lead IBEC.

Sep 28, 2021

Casey’s to Acquire 40 Pilot Stores for $220 Million
The Iowa-based chain will expand its reach in Tennessee and Kentucky.

California Says Self-Driving Vehicles Must Be Zero Emission
Looking to the future, the state will require autonomous vehicles to be all-electric by 2030.

U.K. Fuel Delivery Disruptions Lead to Panic Buying
Brits queue for hours for fuel while the government puts military on standby to ease the crunch.

Last Chance to Expedite Your Cat Man Certification
Earn your advanced category management certification in one workshop at the NACS Show.

Albertsons Partners With Pinterest
Site users can save recipes and add the needed ingredients to their grocery app shopping cart.

Hy-Vee Employs Robots to Roam Store Aisles
The Midwest grocer will use Tally to monitor its shelves for inventory and product placement.

Sep 27, 2021

NACS TruAge™ Digital ID-Verification Solution Adds New Pilot Tests, Sponsor
Anheuser-Busch signs on as a TruAge™ sponsor; additional pilot tests planned across the country.

How One Big Box Retailer Is Solving the Holiday Labor Crunch
Target will offer flexible scheduling, more hours to current employees and hire fewer seasonal workers.

See Cool New Products in Tuesday Webinar
Before you arrive at the NACS Show, see what latest products will be unveiled.

NYC Passes Legislation to Improve Conditions for Gig Workers
The series of bills sets minimum pay and gives employees bathroom access.

Evolving the Fueling Experience
Optimize assets on the forecourt and win customer trust through a frictionless forecourt experience.

Vroom Partners With Skipcart to Automate Delivery Services
C-stores can now send delivery orders to the most cost- and time-effective third-party provider.

Sep 24, 2021

CDC Director Backs Boosters for Front-line Workers
Walensky rejects advisory panel’s decision; sides with FDA to allow extra shot for higher risk employees.

USDA Releases Q&A on 21% SNAP Increase
The guide explains how, when and why the benefits are increasing.

QSRs, Grocers, Drugstores Test Reusable Packaging
Burger King and Walgreens in the U.S. and McDonalds in the U.K. are among others using Loop’s reusable packaging programs.

Capturing an Underserved Daypart
The afternoon and evening dayparts offer opportunity for retailers to grow basket size and customer base.

More Americans Plan to Celebrate Halloween This Year
Halloween spending expected to reach a record high.

Consumers Still Thirst for Bottled Water
The category boasts healthy growth into 2021.

Sep 23, 2021

Michigan to Build EV Charging Highway
The one-mile stretch of road will wirelessly charge electric buses, shuttles and vehicles as they go.

Make a Plan With the NACS Show Mobile App
Maximize your on-site experience with the NACS My Show Planner and mobile app.

The Easy Way to Redeem Tobacco Rebates
Use your POS system to create reports to help you comply with manufacturer discount programs.

Who’s Running Ghost Kitchens?
Datassential finds consumers want more transparency in virtual restaurants.

Twice Daily Opens Third North Alabama Location
The new c-store features the White Bison Coffee concept and fresh foodservice.

Supply Chain to Affect Holiday Shopping
Logistics snarls and labor shortages are to blame for projected empty shelves.

Sep 22, 2021

The NACS Show Opens in 12 Days—Are You Ready?
Last call to save $150 as pre-Show rates end Friday, September 24 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Retail Partners Celebrate 3 Decades of Hunt Brothers Pizza
A comprehensive foodservice program helps boost the evening daypart.

Discover the Coolest Products
NACS webinar shares the latest products before they are unveiled at the NACS Show.

Yesway Files for $100 Million IPO
The Midwest convenience store chain will list on Nasdaq.

Shift Happens
Change can be a good thing when you tweak one letter.

DoorDash Now Delivers Alcohol; Co-op Expands Robot Fleet
DoorDash also partners with its first large grocer for its DoubleDash service.

Sep 21, 2021

Sheetz Lands on Best Place for Women to Work List
The c-store offers a zero-tolerance harassment policy and domestic abuse assistance, among many other policies and benefits.

Let Your Inventory Work for You
Developing a reliable inventory management system can save money and stress for retailers.

Circle K to Bring CBD Vape to Stores
The retailer has partnered with Canopy Growth to launch the vape in 3,000+ locations.

Chevron Taps P97 Networks to Enhance Mobile App
Customers will be able to purchase fuel, food and participate in loyalty offers, among other features.

Korean Gas Stations Become Logistics Hubs
The transition comes amid lagging sales and gas station closures.

Ghost Kitchen to Open at Raleigh-Durham Airport
Air travelers can order on an app and pick up via QR code.

Sep 20, 2021

PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad Wins NACS Asian Convenience Retail Technology Award
The award, sponsored by Gilbarco, recognizes the company for digital transformation agenda.

Here’s When Americans Buy Gas Most Often
GasBuddy study reveals most popular time of day states fuel up.

PepsiCo and Beyond Meat to Produce Plant-Based Snacks and Drinks
The two companies have created a joint venture called The PLANeT Partnership.

Big, Bold and Beautiful
A successful brand loyalty strategy starts with the right technology and finishes with sound execution.

Chick-fil-A to Launch Delivery Kitchen
The ghost kitchen will debut in Nashville this fall, and wings are on the menu.

Taco Bell Introduces Subscription Program
Customers can get a taco a day for $5 to $10 per month.

Sep 17, 2021

Divide and Conquer at the NACS Show
Make a plan for the greatest (c-store) show on earth—and build connections while you’re there.

DoorDash Sues NYC Over Data-Sharing Law
The delivery company is fighting a requirement to share customer data with restaurants.

Get Your Candy Ready
Most Americans plan to trick-or-treat this Halloween.

Coffee Prices Increase
COVID-19, bad weather contribute to production snarls in coffee producing countries.

Tesco Expands Reusable Packaging Program
The U.K. c-store group and Loop partner to bring reusable packaging to stores.

EPA Releases Wildfire Guidance for USTs and ASTs
The group lists actionable steps on what to do before and after a wildfire.

Sep 16, 2021

NACS Opposes FET, Other Provisions in $3.5 Trillion Reconciliation Package
NACS members are urged to contact their legislators today.

Turn Vendors, Suppliers Into Tech Allies
Forging partnerships on a digital signage strategy can relieve stress and uncertainty for retailers.

Biden and Top Execs Meet to Discuss Vaccine Mandate
The president heard from Disney, Walgreens, others on the administration’s sweeping requirements.

Let’s Do This.
See what’s in store for our industry’s biggest event of the year, with a record number of new exhibitors.

Holiday Retail Sales to Grow as Much as 9%
E-commerce is expected to increase 11-15%, Deloitte forecasts.

Maverik Donates $255,000 to 15 Local Food Banks
The convenience retailer has donated nearly $600,000 to food banks via its “Round Up” program.

Sep 15, 2021

NACS CEO Talks 2021 NACS Show
Henry Armour answers your burning questions about the 2021 NACS Show in Chicago.

Tropical Depression Nicholas Hits Texas, Louisiana
Storm affects areas already hard hit by Hurricane Ida; emergency waivers issued.

Hunt Brothers Commemorates 30 Blessed Years of Pizza Pies
Turnkey program brings c-store foodservice to small and rural communities.

New 7-Eleven Concept Store Opens in South Florida
The location features a dine-in restaurant, wine cellar and nitro cold-brew/iced-tea bar.

Energy: It Pays to Save
Here’s how energy savings can benefit the environment—and save you some cash.

Kroger Partners With Instacart for 30-Minute Deliveries
The service is available through the delivery platform’s new “Convenience Hub.”

Sep 14, 2021

Conexxus Webinar to Discuss Cyber Liability and Risk Management
Two industry experts will talk about cybersecurity and how you can protect your business.

5 Ways to Keep Your Messaging Fresh
Digital signage content needs to engage and inspire your customers.

Amazon Goes on Hiring Spree, Offers Free College
The company follows other retailers’ attempts to lure employees in a tight labor market.

Convenience Stores Raise Funds for Their Communities
EG Group, GPM, Weigel’s raise funds for nonprofits that help local children and youth.

House Bill Expands EV Credit
Union-made EVs would get the biggest incentives; NACS seeks changes to encourage private investment.

Impossible Foods Introduces Plant-Based Chicken Nuggets
The poultry alternative launched in restaurants and is coming soon to grocers.

Sep 13, 2021

5 Ways You Can Prepare for the Workplace Vaccine Mandate
The action plan will help you navigate the impending OSHA rule.

NACS CEO Hosts NACS Show Webinar
Join Henry Armour on Tuesday for a conversation about what awaits Show-goers in Chicago.

NACS Requests Public List of FDA-denied ENDS Products
Retailers need to know what products to pull from their shelves.

PepsiCo Launches New Consumer Insights Program
Pepviz helps retailers use data to target shoppers.

Lula, Uber Partner to Deliver C-Store Products to Customers
Customers to shop c-stores virtually via Uber Eats; Uber joins other delivery apps in NYC lawsuit.

Alimentation Couche-Tard to Purchase 10 Dublin C-Stores
The Circle K owner is set to buy 10 Griffin Group stores.

Sep 10, 2021

ENDS Decision Deadline Passes
The FDA’s deadline to approve premarket applications for e-cigs expired yesterday.

Back to Learning. Back Together.
Explore 45 education sessions at the 2021 NACS Show.

U.S. House Bill Includes $1 Billion for Biofuels
The draft agricultural bill will help fuel retailers sell cleaner fuel.

NACS Offers Category Management Training
Up your game in the category management space—online and at the NACS Show.

In-Store Trips, Fuel Sales Increase
Data suggest pump conversion is higher than pre-pandemic level; Midwest sees 2019 fuel sales levels.

Biden Mandates Vaccines for Over 80 Million Americans
Employers with more than 100 workers must require vaccines or weekly COVID-19 tests.

Sep 9, 2021

U.S. Oil Production Costs From Hurricane Ida Escalate
Losses from the category 4 storm are some of the worst in 16 years; gasoline snafus persist.

Amazon Launches Grab-and-Go Technology at Whole Foods
Whole Foods Market will open two stores featuring Just Walk Out technology.

6 Ways to Reach Your Most Important Customer
Digital technology provides retailers with a powerful tool to keep employees engaged and connected.

Casey’s Debuts New Breakfast Offerings
The Midwest chain offers two handhelds and a bowl option plus purchase deals to sweeten the release.

Huck’s Reopens Indiana Store With a New Look
The convenience retailer partnered with GSP for the remodel.

