May 8, 2018
Thank you to everyone who participated in our annual golf tournament, April 26 at White Oak! We appreciate your support, especially given the weather!
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May 7, 2018
As of today, the Food and Drug Administration’s “menu labeling” rule is in effect. Retailers, who share a store name with at least 19 other stores, must begin labeling the caloric content of any prepared foods in their stores. This includes self-serve beverage, such as soda fountains and coffee.
The rule has been delayed for a number of years by both FDA’s only action and/or Congressional direction, but is now in effect. FDA has indicated that they are not intending to sanction any retailers for violations for the first year of the new rule but rather treat that time as an educational period. However, retailers in states and localities that have passed their own identical or nearly identical rules, such as California and New York City, should be aware that those localities are able to enforce their rules beginning today as well. Those jurisdictions are not restricted by the FDA’s plan to treat this year as educational.
In the meantime, NACS GR staff are continuing to work with FDA and congressional allies to continue to get changes to the rule which would make compliance less burdensome on convenience retailers. Legislation that would have amended the rule passed the House earlier this year with a bipartisan majority. The Common-Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act would make compliance make sense in different retail channels. Efforts to move the legislation in the Senate have been stymied by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), who is ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which has jurisdiction over the legislation in the body.
While that legislation remains pending before the United States Senate, retailers covered by the rule should be complying with the rule as of today. NACS members can visit the NACS Menu Labeling Compliance page where they can access a document that helps outline retailers’ requirements under this rule. Furthermore, this morning the FDA released its latest round of guidance on the rule which can be found HERE.
April 19, 2018
On April 17, GACS, NFIB, GFIA, and GRMCA hosted a forum with six candidates for governor.
Stacey Abrams, Casey Cagle, Stacey Evans, Hunter Hill, and Clay Tippins spoke one-on-one with Jim Galloway, a political writer for the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Brian Kemp could not attend, but addressed the audience via video. Discussion points included taxes, transportation, and workers’ compensation.
Read more and watch closing remarks for each candidate (courtesy of NFIB).
The Japan Times
FamilyMart to let Airbnb users in Japan pick up keys at convenience stores
The Japan Times
Major convenience store FamilyMart Co. said Monday it will allow tourists staying in short-term accommodations rented through Airbnb Inc. to receive and return door keys at some of its stores. Ahead of a new…
Shanghai allows cabs to double as convenience stores
Shanghai cab driver Yao Yanjun's convenience store has been open for three months. It helps him bring in extra money to supplement his taxi income. Best of all, he doesn't even have to rent a storefront in the expensive Chinese metropolis. The ...
TravelCenters of America Sees Lift From New Services & Initiatives
Specifically in the company's travel centers segment (separate from its convenience store segment), TravelCenters saw positive signs in Q1, including stronger freight trends compared to the same period last year and an ability to manage fuel sales ...
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UPDATED: Ticonderoga stores closed after police raids
Glens Falls Post-Star
The owner of the stores, Qaiser "Kaz" Gondal, also runs several companies that provides Medicaid-funded transportation, and also has business interests in the Albany area. His home on The Portage was also raided as part of the police effort, and ...
Convenience store owners join campaign against human trafficking
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Convenience stores have become stops for human traffickers and the owners of the businesses committed to fighting the growing problem. At a summit with the owners of Phil's One Stop, Lassus Handy Dandy, JJ's and others ...
Will Amazon Go deliver more convenience at the convenience store?
The Just Walk Out artificial intelligence based retail model allows shoppers to browse, choose products and leave the Amazon Go convenience store without standing in line to check out. Computer vision and machine learning based technology, together ...
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