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.
Card Skimming Device Found at New York Gas Station
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.
Make Your Data Count
Help NACS create the most robust benchmarking data available to our industry.
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
7-Eleven Tests Robotic Delivery Service in Los Angeles
Serve Robotics’ fleet of autonomous robots makes short-distance deliveries for a $2.99 fee.
FDA Wants a New Regulatory Process for CBD
The pathway aims to balance consumer access and regulatory oversight, according to the agency.
Blarney Castle Oil Co. Acquires Alpena Oil Co.
Alpena operates 14 convenience stores, six full-service grocery stores and a cardlock.
FDA Authorizes 3 Marlboro HeatSticks Products
The new products are comparable to HeatSticks authorized in 2019.
Chipotle to Hire 15,000 Additional Workers
The restaurant chain is highlighting career progression to draw in applicants ahead of ‘burrito season.’
Rutter’s Plans to Open 50 New Locations
The Pennsylvania-based retailer will expand outside its current markets, including adding stores in Delaware and Virginia.
Jan 26, 2023
Small Businesses Fuel Booming Labor Market
Continued hiring challenges may mean more Fed interest rate increases to rein in inflation.
Valentine’s Day Spending Expected to Reach $26 Billion
Consumers are increasing their spend on the romantic holiday this year.
ExxonMobil Opens Texas Chemical Recycling Plant
The facility has processed 15 million pounds of material so far, and similar facilities are on the way.
CPG Makers, Retailers Misalign on Pricing
Nearly half of surveyed manufacturers plan to lift prices this year, yet 90% of retailers expect fewer markups.
Crank Up the Volume on the Convenience Industry
NACS Convenience Matters podcast gives listeners the latest on the industry each week in 25 minutes or less.
8 C-Stores Earn Acclaim for Phenomenal Foodservice
From subs and ice cream to barbecue and lattes, convenience stores feed America.
Jan 25, 2023
Walmart Raises Starting Pay for U.S. Employees
With workers in short supply, the increase will bring the retailer’s average hourly pay to over $17.50.
FDA Issues MDOs for 2 Menthol Vuse Products
R.J. Reynolds plans to seek a stay of enforcement to challenge the agency’s decision.
Wawa May Venture Into New Store Format
The retailer’s CEO outlined plans for “Wawa on steroids” in its new and existing markets.
Sheetz Lowers DEF Price to 99 Cents a Gallon
The retailer has been offering gas discounts on select products intermittently since last summer.
How to Invest in Your Store Leaders
The NACS Leadership for Success program brings together new and emerging leaders to learn and enhance their leadership skills.
Coca-Cola Launches Simply Mixology Mocktail and Cocktail Mixer
Several intersecting consumer trends, including Dry January, inspired the new beverages.
Jan 24, 2023
C-Stores Are Serious Food and Beverage Players
Foodservice at convenience stores directly competes with QSRs, and gas, groceries and more give the c-store channel an edge.
Here’s How to Nail Your Coffee and Tea Beverage Program
It’s all about the unique offerings you can give customers to make you a beverage destination.
U.S. Regulators to Scrutinize Payment Methods
Swipe fees, buy now, pay later programs and peer-to-peer payments are likely to be examined this year.
Colonial Oil Acquires Strickland Oil Co.
The move will help the Georgia company continue to grow its commercial fuel and lubricants business.
Hunt Brothers Brings Back Buffalo Chicken Pizza
This fan-favorite pizza has been an LTO for the past 15 years.
Walmart’s New E-Commerce Site for Businesses Rivals Amazon
The free B2B platform caters to small and midsize firms and offers a subscription akin to Amazon Prime.
Jan 23, 2023
71% of Consumers Snack at Least Twice Daily
Brand names still have an edge over generic when it comes to snacks, new research finds.
Americans Want to Eat Out More
Consumers are pulling back on discretionary spending, including dining out, as inflation takes its toll.
Dollar General Launches Cash-Back Rewards With Ibotta
The channel is being fueled by demand for cheaper groceries and goods from inflation-weary customers.
How Food Insecurity Affects Food Safety
A free webinar discusses how to stay informed to prevent foodborne illnesses in challenging economic times.
Taco Bell Puts Chicken Wings Back on Menu
The fast-food restaurant is also introducing an app filter that shows where the wings are available.
FBT Enterprises Acquires SHOPCO USA
Additionally, JJ’s Bakery buys family-owned baked goods company Cookies-n-Milk.
Jan 20, 2023
Hertz Brings Thousands of EVs and Chargers to U.S. Cities
The rental car company’s Hertz Electrifies program will start in Denver.
FMCSA Declares Regional Emergency in 8 States
The declaration is in response to the Suncor refinery shutdown in Colorado, as well as severe winter weather.
Is the Labor Market Finally Stabilizing?
The American workforce may be tipping to a more balanced employer-employee dynamic.
Rutter’s Raised $1.2 Million in Charitable Donations Last Year
The company added new fundraising programs in 2022.
Rich Products Adds Gluten-Free Pizza Crust to C-Store Foodservice Offering
Meanwhile, Hershey announces its lineup of new treats and returning favorites for Valentine's Day and Easter.
Jan 19, 2023
Shell USA Acquires EV Charging Company Volta for $169 Million
The transaction will boost Shell’s EV market opportunity in the U.S.
Kum & Go Opens First Grand Rapids Location
The store is the first of several area locations set to open in the next year.
Retail Sales Slipped 1.1% in December
The Commerce Department’s report and other factors point to a slowing economy.
Walmart Expands CDL Training Program
More employees can now join the 12-week program, which offers opportunity to become a Walmart driver with a salary up to $110,000 in the first year.
Circle K Blind-Taste Coffee Test Beats 'Gas-Station Coffee' Stigma
The company is so confident, it will give away free coffee on January 25.
Foxtrot Collabs With NBA All-Star on Gummies
Chicago Bulls’ Zach LaVine created a gummy mix sold exclusively in Foxtrot Chicago locations.
Jan 18, 2023
Price Increases Are Last Year’s Problem
Consumers are recoiling from higher prices, and with easing costs, many companies are stopping the higher-price cycle.
Starbucks Expands Delivery Via DoorDash
Plans are underway to launch nationwide by March.
Join the Conversation at Conexxus Annual Conference
Registration is now open for the event, which brings together convenience retailers and suppliers to discuss the latest in industry-related technology.
‘Alexa, Find Me an EV Charging Station.’
EVgo and Amazon will soon allow Alexa to pair EV drivers with charging stations.
Jimmy John’s Gamifies Its Loyalty Program
The QSR is adding achievement badges to combine challenges with rewards.
Rutter’s Opens New Location in Maryland
This is the company’s third store in the state.
Jan 17, 2023
NACS Debuts EV Charging Equipment Matching Tool
The program helps retailers connect with EV charging companies quickly and efficiently, no matter the level of charging they invest in.
Credit Card Jingles Find Silence at Payment Terminals
Aging hardware and software at the POS and retailer pushback have muted sonic logos distributed by major credit card companies.
How to Make Your C-Store a Coffee and Tea Destination
Coffee and tea drinkers crave variety and want an experience to go along with their customized beverage of choice.
10% of Global Car Sales Were EVs
New car sales declined for many automakers, but EV sales more than doubled, thanks to strong demand from China and Europe.
The Top 10 Global Consumer Trends for 2023
Emotional spending, authentic automation, digital cleansing, gamification and more are on the docket this year.
