Sep 24, 2018
For Calif. Kids’ Meals, Straws Upon Request
State bans automatic distribution of single-use plastic straws in restaurants and limits kids’ meal companion drinks to water or milk.
Retailers Urged to Alert Customers About Ground Beef Recall
Cargill issued recall last week after E. coli O26 contamination in four states.
Shoppers Demand Increased Transparency
Consumers want to know everything about the foods they eat, and they’ll switch brands, if necessary, for additional product information.
Paduano Launches Family-operated C-store
Former Nice N Easy executive opens his own c-store on lake in upstate New York.
24-Hour Pizza Vending Machine Replaces ATM
At Australian shopping center, customers can withdraw a “wood-fired”-style pizza from this vending machine in only three minutes.
Green Beer Emphasizes Water Issues
Michigan brewer bottles beer made from polluted waters to underscore the need to preserve water-quality regulations and protect the craft beer industry.
Sep 21, 2018
How Food Companies Can Get Healthier
A food writer gives five ways the food industry can help reduce obesity in America.
Cheddar Partners With Gas Station TV
The post-cable news network will provide technology and entrepreneurship segments.
Halloween Spending to Reach $9 Billion
More than 175 million Americans will celebrate the October holiday this year.
Government Extends Time for SNAP Food Loss Reporting
The U.S. Food and Nutrition Services approved mass replacements for the Territory of Guam.
Uniting to Combat Payment Fraud
Shazam, First Data and others work to make commerce possible, while protecting customers and merchants.
EPA Launches Website to Track RFS Exemptions
Without naming names, the site will list how many small refiners are applying for, receiving and being denied economic hardship exemptions.
Sep 20, 2018
Uptick in Cyclospora Cases Raises Concerns
The number of confirmed cases in the U.S. is markedly higher in 2018 than the number of cases reported in previous years.
IRS Issues Tax Waivers Post-Hurricane Florence
Additionally, a hot foods waiver has been approved for North Carolina residents.
Consumers Have a Growing Appetite for Protein
Research indicates consumers place high importance on protein when planning meals, shopping and eating, but they may not have accurate knowledge about all protein sources.
Are Grocers Overspending on Same-Day Delivery?
As big chains rush to deliver groceries faster and to more consumers, Moody’s predicts grocery stores may overspend on the service and shoppers may be willing to “subsidize,” but only to a point.
Hershey Unveils Mobile Customer Insights Center
A 53-foot tractor trailer is on a nationwide tour to bring shopper insights directly to retailers.
Amazon Could Open 3,000 C-stores
Ambitious expansion of cashierless Amazon Go stores in the next few years seen as potential threat to QSRs and fast casual restaurants.
Sep 19, 2018
Coke Considers Adding Cannabis to Beverages
The beverage maker is “closely watching” the use of CBD, a non-psychoactive component in marijuana, in functional wellness drinks.
FDA Launches Youth E-Cig Prevention Campaign
The comprehensive initiative aims to educate kids about the dangers of vaping.
Koupon Media and Skip Team Up
The partnership enables c-store retailers to provide personalized offers and frictionless checkout.
Chicago Has Amazon Go
The cashierless convenience store is now open in the Windy City, while the retailer launched its online Amazon Storefronts section this week.
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast focuses on the changing landscape of delivery.
Calif. Retailers Urged to Tell Their Recycling Stories
The state association anticipates pushback from opponents of the Commonsense Recycling Act, which currently sits on the governor’s desk.
Sep 18, 2018
Gen Z Reveals 100 Favorite Brands
Americans born after 1997 prefer socially conscious brands that they can connect with on social media.
SNAP Hot Foods Waiver Issued in North Carolina
A waiver allowing the sale of hot foods to SNAP participants has been approved for North Carolina through October 31.
NLRB Rolls Back Protections for Fast Food Workers
New ruling redefines “joint employers” and affects any franchise-based company.
Mobile Will Drive Holiday E-Commerce Traffic
Holiday sales are estimated to grow 13 percent this year, with mobile devices owning 68 percent of e-commerce visits and 46 percent of orders.
Food Safety Tips for Power Outages
Partnership for Food Safety Education, USDA resources help retailers navigate disasters and more.
Sep 17, 2018
Impossible Burger Slides Onto White Castle Menu
The famous plant-based burger now serves as a slider at White Castle locations nationwide.
Cashier-less Store Still a Work in Progress
At San Francisco’s first fully automated store, a news reporter tests the system and scores a free bag of white cheddar popcorn.
Hurricane May Drive Higher Freight Costs
In natural disasters, distribution costs tend to jump as food processors scramble to get trucks and their drivers to show up at their facilities.
Starbucks Brews a Plan for Greener Stores
Coffee shop leader plans to have 10,000 environmentally friendly stores by 2025.
Sep 14, 2018
7-Eleven Partners With Red Cross
As an American Red Cross National Disaster Responder member, the retailer invites customers to donate to the Red Cross to support Hurricane Florence relief.
Special Convenience Matters Podcast: Hurricane Florence
NACS talks about the impact Hurricane Florence will have on the U.S. fueling infrastructure.
Starbucks Tests Delivery With UberEats
The chain began the trial at more than 100 stores in Miami.
Learn How to Navigate Workplace Challenges
The Women’s Leadership Program at Yale University provides a unique opportunity for women to improve executive presence and leverage diversity to accelerate innovation.
Using Data Science to Create a Safe Environment
A free Conexxus webinar will discuss how data science can be used to more effectively detect security threats.
WOTUS Rule Halted in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas
The ruling means that more than half the country is exempt from the Obama administration’s Waters of the U.S. regulation.
Sep 13, 2018
FDA Considers Ban of All Flavored E-Cigs
After its summer enforcement blitz, the U.S. FDA discovered that more than 1,100 stores and websites were illegally selling e-cig products to minors.
Retailers Brace for Hurricane Florence
Love’s Travel Stops and other stores have ordered extra food and fuel in order to better serve communities in the path of the storm.
New States of Emergency Declared
The governors of Georgia, West Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky recently declared states of emergency in preparation for Hurricane Florence.
Americans Want to Eat at Home
Changing American meal habits are putting pressure on restaurants and fast-food operators.
U.S. Online Retail Sales to Reach $525 Billion
E-Commerce now accounts for 13.2% of U.S. retail sales.
Whole Foods Employees Pursue Unionizing
It’s come close to happening before, but a tight labor market might push things a little further this time around.
Convenience Stores Fuel America
A snapshot of facts and stats about the U.S. convenience and fuel retailing industry.
Sep 12, 2018
7-Eleven Adopts New ‘Smart’ Payments
Apple Pay and Google Pay are coming to U.S. 7-Eleven stores this fall.
U.S. Government Declares Emergency for Eastern Seaboard
States issue additional hours of service waivers in preparation for Hurricane Florence.
Thorntons Invests in Customer Loyalty
The chain has turned its focus on rewarding customers.
C-Stores, Starbucks, Florists: All Point to Rising Home Values
Home prices often soar when coffee shops open in a neighborhood, but c-stores are a leading indicator as well.
Subway Ditches $5 Footlong
Franchisees complained that the iconic, low-cost sandwich ate into their margins too much to stay on the menu.
A Peek Into the Future
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast covers Generation Z.
Sep 11, 2018
States of Emergency Issued for Hurricane Florence
The East Coast prepares for the impact of Hurricane Florence, expected to make landfall this Thursday.
Will Sprouts Thrive in Heated Grocery Industry?
Amazon and Whole Foods are putting pressure on organic grocer Sprouts Farmers Market.
Millennial Wants a Priority for C-Stores
Millennial preferences are driving c-store changes, renovations and offerings.
Walmart Canada Orders 30 Tesla Semi-electric Trucks
Subsidiary aims to reduce carbon footprint with a 100% alternative energy-powered fleet by 2028.
Kroger Fights Food Waste
In a partnership with Apeel Sciences, Kroger grocery stores will offer avocados that stay ripe twice as long.
Fuel Retailers Urged to Act Now on EMV Gas Pump Deadline
Dover Fueling Solutions warns of technician shortage prior to 2020 deadline.
Sep 10, 2018
Shipt Grocery Delivery Comes to California
Target will roll out statewide grocery delivery services starting this month.
Green Zebra Grocery Plans Expansion
The growing Oregon grocery chain stays on top of health food trends and consumers’ needs.
Use of Grocery Apps Growing Quickly in U.S.
2019 forecast predicts 20% of adults will use an app to purchase groceries or ready-to-eat food.
London’s LEON Crosses the Pond
Mediterranean food from the European healthy-eats chain arrives in the U.S. capital.
Sep 7, 2018
Walmart Tests New Last-Mile Delivery Service
Spark delivery service is just one more way to serve customers as the retailer expands grocery delivery across the country.
Gordon Hits Gulf Coast Hard
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration declares a regional emergency in response to Tropical Storm Gordon.
‘We Card’ Aims for Greater Awareness
The program is using We Card Awareness Month to rally retailers to prevent tobacco and e-vapor sales to minors.
S&D Coffee & Tea Invests in Smallholder Farmers
The company gave the farmers a firsthand look at its CQI Q Processing Program.
Yesway, Dr Pepper to Offer College Tuition Grants
The c-store chain teamed up with the soft drink company to give 10 $500 college tuition reimbursement grants.
Mexico City Starbucks Run by Seniors
It’s the chain’s first shop to be staffed by baristas who are age 55 and older.
Sep 6, 2018
What Drives Consumers’ Need for Convenience?
Understanding what influences shoppers can help companies better cater to different customer segments.
Dunkin’ Donuts Invests in Customer Service
Test stores will offer customers new, faster ways to grab products and go.
Cork-free Wine? Yes, You Can
Canned wine may be a small portion of a huge industry, but it’s green, well-priced and growing in popularity.
Conexxus Hires Manager, Member Engagement
Former CIO of Flash Foods, Jenny Bullard, brings considerable industry experience to her new role.
Utilities Embrace Electric Vehicles
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast covers how utilities are working to power electric vehicles.
McLane National Trade Show Kicks Off
The annual event includes executive presentations, unique technology, novel menu offerings and new brand introductions.
Sep 5, 2018
EG Group to Purchase Minit Mart C-Stores
The $330.8 million sale includes 225 stand-alone convenience stores locations operated by TravelCenters of America.
Kroger Expands Same-Day Delivery
The grocer will increase its two-hour delivery service by 50%.
Koupon Media, Paytronix Team Up on Loyalty Programs
Marketing partnership is designed to help convenience stores attract new customers and drive incremental visits.
EPA Seeks Comments on Diesel Fuels
The comments are for the agency’s “Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements for Diesel Fuels” report.
Have Restaurants Been Overlooked in Obesity Conversation?
A Forbes opinion piece says foodservice establishments are ‘missing links’ that could help in the fight against obesity.
Gordon Prompts Latest Emergency Declarations
Tropical Storm Gordon triggers hours of service waivers in U.S. Gulf region; states of emergency are also in effect in parts of West and Midwest.
Sep 4, 2018
Coca-Cola’s Costa Acquisition Seen as ‘Wise Step’
Costa will give Coke a global coffee platform with nearly 4,000 retail outlets in more than 30 countries.
Dollar Stores Prosper Even in Good Economy
Low-income shoppers turn to discount stores to better manage household budgets.
Local Governments Continue to Hike Smoking Age
More cities and counties are enacting their own bans on selling tobacco to those under 21.
Panasonic Moving From London to Amsterdam
The upcoming Brexit deadline has multinational firms exiting the United Kingdom.
Consumers Are Souring on Added Sugar
Additional sugar on ingredient lists can have a negative impact on purchasing decisions, shoppers say.
