ACS Refreshes Home Delivery Guide for Retailers

ACS has updated its guidance on Home Delivery to help retailers consider the best fit for their store when it comes to offering the service.

At the start of the pandemic, offering a home delivery option for customers that were isolating, shielding or otherwise unable to get to the store became an essential service for thousands of retailers. During the first lockdown, ACS estimated that over 600,000 deliveries a week were going out from convenience stores to their communities.

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ACS: Long Overdue Energy Reforms One Step Closer

ACS has responded to a consultation from energy regulator Ofgem, reiterating its calls for reform in the small business energy market.

The consultation looks specifically at the introduction of a 14 day cooling off period for microbusinesses to bring their protections in line with that of consumers, as well as an alternative dispute resolution process when there are issues between a business and their supplier or broker.

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Chief Executive's Blog: Making Freedom Day a Success

The Prime Minister has announced plans for the full re-opening of the economy and the end of legal restrictions on how people can behave, from 19 July. I leave the debate on whether this is strategically the right decision to the epidemiologists and behavioural scientists, but of course I’d like to see a return to normal as soon as we can. The problem is that the way the government is taking this next step is already looking flawed, and we need to see some changes in their approach right now if we’re going to move forward safely.

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Local Shops Urge Government to Bring Forward Self Isolation Rule Changes

ACS has written to Business Minister Paul Scully MP, urging the Government to bring forward the change in self-isolation rules.

Under current Government proposals, from 16th August, anyone who has had their second vaccine dose more than two weeks prior, or who is aged under 18, would not have to self-isolate due to being identified by NHS Test and Trace as a result of close contact. ACS is calling for this rule change to be brought forward to now to avoid significant operational challenges for retailers, staff shortages and unnecessary short term business closures.

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ACS: Entries Open for Raj Aggarwal Trophy to Celebrate Outstanding Community Retailers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) is encouraging retailers to submit their entries for a new trophy marking the legacy of independent retailer Raj Aggarwal. The trophy will be awarded to retailers who have been exceptional in community retailing and helping their fellow retailers.

Applications are welcome from any convenience store operator, independent retailers and managers of multiple-owned outlets.

To enter, applicants must submit a short film (maximum of 5 minutes), which will show:

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Government Votes Down New Offence for Attacking Shopworkers

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has criticised MPs’ decision to vote down the introduction of a new clause in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill that would have made attacking a retail worker a separate offence.

New Clause 31, proposed by Shadow Policing Minister Sarah Jones MP, would have created a new offence for assaulting a retail worker with the following provisions:

•             Introduces a new, separate offence for assaulting, threatening or abusing a retail worker

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ACS Urges Consistency in Business Recycling Regulations

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to a consultation launched by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) on Consistency in Household and Business Recycling in England, highlighting the impact that new regulations would have on the convenience sector.

As part of the Environment Bill, businesses will be required to separate their waste for collection from 2023. This consultation is seeking views on the:

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Local Shops Urge MPs to Deliver Tougher Penalties for Attacks on Shopworkers in Policing Bill

Local shops are calling on MPs to support new amendments to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill when it is debated today.

The new amendments would provide greater protections for shopworkers and address the 40,000 violent attacks in convenience stores last year.

Conservative MP Matt Vickers is proposing tougher penalties for any workers serving the public that are subject to violent attacks. Labour MPs are supporting amendments for specific attacks on shopworkers and shopworkers enforcing age restrictions.

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