Legislature Approves Bill That Would Make California 1st State to Restrict Plastic Straws at Restaurants

By the Los Angeles Times   California is poised to become the first state to restrict the distribution of plastic straws at restaurants under a bill approved Thursday by lawmakers, capturing the attention of environmentalists nationwide who hope the idea, like many with origins in the Golden State, will spread across the nation. The legislation, which would…

Grocers Lower Costs by Reducing Carbon Footprint

LED lighting and thermal energy storage are the newest green energy solutions for grocers By NACS Online According to FoodDive, grocers and retailers quickly are realizing the benefits of green energy solutions that trim costs, reduce their carbon footprint and improve the customer experience. Walmart says it reduced costs by more than $100 million by…

The Top Four Reasons Self-Checkout Fails in Grocery

And why line-free mobile checkout is the future By Will Hogben/ CEO, FutureProof Retail   The first iteration of what we now call “self-checkout” in the grocery industry was launched at the Food Marketing Institute’s annual convention in 1987. The “Automatic Checkout Machine” was unveiled by a Florida company called CheckRobot, and it was received…

Getting High-Income Millennials to Pump Gas

PYMNTS found that mobile apps draw this demographic to gas stations By NACS Online Which consumer segment is more likely to use mobile apps at the pump? High-income millennials, according to an analysis by Pymnts.com. This demographic—born between 1978 and 1995 and earning between $75,000 and $150,000—enjoys the convenience and speed of mobile apps, especially…

Coca-Cola to Hike Soda Prices

The beverage company will raise prices of its U.S. soft drinks because of higher tariffs on metal By NACS Online While Coca-Cola has seen higher drink volumes over the last quarter, the beverage company will increase the cost of U.S. carbonated soft drinks this year, the Wall Street Journal reports. Coke attributes the higher prices…

At-Home Cooks Rely on Prepared Food

U.S. consumers are eating at home more, but often what they are eating comes from a restaurant, drive-thru or other foodservice operation By NACS Online Consumers are increasingly eating at home, with more than 80% of all meals consumed at home in 2017, according to a report from research organization The NPD Group. However, busy…

Cashier-less C-Stores Continue to Grow in Pacific Rim

No-clerk, no-cash stores created to increase convenience and reduce labor By NACS Online   While no-cashier convenience stores are being introduced slowly to U.S. consumers, staff-less stores keep popping up in Asia. In July, 7-Eleven Taiwan opened its second unstaffed store, following the January launch of its first staff-less “X-Store” located in inside the headquarters…