Offer Pumpkin Spice and Everything Is Nice
Why the PSL trend is not exiting the scene any time soon.

Sep 8, 2021

CPG Demand Grew in Second Quarter
The 8.7% year-over-year growth puts pressure on the supply chain and labor.

Retailers Engage in Conversations Around IDEAs
On October 4, join your industry peers for conversations on inspiring change and building inclusive workplace cultures.

Charging Is a Roadblock in EV Adoption
The U.S. needs 10 times as many EV chargers to make Biden's 2030 EV sales goal.

FDA Rejects 34 Firms’ E-Cigarette Applications
The agency said the marketing denial orders cover about 355,000 products.

Oops, I Did It Again
How vulnerability, mastery and autonomy lead to a better employee experience, translating to a better customer experience.

Asda Adds More C-Stores to Petrol Stations
More than 200 stores are coming to EG Group-owned fueling locations.

Sep 7, 2021

MAPCO Express Elevates C-Store Design
The latest convenience stores are destinations for food and discovery.

How Digital Brings Customers Back
Digital signage connects the online customer experience with the in-store experience.

More Hurricane Ida-Related Waivers Issued
FMCSA clarifies that routine fuel deliveries aren’t covered under its revised COVID-19 hours-of-service waiver.

Tri Star Energy Acquires Herndon Oil
The deal includes 13 Southern Traders c-stores and a Shell-branded fuel distribution business.

Lula Virtual C-Store Is on the Rise
The Philadelphia start-up looks to help small operators digitize their stores and offer last-mile fulfillment.

Burger King Expands Loyalty Program Nationwide
The chain will roll out the program to two-thirds of its U.S. locations by the end of the month.

Sep 3, 2021

Companies Consider Financial Penalties for Unvaccinated Staff
It’s a strong incentive to encourage workers to get shots but not a one-size-fits-all solution.

Georgia C-Store Grab-and-Go Cuisine Heats Up
From barbecue to chicken, a trio of gas stations provides customers with tasty, hot meals.

Pilot Flying J Opens Nominations for 2021 Road Warrior
The professional truck driver award comes with a $10,000 grand prize.

Ready-to-Drink Coffee Poised for Growth
Bottled coffee experienced 11% growth as consumers expanded their drinking occasions.

Louisiana Battles Gas Shortages, Loss of Power
More than half of New Orleans and Baton Rouge stations are reportedly without fuel after Hurricane Ida.

Walmart Will Open Its First U.S. Ghost Kitchen
The retailer is bringing a Canadian ghost kitchen operator to its U.S. stores.

Sep 2, 2021

Open for Business in 32 Days at the NACS Show
Don’t miss the 2021 NACS Show next month in Chicago.

Refineries Face Possible Outages Following Hurricane Ida
Louisiana fuel makers struggle to recover from power grid damage.

Candy Is Dandy—Especially in October
NCA reveals top three Halloween treats, while manufacturers promote popular sweets.

Small, Cashierless Store Opens Today in Tokyo
Developers hope it will help address staff shortage issues.

Bottoms Up With Better-for-You Energy Drinks
Customers seek functional drinks for extra energy and brain boosts.

Performance Food Group Completes $2.5 Billion Core-Mark Deal
The acquisition widens PFG’s reach in the convenience and foodservice channels.

Sep 1, 2021

Sheetz Caps Off Summer With Vanilla Cappuccino Beer
The limited-edition cream ale will be available in 58 stores across Pennsylvania starting Friday.

Creating a Good First Impression
Friendliness and cleanliness build a good foundation for repeat customers.

First 7-Eleven Store Opens in Cambodia
CP ALL Cambodia Co. brings 7-Eleven convenience to Phnom Penh.

Alltown Fresh App Integrates Mobile and Online Orders
The convenience store brand also won the Loyaltees Award as a Program Launch Leader.

Love’s to Celebrate Professional Drivers in September
The retailer will give away 14 million My Love Rewards points in appreciation this month.

GPM Resets Planograms at Wisconsin C-Stores
The revamp adds more than 300 new products, improves merchandising and updates endcap displays.

Fuel Haulers Covered by FMCSA Emergency Declaration
NACS asked the agency to extend pandemic-related hours-of-service exemptions for truck drivers.

Aug 31, 2021

FTC to Give Fuel Retailer Mergers Extra Scrutiny
The White House has raised concerns about the rising cost of gasoline and competition among big players.

Colonial Pipeline Moves to Restart After Ida
EPA waives gasoline RVP summer blending rules for Louisiana and Mississippi in wake of Ida.

Wawa Gives ‘Cheers to the Classrooms’ With Funds and Free Coffee
Th c-store chain honors teachers and school administration throughout September.

Inventory Robots Monitor Shelves at Schnuck Markets
AI-powered Tally has reduced the grocer’s out-of-stocks by as much as 30%.

Retailers Battle Continued Operations Challenges
Employee and supply shortages cause retail complications.

Pizza From a Vending Machine
New concept tackles a need in Europe: pizza at night.

Aug 30, 2021

Sell Fuel for a Good Cause at ‘Spirit’ Pumps
Gas stations help support local charities by donating a portion of sales at designated pumps.

Miles Traveled Recover as Morning Commute Idles
INRIX mobility analyst shares insights with Fuels Institute’s Eichberger on Carpool Chats.

Hurricane Ida Strikes Louisiana Near Key Oil Port
Colonial Pipeline expected to resume operations; hours of service waivers are issued for truck drivers in six states.

EG Group Expands With New Kansas Store
The Park City Kwik Shop location opens tomorrow and offers the convenience of curbside pickup.

Stinker, Liquid Barcodes Gamify Loyalty
The Idaho-based convenience chain’s app allows customers to earn rewards via new games every week.

Coca-Cola Taps Into Gen Z Love of Scooters, Sustainability
C-store customers who pledge to recycle can snag free rides via the Lime app.

Aug 27, 2021

7-Eleven to Draft Customers to Superfan Influencer Team
Convenience store chains are turning to social media influencers as promoters.

U.S., Canadian Retail Fraud Up 15%
A survey found an increase in the cost and volume of fraud to retailers.

Alimentation Couche-Tard to Acquire Porter’s
The deal will add 35 locations in Oregon and Washington to the chain’s portfolio.

How Arroyo Shell Became a Craft Beer Destination
The gas station started with one cooler door and grew to more than a half-dozen doors.

Nearly Half of Consumers Plan In-Store Holiday Shopping
But a new study found that 44% said COVID-19 changed how they prefer to shop.

Korea Seven Teams Up to Commercialize Delivery Robots
The 7-Eleven operator partnered with Neubility to develop autonomous robots.

Gulf Coast Warily Eyes Approaching Storm
Louisiana declares a state of emergency ahead of Ida, which could strike on Katrina’s 16th anniversary.

Aug 26, 2021

Cigarette Package Warning Rule Extended Again
The new date is set for October 11, 2022.

Employers Pushed to Mandate Vaccines
Pfizer shots get FDA OK, and other vaccines are expected to follow suit.

Diesel Fuel Distributors Seek to Protect Fuel Quality
New Fuels Institute report shares best practices for safeguarding fuel equipment and vehicles.

Love’s Fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Starts Today
The campaign includes a National Coffee Day special for customers on Sept. 29.

Limited-Edition Wawa Sneakers Are Sweepstakes Prize
Ten lucky winners will make a “Wawa Run” in red and white running shoes.

Delivery Timing Is More Important Than Delivery Speed
Consumers want the convenience of pre-determined and reliable delivery and scheduling.

Aug 25, 2021

U.S. Funds for EV Charging to Focus on Largest States
Meanwhile, House lawmakers clear way for late-September vote on $1 trillion infrastructure bill.

GPM Partners to Host Open Buying Day
The convenience group is looking for emerging suppliers to help drive sales across its brands.

Walmart Launches Delivery Platform as a Service Business
The retailer commercialized its delivery platform as Walmart GoLocal.

Booster Fuels Tests Mobile Gas Service With Safeway
The grocer is allowing the company to set up shop in several Safeway parking lots in Seattle.

7-Eleven Japan to Launch National Delivery by 2026
The country’s top c-store chain will mobilize its national network for last-mile delivery to take on Amazon.

Finding a Destination for Unused Food
Feeding America can help c-store operators donate leftover food to help feed hungry Americans.

Aug 24, 2021

FDA Approval of Pfizer Shot Could Mean More Mandates
The agency’s move could persuade holdouts and spur more businesses to require COVID-19 vaccinations.

Back in Business
See what’s in store at the NACS Show, our industry’s biggest event of the year.

EPA Weighs U.S. Biofuel Blending Mandates Below 2020 Levels
Predicted changes could be a blow to the biofuels industry.

Waivers, Declarations Issued in Wake of Henri
Tropical storm disrupts daily life in parts of the Northeast.

7-Eleven Australia Helps Recycle Trash Into Useful Products
Coffee cups are converted into outdoor furniture, trays and street curbs.

Wawa’s Hoagie-Building Program Lets Heroes Raise Cash for Charity
Program supports first responders, as well as local nonprofits.

Aug 23, 2021

Tiger Fuel Is Powered by the Sun
The Virginia company is evolving from a fuel retailer to an energy provider.

EasyJoy by Sinopec Wins NACS Asian Community Engagement and Support Award
The award, sponsored by PepsiCo, recognizes the retailer’s leadership during the pandemic.

Pilot Flying J Salutes Truckers and Fall Flavors
The travel centers unveil a new look for the Pilot Flying J Chevrolet and autumn-inspired tastes for coffee.

Georgia Initiative Helps Disabled Drivers Get Fill-ups
New fuel pump stickers include a number to call for assistance.

Swipe Fees Draw More Notice
As more customers pay by credit card, some small businesses charge extra for their use.

Canadian Vaping Group Warns of ‘Gray’ Market
The government’s plan to ban flavored vapes has sparked interest in mixing flavors at home.

Aug 20, 2021

TXB Opens First Store Since Rebranding
The Georgetown, Texas, location offers EV charging, private label and local products, outdoor seating and more.

Consumers Are Big on ‘Unattended Retail’
It’s a fast, convenient and a zero-contact way to shop.

Shoppers Are Cautious as Delta Variant Spreads
However, many still plan to shop in store and travel domestically.

GATE Raises $45,000 for Charity
All money will go to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

EV Problems Challenge 2030 Sustainability Goals
Fires, recalls, sudden power losses and failure to recharge are speed bumps for automakers.

Casey’s Recognized for Gender-Balanced Board
50/50 Women on Boards applauds the retailer for having 50% female directors.

