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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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Updating the State of the Industry

NACS Chairman Jeff Miller discusses card fees, fuel and the future of convenience stores. By John Lofstock, Editor. Jeff Miller, president of Miller Oil Co. in Virginia, wears many hats. He is an oilman, an industry advocate and a leader.   For the past year, he has also been the chairman of NACS, which could

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Exercise Caution on Fuel Tanks

With retailers still unsure of what the future holds for fuels in the U.S., investing in new USTs is a risky proposition. By John Lofstock, Editor. It’s been nearly four years since then-President George W. Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act into law, requiring at least 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel be

Is Big Oil Losing its Drawing Power?

For many, many years the power of the Big Oil brands was indisputable. They owned the refineries, the stations and the credit card networks to boot. While my father was an Exxon dealer and jobber for more than 30 years I distinctly remember seeing Shell and Texaco credit cards lying around the house. In those

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Pemmican To Introduce New Products At NACS Show

Pemmican Beef Jerky plans to introduce three new product lines to the market during the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show in Chicago, where Pemmican – Marfood USA is inviting retailers, distributors and wholesalers to visit them at NACS booth 540 between Oct. 2 and Oct. 4, 2011. Pemmican will be showing its new

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Obama Stops Smog Standards Implementation

In a win for small businesses, EPA’s smog restrictions are currently on hold.   On Friday, President Obama pulled back proposed smog standards that would have forced states and communities nationwide to reduce local air pollution or face federal penalties, the Washington Post reported. GOP lawmakers called the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) restrictions for ground-level

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ConocoPhillips Begins Rolling Out KickBack Loyalty Program

ConocoPhillips is officially rolling out the KickBack Points Coalition Loyalty Program to branded marketers through a series of Road Show meetings starting today in Seattle. The meeting in Seattle will be the first of 28 Road Show meetings starting on the West Coast, before moving into the other ConocoPhillips markets. This program is a turnkey

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Aloha Petroleum Unveils C-Store Prototype

Aloha Petroleum Ltd., the Hawaii-based gas retailer and convenience store operator, has unveiled the first ‘ground-up’ version of a new prototype design for its convenience store-fuel sites that highlights the chain’s local roots. Designed by CBX, the strategic branding and retail design consultancy, the 3,000-square-foot store and adjoining gas islands with five pumps opened in

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Virginia C-store Owners Converge At Expo

Independent store owners find power in a united front. Virginia convenience store owners, on July 28, flocked to the Richmond Raceway Complex in eastern Henrico County to view the latest products and services from vendors at an expo sponsored by the Virginia Asian American Store Owners Association, the Richmond-Times Dispatch reported. This year the organization—just

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NACS Releases Data Fact Book

The NACS State of the Industry of 2010 Data Fact Book is now available. The 24th edition of the NACS Fact Book provides a detailed statistical account of industry data over the past several years — or in some cases, decades — as well as a historical recap of the industry and key definitions and

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NACS Reacts To 21 Cent Cap on Swipe Fees

NACS calls Fed’s final rule “an irresponsible abdication of its legal duty.” The U.S. Federal Reserve’s final rules on debit card swipe fees “is an irresponsible abdication of its legal duty to implement the law as written,” said National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Senior Vice President of Government Relations Lyle Beckwith. The final rules

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NACS Welcomes Director of Government Relations

“With her diverse experience and background in a number of issues important to NACS members, we are confident that she will be a valuable asset to our team and have an immediate, positive effect on our efforts on Capitol Hill,” says NACS vice president of government affairs. Carin Nersesian has joined NACS today as director

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NACS Chairman Speaks To Congress On Renewable Fuels

Jeff Miller outlines industry concerns on E15. Convenience store retailers, who sell 80% of the country’s motor fuels, want the opportunity to sell more renewable fuels, but they need help from Congress to do so, said NACS Chairman Jeff Miller today in testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy Power. “We

