Will Convenience Stores Welcome Bitcoin ATMs?

Bitcoin teller machines are slowly making inroads into bodegas and corner stores By NACS Online   Bitcoin teller machines (BTMs) have become hot properties, showing up at convenience stores, gas stations and liquor stores, Pacific Standard Magazine reports. New York City now has more than 80 BTMs, with dozens more in other areas. BTM makers…

Craft Soda Goes After Health-minded Customers

With its wholesome ingredients, craft soda wants to hone its healthier and more natural alternative image   By NACS Online Craft soda appears poised to capitalize on customer appreciation for healthier and more natural food products, QSR Magazine reports. While customers have been ditching regular soda, craft sodas like Appalachian Craft Soda, Jones Soda and…

C-Store Redefine Convenience

From growlers to gourmet food options, many convenience stores are focusing on new profit centers By NACS Online   “Unusual offerings” at the Phoenix Mart are resonating with customers, thanks to new ideas about to service shift workers at a nearby hospital, busy commuters and local businesspeople taking a lunch break, writes WilmingtonBiz.com. When Springer…

Target Acquires Same-Day Delivery Platform

Shipt will boost the retailer’s ability to same-day delivery services at nearly half its stores by early 2018 By NACS Online   Target Corp. is acquiring Shipt Inc., an online same-day delivery platform, for $550 million. Target will leverage its network of stores and Shipt’s proprietary technology platform to bring same-day delivery to customers across…

CVS Acquires Aetna for $69 Billion

Drugstore chain continues its journey of becoming a single location for consumer health and wellness   By NACS Online   CVS Health and Aetna announced a definitive merger under which CVS Health will acquire all outstanding shares of Aetna. The companies say that this transaction fills an unmet need in the current health-care system and…

Republic National Distributing Company and Breakthru Beverage Group to Form $12 Billion Company with North American Footprint

Proposed Merger to Allow Greater Focus on Innovation and Differentiation in Rapidly Changing and Competitive Marketplace BY BUSINESS WIRE Republic National Distributing Company, LLC (“RNDC”), a distributor and broker of premium wine and spirits, and Breakthru Beverage Group, LLC (“BBG”), a distributor and broker of beer, wine and spirits in the U.S. and Canada—both members…