Small Business Minister Recognises Vital Role of Retail Sector

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed a letter from Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets, Paul Scully MP which highlights the vital and positive role that the retail sector has played during the coronavirus crisis.

In the letter, Paul Scully MP says: “I would like to echo the comments made by the Business Secretary in his letter of 8 April thanking retail workers who have continued to work in our shops, online and supply chains throughout this challenging period. 

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Supplier News: Shield Safety Group- Leading Food Safety, Fire Safety and Health & Safety Consultancy

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Shield Safety Group is a leading Food Safety, Fire Safety and Health & Safety consultancy. Our services are delivered by the UK’s largest team of degree qualified Environmental Health Practitioners, supported by award-winning software and app specifically designed for food and food retail businesses. We are trusted by some of the world’s leading brands including Tesco, Stars Pubs & Bars and Interstate Hotel Management to meet their compliance requirements.

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Supplier News: LRS- Embrace a ray of sunshine for your chiller with a new flavour from Ribena

Ribena is bringing a ray of sunshine to chillers with the launch of a brand new drink – Ribena Raspberry Rays. The thirst-quenching new flavour, rich in Vitamin C, is ideal for shoppers looking for a burst of summer sunshine from their soft drink.

The new launch is sure to be a hit. In consumer testing, 70% of shoppers said that they would purchase a raspberry flavoured Ribena, and in taste tests, Raspberry Rays scored as Ribena’s best tasting liquid ever.

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Book Your Place at ACS’ Power, Mobility and Convenience Virtual Conference

Book your place at ACS’ Power, Mobility and Convenience virtual conference, taking place on 1st July 2020.

This morning session will provide the opportunity for delegates to hear from expert speakers as they discuss the issues currently affecting forecourt retailers and some issues that they may face in the future. 

Speakers confirmed so far include:

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Supplier News: New Range of Coca-Cola Price Marked Packs

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Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has reduced the recommended price points for its range of price-marked packs (PMPs) across its colas portfolio.

1.75l bottles of Coca-Cola Zero Sugar – including the popular cherry and vanilla-flavoured variants – and Diet Coke are now available in a £1.75 PMP, and 1.5l bottles of Coca-Cola Original Taste and Coca-Cola Cherry are now available in a £1.95 PMP, enabling retailers to take advantage of the growing trend towards consumption within the home.

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Chief Executive's Blog: Changes to Sunday trading won’t kickstart a retail recovery

Few issues divide the retail industry and fire up an emotional response like Sunday trading.

Some see any restrictions on trading hours as fundamentally at odds with a free market, others think it’s outrageous that we allow any retailing at all on a Sunday.

I respect both of those views, but I find myself aligned – personally and on behalf of the convenience stores I represent – with the majority of the public who, time after time, tell us that they support the current compromise of allowing six consecutive opening hours on a Sunday.

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ACS Launches New Guidance to Support Unpaid Carers in Local Shops

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has launched new guidance today to support the UK’s 6.5 million unpaid carers, who are helping elderly, ill, or vulnerable friends and relatives.

The guidance helps retailers and colleagues working in local shops to identify unpaid carers, and recommends ways to support them both in-store and through delivery services.

Some of the recommendations for retailers looking to further support unpaid carers include:

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Supplier News: New Lucozade Citrus Chill

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Lucozade Energy adds to popular flavours range with launch of new Citrus Chill 

Lucozade Energy, the UK’s largest energy drink brand , is introducing a cool new addition to its £66.8M  flavours range this month ahead of the summer season.  

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ACS: Save the Date for Summit20 and the Local Shop Report Launch!

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has announced the new date for its annual conference and launch of the 2020 Local Shop Report.

Summit20 will now be taking place on 9th September 2020 as a virtual immersive event and this year’s conference will also feature the launch of the 2020 Local Shop Report.

Confirmed speakers include:

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