Jun 1, 2023
Will Consumers Hold Back on Dining Out This Summer?
Inflation and the economy are still top of mind for consumers.
NACS Presses FDA Again to Release Names of Denied ENDS Products
The association asks the agency to provide transparency for retailers in its PMTA decisions.
Ford, Tesla Charging Deal Puts Pressure on CCS Port
Access to fast-chargers is considered crucial to EV adoption.
Mars Tests Paper-Packaged Mars Bars in UK
The pilot will take place at Tesco stores.
Chester’s Chicken Relaunches Its Fried Chicken Sandwich
The chain introduced its original fried chicken sandwich in 2019 at the onset of the “chicken sandwich wars.”
FastLane C-Stores Launch App-Based Subscription Car and Truck Wash Program
Subscription programs help c-store retailers build customer loyalty and develop recurring revenue.
May 31, 2023
Asda to Acquire EG Group’s UK and Ireland Business
This transaction will accelerate Asda’s strategic growth plans in convenience, omni-channel retail and foodservice.
FTC Finalizes Consent Order on Mastercard Anticompetitive Debit Card Practices
The card firm illegally blocked retailers’ ability to route e-commerce debit card transactions over competing networks.
Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s Use Geofencing to Speed Up Mobile Ordering
Both restaurants are tracking mobile customers, and Chick-fil-A is adding a wait-time estimator for orders.
Six Flags Pilots Amazon’s Just Walk Out Tech
Coca-Cola, a partner in the launch, hopes that customers will spend more money because of speedier transactions.
DoorDash Offers Deals This Summer
DashPass customers can enjoy promos from convenience stores, restaurants and retailers over the next two months.
65% of Consumers Are Worried About Rising Gas Prices
A survey finds that over three-quarters of respondents think inflation will increase in the next few months.
May 30, 2023
Americans Want New Snacks This Summer
Almost 75% of people said that road trips are a chance to enjoy offerings they've never tried before.
SNAP Shoppers Up 17% at C-Stores
Consumers using the SNAP program are shifting to smaller-format retailers overall.
Indian Restaurants Are Dotting America’s Highways
These eateries, called dhabas, are meeting the needs of the growing Punjabi trucker population.
New Car Sales Post Significant Gains in May
Inventory concerns are taking a back seat, but high interest rates are curbing new car demand.
The First to Open
What was left of a c-store became a lifeline for a storm-ravaged community.
GATE Foundation Raises Funds for American Red Cross
The philanthropic arm of GATE Petroleum Company raised $35,000 through its paper icon campaign.
May 26, 2023
Census Bureau Releases New 2020 Census Data
The data provides baseline information for business planning and funding decisions.
FDA Sends Warning Letters to Makers of Esco Bars and Breeze
The firms have been distributing unauthorized products, says the FDA.
Dollar General Faces OSHA Fines
The administration found hazards at nine locations across four states.
TravelCenters of America to Raise Funds for Professional Drivers in Need
The retailer is inviting customers to round up their change.
Thorntons Opens Additional Location in Louisville, Kentucky
In honor of the opening, the c-store is donating funds to a local food bank.
Kum & Go Launches Summer Sweepstakes
One customer will win a summer vacation, and additional prizes will be awarded throughout the summer.
May 25, 2023
Americans Are Still Feeling the Sting of Inflation
Consumers are spending less, though incomes and savings rates are showing signs of recovery.
How to Tap Into the Independent C-Store Retailer Space
Data can help brands get into a previously untapped market.
Hot Foods Act Seeks to Lift SNAP Sales Restriction
NACS supports bipartisan legislation that would allow SNAP participants to purchase hot foods.
The Fuels Institute Is Now the Transportation Energy Institute
The focus of the organization always was, and remains today, on the energy that powers transportation.
7-Eleven Kicks Off Operation Chill for the 28th Year
The community outreach program has been expanded to include Speedway stores.
Today Is Circle K Fuel Day
The chain will offer customers 40 cents off per gallon of gasoline today from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
May 24, 2023
Here’s What Consumers Are Buying This Memorial Day
75% of Americans are celebrating the holiday, and nearly all plan to make Memorial Day purchases.
Amazon Palm-Paying Tech Now Accepts Alcohol Purchases
Friction is introduced when customers must produce a government-issued ID for age verification, according to Amazon.
A Third of Food Orders Are Digital
Also, customers using a first-party app return more often, tip better and spend more, according to a new report.
Candy, Gum Remain Strong Impulse Buys
40% of Americans buy single-serve candy at least once a week.
Panera Shifts C-Suite Leadership
The changes are in preparation for its eventual IPO.
Wawa Grants $1 Million to Central Florida Food Bank
The money will sponsor a pilot program that will give 53,000 households access to fresh produce.
May 23, 2023
Walmart Is Using Groceries to Win Consumers
The retailer is succeeding with low-margin groceries, but it faces serious competition from dollar stores.
Here’s What Happened in Q1 at Independent C-Stores
Although fewer people are shopping at c-stores, revenue has not been impacted, according to Skupos data.
Starbucks Is Mixing Up Its Ice
The QSR is switching to chewier nugget ice that tested positively.
Texas Legislation Ensures Competitive EV Charging Marketplace
The bill limits how public utilities can use ratepayer funds to subsidize EV charging stations.
Rutter’s Raises Historic Amount at Annual Golf Outing
The 21st annual event raised over $880,000 for local charities.
SNAP Recipients Are Changing Their Buying Behavior
A majority of SNAP recipients report that their monthly allocation only lasts them two weeks.
May 22, 2023
Canadian Deal Shows Swipe Fees Could be Lowered in U.S.
The country has agreed with Visa and Mastercard to lower average swipe fees from 0.95% to 1.4%.
Texas EV Owners Face New Fees to Offset Lost Gas Tax Revenue
A new law includes a $400 new EV registration fee and a $200 renewal fee.
José Barreiro Named 2023 NACS European Convenience Industry Leader of the Year
The award will be presented during NACS Convenience Summit Europe in Dublin.
Wendy’s to Pilot Underground Delivery
The system will send food from the kitchen to a parking spot for digital-only customers.
Thorntons Launches Fuel Discounts, Sweepstakes for Loyalty Members
Customers can receive up to 20 cents off per gallon.
MAPCO Opens New Location in Tennessee
The retailer debuted "Fueling Our Future" dedicated gas pumps benefiting a local high school.
May 19, 2023
Your Customer Probably Visited You Online First
Social media plays a huge role in online discovery.
FDA Issues Import Alert on Unauthorized Vapes
The alert identified more than 20 companies located in China, South Korea and the U.S.
How to Properly Classify Your Workers
Wage and hour cases filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act are growing.
Taco Bell Wants to Cancel ‘Taco Tuesday’ Trademark
The phrase is owned by the fast-food restaurant’s rival Taco John’s.
PepsiCo Teams Up With Bad Bunny on Summer Marketing Campaign
The beverage company is giving away three-months free of Apple Music and other prizes.
Thorntons Opens Second Location in Lockport, Illinois
In honor of the opening, the c-store is donating funds to a local food bank.
May 18, 2023
EV Charging Networks Benefit From Competitive Market, Report Finds
Utility ownership of EV charging stations is a losing situation for taxpayers and EV drivers alike.
House Committee Examines EPA’s Draft Rule on Tailpipe Emissions
NACS testifies to share industry perspective on EPA proposal.
Casey’s Upgrades Its Loyalty Program App
The retailer has over six million total members enrolled in its loyalty program.
Are Ghost Kitchens Out?
Many dark restaurants are quietly shutting their doors as consumers opt for cheaper options, like fast food.
Circle K Launches 2 Private-Label Wine Lines
The award-winning wines include seven bottles under $8 and a fine wines collection priced from $10 to $25.
Wawa Grows Catering Business
Businesses can now order Wawa catering from 1,000 stores through the ezCater Marketplace.
May 17, 2023
Companies Are Snack-ifying
Americans are eating more snacks than ever before, and food and beverage companies are capitalizing on the trend.
U.S. to Purchase 3 Million Barrels of Oil
The Biden Administration aims to replenish America’s oil stockpile, which was drastically depleted to lower gas prices.
Retail Sales Post Modest Increase
Consumers purchased more cars, dined out and shopped online.
BP’s Acquisition of TravelCenters of America Is Now Final
The company purchased TA for $1.3 billion in a dramatic boost to BP’s convenience strategy.
ARKO Corp. Increases Share Repurchase Program to $100 Million
The company stated that repurchasing its shares is a compelling use of capital resources.
