Education & Awareness

The CCSA and its regional affiliates are committed to ensuring the responsible retailing of age-restricted products. To ensure retailer compliance, the CCSA offers education and awareness programs including the We Expect ID age-verification training and a contraband awareness course. This training and education has been promoted extensively as a proactive approach to avoid future channel regulations.

For more information about the courses or to sign up, click here.

Best Practice Recommendations on the Sale of E-Cigarettes

In the absence of formal regulations regarding the handling and sale of electronic cigarettes, the CCSA has listed best-practices recommendations for retailers. To see these recommendations click here.

Understanding the Grey Market – Best Practice Recommendations

Grey market goods – confectionery and beverage products manufactured in other countries not authorized for sale in Canada – are flooding the Canadian marketplace. These products are putting Canadian consumers and businesses at risk since they are not labelled to Canadian standards and may have improper allergy alerts; and recalls in other countries won’t reach Canadian consumers.

Consumer welfare and industry financial losses have prompted the CCSA and NACDA to come up with a strategy to prevent the buying and selling of grey market products in Canada. The Associations have put together and distributed a best practices document to inform retailers of the legal, health and financial risks of selling these goods and aide them in identifying grey market products.

Click here to see the Grey Market Best Practice Recommendations document.

Roadmap to Growth

In our continuing effort to help convenience store retailers grow their sales, the CCSA and NACDA have embarked on an extensive project called the "Roadmap to Growth”. The Roadmap project focuses on customer perception data collected about the industry that can be used to help retailers identify where they can improve operations to retain existing customers or attract new ones. This project has been broken down into “bite-size pieces” that can give retailers specific, easy to understand operational recommendations on various parts of their business.

See the introductory video on the Roadmap to growth project below.

To see Roadmap to Growth findings click here.

Roadmap to Growth – The Ethnic Opportunity

Find out how c-stores can increase sales by meeting the needs of a growing ethnic customer base. Download the full report here.

The CCSA has teamed up with G.L. Smith Planning & Design, commercial interior design experts, to provide the following report on what it takes to offer a well-designed store to ensure the best possible shopping experience for your customers. Click here.

The CCSA has worked with Swish Maintenance, provider of quality cleaning products, to offer you this report on how important cleanliness is in your store and the steps it takes to offer a clean shopping environment to your customers. Click here for details.