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Popular Demand Ignites E-Cigarette, Vaping Compliance Training

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is putting some serious offense in its game, when it comes to the threat of removing the entire e-cigarette and vaping category from the shelves of nationwide convenience stores.1 The threat comes as youth vaping rates nearly doubled last year, according to the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey data. It s no joke, nor is the revenue-generating success of the e-cigarette and vaping industry. The FDA predicted sales... Read More

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How Hiccups in 'Business as Usual' Send the Alcohol and Tobacco Industries out of Whack

When the Federal Government halts or suspends “business as usual,” implications are felt near and far. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Trade Bureau (TTB) – the arm of the government responsible for everything businesses within the industry need to create, market and distribute age-restricted goods – for example, gets no reprieve. Some might say the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), another Federal Government agency, is stuck in the crossfires. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Trade Bureau... Read More

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Frontline Diligence: Reinforcing Brand Carding Policies Among Employees

Store and restaurant managers have an abundance of responsibilities on their plates and down their aisles. For starters, there s keeping up with supply and demand, customer service know-how and personnel-related tasks. But there s more. A top-notch retail or food industry manager also steers the direction and adaptation of the store or restaurant s carding policies among employees. Brand-approved carding practices for the lawful sale and service of alcohol, and sometimes tobacco, among store... Read More

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Holiday Cheer from The BARS Program

During this joyful time of year, The BARS Program graciously extends bountiful appreciation and gratitude onto our customers. We are profoundly thankful for our partnerships with each of you and for the opportunities entrusted onto us to strengthen and fulfill your compliance-training needs for the lawful sale of age sensitive products. From The BARS Team to yours, cheers to the holiday season! If you have questions about how to continue enforcing a compliance program during... Read More

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Signing Compliance with We Card

With the New Year closing in, many retailers across the country will refresh their in-store signage as it relates to the sale of tobacco. This undertaking comes following new guidance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to prevent tobacco and e-vapor sales to minors. The movement is also in reaction to a handful of states and hundreds of municipalities changing laws to raise the legal tobacco-purchasing age to 21. At The BARS Program, we... Read More

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Door-to-Door Alcohol Delivery

Smartphone apps and web-based platforms allowing customers to purchase alcohol for delivery straight to their doorstep are on the rise. Preform a simple Google search and you ll see just what we re talking about. This recent phenomenon brings with it additional opportunities where you ll need to properly train employees to adhere to local rules and regulations to protect your business from government-backed sting operations. One self-proclaimed “first and largest alcohol e-commerce marketplace” touts... Read More

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Holiday Merriment and Compliance Adherence

The holiday season is off to a ferocious start. Black Friday deals; festive trimming of city streets and local coffee shops toasting with merriment. Many restaurants and bars are joining in the celebration by hiring extra staff to meet increased demand. This is good news, of course, but what do you do with the influx of college students looking for jobs while home on break? Is it legal for people under 21-years of age to... Read More

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New Video Collection of Marketing Collateral Debuts

Ever wonder exactly how it is The BARS Program can systematically safeguard and protect hundreds of brands against failing government-backed stings? In our newly revamped video collection of marketing collateral, The BARS Program President, David Gaudet, explains step-by-step how the compliance-training service works. The videos total a combined five-minutes of viewing time and provide a thorough snapshot of The BARS unique approach to ensuring compliance with local and federal rules and regulations regarding the sale... Read More

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