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Swipe Fee Fight Continues

NACS urges retailers to join it on Capital Hill to show support for the Durbin Amendment that regulates interchange fees. With a new Congress in session, the rule regulating interchange fees runs the risk of being overturned, and NACS is urging retailers to show their government the issue remains important to them. The Dodd-Frank Wall

NACS Showcases Cool New Products

The NACS Show’s Most Popular Cool New Products   The top new items viewed by retailers at the NACS Show include: • Disney Foodles and Crunch Pak Sliced Apples (Crunch Pak) • Ready Snax Fresh Fruit Parfaits (Ready Pac Foods) • International Delight Flavor Shots (WhiteWave Foods / Dean Foods) • f’real FRLB4 Frozen Beverage

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NACS CAFÉ Serves Up a Foodservice Education

It began with a simple, yet powerful premise: Convenience store retailers, with their great locations and high customer traffic are well-positioned to capitalize on the development and execution of meaningful foodservice programs. All they need is a solid foundation of information, support, solutions and best practices to succeed. Enter Greg Parker, president and CEO of

Nice N Easy’s Duskiewicz Honored

Fran Duskiewicz, the senior executive vice president at Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes and a 25-year veteran employee of the company, has been honored twice by the convenience store industry this past month. Duskiewicz, who has been a member of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Research Committee for five years, has now been

NACS Cautions Retailers On E15

Retailers should exercise extreme caution when considering whether to sell E15 (gasoline containing 15% ethanol) following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent decision to authorize the use of E15 in vehicles manufactured in model year 2007 and later, said the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). NACS represents the convenience and petroleum retailing industry,

NACS Show Recap

Nearly 22,000 representatives of the global convenience and petroleum retailing industry turned out for this year’s NACS Show, according to attendance figures released by NACS. Overall, 21,983 attendees were at the NACS Show, including 1,328 international attendees. The NACS Show took place Oct. 5-8 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. It is ranked

NACS Welcomes New Board Members

NACS announced the election of five retail members to serve on its Board of Directors. The new Board members assumed their positions during the NACS Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Atlanta this week. The NACS retail members elected to serve on the Board of Directors are: * Rahim Budhwani, CEO of

NACS Elects Executive Committee Officers

NACS announced the election of its 2010-11 Executive Committee during its Board of Directors meeting at the NACS Show in Atlanta this week. Jeff Miller, president of Norfolk, Virginia-based Miller Oil Co. Inc., was named the association’s 2010-11 chairman of the board. Miller also chairs the NACS Executive Committee, which provides strategic direction and financial

Jeff Miller Succeeds Jay Ricker As NACS Chairman

Jeff Miller, president of Miller Oil Co., became engaged with NACS for two simple reasons: “I wanted to build a better business and I wanted to make friends in an industry that I am passionate about,” he said in his NACS Show Closing General Session on Friday. At the conclusion of the NACS Show, Miller

NACS Recognizes Scholarship Winners

NACS recognized 10 convenience store employees who earned scholarships through the NACS Scholarship Program in Memory of Jim Yates at a reception on Oct. 7 during the NACS Show in Atlanta. The annual scholarships recognize convenience store employees for their dedication to achieving excellence in retailing, strong leadership skills and persistence in the pursuit of

Tom Joyce To Lead NACS Supplier Board

Tom Joyce, vice president of customer industry affairs for The Hershey Co., has been named 2010-11 chairman of the NACS Supplier Board. In addition, Scott Hill, vice president of convenience sales, Jack Link’s Beef Jerky, was named chair-elect and will succeed Joyce as 2011-12 chairman. Joyce and Hill were named to their positions during the

Frigoglass And Coca-Cola Recycling Team

Frigoglass, a global provider and manufacturer of beverage coolers, and Coca-Cola Recycling LLC are joining forces to give used plastic beverage bottles a new life through recycling and re-use. At the National Association of Convenience Stores’ NACS Show in Atlanta on Wednesday, Oct. 6, the two companies announced a joint effort that will facilitate the

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