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  • RGDATA calls for urgent investigation of National Lottery technology by Regulator as ticket terminals crash again
    terminal crash in less than a month RGDATA said that the latest outage is extremely serious and will negatively impact on both consumers and retailers Tara Buckley said that the latest outage will result in lost ticket sales for retailers and lost opportunities for consumers Unlike the previous ticket terminal crash earlier this month when the draw was postponed the Euromillions draw cannot be postponed as it is European wide What is going on at the National Lottery We had no interruption to the National Lottery service for over 28 years and now since a new operator has started we have seen two outages in less than a month The last time the ticket terminal crashed we were informed it was because of heavy snow in Spain and given assurances that it would not happen again Yet less than a month later the system has crashed again We need an urgent investigation by the Regulator of the technology being used by the National Lottery and a clear statement of the circumstances behind the latest crash We are also looking forward to the matter being investigated by the Finance Committee on the 11th of March ENDS The Retail Grocery Dairy Allied

    Original URL path: http://www.rgdata.ie/index.php/press-room/press-releases/181-rgdata-calls-for-urgent-investigation-of-national-lottery-technology-by-regulator-as-ticket-terminals-crash-again (2016-02-18)
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  • RGDATA Submission on Tobacco Consultation
    Buckley Director General RGDATA No evidence has been provided to demonstrate the inadequacy or lack of effectiveness of the current structures which were introduced relatively recently says Buckley Buckley continued The proposed cost structures for the licence have not been revealed but hard pressed retailers see this proposal as totally unjustified and merely a revenue raising initiative rather than a genuine or required tobacco control initiative RGDATA made further comments in their submission as follows RGDATA supports measures to prevent the sale of tobacco products from mobile or temporary premises RGDATA agrees that it is right and proper that tobacco products should only be sold from permanent premises which operate as a retail outlet and as such have permanent structures and processes in place to facilitate compliance with the relevant tobacco control legislation RGDATA also supports the banning of the sale of tobacco products and e cigarettes at events directed at minors Con td RGDATA supports a registration system for e cigarettes Tobacco retailers are aware of their compliance obligations under the law and take significant steps to ensure compliance It is similarly appropriate that the sale of non medicinal nicotine delivery systems including e cigarettes should be confined to registered reputable and established retailers experienced in the sale of regulated and controlled products RGDATA is not opposed to the proposal to ban the sale of tobacco products by persons under 18 However legislators should note that this will have an impact on people under 18 seeking to get work in shops The local shop has traditionally delivered the first job to many young people and students A ban on people under 18 selling tobacco products in shops will negatively impact on casual employment for this cohort of people as shop owners will stop employing under 18s RGDATA does not

    Original URL path: http://www.rgdata.ie/index.php/press-room/press-releases/171-rgdata-submission-on-tobacco-consultation (2016-02-18)
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  • COURTS SERVICE NOTES RGDATA CALL FOR A FAIR MARGIN FOR RETAILERS FOR FINES PAYMENT SERVICE
    will be considered in the evaluation process of tenders received RGDATA wrote to the Courts Service following the publication of a tender seeking payment services providers to provide court fine payments services in local shops The closing date for submissions is October 15 Providing payment services in local shops involves significant cost and expense for the retailers involved This is often not reflected in the margin provided to them by

    Original URL path: http://www.rgdata.ie/index.php/press-room/press-releases/126-courts-service-notes-rgdata-call-for-a-fair-margin-for-retailers-for-fines-payment-service (2016-02-18)
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  • RGDATA URGES UTILITY COMPANIES TO REIMBURSE RETAILERS FOR PAY AS YOU GO SERVICES
    Many local shops provide pay as you go bill payment services for utility services and local authorities This is a very convenient service whereby people can pop into their local shop to pay a bill pay their parking charges or toll charges The various utility companies and the local authorities have made major cost savings by outsourcing their payment services to local retailers However local shops cannot provide these services at a loss This is why many local shops apply surcharges to cover the cost of providing these services Individual retailers and RGDATA have made representations to the payment service providers about this issue and they consistently tell us that the utility companies are not prepared to increase the payments to retailers to cover the cost of providing this service RGDATA notes the concerns raised by the Money Advice Budgeting Service MABS and others about the impact this is having on hard pressed consumers Out members are community retailers who are trying to provide convenient services for their customers However our members will not survive in business if they provide services at a loss This will close local shops and put their staff out of jobs It is time that

