NACS debuts its new podcast series “Convenience Matters”

​ALEXANDRIA, VA, 2016-Feb-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — NACS debuted its new podcast series, “Convenience Matters,” that discusses topics related to the convenience store industry. The first three podcasts in the series “Convenience Matters,” can be downloaded at and iTunes. The podcasts also will soon be available on Google Play.

The first episode (“New Cars and New Fuels”) focuses on the new vehicles and technologies that will shape the future automotive landscape with a report from the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Program co-hosts Jeff Lenard, NACS vice president of strategic industry initiatives, and John Eichberger, executive director of the Fuels Institute, spoke to the Fuels Institute’s Donovan Woods about trends seen at the auto show.

The second episode (“Making the Healthy Choice the Convenient Choice”) features the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Amaris Bradley, who discusses the convenience retailing industry’s opportunities and successes related to selling healthy options.

In the third episode (“Is Hydrogen the Next Big Fuel?”), Bob Wimmer from Toyota Motor North America and Joe Gagliano from the California Fuel Cell Partnership discuss some of the high-level initiatives that are seeking to make hydrogen-fueled vehicles a reality.

A new episode will be released every Monday, focusing on topics related to convenience stores.

“Whether it’s for food, fuel drinks or snacks, about half of the U.S. population is at a convenience store every day. We’ll talk about what we see at stores — and what the future may hold – as long as it’s convenient,” said Lenard. “We are very pleased by the strong attention that the podcasts have already received and encourage listeners to send us suggestions for future topics.”


Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS ( is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2014, of which $483 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,700 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.


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