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Serving up Double-Duty Protection with BARS Program Partners

Collaborative partnerships are vital to nearly all elements of success in today s marketplace. At The BARS Program, we proudly partner with We Card and TIPS, nationally recognized tobacco and alcohol compliance and reinforcement companies. Through these trusted partnerships, BARS clients receive superior instruction and reinforcement of state and local rules and regulations for the lawful sale of tobacco and alcohol. About BARS Partners Through the production of job aids and tools developed using industry... Read More

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What is your Benchmark? How do you Compare?

The proof is in the numbers. Clients of The BARS Program know this to be true. When you team up with BARS, you re taking a vital step toward attaining near-flawless compliance with state and local regulations for selling alcohol and tobacco. And with near-real time reporting metrics, your management team is always aware of employee compliance when BARS Checkers visit your location. Retail and Restaurant customers can access a number of valuable reports on... Read More

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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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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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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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