Americans Embrace Flavor Innovation in Popcorn
Ready-to-eat popcorn grows in popularity, thanks to indulgent flavors and savory mix-ins.
Aug 31, 2018
Pennsylvania’s Skimming Law in Effect
The law criminalizes the act of placing skimming or scanning devices on ATMs and gas pumps.
Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Processing Plants
Outbreak is being associated with chicken packaged under the Empire Kosher brand.
‘Alexa, Order from Dunkin’ Donuts’
Dunkin’ Donuts expands order-anywhere accessibility with Amazon Alexa integration.
England Bans Sale of Energy Drinks to Kids
The government cited concerns about children drinking the sugary, high-caffeine beverages.
Maverik Convenience Stores Raise More Than $27,000
The funds go to support the Partnership for a Healthier America.
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Aug 30, 2018
More Companies Investing in Self-Driving Vehicles
Companies large and small announce plans for autonomous autos that tote people around and deliver groceries.
Generation Z Teens Are Social Foodies
Research also suggests their waning interest in autos and retail malls.
Consumer Use of Retail Mobile Apps Doubles
Today’s consumers use an average of four retailer apps on their phones, more than double the amount in 2017.
New Beverage Watch: Session Beer, Celeb Soda
MillerCoors and Gene Simmons are both introducing new drinks to the market.
NACS to Introduce Next-Gen Payment Processing
As of October 12, NACS will discontinue its current Credit Card Processing Program.
Listening In on Overtime Rule
The U.S. Department of Labor will hold a series of in-person listening sessions across the country about the white-collar exemption regulations of its Overtime Rule.
Aug 29, 2018
Ricker’s Opens New Flagship Store
The location in New Palestine, Indiana, has Ricker’s Kitchen and an open floorplan with indoor dining.
Calif. Retailers Work on Commonsense Recycling Act
The current state law would fine convenience stores if they aren’t close enough to a recycling center and don’t serve as one for the public.
Meijer Unveils New C-Store Design
The new location features a full-service Starbucks, Wi-Fi, charging stations, LED lighting and expanded selection of fresh options.
Missouri Regulates Term of ‘Meat’
The state becomes the first to say that the word ‘meat’ only can be used to describe the flesh of animals.
Proposed CAFE Replacement Rule Published in Federal Register
Administration will gather public input on the Corporate Average Fuel Economy Rule in three hearings next month.
Freshening Up the Neighborhood
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast features the founder of the Green Zebra Grocery chain.
Aug 28, 2018
No More Soda With Kids’ Meals in NYC?
Proposed legislation from the New York City Council will come before the council’s Health Committee this fall.
Second Amazon Go Opens This Week
A pared-down Amazon Go expansion will cater to the workday crowd in downtown Seattle.
Zippin Will Zip You In and Out
The new cashierless store will get you lunch in seconds.
Hours of Service Waived in Hawaii
Emergency declaration is issued in response to Hurricane Lane.
Back-to-School With a Personalized Twist
Frito-Lay promotion prompts parents to write lunch notes for their kids with some help from Amazon Alexa.
Aug 27, 2018
Are Your Stores Shareable on Social Media?
Experiences matter in today’s retail environment, but so does shareability.
Research Suggests Shoppers Hate to Wait
Half of surveyed shoppers say the checkout experience is “very important” when it comes choosing where to shop.
Turning Sugar Into Plastic
Collaboration creates bio-sourced bottle tops and package-closing devices.
Millennials Want It Their Way
Consumers born between 1981 and 1996 expect personalization in their products.
Popular Pumpkin Beers Are Here
This means autumn can’t be far behind.
Walmart Has Hired 206,000-Plus Veterans Since 2013
Company guarantees job offer to any eligible, honorably discharged U.S. veteran.
Aug 24, 2018
By 2025, Kroger Will Ditch Plastic Bags
The supermarket chain will move to reusable bags to ultimately get rid of 123 million pounds of garbage.
Report: Drop in Calories Consumed From Beverages
Independent analysis shows calorie reduction from packaged beverages sold in chain retail outlets is on pace for a 20% reduction.
NACS Comments on Proposed Renewable Fuel Volumes
Comments submitted to U.S. EPA are generally favorable regarding the agency’s proposed 2019 renewable volume obligations.
Calif. Passes Bill Nixing Soda From Kids’ Meals
While parents can still order soft drinks with a kids’ meal, the default drinks will be water or unflavored milk.
Coffee by Drone?
IBM now has a patent for delivering a cup of joe at precisely the moment someone wants one.
Investing in the Future
The NACS Scholarship Program recognizes leadership potential in young associates.
Aug 23, 2018
Walmart Files Patents for VR Shopping System
Shoppers would see images of product-filled shelves and select purchases virtually.
Stock-Up Grocery Trips Are Declining
Nielsen study finds that most shoppers prefer fewer, shorter grocery shopping excursions.
Best Practices for Two Non-Grocery Categories
New research suggests health and beauty care items and general merchandise could present opportunities for retailers to increase sales.
Greenergy Fuel Launches New Brand in Canada
The theme is ice hockey, Canada’s most popular sport.
Don’t Let Disasters Leave You Unprepared
This week’s Convenience Matters delves into the ins and outs of having an emergency action plan.
Taco Bell Ups Fire in Nacho Fries
The chain is testing bolder flavors in two new versions: Reaper Ranch Fries and Rattlesnake Fries.
Aug 22, 2018
‘The Simpsons’ Kwik-E-Mart Comes to Life
In South Carolina, the convenience store from the long-running animated TV series welcomes real-life customers.
Sainbury’s Opens Cashier-less C-Store
The first U.K. store of its kind is testing scan-and-pay technology.
How Will GoPuff Impact C-stores?
Forbes explores how the convenience store industry could face disruption by an online delivery company.
Campbell’s Debuts V8 +Hydrate Online
The new beverage will appear in stores in November.
Convenience Stores Tackle Trash
New NACS resource looks at consumer perceptions and retailer observations around trash, litter and recycling.
Today: Sneak Peek at the NACS Show
Webinar designed specifically for first-time NACS Show attendees provides behind-the-scenes insights.
Aug 21, 2018
Shell and GM Expand Frictionless Fuel Payment
Nationwide system lets drivers pay at the pump without swiping a credit card.
Grocers Lower Costs by Reducing Carbon Footprint
LED lighting and thermal energy storage are the newest green energy solutions for grocers.
Tim Hortons Expands Into China
Canadian coffee company plans to open 1,500 stores across Asia in the next 10 years.
Tyson Foods Acquires Keystone Foods
Largest U.S. meat producer agrees to buy chicken nugget-maker Keystone Foods.
Pepsi to Buy SodaStream for $3.2 Billion
Sparkling water acquisition will help soda giant target health-conscious customers.
Big Finish for Summer Drive Sales?
A recent survey suggests that consumers plan to drive and spend more before the end of the season.
Aug 20, 2018
California May Ditch Coffee Carcinogen Warnings
The state Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment recently said coffee wasn’t a significant cancer risk.
Kroger Pilots Driverless Deliveries
The supermarket chain uses a robotic vehicle to bring groceries from the store to a customer’s curb.
Dunkin’ Donuts Continues Forward Motion
With clever marketing, more stores and a new value menu, the chain’s future is ‘energetic.’
2018 Data Breaches Exposed 2.6 Billion-plus Records
While the number of records exposed has dropped compared to 2017, data breach activity is still high.
Full-service Gas Stations Continue to Wow Customers
These days, fewer operators offer full service at the pump, but the ones that do have a loyal following.
Chipotle Experiences Another Foodborne Illness Outbreak
In late July, nearly 650 customers were sickened after eating at an Ohio location.
2018 NACS Consumer Fuels Report Surveys
Bimonthly survey responses from the NACS Consumer Fuels Report.
Aug 17, 2018
Ricker’s to Launch Frictionless Checkout
The new hybrid checkout technology combines AmazonGo and mobile pay.
Retail Empathy in North Carolina
Rep. Patrick McHenry mans a QuikTrip register as part of NACS “In Store” program and learns more than how to scan a barcode.
California Association Rebrands to Focus on Retail Fuel
The California Independent Oil Marketers Association is now called the California Fuels & Convenience Alliance.
U.K. Sugar Tax Not Changing Purchase Behavior
A new study found that the tax has had “little impact” on the way the majority of U.K. consumers shop.
Figuring Out EMV at the Pump
A free August 23 webinar will help retailers decipher the ins and outs of the EMV liability shift.
Solving the Leftover Problem
In this week’s Convenience Matters podcast, NACS talks with Feeding America about how convenience stores can donate unused food to help feed the hungry.
Aug 16, 2018
Trucking Costs Are Major Speed Bumps for Businesses
A shortage of trucks and professional drivers is driving up hauling rates and threatening business growth.
Kroger Joins Alibaba to Sell Groceries Online in China
The move marks Kroger’s first foray into international markets as it aims to boost its online business.
C-Store, Food Market and Yoga Classes All in One
Fifth addition to the London-based Eat 17 chain focuses on providing an eco-friendly shopping experience.
Delhaize Launches New Line of Convenient Fruit Products
Belgian retailer wants to make it easier for consumers to consume more fruit.
Aug 15, 2018
Coworking Space a Boon to Brick-and-Mortar Retail
As the number of coworking spaces increases, so will retail opportunities for startup, popup and veteran retailers.
California Vegan Fast-Food Chain Expanding
Plant Power Fast Food aims to open 10 new coastal locations within the next three years.
Ga. C-stores Join Fight Against Human Trafficking
Training c-store employees to recognize and report human trafficking is part of the effort.
KFC to Open Restaurant in Uzbekistan
Test location will be KFC’s first location in the Central Asian country.
Starbucks Introduces Cold Brew With Added Protein
The $5.95 drinks are available through the fall while supplies last.
Chobani Enters Condiment Market
Chobani is packaging its Greek yogurt in squeezable containers for use as a condiment.
Aug 14, 2018
Chick-fil-A Expands Into Canada
The chicken-sandwich chain plans to open at least 15 restaurants in the Toronto area within the next five years.
Starbucks Debuts Kombucha Line
Six new flavors will be released at grocery stores under the Evolution Fresh juice brand.
Jack in the Box Revamping Drive-Thru
The company will invest as much as $45 million to boost sales and improve speed.
Help Control Cigarette Litter at Your Store
C-stores can request free litter stands until September 15.
Aug 13, 2018
Power to the (Gen Z) People
U.S. Gen Z teens and young adults have greater spending power than those in several other countries.
QSR Employees to Get Sensitivity Training
Employees from 270 KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell franchise operations will receive training after incident at a Mississippi KFC.
Hey, Robot, Let’s Have Another Round
High-tech bartender-barista is serving up drinks in Shanghai.
Having a Slump? Take a Gummy Break
Caffeine-infused gummy bears are designed to deliver caffeine quickly.
Tactics by city hall can force retailers to the frontline of local regulations.
Aug 10, 2018
Four Lessons About Convenience Retailing
While cycling across Iowa, this c-store professional found some surprises along the road.
Wine Sales Projected Growth at 6% Annually
Millennials and Gen Xers have pushed out baby boomers as the largest consumer group in the wine market.
Recruiting Teenage Workers
Retailers are finding it hard to attract young, entry-level employees.
McDonald’s Unveils the Future
With trees on the roof and 27-foot windows, a new McDonald’s opens in Chicago.
Do You Value Food Safety?
This year’s National Food Safety Month focuses on creating a culture of food safety.
Lynn Wallis to Speak at NACS Show Prayer Meeting
NACS past board member and industry retail executive will give this year’s personal message on October 8.
Aug 9, 2018
Amazon to Offer Free Grocery Pickup
New perk for Prime members follows trends set by other customer-focused groceries.
