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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Supporting communities

The country has now been coping with the Coronavirus outbreak for several weeks, and as restrictions on our lives have grown, so has the pressure on local shops. We want to explain what we are doing, and what the public can do to support our colleagues in stores.

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Convenience Store Colleagues Included in Key Workers Definition

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has strongly welcomed clarification from Government that convenience store colleagues will be included in the definition of key worker.

From Friday afternoon, schools will close and remain closed until further notice for all except children of key workers and vulnerable children, as part of the ongoing response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

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ACS Calls for Convenience Store Colleagues to Be Included as Key Workers

ACS has called on the Government to ensure that the UK’s 405,000 convenience store colleagues are provided the key worker status so that they can carry on providing a lifeline to local communities.

From Friday afternoon, schools will close and remain closed until further notice for all except children of key workers and vulnerable children, as part of the ongoing response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

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Chief Executive's Blog on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Situation

I doubt many retailers are going to have time to read a blog from me today, but I wanted to thank the tens of thousands of retailers and the hundreds of thousands of colleagues in local shops who are doing such an amazing job for their communities.

This episode has again brought home the value local shops bring to their communities, and even though I know and expect this, I have been blown away and humbled by all the examples of retailers stepping up for elderly and vulnerable customers in particular.

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ACS Launches New Guidance for Retailers on Home Delivery

ACS has launched new guidance for retailers in the convenience sector who are looking to provide home delivery for customers.

More convenience retailers are looking at home delivery as an option to reach local customers that are self-isolating or otherwise unable to travel to their local shop. This new guidance details what retailers should consider when starting a home delivery service.

The guidance covers the following areas:

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Summit20 to be Postponed until September 2020

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has taken the decision to postpone its annual Summit conference to 8th September this year, alongside the National Convenience Show at the NEC Birmingham, in response to the escalating situation around coronavirus (Covid-19).

The Government has confirmed today (March 12th) that it is moving from the contain phase to the delay phase of the action plan in response to the virus outbreak.

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