Marks & Spencer presented with 2016 NACS Insight International Convenience Retail Sustainability Award

LONDON, 2016-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks & Spencer has won the 2016 NACS Insight International Convenience Retail Sustainability Award, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company. The award was presented during the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe awards dinner in London on June 9.

The award recognizes Marks & Spencer for its leadership in development and implementation of sustainable resource strategies that deliver greater operational efficiencies. The award is presented for work that has made a discernible impact, is replicable and will inspire other businesses to identify and implement sustainability initiatives of their own.

Marks & Spencer continues to demonstrate its commitment to its Plan A goals, anchored at the heart of the company’s corporate strategy. Plan A, Marks & Spencer’s ethical and environmental goals, was launched in 2007 as a 100 point, five-year plan. Having achieved its major goal of making its U.K. business carbon neutral, Marks & Spencer has introduced Plan A 2020, which consists of 100 new, revised and existing commitments, with the ultimate goal of becoming the world’s most sustainable major retailer. Public reporting on the attainment of Plan A goals, including any missed targets, makes Marks & Spencer’s sustainability strategy transparent and accessible both to the public and to the international retail industry, in a quantifiable format.

“A focus on sustainability not only helps protect our world and resources, it is also good for business,” said Ern Sherman, vice president of industry affairs for The Coca-Cola Company. “With this award, we are proud to recognize a retailer who shares our passion for making an enduring, positive difference for businesses and communities.”

“Marks & Spencer deserves this European sustainability accolade, commending the hard work by the company and its leadership to implement Plan A over the past nine years,” said Dan Munford, Managing Director of Insight. “The Marks & Spencer Plan A is an extremely impressive, measurable and inspiring sustainable business model that encourages other international retailers to consider similar types of initiatives.”

NACS President and CEO Henry Armour congratulated Marks & Spencer for its Plan A goals and focus on sustainable business solutions. “Marks & Spencer is a stellar example of sustainable and environmentally conscious best practices, and we are pleased that we have the opportunity to share Marks & Spencer’s endeavors with our global convenience retail community.”

Now in its third year, the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe (conveniencesummit.com) brings together convenience and fuel retailing industry professionals from around the world to discuss new ideas and gain new commercial connections. This year’s event kicked off in Stockholm on June 5 and ends on June 11 in Dublin.

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores across the country, conducts 160 million transactions a day, sells 80% of the fuel purchased in the country and had total sales of $575 billion in 2015. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,700 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

Applegreen wins the NACS Insight 2016 International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award for its new M1 Lisburn Motorway Service Area in Northern Ireland

LONDON, 2016-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Applegreen has won the NACS Insight 2016 International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award for its new M1 Lisburn Motorway Service Area in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. The award, sponsored by Accenture, was presented during the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe in London on June 9 at this year’s International Convenience Retailer Awards gala.

Applegreen’s new M1 Lisburn site is a first of its kind, occupying a total floor area of 16,000 square feet. The site features seating for 300, offering ample space for customers to rest, even on busy days. The store is located on a busy tourist route from Belfast City and, with dedicated bus parking, the store can easily accommodate fluctuations in customer volume and provide patrons with space and comfort for taking a break and enjoying a variety of food and beverage offers. For local commuters, the site’s upper level is designed as a quiet oasis with comfortable seating, complete with the Applegreen Lounge area that includes meeting spaces, free Wi-Fi and mobile charging.

Recognizing that food is becoming a main focus in convenience retailing, Applegreen M1 Lisburn provides six foodservice options including a Chopstix Noodle Bar, Subway, Burger King, the popular U.K. bakery Greggs and Applegreen’s proprietary Bakewell concept, featuring high quality and great tasting foods developed by the retailer’s in-house food scientist. Applegreen’s Bakewell brand includes the Eat Smart range of products, focusing on the use of clean and natural ingredients without additives and preservatives.

The M1 Lisburn site also features a new Lavazza Coffee Bar, a concept designed and led by Applegreen in partnership with Lavazza. The Coffee Bar occupies a much larger space in comparison with other traditional coffee offers in a similar setting, as well as soft lighting and intimate seating areas.

Competition for this year’s Convenience Retailer of the Year Award was strong, with six extraordinary companies—two from Ireland, two from the United Kingdom, and one each from Norway and Sweden—selected by convenience and fuel retailing industry peers as finalists.

Judges agreed that Applegreen’s new M1 Lisburn site displays an excellent and effective use of space, as well as a great mix of proprietary and branded food concepts—a combination that makes this location a true travel destination for busy commuters in need of a break. Comments reflect that Applegreen continues to be true to its brand and has become a leader in convenience retailers.