75% of Companies Have Upped Their Sustainability Efforts
A Deloitte survey finds almost all c-suite leaders have had climate change impact their organizations over the past year.
Jan 16, 2023
Why Physical Retail Is Still a Dominant Player
Consumers say human connection is essential to their loyalty in a business.
Shake Shack Eyes 70 More Locations
The QSR is focused on its drive-thru format, which attracts new customers previously out of reach.
Facing the Challenges of Being a Small Operator
“You have to constantly reinvent yourself,” says Lisa Dell’Alba, president and CEO of Square One Markets Inc.
QuikTrip Opens Travel Center in Tennessee
Meanwhile, TravelCenters of America outlines its franchise growth strategy for 2023.
Restaurant Jobs Are Up
However, more than half of operators say they’ll lay off employees this year if the economy deteriorates.
7-Eleven Launches Vitaminwater Slurpee
The limited-time cold-dispensed beverage is sugar-free.
Jan 13, 2023
Inflation Marks a 6-Month Decline
Prices for gasoline, vehicles and some food items fell, but services costs rose, and the labor market remains tight.
5 Industry Insights From Consumer Product Executives
CPG leaders believe keeping up with the changing consumer is one of their greatest challenges.
Pizza Hut Brings Back Popular ’90s Menu Item
The Big New Yorker is relaunching as an LTO and follows a other menu item returns from parent company Yum Brands.
How C-Stores Can Prepare for Norovirus Season
Experts predict outbreaks will be severe this year. Here are action steps to get ready.
Service With a Smile
Ewing Oil strives to fulfill its mission of excellent customer service in a friendly atmosphere.
EG Group Raises Over $600,000 for Disabled Veterans
The company employs many former military personnel nationally.
Jan 12, 2023
Truck Drivers Need More Parking
A survey finds that parking is the No. 1 issue for truckers, and truck stops are stepping up to help.
NielsenIQ and NACS Release Third-Quarter Global Convenience Store Industry Report
The Q3 report adds regional data for Central and South America and analysis of the global tobacco category.
Your Voice Matters on Capitol Hill
Join NACS Day on the Hill in person to share with Congress how policies directly impact your business and our industry.
Molson Coors Introduces DTC Canned Mocktail
Roxie is available online only and is the beverage company’s latest venture in the beyond beer space.
7-Eleven Opens First Location in Israel
The Tel Aviv store is the first of multiple locations planned for the country.
Hershey Recognized as 1 of America’s JUST Companies
Meanwhile, TravelCenters of America was named to Forbes list of America’s Best Small Companies 2023.
Jan 11, 2023
U.S. Convenience Store Count Reverses 4-Year Decline
More than 150,000 c-stores operate in the U.S., up 1.5% from a year ago.
Auto Industry Posts Worst Sales Year in a Decade
EVs accounted for 5.8% of all vehicles sold last year, up from 3.2% in 2021.
House Committee Discusses Rising Energy Costs
Fuel retailer shares how high energy prices affect the convenience and truck stop industry.
Aisle 24 Is Redefining the Frictionless C-Store
The Canadian franchise is expanding rapidly and plans to enter the U.S.
Sheetz Reduces Diesel Prices by 50 Cents a Gallon
The convenience and fuel retailer has been offering discounts on fuel intermittently over the past few months.
Buc-ee’s to Begin Construction on Hillsboro, Texas, Site
The new location will expand the brand’s presence in North Texas.
Jan 10, 2023
FTC Said to Probe Coca-Cola, PepsiCo on Price Discrimination
The agency reportedly wants to enforce the Robinson-Patman Act, which bans price discrimination between small and large retailers.
This Is What Sets Wawa Apart
The convenience retailer is all about the customer, thanks to human-centered technology.
Earn Up to 10 CEU Credits at the 2023 NACS HR Forum
The annual event brings together HR professionals for exclusive industry insights, strategies and connection.
Wellness Drinks, Probiotics and Plant-Based Are on Trend
Health will be top of mind for Americans, but there also could be confusion around food labeling.
Chipotle Offers Free Food to Rewards Members
The new loyalty perk gives members 10 free food drops throughout the year.
Britain to Ban Some Single-Use Plastics
The move follows similar bans in Scotland and Wales, and some say the new regulation does not reach far enough.
Jan 9, 2023
Mercedes-Benz Global EV Charging Network to Start in North America
The 400+ planned fast-charging hubs will be open to other brands, but the automaker’s customers get priority access.
Five Words of Advice From Parker’s CEO
How Greg Parker, the founder and CEO of Parker’s, is shaking things up.
Store Design Goes Local
Retailers are catering their locations and product assortment to the local community, a strategy that takes significant investment.
Panera Unveils 3 New Baguette Sandwiches
The launch of Toasted Baguettes builds on the QSR's top-selling sandwich category.
A Fluid Staple
The milk category in convenience stores has been trending upward.
Unilever Introduces 7 Reese’s Frozen Treats
Also, Mars is launching limited-edition all-female character M&M’S packs.
Jan 6, 2023
U.S. Added 223,000 Jobs in December
The number is more than expected, but there are still 1.7 jobs open for every available worker.
How America Will Eat in 2023
These 10 predictions for restaurants and food this year are out of this world.
Spinx Donated 2,000 Cluk Truk Meals in 2022
The retailer celebrated its 50th anniversary last year by selecting one nonprofit per month to receive free meals from the Cluk Truk.
Starbucks Updates Loyalty Program
The company is making its customers spend a bit more to get their free iced lattes.
Sheetz Opens New Columbus, Ohio, Location
To celebrate, Sheetz will donate $2,500 to the Special Olympics of Ohio and Mid-Ohio Food Collective.
Jacksons Food Stores Launches Free Milk Promo
In honor of National Milk Day, the retailer has partnered with Darigold to give customers free milk for a year.
Jan 5, 2023
Vehicle Cost Is Leading Deterrent to EV Adoption
People who do make the switch say that Wi-Fi access is their most desired amenity while waiting for a charge.
EPA to Release Proposed ENERGY STAR Score for C-Stores
NACS gathered energy use data from convenience stores to help the agency develop the score.
Offen Petroleum Acquires Gas Depot
The deal marks Offen’s first entrance into Chicagoland and the Great Lakes region.
Here Are 5 Employment Trends for 2023
Benefits will play a major role in recruitment and retention, while mental health and wellness cannot be forgotten.
Burger King Adds 3 Chicken Sandwiches to Menu
The fast-food restaurant wants to build a “destination-worthy chicken sandwich portfolio.”
EG America Launches BOGO Coffee Deal
Customers are encouraged to share the warmth of free coffee.
Jan 4, 2023
Customers Want an Experience When Shopping
From luxury brands to convenience stores, experiential retail is now seen as vital to success and longevity in the industry.
It Pays to Stay
Companies are increasing wages to retain workers and decrease job poaching as the labor market remains hot.
Majors Management Acquires Davis Oil
The deal marks Majors’ first entry into the state of Michigan.
California Court Pauses Fast-Food Wage Law
A group of restaurant franchisees and associations may have gathered enough signatures to postpone the law until a 2024 ballot vote.
Chipotle Launches Digitally Exclusive Wellness Bowls
The meal options are intended to make healthy habits convenient for patrons.
Murphy USA Donates $25 Million to Charitable Foundation
The foundation funds the company’s matching gifts, including the annual United Way campaign and other charities.
Jan 3, 2023
Consumers Are Switching to Order Pickup to Save
Food-delivery apps see customers use different tactics to save money as these companies evolve post pandemic.
