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Announcing The BARS Program Checker Visits for CBD

As we announced last month, The BARS Program now offers Checker Visits for Cannabidiol (CBD) purchases. These visits ensure employees are at “the ready” to act upon responsible selling techniques. Just like establishments selling alcohol and tobacco, CBD retail outlets are subject to sting operations conducted by state-authorized enforcement agencies. Failure to follow local selling practices can result in significant fines and even revocation of licensing. In this edition of the blog, we re taking... Read More

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Tobacco 21 Heightens Age-Restrictions

Walk into a convenience store anywhere in Ohio, Arkansas or Delaware to purchase tobacco and you ll come out empty handed if you re younger than 21-years of age. 13 additional states have adopted similar legislation for the lawful purchasing of tobacco products, while across the country more than 475 cities and counties in 29 states enforce the heightened age requirement. 1 These measures are part of an initiative, minimum legal sales age (MLSA) 21... Read More

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Navigating Change within the Convenience Store Industry

The annual National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) State of the Industry Summit (SOI) traveled to The Windy City this spring, and we re recapping a few highlights to assist with benchmarking practices among retailers. Key Takeaways: According to inside sales figures presented at SOI, tobacco; beer and other tobacco products (OTP), such as chewing tobacco and e-cigarettes, represent three of the top-four in-store sales items requiring proof of identification to complete purchase. Although cigarettes... Read More

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E-Cigarette, Vaping Product Stings Seek to Ensure Limited Access Among Youth

Rumor has it, while the overall number of tobacco-associated stings hasn t increased, the number of e-cigarette and vaping product stings is on the rise. This increase appears to be justified, especially when we take a closer look at the numbers. According to the U.S. Surgeon Generals website devoted to educating the public about risks associated with e-cigarettes and young people, the use of e-cigarettes is higher among high school students than adults, and higher... Read More

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A Match Made in Delivery: Food and Alcohol at Your Doorstep

Last Fall, we took an in-depth look at alcohol delivery services and varying state rules and regulations for legal delivery (read Door-to-Door Alcohol Delivery ). This time, we re shining light on food delivery services and their plight to make groceries/meals and alcohol delivery a simultaneous occurrence. The rise of smartphone apps and web-based platforms, like GrubHub, UberEats and Instacart, make fresh food delivery a reality for many mom and pop, local and national restaurants... Read More

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State and National Tobacco-Selling Law

n line with April Showers (rain or snow depending on your location) bringing May flowers, tobacco-purchasing changes are actively in bloom. Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Utah, Virginia and Washington have already raised the legal age to purchase tobacco and non-combustible nicotine products from 18- to 21-years-old, according to the Tobacco 21 website . Just days ago, Delaware passed a similar law into effect – it includes vaping products, as well. Changing... Read More

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Government-Backed Stings Blossom in Spring

This spring, when celebrations and festive occasions make their way into your bar, restaurant or store, ensure employees remain steadfast, while diligently following policies for selling age-sensitive products. Just as the season gives way to new life in nature, it also brings with it an increase in government-backed stings. The appropriate sale of age-sensitive products will either make or break your brand. When you partner with The BARS Program, we ll work together to redirect... Read More

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Let Our Videos Explain Our Compliance Services

Ever wonder exactly how it is The BARS Program can systematically safeguard and protect hundreds of brands against failing government-backed stings? Let our video collection of marketing collateral explain step-by-step how the compliance-training service works. The videos provide a thorough snapshot of The BARS Program unique approach to ensuring compliance with local and federal rules and regulations regarding the sale of alcohol in restaurants. It s with our Green and Red Card system that we... Read More

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