Press Releases

ACS Urge Retailers to Report Theft as ONS Reveals 3% Fall in Recorded Incidents

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to new figures from the Office for National Statistics’ annual Crime Survey for England and Wales, reiterating calls on retailers to report incidents of shop theft when they occur.

According to the ONS survey, which covers the whole of retail, the number of police recorded shop theft incidents for the year ending December 2018 decreased by 3% to 374,895 offences.

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Application Process Opens for Track and Trace Regulations

ACS has launched new guidance for retailers to help them comply with upcoming tobacco track and trace regulations.

From today (23rd April), retailers with multiple sites will be able to apply for the codes that they need to be able to purchase compliant tobacco after the regulations come into force next month.  

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ACS & Surrey Business School Launch New Diploma in Convenience Retailing

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has announced a new partnership with the University of Surrey’s Department of Marketing and Retail Management to offer the first ever Diploma in Convenience Retailing. 

The programme is aimed at anyone looking to develop their expertise in convenience retailing, whether it be area managers in retail and wholesale, sales specialists in FMCG companies, rising stars in independent retail or consultants with a keen interest in the sector. 

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Proposals to Restrict Location of HFSS Products in C-Stores ‘Expensive and Impractical’

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has responded to the Government’s consultation on restricting high fat, salt, sugar (HFSS) products, urging the Government to exempt small stores from the regulations and narrow the types of products that would fall in scope of the proposed restrictions.

The Department of Health and Social Care are currently consulting on how the government can reduce children’s exposure to advertising for products that are high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS), to reduce their consumption of these products. Measures proposed in the consultation include:

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Home Office Launches Call for Evidence on Violence and Abuse

The Government has launched a call for evidence to tackle violence and abuse against shop staff.

The call is open for 12 weeks and asks organisations and individuals to contribute to the Government’s understanding of the problem.

The most recent Home Office Commercial Victimisation Survey estimated that in 2017, workers from the wholesale and retail sector fell victim to around 510,000 incidents of assaults and threats, more than twice the number recorded in 2016.

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All Party Small Shops Group Calls for Urgent Intervention on Access to Cash

The All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group has written to Financial Secretary to the Treasury Rt Hon Mel Stride MP, chair of the Treasury Select Committee Nicky Morgan MP and Interim MDs of the Payment Systems Regulator Louise Buckley and Chris Hemsley, calling on the Government and the regulator to take forward the recommendations of the Access to Cash review and urgently review the impact of ongoing cuts to interchange fees on ATMs imposed by LINK.

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ACS Crime Report: 83% of Shopworkers Experience Abuse

The 2019 Crime Report, published today by the Association of Convenience Stores, has revealed that crimes committed against the convenience sector cost an estimated £246m over the last year, equivalent to over £5,300 for every store in the UK, or what amounts to a 7p tax on every transaction.

But the report also found shocking new evidence of the human cost of violence and abuse against retailers and shopworkers, with a staggering 83% of people working in convenience stores having been subject to verbal abuse over the last year.

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Spring Statement: Chancellor Signals New Wage Targets After 2020

In his Spring Statement today (13th March), Chancellor Philip Hammond MP has confirmed that the Government will launch a review into the future of the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage after 2020.

The review of the international evidence relating to the employment and productivity effects of rising wage rates will be conducted by Professor Arin Dube and will consider the views of employers, trade unions, the Low Pay Commission and other stakeholders. The review will report to HM Treasury and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

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