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Retail & Restaurant -- BARS works with any Point-of-Sale

When you partner with The BARS Program, you re proactively ensuring your brand and employees have what it takes to successfully triumph against a government-backed sting operation. The BARS Program s compliance training platform includes twice monthly visits from our Checkers, who enact real-time purchasing scenarios with your clerks, bartenders and wait staff. The purpose of these mock stings is to monitor employees and their level of compliance with lawful selling practices. Full compliance is... Read More

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How it Works: Inside The BARS Program

Ever wonder how The BARS Program safeguards and protects hundreds of brands against failed government-backed stings, or why you should consider a partnership with The BARS Program? You ll find answers to these questions and many more via The BARS Program website . Plus, you ll have access to industry data and information, customer testimonials and our video collection featuring short-clip interactions with The BARS Program executives. The two videos total just over five-minutes and... Read More

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Stay in the Game, Avoid Failed Government-back Stings

According to calendars, its officially fall – a season known in many states for chili cook-offs, hunting excursions, football games and tailgate parties. Avoid halting your store or restaurant s participation in the season s activities by adhering to state, local andfederal rules for alcohol sales. In this edition of the blog, The BARS Program is sharing three strategies for staying in the game. 1. Make compliance a cornerstone Emphasize among your employees, new and... Read More

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We Card Awareness Month Celebrated New 21-Year Minimum-Age Resources

At least 10 states, including California and Wisconsin , endorses national non-profit, We Card this month with formal government-issued designations naming September We Card Awareness Month . At The BARS Program, we believe this moniker to be a rather fitting milestone as nearly a quarter of the country 1 adjusts (or will soon adjust) to newly established “under 30” mandates for the sale of tobacco and vapor products. Devoted to boosting compliance with federal, state... Read More

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Michigan Becomes First State to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced in early September that Michigan will become the first state to ban flavored vape products. Whitmer says this move is designed to protect youth, stating that ”companies selling vaping products are using candy flavors to hook children on nicotine and misleading claims to promote the belief that these products are safe. That ends today. Our kids deserve leaders who are going to fight to protect them. These bold steps will... Read More

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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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