    Original URL path: http://www.rgdata.ie/index.php/press-room/press-releases/124-rgdata-urges-utility-companies-to-reimburse-retailers-for-pay-as-you-go-services (2016-02-18)
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  • NO EMPLOYMENT RECOVERY IN THE RETAIL SECTOR - URGENT GOVERNMENT INTERVENTION NEEDED TO KICKSTART RETAIL JOBS MARKET
    latest NHS published last week showed that while there is an increase in employment generally 3 6 in the retail sector the increase 5 is much more modest than other sectors which were hammered during the recession For example between Q1 and Q2 2014 in retail wholesale the increase was 5 increase in employment as against a 6 7 increase in construction of buildings 7 9 in the motor trade wholesale retail and repair and 14 8 in accommodation Many of these sectors are benefiting from Government growth incentives and initiatives On an annual basis the figures are staggering in the year to the second quarter there was an increase in full time employment of 33 500 people However part time employment declined by 1 900 For the same period o Construction increased by 3 600 people Home renovation scheme o Accommodation and food increased by 8 100 9 VAT rate o Retail and Wholesale actually fell by 2 000 people abolition of 4 25 PRSI Tara Buckley Director General of RGDATA said that the low level of job creation in the retail and wholesale sectors at a time of general employment growth highlights the need for Government initiatives and incentives to increase jobs in this sector Buckley claimed that many of the sectors that have seen employment growth are benefitting from Government initiatives and similar schemes should be extended to the retail sector She also said that the Government decision to scrap the 4 25 reduced employers PRSI rate was a mistake and one which has directly impacted negatively on employment creation in the sector She said that the loss of 1 900 part time jobs over the last year is directly attributable to the abolition of the reduced PRSI rates Tara Buckley commented If the Government is serious

    Original URL path: http://www.rgdata.ie/index.php/press-room/press-releases/125-no-employment-recovery-in-the-retail-sector-urgent-government-intervention-needed-to-kickstart-retail-jobs-market (2016-02-18)
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  • STOP THE EMPLOYMENT CRISIS IN THE RETAIL SECTOR: RGDATA BUDGET SUBMISSION 2015
    in Budget 2015 The RGDATA Pre Budget 2015 submission also calls for specific measures to aid town centre regeneration The policies adopted by the Government in Budget 2015 will have a direct impact on the capacity of the SME sector to create employment particularly in sectors of the economy that have suffered the brunt of recession said Tara Buckley Director General RGDATA RGDATA supports Government policies to stabilize the public finances underpin Ireland s competitiveness put money in people s pockets and support small and medium sized family owned businesses as the key drivers of job creation and local economic activity The RGDATA Pre Budget submission also calls for funding for the establishment of Town Teams to lead the economic and social recovery of towns and villages measures to tackle the black market maintain the 9 VAT a specific JobBridge Internship Scheme for the retail sector to put a stop to new costs and red tape for retailers and confirm the current tobacco licensing system will remain unchanged The independent retail grocery sector is a key contributor to the national economy and has a disproportionately significant impact in local economies This is nowhere more apparent than in the contribution made

    Original URL path: http://www.rgdata.ie/index.php/press-room/press-releases/123-stop-the-employment-crisis-in-the-retail-sector-rgdata-budget-submission-2015 (2016-02-18)
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  • RGDATA PERSISTENCE PAYS OFF: STOP SMOKING PRODUCT TO BE SOLD IN ALL LOCAL STORES
    Today RGDATA the voice of independent retailers welcomes the decision by the Health Products Regulatory Authority formerly the Irish Medicines Board to switch the status of Nicorette nicotine replacement therapy NRT from pharmacy only to general sale meaning certain stop smoking products can be sold in local shops RGDATA has campaigned for this change over the past 10 years We have made numerous submissions to make these products available for sale in local shops and are delighted to note that persistence pays off said Tara Buckley Director General RGDATA This will be the first NRT product range available for general sale in Ireland and will result in these products being more widely accessible by people wishing to seek assistance to reduce or quit smoking It is anticipated that the products within this range will become available on general sale in retailers in Ireland from later this year late August or early September The HRPA s decision follows a detailed assessment of the safety and efficacy of several NRT products which have been available in non pharmacy outlets in other EU countries for some time ENDS For more information please contact Roseanne Regan Communications Public Affairs Manager RGDATA www rgdata ie

    Original URL path: http://www.rgdata.ie/index.php/press-room/press-releases/122-rgdata-persistence-pays-off-stop-smoking-product-to-be-sold-in-all-local-stores (2016-02-18)
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  • RGDATA FIRST RETAIL TRADE ASSOCIATION TO LAUNCH AN APP
    was launched by a group of young next generation retailers who are taking part in an RGDATA initiative to help highlight and promote their family businesses and the contribution that locally owned shops make to local communities Representatives from some of Ireland s best known and successful independent family businesses were in attendance including Aisling Joyce from Joyce s Supermarket Group in Galway Hugh Doyle from Donnybrook Fair in Dublin James Moriarty and Linda Madden from the Moriarty Group with businesses in Balbriggan Palmerstown and Skerries Raylene McCaughey from McCaughey s Service Station Broomfield Co Monaghan and Cormac Quish from Quish s SuperValu in Tramore Co Waterford and Ballincollig Co Cork A key strength of the independent trade is that these are family run businesses Younger family members are getting involved and bringing new ideas and enthusiasm to the shop floor These are key Irish businesses that are investing in their shops and their staff creating and retaining jobs in local communities and contributing to Ireland s recovery I can tell you that with these next generation retailers involved in their family business the future of the independent grocery sector in Ireland is bright RGDATA is also embracing the future

    Original URL path: http://www.rgdata.ie/index.php/press-room/press-releases/121-rgdata-first-retail-trade-association-to-launch-an-app (2016-02-18)
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