Aug 19, 2021

Disruption to Coin Supply Has Retailers Asking for Change
Free signage is available for store operators to print and post.

Enhance Your Category Management Skills
Registration is limited for the pre-NACS Show six-hour CCACM workshop.

7-Eleven Offers Adults a Minibar on Wheels
New delivery service rolls out to cities in Florida, Texas and Virginia.

Kum & Go Is Guided by Purpose and Values
The Krause Group’s corporate social responsibility report details people, planet and philanthropy efforts in 2020.

Fook Convenience Store Wins NACS Asian ‘Best of the Best’ Store Award
Sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, the award recognizes convenience retail innovation.

Rethink Your Digital Marketing
New technology and tactics raise the bar on communicating with customers.

Aug 18, 2021

CDC to Recommend COVID-19 Booster for All
Health experts suggest getting the shot eight months after the original vaccine.

NACS Advocates for Federal Court to Consider Climate Case
The brief is the second following the Supreme Court ruling in bp v. Baltimore case.

It’s Scorching Outside, But Consumers Still Want Hot Beverages
7-Eleven offers a mini-vacation for shoppers’ taste buds with LTO hot drinks.

Florida Convenience Stores Partner With State to Fight Crime
The Florida Petroleum Marketers Association will help get the word out about a crime reporting tool.

Uber and GetUpside Partner to Offer Fuel and C-Store Promotions
Drivers using the Uber app can get cash back and enjoy specials at 30,000 outlets.

Aug 17, 2021

OSHA Advises Masks for All in High-Risk Workplaces
Both vaccinated and unvaccinated workers in areas of high COVID-19 spread should wear face coverings.

Seven & i Holdings Wins NACS Asian Convenience Retail Sustainability Award
Sponsored by the Coca-Cola Company, the award recognizes Seven & i for its “Green Challenge 2050.”

SNAP Recipients to See 21% Lift in Benefits
The new maximum amount on average is $835 a month for a family of four.

C-Stores Want to Help Grow U.S. EV-Charging Network
NACS general counsel tells NPR that the industry aims to continue to meet the needs of American drivers.

Hudson Stores Target Health and Beauty Shoppers
The new concept stores, called Evolve, will feature skincare products, cosmetics and wellness gadgets.

States Issue Fuel-Related Hours of Service Waivers
Florida cites Tropical Storm Fred, while Nebraska cites fuel supply bottlenecks.

Aug 16, 2021

Giant Eagle, GetGo Now Accept PayPal and Venmo
The company is the first grocer and convenience store retailer to offer the digital payments.

An IDEA Conference That’s Good for Everyone
Join conversations with industry peers around inclusion, diversity, equity and awareness in the convenience retailing industry.

Enhanced Water Picks Up the Pace
The small subcategory is delivering excitement to packaged beverages.

New Report Guides EV Charging From Concept to Operations
Insights can help retailers make strategic decisions about investing in public EV charging.

Gopuff Doubles Down on U.K. Market
The deal will expand Gopuff’s reach in Europe and drive its international growth strategy.

Kum & Go Expands EV Charging Footprint
Colorado store features ChargePoint’s DC fast-charging stations.

Aug 13, 2021

Help Employees Be Part of Your Story
A recent NACS webinar discussed how to develop an employee value proposition and what that means for hiring.

Mastercard Chip-Card Move to Force EMV at Pump
Fuel retailers need to upgrade before card firm stops issuing swipe cards by 2029.

Shell Fuel Rewards Takes Top Loyalty Spot in New Survey
The Bond Brand Loyalty report ranked the program as No. 1 in gas and convenience loyalty.

7-Eleven Successfully Delivers Slurpee to Space
It’s one small step for the frosty beverage and one giant leap for convenience stores.

684 ARKO C-Stores Now Offer DoorDash Delivery
Demand for last-mile services grows as GPM Investments’ owner continues store remodels.

Taco Bell Simplifies Drive-Thru With Taco Bell Defy
The concept will open next summer in Minnesota via a partnership with Border Foods.

Aug 12, 2021

NACS Urges Federal Reserve to Protect Routing Rights
The convenience store industry calls on the Fed to lower debit fees.

Love’s Travel Stops Opens Tire Retread Plant in Oklahoma
The location is also a distribution center allowing direct point of sales to customers.

Grocery Delivery Is Now Commonplace in the U.S.
The pandemic accelerated the trend until demand for online grocery delivery and click-and-collect soared.

Yesway Opens New Allsup’s Market in Texas
The company celebrated the opening of the third Allsup’s Market concept with customer giveaways.

Amazon Singapore to Add Visa Surcharge
All orders will carry a 0.5% fee to push shoppers to use different credit cards.

U.K. C-Stores Poised to Win Grab-and-Go Customers
Food-to-go at grocery stores has suffered, while convenience retailers seize the opportunity.

Aug 11, 2021

Senate Passes Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill
The legislation includes funds for EV charging infrastructure but does not permit chargers at rest stops.

Gas Stations Mull Investing in EV Chargers
The decision to add charging has many factors, including few EVs on the road and utility demand charges.

PepsiCo to Launch Hard Mtn Dew
The company is teaming up with the Boston Beer Company on the 5% ABV beverage.

Mars Wrigley, Hershey Ready New Halloween Treats
Trick-or-treaters will score sour hard candies and chocolate treats.

7-Eleven Puts Australia Post 24/7 Lockers Inside Stores
The chain added the package retrieval system to increase convenience for its customers.

Testing to Learn
How trying something, then analyzing the results leads to success in launching new ideas.

Aug 10, 2021

MealConnect Launches Food-Rescue Awareness Campaign
Feeding America’s mobile app connects retailers with local nonprofits to donate surplus food.

More Companies Lift Pay to at Least $15 an Hour
For the first time, $15 an hour is commonplace, not the exception, for U.S. hourly employees.

Travel Centers of America Launches eTA
The business unit will focus on providing sustainable and alternative energy sources to consumers.

Canadian C-Store Chain Supports Local Suppliers
Waypoint Convenience’s “Localicious” initiative focuses on bringing in local and regional products.

Urban Value Corner Store to Launch Robot Delivery
The chain teamed up with Vroom Delivery and Tortoise to bring the last-mile option to Dallas.

U.K. Study Shows 67% of C-Store Customers Pay With Cash
It is a “firm favorite” in most of the country, despite the popularity of contactless and card payments.

Aug 9, 2021

Convenience Stores Deliver Waves of Innovation
From delivery to homes to cars and via mobile devices, is the industry ready for a fourth wave?

Limitless Learning Opportunities at the NACS Show
When it comes to learning, the power of peers is unequaled.

NACS Backs Remanding Climate Case to Federal Court
The brief follows Supreme Court ruling in bp v. Baltimore case.

Use Digital Signage and AI to Engage Customers
Webinar with internet of things visionary and digital experience guru is available on demand.

EV Owners Can Soon Roam on Charging Networks
Greenlots, ChargePoint and FLO agree to deal that gives drivers access to 54,000+ chargers.

DoorDash Introduces DoubleDash
New service allows customers to shop multiple stores in one order, including convenience stores.

Aug 6, 2021

Biden Targets 50% EV Sales Share by 2030
Regulators propose new fuel efficiency and emission standards.

Finding New Ways to Fill Open Positions
A recent NACS webinar explored how retailers can attract and hire team members today and in the future.

ExxonMobil Eyes Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050
The company faces increased investor pressure to have a more precise plan to lower its carbon footprint.

Diesel Fuel Storage Tank Study Identifies 11 Corrosion Factors
The report found no significant link between corrosion and biodiesel or corrosion and sulfur content.

U.K. C-Stores Contend With Driver Shortages
Smaller retailers are under extra strain to creatively source goods to stock their shelves.

Parkland Supports British Columbia’s Wildfire Relief
The company is running a fundraising campaign during August for the Canadian Red Cross.

Aug 5, 2021

Delta Variant Spurs Mask, Vaccination Rules
Businesses are adjusting policies for employees and consumers.

Casey’s and Keurig Dr Pepper Kick Off Fundraiser for Education
Cash for Classrooms will help support local schools in 16 states.

Some Home EV Chargers Could be Hacked
Cybersecurity company discovers vulnerabilities and says more protection is needed.

Fueling the Future
The NACS Foundation Future Fund Scholarship Program rewards and retains rising stars in our industry.

Consumers Trust Online Retailers With Brick-and-Mortar Stores
About a third of survey respondents said they don’t have faith in internet-only businesses.

Whole Foods Bumps Up Delivery Fee in Some Markets
Amazon Prime members must pay like everyone else.

Aug 4, 2021

NACS to CDC: Protect Retail Employees from Mask Confrontations
NACS, along with nine groups, asked the agency to clarify that businesses should not shoulder the enforcement burden of mask wearing.

U.S. Looks Abroad for Drivers to Ease Trucking Shortage
Companies are tapping the global market to fill open slots to keep freight moving.

Retailers Test Alternatives to Single-Use Plastic Bags
CVS Health, Target and Walmart are part of a consortium looking to reinvent the retail sack.

Profiting on Groceries in 10 Minutes
Investors and high margins have sped up expansion of services delivering items from the corner store.

Fuel Industry Leaders
What makes a successful fuel retailer isn’t always tied to fuel volume or chain size.

NCR to Acquire Crypto Software Provider
The LibertyX deal gives the enterprise technology provider a digital currency solution for banks, retailers and restaurants.

Aug 3, 2021

Hungry Olympics Reporter Saved by Japanese C-Stores
Convenience foods became his “saving grace,” he writes.

What the Delta Variant Means for Retail
Masks may be back, but lockdowns are unlikely.

Consumers Prefer Buying Alcohol In-Store
The on-premises experience is key for many consumers trying to discover new tastes.

Robot Waiter Is ‘Hired’ During Restaurant Labor Shortage
Matradee can deliver food but not chat up the customers.

CHS Expands E15 Availability
The agribusiness coop adds 19 new fuel terminals for Cenex brand retailers and farmer-owners.

Molson Coors to Discontinue 11 Economy Brands
The beverage company will focus on premiumization and fewer SKUs.

Aug 2, 2021

Senate Bill Excludes Rest Stop Commercialization Loophole
Bipartisan infrastructure bill does not include language to allow commercial rest stops to install EV chargers.

QSRs Reap the Benefits of Digital Experiences
Restaurant Brands, McDonald’s credit their digital strategies for year-to-date sales gains.

C-Store Receives Rave Restaurant Reviews
The Honey Hole in Mississippi is “worth the drive” for its cheeseburger.

Terrible Herbst Recognized as a ‘Safe Place’
Las Vegas-based convenience retailer supports the National Safe Place Network’s mission to help local youth in crisis.