Paytronix Launches With Square App
The integration enables businesses using Square POS to add Paytronix-powered online-ordering capabilities.
May 16, 2023
37.1 Million Americans Will Road Trip This Memorial Day
Road trips are up 6% over last year, as the price of gas is lower this holiday compared to last.
It’s an AI World Afterall
Here’s what experts are saying about AI—in particular, how it might change how we work.
Keurig Dr Pepper Brings Iced Coffee to Consumers at Home
The company has introduced three iced coffee machines.
Hunt Brothers Pizza Welcomes Back Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza LTO
This is the ninth time Hunt Brothers has brought back the popular pizza.
PepsiCo Hosts Virtual Sustainability Summit
The event is meant to bring together PepsiCo’s customer partners to connect on sustainability initiatives.
General Mills Launches C-Store Sweepstakes
Free digital assets and display support are available to help c-store retailers promote the sweepstakes.
May 15, 2023
Maverik Voted the No. 1 C-Store Chain for Food
The convenience retailer features BonFire, which makes burritos, salads, pizzas and more.
New Starbucks CEO Wants Efficiency and Optimization
One of his first changes is charging $1 for a popular menu hack that is currently free of charge.
Dairy Queen App Downloads Soar During Blizzard Promo
The QSR grew app downloads by 974% during an app-only promotion.
Wawa Begins Construction on First Store in North Carolina
The convenience retailer aims to roughly double its store count by 2030.
Amazon Packages Are Arriving Faster
The speedier delivery times are thanks to an overhaul of the company’s logistics network.
Centered on Chicken
Breez-In has made its foodservice program the key to customer satisfaction.
May 12, 2023
Amazon Looks to Up Its Physical Grocery Store Presence
Having more brick-and-mortar stores will allow the online giant to up its game in the grocery industry.
Reynolds Sues California Officials to Protect Non-Menthol Products
The lawsuit, filed in California state court, seeks declaratory and injunctive relief.
Love’s Donates $1 Million to Local Zoo
The travel stop chain is sponsoring a historic pachyderm building.
Pilot Company Celebrates Military Appreciation Month
The company is making a $100,000 donation to Hire Heroes and offering military discounts.
United Pacific Buys Boyett Petroleum’s 10 C-Stores
In a separate transaction, Boyett acquired United Pacific’s wholesale fuels distribution business.
Sweetgreen Opens Automated Location
The store uses the chain’s new technology called Infinite Kitchen.
May 11, 2023
Inflation Cooled to 4.9% in April
The lower CPI reading could further prompt the Fed to stop interest-rate hikes.
Wendy’s Uses AI to Power Drive-Thru Ordering
A Columbus, Ohio location will pilot the technology, and use will be expanded if the test proves successful.
Convenience Stores Offer Package Delivery Discounts and Grow Traffic
In Korea, customers are embracing the benefits of lower prices by picking up packages at c-stores.
The Important Role Food Safety Plays in C-Stores
“Food safety culture is the idea that everybody practices, believes and wholeheartedly understands what makes food safe and how to keep food safe.”
Panera Offers 2 Free Months of Unlimited Sips Subscription
NBA player Kyle Kuzuma has partnered with Panera to promote the program.
Stinker Stores Pilot Customer Feedback Devices
The test will allow the c-store chain to offer different feedback options and improve customer experiences and compare results across stores.
May 10, 2023
Remote Work Has Retailers Moving to the ’Burbs
Available downtown retail space is greater than available suburban retail space—a first since at least 2013.
Used Vehicle Prices Dipped Last Month
This is the first drop in prices this year for used vehicles, and prices are still historically high.
Add Flavor and Value
Diving into food ingredients can help c-stores create great products—and better margins.
Sheetz Giving One Customer Free Gas for Life
The retailer is running a sweepstakes that will allow a My Sheetz Rewardz member endless fill-ups.
Hershey Named No. 3 on DiversityInc's 'Top 50 Companies for Diversity' List
This is the fifth-consecutive year DiversityInc has recognized Hershey's commitments to DEI.
Physical Retail in Asia Pacific Remains Strong
More than 71% of retailers in the region plan to expand or add new stores in 2023.
May 9, 2023
Could EV Battery Swapping Work?
Swapping out EV batteries instead of charging them could be a quick, efficient solution.
What 7-Eleven Looks for in a New Product
The company offers up-and-coming brands a chance to appear on its shelves.
Maverik Debuts Exclusive Rockstar Energy Flavor
Pure Zero Pineapple Mango will hit Maverik shelves later this month.
Energy North Opens Flagship Location
The store includes a new foodservice offering—Crack’d Kitchen Express.
What’s Cooking at the C-Store?
Foodservice leaders share plans, goals and tips for food prepared on-site.
How to Sell Your Food to Gen Z
Food, beverages and tobacco images are up 410% on social media.
May 8, 2023
Hy-Vee Announces $99/Month Health Subscription Service
The subscription includes time with dietitians every month, health screenings and many online offerings.
AI Will Take Your Order
Pilot by Hardee’s, Carl’s Jr. shows uptick in sales.
C-Stores May Have Reached Saturation Point in Japan
Store count is shrinking as operators grapple with labor shortage.
Royal Farms Celebrates National Hospital Week
The retailer is giving nurses coupons for free coffee.
Stewart’s Shops Opens Rebuild, Part of $50 Million 2023 Investment
The retailer also announces a partnership with horseracing association NYRA.
ARKO Corp. Announces New Financial Arrangements That Create More Than $2 Billion in Capital
The firm has been very active in industry acquisitions.
May 5, 2023
‘Alexa, Where’s My Uber Eats Order?'
Uber Eats customers can now track their orders via Amazon’s Alexa.
Why Fuel Retailers Are the Best Option for EV Charging
NACS advocates for the convenience store industry as the best recipient of federal grant funds for EV charging.
Reward Your Rising Leaders
Nominate the next generation of industry innovators for a 2023-2024 scholarship from NACS Foundation.
Want to Add EV Charging to Your Location?
ChargePoint and Kum & Go show retailers how they can design an EV charging strategy to increase sales.
Royal Farms Increases EV Charger Count
Meanwhile, Rutter’s launches a new private-label beer in collaboration with a local brewery.
Pilot Company Wants to Hire 10,000 Employees
The company is adding to its team in preparation for a busy summer.
May 4, 2023
Toyota Is ‘Fully Committed’ to EVs, says White House Adviser
The automaker has been known for betting on hybrids instead.
Shake Shack Launches 3 Plant-Based Menu Options Nationwide
The QSR used AI to create a non-dairy shake and custard.
Gulf Oil Relaunches Loyalty Program
The program offers an everyday savings of three cents off per gallon of fuel for loyalty members.
Thorntons Opens Third Location in Lebanon, Tennessee
In honor of the opening, the c-store is donating funds to a local food bank.
OnCue Awarded 2023 Top Workplaces Culture Excellence Award
Meanwhile, Weigel’s will donate to a teacher’s classroom if they join their team during the summer.
Here’s How Your Stores Can Be ENERGY STAR Certified
A webinar will show retailers how they can be among the first to be certified under new program.
May 3, 2023
March Job Openings Hit Two-Year Low
Layoffs rose sharply, and rate hike announcements are expected.
The Conversation Continues at the Conexxus Annual Conference
Finding solutions to industry challenges was the focus of day two.
Georgia Legislation Ensures Free Market for EV Charging
The state is the first in the U.S. to have comprehensive policies to encourage marketplace growth for EV charging.
Boba Is Popping at Sheetz
Customers can add mango-flavored boba balls to any Refresherz drink for $1.79.
New Report Looks at the Business Case for EV Charging
Industry leaders provide context related to EV charging at c-stores.
Chipotle Uses Cinco de Mayo to Attract First-Time Customers
The QSR is featuring a promotional menu item and free delivery to entice new customers.
May 2, 2023
Swipe Fees Could Cost Consumers Almost $800 Million This Mother’s Day
Convenience store swipe fees were $19.5 billion in 2022.
What’s the Buzz at Conexxus?
C-store innovation and issues surrounding artificial intelligence dominated the discussion on day one of the conference.
It’s Time to Register for the 2023 NACS Show
Uncover the winning formula for your stores at this year’s NACS Show.
Kenly 95 Petro Is a Truckers’ Paradise
While the truck stop caters to professional drivers, the complex has plenty to lure tourists and locals alike.
Retailers Double Down on Investing in People
Walmart is boosting its training for managers and Home Depot is increasing pay for its frontline staff.
