Supplier News: Parcelly Wins ‘New Business of the Year’ Award

The following has been provided by ACS Connect supplier Parcelly.

Parcelly has been awarded ‘New Business of the Year’, by Free2Network, Wales.  Parcelly offers a fully mobile based click & collect solution to solve the problem of failed home deliveries and to convert any local business into a parcel collection point. The service is smartphone based which makes it very easy to setup and operate for Parcelly locations, allowing consumers to buy with any online retailer worldwide and to collect their online purchases where and when they want.

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Crimestoppers and ACS offers reward of up to £10K for information on spate of robberies across Birmingham

Independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers and the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) are offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information on a man responsible for a spate of robberies across Birmingham and the Black Country.

The area has seen a total of 12 robberies committed over an eight month period between 30 March and 26 November at nine different supermarkets and convenience stores, taking place anytime between 7.45pm to 10.30pm. One store was targeted on three separate occasions.

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ACS Welcomes Select Committee Inquiry into Business Rate Proposals

ACS has welcomed the announcement of a Communities and Local Government Select Committee inquiry into the Government’s proposals to devolve rate setting powers to local authorities.

The Inquiry will examine the Government’s proposals to allow local authorities to retain 100 per cent of the full stock of business rates by 2020, to cut business rates, and for directly elected mayors to add a premium to business rates to pay for new infrastructure projects.

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Ensure Your Store is Fully Equipped to Sell Fireworks

In the coming weeks, many consumers will be purchasing fireworks in the run up to the New Year celebrations. Convenience retailers, with permission from their local authority, are able to sell fireworks, however there are a number of compliance rules that must be followed.

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Advice to Retailers on Age Restricted Sales at Christmas

As retailers prepare for Christmas, ACS is urging retailers to ensure that they are aware of products that have age restrictions on them.

All fireworks carry an age restriction, the vast majority of adult fireworks and sparklers cannot be sold to anyone under the age of 18. Caps, cracker snaps, novelty matches, party poppers, serpents and throwdowns carry an age restriction of 16. ACS recommends that you adopt the ‘Challenge 25’ policy when selling fireworks.

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Freedom Music: UK convenience sector wasting more than £10m a year in music fees

Freedom Music: UK convenience sector wasting more than £10m a year in music fees

The following information has been provided by ACS Club supplier Freedom Music.

Data gathered by in-store music experts, FreedomMusic, reveals that UK convenience stores are spending over £10 million a year, in PRS and PPL tariffs playing licensed music to their staff and customers in their stores. 

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Government Announces Relief Package for Retailers Hit by Floods

The Chancellor has announced additional funding for those affected by flooding last weekend in Cumbria and Lancashire.

The Department of Communities and Local Government announced that businesses affected by flooding  would be given business rate and council tax relief. Government officials are currently deliberating on the form that this relief will take.

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ACS Welcomes Cap on Interchange Fees

ACS has welcomed the introduction of a cap on the fees that banks charge retailers for accepting debit and credit cards.

Interchange fees are charged by a card holder’s bank to a retailer for both debit and credit card transactions. The new rules state that fees will be capped at 0.3 per cent for credit card transactions and 0.2 per cent on debit card transactions.

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