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Michigan Bans K2 And Spice Sales In C-Stores

Michigan lawmakers ask c-stores and retailers to drop all K2 and spice-labeled products from their stores. Michigan law enforcement and health officials are removing dangerous synthetic drugs from retail shelves across the state as of Thursday, according to a miNBC news report. State Senate Bill 1082 is part of a package that allows the state to

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Des Moines Fights QuikTrip’s Liquor License Request

 Amid fears of increased crime and drunkenness, city officials look to convince QuikTrip to withdraw its request to sell hard alcohol. City leaders in Des Moines, Iowa are scheduled to meet with QuikTrip Wednesday to request that the c-store chain refrains from selling hard alcohol at its Ingersoll Avenue store, for which QuikTrip has submitted

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FDA To Reveal Time of Inspection In Letters

Warning letters to note the time of day an inspection took place following NATO request. Going forward, the FDA plans to include the time a retail compliance inspection occurred in warning letters sent to retailers, National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported. The FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) sent a letter, dated Feb. 1,

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FDA’s CTP Announces Public Workshop

A Webcast of the workshop will be available, although preregistration is required. FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products has announced a Research Program Public Workshop: Expanding the Research Base for Tobacco Product Regulation. The purpose of the public workshop is to discuss FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products’ (CTP) research priorities across a broad array of disciplines;

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McIntosh Group To Provide ADA Compliance Tools For NACS Members

NACS and McIntosh are developing industry-specific programs to help NACS members meet ADA responsibilities. NACS has selected The McIntosh Group to provide its members with access to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility compliance tools. The agreement provides NACS members with access to customized and specific solutions using McIntosh’s existing branded offer. “The McIntosh Group

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7-Eleven Spars With Huntington, N.Y.

While 7-Eleven wants a zoning law changed to accommodate its new store, Zoning Board officials insist the regulation is there for a reason. 7-Eleven is taking on Huntington, N.Y., as it fights for the right to build a new 2,600 square foot 7-Eleven in the town on 25A and Waterside. Unfortunately zoning laws are getting

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Tom Robinson Named New NACS Chairman

“I came [to NACS] for the advocacy and stayed for the knowledge and connections,” said new NACS Chairman Tom Robinson during the Oct. 4 Closing General Session at the NACS Show.   An estimated more than 22,000 attendees from 50 countries attended the 2011 NACS Show, which featured more than 60 workshops and 1,300 exhibitors

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Seizing Control of Smokeless Sales

Convenience store retailers are still concerned over the FDA’s involvement in smokeless tobacco, but many expressed optimism that the category can continue to thrive. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. While taxes and regulations haven’t impacted sales of smokeless tobacco products as much as some had predicted, it remains up to retailers to continue aggressively marketing

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Frost & Sullivan Awards Telvent DTN

Telvent DTN’s customer-centric terminal automation solutions for the oil and gas industry win recognition.  Frost & Sullivan has recognized Telvent DTN, a real-time IT solutions and information provider, with its 2011 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Enhancement based on its recent analysis of the terminal automation market for the oil and

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No Repeal and No Deal for MotoMart

Despite MotoMart’s recent efforts, the city of Neenah, Wis., refused to repeal its ban on alcohol sales in convenience stores. The Neenah, Wis. Common Council turned down MotoMart’s request to repeal the city’s ban on c-store alcohol sales on Wednesday, Aug. 3. The Post Crescent Online reported that the Common Council voted 8-1 to deny

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MotoMart Challenges City Ban

One Wisconsin MotoMart store aims to change city regulations on alcohol sales. MotoMart is challenging alcohol laws in Neenah, Wis., that prohibit retailers that sell fuel from also offering customers alcohol, the PostCrescent Online reported. MotoMart argues that the current law is archaic, and that it puts the city’s convenience stores at a competitive disadvantage

What’s Next With Swipe Fees?

