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New London emissions charge could hit retailers

New London emissions charge could hit retailers

Convenience Store  is reporting that from 8th April the new Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is due to come into force. Non-compliant vans will be charged a daily rate of £12.50. This is in addition to the congestion charge of £11.50. The ULEZ will be based on the declared emissions of the vehicle rather than age. It requires all diesel vans sold from September 2016 to meet Euro 6 emission standard and all petrol vans registered with DVLA from January 2006 to meet Euro 4 standard. Convenience Store advises:  to find out what type of engine your van has, check your V5 document or use TFL’s van emissions checker on the TFL website.

Department of Health orders PMI not to market IQOS as a “healthier alternative” to tobacco

Better Retailing  is reporting that Philip Morris International (PMI) has told retailers to remove posters that promote IQOS as a “healthier alternative” following an order from the Department of Health. PMI states that stores should only display posters that state “IQOS available here.”

Worst high street February in-store sales for a decade

Talking Retail  is reporting that data released by accountancy and business advisory firm BDO LLP reveals that in-store like-for-like sales dropped -3.7% in February compared to -1.6% in February 2018. The BDO High Street Sales Tracker showed that Valentine’s Day, half-term holidays and a spell of hot weather at the end of the month failed to improve the fortunes of bricks and mortar retailers resulting in the worst sales since 2009.

Track & Trace Clarity

Convenience Store is reporting that HMRC is stating that responsible tobacco retailers have been reassured that they will not face sanctions for transferring tobacco products between their stores, or trading with each other, once new Track & Trace laws come into force on 20th May. An HMRC spokesman to Convenience Store that a retailer with multiple sites “would not face penalties for transferring stock between their stores in order to manage availability.”

Cost of new digital tax regime

Talking Retail  is reporting that research by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has found that putting MTD-compliant software in place this year will cost £564 on average. The FSB research reveals that 27% of firms have not started preparing for MTD and a further 23% have received quotes for software that will make them compliant but are yet to purchase access to any.

ACS highlights the importance of rural c-stores

Convenience Store reports that the Association of Convenience Store’s (ACS) 2019 Rural Shops Report highlights the economic importance of rural stores, which provide flexible jobs for almost 140,000 people. The report revealed that 35% of rural shoppers would have to travel more than four miles to get essential groceries if their local convenience store didn’t exist. 

David Gilroy

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