What’s Next With Swipe Fees?

“Since credit cards were introduced more than 60 years ago, no one dared step in to challenge the powerful banks. We did. And we got change,” said NACS President and CEO Hank Armour in his Opening General Session address on Oct. 6 at the NACS Show. NACS’ “audacious goal” to fight swipe fees, said Armour,

NACS Kicks Off With Opening Session

Engagement, an overriding theme of the NACS Show, was clearly the dominant theme of NACS Chairman Jay Ricker’s Opening General Session address on Oct. 6 at the NACS Show. Ricker encapsulated his past year as chairman with three stories about engagement: with the media, with customers and with elected officials. The first story related to

NACS Launches Label Program To Deter Skimming

NACS has launched “We Care… About Your ID,” a new program to help members develop preventative measures against ID fraud. The program was introduced during the NACS Show, which runs through Oct. 8 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. More than 22,000 attendees are expected at the event. Central to the security education

Kretek

“While at NACS, be sure to visit Kretek International, booth #3726 for great deals on the all new ExtenZe Plus Male Enhancement 5-pack product, Djarum Filtered Clove Cigars, DjEEP lighters and CIG-2.0 Water Vapor E-Cigarettes. Booth #3726 Kretekwww.Kretek.com

Kellogg’s

  The Kellogg Convenience Store Team is excited to introduce Keebler® Fudge Shoppe® Jumbo Fudge Sticks and other new products this year from our innovative and powerful brands.  Come see us at NACS booth 4953 for more information.  888-289-5554. Booth #4953 Kellogg Conveniencewww.kelloggconvenience.com  

Johnsonville

Johnsonville’s plump and juicy Spicy German Brats, will boost margins and drive repeat business. With a powerful merchandising program to help promote and sell, Johnsonville makes selling Spicy German Brats a no-brainer. Remember: it’s not a brat if it’s not from Johnsonville, the brand your customers already know, trust and love. Booth #7923 Johnsonvillewww.johnsonville.com/foodservice

Developing a Customized Foodservice Menu

Testing New Products   As new products earn their way onto your menu don’t forget about the equipment.   “Let’s say you’ve got a roller grill and you’ve been selling hot dogs forever,” explained Larry Miller, president of Miller Management & Consulting Services Inc. in Sanford, Fla. “Now somebody brings you a handheld Mexican product,

Menthol Ban Could Fuel Black Market

The FDA is considering a ban on menthol cigarettes in the U.S., a move some fear could have unintended consequences, such as a skyrocketing black market for the products. “What we’re currently facing in the U.S. is the (potential) banning of a currently legal product. We’re very concerned that would create an immediate black market

FDA Releases Tobacco Guidelines

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued draft guidance for tobacco retailers on civil money penalties and no-tobacco-sale orders for violations of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. The guidance gives retailers insight into the FDA’s current thinking, and how it plans to address violations. NACS outlined the five main issues the

FDA Releases Tobacco Guidelines

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued draft guidance for tobacco retailers on civil money penalties and no-tobacco-sale orders for violations of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. The guidance gives retailers insight into the FDA’s current thinking, and how it plans to address violations. NACS outlined the five main issues the

POS Training At NACS

Gilbarco Veeder-Root will be hosting free Passport point of sale (POS) system training and also demonstrating remote diagnostics and help desk at the NACS Show, Oct. 6-8 in Atlanta, bringing key benefits of the system to the show floor. Current Passport users can take advantage of free Passport POS training “How to operate Passport in

Industry Mourns John Hervey’s Death

John Hervey, a former NACS employee and PCATS executive director, with a long and distinguished career in the convenience and petroleum retailing industry passed away on Aug. 5. Hervey’s 40-year-plus career began at Mobil Oil Corp., where he served in a variety of capacities for 25 years, including providing retail automation solutions for its 1,000-plus

