NRF Reveals the Likely Adverse Effects of New Overtime Rule

Research from the NRF has revealed that the new overtime rule will not lead to more take-home pay for workers, despite its intention. The Labor Department recently introduced a new overtime rule, and although this rule theoretically should benefit both businesses and their employees, the true effects that this new rule will likely have on

NACS Opposes the Repeal of the Swipe Fee Reform

NACS is encouraging members of the convenience store industry to take action against the recently announced legislation that would repeal debit swipe reforms. Following the announcement from House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) that he will soon introduce legislation to repeal the debit swipe reforms in the Durbin Amendment, the National Association of

Cleveland Minimum Wage Proposal May Not Make November Ballot

The proposal to increase Cleveland’s minimum wage to $15 an hour may have been turned in too late to be included on the November ballot. A petition to increase Cleveland’s minimum wage to $15 an hour has been submitted to the city council for review, but it is likely that the petition was submitted too

RILA Fears Consequences of the Potential Repeal of the Durbin Amendment

RILA fears that banks will begin imposing excessive fees on merchants if House Republicans are successful in repealing the Durbin Amendment. Recent comments from Jeb Hensarling, House Financial Services chairman, regarding the Durbin Amendment, have evoked a strong reaction from the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA).  The comments from Hensarling revealed that House Republicans have

C-Store Designer, James Mitchell, Passes Away

The creator of “feel-good” convenience stores has passed away. On June 1, 2016, the passionate, imaginative and innovative James “Jim” Edward Mitchell passed away, at the age of 76. For over 30 years, Mitchell worked as a designer for a number of convenience stores and truckstops, according to Asian American Trade Association Council (AATAC). Mitchell

Seeing the Glass Half Full

Being upbeat can help a retailer’s vision for the future. By Jim Callahan It is said that, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity,” while “an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” I’ve encountered so many intelligent and impactful individuals during my 48-year journey in the convenience store industry and, I am struck

Imagination Can Be A Dangerous Toy

By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport LLC As I write this first sentence, I am not even sure I will publish it. My computer is a vast landscape, consisting of words in the form of sentences, paragraphs, articles and partially written books that even I have forgotten. The truth is, my trusty computer made its way

Cleveland Proposes $15 Minimum Wage

The proposed $15 minimum wage could be devastating for small business owners. Lawmakers in Cleveland recently proposed raising the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. According to a report from, if this minimum wage increase is approved, Cleveland will then be tied with Seattle for the highest minimum wage in the U.S. However,

Nutrition Facts Label Revamp Comes When Consumers Seldom Consult Such Labels

The FDA has announced changes that will soon be made to the Nutrition Facts Label, but data from The NPD Group suggests that the new label may not have much influence on consumers.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced plans to overhaul the Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods, and First Lady

Ecolab Supports the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

Ecolab is helping to provide students with the opportunity to develop valuable industry skills by raising money for the NRAEF. During the 14th Annual Ecolab Chairman’s Reception in May 22, which was held in conjunction with the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago, Ecolab Inc. helped to raise more than $187,000 for

New Ethical Labels Database

The rise in demand for vegan, kosher and other ethnically and religiously diverse food categories has led to the need for ethical food labeling. In response to the growing movement sustainability, social responsibility and transparency on labels, Euromonitor International, a global market research company, has launched the new Ethical Labels database. According to the new

Natural and Organic Food Trends

As consumer demand for natural and organic food options, a number of different trends are rising to help make organic and natural foods a part of daily life. A rise in the health conscious consumer has led to a rise in the incorporation of natural and organic food options in daily life. In response to

Nutrition Facts Panel Overhaul Breakdown

The Nutrition Facts Panel will encounter a number of valuable changes in the coming years, and it is crucial for consumers to have a better understanding of the information that the Panel provides. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has officially announced the changes that will be made to the Nutrition Facts Panel in the