Alimentation Couche-Tard to Acquire Wilsons Gas Stops and Go! Stores
President and CEO Brian Hannasch says the acquisition builds on the company’s geographic expansion strategy.

JT Group to Launch Ploom X Heated Tobacco Device
The next generation product is set to launch in Japan on Aug. 17.

Jul 30, 2021

Department of Labor Overturns Joint Employer Rule
NACS urges convenience retailers to review and adjust labor contracts as needed prior to formalization.

Retailers Open New Stores With Innovative Designs
Cumberland Farms and ARKO Corp. opened new locations with a focus on fresh foodservice.

FDA Investigates Salmonella Outbreak of Packaged Salad Greens
BrightFarms expanded its recall of baby spinach salad to include its Illinois facility.

Determining Your Local Labor Landscape
A recent NACS webinar explored how hiring trends are impacting retailers—and what they can do to get workers.

The Rising Popularity of Checkout-Free Technology
More retailers are exploring ways to eliminate friction for customers, including skipping the checkout line.

Food and Beverages Could See Higher Prices
The pandemic recovery is putting pressure on costs for packaging, transportation and ingredients.

Jul 29, 2021

FDA Warns U.S. Manufacturer Against Illegally Marketing ENDS
Agency vows continued monitoring of the tobacco marketplace.

Retailers May Reinstate Mask Requirements
Increasing cases of the Delta variant threaten relaxed pandemic restrictions.

Walmart to Pay 100% of College Tuition for Associates
Nation’s largest private employer wants to nix the burden of education debt.

Coffee Prices Hit Six-Year High
Frost threatens the Brazilian coffee bean crop.

Engaging Consumers to Increase Basket Size, Loyalty
Join NACS in this free webinar that highlights the changes and technologies the future holds.

As E-Commerce Grows, Larger In-Store Fulfillment Areas Are Needed
Online order management may require up to one-third of in-store space.

Jul 28, 2021

CDC Recommends Masks for Vaccinated People When Indoors
The agency’s recommendations encompass everyone in areas with “substantial” and “high” transmission rates.

Congressional Committees Debate Digital Currencies
NACS urges lawmakers to prioritize innovation and competition as new systems evolve.

Canadian Olympics Reporter Falls in Love With 7-Eleven
In Japan for the Tokyo Olympics, the reporter discovers the unexpected at Japanese convenience stores.

Sharpen Your Category Management Strategy
Learn how during the pre-NACS Show Certified Convenience Advanced Category Management workshop.

Love’s Travel Stops Donate $100,000 to Truckers Fund
The donation to the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund helps professional drivers during difficult times.

Having an App Is Not a Strategy
Retailers need to build a cohesive, digital strategy to capture consumer interest and enhance the shopping experience.

Jul 27, 2021

Philip Morris Gives Timeline to Stop Selling Cigarettes
The company plans to stop selling cigarettes in the U.K. within 10 years.

More EVs Means More Charging Stations
And convenience stores are ideal locations for EV charging.

Demand for Hard Seltzer Cools
A saturated market and early popularity inspired manufacturers to over produce.

Webinar Covers Bigger Basket Sizes and the New Normal
The free webinar highlights the changes and technologies the future holds.

QR Codes Drive Customer Engagement
But with it comes concerns over consumer privacy.

Online Grocery Shopping Starts to Decline
But the popularity of pickup orders keeps growing.

Jul 26, 2021

$500 Signing Bonuses Help Recruit C-Store Staff
Wawa has hired more than 9,800 associates in the past few months, helped by incentives.

Hunt Brothers Pizza Marks 8,000-Store Milestone, 30th Anniversary
The made-to-order pizza brand was founded by four brothers in 1991.

Colonial Group Celebrates 100 Years
The fourth-generation, family-owned company unveiled a historical marker in Savannah.

QuikTrip Opens 900th Store
The Oklahoma retailer grows in Texas with a Corsicana store and a Waco travel center.

U.K. Shops Forced to Rethink Impulse Item Displays
New government rules will bar snacks and sweets from checkout areas, store entrances and endcaps.

Inflation Fears Alter Consumer Shopping Behavior
Ninety percent of shoppers say they intend to cut back on purchases as prices rise.

Jul 23, 2021

Face Mask Rules Could Return
COVID-19 spikes in some areas have officials recommending masks for all.

Recognize Hometown Heroes on 24/7 Day
Tomorrow, c-stores will celebrate first responders, medical personnel and Red Cross volunteers.

Circle K Inks Bitcoin Depot Deal
Thousands of c-stores in Canada and the U.S. will get cryptocurrency ATMs.

7-Eleven Takes Chicken and Tacos to Tennessee
For the first time in the state, the chain puts these two food concepts under one roof.

Shell to Install EV Chargers at U.K. Stores
Waitrose to get 800 charging stations spread across 100 shops.

Enmarket Wins Naming Rights to New Savannah Arena
The 9,500-seat venue opens next year for concerts and sporting events.

Jul 22, 2021

Convenience Retailers Can Help Stop Human Trafficking
Survey responses from store-level and corporate teams will benefit anti-human-trafficking research and programs.

Kum & Go Expands to Michigan
The first store in the Great Lakes State will open in Grand Rapids in 2022.

The (Plant-Based) Chicken Sandwich War
New manufacturers join the battle to produce a consumer-worthy product.

Manufacturer Recalls Baked Goods
Retailers should pull the affected Give and Go Prepared Foods products from shelves.

pOpshelf Proves Popular for Dollar General
New concept targets shoppers who don’t want “the guilt of overspending.”

Canned Beverages Have New Look, Tastes and Packaging
Single-serve drinks promise wellness, health and maybe a bit of a buzz.

Jul 21, 2021

Circle K, Jackpocket Team Up on Lottery
The c-store chain and lottery app will bring exclusive perks to U.S. lottery players.

Convenience Store Industry Unites to Honor Hometown Heroes
The annual 24/7 Day event celebrates first responders, medical personnel and American Red Cross volunteers and raises funds for disaster relief.

Maverik Launches Round Up Your Change Campaign
The donations for Feeding America will benefit food banks in each store’s community in 11 states.

New Mexico Holds Gas Stations Liable for DUIs
The state Supreme Court ruled gas stations have a legal obligation to not allow intoxicated drivers to get fuel.

Some Retailers Turn to TikTok to Fill Open Positions
Shopify, Chipotle, Target and WWE are some of the companies using video resumes to find workers.

Connections Are Everything
A convenience store franchisor shares how he connects with fellow retailers, employees and the competition.

Jul 20, 2021

7-Eleven Celebrates National Hot Dog Day
The c-store chain is offering $1 Big Bite hot dogs and $1 small Slurpee drinks throughout July.

Impossible Foods CEO Envisions Meat-Free Future
With more plant-based “meat” options available now, Pat Brown wants to eliminate all animal-based meat by 2036.

Facial Recognition Tech Opposition Increases
Some stores say they will not install the technology, while others are using it to prevent fraud.

Panera Pivots Catering for Remote, Hybrid Offices
The chain is working on solutions to meet the food needs for company meetings with a scattered workforce.

Retail Secrets to Trashing Less Food
More retailers are taking a hard look at how much spoiled or outdated foods are sent to landfills.

Morrisons to Launch Unmanned Store
The supermarket will let customers bag items, then leave without checking out.

Jul 19, 2021

Sales Are Up At Gas Stations, Restaurants
Americans are spending on eating out, fun and trips, Census data for June indicate.

Congress Explores Digital ID; TruAge Is Part of Discussion
NACS submitted written testimony as part of a House Financial Services Committee task force hearing.

NACS Joins U.S. Coin Task Force
Participants convene to identify ways to address the coin circulation issue.

Two General Session Speakers Announced
Best-selling author Jennifer Powers and entrepreneur Kendal Netmaker will inspire you to seize opportunities.

LA County Reinstates Indoor Mask Rule for All
The order includes fully vaccinated people, too; Hawaii keeps indoor mandate; U.K. lifts mask rules.

Tips to Manage Beyond Beer Assortment
Retailers clamor to take advantage of demand for hard seltzers and ready-to-drink cocktails.

EG Group Founders Back Hydrogen Vehicle Project
Glasgow startup gets $6.9 million infusion from Beehive Equity unit.

Jul 16, 2021

E15 Bill Seeks to Enable Year-Round Sales
After a court derailed the EPA’s Reid Vapor Pressure waiver for ethanol blends, lawmakers push new legislation.

70% of Britons Prefer Convenience Stores Over Pubs
A recent survey found more residents would rather be close to a corner shop than a bar.

National Hot Dog Day Returns to Love’s Travel Stops
Customers can redeem a free hot dog and half-price drink via the chain’s app on July 21.

Retailers Continue to Battle Labor Crunch
A tight jobs market has shops scrambling to adjust and find workers.

One Convenience Store’s Sweet Success
A Canadian retailer has attracted a following with its extensive candy selection.

Rutter’s to Give Away Free Meals on 24/7 Day
The chain joins forces again with the NACS Foundation and suppliers to feed frontline workers on July 24.

Senate Committee Passes Energy Infrastructure Bill
Lawmakers remove one more hurdle toward floor consideration next week.

Jul 15, 2021

Merchants Welcome President’s Order on Competition
The coalition seeks to reduce U.S. swipe fees, the highest in the world.

ATM Smash-and-Grabs Are on the Rise
Police say the crimes are initiation rites for would-be gang members.

Senate Democrats Propose Marijuana Legalization Bill
Observers think passage will be a long time coming.

Electrify America Plans to Double Its EV Charging Network
The Volkswagen-owned company wants to power even more EVs in the U.S. and Canada.

7-Eleven Opens 1,000th Store in Hong Kong
The convenience retailer celebrates with promotions, philanthropy and a historical look back.

Jul 14, 2021

Americans Can’t Get Enough of Pizza
Healthier toppings are trending, and breakfast pies are showing up on more menus.

7-Eleven Expands Mobile Checkout
The app-based technology is now available in 3,000 U.S. locations.

Coke Zero Sugar Gets a New Look
The soft drink is also getting a recipe makeover to optimize its flavor.

BP to Take Full Ownership of Thorntons
The deal aligns with the energy company’s aim to grow its U.S. fuels and convenience retail business.

Aldi Branches Into Convenience Stores
The new smaller footprint concept opened in Australia this week.

Developing a Culture of Innovation
How leaders can purposefully take innovative ideas from the c-suite to the c-store.

Jul 13, 2021

7-Eleven Slurpee Goes Galactic
The iconic drink will blast into space next month.