“Since credit cards were introduced more than 60 years ago, no one dared step in to challenge the powerful banks. We did. And we got change,” said NACS President and CEO Hank Armour in his Opening General Session address on Oct. 6 at the NACS Show. NACS’ “audacious goal” to fight swipe fees, said Armour,

Petroleum Card Services

To assist its independent merchants become and stay PCI (Payment Card Industry) DSS (Data Security Standards) compliant, Petroleum Card Services (PCS) specializes in understanding how the security standards affect independent petroleum merchants and makes it easier for clients to adhere to the standards. As a reseller of credit card processing for independent c-store merchants, PCS

Groups To Senate: Say No To Increasing Ethanol in Gas

On July 26, some 36 environmental and industry groups signed and sent a letter that went to the majority and minority leaders of the Senate urging opposition to any amendment to the upcoming energy bill that would authorize the sale of gasoline with more than 10% ethanol. The National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA), the

Congress Passes ECO-Gift Card Act

Congress has passed the ECO-Gift CARD Act (H.R. 5502), which will avoid the destruction of more than 100 million plastic cards and ensure consumer access to these popular gifts during the busy holiday shopping season, The Network Branded Prepaid Card Association (NBPCA) reported.   The act extends the Aug. 22, 2010 gift card implementation deadline,

Seneca Cos. Receives Safety Award

Des-Moines, Iowa-based Seneca Cos. has been granted a Safety Award from the Iowa-Illinois Safety Council for outstanding achievement in accident prevention during the 2009 calendar year. The company offers multiple divisions to handle Petroleum construction, remodels and service, as well as environmental clean-up, remediation and the use of potentially dangerous machinery for industrial cleaning, hydroblasting

Security by Force

Convenience store retailers are already dealing with tobacco taxes, PCI deadlines and encroaching competition. Now, if officials in Mesa, Ariz. get their way, operators within the city limits will be forced to invest in security measures aimed at reducing incidents of theft. The proposed mandate, aimed at convenience stores measuring less than 7,500 square feet,

Swipe Fee Debate Builds

In a letter dated June 16, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and 130 other members of Congress outline their concerns with the Durbin Amendment that gives retailers and consumers relief from outrageous swipe fees, NACS reported. They cite the benefits that all users of electronic payments systems receive and the “lack of Congressional review” of

Are You Up To Speed On Tobacco Requirements?

On June 22, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will begin enforcing new requirements on tobacco products, a move that will impact retailers across the country.  To help retailers navigate the new rules, NACS will hold its second Webinar focusing on the latest round of requirements on tobacco products implemented by FDA. The Webinar

Web-Based Training

Ready Training Online and Targeted Solutions have partnered to deliver online training services to the convenience industry. “Our industry is changing at a rapid pace,” noted Tom Hart, founder and CEO of Targeted Solutions. “I am thrilled to join forces with RTO, the leading online training company, to provide customized online solutions. We’ll offer businesses

Tobacco Companies Fight Display Ban In Britain

Britain’s three biggest tobacco companies are fighting for the right to display their products, asking for a judicial review of the Government’s upcoming ban on the display of cigarettes and other tobacco products in stores, Brand Republic reported. Britain’s Health Act 2009 requires all cigarettes, cigars, pipe and rolling tobacco products to be hidden from

Interchange Debate Reaches Georgia Committee

The issue of interchange fees found an audience at the Georgia House Banks and Banking Committee, which listened to testimony last week on HB 1456-a bill that deals with the subject of interchange fees.   Often late session bills are buried in subcommittees, but significantly Committee Chairman James Mills, who co-sponsored the bill, allowed the

Could A Value-Added Tax Be Next?

President Barack Obama in an interview with CNBC Wednesday noted the possibility of a new value-added tax (VAT) is still on the table, although White House spokesmen insist it’s no longer being considered, the Associated Press reported.  A VAT is normal in many European countries, which tax the value added at each stage of production

Cosmetic Lenses Cause Conflict in Connecticut

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is demanding that convenience stores and other retail locations in the state immediately stop selling cosmetic contact lenses, the Hartford Courant reported. Noncorrective lenses can only be legally sold to consumers by licensed eye care professionals, Blumenthal said at a press conference. Dr. William Ehlers, a Hartford ophthalmologist, discovered the

Gilbarco Expands Fuel Dispenser Warranty

Gilbarco Veeder-Root has upgraded the warranty on its standard fuel dispensers to cover use of ethanol content up to E15. The dispensers are currently Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approved for ethanol up to E10 under the UL 87 standard. The upgraded warranty will ensure its customers are covered if the current E10 standard is broadened to

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