FTC Orders Mastercard to Cease Anticompetitive Debit Card Practices
Merchants applaud the order, as the card firm illegally blocked their ability to route e-commerce debit card transactions over competing networks.
FDA Mulls Regulating CBD Products
The agency is concerned about the safety of legal cannabis-infused food and supplements and reportedly plans to release regulations this year.
Tiger Fuel Donates $25,000 to University of Virginia Strong Fund
The company’s charitable giving program includes a meaningful donation every holiday season in honor of employees and customers.
Take Your Food Assortment to the Next Level
KeHE’s mission to serve and feed America is fueled by an obsession with natural and organic, specialty and fresh products.
Rutter’s Opens New Location in Bedford, Pennsylvania
Meanwhile, Casey’s partners with Buffalo Trace to bring whiskey and Myers’s Rum products to select markets.
Dec 23, 2022
Senate Passes Omnibus Spending Bill, House Voting Today
Language was inserted into the bill relating to several issues important to the convenience retailing industry.
Retailers Explore Payment Technologies to Increase Convenience
Kroger wants end-of-aisle checkouts, so customers can grab, pay and go.
Alimentation Couche-Tard Acquires True Blue Car Wash
True Blue has 65 car washes in the Southwest and Midwest with more washes planned and under development.
A Neighborhood Staple
Godega Market aims to meet the everyday needs of its Omaha customers in 1,200 square feet.
Maverik Donates Over $470,000 to Feeding America
Customers and employees rounded up their purchases to support local food banks.
C-Stores Get Customers Ready for the Holiday Drive
Many retailers are offering fuel discounts and specials on in-store items.
Dec 22, 2022
Dollar Stores Rapidly Expand, Attract Inflation-Weary Consumers
The channel wants to bring convenience and value to customers in remote areas.
USPS Plans to Up EV Count in Delivery Fleet
The Postal Service is evaluating the feasibility of achieving 100% electrification for the overall fleet.
Majors Management Acquires 13 Maritime Farms C-Stores
The acquisition marks Majors’ first entry into the state of Maine.
Early-Bird Registration Is Open for FUELS’23
The conference is the transportation energy event to explore the critical issues facing the market.
Marathon Introduces New Rewards Program
Marathon Rewards is launching nationwide after a successful pilot.
McLane Donates Over $100 Million to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
A large part of the donation came from grassroots fundraising at more than 75 distribution centers across the country.
Dec 21, 2022
Mondelēz Sells Gum Brands to Perfetti Van Melle Group
Meanwhile, Mars is acquiring Trü Frü, a better-for-you snacking brand.
C-Store Loyalty Members Outspend Inflation Hikes
But customers have a limit to their in-store purchases, based on a fixed dollar amount.
NACS Updates Tobacco Manufacturer Agreement Information
The tobacco companies’ agreement with the U.S. Justice Department requires signs to be posted at participating retail locations.
Foodservice Differentiates the C-Store Industry
It’s what we do best, and now, the question is “What’s next?”
The Evolving World of Cigarettes
Expect more changes and higher prices in the cigarettes category.
GATE Foundation Raises $180,000 for Local Council on Aging
The group’s annual charity golf tournament resumed a two-day in-person format this year.
Dec 20, 2022
Swipe Fees Could Cost Consumers $20 Billion This Holiday Season
Each consumer will pay an additional $18.50 on average in swipe fees, based on the average swipe fee of 2.22%.
C-StoreMaster Opens Automated Warehouse in Alabama
Three automation technologies in the new facility improve picking accuracy to 99.99%.
Fuels Institute Report Spotlights Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles
A new paper outlines options for policymakers seeking to reduce commercial vehicle emissions.
7E CO Holdings Acquires 19-Store Portfolio
The convenience stores and gas stations will continue to operate under the Chisholm Corner brand.
Meijer Partners With Uber for Grocery Delivery in 6 States
Uber says its U.S. grocery category business has seen solid growth by linking up with supermarkets.
OnCue Donates $1 Million to Fund NICU
Meanwhile, Jacksons gives back to local Boys & Girls Clubs, and Maverik celebrates New Year’s Eve drivers.
Dec 19, 2022
Uber Eats Launches Robotic Food Delivery in Miami
The company has partnered with Cartken to use automated, sidewalk robots to bring customers their orders.
Kum & Go Offers E15 for $1.99 a Gallon
The promotion runs December 23-26 at 198 locations that sell E15.
Shorter Range EVs Could Be Key to Wider Adoption
More consumers might go electric if charging times matched conventional vehicle refueling times.
Here Are the 75 Fastest Growing Brands on Instacart
Innovative, better-for-you options dominated the list.
Love’s Opens New Locations in California, Illinois and Iowa
The company will donate $2,000 to local causes in each community.
Weigel’s Family Christmas Gives Back to Children in Need
Also, OnCue supports local school districts through specialty cup sales.
Dec 16, 2022
Grocery Stores Up Their Private-Label Offerings
Consumers are flocking to cheaper alternatives to offset price pressures, and supermarkets see profitability in store brands.
MAPCO Opens Checkout-Free Location
The Grabandgo-powered tech allows customers to skip the checkout line and pay through an app.
Grubhub Reveals What America Ate in 2022
Consumers craved burritos, Australian food and iced coffee.
Casey’s to Launch Retail Media Network
CPG companies will have access to data to “leverage new capabilities and generate value.”
Taco Bell Fries Up Its Menu
The fast-food chain is looking to compete with McDonald’s in the earlier daypart and wants to “commit to breakfast.”
Doritos Unleashes Late-Night Food Experience
Select cities can get salty-snack-infused dishes delivered to their door.
Dec 15, 2022
Swipe Fees Limit Holiday Spending for Consumers
The TV commercial is the latest to air to raise awareness about how credit card fees affect Americans.
Get Ahead in 2023 With Early Industry Insights
Registration for the 2023 NACS State of the Industry Summit in Dallas is now open.
Kum & Go Expands to Salt Lake City
Elsewhere, Thorntons opens a new location in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area.
Popshelf Courts Suburban Shoppers Pinched by Inflation
Dollar General plans to open as many as 3,000 Popshelf locations.
New Zealand Bans Cigarettes for Future Generations
The government admits the ban could impact convenience retailers and lead to a black market.
Mars Launches SNICKERS-Branded Protein Bar
Energy bars are booming, with the subcategory contributing gross margins of 49.49% for c-stores last year.
Dec 14, 2022
November Inflation Rose Less Than Expected at 7.1%
The consumer price index eased last month, slowly falling from its four-decade high in June.
NACS Files Comments on Independent Contractor Rule
The existing regulations represent a fair evaluation of the economic benefits to both contractors and employees and should be left in place.
New Vehicle Fuel Economy Remains at Record High
The average for 2021 models was 25.4 miles per gallon, the same as 2020—a record year.
USDA Cautions SNAP Retailers About Card Skimming Risks
Here are easy ways retailers can prevent this from happening at their POS.
Here’s the Latest on Private-Label Trends
A free webinar on own-brand how-tos is now available on demand.
Love’s Extends Travel Rewards to Trillium Customers
Meanwhile, Pilot Flying J is running holiday deals throughout December.
Dec 13, 2022
Holiday Travel To Be Third Busiest Year on Record, Says AAA
Two million more people will take to the road this holiday than last year.
Colorado Aims to Phase Out ICE Vehicle Sales but Not Ban Them
The state intends to use tax incentives and electric bicycles to encourage wider adoption of EVs.
