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Feb

In the Cart: February 2017 Compilation

Here’s a compilation of some of the biggest stories affecting grocers for February 2017. New Rules from TX Department of State Health Services on Food Handlers Texas Food Establishment Rules adopted this past year (September 2016) have several new requirements for retail establishments. One of those areas of rule change is in article 228.33  (click […]

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Jan

In the Cart: January 2017 Compilation

Menu Labeling Update NGA (National Grocers Association (NGA) reports in their January Newsletter that there is discussion of proposed new legislation to change current regulatory requirements for the FDA’s Menu Labeling regulation which is set to become effective May 5, 2017. Members of the House and Senate are expected to reintroduce legislation in the coming […]

14
Dec

‘Tis the Season for Holiday Scams: How to Protect Yourself

With the holidays ramping up and seasonal shopping in full swing, criminals are also gearing up for a busy season.  Cyber criminals don’t take the holidays off. In fact, they’re especially busy trying to steal your money and personal information.  Shoppers should be more vigilant than ever for scams designed to steal their money and […]

14
Dec

Visa Changes Debit Routing Rules for EMV Deployments

The National Grocers Association (NGA), along with other merchant organizations and payment systems stakeholders, raised concerns this year to both the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over Visa’s actions that were deployed as part of EMV migration upgrades. As you may recall, retailers began seeing new screens shown on […]

14
Dec

Obama Administration Announces Major Investments in Preventing Child Hunger

Ensuring all low-income children have year-round access to the food they need to learn and grow. The President’s FY2017 Budget will invest $12 billion over ten years to reduce child hunger during the summer through a permanent Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (Summer EBT) program to provide supplemental food benefits during the summer months for all […]

21
Nov

Texas WIC Program Training and SNAP Update

Effective November 1, 2016, policy WV: 08.0 – WIC Vendor Training is being updated to reflect our new interactive style of educating vendors.    As part of the policy update, it is a now a requirement for authorized WIC Vendors to complete the WIC Vendor Online Training on a annual basis.  Please be advised, all of the […]

21
Nov

Looming Deadline: Small Businesses Prep for Overtime Rules

NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners are rushing to get their companies — in particular their employees — ready for an upcoming change in overtime rules. With federal regulations that are expected to affect the paychecks of 4.2 million workers going into effect Dec. 1, human resources consultants say they’re seeing a surge in […]

21
Nov

NGA Credit/Debit Chip Card Transaction EMV Update

The National Grocers Association has developed a resource page for the Chip Card/EMV issue a majority of our retailers are still experiencing. Due to a lack of certification by third party software providers or certification by the financial services sector most aren’t EMV certified and they continue to experience record chargebacks of transactions coded as […]

21
Nov

Menu Labeling Update

Food Marketing Institute (FMI) has increased their efforts to get Congressional action to change the FDA menu labeling regulations this year. FMI is currently seeking House Member signatures on a letter to include the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act (H.R. 2017) in the year-end appropriations.  They are trying to limit distribution to only those House […]