The Top Four Reasons Self-Checkout Fails in Grocery

And why line-free mobile checkout is the future By Will Hogben/ CEO, FutureProof Retail   The first iteration of what we now call “self-checkout” in the grocery industry was launched at the Food Marketing Institute’s annual convention in 1987. The “Automatic Checkout Machine” was unveiled by a Florida company called CheckRobot, and it was received…

Getting High-Income Millennials to Pump Gas

PYMNTS found that mobile apps draw this demographic to gas stations By NACS Online Which consumer segment is more likely to use mobile apps at the pump? High-income millennials, according to an analysis by Pymnts.com. This demographic—born between 1978 and 1995 and earning between $75,000 and $150,000—enjoys the convenience and speed of mobile apps, especially…

Coca-Cola to Hike Soda Prices

The beverage company will raise prices of its U.S. soft drinks because of higher tariffs on metal By NACS Online While Coca-Cola has seen higher drink volumes over the last quarter, the beverage company will increase the cost of U.S. carbonated soft drinks this year, the Wall Street Journal reports. Coke attributes the higher prices…

At-Home Cooks Rely on Prepared Food

U.S. consumers are eating at home more, but often what they are eating comes from a restaurant, drive-thru or other foodservice operation By NACS Online Consumers are increasingly eating at home, with more than 80% of all meals consumed at home in 2017, according to a report from research organization The NPD Group. However, busy…

Cashier-less C-Stores Continue to Grow in Pacific Rim

No-clerk, no-cash stores created to increase convenience and reduce labor By NACS Online   While no-cashier convenience stores are being introduced slowly to U.S. consumers, staff-less stores keep popping up in Asia. In July, 7-Eleven Taiwan opened its second unstaffed store, following the January launch of its first staff-less “X-Store” located in inside the headquarters…

What C-Stores Can Learn from Toys R Us

Did now-defunct retailers fail to provide a compelling experience at a time when it mattered? By Frank Beard // NACS Online   Toys R Us closed downon June 29. Social media was abuzz as people shared a mixture of nostalgic memories and sadness, and a photo of Geoffrey the Giraffe leaving an empty store quickly…

Bottled Water Keeps Growing

New products continue adding excitement to the category for healthy hydration options NACS Online Consumers’ concern over healthy hydration continues to boost the bottled water category, according to the 2018 water market report from Mintel. Bottled water has long been a healthier choice for consumers, the report noted, but it’s no longer boring. Producers are…

Make Way for On-Demand Gasoline

New trends may alter the future of gas stations By NACS Online Everyone loves delivery services, but forget pizza and florists. Now Yoshi, a gasoline provider in Silicon Valley, is delivering fuel directly to individual cars and fleets in 14 cities, according to The Outline, an online news publication. Drivers in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Cleveland,…

Starbucks Will Ditch Plastic Straws

By 2020, the company will replace plastic straws with straw-free lids or alternative-material straws as part of its initiative to lower waste worldwide By NACS Online Starbucks Coffee Co. will eliminate plastic straws from its stores within two years as part of its initiative to slash its waste across the world, the Wall Street Journalreports.…