Bed Bath & Beyond Shoppers Will Shift to Amazon, Target
More than a third of BB&B shoppers are indifferent to its closure.
May 1, 2023
California to Ban New Diesel Truck Sales by 2036
All diesel trucks must be zero emissions by 2042.
Mother’s Day Consumer Spending to Reach Record High
The most popular gifts are flowers, cards and special outings.
Panera Bread Unveils New Merch Storefront
The launch is part of the QSR’s MyPanera Week.
TravelCenters of America Recognized as a Trustworthy Company
The truck stop was named to Newsweek’s list of Most Trustworthy Companies in America 2023.
Grubhub Launches Partnership With E-Bike Platform JOCO
The goal is to ensure delivery drivers have access to safe bikes and support.
7-Eleven Australia Is Up for Sale
The founding families have grown the retailer to more than 700 sites in Australia.
Apr 28, 2023
DOJ Antitrust Probe Widens to Include Mastercard
The investigation looks at debit-card network competition.
MAPCO Express to Be Split Between Two Acquirers
Alimentation Couche-Tard, Majors Management to acquire the 300-plus stores.
EPA Set to Allow Summer Sales of E15
The move may lower the cost of fuel for consumers.
Improve Your Financial Expertise at Wharton
The NACS Financial Leadership Program is designed for financial leaders in the global convenience retail industry.
Sweetgreen Opts for Two-Tier Loyalty Program
Sweetpass+ costs $10 a month and offers a $3 discount on orders.
Casey’s Distributes $1 Million to Schools in Need
The funding is distributed throughout Midwest.
Apr 27, 2023
QuikTrip, Wawa Both Hit 1,000 Stores
QuikTrip gave away digital collectibles, while Wawa gave away coffee, merch and $1 million in gift cards.
Hyundai, GM to Build Separate U.S. EV Battery Plants
The factories, run by EV battery manufacturers, will make the power packs for North American-made EVs.
Nebraska Legislators Consider Mandate for 15% Ethanol Fuel
The bill would require retailers in the corn-producing state to offer E15.
Texas Lawmakers Move to Make Buying EVs More Attractive
The bipartisan legislation would leverage federal funding to build more charging networks in the state.
Allsup’s Express Grab & Go Concept Debuts at Texas Motor Speedway
The new store brings Allsup’s favorites to NASCAR and IndyCar fans.
Pretzel Day Celebrated April 26
Sheetz got in on the fun with a free pretzel offer.
Apr 26, 2023
Sheetz Surpasses 2 Million EV Charging Sessions
The convenience retailer has 650 electric vehicle chargers at 95 of its stores.
Nestlé Raises Prices by Nearly 10%
Company says ‘significant cost inflation’ has attributed to a 9.8% cost increase so far this year.
Hospitality Becomes the Economy’s Fastest-Growing Employer
Competition for labor heats up as consumer habits return to prepandemic patterns.
TruAge Partners with ThinkSys
Groups to develop a cutting-edge age-verification website and business portal.
Reusable Food Takeout Boxes On The Table in NYC
The Choose 2 Reuse bill is intended to improve restaurant sustainability but could cause friction.
Is It Beer… Or Champagne?
Belgian authorities destroy Miller High Life cans because they are considered counterfeit “champagne.”
Apr 25, 2023
Alternative Snacks Are Up and Down
The category presents a mix of trends, but meal replacement continues to be big.
PepsiCo Leans Into Healthier Potato Chips, Soda
Instead of prioritizing better-for-you options like hummus, the company is making chips and soda healthier.
EPA Plans to Slash Power Plant Emissions
The climate rule would press power plants burning fossil fuels to switch to hydrogen or capture the carbon output.
Rutter’s Reveals 2023 Passport to Summer Sweepstakes
A $15,000 vacation headlines over $100,000 in prizes.
How Autonomous Inventory Robots Help Retailers
These robots can save retailers time and money.
Connecticut Fuel Retailers Oppose State Emissions Bill
The retailers, along with truckers, say the proposal would push energy prices higher.
Apr 24, 2023
Maverik Acquires Kum & Go
The transaction creates an 800-store, 20-state retailer.
Design Your EV-Charging Strategy to Drive Revenue
A webinar presents expert advice on implementing EV charging.
Massachusetts Explores Online Lottery
Convenience stores and other retailers are pushing back against legalizing online lottery sales.
Chevron, Exxon Work Toward Cleaner Gasoline
The two biggest U.S. oil companies are testing renewable gasoline blends as alternatives to EVs.
NACS Opposes FTC’s Proposed Rule on Non-Compete Agreements
Letter argues banning non-compete agreements would harm small businesses.
Toyota Introduces New Plug-In Hybrid Version of Prius
Plug-in hybrids could be a bridge between gas-powered vehicles and pure EVs.
Apr 21, 2023
The Labor Market Cools—A Little
There are more signs that the long-awaited recession may be approaching.
ICEE and Kellogg’s Collaborate on New Cereal
The cereal has an innovative ingredient that makes your mouth feel chilled as you eat.
The Wawa Foundation Donates $6.15 Million to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Some of the funds will go towards providing a warm drink to patients and family.
Love’s Opens New Stores in Louisiana and Texas
The two locations create 130 jobs.
Apr 20, 2023
McDonald's Pilots Cold Brew Coffee, Offers LTO Big Mac Sauce Dip Cups
The burger chain also revamped its buns to be more ‘pillowy.’
Cox Oil, a 54-Site Operator, Acquired by Tri Star Energy
The deal involves the Little General and Maverick Quick Shop banners.
Are Plant-Based Meats the Next Burger Wars?
The market for plant-based meats is expected to hit $162 billion by 2030.
Big Red Stores Rebrand to Circle K Across Arkansas
The change is now underway at 44 locations in the state.
H-E-B Unveils New C-Store Brand
The Texas grocer offers a Texas-sized convenience format.
Toyota Empact Vision Addresses Sustainability, EV Charging Equity
The company will work with cities to identify places for charging stations.
Apr 19, 2023
U.S. Convenience Store Sales Hit New Highs in 2022
Propelled by foodservice, in-store sales top $300 billion.
7-Eleven Announces Return of Bring Your Own Cup Day
The Slurpee promotion will take place April 29.
Hershey Acquires Two Manufacturing Plants From Weaver Popcorn
The company projects continued growth in the salty snacks category.
NIQ and NACS Release Fourth Global Convenience Store Industry Report
The Q4 report shows that c-stores in most countries are experiencing growth.
Trader Joe’s Faces Union Trend
Workers at a NYC store are voting on whether to join.
Buc-ee’s Set to Build Another $6 Million Car Wash
Planning documents reveal the new wash will be in Temple, Texas.
Apr 18, 2023
U.S. Discretionary Retail Sales Revenue Fell 7% in March
Consumers demonstrated a waning interest in spending amid reduced product innovation.
Alimentation Couche-Tard, Cannabis Platform Fire & Flower Form Partnership
The partnership will take root in Canada with potential expansion to the U.S.
GM Kicks Apple CarPlay on EVs to the Curb
The popular app allows users to pay for fuel using their iPhones via the car display.
Loop Neighborhood Market to Install FreeWire EV Boost Chargers at Fremont Location
The state-of-the-art chargers are said to save energy and lower charge time.
Sheetz Reduces Gas Prices
The chain is offering E85 at $1.85 a gallon.
Crosby’s Donates $86,805 to Patricia Allen Fund
The donation caps off a season-long campaign.
Apr 17, 2023
‘Innovation Is a Cultural Imperative’
This month’s ‘The Big Question’ features Blackie Wills, COO of the Wills Group.
Enel Plans to Add 10,000 Public Fast Chargers Along U.S. Highways
The Italian energy company also has plans to build home charging systems in North America.
C-stores, Gas Stations Spur Beer Sales Amid Craft Beer Boom
Convenience retailers have outperformed other outlets in selling beer, per NRS data.
Walmart Double Downs on Warehouse Automation, Robots
The retailer will start using more giant automated claws and rolling robots rather than people.
Wegmans Considers Closing In-House Coffee Shops
The grocer would install self-serve coffee instead.
Burger King’s Turnaround Plan Is Working
The fast-food chain is selling more Whoppers than ever before.
Apr 14, 2023
Inflation Finally Catches Up to Restaurant Prices
It’s a blow to the restaurant industry, which had offered relatively stable prices while groceries skyrocketed.
Do You Know Your Customers?