Here’s What Retailers Should Know About TruAge
A Conexxus webinar will show merchants how to implement this secure age-verification system.
Walmart Plans to Launch New Buy Now, Pay Later Service
The move is driven by consumers feeling the impacts of inflation.
Stay Connected and Informed at NACS Industry Update Luncheons
These U.S. events led by NACS leadership discuss insights, issues and opportunities for convenience retailers and suppliers.
Chick-fil-A Is Consumer Favorite Among Chicken QSRs
The fast-food restaurant wins over its customers in quality, service and cleanliness.
Dec 12, 2022
Keurig Dr Pepper Invests $863 Million in C4 Energy Maker
Energy drinks are among the fastest growing non-alcoholic beverages, and companies want in.
Food and Beverage Prices Eased in November
Overall, consumers were not rattled by their higher-priced Thanksgiving meals.
Love’s Opens Travel Centers in 4 States
Also, TravelCenters of America welcomes a California location, while Kum & Go shutters four of its five urban concept stores.
Discover Best Practices for Hiring C-Store Talent
A free NACS webinar features leading convenience-store brands and how they are acquiring and retaining the retail workers of today.
Wills Group Has a Legacy of Community Engagement
Caring for their neighbors is a core tenet of company culture at the Wills Group and Dash In.
Shell European EV App Boasts Half a Million Users
Also, Circle K debuts its first U.S. nationwide advertising campaign.
Dec 9, 2022
Ferrero to Acquire Wells Enterprises
The deal highlights Ferrero’s strategic growth ambitions in the ice cream category.
Grubhub Expands Robotic Deliveries on College Campuses
The delivery app adds Kiwibot to its robot delivery portfolio.
McDonald’s Sees Revenue Potential in Mobile App Use
Its loyalty program boasts 25 million active app members within the previous 90 days.
Dining Out for the Holidays Is Bright
When choosing a restaurant, convenience and loyalty are top of mind.
Sheetz Offers Free Coffee in December
The offer is available for My Sheetz Rewardz members.
U.S. Judge Blocks FDA Rule on Cigarette Warnings
R.J. Reynolds succeeds in its challenge to the FDA mandate for graphic labels on packaging.
Dec 8, 2022
Wawa Is Moving Into Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky
The entrance into these three states is part of the company’s long-term expansion plan.
NACS Files Comments on Joint Employer Rule
The rule is an “overly broad, vague, arbitrary and capricious expansion” of the current regulations.
ARKO Corp. Acquires WTG Fuels Assets
The $140.4 million deal includes 24 Uncle’s Convenience Stores and GASCARD-branded cardlock sites.
Learn New Ways to Acquire and Retain Retail Talent
A free webinar will show c-store retailers how to hire the employee of today and understand what’s resonating with them.
DOJ Files Court Order in Tobacco Settlement
The order requires signs to be posted at participating retail locations and goes into effect next July.
Walmart Shoplifting at Historic High, Says CEO
Also, the retailer still sees its customers “stressed” by inflation.
Dec 7, 2022
Retailers No Longer Phased by Amazon’s Disruption
Large and independent sellers weathered Amazon’s impact on the retail industry, but is the e-commerce giant done?
House Bill Seeks to Limit SEC Climate Disclosure Proposal
NACS has strong concerns about the SEC plan and the negative impacts it would have for its members.
How You Can Implement the Most Secure Age-Verification System
Conexxus is hosting a free webinar to discuss the TruAge program, which launches mid-2023.
Robotic Smoothie Company Closes on $5 Million Series A Funding
Smoodi has launched in some convenience stores and plans to use the funds to scale nationwide.
Twice Daily and White Bison Open New Site in Tennessee
The latest store in Franklin is part of a Middle Tennessee expansion; win free coffee at QuickChek.
Rutter’s Donates $75,000 to Local Nonprofits
The funds were raised through the Central Pennsylvania c-store’s 2022 Vote With Your Dollars program.
Dec 6, 2022
Uber Eats Reaches $10 Million Settlement With Chicago
Restaurants listed on the platform without their consent can submit a claim with the city by January 29.
Chevron Rolls Out Connected-Car Apps for Fuel Purchases
Mobile users can pay for fuel from the dashboard infotainment systems in their cars.
DOVE Chocolate Offers $10,000 Grants to Aspiring Women Entrepreneurs
The Mars Wrigley company is bringing back its #DOVEInstaGrants program for another year.
Love's and Operation Homefront Distribute Holiday Meal Kits
The third-annual service project provided 150 meal kits to military families.
Cenex Zip Trip Hosts 12 Days of Deals Promotion
Customers can access daily deals via the retailer’s mobile app.
Asda to Open 300 Asda Express C-Stores
The U.K. expansion is in addition to the planned purchase of 132 Co-op sites.
Dec 5, 2022
McDonald’s Test Store Streamlines Drive-Thru and Delivery
There’s an order-ahead lane outfitted with a conveyer belt and space for couriers to pick up food for delivery.
Parkland to Double Number of EV Charging Sites to 50
The first 25 sites in the ON the RUN EV charging network in Western Canada will be in place this year.
Future-Proof Your Business
From inflation to supply chain disruption, here’s how to prepare for 2023’s challenges.
OPEC+ Stays the Course With Cuts
The move comes as an EU embargo of tanker shipments of Russian crude takes effect.
Sheetz Launches Sheetz for the Kidz Campaign
Also, Love’s is celebrating professional truck drivers through its 12 Days of Christmas giveaway.
Pilot Company Supports Wreaths Across America
The retailer is sponsoring the live coverage of the weeklong Escort to Arlington National Cemetery.
Dec 2, 2022
What’s Going on With Third-Party Delivery?
As the pandemic wanes, grocery and food delivery startups face mounting expenses, sluggish investor interest and layoffs.
EPA Issues Draft Rule on RFS Volumes
The proposal includes a new problematic e-RINs program.
U.S. Railroad Strike Averted
Senate passes legislation to impose labor agreement on unions; sick-leave bill fails.
MOL Group Expands Polish Presence
The introduction of the MOL brand to the Polish market will begin immediately.
Casey’s Launches 24 Days of Rewards
Each day brings excitement to the retailer’s loyalty members.
OnCue Raises $324,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
The convenience retailer has raised $3.2 million for the nonprofit in the past 16 years.
Dec 1, 2022
Bills to Avoid Rail Strike Move to Senate After House Vote
Railroad companies begin to reduce shipments of hazardous chemicals ahead of deadline.
Will Generation Alpha Take the Lead?
Digital-savvy and culturally diverse kids born entirely in the 21st century are your next customers.
Jacksons Explores Cannabis Retail
The first of these specialty stores are slated for Washington, Oregon and Arizona.
Sustainability Will Impact CPG Industry
Report suggests climate change will force firms to rethink business models and transform in five years.
FDA Extends ‘Healthy’ Labeling Comment Period
The new deadline to submit comments is February 16, 2023.
Subway to Unveil Footlong Cookie
The treats will be available on National Cookie Day at the Cookieway pop-up restaurant.
Nov 30, 2022
House Schedules Vote to Avert Rail Strike
A rail strike would disrupt retail fuel supply, particularly ethanol transport.
Sheetz Expands to Michigan
The Pennsylvania-based convenience retailer is eyeing 2025 to open its first Michigan store in Detroit.
A Golden Destination in Georgia
This midsize retailer is reinventing its traditional convenience store model.
Circle K Launches Food Rocket Delivery
The c-store-backed online-only grocer offers quick delivery of prepared food, grocery products and more.