“Judging the winner this year was very challenging in such a competitive field. Applegreen’s M1 Lisburn site is a game changer in forecourt convenience retailing and certainly deserves this exceptional accolade,” said Dan Munford, managing director of Insight.

Henry Armour, president and CEO at NACS, said: “Applegreen never disappoints with its innovative and highly engaging formats that offer both convenience and comfort for today’s time-pressed consumers. The amount of attention Applegreen has spent paying close attention to every detail, from the décor to the foodservice and convenience offers, is very impressive.”

Since 2009, the NACS Insight International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award has recognized excellence in convenience and forecourt retailing on an international stage and celebrates the best convenience retail formats from around the world. Retailers are judged across key criteria including format innovation, range, people development, customer service initiatives, corporate social responsibility, technology and results.

Now in its third year, the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe (conveniencesummit.com) brings together convenience and fuel retailing industry professionals from around the world to discuss new ideas and gain new commercial connections. This year’s event kicked off in Stockholm on June 5 and ends on June 11 in Dublin.

Note to editors: Images available upon request.

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores across the country, conducts 160 million transactions a day, sells 80% of the fuel purchased in the country and had total sales of $575 billion in 2015. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,700 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

NACS recognizes S-Group with 2016 NACS Insight European Technology Implementation Award at the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe

LONDON, 2016-Jun-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — S-Group has won the 2016 NACS Insight European Technology Implementation Award, sponsored by Verifone, a world leader in payments and commerce solutions. The award was presented during the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe in London on June 9 at this year’s International Convenience Retailer Awards gala.

The award recognizes S-Group for the implementation of a new mobile fueling feature to its award-winning S-Mobile iPhone app, an innovative service that combines retail, banking and fueling to transform the entire retail customer experience. S-Group is a renowned Finnish cooperative group of companies operating in the retail sector. The mobile fueling app was launched by two of S-Group’s subsidiaries: S-Bank, which provides all co-op members with comprehensive banking services and ABC, a service station chain and fuel trade company. The app is available for iPhone, Android and Windows phones.

S-Mobile automatically recognizes the customer’s location, and fueling is initiated by simply choosing the correct fuel pump from the app. After fueling, the payment is handled automatically through the S-Bank Visa card, linking the payment with customer loyalty benefits. S Group’s mobile app has more than 600,000 downloads in Finland, a country with a population of 5.4 million.

“We want to create simple services with a superb digital banking and retail experience for our 2.8 million customers. With our service, customers no longer need to use traditional card readers and PIN codes at the petrol station. In the Finnish winter, where temperatures can dip below -30 degrees Celsius, traditional pump activation is a hassle. We believe that the app can overcome such inconveniences and ensure a seamless customer experience with automatic payments for the user. This new service is only one way in which we aim to make everyday life easier for our customers,” said Pekka Ylihurula, managing director of S-Bank.

“S-Group shares Verifone’s commitment to helping gas stations and convenience stores enhance the consumer experience, and we are honored to recognize S-Group for its forward-thinking and innovative S-Mobile app solution, as well as the company’s leadership to inspire other businesses to identify and implement technology initiatives of their own,” said Brad McGuinness, Global Head of Petroleum Systems for Verifone.

“Consumers are looking for more speed in everything they do and in order to capitalize on the opportunity this creates for our industry, convenience retailers need to be at the forefront of technology implementation,” said Dan Munford, managing director of Insight. “S-Group’s innovation makes customer’s lives easier and the feature that allows tracking of petrol consumption is compelling.”

NACS President and CEO Henry Armour congratulated S-Group for its commitment to advancing technology best practices. “S-Group’s mobile fueling and payments app is an innovative technology platform retailers around the world can learn from, particularly markets where data security and new payment options are top of mind.”

Now in its third year, the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe (conveniencesummit.com) brings together convenience and fuel retailing industry professionals from around the world to discuss new ideas and gain new commercial connections. This year’s event kicked off in Stockholm on June 5 and ends on June 11 in Dublin.

Note to editors: Images available upon request.

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores across the country, conducts 160 million transactions a day, sells 80% of the fuel purchased in the country and had total sales of $575 billion in 2015. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,700 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

Musgrave Group won the 2015 NACS Insight European Sustainability Retailer of the Year Award sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company

LONDON, 2015-6-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Musgrave Group has won the 2015 NACS Insight European Sustainability Retailer of the Year Award, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company. The award was presented during the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe awards dinner in London on June 11.