Proposed Pass-through Regulations Released
Regulations would benefit small and midsize businesses.
Walmart Adds Premium Coffee Brand
Mash-Up Coffee aims to shake up Amazon and Whole Foods.
AB InBev to Fund Sustainability Startups
Beer company announces plan to support young organizations as they tackle global green issues.
Consumer Concerns Could Stall Biometric Payment
Biometric payments are poised for growth, as long as consumers don’t get cold feet.
The Appeal of Natural Gas
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast covers the pluses of using natural gas to power vehicles.
Aug 8, 2018
Starbucks to Accept Cryptocurrency
The coffeehouse chain is working on an integrated platform that would allow customers to pay for coffee with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency.
Three Factors Consumers Consider When Buying a Vehicle
A new Fuels Institute report indicates that consumers buy vehicles based on utility, cost and efficiency, but not on fuel prices.
Rutter’s Adds Locally Grown Produce
The regional chain expands its Fresh & Local initiative with local produce in its grab-and-go cases and fresh restaurant items.
TCM Bank Announces Data Exposure
The credit card issuer pointed to a glitch on its website that made thousands of names, addresses, birthdates and Social Security numbers vulnerable.
New Jersey’s Convenience Store Boom
Popular chains in the state include Wawa, Royal Farms, QuickChek and Heritage’s Dairy.
Will Grocery Stores Win the Meal Kit Battle?
CNN Money argues that meal kit companies need supermarkets to survive and thrive.
Aug 7, 2018
Walmart Pilots Robotics for Grocery Pickup
Alphabot, a storage and retrieval robotics system, will increase speed of online grocery order pickup.
EPA Withdraws Pa. Gas Volatility Ruling
Adverse comments on low-RVP gasoline program caused the rule to be withdrawn.
U.S. Retail Industry Added 66,000 Jobs in July
The National Retail Federation reports a strong economy despite employment fluctuations.
Subway Rolls Out $80 Million Investment Program
Sandwich company aims to modernize and revive itself from a sales slump.
Kellogg Thriving in Health Market
Acquisition of RXBar and emergence into health-focused markets shows in net sales.
New Products from Campbell Soup, Hormel, Green Giant
Stay on the pulse of what’s to come in food products and offerings.
Aug 6, 2018
E-Cig Sales Grew 132% From 2012 to 2016
Rechargeables are now America’s favorite style of vaping.
Food Companies Selling to Online Shoppers
It’s not easy or inexpensive, but selling directly to consumers online has its rewards.
New Taco Bell Locations Nix the Drive-Thru
A fast-food leader expands to high-density urban areas where walking makes drive-thrus passé.
Nestlé Wants You to Know This
The food manufacturing giant is much more than a chocolate company.
Calif., Ore., Wash. HOS Requirements Waived
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s emergency declaration was prompted by West Coast wildfires.
Get a Sneak Peek at the NACS Show
Webinar designed specifically for first-time NACS Show attendees provides behind-the-scenes insights.
Aug 3, 2018
Kroger Launches Delivery Service
Kroger Ship will launch in four cities and offer 50,000 shelf-stable products.
Court Pauses FDA Sign Requirement for Tobacco Products
A recent court order enjoins U.S. FDA from enforcing health warning requirements for cigar and pipe tobacco products, but retailers still should be prepared.
Starbucks and Alibaba Announce ‘New Retail’ Experience
Partnership will create a virtual Starbucks store and delivery service in China.
Sheetz Opening New Walk-in ‘Beer Caves’
In eight Pennsylvania Sheetz stores, customers can drink up to two beers and buy from refrigerated beer caves.
Hy-Vee to Open First HealthMarket Store
Stand-alone store in Iowa is an expansion of existing in-store health departments.
Yelp Offers ‘Open to All’ Label
Businesses on Yelp can display label that tells customers they don’t discriminate.
Aug 2, 2018
Landmark to Enable Chip Card Transactions
Texas fuel retailer is switching its ExxonMobil-branded stores and testing others.
Beer Remains U.S. Alcoholic Drink of Choice
More than four out of 10 Americans who drink alcohol prefer a good brew.
Consumers Want More From Food
In addition to taste and nutrition, consumers seek discovery, enjoyment and excitement from what they eat.
How to Compete With Online Food Sales?
Traditional food manufacturers find that online shopping can result in more impulse purchases than in-store shopping.
Retail Employees Enjoy Increased Financial Rewards
Both hourly workers and executives benefit from tight labor market and sales surge.
M&M’S Crunchy Mint Wins ‘Flavor Vote’
Fan-favorite flavor will hit shelves this month following customer campaign.
Aug 1, 2018
Uber, Lyft Contribute to Traffic Jams
A new study shows that these ride-sharing services are making traffic worse, not better.
Woolworths Designs Frequent Shopping Concept
The Australian store has been carefully curated to encourage multiple stops during the day.
Getting High-income Millennials to Pump Gas
PYMNTS found that mobile apps draw this demographic to gas stations.
PepsiCo Foundation Launches ‘All In On Recycling’
Together with the Recycling Partnership, the initiative seeks to make recycling easier for 25 million U.S. families.
Dunkin’ Donuts Expands Snack Menu
The coffee chain officially has launched its Dunkin’ Run snacks.
Speaking Up for Convenience Stores
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast discusses the many ways advocacy can look—and how retailers from all levels can get involved.
Jul 31, 2018
Foods Co Kicks Visa Credit Cards to Curb
The California subsidiary of Kroger will no longer accept Visa credit cards at 21 grocery stores and five gas stations as of mid-August.
Big Mac Celebrates 50th Anniversary
For the half-century celebration, McDonald’s gives out MacCoins with the purchase of a Big Mac.
Anheuser-Busch InBev to Boost Its Non-Alcoholic Drinks
The company will soon have a “chief non-alcohol beverage officer.”
GM Expands Maven Car-Sharing Program
The automaker’s platform will allow peer-to-peer rentals of vehicles.
Plant-Based Foods Gain Traction
Sales of almond milk and veggie burgers, among other plant-based foods, jumped 20% over the past year.
Jul 30, 2018
Attract Talent by Telling Your Employees’ Stories
Employees can be your best recruiting tool, especially when they are given the chance to provide authentic video testimonials about their work experiences.
Starbucks Must Pay Workers for Tasks After Clock-out
California Supreme Court declares that a rule under federal law does not apply under state law.
Albertsons Customers Help With New Brand Redesign
Shoppers assist grocery giant in updating and enhancing its natural foods brand.
Older Grocery Shoppers Want More Info From Online Services
Survey indicates grocery providers could deliver more health and nutrition information to encourage seniors to order groceries online.
The Price Is Right
Fast feeders recognize that $5 is the magic meal price; Burger King protests “Pink Tax.”
Aloha Island Mart Raises $10,000 for PHA
Customer donations at Hawaii c-store chain support Partnership for a Healthier America programs while accelerating company’s mission.
Jul 27, 2018
Walmart to Test Self-Driving Shuttles
The trial service will take Arizona shoppers to Walmart stores for online order pickup.
Mega Millions Shoots Past $500 Million
This week’s multistate jackpot was the sixth-highest in the game’s history.
Coca-Cola to Hike Soda Prices
The beverage company will raise prices of its U.S. soft drinks because of higher tariffs on metal.
Consumer Needs Evolve Across Grocery Stores
Trends for retailers to keep in mind include customer desire for protein, plant-based foods and healthier snacks.
Engaging Hispanic Customers
This demographic is more tech-forward and open to digital content and ads.
Speedway Raises $2.5 Million for Pediatric Hospitals
The Speedway Miracle Tournament celebrates patients treated at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals while raising funds.
Jul 26, 2018
Lessons From the Recent Starbucks PR Crisis
Customers demand service and respect; online reviews can boost or break a company’s image.
Gen Z, Millennials Are Sweet on Desserts
Hershey Co. research shows that younger generations let sweet options and recognized brands guide their dining decisions.
At-Home Cooks Rely on Prepared Food
U.S. consumers are eating at home more, but often what they are eating comes from a restaurant, drive-thru or other foodservice operation.
Four Foodservice Mistakes to Avoid
Small mistakes can cost you big in foodservice.
Michigan ATM Users Scammed by Hackers
Victims worry more about stolen personal financial information than losing $500.
Cashier-less C-Stores Continue to Grow in Pacific Rim
No-clerk, no-cash stores created to increase convenience and reduce labor.
Jul 25, 2018
Target Renovates Stores to Capture Quick Trips
The remodeled stores offer a section focused on convenience, groceries, seasonal items and a ‘gift-and-go’ area.
Nine States Ask FDA to Ban Flavored Tobacco
The Attorneys General say the use of flavors and menthol in tobacco impedes them from reaching public health goals related to smoking.
Robot Offers Gas Station Security
At a San Francisco Shell station, a robotic security guard keeps watch.
U.S. Market Ready for Contactless Cards
For retailers, contactless cards would speed up transactions and improve customer loyalty.
Roadmap to a Vulnerability Disclosure Program
Free Conexxus webinar will discuss how your security program can reach beyond the Secure Software Development Life Cycle.
Compete With, Don’t Copy, Your Competitors
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast covers why retailers should target market.
Jul 24, 2018
Chick-fil-A Launches Meal Kits
Next month, five different Mealtime Kits will be available in 150 Atlanta locations.
Allergy-Free: The Next Gluten-Free?
Enjoy Life Foods is experiencing double-digit growth as the leader in ‘allergy-friendly’ packaged foods.
U.S. EPA Must Reconsider Ergon Waiver
Federal appeals court overturns agency decision, siding with West Virginia oil refiner Ergon.
Ritz Products Recalled for Salmonella Risk
The voluntary recall affects 16 varieties of Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits.
Okla. Grocery Stores to Host Immunization Clinic
The Oklahoma Caring Foundation and local grocery stores are partnering to hold immunization clinics for kids.
Jul 23, 2018
Gen Z Influences Food and Drink Trends
Young consumers are shaping the way Americans eat.
Trump Signs ‘Pledge to American Workers’ EO
Upgrading work proficiencies can bring more unemployed people back into the workforce, he said.
Mastercard Considers Bitcoin Credit Cards
The company’s new patent covers a method for processing virtual currency payments.
Controversial Philadelphia Soda Tax Upheld by Court
Tax on sugary drinks gets approval from Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
Foodservice Seeks Eco-friendly Alternatives to Plastic
Eliminating plastic has positive social and environmental impact, but good, non-plastic forks and spoons are hard to find.
Seven-Eleven Japan Halts Draft Beer Promotion
The company was concerned stores would be overrun by seekers of low-cost suds.
Jul 20, 2018
Starbucks to Open ‘Signing Store’ for Deaf Customers
The location will be near Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., and employees will know American Sign Language.
Frito-Lay Launches Regional Chips
From fried pickle potato chips to lobster roll chips, Frito-Lay will soon introduce eight region-themed chip flavors.
Invite Security Researchers to Hack You
Join Conexxus on July 26 for a free webinar on the “Roadmap to a Vulnerability Disclosure Program.”
Ireland to Halt Public Investment in Fossil Fuels
The country will be the first to make such a mandate to stop investing in non-renewable energy within five years.
Taco Bell Throws Hiring Parties
The QSR wants to bring 100,000 new workers into its restaurants by 2022.
Help Customers Stay Hydrated
Encourage customers to drink more water using free Drink Up marketing materials.
Jul 19, 2018
Wawa, Uber Eats Expand Delivery Options
Convenience retailer is now delivering from eight stores as part of its delivery pilot.
What C-Stores Can Learn from Toys R Us
Did now-defunct retailers fail to provide a compelling experience at a time when it mattered?
Reports of Major Tech Changes at Walmart
Retailer partners with Microsoft to offer improved online shopping.