Popeyes Advances Diversity Commitment
A partnership with the National Urban League will help recruit and onboard diverse franchise owners and operators.
Love's Gives Back on Giving Tuesday
The convenience retailer donated $25,000 to CASA of Oklahoma County.
Nov 29, 2022
Online Black Friday Sales Broke Records
Consumers are more deal-driven and are utilizing savings and buy now, pay later options.
Behind the Reinvention of TXB Stores
From Kwik Chek to Texas Born, the company is zoned in on delivering customers the local experience.
The 4-Year Degree Rule for Jobs Is Changing
With labor tight, scrapping the college grad requirement nets more applicants—and higher quality ones.
Cumberland Farms Opens Second Pizza Foodservice Concept
EG Group says more Ria’s Pizzerias are planned for the Northeast region.
Avatars Staff This Lawson C-Store in Tokyo
Meanwhile, 7-Eleven launches its first 7Café concept store in Singapore’s Jewel Changi Airport.
Minnoco Raises $9,000 for Breast Cancer Nonprofit
C-stores donated five cents of every gallon of fuel sold through the Minnoco Rewards Program.
Nov 28, 2022
NACS Urges Retailers to Comment on Joint Employer Rule
The proposed rule could have significant impacts on the industry.
Bridgestone Arena Launches Checkout-Free Technology
The tech, featured in NACS Ideas 2 Go, is powered by Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology and Amazon One.
Wine Sales Are Coming to Colorado Convenience, Grocery Stores
Passage of Proposition 125 pops the cork on the sale of wine in convenience and grocery stores starting March 1.
Court Pushes Cigarette Warning Effective Date Again
The final rule now will take effect on November 6, 2023.
What You Should Know About Payments
A free webinar will cover the latest in payments at convenience stores, from buy now, pay later to self-checkout.
Kwik Trip CEO and President Retires After 52 Years
Don Zietlow’s 52 years of leadership brought substantial growth to Wisconsin-based Kwik Trip.
Nov 23, 2022
TV Ad Blows the Whistle on Swipe Fees During World Cup
The commercial targets Visa’s sponsorship of the tournament.
FDA Warns Companies Illegally Selling CBD Products
The agency is requesting responses from the companies addressing the issues described in warning letters.
Privacy Rule Must Work for All Business Sectors
“Main Street” businesses comment on the FTC’s proposed privacy rule.
Grocery Delivery App Voly Ceases Operations
The Australian startup received a record amount of seed funding less than a year ago.
Royal Farms Expands Into North Carolina
The first location will be open in early 2023.
Love’s Donates $1.5 Million to United Way in 2022
Also, Onvo raises $21,000 for local breast cancer nonprofit, and the GATE Foundation raised $40,000 in support of Down Syndrome Awareness Month.
Nov 22, 2022
NACS Asks Congress to Allow E15 Sales Year-Round
All gasoline blends containing 10% ethanol or more should have equal regulatory treatment.
Rutter’s Lifts Starting Pay to $17.50 an Hour
Also, Yesway opens its 425th store, a company milestone.
Domino’s Creates EV Pizza-Delivery Fleet
The pizza chain has procured 800 custom Chevy Bolts in the hopes of attracting more delivery drivers.
Sheetz Offers Unleaded 88 for $1.99 a Gallon
The LTO runs through November 28 and is meant to help customers during Thanksgiving travels.
C-Stores Capture More Midwest Consumables Trips
New research also finds that McDonald’s overtook Dunkin’ in QSR trips.
Gopuff Adds Scheduling Feature
Customers can now time their delivery orders, pick them up or gift them.
Nov 21, 2022
What the 2022 Midterms Mean for Convenience Retailers
A Republican House majority signals problematic legislation for the convenience industry is highly unlikely.
California Injects Another $1 Billion Into EV Charging
The infrastructure program will be funded by the state’s public utilities commission.
New Sinclair Oil Balloon Will Fly at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
The company’s first balloon appeared in the New York City parade in 1963.
Rite Aid Offers Nationwide Delivery With Grubhub
The drugstore is partnering with the delivery app to increase its convenience offerings.
Hershey Continues to Reduce Its Environmental Impact
The company has launched a third utility-scale solar project, energy and water investments and is addressing land-use change.
GetGo Gives Indiana Customers 10-Cent Fuel Discount
The discount runs through January 8, and AdvantagePAY members will get up to 40 cents off per gallon.
Nov 18, 2022
Over 1,800 Merchants Ask Congress to Support Credit Card Competition Act
Businesses and trade associations sent letters to all of Congress to seek swipe-fee reform.
Consumers Are Looking for Deals as Retail Sales Jump
Spending is up, and major retailers saw sales lift last quarter, but Target and others missed the mark.
7-Eleven Launches Holiday-Themed Swag
The convenience retailer also is offering a Black Friday deal on its 7Now Gold Pass subscription.
FDA to Hold Webinar on Food Traceability Final Rule
Agency reps will go over the final rule, explain exemptions and requirements and do a Q&A.
10 Solutions to Better Serve SNAP Customers
Convenience retailers provide essential access to nutrition for consumers who rely on this assistance.
Kum & Go to Enter Detroit Market
Also, Love’s has opened a new travel stop in Madison, Ohio.
Nov 17, 2022
Pilot Teams Up With Volvo on Electric Truck Charging Network
Chargers will be located at select Pilot and Flying J travel centers well-equipped for professional drivers.
Inflation Is Impacting How Consumers Holiday Shop
Nearly 60% of shoppers are worried they won’t be able to afford gifts this year.
How Your Hiring Process Can Work Smarter Not Harder
This c-store took a hard look at its HR assessment tool and decided it was time for a change.
Deliveroo Shuts Down Australian Business
The U.K. food-delivery app cited poor profit in a competitive market as the reason for the quick exit.
How to Do Private Label
A free webinar will explore trends and implications of private label in c-stores.
Love’s Adds Robotic Smoothie Kiosk to Second Location
Also, Thortons grows its Illinois footprint with its 67th Chicagoland c-store.
Nov 16, 2022
49 Million Americans Will Road Trip This Thanksgiving
Car travel is up slightly this year over 2021 but below 2019 levels.
FDA Issues Final Rule on Food Traceability
Those who handle food on the agency’s list will need to do extra record-keeping starting in January 2026.
Subway Debuts Smart Fridge for On-the-Go Consumers
The AI-powered kiosk is part of the chain’s renewed focus on convenience and growing its nontraditional business.
Buc-ee’s Breaks Ground on Largest Location in U.S.
The new Texas site will replace a current Buc-ee's store, which was the brand's first travel center.
Casey’s and Gatorade to Provide $60,000 for Youth Sports
Also, Rutter’s launched its $100k for the Holidays donation program, and Enmarket raised $1 million for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
7-Eleven Philippines Celebrates 2,000th ATM Installation
Customers who use BDO, the largest bank in the Philippines, and Land Bank won’t pay transaction fees at these ATMs.
Nov 15, 2022
EVs Are Hitting the Mainstream
It’s not just tech nerds who are buying battery-powered cars anymore.
A Destination All Its Own
Tioga Gas Mart and Whoa Nellie Deli draws in tourists and locals with its grub and friendly service.
Sweetgreen Opens Drive-Thru Lane for Digital Orders
Online-order customers can peek through a big window to watch their food being prepared, bringing the in-store experience to their vehicles.
Learn the Latest in Payments
A free webinar will explore what’s new and what’s noise in the payment process.
