Labor Department Signals Changes in Overtime

Department says it wants salary to be a factor in overtime eligibility   NACS Online   The U.S. Labor Department suggested last week that it could lower the salary threshold for overtime eligibility set under the Obama administration, Reuters reports. The news source writes that the department asserted to the New Orleans-based 5th U.S Circuit…

How to Avoid Gas Station Skimmers

With the assistance of NACS, the Federal Trade Commission provides tips for both consumers and retailers   NACS Online Ahead of one of the summer’s biggest travel weekends, the Federal Trade Commission, with assistance from NACS, posted two blogs offering advice to motorists and gasoline stations on how to avoid skimmers at the pump. In…

Amazon to Acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion

The online retailer announced the acquisition on June 16th, which analysts predict will increase its competition with Walmart   By NACS Online   Online retailer Amazon.com has announced it will acquire the Whole Foods supermarket chain for $13.7 billion, the New York Times reports. The deal pushes the competition between Amazon and Walmart to new…

Global Alcohol Consumption Declining

IWSR data finds that global alcohol consumption is declining faster for beer than wine and spirits   NACS Online The latest International Wine and Spirits Record (IWSR) data suggests that the consumption of alcoholic drinks is declining at an increasingly faster rate than has been previously reported. For 2016, the IWSR reports that the global…

Craft Soft Drinks Add Fizz to Soda Sales

Craft soda volume grew 5% in 2016 to 88.8 million gallons, compared to 2015   By NACS Online Amid flat soda sales, the craft segment is starting to make a positive impact in the $52.5 billion U.S. soft drink market, reports USA Today. The news source writes that craft soft drinks “are capturing share by…

House Leadership Decides to Protect Debit Reform

Plans to remove debit repeal from the Choice Act were announced   By NACS Online Politico is reporting that House Republicans are removing the repeal of debit swipe fee reform from H.R. 10, the Financial CHOICE Act, after facing significant pressure from members in the Republican conference. The repeal effort is the most controversial piece…

USDA Announces Snap Final Rule Delay

The Food & Nutrition Service hits the drawing board to redefine “variety” to work for small retailers   NACS Online On May 18th, 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…