Controversial Soda Tax Banned in California
New bill prohibits city and county soda taxes for a dozen years.
Bottled Water Keeps Growing
New products continue adding excitement to the category for healthy hydration options.
Aldi Joins How2Recycle Program
Grocer makes it easier for consumers to decipher what packages can be recycled.
Jul 18, 2018
Cups Bring McDonald’s, Starbucks Together
The companies are teaming up to find a fully recyclable, compostable coffee cup, and are inviting competitors to join them.
How to Stand Out From the Competition
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast talks about how to create an unfair advantage over your competition.
Walmart, Target Expand Pickup, Delivery Options
Walmart will cover same-day delivery of groceries through Jet.com in New York City, while Target will add 200 stores to its Drive Up service.
Pride Stores Opens ‘Restaurant Within a Convenience Store’
The Massachusetts location was transformed into a Pride Kitchen location.
Retailers Use Blue Light to Eliminate Drug Use
Several convenience store chains have been testing blue lighting in restrooms to deter illegal drug use.
Back-to-School, College Spending to Reach $82.8 Billion
While not as high as last year, Americans will still open their wallets wide for back-to-school shopping.
Jul 17, 2018
NACS Show Keynote Speaker Line-up Announced
An impressive roster for this year’s NACS Show includes disruptors, unmarketers and a skilled trade advocate.
Consumers Want Smart Labels
70% of consumers want to know more about a product then the ingredients on the label.
Califia Farms Receives $50 Million Investment
The plant-based milk company seeks to expand manufacturing and promotion.
Kroger Debuts OptUP App
Data-driven app aims to encourage shoppers to make healthier decisions.
Albertsons Launches Instacart-Powered Virtual Store
O Organics Market will showcase grocer’s organic and natural private brands, offer same-day delivery.
NACS Comments on Proposed Tobacco Regulations
FDA proposals would limit the nicotine level in cigarettes and flavorings in tobacco products.
Jul 16, 2018
QSRs To End ‘No Poaching’ Policies
Seven chains will stop practices that could limit employee wages and chance of advancement.
McDonald’s Salads Suspected in Outbreak of Illnesses
Two state health departments are investigating health problems caused by the cyclospora parasite.
Walmart Granted a Patent for Employee Audio Surveillance System
Company could listen in on employee conversations as part of performance evaluations.
Robot Barista Flies Into Texas Airport
Travelers to and from Austin can perk up at Briggo’s Coffee Haus with a robotic server, without ever talking with a human barista.
Jul 13, 2018
Coca-Cola Debuts Reverse Vending Machines
Pilot vending machines support Coke’s “World Without Waste” initiative.
NACS Resource Helps Retailers Tell Their Story
PR Toolkit offers guidelines for building goodwill and establishing positive relationships within the community.
Chick-fil-A Experiments with Electronic Butler Bell
Three Texas locations have seen a boost in sales and hospitality scores after installing the tabletop device.
The Value of Premium Gas
Changes in the marketplace have eroded premium gasoline’s sales, but the grade still accounts for roughly 13% of all gasoline sales.
Tim Hortons Tests Delivery in Canada
Delivery will begin in Vancouver, Edmonton and Ottawa.
Rutter’s Helps Environment Through Coffee Purchase
Convenience store chain recently debuted the second blend of its sustainable coffee program.
Jul 12, 2018
C-Store Sales Up for the First Six Months of 2018
Healthy food and drink sales expected to drive summer in-store sales at U.S. convenience stores.
Seattle Soda Tax Collection Exceeds Expectations
Added tax on sweetened beverages may not be reducing consumption.
Investigation: Possible 'No-Poach' Employee Agreements
Fast-food restaurants probed about restricting competition for employees and keeping hourly wages low.
Digital Coupons Influence QSR and Fast-Casual Diners
Study shows that customers will shift brands or try something new if offered digital coupons.
Walmart to Open More Dallas-Fort Worth Convenience Stores
Four new Walmart c-stores to open in the area this year.
Amazon Gears Up for Prime Day
For the first time, Prime Day will offer deals at Whole Foods Markets.
Jul 11, 2018
Protests Against Cashless Restaurants Grow
As the number of restaurants that eschew cash increases in Washington, D.C., city council members introduce a bill to make retailers accept cash.
Happy 7-Eleven Day!
Once again, the retailer is celebrating its birthday with free Slurpee drinks and a “seven deals in seven days” promo.
Amazon Acquisition Upends Meal-Kit Industry
While the online retailer hasn’t started bringing meal kits to Prime members, meal-kit companies have started to change their business model to stay competitive.
Drive-Thrus Outperform Dining Rooms
For fast-food restaurants, more sales are happening outside the stores, which has led chains to expand their ability to take drive-thru orders.
Looking Into Fuel’s Crystal Ball
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast offers a few predictions about the future of fueling.
Unique Gas Stations Take Center Stage
A new photography book with a preface by Jay Leno showcases the world’s quirkiest gasoline stations—and why we love them.
Jul 10, 2018
Hartford, Conn., Says No to Most 24-Hour C-Stores
The city is severely limiting the number of convenience stores open all night in an effort to curb crime.
Starbucks Will Ditch Plastic Straws
By 2020, the company will replace plastic straws with straw-free lids or alternative-material straws as part of its initiative to lower waste worldwide.
Hundreds Sickened by Del Monte Vegetable Trays
The CDC has been notified of 212 cases of cyclosporiasis in persons who reportedly consumed the recalled prepackaged Del Monte Fresh Produce vegetable trays.
C-Stores Give People With Disabilities a Chance
With a tight labor market developing in many parts of the United States, businesses are finding success with hiring people who have disabilities.
Lidl Re-evaluates Its U.S. Expansion
The German grocer has opened 53 stores so far but has yet to achieve a strong foothold in the United States.
Don’t Assume You Know Your Customers, Study Them
Free webcast offers simple methods to boost digital adoption, while reducing time to market and upfront costs.
Jul 9, 2018
Make Way for On-Demand Gasoline
New trends may alter the future of gas stations.
Walmart Announces Supplier Inclusion Effort
Showcase focuses on diverse suppliers from throughout the United States.
Selling Stuff to Gen Z
Keeping up with sophisticated Z shoppers will challenge retailers.
Vendors Underwriting Amazon Prime Discounts
Supplier claims of 10% ‘scanback charge’ and other fees.
Who Hacked the Gas Pumps?
Hackers steal more than 600 gallons of fuel from Detroit gas station.
Taco Bell Celebrates Wedding Anniversary
One year and 60 weddings later, Taco Bell is renewing vows for bigger and better weddings at the Las Vegas Cantina.
Jul 6, 2018
California Groups Push for Soda Tax
In response to a 12-year ban, two health-care associations announced a statewide soda tax ballot initiative for 2020.
Is Casual Dining Staging a Comeback?
Sales at chains such as Ruby Tuesday and Applebee’s have been rebounding.
Amazon Go to Open Second Seattle Location
The city will have two cashier-less convenience stores.
Five Facts About Diesel
NACS explains why diesel historically costs more than gasoline and provides other key takeaways.
Jul 5, 2018
Gas Pump Skimming on the Rise
The U.S. Secret Service issues skimmer warning during one of the summer’s busiest travel weeks.
Miami Food Truck Delivers Convenience
The truck stocks groceries and other convenience items aimed at a Hispanic audience.
Loop Neighborhood Stores Launches ‘Loop Back’ Rewards
The program offers customers points for purchases, dollars-off coupons and other exclusive rewards.
What Makes a Business Successful?
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast features Scott Hartman, president and CEO of Rutter’s, who shares his insights about how his company stays current.
Jul 3, 2018
Seattle Straw Ban Takes Effect
City is largest U.S. locality to prohibit plastic utensils and straws in restaurants.
Amazon Helps Entrepreneurs Start Delivery Service
Participants must invest in the new business and handle Amazon shipments.
Convenience, Health Drive Sales of Frozen Food
Millennials are attracted to new innovations and time-saving options of frozen foods.
NACS Wins Nine Prestigious EXCEL Awards
NACS Magazine and “Convenience Matters” podcast each racked up multiple honors from Association Media & Publishing.
Jul 2, 2018
Kroger and Robomart to Pilot Driverless Delivery
Stores will test unmanned vehicles for same-day grocery deliveries later this year.
Consumer Demand Grows for Plant-based Proteins
Whether it’s eggs, beef or chicken, plant-based versions are available.
McDonald’s Introduces Globe-Trotting Menu
But it’s only a treat for employees at the company’s Chicago headquarters.
Soda Companies Experience Sales Increase
PepsiCo, Dr Pepper Snapple and the Coca-Cola Company posted positive sales growth during the four weeks that ended on June 16.
Jun 29, 2018
Will California Prohibit Taxes on Soda?
Bills at the state level could ban localities from enacting their own tax on soft drinks.
AmEx, Amazon Partner on Small Business Credit Card
The credit card company beat other banks to issue the co-branded card.
BP to Acquire U.K.’s Largest EV Charging Company
The purchase is an important step in scaling up and deploying a fast and ultra-fast charging network on BP’s U.K. forecourts.
Twin City Caps Tobacco Licenses
St. Paul, Minnesota, City Council approved a measure that would not allow for any new licenses to be issued beyond the current number.
Why Gas Mileage Improves in the Summer
There are significant environmental benefits to summer-blend fuel, as well as increased fuel efficiency.
Senate Passes Legislation to Reauthorize SNAP
Farm Bill passes the Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support.
Jun 28, 2018
House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Advanced Biofuels
Travel center and fuel retailing executive testifies and shares insights on advanced biofuels and the RFS.
10 Top Companies Working on Food-Tracking Blockchain
Innovative technology will help the food industry know where food has traveled.
Millennials Cook Less, Order More Delivery
Current millennial eating habits could impact U.S. food producers negatively in the future, UBS reports.
South Korea to Funnel Funds to Hydrogen Fueling
Government partners with private businesses to put more hydrogen vehicles on the road.
Dunkin’ Donuts to Launch ‘Donut Fries’
New LTO snack pops into stores to celebrate Independence Day.
Data for Your Business
The U.S. Census has tools available to help retailers boost their business.
Jun 27, 2018
U.S. EPA Releases Proposed Renewable Fuel Volumes
2019 draft volumes are less than statutory targets.
U.S. Supreme Court Closes Sales Tax Loophole for Online Stores
The ruling means that states can require Internet retailers to collect sales tax without having a physical presence in that state.
Californians Will Vote on Repealing Gas Tax
The November ballot proposition would kill the state’s new tax on gasoline and repeal vehicle fees.
What Will Influence American Food?
Latin America, Middle East and the Mediterranean are the top three regions that will impact American food this year.
Convenience Stores Embrace Payment Apps
Cumberland Farms’ SmartPay mobile app has helped the regional chain connect with customers.
An Industry Reflection
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast features industry icon Roy Strasburger.
Jun 26, 2018
Supreme Court Rules in Favor of American Express
Implications for other card networks unclear following 5-4 decision.
2017 State of the Industry Report Released
NACS report of 2017 data provides valuable information for retailer benchmarking and decision-making.
Early Bird Deadline Extended for NACS Show
Save $300 when you register by Wednesday.
Fuel Retailing: It’s Not Just About Price
Why lighting, cleanliness and the overall customer experience matter for fuel sales.
Jun 25, 2018
Coca-Cola China Testing AI-Enabled Retail Freezer
‘Smart’ store attracts customers, simplifies management and supports female entrepreneurship.
U.S. States Pressure Automakers on EVs
California and eight other states unveil an ambitious plan to boost sales of electric cars.
California Legislators Could Restrict Kids’ Meals
Proposed bill would make California the first U.S. state to regulate restaurant meals for youngsters.
