27 March, 2020:
With convenience stores and petrol stations officially recognised as essential services for people to rely on, the Australasian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS) has reinforced the importance for these stores to be afforded the same consideration as the major supermarkets when it comes to the supply of critical hygiene items.
AACS CEO Jeff Rogut said it’s business-as-usual for convenience stores to implement extremely high hygiene standards, a practice which relies on the regular supply of sanitisers, antibacterial wipes and other hygiene products.
But the current climate has heightened the importance of best practice hygiene, placing a strain on the supply of these products.
“We are proud to be playing such a vital role in communities across Australia and it’s a responsibility we take seriously. But in order to best serve customers, there are areas in which we require support. We are in discussions with key suppliers to ensure frequent deliveries of critical products to our stores,” Mr Rogut said.
“We urge the appropriate authorities including Government to echo this message to ensure consumers can buy what they need in safe, clean and, importantly, uncrowded environments.
“People are increasingly avoiding large centres in favour of smaller businesses, taking heed of the Government’s social distancing guidance, so it makes sense to support convenience stores in their efforts to provide the items people need for longer hours, supported by the necessary supply lines.
“Just as supermarkets are playing an important role, we are too, and we therefore deserve equal consideration among suppliers of critical hygiene products so we’re able to continue to serve people in need,” Mr Rogut said.
In addition to reliable supply, convenience stores are working hard to balance their operations in terms of staff rostering and potential worker shortages, fuel scheduling requirements, inventory control and other areas to ensure the industry remains a 24/7 dependability for consumers.
“Convenience stores are pillars in local communities where people can buy their everyday needs, from milk, bread, food, beverages and other essentials,” Mr Rogut said.
“We are committed to staying open for people and we need the support of manufacturers, suppliers and Government to ensure we do so.”
Chief Executive Officer
Australasian Association of Convenience Stores
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