Up to 10,000 Local Shops Face Unprecedented Restrictions on Siting Products

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has warned that restrictions on where some food products can be sited within a minority of convenience stores in England will have a significant impact on more than one in five of England’s local shops. The Department for Health & Social Care has today (Monday 28 December) published its response to a consultation on restricting placement of certain high fat, salt and sugar products at in store entrances, the end of aisles and at tills, as well as banning mechanisms like “buy one get one free” deals

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Book Your Place at ACS’ 2021 Technology Showcase and Hosted One2Ones!

Taking place virtually on 10th February 2021, ACS’ Technology Showcase is the unique chance for retailers and suppliers to come together to explore the latest products and services set to transform the sector.

Attendees will hear from a group of shortlisted suppliers selected by ACS’ Independent Board about the latest advancements in technology designed to improve customer experience and assist with the day to day running of stores.

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Retailers Warned to Be Vigilant Against Counterfeit Alcohol This Christmas

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is reminding retailers to beware of counterfeit alcohol during the Christmas period after indications of counterfeit goods entering into the UK market.

There have been instances of independent retailers being targeted with counterfeit products and we are reminding retailers to only work with Alcohol Wholesale Registration Scheme (AWRS) registered wholesalers and to take seriously any complaints regarding the difference in the expected taste, smell or look of a product.

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ACS Welcomes Parliamentary Inquiry into Violence and Abuse Towards Retail Workers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed the announcement from the House of Commons’ Home Affairs Committee of an inquiry into violence and abuse towards retail workers

Launched today (18th December) the inquiry will focus on the police response to reported incidents, and the calls for a new aggravated offence for violent and abusive behaviour towards retail workers.

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Entries Now Open for ACS’ 2021 Technology Showcase!

Entries are now open for ACS’ Technology Showcase, taking place virtually on 10th February 2021.

ACS’ Technology Showcase provides retailers and suppliers with the chance to come together and explore the latest advancements in technology designed to help enhance customer experience and streamline the day to day running of stores.

Suppliers can enter for a chance to demonstrate their product to a group of the UK’s leading convenience retailers.

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ACS: Census 2021 Initiative Celebrates Local Heroes

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is calling on convenience retailers to get involved with a new initiative to mark the Census 2021, which aims to celebrate the unsung heroes in local communities across England and Wales.

The census is a survey that happens every ten years and helps plan funding and provision of public services. The next census is taking place in 2021 and will be the 22nd census of England and  Wales.

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ACS: Welsh Business Rates to be Frozen for 2021/22

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed an announcement from the Welsh Government that business rates in Wales will be frozen for 2021/22.

Finance Minister Rebecca Evans MS confirmed today (15th December) that businesses rates in Wales will not be subject to an inflationary increase in 2021-22. It is estimated that the freeze will support around 54,000 ratepayers across Wales, who are not already receiving 100% rates relief. 

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ACS Calls on Retailers to Complete 2021 Crime Survey

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is calling on retailers to share their experiences of retail crime over the last 12 months in the 2021 Crime Survey.

The survey examines the impact that crime has on the convenience sector, looking at how crime is affecting retailers, the number of incidents experienced and how much crime has cost businesses over the last year. The survey also considers the causes of these crimes and the measures retailers have in place to prevent crime in their stores.

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