Convenience Retailers Winning Battle Against Shop Thieves

Convenience stores are fighting back against shop thieves by investing millions in crime prevention measures in their shops.

Over the last three years, the percentage of retailers who have been victims of shop theft has fallen from 91% in 2012 to 74% in 2014. The cost of shop theft to the convenience sector has also dropped significantly over the last year from £44m to £35m a year.

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Policy Exchange Report Claims Shop Theft Has Been 'Decriminalised'

A report released today by the influential think tank Policy Exchange has suggested that shop theft has been 'decriminalised' because of a weak response from courts and police.

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: "Shop theft is one of the biggest operational challenges retailers face and it's frustrating when we see repeat offenders getting away with fines. The only way to tackle shop theft effectively is by encouraging police and retailers to work closely together and prevent reoffending with tougher sanctions for repeat shop thieves."

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ACS Calls for More Frequent Revaluations of Business Rates

ACS has called for a three year revaluation period and more transparency from the Valuation Office Agency in a bid to make the current business rates system fairer.

In a recent submission to government, ACS supports more frequent revaluations, which would make changes to business rate bills less burdensome for local shops. Businesses are currently revalued once every five years.

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Trade Associations Unite to Publish Advice for Retailers About High Strength Alcohol Schemes

Two of the UKs leading trade associations have joined forces to produce new guidance for retailers on schemes run by local authorities that aim to voluntarily remove high strength alcohol from sale. The Association of Convenience Stores and the Wine and Spirit Trade Association have developed the advice following concerns raised about the approach of the so called “Reducing the Strength” initiatives across the UK.

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ACS Announces Addition of One Stop to Retail Membership

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has announced that convenience store chain One Stop have joined as members.

One Stop is a retail convenience business with over 750 stores across England and Wales. In addition to operating company owned stores, One Stop have recently developed a franchise model which allows independent retailers to benefit from affiliation with the group. The membership agreement with ACS will include all One Stop branded stores.

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Home Office Will Not Introduce Locally Set Licensing Fee

The Home Office have confirmed today that they will not allow councils to set licensing fees locally.

ACS chief executive, James Lowman, said: “We are pleased that the Government has listened to our concerns about locally set licensing fees and recognised the certainty and consistency that centrally set fees provides retailers. The power for retailers to nominate their own payment date for licensing fees is also welcome and will ease administrative burdens.”

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Retailers Leading the Way on Healthy Choices

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to a survey conducted by the charity, Action on Sugar, by highlighting the range of soft drink products available in convenience stores and encouraging retailers to work with communities and young people around energy drinks. The survey looked at the nutritional labels of 197 drinks found in supermarkets and online, with one product said to contain 10 teaspoons of sugar per 250ml.

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Retailers Hear from Tech Experts at ACS Technology Showcase

ACS hosted its second Technology Showcase on 25th February at the Imperial War Museum in London. The event saw a host of technology experts exhibit their innovative convenience concepts to a room full of the most influential people in the convenience sector.

Seven companies showcased their products on the day, explaining how they can help them to increase profits, drive footfall or save money.

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Britain's Best Small Shop Revealed

A shortlist of Britain's Best Small Shops have descended on Parliament today see who has been crowned the overall best small shop in the UK.

Simon Danczuk MP, Chairman of the All Party Small Shops Group, revealing the winner, said: "I am pleased to announced that the Hunters Of Helmsley, a deli in North Yorkshire, is the Winner of the Best Small Shop Competition 2015. Hunters of Helmsley was chosen by the judges for its local sourcing of produce, organisation of events to support their high street and their use of social media to engage customers."

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