ACS Provides Clarity for Retailers on Age Verifications and Face Coverings

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has worked with Trading Standards to provide clarity for local shops about the sale of age-restricted products in relation to customers wearing face masks or face coverings.

When serving customers wearing face masks or face coverings who wish to purchase an age-restricted product in store, retailers should consider the following:

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Supplier News: RH Amar- Fine Food Parcels for NHS Key Workers

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High Wycombe-based fine food distributor RH Amar has been aiming to spread some cheer by donating fine food parcels to local NHS workers on the frontline of the town’s battle against Covid-19.

The company, which is based in Turnpike Way, has so far delivered 80 cases of mixed fine foods, and two cases of Ella’s Kitchen baby food, to staff at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

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Supplier News: Liberty Flights- Experts in Vaping

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With the ban of mentholated cigarettes now upon us, Liberty Flights, are continuing to provide their comprehensive support service for the vaping category to convenience retailers.

Liberty Flights have, for a number of years, helped numerous symbol and independent retailers bridge the gap between vape uncertainty and confusion into a profitable key line, giving Liberty Flights the reputation as one of the leading independent authorities for vape.

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ACS Welcomes Supreme Court Ruling on ATM Business Rates

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed a ruling from the Supreme Court which has concluded that external ATMs should not be subject to a separate business rates assessment.

Valuation officers challenged a Court of Appeal ruling which concluded that ATMs at existing properties, either inside or outside, should not be subject to separate bills

In a ruling today (20th May) a panel of five justices dismissed the Government’s appeal and upheld the Court of Appeal decision from November 2018.

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ACS: New Tobacco Regulations Now in Force

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is reminding retailers about the tobacco changes in force from today. From 20th May, the menthol cigarettes ban with come into effect and the sell through period for unmarked stock in the tobacco track and trace system will end.

Menthol Cigarettes Ban

From 20th May, the following will be banned:

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Covid Impact Survey Reveals How Stores Have Adapted Since Lockdown

New findings from the Association of Convenience Stores have revealed the challenges faced by retailers and colleagues since the lockdown, and the changes that they have made in store to keep their communities going.

The ACS Covid-19 Impact Survey shows that while two thirds of convenience stores have seen sales increase in the last two months, a third have seen a fall in sales with 26% reporting that sales have fallen significantly.

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Chief Executive's Blog: The Constant in a Changing World

I’m not sure when we’ll be able to look back and reflect objectively on this extraordinary period in our lives and in the history of the world, the country and our sector. Certainly now – ten weeks on from when Coronavirus truly hit our sector – is far too soon. But we can reflect on what we’ve learned in this time, and I think that times like this reveal more about who we are and the purpose we serve.

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