Wingstop Restaurants to Expand U.S. Delivery Service
More chicken wings will fly out the door with the addition of new technology.
Jun 22, 2018
U.S. House of Representatives Passes Farm Bill
Legislation to reauthorize SNAP passes by a narrow, party-line vote.
Massachusetts Approves $15-per-hour Minimum Wage
The bill passed both House and Senate by a vast majority.
Starbucks to Shutter 150 Stores
The coffeehouse chain, while having more locations than McDonald’s, will be closing around three times as many units as it usually does.
Gaining Fans, One Bite at a Time
Krispy Krunchy Chicken has been winning converts with its fried chicken franchises in gas stations and convenience stores.
Dollar General Tests App-based Checkout
The discount chain is the latest retailer to dip its toes into mobile checkout.
How BMI Affects Consumer Behavior and Attitudes
Study suggests c-stores can be a positive force in changing behavior and helping reverse obesity levels.
Jun 21, 2018
McDonald’s Eliminating Plastic Straws in U.K. and Ireland
More foodservice providers are moving away from one-use, plastic products.
Rosé Grows and Two Companies Turn Wine into Water
Latest trends in the wine and water categories.
Retailers Use Tax Benefits to Hire Employees
Some retailers are using tax cut savings to offer better salaries and benefits.
Publix Wants to Park Your Car
Complimentary valet service now available to shoppers at Tampa Bay stores.
The “Minority Report” 16 Years on.... Today’s Digital Signage Capabilities
Jun 20, 2018
Walmart Develops New Sam’s Club Concept
The store will be smaller than its usual warehouse size and will focus on fresh foods and digital technology.
EPA Approves Air Quality Implementation Plans for Pennsylvania
The agency also has issued proposed rules to relax federal volatility requirements in five Louisiana parishes.
Ban on Artificial Trans Fats in Effect
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration officially bans trans fats after they were ruled unsafe to eat three years ago.
Adding Fresh Fruit to Menus
From juices to bowls to smoothies, fresh fruit is appearing on more menus.
Where Have All the Home Cooks Gone?
Meal kits, takeout and drive-thrus are squeezing out grocers and food makers as fewer people cook at home.
Don’t Let Disasters Derail Your Business
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast discusses the important role convenience stores play in emergencies and why preparation is key to weathering any storm.
Jun 19, 2018
Ontario C-Stores Wait for Beer, Wine Sales
Retailers across the province are struggling, and hope that adding wine and beer will boost their bottom line.
Tyson Creates Snack Crisps from Food Waste
One man’s trash is another man’s snack treasure.
Text Recruiting Gives Employers Competitive Edge
Mobile-first strategy can broaden recruiting outreach and cut time to fill open positions.
GasBuddy Recognizes Top Restrooms
Weigel’s was voted cleanest c-store bathroom in Tennessee and fifth-cleanest in the United States.
Jun 18, 2018
Four Food Trends for Summer
Vegan offerings, low-cal ice cream, bold snacks and flavored sparkling waters are in.
Dollar General Gets Fresh With In-store Produce
Dollar store shoppers to find fruits and veggies in 450 stores.
Philadelphia Eyes New Scheduling Law
Law would require retail and fast-food businesses to be more flexible in assigning work shifts to employees.
How to Improve Retail Data Security
Free Conexxus webinar will discuss how data science can be used to more effectively detect security threats.
Jun 15, 2018
Illinois Retailers Protest Bill to Hike Smoking Age
The measure is on its way to the governor, but convenience stores and vape shops say it will allow a black market to flourish.
Indiana C-Stores Roll Out Beer-Cooling Bags
The “Chill Indiana” glacier bags allow customers to put ambient beer in the bag, then fill it with ice to get a cold beer.
Microsoft Tinkers With Cashier-less Technology
The company has been working on ways for customers to bypass checkout lines.
Toyota Looks to Self-driving Convenience Stores
The automobile manufacturer partners with Starbucks and 7-Eleven Japan to bring mobile cafes and c-stores to Japan.
Canadians Still Love Cash
Especially at convenience stores, Canadian consumers prefer paying with dollars and cents.
NACS reFresh Wins ‘Power of A’ Silver Award
The prestigious ASAE award honors organizations with innovative and effective programs.
Jun 14, 2018
Texas Grocery Chain to Open Convenience Store
Tom Thumb will launch its first-ever convenience store near downtown Dallas.
KFC Hatching Plan for Vegan Fried Chicken
The home of The Colonel is testing plant-based chicken options for U.K. consumers.
Amazon Expands Delivery and Discounts from Whole Foods
Delivery available in Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia and Richmond; 10 more states can receive Prime discount.
Coca-Cola Launches Two Alcoholic Drinks
Canned Chu-Hi and Lemon-Do are introduced to Japanese consumers.
The End of the Combustion Engine?
Alternative vehicles might be gaining ground, but don’t expect an EV takeover anytime soon.
Farm Bill Clears Senate Agriculture Committee
With overwhelming bipartisan support from the committee, legislation to reauthorize SNAP advances to the Senate floor.
Jun 13, 2018
More Businesses Ditch Plastic Straws, Bags
Ikea, Royal Caribbean and SeaWorld are the latest companies to say they will ban plastic bags and straws from their properties.
Innovation That Enables Immediate Consumption
Albert Heijn To GO’s smart shelf technology offers tap, grab and go purchasing.
Will Cargo Supplement Convenience Stores?
Probably not, but the mobile convenience store is just one example of new ways to target drivers and passengers.
Putting Fresh Front and Center
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast showcases what convenience stores can do to sell more fresh produce.
Jun 12, 2018
Why Every C-store Should Monitor Reviews
Do you listen when your customers share online feedback? You should.
A Modern Store
Choice Market brings its customers traditional and healthy c-store staples.
BGF Boosted Stake in Hello Nature
Meanwhile, FamilyMart Uny has partnered with Japanese discounter Don Quijote.
Increase Fresh Food Margins
On-demand webinar helps retailers reap benefits of selling fresh items by weight.
Jun 11, 2018
Senate Committee Unveils Bipartisan Farm Bill
The bill reauthorizes agriculture programs, including SNAP.
Happy Birthday, Self-Serve Gas
An innovation introduced on June 10, 1964, forever changed fueling.
Debunking Conventional Wisdom About Summer Travel
Are we assuming the wrong things about travel between Memorial Day and Labor Day?
Convenience Retailers Honored in London
Carrefour Group, Reitan Convenience Norway win 2018 NACS awards for sustainability and technology.
Jun 8, 2018
New Coalition Launches to Promote Greater Payments Security
NACS, retail trade groups and debit networks join together to ask for input into card payment security and technology standards.
San Francisco Votes to Ban Flavored Tobacco Sales
City supervisors previously had prohibited the sale of flavored tobacco products, which came before city voters on Tuesday.
Gleeson Named European Industry Leader of the Year
President of Aramark Northern Europe shares his insights on the future of convenience retail and his own personal leadership journey.
Exploring Asian and European Retail Trends
Automation, technology and economic sentiment are driving innovation and trends in the Asian and European convenience retail markets.
Starbucks Has More Outlets Than McDonald’s
Analysts speculate that perhaps the coffee chain should slow down expansion plans in the United States.
USDA Releases GMO Webinar
The free, recorded webinar is particularly relevant to retailers with private label products.
Jun 7, 2018
Rutter’s Will Switch to Cage-Free Eggs
Foodservice items anticipated to be 100% cage-free by end of month.
Why Fuel Quality Matters
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast features expert opinions on octane, engines and fuel quality.
Fresh The Good Food Market Takes Top Honors
Dublin, Ireland, market wins the 2018 NACS International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award.
Retail Case Study: PKN Orlen
Leading Central European convenience and fuel retailer is reinventing fresh foodservice on-the-go.
Jun 6, 2018
Insights on Polish and Eastern Europe Consumers
HIM research sheds light on convenience retail trends and opportunities.
EPA Establishes Air Quality Designations
The agency has released additional air quality designations for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards.
JAB Gobbles Up Pret A Manger
Earlier this year, the owner of Krispy Kreme and Panera said it would buy Dr Pepper Snapple Group too.
Cumberland Farms Launches Gas Giveaway
Customers can win free gasoline for a year by paying with SmartPay Check-Link all summer long.
Costco Increases Starting Pay Rate
Boost comes from savings due to U.S. federal tax cuts this year.
Using U.S. Census Data
In this NACS webinar, attendees will learn how data from the U.S. Census Bureau can help pick store sites and customize marketing.
Jun 5, 2018
How Polish Consumers Influence Convenience
Insights from Nielsen highlight how small-format retailers in Poland can better deliver a fast and easy shopping experience.
Walmart Rolls Out Personal Shopper Service
New service Jetblack offers same-day delivery for $50/month membership.
Restaurants Cater to Employees
Ping pong, farm field trips and coffee lounges are among the employee perks restaurants are offering workers.
A Good Place to Eat
In the Richmond, Va., area, five gas stations are serving out-of-this-world food.
Jun 4, 2018
Bottled Water No. 1 Beverage in America
The gap continues to widen between soda and bottled water.
Waivers Granted Following Subtropical Storm Alberto
Hours of Service waivers were granted by states in the south and by the federal government.
NACS Show Registration Is Open
Save now with Early Bird pricing.
A Modern Convenience Store
KFSN-TV highlighted some of the healthier changes in corner stores.
Boomers Need Snacks Too
The older generation represents an untapped consumer base for snacks.
Fuels Institute Announces Leadership Changes
Ron Sabia, former president of Gulf Oil, was elected Chairman.
Jun 1, 2018
Atlantic Hurricane Season Likely to Be Rough
Retailers should prepare for the strong possibility of 10 to 16 named storms this year.
Target to Modify Small-Format Stores
The retailer will build three new locations in Seattle, and will tailor the merchandise selection to appeal to local residents.
Robotic Chef Flips 300 Burgers Daily
The one-armed robot has been rehired.
McDonald’s Pilots Breakfast Catering
The fast food chain teamed up with UberEats to deliver bundled morning meals from nearly 200 Florida stores.
Father’s Day Spending to Reach $15.3 Billion
More than three-fourths of Americans will celebrate Dad this month.
Creating a Culture for Women Executives
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast explores how companies can retain and promote females—and why that helps them connect with customers.
May 31, 2018
Connect with a Cause
NACS and the American Red Cross partnership offers retailers an in-store customer donation kit.
Lidl Grocery Delivery Expands to Northern Virginia
Germany-based grocery has partnered with Shipt to offer online grocery delivery services to northern Virginia residents.
Albertsons May Pilot Technology Like Amazon Go
Grocer will start small with meal kits and prepared food, move to touch-and-go gas pumps.
Sharpen Your Leadership Skills
NACS offers four executive education opportunities for convenience store leaders.
Aussie Visit to Europe
May 30, 2018
When Should Consumers Buy Groceries?
Digital coupon company Ibotta gives tips on when to shop.
Mars Wrigley Shares New Products and Best Practices
Confectionary giant develops ideal checkout lane program and design for retailers.
Clean Fuel Vehicles Transforming Michigan Economy
Analysis finds that the clean mobility sector contributes $18.8 billion to Michigan’s economy.
Coca-Cola Rolls Out Upgrades to Its Freestyle Fleet
The company debuted a next-generation Freestyle model, along with other beverage innovations.
May 29, 2018
What’s the No. 1 Road Trip Snack?
A New York Times food writer shares her top 10 list of go-to convenience store snacks.
One Man’s Love of Gas Station Hot Dogs
For editor Jay Bouchard, one bite of a roller dog evokes happy childhood memories.