Gain the skills you need to exceed the expectations of your constantly evolving customers at the NACS Marketing Leadership Program.
Love’s Acquires 22 EZ GO Locations
The purchase expands Love’s footprint to state turnpikes for the first time.
Printer of Banknotes Faces Business Challenges Amid Drop in Demand
Printing money is a tough business, according to banknote producer De La Rue.
Jersey City Might Fine Gas Retailers for Fueling Illegal ATVs, Motorbikes
The proposed ordinance is part of a continuing effort to crack down on dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles.
The Boston Beer Company Introduces Slingers Signature Cocktails
The offering capitalizes on the rapid growth of the RTD category, particularly higher-ABV offerings.
Apr 13, 2023
Why America’s EV Chargers Keep Breaking
Politico dives into a problem that may plague EV adoption.
Happy Employees Are Good for Business
Continuity and a strong work culture impact the bottom line in a huge way.
Americans Trust Food Labels
They have the most confidence in the nutrition facts, ingredient list and expiration date on food labels.
EV Battery Swap Stations Now Open in Europe
The stations allow drivers to replace their depleted car batteries with fully charged ones.
7-Eleven, Speedway, Stripes to Fill 50,000 Roles on National Hiring Day
On April 25, these retailers will host recruitment events across the U.S.
Matrix Announces Sale of Li’l Thrift Food Marts
The sale involves 43 company-operated petroleum marketing and convenience retail stores.
Apr 12, 2023
EPA Announces New Proposed Tailpipe Emissions Standards
The standards would be a catalyst for an aggressive shift to EVs.
Finding the Right Brand Partner
Choose what fuel to carry wisely—it’s an ongoing partnership.
High Inflation Is Leading to Higher Wages
Benchmark your employee wages and benefits packages with the newly released NACS State of the Industry® Compensation Report of 2022 Data.
Chipotle Announces New Sustainable Restaurant Pilot
The all-electric restaurant will use 100% renewable energy.
Wawa to Celebrate Wawa Day Tomorrow With Free Coffee
The retailer expects to give out close to 2 million cups of coffee.
Rutter’s Opens 85th Location
The new store will employ up to 50 people, with starting wages of $17.50 per hour.
Apr 11, 2023
Biden Administration’s EV Goals Set to Be Released
Early reporting indicates that the administration will create aggressive standards.
How a Convenience Retailer Improved How It Hires
One tool: A quick survey that identifies applicants who fit the culture.
Bar, Restaurant Employment Nears Pre-Pandemic Levels
Foodservice employers added more than 50,000 new positions last month.
Litigation Halts Green Thumb Medical Marijuana Dispensaries at Florida Gas Retailer
Under the agreement, dispensaries were set to open next to Circle K stores.
Love’s to Upgrade Locations With $1 Billion Investment
The company’s Strategic Remodel Initiative is slated to redo 200 locations by 2028.
Domino’s Now on Apple CarPlay
Customers can order pizza from the comfort of their car.
Apr 10, 2023
Whole Foods Considers Building Its Own Off-Site Kitchens
The grocer is responding to consumer demand for prepared food.
Ideas for Leveraging Customer Data
C-stores are in a competition with grocers when it comes to making use of data.
Chicken Chains Seek the Elusive 4-Pound Chicken
Demand for petite poultry drives up costs for foodservice operators.
New Florida Buc-ee’s Location Revealed by Governor
The location is part of a development that Gov. DeSantis touted to the press.
Biden Vetoes Proposed Rewrite of Water Rules
An ongoing political debate involves the definition of ‘waters of the United States.’
PepsiCo Accelerates Sustainability Initiative With Greenhouse Learning Center
A new R&D building is dedicated to testing compostable packaging.
Apr 7, 2023
Walmart to Build EV Fast-Charging Network
The big-box retailer says it is “uniquely positioned to deliver a convenient charging option.”
EPA Expected to Issue Rigorous Emissions Standards on Light-Duty Vehicles
The new standards are expected to require emissions cuts but not mandate EVs or ban gas-powered vehicles.
Thorntons Open New Location in Indianapolis
The 4,400 square-foot location is the company’s 11th store in the area.
GPM Investments Upgrades Rewards App
New features include discount stacking, order and delivery and a referral program.
JackBe, a Pick-Up Only Grocer, Raises Capital to Expand
The Oklahoma-based company announced $11.5 million in capital funding.
Chipotle Sues Sweetgreen Over Its New Burrito Bowl
Sweetgreen’s Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowl is copyright infringement and confusing to customers, says Chipotle.
Apr 6, 2023
Viva Energy to Purchase OTR Group for Approximately $770 Million
The acquisition supports Viva Energy’s vision to be Australia’s leading convenience retailer.
Driverless Taxi Services Want to Take You for a Ride
Two companies seek approval to hit the streets of San Francisco.
Brand Loyalty Falters in the Face of Inflation
Also, many consumers, already struggling, expect a recession.
Fuel Retailers Urge EPA to Authorize Summer Sales of E15
High inflation, geopolitical unrest and lingering supply chain issues have created a volatile fuel supply market.
Kum & Go Kicks Off 10th Annual Habitat for Humanity Cause Marketing Campaign
The convenience retailer has raised more than $5 million for the organization overall.
How to Grow in Convenience Retail
NACS State of the Industry Summit session launches into how retailers can assess their costs and risks before deploying capital.
Apr 5, 2023
Milk Needs a ‘Glow Up’
Dairy industry marketers are trying to change Gen Z attitudes toward milk.
Credit Card Fees to Cost Consumers $500 Million+ This Easter
Swipe fees could cost the average consumer the equivalent of a dozen eggs.
Just Walk Out Technology Now at Marvel Stadium
It’s a Southern Hemisphere first.
Target to Shutter 4 Small Format Stores
But management says small outlets are still on the drawing board.
More Changes Occurring in the EV Industry
Receiving a full tax credit for an EV purchase gets tougher starting April 18.
7-Eleven Plans to Enter More Countries in Europe
Stores could be coming to Germany and several other countries.
Apr 4, 2023
International Travel Is Up 200%
Meanwhile, OPEC+ unexpectedly cuts oil production, spiking oil prices.
Where are the 10 Best C-Stores for Food?
USA Today will name the winners in mid-May.
Conexxus Annual Conference To Explore Industry Solutions
Join the conversation with convenience retail experts at the industry’s only technology-focused conference.
How to Navigate Cannabis in the Workplace
A webinar will discuss cannabis use, testing and workplace policy trends.
Sheetz Celebrates National Burrito Day
Meanwhile, Maverik celebrates with its own burrito offers including limited time offers.
Chick-fil-A Keeps Side Salad on the Menu
Fans of the menu item took to social media, begging the QSR to keep the salad.
Apr 3, 2023
California Sets Date for Heavy-Duty Electric Vehicle Sales
The EPA will allow the state to set such standards.
Kroger Slows Robotic Fulfillment Centers
The company tapped grocery automation company Ocado for the centers in 2018, and Kroger remains "extremely positive" on the partnership.
85% of Consumers Will Celebrate Easter 2023
However, half of consumers expect economic hardships to impact their plans, and some plan to shop at dollar and discount stores.
Buc-ee’s to Open Auburn, Alabama Location
The new store will bring 200 new jobs to the area.
Global Partners Acquires 64 Houston-Area Timewise C-Stores
This is the fourth acquisition since the start of 2022 for the Alltown Fresh and Alltown Markets owner.
Choice Market to Scale Mini-Mart Format
The company received additional funding to grow its small-format stores and is bringing on four new hires.
Mar 31, 2023
OSHA, Dollar General in Settlement Talks
The agency found multiple violations of workplace safety rules.
U.S. Senators Question Former Starbucks CEO on Unionization
Howard Schultz defended the company before a Senate committee.
Weigel's Debuts Cookies and Cream Milk
The limited-time blend builds on the retailer’s success with offering flavored milks.
Chick-fil-A Launches Watermelon Mint Beverages
A fan favorite returns, along with three new flavors, while supplies last.
Blue Moon Goes Back to Its Roots for Opening Day
The “baseball-born” craft brew is bringing back its original name for a limited time.
Morrisons Opens 500th Convenience Store
The UK retailer is planning to increase its store count to 750 Morrisons Daily c-stores by the fall.
Mar 30, 2023
Consumers Are Retail App Happy
Even when they’re in a store, they’re simultaneously checking the retailer’s website.
Sweetgreen Plans Salad Delivery Via Drone
A drone flies to a location and then releases a delivery droid.
