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June 2017 Issue

Retail Operations

NACS: How U.S. Convenience Retailers Can Stay Ahead of the Pack

Compared with adjacent retail channels, U.S. convenience stores have boasted relative strength and sales growth in recent years. Built on the premise of speed, convenience stores are modeled to deliver on specific consumer needs that competing channels don’t yet address fully.   While Nielsen research suggests that the strength of convenience stores...

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NACS: Will Robots Take Over Retail Jobs?

May 26, 2017 • App Homepage, Business Management, Retail OperationsComments Off on NACS: Will Robots Take Over Retail Jobs?

Retailers have long had self-checkout lanes, but lately, more are embracing other automatic technology, such as proximity beacons and robot shelf stockers. That means companies will need fewer employees in the near future, leaving up to 7.5 million jobs at...

NRF: Retail CEOs Travel to Washington to Tell Lawmakers “Yes” on Tax Reform, “No” on BAT

May 25, 2017 • App Homepage, Business Management, Retail OperationsComments Off on NRF: Retail CEOs Travel to Washington to Tell Lawmakers “Yes” on Tax Reform, “No” on BAT

The National Retail Federation (NRF) is bringing 20 retail executives from businesses large and small to Washington to meet with key administration officials and congressional leaders to try to keep a proposed $1 trillion border adjustment tax (BAT) out...

RFA Launching “Ethanol Days of Summer” Contest to Report Prices

May 24, 2017 • App Homepage, Retail OperationsComments Off on RFA Launching “Ethanol Days of Summer” Contest to Report Prices

Beginning on Memorial Day, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is launching an “Ethanol Days of Summer” contest, allowing both retailers and consumers to report the price posted for E85 and other ethanol blends.   To enter, consumers must have a...

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Decreased 2.5% in April

May 24, 2017 • App Homepage, Fleet Operations, Retail OperationsComments Off on ATA Truck Tonnage Index Decreased 2.5% in April

American Trucking Associations’ (ATA’s) advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index slipped 2.5% in April, following a 1.1% decline during March (March’s percentage decrease was slightly more than reported in...

NATSO Issues Statement on Trump Administration’s Proposal Calling for Tolls and Commercial Rest Areas

May 24, 2017 • App Homepage, Retail OperationsComments Off on NATSO Issues Statement on Trump Administration’s Proposal Calling for Tolls and Commercial Rest Areas

NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s budget proposal that would like to “liberalize tolling policy and allow private investment in rest areas.”   “The proposals to...

Vendor View: Addressing Corrosion and Microbial Growth in Today’s Fuel Environment

May 22, 2017 • App Homepage, Featured Articles, Fleet Operations, Retail Operations, Wholesale OperationsComments Off on Vendor View: Addressing Corrosion and Microbial Growth in Today’s Fuel Environment

Photo: A corroded flapper valve from a diesel tank, next to another flapper valve from the gasoline tank at the same site.   By Brad Hoffman, Tanknology, Inc.   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began to phase in...

NACS: Low Gas Prices Likely to Increase Vacations, but Not Miles Driven

May 22, 2017 • App Homepage, Retail OperationsComments Off on NACS: Low Gas Prices Likely to Increase Vacations, but Not Miles Driven

Low gas prices will likely lead to increased summer vacation spending but won’t lead to longer trips, according to a survey of gas customers conducted by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), which represents the industry that sells an...

Weekly Energy Market Situation, May 22, 2017

May 22, 2017 • App Homepage, Fuels & Supply, Lower Left, Powerhouse, Retail Operations, Terminals and Storage, Wholesale OperationsComments Off on Weekly Energy Market Situation, May 22, 2017

OPEC Production Cut Expiration Raises Concerns Saudi Arabia and Russia concede need to extend cut History shows extending cuts has little market impact History shows deeper cuts boost prices short-term Countervailing U.S. production growth now at 9.3 MMbpd...

NACS: USDA Announces SNAP Final Rule Delay

May 19, 2017 • App Homepage, Business Management, Retail OperationsComments Off on NACS: USDA Announces SNAP Final Rule Delay

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food & Nutrition Service (FNS), which oversees the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formally posted an announcement on its website that “passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 has...