Graduation Spending to Reach $5.2 Billion
Cash and greeting cards top the list of popular gifts for grads.
Indiana Convenience Store Staffs Trained on Spotting Human Trafficking Victims
NACS partner organization In Our Backyard has trained 500 clerks in the state and 11,000 stores nationwide.
May 25, 2018
Consumer Financial Outlook Off to Slow Start
However, a new IRI Consumer Connect survey finds that the predictions for the rest of the year are more favorable.
Mass EV Adoption Challenges on a Global Scale
Growth of charging points and new vehicle technologies are major hurdles to driving mass electric vehicle adoption.
Coke Announces Healthier Juice Line
Simply Beverages launched Simply Light beverages in four flavors.
South Florida Can Order Beer, Wine Via Amazon Prime Now
The service gives residents access to hundreds of beer and wine products, all delivered within two hours.
Sheetz Courts Workers
As the chain expands, top executives worry about finding the right employees.
Develop Critical Leadership Skills at NACS Women’s Leadership Program
The program, held at the Yale School of Management, will help women hone their strategic and decision making.
May 24, 2018
Navigating Summer Road Trips
A new study provides a glimpse inside cars: What people do, eat and argue about.
Blurring Lines Between Supermarkets, Restaurants
Customers flock to stores with more foodservice.
Vending Machines Flourish in China
Startups of unmanned retail locations have garnered billions from investors.
NACS Reports Reveal Consumer Insights
Three NACS reports cite findings on how gas customers react to prices at the pump and the behaviors of frequent shoppers at convenience stores.
May 23, 2018
McDonald’s Straw Dilemma
The fast-food chain’s shareholders will consider a proposal for the restaurant to come up with plastic straw alternatives.
Utilities and Electric Vehicles
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast looks into a rapid growth in electric vehicle usage.
Behind the Scenes at Wawa
Inc. Magazine examines the family-owned chain’s popularity on the East Coast.
FamilyMart Teams With Airbnb in Japan
The partnership allows hosts to leave keys for store pickup by incoming guests.
May 22, 2018
Supreme Court Endorses Employer Use of Class Waivers
Some say as many as half of all employees are now covered by some version of a mandatory arbitration clause.
McDonald’s Revamping Nutritional Standards for Happy Meals
McDonald’s has removed cheeseburgers and reduced French fry servings in children’s offerings.
World Health Organization Seeks to Eradicate Artificial Trans Fats by 2023
The new initiative is the first time WHO will support countries in eliminating a chronic disease.
Effort to Undercut Plastic Bag Ban on Halt in South Carolina Legislature
The anti-bag legislation is on pause, but industry supporters are still hoping for a victory next session.
Gig Economy Infiltrating Retail and Restaurant Industries
Companies turning to on-demand work for staffing needs.
May 21, 2018
Farm Bill Fails on House Floor
Sweeping legislation to reauthorize SNAP fails to pass the House on a party-line vote.
Parker’s Donates $22,000 to Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools
The donation, part of the chain’s Fueling the Community initiative, goes to support students, teachers and administrators.
Kraft Heinz Selects First Springboard Brands
New venture Springboard focuses on nurturing innovative small brands that are shaping the future of food.
More Spice Hits the Candy Aisle
Millennials and Gen Z are driving the demand for more spicy candy.
Oregon Lottery Trains Retailers
The training covered how retailers can help players gamble responsibly.
GasBuddy Reveals Top-Rated Restrooms
QuikTrip and Wawa hold the top spot in most states.
May 18, 2018
Higher Gas Prices Won’t Curtail Summer Travel
But higher prices might affect discretionary spending.
Nearly 42 Million Americans Will Kick Off Summer With Memorial Day Getaway
Analytics predict travel delays could be up to three times longer than normal over the holiday weekend.
Convenience Retail Industry Plays Key Role in Disaster Readiness Test
In early May, Miller Oil Company participated in FEMA’s National Level Exercise 2018 to test disaster preparedness.
Learning to Lead
The NACS Executive Leadership Program at Cornell will give individuals preparing to take on key leadership roles the tools to succeed.
Why Categories Matter
The CEO of Impact 21 recently shared with Convenience Corner how to develop an effective balance between retailers and suppliers in category management.
Hershey Releases ‘Shopper's World' Retail Report
Company outlines ‘total commerce' approach that blends digital and physical elements to enhance retail experience.
May 17, 2018
Three Insights on Frequent C-Store Customers
NACS Consumer Fuels Surveys reveal several key insights on the shopping behavior of c-store loyalists.
Customer Loyalty, Marketing Position Circle K Hong Kong for Strong Future
Profits have grown over the past 12 months as well.
Employers Should Share All Background Check Reports Before Revoking Job Offers
Case study shows that a job offer contingency won’t always spare an employer from the burden of a jury trial.
Nestle Heats Up Frozen Food Offerings
Millennial households are buying more frozen food. Can Nestle keep up with the demand?
May 16, 2018
Amazon Go Comes to Chicago, San Francisco
In January, the cashier-less convenience store opened its prototype store in Seattle.
A Heart Connection
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast gives listeners a behind-the-scenes look at how Pilot Flying J partnered with the American Heart Association.
Minneapolis City Council to Vote on Raising Tobacco Buying Age
If approved, the ordinance would take effect this fall.
Take Your Brand to the Next Level
Learn how to identify growth potential, optimize customer experience and influence customer choices at the NACS Marketing Leadership Program.
Three Insights on Frequent C-Store Customers
Frequent customer trips and transactions are vital to the success and profitability of the U.S. convenience and fuel retailing industry.
May 15, 2018
Fast-Food Restaurants Keeping Up With the Delivery Revolution
Consumer demand is putting a strain on fast-food chains to require delivery.
The Most Exciting Event of the Year
The NACS European Convenience Retail Awards will recognize outstanding achievements in the European retail community.
Aloha Petroleum Earns Design Award
Innovative design project converts old warehouses into new commercial development.
Retailers in Northern Kentucky No Longer Required to Sell Reformulated Gasoline
EPA approves Kentucky’s petition to opt-out of federal RFG program.
May 14, 2018
Non-Alcoholic Beverage Sales Grow More Than $2 Billion
Carbonated soft drinks and bottled water helped drive a boost in industry retail value.
Nestle Strikes Deal to Sell Starbucks Coffee
Nestle will pay Starbucks $7.15 billion to market, sell and distribute coffee.
Oreo-Maker Mondelez International to Acquire Tate’s Bake Shop
The $500 million deal gives Mondelez an entry point into the fast-growing premium cookie segment.
2018 Share a Coke Campaign Focuses on Shared Experiences
Fifth annual summer campaign taps into meaning behind shared memories.
May 11, 2018
Gain a Competitive Edge at the NACS Financial Leadership Program
Held at The Wharton School, this intense program challenges attendees to expand their financial insights.
NYPD Unveils ‘Skim Reaper’ to Combat Credit Card Skimmers
The police department is testing the gadget since February.
Unemployment Rate Drops Below 4%
With a tight job market, high-turnover industries like restaurants and convenience stores might find it harder to fill vacancies.
7-Eleven Tests First Ever Self-Chilling Canned Beverage
The chain launches New Fizzics Sparkling Cold Brew Coffee in a self-chilling can.
Houston Companies Drive in Dollars for Texas Children’s Hospital
The Musket Corporation and Trillium’s annual golf tournament raised $290,000 for area kids.
Whole Foods Market to Join Blink’s Nationwide Charging Station Network
The upscale grocery chain will install Blink Charging electric vehicle chargers at new locations.
May 10, 2018
How Convenience Retailers Can Combat Human Trafficking
Public restrooms are one of the few places where victims obtain privacy from their handlers.
Summit Brings Together ‘Disruptors’ to Explore Tomorrow’s Convenience
NACS Convenience Summit Europe includes world-class content delivered live from the stage by top convenience retailers and disruptors.
How Consumers React to Gas Prices
With nearly 40 million Americans filling up their vehicles every day, their reaction to gas prices has a profound impact on convenience stores.
Convenience Stores Recognized for Hurricane Outreach
NACS public relations campaign following the 2017 hurricanes earns prestigious Stevie Award.
Rising Oil Prices Troubles Retailers
As the cost of crude inches up, the average price of gas soars toward $3 per gallon.
Court Rules that Retailer SNAP Redemption Data Should be Released
Under FOIA, certain data may be protected from disclosure if it relates to confidential information.
May 9, 2018
Can You Predict the Fuels Market?
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast discusses how retailers can weather the ups and downs of the volatile fuels market.
Pizza Hut Tests Beer Delivery in Arizona, California
The chain expanded its pilot program to close to 100 restaurants.
Data Finds California Has the Most Aggressive Drivers
GasBuddy data reveals where most aggressive driving habits take place.
(Anti) Super Hero Landing at 7-Eleven Stores
7-Eleven Launches First In-Store AR Experiences with ‘Deadpool 2’ movie promotion.
Pilot Flying J Treats Moms to Free Coffee
The travel center and convenience store chain is giving away free cups of Pilot Coffee May 11 to 13.
Tainted Enhancement Products Warning
The FDA has issued numerous notices about “sexual enhancers” products with potentially dangerous ingredients.
May 8, 2018
Severe Shortage of Truckers Triggers Delivery Delays
With not enough drivers to deliver goods, prices have started to inch up too.
Fast-Food Chains Refocus on Value
Jack in the Box, McDonald’s and Taco Bell have new offerings on their value menus.
Where Have All the Teenager Workers Gone?
QSRs are scrambling to find cheap labor as fewer teenagers want a part-time job.
Giving Back Boosts the Bottom Line
Small businesses that support social causes find that can translate into more revenue.
C-Store Foodservice Drives In-Store Growth
NACS State of the Industry Summit data reveals that foodservice sales accounted for 22.5% of in-store sales in 2017.
FDA Releases Additional Guidance on Menu Labeling
The guidance, in question and answer format, clarifies some parts of the rule.
May 7, 2018
USDA Drafts Proposal on GMOs
The agency exchanges the term “genetically modified” with “bioengineered,” and allows companies to pick how to disclose ingredients.
It’s Time to Get Serious About Technology
Vish Ganapathy of Accenture shares insights on why convenience retailers must use technology to change their business models.
New York Revisits Higher Smoking Age
State lawmakers will press for raising the tobacco buying age to 21 statewide.
Mother’s Day Spending to Reach $23.1 Billion
Eighty-six percent of Americans will celebrate the holiday honoring mom.
Parents, Millennials Prefer Organics, Meal Kits
The new shopper survey found that “the path to purchase for grocery items is no longer a static and ritual journey.”
Menu Labeling Rule Goes In Effect Today
Retailers that share a name with at least 19 other stores must begin labeling the caloric content of any prepared foods.
How Consumers React to Gas Prices
Insights from NACS Consumer Fuels Surveys highlight consumer perceptions related to gas prices and the economy overall.
May 4, 2018
Touring Innovative European Stores
At the NACS Convenience Summit Europe, attendees will tour forward-thinking stores.
Ohio Approves Accelerated Electric Charging Infrastructure
Regulators added a $9.5 million rebate program for installation of 375 charging stations.
Kroger Closes Convenience Store Sale for $2 Billion
UK-based EG Group finalizes acquisition of 762 c-stores in 18 states.
Hershey Cuts Candy Varieties
Chocolate giant looking for alternatives as trucking shortages and cocoa prices cause financial obstacles.
Marathon Petroleum Purchases Rival Andeavor
The acquisition creates the largest U.S. refiner.
Burger King, Popeyes Pilot Delivery
The fast-food chains are testing delivery at hundreds of restaurants with encouraging early results.
May 3, 2018
NACS Joins with Leading Health Organizations and Beverage Group
The combined mission is to reduce sugar and calories consumed from beverages purchased at convenience stores.
