Predicting the Future of Salty Snacks

U.S. consumers remain the globe’s top snackers By NACS Online // January 24, 2019 With the popularity of clean labels, consumers are looking for the presence or absence of certain ingredients when they choose something to nosh, reports Mintel, the consumer research organization. According to a story at Bakeryandsnacks.com, ingredients are changing in snacking worldwide, with…

Cashierless Technology Heats Up

Established and startup companies are working on ways to streamline shopping By NACS Online // January 23, 2019  Twelve months ago, Amazon opened its first Amazon Go cashierless convenience store. Today, startups and established companies are working on ways to replicate that success and streamline shopping, Bloomberg reports. From startups like Mighty AI to retail giants like…

Beware of Private Loans

By Ronald G. Acho // Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho, PLC Janelle and Doug Duncan owned a real estate agency in the Florida. The married couple borrowed $36,762 from ABC Merchant Solutions. In addition to other paperwork required for the loan, they were required to sign a ‘confession of judgment.’ The Duncans set up automatic…

Despite Conflicting Evidence, A New Report Finds Legal Marijuana Does Not Impact Alcohol Sales

By Tara Nurin // Forbes Weighing in on an issue that weighs heavily on alcoholic beverage suppliers, the Distilled Spirits Council released new research that shows the sale of legalized marijuana does not impact alcohol purchases, at least in the three states that have allowed recreational pot smoking the longest. In announcing its findings Thursday, the council,…

C-Store Retailers Say Sales Increased in 2018

In-store sales were led by strong foodservice growth; retailers optimistic about 2019 business prospects. By NACS Online Both fuels gallons and in-store sales increased in 2018, according to U.S. convenience store owners surveyed by NACS, the trade association that represents the convenience retailing industry. Overall, 84% of retailers say that in-store sales increased in 2018…

Government Shutdown

Most signs indicate that the partial government shutdown will continue into 2019 and into the 116th Congress. Both the House and Senate have canceled votes for the remainder of the week, which means the spending negotiations will take on a new dynamic when Nancy Pelosi takes the helm with the new Democratic majority in the House…

SNAP Benefits Will Continue

The USDA said the federal government shutdown will not impact a retailer’s ability to accept food stamp benefits By NACS Online // January 02, 2019 With the federal government shutdown continuing, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) informed retailers that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are not affected for…

Texas Judge Strikes Down ACA (For Now)

Judge rules that individual mandate tax penalty is “no longer fairly readable as an exercise of Congress’s tax power” By NACS Online // December 18, 2018   On December 14th, 2018, a Texas federal judge struck down the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA). The case, brought by a group of Republican governors and state attorneys…