NACS Partners With the American Red Cross

In time for Hurricane season, NACS looks to foster donation collection by c-stores to aid disaster relief. The American Red Cross and the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), have joined forces to advance community giving and disaster relief programs for NACS member companies. NACS is the first retail-focused association to partner with the American

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TravelCenters Honors Active Military Members, Veterans on July 4

‘Fallen Soldier Tables’ include a single place setting at an empty table to represent the wish that fallen men and women of the armed forces could be present to dine. TravelCenters of America LLC’s TA Restaurant Group division is honoring service men and women this Fourth of July. The TA Restaurant Group invites all active

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San Francisco Aims To Ban Flavored Tobacco, Menthol Cigarettes

If ordinance becomes law, San Francisco would become the first city to approve a sales ban on flavored tobacco. San Francisco has introduced an ordinance —approved by city supervisors—that would ban the sale of flavored e-cigarette juices that include nicotine, as well as flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes—citing concerns that the flavors entice children.

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Smokeless Makes a Comeback

A recent manufacturer’s recall of several popular smokeless brands produced some unexpected benefits for retailers. By Andrea Myers The last time there was so much chatter in the industry about smokeless tobacco was when the two largest American cigarette manufacturers acquired the two largest American smokeless companies. Those were exciting times. On Jan. 31, 2017,

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Realizing E-Cigarette Potential

Evolving with e-cigs requires commitment, but it can pay dividends for c-store retailers. By Anne Flint In order to be successful with the electronic cigarettes segment, convenience store retailers have to think about the broader tobacco category and the role that electronic cigarettes play in total store profitability. The role of electronic cigarettes is evolving

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Join Us for the 2017 NAG Conference in Nashville

With an agenda featuring more than a dozen speakers from the convenience store industry’s leading chains, NAG 2017 is one industry conference you cannot afford to miss. The convenience store industry continues to grow sales at record numbers, but the stakes have never been higher as convenience store owners face competition from multiple retail channels.

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Sunoco LP President and CEO Bob Owens To Retire

Joe Kim named president and chief operating officer, while other executives also announce retirement. Sunoco LP’s President and CEO, Robert “Bob” Owens, announced his intention to retire from the Partnership as of Dec. 31, 2017, after more than 20 years with Sunoco and its predecessors. Owens, who joined Sunoco Inc. in 1997, has been serving

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NRF Supports Reauthorization of Perkins Act

The NRF Foundation is implementing RISE Up (Retail Industry Skills and Education), a new training and credentialing initiative. The National Retail Federation (NRF) weighed in ahead of the House of Representatives scheduled vote on Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. NRF and more than 200 business groups urged Congress to pass

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Jason Reiser Joins Dollar General as Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer

Reiser brings more than 30 years of retail experience to Dollar General. Dollar General Corp. is welcoming Jason Reiser as executive vice president and chief merchandising officer effective, July 12. Reiser replaces Jim Thorpe who recently retired. Reiser brings more than 30 years of experience in retail management, private brand sourcing, regulatory affairs as well

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Parker’s Honors Outstanding High School Students

Awards top scholarship of $1,000 as well as several $500 scholarships. Parker’s Convenience Stores is continuing its commitment to supporting education by awarding scholarships to high school students. The chain recently hosted the 2017 Outstanding Students Award Ceremony, where Parker’s President and CEO Greg Parker presented scholarship checks and gifts to six exceptional area high

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Server Products Introduces New Website

New website design quickly displays  Server products and resources to assist retailers in solving everyday challenges. Server Products has given its website, www.server-products.com, a modern makeover so you can find what you need to serve better faster. From on-trend equipment features and sustainable solutions to an assortment of post-sale support resources and a simple online

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Euromonitor Sees Tobacco Industry Shift

Tobacco focus expected to continue to move toward vaping and heated tobacco. New research from Euromonitor International, a market research provider, shows the global tobacco industry is shifting from cigarettes to vaping and heated tobacco. In fact, Euromonitor research shows that the cigarettes market will record a US$7.7 billion loss by 2021, compensated by the

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Americans Set To Increase Spending Around July 4 Weekend

Some 27.6% of customers were planning to purchase patriotic merchandise in the weeks leading up the Fourth of July. The weather is warm, gas prices are down and consumers are ready to celebrate the July 4 holiday, and they’re not afraid to dig into their wallets to do it. Americans are expected to spend $7.1