ADA Lawsuit Dismissed for Lack of Standing
The decision is significant because it could limit the number of ADA lawsuits against businesses.
Maverik Joins Partnership for a Healthier America
Retailer aims to promote healthier food choices with new partnership.
What Goes Into a Gallon of Gas
No matter who owns the station, gas prices are ultimately determined by four sets of costs: crude oil, taxes, refining costs and distribution and marketing.
New York Governor Proposes Plastic Bag Ban
Gov. Andrew Cuomo introduced legislation for a statewide ban by 2019.
Circle K Introduces Fuel With Miles at Over 20 Florida Locations
The move to Circle K fuel is part of successful global re-branding campaign.
May 2, 2018
Leverage Your Brand Ambassadors
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast shows why investing in your employees pays dividends.
Amazon Will Deliver to Your Car Trunk
The world’s largest online retailer is partnering with GM and Volvo to offer in-car delivery services.
Sell Beer in Utah? You Need a License
New Utah law requires every grocery and convenience store to hold a liquor license if beer is sold.
First Fast-Food Union Takes Shape in Oregon
Burgerville Workers Union is first federally recognized fast-food workers union in the U.S.
Walgreens Tests Lower SKU Counts and Prices
Select Florida stores simplifying store layout and offering new subscription program.
Beyond Immigration Paperwork
Today, retailers have to verify worker identity and work authorization, in addition to having their employee paperwork in order.
May 1, 2018
Problem Solving Today's Challenges With Creativity
How a hippie guitarist from Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers gained a top-secret security clearance through unconventional thinking.
Google Is Using Fast Food Restaurants When Giving Directions
You may start hearing “Turn left after the McDonald’s” instead of street names.
Coke Zero Sugar Catches On
The brand has experienced double-digit growth.
Fuel Sales Increased Nearly 15% in 2017
NACS State of the Industry Summit data reveals that overall c-store sales surged to more than $600 billion, led by a 14.9% increase in fuel sales.
Retailers, Distributors Commit to PHA
Eight convenience store chains and five distribution companies are bringing healthier choices to consumers across the United States.
New York City Bill to Require Anti-Harassment Training
Businesses with 15 or more employees could be required to conduct training.
Consolidation In the Convenience Market – A New Era of Mega Mergers?
Apr 30, 2018
Learning About Leadership
NACS offers four executive education opportunities for convenience store leaders.
An Expected 80,000 Retail Stores to Close by 2025
That’s the equivalent to seven Toys ‘R’ Us chains.
San Antonio’s Higher Tobacco Buying Age Will Take Effect Oct. 1
Meanwhile, Worcester became the latest Massachusetts city to restrict the sale of flavored tobacco products.
Former Necco CEO Launches Kickstarter
Now, anyone can help #SaveNecco.
Volkswagen Announces Expansion of Fast-Charging Network
Electrify America will partner with an additional 100-plus retailers and convenience stores to add DC fast charging stations.
Ace Hardware and Giant Eagle Grocery to Partner
Coming to Pennsylvania: Lawn mowers next to produce.
Apr 27, 2018
Staying Relevant in Today’s Changing Fuels Market
Come to FUELS2018 to find out how your company can continue to meet the needs of tomorrow’s customers.
Tennessee Passes Legislation for Sunday Liquor Sales
Governor set to sign bill to allow wine and liquor sales on Sundays and select holidays.
What HR Challenges Is the Industry Facing?
The senior vice president of human resources for Casey’s General Stores provides her insights into this question in a Convenience Corner interview.
Walmart and Postmates Team Up for Grocery Delivery
Retailer can now reach 40% of U.S. food shoppers with delivery service.
Domino’s Debuts Outdoor Pizza Delivery Service
Get your pizza delivered to parks, beaches and landmarks.
Convenience Retailers Impact Healthy Choices Movement
Since 2014, NACS members have engaged with the Partnership for a Healthier America to drive change and innovation with healthy options.
Apr 26, 2018
What Consumers Think About Gas Prices
New NACS report reveals insights on consumer perceptions related to gas prices and the economy overall.
FDA Targets Youth Tobacco Sale Violations
The agency released new enforcement actions and a Youth Tobacco Prevention plan to stop minor use of, and access to, e-cigarettes.
Private Labels Are Outpacing National Brands
In-house branded products are experiencing a “complete reversal in growth trajectory.”
What’s New in the Confectionary World
Hershey, Mars and Bazooka release new products.
The Global Chocolate Market Is Growing
The chocolate confectionary market may reach $145.5 billion by 2025.
Chevrolet, Shell Deliver Fuel Payment From Comfort of Driver’s Seat
The companies have teamed up to roll out the automotive industry’s first embedded, in-dash fuel payment and savings experience.
Apr 25, 2018
Consumers Anticipate Gas Prices Will Rise
Despite the expected increase, Americans remain optimistic about the overall economy.
Keeping Your Store Beautiful
This week’s Convenience Matters tells retailers the importance of offering customers ways to recycle and reduce litter.
Making Sense of Menu Labeling
Join NACS for a free webinar on Thursday, April 26, on how to comply with the new federal menu labeling regulations.
Is the Time of Oil Over?
Experts say the fuel has a future, but that it’s changing slowly.
Coke Refreshes Fresca
The soft drink maker wants to rejuvenate the 50-year-old brand.
Is a ‘Junk Food’ Tax in Our Future?
Researchers determine if the U.S. could realistically implement a junk food tax to help fight obesity.
What Consumers Think About Gas Prices
Insights from NACS Consumer Fuels Surveys on consumer perceptions related to gas prices and the economy overall.
Apr 24, 2018
Segment Your Market to Excel In the Niche
Sheetz Plans to Add 2,500 Jobs
Convenience store plans to fill jobs throughout its 568 locations.
Labor Is a Hot Industry Issue
NACS State of the Industry Summit data revealed key insights into what the industry must do to attract and grow their workforce.
Convenience Stores Anticipate Strong Summer Travel Sales
Retailers say growth of food, beverage and healthier snacking options will lead to stronger sales.
NACS Launches Donation Kit to Support the American Red Cross
The program is designed to help convenience store companies and their customers connect with a nationwide cause.
GetGo Partners with Grubhub
Giant Eagle’s convenience store chain is dabbling in delivery of its meal options.
Starbucks Prepares for Racial-Bias Training
A recent incident in a Philadelphia store is prompting the company to educate employees.
Apr 23, 2018
Starbucks Debuts Cold Foam
The coffeehouse chain now has a solution that aerates skim milk for a frothy topping for cold or iced drinks.
Gulf Oil Kicks Off Summer-Long Partnership With Live Nation
Gulf will reach millions of concertgoers this summer.
IRI Announces Successful CPG Brands of 2017
Top brands in convenience stores demonstrate the power behind consumers’ quests for indulgent, on-the-go experiences.
To Save Lives, Retailer Stocks Narcan Kits
An Atlantic City convenience store owner received training on how to administer naloxone.
Japanese Retailers Shift Focus to Healthy Options
In Japan, convenience stores now stock foods with fewer additives and more veggies.
PepsiCo Incorporates More Technology in Supply Chain
The company has embraced digital initiatives to make distribution seamless.
Apr 20, 2018
Wawa Claims Top Spot as America’s Favorite Sandwich Shop
An annual survey found the chain jumped four places to grab the No. 1 spot for sandwiches.
California Assemblyman Pulls State Combustion-Engine Ban Proposal
The most ambitious proposal for a statewide transition to electric vehicles has been tabled for now.
Coke Signs With Cargo to Capture Rideshare Commerce
The soft drink company will offer Glaceau Smartwater in Lyft and Uber cars in Atlanta.
Automakers Testify to Make 95 Octane the New Standard
The U.S. auto industry has begun a push to replace the 87 octane as the default “regular” gasoline.
Apr 19, 2018
Kroger Introduces New Education Program
Company’s new long-term employee investments follow enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Coffee Industry Fights California Cancer Warning
Ruling says that coffee is not exempt from Prop 65 and therefore must carry a cancer warning.
Aramark, Chef Jamie Oliver Announce Exclusive Partnership
Companies will work together to encourage a nutritional revolution across the U.K. and Ireland.
7-Eleven Honors Public Servants
Company delivered 5,000 pizzas and 15,000 donuts to police, emergency rooms and post offices.
Apr 18, 2018
More Restaurants Ditch Cash
Only credit or debit cards and other payment forms are accepted at a growing number of eateries.
EIA Says Gas Prices Could Jump 14%
The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects the average cost for a gallon of unleaded gasoline to reach $2.74, 33 cents higher than last year.
Change Comes Slowly to Fuels Market
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast dives into how the vehicles and fuels market will evolve.
Maryland Planning Statewide Electric Vehicle Charging Network
NACS submits letter in response to Maryland’s plan.
Farm Bill Introduced in the House
The Agriculture Committee considers legislation today that will reauthorize SNAP and other USDA programs.
Oklahoma Issues Waivers Due to Drought and Wildfires
The 30-day waiver is in response to severe drought conditions and wildfire.
Happiness: The Secret Ingredient to Talent Retention
Apr 17, 2018
C-Stores Keep Drivers Fueled
New NACS infographic highlights where consumers fuel up and how often.
Renewable Fuel Standard and Octane Fuels Discussed at Hill Hearing
NACS counsel testified in a subcommittee hearing on the RFS and octane.
Complying with Menu Labeling Regulations
Missed last week’s webinar? Check it out online.
NACS In Store Kicks Off 2018 Events
In March, five grassroots government relations events were held across the Midwest and South.
Apr 16, 2018
A Dash of Amazon AI Insight
SwiftIQ CEO breaks down insight automation, artificial intelligence trends for c-store retailers.
5 Takeaways on the Fuel Outlook
OPIS’ Kloza expects a temperate short-term outlook for fuel and oil.
Frozen Food Heats Up
Americans are thawing in their reservations about consuming frozen foods.
QSRs Rethink Design
From Taco Bell to McDonald’s, fast-food chains are tinkering with store designs in an attempt to connect more with customers.
Apr 13, 2018
Iowa Governor Signs Anti-Skimming Law
The new regulation aims to combat skimming devices at fuel pumps.
Madison Approves Security Cameras at Convenience Stores
The new ordinance requires all retailers to install cameras with views of specific areas.
Is Sour the New Sweet?
Consumers are gobbling up sour foods and beverages.
Gas Station Revives Retro Service to Allay Fears
In Atlanta, a retailer is offering gas “valets” to combat a rash of “slider” crimes.
SOI: 5 Great Ideas
Industry leaders were encouraged to be prepared for anything and think big.
8 Trends That Matter for C-Stores
SOI speaker Todd Hale highlights what convenience retailers should be tracking and trying in 2018, and why.
Apr 12, 2018
Convenience Store Sales, Profits Edged Higher in 2017
The industry numbers are being announced during this week’s NACS State of the Industry Summit.
NACS State of the Industry Data Previewed at SOI Summit
In-depth infographic breaks down industry and fuel sales, as well as gas prices.
Walmart Releasing 500 Additional Pickup Towers
Positive feedback shows “giant vending machines” offer convenience for online shoppers.
Instacart Closes $350 million Series E Financing
Funding will help grocery delivery startup to accelerate growth and support U.S. expansion.
Impact 21’s President Lisa Stewart to be Inducted to the Conexxus Hall of Fame
During the Conexxus Annual Conference later this month, Stewart will be honored for many years of commitment to industry standards and process improvements.
Expanded Version of Cool New Products Launched at State of the Industry Summit
Nearly 100 new products were on display for retailers to scan this week in Chicago.
Apr 11, 2018
A Healthy Store
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast talks about how convenience stores help their customers make healthier choices.
