Wawa Ups Its Dinner Game

The retailer is testing chicken sandwiches and burgers as options for a bigger “dinner platform.” By NACS Online // February 14, 2020 HORSHAM, Pa.—Wawa wants you to come to dinner, and as an enticement, the company is testing chicken sandwiches and burgers as new options on its “dinner platform,” the Philadelphia Business Journal reports. “We…

Shoppers, Retailers Frustrated by Self-Checkout

Stores are adding video systems to help customers check out and to combat theft. February 14, 2020 BENTONVILLE, Ark.—Consumers aren’t the only ones who find it hard to use self-checkout machines. Retailers experience their own headaches with cashier-free lanes, including theft and technology malfunctions, the Wall Street Journal reports. For example, Walmart recently removed or…

Global Oil Demand to Drop

The IEA forecasts the first quarterly decrease in more than a decade amid a China slowdown. February 14, 2020 PARIS–Worldwide, the demand for oil is set to contract for the first quarter of 2020, the first drop in more than 10 years, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), CNBCreports. The decreased demand comes as…

Clean Restrooms Boost Spending

A well-maintained bathroom makes consumers open their wallets By NACS Online // February 12, 2020 MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis.—A growing majority of consumers value businesses’ well-kept restrooms so much that they are willing to spend more money when they encounter one, according to new national research. The number of Americans who will “definitely” or “probably” shell…

Visa Plans Sweeping Swipe Fee Changes

The interchange fees will rise or fall based on the merchant and how a customer pays By NACS Online // February 07, 2020 SAN FRANCISCO—Visa Inc. will make huge changes to its interchange rates, with lower rates for real estate and education categories and higher rates for e-commerce transactions, Bloomberg reports. “The U.S. credit interchange structure has…

How the Dairy Industry Will Save Milk

The milk industry is suffering but hasn’t gone sour By NACS Online // January 14, 2020 ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The past few months have been tough for the American milk industry, with both Dean Foods and Borden filling for bankruptcy, but the dairy industry plans to save milk, according to a CNN report. Cow milk sales have fallen…

America’s New Favorite Restaurants: C-Stores

Hungry? Visit your local convenience store By NACS Online // January 14, 2020 NEW YORK—In National Lampoon’s 1980s movie, “Vacation,” Chevy Chase jokes, “I’m so hungry. I could eat a sandwich from a gas station.” That line got big laughs years ago, but today many convenience stores and gas stations have made tremendous improvements in…

How Does The Secure Act Impact Your Estate Plan

Randall A. Denha, J.D., LL.M. // Denha & Associates, PLLC President Trump signed the SECURE Act last December as part of the government’s spending bill and it will inevitably affect most retirement plan and IRA participants, for better or worse. The SECURE legislation — which stands for “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement” — puts…