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Retail Compliance Mixology: A Recipe for Employee, Business Success

Proactively safeguard your retail business from the consequences of failed government-backed stings by partnering with The BARS Program. Our highly tested and proven compliance training platform works in your favor to ensure employees are fully aware of and adequately trained on compliance practices related to the sale of age-restricted products. How BARS Works Following initial consultation to learn about your business current compliance practices for the sale of alcohol and tobacco, BARS works to establish... Read More

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Tobacco Market Trends Incite Necessity of Compliance Training

Nearly one year ago, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved legislation to change the legal age for purchasing tobacco and tobacco-related products to 21. These changes apply to retail establishments and persons, including military personnel; and includes tobacco products, such as cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes and hookahs. As a result of Tobacco 21 Legislation (T21 or Tobacco21), the FDA now executes nationwide checks to determine retailer compliance; this includes verification of purchasers age under... Read More

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Designing a Carding Policy Employees and Customers Can Get Behind

Age is more than just a number. The chronological sequencing of digits bares rite of passage along the way as one s age contributes a great deal to maturity, qualifications and so on. At The BARS Program, we re partial to the number 35 and here s why. Many clients come to us asking for carding policy recommendations. Some are worried current practices aren t strict enough, while others say operations follow a firm “ID... Read More

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Retailers Expand Sales to Include Delivery Options: Now and in the Future

At least 35 states and territories, including Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, 1 allow for on-demand alcohol delivery. Once thought to be a temporary adjustment within the liquor industry to keep restaurants, bars and stores afloat, several states now seek to make alcohol delivery permanent as the COVID-19 Pandemic rages on. Alcohol Delivery Uncorked At least two Texas representatives back a bill to make an emergency measure filled in July permanent. The bill would make... Read More

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2021's New Rules: Know the Laws

We all look forward to a better 2021 after the trials and tribulations of 2020. Hope for a new year is a positive way to achieve success. But hope only goes so far. Arming owners and employees with knowledge of the changing local and national regulations and restrictions related to the sale of age-restricted products is the best way to make 2021 better. To keep this new knowledge top of mind, The BARS Program encourages... Read More

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"Last Call" Joins Social Distancing and Limited Occupancy Initiatives to Help Curb COVID-19

Positioned as an alternative to stricter mandates amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, at least a handful of state governments have initiated targeted regulations to prohibit ongoing surges of COVID. Among these regulations is a “last call” for alcohol sales at establishments where on-premise consumption is permitted, such as bars, restaurants and nightclubs. But does last call affect only establishments where on-site consumption is permitted? Overall, it looks this way as it s intended to further prevent... Read More

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Taking Stock of Employee Knowledge

As the aisles of your grocery or variety store fill with a growing selection of beer, wine, spiked seltzer and tobacco products, The BARS Program encourages you to pause and give thought to your current compliance efforts. Are store-wide employees well-versed on protocols for selling age-sensitive products? Intended as a thought-provoking question, when a store clerk scans a customer s order, including perishable and non-perishable food, personal hygiene items and age-sensitive products, does he or... Read More

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Tobacco Laws Smoldering in Background of 2020 Election

The 2020 general election has come and gone. And voters in at least two states have approved legislation – by similar margins – to increase taxes on tobacco and nicotine products. Colorado In the recent election, nearly 70 percent of registered Colorado voters voted in favor of Proposition EE. Formulated along a tapered schedule, the proposition includes the following details. Review local newspaper, The Denver Post s article, “ What s Colorado Proposition EE: Tobacco... Read More

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