Food Stamp Overhaul Worries Retailers
Changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program could impact food retailers.
M&M’S Brings Back Flavor Vote
Beginning this month, fans can purchase three new flavors and cast votes daily for their favorite.
Target Pilots New Rewards Program
This loyalty program isn’t connected to the company’s Redcard store credit card.
Apr 10, 2018
Walmart, Target Kill Card Signatures
Retailers say they will stop the “worthless practice” of requiring customer signatures for card purchases.
April Is National Volunteer Month
Convenience stores can coordinate efforts to help volunteers in their communities.
Bud Light Introduces Two New Brews
Brewer adds Bud Light Orange and Bud Light Lime to its citrus portfolio.
Wawa Celebrates 54 Years With Free Coffee
Convenience retailer celebrates its founding and The Wawa Foundation achieves its goal of donating $50 million.
From EV to Mobile Order & Pay - Following The Day of The Modern, Tech-Savvy Urbanite
Apr 9, 2018
Eco-Friendly Packaging a Top Expectation from Consumers
National study found that recyclable cartons are important to food and beverage shoppers.
Sonic Continues Testing of Mobile App Order-Ahead Platform
Fast food company launches full-market test to add convenience for customers.
Coca-Cola Debuts IoT-Connected Vending Machines
New “intelligent” coolers will transform the customer experience and drive business analytics.
Dunkin’ Donuts Tests Snacks in Boston
Donut fries, waffle-breaded chicken tenders and gluten-free brownies are on a $2 snacking menu.
Apr 6, 2018
Credit Card Companies Ditch the Signature
This month, all major credit card firms will no longer require a signature for purchases made with chip cards.
Kroger Adds Second Location to Kitchen 1883 Restaurant
The standalone business opened its first unit in Union, Kentucky, in November.
Judge Rules Topeka’s Tobacco Buying Law Violates Kansas Constitution
Retailers had brought the suit against the municipality’s Tobacco 21 ordinance.
Apps, Loyalty Programs Keep Gas Prices Low
With the summer driving season around the corner, a plethora of apps and loyalty cards can help consumers save at the pump.
Apr 5, 2018
3 Takeaways from a Visit to Amazon Go
Convenience stores can learn more from the new concept than just no checkouts or lines.
Consumers Love Refrigerated Soup
The “fresh food” movement proves to be a big success for groceries—and an opportunity for c-stores.
Whole Foods Stores with Amazon Lockers See Rise in Shoppers
The grocer finds Amazon.com locker users are shopping for 3-5 minutes.
New Price-Intelligence Technology Designed Specifically for C-Stores
Retail machine-learning company creates customized solutions to optimize customer experience.
Apr 4, 2018
Will Electric Cars Harm the Beverage Industry?
Fewer drivers filling up at gas stations could trigger less impulse sales inside convenience stores.
A Global Look at Fuel Matters
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast considers fuel and vehicles initiatives across the world.
EPA Issues Notice Withdrawing Current Fuel Efficiency Standards Not Appropriate
The agency will re-evaluate “outdated” greenhouse gas emissions standards for model year 2022 to 2025 for light-duty vehicles.
Illinois Governor Eschews Raising Gas Tax
The state’s roads need upgrading, but the governor’s plan doesn’t include an increase in fuel taxes.
A Hybrid Station of a Different Sort
A California gas station straddles a public-private line with an oil company operating the pumps but the city owning the property.
Sears’ Shop Your Way, GasBuddy Partner To Offer Drivers Gas Savings
The program will help Shop Your Way members earn more cashback in points on every gallon at almost every station nationwide.
Apr 3, 2018
FDA Is Exploring What ‘Healthy’ Means
Agency believes use of the word in respect to food is ripe for change.
Fuel Transition Season Begins
NACS resource helps explain why gasoline prices historically increase in the spring.
Free NACS Webinar Will Help You Comply with Menu Labeling
Federal menu labeling regulations go into effect May 7.
FamilyMart Introduces New Concept Store
New store marks the retailer’s efforts to transform into a next-generation convenience store chain.
Little Caesar’s Deploys Mobile Pickup Station
Pizza Portal self-serve station allows customers to skip the line and pick up their orders.
Stripes Stores Releases Limited-Edition Selena Collectible Cups
A portion of the cup sales will benefit the Selena Foundation.
Do We Have Sufficient Space in Our Marketing Plans for Our Frequent Customers?
Apr 2, 2018
Senators Block ADA Changes
The House approved legislation that would prohibit disabled individuals from filing legal action against businesses without prior written legal notice.
Debate on Fuel-Efficiency Targets Continues
The EPA will announce soon its conclusion that automobile manufacturers can’t meet current fuel-efficiency guidelines.
California Judge Decides Coffee Must Have Cancer Warning
In the Golden State, any coffee must have a cancer warning label because brewing the beverage produces a carcinogen.
Waze Launches Ads in Three Formats
The navigation app is targeting small and midsized businesses.
New Scientific Games Lottery Retail Innovation Debuts
7-Eleven participates in the pilot program at stores in eight states.
Red Bull Debuts Organics Soda Line
The premium line of soda boasts ingredients from natural sources
Mar 30, 2018
Generation Z Keeps it Real at the Grocery Store
This generation has a higher rate of consuming organic foods and beverages than any other group.
Nestlé Slims Down Milkybar Chocolates
The new version will hit the shelves in the United Kingdom and Ireland next week.
Central and Southern States Have Most Fast-Food Restaurants
New data looks at highest concentration of fast-food restaurants in regions, states and cities.
Natural Gas and Coal Generation Fell in 2017
Energy Information Administration reports natural gas is still the biggest fuel source despite growth in renewable energy generation.
Jack in the Box Teams with Postmates For Delivery
The burger chain is the latest to jump on the delivery bandwagon.
United States Still Tops Bottled Water Consumption List
Bottled water remains one of the strongest performing sectors of the global non-alcoholic drinks market.
Mar 29, 2018
International Innovators Lead NACS Convenience Summit Europe
Register before March 31 to save up to 25% on the event, including progressive store tours.
Conexxus Annual Conference Adds AI and Blockchain Sessions, Among Other Hot Topics
Early registration for the must-attend industry technology event ends April 13.
Fuel Delivery Service Launches in Las Vegas
Fuel Truck alleviates the pain of pumping gas by bringing it to you.
Lending a Helping Hand
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast shares how retailers can work with the American Red Cross.
Mar 28, 2018
Digging Into Data
Attend the NACS State of the Industry Summit on April 10-12 in Chicago for insights and information about the convenience industry.
NACS Opposes Renewable Identification Numbers Settlement Agreement
The association, joined by NATSO and SIGMA, sent a letter outlining its concerns to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Lottery Luck Happens at Rutter’s
The convenience retailer has awarded millions in lottery cash prices to customers.
Will Online Grocery Delivery Finally Catch On?
Most Americans love convenience, which means that grocery delivery might just be around to stay.
Louisiana Lawmaker Presses for State Motor Fuel Tax
The representative wants to allow localities to enact their own gasoline or diesel tax.
Funmaii to Launch Cashless C-Stores
Malaysian company will unveil self-checkout convenience stores across Southeast Asia.
Mar 27, 2018
2018 Fuel Retailing Could Get Interesting
NACS Consumer Fuels Survey identifies four weak signals to monitor, before they become big challenges.
FDA Begins Process to Regulate Tobacco Flavors, Premium Cigars
The agency is asking stakeholders to comment on premium cigar usage and its impact on public health.
Retailers Can Participate in Business Resilience Program Test
The pilot test will help convenience retailers determine their hurricane and natural disaster readiness.
PR Community Recognizes NACS Social Media Campaign
#ConvenienceCares highlighted the industry’s positive role during the 2017 hurricanes.
Technology Trends in Retail – News From the Big Data World Congress in London, UK
Mar 26, 2018
Brand Reputation and a Visit to Buc-ee’s
With a holistic approach to the customer experience, a c-store can excel.
Fuel Discounts Strengthen Customer Loyalty
Study finds that as fuel loyalty program growth rises, so do preferences toward direct savings on gasoline.
Taco Bell to Launch Sauce-Flavored Chips
The trio of tortilla chips will be available at convenience stores starting in May.
Online Grocery Sales to Reach $100 Billion by 2022
That will be the equivalent to every U.S. household spending $850 online annually.
Experts Call Britain’s Soda Tax a Success
Two weeks before it officially takes effect, the graduated levy has made some soda makers cut sugar in their drinks.
New Tech Causing Record-High Turnover at Fast Food Restaurants
The fast food industry is seeing turnover rates of nearly 150%.
Mar 23, 2018
Easter Spending Expected to Crest at $18 Billion
That makes this year’s holiday the second highest in the National Retail Federation survey’s history.
Conexxus Webinar Discusses Penetration Testing
Learn about penetration testing and how to protect yourself against data breaches.
Dunkin’ Donuts Tests Catering Service
The coffeehouse hopes the added convenience of having donuts and coffee at business and consumer events will increase revenue.
D.C. Circuit Rules in Favor of the Center for Tobacco Products
The CTP now may charge retailers with more than one regulatory violation during a single inspection.
Henny Penny to Feed 34,000 With Meal Madness
The company will work with the Foodbank of Dayton to distribute the meals to Ohio families.
Lighter Enjoyment Key to Beverage Innovation
Currently, health and wellness dominate the beverage category as customers demand clean and clear drinks.
The History of Fuels Retailing
The first purpose-built, drive-up gas station made its debut over 100 years ago which is one of many significant events and innovations that have shaped the fuels retailing industry.
Mar 22, 2018
Denny’s Teams up With Amazon Alexa
Now guests can place an order for Denny’s with Alexa.
Rhode Island Introduces Bill to Raise Tobacco Buying Age to 21
Several cities in the state already have a higher smoking age.
Arizona Law Prohibits Localities From Adding Tax on Sugary Foods, Drinks
The new law aims to avoid having cities and counties enact separate ordinances.
McDonald’s Sets Target to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The company expects to prevent 150 million metric tons of emissions by 2030.
Mar 21, 2018
The American Love Affair With Coffee Continues
The number of U.S. residents downing a daily cup of joe reached its highest level in six years.
What Does Today’s Car Customer Really Want?
This week’s Convenience Matters podcast examines consumer purchasing trends.
U.K. Shops See Rise in Shoplifting
The Association of Convenience Stores calls on the government and police for more assistance in stopping the thefts.
The Convenience Industry Storms Capitol Hill—No Pun Intended
Despite today’s winter storm warning in Washington, D.C., NACS Government Relations Conference attendees are headed to their Hill meetings.
Mar 20, 2018
Mobile Offers Continue to Increase Sales in Convenience Industry
Koupon Media reports that mobile offers drove 155 million store trips in 2017.
NACS Signs Aggregation under 199A Letter
The letter asks the U.S. Treasury and IRS to permit pass-throughs to aggregate business entities when claiming the new 20% tax deduction.
Amazon Go Garners Repeat Customers
Data shows that those who shop at the brick-and-mortar store keep coming back.
Waivers Issued Due to Winter Weather in the West
FMCSA Declares State of Emergency for Arizona, California and Nevada.
If Everyone Does Coffee, Then What?
The U.S. Petroleum Industry: Statistics, Definitions
Current information about motor fuels demand, supply, refining, distribution and retail operations.
Key Facts About Diesel
Why diesel historically costs more than gasoline and other takeaways about the diesel fuel and vehicles market.
Mar 19, 2018
Mega Millions, Powerball Hit Combined $800 Million Jackpot
Once again, the multistate lottery games have climbed into the millions.
NACS Announces Asian Convenience Retailer Leader of the Year
Richard Yeung of Circle K Convenience Stores accepted th