Face Coverings to be Mandatory in Shops from November 30

The Government has confirmed that face coverings will be required in shops from 4am on Tuesday 30th November. 

Customers will be required to wear a face covering unless they are exempt for medical reasons. Colleagues are also required to wear a face covering in customer facing areas, such as the shop floor (also subject to exemptions). 

As was the case when restrictions were in force earlier in the pandemic, retailers are required to communicate the rules on face coverings to customers using signage in store. 

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Now Available on Demand: ACS’ 2021 Innovation Showcase!

ACS’ Innovation Showcase is now available on demand via the Member Portal!

The Innovation Showcase provides a unique opportunity for you to hear from suppliers that have recently launched, or are about to launch a product that demonstrates clear innovation in the retail industry.

The event featured presentations from Lori Buss Stillman, NACS and Dan Eversfield, National Convenience Show who explored the trends of 2021 and what we should be looking out for over the next twelve months.

This year’s shortlisted entries are:

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New Survey Shows Millions of Shoppers Have Seen Violence toward Shopworkers

Retailers are urging shoppers to #ShopKind when they visit high streets this Christmas, as new polling reveals that over one third of shoppers (38%) have witnessed violence and abuse against shopworkers.

With at least two-thirds of consumers flocking back to the high streets, retailers, the Home Office and charity Crimestoppers are reminding customers to be kind to shopworkers and fellow customers. The latest retail industry data suggests that 450 shopworkers are abused each day and it’s feared this may rise during the busy festive season.

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ACS: Government Must Provide More Support for Local Shops in EV Expansion

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to a consultation on the future of transport, calling on the Government to provide more support to the convenience sector to help the expansion of the electric vehicle charging network.

Today (22nd November) the Prime Minister announced new regulations for new homes and buildings in England in relation to electric vehicle charging points.

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Minister for Rural Affairs Confirmed to Speak at ACS’ Rural Shop Report 2022 Parliamentary Launch!

DEFRA Minister for Rural Affairs Lord Benyon has been confirmed to speak at the parliamentary launch of ACS’ Rural Shop Report 2022, taking place in the Churchill Room, House of Commons on Tuesday 25th January 2022.

The launch event will explore the findings of the report, providing a comprehensive overview of rural shops in the convenience sector and the role that they play in communities across the UK.

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Government Again Fails to Act on Tougher Sentences for Shopworkers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has reacted with disappointment at the Government’s failure to take action to introduce tougher sentences for shopworkers. 

In a Lords debate on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, amendments were withdrawn that would have made attacking someone working in retail a more serious offence. 

Speaking during the debate, Minister Baroness Williams of Trafford said: “Obviously, a wide range of offences already exist covering assaults on any worker, including retail workers, and they include offences such as common assaults.”

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Supplier News: GLORY builds integrated cash payments momentum in UK convenience stores

Content supplied by Glory Global: 

Integrated Cash Payments

100% accurate cash transactions at POS - Eliminate cash losses

Setting up automated cash handling in your store(s) is easier than you think.

Find out how Instant Karma Retail used Glory’s integrated cash payments solution (CASHINFINITYTM) to change their approach to cash handling in both their London stores resulting in:

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BEIS Committee Calls on Government to Ensure New Fuel Resilience Bill is Fit For Purpose

ACS has welcomed a report from the influential BEIS Committee, which calls on the Government to address issues with a new Bill aimed at making the fuel supply chain more secure and reliable.

The Downstream Oil Resilience Bill was introduced earlier this year by Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan after being first announced during the Queen’s Speech. The Bill aims to address the following issues:

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ACS: New Content Available on Demand!

ACS is reminding members about new content that has been added to the Member Portal, including recent events, webinars and policy information. The Member Portal is home to a wealth of information available for you to view and download and you can also book your place on upcoming events.

Recently added content includes:

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