Amazon to Begin Drone Delivery This Year
After facing headwinds, the service seems to be getting off the ground.
Proven Ways to Upgrade Your Outdated Hiring Process
If you haven’t taken a hard look at how you are hiring in the past two years, it’s time for a revamp.
Nov 14, 2022
Grocers Look to Gain Smaller Basket Trips
Supermarkets are offering conveniences like speedy delivery, pickup and smaller formats, pushing into c-stores’ turf.
Amazon Brings Palm-Paying Tech to Texas Whole Foods
About 160 locations throughout the U.S. have Amazon One capabilities.
IKEA Starts Employee Social Fund to Help Cash-Strapped Workers
The program is not a loan and helps employees deal with inflation.
Transitioning to Electric Vehicles
A free webinar will discuss EV market expansion, recommended charger count and the role of local government.
Reimagining Waste Tracking and Reduction
Find economic value in your waste streams and confidently execute on your sustainability goals.
Sinclair Oil Raises Nearly $1 Million for Folds of Honor
Chester’s Chicken and Love’s team up to recognize truck drivers, while OnCue raises funds for area food banks.
Nov 11, 2022
Have We Passed the Peak of Inflation?
Inflation eased in October; however, price pressures have shifted from goods to services, which take longer to let up.
Deadly Listeria Outbreak Linked to Deli Meat and Cheese
The CDC has not yet tied the illnesses to a specific food brand or manufacturer.
EG Group Launches Fundraiser for Disabled Veterans
Also, Rutter’s, Carroll Fuel and High’s and TravelCenters of America have raised funds for nonprofits.
Love’s Reopens Arizona Store After Remodel
The renovated location adds 77 jobs to Maricopa County.
Keurig Dr Pepper Invests $50 Million in Nonalcoholic Beer
The beer-sans-alcohol segment in the U.S. grew almost 20% in retail dollars over the past year.
Ways to Keep Your Store—and Employees—Safe
Training is key, and it must include realistic role-playing exercises.
Nov 10, 2022
California Voters Approve Flavored Tobacco Product Ban
The state is the second in the U.S. to ban these products, which include menthol cigarettes.
Don’t Let an Inaccurate Menu Impact Your Foodservice Sales
There’s a solution to make sure the spotlight is on your food offerings and not your outdated menu.
C-Store Artificial Intelligence Is Alive
The Conexxus Innovation Research Committee visited TXB and an AI lab to see how store security is being enhanced.
Panera Bread Opens Smaller Store Focused on Digital Sales
The new format opened in New York, and there are more urban locations on the way.
Petroleum Marketing Group Acquires Holt Oil Company
Holt sold all 19 petroleum marketing and convenience retail stores and its wholesale dealer business.
7-Eleven Brings Back Winter Wonderland Cocoa
Meanwhile, Wawa dishes up “The Gobbler,” and Pilot Flying J adds fall and winter seasonal food and beverages.
Nov 9, 2022
America Voted, Now Waits
There wasn’t a “red wave” in the House, but the GOP is expected to gain the majority, while the Senate is too close to call.
Winning $2.04 Billion Powerball Ticket Sold at California C-Store
The convenience store has been owned by Joe Chahayed for 20 years.
What Gen Z and Boomers Have in Common at Work
Their motivation to clock in and out is the same, while all generations agree that burnout is real.
Free Meals, Coffee and Car Washes for Veterans
These convenience retailers are honoring those who have served this Veterans Day.
The wine category is gaining interest from c-stores, spurring growth prospects ahead.
Here’s Where Consumers Are Traveling This Thanksgiving
Americans are making their way back to urban destinations over rural ones.
Nov 8, 2022
Florida Braces for Potential Hurricane
Gov. DeSantis declares state of emergency for 34 counties, as the storm is expected to reach hurricane status before making landfall.
Keep Up With Your Foodservice Menu
You’ve worked hard on your foodservice offering. Here’s how to make sure your menu is always up to date.
DoorDash Offers Merchants Benefits Program
The delivery company wants to help merchants recruit, retain and develop staff.
Philip Morris International Moves Forward With Swedish Match Purchase
PMI has secured 83% of Swedish Match shares, including Elliott Management’s, which owns 10.5%.
FDA Issues Proposed Rule for Food Traceability
The agency seeks extra record-keeping for those who handle food on the FDA’s Food Traceability List.
Japanese C-Stores Use AI to Combat Food Waste, Boost Sales
Software systems use criteria to discount expiring products to ensure the items sell.
Nov 7, 2022
Labor Market Is Still Running Hot
Job gains remain strong, though cracks are starting to emerge as employers prep for a potential recession.
Consumers to Celebrate Thanksgiving Like It’s 2019
The big meal will cost 13.5% more this year, but consumers say they’ll still purchase the same amount.
Understand ESG and Its Impact on Your Businesses
In Washington, what starts out voluntary always has the potential to become regulatory.
Marathon Pilots Updated Loyalty Program
Customers earn five cents on each gallon of fuel, plus other reward opportunities in store and through third-party offers.
Vietnam Grapples With Fuel Supply Crunch
Hundreds of gas stations have closed amid financial difficulties and tight domestic supplies.
7-Eleven Raises Funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospital
The c-store retailer is encouraging customers to round up their change or donate $1.
Nov 4, 2022
Consumers Could Spend $960 Billion on the Holidays
The forecast is 8% higher than 2021 sales, while holiday online shopping could grow 12% year over year.
There Are Benefits to Offering Both Traditional and Self-Checkout
A new study finds hybrid checkout customers produced the highest customer value.
Do Employees Want Cash for PTO?
These startups help companies get unused vacation time off their books, but for employees, the perk comes with caveats.
Pilot Flying J Spreads Holiday Cheer
QuickChek raises funds for Check-Out Hunger through “Thanksgiving Everyday” sandwich sales.
Retailers Offer Holiday Food Cost Relief
Walmart is taking inflation off the holiday menu, while Aldi is matching 2019 prices on select items.
How to Improve Digital Engagement
A webinar covering the ins and outs of c-store digital presence is available on demand.
Nov 3, 2022
Food and Beverage Costs Are Up 13.3%
The Federal Reserve is seeking another 0.75 interest rate hike, while job openings rose last month.
How 1 System Can Increase Your Front-Office Technology ROI
If you’ve piecemealed your front-office tech solutions, you may need a better way to cohesively manage them all at once.
Walmart Offers In-Store Leases for Small Businesses
Short-term lease options are available through a new partnership with Popable.
What You Need to Know About Swipe Fees
Convenience retailers have been grappling with high credit card swipe fees for two decades.
C-Stores Honor Our Veterans
Retailers are offering free meals and beverages, as well as supporting armed forces-related nonprofits.
The Reality of EV Transitions
A free webinar will discuss EV market expansion, how many chargers will be needed and how local government can play an active role.
Nov 2, 2022
Casey’s Bets on Alternative Fuels
The company has doubled its EV charging options and is partnering with local utilities and EV manufacturers.
Who Actually Controls Gas Prices?
Hint: Presidents have little control over gas prices—and neither do convenience retailers.
Chevron Adds Checkout-Free Shopping to California Store
Grabango outfitted ExtraMile with the technology, allowing customers to grab their items and walk out.
Hunt Brothers Pizza Launches Cheeseburger Pizza
A new pizza, inspired by a classic cheeseburger, is available for a limited time at participating locations.
Maverik Begins ‘Round Up Your Change’ for Feeding America
The c-store retailer kicked off the campaign with a $50,000 donation to the nonprofit.