Grocers Aren’t Prepared for a Disaster Event
… even though 40% of grocers have experienced such an event in the past two years.
Pepsi Unveils New Logo
The design ‘evolves the Pepsi brand to represent its most unapologetic and enjoyable qualities.'
Dash In Celebrates Newest Location
The Loudoun County, Virginia, site features a reimagined store experience and new menu.
Panera Bread Launches Amazon Alexa Ordering Experience
Panera is the first to use the Alexa Food Skills API.
Mar 29, 2023
Digital Shopping Changes How Retailers Earn Loyalty
It’s easier for people ordering online to have a wandering eye.
Uber Eats Makes New Rules For ‘Ghost Menus’
No more selling identical menus from 20 different brands.
In-store Eateries Meet Grocery Shoppers Demand for Prepared Foods
East Coast grocer Giant opens an in-store restaurant.
German Brewer Introduces Powdered Beer
Add water and stir like you would instant coffee.
Love’s Extends 10 Cent Per Gallon Discount
The promotion was announced in February.
Warabeya to Build Plant in Midwest
The facility will supply bread and light meals to roughly 2,500 7-Eleven and Speedway sites.
Mar 28, 2023
Kent Kwik Purchases Tom Thumb Food Stores
Tom Thumb Food Stores has 14 c-store sites in South Florida.
DeliMart Closing All Locations, Which Will Reopen as Casey’s
Five stores, all in Iowa, are impacted by the change.
Truck Stop Fast Chargers for Commercial Trucks Now Available in California
The chargers, the first available at a truck stop in California, are at Otay Mesa on the border with Mexico.
Rutter’s, Maverik Offer New LTOs and Promotions
Burnt end burritos and a peanut butter burger are on the menu.
Curby’s Express Market Is a Food-Forward C-Store
Discover a boundary-pushing retailer in this story from NACS Magazine.
McDonald’s Will Use Geofencing Tech
The QSR aims to provide users of its app with fresh food that’s ready when they arrive at the store.
Mar 27, 2023
Arko Offers Proposal to Buy TravelCenters
A deal between TravelCenters and BP was previously announced but has not been finalized.
Trying Starbucks’ New Olive Oil Coffee
Oleato coffee reviews are hitting the Internet. Reactions are mixed.
Merchants Call for Action as Swipe Fees Rise Again
Swipe fees now cost the average family more than $1,000 each year.
Sheetz Stymied in Bid to Build in Summit County, Ohio
The convenience retailer, however, is undertaking a new build in Lehigh Valley, Pa.
DoorDash Announces New Retail Partners, including Lush and Victoria’s Secret
The delivery service aims to expand well beyond food.
California Senate Advances Bill That Would Penalize Oil Companies
The measure is a response to record-high prices at the pump in 2022.
Mar 24, 2023
Use of Cash and Checks Declines, But Has Not Disappeared
There are opportunities in foodservice to cater to customers who prefer cash—like for pizza delivery.
What’s Driving Your Company’s Future?
Whether it’s category insights, increasing trips or drilling into your P&L, the NACS SOI Summit helps you make better decisions.
Walmart Lets Go Hundreds of Workers
The affected workers are from the retailer’s Texas, California, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey e-commerce fulfillment centers.
Kentucky Bans Tianeptine
The ban follows similar moves in multiple states.
How Are You Leveraging Your Customer Data?
Join NACS for a free webinar on how to use existing customer data to make better decisions.
New Starbucks CEO Will Walk the Talk
Laxman Narasimhan says he will work a shift once a month at a Starbucks location.
Mar 23, 2023
Panera Bread Tests Amazon’s Palm-Scanning Technology
The system seems fast and convenient, but skeptics worry.
How to Become a Data-Driven Business
C-stores can be inundated with raw data. Here’s how to turn data clutter into actionable insights.
Dollar General to Invest $100 Million in Labor
Chain opens 19,000th store and its first outlet in Mexico.
Tesla Rolls Out Self-Driving Technology Following February Recall
Enhanced software is designed to improve the vehicle’s decision-making.
Picking Up Food Orders Is on the Rise
But delivery remains prevalent for now.
What Matters Most When It Comes to Food?
Speed, quality and order accuracy are top of mind for Millennials.
Mar 22, 2023
Appeals Court Upholds Monetary Settlement in Swipe Fee Case
Retailers had raised concerns about oil brands, franchisors.
Yesway to Mine Loyalty Program Data in Real Time
The retailer aims to increase its share of customers’ wallets.
EV Autos Lose Their Luster for Owners Using Home Chargers
Survey says improving the EV ownership experience should be a major goal.
2023 Easter Spending Expected to Hit $24 Billion
Sales of bunnies, baskets and colored eggs will break past records.
SNAP Cuts, Lower Tax Refunds May Curtail Sales at Discount Chains
Executives warn that core shoppers may be feeling squeezed.
Inflation Hits the Chick-fil-A Customer Rewards Program
Chicken chain joins trend of increasing the points required to earn freebies.
Mar 21, 2023
New Starbucks CEO Officially Steps Into Role
Laxman Narasimhan took over the lead role at the coffee giant two weeks earlier than planned.
Elevate Data Into Insights
As c-store retailers strive to become “data-driven,” understanding the difference between data, information and insights is imperative.
California City Rethinking Part of Gas Station Ban
Planning commission seeks to amend a section that addresses construction at existing sites.
Is There a Market for Snacks That Help You Sleep?
Pepsi, Nestle and Post are among the companies that have competed in the space.
Yesway Appoints Chief Real Estate Officer
Thomas W. Brown takes the newly created position.
Rutter’s Children’s Charities Brings Back $50,000 Youth Sports Giveaway
100 teams will each receive $500.
Mar 20, 2023
Texas Legislation Would Expand RTD Spirit Sales
Currently the state limits sales to liquor stores and prohibits off-premises Sunday sales.
Sheetz Drops Gas Prices Until March 24
The promotion is tied to St. Patrick’s Day.
Proposed Bill Banning Some Popular Candies Debated in California
The push would ban additives that are widely used across a range of products.
Kroger Dives Into Self-Driving Trucks for Delivery
Gatik’s medium-duty trucks will transport groceries from fulfillment centers to retail locations.
Seagram’s Escapes Launches 7.5 oz. Can
Six flavors are available in the smaller size, which is meant to incentivize trial.
New Buc-ee’s Runs Into Regulatory Hurdles in Louisiana
A traffic study must be completed and government funds approved.
Mar 17, 2023
7-Eleven Launches EV Charging Network
7Charge aims to be “one of the largest and most compatible fast-charging networks of any retailer.”
Alimentation Couche-Tard to Buy 2,000+ TotalEnergies Sites
The deal would include 1,195 locations in Germany and 566 in Belgium.
Love’s Travel Stops Opens Locations in Florida, Texas and Indiana
In addition, the Gary, Indiana, location reopens after a complete rebuild.
E85 Sales Surge in California
Flex-fuel sales have increased almost tenfold over the past decade.
Altria Wins FDA OK to Market Copenhagen Classic as Modified Risk Product
The smoke-free snuff can now state that it reduces the risk of lung cancer compared to cigarettes.
Budweiser to Use Green Hydrogen at U.K. Brewery
The beverage maker is partnering with Protium on the Lancashire project.
Mar 16, 2023
SNAP Households Represent 24% of U.S. Consumer Goods Spend, per Numerator
Convenience and dollar retailers continue to outperform with SNAP consumers.
Do You Know Your Female Shoppers?
Uncover insights into this core consumer, including the most important trends driving women’s buying patterns.
Electric Car Store Restriction Signed Into Law in Mississippi
The bill targets companies that sell vehicles directly to consumers instead of through a dealership.
UK’s Fastest Growing Soft Drink Brand Is CBD-Infused TRIP
The beverage grew sales 522% and is a star on social media.
Dunkaroos Announces Basketball-Themed C-Store Sweepstakes
Meanwhile, Coors introduces beer-flavored popsicles in other college basketball-related marketing.
Dollar Tree Pulls Eggs From Shelves
With prices rising, the staple no longer matches with the retailer’s business model.
Mar 15, 2023
bp Economist Warns of Focusing Too Much on Decarbonization
The message reveals conflicting ideas about the future of oil.
Canola Crop Surges in Response to Green Fuel Demand
Chevron announces a major initiative to grow and harvest canola.
Americans Support More Parking for Trucks—But Not Nearby
A survey reveals broad support for truck drivers and the trucking industry.
