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Open-Container Laws Changing as Open-Air Trend Soars

A recent Wall Street Journal article, “In Bid for Patrons, a Push to Open the Taps” , highlights trending discussion as open-container laws in public places across the nation are challenged. While this trend is not new, the thirst for a change in centuries-old legislation limiting alcohol consumption to within four walls is a sign of the times. Property developers and shopping center owners, together with city councils and zoning boards, in Iowa, Georgia, Texas,...

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Why Clients Trust Us to Protect Them from Stings

One of the most important things any business can do is build trust. For 20 years, The BARS Program has worked to build trust with our clients. How have we done that? Hard work, diligence, and an intimate understanding of the business. Our boots-on-the-ground approach means we have conducted more than 4,000,000 (Seriously! Four million!) visits for our customers, and that dedication has paid off. Instead of tooting our own horn, we ll let some...

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New York Moves Towards New Rules on Vaping: Sign of a General Trend?

The question of whether to treat e-cigarettes/vaping products as similar to or distinct from tobacco products seems to be moving towards an answer. New York state senators recently passed a measure classifying vaping products under cigarette-smoking laws; it is now expected to pass in the Assembly as well. Though the FDA initially decided to treat vaping products like tobacco products, there was major pushback against this regulation by producers of vaping products. We reported on...

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Local Tobacco Ordinances: What Retailers Need to Know

In the most recent sign of a growing trend, Aspen, Colorado, recently raised the legal age to buy tobacco products to 21. Though most of the country still adheres to the 18-and-over rule for tobacco purchases, changes to the selling age and other guidelines are happening at the local level. In 2016, more than 700 local tobacco-related ordinances were up for consideration, with California, Minnesota, and Massachusetts being the most active. Some of the proposals...

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The People Behind the Data: Making Practical Use of BARS Reports

We don t want all of this talk of reports and data to give a false impression about the very personal nature of our business. When it comes down to it, every piece of data represents a personal interaction between two people: the shopper and the employee. Very occasionally, a client will protest that the Red Card they received cannot be right. To their credit, they have faith in their employees and can t believe...

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Customizable Reports: Build Your Own Reports with Our Data

As we mentioned in last week s blog, we send frequent reports to our clients. We send a report following any store visit, and we also send a weekly historical report to allow stores to constantly keep track of where they stand in terms of compliance. But we don t limit your access to data to just these reports. You have access to all data, all the time. When you go to your Reports screen,...

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Communication is Key: The Information You Need, at Your Fingertips

This summer, we ll be talking about what makes The BARS Program so unique. From our targeted communication, to our robust reporting, to our total transparency, we provide the services our clients need to ensure that compliance is a given. We ll dig deeper into the immense amount of data we provide to clients and how clients can manipulate that data depending on their unique situation, but first we want to share how we communicate...

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Think You Can Guess Someone's Age? Guess Again!

Many bartenders, servers, and clerks will tell you that they just "know" when someone is underage. They talk about different signs or "tells" that reveal a patron's true age. But it turns out that even those who think they are pretty good at reading people come up woefully short when tested. In this video, four bartenders (with experience ranging from 3 weeks to 40 years) try to guess whether someone is under 21 or over...

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