Convenience Stores Will be Allowed to Sell Tobacco Products through Vending Machines

Published on September 28th, 2011 12:44
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Staring from Monday all convenience stores will be allowed to sell tobacco products through vending machines in such establishments as Opencor and El Corte Inglés.

Till now, tobacco was sold only on convenience stores located in filling stations, a practice that led to an increase in sales of 13% within a year, not only for tobacco products but also prompted the sales of other items in the same Act of purchase. As a result the government has distributed the sale of tobacco to establishments of this type in order to elude the revised discrimination and its appropriate counterpart in the accounts of commercial operators. “The main goal is to stop the given discrimination,” underlined the representative of the Government, José Blanco.

All convenience stores, whose definition is stipulated in the schedules Trade Act, are those who possess a sufficient place for the exhibition and sale to the public at approximately not more than 500 square meters will be open to the public, at least 18 hours per day.

It is important to comply with this mix of supply, which is set by the government and which also excludes the shops managed by people of Chinese origin, as they do not possess license to active as convenience stores.

The advertising of tobacco products in this format will be ruled by the similar trading system for the sale of smoking products in places of entertainment and kiosks in the street, by means of vending machines. Thus people won’t be sold cigarettes directly, as only establishments allowed for the direct sale of tobacco are incontestable.

In conformity with the rules of control of cigarette sales, which should also follow the convenience stores, the call is sent by the establishment to the Commissioner of the tobacco market. In their turn the establishments should also register the number of vending machine in the list of the Commissioner, as well as the name of its owner.

With the entering into legal force of the Royal Decree from Monday, El Corte Inglés will be allowed to sell tobacco products in 187 establishments that constitute the commercial network of Opencor, one of its chains of convenience stores.

The group led by Opencor representative Isidoro Alvarez declared in the recent report about the effects the ban on selling tobacco products had produced, and namely the appearance of Opencor establishments.

In the 2010 fiscal year, Opencor registered 20, 34 million losses and decreased sales by 4.1%, up to 370 million euros, as a result of the abrogation of sales of smoking products and the limitation of working hours for the sale of this kind of products.

By Kevin Lawson, Staff Writer. Copyright © 2011 All rights reserved.

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