Application Process Opens for Track and Trace Regulations

ACS has launched new guidance for retailers to help them comply with upcoming tobacco track and trace regulations.

From today (23rd April), retailers with multiple sites will be able to apply for the codes that they need to be able to purchase compliant tobacco after the regulations come into force next month.  

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ACS: Healthy Start Benefits Communities and Local Shops

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is encouraging more retailers to accept Healthy Start vouchers, currently only one third of independent retailers take advantage of the scheme.

Healthy Start is a government initiative which provides pregnant women and parents with young children, who are in receipt of qualifying benefits, Healthy Start vouchers. These vouchers can be used to purchase milk, fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables and infant formula milk from local shops which have signed up to the scheme.

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ACS & Surrey Business School Launch New Diploma in Convenience Retailing

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has announced a new partnership with the University of Surrey’s Department of Marketing and Retail Management to offer the first ever Diploma in Convenience Retailing. 

The programme is aimed at anyone looking to develop their expertise in convenience retailing, whether it be area managers in retail and wholesale, sales specialists in FMCG companies, rising stars in independent retail or consultants with a keen interest in the sector. 

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ACS: Get Involved in the Great British Spring Clean 2019

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is encouraging retailers to get involved with this year’s Great British Spring Clean. This year's campaign runs from 22nd March for a month until 23rd April. 

Last year, over 370,000 people collected 650,000 bags of rubbish across Great Britain and this year the aim is to get over half a million people involved in the campaign.

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ACS: Summit19 the Unmissable Conference!

Taking place today in Birmingham, Summit19 is the definitive convenience event which provides fantastic opportunities to connect with new people in the industry and gain insight about the future of our sector.

This year’s Summit consists of two sessions:

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Proposals to Restrict Location of HFSS Products in C-Stores ‘Expensive and Impractical’

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the Government’s consultation on restricting high fat, salt, sugar (HFSS) products, urging the Government to exempt small stores from the regulations and narrow the types of products that would fall in scope of the proposed restrictions.

The Department of Health and Social Care are currently consulting on how the government can reduce children’s exposure to advertising for products that are high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS), to reduce their consumption of these products. Measures proposed in the consultation include:

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Home Office Launches Call for Evidence on Violence and Abuse

The Government has launched a call for evidence to tackle violence and abuse against shop staff.

The call is open for 12 weeks and asks organisations and individuals to contribute to the Government’s understanding of the problem.

The most recent Home Office Commercial Victimisation Survey estimated that in 2017, workers from the wholesale and retail sector fell victim to around 510,000 incidents of assaults and threats, more than twice the number recorded in 2016.

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