Same-Day Pay: The Next Big Thing?
One way to recruit retail staff may be to pay them on demand.

Celebrate the Hot Dogs of Summer
Pilot Flying J joins HEINZ and Oscar Mayer to give away free hot dogs.

Alcohol Vending Machine Is CU Chain’s Latest Innovation
To prohibit underage sales, authentication technology verifies age via phone app or credit card.

Maine Lawmakers Pass Tough Sustainability Law
Retailers will have additional responsibilities regarding packaging waste.

Whole Foods’ Latest Market Format Opens in Tampa
Offerings include 800-plus local products from Florida vendors.

Jul 12, 2021

Rutter’s Raises Hourly Starting Wage to $15
This is the third time the company has increased wages since April 2020.

How to Avoid Chargebacks
Retailers are looking for reasonable EMV solutions that address costly chargebacks due to fraud.

Is the Labor Shortage Fixable?
Yes, but there may not be a quick-fix solution.

Florida’s Farm Stores Head to Arizona
Made from recycled shipping containers and painted to look like a barn, the drive-thru c-store concept is expanding to the Arizona market.

GPM Refreshes Fountain Drinks in 260 Stores
The dispensed beverage assortment will vary by region to reflect customer preferences.

Looking for Cool New Products?
From prepackaged pastries to pump retrofits, see what’s new for your stores.

Jul 9, 2021

Parking Garages as ‘Mobility Hubs’?
Some entrepreneurs want to remake car parks into EV charging spots with driver amenities.

Home-Meal Subscriptions Expected to Keep Growing
Consumers are still flocking to online grocery solutions, including meal kits.

Pilot Surprises 40-Year Driver With Custom Peterbilt Truck
Daniel Abshire was recognized for his four decades of service of driving for Pilot Company.

Soft Drink Industry Lowers Added Sugar in Europe
With more EU countries demanding better-for-you beverages, the industry will reduce sugar by 10% by 2025.

Beyond Meat Branches Out Into ‘Chicken’ Tenders
The meat-free strips are now available in U.S. restaurants.

Brussels to Ban Sales of New Diesel Cars by 2030
A ban on sales of new gasoline-powered cars will follow in 2035.

Jul 8, 2021

Convenience Retailers and Suppliers Say Supply Disruptions Are a Concern
The challenges extended into the second quarter and are expected to persist throughout 2021.

GM Works to Secure U.S. Lithium Supply for Future EVs
Extracting lithium more ecologically while boosting domestic supplies is the new goal to accelerate EV adoption.

Cyberattack on Kaseya May Have Impacted 1,500 Businesses
“This is the worst ransomware incident to date,” cybersecurity expert says.

Budget-Minded Diners Choose QSRs With Loyalty Programs
Some say they’d pay more for food to get extra rewards.

Tropical Storm Elsa Hits Land and Weakens
Florida faces high wind and heavy rains this week.

Subway Announces Eat Fresh Refresh Program
The chain will give away a million free subs on July 13.

Jul 7, 2021

Florida Declares State of Emergency as Elsa Hits State
The executive order includes waivers for hours-of-service requirements for truck drivers.

Retail Sales Rising ‘Far Faster’ Than Anticipated
The National Retail Federation says that the U.S. is entering an unprecedented recovery period.

Level Up Your Category Management Game
Learn how during the NACS Show pre-conference NACS Certified Convenience Advanced Category Management education session.

Self-Checkout Revolution Ramps Up
More than half of the 175,000 self-checkout units shipped globally last year were cashless.

A Bright Forecast for the Convenience Industry
NACS research supports positive trends continuing throughout 2021.

Dollar General Expands Fresh Produce to 10,000 Stores
The discount chain announced the increase as part of its new commitments to addressing food insecurity.

Jul 6, 2021

E15 Year-Round Sales Rule Nixed by U.S. Appeal Court
Farm and biofuel groups say they will appeal the decision.

Tyson Foods Recalls 8.5 Million Pounds of Cooked Chicken
The voluntary recall includes Tyson brand frozen, ready-to-eat products, plus private-label products amid three reported cases of listeria.

Massive Ransomware Attack Hits Firms in 17 Countries
Sweden’s Coop supermarket was among the businesses affected by the attack disguised as a software update.

D.C. C-Stores Brace for Menthol Ban
Retailers see fewer trips, lower basket rings ahead.

QSR Uses Drive-Thru Voice-Recognition to Offset Labor Woes
An Atlanta Checkers franchisee is using automation to maximize order efficiencies.

Summertime Is Promo Time at C-Stores
Pilot launches 10% military discount, CEFCO offers July rewards and Rutter’s jazzes up adult slushies.

Jul 2, 2021

Holiday Travelers Stock Up on Ice, Drinks
With 47 million+ Americans traveling for Independence Day, c-stores are stocking the refreshments they crave.

Giant Eagle Sets Net Zero Carbon Emissions Goal
The chain wants to achieve 50% carbon neutrality by 2030 and net zero carbon emissions by 2040.

Clean—and Kwik—Trips
The Wisconsin family-owned c-store chain shared how it bet its future on restroom and fuel line cleanliness.

The ‘New’ Rush Hour Isn’t Harried
Vehicle traffic hasn’t returned to the normal morning driving patterns—and probably never will.

Retailers Dangle Hiring Bonuses to Fill Positions
The labor crunch has employers desperate to hire retail, restaurant and warehouse workers.

Walmart Launches New Loyalty Initiative
The retailer partnered with Ibotta on an app-based cash rebates program.

House Passes Infrastructure Bill
NACS opposes INVEST in America Act provisions that undermine competition in EV charging.

Jul 1, 2021

Consumers Expect Quick Deliveries
On-demand food and merchandise orders, plus curbside pickup feed customers’ desire for speediness.

Hy-Vee Adds Breakfast to Curbside Pickup Menu
Insiders see prepared breakfast as an opportunity for supermarkets.

GPM Says Checkout Impulse Racks Lift Sales
New merchandising pods in 500 stores encourage customers to grab last-minute items.

Supply-Chain Issues Disrupt Foodservice
Big-name chains suffer shortages of high-demand ingredients.

Canada to Require New Vehicles to be Zero Emission by 2035
The government will likely add interim goals to help the country meet its target.

7-Eleven Australia Brings Convenience to Far North Queensland
The retailer plans to invest $15 million to build stores and create jobs.

Jun 30, 2021

There’s Gasoline Aplenty But a Paucity of Tanker Drivers
The ongoing trucker shortage has created the wrong impression that fuel is in short supply.

High’s Celebrates Employees
To show appreciation to current and future associates, High’s announces campaign to thank front-line staff.

Robomart Brings Store to Customers
The mobile store bills itself as the “first store-hailing platform.”

Weigel’s Marks 90th Anniversary With Food Donation
The retailer and partner Tyson Foods filled a semitrailer with meat products for a local food bank.

Attract Fill-In Shopping Trips With Refrigerated and Frozen Foods
Fresh and prepackaged foodservice items can help build baskets.

Drink to Your Health
Brands tout functional beverages as ways to de-stress, lower anxiety and stay healthy.

Jun 29, 2021

7-Eleven Wins FTC OK for Consent Order in Speedway Deal
The deal closed in May and required the shedding of more than 290 stores.

Kum & Go Teams With ‘No Kid Hungry’ Campaign
The retailer joins vendors to raise $85,000 for the fight against hunger.

Consumers Still Reach for Sweets
Shoppers crave taste and value price more than they worry about sugar.

Attend Today’s Webinar Featuring Cool New Products and Services
Register now to hear the latest on EMV compliance and super speedy checkout.

Tiger Fuel Volunteers Help Homeowners in Need
Employees donate time and muscle to repair local houses.

Dunkin’ Scales Back Beyond Meat Offering
The plant-based breakfast sandwich wasn’t a big winner in some states.

Jun 28, 2021

Small Oil Refiners Win Biofuel Case at Supreme Court
The High Court restored small refiners' exemptions from federal renewable fuel blending requirements.

Uber Eats Moves Toward Price Transparency
D.C. and Pennsylvania customers will see a message that food ordered in the app may cost more than at the restaurant.

U.S. House to Take Up Infrastructure Bill
NACS issues call to action to support Larsen amendments on EV charging as bipartisan deal is forged on Biden plan.

Visibility Helps Enhance Store Safety
Check on your stores anytime, anywhere and generate valuable insights from what you see.

EG America Raises Funds to Support Veterans
The effort will help disabled former service members get to medical appointments, recover from disasters and find jobs.

On the Run Stores in British Columbia to Get Fast EV Charging
Customers can shop, eat and use complimentary Wi-Fi while they charge their vehicles at 25 planned sites.

Jun 25, 2021

New York Reopens, Terminating To-Go Liquor Sales
The law helped boost businesses during the pandemic.

Casey’s CIO Focuses on Making Better Use of Data
Unique strategy helps the company better manage supply chain, inventory and guest experience.

‘Superconnected’ Customers Spend More on Food Orders
Consumers with more tech devices spent 26% more in the last year.

New York to Install 120 EV Charging Stations This Year
The Big Apple has 15,000 registered EVs but limited recharge ports.

Oregon OKs Sale of E15 to Consumers
Now, 48 states have approved use of the 15% ethanol-blended fuel.

Sheetz Goes to Central Ohio
The Pennsylvania-based chain hopes to have 50 Buckeye State stores by 2025.

Jun 24, 2021

Buc-ee’s to Build World’s Largest Convenience Store
Tennessee will get a 74,000-square-foot travel center, plus Beaver Nuggets.

Mars Wrigley Uses Data to Drive Impulse Purchases
A successful project with Kum & Go reimagined store layouts to lift candy sales.

Using KPI Insights to Guide Business Decisions
Use your data to drive more visits, more gallons, bigger baskets and greater loyalty.

Wawa Toasts Its First Summer Brew
The 2SP Brewing Co. craft beer collaboration blends strawberry sweetness with fresh lemonade.

Fast Feeders Focus on Pricier Meals, Higher Margins
Many QSRs cut back on value meals and dollar menus.

E-Mart24 Moves Into Malaysia
The chain plans to have 300 outlets in five years.

Jun 23, 2021

Shell Accelerates Sustainable Initiatives
The global firm has advanced into renewable energy while keeping its roots in fossil fuels.

Set Up for Success
Today’s modern forecourt and c-store platforms should be open-platform, software-based systems that deliver operational efficiency, security and ongoing flexibility.

Webinar to Showcase Cool New Products and Services
Learn about EMV compliance solutions and how to speed up checkout.