U.K. Morrisons to Close 132 McColl’s C-Stores
The U.K. grocer plans to convert most of the recently acquired stores to the Morrisons Daily format.
Nov 1, 2022
California EV Mandate Worries Independent Operators
The state has over 5,000 single-store operators, and entering the EV landscape isn’t feasible for many.
Why You Should Shift Back-Office Spend to Front-Office Solutions
Back-office technologies have not evolved much over the years, while front-office tech is moving at lightning speed, and convenience retailers need to keep up.
Restaurants Still Aren’t Back to ‘Normal’ Hours
Almost 60% of restaurants have reduced hours compared to 2019.
ICE Technology Helps Achieve a Lower Carbon Future
Improving fuel efficiency and reducing liquid fuels’ carbon intensity can lower emissions, a Fuels Institute report finds.
NACS Show Education Sessions Available on Demand
Thirty-eight sessions covering topics in convenience retailing are now ready for viewing.
Frito-Lay Launches New Employee Value Proposition
“We are going Places” is meant to inspire a 66,000-member strong North American workforce.
Oct 31, 2022
C-Stores, Grocery Stores Fill Need for Third Spaces
Experts say the future of the food store is a community hub, focused on local products and socializing.
The Alcohol Market Could Have a New No. 1—Spirits
Beer is currently the market leader, but RTD cocktails are helping spirits take gains.
Hershey’s Growth Is a Sweet and Salty Story
The confectioner has focused on North American sweets and salty snacks—unconventional moves that have paid off.
How 1 Virginia C-Store Made a Go of Fresh Food
Little’s Restaurant and Convenience Store pivoted to fresh foodservice more than 40 years ago.
Love’s Honors Veterans
Rutter’s launches $100,000 for the Holidays giveaway; TXB donates $10,000 to a Texas nonprofit.
C-Stores Offer Spooky-Good Deals on Pizza
Halloween is a top day for pizza sales.
Oct 28, 2022
Lines Between C-Stores and QSRs Blur
Or they’re nonexistent, as c-stores up the ante on delivering quality food and convenience.
U.S. Diesel Stockpiles Are Shrinking Fast
The last time inventories were this low was 1982; fuel haulers in South Dakota get relief from HOS rules.
Enmarket, Make-A-Wish Georgia Fulfill Disney Trip Wish
Also, Wawa announced its first-ever college athletics sponsorship of four Florida universities.
Walmart Goes High-Tech in Distribution Center Upgrade
AI-powered robotics and automation will help the big-box giant streamline regional distribution centers.
Aldi Tests Online Grocery Platform With 1-Hour Delivery
The grocer is partnering with a German e-commerce company, moving beyond Instacart.
Cashier-Free Tech Startup Raises $100 Million to Expand Services
Trigo’s technology can transform legacy grocery stores into autonomous markets.
Oct 27, 2022
Why Gas Prices Directly Impact Consumer Sentiment
When they pay more for a fill-up, consumers sour on the economy and the nation’s direction.
How to Appear in Digital Search Results
97% of consumers rely on digital searches to find a business or a service, and NACS found that the industry’s digital search presence was lagging.
Gain a Clear Snapshot of Industry Compensation and Benefits
Participate in the NACS Compensation Survey to help fuel an essential industry report.
White House Awards $1 Billion for Clean School Buses
More than 380 school districts in high-need areas will receive the mostly electric vehicles.
Beyond Meat Launches Steak Option in Kroger, Walmart
Taco Bell also is testing the faux beef, while other brands are using Beyond products as plant-based menu options.
Urban Value Corner Store Opens 2 Texas Locations
Also, TravelCenters of America announces location expansion and renovation completions.
Oct 26, 2022
NACS Files Petition Against California’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Mandate
California says all new passenger and light trucks sold in the state must be EVs or hybrids by 2035.
Amazon to Accept Venmo as Payment
Venmo has nearly 90 million active users in the U.S.
Mars Debuts Loyalty Program
The confectionary company is partnering with the Fetch app, which will provide insights and measurement capabilities.
How Your Loyalty Program Can Go Beyond Rewards
A free NACS report shows how a loyalty program can appeal to customers with more than expected.
Wawa Extends ‘SchwarberFest’ Through World Series
The promo cheers on the Philadelphia Phillies with deals on hoagies, and the chain will make a second donation to a food bank.
Choice Market Opens New AI-Powered Store
The cashierless Mini-Mart is located on a medical campus and features healthy options and a Latin-fusion foodservice program.
Oct 25, 2022
GPM to Acquire Pride Convenience Stores for $230 Million
The New England chain has 31 locations, a robust foodservice program and EV chargers.
Sam’s Club Deploys Inventory Scanning Robots Chainwide
The automated machines scrub the floor while capturing product and pricing data.
McDonald’s Sends the McRib on a ‘Farewell Tour’
The fast-food chain is teasing the end of the iconic sandwich, as restaurants experiment with promotions to entice more visits.
26% of Consumers Will Spend More This Holiday Season
A new shopping report also finds that consumers have less patience with negative shopping experiences.
TravelCenters of America Honors Truck Drivers
Also, Minnoco is raising funds for breast cancer awareness and research.
What’s the Next Digital Step for Your Brand?
A free webinar will show c-store retailers how to amp up their digital presence.
Oct 24, 2022
Why Your Employee’s First 90 Days Are Key to Retention
Here’s what some companies are doing to help employees to reach that critical three-month milestone.
SEC Defers Finalized Rules on ESG Disclosures
The commission also found a technical glitch in its comment system, forcing the agency to reopen its comment period.
Taco Bell Tests Three Iced-Coffee Flavors
Iced coffee has reached record-high popularity with 18- to 24-year olds.
Most Customers Rely on Search to Find Businesses. Is Yours Showing Up?
Customers should be able to easily find you, and your hiding spot should be terrible.
Maverik Announces Grand Sweepstakes Winner
The winner received a 2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Sport, $25,000 cash and a Red Bull Rampage outdoor excursion.
Why Adding Ultra-Fast EV Charging Is a Smart Move
A quick rollout of ultra-fast chargers–without costly utility upgrades in low-power areas–is in reach.
Oct 21, 2022
White House to Boost Domestic EV Battery Production
Virtually all EV battery components are made abroad.
Rep. Herrell Rings up Customers at New Mexico Allsup’s
The Congresswoman learned more about the convenience industry at Allsup’s new location in Carlsbad, New Mexico.
How Florida C-Stores Are Doing After Hurricane Ian
Florida has the third-largest amount of convenience stores in the U.S. with 9,400 stores.
7-Eleven Offers BOGO Pizza Deal on Halloween
Also, Wawa is celebrating the Phillies making the MLB playoffs with “SchwarberFest.”
Love’s Opens 600th Location in Oklahoma
The company has begun adding RV hookups and Amazon lockers to select locations.
Asda to Open Two C-Stores Under New Asda Express Brand
Asda, owned by EG Group, will open the stores by Christmas and plans to launch another 30 sites.
Oct 20, 2022
Holiday Shoppers Seek Balance Between Saving, Spending
A new report shows consumers are shopping earlier than last year, and retailers are meeting them there.
Philip Morris Lifts Swedish Match Bid
The company also bought the rights for IQOS in the U.S. as it looks to resume the device’s U.S. sales.
Circle K to Add Medical Marijuana at Select Locations
Green Thumb will open 10 dispensaries adjacent to Circle K stores in various locations in Florida.