Molson Coors Announces 2 New Canned Spiked Beverages
Raspberry and peach flavors join the beverage company’s lineup.
Rutter's Launches Online Ordering
Rewards members can order through the Rutter’s app or at Rutters.com.
Conexxus Adds New Honoree to Hall of Fame
Sue Chan will be inducted for her work developing and using technology standards in the c-store industry.
Mar 14, 2023
Minnesota Zero-Emission Vehicle Mandate Faces Challenge
Lawsuit says the state shouldn’t impose California standards on Minnesota.
Potential Supermarket Megamerger Highlights Channel Blurring
Kroger and Albertsons continue to work on a $20 billion deal.
VW Increases Bet on Electric Vehicles
New CEO Oliver Blume made his first major strategy announcement.
Wills Group Recognized as Great Place to Work
The retailer’s employees gave it high marks.
Hershey Named a Most Ethical Company
The award honors companies that connect ethical practices and financial performance.
Love’s Looks to Open in Montgomery County, Virginia
The new site is part of a 25-location expansion plan for 2023.
Mar 13, 2023
Shoplifting Still Trending Up
Target alone expects to lose $600 million.
Amazon’s Just Walk Out Tech Debuts at Marymount University’s New Store
It’s the first time the technology has been featured at an on-campus c-store.
Restaurant App Downloads Rise 34% Year Over Year
Sandwich makers saw the biggest increase in downloads.
Masatoshi Ito, Who Brought 7-Eleven to Japan, Passes Away
Ito, who was 98, led a company that introduced Japan to 7-Eleven and eventually bought the company.
Ghost Kitchens Heat Up
A NACS survey shows that ghost kitchens are likely to be more common in the future.
Circle K Unveils New Purple Thunder Froster
The beverage evolves a Circle K exclusive offering that started in May 2022.
Mar 10, 2023
USDA Selects 5 States to Test Mobile Contactless Payments in SNAP
“We want to ensure SNAP leverages the latest technology to improve access to benefits,” the agency said.
EG America Sells Some Minit Marts
The $46 million deal is another step in reducing debt.
QuickChek Offers Free Coffee on Fridays
The East Coast retailer sells a cup of coffee to about 1 in 3 customers.
Green Zebra Shutters Last Stores in Portland Area
The retailer, founded in 2013, “sought to redefine what it means to be” a c-store.
7-Eleven, Krispy Kreme Unveil St. Patrick’s Day Offerings
A discount on hard seltzer and green and gold doughnuts are in store.
Food Rocket Ceases Operations
The ultra-fast food delivery service experimented with co-locating with Circle K.
Mar 9, 2023
A Closer Look at Hot Coffee and Other Hot Dispensed Beverages
Hot coffee is on the rebound, but the real heroes of the category are hot chocolate and customization.
Why You Should Implement These 4 Menu Best Practices
Here’s how to make sure every customer knows what your foodservice program has to offer.
Sheetz Selling 99-Cent Meatball Subs Today and Tomorrow
The deal takes place on National Meatball Day.
Tom Love Passes Away at 85
Love founded Love’s Travel Stops with his wife and built the company into a 600-location retailer.
Loop Neighborhood Market Partners With Think Together
Meanwhile, Yesway announces it has raised more than $1 million the past two years.
Some Circle K Locations Offer 30 Cents Off Each Gallon
Drivers in parts of Texas can receive the discount during their drive home today.
Mar 8, 2023
More People Seek ‘Revenge’ for Customer Service Problems
A new study shows service is getting worse and complaints are getting louder.
Buc-ee’s Lays Groundwork for First Virginia Location
The new convenience store, set to open in 2027, is near Richmond.
Police Urge Retailers to Watch Out for Skimmers in Pennsylvania
NACS has resources to help retailers fight skimming at the pumps.
St. Patrick’s Day Retail Sales Expected to Hit Record Level
Consumers plan to spend $6.9 billion on the green-hued holiday, which takes place March 17.
Why the Recession Is Always 6 Months Away
“The economy remains weird,” reports The Wall Street Journal.
Branded Merch From Retailers Is Booming
Playful apparel and accessories can spark social media conversations.
Mar 7, 2023
EG Group Enters $1.5 Billion Sale-Leaseback Agreement
The move helps the convenience retailer lower its debt.
Are You Making These 4 Common Menu Mistakes?
Avoiding these missteps can increase foodservice revenue, and there’s a simple way to do so.
Report Shows Negative Results of Massachusetts Flavored Tobacco Ban
Tax revenue fell while the illicit market grew.
Maverik Unveils Exclusive Adventure Coke Can
The can ties into a promotional giveaway for a Sprinter Cargo Van.
Mars Inc. Tests Ice Cream Hailing Concept
Consumers can have a mobile store stocked with Mars products come to them.
Sales of Chocolate and Candy Remain Strong Amid Inflation, Supply Chain Pressures
The National Confectioners Association releases its State of Treating report.
Mar 6, 2023
Survey: Private-Label Goods Are Here to Stay
Most people would keep buying private-label goods even if their economic situation improves.
At Convenience Summit Asia, NACS Recognizes 4 Outstanding Retailers
The awards recognize excellence in sustainability and technology and honor a leader and retailer of the year.
LIFTing Up a Community
Cenex and Sioux Valley Coop partner to build a community hub in Harrisburg, South Dakota.
ATMs Grow Less Common
The number of ATMs has fallen every year since 2019.
Amazon Go Shutters 8 Stores
Amazon struggles to figure out physical retail amid an overall corporate slowdown.
Buc-ee’s Eyes Expansion Into Wisconsin
The Texas-based retailer currently has stores operating or under construction in nine states.
Mar 3, 2023
USPS to Buy 14,000 EV Charging Stations, 9,000 EVs
Blink Charging, Siemens and Rexel USA won contracts to install charging stations.
California C-Stores Could Soon Stock Premade Cocktails
Lawmakers debate a bill that would make RTD spirits drinks widely available in the state.
Love’s Awards Gemini Drivers $2.3 Million in Safety Bonuses
The incentives are based on safety credits earned by truck drivers on an annual basis.
Jiffy Trip Opens First Arkansas Location
The retailer previously had c-stores only in Oklahoma.
ARKO Finalizes Purchase of Transit Energy Group
With the previously announced acquisition, the convenience retailer expands into Alabama and Mississippi.
What Are You Planning for Pi Day?
7-Eleven will offer whole pizzas for $3.14 later this month.
Mar 2, 2023
EPA Proposes Expanded Sales of E15 Gasoline
The plan would allow for year-round sales of higher blend ethanol fuel in 8 states in the Midwest.
Join NACS for a TruAge Retailer Webinar
The technology promises safer, smarter and faster age verification.
Asda On The Move Opens 100th Store
The UK-based retailer plans to continue to aggressively grow the brand.
Investigative Report Raises Questions About Ghost Kitchens
How can consumers be sure their food is prepared in a sanitary setting?
bp CEO Defends Oil and Gas Investment
The energy giant also announces a major green-energy initiative in Spain.
Casey’s Supports Feeding America, EG Boosts Red Cross
Casey’s and Monster Energy aim to provide 10 million meals.
Mar 1, 2023
Yesway Continues to Expand, Opening 5 New Stores
The retailer also acquired five Ranglers stores in Texas.
C-Stores Rank on Newsweek’s Best Loyalty Programs Survey
More than 4,000 consumers were surveyed, and the results are positive for convenience retailers.
FDA Files Civil Penalties Against 4 Vapor Companies
In the U.S. it is illegal to manufacture, sell or distribute e-liquids that the FDA has not authorized.
Summer Hiring Season Is Almost Here
Wawa looks for help in beach towns and 7-Eleven hosts a hiring event in Ohio.
Hershey Mentors Women and Girls as Future CEOs
March is Women’s History Month, and Hershey is celebrating with a Future CEO program.
Meal Kit Boom Isn’t Subsiding
Supermarket News reports that meal kits keep trending up.
Feb 28, 2023
Alimentation Couche-Tard to Acquire Big Red Stores
Big Red Stores has 45 locations, all in Arkansas.
Carpe Data: NACS SOI Summit to Bring Together Decision-Makers in Dallas
The annual event is fueled by the best data in the industry.
Casey’s Inks NIL Deals, Launches New Pizza
A pizza with three kinds of pepperonis will be promoted by a trio of student-athletes.
Small Town Hospitality
In Watertown, South Dakota, Tip Top is both a tavern and a c-store.
Coca-Cola Looks to Expand in New Directions
Hot coffee from Coca-Cola? It could be coming.