Keeping Food Safety Front and Center
For convenience retailers with fresh food, having food-safety processes and training in place is vital.

Retailers Struggle to Keep Workers
More employees are quitting their hourly jobs, a signal of a recovering labor market.

McDonald’s to Take Loyalty Program National
Next month, the fast-food chain will launch its first rewards program in the United States.

Support Private Sector Investment in EV Charging Infrastructure
Ask Congress to support policies that foster a competitive market and level playing field in EV charging infrastructure.

Jun 22, 2021

Washington, D.C., Nears Ban on Menthol and Flavored Tobacco
After initial approval, the city council is slated to take a final vote on the bill next week.

Tiger Fuel Markets Backs Big Brothers Big Sisters
A local chapter in Virginia will benefit from a “round-up” program at checkout.

How Do You Track Loyal Behavior?
Retailers can use key performance indicators to make sure their loyalty and payments programs are working.

7-Eleven Canada Rolls Out New 24/7 Delivery Service
The proprietary 7NOW app arrives in the Great White North.

Food Suppliers Desperately Seek Truck Drivers
Both trucker wages and consumer food prices are on the rise.

Wawa Plans 9 New Stores for New Jersey
The first two are expected to open this summer.

Jun 21, 2021

Drive-Thrus Won’t Overtake Dining In
McDonald’s CEO says on-premise dining isn’t going anywhere, even though off-premise growth surged during the pandemic.

7-Eleven Wines Win Summer
New Plot + Point wine is available in chardonnay and pinot grigio and packaged in a Tetra Pak container.

Free Training for Managing COVID-19 in Stores
The FoodCoVET University training courses help businesses address and manage risks associated with COVID-19.

Learn How Technology Can Help Fuel Distributors, C-Stores Work Smarter
Everything is moving faster. Technology can help you catch up. Join Fuels Market News for a webinar to learn more.

The Personalization Factor
How to focus on profit over volume by bringing in more customers, more often.

Gopuff to Acquire rideOS to Accelerate Innovation
The deal gives the virtual on-demand c-store immediate access to proprietary delivery, routing and logistics technology.

Jun 18, 2021

Last-Mile Fulfillment Has Staying Power
NACS Convenience Summit Europe explored delivery strategies at AmPm and Maxol Group.

Fuels Institute Releases EV Consumer Behavior Report
New research helps guide deployment of EV charging infrastructure and outlines the five personas of future EV buyers.

7-Eleven Adds 5 New Big Gulp Flavors
The chain refreshed its fountain lineup with sparkling flavored water, Power Berry and craft lemonade.

Volta Charging Reaches 100 EV Stations in Maryland
The state’s energy administration and Giant Food teamed up to sponsor the charging stations.

Florida Requires New Pump Payment Security Measures
The legislation mandates that gas stations implement a second method of security beyond tape.

AiFi, Żabka Launch Autonomous C-Store in Poland
Żabka plans continued rollout of checkout-free stores using AiFi's technology.

Jun 17, 2021

Wawa Opens Stadium Store With Beer Sales
The location is close to the South Philly sports complex and the first within city limits to offer beer for sale.

Walmart to Offer In-Store Bill-Paying Service
The retailer is expanding its financial services to allow customers to pay utility and other bills with cash.

Customers Scrutinize Data Security
Most consumers want greater transparency around personal data collection.

Gulf Unveils Consumer Brand Platform
The “It All Starts Here” campaign plans to make a splash in the market with new messaging this summer.

SPAR Gran Canaria Invests in Solar Expansion
The retailer added 1,125 more photovoltaic panels to its fruit and vegetable logistics center.

Spinx Pilots Self-Checkout Program
The retailer plans to roll out the initiative to all Spinx stores by the middle of 2022.

Jun 16, 2021

Energy Drinks Outpace New Products in C-Store Channel
Beverages took nine of the top 10 spots in IRI’s 2020 pacesetters report, behind only ZYN nicotine pouches.

Average Age of U.S. Vehicles Rises to 12.1 Years
Drivers are holding on to their vehicles longer, creating opportunities to help them maintain their aging rides.

California Likely to Lift Mask Rules for Vaccinated Workers
The proposal also would end the plastic partition requirement to separate cashiers, customers.

Gaining Wallet Share in a Competitive Marketplace
Retailers can utilize digital experiences to earn customer loyalty—and a bigger piece of their spending cash.

7-Eleven’s ‘Operation Chill’ Returns
The convenience retailer teams up with law enforcement agencies to reward kids with free Slurpees.

Rehab Clients Run Convenience Store
The Nova Scotia facility helps people with disabilities gain life skills and connect with neighbors.

Jun 15, 2021

NACS State of the Industry Report Available Now
This year’s report captures 2020 operational and financial performance metrics to help retailers make data-driven decisions for the future.

Maxol CEO Explores the Future of Last-Mile Delivery
The NACS Convenience Summit Europe session spotlighted customer expectations.

Retailers Promote Civility
Amid stories of consumers behaving badly, nonprofits aim to help businesses support frontline employees.

Hot Summer and Hard Seltzer
Canned flavored malt beverages are convenient and portable, and consumers love them.

EPA Revises Air Quality Standards
Remanded designations are now more uniform with changes to counties in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Wisconsin.

Starbucks to Once Again Welcome Reusable Cups
Starting next week, customers can use tumblers for in-store refills, a practice the pandemic shelved.

Jun 14, 2021

7-Eleven, TXB, Big League Chew Are All in for Summer
Seasonal promotions help drive traffic and reward loyal guests.

Three Retail Leaders Earn NACS Master of Convenience
Congratulations to Bucher of Casey’s, Gauthier of St. Romain Oil and Price of Love’s Travel Stops.

NACS Show Early-Bird Rate Extended
Buyers have one last shot at a $300 savings through Tuesday, June 22.

Plant-Based Meat’s Popularity Grows
As food prices rise, alternative meat products are even more in demand.

Technology Can Help Ease Labor Shortage
Food-making robots and temp hiring apps help struggling operators in a tight hiring market.

Chevron Brands Its First CNG Retail Site
The company plans to open or rebrand 30 compressed natural gas sites by 2025.

Jun 11, 2021

Love’s to End Mask Policy for Vaccinated
Starting June 15, face coverings aren’t required for fully vaccinated employees or customers.

How Can Retailers Increase Labor Productivity?
Convenience Summit Europe explored the Good Jobs Strategy to improve employee outcomes.

GPM Investments Opens First Remodeled Store
Under ARKO’s initiative, nine additional stores will be revamped in 2021.

Valet Market Autonomous Store Opens in San Diego
Powered by Accel Robotics, the community store also offers on-demand delivery.

OSHA Issues New COVID-19 Guidance for Employers
The agency urges employers to provide paid time off for vaccinations and face masks for unvaccinated or at-risk staff.

House Panel Passes $547 Billion Highway Bill
The INVEST in America Act includes EV charging infrastructure programs.

Jun 10, 2021

7-Eleven Expands Options for Summertime Sipping
Customers can enjoy new coffee drinks, Slurpee flavors and baked goods.

Casey’s Finishes Year With Record Results
Customers are back, and sales are up.

Wawa Co-Stars in HBO Hit Show
“Mare of Easttown” uses the iconic c-store for on-location filming.

Colorado Lawmakers Move to Ban Styrofoam, Plastic Bags
If signed by the governor, the ban will go into effect next year.

Circle K Invests in Retail AI Startup
The convenience chain is piloting Pensa’s shelf intelligence platform to minimize out of stocks.

Employers Lure Applicants With Perks
Value-adds range from scholarships to a set of knives.

Jun 9, 2021

Tesla Steers Toward Drive-In Restaurants
The electric car brand has filed a trademark for restaurant services.

Worldwide Food Prices Soar Nearly 40% Year Over Year
Costs are at the highest level in 10 years amid strong demand for corn, sugar, grains and vegetable oil.

Maxol Newbridge Wins NACS Best of the Best Store Award
The Newbridge, Ireland, store redefines choice and convenience for customers.

EV Market Slows in U.S.
Thirty-nine percent of U.S. adults surveyed say they are considering an EV for their next car.

QuickChek Partners With N.J. Lottery on
The new online courier allows users to play Garden State tickets on a website, rather than via an app or in-person.

How Do You Say Thank You?
On NACS 24/7 Day, retailers highlight the good in their communities.

Jun 8, 2021

Businesses Recruit Teens as Labor Shortage Continues
Flexibility in scheduling is one key to tapping into this inexperienced talent pool.

NACS Show Early Bird Discounts End This Friday
Register by June 11 and save $300 off buyer rates for this year’s live, in-person event.

Who Pays for Credit Card Rewards?
Business owners and the unbanked subsidize wealthy shoppers.

How to Evolve Your Leadership
A unique c-store-specific summer program at Cornell University delivers one-on-one coaching, covers topical issues and develops leadership skills.

Walmart Gives Free Smartphones to All Workers
The new technology means convenience for store employees and consumers.

No More Free Plastic Utensils in Japan
A new law aims to drastically reduce single-use waste.

Jun 7, 2021

Circle K, Trillium, Musket Expand Sustainable Trucking
The refined products agreement between the companies leads to a creative, low-carbon renewable natural gas solution.

Fuels Market News Introduces the 2020 Fuel Leaders
The top five fuel brands in the convenience industry include Wawa, QuikTrip, Sheetz, QuickChek and Maverik.

EG Group Kicks Off Summer With Free Coffee Fridays
The company also opened it newest Tom Thumb store in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Circle K Europe Wins Coveted NACS Technology Award
The company is honored with the NACS European Convenience Retail Technology Award for Pay by Plate.

Celebrating America’s Gas Station Food
From burritos to potato chips, Eater is running a series on unique food finds at local convenience stores.

McDonald’s Tests Automated Drive-Thrus
The 10 Chicagoland restaurants using the voice-ordering technology are seeing 85% order accuracy.

Jun 4, 2021

Which Pandemic-Inspired Purchasing Shifts Will Stick?
NielsenIQ finds COVID breeds next-gen germaphobes, convenience lovers and experimentalists.

BP Europe Wins Industry Award for Its Community Support, Engagement
The company’s initiatives protected its people and supported the communities it serves during the pandemic.

Anheuser-Busch Offers Free Beer if 70% of U.S. Adults Get Vaccinated
Joining the White House, the brewer is encouraging Americans to get at least one COVID-19 shot before July 4.

Dollar General Steps Up Self-Distribution Rollout
The discount chain’s DG Fresh will distribute frozen and refrigerated products to all stores by the end of June.

Hershey Invests in Sustainable Cocoa Sourcing
Other key progress in its sustainability efforts includes setting new science-based targets.

