ACS chief executive James Lowman

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has published an EU Exit Readiness briefing for the convenience sector to help retailers consider how their business may be affected at the end of the transition period on 31 December.

The EU-Exit Readiness Briefing covers three core elements for convenience retailers to consider: trading environment, workforce & people and regulations.

The briefing also provides information on the Government’s Reasonable Worst Case Scenario for border delays, sell-through periods of particular products and the expected changes to labelling of goods that will be sold within the sector.

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: “Local shops have been concerned about the impact of the our departure from the EU on their businesses and we have been working to provide convenience store operators with clarity on what they can do to prepare ahead of the end of the transition period.

“This briefing provides convenience retailers with an outline of the key areas to consider within their business as we move through the next stage of the EU Exit. This should form the agenda for retailers’ planning meetings over the coming weeks.”

The briefing has been developed in close consultation with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and other relevant government departments.