CMA and Trade Bodies Highlight Price Gouging Concerns in Joint Statement

Today (3rd July) the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) issued a joint statement alongside a number of trade bodies, including ACS, highlighting concerns about a small number of businesses that are involved in price gouging. Evidence received as part of the taskforce revealed price increases on products such as paracetamol, flour, meat, toilet roll, rice and eggs.

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This entry was posted by Chloe on Fri, 03/07/2020 - 11:47

Rural Communities Continue to be Hardest Hit by Lack of Access to Cash

Today (30th June) the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Payment Systems Regulator (PSR) published more information about their work on mapping access to cash to help identify ‘cold spots’.

The FCA and PSR have worked with other regulators to create a single database of the UK’s cash access points. Analysis of additional ONS information has showed that the majority of cold spots were in rural areas.

Findings from the 2020 Rural Shop Report revealed that 45% of rural shops provide a free to use cash machine for local customers.

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This entry was posted by Chloe on Tue, 30/06/2020 - 17:24

Scottish Committee Approves Principles of ‘Protection of Workers Bill’

The Scottish Parliament Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee has unanimously approved the general principles of a Bill which aims to increase protection for shopworkers. The Bill must now be agreed by MSPs and pass two further stages at Holyrood before it becomes law.

The ‘Protection of Workers Bill’ aims to increase protection for retail workers by:

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This entry was posted by Chloe on Tue, 30/06/2020 - 16:03

Prime Minister Announces Easing of Lockdown Restrictions

Today (23rd June) Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined the next stage of changes to the lockdown measures in England.

During the announcement, Johnson confirmed that people should continue to aim to keep two metres apart but where this is not possible they should keep to one metre plus other mitigations such as use of face coverings, sitting side by side rather than face to face to reduce risk of transmission and frequent use of hand sanitiser.

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This entry was posted by Chloe on Tue, 23/06/2020 - 14:53

More Speakers Announced for ACS’ Power, Mobility and Convenience Virtual Conference

More speakers have been announced for ACS’ Power, Mobility and Convenience virtual conference, taking place on 1st July 2020.

This morning session will provide the opportunity for delegates to hear from expert speakers as they discuss the issues currently affecting forecourt retailers and some issues that they may face in the future. 

Speakers confirmed include:

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This entry was posted by Chloe on Wed, 17/06/2020 - 12:55

Plastic Straw Ban Delayed Due to Coronavirus

Environment Minister Rebecca Pow MP confirmed that introduction of new legislation banning the sale of plastic drinking straws, plastic-stemmed cotton buds and plastic stirrers was delayed because of the coronavirus. 

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This entry was posted by Chloe on Tue, 16/06/2020 - 15:32

Small Business Minister Recognises Vital Role of Retail Sector

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has welcomed a letter from Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets, Paul Scully MP which highlights the vital and positive role that the retail sector has played during the coronavirus crisis.

In the letter, Paul Scully MP says: “I would like to echo the comments made by the Business Secretary in his letter of 8 April thanking retail workers who have continued to work in our shops, online and supply chains throughout this challenging period. 

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This entry was posted by Chloe on Mon, 15/06/2020 - 16:53

Book Your Place at ACS’ Power, Mobility and Convenience Virtual Conference

Book your place at ACS’ Power, Mobility and Convenience virtual conference, taking place on 1st July 2020.

This morning session will provide the opportunity for delegates to hear from expert speakers as they discuss the issues currently affecting forecourt retailers and some issues that they may face in the future. 

Speakers confirmed so far include:

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This entry was posted by Chloe on Tue, 09/06/2020 - 15:51

ACS Launches New Guidance to Support Unpaid Carers in Local Shops

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has launched new guidance today to support the UK’s 6.5 million unpaid carers, who are helping elderly, ill, or vulnerable friends and relatives.

The guidance helps retailers and colleagues working in local shops to identify unpaid carers, and recommends ways to support them both in-store and through delivery services.

Some of the recommendations for retailers looking to further support unpaid carers include:

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This entry was posted by Chloe on Mon, 08/06/2020 - 17:16

ACS: Save the Date for Summit20 and the Local Shop Report Launch!

ACS (the Association of Convenience Stores) has announced the new date for its annual conference and launch of the 2020 Local Shop Report.

Summit20 will now be taking place on 9th September 2020 as a virtual immersive event and this year’s conference will also feature the launch of the 2020 Local Shop Report.

Confirmed speakers include:

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This entry was posted by Chloe on Tue, 02/06/2020 - 12:15

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