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Retailer SNAP Violations Can Be Costly
Spring 2015 - The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly referred to as the Food Stamp Program, provides monthly benefits to qualifying, low-income households that need assistance in order to have a healthy diet. The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers and enforces the laws and regulations governing this program, and it does so vigorously. Any violation by a retailer or “firm” usually results in severe sanctions that include disqualification from SNAP and/or a monetary penalty, and possibly criminal prosecution. This article provides information on avoiding FNS compliance issues along with actions to take if you receive a “charge letter” from the FNS. The KGA/KACS is often the first call retailers make when receiving one of these letters.
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Spring Your Store Forward with Value Perception
Spring 2015 - Spring is here! Are you ready? March 20 was the meteorological beginning of spring; however, after living in North Dakota, I can assure you that the calendar and the weather are not always in sync. While living in North Dakota, I cannot ever remember selling charcoal before March 20. On the other hand, while I was living in Georgia, there were many years that we were selling charcoal well before March 20. We all know when spring starts on the calendar. However, common sense tells us when our customers’ buying habits change. The real question is--Are you ready? Your customers are usually ready for the seasonal changes long before the metrological calendar date.
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Are You Ready for the New FLSA Rule?
Spring 2015 - A proposed FLSA rule originally was forecast to be issued in November 2014, but according to Tammy McCutchen, an attorney with Littler who was administrator the Wage and Hour Division during the last major overall of the regulations in 2004, first half of 2015 is now a more realistic target date.
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FOUR RULES FOR COMPETING BETTER, STRONGER, FASTER
Spring 2015 - I'm not a big rules guy. Mostly, I'd rather break them than make them. (I'm a big believer in the old Steve Jobs line: 'Better to be a pirate than join the Navy.") But last year, when a publisher came to me and asked me to compile some retailing rules based on my 25+ years of writing about retailing in a wide variety of forms, I figured that some common sense, anecdote-laden rules might be a good idea ... especially because we're living in a time of enormous change, enormous challenges, and enormous upheaval in the retail business. Reality check: Everybody wants a piece of your business. So you have to play hardball - everyday - if you want to survive. So here are four rules that I think are a good start if you want to compete in this cutthroat, winner-take-all environment.
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