The award recognizes Cork, Ireland-based Musgrave Group for its leadership in sustainable resource strategies and inspiring other businesses to implement sustainability initiatives of their own. Musgrave Group believes that sustainability also goes hand-in-hand with the overall health of the community. With a strong focus on environmental responsibility, the company continues to reduce its carbon footprint, reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, minimize energy use and expand its use of renewable energy. Through the implementation of consistent sustainability policies and clear targets, Musgrave Group has developed an extremely impressive business model that encourages healthier living and enriches the lives of its customers.

“Focusing on sustainability not only helps protect our world and resources,it is also good for business,” said Ern Sherman, vice president of industry affairs for The Coca-Cola Company. “With this award, we are proud to recognize those who share our passion for making a lasting, positive difference for businesses and communities.”

“Musgrave richly deserves this European sustainability accolade,” said Dan Munford, managing director of Insight. “Consumers who do much of their shopping online are looking for a more compelling, differentiated and engaging retail proposition in bricks-and-mortar locations. The work Musgrave does with local producers and in local communities not only enriches lives, but also serves as a terrific point of differentiation for the business.”

NACS President and CEO Henry Armour congratulated Musgrave Group for its focus on sustainable business solutions. “The dedication Musgrave Group has shown to enhancing the communities and people it serves is a great example of sustainable and environmentally conscious best practices, and even more exciting is that we have the opportunity to share Musgrave’s endeavors with our global convenience retail community.”

Now in its second year, the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe (conveniencesummit.com) brings together convenience and fuel retailing industry professionals from around the world to discuss new ideas and gain new commercial connections. This year’s event kicked off in Berlin on June 7 and ends on June 12 in London.

Note to editors: Images available upon request.

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 152,700 stores across the country, posted $696.1 billion in total sales in 2014, of which $482.6 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

Reitan Convenience CEO Magnus Reitan named the 2015 NACS Insight European Convenience Industry Leader of the Year

LONDON, 2015-6-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Magnus Reitan, CEO of Reitan Convenience AS, has been named the 2015 NACS Insight European Convenience Industry Leader of the Year. The award, sponsored by PepsiCo Inc., will be presented during the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe in London on June 11.

Reitan is the CEO of Reitan Convenience AS and serves as chairman of Reitan Convenience in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, in addition to serving as a board member of Reitangruppen AS. Reitan previously held the position of chief financial officer of Reitangruppen AS, managing director of Reitan Invest AS and founded and operated Allegro Finans ASA. He studied at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, BI Norwegian School of Management, and Florida International University in the United States.

“PepsiCo congratulates Magnus Reitan as the very worthy winner of the European Convenience Leader of the Year Award,” said Angus MacDonald, vice president of sales, PepsiCo UK and Ireland. “As convenience retailing continues to grow and become more relevant to shoppers than ever before, Mr. Reitan has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to strengthening the channel and delivering what today’s savvy shopper wants. He is a transformational leader for the channel and it’s great to see his hard work recognized with this award.”

Award judges said that Reitan demonstrates convenience industry leadership across multiple European markets. Under his guidance, Reitan Convenience continues to play a key role in defining the future of convenience in Europe by successfully adapting to dramatic shifts in consumer purchasing habits and understanding the role convenience stores and technology play in meeting fast and continuously changing shopper needs.

“I am delighted that Magnus Reitan has won this award, which recognizes that progress is not only driven by innovative companies like Reitan Convenience, but by the energies, gritty determination and inspiration of the individuals who lead them. Magnus epitomizes why this award exists,” said Dan Munford, managing director of Insight.

As the winner, Reitan will deliver the keynote address on June 11 at the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe, sharing his company’s core business principles and the key trends impacting today’s convenience retail industry landscape. Immediately following his address, Reitan will expand on his remarks by participating in an interactive conversation with NACS President & CEO Henry Armour. “I am looking forward to celebrating this prestigious award with Magnus and spending time with him on stage with our global convenience retail leaders,” said Armour.

Now in its second year, the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe brings together convenience and fuel retailing industry professionals from around to discuss new ideas and gain new commercial connections. This year’s event kicks off in Berlin on June 7 and ends on June 12 in London. At the June 11 NACS Insight International Convenience Retail Awards ceremony, honorees will also be announced in the categories of International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award, European Convenience Retail Sustainability Award and European Technology Implementation Retailer of the Year.

Note to editors: Images available upon request.

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 152,700 stores across the country, posted $696.1 billion in total sales in 2014, of which $482.6 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.