7-Eleven Releases New Batch of ‘Take It to Eleven’ Advertising
The spots draw inspiration from Japanese-model car culture.
Feb 27, 2023
Expiring SNAP Benefits May Crimp Grocery Spending
In 32 states, supplementary benefits expire at the end of February.
Jacksons Expands Boise State Athletics Partnership
C-stores continue to take advantage of the new era of NCAA-approved NIL deals.
NACS Industry Update Luncheons Expand to Co-Located Events
The popular networking opportunities are held across the country every year.
Sheetz Acquires Land in Ohio for Future New Build
The convenience retailer acquired 15.4 acres for $2.4 million.
Wawa Expands Breakfast Offerings With Sizzli Bacon Burrito
The burrito joins Wawa’s 2 For $5 offerings.
Ticket for Frustration: Ordering Black Coffee
Drinkers of straightforward coffee face long waits, confused baristas.
Feb 24, 2023
Restaurant Subscriptions: Boom or Bust?
More restaurants are charging a monthly fee for unlimited meals or beverages or special access.
Subway Aims to Build EV Charging Oases
The travel spots, built in cooperation with GenZ EV Solutions, would have green spaces, playgrounds and restrooms.
TA Opens Fork & Compass New Restaurant Concept
The “reimagined experience” includes healthy offerings—and a mac-and-cheese bar.
Aldi, DoorDash Announce Partnership
With the addition of Aldi, more than 98% of DoorDash customers have access to a non-restaurant store.
Instacart Announces 4 New or Improved Platforms
The grocery tech company updated its offerings in terms of advertising, smart carts and more.
Royal Farms Raises Over $3 million for Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
The coin cannister fundraising program has been in operation since 1994.
Feb 23, 2023
Walmart E-Commerce Gaining on Amazon
The retailer’s investments in e-commerce may be paying off, although Amazon remains far ahead.
How to Solve the Mystery of Employee Retention
Here are four steps to hiring and keeping the ideal candidates for the long haul.
Coca-Cola Will Use AI for Personalized Marketing
The beverage maker has partnered with Bain & Company and Open AI.
Olive Oil-Infused Coffee Coming to Starbucks
The Oleato line debuted in Italy yesterday and will soon appear in Southern California.
7-Eleven Partners With PAC-MAN
Characters from the video game will feature in giveaways, merchandise and limited-time-only beverages.
Broiler Chicken Lawsuit Opt Out Is April 4
Companies that purchased raw broilers between 2008 and 2019 may be impacted.
Feb 22, 2023
Four-Day Workweek Trial Results Are In
The trial, which involved around 2,900 workers, provides a boost for advocates of a shorter workweek.
Joe Sheetz Appointed Chair of Sheetz Board of Directors
He was previously Sheetz CEO from 2013 to 2021.
Auto Execs Grapple With EV Timing
If a company switches too late, it may be behind its rivals for decades—but EVs remain mostly unprofitable.
Street Corner Convenience Chain Opens 2 New Stores in L.A. Area
The Hermosa Beach location will feature beer on tap at an outdoor patio.
Circle K Upgrades Grid Services for EV Fast Chargers in Europe
The move will allow the convenience retailer to monetize its EV charging assets in Norway and Denmark.
McDonald’s, Lightsource bp Team Up for New Louisiana Solar Farm
The QSR will purchase enough energy to power about 630 restaurants annually.
Feb 21, 2023
State Laws on Alcohol Sales Are Easing
Recent developments in Colorado, Connecticut and elsewhere highlight a trend to allow more retailers to sell alcohol.
Trucker Path Announces Top 100 Truck Stops for 2022
The top-ranked truck stop is a Kwik Star in Davenport, Iowa, the survey says.
Poppy Markets to Open First Location in Arbuckle, California
The c-store includes a car-charging station, restaurant-style kitchen and even a dog-washing service.
Starbucks Vanilla Frappuccino Recall Affects Over 300,000 Bottles
The U.S. FDA says that glass was found inside some 13.7-ounce bottled drinks.
Krispy Kreme Dives Into Salty Sweet Doughnuts
The limited-time offerings feature pretzels, potato sticks and salted caramel.
Increase Job Applications With This Hiring Hack
Are you utilizing previous applicants in your hiring process? Here’s how to re-engage this often-untapped pool of candidates.
Feb 20, 2023
Squeezed for Workers, Food Companies Look Toward Ex-Employees
Bringing back former employees cuts training time and can provide mentors to younger workers.
Love’s Travel Stops Previews 2023 Strategic Growth Plans
The retailer will unveil new locations as well as new products and amenities.
Coca-Cola Releases First Creations Flavor of 2023—Coca-Cola Move
The new flavor is a collaboration with Grammy-award winning artist Rosalía.
Wawa Reveals New Locations in Ohio, Indiana
Details emerge about the Pennsylvania-based convenience retailer’s westward expansion.
Vibrant Colors Set to Trend in Baked Goods
“Brightly colored baked goods and snacks present a huge opportunity,” Bake Magazine predicts.
7-Eleven to Offer $2 Fish Sandwich During Lent
The c-store retailer offered the sandwich last year as well.
Feb 17, 2023
Employers Want Workers With Management and Leadership Skills
Soft skills are increasingly important as employees look for good managers and adaptable workers.
Chick-fil-A Opens Rest Area for NYC Food-Delivery Workers
The temporary location offers a restroom, bike storage, drinks and Wi-Fi.
How C-Stores Are Community Stores
Loop Neighborhood Markets’ CEO says our “presence helps across multiple facets of daily life.”
Chipotle Tests New Fast-Casual Concept
Patrons can order a variety of fresh bowls via a ghost kitchen and third-party delivery service.
Starbucks to Open 400+ Stores in Asia Pacific
The expansion includes locations outside of major cities as well as drive-thru locations.
Five Star Food Service Acquires Lincoln County Vending
The acquisition expands Five Star’s service territory in southern Tennessee.
Feb 16, 2023
Bp to Buy TravelCenters of America for $1.3 Billion
The cash deal accelerates the energy company’s move back into convenience retail.
Fed Should Not Delay Increasing Competition for Online Debit Transactions, Merchants Say
“The time for competition … has come, and implementation should take effect as scheduled.”
Retail Sales Were Higher Than Expected in January
Restaurants and bars saw the biggest sales increases, while inflation overall cooled slightly.
NACS Comments on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Proposed Rule
The rule would require certain federal contractors to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions.
Buy Now, Pay Later Providers Move Focus to Physical Retail
With e-commerce spending plateauing, BNPL providers are hoping physical retail will net more users.
Subway Confirms That It’s Exploring a Sale
Reporting in January said that the QSR was on the market and could be valued at more than $10 billion.
Feb 15, 2023
Tesla to Open 7,500 of Its Superchargers to Other EVs
The move comes as the White House releases new standards for its nationwide EV charging initiative.
Merchants Comment on Proposed FTC Settlement With Mastercard
The agency ordered the company to cease anticompetitive practices, but the MPC believes more needs to be done.
Alimentation Couche-Tard Expands Cage-Free Eggs Commitment
The company has added international franchised Circle K stores to its pledge.
GetGo Café + Market Upgrades Coffee Program
The additions include bean-to-cup machines, cold brew coffees and a new signature blend.
Love’s Donates $110,000 to Nonprofits Across U.S.
Additionally, corporate employees volunteered at organizations on Valentine’s Day.
Tri Star Energy Opens First Converted Twice Daily Location
It’s part of a three-year plan to rebrand all Sudden Service and Southern Traders c-stores to Twice Daily.
Feb 14, 2023
Retailers Focus on Innovation, Experience and People
Highlights from Ideas 2 Go demonstrate easy and fun ways to engage customers.
Fuels Institute Celebrates First Decade
Recent and upcoming Fuels Institute reports aim for clarity on how to create a reduced-carbon future.
NACS Comments on EPA’s RFS, eRIN Proposed Rule
The draft rule is a “missed opportunity” for the EPA to leverage the RFS for carbon reduction.
Coen Markets Deploys Checkout-Free Technology
The convenience retailer is launching Grabango’s frictionless checkout system at two locations in Pennsylvania.
Ford to Build $3.5 Billion Battery Plant in Michigan
The plant will manufacture lithium iron phosphate batteries, which could lead to a lower price point for Ford’s EVs.
QuikTrip and Wawa Bet on Super Bowl to Benefit Community
The convenience retailers agreed to donate $10,000 to the winning retailer’s charity of choice.