Nestlé Buys Seattle’s Best Coffee Brand
The company is acquiring the brand from Starbucks under the two groups’ Global Coffee Alliance.
MAPCO Opens New Store With Donation Gas Pumps
Also, Enmarket continues the Feed a Trucker Campaign in partnership with Veteran Carriers.
How to Amp Up Your Digital Presence
This free webinar will show retailers how to improve digital engagement with customers.
Oct 19, 2022
Why C-Stores Are Not Racing to Install EV Chargers
Demand charges and utility company competition make EV charging unappealing.
DOJ Files Injunctions Against 6 E-Cigarette Companies
This is the first time the FDA has initiated court proceedings to enforce the PMTA pathway for e-cigarettes.
FedEx, Amazon Rethink Last-Mile Autonomous Robot Deliveries
FedEx is shutting down its robot delivery program, while Amazon says it is scaling back on development.
Uber Eats to Deliver Cannabis to Toronto Residents
Only certified staff can deliver the legal cannabis and verify the purchaser’s age and sobriety.
Jacksons Accepts SNAP for Online Orders Via Instacart
The Idaho-based retailer says it is the only c-store in the state to offer these benefits to residents.
Krispy Kreme Fans Can Get Doughnuts at Select McDonald’s for a Limited Time
The doughnuts will be delivered fresh to the QSR thanks to Krispy Kreme’s “hub and spoke” model.
Oct 18, 2022
FTC Reportedly Probes Visa, Mastercard Over Debit-Card Routing
The commission is looking into whether security tokens are limiting debit-card routing competition.
California Push to Fund EVs Has Lyft Support but Not Newsom
The ballot measure would tax the rich in the state to finance EV chargers.
FMCSA Allows Emergency COVID-19 HOS Waiver to Lapse
The agency issued the declaration in March 2020 and had extended it multiple times.
Fuels Institute Evaluates EV Market Regulations
A new report examines policies encouraging efficient installation of EV charging stations, as well as those that impede progress.
TXB’s New Loyalty App Puts Customers First
Fuel customers can earn and save on gasoline purchases, an industry first, plus use the app to pay at the pump.
Spinx’s Newest South Carolina C-Store Serves Milkshakes
The South Greer location replaces a former legacy store nearby.
Oct 17, 2022
Sony-Honda Joint Venture Sees EVs as Entertainment Hubs
The premium vehicles set to launch by 2026 will feature subscription services and Level 3 automated-driving capabilities.
Kroger’s $24.6 Billion Albertsons Deal Gives It a Combined 2,015 Fuel Centers
Besides grocery stores, the deal includes 402 fuel centers, 22 distribution centers and 19 manufacturing plants.
FDA Has Reviewed 95% of Synthetic Nicotine Production Applications
The agency has issued over 60 warning letters to manufacturers and hasn’t yet authorized any products.
Climate Pledge Arena Expands Amazon One Payment Options
The palm recognition and payment service is available at three concession areas, joining four existing Amazon tech-enabled stores.
Blue Apron Meals Now Available on Amazon
Customers can purchase the company’s meal kits without a subscription.
What convenience retailers need to know about this emerging hemp-based product category.
Oct 14, 2022
Inflation Isn’t Easing as CPI Hits 4-Decade High
Gasoline prices pulled back last month, but food and housing costs ticked higher; retail sales were flat.
Let’s Get Coin Moving
The U.S. Coin Task Force has declared October “Get Coin Moving Month” to encourage Americans to return coins into circulation.
Say It, and They Will Come (Back)
The right brand messaging creates a connection for your customers and keeps them coming back for more.
Walmart Tests Loop’s Reusable Packaging Program
Walmart+ customers in select markets can buy refillable, reusable containers for household products.
EG Group Releases First-Ever ESG Report
The retailer details its current performance across a range of areas, plus where it wants to improve.
Love’s Travel Stops Opens 3 Speedco Locations
Also, Energy North Group opens a new Haffner’s gas station and c-store in New Hampshire.
Oct 13, 2022
C-Store Loyalty Members Spend 38% More Than Nonmembers
A new report also finds that millennials are the future of loyalty programs.
U.S. Labor Department Proposes to Redefine Gig Workers
The guidance is meant to help determine what constitutes an employee or an independent contractor.
Price Inflation Slowed for First Time This Year
However, costs for food and beverages remain elevated.
Submit Your Data to the 2022 NACS SOI Compensation Survey
Survey participants will receive complimentary licenses to the annual compensation report.
Starbucks, Delta Airlines Team Up on Loyalty
Members of both rewards programs will receive 1 mile for every dollar spent at Starbucks.
Love’s Travel Stops Raises $4.3 Million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Also, Refuel Market has raised over $85,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Oct 12, 2022
2022 NACS Show Attracts Third-Highest Attendance
The Expo was the second largest in NACS Show history at 429,200 net square feet.
Robot Shuttles Now Deliver Grubhub Orders on College Campuses
The majority of students say the service is ‘helpful and convenient.’
GM Energy to Provide EV Chargers, Energy Storage
The new unit provides battery packs, charging units and software to manage energy grid blackouts.
This Chick-fil-A Has a 3-Day Workweek, and It’s Working
Employee retention is 100%, and a recent job ad received 429 applications within a week of posting.
Hershey Company Supports Young Female Leaders
The Future CEO program offers education to young women to provide skills, tools and mentorship as key tools for success.
7-Eleven Releases Green Apple Slurpee LTO
Also, the c-store retailer is offering loyalty members who purchase six cups of coffee, Big Gulp or Slurpee drinks their seventh cup free.
Oct 11, 2022
Convenience Store Jobs Score High Marks
NACS consumer survey looks at the perception of industry jobs and their positive attributes.
Retailers Welcome Holiday Shoppers Earlier This Year
Big-box companies are offering Black Friday deals now to offload excess inventory and compete with Amazon.
Rivian Recalls 12,000 Vehicles for Loose Steering Assembly
The EV maker issued the recall for nearly all the vehicles it has produced.
Foxtrot Takes Its Upscale Convenience Model to Austin
The company plans to open four locations, and one will be Foxtrot’s largest store to date.
Spinx to Hold 22nd Annual Run Fest
The run involves different races, providing fun and entertainment for all ages and skill levels.
Wawa Customers Donate Over $130,000 So Far to Hurricane Ian Relief
The Wawa Foundation intends to match the first $250,000 in contributions to the campaign.
Oct 10, 2022
Some Automakers Still Bet on Hybrids—The EV Middle Ground
For consumers not ready to go fully electric, a hybrid model could be the answer.
Robots Are Multiplying in Restaurant Kitchens
Flippy 2 can make French fries faster than humans can.
Wawa Has Georgia on Its Mind
The convenience retailer will open as many as 20 new locations in the Peach State.
Amazon to Hire 150,000 Workers for the Holidays
The e-commerce giant is offering full-time, seasonal and part-time jobs with signing bonuses in certain areas.
Hershey Gives Reese-Named College Football Players NIL Deals
The deals celebrate a new football-shaped Reese’s release.
Here’s why Core-Mark sees foodservice and technology as essential to the industry’s future.
Oct 7, 2022
Higher Gas Prices Haven’t Sparked Consumer Interest in EVs
New NACS survey looks at consumer preferences and future purchase behavior.
Here Are the 40 Most Popular Brands, According to Gen Z
Tech brands lead in the top five, but food and beverages dominate the overall rankings.
EPA May Open Renewable Fuel Credits to EV Industry