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Tyson Convenience Survey Outlines Food Preferences

Demand grows for breakfast all day at convenience stores. A new survey from Tyson Convenience shows consumer preferences when it comes to prepared foods at convenience stores. With 29% of consumers saying they will drive more in June as compared to the previous month (2017 NACS Consumer Fuels), and U.S. gas prices at the lowest

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Record 44.2 Million Americans To Travel Over July 4 Weekend

National average gas price is four cents cheaper over last year and a contributing factor to the increase in travelers on the roads. This July 4, Americans are expected to travel in record numbers. AAA reported that a record-breaking 44.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home. With 1.25 million more

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Focus on Category Opportunities

Despite constant pressure from regulatory bodies, there’s still enough potential in tobacco for c-stores to grow sales. By Don Burke The onslaught of tobacco regulations, increased age restriction legislation and higher taxation in many areas is creating quite a bit of concern among convenience retailers. This is understandable as tobacco products continue to deliver more

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Mansfield Launching Reduced Emission Diesel Program

Emissions automatically offset through proportionate investments in certified CO2 reduction projects. Mansfield Energy Corp, through a partnership with GreenPrint, is launching ZERO, a reduced emissions diesel program. With the launch of ZERO, participating Mansfield Energy Corp. clients will have their diesel fuel’s carbon dioxide emissions automatically offset through proportionate investments in certified CO2 reduction projects

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The Wawa Foundation “Hero Award” Finalists Announced

Four Greater Philadelphia area non-profits to be celebrated during Wawa Welcome America! festivities. The Wawa Foundation has selected four finalists for its 2017 Hero Award, after receiving more than 125 submissions competing for the honor. The Hero Award is given to a non-profit organization serving the greater Philadelphia area that assists others, and builds stronger

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Hunt Brothers’ Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza Returns

Hunt Brothers’ limited time offers are designed to give store partners a boost in sales. Hunt Brothers Pizza is re-launching a customer-favorite: Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza. Starting this week, consumers can purchase this specialty pizza for a limited time at participating Hunt Brothers Pizza locations in convenience stores across the country, while supplies last. Returning

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Women Compete for 7-Eleven Franchise

Public to vote on video contest that awards one lucky winner a franchise fee-free c-store. 7-Eleven’s Women’s Franchise Initiative Competition is underway with seven women entrepreneurs now selected as finalists. One of the seven will win a franchisee fee-free 7-Eleven store. As the competition intensifies, each semi-finalist has produced a short “Why I Should Win”

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Bill Kent Named the 2017 Recipient of NAG’s Lifetime Award for Convenience Retailing

The president and CEO of The Kent Cos. in Midland, Texas, served six years on the National Advisory Group (NAG) Board of Directors and played a key role in the association’s growth. He remains an influential member and an inspiration for young executives. The National Advisory Group (NAG), a convenience store trade association focused on

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NRF Supports Permanent Tax Reform

Continues fight for comprehensive tax reform that grows economy without shifting tax burden to American families. The National Retail Federation (NRF) welcomed comments from Speaker Paul Ryan regarding the need for permanent comprehensive tax reform that lowers rates without shifting the burden to consumers. “Retailers agree with Speaker Ryan that the best way to grow

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Wawa Introduces Antibiotic-Free Poultry

Move part of “food quality commitment.” As customers grow increasingly concerned with what’s in their food, more foodservice operators are taking steps to ensure they put shoppers’ concerns at ease. Wawa is one of the latest stores to eliminate the use of antibiotics in its poultry. This May, Wawa announced that “Poultry Raised Without Antibiotics”

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Amid Amazon Expansion, Brick-and-Mortar Retail Stores Still Relevant

Physical stores offer services absent in online membership but retailers need to step up their game. Even as more customers are clamoring for online grocery ordering and speedy delivery, many shoppers place high value on the benefits of going to a physical store. Grocery e-commerce has a lot of headroom for growth with only 7%

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Cigarettes Remain On Top

Although smoking rates have been on the decline, cigarettes remain a leading performer for convenience stores. By Lisa White, Contributing Editor In 2016, convenience stores captured 85% of all sales through sales from just six categories: Cigarettes, packaged beverages, candy, beer, salty snacks and other tobacco products (OTP), based on the latest research data from

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