Feb 13, 2023
How Embracing Discomfort Leads to Growth
NACS Leadership Forum speaker Sterling Hawkins shared how to find success amid uncertainty.
Walmart to Close Remaining Pickup-and-Delivery Stores
Walmart’s e-commerce growth has slowed since the height of the pandemic.
Chick-fil-A Tests Plant-Based Sandwich
The new sandwich swaps out chicken and swaps in cauliflower.
Love’s Announces 10-Cent Fuel Discount
The offer is valid on gasoline and auto diesel through April 30.
Maverik Opens Third Location in California
The new store in Anderson is part of the company’s expansion into the Golden State.
What’s Going on With Salty Snacks
The category hasn’t stopped growing since its pandemic comeback, and spicy flavors reign on.
Feb 10, 2023
Engage Employees With These 3 Keys to Inspiration
Define your corporate purpose, revisit it often and connect your team’s activities to it.
Spirits Overtake Beer in U.S. Sales
Spirits now represent 42.1% of the U.S. market for alcoholic beverages.
How AI Is Changing Loss Prevention
Kroger’s asset protection chief shared how the grocer is using the tool to help enhance security.
Wegmans Tests Smart Grocery Cart
The technology by Shopic clips on to existing shopping carts, recognizing items placed in or taken out of the cart in real time.
Wawa Offers Free Coffee at Philadelphia-Area Stores
Meanwhile, Casey’s is offering promos ahead of the Super Bowl.
Ecolab Launches Consumer Product Line at The Home Depot
This is a first-of-its-kind partnership for Ecolab
Feb 9, 2023
Casey’s CEO Talks Pizza and Transformation
Darren Rebelez helped kick off the NACS Leadership Forum in Miami Beach.
Alumni Network Announced for NACS Executive Education Participants
The network expands the opportunities for program participants.
Roku Users Can Now Order DoorDash Delivery From Their TVs
Wendy’s will be the first DoorDash merchant to run promos on the platform.
Wawa to Open 40 Locations in Florida Panhandle/South Alabama Region
The first stores will open their doors in 2024.
7-Eleven Drops Valentine’s Day Merch Via 7Collection
Meanwhile, Maverik debuts an LTO heart-shaped donut.
Meet the 2023 NACS Masters of Convenience
This group of elite leaders is investing in learning to help shape the future.
Feb 8, 2023
Merchants Urge Congress to Pass the Credit Card Competition Act
The industry says the legislation would block a national security threat from China UnionPay.
Watch Out for Card-Skimming Devices
Here’s how consumers and businesses can protect themselves against this aggressive scam tactic.
U.S. Consumers Tap Into Pandemic-Era Savings
The boom in the personal savings rate is over, and formerly flush bank accounts are dwindling.
C-Store Technology Takeaways From NRF’s Big Show
The Conexxus Innovation Research Committee attended the retail industry’s trade show.
Japanese C-Stores Can Now Sell Alcohol, Tobacco at Self-Checkout
Customers can scan their identification or their government-issued My Number Card.
Raley’s to Accept EBT SNAP Payments for Online Orders
The grocer is expanding an existing partnership with Instacart to 83 Raley’s locations across California.
Feb 7, 2023
Are Robots the Solution to a Tight Labor Market?
Amazon could have more robot workers than human employees by 2030.
More Than 1 in 5 Consumers Buy Groceries at Dollar Stores
These retailers woo inflation-weary consumers with fresh food and low prices.
Kum & Go Deploys Autonomous Floor Scrubbers
The robots will be used at all 400+ locations, freeing up employees to focus on other tasks.
Football Fans Plan to Buy Beer Before Super Bowl
Despite 68% of consumers saying that inflation will impact their purchases, most won’t switch to lower-priced brands.
Sheetz Continues DEF Discount
The price of diesel exhaust fluid is 99 cents a gallon through the end of the month at select Sheetz.
GATE Foundation Raises $50,000 for Suicide Prevention
The funds were raised through coin boxes at the registers in all GATE locations.
Feb 6, 2023
Demand Charges Hamper C-Store Investment in EV Charging
Recent state legislation looks to promote private investment in EV charging.
U.S. Economy Adds a Robust 517,000 Jobs
Unemployment hit a five-decade low, but the positive jobs report increases inflation fears.
Subway to Grow International Footprint
Global same-store sales were up 9.2% year over year.
The State of OTP
Regionality and regulations remain drivers of OTP performance.
7-Eleven Offers Free Pizza Through Delivery App
The deal is only available on Super Bowl Sunday.
Food-Delivery Service Zomato Departs Philippines
The company, based in India, did not give a reason for the exit.
Feb 3, 2023
Netflix, GM Will Bring More EVs to Screens
Also, ChargePoint partners with energy company Stem.
The Best Advice 7-Eleven’s Joe DePinto Has Received
Here’s what defines the CEO’s leadership style and what’s next for 7-Eleven.
Private Label Accounts for 18% of Total CPG Spend
Kwik Trip’s Kitchen Cravings is the second-fastest-growing private-label brand.
Tyson Foods Invests $20 Million in Upgraded Employee Benefits
60% of job seekers in the U.S. say benefits are an important element when looking for a job.
Rutter’s Launches Valentine’s Day Spiked Slushie
Meanwhile, Weigel’s celebrates “Free Fountain Wednesday” in February for its loyalty program members.
GetGo Café + Market Opens First New Build Featuring a Drive-Thru
Also, Thorntons opens a new Chicagoland location in Riverwoods.
Feb 2, 2023
Private Payroll Growth Slowed to 106,000 New Jobs Last Month
Also, the recent wave of layoffs has workers rethinking full-time work and flexibility in the workplace.
Florida Gas Station Discounts Fuel to 99 Cents for 3 Hours
The station shares 70% of inside-store profit with the community by lowering gas prices.
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H-E-B Is the Top-Ranked Grocery in the U.S., Nudging Out Amazon
Amazon is still superior in online shopping, while club stores are gaining momentum.
Three Convenience Retailers Honored as Top Workplaces
The 2023 Top Workplaces USA list recognized Kwik Trip, MAPCO and Delta Sonic.
Pilot Rounds Up the Change for American Heart Association
Meanwhile, CF Altitude raised $300,000 for Make-A-Wish.
Feb 1, 2023
Swipe Fees Could Cost Consumers Almost $600 Million This Valentine’s Day
Consumers will pay an additional $4.28 on average in swipe fees.
McDonald’s Profit Increases as Consumers Trade Down
Consumer spending is beginning to sputter amid high inflation and a dropping personal saving rate.
Why Your Voice Matters
Members of Congress in the nation’s capital need to hear your story.
7-Eleven Serves Up a Deal for National Pizza Day
Also, Rutter’s has introduced a limited-time meal deal for sports fans.
Circle K Sweden to Introduce Well-Being Restrooms
The washrooms will include interactive mirrors and free health checks.
Love’s to Offer Services for Freightliner Trucks
Select locations will offer light mechanical warranty repair work and other services.
Jan 31, 2023
TravelCenters of America to Deploy 1,000 EV Chargers
The travel center network is partnering with Electrify America to build chargers at 200 locations.
SHIP IT Act Could Resolve Supply Chain Tangles
The comprehensive legislation would make it easier for companies to recruit and retain truck drivers.
Yesway Raises $190 Million in New Equity for Aggressive Growth
The convenience retailer plans to build 28 new stores in 2023.
Amazon Adds Delivery Fees to Fresh Grocery Deliveries
The fee starts at $9.95 and drops as the total cost of the order increases.
Wawa’s Community Care Vehicle Will Serve Free Drinks at Polar Plunges
The chilly events raise money for Special Olympics.
Krispy Kreme and Hershey’s Collab on Valentine’s Day Doughnuts
Also, Hershey’s has released Reese's Dipped Animal Crackers.
Jan 30, 2023
U.S. Justice Department Examines Visa’s Debit-Card Practices
The European Commission is also investigating the credit-card company.
Uber and Lyft Must Be 100% Electric in NYC by 2030
The city will expand charging infrastructure throughout the five boroughs.
California Fast-Food Wage Law on Hold Until 2024 Ballot
More than half a million Californians work in the industry and could see large wage increases.
The U.S. Economic Census Is Coming
If your business is chosen to participate, you are required by law to reply.
Maverik Opens 400th Location
The retailer donated $10,000 to a local charity to celebrate the new c-store.
The Wills Group Donated Over $875,000 in 2022
The company was recognized for its philanthropy by the Washington Business Journal.
Jan 27, 2023