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Selling E-Cigarettes Responsibly: ACS Guidance

ACS has developed guidance to help retailers with the sale and supply of e-cigarettes and other vaping products.

The guide covers the regulations that govern the sale and supply of e-cigarettes, retailers’ responsibilities when selling these products, how to ensure that packaging and labelling are compliant with the regulations, and advice on how to ensure that underage sales do not take place.

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Book Your Place at ACS’ Technology Showcase!

Bookings are now open for ACS’ Technology Showcase, taking place as a virtual event on 10th May.

The Technology Showcase provides a unique opportunity for retailers to find out about new technology solutions that have either been recently launched or will be launched in the future by suppliers. To book your place at the Showcase, click here.

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Welsh Cross Party Group Discuss the Scale and Impact of Crime on Local Shops

The Cross Party Group on Small Shops has met to raise awareness across the Senedd about the extent and impact of violence and abuse faced by shopworkers.

The meeting was chaired by Vikki Howells MS and attended by a number of MSs, independent retail trade associations, trade union USDAW and independent retailers.

During the meeting, ACS government relations director Edward Woodall presented the findings of ACS’ 2022 Crime Report and talked about the #ShopKind campaign.

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ACS Reminds Retailers to Prepare for Calorie Labelling Changes

ACS has highlighted its guidance for retailers on upcoming calorie labelling regulations, coming into force from April this year.

The new rules, which primarily affect the out-of-home sector, will require retailers in scope to add calorie and portion information to menus and displays of products like ready to eat pizzas, hot beverages, bakery items and PPDS (pre-packed for direct sale) foods. Retailers will also be required to clearly display a notice highlighting the number of calories recommended for an adult in a day.

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War in Ukraine: Considerations for Retailers

ACS has created a simple summary which helps retailers understand what they can do when responding to the war in Ukraine. This graphic has been created based on conversations with members about actions currently being taken, both in terms of the impact on products and in finding legitimate sources to donate to.

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Book Your Place at Summit22!

Book your place at ACS’ biggest annual conference, taking place at the Vox in Birmingham on 26th April.

This year’s conference will explore how convenience stores are separating themselves from the competition right now and look ahead to the future at what the sector could look like in 2030.

Confirmed speakers include:

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Local Shops Fight Back with Record Investment in Crime Prevention Measures

The UK’s local shops are fighting back against the torrent of crimes committed against them by investing a record £246m in crime prevention measures over the last year.

The 2022 Crime Report, published today by the Association of Convenience Stores, shows that on average, each store in the convenience sector spent over £5,000 on crime prevention measures including security staff, CCTV and intruder alarms.

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International Women’s Day: ACS Celebrates Women in the Convenience Sector

ACS is highlighting the importance of women working as colleagues, store owners and leaders in the convenience sector to celebrate International Women’s Day today (March 8th).

There are currently over 392,000 people working in the convenience sector, 70% of which are women. Working in the convenience sector is secure, local and flexible, especially for those who have childcare commitments or are caring for other family members.

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