ACS Urges Retailers to Report Profiteering to CMA in New Campaign

ACS has launched a new campaign this week, calling on convenience store retailers to report those who are attempting to raise prices unfairly and take advantage of consumers during the Covid-19 outbreak.

ACS is urging retailers to report any instances they see to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), who have set up a taskforce on the issue in response to complaints about price hikes from consumers.

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ACS: Contactless Payment Limit Rises to £45 from Today

From today (1st April) the contactless card payment limit in shops is increasing to £45 as part of measures to combat the spread of coronavirus.

Shoppers will now be able to make contactless card payments of up to £45 per transaction, an increase of £15 from the previous £30 limit which was implemented in 2015.

An increased limit was already being considered but the process has been accelerated as part of the industry’s response to Covid-19.

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ACS Encourages Retailers to Get Involved in Dementia Friends Campaign

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is encouraging retailers to get involved in their campaign in collaboration with Alzheimer’s Society to create 25,000 Dementia Friends in the convenience sector.

The campaign coincides with ACS’ 25th anniversary and aims to create 25,000 Dementia Friends in the convenience sector to help customers, colleagues and communities affected by dementia.

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Government Announces Three Month Extension for Businesses to File Accounts

ACS has welcomed an announcement from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy this morning (25th March), extending the deadline for filing all accounts by three months for businesses that have been affected by Covid-19. Under normal circumstances, companies that file accounts late are issued with an automatic penalty.

As part of the measures, while companies will still have to apply for the three month extension to be granted, those citing issues around Covid-19 will be automatically and immediately granted an extension.

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ACS Urges Retailers to Follow Social Distancing Advice for Colleagues and Customers

ACS is encouraging convenience retailers to follow advice on social distancing to protect colleagues and customers from the spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus).

It is advised that you implement additional measures in your store to help customers ensure that they adhere to social distancing guidelines. Consider putting lines on the floor in front of the till points to ensure that customers maintain a safe distance to colleagues, asking customers to maintain distance whilst queueing, and encourage customers to use contactless payment where possible.

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ACS Updates MPs on Crucial Role of Local Shops

ACS has written to all MPs today (23rd March), detailing the crucial role that local shops are playing in their constituencies in response to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

In the letter, ACS outlines the extraordinary effort being undertaken by retailers and their colleagues across Britain’s 46,000 local shops who are going the extra mile to ensure that local customers can still have access to essential goods and services.

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