News Archive

Jul 1, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 30, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 29, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 28, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 27, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 24, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 23, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 22, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 21, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 20, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 17, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 16, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 15, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 14, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 13, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 10, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 9, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 8, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 7, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 6, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 3, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 2, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jun 1, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 31, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 27, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 26, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 25, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 24, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 23, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 20, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 19, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 18, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 17, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 16, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 13, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 12, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 11, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 10, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 9, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 6, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 5, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 4, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 3, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 2, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 29, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 28, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 27, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 26, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 25, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 22, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 21, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 20, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 19, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 18, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 15, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 14, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 13, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 12, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 11, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 8, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 7, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 6, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 5, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 4, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apr 1, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 31, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 30, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 29, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 28, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 25, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 24, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 23, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 22, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 21, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 18, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 17, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 16, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 15, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 14, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 11, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 10, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 9, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 8, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 7, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mar 4, 2022