CP All Eyes 7-Eleven Expansion
The company announced plans to open 700 7-Eleven stores in Thailand this year.

Jun 3, 2021

CPG Companies Start to Shrink Packages
Experts predict “shrinkflation” will become more prevalent in the coming months.

NorgesGruppen ASA Wins Coveted NACS Sustainability Award
The company is honored with the NACS European Convenience Retail Sustainability Award for its SPAR Snarøya store in Norway.

Develop a Winning Category Management Strategy
It’s the last chance to register for a free NACS webinar on managing your store’s categories for maximum success.

Canned Cocktails Soar in Popularity
Ready-to-drink libations are the fastest-growing alcohol category.

Deadline Extended for NACS Foundation Future Fund Scholarship Entries
Now until June 21, retailers can nominate tomorrow’s c-store leaders to receive a scholarship.

Why do RINs, RFS and EVs Matter to the Fuels Sector?
Renewable Identification Number credits have more of a relationship to fuel demand than you might think.

Jun 2, 2021

7-Eleven to Install 500 EV Ports
The c-store chain also utilizes renewable energy solutions: wind, solar and hydropower.

Thorntons Celebrates 50 Years With Summer-Long Promotion
Sweepstakes offers loyalty customers a chance to win a year’s supply of fuel.

Grocery Shopping Habits Evolve With Vaccination Count
Sales of staples are down as consumers embrace a “sense of normalcy.”

Alta Convenience Acquires Red Horse Oil’s C-Stores
Get ‘n Go Stores will be integrated into the Alta chain.

Customer Costs for Menu Items Jumps
Blame it on worker shortages and higher prices for food and fuel.

Family Mart Launches ‘Convenience’ Clothing Line
Consumers are fascinated by c-store-branded fashion.

Jun 1, 2021

EEOC: Employers Can Require Vaccines, Offer Incentives
In updated guidance, the agency says companies must provide reasonable accommodations per the ADA.

Casey’s, Uber Partner to Provide More Delivery Options
Many foodservice operators, though, still debate the value of using a delivery platform.

U.S. Consumers Want to Keep Pandemic Conveniences
Half of shoppers surveyed want fast, free delivery to stick around, according to a new report.

Cenex launches LIFT, a store transformation initiative, shifting the way customers view c-stores.

Come Fly With 7-Eleven Australia
Shop in store and earn points for flights and more.

Food Truck Businesses Blossomed During Pandemic
Independent operators adopted new technologies and techniques.

May 28, 2021

Sheetz Aims To Be 1st C-Store Chain to Accept Bitcoin
The retailer is partnering with Flexa and NCR to enable digital currency payments this summer.

7-Eleven to Hire 40,000 Store Employees
Speedway unit aims to sign on 100 truck drivers to fill growth-related fuel delivery positions.

Cultivating Connections
A strong coffee program begins with good coffee and a great partnership.

Gen Z Shoppers Like to Try New Brands
The digitally native demographic values authenticity, experimentation and personalization.

Dallas Tightens Security Rules for Convenience Stores
Gas stations must have three security cameras, exterior lighting and ATMs secured to the floor.

GetGo Supports Pittsburgh Arts
Alta Convenience raises $40,000 for Wings for Life through in-store donation campaign.

May 27, 2021

Shell Ordered to Cut Carbon Emissions
Legal analysts say the Dutch court’s landmark decision could set a precedent in other jurisdictions.

FDA Eyes New Tobacco Regulations
The agency could require cigarettes with lower nicotine levels.

EMV-as-Service Helps Avoid Lengthy Upgrade Delays
Retrofit kits can be installed in less than 90 minutes, and a monthly rental program minimizes costs.

Ford Predicts 40% of Its Cars Will Be EVs by 2030
The electric F-150 pickup gets an enthusiastic welcome from consumers.

Hydrogen May Be Trucking’s Future
Daimler is exploring zero-emissions fuel cells to power long-haul big rigs.

Circle K Touts Beverage Subscription for Summer
Sipping and road tripping are themes designed to engage customers.

Senate Panel Passes $305 Billion Highway Bill
NACS commends committee’s unanimous passage of the bipartisan five-year reauthorization bill.

May 26, 2021

Don’t Force Businesses to Verify Customers’ Vaccine Status
An Oregon rule requiring businesses to demand proof of vaccination from maskless shoppers “is alarming,” NACS says.

Memorial Day Kicks Off Summer Travel
AAA forecasts a surge in Americans hitting the road this weekend as travel begins to rebound.

Sheetz, Kwik Trip Get Crafty With Beer
Strawberry and banana milkshake beer is coming to Sheetz, while Kwik Trip re-releases its Hot Spot Hazy IPA.

PDI to Inject $100 Million+ in Petroleum Ecosystem
The tech firm seeks to reduce complexities by enabling automation with the five-year investment.

Level Up Your Category Management
Join NACS for a free webinar on why every retailer should have a robust category management process.

Digital Payment Adoption, Contactless Payments Surge
Shoppers spent more money and have a deeper connection with retailers that offer more digital payment methods.

May 25, 2021

Love’s Adds Solar to 3 Illinois Travel Stops
The systems will reduce energy costs, and any excess power will go into city power grids.

EMV Fuel Pump Protection Is Within Reach
One affordable option to achieve compliance is a dispenser retrofit paired with 24/7 cloud-based fraud protection.

Food Delivery War Gets Another Provider
Germany’s Gorillas startup comes to the U.S. with New York launch of bike courier service.

Summertime Is Sweepstakes Time
Pilot Flying J, Michelob and Bud Light are readying freebies for getting back to travel and fun.

Longshore Capital Invests in Stuzo
Infusion helps the tech company expand customer-experience technology and services.

Tesla, Fastned Partner to Create U.K. Energy Superhub
The goal is to provide drivers with more EV charging options.

May 24, 2021

NACS Debuts TruAge™ With Live Demo
Retailers at the NACS Leadership Forum saw first-hand the new digital age-verification solution in action.

Busy Hurricane Season Ahead
However, NOAA is not anticipating the historic level of storm activity seen in 2020.

America’s Litter Report Card
KAB’s National Litter Study suggests debris found on U.S. roadways and waterways declined 54% in the past decade.

Kwik Trip Expands Campus for Food Production
The convenience retailer is also preparing to open its first store in Michigan in 2022.

IHOP Debuts New Concept
Flip'd is the pancake restaurant’s new fast casual concept scheduled to launch this summer.

Instacart and 7-Eleven Expand to 6,000 Locations
Also, 7-Eleven Philippines opens a new concept store, 7-Eleven x Heineken.

Faster Checkout With Fewer Staff
Offer customers instant self-checkout without scanning barcodes.

Snacking Trends Shift for Memorial Day
Study suggests consumers will catch up on activities they missed out on in 2020.

May 21, 2021

FDA Posts PMTA List
NACS pushed the agency to let retailers know which vaping products they can legally market.

Mirabito C-Stores to Get 19 EV Fast Chargers in New York
Gov. Cuomo announced the first of five planned high-speed EV hubs at the c-stores as part of a wider plan to install 150 hubs in the state.

Labor Shortage Points Employers to Automation
From oil fields to warehouses, businesses are using advanced software, robots and AI to address hiring challenges.

Global Pizza Chains Deliver Strong Results
The three largest pizza chains report positive first-quarter performance that’s expected to continue.

Rutter’s Children’s Charities Raises More Than $450,000
Since 2003, the annual golf outing has brought in more than $2.6 million for charity.

Mass. Town Bans Plastic, Polystyrene Cups, Food Containers
The measure includes Attleboro restaurants, convenience stores and other places serving prepared food and drinks.

May 20, 2021

Kum & Go West: C-Store Chain Expands to Utah
Plans call for 30 new stores in the next five years.

Time to Evolve Your Content Strategy
Retailers should distribute their promotional materials in a cohesive way that draws customers into the store.

Tiger Fuel Acquires Solar Energy Firm
It’s another step in the Virginia company’s effort to reduce its carbon footprint.

7-Eleven Sells 293 Stores to 3 Separate Buyers
The convenience retailer now operates, franchises and/or licenses nearly 77,000 stores worldwide.

Foodservice Business Gets Boost From Mobile Marketing
Text marketing is simple, quick to launch and easy to test.

GPM to Roll Out Bean-to-Cup Coffee
A successful pilot paves the way for the expanded coffee service as part of store enhancements.

May 19, 2021

Memorial Day Travel to Rebound
AAA’s Memorial Day forecast predicts 60% more travelers than last year.

Parker’s Voted ‘Best Convenience Market/Gas Station’
The honor comes from readers of Connect Savannah, who made their picks earlier this year.

Colonial Pipeline Says It Is ‘Fully Operational’
The company suffered a short-term communications glitch; trucker shortage exacerbates supply issues.

Philip Morris Progresses Toward the End of Smoking
The company’s recently released Integrated Report demonstrates its moves toward a smoke-free future.

Maxol Invests Millions in Convenience Network
The outlay focuses on more retail space and expanded grocery and convenience lines.

EV Charging Goes Mobile
SparkCharge brings the charging directly to EV drivers via mobile units.

Performance Food Group to Buy Core-Mark for $2.5 Billion
The deal creates a powerhouse distributor in the foodservice and convenience retail channels.

GPM Finalizes ExpressStop Acquisition
The deal adds 60 convenience stores in Michigan and Ohio to the convenience chain’s growing portfolio.

May 18, 2021

Some Employees Frown on Dropping Mask Mandates
OSHA is reviewing the new CDC guidance and plans to update its rules soon.

Keeping Customers Onsite for Foodservice
How retailers can use clear communication about quality food offers to stop leakage to QSRs.

Foodservice Operators Promote Plant-Forward Menus
Is beef the new coal in a climate-focused world?

Young Adults’ Shopping Habits Chase Convenience
The love of e-commerce grows and convenience remains a top priority.

Coke Rhymes in 24 Poems on Summertime Packaging
The special packages of Coca-Cola are available through August 8.

May 17, 2021

Major Retailers Lift Mask Policies
Walmart, Target say masks are optional for vaccinated staff and shoppers; Costco customers no longer have to wear face coverings unless local rules require them.

5 Keys to the Future of Convenience
Lean into innovation, safety, technology, service and experience to align with consumers new mindset, NACS research chief says.

7-Eleven, Casey’s Complete Major Acquisitions
Responding to FTC concerns about the Speedway deal, 7-Eleven says it has abided by the agency’s terms.

Growth Partner
Digital transformation can feel like a daunting task, but the trick is knowing where to begin.

