ACS: Tell Us What Impact National Living Wage Will Have On Your Shop

ACS is calling on retailers to respond its National Living Wage survey 2016 to inform the convenience sector’s response to Low Pay Commission’s call for evidence on minimum wage and the new living wage rates.

George Osborne announced that from April next year, a new living wage of £7.20 will be introduced.  The Low Pay Commission have asked for evidence on the impact that the national living wage will have on businesses and what the future National Minimum Wage should be for 2016.

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ACS Welcomes Parcelly into Associate Membership

ACS is pleased to announce that the parcel collection service, Parcelly, has joined as an Associate supplier.

Parcelly offers a flexible solution to solve last mile delivery problems by converting any local business into a parcel collection point. Being completely smartphone based, the service is extremely easy to set up and operate for Parcelly locations, allowing online shoppers to collect their purchases where and when they want.

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Alcohol Taskforce Reports on Plans to Tackle Duty Fraud

The Joint Alcohol Anti-Fraud Taskforce has published their 2015 annual report, outlining the progress being made by the task force in tackling the illicit alcohol trade.

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “The work of the task force is essential in the fight against the illicit alcohol trade, which costs around £1.3bn a year in lost revenue every year. Retailers who sell illicit alcohol are damaging legitimate businesses. Our position on these retailers is clear – they should lose their alcohol licence.”

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Retailers Urged to Write to MPs on Sunday Trading Changes

Retail industry bodies the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) and the National Federation of Retail Newsagents (NFRN) have called on local shop owners to write to their MPs explaining the negative impact that proposed changes to Sunday Trading regulations could have on their business.

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Low Pay Commission Must Consider Damaging Impact of Living Wage

The Association of Convenience Stores has urged the Low Pay Commission to fully consider the impact of the national living wage on local shops and other businesses after a consultation was published today seeking views on the issue.

The Commission’s consultation asks for views on the future rate of the National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage, although the National Living Wage rate of £7.20 per hour for 2016 has already been dictated by the Chancellor in the 2015 Budget.

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ACS Launches Guide for Retailers on Welcoming Disabled Customers

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has today launched new guidance for retailers on how to meet the needs of disabled customers in store.

The guide has been developed in partnership with the Business Disability Forum, and covers a range of issues including wheelchair access, how to assist blind or visually impaired customers and how to assist those with dementia.

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ACS: Latest Government Figures Highlight Need For Universal Carrier Bag Charging

ACS has urged the government to include small businesses in the upcoming carrier bag charge in England after new figures from WRAP showed that single-use carrier bag usage in England rose by 200m in the last year. From October this year, all businesses that employ 250 or more staff will have to charge customers a minimum of 5p for each single-use carrier bag.

ACS has previously called for small businesses to be included within the charge to prevent consumer and retailer confusion over which shops do and don’t charge for carrier bags.

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