AACS CALLS FOR A COMMON SENSE APPROACH TO VAPING REGULATION

Australia’s booming nicotine vape black market will continue to grow at alarming rates if the Federal Government does not take urgent regulatory action now, the Australian Association of Convenience (AACS) Stores has warned in its submission to the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), “The current policy of prohibition has turned everyday adults into common criminals as…

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U.S. CONVENIENCE STORE COUNT REVERSES 4-YEAR DECLINE

More than 150,000 c-stores operate in the U.S., up 1.5% from a year ago. ALEXANDRIA, Va.—There are 150,174 convenience stores operating in the United States, a 1.5% increase from a year earlier, reversing a four-year decline, according to the 2023 NACS/NielsenIQ Convenience Industry Store Count. Convenience stores sell an estimated 80% of the motor fuels purchased…

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KINGS OF CONVENIENCE: A LESSON IN JAPANESE KONBINI HISTORY

With almost 56,000 convenience stores in Japan today, it’s hard to believe everything started with a single shop. With their familiar logos shining their lights on every street corner and many places in between, it’s also hard to believe that this first effort didn’t even have a big franchise behind it. And with convenience stores…

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HANGRY PLANET REDEFINES TRADITIONAL CONVENIENCE STORE CONCEPT

SAN BRUNO, Calif. — Coming across an undercover investigation into organic dairy farms by Animal Recovery Mission inspired actor, entrepreneur and philanthropist Bobak Bakhtiari to launch Hangry Planet, North America’s first fully plant-based convenience store. Hangry Planet offers carefully curated snacks, meals, certified organic desserts and more that are sourced and vetted to assure that every…

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MERCEDES-BENZ LAUNCHES BRANDED HPC NETWORK

The company wants to install 10,000 high-power charge points in all key markets by 2030 Mercedes-Benz has come to CES in Las Vegas to make a far-reaching announcement. The German carmaker wants to build its own high-power charging network covering North America, Europe, China and other key markets. The North American strategy is the most…

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WALMART DETAILS FUTURE OF GROCERY AT CES: EXCLUSIVE

Retailer says Customer Centricity framework offers the best path forward A new year is a great time to think about what’s next in the grocery industry, and that’s exactly what I did this month when I attended the CES Show in Las Vegas. The annual event likes to call itself the most influential tech event in the…

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