Entering into Convenience

NACS Show education session gives attendees a sneak peek of how industry leaders got their start By NACS Online // August 14, 2019 Want to know how successful convenience store leaders got started in the industry? The answer lies in this year’s “Convenience Matters LIVE: The Real Rock Stars of Convenience” educational session during the…

Cashierless Checkout Still Making Inroads

Big chains explore AI following the initial success of Amazon Go By NACS Online // August 13, 2019 U.S. retailers large and small continue to test the use of artificial intelligence to track what products shoppers are buying and then automatically bill their accounts when they walk out the door, reports the Wall Street Journal. The concept…

Store Openings Outpace Closings

A new study found that for every store that shuts its doors, five more go into business By NACS Online // August 14, 2019 For every store that closes, five are opened, according to a new report from IHL Group, Chain Store Age reports. Last year, more than five retail chains opened stores for every location that…

Digital Coupons Experience More Growth

On the flip side, use of print coupons continues to decline By NACS Online // August 02, 2019 People still use coupons, but the preference for digital over print continues to climb, according to analysis by Kantar Consulting, the Grocery Dive reports. Manufacturers are providing more digital coupons in food categories, while personal care products and dry…

No Ease in Sight for U.S. Truck Driver Shortage

The American Trucking Associations estimates that the shortfall will double in 10 years By NACS Online // August 02, 2019 The U.S. truck driver shortfall is not slowing down. A recent study by the American Trucking Associations (ATA) shows that the driver shortage jumped more than 10,000 to hit 60,800 last year, Bloomberg reports. While the deficit…

C-Stores Expand Food Offerings

From meal kits to fresh-made menu items, retailers are turning their stores into food destination By NACS Online // July 19, 2019 CHICAGO—More and more people are stopping by their local convenience store to pick up dinner, SmartBrief reports. In fact, according to Datassential’s Creative Concepts, modern C-Stores report that 39% of consumers want c-stores to offer…

Health groups want alcohol labels to warn of cancer risk

Consumers and health advocates are pressing for an update on labels established in 1988 By Mark Huffman // https://www.consumeraffairs.com/ // 06/27/2019 A coalition of consumer and public health organizations is asking the U.S. government to change warning labels on alcoholic beverages to tell consumers of potential cancer risks. Alcoholic beverages already carry a warning not…