Yesway Opens 2 Allsup’s Stores
The newest locations in Bangs and Wall, Texas, are part of planned major new store builds and raze and rebuilds at 27 sites.

Maine Weighs Menthol Flavor Ban
House vote on the bill targeting flavored tobacco and vape products could come this week.

May 14, 2021

Lessons From the Pandemic
Yesway, Circle K and Wallis discuss innovations and initiatives from the past year, and which ones will have lasting impact on a new kind of consumer.

U.S. Grants Jones Act Waiver
Homeland Security seeks to ease fuel supply crunch; Colonial Pipeline reportedly pays ransom to hackers.

McDonald’s Promotes Vaccines Via Coffee Cups
The QSR partnered with the White House on the campaign; CDC updates facemask guidance.

Korean Consumers Splurge on Decadent C-Store Desserts
Sales of high-end sweets are soaring as South Korean convenience retailers stock more premium desserts.

Effective Category Management Delivers Excitement
A NACS webinar will share how to drive sales, reduce out-of-stocks and bring new products to shoppers.

The Future of Gas Stations Might Return to Their Roots
The answer lies in how convenience stores will reimagine their business model.

U.K. to Ban Junk Food Ads Online, on TV Before 9 p.m.
Also, BOGO supermarket promotions will be restricted for unhealthy foods starting next April.

QuikTrip Launches More Remote Travel Centers
The 30% larger stores have opened in three cities so far, with nine more scheduled through 2021.

May 13, 2021

Innovation Is the Only Competitive Advantage
Professor and author Soren Kaplan kicks off day two of the in-person NACS Leadership Forum.

Colonial Pipeline Restarts Operations
The company says it will take “several days” for the supply chain to return to normal.

Pilot Flying J Joins Chicken Wars
New offerings will greet summer travelers on the road.

Wawa Installs 50th EV Charging Site
The convenience retailer expects to exceed one million EV charging sessions by end of May.

7-Eleven Canada Rolls Out Summer Promotion
The promo offers skateboarders prizes, collector’s cup and LTO Slurpee flavors.

Sheetz Partners With University to Offer Employees Tuition Discount
Workers can earn degrees for “little or nothing” out of pocket.

May 12, 2021

NACS Works With U.S. Agencies on Fuel Waivers
As gas inventories run low, NACS is working with the Biden Administration to provide relief.

Sheetz Announces $2 Hourly Wage Increase
The chain will also invest $12 million in a summer stimulus program for its employees.

Delek DK Stores Roll Out AI Self-Checkout
The c-store retailer will have the touchless technology in place at more than 70 Texas locations by late summer.

Companies Wrestle With Vaccine Requirements
Many would prefer employees return to work fully vaccinated, but few want to mandate it.

Korean C-Stores Now Have Self-Test COVID-19 Kits
The home tests are available in grocery and convenience stores in South Korea.

How to Stop Foodservice Leakage to QSRs
Prepared food offers are the biggest differentiator for the convenience channel—and customers need to know that.

May 11, 2021

NACS Announces TruAge™ Digital ID-Verification Solution
Molson Coors is the first beer company to join TruAge™, with pilot tests at select convenience stores to begin shortly.

Wawa Offers New Hires $500 Bonus
C-stores and other foodservice operators tempt potential workers with bonuses, higher pay.

Enmarket and Trucking Firm Partner to 'Feed a Trucker'
Truck drivers can pick up free box lunches at a Georgia c-store.

Joe Freshgoods Creates 7-Eleven Fashion
Chicago designer collaborates with c-store to produce iconic gear.

Cannabis Users Splurge on Upscale Smoking Accessories
Retailers showcase designer bongs and luxury lighters.

Colonial Pipeline Hack Threatens Fuel Supplies
Temporary hours of service wavier issued for truck drivers hauling fuel to East Coast.

May 10, 2021

Colonial Pipeline Disrupted by Cyberattack
The pipeline carries about half of all the fuel used in the Southeast and East Coast.

Federal Reserve Clarifies Debit Rule
The agency says routing provisions should apply to card-not-present transactions.

How to Get People Back to Work
Although 10 million people are looking for jobs, industries struggle to fill open positions.

Convenience Retailers Can Help Celebrate 24/7 Day
This year’s 24/7 Day will honor local heroes who work around the clock for their communities.

Why Retailers Should Increase Online Visibility
Through technology, retailers can respond to consumer demand for e-commerce solutions.

Upcoming Food Safety Webinars
Learn about environmental sampling and the impacts of COVID-19 mitigation on international trade.

May 7, 2021

Food, Beverage Firms Plan for the Next Pandemic
Nearly 50% of executives surveyed say they aren’t prepared to weather another global outbreak.

GreenPrint Launches ESG Lab
The new division is an innovation incubator for environmental, social and governance solutions.

Powerball Adds 3rd Weekly Drawing
The multistate lottery game will now have a drawing on Mondays starting August 23.

GPM Inks $1 Billion Real Property Commitment
The Oak Street Real Estate Capital deal will enhance GPM’s acquisition growth strategy.

7-Eleven Taiwan Vows to Kick Single-Use Plastic to Curb
The Taiwanese c-store chain aims to stop using the plastic by 2050.

86% of Consumers Still Prefer In-Store Shopping
Additionally, preferences for last-mile services may be based on age demographics.

May 6, 2021

Circle K Offers Beverage Subscription for $5.99 a Month
Sip & Save will help the chain recapture beverage sales and compete with QSRs.

Wawa, Dash In, Enmarket Upgrade Digital Experiences
The c-stores aim to better connect with their customers to drive loyalty.

Convenience Retail Takes Global Stage
The NACS Convenience Summit Europe will showcase worldwide retail innovation.

RaceTrac Executive Testifies on EVs
The fuel retailing industry wants to work with Congress to achieve environmental goals, Siccardi says.

Coca-Cola Freestyle Goes Mobile
Customers can order drinks from their phones.

Tesco Ups Pledge to Offer Healthier Food Options
The announcement comes after pressure from investors.

May 5, 2021

Discover What’s Next at the NACS Show
Registration is open for the convenience industry’s top in-person event, October 5-8 in Chicago.

7-Eleven Spices Up Cinco de Mayo
7NOW can bring the party home with deliveries in 30 minutes.

Circle K to Hire 20,000 Employees Nationwide
As the economy gains steam, the chain is looking for new team members for its U.S. c-stores and service centers.

Chicken Shortage Is Nothing to Cluck About
America is running low on poultry wings and breast meat for sandwiches.

Burger King Tries Sustainable Packaging
The chain is asking for customer feedback on the new wrappers, straws and utensils.

Your Store Needs a Facelift
Retailers can meet and exceed customer expectations through modern store design.

May 4, 2021

Rutter’s Raises Starting Wage to $14 an Hour
The Pennsylvania chain has increased wages 33% since 2019.

7-Eleven Adds a Pizza Concept to Its Latest Evolution Store
A new store in Virginia includes the convenience giant’s Parlor Pizza and Raise the Roost restaurants.

One-Fifth of EV Owners Surveyed Go From Green to Gasoline
For California drivers, the hassle of charging is the main reason they are going back to conventional cars, UC Davis study finds.

Research Finds Stay-at-Home Trends Outlast Pandemic
Vaccines help spur away-from-home occasions, while consumers continue to treat themselves at home, says Hershey CEO.

Unattended Retail Thrives
The trend is being driven by a desire for convenience and health-related concerns.

Pepsi Launches Peps Place Fast-Beverage Restaurant
The online food and Pepsi delivery concept is available for 30 days.

May 3, 2021

Casey’s Throws a ‘Parking Lot Party’ With Lee Brice
The Iowa chain is offering rewards members a chance to bring a live concert to their hometown.

C-Store Foodservice: What NACS SOI Data Show
The pandemic upended foodservice in 2020, but innovation points toward recovery.

CrossAmerica to Buy 106 Speedway Stores for $263 Million
The expanding Pennsylvania convenience retailer is acquiring the sites from 7-Eleven.

Visa Offers Temporary EMV Liability Solution
The service is available for one year at no cost to retailers.

NACS Foundation Scholarship Open to Young Leaders
Time is running out to nominate convenience channel employees for a $3,000 scholarship.

Hudson Lets Travelers ‘Just Walk Out’
New cashierless technology lands in Chicago and Dallas-Fort Worth airports.

Apr 30, 2021

FDA to Ban Menthol Cigarettes, Cigars
The effort will build on previous flavor bans and include flavored cigars.

Trucker Shortage Hamstrings Fuel Retailers
There’s plenty of petroleum—just not enough delivery drivers to bring it to gas stations.

North Dakota Groups Sue Federal Reserve Over Swipe Fees
The two associations asked the court to overturn the Fed’s regulation and reduce debit transaction fees for merchants.

2021 In-Store Shopping Poised for Comeback
A new survey finds that more than a quarter of consumers plan to resume in-person shopping.

Sainsbury’s Plans 75+ Larger Format Convenience Stores
The chain will open 75 to 90 of these stores by 2024, including 18 “neighborhood hub” sites.

KFC, McDonald’s Win With Chicken Sandwiches
The popularity of the menu items is pressuring poultry supplies.

Apr 29, 2021

Menthol Cigarette Ban Expected
A nationwide prohibition on the flavored products would take years to implement.

HOS Waiver Would Ease Trucker Shortage
NACS joins with fuel industry groups to seek relief from work rules for fuel transport drivers.

Holden Oil Taps Invenco for EMV Compliance Retrofits
Third-party outdoor payment solution provides affordable EMV conversion.

Private-Label Offerings Predicted to Grow This Year
Consumers want quality, safety, variety and attractive retail prices.

Consumers Demand Sustainable Packaging
Survey finds 67% of consumers want recyclable products.

GPM Taps Into Drive-Thrus, Delivery and Plant-Based Milk
The 1,350-store chain offers customers the latest convenience options.

Apr 28, 2021

7-Eleven Launches ‘Take it to Eleven!’ Campaign
The convenience chain has more than doubled its marketing investment this year.

How to Bring Customers Back
Here are some opportunities retailers might be missing to grow sales through mobile technology.

DoorDash Lets Stores Set 15%, 25% or 30% Commissions
The new tiered system is in response to pushback over fees restaurants paid during the pandemic.

Gas Stations Are Here to Stay
Electric charging stations will begin to proliferate alongside traditional pumps.

Amazon Expands In-Garage Grocery Delivery
The Prime member service is now in more than 5,000 cities and towns.

Beyond Meat Has a New Plant-Based Burger
The latest version is formulated to taste even more like real beef.