Chicago Businesses Perplexed by Beverage Tax

Confusion remains as to how business at convenience stores and restaurants will be affected by Cook County’s new penny-per-ounce beverage tax   By NACS Online   The new tax increase on sweetened beverages in Cook County “is hard to swallow for operators of restaurants, convenience stores and other businesses in La Grange, Burr Ridge and…

The Problem of Too Many Grocery Stores

The amount of retail square footage devoted to food has never been as high—and that spells trouble for the industry   By NACS Online Americans have a plethora of grocery stores from which to purchase food—and those stores have gobbled up a lot of retail square footage. After retailers expanded quickly during the recent recession,…

Grocery Shopping Takes More Than One Stop

Increasingly, Americans are no longer satisfied with shopping for food in one store   By NACS Online For more consumers today, buying groceries involves multiple trips to several stores, USA Today reports. Half of U.S. supermarket shoppers visit three or more stores to purchase bread, milk and household products and buy five items or more…

Skimmers Switch to ‘Shimmers’

A new tool in the arsenal of criminals out to steal credit card data is a card-shaped device that’s paper-thin   By NACS Online   Just when you thought the tide might be shifting toward the good guys in the skimming game, the bad guys unleash a new weapon—the shimmer, WFMY-TV reports. The paper-thin device…