Interchange Reform Continues

Now that the Durbin Amendment, part of the Wall Street reform bill, has been signed into law by President Obama, the industry continues to address issues related to interchange reform. Texas Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (TPCA) President Chris Newton noted the amendment was “an important first step” in dealing with the negative impacts

Groups To Senate: Say No To Increasing Ethanol in Gas

On July 26, some 36 environmental and industry groups signed and sent a letter that went to the majority and minority leaders of the Senate urging opposition to any amendment to the upcoming energy bill that would authorize the sale of gasoline with more than 10% ethanol. The National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA), the

President Signs Swipe Fee Reform Into Law

Interchange relief became a reality today as President Obama signed the financial services reform bill into law. The new law contains Senator Richard Durbin’s swipe fee amendment, which is expected to result in lesser debit card interchange fees and bring critical financial relief to retailers and consumers while promoting greater competition within the credit card

Senate Passes Financial Reform

The convenience and petroleum retailing industry are now celebrating the end of a nearly 10-year battle to rein in interchange fees. Yesterday, July 15, the U.S. Senate voted 60 to 39 in support of the financial reform package known as the Dodd-Frank Bill that contains the crucial interchange amendment, NACS reported. Thursday’s vote was the

PACT Act On Hold

Federal District Judge Richard Arcara temporarily ordered that the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act (PACT Act), a new law that disallows cigarettes to be shipped via the mail-which was set to go into effect yesterday-to be placed on hold, the Associated Press reported. A Seneca Indian Nation tobacco business owner asked for the restraining order

Financial Reform Faces Crucial Vote

As the House and Senate prepare to vote on the financial reform bill—containing the Durbin amendment on interchange fees—this week, NACS’ message to retailers is that the battle is far from won. Three hurdles remain: passing the House, passing the Senate and getting signed into law by President Obama. “Until all three happen, actually, until

Swipe Fee Reform Faces Crucial Vote

The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) is urging retailers to contact legislators one more time as the financial reform bill, which contains the swipe fee amendment, goes to a vote. Last week, House and Senate financial services reform negotiators agreed to finalize the financial bill with the swipe fee reforms included. Now, both the

Swipe Fee Reform Advances

The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate negotiators have sided with retailers, reaching an agreement to include swipe fee reform provisions in the final financial services reform bill that is now on its way to Congress for a final vote. The provisions, known as the Durbin Amendment after the author, Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL), is

Agreement Reached On Interchange

Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and key conferees have reached an agreement on the Wall Street reform bill, regarding his amendment regulating interchange fees, NACS reported. The agreement makes minor, clarifying changes to the language, which passed the Senate 64 to 33 on May 13, and responds to concerns raised by state governments

Swipe Fee Debate Builds

In a letter dated June 16, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and 130 other members of Congress outline their concerns with the Durbin Amendment that gives retailers and consumers relief from outrageous swipe fees, NACS reported. They cite the benefits that all users of electronic payments systems receive and the “lack of Congressional review” of

CSD Presents the Foodservice Webcast Series

As competition heats up and consumers adjust their away-from-home consumption habits it’s critical to continuously refine your programs and strategies in order to drive profitable and sustainable growth. For the third consecutive year, Convenience Store Decisions, is proud to offer its FREE two-part Foodservice Webcast Series. Part II: June 17, 2010 2:00 PM EDT Foodservice

Are You Up To Speed On Tobacco Requirements?

On June 22, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will begin enforcing new requirements on tobacco products, a move that will impact retailers across the country.  To help retailers navigate the new rules, NACS will hold its second Webinar focusing on the latest round of requirements on tobacco products implemented by FDA. The Webinar

A Rocky Ride for RYO

Proper Handling Quality counts—especially with tobacco, something c-store operators had better keep in mind. Kevin Paige, owner of three Butthead’s Tobacco Emporiums in Danbury, Conn., said he is trying to distance himself from the c-store channel when it comes to tobacco. “Although I operated my own c-stores for over 20 years, I don’t think the

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