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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — NACS, the Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing, is hitting the airwaves to share key issues facing the convenience channel.
The association debuted its new podcast series, "Convenience Matters," on Feb. 1. The series discusses major topics related to the convenience store industry.
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. The program features co-hosts Jeff Lenard, NACS' vice president of strategic industry initiatives, and John Eichberger, executive director of the Fuels Institute, along with the Fuels Institute's Donovan Woods discussing 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 team up to discuss high-level initiatives that are seeking to make hydrogen-fueled vehicles a reality.
A new podcast 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," Lenard said. "We are very pleased by the strong attention that the podcasts have already received and encourage listeners to send us suggestions for future topics."
The first three podcasts in the “Convenience Matters” series can be downloaded at www.nacsonline.com/podcasts and on iTunes. The podcasts also will soon be available on Google Play.