TravelCenters Announces Results of Annual Shareholders Meeting

TravelCenters’ shareholders recently met to discuss and vote on current company issues, and the company has revealed the results of this meeting. TravelCenters of America LLC held its 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders on May 19, 2016. The results of this meeting have been released, and are as follows: Lisa Harris Jones was re-elected as

Tomlinson Encourages Employees to Stay Active

Tomlinson recently challenged its employees to step up their game with a company-wide step competition. Tomlinson Industries recently held a competition between its employees to help team members to remember to stay active during their busy lives. From Monday, April 4 through Sunday, May 15, 52 Tomlinson employees took part in a six-week Step to

Parker’s President and CEO Recognized by Grand Lodge Order of Elks

Greg Parker is being recognized for the many charitable services he provides to his community. On May 7, 2016, Parker’s president and CEO, Greg Parker, was awarded the 2015-2016 Distinguished Citizenship Award by the Grand Lodge Order of Elks at a special Elks banquet. The banquet was hosted by Savannah Lodge No. 183 in Savannah,

Two C-Stores with Fuel in Arizona Available for Sale

Two attractive convenience stores and their properties are being offered for sealed bid sale through NRC. One lender has retained NRC Realty & Capital Advisors LLC to arrange the sale of two convenience stores with fuel in Mesa, Ariz. The properties are located on Broadway, a heavily trafficked arterial street in Mesa, Ariz. and are

Technavio Reveals Organic Packaged Food Market Top Vendors

Increased consumer health consciousness, among other variables, is driving competition in the organic foods market. A recent report from Technavio has revealed the top vendors in the organic packaged food market. The report, Organic Packaged Food Market in the U.S., lists the six leading vendors in the market, as well as 12 vendors that are

EY Announces Southwest Entrepreneur Of The Year Finalists

Ernst & Young has chosen 50 finalists for the 2016 Entrepreneur Of The Year Southwest program. The finalists for the Ernst & Young (EY) Entrepreneur Of The Year 2016 in the Southwest program have officially been named by EY. The winners of the award are chosen based on their demonstration of excellence and success in

U.S. Department of Labor Reveals Revised Overtime Regulations

Final regulations will extend overtime pay to millions of workers who were previously ineligible. On Wednesday, the Department of Labor released the final overtime pay regulations, set to go into effect at the end of this year. John Thompson, an attorney with Fisher & Phillips, a national labor and employment law firm that represents employers,

SUA Applauds USDA’s Move to Increase Raw Sugar Supply

The SUA has raised concern about the state of America’s sugar policy. Recent action taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to increase raw sugar supplies to meet market demand has been met with approval from the Sweetener Users Association (SUA). The SUA released the following statement in regards to the recent action: “We

Giant Eagle President to Retire

John Lucot, who has served a variety of roles for Giant Eagle over the past four decades, has announced his retirement. After a 42 year career of leadership within the company, John Lucot, Giant Eagle’s president and chief operating officer has decided to retire. Lucot began his career as a Giant Eagle supermarket clerk in

The Ladder To Success Is…

a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step ~ Laozi By Bill Scott, President, StoreReport LLC When Wilbur and Orville Wright set out to build their flying machine, I doubt seriously they were thinking about walking on the moon. They merely wanted to get a new prospective on their environment. It might

Fix the Problem, Not the Blame

By Mel Kleiman, President, Humetrics Dissatisfaction with bosses or coworkers is one of the most common reasons people leave their jobs. So, at some point in time, you are more than likely to find yourself saddled with a rude or inconsiderate boss, or a lazy co-worker, who isn’t pulling their fair share or who indulges

NYACS President Inducted into N.Y. C-Store Hall of Fame

New members were inducted into the New York Convenience Store Hall of Fame during the recent Chairman’s Banquet. The New York Association of Convenience Stores recently announced, at the company’s 30th anniversary Trade Show and Convention, that retiring NYACS vice president, Amy Baldovin, has been inducted into the New York Convenience Store Hall of Fame.